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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 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!

2019 Wellington Vets Open – March 30 (Saturday)

RESULTS

A small, but competitive group of players competed in the 2019 TTW Veterans Tournament. Only Over 40 and Over 50 events were held as insufficient entries were received in the over 60 and 70 age groups.  Here are the results of the finals:

Over 40 Singles:
Ben Collins bt. Lindsay Ward

Over 50 Singles
Depak Patel bt. Lindsay Ward

Over 40 Doubles
Ben Collins & Sabine Westenra bt. John Gan & Zhidong Yu

Over 50 Doubles
Darrell Brown & Depak Patel bt. Lindsay Ward & Leigh Grinlinton

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