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Junior League Final Standings / Report 2011/12

This season saw 45 youngsters representing 13 teams take part in the 2011/12 season with an average of 33 players each session. Heading into the final sessions the two leading teams of each division only needed 1 win to secure their titles whilst the battle for second spot would be a tight encounter between several teams in both divisions.

In Division 1 Penkhull strolled to their first title but not without losing their match 3-2 to Clayton A who were chasing 2nd spot. Penkhull up to this point had a 100% winning record. Will Pugh and Kingsley Barber of Penkhull A topped the averages winning over 93% of their matches whilst their 3rd player Lewis Jones also finished high up the averages rankings. Clayton A had a perfect record for the final session winning all matches but would need results to go their way if they were to secure second spot. Leek A and Penkhull B could also snatch 2nd spot and were last to play – with the tie at 1-1 after the first singles it was still anyone’s match. However Andrew Willoughby hit another 100% session helped by Jacob Astley to overcome the brave attempts of Liam Dimmick and Will Foster from Leek running out 4-1 winners in the end. Penkhull B took 2nd spot on sets difference with the same win/loss record as Clayton A. Bradwell A provided stiff competition to all teams but ended up on the wrong side of two 3-2 results, Daniel Sayer winning over 60% of his matches on the day. Clayton B and C finished in the bottom two spots with the B team again overcoming the C team to register their 2nd win of the campaign despite Clayton B’s Luke Boon finishing high up in the averages.
In Division 2 Bradwell C needed 1 win and despite a close start to their first match ran out 4-1 winners over a hard chasing 2nd spot Clayton E. Bradwell C overcame another tough encounter beating Leek B 3-2 to give twins Sam and Tom Wytcherley their first title with additional wins over their own B team and Clayton F 5-0. Like Division One, 2nd place came down to the final games. Clayton D gained revenge over their E team from earlier in the season to record a 4-1 win in their last match whilst Penkhull C’s Torrin Cooper and Eddie Wilkes hit a perfect 100% win record but despite this were pipped to 2nd spot by the way of sets as both teams had the same win/loss ratio.
All in all a really high standard of play across both divisions with some really good talent coming though for future seasons. Many thanks to all clubs, coaches and parents who have supported the league this season.

YOURS IN SPORT
rrhodes
Chairman PTTC/organiser of the NSJTTL.

Junior League Fixture Details – 2011/2012

The schools below expressed intent to play in this year’s league. The league will be split into three 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 (date TBA) and the next best runner up from any of the three pools. 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 in an evening.

Pool A = St Margaret Ward, Endon, Haywood, Holden Lane, Westwood, Biddulph

Pool B = Berryhill, St Peters, St John Fisher, Wolstanton, St Thomas More, Cheadle

Pool C = Clayton, Trentham, Madeley, Sir Thomas Boughey, New College, Chesterton

Junior League Rules – 2011/12

All games must be played and completed by the end of Spring half term so that semi finals and finals can be played. Outstanding matches will be scrapped and no points gained for any teams. It’s your responsibility to arrange the fixtures!

  • ALL GAMES PLAYED TO 11 POINTS (2 clear points win i.e. 11-9, 14-12 etc)
  • EACH PLAYER HAS TWO SERVES (Swap serve every two)
  • GAMES ARE BEST OF FIVE SETS/FIRST TO THREE GAMES (UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED)
  • EACH SCHOOL MUST FIELD AT LEAST 4 PLAYERS IN EACH TEAM
  • EACH TEAM PLAYS 8 SINGLES MATCHES AND TWO DOUBLES MATCHES (different players can be brought in for the doubles only)
  • PLAYERS ARE RANKED 1-4 BEFORE THE START OF PLAY AND PLAY THEIR RESPECTED OPPOSITE NUMBER (1-V-1, 2-V-2 ETC) THEN AFTER THESE FIRST GAMES ARE PLAYED DOUBLES GAMES COMMENCE 1+2 COMBINE TO PLAY OPPOSITION’S 1+2 SAME GOES FOR THE 3RD AND 4TH RANK PLAYERS.
  • PLAYERS THEN PLAY REVERSE SINGLES, FOR EXAMPLE 1-V-2, 2-V-1, 3-V-4 AND 4-V-3.
  • 10 GAMES IN ALL
  • ALL GAMES RECORDED ON THE RESULT CARD
  • TWO TEAMS OF 4 PLAY. A TEAM (U16’S) AND B TEAM (U14’S if possible. Any 8 will do, any standard will do, its about getting kids playing).
  • ONE TEAM PREDOMINATELY YEAR 11 (A team) THE SECOND TEAM CAN BE A MIXTURE OF YEAR 9+10’S BOYS OR GIRLS (B Team)
  • EACH TEAM IS IN ITS OWN LEAGUE (A team separate from B) BUT ALL GAMES TO TAKE PLACE ON THE SAME NIGHT
  • 5 POINTS AWARDED FOR A TEAM WIN (i.e. match won 6-4 or 7-3 etc) 2 POINTS AWARDED FOR A TEAM LOSS 3 POINTS AWARDED FOR A FIXTURE TIE (NO PLAY OFF) 0 POINTS AWARDED TO A SCHOOL WHO CANNOT MAKE THE FIXTURE OR FAIL TO PLAY THE FIXTURE (the opposing school shall pick up 5 points if a team fails to play or cancels)

PLEASE ENSURE YOU KNOW THE SERVICE RULES AND YOUR PUPILS ABIDE BY THEM.SERVE ABOVE AND BEHIND THE WHITE LINE, BALL MUST BE PLACED ON OPEN HAND AND ATTEMPT TO LIFT THE BALL OFF THE HAND WHEN SERVING.(Doubles only/ serve in opposite box from right hand side only)

Junior League Session 3 Report – January

Penkhull A have all but secured the Div 1 title after another faultless team display by Will Pugh and Kingsley Barber despite losing both their 100% records to in form Penkhull B player Andrew Willougbhy. Penkhull A edged Penkhull B as Andrew took both singles games but the A team proved too strong in the doubles to ensure they held their 100% team record. 2nd place however is up for grabs with Penkhull B now edging ahead on sets from Clayton A who despite fielding a weaker team managed to narrowly edge Leek A. Only 2 points separate 2nd to 4th so all to play for in the last session in February. Bradwell A are clear from the drop and Clayton B and Clayton C remain in the bottom two places despite Clayton B losing two matches 3-2 to higher ranked teams.

Another number of upsets in Div 2 saw Bradwell C extend their lead and almost guarantee the title after they beat Penkhull C and Clayton D to open up a 4 point lead on Leek B. Leek B look good for second spot depsite losing to Clayton E in their opening match. Another battle to face the final session will be the runner up spot in Div 2 as 4 teams can still secure that spot incluing Leek B, Clayton D, Clayton E and Penkhull C. No players have retained their 100% average in Div 2 as Louise Gwynne lost his 100% record for Clayton E along with Tom Brown from Clayton D. Clayton G registered their first team win beating their own F team 3-2 but remain bottom on sets.

All in all it’s been a really competitive season so far with all to play for still in the last session. Keep up the good work everyone.

See you all in February for the final session….

Sentinel Junior League Article

Nice article in the Sentinel folks on the North Staffs Junior League and National Cadet League!!! Good to see the paper reporting on some junior news and table tennis in general….

http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/Table-tennis-Penkhull-hit-claim-decisive-victory/story-14446789-detail/story.html

Weekly Fee Increase

Just a quick reminder to all Penkhull players : following the recent AGM, all weekly fees have been increased by 50p, and Junior non-members will be subject to a £3.50 weekly fee after January 2012.

Penkhull’s 10th Anniversary!

Penkhull TTC celebrated 10 years in existence this December (2011). Founder Rob Rhodes would like to thank members old and new, volunteers old and new and wishes everyone still involved with the club every success and health and furthermore looks to see the club continue to develop and progress in the next ten years.

The club has come a long way in 10 years. Numerous successful grants and bids including over £7000 from Awards for All, a £1000 donation from John Plump which was match funded are but a few of the initiatives which have helped the club update and upgrade equipment and coaches expertise. Seeing Natalie Slater develop from a young keen player to a Junior International is another highlight in the club’s 10 year history. I could go on forever… Several promotions for many of the senior teams in the Potts league with 2 teams playing in the top division of the local league (A team in its 4th season in the Prem) with only 1 or 2 teams demoted over the 10 years, Junior team success at both Potts league and the newly formed North Staffs League, and more recently the Club success in the “Stone league”. The formation of the banded league held for grassroots development… May the club continue to grow in the next 10 years and continue to attract its many band of players volunteers and helpers without whom the club would not survive thank you!!!!

Lastly one goal still stands for the founder Rob Rhodes – the club senior championship still eludes him and it was only last year after 9 years he won a title…Keep working away Rob……..all good things come to those who wait!!

Junior Banded League Details – 2011/2012

Banded league will commence for its third season in October on the second Monday of every month up to May 2012. All standards welcome to get involved.

Players are placed in a band (mini league) each month top player from each band recieves a certificate and moves up to the next band the following month, players who finish bottom move down. The idea is to give all standards of junior players a better competative opportunity to play against similar standard players every month in singles matches…

Play will start at 6.15pm each month register from 6pm onwards. Play finishes between 7.30-8pm depending on monthly numbers. £2.50 each session.

Senior League End of Season Report 2010/11

Potteries:

Penkhull A capped off what was always going to be a tough season with a mid table finish. Mark Turner and Rob Rhodes were the backbone of the team with James Ward (losing 1 game in two years) adding vital fire power to the team. In the end the A team were safe just after Christmas with some huge wins over rival teams early in the 2nd half of the season. Next season will be another tough season.

Penkhull B were tipped to have a tough season, and it proved too much. Phil Barnish and Teano Cato were the backbone of the team but without a settled third player they where unable to put their best three players out a regular basis which cost them in the end. Despite registering 2 wins it did not reflect how close they came to several more points with many 6-4 losses. Hopefully they will have the fire power to bounce back next season.

Penkhull C managed to push hard all season long and never went out the top three all season long. Towards the end of the season they topped the division for several weeks thanks to efforts from Mario Toth, Pavel Craig Stott and Ash Turner. In the end they were piped by Norton J thanks to a interesting team selection in the top of the table clash. Division 1 will be a tough challenge next season but the team should be good enough to hold its own.

Stone:

Penkhull A capped off a terrific second year in the Stone League and retained its title from last year. The A Team pipped Tittensor and St Micheals to the 20010/11 title in a close and tense finish to the season. Throughout the season it was tight. At half way stage there was a 4 way tie including that of the B team. But Penkhull A’s fire power proved too much second half as they edged away from their rivals. Alan Malpass’ captaincy skills maybe needed in other leagues after two seasons of titles.

Penkhull B finished 5th and were not far off a top 3 finish, next season I’m sure they will challenge for top spot with Mario Toth at the helm. At the half way point Penkhull B were level at the top after drawing with Penkhull A and Tittensor A in the first half. Unfortunately they could not get their best three players for the crunch games in the second half.

In the Handicap K.O Team Comp both A and B teams drew each other in the Quarter finals. Unlike last year the A team edged out the B team. They played St Michs in the final and lost 6-3. In the end of season Individual K.O. Comp Penkhull provided 9 of the 21 players in attendance. Alan Malpass, Mario Toth, Rob Rhodes and Pavel made it through the group stages. Rhodes made it through to the semi final stages but lost out to the eventual winner Chris Bailey from Tittensor A. In the Handicap K.O Penkhull Senior Pavel Leonav made it through to the final but lost out to the all conquering Chris Bailey of Tittensor who won his 2nd title of the night.

Overall, a fantastic season for Penkhull which will add to the expectations of next year’s Stone League again.