Record entries for the Tournament!
Record numbers have entered this year’s Wandsworth & District Table Tennis League closed tournament. The largest event is as always the Ratings singles (formerly the “Handicap” singles) with 33 entries, the Open singles and doubles have 26 entries and there are 19 in the Veterans. That means that 44% of the players who compete in the league are taking part in the tournament this year which is about 10% up on last year despite the fact that we have less players actually competing in the league.
All sessions take place at York Gardens TTC. Start time is 7pm for registration and 7.30pm for group matches.
Wednesday 4th April Ratings Singles
Friday 6th April Open Singles/Doubles
Monday 9th April Veterans Singles
TBC Finals Night Wednesday 11th April
Vale “A” worthy champions 2018
Vale “A” are the 2018 Wandsworth & District Table Tennis league champions and worthy ones at that. They dominantly beat Wilton 9-1 in their last match of the season to secure an unassailable 81 points for the season. It was the regular squad of Andy Sanders, Doug Taucher and Wojtek Czubek with only Wojtek losing one match to the talented Erik Jeanpierre of Wilton. It has been a memorable season for Vale “A” who also won the prestigious Presidents Cup in the same week to take the double for the first time in their history. Vale’s Andy Sanders has had a tremendous season winning 46 out of 51 matches to get top of the players averages as well as topping the Wandsworth rankings list. Elsewhere in the league XXIV Club “A” who are confirmed as this year’s runner up in the league sealed the fate of St Pauls “B” as they beat them 7-3 to send them into the relegation zone. St Pauls “B” needed 3 points to avoid relegation but only managed 1 against a full strength XXIV Club. Adeel Ahmed won his 3 as usual , Remi Alaka won 2 and Shaun Case won 1. For St Pauls “B” Luke Pomaro showed how dangerous he is by winning two and John Llewellyn won 1. It was the second win of the week for XXIV Club “A” who scored an excellent 7-3 win York Gardens “B”, Adeel Ahmed won 3 including beating Waqar Hussain, Peter Sinclair won 2 and Remi Alaka won 1. For York “B” Waqar won 2, Yasar Ahmed won 1, and captain Linford Akoto lost his 3. It has to be said though that Linford who is running the team for the first time in division 1 has done an excellent job of getting his team out on time and from a slow start has established them as one of the top 4 teams. Click here to see league tables
York Gardens “C” win the title with a final
showdown victory over Vale “B”
The final showdown between York Gardens “C” and Vale “B” didn’t disappoint as went down to the wire with a 6-4 victory to York “C”. Vale “B” battled bravely with Tom Coady winning his 3, but Peter Fenner was only able to win 1, and Don Stevens was unlucky to lose his 3 on the night. Sajid patel and Mark Lewis both recorded 2 good wins each, with Clive Hall winning one. Tom Coady did have some compensation in coming top of the players averages with an impressive 45 wins out of 48. York “D” scored a good 6-4 win over a rejuvenated St Pauls “C”. Man of the match was St Pauls Francis Edge who went unbeaten, and Alex Dracup took his best ever win over Danner Cordaba to show his vast improvement over the season, interestingly he is transferring to York Gardens next season. For York “D” Vedanth Vuthandam and Juan Diego Cordaba both won 2 with Danner winning 1, and they took the doubles to win the match. The final XXIV Club derby between the “C” and the “B” teams was an exciting affair with the “B” team’s Peter Klocek man of the match going unbeaten, Chris Chikwendu offered good support winning two and together they won the doubles and the match. Tim Cooke was unlucky on the night losing his 3. For the “C” team Bob Tidbury put in his usual excellent display winning 2, and it was nice to see Ken Burgess and Colin Mofford both winning 1 each. Click here to see league tables