IN THE second part of his preview of the Boston and District Table Tennis League, Mick Maltby casts his eyes over the hopefuls in the A.D. Dickinson Division Two...
Very sportingly, Lodgers H, who occupied the runners-up position last season, agreed to stay down in Division Two so that there could be 10 teams in each division.
This followed the demise of Penmaen E from Division Two, and Penmaen D from Division One.
Several teams this season have new blood, while others have lost key players.
Graves Park Nomads will miss sixth-ranked Tris Clow and Harry Paul, although G. Hall has joined Walt Bridges and Chips Davey during the summer break.
Lodgers C have metamorphosed into Graves Park E, minus Steve Blanchard, who has signed on for Lodgers D.
Lodgers H have been joined by Scott Raistrick, while Penmaen C have added Mat Lilley from Penmaen D, Fred Calvert moving across to Sibsey B.
With all these changes, only four players remain in the division from last season’s top 10, making a very open competition.
So where will they be come April?
Lodgers H and Penmaen C must fancy their chances this season, coming second and third respectively last season, although relegated Graves Park B might have something to say on the matter.
Sibsey B, with fourth-ranked Steve Hill making a real contribution last season, will be a force to be reckoned with, together with Wrangle B (surely better than their eighth place last time round?), Sibsey A and Lodgers D contesting the mid-table battle.
Graves Park Nomads will hope that new signing G. Hall will quickly find his feet, and help to propel them up the table, but it will be difficult to see them improve on last season’s sixth place.
This leaves Graves Park E and Belchford, who will pick up points – they won six and drew three games between them last season – but may find it hard to better last season’s positions.
All team captains should now have received their new handbooks, but all the fixtures may be found, alongside plenty of other useful information, on the League’s website: www.bdttl.org.uk