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Nov 20 2016

New North Staffs Junior Banded and Team Leagues

We are currently in the early phases of planning two different Junior League competitions which will replace our previous Saturday Junior League.

The Team League will be run at Bradwell Youth and Community Centre over four Friday evening sessions, while the Banded League will be run at Penkhull TTC over four Monday evening sessions.

Please download the document found in the link below for more information!

Banded League Document

Feb 24 2016

Junior League 2015/16 – Final Report

The 2015/16 North Staffs Junior league concluded on the 13th February!

In Division 2 Penkhull E leapfrogged their own D team to claim runners up spot to Clayton D. Whilst in Division 1 Penkhull A were runners up to Bradwell A who beat Penkhull on sets (with the same points after 4 sessions) as they beat Penkhull A on the last match of the season for a nail-biting finale to the league.

Well done to all teams and players good to see some new faces this year!

JuniorLeagueFinal2016

Nov 13 2015

North Staffs Schools Table Tennis League 2015/16

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:

NSSTTL-Info-2015-16

Nov 13 2015

North Staffs Junior Table Tennis League Season 2015/16

PTTC are proud to host and run the yearly event once again with four fixtures to be held at Clayton Hall Academy from 10am to 1pm on the second Saturday of each month.

  • November 14th 2015
  • December 12th 2015
  • January 9th 2016
  • February 13th 2016

Two Penkhull teams are confirmed so far for Division 1

  • A team Torin Cooper/Andy Hou
  • B team Andy Gamage/Bobby Tasker

Other teams will be selected in the next few junior training sessions.

Jun 19 2015

Schools League Report – 2014/15

The 2014-15 North Staffs Schools League was a huge success in its 12th year with 17 schools taking part. Some tight group matches led to a great standard on the semi finals/finals night held at Penkhull TTC’s training venue at Clayton.  A and B teams from Clayton, Wolstanton, Westwood, NCHS and Cheadle battled it out. The B team final was won by Wolstanton for the 2nd year running who beat Clayton B in the final. In the A team event a three way round robin was held with Cheadle A finishing 3rd NCHS came runners up and Clayton A won for the 6th successive year. Next year’s league should be wide open and there could well be some new names on the trophies of the A and B team events as players move up from A to B team and older players leave schools.

Any schools out there wishing to know more about this league please contact Robert Rhodes at Clayton Hall High school for more information.rhoderz@hotmail.com

Feb 17 2015

Junior League 2014/15 – Final Report

We had a great finish to the North Staffs Junior TT League 2014/15 season today at Clayton Hall Business and Language College!

In Division 1, Penkhull A delivered a faultless season with 12/12 wins thanks to the efforts of Kingsley Barber and Will Pugh. Bradwell A, who have been run out of it for the past two seasons, secured the runner up spot by 2 points from Penkhull C (Callum and Connor Smith) who themselves finished 3rd above Penkhull B (Torin/Andy).

In Division 2 Bobby and Joe for Penkhull D emulated the A team and went unbeaten (14/14) for the season to take the title. Elsewhere in the division drama was high as the fight for the final positions went to the last match, last game and indeed the last points! Penkhull E secured runners up spot at the expense of Clayton C who were 10-7 up in the final match of the doubles only to go on and lose 12-10 to the younger Penkhull E duo of Kian and Morgan.

An average of around 28 players per session saw 15 teams from 3 different clubs battle it out over 4 sessions. Next season should be even more exciting as teams/players leave the Division 1 age group and new talent comes up through the league. Thanks to all parents, clubs and coaches for your support for this grass roots league and we look forward to seeing you all again next season!

Division 1 winners Penkhull A (Kingsley and Will)

Division 2 winners Penkhull D (Bobby and Joe), and Runners-up Penkhull E (Morgan, Kian and Sienna)

Dec 30 2014

Junior League 2014/15 – Half Season Report

At the half way point of the 2014/15 Junior league Penkhull A lead the way in Division 1 thanks to Will Pugh and Kingsley Barber.  They remain unbeaten so far this season and have drawn up a 4 point margin over their nearest rivals – Bradwell A are the likely challengers to Penkhull A.  Penkhull C are the surprise of Division 1 having leapfrogged Penkhull B and are only 3rd on sets difference to Bradwell A thanks to the efforts of Callum and Connor Smith and James Green.

Whilst in Division 2 Penkhull D and E are 1st and 2nd respectively with the D team top by 2 points thanks to Bobby Tasker and James Martin remaining unbeaten so far, with the E team of Morgan Wilde and Sienna not far away. The F team picked up two good wins in the second of 4 sessions to move away from the bottom of the Division. Clayton D, E and F are still in the hunt but will need to reverse losses from the first half of the season if they are to overturn the table as it stands.

The 3rd session takes place at Clayton Hall Business and Language College on the 10th January 2015 (2nd Saturday of the new year).

Sep 16 2014

North Staffs Schools League 2014/15

The North Staffs Schools League starts soon! This season will kick off in November 2014.  Pools and Schools will be announced soon.

Sep 16 2014

North Staffs Schools League 2013/14 – End of Season Report

16 schools across the region entered this year, well supported by Newcastle and Stoke schools.

Clayton Hall Business and Language and teams from NCHS Wolstanton and Westwood High made it to the semi finals/finals evening after topping their respected groups.

Clayton won the A team comps for the fifth time in its 11 year history whilst NCHS came runners up. Clayton B team lost to Wolstanton in the B team final with Wolstanton winning their first title.

Feb 23 2014

Junior League 2013/14 – End of Season Report

This year’s event was well contested over the four sessions from November to February.  We had 17 teams represented from 4 different clubs in the area – Bradwell YTTG, Clayton Hall TTC, Norton TTC and Penkhull TTC. It was the first year it has been held at Penkhull TTC’s new venue at Clayton Hall Business and Language College. Sessions ran from 10-1pm with some high standards across the two divisions.  An average of 30 juniors attended each session which is fantastic considering Table Tennis is deemed a minority sport. Thank you to all parents and coaches for their hard work and dedication this season.

Division 1 saw Penkhull A retain their title with a near faultless performance over the four sessions. Kingsley Barber and Will Pugh as a team remained unbeaten all season long.  The battle went down to the wire for the runner-up spot with Norton TTC, Clayton A and Bradwell A all in with a shout of runner-up before Session 4 started. The absence of Norton TTC on the last session left it down to two teams to battle it out. In the end Clayton and Bradwell teams won and lost the same number of games therefore it came down to sets difference in which Clayton A managed to sneak by just two extra sets.

Division 2 was also a close affair all season long. Teams played each other once over the first three sessions. The league was then frozen at this point and the final positions from Session 3 led to teams being grouped in threes for final standings. Clayton D were favourites to lift the title after topping the tables but unfortunately for them on the final session they lost to both Bradwell C and D allowing these teams to overtake them.  Bradwell C topped Division 2 with good performances over Clayton D (3-2) and their own D team (4-1) with Bradwell D as runner-up after beating Clayton D (3-2).

A fantastic season with the standard of play appearing to improve year on year across the two divisions. We look forward to another close season next time!

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