Players from the Worksop and District Table Tennis league have celebrated their success during an awards evening.
The first trophy to be won in the 2014/15 season was way back in November when Clive Eden and John Hallgarth defeated Kartik Lakhani and Andy Kirkland to lift the DTH Senior Doubles Trophy.
It was especially sweet for Hallgarth as he successfully defended the title he won the previous year. As the league season progressed DTH Redlands Roosters were the surprise early front runners in Division One with their club colleagues The Fluffy Toys right on their tails.
And it wasn’t soon after the New Year that the Fluffy Toys had not only caught the Roosters but built a lead at the top of the division, a lead that they wouldn’t let slip as they went on to win their sixth Division One title in a row.
At the other end of the table DTH Redlands Joggers and Manton Tigers ended the season in the bottom two and were relegated back down into Division Two after coming up the year before. At the turn of the year Ryton Park Eagles and Manton Nomads were neck and neck at the top of Division Two and had a substantial gap between themselves and the rest of the teams in the division.
It soon became clear that the winners of Division Two would come from these two sides.
Whilst the Eagles were struggling to field their best team each week and dropping points, the Nomads went on a fabulous run of results winning eight and drawing one of their last nine matches of the league season to eventually secure the title by a massive 13 points. As in Division One the two teams that came up last year occupied the two relegation spots and, despite all their best efforts, both Ryton Park Cougars and DTH Redlands Rookies will spend next season in Division Three. The Division Three title and promotion race was one of the most fascinating for years as four teams battled it out week in week out to try and get into the top two places.
Right up until the last two weeks of the league season Stanley Street Rascals, Stanley Street ‘D’, Stanley Street Cypriots and DTH Redlands Tarr Babies all had a chance of not only promotion, but also the title to go with it.
And in an incredible twist of fate all four teams were playing a match against one of their rivals in the last match of the season. Cypriots drew with the Rascals to occupy top spot, which meant that the winners of the match between Street ‘D’ and the Tarr Babies would decide the destiny of where the title went and the final promotion place.
Street ‘D’ went on to win the match 6-4 and clinch the Division Three title, which meant The Tarr Babies didn’t finish in the promotion places and allowed the Cypriots to claim second spot by just a single point.
See next week’s Guardian for the second part of our season round-up, when we turn our attention to cup action.