Table Tennis for All
Come and see some of the top juniors in Essex competing for the prestigious junior titles at BATTS. This is always an enjoyable event with hot food available from the cafeteria throughout.
* U18 and U16 events are on Saturday 8th January
* U15 and U13 events are on Sunday 9th January
* If you would like to enter you can download an entry form HERE . Closing date for entries is Tuesday 21st December.
There was a superb feast of top notch table tennis at BATTS on the weekend of 27th -28th November, when the British League held a full programme of premier division matches. Fortunes were mixed for the BATTS top team. Although the team lost all four matches over the weekend, some of the strongest players were unavailable. This leaves our team in a tussle for survival with three other teams at the foot of the division. Watch out for more opportunities to support the BATTS team when the next round of matches is played.
You can read Steve Kerns full report from the weekend's matches HERE
Darius Knight - England Senior no. 4 and winner of the Band 1 event at BATTS
Chris Doran - England no.6 (losing finalist) Ryan Jenkins - Welsh no. 1 lost to Darius Knight in semi
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.