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Travel Report – 2018 Marlborough Open

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Over 50 and 60 Men’s Doubles Champions Mark Nalder and Malcolm Wong
Malcolm Wong was the only Wellington player at the Marlborough Open which was held at the Simcox Stadium (Blenheim). There were 37 males (15 juniors) and 8 females (3 juniors) entered. On the Saturday (12 May) Malcolm was runner up in the Over 60 Men’s Singles to Mark Nalder (Nelson) who won 3-1 (11-6 11-5 9-11 11-8) and losing semi finalist in the Over 50 Men’s Singles to Derek Partridge (Canterbury) who won 3-1. The other Over 50 Men’s Singles semi finals was won by Phil Osborne (N) who defeated last year’s winner Mark Nalder (N) 3-1. Derek Partridge won the Over 50 Men’s Singles final 11-7 11-7 11-7.

Mark Nalder/Malcolm Wong won the Over 60 Men’s Doubles defeating Pietro Cannata/Gary Basher (N) 3-0 (11-7 11-5 11-5) and the Over 50 Men’s Doubles defeating Warren Haszard (Marlborough)/Derek Partridge (C) 3-1 (14-12 12-14 11-5 11-8). It brings their doubles titles together to 22.

In the Over 40 events Daniel Astle (N) won 3 titles. The Singles defeating Paul Op den Buysch (N) 3-0 (11-7 11-5 11-7). The Men’s Doubles with Phil Osborne (N) defeating Paul Op den Buysch (N)/Derek Partridge (C) 3-1 (6-11 11-9 11-7 11-5). The Mixed Doubles with Mimi Walle (C) defeating Warren Haszard/Marion Wood (ML) 3-0.

A combined Women’s Over 40/50 Singles resulted in 1st Mimi Walle, 2nd Glenda Ferguson and 3rd Marion Wood.

In the Second Grade David Walle (C) won 3 titles. He defeated Jay Zhu (C) 3-0 (11-4 11-5 11-6) in the Men’s Singles. With Allan Villar (N) they won the Men’s Doubles against Paul Op den Buysch/ Derek Partridge 3-1 (11-9 9-11 12-10 11-9). With Glenda Ferguson (N) they won the Mixed Doubles against Rob Honour /Megan Stratford (ML) 3-0 (11-5 11-4 11-9 ). The Women’s Singles was won by Glenda Ferguson from Marion Wood in a round robin. The Women’s Doubles was won by Vanessa Wood-Lin /Hannah Smit (ML) defeating Glenda Ferguson/Marion Wood 3-2 (11-8 11-6 8-11 3-11 11-7).

A report was in the Marlborough mid week paper and report sent to Table Tennis Nelson.

Open final results are listed below.

Men’s Singles – Nathan Watson (M) beat Daniel Astle (N) 4-1 (11-6 11- 7 12- 10 5-11 11-8).

Men’s Doubles – Daniel Astle/Paul Op den Buysch (N) beat David Walle/Jay Zhu (C) 3-2 (11-8 2-11 10-12 11-5 11-6).

Women’s Singles – Not held

Women’s Doubles – Mimi Walle (C)/Megan Stratford (ML) beat Jacqui Wood/Marion Wood (M) 3-0 (11-6 11-4 11-8).

Mixed Doubles – David Walle/Mimi Walle (C) beat Daniel Astle (N)/Marion Wood (ML) 3-0 (11-6 11-6 15-13).

Thanks to Chris Hood and Debbie Stratford from the Marlborough Association who have run the tournament for many years. Chris was the 1984 Marlborough Open Men’s Singles Champion. He became a Table Tennis Marlborough Committee Member (1982) and has been Secretary since 2009. Chris has been on the Committee for 34 years. He had 4 years off late 1990s-2000s).

Debbie Stratford (nee Looms) was on the Table Tennis Marlborough Committee prior to Chris Hood. Debbie had a break when she had her 2 daughter and may have been on the committee for nearly 40 years.

Debbie Stratford has won 7 Marlborough Open Women’s Singles (1975-1981), 9 Women’s Doubles (1972-74 with Christine Cootes (ML), 1975-76 with Stephanie Bing (ML), 1978 with Ruth Lee (HV), 1979-80 with Julie Dawkins (ML), 1981 with Janet Johnson (ML)) and 2 Mixed Doubles (1978 with Wayne Adamson (C), 1979 with Michael Hamel (C).

Debbie won the 1981 North Island Women Singles and 5 North Island Junior Titles. The 1977 Under 18 Girls Singles, 2 Under 18 Girls Doubles (1976 with Stephanie Bing (ML), 1977 with Ruth Lee (HV) ), and the 2 Under 18 Mixed Doubles (1976-77 with Stuart Armstrong (C).

In the South Island Championships Debbie won 4 Women Singles (1978-81), 4 Women Doubles (1978-81 with Jan Morris (C) and the 1981 Mixed Doubles with Michael Hamel.

She won 16 South Island Junior Titles. 3 Under 18 Girls Singles (1975-77), 3 Under 18 Girls Doubles (1975 with Stephanie Bing (ML), 1976 with Mary-Jane Gardiner (ML) and 1977 with Ruth Lee (HV). 3 Under 18 Mixed Doubles with Stuart Armstrong (C). 2 Under 16 Girls Singles (1973 & 1975), 3 Under 16 Girls Doubles ( 1973-74 with Stephanie Bing (ML), 1975 with Katherine Bing (ML)), and 2 Under 16 Mixed Doubles (1974-75 with Stuart Armstrong (C).

Debbie was twice runner up the NZ Women Singles (1978 and 1981). She won the 1979 NZ Women’s Doubles (with Jan Morris (C)) and 7 NZ Junior Titles. The 1977 Under 18 Girls Singles, 2 Under 18 Girls Doubles (1972 with Linda Smith (BOP), 1977 with Ruth Lee (HV)), 1977 Under 18 Mixed Doubles (with Lloyd Richards (W), 1975 Under 16 Girls Singles, 1975 Girls Doubles (with Ruth Lee (HV)) and 1975 Mixed Doubles (with Stuart Armstrong (C).

Debbie was ranked 6 years in a row in the NZ Under 18 Girls Ranking List. She was 4th(1972-74), 2nd (1975), 3rd (1976) and 1st (1977). In the NZ Women Ranking List she was ranked 1976-81 and 1985. 7th (1976), 4th (1977, 1978, 1980) 2nd (1979), 1st (1981) and 3rd (1985). Debbie was 1975 Marlborough Sportsperson of the Year in recognition of her becoming the first Marlborough Player to win a individual NZ Table Tennis Title (Under 16 NZ Girls Singles). She was also 1975 NZ Junior of the Year.

In 1978 Debbie represented NZ at the first Oceania Championships (Individual events) held in Auckland and the Australian Open (Melbourne). She and Shelley Palmer were runner up the 1978 Oceania Women Doubles to Jan Morris and Angela Brackenridge. Debbie was in the 1979 NZ Invitation Team (with Jan Morris and Shelley Palmer) that defeated the touring NSW Women 5-4. Debbie was in the 1981 NZ Women’s Team (with Jan Morris (C), Angela Brackenridge (A) and Shelley Palmer (A)) at the NZ Summer Games in Auckland that finished 5th out of 6 teams. Debbie was selected for the 1982 Asian and Commonwealth Championships but withdrew because of a back injury. This injury caused Debbie to retire just as she was reaching her peak. She made a temporary cameback in 1985 and won 3 Titles at the Nelson Open. The Women Singles, Women Doubles with Sally McCulloch (ML) and Mixed Doubles with Jack Taylor (ML). Debbie also won the 1985 Wellington Open Women Singles and was runner up in the NZ Mixed Doubles with Barry Griffiths (Auckland).

– Malcolm Wong

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2018 NZ Chinese Easter Sports Tournament – Table Tennis

This was the 71st NZ Chinese Sports Tournament which is held in Wellington (30 March – 2 April). The table tennis was held at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie on Friday afternoon (30 March) from 1pm to 5pm. There were 6 Donic tables from the Newtown Stadium and 2 Hart tables from the ASB Stadium. Robert Chung was the Tournament Controller. Only the Men’s Teams were held as there was not the 3 centres entry required to hold the Women’s and Mixed Teams. Wellington won the overall Trophy with 23 points (13 official) from Auckland 7 points (4 official).

There were 12 Men’s Teams from Auckland (2), Canterbury (1), Hawke’s Bay (1) and Wellington (8). In the main draw there had a knockout format (2 person team) with each player playing 1 singles and a doubles (3 matches). The top 4 seeds had a bye in the first round. In Round 2 Hawke’s Bay (4th seeds) lost to Wellington 6 by 2-1 when they lost the doubles 2-0 (11-4 11-5). Hawke’s Bay also lost in the First Round of the Second Round Consolation to Wellington 3 when they lost the doubles 3-2 (11-7 13-11 6-11 7-11
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The first round consolation (round robin) was won by Wellington 7 (Dave Chan, Peter Hewitt). The second round consolation (knockout) was won by Wellington 3 (Norman Chan, Jason Zhao). The losing semi finalist were Wellington 6 (Wai Chung, Phil Chin) and Auckland 1 (Xiao Jin, Sarwindar Sandhu).

The final was between Wellington 1 (Yang Low, Min Su) and Wellington 2 (Malcolm Wong, Martin Young). In the opening match Min Su beat Martin Young 3-2 (8-11 11-8 11-8 7-11 11-6). Then Yang Low defeated Malcolm Wong 3-0 (11-5 11-1 11-5). The doubles was won by Yang Low/Min Su 3-1 (11-9 11-5 6-11 11-5). A 3-0 win to Wellington 1 who received trophies for winning the tournament.

Thanks to the organisers, Robert Chung, Malcolm Wong and Lisa Yue. Also thanks to Martin Young who transported barriers and flip charts from the Empire Club. There were 6 tables, barriers, flip charts and stands for the flip charts from the Newtown Stadium. Members from the Tournament Committee with Robert Chung and Malcolm Wong were involved in setting up the table tennis area on Thursday night (29 March). These people with Martin Young helped to dismantle the area at the end of the tournament.

Seeds Teams Players
1 Wellington 1 Min Su, Yang Low
2 Auckland 1 Xiao Jin, Sarwindar Sandhu
3 Wellington 2

Malcolm Wong, Martin Young)

4 Hawke’s Bay Tony Law, Hayden Wong
5 Wellington 3 Norman Chan, Jason Zhao
6 Wellington 4 Stan Joe, Yiming Li
  Auckland 2 Kevin Chung, Peter Cheng
  Wellington 5 Aaron Lan, Jordan Chan
  Wellington 6 Wai Chung, Peter Chin
  Wellington 7 Dave Chan, Peter Hewitt
  Wellington 8 Owen Su, Tristan Tong
  Canterbury Tony Ng, Phil Joe

Results – Main Draw (Knockout)

Round 1 Wgtn 3 v Cant 3-0
  Wgtn 6 v Auck 2 3-0
  Wgtn 5 v Wgtn 7       

3-0

  Wgtn 4 v Wgtn 8        2-1, Owen Su (Wgtn 8) beat Stan Joe
Round 2 Wgtn 1 v Wgtn 3        3-0
  Wgtn 6 v HB   2-1, Wai Chung (Wgtn 6) beat Hayden Wong
  Wgtn 2 v Wgtn 5 3-0
  Auck 1 v Wgtn 4 2-1
Semi Finals Wgtn 1 v Wgtn 6 3-0
  Wgtn 2 v Auck 1 2-1, Xiao Jin (Auck 1) beat Martin Young
Final Wgtn 1 v Wgtn 2 3-0
Third Place Wgtn 6 v Auck 1 2-1

First Round Consolation (Round Robin)

Round 1 Wgtn 7 v Cant 2-1
  Wgtn 8 v Auck 2 3-0
Round 2 Wgtn 7 v Auck 2 3-0
  Cant v Wgtn 8 3-0, default
Round 3 Wgtn 7 v Wgtn 8 3-0, default
  Cant v Auck 2 3-0

1st – Wellington 7
2nd – Canterbury
3rd – Wellington 8
4th – Auckland 2

Second Round Consolation (Knockout)

Round 1 Wgtn 3 v HB 2-1, Norman Chan (Wgtn 3) beat Tony Law
  Wgtn 4 v Wgtn 5 3-0
Final Wgtn 3 v Wgtn 4 3-0

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Umpiring & Jim Jarmin’s 50 Year Umpiring Service Award

Table Tennis NZ has a page on the Umpires & Referees Committee check it out if you’re curious or interesting in progressing your umpiring skills.  There’s a lot of good material up there.  You may or may not know that when Malcolm Wong turns up at at tournaments like the recent Autumn open that while he might pick up his bat and play – he is also there in a more official capacity.  Malcolm is indeed an International Umpire and a National Referee!

Malcolm is also the TTNZ Umpires and Referees Committee Convenor so has work in between tournaments too.  For example.

Malcolm travelled to Palmerston North last September to present Jim Jarmin with his 50 Year Umpiring Service Award (1967-2017).

Jim was born in Manchester, England.  He started playing table tennis at the age of 19 in Birmingham.  In 1966 Jim moved to New Zealand where he joined the Mount Albert Table Tennis Club in Auckland and qualified as a provincial umpire that same year.  Jim later moved to Palmerston North in 1980.  He has served on the TTNZ Umpires and Referees Committee and the Table Tennis Manawatu Committee and was also a founder member of the Manawatu Table Tennis Veterans Club.  Jim was awarded Life Membership of Table Tennis Manawatu (14/11/2014).  Jim, with Chip Eade (Waitemata), won the NZ Men’s Over 45 Doubles in 2005 and the Over 65 Men’s Doubles in both 2005 & 2006.  He was selected for the NZ Men’s Over 70 Team in the veterans test against Australia in 2008.  Jim said his proudest achievement was winning the 2014 World Veterans Consolation Men’s Doubles with Werner Krafft (Australia).

The 18th Manawatu Veterans Doubles Tournament, sponsored by Himatangi Transport, was held on the same day as Jim’s award.  There was a morning session (62 entries) where players played with their selected partners (6 groups round robin). In the afternoon session (58 entries) players were matched with another player (6 groups round robin). Prizes were given for the first and second place pairs in the morning and to the first place pair in the afternoon. Players came from Wanganui. Stratford, Taumarunui, Edgecumbe, Hawke’s Bay and Wellington. Only Tony Rutledge came from Wellington. He played in the morning session. Former Waterloo player, Ian White (83), who now lives in Levin also played.

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Jim Jarmin receiving his umpiring service award from Malcolm Wong (Sep 2017)
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Ian White at the Manawatu Veterans Doubles Tournament.

-Malcolm Wong & Matthew Hobbs

Blast from the past – 1967, 50 Years ago

By Malcolm Wong

The 1967 Wellington Men’s Team won the Kean Shield (Inter Association Men’s A Grade Teams) at the New Zealand Championships held in Wanganui.

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1967 Wellington Men’s team to NZ Championships. L/R: Denis Thorner, Murray Borlase (captain), Ivan Houghton (manager), Harrison Waterhouse, Barry Cross.

New Zealand A Grade Men’s Team (Kean Shield).

1st - Wellington Men	4 wins 1 loss 

v Canterbury    won 9-2
v Hutt Valley   won 9-2
v Auckland      won 6-5
v Northland     lost 4-7
v Otago         won 8-3

Wellington narrowly won from Auckland with both teams having a 4 win 1 loss record, Wellington won 36 matches to Auckland’s 35. This was the 9th time Wellington had won the Kean Shield. Previously Wellington had won in 1940,1941,1946,1954,1961-64. Murray Dunn (Trojan Club) has been in the most winning team (5) in 1954 and 1961-64. He was the team captain in all 5 teams. The 1967 team is the last Wellington Men’s Team to win the Kean Shield.

Murray Borlase and Denis Thorner had been in the Wellington Team to the NZ Championships since 1964 which was the previous time the Kean Shield was won. Harrison Waterhouse was selected in 1965 and Barry Cross in 1966.

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1961 Murray Borlase and Denis Thorner

Murray Borlase (Onslow Club) was a top Hutt Valley Junior, as was Denis Thorner and Barry Cross. They all started playing at the Upper Hutt Club. They moved to Epuni and then the Silverstream Club and played Hutt Valley interclub for both clubs. They had moved to the stronger Wellington Interclub competition once they had left the juniors. Murray had won the Wellington Under 16 Boys Singles (1959), Wellington Secondary Schools Singles (1960) and Hutt Valley Boys Singles (1961). Also the 1959 NZ Under 16 Boys Doubles and the 1961 NZ Under 18 Boys Doubles with Denis Thorner.

Murray represented Onslow (1963-68) in Wellington Interclub and the Wellington Team (1964-68). He was the top ranked Wellington Man (1965 & 1967). The 1964 Team ( with Murray Dunn, Ron Foster and Denis Thorner) won the NZ Men’s A Grade Team Competition. He was the Onslow Club Singles Champion (1964,1966-68). In 1969 Murray joined the Empire Club and played in the Hutt Valley A Grade Competition. Murray was in the 1969 Empire team (with Warren Evans and Joan Brown) that won the Hutt Valley A Grade Competition. He won 26 out of 27 interclub matches played. He was the Empire Club Singles Champion (1969-70) and represented the Hutt Valley Men’s Team at the NZ Championships (1969-70). He was ranked 7 times on the NZ Men’s list (1964-70) with a highest ranking of 3rd (1967). He won 19 Open Men’s Singles Titles.
Manawatu (1963,1964,1965,1966,1968), Wellington (1965,1966,1968), Marlborough (1965,1967), North Taranaki (1966,1967), Wairarapa (1969,1971), Bush (1968), Hawkes Bay (1969), Hutt Valley (1966), Kapiti (1970) and Wanganui (1964).

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1964 Wellington Men’s Team to NZ Championships. Kean Shield winners. Dick Moffat (Manager), Ron Foster, Murray Borlase, Murray Dunn, Denis Thorner.

Murray won the 1967 North Island Men’s Singles and the 1970 South Island Men’s Doubles with Denis Thorner. He reached the semi finals of the 1967 NZ Men’s Singles losing to Stuart Gibbs (England). He had knocked out the 1966 Singles Champion Bryan Foster (Otago) in the quarter finals. Murray represented NZ against England (1967) in the 5th and final test at Wanganui where he and Alan Tomlinson played the singles, and Murray with Gary Few the doubles. England won 5-0. He was also in the NZ team to the1968 SEAPATT Tournament in Melbourne, Australia. He died at the age of 61 in 2005.

Harrison Waterhouse (Victoria University Club) was a top Bay of Plenty Junior. He started playing at primary school at the Tauranga Table Tennis Club. In 1961 he won the Bay of Plenty Under 16 Boys Singles, and also the Franklin and Rotorua Boys Singles. Harrison won the Waitako Boys Singles (1962) and in 1963 the Bay of Plenty, Hamilton and Northland Under 18 Boys Singles and the North Shore and Thames Valley Boys Singles. Also the 1964 Wanganui Boys Singles. He won the 1961 NZ Under 16 Boy’s Doubles with Peter Salmon and the 1962 & 1963 NZ Under 18 Mixed Doubles with Dawn Wade. Harrison also played cricket and represented Bay of Plenty Colts as a batsman while at high school.

Harrison represented Victoria University (1964-69) in Wellington Interclub and the Wellington Team (1965-69). He was the top ranked Wellington Man (1966,1968,1969). He was ranked 5 times on the NZ Men’s List (1965-69) with a highest ranking of 4th (1968). He was undefeated in 72 matches in Wellington Interclub (1965-67) which was second only to Murray Dunn who won 97 consecutive matches (1962-64). Harrison was NZ University Men’s Singles Champion (1964-66) and Men’s Doubles (1964-65 with Barry Cross and 1966 with Barry Coley). His Victoria University Team (with Barry Cross, Barry Coley, Robert Armstrong, Maeve O’Flynn, Cusha Roberts) won the NZ University Team Title in 1965. He was selected for the 1966 NZ University Team that toured Australia where he won the Australian University’s Men’s Singles and Mixed Doubles with Margaret Bridson. He was awarded a Victoria University Sporting Blue for Table Tennis for 3 successive years (1964-66). Harrison was twice awarded a New Zealand University Sporting Blue for Table Tennis (1965 & 1966). He was in the 1967 Victoria University Team (with Barry Cross and Peter Hall) that won the Wellington A Grade Interclub competition. Harrison won the Open Men’s Singles at Wanganui (1967), Marlborough (1968), Hutt Valley (1969) and Wellington (1969).

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1966 NZ University Team to Australia. Harrison Waterhouse (VUW), Susan Craw (LC), Peter Salmon (AU), Margaret Bridson (AU), Barry Cross (VUW), Patricia Otway (OU), Doug Stewart (Manager). Front – Barry Coley (VUW).

Harrison defeated Alan Tomlinson 3-1 in the 1966 NZ Men’s Singles quarter finals and lost to the winner Bryan Foster in the semi finals 21-7 21-10 4-21 10-21 21-15. He was runner up in the NZ Men’s Doubles with Barry Cross to Gary Few and Murray Dunn 3-1. He represented NZ at the 1967 World Championships in Stockholm (Sweden). He lost in the 2nd round of the Men’s Singles to Istvan Jonyer (Hungary) 18-21 22-24 22-24. Istvan would win the World Championship Men’s Singles in 1975. With Murray Dunn they lost in the 3rd Round of the Men’s Doubles to Antun Stipancic/Dragutin Surbek (Yugoslavia) 21-14 21-16 21-8. Their opponents would win the World Championship Men’s Doubles in1979. Harrison retired from table tennis after 1969 due to work commitments.

Barry Cross (Victoria University Club) was the only defensive player in the team. He won the 1961 Manawatu Boys Singles, Wellington Under 16 and 18 Boys Singles and the Wellington Secondary Schools Boys Singles. He won the Hutt Valley Boys Singles (1962 & 1964) and Wellington Under 18 Boys Singles (1962). Barry won the 1961 NZ Under 16 Boy’s Singles and the 1962 & 1963 NZ Under 18 Boy’s Doubles with Gary Stewart (Wanganui).

Barry represented Victoria University (1963-67) and the Technical Club Team (1971) in Wellington Interclub. He was in the Wellington Team (1966-67, 1971) and ranked 5 times on the Wellington Men’s list with a highest ranking of 3rd (1967 & 1971). He was ranked 3 times on the NZ Men’s List with a highest ranking of 6th (1972). His Victoria University Team won the NZ University Teams Title (1965). He won the NZ University Men’s Doubles with Harrison Waterhouse (1964-65) and Mixed Doubles with Maeve O’Flynn (1965). He was twice awarded a Victoria University Sporting Blue for Table Tennis in 1964 and 1965. Barry was selected for the 1966 NZ University Team that toured Australia. He returned to the Hutt Valley interclub in 1968 and played for Petone Catholic. In 1971 he played for Technical in Wellington Interclub. Barry won the 1967 Wellington Open Men’s Singles. Also the 1968 Hutt Valley Open Men’s Singles where he beat Harrison Waterhouse in the Semi-finals 21-19 21-19 21-13 and Murray Borlase in the Final 21-18 12-21 21-18 23-21. Barry with Harrison Waterhouse won 8 Provincial Open Doubles Titles, including Hutt Valley (1967 & 1968) and Wellington (1967 &1969).

While at Teachers College in Christchurch (1972) Barry played for the Avonside team (with Maurice Burrowes and Graham Rhind). He won 33 out of 36 singles in Canterbury interclub which was only equalled by John Armstrong. He won the South Island Men’s Singles in Dunedin that year, beating Ling Nan Ming 3-2. Barry captained the 1972 South Island Men’s Team in the match against the North Island. Barry with (Ling Nan Ming, Loke Sim Wong, John Armstrong and Neville Brightwell) was in the 1972 Canterbury Men’s Team that won the Kean Shield (NZ Men’s A Grade Teams) for the first time. He moved to Levin in 1973 and stopped playing table tennis as there was no interclub there.

Barry ran the Rotorua Marathon 4 times (1985-8). Barry, at age 40, started playing outdoor bowls at the Central Levin Club and later moved to the Levin Club. He won the Centre Levin Club Singles (1999), Pairs (1992, 1995-96, 1998-99), Triples (1993) and Fours (1992,1995-99). He won the Levin Club Men’s Singles (2012), Men’s Pairs (2011 & 2013), Men’s Triple (2003) and Men’s Fours (2002). Barry was a Kapiti Coast Bowling Centre Representative. He won the Kapiti Coast Singles (1996), Pairs (1993 & 1995), Triples (1996 & 1999), Champion of Champions Pairs (1993 & 1995) and Triples (1993). He was awarded the Kapiti Coast Bowling Centre Gold Star (1996) for winning 5 Centre Titles.

Denis Thorner (Colonial Mutual Life Club) won the 1959 NZ Under 16 Boy’s Doubles with Murray Borlase. Also the 1961 NZ Under 18 Boy’s Singles, Boy’s Doubles (with Murray Borlase) and Mixed Doubles (with Neti Davis). Unseeded he beat Murray Borlase in the semi finals and Harrison Waterhouse in the final to win the 1961 NZ Under 18 Boys Singles held at Lower Hutt. Denis was the 1963 Onslow Club Singles Champion. He was in the 1965 Johnsonville Team (with Ron Foster and Ken Howe) and the 1966 & 1968 Colonial Mutual Life Team (with Ron Foster, Alan Harrington and Ray Foster) that won the Wellington A Grade interclub competition. He was ranked 5 times on the Wellington Men’s list and had a NZ Men’s ranking of 9th (1969). He represented Onslow (1963), Philips (1964), Johnsonville (1965), Colonial Mutual Life Club (1966-68) in Wellington Interclub and Wellington (1964-68). In 1969 he returned to the Silverstream Club and played in the Hutt Valley Interclub Competition and was a Hutt Valley Men’s Representative (1969-70).

Denis won the Open Men’s Singles at Wanganui (1962), Bush (1964), Wairarapa (1970), Kapiti (1971) and Northern Hawkes Bay (1971).  Denis with Murray Borlase won 18 Provincial Open Men’s Doubles Titles, which included Wellington (1964) and Hutt Valley (1965 &1966). Denis later ran for Trentham United Harrier (1978-83) until an archilles injury ended his running. He ran 10 marathons, winning Mangaroa (1979) and Hastings (1982). Denis had a best time of 2 hours 29 minutes at Rotorua (1983).

Ivan Houghton (Manager) was a former Wellington Men’s Representative to the NZ Championships (1954 &1955). The 1954 Team (with Murray Dunn, John Crossley, John Sigley, Colin Shewan and Tony Darroch) won the Kean Shield. He was a defensive player and was playing A Grade for the Onslow Club in 1967 (8th on the Wellington Men’s Ranking List). He played A Grade until 1979. Ivan played for the Onslow Club (1947-56, 1962-75). He was in Hamilton (1957-60) and the Wairarapa (1960-61). Ivan played for the Titan Club (1976-1985). He was in the 1975 Onslow A Team (with Frank Beasley, Dick Moffat and Lloyd Richards) that won the Wellington A Grade Interclub Competition. He won the Onslow Club Championship Singles 6 times (1951,1952,1956,1962,1965,1971).

Ivan was one of the main workers for Wellington acquiring its own stadium in Newtown (1972) and was instrumental in setting up the Titan Club to increase the stadium’s use. Ivan became a Provincial Table Tennis Umpire (1955) and a International Table Tennis Umpire (1980). He was on the NZ Table Tennis Executive Committee (1964), Wellington Association Committee (1956, 1962-1973, 1977-81, 1983,1994-96) and Onslow Club Committee (1952-56, 1962-77). Ivan was the Wellington Table Tennis Association President and Chairperson (1964-69, 1977-81, 1983) and Treasurer (1994-96). He was Onslow Club President (1974-1999). Ivan was made a Life Member of the Wellington Table Tennis Association (1973) and the Onslow Table Tennis Club (1983). He was also involved in tennis and was a long time committee member of the Khandallah Club, Wellington Association and NZ Tennis. He was a Life Member of the Khandallah Tennis Club, Wellington Junior Tennis Association and the NZ Tennis Umpires Association. Ivan died in at the age of 67 in November 1999.

Information in this report was provided by Robert Armstrong, Susan Barlow, Barry Cross, Robin Radford, Denis Thorner, Harrison Waterhouse, Empire Table Tennis Club, England Table Tennis News, Kapiti Coast Bowling Centre, Levin Bowling Club, NZ University Sports, Onslow Table Tennis Club, The Alexander Turnbull Library, The Salient (Victoria University Student Newspaper), TTNZ Annual Reports, TTNZ Website and Wellington Table Tennis Association Annual Reports.

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1967 NZ Team in England – Harrison Waterhouse is third from left
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NZ Mixed Team to South East Asia Pacific Area
Table Tennis Championships Melbourne Australia
L/R back: Dawn Wade, Murray Borlase, Cathy Tadema
front: Alan Tomlinson (captain), Alan McCallum (manager)
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Denis Thorner, Murray Borlase, Warren Evans, Hone Ridley
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Denis Thorner running in the 1980 Auckland marathon

Manawatu Open – Wellington Results

Some Wellington results from the recent Manwatu Open held up the road…

  • Lisa Yue (with Jessia Macaskill (WK)) won the Women’s Doubles.
  • James Harter (with Mark Page (WK)) runners-up in the Men’s Doubles.
  • Lisa Yue & Sean Hanson runners-up in the Mixed Doubles.
  • Yau Yang Low and Depak Patel won B Grade Combined Doubles.
  • Yau Yang Low was runner up in B Grade Men’s Singles
  • Subhash Batra won the Over 50 Singles.
  • Subhash Batra (with Janice Kent (HB)) won the Over 50 doubles.
  • Subhash Batra won & Depak Patel was runner up in the Over 40 Singles.
  • Depak Patel was runner up in Over 30 Singles
  • Sean Hanson was runner up in Under 30 Singles
  • Yufeng Wang won the Under 11 Combined Singles.
  • Mei Mun Teh was runner-up in the Under 13 Girls’ Singles.
  • Emma Hanson was runner-up in the Under 18 Girls’ Singles.
  • Toshiaki Yasuda was runner-up in the Under 18 Boys’ Singles.
  • James Harter (with Mark Page (WK)) won the Under 30s doubles.

The full results are listed here.

 

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).

Travel Report: 2017 Nelson Open (24-25 June)

Report from Malcolm Wong

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Ben Collins (Men’s Singles winner) and Jason Granville (Runner up)
There were 43 players on Saturday and 23 juniors on the Sunday. The juniors were up significantly due to the coaching programme carried out by Gordon Stackhouse and Alistair Naysmith. A report on the tournament is attached.

In the Men’s Singles Ben Collins and Jason Granville meet in the final. In a high quality match with many good rallies Ben’s attack was able to overcome the mid range defence of Jason. Ben prevailed 4-2 (8-11 11-6 11-9 12-10 10-12 11-6). These two won the Men’s Doubles against Daniel Astle and Paul Op den Buysch (Nelson) 3-2 (9-11 11-8
9-11 11-8 11-6).

Malcolm Wong, with Mark Nalder (Nelson), were runner up in the Over 50 Doubles against Gregg Davey and Derek Partridge (Canterbury) 0-3 (7-11 4-11 9-11). Malcolm and Mark won the Over 60 Doubles final against Alistair Naysmith and Gary Basher (Nelson) 3-0 (11-8 11-9 11-9).

Ex Titan player Alistair Naysmith won the Over 60 and Over 70 Singles, and the Over 70 Doubles. He beat Mark Wilson (Canterbury) in the Over 60 Singles final 3-1 (7-11 11-7 11-9 15-13) and he beat Gary Basher in the Over 70 Singles 3-0 (11-3 11-7 11-2). Alistair and Gary Basher won the Over 70 Doubles (Round Robin).

Thanks to the Nelson Table Tennis people involved in running the tournament and the cafeteria.

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Mark Nalder, Malcolm Wong (Over 60 Doubles winners), Alistair Naysmith, Gary Basher (Runner up)

Attached: Nelson Open Table Tennis Tournament 2017 Report

Marlborough Table Tennis Open Travel Report (May 13-14, 2017)

A travel report from Malcolm Wong

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Over 60 Singles Semi Finalist Alistair Naysmith, Tony Rutledge, Malcolm Wong and Mark Nalder

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.

– Malcolm Wong

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.

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”

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)”

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)”

2015 Tauranga Travel Report

Malcolm Wong flew up to Tauranga Thursday afternoon (10 September) to run an umpiring Course that night. There were 5 attendees. Simon Gallear (Regional) and Max Henderson (Junior) were successful in qualifying as umpires. Two other juniors passed the written junior exam, of which one has passed the oral exam.

On Friday Malcolm umpired matches in the New Zealand Community Trust Aims Games, including the Girl’s Team Final and the Boy’s Doubles Final. In the weekend he was one of the Referees for the Bay of Plenty Open and Veterans Tournament. He won the D Grade Doubles with Xavier Lea.

Tauranga Umpires Course. Simon Gallear (New Regional Umpire), Malcolm Wong (Umpire Course Trainer) and Max Henderson (New Junior Umpire).
Tauranga Umpires Course.
Simon Gallear (New Regional Umpire), Malcolm Wong (Umpire Course Trainer) and Max Henderson (New Junior Umpire).
Junior Girl’s Team Winners - Tauranga Intermediate. Jasmine Young, Abby Nyhoff, Paige Edelston, Jordan-Lee Munroe-Grennell and Malcolm Wong (Umpire).
Junior Girl’s Team Winners – Tauranga Intermediate.
Jasmine Young, Abby Nyhoff, Paige Edelston, Jordan-Lee Munroe-Grennell and Malcolm Wong (Umpire).
Aims Game Boy’s Doubles Finalist.  Silver - Sang-Yong Park, Zakery McKellar (Cobham Intermediate),  Malcolm Wong (Umpire), Gold - Nathan Xu, Thomas Liang (Wairau Intermediate).
Aims Game Boy’s Doubles Finalist.
Silver – Sang-Yong Park, Zakery McKellar (Cobham Intermediate),
Malcolm Wong (Umpire), Gold – Nathan Xu, Thomas Liang (Wairau Intermediate).

– Malcolm Wong

Travel Report – 2015 Nelson Open

Earlier Malcolm Wong and a few others from Wellington went to the Nelson Open this year and Malcolm kindly filed a report.

Malcolm Wong, with Mark Nalder (Nelson), won the Over 50 and 60 Men’s Doubles and they were runner up in the Over 40 Men’s Doubles. Malcolm reached the semi finals of the Over 50 and Over 60 Men’s Singles. In his Over 50 Men’s Singles Group Malcolm beat the Over 50 and Over 60 Men’s Singles winner Mark Nalder 3-2 (13-11 11-5 13-15 7-11 11-1). His third win over Mark. The first was in the 2005 Marlborough Open Over 50 Men’s Singles final. Malcolm first played in the Nelson Open in 1998 where he won the Over 35 Mixed Doubles with Ulrike Kusche (Canterbury) and the Over 40 Men’s Doubles with Joachim Kusche (Canterbury). His sole singles title there was winning the 2011 Nelson Open Over 50 Men’s Singles.

Ben Collin’s reached the semi finals of the Men’s Singles where he lost to the eventual winner Yi Sien Lin (Canterbury) in a tough seven game struggle. Lin won 9-11 11-4 9-11 11-4 11-5 7-11 11-8. Winners and runner ups of events are attached.

There were 39 entries, which was up from last years total of 31. Thanks to the organisers, Robin Knight and Michael Holmes (Tournament Controllers), Paul Op den Buysch (Xpand2play), Kay Hazeldine (Certificates and Finance) and Glenda Ferguson (Finance). Also to the Cafeteria Ladies, Karen Holmes, Katharine Ritchie, Noelene Wells, Debbie Watson and Dianne Watson. Photos are on the TTNZ photo archives.

Malcolm Wong (International Umpire) ran an umpiring course on the Sunday (14 June). Congratulations to Paul Op den Buysch, Katie Roddis and Ashley Windsor who qualified as Regional Umpires.

-Malcolm Wong
Full result listing: 2015 Nelson Open Results
TTNZ photos: here

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Hui-Ling Vong Selected for Oceania Junior Championships & Cadet Challenge!

TTNZ has announced New Zealand representative teams for several upcoming events…

Congraulations to Hui-Ling Vong for her selection in the Oceania Junior Championships & Cadet Challenge Girls Team!
This is scheduled for May 12-17.

This will be held in Tarawa, Kiribati which roughly is here:
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… and it looks amazing!

Best of luck to you Hui-Ling from everyone.

2014 Nelson Open (27-28 September)

While I’m on a roll with posts tonight, here is a backlog travel report of the earlier Nelson Open:

Malcolm Wong won the Over 60 Men’s Doubles (with Mark Nalder) and was runner up in the Over 60 Mixed Doubles (with Glenda Ferguson) and Over 50 Men’s Doubles (with Mark Nalder). Malcolm has now won titles at the Nelson Open for 10 consecutive years. This win takes his Nelson Open titles to 21 and is his 13th title with Mark Nalder.

This tournament was late in the season and entries were low (31). The event was held in the weekend before the NZ Open Championships. So an earlier date will probably result in more entries. The tournament report is attached.

Thanks to the organisers, Robin Knight and Michael Holmes (Tournament Controllers), Paul Op den Buysch (Xpand2play), Kay Hazeldine (Certificates and Finance) and Rebecca Nesbitt (Finance). Also to the Cafeteria Ladies, Karen Holmes, Katharine Ritchie and Noelene Wells. More photos of the players are on the TTNZ photo archives.

Over 60 Men’s Doubles finalist. Alan Alabaster, Brian Wilson (Runner up), Malcolm Wong, Mark Nalder (Winners). Malcolm and Mark won 3-2 (6-11 11-9 11-8 9-11 11-8)
Over 60 Men’s Doubles finalist.
Alan Alabaster, Brian Wilson (Runner up), Malcolm Wong, Mark Nalder (Winners).
Malcolm and Mark won 3-2 (6-11 11-9 11-8 9-11 11-8)

– Malcolm Wong

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

Gold Rush for Wellington Players in veteran events at Manawatu Open

Ian Talbot won 4 golds and 1 silver medal, and Lindsay Ward 3 golds and 1 silver medal at the tournament on Sunday, 6 July. Lindsay Ward won the Over 40 Singles against Ireland Over 50 Representative and former Wellington player Keld Jaksland 3-2 (11-6 11-8 8-11 6-11 11-3) and the Over 50 Singles against Ian Talbot 3-0 (11-7 11-9 11-4). Ian Talbot won the Over 60 Singles against Dave Scott (Waitako) 3-1 (12-10 9-11 11-5 11-6).

Ian Talbot was the doubles king, wining the Over 40, 50 and 60 Doubles. He won the Over 40 Doubles with Stewart Hickford (Manawatu) against Lindsay Ward and Harry Chen 3-1 (7-11 11-7 11-5 11-8). Ian and Lindsay Ward won the Over 50 Doubles against Russell Winkley (Hawkes Bay) and Brian McConnochie 3-0 (11-6 11-7 11-3). Ian and Brian McConnochie won the Over 60 Doubles against Robert Dunn (North Harbour) and Dave Scott (Waitako) 3-2 (7-11 11-9 11-8 7-11 11-8).

Ian Talbot and Lindsay Ward
Ian Talbot and Lindsay Ward

– Malcolm Wong

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