Newspaper report - end of season

Nuneaton Table Tennis Div 1

Pos

Club

P

W

D

L

F

A

Total

1

Ambleside ExpertsAmbleside E

14

12

1

1

96

44

96

2

Ajax Wolvey CWolvey C

14

11

1

2

92

48

92

3

Stockingford CNALGO MIRA 1

14

10

0

4

91

49

91

4

NALGO MIRA 1Stockingford C

14

8

1

5

78

62

78

5

Ajax Wolvey DWolvey D

14

5

2

7

58

81

58

6

Stockingford BStockingford B

14

3

1

10

55

85

50

7

Ambleside HeroesAmbleside H

14

2

1

11

49

90

49

8

CrescentCrescent

14

0

3

11

40

100

34

Nuneaton Table Tennis Div 2

Pos

Club

P

W

D

L

F

A

Total

1

Nalgo Mira 2Nalgo Mira 2

12

10

1

1

93

27

93

2

Stockingford AStockingford A

12

7

3

2

85

35

85

3

Firebrigade BWolvey B

12

7

2

3

65

55

62

4

Ajax Wolvey BFire B

12

5

1

6

60

60

60

5

Ambleside AmateursAmbleside A

12

4

2

6

55

65

55

6

Ambleside CasualsAmbleside C

12

3

0

9

39

81

39

7

Ambleside RhinosAmbleside R

12

1

1

10

23

97

23

Nuneaton Table Tennis Div 3

Pos

Club

P

W

D

L

F

A

Total

1

Stockingford DStockingford D

12

12

0

0

109

11

109

2

Ajax Wolvey FWolvey F

12

8

0

4

66

54

66

3

Ambleside GraftersWeddington

12

5

3

4

62

58

62

4

Ajax Wolvey GWolvey GAmbleside G

12

5

1

6

57

63

57

5

Weddington Social Club

12

3

3

6

55

65

55

6

Ambleside DynamosAmbleside D

12

3

1

8

38

82

38

7

Griff And CotonGriff And Coton

12

0

4

8

33

87

33

Division 1 has been a lot closer this year than for a good number of years, and the champions of the league were not decided until the very final week. In the end Ambleside E triumphed for the 4th year in a row. In the penultimate week of the league Ambleside E took a step towards the title beating NALGO MIRA by 9-1 with Sohail Caratella and Arun Jogi both making a maximum for the champions. However their closest rivals Ajax Wolvey F beat bottom placed Crescent 8-2 to maintain their placing in the runner up spot. Hard on their heels were Stockingford C in 3rd place following their win over Ajax Wolvey D 7-3 with Mick Allsopp of Wolvey making a maximum and taking his side’s only points. This left Ambleside 5 points ahead of Wolvey and 7 points ahead of Stockingford, needing 6 points to be guaranteed to be champions once again. They had to play Ajax Wolvey D, and they needed to win the final doubles to reach the 6 points they required, and Neil Matthams and Arun Jogi beat Mick Allsopp and Pete Morris 3-1 to win the match 6-4. In the meantime, Ajax Wolvey C who really needed to win 10-0 against Ambleside H could only manage a 7-3 win, and Stockingford C beat their sister team Stockingford B by 8-2, so in the end Ambleside E triumphed with a 4 point gap ahead of the runners-up, Ajax Wolvey C, and Stockingford C only 1 point behind Wolvey.

In the averages, Paul Calloway came out top on 95% with Mark Perkins following on 87%.

It was also tense at the bottom of the division as Crescent were already doomed to relegation to Division 2, but it was between Stockingford B and Ambleside H as to who would join them. They met in a crunch match in the penultimate week, with both teams needing to win. Stockingford ran out the winners in a close 6-4 result, with town champion, Lee Bennett of   Ambleside, making a maximum but this was not quite enough, as father and son duo, Bob and Danny Whittaker, won the final doubles to settle the match in their favour. This left Stockingford 2 points ahead of Ambleside going into the final week, with both teams needing a good result to maintain their division 1 status. Stockingford were playing their sister team as mentioned above and lost 8-2, which meant Ambleside needed 5 points to save themselves, but they were playing the divisional runners-up who also needed a good result, and in the end they got it with a 7-3 win leaving  Ambleside joining Crescent in the relegation spots.

In Division 2 NALGO MIRA 2 have led the way all season, and just needed 3 points from their final match of the season against Ambleside C, which they duly did with an 8-2 win, with Steve Brough leading the way with a maximum for NALGO. Stockingford A have been close behind all season in 2nd spot, and they maintained their good form in the final 2 matches of the season, beating bottom placed Ambleside R 10-0, then finishing the season with an 8-2 win over Ajax Wolvey B, with Dick Jenkins making a maximum in both matches.  The 3rd place was between the Wolvey side and Fire Brigade and they met in the penultimate week of the season with Fire Brigade winning 7-3. The Wolvey result against Stockingford in the final week meant that Fire Brigade could snatch the 3rd place at the death providing they got 6 points in their final match, which they duly did with a 7-3 win over Ambleside A to take them to 3rd position. Gareth Edmunds and Steve Leonard maintaining their good form for Fire brigade with maxima in both matches which meant Gareth topped the averages with a 100% record followed by Steve on 94%. At the bottom the two promoted teams from last year have found it tough going all season but have fought well all year but the two teams from Ambleside, the C & R team will renew their rivalry in the 3rd division.

The 3rd division crown was sorted out some time ago with Stockingford D running out the clear leaders maintaining their 100% win rate, and they played the 2nd placed team, Ajax Wolvey F in the final week of the year, which they won fairly easily 8-2, but Stockingford’s captain, Phil Chesters, who has led the averages all year with a 100% win rate lost in the very last singles match of the year going down 3-0 to Brian Emery! This still leaves him at the top of the averages on 96%, although three of his team maintained their 100% win rate but didn’t play sufficient matches to take the top of the averages title. Ambleside G ended up in 3rd spot and they were hoping that they could take the 2nd promotion spot, but needed Wolvey F to lose 10-0, and they needed to win their final match against Griff & Coton by the same score but could only manage a 7-3 win leaving them in the 3rd spot.

Ajax Wolvey G finished in fine style with a 7-3 win over Ambleside D with Sam de Lima returning to the team to assist with a maximum, and this left them in 4th position. Weddington had been in the 3rd position before the final 2 weeks of the season, but they could only manage a 5-5 draw against Griff in their final match and with other results going against them they dropped down to 5th place.

Ambleside D and Griff find themselves in the bottom 2 spots, and as mentioned above Griff were unlucky not to get a win over Weddington to break their duck on wins this year – but there’s always next year!

Finally, In the two cup competitions, Ambleside H won both of the finals. In the final of the Whitmore Shield they met Stockingford C and needed to win the final singles of the night, and Town Champion, Lee Bennett of Ambleside played Leigh Morris, beating him 2-0 to give Ambleside a narrow 5-4 win on the night. In the 4 man Challenge Trophy Ambleside met another Stockingford side, this time their ‘A’ team, and again they ran out winners by 9-5 with Lee Bennett again being the difference between the teams by winning all his 4 singles to lead Ambleside to victory.

If there are any individuals or clubs, schools, or employers who would be interested in being involved in the league this coming Winter then please contact our development officer, Steve Hobley on 07970 078906, or the league chairman, Bob Whittaker on 07932 046649.

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