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News from the Guildford Table Tennis Association January 2023

Published on: 27 Jan, 2023
Updated on: 26 Jan, 2023

Report by Steve Day

As you can imagine, December wasn’t particularly busy in terms of league action, so just short report this month.

Guildford Table Tennis Association cadets.

Our cadet team were in action in the early part of January, and there will be more to follow on that front next time.

One other important piece of news is the announcement of the dates for our Annual Closed Championship, which will be held on two consecutive Sundays on April 23 and 30.

Let’s make it a bumper turn out this year! More details to follow nearer the time.

This time we’re starting with Division One which has become a two-horse race between Godalming C and Challoner A.

Before Christmas the latter surrendered the lead as they struggled to beat Bramley A and, in particular, Linda Makepeace, who won all her three matches.

Meanwhile, Godalming C recorded an impressive 7-2 win against Merrow C with young Vlad Cretu taking all three.

Chris Pullinger of Abinger A.

Dave Halfpenny won Merrow’s two points. Abinger A have moved to mid table safety, thanks mainly to the form of Chris Pullinger who moved to second in the averages. Maria Hilsdon remains top.

It’s becoming crowded at the top of the Premier Division as Godalming A returned to the fray to take on the dominant Merrow teams.

Squad wise, Merrow are looking are looking a stronger bet for the title, but as to which team, only time will tell.

John Robinson has been rolling back the years as only John can, for the A team, where as Max Flint has been the star for the B team.

Shaun Robertson has been the key for the C team.

The battle for the wooden spoon is much clearer with Godalming B still struggling to field their strongest players on a regular basis and as a result have recorded just two wins so far. Adam Laws remains top of the averages, followed closely by Max Flint.

No change at the top and bottom of Division Four with Merrow G and Challoner B leading the way and Abinger B and Woking C continuing to struggle.

Merrow’s Max Swindells still tops the averages having only lost one game so far this season.

All change at the top of Division Three, where Bramley C have moved ahead of Emmanuel, thanks the Coventrys and Mark Lockyer. Sasan Bigdeli tops the averages with Stephen Schofield just behind.

Hudson Foley of Ash.

In Division Two, Ash have built a big lead at the top, with Hudson Foley, James Wyncoll and Vasco Correia in good form.

They are followed by a young Godalming F team comprising juniors, Annay Ghandhi, Siddie Pillai and Shane Karunakaran.

Details of their forthcoming top of the table clash will be in next month’s report. This young Godalming team has outpaced the older Godalming D and E teams.

Zolt Podolyak who plays for Godalming D.

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