THE 2011/12 season got off to a good start in the Tamworth and District Table Tennis Association. This season sees the league split into three divisions, with many talented youngsters from the Academy joining Division Three as they go from strength to strength.
In Division One, Netherseals opened the season with a 9-1 victory against Spital Daredevils. Claire Baker had a good performance, beating Jason Hadley to secure a point for Spital. Matt Satchwell was unbeaten, and Andy Walker made a fine debut for the 'Seals, winning all three of his games and looking like a strong addition to the team as they try and win this year's title. Also in Division One, Hopwas Panthers comprehensively beat Lichfield Jets 10-0. The youngsters from Lichfield put up a gallant fight but the experienced team of Alan Caffery, Martin Round and Trevor Davies won the match with relative ease.
In Division Two, Tamworth Youth Club Future lost 7-3 at Netherseal Cedar. The Netherseal team of Gary Carr, Charles Goodhall and Roger Whiting each won two of their games but were all beaten by an excellent opening performance from Michael Bree who scored a hat-trick for Future. Brian Haggar was unbeaten for Netherseal Oak in their 8-2victory against Rubgy Kings. Nigel Webster and Mike Harker each won two out of three games for Oak, both beaten by a double from Dean Snowden to secure two points for the Kings.
In Division Three, TYC Lambs beat TYC China Whites 8-2. Belinda Forster and John Kinson both beat Rich Elson to score the two points for China Whites, but James and Rob Shaw won all of their games. Rob was particularly pleased to beat John Kinson for the first time in 20 years! Netherseal Ash beat Tamworth Youth Club KB 7-3 in a match which turned out to be much closer than the score line suggested. The young but impressive team of Will Green, James Harle and Rob Harle played well, and each managed to score a point against Ian Farmer, but Viktor Kathi and George Parry were unbeatable in the end to win the game for Ash. This promises to be an exciting season, with improvement all around from juniors in all divisions.