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Bat & Ball Visit

The Bat & Ball teams made their annual visit to Guernsey on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th November.

Full team selections

Results

Whistlers Open

Lawrence Stacey continued his early season form on Monday night by winning the Whistlers Open singles, overcoming Ben Foss in the final. In doing so the Whistlers player won the title for the first time since 2013 when playing as a junior.

The new tournament format for 2021 saw entries from players of all standards across the GTTA leagues including some first-time entrants from the lower divisions and the draw threw up some interesting matchups in the group stage. The nine seeded players did all progress as group winners, although 6th seed Steve Ozanne had to battle hard to overcome hard-hitting junior player Shelby Timms, recovering from 2-1 down to win 11-7 in the deciding end. However, Ozanne was the first seeded player to be knocked out in the round of 16 at the hands of the versatile 9th seed Craig Dunning.

In the quarter final, top seed Lawrence Stacey was briefly troubled by Dunning before recovering well to win 3-1. It was the semi-finals which saw the best action as there were some familiarly competitive matchups. On one table the Stacey twins were serving up their usual spectacle of fast attacking table tennis along with the odd trick-shot, while on the adjacent table, veteran Phil Ogier was digging deep to contain 2020 winner Ben Foss.

Remarkably both matches went the full distance and within seconds of each other, Lawrence Stacey and Foss were performing Covid-safe ‘elbow bumps’ with their opponents having claimed narrow victory, with identical 12-10 scores in the deciding end. In particular, Foss did well to claw his way back in the last end and overcome the expert tactical play of Ogier.

The efforts of both players appeared to take their toll in the final, which did not quite live up to the previous round in terms of excitement, but both had their moments and Foss claimed the first game on deuce. However from there, Stacey was able to dictate play and unleash some ferocious backhands on his younger opponent, closing the match out 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 and with it his home club’s title.


Junior Top 12 Qualifier

Junior Top 12 Qualification Standings:

1. Ben Sharp

2. Jonah Ingrouille

3. James Crocker

4. Caden Brouard

5. Jayden Tucknott

6. Shelby Timms

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7. Max Burrows

8. Erin Vaudin

9. Tia Timms

10. Connor Powell

The top 6 players will progress to play Jersey Table Tennis Association top 6 at 12:00 on Sunday 28th November


Butterfield Junior Banded Tournament

Saturday afternoon saw the first Butterfield Junior Banded Tournament of the season. Well done to all the players, including many under-11s playing in a tournament for the first time. The winners were:


Band 1 Winner: Alex Hutchinson

Runner-up: Albie Lihou

Band 2 Winner: Emily Gavey

Runner-up: Jack Mannheim

Band 3 Winner: Luca Sidaner

Runner-up: Kiera Eldridge


Players of the day: Blake Le Ber & Evie De La Rue


Full report and results to follow...


Senior Group Open Singles

The Guernsey Table Tennis Association’s domestic season kicked off a few weeks back with the commencement of the Doric Insurance sponsored senior leagues. Monday evening however saw the first main Senior Open tournament take place, the Senior Group.

Lawrence Stacey had clinched this title for the first time last September with a hard fought 5 set win over twin Josh and he successfully defended his crown this time out with another win over Josh in the final, albeit this time more emphatically in straight sets.

The season opener proved a popular event as in excess of 30 entrants took part in the tournament which are being run in a slightly different format by a new committee following the departure of GTTA stalwart Ian Fitchet from the role. Fitchet had successfully run the raft of tournaments held by the GTTA over the past 20+ years to great effect and his presence in the role will be missed. The key difference is that the group stages for the majority of the straight Open tournaments are to be contested in groups of 3 players, which is a change from the traditional 4 which has been in place for some time.

The changed format had no difference on the progression of the seeded players however, as all 10 players progressed to the knockout stages. This was not however without the odd upset or close call along the way. 6th seed Matthew Casey was unexpectedly taken to the full 5 set distance by Division 3 player Steve Martin, but comfortably navigated the decider 11-4. A few tables down the final seeded player, 10th seed Kay Chivers, was ousted by the continually improving Nye Matthew in straight sets. She still qualified by virtue of her wins over Sam Clark ad Keith Opie however. This was the only group containing 4 players due to the odd number of entrants and matches were contested over the shorter best of 3 format.

Fast forward to the Last 16 stages and again the matches largely went with the expectations with the seeded players coming through. The big shock however came with Division 2 player Oscar Pearson’s superb 4 set win over Casey. The pick of the round was the match between 5th seed Ryan Bichard and 9th seed Andy Gill. Bichard was always in front of his left-handed opponent and battled through over the full 5 set distance. Bichard continued the momentum from his tussle with Gill during his Quarter final encounter with top seed Ben Foss. He took the opening game 11-8 and held a commanding 10-6 lead in the second. Foss though battled back well to pinch the second 12-10 before taking the third 11-7. The fourth end was a topsy-turvy affair which Bichard edged 18-16, however he ran out of steam and Foss rushed through the decider 11-1.

The other matches at this stage went as expected with seeds 2-4 in the form of Josh, Lawrence and Paul Hainsworth all coming through. Josh ended the dream run of Pearson in straight sets, whilst Lawrence overcame former Division 1 team-mate and 7th seed Ryan Gilson in straight sets. Hainsworth lost the opener to 8th seed Jez Powell in the remaining Quarter but won the next 3 to progress.

The semi finals were both fairly comfortable affairs in the end, with the twins putting in commanding performances. Their extra sharpness over Foss and Hainsworth was evident during the clashes, with the Lions players appearing to lack table time at this early stage of the season, due to not having competed over the summer. Josh had trailed the opening end against Hainsworth 6-3 but stormed through 11-6 before taking the other ends 11-7. Lawrence won the first 2 x ends 11-7 before Foss threatened a comeback when taking the third 11-8. Stacey though had too much on the night and played some good table tennis to win the 4th, also 11-7.

The final saw some truly exceptional rallies, however it was Lawrence that was narrowly edging more of them and in the end he held his nerve to close out a tight 3rd end, taking the title courtesy of an 11-7, 11-9, 16-14 result.


St Pauls Handicap

In a keenly fought match Shelby Timms overcame Erin Vaudin in the final of the St Paul's Handicap Tournament- the opening K.O. competition of the 2021/22 TT season. This was sweet payback for her loss to Vaudin earlier in the year in the Junior Women's Island Championships. Timms beat Vaudin: 21-16, 21-13 in the final.


With a well worked handicap system the St Paul's tournament levelled the the playing field for table tennis players from all four divisions. Matches were played to 21 points and with handicaps as high as 18 to overcome, the island's best players had to be on their mettle to avoid making errors. Wheras the lower division players could attack a little more freely.

One such was third division Mick Ingrouille who booked his place in the semi-final by knocking out in succession the First Division Stacey twins in round of 16 and the quarter final. Ingrouille took full advantage of his 15 point start to pressure both Staceys into mistakes. Margins of error were very acute and the pressure told on them. At the same time Ingrouille was impressive in laying down several winning attacking shots on both sides of the table - none more spectacular than his signature backhand top spin drive which few players can contend with - in any division.

The history of Guernsey Table Tennis

Chas Elliott is undertaking some research on the history of table tennis in Guernsey. If you have any press cuttings, photographs or old programmes, please contact Chas on 249852 or email him at moandchaz@gmail.com. All documents and photos will be returned.