Southport & District TTL WEEK 1
This season got off to a wonderful start at Crosby TTC where Crosby TTC A entertained promoted Waddington B, whilst Crosby TTC C took on Holy Trinity B.
Both matches seem to mirror each other in the early stages, with both home teams failing to capitalise on holding the lead, the visitors resolve holding firm. Double single wins for Crosby A’s Rob Barker and Joe Mullin as well as a double win for Waddington’s Martyn Coleman along with further wins for Ged Wilson and Dave Britton meant it was all tied up at 4-4. Waddington could have possibly edged matters , Ged Wilson taking Rob Barker to five , losing it 11-4 in the fifth game.
In the other game it was exactly the same , a singles win each for the home side against a double single’s win for Paul Gittens and a win each for Mal Kent and Jack Gittens. So, all square here too at 4-4. Doubles will decide both contests , and I didn’t think I would be saying that at this stage of proceedings... A great nights Table Tennis so far , all four teams creating a brilliant atmosphere in a super new venue.
Up first for Crosby A , Rob Barker and Liam Shaw took on Roger Neal and Dave Britton, no let up in the tension in this one , first blood to the home pair 11-9, quick response from Waddington , just 14-12 . Crosby regained control taking the next two games, it’s 5-4. Could Waddington’s 2nd doubles pairing Ged Wilson and Martyn Coleman tie the match up, facing them was Joe Mullin and James Sullivan who were in no mood to relinquish the lead, three straight and the match was theirs 6-4. Relief all round for Crosby A, you could feel it ! Fabulous match.
Could the C team do the same ? In the 1st doubles it was a family affair, Crosby’s Stefan and Adam Schober-Thomson up against Paul and Jack Gittens, three straight for the visitors, although it wasn’t as straightforward as the score suggests, but Holy Trinity now lead 5-4. Crosby were now relying on 2nd pairing Yameen Al Dahiri to overcome Ned Hassan and Mal Kent. It didn’t start to well for them as the visitor’s took the first two games 12-10, 11-7. Back came Crosby in fine style 11-5, 11-5 again , and continued the momentum taking the decider 11-7, take a breath, its a draw 5-5.
Great advert for Table Tennis , a super evenings entertainment......
Elsewhere in Division 1 , Crosby TTC B got to a good start with a 7-3 win at Waddington A . Argyle had a mixed week , their A team just managing to hold off promoted Crosby TTC D , 6-4 it finished , with the doubles being decisive . Their B lost at Southport A 8-2, only Ben Aitkin on the board for visitors , although early reports suggest it could have been closer.
In Division 2 , promoted Waterloo A found the going a bit tough in their first match at home to Waddington D , where two wins a piece for Dave Mullan and Ray Hibbs saw the visitors home in a 7-3 win. Southport B began their programme with a an exciting draw against promoted Holy Trinity D , a win each for the away side here as well as sharing the doubles ensured a good start for them , Jim Irving’s double for Southport was the highlight for them. Both Argyle side’s had good winning starts against the two Crosby TTC outfits, whilst Holy Trinity C edged Southport C to round off the Division.
Para’s were the big winners in Division 3, experience put paid to a comparatively new Crosby TTC G team , 9-1 it finished. Newcomers Waterloo B started well enough against Waddington E , and at 2-2 it was looking good , but like their 1st team the match slipped away from them eventually finishing in 3-7 loss. Argyle F must have thought the same in their match against Southport E. Leading in the early stages 2-0 , two wins by number one Joe Brolly helped the Southport team lead 3-2 at the halfway stage, but that was as good as it got for the visitors, five wins in a row and the match was Argyles 7-3 , quite a turnaround . That’s it for week 1, great start to the new season , don’t forget all Fixtures/Results/Tables and News can be found at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Southport & District TTL Week 2
In Division 1, Crosby TTC C were again involved in another tense draw, this time against their D team . Double wins for Francois Rafferty and Peter Ashley with a single win for young Rhys Davies for the D team made things very difficult for the C team , but great performances from their doubles pairings tied it all up at 5-5. Argyle B suffered their second successive loss at home to Waddington A, although Argyle’s number one for the night Callum Richardson did everything he could , still he narrowly missed out losing both his singles in five . A strong Holy Trinity A got off to a flyer in their first outing away at Waddington B, a convincing 9-1 win the result.
Waddington D are the early leaders in Division 2 , completing a perfect ten against what was an understrength Holy Trinity C. Argyle D too have started well recording their second 8-2 win, this time against Waterloo TTC A , who for the second time discovered what the difference was between the 3rd and 2nd Divisions , sure things will be improving there though. In the all Southport affair the B team dominated the singles winning six of the eight, Jim Irving and Jeff Cummins doing the damage with two wins a piece , so they must be wondering how they lost out to their C team in both doubles , making the final score a narrow win 6-4. Waddington C’s first match also ended up in a narrow 6-4 win at promoted Holy Trinity D , winning both doubles proving decisive again .
Last years promotion contenders Waddington E have started very well, with two wins , their latest a comprehensive win over the Crosby youngsters TTC H . 10-0 was the score line but they went very close to getting points on the board against a very experienced team. Another Southport here derby between their E and D teams also produced a close finish , what was surprising Southport E came out on top with a player short, 6-4 it finished. Argyle G won their opening game against Crosby TTC G, which was a second loss for them. Newcomers Waterloo B forced a home draw against Argyle E.
We head to the Para’s for our ‘Feature Match’ , where they entertained Argyle F. Never an easy place to go, but there must have been a smile on the visitor’s faces when they realised Para’s number one Ian Littlewood was not in their line up, neither was Lyn Riding , so Argyle being without their Number one Andy Horne too, a close match was in prospect. Up first was the two number 4’s , John Thomson against Lee Hones. Good start for John taking the first two games, Lee got one back , but couldn’t draw level , John took the fourth 11-3, Para’s lead 1-0. Visitor’s number one Les Dodd next , taking on his opposite number Mark Wilson. Super game this one , very tense throughout , Les lead twice only to be pegged back each time , this could go either way . Les established a decent lead at the turnaround , and held firm to take it 11-8, all square in the match. John returned to the table to take on Gary Hible , and after losing the first went on to win , but only just 12-10 in the fourth, 2-1 Para’s. Matt Stofforth faced young Tom Johnston next , and after struggling against Matt’s spinney game and losing the first , Tom bounced back to take three in a row , it’s all square again 2-2. Could 2nd doubles pairing Konsta Sinitsa and John , regain the lead for the home side , or could Gary and Lee edge the visitor’s ahead. Three straight for the Para’s and they lead again 3-2 . Konsta stayed at the table with Les his opponent, and after a fascinating first game which Les just edged 13-11, he took the next two as well , and it’s all tied up again at 3-3. Unfortunately for Argyle at this point the match slowly slipped away from them , losing the next three games, good wins for Matt , Mark and then Konsta made the match score 6-3 Para’s . Just 1st doubles to go too round off a super nights entertainment, and this final game did not disappoint. Mark and Matt up against Les and Tom. Well what an encounter to finish things off , this one had everything, the Para’s pairing won the first 11-8 , Argyle took the second 11-8 , the same score in the third meant the home side lead again, but back came Argyle to level, just, 12-10 in the fourth. Argyle raced off to lead 5-1 at the turnaround , too much to claw back 11-4 Argyle in the fifth . Final score 6-4 Para’s, not only a close match after all , but a great match played throughout with a wonderful spirit... That makes it two wins for the Para’s now with 15 points . All Fixtures/Results/Tables and News can found at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
LES TRIES A DIFFERENT TABLE
Les Dodd ,Southport’s own snooker player, has taken up table tennis, joining Argyle. He is already making his mark playing for their F team in the 3rd Division, winning four out of four singles as well as both his double encounters. Having played snooker professionally for many many years reaching a 36th ranking back in 1983, he has always had an inkling to play table tennis , having a knock whenever he could. Going into his first real competitive table tennis match , he told me ‘ although he had played snooker on far bigger stages, this tonight was far more stressful , I was so nervous!’ So good luck to him , we will certainly be keeping an eye on him .....
Southport & District TTL Week 3.
After three weeks now the league tables are beginning to take on some purpose, and at the top of Division One there is already a familiar look . Crosby TTC A (Formby A) lead the way with a 100% record and 21 pts. , Argyle A are just behind on 21 pts. (one less game won), Followed by Crosby TTC B (Formby B) in third on 19 pts. Holy Trinity A with a game in hand lie fourth with 14 pts. Crosby TTC B’s win over their D team looked to be heading for a substantial victory , leading 6-0 , but the D team rallied and took three of the last four encounters too make the score line a respectable 7-3 loss , Peter Ashley again amongst the point winners. Argyle A recorded maximum points against their luckless B team , who now prop up the division .
In Division 2 Waddington D hold top spot on 25 pts. Really good start for them with three successive wins. Argyle C are in second place , having played a game less , and to see how their latest match turned out we head off to Argyle where they entertained Holy Trinity D , who are looking for their first win ......
This will be a tough match for the visitors, so who better to get us underway, their captain Ron Makin, against Argyle’s Derek Mahen. All fairly even in the first couple of games , Derek taking the first , Ron the second, and with the next two going the same way so we all level again . Ron seemed to have gained the upper hand winning the fourth 11-4 , but it wasn’t to be as Derek regained the initiative winning 11-8 in the fifth, 1-0 Argyle. First doubles next , Angus and Allister Taylor facing Holy Trinity’s John Moore and Gordon Parmenter, again first blood for the home pair 11-8, the visitors rallied strongly 11-3. Could they maintain it , well their efforts didn’t quite match their opponents , 11-5, 11-6 to them and Argyle lead 2-0 in the match. Second double’s pairing Richard Woodley and Ron put up another great fight against home pair Monica Coogan and Derek, but could not break the consistency of the home pair , and it’s 3-0 Argyle. Holy Trinity’s number one John Moore is next , would he be able to stem the tide against Allister . Super game this one , first one way then the other , Allister’s heavy loop against John’s punch block . All level after four games and we are in the fifth, and adopting a slight change of tactics , Allister , using more push, the fifth was his 11-6 and Argyle lead 4-0. This was really turning out to be a tough one for the visitors, and at this stage they could and maybe should have been on the scoreboard, so close . Testing times continued for them , with the home side taking the next four encounters , the match score was now 8-0 Argyle. In the ninth contest , Gordon took an early and impressive two game lead in the tussle of the number fours, and indeed what a tussle it turned out to be as Derek slowly fought his way back to level it. Would the visitors see another point slip from their hands , well try as he might Gordon could not just get over the line , and Derek completed the turnaround 11-8 in the fifth. To round things off Angus won the battle of the number ones, another brave fight by John Moore , but that final score line reads 10-0 Argyle. Super match , played in a great spirit , sure that Holy Trinity will bounce back , after all they didn’t do that much wrong , but met a side who will be up there come the end of the season . After two 8-2 wins Argyle D must have expected more than they got when they visited a strong Holy Trinity C side , 9-1 it finished to the home side putting an abrupt end to Argyle’s promising start. However Argyle D still hold on to third spot with 17 pts, ahead of their conquerors who climbed six places , and have 15 pts.
Even at this early stage, Waddington E are looking firm favourites in Division 3, with three wins out of three, they top the division on 26 pts. Ominous start by them , but Para’s too have won three on the bounce and are in second place on 22 pts. Next weeks clash between these two will certainly be a key indicator for both sides. Argyle F and G teams are both on 14 pts. , the G team having the better start with two wins , including a 7-3 win over their F team this week , where double wins for Phil Marshall and Krystoph Gorney were instrumental in their win . Les Dodd continued his good form with another double win for the F team. Crosby TTC H (FormbyH) who first appeared last season as our youngest team got a creditable four points away to Argyle E, with two wins for new number one Max Davies, and a win each for Felix Anderson and Ewan Walsh. All Fixtures/Results/Tables and News can be found at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Southport & District TTL Week 4
Wins for both Crosby TTC A and B teams in the 1st Division see them tie for top spot on 29pts , followed by three teams , Argyle A , Holy Trinity A and B teams all on 21pts . Each with a game in hand Argyle and Holy Trinity A have the chance to close that gap. Match of the week here looked like and was the all Waddington clash B vs A . Great rivalry between these two as ever and this encounter did not disappoint . First blood to the A team, followed by a quick reply by the B team to level things up . Wins for Ray Hibbs and Josh Taylor put the A team 3-1 ahead , but replies by Dave Britton and Ged Wilson levelled things up again at 3-3. Martyn Coleman’s win over Gordon Wood gave the B team the lead for the first time , but that wasn’t for long as Darren Taylor restored parity with his win over Roger Neal, 4-4. Doubles will decide this , and the B side were not going to hang about, three straight and they lead again 5-4. It seemed inevitable that it would go this way and sure enough , coming from a game down the A team pairing had the last word , honours even , 5-5. Great entertainment. Argyle B and Southport A had a miserable week, both suffering heavy losses. Each team were not at full strength, Southport having to draft in three players. Argyle B on 5pts look a little adrift at the bottom.
Waddington D continued their good form in Division 2 with an 8-2 ‘derby’ win over their C team, four wins from four and 33pts keeps them on top, Argyle C maintained their early challenge with a convincing win at Southport C , they are 2nd on 27pts with a game in hand . Argyle D returned to normal service it seems after last weeks heavy loss, by winning by the same score 9-1 against Southport B. A double win for Argyle’s young Nick Wilson looked to be the highlight of the win which leaves the D team a point behind their C team in third.
In the battle at the top of Division 3, Waddington E got much the better of the Para’s, winning 8-2 and confirming their credentials as favourites for promotion. Ten points is already the gap between the top two . Argyle G’s unbeaten start came to an abrupt end at the hands of Southport D, that 9-1 win lifts the Southport outfit six places to fourth in the division .
We stay in the 3rd for our feature match, Crosby TTC H at home to Waterloo TTC B , and this turned out to be quite a match between two young sides. Visitors Waterloo got off to a good start , Owen Campbell overcoming Cameron Sergison in four games. Crosby were soon on level terms , captain Max Davies beating his counterpart Gary Coran again in four games. Cameron was soon back at the table , and it paid off , a win in four over Waterloo debutant Aiden Mooney. 2-1 Crosby . Felix Anderson then increased the home sides lead, Owen just falling short 12-10 in the fourth, 3-1 Crosby. Great start for them , could Max calm the nerves even more , well Waterloo number one Lewis Campbell stood in his way . and what a tussle we had. First game to Lewis 11-8, second to Max by the same score, the third was an epic , so close finally finishing 19-17 to Lewis, but wait Max replied emphatically 11-3 to square it up again. Fifth game did not disappoint either , 11-9 just to Lewis and its now 3-2 Crosby. If a reminder was needed then Lewis had delivered and Waterloo continued the fightback and more , winning the next three matches with victories for Gary , Lewis and Aiden, that win by Aiden was another fine contest decided in the fifth over Ewan Walsh. Turnaround complete 5-3 Waterloo. Only the doubles to play , and just to keep us on the edge of our seats , home pair Max and Felix edged out Owen and Aiden 14-12 in the fourth , 5-4 Waterloo . Down to the last game , Ewan and Cameron against Lewis and Gary . No surprise in this one , so so close , will let the scores tell the story.. 13-15, 10-12, 11-9, 9-11, and Waterloo B have their first win , 6-4 to them , deserved on the night , but didn’t they have to work for it !, brilliant performances by both teams , and credit must go to both clubs. Waterloo are now in third place on 19pts.
Whilst tensions were being taken to the limit in that match , on the other table Crosby TTC G were not having the best of times. To be fair they were up against a very experienced North Meols team, which were just too good for them, and considering they also had three debutants Daniel Gresty , Ted Sloan and Joe Wilson , then taking four of the contests to four games along with Ted’s lone point , then they should be pleased with their performances . Elliott Cooper in particular played his part in causing a few problems for Les Rimmer and Dennis Morley, but double wins for them and George Bradley , helped the visitors to a 9-1 win. Super nights Table Tennis again at Crosby TTC.
League action takes a break next week ,with the first round of the Anon Cup taking place , so will there be a surprise or two ?
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CUP WEEK Number 1 Photos published were from previous weeks.
Anon Cup Round 1
League action moved to one side this week with the first round of the Anon Cup taking place. A straight knockout competition with the 1st Division teams being seeded and not meeting each other in this opening round. Teams eliminated though will go into the Anon Plate , which will run side by side with the main event. So were there any upsets ? well not really on this occasion, as all the first division teams progressed , some with a bit more comfort than others. Only the one seemed to have been a close affair Crosby TTC C’s 6-4 win over 3rd division Southport E , but with no details available as yet , how close it was is not known ....
Closest match of the round was undoubtedly at Argyle , where their E team entertained the young Crosby TTC H team . Again these young lads just can’t keep out of the news with another excellent performance against their 3rd division counterparts. They got off to a great start too, wins for Cameron Sergison and Max Davies giving them a early 2-0 lead. Max’s win over Nick Wilson, who is also turning a few heads at Argyle, was a great result for them. Indeed it was Nick who started the recovery for Argyle, making amends with a convincing win over Ewan Walsh, and further wins for Andy Stuart and Ray Clarke completed the turnaround , Argyle lead 3-2. Back came Crosby, Max winning in five games against Andy , and it’s all tied up again at 3-3. This match has ‘countback to games won’ written all over it , next up Ewan , he was up against Emily Clare, and another five game tussle , which Ewan just edged putting the visitors ahead 4-3. Ray capped a fine night for him with a win in four games over Felix Anderson and yes ,it’s 4-4 with the doubles to go. Because of the countback rule, when a Cup match is drawn, then the total number of individual games won by each side will decide the contest, and because of that Crosby who trail by 4 games need to win both doubles, whereas Argyle need just to win one by any score to take the tie. Argyle’s first pairing Andy and Nick did exactly that , three straight and virtually assured the win. Good job too because the second doubles went too Crosby , three straight again and match finishes 5-5, but won by Argyle on countback 21-17. Close and tense finish there , also Waddington E from the 3rd division against 2nd division Southport B served up a finish that could as well gone to countback. After eight encounters the score stood at 4-4 and 15-15 on games won, this including a doubles win a piece, so again it was down to the wire. Southport took the initiative , Jim Irving winning in four games, 5-4 to them , but more important 18-16 in games. Waddington now need to win the final contest, three straight would do it outright, three games to one would mean countback to the total number of point’s won by each team , calculators at the ready , and a narrow win in five games would also give the tie to Southport, just. Well after all that, it turned out to be quite straight forward in the end , Alan Nolan clinching the match , so it finished 6-4 Southport B, but what a great effort from the 3rd Division outfit... Finally in the all 3rd division tie Para’s verses Argyle G , it looked like in the early stages another match would be close. Trading blow for the blow the match was balanced at 3-3, then guile and experience kicked in led by Para’s captain Ian Littlewood , the next three contests were there’s and the match 6-3. Back to league action next week , where the two stand out fixtures are 1st division leaders Crosby TTC A’s visit to Holy Trinity A and 2nd division leaders Waddington D’s visit to second place Argyle C . You can find all Fixtures/Results/Tables and News at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Southport & District TTL Week 5
Crosby TTC A , continued their 100% start , at the top of Division 1, but only just. A strong Holy Trinity A side made them work very hard for their victory, having led 3-1 and then 5-3 , it was again down to the doubles to decide things, and Crosby’s first double pairing of Joe Mullin and Jack Dempsey secured that vital win , 6-4. As rivals Crosby B had no match they lead on 35 pts , with the B team still in second place on 29 pts , Argyle A are third on 27 pts , Holy Trinity A fourth on 25 pts. On the same night Argyle A too were embroiled in a close tussle at home to Waddington B, where the visitors raced off to an early 3-0 lead, Roger Neal and Dave Britton winning all three points. Argyle rallied but still trailed 4-2 , up next second doubles , and home pair Mark Jagger and Chris Parkes pulled another back to make it 4-3 Waddington. Battle of the number ones called to the table , Steve Lyon for the home side up against Roger . This one did not disappoint , going to five games and after surrendering a two game advantage Steve took the fifth 11-4 and we were all square in the match 4-4. Chris then at least got the draw for Argyle , overcoming Ged Wilson in four games , and Mike McCormack finished the evening off beating Martyn Coleman and securing what looked like in early stages an unlikely win for the home side , 6-4. Waddington A moved up to fifth on 21 pts after a commanding home win against an understrength Holy Trinity B . We stay in Division 1 for our feature match to see how Argyle B fair at Crosby TTC D , where both teams are still looking for that first win . Well , after the first three encounters, then Argyle’s chances looked even further away, wins for Mark and Rhys Davies and Francois Rafferty put the home side in a commanding position , 3-0. Young Rhys was again looking good against the visitors number one Ben Aitken, winning the first two games both 11-6. Ben’s experience then kicked in as he gradually took control, levelling things up 11-7, 12-10 and finally winning in the fifth 11-8. One back for Argyle , 3-1 Crosby. Ben nearly did it again playing with Les Dodd ( in his first season) against Mark and Francois when they took the home pair all the way just being squeezed out 11-7 in the fifth . Better luck for Argyle in the other doubles , a polished performance from Adam Zaiber and Jules Dutch seeing them win in four games over Rhys and Peter Ashley , 4-2 Crosby. Peter made amends quickly overturning a first game loss to win in four against Jules , and that first win was assured for Crosby after Francois’s win in three straight against Adam, 6-2 Crosby. Peter returned to the table and made sure of his sides first win, again in three straight , a battling Les Dodd on the receiving end . With the score 7-2 the last word went to Argyle , Ben rounding off a good night for him with a three straight victory over fellow number one Mark Davies , Final score 7-3 Crosby D. That win lifts them up to 6th place on 21 pts, Argyle B remain rooted on 8 pts.
Waddington D have certainly made a fabulous start in Division 2, five out of five wins and 43 pts puts them 11 pts clear . Their latest win away to second placed Argyle C emphasizing their current dominance , a maximum haul must have been beyond their dreams , and although Argyle were without Monica Coogan , they too were without Dave Williams, so it must go down as a terrific result. Holy Trinity C are now in second place on 32 pts after a convincing home win against Waterloo TTC A , who are finding things a little difficult of late , a wobble surely that won’t last to long. Argyle D move above their C team into third place on 30 pts despite going down to Waddington C in another very close match , a double for Waddington’s number four Brian Haslam being decisive in this one. Both Southport B and Holy Trinity D got back to winning ways both with good wins over the Crosby teams .
Like in Division 2 , the top of Division 3 also has that Waddington look , again with five wins from five and 43 pts , Waddington E also lead the way this time by 12 pts. A convincing 9-1 win at home to Argyle G , continued the trend . Only Krzysztof Gorny got on the board , putting his side ahead in the first encounter of the night. One way traffic after that but Phil Marshall and Joe Edmunds did go close against what seemed all the odds . Para’s remain second on 31 pts, another good win over Argyle E , new arrivals Waterloo TTC B are in third on 27 pts and North Meols are truly up and running, now in fourth on 21 pts from only three games.
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Southport & District TTL Week 6
Another narrow win for Crosby TTC A , this time over Southport A , keeps them on top of Division 1. Playing a player short didn’t help the cause , but at least they kept their 100% record . Rivals Crosby TTC B gained considerable ground , a 9-1 win at Waddington B putting them on 38 pts only three points behind their A team , and with a game in hand. A good week was also had by Holy Trinity A , an 8-2 home win against Crosby TTC D maintained their early challenge. Argyle A too , just about edged Holy Trinity B 6-4 , where Julian Quirk’s appearance for the home side was Argyle’s main stumbling block . Argyle still retain third place on 33 pts , just ahead of Holy Trinity A on ‘ matches won’ . To round off an interesting week in Division 1, Crosby TTC C also contested a close affair , 6-4 it finished for the home side , and the win could well have been decided on a five game win in the second doubles , so close.
With leaders Waddington D (43pts) without a game , could the following pack close the gap. Holy Trinity C had the right idea , a convincing win at home against Crosby TTC F , pushed them closer in second place , now on 40 pts . Argyle D must feel they should be a little closer , facing a much understrength Argyle C ( without Angus and Allister Taylor) acting number one Monica Coogan had a wonderful evening recording an epic double , 7-3 it finished . Argyle D stay in third with 37 pts , seven points clear of their C team. Waddington C join Argyle C on 30 pts after a convincing win at Crosby TTC E. Waterloo TTC A ended their wobble from last week in fine style , and although Southport B were understrength, a 9-1 win will certainly settle things down a little for the promoted side who are now on 27 pts . Great match it seems at Southport C where they entertained Formby HT D. With five encounters being decided in the fifth, of which four of those were won by the home side , then Holy Trinity will probably feel a little unlucky. A fabulous double win by Southport stalwart Bill Bradley along with a further win with playing partner Tom Taylor, were the pick of the points, and just to add , Bill has played for Southport TTC for 62 years , what an achievement that is ....
It’s catch up time in the Third Division too, with leaders Waddington E (43 pts) with a free week . Para’s had the chance to close the gap , but they too slipped up against Waterloo TTC B , missing some influence with absence of Ian Littlewood perhaps . Waterloo took full advantage with a great team effort , 6-4 to them was the final score , which left the Para’s still in second place on 35 pts, but with Waterloo now closing fast, in third on 33 pts. North Meols third win on the trot will be causing a little concern to those above them, still unbeaten and with games in hand , 30pts from four games is a useful return , they’re in fourth. We stay in Division 3 for the all Argyle clash between their G and E teams. Having started the season with two wins , two heavy losses has left Argyle G in the lower half of the division. Could they get back on track in this one . Excellent start for them , Ilona Kuznik (in her first season) although losing out in the first game 7-11 to John Hepple , she fought back well taking the next three 11-9, 15-13, 12-10, close , but the G team lead 1-0. Nick Wilson soon got the E team back on terms winning against Phil Marshall, 1-1. Argyle G’s promising start continued , number one Joe Edmunds restoring his sides lead , winning in four against E team captain Ray Clarke . All square again , after John returned to the table to win in three against young Connor Peake. It was soon advantage E team , Les Dodd brought in as a late replacement for regular Andy Stuart, overcoming Phil, 3-2 Argyle E. Ilona up next facing Ray , could she continue where she left off in her first game . Well in the first she did exactly that winning it 11-8, Ray steadied the ship drawing level 11-9, and then edged in front winning the third 11-7. Repeat performance from Ray in the fourth 11-8 and it’s 4-2, E Team. Number ones Joe and Nick next, and what a fine contest this was . First blood to Joe 11-7, great reply from Nick 11-3. Nick won the battle of hit and counter hit in the third 11-8 and maintained it in the fourth winning it 11-9 just, 5-2 . Les returned to the table to snuff out any further challenge making it 6-2 E Team. Only the doubles left now for the G Team to claw something back, but try as they might they couldn’t muster enough guile to get those extra points . First pairing Nick and Les winning in three against Joe and Phil, and second pairing Ray and John finding it a little tougher , losing the first game 11-6 to Ilona and Connor, but coming back to take in the fourth 13-11. Final score 8-2 Argyle E , super nights table tennis throughout . Earlier in the week Argyle E played a rearranged match against Southport E , a 7-3 win in that one combined with this latest victory moves them on to 29 pts and into fifth position in the league , now that is a good weeks work. All Fixture/Results/Tables and news can be found at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Southport & District TTL Week 7
Top two in Division 1, Crosby TTC A and B had commanding wins , continuing their duel . Crosby A still lead on 50 pts, the B team close on 48 pts , with a game in hand , so when these two meet on the 23rd of this month it will go some way even at this stage of the season to deciding who could be ‘top dog’. Argyle A slipped back after their narrow home defeat to Crosby TTC C , however they still remain just in third place on 37 pts.
Staying in the first division, we are off to the Amelan Hall to see how Southport A fair against Holy Trinity A , and with the home side more or less at full strength , Phil Robinson playing his second match, then could Southport get back to winning ways. Holy Trinity were without number one Kenny Jackson , so Barry Davis starts us off against counterpart Miro Veliky. Good start for Miro , taking the first two games 11-9, 11-5. Third game to Barry 11-8 , and it was soon all square in this intriguing tussle. Barry now had the momentum and he clinched it 11-9 in the fifth , turn around complete , 1-0 Holy Trinity. Paul Lunan levelled for Southport, winning in three against Billy Clayton. Phil Robinson made it 2-1 for the home side in a tricky encounter verses Colin Mitchell, it was won in three , 11-7,11-6, 11-6, but the scores don’t do justice to how close it was. Colin was recalled to do battle with Miro, and that’s what Miro got , although it didn’t look that way in the first , 11-2 to him , and the second game too 11-8, but a great fightback in the third 11-7 to Colin , which he continued in the fourth only to narrowly miss out in 16-14, 3-1 Southport. Captains next , Bernhard Frank takes on Brian Crolley, another close affair this , each game going all the way to the last point, 11-9, 12-14, 11-9, 12-10 to Bernhard, and it’s 4-1 Southport. Phil continued the winning run, but again stubborn resistance from Billy Clayton , made Phil work hard for the point , 5-1 for the home side. It seemed a long way back for visitors now, but Barry completed a fine double on the night, a three games win over Bernhard reducing the arrears , and 5-2 became 5-3, Brian getting the better of Paul in four games . So yet another match being decided by the doubles, both of which started around the same time , could Holy Trinity complete the comeback? Well first pairing Barry and Colin were doing very well against Miro and Bernhard leading 2-1 in games , but on the other table things were not going that well, second pairing Brian and Billy trailed by two games to Phil and Paul , eventually losing in three , and that clinches the match for Southport . First pairing Miro and Bernhard also levelled their contest up , but with the match won , the last word went to Barry and Colin who finished the evening off in fine style 11-3 in the fifth , Final score 6-4 Southport A. Holy Trinity stay fourth on the same points as Argyle A.
Southport B entertained Holy Trinity C in the 2nd Division , making it an all Southport v Holy Trinity night at The Amelan Hall. In this one it was the visitors again who started well , wins for Ted Cramsie and Dave Croot both in three straight . Liam Whiteley got one back with an outstanding victory over Sue Hughes, 11-8 , 14-12, 13-11 the score line. Ted restored the two point lead with a good win over Jim Irving , before the Liam Whiteley show continued for Southport with another inspired win against Dave , this time going to five games 11-6 in the fifth. 3-2 Holy Trinity. That was about the best it got for the home side , although both Alan Nolan and Jim Irving did run Janette Hutchings and Sue very close indeed , both going down in five games after both leading 2-1. Final score 8-2 Holy Trinity C, which keeps them firmly in second place on 48 points. Elsewhere in Division 2 , leaders Waddington D maintained their 100% record and confirmed their intentions , a commanding win at Holy Trinity D keeps them well on top , four points the gap , with a game in hand of Holy Trinity C .
In Division 3 , Waddington E , just keep on winning , and still with a 100% record, head the division on 53 pts. , latest to suffer at their hands were Crosby TTC G . Great week for North Meols , winning well in a rearranged match verses Argyle E . It could have been even better but for a fine double win for Argyle’s Nick Wilson , 7-3 the final score. Next up ,at home to Southport E , and another convincing win , this time 9-1. Those two wins lift them to second place on 46 points , and they too are unbeaten this term. Para’s with the return of captain Ian Littlewood were just too strong for the Crosby H youngsters , 9-1 it finished , which means Para’s are now third on 44 points. Super match at Waterloo, where Argyle G got back to winning ways, but only just, two wins for Argyles Krzsztof Gorny and two for Jimmy Wong for the home side kept things about even , but coming out on top in both doubles proved decisive for Argyle, finishing 6-4 to them. Waterloo stay in fourth place on 37 pts.
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Southport & District TTL Week 8
No change at the top of Division 1, with both Crosby A and B teams recording commanding wins. Crosby A still lead the way on 59 pts followed closely by their B team who have 57 pts. However the B team hold a good advantage having played a match less. Holy Trinity A kept in touch also with a 9-1 win at home to Waddington A , they remain in third on 46 pts. Argyle A’s heavy loss at the leaders leaves them 8 pts behind in fourth. Promoted Crosby TTC D gained a second scalp winning 7-3 at Southport A , Pete Ashley’s double win going some way to secure the win . Luckless Argyle B remain rooted at the bottom after another defeat against Holy Trinity B.
We start Division 2’s roundup with a visit to Waddington for our feature match , leaders Waddington D taking on Southport C who after a couple of good wins find themselves in mid-table. Home number one Colin Fyles against Tommy Taylor are first up. What a great start to proceeding this was , Colin taking the first 11-5, but what a response from Tommy , 8-11 and it’s all square. Some lovely hit and counter hit play in those first two games and it did not let up , Colin just edging the third 11-9 , and repeating it in the fourth again 11-9 .. and the home side were up and running but only just. Dave Noden then made it 2-0 for Waddington with a win in three straight against Nigel Pilkington. Battle of the number fours next , Dave Williams faced Bill Bradley for the visitors, and a battle we truly got . Enthralling encounter throughout from these two veterans , first game to Dave 11-9, Bill replied taking the second 6-11, Dave rallied 11-7 to him in the third. Cool as you like Bill tied it all up 8-11 in the fourth. This could go anyway , and it did , first one way then the other until it was 10-10, next point to Bill and he clinched the next to take the fifth 10-12. Fabulous , and Southport are on the board 2-1. Tommy returned to the table, this time Derek Aitken the opponent and it was Derek who got off to a flyer , winning the first two games 11-8 , 11-4 . Change of plan needed , and not sure what was different , but Tommy got himself back on track taking the next two games 6-11, 4-11, and completing the about turn in style, 3-11 in the fifth , it’s all square 2-2. Colin restored the home sides lead , but not without some firm resistance first from Nigel , 3-2 Waddington. Both double contests went the way of the home side , each being decided in the fourth , 5-2 Waddington. Could Southport get back into it, well Clayton Creed started very well against Dave Williams, only just missing out 12-10 in the first. When the opportunity arose to produce his heavy loop , more often than not the point was Clayton’s, but Dave’s experience restricted those chances , and he eventually came out on top 11-7,11-7. Even Bill couldn’t stop the slide , Derek making amends for early in the night , a three straight win making the score 7-2. In the last encounter of the night Clayton again started well taking the first against Dave Noden, before Dave took control and the next three games , 8-2 the final score. After a good start Southport could count themselves a little unlucky not to get more out of the match, but Waddington again showed just why they are top , even without captain Ray Hibbs produced a super performance to extend their 100% start. They lead on 60 pts , four points ahead of Holy Trinity C who kept in touch after an 8-2 win over Waddington C . Argyle’s D and C teams are both on 43 pts in third and fourth , whilst Waterloo TTC A after a couple of good wins are now fifth on 34 pts.
Waddington E maintained their 100% start and top spot with 62 pts. in Division 3, winning well at Argyle F . North Meols are still in second place on 54 pts , this after their sixth win on the bounce . Para’s are third also on 54 pts , having played a match more . This is beginning to look like a three horse race even now , as fourth place Argyle E (40pts) trail by 14 pts . Crosby TTC H got their first win , edging past Argyle G 6-4. Double wins for Max Davies and Cameron Sergison made the difference in this one , although racing off to a 4-0 lead certainly put the home side on the back foot. Wins for young Connor Peake and pairing Krzysztof Gorny and Ilona Kuznik in the last two encounters made the score line more respectable for Argyle.
Next week we take a breather from league action , where the second round of the Anon Cup and first round of the Anon Plate take place . Tie of the round must be the top of the table all Crosby match , A v B. Also of course a precursor to their league clash the following week . Hope to have a full round up of the results and any surprises here next week, you can find all Fixtures/Results/Tables and News at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Southport & District TTL Cup Week 2
Anon Cup 2nd Round
We must start at the tie of the Round Two , where Crosby rivals , A and B teams squared up for their first clash of the season . Crosby B although they trail their A team by two points at the top of the First Division, they hold the advantage there having played a game less. Well , that advantage was truly switched here , a 6-2 win for the A team putting them in pole position to lift the Cup. Of course the highlight of the encounter was the renewed competition between Rob Barker and Jack Dempsey, another epic tussle between the two , Rob edging it 11-7 in the fifth. Super match on show at Argyle , the visitors Crosby TTC D started very well taking three out of the first four points on offer to lead 3-1. Argyle hit back some to reduce the deficit to 4-3, and now if they are to progress they need to win the next three!. Up next 2nd Pairing Matthew Hyde and Mike McCormack face visitors Mark Davies and Francois Rafferty, who raced off to two game lead . Back came the home pair in identical fashion to level things up and whatever they changed in those two games worked again in the fifth , it’s 4-4. Matthew stayed at the table , to tackle Rhys Davies , and another intriguing contest developed, with Rhys leading 2-1 in games , Matthew just sneaked the fourth 13-11. Experience must have been the key in the fifth , Matthew taking it 11-6, and Argyle have their noses in front , 5-4. Captains to complete a fabulous match , and Mark Davies looked to have given the visitors the edge against Mark Jagger, taking the first two games 8-11, 4-11. Now just one more and Crosby win the tie , on ‘Countback’ 22-21 in games won ,after the possible 5-5 draw. Something had to change to pull this around , and Mark Jagger slowly but surely got himself back on course and finally secured victory winning 11-9 in the fifth , and also avoiding a Countback scenario to ‘Total Points Won ‘ . 6-4 Argyle.
No real surprises in any of the other ties , leaving it an all First Division quarter final line-up , Second division Southport B being the exception after their good win at Para’s.
Anon Plate 1st Round
Similar story in the Plate Competition , six Second Division teams along with two from the Third Division will feature in the quarter finals. 3rd Division leaders Waddington E did not have it all their own way against Southport D , clinching the win in the ninth encounter of the evening . Waterloo TTC A must have got their wires crossed , going to Holy Trinity C without an A squad member in sight , so they must rely now on their B team to fly the flag after their commanding win over Crosby TTC G . 2nd Division leaders Waddington D look to be the stand out team left in the draw .
Back to league action next week and of course Crosby A v B part two. You can find at Fixtures/Results/Tables and News at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Southport & District TTL Week 9
Crosby TTC A repeated their Cup performance of last week , again overcoming their B team in the top of the table clash. Another Jack Dempsey , Rob Barker epic again took the eye , Jack reversing last weeks Cup loss . Two wins a piece for Joe Mullin and Sam Pierce helped secure this vital win for the A team. That win also maintains their 100% record and increases their lead (66pts) to six points. However with a game in hand the B team still look favourites to lead the way at the Christmas break . Holy Trinity A consolidated third place (55pts) with a very efficient win at Argyle A , two wins each here for Kenny Jackson and Colin Mitchell going someway in securing the win . Crosby TTC D made it three wins from their last four games , their latest being a narrow 6-4 triumph against Waddington B , a double win for Crosby’s Francois Rafferty the deciding factor. First win of the season for Argyle B at home to an understrength Crosby TTC C . In fact both sides had to bring in players from Division 3 , Les Dodd for the home side , Chris Jamieson and Dan Taylor for the visitors. Two wins for Les along with taking both doubles was sufficient to secure the victory. Even with that win the Argyle outfit are still cut a little adrift from the rest . We stay in Division 1 for our feature match , returning to Waddington to see how their A team fair against Southport A. With both sides on 30pts , this could be close , but with the home side without captain Gordon Wood and the visitors too without captain Bernhard Frank and Phil Robinson, the advantage has swung to Waddington. Great contest to start us off, number ones Matt Wilson and Miro Veliky, just three games decided this one and Waddington lead 1-0. Seemed a lot closer than the score line suggests. Chris Foley repeated the exercise against Alan Nolan to make it 2-0. Doubles called next and with both going to the home side , it’s 4-0. Southport’s Paul Lunan got off to a great start against Josh Taylor taking the first 6-11, but narrowly missing out in the next two games 13-11, 12-10, he somehow found himself trailing . In the fourth Josh capitalised, winning it 11-3 , Waddington lead 5-0. Another repeat in the next contest ,Darren Taylor and Alan were all square after two games , after Alan took the second 10-12. Darren stepped up a gear , 11-2, 11-5 and secured the match , 6-0 . With the game now lost could Jeff Cummins get something back. Well what an encounter against Chris Foley ,first one way ,then the other , all the way to the fifth game , 11-7,7-11,9-11, 12-10, 11-5, Chris nicking it to make the score 7-0. Paul then didn’t get much joy against Matt, and another point to the home side. Success at last for Southport , Miro overcoming Darren in four games, some great attacking play in this from both players , the 8-11,7-11,11-6,6-11 score line giving the visitors a deserved point. Jeff returned to the table against Josh to finish off the evening and so nearly added a second point , another five game tussle just going to Josh ,after Jeff had fought back twice to take it into the fifth game , 11-5,8-11,11-3,6-11, 11-5, so close in having the last word ,but the final score ,9-1 Waddington A . As well as another enjoyable evening at Waddington the victory lifts them to fifth place on 39 points.
Waddington D maintained their 100% record at the top of Division 2 , winning 8-2 at Crosby TTC F. With that win they are now on 68 pts , nine points ahead of Holy Trinity C , who slipped to their second defeat of the season , losing 3-7 away to a resurgent Argyle C, Derek Mahen with two single wins against Robert Carr and Janette Hutchins , and a doubles success was the stand out performance in what was a outstanding result for the home side. Argyle C remain in fourth place on 50 pts , just behind their D team who after winning well at Southport C ,stay in third on 52pts. Both Crosby sides E and F without much luck so far remain the division’s two bottom sides.
Same scenario at the top of Division 3, 100% , Waddington E lead the way on 70pts , this after another convincing win at Southport D . Para’s certainly turned on the style against rivals North Meols , ending their unbeaten run and also in the process leapfrogging them into second place with 61 pts. Deserved win for Para’s with North Meols captain Dennis Morley giving a special mention to Mark Wilson and Konstantin Sinitsa for their double wins. North Meols are now in third on 57 pts . Points shared at Argyle E and Waterloo B in two close encounters , where good performances from the away sides Argyle F and Crosby TTC G earned them a share of the spoils against sides who occupy fourth and fifth positions. Argyle E have 45 pts followed by Waterloo B on 42 pts. Again at the bottom the two young Crosby sides G and H teams find themselves trailing the rest on 18 pts , but with the H team with games in hand , and the G team searching for that first win that will surely arrive, then things are sure to improve .
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Southport & District TTL Week 10
Both Crosby TTC rivals A and B still occupy the top two places in Division 1 . Crosby A (75pts) stretched their lead to 8 pts after a convincing win over luckless Argyle B . Crosby B had a much tougher test away to Holy Trinity B, a good 7-3 victory keeping them in touch on 67 pts. In fact they are in pole position to top the division at the Christmas having a game in hand. Argyle A found Southport A, a little more difficult, edging a close game 6-4 , two wins each for Matthew Hyde and Mike McCormack for Argyle being key in the win. Argyle A stay in fourth place on 47 pts , 9 pts behind Holy Trinity A in third. Great battle at Waddington A where at one stage the home side led 5-2 against Crosby TTC D , but wins for Mark and Rhys Davies brought them right back in to it, and it was left to Peter Ashley to clinch the draw, emphasizing what a good season he is having , after all he was playing Third Division just two seasons ago.
Waddington D continue to dominate Division 2, another impressive win at Argyle D, maintained their 100% record, and with 75 pts, favourites they are! Argyle C moved into second place on 60 pts after a maximum win at Southport B , where a double win for debutant Robert Mahen was the highlight. Without a game Holy Trinity C move back to third on 59 pts , Argyle D are fourth on 55 pts. We stay in Division 2 for a trip to Waterloo A . Worrying start here , as set-up began there was a blackout , and as players began to arrive , serious doubts were cast on the match going ahead . Eventually the lights returned and we were under way… First up, the two number ones, Waterloo’s penholder John Lau against John Moore. Playing only his second game for the home side, John’s unusual style certainly put paid to John Moore’s punch block game , three straight and it’s 1-0 Waterloo. Holy Trinity were soon level , Dave Croot getting the better of a lively encounter with Lewis Campbell, 1-1. Nikolay Primuk verses Gordon Parmenter, next , and Gordon took the first 9-11, back came Nikolay taking the next two 11-4, 11-5 , and then wrapping it up in the fourth 11-4, it’s 2-1. Dave returned to the table to face Gary Corran , and again took it in three straight , and we were level again at 2-2. Could Lewis restore his sides lead, he was up against Richard Woodley, great start for the home player , 11-2, in the first . Richard looking out of sorts , could not get going , and although his points tally improved , Lewis took the next two games 11-6, 11-8 , and it’s 3-2 Waterloo. Another great reply from Holy Trinity, Gordon winning a tricky contest in four games against Gary Corran, 11-13, 4-11, 11-7, 9-11, and we are all square again. John Moore the visitor’s number one raced off to take the first two games against Nikolay, 7-11, 9-11. What changed in the third game was difficult to grasp , as Nikolay fought back winning 11-4 ,11-9, and completed the turnaround in style winning the fifth , again 11-4. Waterloo ahead again 4-3. John Lau assured his team of at least a draw with a convincing win over Richard , and then completed the job with partner Lewis, winning in four games against John and Gordon, 6-3 Waterloo. Could Holy Trinity have the last word , by taking the last point of the evening. Second pairing Richard and Dave, got off to a dreadful start losing 11-5, 12-10 , in the first two games, to Nikolay and Gary. Super reply in the third from the away side, 3-11, and again in the fourth , just tying things up 9-11. Close all the way in the fifth , and with Gary getting his fair share of winners , Waterloo take it 11-8. Super contest , final score 7-3 Waterloo. Deserved win for Waterloo, although a little luck here and there for Holy Trinity and you never know. Must give a special mention for Lewis and Gary (playing up tonight from the B team) , they certainly played their part in a super evening ‘s entertainment.
Similar story at the top of Division 3, where Waddington E are in complete control . Another convincing win , this time against an understrength North Meols , who not only were without Les Rimmer , but were also a player short due to illness. So 9-1 , not a surprising result in those circumstances, only George Bradley getting the lone point for North Meols. Para’s too slipped back after being held to a 5-5 draw by Argyle G, Krzysztof Gorny’s double win being a key factor in securing such a good result. Para’s are still in second place on 66 pts, North Meols are third on 58 pts .Waterloo B joined the chasing pack after a fine win at Argyle F, their 8-2 win putting them in fourth position on 50 pts. A real ding dong battle took place at the bottom of Division 3, Crosby TTC G and H trading blows and points throughout an intriguing match , it finished 5-5 , so that must go down as a good result all round . We break off from league action next week , with the first round of the Gunson Cup . A handicap competition which tries to give teams from the lower divisions a fighting chance , eight single’s played out to five games , every point counting…. You can find all Fixtures/Results/Tables and News at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Southport & District TTL
Gunson Cup 1st Round
It was back in 1960/61 season the Gunson Cup was first played for, a chance for the teams lower down the league to compete on a level plane. Just to re-cap, matches are decided by eight singles of five games, 55 pts available per contest is the target for the team without the handicap. Whilst at the same time restricting their opponents score as much as possible. For the team awarded the handicap, well they just have to win as many points as they can, hoping the handicap once added to their score sees them through. Teams that are eliminated in this first round, go into the Plate competition, a relatively new addition ten years ago which runs parallel to the main event.
We must start at what was the closest match of the round, Waterloo B from the 3rd Division verses 2nd Division leaders Waddington D. With a handicap start of 160 pts then the Waterloo side need at least 35 pts per contest, and with the visitors Dave Noden restricting young Owen Campbell to 14 pts then its advantage Waddington. Home number one John Taylor soon had things back about level with a very close outright win against Ray Hibbs. Colin Fyles again established a small lead for the visitors against Lewis Campbell, but again this was cancelled out by what was a great win for Gary Corran up against the experience of Dave Williams. Advantage Waterloo just? As the next few contests played out, the mood amongst the Waddington camp felt they were trailing somewhat, and even when Ray had done what he was expected to do, a 55- 25 win over Gary in the final tussle of the night, a Waterloo win was expected, but not by just 2 pts. Great finish to a great match.
Southport B were also embroiled in a tense affair against fellow 2nd Division rivals Crosby TTC E who were the team awarded a handicap start of 60 pts . Crosby’s Josiah Nix got them off to a good start with a narrow win over Jim Irving, which was soon followed by a swift reply by Liam Whitely , keeping Pat Hyde down to 25 pts. Further outright wins for Josiah and Ben Shellein kept the visitors in contention, but with Liam again stretching Southport’s advantage, then as we approached the final encounters, this was going to be close . Jim Irving mustered enough guile in the last against Ben to clinch the tie by just six pts. Another terrific finish.
Establishing a ‘Handicap’ is not the easiest of tasks, especially when it turns out that a team is unable to field their strongest line up, as was the case at the match between Crosby TTC C from the 1st Division and Southport D from the 3rd. Crosby were without number two Adam Schober Thomson through injury and brought in Sunil Sapre paying up from the 3rd division. Immediately focus is on Sunil, could he maintain his team’s superiority restricting their opponent’s points. Or can the rest of his team do that little bit more to ensure to make up any deficit. Super game throughout this one, yes the first division outfit held most of the aces, with good wins for all their established players, Stefan Schober Thomson, Yameen Al Dahiri and Josh Parker. That said the Southport team did put up a terrific fight, Alex Karalius, Paul Harrison, Graham Black and Jordan Shandley all having a say in the match’s outcome, as well as enjoying their combat against 1st division opponents. A close finish was expected, and a fairly close finish it was, final score 407- 442 and Southport D progress.
Elsewhere in round one, 3rd Division North Meols made it difficult for 1st Division outfit Argyle B, 21pts the winning margin for Argyle. A spirited Crosby G fell 28 pts short away at Argyle F in the all 3rd Division clash, and Holy Trinity D held firm against Waddington C, winning by 33 pts in the end. With two games postponed, to be played this week, of the fourteen sides already through to the 2nd round, there are four from Division 1, six from Division 2 and four from Division 3. Back to league action next week, with some interesting matches , so who will be top of the tree at the Christmas break ? all Fixtures/Results/Tables and News can be found at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Southport & District TTL Week 11
At the halfway stage of the league campaign we must head for Crosby TTC, for the matches between Crosby B and Southport A in the 1st Division and Crosby F and Argyle D from the 2nd. Important match for the B team, trailing their A team by 8 pts, the chance is theirs to top the league at the Christmas break. That chance looked even more promising with Southport a little understrength. Captain Sylvia Graham got the home side off to a flyer, winning in three straight against Liam Whiteley, setting the tone for the night in the process. A progression of wins followed, number one Jack Dempsey, winning both his singles against Miro Veliky and Bernhard Frank, although Bernhard did cast a glimmer of hope by taking the second game 10-12, before going down in four games. Tom Miller too had double success, beating Jeff Cummins and overcoming Miro in what was a terrific attacking contest throughout, 11-4, 12-14, 11-6, set the scene for an epic fourth game edged by the home player 17-15.. Matty Laird also didn’t have it all his own way against Bernhard, a fascinating encounter decided in the fifth game, 10-12,11-6,10-12,12-10,11-6. With Sylvia and Matty rounding off the singles to make the score 8-0, could Southport grab some consolation in the doubles. Determined to get something from the match they were leaving it a little late, but get it they did, Miro and Bernhard clinching the last point of the evening in a four game victory over Sylvia and Matty, final score 9-1, a win that puts them on top with 76 pts, just one ahead of their A team.
On the other table, Crosby F suffered a setback with the withdrawal of captain Sarang Sapre through injury, and with no replacement available, a tough evening lay ahead against a strong Argyle D. Young Matty Hough up first for the home side against the experience of Mike Parker, and experience took it in three straight, 0-1 Argyle. A tough evening was an understatement as Argyle racked up the points. Wins for Steve Lyon over Rashad Al Dahiri, Joe Gilbert against Dylan Walsh, along with further successes for Jules Dutch and Mike put result beyond doubt at 0-8 for the visitors. After suffering such an assault, the young Crosby side showed much promise throughout with an array of brilliant shot making, and there is the matter of the one doubles still to be played. How they did it, neither I or the Argyle pairing of Joe and Jules, know the answer to that, but Rashad and Matty managed to have the last word, winning an intriguing encounter in five, 4-11,12-10,2-11,11-8,11-9, great finish for Crosby, even with the final score of 1-9 Argyle.
Back to Division 1, for more news, where Holy Trinity A’s convincing win at Argyle B kept them firmly in third place on 65 pts, ten ahead of Argyle A (55pts) in fourth. Argyle B seem to be a little cut adrift at the bottom on 20 pts, 16 pts behind Southport A.
Surprise score line from Division 2, Waddington D’s 100% record has gone, Crosby E causing the upset. Two wins a piece for Crosby’s Josiah Nix and Ben Shellein and a further win for Marcus Doyle securing a creditable draw. It might even have been worse for the home side, had they not won both doubles encounters. Waddington D still lead the way by some 14 pts from Argyle C who remain second after edging Waddington C 6-4. Holy Trinity C are third on 64 pts after an exciting derby draw against their D team where the C teams Ted Cramsie and Norman Lindsay accounted for all their teams points. Argyle D also on 64 pts are fourth having lost one more game than Holy Trinity C. Crosby F remain rooted on 19 pts, 17 pts adrift of their E team (36pts) who surprisingly find themselves second bottom having held the leaders this week.
Waddington E march on at the top of Division 3, another commanding win at Argyle E consolidating their 100% record and a 21 point lead to boot. Para’s remain in second place on 66 pts, just ahead of North Meols in third on 64 pts, after they were pushed all the way by a spirited Argyle G side. Waterloo B’s season has started to show promise and after a good win over Southport D they find themselves in contention in fourth place on 59 pts. A second win of the season for Crosby H lifts them clear of the bottom where their G team still remain, still searching for that elusive first win. So all that remains is wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year… you can find all Fixtures/ Result/Tables and News at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Gunson Draw and Second half intro
League action resumes this week , in Division 1 both leaders Crosby TTC B and second placed Crosby TTC A will be looking to improve on their results in the opening week , as they play the return matches against Waddington A (7-3 win) and Waddington B (6-4) respectively. Argyle A too , will want to a repeat at least of their opening win against Crosby TTC D to ensure they keep in touch with Holy Trinity A, who are without a match.
In Division 2 leaders Waddington D will be hoping to return to winning ways when they entertain Waterloo TTC A , having been held in their last match with Crosby TTC E and losing that 100% record . Any slip up here could let any the chasing pack close the gap at the top.
Waddington E who lead Division 3 by some 21 points commence battle at the ever improving Waterloo B, a good chance for them to maybe better their 3-7 loss first time around. Para’s in second place will want to continue their successful season so far and trade blows with rivals North Meols and the emerging Waterloo B.
Gunson Cup and Plate ties are to be played W/C 11 th of January , the draw is as follows....
Gunson Cup 2nd Round Draw
Argyle "C" ( 80 )
Waddington "A" ( 0 )
Argyle "B" ( 80 )
Crosby TTC "D" ( 0 )
Para's "A" ( 180 )
Waddington "B" ( 0 )
Formby H. T. "D" ( 0 )
Crosby TTC "F" ( 80 )
Crosby TTC "A" ( 0 )
Southport TT "D" ( 300 )
Southport TT "B" ( 0 )
Waterloo "B" ( 80 )
Argyle "D" ( 0 )
Southport TT "C" ( 80 )
Argyle "A" ( 0 )
Argyle "F" ( 280 )
Gunson Plate 1st Round Draw
Waddington "D" ( 0 )
Crosby TTC "E" 40 )
Crosby TTC "G" ( 240 )
Formby H. T. "B" ( 0 )
Crosby TTC "H" ( 250 )
Crosby TTC "C" ( 0 )
Argyle "G" ( 160 )
Formby HT "C" ( 0 )
Southport TT "E" ( 180 )
Waterloo "A" ( 0 )
N. Meols "A" (100 )
Waddington "C" ( 0 )
Southport & District TTL Week 12
At the top of Division 1, both Crosby TTC A and B kept their close rivalry at boiling point with good wins against Waddington B and A respectively. Crosby B still lead the way on 84 pts two points ahead of the A team. Argyle A repeated their opening day win over Crosby TTC D , again it finished very close. In fact that’s three matches this season between the sides along with the Anon Cup Tie, that have all finished 6-4 to Argyle, who stay in fourth place on 61pts. Holy Trinity without a match this week are third on 65pts. Argyle B’s luck has not changed, facing Southport A may have brought a chance of some success , but with the return of Kyle Lavender and Phil Robinson a virtually full strength Southport gained their first maximum of the season.
In Division 2 , leaders Waddington D were held again at home , this time by Waterloo A. With neither team going more than one point ahead , then the outcome was on the cards in a captivating encounter. John Lau impressed for the visitors winning both his singles in style , and adding a further point with Paul Mainey in the doubles. Waddington’s Dave Noden looked to be the stand out performance for them winning both his singles. Formby HT C leapfrogged into second place after a convincing win at Southport C , putting them on 73 pts , a point ahead of Argyle C , who although well understrength , still managed to edge Crosby TTC F 6-4 in what turned out to be an intriguing match. Argyle D are a further point back in fourth, a 7-3 home win against Crosby TTC E keeping them in touching distance. Great match at Holy Trinity B where they entertained Southport B , not much in this one throughout . Having won both doubles Southport led 5-4, leaving the last word to the home sides number one John Moore with his second win of the night to clinch the draw … At the bottom Crosby F are left searching for that elusive win.
In the 3rd Division we head off to a buoyant Waterloo B to see how they fair against runaway leaders Waddington E. Massive test for the home side here and no harder test is to face Derek Aitken first up. That honour goes to Waterloo’s captain Gary Corran. Derek started the better taking the first 8-11, great reply from Gary in the second, leading at one stage 10-7, and looking to level. From somewhere Derek steadied winning five points in a row to take the second. Normal service resumed in the third 7-11 Derek and it’s 0-1 the visitors. Same outcome in the next, Dave Cooke narrowly overcoming Dave Turner in four games, 0-2 Waddington. Lewis Campbell verses the visitors Nick Foss next, evenly balanced start by both players in the first, point for point all the way , Nick just taking it 10-12. If the first was well balanced the second was weighed heavily in Nicks favour 1-11. Hard to believe Lewis would recover from that, exceptional play to stay with Nick, but to take him to 16-16 was unexpected. Cruelly the next two points went Nicks way and Waddington lead 0-3. Brian Haslam extended the lead with a three game win against Dave, so could Jimmy Wong stop the slide for Waterloo. Dave Cooke was the man to beat and Dave did what was needed to stop the flamboyant Jimmy, whose adopted penhold style produced an array of exciting attacking shots, but not quite enough to unsettle Dave’s steady game plan. Three very entertaining games 6-11,10-12,6-11, and it’s 0-5. Brian made the match safe winning in three games over Gary , and that seemed to be it for the home side , could the doubles give them some just reward for some fine performances. Well first pairing Lewis and Gary got no joy against Derek and Nick, but things began to look better, with Jimmy’s reappearance with Dave, taking the first 12-10 against Brian and Dave Cooke. Back came the visitors and a 3-11 win levelled things up, before the home pair with the help of some defining hits from Jimmy took the third 11-8. Same again in the fourth and they are on the board, it’s 1-7 Waddington. Nick contained Jimmy in the penultimate contest to make it 1-8, and we just have the number one’s left, and what a battle to finish the night, Lewis verses Derek. Throughout the contest Lewis kept to his plan, moving Derek around and away from the table with a measured top spin attack, waiting for the decisive hit, Derek more often than not equalling this with his dogged resistance. Fabulous to watch, young pretender verses experience with a capital E, the scores only tell half the story 4-11,11-8,9-11,13-11. Into the fifth and the standard has not dropped at all, Derek moves ahead, and Lewis cannot match the experience, 6-11 and the match is over. With that score line a convincing win, maybe best summed up by Nick Foss who turned to me at the finish and said ‘how did that finish 9-1’, agreed !.. That win puts the leaders on 96pts, 22pts clear of Para’s in second place who had a good win against Crosby TTC G . North Meols are third on 64pts and Waterloo B still fourth with 60pts. Next week is the Gunson Cup and Plate, so who will make the quarter Finals
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Southport & District TTL Gunson Week
Gunson Cup 2nd round
League action is put on the back burner for one week , as the 2nd Round of the Gunson Cup took place with the Plate competition (for 1st round losers) also underway. Closest finish starts us off , Second Division Argyle C entertained Waddington A from the first, who were giving way to an 80 point handicap, that meaning the home side needs at least 45 pts per contest. Great start for the visitors restricting Argyle to just 50pts in the first two encounters, Matthew Wilson and Gordon Wood doing the damage. Angus Taylor and Monica Coogan reversed the trend in the next two , pulling the deficit back considerably, and then with Monica continuing her impressive form by taking the maximum in the sixth match , and also after a good result from Derek Mahen, Argyle had a 24pt advantage , going into the last two contests. Next up the two one’s Angus verses Matthew, and if you needed a top performance then Matthew delivered, an outstanding maximum restricting Angus to 20 pts to boot , narrowing the gap to just one point. Pressure is on for the final pair, Allister Taylor against Waddington’s Josh Taylor, and again Josh after taking the first 4-11, kept Allister at arm’s length throughout finally clinching the tie 380- 390, tremendous finish. Argyle B also provided a similar finish when they entertained fellow First Division outfit Crosby TTC D. Again a target of 45pts a contest was the home side’s aim, and like their C team they were soon falling behind the required rate , and trailed by 33 points at the half way stage. Two wins from Rhys Davies and a win a piece for Francois Rafferty and Peter Ashley gave them the lead but it didn’t last too long , as a maximum win for Ben Aitken , followed by another win for Les Dodd, and Argyle were now 10pts in front. Mark Davies reduced the lead to 4pts, and it was left to Francois to complete the turnaround and secure the win 390-402. Elsewhere in the Cup, Para’s fell 42pts short against first division Waddington B, captain Ian Littlewoods absence a key factor in this one, whilst Southport B earned a good win over Third Division Waterloo B with an all round team display , there was only 22pts in it at the end and although a spirited Waterloo side took points off each of their opponents , it wasn’t quite enough. Argyle A missing Chris Parks and giving away a handsome handicap found it a tough exercise against their Third Division F team, and finally a full strength Crosby TTC A , facing a 300 point handicap still had enough to come through against Southport D…
Gunson Plate 1st Round
Closest match here was at Third division Southport E who entertained Second Division Waterloo A. A handicap of 180 pts meant they needed to get 32 or 33 pts per contest, and that is exactly what they got, 260 pts won plus the handicap meant they couldn’t lose . With them also taking 13 pts off their opponents in the process, then that became the winning margin. Joe Brolly winning five of those along with the seven won by Sue Greenhalgh were in the end decisive! Just before the Christmas break Division 2 leaders Waddington D were held to a draw in the league by Crosby TTC E, this once again was another very close affair. Facing a 40 point handicap, and trailing after the first and third encounters, Waddington eventually took control, and even though Crosby’s Josiah Nix and Ben Shellein remained unbeaten on the night, good maximum wins for the home side’s Nick Foss and Dave Williams saw them through . No matter how accurate the handicap handed out is, if a team on the night is just too good then there isn’t much you can do , this was I believe the case at Third Division Argyle G when they played Holy Trinity C who are second in Division 2. With a handicap of 160 pts , Argyle needed 35 pts per contest, and from the first it seemed a tall order for the home side. Ilona Kuznik put up some great resistance against Janette Hutchins , and then Connor Peake played a brilliant game against Norman Lindsay , getting the required points and a little more to leave the home side just two points adrift. Ted Cramsie left us in no doubt that the task was a tough one, winning well over Argyle’s Joe Edmunds, and when Connor came up against Janette, experience took the visitors lead to 29 points at the half way stage. From that stage the match grew further away from Argyle , even a good points haul from Krzysztof Gorny in his two games couldn’t drag his side back into contention. After a further win for Norman, it was left to Sue Hughes to complete an accomplished victory for her and her team , where experience was certainly the winner. North Meols seemed to be a shade unlucky in there match against Waddington C, who ran out winners by 25 pts. Losing number one Les Rimmer after his first game through illness ,made it very difficult for them with what was a 100 point handicap , was infact now only 45 points. Still very close in the end. Finally, two sides , Crosby TTC G and H progress through being awarded walk overs … You can find all Fixtures/Results/Tables and News at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Southport & District TTL Week 13
Not the best of starts in Division 1 this week, with two games postponed due to premises difficulties at Crosby TTC, but no problem for leader’s Crosby B who took full advantage with a convincing win at Argyle A, moving them on to 93pts, 11pts clear of their rivals Crosby A. Great opportunity for Holy Trinity A to extend their lead over Argyle A, extend it they did, but not as much as they wanted after a surprise 3-7 home defeat to Waddington B. They now have 68 pts in third, 6pts ahead of Argyle A, and also have the advantage of a game in hand. Waddington B move to sixth place, this after their A team’s good win against bottom team Argyle B, lifting them into fifth place.
At the top of Division 2, Waddington D returned to winning ways after two draws, and although faced with an understrength second placed Holy Trinity C, the 9-1 result was as much welcome as it was unexpected. Holy Trinity put up a great fight with four of those losing encounters going to five games, so they must regard themselves a shade unlucky not get a few more points on the board. Argyle D failed to make ground suffering a similar 9-1 loss at Waterloo A, and with their C team without a game they stay in fourth place. Argyle C have 72 pts in third, 2pts behind Holy Trinity C in second. Waterloo A after that commanding win move into fifth on 61 pts. Second ‘derby’ of the week at Southport saw the B team triumph 7-3 over their C team, two wins a piece for Jim Irving, Jeff Cummins and Joe Brolly ensuring the win, good thing too as the C team won both doubles encounters.
Still with a 100% record Waddington E continue to dominate Division 3, this after a good home win over Crosby TTC H. Now with 104pts they lead second placed Para’s by 22pts, who themselves had an equally good win over Argyle F. Without a match this week North Meols remain in third place on 71pts, but only just as Waterloo continued their assault on the top three with a very good win at Argyle E, putting them in touching distance on 69 pts.
We head to the Amelan Hall for our feature match, the Third Division ‘Derby’ between Southport D and E. Prior to the match the D team occupy a comfortable mid table position, whilst the E team are second from bottom, so can this confrontation alter that? Jordan Shandley for the D team has the first opportunity facing Sue Greenhalgh, and a good start from Jordan, winning in four games, 1-0 D team. Southport E’s number one Joe Brolly after a shaky start losing the first to Andy Bush, finally pulled his game together taking the next three, and it’s all square at 1-1. Next up, D team captain and number one Paul Harrison against Alex Karalius, and quite a tussle this, Alex just edging the first 9-11, only for Paul to reply strongly winning the second 11-8. Back came Alex with a convincing 5-11 in the third, but not to be out done Paul replied again, 11-6 and we are into a fifth game. Very close decider, and again like the first just edged by Alex, putting his side back in front 1-2. Andy returned to the table to win in three over Paul Andrews, making it 2-2. Paul stayed put to take on Stuart Gibson, and having already warmed up, caught Stuart a little cold, racing off to a two game lead 6-11,9-11. Stuart began a great comeback just taking the third 13-11, and completed it by winning the fourth very well 11-5. All to play for in the fifth, or so it seemed, as an impressive 2-11 score line for Paul was unexpected, nevertheless the E team now lead 2-3. It was soon 2-4, Joe, who again started slowly, losing the first to Andy before recovering to win in four games. Stuart verses Sue next, and another close one throughout, going all the way to a fifth game. Sue took the first 6-11, Stuart the next two, 11-8, 11-5, and was looking good to pull one back for his team, but the fourth went narrowly to Sue 9-11, and somehow Sue took control and the fifth taking it 4-11, extending the E teams lead to 2-5. Last chance for the D team to save the match, Jordan had the honour, but a difficult task lay in wait, Alex Karalius. Sensed a bit of needle in this one, good humored of course, and it turned out a splendid contest, full of attacking open play. Alex got the better of things overall, however the three game win didn’t reflect Jordan’s performance, but in the end it made the match safe for the E team, they lead 2-6. Doubles to finish with, so could the D team grab a couple more points to make the score deservedly more respectable. First pairing of Paul and Stuart did exactly that, certainly they worked hard for it against Joe and Sue, the score line telling the story, 15-13,12-10,6-11,11-9. Second pairing Andy and Jordan, went one game better when they faced Alex and Paul. A ding-dong battle throughout being decided in the fifth 11-8 to the D team. Great finish to a very entertaining evening, Final score 4-6 to the E team…. The win moves them up a place in the league, the D team staying put in mid table.
Finally, it seemed a tense evening at Crosby TTC , where the all Crosby affair from the 2nd Division between their E and F teams went all the way , finishing 6-4 to the E team, lifting them out of the bottom two. In the other game Crosby G drew with Argyle G, again just missing out on that elusive first win.
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Southport & District TTL Week 14
At the top of Division 1, both leaders Crosby TTC B and Crosby A, matched each other with 8-2 wins in their Derby encounters against their D and C teams respectively, which leaves things as they were, the B team on 101pts followed by the A with 90pts, but they a game in hand. Holy Trinity A lost ground and third place after losing to their B team, Argyle A leapfrog them after they recorded a maximum win against their B team in the all Argyle clash. They now have 72pts, Holy Trinity A 71pts, whilst the next six teams are separated by just seven points.
Waddington D continue to dominate Division 2, after a convincing home win over Southport B, taking them onto 103pts, that’s 20 pts clear of Holy Trinity C, who themselves maintained second place with the same outcome over fourth placed Argyle D, whose fortunes have taken a dip since the loss of number one Steve Lyon through injury. Remarkable match at Holy Trinity D when they entertained third placed Argyle C. Considering that their first match at Argyle earlier in the season finished 10-0 to Argyle, then this was to be a good’un! Tentative start for the home side two games down in the first of the double contests, but Dave Croot and Ron Makin set the standard of the evening by clawing their way back to a great win against seasoned pairing Monica Coogan and Derek Mahen. After winning the other doubles as well, the home team were now 2-0 up. Further good wins for Dave, Ron and John Moore, added to the lead as well as ensuring them of at least a draw, Holy Trinity led 5-0. Maybe I should have said, that first comeback set the standard for the first half of the match, as the visitors had other ideas. Wins for Derek, Allister Taylor and then Monica made it 5-3, could they? Angus Taylor kept it still alive making it 5-4, and finally it was left to Allister to cap a fantastic individual performance and level the match for his team. Great nights table tennis, summed up by home captain Ron Makin ‘that was the most amazing match I’ve played in’.
We visit Crosby TTC this week to see how their E team fared against Waterloo A in the Second Division and how the H team tackled Argyle E in the Third. Great to see Crosby’s E’s captain John Aitchison taking charge of his team again, and what a good start his team made. Wins for Josiah Nix over Geoff Metcalf and an epic comeback by Ben Shellien in his victory over Paul Mainey, fighting back from two games to take it 12-10 in the fifth, gave the home side an early 3-1 lead. This after Waterloo’s John Taylor had had a win in three games against Ted Sloan who proved more difficult than the score line suggested. Crosby’s other point came virtue of Waterloo conceding the first contest of the evening. Phil O’Mullane pulled one back for the visitors with a win over Ted, to make it 3-2. Ben then partnered Josiah to do battle with Paul and Phil, and with a good mix of attacking flair looked comfortable taking the first two games 11-4, 11-6. But the Waterloo pair weathered the storm, and levelled the contest 6-11,8-11. Into the fifth and again the home pair took control winning it 11-3, restoring their two points advantage, it’s 4-2. Enter John Taylor who capped a splendid evening by winning his second single’s and then added with partner Geoff, a second doubles success to tie the match score up at 4-4. Time for the two number One’s, Josiah verses Paul, and Josiah continued his fine form, and with a three game win gave his side at least a draw. Could Ben clinch the win, a good start taking the first 13-11, against Phil was just the ticket, but Phil steadied and slowly edged ahead 8-11,10-12, and finally winning the fourth 9-11, making it honour’s even at 5-5. Great match and probably a good result for both sides with that conceded point being decisive.
In the other contest, Crosby H were without number One Max Davies through injury, so there was a start for young Joe Wilson, playing his second match while Argyle welcomed the return of Nick Wilson. Although points on the board were not forthcoming for the home side there were plenty of positives throughout the match. Young Joe played very well against Ray Clarke and Emily Clare, who herself continues to impress for Argyle. Ewan Walsh and Cameron Sergison both put in good performances as did Felix Anderson at number One, although the experience and heavy chop style of Andy Stuart did pose them lots of problems. Highlight of the evening was in the second doubles, where Felix and Ewan won a very close affair against Ray and Emily 13-11,11-9,13-11. So a 1-9 victory for Argyle E, which keeps them in fifth place on 64 pts, Crosby H remain in ninth position with 39pts.
Elsewhere in Division 3, Waddington E still lead the way, still 100% and still in control with 114pts. Para’s are still second on 91pts, but it’s been a disappointing week for North Meols, conceding their match to Waterloo B due to player’s unavailability. Not the best way to earn ten points but Waterloo B now find themselves in the mix for second place, on 79pts in third place with North Meols fourth. You can find all Fixtures/Results/Tables and News at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Southport & District TTL WEEK 15
There is a slightly different look to the top of Division 1, the two teams are the same but the gap between them has grown. Crosby B now lead by 15pts, a commanding win over bottom side Argyle B puts them on 110pts. However Crosby A were dealt an early blow with the late withdrawal of number one Rob Barker, which seemed to ultimately lead to the loss of their 100% record in the draw against Crosby D. Putting that to one side the D team’s success was secured by a top draw performance from their young number one Rhys Davies, who notched a notable double, both being decided in the fifth. With a game in hand the A team now look like they will have to wait till their meeting with their rivals on the 21st March to re-establish their intent. Holy Trinity A remain in third on 76pts ahead of Argyle A on 72pts. Waddington A were good winners in the Waddington ‘derby’ lifting them to fifth place on 64pts, with the B team still amongst a packed group of teams in the bottom half of the table.
Leaders in the 2nd Division Waddington D welcomed back number one Colin Fyles for their Waddington ‘derby’, and he was needed too, helping his team to overcome a stubborn C team, where a Tom Caunce double and a Chris Foley single win were the main stumbling blocks. With 110pts they are 21pts ahead of Holy Trinity C in second, who had to settle for a narrow 6-4 win over Crosby E. Argyle C improved their position after a good win verses Southport C, still in third they are now only four points adrift of Holy Trinity C, but with a game in hand, so second place is not a done deal. Argyle D got back to winning ways at Southport B and remain fourth with 81pts. At the bottom Crosby F seem rooted, still awaiting that elusive win.
Our feature match this week comes from the top of Division 3, where 2nd placed Para’s host leaders Waddington E. Big test for the Para’s here, can they dent the leaders 100% record. Number one Nick Foss had the honour to start defending that record, Mark Wilson in opposition. Tailor made for both players this one, with the emphasis on attack. Nick started the better taking the first 6-11, and continued to out gun his opponent in the second taking it 7-11. A no nonsense 5-11 win in the third gave the visitors the start they wanted, 0-1. Kostya Sinitsa soon got the home side level, starting very well against Frank Pearce, taking the first two games, both 11-7. Frank coped better against Kostya’s high tempo blocking in the third winning it 10-12, and looked well placed in the fourth, only to narrowly miss out 13-11. Irene Mullan up next for Waddington verses Matt Spofforth, who edged a close first game 11-9. Back came Irene reversing that score in the second, and from then on her counter hitting served her well winning the next two 7-11 and 11-13, it’s 1-2 Waddington. Brian Haslam then made it 1-3, after a ‘cagey’ encounter with Para’s captain and number one Ian Littlewood, intriguing tussle, pity it only went to three games. Same story and outcome for Ian in the next contest against Nick Foss, who changed his game plan to combat Ian’s counter block game, still very very close, but it worked giving Nick the win , increasing his teams lead to 1-4. Could Matt get his team back in this, unfortunately Frank prevented any trace of a comeback with an excellent effort, and Waddington lead 1-5. Could Mark now salvage anything, well Irene started from where she left off against Matt, causing Mark lots of problems with her decisive counter hitting, and took the first two games 7-11,9-11. Similar story in the third, but at least Mark got to 10-10 this time, saving two match points in the process. A third match point was saved, before Mark edged one back 13-11. In the fourth errors began to creep in on both sides of the net, resulting in both players bowing to the pressure, eventually it was all square 11-9 to Mark. Best contest of the evening this, and with the tension mounting, it was felt more by Irene, as Mark again stole in to take the fifth 11-9, making the score 2-5. Brian Haslam quietly got on with making the match safe, and maintaining that 100% record, overcoming Kostya in three straight. He then teamed up with Nick in the doubles to win another exciting encounter which was decided in the fifth against Para’s pairing Mark and Matt. Last word though to the Para’s on an eventful and entertaining evening, first pairing Ian and Kostya winning in four games over Irene and Frank, giving us a final score of 3-7 Waddington E. That win keeps the Waddington outfit way out in front on 121pts, Para’s are still in second, trailing by 27pts. Waterloo B kept their challenge up with a good home win over Crosby H, they stay third on 86 pts, ahead of North Meols (80pts) who put last week’s difficulties behind them with a convincing home victory against Crosby G…. Quarter Finals of the four Cup competitions next week, and with several teams still in two events then hopefully all will get played. Also the Town Championships take place at Formby High School this Sunday 14th, starting at 9am, with Finals Night the following Tuesday 16th at Argyle starting at 7.30 pm, all welcome. You can find all Fixtures, Results, Tables and News at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Cup Quarter Final Week
Anon Cup and Plate
Not surprisingly, with seven teams facing two ties, there were six postponements across the four Cup Competitions, which hopefully will be played ASAP, in time for the Semi Final’s week commencing 14th March.
In the Anon Cup, title contenders Crosby TTC A did not have it all their own way against Waddington B. A win a piece for Rob Barker and Joe Mullin for the visitors, with a reply by Dave Britton, made the score 1-2 Crosby. Second doubles pairing Ged Wilson and Martyn Coleman squared things up for the home side clinching a very close contest in the fifth against Rob and James Sullivan. First doubles, Joe and Sam Pierce restored their lead, winning in three over Roger Neal and Dave. Next up, staying at the table Dave verses Joe, and what a treat they served up. Joe started the better, taking the first two games just, 10-12,13-15, back came Dave to tie things up, 15-13,11-9, so close. Dave completed the turnaround 11-8 in the fifth, super performance, its 3-3. Taking the next two encounters, Crosby finally put some daylight between the teams making it 3-5. Even then, Waddington weren’t finished, Martyn pulling one back to make it 4-5, before it was left to Sam Pierce to seal the win for the visitors, 4-6 Crosby A. Argyle A visited Holy Trinity B without captain Mark Jagger and Chris Parkes, and found the home side just too strong, Julian Quirk with two wins being a key factor in the victory. Highlight for Argyle was a great fightback from Angus Taylor to edge a terrific tussle in the fifth against Jack Gittens. Ties at Waddington A and Argyle B were postponed with the Argyle tie already rearranged for this week.
No surprises in the Plate Competition, Waddington D having a comfortable win over an understrength Holy Trinity D. Waddington E joined their D team in the Semi’s, with a ‘closer than it looked ‘ 7-3 win over Waterloo B, whilst Southport C, unfortunately had to concede their match verses Crosby TTC E, due to the unavailability of some players. Holy Trinity C will play their tie with Argyle C this week.
Gunson Cup and Plate
Only the one tie decided by points in the Gunson Cup, Argyle D’s win against their F team from the 3rd Division. Receiving a 170 point handicap, the F team never really looked like it would be enough, especially with only capturing just three points off their 2nd Division opponents, resulting in a 70pt deficit at the finish. Waddington B conceded to Crosby TTC D, completing an unlucky week for them. Both ties at Crosby TTC A and F were postponed, with the A teams match verses Waddington A again scheduled for this week.
Much more action in the Plate Competition, only the one tie at Waddington E being postponed. Closest finish came at the all 2nd Division contest at second placed Holy Trinity C where they entertained leaders Waddington D. No handicap awarded to either team in this one, so they both start level. Fine start for Waddington with Dave Noden winning the first contest with a maximum 55pts, which turned out to be the only maximum earned in the tie. Ted Cramsie reduced Waddington’s lead with a narrow win over Ray Hibbs 44-40. After two contests the visitors lead 81-95. An intriguing battle between Holy Trinity’s Norman Lindsay and Colin Fyles which finished level at 47-47, was followed by a win for Robert Carr, which gave Waddington a 3pt lead in a score line of 180-183 at the halfway stage. Ted then had another nail biter against Colin, this time it was even closer, just 1pt in a 46-45 win. With another win for the home side by Janette Hutchins, its Holy Trinity who now lead by 7pts, 279-272. Robert Carr completed an excellent evenings work with his second win, increasing his side’s lead to 23 pts with one encounter to go, leaving Dave Noden a very tall order to overcome, against Norman. Another ‘ding dong’ battle resulting in another draw 49-49, settling the tie at 380-357 Holy Trinity C, fabulous match! Southport E from the 3rd Division too, had a few surprises up their sleeve when they entertained Waddington C. With a handicap of 170pts they needed to score 34 pts per contest, which they did 5 five times, whilst at the same time stopping their 2nd Division opponents of getting a maximum 55pts. Joe Brolly, Southport’s number one had an outstanding match, scoring 95pts, taking 27pts off his opponents in the process. Alex Karalius too was a thorn in Waddington’s side winning 84pts. It finished 445-396, with much of the win due not only to the points won by the home side, but to the points lost by the visitors. Finally, Argyle E looked to have been just to strong for Crosby TTC H, winning the tie by a 59pt margin.
Championship Sunday took place at Formby High School, and as always it created a great atmosphere, as well as a feast of table tennis. With ‘Finals Night’ the target , a full run down of the winners should be in next weeks report.
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Town Championships Final Night
After the feast of Table Tennis served up on Championship Sunday (sponsored by Merseyrail), Finals Night did not disappoint. First up was the Over 40’s Singles (The John Pilkington Trophy), between Paul Gittins (Holy Trinity) and Matt Wilson (Waddington). A great start to the evening, with a pulsating ‘ding dong’ battle throughout five superb games, ending with Paul coming out on top, taking the fifth 11-6. Dave Mullan (Waddington) against Lewis Campbell (Waterloo) took to the table next to decide the 3rd Division Singles (The Andrew Nicholson Cup). Vast experience verses irrepressible youth in this one, and although Lewis’s attack plan nearly paid off in the first, Dave’s uncompromising defence made the difference for him to take the title in three straight. Junior Singles Final next on the agenda, Josh Parker (Crosby) to play Nick Wilson (Argyle). First Division Player Josh certainly held the upper hand, although Nick almost took the second, just missing out 14-12. Josh took the third and the match, but Nick confirmed his impressive season so far and did the 3rd Division proud. In the over 55’s Singles Final, Dave Mullan contested his second Final of the evening, facing Paul Lunan (Southport). Intriguing battle this one for sure, with both players adopting a mainly defensive strategy. Working some good opening’s to introduce his heavy loop game, Paul took the first, but as the match progressed and the longer the rallies became, the more Dave’s defence held firm and the next two games were his by the narrowest of margins. Game four continued in the same vain with the same outcome, a win in four for the Waddington player and a second title, exhausting stuff!
Main event to finish off the night, the Open Singles Final (I H Lavery Cup) between Joe Mullin (Crosby) and Matt Wilson in his second final. Superb match to round things off, full of outstanding play from both players, top spin attack at its best, resourceful chop and block defence, a pity it only lasted three games. Matt so nearly took it further, just being edged out 13-11 in a tense third game, but the title was Joe’s and so well deserved. So a nice double in the end for Joe as he and his doubles partner Sam Pierce had won the Doubles Cup on Sunday against Yameen Al Dahiri and Josh Parker. A fabulous evening’s entertainment was completed with the presentation of the Trophy’s by League President Stan Clarke.
Over 40’s Singles Paul Gittins v Matt Wilson 12-14,11-2,9-11,11-8,11-6
3rd Div Singles Dave Mullan v Lewis Campbell 11-9,11-7, 11-5
Junior Singles Josh Parker v Nick Wilson 11-4,14-12,11-4
Over 55’s Singles Dave Mullan v Paul Lunan 8-11,11-9,15-13,11-8
Open Singles Joe Mullin V Matt Wilson 11-5,11-6,13-11
Southport & District TTL Week 16
Whilst a lot of focus was firmly fixed on Finals Night, there was also the small matter of a full league programme, which had its fair share of excitement. No real change at the top of Division 1, second placed Crosby TTC A’s convincing win against Holy Trinity A, closed the gap on their rivals Crosby B who didn’t have a match, to 6pts. That loss for Holy Trinity allowed Argyle A to leapfrog them into third place after a good away win at Waddington B. Crosby B lead on 110pts, Crosby A now have 104pts, followed by Argyle A on 79pts, with Holy Trinity on 77pts. Waddington A on 70pts head a group of six teams separated by 13pts, leaving Argyle B cut adrift on 24pts.
Waddington D continued to control things at the top of Division 2, with an impressive win over third placed Argyle C. Now on 117pts they are 25pts clear of second placed Holy Trinity C, who themselves marked time after slipping to a 3-7 defeat to Waterloo A. Great result this for Waterloo who are now in the mix of four teams in the chasing pack. Argyle D complete that four after winning 7-3 at home to Waddington C, with two wins a piece from Mike Parker and Naresh Tagore being decisive. At the bottom, Crosby TTC F remain rooted, conceding their match against Holy Trinity D, players availability again the issue.
Surprising result in Division 3, runaway Waddington E’s 100% record has gone. With captain Dave Mullan, Irene Mullan and Nick Foss unavailable, the leaders team virtually picked itself for their visit to a buoyant Argyle G. Nick Wilson certainly made his presence felt for the home side with two wins, but further contributions from each of the home side earned them at least a draw leading 5-3 after the singles. Just one win from the doubles required, and one duly obtained, making the final score 6-4. Great win for Argyle, but considering that all four contests that were decided in the fifth game were all won by the home side, then Waddington could be excused for feeling a little unlucky. Waddington E have 125pts, still way ahead of Para’s on 99pts in 2nd place, whose draw against Argyle E was also a little surprising, but not for Argyle’s young Emily Clare, two wins for her the highlight of an entertaining contest. Waterloo TTC B maintained their promotion intentions, winning 7-3 at Southport E, keeping them in third place on 93pts. North Meols without a match this week stay in fourth on 80pts, but with matches in hand can’t be ruled out…. Finally, at the bottom, Crosby TTC G won their first game in style against an understrength Argyle F. Two wins each for Elliot Cooper, Ted Sloan and Chris Moustaka along with one from Nick Moustaka doing the damage. You can find all Fixtures/Results/Tables and News at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Southport and District TTL Week 17
A maximum points win for leaders Crosby TTC B, coupled with gaining another point on rivals Crosby A puts them a small step nearer to the 1st Division title. Seven points is now the gap between the two, and with five matches to go, their clash on the 21st of this month looks to be A teams last chance to impact on the outcome. Crosby B lead on 120pts, Crosby A now have 113pts, Argyle A on 84pts have edged ahead in the race for third place, ahead of Holy Trinity A on 80pts, who lost ground after a 3-7 defeat at Crosby TTC D, where but for Kenny Jackson the loss could have been worse. At the bottom Argyle B remain rooted, with Waddington B next to bottom after that maximum loss inflicted on them by the leaders.
Waddington D even without a match this week still hold an impressive lead at the top of Division 2, with 117pts. Intriguing tussle for second place is still led by Holy Trinity C, who now have 100pts after a good away win at Crosby F. Argyle C’s win in the Argyle ‘Derby’ against their D team keeps them firmly in third place with 95pts, two wins a piece for Angus Taylor and Monica Coogan making the difference. Argyle D are fourth on 91pts, and with Argyle C also with a game in hand, this three way tussle will I’m sure rumble on to the last week. Crosby F, still awaiting that elusive first win prop up the rest on 32pts, whilst Southport C are also looking a little cut adrift just above on 49pts.
Waddington is the venue for our feature match where their C team entertain Crosby TTC E. If both sides play to their potential, then this could be a close one, and what a great start we had to proceedings with the First Doubles encounter, home pairing Chris Foley and Karen Gibson taking on Joshua Nix and Ben Shellien. Whenever the doubles are called first on, then it can be viewed a good way of feeling your way into the match whilst checking out your opponents, but not on this occasion as both pairs went full throttle from the start, combining to out hit each other. A close first game, went to the home side 11-9, followed by a good 6-11 reply from the visitors, a mixture of some great top spin attack and a fair share of unforced errors meant the next two games were also shared, 11-5, 4-11. Into the fifth now, and with no let up, Chris and Karen steadied matters a little better and took it 11-7, to get their side off to what could be a significant start. Second Doubles too, went the same way, Tom Caunce and Frank Proffitt winning in four games against Marcus Doyle and Pat Hyde, 2-0 Waddington. Chris verses Ben up next, would that first doubles effect Ben’s approach, maybe some but not enough to stop him winning in three extremely close games, 9-11,12-14,11-13, it’s 2-1. Tom against Pat next and a fabulous start for Pat saw her take the first two games in some style, 7-11,8-11, has she played better than this, well, whether she has or not it continued into the third, and at 15-15 could she edge it. Next two points to Tom and relief, he was still in it, and although Pat maintained her game, Tom certainly upped his and took the next two 11-3,11-8, restoring Waddington’s two point advantage. Joshua made it 3-2 winning in three straight over Karen, before Captain Frank Proffitt made it 4-2 overcoming Marcus in a tense five game tussle, in which he came back from 1-2 down to win it in the fifth 11-5. Back came Crosby again, Ben beating a stubborn Tom Caunce in four, to make it 4-3, but then the match was made safe by Karen’s three straight win against Marcus. Frank completed his captains role clinching the match coming back from a game down to win in four against Pat, 6-3 Waddington. We started off with a great contest so it was fitting we ended with one, the two number one’s, Chris Foley and Josiah Nix. Super performance from both players throughout, and of course it went to a fifth game, that going to Josiah 8-11, making the final score 6-4 for the home side, and that opening win in the doubles more than significant. Waddington remain in sixth place in the league, Crosby E are now 11pts clear of the bottom two.
In the 3rd Division it looks ‘all done and dusted’ and like their D team in the 2nd Division, even without a match Waddington E look more assured after this week’s results to take the title, they have looked to be destined for all season. Waterloo B have certainly thrown their hat into the ring as promotion hopefuls, a great win at Para’s, who were without Mark Wilson, put them just in second place on 101pts ahead of Para’s on matches drawn. Another all round team effort the key to the win, where only Para’s captain Ian Littlewood got points on the board. North Meols are still in contention after a narrow win over Argyle F, now on 86pts and with two games in hand, it would be foolish to rule them out of the equation. Both Crosby sides G and H remain the bottom two sides, but continue to improve with each match. All Fixture/Results/Tables and News can be found at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Southport & District TTL WEEK 18
In Division 1, Crosby TTC B extended their lead to nine points over rivals Crosby TTC A, who despite being well understrength still managed a draw against Waddington A. Crosby B’s win at Holy Trinity B wasn’t without incident either, after the late withdrawal of Holy Trinity’s number one Julian Quirk, the remaining three players restricted the leaders to four points from the seven available, with the final score 3-7 Crosby B. They head the Division on 127pts, with Crosby A on 118pts. Holy Trinity A improved their chances of third spot with a convincing win at home to Southport A, whilst an understrength Argyle A faltered at Crosby TTC C, the resulting draw leaves Argyle on the same points (89pts) but still in third on matches won. At the bottom it looks like a three way fight between Waddington B, Southport A and Crosby C to see you will join Argyle B in the drop zone.
Waddington D still look firm favourites to take the Division 2 title, their win over Holy Trinity D putting them 126pts, 16pts clear of second placed Holy Trinity C whose maximum win against Southport B gives them 110pts. Argyle C remain in contention with 102pts after a 7-3 away success at Crosby TTC E. A game in hand for the Argyle side could be decisive here, as will their clash with Holy Trinity later this month. Waterloo TTC A moved into fourth place on 93pts ahead of Argyle D on 91pts. At the bottom, Crosby TTC F so nearly got that elusive first win, as they got off to great start against second bottom team Southport C, taking a 0-3 lead, with two wins for captain Sarang Sapre and one for Rashad Al Dahiri. Southport fought back with a win apiece for Nigel Pilkington, Clayton Creed and Bill Bradley and a great double for Alan Town completing the turnaround. Alan then finished off a good evenings work by winning his doubles with Clayton to clinch the match 6-4. Crosby stay rooted on 36pts, and despite the win Southport remain in the bottom two on 55pts.
Waddington E moved closer to capturing the 3rd Division title after a fine win at Crosby G, they lead on 133 pts. Para’s also kept their promotion hopes alive with a good win over Crosby H, putting them on 109pts.
Waterloo B travelled to Argyle G with a top two place in mind, but Argyle having not lost in 2016, and ending Waddington E’s 100% record in the process, then this would be a tester. In their win over Waddington, Nick Wilson was the deciding factor, in this one we have a new name to conjure with, Krzysztof Gorny. A fabulous double along with a doubles win with Ilona Kuznik, made the difference, highlighted by a great comeback from two games down to win in five against Lewis Campbell. It finished 7-3 to the home side, denting Waterloo’s ambitions, but not ruling them entirely out, as they slip back to third on 104pts.. North Meols picked up the pace again with a maximum win over Southport E, now on 96pts in fourth, they look very well placed with games in hand.
Argyle F play hosts to Southport D in the 3rd Division is our feature match this week. Both sides find themselves in the bottom half of the table, and with the visitors better placed could they kick start their climb to get themselves into that top half. Well, with the inclusion of Joe Brolly at number one, along with the late withdrawal of Argyle’s captain Andy Horn, Southport looked favourites. Indeed Joe got his side off to a flyer with a good win in three straight against Joe Edmunds, Jordan Shandley soon increased that lead with a win in three over Paul Coulson, although the 7-11,9-11,5-11 score line didn’t reflect how close this intense encounter really was. It’s 0-2 Southport. Gary Hible up next for the home side, facing Stuart Gibson, and with the first going to Stuart 4-11, again things didn’t look that good for Argyle. Gary steadied and levelled taking the second 11-9, the third went his way too 11-6, and points were on the board for the home side, Gary edging the fourth 11-9 , 1-2 Southport. Captain Paul Harrison, regained their two point advantage with a good win over Tom Johnston, and 1-3 soon became 1-4, Joe Brolly again putting paid to a determined Paul Coulson in three straight. Joe Edmunds certainly had the ‘bit between his teeth’ against Paul Harrison, going into a two game lead,11-8,11-7. Great reply from Paul in the third 3-11, and an epic fourth so nearly saw a home win, but it was all square Paul taking just 12-14. In the fifth Joe could not summon his form back, a comfortable 4-11 win for Paul made the score 1-5 for the visitors. Jordan then clinched the win by winning in three against Gary, 1-6 Southport. At this stage you could have forgiven the home side if they had thrown in the towel, but Tom had different ideas, having lost the first game to Stuart, a great fight back saw him take the next three to make it 2-6. Joe Brolly was again at the centre of things in the all Joe and Paul first doubles encounter, three straight to the visitors, 2-7. Last word and deservedly so to Argyle, with second pairing Tom and Gary coming out on top in an entertaining contest with Jordan and Stuart. Having lost an intriguing first narrowly 14-16, they rallied to take the next three to clinch the final point and make the final score 3-7 Southport. Great nights entertainment, with the result in the end just about right....
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Southport & District TTL WEEK 19
Even with their result not in, Crosby TTC B still lead the way at the top of Division 1, as rivals Crosby TTC A, who were missing captain Joe Mullin only managed a narrow 6-4 win away to Argyle A. Crosby B remain on 127pts, Crosby A now have 124pts, but have played a match more, swinging the advantage the B team’s way. Decision day looks more and more like the 21st, when the two sides meet. As Argyle A were gaining points against Crosby A, Holy Trinity A maybe missed the chance to take over in third place, a narrow loss to Waddington A , who extended their unbeaten run to six games , meant they stay in fourth place on 93pts, just behind Argyle on less matches won. Maybe we will know more after the sides meet, again on the 21st, or if it’s a draw maybe we won’t. Waddington A are in fifth place on 88pts. At the bottom with Argyle B rooted on 30pts, one of the three teams above them, Crosby C (65pts), Waddington B (66pts) and Southport A (68pts) look likeliest to join them in the danger zone, but who? Well, that is a tough call.
At the top of Division 2, Waddington D are now within just four points of clinching the title, this after a convincing away win at lowly Southport C. They lead on 135pts, ahead of second placed Holy Trinity C on 116pts, a narrow win away over Waddington C keeping them in the running for a possible promotion place. On the same night there was another key contest in the battle for second place, third in the table Argyle C played host to fourth placed Waterloo TTC A, and it’s where we head for this week’s feature match… Lewis Campbell drafted in from the B team was first up for the visitors, facing Joe Gilbert, and what a great introduction to the evening this was. A wonderful array of attacking shots from both players, answered by counter hit and block was the recipe throughout a tight first game. At 10-10, it was anyone’s, but finally edged by Lewis 11-13. It was same again in the second, with no let up we were again at 10-10, with Lewis just taking it 10-12. Great reply from Joe in the third, still very close but an 11-9 win meant he was back in it. Lewis regained the initiative in the fourth, seeing him home 7-11, the visitors lead 0-1. Monica Coogan up next against Waterloo’s Gavin Minett, and another treat was in store. This one went to five games, Monica took the first, Gavin the next two, only for Monica to level it, and finally win it 11-8 in the fifth, phew! its 1-1. Home captain Angus Taylor then gave his side the lead in an intense four game tussle against Nikolay Primuk, before young Lewis restored parity, with another great display, coming back from a game down to win in four against Derek Mahon, 2-2. This match was going to be close, and with Geoff Metcalf coming out on top in another exciting five game contest win over Joe Gilbert, (9-11 in the fifth), Waterloo now led 2-3. Doubles called next, so could Lewis and Nikolay increase that lead, facing them were Monica and Derek. It looked doubtful after the home pair took the first 11-6, but the visitors rallied to take the next three games, completing a fabulous evenings work for Lewis, and making the score 2-4 Waterloo. Argyle’s other pairing of Angus and Joe soon got one back, winning in three against Gavin and Geoff, and with Monica handing out similar treatment to Geoff in the next duel, Argyle were back level at 4-4. A draw will at least be earned in the next encounter between Derek and Nikolay, and with Derek getting the better of the first two games, and then taking the third 11-6, Argyle had turned it around from 2-4 down to lead 5-4. Just the two number ones left to decide the match Angus verses Gavin, and with Angus finding his form, retrieving just about anything Gavin threw at him, including many of his trademark heavy chop returns from nearly off the floor, the match was decided. Three straight to Angus, and the match was won 6-4 Argyle. A great evening’s entertainment, with credit to both sides. Argyle C stay third on 108pts, with a game in hand, Waterloo slip to fifth on 97pts, as Argyle D move to fourth on 100pts after their good win at Holy Trinity D. That second position looks like it will be sorted on the 23rd, when Argyle C visit rivals Holy Trinity C, interesting.
At the bottom Crosby F finally got their first win on the board, and although it was against an understrength Southport B, they will certainly take it, two wins apiece for Sarange Sapre and Dylan Walsh securing the win. However they remain rooted at the bottom on 42pts, with Southport C next on 56pts, seven points from safety.
Like their counterparts in the 2nd Division, Waddington E are just three points away from securing the 3rd Division title, a commanding win over Argyle F putting them in virtually an unassailable position. Only North Meols can catch them now after a good home win against Southport D. Para’s too, kept up the pressure for that runners up spot, a maximum haul verses Southport E keeping them in second spot on 119pts, North Meols are now third with 104pts ahead of Waterloo TTC B on games won, and have matches in hand as well. It looks likely now that Waterloo will just miss out, with three matches to play, whilst the game between Para’s and North Meols on the 23rd of this month looks like going someway to decide who finishes second.
Next week we break from league action to have the semi finals of the Anon and Gunson Cup Competitions, so will there be any surprises, you can find all information at www.tabletennis365.com/southport
Anon & Gunson Cup & Plate Semi Finals…
Argyle B v Formby HT B
Could bottom club Argyle B salvage something from what has been a very tough season. Holy Trinity B lie mid table, so must start favourites in this all 1st division clash. Adam Ziaber up first facing visitors captain Mal Kent, and although Mal took the first, Adam fought back to take the next two. A close fourth saw Mal level the contest before taking the fifth 6-11, to put his team one up. Les Dodd tied things up in a four game win over Janette Hutchins, winning the fourth just 15-13. Home captain Les Lord then ran Jack Gittens ever so close, it only went to three games but Jack nicked each one 10-12. Holy Trinity lead 1-2. Julian Quirk’s win in three straight against Callum Richardson made the score 1-3, before Les Dodd brought the home side back into contention with his second win of the night against Jack. Janette restored that 2 point advantage winning in four games over Adam, having lost the first. Argyle’s chance disappeared with that loss, and with further wins from Julian and Mal, clinched the win and it’s Holy Trinity who head for the Final, 2-6.
Waddington A v Crosby TTC A
With both sides at full strength there was no question that Crosby were firm favourites in this one… From the off only one side looked liked progressing, as double wins for Rob Barker and Joe Mullin along with a win a piece for Sam Pierce and James Sullivan made it a safe passage to the Final for Crosby A. Only Matthew Wilson and Josh Taylor got a sight of success against on their night a very formidable team. They advance to face Holy Trinity B in the final, where again they must start favourites.
Waddington E v Waddington D
With player’s availability a big issue, this Waddington ‘derby ‘took on an unusual look. It was thought fairer for each team to play with three payers, reducing any advantage one had over the other. Two wins for the D team by Dave Noden put the 2nd division team on the right track, particularly a great five game victory over Dave Mullan. A win a piece for Dave and Brian Haslam for the E team gave them some hope, but a further win by Ray Hibbs against Brian along with a decisive victory for the D team in the one doubles encounter, meant that the win is theirs and Waddington D are in the final.
Formby HT C v Crosby TTC
In the first of their two semi- finals, Holy Trinity C, won through to the final with a 6-0 score line.
Southport B v Crosby TTC D
At this Semi Final stage, the handicap is not revealed until the end of the match, from a sealed envelope. As the teams prepared themselves for combat, much discussion was about that handicap and how many points would 2nd division Southport be awarded against their 1st division opponents. One thing was certain that speculation would serve no purpose, and with those thoughts firmly put on the ‘back burner’, we were underway. Very good start for the home side, and although Crosby’s Peter Ashley gained maximum points Jeff Cummins earned his side 38 valuable points. Southport’s captain Alan Nolan started well against Francois Rafferty, with 19 points from the first three games, but 23pts was his total at the finish, giving Crosby a 61-110 lead after two encounters. Maximum wins continued for the visitors, Rhys Davies winning the battle of the number one’s against Jim Irving 23-55, which then was followed by Peter overcoming Alan Town 24-55. At halfway, Crosby lead by 112 pts (108-220). Another convincing win for Rhys, 19-55 over Alan Nolan, tightened Crosby’s grip on the tie, but it was soon loosened somewhat when Jeff rounded off a terrific night for him, running Mark Davies very close , just losing out 41-52. After six contests it’s 168-327, Crosby lead by 159pts. Hard to say who had the advantage, if any at all, but when Alan Town was forced to retire through injury, having only picked up three points against Francois, then the advantage certainly swung Crosby’s way. Jim gave Southport some hope picking up a creditable 36 points in the last contest, but would it be enough with a pre handicap score of 207-437. Decision time, and 240 points to Southport and the victory by just 10 points. Great match throughout, with the usual tense finish, but who will Southport play in the final. With the unfortunate postponement of the other semi between Waddington A and Argyle D then we will have to wait and see.
Southport E v Waddington E
In this all 3rd division clash, probable league winners Waddington E were dealt a blow with the late withdrawal of one of the only four players available on the night, making a tough assignment much more difficult. In effect playing with three players gives the opposition 110 points without reply, as well as any handicap awarded. Southport were going to be the recipients of that, so could we have a miracle. Good performances from all the Southport team, notably a fine 44-44 draw for Alex Karalius against Frank Pearce subdued Waddingtons efforts. Nick Foss, for the visitors secured two maximum hauls, and along with another from Gordon Imrie, kept any slim hopes alive. But it was an inevitable end as Southport’s Sue Greenhalgh, Pat Merry and Joe Brolly summoned up enough points to get within 14pts of their opponents score of 314pts. With the handicap revealed as 160pts to Southport, and they take the final spot 460-314.
Argyle E v Formby HT C
In our second Semi, 3rd division Argyle E host Holy Trinity C from the 2nd division, who were aiming for their second Final spot of the week. With the unknown handicap, Argyle got off to a great start with Nick Wilson getting 39 pts against Holy Trinity’s number one Ted Cramsie, as well as taking a further five points off Ted in the 39-50 score line. Norman Lindsay to face Argyle’s number one Andy Stuart next, and Norman did what he had too, maximum points winning 29-55. Holy Trinity lead by 37pts after two contests (68-105). Dave Croot and then Graham Oates kept the pressure on the home side with good wins over Ray Clarke and John Hepple, 24-55 and 27-55 respectfully, making the score at halfway 119-215 to the visitors, a lead of 96pts. Norman continued the run of maximums, restricting Ray to 30pts, the lead now could well be beyond Argyle at 121pts with still three encounters to go. An outright win would help the cause and that’s what Nick served up next against Graham, a super 50-41 victory, closing the gap to 112pts. Could the team from the 3rd division reduce the arrears more, well Dave had other ideas when he took on fellow number four John Hepple, a commanding win 18-55, restoring a decent lead for the away side. Last up the two number one’s and if Holy Trinity needed to finish on a high note, then Ted Cramsie can be relied on. A 12-55 win over Andy, made the pre handicap score stand at 229-421 Holy Trinity. Who had done enough? 150pts to Argyle and it’s 42pts short, sealing a second Final for Holy Trinity C… super finish.
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Southport & District TTL WEEK 20
With just two weeks still left of the league campaign, quite a few issues have now been settled, one no more important than at the top of Division 1, where Crosby TTC B were looking to take a great step in clinching the title against their fierce rivals Crosby A… ‘A’ team captain Joe Mullin had the honour to get us under way, facing the ‘B’ teams number one Jack Dempsey, in what was a stunning opener. Jack got off to a flier taking the first two games 4-11,9-11, before Joe returned the compliment, winning the next two 11-6,11-7, setting up a superb fifth which Jack took 8-11, and the B team lead 0-1. Rob Barker levelled things up, winning in four against Tom Miller, 11-3,11-6,11-13,11-6. Matty Laird put his side back in front, after having lost the first 11-9 to Peter Ashley, stormed through the next three 1-11,6-11,6-11, to make the score 1-2 B team. Jack came back to the table to do battle with Rob, and once again we were treated to a fabulous display of attacking play. First blood to Jack 9-11, next two games to Rob 11-7,11-6, and with no surprise Jack tied it up 6-11. Into the fifth, advantage one way then the other, it couldn’t be closer, 9-11 Jack, daylight! between the teams, it’s 1-3. Worrying signs for the A team as Sam Pierce suffered a three straight loss to Tom, making it 1-4. Peter then ran B team captain Sylvia Graham very close, it went to five games, but Sylvia finally clinched the point 8-11 in the decider, stretching the lead to 1-5, B team. At this stage not only were the A team in danger of conceding the league title, but their unbeaten record as well. Joe stemmed the flow with a good win over Matty, even losing the first heavily 4-11, didn’t deter him from taking the next three 11-3,11-6,11-3. Sam kept the comeback alive against Sylvia, after losing a close first 9-11, he edged the second 14-12, going on to take the next two, both11-5. As it stands, 3-5 to the B team, they need just one win from the remaining double’s contests to make victory theirs, and that chance was taken as Jack completed a memorable nights work with Tom to clinch the match , Final score 4-6, and a brilliant match throughout from the league’s top two teams. Victory for Crosby B, puts them on 143pts, fifteen points ahead of Crosby A’s 128pts, and with only two matches to go I think we can say it will be Crosby B whose name will be on the trophy.
Elsewhere in Division 1, third place it seems cannot be decided, with Argyle A and Holy Trinity A starting the week both on 93pts, and also considering each side has taken turns at third spot throughout the season, it was no surprise their clash this week ended all square. Holy Trinity’s Kenny Jackson weighed in with a maximum quota of wins, whilst Argyle must be thankful for a stirring display from Callum Richardson, who won both his singles. Argyle A stay third on games won. Waddington A are in fifth on 93pts, with an outside chance of that third spot. At the bottom Argyle B stay rooted on 32pts. But with Crosby TTC C (77pts) gaining a valuable eight points against the bottom team, and Waddington B (76pts) securing a maximum win over a much understrength Crosby D, then Southport A (73pts) even after a creditable draw verses Waddington A, slip into the drop zone.
Waddington D finally clinched the Division 2 title, although it was slightly disappointing it was on the back of receiving a walkover win from bottom team Crosby TTC F. Nevertheless a deserved outcome and congratulations for the only unbeaten team across the three divisions, the question is now, can they keep that record intact. There was a twist in the battle for second spot, after Argyle C regained the advantage with a good win away at their rivals Holy Trinity C, and although the home side were without a couple of key players, when the opportunity arises, it’s got to be taken.
Holy Trinity C remain second on 118pts, Argyle C now have 116pts in third, but with a game in hand look favourite’s to land that second place. Argyle D are in fourth on 109pts. After conceding their match, Crosby F will finish bottom. Southport C look to be in a precarious spot in second bottom position on 57pts, that’s nine behind Crosby TTC E.
Waddington E made it a double celebration for the club, winning the Division 3 title in fine style, a 9-1 victory at Southport D putting them on 151pts, confirming what everyone thought as the season progressed. Praise from captain Dave Mullan was instant, not for his team, but for his squad, especially for those new players who played their part. Great result for North Meols at Para’s, with second place up for grabs they certainly put themselves in pole position with a convincing 1-9 win. Again a super team effort, highlighted by another double win success from number one Les Rimmer. Para’s captain Ian Littlewood agreed saying ‘they thoroughly deserved the win’. They move to second on 122pts with Para’s now third on 120pts. Argyle G continued their great form winning well against Southport E, to remain unbeaten since the New Year.
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Southport and District TTL WEEK 21
Three postponements on Easter Monday, left only two matches to be played in the top flight. A weakened Crosby TTC A got back to winning ways at bottom club Argyle B. Having trailed 2-4 at one stage, four points in succession gave them the win, which left champions elect Crosby TTC B needing only two points from their remaining two matches to clinch the Division 1 title. It was also a good week for Waddington A, a maximum win over Crosby TTC D (who were without Mark and Rhys Davies) lifted them into third place on 103pts, dizzy heights! five points ahead of Argyle A and Holy Trinity A. Matters at the bottom will have to be put on hold till at least next week.
Having already wrapped up the 2nd Division Title, we head to see if Waddington E can maintain their unbeaten status against forth placed Argyle D. Still missing number one Colin Fyles, the division winners were dealt a further blow with the late withdrawal of Dave Williams, so Irene and Dave Mullan stepped in. Argyle too were still missing long absentee Steve Lyon, young Nick Wilson coming as his replacement. Waddington captain Ray Hibbs up first to face Joe Gilbert, and he started well taking the first two games 11-4,11-7. Joe got himself back into it with a good mix of top spin attack, taking the third 6-11. Winning the fourth was crucial, and it went to Ray 11-7, the home side lead. Both Ray and Joe stayed at the table to be joined by Dave Noden and Jules Dutch for the first doubles encounter. Good start for the visitors winning the first just,11-13, which was followed by a great response from the home pair which saw them take control, taking the next two 11-7,11-3, before sealing the win in a close fourth game 11-9. Waddington lead 2-0. Two nil soon became 3-0 as Ray completed his quickfire maximum, beating Naresh Tagore in three straight. Argyle were in need of some respite and Nick Wilson obliged with a good win over Irene, it’s 3-1 Waddington. This time it was Irene and Nick to stay put and be joined by Dave Mullan and Naresh for the second doubles contest. Advantage Argyle as they got off to a flyer, going into a two game lead 9-11,4-11. Back came Irene and Dave in some style taking the next two 11-9,11-8, and we are into a decider which again the visitors took control having more success with their top spin attack, finally winning the point 7-11 in the fifth, and reducing the deficit to 3-2. Dave Noden then put the home side 4-2 ahead overcoming Jules in three straight, after which Dave Mullan did a repeat performance on Joe to at least earn a draw and keep that unbeaten record intact, 5-2 Waddington. Could Argyle pull it back, well Naresh could not have started better against Irene, dominating and taking the first 3-11. Irene steadily grew in confidence, counter hitting and picking her shots well to take the second 11-8, and then the third 11-5. Fabulous tussle this was tuning out to be, and we are going to a decider, Naresh levelling 9-11. All to play for in a tense fifth game, first one way then the other, eventually Irene kept her nerve to win it 11-8, and secure victory for her side, making it 6-2 Waddington. Dave Noden then made it 7-2, getting past a tricky test against Nick, and Dave Mullan finished things off with a good win in four games over Jules, who began very well winning an epic first 14-16, but ran out of ideas to get past Dave’s steadfast defence. Great nights entertainment once more with the home side proving they have strength in depth. Waddington D now have 153pts. After another excellent win over Southport B, Argyle C look the more likely to take second place, now on 124pts avoiding defeat at Waddington C in their last match will do the trick. Holy Trinity C remain third on 118pts, Waterloo TTC A move into fourth on 113pts just above Argyle D. It’s all done and dusted at the bottom too, with Crosby TTC F already assigned to bottom spot, the match between second bottom Southport C and third bottom Crosby TTC E looked like a decider from the onset, and with Crosby winning a close contest 4-6, Southport C now on 61pts will be unable to catch the Crosby outfit who have 72pts.
Waddington E were unable to celebrate their winning of the 3rd Division with a win, another impressive display from second placed North Meols handing out only Waddington’s second loss of the campaign. This time it was a great double from George Bradley that inflicted the decisive blows. That win leaves North Meols in what looks to be a secure runners-up position on 128pts, that coming about after Para’s loss to Argyle G, who at one stage were well in control, leading 0-5. A great fightback from Para’s lasted until the last game, Krzysztof Gorny clinching the win. With Para’s now on 124pts having completed their games, Waterloo TTC B could still mathematically cause a surprise twist to matters. Having two matches to play, gaining maximums in both would mean North Meols needing to beat Argyle G, and considering they are unbeaten in the second half of the season, (their last loss was against North Meols) then this will be interesting.
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Southport and District TTL WEEK 22
Crosby TTC B finally made the Division 1 Title theirs after winning at Southport A, putting them on 150pts, that’s sixteen ahead of their A team rivals with just one rearranged match to play. With the top now sorted, attentions turn to the bottom and after that loss Southport A need to win their last game at Argyle A to stay out of the bottom two. With Crosby TTC C having finished their fixtures with a tense draw against Waddington B, the situation is tight. Even Waddington B need something from their last match verses Holy Trinity B. Currently Crosby C have 82pts, Waddington B are on 81pts and Southport A have 76pts, and bringing up the rear Argyle B have 36pts.
Holy Trinity A kept up their assault on third place with a maximum win over Argyle B, and to see how the other two teams faired we again head to Waddington to see the A team tackle Argyle A…
Waddington A moved into third place last week, so could they extend their unbeaten run of eight matches when they face Argyle A, who themselves have been taking turns most of the season with Holy Trinity A for that third position. An understrength Argyle faced a tough task, and it was number one Phil Smith up first against Josh Taylor. Good start for Phil, taking a tight first 9-11, followed by a more comfortable second 5-11. Josh made a great fist of it in the third but just missed out again 9-11, it’s 0-1 Argyle. It was soon all square, Matthew Wilson winning in three straight over visitor’s captain Mark Jagger. Waddington’s captain Gordon Wood up next to face Callum Richardson, and another super performance from the Argyle player, hitting through Gordon’s renowned defence in three straight to restore his sides lead, 1-2 Argyle. Roger Neal then levelled things up, overcoming Les Lord in four games. Waddington’s number one Matthew returned to the table to face his opposite number Phil, who was quickly put on the back foot by an array of aggressive top spin shots, 11-1 to Matthew in the first. Phil rallied in the second, but could not contain Matthews attack, 11-7 and then 11-4 taking the point, and the home side lead for the first time in the match. Doubles next with second doubles pairing Josh and Gordon pitting their wits against Argyle’s Mark and Callum. First set to the home pair 11-7, closer in the second but again it went to Waddington, just 12-10. Similar story in the third, 11-6, and they increase their lead to 4-2. First double pairing of Matthew and Roger then kept that unbeaten run intact, initially storming off to a two game lead 11-3,11-2, they were pegged back 10-12 by Phil and Les in the third, but another convincing display in the fourth took it 11-3, to make the score 5-2. Could Callum get the visitor’s back in this, Josh stood in his way and started the better winning the first game 11-5. Back came Callum to almost snatch the second in a right ding dong affair of attacking play, but Josh takes it just ,11-9. Same script followed in the third game, best contest of the night, this time Callum edges it 10-12. No let up at all in the fourth, but somehow Josh moved ahead and closed out the game with points to spare 11-6, and Waddington secure the win. It was soon 7-2, Roger completing a three straight win over Mark, and then it was left to captain Gordon Wood to complete a super nights work with a win against Les, who nearly upset the captains evening by just missing out on the first game 15-13. Final score 8-2 Waddington, and with that win they stay in third place on 111pts, with a decent chance of staying there as Holy Trinity A need 4pts from their last game against champions Crosby B.
Division 2 winners, Waddington D (161pts) rounded off a great season winning their last match against Crosby TTC E, to remain the only undefeated team across the three divisions. Second place was also resolved, when Holy Trinity C failed at the last hurdle, going down 4-6 to their D team which meant Argyle C had secured second place before a ball was served in their match at Waddington C. They made sure with a good victory, giving them a total of 132pts. Even the consolation of third place was removed, Waterloo A’s maximum over Southport C leapfrogging them into that position on 123pts, leaving Holy Trinity now back in fourth on 122pts. At the wrong end of the table, Southport C (61pts) and Crosby F (47pts) were confirmed as the bottom two.
In the Division 3, Waddington E (161pts) finished their title winning season with a close win over Argyle E, but like in the Division 2, second place was still the issue. Waterloo TTC B’s needed to win well against Southport D, so would the 3-7 win be enough. Southport ‘s Andy Bush certainly made a decisive impact with two excellent wins. A three point target was now in North Meols sights, at a tricky encounter verses Argyle G, who were unbeaten in 2016 which included wins over Waterloo, Para’s and Waddington. North Meols number one Les Rimmer again weighed in with two wins, whilst Ilona Kuznik kept Argyle in it with two wins herself, and then paired up with Krzysztof Gorny to hand out a first loss of the season to Les and George Bradley, decided in the fifth 13-11. Winning the other doubles as well put the home side on course for a draw and maintain that unbeaten run, but Krzysztof had other ideas winning the last to clinch a very exciting match 6-4. Second place for North Meols with 132pts, and fifth place for Argyle G. Para’s are currently third on 124pts, but Waterloo B (121pts) could overtake them with three or more points in their last match against Crosby G.
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Southport & District TTL Cup Final Week 1
GUNSON PLATE FINAL
Southport E vs Formby Holy Trinity C
In the first of four finals to finish off this season, Third division Southport E lock horns with Holy Trinity C from the second. With the handicap tightly sealed in an envelope, to be opened at the end of the match, every point will count as we get underway with Southport’s Pat Boylett taking on the tough task of Norman Lindsay. Great start for Norman as he restricted Pat to just 12 pts whilst gaining a maximum 55pts. Number one’s up next, Joe Brolly verses Holy Trinity’s Ted Cramsie, and if Southport needed an early boost then Joe gave it them with a fine effort which got better and better cumulating in an 11-6 win in the fifth to complete a narrow loss 40-50, making the score 52-105 Holy Trinity after two contests. Bob Carr increased his sides lead with a very good win against Sue Greenhalgh ,18-55, and when Ted returned to the table to tackle Alex Karalius, and although allowing Alex the comfort of a 11-7 win in the third game, he completed a 32-51 win, putting his side 109 pts ahead at the halfway stage 102-211. Advantage Holy Trinity at this stage , but would those nine points dropped be key to the outcome. Back under way, Sue will have to muster up some points against the vast experience of Holy Trinity’s captain Graham Oates. Not a bad return for Sue after a poor start, 19 pts secured, but the lead is now 145pts, Southport in need of some impact! Could Joe improve on his last display, when he faces Norman, well best contest of the night from a Southport perspective that is. Great performances from both sides of the net, with Joe’s attacking top spin coming out on top in an outright win 53-39. Southport are back in it, 174-305 Holy Trinity. Alex up next verses Bob Carr, but try as he must, Bob’s spinny game was difficult to handle and Bob ran out a 24-55 winner, with one encounter to go Holy Trinity lead by 162pts. No pressure then, as Pat had the unenviable task to do battle with Graham. Great performance from Pat to give her side a chance, 30pts gained, against Grahams maximum, giving us a pre handicap score of 228-415 Holy Trinity. Speculation time is over, the handicap is revealed… 220pts awarded to Southport, and it’s theirs 448-415. Super contest, so entertaining throughout, with that added tension of the handicap reveal, Congratulations Southport E.
With one Final over, Holy Trinity C have another chance, when they take on Division 2 winners Waddington D in the Anon Plate Final. Before we go there, in Division 1, Southport A had a tricky final league match at Argyle A. A win was needed to keep them above the bottom two places, well with the match score finally balanced at 4-4, it was left to Paul Lunan to negotiate the last two contests, which he did admirable well, winning both to clinch the much needed 4-6 win, leaving Crosby TTC C second bottom along with bottom team Argyle B.
ANON PLATE FINAL.
Waddington D vs Formby Holy Trinity C
Great anticipation greeted our second final of the week, could Waddington cap a great season after winning the 2nd division title, or could Holy Trinity shrug off last night’s final loss and a disappointing end to their league campaign. Waddington were still without number one Colin Fyles, with Dave Mullan stepping in, Holy Trinity were at full strength. Off we go, Waddington’s Dave Williams up against Norman Lindsay. Very even start, first to Norman 7-11, second to Dave with a good reply 11-4, before Norman took back control 6-11,7-11, and Holy Trinity lead. Number one’s next, Dave Mullan verses Ted Cramsie, and Dave got off the quickest taking the first 11-4. Ted rallied well and set the mood for the night, an intriguing table tennis contest was in process. So close the second, it went to Dave again, just 12-10, and exactly the same in the third, and we were all square,1-1. Sue Hughes took an early lead against Waddington’s Dave Noden winning the first 8-11, and then Dave looked like tying it all up leading 8-4 at one stage, but back came Sue with a stunning run of seven points to take the second again 8-11. Familiar story in the third, Sue dictating things with some excellent defence work, once again it was 8-11, and Holy Trinity lead 1-2. Norman came back to the table to add to sides lead, winning in three straight over Waddington captain Ray Hibbs, and 1-3, soon became 1-4, Janette Hutchins winning in four games over Dave Williams, after Dave had pulled it back winning an epic second game 14-12. Ominous signs for the league winners, could Dave Mullan get his side back in it, Sue Hughes stands in his way. First game to Sue 6-11, Dave replied winning the second 11-5, and this was becoming a fascinating tussle of defensive prowess, exceptional from both players. Dave went on to win the next two 11-7,11-5, but my how he was made to work for it, deficit reduced 2-4. Captains innings needed now, Ray up next to tackle Ted, and this was a cracker. First blood to Ted, 7-11, Ray edged the second 12-10, and a repeat of the first saw Ted back in front. Brilliant reply from Ray 11-8, to level things up, we are in the fifth. Neither player deserved to lose this, but one has too, and Ted was the one to miss out, 11-9, fightback is on, its 3-4 Holy Trinity. As Dave Noden commenced battle with Janette, calculations were being quickly made, countback to games won could be used. But first Dave had to square it up, three straight from him, and it was all square 4-4, and more important 14-15 Holy Trinity on games won. Simple scenario, a straight three game win for Holy Trinity in the first doubles will win the final or if Dave Mullan and Williams take a game off Ted and Norman, a tenth contest it will be. Tough one for both pairs, tension was immense as the Holy Trinity pair took the first 8-11, pinched the second 10-12 and won the match, winning the third 8-11.. It was all over 4-5, 14-18 on countback, congratulations Holy Trinity C. A fabulous match throughout, a real credit to both sides and in particular to the 2nd division.
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Southport & District TTL Cup Finals Week 2.
To complete this season we finish with the main events of the Anon and Gunson (Handicap) Cup Finals, following last week’s Plate Finals. It was way back in 1937 the Anon Cup was first played for, and the Gunson Cup a comparative youngster, was first presented in 1961…
Southport B vs Waddington A
After their great win in the Semi’s Southport B from the 2nd Division, face 1st Division opposition once again in Waddington A, who themselves have had a wonderful season finishing third in the league. Speculation is always rife, of what will be the handicap, that the lower team receives, the opening of that envelope will reveal all at the end of the match. Off we go then, with the two number ones to start proceedings, Jim Irving against Waddington’s Matthew Wilson. Good start from Matthew, restricting Jim to 16pts, securing a maximum in the process, 16-55. Southport welcomed back Liam Whiteley for the injured Alan Town, to face Waddington’s captain Gordon Wood. From the onset this one was obviously going to be Liam’s attack verses Gordons defence, just the question, who would come out on top. After an intriguing tussle, not much in it, 30-55 in Gordons favour, and Waddington now lead 46-110. Back to the table for Matthew to play Southport captain Alan Nolan, and another super display from the Waddington number one, winning it 14-55. Southport’s Jeff Cummins next into the fray, to do battle with Darren Taylor, again the first division player played it just about right, stifling Jeff’s top spin attacks with a good combination of retrieves, introducing winners of his own in the process. It finished 23-55, giving Waddington a 137pt lead at the halfway stage, 83-220. Southport needed to reduce the deficit and quick, could Liam be the spark of that recovery. Well, what a great contest against Josh he served up, a real ding dong affair with the onus on attack from both sides of the net. It was closer than the 22-55 score line suggests, but nevertheless that lead is now 170pts. Jim Irving up next verses Darren, who took the first three games 4-11,8-11,9-11, before Jim won the fourth 11-6. Certainly the encounter of the match with that significant reversal for Jim, great play from both players throughout. Darren restored some calm taking the fifth 5-11 for an overall win 37-50, meaning Waddington lead 142-325 with two contest to go. Two more maximum wins for Gordon and Josh over Jeff and Alan gave Waddington a 249pt lead at the finish, and with a pre handicap final score of 186-435, had Southport done enough… Not quite, 210pts awarded to them, Waddington are the victors 396-435, tremendous result and congratulations to them, commiserations to Southport, who just came up against a team with a near perfect game plan.
Anon Cup Final
Crosby TTC A vs Formby HT B
With the 1st Division title firmly in the grip of their B team rivals, Crosby A will be looking to round off their season with a Cup win, but with the late withdrawal of number one Rob Barker, then facing a full strength Holy Trinity side, another twist could be in the making. Young Rhys Davies steps in at number four. Up first, Crosby’s James Sullivan verses Paul Gittins, and experience came out on top with Paul taking it in three straight, 0-1 Holy Trinity. Young Rhys next to face Holy Trinity’s acting captain Mal Kent (taking the reins from the injured Ned Hassan). Confident start from Rhys, winning the first two games both 11-6, back came Mal to take the third 9-11, before Rhys regained control in the fourth, 11-5 to him and it’s all square,1-1. Sam Pierce against Holy Trinity’s number one Julian Quirk called next, an outstanding first game went way beyond, with both players pulling out some remarkable table tennis, Julian edging it 14-16. Immediate response from Sam levelling with an 11-8 win, then more tremendous attacking play and Julian is back in front with a convincing 5-11 success. What next? Well with Sam getting his service game in top gear, he turned it right around, 11-5, and we are level. Same scenario in the fifth, 11-4 to Sam and Crosby sneak ahead, its 2-1. After that epic battle, could captain Joe Mullin extend his sides lead, Paul stands in his way. Another absolute crackerjack of a contest, attacking play at its very best, first one way then the other, a joy to watch throughout. Joe took the first, just 12-10, Paul gained the advantage winning the next two, 8-11,9-11, Joe tied it up 11-8, and a decider it has to be. A great shot here, a mistake there, and experience may well have told, 8-11 to Paul in the fifth, and that makes it 2-2. Very shaky start from James against Jack in the next encounter, a 2-11 loss giving the Holy Trinity player a flying start. But wait, James replied very well in the second, with an array of topspin winners, just taking it 14-12. Back came Jack to edge the third 10-12, repeating the feat in the fourth, 10-12 again, and Holy Trinity are back in front, 2-3. Sam restored calm amongst his team with a straight three win over Mal, which made it all square 3-3. Sam stayed at the table to be joined by Rhys, to face Julian and Paul in the first doubles. Big ask for the Crosby pair in this one, from the off they were always chasing the game, against an abundance of experience. Three straight for the Holy Trinity pair, and they lead again 3-4. This time it was Julian who stayed put to take on his opposite number Joe Mullin, and another treat was in store. First blood to Julian taking the first 6-11, Joe levelled winning the second 11-7. Another outstanding display of attacking topspin from both players saw Joe just getting the better of things to take the third and then the fourth, both 11-8, and yes, it’s 4-4. Up next the second doubles, Joe was joined by James to do battle with Mal and Jack, and if there was ever a time to take a leading role, then this would be it, and putting aside his disappointments of two defeats James delivered. Throughout a captivating tussle he was at the centre of so many crucial points, in amongst a wonderful doubles contest. Crosby took it in four games, 11-8,9-11,11-7,11-9, and with one encounter to go they now lead 5-4. Rhys verses Jack to finish, and after Rhys just edged the first 14-12, it was inevitable it was going to be Crosby’s night, which duly arrived after Rhys took the next two 11-8, 11-7… 6-4 to Crosby. Wonderful table tennis match, I don’t think it can get much better, congratulations to both sides….. That’s it for this season, hope next is just as good.
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