Winter League is underway and will run for 9 weeks. At the end of the 3-week period, the top player in each group
will be promoted to the group above and the bottom-placed player relegated to the group below. The competition consists of singles and doubles matches.
Further details are available here,
and all current results and progressive standings can be found here.
The first week of block 2 has seen new faces in each grade with promotions and relegations shaking things up a bit. In Grade A, however, things continue where they left off, with
Matthew Ball and Jae Lee winning their respective singles and doubles matches and establishing an early lead.
On the other side of the table, Scott Lochhead is in early relegation trouble with no points from round 1 after he lost a tense 7-setter to
Maurice Pou as well as his doubles match. Allen Blackburn managed to win at least his doubles match with Matthew Ball
to gain at least one point.
In B-Grade, William Hunter and Thomas Sun each won both of their singles matches, but could not add doubles
wins to their tally, leaving them on 4 points, just one point clear of Abbey Webb and Garth Keeble.
At the same time, Akshay Aneesh had a bad start, losing both his singles and his doubles match for no points to his name,
while Richard Ammundsen gained at least one point from winning his doubles match.
In C-Grade, Ted Mita took an early lead with wins in both singles and his doubles match, and he is yet to lose even a single set in any of his matches.
Eng Lim also had a good night with two hard-fought singles wins and a win in his doubles match. Relegation from C Grade sees
Eugene Lee and Oliver Linton in early trouble with no wins in either singles or doubles matches.
D-Grade see Alex Hall take an early lead thanks to wins in both his singles and his doubles match. He leads by one point from
Brandon Lee who also had a good night with two singles win, but not able to add a doubles win to his tally.
In the overall standings, we still have four players without a loss to their names, Matthew Ball, Ted Mita,
William Hunter, and Alex Hall, with only Ted Mita yet to concede even a single set.
It's also time to start looking at the contest for most improgved player, but little has emerged so far. Des Armstrong
has taken an early lead with 57 points gained, but 9 other players have had gains of more than 20 points, a small enough differences that they could overcome with a single upset win. So,
it is still much to early to consides favourites for the title.
Latest Rating Gains (based on this week's Competition night and the latest Super-16 round):
Changhee Cho 26 points (Player of the Week)
Jack Webb 25 points
Hui-Ling Vong 24 points
Callum McKinnon 17 points
Scott Lochhead 14 points
Brandon Lee 14 points
Menaka Samarasinghe 13 points
William Hunter 13 points
Order of Merit - New Milestones reached
Matthew Ball 27,000 points
Jae Lee 18,000 points
Miko Kirschbaum 15,000 points
Jack Webb 10,000 points
William Hunter 9000 points
Dan Heaphy 6000 points
Menaka Samarasinghe 5000 points
Maurice Pou 4000 points
Tim Seaholme 3000 points
Hui-Ling Vong 2000 points
Phillip McConnochie 2000 points
Natalie Paterson 1000 points
Conor Wadsworth 500 points
Lisa Yue 500 points
Mike Sung 250 points
Alex Hall 250 points
Manawatu Open Championship
This year's Manawatu Open Championship will be held on the week-end of 2&3 September.
An entry form for the Championship is here,
and currently estimated starting times are here.
These times are only a guide at this stage, and actual starting times will depend on the number of entries in respective categories. Final starting times will be publicised
once entries have closed.
Results from previous years' Open Championships are available here.
This year's Super 16 Competition has concluded with the final two rounds played on Saturday 12th August.
The competition continued to be strong to the last two rounds, with strong non-Manawatu competitors adding to the quality of the field and competing for top positions.
But despite the extra competition, Matthew Ball again won
both rounds. He beat Jae Lee in the final of the morning round and
Tim Seaholme in the afternoon. Hui-Ling Vong came third in both rounds,
beating Natalie Patersonin the 3rd place play-off in the morning and Jae Lee in the afternoon.
In the overall standings, Matthew Ball took out the Super-16 title again with a perfect score of 96 points, followed by
Jae Lee on 85 points and Miko Kirschbaum on 73 points.
Details of all rounds and final standings can be found
here. The last rounds for this year have now been played. Super 16 will return in autumn next year.
Junior Club - Monday evenings
Junior Club will be back on Monday 26 July for the start of Term 3. It will run through to 18 September, just missing one week on 4 September. Cost is $5 per session.
All dates & details are here.
Junior Club provides a great opportunity for new members to join up for the winter season in a relaxed and fun atmosphere!
We welcome new and regular participants during this time for a casual hit, to play a few matches and be part of some fun games.
It runs Fridays 4-5:30 pm. Cost is $8 per session or $64 for the Term. Junior Coaching is back from 28 July. There will be 8 sessions this term missing the 18th and 25th August.
If you haven't attended these sessions before, and are interested to come along in Term 3, please let Matthew Ball know.
2017 Ratings Gain
We are now six months into the 2017 season, 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 is clearly having the greatest gains for the season so far, with an incredible improvement in her ratings by about 600 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 over 400 points so far. Callum McKinnon has now moved up into third place with big rating jumps over recent weeks.
Des Armstrong has also made some impressive gains over the year, with a gain of
about 300 points, but not having played much recently, he did not have the chance to see his ratings rise further.
Further back and with rating gains between 150 and 250 points is another group of players, Sonny Huynh, Kaushal Patel, William Hunter, Jin Shim and Thomas Sun.
Still half a year to go before the end of the 2017 season, and still a chance for the successful players to build on their gains.
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 is underway. Progressive 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