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Val Muirhead (nee Phillips) 23/01/1933-8/04/2017

ValMuirhead1Val Muirhead died at Waikanae at the age of 84. She was a former Epuni Club/Empire Club member and Hutt Valley Table Tennis Representative. Val was a Empire Club/Hutt Valley Association Committee Member and a Hutt Valley Life Member.

Val had a open attacking style. She joined the Empire Club in 1955 from the Epuni Club. Val was in the following Empire winning interclub teams. 1955 B Grade Team (with Ron Menchi, Murray Sherlock, R Inglis) and the 1960 A Reserve Team (with Merv Burns, Ron Menchi, John Ogilvie). She played Hutt Valley A Grade for the Empire Number 2 Team (1959-72) with her best result 50% in 1965 (18/36) and 1967 (12/24). At the Empire Club Val won the Best Sportsperson Award jointly with Eddie Harris (1958) and the Most Outstanding Performance (1959). At the Empire Club Championships Val won six Women Singles (1963, 1964, 1966, 1968-1970), nine Women Doubles (1958-62, 1967-68 with Joan Brown, 1963 & 1970 with Merle Harding) and four Mixed Doubles (1959, 1963-64 with Keith Pointon and 1970 with Hone Ridley).

As a junior Val won the 1950 Wellington Open Under 18 Girls Doubles with N A King (W). She was a Hutt Valley Women Team Representative (1956-71) to the NZ Championships. In most of these teams was Joan Brown (1953-62, 1964-65, 1967-72). Val won the 1958 Bush Open Women Singles and the 1963 Hutt Valley Closed Women Singles. In Women’s Doubles she won: six Hutt Valley Closed tournaments (1962,1964-65,1967, 1969 with Joan Brown, 1963 with R Bush); five Hutt Valley Opens with Joan Brown (1961,1965,1969), with Gwen Schneider (1963), with Jeanette Wilson (1967); four Wellington Opens with Joan Brown (1965, 1967-69); the 1971 Kapiti Open with Gillian Kemp; the 1967 Manawatu Open with Joan Brown; the 1959 Wairarapa Open with Mary Anderson; the 1964 Wanganui Open with Joan Brown. In Mixed Doubles Val won the Hutt Valley Closed twice (1963 with Peter McLauchlan and 1964 with Albert Roberts); the 1963 Bush Open and the Wairarapa Open with Geoff Jennings; the 1966 Hutt Valley Open with Denis Thorner. In 1963 Val played in the Australian Open.

1959 was Val’s best year. She was ranked Number 8 on the New Zealand Women’s Ranking List. She represented the North Island (with Barbara Packwood (Captain), Joan Brown, Neti Davis) against the South Island ( Pat Purdon (Captain),June Shadbolt, Thelma May, Pam Crowe ). Won 7-5 by the North Island. In the NZ Championships Val and Joan Brown were runner up in the Women Doubles to Mary Anderson (HV)/Val White (W) 21-12 15-21 21-8 17-21 21-19. In the North Island Championships Women Singles Val beat the seeded Pat Purdon (3rd round) and Mary Broadbent (Semi Finals) and was runner up to Joan Brown 21-14 21-14 10-21 21-11. Val and Joan Brown were runner up in the Women Doubles to Pat Purdon (C)/Pam Deans (W) 11-21 21-16 22-20 21-19. In the Hawera Teams Tournament Empire Club (Joan Brown, Val Muirhead, Betty Gardner, Bev Christensen) beat Wanganui (Gwen Schneider, Cynthia Gifford-Moore, P Haywood, Joyce Williams) in the Women’s Final 6-4.

Val was on the Empire Club Management Committee (1957-72) and was one of the fifteen signatures when the Club applied to be an Incorporated Society in 1961. The Certificate of Incorporation was registered on December 19, 1961. She was also on the Hutt Valley Table Tennis Association Executive Committee. The Empire Golden Jubilee Book said she served for 20 years on the Hutt Valley Committee. In 1965 history was made when the Hutt Valley Association appointed her as its sole selector. The first time a woman has held that position. Hutt Valley beat Wellington 21-7 to win the Jack Croudis Memorial Shield and Canterbury to win the Brightwell Trophy to win both matches for the first time in the same year. She was elected a Hutt Valley Association Life Member and became a Table Tennis Wellington Life Member when the Wellington Association and the Hutt Valley Association merged in 2002. She was also on the NZ Executive Committee (1971-72). Val also served on the 1980 NZ Championship Committee.

Information for the article was provide from the Alexander Turnbull Library, Val Darroch, Empire Table Tennis Club Annual Reports, Empire Club Golden Jubilee Book (1934-1984), Empire Club website, Table Tennis NZ website and Wellington Table Tennis Association Annual Reports.  Unfortunately I have been unable to locate Hutt Valley Table Tennis Association Reports for this period. Also some Empire Club Annual Reports were missing (1934-36, 1939-45, 1954,1955,1970). No information was founded from her time at the Epuni Club.

Victor Barna Cup, Hutt Valley Women's team (1956). L/R back: Fay Inglis, Val Muirhead (c), Pam Oben; front: Mary Garden, Joan Brown
Victor Barna Cup, Hutt Valley Women’s team (1956). L/R back: Fay Inglis, Val Muirhead (c), Pam Oben; front: Mary Garden, Joan Brown

Malcolm Wong

Ron Menchi

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Ron Menchi

Sad news with Ron Menchi, a dedicated Empire Club and TTNZ member for as long as anyone can remember and a good friend to so many, passed away on Monday.

 

Requiem Mass will be celebrated in the Church of St Martin de Porres, Park Avenue, Lower Hutt on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 1pm.  All communications to: Menchi family c/- P O Box 30067 Lower Hutt 5040.

Our condolences to Ron’s family and to those who knew him on behalf of all the Wellington table tennis family.

Here is an excerpt from Robin Radford’s 2014 Hall of Fame publication (ref TTNZ):

Continue reading “Ron Menchi”

Working bee @ Newtown Stadium from noon Sunday Jan 18

Hi folks, short notice but the weather is looking ok – we’re having a working bee Sunday at noon onwards at the Newtown TT stadium this Sunday (Jan 18). Please come along if you can, we’ll be doing some painting, gutter clearing, and any indoor work we can do depending on how many turn up!

Btw Titan is underway at the Newtown stadium (9:30am – 1pm) also Empire in Petone is underway from Monday Jan 19 (casual play) and organised games from Jan 26. Other clubs will be starting up for the season later on after summer.

Series I Winter Interclub Summaries

Here are the summary documents for the Series I Winter Interclub:

Premier Grade: 2014 Winter Interclub Series I Final Team Results – Premier
congratulations to winners Titan Terriers (Ben Collins, Lindsay Ward, Chun-Kiet Vong)

Divisions: 2014 Winter Interclub Series I Final Team Results – Divisions

Division 1: Congratulations to winners Waterloo Wolves (Gareth Telfer, Scott Higham, Craig Gear)
Division 2: Congratulations to winners Waterloo Whales (Martin Xiong, Ellen Xiong, Dean McNicholl)
Division 3: Congratulations to winners Waterloo Whippets (Chris Sutton, Ian Thomas, Bunchhy Chheng, Ralph Sutton)

The Division Grades also had a division grade champs last week with these winners:

Division 1: Gareth Telfer (Waterloo)
Runner Up: Craig Gear (Waterloo)

Division 2: Mo Whare (Belmont)
Runner Up: Terry Hooper (Empire)
also a Doubles was held for Divison 2 won by Maggie Dyer & Peter Lowe (Empire).

Division 3: Ian Thomas (Waterloo)
Runner Up: Cayden Larson (Empire)

Thanks to everyone who played – regroup and prepare for Series II – tap the shoulders of those you know who missed out on Series I – Series II will be starting July 29/30 (entries due July 22) and is a great time to get more teams in or adjust teams from Series 1 as required. See you then!

As a reminder for the Premier folks, 2 September will still be off due to the National Secondary School’s Champs.

Blast from the Past: 1981 The Premier Grades begin

1981…

After a number of years of discussion for a stronger interclub competition, The Wellington and Hutt Valley Associations reached agreement to have a combined Premier Grade. The top 4 teams from each association were placed in the Premier 1 Grade and the next 4 teams into the Premier 2 Grade. Matches were played at the Newtown Stadium (Wellington) and the Empire Club (Petone).

The Premier 1 Grade was won by Empire, undefeated with 13 wins and one draw, who were 6 points clear off runner up Onslow. This was despite Onslow having the top 2 players in the singles averages, Peter Miller and Lloyd Richards. Lindsay Ward is the only player from Premier 1 still playing interclub today. Current Table Tennis Wellington Life Member and committee member Bruce Northover played for Waterloo B.

Premier 2 was won by Empire A. After the final Round Titan had 22 points and 110 Matches. Empire A had 20 points and 111 matches. Under the then rules, as Empire A had won the most matches, a playoff was necessary against Titan. Unfortunately for Titan their top player Murray Coppen was unavailable and Empire won easily. Tony Rutledge is the only player from Premier 2 still playing interclub today. Tony Radford (Johnsonville) was a future NZ Men’s Representative.

The result summary and singles averages are here: Premier 1 and Premier 2.

-Malcolm Wong

Thanks to the Empire club for these photos:

1981 Premier 1 winners Empire (Hone Ridley, Pat Low, Anthony Arraj)
1981 Premier 1 winners Empire (Hone Ridley, Pat Low, Anthony Arraj)

1981 Premier 2 Winners Empire A (John Lelliott, Chris Clegg, Tony Rutledge)
1981 Premier 2 Winners Empire A (John Lelliott, Chris Clegg, Tony Rutledge)

2013 Summer Interclub – Draw

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Hi folks, the 2013 Table Tennis Wellington Summer Interclub draw for Round 1 (of 2) is here: TTW 2013 Summer Interclub Round 1 Draw as of Feb 18 2013.

Let me know of any name spelling corrections at interclub. The first night is this Wednesday, see you there!

Team Listings

Division 1

Belmont A: Callum Rusbridge & Martin Murdoch
Empire A: Depak Patel and Paul Brown
Empire B: Chris Talbot and Ian Talbot
Belmont B: Cath Zhou & Larn Sweeney
Empire C: Raewyn Young and Sabine Westenra
Empire D: John Gan and Jason Giles

Division 2

Empire E: Bryan McConnochie and Tony Rutledge
Belmont C: Frank Fu & Chun-Kiet Vong
Empire F: Martin Young, Paul Solt and Harry Chen
Waterloo A: Gareth Telfer & Sean Hanson
Waterloo B: Scott Higham & Adam Xiong
Empire G: Matthew Hobbs & Russell Buchanan

Division 3

Empire H: Isaac Noanoa and Graham Sole
Waterloo C: Martin Xiong & Ellen Xiong
Empire I: Vladmir Vysotskiy, Mo Whare and James Stewart
Empire J: Merv Allardyce, Arindom Choudhury and Darren O’Brien
Belmont D: Abram Goh & Hui-Ling Vong
Waterloo D: Jacob Gates & Reuben Reid

Division 4

Belmont E: Jason Zhao & Allan Carson
Belmont F: Charlie Waddy & Shikhar Parijat
Empire K: Reg Feuz & Ian Grace
Waterloo E: Chris Sutton & Ian Thomas
Belmont G: Jeremy Traub & Nicholas Baucke

Division 5

Waterloo\Empire: Marius Lukkonnen & Jimi Nelson
Belmont H: Angus Horan & Regan Craig
Belmont I: Alex Tam & William Tam
Empire L: Tyler Guthardt & Mason Tangatatai
Empire M: Chris Beeston & Jacob Rattray
Empire N: Adam Archibald-Mason & Hugh Pawson

2012 TTW Winter Interclub Final Team Results

The finals night of winter interclub was completed last night (Tuesday 11/9) so along with last Tuesday’s Premier 4 final we have the winning teams (with the players in each as listed at the start of the season):

Premier 1: Belmont Blasters (Thom Nguyen, Hayden Tapp, Heath Murdoch, Dzung Nguyen)
runners-up: Belmont Bang (Stephen Hirst, Callum Rusbridge, Larn Sweeney, Chun-Kiet Vong)

Premier 2: Empire Pine (Win Nguyen, Raman Tiwana, Brendyn Shaw, Richard Dalziel)
runners-up: Empire Oak (Tony Rutledge, Chris Williams, Bruce Connolly, Uy Tang)

Premier 3: Empire Rowan (James Stewart, Yang Sun, Mo Whare, Murray McLeod, Peter Douglas, T Metuariki)
runners-up: Belmont Barbarians (Matt Gill, Matt Hannah, Tony Pietras)

Premier 4: Belmont 38 (Desmond Goh, Abram Goh, Sri Galloway)
runners-up: Karori Thunder (Steve Montgomery, Russell Jackson, Peter Bloor)

Congratulations to all winners and all players during the winter season!

The final individual results are: here (results from Finals nights don’t get included in the winter season individual percentages). The season draws were here.

As mentioned earlier, NEXT WEEK are the Winter Interclub Grade Championships. This is a separate singles competition for each Premier grade with players eligible to play in the championship for the grade they played in during the 2012 winter interclub and/or for the championship for the next-higher grade. The format will be groups of round-robins followed by a knock-out round. Premier 1 and Premier 3 grade championships will be held on Tuesday September 18 with Premier 2 and Premier 4 grade championships on Wednesday September 19. The player fee is reduced to $6 for grade championship nights.

Following this there is a break followed by the spring competitions on Wednesdays starting from mid October. More details on this will be published soon.

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2012 Winter Interclub Draw and Rules

Hot off the press the draw and rules are now available below. Enjoy the competition!

Information & Rules: TTW 2012 Winter Interclub Rules

Premier 1: Premier 1 draw
Premier 2: Premier 2 draw
Premier 3: Premier 3 draw
Premier 4: Premier 4 draw

Timetable

May 15 Premier 1 & 3 grades commence (Tuesdays)
May 16 Premier 2 & 4 grades commence (Wednesdays)
May 30/5 Junior Grade Commences
June 28 – July 16 School holidays (no interclub play, Junior Nationals)
July 17 Premier 1 & 3 grades continue
July 18 Premier 2 & 4 and Junior grades continue
Sept 4 Grade champs for Premier grades (1st vs. 2nd teams in each grade)

Remember Junior Interclub dates per above.

Tournament

Also remember the Wellington Autumn Open – May 19/20 – entries close May 15!

Some Empire Club News

For your interest I’m including some recent Empire Table Tennis Club news mostly copied from the newsletter that was recently emailed out (the full newsletter is here). Check out all the photos of Depak coaching in there too!

Movie Fundraiser

When: Tuesday 24th April, Light House Cinema, Petone at 8.00 pm (nibbles from 7.30)

ALERT: Empire Club Fundraiser – fancy a night out to see a cool romantic comedy and help Empire raise some money for their special building projects? The movie is Salmon fishing in the Yemen which sure sounds like something different! Check out a review.

A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realise a sheik’s vision of bringing the
sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the
impossible possible.
    Starring Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Supper will be provided from 7.30 pm (movie @ 8pm) at the Light House, Petone. Tuesday 24th April.

Contact: Maggie 5899 140 (home) or 5704 820 (work) or maggie.dyer [at] paradise.net.nz to get your tickets ($20). Open to all.

Eddie Moore

Congratulations also to Eddie Moore, another long standing club member, for being selected to play for the NZ Veterans against the Australian Veterans at the NZ Open Veterans Championships in the Over 75s to be held in Palmerston North over Easter.

Bruce Connolly

Congratulations to Bruce Connolly, a long standing club member, for being selected to play for the NZ Veterans against the Australian Veterans at the NZ Open Veterans Championships in the Over 60s to be held in Palmerston North over Easter.

Empire Veterans Tournament

Saturday 24th of March saw 29 keen players at Empire for the annual tournament. The day was
enjoyed by all, some more than others as they took home a bit of wine! Thanks to Chris for all the
organising – you can see he did get some reward for his efforts….

Singles winner Singles runner up Doubles winners Doubles runner ups
Over 60s Chris Williams Jim Jarmin Chris Williams /
Nha Nguyen
Jim Jarmin / Richard Ammundsen
Over 50s Lindsay Ward Depak Patel Depak Patel /
Lindsay Ward
Chris Talbot / Ian Talbot
Over 40s Lindsay Ward Depak Patel Depak Patel / Raewyn Young Chris Talbot / Ian Talbot
Women’s Maggie Dyer Nancy Chan N/a N/a

Empire Visit to Wanganui Table Tennis Club

There is a visit in the planning stages for Empire to visit Wanganui some time in late May. The
Feilding Club will be joining in so there will be the three clubs involved in the matches.

************** Update ******************

The Wanganui visit will be Sunday 27th May. The Feilding Club will also be joining the Empire TTC, so the three clubs will be involved in an afternoon of fun table tennis. Carpooling will be available from the ETTC clubrooms. Departing Empire 9 am to arrive Wanganui 12 noon (approx).

ETTC will reimburse petrol costs for vehicles used for carpooling. Lunch will be provided by the Wanganui Club with organised games starting after lunch.

If you are interested let Rose Douglas know (rose.douglas [at] darroch.co.nz) or fill in the clipboard left at the clubrooms before 17th May.

It will be good to have as many there as possible, all grades and standards welcome.

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