New name on the Chelmsford M&G Investments Mens Singles trophy this year
It’s that time of the year again and the 2018 M&G Investments Chelmsford & District Table League Table Tennis Championships take place at Hylands School next weekend (Friday 02 / Sunday 04 February 2018). Would all players please note that on Saturday 03 February 2018 access to Hylands School will only be via the main entrance to the School - off Writtle Road / Chelmsford Road (unless you are travelling on foot). The main entrance is some 400 yards beyond the Savernake junction. Access on Friday and Sunday will be via the normal Sherwood Drive. Admission to the event is free and it is hoped that former players will pop in over the three days. Finals Night takes place on Monday 12 February 2018 at Old Chelmsfordians, Roxwell Road, Chelmsford at 19.30 hours.
Perhaps for the first time in recent memory there will be no former Champions taking part in the blue riband event - the Mens Singles. Last year’s Champion Ross Saxby has left the area and the three previous winners - Tony Halling, Ben Warner and Steve Joslin haven’t played in the League this Season. 2012 / 2013 Champion Alex Abbott hasn’t entered. Trevor Lloyd, a highly experienced Wiltshire County player - relatively new to the area and very impressive in League matches this year is the top seed and Sam Hume, the very composed and improving Essex no. one Junior is seeded second. The joint no. three seeds are top Veterans Duncan Taylor and Wale Bada whilst the four joint no. five seeds are also likely to be equally competitive in the shake-up for honours. Stand up - Paul Davison, Gary Young, Ryan Gooday and Reece Seddon. Group 10 only contains three players but it has the potential to be the most hotly contested. Reece Seddon takes on Ciaran Whelan and Lee McHugh.
The year’s Ladies Singles looks especially interesting this year. The winner for the last two years - hard-hitting Dawn Baldry will have to face Shirley Carroll and another newcomer - Essex Junior first team player - Gracie Edwards in her Group and she will know that she will have to be at her very best to come out on top. In the other group Linda Roff takes on Jan Fuller and 22 times Champion Julie Johnson. A very difficult event “to call” although Julie Johnson’s massive “level of experience” may well stand her in good stead.
The Mens Doubles is often one of the most open of events and this year this looks like it will again be the case. The holders -Wale Bada and Reece Seddon take their place at the top of the draw whilst Paul Davison and Gary Young are seeded second. The joint no. three seeds - Gary Cattermole / Trevor Lloyd and Duncan Taylor / Charles Sweeny will also have high expectations of doing well.
The counter part Ladies Doubles only features three pairs but all three are capable of making their mark. The holders Julie Johnson / Jan Fuller will take on Lin Roff / Gracie Edwards and Dawn Baldry / Shirley Carroll.
The Mixed Doubles is another event where upsets aren’t uncommon. Ryan Gooday / Julie Johnson - the winners last year are favourites with the refreshingly young pairing of Sam Hume / Gracie Edwards seeded second. Other pairings who cannot be discounted are Gary Young / Linda Roff, Paul Davison / Jan Fuller, Lee McHugh / Shirley Carroll and former runners-up Ciaran Whelan / Dawn Baldry.
The number of entrants in the Veterans Singles is well down this year. The holder - Wale Bada is the top seed in the Over 40s event - with Trevor Lloyd who looks set for a very busy weekend, seeded second. Duncan Taylor and last year’s runner-up Paul Davison are the joint no. three seeds. Two other players equally capable of winning - Gary Young and Colin Stallwood make up the seeds. Group one looks interesting here. Duncan Taylor takes on Gary Cattermole and Keith Martin.
Babul McLeod, the Over 50s Singles winner in 2014 and 2017 is the no. one seed in the Over 50s Singles but it is Trevor Lloyd who will be the player to beat. Ian Whiteside and Julie Johnson are expected to reach the Semi-Finals. Ian Whiteside, a four times Champion in the Over 60s Singles is the top seed in this event with Michael Johnston and Trevor Carter likely to offer the stiffest challenges. Gary Young will be looking for his fourth success in the Veterans Doubles. He is paired with Paul Davison this year. Their opponents in the Final are expected to be Colin Stallwood / Trevor Lloyd.
Sam Hume is a heavy favourite in the Under 21s Singles. But with players of the calibre of Ryan Gooday, Sam Lowman, Daniel Berry and Daniel Young in the draw he won’t take anything for granted. It’s the same in the Junior Boys Singles and Sam Hume should take the title. His Final opponent is expected to be Daniel Young with Connor Payne and Matthew Elliott expected to “exit” in the Semi-Finals. Gracie Edwards will be looking to become the first female winner of the Under 16s Singles. She is expected to meet Daniel Young in the Final. Toby Kelly and Harry Buckle are seeded to reach the Semi-Finals. Daniel Young is a heavy favourite in the Under 14s Singles with Harry Buckle expected to contest the Final. Connor Payne / Sam Hume will be looking for win no. three in the Junior Doubles although they won’t have it all their own way if their Final opponents turn out to be Gracie Edwards / Daniel Young.
After a gap of two years the Junior Girls Singles returns to the programme. There are no surprises here and Gracie Edwards is a very heavy favourite with Annabel Sweeny expected to challenge her in the Final.
Sunday‘s events will be dominated by the Divisional Singles. These are always difficult to “call”. Those players who are so dominant in League matches don’t always have it all their own way in tournament conditions. Lee McHugh is the top seed in the Division two Singles with Ian Whiteside expected to challenge him in the Final. However the composition of three groups gives you a taste of how competitive this event is. Group one sees Daniel Anderson take on Daniel Young and Richard Baxter whilst Group three sees Ryan Pitt come “face to face” with Charles Yeung and Mike Johnston. Group seven is also compelling - Victor Chan takes on Trevor Carter and Richard Storey. Ciaran Whelan is favourite in the Division three Singles with David Gatheral seeded to reach the Final. Group three looks especially interesting here. Wiktor Delimat faces Dawn Baldry and Malcolm Storey. Mervyn Perriman is the top seed in the Division four Singles with Steve Siggs seeded second. Expect the experienced duo - the joint no. three seeds - League Secretary Dave Moles and former League Press Officer - Mo Hardy to challenge strongly for honours here. Martin Hiskey is expected to face Mark Glenister in the Division five Singles Final with Addi Kamma and Martin Goddard seeded to bow out at the Semi-Final stage.
With a massive entry of 46 players it was necessary to play the Junior Handicap Singles from the M&G Investments Chelmsford Championships at the Melbourne Athletics Centre on Friday 26 January 2018. Chelmsford Level II Coach Keith Martin summed it up “I’ve not seen so many Juniors taking part in a Chelmsford event for many years and better still the standard of play was very encouraging”. The Final will be played at the Championships next weekend and will feature Matthew Elliott and Aidan Noguchi. Elliott had a real “hum-dinger” of a battle against Connor Payne (with just one point separating the two players). Elliott edged this one - 12-10, 12-14, 7-11, 11-4,11-9 and he beat Melinda Abraham-Victor 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 to book his Semi-Final appearance. Here Elliott came though in four ends (11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7) against Ben Porter - although it is clear that his opponent has a lot of potential for the future. Aidan Noguchi came through the other half of the draw but it could have been very different. In the first round Jason Yeh led Aidan Noguchi 9-1 in the final set. It was “last throw of the dice time“ for Noguchi and by increasing his consistency levels massively he fought back and pipped his opponent 6-11, 11-3, 11-8,9-11, 12-10. Vineeth Kamma axed the very promising Harry Chivers in a tight match (11-13, 12-10, 12-10, 11-5) and then Alex Porter by a last gasp 11-7, 8-11, 5-11, 11-9 , 13-11 margin. However, in the Semi-Final it was Noguchi - who clearly had the “bit between his teeth” after that match against Jason Yeh and further wins over Joachin Mapes (12-10, 11-8, 11-7) and Sam Mortimer - Ford (11-6, 13-11, 11-4) who came through. Noguchi beat Vineeth Kamma 11-1, 9-11,11-8, 11-6 to book his Final appearance.
Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League
Press Report Issued 21 January 2018
Top class display from Colin Stallwood
Maldon A have recaptured the lead in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League and they did this in style with a comprehensive 8-2 victory over second-placed Chelmsford A. Maldon now hold a four point lead over Chelmsford but more tellingly they also have a match in hand. Alex Abbott and Colin Stallwood were both undefeated whilst Trevor Lloyd won twice. Lloyd missed out against 2017 M&G Investments Chelmsford Closed Championships Veterans Champion Wal Bada in five ends (5-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 6-11). Colin Stallwood was on fine form for the Champions-elect and he beat Ryan Gooday (13-15, 11-8, 11-4, 11-5), Wal Bada (6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9) and Eddy Ogbebor (11-9, 11-8, 14-12) - an excellent hat-trick of successes. Danbury A are a clear third and they beat OCs A 8-2. Gary Young and Steve Whiteley were both undefeated for Danbury. Expect Gary Young to challenge strongly for the Veterans and Mens Singles titles at this year’s M&G Investments Chelmsford Closed Tournament.
Division two leaders Writtle Excalibur A produced a top notch performance against OCs C and ran out 10-0 winners. Ryan Pitt, Lee McHugh and Matthew Brown gave nothing away. Pitt won a hard-fought opening encounter with a 11-9, 10-12, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7 success against Peter Windley and that turned out to be a fair indication of the evening’s play. As hard as the OCs team tried Writtle Excalibur had all the answers. Chelmsford B stay second. Robert Shrimpton was undefeated as they beat Danbury C 7-3. Danbury’s Daniel Young had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Paul Nicol 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9. Hatfield Peverel A are third and they produced their best performance of the Season to beat Liberal C 9-1. The “old guard” - John Gagg and Gary Ward were both undefeated. Ward was on top form. He beat Hannah Pitt (11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7), Andy Huckson (11-7, 11-8,11-9) and Paul Lombardi (11-8, 11-5, 11-6). The match between Danbury B and Chelmsford C produced a closely fought encounter. No single player stayed undefeated and Danbury B shaded the match 6-4. The Danbury duo of Neil Want and Ken Sheard and Chelmsford’s Julie Johnson and Alistair Piper all won twice. Ken Sheard pipped Alistair Piper 9-11, 6-11, 11-4, 1-17, 13-11 in the closest encounter of the evening. Danbury D who are fourth beat OCs B 7-3. Sam Lowman won his three singles and with a 76 % record he is clearly enjoying a consistent Season. He showed a lot of composure to hit through the very solid defence of Robbie Burton 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.
Maldon B made it 10 wins out of 11 in division three by beating Chelmsford D 7-3. Gordon Fairchild scored an excellent victory over Ciaran Whelan (5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8) but he didn’t have the same impact against an unbeaten Hamish Innes (4-11, 8-11, 6-11). Jarek Pietraszuk was on target for Chelmsford and he came through a roller-coaster encounter with Colin Napper 11-2, 8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 16-14. Bottom side Hatfield Peverel C scored a welcome 6-4 win over Hatfield Peverel B. Their leading player Trevor Collin scored his second “full-house” of the Season with three good wins. He beat Gareth Davies (11-7, 17-15, 9-11, 11-5), Guy McKenzie (11-5, 14-12, 11-3) and Dave Fiddeman (11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 14-12). It was “honours shared” in the match between OCs D and Writtle Excalibur B. Louis Brown was undefeated for the Writtle Excalibur side. He beat David Porter 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 13-11 in his toughest examination.
Leaders OCs E were the week’s big winners in division four. Nat Ravlic and David Newman were both unbeaten in their 9-1 success against OCs G. David Newman fought back from 2-0 down to get the better of David Bishop 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9. Second-placed Danbury G suffered their second defeat of the Season by losing 6-4 to Danbury H. Dave Goody was unbeaten for Danbury H and he completed his hat-trick with a five game win over Mo Hardy (11-4, 11-7, 8-11, 6-11, 11-4).
There was a big win for Hatfield Peverel D in division five. Alastair Brown, Peter Mortensen and Richard Drozd ran out 10-0 winners against Galleywood B. Highwood B are second - some way behind Chelmsford F and they consolidated their position with a 8-2 victory over OCs H. Nicola Pippen won her three singles and this included a fine 10-12, 11-4, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7 win over Stuart Wintle. By a quirk of the fixtures chart OCs H played Highwood B again 12 days later. This time Highwood won 7-3 and Stuart Wintle gained his revenge over Nicola Pippen (11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11) but he missed out against an undefeated Melanie Bonnett rather decisively (5-11, 4-11, 5-11). Chelmsford G with Martin Hiskey on top form ran out 7-3 winners over Chelmsford J. The evergreen John Wickens came out on top 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9 after a very tricky encounter against Jamie Dowsett.
Galleywood Hawks (Vineeth Kamma and Charlie Graig) ran out 5-0 winners in division 2A of the CLICK League against West Maldon. They looked to be in trouble in the doubles when trailing 2-0 against William Moore and Blaydon Farmer but they rallied really strongly to win 6-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-2.
All Junior players who have entered the Junior Handicap Singles at this year‘s M&G Investments Chelmsford Closed Championships should note that this event has been moved to this coming Friday (26 January 2018) at the Melbourne Sports Centre - the Chelmsford Club’s venue. Book in at 19.00 hours for a 19.15 start. If the event hadn’t been switched from the actual Tournament weekend the massive increase in the number of Junior entries would have led to the possibility of a mid-night finish on the Saturday.
Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League
Press Report Issued 14 January 2018
Dave Cole leads Liberal to 8-2 win over Chelmsford A
Chelmsford A have taken the lead in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. However, Chelmsford A had little to celebrate as they were well beaten 8-2 by Liberal A and second placed Maldon A who have a match in hand remain the heavy favourites to retain their title. Four times M&G Investments Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion - the evergreen David Cole was undefeated for Liberal and he beat Eddie Ogbebor - Chelmsford A’s best player 11-8, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7. Ogbebor made his mark for the Chelmsford A team. He beat the very impressive Gracie Edwards (and you can definitely expect her to be a major contender for the Ladies Singles title in this year’s M&G Investments Chelmsford Closed Championships) 11-3, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 as well as Keiran Lally by a last gasp 11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 6-11, 11-9 scoreline.
The leaders Writtle Excalibur A are unbeaten after 10 matches in division two. They didn’t have it all their own way against third-placed Danbury C where they were hard pushed to win 6-4. Ace defender Ian Whiteside downed the challenge of Lee McHugh 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9 and then Richard Storey 11-6, 13-11, 10-12, 13-11 but he missed out on his hat-trick of wins by losing 11-7, 12-10, 3-11, 11-6 to Matthew Brown. Chelmsford B stay second. They ran out 8-2 winners against Liberal C. Robert Shrimpton was undefeated for Chelmsford whilst Liberal’s Robin Armstrong impressed for the losers. He beat Victor Chan 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-4.
Chelmsford D were the week’s big winners in division three. Jarek Pietraszuk and Wiktor Delimat were both undefeated in their 9-1 win over Danbury F. Jarek rounded off what was a very productive evening for the Chelmsford team with a 9-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 victory over John Robinson. Writtle Excalibur B are on a rich vein of form and they beat Chelmsford C 7-3. Louis Brown led the way with a hat-trick. Chelmsford’s Richard Baxter was involved in two close fifth-setters. He missed out to Phil Smith 8-11, 13-11, 4-11, 11-7,11 11-13 but he defeated Connor Payne 14-12, 7-11, 1-11, 11-9, 11-8. Maldon C ran out 7-3 winners against Chelmsford D. Team-work was the order of the day here with Roger Hance, Ev Lucas and Brian Riedling all winning twice.
Division four leaders Danbury G had a night they will want to forget against third-placed Writtle Excalibur C. After a run of eight successive wins Danbury never looked like winning this match and it was Steve Sigs (two wins), Dave Moles (two wins) and Neil Thompson (three wins) who dominated. Thompson fought back from 2-0 down to beat League President Norman Smith 8-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7. Maldon D relied on a solid team performance to beat Danbury J 7-3. Mervyn Perriman, Bryan Speller and Tom Elder all won twice. Speller fought back from 2-0 down get the better of Eamon Hall 6-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9. The match between Writtle Excalibur D and OCs E finished tied at 5-5. Nat Ravlic won his three singles for the Old Chelmsfordians side.
Chelmsford F stay top in division five. Jon Dyson led them to a 7-3 win over Hatfield Peverel D. Dyson was also unbeaten as Chelmsford F defeated Galleywood B 8-2. The match between Amanda Hogger and Mark Glenister looks to have been the pick of the evening’s action. Glenister edged home after a really hard fought encounter (13-11, 12-10, 10-12, 12-10, 11-9). They don’t come much closer !. Highwood A are their closest challengers but they fell back. They were hard pushed to beat Highwood B 6-4 and they were held to a draw by Chelmsford H. Newcomer Dusan Doszkoty made a big difference here. The Chelmsford star won his three singles. He had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Francis Whitbread 11-5, 10-12, 12-14, 12-10,11-8. Dusan Doszkoty was also unbeaten in Chelmsford H’s 6-4 defeat to Chelmsford G. Michael Whelpdale sealed the victory for Chelmsford G in the last game of the evening. He beat Ben Jackson 11-9, 15-17, 11-12, 11-5, 11-7. Keith Fitz-John was on top form and he led Highwood B to a 8-2 win over Anglia Ruskin University. Taku Nerutanga came through over five hotly contested ends against Keith Pallett (14-12, 7-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9).
The CLICK divisions have been reformatted. Galleywood Eagles are off to a good start. They beat Galleywood Hawks 4-1. Aidan Noguchi and Rio Tiplizki won all four singles although Noguchi had a “scare” against Charlie Craig. He had to save a match point in the fourth end before he ran out a 8-11, 11-5, 8-11, 12-10, 11-5 winner. Black Notley Barracudas also won 4-1. Nicholas Grice led them to victory against Chelmsford Wildcats. Emilie Guilloux picked up the soles Chelmsford success. She beat Patrick Sweeney 11-5, 13-11, 8-11, 4-11, 11-8. West Maldon shaded it against Danbury Dragons 3-2. William Moore won twice. He beat Connor Hall 12-10, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 and Ewan Hynd 11-13, 11-5, 12-10, 11-7.
In the Open KO Cup Chelmsford B secured an impressive 5-0 win over Chelmsford C. Victor Chan made his mark with an excellent 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-3 win over Waseem Quereshi whilst Jarek Pietraszuk did well to beat Jan Fuller 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6.
Danbury C (Dave Hancox, Eamon Hall and Allan Steel) made no mistake against Maldon A in the Division four Knock Out Cup. They won 8-1. Shirley Carroll impressed for the losers with a quick-fire 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 victory against Eamon Hall.
OCs A (Adam Yardley, James Mitty and Harry Rogers) ran out 8-1 winners against Danbury A in the Junior Knock Out Cup. Connor Hall did well to beat Adam Yardley 6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7 for Danbury’s sole success.
All Junior players who have entered the Junior Handicap event at this year‘s M&G Investments Chelmsford Closed Championships should note that this event has been moved to Friday 26 January 2018 at the Melbourne Sports Centre - the Chelmsford Club’s Home venue. Book in at 19.00 hours for a 19.15 start. If the event hadn’t been switched from the actual Tournament weekend the substantial increase in the number of entries would have led to a possible mid-night finish on the Saturday.
Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League