Press Reports 2017/18
Press 06- 15th October 2017
Cath Venning’s thrilling 8-11 7-11 11-8 12-10 11-9 win over Denise Weller proved crucial as Tilehurst Methodists A went on to beat Sonning Common & Peppard C 7-3 in division 2. Tidmarsh C and Our Lady of Peace B battled out a 5-5 draw, Lee Calcutt and Simon Barter with late wins as Tidmarsh hit back from 3-5 down. An Andy Wang treble helped Sonning Common & Peppard D win 7-3 against Kingfisher F, Carole Chard contributing with a fine 11-7 11-7 14-12 win over Allan Bruton.
Francois Durand got a maximum as Tidmarsh B won their first match of the season, Dom Cutter and Dave Wise both winning twice as they beat Our Lady of Peace B 8-2. In the big match at the top John Willcocks, Pete Bradley and particularly Jon Willis were in excellent form as they beat fellow title contenders Sonning Common & Peppard B 8-2, Nigel Maltby grabbing a good consolation double for the losers.
In Division 3 Kingfisher H toppled leaders Springfield A 6-4, Igor Sremac with a maximum for Kingfisher while Luodivic Coulliard did well for Springfield, winning twice and only narrowly losing to Igor 8-11 11-9 7-11 13-11 7-11. A good team effort from Eric Holmes, Clive Gold and Guy de la Villesbrunne saw Kingfisher G beat Milestone A 6-4.
Milestone B drew 5-5 with Kingfisher G thanks to an 11-6 7-11 12-10 6-11 13-11 win by Zoltan Keleman in the final set of the night against Luca Bianchi. An Arun Rajagopal treble helped Milestone A hold Sonning Sports A to a 5-5 draw with Arun beating Paul Savage 6-11 11-7 11-9 15-13 to clinch his teams point. Tilehurst Methodists B picked up their first points of the season with a 7-3 win at Our Lady of Peace C, Chris West with a maximum for OLOP.
The Saiyan Brothers march on in division 4 as they maintained their 100% record by winning 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists C with Vidhu Ravinath obtaining yet another three straight maximum. The Kingfisher K match against Tidmarsh D ended all square with Terry Hardie winning all three for the visiting Tidmarsh team, while Steve Leggett was in top form for Springfield B by hitting a treble to help them beat Sonning Common & Peppard F team 7-3.
Curzon Club C won a tight match against Our Lady of Peace E 6–4 for whom Simon Brookes hit a very good hat trick. For Curzon Linda King, who played her first match of the season after injury, and Terry Spice both gained doubles. Curzon Club B held Reading FC A to a draw thanks to Nick Lean who won all three and Geoff Johnson who gained a double.
In Division 5 Tidmarsh E started their week with a 5-5 draw at Milestone C, Carl Edlind winning all three to put Milestone in sight of both points, only for Mike Bundy and John Harland to win the crucial 9th and 10th sets, thus tying the match. Tony Hayden also won one and partnered Carl to a 13-11 13-11 12-14 9-11 11-5 doubles win, while John and Bob Sunerton both ended the evening with two wins apiece, John just missing out on a maximum, when beaten by Carl 9-11 9-11 9-11. Our Lady of Peace F put Kingfisher L to the sword, winning 10-0 in straight sets, Jan Polnik, Chris Bunn and Alona Slobodskoy all recording maximums.
Springfield C beat Tilehurst Methodists D 8-2, thanks to a Chris Speight treble, with both James Regan and Alan Goold also recording doubles, Steve Christelow being responsible for his side’s two wins, with teammate Ryan Arch just losing out to James 11-6 11-13 12-10 9-11 9-11. Tidmarsh E finished their week with another 5-5 draw, this time away at Sonning Sports B. After winning the doubles Tidmarsh led 5-2, courtesy of a double from John Harland and singles for both Bob Sunerton and Mike Bundy, however Sonning Sports won the final three sets, Jude O'Halloran completing their fightback, Sally James and John Scott both ending the evening with two wins.
Press 05 - 8th October 2017
Joe Barraclough and Gary Morgan both got fine maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard A won 8-2 at Kingfisher D in division 1, Joe and Gary also teaming up to win the match winning doubles against Alan Cummings and Phil Mead 8-11 11-8 12-10 6-11 11-9. Kingfisher D went on to lose 9-1 against club mates Kingfisher C, despite Nigel Keedy’s opening 6-11 11-6 6-11 11-8 11-9 win over Andrew Parker, while Kingfisher A were 9-1 winners over Kingfisher E, Daniel Moses and Mark Banks with maximums for the A side while Sagar Sawant saved the white wash for the E team with a 5-11 11-7 11-3 7-11 11-5 win against Justin Mead.
In Division 2 Jon Willis managed a vital comeback win against Niall McGrane on his way to a maximum as his team Curzon Club A beat Sonning Common & Peppard D 7-3, Jon beating Niall 6-11 7-11 11-8 15-13 11-7. Andy Wang managed an 11-5 13-11 4-11 11-9 win over Nick Lean on his Sonning Common debut. Sonning Common & Peppard B hold on to 2nd place after winning 10-0 at Pangbourne WMC, Nigel Maltby, Andy Robertson and Brian Meheux all getting hard earned maximums.
Tim Raby and Matt Stone both won twice as Sonning Common & Peppard C drew 5-5 at home to Tidmarsh B, Dom Cutter with a fine maximum for the visitors. However it was an 11-4 11-8 6-11 14-16 12-10 doubles win by Tim Raby and Matt Isherwood that helped nudge Sonning Common to a share of the points. Tilehurst Methodists A were 8-2 winners at Kingfisher F with Julian Telford getting another maximum.
Igor Sremac managed a treble as Kingfisher H won a close match against Kingfisher I in division 3. Igor’s treble and two wins by Alex Zheng leading the H team to a 7-3 win. Adam Sheen and Phil Burke both got maximums as Springfield A were impressive 9-1 winners over Our Lady of Peace C, both enjoying narrow 5 game victories over OLOP’s Clive Perry. Milestone B made it 3 wins from 3 after a Dave Sanket treble helped them to a 6-4 win at Kingfisher J, Dave coming from 2 games down to defeat Nils Wedi 10-12 5-11 11-2 11-8 11-3.
An Alan Mollett treble, two from Eric Walker and an Angus Jones single was enough to move Sonning Common & Peppard E into mid-table as they won 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists B.
Marc Brent and Nick Lean returned to help Curzon Club B win 9-1 at Tidmarsh D in division 4 by both gaining trebles. For Marc they were all three straight. Our Lady of Peace E beat Springfield B 7-3 with Johnson Xu winning all three. Adam Lawes did well to win two. The Saiyan Brothers beat the unbeaten Our Lady of Peace D side 7–3 with hat tricks from Vidhu Ravinath and Nickesh Karki.
Tilehurst Methodists C just got home 6-4 at Sonning Common & Peppard F. Martin Wetherell was the star by obtaining a maximum. Reading FC A beat Curzon Club C 6–4. Jazz Dhillon and Anthony Alleyne both recorded trebles.
In Division 5, Reading FC B recorded a 6-4 win over Springfield D thanks to maximums from Keith Greene and Derek Anderson, with Paul Martin, Colin Jones and Julian Lancaster all winning one each for Springfield. Despite Chris Speight winning all three for Springfield C, two wins apiece for Jan Polnik and Chris Bunn, who also combined to win the doubles, along with a single for Mariusz Paluszkiewicz, was just enough to secure our Lady of Peace F a 6-4 victory, Rob Atack winning Springfield C’s other set.
Although Adrian Wegrzynowski was registered in time for the match against Sonning Sports B, he could only defeat Mike Gautrey and Springfield D eventually lost 2-8, with maximums for Cris Reynolds and the irrepressible Florin Dimofte complementing Mike’s double. A treble from Derek Anderson, who also partnered Harry Edwards to a doubles victory, was not enough, as Tidmarsh E beat Reading FC B 6-4 thanks to Pete Sinclair, Steve Andrews and Bob Sunerton who all recorded doubles. Although Tilehurst Methodists D’s Steve Christelow participated in three 5-game sets, the final outcome was a resounding 10-0 victory to Sonning Common & Peppard G with maximums for Gerry Bacon, Mike Casserley and Marko Madzar.
Press 04 - 1st October 2017
Kingfisher B made it 3 from 3 in Division 1 with an 8-2 win against battling Tidmarsh A in a closely fought contest. Krasimer Ivanov starred for Kingfisher with a maximum after winning his opening contest against Danny Ricks 7-11 11-7 11-6 5-11 11-9. Eduard Caliman and Dmitry Karkhamov both won twice while Danny Ricks and Tony Baker picked up wins for Tidmarsh.
Harry Munro starred for Our Lady of Peace A as they won 6-4 at Sonning Common & Peppard A, Harry beating Gary Morgan in the final contest of the night 9-11 11-9 12-10 6-11 13-11. Steve Miller also beat Gary in 5 games 11-9 5-119-11 13-11 14-12 while for Sonning Common Joe Barraclough beat Steve 11-9 9-11 9-11 12-10 11-9. Kingfisher D got off the mark with an 8-2 win over club mates Kingfisher E, Nigel Keedy with a maximum alongside doubles from Alan Cummings and Phil Mead.
John Willcocks and Jon Willis both starred as Curzon Club A breezed to a 9-1 win at Kingfisher F in Division 2 to stay top, Allan Bruton beating Pete Bradley 7-11 11-5 11-9 7-11 13-11 in the opening set for Kingfisher’s sole success. Two apiece from Matt Isherwood and Denise Weller and a Matt Stone single saw Sonning Common & Peppard C hold Tidmarsh C to a 5-5 draw.
Julian Telford’s maximum helped Tilehurst Methodists A to their first points of the season as they beat Tidmarsh B 6-4, Julian just holding off John Golding 9-11 6-11 13-11 11-6 12-10. Nial McGrane with a maximum and two from both Lisa Williams and Malcolm Gregory saw Sonning Common & Peppard D beat Pangbourne WMC 8-2. Richard Leachman, Grant Wheatley and Roger Woolven-Allen all won twice as Kingfisher F won 7-3 at Pangbourne WMC.
Paul Savage won all three as Sonning Sports A made it 3 from 3 in division 3 by winning 6-4 at Kingfisher H, Keith Machin and Dave Chard adding vital singles. Trebles from Phil Burke and Ludovik Coulliard saw Springfield A win 6-4 at Sonning Common & Peppard E, while Kingfisher J also won 6-4 as they beat Tilehurst Methodists B.
Milestone B managed a 6-4 derby win over club mates Milestone A, Sanket Dave with a maximum supported through a Zolten Keleman double and Sachin Mundra’s vital single. Kingfisher I were beaten 8-2 by Our Lady of Peace C, in form Clive Perry with a treble alongside doubles from Chris West and Derek Kaminski.
In Division 4 Our Lady of Peace D smashed Sonning Common & Peppard F 9 -1 with Pat Daniels, Predeep Desh and Abhay Gore all hitting trebles as they made it 3 wins out of 3. Hot on their heels are the Saiyan Brothers after they won 7-3 at Kingfisher K. Vidhu Ravinath hit yet another three straight maximum.
Despite a great hat trick from Geoff Johnson Curzon Club B lost to Curzon Club C 7-3, for whom Carine Bey, Terry Spice and John Walker all gained doubles, while Jazz Dhillon returned for Reading FC A and promptly won all three to help them win 7-3 at Springfield B. Our Lady of Peace E won 7-3 against a two man Tilehurst Methodists C side with Simon Brookes and Adam Laws unbeaten on the night.
In Division 5 Tilehurst Methodists D fielded a team of newcomers against Reading FC B and had a baptism of fire, being beaten 1-9. Steve Christelow picked up his team’s solitary set, by beating Keith Greene, while Derek Anderson and Harry Edwards both recorded maximums, Harry being pushed all the way by Lewis Oke, eventually winning 12-10 12-10 15-13. A treble from Julian James and a double from Mike Casserley were not quite enough for Sonning Common & Peppard G, as Alona Slobodskoy’s victory over Derek Maltby in the 10th set, secured a deserved point for Our Lady of Peace F, following a number of close sets, in particular Julian’s 11-9 10-12 11-7 11-9 win over Alona and Mike’s 11-9 5-11 11-8 12-14 13-11 win over Graham Stark.
Tilehurst Methodists D suffered a further 9-1 loss, this time at the hands of Sonning Sports B, Steve Christelow again winning Tilehurst Methodists’ single set, by defeating John Scott, while Sally James and Cris Reynolds ended the evening unbeaten for the Sports outfit. Trebles from John Evans and Carl Edlind helped Milestone C to a 9-1 victory over Kingfisher L, Meriel Low beating Maksym Schipka 5-11 12-10 12-10 11-8 to record Kingfisher’s single win.
Press 03 - 24th September 2017
Kingfisher B beat their club mates Kingfisher C in division 1 in a match closer than the 9-1 scoreline suggests. Krasimer Ivanov won the opening match against Tony Reynolds 11-5 9-11 6-11 11-1 11-5 while Hari Gehlot held off a spirited challenge from Steve Murgatroyd to win 11-5 13-11 8-11 7-11 11-7.
In division 2 Sonning Common & Peppard B recovered from 1-4 down to win 6-4 at our Lady of Peace B, Brian Meheux claiming a fine win against Dave Godfrey to clinch an unexpected victory for the commoners. Tidmarsh C won the keenly awaiting Tidmarsh derby against Tidmarsh B 6-4, Lee Calcutt with a hat trick and Simon Barter winning twice, while Simon & Lee teamed up to win the all important doubles 3-11 11-7 10-12 11-4 11-7.
A John Willcocks treble helped Curzon Club A win 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists A, Nick Lean winning twice in support with narrow victories over both Phil Jones and Catherine Venning. John’s treble included a good win over Julian Telford 11-8 5-11 16-14 6-11 11-6.
Milestone B won their opening division 3 match following promotion, beating Tilehurst Methodists B 7-3. Sachin Mundra starred with a treble, well supported by doubles from Oliver Bonser and Zoltan Keleman. Sachin’s 11-3 4-11 11-7 6-11 11-8 win over Jes Eassom proved key. Sonning Comon & Peppard E won 6-4 at Kingfisher I, Angus Jones and Eric Walker winning twice and Mark Jones adding a single, Eric just getting the better of Dave Duncan in his opener to win 13-11 7-11 14-12 9-11 11-5.
In Division 4 Kingfisher K had a nice 7-3 win at Sonning Common & Peppard F, Lyazid Wirkhani winning all three and John Simpson and Anya Pytka both picking up doubles. The Saiyan Brothers played in their first ever Reading League match and beat Tidmarsh D 7–3. Vidhu Ravinath gaining a three straight maximum while Nikesh Karki and Kaan Kitay both won two each.
In the OLOP derby it was the D team that came out on top however the star was Johnson Xu of the E team who won all three in straight sets but could not prevent his team losing from a 6-4 defeat. Anthony Alleyne hit his first ever treble to help Reading FC A beat Tilehurst Methodists C 6–4, while Springfield B made it two wins out of two by beating Curzon Club C 6-4 with Peter Gurney hitting another hat trick.
In division 5 Springfield C hit top spot with a 7-3 away victory at Kingfisher L, Tom Berryman, Alan Gould and James Regan each winning twice, as did Meriel Low for Kingfisher after she won 9-11 11-4 11-6 11-13 12-10 against Tom. Springfield D were 7-3 winners at Sonning Common & Peppard G, despite a good maximum from Sonning Common’s Julian James.
Our Lady of Peace F and Sonning Sports B battled out a 5-5 draw with Alona Slobodskoy earning vital narrow victories over Sally James 11-3 2-11 11-3 1-11 11-9 and Jude O’Halleran 7-11 12-10 2-11 11-8 11-8
Press 02 - 17th September 2017
Mark Banks and Daniel Moses on his debut, both got 3-straight trebles as Kingfisher A opened their division 1 season with a 10-0 win over club mates Kingfisher D. Richard Rosinski however was made to battle hard for his treble, beating Phil Mead 8-11 8-11 11-8 19-17 11-7 and beating both Ivor Hardman and Grant Wheatley in four games. Kingfisher B were 9-1 winners against Sonning Common & Peppard A thanks to Hari Gehlot and Krasimer Ivanov getting maximums and Dmitry Khahkamov winning twice after dropping his opening match to Sonning’s Gary Morgan 11-7 3-11 10-12 11-7 9-11. Hari beat Gary in the final set 11-7 4-11 7-11 11-9 11-9.
Our Lady of Peace A got their season off to a bright start as they won 9-1 against Kingfisher E, Yonatan Slobskoy and Harry Munro with trebles, while Steve Ng hit back for Kingfisher to beat Ian Cole 5-11 11-7 12-10 2-11 11-8.
Peter Bradley on his Curzon Club debut, and Nick Lean both got maximums as promotion favourites Curzon Club A won 8-2 at home to Pangbourne WMC in division 2, Clive Taylor gaining a good consolation singles win for Pangbourne after he beat Jon Willis 8-11 11-8 4-11 11-5 11-9. Our Lady of Peace B took the step up from division 3 in their stride as they earned a fine 8-2 victory at Sonning Common & Peppard D, Alistair Richardson and Zdzislaw Jerzmanski with trebles while Wendy Porter managed an 8-11 11-7 8-11 11-9 13-11 victory over Malcolm Gregory. Carol Chard and Lisa Williams managed singles for the Sonning Common outfit.
Brian Meheux starred with a fine treble as Sonning Common & Peppard B beat their C team club mates 9-1, Brian earning an impressive win over Matt Stone 11-6 11-2 6-11 11-6. Andy Robertson also won all three for the B team including a 6-11 11-7 7-11 11-6 11-4 victory over Matt Stone. For the C team Matt Isherwood battled hard on his debut while Denise Weller also made her Sonning Common debut but failed to find her best form. Ray Webb and Lee Calcutt both got hat tricks as Tidmarsh C won a competitive match against Tilehurst Methodists A 6-4, Lee beating Nigel Rowland in a crucial opening set 14-12 11-13 3-11 11-4 11-8.
Philip Burke and Ludovik CouIllard both got maximums as Springfield A opened their Division 3 campaign with an 8-2 victory over Tilehurst Methodists B. Kingfisher J’s two man team were still too good for Kingfisher I after hat tricks from both David Wells and Joaquin Sabater saw the J team win 7-3, while reprieved Sonning Sports A got off to a great start as they won 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard E, Paul Savage with a maximum.
Shawnik Thakur and Arun Rajagopal both got trebles as Milestone A won 6-4 at Kingfisher H, Arun just getting the better of Igor Sremac in the final contest of the night to win 7-11 13-11 19-17 7-11 11-8. A Clive Perry maximum and two wins for Chris West saw Our Lady of Peace C beat Kingfisher G 6-4, Clive earning crucial narrow wins over Luca Bianchi 2-11 6-11 11-6 11-8 11-9 and Eric Holmes 8-11 14-12 11-7 6-11 11-8.
One of the favourites for promotion from division 4, Springfield B beat Curzon Club B 6–4 thanks mainly to a stunning treble from Peter Gurney. Mike Maynard, after a year out, did well to win two and also teamed up with Derek Harrison to win the doubles for Curzon. Binit Bhaskar and Predeep Desh both obtained maximums to give Our Lady of Peace D a 6-4 win over Reading FC A, while Tidmarsh D started with a fine 9–1 win over Sonning Common & Peppard F with Terry Hardie and Dave Edwards both gaining trebles.
Despite doubles from Tarik Ramjuan and Ken Robb Kingfisher K lost 4–6 to Our Lady of Peace E for whom Paul Treadgold won all three on his OLOP debut. Curzon Club C had a nice 8-2 win at Tilehurst Methodists C with John Walker and Tracy Maynard both gaining trebles. For Tracy it was a welcome return to league action after about 7 years. Terry Spice did well to gain a double.
In Division 5, Tidmarsh E celebrated the start of the new League season by beating Springfield D 8-2, with one of last season’s stalwarts, Steve Andrews, recording a maximum, abetted by Theresa Watson, who also recorded a treble as well as partnering John Harland to a doubles win, while Mike Bundy beat newcomer Julian Lancaster, but subsequently lost to Paul Martin and Colin Jones, with both sets going to 5 games.
Last season’s 3rd place finisher, Sonning Common & Peppard G, recorded a resounding 10-0 win, over Kingfisher L, with Mike Casserley, Gerry Bacon and Marko Madzar all ending the evening with maximums, meaning that Derek Crombie, along with newcomers Dmitry Merzlyakov and Tom Allen, went home with nothing to show for their efforts. Mike won a tight opening set against Dmitry Merzlyakov 4-11 11-5 4-11 11-5 11-6.
Springfield C ended as 7-3 winners in their closely fought match against Milestone C, with Milestone’s Tony Hayden unlucky to leave with only two wins, losing in the fifth game against Rob Atack 11-3 8-11 7-11 11-5 12-10, a result which helped Rob to end the evening with the only maximum. Rob was ably supported by Tom Berryman, who won two and also partnered Rob in their 14-12 11-7 14-12 Doubles victory over Tony and newcomer Maksym Schipka, Maksym beating Chris Speight to record his first win.
Press 01 - 10th September 2017
The Reading table tennis league season gets underway this week with 50 teams spread across the league’s 5 main divisions, and a further set of teams and players taking part in the popular Youth League at Bluecoat School, Sonning.
Kingfisher A have added to their already strong squad this season, which makes them outstanding favourites for the Division 1 championship this time around. Martin Adams, Mark Banks, Justin Mead, Richard Rosinski and Daniel Moses will prove a tough nut to crack by any of their rivals. Kingfisher B and Kingfisher C also look strong contenders this year, Philip Zeng and Hari Gehlot leading the B team while Steve Murgatroyd, Andrew Parker, Tony Reynolds and Marco Essomba should bring plenty of success for the C team. Our Lady of Peace A can also challenge with Ian Cole, Harry Munro, Yonatan Slobodskoy and Steve Miller in their squad, especially if Harry and Yonaton can continue their rapid improvement from the past few seasons.
Tidmarsh A and Sonning Common & Peppard A should find themselves safely in mid-table, Duncan Groves, Danny Ricks and Tony Baker for Tidmarsh while Neil Hurford joins the SC&P A trio of Jason Roberts, Joe Barraclough and Gary Morgan. Kingfisher sides D and E look to have most to do to avoid the drop from this tough 8 team division.
In Division 2 Tidmarsh B, Curzon Club A and Sonning Common & Peppard B stand out as the likely promotion contenders. Tidmarsh look strong with Mike Aistrop, Francois Durrand, Barry Carter and Dom Cutter all more than capable at this level. John Willcocks, Jon Willis, Pete Bradley and Nick Lean make up the Curzon Club squad while SC&P B add Andy Robertson to their squad of Nigel Maltby, Brian Meheux and Simon Berry, although Jeremy Willis is currently out injured.
Matt Stone, Tim Raby and new recruits Denise Weller and Matt Isherwood could see Sonning Common & Peppard C challenge in the top half of the table, as could Sonning Common & Peppard D with Niall McGrane and Malcolm Gregory in their side. Brothers Chris and Ray Webb team up for Tidmarsh C, and they will be looking for Lee Calcutt to help them into a safe mid-table position early on. Pangbourne WMC and Tilehurst Methodists A could also do well, with Tilehurst registering Julian Telford back into Reading table tennis.
Division 3 looks a difficult one to predict. Four Kingfisher sides and OLOP C could all do well, however perhaps the favourites this time will be Milestone A and Springfield A, spearheaded by Aran Rajagopal and Phil Burke respectively. Sonning Sports A will be keen to do well having been given another chance at this level after narrowly finishing in the bottom two last season. Promoted Milestone B may surprise a few.
Curzon Club C welcome back Tracey Maynard to their Division 4 side and she along with Kinda King, Terry Spice and John Walker could push them towards the top of the table. New club, Saiyan Brothers, are also likely to figure highly and should Reading FC A with Richard Witt, Tony Aleyne and Jazz Dhillon in their side. Derek Wavell will hope to bring out the best from junior players Oliver Sayers and Jamie Legg who both make the step up from division 5, while both Our Lady of Peace teams and Springfield B can also fight for a top half finish.
In Division 5 experienced teams from Kingfisher L and Tidmarsh E should see them in the promotion shake up. Sonning Common & Peppard G just missed out last season and could challenge again with a good all round six man squad of Mike Casserely, Julian James, Gerry Bacon, Marko Madzar, Steve Knott and Derek Maltby. Keep an eye out two for both Springfield teams and perhaps both Reading FC B and Sonning Sports B, with the latter having nine players to choose from as they look to build on improvement shown over the past couple of seasons.
Many clubs would welcome additional players – contact Nigel Maltby at email@example.com who can put you in touch with a team / club in your area. Also there is plenty of room for more junior players in the Youth League on Friday evenings. Anyone interested in that can contact Wendy Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Press Reports 2016/17
Press 29 - 23rd April 2017
In Division 1 Kingfisher A finish as champions after clinching a decisive win over runners-up Our Lady of Peace A. Martin Gunn and Martin Adams both got trebles as Kingfisher won their final match against club mates Kingfisher C 6-4. Kingfisher B finished third. Our Lady of Peace B won 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard A, Yonatan Slobodskoy starring with a treble while Gary Morgan had a good 6-11 12-10 7-11 11-7 11-9 win over Harry Munro for Sonning. The OLOP team finish in a creditable 4th place after Yonatan Slobodskoy and Harry Munro trebles saw them defeat Kingfisher D 9-1 in their final match.
At the bottom YMCA and Sonning Common & Peppard B are relegated with neither quite able to bridge the gap to third from bottom Kingfisher D.
There will be six Kingfisher teams in the top division next season after both Kingfisher F and Kingfisher G earned promotion from Division 2. Kingfisher G held on to take the title from the F team club mates. Tidmarsh B finish third while Curzon Club A are fourth. Tim Raby and Matt Stone won twice as Sonning Common & Peppard C drew their final Division 2 match 5-5 with relegated Kingfisher E, Roger Woolven-Allen and Nikhil Kulkarni also winning twice for Kingfisher while Grant Wheatley picked up a good single. Joining Kingfisher E in being relegated are Sonning Common & Peppard D who slipped into the drop zone in the final week as Tilehurst Methodists A completed a notable escape after looking doomed a few weeks ago.
Division 3 was as tough, competitive and closely fought as ever with promotion and relegation places not decided until the final weeks. Tidmarsh C came through to win the division, while Pangbourne WMC B are promoted as runners-up with Springfield A finishing in third place. At the bottom Tilehurst Methodists C finished some way adrift of the rest, while Sonning Sports A are also relegated on sets difference after finishing level on points with both Tilehurst Methodists B and Kingfisher J.
After beating Tilehurst Methodists D 6-4 Sonning Common & Peppard F clinched the runners up spot in Division 4. Eric Walker put on a great show by winning all three while Derek Wavell and Simon Blake did there bit by winning one each.
By winning 4 sets the Tilehurst team avoided the drop by one set, consigning Our Lady of Peace E to Division 5, alongside Tilehurst Methodists E. Kingfisher K and Curzon Club C finish just two points above the drop zone.
At the top Milestone B comfortably won the championship having led from start to finish.
Reading FC C were 8-2 winners at Sonning Common & Peppard H in the final Division 5 match of the season, thus giving their Reading FC B team promotion. SC&P H needed just a point to clinch 2nd place, but just miss out on sets difference, as do Kingfisher L. Our Lady of Peace F marched away at the top to take the title by a 10 point margin.
Press Reports 2015/16
Press 27 - 10th April 2016
The final matches in the Reading Table Tennis season have now been played and in Division 1 Our Lady of Peace retained their title with an unblemished record of 18 wins from 18.
Our Lady of Peace A were 9-1 winners against Curzon Club A while Kingfisher A won 10-0 against Tidmarsh A and Kingfisher B. OLOP and Kingfisher A then met in their Championship decider with OLOP emerging 6-3 winners, Daniel McTiernan won a thrilling contest against Martin Gunn 9-11 8-11 11-5 11-9 14-12 before clinching his teams victory by beating Stuart Williams 11-4 8-11 11-6 9-11 11-9. At the bottom YMCA and Curzon Club A are relegated.
In Division 2 Sonning Common & Peppard B are champions with Our Lady of Peace C also promoted as runners-up. Sonning Common & Peppard E and Kingfisher G drop down to Division 3.
Kingfisher J finish as champions of Division 3 while Tilehurst Methodists A held on to finish as runners-up, just ahead of Springfield A and Our Lady of Peace D. At the bottom Curzon Club B had a disastrous last few weeks to end up in the bottom two, joining Birch Copse A as the two relegated sides.
Curzon Club C became only the second team to take a point from Division 4 champions Tidmarsh E, Linda King and John Walker both getting doubles while Mick Gillard chipped in with a vital win against Isaac Davies 11-4 10-12 11-6 11-4. Pre-season favourites Sonning Sports A are promoted as runners-up with Tidmarsh D finishing third.
At the bottom Milestone B and Sonning Common & Peppard F finish adrift of third from bottom Kingfisher K.
Tilehurst Methodists D finished their season as runners up in Division 5 after winning 8-2 at Tidmarsh F, Steve Wood and Sam Will both getting maximums. Reading FC Community Trust survived a nervy end of season to be champions in their debut league season while Our Lady of Peace F finished the season strongly in third place.
At the bottom BBC Club finished the season 5 point adrift of next to bottom Springfield C.