2011 was a good year for Colebridge.
The fabric of the club has been improved , thanks to the extensive re-wiring, two new tables have arrived , both great acquisitions. The car parking has seen extensive improvements and enlargements.
The summer saw two Colebridge teams sweep all before them in their respective divisions – neither team losing a match during their summer campaigns.
The winter season to date has also been successful.
Leading the way in the Premier are Colebridge Aces , with eight wins from eight matches . Amann Ubhi is top of the individuals , with Eddie Lynn close behind , Navinder Matharu has made a welcome return to the side , and a welcome contribution too , not too shabby , considering “The Old Man” , Ian Ferguson, has yet to make an appearance in the Birmingham League this season.
Colebridge Braves have consolidated their position in the Premier , Lee Holtham has proved he is more than capable of holding his own at the highest level , whilst Amit Ubhi , Raj Davsi and Kate Hughes make up a squad that is sure to establish itself in the top half of the table.
Colebridge Chiefs position in Division One gives cause for concern, the team have been on the wrong end of several 6-4 score lines, and against their closest rivals to boot , and the team will need to reverse these score lines in the second half if they are to maintain their 1st Division status.
Four Colebridge teams in Division Two , and they are distributed evenly through the division. The top of the section sees Dinosaurs right in the mix with Streetly and Smithereens, challenging for promotion , Steve Taylor is riding high in the individuals, and if Mahroof Hussain and Mark Hadley provide the support of which they are capable , then promotion is within their grasp. The other end of the table sees the Giants looking in sore need of more wins, and a regular accrual of points , to ensure their third tier survival.
Division Three is headed by Colebridge Hawks , whose leading player is the difficult-to-beat John Cox , aided and abetted by father and son partnership Micky and Chris Welsh , best of luck to them for the second half of their successful season.
The Indians in Division Four will be wanting to turn up the heat on their promotion challenge in the New Year, a couple of four point wins would put them right in the frame , they have only played five matches , so the experience of Tim Fell and Grant Williamson, together with the promising Luke Taylor may well yet have a say in the final reckoning at the end of the season.
The Jaguars find themselves in a promotion place in Division Five , despite putting out only two players on three separate occasions , kudos to them , and to the Knaves and to league debutantes , Colebridge Lions , who have accrued a solitary point , and can only benefit from regular league table tennis.
Further afield , Colebridge Aces are leading the way in Leamington Division One, with Ian Ferguson , Amann Ubhi , Michael Browne , Navinder Matharu , Alan Hewitt and Eddie Lynn in their squad , they remain the team to beat. The Braves are holding their own , in seventh place , with England international Sarra Wang , Worcestershire number one Kate Hughes , joining forces with Amit Ubhi , Rajinder Davsi and Mike Rinnhofer, they will be looking upwards for the remainder of the season.
They look set to be joined in Division One next season by The Chiefs , who have an eight point plus average in Division Two ,regulars being the two Johns ; Taylor and Chandler, together with Vikash Bakshi.
Finally , may I wish all Colebridge players and members success in 2012 , both on and off the table , and a happy and healthy 2012.