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COVID-19 Updates

posted 17 May 2020, 03:44 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 20 Jun 2020, 10:38 ]


Update 20th June 
Following Guernsey's move to Phase 5 of the States of Guernsey Exit Framework, table tennis activities will be recommencing as normal from Monday 22nd June. We have reverted the centre back to 12 match tables and is now no need for social distancing or to book a table for practice. Hand sanitisers will still be available for players/visitors to use should they wish.

The Management Committee convened on Friday and made the following decisions regarding the 2019/20 season:
  • Due to the challenges caused by COVID-19, the senior league season 2019/20 has ended with immediate effect. The leagues have had a 'points per game' system applied to determine final league placings, although this did not in fact alter any teams' position.  Final league tables and averages will be confirmed shortly and the presentation of awards will take place at a later date.
  • Summer League will now run as in previous years on Wednesday evenings, commencing on 1st July
  • Junior coaching will resume in September, but over the summer, existing junior players of all standards are welcome to attend an informal session on Monday evenings 17-45 - 18:45. Further details on this will be communicated soon.
  • The Island Championships and other tournaments postponed will be rearranged for the new season, scheduled to commence in September (dates to be advised).
  • The GTTA AGM will take place as planned on Monday 13th July
For any further information or questions, please us the online contact form



Update 29th May 
The GTTA has obtained permission from the States of Guernsey to re-open the centre from 1st June for the purposes of playing table tennis provided that social distancing and hygiene protocols are maintained. The Centre will be open for practice only and a decision on leagues, tournaments and training will be made at a later date.

The new rules and guidelines for the use of the Centre are below:



Update 17th May
The GTTA are following health authority recommendations around COVID-19, and as such all table tennis activities have been suspended until further notice.

These include:
    - Junior coaching
    - Senior & Social Leagues
    - All tournaments
    - Island Championships & Inter Insulars
    - Committee meetings

The management committee of the GTTA are working with the Guernsey Sports Commission and relevant health authorities to plan a return to table tennis over the coming weeks and months when we are permitted to do so and with the required social distancing measures in force.

Further updates will appear here and on our social media pages in due course.

For more information, please contact us via the Contact Us page

Butterfield Banded Tournament 4

posted 14 Mar 2020, 06:23 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 14 Mar 2020, 06:36 ]

Fourth Junior Butterfield Banded Tournament 
 


The fourth and final Butterfield Junior Banded Tournament was held on Saturday at the GTTA Centre and it attracted a good entry, despite some regular players being unavailable due to other sporting commitments.

Band 1 showed a repeat of the last tournament as Ben Sharp narrowly pipped Ridunian Marli Barker to top spot. Barker was in superb form, only losing to Sharp and senior league team-mate Melissa Johns in taking second place. This included an excellent win over Caden Brouard who had to settle for third place. The head-to-head between Barker and Brouard was particularly eye-catching, with some terrific rallies between the two attacking players. Untimately it was Barker who triumphed 11-8, 11-7 to claim the runner-up prize.

Alex Paul had been unlucky to finish in 3rd place on countback in the last two events and was extra determined to close off the last Butterfield tournament of the season on a high. He did that in style by taking the Band 2 title, winning all his matches without even dropping an end. This included an impressive 11-8, 11-1 win over 2nd placed Huxley Le Conte.

Band 3 contained many of the players who will be representing Guernsey in the forthcoming Primary Schools International in Cardiff in April. Alderney’s Tom Syer was in good form on the day and took the title, ahead of fellow under-11 Oskar Cleal. Syer didn’t have it all his own way though as he was defeated by the ever-improving Cameron Powell.

Xavier Ingrouille has come on leaps and bounds in his first season in table tennis and showed this by taking the honours in Band 4 with an unbeaten round of matches. He was closely followed by Remi Tomlin in second place.


The Player of the Day award proved to be a difficult pick with many impressive performances and good sportsmanship shown amongst the players. This time it was awarded to two players, firstly Alderney’s Aleks Jakubowska, another Primary Schools player, who performed excellently in a tough Band 2 and always plays with a smile. Also awarded a trophy was Alex Hutchinson who showed great concentration and shot selection to compete in Band 3. 

Well done to all the players, thanks to all the volunteers who helped to run the tournament and also to Butterfield for their sponsorship of table tennis development in Guernsey.




Winners
 
Band 1 Winner:  Ben Sharp             Runner-up: Marli Barker
Band 2 Winner:  Alex Paul               Runner-up: Huxley Le Conte
Band 3 Winner:  Tom Syer               Runner-up: Oskar Cleal
Band 4 Winner:  Xavier Ingrouille     Runner-up: Remi Tomlin


Players of the Day: Aleks Jakubowska & Alex Hutchinson

GTTA Individual Handicap

posted 11 Mar 2020, 16:19 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 11 Mar 2020, 16:23 ]

With the Island Championships just around the corner, one of the final tournaments of the main league season was played on Monday night and Jez Powell added to his trophy collection with a win in the GTTA Individual Handicap Doubles.

In a mixed entry of a variety of standard players from across the GTTA leagues the handicapping once again proved good as there was a large number of tight matches. The Gilson brothers, Ryan and Callum were showing good form in progressing through the group and knockout stages, but both exited the competition in the semi-finals to Powell and Erin Vaudin respectively.

The final was a battle of experience vs youth as the 2nd Division Lions player was pushed hard for the win by 3rd Division Erin Vaudin. The tournament is played to the old-style 21-point system to allow more flexibility in handicapping and this suited Vaudin as she received a 13-point advantage on her higher-ranked opponent. After a good start with some powerful forehand attacking strokes, she won the first game on deuce but then the experience of Powell was crucial in performing a comeback. The veteran used his disguised spin serves to good effect and countered Vaudin’s attacks successfully, with the final score being 19-21, 22-20, 21-16.


Results

Jack Carrington Tournament

posted 7 Mar 2020, 00:22 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 22 Mar 2020, 14:37 ]

Phil Ogier retained the Jack Carrington trophy on Monday evening following a hard fought 3-2 win over fellow Lions player and 2009 champion Paul Hainsworth. The final between the top 2 seeds was a repeat of the previous season which had seen Ogier win over 4 sets.

The Jack Carrington tournament is one of the more unique events in the GTTA calendar as the rules prevent any player who has played in the Inter-Insular ‘Green Trophy’ event over the past 2 seasons from competing. This meant that Island players such as Joshua Stacey, Lawrence Stacey and Ben Foss were unable to compete this season. 

The tournament was well represented with 24 players competing across 6 groups. The results went largely as expected with each of the 6 seeded players in the form of Ogier, Hainsworth, Ryan Gilson, Andy Gill, Jamie Ferbrache and Jez Powell emerging as group winners. The runners-up spots were also taken in each group by the expected players and in line with the current rankings and league averages.

The last 16 clash between Ferbrache and leading 2nd Division player Kay Chivers provided the first surprise result of the night, with Chivers battling through in 4 sets after Ferbrache was threatening a comeback, courtesy of his aggressive forehand topspin strokes. Chivers’ strong run came to an end in the Quarter Finals, where she found left-handed 3rd seed Gilson too quick, with the younger player winning through in 4 sets.
Ogier came through a competitive straight set encounter against Powell, whilst Hainsworth dropped a set during his 4-set win over Steve Ozanne. The final Quarter final saw another surprise result as 4th seed Andy Gill was narrowly edged out in 5 sets by 2nd Division player Martin Sarre. Sarre needed to battle back from 2-1 down before edging the decider 11-9 on his 2nd match point.

The semi-finals were well contested, but ultimately Ogier and Hainsworth had too much quality for Sarre and Gilson respectively, with each coming through in straight sets.

The final turned out to be the expected clash between the highest ranked players in the competition and the encounter did not fail to disappoint for the spectators in attendance. The final was a replica of the previous season in that Hainsworth took the opening end, and also like last year Ogier replied by taking the 2nd and 3rd games with strong play. On this occasion Hainsworth was able to extend the match to a deciding end as he raised his level and benefitted from some errors on the way to comfortably winning the 4th . The quality of some of the rallies continued in the decider and Hainsworth started better, opening up a 4-2 lead. Ogier is renowned for his battling qualities, determination and high levels of concentration and he played excellently to steer the ship back his way, in the end coming through comfortably to clinch the title courtesy of an 11-6 triumph.

British League Round 2

posted 19 Feb 2020, 15:38 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 22 Feb 2020, 11:24 ]

Ravenscroft Senior British National League Report 2019/20 Season
  
The Ravenscroft-backed Guernsey table tennis sides were in the UK this weekend contesting the third and penultimate round of fixtures in the Senior British National Leagues.

With both sides in action at the Halton Table Tennis club in Widnes, it was the Island’s leading side that remains in a strong position in their respective Division.

Competing in the National A-1 Division, the team of Lawrence Stacey, Joshua Stacey, Ben Foss and Alex Robinson have consolidated their 3rd position in the table following a victory and a defeat during the traditionally shorter weekend of action.

The win in question came during the final match of the day over 7th placed side Barrow 1 and ended as a hard fought 5-4 triumph. Joshua Stacey’s impressive local form converted to his performances in the fixture as he played a large part in the triumph due to his matching 4 set wins over Richard Lightowler and Paul Cicchelli. Twin Lawrence added a straight sets win over Lightowler, whilst Ben Foss was strong during his 4 set win over Peter Morgan Jnr. In the end it was the doubles rubber which proved decisive for the Sarnians and this saw Foss combine well with Alex Robinson to see off Jonathan Crawford and Paul Cicchelli in straight sets. Crawford had disposed of Lawrence in straight sets and Foss in 5 previously, whilst Cicchelli had beaten Robinson in 4 sets, so the victory in the doubles was a strong result.

The opening match was against league leaders Fusion 2 who have won all 10 of their matches so far this season. Despite the defeat, the Guernsey side performed admirably and only went down 6-3. Lawrence earned a 4 set win over Jamal Dennison, whilst Joshua defeated Robert Pelc in straight sets. Another doubles rubber was won by the Ravenscroft side as Foss and Lawrence battled back impressively from 2-0 down to overcome Pelc and Joshua Bruce in 5 sets. 


Ravenscroft II had a much tougher weekend of action in National C1 and failed to record victories in either of their matches.

Despite the defeats, Matthew Casey managed to win half of his singles matches, whilst Jamie Ferbrache and Ryan Bichard also picked up individual wins during their clash with Colin Deaton 2.

Meanwhile the leading CI player Garry Dodd continued his strong run of form for his Nottingham Sycamore side this weekend in the strong Championship Division. Playing at the number 1 spot, he added a further 3 individual singles wins out of 4 and is top of the averages on 17 wins out of 20 so far this season.  

                            Matthew Casey

His best win came via a 4 sets win over England number 27 Louis Price, whilst he also defeated 2 other top 50 players in the form of Amirul Hussain and Fredrik Nordahl.

Dodd’s sole defeat came at the hands of England number 24 Gabriel Achampong in a tough 5 set clash.



Primary Schools International

posted 16 Feb 2020, 06:55 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 16 Feb 2020, 07:01 ]

The following players have been selected to represent Guernsey in the Primary Schools International 2020:
  
Boys Team 
Jack Gilbey 
Tom Syer 
Theo Gauvain 
Oskar Cleal 

Girls Team 
Sian Craig 
Aleks Jakubowska 
Grace Millan 
Heidi Dawber 


The Primary Schools International features teams from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and Jersey and is this year hosted by the Isle of Man Table Tennis Association between Friday 3rd and Sunday 5th April.

Results and updates from the tournament will appear here and on GTTA Twitter & Facebook pages.


Lions Spot for Sport

posted 12 Feb 2020, 11:54 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 16 Feb 2020, 11:48 ]

Joshua Stacey continued his relentless form in obtaining the Lions Spot for Sport Tournament crown at the GTTA centre.

Stacey has picked up a plethora of titles over the past few months and this included the prestigious CI Open Top 12 crown in January.

The win in the Spot for Sport tournament culminated in a narrow 5 set win over twin and current Island Men’s Singles champion Lawrence, who has been a regular competitor in recent finals.

The Stacey twins were 2 of the 6 seeded players that successfully and expectedly made their way through the Group stages and then onwards to the Quarter Finals stage.

2nd Division player Craig Dunning gave 6th seed Ryan Gilson a tough test in the Last 16 stage and only narrowly went down 15-17, 14-12, 13-15, 8-11 to the left-hander.

Gilson was to go no further as he was comfortably beaten by top seed Ben Foss for the loss of just 9 points. Lawrence breezed past surprise Quarter Finalist Shaun Mosley in straight sets, whilst Joshua defeated Andy Gill in straight sets.

The final quarter final encounter saw 3rd seed Phil Ogier against 5th seed Paul Hainsworth and it was the latter who earned a surprise 4 set win on the night.

Lawrence and Joshua both had similar semi-final battles with each overcoming their Lions opposition in 4 sets. Lawrence shared the first 2 ends with Foss 12-10 before powering through the 3rd and 4th ends 11-7. Joshua weathered an early storm from Hainsworth and after dropping the opening game, he battled back strongly before holding his nerve to edge the 4th end 12-10.

The final was a well fought encounter with both players showing the full repertoire of their shots. Defending champion Lawrence looked to be in the driving seat when leading 2-1, however Josh dug deep and his confidence from his recent winning run was evident during the fightback. The 4th set was well contested, but Josh upped his level considerably in the decider and played some exceptional shots in powering through 11-4 and claiming his first Spot for Sport crown. 
 


Joshua Stacey

Ping Pong Championship

posted 8 Feb 2020, 11:07 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 16 Feb 2020, 07:47 ]

Josh Stacey has etched his name onto the impressive Mick's Ping Pong Championship trophy for 2020 with victory over surprise finalist Lawrence Stacey in a thrilling final.  


 Mick's Ping Pong Championship has a new name on the trophy this year as Josh Stacey continued his incredible start to 2020 with another tournament win.  Stacey has already tasted victory in 3 very different events, namely the Channel Islands Top 12 and the Lions Novelty Doubles and on Saturday he added the ‘Ping Pong’ to his collection.

The tournament is played with blue sandpaper bats and is a popular new addition to the local table tennis calendar.  In its previous guise, the winner qualified to take part in Barry Hearn’s World Championship of Ping Pong, held at the Alexander Palace in London and televised on Sky Sports. Unfortunately due to a shake-up in the event rules, the Channel Islands’ automatic qualification spot was removed in 2018, primarily due to the ever-increasing inclusion of high quality Chinese players into the event.

Sandpaper bats act as a leveller due to the fact that very little spin can be imparted on the ball and despite the loss of the qualification spot, Mick Ingrouille took up the organisation and has been instrumental in ensuring that it continue to be played in a similar format to the previous CI qualification event. In other variations to standard table tennis rules, if a game score reaches 10-10 then the next point wins the game.  Also each player can nominate one ‘golden ball’ point per match, whereby if they win that next rally, they are awarded 2 points.

The tournament saw 24 players contesting the initial round robin group stages where 4 groups of 7 were in place. Four seeds were placed into each of these groups in the form of 2019 champion Dan Collenette, Paul Hainsworth, Josh Stacey and Chas Elliott. Seedings were determined largely on previous performances in the WCPP qualifier as well as the annual Mark J Kilby Memorial hard bat tournament, which is very similar to the sandpaper bats.

The top 3 seeds all progressed as expected from their groups, despite a few initial signs of rustiness, although Chas Elliott found the going a little tougher with a defeat to Lawrence Stacey and consequently ended up with a more difficult draw.  Indeed there were some other impressive results as Division 4 regulars Oscar Pearson and Helen Barker also progressed from their groups after adapting to the nuances of the sandpaper bats quicker than many higher-ranked opponents.

In the round of 16, the results went as expected although Lawrence Stacey nearly had an early exit at the hands of Ravenscroft Panthers’ Richard Edwards. The quarter-finals brought two seeds together and it was Paul Hainsworth who used his steady style to good effect to overcome Chas Elliott with little fuss. 

This created a mouthwatering line-up in the semi-finals and both matches went to the wire, with both last year’s finalists exiting at this point. Collenette had been noticeably improving as the morning wore on and was demonstrating the best attacking shots, but fell 11-9 in the 3rd end to Josh Stacey, while 2017 champion Hainsworth went down to Lawrence Stacey 11-8, 5-11, 11-7.

The consolation event was taking place at the same time and James Crocker can consider himself exceptionally unlucky not to come away with the award. With the final match against Sam Clark delicately poised at 1-1 and 10-10 it was a one-point shoot-out for the title. After a good rally, Clark hit the ball high over the net and as GTTS junior Crocker went to smash the winner, a ball flew into the court from an adjacent match table and a let was called. On the replayed point Clark sealed the point after an edgy rally.

As the last match of the day, the final of the main draw was played to a best of 5. A sizable crowd stayed on to watch the match and were not disappointed by a closely-matched and exciting spectacle. Despite being twins, the finalists had very different styles of play with Josh’s aggressive forehand hits being countered by Lawrence’s back of the court defensive game and some long and skillful rallies ensued.

Lawrence claimed the first game 11-9 before Josh hit back as he found some rhythm with his forehand to level the match.  The 3rd game produced some of the finest rallies and Lawrence used his first golden ball but to no avail as he went down 11-9.  In the 4th game, both players used a golden ball point consecutively and Lawrence enjoyed a good slice of fortune as his next shot hit the net and dribbled over, making it unplayable by his brother and used this to his advantage to force a deciding 5th game. It was at this point that the tempo of the match decreased somewhat, probably in part due to nerves, but mostly through tiredness due to the relentless and physically demanding rallies in both attack and defence.  Josh Stacey found enough in reserve to come through and claim the title 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 10-11, 11-7.

Lions Novelty Doubles

posted 4 Feb 2020, 14:42 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 4 Feb 2020, 14:44 ]

Josh Stacey continued his good start to the year on Monday evening, adding the Lions Novelty Doubles to his list of honours for the first time, in collaboration with junior player Erin Vaudin.

The Novelty Doubles has been going since 1975 and pairs up high-ranked with lower-ranked players, the result of which usually produces some interesting combinations of players with different styles and some close and competitive matches.

Much of the credit for the win must go to Vaudin who supported her partner with vigour and coped well with any spin thrown her way, while dispatching any loose balls efficiently to support her partner well.

Stacey and Vaudin had progressed through the first stage as group winners, though they almost came unstuck against Jamie Ferbrache and Mick Ingrouille, coming through on deuce in the 5th game. In the semi-final they defeated the dangerous pair of Ben Foote and Callum Gilson in an entertaining match featuring some classy backhands from GTTA junior Gilson and a few outrageous round-the-net shots from Stacey.

On the adjacent table, Steve Martin and Steve Ozanne had only just qualified from their group with a narrow win over Foote and Gilson in a 5-game thriller. The pairing got stronger as the evening wore on and overcame the Ravenscroft Panthers duo of Peter Vivian and Richard Edwards by a score of 3-1 in the other semi-final.

Ultimately the final proved one-way traffic as Stacey's placed shots and Vaudin's fast forehands got the better of Ozanne and Martin who went down 11-8, 11-7, 11-9.


   
 




Butterfield Banded Tournament 3

posted 2 Feb 2020, 13:18 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 16 Feb 2020, 07:40 ]

Third Junior Butterfield Banded Tournament
 
  

The third round of the Butterfield Junior Banded Tournaments took place over the weekend.  Full report to follow.
Thanks to the volunteers on the day for their help and also to Butterfield for their generous sponsorship


Results   |   Photos  

Winners
 
Band 1 Winner:  Ben Sharp                 Runner-up: Caden Brouard
Band 2 Winner:  Huxley Le Conte        Runner-up: Hollie Jenkins
Band 3 Winner:  Sian Craig                 Runner-up: Grace Milan
Band 4 Winner:  Tom Syer                  Runner-up: Cameron Powell
Band 5 Winner:  Albie Lihou                Runner-up: Indy Tostevin
Band 6 Winner:  Harrison Le Page       Runner-up: Libby Ferbrache

Player of the Day: Jake Hardill






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