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Junior League Session 3 Report – January

Penkhull A have all but secured the Div 1 title after another faultless team display by Will Pugh and Kingsley Barber despite losing both their 100% records to in form Penkhull B player Andrew Willougbhy. Penkhull A edged Penkhull B as Andrew took both singles games but the A team proved too strong in the doubles to ensure they held their 100% team record. 2nd place however is up for grabs with Penkhull B now edging ahead on sets from Clayton A who despite fielding a weaker team managed to narrowly edge Leek A. Only 2 points separate 2nd to 4th so all to play for in the last session in February. Bradwell A are clear from the drop and Clayton B and Clayton C remain in the bottom two places despite Clayton B losing two matches 3-2 to higher ranked teams.

Another number of upsets in Div 2 saw Bradwell C extend their lead and almost guarantee the title after they beat Penkhull C and Clayton D to open up a 4 point lead on Leek B. Leek B look good for second spot depsite losing to Clayton E in their opening match. Another battle to face the final session will be the runner up spot in Div 2 as 4 teams can still secure that spot incluing Leek B, Clayton D, Clayton E and Penkhull C. No players have retained their 100% average in Div 2 as Louise Gwynne lost his 100% record for Clayton E along with Tom Brown from Clayton D. Clayton G registered their first team win beating their own F team 3-2 but remain bottom on sets.

All in all it’s been a really competitive season so far with all to play for still in the last session. Keep up the good work everyone.

See you all in February for the final session….

Sentinel Junior League Article

Nice article in the Sentinel folks on the North Staffs Junior League and National Cadet League!!! Good to see the paper reporting on some junior news and table tennis in general….

Weekly Fee Increase

Just a quick reminder to all Penkhull players : following the recent AGM, all weekly fees have been increased by 50p, and Junior non-members will be subject to a £3.50 weekly fee after January 2012.

Penkhull’s 10th Anniversary!

Penkhull TTC celebrated 10 years in existence this December (2011). Founder Rob Rhodes would like to thank members old and new, volunteers old and new and wishes everyone still involved with the club every success and health and furthermore looks to see the club continue to develop and progress in the next ten years.

The club has come a long way in 10 years. Numerous successful grants and bids including over £7000 from Awards for All, a £1000 donation from John Plump which was match funded are but a few of the initiatives which have helped the club update and upgrade equipment and coaches expertise. Seeing Natalie Slater develop from a young keen player to a Junior International is another highlight in the club’s 10 year history. I could go on forever… Several promotions for many of the senior teams in the Potts league with 2 teams playing in the top division of the local league (A team in its 4th season in the Prem) with only 1 or 2 teams demoted over the 10 years, Junior team success at both Potts league and the newly formed North Staffs League, and more recently the Club success in the “Stone league”. The formation of the banded league held for grassroots development… May the club continue to grow in the next 10 years and continue to attract its many band of players volunteers and helpers without whom the club would not survive thank you!!!!

Lastly one goal still stands for the founder Rob Rhodes – the club senior championship still eludes him and it was only last year after 9 years he won a title…Keep working away Rob……..all good things come to those who wait!!

Junior Banded League Details – 2011/2012

Banded league will commence for its third season in October on the second Monday of every month up to May 2012. All standards welcome to get involved.

Players are placed in a band (mini league) each month top player from each band recieves a certificate and moves up to the next band the following month, players who finish bottom move down. The idea is to give all standards of junior players a better competative opportunity to play against similar standard players every month in singles matches…

Play will start at 6.15pm each month register from 6pm onwards. Play finishes between 7.30-8pm depending on monthly numbers. £2.50 each session.

Senior League End of Season Report 2010/11


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.