NATIONAL JUNIOR LEAGUE (South)
4th round: 02/03/13
Kidlington Girls Dominate
In the absence of Kristelle Brook, it was left to Teisi Tamming, Chloe Yau and 11 year-old Vicky Coll to finish off the season in the National Junior League (South). This they did in style with a 3-3 v Cippenham A, 6-0 wins over Lingfield A and B, and a 5-1 win over Cippenham B, thus extending their dominance of the Girls’ Division to a 12 point margin. Teisi, in her last year as a junior, went through the whole season unbeaten. The team has been managed to successive triumphs by Tak Wa Yau.
There were several gaps to fill in the three Boys’ teams, missing Lewis Sumner, Ethan Ball, Fabian Audifferen and pocket rocket Reece Chamdal (finally growing a bit now that he has passed his 11th birthday). Joe McKenna-Jones made his debut for the C team, joining up with Jamie Felton, Josh Selby (another 11 year-old) and Ben Neumeier. They sailed through Division 3, winning 5-1, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. Toby Neumeier has masterminded the C team campaign throughout, taking a break from the rather more serious task of supervising the expansion of five English BMW plants. We hope to see the Neumeiers again next season, as their two year stay now has now been extended to four.
Niall Harris kept up his fine record for Boys B, scoring several excellent wins over higher rated opponents in Division 1. Kavan Warrender and Luke Jobling also responded to the challenge, resulting in draws with both Spinners B and Cippenham A and a narrow loss to Spinners A. They finished 5th/6 in their first appearance in the top flight, a credit to their Team Manager, Aaron Harris.
James Rowan was promoted to Boys A in Division 2, but found it hard going and had to rely on Simon Price (6/8) and Jonah Stott (6/8) to propel the team into 3rd place with wins over Cippenham B, Reading B and Kingfisher, but well beaten by Crusaders.
This was a fine effort by all concerned to fill the spaces left through the absence of key players on the day.
John Birkin (City/Forum junior team manager)