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16 Feb

Week 3 of the Horsham Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division B and shock, horror and amazement Southwater A found themselves of the receiving end for once with Greenway being the team to curtail their unbeaten run. Greenway's points tally now lies only five behind Southwater A but in an ironic twist the biggest beneficiary of the slip ended up being Southwater B who moved into top spot, coming through on the rails after a default 40 point haul against no-show Kingslea C and another maximum against lowly and partially complete Holbrook B team.

There was a merger of the Horsham District Secondary Schools League with the Horsham TT Matchplay at Collyer's this Friday night with a competition that served both processes. A total of 16 players participated together in a monrad system, 11 for the purpose of the schools league and five for the matchplay. With one more week set to run in the schools league after half term odds-on favourites for the team titles look to be Forest School despite the Weald's Chris Goodier stamping his quality on the second instalment to win and make up for a surprising loss at the first group stage of last week's opener.

14 Feb

A super annual Horsham Primary Schools Swimming Gala ran at Pavilions in the Park last week. Andy Lobley from Atlantis SC oversaw proceedings supported by crews of young officials from Collyer's Sixth Form and Millais School. A strong entry of nine schools participated with six teams in the A event designated for club and non-club swimmer-based teams and 11 in the B event for non-club swimmers only, necessitating two heats in the 8-lane pool. Well done to St Mary's Pulborough for an excellent performance to win the A event with a total of 45 points, eight more than nearest rival St Mary's Horsham. Southwater won the B event with a total of 90 points, St Mary's Pulborough 1 team being their nearest challenger on 77.

13 Feb

The Sussex Junior Player series returns for 2019 as a way for boys and girls aged 5 and over to start playing golf in a fun and relaxed environment. To book please go to our website's online booking and for further information please contact Paul Taylor at paul.taylor@horsham.gov.uk or call 07764 146339.

12 Feb

Working in conjunction with the developers Berkeley Homes we are pleased to announce the opening of an exciting new pump track - the first of its kind for the Horsham District. The construction was delivered in conjunction with Berkeley Homes as part of the new Highwood Village development between the A24 and Hill Farm Lane in Horsham. The track provides a whole new sporting experience for our District and features lots of hills and jumps on a 200 metre track. It is suitable for both beginners and experienced riders alike of all ages.

9 Feb

The Horsham District Secondary Schools Table Tennis Short League started last night at Collyer's in fine style with teams from three local schools - Forest, Tanbridge and Weald - battling it out in the under 16's process encompassing school years 7-11. The 13 lads attending on the first of three meetings were split into three first round groups that were played on a best of three basis. In Group 1 Chris Goodier (Weald) was the favourite to come through but Forest's Aalrin Shibu pressed him into a final set salvage operation in his first match and this was a precursor to him falling to a shock defeat to Tanbridge's rising year 7 star Rahil Rehman-Furs in straight sets.

Another positive day's play from Horsham TTC's NJL team to report as they came a creditable third out of six teams in Division C. Top two, South Croydon D and Darenth B, hit them hard with 6-0 and 5-1 defeats respectively but those matches aside they administered some batterings of their own at the expense of Horsham Spinners B, Brighton D and a Brighton Spinners hybrid outfit put together 'for one night only'. Dutch maestro Wiggert Vermeer led the line with five wins from his five singles, Aalrin was top Shibu for the day with three from eight, achieving a full 15% more than bro, Alain, on 22% with two from nine. Well done boys!

With a lot of the usual TT Matchplay players involved in the new secondary schools league in the other half of the Collyer’s hall it was a small collection of players that contested a round-robin on Friday, in good and friendly spirit, as ever. Colin McAlpine and Harry Llewellyn were two players to do well winning two matches each in straight sets before coming head-to-head to see who could claim to be top player of the night. McAlpine just had too much experience to bring to bear against the youngster on this occasion winning 3-0 but the Billingshurst left-hander is as keen as mustard and no doubt there’ll be more opportunities to scale the Alps in the future.

It was a full turnout at the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis Division B in Week 2; all 10 teams had a complete complement of four players meaning that a total of 80 matches would be completed on the night. Clearly the message about missing players costing vital points from Week 1 had hit home. Greenway started the evening at Collyer's sharing top spot with Southwater A. They opened with a big win over mid-table Kingslea C 37-16 with Harry Long, Oscar Swatton and Louis Stehle all winning doubles and only Nick Meinertzhagen dropping a point to Louis Oakley.

Day 3 of the National Cadet League in Brighton and the matches for the 11 Horsham TTC teams involved came thick and fast again. After finishing bottom spot in Division 1 at the end of Day 2 the week before Horsham A was given a relegation reprieve virtue of a request by the organisers linked to the strength of teams present. They made good use of their fortune by winning three, drawing one and only losing to eventual top team Brighton A. Rahil Rehman-Furs and Zack Bull were both magnificent in recording 80% win rates and Ishaan Patil improved significantly to secure a 40% level.