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)”→
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 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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
Men’s B Grade Teams
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.
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.
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).
From Malcolm who was in Auckland as an official at the 2014 World Vets in May.
Over 1600 players completed in the 17th World Veteran Championships held in the Trusts Arena (Henderson) in West Auckland. A great experience in the largest table tennis tournament to be held in New Zealand and an excellent venue. There were many volunteers that helped to make the tournament run successfully. Access to the Stadium was only allowed on Friday 9 May at 9 pm and volunteers worked until 5am to lay down the Stag Flooring. Also the tables that were put up to allow the players to practice in the weekend were taken down for the opening ceremony on Sunday night and then were put back up which took to midnight.
I was a Table Manager (Monday and Tuesday) for group play in singles and doubles where 59 tables were used. Then i umpired from Thursday to Saturday. I umpired the Over 50 Women Singles final and the Over 60 Men’s Doubles final on Saturday afternoon. I was also the counter for a expedite match in the Over 75 Men’s Singles Final which was the last match to finish.
A number of Wellington players qualified for the main draw in the Men’s Singles. They were Heath Murdoch (Over 40), Chris Talbot (Over 50), Ian Talbot (Over 60), Merv Allardyce (Over 80) and Eddie Moore (Over 80). Eddie Moore was the only player to win a match in the main draw when he beat Ichimura Saburo (Japan) 3-0. Chris and Ian Talbot qualified for the main draw in the Over 50 Men’s Doubles where they lost a close match 2-3. Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore were runner up in the Over 80 Men’s Doubles Consolation Final.
Thanks to Terry Cockfield who supplied me with the photo of the group of umpires and of Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore playing a doubles match.
Wellington took a squad of 8 players to the New Zealand Junior Nationals this year and every member came home with a medal!
The Under 18 team of Chun-Kiet Vong, Gareth Telfer, Ben Westenra and Ian Wang started their campaign with a grading match against Waikato to try and qualify for the A grade. They fought hard but were beaten 4:1 in the contest. Chun-Kiet won the only singles match. They then moved on to compete in the B grade getting through to the final before going down very closely 3:4 to Auckland 3. Chun-Kiet did exceptionally well winning 100% of his singles matches in B grade!
The Under 15 Team of Frank Fu, Sean Hanson and Adam Xiong did very well in the A grade. They topped there side of the group with wins over North Harbour 5:2, Auckland 2 5:2 and Northland 7:0. In the semi Final they accounted for their local rivals Manawatu 5:2. The final was against Auckland 1 who proved to be too strong however Adam raised his game to beat Roger Wang (one of Auckland’s best) to save us a from a white wash and result of 1:4. No other teams got a match off Auckland 1.
Hui-Ling Vong ended up as a draft player in two teams. Cook Islands in the under 13’s and North Harbour in the under 15’s. She was the star player in both teams. The Cook Islands team finished in 3rd place and Hui-Ling then enjoyed the extra support from the Cook Islands players and families for the rest of the tournament! North harbour finished 2nd in a round robin competition with Auckland, Canterbury and New Caledonia. Auckland won, but not before Hui-Ling took a very well fought win over her long time rival Nai Xin from Auckland (for the 1st time!) The teams events concluded with medals all round. It was a great effort and an outstanding result.
Thanks must go out to Hayden Tapp who assisted me with enthusiasm and quality in his coaching role and to Gabrielle Telfer for her management and cooking skills. Everyone was well fed and on time to every event. Also a mention to Sophie Telfer for her help to us all and to Till Armbruster (The Telfer’s homestay student) who unfortunately couldn’t play for us, but was a great team member, camera operator and hitting partner for the rest of the team.
You may have heard the news at summer interclub but for the record Hui-Ling Vong had great success at the recent ITTF Oceania Hopes Challenge event in Melbourne.
The Oceania Hopes Challenge concluded [April 6] in Melbourne with Yang Lun Zhao (Waikato) and Hui-Ling Vong (Wellington) winning both the boys and girls event for New Zealand. Yang Lun and Hui-Ling comfortably won all their matches
As winners of the Oceania Hopes Challenge Hui-Ling and Yang Lun will be invited to participate in the ITTF Hopes Week and Challenge at the Werner Schlager in Vienna, Austria from the 9th to 16th June 2013.
From the ITTF Oceania Hopes site: The ITTF-Oceania Hopes Challenge is a talent identification tournament targeted for athletes aged 11 and 12 Years Old (Born in 2001/02). 2013 is the first year in which the event will be held.
The ITTF story is here – check this out.
No doubt Hui-Ling has some stories to tell you from her exciting trip so feel free to ask lots of questions on Wednesday nights for the next 4 weeks until the end of summer interclub!
The annual Wellington vs. Manawatu team challenge took place on September 15th. This year Wellington travelled up to Palmerston North (we alternate) and congratulations to all players who took part. Wellington won overall 5-2 with the overall team result summary below:
The #1 Team won 10-4 (Hayden Tapp, Callum Rusbridge, Catherine Zhou)
Under 18s lost 4-7 (Frank Fu, Gareth Telfer, Ellen Xiong)
Under 15s won 13-1 (Ben Westenra, Charlie Waddy, Sean Hanson)
under 13s won 10-4 (Adam Xiong, Chris Linton, Abram Goh)
Vets #1 won 9-5 (Bryan McConnochie, Ian Talbot, Depak Patel)
Vets #2 won 11-0 (Sabine Westenra, Raewyn Young, Paul Solt)
Vets #3 lost 3-8 (Malcolm Wong, Kevin Haines, Roger Watkin)
Manawatu have posted detailed results for each match-up on their website.
There were 72 competitors at the Saxton Stadium (Stoke) in Nelson for the South Island Open earlier in August. There were 12 tables (where normally there were 8) to meet TTNZ requirements. This meant that the playing area (per table) was smaller than usual, which made defensive play difficult. Later in the day the playing area was widened for finals. Results are on the TTNZ website (with photos here) or from Table Tennis Nelson with the results document posted here.
Much thanks to Donny Harris and Paul Op Den Buysch for all their long hours of work in collating the entries and entering them on the computer. Also to the volunteers (Alan Cuthbert, Graeme Mathieson, David Watson and Malcolm Wong) who set up the playing area on the Friday before the tournament. Considerable time was required as the Table Tennis Nelson Butterfly Tables were taken down, the playing area cleaned and the Stag Tables set up. There is a significant cost to Table Tennis Nelson in using the Stag Tables as they had to pay the freight cost for transporting them to the venue and then returning them to Table Tennis NZ.
Thanks to the tournament organisers for all their hard work in making this a well run tournament. Joachim Kusche (Referee), Henry Redmond (Tournament Manager), Donny Harris and Paul Op den Boysch (Tournament Controllers), and Kay Hazeldine (TTN Secretary). Great scheduling meant play finished at 6.00 pm (Sat) and 5.00pm (Sun). The cafeteria was well run by Karen Holmes and her team ( Nolene Wells and her daughter Katherine, Don and Audrey Harris, and Dianne Watson).
Stephen Hirst won the Open Men’s Doubles with Callum Rusbridge, and the Over 30 Men’s Doubles with Heath Murdoch. Callum Rusbridge and Heath Murdoch won the B Grade Men’s Doubles. Heath Murdoch was runner up in the Over 30 Men’s Singles and won the Over 40 Mixed Doubles with Donna Madden (Nelson). Malcolm Wong won the Over 50 Mixed Doubles with Glenda Ferguson (Nelson) and was runner up in the Over 50 Men’s Doubles with Mark Nalder (Nelson) and C Grade Men’s Doubles with Steve Bellamy (Nelson).
The results are in from the TTNZ NZ Junior Open (Canterbury) so I am pasting some here (full results will be available on the TTNZ website). Full team results are here.
Thom Nguyen won the under 18 Boy’s singles (3-0 vs. Kevin Wu).
Thom Nguyen is also named the Table Tennis New Zealand Junior Player of the Year for 2012!
Thom Nguyen and Kevin Wu (AKL) won the under 18 boys doubles.
Hui-Ling Vong and Roufei Rao (AKL) won the under 13 girls doubles.
Hui-Ling Vong was a semi-finalist in the U13 girl’s.
The Under 18 Boys got Silver (Thom Nguyen, Jeffrey Chin, Delano Lam).
The Under 15 Boys got Bronze (Frank Fu, Sean Hanson, Chun-Kiet Vong).
The Under 15 Boys B got Gold in the B grade (David Van Drimmelen, Charlie Waddy, Ben Westenra).
The under 18 Boys B got Bronze on the B grade (Gareth Telfer, Tan Wang, Jason Zhao).
The Under 13 boys came 5th (Abram Goh, Chris Linton, Shikhar Sharma).
And I’ll share the word to the players from TTW Exec Chair, Gabrielle Telfer, after returning with the team:
Well what a great few days we all had – and a medal (or medals) for 13 of our 16 players.
Congratulations to you all. I am very proud of the way you all played and behaved throughout the tournament. You all represented Wellington in a positive and enthusiastic way, and all contributed to a superb team spirit.
Also congratulations from the rest of us to all who made the trip to Christchurch, we’re sure you learned a lot and are looking forward to interclub resuming after the break so show off your new skills!
Malcolm Wong sent in a report on the Nelson Open that he went to earlier in the season. Malcolm reached 5 finals, winning the Over 50 Men’s Doubles (with Mark Nalder), and was runner up in the Second Grade Men’s Doubles and Over 40 Men’s Doubles, Over 50 Singles and Over 50 Mixed Doubles. This was Malcolm 11th Doubles title with Mark Nalder and his 19th Nelson title.
There were 34 players on the Saturday and 19 juniors on Sunday at Saxton Stadium in Stoke. The oldest competitor was Lionel Wells (91) who had won the NZ Over 45 Men’s Doubles twice (1967-68) with fellow Nelson player, Jack Hall. There was a story on Lionel in the newspaper last year.
Thanks to the tournament organisers, Donny Harris and Paul Op den Buysch. Also to Karen Holmes and her team (Jackie Blanchet, Lisa Op den Buysch and Noelene Wells), who ran the cafeteria.
Malcolm was also involved in an unusual event, he was contacted out of the blue on short notice to help come up with a few umpires to help umpire a table tennis tournament that NZIS was holding as part of a multi-sport competitive event between their various regions. It was held at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie, Wellington.
Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles and Mixed Doubles events were held as best of 5 sets, with Auckland winning all events. I hear that the Auckland contingent consisted of someone who had played table tennis at a club!
Thanks to Malcolm Wong for organising umpires at very short notice for the event. Well done to Chris Williams, Rob Chung, Roger Watkin and Paul Solt for assisting!
Malcolm Wong and Steve Craw won the Over 50 Doubles, which was their 6th title together. This was Malcolm’s 10th Marlborough title and 72 overall. Malcolm was the sole Wellington player at this tournament held at the Simcox Stadium (Blenheim). There were 57 players at the tournament. Thanks to the Marlborough Association Committee for all their hard work. As usual, Chris Hood and Debbie Stratford ran the tournament. Daryl Jones wrote out the certificates and was in charge of the prize money. Full results with a report on the tournament is here.
Thanks to Malcolm for submitting this info.
Anyone traveling to a tournament is welcome to submit a report and photos for the TTW blog, or for most any table tennis news topic for that matter! Email me or email secretary [at] ttwellington.org.nz for forwarding on. Or, to be able to post directly, see here.