WITH three of the four semi-finalists in the Concorde Trophy now known, the last place is up for grabs.
Kingsmith Terriers are favourites to take that place, but Marsh Con D and late challengers Almondbury Wes B cannot be ruled out.
The known semi-finalists are Kingsmith Eng A, Woodfield Park A and Scissett WMC A.
They are all First Division teams, but none of them will relish the prospect of having to play Kingsmith Terriers for a place in the final.
The Terriers did their cause a power of good when this week they defeated First Division strugglers Marsh Con A by 399 points to 340.
Oliver Shaw picked up 24 points against handicap for the Kingsmith team, with Jack Woodhead 21 points and Dominic Lodge a further 14.
Only Paul Hirst, for the Marsh team, managed to pick up points against handicap, although that’s not too surprising when seeing the progress these youngsters make in the course of a table tennis season.
Kingsmith Terriers are, in fact, defending champions, having won the trophy last year playing as Kingsmith Eng F with, of course, a much larger handicap, but it will not be easy to wrest the trophy away from them.
They are a team of fighters, so anyone hoping to take the title from them will know they have been in a battle.
If further proof was needed of their pedigree, it is that last season they were also runners-up in the Greens Express Transport Knock-out – so challengers beware!
Back in the League, in Division I Brooks B and Kingsmith A fought out a marathon of a match.
Five sets went to a deciding fifth game, with four others going to four.
In all, 44 games were played before Kingsmith A emerged as winners by six sets to four; a scoreline which just allowed the Kingsmith team to go one set ahead in the standings.
There is still no obvious winner to the division and we are into the final three weeks of the season.
A close finish is on the cards in the Division III promotion stakes battle with Kingsmith Eng D perhaps having the edge over promotion rivals Newsome SC B.
Whatever the outcome, I cannot recall a season when the competition in all the divisions has been closer, or the final result more in doubt.