26 Dec 2018

Horsham Table Tennis Club launched its National Cadet and Junior League campaigns in fine style in the opening meeting at the University of Sussex, Brighton. The club, celebrating its 80th year, took 12 teams of three to battle it out with others from clubs in Brighton, Bodiam, south London and near neighbours Spinners from Slinfold. 36 children and young people, many of them decked out in new blue HTTC emblazoned T-shirts provided a fine sight and a superb illustration of the club's recent growth and resurgence.

Play was undertaken in two separate sports halls, one dedicated to National Cadet League for younger, U15, players and the other for National Junior League, the older, U18, section. Each age group had 18 teams split into three divisions of six teams. Event organisers Brighton Table Tennis Club did a sterling job of mobilising 16 tables for each hall and overall the competition ran excellently with each team player playing a total of 10 singles matches in the day as a result of each team 3 v 3 match was composed of six best-of-five singles, each player playing two of the opponents.

Horsham TTC's team of Wiggert Vermeer. Alain Shibu and Alrain Shibu made a good start in their first National Junior League campaign for the club finishing second out of six teams in Division 3. They started the day by playing the toughest team in the division, Brighton C, and that baptism of fire didn't go well, ending up in a 6-0 whitewash. However it soon became clear that Brighton C would be runaway leaders and they only lost one individual game all day, so putting the bad start into context.

Things had to get worse though before getting better. South Croydon D beat them 4-2 next up to leave them bottom of the barrel. From that point onwards though they never looked back giving two Spinners teams the full 6-0 works and dealing with Brighton D's challenge 4-2 to the good to accumulate a total of 18 points. South Croydon D despite experiencing fewer team defeats lost games to both Spinners teams and so finished short of the Horsham total. All Horsham lads won six of their ten singles matches. Second place as a team represents a solid first effort and although they didn't get promoted they'll have great hopes for pushing on this aspect next time out.

Horsham TTC had two teams in the top tier of the cadets and both fared well against more experienced opponents. Excellent work by the A team's Rahil Rehman-Furs leading from the front with seven wins from his 10 matches. Team mates Zak Bull and Ishaan Patel found things harder with two and one wins respectively but they'll have learned significantly from the experience and will know what to work on in their training in the coming weeks in order to come back stronger. Horsham B's leading man was James Brandon fighting his way to four wins, supplemented with three from Alex Power and two from Max Bartlett on their promising debuts. When Horsham A and B met it was the B team springing a surprise by coming out 4-2 victors. Unfortunately for them however Horsham B's total of nine wins fell one short of Horsham A's total, so they go down to Division 2 in the next meeting. Nevertheless all Horsham players making marks in the sand with debut wins and their mental software upgraded nicely for encounters to come.

Brighton C was the dominant team in Division 2 winning all its matches but below that three Horsham teams - C, D and F - fought a battle royale for second spot. All finished with a record of three teams wins and two defeats but Horsham C finished on top of that mini-league by winning more individual matches, one more to be precise over Horsham D in third. Horsham E vied with Spinners B to avoid bottom spot and the relegation that went with it but although the two drew 3-3 when they met the Spinners' better games won record saw them prevail.

Sam Mockett was Horsham's star performer with a 90% win record for the D team, the best of any player in the division. Interestingly no player in any cadet division went unbeaten so 90% was the top achievement level, Mockett sharing the honour with four players in the top division. Evan Erskine and Rowan Smith of Horsham's F and D teams respectively weren't far behind on 80% but packed in the mid-region of the rankings were Horsham C's Steve Ledger (70%), Adrian Randis (70%) and Owen Davies (60%), a solid collective of results that made them the top Horsham team in the band.

Promising opening salvoes too from Logan Newton (50%), Zac Coles (40%) , Zaib Rehman-Furs (30%) and Benedict Winter (20%). Zac Brown also got on the board with a single win but unfortunately Leon Lukose couldn't quite achieve that feat but the E team were grateful for him stepping in at the latest moment, a 7am on the day late call up. Only surprise about Lukose in the circumstances was that he didn't still have his pyjamas on.

So to the third division, C, which was dominated by five Horsham teams with the addition of a plucky Brighton D team. Horsham J topped the standings by achieving five straight team wins that came courtesy of excellent performances from Jude Lane, Adam Cort and Jason Bourne, and earning them the right to contend in Division 2 next time. A Billingshurst-flavoured Horsham H team took second place, Charlie Alder leading the line and receiving good support from Harry Llewellyn and Josh Pullen.

Harry Chitty was the chief provider of Horsham's G-Force winning over half his team's points but well done to Max Middleton and Harry Lawrence for making solid initial contributions also to the team's third place achievement. Horsham I and K went neck and neck for fourth position, the former just prevailing by one point over the latter's total of 10. Good work by Ben Griffiths and Alfie Lockwood, both winning half of their matches and being grateful for Brighton player Harrison Deadman filling the breach of another late drop out and adding one victory. Horsham K and Brighton D fielded the youngest crews. Horsham K won the encounter between the two and Charlie P, Caleb Belton and Joe Collins all gained wins and provided lots of promising moments to present themselves as good prospects for this competition for many years to come.

NATIONAL JUNIOR LEAGUE

TEAM RESULTS

DIVISION 1

Weald TTC

Sth Croydon A

Spinners A

Brighton A

Spicers A

Sth Croydon B

Weald TTC

 

5*1

5*1

4*2

5*1

6*0

South Croydon A

1*5

 

3*3

2*4

4*2

4*2

Spinners TTC A

1*5

3*3

 

3*3

6*0

4*2

Brighton TTC A

2*4

4*2

3*3

 

4*2

5*1

Graham Spicers A

1*5

2*4

0*6

2*4

 

4*2

South Croydon B

0*6

2*4

2*4

1*5

2*4

 

*David Suk from Graham Spicers A too old so his matches were voided

DIVISION 2

Darenth A

Spicers B

Brighton B

Crusaders 

Darenth B

Sth Croydon C

Darenth A

 

1*5

0*6

2*4

6*0

1*5

Graham Spicers B

5*1

 

3*3

2*4

6*0

5*1

Brighton TTC B

6*0

3*3

 

1*5

6*0

6*0

Crusaders TTC

4*2

4*2

5*1

 

6*0

4*2

Darenth B

0*6

0*6

0*6

0*6

 

1*5

South Croydon C

5*1

1*5

0*6

2*4

5*1

 

DIVISION 3

Spinners B

Brighton TTC C

Horsham TTC

Brighton TTC D

Spinners C

Sth Croydon D

Spinners TTC B

 

0*6

0*6

1*5

2*4

2*4

Brighton TTC C

6*0

 

6*0

6*0

6*0

5*1

Horsham TTC

6*0

0*6

 

4*2

6*0

2*4

Brighton TTC D

5*1

0*6

2*4

 

5*1

3*3

Spinners TTC C

4*2

0*6

0*6

1*5

 

2*4

South Croydon D

4*2

1*5

4*2

3*3

4*2

 

NJL TABLES

DIVISION 1

Played

Won

Lost

Drawn

Points

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Total Points

Weald TTC

5

5

0

0

0

6

5

4

5

5

25

Brighton TTC A

5

2

2

1

0

4

4

2

5

3

18

Spinners TTC A

5

2

1

2

0

3

4

6

1

3

17

South Croydon A

5

1

3

1

0

3

2

4

4

1

14

Graham Spicers A

5

3

2

0

0

2

1

0

2

4

9

South Croydon B

5

0

5

0

0

0

2

2

1

2

7

DIVISION 2

Played

Won

Lost

Drawn

Points

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Total Points

Crusaders TTC

5

5

0

0

0

6

4

4

4

5

23

Brighton TTC B

5

3

1

1

0

3

6

6

6

1

22

Graham Spicers B

5

3

1

1

0

3

2

5

6

5

21

South Croydon C

5

2

3

0

0

5

0

1

2

5

13

Darenth A

5

1

4

0

0

1

6

2

0

1

10

Darenth B

5

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

DIVISION 3

Played

Won

Lost

Drawn

Points

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Total Points

Brighton TTC C

5

5

0

0

0

6

6

5

6

6

29

Horsham TTC

5

3

2

0

0

0

2

6

6

4

18

South Croydon D

5

3

1

1

0

4

4

1

3

4

16

Brighton TTC D

5

2

2

1

0

5

0

5

3

2

15

Spinners C

5

1

4

0

0

1

4

0

0

2

7

Spinners B

5

0

5

0

0

2

2

1

0

0

5

NJL INDIVIDUAL AVERAGES

DIVISION 1

Team

Played

Won

Lost 

% Wins

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Jamar McGlashan

Brighton TTC A

10

10

0

100.00%

2

2

2

2

2

Arthur Bracken

Weald TTC

10

10

0

100.00%

2

2

2

2

2

Shem Lejarde

Weald TTC

10

8

2

80.00%

2

1

1

2

2

*David Suk

Graham Spicers A

10

7

3

70.00%

2

1

1

2

1

Alejandro Ito-Aramendia

South Croydon TTC A

10

7

3

70.00%

2

1

2

1

1

Ed Cozens

Spinners TTC

10

6

4

60.00%

1

2

2

0

1

Lewis Marsh

Weald TTC

10

6

4

60.00%

2

1

1

1

1

Ollie Michell

Spinners TTC

10

6

4

60.00%

1

2

2

1

0

Yuvathi Kumar

South Croydon TTC A

10

5

5

50.00%

1

1

2

1

0

Darshan Kumaresan

Graham Spicers A

10

5

5

50.00%

1

1

0

1

2

Ollie Nutting

Graham Spicers A

10

4

6

40.00%

1

0

0

1

2

Oli Thorne

Spinners TTC

10

4

6

40.00%

1

0

1

0

2

Krish Chotai

South Croydon TTC B

10

4

6

40.00%

0

1

1

1

1

Charlie Ollerenshaw

Brighton TTC A

10

3

7

30.00%

0

1

0

2

0

Alessio Marrocco

Brighton TTC A

10

3

7

30.00%

0

1

0

1

1

Lucas Gabb

South Croydon TTC B

10

2

8

20.00%

0

1

1

0

0

Jay Chotai

South Croydon TTC B

10

0

10

0.00%

0

0

0

0

0

Rocco Martinez-Paoli

South Croydon TTC A

10

0

10

0.00%

0

0

0

0

0

DIVISION 2

Team

Played

Won

Lost 

% Wins

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

George Noel

Crusaders TTC

8

8

0

100.00%

2

2

-

2

2

Max Wilson

Brighton TTC B

10

9

1

90.00%

2

2

2

2

1

Daniel Clark

Graham Spicers B

10

9

1

90.00%

1

2

2

2

2

Madhav Muralikrishnan

Crusaders TTC

8

7

1

87.50%

2

1

2

-

1

Jacob Archer

Crusaders TTC

6

5

1

83.33%

2

-

2

1

-

Tin Chi Ivan Wong

Graham Spicers B

10

7

3

70.00%

1

0

2

2

2

Chidumebi Egbeama

South Croydon C

10

7

3

70.00%

2

0

1

2

2

Rio Alvarez

Brighton TTC B

10

7

3

70.00%

1

2

2

2

0

Louis Vaughan-Drake

Brighton TTC B

10

6

4

60.00%

0

2

2

2

0

Justin Lam

Graham Spicers B

10

6

4

60.00%

1

0

1

2

2

Matthew Carpenter

Crusaders TTC

8

4

4

50.00%

-

1

0

1

2

Ben Hansen

South Croydon C

10

4

6

40.00%

2

0

0

0

2

Eddie Gillhouley

Darenth A

10

4

6

40.00%

0

2

1

0

1

Henry Morrell

Darenth A

10

3

7

30.00%

0

2

1

0

0

Tommy Cowling

Darenth A

10

3

7

30.00%

1

2

0

0

0

Leone Saccoh

South Croydon C

10

2

8

20.00%

1

0

0

0

2

Ben McKay

Darenth B

10

1

9

10.00%

0

0

0

0

1

Ben Forrester

Darenth B

10

0

10

0.00%

0

0

0

0

0

Felipe Fujimori

Darenth B

10

0

10

0.00%

0

0

0

0

0

DIVISION 3

Team

Played

Won

Lost 

% Wins

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Tom Nguyen

Brighton TTC C

10

10

0

100.00%

2

2

2

2

2

Billy Irvine

Brighton TTC C

10

10

0

100.00%

2

2

2

2

2

Shantosh Thevarasa

South Croydon D

10

9

1

90.00%

2

2

1

2

2

Daniel Blyth

Brighton TTC C

10

9

1

90.00%

2

2

1

2

2

Gosinachidi Egbeana

South Croydon D

10

7

3

70.00%

2

2

0

1

2

Wiggert Vermeer

Horsham TTC

10

6

4

60.00%

0

0

2

2

2

Luke Rickett

Brighton TTC D

10

6

4

60.00%

2

0

2

1

1

Alain Shibu

Horsham TTC

10

6

4

60.00%

0

1

2

2

1

Amaan Ali

Brighton TTC D

10

6

4

60.00%

2

0

2

1

1

Aalrin Shibu

Horsham TTC

10

6

4

60.00%

0

1

2

2

1

Chris Coombe

Spinners TTC C

10

4

6

40.00%

1

2

0

0

1

Lucas Bradbury

Brighton TTC D

6

2

4

25.00%

1

-

1

-

0

Jacob Austin

Brighton TTC D

4

1

3

25.00%

-

0

-

1

-

Travis Tiplady

Spinners TTC B

10

2

8

20.00%

1

2

1

0

0

Charlie Stanton

Spinners TTC B

10

2

8

20.00%

1

1

0

0

0

Jacob Johnson

Spinners TTC C

10

2

8

20.00%

0

1

0

0

1

Adam Jones

Spinners TTC C

10

1

9

10.00%

0

1

0

0

0

Daniel McCrea

Spinners TTC B

10

0

10

0.00%

0

0

0

0

0

NATIONAL CADET LEAGUE

TEAM RESULTS

DIVISION 1

Spinners TTC A

Brighton TTC A

Weald TTC

Horsham TTC A

Brighton TTC B

Horsham TTC B

Spinners TTC A

 

3*3

4*2

5*1

6*0

6*0

Brighton TTC A

3*3

 

2*4

5*1

5*1

5*1

Weald TTC

2*4

4*2

 

3*3

3*3

3*3

Horsham TTC A

1*5

1*5

3*3

 

3*3

2*4

Brighton TTC B

0*6

1*5

3*3

3*3

 

5*1

Horsham TTC B

0*6

1*5

3*3

4*2

1*5

 

DIVISION 2

Spinners TTC B

Brighton TTC C

Horsham TTC C

Horsham TTC D

Horsham TTC E

Horsham TTC F

Spinners TTC B

 

1*5

0*6

1*5

3*3

2*4

Brighton TTC C

5*1

 

4*2

4*2

6*0

4*2

Horsham TTC C

6*0

2*4

 

2*4

6*0

4*2

Horsham TTC D

5*1

2*4

4*2

 

6*0

4*2

Horsham TTC E

3*3

0*6

0*6

0*6

 

1*5

Horsham TTC F

4*2

2*4

2*4

2*4

5*1

 

DIVISION 3

Brighton TTC D

Horsham TTC G

Horsham TTC H

Horsham TTC I

Horsham TTC J

Horsham TTC K

Brighton TTC D

 

2*4

1*5

1*5

0*6

1*5

Horsham TTC G

4*2

 

2*4

5*1

1*5

3*3

Horsham TTC H

5*1

4*2

 

5*1

1*5

6*0

Horsham TTC I

5*1

1*5

1*5

 

0*6

4*2

Horsham TTC J

6*0

5*1

5*1

6*0

 

6*0

Horsham TTC K

5*1

3*3

0*6

2*4

0*6

 

NCL TABLES

DIVISION 1

Played

Won

Lost

Drawn

Points

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Total Points

Spinners TTC A

5

4

0

1

0

6

6

5

4

3

24

Brighton TTC A

5

2

2

1

0

2

5

5

5

3

20

Weald TTC

5

1

1

3

0

4

3

3

2

3

15

Brighton TTC B

5

1

2

2

0

3

0

3

1

5

12

Horsham TTC A

5

0

3

2

0

3

1

1

2

3

10

Horsham TTC B

5

1

3

1

0

0

3

1

4

1

9

DIVISION 2

Played

Won

Lost

Drawn

Points

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Total Points

Brighton TTC C

5

5

0

0

0

4

4

4

6

5

23

Horsham TTC C

5

3

2

0

0

2

4

6

6

2

20

Horsham TTC D

5

3

2

0

0

6

2

5

2

4

19

Horsham TTC F

5

3

2

0

0

4

2

2

4

5

17

Spinners TTC B

5

0

4

1

0

2

3

1

0

1

7

Horsham TTC E

5

0

4

1

0

0

3

0

0

1

4

DIVISION 3

Played

Won

Lost

Drawn

Points

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Total Points

Horsham TTC J

5

5

0

0

0

6

6

5

5

6

28

Horsham TTC H

5

4

1

0

0

4

6

1

5

5

21

Horsham TTC G

5

2

2

1

0

2

5

3

1

4

15

Horsham TTC I

5

2

3

0

0

0

1

5

4

1

11

Horsham TTC K

5

1

3

1

0

5

0

3

2

0

10

Brighton TTC D

5

0

5

0

0

1

0

1

1

2

5

NCL INDIVIDUAL AVERAGES

DIVISION 1

Team

Played

Won

Lost

% Wins

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Sasha O'Halloran

Spinners TTC

10

9

1

90.00%

2

2

2

2

1

Louis Treffel

Brighton TTC A

10

9

1

90.00%

1

2

2

2

2

Matthew Collick

Weald TTC

10

9

1

90.00%

2

2

2

1

2

Sean McCord

Spinners TTC

10

9

1

90.00%

2

2

2

2

1

Lewis Austin

Brighton TTC A

10

8

2

80.00%

1

2

2

2

1

Rahil Rehman-Furs

Horsham TTC A

10

7

3

70.00%

2

1

1

2

1

Monty Mason

Weald TTC

6

4

2

66.66%

2

-

1

1

-

Dylan Ward

Spinners TTC

10

6

4

60.00%

2

2

1

0

1

Elliott Knott

Brighton TTC B

10

5

5

50.00%

2

0

1

0

2

James Brandon

Horsham TTC B

10

4

6

40.00%

0

1

1

2

0

Deniz Dinc

Brighton TTC B

10

4

6

40.00%

1

0

1

0

2

Alex Power

Horsham TTC B

10

3

7

30.00%

0

1

0

1

1

Leon Cain

Brighton TTC B

10

3

7

30.00%

0

0

1

1

1

Daniel Thomson

Brighton TTC A

10

3

7

30.00%

0

1

1

1

0

Max Foster

Weald TTC

8

2

6

25.00%

0

1

-

0

1

Max Bartlett

Horsham TTC B

10

2

8

20.00%

0

1

0

1

0

Zak Bull

Horsham TTC A

10

2

8

20.00%

1

0

0

0

1

Ishaan Patil

Horsham TTC A

10

1

9

10.00%

0

0

0

0

1

Jackson Hickey

Weald TTC

6

0

6

0.00%

-

2

0

-

0

DIVISION 2

Team

Played

Won

Lost

% Wins

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Sam Mockett

Horsham TTC D

10

9

1

90.00%

2

1

2

2

2

Georgie Hunter

Brighton TTC C

8

7

1

88.00%

2

2

2

-

1

Evan Erksine

Horsham TTC F

10

8

2

80.00%

2

1

2

1

2

Rowan Smith

Horsham TTC D

10

8

2

80.00%

2

1

2

1

2

Connor Austin

Brighton TTC C

8

6

2

75.00%

1

-

1

2

2

George Baxter

Brighton TTC C

8

6

2

75.00%

1

1

-

2

2

Stephen Ledger

Horsham TTC C

10

7

3

70.00%

0

2

2

2

1

Adrian Randis

Horsham TTC C

10

7

3

70.00%

0

2

2

2

1

Natty Purbrick

Brighton TTC C

6

4

2

67.00%

-

1

1

2

-

Owen Davis

Horsham TTC C

10

6

4

60.00%

2

0

2

2

0

Adrien Taylor

Spinners TTC B

10

5

5

50.00%

2

1

1

0

1

Logan Newton

Horsham TTC F

10

5

5

50.00%

1

1

0

1

 

Zac Coles

Horsham TTC D

10

4

6

40.00%

2

0

1

1

 

Zaib Rehman-Fus

Horsham TTC E

10

3

7

30.00%

0

2

0

0

1

Benedict Winter

Horsham TTC F

10

2

8

20.00%

1

0

0

0

1

Zack Brown

Horsham TTC E

10

1

9

10.00%

0

1

0

0

0

James Stanley

Spinners TTC B

10

1

9

10.00%

0

1

0

0

0

Alfie Finn

Spinners TTC B

10

1

9

10.00%

0

1

0

0

0

Leon Lukose

Horsham TTC E

10

0

10

0.00%

0

0

0

0

0

DIVISION 3

Team

Played

Won

Lost

% Wins

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Harry Chitty

Horsham TTC G

10

8

2

80.00%

1

2

2

1

2

Charlie Alder

Horsham TTC H

10

8

2

80.00%

2

2

0

2

2

Jude Lane

Horsham TTC J

10

8

2

80.00%

0

2

2

2

2

Adam Cort

Horsham TTC J

10

7

3

70.00%

0

2

2

1

2

Jason Bourne

Horsham TTC J

10

7

3

70.00%

0

2

1

2

2

Harvey Sandwell

Brighton TTC D

8

5

3

63.00%

1

-

1

1

1

Harry Llewellyn

Horsham TTC H

10

6

4

60.00%

2

2

1

1

2

Ben Griffiths

Horsham TTC I

10

5

5

50.00%

0

0

2

2

1

Joshua Pullen

Horsham TTC H

10

5

5

50.00%

0

2

0

2

1

Alfie Lockwood

Horsham TTC I

10

5

5

50.00%

0

1

2

2

0

Max Middleton

Horsham TTC G

10

4

6

40.00%

0

2

0

0

2

Caleb Belton

Horsham TTC K

10

4

6

40.00%

2

0

1

1

0

Charlie Pembroke

Horsham TTC K

10

3

7

30.00%

2

0

1

0

0

Harry Lawrence

Horsham TTC G

10

3

7

30.00%

1

1

1

0

0

Joe Collins

Horsham TTC K

10

3

7

30.00%

1

0

1

1

0

Macie Sandwell

Brighton TTC D

8

1

7

13.00%

-

0

0

0

1

Harrison Deadman

Horsham TTC I

10

1

9

10.00%

0

0

1

0

0

Georgia Buckle

Brighton TTC D

4

0

4

0.00%

0

0

-

-

-

Jackson Wright

Brighton TTC D

10

0

10

0.00%

0

0

0

0

0