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New Milton’s Brian Bickell has returned to the Vetts scene with a vengeance after a long lay off with a serious shoulder injury.
He made his comeback at the Crawley Southern Masters back in February where he made it through the the semi-finals of his class, narrowly losing to nationally ranked Number 1 player Ramesh Bhalla. Brian joined with Vetts newcomer Norman Beany in the doubles and they beat the established pairing of former World Gold champion Geoff Bax and Terry Wilson in the final.
In March, Brian entered the annual Bournemouth & District Individual Tournaments for the first time since 2015 and came away with the Vets 60+ and Vets 70+ winners trophies.
More recently, in April Brian entered the VETTS Western Masters at Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, and played superbly to become the National Singles Champion in his age class.
Thanks once again to Brian’s wife Olga for keeping us up to date with Brian’s exploits and for providing the photo of him knocking up at Thornbury. Sorry the photo is a bit blurred but Brian was moving too fast for Olga’s camera.
New Milton Table Tennis Club recently held their combined AGM/Presentation Evening down at the Mudeford Wood Community Centre at which Secretary Bev Scott-Johns reported on another very successful season.
Bev was delighted to report that club members had come away with a club record haul of trophies from the annual Bournemouth & District Individual Championships (9 titles and 4 runners-up). England Veteran Brian Bickell won the Vets 60+ and Vets 70+ titles, and Gerard Redman and Steve Hemmings took the Vets 40+ and Vets 50+ titles respectively. Jack Trafford won the Junior Under 15 title and came runner-up in the Junior Under 18, Bournemouth Handicap and Div 2 events. Andy Tipsana, Ben Greene and Adam Titcombe won the Div 1, Div 4 and Div 5 titles respectively. Steve Cheesman beat clubmate Graham Underwood to take the Div 3 title.
Two of the club’s teams gained promotion in the Bournemouth & District league: Les Smith’s H team won Div 4 and Graham Underwood’s G team came runners-up in Div 3. Unfortunately, John Millward’s B team and Terry Jenvey’s D team ended up in the relegation zones of the Premier and Div 2 respectively. The G team were runners-up in the Times & Directory Handicap Plate.
Bev mentioned that a considerable number of spectators attended the Grand Finals Night of the club’s annual Internal Championships, with Ben Greene having made it through to three of the finals (full listing of winners and runners-up appears below). Bev thanked all those who took part and assisted him with the administration of the tournaments. Pictured below are the trophy winners at the Presentation Evening, flanked by Bob Fagan (Club President) on the left and Steve Hemmings (Club Chairman) on the right.
Bev reported that club membership continued to rise and also pointed to the continued success of the club nights at the Grange School, Somerford. The number of teams entered into the league increased from 10 to 11 teams, and it is hoped to enter 12 teams into the league next season.
Bev was also very pleased to report that the club achieved its prestigious Clubmark re-accreditation, thanks largely to the efforts of Club Treasurer & Press Officer Malcolm Floyd. Chairman Steve Hemmings paid tribute to Malcolm’s efforts, adding that the re-accreditation was achieved in record time, with Table Tennis England commenting on the quailty of the submission. Clubmark stands for higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management in community sports clubs. An accredited club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages and abilities, as well as helping parents and carers know that they are choosing the right club for their young charges.
Club Treasurer Malcolm Floyd presented the Annual Accounts which showed the club to be in a very healthy financial position, which meant that the membership fees did not need to be increased for next season.
The current officers and committee members were re-elected unopposed en bloc, and new member Sid Daynes was voted on to the committee. Committee for the new season: Chair: Steve Hemmings, Vice-Chair & Development Officer: Shaun Newcomb, Secretary: Bev Scott-Johns, Treasurer: Malcolm Floyd, Welfare Officer: Lynn Willrich. Committee members are Sid Daynes, John Parkhouse and Andrew Stainton (Junior Representative).
With the official business out of the way, Club President Bob Fagan presented the club’s annual trophies, ably assisted by chairman Steve Hemmings who had procured the trophies. After the presentation of the annual tournament trophies (listed below), the winners of the two annual discretionary trophies were announced:-
The James Lewis Shield for Most Improved Player was awarded jointly to Jack Trafford and Ben Greene as the committee found it impossible to choose a winner. 14 year old Trafford has been dedicated to his coaching and has consequently developed very quickly this year. This has culminated in considerable success in the league tournaments and his recent first win of a 2 star tournament. The other contender, Greene who played in Div 4 last year has also made dramatic progress this year, seemingly improving on a weekly basis. He also achieved great success at both the league and club competitions.
The Doris Marshall Memorial Plate for Club Person of the Year was unanimously awarded to Secretary Bev Scott-Johns for his outstanding contribution to the running of the club. This aligned nicely with Bev winning Table Tennis England’s Pride of Table Tennis Award back in November last year.
Annual Tournament Trophies:-
Scratch Singles: Winner: Matt Daish, Runner-up Simon Heaps.
Handicap Singles: Winner: Ben Greene, Runner-up: Andrew Stainton.
Ladies Handicap Singles: Winner: Sylvia Smith, Runner-up: Lynn Willrich.
Juniors (Under 18): Winner: Matt Daish, Runner-up: Jack Trafford.
Under 40s Handicap: Winner: Jack Trafford, Runner-up: Ben Greene.
Over 40s Handicap: Winner: Steve Cheesman, Runner-up Simon Heaps.
Doubles: Winners: Andrew Stainton & Stuart Burton, Runners-up: Sid Daynes & Ben Greene.
Anybody interested in joining the club or would just like some more information should contact Bev Scott-Johns on 01425 619552.
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.