Table Tennis Wellington



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 .

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:


9. Ben Collins


2. Hui-Ling Vong


10. Chun-Kiet Vong


2. Hui-Ling Vong


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 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

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

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:

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

Retrospective on the TTNZ Nationals

At the recent prizegiving Gabrielle Telfer also touched on the TTNZ Nationals event and the great results and team spirit she observed. Below are reports from both her and Malcolm Wong on the Nationals including photos!

Firstly from Gabrielle

Senior Nationals – October 2014

What an amazing event!

No I don’t mean the event itself but the way our young ‘A’ team stood up and played their hearts out to finish 6th in the A grade of the Senior National Championships Teams event.

Chun Kiet Vong, Frank Fu and Sean Hanson, captain Ben Collins and coach Hayden Tapp be very, very proud of yourselves. We are.

It all started with the grading match against Waitemata at 8.30am on Wednesday morning which our team won 4-2. This win put the team into Group 1 of the A grade, which brought with it the challenge of three more rounds in that same day. It was no mean feat to play four matches of that intensity over 14 hours. The next match was against Manawatu at 11.30am which our team narrowly lost 3-4.

At 2.30pm they faced Canterbury going down 2-5 and the last match of the day was against the eventual winners of the competition Auckland 1 who managed to scrape in against us 7-0! However there was some outstanding individual and doubles play in all of these matches, where sets were taken off players such as John Cordue and other New Zealand representatives.

The next morning we found our opponents in the crossover round for places 5-8 was North Harbour. These games too proved to be tense and thrilling encounters, and again our team rose to the challenge. The strategy devised by Hayden and Ben proved to be the difference between the two teams and Wellington came out of the match with a 4-3 win!

This result brought us to the 5/6 playoff against Waikato which we lost 4-1. A sparkling doubles match played by Chun Kiet and Sean ensured it wasn’t a complete whitewash. This result I can assure you was a true reflection of just how much energy and passion these four players had put in to their five previous matches – by the end of this one they individually and collectively had nothing more to give. A personal highlight for Sean was taking a Waikato player who is also a current New Zealand Junior representative to 5 sets only to lose it 11-13 in the 5th.

For three young players, two of whom had never been to a Senior Nationals before to pull off the kind of results they did was nothing short of superb. It was a privilege to witness the heart and soul all four players put into their individual games. They certainly left everything on the table!

The team was very ably captained by Ben Collins who led from the front. The team was exceedingly well coached by Hayden Tapp. Ben and Hayden together made strategic decisions that paid off and enabled the team to win games and matches that led them to the playoffs for 5 and 6.

When these players were selected, I wrote in each of their selection letters ‘I look forward to our Wellington players representing us with passion and pride’. They certainly did that.

Congratulations Ben, Chun Kiet, Frank, Sean and Hayden – you did yourselves and Wellington proud! It was an incredible moment to be part of – I am so incredibly proud of you all

Rather unfortunately our ’B’ team was placed in Group A of the B Grade which was well above their collective strengths. However Depak Patel, Gareth Telfer and Paul Solt turned up and played all their matches with much enthusiasm. Unfortunately their results took them to the 7/8 playoff where they again met the Canterbury team and again came second in that match. There were individual victories along the way and all matches were played in a good spirit.

Thank you Depak, Gareth and Paul for the heart you all showed, even though you were well out of your depth. You too represented Wellington with passion and pride!

A thank you also to Malcolm Wong who surprised us in Auckland – Malcolm helped support our teams and took the team photos for us.

Wellington was also represented in the Women’s competition with Hui-Ling Vong playing in a Presidents team with Natalie Paterson and Tetyana Sulimova. The Women’s grade consisted of five teams who played a round robin. There were two Auckland teams, one Canterbury team and two Presidents teams.

In the Individual events three players competed, Ben Collins, Chun Kiet and Hui-Ling Vong. Hui-Ling won the Women’s B Grade and together with Chun Kiet, they were runners up in the Under 21 mixed doubles.
Ben finished third in the Men’s B Grade as well as reaching the semi finals of the Over 30 grade.

Well done all of you – I look forward to what 2015 brings!

– Gabrielle Telfer

And now from Malcolm Wong:

2014 New Zealand Open Championships (1- 4 October)

Sean Hanson - the hero of Wellington Men’s 1 Team 4-3 win over North Harbour in A Grade. He won the deciding 7th match against Michael Zhang 3-1
Sean Hanson – the hero of Wellington Men’s 1 Team 4-3 win over North Harbour in A Grade. He won the deciding 7th match against Michael Zhang 3-1

Wellington entered two Men’s Teams and Hui-Ling Vong was in the draft for a Women’s Team in the New Zealand Championships held in Auckland. Wellington Men’s 2 were in B Grade. Wellington Men’s 1 played in a grading match against Waitemata 1 to decide if they would be in A or B Grade. Wellington 1 beat Waitemata 1 by 4-2. Ben Collins won both his singles and the doubles with Sean Hanson. Chun-Kiet Vong clinched the match beating Max Rogers 3-2.

Men’s A Grade Teams

Wellington 1
6th in Grade.

v Manawatu 	       lost   3-4
v Canterbury 2	       lost   2-5
v Auckland 1	       lost   0-7
v North Harbour        won  4-3	 (playoff for positions 5-8)
v Waitako 1	       lost   1-4 (playoff for positions 5-6)

In A Grade Ben Collins was the mainstay of the team winning 5 of his 9 singles, which included winning both his matches against Manawatu and North Harbour. Two of his losses were in 5 games. The juniors found the going tough with Sean Hanson (2/6), Chun-Kiet Vong (1/6) and Frank Fu (1/ 7). The only doubles win was by Sean Hanson and Chun-Kiet Vong against Waitako, with Ben Collins/Sean Hanson (0/4). Thanks to Hayden Tapp who coached the team.

Wellington 1 Men’s Team. Frank Fu, Chun-Kiet Vong, Sean Hanson and Ben Collins.
Wellington 1 Men’s Team.
Frank Fu, Chun-Kiet Vong, Sean Hanson and Ben Collins.

Men’s B Grade Teams

Wellington B
8th in Grade

v Auckland 3	       lost 0-7
v Canterbury 3	       lost 2-5
v Manawatu 2	       lost 2-5
v Waitako 2	       lost 2-5  (playoff for positions 5-8)
v Canterbury 3	       lost 3-4  (playoff for positions 7-8)

The withdrawal of Robert Chung seriously weakened the team and they would have been more competitive in C Grade. Depak Patel won 4 out of his 10 Singles with Paul Solt (1/10) and Gareth Telfer (0/10). The Doubles were much better with Depak Patel and Gareth Telfer winning both their doubles matches, and Depak Patel/Paul Solt (2/3). In the first match against Canterbury 3 Paul Solt lost his 2 singles in the 5th (14-16 and 10-12). If he had won both those singles the team would have won the match.

Wellington 2 Men’s Team. Depak Patel, Gareth Telfer and Paul Solt.
Wellington 2 Men’s Team.
Depak Patel, Gareth Telfer and Paul Solt.

Women’s A Grade Teams

Hui-Ling Vong played for Presidents 1 (with Natalie Paterson and Tetyana Sulimova) which finished 4th in the Women’s A Grade Teams. She won 3 of her 8 singles matches and 1 of her 4 doubles.

New Zealand Individuals

In the Open Men’s Singles Group Chun-Kiet Vong had a good win against Craig Dye 3-1 and qualified from his Under 21 Men’s Singles Group by beating the higher rated Bryn Lindsay 3-0. Ben Collins reached the semi finals of both the B Grade Men’s Singles and Over 30 Men’s Singles. Ben beat Craig Dye 3-0 in the last 16 of the B Grade Men’s Singles but lost to Craig 1-3 in the semi finals of the Over 30 Men’s Singles.

Hui-Ling Vong won the Women’s B Grade Singles against Maggie Ngo 3-0 and reached the semi finals of the under 21 Women’s Singles. Chun-Kiet Vong and Hui-Ling Vong were runners up in the Under 21 Mixed Doubles.

International Umpire Malcolm Wong was involved in the judging of the Junior Boy’s Umpiring Award (Alan and Edna McCallum Junior Umpiring Awards). He umpired several matches including a Men’s Singles semi final and the Women’s Singles final.

Women’s B Grade Singles. Maggie Ngo (Silver), Hui-Ling Vong (Gold).
Women’s B Grade Singles.
Maggie Ngo (Silver), Hui-Ling Vong (Gold).

Under 21 Mixed Doubles.Hui-Ling Vong, Chun-Kiet Vong (Silver), Guiting Lu, Victor Ma (Gold).
Under 21 Mixed Doubles.
Hui-Ling Vong, Chun-Kiet Vong (Silver), Guiting Lu, Victor Ma (Gold).
Malcolm Wong, David Jackson (Referee), Shane Warbrooke (Director) and Ben Collins.
Malcolm Wong, David Jackson (Referee), Shane Warbrooke (Director) and Ben Collins.

– Malcolm Wong

2014 South Island Individual Championships

Is coming soon (entries close this Friday 6pm):
Entry Form: here.
Table Tennis Southland

Saturday 23 August 8.30am     Singles – U13, U18, B Grade, D Grade, O50,
Saturday 23 August 10.00am     Doubles – U13, U18, B Grade, D Grade, O50
Saturday 23 August 2.00pm     Singles – Under 15, Open, C Grade, O30, O65
Saturday 23 August 3.30pm     Doubles – Under 15, Open, C Grade, O30, O65

Sunday 24 August 9.00am     Singles – Under 21, Over 40, Over 60, O70
Sunday 24 August 10.30am     Doubles – Under 21, Over 40, Over 60, O70


Venue: ILT Stadium Southland
Surrey Park Sports Centre, Isabella Street
Venue Phone: (03) 217 1200

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NZ Juniors Teams Completed & Liam Buckrell Player of the Day!

(liberally extracted from this TTNZ article)

[…] the Wellington Association has had a lot to savour from the opening 3 days of the tournament. The efforts of coaches Hayden Tapp, Depak Patel and Paul Solt are showing rich dividends as their players have kept upsetting more favoured opponents.

Hui Ling Vong finished the under 15 teams event unbeaten, a huge feat, while brother Chun Kiet was also impressive [in the U18s].

In the evening session for under 18 boys, Sean Hanson was most impressive in beating National Junior Nathan Watson in straight sets.


Jonathan Li (Counties), Liam Buckrell (Wellington)
There were also some exciting and meritorious performances in the closing stages of the teams event, with one match providing our player of the day, Liam Buckrell – from Wellington of course, pictured here with his valiant opponent Jonathan Li from Counties.

These two boys were pitched together at 3-3 in a match which would decide silver in the under 13 boys B Grade. But, from the crowd gathered alongside one could have been forgiven for thinking it was the under 18 boys final. After a very tense fourth set the players shaped up for the deciding set, wondering who would keep their nerve longest.

Jonathan seemed to have prevailed when he stretched out to 10-6 after a number of long counter-hitting rallies. But Liam knuckled down to the job, returning every shot with interest and accuracy, and confounded everybody to triumph 12-10. It seemed a shame there had to be a loser in this contest.

One can only wonder what might have happened if Hayden Tapp had gone out to buy a lotto ticket instead of bench-coaching at this tournament – given the results versus the odds so far.

Berdy Fang ensured that Wellington did not have things all their way today, with two good wins over Frank Fu and Sean Hanson in under 18 boys.


Some of these juniors certainly know how to entertain and thrill!

– from this TTNZ article, thanks!

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