On Sunday 17th July 3 BATTS teams competed to qualify for next season's Junior British League.
BATTS team 4, with youngsters Christian Gibson, Ben Holland, Ethan Walsh and Charlie Williams fought hard, but unfortunately didn't manage to end in the top 2 of their group.
BATTS team 3, comprising of Charlie Baines, Bradley Osbourne and Ryan Williams ended as runner up in the group phase. In the knock out round they were stopped by the team from Guernsey (BATTS lost 3-0).
Really exciting were the matches the girls played. With Lucy Collier at home with an injury, the team comprising of Stephanie Cross, Lara Esquivel and Emily Godfrey didn't lose a group match. Unfortunately 3 draws and 1 win were not enough to win the group. As runner-up they playerd two rounds in the knock out. The girls were close, but didn't make it. In their last match Lara lost 12-10 in the fifth, which let to a 2-1 loss and not being qualified for the JBL. We hope they can still enter JBL if another team pulls out.
Trials to establish rankings for Essex Juniors will be held at BATTS on the weekend of 1st and 2nd October. You can download further information and the entry form HERE.
If you are under 18 and would like a chance to be considered for selection to be in regional training squads, here is your chance!
The day will be organised by Stephen Gertsen the ETTA Eastern Region Coach.
Full details and an application form can be downloaded HERE.
Two of our juniors were in the team competing in the Hertfordshire Youth Games on 18th June. Luke Jones and Sam Scott were part of the squad coached for the event by Graham Frankel. The team represented East Herts, playing nine matches against each of the other districts of Hertfordshire. The team performed very well, winning seven out of their nine matches and walking away with the bronze medal. East Herts were the overall winners of the Youth Games, although it was a real team effort because no individual sport finished higher than 3rd.
Photo Tony Johnson
Anyone who has looked in at one of the recent "Elite" hardbat tournaments will not want to miss the next one which is on Sunday 3rd July. Hardbat takes table tennis to a new dimension as a spectator sport with exciting extended rallies. So make a note of the date and look in at BATTS. Entry for spectators is free and refreshments will be available all day.
If you are interested in entering the tournament, there is still time - but don't delay because the entry is strictly limited.
Download the entry form HERE.
See HERE for a report on the last hardbat tournament which had a celebrity guest taking an interest.
Congratulations to JARED PATEL on being chosen for the England Cadet team to play at the European Youth Championships in Russia in July.
For more information see the news item on the ETTA site HERE.
Key points from our AGM held on 17th May
- Substantial investment in new facilities and upgrading the hall
- Great success in coaching and development, including the recent establishment of a top notch coaching team
- New membership scheme has proved popular with members and in attracting many new recruits both at senior and junior level
- Improved revenues, with less dependence on the other users of the hall
Looking ahead. We want to build on our success
Many of our members help the club in various ways. What we especially need now are some more volunteers in the following areas…..
- Club kit (purchase, allocation and sale)
- Social events (we are friendly club but we’d like to become even more so!)
If you would like to find out more please contact Neil, Aad or one of the committee.
Click HERE to see the full minutes of the AGM.
It has been a busy time for competitions involving our leading BATTS juniors, and on the weekend of 14th/15th May the BATTS Junior 1 star was held, providing more opportunities for our youngsters to compete at the top level in their age groups.
It was a very successful weekend for the Gibson family - Annabelle and Christian - with victories in the Under 15 girls singles and the Under 13 boys singles.
Congratulatons also to Liam Williams who won the Under 15 boys consolation singles.
Complete results can be seen HERE
BATTS is very grateful to Arthur Clark for organising and refereeing this event. Here is Arthur's full report on the tournament......
Congratulations to Evie Collier and Jared Patel for their wonderful performances at the London Grand Prix held on 14th and 15th May.
This competition marks a turning point for our young stars as they made their mark against adult competition. Jared won two of the events: Band 3 and Band 4 mens singles, and Evie reached the finals of the Band 1 and Band 2 ladies singles.
There is a full report on the ETTA website HERE.