All-Stars Drop-In League
With the conclusion of Autumn League, we will now move into a period of five weeks of individual-based
All-Star Drop-In Leagues. This is an individual-based competition. There is no need to register, but players need to be present by 7 pm to be included in
the evening's draw. Players will get a minimum of 4 singles matches against similarly-ranked opponents. Cost is $5 per competition night. The competition
is suitable for players of all playing standards, from beginners to experienced players, from young to old.
The first round was played this week and was won by Matthew Ball, with Jae Lee
in second place and Charly Talumepa in third. Results are here
together with individual results and updated
ratings and Order of Merit.
Latest Rating Gains (Based on this week's All-Stars tournament and the last round of Super 16.
Results from the Manawatu Residents' Championship will be added to next week's ratings and Order of Merit standings).
80 points (Player of the Week)
Order of Merit - New Milestones reached
Autumn League has finished with the Finals played on 13 June.
The Lobstoppers (Jae Lee and co.) had been the dominant team all competition, achieving bonus-point wins in all but one
of their previous matches. So, they confidently looked forward to being favourite to take out the grand final where they met
the King Pongs (Miko Kirschbaum and co.). But then disaster struck, and a bout of flu saw to it that the
Lobstoppers had to show up without two of their stars, Jae Lee and Des Armstrong.
The King Pongs had their own problems and were without Sonny Huynh. So, Sieng You
filled in for Jae, and Cathy Shi replaced Des Armstrong,
while for the King Pongs, Gladys Halford substituted for Sonny Huynh, but with those replacements,
favourite status had swung to the King Pongs.
And the King Pongs did not let the opportunity slip. Miko Kirschbaum and Mike Ball
each contributed to 5 singles and doubles wins for the team, and Changhee Cho and Oliver Linton
contributed to four wins, with Oliver's tally including a win over Cathy Shi,
a player ranked 500 poinst above him. With those individual performances, the King Pong's
dominance was never in doubt and they completed a very convincing 14:5 victory to take home the Autumn League title.
In the other matches, the Balls of Fury (Matthew Ball and co.) overcame Scared Hitless (with Scott Lochhead playing as no. 1)
and the One Hit Wonders (Jack Webb and co.) came home with a anrrow win over the Super Smash Bros (Maurice Pou and co.) by 10:9.
Matthew Ball completed another Manawatu League without losing a match and easily took out the Best-Player Award, with Jae Lee
in second place and Miko Kirschbaum in third place. Abbey Webb
also easily won the race for Most-Improved Player, with a ratings gain of 111 points, but there was log jam for the minor placins, with
Callum McKinnon coming in second with 68 points gained, while Jack Webb held onto third
place with a gain of 67 points and just ahead of Dan Heaphy with a gain of 64 points and five other players who also
achieved gains of more than 50 points.
Final results and standings are available here.
This year's Manawatu Residents' Championship was held on the week-end of 10&11 June. It was one of the most successful Residents' Championship in many years,
with record numbers of entries in all categories and keen competition in all competition categories. And the standard of play
in some of the advanced grades was outstanding, too, especially by some of the juniors who have made impressive strides over recent years.
The new Champions are:
def. Tim Seaholme 4:1
def. Abbey Webb 3:1
Matthew Ball / Jae Lee
def. Rajitha Samaraweera / Jack Webb 3:0
Menaka Samarsinghe / Abbey Webb
def. Xiao Ping Luo / Hayley Underwood 3:2
Rajitha Samaraweera / Abbey Webb
def. Matthew Ball / Menaka Samarasinghe 3:1
The full set of results, including all individual match scores is available here.
The 5th and 6th rounds of this year's Super 16 Competition were played on Saturday 17th June.
We again had a strong competition, with ex-Manawatu competitors came from Wellington,
Whanganui, Taranaki and Hawkes Bay. Matthew Ball again won
both rounds, while dropping only a single set across both rounds. In the morning, Matthew met Jae Lee in the final
for a 3:0 victory. Phillip McConnochie took out third place after beating Natalie Paterson
in the third place play-off.
In the afternoon, Matthew met Tim Seaholme in the final, With Tim managing to
take at least one set of Matthew. Tim had to work very hard to even make it to the final and only narrowly beat
Charly Talumepa 3:2 in the semi-final. Charly then emerged victorious in the third-place play off in an epic
3:2 win over Miko Kirschbaum.
In the overall standings, Matthew Ball now has an unassailable lead on 64 points, and he already has enough points
to win Super 16 this year even if he were not to contest the final two rounds. Jae Lee is in second place on 57 points, followed by
Phillip McConnochie on 52 points, Miko Kirschbaum on 49 points and
Bryan McConnochie on 45 points.
Details of all rounds and progressive standings can be found
Rounds 7 & 8 will be played on 12th August.
Contact Matthew Ball (027 3412246; firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to be considered as a starter for those rounds. Only the 16 highest-ranked players will be
able to compete in the events.
Junior Club - Monday evenings
Junior Club is back! The Winter Season is underway to run over Terms 2 & 3. Cost is $60 for the season or $5 for casual visitors.
All dates & details are here.
Great opportunity for new members to join up for the winter season in a relaxed and fun atmosphere!
It runs Fridays 4-5:30 pm. Cost is $8 per session or $72 for the Term. No session on the 2nd June. If you haven't attended these sessions in Term 1 and interested
in coming along in Term 2, please let Matthew Ball know.
Junior Girls Coaching
This session is for girls in Years 5-8. Held on Wednesday's between 3.45-5 pm. Cost is $5 per session.
For anyone interested to attend this term and didn't attend in Term 1, please contact Matthew Ball.
There is no Junior Comp this term due to insufficient number of entries.
2017 Ratings Gain
Five months into the 2017 season, and it's time to have a look at the improving new stars of the Association. A graph
of this year's rating gains is here.
Abbey Webb is clearly having the greatest gains for the season so far, with an incredible improvement in her ratings by almost 600 points
since the beginning of the year. Des Armstrong has also made some impressive gains over the year, with a gain of
over 300 points. Dan Heaphy is in third place with impressive and steady improvements throughout the year,
with his ratings gain of about 300 points.
Further back and with rating gains between 100 and 200 points is another group of players, Sonny Huynh, Kaushal Patel, Jin Shim, Thomas Sun and Callum McKinnon.
While their gains are also impressive, they are a long way behind the achievements of the top three. Will they come home with a ratings sprint over the second half of the year?
February to March
Summer League 2017 has concluded. The draw and final results and standings can be found
April to June
Autumn League 2017 is underway. Progressive results and standings are available
July to September
Winter League 2016 has concluded. Final results and standings are available
October to November
Spring League 2016 has concluded. Final results and standings are available
December to February
Christmas League 16/17 has concluded. Final results and standings are
Played on some Saturdays from March to August
Super 16 (2017) has started. Progressive results and standings are