Fusion top two divisions of the Women’s British League after the first weekend of competition at WV Active in Wolverhampton.
Team of the Weekend were Fulham Brunswick II in Division Five, while the Player of the Weekend award went to Jurate Brazaityte of Byng Hall in Division One.
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Fusion lead the way at the top of the Premier Division. The London team won four of their five matches, the exception a 4-2 defeat to Drumchapel Glasgow in round two.
Drumchapel opened a 3-1 lead in that fixture thanks to a double for Jiaqi Meng, but Elena Todirca’s five-game victory over Lucy Elliott kept Fusion interested. The decider also went to five, with Alicja Czarnomska coming from 2-0 down to beat Tiana Dennison 3-2 (9-11, 5-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-8) to seal the win for the Scottish side.
Fusion bounced back to win their remaining three matches, including coming from 2-1 down to defeat defending champions Joola Plymouth. Tianer Yu levelled the tie by beating Lois Peake in three, and Todirca then overcame Rachel Trevorrow 3-2 (11-3, 11-13, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9) and Dennison this time won the crucial five-set decider against Evie Collier 11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 8-11, 11-6.
By contrast with Fusion, Drumchapel – who had already drawn their opening match against Colebridge 3-3 – did not kick on. They did beat Plymouth in round three, but then drew with Draycott and then lost 4-2 to Ormesby in their final match. Ella Pashley took a fine double for Ormesby.
All of which leaves Fusion with a two-point lead over Drumchapel, with Plymouth and Colebridge – who lost only one match but drew three – a further point back.
Meng was the only player to boast a 100% record from her 10 matches, just ahead of Yu, who won nine out of 10.
In Division One, Fusion also lead the way, with their second team one of three to remain unbeaten in the eight-team division.
They won four and drew one to sit on 9pts, two ahead of Halton (W2, D3) and three ahead of Dun Laoire (W1, D4). Halton II are also on 6pts.
There were two matches between those in the top three and both finished all square. The first was between Halton and Dun Laoire in the second round, and the second between Fusion and Dun Laoire 3-3 in the fifth and final round.
In the first of those, Halton led three times but were pegged back each time, finally by Erin Thompson’s four-game win over Clare Peers.
The second of them saw Fusion’s unbeaten record hanging by a thread as they trailed the Irish side 3-1. Jyothirmayi Ghanta pulled one back against Sabina Devereux in three and Weronika Bozek completed the comeback by defeating Thompson 3-2 (11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6).
The all-Halton clash was in the first round and finished 3-3. The firsts led 2-1 and trailed 3-2 before Niamh Scarborough secure a draw by beating Andrea Harrison in four.
Dun Laoire’s weekend was underpinned by Mia O’rahilly Egan, who won all 10 of her matches to lead the averages.
It is tight at the top of Division Two, where Wensum and Dun Laoire II are locked on 8pts, one ahead of Drumchapel Glasgow II
Wensum’s defeat came in the second round at the hands of Dun Laoire, who claimed it 4-2 with Tara Fusco completing it with a 3-2 (12-10, 10-12, 11-3, 7-11, 11-5) win over Isobel McGerty.
Dun Laoire could not complete an unbeaten weekend, however, losing 5-1 to Drumchapel in the final round.
Drumchapel had earlier lost 4-2 to Wensum in the first round and drew 3-3 with Fulham Brunswick in the second, before bouncing back to win their final three matches.
Zaiying Gao won nine of her 10 matches, but two players won 8/8 for 100% records – Mijung Choi of Fulham Brunswick and Saskia Key of Wensum.
Ellenborough won five out of five to top the eight-team Division Three, and lost only three individual matches out of 30 all weekend.
Their closest match was the first, against Graham Spicer, which finished 4-2, though in fairness Ellenborough were 2-0 and 4-1 up.
St Neots were also unbeaten but dropped two points in draws against N.E.T.T.S. and Cippenham. They sit two points behind the leaders, though the top two have yet to meet.
Not surprisingly, Ellenborough dominate the averages with Hurey Ahmetoglu and Juliette Helfi both boasting maximum records from 10 matches each. Tulay Ekrem also won all her six matches.
There are two unbeaten teams in Division Four – Greenhouse lead Worthing by a point, having won four and drawn one, against their rivals’ record of three wins and two draws.
The clash between the two was in the third round and, obviously, finished 3-3. Worthing struck first, but Greenhouse hit back to lead 2-1 and 3-2 before Holly Holder secured the points for Worthing by beating Luna Archard 3-1 (9-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-2).
Worthing also drew 3-3 in the final round, against Jersey.
In the averages, Emma Torkington was perfect for Worthing all weekend, winning all 10 matches to lead the way ahead of 90% records for Greenhouse duo Jonabel Taguibao and Parrmis Ahsani.
Ackworth lead Division Five, though are not unbeaten, having lost 4-2 to Bishop Auckland, for whom Emily Flynn sealed victory by beating Eva Eccles 3-2 (12-10, 10-12, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8).
Auckland did remain unbeaten to sit in second place in the table, behind Ackworth on sets difference. Their dopped points were in draws against Cleeve Park and Draycott III – the latter are third in the league, a point behind the top two.
In the averages, Flynn leads the way having won nine out of 10.