Press Report - Nov 2013

Southend & District Table Tennis League

Winter League 2013-14 Season

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Week 10 - Commencing 25th November 2013

Premier Division

League leaders Thorpe Bay A extended their lead at the top with a 9-0 drubbing of Rayleigh Mill, James Denyer, Alex Abbott and John Monk all going undefeated. The closest Rayleigh got to a point but was a close tussle between James and Steve Sawyer that ended 11-8 in the 5th end.

The enigmatic Tony Halling made his first appearance of the season to strengthen an already very strong Rawreth A side. They were certainly too strong for Castle Point A and came away 8-1 victors. Simon Jacob with a good win over Lee Prentice for the consolation. There was a comfortable win for another Rawreth side as the C team beat Warehouse A 8-1, Ben Warner at his best with Dave Colwill also winning 3 and Colin Clements winning 2 just losing out to Kim Shead.

Lentern A were able to field a strong side this week and Hadleigh Forum felt the full force of some great play from Terry Guymer, Django Fung and Charlie Bates. The Lentern side winning 9-0 to move themselves a couple of places up the table. Finally this week Ian Rattray took the sole point for Hullbridge 'B' winning in close 5 sets against Babul McLeod in their 8-1 defeat to Rawreth B. Ian was involved in another of the nights close matches, this time against Bruce Kettle, as they had a 5 set marathon but this time it was Bruce that came out on top.

Duncan Taylor, Divisional Results Secretary, Premier Division

1st Division

"Rawreth RESSC" go in to December with a good lead at the top of Division 1 with an 8-1 victory Lentern C. Hat tricks for the in form Mike Worship and Chris Nunn's plus two wins from Gary McCarthy gave Rawreth RESSC the win. Chris Crooks managed to stop the white wash beating Gary to prevent him from getting a hat trick.

A Russell Bright hat trick couldn't help Hadleigh Forum C win against Lentern E as they went down 5-4. Brian Spencer and Paul Reed both got two wins for Lentern E.

Hullbridge C are still at the right end of the table with a 6-3 win over Thorpe Bay C with some very close games in this one.

Thorpe Bay's John Blackman will have been tired after this match with all his games going the distance and two going to deuce in the 5th. Maxine Abbott, Peter Saunders and Andy Seaman all won two games a piece for Hullbridge.

Hadleigh Forum B recorded an 8-1 victory over Canvey B. David Woolmer and Graham Farmer both got hat tricks for the Hadleigh side, Tony Westwell stopped the whitewash for Canvey.

Andy Seabrook, Divisional Results Secretary, 1st Division

2nd Division

7 - 2 seemed the popular result this week with three games being settled by this score. Furthermore, there were similarities in all three.

Firstly, Runnymede’s Phil Digby carried on his unbeten run this season with a maximum against Rawreth D in his side’s 7 – 2 home win. Jan Thorpe gained Rawreth’s two points, with Barbara O’Brien and Anne Addlington giving the home side the edge.

Then, a Tony Molisso hat trick helped Hullbridge E to a comfortable 7 – 2 win over Warehouse C. Graham Back won both points for the visitors, whilst two each from Joanne Hills and David Booroff settled matters.

It was therefore coincidental that Basildon Hospital also won 7 – 2 at home to Castle Point C thanks to an unbeaten evening from Sid Hills. Castle’s Colin Smith won both the visitor’s two games, and Clive Beauchamp and Mike Smith helped the home side with two each in a keenly fought match.

Leaders Invicta A spoiled the 7 – 2 party, though, by only managing a 6 – 3 home win over a strong RESSC side. David Barnes did his best by recording a maximum, and Ron Coutts helped too by winning two for the visitors. However, a Frank Hooper single win gave the match a different outcome from those that went before.

Canvey C also won 6 – 3 at home to Hullbridge D. Lee McGonagle and Adrian Atkinson were both unbeaten.

The biggest win of the week was recorded by Hockley C who overcame Castle Point B 8 – 1 away. Man of the match Liam Squirrall won all his games and was supported with a hat trick from Keith Abbott. Martin Roberts saved the home team’s blushes.

David Barnes, Divisional Results Secretary, 2nd Division

3rd Division

Great Wakering continue to lead at the top following a 9-0 win against Hullbridge G, Cliff Noakes, Dave Accleton and Nigel Cook all unbeaten on the night.

Invicta B are pushing them close also with a 9-0 win against Hockley E, this time thanks to the trusted team of Mike Keeble, John Golding and Shelley Woolley.

Hockley D have eased into 3rd thanks to a 8-1 victory against Canvey D. Stuart Adshead and Matt Stringer with 3 each and 2 from Dave Cross, with  the consolation scored by Ray Baker.

Rawreth Juniors returned to winning ways with a great 7-2 win over Customs B, maximums from Andy Deadman and Jack Himpfen-Jones.

Barrie Delf, Divisional Results Secretary, 3rd Division

Week 9 - Commencing 18th November 2013

Premier Division
Rawreth A showed that they are not going to give up their title without a fight as they recorded an impressive 9-0 win over Hullbridge A. They didn’t have it all their own way and Gary Young was unlucky not to register a win as he went down in 5 sets twice to Lee Prentice and Adam Brewer.
 
It was looking like a very close finish between Rayleigh Mill and Lentern A this week as the scores stood level at three games all. Unfortunately for the Millers, Lentern took the last three games, two of them 11-9 in the fifth end, to win the match 6-3. Terry Guymer was undefeated for Lentern.
 
A Dave Bassett win over Dave Calleja was all Hadleigh Forum had to show from their 8-1 defeat to Rawreth B as Dave Calleja, Babul Mcleod and Keith Phillips were otherwise unbeaten. There was a similar result as Runnymede A saw off the challenge of Warehouse A 8-1, this time Martin West with the consolation over Pete Saunders.
In the final game of the week there was an upset for the form chart, Castle Point playing controlled attacking table tennis to end up with a convincing win over Rawreth C. Steve Tilson was in great form backed up by Chris and Simon Jacob.
Duncan Taylor, Divisional Results Secretary, Premier Division

1st Division
Both Canvey teams had good weeks with the A team beating Lentern B 6-3 and the B team winning a close game with Hadleigh Forum C 5-4. The A team had Ray Wilson to thank as his hat trick together with Gavin Warners brace steered the side to a win. Gavin missed out on his hat trick, losing to Lentern B's two game winner Steve Appleby. The B team had a much closer game with four of the nine games going the distance. Tony Westwell was the stand out performer on the night winning his three for the Islanders, but Hadleigh's Graham Farmer got his moneys worth losing two of his three five setters. A Roy Thomas hat trick wasn't enough to give Customs A the win over Warehouse B as they went down 5-4. Sam Langton and Jim Stait both won two games a piece with Jim winning the crucial last game of the night to get the win for Warehouse. Hadleigh Forum B won 7-2 against Lentern C although Les Taylor was the only player to show up for Lentern and nearly won all his three, but lost to Mick Tappendon.
Andy Seabrook, Divisional Results Secretary, 1st Division

2nd Division
An all-girl RESSC team narrowly lost 5 – 4 at home to Hullbridge E. A Tony Molisso hat-trick ensured the visitors’ victory in a close and enjoyable contest.

Alan Tideswell made his debut for Hockley B at home to Canvey C and won all three rubbers. He was aided by a maximum from his new team mate Tony Vassallo in a fine 7 - 2 win.

Hockley C were also at home this week and went one better than their B team, winning 8 – 1 against Castle Point C. In a match played in excellent spirits, Paul Henlen and Keith Abbott were unbeaten, whilst young Ashley Seymour picked up a brace. Richard Riebold saved the visitors’ blushes.

Darren Launder and Tarun Gaol were both undefeated when Warehouse C entertained the youngsters from Hullbridge F. Zoe Davies picked up a consolation win for the visitors in an 8 – 1 defeat. It must surely only be a matter of time before returns increase for all the juniors’ enthusiasm and application.

Hullbridge D roared to a 4 – 1 lead at home to Runnymede B. However, thereafter it all went wrong for them, with the visitors rattling off the remaining games to win 5 – 4. Steve Giles recorded a hat trick for Runnymede.

Rawreth D demolished Basildon Hospital 8 – 1 thanks to hat tricks from the home duo of Andy Nunn and Melanie Jones. Mike Smith’s single win gave the result an air of respectability.

Leaders Invicta A triumphed 6 – 3 away to Castle Point B, thanks to a Neil Daines hat trick. Martin Roberts managed two for the home team.
David Barnes, Divisional Results Secretary, 2nd Division

3rd Division
The two unbeaten teams, Rawreth A and Wakering, met this week and it was Wakering who came out of it with their record still intact. Thanks to a maximum from Cliff Noakes and two apiece from Dave Accleton and Nigel Cook, the Wakering team won 7-2 on the night but it could have been different with a number fo the games going to 4 sets and two to 5 sets. Invicta B put 3rd placed Customs B firmly in their place with an 8-1 win, thanks to hattricks from John Golding and Sam Verrinder, along with two from Matt Keeble. Dave Airey scored the consolation for Customs B that leaves Invicta clear in 2nd spot. Hockley D have moved steadily up the table and won a close encounter with their E team, 5-4 this week. Matt Stringer got a maximum for the E’s but a solid team performance enabled the D’s to win. Al lteh matches except 1 went to more than 3 sets and with the scores standing at 4-4 it took a 4th set, 19-17 win for Phil Pond to decide the outcome. Final result this week, was a 7-2 win for Canvey D over the Hockley F team. Three from Ross Warner ably supported by two each from Stuart Curham and Simon Baker sealed the win for the Island team despite two wins for Jon Knight from Hockley.
Barrie Delf, Divisional Results Secretary, 3rd Division

Week 8    Commencing 11th November 2013

Premier Division

Ian Rattray was in fine form this week but his three wins were all Hullbridge B had to show for their efforts as they went down to a Hadleigh Forum line-up of Neil Barker, Dave Bassett and John Tendler. Rayleigh Mill went down 7-2 this week to Rawreth B. Minda Sinkus winning the games for Rayleigh Mill but even he was unable to overcome the in-form Keith Adams. Current champions Rawreth A were also 7-2 winners, this time against Thorpe Bay B. Adam Brewer and Kevin Read were unbeaten: Gurj Bhambra and Kieran Skeggs getting the better of Ben Matthews for the away side. In the final game this week there were maximum points for Thorpe Bay A against Warehouse A with hat tricks from Alex Abbott, John Monk and John Poysden.

Duncan Taylor, Divisional Results Secretary, Premier Division

1st Division

Nearly a third of the way into the season and things are tight at the top with three teams separated by one point. Hullbridge C are currently in pole position after an 8-1 win over Hadleigh Forum B. Matt Rolfe and Peter Saunders won their three games and Mick Tappenden stopped the rot for Hadleigh Forum by beating Maxine Abbott. A Russ Bright hat trick helped the Hadleigh Forum C team to a 6-3 victory over Lentern C. Mark Everard chipped in with two wins as well but was unable to get his hat trick as he lost to Lentern's two game winner Peter Pond. There was mixed fortunes for the Canvey teams this week with Canvey A beating a Thorpe Bay C team who could only field two players, with Steve Marr getting the sole point for the Thorpe Bay side. The B team went down 9-0 to an experienced Lentern C side with Mike Grout, Les Taylor and Chris Crooks all getting hat tricks. Tony Westwell was unlucky for the Canvey side losing two matches in five."

Andy Seabrook, Divisional Results Secretary, 1st Division

2nd Division

New boy Tarun Goel made an instant impact on his debut for Warehouse C away to Canvey C. His maximum, with three from Mickey Baker, gave them a 7–2 win. Runnymede B’s Phil Digby’s season remains unblemished by defeat. Another unbeaten night gave his team the edge in a 5 – 4 home win over Hockley B. Tony Vassallo suffered his first defeat to Phil. Despite two wins from the visitor’s Paul Strutt; one win each from Macdonald Neife and Anne Adlington gave the match to the home side. Despite three wins from Tony Molisso, bottom team Hullbridge E lost 4-5 at home to Castle Point B. Two wins each for Paul Thompson and Martin Roberts with one from Tony Ayliffe gave the visitors their win. Invicta A beat Hockley C 8–1, thanks to maximums from Neil Daines and David Barnes. In an evening where matches were closer than the result suggests, Dennis Squirrall saved the visitor’s blushes. Rawreth D were too strong when they visited Castle Point C. Despite a maximum from veteran John Beddow, two wins each for the visitor’s Ken Field, Melanie Jones and Adam Hall gave Rawreth their victory. RESSC turned up with only two players for their visit to Hullbridge F. However, a maximum from Ron Coutts and two from Sarah Mapes gave them a fine 5–4 win: Zoe Davies was the most successful home player.

David Barnes, Divisional Results Secretary, 2nd Division

3rd Division

Wakering have moved clear at the top of the table thanks to a 7-2 win over close rivals Invicta B. Cliff Noakes and Dave Accleton both were unbeaten although Shelley Woolley took them both close in 5 setters and was in fact 2-0 against Dave. Customs B are equal 2nd with Invicta, despite losing a close game 5-4 to Hockley D. A hattrick from Stuart Adshead and two from David Cross helped the visitors to the win despite two from Mark Rose. Warehouse D are just a point behind thanks to an 8-1 demolition of Hullbridge G. Maximums from Dave Walton and Chi Cheung with two from Ro Brett made up the score with the consolation game from David Zeffie. No other results have been received.

Barrie Delf, Divisional Results Secretary, 3rd Division

Week 7    Commencing 4th November 2013

Premier Division

Russell Mills was in fine form and registered his first maximum of the season to help Rayleigh Mill record a much needed 6-3 win over Hullbridge B. Andy Seabrook really unlucky not to register a victory, being beaten 3 times in 5 close sets. Rawreth A were back to winning ways as they beat their C team 8-1. Maximums for Adam Brewer and the ever improving Charles Sweeney. Rawreth C’s consolation coming through a good win for Ben Warner over George Reeves. A hattrick for Kevin Caldon proved to be the difference as Runnymede A overcame Hullbridge A 5-4. Kevin was backed up by a win a piece for Dave Bowles and Pete Saunders, the later registering a great win over Gary Young.

Duncan Taylor, Divisional Results Secretary, Premier Division

1st Division

RESSC-Rawreth are looking the real deal at the top of the table, after beating promotion candidates Canvey A 9-0. The team of Gary McCarthy, Chris Nunn and Mike Worship won all their matches on the night. Another team who have had a good start, Hullbridge C, won a close encounter with Lentern C 5-4. This was a good win for Hullbridge, having only turned up with two players against a good side. Peter Saunders got a hat trick for Hullbridge and Maxine Abbot almost matched Peter but lost to Pat White with Pat winning 23-21 in the 4th. Customs A are also back on track with a 7-2 win over Hadleigh Forum C, Roy Thomas and Brian Rackham inflicting most of the damage with three wins each. Finally a Steve Appleby hat trick helped give the Lentern B team a 5-4 win over Lentern E

Andy Seabrook, Divisional Results Secretary, 1st Division

2nd Division

Second place Runnymede B came a-cropper at Warehouse C losing 7–2, thanks mainly to an un-beaten evening from Gordon Child. Two each from Peter Maslanka and Jonathan Allen sealed Runnymede’s fate. Steve Giles got both the visitor’s points. Despite losing 5–4 at home to Basildon Hospital, Hockley B leapfrogged over Runnymede into second spot. Two each from Kieran Wood and Mike Smith with the decider from Sid Hills saw the visitors edge it. Paul Strutt was unbeaten for Hockley. Meanwhile leaders Invicta A consolidated their lead with a 9-0 win over Hullbridge E. Richard Verrinder, Neil Daines and Barrie Murphy all registered maximums. Canvey C’s recent good form continued with an 8–1 win at RESSC. Adrian Atkinson and Peter Cray won all their games, whilst the home team’s Sarah Mapes had an excellent win over Lee McGonagle. Rawreth D visited Hockley C narrowly overcame them 5–4. Andy Nunn was again unbeaten and Melanie Jones scored their other points. Keith Abbott scored two for Hockley. Castle Point B were too strong for the youngsters from Hullbridge F. Paul Thompson, Martin Roberts and Tony Ayliffe were all unbeaten. Elsewhere, Hullbridge D recorded their first win of the season overcoming Castle Point C 5–4 thanks mainly to a maximum from Bob Singleton-Smith with two from Ann Lane: John Beddow won two for the visitors.

David Barnes, Divisional Results Secretary, 2nd Division

3rd Division

With no game for Invicta B this week, Wakering take over top spot with a convincing 9-0 win over Hockley D, maximums for Dave Accleton, Nigel Cook and Cliff Noakes. Rawreth Juniors A retained their 100% record with a close 5-4 win at Warehouse D, three from Jack Himpfen-Jones and two from Justin Jeffery winning the match despite two from Dave Walton. Hullbridge G won 7-2 against Rawreth E with a maximum from Adam Jackman and two each from Daniel Zeffie and Adam Jackman, Bradley Nunn winning two for the visitors. Match comments were as follows 'Excellent rallies and 'proper' table tennis were the order of the evening in this match played in a great atmosphere. Rawreth's Bradley Nunn showed some outstanding play for his two wins with the support from the Nunns helping the spirit of the match. Cory and Daniel found enough time between swapping hair tips and eating the biscuits to win 2 of their 3 matches with 10 year old Daniel showing why he is one to watch for the future with some powerful forehand drives and smashes. 13 year old Adam completed a second successive hat-trick with some outstanding defensive and offensive play. We'd like to thank Tracey, Brad and Sam, plus the rest of the Nunn entourage for making the evening so enjoyable with excellent spirit so evident throughout.’  Final result for this week was the meeting of the bottom two teams Rawreth Juniors B v Hockley F. Hockley emerging as 8-1 winners thanks to maximums from Sam Goody and Jon Knight, with two from Matt Goody. The consolation for Rawreth came from Jack Voss who also took Sam to 5.

Barrie Delf, Divisional Results Secretary, 3rd Division

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