Newspaper Report - Week 8 2014-15

Division
1

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Ambleside E

8

6

0

0

74

6

74

2

Stockingford C

8

6

1

1

54

26

54

3

Ajax  Wolvey C

8

4

0

4

44

36

44

4

Nalgo Queens

8

4

0

4

45

35

42

5

Stockingford B

8

3

1

4

40

40

40

6

Ajax  Wolvey D

8

4

0

4

32

48

32

7

Nalgo Mira

8

2

0

6

20

60

20

8

Stockingford A

8

0

0

8

11

69

11

 

Division
2

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Crescent

7

6

1

0

58

12

58

2

Ambleside
  Heroes

7

6

1

0

55

15

55

3

Ambleside Fanatics

7

4

1

2

36

34

36

4

Ambleside  Amateurs

7

3

0

4

35

35

35

5

Ajax Wolvey B

7

2

0

5

23

47

23

6

Ajax Wolvey F 

6

1

0

5

18

42

18

7

Firebrigade B

7

0

1

6

15

55

12


Division
3

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Ambleside Casuals

5

5

0

0

41

9

41

2

Ambleside Rhinos

5

4

0

1

40

10

40

3

Ajax Wolvey E

6

3

0

3

35

25

35

4

Ambleside  Dynamos

6

3

0

3

31

29

31

5

Weddington B

6

2

0

4

20

40

20

6

Griff and Coton

6

0

0

6

3

57

3

 

Division 1 report

At the Christmas break the table tennis season is just over half way through the season,  and it is
looking like a familiar story in Division 1, with last year’s champions, Ambleside E showing a clean pair of heels to the following pack. They are currently 20 points ahead of the team in 2nd spot, Stockingford C. They
have won all their matches convincingly, with many of their squad making maxima in each of their matches, although they had a tough match against 3rd place Ajax Wolvey C, when they won 7-3 but former Town Champion, Paul Calloway.of Wolvey remained unbeaten on the night. This maintained his run of victories
which puts him at the top of the division 1 averages with a 100% record.
Stockingford C are then 10 points clear of Ajax Wolvey C. They met a few weeks ago, and Stockingford were close winners 6-4 with Paul Calloway again making a maximum, but Kevin Hobley pressed him close taking him to 5 games in the first set. From 3rd down to 6th spot it is still very close with just 12 points separating 3rd and 6th.  The two promoted clubs, NALGO MIRA and Stockingford  A are still finding it hard going in the first division, and they are in 7th and 8th spot respectively. They met in their final match before the Christmas break
with NALGO running out 8-2 winners and team captain of NALGO, Pete White, making a maximum.

Division 2 Report

In Division 2 it is a much closer race for the divisional champion position. It now looks like a two horse race to the end of the season between the 2 teams relegated from Division1 last year, Crescent and Ambleside H, with Crescent just 3 points ahead of Ambleside at the festive break. When they met it was honours even with a 5-5 draw, although Crescent didn’t help themselves by playing with a player short. Lee Bennett made a maximum as he has done in every match so far,  which leaves him at the top of the averages with a 100% win record. Crescent have a strong team win ratio with all their players having win ratios in excess of 75%, so their strength in depth should help them this season. Two more Ambleside teams, the F and A team, are in 3rd and 4th place with only 1 point separating them, but they are 20 points behind the 2nd spot so it looks like they will be fighting it out for the 3rd spot this year. They met in the last match before Christmas and the F team had a narrow win 6-4 thanks to a Pete Walsh maximum. In the final 3 places, two Ajax Wolvey teams are in the 5th and 6th spot with the B team above the F team by 5 points. The Wolvey F team have struggled with putting out a full strength squad of late which has adversely affected their results, although they gave a good account of themselves when playing the league leaders, Crescent, by only losing 6-4. Fire Brigade bringing up the bottom spot have also had similar squad problems, and would be much higher had they been able to field a full strength squad for the majority of their matches.

Division 3 Report

Division 3 is also very close and any 1 of the top 4 teams is in with a shout of the title. Ambleside C remain unbeaten at the top of the league on 41 points but their sister team Ambleside R are only 1 point behind
with Ajax Wolvey E on 35 points in 3rd position and below them is Ambleside D with 31 points. The top two teams met a few weeks back in a real ‘battle of the families’ with father and son Dave and Jamie Jowett playing for the C team, and the Costall family, father Richard and his two sons Tom and Oliver playing for the R team. This was a very close match which came down to the final doubles between the two dads and a son each. Unfortunately, despite taking the final set to 5 games, the Costalls lost to the Jowetts giving the C team the match 6-4. Dave Jowett won all his 3 sets, and he remains at the top of the averages with a 100% win record. Ajax Wolvey E had a close match against the league leaders only losing 6-4 with the ever young Geoff Taylor taking 2 of the sets for the losers. Ambleside D have been putting some good results together with Jon Peace playing very well to keep him sharing 2nd spot in the averages with Tom Costall, and young Ben Bennett of the D team achieved his first maximum in their 9-1 win over Griff & Coton.  The two new teams find themselves in the bottom two places with Weddington in 5th and Griff in 6th. Weddington have been getting stronger as the season has progressed almost beating Ambleside D but narrowly losing 6-4 in the end, but then in the meeting
between the two bottom teams, Weddington triumphed 8-2 in another family affair with a team of Watsons playing for Weddington, and Dad Gareth making a maximum into the bargain. Weddington then went on to play Ajax Wolvey E who they met inthe very first match of the season and lost 8-2, but the return match just
before the Christmas break was a different matter, with Weddington securing their second win of the season with a close 6-4 victory, although Darryl Pendlebury held out for Ajax with a maximum. Griff are still finding it hard going but are still enjoying their first year in the league and they can only get stronger as the season continues.

Paul Ingram

Match & Press Secretary


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