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Progress on the International Front

We are currently enjoying some considerable success. Two of our players, Hannah Hicks and Matt Ware competed in the Luxembourg International in April and this was Matt's first senior cap (may many more follow). Matt performed particularly well finishing in 27th place well ahead of Reed, Nicholls and McBeath and only one place behind Gavin Evans. Hannah has been selected to play for England in the World Championships in Moscow at the end of May and both Hannah and Matt are on the short-list to play for England in the Commonwealths in India, later in the year.

National League Success

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club became Division 4 South Champions in the British League when they won their final four matches at Barnet on the 13th and 14th March. A good all round team performance from Matthew Haynes, Nathan Bingham, Tom Andrews, Stephen Foster and Brian Burn resulted in victories against Ellenborough II 7-1, Hastings 8-0, Batts Team Peniel 7-1 and Westbury White Horses 7-1.

The team remained undefeated throughout the season and Nathan, Tom and Stephen maintained their 100% records. Hannah Hicks and Brian Garraway were also unbeaten in the league. During the season the team won 103 sets and only lost 9.The won and lost ratio is one of the best in all of the divisions.

It is difficult to select the most outstanding player of the weekend when three players were undefeated, but this accolade must go to Nathan Bingham. In fact, he has been the player of the season and his main attributes have been his excellent temperament and never say die attitude.

Steven Foster - Bournemouth & District Champion

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

By Geoff Ware
Eighteen year old Steve Foster that also hails from the Bournemouth Sports Club and yet another prodigy of the Sports club coaching staff headed by Rowden Fullen, was the star of the show in completing a brilliant hat trick of results in taking all the Men’s main three titles.
The premier division final between Mark Butler (ranked 104 in England) and Steve Foster (over 300 places lower in ETTA Men’s rankings) was on paper a stroll in the park for the ultra experienced Butler. However as we saw earlier in the evening in the Women’s Singles, it’s all about what happens on the night, and the progression made by the younger players. Right from the start of the final Steve was totally in the zone and was eager to impress the audience. Belying his much lower ranking status and experience over his opponent, Steve always looked the stronger in the many awesome topspin rallies and weathered the storm of backhand bullets and tough spin serves Butler continued to deliver. The match was a dream for any neutral supporter and inevitably went to a fifth set. Foster took an early lead by the end turn, and despite a determined and sustained challenge by Butler, Steve took the title and the final set 11-9, punching the air with sheer delight.

Su West - Bournemouth & District Ladies Champion

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club
By Geoff Ware
Played in front of a spellbound and capacity audience the Women’s Singles final between Sanja Clements (reigning English National Veterans Champion) and Su West was one of the best ever in the Associations 86 year history! Sanja started the match as the hot favourite to take the title over the much less experienced Su West, with both these ladies possessing unique playing styles. Sanja who plays for the Merton Club in the Premier division is a pen hold player with a devastating forehand smash combined with exceptional blocking skills. This contrasts to Su from the well known Bournemouth Sports club who also competes in the Premier and is a leftie that plays with aggressive punching interspersed with occasional chopping and short dead blocking on her long pimpled backhand side with opportunist hard hitting on her forehand wing.

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.