The New Milton Table Tennis Club won five out of their twelve matches in the Bournemouth & District league last week, two of the wins coming against the same side, Winton YMCA D in Division 5. The newly-promoted F team (Sylvia Smith, Steve Cheesman & Malcolm Nash) were celebrating their first win of the season in Div 3 as they beat Bmth Sports L 7-3 in their own back yard at Chapel Gate. Cheesman bagged his third hat-trick in a row, Smith scored her first hat-trick of the campaign and then captain Nash combined well with Smith in the doubles to win over four sets.  Pictured below are l-r Malcolm Nash (captain), Sylvia Smith & Steve Cheesman:-


Winton YMCA D were glad to see the back of New Milton last week in Div 5, as first of all the K team (Mike Gent, Dave Burns & Geoff Biggs) beat them 6-4 at Winton courtesy of Gent’s first hat-trick of the season. The following evening Winton entertained the L team (James Harper, Stuart Burton & Maggie Brown) who beat them by the same scoreline in their re-arranged match.

At the opposite end of the league in the Premier, the unbeaten A team (Steve Hemmings, Russell Wilson & Paul Iliffe) beat the struggling Merton B 6-4 in their own back yard at Southbourne. Captain Hemmings came up with his second hat-trick in two weeks but Wilson had to settle for a brace, needing the doubles for a win. The A’s haven’t lost a doubles match so far this season and so it remained as Hemmings & Wilson beat the Merton pairing to secure victory.

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The New Milton Table Tennis Club won five out of their eight matches in the Bournemouth & District league last week, albeit two of those wins came at the expense of their own teams in local derbies. The J team were celebrating their first win of the season as they beat Bmth Sports M 8-2, thanks to hat-tricks from Ben Greene and Andrew Stainton, and one win from captain Lynn Willrich (pictured below) to get her season off the mark.


The Premier saw the A team (Steve Hemmings, Russell Wilson & Paul Iliffe) trounce their B team (Shaun Newcomb, John Millward & Andy Tipsana) 9-1 down at Mudeford Wood. Tipsana, playing up from Div 1 spared his team’s blushes as he beat Iliffe, his team-mate from the C team, who bagged a creditable brace for the A’s.

In their Div 2 derby, the E team (Simon Golding, Andrew Daish & Peter Daish) claimed bragging rights over their D team (Terry Jenvey, Bob Fagan & Chris Pusey) as they beat them 6-4, thanks to hat-tricks from Simon Golding and Peter Daish.

The C team continue their winning start in Div 1 as they beat newly promoted Bmth Sports F 8-2 in their own back yard at Chapel Gate, courtesy of a hat-trick from Gerard Redman and a brace apiece from captain Frank Handy and new signing Rob Blackmore.

The H team remain unbeaten in Div 4 as they beat Nimrod B 7-3 thanks to yet another hat-trick from Dave Sutton, a brace from stand-in captain Eddie Tompkins and one win from Bill Collinge playing up from Div 5.

The G team were unlucky not to take a draw from their match against newly promoted Bmth Sports K in Div 3. Captain Graham Underwood won two of his singles and Elliott Storr-Smith and Bev Scott-Johns had chipped in with one apiece to make it 4-5 before the doubles. Underwood & Scott-Johns combined valiantly but just lost the fifth and final set by 10-12 to lose their unbeaten run by 4-6. 

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The New Milton Table Tennis Club could only muster three wins out of ten matches in the Bournemouth and District league last week, one of them coming at the expense of one of their own teams in a Div 5 derby. The other results were three draws and four defeats, one of them a whitewash for the B team in the Premier.

The club’s best performance came in Div 3 as the G team saw off Bmth Sports L 7-3 in their own back yard at Chapel Gate, a repeat of Milton’s last week’s scoreline. Captain Graham Underwood came up with his second hat-trick, impressive new signing Ben Greene played up a division to bag a brace and Bev Scott-Johns chipped in with the one win. Greene also came up with his first league hat-trick to help his own J team take a point off Merton J in their 4-6 defeat in Div 4. Greene (pictured below) has really made his mark on the club since joining, especially as he travels up from Shaftesbury to take part in league matches and practice.


Div 1 saw the C team beat Merton D 6-4 down at the Grange School, Somerford thanks to a maiden hat-trick from new signing Rob Blackmore and a brace from fellow new recruit Andy Tipsana. The doubles were needed for the victory, and Blackmore and Tipsana duly obliged over four sets.

The K team (Mike Gent, Malcolm Douglas & Geoff Biggs) claimed bragging rights over their club mates in the L team (James Harper, Adam Titcombe & Stuart Burton) as they beat them 6-4 in their Div 5 derby. Captain Douglas came up with a maiden brace as did Biggs, and Gent added one more to the tally. The light in the tunnel for the L team was a maiden hat-trick from promising new signing, 13 year old Adam Titcombe, and one win from 14 year old James Harper. The Kays needed the doubles to secure the victory and Douglas & Biggs combined clinically to beat captain Stuart Burton and young Harper in three straight sets. 

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The new season of the Bournemouth & District league got underway last week and the New Milton Club came up with four wins out of nine matches. Thirteen year old Jack Trafford (pictured below) greatly impressed in his league debut as he bagged a brace for his E team in their 4-6 defeat by Breamore in Div 2. His only defeat came at the hands of ex-Premier player Geoff Ware, a former Milton club member.


The club enjoyed two 8-2 maximum pointers, one of them at the expense of one of their own teams in the first local derby of the season as the H team put their J team to the sword in Div 4. The Jays’ only reply came from promising new signing Ben Greene whose maiden brace made his trip all the way up up from Shaftesbury all the more worthwhile. The H team’s Dave Sutton returned from a long lay-off due to illness and got off the mark with an impressive hat-trick to go along with two wins each from Eddie Tompkins and Lewis Reading.

The club’s other 8-2 scoreline came in the headier heights of the Premier as the A team (Doug Gerrish, Gerard Redman & Russell Wilson) took maximum points off newly promoted Lynwood A at Mudeford Wood. Stand-in captain Gerrish joined Wilson in a treble, and Redman played up from Div 1 to chip in with the one win. He was unlucky not to bag a brace as he just lost out to Lynwood’s John Blisset by 9-11 in the fifth and final set.

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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!