The 2020 version of the November ‘Four Wednesdays’ competition has finished following some weeks of interesting and competitive play. Points were accumulated over the weeks, based on the closeness or otherwise of singles matches and a few doubles thrown in. A total of 29 players participated, 23 of them playing all four weeks. Thanks to all players for their commitment.
The winner this year was Manish Ahlawat, who had led from the second week, although he suffered a couple of losses in the final week. Runner up was Mat Hobbs, closely followed by Depak Patel and Darrell Brown. Congratulations to each of these players.
With Covid having an impact, only one series of Winter Interclub was held in 2020. A big thanks to those who participated.
Premier was split into two groups, streamed by TTNZ rating points to try and concentrate the talent. Two player teams played off and some good matches were seen. In Premier One, the Waterloo Wasps came out on top, with Sean Hanson going through unbeaten and supported well by Vance Kelly who improved with regular hard play. Premier Two saw the Empire Echoes come through on top after the round robin, but they were overcome by the Titan Tarantulas in the final.
Division One proved an interesting grade with many solid players and some close matchups between the top teams. The Empire Enigmas benefited from only using three players and deservedly won the grade, although they will look back on several close threats to their unbeaten run.
Division Three had only five teams and Karori Kaboom were the top team, scoring heavily most weeks. There were a number of new players in this grade and they will have benefitted from the experience.
Each grade had its own Grade Championships with the main results below:
Premier One Winner: Depak Patel Runner Up: Darrell Brown Premier Two Winner: Manish Ahlawat Runner Up: Nabetari Tioti Division One Winner: Sabine Westenra Runner Up: Om Thakur Division Two Winner: Quoc Dinh Runner Up: Roger Watkin
Normally about now we would be coming to the end of Series One of Winter Interclub. The calendar is against us to run a full competition and the reality is also that many players are just starting to pick up their bats again and probably need some time to get up to speed.
Accordingly, starting Wednesday 17 June, we are running a four-week competition, singles only, with players split into groups of 9. Players will be streamed and will play a round robin over two weeks against the other 8 players in their group (four singles a night). They will repeat the process over the following two weeks.
We therefore invite players to nominate themselves, either directly or via their clubs, to me by Friday 12 June. Please only enter if you expect to be able to play for each of the four Wednesdays commencing 17 June.
Announcing TTW Summer Competition (interclub) for 2020 – round up your teammate(s) and spread the news and we look forward to your entry!
player teams, play two other teams each night, best of 5 to 11
Five Wednesdays March 4 – April 1 @ Empire TTC Hall (04 568 6054)
Open from 6:40pm, matches to start 7pm
FEES $7 per player per Wednesday to
the duty official before play
ENTER by Thurs Feb 27 via your club or email (we match extras into composite teams). A team can have any number of players but only two play per match.
FORMAT 2 Player teams: each team plays two matches (against two other teams) each Wednesday – each team vs. team match is two singles each (best of 5 to 11) plus a one-set doubles (best of 1 to 11) played only if it is 2-all as a tie-break. I.e. each night you play four singles and sometimes also one or two doubles sets.
depend on entries. Match sheets will be kept
for tie breaking.
RESULTS Available here and printed for display on the ETTC wall.
CONDUCT The TTW Code of Conduct (see the website) will be enforced.
BALLS White 3-star balls will be
provided, accordingly you must wear non-white shirts.
RESERVES Each team find your own fill-ins, consider rotating a third player in your team.
This year’s November competition saw 37 players turn up on at least one night, including 25 who played three or four nights.
Thanks go to all the regulars, but thanks in particular to those players of the Winter Division One and Two standards who were prepared to play against the lower rated youngsters and encourage them in their quest for improvement. No doubt you will be seeing more of them in the next few seasons!
The competition was more about turning up and enjoying table tennis, sometimes against players not played before. Points were largely incidental, but the following had the top results at the end.
1 Depak Patel (25 points)
2 John Gan (24 points)
3 Darrell Brown, Nabetari Tioti (22 points)
5 Liam Johnston, Harry Chen (21 points)
7 Matthew Hobbs (20 points)
8 Lucas Yang, Michael Stechman, Om Thakur, Zhidong Yu (19 points)
Series One of Winter Interclub finished with intriguing nights for the Premier and Division One grades.
On Tuesday, the Brian Hearfield Cup for winning Premier One went to the UwU team of Hui-Ling Vong and James Harter, despite their 3-2 loss to the Dreamers. UwU only needed to win one match to clinch the title. Tarantulas and Dreamers were tied on points and matches won for second and a count back on sets showed tarantulas ahead with 41 sets won and 32 sets lost compared to Dreamers who had 37 sets both won and lost.
Premier Two saw Enforcers comfortably win their match and grade from the Tomatoes, Depak Patel and Daniel Rosner played well over the three weeks, only dropping two matches.
Wednesday saw the eagerly anticipated rematch of the previous week between Empire Enigmas and Titan Target, playing off this week in the final for the Chris Williams Cup. If a week is a long time in politics, the same can now be said about table tennis. Titan Target reversed last week’s 3-8 loss by winning 7-4. Incredibly, despite all six players being the same both weeks, the result of six matches (including two doubles) changed from the previous encounter. Hugo Yick, Tom Christie and Yufeng Wang played all eight weeks and deserved their win on the night.
Also on Tuesday Division Two had their grade championships with eight players entering. Hirotake Watanabe came out the winner from Ben Riddell, who also showed good form on the night. Peter Lowe beat Aaron Lan in the 3-4 playoff, while Maggie Dyer won the consolation event.
Next week sees the opportunities for Premier and Division One players who played this season to play in their grade championships. Be there before 7.00 pm to register.
Remember, the Wellington Open is coming up fast, scheduled for Sat/Sun 27 & 28 July. Register online.
Congratulations to the Achievers (John Gan & Chris Talbot) winners of Division 1 and to the Fighters (Michael Stechman & Leigh Grinlinton) winners of Division 2! Thanks to everyone who competed – it was a hard fought competition for all the five action-packed weeks. Time for a wee break before the Autumn Open and winter interclub.
This tournament first started in 2003 and has been played every year with the exception of 2017.
This year there were 18 competitors in the Open Singles.
Fiona Zhai (from China studying in Wellington) beat Yang Low 3-0 in one semi-final. Yang had beaten Dave Cheung 3-1 in his quarterfinal.
Rob Chung beat Min Su 3-1 sets in the other semi-final. In their quarterfinals, Min Su had a very close 3-2 sets win against Martin Young and Rob beat Zhidong Yu 3-1.
In the final, Rob upset Fiona in a close match 3-2 (9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9).
In a playoff for 3rd/4th, Yang beat Min 3-0 .
There were 4 women in the Womens singles – Fiona Zhai, Xiaoping Lu, Qing Lan Feng, and Ling Wang. A round robin was played with Fiona comfortably winning. Qing Lan Feng came 2nd with 2 wins and Ling Wang was 3rd with 1 win.
Thanks to Stephen Wang, Chairperson of the Wellington New Chinese Friendship Association and Min/Rob/Martin for running the tournament on the day!
FORMAT Each Wednesday round-robin groups for singles matches will be formed semi-randomly. Afterwards are doubles-play bonus points. A combination of skill & luck will determine your destiny.
DIVISIONS The number of distinct grade divisions will depend on the entry count.
POINTS One point per opponent you beat in the round-robin group plus bonuses below.
TERMINATOR BONUS One bonus point for the winner of each round-robin group.
BEING-THERE BONUS Two bonus points for each competition night you complete.
BUDDY BONUS Up to one bonus point each competition night for winning at least one doubles match. To get a BUDDY BONUS point you must win any doubles match:
With any player from any group as a partner so long as all four players must have completed their round-robin groups.
The match is the best of 3 games by mutual agreement.
While you can’t earn more than one BUDDY BONUS each Wednesday you can play as many doubles matches as you like for the benefit of your partner(s) or for your own amusement until we kick you out.
PIED PIPER BONUS For each affiliated player you bring to play who hasn’t played TTW interclub in the last five years (or ever) both that player & you get a two point bonus (only one ‘bringer’ per player).
Series 2 of Winter Interclub finished recently. Premier played for the Brian Hearfield Trophy for Series 1 but for series 2, the Tommy Williams Cup was at stake. The Empire Enforcers retained the Cup by beating a Waterloo/Titan composite team 7-3 in the final. The same four players (Bruno Omizu, james Harter, Daniel Rosner and Depak Patel) won in 2017 and 2018. The final contest was exactly that, with only three matches of the ten being won in straight sets.
Titan Terriers finished third by beating Empire Entertainers 6-5 and Empire eagles beat an understrength Titan Tomatoes 6-5.
Division One contest the Chris Williams Trophy in each Series and the Onslow Ogres retained the Trophy by beating old foes Waterloo Wolves 7-3. The final mirrored that of Premier with only three matches being straight set victories.
Division Two final was played between Waterloo Whales (top after the round robin) and Titan Youngsters. The Youngsters got off to a fast start and raced away to a 9-2 victory.
Both these divisions played Grade Championships the week after their finals. Eight players competed in Division One with Mat Hobbs (Onslow) beating Michael Onganon (Empire) 11-9 in the fifth set. Liam Johnston (Empire) beat Craig Gear (Waterloo) in the third/fourth playoff. Six played in the Division Two event with Reg Feuz (Karori) winning the round robin from Peter Lowe (Empire) with Josh Brown (Empire) third.
Summer interclub for 2018 wrapped up recently on a night more suitable for winter interclub.
Division One favourites, Waterloo 1 duly finished on top, Sean Hanson and Vance Kelly coming out 4-1 winners. Daniel Rosner won a consolation last singles against Vance but the moment of note was a 28-26 fourth set victory in the doubles match.
A theoretically rusty Gareth Telfer joined Sabine Westenra for a 5-0 win over Empire 4 in the 3v4 match up and the DD team beat Empire 3 5-0 to secure 5th place.
In Division Two, Doom maintained their good team form to beat Empire 6 5-0 to win the grade. Paneeb reversed their loss of the previous week to beat Waterloo 3 3-2 and Empire 5 also reversed their result against Shatner’s Pants with a 3-2 win, both matches dependant on the doubles results.
Division Three saw Ooshkebabs overturn the previous week’s loss by beating Empire 8 4-1. Anna Wilson beating Ram Sitaram in a close encounter helped her team to win the grade. The other two fixtures were affected by unavailabilities, the outcomes being that the Titan Teens and Empire 9 finished 3rd and 5th respectively.
Thanks to the players who entered and thanks also to those players who filled in, sometimes at short notice. So as to ensure that everyone had the chance to play.
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 U20 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.