The sad passing of Doreen Draper, a true supporter of the league
It is with very great sadness I have to report the passing of the lovely Doreen Draper, the wife of Wandsworth league legend Tom Draper. For so many years Doreen was the secretary of York Gardens and kept things running smoothly behind the scenes. A truly lovely lady she leaves behind daughters Brenda and Valerie, and of course her husband for over 60 years, Tom. Our deepest and heart felt sympathies go out to all the family and friends.
Vale “A” 8 points clear after 12 matches
Vale “A” are 8 clear at the top of the league after 12 matches. The 1st division has seen some surprising results over the last 6 weeks with title toppers vale losing 6-4 to York Gardens “A”, and title contenders XXIV Club “A” going down 8-2 to the rejuvenated York Gardens “B”. But there was no greater surprise than St Pauls “A” excellent 8-2 win over the mighty York Gardens “A”, both Paul Rowley and Simon Kempton were in superb form going unbeaten against Joe Leone, Rob Campbell and Dave Wareham. York Gardens “B” were dominant against XXIV club “A” winning 8-2. York “B” currently has a very strong team with Lucas Tojal Sierra, Waqar Hussain (pictured) who is top of the players averages and the unpredictable but very dangerous Yasar Ahmed. Both Waqar and Lucas were unbeaten and for XXIV Club Adeel Ahmed and Peter Sinclair only managed wins against Yasar Ahmed. It has been noticeable that this season home advantage has played a huge role in the results. Vale “A” put in a confident 7-3 win over Wilton, Doug Taucher won his 3, Wojtek Czubek won 2, Ron Brown won 1. For Wilton Richard Evans showed his return to form confirmed as he won 2 against difficult opponents, and Erik Jeanpierre had a good win over Ron Brown.
Vale “B” only 4 points behind after winning top of the table clash
Vale “B” moved to only 4 points behind York Gardens “C” after beating the top team 6-4. Tom Coady was man of the match going unbeaten, and Peter Fenner showed his metal taking 2, together they teamed up to win the doubles and the match. For the visitors York “C” Sajid Patel was the main threat winning 2, with 1 win apiece for Clive Hall and Mark Lewis. In the XXIV Club derby between the “C” and “B” teams it was all square as the “C” team who were technically at home managed a draw. This was a big improvement from the their first encounter which was a 9-1 win the “B” team. The “B” team’s Peter Klocek continued his recent run of form again going unbeaten, with 2 good wins for Chris Chikwendu, Bob Tidbury won 2 for the “C” team. York Gardens “D” managed a good 6-4 win away from home against St Pauls “C”. Juan Diego Cordaba won his 3, and new recruit Vedanth Vuthandam won 2, Josh Blagden was the strongest of the home team winning 2, and Francis Edge managed a good win over the younger of the two Cordaba brothers, Danner Cordaba. Click here to see league tables
Vale "A" and York Gardens "A" book their places in the President's Cup Final, while St Pauls "A" take on York Gardens "B" in the Chairman's Cup final
Vale "A" fought off a fierce challenge from York "B" to win their semi final 5-4 and clinch their place in the President's Cup Final. Joining them in the final are York "A" who dominated the other semi final against St Pauls "B" winning 8-1. The final is due to be held at St Pauls on Thursday 29th March. In the Chairman's Cup York "B" put in an amazing performance to beat XXIV Club "A" 5-4 in the first semi final thanks to an unbeaten run from Yasar Ahmed. In the semi final match between St Pauls "A" and Vale "A" was a surprise 5-1 victory over Vale. The final is due to be held at St Pauls on Thursday 19th April. Click here to see Cup draws and results
Goodbye to Ian McCarthy, the legend of the Wandsworth League retires after 50 years!
The expression “legend” is bandied about quite often these days but in the case of Ian McCarthy it rings true. He has an amazing 50 years of organising table tennis in South London behind him and managed to keep the Wandsworth & District Table Tennis League alive through some of the most difficult times the sport has seen. His decision to retire from running the league means he will cut back a little on travel as Ian currently lives over 95 miles away from the league! He has held the role of Chairman, General Secretary, Match Secretary, Tournament Organiser and Cup Competitions organiser over the years. He has actually been a member of the league since the mid 1950’s when he started playing in it as a teenager. He has successfully run many different clubs and teams and today is still running St Pauls TTC, even though he moved to Kent some years ago he still does a 190 mile round trip to Wimbledon every week. On the organising league committee side his first involvement was in 1967 when he became the General Secretary of the league, then almost twenty years later in 1986 he took over as Chairman of the league after Keith Hurlock retired. In 1987 he organised the closed championships and continued to do so until 2012 when Mike Loveder took over. In addition to all this he ran the 2 cup competitions as well. John Llewellyn took over Ian’s various roles in May this year and said “Ian’s contribution to the league is immeasurable and quite frankly I doubt that the league would have survived without Ian being there to keep it going, to say we are going to miss him is a huge understatement”.