Saturday, 16 May 2020

News - week 23

The Llandudno & district table tennis league has been on lockdown since 16th March, but a delayed score card arrived with this morning. In the first division Rhyl A repeated their recent League Cup quarter-final victory over Y Morfa A, on this occasion by a five-point margin, 22-17. This ensures that Y Morfa A lie third in the table four points ahead of their conquers, Rhyl A. Glen Phoenix representing Rhyl A lost only one game on the night and has the fifth highest average in the top-flight. Y Morfa A continue to excel at doubles recording their ninth win of the season. No team have won more doubles encounters, although Amlwch A have played three fewer matches. 
At present there is no news to report as to when competitive table tennis in North Wales will resume or how the current season will be resolved. I hope those lucky enough to have an outdoor table are keeping in shape and that any new players who wish to play competitive table next season; whenever that may be, contact one of the committee members listed on the Llandudno and District table tennis league website.

Division One:

Rhyl A                        22       Y Morfa A                  17

Sunday, 15 March 2020

News - week 22

In the first division league cup quarterfinal, Rhyl A eased past Y Morfa A 7-3 with a maximum from Glen Phoenix and a brace from Steve Lowe. Rob Stanway won two of his singles matches but it was not enough.

In the first division, Trinity A moved forty-three points clear at the top of the division beating Rhyl A 27-6 with a maximum from Abhishek Bathula and three wins by Stuart Dearden for the loss of only one game. Amlwch A have two matches in hand in second but the top two still have to play each other. Y Morfa A lie a distant third and were readily outpointed by the improving fourth placed Police A. Police A closed to within two points of Y Morfa A, led by Mark Pugh who dropped just the one game and the improving James Wan who only dropped four en route to another set of three singles wins. Conwy A moved away from the bottom following a 25-9 victory over bottom placed Craig-y-don A. Ady Waugh and Gary Blakemore representing Craig-y-don A both beat Paul Hulme. However, the Conwy A win was secured by Chris Phillips and Melvyn Booker who won each of their singles matches and together they landed the doubles.

In the second division, third placed Henllan beat second placed Amlwch B, with Harold Furber representing Henllan the strongest player on the night. He was ably supported by Don Grigg who only loss on the night was in a five-game thriller against Jason Coe. Amlwch C lie fourth following a convincing 30-5 victory over a weakened Police B team. Matthew Winnett, Mark Hadcock and George Higham won all their encounters for the Islanders. Y Morfa B have secured only three wins this season but went down fighting 18-21 to Craig-y-don B. A fine doubles win by three games to one in the doubles and twelve games landed by Bill Wooley and Steve Davies was not quite enough. Craig-y-don B were led by Nigel Watson who won his three singles matches for the loss of only one game.


League Cup – 1st Division - Quarterfinal:

Rhyl A                        7          Y Morfa A                  3
Division One:

Trinity A                   27        Rhyl A                        6
Craig-y-don A         9          Conwy A                    25
Police A                    26        Y Morfa A                  12

Division Two:  

Henllan                  23          Amlwch B                 17
Amlwch C              30         Police B                     5
Y Morfa B               18        Craig y Don B          21

Sunday, 8 March 2020

News - Week 21

In the Handicap Cup Quarterfinal, Trinity A had to restrict Henllan below an average of 21 points per game. Ian McGillivray achieved the exceeded the Henllan average in his three singles matches creating a tense final rubber. John Lovegrove excelled in achieving 32 points against Stuart Dearden but it was Trinity A who proceed to a semi-final by five points. Police B were tasked with keeping Amlwch B below a 36-point average. The handicaps suggested a tight match and with each team winning five games this proved to be the case. The game of the evening witnessed Caren Ault beating Kevin Evans 40-39. However, Peter Roberts was the strongest player winning his three and ensuring that Police B progress to a semi-final by seven points. The Conwy derby required Conwy B to restrict Conwy A below an average of 38 points. They achieved this task in six of the first nine games, with Graham Heath winning each of his singles matches. However, Paul Hulme beat Andy Lunt 40-29, this resulted in Conwy A leading by a point going into the deciding game. Here Steve Nicholls proved too strong for Melvyn Booker ensuring it is Conwy B that progress to the semi-final by seven points.

In the first division, Trinity A remain a clear second following a narrow 21-18 victory over fourth placed Y Morfa A. Both Josh Gilmore and Stuart Dearden both won their singles contests, with Josh dropping two games on the night and Stuart four. Stuart was victorious in two five-game thrillers. Josh and Stuart teamed in the doubles but went down 1-3 to Andy Horton and Rob Stanway.


Handicap Cup Quarterfinal:

Conwy A                    463     Conwy B                    470
Trinity A                    463     Henllan                      457
Police B                     534     Amlwch B                 527

Division One:

Trinity A                       21    Y Morfa A                  18

Friday, 28 February 2020

News - week 20

In the President’s Trophy preliminary round, it is Y Morfa B who progress at the expense of first division Y Morfa A. Bill Wooley lead the way with an impressive 40-33 win over Chris Henderson.  

In the Handicap Cup round of sixteen, Craig-y-don A were set a target of a 29-point average per game. Only Ady Waugh beat this target losing 36-40 to Thomas au Yeung. Police A progress to the quarter final against Rhyl B. Craig-y-don A live to fight again in the President’s Trophy against Y Morfa B.

In the first division, the attention turned to the competative battle for third position in the division. Conwy B hold that position at present following a narrow 20-19 win over Rhyl A. The game of the night witnessed Andy Lunt claw his way back from 4-10 in the firth to beat Barrie Russ 15-13. Police A continue to make rapid progress, a team without their strongest player Mark Pugh, blew away Conwy A 25-12. The strongest player on the night was James Wan, who won his three singles for the loss of only one game. Super substitute Sean Lucas came off the scoring table to shine in the doubles and with the help of Melvyn Booker they secured a consolation 3-0 victory.

In the second division, Trinity B maintain their title challenge with a narrow 20-17 win over Amlwch C. Captain Rob Stewart won all his singles matches and the Trinity doubles win in three straight proved decisive. Amlwch B are in second place with two games in hand after a comfortable 28-5 over Y Morfa C. Henllan B lie third despite losing out 17-21 to seventh placed Rhyl B. Chris Markey representing Rhyl B is clearly a strong player at this level winning his three for the loss of only one game.


Handicap Cup – Round of Sixteen:

Police A                     440     Craig-y-don A          352
President’s Trophy Preliminary Round:

Y Morfa A                  477     Y Morfa B                  523

Division One:

Conwy A                   12       Police A                     25
Rhyl A                       19        Conway B                  20

Division Two:  

Trinity B                 20     Amlwch C                     17
Henllan                   17     Rhyl B                           21
Police B                  26     Y Morfa B                     10
Amlwch B              28         Y Morfa C                  5

Sunday, 23 February 2020

News - week 19

In the President’s Trophy quarterfinals Amlwch C overcame their A team with a game to spare. The handicap required Amlwch A to restrict  their C team to an average fifteen points per game. George Higham achieved twenty-six points against Ian Ault and he teamed up with Matthew Winnett to score twenty-seven points in the doubles. Another second division victory over first was recorded when Trinity B beat Rhyl A. Fred Moore beat Norman Stagg and he teamed up with Rob Stewart to land the doubles 40-39.In the second division league cup quarterfinal, Police B eased passed Amlwch B with a maximum from Kevin Evans.

In the first division, Amlwch A lead Trinity A by thirty-five points with both teams having played nine matches. Both Paul Collins and Keith Williams secured maximums for the islanders. Glen Pheonix secured three points for Rhyl A by beating Ian Ault by three games to one. Conwy B beat Y Morfa A 23-16 to ensure that both teams are level on points, but Y Morfa A have a game in hand. In a tightly contested match, no one player dominated but Steve Nicholls and Graham Heath both secured eight points losing out in the fifth in a couple of key games.

In the second division, remains ultra-competitive. Trinity B lead the pack but have played one or two more games than their rivals. This week they beat Y Morfa B 26-14, with Rob Stewart winning his three matches for the loss of only one game. But they lost out 16-21 to an improving Rhyl B, with their new signing Chris Markey securing a maximum. Craig-y-don B beat third placed Amlwch B 20-18 with Nigel Watson winning nine games for the loss of only one.


League Cup – 2nd Division - Quarterfinal:

Police             B         7          Amlwch B                3
President’s Trophy – Quarterfinals:

Amlwch A                 312     Amlwch C                  356
Rhyl A                        455     Trinity B                    487

Division One:

Rhyl A                         3        Amlwch A                 28
Conway B                 23        Y Morfa A                  16

Division Two:  

Y Morfa B                14    Trinity B                       26
Rhyl B                      21    Trinity B                       16
Craig-y-don B          20    Amlwch B                    18

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

News - week 18

In the first division, Police A move off the foot of the table with a 30-5 victory over Craig-y-don A. Mark Pugh played his first league match of the season and secured a maximum.

In the second division, Henllan take over at the top following a hard-fought 21-19 victory away against third-placed Amlwch C. Harold Furber won each of his singles matches and teamed up with Don Grigg to win the doubles over five games. Mathew Winnett was also involved in two thrilling five-game singles encounters, losing out to Harold but beating Chris Watkins. Rhyl B moved off the bottom of the table with 21-11 win over Y Morfa C. Chris Markay on his league debut won all his singles matches and paired with Marcus Jones to secure the doubles.


Division One:

Police A                    30        Craig-y-don A          5

Division Two:  

Amlwch C                19    Henllan                         21
Rhyl B                       21   Y Morfa C                     11

Sunday, 9 February 2020

News Weeks 16 & 17

In the first division league cup the top two teams in the league had comfortable passages through to the semi-finals. Amlwch A beat Police A 6-2, Mark Pugh made a welcome return from injury to help the Police A secure the doubles and beat Ian Ault, but it was not enough. Trinity A secured a 7-3 victory against Craig-y-don A. Ross Lander was also able to secure two matches for Craig-y-don A but Trinity A proved too strong with Stuart Dearden dropping only one game on the night. The third completed fixture was a terrific struggle between Conwy B and Conwy A. Conwy B fresh from a tight league win over their A team again seemed to have done enough. Steve Nicholls won all three of his singles games and Conwy B led 5-3 with two matches to play. The last two games both went to fifth game deciders, two of six on the night. But Sean Lucas and Paul Hulme both won 11-9 in the deciders to make the score line five-all. Conway A progress having won 23 games against Conway B’s 22.

In the second division league cup the teams with the current higher league positions dominated their lower ranked rivals. Trinity B beat Rhyl B 7-0, Amlwch C beat Craig-y-don B 8-0 and Henllan beat Y Morfa B 10-0. Steve Davies representing Y Morfa B took Don Grigg to a fifth game decider before losing out.

In the handicap cup, the closet encounter witnessed Conway B overcome the handicap against Amlwch C to win by twelve points. A number of second division players put up excellent performances against first division opposition. Emyr Owen beat both Andy Horton and Chris Henderson and he teamed up with Caren Ault to land the doubles. Mark Hadcock also chipped in with a victory over Andy Horton to ensure that Amlwch B easily beat Y Morfa A. Additionally, John Hughes overcame Ian Ault 40-39 to ensure a comfortable win for Rhyl B over Amlwch A.

In the first division, Amlwch A is seven points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand over their nearest rival Trinity A. This week Amlwch A overwhelmed Y Morfa A who lie third, by a 30-1 score line. Andy Horton securing one game from Paul Collins. Y Morfa A lie sixty-three points behind second placed Trinity A following a 22-16 win by Trinity A over fourth placed Rhyl A. Here John Chan representing Trinity A proved to the strongest player, dropping only three games.

In the second division, is a much closer affair with the top five teams all in contention for divisional honours. Trinity B lead the pack following a comfortable win over Y Morfa C. Police B are second in the table although they have played at least two games more than their rivals. However, their strongest line-up is challenge for all the contenders in the title race. Henllan lie third with Harold Furber heading the individual standings. Finally, both Amlwch B and Amlwch C are within striking distance having also disposed of Y Morfa C and they both have a game in hand. 


League Cup – 1st Division - Quarter-Final:

Police A                     2          Amlwch A                 6
Craig-y-don A          3          Trinity A                    7
Conwy B                    5(22) Conwy A                    5(23)

League Cup – 2nd Division - Quarter-Final:

Trinity B                    7          Rhyl B                        0
Y Morfa B                  0          Henllan                      10
Amlwch C                  8          Craig-y-don B          0
Handicap Cup – Round of 16:

Trinity A                    439     Trinity B                    412
Rhyl B                         369     Amlwch A                 276
Y Morfa B                  501     Henllan                      560
Y Morfa A                  479     Amlwch B                 531
Craig-y-don B          558     Police B                     571
Conwy A                    492     Y Morfa C                  472
Amlwch C                  388     Conwy B                    400

Division One:

Rhyl A                       16        Trinity A                    22
Amlwch A                 30        Y Morfa A                  1
Trinity A                    30       Conway B                  0

Division Two:  

Amlwch B                24    Rhyl B                           16
Y Morfa C                12    Amlwch C                     28
Police B                   21    Craig-y-don B             11
Henllan                    25    Y Morfa B                    13
Y Morfa C                  21    Y Morfa C                     21
Y Morfa C                  17    Craig-y-don B             25
Y Morfa C                  6      Trinity B                       29
Y Morfa C                  3      Amlwch B                    30