Ellenborough Ladies Veterans British League Report Final Weekend 2017/18

The Ellenborough Veterans’ British League squad of Sandy Nash, June Nelson, Sue Pingram and Carol Eckersley returned to the superb Derby Arena to complete their Veterans’ British League campaign over the weekend of 24th and 25th February 2018. Faith Frankel joined the ladies in spirit only as family birthdays kept her supporting from the south.  The event was held over two weekends, with the first weekend played back in September 2017.

A close division 1 awaited, and two sides still to play before the division split to 1a and 1b.

Our mission after mixed fortunes the first weekend was to get points from both these fixtures to attempt climb from 5th to the top half of the division. Sadly it was not to be. Despite some very close games and even several match points which may have put the side in the top half of the division, these games did not go in our favour and we had to settle for one point draws against both the Sutton at Hone and Ashford Ladies sides. This placed us in 6th place on 7 points, with four teams above us all on a crucial 8 points and in a countback situation. So, we were split to play again against the other three teams in the bottom half.

Our safety in the division was immediately assured by super confident performances in the repeat fixture versus Sutton at Hone, where both Carol Eckersley and Sue Pingram made up for narrow losses earlier in the day and came out fighting to win the match and a valuable maximum two points.  In the other bottom half fixture, HEL Ladies won against Ashford, which meant the teams to be relegated were decided.  With 9 points we now couldn’t be caught and our place in the division for next season was assured. The Sunday unfortunately saw the side lose both matches, first to Ashford and then to HEL Ladies.  A little frustrating the way the draw worked out that two of the same sides had to be played twice over the one weekend.

Well done to the division winners, Fusion Ladies B and runners up, MK Girls for your superb results and for gaining promotion this year. Many thanks and well done to all of the ladies who took part and represented Ellenborough Table Tennis Club.

Congratulations also to Ellenborough's Senior British League player, Sara Williams, who was a key player in the Premier Division winning side, Ppong.

L to R: June, Carol, Sue & Sandy

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