Congratulations to the winning teams, some close results on the Finals night:
Premier 1: Belmont Bananas (Callum Rusbridge, Thom Nguyen, Hayden Tapp) 6-3 winners over Titan
Premier 2: Empire Dangerous (Chris Williams, Bruce Connolly, Uy Tang) – a nail-biting 6-5 win over the Waterloo Wizards
Premier 3: Karori Kometz (Darrin Carmichael, Ben Westenra, Reg Fuez) 6-4 over Empire Xiong, reversing an in-season loss to Empire Xiong.
Malcolm writes in with another player profile, this time Bryan McConnochie…
Bryan is a left hand attacking player, still playing Premier 1 interclub table tennis at the age of 62. In his younger days he played representative rugby for 4 provinces over 21 years (1968-1989): South Canterbury, Canterbury, Wairarapa-Bush and Horowhenua. Bryan started off as an open side flanker and ending up as a tight head prop. One of his highlights was playing wing and marking the great All Black, Bryan Williams, when Wairarapa-Bush played the All Blacks during the 1972 internal tour.
Bryan and his son Phillip have always played interclub together and have won several Men’s Open Doubles titles. The Wairarapa, Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay Men’s Doubles, and the North Island Men’s B Grade (twice) and Over 30 title.
In 1998 Bryan partnered by Joan Munn (Victoria, Australia) upset the 3rd, 2nd and 1st seeds to win the New Zealand Veterans Over 40 Mixed Doubles. He has won 9 individual veterans titles at the New Zealand Open. This included the Over 55 Men’s Single (2006). Bryan has represented New Zealand in the veterans test against Australia.
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
vs Queensland B
vs Northern Territory
vs Western Australia
vs New South Wales B
vs New South Wales
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
vs ACT B
vs Northern Territory
won 6-5 Bryan won the last match 3-0
vs New South Wales
lost 0-11 Was a tough day at the office! Bryan got a set of Paul Pinkevic
vs New South Wales B
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.
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…):
It’s on Alexandra Rd, Newtown, Wellington and while there are no street numbers the building appears nestled in the bush – you won’t see much of the building driving by except for a street sign and a car park on each side of the road:
How to get there? If driving turn up Alexandra Rd from Constable St and the stadium will be on the left shortly after the tennis, running,and croquet clubs with a parking lot above it and also on the other side of the road.
If walking or biking from the city, Mein St is a more direct access and has a path at the end leading up to the southern (rear) of the stadium (the door is on the Northern side).
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.
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).
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