Annual Table Tennis Dinner and Presentation Evening.


Monday 10th June

League chairman Tim Dyson welcomed over 70 players and guests who attended the Huddersfield Table Tennis League Annual Dinner and presentation evening held at Outlane Golf Club on Friday 9th June.

Various sponsors for the league, cup and table tennis centre were in attendance, along with Richard and Brenda Hudson from Yorkshire County Table Tennis.

The Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Mumtaz Hussain, and the mayoress were also guests at the dinner with the former presenting trophies to this season’s league, cup and closed championship winners.

Divisional winner’s trophies were awarded to Deighton ‘B’ (Division One), Paddock (Division Two) and New North Road Baptist Church ‘A’ (Division Three).

Trophies for the two handicap competitions were won by Deighton ‘B’ (Royds Hall Printing Trophy) and New North Road Baptist Church ‘A’ (Table Tennis Direct Cup).

Divisional merit awards went to Jonathan Heslop (Division 1), Jonathan Taylor (Division 2) and David Atherton (Division 3).

Competition winners at this season’s Huddersfield Closed Championships were also presented with their respective trophies.

The evening is also an opportunity to recognise player performances and sportsmanship during the previous season. This year’s award for most improved player went to Robert Sandiford of Deighton and most improved junior player was won by another Deighton player Kamran Amin. Kingsmith Engineering player Geoff Heywood was this year’s recipient of the Allen Land Trophy in recognition of good sportsmanship and Barry Drain was awarded the Trevor Cockroft Memorial Brooch for his service to the league.
A Yorkshire County Table Tennis badge was presented to Deighton’s Sarah Amin by Richard Hudson.

Thanks go to Stewart Clarke for organising the evening and ensuring it ran smoothly.

The final ‘event’ of the season is the AGM which will take place at the Table Tennis Centre on Monday 17th June

  Chairman Tim Dyson, Mayor, Councillor Mumtaz Hussain, and the Mayoress, with some divisional winners at the dinner.  

Monday 29th April

Dyson Retains Singles Title With Narrow Final Victory

The Huddersfield Table Tennis Centre played host to this year’s Closed Championships on Sunday in what proved to be a very entertaining and competitive event.

In the showcase match, Tim Dyson retained his Singles title in an entertaining final by beating Jonathan Heslop to claim his 14th success in this event. In reaching the final, Dyson and Heslop had comparatively easier tasks in beating Shaun Ellis and Darren Lindley respectively in the semi finals. The final proved to be a hard fought affair with lots of winning forehand and backhand shots during an excellent high standard match. Dyson looked in command as he won the first two games before Heslop responded by winning the next two. Going into the final game Dyson soon established a 10-6 lead. Young Heslop would not give in so easily and won the next three points to give him a chance at 9-10 down before Dyson’s unstoppable winning hit gave him the title.

Heslop did gain some consolation as he and his Deighton playing partner, Cameron Sandhu, beat regular finalists Dyson and Russell Senior in the doubles final. The Deighton youngsters looked down and out after losing the first two games 11-2 but recovered to win the remaining three games. The match was a total contrast to the singles final as most points were won by opponent’s mistakes rather than winning shots.

Dyson also had success in the Over 40’s singles final by reversing last year’s result over Lindley. In a see-saw match Dyson soon got into his stride winning the first game before Lindley gained the advantage by winning the next two games. Dyson levelled the match at 2-2. The turning point occurred at the end of the fifth game with Lindley leading 12-11 and just needing to win his serve for the match. He unfortunately served off the table to level the scores and Dyson eventually won the game 15-13.

In the Over 60’s competition, Keith Skarz knocked out the holder of this title for the past eight years at the semi final stage, before beating Neil Crosland in the final.

This year saw the reintroduction of a Women’s singles event, won by Janet Adams.
It is hoped that in future years more entries will be encouraged to have some sort of round robin handicap format competition.

The Junior and Banded singles winners were dominated by Deighton players. Under 21 singles, Band 1 singles, Band 2 singles and Band 3 singles were won by Jonathan Heslop, Cameron Sandhu, Paul Simpson and Kamran Amin respectively.

Many thanks to the people involved in making this event a success, including players who were ‘encouraged’ to act as a scorer when not involved in a match themselves.

Huddersfield Closed Championship Results

Men's Singles
Jonathan Heslop beat Darren Lindley 11-8 11-5 4-11 11-6
Tim Dyson beat Shaun Ellis 11-7 11-5 11-7
Tim Dyson beat Jonathan Heslop 11-9 11-5 10-12 9-11 11-9

Men's Doubles
Jonathan Heslop & Cameron Sandhu beat Tim Dyson & Russell Senior 2-11 2-11 11-7 11-6 11-8

Over 40's Singles
Tim Dyson beat Darren Lindley 11-8 10-12 8-11 11-3 15-13

Over 60's Singles
Keith Skarz beat Neil Crosland 11-6 6-11 6-11 11-4 11-9

Handicap Singles
Darren Lindley (0) beat Steve Brailsford (8) 9-11 11-3 11-3 10-11 (5 points)

Under 21 Singles
Jonathan Heslop beat Marcus Batkin 8-11 10-12 11-9 11-5 11-9

Women’s Singles (Handicapped)
Janet Adams (2) beat Sarah Amin (25) 11-3 11-4 11-4 11-2 (8 point win)

Band 1 Singles
Cameron Sandhu beat Rafal Aleksandrzak 11-8 11-9 8-11 8-11 11-7

Band 2 Singles
Paul Simpson beat Ed Bowen 11-6 9-11 11-5 12-10

Band 3 Singles
Kamran Amin beat Oliver Grant 11-7 12-10 11-7

Monday 22nd April

Closed Championships Take Place This Weekend

The Table Tennis Centre will be the venue for this year’s Huddersfield Closed Championships on Sunday 28th April.
A number of players will be looking to defend or regain their titles, none more so than defending champion Tim Dyson and runner up Darren Lindley. Both players have won the singles title on thirteen occasions with Dyson’s first victory in 1982 and Lindley starting his victory tally ten years later. Deighton junior player Jonathan Heslop will be hoping he can bring his league form of 53 wins from 54 to the table and challenge the regular title incumbants.

Dyson and Lindley also contested last year’s veterans over 40’s final with Lindley successful in that competition, putting an end to Dyson’s dominance of 12 wins from the last 14 finals. Dysons name also makes a regular appearance on the doubles final trophy, with 24 titles with different partners including 14 with this year’s partner Russell Senior.

Geoff Dunne will be attempting to make it 8 wins in a row as he defends the veterans over 60’s trophy.

Other competitions include Handicap Singles, Under 21 Singles, Women’s Singles and three Banded Singles events.

Monday 15th April

Divisional Champions In Cup Final Success

The two handicap competitions took place this week and last year’s Royds Hall Printing Trophy winners Deighton B were again successful in this year’s competition. With one league match remaining, a victory will also guarantee them the Division One title.

In the other handicap final, Division Three champions New North Road Baptist Church A made it a league and cup double as they beat Division Two champions Paddock in the Table Tennis Direct Cup.


Royds Hall Printing Trophy Final

The final of the Royds Hall Printing Trophy was held on Monday 8th April 2019 at Kingsmith Engineering between Deighton B and Marsh Con D. There were contrasting fortunes of the two teams contesting this year’s final as Deighton look likely to claim the Division One title while the Marsh side have been struggling in Division Two this season. Deighton were represented by their regular league players Rafal Aleksandrzak (handicap 3), Tomasz Pietrzyk (1) and Lucasz Galuszka (2) with Glyn Normanton (11), Alan West (23) and John Hall (27) in the Marsh line up.
The first set saw Aleksandrzak against Normanton. The initial advantage went in favour of the Deighton player as his serves and defensive play got the better of Normanton. Normanton changed his approach in the last two games of the set and clawed back the points lost in the opening two games, ending the set at 36 points each.
Deighton established a comfortable lead of 65 points in the next two sets as West and Hall had no answer to the attacking play of Pietrzyk and Galuszka respectively.
Aleksandrzak’s serves got the better of West in the opening games of set four but West found some answers and gained a few points, including winning the third game, and although he lost the set 26-43 a small gain would be made due to a superior handicap.
The following three sets went as expected with Galuszka (44-22), Pietrzyk (44-22) and Galuszka (44-10) beating Normanton, Hall and West respectively.
In the penultimate set of the match Aleksandrzak relied on his serving and defensive play to account for Hall 44-17. The final set of the match provided numerous rallies between Pietrzyk and Normanton before the former got the better by 44-27.
The match was played in good spirit with some outstanding play by all six players but when top players are in form it is difficult to benefit from an advantageous handicap mark as the final score of 405-368 in favour of Deighton indicates.


Table Tennis Direct Cup

The final of the Table Tennis Direct Cup saw league Division Two winners Paddock take on Division Three winners New North Road Baptist Church A. Paddock were represented by Jonathan Taylor (handicap 6), Liam Fearn (15) and Yurek Karmasyn (22) with David Atherton, Jonathan Vaughan and Ross Lander each receiving 20 points for the Church team. The format is the same as the Trophy competition whereby each player plays three singles sets against each opposition player with their handicap from each set added to the final score. This gave the Church side a net 51 points advantage for the match.
In the first set Taylor’s attacking play got the better of Atherton’s defence, running out a comfortable 11-4 11-2 11-8 11-3 winner.
The second set was a more closely contested affair with points lost through mistakes rather than winning shots as Fearn gained a slight three points advantage.
Lander made a 14 points gain in his first set as his steady play got the better of Karmasyn’s attacking style.
Vaughan and Taylor faced each other for the fourth set and it proved an excellent contest as both players were willing to attack the ball at every opportunity but the more experienced Taylor prevailed by a 17 points margin.
Atherton dominated the fifth set against Karmasyn gaining a 25 points advantage only for Fearn to recover most of those points against Lander in the sixth set.
After a slow start by Vaughan against Karmasyn in the seventh set, he provided a powerful display of forehand and backhand winners to take the last two games 11-4 11-4 and put his team in the driving seat.
The penultimate set gave Paddock hope as Taylor’s all round ability and powerful play gained 25 points on Lander to leave Paddock trailing by eight points going into the final set of the match.
This final set between Atherton and Fearn became a nervy affair with Atherton wanting to protect the advantage and Fearn needing to gain points. Both players engaged in pushing rallies with Fearn forcing mistakes by his opponent and taking Paddock into a 4 points lead with 11-8 and 11-2 game scores.
Atherton then changed his game to a more attacking style in the remaining two games and took the third 11-7 to tie the match going into the final game. The New North Road Church player continued with this game plan and went into a lead at 4-1 before Fearn pulled it back to 6-6. Atherton rallied again to win the game 11-8 and therefore the match by a narrow three points margin 460-457.


Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League
In Division Two, there was a shock first defeat of the season for Paddock’s Jonathan Taylor in their match at Deighton E. Regular division three player Lee Hirons stepped up for his first division two match and got the better of previously unbeaten Taylor.



Monday 8th April

Costly Injury For Kingsmith Player

Royds Hall Printing Trophy
The two handicap competitions have now reached the semi-final stages.
It proved a costly evening for Kingsmith Engineering A player Phil Schofield in their Royds Hall Printing Trophy semi-final match against Deighton B. He sustained an injury in the warm-up and was unable to compete against the current trophy holders, thereby forcing the Kingsmith team to forfeit the match.
The injury also precluded Schofield from playing for the Huddersfiled No 3 team in their final Yorkshire Veterans League division two match against York No 2.
The town team also had to forfeit this match due to holiday and unavailability of other players.

In the other semi-final, division two side Marsh Con D were at home to Wilshaw B from division one. The home team were in receipt of a net 96 points handicap advantage but the match could have gone either way leading up to the last set of the match.
Wilshaw’s Alan Carter went into the final set agains Marsh player Glyn Normanton holding a three points advantage.
The first game went in favour of Normanton 11-10. The tie then really swung in favour of the Marsh team as Normanton won the next two games 11-3 and 11-6. With an 11 points net cushion and a trophy final place virtually secured, Normanton only needed one point from the final game of the match and the 6-11 score meant they progressed by a six points margin.

Royds Hall Printing Trophy Semi Final Results
Marsh Con D 461 Wilshaw B 455
Kingsmith Engineering A v Deighton B W/O

Table Tennis Direct Cup
The Table Tennis Direct Cup final will be contested by division two champions elect Paddock and division three champions New North Road Baptist Church A.
Both teams had comfortable passages into the final as the church team beat Kingsmith Engineering B and Paddock accounted for U3A B.

Table Tennis Direct Cup Semi Final Results
New North Road Baptist Church A 537 Kingsmith Engineering B 495
U3A B 478 Paddock 524

Nottingham Grand Prix
Deighton Table Tennis Club, based at the table tennis centre, continue to develop junior players via coaching and entry into open competitions - none more so than this weekend when five youngsters competed in the Nottingham Sycamore Grand Prix.
Sarah Amin had most success as runner-up in the U21s girls to England ranked No 5 junior player Darcie Proud 4-11 6-11 5-11.
Cameron Sandhu lost in the semi-final of the U21s main event to the eventual winner and Marcus Batkin lost at the same stage of the plate competition.

Closed Championships
This year’s Closed Championships will take place on Sunday 28th April at the Huddersfield Table Tennis Centre. Entries for this year’s competition to be in by Sunday 14th April. Doors will be open at 8 am with play expected to commence at 8:45 am.

Monday 25th March

One more chance to retain unbeaten run

It is now getting to the business end of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis league season as the number of remaining fixtures diminishes.

In Division One, Deighton A’s Jonathan Heslop gained revenge for an earlier defeat by Shaun Ellis in their match at home to Kingsmith Engineering A, winning this set 11-5 11-6 11-7 and a further two sets in the match. Heslop also heads the division one merit table enjoying a 4 sets cushion over fellow Deighton player Tomasz Pietrzyk.

In Division Two, leaders Paddock started brightly in their match with Marsh Con C but after leading 3-1 found themselves trailing 3-4. The Paddock team of Jonathan Taylor, Yurek Karkasyn and Liam Fearn each won their final singles sets to win the match 6-4. Paddock’s final match is against bottom of the table Deighton E, so the battle for the number one spot is well and truly in their own hands.
Taylor is the only player across all three divisions currently enjoying a 100 percent record.
The same initial lead (3-1) was established by Marsh Con B in their match at home to Deighton D but the advantage could not be maintained as they lost the remaining six sets. The result secures promotion to division one for Deighton.D.

In Division Three, U3A A and U3A B met in what turned out to be a one-sided affair with the A team winning convincingly 10-0. They have an eight sets advantage over their nearest rivals Deighton F, who they meet in the final match of the season.
New North Road Baptist Church A have had an unbelievable season, having only dropped six sets all season as they achieved a return to division two.
Needless to say it is the three church players, David Atherton, Ross Lander and Jonathan Vaughan, who are all in contention for the divisional merit award.
Two singles wins each for Geoff Heywood and David Singleton helped Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth gain a creditable draw at promotion chasing Deighton F.

Members of Huddersfield South West District Scouts visited the Huddersfield Table Tennis Centre last week and received certificates as part of an introduction to table tennis.

Monday 18th March

Leaders suffer a rare defeat

In Division One of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League, a full strength Deighton B team suffered a surprise defeat at Woodfield Pak A. Two singles wins for Keith Skarz, Nick Ryder and Frazer Krischke plus a Skarz / Ryder doubles inflicted only a second defeat of the season upon the divisional leaders.
Kingsmith Engineering B are having to call on players from division two and three in the hope that they can fulfil their remaining fixtures. They only managed a Chris Williams consolation set in their latest match against Deighton C. The points gained by Deighton were invaluable in their fight to stay in the top division.
Another team desperate for points in their bid to retain top flight status are Greetland. Steve Brailsford’s three singles and the doubles meant they shared the points with Wilshaw B.
Elsewhere in this division there were narrow victories for Deighton A and Kingsmith Engineering A over Marsh Terriers and Wilshaw A respectively.

In Division Two the two leading teams, Paddock and Deighton D, maintained their positions at the top of the table. For Paddock it is a case of ‘every little helps’ as they had a narrow 6-4 win over Marsh Con D. Deighton D had a slightly better outcome against Woodfield Park B thanks to Paul Simpson and Sarah Amin winning their three singles.

In Division Three, New North Road Baptist Church A have an unassailable lead and cemented their return to division two with an emphatic win over U3A A, a team currently lying in second position. The runner’s up position will no doubt be decided in U3A’s final match of the season as they host Deighton F in what will appear like a ‘play off’ for promotion.

Senior British League
Huddersfield completed their final round of matches in division B-1 of the Senior British League this weekend at Draycott Table Tennis Centre. Thanks go to Gail’s Travel Shop for sponsoring the team in this year’s competition. After achieving promotion last season, the town team have found life difficult in a division with a much higher standard level, none more so than one of this weekend’s opponents Barrow Tornadoes who included former Huddersfield Closed champion Darren Lindley in their line up. The results leave them bottom of the table without a win from any of their fixtures. The town team have predominantly featured junior players in what is basically an open age competition.

Senior British League Results
Huddersfield (1) v Derwent No 1 (7)

Huddersfield (1) v Barrow Tornadoes (8)

Huddersfield (1) v Orsted Grimsby (8)

Huddersfield (0) v Ormesby No 3 (9)

Monday 11th March

Cup competitions reach semi-final stage

Quarter final matches were played in both the handicap cup competitions over the past two weeks.
In the Royds Hall Printing Trophy, Deighton B had a comfortable passage to the semi final stage beating Woodfield Park B. Marsh Con D also gained their place at the expense of Deighton G and will meet Wilshaw B in their semi final as the latter progressed due to player injury with their scheduled opponents.
The tie of the round featured Kingsmith Engineering A at home to Greetland. The visitors were in receipt of a net thirty points handicap advantage and the match went to the fourth and final game of the last set before the outcome was decided.
After the first six sets only 14 points separated the two sides. In the first set Greetland’s Steve Brailsford gained a 24 points lead over Phil Scofield only for Shaun Ellis to beat Brailsford by the same margin in the fourth set. Schofield then beat Richard Broadbent 44-29 then Garry Jowett got the better of Kingsmith’s Steve Hanson by the same margin. Going into the final set between Schofield and Jowett, Kingsmith held a net three points advantage, but Jowett won the first game 11-4 to give the away team a slight advantage. Further game scores of 11-9 11-10 and 11-7 in favour of Schofield ensured the home team progressed to the semi final by the narrow three points margin. Their reward is a home tie against last year’s Trophy winners Deighton B !!

Royds Hall Printing Trophy Quarter Final Results
Kingsmith Engineering A 378 Greetland 375
Deighton B 457 Woodfield Park B 409
Wilshaw A v Wilshaw B (W/O)
Deighton G 520 Marsh Con D 543
Wilshaw A had to concede their match to Wilshaw B due to player injury.

Royds Hall Printing Trophy Semi Final Draw
Marsh Con D v Wilshaw B
Kingsmith Engineering A v Deighton B

In the Table Tennis Direct Cup there were mixed fortunes for the New North Road Baptist Church teams. While the A team enjoyed a win away at Marsh Con B the B team were comfortably beaten at home by Kingsmith Engineering B. Mixed fortunes also applied to the U3A teams. Paddock earned their place in the semi final, winning away at U3A A. However, U3A will be represented in the semi final as their B team’s opponent in the competition have withdrawn from the league.

Table Tennis Direct Cup Quarter Final Results
Marsh Con B 462 New North Road Baptist Church A 515
U3A A 453 Paddock 511
Kingsmith Engineering E v U3A B (W/O)
New North Road Baptist Church B 503 Kingsmith Engineering B 576
U3A B progress to the semi final stage due to Kingsmith Engineering E withdrawing from the league
Table Tennis Direct Cup Semi Final Draw
New North Road Baptist Church A v Kingsmith Engineering B
U3A B v Paddock

Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League
The cup competition break also enabled teams to catch up with outstanding league matches.
In Division One of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League, Deighton C returned to winning ways, beating Kingsmith Engineering B. Marcus Batkin has missed a number of matches recently but his three wins and a couple each from Kayden Oates and Clive Standen saw them home.
Deighton B maintained their push for the title, easily accounting for Wilshaw B.
Darren Lindley’s three singles wins were not enough to prevent his Woodfield Park A team losing at home to Marsh Terriers as David Wood (2), Ian Tweedale (2), Tony Stead (1) plus a Tweedale / Wood doubles edged the match 6-4.

In Division Three, regular U3A B team player Alan Shaw made a first appearance of the season for the A team and his efforts were rewarded. He won his three singles matches, and a couple of wins from Steve Caulfield ensured they shared the points at Scissett.

Monday 5th March

Two teams to represent the town in Yorkshire’s top division

Congratulations go to the Huddersfield No 2 team who have gained promotion from Division Two to the top flight of the Yorkshire Veterans League after winning all their matches in this division.

Yorkshire Veterans League Division 1

Last Sunday, Huddersfield Table Tennis Centre was the venue for the final round of matches in the Yorkshire Veterans Division One season. Top players from all over the county represented their respective town teams with each team playing three matches.
Huddersfield had mixed fortunes on the day with a win, draw and loss to achieve a mid-table finish for the season.

Huddersfield Yorkshire Veterans Results
Huddersfield No 1 (10) v Harrogate No 1 (0)
Tim Dyson (3), Janet Adams (3), Steve Brailsford (3) & Dyson / Adams doubles win

Huddersfield No 1 (5) v Hull No 1 (5)
Tim Dyson (3), Janet Adams (1), Nick Ryder (1)

Huddersfield No 1 (3) v Dewsbury No 1 (7)
Tim Dyson (2), Janet Adams (1)

Just a reminder that Huddersfield’s Table Tennis Centre is a facility available for the general public to use, in addition to league players. Young and old participants are welcome to try their ‘hand’ at table tennis. The venue is located on the 4th floor of JL Brierley’s Turnbridge Mills complex in Quay Street, Huddersfield. Further details are available on the Huddersfield Table Tennis League website.

This year’s closed championships will take place on Sunday April 28th at the Table Tennis Centre. Further details of start times and seedings will be available when confirmed.

Monday 18th February

National League Team Continues To Struggle

A further round of matches in the Senior British League took place this weekend at the Draycott Table Tennis Centre. The town team, this season sponsored by Gail’s Travel Shop, played a couple of matches against their closest rivals in the Division B1 table but again had no success. In the morning session they lost 3-6 to Westfield No 2 and in the afternoon lost by the same score to Halton No 2.
For this set of matches the team was represented by four Deighton players with Lewis Palmer having the only success, winning both his sets in the two matches played.

Senior British League Results
Huddersfield (3) v Westfield No 2 (6)
Cameron Sandhu (1), Lewis Palmer (2)

Huddersfield (3) v Halton No 2 (6)
Jonathan Heslop (1), Lewis Palmer (2)

Yorkshire Veterans League
Huddersfield No 3 team ended their losing run with a first victory of the season in division two of the Yorkshire Veterans League. In a see-saw match against York No 3 they raced into a 3-0 lead before York rallied to go 4-3 ahead. The town team then won the remaining singles sets and the match 6-4, with Clive Standen, Phil Schofield and Jonathan Taylor each winning two sets.

Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League
In Division One of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League, Deighton C called on a couple of their higher ranked team’s players in their effort to gain much needed points to pull away from the foot of the table. Regular player Clive Standen was joined by Tomasz Pietrzyk and Tim Dyson in the match at Kingsmith Engineering A. The Kingsmith team of Shaun Ellis, Phil Schofield and Steve Hanson were holding the visitors at 3-3 before losing the following two singles sets. The home side managed to salvage a draw by winning the remaining two singles. Ellis could not be beaten in his singles matches, including a win over previously unbeaten Dyson. Pietrzyk and Dyson each won two singles and the doubles for Deighton.

Woodfield Park A and Wilshaw A also shared the points in their latest match. Darren Lindley (3) and Duncan Hadfield (2) were on the score sheet for the home team with Russell Senior (2), Janet Adams (1), Neil Crosland (1) and a Senior / Adams doubles replying for the visitors.

A draw was also the outcome of the division two match between Marsh Con C and Marsh Con B. Both sides needed points to continue their challenge for a promotion place.  Four players registered a couple of singles wins – David Blackburn and Ed Bowen for the C team with Steve Martin and Steve Dunn replying for the B team.
Woodfield Park B gained another victory, over Deighton E. They are also in the mix at the top end of the table but their remaining fixtures are all against other promotion chasing teams.

In Division Three, the ‘Church derby’ ended with another convincing win by the New North Road Baptist Church A team over their B team. Jonathan Vaughan, David Atherton and Ross Lander are also well clear of anyone else in the chase for the divisional merit award.
Three wins for Sha Khaghei were not enough to help a travelling Deighton G team get the better of promotion chasing U3A A, as Andy Parker, Steve Caulfield and Gary Jepson contributed to a narrow win for the home team.
Stewart Clarke’s three wins for Scissett were also not enough to prevent a narrow defeat at Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth.
U3A B gained their second win of the season thanks to three singles wins by John Riggall and a couple from Alan Shaw. The pair teamed up to take the deciding doubles set over Kingsmith Engineering D.

Kingsmith Engineering E have unfortunately had to withdraw from division three.

Monday 11th February

Holders Through to Quarter Final in Trophy Competition

A break in the league season for cup matches has also provided an opportunity for teams to catch up with outstanding league matches.
In Division One of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League, Marsh Terriers have had to postpone a number of matches due to work commitments but over the last two weeks have played three outstanding fixtures (beating Greetland and narrowly losing to Wilshaw A and Kingsmith Engineering A) to move into a comfortable mid-table position.

In Division Three, New North Road Baptist Church A had another convincing win, beating Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth to bring the fixtures in that division up to date.

Further rounds of the two cup competitions took place over the past two weeks.
Last year’s Royds Hall Printing Trophy winners Deighton B are through to the quarter final stages of this year’s competition, beating a Deighton C team by a 63 points margin. Greetland and Kingsmith Engineering A also comfortably progressed to the quarter final stages beating Kingsmith Engineering C and Deighton F by 93 and 70 points respectively.
Deighton E from division two were up against the third division’s Deighton G team and it was the lower division side that progressed by a narrow 2 points magin.
Marsh Con D, Woodfield Park B, Wilshaw A and Wilshaw B occupy the remaining places in the quarter finals beating Deighton D, Kingsmith Engineering D, Marsh Con C and Deighton A respectively.

There will be a new name on this season’s Table Tennis Direct Cup, as last year’s finalists were involved in the Trophy competition.
U3A B were in receipt of a net nine points handicap advantage and progress to the quarter final stage with a comfortable 81 points win over fellow division three side Scissett.
The remaining matches were a lot closer with Marsh Con B, New North Road Baptist Church A and Paddock booking their places with wins over Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth, Marsh Terriers and Woodfield Park A respectively.

Due to the odd number of teams involved in the cup competition it was necessary for some teams to be allocated a bye. Kingsmith Engineering E, U3A A and New North Road Baptist Church B will therefore progress to the next round.

Monday 28th January

Paddock’s Unbeaten Run Continues

In Division One of the Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League, Wilshaw B were at home to Kingsmith Engineering A in a marathon match with no fewer than six sets requiring a fifth game decider. Gary Crossley and Francis Cioffi won two sets each and the doubles with Alan Carter adding a further set for the home team. This was only the second defeat of the season suffered by the Kingsmith team

The two Deighton sides met in a possible league decider, and the outcome was the same as when the two sides previously met at the start of the season. Deighton A were hoping to close the gap on leaders Deighton B and give them some momentum with a game in hand on their club mates. They quickly settled into the match to take a 3-1 lead, but the B team brought the scores level by winning the doubles and the following singles. Neither side could gain an advantage and the match ended all square. Deighton A’s Jonathan Heslop won all his singles sets with Tomasz Pietrzyk and Rafal Aleksandrzak each winning two singles and the doubles for the B team.

It was a busy night for Pietrzyk as he also played for the struggling Deighton C team against Marsh Terriers, winning three singles. Marsh had what looked to be a comfortable 7-3 win - thanks to David Wood (2), Ian Tweedale (2), Tony Stead (2) and a Tweedale / Wood doubles – although the game scores of 20-22 suggest a close match. Five of the sets needed a fifth and deciding game and on each occasion it went in favour of the away side.

In Division Two, Deighton D easily accounted for their E team and extended their unbeaten run, having only suffered one defeat which was against the current leaders Paddock in their opening match of the season. Paddock have not lost a single match all season and had another comfortable win over Marsh Con B.
Woodfield Park B have managed to pull away from the bottom end of the table, with just a single defeat in their last six matches. In their latest match Derek Moorhouse and Duncan Hadfield both won their singles matches and paired up in the doubles to beat Marsh Con C.

In Division Three, the trio of top teams New North Road Baptist Church A, U3A A and Deighton F had comfortable wins over Kingsmith Engineering D, Kingsmith Engineering E and U3A B respectively. Kingsmith Engineering D’s Stefano Bartolini inflicted a rare defeat on the New North Road player Jonathan Vaughan.

Last weekend saw two town teams compete in another round of matches in Division Two of the Yorkshire Veterans League. Huddersfield No 2 extended their lead at the top of the table by beating their nearest rivals Hull No 3 and are well on course to join the town’s No 1 team in the top division. Singles wins for Russell Senior (3), Steve Brailsford (2), Neil Crosland (1) and a Senior / Brailsford doubles gave them a 7-3 victory.
At the other end of the table, Huddersfield No 3 team of Jonathan Taylor, Phil Schofield and Francis Cioffi could not manage a consolation set in their defeat to visitors Dewsbury No 2.

Deighton junior girl player Sarah Amin continues to go from strength to strength and has broken into the top 100 of the country’s junior girls’ rankings. This weekend she competed in her first women’s British League match held at Aldersley in the West Midlands, winning one of her four singles matches.

Monday 21st January

Divisional Leaders Consolidate Their Position

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 January

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.