London Academy and Grantham Academy are the respective Premier Division champions after weekend two of the Junior British League.

London also won two further girls’ titles, plus one in the boys’ divisions, as a total of 15 divisional champions were crowned at Derby Arena or Draycott & Long Eaton TTC.

The girls’ Player of the Weekend was Eva Eccles of Ackworth, the Division Two champions, while the corresponding boys’ trophy was won by Ryan Holland of Ormesby.

Ormesby also took the boys’ Team of the Weekend trophy, the girls’ accolade going to Grantham Academy.

Girls’ divisions

Girls Premier champions London Academy receive the trophy from Table Tennis England Chair Nick Donald

The Girls’ Premier Division came down to a straight fight between Grantham College and London Academy, who went into the weekend level having won four and drawn with each other on weekend one.

The first day saw the Londoners sweep to three 6-0 victories, while Grantham won their opening two matches 6-0 and 5-1 – but then drop a surprise point to Ormesby. Grantham trailed 1-0 and 2-1 but then led 3-2, before Rebecca Savage sealed a point for Ormesby with a 3-0 win over Mabel Shute.

Sunday’s first match saw a fourth successive 6-0 win for London, while Grantham beat Draycott 5-1, meaning it was still all to play for in the decider – London needed a draw, but a Grantham victory would give them the title.

After two matches, it was 1-1 as Sophie Barcsai put London ahead and Hannah Silcock levelled. The next two matches went the distance and both saw comebacks from 2-0 down. First Maliha Baig defeated Shute 3-2 (7-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-7) and then Barcsai, crucially for London, beat Silcock 3-2 (5-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9).

Grantham did hit back to win the next two to ensure a point which meant the top two teams both remained unbeaten, but the title was London’s.

In the averages, Barcsai won all 10 of her matches on weekend two and Tianer Yu won all 10 for Grantham on weekend one. Of those who played a full complement of 20, Grantham’s Maria Girlea was the best with 17 victories.

Girls Division 1 champions London Academy II

The was a double celebration for London Academy as their second team took the Division One title by three points, with Grantham College again in second place.

Once again, London won their three Saturday matches, while Grantham dropped a point in a 3-3 draw against Cippenham in round 8, having to recover from 2-1 and 3-2 down.

Both the top two drew 3-3 in round 9 – Grantham with Draycott II and London with Ormeau, in matches which both led 3-1 but were pegged back.

All that meant London were a point ahead going into their showdown meeting, in which Grantham took the lead as Lowri Hurd beat Lianna Shilani Tousi in five.

But London powered through the next four to make sure of victory and daylight at the top of the table. It finished 4-2.

Chim Sum Pang of London won a double in that final match, and she topped the averages having won 19/20 across the season.

Division 2 champions Ackworth

Division Two was close, with only one point separating the top four teams by the end – Ackworth crucially having one more than Graham Spicer, Greenhouse II and Northern Girls.

All dropped points on the Saturday, with Greenhouse and Ackworth the biggest points-scorers with two wins and a defeat, whereas the other two teams won, drew and lost their matches.

Greenhouse were defeated 4-2 by Northern Girls on Sunday morning, while Ackworth beat Halton 4-2 to stand a point clear of the rest – Graham Spicer having won 5-1 over Draycott III.

Northern Girls and Graham Spicer both won their final matches to keep the pressure on the top two, and the title went to Ackworth as they fought back from 2-1 and 3-2 down to draw 3-3 with Greenhouse, the deciding sixth match going 3-2 (11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 5-11, 11-9) to Matilda Simms over Jyothirmayi Vaishnavi Ghanta.

For the champions, Eva Eccles topped the averages with 18/20.

Division 3 champions Joola Plymouth

Joola Plymouth had four-point lead over Birmingham TTA in Division Three, and with both teams winning their opening four matches this weekend, it rendered the potential title-decider in the last round redundant – though Birmingham prevented an unbeaten season for Plymouth by winning it 4-2.

Alyssa Nguyen was the Plymouth spearhead and she won all 19 of her matches to lead the averages.

Division 4 champions London Academy III

London Academy completed a treble as their third team won Division Four by the healthy margin of six points from Brighton.

They remained unbeaten as well, winning all five matches on weekend two, culminating in a 4-2 victory over Thornton Sports, sealed 14-12 in the fifth game of the final match by Soraya Rahmani-Walentynska over Isabella Hamer.

With few players appearing in all 20 matches, the averages were topped by two players who won 8/8 – Bly Twomey of Brighton and Mauli Shah of London. Rahmani-Walentynska won 10/11 and team-mate Chi Yin Pang was the pick of the more regular players with 16/18.

Boys’ divisions

Boys Premier champions Grantham Academy receive the trophy from Table Tennis England Chair Nick Donald

Grantham Academy, having opened a five-point lead on weekend one, duly took the Premier Division title, and rarely looked troubled in winning their first four matches to ensure they could not be caught – Fusion came closest as they were level at 2-2 after four matches, thanks to a Larry Trumpauskas double, before Grantham sealed it 4-2, Isaac Kingham also taking a personal double.

Grantham could not complete a 100% season, however, as they succumbed 5-1 to Urban in their final match, the losers fielding only two players due to a shoulder injury to Toby Ellis. The result saw the victors finish in second place, just ahead of Fusion.

Grantham dominated the averages with three of the top four, headed by Elias Sjogren (9/10) and Ellis (15/18).

Division 1 champions Draycott

Draycott romped to victory in Division One, adding to an unbeaten first weekend with a 100% second, their nine wins and one draw seeing them finish five points above eBaTT.

It was eBaTT who got closest to them, taking the lead when Max Radiven beat Nathaniel Saunders 15-13 in the fifth, and then coming back to 3-2 as Elliott Chan beat Saunders, again in five. But Abraham Sellado’s win over Brandon Sangchin sealed a 4-2 triumph for Draycott.

In the averages, Sellado won all seven matches to lead the table, but the best of the two-weekend platers was Naphong Boonyaprapa of the champions, who won 17/20.

Division 2 champions Woodford Wells

Division Two was always destined to be close, with four teams within a couple of points of each other. Every team lost at least twice across the season, but it was Woodford Wells who came out on top, by three points, thanks to a powerhouse four wins in a row (all by 5-1 or 6-0), before they were beaten 4-2 by Lillington in their final match. Lillington finished third, level on points with Draycott III.

In the averages, there was a magnificent 18/18 by Vladimir Pandurevic to underpin the champions’ season.

Division 3 champions London Academy

London Academy and Mid Ulster were the two outstanding teams in Division Three and it was the Londoners who took the title by a point.

They had won all five matches on weekend one, but a 3-3 draw against Britannia in round 8 ruined that record. It could have been worse – Britannia led 2-0 and 3-1 as Joseph Fortnum-Adams took a double, but London fought back to claim a draw, sealed by Shahuraj Nimse 11-9 in the fifth against Henry Shaw.

A win for Mid Ulster in the final round would have won them the title, and they fought all the way, coming from 1-0 and 2-1 down to lead 3-2 after an incredible 3-2 (6-11, 7-11, 13-11, 14-12, 16-14) win for Tom Irwin over Nimse. But Parsa Yamin held his nerve to beat Aedan McGivern in three (8, 7, 7) to win the title for London.

London’s Ching Jay Law topped the averages with 9/10 from weekend one, ahead of Adam Faulkner of Mid Ulster, who won 17 of the full complement of 20.

Division 4 champions Chelmsford

The five-team Division Four went to Chelmsford, edging it on sets difference ahead of Greenhouse II after both sides won five, drew two and lost one.

Chelmsford were unbeaten over the second weekend, whereas Greenhouse dropped a point in a 3-3 draw with London Academy II in round 10 –the 5-1 win for Chelmsford over their nearest rivals in round 8 having started tilting the balance their way.

Janak Shah of London Academy led the way in the averages with 16/16.

Division 5 champions Graham Spicer

Graham Spicer were head and shoulders above the rest in Division Five, winning the title by six points from Crosby High and dropping only one point, against the runners-up in round seven. Graham Spicer were never behind in that match, but were three times pegged back by their opponents.

Of the regular players, Bryan Chow was the leader in the averages, having won 14 of 17 for the champions.

Division 6 champions Drumchapel Glasgow

Drumchapel Glasgow took the Division Six title north of the border as they finished three points clear of Waterside.

It was a weekend when no teams were able to string victories together – the champions won two, drew two and then lost 4-2 to Waterside in the final round. Waterside themselves won two, drew two and lost one over the weekend.

The match between the top two had a notable 3-2 (17-15, 11-7, 12-14, 4-11, 11-9) win for Waterside’s Thomas Agombar over Rory Thomson.

Average-wise, Vincent Ni won all 10 for Loop Dublin, to finished just ahead of Drumchapel’s Joe Mulhern (17/18).

Division 7 champions Kingfisher II

Kingfisher II took Division Seven and remained unbeaten, with five victories and five draws – just enough to take the title ahead of Urban III, who won seven, drew one and lost two.

Round nine saw the crucial result as Kingfisher beat Urban 4-2, thanks to doubles for Prayrit Ahluwalia and Theo Kniep.

Ahluwalia won 15 of his 16 matches for the best average.

Division 8 champions SGS College

SGS College won nine and lost only once in taking the Division Eight title at Draycott & Long eaton TTC, by two points from Nottingham.

The defeat came at the hands of Nottingham in the final round, when they could no longer be caught. It was 4-2 to Nottingham in that meeting. They won the middle four matches, the first of which saw Gabriel Cooke beat Joshy Branch 3-2 (11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 9-11, 14-12).

It was a rare defeat for Branch, who led the averages with 18 wins from 20.

Division 9 champions Ormeau III

Also at Draycott & Long Eaton, the Division Nine title was won by unbeaten Ormeau III, who dropped only one point – against nearest rivals Britannia II on weekend one.

They completed the unbeaten season with a 4-2 victory over Britannia, Junior Close setting them on their way in match one with an eye-catching 3-2 (11-5, 3-11, 11-6, 18-20, 11-9) scoreline against Tarun Ramkumar.

Alexander Graham of Britannia led the averages with a full house from his 16 matches.

Girls’ Player of the Weekend Eva Eccles (Ackworth TTC)
Boys’ Player of the Weekend Ryan Holland (Ormesby)
Girls’ Team of the Weekend Grantham TTA
Boys’ Team of the Weekend Ormesby