Southend Table Tennis Juniors enter 2010 full of confidence

Two Southend junior teams will be hoping to emulate their all conquering success of 2009. A Southend representative team consisting of Owen Warren (15), Sam Chesher (17) and Leon Smart (17) finished the year by winning Division 1 of the National Junior League in Ellenborough in Dec 2009. The Southend team had been promoted to Division 1 after having won Division 2 earlier in the year.

The league consisted of 8 teams and Southend beat Wembley and Harrow 6-3, Mossford 9-0, Chelmsford 6-3, Ellenborough A 8-1, Urban Progress A 8-1, Bishop Challenor A 9-0 suffering only one narrow defeat at the hands of Morpeth 4-5. All 3 players appeared at the top of the individual averages with Owen and Leon being joint second on 89% having won 17 out of 19 games.

The Southend representative side had also been crowned Essex Junior Inter League champions earlier in the year.

The recently formed junior team, T-T on sea consisting of Kieron Skeggs (14), Bede Kelly (12), Jack Burns (15), and Emily Godfrey (13) also entered the National Junior League competing in Division 2. they topped the group with 60 points ahead of Ellenborouh B in second place on 39 points. Their level of victory was even more emphatic than the representativeteam as they totally dominated the league. They were worthy champions beating every team they played. More astoundingly was the margin of their victory. Of the games played they only dropped 3 sets out of a possible 63. They beat Urban Progress B 9-0, Ellenborough D 9-0, Ellenborough B 8-1, Ellenborough C 8-1, Bishop Challenor B 9-0, St Edmunds8-1, and Ellenborough E 9-0.

The individual averages saw Kieron and Emily both sitting in joint first position having got perfect 100% win ratio. Kieron won all 19 of his games and Emily won 8 out of 8. Jack was not far behind on 94% winning 18 out of 19 games. Bede Kelly can also feel proud of his contribution 81% winning 9 of his 11 games.

T-T on sea has now been promoted to Division 1 where they will play some very strong opposition including the ‘battle of the seaside’ against Southend.

2009 also saw some notable individual achievements with the number 1 Junior Nicola Syderenko continuing to represent Essex A against some of the countries best players in the County Championships. During the year Emily Godfrey, Owen Warren and Sam Langton also made their Essex debuts. Taylor Nunn (10) was also asked to be a reserve for the East of England Regional Team.

2009 is certainly a year that the town’s youngsters will never forget and they are equally determined to ensure that 2010 is just as successful especially as this is the last year that Leon Smart and Sam Chesher will be eligible to play for the Junior team.

Report by Jim Stait