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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
Tuesday evenings have now moved into a period of individual-based All-Stars/ Drop-In Leagues before the start of Autumn Leagues (with details given below).
These are individual-based competitions, with each player guaranteed to play at least four or more matches. With four singles matches, All-Stars/ Drop-In Leagues tend to provide tighter competition than the team events,
but, of course, without the team element.
There is no need to register, but players MUST be present by 7 pm to be able to be included in the evening's draw. Cost is $5 per evening.
All-Stars/ Drop-In Leagues are suiatble for players of all ages and playing standards, for experienced players or new-comers. Give it a go!
We played the third All-Stars / Drop-In League this Tuesday with another night of tight action and 18 players present. 18 players is a pretty ideal number, giving the full range of playing standards
and allowing non-stop action with little wait between matches. And like last week, we saw tight competition and a few upset results.
Miko Kirschbaum took out another round, after fending off Thomas Sun and then Terry Lee in tight and hard-fought
matches. Terry Lee took out second place, with Thomas Sun in third place and Boon in fourth.
A link to the ALL STAR results is here. We have also started to record progressive standings over the three rounds of All-Stars/ Drop-In Leagues played so far this year.
No decision, yet, whether to include that as a regular feature of TT Manawatu records - it's only for information at this stage. Any feedback on it would be welcome.
Latest Rating Gains:
Michael Blaschek 62 points (Player of the Week)
Eng Lim 36 points
Dan Heaphy 21 points
Thomas Sun 19 points
Changhee Cho 15 points
Order of Merit - New Milestones reached
Miko Kirschbaum 7000 points
Michael Blaschek 1000 points
Boon 500 points
Jan-Brian Caballero 100 points
Juvy Longanilla 100 points
This year's Autumn League will commence on 8 May and run for 7 weeks and will be the same format as Summer League. Players should enter as individuals, and teams will then be formed
with the aim of getting teams of matching oveall standards. The cost for the whole comp is $50.00.
Entries close on Saturday 5 May at 5.00 pm. Matthew Ball is currently away. Please, contact Shona Cudby
(Ph: (06) 354 6840; 027 553 3010; firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you wish to play in the comp.
Rounds 1 & 2 of this year's Super 16 Competition were played on Saturday 10th March. We had another day of great competition, with five Wellington-based players swelling the ranks and
raising the level of competition. Despite that, Matthew Ball re-established his dominance of Super 16 and again won both rounds without dropping a set.
Hui-Ling Vong came second in both rounds and Miko Kirschbaum third, while Harry Chen
took out fourth place in the morning and Daniel Rosner in the afternoon. With only two rounds played (out of an eventual eight), the overall standings obviously hold few
surprises, with Matthew Ball leading ahead of Hui-Ling Vong, Miko Kirschbaum and Daniel Rosner.
More interesting results were seen in the middle of the field, with Callum McKinnon, in particular, having an inspired day and notching up one surprise win after another.
Full results and progressive standings can be found here.
To register for future rounds, or to obtain further information, please contact Matthew Ball (email@example.com; 0273412246).
The next two rounds are scheduled for 26 May. If you are registering for just one round, please advise Matthew whether you want to play in the morning or afternoon.
Further details about the competition and all scheduled dates are here.
If you have any further queries about Super 16, please ask Matthew. There is no residence requirement.
Entry is open to anyone who can be in Palmy on the day - only playing standard determines eligibility.
Manawatu Residents' Championship
This year's Manawatu Residents' Championship is scheduled for the week-end of 16-17 June. Keep the date free for this premier event to decide who are Manawatu's best players.
Grade-based competitions will be held on Saturday, and age-based competitions in juniors and veterans on Sunday. In grade-based competitions, everyone competes with others of similar standings
according to the Manawatu ratings system. That means that everyone has a chance to walk away with a trophy if they perform well on the day. Grade-based competitions are suitable for juniors and seniors of all ages.
Entry Form and further details to follow soon. Here is a list of the winners at last year's Residents' Championship
Junior Coaching (Fridays 4-5:30 pm)
Junior Coaching has one more session left this term before taking a break over the school holidays.
Term 2 starts on 11th May and finishes on 6th July. That means there will be 9 sessions in total. Cost is $8 per session, or $72 for the whole term.
Junior Club (Mondays - times to be confirmed)
Will restart on the 28th May but will miss the following Monday due to Queens Birthday long week-end. Finishes 24th September. Cost is $5 each time.
The time is likely to move from the current 6-7:30 pm slot to an earlier 3:30-5 pm slot
Junior Summer League (Tuesdays 4:45-6:30 pm)
Junior Summer Leagues has concluded. See here
for the final results and standings.
Schools Competition (Thursday afternoons)
Schools Competitions will run next term on Tuesday's for Primary and Thursday's for Intermediate and Secondary. Please contact your school for info.
For all junior event happenings, please, contact Matthew Ball (firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 341 2246).
Now being several monts into the 2018 table tennis season, it is time to have look at the most-improved players for this year.
A graph with this year's rating gains is here.
Akshay Aneesh and Callum McKinnon have made the early running, with gains of about 300 points each, but
Michael Blaschek on about 250 points and Dan Heaphy on 175 points are also well in contention.
But the season is still young, and there is plenty of time for others to achieve the rating gains throughout the year that could see them surge into a winning position.
This year's Summer League has finished with the Finals played on 27th March. After unexpectedly toppling the Lobstoppers (Terry Lee and co) in the previous week,
Landcare Research (Miko Kirschbaum and co) had secured one spot in the Grand Final. There they met the Super Smash Bros (Jack Webb and co),
who had disposed off the Balls of Fury (Matthew Ball and co) in the previous week on their way into the Grand Final.
The Grand Final eventually ebbed and flowed with Landcare Research (Miko Kirschbaum and co) dominating the top and bottom positions while Muditha Peiris
domianetd the #3 position for the Super Smash Bros (Jack Webb and co), and contributed three singles and two doubles wins to his team, but that was not yet enough.
The deciding matches were then played by Jin Shim, who was forced into
three long five-set battles against Alex Herzig, Michael Blaschek and Matteo Poggio, but Jin
won all three. With the Super Smash Bros (Jack Webb and co) adding two more final-set victories to their tally (5:0 for matches that went the distance), they came home for a
comfortable 12:7 win and the Summer-League title. To top if off, Jin Shim got the Player-of-the-Week accolades.
The two Consolation Finals also saw epic battles, with the Master Blasters (Abbey Webb and co.) just coming ahead of the Balls of Fury (Matthew Ball and co)
by 10:9 despite losing the games count by 29:30. In the other Consolation Final, Scared Hitless (Allen Blackburn and co) found some late-season form and notched up their second
win in a row by downing the Lobstoppers (Terry Lee and co) by 10:9, despite an even more unfavourable games count of 33:37.
In the individual standings, Matthew Ball took out another title with 12 wins and 36 games without losing a single set throughout the comp. Miko Kirschbaum
came second in the standings, followed by Dan Heaphy, who jumped a few places in the last round of the season.
The race for most improved player ended on a bit of a subdued note, with none of the three main contenders able to add much to their tallies. That left Callum McKinnon
on a clear lead on 236 points gained, followed by Michael Blaschek with a gain of 184 points and
Akshay Aneesh on 177 points. While Callum deservedly took out the Award, all three players are to be congratulated as each of their gains would have been enough for 'Most-Improved' status
in previous comps.
A full list of teams, playing schedule and final results can be found here.
February to March
Summer League 2018 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 has concluded. Final results and standings are
Played on some Saturdays from March to August
Super 16 (2017) has concluded. Final results and standings are
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