Newspaper report Final standings 2016-17

Nuneaton & District Table Tennis League

 Division 1

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Ajax Wolvey D

12

10

2

0

95

25

0

95

2

Ambleside Experts

12

7

4

1

76

44

0

76

3

Ajax Wolvey C

12

8

3

1

74

46

0

74

4

Stockingford B

12

4

1

7

51

69

0

51

5

Stockingford A

12

2

3

7

44

76

0

44

6

Ambleside Heroes

12

1

3

8

43

77

0

43

7

NALGO MIRA 1

12

1

2

9

37

83

0

37

 

 Division 2

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Ajax Wolvey F

12

9

1

2

82

38

0

82

2

Ajax Wolvey B

12

9

0

3

69

51

0

69

3

Stockingford D

12

5

2

5

61

59

0

61

4

Fire Brigade

12

5

0

7

60

60

0

60

5

Ambleside Amateurs

12

5

2

5

57

63

0

57

6

Hit And Hope

12

3

0

9

48

72

0

48

7

Ambleside Casuals

12

3

1

8

43

77

0

43

 

Division 3

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Nalgo Mira 2

14

11

1

2

93

47

0

93

2

Ambleside Rhinos

14

7

3

4

89

51

0

89

3

Weddington Social Club

14

9

3

2

88

52

0

88

4

Ajax Wolvey E

14

8

1

5

85

55

0

85

5

Ajax Wolvey G

14

8

2

4

81

59

0

81

6

Stockingford C

14

4

0

10

56

84

0

56

7

Ambleside Dynamos

14

2

1

11

42

98

0

42

8

Ambleside Grafters

14

1

1

12

26

114

0

26

 

The final matches have been played in the Nuneaton & District Winter Table Tennis League, and the Town Champions taking the Division 1 title are Ajax Wolvey D, who wrapped up the title with a week to spare, when they played their closest rivals Ambleside E in the penultimate week, and came away with a resounding 9-1 win with Mick Allsopp and Aidan Walsh coming away with a maximum each, and Arun Jogi taking the sole point for Ambleside. This left Wolvey with an unassailable lead at the top. They finished their season with a match against their sister team Wolvey C who were pushing Ambleside for the runner up spot, but they had to be satisfied with a 5-5 draw against the champions. Paul Calloway of the C team played Aidan Walsh of the D team in the first set, and Calloway spoilt the unbeaten run of Walsh by beating him 3-0. However Calloway could not make a maximum as Eileen Shaler then went on to beat him 3-0 in the 5th set. Mick Allsopp did not play in that match, but he has come top of the league averages by remaining unbeaten throughout the season. It was a close run thing for the runner up spot as Ambleside E had to play Ambleside H in their final match and knew that Wolvey C were just one point behind them going into the last week, after Wolvey had an emphatic 8-2 win over Stockingford A in the previous week. Lee Bennett of Ambleside H did them no favours by taking a maximum in the match, although Shoyeb Memon and Arun Jogi both took him to 5 games in their individual sets, but they and Dave Daniels each won their two remaining sets to take the match 6-4 and take the runner up spot 19 points behind the leaders and only 2 points ahead of 3rd place Wolvey C. Two Stockingford teams, the B and A team finished in 4th & 5th spot respectively, with the B side finishing with two good wins over Ambleside H 6-4, and NALGO  MIRA 1 8-2. These two teams find themselves in the relegation spots with Ambleside finishing just one point behind Stockingford A, so it came down to small margins in the end.

Division 2 was also wrapped up in the penultimate week when Ajax Wolvey F beat Ambleside C 9-1 thanks to a maximum from Pete Morris and Bob Pickersgill. Their closest rival was their sister team Wolvey B who could only manage a 6-4 win against Stockingford D in the same week, which had some really close sets which could have gone either way, with Stephen Crutchley narrowly missing out on a maximum losing to Steve Hobley in the 5th game of his final set. This left the two Wolvey sides to play each other in the final week which the leaders Wolvey F took 8-2 with Pete Morris maintaining his unbeaten run for 2017, and giving his team a 13 point winning margin over their sister team. Stockingford D were 8 points behind Wolvey B in 3rd spot, and they finished their season with a 5-5 draw against Ambleside A with Garry Rhodes and Paul Ingram meeting in their final singles set to see who would make a maximum in the match but Rhodes took that final set 3-0 to take that maximum. Ambleside A have had a nightmare 2017 going from league leaders at the turn of the year to not winning a match in 2017! It came down to them, Fire Brigade or Hit & Hope for one of the relegation spots running into the final two weeks. Fire Brigade and Hit & Hope met in the penultimate week, and Fire playing their strongest team of Steve Leonard, Mark Rose and Gareth Edmunds, ran out 10-0 winners to assure themselves of playing in Div 2 next year, and in so doing also made Ambleside safe. Steve Leonard also tops the averages on 97% despite 3 players having 100% records, but they have played insufficient games to qualify. Hit & Hope just had that one match in the final two weeks so they join Ambleside C in one of the two relegation spots. Ambleside C finished their season by beating Fire Brigade by 6-4 for the second time this season but they still remain in the bottom spot just 5 points behind Hit & Hope.

Division 3 has been incredibly tight this year and heading into the final week there were only 2 points separating the top 4 teams! In that penultimate week Ambleside R maintained their lead at the top by beating their sister team Ambleside D 8-2 with Richard Costall making a maximum, as did son Oliver Costall. Weddington Social beat Wolvey E 7-3 to keep them in second place one point behind Ambleside. NALGO MIRA 2 beat Wolvey G by 9-1 to leave them on the same points as Weddington with Wolvey E a further point behind in 4th spot. This led to an exciting final week to the Division 3 campaign. NALGO had the easiest match playing against the bottom team Ambleside G and ran out 10-0 winners. Martin Kimberley, Nick Spiller and Gareth Leyshon taking the honours with Kimberley taking the Division 3 averages title in the process. Pick of that week’s matches was the two top teams Weddington against  Ambleside R with both needing a substantial win to take the title, although they realised that they would probably be playing for the second promotion spot given the likely outcome of the NALGO match, and it also depended upon the result of the Wolvey E match playing their sister team Wolvey G who were 5th in the league. The outcome was a 5-5 draw between Weddington and Ambleside and Wolvey E lost to Wolvey G 7-3 thanks to a maximum from Keith Howes. After the dust had settled NALGO MIRA 2 had leapfrogged Ambleside R and Weddington to take the Div 3 title by 4 points over Ambleside in 2nd place and Weddington in 3rd place just 1 point behind Ambleside. Despite the two 7-3 losses in the final two weeks Wolvey E finished in 4th spot followed by Wolvey G in 5th. Stockingford C are in 6th place, and they met the two Ambleside teams below them in the two bottom spots, in the final two weeks, and lost both of these losing 6-4 to Ambleside G, thanks to a maximum from young Ben Bennett, which gave them their first win of the season, and Stockingford then lost to Ambleside D 7-3 with Corey Woods taking all the points for Stockingford with a maximum.

The season is finished now but if any clubs/youth clubs/church groups/organisations or employers would like to think about putting in a team in next year’s league then please visit the league website for further info, especially training details - https://www.tabletennis365.com/Nuneaton or speak to the League Chairman/Development Officer Bob Whittaker on 07932 046649 or email: robwhittaker@ntlworld.com

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