WEEK Two in the Tamworth and District Table Tennis Association and there are already some big matches being won and lost. In Division One, Netherseales beat Tamworth Youth Club Retros 9-1. Talented youngster Michael Bree played up from a lower division to help out Retros who were missing key players, and although he took his match with Danny Sullivan to 11-11 in the fifth set, Danny managed to win the game and remain unbeaten. Matt Satchwell also won all three of his games for Netherseales, while Jason Hadley won two, losing out to Carl Mountjoy who retained a point for Retros. Title challengers Wilnecote Raiders convincingly beat newly promoted Kingsbury Tornadoes 10-0. The team of Andy Bache, Ryan Birbeck and John Birbeck were too much for the Tornadoes. In a Lichfield derby, Kings and Queens beat Jets 9-1. Ken Read and Di St. Ledger were undefeated for Kings and Queens, while Dave Knight scored a brace, losing to Jets’ Cameron Sykes. Also in Division One, Hopwas Panthers did not drop a game as they beat Spital Daredevils 10-0. Claire Baker took Martin Round to five sets, but was unable to clench the win, and Martin won all of his games along with Alan Caffery and Stafford Brooks.
In Division Two, a close match between Curdworth Wheelers Pongers and Tamworth Youth Club Future resulted in a 6-4 win for Future. Michael Bree could not be beaten for Future, and Ronnie Woollaston won two of his games, losing only to Richard Grove who scored a double for Wheelers Pongers. Rob and Pete Bromley also scored a point each for Curdworth. Kingsbury Pumas also won 6-4 at Rugby Kings, with Daniel Granfield winning all three of his games to secure the win for Pumas. It was generally a close match, with one game lasting over 25 minutes. There was a double for Jonathan Pilling for Kings, but singles from Ian Gould and Colin Bean weren’t enough to win the match for Kings.
In Division Three, Burntwood A won 9-1 at Tamworth Youth Club KB. Steve Loundes and Phil Riley both scored trebles for Burntwood, and James McCurdy won two of his games, losing narrowly in the final set to a good performance from KB’s Will Green. Tamworth Youth Club Boffs beat Lichfield Musketeers 7-3. Shaun Guest, David Bree and Sam Till all scored two wins for Boffs, but were each unable to beat Luke from Musketeers who held his own for the Lichfield side. Finally, Tamworth Youth Club Lambs and Netherseal Ash was a stalemate, as both teams fought hard for a 5-5 draw. James Shaw won two for Lambs, with Rich Elson and Rob Shaw both winning once. But a Graham Clarke treble and two more from George Parry evened the score