Table Tennis Wellington





July 31. Spectators were treated to an impressive display from Wellington’s Lin Zhou(Catherine Zhou) , beating Manuawatu’s Natalie Paterson in a close seven set encounter.  Lin won the first set 11-9, dropping the next two sets 6-11, 7-11.  Patterson, a right handed attacking player with strong counter hit and topspin loops and a variety of heavy forehand spin serves had Wellington’s Lin Zhou under a lot of pressure.  Lin is a left handed penhold player with a high toss serve , she plays close to the table using  short pimple rubber on the forehand and smooth rubber on the reverse side which she sometimes twiddles and uses in combination with her high toss serve.  Lin equalised by winning the fourth set 12-10.  Patterson won the sixth set and led  6-2 in the seventh set before Lin fought back to equalise at 6 all, before going onto to win 11-8, adding a fourth Wellington Open Women’s singles title to her name.

Auckland’s Oliver Scarlett was the winner of the 2010 Wellington Open Men’s Singles title defeating Wellington’s Philip McConnochie 4 sets to one in the final. In the quarter finals Scarlett defeated Auckland’s Aaron Gong 11-8,11-8,13-11,12-10. In the semi-final he defeated Waikato’s James Harter 4-2. Earlier Harter had  defeated North Harbours Mitchell Barker 4-o in the quarter final match.  Barker had previously shown good fighting qualities defeating Wellington’s Hayden Tapp 4-3 with Tapp unable to capitalise on a 3-1 lead. In the other side of the draw  North Harbours Craig Dye defeated Thom Nyugen 4-2  in one quarter final while Wellingtons in form  Philip McConnochie defeated Callum Rusbridge 4-3 before going on to defeat Dye in the semi final.

NZL Junior Nationals-Day 2

July 8, day two at the New Zealand National Junior Championships saw TTW teams play a total of 13 team matches.

The under 15 girls team continued to impress with a 5-0 win over Counties Manukau ‘B’ and a narrow 2-3 loss to Counties Manukau ‘A’ .

In the U/18 Boys team event the TTW team had a 5-0 win over Canturbury,  next we played Tahiti who defeated us 3-2 despite Thom Nguyn leading  the way for Wellington with a  clear 3-0 win over Oceania top 5 U/18 ranked Ocean Belrose and a second singles win.  Later in the day the U/18 team went down 3-2 to the visiting Victorian team and again Thom Nguyen performed well with  a 12-10 win in the fifth over Edward Anderson-Higginson and a win over Brodee Cookson.

The U/15 boys showed a lot of determination throughout the day recording a 3-2 win over the Auckland ‘B’ team with Conal Warrender winning two singles and Matthew Sheppard clinching the match with a 3-2 win over Eugene Yao. The big match was against the North Harbour team with the winner likely to progress through to the final against Auckland ‘A’.  Conal Warrender started well with a 3-2 win, Matthew Sheppard then lost a close match 1-3 before teaming up with Caleb Magan to play a blinder in the doubles. Wellington won the doubles to lead 2-1. The next two matches produced some great table tennis but unfortunately the contest ended in a 3-2 win for the North Harbour team.

U/15 TTW Girls Lead The Way On Day One of Championships

Wellington made a good start in the Under 15 girl’s ‘A’ grade competition with a 5-0 win against North Harbour ‘B’ .  11 year old Angela Chapmen recorded her first victory at National level pairing with Maddy Nash in a 3-0 doubles win and then defeated  Iris Liu 3-0 to make it two wins.

In the new U/13 team events Wellingon ‘B’ were narrowly beaten by Waitemata ‘A’ 3-2. Mats Olsthoorn performed well teaming up with Ben Westenra to win a doubles and also won his singles match.

In the U/18 Boys team event Wellingto played  Auckland ‘A’ with Thom Nguyen recording a 3-1 victory over Z Cheng.  Thom  also had a very exciting  5 set match with Lingnan Kong , where he led 2 sets to nil but unfoutunately lost 3-2. Delano Lam lost 3-0 against Oliver Scarlett and Jeffrey Chin lost 3-1 to Oliver Scarlett. Auckland also won the doubles and Wellington lost 4-1.

Overall Wellington Team Manager Russell Stoupe commented ‘It’s been great to have so much support from the other parents that are here. Everyone is working incredibly hard to look  after the boys and girls which is enabling the team to play to their full potential. Looking forward to some great matches through the coming week.”

Junior’s preparing for 2010 NZL Junior Championships

The 2010 New Zealand Junior National Championship are being hosted by Auckland from July 7th – July 11th.  The following teams have been selected to represent Wellington at the Championships:

Under 18 Boys Team

Thom Nyugen, Delano Lam, Jeffrey Chin

Under 18 Girls Draft Player

Lisa Yue

Under 15 Boys Team

Connal Warrender, Matthew Sheppard, Caleb Magan

Under 15 Girls Team

Maddy Nash, Ellen Xiong, Angela Chapmen

Under 13 Boys Team ‘A’

George Stoupe, Sean Hanson, Adam Xiong

Under 13 Boys Team ‘B’

David Van Drimmelen, Ben Westenra, Mats Olsthoorn

Parafed have-a-go day


19 people attended the Have-a-go day held on June 20th at the Empire Table Tennis stadium. The event was organised by Parafed Wellington sports co-ordinator Michelle Laurenson.  TTW  was represented at the event with Secretary Stephen Hope setting  up and TTW Chairman Bruce Northover assisting throughout the day.

TTW coach Andrew Hubbard commented ‘ there were 7 disabled athletes, wheelchair athlete 11 year old Catherine Pot showed a lot of potential and is keen to continue.  Working with Parafed Wellington we plan to follow up on this day with regular coaching sessions for a number of wheelchair athletes who we hope may go on to represent Wellington at the NZL Parafed Championships being held in North Harbour 22-25 October.”

A special thanks to Empire Table Tennis Club  Building Convenor John Kane who spent many long hours making the bathroom facilities at Empire wheelchair compliant for this event.

Wellington High School Table Tennis Club a Big Hit



 Under the direction of Wellington High School Head of Sport Mrs Di Jordan, Wellington High have been the first school in the Wellington region to benefit from the sponsorship arrangement TTW have entered into with one of New Zealand’s leading providers of sports equipment Rebel Sport. Following a very well attended demonstration to promote the term three Wellington zone interschools competition Mrs Jordan was the driving force to get a school  table tennis club up and running. Three new Double Fish Deluxe roll away tables were purchased to complement the existing school tables as well as nets, bats and balls and going by the turnouts at the club so far more tables will be required.  TTW coach Andrew Hubbard commented ‘ It’s great to see so many students enjoying table tennis, today there were around 60 students playing, many  new to the sport and I am hopeful that we’ll see a good number of these students taking part in the Interschools comp which will commence on Tuesday 10 August at the TTW Newtown stadium.”

College Sport Wellington High School Comp off to a good start

The inaugural College Sport Wellington Table Tennis competition got underway on Wednesday 2 June. The Hutt Valley zone saw 28 teams from eight High Schools take part. TTW Chairman Bruce Northover along with TTW stalwart Alan Costley were on hand to assist with the running of the event and also a special thanks to Maggie Dyer from the Empire club for opening the canteen.  Table Tennis Wellington Coach Andrew Hubbard  who as part of the Kiwisport initiative has been around the Hutt Valley Schools promoting this event commented that he was ‘very happy withthe  28 teams entered , and that he will be making a promotional drive into Wellington City Schools coming up later this term.’

There was a strong performance from HIBS first team beating HVHS 2, 7-0. The two Chin brothers Jeoffrey and Garret combing with Josh Baker who is strong in the third slot. They are one of the  favourites to win the Premier Grade.

Taita 1 lost 7-0 to HVHS 1 which was expected but Taita’s Rueben Reid nearly upset HVHS rep player Matthew Sheppard losing 12-10 in the fifth.

Taita 2 had  an unexpectedly  decisive 7-0 win over HVHS 3 which is a good result for them. Taita 3 also beat Upper Hutt 2  5-2 so it was a good day for Taita College.

Wellesley School Demonstation

Wellesley School were the Wellington region Intermediate boys champions in 2009 and won the central zone inter primary schools competition earlier this year. Obviously this is not a co-incidence. Organised by Mr Darren Houston and Mr Murray Blanford the school are currently half way through a knock out competition. There are a 128 players taking part. Regular practise sessions take part on the schools three tables.  Organised by Mr Darren Houston on Friday 21 May, TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard and former Chinese provincial player Catherine Zhou carried out a demonstration at the school. Plans to return to provide coaching sessions were made and certainly Wellesley will be a school to watch out for again at this years championship .

Chilton St James Demonstation

Thursday 20th saw TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard together with Catherine Zhou carry out a demonstration at Chilton St James school.  A large number of interested students and teachers gathered in the school gym to watch the demonstration.  Andrew commented ” My thanks to Head of Sport Ann Fowler for organising this visit. The demonstration went particularly well,  the students were very keen and interested to learn more about table tennis. Nearly all of the students came up to have a go at returning Catherine’s high toss serve  which they all really enjoyed”.  The demonstration ended with a number of students registering to play in the new College Sport Wellington weekly schools competition which will be starting on Wednesday 2 June  at the Empire Table Tennis Stadium.

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