Fixtures Amendments. Oct 2021
Please note that the following amendments have been made since Fixtures were released :-
Claydon B - Premier Division - Match Night - Monday
Hadleigh Owls - Division 2 - Match Night - Thursday
Trimley A - Division 1 - Match Night - Tuesday
Trimley B - Division 2 - Match Night - Tuesday
Divisions for 2021/22 Season!. Oct 2021
Divisions have been released for the new 21/22 Season! As follows:Premier Division x 9 St Margaret Aces Rosary Red Britannia Ravens Britannia Eagles Capel B Claydon B BT Bats Britannia Falcons Britanna Swifts Division 1 x 11 St Margaret Kings BT Ansons ISC A Wherstead Tornados Trimley A Hadleigh A Pickwicks Stowmarket A BT Gladiators Rosary Blue Wherstead Comets (New Name TBC) Capel C Division 2 x 12 Britannia Petrels Rosary Yellow Rosary Green ISC B Wherstead Meteors Britannia Wrens Trimley B Pickwicks Stowmarket B Britannia Cormorants Hadleigh Owls Britannia Buzzards Pickwicks Stowmarket C
New Committee Member. Sep 2021
We would like to welcome Peter Armes to our Committee as League 2 representative! If anyone would like to be a representative for Division 1 or Division 3 - get in contact!
Graham Mortimer. Jun 2021
Graham Mortimer It is with deep regret to advise you that Graham died yesterday following several years of illness.Graham was a former Chairman of the league, a county umpire and a regular supporter of championships and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends and previous teammates. If anybody wishes to send a card to his wife the address is:Mrs Thelma Mortimer78 Northfields GardensHigh WoodsColchester CO4 4SSūü’”
Moving away. Jan 2021
After many years playing table tennis in Ipswich Tony Heath, Rosary Club Secretary, has decided to move away. He will be going to live in a village called Badby which is near Daventry to be closer to his children. If anyone would like to get in contact with Tony, you can on his email:ūü‘®ūüŹĹ‚Äćūü’Ľ firstname.lastname@example.orgGood luck in the Daventry League Tony! ūüŹ“
IDTTL - Season 20/21. Jan 2021
We hope you are all keeping well and safe. As we are now in our 3rd national lockdown, this again delays our plans to restart any form of competitive league table tennis in Ipswich. With this in mind the committee has decided that it will not be feasible to attempt a start to the Winter league before September 2021. We will also plan to hold an AGM to celebrate the winners of the 19/20 season. Prior to the league starting there maybe opportunities that allow you to play table tennis - and possibly to compete. We will communicate anything that Britannia or of course any of our other Clubs are able to offer. We realise this is frustrating time for everyone. We have to follow the guidelines from the various national bodies (i.e. Government, Public Health England, Sport England, or Table Tennis England). Stay safe everyoneūüŹ“ūüŹ“ūüėäIDTTL COMMITTEE
David Mann. Sep 2020
David MannWords by Andrew MannIt is with sadness that I inform you of the death of my Father, former Ipswich and Suffolk champion David Mann. He loved his Table Tennis although he hadn‚Äôt played for a number of years. One of the original fundraisers for the Britannia Dome, some of you will remember him from the ‚Äėgood old days‚Äô whilst others from the weekends traipsing around tournaments with me and my brother. He had battled a brain tumour since 2016, but fortunately was on good form until June before dying peacefully at home on 4th September.‚Ä”‚Ä”Our thoughts are with his family, former teammates and friends at this sad time x
New 20/21 Season. Jul 2020
Further to our recent online Commitee meeting, your feedback, and the more recent announcement by Table Tennis England. We have decided as a Committee to delay the start of our 20/21 Season until January 2021 (if it is safe to do so). The format for this Season will remain the same with the slight change of no doubles. Matches will be won or lost on the evening. This additional time will also allow for any cleaning that will need to be done. We would aim for this season to run January - May. Depending on number of teams entered etc... We have made this decision as the feedback we received from many Clubs is that some venues are not ready for use and many players are not ready to return to play at the moment. In the meantime, Britannia Table Tennis Club are kindly offering to host a 'Summer' League from September - December. Players can play in any team, meaning those without their normal full team can still participate. The aim of this is to get players back playing who feel that want to return and to be a fun social way back to table tennis! Due to the size of Britannia, spaces will be limited, but we hope will cater for all that want to play. Further Details: Who can play? Existing league players/ Club members (some exceptions will be made - returning players / players who've played previous summer league's) Will it be a Handicapped League? This will depend on the response, if Britannia have enough interest to divide into ability then it may run like a normal. How do we enter?Entry forms will appear on the BTTC website in due course or call Sean Gridley to secure a team. Mobile: 07879 408092.Cost: TBC but will be minimalWhen will it be held?Nights offered will be Mon/Tues/Weds. You can request a night but this cannot be guaranteed. We would suggest offering an order of preference. Britannia's website: Click here
Table Tennis England Update. Jul 2020
In case you haven‚Äôt seen, further to the government‚Äôs latest update please see attached link from Table Tennis England.CLICK HERE
Corona Virus - update. Jul 2020
Sadly there is no further update on when we can start the new season. Government advice still does not allow indoor sport in community centres, sports halls etc.. so for the time being even though these premises can open from the 4th July, Table Tennis England have been told that this advice will not change until, at least, the middle of July, even then there may be some restrictions. Therefore, we cannot make any firm decision as to how and when we might start playing League table tennis in Ipswich, although we would hope to do so as soon as is practically (and safely) possible. Please see attached link for further information: Click here!
Jamie Webb. Jun 2020
Words by Nicholas Anthony.It is with great sadness to let know that Jamie Webb who played for us (Wherstead Tornados) last season has passed away after a brave battle with cancer.Jamie previously played for Trimley and Britannia.He will be remembered by the table tennis family as a sporting and tough opponent who was easy going and friendly.He was also a very good friend of mine.He leaves his wife, Jenny and daughters Suzanne and Ellen as well as grandchildren.Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.‚Ä”Our thoughts are with his family, friends and teammates ūü’”
LEAGUE UPDATE!. May 2020
Dear Club/Team Secretaries, I hope you all are well and staying safe during this difficult time. On Monday the IDTTL Committee had our first virtual meeting to discuss a number of issues that needed decisions to be made. As follows:Current 19/20 SeasonHandicap Cup 19/20 Championships 19/20EGMAGM2020/2021 Season After lengthy discussions the following was agreed: Current 19/20 SeasonThe current 19/20 season has now finished. This was felt to be the safest decision for everyone concerned, also factoring in that we don‚Äôt know when we will be playing again and also the high percentage of games that have been played in each division. The Winners of each divisions are as follows, many congratulations!!Premier Division: St Margaret‚Äôs AcesDivision 1: Britannia SwiftsDivision 2: BT GladiatorsDivision 3: ISC BThe committee will be in contact soon about what team prize you would like. The Player of the Division Award will still be run, get your votes in! http://idttl.net/playervote/index.php All trophies for this Season along with the Dorris Fox and Jim Kenworthy Award will be given out at our annual AGM. Handicap Cup 19/20Brian and the Committee agreed that sadly this cup will be void for this season. Thank you to all those that took part. Championships 19/20Sadly there will be no 19/20 Championships. James, the Treasurer is happy to take the entry fee money paid off next seasons player registrations or next seasons championship entry. If you would like your money back sooner, please let him know. Email: email@example.com. EGMThis will be postponed until January 2021, or until such a time that it is safe to meet. AGMThis will be held when safe, prior to the new 2020/2021 season starting. Allowing time for divisions, player registrations and fixtures to be worked out.2020/2021 SeasonWill start when indoor sport is permitted after the AGM. New divisions will be formed as normal after all the team registrations have been received. IDTTL Committee We are sad to say that Rosemary Curtis has stepped down as our Safeguarding Officer. We are all very grateful for her valuable input and support over the past 5 seasons. I am sure that you will join us in thanking her for all her hard work. Geoff Crank is now our Vice-Chairman, with Sean Gridley stepping up as Chairman until such a time where a new Chairman can be voted in. We are looking for an U21 representative and also representatives from Division 1 and Division 3 respectively to join our committee. To share their views and have an input into how the league is run. If any of these roles are of interest to you, please don‚Äôt hesitate to get in contact! Finally, stay safe and we really hope to see you all soon!
Change of Chairman. Apr 2020
We hope everyone is keeping safe and well. Our Chairman, Geoff Crank has decided to take a step back (now our Vice-Chairman) with Sean Gridley taking over the Chairman‚Äôs duties until such time as we can vote in a new Chairman at an AGM. With regards to the leagues current situation we are postponing a decision, hoping that there is at least some clarity on the timetable at the next lockdown review.Stay safe and stay home.
Britannia TT Club. Mar 2020
As of today Britannia Table Tennis Club are ceasing all organised coaching and practice sessions. Keep on eye on their website for further updates.Britannia Table Tennis Club
Norman Atkins. Mar 2020
It is with great sadness to let you know that Norman Atkins passed away on Monday night, peacefully in his sleep. Norman was a tremendous servant to the league and the St Margaret‚Äôs Club. We will miss you Norman. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and teammates.
Coronavirus statement. Mar 2020
In line with Table Tennis England we are suspending the IDTTL local league for the foreseeable future in line with Government advice to restrict all non-essential social contact.
This seasons Championships will also be postponed.
Please check facebook/this website to keep updated.
Our aim will be to complete the League, Handicap Cup and play the Championships, but we will be guided by TTE. Table Tennis England Statement
EGM POSTPONEMENT. Mar 2020
ūüö®IMPORTANT EGM UPDATEūüö®Following the Prime-ministers latest statement warning against ‚Äúnon-essential‚ÄĚ contact. We are postponing the EGM planned for next Monday. Table Tennis England are updating Leagues on Wednesday. Further news on the Championships and the continuation of the league to follow. As a reminder to all League players the most common symptoms of coronavirus are:New continuous coughORHigh temperature (37.8 degrees or higher) If you have either of these, you need to:‚ě°ÔłŹ stay at home‚ě°ÔłŹ not leave your house for 14 days from when your symptoms started.The IDTTL Committee
The Championship Venue. Mar 2020
ūüŹÜ The Championship Venue has an upstairs bar and small cafe which sells tea, coffee, bar snacks, bar drinks, Lucozade and hot sausage rolls ūüėč it will be open 10.00-14.00 both days!The Championship Committee are looking for assistance setting up the hall ready for the Champs. We have access on Friday 27th March at 9.45pm - the more people that help if only for 30mins - the quicker it will be!! Those that have offered to help, we hope you still can, if anyone else can please let us know! Friday 27th March9.45pmIpswich Schools Sports Centre, RushmereLet us know if you can help!
Bernie Studd Trophy. Feb 2020
The Championship Committee are looking for the Bernie Studd Trophy that is given for the performance of the weekend....Any clues would be gratefully received!ūüēĶÔłŹ‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ
Players player of the Division. Feb 2020
ūü--≥ Voting for players player of the division is now OPEN!!
Each League registered player can vote for another player in their division for this award.
This can be a vote for a player that has played well against you, the most improved, a recognition of consistent performance over the season or even just a great win!
The trophies for these awards will be given out at the annual AGM at the end of the Season.
Select the tab on our website named player vote. To vote you must know your TTE membership number.
Restricted Prize - Ipswich Champs!. Championship Prizes. Feb 2020
More prizes have been added to this years Championships!
Veteran Singles Winner: 4 ball voucher donated by Fynn Valley
50+ Singles Winner: ITFC Match tickets for Southend Utd
Restricted Singles: 2 hour personal trainer sessions donated by Chris Woolner Personal Fitness
We are really grateful for their support.
Restricted Prize - Ipswich Champs!. Feb 2020
ūüö® ūüŹÜ The winner of the Restricted at the Ipswich and District Closed Championships next month will win 2 hours of PT with Chris from Chris Woolener Personal Fitness!!! There is still time to enter the Champs ūü§©http://www.chriswoolener.co.uk/phone/index.html
Championship Committee. Feb 2020
We have a new addition to our Championship Committee, the one and only Charlie Fulcher!! ūüôĆūüŹľūü§©We will still need help over the weekend itself and setting up and tidying away so be sure to let us know when entering that you can help.Thank you ‚ėļÔłŹ
Junior and Cadet Singles. Feb 2020
ūüŹÜ The winners of the Junior Singles and Cadet Singles at the Championships next month will win a £50 Tees Sport Voucher! We have had great entry so far for these events so they should be great competitions!! ūü§©There is still time to enter!
Women‚Äôs Winner Prize - championships. Jan 2020
ūüŹÜ We are delighted to announce that the Winner of the Women‚Äôs Singles at the Ipswich & District Championships will win a FitBit Inspire!! This has been kindly donated by AXA. We are really grateful for their support ūü§©
EGM POSTPONED!!. Jan 2020
Since calling the EGM the Committee have received and spoken to many members/teams that are concerned about the number of matches the new proposal brings and received some alternative suggestions.
We have decided to postpone the EGM planned for next week as any changes need to be circulated and discussed before voting, an idea cant be generated on the evening.
If you have any suitable ideas - now is the time to share them!
We will hope to put forward a new proposal over email in the next few weeks with an alternative date for the new EGM date
Men‚Äôs singles - prize. Jan 2020
We are delighted to announce that the Men‚Äôs Singles at the Ipswich & District Championships will be sponsored by Sportsmedeast. The winner of Men‚Äôs singles will receive a voucher for an hour sports massage!! We are really grateful for their support ūü§©Take a look at their website link shown below, to see all the services they offer.https://sportsmedeast.co.uk/service/sports-massage/
AGM & Awards Evening. Jan 2020
This has been booked for Wednesday 20th May, 7.30pm at the Rosary Conservative Club. Please put this date in your diaries!
Ipswich and District Closed Championships!. Jan 2020
ūüŹÜ Entry to the Ipswich and District Closed Championships is now OPEN!! 28/29th March at Ipswich School, Rushmere Sports Club. Closing date for entries is the 23rd February. Enter on line now!!!http://www.idttl.net/champsentry/
Ipswich and District Closed Championships. Jan 2020
The 2019/2020 Championships are being held on the 28/29th March 2020 at Ipswich Schools Rushmere Sports Club.Entries will be open soon!
People with Parkinsons. Jan 2020
Sponsors are wanted for People with Parkinson's - can you help?
Britannia are planning on hosting sessions at the Dome for PwP.
Parkinson's is a degenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system leading to a slow deterioration in motor skills. It is believed that table tennis may be beneficial in maintaining balance, coordination and agility for PwP, so Britannia are very pleased to help set these sessions up.
If anyone would like to help this process by you or your employer sponsoring the sessions (as little as £10 a week would make a big difference) please contact Martin / Colin at Britannia, or Andy Cassy who is coordinating. If you know someone with Parkinson's and want more specifics, likewise.
They would also be able to use spare bats of any modest condition, and a bucket of practice balls, if anyone has any spare?
There is intended to be an initial trial starting mid Jan 2020, running up to Easter - more details will be published here as soon as known.
EGM. Dec 2019
The Proposal for the special general meeting has been circulated to all Club and Team Secretaries!
EGM. Dec 2019
The IDTTL committee are holding a special general meeting to discuss a new proposal. The proposal is a suggestion of a way that we can change the format of the league for the 2020/2021 Season. This proposal will be presented and discussed at our EGM and voted in or out.
The Special General Meeting will be held at Ipswich Sports Club, Henley Road on Thursday 30th January at 7.30pm.
Club & Team Secretaries will be sent details at the weekend containing a new proposal for next season.
A representative from each Club must attend.
Please remember that voting changed at the last AGM. Each Team holds their own vote.
All IDTTL Members are able to attend, just email: IDTTLSecretary@hotmail.com to let us know.
Championship Secretary. Dec 2019
We have a vacant position on the IDTTL Committee of Championship Secretary!
If anyone is interested in this role please email IDTTLSecretary@hotmail.com for details!
Suffolk Closed Championships. Nov 2019
The Suffolk Table Tennis Association have announced their closed Championships dates, details as follows:Suffolk Vets - Sunday 24th November Suffolk Juniors - Sunday 8th December Suffolk Seniors - Sunday 9th February Entry forms, closing dates and conditions can be found here http://www.suffolktabletennis.net/entryforms.php
Britannia TT Club - practice night. Nov 2019
EXTRA PRACTICE NIGHT @ BRITANNIA TT CLUB!!! Friday night open practice sessions will start on Nov 15th until Dec 20th inclusive, the Dome will operate open practice sessions between 8pm and 10pm. These are free for club members, and the normal session cost of £3 for non-members. (Note that they have Junior coaching that finishes at 8pm). If the evenings are well attended, every effort will be made to continue these in the New Year and make them a permanent fixture!! This night is in addition to their other open practice sessions, as follows: Thursday from 20:00 to 22:00 (during term time)Thursday from 19:00 to 22:00 (during school holidays)Sunday from 19:00 to 22:00
Britannia Falcons. Nov 2019
Sadly Britannia Falcons have withdrawn from the league with immediate effect. Please remove their fixture/s from your calendar.
As per the rules, if you have already played the Falcons, these points will be deducted.
10.c. Where a team withdraws from the League before completing its fixtures, the League Table shall be adjusted accordingly and a Blank Week incorporated into the fixture list.
St Margaret's TT Club. Nov 2019
St Margaret's TT Club have moved with immediate effect to Britannia Table Tennis Club. All future matches against them when you are away will be held here. The fixture dates will remain the same.
Their Teams are:
St Margarets Aces
St Margarets Kings
St Margarets Jacks
Rosary Green Home Night Change. Oct 2019
Note for Division 2 teams: Rosary Green home night has been corrected to Wednesday. The fixture lists have been updated.
Handicap Cup 19/20. Aug 2019
An entry form for this season's Handicap Cup has been circulated amongst Club/Team Secretaries. Last Seasons final report was in the Ipswich Star!
If you are interested contact Handicap Cup Secretary. Brian Blagden. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VISITORS INFORMATION FOR A BT ADASTRAL PARK FIXTURE:. Aug 2019
1. Please pass names onto the BT team captain, so that passes can be made out for the evening of attendance. Failure to do this may result in no passes being made out, in which case the Gatehouse guards will probably/rightly refuse access.
2. Note that some BT team captains may choose to get passes made out for all registered visiting team members (as listed on the IDTTL website) as a default to not having heard from the visiting team captain, but the visiting team cannot rely on this unless previously agreed with the BT team captain, and it does not account for other players/spectators/parents etc. turning up who would also need a pass for site access.
3. Please pass names to the BT team captain at least a working day in advance, and normally some days in advance, to allow time for the pass applications to be submitted & processed.
4. If a visiting team arrives and finds that the Gatehouse guard does not have a named pass made out for one or more individuals, then please do not leave but attempt to phone the BT team captain first (who is likely already in the Table Tennis room, or shortly to arrive, or can probably help if not playing that night). The BT team captain (or acting team captain) can come to the Gatehouse and may well be able to help admit the team.
League Format. Aug 2019
With a last minute additional team, please see below the revised divisions for next Season! We now have 40 teams, 10 per division ūüôĆūüŹľ
St Margaret's Manor Aces
St Margaret's Manor Kings
Pickwicks Stowmarket A
St Margarets Manor Jacks
Pickwicks Stowmarket B
ūüö®19/20 Divisions ūü§©. Aug 2019
We welcome two newly formed teams with some former players returning! BT Gladiators and BT Spitfires! We are still waiting for a number of teams home nights, as soon as we have these the fixtures will be released!
SAVE THE DATE!!. Jul 2019
The Ipswich and District Closes Table Tennis Championships 2020 ūüŹÜ has been booked for Saturday 28th March and Sunday 29th March 2020 - be sure to put it in your diary!
IDTTL Website Upgrade. June 2019
The IDTTL website is currently undergoing a 'small' update to display correctly on mobile devices.So far, the Home page, together with the News and News Archive pages have had a makeover. Further changes will be made to other pages, working down the navigation menu.You may spot the odd feature/bug, but these will be sorted out as they appear.
IDTTL AGM Minutes Summary. June 2019
40 teams entered in the league this season, down 3 from last season.
Prices for teams/players will remain the same for the new season. £18 per team £15 adult and £6 a junior.
The Committee have decided to have a seasonal Player of the Division Trophy — each registered player can vote on their player of the division. Gives an opportunity for players that don't win all their matches or the league to be recognised.
The overall turnout was 57 players compared to 67 the previous year.
The tables used for the Championships had been stored at Kesgrave but with Steve Branton finishing his coaching at the sport centre, we have been given notice that the tables must be removed. Kesgrave have kindly donated these tables to the League. The Committee are now looking for temporary storage for the 9 fold up tables, until we find a permanent home. David Gaught of Otley Otters to investigate a potential space for short term storage.
Jimmy gave special thanks to John Leith, Mike Wright, Peter Armes, Sean Gridley, Richard Goodhand and Steve Branton for all their support with the Championships over the past 12 years.
Ran through the notes to the accounts.
The league can then look to deploy these funds for the benefit of the league, if Clubs need help with improvements to their facilities requests can be made.
Amendment to Rule
6 e) Current Rules
Provided a club is not in default of payment of fees or fines they may vote on any proposition or amendment in accordance with the number of teams they had at the preceding season's end as follows:- 1 team : 1 vote; 2 teams : 2 votes, and so on.
Provided the Club is not in default of payment of fees or fines, each individual team, regardless of their affiliation to a Club, cast their own vote on any future matters. On everything that require a vote.
All Clubs in favour, Wherstead sustained from voting.
Presentations made to this season's Divisional winners and runners up.
Dorris Fox Award, services to the League: Ken Rodwell, Hadleigh
Jim Kenworthy Award — Most Improved Junior: Henry Shaw
After numerous years as Treasurer and twelve years organising the Championships, the Committee thanked Jimmy for all his hard work.
The Premier League Trophy has gone missing. Britannia to cover the cost of a new one.
Election of Officers
Jimmy Farrow is stepping down as current League Treasurer and Championship Secretary.
James Maidstone to be elected as League Treasurer. No opposition to this from the floor, Committee proposed by Pickwicks, seconded by Ipswich Sports Club.
Request made for a Championship Secretary and League Chairman.
Nobody forthcoming to fill vacant positions.
A suggestion that the Committee charge per team not a charge per team and players, idea had been discussed previously and was dismissed.
BT Hurricanes had failed to complete all their matches. The matches missed fortunately didn't effect any team's position in the league. As a first offence no punishment was considered.
Full entry details for visiting Clubs when going to BT are to be distributed.
Advertising the League was discussed, all ideas welcomed. The Ipswich Carnival to be on the agenda at next Committee meeting.
A request for a reminder that matches are to start at 7.30pm and cancelled matches are to be acknowledged by both teams. The League Secretary to circulate this reminder with the fixtures.
With the voting changed, the committee may consider holding another EGM to change the league format.
If anyone is considering taking up table tennis coaching or has an interest please speak to our Coaching Secretary Aad Kwakkelstein. The Committee will consider each individual case and maybe be able to contribute towards course fees.
Meeting closed at 20:35
IDTTL AGM Presentations. May 2019
AGM - Wednesday 22nd May. May 2019
A reminder that the IDTTL AGM is being held at the Rosary Club next Wednesday 22nd May. 7.30PM start. A representative of every Club must be in attendance.
Before the AGM, don't forget to forward on your team nominations for following awards:
Doris Fox Award -- Services to the League
Jim Kenworthy Cup -- most-improved Junior‚Äč
Look forward to seeing you all then!
Storage Space needed!. May 2019
Due to the closure of Kesgrave TTC the IDTTL tables can no longer be housed at their Sports Centre. Do you have or know of suitable storage for 11 tables whilst a permanent home can be found?
They are the tables that are used for the IDTTL championships and are valuable to the league as a whole. Please contact a IDTTL committee member if you can assist.
Jimmy Farrow. Apr 2019
Jimmy Farrow is stepping down as IDTTL Treasurer and Championship Secretary after 12 years :( I am sure that you will pass on your thanks to Jimmy for all his hard work over the years, the good news is that he will still be playing! Ooossa!
We are very fortunate that James Maidstone has offered to take up the role of Treasurer, in the addition to his new role of Press Officer. This does however, still leave us with the vacant position of Championship Secretary. If anyone is interested in this role please let a member of the committee know!
Handicap Cup Result!. Apr 2019
Britannia Swifts win K.O. Cup A close and exciting evening of table tennis saw Britannia Swifts overcome Pickwicks Stowmarket ‚ÄėA‚Äô on Wednesday evening to win the Ipswich & District Table Tennis League‚Äôs Knock Out Cup. The contest produced some exciting, entertaining table tennis, with the 2 teams battling hard all evening.It was ‚Äėnip and tuck‚Äô for the first 5 games with no more than 1 point in it, then David Gough of Pickwicks gave them a 7 point advantage at game 8, however Swifts were not to be overcome and came back strongly to gain a 2 point advantage after the doubles section (game 12). Swifts team of Sylvain Floury, Martin Tomes and Kelly Yungyounpakman then played decisive games to gain a 19 point lead after game 17. Pickwicks managed to reduce this to 15 points but, despite great play by Jimmy Tindle, Mark Cook and David Gough, they could not close the gap further, Britannia Swifts winning by 269 points to 254.
IDTTL 2019 AGM. April 2019
Notice of the 2019 IDTTL AGM: Wednesday May 22nd, 7.30pm at the Rosary Club.
New Committee Member. Mar 2019
I am sure that you will all join us in welcoming James Maidstone to the IDTTL Committee as Press Officer!
If you have any Table Tennis related news, please send it to James.
If you are also interested in joining the committee please get in contact!
Handicap Cup Update. Mar 2019
The final of the Handicap Cup has been arranged for Wednesday 3rd April at Britannia Table Tennis Club. This years final is between Britannia Swifts and Pickwicks A! Spectators welcome. Congratulations to both teams for making it to the final!
IDTTL League Scoring System. Mar 2019
Ever considered how your team matches up with your opponents if matches were decided on the total games won on a night? So even if you lost a match 3:2 you would still be credited with the 2 games you won...
IDTTL 2019 Championships Entry Times. Mar 2019
Entry times can be found here...
League Handbook. Feb 2019
We are missing an old handbook from our files, Do you have the IDTTL handbook from 1977-1978? If so, please let us know!
EGM - Update. Jan 2019
Thank you to all that came to the EGM last night! Lots of interesting points raised and potential ideas to consider. After a very close vote - NO CHANGE! 📊🗳
It was 18-22 (55%) against Proposal 1 (8 team divisions) and 3-37 (92%) against Proposal 2 (7 game matches).
Ipswich Championships!🏆. Jan 2019
The Ipswich & District Championships!
The deadline for entering the 2019 Ipswich & District Championships is the 31st January! 🏆 Click the link on the left hand side to enter your details.
If you are able to offer assistance setting up the hall or over the weekend, please note this on your entry - all help gratefully received!
We are also looking for raffle prizes for the weekend. If you or your company have anything to donate please contact Championship Secretary:
👨🏽 Jimmy Farrow
EGM - Additional Information. Jan 2019
Just to clarify Club Secretaries can vote in or out for both the new proposals. Both proposals could also be voted in together. We will revert back to current league format if neither proposal is voted in.
New League Format Proposals. Dec 2018
If you have any comments or questions regarding the proposals, please feel free to add to the discussion on the forum... IDTTL TT Issues
IDTTL League Formats. Dec 2018PROPOSAL 1.
Our aim will be to have 1 blank week for each division each half season.
The Championships will base their divisional competitions on the first half of the season results.
The Championships divisional competitions will be renamed Band 1, Band 2 and Band 3 respectively.
Team Registrations are to remain the same for the complete Table Tennis season, September - April.Positives of proposal 1:
Something to play for all season round.
The season lasts longer.
It keeps the Premier division stronger.
It keeps every division more competitive.
More opportunities for lower league players to play up.
Playing different players, following promotion/relegation.
More Table Tennis!Negatives of proposal 1:
Matches in the first half of the season must be completed by the 31st December.
Matches in the second half must be completed by the 30th April.
More Table Tennis!PROPOSAL 2
Two teams of 3 would attend every match as normal but there would be 2 singles each and a doubles.
What would a league night look like?
A v Y
B v X
C v Z
A v X
C v Y
B v ZPositives of proposal 2
Earlier finish, of approx 9.45pm -10pm which would hopefully:
Encourage younger players to join the league.
Help league players that work away or travel further.
Could allow a longer social break in play.
Could allow for post match team practices.Negatives of proposal 2
Less Table Tennis!
AGM. Dec 2018
Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 at Rosary Conservative Club, 7.30pm.
Further information to follow.
EGM. Dec 2018
Club Secretaries have just received an email containing two proposals for the new season.
These proposals will be presented and discussed at our EGM and voted in or out.
A representative from each Club must attend. All IDTTL Members are able to attend, just email: IDTTLSecretary@hotmail.com to let us know.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday 23rd January at Ipswich Sports Club, 7.30pm.
Old and used rubbers!. Dec 2018
🎄 As it’s the season for giving, if you’re thinking of throwing away your old and used rubbers, please instead think of donating them so that they can be used in a local Suffolk secondary school! Their young table tennis members are very keen! Please contact email@example.com to arrange collection. Thank you!!
Handicap Cup - UPDATE. Dec 2018
Well done to all teams through to next round of the Handicap Cup.
I have revised the handicaps and these have been sent to all team captains.
These matches should ideally be completed by mid January, as with some team members away for the break it may be difficult to fit them in before January.
Good luck to all,
Handicap Cup Secretary
New Committee Members. Nov 2018
Join us in welcoming two new members to the IDTTL Committee!
Fixtures Secretary: Martin Taylor
Coaching Secretary: Aad Kwakkelstein
If you are interesting in joining the committee, get in contact! firstname.lastname@example.org
Handicap Cup Update. Nov 2018
All of the first round Handicap Cup matches have been played except for 1, which will be played next Monday.
Everyone so far has enjoyed the matches, a change from league.
Handicap Secretary Brian will look at the handicaps this week and post new ones if necessary in time for the 2nd round. I expect the 2nd round to be during the Christmas/New Year break!
Ipswich & District Championships!. Nov 2018
You can now enter the 2019 Ipswich & District Championships! 🏆 Click the link on the left hand side to enter your details! Closing date January 31st.
We are looking for raffle prizes for the weekend. If you or your company have anything to donate please contact Championship Secretary:
👨🏽 Jimmy Farrow
Handicap Cup 18/19 DRAW. Nov 2018
The Draw for the 2018/2019 Handicap Cup has been made and can be found in the left hand side link:
or use the following link: http://idttl.net//contents/handicapresults.php
Score Card photo upload. Nov 2018
For those who have attempted to upload score card photos via your phone, you may have received an 'invalid photo' message. This was due to the server rejecting photos as being too large. If this was the case, please download an app on your phone to 'resize photos'. After installing the app, resize the card photo to approximately 600 by 400 and then repeat the score card photo upload.
Uploading score card Photos. Oct 2018
For a trial period we are allowing teams to upload photos of their match results. You may do this either after emailing the results in the usual way and then selecting the button to upload the photo on the last page, or by selecting the 'Send Results Card Photo' on the left hand navigation menu. Note that using the menu method requires the result to have been entered earlier, ie. you can also upload photos of matches played at the start of the season.Only results from the current season can be uploaded.
Please obscure any signatures on the result card (there is no real need to actually sign the cards at present) prior to taking the photo. You may either take a photo or scan them in them in. Only JPG files will be accepted.
Score card photos will be displayed once they have been validated, usually within 24 hours.
Please be aware that this is still a trial and may require a little time to resolve any bugs/features that may have bred during the coding process!
Handicap Cup 18/19 DRAW. Oct 2018
The Draw for the 2018/2019 Handicap Cup has been made and can be found in the left hand side tab on our website. Also available are the score cards and rating sheets which can be printed.
Handicap Cup 18/19. Oct 2018
2018/2019 Handicap Cup.
A reminder email about entering the Handicap cup has been circulated to all Club and Team Secretaries. Deadline for entering is Friday 12th October. If you need further information please contact Brian Blagden, the IDTTL Handicap Cup Secretary.
Email: bjb-serta @talktalk.net
Player required for Div 2. Sept 2018. Sep 2018
Part-time player required for Pickwicks, playing at Baylham Village Hall in Div 3. Sandwiches are provided at home matches and annual subs are around £40 (cheap and cheerful).Anyone interested please contact Mike Chenery (07763 469045).
Premier Division Changes. Sept 2018
Britannia Flamingos have withdrawn from the league. Premier teams should reprint their fixtures.
IDTTL Championship Dates. Sept 2018
Advance notice of this season's Championship dates: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March at Kesgrave Sports Centre. £7 entry fee covers all events.
2018/2019 Handicap Cup. Aug 2018
Handicap cup information has been circulated to all Club and Team Secretaries. If you need further information please contact Brian Blagden, the IDTTL Handicap Cup Secretary.
IDTTL League Divisions 2018/19. Aug 2018
The IDTTL Committee have decided that the number of divisions should remain the same for the forthcoming Season. The relegations/promotions have been made with the main objective of trying to achieve equal numbers in each division after team withdrawals and new additions.
The Season will start the 3rd week of September with the fixtures to follow.
PLEASE NOTE: THE TEAM NUMBERS BELOW ARE NOT THOSE USED TO CALCULATE THE FIXTURES, but show the finishing positions from last season.
1 Britannia Falcons
2 St Margarets Manor A
3 Rosary Red
4 Britannia Ravens
5 Britannia Flamingos
6 Claydon B
7 BT Hurricanes
8 Capel B
9 St Margarets Manor C
10 St Margarets Manor B
11 Wherstead Tornados
1 Blakenham A (WAS CAPEL A)
2 BT Bright Stars
3 Trimley A
4 Britannia Eagles
5 Britannia Swifts
6 BT Ansons
7 ISC A
8 BT Wulfs
9 Wherstead Comets
10 Hadleigh A
1 Otley Otters
2 ISC B
3 Capel C
4 Britannia Sparrows
5 Rosary Blue
6 BT Thunderbirds
7 Wherstead Novas
8 St Margarets Manor D
9 Pickwicks Stowmarket A
10 BT Defiants
1 Britannia Petrels
2 Rosary Yellow
3 Rosary Green
4 Wherstead Meteors
6 Britannia Buzzards
7 Hadleigh Owls
8 Britannia Cormorants
9 Britannia Wrens
10 Pickwicks Stowmarket B
As a reminder Team Secretaries must provide a email address and all players must have an ETTA membership!
Free Table Tennis in Ipswich. Aug 2018
Ipswich Borough Council have installed a table in the Giles Room at the Town Hall. Access is via the main entrance on Cornhill, opening hours are 10:00 to 16:00 weekdays.
Anyone can pre-book an hour slot by calling 01473 432374. There is a £5 refundable deposit for anyone requiring loan of bat and balls.
In addition, the Council have put new tables into Bourne Park and St Augustine's Rec, to add to the tables already in Christchurch Park!
IDTTL 2018 AGM. July 2018
The Chairman welcomed and thanked all those present for attending. All Clubs were represented.
Presentation of the Jim Kenworthy Award for most improved Junior to Gracie Edwards. Gracie won the Ipswich, Clacton, Chelmsford and Colchester Ladies titles. The Trophy is to be found.
Secretary's Report - Andrew Mann's final report as Secretary included the following:-
- 43 teams entered in the league this season.
- Congratulations to Hadleigh A for winning the Handicap Cap. Thanks to Brian Blagden for again running a successful Handicap Cup and for Sean Gridley for stepping in.
- TTE have increased their affiliation fees from £14 to £16.
- Email addresses have been requested from all Team Secretaries for the forthcoming season.
- Acknowledgment of the work that the committee do and highlight on the support that is needed for forthcoming season. A particular mention for Jimmy Farrow for his work as treasurer and the work that he and Michael Wright do to ensure smooth running of the Championships.
Championships Report from Jimmy:-
- Entries down to 67 players from 90 at the Corn Exchange. Particularly low entry from Div 3 again.
- The light was an issue in places, but noted this was the same at the Corn Exchange.
- A request to change the match balls for next season's championships
- Location of Kesgrave and prestige of the hall was noted. It was considered that the League may hold the Championships again there.
- It was also noted that the practicality of Kesgrave Sport Centre, with the tables already there, meant setting up and packing away was much easier for the organisers.
Treasurer’s Report from Jimmy:-
- Ran through the notes to the accounts.
- League finances have sufficiently improved since switching to Kesgrave for the Championships.
- The league can then look to deploy these funds for the benefit of the league, if clubs need help with improvements to their facilities requests can be made.
- Reiteration that sponsorship levels are not what they once were.
Rule Proposals Vote:-
- Amendment to Rule 10.3
- Cancelled matches must be acknowledged by both teams, rather than a one-way communication.
Presentation of Trophies:-
Premier Division: Winners -— Britannia Falcons, Runners-Up -— St Margaret’s Manor A
Division 1: Winners -— St Margaret’s Manor B, Runners-Up -— Wherstead Tornados
Division 2: Winners -— Hadleigh A, Runners-Up -— Wherstead Comets
Division 3: Winners -— BT Defiants, Runners-Up -— Pickwicks Stowmarket
Handicap Cup: Winners -— Hadleigh A, Runners-Up -— Pickwicks Stowmarket
The Doris Fox Award: not awarded, no nominations received.
Winners can chose their prize (scoreboard, net, barrier..) as opposed to receiving trophies. Runners up were presented with match balls.
Election of Officers:-
Andrew Mann is stepping down as current League Secretary.
Clair Westlake to be elected as League Secretary. No opposition to this from the floor.
Request made for a Chairman.
Nobody forthcoming to fill vacant positions.
Any Other Business:-
Martin Tomes spoke to the floor about National Table Tennis Day, seeking volunteers.
Discussion about St Margarets B playing two strong players, that were too good for the Division. Whilst this was unsatisfactory they have been promoted and players should be able drop down if they wish. We don’t want to discourage players.
A request from the floor that the AGM date is set earlier. Request considered reasonable.
It was noted that there is a lack of contact details on the IDTTL website. These details have had been emailed around. Addresses are to be removed.
A suggestion of players could play for more than one Club allowing them to play in two divisions. This was considered a potential conflict of interest.
Composition of the league was discussed as the League may be losing a number of teams. Once the team numbers have been confirmed the Committee to discuss and finalise league structure.
Pickwicks Stowmarket are looking for players, this has been put on the League website and on facebook.
The number of junior boys entering the Ipswich Championships had dropped considerably. It was raised that holding the Junior events on a Sunday morning may increase entries. Ipswich Town Football Club and other table tennis fixtures to be considered before a date being arranged.
Steve Branton raised the recent GDPR regulation. The committee to look at the league compliance.
Meeting closed at 20:45.
IDTTL AGM Presentation Photos. July 2018
Table Tennis Tables For Sale. July 2018
Phoenix TTC has two tables for sale. Please see sale notice Here.
2018 AGM. May 2018.
The 2018 AGM will be held at Rosary Conservative Club on Wednesday 4th July at 7.30pm.
IDTTL U13 Championships. March 2018
On Friday 9th March 2018, Kesgrave Table Tennis Club held the U13 IDTTL Championships. Eighteen players from Britannia and Kesgrave clubs pitted their skills against each other in some very entertaining matches.Two groups of five and two groups of four players spread the players so there were equal numbers of the two clubs in each group, giving the players a chance to compete against new opposition.
In Group A, Joseph Fortnum-Adams, Arun Maudhoo, Manav Mishra, Jason George and Ethan Banna played to qualify for the knockout Quarter Finals with Joseph and Ethan going through. Group B with Mathew Webber, Loïc Floury, Joel George and Louis Ross was successfully completed by Joel and Matthew. Group C's contingent of James Elias, Samuel Pilbrough, Harry Boon and Davie Goffin provided the closest of all the groups, three players winning two of their three matches. Totalling up their games won and games loss saw Davie heading the group, closely followed by James. Group D consisted of Lushan Maudhoo, Shannon Heffer, Calum Thompson, Ethan Westaway and Guy Attew. Guy and Ethan both progressing to the Quarters.
In the Quarter Finals Joseph beat EthanW in two straight, as did Guy against EthanB. Closer matches between Joel and James was decided in favour of James 13-11 in the third, whilst Matthew and Davey also went to a third game decider, with Matthew coming back from a one game deficit to win the third.
The Semi Finals contested between James and Guy provided the tightest match of the night, Guy dropping his first game of the evening as he ran out as winner -9, 7, 9. Mathew just missed out taking Joseph to a third, losing the second 10-12.
The Final between Joseph and Guy was a very closely contested match; the first game 13-11 in favour of Guy followed by the second 11-8 and with it the U13 Championship.
Many thanks to all the players for their excellent play and help umpiring the games, and also to all those who helped setup and clear away. Both clubs should be proud of the level of play and the continuing progress being made by the players.
Britannia Super Series 11th Feb. Feb 2018
The Britannia Super Series event scheduled for Sunday 25th Feb has been brought forward to Sunday 11th Feb. Contact Andy Dosher on 07968135602 as time is short if you are sending an entry form in.Entry Form
Suffolk Vets Entry Form. Oct 2017
Suffolk County Closed Veteran Table Tennis Championships is taking place at Britannia Table Tennis Club in Ipswich on Sunday 19th November. Closing Date Friday 3rd November. Entry form from here
Veteran players up for a challenge?. Oct 2017
The Ipswich Britannia Tri Veteran Table Tennis Series (1) is taking place on Sunday the 29th of October at the Britannia Table Tennis Club in Ipswich, Suffolk.It is the first of three events in a series.If all places go for the three events and there are a maximum of 24 places open to both men and woman in a mixed event, then the outrightwinner on a points table would get £400.There is prize money for each individual competition winner and runner up for band one and vouchers for the winner and runner up of band two.You can get an entry form from here
.The good news is that the start time has been put back to a 10 am start and the clocks go back the night before!!!Please advise asap if you wish to play.
DIV 2 - Change of Capel venue and home night. Sep 2017
Please note that the Capel C will be playing at Copdock and Washbrook playing field pavilion (Next to village hall)
Old London Road
Home night also be changing to Thursday. Div 2 secretaries and relevant club secretaries have been emailed the details.
2017-18 FIXTURES. Aug 2017.
I am pleased to report that the online fixtures are no longer provisional, and can therefore be relied upon to arrange player availability!Andy
ADULT COACHING - UPDATE. Aug 2017
Unfortunately, due to a prior booking at the Dome (Top 12 comp) the Sunday of the coaching has been cancelled.
If demand exists Aad will pick another date during the season, we will review after event.
Saturday 9th Sept - cost will be £15 per player. Times are 12:15-14:15, break, 15:15-17:15
Details are updated on BTTC website and now include how to enter and pay.
Fixtures. Aug 2017.
The PROVISIONAL fixtures for 2017-18 have been published.Please let me know if you spot any problems and I will update again in a week or so as to whether we can confirm them.Andy
Adult Coaching Event. Aug 2017.
Adult Coaching event Sept 9th and 10th Britannia Club Coach Aad has kindly agreed to run coaching events for league-standard adult players at the Dome. Members of any IDTTL club are welcome, there will be a limit of numbers to ensure full and continuous tuition and sparring, and should the sessions prove successful there is every chance they will be repeated at later dates. Cost will be £15 per player per day, you can enter one day only if required. If there are low numbers (why?!!) then the sessions will run on just Saturday 9th Sept. Sat 9th times are 12:15-14:15, break, 15:15-17:15 Sun 10th times are 10:00-12:00, break, 13:00-15:00 Aad will deal with entrants and money - details to follow
IDTTL Player Required. July 2017.
Capel A require a player in the Premier next season. Home games are on a Monday night and played at Great Blakenham. Contact Kelvin Larking at email@example.com
Player Required Div 2. Jul 2017.
Wherstead Table Tennis Club would like to strengthen their Team (s) in Division 2 next year, so if there are any good Div 2, or Div. 1 players out there, looking for a Club, we would be very interested. Please contact Malcolm Peers, Secretary. Details on the website.
IDTTL 2017 AGM. June 2017
The Chairman, Geoff Crank, welcomed and thanked all those present for attending.
Presentation of the Jim Kenworthy Award for most improved Junior to Alex Attew by Britannia Coach Aad Kwakkelstein who spoke about Alex's progress, and the Junior coaching he organises in Ipswich and further afield.There 35 Juniors in the coaching set-up now, and whilst Aad is keen for the older players to enter the league, he is hesitant to recommend this to the younger players. Aad is happy to attend a committee meeting to discuss what the league could do to help further develop a Junior presence in the league. He welcomed approaches from anybody who is interested in him setting up an after-school club.
Trimley TTC asked about adult coaching and this is something that could be looked into, particularly at Kesgrave TTC.
Andy Mann presented the Secretary's Report:
Congratulations to all winners, particularly as Div 1, 2 and 3 were closely fought.
The work Jimmy Farrow and Michael Wright put in to the smooth running of the League and also the Championships was acknowledged.
Well done to ISC B for winning the Handicap Cup and to Brian Blagden for his organization. More entries next year please!
Update on TTE funding, and possible use in supporting clubs and leagues. Aim to receive an update from TTE on this in due course.
Active TTE membership is required for all league players and includes Personal Accident Insurance alongside Public Liability Insurance.
Printed handbook to be replaced by electronic version. Most information is on the website but the secretary will send contact lists to all club and team secretaries. This will ensure that contact data and fixtures are as up-to-date as possible.
Jimmy Farrow presented the Championships Report:
Entries steady at around 86 players. Particularly low entry from Div 3 again.
Thanks also to the main sponsors Chips Away, JM Finn and Sampson Blinds.
The Championships to move to Kesgrave Sports Centre after 9 years at the Corn Exchange - to be held 17th and 18th February 2018.
The cost of the Corn Exchange is prohibitive, with sponsorship far harder to come by. A question from the floor asked whether we should seek TTE funding for the Championships. This was thought very unlikely to be forthcoming.
Jimmy Farrow presented the Treasurer's Report:
The aim is to rebuild league finances which have depleted to £200. Expenditure is significantly ahead of income at the moment but the switch to Kesgrave for the Championships should allow the bank balance to quickly rebuild and the league can then look to deploy these reserves for the benefit of the league.
Reiteration that sponsorship levels are not what they once were.
Steve Branton suggested we continue to seek website sponsors to cover the cost of hosting and renewing the domain name now that we won't require Handbook sponsors and this was agreed.
Presentation of Trophies:
Trophies were presented to Winners and Runners-up of each division.
The Doris Fox Award : not awarded, no nominations received.
Election of Officers:
Current list of officers read out, with explanation for the removal of Divisional Secretaries, to be replaced by a more general position of Match Secretary.
Request again made for a permanent Press Secretary.
Any Other Business:
A request from the floor for printed fixture and contact lists if access to a printer or the internet was not possible.
Steve Branton provided a tribute to former league Treasurer Alan Pearce who passed away earlier this year.
Jimmy Farrow gauged views on the removal of memento trophies at the AGM. This was broadly supported and it was suggested that winning teams could be offered free team registration the following year, alongside a gift voucher or item of table tennis equipment.
Meeting closed at 20:23
IDTTL - Players wanted for the 2017/18 season. June 2017.
Pickwicks, playing at Baylham Village Hall in Division 3, are looking for a player for the 2017/18 season who will be able to play part time.Sandwiches are provided at home matches and annual subs are around £40 (cheap and cheerful).Anyone interested please contact Mike Chenery (07763 469045) or Mark Beaumont.(numbers are in the book).
AGM Notification. Apr 2017.
Ipswich and District Table Tennis League, Annual General Meeting - Wednesday 14th June 2017The next Annual General Meeting will take place at the Rosary Conservative Club, 172 Bramford Rd, Ipswich IP1 4AB commencing at 7.30pm. Please could you distribute this to your club players so that they have the opportunity to attend should they wish.As usual I would like to remind you that Article 6.d states that any proposed rule amendments must be received by the Secretary, in writing, at least 21 days prior to the meeting. The Committee is not proposing any changes this year, but in line with the above, any submissions must be received by the Secretary, preferably via email, by Wednesday 24th May 2016.Could I also ask that you contact me should you wish to nominate anybody for either the Doris Fox award (for services to the League), or the Jim Kenworthy Cup (for the most improved Junior).We will send out Club Team Entry Forms which are to be returned at the AGM, in due course.
Britannia Summer League. March 2017.
The IDTTL league will be finishing shortly for the summer break.
If any of you want to continue to play evenings why not join the Britannia Summer League. The entry form is here: Entry Form
The teams do not have to be the same teams as you normally play for and if just 1 or 2 of your players wish to join we can usually fit them into a team. The normal complement is 6 teams in a Monday and 6 in a Tuesday Divisions with play off matches at the end to finalise a 1 to 12 positions.
I look forward to hearing from you all.
Britannia Table Tennis Club Summer League Organiser
IDTTL U13 Championships. March 2017
The IDTTL 2017 U13 Championships took place at Kesgrave Table Tennis Club on Friday 10th March. Fifteen players split across Britannia and Kesgrave clubs were placed in three groups of four and a group of three.
In Group A, Conner Holdcroft, Sam Ross and Samuel Pilbrough battled for qualification to the knock out stage, Conner and Sam both being successful. Group B saw Jimmy Holdcroft, Ethan Banna, Guy Attew and Joel George competing for their qualification positions, JimmyH doing so without dropping a game, closely followed by Ethan. Group C made up of Alfie Cohen, Louis Kidd, James Elias and Jason George matched the seedings with Alfie and LouisK winning through. Finally, Group D with Eddie Patterson, Matt Webber, Cameron Young and Louis Ross provided some very close games, Cameron topping the group followed by Eddie.
With two players from each group qualifying for the Quarter Finals, Conner beat LouisK in two straight, Ethan beat SamR also in two, Alfie lost to Cameron again in two and JimmyH beat Eddie in two. Keeping to the trend, the Semi Finals were also decided in two with Conner beating Ethan and JimmyH overcoming Cameron.
The Final saw brother against brother in what was a very entertaining match enjoyed by those watching. Two contrasting styles gave the match a certain amount of spice, direct attacking countered by a slightly unorthodox brick wall defence. Winning over five games JimmyH came back after being 1-2 down. Both players should be very proud of their display and a match to catch in the future.
All players were a credit to their clubs, showing a high level of play and keenness throughout. Thanks also go to all those who helped, including those volunteering to cover umpiring duties.
Sad News. March 2017.
Alan Pearce passed away on 28th February. He had suffered a stroke last June and after hospital was transferred to Barham Care Home.Many in the Ipswich TT League will know Alan, who played for many years and also served on the Committee. Alan was the last surviving member of the PO Research 'G' / BT Gladiators team playing with Berni Studd and Bert Newman. Together, they played in the IDTTL having moved up from Dollis Hill in the early 70's.
The photo above shows Alan (far right) in 1987 after the Eastern Postal and Telecomms Region Recreation Association Table Tennis Championships played at St. Neots.Alan's funeral is to take place on Thursday 30th March. Arrangements by Hunnaball of Ipswich, Norwich Road.
2pm Service at Old Cemetery Chapel, Ipswich (drive down Cemetery Lane off Colchester Road. Chapel is signposted).
Circa 2.45pm Millenium Cemetery, Tuddenham Road for burial service.
Please join the family afterwards at Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach.
Family flowers only, but any donations made in Alan's memory will go to Friends of Barham Care CentreOur thoughts are with Alan's family and friends at this time.
IDTTL 2017 Championships Report. March 2017.
The 2016/2017 IDTTL Championship report can be found here
Pickwicks New Home Venue. Jan 2017.
Pickwicks are having to play the remainder of the season at Ringshall Village Hall, see www.ringshallvillagehall.org.uk
.The postcode is IP14 2JB.
Sad News. Nov 2016
I\'m sure that league members will be sad to hear that Paul Packwood passed away on 25th October, aged 91.
Season Dates after Christmas. Nov 2016.
Some teams might still be using fixture lists printed out from the website in September. This is fine for the first half of the season, but can we just remind everybody that the start date for the second half of the season has changed. The handbook is correct, and the website now matches.
Handbook amendments 2016/17
Please note that the email for Ken Rodwell - Hadleigh TTC Secretary has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sad News. Sept 2016.
We have received notification from Janet Faiers that her father, a former Suffolk Table Tennis player - Alan List - who for many years was very active in Bury St.Edmunds, Stowmarket and Ipswich local leagues has recently passed away. Alan\'s funeral will take place on Friday 30th September 2016 at St.Peter\'s church, Bury St.Edmunds at 2pm.
2016/17 IDTTL Season Result Cards. Sept 2016
Download and print Score Card
Player Required Div 3
Trimley B in Div 3 require a player for the forthcoming season. Home night is Thursday at the Trimley Sports and Social Club.Contact Chris Pulham 07508475645 if interested.
Handicap Cup 2016/17. Aug 2016.
The season will soon be starting next month and it is time for all your teams to enter the Handicap Cup. All teams stand a chance and to play against players who they normally don't come up against.
Please ask your individual team secretaries to e-mail or telephone me to enter.Brian Blagden tel: 01473 252623 e-mail: email@example.comOr you can enter all of your clubs teams by contacting me to let me know all teams in your club are entering.Let's try to make this a larger entry than last year.
If the entry is larger than last year we may need an extra round for some teams.Cheers, Brian Blagden, Handicap Cup Sec.
IDTTL Championships 2016/17. Aug 2016.
Advance notice of the 2016/17 Ipswich Championships. These will be held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February 2017. There is an one off entry fee of £5, payable on the day.
The 2016/17 season will start on Monday 19th September 2016. Handicap Cup week will be 21st November 2016.Fixtures have been uploaded to the website - please have a look and contact Andy Mann with any issues which can hopefully be resolved before the handbook goes to print.Have a great season!
IDTTL 2016 AGM. Aug 2016.
The Chairman welcomed all and announced that due to family commitments he was stepping down at the end of the AGM. He also announced the resignation of Michael Wright (MW) as Deputy Chairman but confirmed that MW is happy to help with the Championships in 2017. The Chairman reiterated that his role was not an onerous one and encouraged somebody come forward and take it on. He then thanked the committee for their hard work during the year. All Clubs were represented with the exception of Trimley St Martin.Congratulations to all winners and commiserations to any teams relegated - special mention went to Otley Otters in Div 2 and Britannia Falcons for winning Premier. Acknowledgment of the work Jimmy Farrow (JF) and MW put in to the smooth running of the League and also the Championships.Well done to Kingsfleet for winning the Handicap Cup and to Brian Blagden for his organization. More entries next year please!Confirmation that the current Chairman and Officers of TTE were re-elected by a large majority. There have been some good developments since they took on the role.The requirement to use Plastic Balls in IDTTL will remain in place.TTE membership fees to rise, but Personal Accident Insurance will now be included alongside Public Liability Insurance. All League players must have an active TTE membership.Apologies for handbook errors, team secretaries urged to use the website which will be the most up-to-date list and take account of team withdrawals.Reported that the number of matches being played with only two players on a team reduced by 20% this year. JF's Championships Report included:Entries down, around 90 players took part this year. Particularly low entry in Div 3 Singles, but good participation in Junior events.New finals night format thought to be a success, and enabled us to finish earlier. No feedback received from those present when asked.Three year deal with Corn Exchange until 2018 at which point costs will be looked at.Thanks to Andy Mann (AM), MW, John Leith and Richard Goodhand for their support. Thanks also to the main sponsors Chips Away, JM Finn and Sampson Blinds.Treasurer's Report: Ran through the notes to the accounts, Lower income from Kesgrave, as well as the purchase of new nets, Steve Branton added that the club now has to pay for equipment storage and this has reduced the amount that can be given back to the league. Van hire was extra this year, having been undercharged previously. Request for any support in providing a van. Please ensure Trophies come back to IDTTL for engraving. Highlighted the possible shortfall in income, this year there was a deficit of around £1,000, leaving a bank deposit of only £573.05. We have received sponsorship from Coes for £100 but the league needs to look at costs overall.Proposed Rule Changes and Vote Amendment to Rule 6a - CarriedAmendment to Rule 11g - Not carriedJF thanked those leaving the committee including Ken Rodwell who was stepping down as Div 2/3 Secretary, Steve Branton for his work over the years as Handbook Secretary/Photographer/Kesgrave TTC organiser and Child Protection Officer, Mike Wright for all of his work at the Championships over the years and sage council on the committee, and finally John Leith for his years of service as Chairman and fundraiser.Presentations were made to the following:-The Jim Kenworthy Award : Lawrence Arscott, KingsfleetThe Doris Fox Award : John LeithThe Chairman sought the views of the floor on the possible removal of Trophies for Winners/Runners-up to save costs.Election of Officers:All standing again other than:-John Leith stepping down as ChairmanMichael Wright stepping down as Vice-ChairmanSteve Branton stepping down as Handbook Secretary and Child Protection OfficerElliot Branton stepping down as Deputy Child Protection OfficerKen Rodwell stepping down as Div 2/3 SecretaryRosemary Curtis to be elected as Child Protection OfficerAndy Mann to be elected as Handbook SecretaryNo opposition to this from the floor, and nobody forthcoming to fill vacant positions.AM made a plea for new committee members, noting that if a further one or two officers were to resign the task of running the league would be almost impossible.AOB:The Chairman spoke at length about the requirement for Sponsors and asked the floor to pass the request on to other players.AM asked the floor about entry fees for the championships. This was widely supported as a way to increase revenue, noting that the Championships costs around £3,500 to host and we no longer have a main sponsor.Norman Atkins spoke about the need to do whatever it takes to keep the event at the Corn Exchange rather than look for cheaper venues and this was widely supported.Moving onto the league deficit, it was suggested the committee look at increasing player fees next year. It was also suggested that the committee look at ceasing the production of the Handbook as the majority now view it online, and that end-of-season memento trophies were no longer produced. All will be considered.Meeting closed at 8:41pm.
IDTTL Rules Changes Explanations. June 2016.
It has been suggested that some explanation of the rule changes, and the committee\'s views would be useful to put things into context.The amendment to the AGM date is, we hope, self-explanatory - it seems unnecessary to restrict ourselves in terms of date when we are largely influenced by the availability of committee members and venue.With regards to the rule change to establish final league positions, the committee feels that on the whole the current rules which take into account matches won and lost before moving to a play-off are sufficient. Not only could a change to the system mean a re-writing of the software used to establish ongoing league positions, we are uncertain how a situation where 3 or 4 teams finish on the same number of points, and are tied in their head-to-head scores could then be entered into a play-off.Whilst current rules could lead us to the same situation, we do not see the change as an improvement to the current position.St Margaret\'s Manor Club have not provided a detailed explanation as to why this change would be an improvement but we will offer them the opportunity to do so at the AGM before the vote should they wish.
IDTTL AGM Rules Proposals. June 2016
Rule Changes Proposed
11 g - proposal from St Margaret's Manor Club
League positions shall be decided by the number of sets won or, in the case of a tie, the number of matches won, then by number of matches lost. If a tie still remains a play-off match will be arranged, if required, if promotion or relegation are involved.
League positions shall be decided by the number of games won, or in the case of a tie, the head to head results of the teams affected (home and away). If a tie still remains a play-off match will be arranged if promotion or relegation is involved.
6 a - proposal from IDTTL Committee
The League shall hold an Annual General Meeting each year not later than 31st May and may be attended by all members and a representative of any club intending to seek affiliation. Any person may speak but only persons holding a Ballot Card may make proposals relating to rule changes, or vote.
The League shall hold an Annual General Meeting each year before the start of each new season and may be attended by all members and a representative of any club intending to seek affiliation. Any person may speak but only persons holding a Ballot Card may make proposals relating to rule changes, or vote.
IDTTL - Players wanted for the 2016/17 season. May 2016
Pickwicks, playing at Baylham Village Hall in Division 3, are looking for a player for the 2016/17 season who will be able to play part time.
Sandwiches are provided at home matches and annual subs are around £40 (cheap and cheerful).
Anyone interested please contact Mike Chenery or Mark Beaumont.(numbers are in the book).
IDTTL AGM, Wednesday 15th June 2016. May 2016.
The next Annual General Meeting will take place at the Rosary Conservative Club, 172 Bramford Rd, Ipswich IP1 4AB commencing at 7.30pm.I would like to remind you that Article 6.d states that any proposed rule amendments must be received by the Secretary, in writing, at least 21 days prior to the meeting.The Committee is not proposing any changes this year, but in line with the above, any submissions must be received by me, preferably via email, by Wednesday 25th May 2016.Unfortunately we have been informed that after 7 years of dedicated service, John Leith will be stepping down as Chairman of the League. Should anybody wish to be considered for the position (or wish to join the Committee in a more general role) could they let me know asap. The position of Deputy Child Protection Officer is also being vacated.Could I also ask that you contact me should you wish to nominate anybody for either the Doris Fox award (for services to the League), or the Jim Kenworthy Cup (for the most improved Junior).Player Registration and Team Affiliation Fees remain the same for the season 2016-2017...Player Registration Fee £15 Adult £6 JuniorTeam Affiliation Fee £18Regards, Andy
IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2016
On Friday 20th March, Kesgrave Table Tennis Club hosted the 2016 IDTTL U13 Championships. 18 players from Kesgrave and Britannia Table Tennis clubs entered, equally the previous highest turnout, again many younger players playing in their first competitive competition.
Players were grouped into two groups of 4 and two groups of 5. Group A consisted of number 1 seed Harry Gill, Henry Shaw, Joel George, Lily Clarke and Alex Hunt. A minor upset in this group saw Henry beat Harry and having not dropped a match Harry won the group, with Harry second.
Group B with Joshua Varghese, Alex Attew, Sam Gill, and Jason George was won by Alex, with Joshua accompanying him to the next round.
Group C featured McKenzie Lowe, Lucy Curtis, Jonathan George and James Elias. McKenzie didn't drop a game and together with Lucy preceeded to the KO stage.Group D made up of Daniel Young, Kai Webb, Lucy Needham, Rupert Edgcombe and Theo Cordell saw Daniel win the group followed by Lucy to fill the remaining Quarter final places.
Match of the Quarters was a 10-12, 11-6, 11-3 win by Alex over Joshua. Also reaching the Semis in two games straight were Daniel, beating LucyC, McKenzie beating Harry and Henry overcoming LucyN.
The Semi Finals saw some very open play from all four players, demonstrating their ability to maintain good rallies of no little quality. Making their way to the Final were Daniel beating Alex and McKenzie beating Henry.
On reaching the Final, play stopped on surrounding tables as Kesgrave club members stopped to watch. With two players having very similar styles there was a certain amount of cancellation in their play unlike the open play in preceeding rounds. Both players' serving dictated the play and long rallies were in short supply. However, the more consistant McKenzie maintained his form throughout the evening and beat Daniel in two games straight.
Many thanks go to all those who helped with the umpiring, the players for their great attitude and play, and members of Kesgrave Table Tennis club who helped setting up / clearing down.
IDTTL 2016 Championships. Feb 2016.
We are looking for helpers to set up the venue on Friday evening this week, at the Corn Exchange, meet at the Waitrose entrance at 6pm, many hands make light work, we hope to have the tables, surrounds, umpires tables, scorer etc all done by 7.45pm. If you can spare some time, it would be most appreciated.Jarvis Sports trade stand on Sunday will be offering, 30% off catalogue prices, so please check them out for bats, balls, clothing and TT accessories.Get your family and friends to pop in over the weekend to watch some first class TT, its all FREE, and the Finals Night will be shortened by starting the first 3 finals on three tables, to compact the evening for families with children.Our regular MC, David Mann can\'t attend this year, so we have Wayne Bavin from Town 102 looking after us this year.See you at the weekend. Jimmy
IDTTL 2016 Championships. Jan 2016
All playing times have now been issued by email or posted, if you do not receive your playing times or can\'t make any of the events you have entered please contact Mike Wright on firstname.lastname@example.org. Can all players that won events last year, please ensure that they bring the trophy with them on the 13th/14th polished, clean and tidy ready for presentation. If you have a trophy and are not playing this year please contact me on 07805-212319 to arrange the return.Does anyone work or pass through Liverpool St. Station, as I need to get the Divn 1 trophy from Laurence Sanders, who works very close to the station, can anyone help?Jarvis Sports will be providing a trade stand on the Sunday, our three main sponsors are JM Finn & Co, Chips Away and Sampson Blinds. Please support them where you can, Sampson Blinds are offering a discount for any Ipswich Player, when placing an order.If any player has a prize that they would like to donate for the draw, please contact me, this would be most appreciated.See you in a couple of weeks. Jimmy.
IDTTL 2016 Championships. Jan 2016.
Please note the closing date has been extended to Saturday 16th JAN 2016 at 1.00pm. No telephone, email entries allowed, please enter via the website or the postcard in your handbook.Any queries regarding your entry should be made to Mike Wright 07709-484080 who is collating all the entries.Regards, Jimmy
IDTTL 2016 Closed Championships. Dec 2015.
The closing date to enter the Ipswich Championships 2016, is the 31st Dec 2015. Enter online or complete the entry form in the handbook, (no email, text or telephone entries permitted). Please ensure you enter early to enable the organisers to plan the various events.We will have a trade stand from Jarvis Sports, and our usual Finals Night starting at 7pm Sunday night will feature Ipswich best players from Juniors to Veteran\'s, Singles and Doubles. Its FREE attendance all weekend, so bring along friends and family to enjoy a weekend of table tennis.
Handbook Changes. Sept 2015
There are a number of changes to the Handbook (click on link above). Please print off the website fixtures as of 16th Sept as these are the correct ones to follow and have the latest updates.
IDTTL Players Wanted. Sept 2015.
Division 1 - Trimley 'A' require a player.Division 3 - ISC 'D' require a player.Please contact the relevant team secretaries in the Handbook.
IDTTL Handicap Cup. Sept 2015.
Hi all, we need four more entries to have a full complement for the first round in November, otherwise some teams will get byes and may win having played only 3 games.Lets make it a full competition. Get back to me soon.ENTRIES CLOSE 30/09/2015.Thanks, Brian Blagden, Sec. Handicap KO Cup
IDTTL 2015/16 Handbooks. Sept 2015.
The Handbooks are now ready. Please ring to arrange collection. Steve.
IDTTL Handicap KO Cup. Aug 2015.
The time of year has come to enter the IDTTL Handicap Knock Out Cup.The first leg if sufficient entries are received as last year will be the week before the season starts w/c 14/09/2015.This will give a warm up for all players involved, so come on and lets be having entries pouring in.Will all team secs. send me their entries please...Brian Blagden email@example.com
IDTTL 2015/16 Season Start. July 2015.
The new season will start on 21st September 2015.
IDTTL 2016 Championships. July 2015.
Advance notice of the 2015/16 IDTTL Championships - these will be held on the weekend of Sat 13th and Sun 14th Feb 2016.
Table Tennis England 2015 Annual ReportTTE Annual Report
IDTTL AGM 2015. June 2015.
The IDTTL AGM was held on Wed 10th June 2014 at Rosary.
John Leith opened the meeting and welcomed all and encouraged suggestions from the floor. He thanked the committee for their hard work during the year. All Clubs were represented with 44 people in attendance.
Richard Goodhand's final report as Secretary included the following:Congratulations to all winners and commiserations to any teams relegated - special mention went to Division 3 which was won by Wherstead Novas by 1pt, and to Rosary Red for winning what was perhaps the most open Premier division title for a number of years.Acknowledgment of the work Jimmy and his team put in to the ChampionshipsWell done to ISC C for winning the Handicap Cup.Congratulations to Rob Wood for winning the Golf Day for the second year running.Confirmation that the Committee were voting to retain the current Chairman and Officers of TTE. There have been some good developments since they took on the role and we wish to give them a chance to expand on these.The work of a few individuals was highlighted - Michael Wright for his organizational skills and common sense, particularly when it comes to the Championships. John Leith for his enthusiasm and commitment to the League, Malcolm Fenn for his knowledge of the rules, and Steve Branton for his incredible work at Kesgrave TTCJimmy's Championships report included:-Over 100 entrants this year, approaching the maximum we can take due to table constraints and a challenging schedule. This included over 20 entries in the Junior competition and the aim should be to convert some of these into league players.Player of the weekend was Dan Shelley who despite playing in Division 2, won the Restricted Singles, Junior Singles, Cadet Singles and Junior Doubles.Without Aimee Sparks and Jake Collins we saw some new faces in the Finals, with Wayne Shaw meeting Ryan Collins in the Men's Singles, and Sonia Talbot meeting Clair Westlake in the Ladies. Congratulations to both Ryan and Clair on their victoriesBernie Studd Performance Award - Keiran Bean for his victory over Charlie Fulcher.
Many families were spectating and supporting which was pleasing and should be encouraged. Thanks to the organisers and all helpers. Thanks to our sponsors.A show of hands was taken over whether February or March was the best month in which to hold the Championships. There was no clear preference and next year's tournament date will be announced in due course.
Jimmy also gave the Treasurer's Report:Player registration fees were about £400 lower this year than last due to around 30 players leaving the League.Corn Exchange cost was £500 more, but some savings were made elsewhere.Corn Exchange has been secured for a further three years, with a 3% per annum increase in cost for both 2016 and 2017, followed by a 10% reduction in 2018.Admin costs have increased due to the League joining TT365 which allows us to gather email addresses of all IDTTL members for mailings.Proposal to increase Player Registration fee increased to £15, with no change for Junior or Team registrations. Vote carried.Proposal on the use of plastic balls in League matches was carriedPresentations were made to the Divisional winners and runners up. Awards were also presented to Hannah Page, the The Jim Kenworthy Award for the most improved Junior. The Doris Fox award was presented to Richard Goodhand for services to the league.The Chairman sought the views of the floor on the possible removal of Trophies for Winners/Runners-up to save costs and to provide an alternative prize. There was no indication from those present that a change was warranted.In the election of Officers, Richard Goodhand was resigning as League Secretary with Andy Mann to take up the position. There was no opposition to this from the floor, and the remainder of the committee were duly re-elected.The Chairman would welcome new faces onto the committee so please come forward if you would like to have an input into the running of the League. Now that Aimee Sparkes and Dawn Collins have retired we would particularly welcome any ladies.AOB:There was a discussion surrounding the league match structure moving to 2 games per player plus a doubles which would shorten matches. A few people have commented that matches are going on too long and finishing too late. Members in attendance felt that the current structure did not need amending.The discussion also included moving the Doubles to Game 6. This seemed popular and will be discussed further in due course.The League does not currently have a Press Officer, would anybody be willing to take on the role in order to try and obtain some additional coverage for TT. Whilst the Championships received good coverage in the EADT, we are unable to get the League Tables covered on a regular basis. The use of Village Magazines was encouraged. Local teams could provide regular reports to promote our sport. Steve Branton's use of Kesgrave and Martlesham Magazines was given as an example.Team entries are getting later and later, Steve Branton asked Club Secretaries to have all teams registered by the end of June to aid the timely compilation of the Handbook. It is not necessary to have players registered by this date.The date for the 2016 Championships will be released once ITFC fixtures are known so that a clash can be avoided.A discussion followed regarding the use of Plastic balls next season. Whilst the committee cannot promote specific brands, members were encouraged to provide feedback on any balls that have been used on the IDTTL Forum so that those not familiar with the new balls could receive some guidance before the season starts.The Chairman thanked Steve Branton and Ed Broom for their work on the website which is excellent. League sponsors Chips Away and BNF Insurance were also thanked for their support. The league is hoping to attract more sponsors and the amount required has been reduced to £100 for which they will receive adverts in the Handbook, Finals Night Program and other publicity etc.John gave thanks to our anonymous benefactor whose continued support is very much appreciated and makes holding the Championships at the Corn Exchange possible.Please do ensure you continue to keep your individual TTE membership up to date. Please remember, if you don't have a membership number you are ineligible to play in the league.A Hard Bat Tournament is being held at Britannia on 28th July 2015.Meeting closed at 20:34pm.
Fun Sandpaper Ping Pong Competition. June 2015.
Held at Britannia TT Club, Sunday June 28th 2015, start 10 am.The competition is for local players only, of all standards, who want to try out the sandpaper bats and have some fun!All bats are provided on the day, so just turn up and play!The competition is in a group format, so everyone is guaranteed a few games, including a consolation band B event!The overall Champion and band B winners will both receive an Official World Championship of Ping Pong bat! (Richard Hutchinson excluded from prizes)If you are interested then please email Richard Hutchinson on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him on 07580 312422.Practice is available at Britannia on Thursdays and Sundays leading up to the event, where free equipment and coaching will be provided!Entry £6 entry, £3 for JuniorsDON'T MISS OUT - ONLY 32 PLACES AVAILABLE!!!
IDTTL GOLF DAY, 29TH MAY 2015, NEWTON GREEN. June 2015.
Eighteen players contested this year's Golf Day held at the historic Newton Green Golf Course. The 'old Nine' nearest the A131 has been played on for 108 years, the Club being founded in 1907. Shortly after the Competition started the expected rain began but didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the players who did very well to complete their rounds.
Players of varying abilities competed the lowest handicap being seven and the highest twenty eight. Rob Wood, last year's Winner, retained the Player's Shield, scoring an excellent 36 points. Second and third places, both on 33 points, were Bob Bennett and Derek Bloomfield, with Bob taking second place on countback. Rob's guest, Jon Quinnell, scored an impressive 39 points to win the Guest's competition repeating his feat of the previous year. Second was David Carse, 36 points, a local Newton Member. Third was Alan Rudd (Hadleigh) on 33 points, winning on countback from Guy Whiting. Alan scored 20 points on the inward half equalled only by Jon Quinnell.Two thirds of the field scored 30 points or more. This was excellent scoring on a rain swept Course. Full list of Prize Winners was as follows:T.T. Players
Winner: Rob Wood - 36 points2nd: Bob Bennett - 33 points. OCB.3rd: Derek Bloomfield - 33 pointsGuests
Winner: Jon Quinnell - 39 points2nd: David Carse - 36 points3rd: Alan Rudd - 33 points. OCB.Best front 9
(not top three) Ollie WoodsBest back 9
(not top three) Andy WarnerNearest the Pin
(6th) Keith ArmesNearest the Pin
(16th - 2nd Shot) Guy Whiting
IDTTL Fees for 2015/16. May 2015.
At the last committee meeting it was decided to raise the Player registration fee from £13.50 (since 2011) to £15, and keep the Team registration at £18.00 (since 2006). Juniors remain at £6.00.
IDTTL AGM Rule Proposals. May 2015
There have been no rule change proposals received from any club this year. However, the IDTTL has one proposal for your consideration around the use of plastic balls for the 2015/2016 season. Table Tennis England are recommending their use but your committee is looking to make things clearer by applying a local rule mandating this for the new season. Our reasoning is:-- The new plastic balls are now readily available from TT suppliers.- They play a little differently to the old celluloid balls so it's important players know what they are going to be up against consistently when they turn up to a match, ie level playing field.- The balls are in use in major tournaments and British League, as they will be at our own Championships next season.By mandating their use we believe we bring clarity to an otherwise difficult situation so I hope you will support this by voting in favour at the AGM when the time comes. The wording of the rule proposed is:-19.
BallsOnly ITTF approved plastic balls will be used for all IDTTL league and tournament matches with effect from 1st September 2015.Also, may I remind you that you can submit nominations prior to the AGM for the Doris Fox award, to recognise services to local TT. This is in danger of being vacant again, without your input.We are also looking for a volunteer to pick up the Div 2 and 3 league secretary role from Ken. Please let us know if you have anyone interested?
IDTTL 2015/16 Season. May 2015.
Several clubs have expressed an interest in how the Divisions will pan out next season. This is partly due to the Premier having two Blank teams to fill.Although it is still too early to organise the divisions, it all depends on the number of teams entering, the following considerations are applied:1. The number of teams to be relegated and promoted will be applied as usual. However... We will need to spread the Blank weeks across the Divisions, so if the number of teams remains the same... 2. Two teams are promoted from Div 1 to Premier, but only one team will be relegated from Premier.3. Three teams will promoted and relegated from Div 1 to 2 and subsequently 3.4. There may come a point where we have to promote only two teams from Div 3 but relegate 3 from Div 2 so Div 3 doesn't implode.Time will tell...
IDTTL Golf Day. April 2015.
The following are the details for this year's Golf Day at Newton Green on Friday, 29th May 2015. TEE- OFF TIME 10AM.
The Competition will be our usual Stableford played over 18 holes. Booking in time from 9am onwards. As in previous years all Current League players and former League players are eligible to play. Also, we would like you where possible to bring along Guests.
On arrival each player will get a Bacon Roll/Coffee followed by the 18 holes Golf. Following play there will be a One Course Meal and Coffee. Later there will be prizes for those who have scored well on the day. The cost for the day will be £28.00 per player.
We will probably be playing in 'threes' and 'fours' and I will be sending out Tee-Times a few days before 29th May 2015.If you would like to pair up with anyone else please let me know and I will arrange this.
Please forward me your entries (as soon as possible) with a £10.00 deposit for each player. I will also need to know each player's current handicap - if they have one.
As usual, I will also be running A BALL DRAW on the day to help defray the cost of providing Prizes.Newton Green Golf Club can be found on the A131 between Colchester and Sudbury, 3 miles the Colchester side of Sudbury. Part of the course is adjacent to the A131. If you need further directions please let me know.
Please let me have your entries via email and send your £10.00 deposits to me - email page 20 and address on page 3 of the Handbook. My land line number is 01473-823895 in case you have a further query.
I repeat, please get your entries in as soon as possible.
Kind regards, Ken Rodwell(Organiser)
Britannia 2015 Summer League. Mar 2015.
Now that the season is drawing to a close it's time if you are interested, in entering the Britannia Summer League.
Anyone can enter, in your current team or not, league or non league players.
The format is based on an individual handicap with a Tuesday division and a Wednesday division. On the final week there are play offs between the 2 evenings i.e. 1st Tuesday v 1st Wednesday: 2nd Tuesday v 2nd Wed. and so on to have a final single table.Summer League Entry Form
IDTTL AGM - 10th June 2015. Mar 2015.
Dear Club Secretary,
I am writing to give notice of this year's AGM, scheduled for 7.30pm at Rosary on Wed 10th June 2015. Please ensure your club is represented at the AGM.
If you wish to propose any formal rule amendments, please lodge these with me as early as possible, but as per our own constitution no later than 21 days prior to the AGM. There can be significant admin required from me on any proposal so I would be grateful for as much notice as you are able to give please on any such proposals in order that I have time to process them.
Our team and individual registration fees will be set shortly and we will aim to provide details as early as possible, by email and/or on the website. Please can you come to the AGM ready to settle up with Jimmy for the 2015/16 season, as usual.
Also, if you have any nominations for either the Jim Kenworthy or Doris Fox Awards then I would be happy to receive these by email, with your reasons for the nomination, so the committee can consider these. Last year, nobody was awarded the Doris Fox award as there were no nominations received; hopefully between us we can find a deserving case for this year.
For those who won trophies last season, please ensure you bring them with you so they can be passed to the next worth winners.
Finally, you may be aware this is my final year as IDTTL secretary. As far as I'm aware, we are still looking for a volunteer to take this on from me. It's probably not the most glamorous role (none of them are really!) but it's not a big workload generally and vitally important to the running of the league. I think we are fortunate to have the committee members we do and I've always enjoyed the social side of this role, as well as giving something back to the league. If you would be interested and able to do this, or if you know somebody else who might, please do let us know as soon as possible.
Thank you all.
Best regards, Richard
Players wanted for the 15/16 Season. Mar 2015
Pickwicks, playing at Baylham Village Hall in Division 3, are looking for one/two players for the 2015/16 season, who will be able to play most weeks.
Sandwiches are provided at home matches and annual subs are around £40 (cheap and cheerful).
Anyone interested please contact Mike Chenery or Mark Beaumont.(numbers are in the book).
IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2015
On Friday 20th March, Kesgrave Table Tennis Club hosted the 2015 IDTTL U13 Championships. With 14 players from Kesgrave and Britannia Table Tennis clubs entered, a good turn out from both clubs, with many younger players playing in their first competitive competition.
Players were grouped into one group of 4 and two groups of 5. Group A consisted of number 1 seed Thomas Clarke, Joel George, Sam Gill and Laura Thomson. True to form, Thomas progressed to the Quarter Finals without dropping a game, together with Sam who had a key match with Joel, winning 2-1.
Group B, with Joshua Varghese, Harry Gill, William Woods, Lucie Robbins and Jason George was won by Harry, with Joshua and William accompanying him to the next round.
Group C, the second 5 player group, featured Mathew Johnson, Lucy Curtis, Jonathan George, Isaac Wells and Harry Syrett. Mathew, Lucy and Harry finishing in that order to fill the remaining Quarter final places.
Match of the quarters was a very tight 12-10, 12-10 win by Lucy over Matthew. Also reaching the Semis were Thomas, beating Sam, HarryG beating William and Joshua overcoming HarryS.
The Semi Final between HarryG and Joshua was perhaps the match of the night. Having previously met in the group stages with a 2-0 win to Harry, Joshua used his experience to take a 2-0 lead, 11-8 in both games. Harry however, was not to be denied and changing tactics pulled back the deficit and reached the Final with a 11-5 win in the last game.
The remaining Semi Final between Thomas and Lucy saw some good open top spin play with Thomas winning 3-0.
Thomas, last year's runner up, was making his last attempt at the U13 title before he moves up to the U15 cadet level next season. His experience showed as he duly won, beating HarryG 3-0 although Harry should be proud, putting up a brave fight against a player with age on his side.
Thanks go to all those who helped with the umpiring, the players for their great attitude and members of Kesgrave Table Tennis club who helped setting up / clearing down.
Dummett Copp Charity Table Tennis Tournament. Mar 2015
On Thursday 26th February at Kesgrave Community Centre, Dummett Copp held their second charity Table Tennis Tournament raising £1,105 towards the Woolverstone Wing. Congratulations go to the winners, Ben Adams and Tom Coleman the ‚ÄúKing Pingers‚ÄĚ from KPMG and Daniel Farrow and Josh Wiggins ‚ÄúPing Pong Gone Wrong‚ÄĚ (runners-up) from the LB Group. Tables, bats and balls were supplied by Kesgrave TT club.
IDTTL Golf Day. Feb 2015
For this year's Golf Day I have booked Newton Green Golf Club on Friday 29th May 2015. As you are aware for the last two years we've held the Golf Day at Seckford Golf Club Nr. Woodbridge. Although they would still offer us favourable terms, I feel a change of scenery to the west side of Ipswich would be of benefit this year. Newton Green is a pleasant flattish Course, but still comes with all the usual hazards, i.e. Bunkers, Ditches and Crossing roads etc.
Please make a note of the date in your Diary. In due course I will send out further details with the approximate cost for the day's Golf plus accompanying Meal.Update: This year's IDTTL GOLF DAY will be held at Newton Green Golf Club on Friday, 29th May 2015. Further details will follow in due course.
Kind regards, Ken (Organiser)
IDTTL 2015 Championship Report. Feb 2015.
Championship report and pictures are going into the Star Thursday (12th Feb) and maybe the East Anglian on Friday (13th Feb).
IDTTL Handicap Final. Jan 2015
The Final of the Handicap Cup this year will be on Monday 30th March 2015, 7.30 pm start at the Britannia Dome between ISC 'C' and BT Bright Stars.
All are welcome to attend.
IDTTL Championships Entries
You have only until New Year's Eve to get your Championships entry form in - that's less than a week - so hurry.
The date in the handbook is incorrect.
Players are also reminded that the Championships will NOT be held in March but on Sat 7th and Sun 8th February
UKCC Level 1 Coaching. Nov 2014.
Table Tennis England are holding a UKCC Level 1 course at the Britannia Dome on 3 Sundays: 30 Nov 2014, 18 Jan and 1 Feb 2015 between 9.00am and 6.00pm.
Details of the course and application forms are available on the TTE website under 'Coaching'.
Items from IDTTL Committee Meeting. Nov 2014
An IDTTL committee meeting was held on Tues 28 Oct and the following points were covered...
The Championships closure date for entries is incorrect in the Handbook due to the championships being held over a month early. Note that entries MUST be in by 31st December 2014.
At the AGM, awards will be made for Services to the League (the Doris Fox Award) and to the Most Improved Junior (the Jim Kenworthy Award). The committee invites nominations before 1st April 2015 to be sent to Richard Goodhand.
Richard will be stepping down as League Secretary at the next AGM. The committee would like anyone who wishes to volunteer for the post to notify Richard.
IDTTL League Secretary : Role Profile
'Support the committee wherever needed to ensure the smooth running of all areas of the league whilst expending as little time and energy as possible'
- Arrange committee meetings (max 2-3 per year, usually held at a local watering hole) and AGM. (30 mins each max to arrange plus attendance)
- Prepare all meeting documentation; agenda, meeting notes, AGM specific docs. I have templates for all. (10 mins for each agenda, 45 mins to type a typical set of meeting notes or zero time if typed up 'live' on laptop during meeting)
- Liaison with club secretaries on specific items (rare) and general issues, eg notice of AGM, rule change proposals. (No more than 2 - 4 hours per year)
- Limited correspondence with TTE. Annual forms which Jimmy controls, circulars, rule changes to vote on. (1 hour each year)
- Support other officers in their roles, eg mayor invite to championships, although mostly each officer takes care of his/her own remit independently. (1 - 2 hours per year)
- Centralise communication for 'core' of committee (all by email - up to 4 hours per year max)
Be representative member of TTE (Zero time implication)
IDTTL 2014/15 Fixtures. Oct 2014.
Division 2 fixtures updated 12th Oct. Division 3 fixtures updated 29th Sept. Premier Fixtures updated 23rd Sept. Club home night fixtures have been updated 1st September. The new season's fixtures are now available on the website using last season's password. Please check your homes nights etc and let me know of any corrections. Steve.
2014/15 IDTTL Season Result Cards. Sept 2014
Download and print Score Card
The Handbooks are now ready. Please ring to arrange collection. Steve.
IDTTL 2014/15 Fixtures. Sept 2014.
Division 3 fixtures updated 15th Sept. Club home night fixtures have been updated 1st September.The new season's fixtures are now available on the website using last season's password. Note that the fixtures are provisional and subject to change with the handbook still in draft. Please check your homes nights etc and let me know of any corrections. Steve.
IDTTL Players looking for Teams. Sept 2014.
There are two Division 3 players and one Division 1/2 player looking for teams to play in for the new season. If you are able to offer a place(s) please ring / email me. Thanks, Steve.
Kesgrave Table Tennis Club. Sept 2014.
Kesgrave TT club starts back on Friday 12th Sept, 7 - 9pm at the Sports Hall, Grange Farm. Novices to league players welcome. Junior coaching from 7 - 8pm.
IDTTL 2014/15 Season. Aug 2014
We have had one team drop out of the Premier division. If there are any teams with 5/6 players who would like to form a new team (without jeopardising their existing teams) could they let me know ASAP by Sat 30th Aug. Thanks, Steve.
IDTTL Handicap Cup. Aug 2014.
This season (2014/15) the Handicap Cup first round will be starting on the week of 15th Sept - one week prior to the League season start.If you wish to enter your team please phone Brian Blagdon ASAP on 252623, email: email@example.com.
2014/15 Season. Aug 2014.
The new season starts on 22nd Sept with 12 teams per division. Players are reminded to register with Table Tennis England (ETTA) before the season starts.
UKCC Level 1 Table Tennis Coaching. Aug 2014
Britannia Table Tennis Club will be holding a UKCC Level 1 Table Tennis coaching course at the Dome on 14th Sept, 12th Oct and 16th Nov, 9am - 6pm. Anyone interested should contact Table Tennis England, Sandra Pelizzoni (firstname.lastname@example.org). Closing date 17th August.
IDTTL Balls for 2014/15. July 2014.
I've been asked a few times now if the league is moving to the new plastic ball for the new season. On the basis these are still virtually impossible to get hold of these, we are remaining with the existing celluloid balls for 2014/15.
It's worth using up your stockpile of celluloid balls as it's almost certain the plastic balls will be mandatory by 2015/16.
All the best, Richard
IDTTL Golf Day. June 2014
Eighteen players took part in the IDTTL GOLF DAY on Friday 6th June at Seckford Golf Club, nr. Woodbridge, on a day blessed with glorious sunshine. Players of various handicaps participated, the lowest being seven, and the highest twenty eight. The field included four previous winners of the Player's Shield. This year's deserving Winner was Rob Wood who had two consistent halves, scoring a very good 35 points. Even better was the Winner of our Guest's group, Jon Quinnell, who scored an impressive 38 points. The tight and testing Seckford lay-out was found to be in very good condition, remarked upon by several players.
The full list of Prize Winners was as follows -:
Winner Rob Wood 35 pts
2nd Kevan Gooding 34 pts (on countback)
3rd Derek Bloomfield 34 pts
Winner Jon Quinnell 38 pts
2nd Ian Houghton 33 pts (on countback)
3rd Marcus Harding 33 pts
Best Front 9 (Not top three) Ashley Phillips 17 pts
Best Back Nine (Not top three) Steve Holland 20 pts
Longest Drive (6th) Robin Collins
Nearest the Pin (14th )Mike Emmerson
The 'average' scoring for all players was just in excess of 30 points.
Kind regards, Ken
IDTTL AGM 2014. June 2014
The IDTTL AGM was held on Wed 18th June 2014 at Rosary.
John Leith opened the meeting and welcomed all those attending. He thanked the committee for their work and said the committee was open to discuss any suggestions clubs may have.
The minutes of the previous AGM were agreed in very quick time prompting the chairman to remind those present that the football started at 8 o'clock.
Richard Goodhand presented his 7th Secretary's report, hoping everyone enjoyed their season and congratulating those winning their respective competitions. He also acknowledged the work of Jimmy Farrow and the rest of the team. The Handicap Cup entry was down on previous years, and Richard encouraged teams to enter next season. Amiee Sparkes had stepped down as Handicap Cup secretary and her post taken by Brian Blagden.
Richard reported that Kesgrave TT had just completed its fifth year and despite losing five players to the Eastern Region Development Squad, had rebuilt a strong U18 presence. He thanked the Branton family for their work.
The ETTA had rebranded to 'Table Tennis England' (TTE), sadly the new chairman had passed away, succeeded by Sandra Deaton. TTE had moved to new premises and started to improve structures.
Players were again reminded to update their individual player membership. Finally, Richard hoped everyone enjoyed their summer break and to be ready for the season start in September.
Jimmy Farrow presented the Championship report, stating it was IDTTL's sixth year in a row at the Ipswich Corn Exchange, with 100 entrants, of which 27 were juniors which bodes well for the future. Conditions had been good with the exception of Table 8, a necessity with the large number of junior entries. A total of 365 games had been played and he thanked Mike Wright for his efforts. At the Championships Alex King had won the Berni Studd Performance Award and 150 spectators had watched the Sunday night finals. Thanks went to David Mann for compering, also to the sponsors who without we would struggle to hold the event. Helpers in setting and taking down were also thanked. The 2015 Championships would be held in February as the Corn Exchange had already been booked for March.
Jimmy also presented the Treasurer's report, citing a small excess over income. Membership fees would not change despite a small increase in payment to Suffolk TT due to the change in the way fees were calculated.
The meeting moved on to the proposed rule changes:
Proposal 1, 'If a club suspends, bans or imposes any restriction upon a club member, the club must inform the league of the nature of the restriction to allow the league committee to assess the suitability of the player to take part in league competitions (this includes league matches and tournaments)' was passed without discussion.
Proposal 2, 'There is no limit to the number of matches a player may play up in a higher division. However only the first 6 games won will count towards the higher division team's points. Subsequent games won will be recorded as walkovers to the opposing team unless the player has been formally transferred before the match' was also passed but discussions showed that the rule change could be taken further to allow players to play up for any club/team as long as the games were recorded as walkovers. The committee would look at this and make recommendations at a future meeting.
Trophies were presented to the respective divisional winners and runners up. The Jim Kenworthy Award, Most Improved Junior, was presented to Natalie Wills. There were no nominations for the Doris Fox Award, Services to the League.
The Election of Officers saw Brian Blagden replacing Amiee Sparkes as Handicap Secretary and Steve Branton and Elliot Branton elected to Child Protection Officer and Deputy respectively.
In the AOB, discussions were held on promoting Table Tennis in the Ipswich area, the problems relating to getting League items published in the Evening Star and coverage in local schools and sport centres. It was questioned where were juniors playing regarding league play, the high level of play required to play even in the lowest division being one of the hurdles. Also discussed was the possibility of getting high level coaching locally.
Chairman John Leith wrapped up the meeting by thanking the committee and helpers, thanking Steve Branton and Ed Broom for the website and finally informed those present that the committee was recommending that where a match included a junior player that they be allowed to play games 1,3 and 5 in order that they would not finish late.
Meeting closed at 8.40pm.
IDTTL AGM Rule Proposals. June 2014
There have been no rule change proposals received from any club this year. However, the IDTTL have two proposals for your consideration and vote at the AGM, both of which are self-explanatory and set out in full below:-Proposal 1:
Addition of rule 2.d. as follows:-
'If a club suspends, bans or imposes any restriction upon a club member, the club must inform the league of the nature of the restriction to allow the league committee to assess the suitability of the player to take part in league competitions (this includes league matches and tournaments)"Proposal 2:
And amendment of 9.c. from "A player may not play more than 3 matches higher than the division in which he is registered without being duly transferred" to the following
"There is no limit to the number of matches a player may play up in a higher division. However only the first 6 games won will count towards the higher division team's points. Subsequent games won will be recorded as walkovers to the opposing team unless the player has been formally transferred before the match."
Please come prepared to vote for or against these two changes at the AGM. As usual, your vote will be proportionate to the number of registered teams representing you in the league.
I am also pleased to report that Jimmy has proposed our player and team fees remain unaltered for a further year.
See you on 18th!
Best regards, Richard
IDTTL Golf Day - Friday 6th June.
Currently we have seventeen (17) entries for this year's Golf Day at Seckford Golf Club, on Friday 6th June. A couple of 'regulars' have called off recently due to injury and business reasons.
As you are aware, all League players and former players are eligible to play. Also, any 'Guests' you would like to bring along.
Last year at Seckford we had 21 entries, and 20 actually played on the day. I would like to see a few more players than we have at present. Are there any more out there (?) - and would all of you give some thought about further 'Guests' you would like to bring along.
£24.00 is very good value for a Day's Golf, and includes Bacon Roll and Coffee on arrival, a two Course Meal afterwards, and of course prizes for those fortunate to have brought their best game on the day!
We will probably play in 'threes' and 'fours' and I will be sending out Tee-times sometime during next weekend.
Kind regards, Ken
Website Refurbishment. Apr 2014
As you are now aware the website has had a bit of an uplift. There are a few pages not showing correctly but hopefully these will be sorted by the weekend.
The main issue encountered so far is with IE 9, those using this browser will have the wrong font size used for the menu items on the left hand side, making the page longer than it should be.Steve.
Eastern Region Table Tennis Open Day and Coach Education Day 3rd May 2014. Apr 2014
IDTTL 2014/15 Season. Apr 2014
The current season hasn't quite finished and already we are being asked when the new season starts!
The start date is governed by the number of teams in each division, if we have 14 teams this will be on Monday 8th September, if we stick to 12 teams this will be on Monday 22nd September.
We currently have two new teams requiring entry into the league, one in Division 1 and one in Division 3. Both teams we expect to be based at BT TTC at Martlesham but it requires some swapping around of players. Positions to be filled at the moment are 1 or 2 Premier players, 1 or 2 Division 1 players and 2 Division 3 players. These teams will only be created if players already playing in the league are prepared move clubs/teams. As there were a large number of teams with 5/6 players registered for the 13/14 season this shouldn't be impossible and will allow us to start growing the league again. Contact Steve Branton (email@example.com
) if you need more info.
Organiser Required for Suffolk Schools' Table Tennis. Apr 2014
Message from Tony Mooney:
I have been the Schools' Organiser for the past 7 years and have decided that it is time to move on as there are many other things I wish to do.
The body is Suffolk Schools' Table Tennis Association which is managed by the NGB for Suffolk which is Suffolk County Table Tennis Association. However, all the competitions come under English Schools' Table Tennis Association (ESTTA) which was set up by and is still run by teachers. I am not a teacher and as such have never been eligible to serve on the national body of ESTTA. I feel strongly that the organiser for Suffolk should be a teacher.
There are two competitions run each year split into the team event during the autumn term and the individual championships in February. In both cases winners move on to national finals with others picking up the responsibility for those events. The qualifying for the county team finals (level 2) is organised by the Schools' Games Organisers (SGOs) with the County Organiser running the finals on two dates in November split between the lower age groups on one evening and the older ones on the second. There is no qualifying for the individual event and this is run on a single day at the weekend in February but could be played during the week although it may have to be done over more than one day.
If there is someone out there who might be interested in fulfilling this role please let me know. There is someone in the NGB prepared to assist but cannot devote the time during the day that is required - this is the period of approximately 4-7pm. In addition in year one I shall advise and assist where I can.
If there are not one or more volunteers I cannot see table tennis events taking place at level 3 in the next academic year. I am happy to discuss with any interested parties so give me a call please.
Regards, Tony Mooney
Tournament Organiser, Suffolk Schools' Table Tennis Association
01449 615784 (Home)
07752 365129 (Mob)
U11 - U14 East Region Qualifiers. Apr 2014
See report here
IDTTL AGM. Apr 2014
Dear Club Secretary,
I can hardly believe it, but another 12 months has passed and I am writing to give notice of this year's AGM, scheduled for 7.30pm at Rosary on Weds 18th June 2014.
Please ensure your club is represented at the AGM.
If you wish to propose any formal rule amendments, please ensure these are lodged with me as early as possible, but as per our own constitution no later than 21 days prior to the AGM. There is significant admin required from me on any proposal so I would be grateful for as much notice as you are able to give please on any proposals.
Our team and individual registration fees will be set shortly and we will aim to provide details as early as possible, either by email and/or on the website. Please can you come to the AGM ready to settle up with Jimmy for the 2014/15 season, as usual.
Also, if you have any nominations for either the Jim Kenworthy (Most Improved Junior) or Doris Fox (Services to the League) Awards then I would be happy to receive these by email, with your reasons for the nomination, so the committee can consider these.
Finally, for those talented enough to have won silverware last season, please ensure you return it at the AGM for the next recipients.
Thank you all.
Best regards, Richard
IDTTL GOLF DAY - Friday 6th June 2014 at Seckford Golf Club. Mar 2014
At last Spring has arrived so if you haven't already done so - get out those Golf Clubs and go for it !!!
Just to confirm that this year's Golf Day will be back at Seckford Golf Club, nr. Woodbridge, on Friday 6th June, starting times 10am to 10.50am (approx). There will be 'Coffee and Bacon Rolls' from 9am, 18 Holes Stableford Golf, and a two Course Meal for £24.00 per. person.
Should we be able to attract more than 24 players there will be a 10% discount bringing the cost down to £21.60. Last year we had 20 players so it would be nice to top this and obtain the discount. The meal is a carvery followed by a choice of sweets.
There will be 'prizes' for the longest drive on the 6th, and nearest the pin on the 14th.
There will also be the usual 'BALL DRAW' which is necessary to help me purchase prizes for the Winners, including Guest Winners as well.
All League players, and former players are eligible to play. Also any Guests you would like to bring along.
Please send me your entries, as soon as possible. I will require a £10.00 deposit from each player. Cheques payable to myself (or Cash) would be preferable.
The latest date for 'entries' will be 26th May 2014 in order that I can organise tee-times,etc. If you would like to pair up with any particular player(s) please let me know, otherwise I will place players with similar handicaps in the same Group, either a three or four. Please let me know your handicap when you submit your entry. If you haven't got a handicap some idea of your current standard of play.
Kind regards, Ken Rodwell.
IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2014
Kesgrave Table Tennis Club hosted the U13 Championships on Friday 7th March. Thirteen players from Kesgrave and Britannia clubs were mixed up into 4 groups, three groups of three players and one of four. With last year's finalists now moving up to the U15 Cadet age group there was sure to be new names vying for the honours.
In four player Group A, Thomas Clarke and Adam Firth showed their strength and experience by finishing first and second respectively.
Group B saw Clarke Derrett and Matthew Johnson also proceed to the Quarter Finals.
In Group C, Logan Trinder, Harry Gill and Lucy Curtis entertained with some very controlled play, with good attacking rallies thrown in for good measure. These are some of the younger players being coached at present and their level of play bodes well for the future. Both Logan and Lucy progressing to the next round.
Group D was dominated by Joshua Varghese who didn't drop a game. Daniel Macfadyen occupying second spot and going into the Quarter Finals.
Joshua continued his fine run in the Quarter Finals by beating Logan in two straight, although the second game was a tight 12-10. Daniel and Clarke were matched up to decide one of the Semi Final places, Clarke proving to be too strong for Daniel.
Thomas was given one of his toughest matches so far in the competition by Lucy who pushed Thomas close with two 11-9 defeats. The remaining Quarter final game between Matthew and Adam was won by Adam.
Both Semi Finals saw players having to face compatriots from their own clubs, Britannia players Thomas and Adam fighting out one Finalist position which Thomas grasped with a two nil win. Kesgrave's Joshua and Clarke decided the remaining place with Clarke improving on last years Semi Final spot.
In the Final, first blood was taken by Thomas, 11-8, but Clarke showed his composure by coming back to win the next three games 7, 9 and 7. Both players showing real ability with some the backhand rallies that drew applause from those spectating.
Thanks go to all those supporting parents and coaches, not forgetting the Umpires (all done by the players themselves). Thanks finally must go those helpers to made sure tables were erected and cleared away, including Kesgrave club players for their support during this competition.
Clarke and Thomas, as trophy winners will able to receive their trophies at the Finals night of the IDTTL Championships at the Ipswich Corn Exchange.
Dummett Copp Charity Table Tennis Tournament. Feb 2014
On Tuesday 25th March at Kesgrave Community Centre, Dummett Copp held a charity Table Tennis Tournament raising £1280 for FIND (a local charity helping people who have been dispossessed or who are living in poverty in Ipswich and the surrounding area). Tables, bats and balls were supplied by Kesgrave TT club.
IDTTL GOLF DAY, FRIDAY 6TH JUNE 2014. Feb 2014
We had very favorable terms at Seckford Golf Club in 2013 so I am re-booking their course for Friday, 6th June, 2014, starting times from 10am.
The terms will include 'Coffee and Bacon Rolls' from 9am, 18 holes Stableford golf, and a two Course Meal to follow. Cost £24.00 per person (same cost as last year).
I am posting this so you can get the date in your diaries and to give you time to invite your 'Guests' to play with us.
I will be sending fuller details in the next week or two when I will be asking for 'entries'. In 2013 we had 20 players on the day. If we can get 24 players this year there will be a 10% discount for each player.
Kind regards, Ken Rodwell
IDTTL 2014 Championships.Championships EntryDiscuss the Ipswich 2014 Championships
Entering Results Online. Oct 2013
After popular demand (well only two matches in the last two seasons!) you may now enter games as 'Walk-overs' where required. Where a player is awarded a match due to a walk over the score card is marked with a lower case letter, and the player conceding the game is marked with a 'o'. In these cases the match does not count in the players' averages or ratings. An example of this can be seen in Div 2, Oct 21 card.
If you have problems entering score cards please let me know. Thanks, Steve.
Home Match Reminder. Sept 2013 Home Teams are reminded at the last AGM it was agreed that Home venues will be open at 7.15pm, ready for the opposition to warm up - that means the table erected by 7.15.
Division 3 teams should also be aware of venue changes as listed in the Handbook corrections Here
Fixtures. Sept 2013 Due to a mix up with Capel team names, teams in Divisions 1 and 2 should reprint any fixtures if they were printed before Mon 9th Sept. Handbook corrections are listed Here
Handbooks. Sept 2013
The 2013/14 Handbooks are now ready. Please ring to arrange collection.Important: Please also refer to the Handbook changes linked at the top of this page.
2013/14 IDTTL Season Result Cards. Sept 2013
The IDTTL will not be printing result cards. Instead you may download and print your own. Score Card
IDTTL 2013/14 Season. Sept 2013
The new season will start on Monday 23rd September 2013.
The fixtures are now available on this website under the 'Fixtures' menu on the left.
Players are reminded to register with the ETTA at ETTA Membership
IDTTL GOLF DAY, Seckford Golf Club, Friday 14th June 2013.
A total of 20 competitors enjoyed an excellent warm sunny day's Golf at the Seckford Golf Club, near Woodbridge. 11 were registered League players, and 9 invited Guests.
This was our 6th Annual Golf Day, previous competitions being shared between Newton Green and Brett Vale. Seckford was chosen this year on the recommendation of Richard Wyatt and provided an especially good test of golfing skills with some reasonably longish "par fours" and a testing "par 5" hole to finish. There were also some tricky "par 3's" which needed the right club selection to find the Greens.
This year's Winner for Members was late entrant Ryan Collins who transferred his undoubt'able Table Tennis skills onto the Golf Course registering 38 points off a 24 handicap. Runner-up was the ever-consistent Keith Armes scoring 34 points. Winner for the Guests was Jon Breitspecher on 34 points with the Runner-up, Michael Starling, on 32 points.
Following an enjoyable Carvery meal, a Prizegiving to the following players took place -
Members' Winner: Ryan Collins 38 pts
Runner-Up: Keith Armes 34 pts
3rd Place: Richard Wyatt 33 pts
Guests' Winner: Jon Breitspecher 34 pts
Runner-Up: Michael Starling 32 pts
3rd Place: David Holland 30 pts
Longest Drive(6th Hole): Richard Goodhand
Nearest the Pin (14th Hole): Neil Collins
Best Front Nine(not in Top Three): John Watson 16 points
Best Back Nine (not in Top Three): Andy Warner 15 points
I would like to thank the following people - Simon Jay, Seckford PGA Professional, for his valued assistance before the Event, also Keith Armes and Richard Wyatt for their significant help on the Day. Last, but not least, all the Competitors who turned out and played a sporting game.
Ken Rodwell (Organiser)
IDTTL AGM 12th June at Rosary. June 2013
In what was one of the biggest attendances in recent years, a lively AGM was held at Rosary. Chairman John Leith opened the meeting, welcoming everybody and thanking the Committee, recognising their work over the last year. He also named those on the Committee and their roles within the League.
No apologies had been received, and the minutes of last year's AGM passed without amendment.
Richard Goodhand presented the Secretary's Report, stating he had been in the post for 6 years, and apologised if his report sounded the same as previous years but with the names changed.
He thanked all Clubs / Teams for completing all the fixtures and congratulated Brit Falcons for winning the Bert Newman Trophy, and also the other teams who won their respective divisions.
The quality of the IDTTL Championships he felt had improved year upon year, building upon lessons learnt from previous seasons. Everyone was asked to encourage those who hadn't entered to enter next year. Richard acknowledged Jimmy Farrow and Michael Wright's work in organising the event.
In the IDTTL Handicap event CapelD had beaten Handicap specialists Pickwicks in the final, thanks went to Aimee Sparkes for organising it.
Kesgrave TT Club continues its good work, encouraging the general public to play, contributing to the Leagues finances and introducing juniors into league play.
Richard thanked Ken Lewis, Britannia Chairman, for the coaching initiatives, Grand Prix events and general positive activities run by the club.
The Secretary noted that the ETTA Chairman had changed and joked that he might be mistaken as John Leith's identical twin!
Everyone was reminded that ETTA membership is a must for all players.
Ken Rodwell was thanked for his organisation of the IDTTL Golf day which was to be held at the end of the week.
Jimmy Farrow presented the IDTTL Championships report, citing 102 entries of which there were 19 juniors. Topspin Sport had provided a trade stand and agreed to repeat their attendance next year.
The Corn Exchange staff were thanked for their help and also for producing what must have been the best floor ever. Entrants had to contend with deep snow which had worried those organising the Championships, however everyone managed to make it.
Highlights of the weekend were Katherine Shaw's performance and also the Men's Singles Final. The Ipswich Mayor was in attendance for the finals night said she had thoroughly enjoyed the event. Jimmy gave a special thanks to Peter Armes and Michael Wright for their help in setting up.
Jimmy then proceeded to give the Treasurer's Report drawing attention to a few items: this year's accounts also included the payment for Corn Exchange from last year, money had been spent on supporting 8 people involved in the Britannia coaching course and three companies had provided sponsorship to a tune of £200 each to help with the championships at the Corn Exchange.
Three rule changes had been proposed, the first from Pickwicks re. opening venues by 7:15pm, to start matches at 7:30pm was passed. Two proposals from Wherstead, re. teams to give at least 24hrs notice if they wished to postpone a match, together with only allowing teams a maximum for 3 cancellations and secondly to form next season's league using 8 team divisions, generated an in depth discussion which resulted in the proposals being withdrawn. It was agreed however that the committee meet to discuss a future proposal, with correct wording, to tackle the issue of postponements.
Presentations were made to Dan Shelley for the Most Improved Junior, the Jim Kenworthy Award, and the Doris Fox Award (Services to the League) to Michael Wright.
Presentations were also made to the Divisional Winners and Runners up.
The election of officers resulted with existing holders be elected en-bloc.
In the AOB, Andy Mann asked why the AGM hadn't been advertised with date, time and location upon the website. This had been partly due to lost email communications between the Secretary and the Webmaster and would be corrected for future meetings. Mike Chenery seeked clarification on the committee helping with proposals. Ken Lewis made people aware of the Suffolk TT Association AGM date and time.
Closing the meeting John Leith thanked the sponsors for their support, highlighting the need for one more sponsor which Barry Burns offered to fulfil. He also thanked Ken Lewis for his work which was allowing the League to work closer with Suffolk TTA.
The meeting closed at 9.57pm.
SUMMER LEAGUE TABLE TENNIS. Apr 2013
Britannia TTC play competitive table tennis through the summer months commencing late May/early June through to August inclusive.
Cost just £30.00 per team - regardless of number of players.
ALL the matches are played at The Dome.
Enter your team or player details if you need a team using this Form
, or give either Sean Gridley tel: 07879 408092, or Brian Blagden tel: 01473 252623 a call for more information.
Closing date is 24 May 2013.
IDTTL 6TH ANNUAL GOLF DAY. Apr 2013
This year I am moving our Annual Golf Day to Seckford Golf Club, Seckford Hall Road, Woodbridge, IP13 6NT. Following a recommendation from Richard Wyatt I met with their Golf Professional, Simon Jay, and agreed on Friday, 14th June, (tee-off from 10.30am) as the best date. The two previous "Fridays" were unavailable.
We have been offered a "good package" starting with coffee and bacon roll, 18 holes of golf, followed by a two course meal for £24.00 per player. Should we attract more than 24 players there will be a 10%% discount for each player. The main meal will be a 'Carvery' with a choice of 3 different meats. There is also a 'Veggie' option. This will be followed by a choice of 'sweets'.
We will play the usual 18 hole Stableford competition with prizes for the longest drive on the 6th Hole, and nearest the pin on the 14th Hole.
There will be the usual "BALL DRAW" which is always necessary to help purchase prizes/admin costs,etc.
All League members, and former players, are eligible to play. Also any "Guests" you would like to bring along.
I am able to secure the booking for 14th June by sending a minimum £100.00 deposit (non-refundable) which will guarantee the day and be offset against the final bill.
I therefore need your entries, as soon as possible, with a £10.00 deposit from each player. Please make cheques payable to myself - I won't run away with your money !!
The latest date for entries will be Monday 3rd June in order that I can organise Tee-Times, etc. If you would like to pair up with a particular player(s) please let me know, otherwise I will place players with similar handicaps in the same Group. Please let me know your recognised handicap when you submit your entry. Thanks.
Ken Rodwell, 58 Castle Road HADLEIGH, IP7 6JW
IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2013
Kesgrave Table Tennis Club hosted the U13 Championships on Friday 16th March. This competition has been going from strength to strength as was seen by the largest turn out yet of 18 players. Players from Kesgrave and Britannia clubs were mixed up into 4 groups, two of four players and two of five.
Group A saw Alex King, a Semi-finalist last year, not drop a game and progress into the quarter finals, together with Clarke Derrett whose only loss was to Alex.
The four player Group B was controlled by two strong players in Jack Pengelly and Daniel Shelley, Daniel maintaining a 100%% record by not dropping a game.
In Group C, defending champion Joe Abbott won all his matches, and the runners-up position contested in the very last match of the group between Owen Leach and Dan Rees, Dan just pipping Owen 11-13, 11-9, 14-12.
Group D, also a four player group, was dominated by Kamiar Azvine who didn't drop a game. Thomas Clarke improved on last year by occupying second spot and going into the Quarter Finals.
Lessons learnt from last year's Championships meant that an additional 4 tables were in use, and the fast progress through the 28 matches in the group stages gave time for the Quarter Finals to include the group runners-up.
Shock result of the evening, was Joe's QF loss to Clarke, who despite winning the first game 11-4, lost the remaining games 11-9. The remaining QF matches saw Daniel beat Thomas, Alex beat Dan and Kamiar overcome Jack.
Progressing through to the Final, Daniel didn't drop a game against Clarke who was playing his first championship, having only started attending Kesgrave TT 6 months ago.
The other Semi-final match between Alex and Kamiar would not have been amiss as a Final, both displaying strong backhand and forehand top spins strokes. Winning 11-7, 3-11, 11-7 Alex made the Final, an improvement on last year's Semi Final position.
In the Final, Daniel continued from where he left off in the Semi, taking the first two games 11-6, 12-10 against Alex. Alex fought back to take the third game 11-7. The fourth game appeared very nervy as both players struggled to impose their game, the open attacking style favoured by both players only occasionally coming to life, but applauded by the spectators when it did so. Whether the match would go the full distance was in doubt all the way to the end of the fourth game, which Daniel clinched 12-10 and with it the U13 title.
Thanks go to all those supporting parents and coaches, the voluntary Umpires, Matt, Jack, Karen, Roy and numerous Dads without whom much chaos would have reigned, and also to Tim King and Elliot Branton for manning the Control Desk which kept things running smoothly. Thanks finally must go those helpers to made sure tables were erected and cleared away, including Kesgrave club players for their support during this competition.
Daneil and Alex, as trophy winners will be able to receive their trophies at the Finals night of the IDTTL Championships at the Ipswich Corn Exchange.
SAD NEWS - DENNIS LONG. Mar 2013
Dennis passed away on 4th March after a brave battle with cancer.
He played for over twenty years at Trimley and before that for East Anglian Freight Terminal.
He will be remembered for his unorthodox but very effective style, easy going nature and his dry sense of humour.
Dennis' funeral will be held at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, in Church Road, Old Felixstowe on Tuesday 19th March at 11am.
Regards, Nick Anthony.
SAD NEWS - PAM ROGERS . Feb 2013
It is with deep sadness that I write to make you aware that Pam Rogers passed away yesterday, Sunday 3rd February 2013 following a short illness.
Pam was known to many throughout the County and wider affield, and will be greatly missed.
Funeral service arrangement for Pam as follows:
Monday, 11 February 2013 at 3.00pm
Rushmere St Andrew's Church
The Street, Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich, IP5 1DJ
Pam's favourite colour was purple and the family have asked for those attending to not wear black but to wear a touch of purple on the day.
Family flowers only
Donations to Marie Curie Cancer Care
c/o Hunnaball Funeral Directors, Dove House, 291 Norwich Road, IPSWICH, IP1 4BP
The wake will follow the service at Ipswich Sports Club.
Regards, Ken Lewis.
SAD NEWS - RON LILLISTONE . Jan 2013
Following the sad passing of Ron Lillistone his funeral will be held at the West Chapel Crematorium, Ipswich, at 1.15pm on Friday 1st February 2013. As far as I know, Ron started his playing days at the Ipswich YMCA on Norwich Road back in the late 50?s / early 60?s when he was in a team with a Peter Lillee, David Pleasance (from Stowmarket) and myself. As far as I remember we were quite successful, twice winning promotion in successive seasons. Later on Ron became General Secretary at the Ipswich Hospitals where he managed several teams playing on to around 2005. He was then a very keen non-League player with the Britannia Vets Section until two years ago.
I sincerely hope there will be a good turnout of his 'old TT friends' on 1st February.
One of his sons is currently arranging 'a wake' at a local hostelry in Ipswich.
Regards, Ken Rodwell.
IDTTL 2013 Championships.
Handbooks. Sept 2012
The 2012/13 Handbooks are now ready. Please ring to arrange collection.
2012/13 IDTTL Season Result Cards. Sept 2012
In order to save costs, IDTTL will not be printing result cards for all the teams. Instead you may download and print
your own. Score Card
There are still some cards available from last years print run. However, these are not expected to go far.
Suffolk Table Tennis Championship Dates. Aug 2012
The 2012/2013 SCTTA Senior and Veterans 'Closed' Championships are scheduled to take place on Saturday 3rd November
2012 at Stowupland Table Tennis Centre, Stowupland High School.
All events up to and including the quarter final stages will be played in the main hall.
The semi finals and finals of all events will be played in the gymnasium and are scheduled to commence at 7pm.
Closing date for receipt of entries is Saturday 20th October 2012.
Please note that NO entries will be accepted after the closing date.
Although a 'Senior & Veterans' Championships, there is NO LOWER AGE RESTRICTION for entry to any of the Senior events, so entries from Juniors [male or female] will be accepted.
Entering the Championships will be rewarded with your being allocated a more favorable player County ranking!!
NB: A date has yet to be set for the Cadet & Junior 'Closed' - this will probably take place during the latter part
of the season around April 2013 with the actual date being circulated when known.
2012/13 IDTTL Season. Aug 2012
As things stand at present, the 2012/13 season will be made up of four 12 team divisions, with the first week
on Monday 17th September.
Olympic TV Coverage. July 2012
The BBC are planning what can only be described as terrific coverage of the Table Tennis event at the
Olympic Games from the 28th July to 8th August.
Every single session will be available on the red button through the Sky platform and on the BBC website,
BBC online. The BBC will have 24 channels on the Sky platform as this is the maximum number of sports that
will be taking place at any one time. All of the sports, including table tennis, will be covered on the
Freeview will be more limited as the BBC only have a much smaller number of channels available through this
The table tennis competition at ExCel will be played on a maximum of 4 tables going down to 2 and 1 for the
later stages. All 4 tables will have television cameras. The BBC will be selecting the matches which are
the most interesting for the British viewers.
The TV commentary will be provided by Matthew Syed and Ian Marshall.
For those viewers who will be watching on their computers, the quality of the picture will be first class
provided that the broadband connection is good enough to be able to facilitate this. It will be produced in
HD but the advice from the BBC is to give the coverage a couple of minutes to focus when you first log on.
It will take a little bit of time for your computer to tune in to this high quality picture.
Details of the coverage on the Sky platform can be picked up from the Sky menu as Sky are loaning the BBC
extra channels for their Olympic coverage.
The International Table Tennis Federation will also be providing extensive coverage of the Table Tennis
competition on their website, www.ittf.com. This will be available from Monday 23rd July. You will be able
to find the latest seedings, playing schedules, specific regulations for the table tennis events, players'
information with personal data, highest and current World Rankings, major achievements and related articles,
statistics of all past Olympic Games, participants and results by National Olympic Committees and players.
Furthermore the ITTF media page media page offers general useful links to the ITTF Calendar, ITTF Events,
ITTF World Ranking, ITTF Museum web-site and to Press Officers¬í Contacts.
During the Games, articles will be posted, quotes and photos and a live scoring service will be available.
All information specific to the Olympic Games is detailed on the Olympic event
Here is a list of all the players who are participating in the Games:
Mens Singles Seeding
Womens Singles Seeding
Also, here is a link to the Schedule
showing which events are being played at which time.
This is the link for Freeview
And this link explains the overall offering for all platforms: BBC Live video
The Table Tennis section will also offer any short clips that are created each day: BBC Short Clips
Team GB will be represented by Paul Drinkhall, Liam Pitchford and Andrew Baggaley for the Men and Joanne Parker,
Kelly Sibley and Na Liu the Women.
The draw for the Olympics takes place on 25th July at 2pm when the exact schedule will be known. However, it
is likely that the first GB matches will be on Saturday 28th July for the singles and Friday 3rd August for
the team event with the women playing during the day and the men on the evening.
The gold and bronze medal matches will take place as follows:
Wednesday 1st August - Women¬ís singles
Thursday 2nd August - Men¬ís singles
Tuesday 7th August - Women¬ís team
Wednesday 8th August - Men¬ís team
Regards, Ken (Suffolk TT Chairman)
IDTTL 5th Annual Golf Day. July 2012
Thank you all for turning out on a rather 'rainy' outlook at Brett Vale yesterday. Luckily the weather
improved and we all managed to soldier around and finish. Congrats. to Mike for retaining the Shield and
it would appear that Home Course knowledge played its part as Keith A. was also in the 'Top Three' with Mike.
In between was 'Wobbly Warner' on a generous 22 handicap !! There¬ís no doubt we¬íll have to cut his handicap
next year ! (Only Joking, Andy !! - or are we?)
Thanks also to those of you that brought along 'Guests'. In total we had 19 players - 1 absentee on the day
- but it bettered 16 the previous year. It was pleasing to note that 14 league players turned out and I
would encourage you all to enter next year¬ís Golf Day which could be held back at Newton Green or any other
local Course which may offer us a good deal. If at Newton I can get you a reasonable package which will
include a Main meal at the end.
Finally, many thanks to Keith A. for arranging the day at Brett Vale/organising prizes, and settling the
finances with the Club. ( Just a note to Keith Potter, whose 'scores' improved in the 2nd '9' - keep hitting
straight down the fairway and you¬íll soon be bettering previous scores !!) Wouldn¬ít we all like to do that
on each hole !!
Hope to CU next year,
World Record Video. June 2012
A DVD video of the IDTTL World Record is available to those who took part. There is no charge, although a small donation to IDTTL
would be appreciated to help cover costs.
To help coordinate this could club secretaries let me know how many DVDs they require
for their members.
2012 Championship Video. June 2012
Second video of the IDTTL Championships...
Match Video 2
TO ALL SUFFOLK TABLE TENNIS LEAGUES AND CLUBS. May 2012
Please note that the 2012 AGM of the Suffolk County Table Tennis Association will take place at Stowupland on
Tuesday 26th.June 2012, commencing at 7.30pm.
It is important that all players, Clubs and Local Leagues input on how the County is run so please take this
opportunity by making every effort to attend.
REMINDER : SCTTA Rule 10.8 "Fine for non-attendance - any Local League not represented at the AGM shall be fined the
sum of £5 at the discretion of the Committee".
UNLESS SOMEONE VOLUNTEERS BEFORE or AT THE AGM, SCTTA CANNOT CONTINUE TO OPERATE/FUNCTION WITHOUT A SECRETARY!!
It is YOUR county - it is up to YOU!!
Regards,Ken. SCTTA Chairman.
Coaching Qualification. May 2012
As you are no doubt aware, the average age of local league table tennis players
is rising rapidly - yes, we are of course all getting older !!
However, there are very few youngsters coming into table tennis resulting not only in an increase in the
league player average age, but a decline in teams which are not being replaced at grass roots level.
If this decline is to be halted and table tennis is to survive, then we need to encourage youngsters into
table tennis - to this end we need existing players [or perhaps even parents] to obtain coaching
There is funding available to assist this, and I am in the process of trying to arrange for a coaching
course to be held locally.
Any Suffolk based players interested in such a course, please send me an e.mail with their details and I
will provide them with full information as soon as I have sufficient local interest for a course to run.
PLEASE SPREAD THIS INFORMATION/REQUEST TO ALL SUFFOLK BASED TABLE TENNIS PLAYERS and PARENTS.
Ken - SCTTA Chairman.
IDTTL AGM 9th May at Rosary. May 2012
Chairman John Leith opened the meeting and welcomed everyone to the 2012 IDTTL AGM.
He started by thanking both Richard Goodhand and Jimmy Farrow for their recent committee work over recent months where
both had other pressing family issues to contend with, Richard becoming a dad - John hoping the little one is given a proper bat!,
and Jimmy's wife's recent health concerns to whom he wished a full recovery.
Last year's minutes accepted as correct.
The Secretary's report was presented by Richard Goodhand, 2011/12 had been a good season with a few highs and lows. The low point
had been the number of Blank weeks in Division 3 and would be looked at later in the meeting under the new rule
proposals. The constructive comments into dealing with the blank weeks by various players had been welcomed.
He thanked the Divisional Secretaries and Ed Broom for setting up the online scoring system. Only one match had not been completed.
The league had attracted one of England's top ladies players and Richard asked all players to encourage other
players to enter into the league. The best case would be to grow the league and at worst have it remain at it current participation level.
The Championships this year had provided some spectacular games, the World Record, and some match upsets. He also thanked Jimmy for
his work at a time of stress.
The Handicap Cup, run by Aimee Sparkes who Richard thanked, could do with more teams entering.
The Kesgrave club continues with fluctuating numbers, the league able to benefit with the use of Kesgrave's tables for the Championships.
Steve and Elliot Branton had both completed their ETTA coaching awards.
The ETTA Individual Membership registration continues but the ETTA now pushing for Leagues to administer the registration
process which greatly increases the committee workload. For this reason Richard asked that all players help the league by
registering promptly. Richard finished his report thanking Jimmy for his help with the admin work
over the last couple of months.
Jimmy Farrow gave his Championship report. The 2012 Championships were held for the fourth year running at the Ipswich Corn Exchange with
over 450 matches played over the weekend. With the loss of the downstairs playing area tables had been placed in the Town Hall, improvements to the lighting in this area
would be sought for next season. The championships had also been supported by a Tees Sport trade stand.
A new award had been created for this year's Championships, The Berni Studd Performance Award, which was awarded to Paul Broxton who
had beaten the number one seed, Neil Charles and also Garry Young to reach the Semi Finals.
This was the 80th year of the League and this was celebrated with the World Record of the most participants in a Table Tennis rally, with 109
beating the previous 101. Jimmy said there had been a great sense of achievement and spirit within the Ipswich League. Jimmy thanked ETTA
coach Steve Gertson for his participation in the World Record event. A DVD has been made available of the event which players could obtain
with a small donation to the League. A Certificate was also available online. On the Final's night the Ipswich Mayor had been in attendance,
together with John Kitchener, both helping with the trophy presentations.
Thanks were given to Andy Mann and J.M Finn for their sponsorship which made the use of the Corn Exchange possible.
Peter Armes was thanked for his help in collecting and returning the tables, Richard, Mike Wright and John Leith for their help with the admin, match arrangement
and score cards. Steve Branton for the photography, Dan Farrow, Sean Gridley, Malcolm Fenn, Keith Armes and Ken Rodwell for the their work on the control desk.
Jimmy completed his report by asking if anyone wanted to get involved with the Championships to let the committee know.
Jimmy Farrow delivered the Treasurer's report, stating this year there had been an increase in expense which covered the completed coaching courses,
more trophies and the need to fast track the World Record registration. The money used for the GWR was hoped to be covered by donations and a
request to the ETTA.
The proposal to change rule 8 relating to allowing the League to arrange divisions in 8, 10, 12 or 14 teams was voted upon and carried unanimously.
The second proposal relating to using 8 team divisions for next season was discussed at length and rejected. The general feeling was that if anything, larger
divisions were better in order for Blank weeks to have a minimal impact.
All Officers agreed to continue standing and were re-elected en bloc
Presentations were made to all Divisional winners and runners up. The Jim Kenworthy
Trophy for the Most Improved Junior was awarded to Will Hall for his success in the Junior Boys and winning 81% of his Division 1 matches. The Doris Fox
Award for Services to the League was awarded to Ed Broom for his excellent work with the web site results system.
AOB included the following items:
Britannia are running an ETTA coaching course and require ten attendees of which they currently have seven.
A suggestion was raised that in order to prevent one team dominating the Premier over a number of years, that it is forced to break up and players
made to join over teams.
Jimmy said the Suffolk Records Office had opened a box to store any IDTTL records that we wished to store, and if people had anything of interest that
they make use of it.
Ken Lewis reminded everyone of the forth coming Grand Prix event (the last in the series) at Britannia, a couple of spaces were still available.
In his closing remarks, John Leith thanked all those who attended, Ken Lewis for letting IDTTL get involved with Suffolk TT which the League had previously
seemed removed from, everyone who helped at the Corn Exchange, Aimee Sparkes for running the Handicap cup, Steve Branton and Ed Broom for their work on the web site,
Steve for doing the fixtures. The Britannia Grand Prix was a good event to bring players into Ipswich and said players should try and enter.
J M Finn were also thanked for their support.
The League is to hold an 80th Anniversary Dinner during the summer break, and is hoping for up to 40 people, including partners to attend. Anyone interested to contact John.
The meeting closed at 8.40pm, with John Leith again thanking all those who attended.
IDTTL AGM Rule Change Proposals. April 2012
At present our own rules restrict our ability to make the changes we need to now equalise the divisions.
The committee is therefore proposing an important rule change as follows, which if passed will allow us to
make these adjustments for the start of the new season:-
Addition to rule 8.d
5. The need to amend the number of teams in each division with the aim of reducing the number of blank
weeks in total and to ensure the spread of blank weeks is shared through all divisions as fairly as possible.
(note: divisions must consist of an even number)
(note: this could result in divisions of 14,or 12 or 10,or 8 and ultimately could lead to each team playing each
other three times in a season. At this moment in time it is likely that divisions will be of 12 teams
resulting in some teams being placed in a lower division.)
The league be reformatted to 8 teams per division, with each team playing each other 3 times over the
course of the season. Promotion and relegation would be restricted to two up and two down per division
at the end of the full season.
(note: It is important to note even if this rule is passed, overall team numbers for the new season may
still prevent the 8 teams per division format from being adopted as a 10, 12 or 14 team format may have to
Shown below are possible league configurations for next season - subject to team entries being the same as the
|Current League Tables, Positions as of 27th April|
|Premier||Division 1||Division 2||Division 3|
|1||Britannia Falcons ||1||Britannia Bald Eagles ||1||ISC C ||1||BT Defiants |
|2||Rosary Red ||2||Britannia Ravens ||2||ISC B ||2||Hadleigh Owls |
|3||Wherstead Asteroids ||3||Trimley B ||3||Britannia Eagles ||3||Manor Club B |
|4||Britannia Flamingos ||4||Helmingham Hornets ||4||Capel C ||4||Pickwicks B |
|5||Phoenix Cobras ||5||BT Hurricanes ||5||Britannia Sparrows ||5||Britannia Wrens |
|6||St Margarets A ||6||ISC A ||6||Pickwicks A ||6||Sidegate Lane B |
|7||Britannia Cuckoos ||7||St Margarets C ||7||Capel D ||7||Kingsfleet |
|8||Capel A ||8||Hadleigh A ||8||St Margarets FOBT ||8||Britannia Avocets |
|9||Phoenix Vipers ||9||BT Ansons ||9||Rosary Blue ||9||Britannia Cormorants |
|10||Claydon B ||10||Wherstead Comets ||10||St Margarets D ||10||BT Bright Stars |
|11||Britannia Gulls ||11||Manor Club A ||11||Britannia Merlins |
|12||BT Wulfs ||12||Capel B ||12||Wherstead Novas |
|13||Trimley A||13||Rosary Yellow|
|Current League Tables after Promotion and Relegation|
|Premier||Division 1||Division 2||Division 3|
|1||Britannia Falcons ||12||BT Wulfs ||11||Manor Club A ||10||St Margarets D |
|2||Rosary Red ||13||Trimley A ||12||Capel B ||11||Britannia Merlins |
|3||Wherstead Asteroids ||3||Trimley B ||13||Rosary Yellow ||12||Wherstead Novas |
|4||Britannia Flamingos ||4||Helmingham Hornets ||4||Capel C ||4||Pickwicks B |
|5||St Margarets A ||5||BT Hurricanes ||5||Capel D ||5||Britannia Wrens |
|6||Britannia Cuckoos ||6||Hadleigh A ||6||St Margarets FOBT ||6||Sidegate Lane B |
|7||Phoenix Cobras ||7||BT Ansons ||7||Rosary Blue ||7||Kingsfleet |
|8||Capel A ||8||St Margarets C ||8||Pickwicks A ||8||Britannia Avocets |
|9||Phoenix Vipers ||9||Wherstead Comets ||9||Britannia Sparrows ||9||Britannia Cormorants |
|10||Claydon B ||10||ISC A ||1||BT Defiants ||10||BT Bright Stars |
|11||Britannia Gulls ||1||ISC C ||2||Hadleigh Owls |
|1||Britannia Bald Eagles ||2||ISC B ||3||Manor Club B |
|2||Britannia Ravens ||3||Britannia Eagles |
|Possible League Tables using 12 Team Divisions|
|Premier||Division 1||Division 2||Division 3|
|1||Britannia Falcons ||2||Britannia Ravens ||2||ISC B ||2||Hadleigh Owls |
|2||Rosary Red ||12||BT Wulfs ||3||Britannia Eagles ||3||Manor Club B |
|3||Wherstead Asteroids ||13||Trimley A ||11||Manor Club A ||10||St Margarets D |
|4||Britannia Flamingos ||3||Trimley B ||12||Capel B ||11||Britannia Merlins |
|5||St Margarets A ||4||Helmingham Hornets ||13||Rosary Yellow ||12||Wherstead Novas |
|6||Britannia Cuckoos ||5||BT Hurricanes ||4||Capel C ||4||Pickwicks B |
|7||Phoenix Cobras ||6||Hadleigh A ||5||Capel D ||5||Britannia Wrens |
|8||Capel A ||7||BT Ansons ||6||St Margarets FOBT ||6||Sidegate Lane B |
|9||Phoenix Vipers ||8||St Margarets C ||7||Rosary Blue ||7||Kingsfleet |
|10||Claydon B ||9||Wherstead Comets ||8||Pickwicks A ||8||Britannia Avocets |
|11||Britannia Gulls ||10||ISC A ||9||Britannia Sparrows ||9||Britannia Cormorants |
|1||Britannia Bald Eagles ||1||ISC C ||1||BT Defiants ||10||BT Bright Stars |
|Possible League Tables using 8 Team Divisions|
|Premier||Division 1||Division 2|
|1||Britannia Falcons ||9||Phoenix Vipers ||4||Helmingham Hornets |
|2||Rosary Red ||10||Claydon B ||5||BT Hurricanes |
|3||Wherstead Asteroids ||11||Britannia Gulls ||6||Hadleigh A |
|4||Britannia Flamingos ||1||Britannia Bald Eagles ||7||BT Ansons |
|5||St Margarets A ||2||Britannia Ravens ||8||St Margarets C |
|6||Britannia Cuckoos ||12||BT Wulfs ||9||Wherstead Comets |
|7||Phoenix Cobras ||13||Trimley A ||10||ISC A |
|8||Capel A ||3||Trimley B ||1||ISC C |
|Division 3||Division 4||Division 5|
|2||ISC B ||7||Rosary Blue ||12||Wherstead Novas |
|3||Britannia Eagles ||8||Pickwicks A ||4||Pickwicks B |
|11||Manor Club A ||9||Britannia Sparrows ||5||Britannia Wrens |
|12||Capel B ||1||BT Defiants ||6||Sidegate Lane B |
|13||Rosary Yellow ||2||Hadleigh Owls ||7||Kingsfleet |
|4||Capel C ||3||Manor Club B ||8||Britannia Avocets |
|5||Capel D ||10||St Margarets D ||9||Britannia Cormorants |
|6||St Margarets FOBT ||11||Britannia Merlins ||10||BT Bright Stars |
IDTTL Team and Player Registration Fees. April 2012
The fees for the 2012/13 season are as follows:
Junior (born after 1/1/95): ¬£6
Peter Avenell Obituary. April 2012
An obituary to Peter Avenell can be found on the Suffolk Website...
Peter Avenell Obituary
2012 Championship Photos. March 2012
To see the IDTTL Championship photos please click on the link below. The password is on page 13 of the handbook (lower case).
There is a video to follow...
Championship Photos 2
Match Video 1
2012 IDTTL AGM.
Dear Club Secretary,
I'm writing to inform you that the 2012 IDTTL AGM has been scheduled for Wednesday 9th May at 7.30pm.
The venue is the Rosary Club again, off Bramford Road, Ipswich. I would be grateful if you can you all send
me a quick email to acknowledge having seen this, otherwise I will have to follow this
up with a letter/call.
Please ensure that a representative from your club attends the AGM. If you want to propose any formal rule
amendments, please ensure these are lodged in writing with me as quickly as possible, but at least 21 days
in advance of the AGM, as set out fully within the Rules in our Handbook.
Affiliation and registration fees will be set at our next committee meeting and details will then be posted
on the IDTTL website, to allow you to collect appropriate funds in advance and make payment at the AGM as
usual. Please do look out for this on the website nearer the time.
Please don¬ít hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Otherwise, I look forward to receiving your
acknowledgement in due course.
2012 Championship Review. March 2012
Well another Championships over, and we now hold a World Record as well....Jim, I don¬ít know what you plan
to do next year, but let¬ís keep it to something a bit less stressful this time - never knew so many players
getting nervous about playing a backhand push before. I know I expressed doubt about attempting the record,
but well done for pushing this through, and putting Ipswich Table Tennis on the world map.
Rex Manning, if you are reading this, your compass is broken, as all players went to the right after they
played their shots, you nearly messed it all up by going left, and blocking the player behind you!!
Jim, as always you did an excellent job with all your organisation pre-event, and through the weekend,
especially given worries you had with Lorraine¬ís health. Let¬ís also not forget our Chairman John Leith who
also put a lot of time pre-championship with the Corn Exchange and Radio Suffolk. etc
A few thankyous from me, for people who helped us on the day, and the lead up to the Championships. These
events do not run themselves and without your help, and time, these Championships would not happen:-
- All those who helped out at the Buttermarket, especially Nigel Hodder who was there all day, and helped with set-up and end of day put away.
- All the committee members both for their time pre-event, and also during the weekend....you know who you all are!!
- Steve & Richard for getting in the way with all their photo and camera gear!!
- Dan for his help and support on the desk....excellent job as this was you first time on the desk.
- Sean Gridley, Paul ¬ĎSuperstar¬í Broxton, and Dave Fiddeman for their help in packing everything away at the end of Sunday night and loading the van with all the tables.
Also players¬í willingness to help umpire when we needed at vital stages of the weekend really helped all of
us on the control desk, and kept the Championship flowing. But the following deserve thank you for the
amount of times we picked on them for umpire duties (apologies if I have missed anyone).....Sonya Talbot,
Dave Fiddeman, Tim Diss, Colin Bennett & Martyn Green
Also thanks to Gary Young and Karen Pengelly for doing some Finals umpiring for us, and for Wayne Shaw for
stepping in to do the XD Final after Sean ¬Ďresigned¬í his duties 5 mins before the Final!!
Thank you also for Andrew Mann and his company sponsorship. We could not hold this event without this
Onto the actual table tennis.........we had a few organisational issues on the Saturday, especially around
the Handicap event, which resulted in players waiting around to play matches. This is caused by a number of
players who drop out of this event. We will have to review the value of playing this next year.
As per last year we had an excellent turn out, and the Sunday especially we saw a high level of standard,
with most of the top players in attendance.
Nice to see we also have a number of juniors coming through.
Although not all winners, a few players I would like to mention for their excellent efforts over the weekend, although there is only one place to start.........
Paul Broxton - our new ¬ĎSuperstar¬í producing not just one of the performances of the day, but also the
biggest upset I can recall for many a year in beating No. 1 seed Neil Charles. Not only winning, but doing
so 3-0 in such an attacking/positive way. Also kept this up, and continued through to the semi final.
Sean Gridley - Had excellent Vets event, beating both Malcolm Collins & Ken Lewis..(Sean might have
mentioned this to a few of you already)
John Seabrook - playing in Division 2, beat Premier Andy Holmes in the super vets.
Andy Holmes & Ashley Phillips - Although eventually losing, came so close to preventing Jake & Ryan from
winning their 6 doubles title. How they came from 2-1 down, 10-7 down in the 4th, to beat you I don¬ít think
even they know.
Will Hall - One to watch for the future. Had excellent temperament, in winning two finals. Especially the
Restricted against the ¬Ďexperienced¬í Dave Halliday playing on finals night against, 50 years after he won
his 1st men¬ís title !!
Richard Hutchison, in pushing Ryan Collins so close in the Singles. Not many times the whole hall stops to
watch a game, but we did for this one.
Finally I would like to thank, and congratulate Jake on retaining his Ipswich crown. He appears ice cool
under pressure, and I am sure will win this event many more times.
Ipswich & District Press Officer
World Record Attempt at the Corn Exchange. March 2012
AT APPROX. 11.20AM ON SUNDAY 18th MARCH, WE WILL ALL HAVE AN ATTEMPT
AT THE WORLD RECORD: "MOST PARTICIPANTS IN A TABLE TENNIS RALLY"
This is a chance to see history being made, as the Ipswich and District Table Tennis League attempt to beat the
current record of 100 players. Assisted by Eastern Regional Coach, Steve Gertsen (ex Welsh International player), the league
aims to mark its 80th anniversary with a high profile event. Spectators are welcome to come and watch and give their support.
Current World Record
IDTTL Championships Promotion at Ipswich Buttermarket. Mar 2012
IDTTL promoted the up and coming Championships of the 17th and 18th March at the Ipswich Buttermarket on Saturday 10th March. Visitors to
the Buttermarket were encouraged to have a go and try to beat Frying Pan Man Jimmy. They could also try their hand at
mini Table Tennis using mini bats. A number of top Senior and Junior league players gave exhibitions and provided
entertainment for passing shoppers.
IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2012
Kesgrave Table Tennis Club hosted the U13 Championships on Friday 9th March. A total of 17 players from Kesgrave and Britannia clubs
took part in a frantic 2 hours, completing 29 matches. This was a fantastic turn out and everyone appeared to enjoy themselves.
Players were split into 4 groups, 3 of four players and one of five. Where possible, each club provided two players for each group in
order to allow everyone to gain some experience against new players.
Group 1 saw Joe Abbott showing his hand early, by dropping only one game to Adam Firth, Adam and Jessica Penegelly tying as runners up.
Group 2 was extremely tight as three players tied for first place. After count back and a playoff, Ollie Scase topped the group, edging out
Edward Ruff and Joshua Carter.
Group 3 repeated Group 2, again with three players tying for top spot. Kamier Azvine, Thomas Clarke and Alex King shared the honours, having
beaten one and lost to the other. Alex King squeezing through to the Semi Final.
Group 4 contained 5 players and time restraints resulted in each player playing 3 of their 4 games. Again, two players tied for top which
was resolved by a single game play-off. Harvey Wood edging out Tom Ellingham.
Time limitations prevented a quarter final round with second placed players taking part, and also reduced the games played in the Semi Finals.
Going through to the Final were Harvey, beating Ollie, and Joe who over came Alex.
Unusually, both finalists were using short pimple / thin sponge bats, but this didn't reduce the excellent bat craft shown by the pair.
Joe took the first game, 11-5 and the second which could have gone either way 13-11.
It was very noticeable during these Championships that the level of play from both clubs has continued to rise, the length of rallies and closeness
in points per game testament to this. All players are to be congratulated for their hard work.
It is hoped trophy winners will able to attend the finals night of the main
Championships to receive their trophies.
Suffolk Grand Prix Result. Jan 2012
Message for Club Secretaries. Feb 2012
Dear Club Secretary
Some of you may have been reading recent posts on the IDTTL website forum concerning people's ideas for how
we might look to change the current league format for the better. There are some interesting views on here
and we have discussed these at our most recent committee meeting. However, conscious that the views
expressed on the website and discussed at our committee meeting come from just a small number of league
participants, we are keen to establish whether this is representative of a wider desire from our TT
community to see change. I have therefore been asked to contact you, to seek your support in finding out
what the general view is amongst our players.
Please could you contact each of your teams, to find out if they are happy with the league format as it
currently stands, or whether they would like to see changes made, and report back to me with your findings.
If the consensus is that we need to bring about some changes, we would like to receive details of what your
proposals for these changes would be. This will then put us in a much better position to decide how best
to move forward.
I would add that some recent forum posts seem to be generated from disappointment at the number of Division
3 fixtures this year. The reasons for the low number of teams in Division 3 are explained by Steve Branton
on the website, essentially a one-off set of circumstances which conspired to generate this unfortunate
result. This is a situation we don't want to see repeated, if at all possible. The composition of the
leagues have always previously been well balanced and rest assured we are keen this remains the case going
I would be very grateful if you could report back to me with your comments in the next 6 weeks, so by the
end of March I will have been able to pull together the collective thoughts of our players, ready to take
things forward as appropriate.
Many thanks for your assistance.
Britannia East Anglian Top 16 Invitation. Jan 2012
Suffolk Veterans Championship Report. Nov 2011
Pickwicks 'A' need a Player for Division 2. Nov 2011
Due to player unavailability, Pickwicks 'A' in Division 2 require a player for the rest of the season.
If you are able to help or know of someone who can please contact Mike Chenery on Ips 610341.
St. Margarets Home Venue. Sept 2011
Please note that St. Margarets will not be playing at Ransomes this season. Negotiations for other venues are
on-going. Please expect to be contacted prior to matches against them, or make contact yourself if close to the match date.
Handbooks. Sept 2011
New IDTTL Website Address. Aug 2011
As you're are now aware, we have moved the IDTTL website to its own properly named domain, which we think is a little
more snappy than the previous URL. This will give us much more storage space and allow us to improve the website and
provide enhanced features. It will also allow us to continue to provide the enhanced results entry system kindly hosted
by Ed Broom last season, but all running from one site.
Using the results cards you entered last season we are now able to analyse your matches and provide an insight into
your season's performance. As a quick trial we have looked at the Premier results and given each player a rating, it
is hoped to apply this to Div 1, 2 and 3 and perhaps make it update each time a result card is entered for the new season.
IDTTL GOLF DAY 27TH MAY 2011-07-08. July 2011
Pleasant conditions apart from one rain shower were experienced by the League¬ís Golfers and their
Guests at the 4th Annual Golf Day held at Newton Green Golf Club, Nr. Sudbury.
16 players entered the 18 hole Stableford Competition with only one absentee on the day.
This year¬ís Winner was Mike Emmerson (Hadleigh) scoring 40 points off a 12 handicap,a truly excellent
effort. Richard Wyatt surprised himself by playing very well with a score of 38 points off a 28
handicap and securing runners-up spot. Keith Armes (Capel) was 3rd with 36 points and Rob Wood
(Britannia) was 4th with 35 points. Andy Warner (Rosary) and Ken Rodwell (Hadleigh) shared 5th place
each on 30 points.
The Winner of the Guest¬ís prize was Jim Devereux (Newton Green) on 37 points, second was
Phil Daley (Colchester League) on 36 points, and 3rd was Chris Fear (Brett Vale) on 29 points.
Richard Wyatt won the prize for handicaps 24 and over, Jim Devereux was nearest the pin on the 6th
Hole and Mike Emmerson nearest on the 11th Hole.
Out of the total number we had 9 Ipswich League players and 7 invited Guests. Currently we rely on
our guests to make up our numbers, but I know that there are more 'keen Golfers' out there playing
TT in the Ipswich League, so I am hoping for more 'new faces' to enter in next year¬ís Competition.
Look forward to your entry !!!!
Ken Rodwell - Organiser.
2011/12 ETTA Membership. July 2011
The new Individual Membership fees are being approved at the ETTA Annual General Meeting on Saturday
9th July 2011. Members will be able to renew their membership for the 2011/12 season or join the
ETTA for the first time from Sunday 10th July 2011.
The new membership fees are:
¬£6 for Senior players.
¬£3 for Junior players
IDTTL AGM 15th June at Rosary. June 2011
Chairman John Leith opened the meeting and welcomed everyone to the 80th IDTTL AGM.
Apologies were accepted from Treasurer Jimmy Farrow, and last years minutes accepted as correct.
Richard Goodhand gave the Secretaries report, thanking players and the Committee for what has been a
great year for Table Tennis in the league. The highlights of the season had been the Championships
at the Corn Exchange, probably the best so far. Championship participation had been very good, and Richard
encouraged more players from the lower divisions to enter and to attend the finals night.
Richard acknowledged Jimmy Farrow's organisation of the Championship for which he should take much credit for.
Richard stated he had videoed some of the Championship and this was available to anyone supplying a DVD.
Other highlights included the Handicap Cup run by Aimee Sparkes who Richard thanked. Richard asked more teams to enter
what is a fun event. With all matches completed this season in the league Richard thanked the Divisional Secretaries with
a special mention to Ed Broom for his creation of the new web based match results system. This was met by a round of applause.
The Premier Division strength continues to grow with the top team now being pressured by a number of other teams.
Richard thanked Steve Branton and family for the good work being done at Kesgrave, with all
funding having now been repaid, the league benefitting from the Kesgrave tables since it is now no longer necessary to hire
tables in for the Championships.
This season had seen the introduction of the ETTA Individual Membership which had not been without its problems. Richard
reminded all clubs to make sure their players registered for the new season in order that everyone was
covered by insurance. Players should do this after the ETTA AGM where a new fee level may be set.
Finishing, Richard said that this year there would be no need to debate daft rules on ITTF rubbers.
Jimmy Farrow's Championship report was read in his absence by John Leith. The 2011 Championships managed 105 entries
across all events, and featured perhaps the strongest Mens events since the 1980s. Two performances this year stood out
above the many matches, Elliot Branton in the Restricted, beating 3rd, 5th and 7th seeds on to his way to the final, and Jakes Collins
for winning 4 events cheered on by the Ipswich Mayor. Also popular was the player entrance music played
before each match. Jimmy thanked ETTA coach Steve Gertson for providing Junior coaching over the weekend, Jarvis Sports for their
trade stand, the Ipswich Mayor Jane Chambers for her enthusiastic support during the Finals, and Richard Hutchinson for Hanbury sponsorship.
Hanbury would be unable to continue their sponsorship for the coming season, thus a new sponsor will be required.
Thanks was given to everyone who helped with special thanks going to those who helped with loading the tables at the end of the night.
Mike Wright delivered Jimmy Farrow's Treasurer's report, covering the effect of not now having to collect the ETTA
Registration fees. All loans had been repaid in full, and the costs of the Championships had increased by 11% due to a increase in support.
Additional items had been purchased for the Championships such as towel holders, scoring machines and table surrounds. Despite this,
income had exceeded outgoings by ¬£700. The forcast of the next year is a small loss of ¬£150 assuming a new sponsor for ¬£700 could be found. Thus
it was proposed to increase player registration fees by ¬£1.50.
The proposal to change rule 9a relating to player ETTA registration was voted upon and carried unanimously.
All Officers agreed to continue standing and were re-elected en bloc
Presentations were made to all Divisional winners and runners up. The Jim Kenworthy
Trophy for the Most Improved Junior was awarded to Elliot Branton for his success in the Restricted event, his help at the Championships
and the fact he is taking the UKCC Level 1 Table Tennis Coaching badge. The Doris Fox
Award for Services to the League was awarded to Richard Hutchinson for his invaluable sponsorship over the last three years.
AOB included the following items:
The new season will start on Mon 12th September 2011.
A discussion was held on the subject of teams in the Premier only fielding two players and how this could be managed.
The number of times a player may play up from a lower division to alleviate the problem was also covered, together
with teams not wishing to field a weaker player. The Committee would look at this at their next meeting.
Keith Armes asked that teams be reminded that matches are to start at 7.30, rather than players turning up at and after 7.30.
Kenny Lewis reminded everyone that the Suffolk County TT AGM was on the 28th June and there are a number of posts
to be filled in order for the association to continue.
Finally, John Leith thanked Steve Branton and Ed Broom for their work on the website. He had looked at how other Leagues were run and their
websites, finding the IDTTL is well above many other leagues. He also recognised Britannia Premier Club status.
Britannia TT Club was thanked for hosting the Handicap Cup.
The meeting closed at 8.30pm, with John Leith again thanking all those who attended.
IDTTL AGM - Weds 15th June - Rule Proposal.
Dear Club Secretary,
In advance of next week's AGM I wanted to flag with you the only rule change which has been
proposed, this in relation to player registration.
As you will be aware, the ETTA introduced its own individual membership process around 12 months
ago whereby individuals were required to affiliate with them. This affiliation process includes
the payment of a small membership fee which, amongst other things, ensures that the player is
covered by ETTA's Liability Insurance scheme, for any injury or damage to third parties whilst
taking part in table tennis activities.
I think it's fair to say that the ETTA introduced this system before it was ready to handle the
volume of registrations it received and it's almost certain you or other players from your club
will have encountered delays in receiving membership numbers and cards. Twelve months on and
things should be much improved, but we will not find out until renewing our memberships, something
which will be necessary shortly for the new season.
The new rule change proposal, on which all clubs will be asked to vote, is to amend rule 9.a. to
read as follows:-
9.a.'Each club must register at least three named players for each and all teams. Every player
will be allocated a registration number which must be entered on to the match result card, failure
to do so may be treated as if the player was not registered and their games will be deemed null
Players' registration details plus ETTA Individual Membership numbers should reach the
Registration Secretary no later than 1st September; this in order that the league and players
are fully covered for Third Party Liability insurance.
Failure to forward either registration or Individual Membership details at least 48 hours prior
to the player's first game will result in their matches being null and void. Note:- If a player
has received its Individual Membership number through another league it must still provide this
reference to the Ipswich League.'
The proposal doesn't change the fundamental requirements already in place, to register with both
league and ETTA, but it does bring a deadline for clubs to pass details through to the league.
This will really help us with our admin and we have chosen the 1st September as we felt this
still leaves clubs plenty of time to provide us with the data, which I hope you will agree is
reasonable. But our key motivation is more from a governance point of view, to ensure prior to
the start of the season that all our players are carrying adequate levels of insurance via the
Thanks and see you on Wednesday.
IDTTL AGM - Fees. June 2011
At the last IDTTL Committee meeting it was decided to raise the Player Registration fees to:
¬£13.50 for Adult players (an increase of ¬£1.50). Junior (U18) fees will remain the same at ¬£6.
Team Registration will also remain at ¬£18 per team.
IDTTL Championships Star Players. Mar 2011
There have been many thankyou¬ís on the web forum for various people who have helped make
this a successfully championships. I won¬ít repeat all of these, but I would like to thank
all of the players involved. I have been involved in Ipswich championships for over 30 years
now, and I believe this weekend was the best in depth standard of players I have witnessed
during that time. A lot of excellent games, all played in very good spirit (even when we
scratched our main sponsor from the Doubles, it was taken in good grace!!! sorry Richard!!).
We had very few drop outs over the two days which made the running of the event much easier
for us. Also player¬ís willingness to help umpire when we needed at vital stages of the weekend
really help all of us on the control desk.
Although not all winners, a few players I would like to mention for their excellent efforts
over the weekend:-
Rosemary Curtis - although playing Divison 2, beat Premier players Claire Emmerson & Sonya
Talbot in the Ladies Singles
Elliot Branton - Although won Restricted final by default, beat 3rd, 5th & 7th seeds on his
way to the final.
Colin Bennett - Had really strong weekend, especially in beating Paul Davison in the Men¬ís,
and getting to semi final of the Premier Singles.
Finally I would like to thank, and congratulate Jake, in winning everything, and playing the
game in such an entertaining and polite manner. Next year in the Handicap it will be -114,
instead of -14. (Still don¬ít think it will make any difference!!)
Ipswich & District Table Tennis Press Officer
IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2011
The IDTTL U13 Championships took place at Kesgrave Sports Hall on Friday 11th March at 7pm.
A total of 12 players from Kesgrave TT Club, Kesgrave High School and Britannia TT club entered, playing in four groups of three, the top two
from each group going through to make up the eight players in the quarter finals.
The group matches, playing best of 3 games, saw Peter Farthing topping Group 1 with Fionnoan Orrey second. In Group 2 Jared Bones pipped
Adam Firth for first place and in Group 3 Jack Nicholls finished top and Sam Byford second, Sam just scrapping past Thomas Clarke after tying on games won.
Group 4 results put Natalie Wills in first place, closely followed by Jonathan Coleman
The Quarter finals played as best of five, matched up Natalie Wills against Adam Firth, Natalie moving into the Semi with a strong performance. Perhaps game of the Quarters
was Fionnian's game against Jack. Jack mixing in good top spin drives with his around defense, a style of game not usually seen by many of the entrants and successfully employed against Fionnian.
Another tight game was seen between Peter and Jonathan with some excellent topspin forehand rallies away from the table, Peter winning by three games to one.
The last Quarter final match secured a win for Jared over Sam.
In the first Semi final Natalie powered though Jack's defence to secure a place in the Final, and
Jared overcame came last years finalist Peter.
The final was played out in front of a avid crowd, all Kesgrave club members stopping to watch. A strong start
by Jared set him up to take the first game and establish a strong lead in the second, some good strong forehands out wide
reaping their reward. Anyone who has watched Natalie will know that nothing fazes her, and with good
controlled play she worked her way back into the game and eventually won the second. Confidence up
Natalie began to exert her game and Jared found himself on the end of some blistering forehand drives
and counter hits. With it Natalie went on the win the third and forth games, winning the U13 Championship 3-1 in games.
Thanks go to all players and adults who helped with the umpiring. All players should be proud of the level of play and sporting spirit displayed.
It is hoped trophy winners will able to attend the finals night of the main
Championships to receive their trophies.
Britannia Table Tennis Club Receives National Award. Feb 2011
Britannia TTC were named runners-up at the ETTA PremierClub 'Club of the Year Awards
2009/10' at the presentation ceremony which took place on Saturday 29th.January 2011
during the English Open at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield.
Britannia had been nominated for the award in recognition of of the club's success and
manner in which it functions, and the following citation was given out by Judy Rogers,
ETTA National Programme Manager :
"Britannia is rightly proud of having retained it's PremierClub and Clubmark
accreditation. The club's links with schools have been expanded by the direct
involvement of George Earle, Club Coach, running sessions for schools at the club's
premises in conjunction with the local council leading to an increase in junior
The club's website has been improved and coupled with regular e-mail notifications has
improved general member awareness of the club's activities.
Britannia has been successful in gaining considerable local press publicity and in
addition has made good use of free advertising opportunities which coupled with low
cost adverts in local community magazines has lead to an increase in the club's
profile within the community, and in senior membership. The loss of some local league
club premises has also allowed Britannia to grow its membership.
The club's annual 'closed' club championships has been expanded to include junior
events, and additional veterans (50+, 60+ and 70+) events, successfully increasing
member involvement. An annual award for 'most improved junior' has been introduced to
further encourage the junior membership."
Presentation of the award was made by John Digman, ETTA Vice-chairman Admin.
Photo : (left to right) Ken Lewis BTTC Chairman, John Digman ETTA Vice-chairman Admin., Colin Watts BTTC Treasurer.
After the presentation, Britannia Club Chairman, Ken Lewis stated that he was extremely
proud to be part of a club which was in receipt of such a prestigious award,
particularly from the sports own governing body, effectively establishing Britannia
firmly on the national table tennis map. However, he was quick to also point out that
much more work was needed if the current stature of the club is to be maintained and
to ensure that the club continues to develop and grow.
Avertise TT items For Sale. Jan 2011
A new forum for everyone to advertise any TT telated items has been added to the forum link.
Britannia East Anglian Top 16. Jan 2011
This Sunday 23rd Jan, sees the 13th Britannia East Anglian Top 16 invitation table tennis
tournament at the Britannia club in Ipswich.
In it's 13 year history only one Suffolk player Jake Collins has ever managed to win it
though Ryan Collins, Paul Cicchelli and Andrew Dosher have all managed to get to the
final, this year there is every chance that either Ryan or Jake could win it.
The top four seeds are Lauren Spink from Norfolk, Ryan and Jake Collins and Kent's Joe
Kennedy, Tony West who now plays for his first county Essex and lives in Mildenhall is
seeded five and currently on a wave of great form having only lost in the Ipswich league
to Neil Chalres at eight in the fifth set and could well lift the trophy, Tony Zeqiri,
Lee Barnes and Andrew Warner make up the next ranked players but it is hard to see past
the top five players for a possible winner.
Players seeded lower down the order but looking to make an impression are Gary Young,
who just missed out on being a number two seed in his group, Fred Dove a two time top
12 winner, plus two first time players at this event, Tony Reardon who hails from
Haverhill and Junior Lucy Zhu who was invited after her outstanding performances at the
county championships where she lost just two games playing for the seniors.
With attractive prize money on offer for nine of the placings it is sure to be keenly
contested, the format is four groups of four players with all in a group playing each
other, then after all games have been played the top two on games won and lost go
through to the band one play off's and those coming third and fourth go though to the
band two play off's so every one plays six matches regardless.
Play gets under way at 11am and spectators are welcome free of charge.
Suffolk Junior Rankings 2010/11. Sept 2010
Effective from 1st September 2010
Ipswich players highlighted.
|Position||U13 Boys||Cadet Boys||Junior Boys||U13 Girls||Cadet Girls||Junior Girls|
|1||Harvey Dinkele||William Hall||George Kizis||Natalie Wills||Lucy Zhu||Lucy Zhu|
|2||Jack Samson||Max Boulter||Jack Anthony||Georgina Lister||Natalie Wills||Natalie Wills|
|3||Elliot Pearson||Seb Anthony||Joe Easdown||Hannah Stokes||Georgina Lister||Georgina Lister|
|4||Callum Wilkinson||Rhys Davies||Katherine Shaw||Hannah Stokes||Hannah Stokes|
|5||Harvey Dinkele||William Hall||Lauren Flude||Katherine Shaw||Katherine Shaw|
|6||Kieran Perez||Elliot Branton||Tiffany Kirby||Katherine Lister||Katherine Lister|
|7||Matthew Branfield||Max Boulter||Megan Bollen||Megan Bollen|
|8||Bradley Troughton||William Woods||Lauren Flude||Lauren Flude|
|9||Jack Samson||Gabriel Storey||Rebacca Diss||Rebacca Diss|
|10||Adam Combes||Seb Anthony||Tiffany Kirby||Tiffany Kirby|
|11||Keiran Watts||Callum Wilkinson|
|12||Phillip Start||Harvey Dinkele|
|13||Harvey Cant||Kerien Bean|
|14||Matthew Ager||Chris Porter|
|15||Elliot Pearson||Bradley Redmond-Smith|
|16||Patrick Flude||Harry Hughes|
Message for Club Secretaries. September 2010
Dear Club Secretary
I have been asked to contact you concerning the recent amendment in ETTA's rules concerning
the use of approved rubbers. To this end, I have attached a copy of the approved rubbers list
and would be grateful if you could remind your players of their need to ensure that their
equipment is included within this listing. A weblink to this document is also included
Should you decide to check an opponent's rubbers and discover that one or both is not on this
list, we would encourage you to still play your match but refer the result back to the
committee via your league secretary with details of the circumstances, i.e. which player
used which unapproved rubber. Any win achieved used an unapproved rubber will have its
Please can you ensure your players are briefed on this. But providing we all adhere to this
new regulation, we should not experience any of these problems and can get on with playing
If I could encourage one extra thing this year, how about entering the handicap cup?
Entry forms are in the handbook and it's a good chance to meet some different players.
Finally, I wish you all a successful and enjoyable season of table tennis. If you have any
questions on any of the above then please do come back to me.
Registering Players for the 2010/11 Season. July 2010
As most of you will now know, it is now necessary for each player to register directly with the ETTA.
The registration process for the league is as follows:
Each player should pay their club the club's subs (ie. club membership, IDTTL team registration fee (¬£18 per team),
and IDTTL players registration fee (¬£12 Adults, ¬£6 U18s) as done in previous seasons. The club will forward the required fees
to the league before the season start. The league will issue each player a registration number to be used on the result cards.
Now the extra part (to be completed before November):
All players must complete the ETTA Individual Membership. This may be done either on line
, where it is necessary to open
an account and then fill in the online form, OR
by downloading and printing off this
. The form should be completed
and returned to the ETTA with the remittance (Juniors ¬£2.82, Adults ¬£5.64).
Players only need to complete one form if they play in more than one league.
When players receive their ETTA membership number they should pass this on to the leagues they play in.
If you have more questions please see Here
IDTTL on YouTube. July 2010
IDTTL AGM at Rosary. May 2010
Chairman John Leith opened the meeting and welcomed all those attending.
Apologies were accepted from Hospitals, and last years minutes accepted as correct.
Richard Goodhand gave the Secretaries report, thanking the committee for their work and
stating that this season had been a very strong year for Table Tennis in the league. The
highlight of the season had been the Championships at the Corn Exchange, perhaps even
better than the previous year. Championship participation had been very good, which was
encouraging. There was something for everyone to enter, all played in good spirit and
was an enjoyable social event.
Richard acknowledged Jimmy Farrow's time, effort and commitment in staging the
Championships. This season had seen the Handicap Cup run by Aimee Sparkes, and for once
Pickwicks didn't win, instead being runners up to Capel St John. Thanks were also given to
Michael Wright for generating the monthly match reports and Divisional Secretaries for
compiling the tables where there had only been one match not played. Teams were prompted
to make sure they field three players where possible, rather than just turning up with
two. The league's top players were well challenged this season for the top spot. A new
Premier Division Cup had been purchased using a donation from Malcolm Collins. The cup
has been named the 'Bert Newman Trophy' which was warmly accepted by the floor. Richard
joked that the trophy would be handed back to Malcolm during the divisional trophy
Richard thanked Steve Branton and family for running Kesgrave, reporting that nearly all
funding had been repaid. He also thanked Colin Bennett who was stepping down as Vice
Chairman having made a valued contribution, often being the voice of reason. Finishing,
Richard wished everyone a good summer break.
Jimmy Farrow reported on the 2010 Championships, which managed 116 entries, including
24 non league entries which was encouraging and would be repeated next year. This year a
large screen had been used to keep players updated and Mark Dere had provided coaching.
The finals had been completed in front of the Ipswich Mayor and featured a very
exciting Men's Doubles final. Photos of the event were available on the website, and
Jimmy thanked those who had contributed draw prizes and also the volunteers who helped
over the weekend. The Corn Exchange had been booked for 2011.
Jimmy Farrow delivered the Treasurer's report, this included an overview of the ETTA
Individual Registration expected to be implemented from this summer. A discussion was
held to explain the additional purchase of four more tables that were in use at Kesgrave,
but will remain as assets of the league. The proposed Player Registration fee change of
¬£12 for adults and ¬£6 for Under 18s was passed.
The ETTA rule change relating to using the ITTF rubbers list for local leagues was
rejected with less than 10% in favour.
Similarly after discussion, Pam Rogers' proposal to reduce the size of each division and
also to only promote / relegate 2 teams was also rejected.
All Officers were elected into post en bloc, with the addition of Michael Wright filling
the vacant Vice Chairman position.
Presentations were made to all Divisional winners and runners up. The Jim Kenworthy
Trophy for the Most Improved Junior was awarded to Elliot Branton and the Doris Fox
Award for Services to the League was awarded to Jimmy Farrow for his outstanding work
with the Championships.
AOB included the following items:
Advertising the new season start date ASAP, so people are aware before fixtures are
released. The new season will start on Mon 13th September 2010.
Thanks were given to Steve Branton for his work on the website.
It was suggested that the Championship Entry Form include a field to allow people to
donate to help with various costs.
The handbook should include a request for help relating to the Championships.
Money raising ideas for the Championships, including a pub card.
Entries for the IDTTL Golf day were required ASAP.
Britannia TT Club was thanked for hosting the Handicap Cup.
The meeting closed just after 9pm, with John Leith again thanking all those who attended.
Britannia Table Tennis Club Closed Championships. May 2010
Kieran Bean triumphed over Thomas Banham to be the top boy; Rebecca Diss was outclassed
by Natalie Wells, who became top girl. Ryan Collins showed that he¬ís got what it takes
to be top man; Andy Warner hung on to his claim to be top vet; Andy Holmes claimed the
title as top 50+ vet; and Lucy Zhu not only dominated ¬ĎPot Luck¬í with Collins, but
showed that she was no Charlie¬ís Angel (I know, that was Lucy Liu !) when she triumphed
in the restricted.
The weekend of Saturday 8th May & Sunday 9th May 2010 saw some cracking table tennis
being played over the two days by club members ranging in age from 11 to 70+.
Day one provided some spectacular table tennis being played by some of the clubs
youngsters. In the girls¬í singles event, Rebecca Diss and Natalie Wells progressed to
the final by safely negotiating the group stages. Rebecca was the less experienced of
the two girls but nevertheless demonstrated that she was learning the game well. Both
girls played some good shots but Natalie was clearly the more consistent player on the
day, winning 5-11, 4-11, 3-11 to take the title.
In the boys¬í singles event, Kieran Bean, Kriss Brill, Kieran Watts and Thomas Banham
progressed to the semi final by powering their way through the group stages, with
Thomas and Kieran (Bean) looking particularly impressive.
The final which produced some exciting and highly entertaining table tennis, Keiran
(Bean) who beat Kriss Brill in a close semi-final, continued to dominate his opponent,
Thomas Banham who had earlier beaten Keiran Watts in the other semi.
Each of them played some very good table tennis at this level, and although Thomas was
the more attacking of the two, Kieran demonstrated a more (Andy) Warner style of play,
which seemed to work well in this game, Keiran winning the Boy¬ís Single title 11-8,
8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9.
The continuation of the event on Sunday saw yet more exciting table tennis being played
at a very high standard. Whilst some results were expected, there were also some major
Bob Jennings and John Seabrook, the two oldest competitors taking part, contested
the 60+ Vets final with Bob Jennings causing an upset by beating Club Vice Chairman
John Seabrook 13-11, 11-7, 11-7.
The 50+ Vets event was won by Andy Holmes, who beat Tim Diss in the final 11-6,11-3,
Andy Warner retained his Veterans title after a narrow semi final escape with two
wicked ¬Ďnets¬í against Club Chairman, Ken Lewis, beating Andy Holmes in the final
11-2, 7-11, 11-6, 14-16, 11-5.
Ryan Collins showed just how good he really is, hardly being pushed in winning the Men¬ís
Singles title beating Andy Warner in the final 8-11, 11-0, 12-10, 15-13.
The star of the whole event was undoubtedly 13 year old Lucy Zhu. Teaming up with Ryan
Collins, Lucy and Ryan bulldozed their way to the final of the Pot Luck Doubles event
where they met Andy Holmes and Bob Jennings, comfortably winning 11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6.
Lucy Zhu continued in a rich vein of form, demonstrating resilience and a good all round
game to cause a huge upset beating Brian Amos in the semi final of the Restricted Singles.
An even bigger upset was to follow as Lucy met Tim Diss in the final in an intriguing battle
which ended with Lucy winning the title 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 13-11.
Britannia Club Presentations. May 2010
|Tom Banham named Britannia's Most Improved Young Player
||Local Table Tennis club receives prestigious Premier Clubmark Award|
|15 year old Tom Banham was presented with the award by the
ETTA's Eastern Region Development Manager, John Andrews, at Britannia
Table Tennis Club's recent AGM. The award was made in recognition of
Tom's enthusiasm and dedication shown in implementing the club's coaching,
provided by Roy Smith and George Earle, to achieve a real improvement in his
overall playing standard and ability.
|At the recent AGM of Britannia Table Tennis Club, Ken Lewis, the club's
chairman was delighted to announce confirmation that the club had been awarded the
prestigious Premier Clubmark status by the sports governing body, the English Table
Tennis Association. Coming in addition to the ETTA's Premier Club status gained by
Britannia last year, Ken stated "these awards are a significant step forward in
helping to secure the future of the club".|
Also at the AGM, presentation of trophies from the clubs 2009 'closed' championships
were made. The trophies were presented by John Andrews, ETTA Eastern Region Development
Britannia Top 16 Report. April 2010
Courtesy of Andy Dosher.
The Britannia Top 16 took place at the Dome on Sunday 11th.April,2010.
With all entries taken well in advance of the event it was one of the strongest and well
supported in years.
The players came from Middlesex, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Lancashire.
With a round robin section of four players the top two players on games won and lost went
through to the championship section with the third and fourth placed players going through
The seedings proved¬†largely¬†accurate in all the groups apart from a couple of instances.
In group one Neil Charles was in cruise control and although he dropped one set to Tony
West he never looked like losing to anyone, West won the all¬†important¬†encounter to decide
who would also qualify by beating Steve Kerns 3-1.
In group two number five seed Matt Spiro came unstuck against big hitting Lee Barnes who
won their match in straight games. Despite the early set back, Spiro gave¬†tournament¬†number
two seed Ryan Collins a hard game and only just lost 11-9 in the fifth set.
In group three the number six seed Andrew Warner took out perhaps his biggest ever scalp
by beating Paul Cicchelli the player ranked 91 in the country in a five set slog, however
both player progressed winning their other games.
The fourth group was particularly hard as there were four players who potentially on their
day could qualify, in the end it was Jake Collins and Essex's Keiron Lally that finished
first and second respectively, from Tim Avis and Andrew Dosher.
In the second series of matches the main focus centred on the championship section:
The first quarter final was¬†undoubtedly¬†the best game of the day, it featured the number
one seed Neil Charles and the third seed Paul Cicchelli, after taking the first set in
style Charles raced ahead in the second but after some breathtaking returns from Cicchelli
the game was all square, the match eventually went to a fifth set and Cicchelli just
wouldn¬ít lie down again retrieving from all over the court forcing Charles into mistakes,
Charles though was¬†extremely¬†cool under pressure and after holding a number of match
points he edged home by the narrowest of margins.
In the other quarters, Jake Collins was in top form to despatch Barnes 3-0, and Andrew
Warner and Tony West played out an open affair with Warner winning 3-1, in the last
quarter Keiron Lally took the first set off Ryan Collins but then found out himself under
the hammer losing the next three.
In the semis Warner who up until then had had a great day was somewhat out classed by his
county team mate Ryan losing comfortably 3-0, and in the other semi Jake was beaten
somewhat closer but also in straight games by Charles so the final was between the number
one and number two seeds.
Ryan had taken a set off Charles in the IDTTL final a few weeks before and in a tight
and exciting opening set lead by a few points at the end of it.
Charles though with slick serving and deft touch had the power and armoury in reserve to
play his way out of trouble and edged it 14-12, frustration for Ryan increased as he couldn¬ít
find a way in during the second set and was outclassed to 4 points.
Ryan showed his grit and determination in the third set and like the first end he matched
his higher ranked opponent in some breathtaking rallies,¬†unfortunately¬†again at deuce it
was Charles that did just enough to secure victory in his first ever appearance at these
championships where it takes a very good player to win the title.
Neil Charles beat Ryan Collins ¬†12 ¬†4 ¬†11
Neil Charles beat Jake Collins ¬†9 ¬†7 12
Ryan Collins beat Andrew Warner ¬†5 ¬†9 ¬†2
3rd / 4th ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Jake Collins W/O Andrew Warner
5th / 6th ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Lee Barnes beat Tony West ¬†7 ¬†5 ¬†-9 ¬†8
7th / 8th ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Keiron Lally beat Paul Cicchelli 7 ¬†9 ¬†-9 ¬†-9 ¬†5
9th / 10th ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Elson Costs beat Steve Kerns 4 ¬†11 ¬†13
11th ¬†/ 12th ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Mathew Spiro beat Tim Avis 3 ¬†5 ¬†7
13th / 14th ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Malcolm Collins beat Andrew Dosher 9 ¬†2 ¬†-8 ¬†7
15th / 16th ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Martin Freeland beat Andrew Holmes 9 ¬†5 ¬†8¬†
IDTTL Players' English Rankings. March 2010
|Senior Men||Senior Women|
|56 Neil CHARLES||58 Aimee SPARKES|
|73 Ryan COLLINS||86 Clair EMMERSON|
|99 Jake COLLINS||100 Sonja TALBOT|
|253 Andy WARNER|
|273 Gary YOUNG|
|343 Nigel HODDER|
|407 Tony ZEQIRI|
|410 Paul BROXTON|
IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2010
For the second year running the IDTTL U13 Championships took place at Kesgrave Sports Hall on Friday 12th March at 7pm.
A total of 16 players from Kesgrave TT Club, Kesgrave High School and Britannia TT club entered, playing in four groups of four, the top two
from each group going through to make up the eight players in the quarter finals.
All group matches, playing best of 3 games, were completed within an hour, giving just under an hour to complete the final matches.
The Quarterfinals saw Peter beating Katharine, a very good win for Tom against Suffolk Junior Championship competitor Kieran (7, -10, 6).
Natalie was pushed hard by Rebecca, Rebecca making a strong comeback after a first loss and unlucky to lose the final game 10.
Eddie matched Gregor in the remaining quarter final, to take himself through to a semifinal place against Natalie. This was repeat of last years quarter final pairing,
each player knowing the other's game, the open counter hitting of both players showing the best side of table tennis. Eddie triumphed again, 6,-10,5,11, however, Natalie
still has another two years as an U13 and her time will surely come.
The second semifinal pitted school mates Peter against Tom, Peter using his experience to reach the final in 4 games. Tom will be one to watch in the future
having an interesting blocking and counter hitting game.
The final saw two players who are looking to start their league careers next season, Eddie raced to a two game lead, 7,8 but
was pegged back by Peter, 9 in the third. The forth game would prove to be a key game should Peter win it and take it a final fifth game. It was not to be as
Eddie claimed it 13-11 and with it the U13 Championship.
Thanks go to all players and adults who helped with the umpiring. All players should be proud of the level of play and sporting spirit displayed.
It is hoped trophy winners will able to attend the finals night of the main
Championships to receive their trophies.
Suffolk Schools Championships 2010
The Suffolk Schools Championships' were held at Stowupland on Sunday 7th February 2010.
|Under 11 Boys||Robert Borrett, Claydon Primary||Kieran Grace, Parkway Middle, Haverhill|
|Under 13 Boys||Max Boulter, St James' Middle, BSE||Callum Wilkinson, St James' Middle, BSE|
|Under 16 Boys||Jack Anthony, King Edward VI, BSE||Joe Easdown, King Edward VI, BSE|
|Under 19 Boys||Tom Wright, King Edward VI, BSE||Ross Slade, West Suffolk College|
|Under 11 Girls||Georgina Lister, Parkway Middle, Haverhill||Lauren Flude, Stratford St Mary Primary|
|Under 13 Girls||Natalie Wills, Amberfield School||Hannah Stokes, Amberfield School|
|Under 16 Girls||Not contested|
|Under 19 Girls||Not contested|
Winners are eligible to go forward to the National Schools Finals at Doncaster on Saturday 24th April 2010.
A number of players playing in the Ipswich league, including those being coached at Britannia and Kesgrave
took part. Credit should go to Natalie (Kesgrave) for winning the U13 (despite still being eligible for U11!),
Katherine Shaw U13 (Kesgrave & Britannia) and Elliot Branton U16 (Kesgrave & BT) for reaching their respective semifinals.
Press Match Reports. Oct 2009
IDTTL is attempting to raise the profile of TT in Ipswich by publishing monthly reports in the local press.
Thanks to Mike Wright for collating the reports written by each of the divisional secretaries.
Team secretaries can help by either dropping an email to the website, or by filling in the back
of the results card with details of their matches - just a one liner will help.
Match Report Update
Suffolk Junior Ranking. July 2009
SUFFOLK COUNTY TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION
RANKING LISTS : JUNIORS; CADETS; UNDER 13s
Effective from 1st September 2009
Ipswich players highlighted.
|JUNIORS RANKING LIST (U18 on 31.12.09)|
|1||Martin West||1||Rachel West|
|2||George Kizis||2||Lucy Zhu|
|CADETS RANKING LIST (U15 on 31.12.09)|
|1||Rhys Davies||1||Rachel West|
|2||Will Hall||2||Lucy Zhu|
|UNDER 13s RANKING LIST (U13 on 31.12.09)|
|1||Max Boulter||1||Lucy Zhu|
|3||Callum Wilkinson||GIRLS UNDER 13s RATING LIST|
|4||Harvey Dinkele||1||Natalie Wills|
|5||Adam Coombes||2||Rebecca Manners|
|6||Andy Marshall||3||Lottie Turner|
|7||Ellis Rowland||4||Rebecca Diss|
IDTTL League Format May 2009
As documented below, a request was made at the AGM to help with the fixture congestion that arises from the
current league format. If you have any thoughts on this, please add them to the forum
IDTTL AGM at Capel St. Mary Library. May 2009
The AGM was opened by Graham Mortimer at 7.30pm. All clubs were represented (after some of those in the bar remembered
they had a meeting to go to).
Richard Goodhand gave the Secretary's report, thanking the Committee for
their work. He said the highlight of the year was the Championships at the Corn Exchange, with quality
matches fitting for the finals night. He thanked Jimmy Farrow for his effort in organising it and this
was greeted by a round of applause by those present. People were encouraged to help clear up
after next years Championships due to the large number of tables which have to be moved.
Richard encouraged teams to enter the Handicap Cup which had been relaunched this year, and spoke
about the strength of the Premier League which bode well for the future. A negative aspect of this season
was the number of unfulfilled fixtures, and stressed the importance of completing matches.
Players were asked to search for any trophies they may be holding as a number were missing.
A report from Colin Bennett was read on Suffolk Juniors, with Jake Collins
highlighted as he will no longer be eligible next season having been a key player in the junior
ranks for a number of years.
A further reminder was made to those present of the ETTA Rubber decision as listed below.
A report on the Kesgrave Table Tennis Club was made, to date ¬£2300 of the ¬£2500 loaned has been
repaid in just under 2 years, with the remainder expected before the summer break. Richard thanked
Steve Branton and his wife for running the club.
Although not expected this year, Individual Player registration looked to be on the cards in the future.
As a final note, Richard thanked Graham who was stepping down as Chairman (the tongue in cheek
reason being 'old age').
Jimmy Farrow presented the Treasurer's report which included the Championship's report. 107
(or 45% of the league) entries had been received. The finals night had included the attendance of
the ETTA Chairman and the Ipswich Mayor.
No changes were to made to the League fees for next season.
The rule change proposed by Pickwicks was discussed and although the cancellation of matches by
noon of the match day were not ideal (some wished it to be 24 hrs), the change was felt to be
better than the existing rule. The vote was unanimous in favour of the new rule.
The trophies were presented to the divisional winners and runners-up.
The Jim Kenworthy Trophy
for the Most Improved Junior was awarded to Darren Evans of BT Bright Stars for winning 77% of
his matches in Division 3 in his first season.
The Doris Fox Award went to George Earle, a very popular choice on the night, for his untiring
work in a number of local leagues.
John Leith was elected as the new Chairman, the Player Registration Secretary was handed over to Jimmy Farrow
and all other posts were voted in en-block. Michael Wright and Aimee Sparks were also voted
on to the Committee.
In the AOB, Jimmy Farrow and Bently TT club were thanked for hosting the Handicap Cap Final.
A discussion was held on the league format, see above.
The start of the new season is expected to be Monday 7th September.
The meeting closed at 8.45pm.
Sorry, no photo this year, everybody suddenly disappeared into the bar after the meeting ;-).
IDTTL Golfers Play 2nd Annual Golf Day at Brett Vale, Raydon. May 2009
An excellent day's Golf was played by 18 League players (and Guests) at the Brett Vale Course,
Raydon. After early rain the weather improved considerably giving us pretty dry conditions all
Richard Goodhand took the honours out of the registered players with an outstanding
score of 39 points off his 12 handicap. Graham Mortimer achieved 2nd place with 37 points and
last year's winner Keith Armes captured 3rd place on 35 points. 4th on countback was Mark
Nowers also on 35 points. Our Guests' winner was Tony Nicholson (Brett Vale member) on 35
points. Also on 35 points was Robin Burley, with Phil Lown 3rd on 29 points. The winner of
the "24 and over" handicap was Robin Burley whilst "nearest the pin" on the 10th hole was
Tony Nicholson and on the 16th hole was Norman Goodchild.
After the event the Brett Vale provided everyone with a very satisfying "golfer's meal". This
was followed by presentation of prizes by Keith Armes and Ken Rodwell.
We are looking for more Competitors/Guests for next year's event so if you want a good day's
golf in enjoyable company please enter next year. We are probably looking at a Course on the
east side of Ipswich for 2010.
Finally, Andy Warner almost persuaded me to give him an enhanced handicap over his nominated
"22 handicap" but I didn't give in and just as well because he still came in with a good score
of 31 points !! Nice try, Andy !!
See you all next year.
Ken Rodwell (organiser)
Letter to all IDTTL Clubs. May 2009
The following letter was sent to all IDTTL club secretaries...
Please note for the new 2009/2010 season the Treasurer proposes no increase in Player
Registration or Team Affiliation, therefore Player Registration remains at ¬£17.00 per player
and Team Affiliation at ¬£18.00 per team.
The following rule change has been proposed for consideration at the AGM on 21st May 2009, at
Concerning the cancellation of a league or cup match:-
¬ĎAny team wishing to cancel a match must advise the opposition, at the latest, by midday of
the day of the match. The divisional secretary must be advised in the normal way. Failure to
do so may lead to the offending team being fined.¬í
We will be asking you to vote as a club on this rule. You will be entitled to one vote for
each league team you had playing in the league at the close of this season. We calculate the
vote entitlement to be as below and this will be the basis employed at the AGM so please let
us know if you are not in agreement with these numbers.
Whilst writing, we wanted to provide clarification of the ETTA position on rubbers. Twelve
months ago, ETTA recommended that English leagues allowed a 12 months cooling off period for
any long pimple rubbers which had been removed from the International Table Tennis
Federation (ITTF) approved rubbers list. IDTTL followed this recommendation as summarised in
the IDTTL 2008/2009 handbook on page 21.
As promised, we have sought further clarification from ETTA 12 months on. It does appear that
the direction provided by ETTA 12 months back was not correct, or certainly was misleading.
We have been liaising with Colin Clemett, the ETTA rules committee Chairman, who has advised
that for local league play, there is no requirement for a player to use an ITTF approved
rubber, nor can a local league introduce or enforce such a requirement. Bearing in mind the
recommendation ETTA issued 12 months back, this response came as quite a surprise, and we went
back to them for additional clarification.
Essentially, any league affiliated to ETTA has to play its league matches within ETTA¬ís laws of table tennis, and these laws are totally independent of ITTF. This means that frictionless long pimple rubbers will remain legal within IDTTL and all English leagues for the 2009/2010 season.
This advice from ETTA was brought about by a specific approach but we are expecting national
guidance to be issued shortly along these lines and therefore other local leagues which
specifically banned these rubbers 12 months back should be instructed by ETTA to reverse
this ruling very shortly.
A copy of the email correspondence between Colin and the IDTTL has been included in your club's
copy of this letter. Please refer to your club secretary if you wish to see the correspondence.
Note, this correspondence also clears up the question of bat changing during a
league match, ie. you can do it as often as you wish, providing you show your opponent and
Finally, if you are playing in a non-league tournament, eg British League or County, you
should check their rules concerning rubbers as these are currently played under ITTF
regulations, therefore making the ITTF approved rubbers rule enforceable. If you have
any questions on this topic then please feel to contact the committee.
We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.
Ipswich Championships at the Corn Exchange. Mar 2009
The match day photos can be found at IDTTL
The Presentation photos are at IDTTL
The user name is 'idttl' and the password (lowercase) is the same as on page 13 of the handbook.
Who holds their bat like this?
Who shields their serve like this?
Was Richard driven to tears?
A improved photo merge, gives a good impression of the setting.
Click on image to see a larger view.
2009 IDTTL Championship Prize Winners
The following people won prizes in the draw and Spot the Ball competitions.
1st Colin Bennett
2nd Angela Stubbings
3rd Malcolm Collins
4th Peter Armes
5th Andy Dosher
6th Bob Jennings
Spot the Ball Winner: Jared Bones
Ipswich Buttermarket. Mar 2009
On Saturday 14th March, IDTTL put on a display of Table Tennis at Ipswich's Buttermarket in order to promote
the IDTTL Championships on the weekend of 21-22 March. Photos of the event are shown below.
Click on the images to see a larger view.
IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2009
The IDTTL Championships currently run two age groups, Cadet (U15) and Junior (U18) for younger members
of clubs affiliated to the league. It was decided to extend this to include an U13 event for league players and players
being coached within affiliated clubs.
The U13 event took place at Kesgrave Sports Hall on Friday 13th March at 7pm.
A total of 12 players entered from the Kesgrave and Britannia TT clubs, playing in three groups of four, the top two
from each group and the two best third placed players going through to make up the eight players in the quarter finals.
With just two hours to play a total of 25 matches across four tables, there was no time for slacking
as players were kept busy playing and umpiring.
The Quarterfinals saw Eddie overcoming Natalie, Matt beating Joe, Ellis being pushed hard by Peter, and finally Kieran staving off
the challenge from James. From the semi's Matt beat Eddie and Kieran beat Ellis, both beaten semi finalists looking good to
challenge for next years U13 final as this years finalists will move up to the U15 age group.
The final pitted two team mates from Division 3's BT Bright Stars, and making his mark straight from the start, saw Matt take
an early two game lead with a good display of counter hitting, and spin serves. Game three proved to be crucial with Kieran facing defeat but
able to take the game 12-10. From then on Kieran forced Matt into playing a more defensive game allowing Kieran to win the final
two games and the U13 Championship.
All players are to be commended on their level of play and the spirit in which they played.
It is hoped trophy winners will able to attend the finals night of the main
Championships to receive their trophies.
Ipswich & District Table Tennis League Logo. Jan 2009
Some of you may have spotted the new logo on the IDTTL web home page. This is the winner from the
competition where entries were requested for a new design. The design will be used on new IDTTL trophies
and all IDTTL correspondence. Thanks go to Sonja Talbot, Alan Pearce and Jimmy Farrow for taking the time
to enter a number of different designs.
Sad News. August 2008
As posted on the IDTTL forum, Bernie Studd passed away at the end of August after a long illness.
Bernie was a regular player for BT Gladiators for over twenty years from the 1970s, and latterly
for Suffolk County Council (now SPSSSC). With this team, playing with Alan Pearce, Bert Newman and Berni Ulph,
Bernie won the IDTTL Division 2 title a number of times.
Many players will remember Bernie who played throughout with a hard bat, a mean defender with an eye for the quick kill.
Bernie was also actively involved on the League Committee, as Vice Chairman of the League, Divisions 4 & 5 Secretary, Handbook and
Player Registration Secretary and as part of the Rules and Standards Committee. In 2004 Bernie was awarded the Doris Fox
Award for Services to the League.
Inaugaral IDTTL Golf Day. June 2008
IDTTL GOLF DAY 30th May 2008 held at Newton Green Golf Club
Sixteen players turned out for our first GOLF DAY on Friday 30th May 2008. 12 of
those are registered League players and 4 were our guests. Our first winner was
Keith Armes (Capel) who scored 35 points playing off a 16 handicap. Keith stated
that he putted well but we all know that one has to get it safely to the green
first so well done Keith, on an excellent score in very damp conditions !!
Second was Richard Goodhand (Phoenix) on 34 points and third Mike Emmerson
(Hadleigh) on 33 points. Fourth was our new Chairman, Graham Mortimer(Capel),
on 32 points. In all seven players scored 32 points or more which was very good
on the day !!
Simon Mortimer was our top guest on 35 points followed by second Mick Starling on
33 points and third Phil Lown on 32 points.
"Nearest the pin" on the 6th Hole was Mike Emmerson and on the 11th Hole Richard
On handicaps 24 and over Peter Armes (Phoenix) was the winner on a recount and
Financially, the Event was a success owing mainly to a good take-up on the Ball
Draw so a small profit made will be sent to the League.
Good "feedback" has been received from several players so we look forward to
another get-together in the not-too-distant future !!
Ken Rodwell (Organiser)
ETTA Insurance. May 2008
Jimmy Farrow has contacted the ETTA regarding the insurance question raised during the AGM.
Where a club is affiliated to the League, which in turn is affiliated to the ETTA,
all club activities are covered by the ETTA insurance. A club that doesn't enter a team
into the league, is thus not affiliated and must pay a membership fee to the league in order to be covered.
If we look at the IDTTL Rules, we find that this membership is already covered under Rule 5a.
2008 Ipswich and District Table Tennis League AGM
The AGM was held on Tuesday 20th May at Capel Library.
Chairman Malcolm Fenn welcomed everyone and opened the meeting. A roll call of affiliated clubs was made with 100% attendance.
Last years AGM minutes were passed and only one item was raised relating to the ETTA¬ís use of the player registration data. The chairman said the committee had no change in their understanding of the matter since the previous AGM.
Richard Goodhand presented the Secretaries report, summerising his first year in post. He thanked the Divisional Sec¬ís for all their work, only a small number of matches were uncompleted. Shaun Gridley was thanked for his efforts in running the Championships where the number of entrants was down on the previous year. He stated that Shaun would be handing the reigns over to Jimmy Farrow for the 2009 Championships and urged all players to enter and / or volunteer their help.
The committee were looking to re-energise the KO Cup and again a volunteer was needed to run this event.
Ipswich Players had done well various Suffolk County matches and thanks must go to Colin Bennett for his efforts in managing the teams.
Richard also clarified the stand the IDTTL was taking regarding frictionless pimples. The league would be following the ETTA recommendation of allowing a 1 year cooling off period before invoking the ITTF ban.
Player Registrations would be handled the same as last season, with only new players, or players with changes in their details required to fill in the ETTA form.
Richard said the league had supported the new start up club at Kesgrave, and was hopeful that teams would be entered into the league next season. He thanked Steve Branton for setting up the club.
Jimmy Farrow spoke at length on the steps being taken to rejuvenate the Ipswich TT Championships, outlining some of the ideas he has put together.
A change in venue to the Ipswich Corn Exchange for the weekend of March 21st / 22nd had been booked. This will be the first time the venue has been used for the championships since the early 1990¬ís. Whilst previous championships have seen a reasonable entry from the Premier and Division 1 players, representation from all divisions was wanted, and to promote this the entry would be free. There would also be additional competitions in the form of Handicap Singles and Doubles to encourage mixing between the various play levels. Sunday night would be finals night.
Should Ipswich Town being playing at home on that weekend and players had tickets for the match, they were to let the organisers know so that their matches could be arranged around the event.
Karen Pickering has been invited to present trophies on finals night, and invites sent to previous winners. If people have contact with any previous winners, could they let Jimmy know.
Two England players had been contacted to provide an exhibition on finals night, and these players would be providing coaching and demos in the Robert Cross Hall during the day. The Robert Cross Hall would be available for local TT clubs to promote their existence and locations.
Sponsorship has been obtained from Richard Hutchinson and he had expressed a wish to provide sponsorship in future championships.
The Championships will be promoted by posters, flyers and a free program. The program would contain adverts to raise money to support the event. There would also be local press and radio coverage.
The Corn Exchange has space for 200 to 300 people to watch, so a good atmosphere could be expected.
Alan Pearce presented the Treasurer¬ís Report, and was thanked by the Chairman for the last 11 years he has been in post. Alan steps down, with the post being taken by Jimmy Farrow. Alan¬ís report covered the ETTA insurance that the league now pays, with a saving to the league of about ¬£200. Tournament expenses were up of the previous year, and due to the increase in expense expected with the next Championships, Alan said the player registration fees would rise from ¬£12 to ¬£17. Team registration fees would stay at ¬£18. Players were reminded that the championship entry would now be free and there were additional competitions to play in.
Robin Tramaseur asked if the ETTA insurance covered individual clubs for non league play. After a brief discussion it was decided that the committee would clarify to what was actually covered.
Presentation of Trophies was made by Chairman Malcolm Fenn to the following:
Jim Kenworthy Trophy (Most Improved Junior) - Sian Cook, who had a very good season in the Premier division, Suffolk County and won the Colchester Women¬ís singles event.
Doris Fox Award (Services to the League) - Steve Branton for his work on the IDTTL website, and with the new Kesgrave TT Club.
Trophies were also awarded to winners and runners up of each Division.
The KO Cup final was still waiting to be completed and presentation of the trophy would be deferred until the final had been played.
The election of officers saw several changes:
Chairman: Graham Mortimer
Treasurer: Jimmy Farrow
Championship Sec¬í: Jimmy Farrow
KO cup Sec¬í: TBD
Premier Divisional Sec¬í: Malcolm Collins
All officers were elected unopposed.
Stepping down, Malcolm Fenn handed over to Graham Mortimer, whose first job was to thank and present to both Malcolm and Alan. Graham noted the fact that the Ipswich league finances were in such good order due to Alan¬ís hard work, and said some leagues were not so lucky.
Ed Broom requested that email addresses for all team secretaries be made available. This was agreed.
The registration secretary said that a couple of teams had requested to stay in their respective divisions despite winning promotion. The teams were at risk of disbanding if placed in divisions of too a high a level. This coincided with several teams requesting entrance into Division 3, so there may be some shuffling of team positions to accommodate the requests.
Discussion was held on the aspect of introducing a new team straight into the Premier, or other divisions were it was obvious that the players¬í skill level was appropriate. If the team was affiliated to an existing club this was not seen as a problem.
Meeting closed at approx. 8.45pm.
Ipswich Closed Championships Report (15th & 16th March). Apr 2008
THE Ipswich Table Tennis Championships once again proved to be a
success for the level of play and excellent games seen at Maidenhall
It was once again the star quality of 17 year old Ryan Collins which shone through, he
could dominate the event for many years to come if he stays in the area as he won the
men¬ís, junior singles and men¬ís doubles.
Also doing really well from the other end of the age bracket was super veteran Graham
Mortimer, now playing in Division Two. He was runner up in the Division Two and Super
Veterans Singles and sensationally winner of the restricted singles title.
Colin Bennet had a good run in the Men¬ís Singles and very nearly beat four times champion Richard
Hutchinson, going down by eight in the deciding game.
Colin lost to Graham Mortimer in the final of the Restricted Singles but beat Nick Anthony
in the final of the Division One Singles.
In the Premier Singles it was Claydon¬ís Michael Wright that edged a tight game over
Wherstead's Ashley Phillips in four sets.
Paul Cannon won the Division Two singles in a round robin event, while in the Division Three
singles final Ben Maindstone beat James Maidstone 3-1.
In the mixed doubles final in was Martin Bozier and Sonja Talbot that beat Jake Collins
and Sian Cook 3-1.
Andrew Warner had a particularly good event as he and partner Nitan Shrivastava got
to the final of the Man¬ís Doubles before losing 3-1 to the Collins brothers, en route they beat
ex-champions Gary Bloomfield and Richard Hutchinson.
In the veterans final he met old adversary Andrew Dosher, and it proved to be an exciting final. Dosher
led in the third set but was punished for letting slip a lead, Warner eventually running out a comfortable
winner in the forth set.
Dosher had been more than fortunate to even get to the final, as Jimmy Farrow had taken big
leads in the third and fifth sets before he lost in an earlier round.
Unfortunately there was a poor turnout for the women. However, the final did not disappoint, as Sian Cooke
took the title beating Sonja Talbot 3-2.
In the Men¬ís Singles, Richard Goodhand prevented Michael Wright from getting to the quarter finals, winning
The top four seeds all came through to the semis, and in a seeding upset it was the in-form
Warner that got the better of Jake Collins in five sets.
In the other semi Ryan Collins was only really tested in the first set by Dosher before
showing his full array of shots to win 3-0.
The final was a classic as Warner totally eclipsed his younger opponent for all of the first
set and most of the second, at 8-3 down Ryan appeared to be breaking. However he pumped
himself up and started to rally better and began to claw his way back before in a breathtaking
display of power and maturity saved a game point to win the second set 12-10.
This signalled the change in the game and try as he might Warner couldn't get back in the
game as Ryan threw everything at Warner to win his second successive Ipswich singles title.
Coaching Opportunity. Mar 2008
Are you aware of anyone wishing to run an after school club for table tennis
(approx 3.30 - up to 6pm) at Gorseland Primary School?
They have all the equipment or funds to obtain further kit if needed.
Could be a paid post for the person with the right level of training (level 2 + CRB etc)
(BUT would prefer a volunteer).
Extended Schools Development Officer
Woodbridge & Kesgrave Cluster
Kesgrave Table Tennis Club. Feb 2008
Since September 2007, IDTTL has been running a new Table Tennis club at the new
Sports Hall on Grange Farm Kesgrave. The club had been promoted in the local village magazines prior to opening
and interest in a club appeared to be promising. Purchasing two tables and borrowing two more, four tables
were available for the first night's play. A total of 30 people attended that first night, with a good mixture of juniors and adults.
Further investment from the league and generosity from Claydon TT club, now means we have
eight tables out every Friday night, played within two badminton courts, and an average attendance of between 25 - 32 players. The majority of players are
social players, with 3 or 4 league players mixed in.
Looking to the future we hope to obtain surrounds to separate the tables and due to the
increase in interest over recent weeks, book an additional badminton court with space for four more tables.
We are also having to restrict new start juniors to 1 hour sessions so not to turn people away.
Current fees are ¬£3 per adult session and ¬£1 per junior hour.
Club night is every Friday from 7 - 9pm.
Dove Captures Ashford Veterans Crown. Dec 2007
News from an ex-Suffolk player....
Still improving Essex Veterans County player Fred Dove (from Walton-on-Naze)
produced one of the biggest upsets of the English Season when he won the
Veterans Singles title at the popular Ashford, Middlesex New Year Veterans
Tournament, played on Sunday 30 December 2007.
Dove, ranked no. 40 in England
won his Group and in the first round he showed he was on good form as he
stopped hard-hitting Sussex County player Garry Bonner, 3-1.
A round later and Dove produced another fine performance to beat
Surrey County player, all out top-spin attacker Steve Davis (ranked. no. 63 in
England), again 3-1.
Two decent performances but nothing compared with what was to follow. Dove was
paired with Veteran International and current England no. 13, the redoubtable
Dave Harvey (Gloucestershire) in his Semi-Final but it was Dove who made all the
running. Hitting superbly on the forehand and blocking with real conviction with
his long pimpled rubber on the backhand he won a thrilling contest 11-8, 11-6,
18-16. A performance of the very highest order.
In the Final Dove's opponent was Abdul Wuraola (Surrey) ranked no. one in
England in the November ETTA Ratings.Wuraola is also ranked no. 28 in England at
Senior Mens level. On this occasion you would not have been able to guess which
player had the higher ranking as Fred Dove matched everything his athletic
opponent threw at him and with some clever use of the long pimpled rubber he
also caused Wuraola to over hit. Dove won the first two games 11-9, 11-6 and
although Wuraola rallied in the third game Dove matched him all the way.
Dove emerged the victor after a fabulous match 13-11. One of the biggest upsets
of the Season.
Press & Publicity Officer Essex County Table Tennis Association
Suffolk County Senior Championship Results. Nov 2007
Derek Gilson formerly of Sidegate Lane Table Tennis Club
Derek Gilson of Holbrook died on Monday 12th November in Norwich Hospital.
He was an active player with the Sidegate Lane Club during the 1970/80/ and early 90's where he
played with his late brother Keith Gilson and the late Bernie Cobbold.
Derek, Keith and Bernie will of course have been known to many of the older players in the league.
Fixture Postponement. Sept 2007
You may now email Fixture Postponements from this website. See the Teams menu.
Sad News. August 2007
It was with great sadness that the league learnt of the passing of Bert Newman on Tuesday 14th August 2007.
Bert had been involved with the Ipswich League for many years since the early 1970s, holding a number of prominent positions on the Committee
until his death. Geoff Brook, Suffolk County TT Chairman has written a fitting tribute to Bert which is posted on the forum.
IDTTL Code of Conduct. July 2007
The IDDTL have issued guidance notes relating to player conduct. Copies of this have been sent to
Club Secretaries to circulate amongst their players. It will also be found within the
new seasons handbook. You may view the Code of Conduct Here
2007 Ipswich and District Table Tennis League AGM
The AGM was held on Tuesday 29th May at Norbridge Social Club.
President and Chairman Malcolm Fenn opened the AGM with the minutes of the previous AGM passed with no amendments.
Malcolm also presented Trophy winners
with their trophies.
- The Jim Kenworthy Trophy was awarded to Ryan Collins, the first time this has been awarded to an individual twice.
- The Doris Fox Award (Services to the League) was presented to John Watson.
There were no rule changes to discuss nor vote for.
Alan Pearce (Treasurer) recommended
no increase of the current Team and Player registration fees, and informed those present he would
be stepping down after 10 years in post after the forth coming season.
Steve Branton (Handbook Sec') reported that the new printer had done a good job
with the seasons handbooks and he was looking to correct any omissions in the new handbook. Team Sec's were also requested to be aware that they didn't
play players up from lower divisions to more than one team in any one partucular division.
With John Watson stepping down as League Secretary, Richard Goodhand
was voted into post togeather with existing Officers.
The AOB covered points relating to the New Sports Hall at Grange Farm, Kesgrave where the League is attempting to start a new TT club this summer, and
the threat to the Britannia Dome which appears to have lessened.
The meeting closed at 8pm.
IDTTL Committee Meeting(15/2/07)
Points which were discussed at the meeting which players should be aware of:
- Threat to Britannia Dome - Proposed development work at Thurleston School may
result in the Dome being demolished. The League agreed to support Britannia in trying to
make sure the town doesn't lose what are key facilities.
- Cancelled and Postponed Matches - A number of teams have been cancelling matches
for one reason or another, some more than others. When this has been debated at the AGM in
previous seasons, the answering reply has always been 'Well, the matches are always played
by the end of the season!'
The main problem with a cancellation is that they are a major inconvenience to the opposing team.
Everyone prefers regular matches i.e once a week, and having to later fit in two or even three
matches a week to complete the fixture list is annoying to say the least.
Ok, teams do have problems getting a team together perhaps due to illness, work commitments etc,
but again most teams have four or more players and players they can call upon from lower divisions.
Would you prefer to play a team with two players and be guaranteed a match each week, or do you
want to wait to play a three-player team later in the season?
Many leagues do not allow any matches to be cancelled - should we?
If we do impose a restriction on cancelling matches how should we enforce it?
The League Registration Sec's thoughts are as follows (if it's agreed to clamp down on this matter):
Teams are allowed a maximum of 1 match cancellation per season half.
Cancelling a match (over and above the 2 match limit) will invoke a 5 point fine for the offending team.
Have your say at....Discuss IDTTL - Postponed Matches
- Hanicap KO Cup - Due to only two teams entering the Competition this year, the KO Cup has been cancelled.
- Ipswich Championships - Junior Comp's - The age grouping the Junior and Cadets is being brought into line with the
ETTA competitions. This includes the introduction of an Under 13 competition. Clubs are reminded that players are eligable to play
in the competitions if they are actively involved with affiliated clubs coaching schemes (they do not have to be league players)
Age restriction for Season 2006-2007
Under 13 - born on or after 1 Jan 1994
Under 15 (Cadet) - born on or after 1 Jan 1992
Under 18 (Junior) - born on or after 1 Jan 1989
2006 Ipswich and District Table Tennis League AGM
The AGM was held on Tuesday 30th May at Norbridge Social Club.
Malcolm Fenn opened what was to be one of the quieter AGMs of recent years. Keith Armes presented Trophy winners
with their trophies. There were no rule changes to discuss nor vote for. A request was made to provide an email facility to send in match results.
The meeting closed after 50 mins.
(17/5/06)Britannia Open Table Tennis Championships
The first ever Britannia open table tennis championships indicated what perhaps is the start of a new era in Suffolk table tennis.
Ryan Collins dominated the main events & as predicted was the biggest threat to number one seed Dave Cole.
Unfortunetely with just one woman there was no womans single event.
The handicap singles enables players of all abilities the chance to win silverware, but after some intense battles it was two of the counties best players Andrew Warner & Fred Dove that contested the final, with Warner winning out.
In the restricted singles both Sian Cook & Jason Annal made the semi finals losing to 'Munch' & Richard Goodhand respectively, in the final Goodhand dropped the first set before winning 3-1.
The vetts event saw number three seed Andrew Dosher come through against Malcolm Collins, Warner & Dove.
In the Junior singles Norwich player Dan Gugli went down 3-1 to Jake in their semi final, Jake faced brother Ryan in the final & found himself up against it as Ryan won 3-0.
The plate cup was conteted between Jason Annal & Sian Cook with Annal getting home 3-1
In the mens & open singles the main talking point was the awsome form of Ryan Collins he was seeded three & seeded to play Cole in the final of both events.
In the mens singles quarter finals, Brown took the first leg of Cole before going down & Malcolm pushed son Ryan losing out 19-17 in the fourth end. In a tough five setter Warner overcame Jake, & Dove saw off Dosher 3-1.
In the open singles quarter finals Ryan was a 3-0 winner over Ian Brown, as was Cole over Warner & Jake over Richard Clapson (Clapson had earlier knocked out Dosher).
In the other quarter final Gary Young had taken Dove to four sets.
In both semi finals Ryan played Dove & while a few of the games were close the power & quickness of the youngster were telling as he made it through to both finals, Cole played Warner in the men's singles semi final & after dropping the first set was comfortable in the next three. In his open semi final Cole accounted for Jake 3-0.
With Cole & Ryan getting to both the open & mens singles final, by mutual consent both players agreed to play one game for both titles.
The first set was a thriller as both players went for their shots & neither player could dominate the other, Cole saved two game points at 8-10 down & had game point himself before Ryan closed out at 15-13, the next set was all about Ryans power looping on both wings as he ran away with it 11-2, in the third end Cole barely got home at 9 but Ryan was not to be denied & again went to town in the fourth end as anything slightly long from Cole was dealt with in clinical fashion, Ryan won the fifth end to five & both titles & sent out a big signal not only to his fellow county players but to those ranked in the English top 100 as Cole is a seasoned player having beaten players like Shaun Gibson & David Attkinson in the past.
Scores from the first Britannia Open Table Tennis championships
Mens singles quarter finals:
Dave Cole beat Ian Brown -7 7 4 3
Andrew Warner beat Jake Collins 4 11 -7 -2 6
Ryan Collins beat Malcolm Collins 6 9 -7 17
Fred Dove beat Andrew Dosher -4 4 7 8
Open singles quarter finals:
Cole beat Warner 7 9 9
Jake beat Richard Clapson 9 7 9
Ryan beat Ian Brown 1 4 8
Dove beat Gary Young 3 8 -4 6
Men's singles semi finals:
Cole beat Warner -5 5 4 1
Ryan beat Dove -9 8 3 2
Open singles semi finals:
Cole beat Jake 4 7 6
Ryan beat Dove 11 9 5
Open & men's singles final (combined)
Ryan beat Cole 13 2 -9 5
Richard Goodhand beat Munch -9 9 10 5
Junior singles final:
Ryan beat Jake 8 4 7
Handicap singles final:
Warner beat Dove (score n/a)
Veteran's singles final:
Dosher beat Dove 8 9 -8 10
Plate cup final:
Jason Annal beat Sian Cook 5 5 -8 4
The 2006 Britannia Top 16 invitation tournament took place at the Dome on Saturday 25th.February 2006.
Following report courtesy of Andy Dosher.
Two late inclusions to this years top 16 event, Norfolk¬ís Ian Mclean and Essex's Peter Hayden made the event stronger, both players featuring prominently in the days proceedings.
The first half of the days play was based around a round robin event with four groups of four players.
In group one the matches were fairly routine as Ian Mclean the number one seed and Fred Dove seeded five came first and second respectively to qualify for the championship section.
Cambridgeshire¬ís Martin Freeland had caused Mclean a few problems taking the second leg in their game, while Jon Hill had taken the third leg against Dove in their encounter.
In group two Mark Lewis pushed Andrew Dosher all the way coming from 2 games down to lead 3-0 in the decider before going down, while in the battle for first and second Dosher took the first leg off number two seed Andy Wignall before going down 3-1.
Group three was thrown into turmoil as it finished with three players each winning one game and losing two games with number three seed Dave Cole winning all his matches as group winner.
After beating Gary Young 3-1 Andrew Warner had gone down 3-2 to Norfolk¬ís Rod Hamilton. Fortunately for Warner, Young beat Hamilton 3-2 and after count-back Warner went through.
In the fourth group there were two outstanding matches, Hayden went 0-2 down to Brown in convincing style but started to play the defensive style better to win the next two sets just as easily, and in a tight finish it was Hayden that won 11-9. In the final match Hayden completed three wins in his group beating former champion Martin Gray in a seeding upset by 3-1.
In the first quarter final Mclean was a convincing 3-0 winner over Warner where the class of the former Scottish international really showed.
In the second quarter it swung both ways as Hayden got off to a good start over Dosher, but Dosher reeled off a number of points at the end of the second to take it 7, and in the third set Dosher ran away with it. Hayden however eventually steamed the tide with some deft touches to win 3-2.
The third quarter also went to five sets as big hitters Gray & Cole both went for their big shots as this game also twisted like an eel. Cole saved games points in the third set, but then had to settle for second best, Gray forcing a number of errors winning 11-8 in the fifth.
In the fourth quarter Wignall played the pimpled bat of Dove comfortable to win 3-0.
In the semi's Mclean proved too consistent for Hayden winning 3-0, though Hayden pushed him all the way in the first set, while in the other semi Wignal came through againt Gray 3-1.
Before the final Gray got revenge for his group defeat by Hayden, in the play off's for third & fourth, played in a good atmosphere. Hayden again showed his coolness of blocking to force a fifth end but Gray ran out a comfortable winner in the decider.
In the final Mclean was looking to go one better than he did seven years ago when in the first top 16 final he went down to Chinese player Brook Zhen Shea, while Wignall was looking to make it three wins in this event.
Mclean started off positively looping consistently and powerfully from difficult angles to take the first set at 4. Wignall got closer in the next set but such was Mclean¬ís quality that the feeling was that even when he went behind he was always able to come back reeling of a number of points which proved to be the case. This was the pattern in the third set with Mclean¬ís pace and quality in rallying a constant threat and he won the final 11-4, 11-9, 11-9 to become this seasons Top16 champion.
Scores from the dome :
Mclean beat Warner 11-2, 11-4, 11-8.
Hayden beat Dosher 11-4, 7-11, 2-11, 11-7, 11-4.
Gray beat Cole 6-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8.
Wignall beat Dove 11-5, 11-3, 11-8.
Mclean beat Hayden 13-11, 11-4, 11-6.
Wignall beat Gray 11-4, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6.
Ian Mclean beat Andy Wignall 11-4, 11-9, 11-9.
3rd & 4th Martin Gray beat Peter Hayden 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-3.
5th & 6th Dave Cole beat Andrew Warner 11-6, 11-9, 11-9.
7th & 8th Andrew Dosher beat Fred Dove 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.
9th &10th Ian Brown beat Ken Lewis 11-5, 12-10, 4-11, 11-9.
11th & 12th Andrew Holmes beat Rob Hamilton 11-5, 11-9, 5-11, 11-13, 11-7.
13th & 14th Jon Hill beat Gary Young 5-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-8.
15th & 16th Martin Freeland beat Mark Lewis 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10.
Ryan Collins takes prestigious Britannia Top 12 - 2005 title..
The first major event in the Suffolk table tennis calendar at the Britannia Dome in Ipswich on
Sunday 11th.September 2005 produced some breathtaking games and undoubtedly the biggest headline
winner in the event's six year history.
The event is open to the 12 best players in last season's Ipswich premier league based on averages.
On the day 4th seed Charles Fulcher wasn't able to play which allowed 15 year old Ryan Collins a reserve
the opportunity to play as the 12th seed. This was pivotal on where the title would eventually end up.
The draw saw two groups of six players with all in a group playing each other, the top two, based on games
won and lost going through to the semi finals, the other players playing for final positions.
In group one the top two ranked players Fred Dove & Wayne Shaw won all their games, so by the time they
met they were already assured qualification. Their match for top spot was a thriller with Shaw's fantastic
array of attacking shots causing mayhem for Dove who trailed 1-2 in games and by a number of points before
turning the game around for victory.
The other highlight of group one was the form of Jake Collins who had wins over Andrew Dosher Michael
Wright & Carl Ashton. He also took the first leg of Dove in their game.
The second group was much tighter and finished with three players each having four win and a loss which
meant it went to a count back.
The group started with a major seeding upset as Ryan Collins edged home against Suffolk Men's singles
champion Lee Barnes 11-9 in the decider.
Last seasons Men's singles runner up Nigel Hodder came from 0-2 down against Ryan Collins to win,
only for Barnes to beat him 3-1 in their match.
In the last batch of games in the group, the top two seeded players clashed, Andrew Warner having to
win the have a chance of qualifying having already lost two games, while Barnes could not afford
another loss. In a hard fought fiver setter Barnes nicked it 11-9.
In the last game between Ryan Collins and Andrew Holmes everything depended on the outcome. Hodder had
already qualified while Barnes had to hope Holmes would win to get through. The first two games were
routine for the youngster but Holmes led 9-4 in the third before Collins reeled off seven straight
points to go through as group winner, Hodder finishing second and Barnes just missing out.
Ryan Collins showed no nerves in his semi against Shaw winning 3-0, while Dove & Hodder had a dog fight
of a game. In the other semi, Dove seemed to have Hodder under control only to be pegged back
by the flat hitting of his opponent who led 10-6 in the decider, but it was a relieved Dove
who went though after saving four match points to win 12-10.
The final was greatly anticipated as it pitted England ranked Dove the number one seed against the
last minute replacement & 12th seed Ryan Collins.
How would the youngster play the combination bat of his opponent in a big final?
All those questions were answered as Ryan took the first set having no problems with Doves pimpled
rubber. Dove took the second, but in a tense next two sets there was nothing in it bar a few points,
and Ryan showed his coolness to edge them both by the closest of margins using his powerful forehand
to claim what has to be the biggest seeding upset in a major event in Suffolk.
Ryan beat the number one two three & four seeds on the day, two of them ranked nationally in the top
150 players in the country.
Scores from the dome
Final Ryan Collins bt. Fred Dove 7, -4, 9, 10.
Third & fourth Nigel Hodder bt. Wayne Shaw -7,1, -7, 3, 8.
Fifth & six Lee Barnes bt. Jake Colins 5, 8, 10.
Seventh & eighth Andrew Dosher bt. Andrew Warner 8,-8,5, 9.
Ninth & tenth Carl Ashton bt. Andrew Holmes 2, 9, 6.
Eleventh & twelfth Vicky Gray bt. Michael Wright 5, 8, -9, 6.
Report and scores courtesy of Andy Dosher.
IDTTL AGM - Held on May 24th 2005, 7.30pm at Norbridge
||Presentations were made by Judy Rogers, ETTA's National Equity & Child Protection Officer to
Paul Hutchinson , the Morris Goldstein Merit Award - for services to Table Tennis.
A further presentation was made by Geoff Brook, to Paul from Suffolk County Table Tennis.
||Judy Rogers also made a presentation to Bert Newman upon his retirement as Chairman, on behalf of the Ipswich League.
Mark Dere was unable to attend the meeting, Judy Rogers stood in to speak to those present and take questions.
Judy spoke of it being an exciting time in Table Tennis, with new developments, including new funding from
Sport England. Changes were to be made regarding the branding of Table Tennis, marketing Table Tennis for
the future, with a new logo, taking the sport more upmarket and to bring it into the 21st Century. Judy asked
all members to promote the sport in all its aspects, from Junior through to International levels.
The Treasurer requested to charge a fee at Tournaments, ¬£5 per player (excluding juniors) for any number of
events, and to increase the Player Registration fee from ¬£10 to ¬£12. Both these were agreed.
Jim Kenworthy Award - Daniel Farrow.
Doris Fox Award - Bert Newman.
Bert Newman was invited to become a Vice President.
The Chairman vacancy was filled by Malcolm Fenn who will stand in for one season.
All other posts remain the same.
The changes to the Rules were passed. A proposal by Wherstead Rebels to clarify the Procedure for league
matches was also passed (Ed - details will be shown on rules page of this web site soon).
Britannia raised a question relating to the number of Blank weeks in Divisions 3 and 4,
(currently 3 per division) seeing the burden as not being shared equally with the higher divisions
(currently 1 per division). This was answered by the Registration Secretary, who listed a number reasons
this had come about:
1. Teams being relegated sometimes just fold up, as players don't wish to play in a lower division
(this results in blank weeks percolating down to lower divisions).
2. Teams that just been promoted would not want to reside in a division they has just won just so
the division could be evened up.
3. Due to point 1, there were less teams in the league, but more teams with a high number of players.
This last season saw 19 teams with 5+ players.
Discussion revolved around how to resolve the problem, including restricting teams to 4 players if the
club had 'reserve' players in the next division down (this idea was first muted here
two years ago).
Although no rules could be changed for formulating the divisions this coming season, it was decided that
the Committee would draft a rule change during the coming months that would effectively number each team
in their respective finishing places 1 to 60ish, shuffle the teams where promotion / relegation had taken
place, and then assign the team to each division so there was a even distribution of teams across the whole
Depending upon where teams dropped out, or the number of new teams entering the league, teams could find
themselves remaining in the same division even after 'promotion' or 'relegation'.
A second point raised by Britannia involved using Britannia and Thurlston School facilities for the
League Tournament, with lower costs being implied.
Relegation issues in the 1st Division were discussed and a playoff will be held in the near future for
the three teams involved. (See Update above).
The lack of results appearing in the local paper was raised. Jimmy Farrow volunteered to take the post
of Press Officer and raise the leagues profile in the local press.
Britannia Player Wins England Veterans National Masters Plate Competition
Unfortunately due to illness Fred Dove had to withdraw from the England Veterans National Masters which
took place at Thornbury, Gloucestershire over the weekend of 14th.&15th.May 2005, leaving Ken Lewis as
the only local player taking part in this the premier National veterans tournament of the season.
In the 40+ event Ken (national ranking 341) was drawn in a group which included Ramesh Bhalla
(national ranking 36) and Alan Philpot (national ranking 40), and with these two top 50 players in
the group, both ranked 300+ places higher than him on the national ranking list, it was likely Ken
would finish third at best, and so it proved to be. However, Ken went down fighting loosing 'three straight'
to the number 36 but with all three games going to deuce, and almost causing what would have been a huge
upset by taking the number 40 to the final fifth game and having match point at 11-10, only to
In the 40+ plate competition, Ken enjoyed good wins in the early rounds including 'three straight' wins against
two players ranked much higher than himself, and then easily beating the lower ranked John Barnes to reach the
quarter finals where he met Vin O'donnell from Cheshire. Although Vin is ranked 40 places higher, Ken was
enjoying a reasonable run of form and took the first game comfortably. However, Vin 'changed up a gear' taking
the second game at deuce and ran away with the third, game 6.The fourth went to Ken game 7, so it was down to
the fifth and deciding game. Vin held his nerve and eventually won 11-9 to rob Ken of a place in the semi finals.
The 50+ event again saw Ken (ranked 108) drawn in a group which included two much higher ranked players, Cheshire's
Paul Collins (ranked 26) and Durham's John Williamson (ranked 69). Consequently it was once more unlikely that
Ken would finish better than in third spot, and indeed it again proved to be so. However, as in the 40+ groups,
Ken continued to play very well and was a little unfortunate to be consigned to his second plate competition of
the weekend, having lost only to the two much higher ranked players, and taking both to the final fifth ends.
The overall playing standard in National competitions such as this is always very high, and of the 64 competitors
in the 50+ plate competition, there were a substantial number of players ranked in the top 100 of the 50+
national ranking list.
It was therefore something of a surprise when Ken being ranked outside the top 100 made it through to the
quarter finals, having on route achieved a fine win against Berkshire's Geof Civil (ranked 91), and a
superb 'three straight' win against Surrey's John Millward (ranked 67), 11-5, 11-7, 11-5.
The quarter final saw Ken up against Staffordshire's Sid Hogetts (ranked 106), a player who has never lost to
Ken in any of their previous meetings, but Ken wasn't about to let history repeat itself and demolished
Sid 11-2, 11-5, 11-3 to reach the semi's.
Wale's Earl Jeffers (ranked 96), another player whom Ken has never previously managed to beat was Ken's semi
final opponent, but an on form Ken had clearly learnt from the pair's previous encounters and Ken won the
match comfortably after suffering the early setback of losing the first game 9-11 having come back from 3-8
down. This was a very satisfying win for Ken 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-5, and a place in the final.
Ken's opponent in the final was the highly experienced and seasoned campaigner, Bill Fletcher (ranked 121)
from Warwickshire, who, like Ken, had also achieved some superb wins over much higher ranked opponents on
route to the final.
Bill stormed into an early lead in the first game with his strong forehand attack and acutely angled backhand,
but from 3-8 down Ken fought back with topspin forehand counter attacking to level the scores at 9 all. Bill
then produced two superb unreachable backhand kills to take the game 11-9.
The second game started in much the same way as the first with Bill dominating the early rallies, but Ken
spotted the danger of Bill running away with the match and employed a quick change of tactic, coming closer
in to the table to reduce the angle Bill was able to use. This effectively proved to be the decisive factor,
as from then on it was Ken who made all the running, forcing Bill onto the defensive. After edging the second
game 11-8, Ken went on to also take the next two games 11-6, 11-7, to win his first ever National competition.
Full results from the England Veterans National Masters will appear on the ETTA website shortly.
Britannia East Anglian Top 16 Event
East Anglia¬ís major table tennis event which took place at the Britannia club on Sunday
saw a gripping end to proceedings which had followed some superb matches in the groups & latter stages.
With four groups of four it was the top two players in each group that went through to the main
championship stage & play off¬ís, those finishing third & fourth went through to a similar play off section.
Group four was the only one to have any seeding upsets.
Fourth seed Steve Kerns & number one seed in the group beat Andrew Holmes 3-1, but went down to
national league colleague Paul Davison at deuce in the fifth, then to confuse matters Holmes beat
Davison 3-1, which meant that all three players beat finished on two wins.
After a count back on games Kerns & Davison went through.
In group three Tim Avis took the first two legs against number three seed Fred Dove, last
year Avis had beaten Dove at the same stage, but after a tense start Dove finally ran out a
winner at 3 in the fifth.
The number one seed Dave Cole won his three group matches but was made to sweat by Gary Young who
pushed the Chelmsford champion to 8 in the decider, in the other group Martin Gray won all his games 3-0
All top eight seeds made it through to the Championship stage.
In the first quarter final Tim Avis gave a very good account of himself & tested Cole by
taking the first set, at one all though Cole showed his class & eventually got through in four sets.
The next quarter between Kerns & Andrew Warner was a candidate for game of the day, Kerns took the
first & looked to impose himself in the second before Warner began to use his trademark backhand
kill & rallying skills away from the table, Warner took the next two sets before Kerns found a second
wind to draw level, in the decider the rallies were breath taking in their quality & length & at 9-7 up
Warner looked to have the incentive, however a couple of cheap points & perhaps greater experience saw
Kerns edge this classic 11-9.
The third quarter saw Suffoks highest ranked player on the day Dove play Davison, unfortunately Dove was
somewhat below par & went down to the better player on the day 3-1.
In the final quarter Martin Gray beat Andrew Dosher 3-1, the first two sets were shared but from the
third set onwards Dosher always found his opponents range of shot too much.
In the first semi final Kerns took on Cole & played superbly to win 3-0 in a seeding upset
which saw Kerns playing at his absolute best to restrict the power game of his opponent &
eventually frustrate him with his array of power shots & blocking.
The other semi was also 3-0 as former champion Martin Gray was only slightly pushed in the
third set by Davison.
In the final Gray was a strong favourite having never lost to his opponent before, this didn¬ít bother
Kerns at all because despite trailing in the first set he composed himself to take it at 8, Gray
responded like the champion he is to equate the sets, but Kerns showed character & excellent power &
blocking to take the fourth & bemuse his opponent.
In the fourth Kerns maintained his level of play & played a number of power forehand winners at
crucial points & despite Gray saving two match points Kerns saw out the match at deuce in the fourth
for a remarkable win.
This has to rank as Kerns best ever performance at a major event in beating the top two seeds
on the day & lifts his status as a major contender to new heights.
Scores from the dome
Dave Cole beat Tim Avis -12 10 5 9
Steve Kerns beat Andrew Warner 8 -9 -9 6 9
Paul Davison beat Fred Dove 8 7 -7 7
Martin Gray beat Andrew Dosher 9 -7 2 6
Kerns beat Cole 8 9 12
M Gray beat Davison 9 5 6
Kerns beat Gray 8 -7 7 11
Players final positions
3rd & 4th Cole beat Davison 7 10 -12 15
5th & 6th Dosher beat Warner 9 7 -5 -11 6
7th & 8th Avis beat Dove 8 7 6
9th & 10th K Gray beat Brown 6 10 -3 11
11th & 12th Lewis beat Holmes score N/A
13th & 14th Young beat Wright 8 -9 5 9
15th & 16th Morgan beat Freeland 4 -6 4 6
The "Highs" and "Lows" of Table Tennis
The Britannia based Ipswich team in the Colchester & District League completed the 2004/05 season with both
"Highs" and "Lows" being all to apparent.
Despite winning their last league match 8-2, this proved to be insufficient for them to repeat last seasons
performance of finishing in runners up spot.
Other results meant that they finished third, a "Low" but
creditable position given that Ian Brown was unavailable due to injury 'till well into the season and
Andy Holmes also being unavailable for several of the matches.
The Handicap Cup final (21.03.05) provided "Highs" with the Ipswich team winning comfortably despite the
Rowhedge opposition's late strengthening of their team by the replacing two of the youngsters with top
player David Cole and the experienced John Stubbings.
Ian Brown and Ken Lewis got Ipswich off to a great
start winning the first doubles, and Andy Holmes followed up by enjoying a superb win over Cole. This was
followed by a fine win by Ken Lewis over Stubbings, and the Rowhedge team were unable to recovered, Ipswich
taking the Cup with a resounding 5-1 win overall.
The Ipswich team still had the opportunity of completing a "double" having also reached the final of the
prestigious Kiltie Cup (24.03.05). The final produced some superb table tennis enjoyed by a large crowd
of mostly opposition supporters, but the "Highs" of Ipswich earlier in the week were unfortunately replaced
Ken Lewis was a little unlucky to lose both his singles, both in five, and both at duce, 12-14
against Gary Cattermole, and 14-16 against John Andrews.
A definite "Low" with Ken having lost to Andrews
for the first time in several seasons, and having had all but two of the match points in both. However, there
was also a "High" with Ian Brown winning both his singles keeping the match alive late into the night and into
the final ninth game, a doubles with Ken being partnered by son Mark.
Mark continued to play as well as be had
done earlier in the match when partnering Ian, but with the usually reliable Ken appearing to be looking to
replace his 'plonker' reputation by playing in a more 'attacking' style, the pair unnecessarily struggled, and
the game went to the final end - the sixth final end of the nine games played.
The worst "Low" was to follow
as Ken being unable to stop his attacking instinct resulted in the final game being lost, and with it the
The inevitable "High" and "Lows" of table tennis can make it a frustrating game - elation if you win,
and disappointment if you lose, but none could be more disappointed than Ian who had remained unbeaten on
the night yet finished on the losing team !!
Ipswich players "spread their wings"
An Ipswich team (Ian Brown, Andy Holmes, Paul Broxton, and Ken and Mark Lewis) look set to repeat last years
success in the Colchester & Dist. TT League in finishing runners up in the league, and have again reached the
finals of the two cup competitions.
Added to this, both Ian and Ken achieved personal success last weekend (6th.March'05) with superb performances
in the Colchester league championships, Ian reaching the semi final of the men's singles before loosing to the
eventual winner, Rick James, and Ken reaching the finals of both the Veterans 40+ and 50+ events.
to retain the 40+ title for Ipswich (won by Andy Holmes last year) was unfortunately not to be, Steve Kerns
being in great form dominated Ken to take the title. In the Veterans 50+ event however, Ken succeeded in
lifting the title, beating Ian Whiteside in the final, and having beaten team mate Ian Brown on route.
Table Tennis on EuroSport
TMS International (the marketing arm of the ITTF) has concluded an agreement with Eurosport International, the pan-European sports channel (available in 58 countries) to broadcast the World Championships, the Men's World Cup and the European Championships.
This agreement will run until 2009
This means that there will be more than 100 hours of table tennis on Eurosport over the next 5 years.
The next events to be shown will be
European Championships - Aarhus, Denmark - March 27th to April 4th 2005
World Championships - Shanghai, China - April 28th to May 5th 2005
Ed - 100hrs over 5 years? 20hrs per year? 1/2hr per week? - I can see people complaining of Table Tennis overload! - still it's better than nothing unless
like me you don't have satellite! How about the BBC, ITV or the other terrestrial channels doing a bit more
for our sport.
Local players off form at the Capital
The London Grand Prix which took place @ Crystal Palace on 29th.&30th.January 2005 included 'locals' Fred Dove,
Gary Young and Ken and Mark Lewis.
Unfortunately the above players recent 'climb' on the National ranking lists following success earlier in
January at Canterbury suffered a set back.
Although Gary and Ken each qualified through both their respective
groups with Ken recording a straight 3 games win over the eventual overall winner of the band, Fred qualified
for one band only as did Mark, which for Mark was the first time in such competitions failing to qualify
through both his group bands.
Further disappointment followed for all four of the Suffolk contingent with no-one progressing beyond the
first round of the knock out stages.
There are no 'easy' games in table tennis at this level, and none of the Suffolk players performed as
well as they have proved they are capable of playing.
However, they were certainly not helped by the
playing conditions which, surprisingly, at this National event were less than favourable to say the
least with generally poor lighting, extremely hot dry atmosphere, and some of the tables being on a
balcony where the lighting was absolutely diabolical and the floor very slippery.
Added to this was
the continually high level of general noise resulting from the open plan location - a swimming gala
in the Olympic pool was also taking place immediately adjacent to the playing area !!
The player's representative will be taking this up with the Grand Prix committee, having himself being
concerned and inundated with complaints from a considerable number of players.
Significant Suffolk representation in East Kent Grand Prix.
In the East Kent Grand Prix at Canterbury on 8th/9th.January 2005, Fred Dove, Ken and Mark Lewis, Garry Young,
Jake and Ryan Collins all competed, and with all qualifying through the group stages, Suffolk had a
significant representation going into the knock out stages of the competition.
Particularly of note was the superb group win Mark achieved a over his band's number 1 seed, and the youngsters
Jake and Ryan showing that they are improving rapidly and are already capable of beating some of the top
ranked young players in the country.
Further success followed in the knock out stages, and although none were able to stake claims on the winners
list, Gary reached the simi final of his band, and Ken, despite struggling with reoccurrence of a back injury,
reached the quarter finals of two bands.
All should be pleased overall with their performances at this high level of competition having achieved wins
over highly ranked national opposition. Fred continues to surprise some of the highest ranked players
in the country, as does Ken whose game is developing and maturing with age.
Gary's game is also improving, and Mark on this form is clearly capable of playing higher than Div.2 at local
league level. Jake and Ryan's dedication and hard work is paying off - I&DTTL players watch out !!
- The ETTA is working towards introducing Individual Membership for all Table Tennis Players.
It is proposed to bring this into operation for the 2006/7 season.
The ETTA will make further details on this available in the coming months including fee levels, benefits and costings.
In order to benifit from things such as improved opportunities for public funding,
the ETTA needs to know exactly who its members are.
At present ETTA player registrations have been collected by Leagues on a per team basis,
(a nominal 4 players per team used by IDTTL), and works out at approximately ¬£4 per player.
Top players will have to pay more which will cover tournament and National League fees.
Non-competitive players (casual but regular players) will pay a ¬£6 annual fee.
(I wonder how this will be enforced! as non league playing clubs don't yet have to affiliate themselves to the ETTA)
League players will pay ¬£10 each, probably collected through the League.
This is roughly double the existing rate.
Benefits, proposed by the ETTA for each member affiliated at this level are:
4 ETTA newsletters a year,
a directory and rule book, a benefits booklet, a membership card and insurance, entry forms for tournaments,
discounts off Table Tennis News subscription and subsidised entry to top events.
It is thought players who play in more than one League will only have to pay once.
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"Awesome performance against former World Champ"
Veterans Eastern Masters - Norwich 20/21 November 2004.
Three Suffolk ranked players, Fred Dove, Ken Lewis and Ian Brown competed in this National competition.
In the 40+ groups, both Fred and Ian were runners up, Ken finishing fourth in a very tough group which included two players ranked in the top twenty and a 'pen hold' Japanese player using a cork blade and 'anti' rubber !!
In the KO stage, Ian, returning from injury, was struggling with his form, but Fred progressed to the quarter finals before succumbing to the England number 5, Nigel Ecckersley.
Ken fared better in the plate competition, and for the third such competition in succession reached the semi finals, before being narrowly defeated by the England number 94 (312 places higher than Ken), Dave 'points' Crowley, game 7 in the 5th.
In the 50+ groups, the Suffolk trio all progressed as runners up in their respective groups, Ken being a little unlucky to loose to the England number 33, Nat Richardson, 14-16 in the fifth.
Unfortunately Ian, returning after his recent long injury enforced absence owing to a torn Achilles tendon, continued to be below par and was unable to progress beyond the first round of the ko stage. However, both Fred and Ken secured good wins in the early rounds, both reaching the last 16. Fred then enjoyed a great win against England number 6 Dave Welsman, coming back from a two game deficit, which set up the possibility of a last 8 clash between the Suffolk pair. Ken gave his all against the England number 13, Roy Norton, in a long and intriguing encounter during which Ken produced some of the best table tennis he has ever played, and was therefore understandably a little disappointed to eventually lose 10-12 in the fifth.
The Lewis-Dove clash was not to be, but Ken's defeat by Norton was quickly avenged by 'Fiery Fred who again came back from two games down to win the decider 11-9. Fred then faced Norfolk's Steve Edwards in the semi final and after loosing the first game, blocked his opponent out of the game to win the next three games with relative ease to reach the final.
In the final, Fred's opponent was the former world veterans champion and current England veteran number 2, Herbert Neubauer. A large crowd gathered in anticipation to see 'the battle of the combination bats', Fred playing with long pimples, Neubauer with his own innovation, Dr.Neubauer super special, long pimples with wobble effect.
Fred was by no means over-awed by such an experienced international opponent, and after Neubeur won the first 12-10, bounced back to level the match one game all with an array of outstanding pimple blocks and forehand loop drives which even the great man himself could not handle. Neubauer went on to take the next two games to win the final by 3 games to one, but Fred should be justly proud of his performance, aptly described as 'awesome', and not be disappointed at loosing to such an illustrious opponent.
Prior to this competition Fred and Ken were both ranked in the top 100, England veterans 50+, and following their performances in Norwich all three players will have improved their respective rankings in the English senior and veterans ranking lists. In the veterans 50+ Fred may even make the top 10 !!
Full competition results can be found on the ETTA website.
Further info on Kenny's note on the Discussion Board:
Regarding the motion to change back to 21
up, defeated at the ETTA July '04 agm.
The motion was to change the
'laws of the game' to enable local leagues to play either 11 up, or 21 up,
The motion was overwhelmingly defeated - 26,669 votes against, 8,714 votes for.
Success for Local Veteran at National Level
The Veterans National Masters took place at
Thornbury, Gloucester over the weekend of 15th & 16th May'04 and local
veteran Ken Lewis took part.
Ken continued his recent success
in winning the Suffolk County Veterans title causing a few problems to
national level opposition.
In the 40+ event, whilst it
appeared on paper that he stood no chance of getting through the group
stage being in a group of players ranked a great deal higher than himself,
(Ken is currently ranked 360), he provided his opponents with more than a
few surprises. After first managing to beat Alan Boyle(Middlesex) ranked
278 in 5 very close games, he then caused probably the biggest upset of
the group stage of the championships by beating Gary Baldwin(Warwickshire)
ranked 81 in 3 straight - this must go down as Ken's best ever win, and
will gain him maximum ranking points. He was not able to overcome the
other player in the group, Wayne Percival(Cheshire) ranked 56, despite
taking the first game, but delighted to have qualified for the KO stage as
group runner up. Unfortunately Ken's success was halted by Eddie Roofe
ranked 22 (a super fast version of Nigel Hodder; Eddie plays a very
similar game to Nigel but with much more unbelievable top spin and
incredible speed.) Although loosing to Eddie in three, Ken was by no means
thrashed, 9-11,15-17,9-11 being the scores, and elated to have reached the
last 64 at this level.
The 40+ final was between John Hilton,
ranked 1, and Paul Giles, the surprise finalist and underdog ranked 11 who
had earlier beaten Joe Kennedy ranked 4 (and seeded 2 for the tournament).
It produced what was, to say the least, controversial table tennis, marred
by Hilton complaining throughout that he was unhappy with Giles serve - at
one point the tournament referee was called. Both players were lucky not
to receive yellow cards for unnecessary comments heard by all the
spectators, and Hilton could have had no complaint had he been shown a red
card for his continued verbal protestations. This effectively ruined what
had promised to be an intriguing contest and Giles won easily in 3
In the 50+ event, Ken ranked 108 qualified through
the group stage as runner up, only just loosing out to the group winner,
George Evans ranked 26, in 4 close and hard-fought games
10-12,11-8,10-12,9-11. This was in fact the first match of the
championships and commenced at 08.30 on Saturday morning !!
progress was eventually halted, this time by Derek Wood ranked 43, though
defeat to this more experienced and much higher ranked player, was in
reality to be expected. However, once again Ken provided his illustrious
opponent a few problems loosing again in 4 very close and hard-fought
The 50+ final between John Hilton ranked 2, and Dave
Harvey ranked 4, was won easily in 3 straight by a now much calmer John
Hilton having put behind him his earlier 'disaster' in the 40+
In the doubles, Ken was partnered for the first time
by Chris Turpin (Kent) a player ranked 373. Although never having played
together before, they enjoyed initial success only to come up against the
John Hilton/Joe Kennedy partnership and number one seeds. Although in 3
straight, they did however record 'respectable' scores loosing 9,7 and 8,
an achievement in itself against such experienced opponents who never
'give away' a single point whoever the opposition.
Masters results appear in the news section of the ETTA website.
IDTTL AGM, 26th May 2004, Notes
Berni Studd stood down as Vice Chairman,
and was invited to become a Vice President.
for: 'One Club - One Vote' was passed - 10 For, 4
Colin Bennett was elected as Vice Chairman.
Kenworthy Trophy (most improved Junior) was awarded to Jake
Doris Fox Trophy (for services to the League) was
awarded to Berni Studd.
How much of a bad boy/girl are you when you play Table Tennis? Take a look Here
on how the Tournaments
Committee is proposing to deal with it. (Thanks Kenny for finding this).
The Suffolk County Closed Veterans Table Tennis Tournament
Report by Phil Sinclair
The Suffolk County Closed Veterans Table
Tennis Tournament was held at Stowupland Sports Centre
and produced some
very keenly contested matches in which several Bury League players were
Unfortunately Mick Palmer (Bury Vikings) aggravated a back
injury during the warm-up which restricted his movement throughout the
In the Open Singles he still managed to win through his group but
was then beaten by Malcolm Collins (Ipswich) 11-3, 13-15, 5-11, 11-4,
Phil Sinclair (British Sugar) lost at the same stage to Kenny
Lewis (Ipswich) 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7.
The other quarter-finals were contested
by Ipswich players with Andy Holmes edging out Rex Manning 11-9, 13-15,
11-3, 5-11, 11-6 and Barry Thain overcoming Charlie Fulcher 6-11, 11-3,
8-11, 11-6, 11-9 in a match which featured some dogged defence and very
These results produced
a semi-final line-up which included none of the group winners. Lewis beat
Holmes 11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9 to set up a final encounter with Thain who
disposed of Collins 12-10, 15-13, 16-14 in a very tight match. The final
was a fluctuating affair from which Lewis eventually emerged victorious
11-4, 5-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-5.
In the Doubles Palmer
and Sinclair partnered each other for the first time and overcame the
Lawshall pair of Clive Grimwood and Dennis Morgan 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7
in the semi-finals. Peter Fordham (Culford Crusaders) and Colin Baxter
(Thurston) were also playing together for the first time and enjoyed a
good win over the strong Ipswich pairing of Manning and Thain 11-9, 12-10,
18-16 to set up an all Bury League final. After a nervy opening Palmer and
Sinclair produced the stronger attacking shots to take the title 11-9,
6-11, 11-6, 11-9.
The Over 50's Singles competition saw Palmer and
Sinclair reach the semi-finals again. However they were unable to overcome
their Ipswich opponents with Thain beating Palmer 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 and
Lewis again defeating Sinclair 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4 to set up a rematch
of the Open Singles final.
This fluctuated in
much the same way but Thain eventually managed to reverse his previous
defeat by winning through 11-3, 4-11, 9-11, 13-11, 12-10.
event was the Restricted Singles which featured three Bury players in the
semi-finals in which Baxter got to grips with Manning's unorthodox play to
win 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 14-12 and Sinclair beat Fordham 11-7, 11-9, 11-9.
final Sinclair took early control to win the first two legs 11-7, 11-6 but
Baxter then competed strongly before Sinclair sealed victory in an epic
21-19 third leg.
Veterans 'Southern Masters' at Bracknell
Kenny Lewis' Report from the
Veterans 'Southern Masters' at Bracknell 3rd April
2004Both Fred Dove and myself entered the veterans
'Southern Masters' at Bracknell last weekend. In the 40+ event, Fred
won his group loosing in the second round of the ko to Tony Gelder (ranked
26 in England).
In the 40+ I finished second in my group, loosing game
12 in the fifth to Peter Waite from Wales (ranked 103 in England, 262
places higher than me !!), then in the ko lost in the first round to Steve
Davis (ranked 73 in England), though I did take a game from him.
the doubles, Fred and I almost pulled off what would undoubtedly have been
the shock of the week-end, loosing in the quarter finals, game 8 in the
fifth after coming back from 2 games down to Clive Carthy and Paul Giles
(ranked 13 and 14 respectively in England).
I also played in the 50+
loosing ALL three of my group matches, ALL going to five games - in one of
them I scored more points than my opponent overall, and still lost 3 games
to 2 !! However, I wasn't too disappointed, missing out only narrowly in a
very tough group. This put me into the plate competition where I enjoyed
some real success, eventually loosing disappointingly in the semi final to
a player I really should have beaten, but beating three players on route
ranked much higher than me - best win was coming back from two games down
to beat Alan Boyle (ranked 83 places above me) !!
A full summary of the results
is on the ETTA website.
Channel 4 'Grudge Match'
For those of you who spotted Kenny on the
Channel 4 'Grudge Match' in March 2004 here's Kenny's
Regards the Norwich tournament, I got through my group
of 4 in second place but then lost in the first round of the knockout
stage - it's very tough at National tournament level, but a great
Didn't come up against either of the two featured players
- don't think I would stand much of a chance against Joe Kennedy, but
would love to have a bash against Nigel Eckersley, his style would give me
better chance of success........ dream on........!!
New League Format
In 2003-2004 the Handbook / Registration Secretary wanted you to consider a
radical change to the league. Click Here.
Part 2 is availableHere
. Although the schemes have problems,
they did prompt players to comment on the good and poor parts of the league and
give us some valuable feedback.
2003 Britannia Top 12 Championship
Read Andy Dosher's report on the 2003 Britannia Top 12 Championship report.
Bert Newman recognised at ETTA
Congratulations to Bert Newman (Chairman of the Ipswich and District Table
Tennis League) on being elected for a three year term as a ETTA Vice
Chairman at the ETTA Honours Committee Meeting on Saturday 8th March
- The following waiver of ETTA Rule (2003/4) 57.1 is to allow the staging of handicap competitions, hard bat tournaments etc. The waiver is not intended to cover the normal league competition, only an "additional competition". Under ETTA Rule (2003/4) 57.1 all Competitive Table Tennis must, subject to any waiver granted, be played under the ETTA Approved Laws of Table Tennis, which are at present as set out in this leaflet.
National Council resolution dated 9th July 1994 under Rule (1994/5) 42.7.1, to remain in force until further resolution, states: "Any County Association, Local League or club may, without specific permission, organise and conduct an additional competition or competitions solely among its own members and players on a knock-out basis , wherein the normal provisions of the Approved Laws are varied in one or more of the following ways:
(1) by reducing or increasing the number of points required to win a game, either for all players or differentially under a system of handicaps
(2) by restricting the type of racket covering or by otherwise diverging from the normal requirements as to equipment."
To answer Adrian Clarke's suggestion of finding a method to allow people to play 21pt matches without breaching the ETTA regulations, we find the above WAIVER quite restrictive:
We cannot run a 'league' type event, it must be knock-out.
The event must come second to the main 11 pt league - this effectively means that players must be registered and involved in the main league.
- Being a regular cleaner of his bat, the Registration Sec' was challenged the other night for cleaning his bat between games of a match. In such a situation there's only one person to ask... Chairman Bert with his umpire blazer on. Bert ruled that there is no regulation against cleaning your bat. Footnote: The magic cleaning fluid was none other than good old Suffolk tap water bor.
- The three week grace afforded teams to play outstanding matches at the end of the season will be enforced so that matches played after that date will not count for the final league table.
- The Ipswich league is currently trying to increase the number of people playing the league, especially those of a younger age group. Players usually enter the lower divisions of the league at an age of 13 - 14, however, by that time they will have been playing non-league Table Tennis for a couple of years and the earlier they start the easier it is to improve. Having said that, the league welcomes players of all ages.
- In the summer of 2000, the ETTA decided to follow the ITTF ruling on using a larger 40mm ball, as opposed to the existing 38mm ball. If you are just starting or about to get into playing again after a break, you might want to check you're using the right size. The larger ball is easier to see and is slightly slower. Great for the old'ns!.
- Another rule change of note for those who haven't played for a while, is the one concerning bats and the rubbers. Without getting into the finer points, it basically means those playing league and competition games have to play with a Red rubber on one side and Black on the other of the bat. If you are a pimple rubber user, you will need to check the current legal pimple types, (the old grass type pimple is out!).
- Still trying to perfect that ultimate serve that no one can return? Watch out because the ball has to be visible to the opponent for the whole of the serve. No dangling the free arm in front of the ball!
- Think the 40mm ball is big?. In Japan 44mm balls are making an impact - will we see the same?
- Do you keep your tracksuit on until you are properly warmed up, i.e about the middle of the first game. Soon you may have to start the warm up clothed in the manner you wish to complete the whole game.