GTTA Mixed Doubles

posted 11 Dec 2018, 13:32 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated ]

Lawrence Stacey and Juliette Yeaman were victorious in the GTTA Mixed Doubles tournament on Monday night, defeating the veteran pair of Keith Opie and Kay Chivers 3-1 in the final.  Yeaman has enjoyed particular success in this tournament, with this being her 3rd consecutive Mixed Doubles title, with the others partnering Ben Foss.

Stacey and Yeaman beat Paula Le Ber and Ben Foote in the semi-final 3-1, while Opie and Chivers got the better of Jamie Ferbrache and Sophie Ferbrache.

Lawrence Stacey (L) and Juliette Yeaman with Tournament Secretary Ian Fitchet

Junior Group Tournament

posted 7 Dec 2018, 15:37 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated ]

Caden Brouard won the Junior Group tournament on Friday night, beating Corey Brouard 3-2 in a close final, 11-9, 3-11, 11-6, 10-12, 13-11

Corey had a tight semi final, beating Callum Gilson while Caden  defeated James Crocker 3-1 in the other semi-final.

Open Top 12 Qualification

posted 2 Dec 2018, 13:03 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 4 Dec 2018, 15:43 ]

The Channel Islands Open Top 12 Qualification event was held on Sunday 2nd December. 

Final Positions

1. Garry Dodd
2. Joshua Stacey
3. Phil Ogier
4. Paul Hainsworth
5. Lawrence Stacey
6. Dan Collenette
7. Ryan Bichard
8. Ryan Gilson
9. Matthew Casey
10. Jamie Ferbrache

Phil Ogier in action. Photo courtesy Martin Sarre

Results  |  Photos (Martin Sarre)  |  Photos (Mark Windsor)

Garry Dodd showed why he remains to be the standout leading player within the Island following his successful CI Open Top 12 qualification tournament success on Sunday at the GTTA Centre. The left-hander has not had much table time so far this campaign due to his imminent relocation to the UK, however he was largely untroubled during his 9 matches in the local qualification tournament.

The gruelling tournament saw all of the usual leading faces present, with all 10 players being included in the Island’s British League campaign this season. The only absence was Ben Foss, who is currently recovering from surgery and expected to be back to action in January and Dawn Morgan, who is out of the Island on holiday.

Dodd looked to be in cruise control during the earlier stages of the tournament and despite dropping ends to Jamie Ferbrache and Dan Collenette, was always in control. His opening round match against Ferbrache actually turned out to be his closest match of the day as he needed to come back from 2-1 down to take the decider 11-9. He left his best for his toughest 3 matches of the day however and despite dropping an end to Phil Ogier, he finished strongly with a duo of straight sets wins over the Stacey twins, Lawrence and Joshua.

Joshua too was unbeaten going into his final round clash with Dodd, but despite the 3rd end being won by Dodd 14-12, was never in a position to properly challenge. Stacey’s toughest match prior to this came against Ogier, but he battled back superbly from a 6-1 deficit in the 4th end to clinch it 11-9.

Ogier himself ended in 3rd spot, despite experiencing a surprise defeat to Ryan Bichard in the second round of matches. In one of many surprising results on the day, the youngster earned his maiden win over Ogier after battling through a tough 4th end 14-12, to win 3-1. Ogier made up for that defeat by winning 5 of his next 7 matches to end the day with 6 wins out of 9. This included a gritty 5 set win over the higher ranked Lawrence.

Paul Hainsworth ended up in 4th spot on countback behind Ogier after also winning 6 of his 9 matches on the day. He too earned a surprise victory over Lawrence, but needed to do it the hard way and came back from 2-1 down to win in 5. He narrowly avoided a surprise defeat of his own to Jamie Ferbrache in the 2nd round, needing to come back from 2-1 down in that one to win over the distance. Hainsworth’s straight sets defeat to Ogier was the deciding factor in finishing positions for the Lions pair.

Lawrence ended in 5th position following a tough day at the office. Despite his troubles, he comfortably qualified courtesy of 5 wins from his 9 matches. His toughest other clash came in the second round against Matthew Casey where he needed the full 5 sets to get over the winning line.

The battle for the 6th and final spot was very open and going into the final 2 rounds, 4 players had a chance of grabbing it. When Bichard defeated Casey 3-1 in the penultimate round, it left him on 3 wins, which was the same number of victories that Collenette was on after his straight sets loss to Hainsworth in the same round. At this point Bichard was favourite to qualify as he was due to play the winless Ferbrache, whilst Collenette had the daunting task of needing to beat Ogier. But in the theme of the tournament, another surprise result was waiting until the very end as Ferbrache picked up his solitary win of the day over Bichard in 4 sets. Collenette also lost his clash to Ogier in 4 sets, but he qualified by virtue of the fact that he had defeated Bichard in their head to head clash over 4 sets.

The qualification tournament was a great spectacle played with good sportsmanship and spirits and saw numerous high quality rallies and shots and the qualifying players now look forward to competing against their Jersey counterparts at the GTTA Centre in January 2019.

Deutsche Bank Junior Banded Tournament

posted 25 Nov 2018, 07:16 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 25 Nov 2018, 14:37 ]

Results   |   Photos

Ellis Tomlin claimed his second consecutive Band 1 title at the November Deutsche Bank Junior Banded tournament.  This was the second Deutsche Bank event out of four held during the regular table tennis season and there was a sizeable entry of 38 players, varying from the elite under-18 players to new under-11s just starting out under the guidance of Development Officer Otilia Badescu.

In the absence of Ben Foss through injury, the top group was difficult to predict with a mixture of juniors from Divisions 1 and 2 of the senior leagues.  Tomlin is always a tough opponent and with an increasing amount of guile now added to his trademark ferocious forehands, he ended the day undefeated over his seven matches.  Caden Brouard also showed evidence of his recent rapid improvement with an excellent 2nd place, with the 14-year old beating more established players, notably older brother Corey and Division 1 player Dan Collenette.

Alderney's Island Games hopeful Melissa Johns had a disappointing tournament last month but returned to form as she dominated Band 2 with 6 wins out of 6.  James Crocker finished in 2nd place, narrowly ahead of island under-12 player Jayden Tucknott on countback.  Crocker's greater experience eventually showed as he won the crucial encounter with the fast-improving Tucknott 11-9, 7-11, 11-7.

Robert Naftel claimed the Band 3 title and was in excellent form only losing one set during the day, that being to Daniel Lasenby. Alderney's Holly Jenkins came runner-up, only losing to Naftel in the process, although she was also pushed close by Lasenby, eventually winning by 3 games to 2.

The Band 4 honours also went Alderney's way and this time it was Sian Craig who took the title ahead of fellow Ridunuan Alex Jakubowski. Craig was narrowly defeated by last year's island under-11 runner-up Jamie Regan, but finished in first place on countback by beating Jakubowski 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8.

Band 5 produced some of the most exciting table tennis of the day and also resulted in a countback as 3 players finished tied on 8 points overall.  All afternoon there were some exceptional rallies and good attitude in the all-girls group and ultimately it was Daisy Burrows who prevailed courtesy of her better games average.  She just pipped Elysia De La Mare who finished second and Remi Tomlin in third place.

Band 6 was a smaller group featuring five very new players who have only been playing table tennis for a few weeks.  Emily Gavey impressed by winning all her matches, while there was a 3-way tie for second place. The calculators were at the ready and the games averages rewarded Noah Bartlett with second place, narrowly ahead of Caitlin Jouhning and Alex Hutchinson.

The all-important Player of the Day was awarded to Remi Tomlin from Band 5 for her fantastic sportsmanship and positive attitude shown throughout the day.

The next Deutsche Bank Junior Banded tournament takes place in February.  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped on the day and to Mark Windsor to providing the photos.

GTTA Open Doubles

posted 20 Nov 2018, 13:26 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 21 Nov 2018, 11:58 ]

In an entertaining evening of tournament table tennis, the Stacey twins Lawrence and Josh provided one hurdle too far for last years GTTA doubles champion Garry Dodd and his partner, the redoubtable Peter Powell. The octogenarian replaced Dodd’s partner from last year - Powell’s son in law Mark Pipet.
Dodd and Powell had said goodbye to Pipet and Craig Dunning in the quarter finals which they took in three straight sets, before dispatching Jamie Ferbrache and Steve Ozanne 3 sets to 2 in the semis.

The Staceys had knocked out Juliette Yeaman and Paula Le Ber in the quarters in 3 sets straight, and Paul Hainsworth and Dan Collenette in the semis - whom they dispatched 3 sets to 1.

Even so, it was a remarkable effort by Dodd and Powell who took the first game off the twins.  Josh and Lawrence Stacey won the final by three games to one - 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8.


Garry Dodd, Peter Powell, Ian Fitchet, Lawrence Stacey, Josh Stacey

Bat & Ball Visit

posted 16 Nov 2018, 15:33 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 16 Nov 2018, 15:50 ]

On Wednesday and Thursday we welcomed our friends from Bat and Ball to Guernsey for their annual visit.  80 matches were played over the evenings of competition and we're delighted to have retained the trophy by a score of 51 points to 29.

GTTA President Derek Webb with Ken Quirk from Bat & Ball and Charlotte Casey

CI Senior Top 12 Qualification Selection

posted 8 Nov 2018, 13:57 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 9 Nov 2018, 05:39 ]

The Senior Selection Committee have selected the following players to compete in the CI Senior Top 12 Qualification tournament:

    Garry Dodd
    Joshua Stacey
    Lawrence Stacey
    Phil Ogier
    Paul Hainsworth
    Ryan Bichard
    Matthew Casey
    Daniel Collenette
    Ryan Gilson
    Jamie Ferbrache

The tournament will take place on Sunday 2nd December at the Guernsey Table Tennis Centre, Hougue du Pommier

Jamie Ferbrache (photo courtesy Mark Windsor)

CI Junior Top 12

posted 7 Nov 2018, 14:45 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 7 Nov 2018, 14:58 ]

Ben Foss claimed his second consecutive CI Junior Top 12 title in Jersey at the weekend, with a clean sweep of wins at the Geoff Reed Centre.  In total he only dropped 3 ends during his 11 matches, defeating Leon Pierre to seal the top spot.  Jerseyman Pierre finished second, with Ryan Bichard 3rd and Billy Ogier showing his recent improvement with an impressive 4th place.

Foss told the Guernsey Press: "It was really good to win. It’s a shame because they did not have their strongest player [Luc Miller] as he is at boarding school at the moment, but the win felt just as good either way. It was especially nice to do it only dropping three sets across the 11 matches – I felt I played some of the best I have played, and to stay at that level for the whole day was satisfying."

Final Standings:
1. Ben Foss (G)
2. Leon Pierre (J)
3. Ryan Bichard (G)
4. Billy Ogier (G)
5. Dan Collenette (G)
6. Alfie Sutherland (J)
7. Ellis Tomlin (G)
8. Max Roche (J)
9. Thomas Cotillard (J)
10. Tanguy Billet-Masters (J)
11. Noah Risby (J)
12. Matthew Casey (G)

Whistlers Open

posted 30 Oct 2018, 15:39 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 30 Oct 2018, 15:39 ]

Garry Dodd won the Whistlers Open Singles on Monday evening at the GTTA centre, defeating Lawrence Stacey 3-0 in the final.


Deutsche Bank Junior Banded Tournament

posted 21 Oct 2018, 14:36 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 23 Oct 2018, 14:04 ]

The first Deutsche Bank junior banded tournament of the season took place at the weekend. Turnout was up greatly upon the previous year, with a number of strong and notable performances across the day.

Band 2 was hotly contested, with Jonah Ingrouille eventually coming out on top, though was a close affair and Jonah didn’t have it all his own way, suffering a 2-0 loss to Erin Vaudin who ultimately finished eighth. This demonstrated the openness of the group of players, with all players picking up at least one win. James Crocker put in an assured performance to claim second spot.
Max Burrows continued where he left off last season, dominating band 3 without dropping a set along his way to victory while Nicole Le Noury’s 2-1 win over Holly Jenkins was enough to edge Holly out for second place.
Band 4 saw Ben Sinkinson produce an assured performance to claim the title with only a defeat to Freddie Upham being his only loss on the day. His 2-0 win over Bradley Le Noury was enough to relegate Bradley to second place, despite Bradley winning all of his remaining matches in convincing fashion. Third place went to Grace Milan, who was later awarded the player of the day award for her positive attitude and sportsmanship. Alex Jakubowski dominated band 5, beating all other players 2-0 to claim the title in dominant fashion. The fight for second place was considerably closer, with this spot being won by Daisy Burrows. Burrows’ 2-0 win over Theo Gavin gave her the edge in the race for second place, with Gavin finishing third while Tom Syer put in an impressive performance on his way to fourth spot.

Band 6 saw many new faces competing for the first time, with Isaac Adams claiming top spot with nine 2-0 victories. His sister Grace claiming second place with her only losses being against Isaac and Charlotte Dicker. Band 1 was opened up following Ben Foss being unable to take part due to work commitments, with Ellis Tomlin putting in a dominant display to claim the title. His 2-1 victory over Corey Brouard proved to be the deciding factor as a win for Brouard would have seen him pip Tomlin to the title.

The winners and runners up of each band were:

Band 1 winner: Ellis Tomlin
Runner-up: Corey Brouard
Band 2 winner: Jonah Ingrouille
Runner-up: James Crocker
Band 3 winner: Max Burrows
Runner-up: Nicole Le Noury
Band 4 winner: Ben Sinkinson
Runner-up: Bradley Le Noury
Band 5 winner: Alex Jakubowski
Runner-up: Daisy Burrows
Band 6 winner: Isaac Adams
Runner-up: Grace Adams

Player of the Day:      Grace Milan

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