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British League Round 1

posted 12 Sep 2019, 23:53 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 12 Sep 2019, 23:55 ]

Ravenscroft Senior British National League Report Weekend 1 2019/20 Season


The Ravenscroft backed Guernsey Table Tennis sides have returned from their opening round of fixtures in the Senior British League with mixed results.

Both sides were in action at the Halton Table Tennis club in Widnes and it was the leading Island side that fared the best.

Competing in the National A-1 Division, the team of Lawrence Stacey, Joshua Stacey, Ben Foss and Alex Robinson managed to win 2 of their matches over the weekend and were only narrowly edged out by the finest margin in the other 2.

The first fixture was against Cardiff City TTC I and the Sarnian side started well, securing a tight 5-4 victory. Alex Robinson playing from the number 4 spot proved decisive in this fixture as he won both of his matches over Welsh Cadet Evan O’Connor and Welsh Junior Girl Jamie-Lee Harley with relative ease. Josh Stacey also defeated O’Connor in 4 sets, whilst Foss saw off Harley in straight sets. The 5th and decisive win was obtained by Lawrence in the match opener. It was the only rubber in the match to go the full 5 sets and Stacey clinched the deciding end of his clash against Rhys Hetherton 11-7. Welsh star Dean Cundy was a bridge too far and the player equivalently ranked in the top 40 in England defeated both Stacey twins as well as winning the doubles rubber alongside Hetherton against Robinson and Foss.

The afternoon fixture against Fusion II ended in opposite fashion as a tight 5-4 loss was incurred. Despite the defeat, there were encouraging signs for Foss who ended his day on a high. He started by overturning a 2-1 deficit to defeat Robert Pelc 11-7 in the deciding end and followed up with a 4 set win over top 100 ranked player Joshua Dye. Lawrence also earned himself a win against Dye in 5 sets, whilst twin Joshua overcame Jamal Dennison in 4 sets. Like with Cardiff, it was Fusion’s top player who did the damage. England number 25 James Smith is one of the highest ranked players in the Division and he earned wins over both Stacey twins.

The Sunday started positively with a 6-3 win over Barrow I. Lawrence was the man of the match following a straight set win over England Number 99 Jonathan Crawford and a 4 set win over Barrow number 1 Richard Lightowler. Joshua was edged out in 5 sets by Lightowler, but overcame England number 128 Paul Cicchelli in 5 sets. Foss and Robinson each defeated Barrow number 4 Peter Morgan to make sure of the win. The result was made better following Lawrence and Foss’s 4 set doubles win over Crawford and Cicchelli.

The final encounter of the weekend resulted in another narrow 5-4 defeat, this time at the hands of Swerve TTC I. Lawrence earned a solid 5 set win over England number 110 Kieran Wardell to open the match, whilst Foss and Robinson each overcame Andy Benjamin. The doubles rubber was won again by the Guernsey combination of Lawrence and Foss over Wardell and Callum Mcrae, however the 5th and final rubber proved elusive. The match swung on the outcome of 2 other 5 set encounters and unfortunately it was the Swerve side who edged both. Lawrence was on the wrong end of the first match against Swerve number 1 Sam Kwan 11-8, but there was further despair for Joshua who lost 14-12 in the decisive 5th end of his encounter against Mcrae.

Ravenscroft II had a tougher opening weekend of action in National C1 and only managed to win 1 of their 4 matches.

The first match of the weekend was harsh on the local side consisting of Jamie Ferbrache, Ryan Bichard, Matthew Casey and Ryan Gilson as the 5-4 loss to Colin Deaton I hinged on the outcome of the final match between Gilson and David Molyneux, which ended in a 5 set victory for the opposition. The afternoon saw a 7-2 defeat at the hands of venue hosts Halton TTC III. 

Despite the 8-1 defeat to a strong St Neots I side on the final day of action, a well deserve 6-3 win was obtained against Colin Deaton II. Casey capped off a solid weekend with 2 wins, whilst each of Bichard, Ferbrache and Gilson all managed to win 1 of their matches. The Guernsey side also came out on top in the doubles match.



British League Round 1 Preview

posted 7 Sep 2019, 08:56 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 7 Sep 2019, 08:57 ]

Ravenscroft Senior British National League Preview 2019/20 Season

The local table tennis season does not officially kick-off until Wednesday 25th September for the Island’s leading players, where the first fixtures from the top flight of the Doric Insurance sponsored leagues will take place. Despite this fact, competitive action commences this weekend when the opening round of fixtures in the Senior British National League will be taking place.

With the backing of Ravenscroft, the Island’s top players have flourished in this competition and the first team compete in the National A1 Division this season. Following the overhaul in structure a few seasons ago into a pyramid system, National A is the third highest behind only the Premier and Championship Divisions, the latter in which the Sarnian team were narrowly relegated from last season. The high standard of competition gives great opportunity for the Guernsey players to test themselves against some high quality players in Britain. Meanwhile the second team is competing in National C1.

For the first time in 3 seasons both teams will be competing in the same venue, the Halton Table Tennis Centre located in Widnes.
The Island’s leading side is missing the best player in the Channel Islands, Garry Dodd, as the UK based Sarnian is taking the opportunity to compete in the higher Championship Division for Nottingham Sycamore I. Despite the absence of Dodd, the majority of the squad is formed from the remaining 3 players from the male quartet that were part of the team that won Island Games Gold in Gibraltar earlier this summer. This is headed up by current Island Men’s Singles champion Lawrence Stacey and also contains twin Josh Stacey and Ben Foss. The final spot is occupied by the Gibraltar Island Games coach Alex Robinson, who himself is a leading Island player that has also been part of Island Games gold medal winning teams in the past.

Ravenscroft I will be competing against 7 other teams in National A1 and it’s impossible to gauge the strength of the other teams prior to the commencement of the season due to the unknown registrations that each club has made. One such team that is in their Division however are venue hosts Halton I, who will likely be strong contenders.

Ravenscroft II are a much changed side this campaign and are led by Ryan Bichard, who is joined by Matthew Casey, Jamie Ferbrache and Ryan Gilson. The youthful side have all competed in the local 1st Division and British League previously and will be keen to impress and earn some strong results.

The side will also be competing against 7 other teams in their Division and it’s also difficult to know the strengths of each team. One familiar team is Isle of Man however and the Guernsey side are used to competing against them in various different competitions, including British League, in the past.

Summer League 2019

posted 27 Aug 2019, 15:13 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 27 Aug 2019, 15:20 ]

The final round of Summer League was played last week, congratulations to Lawrence Stacey on claiming the overall title.  Also thanks to Kay Chivers and Keith Opie for running another successful league

League Table


Week 12 Report

Hard to believe that summer league is now over for 2019.  We had another very good turnout especially with it being the North Show.

Keith and myself have enjoyed running the summer league because we know how much you have all enjoyed it, therefore we are looking forward to seeing you all again next year.  We would like to thank Ben and Monty for putting it on the website something we just weren’t born to do.  Also to Len Bretel who isn’t well enough to play table tennis anymore but prepared all the summer league books for us, thanks Len very much appreciated.

Well it was a very close call in the end but finally Lawrence came out on top beating his brother Josh 86 points to 83.  Congratulations Lawrence and for anyone interested we will be doing the presentation on Monday September 16th before the St Pauls handicap tournament begins.

On table 2 we had Ben Foss who won all of his games but much improved this summer Ryan Gilson came 2nd with 7 points losing to Ben over 4 sets.

On table 3 Joseph Bourgaize played very well winning all of his games, keep practicing Joe for when you come back to the Island permanently.   Chas Elliott came second with 7 points and has been pretty consistent during the summer league.

On table 4 Mark Fallaize returned to us after being away for 1 year and still managed to win all of his games with Steve Ozanne coming in second place.

On table 5 Steve Martin had a good evening winning all of his games.  Unfortunately for Oscar Pearson who was looming in 3rd place didn’t have such a good night and only won 1 game.  Never mind Oscar everything to go for next year.

Table 6 was very close with Terry Trustum coming first with 8 points but Ian Fitchet 2nd with 7 points even though he had beaten Terry 3-2, it’s a funny game.

On table 7 Dave Finn had a comfortable evening.  Probably the most exciting game was between Brian Le Cras and Shane Cotter.  Brian won the first 2 games but then Shane won the 3rd game 19-21 and then went on to win the next two and finished up in second place.

On table 8 going out with a bang Rob Vile finished with 9 points with a close Mick Ingrouille on 8 points.  Rob managed to beat Mick 14-12 in the 5th game.

Finally on table 9 Shelby Timms finished first with 9 points with her sister Tia close behind with 8 points.


Week 12 winning tables are:

Table 1 Lawrence Stacey. 2 Ben Foss. 3 Joseph Bourgaize. 4 Mark Fallaize. 5 Steve Martin. 6 Terry Trustum . 7 Dave Finn. 8 Rob Vile. 9 Shelby Timms.

 

Until next year.  Á la perchoine

Never give up!! 

Keith and Kay

Island Games

posted 8 Jul 2019, 11:01 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 14 Jul 2019, 14:51 ]

Team Event - Garry Dodd, Lawrence Stacey, Joshua Stacey, Ben Foss, Dawn Morgan, Paula Le Ber, Samantha Kershaw, Daisy Kershaw
Men's Singles - Garry Dodd
Women's Doubles - Dawn Morgan, Paula Le Ber
Women's Singles - Dawn Morgan
Men's Doubles - Garry Dodd, Ben Foss
Mixed Doubles - Garry Dodd, Dawn Morgan




















Once again a massive congratulations to the team for achieving team gold for the 4th Island Games in a row. Also, to all of the individual medallists

Day 6  
MEN'S SINGLES:  SILVER MEDAL! 
Garry Dodd won the silver medal after a 4-2 defeat to Greenland's excellent Ivik Nielsen.  Earlier he had beaten Isle of Wight's George Downing 4-1 in the semi-final, while Nielsen had knocked out Jersey's top seed Jordan Wykes on the adjacent table

WOMEN'S SINGLES: BRONZE MEDAL! 
Dawn Morgan almost made a brilliant comeback from 3-0 and 10-8 down against Karlinannguaq Lundblad from Greenland, but eventually  missed out 11-9 in the 7th game.

MEN'S DOUBLES: BRONZE MEDAL!
Garry Dodd & Ben Foss have claimed a bronze medal after the narrowest of defeats in their semi final by the Nielsen brothers from Greenland

WOMEN'S DOUBLES: SILVER MEDAL!
So close for Paula and Dawn in the women’s doubles final. They received silver after losing out to Gotland in the 5th set 6-11. A massive well done to them both. In the morning session they had beaten Kerenza Baker & Katherine Vinas from Isle of Man.

MIXED DOUBLES: BRONZE MEDAL!
Garry Dodd & Dawn Morgan narrowly missed out on their chance in the mixed doubles semi-final, they were defeated 11-9 in the 5th set by Aland’s Marina Donner and Johan Pettersson.


Day 5  
MEN'S SINGLES:
There are a tasty set of quarter finals in store as all 3 remaining Guernsey players progressed with impressive 4-0 victories in the Round of 16. In the Round of 32, Josh Stacey produced an excellent win against Greenland's dangerous Aqqalu Nielsen, coming back from 3-1 down to win 11-9 in the 7th game. Ben Foss was beaten by Joan Bibiloni from Menorca.

WOMEN'S SINGLES:
Dawn Morgan is the sole Guernsey participant left in this event after tough matches for Sam and Daisy Kershaw ended in defeat. Daisy fell at the hands of Jersey's experienced ay Lefebvre, while Sam fought well against Aland's Island Games stalwart Marina Donner. Dawn had a comfortable 4-0 win against Faroese Rakul Mikkjalsdottir.
Earlier, Sam Kershaw beat Shetland's Alison Laurenson 4-0, but Paula Le Ber was knocked out by Rakul Mikkjalsdóttir from Faroe Islands. Dawn Morgan and Daisy Kershaw had received byes to the Round of 16

MEN'S DOUBLES:
Garry Dodd and Ben Foss booked themselves a semi-final spot with a comprehensive win over Cayman's Wayne Alexander and regular Guernsey visitor Leigh Hipkins. In the previous round they inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Jersey's Tyler Gosselin & Jack Mills.

WOMEN'S DOUBLES:
In an all-Guernsey affair, it is Dawn Morgan & Paula Le Ber who progress, with a 3-0 win over the mother-daughter combination on Sam & Daisy Kershaw

MIXED DOUBLES:
Garry Dodd & Dawn Morgan are safely through to the semi finals after a 3-0 win over a Menorcan pair followed by a 3-0 win over A Nielsen & K Lundblad of Greenland. Josh Stacey & Sam Kershaw narrowly lost to Frodi Jensen & Anna Mikkjalsdóttir 3-2 in the quarter finals

Day 4  
It was a successful day in the Singles events this morning as all 8 Guernsey players progressed through their group to the knockout phase.
Garry Dodd, Lawrence Stacey and Ben Foss won their respective groups while Josh Stacey was runner-up after defeat to Antoni Morente of Menorca.

In the Women's, Dawn Morgan topped Group 3, while Paula Le Ber, Sam Kershaw and Daisy Kershaw progressed as runners-up in their groups.

In the Doubles events, Garry Dodd & Ben Foss are safely through to the knockout although Josh and Lawrence Stacey agonisingly went out on points countback, finishing 3rd in their group.  Both Women's pairs qualified, although Paula Le Ber & Dawn Morgan were pushed all the way to deuce in the 5th by the strong Greenland pairing of Lundblad & Serubabelsen P.

Three of the four Mixed Doubles partnerships are still involved, with only Ben Foss & Daisy Kershaw not progressing, again narrowly on countback.



Day 3
Gold for Guernsey! A 4-2 win against the old rivals clinched a 4th consecutive gold medal in the team event, a record now stretching back to 2011. 

Final
Guernsey 4 - 2 Jersey
Tuesday 9th July 2019 10:00

Garry Dodd 3 - 1 Luc Miller
8-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-8

Lawrence Stacey 0 - 3 Jordan Wykes
7-11, 14-16, 5-11

Garry Dodd 2 - 3 Jordan Wykes
11-8, 9-11, 3-11, 13-11, 7-11

Dawn Morgan 3 - 0 Kay Lefebvre
13-11, 12-10, 11-9

Paula Le Ber / Dawn Morgan 3 - 0 Kay Lefebvre / Irene Bree
11-7, 11-4, 11-8

Dawn Morgan / Garry Dodd 3 - 0 Jordan Wykes / Kay Lefebvre
11-4, 11-6, 11-8


Day 2
Guernsey are into the final!
A quarter final victory over the Isle of Wight and semi-final win over Gotland means that Guernsey will play Jersey for the gold medal tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

Semi Final
Guernsey 4 - 1 Gotland
Monday 8th July 2019 13:00

Lawrence Stacey 3 - 2 Max Hedbom
5-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-5, 11-5

Garry Dodd 3 - 1 Marcus Jarfjord
11-9, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9

Garry Dodd 3 - 2 Max Hedbom
3-11, 11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 11-9

Dawn Morgan 3 - 1 Evelina Carlsson
7-11, 11-7, 15-13, 11-3

Dawn Morgan / Paula Le Ber 1 - 3 Evelina Carlsson / Elin Schwartz
11-9, 7-11, 16-18, 9-11


Quarter Final
Guernsey 4 - 2 Isle of Wight
Monday 8th July 2019 10:00

Lawrence Stacey 0 - 3 George Downing
6- 1, 12-14, 9- 1

Garry Dodd 3 - 0 Simon Proffitt
11-3, 11-6, 11-6

Garry Dodd 3 - 1 George Downing
6-11, 11-8, 11-1, 11-8

Dawn Morgan 0 - 3 Temeesha Hobbs
11-13, 1-11, 7-11

Dawn Morgan / Paula Le Ber 3 - 1 Temeesha Hobbs / Anna Joyce
9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 12-10

Dawn Morgan / Garry Dodd 3 - 1 Temeesha Hobbs / George Downing
11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8


Day 1
Guernsey got off to a great start with 7-0 wins over Menorca and the Isle of Man to ensure that they topped Group A to progress to the quarter finals of the team event


Team     Played Won Lost For Against Points
Guernsey     2         2 0 14 0         4
Menorca     2         1 1 4 10         3
Isle of Man    2         0 2 3 11         2


Guernsey  7 - 0  Menorca
Sunday 7th July 2019 10:00

Lawrence Stacey 3 - 0 Joan Bibiloni
11-5, 13 -11, 11 - 9

Garry Dodd 3 - 0 Antoni Morente
11 - 8, 11 - 7, 11 - 8

Garry Dodd 3 - 1 Joan Bibiloni
11 - 5, 12 - 10, 11 - 13, 11 - 7

Lawrence Stacey 3 - 1 Antoni Morente
13 - 11, 11 - 8, 10 - 12, 11 - 6

Dawn Morgan 3 - 0 Maria Montserrat Subirats
11 - 0, 11 - 5, 11 - 2

Dawn Morgan / Paula Le Ber 3 - 1 Margarida Francina Mir / Maria Montserrat Subirats
11 - 5, 12 - 10, 11 - 13, 11 - 7

Benjamin Foss / Daisy Kershaw 3 - 2 Antoni Morente / Maria Montserrat Subirats
7 - 11, 11 - 9, 6 - 11, 11 - 7, 11 - 8


Guernsey 7 - 0 Isle of Man
Sunday 7th July 2019 17:00

Garry Dodd 3 - 0 Christopher Holmes
11-6, 11-2, 11-4

Lawrence Stacey 3 - 0 Scott Lewis
11-5, 11-9, 11-7

Garry Dodd 3 - 0 Scott Lewis
11-5, 11-4, 11-9

Lawrence Stacey 3 - 0 Christopher Holmes
11-4, 11-4, 11-7

Dawn Morgan 3 -  1 Katherine Vinas
9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7

Paula Le Ber / Dawn Morgan 3 - 0 Kerenza Baker / Katherine Vinas
11-4, 11-3, 11-5

Joshua Stacey / Samantha Kershaw 3 - 0 Scott Lewis / Katherine Vinas
11-5, 16-14, 11-9


Specsavers Youth Games

posted 16 Jun 2019, 13:38 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 9 Jul 2019, 15:01 ]

After 3 weeks of coaching, 18 children from various island schools came together to represent their districts in the Specsavers Youth Games table tennis event on Saturday 15th June.

Team West narrowly pipped St Peter Port to the title, while St Sampson's won the Fair Play award. Thanks to the coaches and volunteers for their help.




Results   |   Photos



Senior Schools Selection

posted 18 May 2019, 04:56 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 18 May 2019, 04:58 ]

The GTTA Junior Selection Committee have selected the following players to represent the island in the upcoming Senior Schools International: 

Under 18 Boys A: Ben Foss, Dan Collenette

Under 18 Boys B: Ryan Bichard, Matthew Casey
Under 18 Girls: Leah Moore, Tia Timms
 
Under 16 Boys A: Corey Brouard, Caden Brouard 
Under 16 Boys B: Callum Gilson, Jonah Ingrouille

Under 16 Girls A: Amy Wesley, Melissa Johns  
Under 16 Girls B: Marli Barker, Erin Vaudin

Under 14 Boys A: Ben Sharp, James Crocker 
Under 14 Boys B: Jayden Tucknott, Evan Lesbirel

Under 14 Girls A: Shelby Timms, Megan Simonet 
Under 14 Girls B: Courtney Benfield,  Hollie Jenkins                                         Four of the players selected for the tournament                 


The tournament is being hosted in Guernsey this year, with visiting teams from England Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Jersey and the Isle of Man, between Friday 28th and Sunday 30th June.

Mark J Kilby Hard Bat Tournament

posted 14 May 2019, 15:42 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 16 May 2019, 15:15 ]

Paul Hainsworth’s decade of dominance in the annual Mark J Kilby Memorial Hard Bat Trophy tournament culminated with his 9th win in the past 10 years on Monday evening when he overcame 2019 Island Games player Joshua Stacey in straight sets in the final.

Hainsworth’s only defeat in this event came in the 2015 event where he was beaten by the leading player in the Channel Islands, Garry Dodd, with this 9th victory making him the winner of a quarter of all tournaments contested, the first taking place in 1984.

The tournament is traditionally the curtain closer of the domestic table tennis season and serves as more of a fun tournament for the members, whilst still remaining highly competitive. This is done by the usage of old style hard ‘pimple’ bats being provided to all players for use throughout the tournament. The bats also remain the same side of the table, meaning each match requires players to use both bats on the designated table. The previous scoring system of 21 points is also used and this year also saw the return of 5 serves each, with the tournament having been run with the current table tennis system of 2 serves each for a number of years. The final change from the normal game is the inclusion of the use of the 38mm ball as opposed to the current 40mm ball that is used for all local, national and international table tennis competitions. The purpose of the tournament was to take away any advantages gained by any of the numerous rubbers available for use, which are now more varied within the modern game and also to create the opportunity for any player to win an Open tournament.

Mark Kilby was a talented young table tennis player who tragically passed away in the early 1980’s. Mark’s parents Barry and Val arranged to have his table tennis bat dipped in silver and mounted as the trophy for the winner of the newly launched tournament when it was first contested in 1984. They come down to the centre each year to watch the annual event and also present the trophy at the climax of the tournament.

The event has been well supported by the Guernsey Table Tennis Association Members for the past 36 years and this season was no different with a healthy entry of 24 competitors all relishing the opportunity of trying their luck with the hard bats.

The majority of the top Island Senior players were in the draw and this included Gibraltar 2019 Island Games duo of twins Joshua Stacey and Lawrence Stacey as well as Hainsworth and Dan Collenette. All of these players managed to navigate the group stages as group winner along with regular hard bat specialist and 2016 runner-up Chas Elliott and a surprise package in the form of junior Caden Brouard. Another surprise qualifier was social league player Wendy Le Cras who managed to defeat Juliette Yeaman on her way to finishing runner-up in Group C.

Hainsworth was the most comfortable victor in the Quarter final stages, but he was given a good test by Division 2 player Steve Ozanne, with a lot of quality rallies and shots displayed by both players. Elliott was another comfortable straight sets winner over Brouard, whilst Josh Stacey overcame a close first game to get the better of fellow Division 1 player Ryan Gilson 2-0. The remaining quarter final clash was an epic encounter between Lawrence Stacey and Collenette. Stacey started strongly and his 8-0 lead in the opener gave him the breathing space required to seal it. Collenette battled back strongly and took the second 21-17, but found himself in big trouble whilst trailing 18-14 in the decider. The younger player battled back and held a match point at 20-19, but this was saved by a fortunate edge by Stacey. Collenette held his nerve here and sealed it 22-20.

Collenette is the only local player to have defeated Hainsworth with a sandpaper bat when he beat him in the final of the inaugural Mick’s Ping Pong Challenge back in February and he would have been confident again going into their semi-final clash with the hard bats. The encounter was an excellent one which contained a lot of lengthy rallies, with both players looking to get onto the offensive with their forehand strokes. Hainsworth was not to be denied on this occasion however and ultimately had too much firepower and won in straight sets.

On the adjacent table, Stacey reached the final after battling past Elliott in straight sets by the score of 21-15, 21-19.
The final was a repeat of the previous 2 seasons and Stacey, who had come agonisingly close to winning the title last year, made a terrific start with some awesome forehand winners. This enabled him to hold the lead for the majority of the first end, however from around 12-12, Hainsworth raised his game and this enabled him to take it 21-13. The second game followed a similar pattern with the scores remaining close during the early stages, however Hainsworth again raised his level and a weary Stacey fell away 21-10.


Island Games Team Announcement

posted 6 May 2019, 16:01 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 7 May 2019, 15:17 ]



The GTTA Senior Selection Committee have selected the following players to represent Guernsey in the upcoming Island Games in Gibraltar:  

Team  
Garry Dodd
Lawrence Stacey
Joshua Sacey
Ben Foss
Dawn Morgan
Paula Le Ber
Sam Kershaw
Daisy Kershaw
 
Non-Playing Captain  
Alex Robinson

Team Manager  
Derek Webb


It is a team which mixes youth with experience and Guernsey will look to defend the team title in Gibraltar, having won gold at the last three Island Games in which table tennis was played - Gotland 2017, Jersey 2015 & Isle of Wight 2011.

Garry Dodd leads the charge in the men's event, playing in his 6th Games and looking to add to his 5 gold medals previously earned. Also selected are recent Island Men's Singles champion Lawrence Stacey and twin brother Joshua as well as 17-year old Ben Foss, playing in his 2nd Games after an impressive debut in Gotland.

For the women, veteran Dawn Morgan will look to set more records as she competes in her 11th Games, having so far racked up 27 medals including 7 golds. She is joined by Paula Le Ber, who has been in fine form in the league this season and is playing in her first Island Games since 2011.  The mother-daughter combination of Sam and Daisy Kershaw have also been selected, with Daisy earning an excellent silver medal in the Women's Doubles two years ago.

Development Officer

posted 6 May 2019, 04:34 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 6 May 2019, 08:52 ]

Table Tennis Development Officer, Otilia Badescu, has finished her contract and is leaving Guernsey.  The GTTA were unable to agree terms of a continuation contract and whilst we would have liked to retain her services for the next three years, Otilia has decided to return to the mainland to join her husband. 

The Guernsey Table Tennis Association would like to thank Otilia for the last 2 years, especially her commitment to fostering table tennis in the island and bringing on many junior and senior players with her expert knowledge and coaching ability.

The session times and structure of junior training next season are being formulated and will be communicated to all existing players and parents in due course.  For new player enquiries please contact Derek Webb on derekwebb@cwgsy.net or contact us via social media. 





Divisional Championships

posted 4 May 2019, 14:34 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 5 May 2019, 10:29 ]

Division 1  

Lawrence Stacey capped off a highly successful season by adding the Division 1 Championship title to his trophy haul.  Recently crowned as Men's Singles Island Champion and with his Whistlers B team having claimed the Division 1 title, Stacey claimed the domestic treble with victory over brother and doubles partner Josh in the final.


The top two seeds came across some stern tests along the way as Lawrence was pushed hard by top Division 2 player Jez Powell in the quarter final, nearly going 2 games down before rallying to win 7-11, 14-12, 11-7, 13-11.  The best match of the evening was between Player of the Season winner Dan Collenette and Paul Hainsworth.  Collenette made a sluggish start but fought back impressively from 2 games down to win 16-14 in the deciding end. The match between former teammates was an excellent spectacle between two open attacking payers and featured plenty of expansive topspin rallies and counter loops with neither player looking to go on the defensive.


Having performed heroics in the quarter final, the speed of Lawrence Stacey was too much for his younger opponent in the semi-final as Collenette went down 3 games to 1.  In the other semi-final, Josh Stacey survived a fightback from Over-40s champion Phil Ogier, eventually winning 13-11, 12-10, 3-11, 7-11, 11-9.  The last match was a predictably close affair between two players who have competed countless numbers of finals over the years, but it was Lawrence who took the initiative after the first two ends were shared and came out winner 13-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6 to claim his first Division 1 Singles title.




Division 2   

Jez Powell only lost one Division 2 league match all season and underlined his ability with a win in the final over Kay Chivers. While the seeded players all progressed through their respective groups, there were some fascinatingly close battles in the knockout rounds. Particularly impressive was 17-year old Billy Ogier, who knocked out the dangerous Steve Ozanne by 3 games to 1 and then fellow junior Callum Gilson before eventually succumbing to Powell 3-1 in the semi-final.  Earlier Gilson had claimed his own notable scalp in 4th seed Tim Le Page, with his powerful backhand attack proving too much for his opponent. In the other half of the draw, Andy Ferbrache also upset the seeding by knocking out Martin Sarre in 4 games to unexpectedly reach the semi-final.  Although he claimed one end against Chivers, the 7-time champion came through 3-1.  The final was a tense affair as both players were conservative in their shot selection in fear of making mistakes.  It was Powell who opened up more effectively though and claimed the first two games by the narrow margins of 12-10 and 11-9 before playing more expansively to win the third game 11-6 and with it the Division 2 title.

 




Division 3

Hot favourite Stuart Sarre was crowned as Division 3 champion though he was pushed all the way by the experience of Brian Le Cras.  There were some notable absentees on the night including league winning St Pauls B players Craig Dunning, Derek Carter and John Wills which opened up the chance for others to shine. 

 

Le Cras had only come runner-up in Group C after being defeated by Mick Ingrouille but recovered from this to progress through and defeat Shelby Timms 3-0. His next opponent was Ravenscroft Panthers' in-form Mark Windsor but Le Cras overcame a late fightback from Ravenscroft Panthers player to progress 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6.

 

Ingrouille's night came to an end at the hands of the impressive Darren Sarre, with Darren then being drawn against brother and teammate Stuart in the second semi-final, eventually losing in straight games.

 

Stuart Sarre continued where he left off from the semi-final and looked to be in cruise control in the final with his powerful forehand loops providing an effective source of points.  However the experienced Le Cras changed his tactics to good effect and forced a deciding end. Sarre managed to recompose himself and his attacking game came good to win the 5th end and with it the Division 3 title 11-5, 10-12, 6-11, 11-3, 11-7.



Division 4

The Division 4 tournament proved to be a battle between youth and experience as both semi-finals pitted an Island Under-13 player against opponents who have been playing for decades.  Both these matches and the final proved to be very evenly balanced as Shelby Timms continued her recent fine form with an impressive win against Val Guilbert, coming back from 2-1 down to win 11-5  in the 5th end.


On the adjacent table, Island Under-13 champion Jayden Tucknott also had a difficult opponent in the form of Rose Powell. This time it was Powell who came out on top with her excellently controlled, close to the table play proving too much for the junior. Any bookmakers would have found it hard to call the final and both players went toe-to-toe in a match with some great rallies.  However it was Timms who claimed the title in the end, with her powerful forehands proving a useful weapon with the final score being 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11.




Results


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