Deighton Teams Aiming For Promotion


Monday 13th November

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 !!