Island Championships Finals

posted 31 Mar 2019, 14:28 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 17 Apr 2019, 13:23 ]

The 2019 Island Championships came to a close on Friday night with one of the closest Men's finals in living memory as Lawrence Stacey claimed his first Men's Singles title, holding off the challenge of Ben Foss 4-3.  Dawn Morgan claimed her 21st Women's title on the adjacent table, defeating long time rival Kay Chivers 4-0.

Some selected images are below, but the full gallery of photos is available on the GTTA Flickr site, courtesy of Mark Windsor.  Also thanks to all the umpires, officials and helpers that made the Championships a success.

The trophies were presented by Jan Hawke from La Fraternelle.  The GTTA would like to thanks La Fraternelle for their continued sponsorship of the Island Championships

Ben Foss may have fallen just short in his attempts at clinching the flagship Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles crowns during the recent Island Championship Finals night, but he was one of the big winners in the other events he competed in.

He picked up 3 Island titles comprising the Under 18 Men’s Singles, Under 21 Open Singles and the Under 18 Open Doubles. His opponent in each of the singles clashes was Dan Collenette, who has been in a rich vein of form this season, in particular the second half. Each of the matches were hard-fought, but Foss was too strong and ended out taking both matches 4-0. The Under 18 Open Doubles also saw Foss on the opposite side of the table to Collenette and the outcome was again straight sets, the team of Foss and Ryan Bichard getting the better of Collenette and his partner Billy Ogier.

Dawn Morgan was the biggest winner of all in terms of Island Singles titles in 2019 as she added a further title to the showpiece Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles. This came in the Women’s Veterans Singles where she edged the 6th end of a tight clash with long-time rival Kay Chivers 12-10. She was however unable to complete an unbeaten evening and clean sweep of titles due to her surprise defeat in the Over 50’s Open Singles final to Andy Gill. Gill played his best table tennis of the season to blow Morgan away with consistent attacking strokes off both the forehand and backhand wings which led to a mightily impressive straight sets win.

Phil Ogier has been utterly dominant in the Over 40’s category since his inclusion. 6 years competing has led to 6 titles in each of the Over 40’s Open Singles and Over 40’s Open Doubles events. His victory in the singles came against doubles partner Jez Powell in 5 sets, with the duo later combining to pick up their 6th straight crown together courtesy of a 5 set win against Mark Pipet and Tim Le Page.

Kay Chivers picked up the Over 60’s Open Singles title to add to her Women’s Doubles crown. She emerged a surprise 5 set winner over top seeded 1st Division player Mark Pipet, whilst there was a new name on the Over 70’s Open Singles title for just the second time since 2008. Ian Fitchet has long dominated the event where he had won the title 10 times out of the last 11 occasions. He was however unavailable for finals night and this led to top seed Keith Opie picking up the title following a 5 set win over former Association president Ken Falla.

Paul Hainsworth has experienced good success in the Restricted Open Singles category, which was started 6 years ago. This category is for players between the age of 21 and 40 that have not competed in the Green trophy inter-insular event over the past few years. This year for example it would have prevented Joshua and Lawrence Stacey from entering. He followed up on this and underlined his top seeding courtesy of a straight sets win over the popular debut finalist Jamie Ferbrache.

At the younger end of the scale the titles were shared between a number of upcoming talents. Jamie Regan was the winner of the Under 11 Open Singles crown as he defeated Remi Tomlin in straight sets. Jayden Tucknott continues to improve and he picked up his first Island title when he won the Under 13 Open Singles title against Shelby Timms in 6 sets. Ben Sharp has had a strong season in the 2nd Division and he backed up his top seeding in the Under 15 Boys singles event to defeat 2nd seed Caden Brouard in 6 sets. This followed his Under 13 success last year. Sisters Tia and Shelby Timms were the final winners in the Under 15 and Under 18 Girls categories respectively. Each defeated the top seeded player Erin Vaudin in the finals. In each instance the score was 4-2 in favour of the Timms siblings.

The Channel Island Championship finals will be contested at the Geoff Reed table tennis centre in Jersey on the evening of Friday 26th April. The evening is expected to be finished with the usual blue riband Men’s and Women’s Singles clashes. Lawrence Stacey will be looking to win his first CI Men’s Singles title when he comes up against Mariusz Cieminski, whilst Dawn Morgan will come up against the young Jersey player Irene Bree.


Island Championships Days 2-4

posted 27 Mar 2019, 13:42 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 27 Mar 2019, 13:43 ]

Men's Doubles  
The top seeded pairing of twins Joshua and Lawrence Stacey will compete against 4th seeds Ben Foss and Ryan Bichard in the final.

The twins dropped an end to Andy Gill and Jamie Ferbrache in the Quarter Finals, but held firm in their semi final encounter against 3rd seeds Paul Hainsworth and Dan Collenette and won a well contested encounter 4-0.

Foss and Bichard reached the semi finals with little fuss, but were up against it when trailing 2nd seeds Phil Ogier and Jez Powell 2-0. The youthful pair battled through strongly to win over 6 games in the end, 12-10 the score in the decisive 6th end.

Women's Doubles
The top seeded pairing of Dawn Morgan and Kay Chivers will contest the final against the unseeded pairing of Juliette Yeaman and Sue Ferbrache.

Morgan and Chivers hold 46 Women's Doubles titles between them and they cruised past Rose Powell and Karen Blondel in straight sets.

Yeamen and Ferbrache on the other hand secured one of the biggest surprise results of the Championships so far when they edged through against 2nd seeds Paula Le Ber and Sam Kershaw. The underdogs roared into a 3-0 lead only for the seeded duo to force a deciding 7th end. The victors raised their game once more in the crucial decider and took it 11-5.

Kay Chivers & Dawn Morgan                                

Under 21 Open Singles
Top seed Ben Foss reached the Under 21 Open Singles final where he will meet 2nd seed Dan Collenette. 
Foss had a tough semi final encounter against 3rd seed Ryan Bichard, but managed to win over 6 sets.

Collenette had a much easier encounter against 4th seed Matthew Casey and won in straight sets.

                                 Dan Collenette

Under 18 Men's Singles
In a repeat of the U21 event, top seed Ben Foss will meet 2nd seed Dan Collenette in the final.

Foss overcame Casey 4-1, but Collenette faced a tough test against Ellis Tomlin in the other semi final. Tomlin led 3-1 and looked set to spring a big upset courtesy of effective attacking table tennis. Collenette battled very well in the end though and managed to take the final 3 ends 11-5, 11-7, 11-8.

Under 18 Open Doubles
Ben Foss made it 5 finals when he reached the U18 Doubles final alongside Matthew Casey. They will compete against 2nd seeds Dan Collenette and Billy Ogier in Friday evening's final.

Foss and Casey defeated Jonah Ingrouille and Caden Brouard 4-1, whilst Collenette and Ogier overcame Ben Sharp and James Crocker in straight sets.

Under 18 Women's Singles
Top seed Erin Vaudin will compete against Shelby Timms in the final. 

Shelby did well to avenge her U15 defeat to 2nd seeded sister Tia in the semi finals as she won 4-1.

Veteran's Open Singles (Over 40)
Top seed Phil Ogier will contest the final against 2nd seed Jez Powell.

Ogier cruised to the final without dropping an end and this culminated with a 4-0 win over 4th seed Andy Gill in the semis.
                                                    Erin Vaudin             
Powell reached the semis without dropping an end too, but here he faced a tough battle with 3rd seed Mark Pipet. Powell eventually came through 4-2 in an encounter where 4 ends went beyond the regulation 11 point mark, the 3rd going the way of Powell 18-16.

Veteran's Open Doubles
Ogier and Powell backed up their top seeding to reach the final and they will play against 4th seeds Mark Pipet and Tim Le Page in the final.

The top seeds cruised past 3rd seeds Kay Chivers and Keith Opie in straight sets, whilst Pipet and Le Page needed to dig deep to get past the unseeded pairing of Andy Gill and Ian Le Page over 6 sets. Gill and Le Page had earlier shocked 2nd seeds Martin Sarre and Dawn Morgan in the Quarter Finals where they won 4-2.

Women's Veterans Singles
The top seeded duo of Kay Chivers and Dawn Morgan will play in the final of this event.
Chivers was pushed by Sam Kershaw in the semi finals but came through over 6 sets, whilst Morgan defeated Sue Ferbrache in straight sets.

Super Veterans Open Singles (Over 50)
4th seed Dawn Morgan will compete against 2nd seed Andy Gill in the final.
Morgan upset top seed Mark Pipet in the first semi final in straight sets.  Gill played well to edge past 3rd seed Kay Chivers over the full 7 sets.

Island Championships Day 1 Roundup

posted 24 Mar 2019, 05:39 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 24 Mar 2019, 05:56 ]

Men's Singles
There will be a new name on the trophy of the showpiece Men's Singles trophy on Friday evening after top seed Lawrence Stacey and 4th seed Ben Foss made their way to the final. 

Stacey reached the final last year where he was beaten by Garry Dodd, who is now based in Sheffield, whilst this will be a maiden Men's Singles final for 17 year old Foss, who recently returned to the tables, having missed a large chunk due to injury.

The tournament saw all 8 seeded players make their way to the Quarter finals, however there were some notable encounters that took place prior to this stage. 3rd Division player Mick Ingrouille earned an excellent 7 set win over 2nd Division player Peter Vivian in the Last 32 before exiting to Joshua Stacey in the next round, whilst 7th seed Jez Powell emerged through a high quality Last 32 tussle with 1st Division player Andy Gill in 7 sets, having trailed 5-2 in the deciding end. The other exciting Last 32 clash came between Division 2 Lions E team-mates, Caden Brouard and Jonah Ingrouille. It was Brouard who edged through this encounter between the youngsters, 11-8 in the decider, before losing to Foss 4-0 in the Last 16.
              Ben Foss reached his first Men's final

The Last 16 clashes mainly failed to light up as 7 of them were won 4-0. The exception however was the encounter between Division 1 juniors Dan Collenette and Matthew Casey. 6th seed Collenette was always 1 game ahead and held his nerve strongly in the deciding 7th end of their encounter and took it 11-3.

The Quarter finals saw some high quality table tennis played across each encounter. Lawrence may have defeated Collenette in 5 games, but it was a tough battle which saw the first 3 ends all go beyond the regulation 11 points. Twin Joshua also won in 5 sets, but his victory over Powell was also far from easy, with 2 of the sets being won 13-11 and 12-10. 3rd seed Phil Ogier was the most comfortable victor in the round due to his straight sets win over Ryan Bichard, whilst Foss had the toughest encounter of the round during his match with 5th seed Paul Hainsworth, where he was extended to 6 sets. Hainsworth held a strong 6-1 lead in the decisive 6th game, but Foss battled back well to edge through 11-9.

Lawrence defeated Ogier in straight sets in the first semi-final, but this was very harsh on Ogier, who competed well and lost a narrow 11-9, 12-10, 11-9, 14-12 match.

Foss on the other hand had to do it the hard way, as Joshua took the opening 2 games of their clash. Foss had led the 2nd game 7-2 before going down 11-7 and it looked like Stacey would have the momentum for the rest of the match. Foss however went up a few gears from here and motored through the final 4 games 11-8, 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 to book his place in the final.

Women's Singles
On the Women's side, the final will be between a pair of familiar faces in the form of 20 times champion Dawn Morgan and 18 times champion Kay Chivers. 

Morgan comfortably defeated Emma Webb and Sue Ferbrache in straight sets, with Febrache earlier earning an excellent straight sets win over 1st Division player Charlotte Casey.

Chivers on the other hand comfortably came through against Juliette Yeaman in the Quarter finals without loss, before an encounter with fellow 2nd Division player Paula Le Ber in the semis. Le Ber has been in a rich vein of form this year, which has included some impressive scalps in the 1st Division whilst reserving. It was a well contested match, however Chivers was too strong on the night and won 4-1.

Kay Chivers                          
Under 15 Boy's Singles
Top seed Ben Sharp became the first 2019 Island Champion when he de 
feated 2nd seed Caden Brouard 4-2 in the final. In the only event to have the final played on the same day as the tournament, the Whistlers player recovered from losing the opening game to roar into a 3-1 lead. Brouard took the 5th, however Sharp was too strong and won the 6th 11-7.

Each player had earlier comfortably defeated their opposition in the semi finals, namely Max Burrows and Jayden Tucknott.


                            Under 15 Boy's champion Ben Sharp

Under 15 Girl's Singles
Top seed Erin Vaudin will play against 2nd seed Tia Timms in the final. Timms did well to defeat sister Shelby 4-1 in their semi-final encounter.

Under 13 Open Singles

The top seeded pair of Jayden Tucknott and Shelby Timms will meet in the final. Tucknott overcame Evan Lesbirel in straight sets, whilst Timms beat Jamie Regan by the same score.

                            Jayden Tucknott

Under 11 Open Singles

Top seed Jamie Regan will play against the unseeded Remi Tomlin in the final. Regan beat Charlotte Dicker 4-0 in the first semi final, whilst Tomlin overcame Cameron Powell in 5 sets in the other. Powell had earned an excellent 7 set win over 2nd seed Daisy Burrows in the Quarter final stages.

                     Under 11 finalist Remi Tomlin

Senior British League Round 5

posted 19 Mar 2019, 14:37 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 19 Mar 2019, 14:44 ]

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

The Senior British National League campaign for the 2018/19 season concluded this weekend for the Ravenscroft-backed Guernsey table tennis teams with mixed success.

The first team which contains the Island’s best players in the form of Garry Dodd, Joshua Stacey, Lawrence Stacey and Ben Foss were unfortunate to be relegated from the extremely high standard Championship Division, which is the 2nd tier of table tennis within the structure of the leagues. Despite the relegation, the side managed to avoid finishing bottom and followed up on the strong form they showed back in February where they went undefeated against the top sides in the Division. The fixtures this weekend saw 1 victory and 1 draw from their 4 encounters contested at the Corby Smash Table Tennis Centre in Northamptonshire. 

The first match of the weekend saw the side obtain a narrow 5-3 win against a Portsmouth side who finished 7th in the league which consists of 10 teams. The leading player in the Channel Islands, Dodd, who is based in Sheffield continues to produce high quality performances and he made a strong start here with a straight set win over Adeoye Adewale and a 4 set win over Adam Fuzes. Both of these players are equivalently ranked in the top 40 in England, so the wins and nature of them were impressive. Winner of the last 2 Senior Open tournaments in Guernsey, Lawrence Stacey, also enjoyed an unbeaten start to the weekend. He also earned a straight sets win over Adewale, but it was his first fixture against Jacob Goss which was a crucial win for the team. He trailed 2-0 to the 60th best Under 21 player in England before storming back to win the final 3 ends all by the matching score of 11-8. Foss picked up the pivotal 5th win for his side in the final encounter of the match. Once more a Sarnian trailed Goss 2-0, but he too bounced back strongly and won over 5 sets. Joshua Stacey came very close to adding to the tally but lost to Martin Matuzevicius in 5 sets, despite leading 2-1. 

The other match on Saturday resulted in a 6-2 to loss to the ever improving Ormesby II side that ended up finishing in 4th place. The youthful Middlesbrough based side finished the season with 7 wins from their last 8 matches and were the highest point scorers in the entire league over this period. Despite the defeat, the result ultimately stemmed on two 5 set encounters. Dodd started off where he left off courtesy of a comfortable straight sets win over England number 58 David Gofton, but he narrowly fell 12-10 in the deciding 5th end to England number 24 Joe Cope, who is also the 4th best U18 Male in the country. Lawrence picked up the other Guernsey win when he overcame Gofton in 4 sets. He also came close to defeating Thomas Rayner, but fell 13-11 in the 5th and deciding end of their encounter.

The final day of action commenced with a crushing 7-1 defeat at the hands of the side that ended up finishing as runners-up in the Division, Nottingham Sycamore I. Dodd was the only player to fully test the opposition and this included an excellent 3-1 winner over the defensive skills of England number 23 James Hobson. He was just unable to complete the double due to losing his opening encounter to another defender, in the form of England Number 39 Sam Wilson, who came back from 2-0 down to edge past the left hander.

The final match of the season was against Kingfisher I and decided who would finish bottom of the table. In the end the encounter ended as a 4-4 stalemate and condemned the Reading based side the undesirable position. Dodd finished off the weekend strongly with a duo of wins. First up was a 3-1 win over another chopper in the form of the wily veteran and England number 52 Dave Barr. He concluded with a comprehensive straight sets win over England number 46 Daniel Moses. Lawrence earned a 4 set win over Lewis Waddup, whilst Foss picked up his 2nd win of the weekend via a 4 set win over Artur Morar. He came very close to securing the win, but fell in 5 sets to Waddup. 

Ravenscroft II on the other hand finished comfortably in 4th position of National C-6, with action taking place in Fareham.

Despite the early season promise of promotion when the side were level 2nd following completion of the 2nd weekend of action, the side had a tough weekend where just a single win was obtained from the 4 matches.

There was a Senior British League debut for Jamie Ferbrache, who joined regulars Dan Collenette, Ryan Bichard and Matthew Casey. Champions Joola Plymouth III have been in a league of their own and not looked close to losing any match. Such was their domination that they only lost 12 of the 126 individual matches played in the season and they cruised to a 9-0 whitewash over the Guernsey team in the opening match of the weekend.

The afternoon saw another heavy defeat, as 6th placed side Newton Abbott TTC won 7-2. Despite the loss, the final 2 matches were won as Bichard overcame Wim Faasen 3-0 and Casey edged through against Daniel Webster-Hall in 5 sets.

Sunday morning saw another heavy defeat at the hands of 2nd placed finishers Horsham Spinners II 8-1. Casey was the sole victor in this fixture due to his 5 set win over Dean Rose.

The season ended on a high due to the comfortable 6-3 win which was obtained against the side that finished bottom of the Division, Haywards Heath II. Dan Collenette made his mark with wins over Sam Clarke in straight sets and Richard Cosens in 5 sets. Casey also went unbeaten to conclude a successful weekend for him including a straight set win over Matthew Caddy and a 5 set win over Stuart Vincent. Bichard picked up the final singles win when he overcame Caddy in 5 sets. Collenette and Bichard teamed up effectively to win the doubles against Clarke and Cosens in 5 sets to extend the margin of victory.

The next big action for the Island players are the Island Championships, which commence on Friday evening. 

Ravenscroft I
9th out of 10 teams.
1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses.

Garry Dodd – 6 wins out of 8
Lawrence Stacey – 4 wins out of 8
Ben Foss– 2 wins out of 8
Joshua Stacey – 0 wins out of 8

Ravenscroft II
4th out of 8 teams
1 win and 3 losses.

Matthew Casey – 4 wins out of 8
Daniel Collenette – 2 wins out of 8
Ryan Bichard – 2 wins out of 8
Jamie Ferbrache – 0 wins out of 8

Jack Carrington Tournament

posted 17 Mar 2019, 07:10 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 17 Mar 2019, 07:11 ]

Phil Ogier regained the Jack Carrington trophy, which he last won in 2016, following a 4 set win over fellow Lions player and 2009 champion Paul Hainsworth in an entertaining final.

The Jack Carrington tournament is one of the more unique events in the GTTA calendar as the rules prevent any player to have competed 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, as well as Garry Dodd, who is currently living in Sheffield.

Due to Ogier’s lengthy tenure in the Green trophy team, there was a large gap in him winning the trophy between his first success back in 1993 and his next in 2016. Ben Foss had taken the title in 2017 and 2018 and on both of these occasions he had overcome 2019 beaten finalist Hainsworth over 5 sets.

The tournament’s group stages went largely as expected, however Group A saw Division 2 averages topper Jez Powell win the group ahead of Division 1 players Andy Gill and Ryan Gilson. Gill took the runner-up spot due to his 5 set win over Gilson. 3rd Division player Craig Dunning has made a habit of qualifying to the knockout stages of tournaments of late and he did so once more due his victories over 2nd Division players Albert Unden and Chas Elliott in Group B, which was topped by Ogier. 

Dunning’s good run was ended by Paul Hainsworth in the Quarter Finals, where the St Pauls player was ruthlessly dispatched for the loss of just 10 points. Ogier stopped the run of Lions B team-mate Andre De Carteret in straight sets, Powell overcame Division 1 player Jamie Ferbrache in straight sets and Ryan Bichard defeated fellow first Division player Gill in straight sets to complete the semi final line-up.
                                                                                                                                                Phil Ogier in action

Ogier was a comfortable winner over Bichard in the first semi, with each end being claimed by the score of 11-6.

Hainsworth meanwhile had a much tougher match against Powell, who came out of the blocks very fast and comfortably won the opener 11-5 courtesy of positive forehand and backhand topspin strokes mixed with controlled blocking. Hainsworth had a big 9-3 lead in the next, but Powell incredibly earned himself a game point at 10-9. A missed forehand topspin into the net at this point proved costly and Hainsworth edged it 13-11. Hainsworth raised his level in the 3rd and won it 11-5, before another close game ensued in the 4th. Powell held game points, but a fault serve mixed in here proved costly and Hainsworth once more squeezed through 14-12.

The final was the expected encounter between the highest ranked players in the event and it did not disappoint, with a number of incredible rallies with both players covering all areas of the court. Hainsworth made a strong start by converting the opener 11-8, however Ogier gained the advantage in the 2nd when leading 9-6. Hainsworth battled hard and managed to turn the end in his favour with a game point at 10-9. Here the best rally of the match took place, with Hainsworth well on top with aggressive forehand topspins and smashes and Ogier retrieving. One of Ogier’s retrievals caught the net midway through the rally and Hainsworth did well to react to continue the rally and he once more moved onto the offensive. It looked like he had done enough, however Ogier’s final retrieval just clipped the back edge of the table to force parity at 10-10. Ogier closed this out 12-10 and despite Hainsworth’s best efforts, Ogier was too strong on the night and claimed the following ends 11-8, 11-5 to regain the trophy.

GTTA Individual Handicap

posted 13 Mar 2019, 14:32 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 13 Mar 2019, 14:43 ]

Stacey stands the test  

The GTTA’s open handicap tournament took place on Monday 11th March, providing the opportunity for lower division players to pit their skills against the best from the higher divisions. Despite very generous handicaps it was no easy task for weaker players to get through - although some made the cut to the knockout rounds.

Played up to 21 points over three games - as opposed to the modern day 11 point, five set match, the better players might have to over come a deficit of as much as 15 or 16 points before gaining advantage. This puts them on their mettle, knowing that any minor mistake could be instrumental in an earlier departure than would otherwise be expected.

As the opening rounds sorted the stayers from the departures, notable advances were made by super veteran Rose Powell and junior player Callum Gilson. The former - made her way to the semi final, dispatching first division junior Ryan Bichard in the quarter final - making the best of the 14 point handicap he was obliged to give her.

In the first stage of the knockout proper, following the the round robin phase, brothers Ryan and Callum Gilson, respectively first and second division players, treated spectators to an entertainingly open and attacking match with younger brother Callum taking the honours - going on to take the scalp of the talented Ben Foss in the quarter final.

In the semi-final the younger Gilson came up against Lawrence Stacey, narrowly losing the first game before taking the second. In the third Gilson had a genuinely good chance of putting away his more illustrious opponent but as the tension mounted, Lawrence took control of the game overcoming the 12 point handicap, to win 21 - 17.

In an uncommon battle of differing powers, Jez Powell put an end to Rose Powell’s impressive run, by two games to nil in the second semi-final.

The final pitted Jez Powell against Lawrence Stacey and though the former gave a superb account of himself - taking the first game 21 - 14, Lawrence’s greater all round game and mobility saw him run out the eventual victor, winning the last two games 21-12, 21 -17.

Deutsche Bank Junior Banded Tournament

posted 11 Mar 2019, 02:21 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 13 Mar 2019, 14:52 ]

The fourth and final Deutsche Bank Junior Banded Tournament of the season took place on Saturday.

Band 1 winner: Corey Brouard               
Runner-up: Callum Gilson
Band 2 winner: Shelby Timms               Runner-up: Max Burrows
Band 3 winner: Courtney Benfield         Runner-up: Holly Jenkins
Band 4 winner: Jack Garbutt                  Runner-up: Grace Milan
Band 5 winner: Alex Hutchinson           Runner-up: Connor Powell
Band 6 winner: Tobin Collier                 Runner-up: Caitlin Jouhning

Inter Insular Selections

posted 1 Mar 2019, 12:42 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 1 Mar 2019, 12:43 ]

The following players have been selected to represent Guernsey in the 2019 Inter Insulars, taking place on Saturday 27th April at the Geoff Reed Table Tennis Centre, Jersey.

Under 11 Open        Alex Jakubowski, Sian Craig, Grace Milan
Under 13 Open        Jayden Tucknott, Shelby Timms, Evan Lesbirel
Under 15 Open        Ben Sharp, Caden Brouard, James Crocker
Under 18 Boys         Ben Foss, Dan Collenette, Matthew Casey
Under 18 Girls         Marli Barker, Amy Wesley, Melissa Johns 
Under 21 Open        Dan Collenette, Ryan Bichard, Matthew Casey

Green (Men)            Joshua Stacey, Lawrence Stacey, Ben Foss
Margaret (Women)  Kay Chivers, Dawn Morgan, Paula Le Ber
Veterans Over 40     Phil Ogier, Jez Powell, Andy Gill
Veterans Over 50     Mark Pipet, Tim Le Page, Andy Gill
Veterans Over 60     Chas Elliott, Keith Opie, Kay Chivers

Senior British League Round 4

posted 19 Feb 2019, 13:48 by Guernsey Table Tennis Association   [ updated 19 Mar 2019, 14:44 ]

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

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