GLOUCESTERSHIRE TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL REPORT 2016/2017
This Annual Report is presented by the Management Committee.
Mrs J Kirby Chairman
A Jarvis Treasurer
Mrs S Humble General Secretary
N Meredith Minutes Secretary
L J Smith National Council Representative
Mrs J Kirby Deputy National Councillor
Mrs S Humble Schools
N Davidson * Coaching /Development Officer
J McGugan Webmaster
L J Smith Umpires/Referees Secretary
Mrs L Slack Safeguarding
The position of Tournament Secretary was unfilled but it was agreed that each League would, in
turn organise the County Closed Tournament. Also the Selection Committee Officer was unfilled
but each captain organised their County team.
* During the year Nick Davidson resigned and Eddie Roofe took over the role of County Coach with
Mary Holba as Deputy and Greg Holba took on Development.
Meetings were held at the “Royal William “ public house. The Association is grateful for Mr C
Mr L J Smith served as the Association President
Mr P H Jackson, Mr R Davis, Mr J Bunn, Mr N Saunders, Mrs G Smith, Mr R Morley, Mrs M Bridle.
Mr L J Smith, Mr P Cruwys
County Team Reports
In the first round the team had 8:2 wins against both Dorset 2 and Hampshire.
There were clean sheets for Darren Griffin and Christine Williams in singles and doubles.
Gordon Shaw and Abu Salehbai lost one singles each in each match.
The team won all their next games save for the one against Wiltshire 1 losing 8.2 with Darren being responsible for the two wins. (6:4 v Hereford, 7:3 v Devon, 8:2 v Wiltshire 2)
It should have been a fight for second place with a strong Devon team but unfortunately they fielded a very weak team for the weekend we played them and we won 9:1.
The County Vets team finished in second place to Wiltshire 1 who gain promotion.
Report submitted by Christine Williams
The Gloucestershire County Senior team this year included Stella Honey, Emily Philp, Olly Tyndall, Billy Shilton & Dave Harvey. Playing in Division 2B the team travelled to Cippenham, Berkshire to play all 7 matches over the weekend. They had a tough start on Saturday losing 3-7 to Bedfordshire, with Stella, Emily and Billy scoring 1 apiece. In an easier 2nd match, it was Stella, Olly and Dave who all came away
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with maximums, backed up with 1 apiece from Emily & Billy. After lunch it was Essex 2nds, where 7 out of the 10 matches went to a 5th game, with maximums from Olly, Billy and Emily, with 1 a piece from Dave & Stella they won 8-2. The afternoon finished in fine style, with a convincing 10-0 win over Wiltshire.
Back early in the morning on the Sunday, they played a crucial match against Hertfordshire, as both teams were tied on 8 points at the time. With maximum wins from Dave & Billy, and 1 apiece from the others they moved above them in the table with a 7-3 win. Oxfordshire were up next and it proved a very close affair from the start, with the 6-4 win only being secured in the very last match of Billy's which went to 5. Finally, they had to play Sussex 3rds and with all the players feeling a little fatigued Dave won his final match to secure a 5-5 draw.
Overall all players in the Gloucestershire team were pleased with their performance, finishing in second place behind an undefeated strong Bedfordshire team.
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Report submitted by Gary Tyndall
The Gloucestershire County Junior team for this session comprised Edward Birt, Tom Cutler, Marcus Holba, Anna Maria Besarabova and Charlotte Sparrow.
In November the team beat Gwent 5:4 but lost to Worcester 1:9 and Avon 2:8. There were some close matches that could have gone either way.
In December the team beat Cornwall 6:4 but lost to Cornwall1 1:9
In March the team travelled to the Civil Service Sports Club Bristol, where the conditions were somewhat challenging! They had a fine start with a well fought 7-3 win over Wiltshire, who featured two nationally ranked players in Charlie Joyce and Shrey Bhardwaj. Holba, Cutler and Besarabova remained unbeaten in the match. In particular, Cutler impressed with a fine win over Gloucester schools under 19 champion Bhardwaj by three games to nil.
The final match for the season resulted in a 4-6 loss to Somerset, Holba and Besarabova providing wins for Gloucestershire. Highlights were a fine win by Holba over Harry Skidmore and a valiant fightback by Charlotte Sparrow from two games to love down in her match against Imogen Venner, only to lose in the final set. The most impressive win was by Besarabova in a quick-fire three-nil win
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With three wins and four losses Gloucestershire ended up in sixth place, but on points very much closer to the top of the table than the bottom. We look forward to next season, especially as the team will have more experience, four of the five players being eligible to play again in the competition and a lot of promising talent waiting in the wings.
Report submitted by Eddie Roofe
It was dark when the Gloucestershire team set off for an early start in division 2a, of the County Cadet Championships in Slough, on the 10th December 2016.
The new Gloucestershire team had debuts for Benjamin Greve and Tom Powlesland, whilst Marcus Holba, Anna- Maria Besarabova and Charlotte Sparrow continued to follow on from their performances in the Junior County Championships.
The first round of matches saw Gloucestershire up against Sussex, and they were off to a flyer with a 6 – 4 win. An excellent performance from Tom Powlesland in a battle from two games down against Sam Watts to win convincingly in the fifth and take us into a 2-0 lead. Marcus Holba was in cruise mode and Anna put in two good wins to make it a comfortable win. Benjamin Greve battled hard against Sam Watts and won another in the fifth game, 11-2 to see us over the winning line.
Next up was an away match against Wiltshire, and as they only had one girl, Gloucestershire were given an easy 2 – 0 head start. Charlotte Sparrow got her first win against Evie Clover with a spectacular performance winning 7, 0, and 3. Gloucestershire cruised to a 10 – 0 victory, only dropping one game all match.
Round 3 saw Gloucestershire home to Worcestershire, and on paper this looked a very close match. Gloucestershire, however, dug deep into the reserves with Tom, Anna, Charlotte and Marcus all coming through in various five game wins to pick up another victory, 2 points and an 8 – 2 win.
The young team were starting to feel the effects of the day, as fatigue set in on round 4 in the match away to Bedfordshire 1. Marcus was unable to hold off Ben Reddy, and Luke Manning from Bedfordshire proved just too good for Benjamin Greve. Anna and Charlotte also came undone despite winning the first games in their sets. Marcus Holba however, did pull a five game win out of the bag against Luke Manning. It was a 6 – 4 loss and probably just one too many matches for the young Gloucestershire side.
A week after the excellent start in this competition, the reliable Gloucestershire team of Marcus Holba, Benjamin Greve, Tom Powlesland, Anna- Maria Besarabova and Charlotte Sparrow turned up in Slough, Berkshire, to continue in the County Cadet Championships.
For Gloucestershire, third in the table and two points behind Glamorgan and Hertfordshire, it meant it was going to be hard work and very exciting in the scheduled matches for the day. Glamorgan and Hertfordshire also had to meet each other in schedule of play, so the Championship was still wide open for any of these three teams to win, with the top two being promoted to Division One.
Gloucestershire started the day in fine form against Bedfordshire 2, who arrived with a player short, giving Gloucestershire a 2-0 head start. Despite this Marcus, Benjamin, Tom, Anna- Maria and Charlotte all contributed to an easy 9 – 1 win and 2 points.
Match two was away to Glamorgan and Gloucestershire were off to a flyer. Marcus Holba and Tom Powlesland both won to give them a 2-0 head start, however by Set 8 the teams were poised at 4-4 with two to play. Glamorgan then went ahead 5- 4. The last set saw Gloucestershire’s Benjamin Greve play Glamorgan’s Oscar Marriott. What a match! Benjamin Greve played exceptionally well and came through to win in three games 13,3,11 earning Gloucestershire a point to keep us in contention of winning and promotion.
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On to the last match of the day against Hertfordshire and a promotion place was in Gloucestershire’s hands. A quick rally from the team coach Nick Davidson, reminded the players that having fun and enjoying the sport was just as good as winning. The team had come a long way in such a short space of time, and if they did not win, the team could still hold its head very high. He was very proud of the team and they had all contributed.
The final match started and it was still going to be very close. The whole team pulled together and the support for the players from the rest of the team, parents, and coaches was fantastic, and was nothing short of what they deserved. Gloucestershire were victorious winning 6 – 4 and gained another two valuable points. This resulted in a runners up position in the league behind Glamorgan but never the less, they had achieved promotion to division 1 at their first attempt. A great Christmas present for the whole team and County. Very well done.
County Cadets Division 2A
Team Report by Gary Tyndall
With 20 teams attending from over a dozen Gloucestershire schools, the County Schools Games Table Tennis Competition proved exciting and highly competitive. Organised by Active Gloucestershire, a total of 80 players competed for the honour of becoming county school champions 2016-17. Hartpury College students helped ensure that the competition ran smoothly as they umpired almost 370 games.
By the end of a long afternoon, in which almost 6,000 table tennis points had been played, the following county champions were announced with each team having at least two players that won 100% of all their matches :
Under 16 boys – Marling School;
Under 16 girls – Katherine Lady Berkeley’s School;
Under 13 boys – Marling School;
Under 13 girls – Ribston Hall High School
Marling boys U16 and U13 teams got to the Zonal semi-finals and lost both on countback.
Ribston Hall U13 girls got to the Regional final in Bournemouth and KLB U16 girls got to the Regional final in Bristol. Report by Greg Holba
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28th January 2017. The tournament attracted a record 52 competitors from across the county.
With 2 late withdrawals, the boys U11 event was a straight final between Charlie Davidson (Parton Manor) and James Agombar (Richard Pate). The more experienced Davidson edged Agombar winning 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 to take the title.
The boys U13s attracted 22 players, played as 6 groups. In the semis, Stan Shilton (Maidenhill) beat Ed Loader (Marling) and Sam McIvor (Home Educated) beat Felix Miles (Marling). In the final Shilton proved too strong for McIvor winning in straight sets 11-6, 11-4, 11-8.
With a record 23 entries, the boys Under 16s was also played in 6 groups. In the quarters unseeded Jamie Chinn-Brown (Chipping Campden) provided an upset by defeating the No.2 seed Matt Clayton (Sir Thomas Richs) in a tough 5 setter to join seeds Marcus Holba (Marling), Tirian Jakes (Sir William Romney's) & George Thomas (Rednock) in the semis. Chinn-Brown's fine run came to an end as Jakes won in 3, while top seed Holba took the same to beat Thomas. The final saw last year's much improved semi-finalist Holba breeze past Jakes in 3 with some fine attacking play, winning 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 to take
his first Gloucester Schools title.
With 4 entrants the boys U19s was played as a round robin event. With the final match being the decider, Shrey Bhardwaj (Pates Grammar) was crowned winner leaving Ed Birt (Sir Thomas Rich's) as runner-up.
The girls event played also in a round robin format, saw Lowri Hurd (Airthrie) take the U11s title, Anna Maria Besarabova (Ribston Hall) beat Rebecca Greenough (High School) to take the U13s while Charlotte Sparrow (Chosen Hill) won the U16s. Emily Philp (Archway) progresses as the U19s winner.
All of the winners went through to the national finals where Stan Shilton had the best result reaching the semi-finals of the Under 13s.
Thanks to Janie Kirby for being tournament referee, Les Smith (GTTA President) for presenting the trophies and to everyone who helped set up the venue and to those who helped with umpiring. Report submitted by Gary Tyndall
The County ran a 2* event in September, organised by Andrew Jarvis and refereed by Dave Adamson with assistant Janie Kirby. There were fewer entries this time but a good standard.
U13 boys winner Nikit Sanjiv. Runner up Bertie Kelly.
U13 girls winner Maria Grace Baldwin. Runner up Angharad Beman
U15 boys winner Ricardo Bolanos. Runner up Ben Edmunds
U15 girls winner Lara Whitton. Runner up Gemma Kerr
U18 boys winner Joshua Millman. Runner up Joseph Lewis Walmsley
U18 girls winner Gemma Kerr. Runner up Ilyssa Lacorte
U13 boys consolation winner Leo Alexander Sochor-Grethe. Runner up Lemuel Leach
U13 girls consolation winner Isabelle Lacorte. Runner up Erin Elsie Richards
U15 boys consolation winner Marcus Holba. Runner up Leon Kashdan-Brown
U15 girls consolation winner Angharad Beman. Runner up Anna-Maria Besarabova
U18 boys consolation winner Herbie Sage. Runner up Leon Kashdan-Brown
U18 girls consolation winner Emily Haskell. Runner up Eve Brisco
Thanks go to all those who helped set up, clear away, arrange refreshments and International umpires Dave Gough and Alan Thomas.
Report by Andrew Jarvis
Coaching and Development
The first half of the year was very successful for the coaching and teams. We offered excellent structured sessions and the players were keen to learn and develop, making for a good environment.
Help from Gary Tyndall and Mary Holba proved very valuable both as hitting partners, coaches and support in attending the relevant county matches.
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Mary Holba gained her level 2 coaching badge and Nick Davidson started the TTE level 3 course in partnership with Glos Uni in January 2017, he will hope to be fully qualified by October 2017.
The County Cadet team played well over two days and secured a runner’s up spot in their division, whilst the County Juniors were a work in progress, but also came away with some satisfactory results.
Several players have also started to flourish on the national scene, with the likes of Benjamin Greve and Marcus Holba both able to be in contention of tournament titles as the season has gone on. Benjamin Greve was also invited to the National Cup this season. Other names not to be forgotten are Olly Tyndall, who was again selected for the England Youth Squad and attended his first international tournament. Billy Shilton is another, and now a regular in the GB Para Squad.
Just after Christmas Nick Davidson was appointed the new head coach at the Bristol Academy of Sport and as a result handed is notice to the committee, and recommended that an approach be made to Eddie Roofe to continue with the work.
The season has been one of success and building for the future, and we are starting to get some strength in depth. The recruitment work and investment in coaching will need to be an on-going process and I would urge all the leagues to continue to let the committee invest in the youth programme. Report from Nick Davidson
County Closed Championships
Olly Tyndall had a strong finish in the Men’s Singles Final to defeat Dave Harvey and retain the trophy he won for the first-time last year. Both players dropped one game each in their group matches Tyndall beating Birt 3-0 and Roberts 3-1, in the quarter finals he beat Glover 3-1 and Adamson 3-0 in the semi-final. Harvey made his way through the group beating Gresty 3-1, Wickens 3-0 and Pang 3-0. In the quarter finals, he beat Salehbhai and followed this up by a 3-0 win over Shaw. It was always going to be a tense final with little between the players, Harvey started strongly taking the first game 11-9, Tyndall responded quickly and took the next two games 11-8,11-6. It looked as though Tyndall was on top however Harvey stormed back to take the 4th game 11-9 and into the decider we went with Tyndall just having enough to beat Harvey 11-7 in the 5th.
Harvey was to have his revenge in the Men’s Doubles where he partnered Dave Adamson to beat Tyndall and Ben Roberts in the final, nothing to choose between the pairings which went again to the 5th game, this time the steadier play of Harvey and Adamson won 6-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7.
Mixed Doubles Final was a comfortable 3-0 win for Dave Adamson and Ann Barnes over Ben Roberts and Margaret Pang
Masters final was won by Dave Adamson (3rd winning trophy on the day for Dave) who beat Simon Harper 3-0.
The Ladies Singles was won by Kim Selfe beating Ann Barnes into 2nd place, Selfe won 11-6, 5-11, 11-9 and 11-6. Selfe picked up a 2nd winner’s trophy when she beat Janie Kirby 3-0 in the Ladies Veterans Final.
Barnes got her revenge over Selfe in the Ladies Doubles teaming up with Margaret Pang to beat Selfe and Kirby 3-0 (11-4,11-7,11-7).
The Boys Under 18s Final was won by Olly Tyndall who comfortably beat Ed Birt 3-1 (11-2, 11-7,11-13,11-7). So Olly won both U18s and Men’s Singles finals.
Boys Under 18s doubles final went to a deciding 5th leg with both teams having match points, the victors were Ed Birt and Joe White who defeated Tom Cutler and Jack Craik 5-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-5, 15-13.
Boys Under 15s final was another close affair with Irek Nawiesniak beating Louis Clark over 5 games, Nawiesniak won 11-8, 9-11, 13-11, 7-11 and 11-2 as Clark ran out of steam.
Boys Under 13s final was won by Ryan Hunt with Charlie Davidson in 2nd place, Ryan won 3-0 (11-8, 11-5,11-7).
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Boys Under 11’s final had Charlie Davidson beating Joseph Hadley 3-0 (11-6, 11-4,11-8).
The Men’s Veteran Final could not be completed on the day and was played at Waterwells on Friday 24th March with Liwu Wei beating Dave Harvey in a close 5 setter.
There was a smaller entry than normal due to Womens British League, National Junior League and National Cadet League taking place on the same weekend.
Winners and Runners Up List
Dave Harvey & Dave Adamson
Olly Tyndall & Ben Roberts
Dave Adamson & Ann Barnes
Ben Roberts & Margaret Pang
Ann Barnes & Margret Pang
Kim Selfe & Janie Kirby
Boys U18 Doubles
Ed Birt & Joe White
Tom Cutler & Jack Craik
Report from Tom Watmore
Other items of note
Congratulations to our 2 National Champions.
Dave Harvey won the Men’s Over 60’s and Darren Griffin won the Men’s Over 50’s.
Christine Williams reached the semi-finals of the Women’s Over 50’s.
The Association wishes to thank everyone who has supported the County during the season.
Annual report compiled by Janie Kirby.
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