Changes ahead as league swings back into action
TABLE Tennis gets underway again next week, and as always there are a few changes to report.
With the addition of three new teams this season, those changes will be a little more complex than normal.
Waterloo return to the fold with two teams in Division 3, whilst Formby Holy Trinity add a team to Division 2.
To accommodate the new teams, then only one team from the first and second divisions will be relegated, the teams retaining their places are Argyle B in Div 1, who will now become Argyle C and Southport B in Div 2. Other changes in Div 1, are Argyle A will become the B team as a new lineup of players will take on the mantle of Argyle A.
Similarly at Crosby, their C will become the B team, as the A team looks like it will be an amalgamation of last season’s A and B teams. Lastly, promoted Holy Trinity C will become Holy Trinity B.
In Division 2, the two promoted sides Argyle G and Crosby G will be known as Argyle E and Crosby F. Holy Trinity C are the new addition to the division, whilst finally relegated Waddington C will swap over titles with their D team.
Changes in Division 3, are purely due to the knock on effect, Crosby F become Crosby G. Argyle E become the F team, whilst last year’s F team become Argyle
THE inaugural Crosby Masters, a mixed qualification event, welcomed 24 players from around the UK including athletes from as far afield as London, Wales and a particularly strong contingent from Scotland to tackle some of the strongest players the North-West has to offer.
Players initially played a round robin in groups of four with qualifying for the and those in posi- moving into the tions.
T h e initial shock Killoran from G. format the top two main event tions 3 and 4 plate competi- groups saw an with 3rd seed Joe Cheshire exiting following defeats to Scottish International Rebecca Plaistow and former Liverpool champion Jonathan Taylor.
Both Rhys Davies and Yameen Al-Dahiri made it through this stage but unfortunately met at the next stage meaning only one possible league representative in the last 8 – Rhys manage to win 3-0 to set up a ¼ final against the top seed and Scottish Junior No.1 - Callum Morri
son. In a high-quality encounter 12-year-old Rhys lost 3-1 to eventual champion Morrison who led a Scottish clean sweep at the quarter-final stage with the Wirral’s Jonathan Taylor also losing at this point. Callum followed this up with 3-1 victories against fellow countrymen Yaser Razouk in the semi-final and Sephir Badari in the final. This qualified the four Scotsmen for the evening Master event.
The battle in the plate competition saw Southport’s much improved Nick Wilson make it through to the final against Welsh International Abishek Bathula, the latter winning in three close sets.
Nick played well throughout and should do well in the league this season as he moves into the first division in both the Southport and Liverpool Leagues.
The evening was a straight best of three knockout event played in one large arena in a front of good crowd and hosted by Ryan Jenkins – the four qualifiers were joined by four established star players hoping to avoid an upset – these were Dwain Shwarzer (Germany), Dean Cundy and Callum Evans (both Wales) and top seed Chris Doran.
Every match went the distance with Dwain Schwarzer being the 1st big name casualty losing out to Badari quickly followed by Dean Cundy losing to Callum Morrison.
The semi-finals were equally close with Badari squeezing past the current Welsh Champion, Callum Evans before Chris Doran saved a match point before overcoming Morrison – could Badari continue to upset the favourites and take the title? Alas it was not to be as Doran battled to victory with a fantastic battle where his brilliant defence eventually held firm against the attacking Badari.
Joe Brolly (main image) and (inset) Ashad Al Dahiri and Harry Griffiths and (below) Nick Wilson