Womens British League

Three Draycott teams competing in this years WBL

On the 27th & 28th  September the already successful Womens Brithish league teams  started this years campaign with the 1st team back from playing in Belgium playing in the European cup looking to go 1 better than the previous three years of premier division  runner up slot - the team has been strengthened with the return of Abbie Milwain and the very talented Natalie Slater.

The 2nd and 3rd teams also will be contending for division 2 and division 4 titles with many of our successful  junior girls British league players making the transition into the women's for the 1st time.

All the teams had a very successful Saturday with Emma Vickers unbeaten winning six out of six without losing a set to help the 1st  team in winning all three matches -arguably the best match of the day was between Natalie and Sarah Perks from Halton 1st -Sarah an ex england international who has not played for 2 years was clearly back to her best with some amazing rallies and shots to take the first two games Natalie responded to the challenge in the third with a thrilling 15-13 win this then broke the spirit of Sarah and it was Natalie taking control winning 11-5 in the 5th

The second  and third teams were also unbeaten in the day with Kate Cheer being the star of the show winning six out of six in division four as the third team also won 3 out of 3 and the second team winning two and drawing one

Sunday saw a change in fortune as all teams won the first match however the third team without the imperious Kate lost 4-2 to York Angels 1st to drop the team to second place 1 point behind York

The second team faired a little better with a draw against Formby in the final match to keep them in joint first place with Ping Pong with Oliva Churchill heading the averages with 5 wins out of six

The first team also had a top of the table clash with last years winners Ormsby who again was playing with French international Sarah Berge

The match started in a very close manner with Abbie loosing in a close 5 setter against commonwealth England player Karina le Ferve Emma then played Sarah -there only previous match ended 11-9 in the fifth to Sarah. This time it went to Emma who won 11-6 in the fourth to take the match to one all however this was the best it got for Draycott as rising England star Maria Tsatpsinos took her two matches and inspired Ormsby to a 5-1 victory and top of the table on ten points with Draycott 2nd on 8 points

The next weekend is in February and will prove just as exciting as all teams chase there respective titles

Author: via Draycott and Long Eaton Table Tennis Club
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