Colebridge Juniors News

 

COLEBRIDGE JUNIOR NEWS

 

Recent weeks have seen Colebridge junior members actively involved in competitions of all sorts, so here is a round-up of who has done what.

 

National Cadet League.

Our team of Sam Henderson, Todd Marshall and Michael Haynes achieved the target of finishing first in Division 2 to win promotion and now face two rounds against the high fliers in the top Division. Unfortunately they will be without Michael, who is temporarily incapacitated after an operation, so Nicholas Parmar has been called upon to take his place. The final rounds are on 25th March and 20th May, so plenty of time for practice lads.

 

National Junior League.

After entering two teams, we found ourselves short of players with the loss of Amit Ubhi, who signed up to represent Woodfield TTC in the Junior British League, and Ian Anson. Sam Georgevic has joined the two Lukes, Perrins and Taylor, to form the Aces team, and we have had to call on our promising cadets Sam and Todd, to assist Alex Nunnington and Jon Male for the Braves.

 

After 3 rounds in which all of the teams played each other, the teams have been split into 4 Divisions of 4 for the final play-off for trophies . With lots of older, stronger and more experienced players amongst their opponents, both Colebridge teams find themselves in Division 3, so lots of competition for the Colebridge bragging rights will take place on 3rd March. It is worth mentioning that our cadets are showing their older team mates that they will not be pushovers., the individual records being:

 

Sam H –13/18. Todd –16/26. Luke T –17/30. Jon -10/20. Luke P - 14/30. Sam G - 8/20. Alex 8 -26.

 

Heart of England Cadet League.

 Our NCL team was sponsored in this League by the Birmingham & District TTA and finished in 4th place, behind strong teams from Rugby, Oxford and Leamington.

SamHenderson finished 5th in the individual table with 87% wins.

 

Carter Cup.

The English inter-league competition for juniors was won by Birmingham two years ago, but with a weaker team this time round, failed to get through the zonal round, losing 4-1 to very strong teams from Leicester and Leamington. Amit Ubhi partnered Boni Amin (Sutton Coldfield TTC) and gained some consolation and a rise up the ETTA ranking list by recording a win against a higher ranked player in each match.

 

Oxford Junior Team Tournament.

This new competition has replaced the Midland League Junior Division, at least for this season. Oxford hosted 6 teams including one from Birmingham. Unavailability and a last minute withdrawal, meant that once again, our two young cadets, Sam and Todd, had to come to the rescue to support Dapo Balogun (Hamstead TTC). This very inexperienced team still managed 3rd place, behind Oxford A and Coventry, despite losing Todd for two matches with an injured shoulder.

 

Colebridge Junior Tournament.

The first of what we hope will become regular school holiday event, was held on 16th February, with 13 members taking part. Needless to say, the aforementioned cadets did well, Todd defeating Sam and everyone else in the Under 16 singles, after an earlier 100per cent performance in the Under 14s, and Sam giving Lee Holtham a fright in the Under 19s with an exciting finale to the day’s events, decided in Lee’s favour 12-10 in the final game.

 

The tournament is the first ranking event and the junior rankings resulting from it are as follows:

 

 

UNDER 12

UNDER 14

UNDER 16

UNDER 19

1

LISA RINNHOFER

TODD MARSHALL

TODD MARSHALL

LEE HOLTHAM

2

HENRY BELCHER

BEN MATTHEWS

SAM HENDERSON

SAM HENDERSON

3

JAMES HUNT

HARRY HANLON

JAMIE FELLOWS

JAMIE FELLOWS

4

 

LISA RINNHOFER

BEN MATTHEWS

LUKE TRUMAN

5

 

NICKLAS HUNT

VISHAAL DHOKIYA

 

6

 

HENRY BELCHER

HARRY HANLON

 

7

 

SAM MINTON

SAM MINTON

 

8

 

JAMES HUNT

 

 

 

The Midands Co-operative Society held a photoshoot during the tournament to publicise their grant to the Club to allow us to update our electrics and repair a faulty lighting circuit. See the website for the photos. Interestingly, the subsequent article and picture in the Solihull Times has already produced enquiries from young people in the Borough who would like to play table tennis.

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