For the fourth consecutive year, the New Milton Table Tennis Club ran a Summer Pairs competition at the Mudeford Wood Community Centre from late May until the end of August. In table tennis terms a Pair is a 2-player team and this event was open to club members and non-members. There were seven teams entered in total; each team being named after a historical or contemporary fighting force, with each team playing each other twice. 

One point was awared for each end won up to 11.  The final match score was calculated by totalling the number of sets won by each team over the duration of the evening.

And so the teams of Vikings, Airmen, Saxons, Soldiers, Sailors, Romans and Marines battled for supremacy throughout the summer with the Vikings emerging as victors and the Airmen as runners-up. The Vikings comprised husband & wife combo John and Norma Millward and up-and-coming youngster Jack Trafford who managed to accumulate 141 points between them. The Airmen piloted themselves to second place on 124 points, and were represented by club secretary Bev Scott-Johns, Simon Golding, Mike Roberts & Gerard Redman along with Peter Daish and Clive Pitts who only played one match each.

The other placings in descending order are Saxons (112 points), Soldiers (106 points), Sailors (99 points), Romans (94 points) & Marines (92 points).  


In the photo, Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns presents the Sandy Fagan Memorial Trophy to two of the Vikings, Jack Trafford and John Millward. Sandy was a former club secretary and leading light in the club for many years who sadly passed away in November last year.



The advert below appeared in the Sports Pages of the New Milton Advertiser dated 17th September 2016:-


Anybody interested in joining our club should contact Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns on 01425 619552.


A seat in memory of a founder member of the Friends of Ballard Water Meadow conservation group has been installed at the New Milton beauty spot. Sandy Fagan, who died in November last year ran Fagan’s clothing shop in the town with her husband Bob for many years. The seat, which has been placed in a prominent position, was donated by friends and neighbours who gathered to pay tribute. The photo below shows Bob Fagan immediately behind the seat flanked by daughter Jackie and son Michael, with the grandchildren sat on the seat.


Sandy is also fondly remembered by members of the New Milton Table Tennis Club as she was a former club secretary and a leading light in the club for many years. Husband Bob is club president after serving as chairman for many years, and he told us the club is where they first met. The club has recently purchased a trophy in her memory, the Sandy Fagan Memorial Trophy, which will be awarded to the winners of the club’s popular annual Summer Pairs competition. When she was well, Sandy always attended club functions with Bob and they are pictured below at one of the Christmas parties.



There is no such thing as “close season” at the New Milton Table Tennis Club as practice nights continue throughout the summer at the Grange School, Somerford and the club is involved in two “Summer Pairs” competitions. In addition to its own tournament, for the third consecutive year the club entered a team in the Merton Summer Pairs, held at the St. James Institute in Southbourne during May, June, July and August.

In table tennis terms a Pair is a 2-player team and this event was open to all table tennis players within the Bournemouth area. There were eight teams in total and each team was named after an English River. The team from New Milton was called the Hambles and finished the tournament in second place, receiving a runners-up cash prize. The Hambles comprised Bev Scott-Johns, Club Secretary and Shaun Newcomb, Club Development Officer who just happened to be the same pairing who won the event at their first attempt three years ago. Bev and Shaun played together in all fourteen of the Pairs matches and accumulated 153 points. They faced strong opposition which included players from Premier, First and Second Divisions of the Bournemouth League.

The event was won by a Merton team, the Cams with 175 points, and another Merton team, the Bournes came third with 131 points.

Bev and Shaun are pictured below, with Bev clutching the spoils.



Rising table tennis star Matthew Daish is hoping to serve up more success after securing further sponsorship from Lymington-based Colten Care.

For the second year running the family-owned company, which owns and operates 20 care homes across the South, has agreed to help Matthew cover his travel and coaching costs.

In return the 15-year-old will continue to share tips and offer gentle practice during visits to Colten Care’s dementia care home, Linden House, in Lymington.

Matthew said: “I’m really grateful for Colten Care’s generous support which has allowed me to increase my training greatly this year. I have risen 60 places to 33rd in the England U18 rankings and been invited to play in the German league for Mainz next season. This probably wouldn’t have happened without Colten Care’s help.”

Lymington-based Matthew started playing table tennis at the age of six and became the under-11 national schools champion in 2012. He is currently the under-18 Hampshire county champion and was runner-up in the senior singles event. In April he was one of 32 top players invited to play in the England Junior Nationals at Huddersfield.

Following a training session in Germany, Matthew was spotted by a talent scout for Mainz 05 table tennis club. He has now been invited to play for them in the strong German league next season.

Matthew, whose playing kit features the Colten Care logo, already has a connection with Colten Care having sung in the St Thomas’ church choir on visits to its homes, including Linden House.

Laura Rolph, Colten Care’s Assistant Marketing Manager, said: “We’re very pleased to continue our support for Matthew who’s not just a rising table tennis star but also a great ambassador for Colten Care.”

The lad himself appears below with Laura Rolph on his immediate left and Anita Irvine, Home Manager, Linden House.

Serving up success: Rising table tennis star Matthew Daish with (right) Anita Irvine, Home Manager, Colten Care's Linden House, and Laura Rolph, Assistant Marketing Manager.


13 year old Jack Trafford from New Milton won the Boy’s Tyro event at the recent Bournemouth Cadet Invitation Tournament held at the Dorset Table Tennis Centre in Somerford, Christchurch.

The main event is the Cadets tournament where the more experienced players fight it out to be crowned Bournemouth Cadet Champion, but the Tyros was set up to enable players new to the game to have their first experience of a tournament.

Jack has been training at the New Milton Club this season and has been receiving coaching from Bournemouth coaches Matt Ware and Simon Heaps. This up and coming youngster will be competing in the Bournemouth and District league in the forthcoming season and is definitely one to watch for the future!

A proud Jack is pictured with his trophy which he received from Simon Heaps a former Cadet European Champion.


Well done Jack!


The New Milton Table Tennis Club recently held their combined AGM/Presentation Evening down at the Mudeford Wood Community Centre at which Secretary Bev Scott-Johns reported a season with many highlights but tinged with some sadness.

Out of 10 teams entered in the Bournemouth and District League, the F team captained by Malcolm Nash won the Division 4 title and the A team captained by Steve Hemmings came runners-up in the Premier. The New Milton team also won the Premier Division of the Poole Pairs competition. The G team led by Les Smith won the Annual Times and Directory Handicap Plate (the second year running for a New Milton team) and Nash’s F team were also runners-up in the Times and Directory Handicap Cup.

There were also successes in the Bournemouth and District Annual Individual Championships as Steve Cheesman won the Division 4 title, Doug Gerrish won the Vets 50+ event and 15 year old Matthew Daish won the Bournemouth Handicap Singles trophy. Club Chair Steve Hemmings came runner-up in three events: Vets 40+, Vets 50+ and Bournemouth Handicap Singles. James Lewis also won the Table Tennis England’s coveted Coach of the Year award.

Bev pointed to the continued success of the club nights at the Grange School, Somerford and said the increase in membership would enable the club to enter 11 teams in the league next season.

Bev’s report contained moving tributes to his wife Valerie who passed away on 25th March 2016 and to former club secretary Sandy Fagan who passed away on 19th November 2015. Bev said that Valerie was always most supportive of his table tennis activities and attended a number of club events. Sandy was the wife of Club President Bob Fagan and was heavily involved with the club for many years and is sadly missed.

Bev (pictured below) was made the club’s first ever Life Vice-President in recognition of the many years that he has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the club. Despite losing his wife Valerie, Bev still put his all into the running of the club, for which the club is extremely grateful.

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Club Treasurer Malcolm Floyd presented the annual accounts which showed the club to be in a very healthy financial position, which meant that the fees did not need to be increased for next season.

Committee Member Frank Handy decided to stand down from the committee and Vice-Chair Andrew Daish was unable to attend the AGM. The other club officers and committee were re-elected unopposed en bloc: Chair: Steve Hemmings, Secretary: Bev Scott-Johns, Treasurer: Malcolm Floyd, Welfare Officer: Lynn Willrich, Development Officer: Shaun Newcomb, Committee Members: John Parkhouse and Andrew Stainton (Junior Representative).

With the official business out of the way, Club President Bob Fagan presented the club’s annual trophies, ably assisted by chairman Steve Hemmings. After the presentation of the annual tournament trophies (listed below), the winners of the two annual discretionary trophies were announced:-

The James Lewis Shield for Most Improved Player went to Paul Iliffe by unanimous decision of the management committee. In only his first season playing for the club, Paul achieved a 91% winning average in Division 4 having only lost 3 out of 33 matches for his H team. He has been working really hard on his game and deserves to play at a much higher level next season.

The Doris Marshall Memorial Plate for Club Person of the Year went to Gerard Redman, again by unanimous decision. In announcing the award, Steve Hemmings said that Gerard is always willing to help out and was especially supportive to Bev during his sad time, helping to open up venues and setting up of tables. Gerard also attended all three of the club’s coaching sessions and provided support to the chief coach – a worthy winner of this prestigious award!

Annual Tournament trophies:-

Scratch Singles: Winner: Phil Daish-Handy, Runner-up: Matthew Daish

Handicap Singles: Winner: Phil Daish-Handy, Runner-up: Ian Linney

Ladies Handicap Singles: Winner: Lynn Willrich, Runner-up: Sylvia Smith

Juniors (Under 18): Winner: Matthew Daish, Runner-up: Peter Daish

Under 40s Handicap: Winner: Phil Daish-Handy, Runner-up: Simon Daish

Over 40s Handicap: Winner: Steve Hemmings, Runner-up: Paul Nelson

Doubles: Winners: Phil Daish-Handy & Sylvia Smith, Runners-up: Malcolm Floyd & Ben Greene

Anybody interested in joining the club should contact Bev Scott-Johns on 01425 619552.


The Annual Tournaments of New Milton Table Tennis Club have been taking place over the past few weeks and culminated in the Grand Finals Night at the Grange School, Somerford. Phil Daish-Handy won all three of his eligible singles events, including one title defence, and even helped to win the doubles title.


His first win came in the Under 40s final where he took on brother-in-law Simon Daish, who came runner-up last season. Daish-Handy had to give away an 11 start but overcame the handicap to win in two straight sets 21-16, 21-17.

He successfully defended his Handicap Singles title in which he had to give away a 15 start to Ian Linney. Daish-Handy caught up in the first set 15-15 to win it 21-16 then went on to win the second set 21-19 to retain the trophy.

His next final was Doubles event in which he had been drawn with Sylvia Smith who won it last year with Russell Wilson. They had to give a 5 start to Malcolm Floyd & Ben Greene but this was quickly overcome to win in two straight sets 21-15, 21-15.

Now on a roll, Daish-Handy met up with another brother-in-law in the Open Singles final, this time fellow Premier team mate Matthew Daish who won the title last year. Daish-Handy gave no quarter and won the first set 11-2, and although Matthew got more into his stride in the second, big brother-in-law took it 11-6. The third set was worthy of an exhibition match with some fantastic exchanges but Daish-Handy won it 11-9 to take the prestigious title.

Matthew Daish didn’t go home completely empty-handed as he got the better of older brother Peter Daish in the Junior final. In a fairly close encounter Matthew took the first two sets 11-9 and 11-7, then Peter rallied to take the third by 11-9. Matthew wasn’t having any more nonsense and took the fourth 11-7 to claim the title.

Club chairman Steve Hemmings had missed out on three titles at the recent Bournemouth & District tournaments so he was really fired up for his only tilt at a club title, the Over 40s, especially as he came runner-up last year. He had to give a 14 start to Paul Nelson, but Hemmings won in straight sets 21-16, 21-19 having caught up at 17-17 in both sets.

Club Welfare Officer Lynn Willrich won her first club title as she took on last year’s runner-up Sylvia Smith in the Ladies Handicap Singles. Lynn had a 1 point start against Sylvia and really surprised herself to win it it in two straight sets 21-20, 21-17 to take the title.

Thanks to Club Secretary and Tournament Organiser Bev Scott-Johns for yet another set of very well organised and enjoyable tournaments. Bev is a Table Tennis England qualified Tournament Organiser and County Umpire, both skills being very much in evidence during the tournaments.


Members of the New Milton Club once again picked up a multiplicity of awards at the Bournemouth and District Table Tennis Association’s annual presentation evening at the Ocean View Hotel, Bournemouth.

The awards were presented by John Hilton, former England International and European Champion, who still plays table tennis in the Bolton league, which his team famously won in 2012/2013. John has won many Veteran’s titles and to date he is the only British player to have won the gold medal in the Men’s Singles event at the Table Tennis European Championships.

First up for New Milton was Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns who collected a Cadet Town Badge on behalf of 15 year old Kai Major who was unable to attend due to illness.

The New Milton F team, proudly represented by Mike Roberts, Ian Linney and Sylvia Smith made their way to the front to pick up their Division 4 league winners trophies, having won their division by a country mile.


Following fairly quickly in their wake, the A team’s Steve Hemmings (captain), Matthew Daish and Doug Gerrish picked up their Premier runners-up trophies after an excellent season.

The league trophies out of the way, the G team’s captain Les Smith proudly led his team of Graham Underwood and Eddie Tompkins (pictured below) up to the front to collect their Times & Directory Plate winners trophies, the second year in a row that the Plate was won by a New Milton team. They were closely followed by the F team’s Sylvia Smith, Ian Linney and Mike Roberts who received their Times & Directory Cup runners-up trophies to go along with their Div 4 winners trophies.


Once again, New Milton players were in receipt of a number of Individuals Tournament Trophies. First up for Milton and making his third trip up to the front was the F team’s Ian Linney who collected his Division 4 runners-up trophy and also picked up the winner’s trophy for team-mate Steve Cheesman who was unable to attend.

The C team’s Gerard Redman collected his Division 1 runners-up trophy having lost out to former club mate Martin Jerome who now plays for Ringwood.

The Premier’s Doug Gerrish (pictured below on the right with John Hilton) crowned his maiden season for New Milton by winning the Vets 50+ trophy to go with his Premier league runners-up trophy. His team-mate and captain Steve Hemmings made four trips up to the front in all to collect his runners-up up trophies for the Vets 40+, Vets 50+ and Bournemouth Handicap events to go with his Premier league runners-up trophy. Comments like always the bridesmaid never the bride started to wear a bit thin for club chairman Steve by the end of the evening.


15 year old Matthew Daish (pictured below) paid his second visit to the front and collected his Bournemouth Handicap Singles trophy and he also came under the spotlight in the BDTTA’s annual newsletter which was issued on the night. Amongst Matthew’s many other exploits last season, he averaged 86% for New Milton A who came runners-up in the Bournemouth Premier, and averaged 88% for Waterside A in the Southampton Premier league. He played for Pompey in the Junior British League and helped his team win Division 2, and played for the Waterside club in the Senior British League and helped his team win Division 4. He also helped Hampshire come 2nd in the Junior County Championships in the Premier league, their best result for many, many years. He won the Hampshire U18 Singles Championship title and came runner-up in the Senior Singles event. Matthew’s England ranking has improved enormously since this time last year, rising from 93 to 31 in the Under 18s.


Also mentioned in despatches on the night were Shaun Newcomb, the club’s only wheelchair player who won the Spinal Injuries Association’s Sports and Recreation Achievement Award, and James Lewis who had recently scooped the prestigious Table Tennis England’s Coach of the Year award.  Altogether, a really good night for New Milton Table Tennis Club!


For the second year running, a team from the New Milton Table Tennis Club had reached the final of the Annual Times & Directory Handicap Plate competition. Last year it was won by their D team (Terry Jenvey, Chris Pusey & Kai Major), and this season it was the G team (Eddie Tompkins, Graham Underwood & Lewis Reading) seeking to keep the Plate within the club.

The Gees had already seen off their own B team in the semi-final, and their opponents Merton H (Simon King, Rob Searle & Christine Renaut) had done likewise to their own club mates in the Merton D team. The New Milton side usually ply their trade in Div 4 of the Bournemouth and District league whereas Merton play in Div 3, both teams ending up mid-table.

The handicapping reflected the league differential with Simon King giving a +5 start, Rob Searle conceding 6 and Christine Renault giving the less generous +3 start to the Milton players.

Milton went 2-0 up with Reading beating King 21-19, 21-14 and Underwood seeing off Rob Searle 21-19, 13-21, 21-10. It looked like Milton were going to go 3-0 up as Eddie Tompkins took the first end off Christine Renaut, but Renaut tantalisingly edged the next two 21-20, 21-19 to peg one back for Merton. Next up was Rob Searle who breezed past Reading 21-17, 21-16 to level things off at 2-2.

All eyes were on Tompkins who just edged his match against King 21-20, 21-19, then Underwood beat Renaut in a very tight sixth match 20-21, 21-19, 21-16 to put Milton 4-2 up.

Merton needed to win the next match to stay in the final, and Searle duly obliged by just getting the better of Tompkins 21-16, 17-21, 21-19. Milton started to get the jitters as Renaut saw off Reading in two straight ends 21-19, 21-19 to level things off at 4-4. The decider was between Underwood who was looking for his hat-trick and King who had lost both his matches, but Milton weren’t counting their chickens as King had only just lost out to Tompkins. Underwood starting off +5 quickly pulled away in the first end to take it comfortably 21-9 and won the second 21-14 to secure the Plate for New Milton.  The victorious G team are pictured below (l-r Eddie Tompkins, Graham Underwood & Lewis Reading):-