Last season’s runner-up, Amiens Sport Table Tennis will return to Pro B on September 20th. The championship now takes place in three phases, which is not to everyone’s taste.
The French Table Tennis Federation has decided to break the codes this year. No more single return matches, the championship will now become three phases. First, the 11 teams are played in a single dry match. A first classification is established. The first 8 teams are divided into 2 4″ hens amounts », this time being played in home and away matches. While the last 4 teams play a pool descending in home and away matches. The 11th and 12th will descend in National 1. Finally, the two rising hens will play classification matches to close the exercise. The first two compete for the rise in pro A, the two seconds are played, the two third and the two fourth.
Amiens STT had opposed the adoption of this new format but will quickly have to adapt, since the first match of the season is scheduled for September 20 with the receipt of Sainte-Pierre. Before that, the Amiens will challenge a selection of Barbarians world-class table tennis players September 11th afternoon at Salle Labaume in a friendly match.
In the off-season, the team coached by Arnaud Sellier has been modified somewhat. Gregory Jean (Montpellier, Pro B) and Horace Cifuentes (Charters, Pro A) are gone. The Brazilian Eric Jouy and the Danish Tobias Rasmussen came to lend a hand Tomi Lakatos and jesus cantero. The goal for the Picard club will be to finish in the first 8 places during the first phase, to ensure maintenance, and avoid the hen of death.
The schedule for phase 1 of the 2022/23 Pro B season:
- 1before day: Tuesday, September 20 6:30 p.m.: Amiens – Saint Pierraise
- 2th day: Tuesday 18 October at 7 p.m.: Montpellier – Amiens
- 3th day: Tuesday 24 October at 6.30 p.m.: Amiens – Lille
- 4th day: Tuesday November 8 at 7 p.m.: Argentan – Amiens
- 5th day: Friday 11 November at 7 p.m.: Amiens – Miramas
- 6th day: Tuesday, November 22 7:30 p.m.: Metz – Amiens
- seventh day: Friday, November 25 6:30 p.m.: Amiens – Roanne
- 8th day: Tuesday, December 13 7 p.m.: Istres – Amiens
- 9th day: Friday, December 18 6:30 p.m.: Amiens – Tours
- tenth day: date to be determined in January 2023: Amiens – Bruille
- 11th day: date to be determined in January 2023: Villeneuve-sur-Lot – Amiens
Illustration photo credit: Léandre Leber – Gazette Sports