Arthur Clark reports:-

The Essex Junior Closed was held at BATTS Harlow on Saturday 7 May 2016. At the Closing Date there were 34 entries and with the acceptance of late entries (I knew four were coming) the final entry figure was 40 as against last year’s 57. Last year’s event was held in early January so the start of exams may have been significant this year. Groups of three players in most events and even with this we overran by just over half an hour although most of this occurred in the last event.

The opening event was the Under 13 Boys but with only one Girl entering her event she was transferred to the Boys event. There were four groups (eight last year) and all entrants turned up to play. One seed failed to win his Group, Toby Deng (Col) losing to Diesel Harvey (Har) 3-0. Toughest Group was Group 1 and William Bettley (NETTS) needed five games to beat James Goddard (Sou) and come back from 5-9 down in the decider with Alana Mansfield (Har) to win the last six points. Hot favourite Jaden Aulakh (Mossford) only dropped one game on his route to the final, this to Alana in the quarter final. For William it was tougher, youngest brother James took a game of him and he needed three deuce games (10, 12, 10) to get in the final at expense of Diesel. In the final Jaden won 4, 8, 9.


There were 8 Groups in the U15 Boys event, just one less than last year, with every entrant arriving. Only Reece Harris-Griffiths (Sou) failing to win his Group, losing to the improving Diesel Harvey. Top seed Joe Walker wasted no time in progressing to the final winning all his matches 3-0. In his half number 4 seed William Bettley reached the semi the hard way, coming back from 2-0 down to beat Reece and saving a match point in the fourth game of his quarter final with Connor Payne (Che). In the semi he lost 5, 10, 9 to Joe. In the bottom half number 3 seed Syed Hussain (Eastbury) struggled to cope with Diesel, eventually winning 11, 10, -11, -8, 5 and beat number 2 seed Casey Mansfield 9, -8, 11, 6 in the semi. In the final he lost to Joe 6, 9, 10.


For the U18 Boys event there were six Groups, one up on last season, top seed Sam Hume having to withdraw overnight due to illness. Thus with the new top two seeds in the bottom half amendments were made to put these two players in opposite halves. After his exhausting matches in the previous events William Bettley withdrew just before the start of the Groups. The remaining seeds all won their Groups with Jared Chelski beating Max Plumridge in Sam’s Group. All the KO matches went with the seedings, Joe Walker defeating Justin Jeffery 3-0 in the top half semi while Jack Stockdale (Rom) beat Casey Mansfield 3-0 in the bottom half semi. In the quarter Casey had gained revenge for his U15 defeat by Syed by winning 5, -9, 9, 5. In the final a close match was won by Joe 8, 9, 10.


At the same time the U11 event was played as a round robin with three entrants, Alexander Bettley winning both his matches 3-0 against Cody Prentice (Har) and James Bettley (NETTS) with Cody taking the runners up position with a 3-1 win over James.

The last event of the day, and the most competitive, was the U18 Boys Restricted Singles, an event for those players who have never played for any of the Essex teams and no seeding. Six groups of three, against seven last year, but with a withdrawal and a player non appearance Jaz Harvey (Har) found herself the winner of Group 6 without having to play. Matthew Stringer (Sou), George Campbell (Har), Max Plumridge (Bra), Jared Chelski (Col) and Matthew Laws (Bra) the other Group winners. In the top half of the draw Jared progressed to the semi-final with a 3-0 win over Jaz where he met Dan Wills, the runner up to Matthew Stringer in their group and who had defeated Matthew Laws 3-1 in the quarter final, and defeated him 10, -8, 4, 7. In the bottom half Matthew Stringer progressed to the semi-final with a Q/F win over Max and was then engaged in a marathon semi with George Campbell which he eventually won 9, -20, 10, -7, 7. The final was another marathon going the full distance, and finally won by Matthew 6, 9, -9, -3, 5.


I think a good day was enjoyed by all

My thanks to Umpire John Jennings for his stalwart duties and Alan Wood for obtaining such nice trophies and John Andrews for presenting the trophies. Unfortunately the actual trophies did not arrive in time to be presented on the day so a raid on Neil Brierley’s cabinet drawer provided a couple of unpresented trophies with Essex badges that were used for the presentations. I had hoped to post the trophies to the winners and runners up but they are so nice that I am wary that they could get damaged in the post so I will have to seek other ways to get the trophies to the winners.

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


Notice of AGM

The 2016 Annual General Meeting

 Of the

Essex County Table Tennis Association

will be held at

The Old Chelmsfordians Association Club House

Memorial Sports Ground, Lawford Lane, Roxwell Road, Chelmsford CM1 2NS


Tuesday 17th May 2016 Commencing at 19:45

 Please do your best to see that your League is represented at this year’s AGM so that your League’s views are catered for.

Please note that players who wish to collect their Inter-League Trophies at the AGM will be most welcome.




The Essex Cadet and Junior Inter league competitions for Season 2015/2016 were held at BATTS Harlow on 2 April 2016. Four Essex Leagues took part in the Junior event, Clacton, Colchester, Harlow and Southend. Only two teams, Harlow and Southend took part in the Cadet event. Thus there were three rounds of matches to be played in the Junior event and just the one match in the Cadet event. 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. Also at the same time the final three matches in the County Championship Division 1B took place and three players, Sam Hume Zoe Davies and Gracie Edwards played in this event and the Junior Inter League event.


The one match between Southend and Harlow resulted in a Southend win 8-2. Diesel Harvey won the two matches for Harlow, -11, 5, 8, 12 against Daniel Zeffie, and 3-2 over Reece Harris-Griffiths, the umpire failing to put the game scores on the Match sheet for that match other than 11-8 for the deciding game, and a 3-0 loss to James Goddard. Lorcan Neville took a game off Reece and Southend won all the others 3-0. Harlow’s other player was Cody Prentice.


In the opening matches Southend had a 10-0 win over Harlow. Justin Jeffery, Zoe Davies, Matthew Stringer and Matthew Nariel showing that they intended to be a serious challenger for the title. On the other two tables, the match between Clacton and Colchester was a much closer affair and indeed it ended as a draw. It was a match of two halves, Sam Hume and Gracie Edwards winning all the top half matches against Lewis Bardell and Cameron Simpson with Leon and Andy Huang reciprocating against Tom Wilkins and Harry Beezer for Colchester. Andy had the two closest matches, 12, -5, -11, 11, 9 over Tom and -7, 8, -8, 8 ,13 over Harry. The only game that went to five in the top half was Gracie’s match with Cameron, -5, 2, 7, -10, 6

Southend J

The second round of matches saw another whitewash by Southend, this time over Colchester. Zoe had the toughest time with her two five game wins over Lewis and Cameron and Leon just failed to take Matthew Stringer to a fourth game when losing 12-10. In the other match Clacton held the upper hand over Harlow, winning 8-2, Jaz Harvey claiming the scalps 9, 5, 9 over Harry and -8, 9, -7, 9, 6 against Tom and just failing to win the doubles with partner Ben Sivathanu when losing 11-8 in the fifth game.

In the final round of matches the top two teams, Southend and Clacton, met but Clacton had the herculean task of needing to win 9-1 if they were to deny Southend the Title. When Southend won the first two matches by the two Matthews, Nariel 3, -11, 7, -6, 8 over Tom and Springer 3-0 over Harry that was it. The Result Sheet states a 7-3 win to Southend but the match scores show it to be 6-4. Whichever is correct doesn’t really matter, Southend still win. On the other tables Colchester and Harlow were playing for the honour of the wooden spoon. Colchester’s two doubles wins and Lewis’s 11-8 in the fifth win over George Campbell were the clinchers at the mid stage of the match in their 6-4 win. Diesel had a good win over Cameron and sister Jaz won both her matches 3-1.

  P W D L Pts
Southend 3 3 0 0 27
Clacton 3 1 1 1 16
Colchester 3 1 1 1 11
Harlow 3 0 0 3 6

The winners trophies were presented on the day by Neil Brierley

Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary


Brian Brumwell


Brian Brumwell
Essex & England
1928 – 2016


Brian Brumwell’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 26th April at 11.45, At St Mary’s Church, Overton Drive, Wanstead E11 2SW. Afterwards there will be refreshments next door at Wanstead Cricket Club .
Brian’s wife Sheila has suggested flowers or a donation to your favourite charity for those who wish to. Daniel Robinson in Loughton are the funeral directors.


A personal reflection from Stuart Gibbs.

I first recalled meeting Brian Brumwell as an 11 year old, when I was given a ticket to watch Essex County 1st team play against the great Middlesex side in 1958 and was fortunate to play with him in my 1st game for Essex which coincided with this being his last game for the county.

Brian was a remarkable sportsman who excelled at football and more notably at cricket, as Captain of the Wanstead Cricket Club, the premier side in Essex, where he won numerous trophies.

However, it is in his achievements and influence in Essex Table Tennis that I and many, many others will remember him for.

Brian played for England on a number of occasions and was ranked No.5 in the Country, not an easy feat when you had such great players to compete with, notably Johnny Leach, Richard Bergman, and Aubrey Simons, to name but a few.

During his time as a player, Brian was always ready to help and influence those youngsters making their way in the sport and he became Captain of the England Junior side in 1960. It was a year later that he insisted that the then ETTA include a precocious 14 year old in the England Junior Team to go to the European Junior Championships, as he had recognised the potential of this player. However, he was unable to persuade the powers that be and the request was not granted. As a result of that decision, on principle, Brian resigned from the captaincy. The following year, this young player became England No.1 senior at the age of 15. The player was Chester Barnes. This proved Brian’s uncanny ability to recognise natural talent when he saw it.

During his time coaching juniors Brian had considerable involvement in Ray Dorking becoming England No.1 junior, at the age of 15 and also helped establish the St Luke’s Table Tennis Club in an underprivileged area of East London, to such an extent that it was able to host England Junior International matches.

On his retirement from playing nationally, Brian became president of the Ilford and District Table Tennis League and was made a life member of Essex County Table Tennis Association.

In closing, how will we remember this great man?

He was ferociously competitive, a visionary that was responsible for the golden age of Essex table tennis, in the 1960′s, but more importantly, he was a true gentlemen, with a heart of gold.

May you rest in peace Brian and thank you so much for everything you have done.

Stuart Gibbs
President Essex Table Tennis Association



Hockley’s 24 hours of Action

The End!

Hockley TTC completed a first for the club on the 18-19 March, with a testing Sport Relief 24 hour Non Stop Table Tennis match. Hockley’s Chairman, Paul Strutt, said:-

The Event really worked well and came to a successful conclusion on Saturday night. At the time of writing the club have raised the fantastic sum of £1424 for Sport Relief.

Paul went on to say that considering this is the first time they have organised anything like this, coupled with being arranged at comparatively short notice, he and his club members are all very pleased with the result!

There were some amazing contributions in terms of money raised and hours spent at the Club and it involved all club Members – Juniors, Seniors, Social, Playing and U3A members.


In all, 38 Hockley Club Members played over the 24 hour period and they were supported by members from other Southend Clubs in the League:- Ken Field (Rawreth), Jayne Johnson (Hullbridge), Duncan Taylor (Rayleigh Mill), George Reeves (Rawreth), Craig Aukett (Canvey), Ro Brett (Warehouse), Bruce Kettle (Rawreth) and Tina Hutchinson (Warehouse).

Sincere thanks are also extended to those Hockley & Southend League Members who made Donations.

Now something for the nerds:-

we played 112 matches, 380 sets and 6725 points, with the final match result

We certainly feel a great sense of achievement and will definitely do it again


About Hockley Table Tennis Club.

Hockley Table Tennis Club operate from a Primary School Hall with 7 days a week access. When in attendance they manage access to the hall which keeps their hires costs low and also means they have no time restraints within reason.

They have room for 4 Tables.

They have only been active for some 7 years and in that time have produced a Club with nearly 60 Members, 6 Teams in the Southend League and an active Junior Section led by coach Tim Pang.

They have been particularly successful in introducing a lot of Seniors into the game with some returning to the sport after many years. They have also formed a partnership with a local U3A Group.



Tournament Play

Essex Closed – Book The Date

Bats on Table

Put the date in your diaries now, the Essex closed will take place this year on August Bank Holiday weekend. Saturday August 27th through to Monday 29th August.  Rayleigh Leisure Centre will be the venue and we have secured as our Equipment Suppliers, Topspin Sports.

The entry form will be published towards the end of the season, but it envisaged this will be a great way to kick start the new season.


Essex Supports New Community Club in Havering


After months of hard work and planning, Colin Sherrin (in red above) has successfully launched an Over 50’s table tennis session at MyPlace Youth Centre in Harold Hill. A number of organisations have supported the launch of the club – Tapestry, Essex County Table Tennis Assocation and Havering Borough Council have sponsored the four brand new tables, and Table Tennis England have assisted in developing the plans with Colin, MyPlace and the Borough. – See more at:


General Action Shot 3

Essex Trials

It is the view of the Essex Committee that only players attending the Essex Junior Assessment Trials should be considered for selection to the County’s Cadet and Junior Representative Teams.  This enables the County to  determine the current standard of play when the teams are selected.  Notwithstanding this objective, it has always been part of the Essex County remit, to send out the strongest possible Cadet and Junior Representative Teams to compete in the National County Championships.  For this reason the final decision on selection will rest with Junior Match Secretary and his Junior Sub Committee.
We are aware that the 2015/16  Junior Assessment Trials fall on the schools half term weekend.  Therefore should any of your players be unlikely to attend these trials, please let Junior Match Secretary, Arthur Clarke, know.


ETTA Championships

Essex Junior Assessment Trials are to be held on the weekend of 31 October/1 November

Essex trials Form ( Click For Form)

Just a reminder now that the new School Term has started that the Essex Junior Assessment Trials are to be held on the weekend of 31 October/1 November as per my E-mail and attachment of 24 July. The Essex Committee consider that only players attending these Trials should be considered for selection for the County’s  Cadet and Junior Teams in order that their current standard can be ascertained when team selections are made. I am aware that this weekend is a half term holiday weekend and if any of your players are likely to still be on holiday please indicate this on the entry form which I have again attached herewith so that holiday absence can be taken into account..  I have also attached the original letter giving more information.

Entry Forms and cheques (made out to ECTTA) should be  sent to me at 2 Top Road, Woodham Walter, Nr. Maldon, Essex CM9 6RQ. Apologies if you have already sent me your Form but I have had very few to date. E-mail entries will be accepted.





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Essex Trials


Because there are no weekends available in January in the TTE Calendar this season the Essex Committee have agreed that these Trials will be jointly the Essex Junior Closed Tournament as well. Unfortunately this means that it will not be possible to hold the restricted events.


Thus the Essex Committee are hoping to see most of the juniors, cadets, etc in the County taking part, not only for selection for the County’s County Championship teams but also for the County Closed event trophies and for invitations to the County’s various training days.


The one hiccup at the moment is that I cannot confirm  the weekend date. I am hoping that it will be the weekend of 12/13 September but until TTE confirm their venue requirements to Neil Brierley  neither of us know if we can have the BATTS venue for this weekend or if we have to look for another weekend (could be a problem with what is in the Calendar). Thus I am circulating the Entry Form now in view of the fact that we are approaching the Summer Holidays to enable you to contact your players to seek entries. Do not send me the Return Entry Forms until I have confirmed the dates in case any of your players are unable to play on any rearranged date but I hope to receive the Entry Forms by July 30.




Arthur C. Clark

Essex Junior Match Secretary