From Malcolm who was in Auckland as an official at the 2014 World Vets in May.


Over 1600 players completed in the 17th World Veteran Championships held in the Trusts Arena (Henderson) in West Auckland. A great experience in the largest table tennis tournament to be held in New Zealand and an excellent venue. There were many volunteers that helped to make the tournament run successfully. Access to the Stadium was only allowed on Friday 9 May at 9 pm and volunteers worked until 5am to lay down the Stag Flooring. Also the tables that were put up to allow the players to practice in the weekend were taken down for the opening ceremony on Sunday night and then were put back up which took to midnight.

I was a Table Manager (Monday and Tuesday) for group play in singles and doubles where 59 tables were used. Then i umpired from Thursday to Saturday. I umpired the Over 50 Women Singles final and the Over 60 Men’s Doubles final on Saturday afternoon. I was also the counter for a expedite match in the Over 75 Men’s Singles Final which was the last match to finish.

A number of Wellington players qualified for the main draw in the Men’s Singles. They were Heath Murdoch (Over 40), Chris Talbot (Over 50), Ian Talbot (Over 60), Merv Allardyce (Over 80) and Eddie Moore (Over 80). Eddie Moore was the only player to win a match in the main draw when he beat Ichimura Saburo (Japan) 3-0. Chris and Ian Talbot qualified for the main draw in the Over 50 Men’s Doubles where they lost a close match 2-3. Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore were runner up in the Over 80 Men’s Doubles Consolation Final.

Thanks to Terry Cockfield who supplied me with the photo of the group of umpires and of Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore playing a doubles match.

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Umpires at 2014  World Veteran Table Tennis Championships. Standing – Shri Sharma (FIJ) Ben Hurr (NZL) Hideo Nagae (JPN) Bill Sheelan (AUS) Rasma Freiberga (LVA) Hamish Rennie (NZL)  Malcolm Wong (NZL)  Kazuko Konno (JPN) Alan Hopkins (AUS) Greg Bungey (AUS) Leon Libin (USA) Yoshiko Yamanaka (JPN) and Keiko Kaneko (JPN). Front – Pushpa Wati (FIJ) Yoshiyo Kita (JPN) Yuko Hamabe (JPN) Tomoko Fukuda (JPN) Yumiko Morikawa (JPN) and Kimie Akutsu (JPN).
Umpires at 2014 World Veteran Table Tennis Championships.
Standing – Shri Sharma (FIJ) Ben Hurr (NZL) Hideo Nagae (JPN) Bill Sheelan (AUS) Rasma Freiberga (LVA) Hamish Rennie (NZL) Malcolm Wong (NZL) Kazuko Konno (JPN) Alan Hopkins (AUS) Greg Bungey (AUS) Leon Libin (USA) Yoshiko Yamanaka (JPN) and Keiko Kaneko (JPN).
Front – Pushpa Wati (FIJ) Yoshiyo Kita (JPN) Yuko Hamabe (JPN) Tomoko Fukuda (JPN) Yumiko Morikawa (JPN) and Kimie Akutsu (JPN).
Malcolm Wong with the 2014 World Veteran Women’s  Over 50 Singles Champion Toshiko Kataoka (Japan) to right of him.
Malcolm Wong with the 2014 World Veteran Women’s Over 50 Singles Champion Toshiko Kataoka (Japan) to right of him.
Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore in a Over 80 Men’s Doubles match.
Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore in a Over 80 Men’s Doubles match.
Eberhard Scholer, Malcolm Wong and Diane Scholer. Eberhard is the President of the Swaythling Club International (SCI), which is for former players and officials who have been to the World Championships, and Diane is the Honorary President. Diane was formerly Diane Rowe who won the World Women Doubles with her twin sister Rosalind (1951 and 1954). They toured New Zealand in 1953.
Eberhard Scholer, Malcolm Wong and Diane Scholer.
Eberhard is the President of the Swaythling Club International (SCI), which is for former players and officials who have been to the World Championships, and Diane is the Honorary President. Diane was formerly Diane Rowe who won the World Women Doubles with her twin sister Rosalind (1951 and 1954). They toured New Zealand in 1953.
Malcolm Wong with Peter Karlsson (Sweden) a former World and European Champion. Peter is the face of Stag, which is the major sponsor of the 2014 World Veteran Table Tennis Championships.
Malcolm Wong with Peter Karlsson (Sweden) a former World and European Champion.
Peter is the face of Stag, which is the major sponsor of the 2014 World Veteran Table Tennis Championships.
Richard Ammunden (Left) and Merv Allardyce (Right) receiving their 50 years umpiring service certificates from Malcolm Wong (URC).
Richard Ammunden (Left) and Merv Allardyce (Right) receiving their 50 years umpiring
service certificates from Malcolm Wong (URC).
National Umpires Mimi Walle (Left) and Akiko Goto (Right) receiving their certificate from Malcolm Wong (URC).
National Umpires Mimi Walle (Left) and Akiko Goto (Right) receiving their certificate
from Malcolm Wong (URC).

-Malcolm Wong

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