Ellenborough and Team Bribar were worthy champions after the second week of the Veterans’ British League in Derby.

The took the respective women’s and men’s Premier Division titles after another busy weekend with almost 400 players in action in 15 divisions at Derby Arena and Draycott & Long Eaton TTC.

Women’s divisions

Ellenborough Ladies receive the trophy from Table Tennis England CEO Adrian Christy (photo by Mike Rhodes)

Tables & Results – (click on team name for match results)

Ellenborough headed into the weekend with a two-point lead over Market Rasen but were quickly given a boost in their title quest when their rivals were beaten 4-2 by Bribar Failand in the first round.

When Failand went down by the same score against Bribar Knighton Park in the next round, only a collapse by Ellenborough would have changed the destination of the title.

But the Enfield team showed no sign of that, winning the first four matches of the weekend to seal the title at a canter – their 3-3 draw against Market Rasen in the last round was their only dropped point and mirrored the result in the first weekend.

The final margin at the top of the league was five points, and it was Knighton Park who ended in second, a point clear of Market Rasen.

Ellenborough’s double spearhead was Sara Williams and Hurey Ahmetoglu, who respectively won 17/18 and 18/20 to top the averages.

Foresters remained unbeaten in Division 1, winning the title by a three-point margin from IPS Tigers, who were themselves ahead of DOJO Card Terminals on sets difference.

As was the case on weekend one, the only point dropped by the champions was in a 3-3 draw against Card Terminals – who led three times in the match but were pegged back each time, finally by Alice Flatman’s victory over Denise McEvoy which sealed the draw for Foresters.

A big clue to Foresters’ domination was in the averages, which were headed by Wanda Litynska-Sydorenko’s magnificent perfect record of 20 wins from 20.

There was a double celebration for Foresters as their second team took the title in Division 2, though they required sets difference to get the nod ahead of Colleens.

Colleens had headed into the weekend on top and with a 100% record, but they lost that with a 4-02 defeat in the first round to Sutton at Hone, and then drew with Lyncrest in the second match.

That meant the door was open for Foresters as the eight-team division split, and they took a two-point lead when Colleens dropped another point in a 3-3 draw with Sutton.

A 6-0 win for Colleens over Foresters would still have given them the title, and they started strongly by winning the first two matches. Sarah Creasey defeated Sharon Brien-Gibbons to raise Foresters’ hopes – it would have come down to games difference had it finished 5-1 – and Lynne Herrington then beat Brien-Gibbons in the fifth match to seal the title for Foresters.

Sutton at Hone’s Angie Bristow won 19 of her 20 matches to finish top of the averages.

Division 3 champions Cleeve Park had a four-point cushion going into the second weekend and they held that until the final round, when they were defeated 5-1 by second-placed Sherwood Ladies.

Joy Daniels of Drumchapel Glasgow won all 18 of her matches to head the averages.

Men’s divisions

Team Bribar receive the trophy from Table Tennis England CEO Adrian Christy (photo by Mike Rhodes)

Tables & Results (click of team name for match results)

It was a romp to the title for Team Bribar as they boasted a 100% record across the two weekends, dropping only six individual matches in the process.

They finished six points ahead of Tees Sports Vets in second, who themselves were five points clear of Foresters A.

No team got closer than 5-1 to Bribar, though Tees Sport did have the temerity to take the lead in the final round as Neil Charles defeated Jason Ramage in four.

Not surprisingly, Team Bribar dominated the averages – Kevin Dolder winning 16/16; Chris Rogers 18/20 and Ramage 17/20.

Division 1 (Group 1) was open heading into the weekend, and it was third-placed Lilleshall who rose to the top to take the title.

They were 2pts clear of The Rams thanks to a 100% record across the second weekend, including a crucial 5-1 success against their nearest rivals in Round 9.

Paul Cicchelli was their spearhead, winning 17 out of 18 to have the best record of the regular players in the averages.

Cippenham also had a 100% weekend two record as they won Division 1 (Group 2) ahead of Team Ecosse.

They were the two outstanding teams in the division, Team Ecosse winning eight matches over the two weekends, but finishing two points shy of Cippenham, who won nine including a 4-2 win over Ecosse in the final round to seal the title.

They were twice pegged back from 1-0 and 2-1 up in that match as Ecosse made their opponents earn it, but Martin Adams and David Barr won the final two matches to clinch the title for their team.

It was Team Ecosse’s Stewart Crawford who topped the averages, ahead of Barr and Adams, having won 18/20 for a 90% record.

Division 2 (Group 1) was a division of draws as very team dropped multiple points across the weekend.

It was St George’s who rose to the top, finishing above weekend one leaders Stocksbridge by a single point.

Stocksbridge’s defeat to Graham Spicer in Round 7 was important, but they could have taken the title had they beaten St George’s in the final round. They led 3-1, but wins for Ben Willson and Mark Jackson saw St George’s fight back to claim a draw and with it the title.

The averages were topped by Jaroslaw Chrzanowski of Graham Spicer, who won 14/16.

Joola Plymouth had led Division 2 (Group 2) but fell away spectacularly as they did not pick up a point on the second weekend and ended in fourth place.

Foresters D took advantage, winning four and drawing one over the weekend to finish four points clear of Draycott III.

Plymouth had no Paul Whiting this time out, but he finished top of the averages having won 10/10 on weekend one – his team-mate Paul Giles was the best of those who competed across both weekends, ending with 17/20.

Division 3 (1) had been led by Newton Abbot, ahead of Zygabyte, but the top two swapped places as Zygabyte took the title.

Newton Abbot dropped a point in a 3-3 draw against Foresters E in Round 8, and another in the following round, against Seasiders.

That meant Zygabyte held the advantage going into the clash between the top two, and another draw was enough for them. They were 2-1 and 3-2 down, but Darren Page beat Kevin Taylor in the final tie to seal the title.

A record of 18/20 was enough for Zygabyte’s Richard Lightowler to finish top of the averages.

Horsham Spinners were unassailable in Division 3 (2) as they won all 20 matches, dropping only four individual ties, across the two weekends.

Bristol Associates were a distant best of the rest, seven points behind, as Horsham won four matches 6-0 and only ‘slipped’ in a 5-1 victory over Dewsbury.

Rory Scott won all 20 matches to sit at the top of the averages, with team-mate Michael George just behind with 19 wins.

BATTS II headed into the weekend with a four-point lead in Division 4 (1), which meant they had enough in hand to win the title despite dropping their first points – they drew 3-2 with both Ormesby II and second-placed Cirencester.

Cirencester’s Ray Powell had a 100% record from 10 matches, while the top player from the regulars was Richard Hutchinson of BATTS II with 17/20.

Border Reivers won a close battle in Division 4 (2) as they finished a point ahead of Blackpool. The point dropped by Blackpool against Norwich City in Round 8 was important and gave Reivers a one-point cushion when they met Blackpool in the final round.

That match finished 3-3, Reivers leading 2-1 and 3-2 to ensure they did enough. The best performer in the averages was Richard Elliott of Norwich City with 14/16.

Prize for the most dominant team goes to Division 5 (1) champions TableTennisDaily, for whom Paul Laverty and Peter Ives won all 16 matches to top the averages – with their team-mates Mark Ward and Scott Cooper losing only one each from 14 ties.

With maximum points and a 58-2 sets difference, the champions were a full eight points clear of Draycott V and Whiff Waff.

Cutnall Green had a 100% weekend two record to win Division 5 (2) by four points from Ajax Wolvey, though three of those victories were by 4-2.

Steve Brunskill of Swerve was the best in the averages, with 15/16, just ahead of Abubaker Salehbhai of Bristol who won 18 of the full complement of 20.

The Foresters contingent at Derby Arena