Blast from the past 20 years ago 1997 Wellington Autumn A Grade remembered
by Malcolm Wong
In 1997 there were 8 Teams in the February-April competition. A round robin was followed by 3 knockout rounds to determine the winner. Onslow A (Greg Smith, Stuart Cordue, John Cordue) were top after the round robin and they made the final. Te Rama, 4th after the round robin, hit form to beat Titan A 9-2 and Titan B 11-0 to make the final. A close final was expected. However Te Rama (Malcolm Wong. Bob Bell, Matthew Hobbs) beat Onslow A 9-2. Malcolm Wong won all his 3 singles for Te Rama, continuing his good recent form where he had won his last 12 singles. Greg Smith won 2 singles for Onslow A
Malcolm Wong has been in 4 Te Rama winning interclub teams. 1986 C Grade (with Brian Hearfield, Jeff Larsen, Olaf Leijon), 1989 B Grade (with Brian Hearfield, Henry Anastasi), 1991 A Reserve Grade (with Martin Young, David Robinson) and 1993 A Reserve Grade (with Martin Young, Brian Neale). Martin Young was in the following Ling Tse winning Teams. 1986 C2 Grade (With Lewis Young, Kee Yee) and 1988 C Grade, Division 1 (with Martin Gee, Chuah, Glen Douglas). Bob Bell had been the following winning Newlands A Reserve Grade Teams. 1986 (with Brian Neale, Kaz Witko, Chas Wong), 1989 (with Adrian Sutton, Pam Sutton, Brian Neale) and 1992 (with Ray Hardy, Brian Neale, Kerry Duggan, Ross Fisher). Matthew Hobbs was in the winning 1992 C Grade Titan B Team (with Mike Winsborough, Geoffry Hobbs). Malcolm Wong (12) and Martin Young (18) were Te Rama Club Singles Champion. Malcolm had also won the 1995 Titan Club Singles. Bob Bell was the Newlands Club Singles Champion (1995). Bob (2011) and Matthew Hobbs (2012) would win the Onslow Club Singles.
Onslow A’s top player was Greg Smith, who was in the NZ Under 17 Boy’s Team to Australia (1995 &1996). His Wanganui City College Team won the NZ Secondary
Schools Open Teams Championship in 1995 (with Ben Chapman and James Chapman) &
1996 (with James Chapman and Michael Purvis). In 1996 his Gonville 2 Team (with Jonathan Spring and Larn Sweeney) finished 2nd in the Wanganui A Grade (2 person teams) Interclub behind Wanganui East 1 (Lee Mummery, Jared Smith, Nelson Tizard). He was the top ranked Wanganui Junior Boy and 3rd on the Men’s list, behind Shane Wilson and his brother Jared (Top ranked Man). Stuart Cordue was a former ranked Wellington Junior Boy (4th in 1974) and the father of John. He was in the winning 1974 A Reserve Grade team with Onslow B (with Lloyd Richards, Murray Bordignon, Ruth Futter). John Cordue (1996 NZ Under 14 Boys Rep) would be the Onslow Club Singles Champion in 1999 and 2000. He won the 2009 South Island Men’s Singles. John would become a future NZ Men’s Representative, playing in the World Championships (2005, 2009-2014) and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. At this years World Masters Games Table Tennis, John won the Over 30 Men’s Singles and was in the winning Over 30 Men’s Team with Simon Wallace. He was also runner up in the Over 30 Men’s Doubles with Chen Rong.
New players to Wellington were Kel and Marilyn Smith, the parents of Greg, who had moved from Wanganui. Aroha Tam ( 1993 NZ U14 Girls, 1994 NZ U15 Girls and 1996 NZ U2 Women) had moved from Dunedin. Liam Orange travelled from the Wairarapa with his grandparents Des and Rose Orange.
7 players (Martin Young, Matthew Hobbs, David Buckrell, Bryan McConnochie, Phillip McConnochie, Win Nguyen, Andrew Budden) were still playing Wellington interclub in 2017.
1997 Autumn A Grade
1 Te Rama (Malcolm Wong, Martin Young, Bob Bell, Matthew Hobbs)
2 Onslow A (Greg Smith, Stuart Cordue, John Cordue)
3 Titan B (Jake Yang, David Buckrell, Alvin Wong)
4 Onslow E (Kel Smith, Marilyn Smith, Aroha Tam)
5 Onslow B (Bryan McConnochie, Phillip McConnochie, Blair Duckett)
6 Titan A (Win Nguyen, Geoff Fletcher, Alan Cliffin)
7 Onslow C (Paul Escott, Liam Orange, Steve Dunn)
8 Onslow D (Mark Freeman, Andrew Budden, Cameron Gordon)
Place Wins Games %
1 Jake Yang 17 18 94
2 Greg Smith 27 29 93
3 Win Nguyen 25 29 86
4 Bryan McConnochie 20 27 74
5 Martin Young 18 25 72
Congratulations to Bryan McConnochie for topping the table!
The points system was more fun oriented and should be taken with a grain of salt or two (especially regarding those who do the draws and yet end up near the top!) but notable stars in the table who battled well vs. higher grade players include: Martyn Barry, Darrell Brown, Leigh Grinlinton, Mei Mun Teh, & Ilkka Havukkala. Also the up and coming juniors gave many of us a scare or few and we’ll sure be seeing more of them in the years to come (in addition to Mei Mun we had Tom Christie, Aaron Lan, Anna Wilson, Erin Huang, & Ryan Pigou).
A special thanks to all players who came along. I think the experiment worked well and we might try similar again in future (if you have any competition structure/format ideas to try let us know).
The next competition will be the summer interclub which is typically around six weeks at the end of summer, in recent years that has a been a 2-person team format playing best-of-7 matches. See you then.
Winter Interclub Series 2 for 2017 finished with a couple of absorbing finals and a full hall as other finishing positions were determined over the three grades.
The premier final between Waterloo Wasps and Empire Entertainers was 2-2 after the first doubles but the second batch of singles saw the Entertainers edge ahead and continue the momentum to run out 6-3 winners, with Bruno Omizu being the rock with 3 singles and 2 doubles wins.
The Division Two final between Waterloo Wolves and Empire Enforcers was a cliff hanger all the way, matches going each way until the Enforcers took a 5-3 lead only for the Wolves to even up the score. This left Craig Gear (Wolves) and Ryan Cronin (Enforcers) to battle for the title with Ryan giving the Enforcers the victory. Ryan had earlier won a match 12-10 in the fifth set, a result which had a major impact on the final outcome.
Empire completed a sweep of the finals with the Egrets closing out their Division Two final with Waterloo Wapitis 6-3.
The first week in July saw an enthralling end to Series One 2017 with all grades experiencing tight finals.
Premier saw an arm wrestle between Empire Entertainers and Titan Terriers before Bruno Omizu won the final match for Empire to win 6-5. Bruno maintained his 100% singles winning record win this victory. Congratulations to Bruno, James Harter and Depak Patel on their victory, the first in this grade for Empire for some years, taking away the Brian Hearfield Cup.
Division One also finished in a 6-5 win to Onslow Ogres over Empire Enforcers, after Onslow started well only to be down 5-3 before dramatically winning the last three singles. Win Nguyen also finished the series unbeaten and was well supported by teammates Mat Hobbs and Andy Budden. Onslow thus regained the Chris Williams Cup, presented several years ago by Chris, who sadly passed away recently.
The Division Two final was a win by Empire Egrets over Waterloo Wapitis, 7-4. Doubles was possibly the difference as Empire won both contests, in a match which had five 5 set contests. Maggie Dyer, Leigh Grinlinton and Michael Stechman were the members of the winning team.
Summer Interclub 2017 finished on a night anything but Summer. The Division One final went to the last singles match with Jo Larsen prevailing over Ian Talbot to give Young and Young a 3-2 victory over Empire Talbot.
Division Two saw another tough final fight before Onslow Budden won against Misfits, the final score also being 3-2.
Division Three finishes their round robin with Waterloo Thomas going down 3-2 to The Decrepits leaving Caesars Pride to come out on top of the grade following a 5-0 win over One and A Half Asian.
Thanks to all players who participated in the competition. We look forward to mid May when Winter Interclub commences.
The November competition wrapped up after week 4, again with a few replacements helping out.
Grade A saw some good matches which could have gone either way but the two top rated players pulled away from the pack in the end.
Grade B, which had experienced promotional/relegation at both ends after the first two weeks finished with ten of the eighteen matches going to five sets with three to advantage including a 21-19 result!
Grade C was affected by withdrawals but those who played had some tight games.
Leading players in each grade:
7 wins J Harter
6 wins V Kelly
4 wins B Shaw, S Higham
7 wins M Hobbs
6 wins L Johnston, C Gear
5 wins A Budden, S Eguchi
6 wins R Buchanan, H Pan
5 wins L Sweeney, M Stechman
4 wins T Wilson, R Cullen
The annual Wellington area Primary/Intermediate Tournament was held on September 16, results and 3 photos (taken by the Clyde Quay School photographer).
There were 39 teams (28 boys and 11 girls) representing six schools (118 players in total). Clyde Quay School had the biggest number with 14 teams, Raroa Intermediate 12, Hutt Intermediate 6, Wellesley College 3 and Newlands Intermediate & Karori West Normal School 2 each. Clyde Quay School created a record that is unlikely to be broken for some time by winning all 5 boy’s divisions and both the girl’s divisions for a clean sweep of titles!
Thanks for all the helpers including Bruce Northover, Rob Chung, & Kevin Haines for all the legwork!
UPDATE – FORMAT SPECIFICS: We have three groups of 9 players – for the first 2 weeks each group will complete a round-robin – each playing every one else in their group. Then the top two in each group automatically promote to the next highest grade (if any) and the bottom two automatically relegate to the next lowest grade (if any). The adjusted grades then play the same format for two weeks to determine final placings. This makes it pretty competitive especially in the middle grade where things will get real dicey at both ends of the table!
Also a reminder about the New Zealand Masters Games being held in Whanganui from 3 – 12 February 2017. There are still a few weeks for Table Tennis entrants to secure the “Gotta Have It” Pass rate of only $45.00. Entrants will save on their registration fee if they enter by 31st October 2016.
In the teams we had some great results with our Men’s B Grade team (Ben Collins, Sean Hanson, Hayden Tapp) winning the B Grade after a down-to-the wire 4-3 win over Canterbury in the final claiming the Russell Algie Shield just in time to take off for a flight!
Hui-Ling Vong was drafted into the Manawatu under 18 girls’ team which finished 3rd – winning all her matches bar vs. a dominant Auckland team who took 1st place unbeaten in all their matches.
The under 18 boys’ team of Frank Fu & Sean Hanson, along with drafts of Carl Rodmell & Nathan Geraghty, got 3rd in the A Grade (just behind Waitemata and Auckland) including good wins 5-2 over Manawatu & 4-3 over both Canterbury & Otago.
The under 15 boys’ team of Liam Buckrell & Calvin Li, along with draft Zenith Sayer finished 7th in the A Grade, pipping Otago 4-3 at the end into 8th place.
*** Hui-Ling Vong is the under 15 girls’ champion – cleaning up against all opposition!
*** Hui-Ling Vong is also the under 15 doubles champion – with Rachel Li!
Hui-Ling in the under 18 girls’ made it all the way through to the semi-final before bowing out to eventual winner Guiting Lu.
Joanna Roberts (with Joanne Shaw) won Silver in the Open Women’s doubles!
In the boys’ under 18s – Sean Hanson & Frank Fu won their round-robin groups with both making it to the second round of the knockout draw. In the under 18 boys’ doubles, Sean & Frank battled through to the semi-final.Likewise Sean played with Hui-Ling in the under 18 mixed doubles – again making it to the semi-final!
Similarly Liam Buckrell and Calvin Li made it past the round-robin phase of the under 15 boys’ event too. In the doubles they were also semi-finalists – losing only to the eventual winners.
Paul Solt wins the D grade doubles (with Neil Chen)!
The finals of the three grades were held on Tuesday 13 September, with many interesting matchups. The Premier final saw a close match to begin with between Vance Kelly of the Waterloo Wasps against James Harter of the Empire Entertainers. Vance won in four sets, each of which had only a two point margin. From then on each of the following matches were won three straight by the Wasps who ran out 6-0 winners. Vance and Hayden Tapp each won two singles while Sean Hanson won his only match.
The Division One final also featured Empire and Waterloo teams but this time the Empire Enforcers overcame the Waterloo Wolves by 8-3. Andrew Maguire found some of his best form to be unbeaten but had solid support from the others in the team, Brendyn Shaw and Tony Rutledge.
The closest fixture was the Division Two final between two Empire teams. The Empire Elms finally beat the Empire Egrets 6-4, winning the last two matches in close five setters which could have gone either way. Vladimir Visotskiy, Soichiro Eguchi and Yudi Yudistra were the winning team. In a 3v4 fixture, The Combo beat Waterloo Whales 7-3.
In an unofficial “Plate Grade Championship” six players from Division One not involved in the final played a round robin. Liam Buckrell went through unbeaten to claim the win, with Darrell Brown 2nd and Mat Hobbs 3rd.
Summary of results
Premier: Waterloo Wasps beat Empire Entertainers 6-0
Division One: Empire Enforcers beat Waterloo Wolves 8-3
for 1st vs. 2nd: Empire Elms beat Empire Egrets 6-4
for 3rd vs. 4th: The Combo beat Waterloo Wolves 7-3
A good turnout of 23 players fronted for the Grade Championships on Tuesday following the end of Winter Interclub – Series One.
Eleven played in the Premier event, including three Division One interclub players trying something a bit more challenging, each performing well. Three pools played round robin sections with post sections also being played on a round robin basis to ensure players got plenty of matches. Remarkably, all nine post section matches went to four sets, indicating very even contests.
The winners of the Premier sections were Frank Fu, Paul Brown and Depak Patel. Their final round robin saw Depak come out on top with Frank second and Paul third.
Each of the Division One and Division Two events had six entrants and both events involved a full round robin to determine the placings. Tony Rutledge and Vladimir Vysotskiy came out on top of these groups.
1st Depak Patel
2nd Frank Fu
3rd Paul Brown
1st Tony Rutledge
2nd Darrell Brown
3rd Martin Xiong
1st Vladimir Vysotskiy
2nd Ian Grace
3rd Ian Thomas
For players at the level of Division 1 or Premier interclub standard there is a Thursday evening 7-9pm session (see the TTW Training Invitation Flier for details). This coaching group is now underway and targets preparation for the Wellington Open (July 30/31).
All sessions are at Empire in Petone. For further information contact Richard Lee on 567 0314 or 022 0684866.
The 2016 Winter Interclub Series One Finals were held June 28/29 and saw the finals of the three interclub divisions.
Premier Grade saw an exciting matchup between the top two teams of recent seasons, Titan Terriers (2015 champions) and Waterloo Wasps. A number of spectators were rewarded with a tight contest for the Hearfield Cup with no match an easy victory. In the end, Waterloo Wasps prevailed by 6 matches to 3, with superiority in the doubles being a key factor.
The playoff for third and fourth place saw Empire Entertainers too strong for Titan Trailblazers, winning 10-1.
Division One featured the Series front-runners, Empire Enforcers against Onslow Titan batting for the Chis Williams Cup. Form from the round robin matchup between these teams was reversed with Onslow Titan causing a surprise by winning 7-4. Previous title holders Waterloo Wolves beat Waterloo Wapitis 10-1 in the playoff for third and fourth.
The Division Two final between two Empire teams, Empire Elms and Empire Egrets was eagerly awaited after a close result the previous week. The Empire Egrets prevailed 7-4 with their greater depth evident, despite a valiant effect from Vladimir Vysotskiy who won three singles for the Empire Elms. In the other fixture, Waterloo Whales beat a depleted Empire Echoes team 8-3.
The full team and individual standings after the Round Robin are here.
The following are the finals match ups for the end of the Summer Interclub 2016 teams competition on march 30.
A reminder that on Wednesday 6 April, Summer Interclub players are invited to participate in the Summer Interclub Grade Championships. To be included you need to register at Empire by 7.00 pm that evening or email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon that day that you wish to be included in the draw.
1v2 Waterloo Wasps v Nomads
3v4 Empire Emperors v McConnochies
5v6 Titanium v Buckrells
1v2 Empire Empresses v Misfits
3v4 Waterloo Whales v Waterloo Wolves
5v6 Coasters v Empire Emissaries
1v2 Empire Enigmas v Empire Enforcers
3v4 Empire Envoys v Waterloo Whippets
5v6 Young & Dangerous v Waterloo Wapitis
It looks like an interesting night coming up on Wednesday. Plenty of opportunity for some rearranging of placings for all three grades. Divisions 2 & 3 in particular it looking like we’re going down to the wire to qualify for that second place spot…
The round robin phase will finish on 23 March. On 30 March a Finals evening will be played for all teams in all of the three grades. (The top two teams after the round robin will play off, as will the teams that finished 3rd and 4th and the teams that finished 5th and 6th.)
On 6 April, there will a “Grades” type event where players will play a singles (and possibly also doubles) event against other players from their summer interclub grade (no other players eligible). Section play and knockout, the exact format will be based on the numbers that turn up. Small amounts of prize money will on offer.
Things are getting tight now, over half way through the round-robin phase heading into the crunch matches now!
In division 3 the Empire Enigmas (Basil Kananghinis & Om Thakur) look like they’ll be tough to catch from here but still have to play the teams currently ranked 2 & 3. In division 2 the Empire Empresses (Raewyn Young & Jo Roberts) are looking imperious at the top by 3 points, while in division 1 the Nomads ( John Gan & Chris Talbot) are ahead by just 2 points.