There is a great article on the Table Tennis England website about Essex and England player Chester Barnes. Of course there is mention of other well known Essex players in the report.
Check out the report here.
There is a great article on the Table Tennis England website about Essex and England player Chester Barnes. Of course there is mention of other well known Essex players in the report.
Check out the report here.
The Essex Cadet and Junior Inter league competitions for Season 2016/2017 were held at BATTS Harlow on 25 March. Five Essex Leagues entered the Junior event, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester with two teams, Harlow and Southend. Four teams, Clacton, Colchester, Harlow and Southend took part in the Cadet event where last year there were only two. Thus there were five rounds of matches to be played in the Junior event and three rounds for 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. With the Juniors having five rounds of matches to play it was agreed that the first round would be played between adjacent Leagues before the match day. In the event only one match was played beforehand where Colchester sent their A Team to play Clacton instead of their B Team. However Colchester withdrew their B Team late on the Friday evening through lack of available players so that the match actually played was a blessing in disguise.
In the first round Southend (James Goddard, Daniel Zeffie and Reece Harris-Griffiths) crushed Harlow 10-0, only one match needing a fourth game. In the other match Colchester were dominant winning 8-2 with Daniel Young winning the two for Clacton, both at 12-10. Jared Chelski unbeaten for Colchester.
In the next round Clacton again lost 8-2, this time to Southend with Daniel Y defeating Daniel Z and James while Reece stayed unbeaten for Southend. In the other match Harlow suffered another crushing defeat losing 9-1 to Colchester, Jake Harvey gaining the sole win over Andy Huang. Only this match and Ethan Willis’s match with Andy Huang needing a fourth game.
Going in to the last round Southend held a one point lead over Colchester. Clacton were left with the wooden spoon when they lost 7-3 to Harlow. Daniel won his three while Jake, Ethan and Harry Argent each won twice for Harlow. Liam Harris came closest to another win for Clacton when, after leading 2-0 against Harry he lost the deciding game 12-10. In the Colchester-Southend match Colchester won three of the opening four singles and when they won the next two by 12-10 margins they were almost home as Southend would need to win the next four matches. However Southend were not going to give up without a fight and went on to win the next two matches, Reece -5, 11, 12, 12 over Andy and Daniel Z coming back from 2-0 down to Toby Deng to win the deciding game 11-8. Colchester jitters, none of it but a close final singles match which Jared won 10, 4, 11 against James to secure the title.
Colchester also won the doubles in five games for a 7-3 win.
P W D L Pts
Colchester 3 3 0 0 24
Southend 3 2 0 1 21
Harlow 3 1 0 2 8
Clacton 3 1 0 2 7
The only match to be played before the day was that between Colchester A and Clacton. A match of two halves, Clacton’s Sam Hume and Gracie Edwards winning all the top half matches including the doubles whilst Arran Hutchinson and Toby Deng won the bottom half matches and their doubles but only by a margin of -10, 9, -8, 8, 10 against Ethan Lloyd and Woody Fitzpatrick.
The first round of matches at BATTS saw Chelmsford playing Harlow and Colchester A playing Southend. For Chelmsford, Ryan Gooday, the second highest ranked player in the room who had played well for the County first team a fortnight earlier, surprisingly lost both his singles matches to Diesel Harvey and Finley Cameron-Prior. The two Matthews, Laws and Elliott, had got their team off to a good start by both winning their matches in the deciding game and they followed this up with a 5, 10, -10, 11 doubles win over Jaz Harvey and Sam Flaum. Southend beat Colchester A 8-2, winning all four opening matches and three of the four second half singles. Matthew Stringer and Liam Squirrel were unbeaten in the top half singles but lost their doubles in five games to Ollie Fifield and Leon Huang.
In round Two Southend played Chelmsford and won 9-1, but the match was closer than the score line indicates. Five of the eight singles matches went to a deciding game and Southend won four of them, Ryan the player to win the one for Chelmsford. Southend also won both doubles at deuce. Sam and Gracie were unbeaten in Clacton’s 7-3 win over Harlow as was Jaz Harvey for Harlow. Closest match was Gracie’s 13-11 deciding game win over Finley.
At the halfway stage Southend led the Table by one point but they had a match in hand. The matches in the last two rounds were the closest of the day. In the match between Chelmsford and Clacton it was another match of two halves. The two Matthews winning the four bottom half matches and Sam and Gracie the top half matches. Sam was taken to a decider by Ryan before winning 11-6. Both doubles went the full distance, the two Matthews beating Scott Campbell and Woody 14-12 whilst Ryan and Connor Payne lost their doubles to Sam and Gracie 11-9. After the discovery of an umpire’s scoring error in one of the doubles matches it turned out that Harlow had beaten Colchester A 6-4. Only Diesel Harvey for Harlow and Arran Hutchinson for Colchester were unbeaten.
In the last round of matches Southend played Clacton and eight of the ten matches were won 3-0 with the other two in five games by Clacton. Another tough doubles for Sam and Gracie with a deciding 11-9 win over Matthew Stringer and Liam Squirrell. It was Liam’s 3-0 win over Gracie that provided Southend with a narrow 6-4 win after the two Harry’s, Small and Keys had won all their bottom half singles. Colchester A and Chelmsford produced another draw. Chelmsford’s five points came from two wins from Ryan, both Matthews beating Ollie Rampton 11-8 in a deciding game and a doubles win for Ryan and Connor while Arran’s two singles wins and a doubles win helped Colchester to the draw.
These results left Southend needing to win three matches to take the title and Harlow to win six matches to become runners up. They played the match on four tables, and after the four singles Southend were 3-1 up, Diesel scoring Harlow’s point in the deciding game 14-12 after being 2-0 down to Matthew Stringer. Southend only won two of the other four singles Harry Keys and Lim Squirrell both getting deciding game wins over Sam Flaum and Diesel respectively. The doubles matches were shared to give Southend a 6-4 win and the Title with Harlow having to settle for third place.
P W D L Pts
Southend 4 4 0 0 29
Clacton 4 1 2 1 21
Harlow 4 2 0 2 20
Colchester A 4 0 2 2 16
Chelmsford 4 0 2 2 14
It is hoped to present the winners trophies at the Essex Junior Closed on Saturday 6 May at BATTS.
Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary
CIPPENHAM TTC were the hosts to County Champs Junior Division 1B matches on Saturday 11 March 2017.
Current TTE Ranking positions are shown brackets after the player name. Note that the Glamorgan players have no TTE Rankings.
This was the final round of Junior Division 1B matches. The first rounds of matches were played at Cardiff and Cippenham to reduce travelling for the County Teams. Glamorgan, Devon 2, Dorset and Berkshire played at Cardiff and Essex 1, Herts, Surrey and Sussex 2 played at Cippenham, both on Saturday 3 December 2016. After these first rounds Glamorgan and Essex shared the top of the table with 6 points each although Glamorgan held a slight advantage on Sets difference. Each match was played on two tables. The Essex team was Sam Hume, Jack Stockdale, Ryan Gooday, (Joe Walker was unable to play due to studies for exams) Tiana Dennison and Stephanie Cross.
In the first round of matches Essex 1 played Berkshire. They opened up with a 4-0 lead but for the boys oh so close. Sam (52) went 2-0 up against Yonaton Slobodskoy but was then pulled back to a deciding game which he eventually won 11-9 having failed to convert match points in the loss of the third game 15-13. On the adjacent table Ryan (200) squeezed home 12, -9, 11, 9 against Felix Thomas (221). Tiana (15) and Stephanie (21) both won 3-0 against Anaya Patel (33) and Katie Shepard respectively. Later on in the alternating matches Stephanie was to lose to Anaya in the fifth game of a fluctuating match with Tiana winning 3-1. Jack (57) was involved in two fluctuating deciding matches, firstly losing to Josh Gallen (67) and just beating Felix 11-9 in the final game to give Essex a 7-3 win after Sam had sealed victory with a 3-0 win over Josh. A good start but Glamorgan had beaten the eventual third placed team Surrey 9-1
In the second round Essex played Devon 2 and won the two opening matches, Jack coming back from 2-0 down to beat Daniel Kerr (70) 11-6 in the fifth game and Ryan, coming back from 2-1 down to win his deciding game 12-10 with Ben Edmunds. Tiana won her match with Zoe Bennett 3-0but Stephani lost three straight to Mari Baldwin (42). Sam, after winning the first two games easily against Leon Zackarkiw (105) surprisingly lost the third game but in the fourth everything went his way for a 11-0 game win and he followed this up with a deciding game win over Daniel after being 2-0 down. Like Stephanie Tiana struggled against Mari and went 2-0 down and three match points down before saving those and coming through to win the last three games 12-10, 11-7, 11-8. Stephanie only gave away nine points in her match with Zoe. With the match won Ryan lost to Leon after being 2-1 up. An 8-2 win but Glamorgan won 10-0 against the bottom team Sussex 2.
For round 3 the team would rely heavily on the girls winning their four matches against Dorset as both Sam and Jack had to play the highest ranked player on the day, Zac Dowling (33). Jack went 2-0 up against him but eventually lost 11-6 in the decider whilst a battling Sam was even closer, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9, 11-13, 8-8 before losing the last three points. Both opening matches went to five games, Sam saving match points in the fourth against Ali Malloch (82) before winning it 14-12 and the decider 11-2 whilst Ryan had two match point against Jamie Blair but eventually lost the game 13-11 but Ryan did win a very tight match against Ali 3-1 coming from behind in each of the three games he won. As hoped for Stephanie and Tiana won their four matches, three of them very easily, but Tiana struggled against ten year old Sophie Barcsai and was 2-1 down before finally winning the decider 11-8. Jack’s final match win over Jamie made the match score 7-3 but Glamorgan had beaten Herts 10-0.
With the last round of matches to come there was still interest in promotion and relegation issues. For the match between Essex 1 and Glamorgan, Glamorgan only needed a draw to win the League on Sets difference while Essex needed to win the match to take the title. Sussex 2 were already relegated (even if they were to win their last match) and the match between Herts and Dorset would determine the other relegation position. Whichever team lost the match would be relegated and if it was a draw it would be Herts on Sets difference.
Not a good start for Essex, Jack and Ryan both lost their opening matches 3-0 to Joshua Stacy and Joseph Roberts respectively. There was hope when Tiana went 2-0 up against Lara Whitton but in the end she lost 11-9 in a decider. Stephanie also won her first game against Lydia John but having lost the second she went on to win the next two games 13-11, 11-3 to give the Essex team an element of hope. Things were looking up further when Sam beat Benedict Watson 3-1 but with Jack losing 12-10 in the fourth game with Joseph Glamorgan only needed to win one more match to win the Division title. This came when Tiana lost 9, 8, 9 to Lydia after winning the first game. On the other table Stephanie and Lara were involved in the girls match of the day. With both girls bent on attacking games there were many fast and furious, yet long rallies to excite the spectators, before Stephanie came back from 14, 9, down to win 2, 9, 9. The score in the last game does not reflect the dramatic swings. Stephanie 5-0 up at the change round inched to 8-2 up before Lara hit back with winner after winner to bring the match score to 9-9. A calm but relieved Stephanie won the next two points, with a winning rally and an error from her opponent. After this two 3-0 defeats by Sam and Ryan left Glamorgan winning the match 7-3.
Disappointment for the Essex team but they were probably playing the core of the Welsh Junior team. Overall a good season for the Essex teams with the two Junior teams and the Cadet Team all finishing as Runners Up in their respective Divisions. There will be TTE Runner Up trophies for all the players in the three teams.
Sam 6 out of 8, Jack 4 out of 8, reserve Ryan 3 out of 8, Tiana 6 out of 8 and Stephanie 6 out of 8
P W D L F A Pts
Glamorgan 7 7 0 0 61 9 14
Essex 2 7 6 0 1 49 21 12
Surrey 7 5 0 2 42 28 10
Berkshire 7 4 0 3 35 35 8
Devon 2 7 3 0 4 33 37 6
Dorset 7 2 0 5 29 41 4
Hertfordshire 7 1 0 6 20 50 2
Sussex 2 7 0 0 7 11 59 0
Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary and
Junior Division 1B Organiser.
Entries are invited for the Essex Closed Junior Championships. These are scheduled for Saturday 6th May at BATTS, Harlow. Entry should be received no later than Wednesday April 19th with the draw taking place on Friday April 21st.
You may enter by email, sending your completed form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The man with the funny shaped bat”
On the 22nd December 2016 we heard the sad news that Brian had passed away following a short illness. He had celebrated his birthday two days earlier on the 20th.
Brian was a top class table tennis player who represented both Dagenham and Essex as well as running a highly rated table tennis club called Milestone, in the East End of London from which many players benefited and reached a high standard.
I personally first met Brian when I was eight years old when he used to take me to West Ham United along with his close friend Eddie Sawyer and he ensured I was passed down the front to see the match; something I will never forget.
In later years I played against him on a number of occasions in table tennis matches in the East London League and these were all very competitive particularly when I lost to him in the Milestone match room (called the art room) when I was at the peak of my playing days.
In later years Brian ran and helped organise the Dagenham FC Table Tennis Club in the British League and along with Jimmy Cleeves and Peter Cranmer made playing such a special occasion with coaches of supporters travelling to away matches throughout the country.
Brian was an avid supporter of Dagenham and Redbridge FC and attended weekly with his grandchildren and was subsequently made Vice Chairman for his services.
In closing how will I remember Brian? Yes, he was competitive, but along with that came a thoroughly special human being who would always have a smile and would help anyone who asked.
Brian you will be sadly missed by many, many people especially your wonderful family.
Rest in Peace
PRESIDENT OF ESSEX TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION
Essex Vice-President, Neil Brierley added:-
“Brian was a fine player, who represented the Dagenham League many times during its heyday in the 60s and 70s. The talent pool at the time was very deep and Bob Potton, Les Eadie, Kevin Caldon, Sky Andrew, Dave Randall and Brian Mailey (and countless more) were all competing for places. Brian had a warm and ready smile and friendly handshake and he was truly a gentleman and a very popular guy in the world of Table Tennis. In more recent years, he had moved to Clacton and played in the Local League.”
Brian’s Funeral is this Thursday,12th January – 13.20 at the South Essex Crematorium in Upminster. The address is – Ockendon Road, Corbets Tey, Upminster, RM14 2UY (Telephone Number 01708 434433)
Ken Field and Jayne Johnson report on the Essex County Table Tennis Association 2016 Closed Championships held over the 27th_29th August 2016
After a gap of some 8 years, the ECTTA Annual Closed Championships for Seniors, Vets and U21s returned. It was held at the Rayleigh Leisure Centre, in Rawreth, home of Southend’s Annual Closed Championships.
A good Entry of 68 Players, combined to produce a very good Championships. Our thanks go to the Staff of the Rayleigh Leisure Centre for making us so welcome and always being on hand, should any problems arise. Thanks also to Jayne Johnson for producing the various Result and Match Sheets & for organising the Control Desk for the 3 days. Running the Desk for Saturday & Monday along with Jayne and Barrie Delf was Arthur Clark. Jayne & Ken looked after the Desk on the Sunday which was the Vets O40’s day. Our thanks to Anthon Ranjit-Singh for the helping setting up and taking down the Match Room and helping throughout the Tournament. Finally a big thank you to all of the Players & their families who supported these Championships.
On Saturday we enjoyed the Men’s, Ladies & Under 21 Events.
In the Men’s Singles Semis, we saw two five setters, with both going to the wire. In the first, Tony Halling just edged out Lukasz Lewandowski -8, -6, 6, 4, 10, but not before he had a Match Point. A similar story in the other Semi with Josh Dye just beating Ben Warner -7, 5, 9, -9, 6. In the Final it again it went all the way with Josh just taking the Title from Tony –6, 8, 3, -9, 8.
In the Ladies Singles, we had a Round Robin, with Lin Roff, Gracie Edwards & Rebecca Lowman each winning two matches. In the count back the Title went to Lin who won 7 Sets, losing 3, with the Runner up position going to Gracie 7-4 and Rebecca 6-4.
The Men’s Doubles saw a good Final with Doubles specialists Gary Young & Glenn Johnson just losing out to Father and Son combination, Andrew and Tony Halling -9, 7, 5, -7, 3.
The Ladies Doubles was won by County Juniors Gracie Edwards & Rebecca Lowman, who beat Lin Roff & Tina Hutchinson 5, 5, 11.
The Mixed Doubles was also won by two of the County’s leading Juniors. Jack Stockdale and Gracie Edwards beating Norbert Fullerton & Lin Roff 8, 7, 6.
Next was the Under 21s, which saw Josh Dye repeat his victory in the Men’s Singles, beating County Junior, Sam Hume in the Final. He didn’t have it all his own way and a tight Final saw Josh just take the Title -5, 10, -5, 8, 6.
The final match on Saturday was the Level 2 Open Singles and this was won by John Cleasby, who beat Paul Pells 12, 8, -8, 7.
Day 2 of the Championships saw the Over 40s take centre stage and we enjoyed plenty of good matches.
In the Men’s Over 40s Singles, there were shocks as un-seeded Django Fung took the Title. Django, who is more renowned as the Manager of Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump, turned his attention to Table Tennis. In the top half of the draw, No. 1 Seed Rik James lost a close five setter to Mark Wicker, only for Mark to lose in the Semi-Final to No. 4 seed, Gary Young. In the bottom half of the draw, there was an early shock when No. 3 seed Kevin Read, lost in straight sets to unseeded Django Fung. Django then beat Southend Premier Player, Babul McLeod, again in straight sets. The Final was a very tight match poised at two sets all and 9 all in the decisive fifth Set, before Django took the Title 9, -12, -5, 6, 9. This was the shock of Championships, great effort by Django.
The Ladies Over 40s Singles title went to Jan Fuller who beat Tina Hutchinson 9, 6, 7. Both players have returned to our sport after many years out: having both been leading juniors in the County.
The Over 40s Doubles was played as an Open Event. Favourites Mark Wicker and Paul Davison justified their Seeding and took the Title, beating Gary Young and Glenn Johnson 8, 8, 6.
Final Event of the day was the Level 2 Over 40s Open Singles, which saw Southend Premier Players Norbert Fullerton and Richard Brown face each other in the Final. It was a very good match with Norbert just edging it 5, 11, -3, 11.
On to Day 3 we enjoyed watching the Over 50s, Over 60s and Over 70s.
There were plenty of exciting tussles and it was a great demonstration of how Table Tennis is a sport for life. Each event was played as an Open event: with the Over 50s in Groups and the Over 60s and 70s as straight knockouts.
In the O50’s Alex Abbott and Rick James met in the Final and we enjoyed watching a close five setter, with Alex just beating his long term rival and friend Rik 9, -9, 9, -2, 6.
n the O60’s, after reaching both the Men’s and Over 40s Doubles Finals, but just losing out in each, Glenn Johnson went one better this time to take the Over 60s Title, beating Peter Cranmer in the Final 7, 8, 8.
In the O70’s Peter Cranmer made up for his disappointment in the Over 60s beating Bill Smith in the Final -6, 7, 4, 9. It was great to see these two stalwarts of our game still maintaining a high standard of play.
This concluded the 2016 Essex Closed Table Tennis Championships and several of us enjoyed a final beverage in the Canteen at the Rayleigh Leisure Centre, which had been a great meeting place the whole weekend. Throughout, the staff had been so helpful and accommodating. John Dennison of Topspin Sports arrived to collect the tables and equipment and those left helped load up the Van: including the legendary Joe Kennedy who called in on Sunday.
There has been some good feedback about these Championships which will be fed back to the Essex Management Committee and it will be up to them to decide if this event can continue. The running of this event has to receive funding from the County due to the cost of Venues and Equipment hire. The funds of the County are a combination of our current Funds plus the Annual Team Fees of £9.00, paid by every Local League Team that plays in our County. This means that every registered player in Essex contributed a small part towards the running of these Championships. So our thanks go to every player, playing in the Local Leagues of the Essex County.
We enjoyed setting up these Championships and thank all of you in what ever way it was that helped make the return of these Championships such an enjoyable weekend.
Ken Field, Chairman & Jayne Johnson General Secretary
Essex County Table Tennis Association
Organisers of the 2016 Essex County Closed Championships
To enter, simply respond by email:-
Stating which Events you wish to enter and fill in the relevant information. Return email to both
You can download the attached Entry Form HERE (Excel Form) if you wish and return it to Ken Field, the address is shown on the Entry Form.
Closing Date for Entry is Friday, 29th July 2016 and Entries will be on a first come, first served basis, with a probable maximum of 120 players each day.
The Venue is the Rayleigh Leisure Centre, Priory Chase, Rawreth Lane, Essex, SS6 9NF. There is ample free Parking, nice clean Changing Rooms and a very pleasant large Cafe. There is a good playing area, where the Closed Championships of the Southend & District Table Tennis League have been held for the past 7 years, with an average Entry of 120 players.
Directions are:- A127 towards Southend. Leave at the A130 turnoff. Then take the A1245 towards Hullbridge & Rawreth. Turn right at the 2nd Junction, which is Rawreth Lane. The Venue is half a mile along Rawreth Lane on the right, immediately behind Asda
Play will be over 10 Tables, supplied by Topspin Sports.
Play will be continuous from 9.00 am – 6 pm each day.
The Expected Playing Schedule is:-
Saturday 27th August:-
Men’s & Ladies Singles, Men’s & Ladies Doubles, Under 21 Men & Ladies Singles. Plus an Open Plate Event for those knocked out in their Groups, or Round 1, of the Men’s & Ladies Singles.
Sunday 28th August:-
Men’s Vets Over 40s Singles, Ladies Vets Over 40s Singles, Open Vets Over 40s Doubles and an Open Plate Event for those knocked out in their Groups, or Round 1, of the Vets Men’s & Vets Ladies Singles.
Monday 29th August:-
Open Over 50s Singles, Open Over 60s Singles and Open Over 70s Singles.
All matches will be played up to 11 points and best of 5 sets and all Events will be played in Groups of 3. The Plate Events will be played on a straight Knock out basis.
The Entry Fee for each Separate Event is £ 8.00 per Singles Event, £4.00 per person for Doubles Events, Plate Events free.
Trophies will be presented each day. Note, there will be no Table Tennis England Ranking points given for these Championships, nor Cash Prizes, the aim of this Event is to provide good Table Tennis, coupled with a good Social atmosphere, as a nice start to your 2016/7 Season in Essex.
Any player under the age of 18, on the 27th August 2016, wishing to enter the Closed Championships, must enter by Entry Form and their Entry Form must be signed by their Parent or Guardian and returned to Ken Field, address is on the Entry Form.
The Southend and District Table Tennis League is running this Event on behalf of the ECTTA and therefore BACS payments and Cheques should be made payable to the SDTTL Bank Account, with eventual Profit or Loss being passed on to the ECTTA.
Payment choice as follows:-
* Payment must be received by the Closing date of Entry of the 29th July 2016.
Payment, can be made either:-
a) By BACS payment to the Bank Account of the Southend & District Table Tennis League
Sort Code 20-79-73
Account Number 60855529
b). Or by Cheque made payable to the Southend & District Table Tennis League and sent to Ken Field, 81 The Broadway, Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 3HQ
Any questions do email Jayne and/or myself.
This is the first time the ECTTA have run this Event since 2010 and it is an experiment to gauge whether it’s economical to run such an Event or not. We hope you’ll give this your full support. Even if you’re not playing, do pop in and see us.
The Dates were chosen because the Venue was available and there is nothing else going on in the Table Tennis England Calendar over that weekend, although at the very last minute, Table Tennis England have included British League Senior Division on the Saturday.
We fully realise that it’s a risky move running this Event over a National Bank Holiday period, but we are giving it our best shot and our President, Stuart Gibbs, recalls it once being run at Clacton, during the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, with a great turnout and atmosphere.
Looking forward to seeing plenty of you there.
Ken Field, Chairman & Jayne Johnson General Secretary
of the Essex County Table Tennis Association.
We have now been advised of the funeral arrangements for Lou.
Friday 1st July - 11.20 at the Southend Crematorium – family flowers only please but donations would be welcome to the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Service.
There will be a reception at Rayleigh Lodge from 12.30.
It is with great sadness that we heard the news that Southend stalwart for so many years, Lou Hopkins, passed away peacefully last Thursday 2nd June. As soon as we know when the Funeral Service is and the details we will publish here. Our thoughts are with his Family and friends at this sad time.
Lou has been involved with local Southend Table Tennis for over 50 years. He played in local leagues, Southend, Basildon, Chelmsford, Burnham and Brentwood. Always happy, always looking to help out wherever he could.
In Southend, Lou has done several roles for the Committee; running the Summer League for many years, the RoseBowl Competition, Closed Championships and has always looked to help wherever he could. In more recent years, Lou looked after the League’s Finances and always produced immaculate Books.
In his early days, Lou played for ‘Inflight Cleaning’: who were based at Southend Airport, who he also worked for. Later the Club switched to Rawreth where he continued to play for many years, ending up with the RESSC Club.
Lou ran Junior Coaching classes at the Southend Leisure Centre for several years and coached at various schools.
In the 90′s, he, together with Stuart Gibbs, Roy Savill, Paul Reed and Bill Wall, set up Setts in the Basildon League area, which he ran for many years, right up to the more recent months, when ill health got the better of him.
Lou was always a mid Division player, always capable of good wins, never complaining if he lost and always congratulating his opponent if he lost.
Lou was liked wherever he went.
Lou will be much missed by all.
David Humble reports on Redbridge Table Tennis Teams, both boys and girls have made it through to the Finals of the London Youth Games to be held at Crystal Palace on the 3rd of July. Players based at the Mossford club run and supply the team, with the terrific addition this year of Joe Walker, a great player to boost the team.
All players and parents really bought fully into our team ethic, which sets us apart from most others which are individual influenced.
In qualifying,all matches were won either 5-0 or 4-1. The girls team fielded ages of 15, 10 and 8 over the 3 two person matches. Sophie Chiang won all her matches, Maliha Baig (8) was 2 games down in one match but came back to win 11-9 in the fifth with fantastic forehand drive to finish the match.
The boys were no less impressive where we used 4 players in the squad.
The London Youth Games Finals at Crystal Palace is a great day out and everyone should make a date in their diary to attend, You would be energised for life ! Check out their website at this link - http://www.londonyouthgames.org/
There is a multiplicity of sports involved very keenly contested by highly enthusiastic youngsters. In effect an Olympic Games for young Londoners is my best shot of describing it. I remember taking Alex Murdoch and his wife one year. They were gob smacked. My grandsons loved attending when they were young.
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.