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2019 Oceania Junior Table Tennis Championships – Nuku’alofa

By Malcolm Wong on the 2019 Oceania Junior Table Tennis Championships – Nuku’alofa (7-10 August) at which he a part of tournament’s team of officials.

I arrived on Monday afternoon (5 August) on a Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Fua’amotu International Airport, Tonga.  Siaoski Faka’osi (Tournament Director) was there to meet me. His day job is Team Operations Coordinator for the Tonga Rugby Union and he has been to the last 2 Rugby World Cup as a Tongan Official. He transported me to the Atele Indoor Stadium where the 3rd Elevate Performance Training Camp (4-6 August) for Fiji (4) and Tonga (6) juniors was being run by Patrick Wuertz (former Oceania High Performance Officer).

Later I was taken to my accommodation at Villa Ishadora Hotel, which is by the Pacific Ocean. This was where the overseas referees and umpires stayed. Barry Griffiths (General Manager – ITTF Oceania) and Ryan Wiegand (Events Officer –  ITTF Oceania) who was the ITTF Competition Manager for the tournament, were also staying there. Jessica Macaskill (Development Officer – ITTF Oceania) was also in Tonga to assist with the tournament.

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TTNZ Vets, Juniors vs. Australia, ITTF Hopes

TTNZ Veterans

Recently we had Wellington vets at the TTNZ Veterans tournament and also representing New Zealand in test teams vs. Australia at the TTNZ vets in Taupo (full results).  Many Wellington players attended & placings achieved by Wellington players are listed below:

Over 40 mixed doubles Sabine Westenra (with Lyndon White, CAN) 3rd-equal
Over 40 women’s doubles Sabine Westenra (with Christine Young, WAIT) 2nd
Over 50 women’s singles won by Sabine Westenra
Over 50 men’s singles Lindsay Ward came 3rd
Over 50 mixed doubles Sabine Westenra (with Lyndon White, CAN) won
Over 50 women’s doubles Sabine Westenra (with Haiyan Zhang, QLD) 2nd
Over 60 mixed doubles Lindsay Ward & Leigh Grinlinton 2nd
Over 60 men’s doubles Chris Talbot & Lindsay Ward 3rd-equal

In the selected NZ Test Teams vs. Australia we had:

Over 50s women: Sabine Westenra (5-0 to NZ)
Over 60s men: Lindsay Ward (2-3 to Aust)
Over 65s men: Ian Talbot (1-4 to Aust)

Well done to the above and to all the Wellington players who attended!

Anna Wilson vs. Australia

Table Tennis New Zealand is excited to be sending a team of 15 players to the Australian Junior Championships in Wollongong in July after a collaborative agreement was signed between TTNZ and TTA aimed at fostering development. The last Junior Team to participate in Australian Junior Championships was in Queensland in 2010.

From Wellington we have Anna Wilson selected by TTNZ – congratulations from all of us to Anna!

Yufeng Wang in the ITTF Hopes week

The 2019 ITTF-Oceania Hopes (Under 12) Week was held in April in Waikato with local boy Yufeng Wang selected to attend after qualifying in the New Zealand Hopes Open held in Christchurch in January.  The young players attend a week long camp headed by Eva Jeler, one of the most decorated coaches in the world.

2019 World Individual Championships in Budapest in April – Lisa Yue

Lisa Yue has been confirmed by TTNZ for the 2019 World Individual Championships! This is being held in Budapest, Hungary from April 21-28.

The top players in the world will converge there for a week of the best table tennis play in the world. As well as competing this will be a massive experience for Lisa and we all wish her congratulations and best wishes on behalf of all table tennis players in Wellington & NZ.

“This is going to be the biggest World Table Tennis Championships ever in the history of Hungary. In numbers, it means that more than half a billion people will watch the games on TV worldwide. Around one hundred colleagues are working on the event right now to reach one goal: organise another great event with huge success in Hungary.”
– Roland Nátrán, President of Hungarian Table Tennis Federation

If you happen to be passing through Hungary around that time get some tickets otherwise we can keep up to date with the results online!

Budapest, not a bad spot to play table tennis.

2018 World Junior Table Tennis Champs

The tournament was held for the first time in Australia in Bendigo, Victoria. It is a city of 95,587 population (June 2016). Bendigo was a former gold rush boom town (1850s). The tourist attractions include the Central Deborah Gold Mine and the Golden Dragon Museum which is dedicated to the history and culture of the Chinese people who immigrated to the region.

Bendigo is 91 minutes (135.3 km) away from Melbourne Airport. The venue was Bendigo Stadium and held on 8 tables with live streaming on Tables 1 and 2. There were 4 Referees and 35 Umpires (19 from Australia). Malcolm Wong was the sole New Zealand Umpire at the tournament. The umpires were provided with 4 short sleeve shirts and 2 long sleeve shirts, sponsored by Li-Ning (China).The umpires were accommodated in apartments at Quest Bendigo, as was the New Zealand Boys and Girls Teams. Unfortunately Quest Bendigo was miles away from anywhere. Malcolm was in an apartment with Jonathan Whitaker (Scotland) and Bruce Doughty (Australia). He had previously umpired with Jonathan at the 2009 Commonwealth Championships (Glasgow). Malcolm umpired mainly with Jonathan Whitaker (3 days) and Ben Cao (China) for 2 days. He also umpired with Rahul Jaiswal (India) and Mark Patane (Australia). There was air conditioning in the Stadium. Temperature outside reached 39 degrees Centigrade.

In team matches Malcolm umpired Australia v Singapore (Boys) won by Singapore 3-0 (Table 1) on 2 Dec. Also Belarus v Brazil (Girls) won by Brazil 3-2 (Table 6) on 3 Dec. And Poland v Singapore (Boys) won by Singapore 3-2 (Table 4) on 4 Dec. China won the Boys Team Final v Japan 3-0 and the Girls Final v Japan 3-1. See here for all results.

Malcolm umpired players from 20 countries. In the Boys Singles Quarter Finals he umpired Xu Haidong (China), the Boys Singles and Doubles winner. Also the Mixed Doubles Quarter Finals he umpired Xu Yingbin/Shi Xunyao (China) who would win the event. Shi was also the Girls Singles runner up and Girls Doubles winner. China won all 5 individual titles.

The umpiring schedule meant the lunch and tea breaks were often late. Malcolm had lunch once at 3.15pm and tea once at 9.10 pm. 8 days is a long time to be umpiring. Malcolm was also on racket control duty twice. Averil Roberts, formerly from Wellington, and now living in Melbourne (Australia), umpired the Junior Girls Doubles Final.

The NZ Girls Team finished 3rd out of 3 teams in Group 1. NZ lost to the Russian Federation 3-0 and to Belarus 3-1. Hui Ling Vong beat Marharyta Baltushite (BLR) 3-1 (11-9 13-11 7-11 11-6). For team positions 9 to 16 NZ lost to France 0-3. They then beat Australia 3-0 (team position 13 to 16) with Hui Ling Vong beating Parleen Kaur 3-1 (11-8 3-11 11-5 11-8). NZ finished 14th when they lost to Belarus 3-0 in the playoff for team position 13 to 14.

In the individual events Hui Ling Vong lost all 3 singles matches to finish 4th in Girls Singles Group 16. Her best match was against Anastasi Bondareva (Germany) who won 4-2 (11-8 8-11 11-9 12-10 6-11 11-9). In the Girls Doubles she and Jianyi Zhou lost 0-3 (9-11 5-11 4-11) to Jokic Tijana /Sabina Surjan (Serbia). In the Mixed Doubles with Nathan Xu, they beat Nikhill Kumar/Rachel Yang (USA) 3-2 (9-11 14-12 11-3 10-12 11-2) in the Round of 64 before losing to Guilherme Teodora/Bruna Takahashi (Brazil) 0-3 (7-11 7-11 5-11).

An after tournament function was held at the All Seasons Hotel (Bendigo) on the evening of Sunday Dec 9, which was attended by many officials, coaches and players.

Thanks to the Oceania Table Tennis Federation who organised the tournament. Also to the volunteers. I was meet at Melbourne Airport and directed to the mini bus that took me to Bendigo. There was a continental/cooked breakfast at the hotel. Lunch and tea was provide at Bendigo Stadium. There was a bus from the hotel to Bendigo Stadium every half hour from 7.40 am to 7.40 pm and from the Stadium to the hotel from 8.30 am to 8 pm.

It was a great experience to be at the World Junior Championships. Meeting new people and umpiring many exciting matches.

-Malcolm Wong

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Officials Photo - 2018 World Junior Table Tennis Championships (Bendigo, Australia) 2-9 December
Officials Photo – 2018 World Junior Table Tennis Championships (Bendigo, Australia) 2-9 December.

Standing (Back Row) Samuel Miller, Shaun Koh (SGP), Pak Hong Lee (HKG), Evgenii Klykovski (RUS), Klara Vaculovicova (CZE), Jan Vrabec (CZE), Bruce Doughty, Mark Patane, Kirsty Whitaker (SCO -Volunteer), Kameron Chan, Stephen Gillespie, William Almasi, Joseph Fung, John McMullan, Ahmad Almasri (JOR).
Standing (Row 2) Tatiana Kamenskaya (RUS), Hau Yi Lau, Rahul Jaiswal (IND), Cyril Sen (MAS -Evaluator).
Seated (Row 2) Ben Cao (CHN), Paul Schiltz (LUX – Evaluator) Neil Montfort, Malcolm Wong (NZL), Glenn Errington, Marie Pinkewich, David Villalta (ESA), Boggdan Barrientos (GUA), Insook Park (KOR), Mijung Bong (KOR), Wing Au.
Seated (Front Row) James Lew, Jonathan Whitaker, Averil Roberts, David Delpratt (Deputy Referee), Steen Anderson (DEN – Referee), Niwat Semangern – (THA – Deputy Referee), Yini Yang (CHN – Deputy Referee), Yuka Braun, Arnold Puts, Jock McNeil, Satheese Attoor (IND).
NB: Umpires (light blue Shirts), Referees (Dark Blue Shirts). Only country abbreviations for non Australians officials.

Hui-Ling Vong selected for the 2018 World Junior Championships!

TTNZ (and us) are pleased to announce that Hui-Ling Vong has been selected by TTNZ to represent New Zealand in the Junior Girls Team to the 2018 World Junior Championships to be held in Bendigo, Australia from 2nd to 9th December.

Best of luck and success to Hui-Ling from all of us for both the upcoming Youth Olympic Games and well as the following World Junior Championships!

Travel Report – 2018 World Veterans Table Tennis Championships

Daniel Rosner, Harry Chen and Ian Talbot were Wellington’s three representatives at the 19th World Veterans Championships (18-24 June) in Las Vegas, NV (USA). Ian Talbot was the only player to make the main draw in the singles. He lost to the winner Jianjiang Huang (CHN) in group play and to the semi-finalist Zhang Hua Pang (CAN) 2-3 in the second round of the main draw. Ian Talbot and Harry Chen qualified for the main draw of the Over 55 Men’s Doubles but had to default when their match was changed from Thursday to Friday as Harry had left Las Vegas.

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Daniel Rosner in Over 40 Mens Singles Group action

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Harry Chen – Over 55 Men’s Singles Group 106

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Ian Talbot and Harry Chen – Over 55 Men’s Doubles Group 28
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Ian Talbot with Zhan Hua Pang (CAN)

Results below
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Campaign – Hui-Ling Vong 2018 Youth Olympic Games!

Please dive over to the iSport Foundation’s contribution campaign to check out Hui-Ling’s campaign for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games with her story.  She has an especially busy international calendar this year including:

  • Thailand Junior Championships (Thailand)- (just completed)

  • Oceania Junior Championships (Rarotonga) (June 1-9)

  • 2018 Summer Youth Olympics (Argentina) (Oct 6-9)

  • World Junior Championships (Australia, Bendigo) (Dec 2-9)

Please support her this year if you can and wish her luck the next time you see her.

 

January wake-up!

We hope you have been enjoying the warm summer!

Check out this cool article on the Olympics NZ site featuring Hui Ling!  It’s re the Junior Olympics in October.

Heads up:

  • The next Business Class is starting on Feb 13 (Tuesdays, @ Alexandra Rd Wellington stadium) – here are the details & entry form.
  • Summer interclub (Wednesdays, @ ETTC hall in Petone) will closer to or in March (watch this space).

Also

Hui-Ling Vong wins the 2017 Oceania Youth Olympic Qualification Tournament – Argentina Bound!

Congratulations on behalf of all of us to Hui-Ling Vong who won the 2017 Oceania Youth Olympic Qualification Tournament in Bendigo yesterday, she is headed to the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires next year!

A must-read article now posted on the the ITTF website

New Zealand is Buenos Aires bound

Against the odds New Zealand came away holding tickets to Buenos Aires.

Hui Ling Vong defeated her teammate Jiayi Zhou in a seven game marathon to secure her ticket to the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games.

Vong’s strength and power came out on top over the acrobatic defensive skills of Zhou … [more]

 

Also congratulations to Nathan Xu (AKL) who won the boys’ singles and also qualifies for the Youth Olympics.

 

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