Table Tennis Wellington

Winter Interclub Series 2 @ Week 5

Current full results as of week 5: Winter 2016 Results Tables Series 2 Week 5

It’s especially close at the top of the table in Division One where the top-three teams will go down to the wire (Waterloo Wolves have already had their bye)!

As a reminder to Premier players: you have a grade championships next prior to playoffs the following week.


Team Players Points
Waterloo Wasps John Gan, Sean Hanson, Vance Kelly, Hayden Tapp 5
Titan Terriers Ben Collins, Frank Fu, Hui-Ling Vong, Lindsay Ward 4
Empire Entertainers Paul Brown, James Harter, Depak Patel 3
Empire Eagles Ryan Cronin, Paul Solt, Ian Talbot 2
Titan Trailblazers David Buckrell, Rob Chung, Bryan McConnochie, Phillip McConnochie 1
Empire Energisers Harry Chen, Martin Young, Zhidong Yu 0


Team Players Points
Onslow Titan Shane Gibson, Mat Hobbs, Nabe Talabu 46
Empire Enforcers Andrew Maguire, Tony Rutledge, Brendyn Shaw 46
Waterloo Wolves Craig Gear, Scott Higham, Gareth Telfer 36
Empire Emperors Darrell Brown, Liam Johnston, Om Thakur 28
Waterloo Wapitis Jeremy Evans, Dean McNicholl, Martin Xiong 16
Titan Waterloo Liam Buckrell, Calvin Li, Larn Sweeney 13
Empire Enigmas Russell Buchanan, Bruce Connolly, Sandeep Shivakumar, Chris Williams 10


Team Players Points
Empire Elms So Eguchi, Yuri Yudistra, Vladimir Vysotskiy 33
Waterloo Whales Ian Thomas, Chris Sutton, Tim Wilson 25
Empire Egrets Maggie Dyer, Peter Lowe, Graham Sole, Kaz Witko 23
The Combo Kevin Haines, Harrison Pan, Roger Watkin 17
Empire Karori Echoes Anita Crowe, Ian Grace, Pradip Manchanda 4
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CollegeSport Completed

Check out the 2016 CSW Table Tennis – Team Champs Facebook page for photos on the recent CollegeSport champs!  Thanks to our trusty volunteers Richard Lee, Rob Chung & Bruce Northover.

Congatulations to TK Te Rito who won the the girl’s team competition and to Wellington College who won the boy’s but well done to everyone who entered!

See here for for information.

On a related note, coming soon is the Primary/Intermediate tournament.

TTNZ Nationals – Sep 29 – Oct 8

All the details for the upcoming TTNZ Nationals are here (Juniors Sep 29 – Oct 3, Seniors Oct 4-8) – this will be at at the Auckland TT stadium on Gillies Avenue, Auckland. Entries are due Wednesday Aug 24.

Live Table Tennis this weekend at a stadium near you!

We would just like to alert you all to the quality Table Tennis which will be played in our New World Wellington City TTW Open this weekend (July 30-31) at the Empire Table Tennis Club on Marine Parade, Petone.

We have received over 75 entries across 30-40 events on Saturday and Sunday.

The Open starts at 1:15pm on Saturday and we have a quality field including 20 of the top 85 players in New Zealand.

Sunday also sees the Oceania qualifying event which begins at 11.15am. The winner of this has direct qualification into the Oceania Cup in 2017.  The rest of the schedule is as attached below or see here.

Age group play ranges from the Under 13s through to the Over 70s with many doubles and mixed doubles in these age groups as well. In addition to the age groups there will be B, C, and D grade events happening throughout the weekend.

Toasted sandwiches and other refreshments will be available for purchase so if you’re not already scheduled to play come along to watch!

Thanks to all our volunteers and to New World Wellington City, SproutMedia, TTSports and Pub Charity for their kind support.

– Gabrielle Telfer


Winter Interclub Series 1 – Grade Champs Results

A good turnout of 23 players fronted for the Grade Championships on Tuesday following the end of Winter Interclub – Series One.

Eleven played in the Premier event, including three Division One interclub players trying something a bit more challenging, each performing well. Three pools played round robin sections with post sections also being played on a round robin basis to ensure players got plenty of matches. Remarkably, all nine post section matches went to four sets, indicating very even contests.

The winners of the Premier sections were Frank Fu, Paul Brown and Depak Patel. Their final round robin saw Depak come out on top with Frank second and Paul third.

Each of the Division One and Division Two events had six entrants and both events involved a full round robin to determine the placings. Tony Rutledge and Vladimir Vysotskiy came out on top of these groups.

Full results:

  1st  Depak Patel
  2nd  Frank Fu
  3rd  Paul Brown
Division One:
  1st  Tony Rutledge
  2nd  Darrell Brown
  3rd  Martin Xiong
Division Two:
  1st  Vladimir Vysotskiy
  2nd  Ian Grace
  3rd  Ian Thomas

-Kevin Haines

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Sports Legends of Wellington – Murray Dunn

The Gibson Sheat Lawyers Sports Legends of Wellington 2016 Inductees include Murray Dunn of Table Tennis – Murray Dunn was national champion 1960-63 amongst many other achievements (refer to Malcolm Wong’s earlier article on Murray).

Also inducted were Belinda Cordwell, who pioneered New Zealand women’s tennis on the international stage in the 1980s and 90s, alongside the charismatic Wellington and All Back double act of Stu Wilson and Bernie Fraser from the great Wellington team of the 1980s was inducted.

2016 New World Wellington City Table Tennis Wellington Open Championships (July 30-31)

We are pleased to announce the:

2016 New World Wellington City

Table Tennis Wellington Open Championships.

Entries are due using the Online Entry Form or email to, phone 04 478 0841, or mailed to PO Box 12-038 Wellington, to be received by 9pm Wednesday 27 July.

This will be held at the Empire Table Tennis Stadium, on Saturday/Sunday 30-31 July.

Thanks also to SproutMedia, TTSports and Pub Charity for their support.

On Sunday will be a regional Oceania Cup qualifying event for TTNZ squad members, a must watch!


Manawatu Veterans Doubles Tournament (Sep 3)

To all Table Tennis Players, are you 40 years or older? Just up the road (Barber Hall, Waldegrave Street, Palmerston North) on Saturday September 3 will be held a social doubles tournament (Himitangi Transport Graded Open Doubles Tournament).

Attached are the poster, entry form and maps to the event.

The target is 200 players, right across the range from highly skilled to casual/social players (graded A to E).

The emphasis on fun and social play.

Please bring cameras or cellphones to record the action on the tables, this will be a great chance to meet and play against many new players!

Please return entry form as early as possible, and no later than August 30.


Travel Report: 2016 Nelson Open (28 May)

This Travel Report is from Malcolm Wong.

There were 36 players at this event including visitors from Marlbourgh (4), Canterbury (2) and Wellington (5). The Wellington players were Depak Patel, Bryan McConnochie, Paul Solt, Ryan Cronin and Malcolm Wong. Winners and runner up of events are attached.
Continue reading “Travel Report: 2016 Nelson Open (28 May)”

Deaf Table Tennis Event July 9 (Dunedin)

Coming up July 9th in Dunedin, for all the details see here!

Results: Junior Development Tournament #1

The first Junior Development Tournament for 2016 took place on 12 June with a good entry of locals and four participants coming down from Manawatu.

All the players had a good number of games and also willingly took on umpiring when requested. Thanks also to Stuart McKinnon, Rob Chung, Tim Wilson, John Kane and Richard Lee for assisting with umpiring duties. Their assistance enabled the players to have several more games and also have the tournament finish earlier than would have been the situation without their help.

Also thanks go to Pub Charity for their support of the venue hire for this event!


Under 12 Open Singles (12 entries):
 1st Ryan O’Leary
 2nd Joshua Corby
Under 12 Girls Singles:
 1st Anna Wilson
 2nd Emerson Devos
Under 12 A Plate:
 1st Rian Lyver (Manawatu)
 2nd Max Pickering
Under 12 B Plate:
 1st Joshua Jones
 2nd Nathan Rankin
Under 14 Singles (10 entries):
 1st Jackson Stewart
 2nd Jordan Chan 
Under 14 A Plate:
 1st Jin Shim (Manawatu)
 2nd David Mitchell
Under 14 B Plate:
 1st Rian Lyver (Manawatu)
 2nd John Medland (Manawatu)
Under 14 Doubles:
 1st Callum McKinnon & Jin Shim (Manawatu)
 2nd Jackson Steward & Jordan Chan
Under 17 Singles:
 1st Olly Evans
 2nd Daniel Wilkinson

Time constraints meant that there were no doubles events in either the Under 12 or Under 17 age groups.

-Kevin Haines

PS: The original details of the competition are here.

Coaching & Training Groups

Hi all, we have two new Coaching sessions starting up for the season:

For Juniors (age 8-16) a Saturday 4:30-6pm session (see the TTW Junior Coaching Flier for details). This starts June 18.

For players at the level of Division 1 or Premier interclub standard there is a Thursday evening 7-9pm session (see the TTW Training Invitation Flier for details). This coaching group is now underway and targets preparation for the Wellington Open (July 30/31).

All sessions are at Empire in Petone.
For further information contact Richard Lee on 567 0314 or 022 0684866.

North Islands and Nationals – heads-up

FYI the North Island Individuals 2016 (entry form) is here (July 15-17 just up the road in Palmerston North – entries are due Friday June 24).

Accommodation is at a premium over this weekend due to a number of other sporting events in Palmerston North at the same time. Please look to secure accommodation as soon as possible. If you have any issues finding suitable accommodation please contact .

Plus see here for the Nationals (Sep 29 – Oct 8 in Auckland).

Travel Report: NZIS Tournament (May 25)

This tournament report of the 2016 New Zealand Institute of Sports Table Tennis Tournament is from Malcolm Wong.

This was held at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie on Wednesday 25 May, as part of the annual 3 day multi-sport tournament (24-26 May). This is the fifth year table tennis has been held. There were Men’s Singles, Women Singles and Mixed Doubles.There was 1 point for each win. The overall winner depended on the last mixed doubles match between Wellington and Christchurch. Wellington won 2-1 to finish first from Christchurch and Auckland. Wellington retained the title they won last year and have now tied with Auckland (winner in 2012 & 2014). Malcolm Wong was the Referee. He and Robert Chung umpired the matches. Continue reading “Travel Report: NZIS Tournament (May 25)”

Travel Report: South Island Championships (14-15 May)

This travel report is from Malcolm Wong.

Malcolm Wong and Martin Young travelled to this tournament held at the Edgar Centre in Dunedin. Martin Young reached the final of the C Grade Singles won by Jay Zhu (Canterbury) 3-2 (7-11 15-13 11-9 6-11 11-6). The result may well have been different if Martin had managed to win the second game where he lead 10-8. Martin also reached the semi finals of the Over 50 Men’s Singles won by John Fogarty (Otago) 3-0. Martin recorded good wins over Dave Samson and Steve Craw (both Canterbury) in earlier rounds.

Malcolm Wong and Martin Young were runner up in the Over 50 Men’s Doubles won by John Fogarty and Willie Brock (Otago) 3-1 (4-11 11-6 11-7 11-6). They were also runner up in the C Grade Doubles won by Jay Zhu and Hong Zhong (Canterbury) 3-0 (11-9 11-5 13-11).
Continue reading “Travel Report: South Island Championships (14-15 May)”

Travel Report: 2016 Marlborough Open (7-8 May)

The following travel report is from Malcolm Wong.

Ben Collins, Malcolm Wong and Tony Rutledge all traveled to this tournament which was held at the Simcox Stadium (Blenheim). The field included 28 males (8 juniors) and 5 females (2 juniors). The tournament report from the Marlborough Express is here. Continue reading “Travel Report: 2016 Marlborough Open (7-8 May)”

Junior Development Tournament #1 Sunday 12 June 2016

TTW Development Tournament June 2016
(click the picture for the full details and entry form)

Winter Interclub – Results

The 2016 Winter Interclub Series One Finals were held June 28/29 and saw the finals of the three interclub divisions.

Premier Grade saw an exciting matchup between the top two teams of recent seasons, Titan Terriers (2015 champions) and Waterloo Wasps. A number of spectators were rewarded with a tight contest for the Hearfield Cup with no match an easy victory. In the end, Waterloo Wasps prevailed by 6 matches to 3, with superiority in the doubles being a key factor.

The playoff for third and fourth place saw Empire Entertainers too strong for Titan Trailblazers, winning 10-1.

Division One featured the Series front-runners, Empire Enforcers against Onslow Titan batting for the Chis Williams Cup. Form from the round robin matchup between these teams was reversed with Onslow Titan causing a surprise by winning 7-4. Previous title holders Waterloo Wolves beat Waterloo Wapitis 10-1 in the playoff for third and fourth.

The Division Two final between two Empire teams, Empire Elms and Empire Egrets was eagerly awaited after a close result the previous week. The Empire Egrets prevailed 7-4 with their greater depth evident, despite a valiant effect from Vladimir Vysotskiy who won three singles for the Empire Elms. In the other fixture, Waterloo Whales beat a depleted Empire Echoes team 8-3.

Continue reading “Winter Interclub – Results”

Ron Menchi

Ron Menchi

Sad news with Ron Menchi, a dedicated Empire Club and TTNZ member for as long as anyone can remember and a good friend to so many, passed away on Monday.


Requiem Mass will be celebrated in the Church of St Martin de Porres, Park Avenue, Lower Hutt on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 1pm.  All communications to: Menchi family c/- P O Box 30067 Lower Hutt 5040.

Our condolences to Ron’s family and to those who knew him on behalf of all the Wellington table tennis family.

Here is an excerpt from Robin Radford’s 2014 Hall of Fame publication (ref TTNZ):

Continue reading “Ron Menchi”

Summer Interclub Wrapup & South Islands

**** Click here for the TTNZ South Islands Individuals Entry Form (May 14-15 Dunedin) ****

Also note: Business Class next comp: May 3

The full TTW 2016 summer interclub result set is here: Summer Interclub 2016 Final.  We have a rest now before winter interclub (forms are coming out soon).

Congratulations to everyone who completed.  Special congratulations though to the winners!

  • Division 1Waterloo Wasps (Sean Hanson 100%, Vance Kelly 70%)
  • Division 2: Empire Empresses (Jo Roberts 100%, Raewyn Young 50%)
  • Division 3: Empire Enigmas (Basil Kananghinis 90%, Om Thakur 80%)

Continue reading “Summer Interclub Wrapup & South Islands”

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