Newspaper report - 2014-15 end of season

Newspaper report – May 2015

Division 1

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Ambleside E

14

13

1

0

121

19

121

2

Stockingford C

14

11

2

1

102

38

102

3

Nalgo Queens

14

8

1

 5

76

52

82

4

Stockingford B

14

6

0

7

67

69

71

5

Ajax Wolvey C

14

7

1

7

50

70

70

6

Ajax Wolvey D

14

6

1

7

44

80

60

7

Nalgo Mira

14

2

0

12

22

110

30

8

Stockingford A

14

0

0

14

15

122

18

Division 2

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Crescent

12

11

1

0

104

16

104

2

Ambleside H

12

9

1

2

77

43

74

3

Ambleside F

12

6

2

4

60

60

60

4

Ambleside A

12

4

1

7

57

63

57

5

Ajax Wolvey B

12

4

1

7

43

77

43

6

Fire Brigade B

12

3

1

8

42

78

39

7

Ajax Wolvey F

12

1

1

10

37

83

37

Division 3

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Ambleside R

10

8

1

1

82

18

82

2

Ambleside C

10

8

2

0

78

22

78

3

Ajax Wolvey E

10

5

1

4

60

40

60

4

Ambleside D

10

3

1

6

40

60

40

5

Weddington B

10

3

1

6

36

64

36

6

Griff & Coton

10

0

0

10

4

96

4

Nuneaton Table Tennis League

We have now come to the end of the local Table Tennis League, and Ambleside E completed the year in top spot once again, having wrapped up the Division 1 title still with 2 matches outstanding. They duly maintained their unbeaten run although they were pushed close by NALGO Queens and Stockingford B with both matches finishing 6-4 to Ambleside. Sohail Caratella maintained his 100% win record against NALGO, and in the final match they had to play with 3 reserves from lower divisions due to cup commitments elsewhere, and Lee Bennett made a maximum to help the team to their win.

In the last few weeks the finals of the  2 cup competitions have also been finalised, and the top 2 teams in Division 1 met in the Whitmore Shield final, but Ambleside E found the handicaps too hard to overcome against their close rivals Stockingford C, who ran out winners with a 5-1 Final win.

Ambleside E also found themselves in the final of the Challenge Cup (4 man cup) against a combined Wolvey team – Ajax Wolvey Gold – and Ambleside proved too strong running out the winners in this particular competition.

In the bottom spots the two promoted teams from last year found the going too hard, and NALGO Mira and Stockingford A will be relegated back to division 2 next year.

In Division 2 the league title was similarly taken with 2 weeks to go by Crescent who finished 30 points ahead of their nearest rival Ambleside H, and they completed their league fixtures with two relatively easy wins against Wolvey F and Ambleside F. Ambleside teams made up the 2nd, 3rd and 4th spots in the league. The bottom two spots have been occupied by Ajax Wolvey F and the Fire Brigade, with the Fire Brigade languishing in the bottom spot for some time with no wins at all until the final 3 fixtures of the season when they won all 3 matches to overhaul Wolvey F, who they met in the final fixture of the season, and beat them 7-3 with Steve Leonard and Gareth Edmunds making a maximum.

Division 3 did come down to the final fixtures of the season with two Ambleside teams the ‘Rhinos’ and the ‘Casuals’ battling for the top spot. In the penultimate fixture of the season these two teams met with the C team needing a good win to give them a chance of regaining the title which had been in their grasp for most of the year. In the end the result was an honourable draw 5-5 with Dave Jowett maintaining his 100% unbeaten tag for the year with a maximum. So they went into the final week of the season with the C team needing a maximum 10 points, which they duly achieved with a 10-0 win over Weddington B, and hoping that the 3rd placed team Ajax Wolvey E could beat their rivals  - however, this did not happen as the R team won their final match 8-2 with Luke Moore playing an outstanding match, and making a maximum to earn him the man of the match title. He also went on to win the Roy Bates trophy as the most improved player in the league.

The two new teams in the league, Weddington Social Club and Griff & Coton Sports Club,  remain in the bottom two spots and they met in the penultimate matches of the season and once again Weddington proved too strong wining 10-0 with Gareth, Kieron and Jamie Watson all making a maximum. I am sure both teams will improve further and will be a force to be reckoned with next year.

If there are any schools, clubs or youth clubs who would like to consider forming a team in next year’s season (or possibly the Summer League) then please contact the league’s development officer, Steve Hobley on 07970 078906, or e-mail shobley1@yahoo.co.uk  

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