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NATIONAL LEAGUE

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club
BOURNEMOUTH SPORTS PERFECT START CONTINUES

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club remain undefeated in Division 4 South after the second weekend of fixtures. Competent performances by Hannah Hicks, Matthew Haynes, Nathan Bingham, Tom Andrews and Brian Burn resulted in wins over Hastings 5-3, Batts Team Peniel III 8-0, Westbury White Horses 8-0 and Metropolitan Police 8-0.

Hannah Hicks played some excellent table tennis and won every one of her eight sets 3-0. The most outstanding performance of the weekend was Nathan's win over Dave Butler in the match against Hastings. Butler was undefeated in all his eight sets during the first weekend but Nathan won 11-2 11-2 11- 6!

The outcome of these matches and other matches played means that the team lead the league by three points from Hastings and Ellenborough II. The strengh in depth of the players in the squad make the team difficult to beat in this division. This season six players have represented the club in the National League and they have recorded 43 wins and only 5 losses. Hopefully the winning sequence will continue in the remaining six matches and promotion to Division 3 South will be achieved.

Tressa comes of age

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

A fabulous weekend for the new member of our Bournemouth Sports 'B' Team at Bridlington in the new Cadet 4 Star Event. On the Saturday Tressa, playing in the International Team Tournament with Charleigh Kirby (under the banner of Bournemouth Sports), beat national teams from Ireland and Wales to reach the final against a very strong England team of Emily Bates and Tin Tin Ho. Although our girls lost 0 --3, the games were close and Tressa in fact took Tin Tin to 5.

But it was on the Sunday that Tressa really came of age. After a tough group she was seeded to meet Emily Bates England No 1 in the quarters and this was undoubtedly the match of the tournament. With both girls playing open attack some of the rallies were 6, 7 or 8 balls played over the whole table with power and spin and at a pace that left onlookers gasping. Tressa won the first, lost the second and from 8 -- 6 up in the third just failed to close the game out. But from then on she made no mistake, keeping her head and taking both the 4th and 5th games.

John Hilton Course Coaching Notes August 2009

Please find attached notes written up James Lewis.
These summarise the weekend and the various teaching and tips delivered by John.
Also included are the practice drills.

Thanks James!

Block Chop - A Stroke from the past .......

I've created a brief article on Block Chop - A stroke from the past in some ways as you don't often see it in today's game. Hope you find the article of some interest and give it a go ! There are other ways to create the shot to do experiment and have some fun.

Regional Coach Educational Day

This is a great opportunity to attend a workshop to to update you knowledge and to meet other local coaches from around the region.

The course will be held as follows :

26th September - Okehampton TTC 10am to 4pm

27th September - Townsend Community Centre 9:30am to 3:30pm.

For more details - please see the form attached.

National League

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

BOURNEMOUTH SPORTS MAKE PERFECT START

New team Bournemouth Sports and relegated Hastings look to be on a second weekend collision course after both sides made perfect starts to the Season in division four South of the Senior British Table Tennis League. It is Bournemouth who lead the way with a superb record of 30 games out of 32 with Hastings only two games adrift.

Bournemouth operating with a squad of five players - experienced hands Brian Garraway and Brian Burn and three very promising younger players - Matthew Haynes, Nathan Bingham and Stephen Foster ran riot beating Metropolitan Police (8-0), Waterside (7-1), Pavilion Brighton III (7-1) and third-placed Ellenborough II (8-0). Such was their level of domination that they came perilously close to winning all 32 sets. The two games they lost were both surrendered by the narrowest margins with Matthew Haynes succumbing 11-6, 10-12, 11-4, 6-11, 14-16 to Christos Hanides and Brian Burn missing out by a tantalising 9-11, 12-10, 10-12, 13-11, 10-12 margin against an inspired Sarah Stedman. With players of the calibre of Tony Clayton, Mark Wicker and Hannah Hicks on their books as well this really is a top-class division four side.

John Hilton Coaching Course a Great Success

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club
THE JOHN HILTON COACHING COURSE
So, the long awaited John Hilton course is over ! And what a huge success it was. I honestly believe that we all got a huge amount of information out of it, lots of techniques to take away, try out and perfect, whatever level we were.
The mornings and afternoons started out with a small warm up, to most of us it was a full work out. We then went onto various exercises and new techniques, we had demonstrations ( from the unfortunate few ) and discussions about everybody’s game play.

Matt Ware "Working with his Sponsor"

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club
Shoppers in John Lewis Southampton were amazed and dazzled at the skills of table tennis at the top level demonstrated by their sponsored player Matt Ware.
Already impressively ranked at 14 in the Senior Men’s, John Lewis Southampton are proudly sponsoring 18 year old Mathew, hoping that with their assistance he can continue training and going to tournaments in his bid to challenge for a place at the London 2012 Olympics.
The PR event attracted customers of all ages and was held on Saturday 22nd August in the stores sports department in West Quay, Southampton. Adults and youngsters stepped up to challenge Matt, including experienced local league players all keen to see what damage they could cause! It was also a great opportunity for the public to test out playing and receiving information about table tennis and how to get involved in the sport.

Coaching Article - Know your Enemy

I've written a little ditty about the game "off" the table that I hope will provide some thought in understanding the benefits from "Knowing your enemy".........

Coaching Article - Serving

Please see the attached coaching document I have written which you may find of interest. I have tried to cover some key elements on serving which I hope will stimulate some thought. The piece about service return is very dependent upon your style and ability so that are many options out there.