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Safirs International and World Junior Protour

A small squad of Bournemouth Sports players, Hannah Hicks, Tressa Armitage and Hugo Pang, spent some instructive days in Sweden from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th February. The World Junior Protour is played on the Wednesday and Thursday and the group had the opportunity to see many of the top boys and girls in the world in action during the final stages of the event on Thursday. From the Friday onwards the Safirs International takes place and the Bournemouth players took part in a number of events from Senior Elite down to the World ITTF Hopes (under 12's).

Sue West Enjoys Salisbury

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

With several of the “even” banded events reaching the latter rounds, it was the Women’s Band 2 that finished next. Sue West from the Bournemouth Sports Club overcame some tough opposition to take the title over finalist Evangeline Collier.
Sue had come through as winner of her group in a countback that went to points ratio after three of the four girls all had one win each. She had enjoyed a superb win over top seeded Charlotte Carey (who beat Evangeline Collier in 5 sets) but then lost to Evangeline, giving the referee the headache of working out a countback that went to points ratio and unfortunately Charlotte lost out by 2 points. This put Evangeline through as runner up and from there on she gained a famous win against Ikue Humphrey in the quarters, to then go up another gear to enjoy a super match win over Haylee Potts to set up her final with Sue. However Sue gained her revenge on Evangeline taking the Women’s Band 2 final in a 3-0 scoreline.

Club Closed for Practice Sunday 21st Feb

The club will be closed for practice between 9am & 8pm on Sunday 21st Feb. This is due to the private hire by the Bournemouth Table Tennis Association and the holding of the towns Junior and Senior competitions.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

The Young Bloods Come of Age

Perhaps the weekends coaching course helped!!!!!

Bournemouth Sports TTC ‘A’ Team are a force of nature in the Bournemouth and District Association. They have won the premier division of the league since the inaugural season of BSTTC in 1993. With multi-capped internationals such as Tony Clayton and Brian Burn in the team and vastly experienced veterans like Barry Hill, Brian Garroway and Mark Wicker as backup, they have not lost a match in Bournemouth (when playing a full team) since 1993.

Top-Level Training in BSTTC

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

Saturday and Sunday the 30th and 31st January saw a number of top players wending their way to little Bournemouth to enjoy the coaching and sparring on offer in BSTTC. Training took place from 11.00 till 18.00 Saturday and 09.00 till 14.00 Sunday. Players participating were Tressa Armitage, Yolanda King, Joy Whitehorn, Su West (LH Long Pips), Hugo Pang, Nathan Bingham and Stephen Foster, together with a trio of top girls from Wales, Megan (LH Long Pips) and Angharad Phillips and Charlotte Carey.

Sue in Outstanding Form.

London Open Grand Prix Dec 2009

The Women’s Open Championship was reaching a climax with the two top seeded players Egle Adomelyte and Emma Vickers contesting the final. The surprise of this event was the outstanding performances shown by Sue West from the Bournemouth Sports club who reached the semi-final. Unseeded in the competition Sue won her group then achieved brilliant results over Cherith Graham in five tough sets to then go one better and remove yesterday’s Band 1 winner Annabelle Morle (who had previously beaten Haylee Potts in the 1st round) to reach the last eight stage. The other semi finalist Jordyn Layfield was also in devastating form in getting past Sarah Horsnell and a close encounter of the fifth kind over 4th seed Lisa Radford.

Emma Vickers pathway to the final saw her enjoy strong performances over Helen Rutherford, Hang Li (who had earlier beaten Melissa Wright in five tight ends) and then after surviving a first set loss against last four opponent Jordyn Layfield, came through in good style to win the next three sets to reach the final.

Tressa stars for England in Europe

Tressa was chosen to play for the England Cadet Team in early January in the International Geturs Masters in Venice. We hear a fair amount of doom and gloom concerning the development of our girls and our poor results in Europe but this time England actually won the team event, despite the presence of strong teams from Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Romania. The England girls involved were Tin Tin Ho, Jessica Dawson, Tressa Armitage and Vicky Smith. Tressa also finished in 4th position in the individual event.

Tressa Wins in the Midlands

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

The Cadet Boy’s and Cadet Girls events were the last to be completed on a hectic day’s play. The Cadet Girl’s competition result always looked in the balance with any of the top four seeds of Tin Tin Ho, Tressa Armitage, Jessica Dawson and Charlotte Carey all looking the likely winner and duly reached their allotted semi final positions. Tin Tin (S1) survived a huge scare in the last 16 stage against a spirited challenge from Lucy Lou coming through in the fifth set, then enjoyed a 3-0 quarter final victory over Chrissie Slot to meet Jessica Dawson in the top half of the draw semi final. Jessica (S3) proved too strong for Harriet Taylor, and Isobel Ashley to take on Tin Tin in the first semi final. Meanwhile in the bottom half of the draw Tressa Armitage (S2) was in superlative form and following a 3-0 last 16 match against Daniella Gray, was then made to fight tooth and nail to thwart the determined challenge from Vicky Smith in a topsy turvy encounter that went right to the wire, to reach her semi final spot. Charlotte Carey (S4) was also in the zone getting the better of Janay Gibson and Emma Torkington to set up her confrontation with Tressa.

National League

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

Bournemouth Sports continued their unbeaten sequence of results in Dviision 4 South of the National League when they defeated the Waterside Club, Southampton 7-1 and Pavilion Brighton III 8-0. Matthew Haynes, Tom Andrews and Stephen Foster were undefeated and Brian Burn incurred the only defeat. All three of the undefeated players played exceptionally well but Brian was below par having just returned from a spate of injuries. The performance of the weekend was Tom Andrew's 3-1 victory over Christos Hannides of Waterside, a player ranked 210 places higher in the national rankings.

The team are now four points clear of second place Hastings and third place Ellenborough II who are both on the same number of points. With four matches to play the team are well on course to becoming league champions in their inaugural season.

BDTTA Times & Directory Handicap Plate Draw

Three of our teams have reached the semi-finals of the plate competition.
B’th Sports D v B’th Sports M
(Wei-Jun Liang) (Steve Joyce)
(Match to be arranged ASAP at B’th Sports)

B’th Sports G v Merton E
(Andy Hartnell)
(Match arranged for Tuesday 2nd February at Bounemouth Sports TTC)