With the Winter season now getting down to the business end with the last few matches to be played we now look at the top four divisions to see who is going to be lifting the divisional trophies at the end of the season.
In Division 1, although Southdown are top with Eliot Stevens leading the way having lost only one match all season it is Maresfield who look in poll position to win the top spot. Edward Ellis and Jason Hartnoll are the star players for Maresfield with a 100% record. Maresfield are not the largest club with just five courts and two Men’s teams – so it would be a superb achievement if they win the title. And they are odds on.
Two larger and historically high achieving clubs – Storrington and Angmering are battling it out for the third spot. The decisive match will be between the two clubs in early March and it may hinge on whether the two clubs can get out their stars – Alex Fox and Sam Hesling respectively.
Its all over in Division 2 with the Crawley First Team romping it. They have won all their matches convincingly apart from a draw with the Weald. Most of their wins have been down to three star players – Jamie Muirhead who has a 100% record plus Paul Mumford and Florian Dorgerloh who both have an 18 – 4 sets record. Down in the basement of Division 2 Virgin Active, West Worthing and Grasshoppers are battling to stay up.
The situation in Division 3 is similar in that the leading Club – Comptons – is streets ahead propelled to the summit by John Graham and top coach Rhys Hanger. Statistically Storrington could challenge Comptons if they get maximum points in their next two fixtures. Stuart Li – Tremble and Jack Chapman are the key players here and having already beaten Comptons this Winter and will feel confident that they can nick the top spot.
In Division 4 Seaford have won the Division and promotion having achieved 20 points after playing 6 matches. The Green, although second ran out of matches in the end to challenge. The rest of the Division has been even with teams taking points off each other. Middleton are adrift and its now down to the Weald, Preston and Bognor to battle it out to avoid relegation with Pav & Ave having all but secured Division 4 status for the next season. With four teams going down there is little room for manoeuvre. All the results here:
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