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COVID-19 ALERTS

* TTW Vets cancelled
* Newtown stadium closed
* Empire stadium closed
* Summer competition suspended

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*** CANCELLED (postponement TBD) *** 2020 Wellington Vets Open – March 21 (Saturday)

The 2020 Table Tennis Wellington Veterans Open is being held on Saturday March 21 the conditions and forms are below or use the online form to enter. Please enter by 6pm on Wednesday March 18.

There are over 40/50/60/70 age groups (if you turn that age on or before Dec 31, 2020) – singles and doubles. The tournament will be held at the Empire Table Tennis Club Hall, Marine Parade, Petone. Round up your friends and car-pool in! Please pass this information on to anyone else you know who may be interested.

This is also a good lead up to the 2020 New Zealand Veteran Championships (Apr 9-13 in Christchurch).

Details and Entry Form

Online form or as a pdf to tournament@ttwellington.org.nz (or mail as per the form). Also refer to the Tournament Conditions.

Schedule

Saturday March 21
9:30amOver 50, Over 70(*)
12:30pmOver 40, Over 60(*)
(*) avoid entering concurrent age divisions unless singles in one and doubles in the other

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** SUSPENDED *** 2020 Summer Competition

COMPETITION SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Announcing TTW Summer Competition (interclub) for 2020 – round up your teammate(s) and spread the news and we look forward to your entry!

Two player teams, play two other teams each night, best of 5 to 11

  • Five Wednesdays March 4 – April 1 @ Empire TTC Hall (04 568 6054)
  • Open from 6:40pm, matches to start 7pm

FEES                $7 per player per Wednesday to the duty official before play

ENTER             by Thurs Feb 27 via your club or email (we match extras into composite teams). A team can have any number of players but only two play per match.

FORMAT          2 Player teams: each team plays two matches (against two other teams) each Wednesday – each team vs. team match is two singles each (best of 5 to 11) plus a one-set doubles (best of 1 to 11) played only if it is 2-all as a tie-break. I.e. each night you play four singles and sometimes also one or two doubles sets.

STRUCTURE    Divisions depend on entries.  Match sheets will be kept for tie breaking.

RESULTS          Available here and printed for display on the ETTC wall.

CONDUCT       The TTW Code of Conduct (see the website) will be enforced.

BALLS              White 3-star balls will be provided, accordingly you must wear non-white shirts.

RESERVES        Each team find your own fill-ins, consider rotating a third player in your team.

Code of Conduct

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2019 Oceania Junior Table Tennis Championships – Nuku’alofa

By Malcolm Wong on the 2019 Oceania Junior Table Tennis Championships – Nuku’alofa (7-10 August) at which he a part of tournament’s team of officials.

I arrived on Monday afternoon (5 August) on a Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Fua’amotu International Airport, Tonga.  Siaoski Faka’osi (Tournament Director) was there to meet me. His day job is Team Operations Coordinator for the Tonga Rugby Union and he has been to the last 2 Rugby World Cup as a Tongan Official. He transported me to the Atele Indoor Stadium where the 3rd Elevate Performance Training Camp (4-6 August) for Fiji (4) and Tonga (6) juniors was being run by Patrick Wuertz (former Oceania High Performance Officer).

Later I was taken to my accommodation at Villa Ishadora Hotel, which is by the Pacific Ocean. This was where the overseas referees and umpires stayed. Barry Griffiths (General Manager – ITTF Oceania) and Ryan Wiegand (Events Officer –  ITTF Oceania) who was the ITTF Competition Manager for the tournament, were also staying there. Jessica Macaskill (Development Officer – ITTF Oceania) was also in Tonga to assist with the tournament.

Continue reading “2019 Oceania Junior Table Tennis Championships – Nuku’alofa”

More 2019 Tournament Travel Reports – Nelson & Marlborough

Malcolm Wong’s reports on these two tournaments are here:

Andrew Maguire, Paul Solt, Malcolm Wong, & Tomos Christie travelled to the Marlborough Open while Paul Solt & Malcolm travelled to the Nelson Open. See the attachments for Malcolm’s reports now that I’ve finally posted them!

2019 Onslow Club Championships

The Club Championships were held at the Ngaio Town Hall on Thursday nights at the end of the club season.

Continue reading “2019 Onslow Club Championships”

November “Four Wednesdays” Spring Competition (2019)

This year’s November competition saw 37 players turn up on at least one night, including 25 who played three or four nights.

Thanks go to all the regulars, but thanks in particular to those players of the Winter Division One and Two standards who were prepared to play against the lower rated youngsters and encourage them in their quest for improvement. No doubt you will be seeing more of them in the next few seasons!

The competition was more about turning up and enjoying table tennis, sometimes against players not played before. Points were largely incidental, but the following had the top results at the end.

1              Depak Patel  (25 points)

2              John Gan (24 points)

3              Darrell Brown, Nabetari Tioti (22 points)

5              Liam Johnston, Harry Chen (21 points)

7              Matthew Hobbs (20 points)

8              Lucas Yang, Michael Stechman, Om Thakur, Zhidong Yu (19 points)

Continue reading “November “Four Wednesdays” Spring Competition (2019)”

2019 Junior Development Tournament #2 – Sunday September 15

We are pleased to announce the second Junior Development Tournament of 2019 with the assistance of Pub Charity.

This will be on Sunday September 15 at the Empire Table Tennis Club, Marine Parade, Petone. Enter by noon Saturday June 15 (see the details document).

Schedule
Under 12 1.15 pm
Under 14 9.30 am
Under 17 1.15 pm

Players should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the starting time and report to the Tournament Manager’s desk. Do not wear white or especially light coloured clothing and wear correct sports clothing & non marking sports shoes.

Refer to the form for more details!

2019 New World Wellington City Table Tennis Wellington Open Championships – Summary

Recently Table tennis Wellington held the 2019 Wellington Open. 77 players participated, up slightly on the previous few years. There were a number of players from other Associations, particularly Manawatu, but also Auckland, Waitemata, Waikato and Marlborough.

Results as follows:

Men’s Singles Matthew Ball (Man) Sean Hanson
Women’s Singles Hui-Ling Vong Ye Zhai
Men’s Doubles Matthew Ball (Man) & Rajitha Samaraweera (Ak) Noam Bar-Shalom & Yotam Malka
Women’s Doubles Lisa Yue & Ye Zhai Yashka Rabichand & Anna Wilson
Mixed Doubles Sean Hanson & Ye Zhai Rajitha Samaraweera (Ak)& Hui-Ling Vong
Men’s Singles Plate Andrew Maguire Bryan McConnochie
B Grade Singles James Harter Mark Page (Wk)
B Grade Doubles Depak Patel & Daniel Rosner James Harter & Mark Page (Wk)
C Grade Singles Harry Chen Tony Rutledge
C Grade Doubles Carlos Fung (Man) & Callum McKinnon (Man) Andrew Palmer (Wait) & Tony Rutledge
D Grade Singles Martin Young Michael Stechman
D Grade Doubles Andrew Maguire & Michael Stechman Jacqui Wood (Marl) & Vanessa Wood-Lin (Marl)
Under 13 Singles Akshay Aneesh (Man) Yufeng Wang
Under 13 Doubles Aaron Lan & Yufeng Wang Akshay Aneesh (Man) & Hadley James (Man)
Under 15 Boys Singles Callum McKinnon (Man) Yufeng Wang
Under 15 Girls Singles Yashka Rabichand Vanessa Wood-Lin (Marl)
Under 15 Doubles Yashka Rabichand & Anna Wilson Callum McKinnon (Man) & Vanessa Wood-Lin (Marl)
Under 15 Boys Plate Abilash Sivasith Ben Riddell
Under 18 Boys Singles Callum McKinnon (Man) Carlos Fung (Man)
Under 18 Girls Singles Hui-Ling Vong Vanessa Wood-Lin (Marl)
Under 18 Doubles Carlos Fung (Man) & Callum McKinnon (Man) Yashka Rabichand & Anna Wilson
Over 30 Singles David Buckrell Daniel Rosner
Over 30 Doubles Heath Murdoch & Callum Rusbridge Depak Patel & Daniel Rosner
Over 40 Singles Daniel Rosner James Wang
Over 40 Doubles Depak Patel & Daniel Rosner John Gan & Heath Murdoch
Over 50 Singles Lindsay Ward Bryan McConnochie
Over 50 Doubles Bryan McConnochie & Lindsay Ward John Gan & Heath Murdoch
Over 60 Singles Lindsay Ward Tony Rutledge
Over 60 Doubles Bryan McConnochie & Lindsay Ward Malcolm Wong & Martin Young

Congratulations to the titleholders, the volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, the volunteer umpires, to Maggie on the shop & to Empire for hosting the event and to everyone who completed or just came along to watch and helped make this event a success!

2019 Winter Interclub – Series 2 [Completed]

The second Series of Winter Interclub has concluded with the following outcomes:

In the Premier Grade, Titan Terriers beat Empire Enforcers to win the Tommy Williams Cup.

In Division One, Onslow Ogres beat Empire Enigmas to win the Chris Williams Cup.

Division Two winners were the Titan Young Guns ahead of Empire Egrets at the conclusion of a double round robin and Empire Energisers beat Waterloo Wolves in the final of Division Three.

Congratulations to all these winners and thanks to all the players who took part and the clubs that entered them.

Om on the attack

Newsletter & Upcoming Events

Announcing the inaugural…

Also here are some upcoming events:

Jun 29-30 North Shore Open
Jun 29 Hawkes Bay Open (Napier)
Jul 7-8 Central Region Junior, Cadet and Hopes Training Camp (Palmerston North)
Jul 7-13 Australian Junior Championships (TTNZ Selected Teams) Wollongong - starring Anna Wilson
Jul 12-14 North Island Individual Championships (Wanganui)
Jul 20-21 Otago Open (Dunedin)
Jul 27-28 Wellington Open
Aug 2 CollegeSport Wellington Table Tennis Regionals Individuals (enter by July 25)
Aug 3-4 Waikato Open (Hamilton)
Aug 7-10 ITTF-Oceania Junior Championships (Tonga)
Aug 9 CollegeSport Wellington Table Tennis Regionals Teams (enter by Aug 1)
Sep 2-4 NZ Secondary School Championships
Sep 7-8 Manawatu Open
Sep 28-Oct 6 NZ Junior & Senior Championships (Christchurch) 

A Blast from the Past – 1997 Hutt Valley Women’s Team

By Malcolm Wong

The Hutt Valley Women’s Team won the NZ Women’s A Grade Teams (Herbert G Teagle Memorial Challenge Shield) for the first time at the NZ Championships held in Timaru (1997).

 v Southland 1      won 7-2
 v South Canterbury won 7-2
 v Composite 2      won 7-2
 v Composite 1      won 5-3
 v Canterbury       won 5-4
 v Canterbury (Final) won 5-2 

Singles averages:

Sabine Westenra (Belmont)    14/15  93%
Tracey McLauchlan (Waterloo) 10/14  71%
Melissa Beazer (Waterloo)    8/14   57%
Averil Roberts (Belmont)     4/8    50% 

In the Individual events Tracey won the Under 21 Women Singles and Doubles (with Melissa Beazer) and the Under 19 Girls Singles and Doubles (with Melissa Beazer). Melissa Beazer won the Under 19 Mixed Doubles (with Jason Ng, Auckland). Averil Roberts (Hutt Valley President) won the Over 35 and 45 Women Doubles (with Val Beaver (Counties Manukau).

In the Under 19 A Grade Girls Teams, Hutt Valley (Tracey McLauchlan, Melissa Beazer, Belinda Beazer and Aroha Tam – all Waterloo) won all their matches. They beat Auckland in the final 5-2.

In 1999 Hutt Valley (Tracey McLauchlan, Sabine Westenra, Diana White, Raewyn Young) again won the NZ Womens A Grade Teams in Palmerston North. They defeated Auckland 5-4 in the final.

1997 HV Women's Team
In 1997: Averil Roberts, Sabine Westenra,
Tracey McLauchlan, Melissa Beazer

In 1975 The Hutt Valley Men’s Team (Gary Murphy, Terry Murphy, Hone Ridley, Murray Borlase) won the NZ Men’s A Grade Teams (Kean Challenge Shield) for the first and only time in Christchurch. In a round robin (6 teams) they had 4 wins and 1 loss which was the same as Franklin. As Hutt Valley had beaten Franklin they won the A Grade.

Information for this report came from the 1997 Hutt Valley Table Tennis Association Annual Report, 1975 and 1999 TTNZ Annual Report and the TTNZ Website.

2019 New World Wellington City Table Tennis Wellington Open Championships (July 27-28)

We are pleased to announce the:

2019

New World Wellington City

Table Tennis Wellington
Open Championships

Saturday/Sunday 27-28 July

Enter Online (or pdf / xlsx)
Conditions

Entries are due by Online Entry, email, phone 04 478 0841, or mailed
to PO Box 12-038 Wellington, to be received by 9pm Wednesday 24 July.

This will be held at the Empire Table Tennis Stadium.

Thanks also to Pub Charity and TTSports

TTNZ Vets, Juniors vs. Australia, ITTF Hopes

TTNZ Veterans

Recently we had Wellington vets at the TTNZ Veterans tournament and also representing New Zealand in test teams vs. Australia at the TTNZ vets in Taupo (full results).  Many Wellington players attended & placings achieved by Wellington players are listed below:

Over 40 mixed doubles Sabine Westenra (with Lyndon White, CAN) 3rd-equal
Over 40 women’s doubles Sabine Westenra (with Christine Young, WAIT) 2nd
Over 50 women’s singles won by Sabine Westenra
Over 50 men’s singles Lindsay Ward came 3rd
Over 50 mixed doubles Sabine Westenra (with Lyndon White, CAN) won
Over 50 women’s doubles Sabine Westenra (with Haiyan Zhang, QLD) 2nd
Over 60 mixed doubles Lindsay Ward & Leigh Grinlinton 2nd
Over 60 men’s doubles Chris Talbot & Lindsay Ward 3rd-equal

In the selected NZ Test Teams vs. Australia we had:

Over 50s women: Sabine Westenra (5-0 to NZ)
Over 60s men: Lindsay Ward (2-3 to Aust)
Over 65s men: Ian Talbot (1-4 to Aust)

Well done to the above and to all the Wellington players who attended!

Anna Wilson vs. Australia

Table Tennis New Zealand is excited to be sending a team of 15 players to the Australian Junior Championships in Wollongong in July after a collaborative agreement was signed between TTNZ and TTA aimed at fostering development. The last Junior Team to participate in Australian Junior Championships was in Queensland in 2010.

From Wellington we have Anna Wilson selected by TTNZ – congratulations from all of us to Anna!

Yufeng Wang in the ITTF Hopes week

The 2019 ITTF-Oceania Hopes (Under 12) Week was held in April in Waikato with local boy Yufeng Wang selected to attend after qualifying in the New Zealand Hopes Open held in Christchurch in January.  The young players attend a week long camp headed by Eva Jeler, one of the most decorated coaches in the world.

2019 Junior Development Tournament #1 – Sunday June 16

We are pleased to announce the first Junior Development Tournament of 2019 with the assistance of Pub Charity.

This will be on Sunday June 16 at the Empire Table Tennis Club, Marine Parade, Petone. Enter by noon Saturday June 15 (see how).

Schedule
Under 12 1.15 pm
Under 14 9.30 am
Under 17 1.15 pm

Players should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the starting time and report to the Tournament Manager’s desk. Do not wear white or especially light coloured clothing and wear correct sports clothing & non marking sports shoes.

Refer to the form for more details!

National University Champs

Remember to keep checking the Table Tennis Wellington Facebook group for even more of the goings on in Wellington especially all the news on the NZ Univerity Champs held recently in Wellington up there with piles of pictures and video uploaded by Rob!

Winter Interclub 2019 – Series One

Series One of Winter Interclub finished with intriguing nights for the Premier and Division One grades.

On Tuesday, the Brian Hearfield Cup for winning Premier One went to the UwU team of Hui-Ling Vong and James Harter, despite their 3-2 loss to the Dreamers. UwU only needed to win one match to clinch the title. Tarantulas and Dreamers were tied on points and matches won for second and a count back on sets showed tarantulas ahead with 41 sets won and 32 sets lost compared to Dreamers who had 37 sets both won and lost.

Premier Two saw Enforcers comfortably win their match and grade from the Tomatoes, Depak Patel and Daniel Rosner played well over the three weeks, only dropping two matches.

Wednesday saw the eagerly anticipated rematch of the previous week between Empire Enigmas and Titan Target, playing off this week in the final for the Chris Williams Cup. If a week is a long time in politics, the same can now be said about table tennis. Titan Target reversed last week’s 3-8 loss by winning 7-4. Incredibly, despite all six players being the same both weeks, the result of six matches (including two doubles) changed from the previous encounter. Hugo Yick, Tom Christie and Yufeng Wang played all eight weeks and deserved their win on the night.

Also on Tuesday Division Two had their grade championships with eight players entering. Hirotake Watanabe came out the winner from Ben Riddell, who also showed good form on the night. Peter Lowe beat Aaron Lan in the 3-4 playoff, while Maggie Dyer won the consolation event.

Next week sees the opportunities for Premier and Division One players who played this season to play in their grade championships. Be there before 7.00 pm to register.

Remember, the Wellington Open is coming up fast, scheduled for Sat/Sun 27 & 28 July. Register online.

Series 1 Final Results

Here are the rules for winter interclub.

2019 TTSports Wellington Autumn Open (April 27-28)

Results

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who entered or came along to watch!

  Winner Runner/s Up
Men’s Singles Matthew Ball (Man) Yuhan Gao (NS)
Women’s Singles Fiona Ye Zhai Michelle McCarthy
Men’s Doubles J Harter & B Omizu B Collins & S Hanson
Women’s Doubles H-L Vong & F Ye Zhai H Beumelburg & L Mercer-Beumelburg (Can)
Mixed Doubles Y Gao (NS) & H-L Vong S Hanson & F Ye Zhai
B Singles Jack Webb (Man) Zhidong Yu
C Singles Callum McKinnon (Man) Paul Solt
D Singles Robert Swapneel Peter Bloor
Under 21 Singles Jack Webb (Man) Callum McKinnon (Man)
Over 25 Singles Matthew Ball (Man) Yuhan Gao (NS)
Over 25 Doubles R Cronin & D Patel D Buckrell & Y Low
Over 35 Singles Depak Patel David Buckrell
Over 35 Doubles D Patel & D Rosner A Maguire & N Tioti
Over 45 Singles Lindsay Ward Depak Patel
Over 45 Doubles D Brown & D Patel L Ward & L Grinlinton
Over 55 Singles Zhidong Yu Lindsay Ward
Over 55 Doubles P Solt & Z Yu L Ward & L Grinlinton
Under 12 Singles Genji Nozaki (Ak) Aaron Lan
Under 12 Doubles A Lan & G Nozaki (Ak) B Perez & J Turner
Under 14 Singles Mike Sung (Man) G Nozaki (Ak)
Under 14 Doubles A Lan & G Nozaki (Ak) T Christie & B Riddell
Under 16 Boys Singles Callum McKinnon (Man) Hugo Yick
Under 16 Girls Singles Lydia Mercer-Beulmelburg (Can) Yashka Rabichand
Under 16 Doubles H Yick & L Mercer-Beulmelburg (Can) C McKinnon (Man) & A Wilson
Under 18 Singles Hugo Yick Callum McKinnon (Man)
Under 18 Doubles C Fung & C McKinnon (Man) Y Rabichand & A Wilson
Women’s Singles Consolation Abbey Webb (Man) Amber Guo
Under 21 Consolation Carlos Webb (Man) Olly Evans
Over 25 Consolation David Buckrell Andrew Maguire
Over 35 Consolation Darrell Brown Liam Johnston
Over 45 Consolation Helen Beumelburg (Can) Andrew Maguire
Under 12 Consolation Aiden Zhao Jeffrey Zhao
Under 14 Consolation Fergus Randell Ben Riddell
Under 16 Boys Consolation Taeyeon Ryu Abilash Sivasith
Continue reading “2019 TTSports Wellington Autumn Open (April 27-28)”

2019 World Individual Championships in Budapest in April – Lisa Yue

Lisa Yue has been confirmed by TTNZ for the 2019 World Individual Championships! This is being held in Budapest, Hungary from April 21-28.

The top players in the world will converge there for a week of the best table tennis play in the world. As well as competing this will be a massive experience for Lisa and we all wish her congratulations and best wishes on behalf of all table tennis players in Wellington & NZ.

“This is going to be the biggest World Table Tennis Championships ever in the history of Hungary. In numbers, it means that more than half a billion people will watch the games on TV worldwide. Around one hundred colleagues are working on the event right now to reach one goal: organise another great event with huge success in Hungary.”
– Roland Nátrán, President of Hungarian Table Tennis Federation

If you happen to be passing through Hungary around that time get some tickets otherwise we can keep up to date with the results online!

Budapest, not a bad spot to play table tennis.

2019 Junior Training Program for Beginners – Flyer

You might know we have been running various junior training sessions and for Term 1 in particular is a new Thursdays beginner section from 7-8pm at Empire.

Please forward this to anyone you know who is or has a junior with a gap on Thursdays!

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