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2017 NZ Special Olympics Table Tennis

This was held on November 28 at the Empire Club (Petone). There were 10 players from Manawatu (4), Counties (2) and Tamaki (4), who played singles and doubles. Chris Talbot, Neville Watkin, Roger Watkin and Malcolm Wong were the umpires. Andrew Maguire was the Competition Manager. There were also other Special Olympics Volunteers including Datacom staff who were the GMS System Operators. Results below.

Division 1 Singles

1st  Tazz Kane (Manawatu)
2nd  Stephen Biezeman (Counties)
3rd  Jonathan Jenkind (Manawatu)
4th  Conrad Ryan (Manawatu)
5th  Scott Bowers (Tamaki)

Divison 2 Singles

1st  Shanae Dean (Counties)
2nd  Andrew Ireland (Manawatu)
3rd  Richard Bisley (Tamaki)
4th  Erin Peaufa-Kilgour (Tamaki)
5th  Susan Godsall (Tamaki)

Doubles

1st  Stephen Biezeman & Shanae Dean (Counties)
2nd  Conrad Ryan & Tazz Kane (Manawatu)
3rd  Jonathan Jenkins & Andrew Ireland (Manawatu)
4th  Scott Bowers & Erin Peaufa-Kilgour (Tamaki)
5th Richard Bisley & Susan Godsall (Tamaki)

 

-Malcolm Wong

Thanks to all the volunteers who made this happen!

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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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2017 South Islands Tournament

A Travel Report from Malcolm Wong:

There were 88 competitors (66 males and 22 females) at the Saxton Stadium (Stoke) in Nelson. There were players from Auckland, Canterbury, Manawatu, Marlborough, Nelson, Otago, Southland, Waitako and Wellington. 5 players came from Wellington. Yau Yang Low, Andrew Maguire, Depak Patel, Paul Solt and Malcolm Wong. There were 12 tables. Results are on the TTNZ site.

Table Tennis Wellington President, Malcolm Wong, had Wellington’s sole success when he and Mark Nalder (N) won the Over 60 Men’s Doubles (Round Robin). They beat Alastair Naysmith/Stanislav Petrovic (N) 3-0 (11-8 11-9 11-6) and Kevin Neumann (N)/ Mark Wilson (C) 3-1 (9-11 11-7 14-12 11-9). It was their 20th title together. Depak Patel was runner up in 3 events. He lost to Daniel Astle (N) in the Over 40 Men’s Singles 0-3 (9-11 10-12 6-11) and the Over 40 Men’s Doubles with Julian Main (C) to Daniel Astle/ Paul Op den Buysch (N) 1-3 (9-11 8-11 12-10 7-11). Also the Over 50 Men’s Singles to Stuart Armstrong (C) 0-3 (5-11 5-11 7-11).

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Over 60 Men’s Doubles Champion Malcolm Wong

No Wellington players qualified from their Open Men’s Singles Group. The closest was Paul Solt who was in a 3 way tie for 2nd in his Men’s Singles Group. He beat Rajitha Samaraweera (MN), a former Sri Lankan Junior Representative, 3-1 (11-9 8-11 11-8 11-7) and lost to Grant Wilson (C) 1-3 (5-11 13-11 6-11 6-11). Rajitha beat Grant Wilson 3-0 (11-6 11-7 11-4) and qualified with the best win/loss ratio (4/3) from Paul Solt (4/4) and Grant Wilson (3/4). Yau Yang Low beat this years Marlborough Open Men’s Singles winner, Alex Wilson (C) in his Men’s Singles Group 3-1 (10-12 11-7 11-8 11-7).

Depak Patel/Yau Yang Low lost in the Men’s B Grade Doubles semi finals to Rajitha Samaraweera/Nathan Watson (MN) 0-3 (9-11 11-13 13-15). Paul Solt was a semi finalist in the Over 40 Singles, losing to Depak Patel 0-3 (2-11 8-11 7-11). Depak Patel/Paul Solt lost in the semi finals of the Over 50 Men’s Doubles to Grant Wilson/Mark Wilson (C) 2-3 (11-8 7-11 7-11 11-9 6-11) as did Malcolm Wong/Mark Nalder to Stanislav Petrovic (N)/Paul Whitehead (WK) 1-3 (9-11 9-11 11-4 9-11).

Thanks to the Tournament Referees, Hamish Rennie and Ron Garrett, and the Tournament Director, Paul Op den Buysch. Also all the Nelson people involved in helping to run the tournament.

– Malcolm Wong

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Over 40 Men’s Doubles Finalists: Simon Hoey-Burns (Umpire), Depak Patel, Julian Main (Runner up), Daniel Astle, Paul Op den Buysch (Winners).

Wellington Rep Team Selection for the TTNZ Nationals (5-11 October 2017)

Congratulations all selected for the teams to represent Wellington and best wishes from the rest of us!

Under 13 Girls
Erin Huang, Mei Mun Teh, Anna Wilson

Under 13 Boys
Tom Christie, Aaron Lan, Yufeng Wang

Under 15 Boys
Liam Buckrell, Calvin Li (+ draft)

Under 18 Girls
Hui-Ling Vong, Emma Hanson (+ draft)

Senior Women
Michelle McCarthy, Hui-Ling Vong, Lisa Yue

Senor Men (Team 1)
Ben Collins, Sean Hanson, James Harter, Bruno Omizu, Hayden Tapp

Senor Men (Team 2)
David Buckrell, Jason Granville, Yang Low, Toshi Yasuda

 

Coach: Hayden Tapp

North Islands – Wellington Results

The TTNZ North Islands finished over the weekend with some great Wellington results:

  • Hui-Ling Vong 2nd in the Open Women’s Singles !
  • Hui-Ling & Michelle McCarthy semi-finalists in the Open Women’s Doubles.
  • Hui-Ling also a semi-finalist (with Yuhan Gao, North Shore) in the Open Mixed Doubles.  Sean Hanson was a quarter finalist in this event as was Michelle McCarthy.
  • Emma Hanson was a semi-finalist in the B Grade Women’s singles.
  • Sean Hanson (with Paul Skiffington, WT) 2nd in the B Grade Men’s Doubles.
  • Paul Solt (with Paul Skiffington, WT) semi-finalist in the C Grade Men’s Doubles.
  • Paul Solt was winner in the D Grade Men’s Singles!
  • Paul Solt (with Malcolm Lowe, AKL) 2nd in the O40s Men’s Doubles.
  • David Buckrell (with Aidong Li, AKL) 2nd in the O40s Mixed Doubles.
  • David Buckrell was winner in the O30 Men’s Singles!
  • David Buckrell (with Vivienne Daisley, BP) 2nd in the O30s Mixed Doubles.
  • Sean Hanson a quarter-finalist in the U21 Men’s Singles.
  • Hui-Ling Vong won the U21 Women’s Singles.
  • Sean Hanson (with Jae Lee, MN) 2nd in the U21 Men’s Doubles.
  • Hui-Ling Vong a semi-finalist in the U18 Girl’s Singles.
  • Liam Buckrell (with Finn Holden, Southland) a quarter-finalist in the U18 Boy’s Doubles.
  • Emma Hanson (with Abbey Webb, MN) 2nd in the U18 Girl’s Doubles.
  • Hui-Ling Vong (with Trevor Pene, CM) a semi-finalist in the U18 Mixed Doubles.
  • Liam Buckrell a quarter-finalist in the U15 Boy’s Singles.
  • Emma Hanson (with Abbey Webb, MN) won the U15 Girl’s Doubles.
  • Liam Buckrell (with Abbey Webb, MN) a semi-finalist in the U15 Mixed Doubles.

Congratulations to all Wellington players who made the trip!

Full results are here.

 

Malcolm Wong Umpiring at the 2017 World Masters Games

241 participants (127 from NZ) played in teams and individual events from Friday 21 April to Sat 29 April at the Auckland Table Tennis Stadium, Gilles Avenue in Newmarket. The age groups ranged from Over 30’s to Over 80’s, with A and B Grades in each age group.

There were 6 official umpires. International Umpires Val Scarr, Malcolm Wong and Ben Hurr. 3 Junior Umpires from St Kentigern College. Fraser McEwen, Jesse Nui and Kayla Yang. The Umpires umpired team matches on Wednesday (26 April), doubles on Friday (28 April) and singles (29 April). Play commenced 8.30am and finished about 6pm followed by the medal presentation. They umpired in every round with only a break for lunch. Umpiring up to 17 matches in a day requires good concentration and stamina over a long period of time. All the umpires were smartly dressed. either in their International Umpires Uniform or in the St Kentigern School Uniform. Malcolm Wong umpired the last match to finish the tournament on Saturday. The Over 75 Men’s Singles won by Wes Willis against Gerard Lucas 3-2 (6-11 5-11 11-6 11-8 13-11).

The only Wellington player, Ben Collins, played in the Over 30 events. He won a Silver Medal in the Mixed Doubles with Melissa Nottle (Australia). Ben lost in the semi-finals in the Singles to eventual winner John Cordue 0-3 and in the bronze medal play off match to Nathan Lowe 0-3.

Thanks to Alan Moore (Tournament Referee), Paul Jackson (Tournament Deputy Referee), Shane Warbrooke (Tournament Director). David Jackson (Technical Delegate), Cathy Moore (Tournament Controller) and Andrew Jackson (Tournament Control Desk Operator), who ensured the tournament ran efficiently. Also thanks to the volunteers in the table tennis: Eberhard Kleiser, Yi-Chern Lee, Phillip Xiao, Terry and Linda Warbrooke. Lastly thanks to all the umpires for their great work in the tournament.

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Over 75 Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Match won by Robert Dunn/Trish Sinkinson 3-1.
Miki Snell, Peter Snell, Trish Sinkinson, Robert Dunn, Malcolm Wong (Umpire).
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Over 30 Men Team Match for 5th/6th place won by Royal Air Force One 3-1.
Mervyn Funston, Tony Stead (Royal Air Force One), Malcolm Wong (Umpire) Ben Collins, Ken Yap (Hidden Mix).
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Over 30 Men’s Doubles Final won by Josh Alexandre/Nathan Lowe 3-1.
John Cordue, Chen Rong, Malcolm Wong (Umpire), Josh Alexandre, Nathan Lowe.
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Over 75 Men’s Singles Medalist. Gerard Lucas (Silver), Wes Willis (Gold),
Malcolm Wong (Umpire) and Lee Thong Teck (Bronze)
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Malcolm Wong (Umpire) with the Over 60 Women Singles winner Rieko Wakimura (Japan).
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Malcolm Wong (Umpire) wearing the volunteers jacket and cap, with the Pit Crew Baton and the Certificate of Appreciation, which were given to all volunteers.

Tournament Travel News

Wellington players recently travelled to the TTNZ Vets event and also the Wanganui Open.

In the New Zealand Vets Teams representing Wellington…

  • Over 40s: Depak Patel, Zhidong Yu, & Simon Jung
  • Over 50s: Lindsay Ward, Depak Patel, & Zhidong Yu
  • Over 60s: Lindsay Ward & Ian Talbot – WON this event!
  • & Over 65s (President’s team/draft): Bryan McConnochie – RUNNERS UP in this event!

In the TTNZ Vets Singles events:

  • Lindsay Ward won the Mens O60s singles.
  • Ian Talbot & Lindsay Ward were runners-up in the Mens O60 doubles.

Congratulations to all our teams and also to the individual successes too.

Wanganui Open results in full are here the Wellington contingent also came back with fantastic results…

  • Hui-Ling Vong won the Women’s Open singles.
  • Hui-Ling Vong & Anita Crowe were runners-up in the Women’s Open doubles.
  • Bryan McConnochie (with Dave Scott) were runners-up in the Men’s Open doubles.
  • Hayden Tapp & Lisa Yue were runners-up in the Mixed Open doubles.
  • Hui-Ling Vong won the U18 Girls’ singles.
  • Liam Buckrell & Calvin Li were runners-up in the U18 Boys’ doubles.
  • Liam Buckrell won the U15 Boys’ singles.
  • Emma Hanson was runner-up in the U15 Girls’ singles.
  • Liam Buckrell & Calvin Li won the U15 Boys’ doubles.
  • Emma Hanson (with Abbey Webb) won the U15 Girls’ doubles.
  • Mei Mun Teh won and Erin Huang was runner-up in the U13 Girls’ singles.
  • Mei Mun Teh & Erin Huang won and Sifan Huang & Anna Wilson were runners-up in the U13 Girls’ doubles.
  • Paul Solt was runner up in the O40 Men’s singles.
  • Paul Solt won and Bryan McConnochie was runner up in the O50 Men’s singles.
  • Paul Solt (with Dave Scott) won the O50 Men’s doubles.
  • Bryan McConnochie was runner up in the O60 Men’s singles.
  • Mei Mun Teh won the Novice Any Age singles.

Sir Peter Snell pops in for a visit!

We had a special guest at the Newtown Table Tennis Stadium – you may have seen him on the news! Sir Peter Snell and his wife Miki were in Wellington for his memorabilia presentations to Te Papa and popped in for some hits to keep their eye in for the upcoming Masters Games where they will be competing in table tennis. A number of us there took some photos and below is a selection (thanks to those who sent in some pictures already including Phillip, David M, Yang, Malcolm, & Rob).

Sir Peter’s messages on TVNZ are a powerful endorsement of the ability of table tennis to engage us at all ages. Age is no barrier! Here are two links to news items – spot a few background guest appearances!

TTNZ Nationals – Hui-Ling Vong U15 Champ

The TTNZ Nationals are complete (details @ TTNZ)…

Teams

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.

Individuals

*** 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)!

(Let me know if any results are missing here.)

North Islands Open – Travel Report

This report is from Malcolm Wong.

2016 North Island Open Championships (15-17 July)

Wellington players won 12 titles. See below for events in which Wellington players won or were runner up.

Continue reading “North Islands Open – Travel Report”

TTNZ Nationals – Sep 29 – Oct 8

All the details for the upcoming TTNZ Nationals are here (Juniors Sep 29 – Oct 3, Seniors Oct 4-8) – this will be at at the Auckland TT stadium on Gillies Avenue, Auckland. Entries are due Wednesday Aug 24.

Live Table Tennis this weekend at a stadium near you!

We would just like to alert you all to the quality Table Tennis which will be played in our New World Wellington City TTW Open this weekend (July 30-31) at the Empire Table Tennis Club on Marine Parade, Petone.

We have received over 75 entries across 30-40 events on Saturday and Sunday.

The Open starts at 1:15pm on Saturday and we have a quality field including 20 of the top 85 players in New Zealand.

Sunday also sees the Oceania qualifying event which begins at 11.15am. The winner of this has direct qualification into the Oceania Cup in 2017.  The rest of the schedule is as attached below or see here.

Age group play ranges from the Under 13s through to the Over 70s with many doubles and mixed doubles in these age groups as well. In addition to the age groups there will be B, C, and D grade events happening throughout the weekend.

Toasted sandwiches and other refreshments will be available for purchase so if you’re not already scheduled to play come along to watch!

Thanks to all our volunteers and to New World Wellington City, SproutMedia, TTSports and Pub Charity for their kind support.

– Gabrielle Telfer

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Sports Legends of Wellington – Murray Dunn

The Gibson Sheat Lawyers Sports Legends of Wellington 2016 Inductees include Murray Dunn of Table Tennis – Murray Dunn was national champion 1960-63 amongst many other achievements (refer to Malcolm Wong’s earlier article on Murray).

Also inducted were Belinda Cordwell, who pioneered New Zealand women’s tennis on the international stage in the 1980s and 90s, alongside the charismatic Wellington and All Back double act of Stu Wilson and Bernie Fraser from the great Wellington team of the 1980s was inducted.

2016 New World Wellington City Table Tennis Wellington Open Championships (July 30-31)

We are pleased to announce the:

2016 New World Wellington City

Table Tennis Wellington Open Championships.

Entries are due using the Online Entry Form or email to tournament@ttwellington.org.nz, phone 04 478 0841, or mailed to PO Box 12-038 Wellington, to be received by 9pm Wednesday 27 July.

This will be held at the Empire Table Tennis Stadium, on Saturday/Sunday 30-31 July.

Thanks also to SproutMedia, TTSports and Pub Charity for their support.

On Sunday will be a regional Oceania Cup qualifying event for TTNZ squad members, a must watch!

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Manawatu Veterans Doubles Tournament (Sep 3)

To all Table Tennis Players, are you 40 years or older? Just up the road (Barber Hall, Waldegrave Street, Palmerston North) on Saturday September 3 will be held a social doubles tournament (Himitangi Transport Graded Open Doubles Tournament).

Attached are the poster, entry form and maps to the event.

The target is 200 players, right across the range from highly skilled to casual/social players (graded A to E).

The emphasis on fun and social play.

Please bring cameras or cellphones to record the action on the tables, this will be a great chance to meet and play against many new players!

Please return entry form as early as possible, and no later than August 30.

 

Travel Report: 2016 Nelson Open (28 May)

This Travel Report is from Malcolm Wong.

There were 36 players at this event including visitors from Marlbourgh (4), Canterbury (2) and Wellington (5). The Wellington players were Depak Patel, Bryan McConnochie, Paul Solt, Ryan Cronin and Malcolm Wong. Winners and runner up of events are attached.
Continue reading “Travel Report: 2016 Nelson Open (28 May)”

Deaf Table Tennis Event July 9 (Dunedin)

Coming up July 9th in Dunedin, for all the details see here!

North Islands and Nationals – heads-up

FYI the North Island Individuals 2016 (entry form) is here (July 15-17 just up the road in Palmerston North – entries are due Friday June 24).

Accommodation is at a premium over this weekend due to a number of other sporting events in Palmerston North at the same time. Please look to secure accommodation as soon as possible. If you have any issues finding suitable accommodation please contact ttnz@tabletennis.org.nz .

Plus see here for the Nationals (Sep 29 – Oct 8 in Auckland).

Travel Report: NZIS Tournament (May 25)

This tournament report of the 2016 New Zealand Institute of Sports Table Tennis Tournament is from Malcolm Wong.

This was held at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie on Wednesday 25 May, as part of the annual 3 day multi-sport tournament (24-26 May). This is the fifth year table tennis has been held. There were Men’s Singles, Women Singles and Mixed Doubles.There was 1 point for each win. The overall winner depended on the last mixed doubles match between Wellington and Christchurch. Wellington won 2-1 to finish first from Christchurch and Auckland. Wellington retained the title they won last year and have now tied with Auckland (winner in 2012 & 2014). Malcolm Wong was the Referee. He and Robert Chung umpired the matches. Continue reading “Travel Report: NZIS Tournament (May 25)”

Travel Report: South Island Championships (14-15 May)

This travel report is from Malcolm Wong.

Malcolm Wong and Martin Young travelled to this tournament held at the Edgar Centre in Dunedin. Martin Young reached the final of the C Grade Singles won by Jay Zhu (Canterbury) 3-2 (7-11 15-13 11-9 6-11 11-6). The result may well have been different if Martin had managed to win the second game where he lead 10-8. Martin also reached the semi finals of the Over 50 Men’s Singles won by John Fogarty (Otago) 3-0. Martin recorded good wins over Dave Samson and Steve Craw (both Canterbury) in earlier rounds.

Malcolm Wong and Martin Young were runner up in the Over 50 Men’s Doubles won by John Fogarty and Willie Brock (Otago) 3-1 (4-11 11-6 11-7 11-6). They were also runner up in the C Grade Doubles won by Jay Zhu and Hong Zhong (Canterbury) 3-0 (11-9 11-5 13-11).
Continue reading “Travel Report: South Island Championships (14-15 May)”

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