Newspaper report 2013-14 week 3

Nuneaton table Tennis League


We are now 3 weeks into the new season, with a changed look
to the league as due to reductions in teams the league has had to be thinned
down from 3 leagues to just 2 leagues, although with a higher number of 10
teams in each league compared to 7 teams last year.


One thing has remained unchanged though and that is the top
of Division 1 with last year’s champions, Ambleside E, continuing where they
finished off in top spot on 25 points having won their first 3 matches. Sohail
Caratella has been the pick of their players so far with a 100% win record.
They gave no favours to their sister team Ambleside H beating them 10-0 in.
However, it does not look like they will be having it all their own way as there
are 2 teams, Stockingford C and Ajax Wolvey C, who are only 1 point behind them,
and both of these teams have 100% records too. Stockingford were last year’s
Division 2 champions and their team has been strengthened with the addition of
Mark Perkins, who also has yet to drop a set. Ajax Wolvey C are last year’s
runner-up, although they were then  known
as Ambleside H, but have switched allegiances this year. They whitewashed
Nomads (formerly Fire Brigade) in one of their matches, with Aaron Riley
continuing unbeaten having played in every match to date. It should be
interesting when these top 3 teams meet each other later in the season!


NALGO A find themselves in 4th spot, 5 points
behind the leaders, having won 2 and drawn 1 against Ajax Wolvey D, and Pete
Jamieson has maintained his form with an unbeaten record to date, although Ian
Heavey ran him close taking him to 5 sets in the draw against Wolvey. Crescent
A are in 5th spot 4 points behind NALGO having whitewashed their
sister team Crescent  B in their last
match. The remaining teams are all very close with teams close to the bottom
mainly consisting of teams that were moved up from Division 2 last year, and
may well find it a little difficult this year.


In Division 2, the top spot is held by NALGO B who have yet
to drop a set and have 30 points to date, although still have to meet the teams
just below them – Mike Harker has played in every match and obviously remains
unbeaten so far. In second spot is Ambleside F, who were the Division 3
runner-up last year, and are 4 points adrift of the leaders. Their team has
been strengthened by the addition of Richard Crosbie who has a 100% record to
date, and all their wins have been against sister teams from Ambleside. Only 1
point below Ambleside F is Stockingford A, whod may have been higher had they
not been able to field a full team in their first match of the season against
Ajax Wolvey F. In 4th spot and only 2 points behind Stockingford are
Ajax Wolvey B, who, like the 3 teams above them are unbeaten in their first 3 matches.
Their first match resulted in a 10-0 win against Ambleside D, followed by a
close 6-4 win against Ambleside A, with Dave Furey of Ambleside winning all his
3 sets. Pete Morris of Wolvey remains unbeaten in 2 matches so far. There
already seems to be a gap developing between the top 4 teams and the rest of
the league, with Ambleside A being the next placed team, but they are already
10 points adrift of the team above them, but it is early days yet so things
could well change. The bottom 5 teams are a mixture of Ambleside and Ajax
Wolvey teams, and these are all clubs that were promoted from Division 3 due to
the constriction of the leagues. Again, as in division 1, these teams are
likely to struggle but should gain good experience by playing in a higher


If there are any school, sports, youth or social clubs who
may be interested in joining the league (although this would have to be next
year now), or indeed if anyone would like to join a team (as it is not too late
to do this now), then please contact the league’s development officer, Steve
Hobley on 07970 078906.

Author: via Nuneaton Table Tennis League
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