Summer Camps

posted 18 Jul 2021, 03:35 by GTTA   [ updated 18 Jul 2021, 03:35 ]

The GTTA is holding a number of summer camps over the school holiday period and will be following Guernsey Sports Commission and States of Guernsey guidelines on children and adults attending summer camps after travelling abroad. 

"Following the changes to border restrictions on 1st July 2021, parents are asked to please note that any young person who has travelled outside of the Bailiwick in the previous 14 days must have a Covid-19 test to confirm a negative result within the 48 hours before they return to an education setting, even if they have travelled through the "blue channel".

An education setting includes any early years provider (for example pre-schools, nursery or childminder), school or college.

Public Health guidance is that this system of testing prior to returning to education settings, which has been in place previously for those in passive follow-up, should also be extended to holiday and sports clubs run during the summer holidays. As such the same principle applies, if anyone attending a holiday or sports club-run activity has travelled out of the Bailiwick in the 14 days prior, they should have a Covid-19 test within the 48-hour window before attending. If they are attending multiple clubs within 14 days of returning to the island, then one test in the 48-hours before attending the first club will suffice."

Full details are available on the States of Guernsey website
For table tennis specific enquiries, please contact Derek Webb or fill out the contact form and someone will get in touch

Mark Kilby Hard Bat Tournament

posted 19 May 2021, 16:41 by GTTA   [ updated 19 May 2021, 16:42 ]

The close of the domestic winter league table tennis season culminates with the popular Mark J Kilby Memorial Hard Bat Trophy and this season closer was contested on Monday evening at the GTTA centre.

Paul Hainsworth has been a figure of dominance in this event over the past 12 years and his incredible run continued here courtesy of a straight sets win over first-time finalist Lawrence Stacey.

Due to the delayed end to the prior 2019/20 season, this event was re-scheduled to December 2020 meaning the event was being staged for the second time in just 5 months. 

Hainsworth had picked up the title back in December and this recent triumph was his 11th overall crown and a new record of 6 consecutive titles, thus breaking the prior record of 5 also held by the Lions table tennis club President.

The tournament is always fairly open due to the ‘level playing field’ nature of the competition which is largely as a result of every player using the same pimple bats throughout the evening, including a switch of bats between ends.

Despite this fact, the players to reach the latter stages were indeed some of the higher ranked players to have entered the event.

The tournament itself is a throwback to the olden days in that as well as the pimple bats being used, the previous scoring system of 21 points is used, but with a modern twist as each player only has 2 serves in place of the traditional 5 previously used for this scoring system. The other notable difference is that the old 38mm ball is used as opposed to the current 40mm ball that is used for all local, national and international table tennis competitions.

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 tournament can throw up some unexpected results, however the initial group stages did not yield too many of these. The biggest surprise came in group E where Craig Dunning got the better of previous finalist and hard bat specialist Chas Elliott over the full 3 sets. Group A was a well contested group which saw finalist Stacey battle past Steve Ozanne in 3 sets. Ozanne himself had just edged past Ben Foote 21-18 in the deciding end of their tight encounter to ensure he had safe passage to the knockout stages. 

4th seeded Division 1 player Andy Gill failed to win group D, however his defeat in 3 close sets came to Ken Falla, who is adept in this form of the game.

Stacey battled back from 17-20 in the opening game against Gill in the Quarters to win 22-20 before comfortably taking the second 21-7, whilst Hainsworth won in straight sets against Elliott despite some excellent shots from the veteran, particularly off the backhand wing. Elliott’s return of 23 points was the most that the champion conceded in any of his matches on the night.

3rd seed Ryan Bichard came through a well contested affair against Dunning in straight sets as did Ozanne against Falla, with the first set score of 22-20 proving crucial in that match.

Ozanne’s strong run came to a halt in the semi final stages as he found Hainsworth too strong and went down for the loss of 14 points. On the adjacent table, Stacey and Bichard were embroiled in a classic hard bat encounter. Both players were playing some excellent shots with both playing a mixture of attacking and defensive strokes. Having taken the opener, Stacey looked in firm control when leading 17-13, however an incredible run of points saw Bichard leading 20-17. Stacey clawed it back to 20-20 before Bichard took the next 2 points to restore parity. Bichard maintained his momentum at the start of the deciding end due to leading during the early and middle stages, however Stacey fought well and turned the tables on the affair, winning through 21-15.

Stacey made a good start in the final and traded well with Hainsworth during the early stages This saw a number of lengthy rallies with excellent defensive retrievals from both players on top of strong attacking shots. Hainsworth’s relentless pressure told in the latter part of the game as it saw him comfortably to a 21-13 scoreline. Despite Stacey’s best efforts, Hainsworth’s consistency was too much on the night and he completed the victory courtesy of a 21-9 score in the second end.

Divisional Championships

posted 16 May 2021, 14:33 by GTTA   [ updated 23 May 2021, 14:29 ]

Division 1
Lawrence Stacey won his second tournament in 3 nights after following up on his victory in the Individual Handicap Singles tournament on Monday by claiming the title in the season ending Division 1 Championships event. Stacey has performed well in this event in recent times and this was his 3rd consecutive triumph in the event. His victory in the final was against twin Josh, who recently retained his Island Men’s Singles title and was won over 5 sets.

All of the seeded players expectedly made their way through to the latter stages of the event, however 6th seed Ryan Bichard was edged out in 5 entertaining sets by Jez Powell in the Group stage encounter, but still qualified as runner-up. One of the tougher groups included victory Lawrence along with Whistlers A team-mate Matthew Casey and fellow Division 1 Whistlers player Ben Sharp. Stacey and Casey would be the expected qualifiers from this group, however youngster Sharp evidenced his continued improvement with an excellent 5 set win over Jack Carrington winner Casey, eliminating him from the competition in the process.
The match of the first round saw Josh Stacey edged past Bichard 11-9 in a high quality encounter, whilst Powell continued his strong run with a 4 set win over Craig Dunning.
Top seed Ben Foss was too strong for Sharp in the first Quarter final and won in straight sets, whilst Josh battled past 3rd seed Hainsworth in straight sets. Lawrence did likewise against Powell, whilst 2nd seed Phil Ogier defeated Gill in 4 sets in the final Quarter.

Josh and Foss had a topsy-turvy encounter which resulted in Josh taking the decisive 5th end 11-6, whilst on the adjacent table Lawrence came through against Ogier in 4 sets.

Lawrence was always on top in the final with leads of 1-0 and 2-1 and looked in cruise control in the 4th with some impressive shots opening up a commanding 7-3 lead. Josh battled back well to force deuce however and pinched it 14-12. The early stages of the decider were fairly tight, but Lawrence was too good on the night and clinched it 11-6.

Division 2
There were shocks aplenty in the Division Two tournament and the late withdrawal of top seed Jez Powell opened up the top half of the draw considerably. Second seed Kay Chivers took the honours, defeating a surprise finalist in the unseeded Ben Foote

After some good group stage matches, James Crocker played excellently in his first round draw and was a touch unfortunate to lose out to Keith Opie in 4 deuce games. On the adjacent table, Jonah Ingrouille was giving 4th seed Martin Sarre a scare, going 2-0 ahead before goin
g down 3-2 too his experienced opponent, while 7th seeded Andy Ferbrache was beaten by unseeded Oscar Pearson. The match of the night was provided by 3rd seed Nye Matthew and 3rd Division Jayden Tucknott, with the two attackers producing a spectacular contest with barely a defensive shot in sight. The improving 14-year-old caused an upset by beating his more experienced opponent 13-11 in the deciding end. Caden Brouard couldn't quite join the action and was unfortunate not to be able to take one of the match points he had earned against Pauls Le Ber, going down 11-9 in the deciding end.

The quarter finals saw two more of the top seeds go by the wayside also as Sarre's night was ended by Keith Opie and Foote carried on his good form, digging deep against the pimpled rubber of Craig Dunning to progress through in 5 games. Despite a plucky effort, Tucknott's night was ended by Le Ber's pace and spin 3-0.

This meant that the first semi-final pitted the two unseeded players together and Foote came through a tight and tactical match against Opie, while Chivers beat Le Ber in straight games. Chivers secured her 8th 'Divisionals' title in the final, beating Foote 11-8, 11-3, 11-4.

Division 3
The absence of averages winner Stuart Sarre left this event wide open and it was the unexpected unseeded Lions player Erin Vaudin who came through a well contested field to take the title. Her victory in the final came against 6th seed Brandon Ferbrache in a youthful affair.

The group stages through up a number of unexpected results, with young Jayden Tucknott defeating top seed Shaun Mosley in 5 sets to emerge as winner of Group A and Max Burrows outpinning 2nd seed and team-mate Ken Falla in 4 sets to top Group B. Shane Cotter beat 3rd seed Erik Teteruck to top Group C, whilst both Vaudin and Mick Ingrouille emerged from Group E at the expense of 5th seed Carly Tucknott. Ingrouille in fact defeated the eventual champion in 4 sets during this early group stage match. Group F was thus one of only 2 groups where the seed
ed player won the group and even then finalist Ferbrache needed the full 5 sets to get past Shelby Timms and ensure this happened. Steve Martin was the other seed to emerge as winner as the fourth seed defeated both 
Connor Powell and Mark Windsor.

Vaudin continued her push for the title with a plucky 5 set win over 2nd seed Falla in the first round, whilst Tucknott put Ingrouille out in 4 sets.

Vaudin followed up in the Quarters with a straight sets win over Martin, top seed Mosley beat Teteruck in 4 sets and Ferbrache overcame Cotter in 4 sets. The final match in this stage of the compe
tition saw Burrows edge through in a might tussle with Tucknott. Tucknott had looked in control when leading 2-0, but plucky Burrows stuck in there and won the final 3 ends 11-7, 11-7, 12-10.

Having defeated seeds 2 and 3 in the prior rounds, Vaudin went one better in the semis when she beat Mosley in 4 sets. Ferbrache earned himself a matching 4 set win over Burrows in the other half of the draw.

Vaudin was never behind in the final and despite Ferbrache winning the second 11-8, Vaudin stormed through the 3rd end 11-4 before sneaking through the 4th end 12-10 to impressively earn the title.

Division 4
The fourth division trophy has frequently been won by up-and-coming junior players, with an illustrious list of past winners that have gone on to represent the island. 2021 was no exception as the final was competed between Ravenscroft Panthers teammates Tia and Shelby Timms. This time it was Shelby who came out on top, beating her older sister 11-8, 11-7, 11-2. Both had had diffcuult battles to reach the final, with Tia squeezing past Jenny Powell in 5 close games while Shelby beat the fast-improving Helen Barker. Barker and Powell had progressed through by also defeating improving young players Seb Jennings and Alex Paul.

Individual Handicap Singles

posted 11 May 2021, 14:32 by GTTA   [ updated 11 May 2021, 15:16 ]

The winter table tennis season may be coming to a close, but Lawrence Stacey showed no dip in form as he claimed his second GTTA Individual Handicap trophy in 3 years. The tournament is a popular one, first contested back in 1939 and with the exception of World War II and period between 1961-65, has been competed every year since. Despite being run under the handicap system and theoretically being a level playing field, it boasts an illustrious list of past winners including Bert Brenton, Ron Marquis, Dave Rihoy and Garry Dodd.

The unpredictability of the handicap system was evident early on as Jenny Powell, off a 14-point start playing to 21, overcame Stacey 2-1 in the group stage, though both progressed to the next round after beating Ian Le Page. In the quarter finals, Powell continued her good form in impressively blowing away the challenge of Erik Teteruck 21-4, 21-11, while Stacey, Andy Gill and Jez Powell also progressed, albeit in tighter matches.

The semi-finals pitted Jenny Powell against the experienced Division 1 player Andy Gill and despite a +12 advantage, Gill's variety of left-handed spin serves and forehand loops were too much for his Division 4 opponent. On the next table, Stacey had a ding-dong match with Jez Powell, featuring some entertaining back from the table rallies. Powell lost narrowly on deuce in the first end before fading slightly in the second to lose 22-20, 21-11.         
Andy Gill (L) & Lawrence Stacey (R) with tournament secretary Ian Fitchet
The final was also a tight affair and although Stacey had to concede an 8-point start, he attacked well from the off, having no troubles against the Gill serve. In the second game, his opponent rallied and from 16-16, came back well to force a deuce but squandered two game points and ultimately succumbed 21-17, 24-22. Next on the GTTA calendar are the Divisional Championships on 12th & 13th May followed by the traditional season-ending Mark Kilby Hard Bat on Monday 17th May. 

Island Championships Updates

posted 30 Apr 2021, 15:37 by GTTA   [ updated 8 May 2021, 10:34 ]

The 2021 Island Championships were held between Friday 30th April and Monday 3rd May at the Guernsey Table Tennis Centre and are kindly sponsored by La Fraternelle.

As the Guernsey Table Tennis Association nears it’s historic Centenary year in 2022, the Island Championships for the 2020/21 season commenced on Friday evening at the GTTA centre at Hougue Du Pommier. In unprecedented times, this staging of the Championships is taking place just over 6 months after the COVID delayed Championships from the prior season which took place at the re-arranged dates of November 2020.
The schedule is unchanged from November, with events taking place at the same slots and with all finals being contested at the same time as the event. This differs from the traditional showpiece ‘Finals Night’ where finals from all events normally take place.

Monday Evening
Men’s Doubles
Top seeded twins Josh and Lawrence Stacey won their 3rd consecutive Men’s Doubles crown after emerging through a tight 7 set affair with 2nd seeds Ben Foss and Ryan Bichard. Foss and Bichard had been in the driving seat when leading 3-2 in sets and with a 6-4 points advantage, however the twins fought back strongly to take the 6th end 11-8 and the decider 11-6.

The twins had earlier battled through a similarly tough enco
unter against 3rd seeds Phil Ogier and Jez Powell in the other semi final where they came through as 11-9 victors in the 6th end of their clash.  Foss and Bichard had dispatched 4th seeds Paul Hainsworth and Liam Robilliard in straight sets in the other semi final.

The victory for Josh meant that he completed his impressive trio of titles in all 3 available blue riband events – the Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

Women’s Doubles
Dawn Morgan and Kay Chivers won their 7th consecutive and 10th overall Women’s Doubles crown together after the top seeds defeated Charlotte Casey and Erin Vaudin in straight sets in the final.  Morgan and Chivers had earlier defeated Becks O’Keefe and Juliette Yeaman in the first semi final, whilst Casey and Vaudin had played excellently to dispatch last year’s finalist and number 2 seeds Paula Le Ber and Shelby Timms over 5 sets.
Like Josh, Dawn too thus completed a clean sweep of the blue riband events, having teamed with him in the Mixed Doubles success.

Men's Doubles: Josh Stacey & Lawrence Stacey beat Ben Foss & Ryan Bichard
Women's Doubles: Dawn Morgan & Kay Chivers beat Charlotte Casey & Erin Vaudin

Sunday Afternoon

Mixed Doubles
The champions of the blue riband Men’s and Women’s Singles events lived up their top seeded billing in the Mixed Doubles and regained the title they last won in 2019. They overcame the wi
nners from November, 2nd seeds Phil Ogier and Sam Kershaw in 5 sets in the final.

The champions had earlier also navigated past the r
unners-up from November, 3rd seeds Paul Hainsworth and Charlotte Casey, again over 5 well contested sets. Ogier and Kershaw on the other hand had a really tough route to the final which initially saw them battle past Martin Sarre and Paula Le Ber in 6 sets. Their semi-final encounter against 4th seeds Lawrence Stacey and Juliette Yeaman was even closer, but they managed to come through over the full 7 sets.
Stacey and Yeaman were also embroiled in a tough opening round match against Mark Pipet and Becks O’Keefe which they won over the full distance.

Mixed Doubles: Josh Stacey & Dawn Morgan beat Phil Ogier & Sam Kershaw

Sunday Morning
Under 18 Women’s Singles
Erin Vaudin successfully defended the title that she first won in November after surviving an epic 7 set encounter with Shelby Timms in the final. Vaudin was always behind in the encounter as the match
 ebbed back and forth with Timms leading 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2. Vaudin however took a tight 6th end 11-8 before blasting her way through the decider 11-4. Vaudin had earlier beaten Timms elder sister Tia in the semi finals in 5 sets despite having lost the opener, whilst Shelby beat Emily Gavey in straight sets on the other half of the draw.

Under 18 Men’s Singles
First Division player Ben Sharp won his first title in this category when he defeated unseeded Jonah Ingrouille in the final over 5 sets. Ingrouille delayed the victory when clinching the 4th end 11-6, but Sharp’s control of the encounter resumed in the 5th end which he won 11-6.

Sharp had been a comfortable straight sets winner over Jayden Tucknott in the first semi final, whilst Ingrouille had e
xperienced a couple of extremely tight encounters to make it to the final. His Quarter Final clash with second seed Caden Brouard saw him near his best as he upset the formbook courtesy of a 6 set win, the final 2 ends being impressively claimed for the loss of just 8 points.

His opponent in the semi finals was 3rd Division player Max Burrows, who had just unexpectedly beaten 2nd Division left-hander James Crocker for the second day in a row, this time in 5 sets. Ingrouille looked comfortable in the encounter when leading 3-0, but Burrows showed tremendous fighting spirit to edge the 4th 20-18, before the following 2 ends 11-9, 11-8. Ingrouille held his nerve well in the end and saw the brave challenge off 11-6 in the vital 7th end.

Under 18 Open Doubles
Number 1 seeds Ben Sharp and Caden Brouard successfully defended their title in the Under 18 Open Doubles by defeating the surprise combination of Erin Vaudin and Max Burrows in straight sets in the final. The champions closest match came in the semi final stages where they were pushed to 5 sets by sisters Shelby and Tia Timms.

Vaudin and Burrows on the other hand produced a surprise result by ousting second seeds Corey Brouard and James Crocker in 6 sets.

Veteran’s Open Singles
Phil Ogier’s complete dominance of this eve
nt continued as he picked up his 8th consecutive title due to victory over 4th seed Mark Pipet in the final. Ogier had earlier defeated 3rd seed and doubles team-mate Jez Powell in the semi finals, whilst Pipet had battled past 2nd seed Andy Gill in 6 sets in the other semi final encounter.

Women’s Veterans Singles

Dawn Morgan won her 11th title in this category after defeating long-time rival Kay Chivers 4-1 in the final.

The pair have won this title every year since 2001 and were tied at 10 titles apiece before this victory which has now seen Morgan mov
e one ahead, following her 3rd consecutive triumph.

Veteran’s Open Doubles
The top seeded pairing of Phil Ogier and Jez Powell incredibly clinched their 8th successive title in this event, however they were pushed to the absolute limit by the second seeded combination of Dawn Morgan and Martin Sarre in the final. The 2nd seeds fought back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2, however the successful duo of Ogier and Powell battled through the decisive 6th and 7th ends with matching scores of 11-9.

The closest match outside of the final saw Sarre and Morgan overcome Andy Gill and Ian Le Page over 6 sets in the quarter final stages. They further accounted for 3rd seeds Kay Chivers and Keith Opie in 5 sets in the semi finals, whilst Ogier and Powell defeated 4th seeds Mark Pipet and Craig Dunning in 5 sets on the other semi.

Under 18 Men's Singles: Ben Sharp beat Jonah Ingrouille 4-1
Under 18 Women's Singles: Erin Vaudin beat Shelby Timms 4-3
Under 18 Doubles: Ben Sharp & Caden Brouard beat Erin Vaudin & Max Burrows 4-0
Veterans Singles: Phil Ogier beat Mark Pipet 4-0
Women's Veterans Singles: Dawn Morgan beat Kay Chivers 4-1
Veterans Doubles: Phil Ogier & Jez Powell beat Dawn Morgan and Martin Sarre 4-3

Saturday Evening
Men's Singles: Josh Stacey beat Phil Ogier
Women's Singles: Dawn Morgan beat Kay Chivers

Women’s Singles
Dawn Morgan continues to extend the record books and did so by virtue of winning an incredible 23rd Women’s Singles title. Her first win in this even came back in 1980 and she shows no signs of letting up, this victory being her 3rd consecutive title.

The final outcome however could have been very different as she was embroiled in a tight tussel with long time rival Kay Chivers, who has herself won a mighty 17 titles in this event. Chivers looked in firm control of the final whilst leading 3-1, however Morgan composed herself excellently to win the final 3 ends 11-5, 11-6, 11-5.

There were a few noteworthy matches during the earlier stages of the competition and none more so than 3rd Division player Carly Tucknott’s 7 set win over 4th Division player Shelby Timms. Timms had led 3-0 before former Island Games player Tucknott’s experience saw her take the final 4 ends 11-3, 13-11, 11-6, 12-10.  She did not stop there with the tight matches as she stepped straight back onto court against 4th seeded Division 1 player Charlotte Casey in the next round. On this occasion it looked like she would prevail whilst herself holding a comfortable lead at 3-1 up, however Casey battled back to take the final 3 games 11-6, 11-6, 11-9.

The surprise result of the event however was Juliette Yeaman’s 6 set win over 3rd seed Paula Le Ber in the Quarter finals. The Ravenscroft Panthers player played the big points well and edged 2 deuce games 13-11 and 17-15 on her way to victory.

Chivers had a tight quarter against recently returned GTTA Development officer Becks O’Keefe in 6 sets before putting a half to the great run of Yeaman in 5 sets. Morgan on the other hand was a comfortable straight sets winner over both Erin Vaudin and Casey.

Men’s Singles
Joshua Stacey may have only been seeded 5 for the event despite being the defending champion, but he played some exceptional table tennis to make sure he held onto his coveted crown on Saturday evening. It was to incredibly be a repeat of the Championships from November with the semi-final and final being the exact same line-up.

Stacey’s opponent in the final was thus 7 time former winner Phil Ogier and the pair shared a great encounter which saw a number of high quality points and shots. The first 4 sets were shared and it looked to be in the balance and this continued into the 5th and 6th sets. It was however Stacey who edged the big points and took them 11-9, 12-10. In particular a wicked backhand top-spin off the bounce from Ogier’s return when game point down at 9-10 in the 6th proved key to ensuring the match did not go the distance.

The semi-finals had also seen 2 lengthy clashes, with both finalists needing to be near their best to come through. Stacey was up against top seed Ben Foss, who was on paper the favourite for the title having not lost a singles match since the return to competitive action in March. The match was indeed back and forth as the players shared the first 6 ends, with Foss always leading. Stacey though saved his best for the latter parts of the encounter as he won the final 2 ends comfortably 11-3, 11-5.

Ogier on the other hand needed to overcome a slow start to get past 4th seed Paul Hainsworth in 6 sets. Hainsworth took the opening 2 games before Ogier restored parity at 2-2 following a crucial 12-10 score in the 4th. He then won the 5th 11-7 before saving game points in the epic 6th was finally edged 15-13. This encounter was similar to the final in that there were many long rallies which saw some top class retrievals and shots from both players, but in particular Ogier.

In an event of close matches, the Quarter finals also threw up some tasty affairs. Due to his unfortunate seeding of 5, Josh had to compete against 3rd seeded twin Lawrence in this stage. It looked to not be his night when trailing 2-0, but it was at this point where he started his impressive run to the title by winning 4 consecutive ends in style for the loss of just 20 points.

Hainsworth too had a close match in this stage, with 6th seed Ryan Bichard pushing him close before succumbing 11-7 in the 6th end. Foss beat 7th seed Matthew Casey in 5 sets, whilst Ogier defeated Andy Gill in straight sets in the final Quarter Final.

Gill had earlier upset the seedings by beating fellow left-hander and 8th seed Ryan Gilson in 5 sets, whilst the closest match of the event came in the opening round as Ben Foote edged past fellow Division 2 player Brian Ferbrache 11-2 in the 7th end of a clash he trailed 3-2 in.

Saturday Morning
The senior events to be contested during Saturday’s morning session followed a very similar pattern to Friday’s in that the victors matched the previous Championships in November. The surprising factor was that the finals were also contested between the exact same players.
It saw Dawn Morgan and Terry Trustum retain their titles in the Over 50’s Open Singles and Over 70’s Open Singles respectively.
Over 50’s Open Singles
Dawn Morgan and Andy Gill last competed against each other in the final of this even in 2019 when Gill took the title. Morgan however got her revenge and successfully defended her title this year following a gritty 6 set win.
Morgan had a similarly tough semi final match against 3rd seed Mark Pipet which she also clinched over 6 sets. The decisive set was the 5th which Morgan edged 13-11.
Left-hander Gill on the other hand had a smoother route to the final, but still needed to bounce back from dropping the opening end to 4th seed Martin Sarre before coming through 4-1.
Over 70’s Open Singles
Terry Trustum was unseeded when he won this event in November, however this time he was top seeded and he lived up this billing with a comfortable straight sets win over the unseeded Ken Falla.
Trustum had beaten 3rd seed Maurice James over 5 sets in the first semi-final whilst Falla had to it the hard way to make it to the final. He started with a epic 7 set win over 2nd seed Keith Opie in the Quarter finals, where the decisive 7 end was won 12-10. This was followed up with an equally tough 6 set triumph against 4th seed Ian Fitchet where the 6th end was won 11-9.

Saturday Morning
Under 11 Open Singles
Cameron Powell claimed his first ever Island Championship title following a straight sets win over unexpected finalist in the form of the unseeded Barnaby Groves. Powell had gone one better than November where he lost in the final over 5 sets to Oskar Cleal and he did not drop a set en route to the final which included straight sets wins over Indy Tostevin and 4th seed Luke Evans.

Groves on the other hand put in some superb performances during the event which started with him coming back excellently from 3-0 down to edge past Gabriel Crosland in 7 sets, 11-8 the score in the deciding end. This was followed with a straight sets win over 3rd seed Albie Lihou before an even better win against 2nd seed Alex Hutchinson in the semi finals, over 6 hard fought sets.

Under 13 Open Singles
Stepping out of the Under 11 category, Oskar Cleal maintained his firm grip of the U13 Open Singles category which he won back in November. It was in fact to be a repeat of the very same final from November as he came up against 2nd seed Jack Gilbey. Last time saw a tight 4-0 win for Cleal, whilst this time he got the job done over 5 sets.

Cleal did not drop a set during wins over Remi Tomlin, Xavier Ingrouille or Alex Hutchinson, whilst Gilbey also took that perfect record into the final courtesy of wins over Charlie Tourtel, Luke Evans and 4th seed Joshua Crosland.

Under 15 Girls Singles
Shelby Timms retained her Under 15 Girls Singles title which she first won in November. She underlined her dominance in this event by defeating both Remi Tomlin and Emily Gavey for the loss of just 21 points over the 8 sets contested.

2nd seed Gavey had earlier been a comfortable straight sets winner over Lily Regan in the semi final stages.

Under 15 Boys Singles
Top seeded Jayden Tucknott claimed his first victory in this event after defeating 2nd seeded U13 Open champion Oskar Cleal in the final without dropping a set. Tucknott had earlier surprisingly dropped a set during his quarter final match with Seb Jennings, but his semi final win over 3rd seed Jack Gilbey was in straight sets.

Cleal won both his prior encounters over Gareth Evans and Joshua Crosland in straight sets.

Under 11 Singles: Cameron Powell beat Barnaby Groves
Under 13 Singles: Oskar Cleal beat Jack Gilbey
Under 15 Boys Singles: Jayden Tucknott beat Oskar Cleal
Under 15 Girls Singles: Shelby Timms beat Emily Gavey
Over 50 Singles: Dawn Morgan beat Andy Gill
Over 70 Singles: Terry Trustum beat Ken Falla

Friday Evening
The outcome from the 3 x events on the Friday evening were identical to that of November, with Mark Pipet, Paul Hainsworth and Ben Foss retaining their titles in the respective Over 60’s Open Singles, the Restricted Singles and the Under 21 Open Singles.
Over 60’s Open Singles
In a repeat of the final from November, Pipet overcame 2nd seeded Kay Chivers in the final over 5 sets to be come the first Island Champion of the event. The scores were strange in that all of the sets were won either 11-7 or 11-3, with Chivers taking the 3rd end 11-7. The success is Pipet’s 4th in this category, having only failed to win it once in 2019, when Chivers took the title. Pipet and Chivers had earlier been straight sets winners over the unseeded duo of Maurice James and Ken Falla respectively in the semi finals. The shock result of the event was an excellent straight sets win for 3rd Division player Mark Windsor over 3rd seed and GTTA President Derek Webb.
Restricted Singles (21-40)
The event which excludes players to have competed in the Green Trophy Inter-Insular event for the past 2 seasons has been dominated by Paul Hainsworth since it’s commencement in 2014. Hainsworth made it title number 7 courtesy of a straight sets win over 3rd seed Jamie Ferbrache in the final.
Ferbrache had earlier done excellently to battle past 2nd seed Ryan Gilson in the semi finals, battling back from 2-0 and 3-2 down before clinching the decider 11-8. Hainsworth had a more comfortable straight sets win over Paula Le Ber in the other semi final, however Le Ber was unlucky to not take the 3rd end which she led 10-9.
Le Ber had earlier earned herself a surprise 7 set win over the finalist from November, 4th seed Sam Clark. Le Ber had been comfortably ahead 3-0 before Clark clawed his way back to a deciding end. He then looked to be in control whist leading the decider 5-3, but Le Ber played superbly from therein to win the next 8 points and seal it 11-5.
Under 21 Open Singles
Ben Foss won his 4th consecutive title in this category when he comfortably defeated 3rd seed Ben Sharp in the final in straight sets. Foss was untroubled throughout the event and did not drop any sets during his prior wins over Jonah Ingrouille and 4th seed Ellis Tomlin.
Sharp on the other hand had an excellent evening filled with dramatic matches. His opponent in the Quarter Finals was Max Burrows after the 3rd Division player had earlier shocked 2nd Division player James Crocker in 6 sets. Sharp overcame Burrows 4-1 to set-up an intriguing clash with 2nd seed Ryan Bichard. Sharp played very consistent table tennis during the encounter and earned a hard fought 7 set win.

Under-21 Singles: Ben Foss (1) beat Ben Sharp (3)     11-6 , 11-8 , 11-4 , 11-5
Restricted Singles: Paul Hainsworth (1) beat Jamie Ferbrache (3)    11-3, 11-4  11-2, 11-5
Over-60 Singles: Mark Pipet (1) beat Kay Chivers(2)    11-7 , 11-3 , 7-11 , 11-3 , 11-7

Jack Carrington Tournament

posted 21 Apr 2021, 14:56 by GTTA   [ updated 26 Apr 2021, 10:26 ]

Matt Casey won his first senior table tennis title with victory in the Jack Carrington tournament on Monday. He defeated the unfortunate Liam Robilliard in the final, who had to retire in the first game due to injury.

There were few real surprises in the Round Robin part of the The Jack Carrington Tournament on April 19th although Craig Dunning took the scalp of Kay Chivers on his way to winning Group G. The surprises in the tournament were to come later. Dunning subsequently went out to Steve Ozanne in the first round of the knockout part of the tournament.

In Group D, Ozanne had come through in second place to Liam Robilliard (one of the eventual finalists), taking Robilliard to five games before succumbing to the latter’s silky skills. Steve was then knocked out in the quarter final by Paul Hainsworth who had reached that position after an entertaining, big hitting, first round battle with Nye Matthew, whom he nevertheless beat three games straight.

Newcomer to the GTTA League Division 3, Eric Teteruck came through second in his group only to face Jez Powell in the first round of the knockout. In league terms Powell is often regarded as a wolf in sheep’s clothing - a player of first division abilities playing in the second division. An ongoing shoulder injury prevents Powell from playing at the higher intensity required of Division 1 standard. Powell has an active role in mentoring junior players in the second - in preparation for their development into first division standard players. Teteruck went out in 3.

Left hander Andy Gill, winner of Group E, beat Chas Elliot in the first round having the requisite fire power and nous to overcome Elliot’s entertaining, old school bat and defensive playing style. Gill made a good start in his quarter final match against Mathew Casey, taking the first game 11-7. He subsequently ran out of steam - succumbing to the very able but unseeded Casey who was eventually to become the other finalist.

In Group A, the enthusiastic and improving Juliet Yeaman lost to Paul Hainsworth but outplayed Mark Windsor to earn herself a place in the first round of the knockout against Sam Clark. After a poor score in her first game against Clark, Yeaman stepped on the gas to narrow the margin but still went out 3-11; 10-12; 9-11.

Two games down to Liam Robilliard in the quarter final, Clark threatened to take the match to four when he reached deuce against Robilliard in the third game. However it was not to be as he lost that one 13-11.

Sneaking through the rounds and not mentioned so far is Group B winner Ryan Bichard, who dispatched Steve Martin in the first round of the knockout and Jez Powell in the 4th quarter final. In the second semi-final Bichard came up against the talented Robilliard. Robilliard’s resurgent skills saw him beat Bichard - another improving player - in 4 games.

Meanwhile in the first semi-final, Group C winner, Mathew Casey showed great patience and presence in controlling the attack of seeded player Paul Hainsworth, blocking his play and timing his own attacks to perfection. The surprise was that he beat Hainsworth three games straight. 11-9, 11-9, 11-6.

The disappointment of the evening was the anti-climatic final, which never happened. With the Casey having taken an early 7-3 lead, Robilliard over-stretched when reaching for a forehand and went down, visibly in pain.  He clearly signalled to the umpire that he could not continue with a suspected torn calf muscle and so Matthew Casey won the Jack Carrington Trophy by a walk-over.

Lions Novelty Doubles

posted 14 Apr 2021, 13:43 by GTTA   [ updated 14 Apr 2021, 13:43 ]

There are new names on the historic Lions Novelty Doubles trophy this year after the pairing of Andy Gill and Marion Phillips claimed the title at the GTTA Centre on Monday.

The Novelty Doubles is a unique event, first played for in 1975, whereby players enter individually but are put together with another entrant based on ranking, with high-ranked players paired with those lower down the list. As a result, it usually produces some unorthodox combinations of players with different styles and plenty of close and competitive matches, with the 2021 edition being now exception.

The group stage matches were very tight affairs with the majority of matches going the full 5-set distance. Gill and Phillips were beaten 3-2 in their very first match by veterans Mick Ingrouille and Erik Teteruck, however the defeat of Shaun Mosley and Lionel Jones meant they progressed as group runners-up. Juliette Yeaman and Rosemary Powell provided stern opposition in the semi-finals with three deuce games, while in the other half of the draw, Craig Dunning and previous winner Val Le Messurier were also playing well.

It was First Division stalwart Gill that provided the flair shots with his trademark forehand loops, but popular Social League player Phillips was key to the win, providing much more than just a supporting role with some excellent receiving of serve and positive attacking shots when the chances arose. The final pitted them against 2020 winner Erin Vaudin along with Steve Martin, and Gill and Phillips made a fast start, winning the first end for the loss of only 2 points. However their opponents picked up the pace and attacked more consistently, briefly threatening to make a comeback after taking game 3, but the ultimately succumbed 11-2, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11.

Ping Pong Championship

posted 11 Apr 2021, 15:58 by GTTA   [ updated 12 Apr 2021, 09:42 ]

Paul Hainsworth proved he is king of the sandpaper bat once again at the Guernsey Table Tennis Centre on Saturday afternoon with victory in the annual Ping Pong Challenge. The ever-popular tournament is played with blue sandpaper bats and in its previous guise, the winner qualified to take part in Barry Hearn’s World Championship of Ping Pong, held at the Ally Pally and televised on Sky Sports. However the Channel Islands’ automatic qualification spot was removed in 2018, primarily due to the increase in entries from high quality Chinese players and Mick Ingrouille has taken up the task of organising the local replacement event each year since.

Sandpaper bats can only impart a little spin on the ball, reducing the advantage of the top players, which this means that entries are received from individual from across the GTTA leagues. In other variations to standard table tennis rules, if a game score reaches 10-10, a sudden-death point is played and player can nominate one ‘golden ball’ point per match, whereby if they win that next rally, they are awarded an extra bonus point.

With only 4 seeded players, the draw for the round-robin stage can be tricky and Group D looked to a particular be a group of death, with a roster of good players including the seasoned hard bat regulars Ken Falla and Craig Dunning, 2019 champion Dan Collenette and Island Championship Men's runner-up, Ben Foss.

Indeed it was this group where most of the pivotal matches occurred and returning university student Collenette was surprisingly eliminated, finishing in 6th place overall. Young Caden Brouard showed great patience and skill in winning all his matches and surprisingly topping the group for the loss of only 2 ends. The presence of only 4 seeds meant that the draw for the next round, conducted live by GTTA President Derek Webb, was tense as each player waited to find out their next opponent. Pick of the round was Island Games teammates Lawrence Stacey and Ben Foss being drawn together and Stacey held his nerve to progress in 3 ends. Sam Clark also had a tense match in coming back from a game down to beat the lively Oscar Pearson 11-10 in the decider.

Hainsworth accounted for Clark in the next round and then the dangerous Lawrence Stacey in the semi-final, while on the other half of the draw, top seed Josh Stacey was getting into the groove and attacking consistently to overcome the patience of Brouard to win 11-8, 11-6. The final pitted the two most
 attacking players from the tournament together with barely a backspin or defensive shot in sight. Hainsworth was at his ruthless best and easily won the first game 11-2, before Stacey came back strongly to battle hard and get to 10-10 before losing the decisive point after a long rally. Hainsworth cleared his mind well and reset for the 3rd game, attacking even more consistently on the forehand to limit Stacey’s own attacks and despite effective use of the golden ball from his opponent, won 11-2, 11-10, 11-5 to claim his first Ping Pong title since 2018. Jayden Tucknott won the plate trophy with a 2-1 win over Richard Edwards.

Lions Spot for Sport

posted 7 Apr 2021, 14:52 by GTTA   [ updated 7 Apr 2021, 14:54 ]

Ben Foss picked up where he left off as the Guernsey table tennis season resumed in earnest and he claimed his maiden Lions Spot for Sport title. The Lions A player entered as top seed by virtue of leading the way in the Doric Insurance Division 1 and is showing strong form before the Island Championships commence in a few weeks’ time.

The new 3-player round robin stage saw the seeded players progress as expected, despite some obvious rustiness following the 8 weeks of no action. Indeed, it was a similar story up to the quarter finals, with only 4th seed Jez Powell being troubled by the much-improved 2nd Division player Nye Matthew.

The semi-finals paired Foss with Josh Stacey and although Stacey edged the first game 16-14, he could not find any rhythm and his younger opponent took control to win the next three ends. On the adjacent table, Lawrence Stacey had looked sharp all night and took a 2-game lead against Phil Ogier. However the veteran found a second wind and produced some vintage defensive play and counter-attacking forehands, with Stacey shell-shocked as his opponent rattled through the games to make it 2-2 for the loss of only 6 points. Ultimately Stacey took some time to re-compose himself and cut out the unforced errors to take the 5th game 11-5.

After that cracking semi-final, the final did not disappoint the crowd with some entertaining and skilful rallies. Foss took the first end, but Stacey controlled the game well to go 2-1 ahead before Foss rallied back in the 4th. Stacey then appeared to take control of the deciding game but could not find a finish and Foss showed excellent mental resolve to out-spin his opponent and from 8-5 behind, won 6 consecutive points to take the game, match and his first Spot for Sport title.

Capelles Ladies Handicap

posted 2 Apr 2021, 08:59 by GTTA   [ updated 2 Apr 2021, 09:00 ]

The GTTA tournament season resumed this week with the rearranged Capelles Ladies Handicap Singles. In an event initially scheduled for the end of January, Erin Vaudin underlined the recent improvement in her gameplay and took home the trophy, beating Juliette Yeaman in the final. 

There was a healthy mix of new and more experienced players, playing the 21-point system with best-of-3 games.  The handicap system was working well to produce some very evenly-matched contests, with young Emily Gavey the pick of the group stage with some excellent attacking shots. However she ultimately went down in the quarter final after a tight match with experienced Island Games player Paula Le Ber.

The most nail-biting match of the evening was in the first semi-final between Yeaman and Jenny Powell, and it was Yeaman who eventually prevailed 23-21 in the 3rd game, successfully clawing back a 7 point handicap deficit on her opponent.

This earned her a place in the final against a confident Vaudin and the youngster took charge of the contest from the outset with some assured attacking play, using her 4-point start to claim the victory 21-9, 21-18. Next tournament of this busy season is the Lions Spot for Sport, followed by the Ping Pong Championships on 10th April.

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