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League Presentations

posted 19 Sep 2020, 13:46 by GTTA   [ updated 19 Sep 2020, 13:46 ]

The league presentations from the 2019-20 season were postponed from April due to COVID-19.  They were held before the Divisional Championships in September. The full gallery is available on our Flickr site


Division 1 
Winners:       Whistlers B (Josh Stacey, Mark Pipet, Ellis Tomlin)
Runners-up:  Whistlers A (Lawrence Stacey, Matt Casey, Ryan Gilson)
Averages:      Josh Stacey 90%
                    Phil Ogier 87.7%


Division 2 
Winners:       Lions F (Jez Powell, Andy Ferbrache, Caden Brouard) 
Runners-up:  Whistlers C (Kay Chivers, Keith Opie, Ben Sharp) 
Averages:      Kay Chivers 95.5%
                    Jez Powell  95.5%


Division 3 
Winners:       Lions H (Brian Ferbrache, Sur Ferbrache, Jonah Ingrouille, Steve Potter)
Runners-up:  Whistlers E (Becks O'Keefe, Callum Gilson, Max Burrows)
Averages:      Brian Ferbrache 92%
                    Steve Potter 90.5%



Division 4 
Winners:        Whistlers G (Stuart Sarre, Darren Sarre, Matthew Board)
Runners-up:   Ravenscroft Panthers E (Oscar Pearson, Tia Timms, Shelby Timms)
Averages:      Oscar Pearson 91.2%
                    Mark Bideau & Stuart Sarre 90%


St Pauls Open Handicap Singles

posted 15 Sep 2020, 03:09 by GTTA   [ updated 16 Sep 2020, 15:38 ]



Lawrence Stacey continued his strong start to the table tennis season by winning the St Pauls Open Handicap Singles tournament. He defeated familiar foe Ben Foss in what was a repeat of the final of the Division 1 Championships only 7 days earlier. There was a bumper entry of 36 players from across the GTTA leagues, each given a handicap using the standard system. It threw up some intriguing match-ups in the group stages and it was hard for spectators to pick a winner from the early stages.

Up and coming 3rd Division junior Jayden Tucknott had looked in good form, taking advantage of his handicap with 3 group wins against more experienced and higher-ranked opponents. However he was unfortunate to be drawn against Stacey in the round of 16, and pit up a good fight before losing out 21-19, 11-21, 21-17. Last year’s champion Joseph Bourgaize, playing before being due to return to university, was also determined to retain his title but lost out to the in-form Steve Ozanne in the quarter final.

The semi-finals were tight affairs as 2nd Division Jez Powell came up against Foss, narrowly losing out to his younger opponent 21-18, 21-19, while on the adjacent table, Stacey had to come back from a game down against the hard-hitting Ozanne. Stacey eventually came through by a score of 13-21, 21-14, 21-16 but the game will be remembered for one particularly outrageous behind-the-back winner from Stacey that left Ozanne motionless and had the crowd applauding the improvisation.

With the two finalists being similarly ranked, the final was played off scratch and so felt more like a league tie rather than a handicap match. Foss appeared determined to make amends for his defeat a week earlier and made an excellent start, winning the first end 21-19, Stacey returned from the interval with a better focus and reduced the number of unforced errors, ultimately managing to turn the game around 21-14, 21-16.

The Doric Insurance leagues started on 16th September, with the first round of Division 1 matches being played on 23rd September.

Results

Divisional Championships

posted 13 Sep 2020, 03:21 by GTTA   [ updated 13 Sep 2020, 14:35 ]

The Guernsey Table Tennis Association successfully held their first tournaments this week following the exit from lockdown. The highly popular summer league was run during July and August and this saw 70 different players compete over the 9 weeks.

With the winter leagues due to commence on Wednesday 16th September 2020, it was the turn of the Divisional Championships last week which usually fall at the end of each winter league season. As with several tournaments scheduled towards the end of last season, these will now be held over the next few months and this includes the Island Championships, which will take place in November.

The Divisional championships themselves were well represented and saw an impressive 83 entrants across the 4 Divisional tournaments. The format is such that each player is able to enter a maximum of 2 events, being the Division they competed in during the 2019/20 season and also the event for the immediately higher division. It is only therefore players in the First Division who are only able to enter 1 event.

The Division 1 championship was well attended by the leading players in the Island and the only noticeable absence was Phil Ogier, who came runner-up in the Division 1 averages for the 2019-20 season. It was 3rd seed Lawrence Stacey that came through the field with a 3-1 win over 2nd seed Ben Foss in the final. Given the high caliber of entry level, there were a number of very competitive groups, including a very strong Group B which consisted of 4 Division 1 players. That group in question contained 2nd seed Foss as well as fellow youthful players Ryan Bichard, Ryan Gilson and Charlotte Casey. It was Foss that won the group with 3 wins, whilst Gilson did well to battle through with a 3-1 win over Bichard in the final match in the group.

From the other 5 groups, it was the seeded Division 1 players which successfully navigated their groups as winners. The only 2nd Division player to reach the knockout stages was Jez Powell and he went one stage further after battling past Andre De Carteret in 5 sets in the opening knockout round. Another notable opening round encounter saw Gilson overcome fellow left hander Andy Gill in 5 sets.

The top 4 seeded players all came through their Quarter Final encounters relatively comfortably. Top seed Josh Stacey did however drop the opening end to Matthew Casey before winning in 4 sets, 11-8 the score in the final set. Foss also had a tough clash with Powell but battled through to win in 3 closely contested sets. 3rd seed Lawrence Stacey overcame Gilson in straight sets, whilst 4th seed Paul Hainsworth did likewise against Dawn Morgan. 


The first semi-final was a comfortable affair for Foss who cruised past Hainsworth in straight sets, however the other was a hard-fought encounter between the Stacey twins. Lawrence looked well on top after winning the first 2 ends comfortably, however Josh battled back well to take the match into a deciding end. Despite remaining close, it was Lawrence that surged through at the end to take it 11-8.

Stacey played some super table tennis in the final to win the first 2 ends and this included coming back from 7-3 down in the first end to take it 11-8. He was finding particularly good effect with his backhand counter spins/drives in the longer rallies. Foss did battle back well to comfortably take the 3rd end, however Stacey was the main man on the night taking the 4th end and title 11-7.

The second Division championship was won by second seed Ben Sharp after he defeated 4th seed Martin Sarre 3-1 in the final. Sharp had withstood a mighty fightback from Steve Ozanne in the semi finals and despite leading 2-0, just about creeped through the monumental deciding 5th end 15-13. Sarre on the other hand had been embroiled in a 5-set classic of his own in the other half of the draw. Top seed Kay Chivers looked in absolute control when leading 2-0, however Sarre raised his game considerably to win the final 3 ends 11-7, 11-6, 11-7. 
The final was a similar pattern to the Division 1 championship as Sharp took a 2-0 lead, before Sarre won the 3rd. Sharp then finished the job in the 4th with the score of 11-7.

The Division 3 championship saw some of the hardest fought matches across all events as there were a large number of 5 set matches throughout the group and knockout stages. One such group took over 2 hours to complete. 


It was 4th seed Ian Fitchet that rolled back the years to claim the honours after battling past top seed Brian Ferbrache in the final. Fitchet came through the topsy-turvy final 12-10, 11-2, 7-11, 2-11, 12-10. 

The Division 4 championship was won by 2nd seed Shelby Timms after she defeated team-mate from last season and top seed Oscar Pearson in the final. The final was an identical story to that of Divisions 1 and 2 as Timms won in 4 sets, with Pearson keeping 
the match alive by winning the 3rd end.





 Results

Divisionals 2019-20 Season

posted 23 Aug 2020, 13:05 by GTTA   [ updated 23 Aug 2020, 13:17 ]

The Divisional Championships for the 2019/20 season that were originally scheduled to be played in May, will take place on 9th and 10th September.  Eligibility rules from last season still apply, meaning that a league player or reserve can enter the tournament for their registered Division and also one Division above (as per 2019-20 season lists).
Due to the tournament taking place before the start of the league season, entry will be available online as well as on the tournament notice board at the Table Tennis Centre. If you have already entered on the notice board, there is no need to enter online also.

Entry to these tournaments are free and the deadline is 9pm on Thursday 3rd September, click the link below to enter:




Summer League 2020

posted 2 Aug 2020, 14:22 by GTTA   [ updated 2 Aug 2020, 14:23 ]

Summer League is now in full swing, the current table, results and write-ups can be found on the dedicated Summer League page


COVID-19 Updates

posted 17 May 2020, 03:44 by GTTA   [ 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 GTTA   [ 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 GTTA   [ 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 GTTA   [ 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 GTTA   [ 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.



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