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2018 Oceania Tour Tournament – Christchurch (10-11 Nov)

21 Men and 9 Women entered this tournament. There were singles, doubles and mixed doubles events. From overseas were Rohan Dhooria (AUS), Vicki Wu (FIJ), Wang Qi (FIJ) and Gary Nuopula (SOL) in the men’s competition. Also Jian Fang Lay (AUS), Parleen Kaur (AUS), Grace Yee (FIJ) and Loata Neli Duncan (FIJ) in the Women’s competition. This is one of a series of 6 Tournaments in Oceania.

The others are in Tonga (Nuku’alofa) 29-30 June, Australia (Gold Coast) 25-26 August, Fiji (Suva) 8-9 September, Tahiti (Papeete) 3-4 November and Vanuatu (Port Vila) 9-10 February 2019. The players, in the singles, earn points towards qualification to the 2019 Oceania Cup Tournament.

Joachim Kusche and Alan Moore were the Referees. There were 12 umpires, with only Ron Garrett (Southland) and Malcolm Wong (Wellington) not from Canterbury. They were International Umpires Alan Moore, Ron Garrett, Hamish Rennie and Malcolm Wong. National Umpires were Mimi Walle , Akiko Goto and Gregg Davey. The other umpires were Lydia Mercer-Beumelburg, Suniko Yoshioka, Ruhi Advilker, Ulrike Kusche and Steve Moore.

The schedule was light for the umpires. On the Saturday I umpired a mixed doubles match between Nathan Xu/Jiayi Zhou and Wang Qi/Loata Neli Duncan won by Xu/Zhou 3-0 (6, 7, 3,). Also the Women Singles Group A which was won by Jian Fang Lay, with Jiayi Zhou 2nd and Lisa Yue 3rd. Play finished at 4pm on Saturday.

On the Sunday I umpired the last 16 Men’s Singles match between Teng Teng Liu and Simon Fenwick won by Liu 4-0 (3, 6, 1, 2 ). Then the Women Singles Semi Finals between Jenny Hung and Jiayi Zhou won by Hung 4-1 (3, 7, 8, -9, 3 ). My last match was the Women Doubles (Last match in a round robin of 3 pairs) between Parleen Kaur/Jiayi Zhou and Zhiying Cheng/Lisa Yue won by Kaur/Zhou 3-1 (3, -3, 5, 13 ). Play finished at 4.45pm on Sunday.

Lisa Yue was the only player from Wellington. She was 3rd in her Women Singles group. She had another chance of qualifying as the 3 third place players in the groups were put into the Women Singles Stage 2 Qualification Group. Lisa won the group to qualify for the Quarter Finals where she lost to Jenny Hung 4-0 (3. 3, 3, 2 ). Lisa, with Zhiying Cheng, lost both her Women’s Doubles matches (Round Robin of 3 Teams). In the Mixed Doubles, Lisa with Kelsey Amor, reached the finals where they lost to Rohan Dhooria/Parleen Kaur 3-0 (6, 4, 8).
Other final results (below).

Men’s Singles
    Teng Teng Liu (NZL) beat Rohan Dhooria (AUS)
    4-1 (6, 5, -9, 5, 2)
Women Singles
    Jian Fang Lay (AUS) beat Jenny Hung (NZL)
    4-0 (2, 3, 8, 7 )
Men’s Doubles
  Dean Shu/Nathan Xu (NZL) beat Rohan Dhooria (AUS)/ Paul Innnes (NZL)
  3-2 (-4, 8, 8, -7, 10)
Women Doubles (Round Robin)
  1st Paurleen Kaur (AUS)/Jiayi Zhou (NZL)
  2nd Loata Neil Duncan/Sally Yee (FIJ)

-Malcolm Wong

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2018 World Junior Table Tennis Champs

The tournament was held for the first time in Australia in Bendigo, Victoria. It is a city of 95,587 population (June 2016). Bendigo was a former gold rush boom town (1850s). The tourist attractions include the Central Deborah Gold Mine and the Golden Dragon Museum which is dedicated to the history and culture of the Chinese people who immigrated to the region.

Bendigo is 91 minutes (135.3 km) away from Melbourne Airport. The venue was Bendigo Stadium and held on 8 tables with live streaming on Tables 1 and 2. There were 4 Referees and 35 Umpires (19 from Australia). Malcolm Wong was the sole New Zealand Umpire at the tournament. The umpires were provided with 4 short sleeve shirts and 2 long sleeve shirts, sponsored by Li-Ning (China).The umpires were accommodated in apartments at Quest Bendigo, as was the New Zealand Boys and Girls Teams. Unfortunately Quest Bendigo was miles away from anywhere. Malcolm was in an apartment with Jonathan Whitaker (Scotland) and Bruce Doughty (Australia). He had previously umpired with Jonathan at the 2009 Commonwealth Championships (Glasgow). Malcolm umpired mainly with Jonathan Whitaker (3 days) and Ben Cao (China) for 2 days. He also umpired with Rahul Jaiswal (India) and Mark Patane (Australia). There was air conditioning in the Stadium. Temperature outside reached 39 degrees Centigrade.

In team matches Malcolm umpired Australia v Singapore (Boys) won by Singapore 3-0 (Table 1) on 2 Dec. Also Belarus v Brazil (Girls) won by Brazil 3-2 (Table 6) on 3 Dec. And Poland v Singapore (Boys) won by Singapore 3-2 (Table 4) on 4 Dec. China won the Boys Team Final v Japan 3-0 and the Girls Final v Japan 3-1. See here for all results.

Malcolm umpired players from 20 countries. In the Boys Singles Quarter Finals he umpired Xu Haidong (China), the Boys Singles and Doubles winner. Also the Mixed Doubles Quarter Finals he umpired Xu Yingbin/Shi Xunyao (China) who would win the event. Shi was also the Girls Singles runner up and Girls Doubles winner. China won all 5 individual titles.

The umpiring schedule meant the lunch and tea breaks were often late. Malcolm had lunch once at 3.15pm and tea once at 9.10 pm. 8 days is a long time to be umpiring. Malcolm was also on racket control duty twice. Averil Roberts, formerly from Wellington, and now living in Melbourne (Australia), umpired the Junior Girls Doubles Final.

The NZ Girls Team finished 3rd out of 3 teams in Group 1. NZ lost to the Russian Federation 3-0 and to Belarus 3-1. Hui Ling Vong beat Marharyta Baltushite (BLR) 3-1 (11-9 13-11 7-11 11-6). For team positions 9 to 16 NZ lost to France 0-3. They then beat Australia 3-0 (team position 13 to 16) with Hui Ling Vong beating Parleen Kaur 3-1 (11-8 3-11 11-5 11-8). NZ finished 14th when they lost to Belarus 3-0 in the playoff for team position 13 to 14.

In the individual events Hui Ling Vong lost all 3 singles matches to finish 4th in Girls Singles Group 16. Her best match was against Anastasi Bondareva (Germany) who won 4-2 (11-8 8-11 11-9 12-10 6-11 11-9). In the Girls Doubles she and Jianyi Zhou lost 0-3 (9-11 5-11 4-11) to Jokic Tijana /Sabina Surjan (Serbia). In the Mixed Doubles with Nathan Xu, they beat Nikhill Kumar/Rachel Yang (USA) 3-2 (9-11 14-12 11-3 10-12 11-2) in the Round of 64 before losing to Guilherme Teodora/Bruna Takahashi (Brazil) 0-3 (7-11 7-11 5-11).

An after tournament function was held at the All Seasons Hotel (Bendigo) on the evening of Sunday Dec 9, which was attended by many officials, coaches and players.

Thanks to the Oceania Table Tennis Federation who organised the tournament. Also to the volunteers. I was meet at Melbourne Airport and directed to the mini bus that took me to Bendigo. There was a continental/cooked breakfast at the hotel. Lunch and tea was provide at Bendigo Stadium. There was a bus from the hotel to Bendigo Stadium every half hour from 7.40 am to 7.40 pm and from the Stadium to the hotel from 8.30 am to 8 pm.

It was a great experience to be at the World Junior Championships. Meeting new people and umpiring many exciting matches.

-Malcolm Wong

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Officials Photo - 2018 World Junior Table Tennis Championships (Bendigo, Australia) 2-9 December
Officials Photo – 2018 World Junior Table Tennis Championships (Bendigo, Australia) 2-9 December.

Standing (Back Row) Samuel Miller, Shaun Koh (SGP), Pak Hong Lee (HKG), Evgenii Klykovski (RUS), Klara Vaculovicova (CZE), Jan Vrabec (CZE), Bruce Doughty, Mark Patane, Kirsty Whitaker (SCO -Volunteer), Kameron Chan, Stephen Gillespie, William Almasi, Joseph Fung, John McMullan, Ahmad Almasri (JOR).
Standing (Row 2) Tatiana Kamenskaya (RUS), Hau Yi Lau, Rahul Jaiswal (IND), Cyril Sen (MAS -Evaluator).
Seated (Row 2) Ben Cao (CHN), Paul Schiltz (LUX – Evaluator) Neil Montfort, Malcolm Wong (NZL), Glenn Errington, Marie Pinkewich, David Villalta (ESA), Boggdan Barrientos (GUA), Insook Park (KOR), Mijung Bong (KOR), Wing Au.
Seated (Front Row) James Lew, Jonathan Whitaker, Averil Roberts, David Delpratt (Deputy Referee), Steen Anderson (DEN – Referee), Niwat Semangern – (THA – Deputy Referee), Yini Yang (CHN – Deputy Referee), Yuka Braun, Arnold Puts, Jock McNeil, Satheese Attoor (IND).
NB: Umpires (light blue Shirts), Referees (Dark Blue Shirts). Only country abbreviations for non Australians officials.

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Umpiring Course (Newtown Stadium) Sunday Sep 23 from 1-3pm

You are all welcome to attend an open-to-all umpiring course run by Malcolm Wong on Sunday the 23rd of September from 1-3pm at the Table Tennis Wellington Stadium in Newtown (after Titan club).

Please RSVP to me if you can come so we get an idea in advance of a head count.

Malcolm will cover material relating to basic, junior, and regional umpiring courses.

Everyone welcome!

For some preparation:

 

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

January wake-up!

We hope you have been enjoying the warm summer!

Check out this cool article on the Olympics NZ site featuring Hui Ling!  It’s re the Junior Olympics in October.

Heads up:

  • The next Business Class is starting on Feb 13 (Tuesdays, @ Alexandra Rd Wellington stadium) – here are the details & entry form.
  • Summer interclub (Wednesdays, @ ETTC hall in Petone) will closer to or in March (watch this space).

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2017 NZ Special Olympics Table Tennis

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)

Doubles

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)

 

-Malcolm Wong

Thanks to all the volunteers who made this happen!

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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.

Travel Report: NZIS Tournament (May 25)

This tournament report of the 2016 New Zealand Institute of Sports Table Tennis Tournament is from Malcolm Wong.

This was held at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie on Wednesday 25 May, as part of the annual 3 day multi-sport tournament (24-26 May). This is the fifth year table tennis has been held. There were Men’s Singles, Women Singles and Mixed Doubles.There was 1 point for each win. The overall winner depended on the last mixed doubles match between Wellington and Christchurch. Wellington won 2-1 to finish first from Christchurch and Auckland. Wellington retained the title they won last year and have now tied with Auckland (winner in 2012 & 2014). Malcolm Wong was the Referee. He and Robert Chung umpired the matches. Continue reading “Travel Report: NZIS Tournament (May 25)”

New Zealand Institute of Sports Table Tennis Tournament (27 May 2015)

This tournament report was submitted by Malcolm Wong.

This was held at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie, as part of the annual 3 day multi-sport tournament (26-28 May). There were Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles and Mixed Doubles. With 1 point for each win, the overall winner depended on the last mixed doubles match between Wellington and Auckland. Wellington won 3-2 to finish first from Auckland and Christchurch. This was the first time Wellington has won, previous winners were Auckland (2012 & 2014) and Christchurch (2013). Luke Istead (Auckland) retained the Men’s Singles from last year. Malcolm Wong was the Referee, while he and Robert Chung umpired the matches.

Results were

1st Wellington (5 points)
2nd Auckland (3 points)
3rd Christchurch (1 point)

Men’s Singles
1st Luke Istead (Auckland)
2nd Keanu White (Wellington)
3rd Cody Warnock (Christchurch)

Luke Istead beat Keanu White 11-6 15-13 3-11 11-0
Luke Istead beat Cody Warnock 10-12 12-10 11-2 11-7
Keanu White beat Cody Warnock 11-8 11-3 11-7

Women’s Singles
1st Nella Galang (Wellington)
2nd Arna Roberts (Christchurch)
3rd Jocephy Daniels (Auckland)

Nella Galang beat Arna Roberts 11-4 11-3 11-7
Nella Galang beat Jocephy Daniels 11-4 11-9 8-11 11-8
Arna Roberts beat Jocephy Daniels 11-4 11-9 11-9

Mixed Doubles
1st Manutai Hira & Nella Galang (Wellington)
2nd Devoe Papata & Elvina Waipoun-Siale(Auckland)
3rd Albert Stanciu & Arna Roberts (Christchurch)

Manutai Hira/Nella Galang beat Devoe Papate/Elvina Waipoun-Siale 9-11 11-5 11-9 7-11 11-9
Manutai Hira/Nella Galang beat Albert Stanciu/Arna Roberts 11-9 11-5 11-6
Devoe Papata/Elvina Waipoun-Siale beat Albert Stanciu/Arna Roberts 8-11 12-10 11-7 11-8

Robert Chung (Umpire), and Men’s Singles players Luke Istead (Auckland), Keanu White (Wellington) and Cody Warnock (Christchurch).
Robert Chung (Umpire), and Men’s Singles players Luke Istead (Auckland), Keanu White (Wellington) and Cody Warnock (Christchurch).
Malcolm Wong (Umpire) and Women Singles players Jocephy Daniels (Auckland), Nella Galang (Wellington) and Arna Roberts (Christchurch).
Malcolm Wong (Umpire) and Women Singles players Jocephy Daniels (Auckland), Nella Galang (Wellington) and Arna Roberts (Christchurch).
Malcolm Wong (Umpire) and Mixed Doubles players Devoe Papata & Elvina Waipoun-Siale (Auckland), Manutai Hira & Nella Galang (Wellington) and Arna Roberts & Albert Stanciu (Christchurch).
Malcolm Wong (Umpire) and Mixed Doubles players Devoe Papata & Elvina Waipoun-Siale (Auckland), Manutai Hira & Nella Galang (Wellington) and Arna Roberts & Albert Stanciu (Christchurch).

2015 Oceania Hopes Challenge Report (held April in Auckland)

This is a report from Malcolm Wong from the 2015 Oceania Hopes Challenge even held recently in Auckland.

This was held at the Cathay Pacific Auckland Table Tennis Stadium at 99a Gillies Avenue, Epsom, Auckland. There was a 4 day training camp during the week (7-10 April) with overseas and local coaches involved, headed by Dejan Papic (ITTF Education and Training Coordinator). This was followed by a tournament in the weekend (11-12 April). Results from the tournament are on the TTNZ site.

There were 10 boys and 10 girls participating. The only overseas players were one boy and girl from Australia and also New Caledonia. Malcolm Wong (Wellington) was the Referee for the tournament. There was a lack of qualified umpires with only one National Umpire, Robert Dunn, and two Junior Umpires, Neil Chen and Abel Mok, available. The tournament was run very efficiently and finished ahead of time. At the end of the tournament presentations were made to Dejan Papic and Malcolm Wong.

This tournament should be added on to the Oceania Junior and Cadet Open. This would result on more countries sending players to the Hope Challenge. Also this tournament clashed with the Oceania Cup. Cathy Gauthier (New Caledonia) was coaching at this tournament instead of defending her Pacific Cup Women Singles.

Thanks to Shane Warbrooke, Tournament Organiser and also CEO of the Auckland Table Tennis Association, for all his hard work for the tournament. Also thanks to all the people who volunteered their time to umpire. They are Rodney Bygrave, Judy Hinton, Kerry McGeehan, Abel Mok, Dave Little, Eugene Wong (Session 1 Sat 10am- 1pm), Wang Leung Chan, Neil Chen, Martin Lee, Abel Mok, Kevin Wu (Session 2 Sat 2pm-4pm), Neil Chen, Robert Dunn, Ebi Kleiser, Martin Lee, Pat Low, Kerry McGeehan (Session 3 Sun 10am -1.30pm).

Dejan Papic (ITTF Coach), Malcolm Wong (Referee) and Shane Warbrooke (Organiser).
Dejan Papic (ITTF Coach), Malcolm Wong (Referee) and Shane Warbrooke (Organiser).
Malcolm Wong (Referee) and some of the Umpires - Robert Dunn, Pat Low, Ebi Kleiser and Kerry McGeehan.
Malcolm Wong (Referee) and some of the Umpires – Robert Dunn, Pat Low, Ebi Kleiser and Kerry McGeehan.
Australian Team – Parleen Kaur, David Lowe (Coach), Isaiah Lee and Malcolm Wong (Referee).
Australian Team – Parleen Kaur, David Lowe (Coach), Isaiah Lee and Malcolm Wong (Referee).
New Caledonia Team – Cathy Gauthier (Coach), Alexandre Faure, Lorie La and Malcolm Wong (Referee).
New Caledonia Team – Cathy Gauthier (Coach), Alexandre Faure, Lorie La and Malcolm Wong (Referee).
Presentation to the Referee. Wayne Gear (Auckland Table Tennis Chairman), Malcolm Wong (Referee) and Shane Warbrooke (Auckland Table Tennis Chief Executive).
Presentation to the Referee. Wayne Gear (Auckland Table Tennis Chairman), Malcolm Wong (Referee) and Shane Warbrooke (Auckland Table Tennis Chief Executive).

-Malcolm Wong

Ref also here.

Junior and Regional Umpires Exam

How well do you know the rules of table tennis?

You can sit either the TTNZ Junior (Under 18) or the Regional Written Exam Paper and find out!

The Junior (Under 18) and Regional Umpire Written Exam is attached. The written exam is open book. People can take as much time as is required to complete the Written Exam. The required pass mark is 80% which means that people sitting the Junior Umpires Exam will need to answer 24 out of the 30 questions correctly and people sitting the Regional Umpires Exam will need to answer 48 out of 60 questions correctly.

For people sitting the exam please complete the Written Exam in pen so that the writing can be read easily. People can scan the completed paper and email to me at m-wong@clear.net.nz or send the paper to P O Box 1528, Wellington 6140.

I have also attached the Handbook for Match Officials which may come in use when answering some of the questions. People will definitely need to refer to the ITTF Rules and Regulations to complete the Written Exam.

Once people have passed the Written Exam I will need to arrange for them to have a practical assessment to complete the Junior or Regional Umpire qualification.

Attachments:
TTNZ Junior Umpire Badge Exam Paper
TTNZ Regional Umpire Exam paper
Handbook for Match Officials (14th edition)

Regards,
Malcolm Wong
TTNZ URC

2014 New Zealand Institute of Sports Table Tennis Tournament

From Malcolm who helped umpire this event held on May 28 (my apologies for the delay in this report too, time sure flies).


The 2014 New Zealand Institute of Sports Table Tennis Tournament was held at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie. Auckland won all the events after being third last year. There were exciting final matches in the Men’s Singles where Istead beat White 2-1 (11-9 in the 3rd) and Mixed Doubles where Istead & Erihe beat Hira & Galang 2-1 (15-13 in the 3rd). If Wellington had won both those matches instead of Auckland they would have won overall. Thanks to Malcolm Wong and Roger Watkin who were the umpires, and Malcolm Wong who organised the draw and photos.

Results:

Men’s Singles

1st Luke Istead (Auckland)
2nd Keanu White (Wellington)
3rd Andrew Storer (Christchurch)

Women’s Singles

1st Justice Erihe (Auckland)
2nd Ruby Fraser (Wellington)
3rd Arna Roberts (Christchurch)

Mixed Doubles

1st Luke Istead & Justice Erihe (Auckland)
2nd Manutai Hira & Janella Galang (Wellington)
3rd Albert Stanciu & Arna Roberts (Christchurch)

Malcolm Wong (Umpire) Luke Istead (Auckland), Keanu White (Wellington), and Andrew Storer (Christchurch).
Malcolm Wong (Umpire) Luke Istead (Auckland), Keanu White (Wellington), and Andrew Storer (Christchurch).
Ruby Fraser (Wellington), Roger Watkin (Umpire) and Justice Erihe (Auckland).
Ruby Fraser (Wellington), Roger Watkin (Umpire) and Justice Erihe (Auckland).

Malcolm Wong (Umpire) with Mixed Doubles players Luke Istead & Justice Erihe (Auckland), Janella Galang & Manutai Hira (Wellington) and Arna Roberts & Albert Stanciu (Christchurch).
Malcolm Wong (Umpire) with Mixed Doubles players Luke Istead & Justice Erihe (Auckland), Janella Galang & Manutai Hira (Wellington) and Arna Roberts & Albert Stanciu (Christchurch).

– Malcolm Wong

Updates from Malcolm Wong: 2014 World Veteran Table Tennis Championships

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.

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Umpires at 2014  World Veteran Table Tennis Championships. Standing – Shri Sharma (FIJ) Ben Hurr (NZL) Hideo Nagae (JPN) Bill Sheelan (AUS) Rasma Freiberga (LVA) Hamish Rennie (NZL)  Malcolm Wong (NZL)  Kazuko Konno (JPN) Alan Hopkins (AUS) Greg Bungey (AUS) Leon Libin (USA) Yoshiko Yamanaka (JPN) and Keiko Kaneko (JPN). Front – Pushpa Wati (FIJ) Yoshiyo Kita (JPN) Yuko Hamabe (JPN) Tomoko Fukuda (JPN) Yumiko Morikawa (JPN) and Kimie Akutsu (JPN).
Umpires at 2014 World Veteran Table Tennis Championships.
Standing – Shri Sharma (FIJ) Ben Hurr (NZL) Hideo Nagae (JPN) Bill Sheelan (AUS) Rasma Freiberga (LVA) Hamish Rennie (NZL) Malcolm Wong (NZL) Kazuko Konno (JPN) Alan Hopkins (AUS) Greg Bungey (AUS) Leon Libin (USA) Yoshiko Yamanaka (JPN) and Keiko Kaneko (JPN).
Front – Pushpa Wati (FIJ) Yoshiyo Kita (JPN) Yuko Hamabe (JPN) Tomoko Fukuda (JPN) Yumiko Morikawa (JPN) and Kimie Akutsu (JPN).
Malcolm Wong with the 2014 World Veteran Women’s  Over 50 Singles Champion Toshiko Kataoka (Japan) to right of him.
Malcolm Wong with the 2014 World Veteran Women’s Over 50 Singles Champion Toshiko Kataoka (Japan) to right of him.
Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore in a Over 80 Men’s Doubles match.
Merv Allardyce and Eddie Moore in a Over 80 Men’s Doubles match.
Eberhard Scholer, Malcolm Wong and Diane Scholer. Eberhard is the President of the Swaythling Club International (SCI), which is for former players and officials who have been to the World Championships, and Diane is the Honorary President. Diane was formerly Diane Rowe who won the World Women Doubles with her twin sister Rosalind (1951 and 1954). They toured New Zealand in 1953.
Eberhard Scholer, Malcolm Wong and Diane Scholer.
Eberhard is the President of the Swaythling Club International (SCI), which is for former players and officials who have been to the World Championships, and Diane is the Honorary President. Diane was formerly Diane Rowe who won the World Women Doubles with her twin sister Rosalind (1951 and 1954). They toured New Zealand in 1953.
Malcolm Wong with Peter Karlsson (Sweden) a former World and European Champion. Peter is the face of Stag, which is the major sponsor of the 2014 World Veteran Table Tennis Championships.
Malcolm Wong with Peter Karlsson (Sweden) a former World and European Champion.
Peter is the face of Stag, which is the major sponsor of the 2014 World Veteran Table Tennis Championships.
Richard Ammunden (Left) and Merv Allardyce (Right) receiving their 50 years umpiring service certificates from Malcolm Wong (URC).
Richard Ammunden (Left) and Merv Allardyce (Right) receiving their 50 years umpiring
service certificates from Malcolm Wong (URC).
National Umpires Mimi Walle (Left) and Akiko Goto (Right) receiving their certificate from Malcolm Wong (URC).
National Umpires Mimi Walle (Left) and Akiko Goto (Right) receiving their certificate
from Malcolm Wong (URC).

-Malcolm Wong

New Zealand Institute of Sports Table Tennis Tournament (30 May 2013)

This was part of a 3 day annual multi sports tournament held between the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch campuses of NZIS. The table tennis was held at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie. Singles (Men’s and Women’s) and Mixed Doubles were held. Matches were the best of 3 games. There was only one representative from each campus for each event. Christchurch won all the events, and were first overall, with Wellington second and Auckland third. This was a complete reversal from last year when Auckland were first and Christchurch third. Thanks to Malcolm Wong and Martin Young for umpiring at this event.

ASB Sports CentreThe results were:

Men’s Singles
1st Spencer Sandridge (Christchurch)
2nd Daniel Dexter (Wellington)
3rd Benton Flavell (Auckland)

Women’s Singles
1st Rebekah McConnell (Christchurch)
2nd Wendy-Ann Preston (Auckland)
3rd Courtney Ann Lockwood (Wellington)

Mixed Doubles
1st Anton Kridle & Alex Cromie (Christchurch)
2nd Daniel Dexter & Courtney Ann Lockwood (Wellington)
3rd Matt Wooding & Jasmine Paaka-Culpin (Auckland)

Umpires Martin Young, Matthew Liua’ana (Organiser) and Malcolm Wong
Umpires Martin Young, Matthew Liua’ana (Organiser) and Malcolm Wong

Malcolm Wong with Men’s  Singles players Benton Favell (Auck), Daniel Dexter (Wgtn) and Spencer Sandridge (Chch)
Malcolm Wong with Men’s Singles players Benton Flavell (Auck), Daniel Dexter (Wgtn) and Spencer Sandridge (Chch)
Malcolm Wong and Mixed Doubles players Jasmine Paaka-Culpin & Matt Wooding (Auck), Daniel Dexter and Courtney Ann Lockwood (Wgtn), Anton Kridle & Alex Cromie (Christchurch) and Martin Young
Malcolm Wong and Mixed Doubles players Jasmine Paaka-Culpin & Matt Wooding (Auck), Daniel Dexter and Courtney Ann Lockwood (Wgtn), Anton Kridle & Alex Cromie (Christchurch) and Martin Young

Martin Young with Women’s Singles players Wendy-Ann Preston (Auck), Courtney Ann Lockwood (Wgtn) and Rebekah McConnell (Chch)
Martin Young with Women’s Singles players Wendy-Ann Preston (Auck), Courtney Ann Lockwood (Wgtn) and Rebekah McConnell (Chch)

NZ Junior and Cadet Open Report

Malcolm Wong flew up to Auckland for the recent KVB Kunlun TTNZ 2012 New Zealand Junior & Cadet Open held April 19-22. He was there as one of the official umpires and I hear it was non-stop at the umpire stand for all umpires involved so thanks to all of them! Following is Malcolm’s report along with photos borrowed from various sources. Local Wellington and Belmont player Thom Nguyen represented New Zealand at this event.

Results and details are on this page on the TTNZ website and on the ITTF website.

Junior Boys Doubles Final (22 April)
Ben Hurr (Umpire) Thom Nguyen (NZL) Daniel Lowe (NZL) Nathan Van Der Heiden (AUS) Dillon Cathcart (AUS) Malcolm Wong (Umpire)
Match won by Cathcart/Van Der Heiden 3-1 (11-5 5-11 11-7 11-7)
NZ Junior and Cadet Open – Cadet Girls Doubles Final (22/04/2012)
Malcolm Wong (Umpire), Ruofei Rao (NZL), Sophia Dong (NZL),
Samantha Ong (MAS), Desiree Hung (HKG), Graham Boyton (Umpire)

This tournament was held at the Auckland Table Tennis Stadium at Newmarket, Auckland. There were 82 participants (46 boys and 36 girls). Most were from New Zealand (37) and Australia (23).Other countries were The Cook Islands (8), Kirabati (3), Hong Kong (2), Malaysia (2), New Caledonia (2) Singapore (2) Norway, Solomon Islands and Thailand.

Only 6 umpires were available for all 4 days, with a few more on Saturday only. This meant the umpires were required for all rounds from 9am and finishing 9pm for the first 3 days. Play on the last day finished at 7pm. So it was a very tiring experience for the umpires. On the first day I umpired 8 team matches. I umpired the finals of the Cadet Boys Teams, Junior Girls Oceania World Championship Qualification, Cadet Girls Doubles, Junior Boys Doubles and the Junior Girls Singles.

Thom Nguyen was Wellington’s sole player at this tournament. He won a Bronze Medal in the Junior Boys Team as a member of New Zealand B (with Daniel Lowe). These two also won the Silver Medal in the Junior Boys Doubles.

-Malcolm Wong

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PS: A great news story on Manawatu umpire Val Scarr is here.

Half way around the world to Te Rama

Now that it is April 2, I can add that the following is completely false!

World #2 Liu Shiwen of China notices the scoreboard being turned
Malcolm pulled off quite a coup recently on one of this recent umpiring trips overseas. As reported by the Guangzhou Gazette, following a quarter-final match that Malcolm was umpiring, world women’s number 2 Liu Shiwen was impressed and approached him to ask about learning the art of umpiring in New Zealand.

Apparently Liu Shiwen has long had an interest in New Zealand since playing rugby for a Guangzhou local side and watching the All Blacks while growing up. After being umpired by Malcolm, Liu was reported as saying that she noted that he was able to stay awake for the entire match; turned the score cards with precision; and she was particularly impressed with the net measuring tool Malcolm deployed prior to the match starting.

After some discussion Liu has arranged to come to Wellington to learn umpiring and in return she will play with Malcolm Wong and Martin Young in Premier 1 this year under the revived banner of the Te Rama Club, though whether she will play one or both doubles matches is yet to be determined as Martin and Malcolm have been a pretty mean doubles combination in the past.

International Umpire in our Midst

I talked to Malcolm Wong following the recent 2010 Junior Open:  “I became a provincial umpire in 2000 as I felt I should know the rules of the sport I played.  Umpiring at the NZ World Junior Circuit Tournament in Wellington (2003) encouraged me to go further in umpiring.  I umpired the world men’s number 1, Ma Long, at this tournament.”

In 2004 Malcolm became a National Umpire, a National Referee in 2007, and then passed the International Umpires exam in 2008.  Last year he umpired at the French Junior Open and the Commonwealth Championships.  After attended and passing an exam at a Racket Control Seminar (5 April) in Auckland he can now  be appointed to be Chief Racket Controller at ITTF Tournaments.

On umpiring at the recent NZ Junior Open (6-9 April) in Auckland:  “The first three days I was umpiring twelve hours each day, including 21 matches on day one.  A lack of umpires meant I was umpiring virtually every round!

“Umpiring requires a good knowledge of the rules, the ability to concentrate during matches and apply the rules in an impartial manner.” – If you are interested in learning more about Table Tennis umpiring, Malcolm would love to hear from you!

NZ Junior Open 2010 - Cadet Girls Singles Final (9April). Richard Ammundsen (Assistant Umpire) Wong Chung Wan (Hong Kong) Lily Phan (Australia) Malcolm Wong (Umpire).

NZ Junior Open 2010 – Cadet Girls Singles Final (9April). Richard Ammundsen (Assistant Umpire) Wong Chung Wan (Hong Kong) Lily Phan (Australia) Malcolm Wong (Umpire).
Racket Control Seminar: Paul Jackson, Steve Reilly (Fiji) Malcolm Wong, Fanny Ho (Australia) Piet van Egmond (Course Instructor – Netherlands) Tomoko Fukudo (Japan) Bryan Yan Jennifer Tang, Daniel Fan
Racket Control Seminar: Paul Jackson, Steve Reilly (Fiji) Malcolm Wong, Fanny Ho (Australia) Piet van Egmond (Course Instructor – Netherlands) Tomoko Fukudo (Japan) Bryan Yan Jennifer Tang, Daniel Fan

Attached: Malcolm’s Report on Racquet Control Seminar and New Zealand Junior Open 2010

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