Lions Novelty Doubles

posted 14 Apr 2021, 13:43 by GTTA   [ updated 14 Apr 2021, 13:43 ]

There are new names on the historic Lions Novelty Doubles trophy this year after the pairing of Andy Gill and Marion Phillips claimed the title at the GTTA Centre on Monday.

The Novelty Doubles is a unique event, first played for in 1975, whereby players enter individually but are put together with another entrant based on ranking, with high-ranked players paired with those lower down the list. As a result, it usually produces some unorthodox combinations of players with different styles and plenty of close and competitive matches, with the 2021 edition being now exception.

The group stage matches were very tight affairs with the majority of matches going the full 5-set distance. Gill and Phillips were beaten 3-2 in their very first match by veterans Mick Ingrouille and Erik Teteruck, however the defeat of Shaun Mosley and Lionel Jones meant they progressed as group runners-up. Juliette Yeaman and Rosemary Powell provided stern opposition in the semi-finals with three deuce games, while in the other half of the draw, Craig Dunning and previous winner Val Le Messurier were also playing well.

It was First Division stalwart Gill that provided the flair shots with his trademark forehand loops, but popular Social League player Phillips was key to the win, providing much more than just a supporting role with some excellent receiving of serve and positive attacking shots when the chances arose. The final pitted them against 2020 winner Erin Vaudin along with Steve Martin, and Gill and Phillips made a fast start, winning the first end for the loss of only 2 points. However their opponents picked up the pace and attacked more consistently, briefly threatening to make a comeback after taking game 3, but the ultimately succumbed 11-2, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11.

Ping Pong Championship

posted 11 Apr 2021, 15:58 by GTTA   [ updated 12 Apr 2021, 09:42 ]

Paul Hainsworth proved he is king of the sandpaper bat once again at the Guernsey Table Tennis Centre on Saturday afternoon with victory in the annual Ping Pong Challenge. The ever-popular tournament is played with blue sandpaper bats and in its previous guise, the winner qualified to take part in Barry Hearn’s World Championship of Ping Pong, held at the Ally Pally and televised on Sky Sports. However the Channel Islands’ automatic qualification spot was removed in 2018, primarily due to the increase in entries from high quality Chinese players and Mick Ingrouille has taken up the task of organising the local replacement event each year since.

Sandpaper bats can only impart a little spin on the ball, reducing the advantage of the top players, which this means that entries are received from individual from across the GTTA leagues. In other variations to standard table tennis rules, if a game score reaches 10-10, a sudden-death point is played and player can nominate one ‘golden ball’ point per match, whereby if they win that next rally, they are awarded an extra bonus point.

With only 4 seeded players, the draw for the round-robin stage can be tricky and Group D looked to a particular be a group of death, with a roster of good players including the seasoned hard bat regulars Ken Falla and Craig Dunning, 2019 champion Dan Collenette and Island Championship Men's runner-up, Ben Foss.

Indeed it was this group where most of the pivotal matches occurred and returning university student Collenette was surprisingly eliminated, finishing in 6th place overall. Young Caden Brouard showed great patience and skill in winning all his matches and surprisingly topping the group for the loss of only 2 ends. The presence of only 4 seeds meant that the draw for the next round, conducted live by GTTA President Derek Webb, was tense as each player waited to find out their next opponent. Pick of the round was Island Games teammates Lawrence Stacey and Ben Foss being drawn together and Stacey held his nerve to progress in 3 ends. Sam Clark also had a tense match in coming back from a game down to beat the lively Oscar Pearson 11-10 in the decider.

Hainsworth accounted for Clark in the next round and then the dangerous Lawrence Stacey in the semi-final, while on the other half of the draw, top seed Josh Stacey was getting into the groove and attacking consistently to overcome the patience of Brouard to win 11-8, 11-6. The final pitted the two most
 attacking players from the tournament together with barely a backspin or defensive shot in sight. Hainsworth was at his ruthless best and easily won the first game 11-2, before Stacey came back strongly to battle hard and get to 10-10 before losing the decisive point after a long rally. Hainsworth cleared his mind well and reset for the 3rd game, attacking even more consistently on the forehand to limit Stacey’s own attacks and despite effective use of the golden ball from his opponent, won 11-2, 11-10, 11-5 to claim his first Ping Pong title since 2018. Jayden Tucknott won the plate trophy with a 2-1 win over Richard Edwards.

Lions Spot for Sport

posted 7 Apr 2021, 14:52 by GTTA   [ updated 7 Apr 2021, 14:54 ]

Ben Foss picked up where he left off as the Guernsey table tennis season resumed in earnest and he claimed his maiden Lions Spot for Sport title. The Lions A player entered as top seed by virtue of leading the way in the Doric Insurance Division 1 and is showing strong form before the Island Championships commence in a few weeks’ time.

The new 3-player round robin stage saw the seeded players progress as expected, despite some obvious rustiness following the 8 weeks of no action. Indeed, it was a similar story up to the quarter finals, with only 4th seed Jez Powell being troubled by the much-improved 2nd Division player Nye Matthew.

The semi-finals paired Foss with Josh Stacey and although Stacey edged the first game 16-14, he could not find any rhythm and his younger opponent took control to win the next three ends. On the adjacent table, Lawrence Stacey had looked sharp all night and took a 2-game lead against Phil Ogier. However the veteran found a second wind and produced some vintage defensive play and counter-attacking forehands, with Stacey shell-shocked as his opponent rattled through the games to make it 2-2 for the loss of only 6 points. Ultimately Stacey took some time to re-compose himself and cut out the unforced errors to take the 5th game 11-5.

After that cracking semi-final, the final did not disappoint the crowd with some entertaining and skilful rallies. Foss took the first end, but Stacey controlled the game well to go 2-1 ahead before Foss rallied back in the 4th. Stacey then appeared to take control of the deciding game but could not find a finish and Foss showed excellent mental resolve to out-spin his opponent and from 8-5 behind, won 6 consecutive points to take the game, match and his first Spot for Sport title.

Capelles Ladies Handicap

posted 2 Apr 2021, 08:59 by GTTA   [ updated 2 Apr 2021, 09:00 ]

The GTTA tournament season resumed this week with the rearranged Capelles Ladies Handicap Singles. In an event initially scheduled for the end of January, Erin Vaudin underlined the recent improvement in her gameplay and took home the trophy, beating Juliette Yeaman in the final. 

There was a healthy mix of new and more experienced players, playing the 21-point system with best-of-3 games.  The handicap system was working well to produce some very evenly-matched contests, with young Emily Gavey the pick of the group stage with some excellent attacking shots. However she ultimately went down in the quarter final after a tight match with experienced Island Games player Paula Le Ber.

The most nail-biting match of the evening was in the first semi-final between Yeaman and Jenny Powell, and it was Yeaman who eventually prevailed 23-21 in the 3rd game, successfully clawing back a 7 point handicap deficit on her opponent.

This earned her a place in the final against a confident Vaudin and the youngster took charge of the contest from the outset with some assured attacking play, using her 4-point start to claim the victory 21-9, 21-18. Next tournament of this busy season is the Lions Spot for Sport, followed by the Ping Pong Championships on 10th April.

COVID-19 Updates

posted 5 Mar 2021, 13:47 by GTTA   [ updated 17 Mar 2021, 17:03 ]

     Season Diary (updated 17-Mar-2021)
Update 18th March 
As Guernsey moves to Stage 3 of Exit from Lockdown, the GTTA are pleased to be able to resume all table tennis activities from Monday 22nd March.  The GTTA diary has been revised and is available for download, but please note the following key points:

League matches will resume on the following dates:
    Division 1 -  Wednesday 24th March 
    Division 2 -  Thursday 1st April
    Division 3 -  Wednesday 31st March 
    Division 4 -  Thursday 25th March

Due to the 8 'lost' weeks, it has been decided to abandon the last round of league matches for each division. E.g. a Division 1 team will now play each other team 4 times in total, instead of the originally-planned 5.

The Island Championships have been moved back two weeks to allow the leagues to finish first. They will now commence on 30th April. Other missed tournaments have been rescheduled, mostly in March or April

Junior training will start again from Monday 22nd March, keeping previous session days and times, more information will be communicated too parents in a separate letter.

Please email if you have any questions or concerns. For junior enquiries, contact Derek Webb 

Update 6th March 
Following the States of Guernsey update released on 3rd March and the subsequent move to Recovery Stage 2, table tennis is able to resume in a limited capacity from Monday 8th March.

The GTTA Centre will be open for practice at the times listed below, subject to safety measures designed to ensure that all attendees are abiding by government guidelines for the safety of all present.  This includes a maximum of 20 persons in the hall, regular sanitisation, social distancing and mask-wearing while on the premises. 

Monday        19:00 - 22:00
Tuesday        19:00 - 22:00 (Social League only)
Wednesday   19:00 - 22:00

Please note that there will be no Saturday or Monday morning clubs for the time being.

Tables must be booked in advance:
Please contact Derek Webb on 07781 140280 or to book your slot on Monday and/or Wednesday so that we can monitor uptake to ensure compliance with the maximum number 20 persons

The full guidelines for the use of the Centre are linked below, all Centre users are expected to have read these before attending

Further information on Recovery Stage 2 is available is States of Guernsey website -

Update 23rd January
Following States of Guernsey advice, the GTTA Centre is currently closed and all table tennis activities suspended
until further notice. A decision on the rearrangement of league matches & tournaments will be made in due course

Veterans 6 Nations Cancelled

posted 5 Mar 2021, 13:01 by GTTA   [ updated 5 Mar 2021, 13:08 ]

The Veterans 6 Nations due to be held in Dublin in September has been cancelled as a results of the current pandemic. 
More details can be found in the letter from the Irish Veterans Table Tennis Association here

Capelles Handicap Doubles

posted 19 Jan 2021, 15:41 by GTTA   [ updated 20 Jan 2021, 14:08 ]

The Ravenscroft Panthers pairing of Peter Vivian and Ben Foote won the ever-popular Capelles Handicap Doubles tournament on Monday evening, overcoming Jamie Ferbrache and Mark Windsor in the final.

The January ‘Capelles’ are ever-popular tournaments in the GTTA calendar and the 2021 edition of the Handicap Doubles saw a healthy entry of members young and old and from all 4 Divisions plus

 the Social League.  The format is a simple one in that players enter individually and get paired up with another entrant at random, with players’ handicap being averaged out in a series of games played under the old ‘first to 21’ playing system.

This resulted in some intriguing matchups, and the sight of in-form Lawrence Stacey with the fast-improving Division 2 player Nye Matthew looked a particularly dangerous combination.  Indeed, the GTTA handicappers should be credited for some fine judgement as there were plenty of deuce games and the majority of matches over the evening went the full 3-set distance.

This was evidenced when the eventual victors were well beaten in the first match of the night as 4th Division Helen Barker and Dawn Taylor made excellent use of their +12 start to win 2-1, although ultimately they were a little unfortunate to be eliminated at the group stage on countback.

After a tight set of quarter finals, including elimination of some of the early favourites, the first semi-final pitted Jamie Ferbrache and Mark Windsor against Andy Gill and Erik Teteruck in a highly tactical affair.  Gill and Teteruck were particularly effective as a left-hand, right-hand combination but despite taking the first game, were defeated 22-20 in the third game.

On the adjacent table, Vivan and Foote made good use of the 9-point advantage against Ben Foss and Craig Dunning, blocking some of Foss’ topspin drives while also negating Dunning’s pimpled defensive rubber and grabbed a narrow 3-game win, 21-14, 21-23, 21-19.

The final was an all-Group B affair but while Vivian and Foote had triumphed over the same pair in the group stage, the second meeting of the evening was a tighter encounter.  Ferbrache and Windsor raced out of the blocks, despite were conceding a +2 handicap and combined well to take the first end with relative ease.  Vivian and Foote bounced back well, with some impressive blocking of Ferbrache’s powerful loop attacks to claim the next two ends with the final score being 14-21, 21-17, 21-19.

The Capelles events conclude next Monday with the Ladies Handicap Singles tournament, starting at 19:30.

Capelles Open Singles

posted 13 Jan 2021, 14:07 by GTTA   [ updated 13 Jan 2021, 14:08 ]

Ben Foss continues to build his senior-level trophy cabinet knowing that the big one – an Island Singles title – may not be too far away on the horizon.
(Report courtesy Guernsey Press)

Before gunning for a maiden Island Championships men’s crown in April, the youngster opened his year with a successful title defence at the Capelles Open. But it was as close as ever.  Foss ended his night with two five-set thrillers, culminating in a shootout with top seed Lawrence Stacey.

Lawrence, in turn, went under the cosh in the quarter-finals after a mix-up with entries caused an uncharacteristically early meeting with twin Josh. There, Lawrence edged a bumper opening set 16-14 after seeing the unseeded island champion coming back at him, then the latter rattled off two 11-8s to steal the initiative. Form-man Lawrence held his nerve to edge the next two sets and book a semi spot, where he beat Paul Hainsworth in four ends.
Yet an entertaining battle of youth versus experience on the adjacent table was taking centre stage. Foss burst out of the blocks in set one against Phil Ogier, a six-time Capelles champion between 1999 and 2005, before the veteran pegged him back. The second told a similar tale but Foss just came out top this time, and after two more alternating outcomes and some showy ranged rallies, a decisive fifth end beckoned. 
That was when Foss’s survival instinct kicked in and he romped to an 11-5 victory.
Now for Stacey versus Foss – a familiar, but always nail-biting, rivalry. Foss kept his momentum to dominate the first set 11-4, only for Lawrence to restore parity with a stronger second. What started as a blow-for-blow third set turned into one-way traffic as Foss broke from 3-all to 11-4, though Lawrence kept his cool to flip this result in the fourth.

A decider resulted. The clock was ticking on and the post-Christmas break fatigue was rising, but Foss shot off to break five clear. Lawrence capitalised on a series of errors, though, to salvage a deuce situation. After both parties dropped key points amid the mounting tension, Foss pinched a critical rally and moments later sealed a 14-12 victory.

‘It feels good to win this one,’ he said after adding a second Capelles title to his two Whistlers successes. ‘I played pretty well.

‘I was a few points up in the fifth but Lawrence played it back, and 10-all to 12-all were quite shaky points – no one really won a point, we both just lost them. [The 13th] was quite a big one to win and probably gave me the momentum to get over the line.'

He added in reference to a season still clouded by Covid concerns and with Guernsey ace Garry Dodd still inactive out in Sheffield: ‘Island Champs is the main one I have in mind and it would be nice to get that.’

The night concluded with the award of the Hard Luck trophy for the 2019-20 season which went to Lawrence Stacey, with runners-up being Ryan Gilson and Ben Foote.

Mark Kilby Hard Bat Singles

posted 15 Dec 2020, 03:17 by GTTA   [ updated 16 Dec 2020, 14:33 ]

A table tennis season would not feel complete without the staging of one of the more popular tournaments on the local calendar and Monday evening saw the Mark J Kilby Memorial Hard Bat Trophy contested for, the final of the re-arranged tournaments from the COVID struck 2019/20 season.

The tournament is always fairly open due to the ‘level playing field’ nature of the competition which is largely as a result of every player using the same pimple bat throughout the evening, including a switch of bats between ends.

Despite this fact, the players to reach the final were the 2 most decorated of this form of the game, with an incredible 16 titles shared between them in the past 27 years. The recent form player in this event Paul Hainsworth picked up an incredible 10th title in 11 years after battling through a hard-fought encounter over 7-time champion Phil Ogier.

The tournament itself is a throwback to the olden days in that as well as the pimple bats being used, the previous scoring system of 21 points is used. The other notable difference is that the old 38mm ball is used as opposed to the current 40mm ball that is used for all local, national and international table tennis competitions.

Mark Kilby was a talented young table tennis player who tragically passed away in the early 1980’s. Mark’s parents Barry and Val arranged to have his table tennis bat dipped in silver and mounted as the trophy for the winner of the newly launched tournament when it was first contested in 1984. They come down to the centre each year to watch the annual event and also present the trophy at the climax of the tournament.

As noted previously the event is a popular one and is always well supported by the Guernsey Table Tennis Association Members and it was no different this time with a bumper entry of 33 competitors all relishing the opportunity of trying their luck with the hard bats across 11 groups.

The tournament can throw up some unexpected results, however the initial group stages did not yield many shocks with all of the expected higher Division players qualifying as either group winner or group runner-up. Caden Brouard did however push leading 1st Division player and runner-up in this event for the past 3 seasons, Joshua Stacey to a third and deciding end before being edged 21-18. The youngster still managed to qualify as runner-up due to his straight sets win over fellow junior Shelby Timms.

The first round saw a few notable scalps Brouard was the first to obtain one due to his impressive straight sets win against Martin Sarre. Oscar Pearson had a good win of his own over Craig Dunning in straight sets, whilst Chas Elliott defeated 1st Division player Steve Ozanne. It was a good evening for the young players and Jayden Tucknott started his impressive run at the tournament with a 2-1 win over the tricky Steve Martin. 

The youngers continued their strong march with another pair of scalps in the Last 16. Brouard was a comfortable straight sets winner over a quality hard bat player in Derek Webb, whilst Tucknott went one better with a superb 2-1 win over 1st Division player Ryan Gilson, who is also very adept in this form of the game. The other notable clash in this round saw Lawrence Stacey defeat fellow Division 1 player Sam Clark 2-1 in a high-quality encounter.

Brouard and Tucknott met in the Quarter finals and it was a good match which ended as a narrow 3 set win for Brouard. A repeat of the previous 3 finals saw Hainsworth brush past Josh Stacey, Ogier ended the good run of Pearson in straight sets and Ben Foss battled past Lawrence in 3 sets.

Foss started his semi final strongly against Hainsworth and led throughout. This included the only set points of the night against the champion, who managed to sneak it 24-22. The early stages of the 2nd remained tight before Hainsworth put together a strong finish to take it 21-14. Brouard’s excellent evening could not enable him to get past the extremely steady defensive abilities of Ogier who won comfortably.

Despite Ogier’s excellent record at this event, this was the first time he was competing in this tournament since 2011. There had been no signs of rust in him reaching the final with a paltry 11 points the most he had conceded in any leg on the way.

The first point of the final set the tone for the rest of the match as it was a lengthy rally with Hainsworth playing rolled forehand attacking strokes and Ogier retrieving well from the back of the court. Hainsworth opened up a large lead and looked comfortable during the early stages but was unable to fully pull away and in the end closed out a tight 21-17 end. Ogier started the second with strong intent and led for the majority of the first half of the set. Hainsworth pulled it back and it remained back and forth for the remainder. Hainsworth had too much firepower in the end and closed the match 21-18 at the second time of asking and concluding table tennis action for 2020.

The Doric Insurance sponsored senior leagues re-commence on Wednesday 6th January 2021.

Junior Group Singles

posted 5 Dec 2020, 13:12 by GTTA   [ updated 16 Dec 2020, 13:47 ]

The GTTA Junior Group Singles tournament saw some subtle changes for the 2020 edition and attracted a healthy entry of players from across the different junior coaching groups. The age range spanned from 7 to 17 years old on a busy Saturday afternoon of action at the Table Tennis Centre.

It was 14-year old Jayden Tucknott who claimed the title for the second year in a row with an excellent victory over the experienced Jonah Ingrouille in the final, 14-12, 11-7.  Both players came through tough semi-finals with Ingrouille fighting back from one game down to defeat Erin Vaudin 2-1, while Tucknott beat Robert Naftel in two deuce games. 

Another alteration was the addition of a plate competition to increase the number of matches for those players who did not progress through the group stage.  This provided a good opportunity for new players to gain more match experience and was won by the improving under-11 Alex Hutchinson, who overcame Albie Lihou 11-4, 11-4.

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