Another great Super League took place at BATTS on 15th April.
Darius Knight picked up his third Superleague title of the season, winning the final decisively 5,4,4 against the popular Indian player Omkar Torgalkar in the final. Mind you he had to work hard to get there with Peter Radford pinching the first leg in round 2, Craig Bryant losing out in 4 close games a round later, and the irrepressible Gareth Herbert 2 -1 up in games in the semi final before losing 8 in the fifth. Omkar to reach the final beat Lewis Gray in 4 tight games and then had a wonderful semi final win over Gavin Rumgay 9,5, 11. Gareth completed a great night by beating Gavin 9,4,12 in the third place play off.
Maciej Nakielski who lives close by in Waltham Abbey had a night he'll never forget . He beat Costas Papantoniou in the first round and was finally stopped by Rumgay in the quarters but still managed to beat Lewis Gray to gain a remarkable seventh place finish in this international field. Evangeline Collier had a superb three straight win over seeded Mindaugas Sinkus in round 1 which meant that she played top 16 players for the rest of the evening. Soon afterwards her great form was confirmed with a call up for the England junior team. Other stand out results included Jake Collins taking Gareth Herbert to five in round 2.
We are delighted to present a wonderful opportunity for some intensive coaching over the summer at BATTS.
Gareth Herbert, double gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games, and his colleagues from Inspiration Sports will be running two Summer Camps at BATTS. Each is two days, and you can book for either one or both days.
All ages and standards are welcome. Book in soon and be inspired!
Click HERE for full details and an application form.
We have our first Hardbat tournament of the season at BATTS on Saturday 30th April.
This will be our strongest line up to date, with a host of national and international stars appearing. Among the line up - former five time English national champion Denis Neale, Sule Olaleye (Twice champion and top seed), Marty Hendriksen (Dutch WUTTO champion), Martin Groenewold (Dutch WUTTO R/UP), Lars Adema (Dutch WUTTO Semi Finalist), Darren Griffin (Former champion), Graham Sandley (ex England No.2 and Former champion) and many other top class hardbat players.
A very high class event guaranteed to be entertaining.
Play starts at 10am. There is free entry and refreshments are available all day.
As you may know, the well known sports promoter Barry Hearn has been taking an interest in hard bat table tennis, and we hope he may drop in during the morning to see our tournament in action.
For further information please contact organiser Fred Dove either by email or phone: 01255 679076
By popular demand ( and with apologies for the short notice) we are running another SUPERLEAGUE on FRIDAY 15TH APRIL. Usual mix of 5 great games, national ranking points and £300 prize money. Entry form attached HERE and you will see that if you enter online by Saturday the entry fee can be as low as £15.
We are restricting the numbers to 32 to ensure an 11pm finish so please get entries in asap to guarantee your place.
We now have the first set of photos uploaded. Can you identify them? Visit the gallery HERE
Until 30th March BATTS members will be able to get 40% discount of RRP on a select range of Topspin Sports products below.
Coppa Platin X1 Turbo £24, Acuda S2 £25.80, Desto F3 Big Slam £20.40
Buffalo Tracksuits £48, Bahama V-Shirts (Ladies) £28.20, Titanflex Shirt £19.80, Phoenix Shirt £19.80, Speed T-Shirt - £12
Persson DOTEC OFF £31.80 and Waldner Senso Carbon £30.60
*Discount prices inclusive of VAT
The offer is open until 5pm on Tuesday 30th March 2011.
Please check the www.topspintt.com website for additional products.
We're in a busy part of the season so here are a few items that are coming up:
Essex Schools Individual Championships are at BATTS on Sunday 27th Feb. Forms and more details HERE and note that entries close this Friday. Winners go through to national finals. So still time to enter and open to anyone up to the age of 19 in full time education in Essex.
This weekend we have British League Div 2 at BATTS. Spectators welcome and we can pay for umpiring if you would like to assist.
Next week is half term and we have 22 newcomers taking part in a come and try session from 1.30-3.30 on Wednesday (23rd Feb). Any junior or adult help with feeding balls would be much appreciated.
We would like to have a page on our website with photographs of players when they were younger! Please email your photo direct to Graham or give them to him for scanning if you prefer.
The BATTS pyramid starts on Friday 4th March at 7.30pm. This is a form of the popular ladder league and should be good fun. No need to enter in advance. There is no extra charge. Club practice as usual if you prefer.
The first ever BATTS drawn doubles tournament was held on 4th February, replacing our normal club night. Doubles pairs were chosen to provide closely matching standard and we certainly had some very tight matches all through the evening. Most of the preliminary matches went to five games and so it was no surprise when the final also went the full distance, with Mark Fielding and James Thorpe emerging the winners against Sima Aminmozaffari and Ross Brierley 11-9, 9-11, 10-11, 11-4, 11-6.
A spectacular “Elite” hard bat tournament will be held at BATTS on Saturday 30th April 2011. We expect to see some of the top hard bat players from Europe at this event, so make a note of the date now. Organiser Fred Dove says this is going to be “The Big One”.
The competition will be limited to 48 players, and the format will be best of three games playing up to 21.
If you would like to enter the tournament you can download the entry form HERE. Otherwise, be sure to look in on 30th April and see some of the masters of the hard bat game in action. Play starts at 10am.
For more information about this event see the attached leaflet HERE.