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Table Tennis Manawatu would like to sincerely thank the following for their support: Sport Manawatu (KiwiSport funding), Pub Charity (supplementing KiwiSport funding), Lion Foundation (funding to assist with a range of activities),
NZCT (funding to assist coaching programme) and The Villas (accommodating visiting officials). Your support is much appreciated
All Stars/Drop-In League
Winter League has finished and for a few more weeks up to the start of Spring League, we will be holding All Stars/ Drop-In Leagues.
The first round was held this Tuesday (27 September). It saw a geat turn-out, with most of Manawatu's top players being there as well some of our upcoming juniors,
for one of the most competitive rounds
played in a long time. Despite that, Matthew Ball came first as usual, only challenged by Tim seaholme
in the final round. Tim held onto second place although he was nearly toppled by Charly Talumepa in an earlier round, but narrowly
coming home 11:9 in a tight fifth set.
In the second group, Thomas Sun had an exceptional evening and winning three of his matches against much more highly rated opponents.
That gave him an extaordinary ratings gain of 67 points - not bad for an evening's work. His only loss came in his game against William Hunter,
showing how much all our juniors have progressed over the year.
Full results for the night are here, with results of
individual matches as well as updated
player ratings and Order of Merit standings.
All Stars/ Drop-In Leagues are individual-based competitions. There is no need to register but players MUST be present by 7 pm to be able to be included in the evening's playing rounds. It is suitable
for players of all standards, young and old, new and established players. Cost is $5 per competition night, and players are guaranteed at least four matches against similarly-ranked
Latest Rating Gains
67 points (Player of the Week)
Order of Merit - New milestones reached
The last round of this year's Winter League was played on 20 September.
In A Grade, Matthew Ball remained undeafeated and completed the whole comp with 18 matches won and none lost.
In B-Grade, Allen Blackburn also remained undefeated, but he had to fight for it and only narrowly overcame
Sonny Huynh in a tight seven-set match.
Matthew Ball easily won the winter-league title again, with
Jae Lee holding on to second place, while Richard Ammundsen
claimed third place, remaining just a fraction ahead of William Hunter.
The competition for most-improved player turned into a dramatic final contest. Abbey Webb had led the contest for most of the competition, but her brother
Jack Webb remained in contention. Then Jack had a fantastic round in Super 16 last Saturday, beating Miko Kirschbaum
and very nearly having a win over Nathan Watson as well. That was enough to take the lead going into the final round of Winter-League competition.
Jack could not add to his tally, but Abbey started the night with a good win over Dan Heaphy making up half of Jack's lead.
Then she had to play against William Hunter for a last chance to gain points. Abbey started in brilliant form, playing one unreturnable smash after another,
and took a commanding 3:0 lead, but suddenly her form deserted her and William increasingly got into his own game. He hauled in game after game, then leading the seventh game by 9:5 and all seemed
to be decided. But there was one more twist, with Abbey getting the scores back to 10:10, but the next points did not go to plan, with some loose shots letting William take the game home by 13:11 in the seventh
and final set. That gave William a 'Player of the Week' title and kept Jack's lead intact in the race for most-improved player and Abbey just the memory of three brilliantly played
games against William.
Full results are here.
Spring League will commence on 18th October and run for 6 weeks finishing on 22nd November.
It will be played in the usual team format with the number of teams and players per team depending on the final number of entries received.
Everyone should enter as an individual and get placed in a team to make evenly matched teams and a tight and interesting competition.
The cost is $45.00 and covers the whole length of the comp. Send entries to Shona Cudby (Phone: (06) 354 6840; 027 553 3010; or email: email@example.com).
Entries close at 8 pm Saturday 15th October.
The final two rounds of Super 16 (2016) were played on Saturday 17 September.
Matthew Ball again took out both the morning and afternoon
rounds, beating Tim Seaholme for first place the morning round, and Jae Lee
in the final of the afternoon round. Jae Lee
came third in the morning ahead of Jack Webb who came atop on count-back in a three person group with
Nathan Watson and Miko Kirschbaum .
In the afternoon, Nathan Watson came third ahead of Miko Kirschbaum.
In the overall standings, Matthew Ball has once again won Super 16 with a perfect score of 80 points
from his five best rounds and an equally perfect 112 points from all 7 rounds he played in.
Jae Lee just as clearly held onto second place with 72 points while
Menaka Samarasinghe took out third place, gaining enough points on the week-end to edge out Dave Scott
who had to be content with fourth place.
Full details are available here.
Himatangi Transport Veterans' Doubles Tournament
This year's Himatangi Transport Manawatu Veterans' 17th Graded Open Doubles Tournament was held on 3 September from 9:15 in the morning.
As usual, the morning session consisted of players teaming up with their nominated partners, while in the afternoon, players were given matched partners to provide evenly matched competition.
Players came from far afield, with participants from Tauranga, Napier, Whanaganui, Levin, Ohau, Kapiti, Wellington, Feilding and Palmerston North - a total of 68 players, which
made the tournament a great social as well as sporting event. Play was held in 7 Round-Robin groups in both the morning and the afternoon, with four matches played in most groups.
The winners and runners-up of the morning session, and the winners of the afternoon session are here.
There were attractive prizes for winners and runners up. Prizes were presented by TT Manawatu's Life Members Jim Jarmin and Shona Cudby
standing in for The Pedersons, the Himatangi Transport representatives who were unable to attend the event for personal reasons. All in all, it was
another successful tournament - the 17th in a row, and many participants are already looking forward to next year's event for more competition, more prizes
and most of all, more of a good time.
Veterans' Taupo Trip
Every year, our Veterans venture out to Taupo for their annual match against the Waitemata Veterans. However, this year, Manawatu returned empty-handed
from their Taupo trip.
For the past four years, Manawatu had brought home the TS Trophy, but not this year, the 25th anniversary of the challenge. Instead, Waitemata brought a strong team to win the encounter
emphatically by 65 : 25.
However, the Taupo trip was not all about the competition. It was also about socialising, having a good time, and enjoying what Taupo has to offer, and both teams
had equal success in that. Read more detail in Jim Jarmin's report of this year's Taupo Challenge.
Junior Club on Mondays is taking a break over the school holidays. It normally runs 6-7.30 pm every week and will be back from the second week of Term 4 (17 October).
Cost is $5 per night. Further details are here.
Junior Coaching will again be held on Fridays starting on 14th October from 3.45-5.15 pm. $8 per session or $80 for the term. Finishes 16th December.
As a new initiative, Matthew Ball will organise new coaching squads on Wednesdays for girls and on Thursdays for boys. Further details are being advertised through the schools
where Matthew has been coaching. The new squads are targeting new players. Further details are here.
After a break of a few terms, we will again have a Junior League, running on Tuesdays this spring. Further details and an entry form
There will be no holiday program in these holidays because the National Championships are being held over the school holiday period.
February to March
Summer League 2016 as concluded. The draw, and final results and standings can be found
April to June
Autumn League 2016 has concluded. Final results and standings are available
July to September
Winter League 2016 has concluded. Final results and standings are available
October to November
Spring League 2015 has concluded. Final results and standings are available
December to February
Christmas League 15/16 has concluded. Final results and standings can be found
Played on some Saturdays from May to September
Super 16 (2016) has concluded. Final results and standings are
Table Tennis Manawatu are grateful for the support of these community organisations: