Email from the Chairman
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Hi BADTTC Members,
As some of you might already be aware we, BADTTC, have been contacted
over the last week or so by John Birkin, the Oxford Table Tennis League
Fixtures Secretary. The Oxford League has 3 new teams this year which,
albeit is a good sign, is a headache when trying to arrange the
John was faced with putting together a new league format, 1
consisting of 4 divisions (8/8/9/9) or 1 consisting of 3 divisions
(11/12/11). Anyway, John asked for our opinion and sent us over the
proposed league formations with the teams assigned to each division. It
was a good thing that he did because this actually brought our attention
to the fact that the league had placed our B and C teams into different
divisions, B in Div 3 and C in Div 4.
We naturally pushed back on this
and told John that these teams had been strengthened since last year and
that neither team would face much of a challenge in Div 4. What this
also did was bring up a debate on which team should actually be the B
and which team C, something that probably wasn't really considered at
our AGM. The percentages were taken into account and in the end we
agreed that Andy's team should be the B team.
Anyway we still wanted
both teams in Div 3 and made this clear to John. John then came back a
couple of days later with the revised format and team placings, see
Div 1 - A Team - Tony Gorman, Jeff Rigby, Arun Jogi, Peter Hargreaves
Div 2 - B Team - Andy Crofts, Dave Bignell, Geoff Loder
Div 3 - C Team - Nick Lacy, Steve Laird, Joe Marrs
Div 4 - D Team - Stan Harding, James Moore, Tom Marrs John Chalcraft
So the B team are now in Div 2 and the C team in Div 3, a better result
than any of us expected.
John Chalcraft, we have assigned you to the Div
4 team initially so that you can support this team, if needed, before
moving up to play in Div 2 / 3. I think it is great that we have a team
in Div 2 and I'm sure players in Div 3 will get the opportunity to play
for this team. It is very important that the Div 2 team does well so
that we keep a team I each division, this gives us the opportunity to
progress improving players though the divisions up to Div 1.
On a more general note, it would be good to see our teams fighting more
for promotion this year than relegation. So let's get more people down
the club training and practicing.
Rob, I'm sorry things haven't worked out as you would have liked this
year but you are more than welcome to sign up for the D team. I think
again here we have a real chance of fighting for promotion which would
be almost guaranteed with your support.
Let me know if anyone has any issues or questions.