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GEES VERY CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR IN PLATE FINAL!

The final of the Times and Directory Handicap Plate competition took place at the neutral venue of the Merton Table Tennis Club last Thursday. Squaring up against each other were the New Milton G team (Graham Underwood, Bev Scott-Johns & Mike Toole) from Div 3 and the Bournemouth Sports D team (Lee Devaney, Alan Gordon & John Tennant) from Div 1. Suffice to say the match went right down to the wire but sadly the Gees lost 4-5.

First up, veteran Mike Toole took on the Bournemouth left-hander Lee Devaney (captain), and with a +3 start Toole took the first set very comfortably 21-12. However, Toole started to have real difficulties reading Devaney’s serve and lost the next two 17-21, 15-21.

Next up, Milton Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns received a +13 start from ex Milton player Alan Gordon, but Gordon very quickly overcame the handicap in both sets to win 21-18, 21-17 to make it 2-0 to the Bourne.

It was up to Milton Captain Graham Underwood to try to stop the rot, and he profited from a very generous start of +11 on John Tennant to win 21-7, 21-9 and get one back for Milton.

Toole benefitting from a +5 start on Gordon took the first set off the ex-Miltonian 18-21. Gordon was gradually gaining ground in the second set and caught up at 18-18, but a much relieved Toole won it 21-19 to level proceedings off at 2-2.

It was then up to the captains to try to sieze the intiative for their respective teams. Underwood received a +11 start from Devaney but lost the first 17-21 having never got to grips with the Bourne man’s serve. Still suffering from the serve in the second set, Underwood came out on top in open play however to win it 12-21, Devaney having seemingly switched off. In the third and final set, Underwood was 14-10 up at the change-round but still troubled by “that” serve eventually lost 17-21.

Scott-Johns received a +12 start from Tennant, but Tennant quickly caught up at 13-13 overwhelming Scott-Johns with his all out attack. In the only 20-20 of the evening, Scott-Johns lost 21-20 and went on to lose the second set making it 4-2 for the Bourne.

It was up to Captain Underwood to keep Milton in the match, and aided by a generous +12 start on Gordon he duly won 21-18, 21-12 to claw one back for his team.

Toole playing off +3 needed to beat Tennant to restore parity and kept in front throughout to win 15-21 in both sets to level things off at 4-4.

And so it came down to Scott-Johns against Devaney who was well up for his hat-trick. The Milton man showed his team mates just how to handle Devaney’s service and played his best match of the evening. Devaney was now playing exhibition stuff however, and despite giving away a 12 start, he won it 21-18, 21-19 to land his team the Plate.

The G team above (l-r Mike Toole, Graham Underwood (Captain) & Bev Scott-Johns) were still smiling after narrowly missing out on the T&D Plate.

There was a lot of good, competitive table tennis played in a very sporting and friendly manner, so thanks to the Bournemouth boys Lee, Alan and John for playing their part in that, and congrats on winning the Plate.

GEES GEE’D UP FOR PLATE FINAL!

New Milton Table Tennis Club were assured of one of their teams making it through to the final of the annual Times and Directory Handicap Plate as their B and G teams had been drawn in the semi-final. It was nip and tuck at the Grange until the sixth match but then the Gees won the last two matches to go through to the final. They had already despatched the D team in their quarter-final.

It was always going to be a tough test for the Premier’s relegated B team (John Millward, Brian Bickell & Shaun Newcomb) as they were giving away some hefty handicaps to their club mates in the G team (Graham Underwood, Mike Toole & Bev Scott-Johns) who came runners-up in Div 3 in the league.

In the first match however the B’s captain Millward received a +2 start from Toole and beat him in two straight sets with a powerful attack down both wings. Wheelchair player Newcomb then had to give a +12 start to Club Secretary Scott-Johns who played very steadily to win over three sets to level things off at 1-1.

Next up was England Veteran Bickell who also had to give a +12 start to Gees captain Underwood. Underwood just nicked the first 21-20 and Bickell was coming back at him in the second but fault-served at 16-20 to lose 16-21 and hand the advantage to the Gees.

Newcomb only had to give Toole a less daunting +3 start, and although losing the first set 17-21 he went on to win the next two sets to level things off at 2-2. Millward had to give Underwood a +9 start which was clearly a bridge too far for him, and a rampant Underwood won both sets by 21-10 to restore the lead for the Gees.

Bickell came to the rescue in the sixth match as despite giving Scott-Johns an eye-watering +13 start he won both sets by 21-19 to level things off at 3-3. Newcomb had to give Underwood a +11 start which made a mockery of Underwood’s first set win of 21-5. Newcomb got more to grips in the second set, but Underwood was now really up for his hat-trick and won it 21-14 to make it 4-3 for his G team.

Bickell had to beat old adversary Toole in the eighth match to keep the Bees in the match. It was the first time that they had played one another in over 25 years and there were some thrilling and thoughtful exchanges which delighted the onlookers. Toole never surrendered his +4 advantage however and beat Bickell 21-17, 21-13 to take the Gees into the final. 

The victorious G team are picture below, left to right Bev Scott-Johns, Graham Underwood (captain), Mike Toole.

It will be the second Plate final for Underwood as he won it with a differently populated G team captained by Les Smith last season. The other finalist is Div 1’s Bournemouth Sports D whose squad comprises former Milton player Alan Gordon, captain Andy Hartnell, Loui-La, the very awkward Lee Devaney, Kwai Keung Chan & John Tennant. The final is due to take place at the neutral venue of the Merton Club, Southbourne on Thursday 20th April at 7.30.

UPS AND DOWNS FOR NMTTC TEAMS (FINAL WEEK RESULTS)

As the Bournemouth & District Table Tennis league drew to a close last week, two teams from New Milton Table Club were looking forward to playing in higher divisions while another two are unfortunately facing life at a lower level.

The H team (Lewis Reading, Eddie Tompkins, Dave Sutton & Les Smith) were top of Div 4 for the whole of the second half of the season and finished their campaign on a high by beating basement boys Bmth Sports M 8-2 in their own back yard.  Skipper Les Smith (pictured below) was back in action after holidaying in the Antipodes and matched Eddie’s brace of wins to go along with Lewis’ fifth hat-trick of the season.

The club’s dark horses, the G team (Mike Toole, Elliott Storr-Smith & Graham Underwood) snuck quietly into second place of Div 3 five weeks back and occupied that slot for the remainder of the season. They also finished off with a win by beating Merton H 6-4 at the Grange.

The B team (John Millward, Shaun Newcomb & Brian Bickell) finished up second from bottom of the Premier league having spent much of their season in the basement zone. The Bees certainly found life very difficult after losing star player John Hook to an achilles tendon injury early during the second half of the season, and their curtain call was a 10-0 hammering by Winton YMCA A.

In Div 2, the B team (Terry Jenvey, Chris Pusey & Mike Toole) needed to at least draw against second from top Bmth Sports H to give themselves any chance of survival but they lost 3-7 to stay at second from bottom. It was all academic in the end, however, as third from bottom Breamore beat Bmth Sports G to send Milton down instead.

The J team had a “bye” in Div 4 in the final week with second from bottom Nimrod B needing to whitewash Merton K to swap places with Milton and send them down instead. That was a tall order as Nimrod lost 2-8 first time around and so it proved as they lost 3-7, ensuring the Jays survival.  Full results details are below:-
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PROMOTIONS FOR NEW MILTON TEAMS! (WEEK 17 RESULTS)

In the penultimate week of the Bournemouth and District Table Tennis league, the H team clinched the Division 4 title and the G team will be runners-up of Division 3 in their first season in the league. The K team are pushing for second place in Division 5 but their fate is now in the hands of others.

The H team (Eddie Tompkins, Dave Sutton & Lewis Reading) won the Div 4 title by beating third placed Merton J 8-2 at Mudeford Wood courtesy of hat-tricks from Reading and Sutton who has only dropped one match all season.

The G team pictured below (Mike Toole, Graham Underwood & Bev Scott-Johns) clinched second place in Div 3 by holding the table topping Broadstone D to a 5-5 draw in their own back yard. With Toole coming up with his customary hat-trick and captain Underwood chipping in with the one win, the doubles were needed to secure the draw. Toole and Underwood struggled to get going in the first set but shaded it 12-10; then they clicked to take the next two sets 11-7, 11-5 to claim the two points.

Down in Div 5, the K team (Mike Gent, Malcolm Douglas & Geoff Biggs) took over the second spot from Shamrock B by hammering second from bottom Nimrod C 10-0 at the Grange. However, the Kays have now played all of their matches and Shamrock only have to take a point off Nimrod C in their final match, as seems likely, to reclaim second place and deprive Milton of promotion to Div 4.

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Following the final week’s (Week 18) matches so far, the bottom-placed B team are relegated from the Premier, and the D team relegated from Div 2 at second from bottom.  The J team go into the final week third from bottom of Div 4 with Nimrod C needing to beat Merton K 10-0 to send Milton down to the bottom division.  However, this is most unlikely as Nimrod lost 2-8 first time around.
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CUP RUN IS OVER FOR NEW MILTON F!

Last week saw the New Milton F team knocked out of the annual Times & Directory Handicap Cup competition in the semi-finals, but two of the club’s teams made it through to the semi-finals of the Plate competition.

In the Cup proper, the Div 3 F team (Ian Linney, Steve Cheesman & Sylvia Smith) lost their semi-final against the Premier’s Ringwood A despite a hat-trick from Cheesman. It went right down to the wire at 4-4 with Linney needing to beat Ringwood’s Oliver Crossley in the ninth and final match but he narrowly lost 15-21, 21-14, 19-21.

In the Plate quarter-finals, the Premier’s B team (Brian Bickell, Shaun Newcomb & John Millward) gained some light relief from their parlous league position by beating Div 4’s Bmth Sports M 5-4 to book their place in the semi-finals. England veteran Bickell is still recovering from a shoulder injury but played cannily to win his first hat-trick since his return. It was poised at 4-4 when wheelchair player Newcomb beat Bourne’s Maggie White to follow suit with his team-mates.

The other team to progress through to the Plate semi-finals was the Div 3 G team (Graham Underwood, Mike Toole & Bev Scott-Johns) who did so at the expense of their club mates in the D team (Terry Jenvey, Malcolm Floyd & Chris Pusey) who usually play a division higher. It was all over at 5-0 and then club treasurer Floyd narrowly beat club secretary Scott-Johns in the mandatory sixth match to make it a tad more respectable at 5-1.  The triumphant G team are pictured below: l-r Mike Toole, Graham Underwood (Captain) & Bev Scott-Johns.

The E team (Peter Daish, Simon Daish & Simon Golding), who normally ply their trade in Div 2 faced a very strong Div 1 side Bmth Sports D which included ex Milton player Alan Gordon. Milton went ahead 3-2 but Gordon beat Golding having already seen off the other Simon to level things off at 3-3. Unfortunately the two Simons lost their final matches to exit the Plate at 3-5.

The L team featuring Stuart Burton (captain), James Harper and Maggie Brown had to travel to Colehill to take on Shamrock A who normally play a division higher than them in Div 4. In another very tight match and despite a hat-trick from captain fantastic Burton, Milton just lost 4-5 to be denied progress to the Plate semis.

The New Milton club are assured of at least one of their teams making it through to the Plate Final as the B team has been drawn against the G team in the semi-finals.

The break in the league programme enabled the two postponed derbies to take place. The A team repeated their first round 9-1 trouncing of their B team who are firmly stuck on the bottom of the Premier. In Div 3, the second placed G team assumed bragging rights over their F team as they converted a first round 5-5 draw into an 8-2 drubbing. Full results details of all matches are below. Read the rest of this entry

PROMOTION FOR NEW MILTON H! (WEEK 16 RESULTS)

The New Milton Table Tennis Club had a much better week in the Bournemouth and District league as they came up with six wins out of their nine matches. The table-topping H team (Lewis Reading, Dave Sutton & Eddie Tompkins) clinched promotion from Div 4 to Div 3 as they took maximum points off Winton YMCA B in their 8-2 victory at Mudeford Wood. Third-place Merton J can no longer catch Milton who look like going up as champions.

With one promotion in the bag, two of the three teams with relegation worries may yet survive after spirited performances last week. The D team (Terry Jenvey, Mike Toole & Malcolm Floyd) are still second from bottom of Div 2 having earned a precious point away in their 4-6 defeat by Merton F courtsey of a brace apiece from captain Jenvey and Toole. However, on paper Milton have an easier run up than third from bottom Breamore.

In Div 4, the third from bottom J team (John Parkhouse, Ben Greene & Andrew Stainton) did their survival hopes no harm at all as they improved on their first round draw with Merton K to beat them 6-4 at the Grange. Greene has provided a major boost to the Jays as he is unbeaten in his two matches since returning from a three month jaunt in Japan. He was joined in a treble by 18 year old Stainton scoring his third hat-trick of the season. It is still going to be a close run thing as second from bottom Nimrod B have two matches left whereas Milton have just the one.

In the Premier, the bottom-placed B team had a stay of execution as their match against second place Bmth Sports B was postponed as the Bourne couldn’t put out a team. Milton lost 1-9 first time around, so they’re not expecting too much joy from the return match, especially having lost star player John Hook to an achilles tendon injury.

Div 3 saw the F team (Sylvia Smith, Ian Linney & Steve Cheesman) do their promotion chasing G team a favour by beating their close rivals Merton G 6-4 in their own back yard. Smith played out of her skin to score her second hat-trick of the season and was joined in a treble by Cheesman, his tenth of the campaign.  A photo of the full F team squad (l-r Malcolm Nash (Captain), Ian Linney, Sylvia Smith, Mike Roberts & Steve Cheesman) appears below.

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The G team (Graham Underwood, Mike Toole & Elliott Storr-Smith) beat Ringwood A 8-2 to jump over them to second place, courtesy of hat-tricks from captain Underwood and Toole. Full results details of all matches are below:- Read the rest of this entry

RELEGATION FEARS FOR NMTTC TEAMS

After a week in which the New Milton Table Tennis Club could only muster two wins out of eight matches in the Bournemouth and District league, with only three weeks of the season left to go, three of the club’s teams could possibly be playing in lower divisions next season.

The B team in the Premier are favourites for the drop as they lost 0-10 to Bmth Sports C to swap places at the bottom. Milton lost star player John Hook to an Achilles Tendon injury in a match a month ago, and although England Veteran Brian Bickell is back in action for the Bees, there is a huge hill to climb. Milton have a game in hand over the other basement boys, but unfortunately this is against their A team to whom they lost 1-9 first time round.

The D team who were relegated from Div 1 last season and are second from bottom in Div 2 may still save themselves from the double-drop if the remaining results go the same way as in the first round. They crucially managed to do the double over third from bottom Breamore with a 7-3 win which reduced the deficit to two points. The doubles would have brought parity but unfortunately the Milton pairing lost over five sets.  Depending upon the availability of super-sub Mike Toole who scored a hat-trick in that match, they may overtake Breamore to send them down instead.

The J team may yet preserve their Div 4 status if again the remaining results go the same way as the first half. Currently third from bottom, they really needed to do the double over second from bottom Nimrod B but lost 3-7, despite a hat-trick from star turn Ben Greene (pictured below) back in action after a three month jaunt in Japan. The Jays now only have two matches to save themselves as the surrounding teams have a game in hand, but Greene’s return certainly strengthens their arm.

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The club’s only other win came in Div 5 as the promotion chasing K team (Mike Gent, Geoff Biggs & Malcolm Douglas) reprised their first round 6-4 win over Bmth Sports N courtesy of Gent’s sixth hat trick of the campaign. The L team were hot on their club mates’ tail in third spot but they lost 1-9 to Shamrock B to drop down two places in the table. Full results details are below:- Read the rest of this entry

TERRIFIC TABLE TENNIS TREBLES FROM TEENAGERS!

The New Milton Table Tennis Club came up with five wins out of eleven in the Bournemouth & District league last week. Three of those wins were maximum-pointers including one 10-0 full house.

Div 5 saw the L team (Reuben Donvito, Adam Titcombe & Bill Collinge) come up with their best result this season from matches actually played. Their 9-1 win over second from bottom Nimrod C was a significant improvement over their first-round 6-4 victory and came courtesy of hat-tricks from the two 13 year olds Donvito and Titcombe. Donvito was making his league debut (and how!) and Titcombe really enjoyed his fourth treble of the season. The teenagers crowned their evening by demolishing the Nimrod pairing in the doubles in three straight sets and are pictured below after the match (l-r Adam Titcombe, Reuben Donvito).

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The club’s other 9-1 win came in Div 3 as the high-flying G team (Mike Toole, Graham Underwood & Elliott Storr-Smith) repeated their first round scoreline against Merton G. Captain Underwood and Toole both scored hat-tricks and 15 year old Storr-Smith bagged a brace. Storr-Smith displayed a maturity beyond his years to recover from losing his first set 2-11 against Merton veteran Dave Chapman to take the second 11-9. The teenager was really going for his hat-trick but unfortunately lost the next two sets 7-11, 6-11.

The full house came in Div 4 as the table-topping H team (Lewis Reading, Dave Sutton & Eddie Tompkins) vastly improved on their first-round 6-4 win over Shamrock A. Now on 40 points, they are six points ahead of second placed Winton YMCA C but Winton have a game in hand.

The other teenager from the club to win a hat-trick was 18 year old Andy Tipsana whose fifth treble of the season helped his C team to a 7-3 win over Div 1 basement boys Broadstone C.  Full results details are below:-
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F TEAM THROUGH TO T&D SEMI-FINALS!

There was a break in the Bournemouth & District league programme as the week was given over to the annual Times & Directory Handicap Cup competition. Two teams from the New Milton Table Tennis Club were involved in the Cup itself with the F team booking their place in the semi-finals. Five of the club’s teams took part in Round 2 of the “Plate” with all of them going through to the quarter-finals.

The F team (Ian Linney, Steve Cheesman & Mike Roberts) are currently top of Div 3 in the league and are looking to add the Times & Directory Cup to their putative laurels. At 4-2 up against Div 2’s Merton F, Cheesman completed his hat-trick by beating Merton’s Geoff Cherrill to take Milton through to the semi-finals.

The H team (Eddie Tompkins, Dave Sutton & Lewis Reading) won the Plate competition last year and were hoping for success in the Cup proper this season. It was not to be however as they lost 3-5 to Merton G who play one division higher in Div 3. Their nemesis just happened to be hat-trick heroine Norma Millward, wife of New Milton B’s team captain John Millward.

The club’s 100% success rate in the Plate included three matches with the opposition unable to reply. The B team (John Millward, Brian Bickell & Shaun Newcomb) disposed of Premier fellows Merton B 8-0 including hat-tricks from the homecoming Bickell and wheelchair player Newcomb. The G team (Graham Underwood, Mike Toole & Bev Scott-Johns) disposed of fellow Div 3 side Bmth Sports L 6-0, and the L team (James Harper, Stuart Burton & Bill Collinge) from Div 5 did likewise to Bmth Sports F from Div 1.

The closest Plate match was the E team’s encounter with fellow Div 2 side North Bmth A as Milton just edged it 5-4 against the high-flyers thanks to a hat-trick from Simon Daish. Also from Div 2, the D team (Terry Jenvey, Malcolm Floyd & Chris Pusey), actual winners of the Plate in 2014/15, disposed of Div 5 basement boys Bmth Sports L by the more emphatic 7-2. This came courtesy of a hat-trick from Club Press Officer & Treasurer Floyd, and a brace apiece from captain Jenvey and Pusey.  The D team are pictured below (l-r Terry Jenvey, Malcolm Floyd & Chris Pusey).

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Full results details are below:-

TIMES & DIRECTORY CUP – ROUND 3 (QUARTER_FINALS)

New Milton F (Div 3) 5 Merton F (Div 2) 2

(Ian Linney 1, Steve Cheesman 3, Mike Roberts 1)

Merton G (Div 3) 5 New Milton H (Div 4) 3

(Eddie Tompkins 0, Dave Sutton 2, Lewis Reading 1)

TIMES & DIRECTORY PLATE – ROUND 2

New Milton B (Prem) 8 Merton B (Prem) 0

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

Bmth Sports P (Div 5) 2 New Milton D (Div 2) 7

(Chris Pusey 2, Malcolm Floyd 3, Terry Jenvey 2)

North Bmth A (Div 2) 4 New Milton E (Div 2) 5

(Simon Golding 2, Simon Daish 3, Andrew Daish 0)

New Milton G (Div 3) 6 Bmth Sports L (Div 3) 0

(Graham Underwood 2, Mike Toole 2, Bev Scott-Johns 2)

New Milton L (Div 5) 6 Bmth Sports F (Div 1) 0

(James Harper 2, Stuart Burton 2, Bill Collinge 2)

The Cup semi-finals and Plate quarter-finals are to take place week commencing 27th February. With five New Milton teams in the final eight of the Plate, the draw is eagerly awaited to see the make-up of the inevitable club derbies.

BICKELL BACK IN ACTION FOR NMTTC!

The New Milton Table Tennis Club came up with six wins out of eleven matches in the Bournemouth and District league last week, one of them a 10-0 full house in the Premier.

The A team (Umit Kaya, Brian Vibert & Russell Wilson) did a Premier double over Merton B who didn’t help their cause by turning up a player short. Merton had a chance to avoid the whitewash in the doubles, but Kaya & Wilson just knicked it 15-13 in the fifth set against veteran Danny Allen and Kevin Smith in a close scoring match.

The Premier also saw a welcome return for England Veteran Brian Bickell (pictured below) who had a two year lay-off with a shoulder injury. His two wins for the B team helped them to a precious point in their 3-7 defeat against Ringwood A, which can only help in their bid for survival in the Premier as they are currently second from bottom. They are missing star player John Hook who was injured in his last match and may be out of action for some time.

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The D team (Chris Pusey, Terry Jenvey & Mike Toole) were celebrating only their third win of the campaign as they overturned their first round defeat against Ringwood B with a 6-4 win at Mudeford Wood in Div 2. This came courtesy of a magnificent hat-trick from homecoming player Toole along with a brace from captain Jenvey and one win from Pusey.

Div 4 saw the table topping H team (Eddie Tompkins, Dave Sutton & Lewis Reading) avenge their first round defeat against Merton K who were the only team to get the better of them so far this season. In Milton’s 8-2 maximum pointer, Sutton came up with his ninth hat-trick having only dropped one game all season and Tompkins and Reading bagged a brace apiece.  Full results appear below:-
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