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Junior British League 2017 – 2018

Junior British League returned again to the fabulous Derby Arena and it always attracts the best players from all over the country and also from overseas. Woodfield boys were in Div. 4B and this proved to be a big test for the players all weekend as every match was very hard fought.

Derby Arena

In the first match against St Marys Tigers, on his debut for Woodfield, Josh Webb who is still a cadet player recorded Woodfield’s first win of the weekend with a very convincing 3-0. However this was the only victory the boys could manage in that match as both Jamie Chen and Josh Roura lost close matches in 4 sets.

Josh Webb serving for victory in his first JBL match

Some very tough matches followed, but the boys kept at it and both Josh Webb and Josh Roura were on the scoresheet on Sunday morning against London Academy 2. Josh Webb also had chances to make it a double in that match as he lead 2-1 before finally losing 2-3 to London no3.

Josh Webb then rounded off what had been a very solid weekend debut performance at Derby with another victory in the last fixture against BATTS B.

Overall a great experience for the players to learn to compete with the top under 18 players.

Woodfield JBL Team: Josh Webb, Josh Roura, Jamie Chen
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National Titles

Woodfield member Charlotte Bardsley came away from the Cadet & Junior National Championships with a total of 5 medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze.

Charlotte played in 6 competitions over two days, winning 15 out of 18 matches. Seeded 1 in the Cadet girls, Charlotte won the final 4-0 against her doubles partner, Megan Gidney. Charlotte had earlier partnered with Megan to win the cadet girls doubles title against Alice Dillon and Darcie Proud. Charlotte again with Megan won team gold for Burton Uxbridge in the Junior Team event, winning against Swerve in the semi and then the National Table Tennis School (Ackworth) in the final.

In the Juniors Charlotte made it to the mixed doubles final with Matt Leete and with her partner Zhana Hall were just one point away from making the Junior Girls doubles final. In the Junior singles, Charlotte won a bronze medal, losing in the semi-finals.

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National Cup

Woodfield players Megan Jones and Charlotte Bardsley competed in the National Cup. Megan was playing in the U12 competition and Charlotte in the Cadet. Both of these competitions were played at Preston and featured a masters format, where the best 10 players in the age group played a round robin over two days. In the cadet competition the matches were best of 7 and in the U12 it was played as a best of 5. The competition is probably the toughest one of the whole season as every match is going to be a hard one and each win counts towards the final position. The cadet girls play at the same time as the U12 boys and then the U12 girls play at the same time as the cadet boys. After each match, there isn’t too much time for rest and food before you are into the next match.

This was the first appearance for Megan at a National Cup and she played well, recording 3 wins. In the National Cup, the final competition position is often sorted out on a countback system, and Megan was unlucky to be on the wrong side of this at Preston, where two other players also finished on 3 wins. This meant Megan finally finished in 8th place. She will have learnt a lot from playing in such a competition against the very best players in the country and also being able to watch all of the cadet matches. This is all very valuable experience at such a young age.

Megan Jones (pic by Trevor Parsons)

For Charlotte Bardsley, this was her 2nd appearance at the Cadet National cup, having come 3rd last year. After missing out on the Junior National cup the previous weekend through injury, Charlotte was determined to put in a good performance though still not 100% fit.  

Charlotte managed to battle through 8 matches with victories and so it was down to the final match against Megan Gidney to determine the overall winner. Megan had 7 victories at this stage but a win over Charlotte would give her gold on countback. After losing out on Gold in the Junior National cup last year via countback, Charlotte put every effort in not letting that happen again and put on a strong performance in the final match, coming out a 4-0 winner and claiming her gold medal. Unfortunately for Megan Gidney, she dropped from a potential 1st place to 4th as a consequence of the next 3 players all finishing on 7 wins.

Marcus Gustafson (England Coach) and Charlotte Bardsley
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Woodfield L 16/17 Season

Woodfield L, managed and captained by Piotr Baranek, ended in a creditable fifth position in Wolverhampton Division 3. They won the Division 3 league cup by defeating Electricity A in the final at Great Wyrley (7-3) and also won the Handicap Cup against Albert 377.5 – 345.

NamePlayedWin %POM
Piotr Baranek3956.4%1
Mark Hill3073.3%4
Harry Fletcher3056.6%0
Tom Watson2462.5%1
Charlie Brinkmann2176.1%2
Peter Hargreaves2161.9%2
Manraj Sahni933.3%0
Piotr Jasinski6100.0%0
Match Players for Woodfield L – Player Averages
PosTeamPWDLSFSAPoints
1Bromley B2016221465464
2Woodfield M2012531287256
3Cheslyn Hay B2012171198150
4Electricity C2012261158550
5Woodfield L2012261227849
6Bromley C2010281198148
7Jones Road C209381118944
8Jones Road D20110910010041
9Albrighton2042147013023
10Wednesfield B2021174415611
11Lanesfield BB200020261744

Well done to all of the players.

End of season presentations at Woodfield Sports and Social Club on Friday 28th April, 2017.

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National Cadet League

This season Woodfield fielded a record number of 4 teams in the National Cadet League. Cadet League is a great opportunity for young players to play in a competition with a team format. The matches also qualify for points on the England national ranking. With matches being played on several weekends at Wood Green school near Walsall, Woodfield players came away with medals in all 3 divisions.

Woodfield A comprising of Josh Roura, Harry Fletcher , Jamie Chen and Megan Jones finished in 2nd place overall  in Division 1 and beat winners and previously unbeaten  Stroud on the final day who were just too far in front to be caught.

Woodfield B came out on top in division 2 with Ben Taylor, Euan Madhar and Toby Fletcher playing really well on the last day finishing on 36 pts , 5pts clear of second place.

Woodfield D comprising of Ronnie Brown, Dan Jones, James Bevan and Jack Potter were clear winners of Division 3 on 42 pts ahead of Woodgreen C on 34 pts . Ronnie Brown won the most valuable player award in Division 3 with 26 wins.

All in all a great last day of the competition with all our teams playing fighting hard and showing great team spirit. Many thanks goes to all our coaches who gave up their time to coach, Stefan Baranek, Paul Fletcher, Richard Facey, Peter Hargreaves & Ramesh.

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Junior British League

Woodfield TTC report: Junior Boys British League, Division 4A.

Just like Hillary Clinton, Woodfield’s junior boys scored more points than any other team in a keenly-contested division of this season’s JBL championships, yet were trumped when it came to the top prize.

Woodfield regulars George Carroll and Jack Wood were joined by Worcestershire junior Craig Witheford for this season’s campaign, which took place over four days at the Derby Arena and while the trio racked up points aplenty against their rivals, they lost too many games to mount a serious challenge for the league title and ended up comfortably in mid-table. More importantly, however, they avoided the dreaded relegation play-offs.

Woodfield may have been competing in the fourth tier of the JBL but there were some top players competing at this level. Britannia, from Ipswich and with a Dutch coach on board, were on paper the strongest team, with Kian Burgess, ranked 45 in England, as their number one. Over in division 4B, meanwhile, Halifax’s Zac Cantor had a national ranking of 36, a good ten places higher than others who were playing at Premier League level.

Woodfield did well to beat Harrogate in the first round of matches, then drew with them second time round. The weaker sides in the division, Burton & Uxbridge and Fusion, were dispatched comfortably.

Woodfield’s scores against the top two sides do not look good but that does not tell the full story. In these four matches, half of the games were five setters and Britannia scraped a 4-2 win in October only after Jack was pipped 14-12 in the fifth and final game of the match.

Many opponents found Craig Witheford, who stays at the table and blocks intelligently, awkward to deal with. The newcomer, playing at number one, beat the highly-ranked Burgess twice and ended up fourth in the divisional averages with a creditable 70 per cent win record. George had a 50 per cent record while Jack chipped in with 40 per cent. All in all, a solid display and Woodfield can come again at national level next season.

Congratulations to Ashford Brunswick, from West London, who came from 3-2 behind to force a draw with Britannia in the final match and take the division title.

Craig Witheford, George Carroll & Jack Wood

JUNIOR BRITISH LEAGUE Division 4A final table 2016-171.

  1. Ashford Brunswick 16
  2. Britannia TTC 16
  3. Harrogate 13
  4. Woodfield TTC 11
  5. Fusion TTC  3
  6. Burton Uxbridge Boys 1

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World Top 50

In December 2016, Woodfield member Charlotte Bardsley who is currently England’s number 1 cadet player, got her name onto the ITTF world ranking lists. Due to her very good performances earlier this year at the Euros in Croatia and her recent wins in Hungary, she has been ranked at World no 48. This also puts her in the European top 20. In January 2017 Charlotte will climb quite a few places in the ITTF world cadet rankings.

Charlotte training at Woodfield
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7th GP success of the season

Charlotte Bardsley scored two more senior GP titles of the season by winning the Women’s Band 2 at Blackpool on Saturday and then the U21 title on the Sunday. This brings the total to seven Grand Prix titles she has won this season. As well as holding the No1 Cadet ranking in England, Charlotte’s senior ranking has now risen to no 14.

Charlotte Bardsley Blackpool GP
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Blackpool Junior Success

Two of Woodfield’s young Junior players achieved great results at the Stiga Blackpool Junior 2 Star tournament.

Harry Fletcher reached the boys cadet plate final and Megan Jones went one better by winning the girls cadet plate. 

Megan Jones & Harry Fletcher
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Triple GP success

Charlotte Bardsley Liverpool GP
Charlotte Bardsley Liverpool GP

Woodfield member Charlotte Bardsley came back from the Liverpool senior Grand-Prix with three winners trophies. In only her second senior Grand-Prix. Charlotte was undefeated in the Band 3, Band 2 and U21 competitions. Charlotte had to fight hard with several 5 set victories, a notable one was against the number 1 seed and Scottish Champion, Gillian Edwards in the semi-final of the Band 2. Charlotte came from behind, being 2-1 down in sets and then from 6-3 down in the 5th, finishing it 7-11. Charlotte won 16 matches out of 18 during the weekend, the two losses in the main singles draw.