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.
Our normal schedule of table tennis is as follows. This may be varied from time to time so if you are planning to visit the club it may be best to contact us first.
At most times, we have up to 12 tables available (although sometimes the club will have some junior coaching sessions running, and on some evenings there will also be league matches on some tables)
MONDAY Club night from 7pm
TUESDAY Social play (for non-league players) from 1pm to 4pm (limit of two tables)
Club night from 8pm (limit of 5 tables)
WEDNESDAY Social play (any standard) from 1pm to 4pm
Club night from 7pm
FRIDAY Club night from 7pm
WEEKEND "OPEN SESSIONS" We have weekend club sessions at various times. There is no regular pattern because we fit in around other events. For details of forthcoming weekend sessions see our latest newsletter (go to the News page)
We have another SUPERLEAGUE on FRIDAY 21ST JANUARY.
There will be the usual mix of 5 top class games, national ranking points and £300 prize money on the night including £150 for the winner. Entry fee is £20 on the day reducing to £15 if you pay online by the 14th January.
Entries are restricted to 32 only and we have referee Barry Granger returning who will aim for an 11pm conclusion.
If you would like to enter please download the entry form HERE and email it to Neil - first come first served!
If you want to see some top notch players, entry is free to members. As always, help with umpiring will be much appreciated.