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Reports 07 Nov 3rd

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After the launch of the updated history of the Guildford Table Tennis Association the next event in the 75th anniversary season will soon be upon us. On Saturday November 14th, from 10.30am to 4pm there will be an Open Day at Christ’s College, Larch Avenue. Equipment will be provided and there will be representatives from clubs in the Guildford area. The idea is to come along and ‘have a go’. The sport is available for life and can be played up to any age and taken up at any age and, indeed, returned to when the family has grown up. I myself played a 91 year old last month and another local league has just admitted a team from the local U3A whilst there are many teenagers playing in the league.


In the First Division Challoner C racked up their first win of the season with a 6-4 success against Godalming C. Martin Rozario was the Challoner hero with a full house whilst Yawei Wang picked up a brace. This followed on from a 6-4 defeat against Cody A for whom Peter Anthony was unbeaten whilst Sally Ciamotti recorded a pair. These two results have propelled Challoner C away from the relegation area. At the top of the table Aftermath A cemented the top spot with a whitewash of their B team. Simon Turner, Albert Cheung and Steve Pearce did the damage.


In the Second Division Burymead D won for the first time, 6-4 against Bramley C, this was also Bramley’s first defeat. Jack Harrington was unbeaten for Burymead whilst Gordon Mitchell won twice. Steve Cheeseman picked up a brace for Bramley. Although the division is probably the tightest with nearly half the matches being drawn there is one team steaming away at the top and will secure promotion by the middle of March. Godalming D is that team and their latest victory was 7-3 against Burymead D. Fei Fei Pei picked up her three and Tony Harrild only lost out to Harrington who won twice on this occasion.


Merrow J, in the Third Division, has only just recorded their third result and after two wins it was a hammering from Godalming E who have moved to the top of the division. Jason Minoo and Mike May were unbeaten whilst Fred Florance won twice. This was followed by a similar result against Abinger. In this match Minoo picked up another trio whilst Michael Kwan was also unbeaten, Florance picked up another brace. Aftermath D will be in the promotion picture and they were certainly helped by an 8-2 win over their E team. Jim Roberts was unbeaten whilst John Setterfield and Dave Thomas each lost to Richard Tapp. Cranleigh C maintained their 100% record with a 7-3 win against Ash C. Mark Lockyer maintained his 100% record whilst Angela Coventry also won all her games.


In the Fourth Division Bramley E moved to the top after an 8-2 defeat of their F team. Bob Holmden and David Barraclough were unbeaten for the E team.


In the Premier Division Challoner A inflicted a worrying 9-1 defeat on Godalming B. Anthony Johnson and Nic Ravalec picked up trios whilst Rob Lemon only lost out to Keith Falconer. Burymead B continued their quest for the title with a trouncing, 9-1, of Merrow B. The ever reliable Matt Pernet was undefeated together with Michael Hill, Graham Faulkner beat Richard Tanner to secure Merrow’s only point.  

In these unpredictable times, regarding the post, the results are struggling to get through and it might be safer to record the result on the website. These automatically come through to me and it is a good back-up. I also need to remind all teams that postponements should be notified to the Match Secretary or, failing that, e-mailed to myself.