There is no stopping the Juniors.
Unison’s Juniors have been setting the world alight this season, inside and outside the Oldham & District Table Tennis League. This week has been no different – in the 3rd Division, Unison D beat their elder counterparts 6-4 with Alex Darlington winning 3 and Sophie and Josh supporting with 2 and 1 respectively.
Now, Alex Darlington wasn’t done there, the next night he turned out for the B team who are fighting for promotion to the 1st Division, not only did he do well, he won 2 and took probably the best player in the Division, Ste Hilton, close when Unison won 6-4 with Jacob Reilly-Cooper winning 2 and Brian Huskinson winning 1 and the doubles along with Jacob.
Elsewhere in Division 2, Honeywell C carried on their charge at the top with a convincing 9-1 victory over Coldhurst B with Tommy Ryan & Lukasz winning 3 and Harry Lewis claiming the 1 for Coldhurst.
Hyde YMCA A beat a very tough side in Honeywell D 6-4, each player picking up points for Hyde but Mike Mcnulty winning 3 for Honeywell meant they were unlucky in losing 6-4.
Grotton A’s players showed why table tennis is a team game with Dave Morris, Lionel Royle and Pete Morris winning 2 each to beat Stanley Square 6-4 in a very close encounter. Glen Chadwick putting up the fight for Stanley Square with 3 wins of his own.
Moving on to Division 1, Honeywell A took the game to Werneth A with a 9-1 victory, with Darryl Meredith winning 3 and the fantastic return to form for the fantastic Gary Newton winning the MOM award to go along with his maximum, Dave Buckley winning 2 to add to the score.
The battle at Saddleworth happened this week with A Vs B taking each other on in a game that truly could have gone either way. Paul King winning 3 for Saddleworth B and Matt Evans & Nathan Buckley winning 2 to support Paul in the 9-1 victory. Duncan Hadfield and Ian Mclean winning 1 each for the A team. Well played everyone involved.
Unison A and Uppermill A played out a 5-5 draw with Brian Hallsworth putting in a MOM display to show everyone in the division that he is coming for their average with 2 wins and Ste Collins and Michael Brierley winning 2 and 1 respectively to help Brian to their 5 points. Dennis Taylor putting in an impressive display himself by winning 2 for Uppermill A.
Birley Moss showed that they don’t need the Oldham Champion, Kyan Chin to win with Miles Benjamin winning 3, Naz and Kal Ahmed winning 2 and 1 to help Birley to a 7-3 victory over Coldhurst A. Each player at Coldhurst, Simon King, Walsh and Siful Khan winning 1.
Glodwick stayed at the top of the table with a 7-3 victory over Rosehill with Mark Ramsbottom putting in a MOM performance with his 3 wins. Simon Collins showing he can battle with the best of them for Rosehill by winning 2 against Khamal Hussain and Ark Wojciak. Well done, Simon.
I love a good return. Having Abigail Griffith back in the Oldham & District League has been brilliant for Honeywell E but even with Abi continuing her charge for most wins with another 3 wins, she couldn’t stop Uppermill snatching a 6-4 victory with Mark Simpson, Howard Meadham and Mark Dunning winning 2 for Uppermill in Division 3. We will hopefully be seeing Abigail rising the divisions soon.
Sadly, in Division 4, Uppermill C couldn’t carry on the unbeaten week for the Uppermill teams as they succumbed to Unison E 8-2, with Keith Moores picking up 2 for Uppermill. Jacob Sharp continued his recent revival with 3 wins and the MOM award, Michael O’Gara and Adrian Borrell winning 2 each to support Jacob in his efforts.
Grotton B defeated Owls B 8-2 with Gary Owen picking up the MOM award and Neil Tomlinson only just missing out on the award himself with 3 wins. John Tanner and Gerald Lennox won 1 each for Owls.
Thornham and Hollinwood played out a brilliant game this week with Hollinwood E picking up the 6-4 win with James and Barry Collier picking up 2 and Lauren Brassington winning 1 for Hollinwood. Mass Khan picking up the MOM award for Thornham with his 3 wins but sadly couldn’t pull the team through.
Hollinwood do like victories, don’t they? Hollinwood H beating the veteran team of Coldhurst D quite convincingly with an 8-2 points claim in Division 5. Gareth Hey continuing his fine season with 3 wins to take his average above 70% and to take Hollinwood H further up the table.
Pollards B and Tame Valley had a great game this week with Dave Murphy of Pollards picking up 3 in a close 5-5 draw. Each Tame Valley player picking up points to get a draw.
Are you interested in playing table tennis? Get in touch now: Jacob.Reilly.Cooper@gmail.com or turn up on Tuesday nights at Shaw Community Centre from 6:30pm to 9pm!