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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)”

Travel Report: 2016 Marlborough Open (7-8 May)

The following travel report is from Malcolm Wong.

Ben Collins, Malcolm Wong and Tony Rutledge all traveled to this tournament which was held at the Simcox Stadium (Blenheim). The field included 28 males (8 juniors) and 5 females (2 juniors). The tournament report from the Marlborough Express is here. Continue reading “Travel Report: 2016 Marlborough Open (7-8 May)”

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:

2016 NZ Vets O60 Mens Team Presidents 1 Wellington
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.

Next ITTF Level 1 Coaching – Auckland June 4-6/11-12

FYI the next ITTF-PTT L1 Coaching Course will be held in Auckland at the Waitemata Table Tennis Stadium in Henderson over 2 weekends 4th to 6th June (Queens Birthday) and 11th to 12th June. Please refer to the flyer for further details.

Also refer to the TTNZ Coach Pathways document which is Objective 4 from the TTNZ High Performance Business Plan.

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.

Notice: 2016 New Zealand Masters Games (Dunedin, Jan 30 – Feb 7)

It’s that time again, the New Zealand Masters Games are back. The Games are scheduled in Dunedin 30 January – 7 February 2016 and we are expecting over 5000 people. The event line-up is huge, 60 sports from Tennis Table to Yachting and everything in between. Whether you wish to compete for a medal or give something a go in a social category – there is something for everyone! Be a part of New Zealand’s largest sporting event and smile as you tick it off your bucket list. Check out www.nzmg.com or visit the NZMG Facebook page for the latest games information and entertainment. Registrations are open now!

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Notice: NZCT South Island Masters Games (Nelson)

2015 NZCT South Island Masters Games are happening in Nelson this year. Table Tennis is part of this event along with lots of other sports and activities.

The NZCT South Island Masters Games is a 9 day festival of sport from 26 September – 4 October 2015 in Nelson (the table tennis part is over three days from Sep 30-Oct 2). There’s a great programme of sports and themed social events to make your Masters Games the experience of a lifetime. Anyone can enter, from anywhere in New Zealand and overseas. To play you just have to meet the minimum age requirement which for table tennis is age 30 or over. With more than 40 sports on offer, many with both social and competitive grades, there’s something for everyone. Register now and get more information at www.simasters.co.nz.

Entries are due Aug 31 (early entry discount if by July 1).


Medalists at NZ Vets!

Congratulations to Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore in the O80s:

Over 80 Men’s Doubles Silver Medalists Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore. Eddie was also Over 80 Men’s Singles Silver Medalist.
Over 80 Men’s Doubles Silver Medalists Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore.
Eddie was also Over 80 Men’s Singles Silver Medalist.

Eddie Moore also was a Silver medallist in the O80s singles!

Wellington Medalist at 2015 NZ Veterans - Depak Patel, Lindsay Ward and Ian Talbot
Wellington Medalist at 2015 NZ Veterans – Depak Patel, Lindsay Ward and Ian Talbot

In the individuals events, Lindsay Ward got Gold in the O60s and Bronze in the O50s.

Also a picture from the Bronze Medal playoff match – Wellington 3 New South Wales 1 (thanks to Malcolm Wong for sending in these pictures):

L-R Lindsay Ward, Bryan McConnochie, Ian Talbot (Wellington) Shinji Hiraoka, Stephen Tai (New South Wales)
L-R Lindsay Ward, Bryan McConnochie, Ian Talbot (Wellington) Shinji Hiraoka, Stephen Tai (New South Wales)

In the Teams, Depak Patel and John Gan won Silver in the Over 40 Men B group.
As in the picture below, Ian Talbot, Lindsay Ward, and Bryan McConnochie won Bronze in the O60 Men

Details results are up on the TTNZ website

Individual Medal Results at the NZ Vets

Following from the team results, here are the Wellington individual medals, congratulations to…

Gold Medal

Over 60 MS – Lindsay Ward
Over 80 MD – Hugh McIlwrath and Brien Halpin (Canterbury)

Silver Medal

Over 80 MS – Eddie Moore

Bronze Medal

Over 50 MS – Lindsay Ward
Over 50 MD – Ian Talbot and Lindsay Ward
Over 60 MD – Ian Talbot and Lindsay Ward

If anyone has any photos send them along and I’ll add them 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!

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…

2015 New Zealand Veteran Championships – Whangarei April 2-6

Any autumn holiday plans? The New Zealand Veteran Championships will be hosted by Table Tennis Northland and are to be held in the ASB Stadium, Western Hills Drive, Whangarei from the 2nd to 6th April 2015.

Individual Entry Form and details are here.

Please contact us regarding team entries.

ASB Stadium, Whangarei

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