Ormeau travel to Urban TTC this Sunday, knowing that a win will ensure they remain in control of their route to being crowned league champions. They currently sit top of the SBL Premier Division with 19 points, two ahead of Ormesby in second.
Damien Provost, Xavier Dixon & Oriol Monzo (pictured) will once again be in action for the Belfast side. They have proved to be an immense trio this season, losing just two matches between them since November.
Urban are expected to name the same squad that faced Ormesby two weeks ago. Connor Green, Felix Thomis and Alim Hirji will be looking to bounce back from their 6-1 defeat, and have shown throughout the season they are more than capable of causing an upset.
Ormesby need to win if they are to have any hope of retaining their title. They travel to Scotland to face North Ayrshire TTC. David McBeath, who has picked up four player of the match awards this year, is likely to lead the north-east side for their match across the border. Benjamin Piggott and Thomas Rayner should make up the remainder of the squad.
The home-side will hand a debut Scottish Junior Champion Nathan Hogg. He will play alongside Martin Johnson and Chris Main.
Anything but a win for Ormesby would see Ormeau win the league, should they beat Urban. If both Ormesby and Ormeau pick up victories this weekend it will set-up an enticing winner-takes-all tie on Sunday 20th May. The league rules state that if two or more teams are equal on points, their relative positions will be determined by the number of individual matches won to individual matches lost. If that doesn’t determine the league positions it will be based on the number of games won to games lost.
There are also two ties in the bottom half of the Premier Division this weekend. Brighton are in action twice as they host Fusion on Saturday before travelling to BATTS on Sunday.
Will Bayley, who produced one of the performances of the season on his league debut, looks set to possibly return to the Brighton team. It’s still all to play for in the mini-league as each team sits on 10 points. Shaquille Webb Dixon, Robert Pelc and Joshua Bruce have all played in four ties for Fusion.
BATTS have relied heavily on Shayan Siraj and Joshua Bennett, both having played in five fixtures this season.
Photo credit Michael Loveder.
Premier Division Bottom Half – Saturday 6th May – 12:00
Brighton TTC v Fusion
Premier Division Top Half – Sunday 7th May – 14:00
Urban TTC v Ormeau
North Ayrshire v Ormesby
Premier Division Bottom Half – Sunday 7th May – 13:00
BATTS v Brighton TTC