Pindar and Ravenscar favourites to battle for division one crown

Martin Lowe (above left) and Ashley Hodgson are teammates in the British League but are rivals in the Scarborough league
Martin Lowe (above left) and Ashley Hodgson are teammates in the British League but are rivals in the Scarborough league

The new season of the Scarborough Table Tennis League gets underway on Monday.

In division one Pindar Leisure Centre will be going all out to retain their title and make it a hat-trick of league titles.

They will be heartened with the good news that Toby Waterhouse will be available and as back-up they might be able to rely on former Scarborough number one Rebecca George if her availabilty allows.

Amazingly, no Pindar player finished in the top three of the averages but their quality in depth might again be the key factor in holding on to their title.

Last year’s runners-up Ravenscar have quietly added to their squad and Corinthians welcome back Dale Symons after a long spell out of action an with injury.

Martin Lowe’s young side, Rolo continue to make progress up the league and maybe this is the season that both Ben Rowe and Ethan Lowe make the impact to support the league dominance of their captain.

The two newly-promoted sides Ryedale Sports Club and Whitby Springhill will provide strong opposition to all the other teams in a very competitive division.

Both clubs can strengthen their side by calling on players who play in either the Ryedale or York League.

Division two stands out as only seven teams are in it which makes each team play each other three times.

However all teams are very strong and it is difficult to name a promotion favourite although newly-formed Hackness TTC will be the team to watch.

They have in their ranks seasoned division one players Noel and Ann Seery plus the much-improved Chis Found and Tom Byrne.

Hobnobs will also have a big say with a very strong squad that includes the promising Jack Boddy.

It could also be Pindar’s season if Nigel Clapham can show his undoubted potential alongside the consistent play of Guy Hutchinson but they cannot afford injuries as they have a small squad to choose from.

It is all to play for in division three with no strong contenders.

Trinity’s David Frost and St Ives’ Steve Miller have now retired from the sport.

Both players will be sorely missed not just by their clubs but also the league.

Trinity have replaced Frost with two talented juniors, Moke Warburton and Matty Lowe, who will no doubt gain great matchplay experience playing for Trinity in this division.

The division also sees the introduction of a Scalby School side that includes Luke Howland, James Briggs and Anthony Wilson, who did well last year for the Academy.