Burymead B bidding to extend dominance
THE battle for the Guildford Table Tennis League premier division title will see Burymead B going for their 11th championship in 12 years, writes John Diggens.
But the holders will be without men’s singles champion Chris Bush and their chief rivals, Godalming, will seek the crown they only missed out on last year on a countback.
Also in the mix are Merrow while newly-promoted Cody and Challoner have a challenging season ahead.
In the first division, treble winners Godalming D – who won the second division, Lewis Cup and the Handicap Cup – are strong contenders.
The second division sees three Bramley sides competing as the club celebrate 75 years in the league with Bramley B a good bet over their C and D teams.
The C team clinched the third division championship last year in a play-off against Godalming F after both sides finished level on points.
Meanwhile, nationallyranked junior Danielle Kelly will not be a regular for Godalming but sister Estelle will be playing with her father Chris in the third division.
This year Godalming will be fielding an unprecedented 15 teams.
Six-time Guildford men’s singles champion Ramesh Bhalla, took the over-80s European men’s singles title at the European Veterans Championship, held in Helsingborg, Sweden.
In the final, Bhalla met number one seed Kai Marimaa, from Finland, defending the title he had won in last year’s championships, but the Guildford challenger triumphed in style, 3-1.