Divisional Leaders Consolidate Their Position


Monday 21st December

Last week saw a return to league action in the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League as early season pace-setters Deighton B, Paddock and New North Road Baptist Church A maintained their positions at the head of their respective league tables.
In Division One, Deighton B extended the gap at the top of the table with a narrow victory over last year’s champions Wilshaw A. Singles wins for Tomasz Pietrzyk (2), Rafal Aleksandrzak (1), Lukasz Galuszka (2) plus a Pietrzyk / Aleksandrzak doubles win saw them home. The scores were level at 2-2 and 4-4 with Wilshaw’s Janet Adams winning all three of her singles matches, but the final two sets of the match went in favour of the home team as Galuszka beat Neil Crosland and Pietrzyk beat Russell Senior.
Kingsmith Engineering B are positioned towards the opposite end of the table and their cause took a severe blow over the last couple of weeks. We are sad to report the tragic loss of regular player Doug Bartle whilst competing in a match in the Bradford league. Scott Singleton will also miss the rest of the season due to injury.
In their latest match Alex Beresford’s three singles wins were not enough to prevent a loss at Greetland. It is hoped that players from lower division teams can step in to assist with their remaining fixtures.

In Division Two, Paddock started the year with a narrow win over Woodfield Park B.
Jonathan Taylor (3), Liam Fearn (2) and a Taylor / Fearn doubles scored for Paddock with Woodfield Park replying through Derek Moorhouse (2), Mike Belk (1) and Janet West (1).
Only a couple of points separate three teams chasing the other promotion place.
Two of those teams faced each other as Deighton D travelled to Marsh Con C. The match looked to be heading for a comfortable win for the home team as they raced into a 5-1 lead thanks to David Blackburn (2), Ed Bowen (2) and a Blackburn / Bowen doubles. The next three sets went in favour of Deighton with close final game scores of 12-10 (for Paul Simpson), 13-11 (for Raman Hamza) and 21-19 (for Robert Sandiford). In the final set, Paul Simpson had a comfortable win over David Blackburn to draw the match.

In Division Three, New North Road Baptist Church A are well on the way to putting last year’s disappointment of relegation behind them. They have only dropped five sets in their eleven matches played and had another emphatic 10-0 win over Deighton F. Although the Deighton outfit only had two players, it is doubtful it would have significantly affected their sets against total.
U3A A took advantage of Deighton’s loss by consolidating their position behind the leaders with a 7-3 win over Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth, thanks to Andy Parker (2), Steve Caulfield (3) and John Riggall (2).

Monday 14th December

Close finishes in Royds Hall Trophy handicap competition

Once again the handicapping contributed to a number of close finishes in the first round of the Royds Hall Printing Trophy, none more so than the single point victories gained by Woodfield Park B and Deighton G over Marsh Con B and U3A A respectively. Last year’s winners, Deighton B, were trailing by 69 points with 2 sets to play in their match with Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth but the experienced division one leaders managed to claw that back to go through to the next round with an eight points win.
Other narrow victories were achieved by Kingsmith Engineering C over New North Road Baptist Church B (by 3 points), Deighton C over Scissett (by 9 points) and Greetland over New North Road Baptist Church A (by 12 points).

First round losers will now compete for the Table Tennis Direct Cup.

Huddersfield No 2 team ended the year at the top of the Yorkshire Veterans League division two table. Singles wins for Russell Senior (2), Rafal Aleksandrzak (1) and Steve Brailsford (3) gave them a narrow victory over Dewsbury No 2.

Monday 10th December

Hard Task Ahead For Town No 1 Veterans Team

Last weekend saw the first round of matches in the Yorkshire Veterans Table Tennis League.
Huddersfield No 1 team were represented by Tim Dyson, Janet Adams, Steve Brailsford and Jonathan Taylor. The town team were missing last season’s regulars Darren Lindley and Nick Ryder, who were members of the squad that won the title two years ago.
The loss to Leeds meant they face a struggle to challenge for honours this season.

Yorkshire Veterans League Division 1
Huddersfield No 1 (6) v Doncaster (4)
Tim Dyson (3), Janet Adams (1), Steve Brailsford (1) & Dyson / Adams doubles win

Huddersfield No 1 (4) v Leeds No 1 (6)
Tim Dyson (3) & Dyson / Adams doubles win

Huddersfield No 1 (7) v York No 1 (3)
Tim Dyson (3), Janet Adams (3), Jonathan Taylor (1)

Yorkshire Veterans League Division 1

Pos Team Plyd Won Drawn Lost F A Pts
1 Bradford 1 3 3 0 0 26 4 6
2 Hull 1 3 3 0 0 24 6 6
3 Leeds 1                  3 3 0 0 20 10 6
4 Dewsbury 1 3 2 0 1 21 9 4
5 Huddersfield 1 3 2 0 1 17 13 4
6 Harrogate 1 3 1 0 2 12 18 2
7 Hull 2 3 0 1 2 11 19 1
8 Doncaster 3 0 1 2 10 20 1
9 York 1 3 0 0 3 5 25 0
10 Wakefield 3 0 0 3 4 26 0

In Division One of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League Tim Dyson and Jonathan Heslop helped Deighton A achieve a season’s double over Dyson’s former team Wilshaw A.
Marsh Terriers are now in a position to catch up with their outstanding matches thanks to the addition of former Hull league player Steve Dearing. In their latest match they drew with Wilshaw B for whom Gary Crossley had three wins. Wilshaw B are themselves overcoming adversity due to the sad loss of one of their regular players, Ken Ward.
Kingsmith Engineering A, with only one defeat this year, continued their fine run with a 7-3 win over Woodfield Park A.

In Division Two, Paddock lost their 100 percent record as two wins each for Paul Simpson and Robert Sandiford enabled Deighton D to share the points with the leaders. Paddock player Jonathan Taylor remains unbeaten for the season.

Division Three side New North Road Baptist Church A remain the only team across the divisions with a 100 percent record.

Monday 3rd December

Break from league action for Handicap Cup competition

This week sees the final round of Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League matches before the Christmas and New Year break.
As in previous seasons, this break in league competition is used to accommodate the first round of the handicap cup competition, the Royds Hall Printing Trophy, and also provide teams with the opportunity to catch up on outstanding fixtures.
Round One matches are scheduled to be played between 10th December 2018 and 11th January 2019. 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.

Back to the league, and first impressions imply a close fought race for the second promotion place in Division Two. Current leaders Paddock maintained a comfortable gap on their challengers with an 8-2 win over Kingsmith Engineering C. Jonathan Taylor retained his 100% record and singles wins for Liam Fearn (2) and Yurick Karmasyn (1) plus a doubles from Taylor / Fearn contributed to the victory. The Kingsmith side are in the mix for a promotion place as Chris Williams and Peter Fox gained the two consolation sets for the losers.
Deighton D, who currently occupy second place, were without a match this week.
Two Marsh Con teams have a game in hand on their rivals.
David Blackburn (3), Neil Dawson (3), Ed Bowen (3) and a Blackburn / Bowen doubles gave the Marsh C team an emphatic win over the division’s strugglers Deighton E.
Marsh B got the better of a Marsh D team with singles wins for Keith Hague (2), Steve Martin (3) and Steve Dunn (2) and a Hague / Martin doubles.

Monday 26th November

Unbeaten runs ended for three top players

A number of players in the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League lost their unbeaten records in the previous week’s round of matches.
In Division One, Kingsmith Engineering’s Shaun Ellis suffered his first loss of the season at home to Deighton’s Tim Dyson but in the same match ended Jonathan Heslop’s unbeaten run.
In Division Three, Eron Samuda’s consolation set for Deighton G ended the unbeaten run of New North Road Baptist Church player Jonathan Vaughan.

In the latest scheduled round of matches, Kingsmith Engineering A took advantage of a Deighton B team missing Tomasz Pietrzyk, with a narrow victory which also inflicted a first defeat of the season on the Deighton side.
The Deighton teams occupy positions at both ends of the Division One table with the A and B teams heading the table and the C team at the opposite end.

Division Two leaders Paddock retained their 100 percent record with a narrow victory over bottom side Deighton E.

New North Road Baptist Church A are well clear of their nearest challengers in Division Three, only dropping three sets during their eight match winning run.


Huddersfield No 2 and No 3 teams were in action this weekend in Division Two of the Yorkshire Veterans League. Russell Senior and Steve Brailsford won their three singles matches and paired up in the doubles to gain a 7-3 win for the No 2 team over York 2.
Huddersfield No 3 team started well in their match with Bradford 2 as Ian Tweedale won two singles and the doubles with Jonathan Taylor to level the match at 3-3. Unfortunately the Town team could not maintain the form and lost the final four sets and the match 3-7.

Yorkshire Veterans League Division 2

Pos Team Plyd Won Drawn Lost F A Pts
1 Huddersfield 2 3 3 0 0 24 6 6
2 York 2 3 2 0 1 17 13 4
3 Hull 3                   2 1 1 0 14 6 3
4 Dewsbury 2 2 0 1 1 9 11 1
5 York 3 3 0 1 2 9 21 1
6 Bradford 2 1 0 1 0 5 5 1
7 Hudderfield 3 2 0 0 2 2 18 0

Monday 12th November

Church team extend their winning run

In Division One of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League, Deighton A had a comfortable win over an under strength Marsh Terriers side.
In an earlier round of matches Woodfield Park A were at home to the Deighton side and were leading by four sets to one but the away team rallied to win four of the remaining five sets to draw the match, with Jonathan Heslop winning three sets on the night.
A Darren Lindley maximum wasn’t enough to prevent his Woodfield Park team from coming up short against table leaders Deighton B.
Kingsmith Engineering A player Shaun Ellis also won maximum sets as they gained a creditable draw at Wilshaw A.
The Wilshaw B team had better luck as they beat a two man Greetland team thanks to a maximum from Gary Crossley.

In Division Two, Janet West was in excellent form as her three singles wins helped a Woodfield Park B team share the points with Deighton D.
In another draw Marsh Con B came back from 5-2 down to claim the last three sets in their match at home to Kingsmith Engineering C.
Elsewhere in this division Kingsmith PW and Paddock beat Deighton E and Marsh Con D respectively.

In Division Three, the clash of the top two teams turned out to be a one-sided affair as New North Road Baptist Church A team of Jonathan Vaughan, David Atherton and Ross Lander could not be beaten by their U3A A team challengers. The U3A B team registered their first win of the season against an out of form Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth.
Elsewhere in the division Deighton F beat New North Road Baptist Church B while Scissett and Deighton G ended all square.



Monday 6th November

Open Weekend Proves A Success


A number of league committee members and players attended the official opening of the new table tennis centre last weekend. Huddersfield table tennis league sponsor Godfrey Gabriel of Filedoc Ltd and British Senior league team sponsor Gail Beckford of Gail’s Travel Shop were also at the opening. Andrea Holt, who represented Great Britain at two Olympic games, was also present on behalf of Table Tennis England.
Illness prevented the Mayor from performing the official opening, but the Mayor’s consort, Ken Lowe, deputised in her absence.
A lot of time and effort went in to getting the centre up and running in readiness for this season as the before and after pictures depict.
The open weekend for the general public also proved to be a success based on the number of people attending over the two days.

Current results in Division Two of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League indicate the division will be very competitive this season as only six sets separate the top four teams – Paddock, Kingsmith Engineering C, Marsh Con C and Deighton D.
In their latest round of matches Kingsmith Engineering C and Marsh Con C both had 7-3 wins against Woodfield Park B and Kingsmith PW respectively.

In Division One, Wilshaw A will have their work cut out to make it four titles in a row as early season form indicates a strong challenge will come from the two leading Deighton teams. Kingsmith Engineering A have won their opening three matches but have yet to play the aforementioned challengers.

U3A A maintained their 100% record in Division Three with a narrow 6-4 win against Scissett. This week they face their toughest test to date as they travel to the only other team in the division with a 100% record – New North Road Baptist Church A.

Deighton Junior player Sarah Amin has received a call up for the Yorkshire Girls table tennis squad. Yet another junior player to prosper from the Deighton coaching set-up, now based at the new table tennis centre.



Monday 29th October

Divisional pacesetters lay down their mark

In Division One of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League, Deighton A, Wilshaw A and Deighton B head the embryonic table.
Deighton A and Wilshaw A won their latest matches without any response from their opponents whilst the Deighton B result for last week is not yet to hand.

Paddock extended their lead at the top of Division 2 as they won 7-3 away at previously unbeaten Kingsmith PW.

New North Road Baptist Church A and U3A A have pulled away from the other teams in Division 3, only dropping two sets and six sets respectively in their five matches played. The Church A team of Jonathan Vaughan, David Atherton and Ross Lander easily accounted for their second string in their latest victory.
U3A A beat Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth thanks to four of the five sets that went the distance going in favour of the home team.

In Division 2 of the Yorkshire Veterans League, Huddersfield No 3 team suffered a heavy defeat at Hull No 3 with Geoff Dunne and Jonathan Taylor gaining a consolation set by winning the doubles. The Hull side were relegated from the top division last season.

Just a reminder that the new Table Tennis Centre based on the 4th floor of JL Brierley’s Turnbridge Mills complex, Quay Street, Huddersfield HD1 6QT will have its official opening this weekend with free access to members of the public from 1pm to 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday.

Monday 22nd October

Official Opening of New Table Tennis Centre

A date has been announced for the official opening of the new Huddersfield Table Tennis Centre. The Mayor Of Kirklees, Cllr Gwen Lowe, will perform the ceremony at 12 noon on Saturday 3rd November. Free entry to the centre will then be made available to the general public from 1pm to 4pm. A further public open session will also be held on Sunday 4th November from 10am to 4pm.
The centre is located on the 4th floor of JL Brierley’s Turnbridge Mills complex, Quay Street, Huddersfield HD1 6QT and a member of the table tennis league committee will be in attendance at the gate to provide information / access to the centre.
Table Tennis coaches will be in attendance for tips and advice or you can have some fun on the table tennis robot machine.
Over the years a number of venues suitable for playing the sport have reduced significantly – many older players will remember the YMCA, RAFA and youth club venues - but it is hoped the new centre will provide opportunities for more people to participate in the sport, young and old alike.
Further information regarding future opening times and coaching facilities can be found on the Huddersfield Table Tennis League website.

Monday 15th October

Winning streak at end for Deighton

In Division One of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League, Deighton B’s winning run came to an end as they were held to a draw at Wilshaw A. Russell Senior and Janet Adams with two singles wins each and the doubles were the scorers for Wilshaw. Tomasz Pietrzyk (2), Rafal Aleksandrzak (2) and Lukasz Galuszka (1) replied for Deighton. The match was a see-saw affair although Deighton got off to a flyer, winning the first three singles sets. Wilshaw responded to win the following two singles and the doubles to square the match at 3-3. The remaining singles sets alternated between each team to leave the match all square at the end.
Marcus Batkin (3), Kayden Oates (2) and Clive Standen (3) gave Deighton C a comfortable win over Woodfield Park A, thanks to four of the five sets that went the distance going in the favour of the home team.
Deighton A also benefitted from four of their five sets that went the distance as they just eked out a win at Wilshaw B by a 6-4 score line. In his first start of the season, Francis Cioffi won a couple of sets for the home team while Jonathan Heslop (3) and Cameron Sandhu (2) scored for Deighton. Heslop and Sandhu paired up for a tight doubles win as a score of 11-13 13-11 13-11 13-11 suggests.
Steve Brailsford’s treble helped Greetland achieve a second win of the season, beating Kingsmith Engineering B.

In Division Two, Paddock and Kingsmith PW continued their winning runs with victories at Woodfield Park B and home to Marsh Con B respectively. Paddock’s Jonathan Taylor and Kingsmith PW’s Richard Cowling remain unbeaten in their singles matches.
A mixture of youth and experience gave Deighton D the points as Paul Simpson (3) and junior players Sarah Amin (2) and Robert Sandiford (2) beat a previously unbeaten Marsh Con C side.
Kingsmith Engineering C achieved their first win of the season, over Deighton E, thanks to maximum singles wins for Chris Williams and John Langfield .

In Division Three, Scissett came back from 4-1 down to claim four of the remaining five sets in their match with Kingsmith Engineering D. Scissett’s Sarah Napier won two of those four sets and all three on the night. League debutant Granville Thornton ensured the away team gained a draw by beating Bruce Croucher 12-10 in the fifth game of the final set of the match.
Kingsmith Engineering E gained their first positive result of the season with a creditable draw at home to U3A B.
Elsewhere in division three there were wins for New North Road Baptist Church B, U3A A and New North Road Baptist Church A over Deighton G, New North Road Baptist Church B and Deighton F respectively.

After winning promotion last season, the Huddersfield team are finding life difficult in Division B1 of the Senior British Table Tennis League. On Saturday a young team of Jonathan Heslop, Cameron Sandhu, Lewis Palmer and Robert Sandiford were no match for their opponents and lost 8-1 to Barrow Tornadoes and Orsted Grimsby at the Draycott Table Tennis Centre. Consolation sets were gained with a singles win for Palmer in their first match and a Sandhu / Palmer doubles win in the second match.
On Sunday things didn’t get any better as they suffered a 9-0 defeat to Ormesby No 3. Their fourth match of the weekend got off to a good start with Heslop & Palmer winning two from the first four singles matches but ultimately lost out 7-2.

Monday 8th October

Deighton teams in fine form in week two matches.

In Division One of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League, Marsh Terriers got their season under way with a 7-3 win at Wilshaw B thanks to singles win contributions from Ian Tweedale (3) and Tony Stead (2).
Kingsmith Engineering A also had an away win at Woodfield Park A by the same margin. Shaun Ellis scored a maximum for the Kingsmith team, including a win over Darren Lindley.
A comment on the Deighton A versus Wilshaw A match card read “ A right drubbing!!!”. Normally this comment would apply to the Wilshaw team’s opponents but this time the tables were turned as they suffered a 10-0 loss. Tim Dyson has switched allegiance this season and he, alongside Cameron Sandhu and Jonathan Heslop, helped the Deighton team to a convincing win over his former team mates.
Another player who has switched clubs this season is Steve Brailsford. His new club Greetland benefitted from the move as a maximum from him and two from Richard Broadbent helped his team to a narrow win over Deighton C.
Deighton B continued their excellent start to the season with another convincing win, easily accounting for Kingsmith Engineering B 9-1.

In Division Two, Marsh Con D came back from a 3-1 and 4-2 deficit to win the last four singles sets against Deighton E. Glyn Normanton and Alan West won two sets each and the doubles for the Marsh team. In a round one match, the Marsh B and D teams shared the points with Normanton winning his three singles in this match.
Paddock needed the experience of Jonathan Taylor to overcome a Deighton D team which included a couple of junior players. Taylor won his three singles and paired up with Liam Fearn to win the doubles. Deighton junior Robert Sandiford chipped in with a couple of sets for the losers.
Marsh Con C made it two wins out of two with Bob Sanderson and Ed Bowen gaining maximums as they beat Kingsmith Engineering C.
Richard Cowling (3) and Mick Hodson (2) helped Kingsmith PW to come away from Woodfield Park B with a win in their round one match.

Division Three saw another excellent performance by the New North Road Baptist Church A team, easily accounting for U3A B.
Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth gained their first win of the season over a Kingsmith E team as the Kingsmith D team enjoyed their first win at home to Deighton G.
A Deighton F team were just pipped by an experienced Scissett side at the new table tennis centre.

In Division 2 of the Yorkshire Veterans League, Huddersfield No 2 team beat the town No 3 team 9-1, as Russell Senior, Steve Brailsford and Janet Adams each won all their singles sets. Geoff Dunne and Jonathan Taylor gained the consolation set with a doubles win over Senior & Brailsford.

Monday 1st October

Convincing wins in first round of table tennis league matches

The Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League got under way this week with convincing wins for a number of teams across the three divisions.

In Division One, Wilshaw A set off with a comfortable win over their B team and will hope to be challenging for the title again this season. Other contenders could include Kingsmith Engineering A, who gained a 7-3 win over Greetland in their first round match, and Woodfield Park A if they are able to field a strong team each week.
Deighton will play out of the new table tennis centre this season and are strongly represented with three teams available to challenge in the top division. Deighton A could only draw at Kingsmith Engineering B as Damian Galka was unable to complete his sets.
The Polish trio of Tomasz Pietrzyk, Lukasz Galuszka and Rafal Aleksandrzak each had maximum wins for a Deighton B team over their C team.

In Division Two, with only two results to hand, there were wins for Marsh Con C and Paddock over Deighton E and Kingsmith Engineering C respectively.

Division Three saw excellent wins for the New North Road Baptist Church teams. The A team, slightly unfortunate to suffer relegation last season, got off to a flying start with a 10-0 victory over league newcomers Kingsmith Engineering E. Jonathan Vaughan, David Atherton and Ross Lander will be hoping to retain this form for a quick return to the second division.
The Church B team also enjoyed success, easily accounting for the Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth veterans. The B team players have certainly benefitted from competing in the summer league as their sharpness was evident.
U3A had mixed fortunes as the A team beat Kingsmith Engineering D 9-1, their B team suffered an 8-2 reversal at the hands of Scissett. The Scissett team will only be fielding one team this season as a number of their A team players from last season left to join other clubs. The remaining Scissett team will now play out of the table tennis centre.

Monday 24th September

New sponsor for Huddersfield Table Tennis League

The Huddersfield Table Tennis League will have a new sponsor this season as Filedoc Ltd have agreed to take over the sponsorship for this season. Managing Director Godfrey Gabriel, himself a table tennis player for Deighton, sponsored the Huddersfield team in the Senior British Table Tennis League in previous seasons. Gail’s Travel Shop have agreed to take over the sponsorship of the British League side. The funding will greatly assist the team for this season’s competition with all matches taking place at Draycott Table Tennis Centre.
After achieving promotion last season, the British League side struggled in their opening matches in Division B1, losing 2-7 to Nottingham Sycamore No 2, 4-5 to Westfield No 2, 2-7 to Halton No 2 and 2-7 to Derwent No 1.

Huddersfield will field three teams in the Yorkshire Veterans League. Huddersfield No 1 will be hoping to regain the Division One championship they won a couple of seasons back as last year they were just pipped for the title by Hull. The two other teams will compete in Division Two.

The handicap knockout competitions will continue to retain the names of Royds Hall Printing and Table Tennis Direct.

This season’s league competition will again be made up of three divisions with ten, nine and ten teams respectively in each division, with 136 players currently registered.

New Table Tennis Centre

The League have been searching for their own table tennis facility for a number of years and have finally achieved their ambition with a venue that will accommodate league matches, coaching and social table tennis play. The League Committee would like to thank all volunteers who contributed numerous hours to enable the centre to be ready for the commencement of the new season. The venue is based on the 4th floor of Turnbridge Mills, Quay Street, Huddersfield and a formal opening will take place in the near future. A number of teams have already signed up to use the centre as their home venue and further details regarding social play can be found on the Huddersfield Table Tennis League website.