Second Finals Night Results
On Tuesday of this week the remaining finals from the Annual Championships were played at Stanley Street Sports & Social Club in front of a very good number of spectators.
The first match to the table saw youth versus experience in the Second Division Singles match between Adam Hamilton and Dilip Malkan. A nervous start by Adam saw Dilip take the first game easily 11:2. However, the second and third games were much more closely contested but on this occasion the experience of Dilip proved to be too strong and he took the title 3 games to 0.
The Veterans 50+ was between Chris Cattell and Jeff Reay. Chris was on good form and he proved to be too strong for Jeff as he took the title 3 games to 0.
The Open Doubles saw the father and son duo of Mark and Will Short take on the experienced duo of Phil Walton and Terry Emmerson. This could have been a match where the less experienced Will might have found the pressure too much. However, the opposite was true and he played extremely well and, ably supported by Mark, they took title 3 games to 0.
In the next match it was another case of youth versus experience in the Handicap Singles. The youngster, Sam Batty, who had already shown his quality taking the Cadet Singles, 3rd Division Singles and Doubles titles, had an 8 point advantage over his first division opponent Farrel Anthony in a best of three match to 21 points. In the first game it looked as if Farrel would take the game as he clawed back the handicap and almost drew level with Sam. However, Sam remained calm and played some excellent points to take the first game 21:17. Taking the first game clearly gave Sam the confidence to go for his shots in the second game and he took it comfortably 21:12 and his fourth title to cap off a very impressive season as he and his team are looking odds on to win the 3rd Division title and promotion to Division 2.
The Veterans 40+ brought husband and wife Mark and Sarah Short to the table. In a quality match Mark proved to be too good for Sarah and he took the title by 3 games to 0.
In the Division 2 Doubles the pairing of Nigel Stent and Adam Hamilton proved to be just too good for the pairing of Neil Penny and Greg Snape taking the title winning 3 close games to 0.
The penultimate match was the Veterans 60+ match between Phil Walton and Farrel Anthony. Phil took the first game 11:7 only for Farrel to comeback and take the second 11:6. The third game was the longest of the evening in any of the matches played and was eventually won by Farrel 18:16. Farrel then went on to take the fourth 11:9 and the title 3 games to 1.
The final event was the Open Singles match between Mark Short and Terry Emmerson. The match was very closely contested with some excellent play by both players. Terry took the first game 11:9 and at 9:6 in the second looked to be on for a two game lead. However, Mark had other ideas and he fought back and eventually took the game 13:11. The third game went to Mark 11:5 and another closely contested fourth game went to deuce before Mark took it 13:11 and the title 3 games to 1.
Thank you to Pete Eyre and Mark Sansom for setting up the court for both nights.
Thank you to all our finalists, across both nights, for providing spectators with some excellent table tennis which without exception was played in a very sporting manner and was a great advert for table tennis in Worksop and District.
Congratulations to all of the winners of the 15 different titles from the Annual Championships and we look forward to celebrating their success at the Annual Presentation Dinner later this year.
Divisional Results Update
As we enter the final week or two of matches the race for the divisional champions couldn’t be closer and the same can also be said for teams trying to avoid possible relegation.
In Division 1, Welfare A have a three point advantage over Hodthorpe so need just three points from their final match against Blitz Redlands Chargers to take the title. Hodthorpe will be hoping for a Welfare A slip up and that they can take all the points from their match against Welfare B to snatch the title away from the Welfare A team.
At the other end of the table the fight to avoid relegation is between Harriers X and Spin Generation. Just one point separates the two teams but Spin Generation do have a game in hand. However, the final match of the season sees both teams playing each other in what could be the decider as to which team faces the drop!
The Division 2 title race is also too close to call. Manton Tigers currently lead the division by six points over their closest rival Harriers D, but they have played one game more. As with the Division 1 title it could all come down to the last game of the season when the two title contenders play each other in what is likely to be the title decider.
At the bottom of the table Manton Sports and Harriers B are both on 26 points but Harriers have a game in hand. The penultimate game of the season will see both sides playing each other and this could well be the match to decide who finishes bottom and at risk of relegation.
Division 3 is also closely contested with the young players of Blitz Redland Bats needing only three points from their remaining fixture against Spin Particles to take the title ahead of Spin Devils who need to take all the points from Blitz E-Originals if they are to have any hope of taking the title.
A fantastic season with many closely contested matches played in good spirit and how good it is that even at this stage title and relegation outcomes still hang in the balance.
Annual Championships First Finals Night
Yesterday evening saw the first six finals from the Annual Championships played at Stanley Street Sports & Social Club.
In the first event, Cadet Singles, there was a very close match between Sam Batty and Harry Clarke. Sam just managed to edge each game winning 12:10, 11:9, 11:8 to take the title.
Next to the table were the four finalists for the Draw Doubles. On the night the pairings were drawn and it was Tom Ogley and Terry Emmerson who took the title with a three games to one win over Pete Eyre and Harrison Holland.
In the Ladies Singles there was a very close encounter between two excellent players. Sarah Short took the first game 14:12 only for Lea Dickinson to come back with a spirited fight back and take the second game 12:10. In the next two games Sarah proved to be just too strong and won 11:8 and 11:9 to take the title.
The Division Three Doubles saw the finalists from the Cadet Singles, Sam Batty and Harry Clarke, unite to become surely the youngest winners of this event by defeating the father and daughter team of Dan and Issy Saul.
In the next match the League's two best juniors took to the table for what proved to be a tense and close encounter in the Junior Singles. Harrison Holland took the first game 11:8 only for Will Short to come back by taking the second game by the same score. The third game went to Harrison 11:8 and then in the fourth there was never more than a point or two between the young players with the game eventually going to Harrison 13:11 for him to retain the title he won last year.
The final match of the night was one of high quality play between Lea Dickinson and Terry Emmerson in the 18-40 Singles. Lea took the first game 12:10 but Terry proved to be just too strong taking the next three games and the title by three games to one.
Congratulations to all the finalists on providing an entertaining night of table tennis.
The second finals night will be on Tuesday 14th March, also at Stanley Street Sports & Social Club. All are welcome to come along and support the finalists and enjoy a great evening of table tennis at a superb venue.
Mike Tunnigley Shield Semi-Finals Results
Last evening the semi-finals of the MTS took place at St Paul's.
Blitz Redlands Avengers defeated Spin Demons and in the other semi-final Spin Wizards came out on top against Real Deal.
Congratulations to the players of Blitz Redland Avengers, Mark Short, Sarah Short and Will Short and the players of Spin Wizards, Harrison Holland, Dan Saul and Issy Saul who are all now looking forward to playing the final within the next few weeks
Ken Monk's Funeral Arrangements
Please be advised that Ken's funeral will be at St John's church in Carlton-in-Lindrick S81 9EG on Tuesday 7th March at 2.00pm for any one that would like to attend.
Nottinghamshire County Honours
Congratulations to Will Short who has been selected again to represent County Juniors in March and to Sam Batty for his first selection to represent the County Cadets also in March.
Both players have worked very hard this season to improve their game and are now reaping the rewards for all of their efforts.
A fantastic achievement for two local Worksop players!
The Finals of the Annual Championships will be played on 21st February and 14th March at Stanley Street Sports & Social Club as per the details below.
All spectators are welcome for what is always excellent nights of table tennis.
21st February 2023
7.00pm – Cadet Singles S Batty v H Clarke
7.20pm – Division 2 Singles D Malkan v A Hamilton
7.40pm – Draw Doubles T Emmerson, T Ogley,
H Holland, P Eyre
(pairings drawn on the night)
8.00pm – Ladies Singles L Dickinson v S Short
8.20pm – Division 3 Doubles Dan Saul & Issy Saul v
Sam Batty & Harry Clarke
8.40pm – Junior Singles W Short v H Holland
9.00pm – Division 2 Doubles N Penny & G Snape v
A Hamilton & N Stent
9.20pm – 18-40 Singles T Emmerson v L Dickinson
14th March 2023
7.20pm – Division 3 Singles J Blood v S Batty
7.40pm – 50+ Singles C Cattell v J Reay
8.00pm – Open Doubles P Walton & T Emmerson v
M Short & W Short
8.20pm – Handicap Singles S Batty v F Anthony
8.40pm – 40+ Singles M Short v S Short
9.00pm – 60+ Singles P Walton v F Anthony
9.20pm – Open Singles T Emmerson v M Short
The draw for the Carnation cup semi finals is as follows:
Jeff Reay and Harry Clarke v Pete Eyre and Kevin Whiteley
Mark Cooper and Sam Batty v Paul Linfield and Issy Saul
Both matches to be played at Redlands Table Tennis Centre on Thursday 16th March 2023.
It is with great sadness to bring the news of Ken's recent passing.
Many of you will remember Ken during the late 1980s through to the mid 2000s as a player for the Carlton teams, as well as being our Chairpman and General Secretary during those years. I am sure there are many with fond memories of Ken.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ken's family and friends at this sad time.
Details of Funeral arrangements will be advised as soon as available.
League Matches Update
As we enter the business end of the league season it is timely to review where teams are in the race to become divisional champions and, at the other end of tables, to avoid relegation!
The title race appears to be between Welfare A, currently on 49 points, just ahead of Hodthorpe on 47 points with Blitz Redlands Avengers (40 points) with an outside chance of taking the title. The remaining six matches of the season will be as competitive if not more so than the previous 12.
At the other end of the table Harriers X have found there first season in Division 1 a tough task and on 8 points are three points behind Spin Generation who also have a match in hand.
The title is a four way tussle with all to play for in the remaining matches. Harriers D head the table on 44 points which is just one ahead of Spin Bats. However, both of these teams have played one match more than Harriers A and Manton Tigers in joint third place on 42 points.
At the other end of the table three teams are within one point of each other. Blitz Redlands Destroyers are currently in the bottom spot on 20 points just one behind Harriers B and Manton Sports. However, Harriers B have played one more match than their two closest rivals trying to avoid relegation and just like the race for Divisional Champions it looks as if this is going right down to the wire!.
Competition for the title is also being hotly contested with four teams within 4 points of each other.
The team with the youngest players, Redlands Bats, head the table on 45 points but they have played one more match than Spin Doctors on 44 points and Spin Devils 41 points. Harriers C are also on 41 points but they have played 2 more matches than Spin Doctors and Spin Devils and one more than Redland Bats so it looks as if the title for them is out of reach but they could well determine who wins the title as they have teams above them still to play.
At the other end of the table the other younger players have had another tough season and are firmly rooted to the bottom of the table. However, their results do not reflect the progress all three team members have made over the season and they are surely destined for a better 23/24 season.