27 Nov
27Nov

I reported in the last Journal that our teams playing at the Centre were not exactly excelling this season, and I’m afraid that there has been little improvement to our positions in the League divisions since then. The main reason is, I think, that the reorganization of the divisions since the lock down has badly affected us, and I guess we have to find our true level. I don’t think we are generally becoming poorer players, but it is true that several of us are getting older as the seasons fly past! But we do now have some new players who are still improving with the experience gained as they mature.


It could also be that a few more youngsters are coming through the ranks in other teams that we play against, which is a good thing. I was impressed a few weeks ago, playing in the UEA Sports hall, where 3 of the UEA teams of “boys and girls” were competing hard against three teams of more mature players in the Norwich League.


Our C team actually won their first match of this season, and I even managed a win from the 3 matches that I played. The young and friendly students were generally most gracious in defeat, which was good to witness. Their keenness and competitiveness were most apparent. My only complaint was that it took so much time and effort for us to retrieve the ball after each rally in such a vast UEA Sports Hall, with balls flying everywhere. It is good to play at “Home” in the single table situation atthe Centre.


At the other end of the spectrum, I played at Rockland Parish Room a few weeks ago. We arrived a bit late owing to road diversions which must have been tampered with, as we ended up in Loddon, and negotiated single file roadsin places. Their room is just wide enough for us to sit beside the table to watch and score the matches and beware aggressive players who may end up on a lap!


That’s enough of this banter to avoid our results, but here comes the true positions of the Teams in the Norwich and District league.

PREMIER B-SFC A PLAYED 6, DRAWN 2, LOST 5
LEAGUE POSITIION 12TH OF 12
PREMIER B- SFC B PLAYED 7, WON 1, DRAWN 2, LOST 5
LEAGUE POSITION 10TH OF 12
PREMIER C- SFC C PLAYED 6, WON 1, LOST 5,
LEAGUE POSITION 10TH OF 12

There are still a few matches to complete the first half of the season, so let us hope that a win or two for each team will be achieved before we enter 2024.


Our team in the Dereham and District League are also fighting to keep their heads above the water, lying 7th out of 9 teams in Division 1 of that league, having lost 6 and drawn 1 of their matches.
To their credit, they have had some very close matches losing out 4-6 in 4 of their encounters.


My next report will be in 2024, so good wishes to you all as another year approaches.


Paul Elsegood