IDTTL News:

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
Copdock
IP8 3JN
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.
http://www.britanniatabletennisclub.co.uk/news-events.html

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 kelv_larking@yahoo.co.uk

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.
Cheers,Brian Blagden
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 Centre
Our 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 rodwell@rosamar.co.uk

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: bjb-serta@talktalk.net
Or 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.

2016/17 FIXTURES

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 carried
JF 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, Kingsfleet
The Doris Fox Award : John Leith

The 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-Chairman
Steve Branton stepping down as Handbook Secretary and Child Protection Officer
Elliot Branton stepping down as Deputy Child Protection Officer
Ken Rodwell stepping down as Div 2/3 Secretary
Rosemary Curtis to be elected as Child Protection Officer
Andy Mann to be elected as Handbook Secretary
No 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
Current Rule:
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.
Proposed rule:
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
Current Rule:
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.
Proposed rule:
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 Junior
Team Affiliation Fee £18
Regards, 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 mike214wright@gmail.com. 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 bjb-serta@talktalk.net

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 Report

TTE 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 Championships
Well 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 TTC
Jimmy'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 victories
Bernie 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 carried
Presentations 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 hanbury@live.com, 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 Juniors
DON'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 points
2nd: Bob Bennett - 33 points. OCB.
3rd: Derek Bloomfield - 33 points
Guests
Winner: Jon Quinnell - 39 points
2nd: David Carse - 36 points
3rd: Alan Rudd - 33 points. OCB.
Best front 9 (not top three) Ollie Woods
Best back 9 (not top three) Andy Warner
Nearest the Pin (6th) Keith Armes
Nearest 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. Balls
Only 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 “King Pingers” from KPMG and Daniel Farrow and Josh Wiggins “Ping Pong Gone Wrong” (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)
Tel 01473-823895

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

IDTTL Handbooks

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: bjb-serta@talktalk.net.

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 (sandra.pelizzoni@tabletennisengland.co.uk). 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 -:
T.T. Players
Winner Rob Wood 35 pts
2nd Kevan Gooding 34 pts (on countback)
3rd Derek Bloomfield 34 pts
Guests
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
(Tel.No. 01473-823895)

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

See here.

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 (steve.branton@btinternet.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 Entry
Discuss 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.
Kind regards,
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.


Championships Entry
Discuss the Ipswich 2013 Championships

Rumour Mill

  • 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.