Trophy holders pushed all the way by family duo


Monday 15th January

The first round of matches got under way in the Royds Hall Printing Trophy. Early results indicate the handicaps allocated to players may not be too far off the mark, as many of the matches ended with less than a thirty points margin. The three players from each team play four games up to eleven points against each other with handicap adjustment at the end of the match.
Division Three side Deighton Leisure Centre G came close to knocking out the holders Woodfield Park A, and only lost by six points. Representing the Deighton team were father and son Keith and Robert Sandiford plus junior player Ryan Moon. Woodfield Park had Keith Skarz, Frazer Krischke and Mike Belk in their line-up. The lower ranked side still held a 69 points handicap margin after the first six sets, but Skarz, Krischke and Belk made their experience tell. Game seven saw Krischke gain 37 points against Moon. Belk reduced the arrears by a further 15 points against Robert Sandiford before Skarz gained a match winning margin of 23 points against Keith Sandiford.
Two other Deighton teams, Deighton C and Deighton A, were drawn against each other and it was the Division One A team who prevailed over their Division Two opponents. Regular C team players Samuel Nehmiah and Marcus Batkin and A team players Cameron Sandhu and Jonathan Heslop were boosted by the handicap marks of division three players Lennox Cadore and Kayden Oates respectively. Nehmiah and Batkin held their own against their higher opponents, but Sandhu and Heslop can thank the efforts of Oates for their narrow 14 points margin victory.
Elland put their 36 points handicap advantage to good use by beating U3A B. The U3A team got off to an excellent start as David Thorp, Linda Batty and David Shearing reduced the deficit to 7 points. Richard Fleetwood then made some significant gains to ensure his Elland team, including Lewis Tomlinson and Hamish Rushworth, progressed to the next round.
Scissett WMC B were missing one of their regular players but still had a chance in their match with New North Road Baptist Church A up until the penultimate set, but Ross Lander, Jonathan Vaughan and David Atherton gained the required points to see the Church side through.
Marcus Damm is a force to be reckoned with when playing in Division Two, so it was no surprise that he would provide a stern test when playing for the New North Road Church B side. He helped team mates Daniel Hamer and Matthew Barber to a 14 points win over U3A A.
Wilshaw B started their match at Kingsmith Engineering C with a 90 point deficit but after five sets had reduced the margin to 13 points. The next three sets proved crucial as Alex Beresford and Scott Singleton extended the Kingsmith lead to make sure of avoiding any pressure in the final set.
Marsh Con C struggled from the start in their match against Kingsmith Engineering A. Phil Schofield, Geoff Dunne and Steve Hanson cancelled out the Marsh team’s handicap advantage after the first five sets and went on to win by a comfortable margin.

Monday 8th January

Break in League action for Handicap Cup Competition

There will be the usual mid-season break in the Louis France Huddersfield Table Tennis League to accommodate the first round of the handicap cup competition, the Royds Hall Printing Trophy. Round One matches are scheduled to be played weeks commencing 8th January and 15th January. The format of the cup competitions will be as the previous season where first round losers in the Trophy competition go forward to compete for the Table Tennis Direct Cup.
Last year’s Trophy winners, Woodfield Park A, have been drawn at home to Deighton Leisure Centre G. The Division Three side will need to use every point from their handicap allocation to prevent the holders progressing to the next round.

Back to the league, and first impressions imply a close fought race for the Division One title, but a number of teams are still to complete their first half fixtures. Deighton Leisure Centre A may miss out on the title in this division but Deighton’s C and E teams are handily placed to claim the Division Two and Three prizes respectively.

Last week we paid our respects to two former management committee officers and players of the Huddersfield Table Tennis League – Howard Birch and Michael Townend who sadly passed away just before Christmas.
Howard was a former Match Secretary, League President and regular contributor to the Examiner table tennis report. As a player Howard competed at the highest level during his playing career including a closed championship singles victory in 1946. I personally had the privilege of playing in the same team as Howard for a number of seasons and he will be remembered for his ability to outmanoeuvre his opponents with his treasured barna bat.
Michael was also a keen competitor and served the League as Treasurer for more than 20 years also acting as Competition Secretary for a number of those years. Michael’s early playing career included the RAFA club up Wellington Street and latterly the Marsh Club. His playing successes could often be attributed to his strong attacking backhand.
Our condolences go out to their respective families.

Monday 18th December

Huddersfield Teams Challenging For Promotion In Yorkshire Veterans League

Following on from the success of the Huddersfield No 1 team In the top division of the Yorkshire Veterans Table Tennis League, Huddersfield No 3 and No 4 teams are challenging for promotion places in Division 3.
Huddersfield No 3 just shaded a very close match away at previously unbeaten Harrogate No 2, with no fewer than six sets requiring five games to settle the outcome.
The No 4 team had a more comfortable afternoon with an easy win away at York, beating their No 5 team 9-1.
Both teams occupy leading positions in the table having each won three matches from their opening four fixtures.

Yorkshire Veterans League Division 3
Harrogate No 2 (4) v Huddersfield No 3 (6)
Jonathan Taylor (3), Geoff Dunne (1), Phil Schofield (1) & Taylor / Dunne doubles win

York No 5 (1) v Huddersfield No 4 (9)
Keith Skarz (3), Clive Standen (3), Mike Belk (2) & Standen / Belk doubles win

Two Kingsmith Engineering players, Geoff Dunne and Doug Bartle, have again represented Yorkshire in the Over 60’s second team. They played their part in a 8-2 win over Lincolnshire.

In Division One of the Louis France Huddersfield Table Tennis League Darren Lindley (3) and Keith Skarz (2) gave Woodfield Park A a narrow victory over Wilshaw B. A maximum from Frazer Krischke helped Woodfield Park to another win, this time away at Greetland.
Marsh Con B are finding life difficult in the top division and suffered a trio of defeats in scheduled and catch-up matches, losing 1-9 to Kingsmith Engineering A, 2-8 to the Kingsmith Engineering B and 0-10 to Wilshaw A.
Deighton Leisure Centre A let a 5-2 lead slip away as they only managed a draw against their B team.

In Division Two, Liam Fearn and Jonathan Taylor could not be beaten as Paddock got the better of Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth to keep up the pressure on leaders Deighton Leisure Centre C. Taylor is having an excellent season, not only at league level but also when playing in the Yorkshire Veterans League.
Marcus Batkin and Naila Malik gained all the points for Deighton Leisure Centre D in a close fought victory over Marsh Con C. With a number of sets going the distance, Deighton recovered from 2-3 down to win four of the last five sets.
Two wins each for John Langfield, Chris Williams and Peter Fox helped Kingsmith Engineering D come away from New North Road Baptist Church A with a 7-3 win.

In Division Three, the final head to head match of the first half of the season involving the leading contenders was played at Marsh Con with U3A A taking on the Marsh D team.
The outcome went in favour of U3A as Andy Parker (2), Doug Holt (1) and Steve Caulfield (3) got the better of their opponents, including a first defeat of the season for Glyn Normanton in the Marsh team
U3A A followed up this performance with a comfortable win over Kingsmith Engineering E while Marsh Con D got back to winning ways against New North Road Baptist Church B.
Elsewhere in this division there were victories for Scissett WMC B, Deighton Leisure Centre E and Deighton Leisure Centre G over U3A B, Elland and Deighton Leisure Centre F respectively.
Junior player Kayden Oates is having an excellent season for Deighton Leisure Centre E.

Monday 4th December

Huddersfield No 1 Make Excellent Start in Yorkshire Veterans League

In the top division of the Yorkshire Veterans Table Tennis League, Huddersfield No 1 team made an excellent start to the season. They are aiming to match their success of last season in retaining the first division title, and returned home with three comfortable victories at YPI Sports Centre in Hull, dropping just a single set on the day.

Yorkshire Veterans League Division 1
Huddersfield No 1 (10) v Hull No 3 (0)
Darren Lindley (3), Tim Dyson (3), Nick Ryder (3) & Lindley / Dyson doubles win

Huddersfield No 1 (10) v Leeds No 1 (0)
Darren Lindley (3), Tim Dyson (3), Nick Ryder (3) & Lindley / Dyson doubles win

Huddersfield No 1 (9) v York No 1 (1)
Darren Lindley (3), Tim Dyson (3), Nick Ryder (2) & Lindley / Dyson doubles win

In Division One of the Louis France Huddersfield Table Tennis League, Deighton Leisure Centre A only lost the doubles set in their match with Greetland as Cameron Sandhu, Damian Galka and Jonathan Heslop each won all their singles sets.
Deighton Leisure Centre B also had success with a 7-3 win at Scissett WMC A with Tomasz Pietrzyk winning all his sets.
Kingsmith Engineering A gained a creditable draw at home to title favourites Wilshaw A thanks to Shaun Ellis (3) and Phil Schofield (2).
Woodfield Park A made home advantage count as they beat Marsh Con A by a narrow margin thanks to singles wins by Keith Skarz (2), Mike Belk (1) and Frazer Krischke (2). Ian Tweedale gained some consolation for the Marsh side as he remained unbeaten in his singles matches.

In Division Two Kingsmith PW played their rearranged match from round one against a Kingsmith Engineering C team. Unfortunately the PW side had to concede three of the final four sets in the match and ended up on the wrong end of a 7-3 score line as Alex Beresford and Chris Williams each won three sets.
New North Road Baptist Church A registered their first win of the season at home to Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth, thanks to Markus Damm (3), Jonathan Vaughan (3) and Ross Lander (2). Chris Williams picked up the consolation set for the visitors.
Deighton Leisure Centre C are clear leaders of this division at the halfway stage and the unbeaten side enhanced their title chances with a 10-0 win over a Deighton D team. Scorers for the C team were Marcus Batkin (3), Paul Simpson (3), Samuel Nehmiah (3) and a Batkin / Simpson doubles win.

In Division Three Marsh Con D travelled to Deighton Leisure Centre E with both teams aiming to extend their 100% record. It was the Marsh team who triumphed with an emphatic 9-1 victory over their promotion rivals. There were three wins each for Glyn Normanton and Alan West, two wins for John Hall and a Normanton / West doubles for the visitors. Kayden Oates won the consolation set for Deighton.
Elland and U3A B took part in what appeared to be a marathon match as no fewer than six sets needed a fifth game decider. The U3A side would feel comfortable in their surroundings as the Elland team have now relocated to the Longwood venue. The match finished all square as Richard Fleetwood and Yasser Arfat each won two singles and the doubles while the scorers for U3A were David Shearing (2), Linda Batty (2) and John Riggall (1).
In a rearranged match, Deighton Leisure Centre E gained some consolation for their earlier defeat and now currently occupy the top position in the division. Kayden Oates (3), Naila Malik (2), Ron Powell (1) and an Oates / Powell doubles inflicted the first defeat of the season against another unbeaten side, U3A A.
With Marsh D and U3A still to play each other, the two likely promotion contenders will emerge after this match.
Deighton Leisure Centre G had a comfortable win at Elland with maximums for father and son duo Keith and Robert Sandiford plus three from junior player Ryan Moon.

Monday 27th November

Unbeaten Records On The Line In Division Three

In Division One of the Louis France Huddersfield Table Tennis League, Greetland and Scissett WMC A are two teams aiming to move away from the bottom end of the table. Greetland were at home to Scissett and after losing the opening set of the evening they never looked back as they won all the remaining sets including a first maximum at this level for Barry Drain.
At the other end of the table, Kingsmith Engineering A maintained their top four position as Shaun Ellis (3), Steve Hanson (3) and Phil Schofield (1) came away from Woodfield Park A with a comfortable win.
Deighton Leisure Centre A squandered the chance to consolidate their position as a contender for the division one title as they failed to turn up for their scheduled match at Wilshaw B, resulting in the home team being awarded the points. This may prove costly in the weeks to come, when a simple task of checking the handbook fixture dates by any player from the team would have avoided the mishap.
Deighton Leisure Centre B had a better outcome in their match at home to Marsh Con B as they ran out easy winners with three wins each for Rafal Aleksandrzak and Tomasz Pietrzyk plus a couple from division one debutant Samuel Nehmiah. The Marsh second string are finding it difficult to gain points since their promotion to the top division.

In Division Two Woodfield Park B fielded a strong side for their match at Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth and came away with a comfortable win thanks to a maximum from Derek Moorhouse and a couple from Mike Belk. The evergreen Geoff Heywood won a couple of sets for the Kingsmith side.
New North Road Baptist Church A were level at 2-2 but Marsh Con C won the remaining sets to run out winners thanks to David Blackburn (2), Neil Dawson (2), Ed Bowen (3) and the doubles.
Peter Fox (3) and John Langfield (2) helped Kingsmith Engineering D to a narrow 6-4 win over Kingsmith PW.
Yorkshire County player Doug Bartle could not prevent a Kingsmith Engineering C side losing, as a maximum from Jonathan Taylor ensured Paddock ran out 7-3 winners.

In Division Three there are three teams with 100% records and they are due to go head to head over the next couple of weeks before the league season has a break for handicap cup competitions. Deighton Leisure Centre E, Marsh Con D and U3A A are the teams involved and U3A A continued their run with a 8-2 win over New North Road Baptist Church B, thanks to singles wins by Andy Parker (2), Steve Caulfield (3) and Gary Jepson (2).
Deighton Leisure Centre F came from being 2-4 down to lead 5-4 at Scissett WMC B but a fifth game final set win for Scissett’s Bruce Croucher over Eron Samuda ensured they shared the points.
Elsewhere in this division there were wins for Scissett WMC B and Deighton Leisure Centre G over Kingsmith Engineering E.

Two Kingsmith Engineering players, Geoff Dunne and Doug Bartle, were part of the Yorkshire No 2 team in their recent series of matches in Division 1A of the Over 60’s County Championship, held at Nottingham’s Sycamore Table Tennis Centre. After losing their opening match (1-9) against Lancashire, they went on to have quite a successful weekend. The Lancashire side were relegated from a higher division last season but are now able to call upon four top-ranked players for this season, who would have proved formidable opposition in the higher Premier division. Yorkshire went on to win the remaining four matches over the weekend beating Warwickshire No 2 (9-1), Nottinghamshire (10-0), Cheshire No 3 (8-2) and Cheshire No 2 (7-3).

Monday 20th November

Scissett and Greetland get back to winning ways

In Division One of the Louis France Huddersfield Table Tennis League Deighton Leisure Centre A made it five wins in a row as they made use of their home advantage to beat Marsh Con A 8-2. The visitors were without their leading player Ian Tweedale, but three wins each for Jonathan Heslop and Damian Galka plus one from Paul Simpson gave the Deighton side number one position in the table after eight matches played.Kingsmith Engineering A included Alex Beresford from their C team and he didn’t let the side down, remaining unbeaten on the night, as Geoff Dunne (3) and Steve Hanson (2) helped their side to a comfortable victory over a Kingsmith B team.Scissett WMC A and Greetland got back to winning ways as they accounted for Wilshaw B, who had previously been in a rich vein of form, and Marsh Con B respectively.

In Division Two Marsh Con C, relegated from Division One last season, were at home to division leaders Deighton Leisure Centre C with both teams attempting to preserve their unbeaten record. The first two sets went in favour of Deighton as Marcus Batkin beat David Blackburn 3-1 and Paul Simpson beat Ed Bowen by the same score line. Bob Sanderson got Marsh on the board beating Samuel Nehmiah in a five game thriller. The next set was just as exciting as Batkin restored the two sets advantage, beating Bowen in the fifth and deciding game. The scores were tied at 3-3 after the next two sets went the distance with Marsh winning the doubles and Blackburn beating Nehmiah. With neither side prepared to lose, Deighton held their nerve to win the remaining four sets and the match 7-3.

Deighton junior Sarah Amin made the step up to division two for the first time and won one set as her team drew with Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth.Kingsley Smith also got off the mark for his Kingsmith Engineering C team as a maximum from Alex Beresford helped them gain a draw at Woodfield Park B for whom David Bowers and Mike Belk won two sets each.Elsewhere in this division there were narrow wins for Kingsmith PW and Paddock over New North Road Baptist Church A and Kingsmith Engineering D respectively.Paddock’s Jonathan Taylor and the church side’s Markus Damm each won their three sets.

In Division Three, Deighton Leisure Centre E easily accounted for U3A B and the Deighton F team also had a comfortable win at home to Elland.

In Division Three of the Yorkshire Veterans League, Huddersfield No 3 team had an excellent 10-0 home win against York No 5. Geoff Dunne, Phil Schofield and Jonathan Taylor were the winners of their singles matches and Dunne and Taylor teamed up to claim the doubles.Huddersfield No 4 were less fortunate, going down 4-6 at home to Bradford No 3. Huddersfield’s scorers were Bob Sanderson (1), Mike Belk (2) and a Sanderson / Belk doubles win.

Monday 13th November

Deighton Teams Aiming For Promotion

In Division One of the Louis France Huddersfield Table Tennis League Wilshaw B easily accounted for Marsh Con B before their impressive recent run of form came to an end at the hands of the Marsh Con A team in a rearranged match from week two. Tony Stead (1), David Wood (2), Ian Tweedale (3) and a Stead / Tweedale doubles were the scorers for Marsh A in a 7-3 win. The scheduled round of matches also saw Marsh Con A claim the points as wins for Tweedale (3) and Wood (2) helped them overcome Scissett WMC A.
For the second week running, Wilshaw A were hampered with an injury to Neil Crosland in his first match against Greetland’s Chris Lowson. Although he gamely carried on without success, this didn’t prevent Wilshaw A coming away with a 7-3 win.
Deighton Leisure Centre A and B teams both registered victories against Woodfield Park A and Kingsmith Engineering B respectively. The Deighton A team just edged the sets by a 6-4 score line although the game scores of 23-12 in their favour suggest a more convincing win.
Deighton B did have a comfortable win, beating the Kingsmith B team 9-1.

In Division Two it was a first defeat of the season for Alex Beresford of Kingsmith Engineering C as he lost to Marcus Batkin of Deighton Leisure Centre D, but his two wins did help his team to a share of the points. Deighton D recovered from 4-2 down to earn their share of the points.
Deighton Leisure Centre C extended their unbeaten run to head the division two table with a couple of 6-4 victories over New North Road Baptist Church A and Kingsmith Engineering C. In their match against the Church team they recovered from 3-0 and 4-2 down to win the final four sets and the match.
Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth have been hampered by injury and illness of late and they suffered another heavy defeat to a Marsh Con C team of Ed Bowen, Bob Sanderson and Neil Dawson.
Paddock consolidated their second placed position with an excellent win over Kingsmith PW.
In the remaining match in this division, John Langfield, Mike Jagger and Chris Williams each won two sets in beating Woodfield Park B for whom Derek Moorhouse could not be beaten on the night.

In Division Three, Marsh Con D made it six wins in a row thanks to maximums from Alan West and Glyn Normanton in their win at Deighton Leisure Centre G.
Scissett WMC B just shaded the match 6-4 against New North Road Baptist Church B where Daniel Hamer making a season debut for the Church side won all his sets.
The Scissett team were on the wrong end of the same score line as an injury to Doug Holt in the second of his three sets did not prevent his U3A A team from gaining a result.
Other matches in this division went in favour of Deighton Leisure Centre F over U3A B and Elland achieved their first positive result of the season as they shared the points with Kingsmith Engineering E.

Deighton Leisure Centre Table Tennis Club will be doing their bit for Children In Need by donating all the receipts from their Friday and Saturday coaching / practice sessions this week in support of the charity.

Monday 6th November

Town teams in excellent form

Following on from the 8-2 success of the Huddersfield No 3 team win, two other town teams had excellent results in the second round of matches in the Yorkshire Veterans League. In Division Three, Clive Standen (3), Mike Belk (2), Keith Skarz (3) plus a Standen / Skarz doubles gave the Huddersfield No 4 team a comfortable 9-1 win over Wakefield No 2.
Huddersfield No 2 team of Ian McLean, Janet Adams and Neil Crosland went one better with a 10-0 win over their Division Two match.
In Division One of the Louis France Huddersfield Table Tennis League Kingsmith Engineering B came back from 4-1and 5-2 down to draw with Greetland thanks to Brian Ruttle, Stefan Arak and Peter Walker each winning their last sets
Marsh Con A had a comfortable win over their B team with maximum wins for Ian Tweedale, Tony Stead and David Wood plus a Stead / Wood doubles success.
A strong Woodfield Park A side of Nick Ryder, Darren Lindley and Ian McLean travelled to Scissett WMC A and claimed all the sets thanks to three wins each for the afore-mentioned players and a Ryder / McLean doubles win.
Wilshaw A suffered a rare defeat as their B team of Gary Crossley, Ken Ward and Alan Carter won the final two sets of the match to win 6-4. The home team had to concede the penultimate set of the match due to Neil Crosland suffering injury in the fourth game. Ken Ward had an excellent night winning three sets and the doubles with Gary Crossley. Two further singles by Crossley gave the B team the edge over their higher ranked clubmates.
Kingsmith Engineering A drew with Deighton Leisure Centre B with league debutant Elaine Wing winning the final set for Deighton to share the points.

In Division Two, Deighton Leisure Centre D suffered their first defeat of the season when they lost at home to Kingsmith Engineering D for whom John Longfield and Peter Fox both came away with three wins each.
The Deighton C team had a more positive outcome from their match at home to Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth as maximum wins from Marcus Batkin, Paul Simpson and Samuel Nehmiah helped them to a convincing win.
Paddock’s Liam Fearn and Jonathan Taylor could not be beaten in their match at home to New North Road Baptist Church A.
Kingsmith Engineering C relied on singles and doubles wins by Alex Beresford but two wins each for David Blackburn, Bob Sanderson and Neil Dawson gave Marsh Con C the advantage.
In a rearranged match between Woodfield Park B v Kingsmith PW Janet West and Paul Nutton got off the mark for their respective teams as Kingsmith PW just won by a narrow margin.

In Division Three Geoff Adams also got off the mark for New North Road Baptist Church B as he won a couple of sets in their win over Elland WMC. Coincidentally his last victories were against the same opposition.
In the U3A A versus Deighton Leisure Centre G encounter the closest match of the night featured two league newcomers and it was Steve Caulfield of U3A who got the better of Deighton’s Salamat Hussain claiming the last two games and the set.
Deighton Leisure Centre F won three of the last four sets of the match to add some respectability to the score-line as they lost to their E team. Deighton F team’s Sarah Amin won two of her sets, beating Naila Malik and Kayden Oates. This was the first defeat of the season for Oates when playing for the E team.
League newcomers Kingsmith Engineering E registered their first win of the season, at home to U3A B, thanks to maximums from Billy Fisher and Stefano Bartolini.


This weekend saw the Huddersfield team, sponsored by FileDoc Ltd, compete in the second round of matches in the Senior British Table Tennis League at Ormesby Table Tennis Centre. On Saturday the team of Tim Dyson, Jonathan Heslop, Fraser Riley and Cameron Sandhu got off to the worst possible start. They were no match for the Hull St Mary’s side and were on the wrong end of a 9-0 score line. Hull fielded a strong line-up including Shaquille Webb-Dixon who is ranked in the top ten at National Under-21 level. The afternoon session proved more positive as they beat Ormesby No 4 7-2. Rafal Aleksandrzak replaced Tim Dyson for the two matches played on Sunday. They continued the previous day’s afternoon form by beating Ormesby No 4 and easily accounting for Halton No 4.

Huddersfield (0) v St Mary’s Hull (9)

Huddersfield (7) v Ormesby No 5 (2)
Tim Dyson (1), Jonathan Heslop (2), Fraser Riley (2), Cameron Sandhu (1)
Doubles: Dyson & Riley (1)

Huddersfield (6) v Ormesby No 4 (3)
Jonathan Heslop (2), Fraser Riley (2), Cameron Sandhu (2)

Huddersfield (9) v Halton No 4 (0)
Jonathan Heslop (2), Fraser Riley (2), Cameron Sandhu (2), Rafal Aleksandrzak (2)
Doubles: Heslop & Riley (1)

Monday 30th October

Unbeaten records are put to the test

In Division One of the Louis France Huddersfield Table Tennis League Wilshaw B continued their run of form with another win as a maximum from Francis Cioffi and a couple each from Gary Crossley and Ken Ward gave them a 7-3 win over Kingsmith Engineering B. Alex Beresford stepped up from the Kingsmith C second division team to help the B team and was rewarded with a couple of wins, including a 12-10 fifth game decider against Crossley.
Deighton Leisure Centre A had a comfortable win over Kingsmith Engineering A, where Jonathan Heslop and Shaun Ellis were putting their unbeaten records to the test. It was the Deighton youngster Heslop who prevailed as he overcame a first game loss to recover and win 4-11 11-8 12-10 11-9.
Greetland were a player short in their match against Deighton Leisure Centre B. Garry Jowett and Richard Broadbent gained two wins each, but they just lost out as three wins by Tomasz Pietrzyk helped the Deighton side gain the upper hand.

In Division Two, Jonathan Taylor returned to the Paddock line up and retained his 100% record in their win against Woodfield Park B. This division has thrown up a number of drawn matches this season and it was no different in the latest round of matches as Kingsmith PW and Kingsmith Engineering D drew with Deighton Leisure Centre D and Marsh Con C respectively. The game scores in the Kingsmith PW versus Deighton D match were 23-15 in favour of Deighton but the match still ended all square, thanks to Godfrey Gabriel and Marcus Batkin each winning their final sets. Chris Williams won three sets for the Kingsmith D team in their draw with Marsh C.

Even a change of home venue could not prevent a further defeat for the Elland team in Division Three, this time at the hands of Marsh Con D. Elland will now play their remaining home matches at Longwood Mechanics Hall. The Marsh team of Alan West, John Hall and Glyn Normanton registered their fifth consecutive win of the season and will be aiming for a quick return to division two.

The U3A B match against New North Road Baptist Church B started evenly with both teams registering a couple of wins. U3A then won the next four sets to lead 6-2 before Matthew Barber and Martin Town each won their last sets to add some respectability to the score-line. U3A points came from David Shearing (2), Linda Batty (1), John Riggall (2) and a Shearing / Riggall doubles win.

Deighton Leisure Centre E are another team hoping to end the season on a high note, and easily accounted for a Deighton G team. Naila Malik was missing from the E team for this match but her replacement, Sha Hashemi, did not let the side down as he won all his three singles. Although several of the matches needed four or five games to decide the outcome, wins for Kayden Oates (3) and Ron Powell (2) made it a comfortable night for the higher ranked side. Robert Sandiford gained some consolation for the losing side, winning the opening set on the night.
Deighton Leisure Centre F were at home to league newcomers Kingsmith Engineering E. The Deighton players used their league experience to their advantage in gaining a 7-3 victory. Kingsmith made the Deighton team fight for every point and will benefit from playing competitive matches each week.

  Deighton 'E' Sha Hashemi, Kayden Oates & Ron Powell. Deighton 'G' Keith and Robert Sandiford, Ryan Moon.  


In Division 3 of the Yorkshire Veterans League, Huddersfield No 3 team had an excellent 8-2 away win at Hermits Table Tennis Centre, beating Bradford No 3. Bradford narrowly won the opening set as Mark Griffin beat Geoff Dunne by 12-10 in the fifth game. The town side dominated the remaining sets with Jonathan Taylor winning 3 and the doubles with Dunne. Griffin claimed another set for the home side but two wins each for Dunne and Phil Schofield meant the town side could enjoy a pleasant journey home.



Monday 23rd October

Leaders held by Greetland

In Division One of the Louis France Huddersfield Table Tennis League current pace-setters Kingsmith Engineering A (31 points from four matches played) were at home to bottom of the table Greetland who had only gained 3 points from the two matches they had played. Occasionally form goes out of the window and does not guarantee the expected result, as a certain football team from over the Pennines found out to their cost last Saturday afternoon!
The form tables were also turned in this match, as Greetland earned a creditable draw against the Kingsmith team. Geoff Dunne replaced Shaun Ellis in the home team line-up but this could not be used as an excuse as Dunne won all his singles matches. Greetland lost the first set as Dunne easily accounted for Richard ‘Gilly’ Broadbent, but they rallied with singles wins by Garry Jowett, Barry Drain and Broadbent plus a Jowett / Drain doubles win to give Greetland a lead of 4-1. Kingsmith levelled the match at 4-4 as Dunne, Steve Hanson and Phil Schofield each won their sets. Broadbent beat Hanson to set the away team up for their first win of the season but a third win for Dunne meant both teams would have to settle for a share of the points.
Gary Crossley’s three singles wins and the doubles with Alan Carter helped Wilshaw B to a narrow victory at Deighton Leisure Centre B. In a tight finish to the match Crossley won the last set, beating Tomasz Pietrzyk 9-11 9-11 11-8 11-9 11-9. Meanwhile Wilshaw’s A team of Russell Senior, Janet Adams and Neil Crosland easily accounted for Woodfield Park A for whom Ian McLean gained the consolation set.
Cameron Sandhu and Damian Galka each won three sets as they came away from Scissett WMC A with a win and pole position in this division.

In Division Two, Paddock have relied heavily on Jonathan Taylor’s contributions as he has remained unbeaten in singles and doubles. His absence was noticeable as they lost their first match of the season 3-7 at Deighton Leisure Centre D where Kayden Oates (2), Marcus Batkin (3) and Godfrey Gabriel (2) were the scorers.
Marsh Con C and Kingsmith PW were involved in a see-saw match that resulted in yet another draw in this division. After trailing the Kingsmith side 1-3, Marsh won the next four sets to lead 5-3, only for Richard Cowling and Mick Hodson to win each of their last sets for the Kingsmith side and tie the match.

In Division Three only two points separate the teams occupying the first three positions in the table - Deighton Leisure Centre E, Marsh Con D and U3A A.
After securing their first result in competitive table tennis, a draw against New North Road Baptist Church B, it was back down to earth for Kingsmith Engineering E as they lost heavily to Deighton E. Marsh Con D and U3A A maintained their lofty positions beating U3A B and Elland respectively. The Elland team will get plenty of time to get used to the Longwood surroundings as this will be their home venue for the rest of the season.

Monday 16th October

Too close to call in Division Two

Initial results in Division Two of the Louis France Huddersfield Table Tennis League indicate the final placings in this division will be very close. Nearly all the matches played to date have ended as draws or marginal 6-4 results, with only 6 points separating the top and bottom positions. In the latest round of matches Paddock and Marsh Con ‘C’ could not be separated with each team now drawing their opening three matches. Jonathan Taylor retained his 100% record for Paddock as David Blackburn, Neil Dawson and Mark Knapton combined for the Marsh points. Billy Ryan of Kingsmith Peel Walker also retains a 100% record as his team shared the points with Deighton Leisure Centre ‘C’ as a returning Kevin Senior helped the Deighton score with a couple of wins.
Elsewhere in division two there were narrow wins for Kingsmith Engineering ‘C’, Deighton Leisure Centre ‘D’ and Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth over New North Road Baptist Church ‘A’, Woodfield Park ‘B’ and Kingsmith Engineering ‘D’ respectively. Deighton came back from 4-3 down winning the last three sets in their victory at Woodfield Park.

In Division One, Kingsmith Engineering ‘A’ are the early pacesetters, closely followed by Deighton Leisure Centre ‘A’, Woodfield Park ‘A’ and Wilshaw ‘A’. A fine run of form by Shaun Ellis has helped Kingsmith to their lofty position. Woodfield Park ‘A’ included Darren Lindley and Nick Ryder in their easy win over Deighton Leisure Centre ‘B’ as they probably expected a stronger opposition team on the night. Ian Mclean joined Lindley for another comfortable win over Kingsmith Engineering ‘B’.

U3A ‘A’ and Deighton Leisure Centre ‘E’ share top spot in Division Three. The U3A team maintained their winning run with a 7-3 victory over their ‘B’ team after having easily accounted for a Deighton ‘F’ team the previous evening.
Deighton Leisure Centre ‘E’, who are also unbeaten, are hoping to be in the promotion places come the end of the season. Their latest triumph came over Scissett WMC ‘B’, who were relegated form Division Two last year. Kayden Oates, one of a number of junior players representing Deighton, won all his three sets with Naila Malik and Ron Powell adding the other sets.
Oates also turned out for a Deighton ‘F’ team against another unbeaten side, Marsh Con ‘D’, but had to settle for two sets as a maximum from Glyn Normanton and wins by John Hall and John Schofield saw the Marsh team home by a 7-3 scoreline. At one stage the scores were level at 3-3 but Marsh claimed the last four sets to win the match.

Monday 9th October

Welcome return for Brailsford

Steve Brailsford made a welcome return to the Louis France Huddersfield Table Tennis league. Having recently returned to this country, after a number of years in the southern hemisphere, he has joined the Scissett WMC ‘A’ team and helped them to a 6-4 win at Marsh Con ‘B’. The scores were level going into the final two sets of the match, but Clive Standen and Brailsford each won their final singles matches. It will be interesting to see if Brailsford, a former Closed Champion at singles and doubles, can reproduce the form of those earlier years.
Wilshaw ‘A’ got the better of Deighton Leisure Centre ‘A’. In the fourth set of the match, between Tim Dyson and Cameron Sandhu, it was hard to separate the two players but Dyson just scraped home 10-12 12-10 11-9 10-12 12-10.
In the remaining match played in Division One, Marsh Con ‘A’ had a comfortable win away at Greetland with wins for Tony Stead (2), David Wood (3) and Ian Tweedale (3).

In Division Two, Kingsmith Peel Walker got their season under way beating Kingsmith Fountain of Youth with Billy Ryan and Mick Hodson winning three sets each and the doubles.
The remaining matches in this division ended all square. Marsh Con ‘C’ were losing 5-3 at home to Woodfield Park ‘B’ but won their last two sets to draw the match.
Deighton Leisure Centre ‘D’ were also losing in their match at New North Road Baptist Church ‘A’ but claimed the final three sets to draw the match and Deighton Leisure Centre ‘C’ needed a final set victory by Paul Simpson to tie their match with Paddock. Deighton had to make a couple of changes to their previous line-up for this match, but shared the points with Paddock for whom Jonathan Taylor won three sets and the doubles. The match between Kingsmith Engineering ‘C’ and their ‘D’ team also ended all square.

In an earlier table tennis report it was noted that Deighton Leisure Centre were encouraging a number of junior players to take up the sport. Last week saw 12 years old Kamran Amin make a first league start for the ‘E’ team in a Division Three match at home to New North Road Baptist Church ‘B’. He did not let the side down as he won two of his sets in the 8-2 victory. Kayden Oates (3) and Ron Powell (2) were the other scorers for Deighton with Matthew Barber picking up the two consolation sets for the church side.
Father and son duo Keith and Robert Sandiford helped a Deighton ‘G’ team to a 7-3 win over U3A ‘B’ with Keith emulating his son’s performance in the previous match, winning his three sets.
Scissett WMC ‘B’ had a comfortable win over Elland WMC with maximum wins for Bruce Croucher and Sarah Napier. Clubs struggle to find suitable playing venues, as is the case with the Elland outfit, who are moving to another venue due to playing conditions at their current base.
Marsh Con ‘D’ have put their relegation disappointment to Division 3 behind them with a couple of good wins 7-3 and 9-1 against New North Road Baptist Church ‘B’ and Kingsmith Engineering ‘E’ respectively. If Alan West and Glyn Normanton play regularly for the Marsh team, then they should be able to challenge for a return to Division Two.

A strong Huddersfield representative side of Tim Dyson, Jonathan Heslop, Fraser Riley and Cameron Sandhu got their Senior British League Division C-3 campaign off to a flying start at Ormesby Table Tennis Centre this weekend. Eight teams will compete in this division, playing each other twice during the season with matches spread over four weekends. This season matches again comprise of eight singles sets (best of five games), but unlike last year there is only one doubles set in each match.
On Saturday they easily notched up two victories over Halton No 4 and Derwent No 2 without conceding a single set. On Sunday they repeated their fine opening day’s performance by repeating a clean sweep over Bishop Auckland and Pudsey. Each player won their 8 singles matches over the weekend. Heslop and Sandhu won three doubles matches with Riley joining Sandhu for the other win. A perfect start to the Senior British League season – played 4 won 4 with 36 sets for and 0 sets conceded and four ‘man of the match’ awards. The next round of matches is expected to provide a sterner test as they will face the team in second place, St Mary’s Hull, who have only dropped one set.

Deighton Leisure Centre player Naila Malik made her debut in Division 5 of the Women’s British League, playing for Fastbats Table Tennis Club in the opening fixtures at Arena Sports, Kettering. She won both her games in the 4-2 victory over Sutton-at-Hone and gained another win in the remaining weekend’s matches.

  British League Winning Team Cameron Sandhu, Tim Dyson, Fraser Riley and Jonathan Heslop.  

Monday 2nd October

Points shared in opening division two matches

In Division One of the Louis France Table Tennis League, Wilshaw ‘A’ continued their impressive start to the season with another 10-0 victory. Having started life in the top division with a draw the previous week, a Scissett team of Clive Standen, Stewart Clarke and Brian Armitage were no match for Russell Senior, Janet Adams and Neil Crosland.

Deighton Leisure Centre ‘A’ and Kingsmith Engineering ‘A’ also had 10-0 wins, beating Kingsmith Engineering ‘B’ and Marsh Con ‘B’ respectively. The Deighton team of Damian Galka, Cameron Sandhu and Jonathan Heslop only dropped two games in their win. Surprisingly it was Jonathan Heslop who conceded the two games, narrowly beating Peter Walker 13-11 in the fifth and deciding set. Steve Hanson, Phil Schofield and Shaun Ellis each won three sets in their win over Marsh

Division Two and Three teams got their season under way, with a number of closely fought matches. Of the four matches played in division two, three ended up as draws. The only win in this division came from Deighton Leisure Centre ‘C’, beating Woodfield Park ‘B’ 7-3 with two singles wins each for Marcus Batkin, Paul Simpson and Rawan Hamza. Derek Moorhouse won all his sets for Woodfield Park.
Last season’s division three winners Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth travelled to Paddock, who were in the top division for a number of years. Jonathan Taylor was in fine form for Paddock, easily winning his three sets. Fountain Of Youth were trailing 5-3 but Geoff Heywood and Gerry Kerr each won their last sets of the evening to share the match points.
Deighton Leisure Centre ‘D’ were also losing 5-3 in their match at home to Marsh Con ‘C’, but wins for Naila Malik and Gordon Cape enabled them to share the points.
Kingsmith Engineering ‘D’ at home to New North Road Baptist Church ‘A’ was the remaining drawn match in the division. For Kingsmith, Peter Fox won two sets with Jonathan Vaughan and David Atherton winning two sets each for the visitors.

Three teams from Deighton Leisure Centre have been entered in division three this season, with a number of junior players registered. The team combinations of youth and experience will give them an ideal start to competitive table tennis. Deighton ‘E’ got off to a flyer at Elland WMC as Kayden Oates, Naila Malik and Ron Powell won all their sets in the 10-0 win. Deighton ‘F’ and Deighton ‘G’ came up against each other for the first time this season and the higher ranked team just edged the match 6-4, with junior Robert Sandiford winning his three sets for the ‘G’ team.
U3A had mixed fortunes in their matches. The ‘A’ team enjoyed a comfortable evening at Kingsmith Engineering ‘E’ with Andy Parker, Doug Holt and Steve Caulfield scoring in the 9-1 win. The newly formed Kingsmith team may need time to find their feet in the division. The U3A ‘B’ team drew at home to Scissett WMC ‘B’ where Sarah Napier and Bruce Croucher won two sets each for Scissett with Dave Marriott winning one on his return to the team.
In the Yorkshire Veterans League Division 3, the Huddersfield No 4 team of Clive Standen (2 wins), Jonathan Taylor (3) and Mike Belk got the better of their No 3 team of Phil Schofield (2), Francis Cioffi (1) and Rafal Aleksandrzak (1) in a 6-4 win as Standen and Taylor won the all important doubles.

Monday 25th September

The First Week of Matches in Division One

The first round of matches in Division One were played last week with the two promoted sides having mixed fortunes. Marsh Con ‘B’ came up against last year’s divisional winners and only managed a single consolation game in their defeat. The Wilshaw ‘A’ team of Janet Adams, Neil Crosland and Tim Dyson easily accounted for their opponents and they will need sterner tests if they are to be stopped from gaining this year’s top spot

The other promoted side, Scissett WMC ‘A’, had an encouraging start to the season with a draw in their match away at Kingsmith Engineering ‘B’ with Stefan Arak winning maximum sets for the home side. Clive Standen, last year’s division two merit award winner, won two of his sets for the visitors.

Marsh Con ‘A’ and Kingsmith Engineering ‘A’ also shared the points, as Kingsmith’s Shaun Ellis gained maximum wins from his three sets and the doubles with Phil Schofield. For Marsh, Tony Stead and Ian Tweedale won two sets each.

Woodfield Park ‘A’ are regularly challenging for the title, but without closed champion Darren Lindley they struggled against a Wilshaw ‘B’ team of Francis Cioffi, Gary Crossley and Ken Ward. Keith Skarz won the two sets for Woodfield Park with Crossley winning all his singles matches and the doubles with Ward.

Deighton Leisure Centre may provide the biggest threat to Wilshaw’s ambitions. It could well come down to player selection in their two teams. A Deighton ‘A’ team of Cameron Sandhu, Jonathan Heslop and Damian Galka beat a ‘B’ team of Rafal Aleksandrzak, Tomasz Pietrzyk and Bernard Gabriel. There were three wins for Heslop and two each for Sandhu, Galka and Pietrzyk in the match.

Monday 18th September

Louis France to sponsor Huddersfield Table Tennis League

Huddersfield Table Tennis League will this season be sponsored by Louis France – workwear, safety and industrial supplies. The Prospect Street based company has been established for over 75 years in Huddersfield and they have agreed to provide sponsorship for the forthcoming league season.

This week sees the commencement of league fixtures for Division One, with eleven teams involved. Ten teams will compete in each of the other two divisions, with matches scheduled to start next week.

Over 140 players representing 11 different clubs have registered for this season. Three clubs – Deighton Leisure Centre (7 teams), Kingsmith Engineering (7 teams) and Marsh Con (4 teams) - provide the majority of this season’s team entries.

As in previous seasons, the two handicap knockout competitions will continue to be sponsored by Royds Hall Printing and Table Tennis Direct respectively.

In addition to league matches, a number of players will play in the Yorkshire Veterans League. Four teams will again represent the town with the Huddersfield No 1 team hoping to emulate last season’s excellent performance by retaining the Division One title.

Last season, Huddersfield entered a team in the Senior British League and with funding assistance from FileDoc Ltd (managed print and business solutions), a team will again represent the town at this level. All matches will be played over four weekends at the Ormesby Table Tennis Club in Middlesbrough.

Paul Simpson and Naila Malik work steadfastly to provide table tennis coaching and development programmes in schools and colleges, but the lack of a purpose built table tennis venue is holding back further progress in this area. (If any reader has any potential option, please contact the league).

With the demise of youth clubs and suitable venues, it is proving more difficult each year to find suitable premises to accommodate table tennis teams – so much for the 2012 Olympic sporting legacy !!