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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
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"

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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.

65th English Open - ITTF Pro Tour Major

65th English Open - ITTF Pro Tour Major
The crown jewel of elite table tennis events is undoubtedly the English Open. Last staged in 2001, this tournament will boast a glittering field with most of the top table tennis talents on the planet aiming to win a share of the $172,000 prize money on offer. With well over 30 nations represented it is a truly global event. It is one of only four ITTF Major Pro Tour events, the others being Japan, Germany and China. To be hosted at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield from 28th October - 1st November, this event is one not to be missed.

2009 European Championships Hannah Hicks Summary

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Hannah Hicks

Without doubt the most determined performer of all the girls. She was probably a little disappointed in a couple of her team event results but in the singles the performance against Alena Dubkova of Belarus was superb even though Hannah lost in the end..

Similarly the mixed doubles run with Chris Doran was an outstanding achievement. Hannah also had a good run in the Junior Girls Consolation reaching the last 16

Hannah should be very pleased with her performance here in Prague. Well done.


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The "Big Clean" was a huge success.....not only was the hall cleaned but some of the walls were painted as well.

The only disappointment was the lack of helpers......Of nearly 100 members we had 10 members four of which were over 55.

Well done to Jo Kuzu and Rowden who rallied the troops and orgainised everyone.

Many thanks to those who gave up a few hours of their time for the club namely:- Trevor Parry, JD, Steven Foster, Ray Gosling, Becky Kuzu, Ian Mashford, Andy Hartnell, Sue and Paul West. Not forgetting Bayram Kuzu who provided the food and refreshments.

Bournemouth Sports v AS Cherbourg TT

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Bournemouth Sports entertained a strong French contingent from Cherbourg on the weekend of 11-12 July. Last year the visitors ran out comfortable winners 11-7 in France, and this year, the Bournemouth squad were looking to turn the tables on our guests in front of a home crowd.

Tony Clayton put the home side in front with a 3-straight victory over Cherbourg No.2 Antoine Vautier, reversing the result of their previous match, but the French team’s No1 Arnaud Le Pelletier levelled the score with the narrowest of wins, at 15-13 in the fifth game, against Bournemouth No2 John Robinson, now living in Woking.

2009 European Youth Championships in Prague

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Junior Girls Day 1

Day one of the European Youth Championships at the O2 arena in Prague,

The Junior Girls had a comfortable 3-0 victory over Finland and they followed that up with a match against Greece in the evening.That was a match of what might have been, Match 1, Emma Vickers against Aliki Maria Kioufi slipped away in the fifth game. Hannah Hicks brought the match level with a 3-0 win over Kalliopi Sotiropoulou-Pesiridou and Karina Le Fevre playing at no 3 had a fairly comfortable 3-0 win as well to take the match to 2-1.

Fourth game Hannah Hicks against Aliki Maria Kioufi, 2-1 for Hannah and all looked well - not to be the Greek ran off the two final games to take the match to 2-2. Final Match Emma Vickers facing Kalliopi Sotiropoulou-Pesiridou. Emma stormed to a two game lead, surely this was it, no it wasn't, the Greek reeled off the final three games beating a nervous Emma in the final game 11-9 to take the match 3-2. Their final match in the stage 1 groups is against Moldova.