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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.
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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.

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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
Continue reading “Travel Report – 2018 World Veterans Table Tennis Championships”

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).

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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.

 

2018 NZ Master Games in Dunedin (Table Tennis February 3-6)

The information on Table Tennis is:

  • Table Tennis will be from Saturday 3 – Tuesday 6 February 2018
  • Minimum age for competitors is 35 years as at the first day of competition
  • The venue for the Table Tennis is Edgar Centre, Dunedin
  • Events on offer are Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles

All details are here.

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NZ Vets O60 MD Winners

**Update** The Teams results are posted here with John Gan & Chris Talbot (Wellington 2) winning Gold in the Over 50 Mens’ B Grade! Also Bryan McConnochie & Tony Rutledge got Silver in the Over 65 Men.

Hi folks, a hot off the press photo coming in with Ian Talbot & Lindsay Ward NZ Vets O60 Men’s Doubles Winners (winning the final over Kevin Fogarty & Doug Pattinson 9-11 11-6 11-9 11-7).

Ian Talbot & Lindsay Ward NZ Vets O60 MD Winners
Ian Talbot & Lindsay Ward NZ Vets O60 MD Winners

In the NZ vs. Australia test teams Lindsay’s O40 team went down 1-4 but Bryan McConnochie’s O65 team won 4-1 (with Doug Pattinson). Overall Australia won and Shona has posted a some photos here.

A photo from Malcolm:

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2016 NZ Veterans Over 60 Teams Match Presidents 1 (2) v Wellington (3). Wen Ung , George Abdilla, Lindsay Ward, Bryan McConnochie, Ian Talbot, Shinji Hiraoka.

Hui-Ling Vong makes the NZ Women’s Team (Worlds/Oceanias) + TTNZ 2015 Rankings out

 

Congratulations to Hui-Ling Vong who has been selected for the World Team Championships (Kuala Lumpur – 28th February to 6th March 2016)!

This is quite astounding given that Hui-Ling is still in the U15s (NZ#1 – see below). The team list is here.
 

Also the TTNZ 2015 Rankings have been posted.

From Wellington we have:
 

OPEN MEN

9. Ben Collins

OPEN WOMEN

2. Hui-Ling Vong

UNDER 18 BOYS

10. Chun-Kiet Vong

UNDER 18 GIRLS

2. Hui-Ling Vong

UNDER 15 GIRLS

1. Hui-Ling Vong

Congratulations to Ben, Hui-Ling, and Chun-Kiet.

Winter Interclub Series 2 RESULT & Ben Collins to represent New Zealand

NEWSFLASH: TTNZ have selected Ben Collins in the New Zealand Team to attend the Commonwealth Championships in Surat, India (Dec 16-21) – Congratulation to Ben!


Here is a report on the Series 2 finals night from Kevin Haines…

A good crowd turned up at Empire to watch the Winter Interclub Series Two finals on the 15th of September.

The final of the Premier grade was between Titan Terriers (Ben Collins, Ricky Yeung, Lindsay Ward) and Waterloo Wasps (Hayden Tapp, Sean Hanson, Vance Kelly, with John Gan in reserve).

Right from the first round of singles it was obvious that a win for either was not going to come easily. Titan edged ahead 2-1, but the first doubles quickly restored an even situation. The second group of singles again put the Terriers into a slender lead and a win in the second doubles gave a 5-3 lead in the race to 6 points.

Probably the match of the night given the situation came next and was between Ricky Yeung and Sean Hanson and this went to the wire with little between them over five close sets, Ricky finally coming out on top with an 11-9 fifth set victory. This made the score 6-3 to the Terriers and recipients of the Tommy Williams Cup once again.

In another tough final, Waterloo Wolves (Gareth Telfer, Craig Gear, Scott Higham) played Empire Elders (Tony Rutledge, Bob Leeming, Bruce Connolly) in the final of Division One.

Again there a number of early games which were close but the Wolves opened up an early 3-0 lead and at one stage led 5-1, with the Elders only win at that stage being the first doubles. Slowly though, the Elders fought their way back to only being 4-5 down with potentially two matches remaining. A good four set victory for Gareth Telfer over Tony Rutledge sealed the 6-4 win to the Wolves in a fixture which only saw one three straight match. The Wolves thus now hold the Chris Williams Trophy.

In Division Two, Waterloo Whales (Ellen Xiong, Martin Xiong, Chris Sutton) played Empire Egrets (Graham Sole, Darrell Brown, Simon Jung). This was a good tussle although the Whales confirmed their favouritism with a 7-4 victory. Martin maintained his 100% record for the season for the Whales, while Graham Sole fought hard, achieving two wins, both to advantage in the fifth sets.

In other matches on the programme, in Premier Empire Eveready beat Titan Trail Blazers 7-0 and Empire Energisers beat Waterloo-Titan Wanderers 7-4. In Division Two, The Combo beat Empire Eskimos 6-2 and Waterloo Walnuts beat Empire Echoes 7-4.

Full results

Premier
Titan Terriers beat Waterloo Wasps 6-3 (Final)
Empire Eveready beat Titan Trail Blazers 7-0
Empire Energisers beat Waterloo-Titan Wanderers 7-4

Division One
Waterloo Wolves beat Empire Elders 6-4 (Final)

Division Two
Waterloo Whales beat Empire Egrets 7-4 (Final)
The Combo beat Empire Eskimos 6-2
Waterloo Walnuts beat Empire Echoes 7-4

Congratulations to all teams, particularly the three grade winners.

-Kevin Haines

Hui-Ling Vong rules at the Oceania Juniors

You may remember Hui-Ling was heading over to Kiribati for the Oceania Junior Championships & Cadet Challenge. This finished on May 17 and the results are now in – with the TTNZ story here and the ITTF story here (or under the category here).

From the TTNZ page in the individuals section:

It was Hui-Ling’s turn to shine in the individual events finishing with 3 gold medals. A fantastic achievement in her first international competition. Hui-Ling overcame Katherine Li and Georgina Newton from Australia on her way to the final against team mate Zhiying and then partnered with Zhiying to take the Gold in the girls doubles against Rebekah Stanley and Katherine Li and together with Yang Lun overcame their Aussie opponents (Benjamin Gould and Rebekah Stanley) 11-2 in the 5th set in the final of the cadet mixed doubles.

Zhiying and Hui-Ling joined forces again defeating the Aussie pairing of Rebekah Stanley and Katherine Li in the final of the Junior Girls Doubles.

In all Hui-Ling won quite a stash of medals to take home:

  • Gold in the Junior Girls Doubles (with Zhiyang Cheng)
  • Gold in the Cadet Girls Singles
  • Gold in the Cadet Girls Doubles (with Zhiyang Cheng)
  • Gold in the Cadet Girls Mixed Doubles (with Yang Lun Zhao)
  • Bronze in the Junior Mixed Doubles (with Yang Lun Zhao)
  • Silver in the Junior and Cadet Girls Team (with Zhiyang Cheng)

A fantastic performance from Hui-Ling and congratulations to her from all of us.
She will next be starring Tuesday nights for the Titan Trail Blazers in winter interclub Series 1!

From the ITTFWorld flickr album, Hui-Ling (second from the left) getting used to wearing NZ rep black:
Junior Girls Team Medals

2015 Oceania Hopes Challenge Report (held April in Auckland)

This is a report from Malcolm Wong from the 2015 Oceania Hopes Challenge even held recently in Auckland.

This was held at the Cathay Pacific Auckland Table Tennis Stadium at 99a Gillies Avenue, Epsom, Auckland. There was a 4 day training camp during the week (7-10 April) with overseas and local coaches involved, headed by Dejan Papic (ITTF Education and Training Coordinator). This was followed by a tournament in the weekend (11-12 April). Results from the tournament are on the TTNZ site.

There were 10 boys and 10 girls participating. The only overseas players were one boy and girl from Australia and also New Caledonia. Malcolm Wong (Wellington) was the Referee for the tournament. There was a lack of qualified umpires with only one National Umpire, Robert Dunn, and two Junior Umpires, Neil Chen and Abel Mok, available. The tournament was run very efficiently and finished ahead of time. At the end of the tournament presentations were made to Dejan Papic and Malcolm Wong.

This tournament should be added on to the Oceania Junior and Cadet Open. This would result on more countries sending players to the Hope Challenge. Also this tournament clashed with the Oceania Cup. Cathy Gauthier (New Caledonia) was coaching at this tournament instead of defending her Pacific Cup Women Singles.

Thanks to Shane Warbrooke, Tournament Organiser and also CEO of the Auckland Table Tennis Association, for all his hard work for the tournament. Also thanks to all the people who volunteered their time to umpire. They are Rodney Bygrave, Judy Hinton, Kerry McGeehan, Abel Mok, Dave Little, Eugene Wong (Session 1 Sat 10am- 1pm), Wang Leung Chan, Neil Chen, Martin Lee, Abel Mok, Kevin Wu (Session 2 Sat 2pm-4pm), Neil Chen, Robert Dunn, Ebi Kleiser, Martin Lee, Pat Low, Kerry McGeehan (Session 3 Sun 10am -1.30pm).

Dejan Papic (ITTF Coach), Malcolm Wong (Referee) and Shane Warbrooke (Organiser).
Dejan Papic (ITTF Coach), Malcolm Wong (Referee) and Shane Warbrooke (Organiser).

Malcolm Wong (Referee) and some of the Umpires - Robert Dunn, Pat Low, Ebi Kleiser and Kerry McGeehan.
Malcolm Wong (Referee) and some of the Umpires – Robert Dunn, Pat Low, Ebi Kleiser and Kerry McGeehan.

Australian Team – Parleen Kaur, David Lowe (Coach), Isaiah Lee and Malcolm Wong (Referee).
Australian Team – Parleen Kaur, David Lowe (Coach), Isaiah Lee and Malcolm Wong (Referee).

New Caledonia Team – Cathy Gauthier (Coach), Alexandre Faure, Lorie La and Malcolm Wong (Referee).
New Caledonia Team – Cathy Gauthier (Coach), Alexandre Faure, Lorie La and Malcolm Wong (Referee).

Presentation to the Referee. Wayne Gear (Auckland Table Tennis Chairman), Malcolm Wong (Referee) and Shane Warbrooke (Auckland Table Tennis Chief Executive).
Presentation to the Referee. Wayne Gear (Auckland Table Tennis Chairman), Malcolm Wong (Referee) and Shane Warbrooke (Auckland Table Tennis Chief Executive).

-Malcolm Wong

Ref also here.

Hot off the press – Wellington Players in the medals at the NZ Vets

Result update from the NZ Vets (in Whangarei).

In the International tests vs. Australia:

    The Over 60s New Zealand team including Lindsay Ward beat Australia 3-2.
    Likewise the Over 65s New Zealand team including Bryan McConnochie beat Australia 3-2 too!

In the domestic representative teams:

    In the Over 60s Wellington won Bronze (Ian Talbot, Lindsay Ward, Bryan McConnochie)

    In the Over 40s B-Grade Wellington won Silver (Depak Patel, John Gan)

Congratulations to the above and to all Wellington competitors!

Hui-Ling Vong Selected for Oceania Junior Championships & Cadet Challenge!

TTNZ has announced New Zealand representative teams for several upcoming events…

Congraulations to Hui-Ling Vong for her selection in the Oceania Junior Championships & Cadet Challenge Girls Team!
This is scheduled for May 12-17.

This will be held in Tarawa, Kiribati which roughly is here:
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… and it looks amazing!

Best of luck to you Hui-Ling from everyone.

Polystyrene (‘Plastic’\’Poly’) Ball

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FYI, a TTNZ article here describes the current state of play regarding the move from the current celluloid ball to the ‘plastic ball’ (for details see here & here):

From TTNZ:

INTRODUCTION OF PLASTIC BALL
Table Tennis New Zealand has just received our first supply of the new Stag 3 star Plastic Ball. All National Coaches, Associations, and all players representing New Zealand overseas in the 2015 season will be provided with a supply of the new plastic ball to trial. We would welcome feedback on the new ball.

The Stag 3 Star Celluloid ball currently used for all TTNZ tournaments will again be used for all TTNZ 2015 tournaments.

Once we have had the chance to assess the new ball, TTNZ will change to a Plastic Ball in the 2016 season for all TTNZ tournaments.

We should be able to get some plastic balls in during the year (some players have some already) to try out, watch this space…

Updates from Malcolm Wong: 2014 World Veteran Table Tennis Championships

From Malcolm who was in Auckland as an official at the 2014 World Vets in May.


Over 1600 players completed in the 17th World Veteran Championships held in the Trusts Arena (Henderson) in West Auckland. A great experience in the largest table tennis tournament to be held in New Zealand and an excellent venue. There were many volunteers that helped to make the tournament run successfully. Access to the Stadium was only allowed on Friday 9 May at 9 pm and volunteers worked until 5am to lay down the Stag Flooring. Also the tables that were put up to allow the players to practice in the weekend were taken down for the opening ceremony on Sunday night and then were put back up which took to midnight.

I was a Table Manager (Monday and Tuesday) for group play in singles and doubles where 59 tables were used. Then i umpired from Thursday to Saturday. I umpired the Over 50 Women Singles final and the Over 60 Men’s Doubles final on Saturday afternoon. I was also the counter for a expedite match in the Over 75 Men’s Singles Final which was the last match to finish.

A number of Wellington players qualified for the main draw in the Men’s Singles. They were Heath Murdoch (Over 40), Chris Talbot (Over 50), Ian Talbot (Over 60), Merv Allardyce (Over 80) and Eddie Moore (Over 80). Eddie Moore was the only player to win a match in the main draw when he beat Ichimura Saburo (Japan) 3-0. Chris and Ian Talbot qualified for the main draw in the Over 50 Men’s Doubles where they lost a close match 2-3. Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore were runner up in the Over 80 Men’s Doubles Consolation Final.

Thanks to Terry Cockfield who supplied me with the photo of the group of umpires and of Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore playing a doubles match.

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Umpires at 2014  World Veteran Table Tennis Championships. Standing – Shri Sharma (FIJ) Ben Hurr (NZL) Hideo Nagae (JPN) Bill Sheelan (AUS) Rasma Freiberga (LVA) Hamish Rennie (NZL)  Malcolm Wong (NZL)  Kazuko Konno (JPN) Alan Hopkins (AUS) Greg Bungey (AUS) Leon Libin (USA) Yoshiko Yamanaka (JPN) and Keiko Kaneko (JPN). Front – Pushpa Wati (FIJ) Yoshiyo Kita (JPN) Yuko Hamabe (JPN) Tomoko Fukuda (JPN) Yumiko Morikawa (JPN) and Kimie Akutsu (JPN).
Umpires at 2014 World Veteran Table Tennis Championships.
Standing – Shri Sharma (FIJ) Ben Hurr (NZL) Hideo Nagae (JPN) Bill Sheelan (AUS) Rasma Freiberga (LVA) Hamish Rennie (NZL) Malcolm Wong (NZL) Kazuko Konno (JPN) Alan Hopkins (AUS) Greg Bungey (AUS) Leon Libin (USA) Yoshiko Yamanaka (JPN) and Keiko Kaneko (JPN).
Front – Pushpa Wati (FIJ) Yoshiyo Kita (JPN) Yuko Hamabe (JPN) Tomoko Fukuda (JPN) Yumiko Morikawa (JPN) and Kimie Akutsu (JPN).

Malcolm Wong with the 2014 World Veteran Women’s  Over 50 Singles Champion Toshiko Kataoka (Japan) to right of him.
Malcolm Wong with the 2014 World Veteran Women’s Over 50 Singles Champion Toshiko Kataoka (Japan) to right of him.

Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore in a Over 80 Men’s Doubles match.
Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore in a Over 80 Men’s Doubles match.

Eberhard Scholer, Malcolm Wong and Diane Scholer. Eberhard is the President of the Swaythling Club International (SCI), which is for former players and officials who have been to the World Championships, and Diane is the Honorary President. Diane was formerly Diane Rowe who won the World Women Doubles with her twin sister Rosalind (1951 and 1954). They toured New Zealand in 1953.
Eberhard Scholer, Malcolm Wong and Diane Scholer.
Eberhard is the President of the Swaythling Club International (SCI), which is for former players and officials who have been to the World Championships, and Diane is the Honorary President. Diane was formerly Diane Rowe who won the World Women Doubles with her twin sister Rosalind (1951 and 1954). They toured New Zealand in 1953.

Malcolm Wong with Peter Karlsson (Sweden) a former World and European Champion. Peter is the face of Stag, which is the major sponsor of the 2014 World Veteran Table Tennis Championships.
Malcolm Wong with Peter Karlsson (Sweden) a former World and European Champion.
Peter is the face of Stag, which is the major sponsor of the 2014 World Veteran Table Tennis Championships.

Richard Ammunden (Left) and Merv Allardyce (Right) receiving their 50 years umpiring service certificates from Malcolm Wong (URC).
Richard Ammunden (Left) and Merv Allardyce (Right) receiving their 50 years umpiring
service certificates from Malcolm Wong (URC).

National Umpires Mimi Walle (Left) and Akiko Goto (Right) receiving their certificate from Malcolm Wong (URC).
National Umpires Mimi Walle (Left) and Akiko Goto (Right) receiving their certificate
from Malcolm Wong (URC).

-Malcolm Wong

Stag World Veterans Table Tennis Championships 2014 in Auckland (entries March 15)

An email from TTNZ:


Hello Table Tennis friends,

You are receiving this email because I think there is a chance that either you or your friends may be interested in the World Vets Champs, at Trusts Arena, Auckland, from 10-17 May. We are still looking for a lot more entries from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in particular. We are also looking for more volunteers, with table tennis experience preferably. If you, or someone you know, is thinking about entering, please do so with payment by 15th March. There is just over two weeks left…

Full information is on our website: http://www.sportsground.co.nz/worldveteranschamps with player lists just published.

You can register online as a player or volunteer here: http://www.sportsground.co.nz/worldveteranschamps/95146/2

If you need more information please email regadmin@wvc2014.com

I attach below copy of the update notice just sent out to more than 2000 persons registered to date.

Best regards John Lea TTNZ Executive Director


Welcome to the second web-notice from the Stag WVC2014 website.>

We have just published full registration lists as at 26th February and invite you to check your own details. This is what will be printed in the programme, and on your participation diploma and accreditation pass.

Some entrants have included middle names, which is not necessary. We may have to exclude these when we print, for space issues, but you can also amend yourself.

You can now look for a suitable doubles partner if required.

Those that have not achieved a closed doubles pairing (both partners confirming each other's registration number and both being fully paid) by March 18th will be placed on a 'partners required' list to be forwarded to Swaythling Club to assign pairings. These pairings will be confirmed and published around April 10th.

The singles draw and schedules will be published on this website around April 30th.

Remember that registrations close on March 15th. So please tell all of your friends who might wish to enter, and anyone who might wish to volunteer their services. Anyone wanting to enter or help out should register here.

Please make sure that your entry
is paid in full by March 15th to secure your spot
. You can pay online by credit card, using the link on your confirmation email, or you
can pay directly to WVC2014 Ltd bank account, Westpac New Zealand Ltd, Dinsdale Branch: account 03-1558-0406565-00. SWIFT code: WPACNZ2W Please
quote your SG six-digit registration number in the reference. SWIFT code: WPACNZ2W

You can also book tickets for the Gala Dinner / Farewell
Party (NZ$150) as above.

If you still require accommodation or official transportation please book via Event Travel Office.

If you need invitations to assist visa applications, please contact us as soon as possible. We want to make sure you get here for all the fun!

Please make sure that you arrive at Trusts Arena in good time to complete accreditation (at very least 1 hour before you play) and pick up your accreditation pass, player number, programme, gala dinner tickets and Stag accreditation pack. Make sure you have your registration number and photo ID (passport or drivers license) ready to present.

Remember that the opening ceremony will commence at 6pm on Sunday 11th. This can provide the opportunity for special interest groups to meet up before-hand. Please email us if you wish to request and promote a gathering.

We look to seeing your smiling faces here in May!

Regards
The WVC2014 Operations Team
regadmin@wvc2014.com

Stag World Veteran Champs entry cut-off approaches (Auckland May 10-17)

March 15th is the closing date set for entries to the 2014 Stag World Veteran Championships. Local players are encouraged to register online shortly so they do not miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity in their own backyard. The event is based at Trusts Arena in West Auckland, with the ATTA stadium at Gillies Avenue providing backup.

Full details here.

Online registrations can be accessed here.

A large number of volunteers are required for umpiring, table management and many other areas. Anyone interested should email regadmin@wvc2014.com with their details.

The event is likely to attract well over 2000 visitors to Auckland, and is not to be missed.

Hui-Ling wins in the ITTF/Oceania Hopes Challenge

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You may have heard the news at summer interclub but for the record Hui-Ling Vong had great success at the recent ITTF Oceania Hopes Challenge event in Melbourne.

From TTNZ:

The Oceania Hopes Challenge concluded [April 6] in Melbourne with Yang Lun Zhao (Waikato) and Hui-Ling Vong (Wellington) winning both the boys and girls event for New Zealand. Yang Lun and Hui-Ling comfortably won all their matches
3-0.

As winners of the Oceania Hopes Challenge Hui-Ling and Yang Lun will be invited to participate in the ITTF Hopes Week and Challenge at the Werner Schlager in Vienna, Austria from the 9th to 16th June 2013.

Well done Hui-Ling and Yang Lun too!

Full results are here.

From the ITTF Oceania Hopes site:
The ITTF-Oceania Hopes Challenge is a talent identification tournament targeted for athletes aged 11 and 12 Years Old (Born in 2001/02). 2013 is the first year in which the event will be held.
The ITTF story is here – check this out.

No doubt Hui-Ling has some stories to tell you from her exciting trip so feel free to ask lots of questions on Wednesday nights for the next 4 weeks until the end of summer interclub!