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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.

Junior National Championships

11th April 2009
By Malcolm Macfarlane

At the Junior Cadet National Championships today, at the University of Loughborough, Gavin Evans in his first year as a Junior swept the board, something he has got used to doing at every age group over the years. He was seeded number one for all the events but to live up to that seeding was no mean feat.

Hicks Onwards And Upwards

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

Further news on our very own Hannah Hicks currently training in the National Academy in Sweden. She has been selected to play in the Senior Women's Test Match series against the visiting teams from India (she will play in Stoke on the 12th May).

But even better she will be part of the England Teams to play in the Commonwealths in Glasgow in the latter half of May.

She will also play in the Spanish Open in early May and in the Polish Open at the end of the same month, quite a busy programme.

 

Matt Ware Secures the U21 Title in Blackpool

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club
April 2009 Blackpool Grand Prix

Gutsy Gavin Rumgay defied the odds in a similar fashion to last Saturday’s Grand National winner, Mon Mome, by never giving up and romping home to a grandstand finish, in the Men’s Open. Gavin’s second round match against Abdul Wuraola saw him down and out on the pleasure beach, trailing 0-2 in sets and 1-5 in points, and sure to crash out of the tournament! However like a true thoroughbred, it wasn’t in the script in his mind, and for sure he fought his way out of trouble to come through in a 3-2 sensational turnaround.

The final day’s play at the Tees Sport sponsored Butterfly Blackpool Grand Prix saw Scotland’s Gavin “The Entertainer” Rumgay then follow up with victories over Lee Neil and Shaun Marples to meet the Chinese hotshot Po Huang Chen in the final. Chen had earlier outplayed England number 2, Darius Knight in a 3-1 scoreline, at the penultimate round, to face the flying Scotsman in a final conflict.

Hannah plays for England again!

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

Still no success in the JOOLA European Nations League for the England teams but the Men's match could not have been closer. Playing an understrength Portugal Side, missing it's 3 highest ranked players the match ended turning on a whisker.

Danny Reed started playing European No 178 Enoi Mendez the 100 place gap in ranking told and Danny lost in 3 straight games. Next up Paul Drinkhall, European No 76 to play Andre Silva ranked some 300 places lower, Paul will have been disappointed to lose this one in four games. So England were 2-0 down.

Onto stage stepped Andrew Rushton to take a 3-1 victory over Diogo Cavalho and Paul followed up with an empathic 3-0 win over Enio Mendez and the match was to be decided on a doubles between the number 2 and 3 players of each team.

ETTA. Child Protection (CRB Checks)

ETTA Child Protection

The ETTA’s Child Protection Committee has taken the decision that with effect from 1st April 2009 the ETTA will no longer accept CRB checks carried out using Registered Bodies other than TMG CRB – the Association’s recommended body. The reasoning behind this decision is as follows:

· In 2006 the CRB (Government Agency) issued a statement regarding ‘portability’ of CRB checks and advising that they could no longer support this process.

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