As the Bournemouth & District Table Tennis league drew to a close last week, two teams from New Milton Table Club were looking forward to playing in higher divisions while another two are unfortunately facing life at a lower level.

The H team (Lewis Reading, Eddie Tompkins, Dave Sutton & Les Smith) were top of Div 4 for the whole of the second half of the season and finished their campaign on a high by beating basement boys Bmth Sports M 8-2 in their own back yard.  Skipper Les Smith (pictured below) was back in action after holidaying in the Antipodes and matched Eddie’s brace of wins to go along with Lewis’ fifth hat-trick of the season.

The club’s dark horses, the G team (Mike Toole, Elliott Storr-Smith & Graham Underwood) snuck quietly into second place of Div 3 five weeks back and occupied that slot for the remainder of the season. They also finished off with a win by beating Merton H 6-4 at the Grange.

The B team (John Millward, Shaun Newcomb & Brian Bickell) finished up second from bottom of the Premier league having spent much of their season in the basement zone. The Bees certainly found life very difficult after losing star player John Hook to an achilles tendon injury early during the second half of the season, and their curtain call was a 10-0 hammering by Winton YMCA A.

In Div 2, the B team (Terry Jenvey, Chris Pusey & Mike Toole) needed to at least draw against second from top Bmth Sports H to give themselves any chance of survival but they lost 3-7 to stay at second from bottom. It was all academic in the end, however, as third from bottom Breamore beat Bmth Sports G to send Milton down instead.

The J team had a “bye” in Div 4 in the final week with second from bottom Nimrod B needing to whitewash Merton K to swap places with Milton and send them down instead. That was a tall order as Nimrod lost 2-8 first time around and so it proved as they lost 3-7, ensuring the Jays survival.  Full results details are below:-
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Shaun Newcomb is a full time wheelchair user and specialises in coaching athletes with a disability, working from beginner standard to Elite level. A former GB player, Shaun continues to work closely with British Para Table Tennis on Development and Selection. Shaun has been a training partner for some of our current GB Paralympic athletes and was selected to be the coach for the EAD (Elite Athletes with a Disability) at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, as well as GB Team Manager and Lead Coach at both the 2013 INAS World Championships (for athletes with a learning disability) in Hong Kong and for the 2014 IWAS World Junior Games. Shaun works with Table Tennis England as an adviser on disability issues as well running frequent regional disability training sessions. He also runs table tennis sessions for rehabilitation in the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Injuries Centre in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

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In the penultimate week of the Bournemouth and District Table Tennis league, the H team clinched the Division 4 title and the G team will be runners-up of Division 3 in their first season in the league. The K team are pushing for second place in Division 5 but their fate is now in the hands of others.

The H team (Eddie Tompkins, Dave Sutton & Lewis Reading) won the Div 4 title by beating third placed Merton J 8-2 at Mudeford Wood courtesy of hat-tricks from Reading and Sutton who has only dropped one match all season.

The G team pictured below (Mike Toole, Graham Underwood & Bev Scott-Johns) clinched second place in Div 3 by holding the table topping Broadstone D to a 5-5 draw in their own back yard. With Toole coming up with his customary hat-trick and captain Underwood chipping in with the one win, the doubles were needed to secure the draw. Toole and Underwood struggled to get going in the first set but shaded it 12-10; then they clicked to take the next two sets 11-7, 11-5 to claim the two points.

Down in Div 5, the K team (Mike Gent, Malcolm Douglas & Geoff Biggs) took over the second spot from Shamrock B by hammering second from bottom Nimrod C 10-0 at the Grange. However, the Kays have now played all of their matches and Shamrock only have to take a point off Nimrod C in their final match, as seems likely, to reclaim second place and deprive Milton of promotion to Div 4.


Following the final week’s (Week 18) matches so far, the bottom-placed B team are relegated from the Premier, and the D team relegated from Div 2 at second from bottom.  The J team go into the final week third from bottom of Div 4 with Nimrod C needing to beat Merton K 10-0 to send Milton down to the bottom division.  However, this is most unlikely as Nimrod lost 2-8 first time around.
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This year’s Individual Championships get underway at the Grange School on Monday 20th March with the Mens’ and Ladies Doubles, culminating in the Finals Night on Friday 31st March.

No need to book in advance, just turn up on the night (see registration times below), and it’s completely free!

The Program of Events (see entry conditions) appears below.  Good luck to all NMTTC members who enter!



The Annual BDTTA Presentation Evening is to be held at THE OCEAN VIEW HOTEL, East Overcliff Drive on FRIDAY 19th MAY at 7.30 pm.

The Special Guest this year is none other than Sandra Deaton, Chairperson, Table Tennis England.

Why not come along to cheer on your prize-winning club mates or simply to enjoy an evening of very pleasant food and convivial company.

Tickets cost £18 for Adults and £10 for Juniors. Hurry as there are a limited number of Tickets available.

Please let Bev Scott-Johns have your preferred meal choice (Main & Dessert from below) at the time of booking your ticket(s).


Pan Roasted Chicken Breast, Sweet Potato puree, Red Wine jus.

Grilled Fillet of Trout, Sauteed Potatoes and a Lemon Herb Butter.

Vegetarian Basil Linguini, Roasted Pine Nuts, Parmesan crisp.

Vegetarian Potato Gnocchi, Baby Leaf Spinach & Wild Mushrooms in a Tarragon Cream.


Cream Filled Profiteroles with a Dark Chocolate Sauce.

Sticky Toffee Pudding with a Butterscotch Sauce.

Vanilla Bean and Baileys Cheeecake.

Tea or Coffee, served at the table.


Last week saw the New Milton F team knocked out of the annual Times & Directory Handicap Cup competition in the semi-finals, but two of the club’s teams made it through to the semi-finals of the Plate competition.

In the Cup proper, the Div 3 F team (Ian Linney, Steve Cheesman & Sylvia Smith) lost their semi-final against the Premier’s Ringwood A despite a hat-trick from Cheesman. It went right down to the wire at 4-4 with Linney needing to beat Ringwood’s Oliver Crossley in the ninth and final match but he narrowly lost 15-21, 21-14, 19-21.

In the Plate quarter-finals, the Premier’s B team (Brian Bickell, Shaun Newcomb & John Millward) gained some light relief from their parlous league position by beating Div 4’s Bmth Sports M 5-4 to book their place in the semi-finals. England veteran Bickell is still recovering from a shoulder injury but played cannily to win his first hat-trick since his return. It was poised at 4-4 when wheelchair player Newcomb beat Bourne’s Maggie White to follow suit with his team-mates.

The other team to progress through to the Plate semi-finals was the Div 3 G team (Graham Underwood, Mike Toole & Bev Scott-Johns) who did so at the expense of their club mates in the D team (Terry Jenvey, Malcolm Floyd & Chris Pusey) who usually play a division higher. It was all over at 5-0 and then club treasurer Floyd narrowly beat club secretary Scott-Johns in the mandatory sixth match to make it a tad more respectable at 5-1.  The triumphant G team are pictured below: l-r Mike Toole, Graham Underwood (Captain) & Bev Scott-Johns.

The E team (Peter Daish, Simon Daish & Simon Golding), who normally ply their trade in Div 2 faced a very strong Div 1 side Bmth Sports D which included ex Milton player Alan Gordon. Milton went ahead 3-2 but Gordon beat Golding having already seen off the other Simon to level things off at 3-3. Unfortunately the two Simons lost their final matches to exit the Plate at 3-5.

The L team featuring Stuart Burton (captain), James Harper and Maggie Brown had to travel to Colehill to take on Shamrock A who normally play a division higher than them in Div 4. In another very tight match and despite a hat-trick from captain fantastic Burton, Milton just lost 4-5 to be denied progress to the Plate semis.

The New Milton club are assured of at least one of their teams making it through to the Plate Final as the B team has been drawn against the G team in the semi-finals.

The break in the league programme enabled the two postponed derbies to take place. The A team repeated their first round 9-1 trouncing of their B team who are firmly stuck on the bottom of the Premier. In Div 3, the second placed G team assumed bragging rights over their F team as they converted a first round 5-5 draw into an 8-2 drubbing. Full results details of all matches are below. Read the rest of this entry


As well as being captain of the New Milton C team playing in Div 1 and a virtuoso violin player and teacher to boot, Frank Handy has another string to his bow, namely being a very well respected cross country runner.

I am pleased to be able to print an extract of a recent article in the New Milton Advertiser along with a photo kindly provided by the Sports Reporter:-

New Forest Runners were out in force for their cross-country championships, held at Denny Wood near Lyndhurst on Sunday 19th February.

The NF championships were combined with the seventh event in the CC6 winter series. Although weather conditions were good, there was enough mud and hills to make the 5 mile course a challenge for the 17 New Forest ladies and 16 Forest men who competed.

The ever consistent Frank Handy (11th CC6 overall) won the New Forest senior men’s championship from the up and coming newcomer Henry Harris (14th).


The photo shows our very own Frank in the centre and it looks as though he can hardly keep his eyes open!


The New Milton Table Tennis Club had a much better week in the Bournemouth and District league as they came up with six wins out of their nine matches. The table-topping H team (Lewis Reading, Dave Sutton & Eddie Tompkins) clinched promotion from Div 4 to Div 3 as they took maximum points off Winton YMCA B in their 8-2 victory at Mudeford Wood. Third-place Merton J can no longer catch Milton who look like going up as champions.

With one promotion in the bag, two of the three teams with relegation worries may yet survive after spirited performances last week. The D team (Terry Jenvey, Mike Toole & Malcolm Floyd) are still second from bottom of Div 2 having earned a precious point away in their 4-6 defeat by Merton F courtsey of a brace apiece from captain Jenvey and Toole. However, on paper Milton have an easier run up than third from bottom Breamore.

In Div 4, the third from bottom J team (John Parkhouse, Ben Greene & Andrew Stainton) did their survival hopes no harm at all as they improved on their first round draw with Merton K to beat them 6-4 at the Grange. Greene has provided a major boost to the Jays as he is unbeaten in his two matches since returning from a three month jaunt in Japan. He was joined in a treble by 18 year old Stainton scoring his third hat-trick of the season. It is still going to be a close run thing as second from bottom Nimrod B have two matches left whereas Milton have just the one.

In the Premier, the bottom-placed B team had a stay of execution as their match against second place Bmth Sports B was postponed as the Bourne couldn’t put out a team. Milton lost 1-9 first time around, so they’re not expecting too much joy from the return match, especially having lost star player John Hook to an achilles tendon injury.

Div 3 saw the F team (Sylvia Smith, Ian Linney & Steve Cheesman) do their promotion chasing G team a favour by beating their close rivals Merton G 6-4 in their own back yard. Smith played out of her skin to score her second hat-trick of the season and was joined in a treble by Cheesman, his tenth of the campaign.  A photo of the full F team squad (l-r Malcolm Nash (Captain), Ian Linney, Sylvia Smith, Mike Roberts & Steve Cheesman) appears below.


The G team (Graham Underwood, Mike Toole & Elliott Storr-Smith) beat Ringwood A 8-2 to jump over them to second place, courtesy of hat-tricks from captain Underwood and Toole. Full results details of all matches are below:- Read the rest of this entry


Brian Bickell’s wife Olga has kindly passed on details of Brian’s successes in the Vetts Nationals last weekend.

Brian has had a long struggle to get some strength back in his shoulder after nearly two years away from table tennis, but is now back playing in the Premier league for the B team, and did very well in his first Vetts (Veterans English Table Tennis Society) Tournament since his injury.

Brian made his comeback at the Vetts National Tournament at the K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley and made it through the the semi-finals of his class, narrowly losing to nationally ranked Number 1 player Ramesh Bhalla.


Brian joined with Vetts newcomer Norman Meaney in the doubles and they beat the established pairing of former World Gold champion Geoff Bax and Terry Wilson in the final. Brian has been asked by George Evans, a former world champion, to play doubles with him in the April Nationals. Watch this space!



After a week in which the New Milton Table Tennis Club could only muster two wins out of eight matches in the Bournemouth and District league, with only three weeks of the season left to go, three of the club’s teams could possibly be playing in lower divisions next season.

The B team in the Premier are favourites for the drop as they lost 0-10 to Bmth Sports C to swap places at the bottom. Milton lost star player John Hook to an Achilles Tendon injury in a match a month ago, and although England Veteran Brian Bickell is back in action for the Bees, there is a huge hill to climb. Milton have a game in hand over the other basement boys, but unfortunately this is against their A team to whom they lost 1-9 first time round.

The D team who were relegated from Div 1 last season and are second from bottom in Div 2 may still save themselves from the double-drop if the remaining results go the same way as in the first round. They crucially managed to do the double over third from bottom Breamore with a 7-3 win which reduced the deficit to two points. The doubles would have brought parity but unfortunately the Milton pairing lost over five sets.  Depending upon the availability of super-sub Mike Toole who scored a hat-trick in that match, they may overtake Breamore to send them down instead.

The J team may yet preserve their Div 4 status if again the remaining results go the same way as the first half. Currently third from bottom, they really needed to do the double over second from bottom Nimrod B but lost 3-7, despite a hat-trick from star turn Ben Greene (pictured below) back in action after a three month jaunt in Japan. The Jays now only have two matches to save themselves as the surrounding teams have a game in hand, but Greene’s return certainly strengthens their arm.


The club’s only other win came in Div 5 as the promotion chasing K team (Mike Gent, Geoff Biggs & Malcolm Douglas) reprised their first round 6-4 win over Bmth Sports N courtesy of Gent’s sixth hat trick of the campaign. The L team were hot on their club mates’ tail in third spot but they lost 1-9 to Shamrock B to drop down two places in the table. Full results details are below:- Read the rest of this entry