Table Tennis Wellington



Newsletter & Upcoming Events

Announcing the inaugural…

Also here are some upcoming events:

Jun 29-30 North Shore Open
Jun 29 Hawkes Bay Open (Napier)
Jul 7-8 Central Region Junior, Cadet and Hopes Training Camp (Palmerston North)
Jul 7-13 Australian Junior Championships (TTNZ Selected Teams) Wollongong - starring Anna Wilson
Jul 12-14 North Island Individual Championships (Wanganui)
Jul 20-21 Otago Open (Dunedin)
Jul 27-28 Wellington Open
Aug 2 CollegeSport Wellington Table Tennis Regionals Individuals (enter by July 25)
Aug 3-4 Waikato Open (Hamilton)
Aug 7-10 ITTF-Oceania Junior Championships (Tonga)
Aug 9 CollegeSport Wellington Table Tennis Regionals Teams (enter by Aug 1)
Sep 2-4 NZ Secondary School Championships
Sep 7-8 Manawatu Open
Sep 28-Oct 6 NZ Junior & Senior Championships (Christchurch) 

Term 1 Junior Training

Table Tennis Wellington is running a junior training programme for beginners aged between 8 and 13 years of age (primary/intermediate school students) on Thursdays from 6.30pm to 8.00pm commencing Thursday 2 March 2017.

Goal Orientated!

When    Term 1: Six Thursdays, 2 March – 6 April inclusive (6.30pm – 8.00 pm)
Fees       Term 1: $30 per player (payable at the beginning of the programme on Thursday 2 March 2017, cash or cheque)

Coaches   ITTF level 1 qualified coaches and plus other top coaches.

Equipment    Sports shoes. Bring your Table Tennis bat if you have one (or borrow one and return it at the end of the session). Comfortable sports clothes (e.g. shorts and t-shirt).

Venue    Empire Table Tennis Clubrooms, Marine Parade, Petone.

Enrol     With the flyer or online

For more info please contact Gabrielle by email or see the flyer.

CollegeSport Completed

Check out the 2016 CSW Table Tennis – Team Champs Facebook page for photos on the recent CollegeSport champs!  Thanks to our trusty volunteers Richard Lee, Rob Chung & Bruce Northover.

Congatulations to TK Te Rito who won the the girl’s team competition and to Wellington College who won the boy’s but well done to everyone who entered!

See here for for information.

On a related note, coming soon is the Primary/Intermediate tournament.

2015 Primary/Intermediate Results

The full team lists and results are here: Primary-Intermediate Schools Tournament 2015 – Results.

Thanks for Bruce Northover and helpers for running this event.

Congratulations to the winning teams and all entrants and thanks also to the schools and students for supporting our event and for the excellent behaviour and sportsmanship during the tournament.

The winning teams…

Premier – Boys

Clyde Quay School 1
Liam Buckrell
Calvin Li
Max Sargentina

Division 2 – Boys

Wellesley College 2
Fynn Holmes
Ruaridh Ferguson
Oscar Hough

Division 3 – Boys

Clyde Quay School 3
Arlo Rea
Daniil Seyb
Jack Ansell-Jones

Division 4 – Boys

Clyde Quay School 4
Zak Rigby
Thomas Collison
Matthew McCarty

Division 5 – Boys

Hutt Intermediate School 7
Tobiah Datchler
Jacob Nixon
Devon Mather
Josh C

Division 1 – Girls

Hutt Intermediate School 1
Antonia Hamilton
Tegan Bennik
Emma Hanson

Division 2 – Girls

Raroa Intermediate 3
Sydnie NU
Ariana D
Maggie M

CollegeSport/TTW Individual Schools Tournament Results

On Friday the annual CollegeSport/Table Tennis Wellington College Individuals Table Tennis Tournament was held with the result summary as below. (The Teams tournament is coming up.) Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all participants for competing this year!

Event Winner Runner Up Scores
Senior Boy’s Singles Sean Hanson – HIB’s Frank Fu – Wgtn College 13-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5
B Grade Singles Curtis Sun – Newlands Wayne Fan – Newlands Round Robin
C Grade Singles Jared Taylor – Taita Jason Ritchie – Upper Hutt Round Robin
D Grade Singles Paora Dewes – Heretaunga Joel Gordon – Heretaunga Round Robin
E Grade Singles William Adams – Upper Hutt Iharaira Mitchell – Taita Round Robin
Senior Girl’s Singles Sophie Telfer – Sacred Heart (Wgtn) Cathleen Perez – Newlands Round Robin
Junior Boy’s Singles Christopher Pearson – Onslow Ben Wright – HVHS 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4
B Grade Singles Gus Thompson – HVHS Hugh Pawson – HVHS Round Robin
C Grade Singles Reece Edgecombe – Newlands Benjamin Meyer – Newlands Round Robin
Junior Girl’s Singles Paris Nicholson – HVHS Rachel Breen – Heretaunga Round Robin
Combined Jnr/Snr Girl’s Singles Sophie Telfer – Sacred Heart (Wgtn) Paris Nicholson – HVHS 11-5, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5

2014 New Zealand Secondary School Championships (Sep 1-3)

Here is the entry form for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships to be held at the Auckland Table Tennis Stadium from the 1st to 3rd September 2014: 2014 New Zealand Secondary School Championships.

Entries close on Wednesday 20th August 2014 to the Auckland Table Tennis Association.

NB: this year’s competition includes the following Athletes With Disability sections:
Individual Events:
AWD Class 1-5 – Wheelchair
AWD Class 6-10 – Standing
AWD Class 11: Intellectual Disability


Primary/Intermediate Schools Tournament Results

Results from the Primary/Intermediate Schools Tournament on Friday September 13 are here: Primary-Intermediate Schools Tournament 2013-Results

The main results:

Girls winners

Raroa 1: Ivy McLean, Maggie Jenkins, Brianna Mitchell

Premier Boys winners

Wellesley 1: Harry Hunter, Ciaran Sim, Isaac Becroft

Division 1 – Boys winners

Wellesley 3: Jack Healey, Ben Irving, Christopher Bramley

Division 2 – Boys winners

Hutt Intermediate 3: Seth Groombridge, Gareth Atken, Finn McDonald

Division 3 – Boys winners

Karori West Normal 3: Aniwaniwa, Joseph, Max

Division 4 – Boys winners

Raroa 6: Zach Prince, Milind Naidu, Fraser Asghar

Division 5 – Boys winners

Raroa 7: Digby Carroll, Tim Robinson, Toby Simpson

Local News: Northland School Table Tennis Champs

You might recall earlier that TTW were contacted by Northland School who have a couple of table tennis tables but no proper bats and we were after some donations of old bats or usable rubbers.

Thanks to some help we were able to provide some bats with fresh rubbers on them which makes a big difference to these young kids when trying to put some spin on the ball!

In the last week of term 2, Steph sent me a report on the championships they had that week:

We held our table tennis doubles championship today at lunchtime. We had an awesome crowd to watch and it was a tight final: best of three games, went to the third set, the first 2 games had to be played to advantage, a real nail-biter!! We had two great umpires too!

Steph thanked our members for their most generous donation of bats and rubber and said the kids were getting some good topspin and backspin on the ball during the final games, thanks to the new rubber.

With the new term starting tomorrow I’m sure the kids at Northland School are looking forward to getting back to table tennis, oh and school too of course!

Northland School TT championships 1

Northland School Table Tennis – spare bats or rubbers anyone?

Hi folks, Northland School is a small school here in Wellington, currently trying to boost their children’s interest in Table Tennis. They have two tables and some very old and tatty bats, some without rubber!

Stephanie Prince used to represent Manawatu at table tennis some years ago and is teaching table tennis at the school during a lunch break each week but she is somewhat hampered by the lack of bats. If anyone has any spare old bats out there or even spare old bat rubbers that they would like to donate please pass them along to me or someone at interclub to pass on to me and I’ll see that Stephanie gets them and that we can glue any rubbers on the bats that they do have! (Or contact Stephanie on 475 9660 or 027 2222 906.)

College Sport Wellington Schools Competition

Update: The draw for next week (June 4-6):

This is part of the comprehensive Table Tennis Wellington schools program with endless hours of coaching by Stephen Hirst at many schools in the Wellington/Hutt Valley area and competitive events such as this one between the schools.

Thanks to Stephen (and helpers!) and CollegeSport Wellington for being able to run this program.

PS: An example score-sheet is here.

9th Annual Pelorus Trust Stadium Sports Festival

Calm before the storm
A few weeks ago, on Tuesday the 6th of March, 600 year five and six primary school students from the Wellington region attended the 9th Annual Pelorus Trust Stadium Sports Festival at Westpac Stadium. Thanks to coach Stephen Hirst and helpers (Rob Chung is in a picture below) table tennis was be one of the 18 sports involved.

Organised by Sport Wellington, the annual Pelorus Trust Stadium Sports Festival aims to expose primary school children to a variety of different sports. This year 54 schools applied to attend the event, of which only 20 spots were available. Given the delicate weather requirements of table tennis, outdoors was ruled out but thanks to Jamie Milne at Sport Wellington a place for table tennis was found within the concourse area (along with a couple of other similarly weather-sensitive sports).

While no doubt Stephen & co were run ragged by the end of the day, he reported the day as a great success and well worth the effort. They were able to distribute hundreds of leaflets listing the Wellington junior clubs to students and teachers and interest was high.

Coolmoves, the pros.
One of the main hurdles was how to get tables from the Newtown stadium out to the Westpac stadium and back. Especially given that the Donic tables we have there need to be transported upright and in one piece. We owe many thanks to Coolmoves who were able to very professionally move eight tables to and from the Westpac stadium! Without Coolmoves we could not have been there.

The age range here parallels the primary/intermediate & junior club coaching program that Table Tennis Wellington has also been running with thanks to Pub Charity support. Stephen Hirst is also the coach for this program and has been able to reach many schools and junior clubs in the Wellington area. Programs like this and the stadium event help build the grass-roots base and feed into the junior clubs.

Table Tennis, everyone's favourite!

Bats down, ready for the next group.

FYI, Intermediate/Primary Schools Teams Champs (Fri Sept 9)

(This has been previously distributed to the likely schools but here it is as FYI.)

The Wellington, Hutt Valley and Kapiti Annual Intermediate/Primary Schools Table Tennis Championships will be held at the Empire Stadium, Marine Parade, Petone (tel 568-6054). The Boys and Girls events will be held on the same day – Friday 9th September 2011.

Play will commence at 9.00am and should be finished by 2.45pm. Tables will be available for practice from 8.45am. Officials and players attending are asked to bring their own lunch, however soft drinks and confectionery will be on sale during the day. Please wear soft-soled sports shoes and if players do not have their own bat, we will have some available for use.

Your school is invited to enter Boys and/or Girls teams of four* players, with no restriction on the number of teams.
*Please note the highest division, for boys only, will comprise three players although not all schools are assured of a position in that highest division.
Certificates will be sent to the winning/runners-up boy’s and girl’s teams in each grade.

The entry fee is $6.00 per player ($18.00/3 player team, $24.00/4 player team) and can be forwarded with your entry, with the full names of team members, or paid on the day.

An entry form is here: Table Tennis Wellington Schools Entry Form-4 player

Teams will be graded.

This information along with instructions on how to enter is here: Intermediate-Primary Schools Champs 2011-Wgtn,HV,Kapiti

We look forward to receiving your entries into this tournament, which has been highly successful over a number of years.

Junior Development Tournament July 10 (Saturday)

See here: Junior Development Entry July 2011. Age groups are Under 12, Under 14, and Under 17. (You can enter up to two consecutive age groups.) Entries close Thursday July 7.

All-comers welcome though past winners should note that previous singles winners are not be eligible for the same age group that they were successful in.

Regional Schools – Final Results

Perhaps the biggest thing this year was the big push this year into secondary schools in combination with the primary/intermediates. Thanks to Andrew Hubbard who worked closely with College Sport Wellington for the secondary schools and The Lion Foundation for the primary/intermediate school work. (See also Andrew’s earlier entries on this blog under TTW:Schools for a glimpse into coaching and development in the schools in our area.)

For the record, here are the final results for the recent schools teams competition:
2010 Regional Intermediate Tournament Results
CSW 2010 Secondary Schools


Premier Girls:
1st: HVHS : Helen Wu, Ellen Xiong, Philippa Morris, Shannon Fitzgerald
2nd (equal): Kapiti College : Mako Nishikawa, Ariana Te Raugiita, Ruby Meres, Yuri Sato
and Chilton St James 1 : Natalia Walker, Mikie Milloy, Stef McCallum, Victoria Munn

Division 2 Girls:
1st: Sacred Heart College 2 : Danielle Duggan, Teneya Nicole, Michelle Pather, Keely Cherry
2nd: Sacred Heart College 3 : Wairemana Williams, Teresa Warner, Jess Andrew, Belinda Dodge

Premier 1-Boys:
1st: Upper Hutt : Martin Murdoch, Conal Warrender, Jermaine Harawia
2nd: Onslow College : Noam Bar-Shalom, Rory McKenzie, Evan Simmers

Premier 2-Boys:
1st: HVHS 2 : Callum Gates, Ian Wang, Craig Morgan, Steven Cheong
2nd (equal): HVHS 3: Stefan Vrecic, Gareth Telfer, Garrett Fitzgerald, Yao Chun
and Kapiti College 1 : Naoki Suo, Joe Harris, Max Beckman, Daniel Reupke

Premier 3-Boys:
1st: Wellington College 2 : Cheyaathan Haran, Arjun Sundareshwar, Cameron Crofts, Sam Cooper, James Partridge, Gavin Hewitson
2nd (equal): Onslow College 2 : Jack Walker-Bowell, Rhune Pettit, Rowan Stimpson, Conor Harrison
and Newlands College 1 : Sam Chittenden, Thomas Chittenden, Joanna Judge, Karan Sood

Premier 4-Boys:
1st: Upper Hutt College 2 : Daniel Dexter, Jesse Pullen, Matt Reynecke, Alex Zurek
2nd (equal): HVHS 5 : Rob Salisbury, Donald Tang, Louie Thie, Brandon Ngan
and Wellington High 1 : Jeremy Le Garrec, Jackson Croft, Sam Forman, Jeremy Sutton, Christy

Premier 5-Boys:
1st: St Patricks Silverstream 5 : Kameron Field, Nikau Fiso, Angelo Miranda, Jermaine Rodgers
2nd: Kapiti College 2 : William Duncan, Daniel Ellison, Janosch Nagy

Premier 6-Boys:
1st: Newlands College : Neel Patel, Andrew Withers, Scott Edgecomb, Riddhesh Bardiy, Quijada Munoz
2nd: St Patricks Silverstream 6 : Lewis Barr-Brown, Ryan Drake, Steven Mitchell, Cory Van de Coolwijk


Premier Boys:
1st: Hutt Intermediate 1 : Liam Campbell, Kieran Mouton, Jordan Duff
2nd: Wellesley College 1 : Willem van der Wilt, Christian Davey, Ben Linton

Division 2 Boys:
1st: Wellesley College 3 : Jules Harrey, Louis Stevens, John Clearwater, Christian Webby
2nd: Wellesley College 4 : James Watkins, Toka Sopoaga, Hayden Nickel, Hector McLachlan

Division 3 Boys:
1st: Wainuiomta Intermediate 1 : Sunzer Wu, Caleb Smith, Scott Saengpanya, Ryan Millar
2nd: Karori West Normal School 2 : Jordan Collicoat, Michael Woods, Mitchell Crayford, George Nesus-Stainton

Girl’s Division:
1st: Hutt Intermediate 1 : Angela Chapman, Mia Paranihi, Trinity Masoe, Brea Rolton
2nd: Naenae Intermediate 1 : Naea Albert, Fonofa Fale, Danche Anae, Dianna Oloapu

Wellington High School Table Tennis Club a Big Hit



 Under the direction of Wellington High School Head of Sport Mrs Di Jordan, Wellington High have been the first school in the Wellington region to benefit from the sponsorship arrangement TTW have entered into with one of New Zealand’s leading providers of sports equipment Rebel Sport. Following a very well attended demonstration to promote the term three Wellington zone interschools competition Mrs Jordan was the driving force to get a school  table tennis club up and running. Three new Double Fish Deluxe roll away tables were purchased to complement the existing school tables as well as nets, bats and balls and going by the turnouts at the club so far more tables will be required.  TTW coach Andrew Hubbard commented ‘ It’s great to see so many students enjoying table tennis, today there were around 60 students playing, many  new to the sport and I am hopeful that we’ll see a good number of these students taking part in the Interschools comp which will commence on Tuesday 10 August at the TTW Newtown stadium.”

TTW Junior Developing Tournament – 27 June, 2010

To be held at Empire Stadium on Sunday, June 27.

U14 from 10am to 1pm

U12 and U16 from 1pm to 4pm

Junior Development Entry

Entries close Thursday June 24. Please email entries to

College Sport Wellington High School Comp off to a good start

The inaugural College Sport Wellington Table Tennis competition got underway on Wednesday 2 June. The Hutt Valley zone saw 28 teams from eight High Schools take part. TTW Chairman Bruce Northover along with TTW stalwart Alan Costley were on hand to assist with the running of the event and also a special thanks to Maggie Dyer from the Empire club for opening the canteen.  Table Tennis Wellington Coach Andrew Hubbard  who as part of the Kiwisport initiative has been around the Hutt Valley Schools promoting this event commented that he was ‘very happy withthe  28 teams entered , and that he will be making a promotional drive into Wellington City Schools coming up later this term.’

There was a strong performance from HIBS first team beating HVHS 2, 7-0. The two Chin brothers Jeoffrey and Garret combing with Josh Baker who is strong in the third slot. They are one of the  favourites to win the Premier Grade.

Taita 1 lost 7-0 to HVHS 1 which was expected but Taita’s Rueben Reid nearly upset HVHS rep player Matthew Sheppard losing 12-10 in the fifth.

Taita 2 had  an unexpectedly  decisive 7-0 win over HVHS 3 which is a good result for them. Taita 3 also beat Upper Hutt 2  5-2 so it was a good day for Taita College.

Wellesley School Demonstation

Wellesley School were the Wellington region Intermediate boys champions in 2009 and won the central zone inter primary schools competition earlier this year. Obviously this is not a co-incidence. Organised by Mr Darren Houston and Mr Murray Blanford the school are currently half way through a knock out competition. There are a 128 players taking part. Regular practise sessions take part on the schools three tables.  Organised by Mr Darren Houston on Friday 21 May, TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard and former Chinese provincial player Catherine Zhou carried out a demonstration at the school. Plans to return to provide coaching sessions were made and certainly Wellesley will be a school to watch out for again at this years championship .

Chilton St James Demonstation

Thursday 20th saw TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard together with Catherine Zhou carry out a demonstration at Chilton St James school.  A large number of interested students and teachers gathered in the school gym to watch the demonstration.  Andrew commented ” My thanks to Head of Sport Ann Fowler for organising this visit. The demonstration went particularly well,  the students were very keen and interested to learn more about table tennis. Nearly all of the students came up to have a go at returning Catherine’s high toss serve  which they all really enjoyed”.  The demonstration ended with a number of students registering to play in the new College Sport Wellington weekly schools competition which will be starting on Wednesday 2 June  at the Empire Table Tennis Stadium.

Evans Bay Intermediate Benefit from TTW Schools Program

Beginning this Wednesday 19th May a group of 40 keen students from Evans bay Intermediate will take part in  a seven week table tennis skills program.  The program has been co-ordinated by Evans Bay School Teachers Mrs Mary Sagato and Mrs Gina Newman. TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard commented ” I’m very grateful to Mrs Mary Sagato and Mrs Gina Newman for organising this program and look forward to working with them to grow table tennis in the future.”

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