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ESSEX JUNIOR CLOSED 2 JANUARY 2012

The Essex Junior Closed was held at BATTS Harlow on Bank Holiday Monday, 2 January 2012. Entries were slow to arrive but after an extension to the original closing date, 22 entries at that point, by the time a draw could held there were enough entries to enable the event to proceed and with another couple of entries being accepted over the holiday period we finally reached 43 entries, although organiser Arthur Clark had to reschedule some a further two times to accommodate these entries.

The day started with three events, the Under 13 and 18 Boys Singles and the Under 15 Girls Singles. The U13 event saw top seed Sidney Dorn (Southend) progress to and win the final with consummate ease, only dropping a game in his Group match with Tharujan Sivarajah. In the other half James Knudsen (BATTS) needed four games to get past Alexander Terrell in the semi final.

In the U18 event Alex Hollland (BATTS) progressed similarly to the final although Benjamin Matthews (Southend) took a game off him in their semi final clash. A round earlier Benjamin had been taken the full five game distance before overcoming League colleague Samuel Lowman -6, 4, 7, -14, 4. The bottom half of the draw was notable for the titanic semi final battle between Charlie Bates (Southend) and Robert Shrimpton (Chelmsford), one of a number in various Tournaments this season, which after a number of superb rallies Charlie scraped through 7, -15, 12, 10. In the final an easy 6, 3, 5 win for Alex. All six seeds won their respective Groups.

With Chloe Andrews unable to attend up for the Under 15 Girls this event was contested by five girls. The top three positions in the Round Robin were determined by Jessie Jarvis’s last two matches with Zoe Davies and Shannon Conway respectively where she prevailed 11-6 and an even closer 11-9 in the deciding game against both players, Zoe thus finishing third and Shannon the runner up.

Next events on were the Under 15 Boys and Under 13 Girls. Nothing spectacular until the semi finals where the audience was treated to two great semi finals of contrasting styles. At the same time first game scores were 14-14 on Table 1 and 11-11 on Table 2 and a few minutes later 10-10 on both tables. Samuel Lowman beat James Knudsen 14, 10, 8 in the bottom half semi but the top half semi went the full distance between the two hard hitting clubmates, Livingstone Nadarajah overcoming top seed Kleber Silva (both Becontree) -8, 14, 8, -6, 10. The final was a repeat of the semis where Livingstone eventually overcame Samuel -8, 8, 8, 13 although Samuel had three chances to take the match to a deciding game.

Only three of the original five entrants were able to compete in the U13 Girls event where Jessie Jarvis emerged the winner to add to her U15 event triumph.

The last events were the two Restricted competitions for players who have not played for the County and were not seeded. Boys Group winners were Kleber Silva, Joshua Dye (Mossford), Benjamin Matthews and Jack Crook (Chelmsford) and these four players had comfortable first round wins to reach the semi finals. Pulsating semis which could have gone either way, Kleber beating Benjamin 10, -11, 11, 9 and Jack coming from 2-1 down to beat Joshua (who he had lost to in an U18 Group match at the start of the day) -8, 7, -8, 10, 9. In the final Kleber’s shot power to finish the rallies proved decisive, winning 8, 3, 11, 9.

 We would like to thank our two umpires, John Jennings and Lyndon Griffiths and to County Chairman Ken Field for presenting trophies to all the winners.

Arthur C. Clark
Junior Match Secretary and Tournament Organiser.

Essex Cadets off to a great start

The Victorious Essex Cadet Team

Arthur Clark reports on the first round of matches in Division 1B of the Cadet County Championships.

Essex’s first venture into the Cadet County Championships provided a successful day for the Team. Essex hosted the Eastern Region of the Division at BATTS Harlow on 3 December 2011 with matches played on two tables whilst the other four teams in the Division held two rounds of matches at Leamington Spa.

 Against a Suffolk team Essex did not get the start they would have wanted. Samuel Lowman lost to Max Boulter 3-0 whilst on the other table Livingstone Nadarajah, having won the first game 11-8 lost the next three 6, 8, 6 to Alex Horscroft. Next on the girls showed how it should be done. After a nervous start in which she had to save a game point against Katherine Shaw, Stephanie Cross settled to win 10, 3, 2 and Jane Li, having just completed two five game singles in the adjacent Essex Junior Inter League match, beat Natalie Wills 5, 10, 6. For Ryan Williams it appeared that he thought his match against Harvey Dinkele would be a cake walk and a lacklustre effort in the first game resulted in a 11-9 loss. However after an interval talk with coach Paul Collier Ryan showed what he could do by winning the next three games 2, 1, 3. On the other table Samuel lost a first game he should have won 13-11. Winning the next two 7 and 10 he won’t want to remember the fourth and saving two match points in the fifth he finally won 13-11. The girls then won their remaining two matches easily 3-0. Ryan then beat Max 4, 8, 3 but Livingstone had to endure a five game match with Harvey before coming through -5, 15, -10, 3, 3 . Essex had started off with an 8-2 win.

 Suffolk then played Cambridgeshire, Cambs winning all the boys matches and Suffolk the girls matches, two of which were conceded because Cambs number one girl failed to arrive through illness.

 Essex then played the Cambs team knowing they started 2-0 up because Cambs still only had one girl. Samuel lost his opening match to Adam Jepson, ranked 130 places above him 3-1, but Livingstone won his opening match against Max Schwiening 3-1. Stephanie had an easy win over Ena Catlin 6,3,4 and later on Lara Esquivel had an even easier win over Ena 4, 3, 1.After scraping through his first game with Harris Ryder 14-12 the next two were far easier, 6 and 3. Samuel had to come back from 2-1 down to Max before winning -10, 3, -5, 8, 5 and although Ryan’s match with Adam was close he lost 9, 9, 7.Livingstone also lost his match to Harris 3-0 so Essex had a 7-3 win. Thanks also to Neil Warren for his help in coaching the team during this match.

 With results now known of the matches played at Leamington Spa at the same time Essex lead the Table on sets difference by one set over Leicestershire. A league table will be added once published on the ETTA website.

 The final round of matches will be played at Leamington Spa on Saturday 17 March.

 Arthur C. Clark
Junior Match Secretary

Results and Final Table for County Senior Div 2C

Seniors Division 2C
County P W D L F A Pts
Norfolk 5 4 0 1 36 14 8
Oxfordshire 5 3 2 0 29 21 8
Essex 2 5 3 0 2 31 19 6
Cambridgeshire 1 5 2 1 2 22 28 5
Suffolk 2 5 1 1 3 22 28 3
Cambridgeshire 2 5 0 0 5 10 40 0

 

Seniors Division 2C – Results
Ca 1 Ca 2 E 2 Nk Ox Sk 2
Cambridgeshire 1   7-3 3-7 1-9 5-5 6-4
Cambridgeshire 2 3-7   2-8 0-10 3-7 2-8
Essex 2 7-3 8-2   4-6 4-6 8-2
Norfolk 9-1 10-0 6-4   4-6 7-3
Oxfordshire 5-5 7-3 6-4 6-4   5-5
Suffolk 2 4-6 8-2 2-8 3-7 5-5  

Essex Vets campaign news

Veterans Match Secretary Neil Brierley reports on the progress of the Essex Vets teams in the County Championships so far this year.

The following link provides latest table for all the county sides: http://etta.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/county_championship_tables-2011-12.pdf

5 of our 6 vets sides have commenced their campaign and round up as follows:

ESSEX 1 – Team of captain Tony West plus Clive Carthy , Mark Wicker and Lucy Wang. Played at Keighley and lost 9-1 to Kent, drew 5 all with Leics and lost 6-4 to Sussex. Lucy unbeaten but matches very tough and still have hopes of staying up with second weekend at  Ashford in February.

ESSEX 2 – Led by John Monk with Alex Abbott, Paul Cuming and Elaine Sayer , they have made a great start with wins over Durham, Cambs and Yorks  and were unlucky to lose 6-4 Notts.

ESSEX 3- Captain Paul Martindill , Phil Walker, Ray Lam , Marjorie Dawson and Sue Hickman have made a steady start beating Herefordshire  9-1, drawing 5 -5 with Worcs and losing 6-4 to Herts.

ESSEX 4- Captain Lin Attridge has picked Dave Bowles, John Poysden and Gary Baker  and they beat Bucks 7-3 and lost by the same score to Northants.

ESSEX OVER 60 FIRST TEAM – Captain Dave Bowles has picked Stuart Gibbs and Peter Radford plus Marjorie Dawson  and have made a great start in defence of their national  crown . They beat Herts 7-3,  drew 5-5 with Surrey and beat Worcs 7 -3. All to play for on 25/26 Feb at Milton Keynes.

ESSEX OVER 60 SECOND TEAM – Shirley Carroll captains this team and they play their first weekend later this month. 

Essex Juniors face relegation battle


Arthur Clark reports on the junior premier division matches played on Saturday/Sunday 12/13 November 2011 and junior division 1A matches played on Saturday 12 November 2011

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011/2012
12/13 NOVEMBER
JUNIOR PREMIER DIVISION
TEAM P W D L SETS F SETS A Pts
MIDDLESEX 3 3 0 0 18 12 6
SUSSEX 3 2 0 1 17 13 4
WARWICKSHIRE 3 2 0 1 14 16 4
KENT 3 1 1 1 17 13 3
YORKSHIRE 3 1 1 1 16 14 3
BERKSHIRE 3 1 0 2 15 15 2
ESSEX 3 0 2 1 14 16 2
CLEVELAND 3 0 0 3 9 21 0

 The first round of Junior Premier County Championship matches was held at the Cippenham Table Tennis Centre on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 12/13 November with one match Saturday afternoon and two on Sunday. Having finished runners up the last two seasons there were hopes that this at least might be possible again this season but after a disappointing series of results this is now a distant vision. Currently second bottom in the Table the fight against relegation is a tough proposition since the teams we have to play in the next round of matches all seem likely to strengthen their teams.

 The opening match on the Saturday afternoon was against newly promoted Warwickshire. With Jared Patel deciding not to play on this day shortly before the weekend Ryan Williams replaced him playing his first mach for the County.

In the first match Brandon Crouchman, who replaced the now over age Luca Mariano, faced England No. 15 Matt Outhwaite. No fairytale premiership debut however losing 6, 6, 13 although there was a chance of extending the match to a fourth game. Although Ryan took the first game to 8 off Matt Lun he lost the next three 9, 7, 8. Iffy’s win was off the table as Warwicks had only one girl, Holly Thompson who subsequently lost 3-0 to Ella Patel and 3-1 to Iffy. Alex and Ryan both lost 3-0 to Laurence Sweeney, Ranked 21 and Alex also lost 3-0 to Matt Outhwaite. Brandon did his best to get the boys a win but after going 2-1 up he fell away to lose in five to Matt Lun

 Sunday morning’s match was against Kent who, on the basis of their 8-2 win over Cleveland yesterday, appeared to have a much stronger team than last year. Essex quickly went 3-0 up thanks to wins by Jared over Luke Savill, although he dropped the opening game 13-11 in a breakneck speed match, and 3-0 wins for Brandon over Brian Gray and Ella over Emma Tovey. However Kent hit back to take the next four, Alex losing 3-1 to Reece Placid, ranked 25, Iffy and Ella both 3-0 to No. 11 Emma Torkington and Brandon to Luke in five where all the games were won at the same end of the table, -12, 5, -5, 3 7 after Brandon led 5-2 at the change round. Jared then beat Reece 3-0 coming back from 10-7 down in the first game to win the last five points. Iffy led 10-7 in the first and 8-6 in the second but couldn’t convert to game wins and thus lost to Emma Tovey 10, 9, 4. Thus all on Alex for a win against Brian to draw the match. Another match like Brandon’s earlier where the same, and it was the same, end seemed to dictate the match only this time Alex , who led 5-3 at the final change round  managed to hold his nerve to win the last two points and win his match 4, -8, 9, -8, 9 for the Team draw.

 The afternoon match was against a Yorkshire team who had beaten neighbours Cleveland 7-3 in the morning and only just lost 6-4 to leaders Middlesex yesterday. Alex started with a match against Michael Frasier, a player he had beaten 3-2 in last season’s corresponding fixture. Sadly no repeat performance losing 7, 9, 12 although he had his chances to take the match to a fourth game. Brandon cruised through Tom Bell 5, 8, 3 and Iffy’s lack of match practice this season (she’s taking a year’s sabbatical to concentrate on exams) showed when losing to Ellen Auty 11, 9, -13, -10 8 despite having two game points in the first, leading 10-6 in the third and turning round 5-3 up in the final game. Jared lost the first game to Matthew Stephens and then went on to win the next three, albeit by 9 and 9 in games 3 and 4. Ella lost her first two game to Nicole Fiin, ranked 130 points above her, came back to win the next two but sadly unable to maintain the momentum to lose the final game to 8. Alex struggled in his first game with Tom finally winning it 15-13, found nothing going right for him in the third but won the fourth to 7 to make the match score 3-3. Ella won the first against ellen but lost the next three 6, 9, 6 despite leading 7-4 in the third  Jared had a fluctuating game with Michael with some spectacular winners and cruised through the deciding game to 3 to square the match once again.Iffy lost to Nicole 3-0 although she led 9-7 in the first. This left Brandon needing to beat Matthew for the Team draw  and he was up for it putting in a superb performance against the higher ranked player to win 9, 8, 7

 Looking back at the weekend’s matches and the current Table, leaders Middlesex only won their three matches by the narrowest of margins and only two points separates the middle six teams. Had Jared have played in the Saturday match and achieved his expected wins then Essex would have been second equal with Sussex on points (third on sets difference) and Warwickshire be in Essex’s second bottom position. Such is the closeness of the Division this season that any team having a bad second round of matches at Wednesbury on 17/18 March 2012 can be relegated.

Jared 4 wins out of 4, Alex 2 from 6, Brandon 3 from 6,Ryan 0 from 2, Iffy 1 from 5 and Ella 2 from 5.

 Thanks must go to John Holland on the Sunday for coaching the team and to the team players on the Saturday for coaching between themselves.

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011/2012
JUNIOR DIVISION 1A
12-Nov-11
TEAM P W D L Pts
Lincolnshire 4 4 0 0 8
Hertfordshire 4 2 2 0 6
Northamptonshire 4 2 1 1 5
Staffordshire 4 2 0 2 4
Worcestershire 4 1 1 2 3
Cheshire 1 4 1 1 2 3
Yorkshire 2 4 1 0 3 2
Essex 2 4 0 1 3 1

For the Junior Second Team there was the long journey to the Burton Uxbridge Club in Staffordshire for four rounds of Division 1A matches. Some players decided to travel up Friday evening and stay overnight. This meant that original travel plans changed and that I had to pick Jane Li up at six at Stanway and travel back to Chelmsford so that we could travel up with Scott and Terry Dowsett. That plan changed Friday evening when a telephone call revealed that Scott had hurt his back at his casual job on the Thursday evening and would be unable to play. Thank goodness that I had selected four boys to play so that meant that the remaining three would have to play every match. It would be a daunting day against the four County First Teams that our Second team were due to play as most or their players were ranked above ours. All matches were played on two tables.

 The first match was against Northants who had Sam Mabey and Miles Chan ranked 9 and 35 respectively in their team. James quickly lost to Miles 3-0 whilst on the other table, Robert Shrimpton, playing his first match for the County against Joe Lindsay went the full distance, the first of five of his eight matches that would go to five games. This time he lost the final set to 5 being unable to take his one chance in the fourth to win the match. Jane lost to Nicole Bird, ranked one place above her 3-1 after sharing the first two deuce games and later on Emily Godfrey lost to Nicole 4 in the deciding game and also unable to convert the match point in the fourth game. Both girls beat Bethany Tyler, Emily by 9, 9, 8 and Jane after winning the first two games, having to win the decider 11-7. Owen Warren lost 3-1 to both Sam and Joe. Robert took the first two games off Miles 5 and 9 before losing the last three 5, 6, 4. An 8-2 defeat.

 The second match was against Worcestershire who had No. 24 Michael Siket but whose girls were ranked below Emily and Jane. Owen lost 4, 1, 5 to Michael and on the other table another 5 game match for Robert, against Jack Davis. Eventually a win -12, -7, 3, 12, 7.and by this time Emily had played her match on the other table and won 7, 10, -14, 5 against Shannon Johns. James then beat Jaspreet Singh, ranked seven places above him 8, -9, 9, 6 to give Essex a 3-1 lead. However Worcester fought back to win the next two matches, Jane losing 3-1 to Ella Parry-Reece and Owen 3-0 to Jack. Jane then beat Shannon 3-1 and James lost to Michael 3-0. The last two matches were shared, Emily losing 3-1 to Ella after winning the first and Robert gaining a good four game win over Jaspreet after losing the first, a Draw the result.

 The third match was against the leaders and Division favourites Lincolnshire. Only Roberts opening match with William Ross went the full distance which he won -16, 7, -4, 11, 4. Sadly all the remaining matches were lost, six of them to 3-1 scores to Adam Harrison, ranked 7, Commor Neenan, Emily Roys and Olivia Churchill.

 For the last match of a tiring day Staffordshire were the opponents. James had a good opening 3-1 win over Stephen Ward, ranked 70, whilst on the other table another marathon for Robert against George Falcus ranked 115. Robert will remember the last two games for a long time, leading 2-1 and 10-6 up he lost no less than eight match points and two further match points in the decider to lose 9, -6, -9, 15, 11. A similar agony was to befall Jane in the next match against Lauren Evans. Turning round 5-2 down in the decider she then took eight of the next ten points to lead 10-7 only to lose the next five. Owen lost his two matches to Ryan Fellows and George and Emily beat Bekki Lycett and Lauren both 3-0. Jane also beat Bekki 3-1 but Robert must have run out of energy when playing Stephen losing 11, 9, 15 and not even able to take the match to a fourth game with the game points he had. Thus a 6-4 defeat that could, perhaps should, have been a.win.

James 2 wins out of 8, Owen none from 8, Robert 3 from 8, Emily 4 from 8 and Jane 3 from 8.

 Their next round of matches is at Wellingborough on Saturday 7 April (Easter Saturday) where it loks as though two wins from the three matches are needed if Essex are to stay up in Division 1.

 Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary.

Essex Senior Teams results

Senior Match Secretary John Andrews reports on the Senior Premier team and the 2nd team in Division 2C

15th/16th October 2011 Senior Premier Cippenham

Team: Martin Kubrt, Euan Liddle, Clive Carthy, Sarra Wang, Lucy Wang.

The first weekend of the Premier County competition comprises 3 matches leaving the second weekend where four matches are to be played becoming the deciding event.

Essex opened their campaign against Berkshire, one of the teams against whom a win is crucial to our target of remaining in the Premier division. Essex made a solid start with Martin Kubrt beating Dave Barr in five close ends, Euan Liddle matching that performance against Liam McTiernan and Lucy Wang disposing of Megan Knowles. As expected England no. 23 Tom Maynard got the better of Clive Carthy but Sarra Wang maintained the three point lead with straight sets win against Maria Tsaptsinos. The battle of defenders Dave Barr and Euan Liddle saw the Berkshire man edge it in 4 games, 13-15, 16-14, 11-4, 11-9. Lucy Wang followed this with a crucial 5 set win against Maria Tsaptsinos. This put the score to 5-2 in favour of Essex. Tom Maynard duly despatched Martin Kubrt in three but not without Martin putting up spirited resistance in the second and third games, only going down 13-11, 12-10. The ladies had been in good form for Essex in this match and Sarra Wang duly sealed the win with an 11-6, 11-3, 11-2 result against Megan Knowles. Liam McTiernan kept the final result tight at 6-4 to Essex with a four set win against Clive Carthy.

Next opponents for Essex were Derbyshire who made it two wins out of two by beating Essex 6-4 whilst Middlesex were held to a draw by Avon. Shaun Marples had a much better game against Essex and he beat both Clive Carthy (3-2) and Martin Kubrt (3-1). The ladies matches were shared. England no. 26 Sarra Wang was well-beaten 3-0 by Abbie Milwain but she hit back in her second singles defeating Emma Vickers (Emma’s only defeat of the weekend) after a five game thriller (11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 13-11). Lucy Wang did well to beat Abbie Milwain but she in turn lost to Emma as the ladies games played a very prominent role in this match. Sam Perry who had beaten Martin Kubrt in five ends sealed the Derbyshire victory by getting the better of Euan Liddle 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 to secure his side’s victory, 6-4.

Essex were disappointed to have lost 8-2 to Sussex. Six successive games were decided in the fifth end and Sussex came out on top of these 4-2. England no. five Veteran Ritchie Venner was involved in two of these battles and he came out on top both times. He beat Clive Carthy 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9 and he fought back after losing two close opening games to get the better of Martin Kubrt 13-15, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-9. Sarra Wang pulled through in the fifth end against Rose Rainton but despite leading 2-0 she couldn’t hold off Yolanda King. Yolanda came out on top 5-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8. It was a good match for Nigel Eckersley and the Sussex Over 50 Veteran beat both Euan Liddle (3-0) and Clive Carthy (3-1) whilst Euan Liddle made his mark. He scored a fine five game victory over Da Shuai Zhang.

We achieved the following results:-

Berkshire             -              6-4
Derbyshire          -              4-6
Sussex                  -              8-2

 County Premier Championship Table 2011/12
 County P W D L F A Sets for Set Agn’st PTS
Middlesex 1 3 2 1 0 21 9     5
Derbyshire 3 2 1 0 17 13     5
Sussex 1 3 2 0 1 19 11     4
Berkshire 1 3 1 1 1 18 12     3
Essex 1 3 1 0 2 12 18 53 71 2
Nottinghamshire 3 1 0 2 12 18 45 69 2
Cornwall 1 3 1 0 2 9 21     2
Avon 3 0 1 2 12 18     1

 

12th/13th November Essex 2nd Team Division 2C at BATTS, Harlow.

Team: Matt Spero, Steve Joslin, Antony Greenwood (Saturday), Tony Halling (Sunday), Barbara Izyk, Vicki Stredder.

Six teams in this division so all matches were able to be played over one weekend. Thanks to Paul Collier for arranging the weekend, Neil Brierley who assisted with team arrangements and Sharon Head for the catering at BATTS.

Essex were looking to move back to division one at the first attempt although Norfolk looked a very different team from last year with the addition of Neil Charles transferring from Middlesex (England no. 30), Kelly Skeggs transferring from Essex linking up with Lauren Spink (England no. 5) and would no doubt be a main challenger.

Essex played Cambridgeshire in their first match with Steve Joslin and Barbara Izyk keeping a clean sheet with one win each from Matt Spero, Antony Greenwood and Vicki Stredder. Antony and Vicki coming through close five setters to secure their wins. Norfolk were next up and were without Neil Charles and Kelly Skeggs because of work commitments. However Lauren Spink was available and duly delivered two wins. Steve Joslin maintained his winning streak with two wins against Tony Zeqiri and A. Hawes respectively. Barbara and Vicki recording one win each against J. Kelly to produce a final score of 6-4 in Norfolk’s favour. Final match of Saturday was against Cambridgeshire 2 and a convincing 8-2 result obtained with Antony Greenwood, Matt Spero and Barbara Izyk remaining unbeaten.

There were just two matches to play on the Sunday with Tony Halling replacing Antony Greenwood in the team. At the start of the day Essex were in second place on sets difference but no doubt reflecting on the close match with Norfolk which would potentially be key to their final position in the division.  First up were Suffolk 2. 8-2 was the final result with Matt, Tony, Steve and Barbara all remaining unbeaten. Vicki had a titanic 5 set battle with Sonja Talbot 11-2, 8-11, 11-8. 10-12, 11-13. There was also defence against attack with Matt Spero just edging out Richard Hutchinson in a very entertaining match, 7-11, 11-3, 11-2, 10-12, 11-8.

The final match against Oxfordshire was a must win match if Essex were to stand a chance of overhauling Norfolk who now topped the table. But, it would always going to be a tall order with Norfolk 2-0 before the start of their match against Cambridgeshire 1, who were a lady short. The match against Oxfordshire was nip and tuck all the way with no side gaining a significant advantage although Essex were always fighting from behind. The second match saw Steve Joslin lose a close 5 setter to Pavel Jaskolski 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 9-11 which gave the edge to Oxfordshire side. Barbara once again delivered two wins but it was Jaskolski who provided the close 6-4 win for Oxfordshire with a four set win against Tony Halling, 3-11, 11-8, 10-12, 4-11. Norfolk emerged as champions and congratulations to them on their success.

A final table will be published on the ETTA web site shortly.

 John Andrews
Essex Senior Match Secretary
15th November 2011

November Table Tennis Action – in Essex and nearby!!!

Hannah Hicks selected for Senior Six Nations at Basildon

Senior Six Nations – 11th – 13th November – Basildon Sporting Village, Basildon               -              FREE ENTRY

English Cadet and Junior National Championships – 19th – 20th November – Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield          -                FREE ENTRY

ITTF Pro Tour – 24th – 27th November – Excel Centre, London

There is a very full calendar if you looking to watch some live Table Tennis in November. It all kicks off on the 11th/12th/13th November at Basildon Sporting Village, Gloucester Park North, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, Essex, SS14 3GR. The event starts on Friday evening, 6pm – 9pm, then Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 9am – 4pm. All the teams have been announced with the exception of Isle of Man.

The players selected for England are:-

Men: Darius Knight and Chris Doran
Women: Hannah Hicks and Emily Bates
Coaches: Jia Yi Liu and Alan Cooke

See a full preview here.

The following weekend it’s the turn of our younger players with the English Cadet and Junior National Championships taking place in Hatfield at the Hertfordshire Sports Village, De Havilland Campus, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9EU. It is a full two days of play on the 19th and 20th November with many up and coming cadets and juniors from the East Region taking part. Once again free entry to this event so please come along enjoy some great table tennis and support our local players.

THIS, is the big one. The ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals.

Watch the world’s top table tennis players in the London 2012 venue of ExCeL, from Thursday 24th until Sunday 27th November 2011. Run as a test event prior to next year’s Olympics, the players will be competing for the largest ever prize fund pot in English table tennis history, $325,000.

The English Table Tennis Association is managing the event on behalf of the ITTF.

Running alongside the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals will also be a Team GB v World All Stars match for both the men and women, to help mirror the set up of next year’s Olympics.

 Men Women
Paul Drinkhall Joanna Parker
Andrew Baggaley Kelly Sibley
Liam Pitchford Liu Na

Riding on a crest of a wave, Kelly Sibley and Joanna Parker were part of the undefeated European Championships team which gained promotion to the top division. Liam Pitchford will also be hoping to continue his run of form after outstanding wins against the World number 9 and 20 in the championships.

Be sure not to miss out on your chance to watch World and Olympic champions competing in London prior to London 2012.

Schedule & Ticket Prices
Day Adult Concession
Thursday £15 £10
Friday £20
£12 after 17:00
£15
Saturday £25 £20
Sunday £25 £20
Thursday & Friday £25 £20
Saturday & Sunday £40 £30
All four days £55 £40

View the schedule for a full order of play.

Find out more about the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals at etta.co.uk/grandfinals

ESSEX JUNIOR ASSESSMENT TRIALS REPORT 2011

Essex Junior Secretary reports on the Junior assessment trials held recently

The Essex Junior Assessment Trials were held at BATTS, Harlow on the weekend of 01/02 October. All the Girls events were played on the Sunday, but with no girls entering the Under 11 event there was obviously no event. In the Under 11 Boys event there were only three entries and one withdrew on the day so they ended up playing one another in the Under 13 and Under 11 events, each winning once. There were ten tables in play on both days.

The Saturday was devoted to the Under 18 Boys event and the results would form the basis of selection for Essex’s two junior teams, one less than last year. With 46 entries, 4 more than last year, the players were divided in to six groups of six players and two groups of five players based roughly on national rankings. With the top ranked Alex Holland withdrawing with a broken toe just a few days before event, second ranked Scott Dowsett attending a work induction day, another entrant also injured, four others not turning up on the day and one entry accepted on the day we then had eight groups of five players. This meant we finished two hours ahead of schedule. The next two players in the ETTA Ranking Order were moved up before matches started to fill the vacant seed spaces left by Alex and Scott and three other players moved to create the five equal Groups.

In the first round of matches all the Group seeds came top of their Group. Closest match was that between Aaron Crisp (Southend) and Elliott Attrill (Clacton) where Elliott came back from 2-1 down to win 12-10, 15-13 and take third place in the Group. In second round of matches every one of the eight players in the Group winners Group lost at least two matches giving a headache for sorting out the Essex rankings where National rankings also have to be taken in to account. There were three equal firsts, two equal fourths and two equal sixths and an odd point here and there in deuce games could have made a considerable difference to the Group finishing order. On count back of the three equal firsts James Denyer (Clacton) was first, Robert Shrimpton (Chelmsford) second and Charlie Bates (Southend) third.

Sunday saw the remaining events. There was more interest than in past years in the Under 15 Boys event as Essex had entered a cadet team in the County Championships this season. Ryan Williams and Ben Holland withdrew some three or four weeks beforehand, Ryan to take part in the Milton Keynes Two Star Tournament which he won. This left the top seed as Charlie Williams but he did not turn up on the day and I later found out this was because he had no transport. From three Groups of six and two of five in the first round we ended up with four Groups of five and one of four. The only Group seed not to win his Group was Navdeep Panesar (Mossford) beaten 11-8 in the fifth game by Neil Mendoza (Eastbury). In the second round matches Kleber Silva (Eastbury) won his four matches comfortably to head the Group with Livingstone Nadarajah (also Eastbury) second and Samuel Lowman (BATTS) third, Samuel missing out on second place by losing the fifth game to Livingstone 15-13 in the closest match of the event.

In the Under 13 Boys event, the first event of the day, there were originally three Groups of four players but two players withdrew. The three Group winners, Sidney Dorn (Southend), James Knudsen (BATTS) and Ryan Gooday (Chelmsford) won easily but it was much closer in the second round between the three. Had Ryan have been able to clinch one of the match points he held when losing the fourth game of his match with Sidney 18-16 there would have been a three way tie.

In the Under 11 Boys event Rahul Jindal (Mossford) beat Sam Fullick (Southend) 11-8 in the fifth game having earlier in the day lost to Sam 3-0 in the Under 13 event.

There were good entries in the Girls events, 5 in the Under 13’s and 9 in the Under 15’s and Under 18’s. With all events to be played as round robins Jane Li (Colchester), who entered all three events, would have had to play 20 matches in the day. I considered this too many for any player and thus restricted the girls to only playing one another once during the day with the result of any match between the two players in the first event of the day counting as the result in later events where the two players were again due to meet.

The first girls event of the day was the Under 15’s and with Sarah Austin withdrawing injured and Lucy Burton withdrawing two days beforehand the Group was reduced to seven players. Stephanie Cross (BATTS), seeded 3, saved a match point against her in the fourth game of the match against Shannon Conway (Eastbury) before winning the deciding game and thereafter won her remaining matches 3-0 to top the Group. Top seed Jane Li also lost to Lara Esquivel (BATTS) in five and this result gave three equal runners up with Cheridan Thompson (Mossford) who had only lost to Jane as well as Stephanie.

In the Under 13 Girls event Stephanie and Jane only had to play Zoe Davies and Rebecca Parker (both Southend) and won all four matches 3-0. Thus the Under 15 match between them was the match that determined the top two positions.

The Under 18 Girls event also ended up as a Group of seven. Emily Godfrey (Southend) came back from 2-1 down to defeat Jane and head the Group, having won all her other matches. Lara Esquivel only lost to Emily and therefore finished runner up in the Group by virtue of her earlier win over Jane in the Under 15 event but had had to come back from 2-1 down in a fluctuating match to defeat Shannon Rolfe (Southend).

In the issued Essex Junior Ranking List those players who did not turn up on the day and did not subsequently give a valid reason have not been ranked. Those players who were off injured or who gave an acceptable valid reason for absence were considered for ranking and ranked as appropriate.