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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.

TABLE-TOPPING G’S GEED UP BY FOURTH SUCCESSIVE WIN!

The New Milton Table Tennis Club won five of their eleven matches in the Bournemouth & District league last week, one of the wins coming at the expense of one of their own teams in a local derby.

The F team’s winning start in Div 2 came to a grinding halt as they lost 4-6 to their E team despite a terrific hat-trick from Ben Greene. Stand-in captain Malcolm Floyd came up with the other win and it would have been a brace had he not lost to the E’s Simon Golding 12-14 in the fifth and final set. The doubles were needed for a draw but Greene and Floyd were outgunned by Simon Daish & Simon Golding who won in three straight sets. It was Greene’s second hat-trick of the week for Milton as he had already played up a division to help the C team to their 6-4 win over Lynwood A in Div 1.

The F team’s loss means that the G team (Terry Jenvey, Bob Fagan & Dave Cuddon) are now the only Milton team to win all four of their opening matches this season. They were relegated from Div 2 last season but currently sit at the top of Div 3, hoping for a quick return. Fagan (pictured below) was Man of the Match in their 7-3 away win against Ringwood C as he came up with his first league hat-trick for a number of years, and captain Jenvey and Cuddon bagged a brace apiece. They almost came away with maximum points but Jenvey & Cuddon lost the doubles in the fifth and final set.

The A team (Steve Hemmings, Gerard Redman & Rob Blackmore) came up with their first win in the Premier this season with a 9-1 victory over Ringwood A who didn’t help their cause by turning up a player short. The B team (Simon Heaps, John Hook & Jack Trafford) also came up with a 9-1 Premier win of their own albeit against a full Merton D side, thanks to hat-tricks from Heap and Hook. Full results details are:- Read the rest of this entry

F’S ARE EFFERVESCENT!

The New Milton Table Tennis Club came up with five wins out of twelve matches in the Bournemouth and District league last week. The heaviest of the club’s seven defeats came in the Premier as a weakened A team were drubbed 10-0 by Bmth Sports B down at Mudeford Wood Community Centre.

Only two of the club’s teams have won all of their three matches. In Div 2, the F team (Malcolm Floyd, Ben Greene & Terry Jenvey, pictured below) travelled to deepest darkest Broadstone and came away with a 7-3 victory over Broadstone C. Greene came up with his first hat-trick of the season for his F team, Floyd got his season off to a good start with a brace and Jenvey played up a division to chip in with the one win. There was nothing on the doubles but Greene and Floyd combined clinically to blow the surprised Broadstone pairing away in three straight sets.

The relegated G team (Chris Pusey, Terry Jenvey & Dave Cuddon) want to bounce straight back to Div 2 and served further notice by beating Winton YMCA C 6-4 at Mudeford Wood. Pusey came up with his second hat-trick of the campaign, Cuddon returned from a season’s lay-off to bag a brace and captain Jenvey added one more to the tally.

Div 2 also saw the E team (Andrew Daish, Simon Golding & Bev Scott-Johns) come up with their first win of the campaign via a 6-4 victory over Bmth Sports G at Mudeford Wood. Daish and Golding won two each and captain Scott-Johns played well to beat Bourne’s very steady Simon Marriner. The doubles were needed for the precious win and Daish & Golding duly obliged after losing the first set. Full results are:- Read the rest of this entry

PROMISING START FOR RELEGATED C AND G TEAMS

The new season of the Bournemouth & District Table Tennis league got underway with the New Milton Club winning five out of their ten matches in both of the opening weeks. Three of the club’s teams have won both of their opening matches, with two of them bagging seven points from a possible eight points.

The C team was relegated from the Premier to Div 1 last season, but they showed Premier form in their opening match with a 10-0 whitewash over Merton C, which included former Milton player Graham Underwood. Stand-in captain Shaun Newcomb showed that he is steadily recovering from a wrist injury by kicking off his campaign with a hat-trick, and was joined in his treble by England Veteran Brian Bickell and Steve Cheesman who was playing up from Div 2.

The second week the C’s faced stiffer opposition against Bournemouth Sports E but beat them 6-4 home at Mudeford Wood. Ben Greene played up from Div 2 to replace Bickell who was having surgery on his foot and Greene (pictured below) made it seamless as he came up with a fine hat-trick including an impressive victory over Bourne’s Wei-Jun Liang. Greene’s Div 2 team mate Steve Cheesman bagged a brace and Newcomb chipped in with the one win.

The club’s other team to come up with seven points out of eight was the relegated G team captained by Terry Jenvey in Div 3. Their first match was a local derby against the H team (Sylvia Smith, Ian Linney and Lewis Reading) which they won 8-2 to take the maximum four points. Jenvey led from the front with a hat-trick, Chris Pusey matched that and Club President Bob Fagan added one win to the tally. The doubles were needed for maximum points and Jenvey and Pusey blew Smith and Linney away in three straight sets.

Jenvey (pictured below) repeated his hat-trick in their second match to help his G team beat Bournemouth Sports J 6-4 at Chapel Gate. Pusey could only come up with the one win this time but Dave Cuddon replaced Fagan and bagged a brace to seal the victory.

Early doors yet, but both relegated teams are showing a determined effort to bounce straight back up again.

The F team captained by Steve Cheesman seems to have launched an early promotion bid by winning their opening matches 6-4 and 7-3 to secure six points out of a possible eight. In their opening match against Bournemouth Sports G, Cheesman came up his second hat-trick of the week as did Terry Jenvey playing up from Div 3.

The second week saw Cheesman team up with Ben Greene and Andrew Stainton for their 7-3 win away against Ringwood B at Greyfriars. They bagged a brace apiece and then Cheesman and Greene combined well to win the doubles.

The New Milton Club increased their number of teams in the league from 11 to 12 this season but are still on the lookout for new members, from experienced players to absolute beginners, in particular junior and female players. Anybody interested should give Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns a call on 01425 619552.

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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