We are delighted with the performance of our up and coming juniors in important competitions last weekend.
Ethan Walsh was selected to play in the British Under 12 Championships held in Scotland. Outstanding play from Ethan who won 8 out of his 12 matches in the team event. A great result for Ethan but not for England who finished a disappointing third, partly because one of their other players was absent through illness. In the individual event there was another great performance by Ethan to reach the semi finals losing to the eventual winner from Jersey.
In the regional Under 11 - Under 14s competition held at Norwich we had more successes:
Stephi Cross was runner up in the U14
Christian Gibson won the U13
Jordan Ingles was runner up in both U13 and U14
Be sure to look in at BATTS during the weekend of 28th and 29th April for some exciting hard bat action in the latest tournament. Some of the leading exponents of hard bat have been attracted and will be slogging it out for £1,000 in prize money using standard bats with no sponge - the way that table tennis was invented.
If you haven't witnessed hard bat play before you may be surprised, and it is easy to see how matches during the 30s and 40s attracted huge crowds of spectators.
Play starts on both days at 9am. On Saturday it is a team event and the individual events are on Sunday - which is the biggest and highest standard hard bat event ever staged in Europe.
BBQ food is available all day and entry is free.
Following last year’s setback when a broken foot kept her out of action for three months, Evangeline Collier has shown wonderful determination to get back to full fitness and resume her rise in the national standings. She has now become the Number one senior woman player in Essex in the latest ranking, and reached the final of the Cheltenham 4 Star tournament losing a very close final to Nicole Hall (Wales) 8-11 11-8 10-12 12-14. Evie beat the top seed Angharad Phillips (Wales) in the semi final which was a great win.
Evangeline played an international senior and junior tournament in Sweden recently and beat four world ranked players.
Evie is also making her mark on the senior county scene in this country. Playing for Essex in the Premier League of the senior county championships she won five out of her seven matches.
We will be open on Good Friday (6th April) and Easter Monday (9th April) from 7pm.
There are no formal coaching sessions on those days. Contact Aad for details of special coaching sessions during Easter week.
There was a huge entry in the BATTS 1* junior tournament held on 31st March/1st April, with 143 competitors arriving from all round the region. This reflects the great enthusiasm developing for table tennis at junior level in our area. Our own juniors achieved some excellent successes against the stiff opposition. Congratulations to the following:
- James Denyer - winner of the U16 Boys singles
- Luke Jones - runner up in the U16 Boys consolation
- Kleber Silva - winner of the U15 Boys singles
- Jess Jarvis - runner up in the U16 Girls consolation
- Emma Knudsen - runner up in the U13 Girls consolation
- Ryan Hubbard - quarter finalist in the U13 Boys singles
Click HERE for a link to the full report by Arthur Clark, the hard working and ever patient tournament referee.
Congratulations to Ryan Hubbard on winning gold and bronze medals in the junior and class C events at the National Championships during the weekend of 17th and 18th March 2012.
Congratulations to the BATTS 1st team who finished top of Division 1 South this season. The final matches completed a great season with some spectacular wins by Martin Kubrt over higher ranked opposition.
BATTS 2nd team also finished in a respectable position in their division which contained some very strong opponents.
Read the full report by Steve Kerns on the latest round of matches.
Sylvia Wilde contacted me this afternoon with the awful news that Ron collapsed and died suddenly yesterday. Ron was a BATTS member for about 15 years until injury stopped him playing around 2 years ago.
We always look for nice words at a time like this but with Ron they're not hard to find. He was universally popular, always charming, and softly spoken with a ready smile . Apart from being a fine player ( he was still beating me well into his 70s ), he was always ready to coach the juniors and he was a frequent helper on our annual pilgrimage to the disability day at Luton.
Our fondness for Ron was clearly mutual and I leave you with Sylvia's words today : " Please let the good friends he made at BATTS know he so enjoyed the hours he spent with you ".
Ron's funeral is at Parndon Wood at 1pm on Wednesday 22nd February. If you intend to come, please contact Neil and he will give you more details when available.
A triumphant return for Evie Collier after enforced time out from table tennis with a broken foot. Last weekend she starred in the WBL Premier League helping her team DHS Greenhouse Progress to win the league. Evie won 6 our of her 10 matches putting her in the top five in the averages, and her wins included the England no. 16 Karen Shepherd. Well done Evie!
Some excellent results for BATTS players in the recent British League matches played at BATTS and Cippenham. Read Steve Kerns' report for full details, including the spectacular win by Luke Walsh against highly ranked Gary Dodd of Guernsey.
Click HERE for Steve's match reports.