As Christmas approaches the Rother Valley Table Tennis League takes a break from competition.
So after 13 weeks of the 2014-15 season Rotherham Scorpions Junior T.T.C. have
the dubious honour of being both top and bottom of the League.
In the top division Scorpions A continue their march to try and regain the League title
after a ten year gap. Runners up last year by the smallest possible margin,
they currently have not dropped a point. The latest match saw Alan Battye,
Jamie Hudd and Barry Tasker defeating Eddie Fogg, Mick Large and Joe Addy of
Phoenix B by 8-2 at one of Scorpions’ venues, Clifton Methodist Church. Fogg
and Addy with the only wins for Phoenix against Tasker.
At the other end of the League Scorpions J were easily beaten by Phoenix F and remain
without a point. Phoenix, who top the division, are still unbeaten and saw off
their opponents this week by 9-1. John Hall and Steve Richardson both with
maximums and Mick Riley only losing to Dave Grayson.
Also in the third division, Scorpions G maintained their pressure on Phoenix by
steering their way to a 9-1 victory over Stag B. Paul Flint was the only Stag
player to get on the card, beating Dennis E. Green. Phil Richardson and new
recruit Martin Green both scoring three.
In the middle division probably the best result, in a re-arranged match, was when
Scorpions E took on second place Phoenix C. Michael Taylor lost to Stuart
Element and then Jessie Truman lost to Steve Richardson but Alex Bland stopped
the rot for Scorpions beating Mohammed Arshid comfortably in three. Scorpions
took the crucial doubles to take the lead at 4-3 then Phoenix levelled it
again. So two to play and Arshid’s experience overcame Truman’s youth to take
the overall lead. That left Alex Bland to show why he is one of the best junior
players in the country in his disability category to defeat Steve Richardson
and share the points on the night. Clifton C, who sneaked a 6-4 win over Stag
A, stay top of the division on sets difference but have a game in hand.
One eventoccurring over the Christmas period is the annual Supa8s tournament run by
Scorpions at Dearne Valley College on Monday, 29th December. All
players from the Rotherham League are eligible to play, as is any other table
tennis player from the region. As well as a fun day there is a prize fund for
the various category winners. Full details are available on the League website
or from Scorpions Club.