The Schools league is entering its 13th season! First, I would like to thank the schools that have supported the league and welcome new schools to join this expanding league/sport in schools in our area. The league continues to be sponsored by Penkhull Table Tennis Club who have provided the team trophies for both A and B team events.
The league is very simple you have an A and a B team playing with 4 players per team. They play both singles and doubles at each fixture with points awarded to schools for winning/drawing/losing matches. The top two teams from the two pools will play in a semi final and final day usually played before the end of March. Fixtures will be set from October to the first two weeks after February Half term.
The A teams in the past have been made up of older pupils (Y11) or younger pupils of a higher standard. The B team is then made up of pupils of any age. It is open to both boys and girls to play and represent their school.
Last years winners of the A team event were Clayton who held off NCHS, Wolstanton and Cheadle to take the title for a record-equaling sixth time, whilst in the B team event Wolstanton picked up their second successive victory beating Clayton B to the title. This year I sense a new A and B team winning the titles making it a wide open event for 2015.
The schools below have expressed intent to play in this year’s league. The league will be split into four separate Pools with each team playing and arranging their own fixtures. The top A and B team from each pool will progress to the semi finals and finals night (date TBA). Teams have been grouped as best as possible geographically to enable more fixtures to be completed. Schools are encouraged to arrange where possible a three team evening where three schools play each other and complete two fixtures each. However with more pools and fewer fixtures I would encourage a one match per night and play best of 5 sets to give them more table time per match.
- Pool A – Clayton, St Thomas More, Blythe Bridge, St Margaret Ward, Birches Head.
- Pool B – Westwood, Trentham, Cheadle Academy, Endon.
- Pool C – Sir Thomas Boughey, St John Fisher,Newcastle Academy, St Josephs.
- Pool D – Wolstanton, Haywood, Madeley,Excel Academy.
Tables to follow once results come in…..
Information for use by each School (rules, contact details, scorecards) can be downloaded here: