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ANOTHER GOOD YEAR FOR NMTTC (AGM/PRESENTATION EVENING)

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.

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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.

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NMTTC GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH!

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 hailed the past season as probably the best ever for the club.

Out of 10 teams entered in the Bournemouth and District League, two gained promotion having won their respective divisions, ie New Milton E (Div 2) and New Milton G (Div 3). The B team were unlucky not to win promotion to the Premier League having been pipped to the post by Bournemouth Sports D on games difference to end up in third place. Unfortunately two teams were relegated, the F team from Div 4 and the C team from Div 1. The D and G teams reached the semi-finals of the Times & Directory Handicap Plate competition with the D team going on to win the Plate.

Bev reported several successes in the Bournemouth and District Annual Individual Championships. Fourteen year old Matthew Daish came away with three titles, the Premier, Junior Under 15 and Junior Under 18, and at the other end of the age spectrum, England Veteran Brian Bickell won the Vets 70+ title. Julie Smillie won the Ladies Singles and joined with Shaun Newcomb to take the Mixed Doubles title. Another fourteen year old, Kai Major was awarded the prestigious David Woodcock Trophy for the Most Improved Player in the league.

Bev hailed the move to the Dorset Table Tennis Centre (Grange School, Somerford) as a great success and pointed out that a number of new members has been attracted to the enhanced facilities. The club moved to the Grange from Sway Village Hall and Arnewood School at the start of the season, but continues to use the Mudeford Wood Community Centre for League Matches, Club Tournaments and occasional Club Nights.

Club Treasurer Malcolm Floyd presented the annual accounts which showed the club to be in a very healthy financial position. This meant that the fees did not need to be increased for next season despite the BDTTA increasing their team registration fees.

The club’s officers were re-elected unopposed en bloc: Chair: Steve Hemmings, Vice Chair: Andrew Daish, Secretary: Bev Scott-Johns, Treasurer: Malcolm Floyd, Development Officer: Shaun Newcomb. Coaching & Welfare Officer Julie Smillie stood down after a number of year’s exemplary service and received an ovation. Peter Daish (Junior Representative) stood down from the committee but the slightly older John Parkhouse was voted in and joins existing members Frank Handy and Lynn Willrich (Minute Secretary).

With the official business out of the way, Club Vice-President & Development Officer and Past Chair Shaun Newcomb presented the club’s annual trophies, ably assisted by Club Chair Steve Hemmings. After presentation of the annual tournament trophies (full listing below), the winners of the two annual discretionary trophies were announced. The James Lewis Shield for Most Improved Player went to Danny Williams by unanimous decision of the Management Committee. Danny showed that this award is not the sole preserve of the youngsters as he is one of the club’s players of maturer years. Danny has been on a steadily upward curve since joining the club (he didn’t even want to play in the league to start with and had to be bullied into it!) and has worked his way up through the divisions. A tenacious hard bat specialist, he played up a division this year in Div 3 but still maintained his winning average of around 53% and helped his G team to win the Div 3 title. Unfortunately Danny wasn’t present on the night to receive his award so here is a picture of the man himself in action.

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The remaining award was the Doris Marshall Memorial Plate for Club Person of the Year. Before announcing the winner, Shaun said that this is always a hard one to call as there are a number of very hard working committee members worthy of this award. However, again by a unanimous decision this accolade went to club chair Steve Hemmings this year. Steve only took over the chair from Shaun Newcomb this season but successfully led the club through its transition to the Grange and provided excellent leadership in his first year. A very busy man with heavy business and family commitments, he always finds the time for club business, and is very approachable.

Annual Tournament Trophies:-

Scratch Singles: Winner: Matthew Daish, Runner-up: Russell Wilson

Handicap Singles: Winner: Phil Daish-Handy, Runner-up: Zoltan Ordog

Ladies Handicap Singles: Winner: Julie Smillie, Runner-up: Sylvia Smith

Juniors (Under 18): Winner: Kai Major, Runner-up: Jared Schaller

Under 40s Handicap: Winner: Matthew Daish, Runner-up: Simon Daish

Vets Handicap: Winner: Russell Wilson, Runner-up: Steve Hemmings

Doubles: Winners: Sylvia Smith & Russell Wilson, Runners-up: Matthew Daish & John Parkhouse

Anybody interested in joining the club should contact Bev Scott-Johns on 01425 619552.

NMTTC AGM/PRESENTATION EVENING

At a very well attended AGM & Presentation Evening of the New Milton Table Tennis Club, Shaun Newcomb announced that he would be standing down from the Chair due his other heavy commitments. The members were relieved to hear however that Shaun would continue in his role as Club Development Officer. Club Treasurer Malcolm Floyd paid tribute to Shaun’s three year tenure in the chair during which the club achieved Premier Clubmark status, became a prestigious “Ability” Club and received numerous grants for club equipment. In recognition of his immense contribution to the club, Shaun was elected as the club’s very first Vice-President and will serve alongside Club President and fellow former chairman Bob Fagan. Vice-Chairman Steve Hemmings was proposed for the chair which was unanimously agreed.

Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns reported that the club had had a slightly disappointing season in the Bournemouth and District League with no teams winning promotion and three of the eleven teams being relegated. On a more positive note, there were some successes in the Bournemouth and District Individuals Tournaments in which Shaun Newcomb (“ITMA” for older readers) won the Vets 50+ title, Matthew Daish picked up the Junior Under 15 title and Kai Major won the Junior Under 13 event. Gerard Redman came runner-up in the Bournemouth Closed and Dave Cuddon was runner-up in the Div 2 event. The Premier’s A team (Steve Hemmings, Matthew Daish, Phil Handy & Umit Kaya) came runners-up in the Times and Directory Handicap Cup competition. Club President Bob Fagan was honoured by the Bournemouth & District Association by being awarded the Elsie Carrington Trophy for Sportsmanship. Bev didn’t mention this, but he (Bev) was delighted to attain his County Umpire badge after winning his spurs at the Bournemouth and District Tournaments.  There was the usual lively debate at the AGM, and a lot of the discussion centred around the possible use of the Grange School in Somerford.  The committee had previously decided not to pursue this option, but agreed to revisit this topic and report back to the membership.

With Steve Hemmings moving up to the Chair, Andrew Daish, a former Junior Representative, was unanimously elected as Vice Chair. Lynn Willrich was unanimously elected onto the committee and will take over as Minutes Secretary from Julie Smillie who will carry on as Welfare Officer and Club Coach. The remainder of the committee was unanimously elected en bloc; Secretary: Bev Scott-Johns, Treasurer: Malcolm Floyd, Development Officer: Shaun Newcomb. Committee Members: Peter Daish (Junior Representative), Malcolm Douglas, Frank Handy and Phil Handy.

With the official business over, Club President Bob Fagan presented the annual trophies. First of all, Bob thanked Bev Scott-Johns for another set of extremely well organised tournaments this season. Bob announced that the James Lewis Shield for Most Improved Player would go to Kai Major by unanimous vote by the committee. This promising 12 year old achieved a very creditable 48% winning average in Div 4 in his first year in the league. He won the BDTTA Junior 13 title and was also the Under 40s champion in the club tournaments. He also won the Dorset School Games hot on the heels of winning the Hampshire School Games. Definitely one to watch for the future!

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Also by unanimous vote, but at the opposite end of the age spectrum, Malcolm Floyd was awarded the Doris Marshall Memorial Plate for Club Person of the Year. Malcolm is one of only two club members who have been awarded this honour twice (in the heady company of the legend that is Bev Scott-Johns). Malcolm, in addition to performing his Treasurer’s duties and acting as Press Secretary, also put in a tremendous amount of work in ensuring that the club was re-accredited as a Premier Club this season.

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The full listing of trophy winners is below:-

Scratch Singles: Phil Handy, Runner-up Matthew Daish

Handicap Singles: Matthew Daish, Runner-up Phil Handy

Ladies Singles: Sylvia Smith, Runner-up Julie Smillie

Over 40s: Shaun Newcomb, Runner-up Steve Hemmings

Under 40s: Kai Major, Runner-up Simon Daish

Juniors: Matthew Daish, Runner-up Peter Daish

Doubles: Steve Hemmings & Svet Ignatov, Runners-up Sylvia Smith & Gerard Redman

James Lewis Trophy for Most Improved Player: Kai Major

Doris Marshall Memorial Plate for Club Person of the year: Malcolm Floyd

The new playing season starts in September, so anybody interested in joining our very friendly club should contact Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns on 01425 619552.

AGM Report

We had our Club AGM at Mudeford Wood last night and thanks to all those of you who were able to come along. It was a very positive and rewarding meeting which fortunately didn’t go on for too long. Shaun Newcomb took over the chair from the outgoing Bob Fagan who was appointed as Club President in recognition of his long and distinguished service to the club. Julie Smillie and Steve Hemmings were welcomed onto the committee to fill the vacancies. Thanks are due to James Lewis who brought along his trusty laptop to take the minutes, which will be issued anon.