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NEW MILTON G ARE TOP OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE!

Two of the New Milton Table Tennis Club’s teams suffered relegation in the Bournemouth and District league last season; the G team from Div 2 and the C team from the Premier. Both teams are doing their level best to jump back at the first time of asking, but the G team went into the Christmas break at the top of Div 3.

The G team (Dave Cuddon, Bob Fagan, Terry Jenvey & Chris Pusey) have won all of their matches apart from their narrow 6-4 loss in their derby against the J team, so they will be looking for revenge second time around. Captain Jenvey has led from the front with a 76% winning average, including five hat-tricks, one of them coming against the J team. Cuddon is just behind him on 75%, clearly benefiting from his year’s lay-off, and Pusey and Fagan are on 67% and 57% respectively. The Gees end the year at the top of Div 3 on 34 points with Bournemouth Sports K breathing down their necks on 31 points. Milton beat the Bourne 7-3 in their own back yard first time around, and the return match at Mudeford Wood on 19th February could be a cruncher, along with their return match against the Jays the previous week.  The G team, excluding Dave Cuddon are pictured below (l-r Chris Pusey, Bob Fagan, Terry Jenvey):-

Although the C team (Brian Bickell, John Millward & Shaun Newcomb) are placed fifth in Div 1 on 27 points, only one point separates them from Bournemouth Sports D who are second on 28 points. If star veteran player Bickell remains fit and wheelchair player Newcomb’s niggling wrist holds good, the C’s should be able to keep up the pressure for the second round of matches.

The H team (Ian Linney, Lewis Reading, Sylvia Smith, Les Smith & Dave Sutton) won the Div 4 title last year and are more than holding their own in Div 3 as they lie in sixth place on 22 points. Star player Sutton only lost one match all last season and can be very proud of his 76% winning average at the higher level.

With these and other successes in mind, the club members were in a buoyant mood at their Annual Christmas party which was held once again at the Carpenters Arms in Bransgore. A good time was had by all 18 members and guests present, and the raffle raised £50 for the Oakhaven Hospice Trust.

In his traditional after-dinner speech, club secretary Bev Scott-Johns mentioned that the past twelve months had been a mixture of considerable success for the club’s teams and players, but tinged with sadness with the sudden passing of popular member Roy Hobbs in October. Roy had been a member of the club since 2007 and several club members attended his funeral at the Test Valley Crematorium.

Turning to the club’s successes, Bev mentioned the two league promotions last season as well as one of the teams coming runner-up in the Times and Directory Handicap Plate competition. In the Bournemouth and District Individual Tournaments held during March, New Milton players won a club record haul of trophies (nine titles and four runners-up).

For the first time in the club’s history, 12 teams were entered into the Bournemouth & District league for the current season, one more than last season. Terry Jenvey’s G team are currently top of Div 3 and Simon Heaps’ B team are third in the Premier.

Back in May, the club received Clubmark re-accreditation, which is Sport England’s national accreditation scheme for high quality community sports clubs. An accredited club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as helping parents and carers know that that they are choosing the right club for their young people.

Thanks were extended to club Welfare Officer Lynn Willrich for making the arrangements for such a successful evening.

The club is always on the lookout for new members, from experienced players to absolute beginners, and in particular lady players and juniors. Anybody interested in joining our very friendly club should contact Bev on 01425 619552.

REVENGE FOR L TEAM IN NMTTC DERBY

In the last week of league matches before the Christmas break, the New Milton Table Tennis Club came up with five wins from their ten matches, one of them at the expense of one of their own teams in a local derby.

The L team (Malcolm Douglas, Keith Kensley & Geoff Biggs) beat their M team (Taki Hall, David Brown & Dominic Stainton) 8-2 in a complete reversal of their first round 6-4 defeat in Div 5. Biggs came up with his first hat-trick of the campaign while Douglas and Kensley bagged a brace apiece having both lost to Taki Hall. The doubles would have salvaged a precious point for the M team, but although captain Stuart Burton joined with Hall from the bench, Douglas and Biggs got the better of them to take the maximum four points.

Div 3 saw the table topping G team (Terry Jenvey, Dave Cuddon & Bob Fagan) repeat their first-round 6-4 victory over struggling Bmth Sports J, aided and abetted by Cuddon’s third hat-trick of the campaign, a couple from Fagan and the one from captain Jenvey.

Also in Div 3, the J team (Plamen Petrov, John Parkhouse & Mike Roberts) did the double over basement boys Ringwood C by beating them 8-2 in their own back yard this time. Recent signing Petrov came up with his second hat-trick in three weeks to go along with a couple of wins apiece from captain Roberts and Parkhouse.

The D team (Frank Handy, Gerard Redman & Rob Blackmore) have been struggling in Div 1 of late, but they did the double over fellow strugglers Lynwood B with a precious 6-4 win at the Grange. Redman came up with his second hat-trick of the campaign, Blackmore bagged a brace and captain Handy chipped in with the one win.

New Milton’s best win and indeed best turn-around came in Div 4 as the K team (Sid Daynes [pictured below], James Harper & Mike Gent) whitewashed Shamrock B 10-0 having lost 7-3 to them first time around. This excellent win moves the Kays off the bottom of the division and consigns their victims to the basement instead.

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DERBY DEJA-VU FOR NEW MILTON TABLE TENNIS CLUB

The second round of the Bournemouth & District Table Tennis league programme got underway last week, with the New Milton Club repeating their opening week’s haul of five wins from ten matches. Two of those wins came at the expense of their own teams in their local derbies, with the same teams emerging victorious.

The Premier’s B team did the double over their A team and were gifted three games and a point as the A team were a player short. This helped the Bees to improve on their first-round 6-4 result with a 7-3 win this time around. The other derby saw the table-topping G team (Chris Pusey, Dave Cuddon & Terry Jenvey) repeat their first-round 8-2 win over their H team (Dave Sutton, Ian Linney & Sylvia Smith) in Div 3. Captain Jenvey scored a hat-trick, as did Cuddon but Pusey lost to Sylvia Smith, the only singles reply from the Aitches who also won the doubles.

Div 2 saw the F team (Steve Cheesman, Ben Greene & Malcolm Floyd) come up with their best win of the campaign as they hammered basement boys Bmth Sports G 9-1 in their own back yard, an improvement on their first-round 6-4 victory. Club Treasurer & Press Secretary Floyd (pictured below) was celebrating his first hat-trick of the season and indeed his first for three seasons, and Greene joined him in a treble. Captain Cheesman went two sets up against Bourne’s Simon Marriner in pursuit of his own treble, but his bad back got the better of him and he went on to lose 2-3.

The J team have certainly received a boost after signing up Plamen Petrov as his brace of wins, combined with captain Mike Robert’s first hat-trick of the campaign helped them to reverse their first-round 8-2 hammering at the hands of Div 3 high-flyers Winton YMCA D. The doubles were needed for the win and Petrov & Roberts combined clinically to take them in three straight sets to secure the 6-4 victory.

In Div 5, the L team (Keith Kensley, Malcolm Douglas & Paul Owen) did the double over Bmth Sports M with a 7-3 win at Chapel Gate. After just missing out on his hat-trick last week, Kensley (pictured below) did the business this week to go along with a brace apiece from Douglas and Owen.

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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.