Entries were well spread across three age groups with a number playing in two groups, resulting in plenty of table tennis during the day. A number of players played to a standard above what they normally display and there were plenty of tight, interesting matches with several upsets occurring.
The Table Tennis Wellington TTSports Autumn Open (April 21-22) is a TTNZ Rating Tournament – we have Open, Junior, and Senior events with age groups for everyone. You don’t have to be experienced – any affiliated player can enter!
The 2018 Table Tennis Wellington Veterans Open is being held on Saturday March 17 the conditions and form documents are below or use the online form to enter. Please enter by 6pm on Wednesday March 14.
There are over 40/50/60 and 70 age groups (if you turn that age on or before Dec 31, 2018) – singles and doubles. The tournament will be held at the Empire Table Tennis Club Hall, Marine Parade, Petone. Round up your friends and car-pool in! Please pass this information on to anyone else you know who may be interested.
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)
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)
Thanks to all the volunteers who made this happen!
The annual Primary/Intermediate teams tournament was held on 1 September with 29 boys and 11 girls teams entered by 5 schools.
Most grades experienced some good competition and the standard throughout the divisions was impressive. Thanks to all the players that turned up, plus thanks to school staff who were involved in organising teams before the event and managing them during the day.
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).
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.
Winner Runner Up
Under 12 singles Tomos Christie Anna Wilson
Under 14 singles Sam James (Man) Yufeng Wang
Under 14 A Plate Anna Wilson Akshay Aneesh (Man)
under 14 B Plate Casey Pearson Brandon Lee (Man)
Under 14 Doubles
Winners Anna Wilson & Yufeng Wang
Runners Up Mei Mun Teh & Erin Huang
Under 17 Singles Jin Shim (Man) Akshay Aneesh (Man)
Congratulations & thanks to everyone who came along! Watch this space for the next event…
This was held at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie on Wednesday 24 May, as part of the annual 4 day NZIS Sport Exchange Championship (22-25 May) between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Wellington is the 2017 winner. The multi sports tournament first started in 2002 and has been won mainly by Wellington. 13 times (2002-2008, 2010, 2012-2015, 2017 ) followed by Auckland twice (2011, 2016) and Christchurch (2009).
Gareth Severin became the first Wellington player to win the Men’s Singles. Previously Auckland players had won 3 times and Christchurch players twice. Linda Kong won both her matches in straight games, becoming the third Wellington Woman in a row to win the Woman Singles. Wellington, by winning both the Men’s and Women Singles, had a unassailable lead going into the mixed doubles. The Singles winners, Gareth and Linda, combined to win the Mixed Doubles for Wellington. Canterbury by beating Auckland in the last mixed doubles finished second. Wellington has won the table tennis for the third successive year and now lead Auckland (2 wins, 2012 & 2014) and Christchurch (1 win in 2013). Malcolm Wong was the Referee. He and Roger Watkin umpired the matches.
1 Wellington 3 points
2 Christchurch 2 points
3 Auckland 1 point
1 Gareth Severin (Wellington)
2 Matthew Humby (Auckland)
3 Sergio Johnson (Christchurch)
Gareth Severin beat Matthew Humby 9-11 11-7 11-5 11-9
Gareth Severin beat Sergio Johnson 9-11 11-8 11-6 11-8
Matthew Humby beat Sergio Johnson 11-6 11-8 9-11 11-5
1 Linda Kong (Wellington)
2 Mahina Mullany (Christchurch)
3 Arohaina Beverland (Auckland)
Linda Kong beat Mahina Mullany 11-6 11-4 11-5
Linda Kong beat Arohaina Beverland 11-8 11-6 11-4
Mahina Mullany beat Arohaina Beverland 14-12 11-6 11-4
1 Gareth Severin & Linda Kong (Wellington)
2 Samuel McGarvey & Te Amo Tomainu (Christchurch)
3 Matthew Humby & Arohaina Beverland (Auckland)
G Severin/L Kong beat S McGarvey/ T A Tamainu 11-8 12-10 11-3
G Severin/ L Kong beat M Humby/ A Beverland 11-5 10-12 11-4 11-7
S McGarvey/T A Tomainu beat M Humby/A Beverland 11-9 11-5
Tony Rutledge, Malcolm Wong and Tomos Christie travelled to this tournament which was held at the Simcox Stadium (Blenheim). Only 3 players came from Christchurch as the closure of the Kaikoura road meant a 6 hour trip to Blenheim instead of 4 hours previously. On Saturday there were 20 Men and 7 Women players. On Sunday there were 24 Boys and 5 Girls in the junior events. Results of Wellington players who reached finals are listed below. A tournament report was also published in the Marlborough Express.
Paul Op den Buysch (Nelson) won the Over 40 Men’s Singles against Tony Rutledge 3-2 (12-14 11-6 11-6 10-12 11-9). Paul had big leads in every game but had problems in finishing off Tony. Last years winner Mark Nalder (Nelson) lost in the first round to Alistair Naysmith (Nelson) who is an ex-Titan player. Derek Partridge (Canterbury) and Paul Op den Buysch won the Over 40 Men’s Doubles against Tony Rutledge and Warren Haszard (Marlborough) 3-1 (11-9 9-11 11-3 11-9).
Derek Partridge and Warren Haszard won the Over 50 Doubles against Malcolm Wong and Mark Nalder 3-1 (8-11 11-8 11-6 11-6).
Tony Rutledge retained the Over 60 Singles Title by beating Mark Nalder 3-1 (3-11 11-8 11-6 14-12). Both the semi finals went to 5 games. Tony Rutledge beat Alistair Naysmith 3-2 (11-7 13-15 8-11 11-3 11-4) and Mark Nalder beat Malcolm Wong 3-2 (12-10 11-8 10-12 11-13 11-3). Malcolm Wong and Mark Nalder won the Over 60 Doubles against Tony Rutledge and Peter Welsh (Marlborough) 3-2 (10-12 11-8 6-11 12-10 11-6).
Tomos Christie was runner up in the Under 13 Singles to Rory Osborne (Marlborough) 3-2 (5-11 12-10 10-12 11-7 14-12) and won the Under 15 Singles against the same opponent 3-1 (11-9 11-9 8-11 11-6).
Thanks to Chris Hood, Debbie Stratford and Daryl Jones from the Marlborough Association who ensured the tournament ran efficiently.
On the last weekend in April a larger than normal entry made for a very good tournament. Good support from locals and outsiders from many parts of the North Island made for an intriguing couple of days. Thanks to all players and tournament sponsors and for their support.