Essex Junior Assessment Trials 2018/19

Please reply to:   JUNIOR MATCH SECRETARY.

Arthur. C. Clark, 2 Top Road, Woodham Walter, Nr. Maldon, Essex  CM9 6RQ;

Tel. 01245  225688

email: arthurcclark@btinternet.com

 

9 June 2018

Dear Junior League Match Secretary/League Secretary/Coaching Officer/Player/Parent

 

JUNIOR ASSESSMENT TRIALS 2018/19

 

The Essex County Junior Assessment Trials have to be early again this year as the first round of County Cadet matches are on Saturday 20 October and the first round of County Junior matches on Saturday 3 November. Until British League and British League Premier fixtures are circulated, usually in August, I will not know when BATTS will be available until then. Dates for these matches are 8 and 9, 15, 22, 29 and 30 September. If some matches are Away Matches then the BATTS venue becomes available on those dates. As the London Greenhouse 4 Star event is scheduled to be played on the weekend of 15/16 September I am avoiding arranging this weekend for the Trials as I feel sure that a number of Essex players will take part in that event.

 

I have booked Sunday 23rd September 2018 at the BATTS Club, Norman Booth Centre, Elderfield, Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, CM17 0EY commencing at 9.00am for the Cadet (Under 15), Under13 and Under 11 events as we normally require ten tables for these events. I am hoping that the British League Premier match is an away fixture on Saturday 22nd September so that the Under 18 event can be held on that date. If BATTS is not available on that Saturday then Martin Green advises me that the Under 18 Boys event can be held at the Holmwood House School, The Holmwood House Sports Centre, Chitts Hill, Lexden, Colchester, CO3 9ST. I will let everyone know which venue will host the Under 18 Boys event when I know,

 

The purpose of the event is to provide information upon which the Essex Junior Ranking Lists for the season will be based. These Trials will also enable the County Junior Committee to select the teams to represent the County in CountyChampionship and other matches during the coming season and assess the future potential of other players with a view to invites to CountyTraining sessions. Thus all players wishing to be considered for selection for CountyChampionships or the various CountyTraining sessions should attend these trials. If you have Players who wish to be considered but are unable to play on the appropriate age day please append their name(s) at the bottom of your Entry Form list with a brief explanation. No date has yet been fixed the Essex Junior Closed event for this season but it is unlikely that it will be played on the first weekend of January as this is the weekend of the East Midlands Junior 4 Star event. The date for the Essex Junior Inter League has also not yet been fixed.

As stated above the Boys Under 18 event will be played on the Saturday and it is hoped that all other events will be played on Sunday 23rd. This may depend on the number of entrants for each event, particularly the Girls events. As a rough guide I anticipate that the Boys Under 13 and Girls Under 18 events will start at 0900 Sunday with the Boys Under 15 about 1300. As in previous years I will endeavour to organise the Under 11 entrants to all play one another during the course of the Under 13 events. For the Girls remaining events I will have to juggle the event times depending upon who enters what. For the U18 Boys event my guess is a 0930 or 1000 start.

 

Players (girls and boys in separate age lists) should be nominated for the following age categories:

UNDER 18 – those born on or after 1 January 2001

UNDER 15 – those born on or after 1 January 2004

UNDER 13 – those born on or after 1 January 2006

UNDER 11 – those born on or after 1 January 2008 (to be played as part of the U13 events)

 

Players may be nominated in more than one age category. Fees payable are £5.50 per player per age category entered. Please send nominations to me no later than Tuesday 1 August 2017 together with a cheque(s) in respect of the total fee nominations made out to ECTTA. Alternately payment may be made electronically to BATTS Account No. 23166968, Sort Code 77-13-10.

 

 

 

Please inform your nominees that normal table tennis clothing must be worn at the Trials, ie no white shirts or shorts, no tracksuit trousers when playing matches, no headwear (other than on religious grounds), and all footwear to have rubber soles. All to note that as this is a Closed event the time out provisions DO NOT APPLY.

 

Refreshments, both hot and cold, may be purchased in the BATTS Canteen and restricted refreshments at Holmwood House if this venue is used.

 

Please note that I require for each player nominated their Christian and surname, address and postcode, date of birth, telephone number and affiliated main league or ETTA affiliation in the format of the attached Entry Form. In this computer age also parents E-mail address in the E-mail column should I need to contact them during the season (but see below).

 

Also Player or Player Member Licence number (ie last season’s Licence number). Note that, assuming that there are no Table Tennis England changes from those of last season, a Player Member licence is required to play in local Leagues, One Star Tournaments carrying National Ranking points and National Cadet and Junior Tournaments and a Player licence is required to play in Junior British League and 2 Star and above Tournaments. Payment for these Licences must be made to Table Tennis England before players are permitted to play in any of these competitions.

Please let me know if you require a map showing the location of the BATTS Norman Booth Centre or Holmwood House if that venue is used which I can enclose in due course with event times confirmation information.

 

If you think there is somebody that I have missed out from the circulation list on this page or you know that they have changed their E-mail address or your League contact has changed please either let me know so that I can forward a copy to them or forward them a copy yourself.

 

Note that under the latest Data Protection Regulations I cannot list the E-mail addresses of those that I send circular E-mails to. I will assume that I can still send E-mails to you on Essex County Table Tennis matters unless I receive an E-mail from you stating that you, or any parent of a player, do not wish to receive communications from me in the future..

The application form can be found by clicking the link below:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rjFCdhJOqnQjxnrUTlgL5fWgya8yqu8BpqLWYjt-eBs/edit?usp=sharing

 

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Southend and Clacton top Inter League

ESSEX CADET AND JUNIOR INTER LEAGUE 7 APRIL 2018

The Essex Cadet and Junior Inter league competitions for Season 2017/2018 were held at the Holmwood House Sports Centre, Lexdon, the home of Colchester League Club, Tollgate, on 7 April. Disappointingly only three Essex Leagues entered the Junior event, Clacton, Colchester and Southend. Originally four teams, Clacton, Colchester and two Southend teams entered the Cadet event but Clacton had to withdraw due to player easter holidays so Colchester entered a second team. Thus there were three rounds of matches to be played in both events. All matches were played on two tables. The Junior format was four players with each player to play two singles and one doubles thus giving a ten match format whilst the Cadets format was three players, nine singles plus one doubles.

 CADETS

In the first round Southend A (Daniel Zeffie William Skelt and Livi Jones) crushed Colchester B 10-0, all matches won 3-0. In the other match Colchester A achieved a narrow 6-4 win over Southend B with Ollie Rampton and Andy Huang both winning two matches and joining together to win the doubles with Liam Harris chipping in the vital winning match over Joe Boscombe despite Harrison Sadler winning his three for Southend B.

In the next round Southend A beat Southend B 9-1 with Toby Zeffie winning the one match for the B team. In the other match Colchester A beat their B Team 10-0, all matches won 3-0.

In the final round of matches Southend B beat Colchester B 8-2. Joe Boscombe won his three matches with Luke Burridge winning the two matches for Colchester B. On the other tables Southend A were the favourites to win and they duly achieved this with a narrow 6-4 win over Colchester A, the win only achieved in the final two matches with  Daniel Zeffie defeating Ollie Rampton and then joining up with Livi Jones to win in five games over Andy Huang and Liam Harris.

 TABLE

P          W        D         L          Pts

Southend A     3          3          0          0          25
Colchester A   3          2          0          1          20
Southend B     3          1          0          2          13
Colchester B   3          0          0          3            2

 JUNIORS

Despite there being only three teams in the Junior event match results were so close that honours were not resolved until the final match of the last match

The first match was between Clacton and Colchester and after the first four singles and the two doubles the match score stood at 3-3.  The match result turned on the next two singles when Scott Campbell and Daniel Young both won five game matches respectively against Bright Bedding and Olly Fifield. Although Arran Hutchinson pulled one back by beating Ethan Lloyd 3-0 Sam Hume’s 3-0 win over Jared Chelski meant that Clacton won 6-4.

The second match was between Colchester and Southend and there was never more than one match between the two teams. Olly Fifield won his two matches for Colchester as did Harry Keys for Southend. The two doubles matches were shared with Matthew Stringer and Harry Keys defeating Jared Chelski and Arran Hutchinson 11-9 in the deciding game. A 5-5 draw was the result.

The final match was between Southend and Clacton with all results possible and once again there was never more than one match between the two teams. Sam Hume and Daniel Young both won their two matches for Clacton and each of the Southend players won one so the singles were divided 4-4. Both doubles went the full distance, Clacton’s Daniel Young/Scott Campbell defeating Harry Small/Reece Harris-Griffiths 12-10 in their decider while on the other table it took a little longer Southend’s Matthew Stringer/Harry Keys defeating Sam Hume/Ethan Lloyd 14-12 in their decider. Another 5-5 draw. Three very close matches with some great rallies and top class table tennis.

 TABLE

P          W        D         L          Pts

Clacton            2          1          1          0          11
Southend         2          0          2          0          10
Colchester      2          0          1          1            9

Trophies will be presented to the winners and runners up once received.

 

Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary

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Essex pipped at post for second year running

The end of the County Championship season was completed by the long trip to Christchurch, Dorset for the final round of Junior Division 1B matches. Before Christmas the teams in the two halves of the Division had played one another to reduce travelling. As a result of these matches Devon 1 and Essex 1 led the Division with six points each followed by Surrey and Dorset with four points each. For this final round each County had four matches to play although Cambridgeshire 1 withdrew their team five days beforehand. The Essex team was Sam Hume (799), Jack Stockdale (984), Jared Chelski (313) (playing in place of Joe Walker who was not available for the second time this season), Tiana Dennison (915) and Gracie Edwards (720). The figures in red are the current TTE Junior ranking points for the players.

 

 

 

Devon 2 were Essex’s first opponents. For the opening matches Jared had to play Benjamin Edmunds (714) and Jack played

 

Herbie Sage (665). Jared won his opening game but lost the next three while Jack beat Herbie 3-0. Gracie and Tiana both won their matches 3-0 against Francesca Maestri and Lauran Loosemoor (206) respectively as they did in the reverse fixtures later on. Sam then lost to number one Leon Zacharkiw 3-1 but Jared had an excellent win over Herbie 8, -4, 9, 9. In the final two matches Jack lost to Leon 3-0 while Sam beat Benjamin 3-0. A 7-3 win.

 

 

 

The second match was to be the big match of the day. With Devon 1 having a walkover against Cambridgeshire 1 both teams were on eight points but the Devon team, having been relegated from the Premier Division last season, had the better sets difference. Jack and Jared both lost their opening matches to Daniel Kerr (858) and Uther Kingdom (985) (3-1 and 3-0 respectively). Tiana had a titanic battle with Emily Haskett (753) finally losing that match 9, -6, 8, -13, 7 while on the other table an excellent win for Gracie over Mari Baldwin (966) 10, 7, 7. Sam then went on to get an ever better win, a 4, 9, 8 win over number one Joshua Millman (1089). For Jared it was a 3-0 defeat to Daniel despite losing the first game 12-10. In the Girls reverse fixtures Gracie lost to Emily 3-0 while Tiana came back form 2-0 down to beat Mari 3-2. In the final two matches Sam lost 3-1 to Uther and Jack beat Joshua 3-1. A 6-4 defeat but the closest that any team got to the Devon Team. Also it meant that Essex needed to win their final two matches for a chance of the Runners Up position.

 

 

 

In the third round of matches Essex had lowly Berkshire to play who were trying to avoid relegation alongside Cambs.  It took Jack five games to overcome Jo Barraclough while Jared lost 3-1 to Felix Thomas (696). Tiana and Gracie had little trouble in winning their four matches against Rishika Desai and Alicia Simonova, only dropping twenty seven points in the twelve games. Both Sam and Jack beat Harry Munro (693) 3-1 and, after Jared had lost three straight to Jo, Sam completed the Team’s 7-3 win by beating Felix 3-0.

 

 

 

For the final round of matches the Table could be more complicated than it looked. Unbeaten Devon led the Table with 12 points and they had to play Surrey who had 10 points and had enjoyed three crushing wins and, if they had a big enough win, could overtake Devon on sets difference. Equally Dorset, with 8 points and the day’s highest ranked girl, had to play Essex 1 who had 10 points and Essex would drop to fourth place if they lost.

 

 

 

In the opening two matches Jack and Jared both lost their opening two games to Kai Major (670) and Ali Mallock (618) and whilst Jack came back to win his last three games 2, 8, 6 Jared won the third 12-10 but lost the fourth 7-11. Tiana again found youngster Sophie Barcsai (205) difficult to play but came through to win 14, 7, -10, 4 whilst Gracie found Katie Holt (971) just too hot to handle losing 3, 7, 9. The middle two matches were those to swing the match the Essex way. Sam beat the higher ranked Jamie Blair (870) 6, 3, 5 but much more important was the match on the other table where Jared came through a gruelling encounter with Kai to win 5, -13, -7, 5, 8 for Essex to get their noses in front. Gracie ensured Essex with at least third place when her game plan against Sophie gave Essex the fifth set. Tiana gave her all against Katie but in a close match it was just not enough, losing 10, 12, -6, 11. All now on the last two matches which both went the full distance. First to finish was Jack’s match with Jamie but not with the result that Essex wanted, Jack losing 9, -8, 9, -9, -7. Sam’s match with Ali took even longer and with a 4, -11, -13, 6, 13 result Sam had scraped the win the Team had hoped for and now what was the score of the Devon 1 v Surrey match that was still in play. Soon to reveal it was 8-2 to Devon so Essex 1 were the Runners Up. A great Team effort.

 

 

 

FINAL TABLE

 

P          W         D          L            F          A        Pts

 

DEVON 1          7          7          0          0          58         12         14

 

ESSEX             7          6          0          1          44         26         12

 

SURREY           7          5          0          2          48         22         10

 

DORSET           7          4          0          3          45         25         8

 

MIDDLESEX 2  7          2          1          4          33         37         5

 

DEVON 2          7          2          1          4          32         38         5

 

BERKSHIRE     7          1          0          6          23         47         2

 

CAMBS                        7          0          0          7            3        67         0

 

 

 

Arthur C. Clark

 

Essex Junior Match Secretary and Junior Division 1B Organiser.

 

 

 

ETTA Championships

REPORT FROM ESSEX JUNIOR CLOSED 2018

Arthur Clark reports on the days events at BATTS Harlow on Saturday 6 January 2018.

At the Closing Date for Entries there was a doubt that the event would be held but with a further dozen entries received up to Christmas Eve the event went ahead with 46 entries.. As no Under 13 Boys entered the Under 18 Boys event I was able to play these two events at the same time and save two hours on the days playing time.

First to play were these two events. For the Under 13 Boys there should have been two Groups of three players and two Groups of two. With two players not arriving who should have played in the two Groups of three, I later found out they were ill, all the players went through to the KO stage. Number one seed Ollie Rampton (Colchester) had a tight semi-final with team mate Liam Harris squeezing through 11, 11, 9 whilst in the other half Toby Zeffie (Southend) had an even closer semi-final to eventually beat Ralphy Pattison (BATTS) 7, -6, -10, 9, 7. In the final Ollie won 11, -9, 4, 4.

Under 13 winner - Ollie Rampton

Under 13 winner – Ollie Rampton

Meanwhile in the Under 18 Boys event top seed Sam Hume (Clacton) progressed comfortably to the final with 3-0 wins over Vineeth Kamma (Chelmsford) and Benjamin Sivathanu (BATTS). In the other half there was an upset in the semi-final when Abdul Raqueeb (Mossford) lost to Harry Keys (Southend) -8, 8, -7, 8, 9. In the final Sam won 3, -8, 7,4.

 

Under boys winner - Sam Hume

Under 18 Boys winner – Sam Hume

Under 18 Boys runner up - Harry Keys

Under 18 Boys runner up and Under 18 Boys Restricted winner – Harry Keys

The next events were the Under 15 Boys and Girls, the Girls in a round robin of four. Maliha Baig (Mossford) was the winner with Zara Darcy-Willis (NETTS) the runner up.

Under 15 Girls winner -  Maliha Baig

Under 15 Girls winner and Under 11 open winner -
Maliha Baig

In the Boys event the seven seeds all won their Groups and the top four all made their way to the semi-finals. The semis were both close matches. In the absence of Diesel Harvey (a school injury) and Daniel Young, Daniel Zeffie defeated William Skelt (both Southend) 11, -6, 8, 9 while in the other semi Ben Sivathanu gave top seed Jaden Aulakh (Mossford) a run for his money before losing 7, -12, 8, -7, 9.  In the final Jaden won 10, 2, 7.

Under 15 Boys winner -  Jaden Aulakh

Under 15 Boys winner -
Jaden Aulakh

There were also only four players in the Under 11 open event and Maliha Baig again triumphant. In the last match of the round robin she defeated Ralphy Pattison (BATTS) 6, 8, -10, 9 who became the runner up. The final event of the day was the Under 18 Boys Restricted event for players who had never played for the County. With no seeding in the event Harry Keys reached his second final of the day with a 5, 9, 8 win over Toby Kelly (Brentwood) while in the other half Colchester team mates Arran Hutchinson and Oliver Fifield played each other for a place in the final, Arran winning -10, 2, 5, 9. In the final Harry won 7, 7, 2.

Due to lack of entries there were no events for the Under 13 and Under 18 Girls.

Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary and Tournament Organiser.

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Fourth place finish for Essex Juniors

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REPORT ON THE JUNIOR DIVISION 2C MATCHES PLAYED ON SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2017

DIVISIONAL HONOURS ONLY RESOLVED AT THE END OF THE FINAL ROUND OF MATCHES

 

The final round of Junior Division 2C matches were played at the NETTS Table Tennis Club at the Recreation Club at Earls Colne where the first round of matches had been played some six weeks before. After that first round only two points separated the top four teams so there was all to play for when these teams played one another. Cambridgeshire 2 played an ineligible player in the first round of matches but the corrections only affected Sets and Games of their team and their opponents and not the points of any of the Teams.

 

The Essex Team was the same team as that that played in the first round of matches on 21 October, namely Abdul Raqueeb (483), Matthew Stringer (411), Jared Chelski (214), Jaz Harvey (307) and Maliha Baig. As Jaz had to get to the Harlow Playhouse for a Dress Rehearsal Chloe Andrews would play in the last match. Figures in red brackets are the current Junior Rating points of the relevant players.

 

In the first round of matches Essex played Herts who were one point ahead in third place in the Table. In the two opening matches Matthew lost to Finlay Cameron-Pryor (506) 3-1 whilst on the other table Jared lost to Jamie Watkin-Rees (546) 3-0. Jaz then played Ilyssa Lacorte (504) and after losing the first game 11-6 went on to win 3, 9, 11 and was extremely relieved to win that fourth game as that was the only match that the much higher ranked Ilyssa lost over the two days of play. On the other table Maliha was playing the highest ranked girl of any of the County teams, Charlotte Marsden (624) and understandably lost 3-0. Abdul lost 3-1 to the higher ranked Carl Breindel (687) whilst on the other table Jared was involved in a marathon match with Finlay. After winning the first two games 14 and 13 he lost the next two 8 and 6. In the decider he won the first six points only to lose the next seven. Resilience set in and five points later a great win was achieved. Jaz lost 3-0 to Charlotte while Maliha after going 2-1 up against Ilyssa finally lost 11-9 in the deciding game, a fine effort for a ten year old. Abdul beat Jamie 3-1, a good win, while Matthew lost 3-0 to Carl. With this defeat, 3-7, the Essex hopes of any honours were effectively over.

 

The Essex team now had to play second placed Sussex 2 who could take over the lead of the Division depending upon the result of the Suffolk v Herts match. The Sussex team were determined to get back to Division 1 having been relegated last season and won the first four matches. Jared and Matthew both lost 3-0 easily to Kiego Burnham (405) and Billy Keegan (487) respectively. Maliha lost 3-1 to Joelle Bennett (262) while Jaz was involved with a marathon match with Jodie Morris (264), finally losing -9, -9, 9, 10, 11. Abdul finally achieved an Essex win, 3-1 over Owen Brown (513). Jared found Billy too much of a handful, losing 3-0 but Jaz beat Joelle in a very close match 10, 5, 9. Maliha had a five game match with Jodie losing 11-6 in the deciding game having been 2-1 up. Jared and Abdul lost the last two matches to enable the Sussex team to take over the top spot in the table after this 8-2 win and a Suffolk defeat.

 

For the last round of matches Essex played Beds who were one place below Essex in the Table. Having not won a match all day Matthew employed Maliha as coach and two wins as a result, both 3-0 over George Whitley (243) and Ben Reddy (469). It came as a bit of a surprise for Abdul to lose to both Oliver Horswell (485) and Ben Reddy, both in the fifth game. Two wins each for both Chloe and Maliha over Maddie Whitley (70) and Gemma Russell and  for Jared over Oliver and George gave the Essex Team an 8-2 win and fourth place. For Chloe a place in the Essex Hall of fame for junior players having a 100% record playing for an Essex Junior Team. For next season Chloe, Matthew and Abdul will no longer be Junior players.

My thanks to John Jennings for umpiring all day and Tim, John and Tehmoor for coaching the players.

FINAL TABLE

P          W         D         L          F          A          Pts

Sussex 2                     7          6          1          0          58        12        13

Herts                           7          6          1          0          55        15        13

Suffolk                       7          5          0          2          50        20        10

Essex 2                       7          4          0          3          40        30          8

Cambs 2                     7          3          0          4          26        44          6

Beds                            7          2          0          5          22        48          4

Sussex 3                     7          1          0          6          25        45          2

Northants 2                7          0          0          7            7        63          0

Arthur C. Clark

Essex Junior Match Secretary and

Junior Division 2C Organiser.

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COME BACK OF THE DAY BY MELIHA BAIG

SONY DSCREPORT ON THE JUNIOR DIVISION 2C MATCHES PLAYED ON SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2017

At the NETTS Table Tennis Club at the Earls Colne Recreation Club Essex were the hosts to County Champs Junior Division 2C first round of matches on Saturday 21 October 2017. A full Division of eight teams with six teams from East Anglia, Northants the most northern, and two Sussex teams from the south coast. Last season’s relegated teams Sussex 2 and Hertfordshire would be looking to get back to Division 1 as would Suffolk and Essex 2 who both narrowly missed out on promotion last season. All matches were played on two tables.

The Essex 2 team was Abdul Raqueeb, Matthew Stringer, Jared Chelski, Jaz Harvey and ten year old Maliha Baig. At the time of selection Casey and Alana Mansfield’s grandfather was seriously ill and sadly he has very recently passed away. Figures in red brackets are the current Junior Rating points of the relevant players.

In the first round of matches Essex 2 played Cambridgeshire 2 and won the first two matches. Debutant Abdul (420) beat Josh Curry 3-1 while Jared defeated Matthew Pryke (300) 3-0. Jaz (284) beat Chloe Pryke 10, 8, 9 while on the other table Maliha had to play Emily Brown (258). Maliha won the first two games but then Emily gradually got back into the match and although Maliha had a chance to take the fourth game she finally lost -6, -10, 8, 10, 4. Matthew (420) then lost 3-0 to Zach Martillo (722) but Jared was taken to a deciding game by Josh and came back from a couple of points down to win that 12-10 to put Essex up 4-2. Maliha lost 3-1 to Chloe after winning the first game and Jaz lost to Emily 12-10 in the fourth game. Our Matthew beat their Matthew 8, 10, -8, 10 and with Abdul a comfortable win over the much higher ranked Zach a good start for the Essex Team with a 6-4 win.

In the next round Essex played Sussex 3, who only had one girl player. Matthew lost to Billy Keegan (433) 3,12,10 while Jared was taken to a fifth game by Ed Cozens and won that game 11-1. Abdul then beat Mathew Johnson (406) 3-0 while Maliha was involved in another marathon. 2-1 down she won the fourth game to 8 and the fifth game was either player’s to win until at 10-10 Maliha won the next two important points with attacking shots. Two more five game matches, Matthew losing to Ed and Abdul defeating Billy Keegan after getting the second game 18-16 after losing the first. Jared lost the last match after Jaz had beaten Sasha 3-0. A 7-3 win.

Essex met neighbours Suffolk in the third round with both teams leading the Table although Suffolk had the better sets difference. They had not played one another at Junior level for several seasons but Essex had the better record at Cadet level. However the Suffolk players were now ranked higher than the Essex players. Matthew and Jared both lost their opening matches 3-0 to Kian Burgess (865) and Luke Davies-Stokes (525) respectively. Jaz beat Lucy Curtis 3-0 and Maliha put up a strong performance against Holly McGerty (428) in losing 9, 8, 5. After Abdul lost to Daniel Shelley (547) and Matthew his second match, both 3-1, Jaz then produced her best performance of the day with a great -13, 6, 3, 5 win over the higher ranked Holly and not to be outdone Maliha took the first two games off Lucy 6 and 5. The third game did not go according to plan and she found herself 10-6 down. Remembering back to her first round match (did she?) where a two-nought lead was lost now was the time to attack. Four winning points later it was 10-10 and two more attacking points clinched it. A great come back at a crucial stage. I don’t think Lucy could believe it. Unfortunately Abdul and Jared could not achieve the same so Suffolk won 7-3 to retain top spot but Essex dropped to fourth in the Table.

For the last round of the day Northants 2 were the opposition. They were bottom of the Division having only won two sets all day so a maximum win was the target. Eight of the first nine matches were won 3-0, Jared needing a fourth game when he lost the third, and Abdul needed five games to beat Jacob Tattersall in the last match for the 10-0 win.

There is only two points between the top four teams. In the final round of three matches all four teams have to play two of the other three teams so the winner of the Division may not be determined until the very end of the last round of matches. I am not even going to have a guess as to who this may be. The final round of matches will be held at the same venue, The Earls Colne Recreation Club, on Saturday 2 December, with a playing time start of 10.30 am. I will send a reminder round nearer the time as I intend to keep the same team.

CURRENT TABLE              
  P W D L F A Pts
Suffolk 4 4 0 0 31 9 8
Sussex 2 4 3 1 0 34 6 7
Herts 4 3 1 0 30 10 7
Essex 2 4 3 0 1 26 14 6
Cambs 2 4 1 0 3 18 22 2
Beds 4 1 0 3 10 30 2
Sussex 3 4 0 0 4 9 31 0
Northants 2 4 0 0 4 2 38 0

 

Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary and
Junior Division 2C Organiser.

 

 

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ESSEX WIN AFTER A TOUGH DEBUT FOR THE TEAM

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CADET COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS  -  DIVISION 1A, 7 OCTOBER 2017

The first round of County Cadet Division 1A matches were played at the Grange School, Christchurch, Dorset, on Saturday 7 October 2017 with four rounds of matches played. With long journeys ahead of them Daniel Zeffie and Olivia Jones travelled down the previous evening with their parents and coach Kieran Skeggs as did Maliha Baig and her father but by train. Daniel Young and Ben Sivathanu both had the early morning alarm call for the three hour journey. For all these players it would be the initiation to County Championship representation for Essex. A tough time for the team was expected as the three top ranked Essex Cadet players were unable to play. All matches were played on two tables. Red figures in brackets are the current ranking points of the player.

For their first match they had to play Dorset 1. For the opening two matches Daniel Zeffie (346) played Jack Trafford (837 and the highest ranked player Essex would play all day) and lost 3-1 whilst on the other table Ben Sivathanu (328) had to play Jordan Pang (322) with the match going the full distance before Ben lost 7, -11, -6, 8, -10 after having game points to win the second and last games. Maliha (280) then made the match score 1-2 when defeating Jess Moggeridge (240) 8, 5, 8 but Olivia (84) lost to Sophie Bargsai 3-1 after winning the first game. Sadly that was the only match that Essex won although Olivia’s match with Jess went to five games and Daniel Young (348) lost narrowly to Jack 7, 10, 11. Matt Stanfield (489) beat both Daniel Young and Ben.

For the second round of matches Essex had to play Devon who had been relegated from the Premier Division last season and intent on going straight back up after thrashing Middlesex 9-1 in the first round. Maliha and Olivia were no match for Gemma Kerr (957) and Mari Baldwin (933) losing all four matches easily 3-0. Daniel Zeffie achieved the only Essex win, a hard earned 8, 9, -13, 11 over the much higher ranked Jakub Piwowar (596). Daniel took a game off both Herbie Sage (714) and Oliver Cornish (566) and Ben managed one from Jakub.

For the next round bottom team Essex met the team just above them in the Table, Sussex 2, who had lost 8-2 to Surrey 2 and 7-3 to Middlesex. This was a real close match. Daniel Young beat Allessio Marocco (583) 13-11 in the fourth game after losing the first but on the other table Ben lost to Sam Watts (467) 3-0. Olivia had a marathon match with Ellesse Trangmar (119) ending in a nail biting 12, 6, -8, -2, 9 win whilst Maliha beat Sasha O’Halloran (98) 3-0 and went on to beat Ellesse 3-0 as well. Olivia had another stamina sapping match with Sasha but this time the nail biting did not work, Olivia losing the last three points and the deciding game 8-11. Daniel Zeffie’s match with Jacob Evans (615) also went to a deciding game which he lost -10, 6, -10, 8, -8 while Ben’s 3-1 win over Allessio was his first of the day. At this stage the match score was 5-3 to Essex. Daniel Young then lost 3-0 to Jacob and it was left to Daniel Zeffie to beat Sam 3-1 and gain Essex two precious points with the 6-4 win. Well done to the boys and Olivia for all winning matches against higher ranked opposition.

In the days final round the opponents were Glamorgan 2. At the time I knew that they had lost their two previous matches both 6-4 but what I did not know was that it was the girls who won the four in each match. Fortunately this match followed the same pattern. The boys won their six against Harry Jones (214), Evan O’Connor (193) and Elliott Jones, Daniel Young needing a fourth game in both his matches and Ben a fourth against Evan while Maliha and Olivia were no match for Lauren Stacey (363) and Grace Clemment.

For the remaining matches the Division has been split in to two halves, Essex, Surrey 2 and Middlesex 2 will play one another on 11 November at Earls Colne whilst the western half of the Division, Devon, Dorset 1, Glamorgan 2 and Sussex 2 have yet to agree a date and venue for their matches.

A great come back after the first two tough matches and a pleasing start to their hoped for Essex careers. Also thanks to coach Kieran Skeggs for mastering the task of watching matches on two tables at the same time and giving the players advice accordingly. I hope he enloyed his day as much as the players. I think a draw with Middlesex or Surrey (or both) will be sufficient for the team to avoid relegation bearing in mind that Sussex and Glamorgan both have to play Devon and Dorset.

CURRENT TABLE
P W D L F A Pts
Devon 3 3 0 0 26 4 6
Surrey 2 4 2 1 1 21 19 5
Dorset 1 3 2 1 0 20 10 5
Middlesex 2 4 2 0 2 18 22 4
Essex 4 2 0 2 14 26 4
Glamorgan 2 3 0 0 3 12 18 0
Sussex 2 3 0 0 3 9 21 0

 

 

Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary and Cadet Division 1A Organiser.

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Sheila Howe

 

Clacton AGM - Sheila with Chairman Peter White and new President Shirley Rowlen

Clacton AGM – Sheila with Chairman Peter White and new President Shirley Rowlen

There was a tinge of sadness at the Clacton and District League’s Annual General Meeting this month when League President Sheila Howe announced she had decided to step down and take a well-deserved rest.

It was sixty years ago – when Harold Macmillan was Prime Minister and premium bonds had just been introduced – that a young Sheila Mills burst on to the North East Essex table tennis scene with victories in the Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles at the 1957 Clacton Closed Championships.

Little did anyone realise that Sheila Howe – as she was to become – would dominate women’s table tennis in Clacton for the next four decades.

In 1960 she won the first of her 19 Ladies Singles titles, the last being in 1999. Together with 20 Ladies Doubles and 14 Mixed Doubles, Sheila chalked up 53 major titles, an unparalleled achievement.

Sheila (Mills - as she then was) and Ray Caley after their Mixed Doubles success at the 1957 Closed Championships

Sheila (Mills – as she then was) and Ray Caley after their Mixed Doubles success at the 1957 Closed Championships

Sheila has always been a popular and well-respected member of the local table tennis community. She continued playing in the League until three years ago and, throughout her playing career, win or lose, it was always with a smile on her face.

It was no surprise that, in 2001, Sheila was made League President and, since then, she has undertaken her duties in a conscientious, dependable and friendly manner. Sheila was made a life member of Essex County TTA in 2006.

Thank you, Sheila, for all you’ve done for the Clacton and District League. You’re a genuine star!

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The Corti Woodcock Award – Paul Davison

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Paul Davison,
A high performance junior who became interested in coaching at the age of 16, helping at various sessions he was attending. He became a qualified coach at the age of 19 in 1996 and then quickly progressed to L3 in 1999 earning in the process the ETTA Young Coach of the Year award. One of the first coaches to do so.
He began his club coaching career at Sudbury TTC and when that venue closed he started a new club, NETTS, in 2000. Initially based at Gosfield School. The club relocated to Earls Colne in 2003 which has been their base ever since.  The club had two simple aims; to help young players to reach their potential and provide a place for senior players to play.  A European style club was envisaged with the aim for lots of players congregating on the same night, possible with a large venue, the club also experimented with different playing formats including an individual league before coming up with successful Top 12 and 2-a-side formats. The clubs most successful season competition wise was in 09/10. In this year they were Senior British League Champions (Division 3 South), Women’s British League Champions (Division 3) and National Cadet League: Eastern Region Champions. They also took the Junior British League title (Girls Division 2 Champions) in the 2002/2003 Season – not bad for a small rural club taking on the city boys!
The Corti Woodcock Award.  -  Corti Woodcock was 5’ 1” in height but was a giant among the pioneers of the sport of Table Tennis.  He was instrumental in promoting and organising the game locally and internationally. The West Essex League, Essex County TTA, The ETTA and the ITTF all owe their first faltering steps to his drive and vision.  He was a winner and a leader.  Corti died in 1958.
To honour his life and perpetuate his memory the County set up a board of Trustees to administer an award given annually in recognition of services to Table Tennis in Essex. It is a unique award in as much it cannot be won, it can only be earned.  During February of each year the General Secretary invites nominations from Leagues and of course nominations can also be made by any two individuals affiliated to the County.  These together with nominations from the previous year are discussed by the board in April.
A quick scan of the internet, what a wonderful device, gives us the following information.
The West Essex League has a Corti Woodcock Cup
The Saint Bride Vase originally presented by C. Corti-Woodcock of the Saint Bride Club in London in 1929 is presented to the Men’s winner of the world championship
We found mention of C. Corti Woodcock as President of the Essex Golf Union
The USA TTA site also mentions C. Corti Woodcock as a former ETTA Chairman.
Chinese web sites once w’d managed to get the translation software to work also made considerable mention of C. Corti-Woodcock.
We have taken this brief time to layout the fact that Corti-Woodcock contact and influence within TT and into other sports goes far beyond Essex.  In effect it makes the award of the Corti-Woodcock Trophy just that bit more special.  It is the county’s most prestigious award. In the past it has been awarded for exceptional actions as well as rewarding long service to our sport.
This year the award is for exceptional work. Paul knew the lighting at NETTS was not good enough to stage quality TT events. So he set about doing something about it. Money was the key and he managed  to extract funding from Table Tennis England, A local Community Grant fund, Eastern Region Table Tennis, Essex County Table Tennis, Braintree Table Tennis League, the Earls Colne Club, NETTS also contributed and ran some fund raising activities. He persuaded some in kind support from De Vere Travel and Richard Edwards & Partners Accounting. Besides doing this he also prepared a detailed Development Plan, needed if you plan to extract funding from Table Tennis England. In total Paul drew in £20,000 of funding for the club. During this time contact was being made with suitable contractors who would quote for new LED lighting. From start to finish the project has taken about 9 months to bring to fruition. Of course now the lights are installed the work is just starting. The next phase of the development plan comes into play. Getting more people playing table tennis, sounds simple but the work will not stop.
So well done to Paul for his efforts in improving and developing NETTS. He is a worthy winner of the Corti Woodcock Award. Paul was presented with his award by Essex County President, Stuart Gibbs.