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.

Evans Bay Intermediate Benefit from TTW Schools Program

Beginning this Wednesday 19th May a group of 40 keen students from Evans bay Intermediate will take part in  a seven week table tennis skills program.  The program has been co-ordinated by Evans Bay School Teachers Mrs Mary Sagato and Mrs Gina Newman. TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard commented ” I’m very grateful to Mrs Mary Sagato and Mrs Gina Newman for organising this program and look forward to working with them to grow table tennis in the future.”

Hutt Intermediate Girls Squad Training

On Wednesday 19th May TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard began a seven week program at Hutt Intermediate school working with a group of keen girls.  Andrew commented”  Given the difficulties we have experienced getting more girls into regular training I’m especially delighted to be working with this group of girls, I’d like to thank both Mrs Paula Willis-Love and Mrs Catherine Sawyer for their support and organisation of this initiative.”

Gracefield Primary School – A great age to start playing table tennis.


Many Wellington Table Tennis players will remember the name Simon Edmonds, the former nationally ranked player and winner of numerous NZL titles while representing Hutt Valley is now the Principal of Gracefield School.  TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard has been carrying out coaching visits to Gracefield school on Friday mornings. The program will run for seven consecutive weeks with five classes each day learning the basics of table tennis and being encouraged to go the next step and join a club.

How to achieve victories in modern table tennis

At a recent European coaching conference held in Zagreb, Croatia, LI Xiaodong who is a highly profiled expert and coach from China made a presentation to 60 participants from the  23 European Associations who took part took. LI Xiaodong is the coach of former 3 times World Champion Wang Liqin and many, many other World and Olympic Champions. To enjoy the full story please go the following webpage:

To download the full presentation please click on2_LI XIAODONG_Victories_Modern_TT

Reading 4 to 5 times may assist to absorb this fasinating insight into Chinese table tennis.

Standing room only at Hutt Intermediate demonstration

On Wednesday 12th May TTW Coach( and former student at the school )Andrew Hubbard together with former pro Catherine Zhou performed a demonstration at Hutt Intermediate. The visit was organised by Mrs Paula Willis-Love and Mrs Catherine Sawyer, both who are keen to see the sport grow at the school .  The school have  three good quality Butterfly tables permanently set up in the school where students are able to play before school, at breaks and after school.

The demonstration attracted a large number of students and as well as the opportunity to try and return Catherine’s service the students were given information about where to go and play in clubs in the Hutt Valley.

Andrew will be returning weekly to carry out coaching sessions with both the boys and the girls.

TTW, COLLEGE SPORT WELLINGTON and KIWISPORT combine to grow table tennis in Wellington region High schools

As part of the KiwiSport initiatives, Table Tennis Wellington , as part of a project have been granted some funding support to promote/grow/introduce Table Tennis into Secondary Schools of the region.

Table Tennis Wellington believe the huge interest shown in the yearly one off College Championships is an indicator that a weekly competition for High School students has the potential to develop into a competition attracting hundreds of participants.

Table Tennis Wellington coach Andrew Hubbard has been charged with driving this programme which will be piloted this term in Hutt Valley Schools and expanding to Wellington & possibly Western Bays Schools in term 3.

Essentially there are 3 programme components: School Demonstrations, Coaching for students provided at the competition venues and schools and competition commencing Wednesday 26 May [4.00-6.00] at the Empire table tennis Club and running for 6 consecutive week. This promo, coaching , competition program format will be replicated in Wellington in Term 3 based at the Wellington Table Tennis Stadium commencing 10 August – 14 September.

Waterloo Junior Club visit

The Waterloo Junior Club is based out of the Waterloo School Hall in Waterloo. The junior club night is every friday from 7.00-9.30pm. On Friday May 7  TTW coach Andrew Hubbard made a visit to the club. Waterloo club coach Alan Costley commented that the club has been running well with full attendances. He is being assisted in the running of the club by Brian Pearson and Premier player Steve Chapmen.  Andrew commented on the improvement seen in many promising young players including Sean Hanson, Rueben Reid and Jessica Pearson. Andrew also took note of the  talented ‘Chapmen’ sisters Samantha and Angela.

North Island Under 15 Boys Doubles Champions

Congratulations Matthew Sheppard and Caleb Magan (both Waterloo club). Winners of the 2010 North Island Under 15 Boys doubles title.

Karori Table Tennis Club – Training in the VIP room

On Monday 10 May TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard carried out a coaching visit to the Karori Club. The Karori club operate out of the Karori Recreational Center, which is just behind the Karori library. Junior and Senior Club run on Monday nights and  are combined with the junior club running from 7.00-8.15pm, with a light supper  afterwards. Seniors start at 8.15pm and go until 10.00pm sharp with the center closing then.

Club Stalwart Jack Ho commented that the club has been running well with good numbers of both juniors and seniors attending the club. He’s excited by some of the young talent coming through at the club including Owen Su, Ben Westenra and David Van Drimmelin.

Andrew carried out two hours of multi-ball training with a number of enthusiastic club members on the new donic tables in the VIP room. Want to know more, get along to one of the Karori clubnights to find out.

Inter primary school competition a big success.

Played at the Waterloo school hall on Wednesday 28th April the annual competion for the central zone  primary schools  was attended by Wellesley College, Eastern Hutt school, Muratai, Waterloo and Saint’s  Peter and  Paul school.  Association stalwarts Alan Costley and Bruce Northover were on hand to make sure all ran smoothly.

TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard was on hand and carried out a demonstration along with former Chinese professional Catherine Zhao which was very well received by students and teachers alike.

Wellesley captured the boys division and Eastern Hutt the girls.

Wairarapa Visit – Red Star Veteran club active and encouraging youth.

At the invitation of the Red Star Veteran Table Tennis Club TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard made a visit to the club which is situated in Masterton to carry out a day long coaching clinic. Des Orange who is the current Secretary and Treasurer organised the visit and explained “The club currently operates on a Tuesday morning from 9-12 and we normally get 20-25 people, on Thursday we have a club night from 5-7 and get 10-15 players along. It’s normally veterans who are encouraging younger players to come along. We play an annual fixture against Tawa and Kapiti Coast and try to support the Wellington vets tournaments.”

When asked for sometime positive that was happening and a negative Des replied ” Something positive is that the players that we do have are really keen and theres a great club spirit. Many of them travel quite a way to get home every week. Our main problem is trying to get people interested in admin roles.”

TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard commented that he enjoyed the visit,  saw a lot of improvement, needed to ‘slow’ a few players down during the ‘crossover’ footwork drills and is looking forward to a return visit.

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