Annual Championships Prove To Be A Big Hit
Over 50 players from the Worksop & District Table Tennis League turned out for a terrific day at the League’s Annual Championships held at the Worksop Leisure Centre.
Matches started at 9.00am with the last ball being hit at just before 6.00pm with players battling it out all day earn the right to play on Finals Nights to be played out across two nights in March.
The Open Singles proved to be a competition of few surprises with Ernest Mpundu and Richard Element making it through to the final after they had semi final wins over Terry Emmerson and Chris Cattell respectively.
If the Open Singles looked straight forward enough, the same cannot be said about the Open Doubles with probably the performance of the day going to Division Three’s Luke Barraclough and Connor Bettley who battled their way through to the semi finals with a fabulous…full report »
Falcons Stretch Lead At Top Of Three
Sparken Hill Falcons pulled six points clear at the top of Division Three this week with a solid 8-2 win over club colleagues Sparken Hill Blue Jays. Connor Bettley and Neil Penny did most of the damage for the Falcons as they recorded wins over all three Blue Jays players in Ivan Stallworthy, Dave Lee and Dave Rix with the only success in the singles coming when Stallworthy managed to defeat Mick Potter. The Blue Jays did manage to win the doubles when Rix and Stallworthy teamed up to beat Potter and Penny 3-1. The result leaves the Falcons in pole position at the top of the table although second placed Sparken Hill Hawks do have a game in hand
and do have to play the Falcons one more time before the end of the league campaign.
At the other end of the table, Sparken Hill Robins and Worksop…full report »
Divisional Trophy Gets Underway
The respective Divisional Trophy Handicap matches got underway this week with some terrific hard fought battles throughout all the divisions.
The teams in each division were split into two groups with the winners of each group going through to the final.
The David Hooton Trophy for Division One sides got underway with league leaders Worksop Miners Welfare facing a tricky looking game away at Stanley Street in Group A and with the Stanley Street side starting with an 88 point lead due the handicap system which is based on each players individual average, they were going to have to be on top form to secure a victory.
Terry Emmerson got Stanley Street off to a great start by beating Chris Cattell 21-15, 21-16 to increase his sides lead even further which left the Miners Welfare side with an uphill battle. Over the next six games Welfare started…full report »
X-Youth Pull Away From Trouble
Division Two’s Carlton X-Youths recent good form continued this week registering a vital win over bottom side Worksop Welfare Harriers ‘B’. The win eases them away from the bottom two teams and puts them 4 points above the relegation zone having played the same number of games as all of the teams around them. Their win against Harriers ‘B’ came courtesy of a Simon Hooley hat trick as he enjoyed wins over Neil Fisher, Dave Lyus and Dennis Learad. Hooley was well supported by is team mates Mark Cooper and Simon Rafferty who both enjoyed wins over Fisher and Lyus but both lost out to Learad. Hooley capped a fine performance by joining forces with Rafferty to defeat Fisher and Lyus in the doubles.
Worksop Welfare Harriers ‘A’ were also in action this week as they hosted second placed Sparken Hill Eagles who are still trying to chase down…full report »
Tears Of A Clowne As ‘B’ Loses To ‘C’ In Cup
Clowne ‘C upset the odds this week as they dumped their club colleagues out of the Mike Tunningley Handicap Shield. Clowne ‘B who are a division above the counterparts were looking to progress to the semi-final stage but came unstuck against a stubborn Clowne ‘C side who in particular had Ian Henderson in a rich vein of form. Henderson first defeated Jeff Reay 21-15, 21-14 before just losing out to Simon Chatterton 20-21, 15-21 in his next game. In his final game Henderson made it even more uncomfortable for his opponent Kartik Lakhani as he took him even closer before just losing out 18-21, 18-21. Henderson was well supported by Steve Elkin who lost to Chatterton 17-21, 15-21 before dropping more points than he would have liked to Lakhani losing 14-21, 10-21. Elkin then got back on track and fought hard against Reay before just losing out 19-21, 19-21. Clowne…full report »