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Commonwealth Championships - Glasgow

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

England's Women finished off their 1st stage group in style at the 18th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in Glasgow today.

Their final match was against South Africa and they soon ran off a 3-0 victory, Kelly Sibley, Joanna Parker and in her first outing at these championships Karina Le Fevre all winning their matches without dropping a set.

This win cemented Englands place at the top of their first stage group and qualified them for a place in the two groups contesting places 1-8 in the Championships. England were drawn with Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand in the second stage.

Their second match of the day, the first in stage two was against New Zealand and was almost as dominant as the earlier one. Three games to zero again and only 2 individual games dropped on the way. Wins for Kelly Sibley, Joanna Parker and Hannah Hicks this time.

Two critical matches to come tomorrow 10:00 against Australia and 16:00 against Malaysia. England win both of these and they would take their place for certain in the Commonwealth Final.

Bournemouth Echo Interviews Hannah

Click on the link below to see Hannah's interview with the Bournemouth Echo.

England V India Hannah plays again!

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

Round two of the India tour kicked off in Stoke with both teams heading into the proceedings drawn at 5-5. Out of the two home sides it was the women that came out on top in London, winning their confrontations 4-1, whilst the men were defeated by the same scoreline, with Danny Reed taking their one and only win.
The teams:
For the men it is only Danny Reed (1) (the top player from the last round) that remains from the London team, with senior and junior number one’s Paul Drinkhall (3) and Gavin Evans (2) taking the places of Darius Knight and Andrew Rushton.
For the women England’s top two, Jo Parker (1) and Kelly Sibley (2) remain, whilst the “twiddler” Hannah Hicks (3) takes the place of Mary Fuller.
The opposition has come along with most of its Commonwealth line up, giving a huge selection to choose from for each round, for the women the top two players Poulomi Ghatak (2) and Mouma Das (3) will be taking part, along with the number five player Madhurika Suhas Patkar (1). The men are fielding Soumyadeep Roy (1), Subhajit Saha (2) and Sourav Chakroborty (2).
Match 1
Roy bt. Reed 11-9, 11-4, 12-10

Hannah wins Gold at the Junior Masters and Mathew gets Bronze.

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

18th May
By Geoff Ware

The Senior National Championships mixed doubles finalists pairing of Hannah Hicks and Chris Doran were sensational in winning their respective Gold medals in the Junior Masters Championships, both in their last year as a junior, this was the first time for Hannah, whilst Chris took his second consecutive Masters title.

Held at the popular Westfield Table Tennis Centre in Wellingborough, Northants, both Hannah and local hero Chris were undefeated throughout the two-day’s play and this in itself was a tremendous achievement.

Hannah consistently chops, chisels and twiddles her way to grind out result after result. Her sheer determination and dexterity destroys her opponents into submission. To beat Hannah you have to be ultra patient, mixing topspin attacks with clever pushing, to then create the right opportunity to smash the ball hard, often playing twenty quality strokes to win a point or force an error. Simply for this reason, only five of her thirteen opponents could muster a set each off the Masters Champion.

Summer League Division 1 Teams & Fixtures

Teams and Fixtures for Division 1 of the summer league are attached.

Summer League Division 2 Teams & Fixtures

Teams and Fixtures for Division 2 of the summer league are attached.

"No Whiff-whaff or Ping pong here"

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club
Hugo Wins Butterfly schools U11 Individual Championships
28th April

Over 260 players from 50 counties met at the Doncaster Dome to take part in the Butterfly Schools’ Individual Championships on 25th April 2009. These are the 36th National Individual Championships organised in eight age groups by the English Schools’ Table Tennis Association and the largest one day event in the table tennis calendar with over 12 hours of continuous play on 20 tables.

Boys Under 11
1. Hugo Pang (Dorset)
2. Matthew Leete (Lincolnshire)
3. Hilkiah Adebanjo (Essex)

The Under

Matt Takes Top Spot at Barnsley Grand Prix.

27th April
By Geoff Ware-ETTA Butterfly Grand Prix Press Officer

13 year old “Mini Minor” Ross Wilson stole the show on day one of the Tees Sport sponsored Butterfly Barnsley Open Grand Prix, held at the 20 table venue of the Metrodome, next to the grounds of Barnsley football club.

Whilst 100yds down the hill Wolverhampton Wanderers held the home team to a draw, on Saturday afternoon, and were duly crowned Champions and booked their place in the premiership next year, another Champion was born in the form of Ross Wilson. He was “simply the best” in taking the Men’s band four title in devastating style. Unseeded in the event he overcame the fourth seed Robert Owen and his other two opponents in the group stage, and then round by round brushed aside experienced players the likes of Rob Fearn, Graham Coupe, top chopper Dave Randall, and then another titanic effort to outplay the top seed, Jeff Rigby by a 3-1 scoreline. A magnificent achievement!

Portchester School Heroes

23rd April
By Geoff Ware

Education Secretary Ed Balls was given a polite lesson in how to hold a bat by 16 year old Michael Robertson, on a recent visit to Portchester School in Bournemouth. “Ed soon got the hang of it and was pretty good, better than I thought he would be” said the young Portchester star. Mr Balls praised the great work the school is doing to promote table tennis within the curriculum, and in particular the Easter Sizzler programme which offered sports activities during the school holidays. He commented that “The young students are really enjoying their table tennis and it can be good in terms of discipline in the classroom. It helps to make sure that kids are not hanging around the streets”.

Sanja Wins in Jersey

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

14th April
By Chris Band

The final day of the 3rd NatWest Jersey Open tournament proved to be a real scorcher with big money to be played for. The men’s singles group stages proved to be very interesting with higher ranked opposition from the UK struggling against local players. Trev Lefebvre emerged from Group 1 as runner up at the expense of Rory Scott from Sussex and Bobby Vincent did likewise in Group 2, beating Evans and Osborne from England to progress to the knockout stage. Eugene Ellis and Paul Marshall won their groups whilst Josh Band almost added another impressive senior of JoJo Senorin to his collection but went through as runner up in a very close 3-2 loss. Craig Gascoyne, Tom Morgan Luke Walker, and Hugo Tupper also progressed to the knockouts.