All eyes will be on local hopeful Jonathan Heslop as the National Cadet and Junior Table Tennis
Championships are staged in Huddersfield this weekend.
The event, to staged at the University Sports Hall, is considered to be the flagship competition for each age group in the calendar and entry is restricted to only the highest ranked players in England.
And the Huddersfield Table Tennis league is proud to have a representative at this year’s championships as Deighton Leisure Centre junior Heslop, currently ranked No12 in England, will be competing against the top players in the Cadet competition on Sunday – the Junior championships take place on Saturday.
The Cadet competition starts with group stage matches at 9am with the top two players in each group progressing to the knockout stages.
Heslop’s group includes the No1 seed and current top ranked cadet, James Smith, along with players currently ranked 22 and 26 in England – and Heslop has also entered the Cadet doubles.
In the final round of matches in Division One of the Yorkshire Veterans table tennis league held at Dewsbury Table Tennis Centre, a Huddersfield first team of Tim Dyson, Nick Ryder and Janet Adams ended the season with a 9-1 win over Harrogate No1 and draws against Dewsbury No1 and Bradford No1.
The Huddersfield team finished the season unbeaten in third place with four wins and four draws.
In Division Two of the Huddersfield Table Tennis league, Marsh Con ‘C’ were lying in fourth position prior to their final match of the season.
They overcame their ‘B’ team 8-2 and leapfrogged over them and Scissett WMC ‘B’ to claim the runner’s up position in the table.
A maximum from Ed Bowen and two wins each for David Blackburn and Neil Dawson, plus a
Blackburn and Bowen doubles win, saw them home – Steve Martin gained the consolation sets for Marsh ‘B’.
With fixtures outstanding, the Division Two merit award is still undecided but, dependant on player selection, could be shared this season.
There are still a few outstanding matches in the first and third divisions and final league and merit standings will not be decided until these matches have been played.
Division One; Woodfield Park ‘A’ 8 (Darren Lindley 3, Keith Skarz 2, Ian McLean 3) Marsh Con ‘A’ 2 (Richard Broadbent 1); Kingsmith Engineering ‘D’ 1 (Frazer Krischke 1) Kingsmith Engineering ‘C’ 9 (Gareth Stott 3, Peter Walker 3, Brian Ruttle 2); Deighton Leisure Centre ‘B’ 3 (Mai Jiaming 3) Deighton Leisure Centre ‘A’ 7 (Rafal Aleksandrzak 2, Tomasz Pietrzyk 2, Damian Galka 2); Wilshaw ‘A’ 10 (Russell Senior 3, Neil Crosland 3, Janet Adams 3) Paddock ‘A’ 0; Wilshaw ‘B’ 7 (Francis Cioffi 1, Gary Crossley 3, Ken Ward 3) Marsh Con ‘A’ 3 (Richard Broadbent 1, David Wood 1); Deighton Leisure Centre ‘C’ 8 (Krzysztof Sobkiewicz 1, Cameron Sandhu 3, Mai Jiaming 3) Kingsmith Engineering ‘B’ 2 (Phil Schofield 1, Alex Beresford 1)
Division Two: Marsh Con ‘D’ 9 (Gary Jowett 3, Chris Lowson 2, Glyn Normanton 3) Kingsmith Fountain Of Youth 1 (Piers Boden 1); Deighton Leisure Centre ‘F’ 0 Deighton Leisure Centre 10 (Cameron Sandhu 3, Marcus Matthews 3, Jonathan Heslop 3); Marsh Con ‘C’ 8 (David Blackburn 2, Neil Dawson 2, Ed Bowen 3) Marsh Con ‘B’ 2 (Steve Martin 2)
Division Three: Scissett WMC ‘B’ 9 (Sarah Napier 3, Roger Morley 3, Bruce Croucher 2) Wilshaw ‘C’ 1 (Jonathan Vaughan 1); Wilshaw ‘C’ 5 (Jonathan Vaughan 3, Guido Margaglione 1, Martin Town 1) New North Road Baptist Church ‘A’ 5 (Ross Lander 2, Daniel Hamer 2)