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Another three games to report on from week 3 of the Southend Premier Division. Thorpe Bay A were in the sort of form which shows that they will certainly be there near the top if not at the top of the table come the end of the season with a 7-2 win over Brand Identity A. Paul Sayer took the player of the match award with three wins over Simon Jacob, Barrie Delf and Richard Jackman, Jackman responding with two good wins for Brand Identity over John Poysden and Mark Stones.
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The other two fixtures finished 7-2 and the winners of the first match I’ll mention were Rayleigh Mill. The Millers overcame Hadleigh Forum with Duncan Taylor and Colin Chatfield in good form winning three each. The wins for Forum came when Dave Bassett and Berti Makolli took the honours against Steve Maltby.
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Two Premier Division results to bring you from Week 1 of the 2ndPart of the 2021/22 Southend Table Tennis League season.
Firstly, a tight affair between Hadleigh Forum A and Thorpe Bay B. Thorpe Bay B ran out 5-4 winners in the main due to a hattrick from Kieran Skeggs recording wins over Dave Bassett, Hamish Innes and Berti Makoli: ably supported by Gurj Bhambra with two wins. In reply, the Forum trio all beat Amber Sturgeon and Bassett recorded a good win over Bhambra.
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There were only 2 Results submitted this week. Hockley A beat Rawreth B 6-3 with Matt Stringer taking all 3, Dan Patynski 2 and Tim Pang 1. For the losers Eric Green beat Tim and Dan to win 2 matches and Bruce kettle beat Tim.
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It wasn’t just the Premier League in football where Transfer deadline day had an impact this week. While Dele Alli was swapping North London for Merseyside there were some interesting transfers being undertaken in the Southend & District Table Tennis Premier Division. While we are coming out of the pandemic the league has allowed teams to be more flexible in who they field so we can get full matches and everyone back playing.
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Three games to report on from week 13 in the Premier Division of the Southend & District Table Tennis League. Irons A built on their win last week to beat Hullbridge B 6-3. Dave Bowles, John Monk and Richard Brown all with two wins each over Berti Makolli and Kim Shead with Chris Ballard replying with three wins for the Hullbridge side. Game of the night surely had to be Makolli v Monk as it went to 11-13 in the 5th end after already having two deuce games along the way.
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It was a second loss in 2 weeks for our defending champions Thorpe Bay A this week as they went down by the barest of margins 5-4 to Hockley A. Andy Cunningham again the star of the show for Hockley with three wins over Mark Stones, Joe Kennedy and Kieran Skeggs. Matt Stringer and Tim Pang chipped in with good wins against Stones and Skeggs respectively to take the win.
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At time of writing, we have three results from the Premier division to report back on from week 11. The closest of the matches was the Irons derby as Irons B just pipped their Irons A side in a 5-4 victory. A few notable wins within that match as we saw, for Irons A, good wins for Dave Bowles over Norbert Fullerton and Richard Brown over Keith Adams and for the B team a great win for their captain Paul ‘Risky’ Brown as he defeated Stuart Gibbs.
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Four games in the Premier Division in week 8 of the 21/22 season. We’ll start with two extremely close battles that both ended 5-4 with different outcomes for the two Irons sides. Irons A went down 5-4 to Hockley A and this was down to a man of match performance for Andy Cunningham. Andy has been a very strong player in the past, playing for Kent but now playing over the water here in Essex.
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It is with sadness that I have to report the passing of Ray Eley on 8th January 2022 at the age of 90.
Ray was one of the founding members of Hadleigh Forum TTC in 1948, along with Roy Patten and Trevor Lidstone.
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