DISAPPOINTING WEEK FOR NEW MILTON TABLE TENNIS CLUB

The New Milton Table Tennis Club could only come up with three wins out of their ten matches in the final week of the first round of matches in the Bournemouth and District league. There were five matches with close 6-4 scorelines but the Milton teams were on the wrong side of all of them.

The G team were relegated from Div 2 last season but look set to return at the first time of asking as they are four points clear at the top of Div 3. In a 7-3 victory over Merton F in their own back yard, captain Terry Jenvey led from the front with his fourth hat-trick of the campaign, Bob Fagan bagged a brace and Chris Pusey chipped in with the one win.

After failing to win their last five matches in Div 1, the D team (Paul Iliffe, Gerard Redman & Rob Blackmore) beat basement boys Merton D 7-3 in their own back yard. Blackmore came up with his third hat-trick of the season and Redman and Iliffe bagged a brace apiece. The doubles were needed for the four points but unfortunately Iliffe & Blackmore were outmatched by the Merton pairing of Clayton Fitzpatrick & Pete Hodson.

Div 3 saw the J team (Adam Titcombe, Svet Ignatov & Plamen Petrov) come up with their best win of the campaign as they thumped mid-tablers Winton YMCA C 8-2 home at the Grange. Ignatov (pictured below) came up with his first hat-trick of the season and was joined in a debut treble by exciting new signing Petrov whilst 14 year old Titcombe chipped in with the one win. The doubles were needed to secure the maximum four points and Ignatov & Petrov duly obliged.

Full results details are below:-
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MIXED CUP FORTUNES FOR NMTTC TEAMS

There was a break in the Bournemouth & District Table Tennis league programme last week, with play given over to Round 1 of the annual Times & Directory Handicap Cup competition. Out of the eight New Milton teams in the draw, two of them had walkovers to Round 2 because their opposition were unable to put out teams. Milton won only two of the five matches actually played, one of them at the expense of one of their own teams in a local derby.

The D team (Gerard Redman, Rob Blackmore & Paul Iliffe) from Div 1 demolished Div 3 basement boys Ringwood C 8-1 in their own back yard courtesy of hat-tricks from Redman and Blackmore and a brace from Iliffe.

The local derby was between the H team (Ian Linney, Sylvia Smith & Lewis Reading) from Div 3 and the K team (Lynn Willrich [pictured below], Sid Daynes & James Harper) who are currently bottom of Div 4. Linney got the Aitches off to a good start by beating Kay’s captain Willrich who had a +4 start. But then Daynes (+3) and 15 year old Harper (+7) beat Smith and Reading respectively, and Willrich (+5) eventually got the better of Smith in a tough ladies singles to put the K team 3-1 ahead. Linney got his side back in the match by beating Harper (+8) and then Reading nicked it from Daynes (+5) 21-20 in the deciding set to level things off at 3-3. That was the H team’s high water mark however, as Harper easily saw off Smith with his +7 start and captain Willrich (+6) disposed of Reading to take her team into the next round.

Sylvia Smith fared better later in the week as she played up a division for the F team along with 18 year old Andrew Stainton and Malcolm Floyd in their Div 2 derby against Ringwood B, but still ended up on the losing side as they went down 4-5. Smith and Stainton received similar starts to bag a brace apiece, but Floyd drew a blank as he really struggled with the starts he had to give to the opposition.

Div 3 leaders, the G team (Chris Pusey, Dave Cuddon & Bob Fagan) lost 5-3 to fellow Div 3 side Winton YMCA C at Mudeford Wood, and the L team (Geoff Biggs, Chris Courage & Mike Melaniphy) from Div 5 lost to Div 4 outfit Bmth Sports L 6-3 at the Grange. Full results details are below:-

New Milton C (Div 1) 9 Merton J (Div 5) 0

(Match conceded by Merton J)

Ringwood C (Div 3) 2 New Milton D (Div 1) 7

(Gerard Redman 3, Rob Blackmore 3, Paul Iliffe 1)

New Milton F (Div 2) 4 Ringwood B (Div 2) 5

(Sylvia Smith 2, Andrew Stainton 2, Malcolm Floyd 0)

New Milton G (Div 3) 3 Winton YMCA C (Div 3) 5

(Chris Pusey 1, Dave Cuddon 2, Bob Fagan 0)

New Milton H (Div 3) 3 New Milton K (Div 4) 5

(H Team: Ian Linney 2, Sylvia Smith 0, Lewis Reading 1)

(K Team: Lynn Willrich 2, Sid Daynes 1, James Harper 2)

New Milton J (Div 3) 9 Bmth Sports G (Div 2) 0

(Match conceded by Bmth Sports G)

New Milton L (Div 5) 3 Bmth Sports L (Div 4) 6

(Geoff Biggs 1, Chris Courage 0, Mike Melaniphy 2)

So the C and J teams go through to Round 2 of the Cup by default, and the D and K teams go through by feat of arms. However, the losing F, G, H and L teams live to fight another day as they join Stuart Burton’s M team in the consolation “Plate” competition.

HIGHS AND LOWS FOR NMTTC TEAMS!

The New Milton Table Tennis Club won five out of their ten matches in the Bournemouth & District league last week, one of the wins coming at the expense of one of their own teams in a Division 1 derby. The A team were hammered 9-1 by soar-away Premier leaders Bmth Sports A and the J team were whitewashed 10-0 by Bmth Sports K in Div 3. The E team were walloped 8-2 by Div 2 leaders Winton YMCA B and the K team likewise by Div 4 high-fliers Merton H.

In contrast, the H team came up with their first maximum-pointer of the campaign as they beat Div 3 basement boys Ringwood C 8-2 courtesy of hat-tricks from Lewis Reading and the still unbeaten Dave Sutton. The G team (Chris Pusey, Terry Jenvey & Dave Cuddon) cemented their place at the top of Div 3 by beating second-placed Winton YMCA D 7-3 at the Grange. The B team are second in the Premier and beat bottom-dwellers Ringwood A 7-3 thanks to trebles from captain Simon Heaps (pictured below) and John Hook. The F team (Andrew Stainton, Elliott Storr-Smith & Ben Greene) had to manage without Captain Steve Cheesman but still managed to beat Merton E 6-4, aided and abetted by 18 year old Stainton’s first hat-trick of the campaign.

The C team (John Millward, Shaun Newcomb & Brian Bickell) won their Div 1 derby against their D team (Frank Handy, Gerard Redman & Rob Blackmore) by 6-4 to take second place from Bmth Sports D who were hammered 9-1 by Merton C. The impressive Blackmore kept the Dees in it with his second hat-trick of the campaign and Redman got the better of wheelchair player Newcomb. Full results details are below:- Read the rest of this entry

HAT-TRICK SWAN SONG FOR JAPAN BOUND THOMAS

New Milton Table Tennis Club had a much better week in the Bournemouth & District league as they won six out of their nine matches. The B team were gifted four valuable Premier points as second-placed Bmth Sports B were unable to put out a team.

Thomas Daish’s first hat-trick of the campaign helped his J team to a 7-3 victory over Div 3 strugglers Bmth Sports J home at the Grange. Thomas (pictured below) had clearly saved his best for last as this was his final match before heading off to Japan for a teaching position in Shizuoka, near Mt Fuji.

The F team (Steve Cheesman, Ben Greene & Malcolm Floyd) had their best win of the season in Div 2 as they beat the struggling Broadstone C 8-2 in their own back yard. Captain Cheesman led from the front with a terrific hat-trick and was joined in a treble by Greene, the club’s joint most improved player last season. Floyd got the better of his old nemesis Melvyn Gregory, and Cheesman and Greene combined well to take the doubles to secure maximum points.

The G team (Terry Jenvey, Dave Cuddon & Bob Fagan) had won all of their Div 3 matches until their recent defeat by their J team, but got back to winning ways with a 7-3 victory over Bmth Sports K at Chapel Gate. This win over close rivals Bourne puts the Gees joint top with Winton YMCA D who were held to a draw by Merton G.

Also in Div 3, the H team (Ian Linney, Lewis Reading & Dave Sutton) continued their unbeaten run since losing to their G team in their first match of the season with a 6-4 win over Winton YMCA C. Considerably helping the cause is Sutton who only lost one match all last season and remains unbeaten this campaign.

Malcolm Douglas’ first hat-trick in Div 5 this season helped his L team to only their second win of their campaign as they beat Bmth Sports M 7-3 at Chapel Gate. This excellent result helped Milton to leap-frog over the Bourne to occupy the fourth slot on games difference. Full results details appear below:- Read the rest of this entry

FIRST PREMIER HAT-TRICK FOR JACK!

New Milton Table Tennis Club had their leanest week in the Bournemouth & District league so far this season as they only picked up four wins out of twelve matches. The club’s top three teams won their matches and the J team just got the better of their G team in their Division 3 derby.

The B team came up with their second 9-1 victory in the Premier as they pulverised Winton YMCA A in their own back yard, courtesy of hat-tricks from Andy Tipsana, John Hook and Jack Trafford. 14 year old Trafford, voted the club’s joint most improved player last season and currently ranked England No 21 Under-15, continues to go from strength to strength and was delighted with his first Premier hat-trick. Recently Jack travelled to Crawley to play in a Senior Grand Prix at the K2 Arena and came runner-up following five terrific wins (Jack is pictured with his Runner-Up trophy).

The A team came up with their third Premier win in a row as they beat Broadstone A 7-3 at the Grange despite being a player short. Paul Iliffe played up from Div 1 to score an impressive Premier hat-trick and was joined in a treble by regular Umit Kaya, his first of the campaign.

Division 1 saw the C team (John Millward, Shaun Newcomb & Steve Cheesman) beat basement boys Merton D 8-2 away at Southbourne. Captain Millward came up with his first hat-trick of the campaign, wheelchair player Newcomb claimed his second hat-trick and Cheesman played up a division to bag a brace. Full results details are below:-
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GOOD RESULTS FOR RELEGATED NMTTC TEAMS

New Milton Table Tennis Club came up with five wins out of nine matches in the Bournemouth and District league last week, one of them coming at the expense of one of their own teams in a local derby.

The H team (Sylvia Smith, Dave Sutton & Lewis Reading) lost their first derby against their G team in the first match of the season in Div 3, but they managed to beat their J team (Thomas Daish, Adam Titcombe & Mike Roberts) 6-4 last week. Following an excellent hat-trick from Sutton the H team needed the doubles to clinch victory, and Sutton joined with pal Reading to see off Daish & Roberts in three straight sets.

The two teams which were relegated last season are putting in a determined effort to bounce straight back up again and both these teams won last week. The G team (Chris Pusey, Terry Jenvey & Bob Fagan) are top of Div 3 and took maximum points off Merton G in an 8-2 win at Mudeford Wood. Pusey came up with his third hat-trick of the campaign, and captain Jenvey just missed out on joining him in a treble as he lost 10-12 to Merton’s Russ Smith in the fifth and final set. A rejuvenated Fagan also bagged a brace and then Pusey & Jenvey blew the Merton pairing away in the doubles to continue their impressive start to the season.

Div 1 saw the relegated C team (Shaun Newcomb, Steve Cheesman & Ben Greene) take maximum points off the struggling Lynwood B by beating them 8-2 in their own back yard in Parkstone. Cheesman (pictured below) played up a division and won his second hat-trick at the higher level, but stand-in captain Newcomb and Greene (Cheesman’s team mate in Div 2) both lost to Lynwood’s very steady Alan Smith so had to settle for a brace apiece. The doubles were needed for the four points, and Greene combined intelligently and nimbly with wheelchair player Newcomb to demolish the Lynwood combo in three straight sets. The C team are now only deprived of second spot by Bmth Sports D on games difference.

However, Milton’s best win of the week came in Div 2 as the E team (Simon Golding, Simon Daish & Svet Ignatov) hammered struggling Broadstone D 9-1 at Mudeford Wood courtesy of hat-tricks from Daish and Ignatov and a brace from Golding. The E’s are neck and neck with their F team at joint fourth place in the league table on 14 points and identical games difference. The F’s (Steve Cheesman, Malcolm Floyd & Ben Greene) lost 3-7 away at Breamore but it could have been oh so different as five of the lost matches went all the way to five sets, three of them being lost 9-11.  Full results details appear below:- Read the rest of this entry

M TEAM CUP EXIT DESPITE BURTON HAT-TRICK!

There was a break in the Bournemouth & District Table Tennis league as last week was given over to the Preliminary Round of the annual Times & Directory Handicap Cup competition. Nine of the New Milton Club’s twelve teams were entered into the Cup, but only the M team were drawn into the Preliminary Round and that was short-lived.

The M team who usually ply their trade in Div 5 travelled to Southbourne a player short to play against Div 1’s Merton D (Alan Solomons, Ian Robertson & Dave Chapman). Captain Stuart Burton had a +15 start against all three Merton players and Maggie Brown had the slightly lower start of +13. Burton got things off to a good start by beating Solomons 21-17, 21-18, but Brown lost 16-21, 17-21 to Robertson in the next match.

Burton (pictured below) went on to beat Robertson and Chapman to complete an excellent captain’s hat-trick, and Brown saw off Chapman fairly comfortably. With the 3 game deficit this meant that Brown needed to beat Solomons in the final match of the evening to proceed to the next round. She took the first convincingly 21-11, but then Solomons wised up and won the next two 21-18, 21-17 to keep Merton in the Cup at Milton’s expense.

The M team live to fight another day however as they now go into the consolation “Plate” competition.

NMTTC STALWARTS HONOURED BY TABLE TENNIS ENGLAND

New Milton Table Tennis Club took the unusual step of nominating two of its officers for the “Club Volunteer of the Year” award under Table Tennis England’s Annual “Pride of Table Tennis” awards scheme. Looking at the nominations below shows why the club felt that both Steve Hemmings and Malcolm Floyd were worthy of this honour:-

Steve took on the role of club chairman in 2014 to which he brought the qualities of leadership and professionalism acquired from his previous roles in IT and Project Management businesses. Despite a very busy professional life, running a number of family businesses, Steve works extremely hard for the club and is always on hand to support other club officers in their duties. Steve was the prime mover in the club’s very successful relocation to the Dorset Table Tennis Centre at the Grange School in Somerford. Steve is always looking for ways to return value to the club membership, for example he organised a series of very successful free coaching sessions for members in 2016. In terms of the current year, Steve was highly involved in the club’s recent clubmark re-accreditation, and continued to captain the A team in the local Premier league. As usual, he organised the club’s presence in the annual Rugby Club Fun Day at which PING! New Forest was launched. Being of a highly practical disposition, inter alia, Steve also repairs the club’s damaged table tennis tables, even enlisting the help of long-suffering wife Lynn on the most recent occasion. Steve does not shout his achievements from the rooftops, rather he just gets on with things in his quiet and unassuming manner, making him truly one of Table Tennis’ “unsung heroes”.

Malcolm has worked on the New Milton Committee for many years, providing professional guidance and active support in many areas. Over the last year he has carried out the role of club Treasurer, whilst simultaneously being Press Secretary and Minutes Secretary. As a qualified accountant, he fulfils the role of Treasurer with skill, providing the necessary returns and financial guidance to the committee. In his role as Press Secretary, he collates all team results and posts a weekly summary on the club web site; he also provides a similar report to the local press for publication. In addition, Malcolm took on the role of Minutes Secretary following the resignation of the previous incumbent and these are now of the highest quality. On top of this, Malcolm volunteered to take the lead role in the club’s Clubmark re-accreditation process earlier this year. This involved a considerable amount of work collating, updating and entering the many documents and evidence required. Through his guidance, the club obtained re-accreditation in under 5 weeks, an achievement celebrated on the TTE web site home page.

Table Tennis England duly issued the certificates which were presented to Steve and Malcolm by Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns at a small ceremony at a recent club night at the Grange, Somerford (photo below; l-r Malcolm, Bev, Steve).

Both winners will be considered into the Regional Pride of Table Tennis Awards which will be announced next year. Malcolm wished Steve good luck in the regionals and Steve responded likewise, humbly adding that he thought Malcolm the more deserving case. Malcolm begged to differ!

Secretary Bev Scott-Johns was the recipent of the Club Volunteer of the Year award last season and was delighted that his fellow officers had been similarly honoured. The club is indeed fortunate to have these three chaps at the helm.

THE “AIRMEN” WIN SUMMER PAIRS

For the fifth consecutive year the New Milton Table Tennis Club ran a Pairs competition at Mudeford Wood Community Centre, a pair being a 2-player team and ran from late May until the end of August. The event was open to both club and non-club players. The Pairs League consisted of eight teams and each team was named after an historical or contemporary fighting force. Teams played each other twice, once at home and then notionally once away. The day’s matches were played at a single venue on the same night.

Team names were: Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Vikings, Saxons, Romans and Normans. Each team member played two singles and one doubles, each game being the best of 5 ends. One point was awarded for each end/ (set) 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.

The Airmen finished the tournament as Pairs’ winners with 154 points, the Vikings achieving a strong runners-up position with 149 points. The Soldiers finished in 3rd position with 148 points after an excellent team performance. In 2016 the top two positions were reversed.

The most nail-biting session of the Pairs was in week 14 when the Airmen, who were in first place with 149 points, were drawn against their old rivals the Vikings, who were in third place with 134 points, and the Soldiers who were third with 138 points, were drawn against the Romans with 55 points. The outcome was that the Vikings won their final match 15 – 5 and the Soldiers won theirs 10 – 8. The game between Jack Trafford and Ben Greene was critical in securing the title for the Airmen. It was a thrilling five set match which contrasted Jack’s brilliant serve and attack against Ben’s superb defence and footwork. Jack eventually came out as the winner but by winning 2 sets Ben had done more than enough to secure the title for the Airmen.

Many congratulations to Gerard Redman and Ben Greene on an excellent team performance throughout the summer months. It was difficult tracking the team down to present their award, but the Sandy Fagan Memorial Trophy was eventually presented to Gerard (pictured below) at the club night on Sunday 1st October. Sandy was the former club secretary who sadly passed away in November 2015.

Finally I would like to say thank you to all those people who entered the tournament, helped me with administration and setting up / putting away equipment. I hope we can repeat this event next year.

Once again congratulations to the winning team and runners-up and thanks to everyone for your continued support.

BM Scott-Johns

TABLE-TOPPING G’S GEED UP BY FOURTH SUCCESSIVE WIN!

The New Milton Table Tennis Club won five of their eleven matches in the Bournemouth & District league last week, one of the wins coming at the expense of one of their own teams in a local derby.

The F team’s winning start in Div 2 came to a grinding halt as they lost 4-6 to their E team despite a terrific hat-trick from Ben Greene. Stand-in captain Malcolm Floyd came up with the other win and it would have been a brace had he not lost to the E’s Simon Golding 12-14 in the fifth and final set. The doubles were needed for a draw but Greene and Floyd were outgunned by Simon Daish & Simon Golding who won in three straight sets. It was Greene’s second hat-trick of the week for Milton as he had already played up a division to help the C team to their 6-4 win over Lynwood A in Div 1.

The F team’s loss means that the G team (Terry Jenvey, Bob Fagan & Dave Cuddon) are now the only Milton team to win all four of their opening matches this season. They were relegated from Div 2 last season but currently sit at the top of Div 3, hoping for a quick return. Fagan (pictured below) was Man of the Match in their 7-3 away win against Ringwood C as he came up with his first league hat-trick for a number of years, and captain Jenvey and Cuddon bagged a brace apiece. They almost came away with maximum points but Jenvey & Cuddon lost the doubles in the fifth and final set.

The A team (Steve Hemmings, Gerard Redman & Rob Blackmore) came up with their first win in the Premier this season with a 9-1 victory over Ringwood A who didn’t help their cause by turning up a player short. The B team (Simon Heaps, John Hook & Jack Trafford) also came up with a 9-1 Premier win of their own albeit against a full Merton D side, thanks to hat-tricks from Heap and Hook. Full results details are:- Read the rest of this entry