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NMTTC has supported the annual Family Fun Day for several years, but this year instead of the usual two table tennis tables there were eight tables as part of the launch of “Ping!” The tables were supplied by Jamie Burton, Physical Activity & Partnership Manager for New Forest District Council and proved very popular throughout the day. Club members in attendance were Steve Hemmings (Chair), Bev Scott-Johns (Secretary), Malcolm Floyd (Treasurer & Press Officer), John Parkhouse (Committee Member), Sylvia Smith & Gerard Redman whose support was much appreciated.
Jamie was there for the duration, as was Lee Monk from Table Tennis England, and Jamie arranged for the presentation of the Clubmark certificate to the club by Cllr Christine Ward, the Chairman of New Forest District Council. Jamie’s press release is reproduced below:-
New Milton Table Tennis Club has been awarded the prestigious Clubmark award by Sport England and Table Tennis England. Clubmark is Sport England’s national accreditation scheme for high quality community sports clubs and stands for higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management.
It rewards New Milton Table Tennis Club for having created the right environment to ensure the welfare of members is respected and encourages everyone to enjoy playing the sport at the club and stay involved throughout their lives. This can be seen by the recent success of members aged 13-80. It means that parents can rest assured that their children will be in a safe environment within a well-managed club.
The Club completed the application process in a record time.
The Club was congratulated by Table Tennis England, its National Governing Body, for the high quality and speed of its submission, thanks to the hard work of the volunteers involved, especially Steve Hemmings, Bev Scott-Johns and Malcolm Floyd.
The Club were on hand to support the launch of the Ping! New Forest at the New Milton Family Fun Day on Saturday 10th June at New Milton Rugby Club where Cllr Christine Ward, the Chairman of New Forest District Council, presented the club with their Clubmark certificate.
Graham Flexman, Clerk of New Milton Town Council was also on hand to represent the town council who were rightly proud of the achievements of the local table tennis club.
Pictured below (l-r) Dawn Flexman, Graham Flexman, Cllr Christine Ward, Steve Hemmings, Bev Scott-Johns, Malcolm Floyd & Jamie Burton.
In addition to being an “Ability Club” (Actively working with disabled people), the Club is also a 4-Star Premier Club, the highest rated club in the Bournemouth & District league.
The Club are always on the lookout for new members, from experienced players to absolute beginners, but would particularly like to attract more junior and female players. Anybody interested in joining our very friendly club, or who would just like a bit more information, should contact Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns on 01425 619552.
New Milton Table Tennis Club’s closed annual tournaments culminated in a Grand Finals Night at the Grange School, Somerford on Thursday 15th June in front of a large appreciative crowd.
Ben Greene travelled all the way up from Shaftesbury to take part in three of the finals but despite playing consistently well throughout, he had to content himself with one out of three titles.
In the first event of the evening, Greene received a +10 start against rising starlet Jack Trafford in the Under 40 Handicap but lost tantalisingly 20-21, 20-21. Trafford, displaying a maturity beyond his 14 years, had overhauled the handicap to catch up at 20-20 in both sets, clinching the second with a vicious net-cord. Greene is shown below on the left sportingly congratulating Trafford on his close victory.
Greene gained solace by beating Andrew Stainton in the Handicap Singles final, having received a +3 start. Greene blew Stainton away 21-11 in the first set, but Stainton recovered his composure in the second to take it 21-15. It was nip and tuck during the third and final set but Greene won it 21-17 to take the title.
Stainton then turned the tables on Greene by joining with Stuart Burton in the Handicap Doubles doubles against Greene and new signing Sid Daynes. Receiving a +2 start, Stainton & Burton just edged the first set 21-20, only to lose the second 16-21. The Stainton & Burton combo got back into their stride in the third and final set to hammer their opponents 21-11 to take the doubles title.
Former Cadet European Champion Simon Heaps made it through to two finals but came away empty handed. He had to give away a staggering +14 start to Steve Cheesman in the Over 40 final and lost the first set 13-21. Heaps really dug in in the second set and did well to catch up at 17-17 only to go on to lose 19-21 against a much relieved Cheesman.
Heaps’ second crack at a title came in the Open Singles final against last year’s runner-up Matthew Daish, who had already beaten Jack Trafford to take the Junior title. Heaps took the first set 11-9, then Daish came to the fore to take the next two sets 11-7, 11-7. The fourth set had all of the qualities of an exhibition match, drawing gasps of appreciation from the crowd, but Daish won 11-8 to secure the prestigious title. Daish is shown below on the left with Heaps after their crowd-pleaser.
As with the Junior final, the Ladies Singles final was played earlier in the tournament because there were only two entrants in each event. It was a repeat of last year’s final between Sylvia Smith and Lynn Willrich, with Smith gaining revenge this time around.
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.
14 year old Jack Trafford from the New Milton Table Tennis Club recently won his first 2-Star tournament in the Under 15s at Burgess Hill.
He won his group overcoming some very tricky opponents and then marched through his Quarter-Final and Semi-Final without even dropping a set.
And so to the Final – an initially nervous and subsequently thrilling encounter against an opponent one year older and with many years more experience. Wil Michel (15 Finals on his CV) took the first set before Jack’s powerful forehand loop began to take control of the rallies and the match … winning the next two sets. Wil bravely fought back countering with backhand slice and dogged determination. At 2 sets all they went ‘into the turn’ with Jack wrestling back control at 5-1. Wil then summoned all his experience and called a Time-Out..which seemed to have no effect on Jack as he raced to a 9-5 lead. Wil wasn’t beaten yet though and he fought ‘tooth & nail’ to bring the score back to 10-9 in Jack’s favour. Jack had one serve left…and he made it a ‘good one’..forcing Wil wide so he could then launch an attack with his ‘trademark’ forehand loop. Nothing Wil could do to return the shot and match WON to Jack.
Jack is in the middle, proudly wearing his winner’s medal. Thanks to Jack’s proud Dad Paul for kindly supplying the report and photo.
The following report and photo were submitted to the New Milton Advertiser by Duncan Daish and I am grateful for his kind permission to reproduce it here:-
Local table tennis player 16 year old Matthew Daish, a member of the New Milton Table Tennis Club, has been selected to represent England in the up-coming Six Nations Schools International to be held in Jersey. Following a jump from being ranked 32nd last season to currently 14th in the U18 national rankings, his selection comes after being placed third in the National Schools U16 Individual Championships. Matthew played in the German league for Mainz during the 2016-17 season but has now transferred to Niederkassel-near Cologne- to play more regularly in a higher division. Matthew is grateful to Colten Care for their continued sponsorship this year, “ … a major reason for my rapid improvement, helping me to train more often and take part in more tournaments”. Matthew can be followed on his website www.matthewdaish.com.
Congratulations to Matthew from all at New Milton Table Tennis Club and good luck in Jersey!
Below is Bev’s programme of the Grand Finals Night which will take place at the Grange this coming Thursday night.
The busiest man on the night apart from Tournament Organiser Bev has to be Ben Greene who will be travelling up from Shaftesbury to take part in three of the finals.
Here’s looking forward to some great table tennis in front of hopefully a large appreciative crowd.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL FINALISTS!
The Club is currently the Top Story on the TABLE TENNIS ENGLAND website!
It is the intention to present the club with its hard-earned Clubmark certificate at the New Milton Rugby Club Fun Day on Saturday 10th June where “PING” will also be launched.
As in previous years, the Club will be manning two tables (one in a small marquee) on the Rugby Club grounds (Ashley) where children are given the opportunity to try out a variety of different sports. This is a great opportunity for the club to encourage youngsters to try our sport whilst also advertising our club to a wider audience as parents, older siblings etc wander around.
In previous years we have attracted new members and encouraged previous members to return to the club.
The day starts at 11am and finishes at 5pm during which time we will be on hand to help the children (and grown-ups) have a go; many of them are complete novices and need some guidance. We would welcome some help from club members so if you have an hour or two to spare, please give Steve Hemmings a call on 01590 681339 or just turn up on the day. If you have a club shirt, please wear it if possible.
Table Tennis England invited the club to submit a photo for inclusion in TTE’s Club’s Newsletter article on clubmark successes and we were only too happy to oblige.
Steve Hemmings very kindly came up with a photo frame at no extra expense and we are happy to share the photo of the gleesome threesome proudly showing off the hard-earned certificate.
We are told that the article will shortly be appearing on the TTE website, so keep your eyes peeled.
Thanks to Steve for the photo (and frame!).
A reminder that the NMTTC doubles tournament takes place on Thursday 1st June down at the Grange as usual.
It is a “handicap” event with the handicaps being the average of the two players’.
It is a “drawn” doubles whereby the names of the pairings are drawn out of hat which has made for some very interesting combinations and results in the past.
Obviously we need twice as many people to provide the same number of groups as the singles events, so a good turn-out would be very much appreciated.
This tournament provides a little bit of light relief from the other events, so come on down to the Grange to take part in the fun.
As usual the session starts at 7 o’clock with the draw taking place at 7.30.
The Club is delighted to announce that it has achieved Clubmark Re-Accreditation after six weeks of hard slog led by Club Treasurer & Press Officer Malcolm Floyd.
Clubmark is Sport England’s national accreditation scheme for high quality community sports clubs and stands for higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management.
It shows that a Club provides the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives. It means that parents can rest assured that their children will be in a safe environment within a well-managed club. Another benefit of Clubmark is that many funding bodies state that applicants must have the accredition to be eligible for funding support.
The Club was congratulated by Table Tennis England, its National Governing Body, for the high quality and speed of its submission. We think that 6 weeks must be some kind of a record, but this is yet to be confirmed by Table Tennis England. Malcolm would like to thank the officers and committee members for their help and support in this magnificent achievement, particularly club chairman Steve Hemmings.
The Club initially acquired the prestigious Clubmark status in August 2010 and gained its first re-accreditation in March 2014. We have just found out that accreditation now only last two years instead of three years, which reflects the increasingly higher standards expected from clubs.
In addition to being an “Ability Club” (Actively working with disabled people), the Club is also a 4-Star Premier Club, the highest rated club in the Bournemouth & District league. Clubmark accreditation is mandatory to achieve a star-rating.
We are always on the lookout for new members, from experienced players to absolute beginners, but would particulary like to attract more junior and lady members. Anybody interested in joining our very friendly club, or who would just like a bit more information, should contact Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns on 01425 619552.
The Club’s hard-earned certificate appears below:-
At the recent annual Presentation Evening of the Bournemouth & District Table Tennis Association, New Milton Club members came away with a club record haul of trophies. The trophies were presented by Sandra Deaton, Chairman of Table Tennis England, the sport’s national governing body.
The club’s oldest player, 80 years young Brian Bickell won the Vets 60+ and the Vets 70+ titles, and the club’s youngest player, 13 year old Adam Titcombe picked up his Div 5 Individuals winners trophy. The club’s second youngest player, 14 year old Jack Trafford won the Junior Under 15 title and also came away with runners-up trophies for the Junior Under 18s, Division 2 and the Bournemouth Handicap. Jack and Brian, separated by a mere 66 years but together in table tennis, are pictured proudly displaying their trophies.
Another club veteran, club chairman Steve Hemmings was also there to pick up his Vets 50+ winners trophy.
18 year old Andy Tipsana made two trips to the front, the first on his own to collect his Div 1 Individuals winners trophy, and then with Bournemouth Sports players Ali Malloch, Finn Morgan-Bayliss and Zac Dowling to pick up the Valerie Scott-Johns Memorial Cup for the Best Match of the Individuals. Formerly called the Trevor Parry Award, this was donated by club secretary Bev Scott-Johns in memory of his late wife Valerie. The actual match was the Mens Doubles Semi-Final between Tipsana & Malloch and Morgan-Bayliss & Dowling, which unfortunately Tipsana and partner lost.
A number of the club’s Individuals title winners were unable to make the event, so club secretary Bev Scott-Johns collected winners trophies on behalf of Steve Cheesman (Div 3), Ben Greene (Div 4) and Gerard Redman (Vets 40+), and also a runner-up trophy for Graham Underwood (Div 3).
Captain of the H team, Les Smith proudly led his teammates Eddie Tompkins, Lewis Reading & Dave Sutton up to the front to collect their Div 4 league winners trophies. Scott-Johns went up in his own right as G team player to collect his Div 3 league runners-up trophy as well as the Times & Directory Handicap Plate runners-up trophy. He also picked up the trophies for his G team mates Graham Underwood, Mike Toole and Elliott Storr-Smith who were also absent.
Finally, the prestigious Coach of the Year Award went to Simon Heaps, a member of both New Milton and Bournemouth Sports Clubs. Heaps threw himself fully into the local coaching set-up this year and also took Milton’s rising starlet Jack Trafford under his wing. Heaps made light work of the UKCC Level 1 and Level 2 coaching qualifications and is now keen to take his Level 3 course. He has used his international experience from his playing days to great effect and now within the Dorset Table Tennis Academy has introduced a new Cadet Performance Squad which is already seeing a radical improvement to the region’s young players.