The Champions of this year's Summer League are the
Ticks (Charly Talumepa, Thomas Sun, Abbey Webb, Oliver Linton, Sam James) .
It was a classical 'come-from-behind' win. After the first round of the comp, the Ticks were languishing in last place. They managed to haul themselves back into second-last
position a week later. Next came two narrow 10:9 victories over the following two weeks to just stay alive in their quest to make the final four. In the final round-Robin match, they lost 9:10
again to just limp into the finals in 4th place. But their true class started to shine after that, first dispatching minor champions, the Moths (Miko Kirschbaum and co)
in the semi-final and then emerging victorious over the Snails (Foo Shi and co) by a convincing 11:8 in the final.
A link to the teams, draw and final results is here.
Matthew Ball took out the 'Best player' award remaining unbeaten throughout the comp and without even dropping a single set. Jae Lee held on to
second place, followed further by Dan Heaphy and William Hunter
Dan Heaphy also took out the 'most improved player' award, but not without some last-minute drama. Before the final round, Dan held a good lead, but
Abbey Webb and Sam James were still within striking distance. It just so happened that Dan had to play Sam,
and an upset win for Sam would have seen him gain a bag-full of points - at Dan's expense - that would have seen Sam overtake Dan, but it would have taken a huge upset. In the end,
it nearly happened: in a game that see-sawed back and forth, it came down to the fifth set, with Dan finally exerting his standing, and coming home with a finally comfortable fifth-set win
to retain his lead over Sam. But Dan still had to worry about Abbey, whose points tally was even closer to Dan's, and Abbey had her chance in her match againt Maurice Pou.
Abbey just needed a win to surge ahead of Dan, and she had beaten Maurice at their last encounter, but not this time, and Maurice came home with a comfortable 3:0 win, and Dan retained
his lead and became the deserving winner of the 'Most Improved Player' award.
Latest Rating Gains
54 points (Player of the Week)
Xiao Ping Luo
Order of Merit - New Milestone reached
Xiao Ping Luo
All-Star Drop-In League
With the end of Summer Comp, we now move into a period of 5 weeks of individual-based All-Stars Drop-In Leagues. This format
is for individual-based singles competition. There is no need to register, but players MUST be present by 7 pm to be included in the evening's draw. Everyone
is guaranteed to get 4 or more matches against evenly matched opponents. Cost is $5 per competition night. This competition is suitable for everyone from young to old,
for new players and established ones. You just need to be present by the starting time, and let the action begin.
The first 2 rounds of this year's Super 16 Competition were held on Saturday 11th March.
Super 16 saw the usual high-class action between Manawatu's best players and five more competitors joining the fray from Wellington,
Whanagnui and Hawkes Bay. Despite the strong field of compititors, Matthew Ball won both morning and
afternoon rounds without dropping even a single set. Jae Lee came second in the morning round and
Mike Tate-Davis in the afternoon, with Wellington visitor Phillip McConnochie
coming third in the morning and fourth in the afternoon and Whanagnui visitor Dave Rowan played an inspired
round in the afternoon to come third, and Miko Kirschbaum came fourth in the morning round.
In the overall standings, Matthew Ball has taken the early lead on 32 points, followed by
Phillip McConnochie on 27 points, Miko Kirschbaum on 24 points and
Bryan McConnochie on 23 points. Details of the first two rounds and progressive standings can be found
here. The next rounds will be played on 6 May.
Junior Club Summer Season - Monday evenings
Junior Club runs between 6-7:30 pm in the Waldegrave Lounge. Cost is $5 each time, or pay with a discount for the whole season.
New players are welcome to come along. Players must be between 5 and 18 years of age. Dates can be found on the TTM Calendar (see top right on the website here).
Starts 10th February. Friday's 4-5:30 pm in the Waldegrave Lounge. Cost is $8 per session or $72 for the term. Last session is on 3rd April.
Slight change of time from last year. Moved 15 min later. Hall will be open for players to arrive straight after school.
Junior Girls Coaching
New for 2017. This session is for girls in Years 5-8. Held on Wednesday's between 3.45-5 pm. The sessions have started on the 8th February and finish on the 12th April.
There are spaces for more participants. Cost is $5 per session, or $50 for the term.
Junior Summer League
Junior Summer League has started and will be played through to 28th March. There will be only Round-Robin matches with no Finals series.
The teams, draw and progressive results are here.
Players are reminded to let Matthew Balll know if they can't play in any week so that Matthew can find a reserve if required.
All teams must make sure that at least 2 players are playing each week. You can organize your own reserves if required as long as they met the entry criteria.
You can also ask Matthew if you need another player.
The hall is open at 4:30 pm each week and matches commence at 4:55 pm. A reminder also that the
cost for the competition is $60 per team, so $30 per players for those in a team of 2, and $20 for those in 3-player teams.
This can be paid by cheque or cash to Matthew, or, preferably, online to Table Tennis Manawatu. Account number is 02-0628-0189072-00.
Thanks to those who have paid already.
Any queries about any of these happenings, or to enter the events, please contact Matthew Ball (email@example.com; 027 3412246).
The hall will be open at some times during the weekends for casual play. Please check the calendar (top right) for available times on
Friday/Saturday mornings each week. Cost is $4 per person and $8 for families up to 4. Bats and Balls are provided.
February to March
Summer League 2017 has 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 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