Table Tennis Wellington

November Competitions



Also a reminder about the New Zealand Masters Games being held in Whanganui from 3 – 12 February 2017.  There are still a few weeks for Table Tennis entrants to secure the “Gotta Have It” Pass rate of only $45.00. Entrants will save on their registration fee if they enter by 31st October 2016.


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TTNZ Nationals – Hui-Ling Vong U15 Champ

The TTNZ Nationals are complete (details @ TTNZ)…


In the teams we had some great results with our Men’s B Grade team (Ben Collins, Sean Hanson, Hayden Tapp) winning the B Grade after a down-to-the wire 4-3 win over Canterbury in the final claiming the Russell Algie Shield just in time to take off for a flight!

Hui-Ling Vong was drafted into the Manawatu under 18 girls’ team which finished 3rd – winning all her matches bar vs. a dominant Auckland team who took 1st place unbeaten in all their matches.

The under 18 boys’ team of Frank Fu & Sean Hanson, along with drafts of Carl Rodmell & Nathan Geraghty, got 3rd in the A Grade (just behind Waitemata and Auckland) including good wins 5-2 over Manawatu & 4-3 over both Canterbury & Otago.

The under 15 boys’ team of Liam Buckrell & Calvin Li, along with draft Zenith Sayer finished 7th in the A Grade, pipping Otago 4-3 at the end into 8th place.


*** Hui-Ling Vong is the under 15 girls’ champion – cleaning up against all opposition! 

*** Hui-Ling Vong is also the under 15 doubles champion – with Rachel Li!

Hui-Ling in the under 18 girls’ made it all the way through to the semi-final before bowing out to eventual winner Guiting Lu.

Joanna Roberts (with Joanne Shaw) won Silver in the Open Women’s doubles!

In the boys’ under 18s – Sean Hanson & Frank Fu won their round-robin groups with both making it to the second round of the knockout draw.  In the under 18 boys’ doubles, Sean & Frank battled through to the semi-final.  Likewise Sean played with Hui-Ling in the under 18 mixed doubles – again making it to the semi-final!

Similarly Liam Buckrell and Calvin Li made it past the round-robin phase of the under 15 boys’ event too.  In the doubles they were also semi-finalists – losing only to the eventual winners.

Paul Solt wins the D grade doubles (with Neil Chen)!

(Let me know if any results are missing here.)

New World Wellington Open – Result Summary

For the records, below is the complete list of event winners and runner-ups.  There are a bunch of photos on TTW Facebook.  Thanks to everyone who took part or helped make this happen!  A special thanks to our sponsors:

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Wellington Social Tournament Report

On Thursday September 15 twenty five people came along to the Wellington Table Tennis Stadium in Newtown for a first ever special evening of table tennis that started more casually with ladder-style table tennis where it seemed everyone pretty much got to play everyone else, rotating up or down tables as skill or fate led them.

Once everyone got settled into one side of the hall of the other then we reversed the direction to mix it up all over again, heading to the opposite end of the hall!

Most people who came along are already connected to table tennis through the Table Tennis in Wellington meetup and via table tennis at the Korean Community Centre on Tuesdays.  Some players had played at a high level before with most at an interclub division 2 level and a few who would be at home in division 1.

Later on we rounded up those who wanted to enter a more ‘serious’ style knockout competition to come up with a winner and also a plate (consolation) knockout event for those knocked out in the first round.  The others continued to play free style on the remaining tables.

The knockout event final placings were: 1st: Bhushan, 2nd: Vipul, 3rd: Shubham, 4th: Ilkka and the plate event: 1st: Mark, 2nd: Mau, 3rd: Eugene, 4th: Veeral.

All throughout we had a very friendly atmosphere with games played in good spirits and sportsmanship even with a competitive edge especially during the knockout phases!  For many it was a level of competition that might have been new to them and I think many would have surprised themselves with the play they were able to achieve, all while having fun and would have learned a great deal.

Also people coming along got a bit of a glimpse into table tennis in Wellington as a whole with interclub, tournaments, & business class competitions being potential pathways for those who are interested in those directions.  Most importantly though this kind of event should primarily evolve and grow in a way to meet the needs of social players in Wellington.

Thanks to Ilkka Havukkala and those in the meetup group for helping make this event happen and a special thanks to everyone who came and made this such a fun event!

Brian Neale (1942-2016)

Former Wellington Table Tennis Association Secretary Brian Neale died on the 9th of August 2016 aged 73.

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North Islands Open – Travel Report

This report is from Malcolm Wong.

2016 North Island Open Championships (15-17 July)

Wellington players won 12 titles. See below for events in which Wellington players won or were runner up.

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Inaugural Wellington Social Tournament – Thursday Sept 15

Please mark in your calendars Thursday evening of the 15th of September for the first Wellington Social Tournament!  This will be at the Newtown stadium (for its location see here) and everyone is invited from 6pm or onwards.  There will be table tennis games and ladders on the night with the emphasis on fun, bats & balls will be provided.

Here is a flyer with the details, click to download for easier viewing


This event is being run with the Table Tennis in Wellington meetup group.

Next Junior Development Tournament – Sunday 18 Sep

Click here for the full details and entry form.

This is a great opportunity for the next generation juniors!

Entries close by Noon, Saturday 17 September by phone or email

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.

Winter Interclub Series 2 Results

Full results are here: Winter Interclub 2016 Final Results

The finals of the three grades were held on Tuesday 13 September, with many interesting matchups. The Premier final saw a close match to begin with between Vance Kelly of the Waterloo Wasps against James Harter of the Empire Entertainers. Vance won in four sets, each of which had only a two point margin. From then on each of the following matches were won three straight by the Wasps who ran out 6-0 winners. Vance and Hayden Tapp each won two singles while Sean Hanson won his only match.

The Division One final also featured Empire and Waterloo teams but this time the Empire Enforcers overcame the Waterloo Wolves by 8-3. Andrew Maguire found some of his best form to be unbeaten but had solid support from the others in the team, Brendyn Shaw and Tony Rutledge.

The closest fixture was the Division Two final between two Empire teams. The Empire Elms finally beat the Empire Egrets 6-4, winning the last two matches in close five setters which could have gone either way. Vladimir Visotskiy, Soichiro Eguchi and Yudi Yudistra were the winning team. In a 3v4 fixture, The Combo beat Waterloo Whales 7-3.

In an unofficial “Plate Grade Championship” six players from Division One not involved in the final played a round robin. Liam Buckrell went through unbeaten to claim the win, with Darrell Brown 2nd and Mat Hobbs 3rd.

Summary of results

Premier:  Waterloo Wasps beat Empire Entertainers  6-0
Division One:  Empire Enforcers beat Waterloo Wolves  8-3
Division Three:
  for 1st vs. 2nd: Empire Elms beat Empire Egrets  6-4
  for 3rd vs. 4th: The Combo beat Waterloo Wolves  7-3

-Kevin Haines

Some pictures from the finals thanks to Reg Feuz!

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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.
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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.

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