The Aldershot & District Table Tennis League is underway for the new season and Central A have started the strongest with two wins. They beat their B team 7-3 but not before Robin Pretty scalped a great hat trick, including a rare straight sets defeat for Phil Snelson, who brushed this disappointment aside on his way to all three against Ash B. This set up a 6-4 win but Ash will be pleased both Nick Mills and Dave Halfpenny showed early season form notching up two each. Week 1 also saw them defeat Frimley A 9-1, Mills this time won all three and was duly matched by Dave Gilham.
Broadmoor A have played just the one match and that was a comfortable 9-1 thrashing of Tennis B, John Millward, Clive Banham and Barry Morten all trebling up. Tennis B fared a lot better however when they came up against their A team, triumphing 6-4, Paul Myers and George Earle each won a couple but were outplayed by the A teams’ Rod Kay who claimed a good three.
The last two matches played saw Bentley A and Ash A both record straight forward wins, Ash 10-0 over Frimley A and Bentley 8-2 against Central B, for whom the evergreen Dave Phelps won a good two.
Old Woking seem determined to bounce straight back up to Div 1, speeding out of the Division 2 blocks with a 9-1 thrashing of Broadmoor B and a 7-3 win over Ash C, Bill Matlock picking up 5 out of 6. Matching them though at the top are Tennis D who had identical wins over their E team and Cody B respectively, Rod Kay backed up his impressive step up to the A team with 6 out of 6, proving he may be the man to beat this season.
Tussling with him for that honour could be Fleet CC A’s Alan Gess whose 5 wins were the main reasons Fleet battled to a five all draw with Tennis C and only went down 6-4 to Ash C. Tennis C showed they mean business this year seeing off Cody C 7-3, on a closely fought night Dave Hewitt was a class apart winning his three in straight games for Tennis.
Frimley B also started off with a draw and a win, sharing the spoils with Bentley B for whom Robin Street was unbeaten and edging out Broadmoor’s B team 6-4, Hilary Greig the triple threat for Frimley.