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News From The Guildford Table Tennis Association December 2022

Published on: 20 Dec, 2022
Updated on: 19 Dec, 2022

Report by Steve Day

With the season a third of the way through by the end of November, the division tables are starting to take shape as far as contenders for promotion and relegation are concerned.

The battle for honours is currently a close-run thing with the biggest lead being just 5 points between first and second places.

Starting with Division Two, we have new leaders as Godalming F took over at the top from Ash and lead by 4 points.

It should said though, previous leaders have two matches in hand. Currently starring for the Godalming team are Anay Gandhi and Siddie Pillai, both having a 75% average.

Ash’s Hudson Foley still tops the division averages with a mighty 94.12%, having lost just one of his matches this season.

Bramley B are in third place and have the look of likely challengers, with Nick Gould leading the way with an average of 85.71%

Challoner A remain at the top of Division One despite losing in the last week of November to Aftermath A.

It was a closely fought match and although Aftermath stalwarts, Trevor Sanders, Simon Turner and Steven Pearce, led throughout they kept being pegged back by Challoner’s Crispian Knight.

Stephen Collins.

In fact, the match wasn’t decided until the very end when Trevor beat Stephen Collins for a 5-4 match win. It must have been a long night as there were five five setters and three four setters.

Merrow D’s challenge faltered during the month as they dropped vital points against both Bramley A and Aftermath A. Kevin Bown of Aftermath B and Maria Hilsdon of Challoner are joint top the division averages with 91.67%.

Merrow reigned supreme at the top of the Premier Division their B, A and C teams (in that order) occupying the first three positions.

Richard Seymour.

Graham Faulkner.

Max Flint, Richard Seymour and Graham Faulkner make up the Merrow B team.

Burymead A’s challenge seems to have dropped away during November as they are now in sixth position, nine points behind the leaders.

By contrast, last year’s champions, Godalming A, have finally started to make a move and are now in fourth position.

Godalming B look set for the drop unless they can field their first choice players more often. Adam Laws remains top of the averages with an amazing 95.83%.

No real change at the top of Division Four with Challoner B and Merrow G remaining in pole position on 45 points.

Interestingly, though, Merrow have a game in hand.

Abinger B have taken over as main contenders for the big wooden spoon.

Top of the averages is Merrow G’s Max Swindells on 93.33% followed closely by Alex Webb of Merrow H with 85% and Challoner’s Christopher Ray with 83.33%.

Last but not least, Division Three, where three teams, Bramley D, Emmanuel and Merrow F share top spot on 41 points.

Emmanuel still look favourites as they have games in hand over the other two teams.

Bottom of the pile and looking a certainty for the drop are Godalming H who have amassed a mere 18 points from eight matches.

Emmanuel’s Stephen Schofield and John Upham are top of the averages with 90.48% and 83.33%, respectively.

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