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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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Matt Ware - Derby Junior Champion

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

16th March 2009

Yolanda King from Hastings and Matt Ware from Poole were both crowned the City of Derby Junior Champions, and took their trophies and Jarvis Sports winner’s vouchers back home with them to the south coast.

Day two of the Derby 4 star event got under way on Sunday the 15th of March, and what a treat the spectators and players alike had in store!

The Junior Girls final between Yolanda King and Emily Bates was a fantastic match full of drama and suspense, but it was the excitement and upsets that led to the closing stages.
Yolanda ranked 10 in Junior Girls has really come of age and is a force to be reckoned with. Her route to the final saw her endure early round matches against Kirsty Wilson, Abbie Milwain and then enjoy a fantastic win over higher ranked Natalie Slater, coming back from a set down to take the next three and book her place in the final.

Sanja Clements - England Womens Veterans Champion!!!!!

Veterans Women’s Singles

Due to numbers being reduced down to 5 with Ida Leung not taking part, the veteran women’s competition took the form of a round robin, everyone plays everyone affair, which saw Sanja Clements come out on top with a maximum points, thanks to four wins out of four. In second place, conceding just her encounter with Sanja was Michele Cohen and rounding out the top three was Jane Durham on two wins.

1. Sanja Clements
2. Michele Cohen

Hannah to play for England

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

20th February 2009
England call up for Hannah!

See the England Mens team, consisting of Paul Drinkhall, Darius Knight, Daniel Reed and Andrew Rushton, take on the Turkey team of Bora Vang, Cem Zeng, Pengfei Jiang and Gencay Menge.

While the England Womens team, Joanna Parker, Karina Le Ferve, Hannah Hicks and Kelly Sibley (on the bench), are up against the Belarus team of Viktoria Pavlovich, Veronika Pavlovich, Alexandra Privalova and Alena Dubkova.

Sanja in devastating form.

3rd January 2009

Tom Maynard proved just what a great competitor his is following three months out of top flight table tennis through a back injury, to fight all the way to the Men’s Band 2 title, on day one of the Medway Open Butterfly Grand Prix.
Maynard lost an early confrontation with Zayd Mauthoor in the group stages but bounced back as group runner up after out pointing Mark Jackson and Ray Jordan to progress through to the knockout stage. He then enjoyed a straight sets win over Zoltan Hosszu at the last eight stage to then face John Dennison in the semi-final. Maynard was once again finding his previous form to brush aside Dennison 3-0, to set up a final confrontation with fellow club mate Richard Andrews. Richard was also firing on all cylinders to reach the final, with workmanlike performances against Umair Mauthoor and an incredible full distance win over Ashley Willets at the last four stage to set up his last encounter with Maynard.
The Band 2 final was simply superb - full of top drawer table tennis with rampaging rallies from both players. With a role of supporters gathering to enjoy this topsy turvy contest, it was Maynard that came through to nick it in the closest of five nerve tingling ends.Tom’s victory was even sweeter after tasting that earlier defeat in the group stage.

Hannah the Comeback Queen.

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

27th January

The late and great Richard Bergmann, winner of seven world championships, was probably the greatest defensive player of any era. However, one of the most memorable aspects of his play was the vast number of occasions when he was out of the game and beaten, yet still managed to come back and win!

He would have been proud of a young 17 year old girl from Hampshire, Hannah Hicks, who seems to be acquiring an even more frightening reputation and this in games only up to eleven. In last weekend’s Soderspelen Grand Prix held on 24th and 25th January 2009, in Boros, near Gothenburg, Hannah was a revelation and hailed the comeback queen.

The Swedes have probably never heard of “it’s not over until the fat lady sings” but some of the comments over Hicks’ play plainly indicate the depth of their feelings. “If you are behind 5-8, you have a chance, but if you’re winning 7-3, or 8-2, then it’s over and you have lost. All you can do is pray for a couple of lucky balls and even they have to be ‘good lucky balls’.”