British League Round 2

posted by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated ]

Ravenscroft Senior British National League Report Weekend 2 2019/20 Season
The Ravenscroft-backed Guernsey Table Tennis sides were in the UK this weekend contesting the second round of fixtures from the Senior British League. 

With both sides in action at the Halton Table Tennis club in Widnes, it was the Island’s leading side that excelled with 3 wins from their 4 matches. Competing in the National A-1 Division, the team of Lawrence Stacey, Joshua Stacey, Ben Foss and Alex Robinson have now moved up into 3rd spot in the 8 strong table. 

The first encounter of the weekend was against 4th placed side Halton TTC I and the Sarnian side started excellently due to their strong 6-3 victory. Lawrence got his side off to the perfect start courtesy of singles wins over Harry Watson in straight sets and Jack Stockdale in 4 sets. Foss also had an unbeaten start due to his 4 set wins over Watson and David Griffith. The duo made sure of the win due to their doubles triumph over Stockdale and Watson in straight sets. Robinson added a further straight sets win against Griffith in the final match of the fixture.

The afternoon fixture on Saturday was against 7th placed side Draycott II and a narrow 5-4 victory was achieved. This was a real team effort as all Guernsey players each won 1 singles match. Lawrence earned a solid 4 set win over former England International Senior Women’s player Emma Vickers, whilst twin Josh also defeated her in 5 sets. Foss beat Adam Feargrieve in 4 sets, whilst Robinson earned a nice 4 set win over Jody Bevington. It came down to the doubles rubber and it was the combination of Foss and Robinson that took the honours due to a straight sets win over Bevington and Rhys Davies. 

Steve Ozanne made his British League debut

The first match on Sunday saw a tight 5-4 defeat to 2nd placed side St Marys Hull 1. It was a similar story to the Draycott encounter in that each player won 1 match, however on this occasion the 100% doubles record for the weekend was lost as Foss and Lawrence were beaten in 4 sets by Connor Whitehead and Michael Fraser. Josh earned a strong straight sets win over England 109 Fraser, whilst Lawrence came back from 2-0 down to beat the same player in 5 sets. Foss and Robinson each picked up wins against the St Marys Hull number 4 player Ehsan Jawadi.

The final match of the weekend saw an emphatic 8-1 win against Cardiff City TTC I, who are currently bottom of the Division. The only match dropped was by Josh, who was beaten in 4 sets by Benedict Watson in the opening rubber of the tie. The doubles was won by Foss and Robinson over Watson and Rhys Hetherton in straight sets.

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

Despite the defeats, there were still some good wins and performances from each player, namely Ryan Bichard, Ryan Gilson, Jamie Ferbrache and Senior British League debutant Steve Ozanne. Bichard saved his best for the final match of the weekend as he earned singles wins against both players from 4th placed side Halton TTC 3 as well as winning the doubles rubber alongside Ryan Gilson.

Gilson himself won two singles matches over the weekend and his best was a 5 set win over Adam Gittings. Ozanne made a solid SBL debut and he won 2 of his matches over the weekend. In addition to these wins he also narrowly lost 3 other matches over the full 5 set distance. Ferbrache also added a singles win over the course of the weekend.

Meanwhile the leading CI player Garry Dodd competed superbly for his Nottingham Sycamore side this weekend in the strong Championship Division. Playing at the number 1 spot, he won 7 of his 8 singles matches, losing only in 4 sets to England number 22 James Hobson. Included in his wins were a number of Top 50 English players including Liam McTiernan, Naphat Boonyaprapa and Graeme Barella.

GTTA Open Doubles

posted 19 Nov 2019, 01:03 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 20 Nov 2019, 09:29 ]

Ben Foss and Ryan Bichard have claimed the GTTA Open Doubles title. On a night when several other leading island players were unavailable there was a smaller entry than normal and although the former junior pairing started as hot favourites for the title, they didn’t have it all their own way. Foss and Bichard had to claw their way out of trouble in the semi-final, eventually overcoming club stalwarts Keith Opie and Kay Chivers 11-8 in a deciding 5th set, having come back from 2 games down. In the other half of the draw, the St Pauls pair of Maurice James and Chas Elliot were nearly knocked out in the group stage, having to dig deep to defeat the plucky Ravenscroft Panthers teammates Peter Vivian and Richard Edwards in a 5-game thriller. Elliot and James then went from strength to strength, defeating juniors Caden Brouard and James Crocker in the quarter final, followed by a surprise against second seeded Mark Pipet and Craig Dunning.

Foss and Bichard showed their class in the final and upped their attacking game to win 3-0

Action from the final

Butterfield Banded Tournament 2

posted 17 Nov 2019, 14:49 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 18 Nov 2019, 09:33 ]

Second Junior Butterfield Banded Tournament

The second round of the Butterfield Junior Banded Tournaments took place over the weekend.  For a full report, photos etc, head over to the dedicated tournament page

Thanks to the volunteers on the day for their help and also to Butterfield for their generous sponsorship

Bat & Ball

posted 17 Nov 2019, 14:30 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 18 Nov 2019, 09:25 ]

The Bat & Ball teams made their annual visit on 16th and 17th November.  After some hard-fought matches, the visitors claimed the trophy back after a couple of years in Guernsey hands, the final result being 37-23.

The Guernsey teams were:

Guernsey A
Saturday - Lawrence Stacey, Phil Ogier, Jez Powell
Sunday - Joshua Stacey, Ryan Gilson, Jamie Ferbrache

Guernsey B
Saturday - Steve Ozanne, Tim Le Page, Craig Dunning, Peter Vivian
Sunday - Steve Ozanne, Craig Dunning, Andrew Ferbrache, Ben Foote

Saturday - Sue Ferbrache, Amy Wesley, Marli Barker, Melissa Johns
Sunday - Charlotte Casey, Amy Wesley, Marli Barker, Melissa Johns

Home Countries 2019

posted 11 Nov 2019, 15:54 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 11 Nov 2019, 16:05 ]

The Home Countries International 2019 was held in the Isle of Man last weekend and produced some good performances by the Guernsey players despite some tough opposition from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man and Jersey.

Full report and results to follow...

CI Junior Top 12

posted 3 Nov 2019, 10:29 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 3 Nov 2019, 13:52 ]

Ben Foss won his 3rd consecutive Channel Islands Junior Top 12 with an impressive 6 wins out of 6 at the GTTA Centre on Sunday morning.  Foss made a solid start to the morning and looked comfortable in his early matches, in which he did not drop and end, winning his first five by a 3-0 score.

The last match was always likely to be defining however as it pitted him against Jersey's number one, Leon Pierre.  Pierre was similarly impressive early on, dropping only one end to Guernsey's Corey Brouard.  Foss made the better start, claiming the first game 11-5 before Pierre became more confident in his shot-making and took the initiative to win the next two.  Foss made some tactical changes and switched the angles well to win the 4th game, then came back from 5-1 down in the decider to lead 10-8.  The Jerseyman received well against two Foss serves to claw back to 10-10, though it was to no avail as Foss won the next 2 points to win 11-5, 8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10.

Guernsey's Matthew Casey had a good day, only losing out to Pierre and finished 4th overall behind Jersey's Alfie Sutherland.  Ellis Tomlin also performed well to finish 5th overall, winning 4 matches on the day, but crucially showing good fight to come through some close encounters.  Corey Brouard and Ben Sharp won 3 matches apiece to finish 7th and 8th respectively, with Brouard picking up at least one end in every match.  Reserve player Jonah Ingrouille competed well, despite the very last minute call-up and lack of a warm-up, winning 2 matches and finishing 11th overall.

Final standings:
Ben Foss (G)
Leon Pierre (J)
Alfie Sutherland (J)
Matthew Casey (G)
Ellis Tomlin (G)
Thomas Cotillard (J)
Corey Brouard (G)
Ben Sharp (G)
Luca Maccaione (J)
Liliana Andrade (J)
Jonah Ingrouille (G)
Tanguy Billet-Masters (J)

Top 3 players, Leon Pierre, Ben Foss and Alfie Sutherland with Peter Dean, Honorary Vice President, GTTA

Whistlers Open 2019

posted 29 Oct 2019, 14:29 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 2 Nov 2019, 05:38 ]

Ben Foss won the Whistlers Open on Monday, claiming the trophy with a thrilling 15-13 final set win over Lawrence Stacey.

Report courtesy Guernsey Press:

The 18-year-old had seen his hopes flash before his eyes many times in Monday’s Whistlers Open at the GTTA Centre – but it did not matter by the end of the long night.

Foss held his nerve to upset Lawrence Stacey in a thrilling five-set final with all the bells and whistles, having earlier scraped through the elimination stages by the skin of his teeth.

This contrasted with the relatively straightforward passage that arguable favourite Stacey had been afforded.

First came an especially protracted quarter-final duel with Paul Hainsworth in which his rival often seemed to have the upper hand.

Then after Foss had initially stormed ahead of Josh Stacey, the twin led out and won the second set, with the younger player eventually pinching the decider as unforced errors began to scupper his opponent’s game.

The next daunting challenge for Foss was to beat island champion Lawrence Stacey. With the clock ticking onwards, it was not until 11.15pm that Foss would be able to go home with a trophy won in the last three years by absent ace Garry Dodd.

The first set went narrowly in Stacey’s favour, 11-9, something that Foss reversed in an equally close second end.

Sets three and four featured no shortage of fast-paced rallying and spectacular shots – both successful and unsuccessful – and repeated the fortunes of the previous two, despite the latter going into a deuce that Foss won 14-12.

Number five came around and Stacey assumed the initial lead before Foss hit a minor scoring run, only for Stacey to mirror this and come within one point of victory.

An untimely blunder had allowed Foss to get back into the game – even if he would then find himself repeatedly having match point.

But after Stacey scored his 13th and unknowingly last point, the two got involved in a long-range rally and Foss got the advantage after sending Stacey scrambling forwards with a well-timed smash. One misdirected serve later and Foss had won 15-13.

Between exhaustion and the elation conveyed by his beaming face, the surprise winner was somewhat lost for words.

‘Three five-sets in a row and I’m knackered,’ said Foss.

‘I played pretty well to be fair – 2-1 down in every game, so I had to dig deep to come back in each one and then reset and go for the next one. It came off tonight.

‘Lawrence is playing very well at the moment and so to beat him, I have to be playing well. My main positive would just be the heart I showed to come back.’ 

Home Countries 2019 Selection

posted 19 Oct 2019, 10:59 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 22 Oct 2019, 12:48 ]

The Junior and Senior Selection Committees have selected the following players to represent Guernsey at the upcoming Home Countries International in the Isle of Man in November:  

Senior Men           Garry Dodd & Lawrence Stacey
Senior Women      Sam Kershaw & Daisy Kershaw
Under-18 Boys      Ben Foss & Dan Collenette
Under-18 Girls      Amy Wesley & Melissa Johns
Under-15 Boys      Ben Sharp & Caden Brouard
Under-15 Girls      Erin Vaudin & Tia Timms

The tournament runs from 8-10th November at National Sports Centre in Douglas.  Guernsey are also sending 5 umpires to officiate: Derek Carter, Ben Foote, Mick Ingrouille, Steve Martin and Peter Vivian. 

Junior Top 12 Qualification

posted 14 Oct 2019, 09:47 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 14 Oct 2019, 09:50 ]

Ben Foss claimed top spot in the Guernsey qualification stage of the Channel Islands Junior Top 12 tournament on Sunday. The format consists of the 10 top-ranked juniors playing in a round robin to determine who will go through to play Jersey's top six. 
 Having to play nine matches in one session is not easy either physically or mentally and the players all gave a good account of themselves on the day. Foss only dropped one game over his nine matches and that was to the dangerous Ellis Tomlin, who claimed 3rd position, narrowly losing out to Dan Collenette. Tomlin seemed to have Foss on the ropes at 1-0 and 10-8 up before Foss used his experience to come back to win that game 14-12 and eventually seal a 3-1 win.

The surprise results of the day came slightly lower down the order as Corey Brouard and Ben Sharp kept their focus well to finish 4th and 5th respectively, ahead of Matt Casey. Caden Brouard was unlucky to miss out, finishing 7th despite beating Casey, while James Crocker, Jonah Ingrouille and Alderney's Amy Wesley all gave a good account of themselves. Crocker was on especially good form, using his left-handed attacking style to good effect to defeat Caden Brouard and is definitely one to watch in future editions.

Junior Top 12 Selection

posted 9 Oct 2019, 15:26 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 9 Oct 2019, 15:27 ]

The following players have been selected to compete for the Junior Top 12 Qualification event on Sunday 13th October:

 Ben Foss
 Daniel Collenette
 Matthew Casey
 Ellis Tomlin
 Corey Brouard
 Ben Sharpe
 Caden Brouard
 Jonah Ingrouille
 James Crocker
 Amy Wesley

The top 6 players will qualify to play against Jersey's top 6 on Sunday 3rd November.  Guernsey's Ben Foss is the current holder of the trophy.

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