Deutsche Bank 1

posted 19 Oct 2017, 15:58 by The GTTA   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 16:05 ]

There was a good turnout for the first of the season’s Deutsche Bank junior banded tournaments. 42 juniors took part across six hotly contested bands. 

Band one saw Ben Foss, take the title with Matthew Casey earning second place. Foss has been the dominant force in junior table tennis in recent years and that was reflected in the results on the day. Foss didn’t have it all his own way though as Billy Ogier recreated David & Goliath and managed to secure a 2-1 victory over Foss. 

Band two was an incredibly tense affair with Caden Brouard, Callum Gilson and Ben Sharp all being in contention during the final round of matches. It was Gilson who managed to come away with the title, edging Ben and Caden into second and third respectively. Max Burrows took the band three title with an assured performance, with Tia Timms and Josh Crocker being the only players to take a set off of him. Tia won all of her other matches, thus wrapping up second place.

Band four saw the rapidly improving Zaheer Anees take the title, winning all of his matches in the process. Zaheer and Jayden Tucknott had a very close match with Zaheer winning 12-10 in the decisive end which ultimately won him the band and forced Jayden into second place. 

Band 5 saw Jacques Tautscher play with a maturity beyond what was expected of a player who has only been playing a short while, dominating band 5 with no other player taking more than seven points in a game against him. Courtney Benfield beat Nicole Le Noury 2-1 in a close match which ultimately led to Courtney taking second place. 

Jacques Bideau claimed the band 6 title by winning all of his matches 3-0, with Daniel Lasenby taking second place. Nicole Le Noury was given the player of the day award. 

The winners and runners-up.  Photo courtesy Martin Sarre

Junior Top 12 Qualification Results

posted 10 Oct 2017, 15:34 by The GTTA   [ updated 10 Oct 2017, 15:37 ]

Ben Foss came out with a perfect record in the Junior Top 12 Qualification event as he won all 9 of his matches without dropping an end.  Ryan Bichard, Dan Collenette, Matthew Casey, Ellis Tomlin and Corey Brouard were the other players to qualify and will play against Jersey's Top 12 later this year.

Final standings:
1. Ben Foss
2. Ryan Bichard
3. Daniel Collenette
4. Matthew Casey
5. Ellis Tomlin
6. Corey Brouard
7. Ryan Gilson
8. Billy Ogier
9. Ben Sharp
10. Brandon Ferbrache

Junior Top 12 Qualification

posted 7 Oct 2017, 06:52 by The GTTA   [ updated 7 Oct 2017, 10:21 ]

The following players have been selected to compete in the Junior Top 12 Qualification tournament:

Ben Foss  
Dan Collenette  
Ryan Bichard  
Matthew Casey  
Ryan Gilson  
Ellis Tomlin  
Billy Ogier  
Corey Brouard  
Brandon Ferbrache  
Ben Sharp  

The event takes place on Tuesday 10th October at the Guernsey Table Tennis Centre, starting at 18:30.  Spectators welcome.

Development Officer

posted 20 Sep 2017, 09:35 by The GTTA   [ updated 20 Sep 2017, 13:37 ]

The Guernsey Table Tennis Association are pleased to announce the appointment of Otilia Bădescu as the new Table Tennis Development Officer.  Born in Romania, she is replacing Becks O'Keefe, who after 14 years in Guernsey has decided to return to Wales to seek further opportunities.

Otilia had a stellar career as professional table tennis player between 1986 and 2005, with highlights including 5 European Championship gold medals in singles, mixed doubles and as part of the Romanian team, as well as 3 bronze medals at World Championships in 1991, 1993 & 2000.  After retiring from playing professionally, she embarked on a coaching career which has most recently seen her coaching at the renowned Bristol Academy.

Otilia will take over responsibility for the GTTA junior coaching sessions and we would like to welcome her to Guernsey.

Senior Group Tournament

posted 19 Sep 2017, 15:07 by The GTTA   [ updated 19 Sep 2017, 15:09 ]

Garry Dodd clinched the first Open event of the 2017/18 season on Monday evening with victory in the Senior Group tournament.  He was pushed hard in the final before beating Josh Stacey 13-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-2. 

Both players came through their respective groups unscathed, though Dodd was given a scare by Martin Sarre in the next round, winning 3-2.  Subsequent wins over Ryan Gilson and Ben Foss set up a final against Josh Stacey as he aimed to win the title for the eighth time. 

In Stacey's half of the draw, Dan Collenette made a spirited comeback against fellow junior Matthew Casey, saving numerous match points before winning at deuce in a thrilling 5th game.  Collenette then went straight back on the table to play Stacey in the quarter final and nearly picked up one of the the most impressive wins of his career, eventually going down 11-9 in the deciding end against his more experienced opponent.  Still fresh from that match, Josh Stacey brushed aside his twin Lawrence in the semi-final 3-0.

In the final, Dodd made an unusually sluggish start and lost the first 9 points of the first game before a reeling off a remarkable 10 consecutive points himself and eventually sealing the game 13-11.  This did not deter Stacey however, and the Island Games player had another good start in the second game, winning it comfortabley 11-5.  Dodd upped his game from then and started to attack more consistently, pinning Stacey away from the table and forcing more errors to seal the last 2 games.

Garry Dodd in action in the group stage.
Picture courtesy of Martin Sarre

Veterans 6 Nations

posted 4 Sep 2017, 05:24 by The GTTA   [ updated 18 Sep 2017, 04:40 ]

The GTTA hosted the 2017 Six Nations Veterans Table Tennis Championships between 8th and 10th September.  We had 82 visiting players competing alongside 28 Guernsey men and women. 

Veterans Six Nations home page


Team Event                         Gold                                  Silver                     Bronze
Over 40 Men                   England                             Ireland                       Wales
Over 40 Ladies                England A                          England B                  Guernsey
Over 50 Men                   England                             Wales                         Scotland
Over 50 Ladies               Guernsey A                         England A                  Ireland
Over 60 Team                 England                             Ireland                       Scotland
Over 70 Team                 England                             Ireland                       Guernsey A
Over 75 Team                 England                             Wales                         Ireland

Over 40 Men               Daryl Strong (Ire)             Stephen Horsefield (Eng)
Over 40 Ladies            Sara Williams (Eng)          Michelle Reeves (Eng)
Over 50 Men               Steve Green (Eng)            Mark McAlister (Sco)
Over 50 Ladies            Dawn Morgan (Gsy)         Sue Collier (Eng)
Over 60 Men               Phil Bowen (Eng)              Brian Finn (Ire)
Over 60 Ladies            Teresa Devaney (Ire)        Christine Williams (Eng)
Over 70 Men               Peter Radford (Eng)          Roy Norton (Eng)
Over 70 Ladies            Carol Mclean (Sco)           Audrey Robinson (Ire)         Rosemary Powell (Gsy)
Over 75 Men               Keith Powell (Eng)            Terence Bateman (Eng)

Over 40 Men            Andy Trott (Eng)                  Daryl Strong (Ire)
                                Stephen Horsefield (Eng)     Phillip Wallace (Ire)
Over 40 Ladies         Rose Rainton (Eng)              Emma Rose (Eng)  
                                Sara Williams (Eng)              Sue Collier (Eng)
Over 50 Men            Jimmy Walsh (Eng)               Roger Pyle (Eng)  
                                Ivan Lewis (Eng)                  Steve Green (Eng)
Over 50 Ladies         Dawn Morgan (Gsy)             Christina Wright (Eng)
                                Kay Chivers (Gsy)                Sue Pingram (Eng)
Over 60 Men            Phil Bowen (Eng)                  John Hook (Wal)
                                Simon Heaps (Eng)              Harold Furber (Wal)
Over 60 Ladies         Sandra Rider (Eng)              Carol McLean (Sco)             Lynn Finn (Gsy) 
                                Christine Williams (Eng       Rose Powell (Gsy)               Maggie Mulhern (Iom)
Over 70 Men            Tommy Caffrey (Ire)            Peter Radford (Eng)
                                Oliver Adamson (Ire)           Roy Norton (Eng)
Over 75 Men            Keith Powell (Eng)               Dennis Bromage (Wal)
                                Terence Bateman (Eng)       Roger Thomas (Wal)

League Fixtures

posted 16 Aug 2017, 10:03 by The GTTA   [ updated 25 Aug 2017, 05:22 ]

The teams and fixtures for the 2017/18 season of the Doric Insurance Senior League are now available on the Senior League page.
Please note that these may be subject to change - any alterations will be published here and on the noticeboards at the Table Tennis Centre.

Obituary Notice

posted 7 Jul 2017, 05:17 by The GTTA   [ updated 7 Jul 2017, 05:20 ]

We've been asked by Ian Le Page to bring this very sad news to the attention of the Table Tennis Community. Ian will be about at the Club as he usually is.

Island Games

posted 26 Jun 2017, 10:08 by The GTTA   [ updated 2 Jul 2017, 06:46 ]

Island Games logo
Updates from the 2017 Island Games in Gotland

Picture: ITV News

Day 6 - Friday 30th June - SILVER & BRONZES!
The Guernsey table tennis team added a silver and three bronze medals to their haul on the final day of competition in Visby, Gotland.

The silver medal was earned in the Men's Doubles after Garry Dodd and Josh Stacey dispatched Gotland's Niklas Ahlgren and Max Hedbom 3-0 in the semi final to play the gold medal match against Aqqalu & Ivik Nielsen of Greenland.  The Greenlanders had a good start and won the first 2 games before Dodd & Stacey pulled a game back in front of a vocal Guernsey crowd.  Howevr the Nielsens proved too strong and clinched the gold medal in the 4th game, winning 11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9.

In the Men's Singles, Garry Dodd lost in the semi-final 4-1 to Bjorn Axelsson from Gotland.  Axelsson went on to win gold and was also the same opponent who knocked Garryout the event in Jersey in 2015.

Dawn Morgan was defeated in the Women's Singles semi final in straight games by eventual gold medallist Marina Donner from Aland 11-8, 11-4, 11-7, 11-7.

The Women's doubles pair of Charlotte Casey and Daisy Kershaw marked their first Island Games with a bronze medal after losing to the strong Gotland pairing of Lina Olofsson and Annika Ahlgren 3-0.

Day 5 - Thursday 29th June - BRONZE MEDAL!
There was plenty more action in the singles and doubles events today, featuring the whole Guernsey squad.  There are representatives in semi finals of all 4 remaining events tomorrow.

Mixed Doubles
It was a bronze medal for Guernsey in the Mixed Doubles tournament this morning.  The event was won by Marina Donner and Johan Pettersson from Aland, who beat Bjorn Axelsson and Evalina Carlsson from Gotland in the final. Earlier Garry Dodd and Dawn Morgan had been beaten in the semi-final by the Gotland pair 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7.

Men's Singles
Garry Dodd made his way into the semi-final after a 3-1 win of Josh Band of Jersey, followed by a solid 3-0 (11-9, 11-8, 11-6) victory over Johan Pettersson of Aland. Josh Stacey was defeated in the Round of 16 by Jersey's Luc Miller and twin Lawrence lost to Max Hedbom of Gotland

Women's Singles
Dawn Morgan is the Guernsey representative in the semi-finals of the Women's Singles rafter beating Rosa-Marie Petersen and Elin Schwartz both 3-1.  Charlotte Casey had a good run to the quarter final but finally succumbed to Faroe's Henrietta Neilsen 11-5, 11-4, 11-5. Meanwhile Sam Kershaw and Daisy Kershaw were both beaten in the round of 16 this afternoon by opponents from Gotland and the Isle of Man respectively.

Men's Doubles
The top Guernsey pairing of Garry Dodd and Josh Stacey made it through to the semi finals of the doubles with a comfortable quarter-final win over Donald Hobbs & Oliver Stanifort of the Isle of Wight.  Lawrence Stacey and Ben Foss were narrowly defeated by Luc Miller and Chris Morshead in the Round of 16 (11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11).

Women's Doubles
Charlotte Casey and Daisy Kershaw will contest the semi-final against a Gotland pair after beating Kerenza Baker and Katherine Vinas from the Isle of Man by 3 games to 1.  Top pairing Dawn Morgan and Sam Kershaw are out however after being defeated by Evelina Carlsson and Elin Schwartz 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 in the quarter final.

Day 4 - Wednesday 28th June
Another good day for the table tennis team, with the singles and doubles events commencing.

Men's Singles
Garry Dodd, Josh Stacey and Lawrence Stacey all qualified top of their respective groups.  Ben Foss is out after losing out on countback and finishing 3rd in his group, despite an excellent win over Poul Petersen.

Women's Singles
Dawn Morgan, Sam Kershaw and Daisy Kershaw are all safely through to the next round of the Women's singles, while Charlotte Casey had a good start against Margarida Mir from Menorca, winning 7-11, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7, 10-12, she still has two matches left to play.

Men's Doubles
Garry Dodd and Josh Stacey won their group, sealing top spot in thrilling style by beating the Aland pair of J-m Bergo & Johan Pettersson 1-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-4, 17-15.  Lawrence Stacey and Ben Foss are also through in 2nd place in their group after losing to the strong Gotland pairing of Nisse Lundberg & Bjorn Axelsson.  They will play the Jersey pair of Luc Miller and Chris Morshead in the Round of 16 tomorrow.

Women's Doubles
Both Guernsey pairings are through to the quarter finals with both  pairings coming second in their respective groups.  Dawn Morgan and Sam Kershaw will face a tough quarter final against Evelina Carlsson and Elin Schwartz from Gotland while Daisy Kershaw and Charlotte Casey will play the Isle of Man.

Mixed Doubles
All 4 pairings are safely though to the Round of 16, with Dodd and Morgan at their most impressive in winning Group 2. Lawrence Stacey and Charlotte Casey picked up an excellent win over Bjorn Axelsson and Evelina Carlsson from Gotland, though a narrow defeat to the Faroe Islands meant they finished  as runners up in Group 3.

Day 3 - Tuesday 27th June - TEAM GOLD!
The Guernsey table tennis team were victorious in the team event final today after edging out Greenland 4-3 in a thrilling final.  With the tie balanced at 3-3, it was Josh Stacey who held his nerve in the final match against Poul Petersen to claim a 3-1 win and win another Island Games team gold medal.

Ivik Nielsen 3-0 Joshua Stacey   (11-2, 11-7, 11-4)
Poul-Jørgen Petersen 1-3 Garry Dodd   (5-11, 10-12, 11-8, 9-11)
Ivik Nielsen  3-0  Garry Dodd   (11-9, 11-6, 11-8)
Poul-Jørgen Petersen  1-3  Joshua Stacey  (8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 10-12)
Karlinannguaq Lundblad  1-3  Dawn Morgan   (10-12, 4-11, 11-8, 7-11)
Rosa-Marie Petersen & Melissa Larsen  3-0  Samantha Kershaw & Dawn Morgan   (11-5, 11-7, 11-4)
Melissa Larsen & Ivik Nielsen  0-3  Garry Dodd & Dawn Morgan   (10-12, 9-11, 3-11)

Day 2 - Monday 26th June
Guernsey are through to the final of the team competition after a nail-biting 4-3 semi-final win over hosts Gotland.  Garry Dodd and Dawn Morgan each won a singles match and teamed up to win the Mixed Doubles to leave the tie poised at 3-3.  In the final match, Josh Stacey produced a superb comeback from 2 games down and then 5-0 down in the deciding end to clinch the match.


Group Stage
Guernsey 7-0 Isle of Wight
Guernsey 5-2 Isle of Man
Guernsey 7-0 Cayman Islands
Guernsey 4-3 Jersey
Guernsey 3-4 Greenland

Guernsey 4-3 Gotland

Guernsey 4-3 Greenland

Senior Schools International 2017

posted 25 Jun 2017, 15:02 by The GTTA   [ updated 29 Jun 2017, 15:11 ]

A squad of 16 junior players made the short journey across the water to compete in the Senior Schools International this weekend.  The tournament was being hosted by Jersey for the first time and due to the number of competitors, it was held at Fort Regent which proved to be an excellent venue.  The players will all have gained good experience of playing some very strong players from the other Home Nations and four players returned with medals in the plate competition

Tia Timms - Under 14 Girls plate winner
Corey Brouard - Under 14 Boys plate runner-up
Leah Moore - Under 16 Girls plate runner-up
Ryan Gilson - Under 18 Boys plate runner-up

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