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JANE LI ‘SERVES’ UP SOMETHING SPECIAL AT COLCHESTER TOURNAMENT

Jake and Aimee Serve CropJane Li of Tollgate became the youngest ever Colchester Ladies Champion and in doing so completed a unique treble of titles of Cadet (U15), Junior (U18) and Senior at this weekend’s Colchester & District Table Tennis League Tournament held at the Holmwood House School Sports Hall. Jane is the first person to achieve this feat and to add to the list she also won the Junior Doubles! Her opponent in the ladies Final was Aimee Sparkes of Gt Horkesley who had won on the last four occasions and as expected the final was a close, five set roller coaster. Li took the first set with Sparkes coming back strongly to take the next two ends. Li commented “Aimee’s strong forehand loops were causing me problems so I tried to attack more down the backhand wing which slowly worked giving me more confidence after a nervy start.” The shot that personified this was at game point to Li in the fourth when she crashed a forehand counter-hit passed a surprised Sparkes. Li continued “I carried this tactic into the final end as I knew this was my last chance to compete in all three events!” Jane took the title in fine style winning all twelve of her singles across the three events. She won the Cadets on the Saturday as well as the Junior Girls with runners-up Sam Hume (St James) and Gracie Edwards (H20 Rowhedge) respectively. To add to her silverware she completed a memorable weekend teaming up with Tollesbury’s Ben Page to beat favourites Jermaine Fearon and Josh Sidki.

Jane Li

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Mens finalist Keiran Lally in action

The Men’s final was no less exiting, in fact it was the seventh consecutive time that the title has gone the full, five set distance, each time producing a different winner! Defending champion Keiran Lally was up against twice Ipswich Men’s winner Jake Collins, ranked 72 in England. He had recently undergone eye surgery and following the loss of the first set was forced to apply eye drops before returning to take the second end. The shear acceleration of Collins forehand with very little back-lift was impressive as earlier against Andy Warner he incredibly switched hands during a rally to play a left handed chop with aplomb, winning the rally! He moved through the gears to take the third end but Lally struck back in the fourth in his words “struggling to find his rhythm” as Collins had failed to let him settle. However, the trademark ‘head-roll’ loops were in evidence and the crowd waited with bated breath for the final set. This proved something of an anti-climax as Collins opened up a 6-0 lead that Lally could not overcome as Collins ran out a worthy winner -9, 6, 7, -10, 2. Collins commented “I just got a good start in the last end and hang on by keeping it tight (with short pushes) and getting in before Keiran with my forehand when possible.

Jermaine

Earlier Collins was fortunate to survive a huge offensive onslaught from Jermaine Fearon who opened up a two sets lead with his ‘swashbuckling’ forehand before Collins slowly fought his way back to level the match. Fearon was not finished and led 10-6 in the final set but Collins used all his considerable tournament experience to come out on top 12-10 in the first knock-out round. This was arguably the best match of the weekend. Collins went on to take out Andy Warner in three straight in the semi-final as Lally accounted for James Denyer (St James) in four ends at the same stage having beaten Greg Green in a close five-setter in the Quarter-Finals.
Lally teamed up with Greg Green to beat Tollgate Club mates Andy Warner and Nigel Hodder in the Men’s Doubles in three straight sets. The younger pairing have never been beaten since joining forces two years ago and only dropped one set in this year’s retention of their title.

Gill Locke (St James) and Annabelle Rodriguez (Tollgate) were beaten by the scratch pairing of Aimee Sparkes and Lilo Roesch (University of Essex) for whom both their original partners withdrew from the weekend due to the flu virus in the Ladies Doubles to win another close five-set encounter on the night.

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University of Essex Lilo Roesch

The Mixed Doubles went the way of the Ipswich pairing of Aimee Sparkes and Jake Collins who beat holders for the past two years Gill Locke and James Denyer.

Andy Warner won the Veteran’s 40+ title for the first time defeating doubles partner Nigel Hodder in the most entertaining match of the evening with Hodder running out of steam, the aggressor and Warner, the defender standing firm from the back. Charlie Fulcher (Tollgate) retained the Vets 50+ beating a spirited John Andrews (H20 Rowhedge) whilst Ian Whiteside (Pegasus) also retained the 60+ event defeating Fred Button (H20 Rowhedge).

Jermaine Fearon capped a good weekend beating compatriot Josh Sidki in the Junior Singles final, the pair the most improved players in the league without doubt and now playing in British League for Survey Initiative Rowhedge.

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Matt Horrocks in flowing action

In the Divisional Singles the unbeaten Ian Whiteside beat Matthew Horrocks in Division One and Chris Brook accounted for John Hatley (St James) to win the Second Division crown. Adam Cuthbert (H20 Rowhedge) bt Daryl Lott (Tollgate) in the Division Three final and events were rounded off with Long Hei Chan (UOE) winning the Division Four event with Lauren James (H20 Rowhedge) runner-up.

Wudong Liu in Action during the weekend

Wudong Liu in Action during the weekend

There was a star-studded line-up of Essex aficionados in the audience including Essex Chairman Ken Field, BATTS supremo Neil Brierley and Essex and Chelmsford stalwart Arthur Clark.

All photographs courtesy of Roger Hance

Men’s Singles Semi-Finals:
Jake Collins bt Andy Warner 4, 7, 10.
Keiran Lally bt James Denyer 5, -11, 7, 4.

Junior Boys Final:
Jermaine Fearon bt Josh Sidki 5, 9, -8, 4.

Ladies Doubles Final:
Aimee Sparkes & Lilo Roesh bt Gill Locke & Annabelle Rodriguez 6, 9, -5, -9, 8.

Veteran’s 40+ Final:
Andy Warner bt Nigel Hodder -10, 8, 7, -8, 5.

Mixed Doubles Final:
Aimee Sparkes & Jake Collins bt Gill Locke & James Denyer 18, -7, 8, 7.

Men’s Doubles Final:
Keiron Lally & Greg Green bt Andy Warner & Nigel Hodder 7, 6, 10,

Ladies Singles Final:
Jane Li bt Aimee Sparkes 7, -8, -6, 9, 7.

Men’s Singles Final:
Jake Collins bt Keiran Lally -9, 6, 7, -10, 2.
Saturday’s Events Winner Runner Up

Cadet Singles Jane Li Sam Hume

Junior Girls Singles Jane Li Gracie Edwards

Junior Doubles Jane Li & Ben Page Jermaine Fearon & Josh Sidki

Junior Handicapped Singles Matthew Rogers Jermaine Fearon

Junior Handicapped Doubles Lewis & Morgan Bardell Josh Sidki & Daniel Young

Senior Handicapped Singles Sam Hume Matthew Horrocks

Senior Handicapped Doubles Steve Holland & Matthew Rogers Adam Cuthbert & Sam Hume

Division 1 Singles Ian Whiteside Matthew Horrocks

Division 2 Singles Chris Brook John Hatley

Division 3 Singles Adam Cuthbert Daryl Lott

Division 4 Singles Long Hei Chan Lauren James

Veteran’s 50+ Singles Charlie Fulcher John Andrews

Veteran’s 60+ Singles Ian Whiteside Fred Button

 

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Cadet County Championships – Essex v Herts

The adjacent County Cadet Division 1A match between Essex and Hertfordshire was held at BATTS Harlow on Sunday 26 January 2013. All but two of the Division’s matches had already been played and the result of this match would determine positions 3 and 4 in the Table. Herts needed a draw on Sets difference and Essex needed a win. For Essex this would be difficult as the Herts boys were all ranked well above the Essex boys. The match was played on two tables as were all the previous matches in the Division.

In the opening two matches Sam Hume played Herts No. 1, Chris Clifford and Ryan Gooday played George Coulson. Sam lost the first two games 5, 7 but determined play saw him lead 10-6 in the third game but the England No. 41 cadet clawed these points back and also the next two to win the match. Ryan faced the task of playing a player ranked 270 points above him. Having won the first game to 8 Ryan narrowly lost the second to 9 and nothing went right in the third, losing to 2. In the fourth 10-6 down Ryan won the next six points to take the match to a decider. 5-0 down at the change round the Herts coach called a time out at 6-6 to calm down the now anxious George and Howard Grant, the Essex coach, did the same with Ryan 6-10 down Ryan got three points back but lost the next from a net cord. The next two matches were the girls, both won 3-0 Tania Dennison winning against Megan Allaway and Zoe Davies losing to Charlize Uy although at 5-1 up in the second game there were Essex hopes. James Knudsen was no match for the quicksilver Ethan Walsh, the England No. 4 Under 13 ranked player and both representing BATTS in various tournaments, being destroyed 1, 7, 4. However the ever improving Sam kept Essex in the match by beating George 9, 7, 8 after some great attacking rallies by both players.

Zoe and Tania then both won their matches to bring the match score to 4-4, Zoe winning the last half dozen points in the third game to pull back a 9-5 deficit against Megan and Tania defeating Charlize in four after losing the second game from 10-10 to two nets. Thus third and fourth places depended upon the results of the last two matches, James against Chris and Ryan against Ethan. James fared much better in this match, much more his style, just losing the first game 11-9 but taking the second 13-11. Chris, however, upped his game to win the next two 5 and 7 for Herts to secure third place in the Table. Meanwhile on the other table a marathon match ensued. Ryan seemed much more adapted to deal with Ethan’s lighting thrusts and get his own cross table forehand shots in with good effect to go 10-9 up in the first but then lost the next three points. Ethan seemed to be on his way to a 3-0 win after taking the second game 11-6 but Ryan hit back taking the next two games 4, 3 as Ethan got more and more anxious and Ryan’s forehand more accurate. The start of the decider went Ethan’s way and at the change round he was 5-0 up. Two minutes later it was 8-8 and time for the Herts coach, Roger Close, to call a time out. This worked and with Ryan 8-10 down it was Howard’s turn to call a time out. This worked as well as the score became 10-10 but unfortunately for Ryan his next two forehands just missed the end of the table so Herts won the Match 6-4.

A good match and thanks to Howard for coaching the Essex Team in Stuart’s absence due to a Vets British League commitment. Just five points was the difference between a Herts 6-4 win and an Essex 6-4 win and a good overall performance from the Essex Team.

The match between Kent and Middlesex to determine the winner and runner up positions in the Division is likely to be played on Sunday 16 March.

 

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

 

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ESSEX JUNIOR CLOSED 2013 – 2014

SONY DSCThe Essex Junior Closed was held at BATTS Harlow on Saturday 11 January 2014. At the Closing Date there were 62 entries (the reverse numerals figure at the same stage last year) and with the acceptance of late entries the final entry figure was 73 entries as against last year’s 37, ie just on double. It was great to have this number of entrants, the downside being that most events had to start with Groups of three players instead of the four to six range of last year to avoid a late evening finish.

The opening events were the Under 13 Boys and Under 15 Girls events. In the Boys event the only seed in the eight Groups not to win his Group was Eastbury’s Rokas Dedinas, defeated by Havering’s Oscar Terrell, and Rokas then found he had to play the number one seed Rahul Jindal (Mossford) in the first round of the knockout stage, losing 6, 10, 7 to him. Oscar, however, went on to reach the final defeating number 2 seed Morgan Harvey (Clacton) 9, 8, 5 in the quarter final and number three seed Casey Mansfield (BATTS) 5, -8, 5, 9 in the semi. Rahul dropped games in his quarter and semi-finals against Louis Jones and Ali Cangir (both Eastbury) and went on to take the title with an 11, 7, 9 win over Oscar. Only one Group match needed a deciding game, Syed Hussain (Eastbury) clinging on to his seeded position with a 11-6 win after the opening two games with Sean Miley (BATTS) were shared.

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The surprise in the U15 Girls event was Zoe Davies (Southend) loss in Group 2 to Rebecca Lowman (Burnham) 6, -10, 4, -9, 13 in her first match, perhaps a 0910 start was too early for her. Rebecca went on to win the Group with Zoe the runner up. In the other Group match number one seed Gracie Edwards (Clacton) woke up a little quicker after losing her first game to Emily Smith (Southend) to take the next three 6, 10, 6. Emily also lost narrowly 10, 6, 11 to runner up Sarah James. Thus the expected final became the semi final with a rejuvenated Zoe winning a tremendous battle 10, -9, 3, -10, 8. In the other semi Sarah James (Eastbury) beat Rebecca 16-14 in the fourth game to reach the final but lost to Gracie 2, 9, 7.

SONY DSCThere were 13 Groups in the U15 Boys event and the top four seeds all reached the semi finals. Of the top seeds in each Group only Louis Jones (Eastbury) failed to win his Group, losing to Alexander Terrell (Havering).Alexander went on to reach the quarter finals where he lost to top seed James Knudsen (BATTS) 6, 7, 5. However, in a tight match, James then lost to third seed Dylan Dixon (Mossford), Dylan coming back from 2-0 down to win the deciding game 11-7. Dylan had also won the decider in the previous round 11-7 against Southend’s Daniel Payne. In the other half of the draw Sam Hume (Clacton) reached the final without dropping a game and continued this form in the final winning 5, 10, 7. The fourth seed was Numayr Malik (Eastbury) who came back from 2-0 down to beat Casey Mansfield in Round 2 and Jack Stockdale 3-1 in the quarter final.

SONY DSCIn the U18 Girls event with the withdrawal of one girl on the day I changed the three Groups of three players to two Groups of four. Top seed Emily Wood had a disastrous day in her Group and will quickly want to forget it. This left the way open for Zoe Davies to reach the final but only after a last gasp 14-12 deciding game with Emily in the Group. Zoe’s semi final victim was Lauren James (Colchester) 7, 6, 9. who had finished runner up to Gracie Edwards in the other Group after two 3-2 wins over Shannon Conway (Eastbury) and league compatriot Chloe Andrews. The final was another titanic battle only this time Gracie gained revenge for her earlier defeat to Zoe 8, 9, -8, -10, 8.

SONY DSCFor the U18 Boys event there were six Groups. Only seed not to win his Group was Luke Jones (BATTS) defeated by the ever improving Dylan Dixon. Of the four first round matches three of them went the full distance, Sam Hume 7, 8, -8, -11, 5 over Luke including a saved match point, Dylan 5, -8, -5, 9, 10 over Joshua Poland (BATTS) and Daniel Payne (Southend) over Tharujan Sivarajah -4, 10, -9, 6, 9. Three of the four top seeds all reached the semi finals but James Knudsen again lost to Dylan, this time 3-0. Patrick Gilbert (NETTS), who had beaten Sam 9, 7, 11 in the quarters, defeated top seed Livingstone Nadarajah (Eastbury) 11, 5, 9 whilst player of the day Dylan defeated defensive clubmate Navdeep Panesar 6, -8, 6, -8, 8. In the final both players had game points in the first game but thereafter Dylan just kept his nose in front to win 15, 9, 7.

SONY DSCMeanwhile on the other tables the U13 Girls and U18 Girls Restricted Girls events were being played. The U13 was a round robin of four players, Gracie Edwards, Emily Smith, Alana Mansfield (BATTS) and Mia Charles (NETTS). All matches were won 3-0 except for the match between Emily and Gracie which decided the top two positions in the Group, Gracie winning -8, 10, 5, -11, 5. In the Restricted event Emily Wood had to concede her semi final to Rebecca Lowman due to a prior commitment after the earlier Girls events overran their allocated times and in the other Semi Shannon Conway just sneaked past Lauren James -7, 5, -9, 7, 9. The final also went to five games with Shannon just getting home after a fight back for Rebecca 9, 5, -7, -9, 8.

SONY DSCThe last event of the day was the U18 Boys Restricted Singles and three groups. Luke Jones, Patrick Gilbert (a deciding game over Numayr Malik) and Tharujan Sivarajah (a deciding game over James Ashley (Mossford) were the three Group winners. In the final Patrick beat Luke 6, 10, 9

My thanks to Umpires John Jennings and Tom Jones for their stalwart duties and Alan Wood for obtaining such nice trophies. A joy to see so many more entries than the last two years and I think a good day was enjoyed by all. Finishing Group positions and Knockout Stage scores and Results for every event are on the Essex website.

 

Arthur C. Clark
Junior Match Secretary and Tournament Organiser.

 

Vets Div 1 Inter League Report 24th April 2011

Vets Div 1.          Champions Ilford with 23 points

Round 1.              Favourites Ilford played Colchester, winning 8-1. Ray Lam, Paul Martindill and Phil Walker were all unbeaten for Ilford, although Jimmy Farrow, Kenny Lewis and Roger Warren had several close games and as Roger said, they were very enjoyable matches. Colchester’s Jimmy Farrow and Kenny Lewis prevented the whitewash winning the final doubles against Paul and Phil. In the other match Harlow also proved too strong for Southend, winning 8-1. Paul Cummins, Dave Langham and Carl Johnson doing the damage, Southend’s only win coming from Richard Brown who beat Dave Langham in a tight 5 setter.

 
 Round 2.              Southend fared better against Colchester winning 7-2. They won all the doubles but Colchester’s Kenny Lewis beat Tim Pang in straight games and Jimmy Farrow beat Nigel Lamb in 4. Richard Brown was undefeated for Southend. The 2 leading teams met, Ilford and Harlow, with Ilford taking the tie 6-3 and thus being virtually assured of the Title. Ray Lam won both his singles for Ilford, with Paul Martindill winning 1 and Phil walker drawing a blank; whilst Dave Langham, Graham Frankel and Carl Johnson won a game each. The key factor of this match was that Ilford won all 3 doubles: that was the difference and they won the tie 6-3.        

Final Round.      The final round was a bit of an anticlimax with Ilford taking the title with a 9-0 win over Southend: Ray Lam, Paul Martindill and Sal Ahmed doing the damage. Harlow took 2nd place beating Colchester 7-2; Graham Frankel and Carl Johnson were undefeated, with Dave Lanham losing in the fifth 11-9 to Ken Lewis and Colchester took one of the doubles when Ken & Jimmy Farrow beat Dave and Graham in 4.

 County Chairman Ken Field thanked the players and leagues for their support in making it a good day; Neil Brierley and Batts for allowing us to use their excellent venue; to the girls at Batts for the tasty food and finally, Jayne Johnson for help run the very enjoyable day.

Vets Division 1
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points
Ilford 3 3 0 0 23
Harlow 3 2 0 1 18
Southend 3 1 0 2 8
Colchester 3 0 0 3 5
           
Round 1 Ilford  8      Colchester 1   Harlow 8         Southend 1
Round 2 Ilford  6       Harlow 3   Southend  7   Colchester 2
Round 3 Ilford  9       Southend 0   Harlow  7        Colchester 2

Mens Inter League Report 23rd April 2011

Men’s Division 1 Saturday 23rd April 2011 @ Batts

Round 1.              The first match involved Ilford and Clacton. Ilford’s Essex 1st team player, Matt Spero, proved too strong, winning all his 3 games, whilst Clacton’s Gary Young and Greg Green were almost as strong, winning 2 games each – the match ending in a 5 all draw. In the other match, Southend & Harlow were also evenly matched, with George Reeves and Kevin Read winning a brace each for the ‘Seasiders’ and the very difficult Dave Langham winning 2 for Ilford; Southend just edging it , winning the tie 6-4.

 Round 2.              Harlow made up ground on Southend, with a 7-3 win over Ilford. Matt Spero won his first 2 games but injured his shoulder and lost out in his final game to Maciej Nakieski in 5 sets, 13-11 in the 5th. Maciej went on to win all his games for Harlow, supported by Dave Langham with 2. Southend had another close encounter beating Clacton 6-4, with consistent George Reeves and Kevin Read both winning 2 games for Southend.

Final Round.      Going into the final round, only one point separated Southend and Harlow. Southend beat Ilford 8-2, with Matt Spero conceding his last 2 matches due to his injured shoulder. This left Harlow requiring a most improbable, 9 or 10 victory. But with Paul Cummings and Maciej Nakieski winning 3 each and Dave Langham 2, it all ended up, depending on the result of the last match of the tournament. This was a doubles and Clacton’s Gary Young and Colin Stallwood took the first 2 sets and Harlow’s chances looked slim; but back came Maciej Nakieski and Paul Cummings to level at 2 sets all and 8 points all, before they took the next 3 points and the match.

Southend and Harlow were declared joint winners on the day.

Men’s Division
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points
Southend 3 3 0 0 20
Harlow 3 2 0 1 20
Clacton 3 1 0 2 10
Ilford 3 0 1 2 10
           
Round 1 Southend 6   Harlow 4   Clacton 5   Ilford 5
Round 2 Southend 6   Clacton 4   Harlow 7   Ilford 3
Round 3 Southend 8   Ilford 2   Harlow 9   Clacton 1

Success for Essex Clubs in ETTA Club of the year awards

Essex County Table Tennis Association would like to congratulate the Essex based clubs who achieved success at the ETTA club of the Year awards.

Mossford TTC based in Woodford Green were runners-up in the Advanced PremierClub of the Year award and were winners of that award for the London Region. For more information about Mossford visit their website at Mossford TTC

NETTS based at Earls Colne near Halstead were the East Region Excellence PremierClub of the year.  For more information about NETTS visit their website at NETTS

BATTS based at Old Harlow were the East Region Advanced PremierClub of the year.  For more information about BATTS visit their website at BATTS

BNCA TTC based at Black Notley near Braintree were the East Region PremierClub Mark Club of the year.  For more information about BNCA visit their website at BNCA TTC

To see the full list of winners across the county visit  Coaching, Volunteer & Club Awards 2011

Essex secure 2nd place in Junior Premier Division 2/3 April

ARTHUR CLARK REPORTS ON THE JUNIOR PREMIER DIVISION MATCHES PLAYED ON SATURDAY/SUNDAY 2/3 APRIL 2011

 The second round of Junior Premier County Championship matches was held at the Wood Green High School, Wednesbury on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 2/3 April with two matches on Saturday afternoon and two on Sunday. After the first round of matches at Cippenham back in October the Essex First team were in second place, level on points with Middlesex 1 and one point behind the leaders Sussex 1 who were yet to drop a set. Nicole Sydorenko had stopped playing so Ifunanya Okafor joined Jared Patel, Luca Mariano, Alex Holland and Evangeline Collier. The Team were looking to go one better than last season’s runners up position which they snatched from Sussex in the last game of the last match but overhauling this season’s very strong Sussex team would be a mammoth task.

 Their first match was against a Kent team that boys wise looked considerably weaker than Kent teams of previous seasons. Jared and Alex opened up with wins over Luke Savill and Tom Windram respectively and then Ify secured a maximum 7, -10, 9, 9 win over the highly ranked Jasmine Ould. Luca and Evie made the halfway score 5-0 with 3-0 wins over Andrew Lockwood and Emma Tovey. Surprisingly after such a good start Alex and Ify both then lost to lower ranked opponents, Luke (3-1) and Emma (3-2). After taking the first two games to 3 off Andrew and leading 4-1 in the third Jared seemed to relax too much losing the next seven points and the game eventually to 6. Never comfortable in the fourth game Jared eventually won it 15-13. Evie had a tougher match with Jasmine winning 6, 10, -12, 8 and Luca an easy 3-0 win over Tom for an 8-2 match score and retaining second place.

 The second and late afternoon match was against Sussex who had yet to still drop a set. Like the other teams before them Essex found the going just as tough with eight of the matches settled 3-0, Evie being the only winner of these with an easy win over Lois Peake and in the very last match Alex, after losing the first game to 1 against Helshan Weerasinghe put up a far better performance in the next two games being edged out 9 and 8.Earlier he had lost to the vastly improved Mark Scutts 12, 11, 6 after having game points in both the first two games. In Jared’s match with Da Shuai Zhang in the first game he had several game points before losing 16-14 but fell away in the next two games. Luca lost to Mark Scutts 3-1 after taking the last four points to win the first game 14-12 The match of this match however was Ify’s match with Yolanda King, the England No. 6, ranked 1444 points above her. A relieved Yolanda eventually winning -13 (Ify was at one time 10-4 up), 9, -7, 9, 8. After this defeat Essex dropped to fourth in the table but the teams in second and third place both had to play Sussex on Sunday.

 Sunday morning’s first match was against neighbours Hertfordshire and against a team in the relegation battle a much tougher match than envisaged. In the opening match Luca lost 3-1 to Bradley Tuttle, ranked two places above him but Alex, Evie and Jared had comfortable wins against Tom Baines, Annabelle Gibson (a former Essex player before her injury and family move over the border) and Luke Walsh. Ify had all sorts of trouble against the funny rubbers on Natasha Walsh’s bat losing 5, -11, 8, 10 but 3-0 wins for Luca over Tom and Ify over Annabelle put Essex 5-2 up. Jared then had to play Bradley, ranked two places below him. Losing the first game to 4 he was 9-4 up in the second before losing that to 12.Taking the next to 5 he had to save a match point in the fourth to take the match to a decider but always a point or two behind eventually lost to 8. Evie had no problems with the Natasha rubbers crushing her 5, 3, 3 for the Essex Team win which was just as well because Alex, after taking the first game to four against Luke, struggled for the rest of the match eventually losing -4, 4, 8, -10, 9 to give Essex a narrow 6-4 win but more importantly two points.

 The Table position was that Sussex were Champions having just beaten Middlesex 9-1, Cleveland were now second but with Sussex to play and a point behind were Essex and Middlesex, about to play one another, but with Essex having the better Sets difference. Provided Sussex beat Cleveland, who were bringing in Chloe White from their Senior team to support Karina Lefevre and improve their chances of runners up honours a draw for Essex would be good enough for the runners up position as they also had a better Sets difference than Cleveland.

 The opening match between Jared and Ryan Maynard, a player better then his ranking position would seem to indicate was a marathon, the importance of the match obvious to both teams. Jared lost the first two games 15 and 9 with chances to take both, took the next two 9 and 9 to set up a nail biting final game. Both players led at various stages but Jared got two important points from 8-8 to lead 10-8 but shots just missing the edge of the table meant a 12-10 defeat. Alex brought the scores level with a 5, 7, 9 defeat of Tyrone Wells coming back from 6-1 down in the second. Essex went 2-1 down when Ify could not overcome the defensive guiles of Sushmita Limbo but Luca squared the match score by defeating a strangely off colour Ping Ho 11, 9, 8. Evie put Essex in front for the first time with a three 8’s win over Samantha Lai but Alex had no answer to the consistent Ryan returns although he did take the third set to 3 when thes returns kept missing Alex’s end of the table. Ify then beat Samantha 3-1 and when Jared beat Ping Ho 3-0 Essex knew they were runners up as Sussex had just gone 5-3 up against Cleveland. Just to confirm the position Evie beat Sushmita 6, 9, 9  and Luca enjoyed his last ever match for the Junior First team with an exhibition 3-0 win over Tyrone.

 A great team performance for the second year running and congratulations to all the players who played on both weekends, the coaching advice between themselves and their team spirit. We wish Luca good luck in his future years in the Senior ranks.

Juniors Premier Division – Final Table
County P W D L F A PTS
Sussex 1 7 7 0 0 64 6 14
Essex 1 7 5 1 1 43 27 11
Cleveland 7 3 3 1 39 31 9
Middlesex 1 7 4 1 2 36 34 9
Yorkshire 1 7 2 2 3 29 41 6
Kent 7 1 1 5 25 45 3
Hertfordshire 7 1 0 6 25 45 2
Hampshire 7 1 0 6 19 51 2

 Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary.

County Juniors Divisions 1B and 2D 19th March 2011

Junior Secretary, Arthur Clark reports on the final matches for our second and third teams.

DIVISION 1B

 The round of remaining matches was held at Cippenham on Saturday 19 March 2011. After the first round of matches held at Thornbury, Bristol on 17 October the Essex second team had one win from four matches and it appeared that one win from the days three matches would be sufficient for the team to avoid relegation. Matters were not helped when it was discovered a week beforehand that the team’s two girls were involved in the Schools Team Finals in Leicestershire and would not be available. Thus the third team girls had to move up to play for the team.

 Their first match was against bottom of the Division team Avon. Relegation fears were soon dismissed as Essex went 7-0 up with all matches won three straight courtesy of a brace apiece from Brandon Crouchman, Scott Dowsett and Jane Li and the clean sweep achieved when Emily Godfrey beat Alice Gregory 6, 9, -9, -10, 7 and Mark Smith beat Matthew Flinglestone 7, -9, 12, -7, 9

 Their next match was against a very strong Surrey 1 team. Mark Smith took Lewis Bray to five games as did Emily against Jessica Monis after being 2-1 up. Essex’s only win came from Jane Li who defeated Jessica 3-1 in the team’s 1-9 defeat.

 Essex’s last match was against the Dorset team who had just beaten Avon to ensure their survival in the Division. The opening two matches were shared, both won 8 in the deciding game, Brandon losing to Michael Robertson and Mark beating Patrick Hurley. The next four matches were all lost until Jane secured a 3-1 win over Becki Kuru. Brandon lost 8 in the fifth game again, this time to Hugo Pang, whilst Scott won the last match, another 8 in the fifth, against Patrick for a 3-7 defeat.

 DIVISION 2D

 With the matches scheduled for 4 December at Harlow being snowed off what was to have been the second round of matches at East Grinstead on Saturday 12 March had to be rescheduled as the first round.

 The Essex 3 team’s first match was against Buckinghamshire 2 with Owen Warren, James Denyer, Bradley Osborne, Emily Godfrey and Jane Li winning all their matches for a 10-0 win, only three matches requiring a fourth game.

 Their next match against Bucks 1 was much tougher. James and Bradley lost their opening matches, Emily came back from 2-1 down to beat Rose Luscombe and Jane beat Christina Lane 7, 9, 10. With Owen losing to Edward Mitchell 3-1 and James beating Ben Woodbridge the match score stood at 3-3. Jane then lost to Rose 3-1 and Emily beat Christina 3-1 but Owen and Bradley lost the last two matches for a 4-6 defeat.

 The last match of the day was against Middlesex 2. Owen lost to Vincent Stacey 3-1 and Bradley triumphed against Timur Hashimi -7,-9, 10, 3, 5 to share the opening matches. Jane beat the higher ranked Eda Aydin 3-1 and as Middlesex only had one girl Emily received a walkover. The 3-1 lead quickly became 3-3 with James and Bradley losing their matches both 3-1. The score became 4-4 when Emily lost 3-1 to Eda and finished 5-5 when Owen lost to Tyrone Wells and Bradley beat Timur. Significantly of the eight matches played seven were won 3-1 and the eighth 3-2 to indicate that a draw was a fair result.

 The second round of matches was played at Cippenham on Saturday 19 March. With Emily and Jane promoted to the second team to replace Ify and Ella I could only find one girl as a replacement for the third team girls. With the agreement of the opponents Emily also played for the Third team in the first and third round matches and Jane in the second round match.

 Their first match was against Surrey 2 who were to end the day in third place, equal on points with Sussex 3 but one set worse off. The team went 4-1 down with Emily gaining the only win over Natalie Wu. Both Bradley and Owen lost their matches 3-2 (Bradley at 9) with Owen sustaining a hand injury that affected him for the rest of the day. James had a marathon match against Andre Dunkley before finally winning 12, -6, 9, -10, 8 but the last four matches were lost (Owen again in five) for a 2-8 defeat.

 Sussex 2 were the next team to play and the Division leaders and eventual winners showed no mercy winning 10-0, the same scoreline as they achieved in the other two matches they played. Owen, James and Bradley all took one of their matches to a fifth game and James was actually 10-7 up  in his match against Daniel Barna before losing the last five points.

 Their last match was against Sussex 3. James, Bradley and Owen all lost their opening matches and Rebecca Denyer having her best matches of the day and just failing to win a game in either of her two matches. Emily won both her matches and James pulled off the “Houdini” of the day coming back from 10-6 down in the fifth to Mike Rutherford to win 11, -3, 12, -8, 11 A 3-7 defeat and sixth place in the table of the seven teams in the Division.

Essex Life Member, Ron Gore

You will all be saddened to hear that Ron Gore, Essex County Table Tennis Association Life Member and a winner of the Corti Woodcock award passed away last week at a nursing home in Ashford Kent. Ron had suffered a severe stroke a year earlier. He was 80 years of age.

Ron was County Coaching Officer through the late seventies and early eighties and responsible for the setting up of an effective county squad training system. He was also responsible for training many coaches in and around the Essex area.

Amongst those Ron coached were David Newman, Kenny Jackson, Stuart Kimm, Steve Tilson (former Southend United FC player and Manager) David Cole, Peter Hayden, Rik James and Steve Kerns. Ron’s daughter Helen was also a top county junior player.

Ron moved to Kent in the early 1980s where he continued to coach county wide and was still coaching in after school clubs until the week before his stroke.

He will be sadly missed by all his family, friends and those he coached.