County Vets Secretary Neil Brierley reports on Essex Vets teams.
A round up of the Essex vets teams at this stage of the season:
040 1st team: Played it’s first weekend on 27/28 October. Led by Tony West, with Clive Carthy, Mark Wicker and Jenny Harrison on the Saturday only ( no lady on the Sunday) this team has 3 points from 3 games. The remaining weekend is 6/7 April at Milton Keynes when Debbie Auvache will be available so we will have a full team.
040 2nd team : John Monk captains this team with Alex Abbott , Kevin Caldon and Gill Locke.They played on 27/28 Oct and 24th Nov. The team has had a magnificent season winning 6 matches out of 7. The only loss was to South Yorkshire who unfortunately won all their games to clinch promotion.
040 3rd team: This team has 4 points out of 4 so far with wins over Berks and Worcs. The team comprises Paul Martindill, Phil Walker , Keith Fung and Debbie Auvache. Final weekend is 6/7 April in Southampton.
040 4th team : Lin Attridge runs this team with John Poysden, Gary Baker and Richard Brown. They played on 20th Oct, 5th Jan and 9th Feb. The team finished midway with 2 wins, one draw and 3 defeats.
060 1st team: I was privileged to watch this team on the final day at Milton Keynes on 3rd March when only set difference allowed Yorkshire to take the national title away from Essex. The standard is incredibly high and Stuart Gibbs, Peter Radford, Dave Bowles and Marjorie Dawson all played superbly.
060 2nd team: Led by Shirley Carroll with Peter Ballard, Alan Burgess and Chris Jacob this team played all their games at BATTS on 5/6 Jan and 10th Feb and really enjoyed their table tennis. They finished a very creditable third and lost only once all season.