Table tennis future looks bright with new junior section
YET more international stars could be created when a new junior section for the Chalfonts Table Tennis League starts up next month.
The launch of the section was marked by a training session held jointly by Denham Village’s Richard Cottle and Chalfont St Peter Academy’s John Underwood, who have helped feed young talent into the league, regional events and national events.
Two such former pupils of the Academy are Shae Thakker, ranked number 14 in England and who has just returned from representing Great Britain in the BTTAD Championships in Belgium, and Jemma Walker, who is ranked at number 15.
Both Chalfont St Peter Academy and Denham Village will be entering teams when the junior section gets under way, and it is hoped that the new venture will help develop further future stars of the game.
Meanwhile, in the senior section of the league, Denham Village A extended their lead at the top of Division One with a comfortable 10-0 win against Chalfont Community Centre A, making it five wins out of five and taking them to 44 points.
Chalfont Community Centre D went to the top of Division Two with a 6-4 win over Denham Village E, in which Imran Soomro triumphed in all his matches. They are just one point ahead of Hillingdon A, who have a game in hand and who beat Chalfont Community Centre B 7-3 thanks to Lee Clark’s clean sweep.
The final match in the division was a tight encounter between Rickmansworth B and Denham Village F, which resulted in a 6-4 win for Rickmansworth.
In Division Three, the leaders continue to dominate following another solid win, 7-3, against Rickmansworth, despite a player of the match display from Rickmansworth’s Paul Langston, who has an impressive five wins from his last six matches.
Elsewhere, the newcomers of St Josephs were challenged by the youngsters of Denham Village J, and a Denham victory was helped by a clean sweep for 10-year-old Sonny Dalston, who even beat his own dad, Mickey Dalston, who was representing St Josephs.
Denham table tennis star Shae Thakker