May 27 2011
Penkhull A capped off what was always going to be a tough season with a mid table finish. Mark Turner and Rob Rhodes were the backbone of the team with James Ward (losing 1 game in two years) adding vital fire power to the team. In the end the A team were safe just after Christmas with some huge wins over rival teams early in the 2nd half of the season. Next season will be another tough season.
Penkhull B were tipped to have a tough season, and it proved too much. Phil Barnish and Teano Cato were the backbone of the team but without a settled third player they where unable to put their best three players out a regular basis which cost them in the end. Despite registering 2 wins it did not reflect how close they came to several more points with many 6-4 losses. Hopefully they will have the fire power to bounce back next season.
Penkhull C managed to push hard all season long and never went out the top three all season long. Towards the end of the season they topped the division for several weeks thanks to efforts from Mario Toth, Pavel Craig Stott and Ash Turner. In the end they were piped by Norton J thanks to a interesting team selection in the top of the table clash. Division 1 will be a tough challenge next season but the team should be good enough to hold its own.
Penkhull A capped off a terrific second year in the Stone League and retained its title from last year. The A Team pipped Tittensor and St Micheals to the 20010/11 title in a close and tense finish to the season. Throughout the season it was tight. At half way stage there was a 4 way tie including that of the B team. But Penkhull A’s fire power proved too much second half as they edged away from their rivals. Alan Malpass’ captaincy skills maybe needed in other leagues after two seasons of titles.
Penkhull B finished 5th and were not far off a top 3 finish, next season I’m sure they will challenge for top spot with Mario Toth at the helm. At the half way point Penkhull B were level at the top after drawing with Penkhull A and Tittensor A in the first half. Unfortunately they could not get their best three players for the crunch games in the second half.
In the Handicap K.O Team Comp both A and B teams drew each other in the Quarter finals. Unlike last year the A team edged out the B team. They played St Michs in the final and lost 6-3. In the end of season Individual K.O. Comp Penkhull provided 9 of the 21 players in attendance. Alan Malpass, Mario Toth, Rob Rhodes and Pavel made it through the group stages. Rhodes made it through to the semi final stages but lost out to the eventual winner Chris Bailey from Tittensor A. In the Handicap K.O Penkhull Senior Pavel Leonav made it through to the final but lost out to the all conquering Chris Bailey of Tittensor who won his 2nd title of the night.
Overall, a fantastic season for Penkhull which will add to the expectations of next year’s Stone League again.