The Aldershot & District Table Tennis League has been wrapped up, Cody A pipped their B team for second spot and will be joining 2nd Division Champions Bentley B in the first Division next season at the expense of Old Woking and Tennis A, who were unable to make up the gap on their B team who survive. Broadmoor B and Frimley C finished way off the pace and drop down to the third tier.
Leap frogging them will be Cody C and Tennis E who claimed the top spots in a very tight Third Division, Frimley D in 6th place ended up only 10 points from promotion. Cody’s D team didn’t fare as well as their clubmates and will fall into the bottom Division along with Ash F who finished five points behind Fleet CC B who live to fight another day.
Tennis H won 19 of their 22 matches and bagged the Fourth Division title from Ash J, who actually had a better record, 20 wins out of 22 so were more than worthy runners up and deserve their shot in a higher level.
The last of the finals were also completed and Broadmoor A sprung a surprise in snatching the Div 1 knockout cup from Bentley A. Ian Cole and Mark Handcock both won two, both were beaten by Andy Mudie, and Clive Banham one as Broadmoor deservedly triumphed 5-3.
Bob Powney beat Barry Jones 11-8 in the fifth in what proved the decisive win for Ash J in the 3rd Division cup final, Frimley E put up a good fight but Powney’s two was matched by Ray Mears as they won it 5-2.
The Handicap cup final proved, as many of the preceeding rounds, to be a tight affair. Tennis D’s young Eliot Tilley overcame a 29 point deficit in the first match of the night to beat even younger Hudson Foley of Ash H 44-43 in what ultimately proved to be the deciding game of the evening. Ash couldn’t quite claw back the deficit and despite the three youngsters snapping at the heels of their vastly more experienced opponents, Tiley once again over turned a huge start to beat Vere Osborne 44-41 and hence wrap the match up 5-3 to Tennis.
Finally in Division 1 and definitely deserving of a mention as giant killing of the season in the middle of a seemingly routine victory over relegated Tennis A, Bentley A’s Andy Mudie suffered his first defeat in well over two seasons to Simon Turner who made a mockery of his 40% return to topple the great man in five closely fought sets. Simon is ‘no mug’, to quote Micky Lang, and his consistent returning proved too much for Andy who, however, must be congratulated on a fantastic winning run.