The top division of the Colchester & District Table Tennis League has seen one of its closest battles in recent years in determining who would become this year’s champions. Tollgate A knew they needed a 7-3 win or more in their final match against Walton A to finish top of the Premier Division. They succeeded in emphatic style by comfortably winning 9-1 and ensuring Gt Horkesley A did not win the title for the third successive season. Rowhedge B finished second, only two points behind, and will be looking forward to next season to challenge Tollgate A for the crown. Last year’s champions, Gt Horkesley A, finished eight points behind but will most likely be title contenders again for the 2016/17 season. At the bottom of the table, Pegasus A put up a strong fight but found life a bit too difficult in the top tier. Walton A join Pegasus A in going down to Division One, although they could have stayed up if they caused an unlikely upset against Tollgate A by beating them.
Player of the Premier Division – Sam Hume (St James A). Having won the Junior Boy’s Singles for the second year running and achieving a winning average of 87.23% in the top division, Hume has an extremely bright and talented future ahead of him in table tennis. He is definitely going to be a serious contender for the Men’s Singles title in a few years.
Lawford A achieved back-to-back promotions by winning Division One. After last year’s promotion from Division Two, not many people would have put money on them repeating their success this season. However, only having lost two games for the whole entire season, Lawford A thoroughly deserve their place at the top of the table. Pegasus B will join Lawford A in moving up to the Premier Division after finished second in the table. Rowhedge F and Tollesbury A are relegated from Division One after struggling throughout the season.
Player of Division One – Andrew Vincent (St James C). Vincent has continued to win the vast majority of his matches for another season, and knows how to help his team dig themselves out of trouble when they are close to the relegation zone in the table.
In Division Two, Tollgate D finished top; something of which they managed a few weeks prior to the season finishing. Tollesbury B have mirrored what Lawford A have achieved in Division One by also winning back-to-back promotions. They needed Dedham B to pick up at least two points in their final game against Pegasus C to remain in the second promotion spot, and Dedham B did so by beating Pegasus C 7-3. Pegasus D are relegated to Division Three after a difficult campaign. Gt Horkesley D join them by finishing just three points from safety.
Player of Division Two – Tom Elder (Tollgate D). Elder has been an extremely consistent player this season. He has won 39/44 games, which he can look back on as being a proud achievement. Division One watch out!
Lawford C are comfortable winners of Division Three. They have finished twenty-three points ahead of second-placed Rowhedge H. Next season in Division Two will probably prove to be a stern test for the youngsters of Rowhedge H, but a challenge they will relish and look forward to. Dedham D and Lawford D are the two teams to be relegated to Division Four.
Player of Division Three – Peter Armes (Lawford C). One of the few players in the whole entire league to have achieved a 100%-win record. However, Armes has not played and won three or even six games. He has played an impressive twenty-eight games and won every single one of them.
The battle for the top spot in Division Four went right down to the wire as only three points separated the top two teams. Gt Horkesley E knew they needed to win at least 7-3 against Pegasus H to be guaranteed the number one spot. They won in style by beating Pegasus H 10-0. This meant Tollgate F finished in second place and also gain promotion to Division Three.
Player of Division Four – Jonathan Ma (CRGS A). Similar to Armes (Division Three), Ma has also achieved a 100%-win record. Thirty-three games played… thirty-three games won. The Colchester league certainly has some fine players!
Tom Lewis - CDTTL Press Officer