Table Tennis Wellington



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 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

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

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!

Half way around the world to Te Rama

Now that it is April 2, I can add that the following is completely false!

World #2 Liu Shiwen of China notices the scoreboard being turned
Malcolm pulled off quite a coup recently on one of this recent umpiring trips overseas. As reported by the Guangzhou Gazette, following a quarter-final match that Malcolm was umpiring, world women’s number 2 Liu Shiwen was impressed and approached him to ask about learning the art of umpiring in New Zealand.

Apparently Liu Shiwen has long had an interest in New Zealand since playing rugby for a Guangzhou local side and watching the All Blacks while growing up. After being umpired by Malcolm, Liu was reported as saying that she noted that he was able to stay awake for the entire match; turned the score cards with precision; and she was particularly impressed with the net measuring tool Malcolm deployed prior to the match starting.

After some discussion Liu has arranged to come to Wellington to learn umpiring and in return she will play with Malcolm Wong and Martin Young in Premier 1 this year under the revived banner of the Te Rama Club, though whether she will play one or both doubles matches is yet to be determined as Martin and Malcolm have been a pretty mean doubles combination in the past.

Table Tennis on TV – Tonight – SKY Sports 2

If you have SKY Sports 2, Table Tennis will be on TV in New Zealand today 3 August from 5.00-6.00pm on Sky Sports 2, broadcasting the LIEBHERR 2011 ITTF – Oceania Cup!

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron playing table tennis

News this week! Check this out…

For some detail click here.

Aussie Vets 2010 Gold – Report

The 27th Australian Veterans Table Tennis Championships were held recently (16-23 October 2010) at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Melbourne.

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 won 11-0
vs Queensland B won 10-1
vs Northern Territory won 10-1
vs Western Australia won 10-1
vs Queensland won 6-5
vs New South Wales B won 10-1
vs Presidents won 8-3
vs New South Wales won 6-5
vs Victoria won 6-5

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 won 8-3
vs ACT B won 10-1
vs Northern Territory won 6-5   Bryan won the last match 3-0
vs Victoria lost 2-9
vs New South Wales lost 0-11  Was a tough day at the office! Bryan got a set of Paul Pinkevic
vs Tasmania won 7-4
vs New South Wales B won 11-0
vs Queensland 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.

(click for the TTNZ article with all the names)

Australian Vets Gold

NZ wins gold at the Australian Vets Over 40s women’s team event, beating Victoria 6-5 in the final!

This team includes Raewyn Young (captain) (Empire Club) with: Sarah Sandley, Joanna Ma, & Akiko Goto.

For detailed results click here.

Note also the over 50 Men No. 1 Team: Ian Talbot (Empire Club), Bryan McConnochie (Kapiti), Depak Patel (Captain) (Empire Club).

More details and pics coming soon…

“Table tennis: Eyes on place at top table” – NZHerald

Click here for a NZ Herald article on the NZ team currently competing at the Commonwealth Games.

The TTNZ site posts results.

Or go here for a ‘what’s on’ and recent results search on NZ Herald.

Update: NZHerald on the quarter final loss to Malaysia

Update: TTNZ wrap-up here: New Zealand Table Tennis Team at the Commonwealth Games– with lots of great pictures also note Val Scarr of Manawatu umpired in the teams Gold match between England and Singapore.

L/R: Jenny Hung, Annie Yang, Li Chunli (coach), Karen Li, Yang Sun

The Talbot Brothers

Chris & Ian Talbot

Ian and Chris Talbot, two well known Empire Premier 1 players, come from a table tennis family. The father, Des, and all the six sons played. The boys started playing in primary school. Ian, Ross, Geoff and Chris won the Wellington Primary Schools Boys Singles Titles. Ross won the Primary Schools Singles three times and was only 9 years of age when he won for the first time in 1965. Ross won the Wellington Senior and Junior Secondary Schools Boys Singles in 1970.

Des Talbot took over the running of the Porirua Table Tennis Club. The family dominated the Club Singles Title. Des, won the title when it was first held in 1969, and also 1975. Ian won in 1970 and 1972-73. Ross won seven times,1971,1974,1977-78 and 1982-84. Murray won 1980-81. Chris won eight time, 1985-92. Only non family members to win were Tony Rutledge (1976) and Steve Corbett (1979). Chris Talbot still has the cup as the Porirua Club folded up after 1992.

The Talbot brothers had their own basketball team in the Porirua league, with Ross and Bryan the stars. Bryan went on to represent Porirua . Ian, Chris and Bryan have run marathons. Ian has run 20 marathons with a best time of 2 hours 29 minutes 16 seconds (London 1981). Ian has also run triathons and been on the Round Taupo Cycle Challenge (160 km) 3 times. Chris played senior cricket for North City and caught NZ opening batsman Bruce Edgar out.

Murray, Ian, Ross and Chris all represented Kapiti at the NZ Championships. Murray, Ross and Chris have all been the top ranked man in Kapiti. After the Kapiti Association folded up Ian and Chris joined the Empire Club. Chris has played Premier 1 since 1994 and Ian from 2000.They were in the Empire team that finished runner up in Premier 1 (2009). They have both won the Empire Club Singles. Chris 5 times (1999-2001, 2003, 2006) and Ian (2005). And together they have won the club doubles 10 times (1999-2006, 2009-2010).

Ian and Chris Talbot have represented New Zealand in the veterans table tennis test against Australia at Easter. Ian has won the NZ Over 45 Men’s Doubles twice, with Lindsay Ward (2003) and with his brother, Chris (2008). They have had much success in the NZ Masters Games in Wanganui. Ian has won 12 Gold Medals and Chris 10 Gold medals.

-Malcolm Wong

NZ Team to World Junior Championships – Thom Nguyen

National news…  Thom Nguyen from the Waterloo club has been selected to represent New Zealand in the Boys’ team at the world junior championships, congratulations!  This will be in Bratislava, Slovakia from 4-11 December 2010.

more team info here:

2010 New Zealand Open

The New Zealand Open Championships are being hosted by the Auckland Association 5-10 October 2010.
This is a reminder that entries Close 9 September 2010.
The entry forms are available at: with the option of an Excel form or a pdf one, and fees payment can be direct to Auckland's Account.
Please complete the forms clearly and fully with all the information requested - this includes email contact and Date of Birth.
All communication regarding the champs should be to:

Fiji Open Championships

The Fiji Table Tennis invites players from all countries to participate in their Open National Championships which will be played at:-
Kashtriya Hall,
Fiji Islands
from the 26th to the 29th August 2010.

A Prospectus with Information plus an Entry Form has been uploaded to the OTTF website for downloading and entry. Access is from the Front Page. 

A Basic Course for Umpires will also be conducted by the OTTF URC Chairman Mr David Delpratt and information in relation to this is contained in the Prospectus. If anyone is interested please contact as per below.

We urge players to participate in this event if possible, support Fiji Table Tennis and have a holiday as well.

I understand Lautoka is on the west side of the island and close to Nadi International Airport.

For any further information please contact Anthony Ho at

Retrospective: NZ Junior Open 2003 in Wgtn

NZ Junior Open (25-28 September 2003) revisited, a summary from Malcolm Wong including how some of the players have progressed:

This World Junior Circuit Tournament was held, in conjunction with the New Zealand Championships, at the Queens Wharf Events Centre in Wellington City. There were four Oceania countries. New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia and Fiji. From Asia came China, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Japan and India.

John Stapleton (TTNZ representative and main co-ordinator) and PaulEscott (TTW Chairperson) headed the team organising the event.  Key areas were handled by Andrew Palmer, Sabine Westenra and Robert Chung (Information Technology), Shona Cudby (Control Table), Merv Allardyce (Equipment), Averil Roberts (Administration), Ron Menchi (Accommodation), Malcolm Wong (Transport), Steve McCarthy and Robert Chung (Publicity, Sponsorship, Opening Ceremony) and John Stapleton (Timetable, within ITTF formula). The Referee was Angelo Tabone (Australia) and the Deputy Referee was Michael McAvinue (Manawatu).  The umpires included Richard Ammundsen, Paul Escott, Averil Roberts and Malcolm Wong from Wellington.

China dominated all the events.
They won both the Boys and Girls Teams and also the Boys and Girls Singles and Doubles. Zhang Jike won the Boys Singles and the Doubles with Ma Long. Jia Jun won the Girls Singles. Chang Chenchen and Feng Tianwei won the Girls Doubles.

Chinese players at this tournament were to achieve further success at the World Junior Championships. Li Hu (2003) and Ma Long (2004) were to win the Boy Singles. Chang Chenchen won the Girls Singles and Doubles (2004).

At senior level, the following were to achieve success at the World Team Championships this year. Feng Tianwei, who had lost to Stephanie Sang (Australia) in the Girls Singles quarter finals 2-4, moved to Singapore in 2007. She represented Singapore at the World Championships and Olympics in 2008 where the team were runner up to China on both ocassions. This year she won 2 singles when Singapore beat China 3-1 in the Women’s World Team finals in Moscow.  She is currently the World Number 2.

Ma Long and Zhang Jike were in the China Men’s Team which won this years World Teams final by beating Germany 3-1. Ma Long has been World Number 1 since January 2010 and Zhang Jike is currently World Number 5.

Boy's Singles: L/R: Li Hu (CHN) Zhang Jike (CHN) Chih Chi Wu (TPE) & Ma Long (CHN)
Boy's Singles: L/R: Li Hu (CHN) Zhang Jike (CHN) Chih Chi Wu (TPE) & Ma Long (CHN)
Girl's singles: L/R: Stephanie Xu Sang (AUS) Jia Jun (CHN) Nozomi Hasama (JPN) & Chang Chenchen (CHN)
Girl's singles: L/R: Stephanie Xu Sang (AUS) Jia Jun (CHN) Nozomi Hasama (JPN) & Chang Chenchen (CHN)

International Umpire in our Midst

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).

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
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

Attached: Malcolm’s Report on Racquet Control Seminar and New Zealand Junior Open 2010

Malcolm Wong Umpiring 2009 Glasgow

Malc umpiring
Malcolm ever alert!

Here’s a quick pic from Malcolm Wong (far left)…

Commonwealth Table Tennis Champs (Glasgow) 2009 – Teams match (Men’s) South Africa (3) v Malaysia (1)

L/R Malcolm Wong (Umpire – New Zealand) Kho Mao Sheng (Malaysia) Luke Abrahams (South Africa) Brian Powell (Assistant Umpire – Guernsey)

Match won by Kho 3-0 (11-8 17-15 13-11)

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