Valley St James A have won the Huddersfield Badminton League title for a 12th year in sucsession.
They swept all before them, winning all their matches with an incredible 80% having a 9-0 scoreline.
While their men are impressive, Valley A’s trio of women – Helen Calverly, Sam Jessop and Kim Stothard – were totally dominant and won every one of their rubbers.
Kirkburton A seem destined to finish behind Valley – this was also the 12th time in a row they have finished runners-up – but they put in a strong performance, beating everyone else apart from the matches against the champions
The two promoted teams of Holmfirth B and Royds Hall A showed that the First Division represents a jump up in class as they finished in the bottom two positions.
The late withdrawal of Kirkburton’s B team meant there was a reduced contingent in the top flight.
The Second Division, meanwhile, was completely dominated by Brighouse A.
Having been relegated the previous season they showed their rightful place is in the First by winning all their matches and finishing 45 points clear of second place.
The real excitement in the division came in the race for the second promotion spot between Kirkburton C and Spen valley A.
The contest came down to the last two matches of the season. Kirkburton won theirs 5-4, whereas Spen missed out on the chance to overtake them as they lost 5-4.
Division Three was a much closer affair with a season-long three-way battle between Osset Sports, Holmfirth D and Fartown A.
Wins by Ossett and Holmfirth against Fartown A towards the end of the season pushed them into third place, and a 9-0 win by Ossett in their final match cemented their position as champions.
In Division Four, Phoenix A and Kirkburton D both got off to strong starts and it stayed a two-way battle for the rest season.
With the two being tied on points, a 5-4 victory in the last match of the season for Phoenix over Kirkburton accounted for the three points that separated them.
Phoenix and Kirkburton also battled for honours in Division Five – and this time it was Kirkburton who came out on top.
While it was neck-and-neck throughout the season, a 6-3 win for Burton over Phoenix in March enabled them to go on and be champions.
Holmfirth retained the Ladies Division, dominating by using a consistently strong and youthful side.
They piled up enough points to be crowned champions with two matches to spare.
The Men’s Division featured the closest finish in many years.
Phoenix got off to a strong start but faded towards the end of the season, while Holmfirth put in a charge in the second half of the campaign – helped by a 6-0 win over Phoenix – and joined their rivals on 31 points at the top.
Defending champions kirkburton were not out of the race and a 6-0 win in their final game would have put them top the table, but they could manage only a 3-3 draw.
With the top two tying on points, rubbers for and against were taken into account and these were also equal!
So for the first time in many years the division went down to a countback of sets won – and Holmfirth were crowned champions 72-66.