Dan Collenette went home with the GTTA Individual Handicap Singles trophy on Monday evening after a narrow 2-1 victory over Lawrence Stacey in the final. In a see-saw match, the 15-year old was handed a +7 advantage and won 21-14, 16-21, 21-18. The match featured some excellent attacking play and one of the best rallies seen at the Hougue du Pommier for quite some time to seal the title.
A decent entry of 34 players of different abilities started the night in the group stages, which provided many close matches and left the organisers dealing with the mathematical challenges that come with the countback system. The knockout stages were largely dominated by Division 1 players, with the exception of 2nd Division Dave Finn who was in top form and looking a dangerous opponent. Indeed Finn looked likely to progress to the final as he swept past Collenette in the first game of their semi-final 21-5. The younger player was left scampering round the court trying to defend Finn's combination of side-spin and angled returns. However Collenette managed to regroup and change his tactics to good effect and won the next two ends 21-18, 21-16.
In the other semi-final, Ben Foss was looking likely to make yet another tournament final this season, but was ultimately pipped 21-18 in the deciding end by Lawrence Stacey.
Ravenscroft Senior British National League Weekend 4 Report 2016/17 Season
Ravenscroft II - Lawrence Stacey, Ben Foss, Alex Robinson & Paul Hainsworth
Close but no cigar was the overall outcome for the Ravenscroft sponsored Guernsey table tennis teams this weekend in their pursuits of Senior British League titles. With both of the leading teams having taken the honours in their respective divisions last season, the hope was for another year of glory and respective promotions, however whilst the titles may have narrowly eluded the sides, there is still the chance for promotion to higher divisions.
The first team of Garry Dodd, Joshua Butler, Joshua Stacey and Phil Ogier were beaten to top spot by Fusion II in National B-3 in Reading, whereas the second team of Lawrence Stacey, Alex Robinson, Paul Hainsworth and Ben Foss were very unlucky to miss out in National C-4 in Widnes to North Ayrshire II by just 2 points, despite having by far the best record in the Division in terms of sets and games won.
In Reading the side started excellently with a 9-1 win over Kingfisher II, with the only defeat coming for Butler, who missed out to the awkward left hander Hari Gehlot in 5 ends. Gehlot also caused problems for Dodd, but Guernsey’s own left hander came through over the full 5 sets. Ogier was making his season debut and he put in a man of the match performance with a 4 set win over Sam Liu and a comfortable straight game win over Anaya Patel to close proceedings on the encounter.
This set-up a tasty clash against Fusion II, who at the time were level on points, in a winners take all clash. Unfortunately for the Sarnians, the clash did not go to plan and a heavy 9-1 defeat was incurred. Joseph Hee is the stand out player in the division and the defender contributed heavily to the win, beating Dodd in 4, Stacey in straight games and also part of the doubles combination with James Smith that defeated Dodd and Stacey in 5 sets. Ogier was unfortunate not to add to his brace from the morning clash as he narrowly lost out to both Sherwin Ramata and Jamal Dennison over the full 5 sets. In the end it was Stacey that restored some pride for the local side with a comprehensive straight sets win over Dennison.
The encounter with Finsbury on Sunday ended in a surprise 6-4 defeat, with the opposition taking both of the important doubles rubbers. Dodd made no mistakes in the match and came through against both Karim Kassal and Hoang Vu, whilst Butler and Ogier each beat Kevin Kan. A key match within the encounter was between Stacey and Kassal and despite leading 2-0, Stacey was cruelly edged out 16-14 in the deciding 5th end.
The outcome of that match had no bearing on the league table though, as the 2nd position was emphatically obtained with the side in 3rd an incredible 9 points behind.
Over in Widnes at the Halton Stadium, the 2nd and 3rd teams were completing their campaigns with excellent success. The 2nd team knew that the title was out of their hands and North Ayrshire II expectedly won all 4 of their matches, despite being tested by their opposition in all matches. Ravenscroft II did more than enough and evidenced the dominance they have held over the Division this season with 4 utterly decisive victories. This was clear to see as just 1 individual match was lost out of the 40 contested over the weekend.
A 10-0 win was achieved in the opener against then 3rd placed side Ormesby VI and 7 of the matches were won in straight games. Of the 2 games to go the distance, the first saw the debutant doubles combination of Stacey and Hainsworth battling back from a 2-0 deficit to overcome Adam Webster and Rana Rassem, whereas Robinson was tested strongly by the very impressive 11 year old rising talent Benjamin Piggott before taking the decider 11-6.
Ormesby V were the next victims, however the encounter saw the only minor blip for the Guernsey side, a 9-1 win achieved. The only defeat of the weekend came for Hainsworth, who was edged out by the tricky veteran Steve Crosby in 5 sets. Crosby edged the opening 2 ends 12-10, 11-9 and an unreturnable edge and net closed proceedings in each instance. Despite battling back with comfortable 11-5 outcomes in the 3rd and 4th ends Hainsworth was unable to take the decider and went down 11-6. The other 5 set match in the match came between Foss and the vocal defender Ryan Nassau. Nassau edged the first 2 ends 12-10 and it looked like an upset was on the cards, but Foss held his nerve very well and navigated through the remaining 3 sets fairly comfortably.
4th placed side Halton IV and Bishop Auckland were the sides to feel the full force on Sunday, with venue hosts Halton the first to incur a whitewash. There was just the single 5 set encounter in this match and it came between Robinson and the high quality Hungarian Kristof Pinter. Pinter had beaten both Robinson and Foss in the encounter earlier this season and was once more the danger man. Foss had earlier done very well to bounce back from losing the opener to win in 4, but Robinson made an even better comeback by bouncing back from a 2-0 deficit to take the decider 11-4. Stacey had his closest singles match of the weekend in this encounter when he came through 14-12 in the 4th against the erratic Jordan Mcgarry, the same score by which Hainsworth overcame him later in the encounter.
The final side to be brushed was 7th placed side Bishop Auckland and it was achieved in record time. Only 3 individual sets were dropped throughout the match in an apt finish to the season. Stacey dropped the 3rd set of his singles encounter with Lee Tinkler despite being comfortable throughout as was the case for Hainsworth, who dropped the 3rd against Edward Sett, despite leading 10-7. The other set was lost in the second doubles encounter where Robinson and Foss overcame Tinkler and Sett in 4.
An even greater gap to 3rd place was evident here as Isle of Man were 10 points behind in 3rd. Incidentally this was the only Division of all 14 where the team finishing 2nd had a superior sets and games ratio than the champions and the main reason for this was the use of Premier Division player Chris Main for the encounters just against the Ravenscroft backed side. Foss was deservedly presented with the award for most wins in the Division, having won 27 and just losing once to Pinter. Stacey was next best with 26 wins and was unfortunate to have only lost to Main on the 2 occasions they played. Robinson and Hainsworth also had solid records and won 23 of their 28 singles encounters.
Finally there was some success for the Junior developmental Ravenscroft III side of Ryan Bichard, Daniel Collenette, Ryan Gilson and Matthew Casey on the final day of competition. A gritty 5-5 draw was obtained against Bishop Auckland. Casey was the player of the match and he picked up 2 important singles wins. He breezed past Ben Kelly in straight games but left his best to last in the final encounter of the match. He was up against Sett and managed to squeeze through the decider 16-14 to give his side the point. Bichard had given the side the perfect start when he came back from 2-0 down to overcome Tinkler and he secured another 5 set win alongside Collenette in the doubles when they beat Samuel Hume and Kelly 13-11 in the decider. The final victory was obtained by Collenette when he beat Kelly in straight games.
The side came very close to doubling their tally in the afternoon fixture, but were agonisingly edged 6-4 by Ormesby VI. Gilson put in a superb performance consisting of a duo of straight game wins over Rana Rassem and more impressively Chrissy Edwards. Casey defeated Rassem but was unlucky to lose out to Piggott over the full 5 ends. Bichard and Collenette secured another good doubles win over Rassem and Adam Webster over 4 sets.
The Guernsey squad to travel to the 2017 Natwest Island Games has been announced. The Games are being held in Gotland, Sweden, from 24 June to 30 June 2017, with the table tennis events being played at Södervärnshallen in Visby
Ravenscroft Senior British National League Weekend 4 Preview 2016/17 Season
The Islands best table tennis players are returning to British National League action this weekend, where the final round of fixtures from the 2016/17 season will be contested.
The leading Ravenscroft backed outfits are near the top of their respective divisions and each will be looking to achieve the results required to obtain promotion to higher leagues.
Ravenscroft I will be made up of Garry Dodd, Joshua Butler, Joshua Stacey and Phil Ogier and they currently reside joint top of the National B-3 table with Fusion II. The sides are separated by only games difference and it is the Sarnian squad that have the slightly superior ratio.
The second string side on the other hand is in 2nd place of National C-4, despite having the strongest games ratio within the Division. The reason for this discrepancy in the table is largely due to the leading Scottish based side North Ayrshire II’s decision to use the Premier Division player, Chris Main, for both clashes between the sides. Whilst the honours were even during the first clash, a narrow 6-4 defeat was incurred last time out. The team of Lawrence Stacey, Alex Robinson, Paul Hainsworth and Ben Foss will be looking to finish the season strongly with 4 wins and a second placed finish could also lead to promotion.
In National B-3 at the Kingfisher Table Tennis Club in Reading, the top side have an extremely tough start to their weekend, which culminates in what is likely to be a winner takes all clash with Fusion II on Saturday afternoon. They open first up against 3rd placed side Kingfisher II though and the previous meetings between the sides ended in a comfortable 8-2 victory for the Guernsey team. The big top of the table clash in the afternoon will see if the sides can finally be separated, having been level on points throughout the season thus far. Defender Joseph Hee has been the player of the season to date and has lost just 1 single match. In the encounter earlier in the season, he was responsible for 3 of the Fusion rubbers, having seen off Dodd and Butler in singles action on top of also teaming with James Smith to win the doubles match over Dodd and Olly Langlois, also in straight games. Smith and Jamal Dennison were the other players to record wins last time and the strength in depth of the Fusion side will invariably make it a tough clash whomever they field.
Should defeat be avoided in the afternoon clash and a win obtained in the morning, it should be a more comfortable day on Sunday as the final fixtures come against the sides at the bottom of the table, Finsbury and Ellenborough respectively. 9-1 and 10-0 routs were achieved last time and this will be the goal to finish the season in style.
Over in Widnes in C-4, the second team will be looking to end the season with a quad of victories to secure at least 2nd position in the table. They are reliant on top side North Ayrshire dropping points to give them hope of winning the league, however 2nd position is very close to being achieved before the weekend commences, a large 5 point gap being in place between them and 3rd placed side Ormesby VI.
The first clash of the weekend is against the youthful Ormesby side in question and a convincing 10-0 whitewash was achieved on that occasion. The afternoon encounter is against the other Ormesby side (V) and a 10-0 drubbing was also the outcome back in November.
The toughest match of the weekend is likely to come against 4th placed side and venue hosts Halton IV. An 8- win was achieved last time, however there were a lot of hard fought matches in the tough encounter, also back in November. The final match of the season comes against 7th placed side Bishop Auckland and the aim will be for a conclusive win, similar to the 10-0 drubbing from earlier this season.
The youthful Ravenscroft III team will also be competing in National C-4 and will be hoping to get their first points on the board. The team representing the Island this weekend is Ryan Bichard, Dan Collenette, Matthew Casey and Ryan Gilson. Gilson will be making his senior British League debut and the left hander has been showing good signs of improvement of late with his performances in the local 1st Division. The team has been very close to getting results this season and will be looking to achieve this at the final time of asking.
Fourth Weekend Sides
1. Garry Dodd (Team Captain)
2. Joshua Butler
3. Joshua Stacey
4. Phil Ogier
1. Lawrence Stacey
2. Alex Robinson
3. Paul Hainsworth (Team Captain)
4. Ben Foss
1. Ryan Bichard
2. Daniel Collenette
3. Matthew Casey
4. Ryan Gilson
Fixtures (4th Weekend)
Ravenscroft I – National B-3
Kingfisher Table Tennis Club, Reading
18 March 10:30 Ravenscroft I v Kingfisher II
Ravenscroft III – National C-4
Halton Regional Table Tennis Centre, Widnes
18 March 10:30 Ravenscroft III v Halton IV
18 March 14:30 Isle of Man v Ravenscroft III
19 March 10:00 Ravenscroft III v Bishop Auckland
19 March 14:00 Ormesby VI v Ravenscroft III
Another good weekend of table tennis at the Guernsey Table Tennis Centre saw 45 juniors take part in the fourth and final Deutsche Bank junior banded tournament of the season.
In Band 1, Ben Foss took the title with a three-way tie for the runner up spot between Matthew Casey, Billy Ogier and Ellis Tomlin. Casey took second place having had better games difference.
In Band 2, Corey Brouard came out on top winning all 7 games with second place decided by count back between Guernsey’s Callum Gilson and Alderney’s Thomas Cosheril. With Gilson beating Cosheril in round 5 by a 2-0 scoreline he took the runner up position.
Band 3 saw fast improving Sammy Tostevin come out on top winning all his matches, while second place went to Erin Vaudin.
The title in Band 4 went to a player recently selected for the Primary School International in Wales, Jayden Tucknott with the runner up spot going to Henri Whitehorne
Band 5 was also decided on count back between Evan Lesbirel and Alderney’s Courteney Benfield. Both players finished on 7 wins however Evan got the better of Courteney having beaten her 2-0 the narrowest of margins 12-10, 11-9.
Band 6 saw another Alderney player take the title. Sian Craig took top spot despite losing narrowly to Harvey Le Tissier who finished in third position. Runner up went to Bradley Le Noury.
Ben Foss became the 37th different player to lift the Lions Jack Carrington trophy on Monday evening when he overturned a 2-1 deficit to overcome 2009 champion Paul Hainsworth in the showpiece final. The tournament excludes any player to have competed in the blue riband ‘Green Trophy’ Inter-Insular event within the past 2 years and this is a large factor in the open nature of the tournament, owing to the 37 different winners over the 63 year history of the event.
It has also been amazingly 15 years since the title was won in consecutive years and this was achieved by Mark Pipet in 2001 and 2002.
The Green Trophy stipulation prevented current players Garry Dodd, Joshua Stacey and Joshua Butler from entering this season.
The tournament has a history of receiving a healthy number of entries and this season was no different, with a season highest singles tournament entry of 33 players.
The group stages did not produce too many surprises, however the biggest came when 2nd Division player Sam Clark secured a superb 4 set victory over the Whistlers Junior left handed Division 1 player Ryan Gilson. Jez Powell and Andre De Carteret battled out a nervy 5 setter, which the former edged 12-10 and on an adjacent table, there was an excellent showing between 2 of the Island’s younger prospects. 2nd Division player Corey Brouard just about managed to overcome 3rd Division player Callum Gilson 13-11 in the decider, having saved 3 match points from 7-10.
Into the knockout stages and each of the 8 seeded players duly made it through to the quarter finals, with the sole exception being that of number 5 seed Matthew Casey, who was defeated by the in form Clark, picking up his second Division 1 scalp of the evening, also over 4 sets.
There was resistance from the defeated opposition in each of the Quarter finals, however the event went to form and the top 4 seeds in the guise of Lawrence Stacey, Phil Ogier, Hainsworth and Foss made it through to the semis.
Stacey is one of the players to have been selected for the 2017 Green Trophy tussle with Jersey and will be unable to play in the event for the next few years. He looked set to live up to his billing as top seed and reach the final, whilst leading 3rd seed Hainsworth in the semis, having taken the tight openers 12-10, 14-12. Hainsworth though, showed strong resolve on the night and battled back strongly to complete an excellent comeback, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 the scores in the remaining games.
In the other semi final, Foss was competing against 2nd seed Ogier and whilst a tight encounter, another upset occurred and the youngster came through in 4 ends, 11-9, 15-13, 7-11, 11-8.
Hainsworth set the pace in the entertaining final when he took the opener and third games 11-7, however this was matched by Foss who won the 2nd and 4th by the exact same score. Crucially Foss started the decider stronger and he opened up a commanding 6-1 lead to put himself within touching distance of the title. Hainsworth once more showed good fight and managed to restore parity at 6-6. Foss held his nerve and played a few strong points to give himself breathing room once more and he took the crown at the second time of asking to close out the match 11-8 at just after 23:00 at the GTTA Centre.
The next set of Open Singles tournaments to take place are the Divisional Championships, which will take place at the start of April, following which the Island Championships will conclude the season from 21st-28th April.
Before that is the annual Individual Handicap Singles competition, which will be contested on 20th March. It was in fact Foss that took this title last year, beating Joshua Stacey in the final.
Garry Dodd continues to reign as the leading player within the local and CI table tennis scene after picking up the Lions Spot for Sport title on Monday evening at the GTTA Centre. Dodd recently obtained his 7th CI Open Top 12 crown and is yet to lose an individual singles match since the season commenced in September last year. This has resulted in 3 Open tournament singles wins so far this season along with an Open Doubles crown alongside Joshua Butler.His 4th Open singles title collected here came with few issues and he overcame Joshua Stacey over 4 ends in the showpiece final.
The event was fairly well contested with a healthy entry of 24 players, however this would have been more had it not been for a few entrants scratching from the tournament for various reasons.
As anticipated, there were very few surprises during the initial group stages and each expected player made it through to the knockout stages, with the exception of Group E, where a Division 1 player failed to make it through. The player in question was junior Joseph Bourgaize and the Whistlers player missed out to Ravenscroft Panthers player Steve Martin, who went through as group runner-up behind seeded player Butler. The group ended in a countback situation as Bourgaize, Martin and GTTA Tournament Secretary Ian Fitchet had all won 1 of their 3 singles matches. Martin took the spot in the main draw due to having a better games ratio than his rivals.
Completion of the Last 16 ties made way for a healthy selection of Quarter final encounters comprising almost entirely of the Island’s leading players. The only unseeded player to make it to this stage was Craig Dunning, who had done superbly to defeat Martin over 5 sets in their Last 16 clash. The Division 3 player’s run would ultimately come to an end at this stage, but he gained good experience during his straight game defeat to Joshua Stacey.
The other match from the bottom half of the draw pitted 2017 Green trophy player Lawrence Stacey and the rapidly improving Junior Ben Foss. This was by far the match of the round and it was Foss that came through the epic, 13-11 in the deciding end of their tussle, preventing a clash between the twins in the semi finals.
The top half of the draw saw Dodd make light work of Paul Hainsworth in straight games and he was joined in the penultimate stage of the tournament by Butler, who battled through against Phil Ogier in 4 games after dropping the opener.
The encounter between Dodd and Butler was gripping and despite Butler edging a close second 13-11, Dodd was always in control and came through over 4 ends. The other semi final saw Stacey overcome Foss, also over 4 ends. This was a much tighter affair though and Foss will rue missed chances due to having led in each of the 4 ends contested. The first end in particular saw him holding a trio of game points at 10-7, before being edged out 12-10. All of the remaining ends could have gone either way, but each was taken 11-9, with Foss taking the 3rd end of the match to keep his hopes alive.
The final was a strange encounter which saw Stacey incredibly pinch the first leg 11-9, having faced a large deficit of 2-7 early on. Dodd was far from his best, but did more than enough to comfortably come through the match in 4 games and reclaim the title he won last year.
The Jack Carrington tournament is the next local event and will be contested on 6th March. This event precludes any player that has competed for Guernsey in the annual Green Trophy Inter-Insular event during the past couple of years.
The Guernsey teams for the upcoming Primary Schools Championships have been announced:
Girls: Erin Vaudin, Star O'Connor, Megan Simonet & Shelby Timms
Boys: Ben Sharp, James Crocker, Zaheer Anees & Jayden Tucknott
The tournament is taking place from 7th - 9th April in Cardiff and will feature teams from England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Jersey and the Isle of Man. Good luck to all involved!
The following players have been selected to represent Guernsey in the inter-insulars in May:
Under 11 Zaheer Anees, Jayden Tucknott, Evan Lesbirel
Under 13 Caden Brouard, Ben Sharp, James Crocker
Under 15 Luke Bichard, Daniel Collenette, Ellis Tomlin
Under 18 Boys Ben Foss, Ryan Bichard, Joseph Bourgaize
Under 18 Girls Marli Barker, Amy Wesley, Melissa Johns
Under 21 Joshua Butler, Ben Foss, Alex Robinson
Over 40 Phil Ogier, Jez Powell, Andy Gill
Over 50 Mark Pipet, Carl Le Tissier, Tim Le Page
Over 60 Ian Fitchet, Chas Elliott, Keith Opie
Men Garry Dodd, Lawrence Stacey, Joshua Stacey
Ladies Dawn Morgan, Sam Kershaw, Kay Chivers
Paul Hainsworth and David Kershaw claimed the Lions Novelty Doubles title on Monday night. The annual tournament pairs high-ranked with lower-ranked players to produce some evenly matched partnerships.
Hainsworth and Kershaw gelled well together to produce some strong performances in topping their group. They followed this up with a 3-1 win over Tina Pipet and Craig Dunning in the quarter final before coming through in 5 games against Dan Collenette and Derek Cave in the semi final. On the other half of the draw, brothers Corey and Caden Brouard were remarkably drawn together for the second successive doubles tournament. The young pairing reached the final relatively untroubled, despite being tested by Pipet and Dunning in the group stage in a high quality encounter.
Despite some excellent rallies and winning shots from all four players, including a superb round-the-net retrieval from Caden Brouard, Hainsworth and Kershaw were too strong in the final and came through 11-6. 11-8, 11-5.