Senior British League Round 4

posted 19 Feb 2019, 13:48 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 19 Feb 2019, 13:49 ]

Ravenscroft Senior British National League Report Weekend 4 2018/19 Season

The penultimate weekend of action of Senior British National League action was extremely successful for the Ravenscroft-backed Guernsey table tennis teams.

The first team, competing in the lofty heights of the Championship Division, which is the 2nd tier of table tennis within the structure of the leagues, were expected to have a tough time during this shorter penultimate round of fixtures contested at the Corby Smash Table Tennis Centre in Northamptonshire. 

This was due to the fixtures in question which came against the 2 x sides leading the Division prior to the start of the action and the fact that heavy 8-0 and 7-1 defeats were inflicted during the earlier meetings with these high quality sides.

The Sarnian quartet led by Garry Dodd and also including Joshua Stacey, Lawrence Stacey and the returning Ben Foss produced some exemplary performances on the day and incredibly went unbeaten, earning 3 valuable points in their battle for survival in the Division.
Having doubled their points tally for the season in just 2 fixtures, they are now just a single point behind the 2 sides above them in the table. It gives them a fighting chance of remaining in the Division when they contest the final 4 fixtures of the season in March.
The first fixture came against the might of Whitworth Academy I, the side that has held top spot in the Division all season. Lawrence has been in impressive form locally, having won the previous 2 Open singles competitions and he was also the best performer in this fixture due to an unbeaten match. He started with an impressive straight sets win over England number 58 Mark Short, but left his best for his final encounter against England number 38 Simon Noutch, where he impressively won in 4 sets. The CI number 1 Dodd narrowly lost out to Noutch 11-9 in the 5th set of their encounter, but he more than made up for it with a sensational victory over the strongest player in the Division, Kim Daybell. Part of the Team GB Paralympic squad, England number 18 Daybell is a force to be reckoned with and was top of the averages before the start of the weekend. Dodd was near his best during an excellent straight sets victory. Joshua picked up the final victory with a pivotal 5 set victory over England number 57 Sam Perry, 15-13 the score in the final end.

There was no letting up from the Island side in the next fixture against another strong outfit in Wymondham, who were in 2nd position prior to the weekend. A superb 5-3 victory was achieved and it was spearheaded by Dodd, who carried on where he left off against Daybell, with another 2 strong wins. He overcame Amirul Hussain and Gaurav Aravind, ranked 53 and 46 in England respectively, dropping just the single end to Hussain in the process. Lawrence defeated Ian Mclean in 4 sets, whist twin Joshua overcame Aravind in straight sets. Foss picked the perfect time to win his first match of the weekend as he battled past Jeremy Banks in 5 sets to complete the win.

The final fixture of the season in March is against the side just 1 point ahead of them in the table, namely Kingfisher I and that could prove to be a crucial fixture in deciding whether the side can remain competing in this strong Division.
Ravenscroft II on the other hand are competing in National C-6 in Fareham and they are in a strong position in 3rd place in the table currently.

The youthful team of Dan Collenette, Ryan Bichard, Matthew Casey and Ryan Gilson started the weekend well with a narrow 5-4 triumph over bottom placed side Brighton City III. Gilson contributed well to this win by defeating Francesco Fassari and Max Wilson over 4 sets. Casey defeated Wilson in straight sets, whilst Bichard was the other singles victor over Fassari in 4 sets. The inclusion of a doubles rubber in Divisions lower than the Championship has suited the Sarnian team well this season as victories have been obtained in the majority. The same happened here as the vital match was won strongly by Bichard and Collenette over the tough combination of Brandon Bennett and Matthew Johnson in straight sets.

The final match of the weekend resulted in a 6-3 defeat to 4th placed side Waterside II. Collenette bounced back from his singles defeats to Brighton to go unbeaten. He overcame Paul May and William Poulter in 5 sets as well as again teaming with Bichard to win the doubles against Cameron Brealey and John Quinn in straight sets. Unfortunately no other wins could be gained, however 2 other 5 set encounters went the way of the Waterside outfit. Casey lost to Quinn 12-10 in the deciding end, whilst Bichard succumbed 11-4 in the decider of his clash with Brealey, which he had led 2-1.

The final weekend of action of the season takes place on 16-17 March.

Ravenscroft I
10th out of 10 teams.
1 win, 1 draw.

Garry Dodd – 3 wins out of 4
Lawrence Stacey – 3 wins out of 4
Joshua Stacey– 2 wins out of 4
Ben Foss – 1 win out of 4

Ravenscroft II
3rd out of 8 teams
1 win, 1 loss

Daniel Collenette – 2 wins out of 4
Ryan Gilson – 2 wins out of 4
Ryan Bichard – 1 win out of 4
Matthew Casey – 1 win out of 4

Senior British League Round 4 Preview

posted 16 Feb 2019, 03:38 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 16 Feb 2019, 03:45 ]

Ravenscroft Senior British National League Weekend 4 Preview 2018/19 Season 

The Island’s leading table tennis players will be back in action for the Senior British National League this weekend where they will once more compete under the Ravenscroft banner. There has been a large break from action since the previous fixtures being contested way back in October 2018, however the first team is bolstered by the inclusion of CI number 1 Garry Dodd who returns to the team following his recent relocation to the UK. Dodd is in good form following his Open CI Top 12 triumph in January and he is joined by twins Joshua and Lawrence Stacey, who have also been in good form and contested the final of the recent Capelles Open Singles tournament, which Lawrence claimed. There is even better news for Guernsey as Ben Foss is making his long awaited return to action following surgery.

The Championship Division where the team has been competing in has been a very tough challenge for the Sarnian side, who currently reside at the foot of the 10 strong Division.

This penultimate weekend of the season is the shorter one of the season and fixtures are only contested on the Saturday. It could not get any harder for the Guernsey side as they are competing against the strongest teams in the Division.

First up is a clash against league leaders Whitworth Academy I. The team is high quality and earned an 8-0 whitewash during the previous encounter. Of particular note is their number 1 player Kim Daybell, who is ranked 18 in England and has only lost 2 of his 20 matches contested so far this season.

The other match is against 2nd placed side Wymondham and the outcome last time around was a 7-1 defeat. Sing Wong is the only player in the Division yet to lose a match and should he play then it will make the challenge a lot harder.

The second string side is missing team captain Paul Hainsworth for the final 2 weekends of British League action due to unavailability. Dan Collenette, Ryan Bichard and Matthew Casey will return to action, whilst Ryan Gilson will also return to play for the side for the 2nd consecutive round of fixtures, having played in October.

The side is in a strong position in National C-6 as they are joint 2nd with Horsham Spinners II prior to the weekend.

The first contest is against the side at the bottom of the league, Brighton City III. A commanding 8-1 win was obtained against the pointless side last time, however the unorthodox junior number 1 Jamar McGlaushin is a tricky player who could cause issues for the side.

The other contest is against 4th placed side Waterside II. The last meeting resulted in a comfortable 7-2 victory, however the Southampton based side excelled in the last weekend winning 3 of their 4 matches. In Jared Schaller they also have a reasonably strong number 1.

Fourth Weekend Sides

Ravenscroft I                                             Ravenscroft II

Garry Dodd (Team Captain)                                Daniel Collenette
Joshua Stacey                                                     Ryan Bichard
Lawrence Stacey                                                 Matthew Casey
Ben Foss                                                            Ryan Gilson

Ravenscroft Fixtures (4th Weekend)

Ravenscroft I – Championship

Corby Smash Table Tennis Centre, Northamptonshire

16 February   10:30 Whitworth Academy I v Ravenscroft I

16 February   14:30 Ravenscroft I v Wymondham


Ravenscroft II – National C-4

Generation 2 Table Tennis Centre, Fareham Academy, Fareham

16 February   10:00 Brighton City III v Ravenscroft II

16 February   14:00 Ravenscroft II v Waterside II

Lions Spot for Sport

posted 12 Feb 2019, 09:25 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 13 Feb 2019, 13:50 ]

Lawrence Stacey claimed his second major Open Singles title of the season with victory in the Lions Sport for Sport tournament.  Stacey is having a fine season of table tennis but was pushed all the way by brother Josh and then Phil Ogier to earn the trophy.

The seeded players navigated through the group stages with little fuss, although there were a few surprise qualifiers as Callum Gilson upset the odds to beat both Ian Fitchet and Sam Kershaw to qualify second in his group, while 3rd Division average-topper Craig Dunning beat two Second Division players to progress from Group D.  Dunning and Gilson were then drawn against each other in the next round and it was Dunning who progressed, with his long-pimpled backhand rubber causing problems for his young opponent.  Elsewhere Chas Elliott beat Ben Foote in a close 5-game encounter, eventually prevailing 11-7 in the deciding set.

The quarter finals were surprisingly one-sided as Dunning, Elliot, recent Ping Pong Champion Dan Collenette and Ryan Gilson all succumbed to their higher-ranked opponents.  The semi finals provided more of a spectacle as Lawrence Stacey had to dig deep to overcome the battling qualities of Paul Hainsworth in straight games, while on the next table the second semi-final between Josh Stacey and Phil Ogier will go down as a modern classic.  Stacey appeared to be in control after winning the first 2 ends 11-6, 11-3 but the Lions man had other ideas and upped his game to great effect, making Stacey work for every point.  Eventually Ogier's excellence in retrieval and blocking was too much for his top-seeded opponent and Ogier completed the comeback 11-9, 11-8, 11-5 to progress.

The final also did not disappoint and despite the cool conditions as the time approached 10pm, the standard of play still remained very high. Ogier has won the Spot for Sport title a record 10 times in his career, the last being in 2015 and despite the long semi final, he showed he no signs of tiredness, with combinations of blocks and counter attacks often forcing Stacey to make uncharacteristic errors.  The 4th end proved crucial as Ogier had fought his way to a 2-1 lead and looked poised to wrap up the match but Stacey rallied well and eventually won out 8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7.

Ping Pong Championship

posted 10 Feb 2019, 13:30 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 10 Feb 2019, 13:34 ]

Dan Collenette was a surprise winner in the inaugural Mick’s Ping Pong Championship tournament on Saturday at the GTTA centre following a hard fought 3-2 win over top seed Paul Hainsworth in the final.

The event is played with the blue sandpaper bats and was last contested back in 2017, when in collaboration with Ravenscroft as sponsor, the victor took part in the World Championship of Ping Pong event, which is held at the Alexander Palace in London. Hainsworth was the last winner of this qualification tournament in that year and attended the prestigious event.

The event ceased in 2018 due to the organisers of the WCPP notifying the Association that they could no longer allow the winner of the CI Qualifier event to play in the main event. This is largely due to the ever increasing inclusion of high quality Chinese players into the event.

Local Ravenscroft Panthers Division 3 player Mick Ingrouille was one of many fans of the event, which acts as a leveller due to the fact that little to no spin can be impacted on the ball and he has been instrumental in ensuring that an annual event will continue to be played in a similar format to the previous CI qualification event.

The new Ping Pong trophy

Mick worked closely with the Association to formulate the rules followed for the tournament and one significant change is that the matches are played up to 11 points, rather than the 15 formerly used for the CI qualification event. He was also responsible for producing the excellent trophy for the event alongside fellow Ravenscroft Panthers player Peter Vivian who did the glass work aspect of the trophy, which also contains wood.

The event was well supported by the Association and saw 28 players contesting the initial round robin group stages where 4 groups of 7 were in place.

4 seeds were placed into each of these groups in the form of Paul Hainsworth, Chas Elliott, Jez Powell and Joshua Stacey and this is largely based on their previous performances in the WCPP qualifier and the annual Mark J Kilby Memorial hard bat tournament, which is very similar to the sandpaper bats.

Hainsworth and Elliott each came through their groups as winners with neither losing any matches, however Powell and Stacey were unable to advance to the knockout stages as group winners. Powell lost out to Collenette in straight sets, whilst eventual winner Collenette himself was surprisingly defeated by Richard Edwards in his first match of the day, but still managed to finish as group winner.

Stacey on the other hand was dramatically edged out on a sudden death point in the 3rd and deciding game of his match with Ryan Gilson, which led to the left-hander emerging as group winner.

The format of the tournament saw the top 4 players in each group moving forward to the Last 16 of the main draw, whilst the remaining 12 players made up the Consolation knockout draw.

The last 16 saw some intriguing encounters and the most notable result saw 3rd seed Powell defeated 2-1 by Corey Brouard. Powell had won the first game, but agonisingly lost the 2nd 11-10 on sudden death before going down 11-6 in the decider. Group D winner Gilson was edged out in straight sets by Lawrence Stacey, whilst Steve Ozanne earned himself a good 3 set win over 1st Division player Ryan Bichard.

Hainsworth put a stop to the strong run of Brouard in the Quarter finals for the loss of just 8 points, whilst Collenette also won in straight games over Ozanne, but the score of 11-9, 11-10 shows how tough the high quality match was. Twins Josh and Lawrence Stacey completed the semi final line-up after contrasting victories. Josh put an end to 2nd seed hard bat specialist Elliott in straight sets, whilst Lawrence needed to go the distance to overcome the plucky Division 2 player Sam Kershaw, who had done excellently to reach this stage.

Hainsworth held his nerve at the right times in his match with Lawrence and clinched it 11-9, 11-10, however he was extremely fortunate to clinch the sudden death point in the 2nd game with a fortunate net.

The other semi final was one of the matches of the tournament as Collenette battled past Joshua. Joshua won the first end comfortably 11-4, but Collenette dug very deep and following some superb rallies, managed to win the final 2 games 11-8, 11-9.

  Mick Ingrouille with 2019 champion Dan Collenette

The final was another good spectacle and Collenette squeezed through a tight first end 11-9. Hainsworth came out strongly in the 2nd and dictated the rallies more to breeze it 11-2, however Collenette then regrouped himself in the next end and took it 11-5. The 4th end saw Collenette lead for the majority of the game and both players used the first of their ‘double point’ balls unsuccessfully. In the end it came down to a sudden death point at 10-10 and Hainsworth won that to ensure the match went all the way. He continued to hold the advantage during the first half of the final game and led 5-4 at the change of ends. It was at this stage where the most important passage of play occurred. Collenette used his double point successfully at this time due to a fortunate unreturnable edge ball and when Hainsworth failed to convert on his double point ball on the very next point, it saw Collenette in charge at 7-5. The 17 year old never looked back and kept hold of his advantage resulting in an 11-7 triumph. Notably Collenette also became the first Guernsey player to defeat Hainsworth with a sandpaper bat, as in the previous WCPP qualifier tournaments it had only been Jersey’s Eugene Ellis and Chris Morshead to have beaten him.

The consolation event was won by former GTTA president Ken Falla, who defeated the current GTTA Secretary Ben Foote 3-1 in the final.

The tournament was organised very well by the Association and a great success and is expected to remain in the GTTA calendar for future years.

Lions Novelty Doubles

posted 6 Feb 2019, 13:39 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 6 Feb 2019, 15:09 ]

Shaun Mosley and Ben Foote were the 2019 winners of the Lions Novelty Doubles tournament, narrowing defeating Josh Stacey and Dawn Taylor in the final.

With a decent entry of players across the range of the GTTA leagues, the event produced some interesting match-ups. Group A was particularly hard-fought, featuring both pairs that eventually contested the final and 12 of the first 17 games played were won on deuce, proving that the doubles partners well balanced.  Group C was also very close, with the experience of Steve Potter / Rosemary Powell and Ian Fitchet / Lionel Jones combinations scraping through on count-back ahead of the young pairing of Ryan Gilson and Erin Vaudin.

Potter was a late stand-in and combined well with Powell to reach the semi-final, losing out to Josh Stacey and Taylor in 4 games. In the other semi final, Mosley and Foote beat Lawrence Stacey and Val Le Messurier 10-12, 11-9, 14-12, 13-11.

The final was a similarly close affair but despite the powerful forehands from Stacey, it was the blocking and back of the court retrieval skills of the Ravenscroft Panthers pairing of Foote and Mosley that prevailed, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-13.

Deutsche Bank Junior Banded Tournament

posted 4 Feb 2019, 09:45 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 6 Feb 2019, 15:16 ]

Results  |  Photos

The 3rd Deutsche Bank Junior Banded Tournament of the season took place on Saturday and there appeared to be a changing of the guard at the top end of the tournaments with a number of younger players contesting for the top honours. Band 1 was incredibly close with four players having similar records. Caden Brouard battled through to win his maiden top band title, with the loss to his older brother Corey being his sole defeat.  Despite beating the eventual winner, Corey finished the tournament in fourth place as Ben Sharp and Callum Gilson played their way into second and third respectively.

Band 2 was also hotly contested, with Erin Vaudin eventually coming out on top. It was a close affair and Erin didn’t have it all her own way with most of her matches going the three set distance as well as a 2-1 loss to Shelby Timms. Max Burrows took second place, with his only defeat coming at the hands of the impressive Vaudin.

Alderney’s Megan Simonet put together an almost perfect performance on her way to taking the Band 3 title, dropping a single set against Courtney Benfield. It was a rather close affair between second and fourth, with Daniel Lasenby edging out the Ridunian pair of Alex Jakubowski and Benfield to take second place.

Band 4 was fairly even though Evan Lesbirel put together an assured performance to finish the day unbeaten. Grace Milan demonstrated the great progress she has made this year as she defeated Island under-11 runner-up Jamie Regan 3-2 to claim the second spot, thus relegating Regan to third.

Band 5 was an open contest with all players picking up at least one win. Tom Syer put in a great string of performances to claim the title with Daisy Burrows ultimately finishing in second. Both players showcased how much they have developed over the course of the year with some fearless attacking shots.

The top end of Band 6 was also incredibly close but was eventually won by Alex Hutchinson, whose only defeat was at the hands of Noah Bartlett. Bartlett also put in a solid performance and took second spot, with Alex Lowe finishing in third. Caitlin Jouhning was awarded the player of the day award.

Congratulations to the prize winners:

Band 1 winner: Caden Brouard
Runner-up: Ben Sharp
Band 2 winner: Erin Vaudin
Runner-up: Max Burrows
Band 3 winner: Megan Simonet
Runner-up: Daniel Lasenby
Band 4 winner: Evan Lesbirel
Runner-up: Grace Milan
Band 5 winner: Tom Syer
Runner-up: Daisy Burrows
Band 6 winner: Alex Hutchinson
Runner-up: Noah Bartlett

Player of the Day: Caitlin Jouhning

Channel Islands Open Top 12

posted 27 Jan 2019, 13:34 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 31 Jan 2019, 05:26 ]

Guernsey claimed 4 of the top 5 places in the 2019 edition of the CI Open Top 12 tournament, with Garry Dodd winning his 9th title.
Dodd earned the prized silverware once again, having dominated the competition for the best part of a decade now, as he extended last month’s perfect record against local opposition with a flawless six wins against Jersey on finals day.

Full report in Guernsey Press

1. Garry Dodd (G)
2. Joshua Stacey (G)
3. Marius Cieminski (J)
4. Phil Ogier (G)
5. Lawrence Stacey (G)
6. Tyler Gosselin (J)
7. Eugene Ellis (J)
8. Jack Mills (J)
9. Paul Hainsworth (G)
10. Leon Pierre (J)
11. Mario Martinka (J)
12. Dan Collenette (G)


Results   |   Photos

Photos provided by Mark Windsor    

Capelles Open Singles

posted 16 Jan 2019, 13:26 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 16 Jan 2019, 13:27 ]

Lawrence Stacey came out victorious in the battle of the twins to claim his first Capelles Open Singles title on Monday night.  After an epic 5 game encounter with Phil Ogier in the semi final, Lawrence used that momentum to defeat Josh Stacey in the final.

Earlier in the evening the seeded players all navigated through the group stage with little difficulty, the only unpredictable results being in Group E as 5th seed Dan Collenette was forced to withdraw through injury. Second Division player Steve Martin took full advantage and won his remaining games to place top of the table.

The first knockout round saw some tighter matches, with Kay Chivers narrowly edging out the dangerous Steve Ozanne 11-8 in the deciding game.  The Gilsons, Ryan and Callum made it the 2nd pair of brothers in the quarter finals, but didn't have things entirely their own way, with Ryan beating Ben Foote in a tight 4 games and younger sibling Callum doing well to see off Steve Martin by a similar scoreline. Somewhat surprisingly the quarter finals were far more one-sided as the Stacey twins progressed along with respective 3rd and 4th seeds Phil Ogier and Paul Hainsworth, all without dropping a set to their opponents.

The semi-finals probably saw the best matches of the night and although Josh Stacey struggles early on, he powered home to beat Paul Hainsworth 16-14, 11-8, 11-3.  On the next table Lawrence Stacey eventually beat Ogier 13-11, 7-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9 in an entertainng and highly tactical match-up.  This stood Lawrence in good stead for the final as Josh never really got going.  Despite three close games, Lawrence's extra sharpness proved key to record scores of 11-9, 11-9, 11-8 to claim the trophy.

Capelles Handicap Tournaments

posted 9 Jan 2019, 10:53 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 9 Jan 2019, 11:40 ]

Two enjoyable handicap tournaments took place this week - the Capelles Handicap Doubles and the Capelles Handicap Ladies Singles. 

Capelles Handicap Doubles

Popular winners of the Handicap Doubles were Paula Le Ber, and her young partner Erin Vaudin who joyfully received the trophy on behalf of the pair at the end of Monday evening. 

The Capelles Handicap Doubles tournament is partner drawn to balance out individual abilities - as players from different divisions pair up. 
It enabled young players like Jayden Tucknott from Division 4 to partner a first division player of the quality of Joshua Stacey, while Erin was partnered by one of the islands’ most naturally gifted players - Paula Le Ber - a second division player whose lightening backhand skills sit very well at home in Division One where she subs from time to time.

In the event both Tucknott and Vaudin played a full and positive part in their respective partnerships’ route to the semi finals, playing good support to their more illustrious partners with well disciplined games and not being  afraid to attack when the opportunity arose.                                                  

However the semi-final was where Stacey and Tucknott bowed out to the pairing of Ryan Gilson and Ben Foote (respectively first and second division players) whose plus 6 handicap proved too much to overcome.

Gilson and Foote who had put out Mike Ingrouille and Steve Potter in the quarter final went on to the final where the tables were turned. With + 8 points in favour of Le Ber and Vaudin the match was beyond their reach. After an enjoyable tournament they lost to Le Ber and Vaudin: 21 - 13; 21 - 15.

Capelles Ladies Handicap singles

Only five women entered the Capelles Ladies Handicap Singles tournament and as there were not enough players to go to a knock out stage it was run on a simple league system. 

Evergreen Kay Chivers still one of the quickest close to the table players in the GTTA Leagues, picked up the trophy with a 100% record, winning all four of her games. Paula Le Ber and Erin Vaudin placed second and third respectively, with Val Guilbert and Juliette Yeaman bringing up the final two positions.

Kay Chivers and Paula Le Ber with Ian Fitchet

GTTA Mixed Doubles

posted 11 Dec 2018, 13:32 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 15 Dec 2018, 12:47 ]

Lawrence Stacey and Juliette Yeaman were victorious in the GTTA Mixed Doubles tournament on Monday night, defeating the veteran pair of Keith Opie and Kay Chivers 3-1 in the final.  Yeaman has enjoyed particular success in this tournament, with this being her 3rd consecutive Mixed Doubles title, with the others partnering Ben Foss.

Stacey and Yeaman beat Paula Le Ber and Ben Foote in the semi-final 3-1, while Opie and Chivers got the better of Jamie Ferbrache and Sophie Ferbrache.

Lawrence Stacey (L) and Juliette Yeaman with Tournament Secretary Ian Fitchet

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