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.
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.
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):-
One of the semi-finals of the Bournemouth & District Annual Times & Directory Handicap Plate competition was a local derby between two teams of the New Milton Table Tennis Club, which meant that there would be one Milton team in the final.
The Premier’s B team (John Hook, John Millward & Shaun Newcomb) took on their G team (Graham Underwood, Lewis Reading & Eddie Tompkins) who play in Division 4 of the league, and the handicaps reflected that differential. It was a big ask for the Premier side as Hook had to give his very experienced oppos a +14 start; Millward and Newcomb with deficits of 8 and 12 respectively, in a 21-up format.
Underwood got the ball rolling for the Gees by beating Millward 21-13, 21-13 but Reading lost over three sets to Hook which levelled things up. Tompkins beat Newcomb fairly comfortably 21-14, 21-14, and then Underwood just nicked the fourth match against Hook by 21-20 in the third set to make it 3-1 to the Gees.
Tompkins won the fifth match against Millward to make it 4-1, leaving Newcomb needing to beat Reading to stay in the match. Newcomb’s unorthodox style messed Reading up to take the first set 21-18, but Reading got used to Newcomb’s pimples and fiddling to take the second 21-17. Reading pulled away in the decider to win it 21-14 to take his G team through to the final.
The G team are hoping to succeed in the Plate final where their F team failed in the Cup final. They face Merton H who are one division above them in Div 3, and the final takes place at the Dorset Table Tennis Centre, the Grange School, Somerford on Wednesday 4th May.
Six players from the New Milton Table Tennis Club were involved in five of the finals of the Bournemouth & District Annual Tournaments last week, three of them between members of the club. Club Chairman Steve Hemmings took part in three of finals but unfortunately went home empty handed.
In his first match, Hemmings took on Premier team-mate Doug Gerrish in the Vets 50+ final and it was a classic case of defence versus attack. Hemmings defended stubbornly to win the first set 11-6, narrowly lost the second at deuce 10-12, but went ahead again in the third 11-7. Gerrish started to move Hemmings around a bit in the fourth to take it 11-8 but went behind 3-7 in the decider for Hemmings to sniff victory. However, Gerrish’s forehand proved superior to Hemming’s usually dogged defence to overhaul his team-mate to win the title at 11-9.
Next up for Hemmings was the Vets 40+ final where he took on Tournament Organiser, Merton’s Mark Butler who also plays in the Premier. Hemmings only narrowly lost against Butler when they last faced each other in the league, but Butler overpowered his opponent from the start to win the title in three straight sets 11-2, 11-6, 11-8.
Hemming’s last hurrah was the Bournemouth Handicap final where he took on another team-mate in the form of 15 year old Matthew Daish. Hemmings was given a +4 start which proved no major obstacle to Daish as the teenager won in two straight sets 21-16, 21-20. Pictured below is Matt (left) with Steve just before their title match.
The club’s other internecine match was the Division 4 final between Steve Cheesman and Ian Linney, both from New Milton F who ran away with the Division 4 title in the league. Cheesman lost to Linney in the group stage but won the first two sets in their final 11-6, 12-10, only for Linney to take the third 11-8. Cheesman re-established control in the fourth set to win it 11-7 to take the title.
In the Division 1 final, Milton’s Gerard Redman took on Ringwood’s Martin Jerome, a former New Milton player and ex team-mate of Redman. Redman won the first set 8-11 with some powerful forehand and backhand loops which temporarily seemed to stun his former club-mate. However, Jerome just shaded the second set 13-11, and then progressively took control to take the next two 11-6 & 11-3 for the title.
Congratulations to Doug Gerrish, Steve Cheesman and Matthew Daish, and commiserations to Steve Hemmings, Ian Linney and Gerard Redman.
The trophies will be presented at the league’s annual Presentation Evening at the Ocean View Hotel, Bournemouth on Friday 20th May.
The Times and Directory Handicap Cup Final featured two teams who had won their respective divisions in the Bournemouth & District Table Tennis League by a country mile. The New Milton F team (Ian Linney, Steve Cheesman & Mike Roberts) who were Division 4 champions without dropping a match faced the youngsters of Bournemouth Sports F (Ali Malloch, Jacob Blackburn & Luke Goodall) who won the Division 2 title, only losing one match in the process.
The Bourne stormed into an early two match lead at the Grange as Linney playing off +9 lost to Malloch, and Cheesman (+7) was beaten by Blackburn. It could so easily have been 1-1 at this stage but Cheesman fault-served at 19-19 in the third and final set to go on to lose 19-21. Roberts (+7) stopped the rot by getting the better of Goodall to make it 1-2, but Cheesman (+7) then lost to Malloch making it 1-3. Linney made good use of his +9 start and wiped the floor with Goodall, then Roberts (+7) beat Blackburn to level things off at 3-3.
Cheesman (+7) had no trouble at all against a dispirited Goodall to give Milton the lead by 4-3, but Roberts (+7) also fell victim to man of the match Malloch which left things delicately poised at 4-4 for the decider.
Linney was the hero of Milton’s semi-final against Winton YMCA D as he won the final match to put his F team through to the Cup Final, and it all came down to him again. Linney had a +9 start but it proved too little against a rampant Blackburn, who overhauled the handicap very early doors in both sets to win it 21-16, 21-15 and secure the Cup. A shell-shocked Linney was gracious enough to say “he hit me off the table” in tribute to Blackburn, and that just about summed it up. The full squad of players are pictured below: l-r Malcolm Nash (Captain), Ian Linney, Sylvia Smith, Mike Roberts & Steve Cheesman.
There will definitely be a New Milton team in the “Plate” final, as the Premier’s B team takes on the G team from Div 4 in the semi-final at Mudeford Wood on Monday 18th April. The winners’ opponents in the final will be Div 3’s Merton H who saw off their own D team in their semi-final.
In the final week of the Bournemouth and District Table Tennis League, the New Milton A team secured runners-up spot in the Premier thanks to an 8-2 maximum points win over Bournemouth Sports B. Teenager Matt Daish (pictured below) scored his fifth Premier hat-trick and Doug Gerrish and Brian Vibert bagged a brace apiece. The last time Milton took second place was back in 2010/2011; this season the squad benefited from excellent new signing Gerrish and the homecoming of Russell Wilson.
Milton’s B team rubbed it in to their A team’s closest rivals, a depleted Merton A team, by beating them 8-2, although by then the A team had already landed second spot by their own devices.
Going into the final week, the F team had already clinched the Division 4 title, but hammered home their credentials by beating second-placed Bournemouth Sports K 7-3, having only drawn against them in the first round. Steve Cheesman and Mike Roberts rounded off an excellent season with a treble apiece.
Also in Division 4, the H team did likewise to Nimrod B, their own 7-3 victory pipping their victims at the post to take third place. Paul Iliffe did his bit by scoring his ninth hat-trick out of eleven matches in his maiden season.
Division 5 saw the J team gifted a point and three games as close rivals Nimrod C turned up a player short at their own venue. Captain Malcolm Douglas and Mike Gent added to the advantage by beating Chris Courage and Mike Melaniphy, both ex-Milton players, and Richard Brockbank also took Courage. Full results details appear below:- Read the rest of this entry