SPRINGFIELD HAVE A SPRING IN THEIR STEP

Springfield A reclaim Weymouth & District Table Tennis League Division One title...

AFTER relinquishing the Weymouth & District Table Tennis League Division One title to Budmouth last year, Springfield A enjoyed a perfect season to reclaim it.

They won all 16 of their matches with Jeff Rigby also winning all 33 of his games to top the division and league averages. Tim Scott, Andy Pipe and Michelle Leonard make up the remainder of the team.

Park District were once again the runners-up with Ray Cody topping their averages and also finishing third in the division averages behind Rigby and Scott.

Budmouth A had to have a reorganisation due to Ethan Gear’s retirement and Jamie Blair now playing in the Bournemouth League. Moses Lewis joined surviving member of last year’s winners, Will Jolliffe, who were ably assisted throughout by Tom Lydford, Robin Prince and League Chairman, Neil Hardisty. They had to settle for third place this year despite winning more matches than Park but ultimately not enough legs. Unsurprisingly, Jolliffe topped their averages.

The same kind of scenario is true for fourth and fifth in that Red Triangle beat YMCA to fourth despite winning only five of their matches and YMCA half of theirs in winning eight. Mike Spracklen was top of the averages for Triangle and Steve White for YMCA. Mick Hogan had a good season for Colliton X with a 54 per cent average in his 22 matches as they finished sixth.

Preston B were the filling in Shipton Gorge sandwich at the bottom of the table with Roger Lovell topping their averages.

Shipton A finished above the B them with Terry Whitworth topping their averages. Shipton B had many players represent them across the season with Derek Wheeler the pick of the bunch.

Budmouth C won all 16 of their matches in marching to the Division Two title. Josh Clarke and Jed Brackenridge both lost just once  all season. Newly crowned Junior Champion and the School’s Cadet Champions, Nathan Calton and Ben Howe complete the winning team.

Springfield B pipped All Saints A to second place by two points. Paul Arnold (Springfield) and Luke Dadds (All Saints) topped the averages of their respective teams.

Wyke A and Preston A finished the season with identical records but it was Wyke that won more legs and so sneaked fourth place. Tony Dobbs was tops for Wyke with Eddie Chapman for Preston.

Springfield C were sixth with Mike Page finishing top of their averages. Shipton Gorge C finished seventh, just ahead of STEPS. Dan Corren was the pick of the Shipton Team with Paul Arnold top of STEPS’ averages.

Pilgrims A finished bottom with a solitary win, a tight 19-22 victory over STEPS. Stuart Walden topped their averages with one of his wins inflicting the champions’ Clarke to his aforementioned only loss of the season.

The youngsters of All Saints B secured the Division Three title by a solitary point from Colliton C. The champions actually lost to Colliton in the runners-up’s last game of the season and so needed 60 points from their last two matches to clinch the title. In the first of those they beat Budmouth D 30-11 and so, with the extra point for the win, required 29 from their final match against Wyke C. They ran out 28-6 winners and so, when adding the extra point, the team of Jess Moggeridge, Richard Lane, Ethan Clarke and Ollie James sneaked over the line by the skin of their teeth.

Colliton can take heart from having positions two, three and four in the division averages filled with Mark Whittingham impressing with almost 93 per cent match success.

The player at the top of the division averages though was third placed Springfield D’s Richard Wood with an unrivalled 42 matches and 42 wins.

The girls of Budmouth E ended the season in fourth. Rosa McKechnie was top of their league averages.

Wyke C in fifth and Wey Valley in sixth were separated by only one point. The seasoned Roy Sharp was the pick of the Wyke players with Ethan Bingham impressing for Wey Valley.

STEPS M were next and Malcolm Smith was top of their averages with just over 55 per cent. Wyke B finished eighth, only two points behind STEPS, and Rod Wyness was their top player.

An inexperienced Budmouth D finished ninth with Louie James and Noah Ackerley almost neck and neck in the averages. Preston D finished second bottom with a solitary win over bottom team All Saints C with Lynda Clegg topping their averages.

All Saints C actually won three matches during the season despite finishing bottom and so have a good base to build on for next season with Edith Dedman well up the averages despite the team’s league position.

The league’s AGM will take place at Springfield Club at 7pm on Wednesday, May 23rd May.

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