Kettering and District Junior Table Tennis League
Twenty two players signed up to compete in the inaugural Kettering and District Table Tennis League’s Individual Junior League competition played at, and sponsored by Corby Smash Table Tennis Centre on Saturday 28th January. The entry consisted of several established players who have been playing and competing for several years through to those at beginner level who are still very much learning the sport. The league was split into two age categories with the older category being for those in school years nine and over, and the younger category aimed at those in year 8 and below.
The younger age group had 12 entrants and so were split into three groups of four players. Group A featured Sully Rymarz, Ethan Hunt, Ryan Fisher and Shay McCarron. Myraz was the most experienced of the players in this group and duly won all three of his matches 3-0 to top the group. Ryan Fisher (2 wins) came second with Ethan Hunt (1 win) in third and Shay McCarron fourth.
Group B followed a similar path with the most experienced player in that group in the form of Nathan Dixon finishing in first place with three wins. Samuel Tattersall (2 wins) took second place with Ethan Wordley (1 win) third and Thomas O’Callaghan fourth.
Unsurprisingly, Group C also went the same way with Alex Cochrane showing his class and experience to top his group with three wins. Nick Preston-Jones (2 wins) finished in the runner-up position ahead of Thomas Knox (1 win) and Sonny Jordan.
With ten players signed up for the older age group, they were split into two groups with five players in each. Again the cream rose to the top with the class of the experience players clearly evident.
Group A featured two players who are regulars in the Kettering and District Senior League and they met each other in the final match to decide who would take top place in this group. Adam Wilson went into the match as favourite but when Tyler Hillery claimed the first game 11-4, a shock was on the cards. Wilson looked to have turned the match back into his favour to lead 2-1 only for Hillery to win the fourth 14-12 and take the match to a deciding leg which Wilson just edged 11-8 to take pole position with Hillery in second place. Tom Clark (2 wins) came third, Josh Dodd (1 win) was fourth with Jordan Gray fifth.
On paper at least, Group B looked to be an even tougher group to call with three players all playing regularly in the Kettering League including Jacob Tattersall, who is the current Northamptonshire Cadet champion. And it was Tattersall that went on to dominate this group with four clear cut wins including a resounding victory over Northants number five cadet Lewis Hillery in the deciding match of the group. Hillery took second spot with three wins with Mack Holdman (2 wins) third, Callum Donaldson (1 win) fourth and Mateusz Potrykus fifth.
The finishing positions from this round of fixtures will be used to decide on the groups for the next round of matches on February 18th.