Marsh Con Teams Get A Mention

 

Monday 2nd March

In the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League Marsh Con A suffered a narrow defeat in a recent Division One match at home to Deighton B, where Rafal Aleksandrzak won all his singles for the away team. The Marsh teams rarely get a mention in the column, but Ian Tweedale put in an excellent performance on the night after narrowly losing out 11-9 11-2 8-11 7-11 9-11 in his match with Aleksandrzak.
Tweedale teamed up with Tony Stead to gain revenge for his singles loss to beat Aleksandrzak and Sky Sim 10-12 11-9 7-11 11-3 11-9 in their doubles match.
Sim rarely loses a singles match and his only previous defeat was against Shaun Ellis at Kingsmith Engineering, but Tweedale won his singles encounter against Sim with an excellent return of 11-2 11-5 11-6.
The Marsh A team squad also includes David Wood and Steve Dearing.

The remaining three Marsh teams play in the second division and currently occupy comfortable mid-table positions. Each team has retained the same nucleus of players over a number of years, despite the sad loss of other team mates. Steve Martin, Keith Hague and Steve Dunn represent the Marsh B team and are handily placed in fourth position but may just fall short this season in their bid for a return to the first division.

Ed Bowen, David Blackburn, Neil Dawson and Bob Sanderson make up the squad for the C team and although they suffered an 8-2 defeat against leaders Greetland in their latest match, they should have more than ample ability to avoid falling nearer the bottom of the table.

Glyn Normanton, Alan West, John Hall and John Schofield make up the D team and their recent draw against Deighton G assured they maintained their position in the table above their opponents. West and Schofield have played in the league for too numerous years to mention, as I personally remember matches against them at Outlane Methodist Church !!

Monday 17th Febtuary

Town Team Challenging For Promotion

A further set of matches were played last Saturday in the Senior British League.
The Huddersfield team, kindly sponsored again for this season’s campaign by Bradford Road based Gail’s Travel Shop, came away with two creditable performances to leave them in an excellent position to gain promotion to the higher division. Although the league name indicates players of a more advanced age, it tends to be predominantly attended by junior players. The town team representatives are no exception as the line-up included Cameron Sandhu, Jonathan Heslop, Marcus Batkin and Kayden Oates.

In their first match they beat Ormesby No 4 in a see-saw affair which saw them take a 3-0 lead, then be pegged back to 3-3 before winning the final three singles to gain a 6-3 victory. The second match was a closer fought affair, with each side winning their singles alternately. A deciding doubles match went in favour of Huddersfield as they scraped through 5-4.

Senior British League Division C-2
Huddersfield (6) v Ormesby No 4 (3)
Cameron Sandhu (1), Jonathan Heslop (2), Marcus Batkin (2), Kayden Oates (1)

Huddersfield (5) v Pudsey TTC No 1 (4)
Cameron Sandhu (1), Jonathan Heslop (1), Marcus Batkin (1), Kayden Oates (1)
Doubles: Sandhu & Heslop (1)

Current League Standings Division C-2
    Played Won Drawn Lost Points Sets Won
1 North Ayrshire No 2                10 10 0 0 20 76
2 Huddersfield 10 7 0 3 14 58
3 Bishop Aukland No 2             10 7 0 3 14 52
4 Shiyi Limg No 1 10 6 0 4 12 44
5 Pudsey TTC No 1 10 5 0 5 10 41
6 North Ayrshire No 3    10 3 0 7 6 32
7 Ormesby No 4 10 1 0 9 2 30
8 Cliffedale Chandlers No 1 10 1 0 9 2 27

Yorkshire Veterans League
In the Yorkshire Veterans League, Huddersfield No 4 team of Clive Standen, Keith Sandiford and Paul Simpson put in an excellent performance against Division Three leaders Scarborough and just failed to gain a creditable draw, going down 4-6.
In Division Two, Huddersfield No 3 were beaten by fellow strugglers Dewsbury No 2 with the consolation singles wins gained by Ian Tweedale and Jonathan Taylor.
Division 2
Dewsbury No 2 (8) v Huddersfield No 3 (2)
Ian Tweedale (1), Jonathan Taylor (1)
Division 3
Huddersfield No 4 (4) v Scarborough (6)
Clive Standen (3)
Doubles: Standen & Simpson (1)

Monday 10th Febtuary

Table Tennis Centre Goes From Strength To Strength

The Huddersffield Table Tennis Centre is now well into it’s second year of operation and continues to provide facilities for league and social players plus numerous events and community projects. Yorkshire League matches and the pre-Christmas Sandpaper Bat Open competition are a couple of competitive events that have taken place over the last couple of months.
Various coaching sessions are provided at the centre for youngsters from schools and scouting organisations under the guidance of Paul Simpson and his coaching team. Simpson is a stalwart of the Deighton Table Tennis Club where their nine league teams are based.
This month sees the start of an 8 week ‘TTKidz’ program, which is an initiative run in conjunction with Table Tennis England to give 7-11 year old boys and girls a great first experience of table tennis. The course will provide an opportunity for the children to learn all the basics necessary to enjoy a game of table tennis. Although this course is fully subscribed, it is hoped to provide future opportunities for further programs or similar initiatives.
For further details regarding the centre and opening times, visit the Huddersfield Table Tennis League website.

As in previous years, the post xmas blues (and a number of teams) are swept away with further rounds of table tennis cup action. There were a few relatively close matches in the second round of the Royds Hall Printing Trophy, but none matched the scoreline of the Deighton I and New North Road Baptist Church C match which ended in a tie after the scheduled sets had been played.  Four of the first five sets went in favour of the home side, but the Church side had a more favourable handicap and after the sixth set Jim Baxter established a lead of 22 points for them.
In set seven, Deighton’s Frederic Le Doeuff gained 35 points to leave his side with a 13 points overall advantage before the final two sets of the match. Deighton could not capitalise on their position as Geoff Adams (5 points gain) and Baxter (8 points gain) tied the match to put New North Road Baptist Church C through to the next round due to their higher handicap mark.

In the Table Tennis Direct Cup, Scissett also came back from trailing after seven sets to gain points in the final two sets and achieve a four points margin win over their fellow division three promotion rivals Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth.

Monday 27th January

Divisional Title Races Hotting Up

As the second half of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League gets under way, only a couple of points separate the teams at the top of Divisions One and Three.

In Division One, the return to action of Huddersfield Closed Champion Tim Dyson cannot come soon enough for the Deighton C team. They have been replaced at the top of the table by Deighton A after the latter’s convincing win over Paddock.
Deighton C suffered only their second loss of the season at the hands of a resurgent Deighton B team. The B team lost two of last year’s title winning players but have recovered of late thanks to the addition of Sky Sim, who has helped his side move safely away from the bottom end of the table. Singles wins for Sim (3), Ben Davies (2) and Rafal Aleksandrzak (2) were the scorers.
Deighton A now head the table by a single point with 94 points from 12 matches played, then Deighton C on 93 from 12, followed by Kingsmith Engineering A and the two Woodfield Park teams.

In Division Two, leaders Greetland got off to a slow start in their match at Kingsmith Engineering B. Trailing by 3 sets to 1, they recovered by winning five of the remaining six sets to scrape through 6-4. Greetland can be thankful for Richard (Gilly) Broadbent’s contribution of three singles wins and the doubles.
Greetland head the table with 107 points followed by New North Road Baptist Church A (89) and Deighton F (79).

Having easily accounted for the New North Road Baptist Church B team in the previous week, Division Three pace setters Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth struggled against the Church side’s C team and suffered a first defeat of the season in a marathon match.
Daniel Hamer won three singles and Geoff Adams two singles and the two players paired up to win the all-important doubles for a 6-4 win.
Scissett lead the chasing pack and closed the gap on the leaders to two points with their latest win over this year’s league newcomers The Woollybats.

Monday 6th January

Close finish in Royds Hall Trophy handicap competition

There were a number of close finishes in the first round of the Royds Hall Printing Trophy, none more so than New North Road Baptist Church B team’s single point victory over Kingsmith Engineering C. Going into the final set of the match the Church side’s Barry Simmons held a 17 points advantage over Enda Ellis in the Kingsmith team. Ellis won the first three games 11-5, 11-10 and 11-5 to reduce the deficit to four points. Simmons gained eight points in the final game for the New North Road Baptist Church team to progress to the next round by the narrowest of margins.

Other narrow victories were achieved by New North Road Baptist Church C over Deighton H (by 4 points). Deighton D over Deighton F (by 6 points) and U3A C over Greetland (by 9 points).
First round losers will now compete for the Table Tennis Direct Cup.

Deighton Table Tennis Club had nine teams in the first round of the Trophy competition, but the draw was favourable to them as only two teams were drawn against each other.

Royds Hall Printing Trophy Round One Results

New North Road Baptist Church A 535 Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth 484
Scissett 438 Woodfield Park A 464
U3A B 503 Marsh Con B 534
Woodfield Park B 460 Woodfield Park C 406
Deighton I 628 The Woollybats 546
Deighton D 471 Deighton F 465
Deighton E 467 Marsh Con D 446
New North Road Baptist Church B 626 Kingsmith Engineering C 625
Deighton B 445 U3A A 418
Deighton G 548 Kingsmith Engineering B 515
Deighton A 387 Marsh Con A 352
U3A C 527 Greetland 518
Deighton H 533 New North Road Baptist Church C 537

Kingsmith PW, Deighton C and Wilshaw conceded their matches to Kingsmith Engineering A, Paddock and Marsh Con C respectively.

Royds Hall Printing Trophy Second Round Draw
Kingsmith Engineering A v U3A C
Marsh Con B v Woodfield Park A
Deighton I v New North Road Baptist Church B
Woodfield Park B v Deighton G
Deighton D v Deighton A
Marsh Con C v New North Road Baptist Church C
Deighton B v Deighton E
New North Road Baptist Church A v Paddock

Table Tennis Direct Cup Round One Draw
Marsh Con D v Woodfield Park C
Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth v Scissett
Wilshaw v U3A A
Kingsmith Engineering B v Kingsmith PW
Deighton H v The Woollybats
Marsh Co A v Greetland
Deighton F v Deighton C
U3A B v Kingsmith Engineering C

Monday 16th December

Sandpaper Bat Tournament Proves Successful

Last Saturday, the Huddersfield Table Tennis Centre hosted a Sandpaper Bat tournament in memory of past Huddersfield Table Tennis League Chairman John Vaughan and his son, Jonathan, presented the trophies to the respective winners and runner’s up.
Singles and a mixed ability doubles competition were played during an event attended by many Huddersfield league players. A couple of weeks ago the Centre hosted the first round of matches in the Yorkshire Veterans League and it was good to see entrants from that level along with top players from the Halifax, Bradford and Leeds leagues. Needless to say it was the County level standard of play thar prevailed on the day.
The mixed ability doubles format paired randomly drawn players together, with the winning two going into the draw for the next round where again pairings were randomly drawn. This format provided an opportunity for players of low league level standard to face or play with someone of a much higher standard
Huddersfield had three players in the final – Tim Dyson, Russell Senior and Paul Simpson. Dyson was paired with Ivan Lewis, the latter going on to attain further success, and they came out on top over Senior and Simpson.

The singles competition started with groups of four or five playing in a mini league against each other – scoring as per the doubles tournament best of three games up to 15 points. The top two from each group went on to contest the knockout main event with the third and fourth places entering a knockout for the consolation awards.
As previously mentioned, Ivan Lewis gained further success beating Louis Bigallet in the main event to claim the John Vaughan Memorial Trophy.
Deighton player Kevin Senior came runner up to Rob Robertson in the consolation final.

Positive feedback was received from a number of players and it is hoped to run a similar event sometime next year.

Monday 2nd December

Town Teams In Action Last Weekend

Huddersfield had three teams representing the town last weekend. Huddersfield Table Tennis centre was the venue for the first round of matches in the top division of the Yorkshire Veterans League. This season two town teams are competing in the division and competition rules require teams from the same town compete against each other in the first match to avoid potential conflict of interest as the competition progresses.
Janet Adams, Tim Dyson and Nick Ryder were in the Huddersfield No 1 team and Steve Brailsford, Rafal Aleksandrzak and Russell Senior in the town No 2 team.
Ryder was in excellent form on the day, losing only one singles match (to the Leeds No 1 player) and gaining success with Dyson in their three doubles matches.
Huddersfield first team won two of their matches and drew against last year’s champions Leeds, after taking a 5-3 lead.
The town’s second team struggled on the day and will be hoping for a more successful return in the next round of matches.

Yorkshire Veterans League Division 1
Huddersfield No 1 (8) v Huddersfield No 2 (2)
Janet Adams (1), Tim Dyson (3), Nick Ryder (3)
Doubles: Dyson & Ryder (1)
Steve Brailsford and Russell Senior won the two sets for the No 2 team

Huddersfield No 1 (5) v Leeds (5)
Tim Dyson (2), Nick Ryder (2)
Doubles: Dyson & Ryder (1)

Huddersfield No 1 (7) v York No 1 (3)
Janet Adams (1), Tim Dyson (2), Nick Ryder (3)
Doubles: Dyson & Ryder (1)

Huddersfield No 2 (4) v Hull No 2 (6)
Steve Brailsford (3), Rafal Aleksandrzak (1)

Huddersfield No 2 (0) v Hull No 1 (10)

A Huddersfield team also took part in the second set of matches last weekend in the Senior British League. After struggling in a higher division last season, they are competing much better this term in Division C-2. On Saturday they had an excellent return, beating Cliffedale Chandlers No 1 9-0 then they followed up in the afternoon session with another comfortable win, beating North Ayrshire No 3 8-1.
Sunday’s first game saw them narrowly beaten by Shiyi Ling No 1. Jonathan Heslop gained two singles wins, Cameron Sandhu winning one of his singles before teaming up with Heslop to take the doubles and establish a 4-3 lead. Neither Marcus Batkin nor Kayden Oates could gain that all important additional singles success, narrowly losing to their opponents. Batkin lost by a scoreline of 12-14 19-21 and 5-11 while Oates was on the wrong end of a 3-11 10-12 14-16 result. The afternoon session against Bishop Auckland No 2 also produced the same outcome as they could not capitalise on another 4-3 lead.
The weekend proved a success for Deighton youngster Heslop, winning all his eight matches.

Senior British League Division C-2
Huddersfield (9) v Cliffedale Chandlers No 1 (0)
Jonathan Heslop (2), Cameron Sandhu (2), Kayden Oates (2), Marcus Batkin (2)
Doubles: Sandhu & Batkin (1)

Huddersfield (8) v North Ayrshire No 3 (1)
Jonathan Heslop (2), Cameron Sandhu (2), Kayden Oates (1), Marcus Batkin (2)
Doubles: Heslop & Sandhu (1)

Huddersfield (4) v Shiyi Ling No 1 (5)
Jonathan Heslop (2), Cameron Sandhu (1)
Doubles: Heslop & Sandhu (1)

Huddersfield (4) v Bishop Auckland No 2 (5)
Jonathan Heslop (2), Cameron Sandhu (1)
Doubles: Heslop & Sandhu (1)

In Division One of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League, Deighton C are the team to catch having dropped only 3 sets in their last four matches following on from the defeat to their closest rivals Deighton A.

In Division Two, leaders Greetland were narrow 6-4 winners over the improving New North Road Baptist Church A team.

Division Three leaders Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth were fortunate to beat U3A B, mainly due to the retirement of Gary Butler after his win over Kingsley Smith. John Riggall won his three singles matches for U3A to leave the leaders hanging on for their 6-4 win. Scissett are the other team in contention in this division but did not have a match last week.

Monday 18th November

Top County Players In Town

Some of the top table tennis players in the county are to appear at the Huddersfield Table Tennis Centre on Saturday 30th November. They are due to take part in the first set of matches in the first division of the Yorkshire Veterans League. Huddersfield will have two teams in the top division this year and three rounds of matches will be played on the day.
09:30 Huddersfield No 1 v Huddersfield No 2
12:30 Huddersfield No 1 v Leeds and Huddersfield No 2 v Hull No 2
15:30 Huddersfield No 1 v York No 1 and Huddersfield No 2 v Hull No 1

In Division One of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League, Paddock are finding life difficult after their return to the top division and have yet to register their first win of the season.

In Division Two, only four points separate the bottom three teams with Kingsmith PW on 22 (from 6 matches played) followed by Marsh Con C on 23 (from 6) and Kingsmith Engineering B on 26 (from 7).

Two of the new teams to enter Division 3, U3A C and The Woollybats, are struggling to gain points and find themselves at the wrong end of the table with the U3A side yet to register a victory. League competition is a step up from social play, but last year’s league newcomers Kingsmith Engineering C have shown improvement is achievable having already registered three wins this season.

The draw has taken place for the first round of the Royds Hall Printing Trophy and matches are scheduled to be played during the weeks commencing December 2nd and December 9th. 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.

Draw for Round One of the Royds Hall Printing Trophy
New North Road Baptist Church A v Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth
Scissett v Woodfield Park A
U3A B v Marsh Con B
Woodfield Park B v Woodfield Park C
Deighton I v The Woollybats
Deighton D v Deighton F
Deighton E v Marsh Con D
New North Road Baptist Church B v Kingsmith Engineering C
Kingsmith Engineering A v Kingsmith PW
Deighton B v U3A A
Deighton G v Kingsmith Engineering B
Paddock v Deighton C
Marsh Con C v Wilshaw
Deighton A v Marsh Con A
U3A C v Greetland
Deighton H v New North Road Baptist Church C

Monday 28th October

Is early season form a pointer for the rest of the season ?

Two of the top teams in Division  One of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League met this week and it was the young players Cameron Sandhu and Jonathan Heslop assisted by Damian Galka who helped the Deighton A team achieve a 7-3 win over a Deighton C team of Robert Sandiford, Janet Adams and Tim Dyson. In the singles matches, Heslop and Galka beat Sandiford and Adams., but lost to Dyson. Sandhu registered three wins on the night due to Dyson retiring through injury from his match with Sandhu.
Woodfield Park A remain the only unbeaten side in this division after the initial set of matches, but have yet to play either of the aforementioned teams.

In Division Two, Greetland maintained their winning start to the season making it five wins from five. Garry Jowett, Richard Broadbent and Chris Lowson were on form in their last two victories over Kingsmith PW and Marsh Con C. As indicated in an earlier report this division looked like it will be a closely contested division this year. That still remains the case for teams chasing Greetland, as only a single point separates New North Road Baptist Church A on 33 with Deighton F and Marsh Con B both on 32.

In Division Three, league newcomers The Woollybats registered their first win in competitive table tennis with an 8-2 victory at fellow league debutants U3A C.
New North Road Baptist Church have also introduced another team into the division and they enjoyed an 8-2 success over the U3A B team.
Geoff Heywood, Kingsley Smith and David Singleton helped Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth beat Kingsmith Engineering C, to gain their sixth consecutive victory of the season.

The table tennis centre goes from strength to strength, providing facilities for league players, coaching and members of the public. It also continues to offer opportunities for community projects, as a recent event attended by the Outlane Cubs proved to be a resounding success.
It is planned to hold a Hardbat table tennis competition on 14th December at the centre in honour of past league chairman John Vaughan, who sadly passed away a few months ago. Further details will be available on the Huddersfield Table Tennis League website.

Monday 14th October

A number of teams showing early promise in division one

It may only be the first few weeks of the new Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League season, but early results indicate a number of teams may be competing for the Division One title this season. Initial results for Deighton B indicate they will struggle to match last season’s success, as two key players from their title winning team have been missing from their opening matches.

Jonathan Heslop and Cameron Sandhu will pick up their fair share of wins for Deighton A but whether other teams will field regular stronger combinations remains to be seen.
Janet Adams and Tim Dyson have moved from Wilshaw to the Huddersfield Table Tennis Centre and will be joined by Steve Brailsford (ex Greetland) and junior Robert Sandiford to form a strong Deighton C team. Two other former Wilshaw players, Russell Senior and Neil Crosland, will be joined by Ian McLean to form a Woodfield Park A team. Shaun Ellis, Alex Beresford, Steve Hanson and Geoff Dunne have helped Kingsmith Engineering A enjoy a good start to the new season by winning their three opening matches.

In Division Two, Greetland have made a strong start in their bid to return to Division One, winning their opening three matches.

In Division Three, Kingsmith Fountain of Youth lead the way remaining unbeaten from their opening matches.

The first round of matches took place for two of our teams in the Yorkshire Veterans League. Unfortunately, they both suffered defeats with Huddersfield No 3 losing 2-8 and the No 4 team losing 3-7 to Doncaster and Bradford No 3 respectively.
Huddersfield No 3 were represented by Keith Skarz, Geoff Dunne and Jonathan Taylor with the 2 sets gained by Huddersfield due to a couple of concessions.

Paul Simpson gained 2 sets for Huddersfield No 4 with Keith Sandiford winning one set on his debut at County level. Peter Fox made up the trio.

Monday 30th September

Sponsors Continue To Support Local League And National League Team

Filedoc Ltd have agreed to continue their sponsorship of the Huddersfield Table Tennis League for this coming season. More than 140 players have registered for this season’s competition, which again will be made up of three divisions with eleven, eleven and ten teams respectively in each division.

Bradford Road based Gail’s Travel Shop have also agreed to continue their sponsorship of the Senior British League team. This season they will play all their matches at Ormesby Table Tennis Centre and compete in National League C2.
Jonathan Heslop, Cameran Sandhu, Marcus Batkin and Robert Sandiford had a good start to this season’s campaign winning three of their opening four matches.

Senior British League
Huddersfield (6) v Bishop Auckland No 2 (3)
Cameron Sandhu (2), Jonathan Heslop (2), Marcus Batkin (1)
Doubles: Sandhu & Heslop (1)

Huddersfield (7) v Ormesby No 4 (2)
Cameron Sandhu (2), Jonathan Heslop (2), Marcus Batkin (1), Robert Sandiford (1)
Doubles: Sandhu & Batkin (1)

Huddersfield (7) v Pudsey TTC No 1 (2)
Cameron Sandhu (2), Jonathan Heslop (2), Marcus Batkin (1), Robert Sandiford (1)
Doubles: Sandhu & Heslop (1)

Huddersfield (2) v North Ayrshire No 2 (7)
Cameron Sandhu (1), Jonathan Heslop (1)

Huddersfield will field four teams in the Yorkshire Veterans League. In Division One, Huddersfield No 1 will be joined by the No 2 team who gained promotion from the second division last season. Following on from the success last season the No 3 team will occupy a place in Division Two with a fourth team joining Division Three.