In the team standings, Landcare Research have still maintained top position on 7 points despite their loss, closely followed by
the Balls of Fury and the Choppers on 6 points, each, and the
Smashers on 4 points.
The Lobstoppers are on 3 points and in fifth place, and are still within sight of the top-four finals,
but the Master Blasters, still languishing one point, are now a long way behind, and with just two more rounds of round-Robin matches left,
they can only realistically make it into one of the top-four play-off positions with at least one bonus-point win in one of the two remaining weeks.
The third round of Autumn League was played on 22 May. The draw and progressive results can be found here.
In the top-of-the-table clash, the Balls of Fury (Matthew Ball and co.) had a comfortable 9:6 win over
Landcare Research (Miko Kirschbaum and co). While the overall result was reasonably close, almost all individual matches were
decided comfortably for one side or the other, and only a single match went the distance of five sets. The Choppers (With Alister Webb filling in)
also had a comfortable 9:6 win over the Lobstoppers (Tony McAllister and co), and in the third match of the evening,
the Smashers (with Menaka Samarasinghe filling in) had a big 11:4 bonus-point win over the
Master Blasters (Allen Blackburn and co.).
In the individual standings, Matthew Ball has now taken the lead as the only player still undefeated, with two of his team
mates, Changhee Cho and Muditha Peiris holding on to positions 2 and four,
and Peter Ward, fresh back from shoulder surgery, is in fifth spot.
The race for most improved player has seen no big changes, with Changhee Cho on 104 points and
Muditha Peiris on 87 points holding on to positions 1 and 2.
Third place is currently held by Juvy Longanilla on 39 points, followed by
Peter Ward on 38 points and
Richard Ammundsen on 37 points.
Latest Rating Gains:
Richard Ammundsen 34 points (Player of the Week)
Changhee Cho 26 points
Wan Long Shi 20 points
Brandon Lee 20 points
Order of Merit
Matthew Ball 10,000 points
Muditha Peiris 2000 points
Alister Webb 250 points
Manawatu Junior Open
CALLING ALL JUNIORS FROM MANAWATU AND BEYOND!
Palmerston North will be hosting the 2018 Junior Open Comp
at ARENA 3, Palmerston North, on 3 June 2018. Everyone under the age of 18 is eligible to enter in one age group or another. If you think you can play
table tennis, give it a go! The tournament will start with Round Robin matches so that everyone is guaranteed a number of matches - win or lose. Group winners
will qualify for knock-out rounds to determine the final winners. There will be singles and doubles events.
An entry form with additional information is here.
Entries close on Monday 28 May.
Rounds 3 & 4 of this year's Super 16 Competition were played on Saturday 26th May. We again had five ex-Manawatu players coming to Palmy to make this round
another high-class round, but the ranks of local players was depleted through moves to university, injury and other personal reasons.
Matthew Ball showed his usual dominance of local table tennis and again won both rounds and still hasn't dropped a set
in this year's Super 16.
Daniel Rosner came second in the morning round, with Natalie Paterson third and
Charly Talumepa in fourth place.
Jack Webb came second in the afternoon, with Daniel Rosner third and
Harry Chen in fourth place.
In the overall standings Matthew Ball is leading ahead of Daniel Rosner, Jack Webb
and Harry Chen.
Full results and progressive standings can be found here.
To register for future rounds, or to obtain further information, please contact Matthew Ball (firstname.lastname@example.org; 0273412246).
The next two rounds are scheduled for 30 June. If you are registering for just one round, please advise Matthew whether you want to play in the morning or afternoon.
Further details about the competition and all scheduled dates are here.
If you have any further queries about Super 16, please ask Matthew. There is no residence requirement.
Entry is open to anyone who can be in Palmy on the day - only playing standard determines eligibility.
Registration is now open for the next two rounds to be played on 26 May.
Contact Matthew Ball (email@example.com or 027 341 2246) if you want to play in either of those rounds.
Manawatu Residents' Championship
This year's Manawatu Residents' Championship is scheduled for the week-end of 16-17 June. Keep the date free for this premier event to decide who are Manawatu's best players.
Grade-based competitions will be held on Saturday, and age-based competitions in juniors and veterans on Sunday. In grade-based competitions, everyone competes with others of similar standings
according to the Manawatu ratings system. That means that everyone has a chance to walk away with a trophy if they perform well on the day. Grade-based competitions are suitable for juniors and seniors of all ages.
An Entry Form and further details are available here.
Last Year's Finals were:
Matthew Ball def. Tim Seaholme 4:1 (9, 8, -8, 10, 9)
Menaka Samarasinghe def. Abbey Webb 3:1 (-2, 8, 5, 5)
Matthew Ball / Jae Lee def. Rajitha Samaraweera / Jack Webb 3:0 (4, 5, 7)
Menaka Samarasinghe / Abbey Webb def. Xiao Ping Luo / Hayley Underwood 3:2 (9, 8, -10, -5, 10)
Rajitha Samaraweera / Abbey Webb def. Matthew Ball/ Menaka Samarasinghe 3:1 (3, 10, -10, 9)
Here is a link to a list of all of last year's Residents' Championship winners and runners ups.
Junior Coaching (Fridays 4-5:30 pm)
Junior Coaching for Term 2 starts on 11th May and finishes on 6th July. That means there will be 9 sessions in total. Cost is $8 per session, or $72 for the whole term.
Junior Club (Mondays 600 - 7:30)
Junior Club will restart on the 28th May but will miss the following Monday due to Queens Birthday long week-end. Finishes 24th September. Cost is $5 each time.
Open to all juniors (newcomers or regulars) in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.
Junior Summer League (Tuesdays 4:45-6:30 pm)
Junior Summer Leagues has concluded. See here
for the final results and standings.
Schools Competition (Thursday afternoons)
Schools Competitions will run next term on Tuesday's for Primary and Thursday's for Intermediate and Secondary. Please contact your school for info.
For all junior event happenings, please, contact Matthew Ball (firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 341 2246).
Now being several monts into the 2018 table tennis season, it is time to have look at the most-improved players for this year.
A graph with this year's rating gains is here.
Akshay Aneesh and Callum McKinnon have made the early running, with gains of about 300 points each, but
Michael Blaschek on about 250 points and Dan Heaphy on 175 points are also well in contention.
But the season is still young, and there is plenty of time for others to achieve the rating gains throughout the year that could see them surge into a winning position.
All Stars / Drop-In League
On Tuesday 1 May, we played the last of the current round of All-Stars/ Drop-In Leagues. Autumn League is now underway.
A link to the ALL STAR results is here. This includes progressive standings over all the All-Stars/ Drop-In Leagues played so far this year.
Current progressive standings are still dominated by the players who played in all six All Stars round this years, although results from the first round have started to count now only with reduced
value. Nonetheless, Miko Kirschbaum is maintaining a strong lead ahead of
Changhee Cho and Akshay Aneesh. Next come players who have attended only some out of the possible rounds, with
Richard Ammundsen in fourth place and Abbey Webb in fifth.
February to March
Summer League 2018 has concluded. Final results and standings can be found
May to June
Autumn League 2018 is underway. The draw and progressive results and standings are available
July to September
Winter League 2017 has concluded. Final results and standings are available
October to November
Spring League 2017 has concluded. Final results and standings are available
November to January
Christmas League 17/18 has concluded. Final results and standings are
Played on some Saturdays from March to August
Super 16 (2017) has concluded. Final results and standings are
All Stars / Drop-In League
Played in the period between the main comps on some Tuesdays throughout the year
Some rounds have been played - other will be played later in the year. Progressive results and standings are