Reigning champions DTH Redlands Roosters launched the new season just as they spent the last with a perfect start to the defence of their Worksop and District Table Tennis League title.
Roosters, who took the First Division by 14 clear points, winning 20 of their 21 fixtures, began the 2016/17 campaign with back-to-back victories over sides from Manton. In the first, they whitewashed Manton Misfits 10-0 thanks to hat-tricks from Ernest Mpundu, Clive Mitchell and Steve Fox. And in the second, the same three players did the business again as Roosters mauled Manton Nomads 8-2, with only Sarah Short posing any real problems by producing consolation victories over Fox and Mitchell.
The champions’ main title rivals will again be last term’s runners-up, DTH Redlands Fluffy Toys, who also got off to a flawless start with a couple of wins. They saw off battling Stanley Street A 7-3, with hat-tricks for both Steve Walker and Peter Cowburn, and then hammered newly-promoted DTH Redlands Monsters, who ran away with the Second Division title last season. Monsters had lost their first match, 8-2 at Manton Nomads, and fared even worse against Fluffy Toys, who romped home 10-0.
Elsewhere in Division One, Worksop Welfare Snipers A, who were also promoted last season, got off to an indifferent start, possibly because they fielded completely different sides in their first two games! In the opener, Dean Brookes, Joe Zygadlo and Erlands Skels saw off Sparken Hill Starlings 7-3, with both Brookes and Zygadlo remaining unbeaten and taking the doubles together. But then they fielded a less strong trio of Jim Westwood, Pete Hodgson and Ben Swain, who went down 6-4 to Manton Misfits, although they did give them a real scare.
The early leaders in Division Two are Stanley Street B and DTH Redlands Joggers, who both won their opening matches. The former beat DTH Redlands X-Youth 7-3 and followed up by dispatching Real North Notts 9-1, with father and son duo Andy and Jack Kirkland winning all three games, while the latter opened with a cosy 8-2 win over DTH Redlands Rookies before taming Manton Tigers 6-4, courtesy of a fabulous hat-trick from Kyle McIntosh.
Real North Notts also suffered a 9-1 spanking at the hands of Sparken Hill Eagles, but X-Youth recovered to beat Worksop Welfare Snipers C 7-3.