Capelles Open

posted 14 Jan 2020, 14:34 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 18 Jan 2020, 13:31 ]

Ben Foss won the Capelles Open with a tight 3-2 win over Josh Stacey in the final.
Report courtesy Guernsey Press:  

Within three months of his milestone triumph at the Whistlers Open, the 18-year-old got the upper hand against Josh Stacey in five hard-fought sets. That he faced off against a Stacey twin was unsurprising – Lawrence being the 2019 winner – but the build-up had featured a number of encounters that could have gone in another direction.

Foss had found himself with some work to do against fellow teenager Ryan Bichard in the quarter-final, eventually coming back from one down to win 3-1. Phil Ogier then took their semi-final into a fifth set before Foss improved his game to edge the win.

On the adjacent table, quite the brotherly duel was unfolding, one reminiscent of last year’s final, except for the outcome. Josh had lost the first two sets 8-11 to Lawrence before mounting a comeback to take the next three and book his final spot. 
The Foss-Stacey match-up went clearly in the latter’s favour in their last league encounter – yet this fast-paced final would reverse their fortunes.

The Stacey twin initially had the upper hand, though the younger player turned this around to win the next two sets. Stacey had prolonged his fate by winning the fourth set and he then forged ahead in the decisive fifth end, leading 5-2. But ultimately, Foss regained his composure just as errors began to seep into Stacey’s game and he went on to take the decider 11-8.

The victor had been rightly pleased with his form but also glad for that of his fellow Sarnians ahead of teaming up for the CI Top 12 and the next British League, where Ravenscroft I look to climb from their current third in National A1.

‘Second big one, which is nice, and I feel like I played well, which is the main thing,’ said Foss. ‘I felt like Josh was playing well and we’ve got British League in about a month, which is quite important... if we’re all playing well, it puts us in good stead.'

After reflecting upon a period of downtime over Christmas, he added: ‘I feel refreshed and feel like I’m enjoying it, and when you enjoy something, you do it better.

‘It was tough – 5-2 down in the fifth and I was thinking it’s up... then you relax a bit and start playing better.
‘You get close and start getting nervous again, and we’re both playing quite similar standard, so it’s whoever could hold their nerve better.’

Guernsey Sports Awards

posted 12 Jan 2020, 13:42 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 12 Jan 2020, 13:43 ]

Congratulations to the Island Games team for winning the Guernsey Sports Commission Team Trophy at the Sporting Achievement Awards held at Beau Sejour on Thursday. A great achievement!

"Awarded for the outstanding team performance of the year containing more than four competitors comprised solely of Guernsey residents. "

Also nominated were the Island Games Triathlon Team, St Jacques Rugby and Guernsey Basketball Women

Capelles Handicap Tournaments

posted 7 Jan 2020, 12:47 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 7 Jan 2020, 12:57 ]

Andy Gill and Rosemary Powell teamed up with great success to win the Capelles Open Handicap Doubles. It is traditionally the first tournament played at the GTTA Centre each new year and has been won by many well-known table tennis names since the first event in 1974, although it will be the first time that Gill's name will appear on the trophy while Powell can now add 2020 to her triumphs in 1979 and 1999.

The tournament is played to the old system of first to 21 with each pairing given a handicap based on their combined rankings. The random drawing of doubles partners usually throws up some interesting combinations of doubles partners and it proved to the case again. Indeed, the eventual champions only finished runners-up in their first-round group, losing to Lionel Jones and Paula Le Ber 21-19, 20-22, 14-21, but qualified on countback after beating Mick Ingrouille and Dawn Taylor. Richard Edwards and Craig Dunning had looked hot favourites after winning Group B relatively comfortably, but they succumbed to Gill and Powell in the semi-final while in the other half of the draw the veteran pair of Steve Martin and Ian Fitchet were also looking dangerous, ruthlessly dispatching Jones and Le Ber 21-12, 21-6. 
Andy Gill, Rosemary Powell, Juliette Yeaman, Ian Fitchet & Steve Martin

The final appeared to be swinging the way of Martin and Fitchet as they attacked well to cause plenty of problems, and having won a tightly contested first game, they raced into a 15-7 lead. It was at this point that Gill came to life and used his spinny left-handed loops to great effect they reeled off an incredible 15 consecutive points before closing out the game 21-16. This proved to be the turning point from which Martin and Fitchet could not recover as Gill was ably backed up by Powell's fast backhand attacks and they claimed the deciding game 21-15 and with it the trophy.

Meanwhile Juliette Yeaman claimed the Capelles Ladies Handicap Singles title, pipping Paula Le Ber who finished runner-up.

Paula Le Ber & Juliette Yeaman with GTTA Tournament Secretary Ian Fitchet

CI Open Top 12 Qualification

posted 8 Dec 2019, 12:52 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 8 Dec 2019, 12:56 ]

Joshua Stacey will lead the Sarnian charge in the annual Channel Islands Open Top 12 competition after coming out unbeaten in Sunday’s grueling local qualification event.

The main event which will take place at the Geoff Reed Table Tennis Centre in Jersey on Saturday January 25th 2020 will see the top 6 Guernsey players compete against their Caesarean counterparts.

Stacey will be joined in Jersey by Ben Foss, Paul Hainsworth, Phil Ogier, Lawrence Stacey and Matthew Casey, who all battled through the reduced 9 man field.  Traditionally the qualification event includes 10 players, however both Liam Robilliard and Dan Collenette were not available and Jamie Ferbrache replaced one of the spots in the 9, which also included Ryan Bichard and Ryan Gilson.

Josh was in excellent form throughout the day and dropped just 6 sets throughout his 8 matches. Only on one occasion was he extended to the full 5 set distance and this came during his clash with Ogier. The final end was hard fought, but Stacey battled through 14-12 after a few uncharacteristic errors from Ogier from 12-12.

Foss was seeded number 1 for the event due his impressive league and local tournament form so far this season, however he had to settle for 2nd spot on the day due to losing in 4 sets to Josh. He had also one round prior been surprisingly edged out in 5 sets by Hainsworth, despite battling back from 2-0 down.

Hainsworth himself had a solid day of action which included an impressive straight sets win over Ogier. His only defeats came at the hands of Josh in straight sets, Lawrence in 5 sets from 2-0 up and Bichard in 5 sets. Ogier’s only defeats other than to Hainsworth and Josh was a straight sets loss to Foss.

Lawrence was defeated in 4 sets by twin Josh, Foss and Ogier.  Casey did excellently to qualify for the CI event for the first time. He earned wins over Gilson in straight sets before edging past Bichard and Ferbrache in 5 sets.

Despite Bichard’s 3 wins, he missed out on the top 6 on head to head countback due his loss to Casey. 

Final Qualification Standings
1.  Joshua Stacey (8 wins out of 8)
2.  Ben Foss (6 wins)
3.  Paul Hainsworth (5 wins)
4.  Phil Ogier (5 wins)
5.  Lawrence Stacey (5 wins)
6.  Matthew Casey (3 wins)
7.  Ryan Bichard (3 wins)
8.  Jamie Ferbrache (1 win)
9.  Ryan Gilson (0 wins) 

Junior Group Singles

posted 8 Dec 2019, 12:47 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 10 Dec 2019, 13:31 ]

Jayden Tucknott claimed his first major tournament win with an excellent performance at the Junior Group Singles held on Friday evening.  

The 13-year old upset the odds and demonstrated his improvement this season with a tight 3-2 victory over James Crocker in the final.  The Lions teammates produced a real ding-dong battle to entertain the spectators with Tucknott coming through 8-11, 11-9, 13-11, 7-11, 11-8.

Earlier Crocker had also produced an upset by knocking out top seed and defending champion Caden Brouard in 3-2 in the semi final, while Tucknott beat Alex Paul 3-0.

British League Round 2

posted 8 Dec 2019, 07:35 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 8 Dec 2019, 07:43 ]

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...

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