Christmas League is underway, with the second round played on 5th December, and further rounds to be held on the 19th December, and the 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th January.
We started off with a small field but keen competition and a good chance for everyone to rack up some good points to mark their standing in the competition.
And the second round saw lots of upset results, with an ability to handle the hot conditions being as important as handling the small white ball.
With Matthew currently absent, the second round was won by Miko Kirschbaum, with Jack Webb
in second place, Dan Heaphy in third and Abbey Webb in fourth place.
In the overall standings, Miko Kirschbaum has extended his lead and his now on 61.5 points, with William Hunter
in second place on 56.3 points, Dan Heaphy in third place on 54 points and Richard Ammundsen fourth
on 51 points.
The various upset results of round 2 have also made for an interesting start in the race for most improved player, with
Dan Heaphy taking the lead with a gain on 67 points, followed by Stuart McKinnon
on 54 points, Changhee Cho (35 points gained) and Mike Sung who has gained 33 points.
Progressive results and standings can be found here
For Christmas League, players of all ages and abilities are welcome to play. You don't need to commit to play every round.
Players can just attend on the dates that they are available. There is also no need to register.
Players just need to be present at the Waldegrave Lounge by 7 pm on the night to make sure they are included in the organised matches on the night.
The draw is set at that time, and it is usually not possible for latecomers to be included after that time.
Cost is $5 per night. Competition consists only of singles matches. Everyone will get to play 4 or 5 matches each night depending on the number of players turning up.
Christmas League is suitable for players of all playing standards, young and old, experienced or newcomers, male or female.
It's a great way for everyone to give it a try and see whether you like some regular table tennis activity.
Bring your friends and family along for a night of table tennis!
Latest Rating Gains:
Dan Heaphy 56 points (Player of the Week)
Stuart McKinnon 37 points
Mike Sung 32 points
Changhee Cho 29 points
Abbey Webb 17 points
With the start of Christmas League, we are officially into the start of the 2018 season. That means that the Order of Merit count has been restarted.
Everyone is back to zero points, and Christmas League is the first chance to gain points for the new season.
Order of Merit - New Milestones reached
Miko Kirschbaum 1000 points
Dan Heaphy 500 points
Jack Webb 500 points
Callum McKinnon 250 points
Richard Ammundsen 250 points
Abbey Webb 250 points
Changhee Cho 250 points
Stuart McKinnon 100 points
Jesko Kirschbaum 100 points
This year's Prize giving night was held on Tuesday the 12th December.
This year's prize winners were:
Senior Player of the Year: Matthew Ball
Junior Player of the Year: Abbey Webb
Veteran Player of the Year: Miko Kirschbaum
Administrator of the Year: Stephen Paterson
For those who keenly follow their ratings, here is notice that we have marginally tweeked the calculation details. Ratings are primarily adjusted by winners of any
official TT Manawatu matches gaining points at the expense of the losers of those matches. So, the aim is to keep everything nice and even and objective. So, ratings should be
a purely objective assessment of everyone's playing standards. If someone plays a lot of matches (but without improving their playing standard), their rating should not change,
with all rating gains matched by equal number of rating losses. And if someone does not play a lot (without their standard slipping), they should similarly stay at their
And that all works pretty well ..... except that we are having a number (well, quite a large number) of rapidly improving players. So, their rating is going up - as it should -
but that can only happen at the expense of the rating of other players going down. So, those other players' ratings go down, which should not happen if their standard has not changed.
If they lose against someone because the other player has improved then ideally, the losing player's rating should not change.
In practice, we can't assess each match and ask whether it has been played against an improving player or a static one. Instead, we are providing a points compensation
for each match played against anyone within +/- 500 ratings points (which is the range over which one could reasonably expect that results could go either way).
That compensation has worked pretty well and has ensured that buzy players are not disadvantaged relative to less active ones. Over the past year, we have given a
1-point compensation for each of those matches, and closer look at the ratings changes of various players has shown that this might have been not quite enough, and that has
now been changed to a 1.5-point compensation.
So, just to be clear: this is not an award for playing lots of matches, but a compensation for inevitable occasional losses against rapidly improving opponents.
This does not undermine the intent of keeping the ratings system as a purely objective measure of players' playing standards, but this refinement instead tries to
accomplish that goal even more completely.
Casual Monday Junior Club is taking a break until school starts again in 2018. Cost of $5 per player per session.
This is a session where players can have a hit in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Junior Holiday Program (for 8-15 year olds)
From 16-19th January between 1-3 pm each day. Cost is $10 per day or $30 for all 4 days.
To register, please send me an email or text to Matthew Ball. If you can only attend on certain days, please also let Matthew know as numbers will be capped each day.
See here for further information
Junior Spring League
Junior League has concluded. See here
for final results and standings.
2017 Ratings Gain
The 2017 season has now ended, and there have been some impressive improvements by some of the new stars of the Association. A graph
of this year's rating gains is here.
Abbey Webb clearly had the greatest ratings gain over the year, with an incredible improvement in her ratings by about 590 points
since the beginning of the year. Dan Heaphy has had the second-highest gains with impressive and steady improvements throughout the year,
having gained 494 points.
Callum McKinnon ended the year with a late surge and nearly caught Dan for second place, but finished narrowly in third place
with a gain of 487 points.
Des Armstrong had a great first half of the year but was then not able to play much over the second half of the year, but still
finished with a good gain of 409 points.
Other players with good gains were Jin Shim (274 points), William Hunter (267 points),
Kaushal Patel (200 points), Sonny Huynh (186 points) and
Thomas Sun (167 points).
These gains complete the 2017 season, and we are now formally into the 2018 season with a new chance for players to improve their standings in the ratings.
February to March
Summer League 2017 has concluded. Final results and standings can be found
April to June
Autumn League 2017 has concluded. Final 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 is underway. Progressive results and standings are
Played on some Saturdays from March to August
Super 16 (2017) has concluded. Final results and standings are