Report From Paul Eastham:
In division 1 this week, Carlton A managed to snatch the bonus point at home to 3rd place MGS A. The 7-11 result puts MGS up into the runners up spot & also puts Carlton 5 points clear of the drop zone. Jared Matthew was MOTM for his 6 games. David Lloyd blew away Hawks A on their home turf with a 15-3 win to retain the division 1 shield once again and for the 4th year on the trot. Clarky & Joanna Holt won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the evening. Well done guys! Hawks B had their annual relegation clash against MGS B this week at Clayton. The home side not only managed to win the match over their rivals, but took ALL 4 points to open up a 7 point gap between the 2 teams. Cathy Atfield won all of her 6 games to assist in the max point win and is duly awarded the LOTM. Both teams are not out of the woods yet, but Hawks certainly will be jubilant about this result, but in the final week of fixtures they host the other relegation team, Carlton A.
In division 2, Crusaders A thrashed Springfields B 18-0 to shoot into 3rd place and set up a ‘fight to the death’ title race. Carlton B denied Springfields B of any bonus point on offer by winning their home tie, 13-5. The result keeps Carlton in a strong mid table position considering they were in the drop zone in the 1st months of the season, but sends Springers down into division 3…… again! Mark Bradshaw, Jane Grant, Dave Boon & Joanne Richardson all won 5 games each. The Hillbilly’s hosted their final home match of the season this week at the fort, but they failed to gain any points in the battle against St. Andrews B. The 4-14 defeat still means they still stay in division 2 next season due to the result below. The max point win for Andrews keep them in 4th spot as John Parry won all of his 6 games to be the MOTM on the evening. After a 4-14 home defeat to MGS D, Hawks D are virtually relegated now and join Springfields B in division 3 next season. Rob Metcalf, Martin Hobin, Hayley Wilson & Jenny Stothard all won 5 games each to seal the win & send Hawks tumbling. Well, this is the one we have been waiting for… Clayton Crusaders A (3rd) v the current leaders, Hawks C. The match got off to a flyer with Clayton losing all the Men’s games and winning all the Ladies to be all square going into the mixed. Crusaders then won all the games in sets 5 & 6 before Hawks took both games in set 7 to leave the score at 8-6. The home side then won the remaining 4 games to win the match 12-6 to move up the table, just 2 points behind their opponents with 2 games in hand over them. As I did indeed predict at the beginning of the season, Crusaders have not let me down when I said ‘they would be up there at the end of the season’, but they still have some tough matches left to play including Andy’s twice, new leaders MGS C & Carlton B next week. Ciara Pender & Vikki Hatch won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night… but a ‘special mention’ must go out to Luke Brown for his ‘quack’ due to getting cramp in his legs on the evening & lost all of his 6 games; apparently for overdoing it at the gym earlier in the day….!! Yer right…. My mind boggles!!! 🙂 🙂 MGS C took advantage of the above result & moved top with an 11-7 win over Clitheroe A; Andy Finch was MOTM.
In 3, Hawks F got beat 7-11 at home by Springfields C who move up into 4th place on the tables. However, the result for Hawks virtually condemns them to fall next season into the 4th division. Chris Porter took home the MOTM award for his 6. Clitheroe B fell 7-11 at home to the leaders of the division, MGS E. Matt Seddon did most of the damage on the evening to help MGS retain a 5 point lead and at the same time gain promotion into division 2 next season. 🙂 🙂 🙂 2nd place, St. Andrews C hosted 3rd place Clayton Crusaders B in a promotion tussle match. As you would expect with a match like this, is a tight start and at 4 all after the levels the score was all square. In the mixed, Andy’s won the opening pair of games to go 6-4 up and then this was followed by 3 split sets to make the score 9-7 going into the final set. Fergus Munro & Lisa Harrison won the last 2 games 3 & 8 to win the match 11-7 & open up an 11 point gap between their opponents in 3rd place. Fergus was the MOTM on the evening for taking all of his 6 games.
In division 4, Preston College A won 11-7 at home to St. Andrews D & helps the team move away from the dreaded drop zone. The result opens up a 4 point gap over Andy’s & leave them dangling above the ‘red line’. Yet again, the best player on the evening was Hazel Bradshaw and for winning all of her 6 games she was duly named the LOTM. Springfields D grabbed the ‘vital’ bonus point in the final game of their match when they hosted Whittle A. They fell 6-12 as Tim Lawrence & Julie Youngs were the pair that won that final nail-biting game to aid their cause to scrabble away from the relegation zone. Whittle on the other hand may have felt that the bonus point was a point definitely lost as the scramble at the top of the table looks like it’s gonna go to the wire! Simon Wynn won 5 to be the best player on the night. MGS F moved into 2nd place with a 4 point max win home win over Preston College B and leaves the visitors 5 points adrift of safety. Jenny Stothard won all of her 6 games at 3rd Ladies to take home the LOTM award in the 14-4 victory. Whittle B hosted the leaders, Evergreens B this week and managed to grab the bonus point from the side who have been out in front from virtually the start of the season. In the 6-12 win for Evergreens, Darren Clayton was the MOTM on the evening as he won all of his 6 games to help keep his team 4 points clear at the top with a game in hand. Crusaders C took all 4 points in a 16-2 win over Penwortham B & move up into joint 3rd spot; Katy & Carl won 6 games each.
In division 5, Brindle were spanked at home this week by Clayton Crusaders D who move up into 3rd with a 1-17 win. Mythop won 10-8 at home to the youthful team of St. Andrews E. The improving youngsters gave Mythop a good run for their money, as I’ve often said, that just 1 season can see juniors come on so much. Jane Godsland won 5 of her 6 games for Andy’s to be the main stay for the visitors and my prediction for next season, they will get even stronger! Crusaders E got beat 2-16 at home to Whittle D as Joan Smally and Karen Butler won all of their 6 games to be the best pair. A five sided Evergreens C managed to just win the match 10-8 in the final set against Garstang B as Chris Chatwood won 5. A five sided Whittle C fell 4-14 at home to the Champions of the division, Project 12 to dent their promotion hopes.