Twickenham Brunswick C.Y.P.
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Half Term  


The club will be open for all the normal sessions this week.


Wednesday 25th Oct 2017 being half term.. the club will be open all day from 9.30 am. There will be the opportunities for juniors to play in organised tournaments ... or to just train.

Any other visitors too will be welcome.

15/10/17 


Congratulations to Medha Verma on her recent achievement coming runner up in the Crawley Grand Prix in the Womens Band 4 singles.


Medha's success is well earned due to to the hard work and commitment she shows to her training.  What is most important to a participant in sport? Is it natural ability or  hard work?  


It is quite aggravating at times when adult players look at a young player and say Oh he/sh'e a natural... when both coach and player have spent hours honing and refining their skills.


The success that Medha is achieving, is attainable by all our club members if only they showed the same commitment and determinatuion  as Medha with support from her family.



Friday Night Junior Tournament Night 


Starting Friday 21st July 2017 through to Friday 1st September

Between 6.30pm and 9.30pm


Through July and August we are going to run a drop in tournament night, run on a ladder basis and a bit like a Swiss tournament.

For regular attendees your weekly membership will cover participation but those paying for sessions on a nightly basis there will a £2

fee.

SNOOKER POOL and MUSIC ROOM


Our upstairs room that used to be part of the boxing gym is now open for use. The room has a newly refurbished 3/4 size snooker table and a small pool table. 

A smaller area in the room has been segregated off to form a music room. Within in it are a Casio Workstation, a Yamaha P120 keyboard, accoustic / electric guitar, 50 watt amplifier, Behringer Mixer board and numerous microphones.


The room can be booked by appointment rates negotiable., or used by regular club members. 


 2016/17 Season NJL at London Academy


After three weeks of quite undistinguished performances the team " Got it together" for one last effort. Circumstances on the last day saw the B team relocated in Division 4 from Division 5 with a number of clubs not able to field teams. Confident performances from Arya, Theo and Eamon saw them edge their way to the top of the table in the first round with a narrow victory and then consolidate their position with two convincing victories.


Well done Division 4 Champions.

13/11/2016
Twickenham Brunswick  have two National Champions.

Twickenham Brunswick Amateur Boxing Club has now achieved levels never seen before at the club thanks to the hard work and dedication of the coaches and Junior boxers. 

After a successful weekend we now have two boys, Ollie Wilkins & Tommy Stokes that made it through to the England National novice finals and came away as National Champions.    








Both favorites to win at their weights Ollie out-boxed  his opponent in a tight contest while Tommy Stokes won by default when his opponent withdrew..

Boxing Club Success 2016

On the way to the finals

This Sunday 6/11/12 saw Ollie Wilkins box in the England novice semi finals against Oleksandr Glebik of the famous Fitzroy Lodge boxing club, Ollie had come to win and was all fired up for his opponent who we new was very strong and had only been defeated twice in his career, at the sound of the first bell Ollie came out fast catching his opponent with 3 and 4 shot combinations to the head and body and didnt really let him settle when he did catch Ollie it made no difference as he was totally focused on the job and and carried on working the head and body and comfortably winning the first round.

The bell sounded for round 2 and once again Ollie came out fast and furious and gave his opponent little time to gather himself as Ollie worked the head and body as he had done in the first only this time he was catching the body more when going downstairs so much so his opponent now had his left arm by his side, the bell sounded and and we were comfortable we had won round two.

Going into the third both boys were starting to look tired but Ollie wanted it more and dug deep and his opponent once again couldn't answer the speed and flurry at which Ollie  attacked  him, this continued throughout the third and we were all glad to hear the sound of the bell and we eagerly awaited  the 3 judges decision before Olies hand was lifted by the referee and he was declared the winner

He will be boxing the National final on the 13 November and hopefully will be crowned champion.

UK 50+ Table Tennis

Are you 50+ and would like to play table tennis... then why not pay us a visit on a Monday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm.


£5-00 for two hours of fun with tea and biscuits included.

You don't need to be a great player... we'll try and make you that....

Join our sociable little group that meet each week for a bit of friendly "Wiff Waff!" 

London Youth Games Table Tennis 2016

June 11th 2016

2016 has been a good year for Riochmond Upon Thames in table tennis.
Last year we had no girls team but this year five girls went to Redbridge to compete on behalf of the Borough.
A defeat by the narrowest of margins in the first round losing 3-2 but going to deuce in the fifth set of the doubles was a magnificent effort.
The girls then won the next round but again lost out in the doubles of the final round.
But the young team have many more years ahead of them if they keep playing .
Jaikalin, Eli and Julia slightly more experienced players were ably supported by a more mature Yasemina and a very supportive Jess.
A special thanks goes to Jess who along with Yasemin made herself available from the start  of the selection process to ensure we had a team this year...
but magnanimously allowed some of the stronger players, who appeared later, to take front stage.


The Boys team exceeded all expectation really. Finlay Feil and Joseph Durling were clearly our stronger players but pulled off  the surprise of the day by both winning 100% of their singles matches.
They were supported by Billy B. Silas W. and Julian C.L. who won 2/3 of the doubles matches. The result being that 

Richmond have qualified for the London Youth Games final at Crystal Palace on 3rd July 2016

Well done to all the squad

LYG Trial 2016

Saturday 16th April 2016

Today was the first trial date for the Richmond upon Thames Table Tennis Team. With a number of our better players not showing any interest in the event some of the boroughs aspiring players took to the tables. Some of the young hopefuls are showing a great deal of promise but as yet need to develop their styles and grow in experience. 

Silas Woolway dominated his group with comfortable wins over Ethan, Billy and Nathan, while in the other group Julian Charlton Lee comfortably won his group against Anant, Jay and Joe.

In the final play off 12 year old Jules (JCL) played well against a an older, stronger but slightly out of practice Silas, winning the match and the trial. Well done to both the finalists Jules on keeping his nerve and Silas on accepting the loss very graciously.

The trials will continue this coming Saturday to allow any absentees from the first trial to claim a squad place.
Medha Qualified in first place cadet girls
Well done too to Harshil who finished third on count back in the U11 Boys and Karishma who also finished third in her age group

London Regional Qualifiers Table Tennis 2016

Universities Individual Championships 2016

New Year Tournaments 2016

New Year Table Tennis Tournament.

For club members U.18 and visitors U.18 from Ashford TTC

Juniors Saturday 2nd January at the Club 9.30am START

 Click Link to see full report   http://www.freewebs.com/1twickenhambrunswick/juniortabletennisclub.htm

Sunday 3rd January 6.30pm

 Sunday night saw an impromptu table tennis tournament for those who attended the evening.

After organising the groups once, more arrivals saw a re-arrangement to three groups of five players.

The groups saw quite predictable outcomes with Alex Gough, Tomasz Simka, Adam Burgess, Paul Storey, Simon Vine and George Long  qualifying from their respective groups.

George(Szolt) and Sean Macmenamin also secured qualifying places for the knock out stage.

After the first round in the knockout stage the qualifying semi finalists were Tomasz and Simon, Adam and Alex.

A very close encounter between Tomasz ansd Simon saw Tomasz edge ahead in the fifth set while Adam took an easier three love match to reach the final.

A late night final saw Adam Burgess overcome Tomasz, in a match of free flowing rallies that would graced any final, earning him the title Club Champion.

 

Teddington Pram Race Donation

What a way to start the new year!

A visit from Teddo the Clown, AKA Alan Benns, Organizer of the Teddington Pram Race,seen below handing over a very generous donation of £1000 to help fund our Wednesday night club for 8-13 year olds. The picture below shows Teddo with Sharon and a number of the club's young members in the Art Room. The extra funds will ensure that there is always sufficient stock for the young people to undertake the art and craft activities they so much enjoy, and will also enable us to replenish games equipment for the more boisterous and active members.

So a HUGE THANKYOU from all the Wednesday Night members and staff for such generosity.

National Championships U.11-U.14

Congratulations to Medha and Morgan on their performances at the 2015 National Championships. Although neither made it through to the knockout stage both upheld the good name and reputation of the club. Both Medha and Morgan have more potential than their performances at present reflect, but as they mature as players hopefully we will see them able to perform at their best in the trying conditions of a top competition.

Success at London Qualifiers U.11 - U.14

Sunday the 12th April 2015 saw a small group of players from the club attending Morpeth School/ Table Tennis Club to participate in the London Qualifiers for the National Championships for U.11 -U.14's. Over the past five -six years the club has been well represented at these events and also in the National Championships. The club was represented by Finlay Feil and Ishaq Tahir in the Boys U.14 age group , by Morgan Wilkins and Julian Lee Charlton  in the Boys U.12 age group and Medha Verma in the Girls U.14 age group. The competition was tough in all the sections. Ishaq Tahir battled away in his U.14 group finishing a commendable third as did Finlay Feil neither of whom made it through to the final group. Medha Verma however qualified in fourth place in the Girls U.14 after losing her first three matches she recovered to end the day strongly winning matches four and five. 
In the Boys under 12 groups Julian Charlton Lee found the going tough in his group but gained valuable experience, losing five matches but still managing won victory. However performance of the day goes to Morgan Wilkins who adapted to all styles of play winning all of his first six group matches, then in the final group finished second winning all but one of his  matches, the one defeat being to the eventual winner Charlie Cunningham of Guildford.

The club will be represented at the Nationals by Medha and Morgan later this year. Well done to all the players who represented the club.

 

London Youth Games Trial Richmond

The Richmond Borough Trial for the London Youth Games was a little disappointing in that only players from Our Club and Barnes Primary School turned up. We have hosted the trials at the club for several years now as generally the best junior players are members of the club, but there is always the chance that there are some we do not know about or who may attend another club. This certainly is the case with the players from Barnes Primary School who sent along two girls and three boys from yr6. who must rank among some of the best U.11's in the country. It was absolutely great that the two girls from Barnes Primary school came along as without them we would have found it hard to field a team. Both proved in matches with Medha Verma that they will be worthy representatives for our borough.

The Boys selection also threw up some surprises Hardeep Dhaliwal a JBL player and Finlay Feil NCL Div 1 player clearly took the top two places for the team, but the reserve places went to Morgan Wilkins and the three boys from Barnes Primary School.

Well done to all who took part, the level of play was extremely high and attitude and behaviour excellent.

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British League Success Div 4A

The 2014-15 Season for Junior British League has come to a close and was nail biting to its conclusion. The Ashford Brunswick team is a team of boys who, apart from George Long, have been long term members of Twickenham Brunswick.  . Weekend one saw Charlie Rahbani, our oldest and most experienced player being.supported by Alex Gough and George Long a member of Ashford Club. A disappointing defeat at the hands of local rivals Greenhouse 3 saw us pushed back into 5th place.

Weekend two came around and with it devastating news that Charlie Rahbani, our highest ranked player, would not be available. Being a club that starts and develops its own players, we did not consider importing non member players as we have quite a strong group of home grown junior players. Again our first reserve was not available so the position was offered to Hardeep Dhaliwal to fill the vacant place.

In a  weekend that saw us with a depleted team, our players excelled, finishing the weekend with a  record of two wins, a draw and two losses
Finishing 4th in Division 4A is a great achievement as we are basically still just a local youth centre in Twickenham and competing against top table tennis centres of excellence from around the British Isles.
 
Well done too to the Ashford Brunswick girls playing JBL Div 2  and in particular Rhiannon Folan of Twickenham Brunswick as in the last round they moved from bottom position to fourth place with a great win over Ellenborough.
 
Both teams secured their places for next year avoiding relegation and the possibility of needing to try to gain entry again.
 
Thanks to all who helped in this venture.

Record |Number of England Ranked Players

Although we are at a point where one or two players have not represented the club for a while we have a record number of England Ranked players.

22 players, virtually all juniors, appear in the ETTA ranking list for Jan/Feb 2015 with a further two who should be appearing on the list next month.

Our membership and attendance is continually growing as is the quality of our players....

Well done to all our members who support the club .....

 

 

Medha Makes an Impact at Burton

Nov 2014

Medha was runner up in the Burton Uxbridge 1 Star Cadet Girls and went to through to the semi-finals in the Junior Girls event, losing finally to Chloe Lingard in both.

On Saturday she played in Chandlers 2* tournament where in spite of losing her group matches, she could have easily come second in the cadets group. but after losing two matches narrowly in the fifth the disappointment told in her games later.
Sunday was much better at Burton, she did well against higher ranked players and held on to her nerves. In the juniors, she came second in the group losing closely in a five setter to Olivia Fletcher. 
Below is a picture of her cadet girls trophy. 



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Junior British League 2014/15

In a joint venture with Ashford, Twickenham Brunswick have yet again provided the backbone for a Boys Junior British League team. Another year, another Junior British League, another squad; time has moved on and last season's squad have either moved out of the age group or stopped playing. The only remaining squad member, Charlie Rahbani, therefore had to take on the responsibility of leading the team as the number one player. Alexander Gough has developed his game from being a novice at the age of 12/13 to a proficient Division 1 player and George Long as the third player is a rapidly improving third member of the team.

The club has players in reserve, but hopefully will not need to register them unless circumstances change.

The first weekend started with real promise with the Brunswick /Ashford team pulling off some good results, holding Westfield to a 3-3 draw in a match where Charlie Rahbani won two of his matches and a similar 3-3 draw against Cardiff where all the squad won one a piece. And Top Team Ormesby only managed a 4-2 win over our squad through match that ended 12-10 in the fifth.

On the second day our prospects looked good with only the teams below us to play. The match against Guernsey saw the team produce a similar result to all the other teams a 6-0 victory. Our final match against our local rivals Greenhouse 3 saw a bit of an upset when previous experiences of playing each other and tiredness may have affected performance. A 2-4 defeat saw Greenhouse draw level on points with us when a draw or win would have seen us comfortably ahead on points.

Still some very commendable performances from the team who on paper were often matched up against higher ranked players.

Averages: Charlie Rahbani 60% Alexander Gough 50% George Long 50%

https://www.tabletennis365.com/britishleague/Tables/Junior_Boys_2014-15/Boys_Division_4A

Thanks go to K. Foot and G. Outrim who took responsibilty for the team over the weekend.

Rhiannon Folan was also representing Ashford in Division 2 of the Girls JBL the team finished in a similar position to the boys fourth in the table but in =6th place on points. Despite an average of just 30% two other matches went to five where Rhiannon lost by a narrow margin to higher ranked girls.

https://www.tabletennis365.com/britishleague/IndividualAverages/Junior_Girls_2014-15/Girls_Division_2

Congratulations to all the players and everyone who has supported this venture.

The Telereal Trilium Clean-up Day

Twickenham Brunswick was given a makeover this week, after several years of decline and neglect while nature took its course.

So we were very grateful  to The Telereal Trilium Team who came and lent a hand with getting the club grounds back in shape.

Its only too evident, from the pictures above, what a great job they did.

 

Thanks a TRILIUM !!!

London Youth Games June 2014.

Congratulations to all our club  members on representing their respective boroughs. Ten club members represented Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames..
Michael Papior led the Hounslow team, supported by Ishaq Tahir, with some outstanding performances against Kensington and Chelsea and Islington. At the end of the day they had done enough to finish third in their group.
Richmond girls were in a group of three. Medha Verma, Yasemin Burgess and Ruby Penney played well to win their first round match but were not quite good enough to win their second match meaning they finished second in their group. However they forced their opponents to play to their potential in order to secure their win.

Richmond boys played Camden in the first round and secured quite an easy 5-0 win, only to have to face Bromley who had an extremely strong pairing of Jack Merton 58 in England at u.18 and Luke carter No.69 in England at U.18. The match was no walkover for Bromley although it resulted in a 5-0 victory for them. James Corner and Alex Gough put up a good fight in the singles as did Jack Richards and Finlay Feil in the doubles. Well done too to Hardeep Dhaliwal who played the first round doubles with Finlay in the doubles against Camden. overall another very satisfactory outcome finishing second in the group.

Thanks also go to Rhiannon Folan for acting as team captain and manager of the Richmond girls team.

RESULTS

Table Tennis (Boys) – 9th overall

Our boy’s team have been together for a number of years now and have been consistent in their performances over the last couple of years. Two boys will be too old to compete for Team Richmond next year so a special thank you to Alexander Gough and Jack Richards who have played Table Tennis for a number of years with Team Richmond.

 

Table Tennis (Girls) – 7th overall

Each year we struggle to get female table tennis players so it was great to see we had three competing this year! These girls are still young enough to compete for many more years so hopefully they’ll continue to compete for Team Richmond after a fantastic result of 7th overall. 

London Qualifiers for Nationals 2014

Medha Verma and Morgan Wilkins make it to the ETTA National Championships 2014

Congratulations to Medha and Morgan on keeping up the record of our club being represented at the National U.11-14 Championship for the past four years or so...


Saturday the 5th April 2014 saw a small contingent of players from Twickenham Brunswick travel to London Academy to compete in the London Qualifiers for the Nation Age Group Finals for U.11 to U.14's.
It was disappointing that so few players from the club were available or wanted to participate, but well done to those who did. In the Boys U.11's  Jules Charlton-Lee played in only his second competitive competition and put up some good resistance to a lot of more experienced players. Morgan Wilkins also put in some good performances winning 4 and losing 4 but doing just enough to secure himself a place in the National Finals in Doncaster later this year.

Medha Verma played in the girls U.13 competition and after coming second in her group finally came third in the final group to ensure her selection for the National Finals.

After two or three years of attending the National Finals Finlay Feil found that some of the younger players are gainiing in experience. Dropping 4 matches during the day Finlay only found himself placed as third reserve, although he did take the eventual winner to a fifth set which finished 11-9 in favour of his opponent.

Sunday saw us return to the same venue for the U.14's Medha again had a very successful day finishing fourth in the group and securing another place in the National finals for the U.14's

Finlay Feil found himself in a group with five players three of which were around his standard, in all but one of his four games he came off second best.  In his last group he won all of his matches which made up a little for his earlier defeats.

Well done to all concerned


A Promising new U.11 player

With the new publishing of the ETTA Rankings for Dec 13 comes the news that Theo P. Hainsworth has entered the U.13 rankings at 178.
Unfortunately we are not informed as to his age group ranking but as an U.11 I can only guess that he is somewhere inside the top 100 a brilliant achievement for a young player who has only started competitive play this season and has reached this ranking only through playing National Cadet and National Junior League.
Well done Theo..  

Maintaining Our Standards

Twickenham Brunswick is continuing to progress in the table tennis section against all the odds. With minimal support in coaching, no real external funding or sponsorship the club still manages to achieve outstanding results. Amongst our achievements so far this season are:- 6 players attending the Milton Keynes 2* and James Corner finishing fourth. Three players, David Rahbani, James Corner and Rhiannon Folan qualifying for the group stage of the National Championships for Cadets and Juniors.

 In the Southern Region NJL we are in 2nd place in Division 1 and hold 1st Place in Division 2, and similarly in the NCL based at Capital City we are 2nd in Division 1 but here our less experienced players are 6th in Division 2

In the Local League we have 10 juniors playing in the 1st Division of the South and West Middlesex League.

Our club membership includes 20 Junior players with England Rankings 3 in the top 50 plus another two ranked within the top 100 of their age group.

 

26/11/13

Junior County Championship

Junior County Championship

Five players from Ashford/Twickenham Brunswick represented Middlesex/Surrey in the first round of this seasons junior county championship .
David Rahbani (Middx I) and Rhiannon Folan (Surrey I) both played in the premier Division ( the highest level in the competition).
David did exceptionally well winning 3/6 of his matches. He also went to 5 sets with Alec Ward ( ETTA rank 11) of Cleveland, a great achievement considering Alec beat Adam Harrison ( ETTA rank 3) the previous day. Rhiannon also did very well against very strong opposition, most of the other girls were ranked in the top 20 in England or top rank in Wales. She managed to win games off a couple of top 10 English juniors and beat the no 2 girl from Kent. A great debut to her county table tennis career.
Tony Egan (Middx II), Danielle Kelly ( Surrey II) and Medha Verma ( Surrey II) played in Div 1B hosted at Ashford .
Tony played very well to win 5/6 of his matches against Surrey II, Essex I and Essex II.
The girls found it very tough in their first outing at this level – 5 out of 6 of their opponents are ranked in the top 35 juniors. However Medha managed a win beating Essex II No 2 player Zoe Davies. Danielle did well too taking a set off Jane Li of Essex I, a great result considering Jane is ranked 21 in juniors. Both girls are still only 11 years old with at least another 6 years playing county table tennis, their time will come.

Milton Keynes 2*T.T.T.

The club entered six players in the Milton Keynes 2* Table Tennis Tournament for U.14's. this weekend 26th Oct 2013. The tournament was also attended by two or three very talented players in James Smith (10) Oliver Tyndall(17)  and Reiss Vydelingum (38) at U.15. The tournament went much to form only with James Smith losing out to Oliver on the day, these three taking the top three places closely followed by James Corner from our club.

There was a little disappointment as nerves, emotion or tiredness seemed to get the better of some of our other players. However all performed to expectation, but with none showing that adrenaline rush and raising their game for the occasion.

Results or finishing positions will be posted when available. but well done to James Corner, Alex Rahbani, Michal Papior, Finlay Feil, Tyrell Soleyn and Medha Verma.

 

Weekend of Mixed Fortunes

This weekend of the 12/13th October 2013 saw a landmark in the history of Twickenham Brunswick particularly the table tennis section.

Three boys from the club went to Lilleshall representing Ashford/Brunswick to play in Division 2a of the Junior British League.

In a very tough division, David, Charlie Rahbani and Anthony Egan battled against some very top class opponents from around the British Isles to finish fifth in the division of six teams.

A 4-2 win over UCD Dublin kept them off the bottom and some close losses should give them a little hope for some better outcomes on the second weekend.

https://tabletennis365.com/BritishLeague/Tables/Junior_Boys_2013-14/Boys_Division_2A

Meanwhile Rhiannon form the club represented Ashford / Brunswick in Division 3 of the Girls Junior British League. Seven wins out of ten saw her finish with a personal average of 70% and helped the team to a second place position in the Division.

https://tabletennis365.com/Britishleague/Tables/Junior_Girls_2013-14/Girls_Division_3

A further eight players were involved in the National Cadet League at capital city Academy.

The A team, who had to represent the club without some of the older and more experienced players, now too old, performed magnificently. In their first  three matches they recorded 6-3,7-2 and 9-0 wins to finish the day in second place on 22points in an eight team division. Well done to Michael Papior on winning 9/9 matches also to Alex Rahbani, Finlay Feil and John Barman who only lost 5 matches between them.

Well done to Tyrell, Mansour, Theo and Morgan who had a tough introduction to the second division. 

London Regional Qualifiers

5/6 Oct 2013

At the recent London Qualifiers for the National Junior and Cadet Championships it was pleasing to see a number of our juniors entering and having a go...

Congratulations go to Alex Gough and Alex Rahbani who will have gained some valuable experience playing in tough group matches in the junior and cadet age groups respectively.

Well done too, to the girls

Medha Verma who finished fifth in the Cadets Girls finishing as second reserve.

And Rhiannon Folan  who came fifth in the Junior Girls to finish overall as second reserve

However the more outstanding performances came from

David Rahbani who qualified in third place for the Junior Boys and

James Corner who qualified in third place for the Cadet Boys 

Well done! We look forward to following their progress in the National Championships next month

Sponsored Table Tennis Sept 2013

To enable the club to keep running and provide opportunities for the members to play in league teams  we need to raise funds to cover the league costs.

Each year we hold a sponsored table tennis event and encourage our members to request sponsorship from people beyond their direct family, so the burden of finance does not always fall on the family and also so the members take some responsibility for funding their activities. This also helps ensure that the members are committed to turning up when selected for teams.

If a member manages to secure £35-00 in sponsorship then they get free club membership and free entry into all the league competitions. Other rewards are also sometimes given to members who raise the most...

This year the sponsored table tennis event will be on Saturday the 7th of September 2013

 Well done to all those who were able to come. We had five players and  one guest in the morning session and another six in the afternoon. Not only have we raised fun but the event also proved to be a good training session for the tough season ahead.

Another well done to John Barman, Michal Papior and Rahbani family who not only participated in the sponsored event, but had very resourcefully collected all monies in advance so to date we have raised £184 towards this years expenses. 

Thank you once again to all the participants....

Ashford Brunswick Girls Qualify for Junior British League

On Saturday 13th July Juliette Moussarie, Rihannon Folan, Charlize Uye and Mehda Verma, making up the Ashford Brunswick Team, went to Grantham for a chance to qualify for the Junior British League (JBL). The event was disputed by 10 all-girl teams with junior rankings ranging from none to 19, split into groups A and B.
Only the top three teams would qualify, that is, the winners of group A, and B; the third team would be selected following play-off matches between the second and third teams of each group. The day was so warm, another strong motivator for the girls to do the job and go home !
All girls faced challenges of their own, Juliette had the difficult task of playing in the top spot in spite of her Junior ranking (92), Rihannon just came off from her GCSEs, and Charlize (number 12 U13) was playing some girls several years older than her. Vidal, Charlize’s coach supported the girls throughout all matches, a very big thank you to him. Kwok and Jane Barella (London Region Coach) also came to cheer on the girls.
The day started very well, with a 6-0 win against Falmouth Docks TTC followed by another 6-0 win against Bournemouth. This was an impressive start as the top players of these two teams were ranked well above our girls. However just as it looked as we were going to storm through the tournament, we hit Brixham TTC. Jazmin Johns (19 U18) made light work of Ashford Brunswick, with a clever use of her pimple bat and a painful demonstration of fluid and consistent table tennis. Their number 2, Beth Wilson (number 40 U18), also proved too hard to beat in spite of some much stronger challenges. Rihannon and Charlize could only could find some consolation beating their third player, Holly Johns (number 14 U13), final score 2-6 to Brixham.
Despite battling through against Mountrath TTC to finish runner up in their group the team now had to play two more matches to decide who secured the one remaining slot. Meanwhile Brixham TTC (for group A) and Fusion TTC (group B) were on their way home having won their respective groups.
In the first match against a strong Guernsey side, with an very talented top player (Chloe Le Tissier) Ashford Brunswick tapped into stored reserves as Juliette beat Chloe in straight sets, outsmarting her tricky top spins with blocks to the wide forehand and backhand. Rihannon and Charlize finished simultaneously with two more solid wins.
In the final and deciding tie the girls played their final 3 matches against Mountrath TTC. Rihannon and Charlize repeated their earlier wins and Juliette, this time overcame Kate Whelan having lost to her at the group stage. This concluded the play offs 6-0, and secured qualification with a comfortable margin.
Overall number 3 Charlize was the top performer with 9 wins out of 10, closely followed by number 2 Rihannon (8/10) whilst top seed Juliette managed a sound (6/10).
A lot of relief, happiness, and strong feelings of being part of one team as the girls realized they had made it. A big thank you to Medha’s parents who made the journey, cheered on the girls until the end, while Medha was ready to step in at any time to relieve them.
Looking forward to more of the same in October !

By Mark Roper on Jul 24, 2013

Cippenham Young Players Festival 2013

Last weekend was the Summer Young Players Festival at Cippenham. June 22nd and 23rd. With two or three players from the club pulling out of the event with other engagements we were left with just two players who played on the Sunday in the U.16 and u.18 age groups. In the U.16 event Alex Gough did not make it through to the main knock out stage, but performed well in all his matches giving higher ranked players a hard time. Michal Papior meanwhile competed with great determination and qualified for the main event a win in the first round of the knockout saw him come up against Olamide Waurola who lived up to his ranking.

In the U.18's tough groups saw both Alex and Michal having to settle for the Consolation event. Michals competition ended in the first round, but three wins including a victory over Gem Ryder saw Alex Gough reach the final. Despite a valiant effort Alex had to settle for Runner up in the U.18 consolation event.

Well done to Michal and Alex for representing the club so well. 

 

London Youth Games Success 2013

The London Youth Games must rate as the next toughest competition after the National Championships. There is nothing that our club relishes more than competing against the best. Our ethos is still that of a youth club not a table tennis centre of excellence, and this is what I feel makes us successful.. There is no pressure to succeed, there is just delight when it happens. The Club this year again supplied the players for the Hounslow and Richmond teams for both boys and girls. Five boys and two girls represented Richmond and two girls and three boys represented Hounslow.

Well done to James Corner, Jack Richards, Alex Gough, John Barman and Finlay Feil. The Richmond boys achieved their best result ever in the history of the games finishing 8= only losing out to an extremely strong Enfield team and with nearly all the players in the 12-14 age group they still have time to improve. The girls Medha and Alice also did well finishing third in their group and 13th overall, again they have another three or four years to compete.

For Hounslow Rhiannon Folan performed extremely well with a partner, who should be commended for having a go, finishing third in their group. The Hounslow boys included Charlie Rahbani in a coaching role and Alex Rahbani and Michael Papior both just 12 who met stiff opposition from two very strong boroughs to finish third in their group.

Well done to all the club players and Sean McMenamin on managing the Richmond  team.