Thanks for your help and bug fixes.
I set up an oowriter template file containing 2 separate tables and 2 'sections' formatted for 2 or 3 columns.
I thought I could locate the tables by using their names, but that did not work.
I couldn't see how to use getTableList because I could not see how to translate a member of that list to a table name or identify what the elements referred to.
I had to add some text into the table and then use the select ElementsbyContent for example: