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THE A TEAM LOVES IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER!

The New Milton Table Tennis Club won six out of their twelve matches in the Bournemouth & District league last week, one of the wins coming from a Milton interclub derby match. All of the wins came in the top two echelons of the league, apart from the Div 3 derby.

The A team had a very good week in the Premier as they did the double over both teams that they faced. First up, the team represented by Steve Hemmings (captain), Umit Kaya & Gerard Redman (playing up from Div 1) took maximum points off Broadstone A in their 8-2 win chez Broadstone. Kaya came up with his third hat-trick of the campaign, and Hemmings and Redman bagged a brace apiece. The doubles were required for the maximum four points and Hemmings & Kaya combined clinically to see off the Broadstone pairing in three straight sets.

Their second match of the week was a rearranged fixture against Bmth Sports C, with Rob Blackmore, another Div 1 player replacing Gerard Redman on this occasion. This time it was Captain Hemmings’ turn for the hat-trick, with Kaya and Blackmore adding one each to the tally. The doubles again proved decisive, this time for the win, and once again Hemmings & Kaya came up trumps over three straight sets which made it 6-4.

The Div 3 derby saw the table-topping G team avenge and reverse their first round 6-4 defeat at the hands of their club mates in the J team who are mid-table. Unfortunate to end up on the losing side, 14 year old Adam Titcombe (pictured below) played exceptionally well to win two of his matches, only losing out to G’s very experienced Terry Jenvey (captain). 

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Obituary – Malcolm Elliott

I am very sorry to have tell you that Malcolm Elliott, a former club member, passed away peacefully, but suddenly at home on Tuesday, 30th January 2018.

Initial research showed that Malcolm had been a member of the New Milton Table Tennis Club since 1974 until the conclusion of the 2010/2011 Season when he retired from table tennis. Bob Fagan then discovered some old league handbooks in his loft and he confirmed that in fact the first time that Malcolm played league table tennis was in the 1955/1956 season. This meant he had played in the Bournemouth league for over 55 years. Malcolm was always a highly competitive, sporting and pleasant opponent who always gave of his best.

I understand that in 1990 Malcolm was a member of the Division 1 side which won promotion to the Premier Division, and also included Terry Jenvey, Brian Vibert & Mike Toole, although Malcolm remained in the lower division. More recently for several years Malcolm played in Division 3 for a team which included Bill Page, Sylvia Smith, Clive Pitts and myself.

Malcolm Elliott’s funeral service will take place at the Bournemouth Crematorium on Monday, 26th February at 3.45 pm. If desired donations may be made to the Oakhaven Hospice Trust and sent c/o Colin Hayley & Tapper Funeral Service, 51-53 Old Milton Road, New Milton BH252 6DJ (online at www.tapperfuneralservice.co.uk).

The New Milton Table Tennis Club will be making a donation, in memory of Malcolm, to the Oakhaven Hospice Trust

Bev Scott-Johns

COURAGEOUS KAI COME-BACK!

The New Milton Table Tennis Club had an excellent week in the Bournemouth & District league by winning seven out of their nine matches, one of those wins coming at the expense of one of their own teams in a local derby. The club is absolutely delighted that 16 year old Kai Major (pictured below) has won a Premier hat-trick in only his second league match since returning from a serious illness. Kai had treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy, at Southampton Paediatric Oncology Unit throughout 2016 and was classed as being in remission in January 2017. Kai, who was voted the club’s most improved player in 2014, says that he is thoroughly enjoying getting back to playing competitive table tennis, and it shows. On top of his Premier treble, he medalled during a Junior 2-Star event last month, and he will be representing Dorset in the Finals of the Under 19s National Schools Championships in Wolverhamption in April.

It was a good night all round in the Premier for Milton’s youngsters in the B team as they improved on a first round away draw against Broadstone A by beating them 8-2 at Mudeford Wood. Just turned 15 Jack Trafford matched Major’s hat-trick, Trafford’s second of the campaign, and 19 year old Andy Tipsana chipped in with the one win. The doubles were needed for maximum points and Major and Trafford had a real fight on their hands against the more experienced Broadstone pairing. It went all the way to five ends but the two lads displayed a collective wit and maturity beyond their years to win out 11-9 to earn their plaudits.

Div 3 saw the J team (Plamen Petrov, Sid Daynes & Mike Roberts) avenge their first round defeat at the hands of their H ream by walloping them 8-2 in their return match, courtesy of hat tricks from captain Roberts and the red hot Petrov.

The F team starring Steve Cheesman, Ben Greene and super-sub Plamen Petrov completely reversed their 3-7 away defeat at Breamore by doing the same to them at the Grange. Captain Cheesman led from the front with his fifth hat trick of the campaign and Greene and Petrov bagged a brace apiece, all of them getting the better of the very tricky former Miltonian, Geoff Ware.  Full results details are below:-
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JAYS TRILLED WITH CUP PROGRESS!

One of the New Milton Table Tennis Club’s teams has made it through to the semi-finals of the annual Times & Directory Handicap Cup competition but the two other teams crashed out of the Cup. There was more success in the “Plate” as the three Milton teams booked their places in the quarter-finals.

In the Cup, the J Team (Plamen Petrov, John Parkhouse & Mike Roberts) from Div 3 disposed of Premier outfit Merton B by 5-2 thanks to a really good team performance. Impressive new signing Petrov (pictured below) carried his league form into the cup by winning both of his matches, Parkhouse won two out of three and captain Roberts won one of out of two.

The D team (Frank Handy, Gerard Redman & Mike Roberts) from Div 1 found the handicaps really heavy going against Winton YMCA F (Div 4) and were soundly beaten 9-0 at Winton. Unfased by the heavy defeat, the Milton players sportingly played the remainder of the matches having already lost the match at 5-0.

Milton’s other Div 1 team (John Millward, Brian Bickell & Shaun Newcomb) had a closer match against Ringwood B (Div 2) but lost 6-3, replies coming from England veteran Bickell (2) and captain Millward (1).

The G team featuring Chris Pusey, Bob Fagan & Dave Cuddon are sitting pretty atop Div 3 in the league and are replicating this success in the Plate. In their 5-3 victory over Winton YMCA E from Div 4, Cuddon played out of his skin to pick up his hat-trick, and Pusey won two out of his three matches.

Milton’s most impressive win came as the H team starring Dave Sutton, Sylvia Smith & Les Smith (no relation) from Div 3 beat Div 5 high-flyers Merton J 8-1 in their own back yard. Sutton and Ms Smith were on top form to take their hat-tricks and captain Smith bagged a brace.

The M team had a much easier passage into the quarter-finals of the Plate as Bmth Sports H had to concede their match because they were unable to put out a side. The L team’s fate is unknown as their match against Merton C was postponed.  Full results details are below:-
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HONOURS EVEN IN NEW MILTON DERBY

The New Milton Table Club managed to win six out of their ten matches in the Bournemouth & District league last week, one of those wins coming at the expense of one of their own teams in a local derby.

The F team (Steve Cheesman, Plamen Petrov & Andrew Stainton) completely turned the tables on their E team (Andrew Daish, Simon Daish & Simon Golding) by beating them 6-4 in their Div 2 derby having lost 4-6 first time around. The E team looked like doing the double over their club mates as they went 3-0 up, Andrew Daish beating F team captain Cheesman, Simon Daish getting the better of Petrov, and Golding doing the same to Stainton. That proved a false dawn for the E’s, however, as they lost all of the remaining matches, apart from Simon Daish’s victory over Stainton. The F’s needed the doubles to seal their victory to make it honours even, and Cheesman (pictured below) and Petrov duly saw off the Simons in three straight sets.

Div 3 saw the table-topping G team (Dave Cuddon, Chris Pusey & Terry Jenvey) do the double over basement boys Ringwood C with a 10-0 drubbing at Mudeford Wood. They increased their lead to four points over second-placed Bmth Sports K who dropped a point against Winton YMCA C.

Both the Premier teams won their matches; the A team beating bottom-dwellers Ringwood A by 8-2 at Mudeford Wood, despite having to call two players up from Div 1. Gerard Redman scored his first ever Premier hat-trick and team-mate Paul Iliffe chipped in with the one win. Regular Umit Kaya came up with his second treble of the campaign, which left the A’s needing the doubles to secure maximum points. What an epic match that turned out to be as the Ringwood pairing just wouldn’t lay down. Milton narrowly lost the first set 11-13, then sneaked the second by 15-13 and took the third 11-9. Ringwood won the fourth very comfortably at 11-5, but Milton just edged the fifth and final set by 12-10 to pile more agony on the Brewers.

The B team (Jack Trafford, Andy Tipsana & John Hook) had a much easier victory over top flight strugglers Merton B, who didn’t help their cause by turning up a player short. In their 7-3 win, Hook beat both players in attendance, and Trafford celebrated his fifteenth birthday with a win over Merton’s very tricky Tom Stride and a doubles win with Hook.  Full results details appear below:-
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HAIL THE MIGHTY PLAMEN!

The Bournemouth & District Table Tennis league programme resumed after the Christmas break last week with the New Milton Club winning six out of their twelve matches. Player of the Week just has to be impressive new signing, Bulgarian Plamen Petrov who won two hat tricks; one for his own J team in Div 3 and one playing up a division for the F team.

Four of Milton’s wins were 8-2 maximum pointers and the other two by the lower 6-4 scoreline. Two of the six defeats were 10-0 whitewashes suffered by the A and B team in the Premier, but they were at the hands of second placed Bmth Sports B and leaders Bmth Sports A respectively.

Petrov (pictured below) got his week off to a good start by helping his J team beat Div 3 strugglers Merton F 6-4 having lost 3-7 first time around without him. Then he was called up to play for the F team in Div 2 and his second hat-trick of the week helped them beat strugglers Broadstone D by 8-2, an improvement on their first round 7-3 win.

The G team (Terry Jenvey, Chris Pusey & Dave Cuddon) were relegated from Div 2 last season, but they are currently on top of Div 3, hoping to bounce straight back. Their 8-2 victory over Winton YMCA C certainly did their cause no harm, but second placed Bmth Sports K are still only three points behind them having beaten their own J team 8-2. Full results details are below:- Read the rest of this entry

MIXED CUP RESULTS FOR NMTTC TEAMS

Five teams from the New Milton Table Tennis Club were involved in the Annual Times & Directory Handicap competition last week, with three of them going through to the next round. Four of the matches were in the Cup proper with three teams going through, whilst the “Plate” saw the F team deprived of further progress.

Both teams who normally ply their trade in the 1st Division booked their places in Round 3 of the Cup having defeated teams from lower divisions. The C team (John Millward, Shaun Newcomb & Brian Bickell) beat Div 3 outfit Winton YMCA C 6-2, courtesy of a terrific hat-trick from England Veteran Bickell, two wins from Captain Millward and the one from wheelchair-player Newcomb.

The D team (Frank Handy, Gerard Redman & Paul Iliffe) took the same haul of 6 games from Div 5’s Merton K in their 6-1 victory, aided and abetted by a hat-trick from Redman (pictured below) who didn’t drop a set. Iliffe won both of his matches and Captain Handy won his one of out two by the skin of his teeth 21-20, 21-20.

Milton’s most emphatic Cup win came from the J team (Plamen Petrov, John Parkhouse & Mike Roberts) with an 8-1 thumping of Bmth Sports L who play a division lower than them in Div 4. Impressive new signing Petrov scored a hat-trick as did Captain Roberts, but Parkhouse had to settle for a brace.

The K team (Sid Daynes, James Harper & Mike Gent) from Div 5 were as-close-as-this to joining their team mates in the next round of the Cup, but they narrowly lost 4-5 to Div 2’s Ringwood B. 15 year old Harper and stand-in captain Gent had bagged a brace apiece and it fell to Daynes to try to keep his side in the Cup. He got off to a good start by winning his first set 21-15 against the very experienced Chris Morgan to raise Milton’s hopes. That proved a false dawn however as Daynes lost the next two 20-21, 20-21, you can’t get closer than that!

Five New Milton teams were in the draw for Round 1 of the Plate, but the F team (Sylvia Smith, Andrew Stainton & Steve Cheesman) were the only ones to see action as the G, H, L and M teams got byes to Round 2. Unfortunately they won’t be joining their club mates in the next round as the Div 2 outfit lost 2-7 against Bmth Sports M who are struggling in Div 5. Captain Cheesman and Stainton replied for Milton with a win apiece.

The next round of matches are scheduled to be played week commencing 29th January.

CUP (ROUND 2

New Milton C (Div 1) 6 Winton YMCA C (Div 3) 2

(John Millward 2, Shaun Newcomb 1, Brian Bickell 3)

New Milton D (Div 1) 6 Merton K (Div 5) 1

(Frank Handy 1, Gerard Redman 3, Paul Iliffe 2)

New Milton J (Div 3) 8 Bmth Sports L (Div 4) 1

(Plamen Petrov 3, John Parkhouse 2, Mike Roberts 3)

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

(Sid Daynes 0, James Harper 2, Mike Gent 2)

PLATE (ROUND 1)

New Milton F (Div 2) 2 Bmth Sports M (Div 5) 7

(Sylvia Smith 0, Andrew Stainton 1, Steve Cheesman 1)

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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