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Winter Interclub Draws (Series 1 from May 24/25)

TTW Winter Interclub Premier 1 draw Series 1 (Tuesdays from May 24)
TTW Winter Interclub Premier 2 draw Series 1 (Wednesdays from May 25)
TTW Winter Interclub Premier 3 draw Series 1 (Tuesdays from May 24)

The new 2011 Code of Coduct document: 2011 Code of Conduct

Warren Evans – A lifetime in table tennis


It all started way back in 1952 when Warren (10 years old) went to a coaching session at the Taita Table Tennis Club run by the English Coach, Ken Stanley. His father, Vincent, a Life Member of the then Hutt Valley Table Tennis Association, was his first coach. Both Warren and his younger brother, Barry, keenly took to the game and improved rapidly.

Warren had an outstanding junior career, winning five New Zealand Junior Titles, including the Under 16 Boys Singles (1956) and Under 18 Boys Singles (1958). In 1957, on the same day, his brother Barry won the North Island Under 16 Boys Singles while Warren won the South Island Under 16 Boys Singles.

Warren went on a table tennis OE to England (1960-62). He joined the Putney Club in London where he meet World Men’s Singles Champions Victor Barna and Johnny Leach. He played in a number of interclub leagues during the week and won the Willesden League Men’s Singles (1962). Warren formed an excellent doubles combination with South African, Derek Wall (who was to represent England and Canada). They won the Men’s Doubles at the North of England (Manchester) and West of England (Exeter) Tournaments in 1962. The highlight of the trip was playing in the European Champions (1962) in Berlin.

On his return to New Zealand Warren showed the benefit of playing overseas by twice beating former Australian Champion, Geoff Jennings, in Wellington interclub (1962). He was a member of the Wellington Team which won the New Zealand Men’s A Grade Teams Title in 1962 and 1963.

Warren then joined the Empire Club and was in teams that won 6 Hutt Valley A Grade interclub titles (1964-67, 1969 and 1972). He has won the Empire Club Men’s Singles on four occasions in four different decades (1965, 1986, 1990 and 2002). He won the 1972 Wellington Open Men’s Singles.

The highlight of his table tennis career was reaching the New Zealand Open Men’s Singles Final in 1970. He beat Gary Frew (Last 16), Richard Lee (Quarter finals) and Alan Tomlinson (Semi finals) before losing to Gary Murphy (Otago) in the final 21-15 16-21 17-21 17-21.

As a veteran Warren won the New Zealand Open Over 35 Men’s Singles (1986) and Over 45 Men’s Singles (1988 & 1990). He also won the Over 40 Men’s Singles (1988) at the NZ Veterans Championships.

Warren is still a keen member of the Empire Table Tennis Club and has a great knowledge of all aspects of table tennis and is currently on the Table Tennis Wellington executive committee.

At the Marlborough Open (1960)

L/R rear: Barry Radford (Men’s Singles winner, Mixed Doubles winner with Audrey Eden),
Warren Evans, Peter Thompson
(Men’s Doubles winners)
front: Miss Audrey Eden (Women’s Doubles winner with J Sara),
Miss Jennifer Sara (Women’s Singles winner)

Winners Hutt Valley A Grade Interclub (1964)

Empire Club team: L/R Warren Evans, Malcolm Evans, Keith Pointon


– Player Profile by Malcolm Wong

Empire Spin (selections)

Empire club have a regular newsletter “Empire Spin” – for those outside of Empire I’m taking the liberty of extracting some pieces from it and pasting below (with a couple of pics from Malcolm Wong).  Any other clubs with news are most welcome to post here or email to me and I can put it into a blog entry too.  It’s always interesting to share what’s going on!

Empire Spin

April 2011

Recent Results

Empire Vets Tournament 2011

First a big thank you to Chris Williams for doing all the pre-tournament planning and excellent organisation of the events on the day. Everything went very smoothly, the atmosphere was good and there were some enjoyable round robins and matches until mid-afternoon when unfortunately Merv Allardyce collapsed. Everyone rallied to help and special thanks must go to Melanie Armstrong who performed CPR before the ambulances (2) arrived. We are pleased to say Merv, although still in Wellington Hospital at the time of writing, is now doing well. Most people carried on playing although the atmosphere was not the same after Merv’s collapse.

Thanks must also go to our prize sponsors Graeme Jackson and Opus for 6 bottles of wine and to Paul Solt for the 4 bat cleaning kits. Additional prizes were purchased. Light refreshments provided by Maggie Dyer were available on the day – bread rolls, fruit and homemade slices.

We are pleased to announce the results:

Event Place Name
Combined Age Doubles WinnersRunners / up Jim Jarmin / Ian WhiteMerv Allardyce / Chas Wong
Over 40 Doubles WinnersRunners / up Depak Patel / Keith AldersleyLindsay Ward / Ian Talbot
Over 40 Singles Division 1 WinnerRunner / up Lindsay Ward                             Ian Talbot
Over 40 Singles Division 2 WinnerRunner / up Depak Patel                       Raewyn Young
Combined Age Singles Division 1 WinnerRunner / up Jim Jarmin / Ian White (shared)
Combined Age Singles Division 2 WinnerRunner / up Paul Hurst                                   Joy Mozer


Over 40 Singles winner Lindsay Ward and runner up Ian Talbot
Combined Age Singles (shared) Jim Jarmin and Ian White, with guest appearance from Graeme Jackson!

Summer Interclub

Congratulations to Depak Patel, a member of the winning team “Pommie Gits” in Section 1 and Elias Villaneuva and Kai Xu of “Dangerous” who won Section 3. Empire members playing and their results are shown below:

Section One Team Played Won Lost %age
Depak Patel Pommie Gits





John Gan Gantals





Ian Talbot Gantals





Larn Sweeney Wolverines





Raewyn Young Young Guns





Paul Solt Team Jools





Jason Giles Assassins





Warren Evans Assassins





Section 2
Mat Hobbs Pong Masters





Martin Young Courage





Malcolm Wong Courage





Harry Chen Brave





Section 3
Elias Villaneuva Dangerous





Kai Xu Dangerous





Rahul Suvarnan Fearless





Hayden Kirkbeck Executioners





Darren O’Brien Heroes





Russell Buchanan Heroes





Graham Sole Executioners





Rod Weston Fearless





Adam Xiong Gladiators





Ellen Xiong Gladiators





Wanganui Open

Four keen and hardy souls went from Empire Club to play in the Wanganui Open on Saturday 16 April.  A good day was had by all and some even made a profit (prize money earned exceeded entry fees) on the day!  Here are the results of their day:

Depak Patel

Open Mens Singles – Runner up

Open Mixed Doubles with Raewyn Young – Winner

Over 40 Mens Singles – Runner up

Over 40 Mens Doubles with Bryan McConnochie (Titan) – Winner

Over 40 Mixed Doubles with Raewyn Young – Winner

Over 50 Mens Singles – Winner

Over 50 Mens Doubles with Bryan McConnochie (Titan) – Winner

Raewyn Young

Open Womens Singles – Winner

Open Womens Doubles with Gladys Halford (Manawatu) – Winner

Open Mixed Doubles with Depak Patel – Winner

Over 40 Womens Singles – Winner

Over 40 Mixed Doubles with Depak Patel – Winner

Paul Solt

Over 50 Mens Singles – Runner up

Over 50 Mens Doubles with David Welch (Wanganui) – Runner up

Elias Villaneava

Open Mens Singles Plate – Winner

Coming up…..

Coaching Nights

Depak with help from Raewyn, is now running a coaching night for members, every Thursday night. Come along and pay the usual $4.00 or use your concession card and take advantage of some expert coaching.

Winter Interclub

This is likely to commence towards the end of May. If you would like to play please contact Chris Williams.

Friday Night Club

The junior club’s first night for the year is Friday 29th April. This is open to all children, although most suited to those late Primary school age to early Secondary School.  Come along from 6.30 pm.

Plaque for Time Capsule Project

This has now been engraved by Peter Campbell, so keep an eye out on the Time Capsule as it is expected to be attached soon. Thanks to Arthur and his helpers, it is great now to see the project completed…well until the year 2034 when the capsule can be opened!

Empire Veterans Tournament – April 9



9:30am – 5:00pm

Empire Stadium, Marine Parade, Petone, Lower Hutt

Over 40, 55 and 70 events

Singles and Doubles


9:00 – 9:30am

Registrations, practice time

9:30 – 12:30pm

Round robins for all singles and doubles events

1:00 – 3.00pm

Post section play

3:00 – 4:30pm

Semi finals and finals


  1. Players may enter in only one age group.

  2. Ages are as at 31 December 2010.
  3. Entry fee is $10 per player and can be paid on the day.
  4. The organisers reserve the right to merge events or change the format, depending on the number of entries.

  5. Entries close on Wednesday 6 April 2011 with Chris Williams ph 04 527 8629 or williamsck [at]

Click here for the Entry Form

Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

Aussie Vets 2010 Gold – Report

The 27th Australian Veterans Table Tennis Championships were held recently (16-23 October 2010) at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Melbourne.

This venue was situated in a south Melbourne suburb next to a lake in Albert Park, where the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix is held every year.

Over 300 participants from around Australia and New Zealand took part, covering ages 40 to over 80. New Zealand had its biggest team ever with 30 players making the trip over the Tasman.

Four players from Table Tennis Wellington took part in the championships. The Over 50 Mens A team consisted of Depak Patel (captain) and Ian Talbot (both Empire) and Bryan McConnochie from Titan/Kapiti. Raewyn Young (Empire) was the captain of the Over 40 Womens team. The other team members were Joanna Ma (Otago) and Akiko Goto (Canterbury).

Over 40 Womens Teams results:

vs Victoria B won 11-0
vs Queensland B won 10-1
vs Northern Territory won 10-1
vs Western Australia won 10-1
vs Queensland won 6-5
vs New South Wales B won 10-1
vs Presidents won 8-3
vs New South Wales won 6-5
vs Victoria won 6-5

In the final against Victoria, Akiko played the final match against Vicki Carruthers (a very experienced player), who had already lost to Raewyn and Joanna. Akiko was not expected to win but showed great determination to fight back from 2 sets down to win 11-13, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8. The NZ team erupted with delight when the last point was won – a truly memorable experience. This team was the first from NZ to win a gold medal in a team event since this tournament commenced 27 years ago.

Raewyn won 70% of her matches and was placed 9th and Joanna was placed 2nd on the Merit List.

Over 50 Mens Teams results:

vs Queensland B won 8-3
vs ACT B won 10-1
vs Northern Territory won 6-5   Bryan won the last match 3-0
vs Victoria lost 2-9
vs New South Wales lost 0-11  Was a tough day at the office! Bryan got a set of Paul Pinkevic
vs Tasmania won 7-4
vs New South Wales B won 11-0
vs Queensland lost 3-8  Ian defaulted 2 matches due to injury

Depak won 58% of his matches with Bryan winning 50% and Ian 46%. The team finished a creditable 6th out of 14 teams.

(click for the TTNZ article with all the names)

Australian Vets Gold

NZ wins gold at the Australian Vets Over 40s women’s team event, beating Victoria 6-5 in the final!

This team includes Raewyn Young (captain) (Empire Club) with: Sarah Sandley, Joanna Ma, & Akiko Goto.

For detailed results click here.

Note also the over 50 Men No. 1 Team: Ian Talbot (Empire Club), Bryan McConnochie (Kapiti), Depak Patel (Captain) (Empire Club).

More details and pics coming soon…

2010 Winter Interclub Completed & Grade Champs

As a wrap-up, all results and the team finals results are at “2010 Winter Interclub Results” (in a nutshell, congratulations Waterloo Wasps/Prem 1, Waterloo Wizards/Prem 2, and Karori Kometz/Prem 3!).  We also had the Prem 2 and Prem grade champs (singles and doubles) with these results:

Prem 3 Singles Elias Villanueva bt Luke Falvey
Prem 3 Doubles Elias Villanueva/Vladimir Vysotskiy 1st, Jack Ho/Luke Falvey 2nd , Maggie Dyer/Margaret Cloughley 3rd in a round-robin where there had to be a count back on points, to separate the three combinations, after they all won one contest in five sets!

Prem 2 Singles Tai Zhu bt Matthew Hobbs
Prem 2 Doubles Tai Zhu/Graham Sole bt Tristian Alay-ay/Hayden Kirkbeck.

Here are some pictures from the Prem 2 night after I brought my camera down (must do more often…):

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The Talbot Brothers

Chris & Ian Talbot

Ian and Chris Talbot, two well known Empire Premier 1 players, come from a table tennis family. The father, Des, and all the six sons played. The boys started playing in primary school. Ian, Ross, Geoff and Chris won the Wellington Primary Schools Boys Singles Titles. Ross won the Primary Schools Singles three times and was only 9 years of age when he won for the first time in 1965. Ross won the Wellington Senior and Junior Secondary Schools Boys Singles in 1970.

Des Talbot took over the running of the Porirua Table Tennis Club. The family dominated the Club Singles Title. Des, won the title when it was first held in 1969, and also 1975. Ian won in 1970 and 1972-73. Ross won seven times,1971,1974,1977-78 and 1982-84. Murray won 1980-81. Chris won eight time, 1985-92. Only non family members to win were Tony Rutledge (1976) and Steve Corbett (1979). Chris Talbot still has the cup as the Porirua Club folded up after 1992.

The Talbot brothers had their own basketball team in the Porirua league, with Ross and Bryan the stars. Bryan went on to represent Porirua . Ian, Chris and Bryan have run marathons. Ian has run 20 marathons with a best time of 2 hours 29 minutes 16 seconds (London 1981). Ian has also run triathons and been on the Round Taupo Cycle Challenge (160 km) 3 times. Chris played senior cricket for North City and caught NZ opening batsman Bruce Edgar out.

Murray, Ian, Ross and Chris all represented Kapiti at the NZ Championships. Murray, Ross and Chris have all been the top ranked man in Kapiti. After the Kapiti Association folded up Ian and Chris joined the Empire Club. Chris has played Premier 1 since 1994 and Ian from 2000.They were in the Empire team that finished runner up in Premier 1 (2009). They have both won the Empire Club Singles. Chris 5 times (1999-2001, 2003, 2006) and Ian (2005). And together they have won the club doubles 10 times (1999-2006, 2009-2010).

Ian and Chris Talbot have represented New Zealand in the veterans table tennis test against Australia at Easter. Ian has won the NZ Over 45 Men’s Doubles twice, with Lindsay Ward (2003) and with his brother, Chris (2008). They have had much success in the NZ Masters Games in Wanganui. Ian has won 12 Gold Medals and Chris 10 Gold medals.

-Malcolm Wong

Interclub Finals Night & Grade Champs

Congratulations to all interclub players, a great season all-round with some close results in the end leaving some results in the balance until the last night!  Thanks to Stephen, Diane, Bruce, & Paul for their hard work in keeping the wheels rolling and the results posted.

Tuesday Sep 14:  Premier 1, 2  and 3 Team Finals:

Prem 3 Final:  Karori Kometz (winners of Series 2 round robin) v Empire Tsunami (on equal points with Empire Tornado but make the final on a count back by one game!).

Prem 2 Final:  Waterloo Wizards (winners of Series 1 & Series 2 round robin) v Karori/Titan

Prem 1 Final:  Waterloo Wasps (winners of Series 1 & Series 2 round robin) v Titan/Kapiti

Premier 2 & 3 Grade Championships:

Tuesday Sep 21, Premier 3 grade champs – open to all Premier 3 players (except the three main players in Empire Advancers promoted from Premier 3 to Premier 2 for Series 2).

Wednesday Sep 22 Premier 2 grade champs – open to all Premier 2 & 3 players (except the two players promoted from Premier 2 to Premier 1 for Series 2).

The Empire Table Tennis Stadium opens at 6:30pm in each case, matches start 7pm.

International Umpire in our Midst

I talked to Malcolm Wong following the recent 2010 Junior Open:  “I became a provincial umpire in 2000 as I felt I should know the rules of the sport I played.  Umpiring at the NZ World Junior Circuit Tournament in Wellington (2003) encouraged me to go further in umpiring.  I umpired the world men’s number 1, Ma Long, at this tournament.”

In 2004 Malcolm became a National Umpire, a National Referee in 2007, and then passed the International Umpires exam in 2008.  Last year he umpired at the French Junior Open and the Commonwealth Championships.  After attended and passing an exam at a Racket Control Seminar (5 April) in Auckland he can now  be appointed to be Chief Racket Controller at ITTF Tournaments.

On umpiring at the recent NZ Junior Open (6-9 April) in Auckland:  “The first three days I was umpiring twelve hours each day, including 21 matches on day one.  A lack of umpires meant I was umpiring virtually every round!

“Umpiring requires a good knowledge of the rules, the ability to concentrate during matches and apply the rules in an impartial manner.” – If you are interested in learning more about Table Tennis umpiring, Malcolm would love to hear from you!

NZ Junior Open 2010 - Cadet Girls Singles Final (9April). Richard Ammundsen (Assistant Umpire) Wong Chung Wan (Hong Kong) Lily Phan (Australia) Malcolm Wong (Umpire).

NZ Junior Open 2010 – Cadet Girls Singles Final (9April). Richard Ammundsen (Assistant Umpire) Wong Chung Wan (Hong Kong) Lily Phan (Australia) Malcolm Wong (Umpire).
Racket Control Seminar: Paul Jackson, Steve Reilly (Fiji) Malcolm Wong, Fanny Ho (Australia) Piet van Egmond (Course Instructor – Netherlands) Tomoko Fukudo (Japan) Bryan Yan Jennifer Tang, Daniel Fan
Racket Control Seminar: Paul Jackson, Steve Reilly (Fiji) Malcolm Wong, Fanny Ho (Australia) Piet van Egmond (Course Instructor – Netherlands) Tomoko Fukudo (Japan) Bryan Yan Jennifer Tang, Daniel Fan

Attached: Malcolm’s Report on Racquet Control Seminar and New Zealand Junior Open 2010

2010 Marlborough Open

There were players from Canterbury (C), Marlborough (M), Nelson (N) and one from Wellington (W) at Simcox Stadium (Blenheim Indoor Centre).  Chris Hood and Debbie Stratford were the main tournament organisers.

Top Seed Yi-Sien Lin (C) dominated the Open events.  He won the Men’s Singles against Stuart Amstrong (C) in a high quality final 4-1 where Stuart let a big lead slip in the 4th game which would have made the score 2-2.  Lin also won the Men’s Doubles with William Pringle (C) against Stuart Armstrong/Simon Fenwick (C) 3-1  and the Mixed Doubles with Kali Stratford (M) against Simon Fenwick/Mimi Walle (C) 3-1.

Mimi Walle (C) won the Women’s Singles (Round Robin) and prevented Akiko Goto (C) a third straight singles success.  These two combined to win the Women’s Doubles against Amanda Niblett (C)/ Kali Stratford 3-1.

In the O40 MS Stuart Armstrong found himself 0-2 down against Steve Craw (C) before taking control to win the last 3 games easily.  Mimi Walle continued her domination over Akiko Goto to win the O40 WS 3-0.  The O50 MS was won by Mark Nalder (N) and the O50 WS by Kath Gilchrist (M).  The O60 MS was won by Steve Craw.

Malcolm Wong (W) proved to be the doubles king.  He won the Second Grade MD with Sigmund Sue (M) and O40 & O50 MD with Mark Nalder.  Malcolm was also runner up in the O40 XD with Akiko Goto and the O50 MS.

pic 1: Mark Nalder and Malcolm Wong – O40/O50 MD Winners. pic 2: Malcolm Wong and Sigmund Sue – 2nd Grade MD Winners

Mark Nalder and Malcolm Wong – Marlborough O40 & O50 MD WinnersMalcolm Wong and Sigmund Sue – Marlborough 2nd Grade MD Winners

Attached: Marlborough Open 2010 results

Empire Club – new Thursday Night

Empire Table Tennis Club is starting a Thursday Night casual play session called “Public Ping Pong”. This commences tomorrow (May 6).

Tables are available for casual use at $4 per person or $10 per family.

The session runs from 7pm to 9pm every Thursday night.

Please invite interested friends, relatives or workmates to come along.

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