Table Tennis for All
A large and appreciative crowd saw a feast of stunning table tennis at BATTS on Friday 26th November. Our hero of the evening was Martin Kubrt who triumphed in the Band 3 event.
Here is Steve Kerns' full report from the evening.......... England no. four Darius Knight warmed up for the second round of British League Premier division matches by winning the second BATTS Super League competition of the Season, played on Friday 26 November 2010.
As a precursor to the British League weekend this event had proved so popular that the entry was extended from 32 to 48 players, comprising 16 groups of three competitors and it was third seed Darius, the winner of the first competition of the Season who again came up trumps. Well publicised, it is a great idea to hold the tournament the day before the British League action, as it gives extra competition for those British League players who are not certain of a full weekend’s play.
Even the quality of spectator took some beating. Paul Drinkhall and Gavin Evans were amongst what was a record crowd of people watching. The early talking point of the night was a marathon group which featured Ian McLean, Paul Beck and Karina Le Fevre which lasted over two hours, almost an hour longer than any other group. It was “Anglo-Scot” McLean who made it through to the top banded event with Karina finishing second.
British League Premier Division action will be taking place at BATTS next weekend (Saturday/Sunday 27/28 November 2010). Action kicks off at 11.00 hours on Saturday and at 10.00 hours on the Sunday and in what is
undoubtedly a stronger Competition this year, many of Britain’s best players are eligible to play.
Leading the way is English number one Paul Drinkhall (Barrow) - fresh from his magnificent success in the Under 21 Singles event in the Polish Open. Others to look out for are Gavin Rumgay (Barrow), Darius Knight (Barrow), Ryan Jenkins (Drumchapel Glasgow), Craig Howieson (Drumpchapel Glasgow) and John Murphy (Ormesby) as well as former international players Gareth Herbert (Drumchapel Glasgow), Terry Young (Drumchapel Glasgow), Jason Sugrue (DHS Greenhouse Progress), Colum Slevin (DHS Greenhouse Progress) and Sule Olaleye (Fusion).
Local interest is provided by former Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion, Lorestas Trumpauskas, who is in the Fusion squad as well as by the BATTS team who can choose from Wang Zheng, Craig Bryant, John Nillsson, Thomas Bennborn, Jimmy Walsh and Martin Kubrt.
James Knudsen receiving the Jack Petchey monthly award for November 2010
Our next SUPERLEAGUE on Friday November 26th at 7.30pm promises to be an exciting one. We have given priority to travelling British League Premier Division clubs and we have expanded this one to 48 players. The likes of Ryan Jenkins, Gavin Rumgay and last month's winner Darius Knight (see report on ETTA website ) will be battling for a total of £350 including £200 for the winner on the night. Such is the strength that Progress number 1, the superb Po Huang (Barry) Chen, with 3 SUPERLEAGUE titles to his name, is only seeded 6.
Don't forget it's all part of a spectacular weekend's table tennis at BATTS with British League Prem on the Saturday and Sunday (including Barrow v Drumchapel) interspersed with Wales v Southern England in a "friendly" international ladies match at 6pm on the Saturday evening. I can guarantee that it will be well worth watching.
The BATTS Junior 1 Star tournament will take place on 8th/9th January 2011. Please fill in the Entry Forms if you wish to enter.
Our sponsors, Topspin Sports, are putting on a bat testing night from 7pm on Friday 19th November as part of normal club night.
It's a great opportunity to try out blades and rubbers and see what suits you best. You can take advantage of the 30% club discount and have your new bat made up for you by Topspin.
A reminder too that the Harlow Championships are next Monday and Wednesday at 8pm.
The Halloween weekend BATTS One Star Open Tournament was held at the home of BATTS Table Tennis Club, the Norman Booth Centre, Old Harlow on 30/31 October with players from as far away as Sussex, Norfolk and Bedfordshire travelling to compete but mainly dominated from those within the M25 ring and 120 entries. In all events except one round robin Girls event every player proceeded from the Group Stages into the Main or Consolation event KO stages.
The Harlow Championships are on Monday 15th and Wednesday 17th November at BATTS starting at 8pm. Events are Senior, Vets , over 60s, U11, U15, U18 and senior doubles. Also restricted events for lower division players.
Please let Neil know for which events you wish to be entered. There is no charge to play in this tournament.
By Steve Kerns
England no. four and second seed Darius Knight was the winner of the first BATTS Super-League of the Season played at the BATTS Club in Old Harlow on Friday 29 October 2010. Darius walked away with a cheque for £300.00 after beating fellow Barrow Table Tennis Club British League player and Scottish no. one Gavin Rumgay in the final 11-13, 11-7, 11-8, 11-4.
The final did not finish until well after mid-night and it says a lot for the excitement that this event generated that a sizeable audience stayed to watch. “If you are going to get home at 01.00 hours on a Saturday morning then what difference does half an hour make” seemed to be the relaxed atmosphere that many people took.
There were shocks galore, and England no. seven lady Lauren Spink featured in the biggest one of all. Playing superbly she ousted Scottish international Niall Cameron, winning a spell-binding game 11-5, 12-14, 12-10, 7-11, 14-12. She then took a 2-1 lead against third seed Kazeen Adisa Adekeke and an even bigger shock appeared on the cards. Lauren eventually succumbed 9-11, 11- 6, 11-9, 7-11, 4-11. Adekeke eventually missed out to Darius Knight in a close semi-final 12-14, 8-11, 9-11 : further proof if any was needed, of just how well Lauren had played.
Evangeline Collier played in the Women's Open and the under 21 tournament at the Peterborough Grand Prix recently. In the Women's Open, she was in a group with the the number 6 ranked woman in the country, and the number 1 veteran player in England; Evie is ranked 68, so she should not have got out of the group. She beat Sue Collier, the number 1 veteran, and lost to the number 6, but managed to take a game off her, and she beat the third player in the group. She managed to get out of the group as runner up.