Deighton 'B's fine start halted by Wilshaw.


Monday 15th October

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.