GLOUCESTER TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL REPORT 2017/2018
The Annual Report is presented by the Management Committee.
Mrs J Kirby Chairman
Mrs L Power Treasurer
Mrs S Humble General Secretary
N Meredith Minutes Secretary
L J Smith National Council Representative
Mrs J Kirby Deputy National Councillor
Mrs S Humble Schools
E Roofe Coaching Officer
G Holba Development Officer
J McGugan Webmaster
L J Smith Umpires/Referees
Mrs L Slack Safeguarding
The position of Tournament Secretary was filled by Gary Tyndall this year as Gloucester organised the County Closed Tournament. Next year is the turn of Cheltenham.
The Selection Officer was filled by the captains of the County teams.
Meetings were held at the “Royal William” Public House. The Association is grateful for Mr C Foster’s Hospitality.
Mr L J Smith served as the Association President
Mr P H Jackson, Mr R Davis, Mr J Bunn, Mr N Saunders, Mrs G Smith, Mr R Morley, Mrs M Bridle,
Mr L J Smith, Mr P Cruwys
County Team Reports
The first weekend was a success beating Somerset (2) by 9 games to 1 and Wiltshire (2) by 8 games to 2.
The second weekend was tough, the team played one game against Devon, an unlucky day, as two of the games were lost deuce in 5th and a third 9 in the fifth. The result was a 6.4 loss which could have easily been a 7.3 win.
After 2 weekends the team were joint first with Devon who had drawn 2 of their other games but Gloucestershire were ahead on sets average.
The game against Oxon was played as a single game at Rudford and Liwu and Dave Hadley won both their singles and with one set of mixed doubles the team drew.
Darren was not well and could not play the final weekend. At this point the team could not win the division if Devon won both their games in the final weekend.
Dave Harvey very kindly agreed to replace Darren and with Devon missing their number one man as well with an injury the team won both games against Hampshire (2) by 9 games to 1 and Somerset by 8 games to 2.
Those results, with Devon losing their first game of the weekend, put the team easily in first place and consequently promoted back to Division One. Report submitted by Christine Williams
The Gloucestershire County Senior team this year included Stella Honey, Emily Philp, Olly Tyndall, Louis Price & Christoph Zickert. Playing in Division 2B the team travelled to Cippenham, Berkshire to play all 6 matches over one weekend. The first match started at 9.30am and the Gloucestershire players were off to a flying start winning the first 9 sets, before Wilts claimed a consolation set, giving Gloucestershire a 9-1 victory. Next up were Somerset and our Men were far too strong for them, taking all 6 mens sets available. Stella added another to make the 2nd win of the day 7-3. The afternoon session started with Oxfordshire, with Gloucestershire taking a 6-0 lead but momentum stumbled a little allowing Oxfordshire to claim 2 of the last 4 sets, making a final score 8-2 to Glos. The final match of the day against Sussex 3 produced the same scoreline with another 8-2 win and putting Gloucestershire top of the table with 8 points.
Back early in the morning on the Sunday, they played a crucial match against Surrey 2, as both teams were unbeaten at the time. With maximum wins from the men, and 1 apiece from the ladies, Gloucestershire won 8-2 and put daylight between them and the rest of the Counties. With a bye at lunchtime, Gloucestershire watched both Surrey 2 & Bucks win convincingly to put them both just 2 points behind Gloucestershire. Going into the final match of the weekend, Gloucestershire still needed a point from their match against Bucks to guarantee winning the Division. Bucks had strengthened their team with the addition of Ian Musk for the final day but Gloucestershire were just too strong for them winning 7-3 and becoming Division 2B champions, securing promotion next season to Division 1.
12 out of 12
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4 out of 12
Report submitted by Gary Tyndall
The Gloucestershire County team this year included Marcus Holba, Charlotte Sparrow, Anna Maria Besarabova, Tom Cutler, Samuel McIvor and Jon Ramsbotham on Day One of the weekend of 24/25th March at Bridgwater
Benjamin Greve and Tirian Jakes replaced Cutler McIvor and Ramsbotham for Day Two
Our first match was against Avon and we came away with a 7-3 win and we followed this up with a resounding 9-1 victory
Next came a 5-5 draw against the title favourites, Buckinghamshire
The day was completed by yet another 5-5 stalemate with Gwent, who had some exceedingly strong girl players
Coming back the next morning saw us in second place behind Buckinghamshire so there was still everything to play for
The team managed to produce a fine win against Wiltshire which meant that to have a chance of winning the division, we needed to beat a strong Somerset side who had strong boys at one and two.
Our two girls came to the fore with maximum wins, together with good wins by new players Benjamin Greve and Tirian Jakes we grabbed a 6-4, which we discovered later that was good enough for us to be runners up
It has been a great season for us, with a really unexpected placing and we hope to be looking to chase promotion next year with a really youthful team
County P W D L F A GF GA PTS
Buckinghamshire 6 5 1 0 45 15 140 64 11
Gloucestershire 6 4 2 0 39 21 138 76 10
Gwent 6 2 3 1 30 30 106 97 7
Somerset 6 3 1 2 29 31 99 116 7
Avon 6 2 0 4 28 32 109 113 4
Cornwall 6 0 2 4 20 40 86 140 2
Wiltshire 6 0 1 5 19 41 67 139 1
Report submitted by Eddie Roofe - County Coach
Following a fine display at the Gloucestershire Junior Championships, the under 15 squad competed at Bridgewater on day one of the County Championships. The squad faced teams from Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire in an extremely intense day of battle on the tables. Unfortunately the team were hampered by the loss of a girl player before the matches had started, meaning the team effectively started each match two nil down. However, in a superb show of strength and unity, the team fought hard and produced two thrilling win victories over Dorset (6-4) and Wiltshire (7-3) together with a thrilling (5-5) draw with Somerset, leaving the team in the top half of the eight team table with four matches to play. Stars of the day were Sam McIvor (Stroud) and Charlotte Sparrow (Gloucester). McIvor was undefeated on the day, including a fine win over ex National Champion Bertie Kelly from Somerset .Charlotte came away with four individual victories, confirming her fine improvement. Her contribution was crucial to the team’s success. There was fine backup by County under 15 champion Benjamin Greve (Berkeley) with four wins and also Jonathan Ramsbotham (Stroud) with four wins on his debut.
Matravers School, Westbury, Wiltshire was the venue for rounds 3 and 4 of the County Table Tennis Championships for Gloucestershire’s Cadet Team this weekend. The team was bolstered by the first appearances of the season for Anna Maria Besarabova (Gloucester) and Tom Powlesland (Cirencester).
Although the team started nervously against the Bedfordshire first team meant with both Sam McIvor and Jonathan Ramsbottom both losing the early initiative in their matches. However, they quickly rallied to produce two fine wins. Following this fine start the team never lost control of the tie, producing a resounding 9-1 win over one of the fancied teams in the division. Sam McIvor, Anna Maria Besarabova , Jon Ramsbotham and Benjamin Greve all remaining unbeaten. With Powlesland replacing Ramsbotham for the match against Bedfordshire’s second team, the Cadets produced an even stronger performance, winning 9-1, losing even fewer sets that in the previous match! This places them in joint first position in the division with the final two rounds to be played in Southampton in March 2018.
Unfortunately, this day was put back to 15/04/2018 due to the inclement weather and the team managed to clinch the title with a resounding seven three victory over Hampshire, following up with a 10-0 win over Sussex Thirds.
A great team performance with great credit to Sam Mcivor going unbeaten in his first season
Report submitted by Eddie Roofe
Once again, Active Gloucestershire organised the Schools preliminary event with the School Sports Organisers for each area, Cheltenham, Cotswolds, Forest of Dean, Gloucester and Stroud. Each area had its own competition during the autumn term, and the finals were held in the YMCA, Cheltenham on December 4th 2017. Greg Holba and Tom Watmore ran the event, aided by members of Active Gloucestershire and students from Hartpury College.
The winners were: Boys U16: Marling School
Girls U16: High School for Girls Gloucester
Boys U13: Marling School
Girls U13: Sir William Romney School
These teams went on to the Zone Finals on February 5th, and Marling U16 advanced to the Regional Finals.
Saturday 27th January 2018 - Marling School, Stroud. Organised by Greg Holba and refereed by Janie Kirby.
The 2018 Gloucestershire Schools Individual TT Championships was well attended with over fifty players from 23 schools competing in five events – Boys u11, u13, u16, u19 and Girls u16. In some areas, particularly the Boys u13s and u16s, the matches proved particularly competitive and it appeared that the overall standard of play was improved over last year. Our county’s youth continue to take their competitions seriously and their improvement is evident.
The Girls u16 event was a round robin event with the winner, Abi Ingles (Chipping Camden), playing more consistently and more aggressively than the rest of the group. The runner up, Charlotte Sparrow (Chosen Hill), did well to challenge Abi but ended 3-1 down (11-6. 8-11, 13-11, 11-3).
The Boys u11 event was played in a single group of four players, with the Davidson brothers coming out on top. Charlie Davidson (Parton Manor) took the title after winning each of his matches in three games straight. His promising younger brother, Jake Davidson (Parton Manor), followed his older brother’s footsteps almost perfectly, just losing to his older sibling.
The Boys u13 event was played by 16 boys, of whom 10 were newcomers to the championships. In the most part the groups finished according to seeding and the first upset came when Ryan Hunt (Severn Vale) beat newcomer Danny Townsend (Marling) in very evenly balanced 5 gamer in the quarter finals (9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-0, 13-11). Eventually the top two seeds emerged winners of their respective semis. The long-awaited final between Benjamin Greve (home schooled) and Tom Powlesland (Marling) was well fought, with Benjamin overcoming Tom in a solid 3 game win despite Tom’s great fight back in the final game (11-3, 11-5, 11-9).
The Boys u16 event was the most popular event, with 23 boys trying to make their mark. Three of the top 4 seeds journeyed through to the semis where they were joined by Irek Nawiesniak (Cleeve) who had to work hard to join them by winning a mighty 4 game match against the fourth seed Tirian Jakes (Sir William Romney). The anticipated final between the top seeds Marcus Holba (Marling) and Sam McIvor (home schooled) was initially a light-hearted event. However, having reached a 1-1 stalemate, both players stepped up their gears and Marcus pulled ahead to win 3-1 with a competent win (11-1, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4).
The Boys u19 event was better attended than in recent years and the semis went to the top seeds. Top seed Tom Cutler (Cirencester College) then defeated Jamie Chinn-Brown (Chipping Campden) comfortably in 3 straight (11-9, 11-3, 11-3).
Gloucestershire will now be sending the following players to compete in the national final in Wolverhampton in April:-
Girls u16 – Abi Ingles
Boys u11 – Charlie Davidson
Boys u13 – Benjamin Greve
Boys u16 – Marcus Holba
Boys u19 – Tom Cutler
Report by Greg Holba
This season has been extremely successful results wise.
With the direct debit scheme in place, we have managed to be fairly consistent with our attendance.
Valuable help has been given by Mary Holba throughout the season and many thanks to the parents for taking the players to the various venue where events have taken place.
The County Cadet team played well over two days and won their division and have achieved promotion for next season. This has been confirmed by the county championships committee.
The County Juniors are still work in progress, but also performed admirably in achieving a brilliant runner’s up spot in their division, several cadets making their junior debuts
On the national scene , there have been several players making a great impression , with Benjamin Greve and Tom Powlesland having success on a major scale, Tom winning the under 13 boys singles at Burton.
Both boys will be appearing in the national championships along with Charlie Davidson.
Olly Tyndall did well in making a podium spot on the Table Tennis England Grand Prix circuit. He has achieved some notable results in tournament play this season.
We have had representation in the National inter regional competition from both Tom and Benjamin, who also reach the quarter-finals of the individual competition, which was a great achievement.
I will be looking to increase the participation in the county session amongst the younger players of cadet ages and below, in particular the girls.
We are losing several players for the new season and would like to Increase the numbers to a minimum of at least 18 ,so as a result I will be sending invitations to the leagues for nominations of additional players.
Trials will be set for September so that I can have a look at these players
Report by Eddie Roofe
County Closed Championships
The 3 stars of the tournament, without doubt, were Benjamin Greve (aged 12), Anna Maria Beserabova (aged 13) & Olly Tyndall (aged 17) who all were crowned double champions on the day.
First up was the Under 18s Boys event where Olly Tyndall was aiming to win an impressive 7th year in a row in his last year as a junior. With 16 entries all went according to seeding until Jonathan Ramsbotham knocked out No.3 seed Tom Cutler in the quarter finals. Olly Tyndall beat Sam McIvor, and Marcus Holba ended Jonathan Rambotham's fine run in the Semi's, with both matches being won 3-0. The final started well for Holba who went 6-2 up in the first game but the more experienced Tyndall battled back to take it 11-8, 11-4, 11-1 to claim his 7th successive title
There were 2 groups of 4 talented players in the Under 13s, which went on to produce semi-finals of Tom Powlesland v Charlie Davidson and Benjamin Greve v Ryan Hunt. Both Powlesland & Greve powered to 3-0 victories to progress to the final. Greve dominated the final with his 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 win over Powlesland to take the title.
In the youngest age group of the day, the Under 11 Boys played a round robin event with brother's Charlie & Jake Davidson taking the winner and runner up spots respectively.
Both the Girls under 15s & 18s finals were contested between County players Anna Maria Besarabova & Charlotte Sparrow with Besarabova claiming both titles with 3-0 victories.
Next up was the Boys doubles which saw Olly Tyndall claim his 2nd title of the day when he partnered Marcus Holba, winning 3-0 over the runners up, Jonathan Ramsbotham & Sam McIvor.
The final event of the day was the boys under 15s which also had 16 entries and was played with 4 groups of 4 players. Semi-finals saw Benjamin Greve overcome Tom Powlesland 3-1 and Sam McIvor beat the in-form Jonathan Ramsbotham also 3-1 to reach the final match of the tournament. Greve saved his best until last where he took on McIvor, racing to a 2-0 lead before McIvor battled his way back in to level the match 2-2. With both players having match points it was Greve who held his nerve to win his 2nd title of the day 13-11 in the 5th.
Many thanks to County Chairman Janie Kirby for refereeing the event and everyone else who helped to make it a real success!
The weather outside was snow, sleet & heavy rain but that didn't deter any of the competitors from making the journey to this year's Gloucestershire Senior County Closed event at Deer Park, Cirencester (Sunday 21st January 2018).
The first event of the day was the men's singles. This followed a different format to previous years trialing a banded system. The top 12 ranked players battled for the title of Men's County Champion, then the next 12 ranked played in Band 1, the next 12 in Band 2 and the remaining players in Band 3.
In the last 30 years, there's only been 4 different winners of the Men's title and 3 of the 4 were competing today. Top seed Darren Griffin breezed through his group without dropping a game, whilst second seed Olly Tyndall & third seed Dave Harvey also progressed but both were taken to 5 by Abu Salehebhai & Liwu Wei respectively. 4th Seed Dave Hadley was beaten in his group by 8th seed Gordon Shaw but the latter wasn't able to get past 5th seed Liwu Wei to reach the semis. Darren continued his fine form beating Dave Harvey 3-0, whilst Olly needed 4 games to beat Liwu Wei. The final was an exhibition of top quality table tennis, Darren took the first 2 games before Olly was able to claw 1 back. Darren proved too strong and took the title in 4 (11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6).
Band 1 proved difficult for 2 out 3 top seeds as Andy Lerry & Lee Bruton were beaten in their groups. Andy Lerry made amends by beating both winners of group 1 & 3 to reach the final. Tom Cutler lost to Peter Kirkham in the group but made the final with fine wins over Mark Damsell & Sam McIvor. It was Tom who triumphed in the end by beating Andy (11-7, 11-7, 13-11).
Band 2 was a little more straight-forward although both Jon Ramsbotham and William Snell took 5 to win their semi-finals against George Thomas and Simon Harper respectively. The final was another 5 game epic, with Jon the eventual winner (14-12, 7-11, 11-7, 12-14, 11-2).
Band 3 was played as a round robin, with Matt Kitchen winning all 4 of his matches, whilst Jon Cutler won 3. The deciding match between Matt & Jon went all the way 3-2 (8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5).
The Ladies Singles was won by Kim Selfe for the 3rd successive year. This time she got the better of youngster Charlotte Sparrow in a straight final winning 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-6).
Charlotte got her revenge over Kim in the Mixed Doubles final teaming up with Olly Tyndall to beat Kim Selfe and Steve Greening 3-2 (10-12, 12-10, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6).
The Men's doubles produced some great contests as both semi-finals went to 5. Dave Harvey & Dave Adamson battled back from 2-7 down in the final game to beat Olly Tyndall and Lee Bruton in 5 (11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9). In the other semi, Dave Hadley & Liwu Wei knocked out the top seeds Darren Griffin and Gordon Shaw in another 5 game thriller (11-6, 8-11, 15-13, 15-17, 11-7). Harvey & Adamson were able to hold off the inform pair of Hadley & Wei to take the title 3-1 (11-9, 12-14, 11-7, 11-7).
With 6 entries, the Masters (over 55s) was played in 2 groups of 3, with a semi-final and final. Both finalists game from the same group as runner up Jon Cutler beat Andy Hammond to reach the final. Robert Amphlett won his group and beat Garath Lewis to set up the final against Jon who he'd beaten earlier in the group stage. The final was no different to the earlier match as Robert took it in straight sets once again.
The Men’s Veteran produced some great matches, with Dave Hadley taking 5 to beat both Abu Salehebhai and Dave Adamson, with Dave Harvey also coming back from 2-1 down to beat Gordon Shaw in 5, but then winning 3-0 against Liwu Wei in the semis. The Final between Dave Harvey v Dave Hadley could not be completed on the day due to time restrictions but was played at Forest Green on Monday 5th February. It was an excellent game, Dave Harvey coming out the winner 3 straight (11-7, 11-5, 11-9), the match was much closer than the scores suggest.
Winners and Runners Up List
MENS BAND 1
MENS BAND 2
MENS BAND 3
DAVE HARVEY & DAVE ADAMSON
LIWU WEI & DAVE HADLEY
OLLY TYNDALL & CHARLOTTE SPARROW
STEVE GREENING & KIM SELFE
Organiser and Reporter Gary Tyndall
Other items of note
Congratulations to Benjamin Greve and Tom Powlesland. The first time that 2 Gloucestershire players have qualified for the Under 13 South West team in the National Team Championships.
Congratulations to our County teams who have been so successful.
Congratulations to Darren Griffin and Dave Harvey who have been called up to represent England in the Six Nations Veterans Table Tennis Championships, which are to be held this year at Cardiff on September 7th - 9th.
Annual Report compiled by Janie Kirby