Category Archives: 4. Club Events
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.
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.
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 Annual BDTTA Presentation Evening is to be held at THE OCEAN VIEW HOTEL, East Overcliff Drive on FRIDAY 19th MAY at 7.30 pm.
The Special Guest this year is none other than Sandra Deaton, Chairperson, Table Tennis England.
Why not come along to cheer on your prize-winning club mates or simply to enjoy an evening of very pleasant food and convivial company.
Tickets cost £18 for Adults and £10 for Juniors. Hurry as there are a limited number of Tickets available.
Please let Bev Scott-Johns have your preferred meal choice (Main & Dessert from below) at the time of booking your ticket(s).
Pan Roasted Chicken Breast, Sweet Potato puree, Red Wine jus.
Grilled Fillet of Trout, Sauteed Potatoes and a Lemon Herb Butter.
Vegetarian Basil Linguini, Roasted Pine Nuts, Parmesan crisp.
Vegetarian Potato Gnocchi, Baby Leaf Spinach & Wild Mushrooms in a Tarragon Cream.
Cream Filled Profiteroles with a Dark Chocolate Sauce.
Sticky Toffee Pudding with a Butterscotch Sauce.
Vanilla Bean and Baileys Cheeecake.
Tea or Coffee, served at the table.
19 members and guests of the New Milton Table Tennis club attended their annual Christmas Party at the Carpenters Arms on Friday 9th December and a good time was had by all. Many favourable comments were made about the quality of the food and the speedy service and these were passed on to Lynn, the landlady. This year the fun raffle was in aid of the Oakhaven Hospice Trust, the prizes being donated by club members, and £80 was raised which is a club record.
Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns (pictured below) summed up the club’s past year in his traditional after-dinner speech which appears in full below:-
First of all I would like to welcome and say thank you to everyone for coming to our Christmas Party tonight. The attendance this year is excellent considering that the details were only sent out recently.
The previous Christmas Party was held just under a year ago on the 16th December 2015. The last twelve months have been a mixture of some success for our club’s teams and players and personal sadness for Bob Fagan, Sylvia Smith and myself. I am very pleased that Bob after losing Sandy last year and Sylvia after recently losing her mother, both felt able to join us tonight. I lost my wife Valerie to Myeloma in March and I am grateful for all the sympathy cards, messages and donations to the Oakhaven Hospice which were received from members of the table tennis fraternity. This was much appreciated by my family and myself.
Turning to the New Milton Table Tennis Club. We are now in our 3rd season at the Grange School and our 14th season at Mudeford Wood Community Centre. Attendances have continued to hold up well at the Sunday club night. We frequently have visiting players from Christchurch, Southbourne and Bournemouth as well as Highcliffe, New Milton and Lymington.
At the conclusion of the 2015/2016 season, New Milton A were Runners-Up in the Premier Division and New Milton F were Champions in Division 4. The F Team were also runners-up in the Final of the Times & Directory Cup. New Milton G won the Final of the Times & Directory Plate. In the Individual Tournaments Steve Cheesman won the Division 4 Event; Matthew Daish won the Premier; Doug Gerrish won the VET 50+ while Steve Hemmings was runner-up in three separate events.
In the 2016/2017 season New Milton H is currently in second place in the latest league table while New Milton C and K are both shown as being in third place. New Milton TTC entered 11 teams in the Bournemouth League this season, one more than last year. We also entered two teams in the Poole Pairs League which is played at the Grange School on Wednesday evenings. Unfortunately at the present time we have more than ten injured or incapacitated players and this is very challenging for our team captains.
A new club trophy was purchased during August which is called the Sandy Fagan Memorial Trophy, in memory of our former club secretary and wife of Club President Bob Fagan. This trophy was presented to the team winners of the summer pairs competition held at Mudeford Wood in early September.
I was nominated by Malcolm Floyd and Steve Hemmings for the Table Tennis England “Volunteer of the Year” award. I was very pleased when this award was presented to me at a recent club night. A considerable amount of work was completed by Malcolm and Steve when making the application to the national governing body.
It only remains for me to wish everybody a happy and peaceful Christmas and my best wishes for the New Year.
The club is always on the lookout for new members (especially with our current level of incapacitated players), from experienced players to absolute beginners. Anybody interested in joining our very friendly club should contact Bev on 01425 619552.
For the fourth consecutive year, the New Milton Table Tennis Club ran a Summer Pairs competition at the Mudeford Wood Community Centre from late May until the end of August. In table tennis terms a Pair is a 2-player team and this event was open to club members and non-members. There were seven teams entered in total; each team being named after a historical or contemporary fighting force, with each team playing each other twice.
One point was awared for each end won up to 11. The final match score was calculated by totalling the number of sets won by each team over the duration of the evening.
And so the teams of Vikings, Airmen, Saxons, Soldiers, Sailors, Romans and Marines battled for supremacy throughout the summer with the Vikings emerging as victors and the Airmen as runners-up. The Vikings comprised husband & wife combo John and Norma Millward and up-and-coming youngster Jack Trafford who managed to accumulate 141 points between them. The Airmen piloted themselves to second place on 124 points, and were represented by club secretary Bev Scott-Johns, Simon Golding, Mike Roberts & Gerard Redman along with Peter Daish and Clive Pitts who only played one match each.
The other placings in descending order are Saxons (112 points), Soldiers (106 points), Sailors (99 points), Romans (94 points) & Marines (92 points).
In the photo, Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns presents the Sandy Fagan Memorial Trophy to two of the Vikings, Jack Trafford and John Millward. Sandy was a former club secretary and leading light in the club for many years who sadly passed away in November last year.
The 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 a season with many highlights but tinged with some sadness.
Out of 10 teams entered in the Bournemouth and District League, the F team captained by Malcolm Nash won the Division 4 title and the A team captained by Steve Hemmings came runners-up in the Premier. The New Milton team also won the Premier Division of the Poole Pairs competition. The G team led by Les Smith won the Annual Times and Directory Handicap Plate (the second year running for a New Milton team) and Nash’s F team were also runners-up in the Times and Directory Handicap Cup.
There were also successes in the Bournemouth and District Annual Individual Championships as Steve Cheesman won the Division 4 title, Doug Gerrish won the Vets 50+ event and 15 year old Matthew Daish won the Bournemouth Handicap Singles trophy. Club Chair Steve Hemmings came runner-up in three events: Vets 40+, Vets 50+ and Bournemouth Handicap Singles. James Lewis also won the Table Tennis England’s coveted Coach of the Year award.
Bev pointed to the continued success of the club nights at the Grange School, Somerford and said the increase in membership would enable the club to enter 11 teams in the league next season.
Bev’s report contained moving tributes to his wife Valerie who passed away on 25th March 2016 and to former club secretary Sandy Fagan who passed away on 19th November 2015. Bev said that Valerie was always most supportive of his table tennis activities and attended a number of club events. Sandy was the wife of Club President Bob Fagan and was heavily involved with the club for many years and is sadly missed.
Bev (pictured below) was made the club’s first ever Life Vice-President in recognition of the many years that he has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the club. Despite losing his wife Valerie, Bev still put his all into the running of the club, for which the club is extremely grateful.
Club Treasurer Malcolm Floyd presented the annual accounts which showed the club to be in a very healthy financial position, which meant that the fees did not need to be increased for next season.
Committee Member Frank Handy decided to stand down from the committee and Vice-Chair Andrew Daish was unable to attend the AGM. The other club officers and committee were re-elected unopposed en bloc: Chair: Steve Hemmings, Secretary: Bev Scott-Johns, Treasurer: Malcolm Floyd, Welfare Officer: Lynn Willrich, Development Officer: Shaun Newcomb, Committee Members: 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. 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 went to Paul Iliffe by unanimous decision of the management committee. In only his first season playing for the club, Paul achieved a 91% winning average in Division 4 having only lost 3 out of 33 matches for his H team. He has been working really hard on his game and deserves to play at a much higher level next season.
The Doris Marshall Memorial Plate for Club Person of the Year went to Gerard Redman, again by unanimous decision. In announcing the award, Steve Hemmings said that Gerard is always willing to help out and was especially supportive to Bev during his sad time, helping to open up venues and setting up of tables. Gerard also attended all three of the club’s coaching sessions and provided support to the chief coach – a worthy winner of this prestigious award!
Annual Tournament trophies:-
Scratch Singles: Winner: Phil Daish-Handy, Runner-up: Matthew Daish
Handicap Singles: Winner: Phil Daish-Handy, Runner-up: Ian Linney
Ladies Handicap Singles: Winner: Lynn Willrich, Runner-up: Sylvia Smith
Juniors (Under 18): Winner: Matthew Daish, Runner-up: Peter Daish
Under 40s Handicap: Winner: Phil Daish-Handy, Runner-up: Simon Daish
Over 40s Handicap: Winner: Steve Hemmings, Runner-up: Paul Nelson
Doubles: Winners: Phil Daish-Handy & Sylvia Smith, Runners-up: Malcolm Floyd & Ben Greene
Anybody interested in joining the club should contact Bev Scott-Johns on 01425 619552.