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Wensum Summer Training. May 2017.

My name is Craig Bryant and I'll be running some training days at Wensum TTC during the summer. The training will be open to all ages and all abilities.
Please see details below:
Top Edge Table Tennis training camps are being moved around!
We'll be coming to Wensum TTC later on in the summer, where Craig Bryant, along with two top class coaches, Mark Dare and Mark Mitchell will be running the training days.
Training camps are open to all levels and ages!
Wensum - 10th, 11th & 12th August 2017.
Details of the summer camps can be found here: Summer Camp Link

Suffolk Closed Veteran Table Tennis Championships. Dec 2016.

The Suffolk Closed Veteran Table Tennis Championships is going ahead this Sunday at the Britannia Table Tennis Club starting from 10 am.
For the Over 40's Singles there are groups with the top two in each one going through to the knockout stage, group one is particularly strong with numbers one and five seeds Andrew Warner and Andrew Holmes being joined by Rex Manning and Martin Tomes, while Jason Annal seeded eight is in group two with number two seed Richard Hutchinson plus Nigel Page and Laura Aston, Group three has Andrew Dosher, Ian Brown, Peter Wright and David Fiddeman, while Charles Fulcher in group four will compete with Sean Gridley, Martin Peek and Rosemary Curtis, the top two will go through to the Quarter Finals, all other events are a knockout event from start.
In the Over 50's Singles if the seedings are correct Andrew Homes will face Andrew Warner in the top half of the draw, while Andrew Dosher is due to face club team mate Charles Fulcher. Ian Brown, Rex Manning and Peter Wright will also be looking to make an impression...
In the Restricted Singles Andrew Homes and Ian Brown are seeded one and two respectively, but a number of other players are in with a shout like Jason Annal, Sean Gridley, Martin Peek, Rex Manning and Rosemary Curtis.
The Handicap Singles is one game to 31 points with players starting from different scores to give all players a chance and is a straight draw.
With doubles also being played the action is free to spectators.

Suffolk County Table Tennis Association 2015 AGM Minutes. Aug 2015.

Venue : Stowupland Table Tennis Centre, Stowupland High School
Tuesday 23rd June 2015 – 7.30pm
Members present: Paul Burgess, Wayne Shaw, Colin Watts, Paul McGerty, Ian Bridgeman, Alan Peek, Karen Pengelly, Jess Pengelly, Karen Shelley, Tony Mooney.
Apologies for absence: Phil Sinclair, Mark Wills, Peter Fordham, Rosemary Curtis, Maurice Fearn, Bob Watts, Andy Warner, Andy Dosher
Meeting commenced at 7.40pm
Approval of previous minutes
Minutes of last year were handed out and approved with the minor omission of Ian Bullock added to the attendees last year. Approved Tony M, seconded Karen S
Chairman's Report:
At last year’s AGM on Tuesday 24th June 2014 it looked like Suffolk Table Tennis was going to cease as Ken had resigned and we were not going to be able to fulfil the roles required to run a County Table Tennis Association. This would have been a real shame as the county association is sometimes only as good as the clubs, leagues and coaching that happens within the county.
The fact is we have 4 very good leagues in Ipswich, Bury, Lowestoft plus the Suffolk and Cambs Junior Table Tennis league which are run by volunteers. Plus plenty of coaching going on by the Leagues and by various clubs. Cannot thank everyone enough for your hard work involved running all of this.
Suffolk Schools Table Tennis in my opinion is one of the best run schools Table Tennis organisations in the country, running successful team and individual events. I cannot thank Tony and Karen enough for their hard work and anyone else who also helps them out.
When I volunteered to be chairman last June I was in the process of setting up my own company I thought I would have plenty of time on my hands to be Chairman as well as County cadet Coach, Secretary of Lowestoft League and run the Lowestoft TT coaching school and run a team in the Lowestoft League and the biggest job being Kian’s personal Taxi. I did not expect my business to be as successful as it has, therefore time has been a major issue in my life for the past 12 months. However my belief is that whichever role you undertake at county level, league level or club level. It should not rule your life. You have a life outside of Table Tennis (sometimes) and this is why there are committees to share the workloads.Each individual has a role.
When the opportunity to resign as secretary of the County and become chairman I was on a winner as I knew the time involved chairman would be less than my previous role as secretary. Thanks Wayne!!!!!!!!!!!!!
However, my belief is that the County should be there as the bare minimum to run the County events, County teams and oversee the Leagues.
If the Leagues and Clubs are all doing the right thing then the County looks after itself. This has been the case the past 12 months.
We have held quarterly meetings to discuss things such as County ranking; sorting County tournaments, which is not easy and takes time; looking at County finances; what is happening at National Level; how the County teams are performing etc.
We have had to contend with no major issues.
We entered 2 Senior teams but due to poor planning outside STTA had to withdraw 1 team. However, the team that played did well in coming 2nd in Senior Division 2C.
Juniors – 4th out of 6 in Junior 2C
Cadets – 4th out of 8 in Cadet 1B
This is an improvement on the previous years and hopes are high again for next season.
This year the County will not be running a team in the Senior Division. Unfortunately Andy Warner resigned from running a Senior team and despite our best efforts we were unable to get anyone to commit to run the team by the deadline for entries and fees of 15th May.
However, we are entering a team in the Vets league which is proving a lot more popular, 87 county teams participating in the Vets Leagues next year compared to 41 in the senior leagues. Hopefully during the year, we can persuade someone to run a senior team again for the 2016/2017 season.
Juniors - We are for the very first time running 2 Junior teams next season. We are one of just 10 counties that are running a 2nd junior team next season. This is due to the strength of our Junior girls which is great and down to the coaching in the county. We will continue to run 1 county Cadet team.
Pluses are players at U13, Cadet and Junior now appearing high in the National Rankings which is always a good sign that improvement is being made.
Both County Junior/Cadet and Schools Tournaments were well attended and well run by the volunteers. The Vets tournament was run again this year and was well attended, plus everyone had a good time. Unfortunately there was no volunteer to run the Senior event this year. Personally that is something I would like to see on the County Table Tennis Calendar again and if there is a willing volunteer out there, please come forward to discuss with the committee.
I would like to finish by thanking everyone associated to Table Tennis in Suffolk for all your hard work. Plenty more hard work in the year ahead.
A special well done if you represented the County during the year and a big thanks to Bob for continuing to umpire County matches for Suffolk. We are the only County team at Junior and Cadet level that turn up with an official umpire and the players are grateful to Bob for this.
A Big thank you to Tony and Peter who are stepping down from various roles on the committee and for all your hard work over the years.
Plus a final thank you to the committee as a whole for making my life as Chairman smooth and painless.

Suffolk Schools Organiser's Report
We have had a very successful year in both the Team and Individual events.
Our U16 girls’ team, Kesgrave High, were zone final winners and qualified for the regional final where they came third. This places them in the top 9th -12th position in England taking into account the other regional finals. We had competitors for all age groups in the National Finals in the Individual event with our U16 girl, Georgina Lister of Castle Manor Academy, reaching the top 16 and our U13 boy, James Davies Stokes of Debenham High, reaching the last eight. This is our best result for several years and shows the standard is improving.
The numbers competing continues to increase especially in the Ipswich area as a result of the excellent work from Ali Furlong (SGO) in promoting the sport in schools.
We are struggling to get U11 & U13 girls to play and there are fewer competitors from the North & West where level 2 events are not held in all age categories. We will try and promote the individual events via the local clubs in future as not sure all schools promote the competition.
2015/16 we are hoping to hold the team events at St Joseph’s School, Ipswich to save costs. Provisional dates are Mon 16/11 U11, Mon 23/11 U13, Mon 30/11 U16 & U19.
Individual Event will be held at Stowupland on Sun 24th January 2016.
The County Council has finally withdrawn all funding from Suffolk Schools Sports Association (SSSA). The procedure has been to take a cut off the top of grants for sport before the schools were given its money. There are now only 4 schools in the county who are not academies so this is no longer viable. The plan is to invite schools to directly affiliate at a cost of £595 for 11+ and £395 for existing middle schools. There is enough money left to pay some grant to sports, but not all that has been applied for, so half will be paid by September and the rest if fees are forthcoming from schools. If schools do not pay they will not be able to take part in any of the sport competitions run through SSSA. For the future it is planned to form a Community Interest Company (CIC) which would replace SSSA and would be a vehicle for applying for wider community funding.
Finally I would like to say a big thank you to Tony for all his help and support this year. He has kindly agreed to help with the individual events again next year but not the team events.
Thank you also to all the teachers and SGO’s who helped with the organising of the games on the day.

Reports were also submitted by the Treasurer and National Councillor
Tony Mooney added a thank you to Ian Bridgeman for his invaluable support.
Election of officers – see Committee list
Presentation of annual awards
Outstanding Player of the Year – Doris Fox Trophy went to James Davies Stokes
Young Improver of the Year went to Jess Pengelly
Outstanding Services to TT – Dennis Barrett Trophy went to Jack Perkins
AOB
Suffolk and Cambs Border league will continue to be run from King Edwards school in Bury St Edmunds – organised by John Walters
NCL / NJL will continue to be run but will require additional payments from teams entering to cover the cost of the venue.
Trophies were returned to Colin Watts for engraving
Next meeting set for Tuesday 15th September at 7.30pm at Stowupland– All welcome

Suffolk Schools Individual Championships. Dec 2014.

The 2014/15 Suffolk Schools Individual Championships will be taking place at Stowupland High School, Church Road, Stowupland on Sunday 25th January 2015.
Closing date for entries is : Tuesday 13th January 2015.
Entry Form

UKCC Level 1 Coaching. Nov 2014.

Table Tennis England are holding a UKCC Level 1 course at the Britannia Dome on 3 Sundays: 30 Nov 2014, 18 Jan and 1 Feb 2015 between 9.00am and 6.00pm.
Details of the course and application forms are available on the TTE website under 'Coaching'.

Eastern Region Table Tennis Open Day and Coach Education Day 3rd May 2014. Apr 2014

See here.

SCTTA 2013/14 Suffolk County Under13, Cadet & Junior 'Closed' Championships. Apr 2014

The 2013/14 Suffolk County Under13, Cadet & Junior 'Closed' Championships will be taking place at Britannia TTC, The Dome, 193 Defoe Road, IPSWICH, IP1 6SG, on 17th and 18th May 2014.
Closing date for entries is : 4th.MAY 2014.
Entry Form

SCTTA 2013/14 Senior 'Closed' Table Tennis Championships. Oct 2013

The SCTTA 2013/14 Senior 'Closed' Table Tennis Championships will be taking place this coming Sunday [27th.October 2013] at Stowupland High School.
With eight of Suffolk's top 10 men, and four of Suffolk's top 5 ladies included in the line up, there is certain to be some top class Table Tennis action.
In the Men's Singles, the Collins brothers, Ryan and Jake are seeded 1 and 2 respectively, with the irrepressible Andy Warner at 3, and the recently crowned English Open Hardbat Champion, Richard Hutchinson seeded 4.
If group results reflect the seedings, then the likely Men's quarter final line-up will also include messrs. Dosher, Goodhand, Broxton and Hodder. However, with Gary Young, Rui Campos, Mike Wright, Jimmy Farrow, Colin Bennett and Jason Annal along with 'dark horses' James, Fiddeman, Amos, Lewis, Wood, Sinclair and Bean also in the draw, the top 8 are certain to come under pressure.
With fewer Ladies entered, all will play all for the right to contest the final. It will be interesting to see if Aimee Sparkes can confirm her County number 1 ranking, highly likely with the absence of Suffolk's number two. However, Suffolk stalwart Sonja Talbot, Clair Westlake, the returned and quickly improving Rosemary Curtis, and comparative youngster but also rapidly improving Natalie Wills ensure this to be a hugely intriguing event.
Much interest is focused on the Under 21 event where a now comparatively experienced player will face stiff opposition from his younger challengers. Whilst clear favourite to reach the final, Kieran Bean will face up and coming Natalie Wills, along with the improving Alex King and Thomas Ellingham, all of whom will be looking to make their mark at a higher level. All will face all in a round robin to decide who will have the right to contest the final.
As with the Men's singles, predicting the Restricted Singles quarter final line-up is by no means straightforward. Although the top 4 seeds, Wright, Farrow, Bennett and Annal respectively appear fairly certain to progress from the groups, who will join them is much less so with Sonja Talbot, Clair Westlake, Rosemary Curtis, along with Amos, Lewis and Wood in particular all capable of causing upsets.
Whilst essentially a fun event, as always the Handicap Singles [first to 31 points] will be fiercely contested, and the draw has produced a number of highly interesting pairings, not least of which is Ryan Collins who with a handicap of minus15 has to face Colin Bennett [handicap +2] in round 1 !!
If the Collins brothers are to successfully defend their Men's Doubles title, they will have to overcome the challenge from the winners of Farrow/Goodhand V Young/Lewis, and Broxton/Campos V Fiddeman/Bean, to reach the final. In the other half of the draw it will be Dosher/Hutchinson facing the winners of Sinclair/James V King/Ellingham, and Hodder/Warner V Amos/Bennett.
The final of the Ladies Doubles will feature two new pairings, Aimee Sparkes with Clair Westlake, and Sonja Talbot with Rosemary Curtis.
In the Mixed Doubles, defending champions Jake Collins/Aimee Sparkes will face the winners of Hodder/Talbot V Ellingham/Wills in the semi finals, with the number two seed partnership of Ryan Collins/Clair Westlake up against Curtis/Dosher.
A long day of scintillating table tennis is in prospect with play scheduled to commence at 8.45am with the Men's and Ladies group matches first up, culminating with the finals of all events which are scheduled to start at around 5.30pm.
Spectators are welcome, admission is FREE.

National Championships - Cadet/Junior Qualifiers at Stowupland. 5th/6th October 2013


72 Cadet and Junior players descended on Stowupland sports centre last weekend for the Cadet/Junior East Region qualification event. Juniors kicked off the event on Saturday with 27 boys and 13 girls in their respective events. All counties were represented with strong contingents from Herts, Suffolk and Norfolk and Essex. Group match play is the order of the day with players progressing to play off matches to determine qualifiers and reserves for the national competition. For some of the players this was their first experience of competitive Table Tennis and a quick learning curve ensued. For some parents too, the noise of competition was a new experience! Some players from the Region receive automatic qualification because of their National ranking. The top 32 Junior Boys, top 32 Cadet Boys, top 26 Junior Girls and top 18 Cadet Girls are exempt from the Regional Qualification round and will be invited to enter the National Finals.
East Region exempt players:-
Cadets:- Ethan Walsh, Jane Li, Tiana Dennison.
Juniors:- Jared Patel, Luke Walsh, Ryan Williams, Ella Patel, Emily Godfrey.

Junior Girls Qualifiers

Junior Boys Qualifiers
On Sunday the competition was extended into hall 2 to cope with the larger cadet entry. The girls event being run in the small hall under the watchful eye of Karen Pengelly. Two days of good competition. Sincere thanks to Tony Mooney and Brian Davison who organised the event with Tony running the schedule both days. Thanks also to the players, parents and coaches who helped to keep the events on track over the weekend.

Cadet Girls Qualifiers

Cadet Boys Qualifiers
Final Positions
Cadet Girls County Junior Girls County
Charlotte Boston C Qual Stephanie Cross E Qual
Georgina Lister S Qual Rhiannon Evans N Qual
Emily Brown C Qual Jess Jarvis H Qual
Zoe Davies E Res Tiana Dennison E Res
Mollie Patterson N Res Georgina Lister S Res
Katherine Shaw S Res Katherine Shaw S Res
Sarah James E Natalie Wills S
Holly McGerty S Emily Brown C
Jessica Pengelly S Ellen Pengelly S
Vanessa Fernandes E Riya Kumar S
Ellen Pengelly S Jessica Pengelly S
Natasha Kent C
Final Positions
Cadet Boys County Junior Boys County
Jordan Ingles H Qual Danny Lewis H Qual
Jake Henley H Qual Adam Jepson C Qual
Oscar Moyes N Qual Jamie Fisher H Qual
George Coulson H Qual Jordan Ingles H Qual
Nathan Downes N Res Ethan Walsh H Res
Samuel Chesterman C Res Karl Brown N Res
Louis Moyes N Res Jake Henley H Res
Henry Simmons B Nick Mileham H
Samuel Hume E Nathan Downes N
Nick Mileham H George Coulson H
James Kelly C Luke Jones H
Carl Breindel H James Knudsen E
Michael Connolly N Ross Brown N
Zackary Martillo B Ben Brown C
Oliver Salmon C Patrick Gilbert E
Kian Burgess S Jacob Goss N
Malik Numayr E Joshua Baker N
Herbie Ross C Luke Barry B
Thomas Kent C Louis Henderson E
Jack Leader C Joe Nourse E
Thomas Connolly N Jack Samson S
Tharugen Sivarajah E Joseph Goss N
Alex King S
Trafford Burrell N
Isaac Cunningham S
Jack Pengelly S
Methmal Udamula H

National Junior and Cadet Qualification - East. Oct 2013

Report from Tony Mooney:
The above event is taking place at Stowupland this weekend with the junior boys and girls on Saturday and the cadets on Sunday starting at 9.30am each day.
I thought you might be interested in knowing the Suffolk representation. It is at it’s highest at junior girl level (6) with the following taking part in an entry of 13 –
Georgina Lister, Ellen Pengelly, Jessica Pengelly, Natalie Wills, Katherine Shaw, Riya Kumar - An Excellent showing!
In Cadet girls: Ellen Pengelly, Jessica Pengelly, Katherine Shaw, Holly McGerty, Georgina Lister - That is 5 out of an entry of 15.
The representation in the Boys’ events is not as high:
Juniors: Jack Pengelly, Jack Samson - That is 2 out of 28.
Cadets: Kian Burgess, Jack Pengelly, Isaac Cunningham, Alex King - That is 4 out of 29.
I am sure that Paul, Nick and Mark will be there on Saturday and anyone else who is interested is welcome to come along and as you all know every little bit of help is always appreciated too!

SCTTA AGM 2013

This year's SCTTA AGM will be taking place on WEDNESDAY 26th.JUNE 2013 at Stowupland, commencing 7.45pm.
During the meeting the following awards/presentations will be made:
SCTTA Closed "Player[s] of the Tournament" - Under 13, Cadet, Junior, Senior, and Veteran.
Young Improver of the Year.
Doris Fox Award - for the most outstanding player.
Dennis Barrett Award - for outstanding service to Suffolk TT.
Plus a special presentation[s] to be announced on the night!
Regards, Ken, SCTTA Chairman.

SUMMER LEAGUE TABLE TENNIS. Apr 2013

Britannia TTC play competitive table tennis through the summer months commencing late May/early June through to August inclusive.
Cost just £30.00 per team - regardless of number of players.
ALL the matches are played at The Dome.
Enter your team or player details if you need a team using this Form, or give either Sean Gridley tel: 07879 408092, or Brian Blagden tel: 01473 252623 a call for more information.
Closing date is 24 May 2013.

Britannia Suffolk Grand Prix - Sunday 7th April 2013 - PREVIEW. Apr 2013

Table tennis fever is again with us for Sunday 7th April'13 for the third in the 2012/13 series of Britannia Suffolk Grand Prix, an ETTA ranking tournament with prize money attracting a number of the best players in Britain !
It is being held at Britannia TTC adjacent to the former Thurlston High school [now Ormiston Endeavour Academy] in Defoe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk from 9.15am.
We have had strong line up's in the past but this one eclipse's all previous GP's for strength in depth!!
There are so many entries we have increased the amount of players from 24 to 28.
We have two International players including reigning GP King and Scottish number one Gavin Rumgay who has yet to taste defeat in two season's here, the number two seed will be Scottish number three player Niall Cameron who will be eager to beat his Scottish compatriot!!
With both players off to the Commonwealth Championships in the next few weeks they will very much be using this as a platform for their preparations!
So far only one player has taken games off Rumgay in two seasons and he returns as the number three seed Nicholas Leung - last year in their first encounter he led by 2-1 and 9-8 before losing in a thriller, the crowd will be hoping he can reproduce that form!
Current Suffolk men's singles champion is Jake Collins who is the number four seed
The next four seeds with their ETTA rankings are new Ipswich singles champion Ryan Collins (85), Zoltan Hossza (100) Jognes Senorin (115) Stephen Joslin (190)
The field is so strong that Paul Broxton and James Denyer are only a fourth ranked player in their groups, and both are capable of beating top 100 players!
It will be four groups of seven players then four banded events determined on where players finish in their groups to decide final placings.
The seeding draw will take place at the Britannia dome this Thursday the 4th April'13.
With decent prize money available and many good players in a fantastic setting spectators are welcome and admission is free!
The action starts at 9.15am and will likely finish around 7 to 7.30pm
ENTRIES FOR THE BRITANNIA SUFFOLK GP - 7th APRIL,2013:
Gavin Rumgay, Niall Cameron, Nicholas Leung, Jake Collins, Ryan Collins, Zolton Hosszu, Jo Jo Senorin, Steve Joslin, Andrew Warner, Rory Scott, Hon Kau Choy, Andrew Dosher, Paul Beck, Paul Broxton, James Denyer, Mario Michaelides, Joshua Nashad, John Holland, Rui Campos, Richard Johnson, Tyla Anderson, Kit Marsden, Ashley Marsh, Rys Calder, Keiran Bean, Jermaine Fearon, Dora Beke, Alexander Zanunncio.
Reserves: Richard Hutchinson, Helmuth Osbourne, Andy holmes

Lowestoft and District Table Tennis League. Feb 2013

Lowestoft are working hard towards ensuring the future of Table Tennis in the north of the county with the formation of a junior table tennis club which is already proving a huge success. Click on the link for more information

Britannia Suffolk Grand Prix. Feb 2013

Following the cancellation of the Britannia Suffolk Grand Prix scheduled for Sunday 10th.February 2013, a further date has now been approved as a replacement - Sunday 12th.May 2013. Entry Form

Suffolk Cadet & Junior 2012/13 'Closed' Championships. Oct 2012

Trying to schedule this event has proved to be an absolute nightmare - whatever date is considered seems to clash with something, or is the day following something, or is the weekend before or after something!!
Consequently there has been no alternative other than to schedule a definite date, make everyone aware, and it is then up to you to decide whether or not you give preference to this event should it clash with anything else.
Please however don't overlook the SCTTA number one criteria for deciding county rankings:
SCTTA ranking PRIORITY 1: Players who enter the County Championships will be given more favorable ranking consideration than those who do not enter.
The date scheduled [which is a DEFINITE date] is Sunday 14th.April 2013 @ Stowupland High School.
Please note the date in your diary, do your best to keep this date free, and make ALL players in your club, team, league, school aware.
Entry forms will be made available in due course - the closing date for entries will be Friday 29th.March 2013.
Regards, Ken Lewis.
SCTTA Chairman.

Superb Rumgay takes title without dropping a game. Oct 2012

The first Table tennis Grand Prix of the season In Ipswich on Sunday 21st October 2012 brought it's fair share of seeding upsets and excitement.
With a number of other events in the country clashing there were a few faces missing, but fortunately all the big players were present.
It came down to two groups of eight players with all in a group playing each other and on games won and lost the top two players went through to the semi-finals with all players playing a final game to determine their final placings.
In group one Top seed Gavin Rumgay carried all before him winning all his matches 3-0 with only Paul Broxton having a game point on him, England number 6 lady Lauren Spink won all her contests, but Mindaugas Sinkus took a game off her in going down but won his remaining matches to finish third.
Paul Broxton finished fourth causing a seeding upset to beat Andrew Dosher who had earlier beaten Gavin West in another upset which meant these three players finished on the same amount of games won as West had complicated matters by beating Broxton, on count back Dosher finished behind Broxton but in front of West, Gordon Fairchild came seventh and Clifford Scott was a no show.
In Group two as expected Neil Charles didn't loose to anyone but dropped a leg to both Adam Jepson and Paul Beck.
The main seeding shock was that of Ryan Collins losing to Elson Costa as Collins struggled to get into his usual stride as the Brazilian pen holder's serve and follow up was far too sharp in winning 3-1, Costa though looked out of sorts in going down very easily to Daniel Fielding who was in fact seeded higher.
Collins redeemed himself by beating Fielding 3-1 but still looked to be missing from the semi finals if an expected win for Costa over fellow Portuguese speaker Rui Campos came to pass, amazingly Costa let slip a 2-0 lead in losing to Campos which in fact cost Daniel Fielding a place in the semi's and meant that Ryan Collins still got through on countback.
Jane LI from Braintree gave a good account of herself and took Beck to five sets even though propping up the group, while Peterborough's Adam Jepson took Fielding and Costa to five ends plus a leg of number two seed Charles and was duly rewarded with a Teesports voucher worth £25 for his outstanding effort on the day.
In the first semi final Gavin Rumgay as expected dominated from the serve which Collins like so many class players struggled to come to terms with and despite a few rallies to delight the crowd the score of 7 5 4 tells it's story.
In the second semi it was much more even as both Lauren Spink and Neil Charles played their natural games to the delight of the crowd as Charles played more away from the table than normal to counter Spinks all out attack and punched back hands which were much in evidence, in the end it was current top 16 Champion Spink that prevailed winning six in the decider.
In the third and fouth place play off it was the second time on the day the players had faced each other. Collins had never beaten Charles and had lost 3-0 in the group stage and when Charles took the first leg that trend was not looking to change, however Collins had different ideas and went for his shots more to seal a fine victory and gain some ranking points over the 29th ranked player in the country. In the final Rumgay got quickly out of the blocks and ran out an 11-4 winner in the first set, however Spink focused more in the second and both players played some amazing rallies spink totally out of position in one rally stretched to make a winning forhand while Rumgay in these slower than normal conditions was in his element playing away from the table letting Spink power at him, Spink saved two game points to draw level but a Rumgay serve winner saw him take the end.
It was similar in the third end as Spink threw everything at Rumgay to thrill the crowd but in the end Rumgay was just too strong and took his third consecutive Britannia Suffolk Grand Prix putting him top of the leader board after the first Grand prix of the season with three to follow.

Semi Finals:
Gavin Rumgay beat Ryan Collins 7 5 4
Lauren Spink beat Neil Charles 7 -7 9 -5 6

Final:
Gavin Rumgay beat Lauren Spink 4 10 8

3rd V 4th Ryan Collins beat Neil Charles -9 5 7 5
5th V 6th Mindaugas Sinkus beat Daniel Fielding 7-10 5 -7 5
7th v 8th Elson Costa beat Paul Broxton -10 10 3 6
9th v 10th Paul Beck beat Andrew Dosher 7 -8 9 -8 9
11th v 12th Gavin West beat Rui Campos 6 -8 8 10
13th V 14th Adam Jepson beat Gordon Fairchild 6 4 6
15th V 16th Jane Li V Clifford Scott W/O

Britannia Suffolk Grand Prix Preview. Oct 2012

The seasons first Britannia Suffolk Table Tennis Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 21st October from 9 30am at the Britannia dome.
Approved by the ETTA with national ranking points, up to 24 competitors will compete for the first title from four GP events during the season.
The fantastic news is that last years overall winner world ranked Scottish number one, Gavin Rumgay is confirmed as playing. Rumgay has recently been recruited as a commentator on the World Pro Tour events so it is especially pleasing to see him play as his schedule will restrict his tournament options in the British playing season.
England number eight lady Lauren Spink and Mens national ranked number 30 Neil Charles will be amongst the hopefuls to stop Rumgay, as will be Suffolk superstar Ryan Collins who won his first GP last season when beating Niall Cameron in last years corresponding event.
Making a return to the area is Brazilian player Elson Costa who's pen hold grip makes him potentially dangerous, while crowd pleaser Ipswich's Andrew Warner is sure to entertain.
With four groups of up to six players then banding events there are sure to be some thrilling contests.
With generous sponsorship from Tees Sport and All UK Best Discos enabling decent prize money, this event has attracted players not only from the Anglia region, but also the Home Counties and the Midlands.
Entry to watch this event as ever is totally free and the action starts from 9:30am. Refreshment will be available at minimum cost.

British League. Sept 2012

Current Suffolk County Junior number 1 [and senior number 15] Jack Anthony had an absolutely superb senior British League 'dream' debut representing the Britannia Ipswich team at St.Neots at the weekend of 23rd & 24th September 2012.
Playing in 4 contests he won all 4 to finish the weekend equal top in the SBL divisional averages .......... clearly a player to watch out for, and avoid being drawn against in this year's County 'Closed' Championships both junior and senior !!
Full details of all the weekends SBL action can be found on the British League section of the BTTC website at www.britanniatabletennisclub.co.uk , or on the dedicated SBL website at http://www.tabletennis365.com/sbl

Britannia Suffolk Grand Prix. Sept 2012

Following the success of last seasons Britannia Suffolk Grand Prix Series, the ETTA have now approved a 2012/2013 series.
Dates and closing dates for entries are as follows:
GP DatesEntry Closing DateEntry FormSunday 21st October 2012Saturday 13th October 2012Entry Form
Sunday 30th December 2012Saturday 22nd December 2013Entry Form
Sunday 10th February 2013Saturday 2nd February 2013 Entry Form
Sunday 7th April 2013Saturday 30th March 2013Entry Form
With a series prize fund of cash and TeesSport vouchers totalling in excess of £1,300, and each GP limited to 24 players on a last in first out basis
ENTER EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT. Click Here to download an entry form for the first GP.

Suffolk Events Calendar. Sept 2012

Suffolk 2012/2013 calendar of Table Tennis events with local interest, click on the Calendar menu on the left.

Suffolk Table Tennis Championship Dates. Aug 2012

The 2012/2013 SCTTA Senior and Veterans 'Closed' Championships are scheduled to take place on Saturday 3rd November 2012 at Stowupland Table Tennis Centre, Stowupland High School.
All events up to and including the quarter final stages will be played in the main hall.
The semi finals and finals of all events will be played in the gymnasium and are scheduled to commence at 7pm.
Closing date for receipt of entries is Saturday 20th October 2012.
Please note that NO entries will be accepted after the closing date.
Although a 'Senior & Veterans' Championships, there is NO LOWER AGE RESTRICTION for entry to any of the Senior events, so entries from Juniors [male or female] will be accepted.
Entry Form
Entering the Championships will be rewarded with your being allocated a more favorable player County ranking!!
NB: A date has yet to be set for the Cadet & Junior 'Closed' - this will probably take place during the latter part of the season around April 2013 with the actual date being circulated when known.

Girls take top Suffolk Table Tennis Awards. July 2012

At the recent Suffolk County Table Tennis Association AGM, two up and coming young ladies had their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm over recent months rewarded when they took the top two SCTTA annual awards.
The award for Young Improver of the Year was presented to 12 year old Katherine Shaw by SCTTA Chairman, Ken Lewis who stated that "Katherine has worked very hard on her game over many months and has improved to the extent that she won the 2011/2012 SCTTA Cadet & Junior 'Closed' Championships under 13 girls title with apparent ease. Already a member of the County Cadet squad, hopefully Katherine will continue to improve and is certainly a player to watch out for in the future".
In January 2012 when named the ETTA Eastern Region 2011 Player of the Year the citation concluded with 'Lucy is very motivated and is keen to make 2012 a special year'.
Special is something 2012 certainly has become for 15 years old, Lucy Zhu, who continued to work hard at her game and improved such that she won not only the 2011/2012 SCTTA Cadet & Junior 'Closed' Championships Under 15 Girls and Under 18 Girls titles, but also the Open Single title. These successes were topped by Lucy being selected to represent England and last month she made her debut in Holland where she played superbly. As SCTTA Chairman, Ken Lewis, pointed out when presenting Lucy with the Doris Fox award for the County's outstanding player of the year, Suffolk's rising Table Tennis star has received the ultimate reward for recent years of work and dedication towards improving her level of play by receiving an England call up, and it is therefore apt that Lucy should also receive Suffolk's most prestigious award.

Also at the AGM, a special presentation was made to 10 year old Kian Burgess by SCTTA Vice-chairman, Tony Mooney for the best performance at the 2011/2012 SCTTA Cadet & Junior 'Closed' Championships.
Until a few weeks before the event Kian had not even played in a club let alone received any coaching. His playing experience had mainly been playing with his dad Paul in the family garage. Many of the players he was up against on the day had been playing competitively for a while as well as receiving coaching. He entered three events, Boys' Under 13, Boys' Under 15 and the Open Singles and in all he qualified from the group stages to reach the knockout phases reaching the semi final in the Under 13's. He has much natural ability and is now receiving coaching so is another player to look out for in the future.

UKCC Level 1 Coaching Course at Britannia TTC. July 2012

2 day course - Sunday 26th.August & Saturday 6th.October 2012
Cost : £190 [financial assistance is available-actual cost to candidates who qualify for assistance is £50]
IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND THE COURSE, PLEASE CONTACT : Ken Lewis
ken.lewis@britanniatabletennisclub.co.uk [M : 07771.804822].

Suffolk County 2012 AGM Minutes. July 2012

2012 Annual General Meeting ,Venue : Stowupland Table Tennis Centre, Stowupland High School. Held on Tuesday 26th.June 2012

Present: Ken Lewis, Bob Watts, John Watson, Tony Mooney, Peter Fordham, John Leith, David Unwin, Colin Watts, Paul Burgess, Wayne Shaw, Katherine Shaw, Ray Zhu and Lucy Zhu.
Meeting commenced at 7.30pm.

1. Chairman's welcome
A very warm welcome to all present and thank you all for giving up your time to attend when no doubt I am sure we all would all rather be feet up enjoying a nice cool pint. We are in great need of a Secretary which is an important role but not as complicated or time consuming as you might think. Essentially it is to make notes at meetings and produce and circulate minutes, keep records of the county activities, and be the focal point for contact with the county. Tony has kindly offered to do the minutes for this meeting only, and if no one comes forward during the course of this meeting to take on the role, a motion to wide up SCTTA will be considered.

2. Apologies for Absence
Andrew Dosher, Neil Anthony, Andy Warner, Brian Blagden, Mark Wills, Phil Sinclair, Richard Goodhand & Aimee Sparks.

3. Approval & matters arising from Minutes of 2011 AGM
John Leith proposed that the minutes be accepted which was seconded by Bob Watts. There were no matters arising

4. Officer's reports
i) Chairman - Ken Lewis
In the 12 months since I reluctantly took on the role of SCTTA chairman I have had an opportunity to discover and assess how the SCTTA setup works and I have to say that I am not impressed to say the least, and somewhat disappointed at my findings. Being mindful that it is all too easy to criticise, please do not interpret what I am saying as being criticism of any particular individual, but as a county association it is my belief that we fall well short of what is required, and as a result the county is divided and split in more than just the geographical sense.
However, it is not all bad news as in recent months already a considerable amount of progress has been achieved in bringing about an improvement to the Cadet and Junior coaching, more on this later, though clearly there is a considerable amount of work to be done across the board if we are to restore SCTTA to being a more reliable, working and reputable Association.
A recent committee meeting encouragingly seemed to generate an air of positivity towards striving for an overall improvement, and it is my sincere hope that this AGM will be a significant step in bringing about a real improvement in how SCTTA works and operates, and perhaps kick start a recovery in the services provided by the Association, and bring the county closer together.
The last 12 months have been something of a roller coaster with both highs and lows.
To start with, the lows:

  • Firstly there was the sudden death of Peter Avenell who everyone respected for his enthusiasm and diligence and there can be absolutely no doubt that he will be sadly missed.

  • Then there was the comparatively poor support in terms of entry numbers for both the county vets and senior closed championships, take Ipswich players out and not much left, though it was good to see for the first time a couple of players from Beccles.

  • There was further disappointment when the intention to re-introduce a Suffolk Inter League event proved to be a non-starter with no support at all other than from Ipswich.

Moving to the more positive and encouraging highs:
  • Thanks mostly to the efforts of Nick Anthony, our Cadet and junior teams fulfilled their county championship fixtures, and, unlike the seniors, the cadet and junior county closed championships was well supported despite the reorganised date coinciding with exams. I must add also here that the cadet and junior closed was very well run by Tony Mooney who volunteered to organise this event following the unfortunate death of Peter. Tony's involvement with the schools is such that he is unable to run this competition on an ongoing basis and therefore it is essential that a volunteer is found to organise next season's cadet and junior closed.

  • Coaching improved generally with invaluable assistance being provided by Stephen Gertson [ETTA Eastern Region Coaching Officer] and Norfolk's Mark Dare [ETTA Eastern Region Coach of the Year] with indications of real progress in establishing a proper 'system' for the progression and improvement of youngsters through the County. Thanks to the tremendous amount of time and work put in by Nick Anthony, we have now established joint Suffolk/Norfolk regional training sessions running on a regular basis with players being able to attend two sessions every week, one in Bury St. Edmunds and the other in Norwich.

I make no apology for placing emphasis on the youngsters, after all without them there will be no leagues of tomorrow. Indeed there is already evidence that the average age of league players has risen sharply in recent years, a worrying trend which must change if our sport is to survive. We have currently a growing number of youngsters coming into table tennis in Suffolk, and we must do our best to ensure they receive the necessary encouragement to persuade them to continue through to become established club, league and county players.
I don't intend to burden you with having to listen to my listing the results of our county closed championships or county team results as these are all available on the SCTTA and ETTA websites. However, I would mention that whilst other than Jake Collins, our lady players recorded far better results than all the other male players in the county championships, none more so than our long serving Sonja Talbot who lost only twice, so very well done to Sonja. Mentioning the website, you may be aware, Steve Branton kindly agreed to take the County website over from Peter Fordham who wished to relinquish his involvement. I think you will agree Steve has made a great job of it, so thanks Steve and please continue to keep up the good work.
I mentioned earlier that in my opinion there is a real need for the county to improve the services which it offers, and to this end I have identified a number of areas where this need must be addressed sooner rather than later, and which include the following:

  • Geographically the county is disadvantaged by the distances separating the individual leagues. However, if we are to strengthen the county, addressing this alone will be a significant step in the right direction by perhaps introducing coaching sessions with countywide involvement or perhaps, an inter-league type of competition but on a revised format to suit the varying player standards, or maybe holding events spread across the county as opposed to the current 'here or Ipswich' arrangements, and similarly extending to holding committee meetings around the county.

  • Key to any success which might be achieved is in my opinion by taking on board the simple fact that there is strength in numbers and therefore it is imperative that volunteers come forward to get involved. This is why when publicising this meeting I have emphasised the current vacancies on the committee, and why I have already sought to get representation on the committee from every league within the county. The success of any county is only as good as the support it gets from its members, so come on you lot, get involved and help show the ETTA table tennis in Suffolk is alive and kicking!!

I have until this point deliberately omitted to mention what during the last 12 months undoubtedly qualifies as the county's biggest high. Why, well simply it is an indication that despite a roller coaster year, the highs have exceeded the lows and this county has great potential if adequately supported by its members, clear proof if needed that getting involved with the county is a pre requisite to success. It has been some considerable time since a Suffolk player has achieved what for many players will inevitably be a lifetime of trying to achieve without success. I refer of course to being selected to represent England, and this was an accolade received only a few weeks ago by Lucy Zhu. Lucy has worked tremendously hard and puts in many hours of training each week which has resulted in her rapid improvement, and she really does deserve her success, so well done and many congratulations Lucy. In the first of what will hopefully become many International appearances, Lucy played superbly, fully justifying her selection and making Suffolk proud. I feel sure Lucy's success will stir enthusiasm from other local youngsters and spur them on to training and improving, and who knows, perhaps even join Lucy in the National teams.
Finally, my personal thanks to all those committee members who have worked tirelessly on your behalf. Hopefully more volunteers will come forward to join the committee to continue the good work already started, and I finish by confirming that I am willing to continue to stand as Suffolk County Chairman, but I emphasise, I will only do so if sufficient volunteers come forward to fill the current vacancies on the committee.
On behalf of the meeting Tony Mooney thanked Ken for all his efforts without which the Association would have folded in the last year.

ii) Treasurer - John Watson
The accounts for the last 2 years have been audited by Tony Mooney whilst John had audited the Suffolk Schools' Association accounts for the past year. It was agreed by the meeting that this was a workable arrangement which should be used for next year's accounts.
The accounts showed the following:
2010/11 2011/12
££
2,371.48Total Expenditure 1,477.02
2,500.74Total income 1,873.38
129.26Excess of income over expenditure 396.36
2,314.12Balance at bank 2,710.48

These accounts do not include the Junior & Cadet Championships as they took place later than usual and fell outside of this financial year. It may mean that two events will fall into next years accounts. John recommended that there be no increase in fees. A discussion took place about fees generally and there is confusion as to what the charges are and how they are calculated. Consulting the rules did not help as it is clear that they are out of date, reflecting the position before the introduction of ETTA individual registration fees. Ray Zhu asked where the County's income came from and was informed that it was only from fees paid by leagues with a small amount of rebate from the ETTA. No-one was sure how the latter is calculated. Ken informed the meeting that at the last committee meeting it was decided to help fund coaches training courses and this could run to £800, possibly more, this coming year. It is certain, therefore, that an increase to fees will be necessary next year.
Action point: It was agreed that the incoming committee would address the whole issue of fees at its first meeting, to include possibly incentivising involvement/attendance with SCTTA meetings and events.
It was at this point that a discussion took place on a motion submitted by the Chairman on the large increase in fees proposed by the ETTA for the coming year. There were many points raised for and against but it seemed that the most telling one was that the ETTA had to be seen to charging fees in line with other sports if it were to continue to obtain funding from Sport England. The motion to oppose the fees was lost by a small majority.
The accounts were adopted by the meeting.

iii) National Councillor - Peter Fordham
Peter explained that his role is to represent Suffolk on the National Council which is the body that makes and implements policy. There are 4 meetings a year which are held at Milton Keynes and last about 7 hours including refreshment breaks. Presentations are made by ETTA staff and invited persons on a variety of subjects including on fees. The latter was discussed at length at the April meeting resulting in the proposal to increase as discussed under the Treasurer's report earlier in this meeting.

iv) County Umpire - Bob Watts
Bob mentioned that again he is the only active umpire in the county and it would be really good if we could get some more. He asked that those present take this back to their leagues and clubs to see if more might get involved. Youngsters taking the Duke of Edinburgh's award could do the junior umpire award and this would be recognised as part of D of E. Changing tack he talked about the Olympics saying that there would only be 4 English umpires officiating. However, for the Paralympics there will be 40! Umpires will be wearing royal blue blazers rather than the usual blue.

v) Coaching Co-ordinator - Neil Anthony
Neil unable to make the meeting due to injury that is preventing him from driving and in any event he had not been in post very long. No report, therefore, was avaliable.

vi) Suffolk Schools' Organiser - Tony Mooney
The number of boys taking part was down on the previous year but the girls' numbers increased which is encouraging. There were many problems encountered with schools pulling players out at short notice because our events clashed with others such as cross country. This was the first year of the Schools' Games introduced by the current government who through out the previous structure of Competition Managers which had been very successful in increasing particiaption in playing sport.. There are signs now that a structure is in place which will assist. In addition, table tennis will be one of the sports included in the Schools' Sports Games from September 2012.
Results and issues from this past season:
WinnersNo of Players
Boys Team event BU11 - Riverside Middle
BU13 - Horringer
BU16 - Thurston Community College
BU19 - King Edward VI
160
Girls Team event GU11 - Morland Primary
GU13 - Ipswich Academy
GU 16 - Sir John Leman
GU 19 - Not contested
72
Boys Individual event BU11 - Kian Burgess (Woods Loke Primary)
BU13 - Alexander Finding (Royal Hospital School)
BU16 - Rhys Davies (Castle Manor)
BU19 - Gracjen Sen (Castle Manor)
144
Girls Individual event GU11 - Anna Ridsdill Smith (Beyton Middle)
GU13 - Natalie Wills (Ipswich High School for Girls)
GU16 - Emma Baker (Ipswich High School for Girls)
GU19 - Not contested
25


Key successes
1. The continued increase of entries from the Ipswich area - the only one where this occurred.
2. The standard of many of the players who have been playing for a few years continues to improve.
3. An increase in the number of schools entering girls to the team event
4. In the BU19 team event King Edward VI got very close to the national finals, falling at what is essentially the semi. This is the best result for a very long time.
5. National Finals - In the individuals all the players but one managed to win at least one match in their group with one, Gracjen Sen winning more. He is now in the national rankings.

Key Challenges
1. Acquiring entries from all across the county and in particular at the older age groups for girls.
2. The late withdrawal of teams and players often at the last minute. Other sports were given a higher priority.
3. Problems encountered arsing from the abolition of Competition Managers and the bedding in of the SGOs. Added to this was that our sport was not one of the priorities as it had been in recent years. It also created confusion as to who was responsible for what resulting in the cancellation of Western Area events.
4. The lack of entries from the Lowestoft area in the finals of the individual event. There was only one player who entered.
5. National finals - Lack of girl entries in the older age groups and the overall quality still lagging behind many other counties but there are signs of clear improvement.

Areas for development
1. To seek entries at all age groups from all three areas.
2. To increase further the participation from girls especially in the older age groups.
3. To increase the overall number of entries now that SGOs have had a year in post.
4. To assist with the Lowestoft area to see if more entries can be obtained for the team competition in particular.
5. How to get more players into clubs and on into playing in the leagues.

vii) Tournament Orgainser - Andrew Dosher (Not at meeting but submitted written report)
With regards the Suffolk closed events both the seniors and veterans ran without a hitch, the seniors again finished more or less on schedule I think we were out of the Stowupland hall by 6pm.
The seniors men's singles was won by Jake Collins in another five set thriller over his brother Ryan, while Aimee Sparkes and Claire Lowe also fought out a five set cliff hanger in the ladies singles final that Sparkes was a little unfortunate to loose, Richard Goodhand for the umpteenth time won the restricted singles while Jake Collins won the under 21 singles.
In the veterans singles Andrew Warner beat Nigel Hodder 3-2 in the over 40's final. Hodder beat Ian Brown at his first attempt in the over 50's singles final while two old timers Brown and Lewis clashed in the over 60's final with Brown the victor, Brown also won the handicap final. In the Restricted singles final first time entrant Bury's Dave Unwin beat Brown 3-2. The event was again played at the Britannia Table Tennis club. For all other results in the Senior and Veterans events people can check out the Suffolk web site.
From what I can see the junior event organised by Tony Mooney was keenly contested by the players, again Lucy Zhu showed her metal by beating Jack Anthony in the final in the main singles event, for all other results again check out the Suffolk website at Suffolk Championships
Next season I'm happy to do the veteran event only but if need be will assist only in the senior event, which is also my offer of the junior event if I'm available and required.

The Chairman thanked all the officials after each of the reports for their hard work and the considerable time that some give on behalf of the county. This was also extended to those not making reports but contributing to the running of activities in the county.

5. Proposals for alterations to rules - There were none.

6. Presentation of trophies

These were as follows:
  • Doris Fox Trophy for the outstanding player of the year - Lucy Zhu.
  • Young improver of the year - Katherine Shaw
  • Dennis Barrett Trophy for outstanding service to tabel tennis in Suffolk - Peter Fordham
  • Trophy for the best performance at the Junior & Cadet Championships - Kian Burgess

6. Election of County Officials
The following were elected:
Chairman - Ken Lewis
Vice Chairman - Tony Mooney
Secretary - Jointly Mark Wills & Wayne Shaw
Treasurer - John Watson
Coaching Co-ordinator - Neil Anthony
National Councillor - appointed by outgoing committee and ratified by AGM Peter Fordham
Umpires Secretary - Bob Watts
Senior Competition Secretary - Andrew Warner
Junior & Cadet Competition Secretary - Vacant
Press Officer - Vacant
Suffolk Schools' Organiser - Tony Mooney
Development Officer - Vacant
Senior Team Managers - Team 1 Andrew Warner
Team 2 - TBA
Junior Team Manager - Neil Anthony
Cadet Team Manager - Martin Dinkele
County Player Ranking Officer - Andrew Warner
Local League Represenatives - None nominated
Webmaster - Steve Branton

The post of President is vacant as Mick Palmer has stepped down from the post. The Vice Presidents remain as Ron & Reine Clarke and Geoff Brook - these are appointments and not subject to election.

. 8. Any Other Business
John Leith asked that the incoming committee consider ways of engaging individual players in leagues as the feedback he has been getting is that the average adult player does not see the point of the County Association. An idea that he offered is that we might have an award for the team of the season. Ken commented that there is also a need to widen the pool of players who take part in the Senior & Vetts championships as it is mainly Ipswich based players at present although it was good to see a couple from the Beccles League this past year. Given the poor show of support in general [as exampled by the attendance at this meeting], consideration should be given to concentrating all efforts towards cadet and junior table tennis, possibly to the extent of discontinuing the senior closed events. Need to prioritise efforts of management committee.
Action point: Committee to consider. Ray Zhu said that this past season has been a better one and we should publicise this.
Meeting closed at 9.35pm.
Minutes kindly taken by Tony Mooney in the absence of Gary Young.

England call up for Lucy..... May 2012

At just 15 years of age, Lucy Zhu, Suffolk's rising table tennis star has received the ultimate reward for recent years of work and dedication towards improving her level of play by receiving an England call up.

In 2010 Lucy became the youngest ever winner of Ipswich Britannia Table Tennis Club's Restricted Singles title, and continued to improve throughout 2010 and 2011, recording superb results at local, county and national level.
Named ETTA's 2011 Eastern Region Player of the Year for her commitment and attitude to training and competitions around the region and country, Lucy is part of the England Youth Development Squad which takes place at Lilleshall, and she is currently ranked 6 on the England Cadet Girls national ranking list. When presented with this award in January 2012, the citation concluded with 'Lucy is very motivated and is keen to make 2012 a special year'.
Well, special 2012 now certainly will be as Lucy has been selected to join the England team to play in a Six Nations Cadet tournament in Netherlands which is scheduled to take place between 7th. and 9th. June 2012.
Everyone in Suffolk will be following Lucy's International results with interest and wishing her all the best.

Rampant Rumgay wins Final Britannia Suffolk Grand Prix..... May 2012

The final Grand Prix of the table tennis season took place at the Britannia club in Ipswich on Sunday 13th.May 2012.
The format meant that players qualified for one of three bands, and the amount of wins in their respective groups determined which band they would go in, with a further three games in each banded section all players would play for a final position.
Strengthened by the late additions of Norfolk's Adam Gigly and Essex's Steve Joslin a number of prominent players seeded to qualify for the band one section faced stiff opposition in their group, this was never more evident than in group one which had Scottish number one and the tournament number one seed Gavin Rumgay. In the second group one match Norfolk's Jordan Gabriel stunned the number five seed seed Anthony Corbin with a 3-0 win, stunning because the 16 year old doesn't even have a senior ranking, Corbin defeated Suffolk's Paul Broxton 3-1, however Broxton then beat Gabriel 3-0 which meant that on games countback as all three players had the same amount of wins it was Broxton that went through to band one with Rumgay who won all his group matches.
In group two the seedings followed correctly as Group top seed Ryan Collins won all his games, but found the number eight seed Rory Scott much harder than last time they played here as Scott game back from 0-2 to 2-2 however in a tense last few points in the deciding set it was Collins that just got over the line, Scott qualified with Collins into band one as he won his other matches, however Bob Harman pushed him losing in four sets in their encounter.
In group three Gary Young was in excellent form beating Andrew Dosher 3-1 then Tony West 3-0 to qualify as winner and it appeared that Young and West would qualify for Band one, however Tony West conceded to injury at the end of his game with Young which meant Dosher qualified for band one instead, Rui Campos finnished fourth but very nearly beat Young in their game losing a close five setter.
The toughest group was undoubtedly group four, which had Nicholas Leung, Steve Joslin, Adam Gigly, Michael Collins from Sussex and Ken Lewis. In the first game Steve Joslin survived a five set match with unknown Mark Collins, however the crucial match to determine band one qualification was between Joslin and Adam Gigly it was a good match which Gigly won in four sets, Nicholas Leung the group top seed beat all players 3-0 while Collins beat Lewis into fourth spot to qualify for band two.
The great interest was in band one where the players finishing first and second in their group were placed.
In the first quarter final Gavin Rumgay comfortably beat comeback player Adam Gigly 3-0 while the next quarter final saw Rory Scott beat Gary Young in three very close games, Young disappointed as he had game points in the first and third games. The third quarter final saw Nicholas Leung easily account for Paul Broxton 3-0, while in the fourth quarter final Ryan Collins and Andrew Dosher played an exciting attacker versus blocker game which entertained the crowd but ultimately it was the power play of Collins that saw him through as a 3-1 winner.
In the first semi Gavin Rumgay again was in his element against Rory Scott who probably was playing better than last month Rumgay though still won easily 3-0.
The other semi was much closer as Ryan Collins the February Grand Prix winner took on Aprils Grand Prix runner up Nicholas Leung, the first set was very close which Collins just edged, how ever more controlled attack in the next two saw Leung in his comfort zone as Collins struggled to live with him, in the fourth set Leung again made a good start but Collins replied with power drive off both wings and was just a few points away from taking it to a decider before losing out 3-1.
The crowds had witnessed in April a classic semi final tussle between the two finalists Rumgay and Leung and they very much hoped for a repeat in the final
In the first set both players traded shots but at 5-5 Rumgay started to rally with his opponent instead of trying to out power him due to the slow conditions which paid off as Rumgay took the first set at 7, in the second leg Leung went 6-2 up playing some precision power shots, Rumgay then started to vary his shots more and playing some great retrieving away from the table reeled off 7 points on the trot to take the second set to 8. In the third set as in the first set it was point for point early on, but Rumgay showed his class by using his serves and pace of shot to comfortably take the third set and title 3-0 which meant he won the Grand Prix series outright.

Band 1 Semi Finals:
Gavin Rumgay beat Rory Scott 4 5 7
Nicholas Leung beat Ryan Collins -11 4 6 9

Band 1 Final:
Gavin Rumgay beat Nicholas Leung beat 7 8 7
3rd / 4th place Ryan Colins beat Rory Scott 7 4 7
5th / 6th place Andrew Dosher beat Gary Young -11 9 9 10
7th /8th place Paul Broxton beat Adam Gigly 5 6 -6 6

Band 2
9th / 10th place Steve Joslin beat Jordan Gabriel 10 1 3 (Band 2 final)
11th / 12th place Rui Campos beat Bob Harman 6 9 -7 9
13th / 14th place James Denyer beat Helmuth Osborne 6 2 -7 -6 9
15th / 16th place Mark Collins beat Anthony Corbin w/o injured

Band 3
17th / 18th place Tim Diss beat Andrew Holmes 9 8 6 (Band 3 final)
19th / 20th place Ken Lewis beat Gordan Fairchild w/o
21st/ 22nd place Terry May beat Bob Jennings w/o injured

Report courtesey of Andrew Dosher.

Obituary to Peter Avenell. April 2012

Table Tennis in the East Region is still coming to terms with the loss of Coach Peter Avenell who suddenly passed away in January this year. Peter moved to Suffolk from Buckinghamshire in 1995 and since then held a number of key roles at local, county, regional and national level. Peter was Head Coach at Stowmarket Table Tennis Club for 16 years, on the committee of the club for all those years finishing up as its Chairman. During this period he worked with many players, young and old but mainly young, and was at his best when working on a one to one basis. He also led groups working with other coaches but his strength was in developing a player by working closely with that individual. There are many youngsters who owe a great deal to him for his skill but also in the example that he set them of hard work and how to conduct themselves in public. He always believed that there was a right way to deport yourself and ensured that the players understood this and behaved responsibly.
His love of Table Tennis was clear to all and he devoted a great deal of his later life to it as a professional coach. He spent many of his weekends accompanying players to tournaments and county matches. He also did an incredible amount without payment assisting with the Suffolk Schools' Table Tennis and as County Coach of Suffolk and Norfolk County Table Tennis Associations. He was a self appointed odd job man within Stowmarket Club for which members were very grateful. It seemed that he could turn his hand to almost anything from fitting locks to maintaining tables.
His work in Suffolk often took him into schools where he introduced many pupils to table tennis and the feedback was always positive. He was valued greatly and did his best always to instill in them his love of table tennis. His ability to engage a group and an individual in equal measure is uncommon amongst coaches, but Peter had that skill. Stowmarket, Suffolk and Norfolk roles mentioned above included travelling with junior teams to support them in their matches. Peter supported the Suffolk Youth Games, as the regular manager for Mid Suffolk's table tennis team and was also involved with school holiday table tennis activities for the young people of the district. His ability to convey his own enthusiasm for the sport into his coaching and delivery ensured the sessions always ran at capacity. Peter also held the post of Eastern Region Coach and Regional Coaching Coordinator for a number of years, he was a qualified ETTA Level 4 Coach and had just embarked on a course to transfer across to a new coaching scheme. He tutored coaching courses and acted as a mentor for many new coaches as they started out on their coaching pathway. Of course Peter did not just appear on the table tennis scene in 1995 he had previously been very active in and around Windsor. Graham Trimming from Cippenham TTC recounts that he served with him on the Slough League Management Committee. Indeed, he was Vice-Chairman during some of the years when Graham was Chairman. Graham recalls the great work he did for the League and for the Burnham Table Tennis Club where he was the mainstay for many years. Graham and Peter also battled many times on the table with Peter remaining a bogey player for Graham, beating him more times than he liked. His endeavours were very much appreciated by all in Slough.
His loss is a great one for the Stowmarket Club and also across county and Regional table tennis activities where his input, time and experience will be greatly missed.

Rumgay takes Britannia Suffolk Grand Prix title ..... April 2012

The latest Table Tennis Grand Prix which took place at the Britannia club in Ipswich on Saturday 7th April 2012 was another rousing success with lots of drama, again there were many spectators, and four players from Suffolk featured in the band one section.
Earlier in the day 22 players played in four groups of round robin to determine their band section, with the top two in each group going through to band one, players finishing third and fourth going into band two and players finishing fifth or sixth going into band three.
In group one Scottish number one and number one seed for the event Gavin Rumgay carried all before him with straight sets wins over all his opponents, while Rory Scott and Andrew Dosher played a hard fought four setter which Scott won -8 10 8 11 to decide who would join Rumgay in band one. Group one was one of two groups to have just five players, and in a seeding upset Andrew McGuire comfortably beat Jack Anthony who earlier had almost beaten Scott losing 13-11 in the fifth.
The main group seeding upset was that of Jake Collins losing 3-0 to Steve Joslin in group two, however Collins won his other matches to qualify for the top section with Joslin who won all his games. Group two also had five players and with both Ken Lewis and Hamish Innes both beating Ray Zhu, Innes 3-0 victory over Lewis meant he won the battle for third and fourth.
In group three it was largely routine for the highest placed seeds in the group as Ryan Collins and Andrew Warner won their games 3-0, in their own match it was Collins that ran out a 3-0 win, however not before Warner had taken his opponent to two deuce games 13 4 11. To determine third and fourth Lucy Zhu pushed Andrew Holmes all the way before losing in five sets.
Group four contained the unknown quantity in Nicholas Leung, who during the day would very much alert his talent to the spectators. He had gone off the ETTA ranking list and his third placed seeding in the group proved to be unfortunate for the other players as he beat both the players ranked above him in the group Tony West and Paul Beck 3-1 and all other players 3-0. West beat Beck 3-0 in their match with all sets being decided at deuce to determine who would join Leung in band one, new competitor to this event Terry May who was seeded to play in the band three qualified for band two with wins over Rui Campos and Gabriel Story.
The big interest was in band one where the top players qualified to play and in the first quarter final number two seed Jake Collins as a result of his group loss found himself up against top seed Gavin Rumgay where he failed to make any impression losing easily 3-0 unable to deal with the overall quality of his International opponent, in the second quarter final, Andrew Warner was certainly game against Nicholas Leung and stayed close to him for periods of all sets, but ultimately was unable shake the consistent counter hitting and all round game of Leung losing 3-0, the third quarter saw Ryan Collins and Tony West paired, West took the first leg at 9 but after that the power serve and follow up form Collins was too much as West lost the next three games comfortably, the best quarter final was between Steve Joslin and Rory Scott which see sawed as Joslin appeared to have it in the bag in the final game leading by a huge score, but the defensive and attacking game Scott possesses using long pimpled rubber on one side began to pay off and it was the Sussex player that just edged home 11-9 in the decider.
Undoubtedly the best game of the day was the first semi final between Gavin Rumgay and Nicholas Leung, no one gave the Hong kong player a hope of beating a player with over 3500 ranking points and ranked 265 in the world.
From the onset the Cambridge student was resolute matching his opponent point for point reading Rumgays difficult serves well enough to actually attack them at times and Leung took the first set 11-9, always cool under pressure Rumgay played more assertively to take the second 11-6 but again Leung responded amid some fantastic rallies to block and counter attack the speed and spin of his more illustrious opponent winning 11-6, there was real anticipation now as play stopped on all tables as the arena all focused on one game! In the fourth game is was point for point and Leung took a small lead then Rumgay responded but at 9-9 in the fourth the audience held it's breath in what would have been a huge upset, Rumguy though held his nerve and took the next two points to equate.
In the final game for the first time Leung was troubled by Rumgay's serve and this proved pivotal as Leung served too high or off the table to allow Rumgay in and despite a valiant last ditch attempt, it was Rumgay that went through to the final.
The other semi final was something of an anti climax compared to the first as Ryan Collins the winner of the previous Grand Prix totally dominated Rory Scott to win 5 6 5
The final itself was well anticipated, could the Suffolk super star rise to the challenge again? Rumgay is considerably better than Niall Cameron and in the first two sets Ryan Collins struggled to get going having difficulty like so many players with the Rumgay serve and even when he did return serve found the attacking venom of his opponent too strong, Rumgay won the first two sets 3 and 5 the third set also saw Rumgay take a lead however Collins was forced to play risky table tennis and managed to get going more and got back to 9-9 but in a tense last few points though it was the number one seed Rumgay who take the set and match for a deserved win and in all this was his 20th Grand Prix win in all events.

Band One
Semi Finals:
Gavin Rumgay beat Nicholas Leung -9 6 -6 9 6
Ryan Collins beat Rory Scott 5 6 5

Final: Gavin Rumgay beat Ryan Collins 3 5 10

3rd and 4th Nicholas Leung beat Rory Scott 5 8 -9 1
5th and 6th Tony West w/o Andrew Warner game conceded
7th and 8th Steve Joslin w/o Jake Collins game conceded

Band Two
9th and 10th Paul Back beat Andrew Holmes 5 6 5
11th and 12th Andew Dosher beat Hamish Innes 7 5 9
13th and 14th Ken Lewis beat Andrew McGuire -11 9 9 5
15th and 16th Lucy Zhu beat Terry May 8 10 7

Band Three - Round Robin
1st Jack Anthony
2nd Ray Zhu
3rd Andy Larner
4th Gabriel Story

Suffolk County Cadet and Junior Closed Championships, 2011/12

The 2011/12 Suffolk County Cadet and Junior 'Closed' Championships will be taking place at the Stowupland Table Tennis Centre, Stowupland High School on Sunday 27th May 2012. Entry forms can be downloaded from Here
Closing date for entries: 12th May 2012.

Suffolk School's 2012 Table Tennis Championships. Feb 2012

The Suffolk Schools individual table tennis championships, held last weekend at the Suffolk County Table Tennis Centre, Stowupland High School, attracted some 80 entries from all over Suffolk. However, just two schools provided the winners in four of the seven events contested. These were Castle Manor, Haverhill and Ipswich High School for Girls.
The most hotly contested final of the day was for the Boys' Under 19 between Gracjen Sen, Castle Manor, and Jack Anthony, King Edward VI, Bury St Edmunds. Jack uses the penholder grip favoured by the Chinese players whilst Gracjen use the more traditional shake hand's grip used by Europeans. This provided a fascinating contrast of style and spins applied. Jack took the first two games 13-11 and 11-6 but Gracjen gradually pulled himself back into the match winning the third 11-3 and having got the ascendency went on to take the fourth 11-6. This set up a very competitive fifth and final set which saw Gracjen take it 11-9 to complete a great turnaround. This was a very high class match and it was a shame that there had to be a loser but this is the very essence of sport.
Another high class final was for the Boys' Under 16 event between Will Hall, Thurston College, and Rhys Davies, Castle Manor. Despite some good play from Hall he came across a player in Davies who was at the very top of his game and who won in straight sets 12-10, 11-6, 11-5. The Under 13 Boy's featured Alex Finding, Royal Hospital School, who successfully defended the title he won last year beating Charles Wilkins, Riverside Middle School, Mildenhall 7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4. The Boys' Under 11 was taken by Kian Burgess, Woods Loke Primary School, Oulton Broad who beat Kamier Azvine, Bealings Primary. Kian was only one of two players from the north of the county that had entered and it is to be hoped that this will be higher next year.
Ipswich High School for Girls provided the winners in Girls' Under 13 and 16 and these were Natalie Wills and Emma Baker respectively. In both events the competition was based on a round robin where each player competes against the others in the group. Natalie completed a hat trick of wins having also won the title in 2010 and 2011. Emma Baker was the runner up in the Girls' Under 16 in 2011 and went one better this year with Megan Bollen, Stowupland High, the runner up. The Girls' Under 11 final was won Anna Ridsdill Smith, Beyton Middle School, who beat Hannah Wills, sister of Natalie and also at Ipswich High School for Girls, 11-2, 11-3, 11-7.
All winners now go on to the National Schools' finals being held at Doncaster on 21st April 2012.
EventWinnerRunner Up
Under 11 BoysKian Burgess, Woods Loke Primary, Oulton Broad Kamier Azvine, Bealings Primary
Under 13 Boys Alexander Finding, Royal Hospital School Charles Wilkins, Riverside Middle
Under 16 Boys Rhys Davies, Castle Manor Business & Enterprise College Will Hall, Thurston Community College
Under 19 Boys Gracjen Sen, Castle Manor Business & Enterprise College Jack Anthony, King Edward VI, Bury St Edmunds
Under 11 Girls Anna Ridsdill Smith, Beyton Middle School Hannah Wills, Ipswich High School for Girls
Under 13 Girls Natalie Wills, Ipswich High School for Girls Hannah Stokes, St Joseph's College
Under 16 Girls Emma Baker, Ipswich High School for Girls Megan Bollen, Stowupland High School

Report courtesey of : Tony Mooney, Tournament Organiser

Promise of top class table tennis fulfilled.....Prestigious win for Ryan Collins. Feb 2012

The second Britannia Suffolk Grand Prix in the series took place at the Britannia club in Ipswich on Sunday 12th February 2012. Unfortunately due to a traffic accident, four competitors were unable to arrive so the four groups were cut from six to five players necessitating the draw being re-done.
Players finishing first and second went into band one, players finishing third and fourth went into band two, while those finishing fifth in their group went into band three. All players played a further three games in their band to determine final placings, and only those in band one had a chance to win the title.
Scottish number two ranked player Niall Cameron was seeded number one for this event and in group one both Claire Lowe and Anthony Corbin both managed to take a leg off him, and Ken Lewis also had set points against the same player. The group seeding upset was that of Anthony Corbin defeating Tony West 3-0.
Cameron and Corbin qualified for band one, Lowe and West qualified for band two, and Ken Lewis went into band three.
In group two no one won all their games and it went to count back as to where players finished. The main seeding upset was that of Japanese student Senri OHara beating Stephen Beerling the number five seed 3-1, however to confuse matters Beerling beat the number two seed Emran Hussain also 3-1. Fortunetely for Hussain, Jurate Brazaityte beat OHara but it meant Beerling qualified as the winner with Hussain second, Brazaityte came third and OHara finished fourth. Gabriel Story came fifth.
In group three as expected Neil Charles won his games to come top, though Andrew Warner took him to five sets and inflicted a seeding upset in beating Sue Collier in straight games, which meant Warner qualified for band one while Colllier and Andrew Dosher went through to band two with Andy Holmes going into band three.
In group four there were a couple of seeding upsets and some very close games early on as Suffolk junior number one Jack Anthony came from 0-2 down to beat Kelly Skeggs 16-14 in the decider and Yorkshire player Sandra Ryder almost did the same against Skeggs but lost 14-12 in the third end. Ryan Collins was in awesome form in taking out Lauren Spink 4, 6 and 2!!! to top the group with Spink second, Anthony finnished third, Skeggs came fourth with Ryder going into band three.
With the group placings done the players went into their respective bands to qualify for their final placings with eyes most firmly on band one which would determine the overall Champion.
In the first Quarter final Niall Cameron displayed consistent top spins off both wings to dispatch Lauren Spink in straight games, Spink the top 16 winner just over a month ago didn't look to be on her best form on the day.
In the second quarter Emran Hussain who had come second in his group but seeded number two faced the third seed Neil Charles. It was a game that ebbed and flowed and at 2-1 up Hussain looked to be on his way, however Charles turned the game round in the fourth and with some typical loop drives set up from his deceptive serves he closed the game out 11-7 in the fifth.
The third quarter paired two Suffolk players Ryan Collins and Andrew Warner with Collins unsurprisingly running out a 3-0 winner.
In the final quarter final Stephen Beerling beat Anthony Corbin 3-1.
In the first semi final, Niall Cameron was able to return the serves of Neil Charles largely and dictate the pattern of play with his own brand of attacking play to win 3-0 and in the other semi Ryan Collins again showed his class in beating Stephen Beerling in what turned out to be a comfortable 3-1 win.
All other games came to a stand still for the final as it turned out to be very much a case of the home boy Ryan Collins ranked 90 in the English rankings against the Scottish International Niall Cameron who if he was English would be around 14 on the list so Cameron was expected to win.
In the first set Cameron made an excellent start coasting to a 6-2 lead as Collins understandably looked nervy, however Collins showed patience and flair combining bullet loop follow ups from his serves to get back to 7-9 down and amazingly took the next four points to steal the set.
Collins started where he finished in set two and every time Cameron upped the tempo with a superb winning shot Collins responded likewise. Cameron closed the gap at the end of the set but Collins held firm to seal it at deuce and there was a firm belief amongst the large crowd now that an upset was on the cards.
In the third end Collins confidence was growing and he opened up a 5-2 lead to which Cameron took a time out, after the restart Cameron closed the gap to nine all but Collins nudged a head to hold a match point and in a breathtaking last rally Collins actually rallied away from the table which isn't his game as his opponent tried to force a winner and after about the 16th shot of the rally Cameron put the ball off the end of the table and Collins had won his first major Senior ranking event to rapturous applause from the home crowd.
This win came against the form book when you look at the other players who were there, however Ryan Collins was undoubtedly the best player on the day and he beat the England Number five lady 3-0 in his group, a player whose playing ability is comparable to the top 30 in England in the semi's and against the number one seed in the final.
On this performance Ryan's ranking should rise considerably and the victory is the most prestigious for a Suffolk player in 20 years going back to when Stuart Palmer beat Desmond Douglas in a British League match.
In Band Two Claire Lowe was magnificent in beating three higher ranked players to take that section, she beat Jurate Brazaityte, Andrew Dosher and finally Tony West all in five sets.
In Band Three after a round robin Britannia and Suffolk Chairman Ken Lewis came top from a countback situation, Lewis had beaten Sandra Rider, who in turn had beaten Andrew Holmes, with Holmes then beating Lewis, however on countback Lewis emerged the winner. Suffolk Junior, Gabriel Storey was unable to record a win against any of the other three, but should benefit considerably from the experience gained by playing at this level.

Band One
Semi finals Niall Cameron beat Neil Charles 9 8 7
Ryan Collins beat Stephen Beerling 7 6 -10 3
FINAL: Ryan Collins (Band One champion) beat Niall Cameron 9 10 9

Overall Positions
3rd/4th Neil Charles beat Stephen Beerling 9 -9 9 -11 11
5th/6th Lauren Spink beat Andrew Warner 2 -8 7 9
7th/8th Emran Hussain beat Anthony Corbin 5 9 11
Band Two
9th/10th Claire Lowe (Band Two Champion) beat Tony West -4 -7 7 8 9
11th/12th Senri O Hara beat Andrew Dosher 5 9 9
13th/14th Sue Collier beat Jurate Brazaityte -8 5 6 5
15th/16th Jack Anthony beat Kelly Skeggs -6 7 -7 10 10
Band Three- round robin
17th Ken Lewis (Band Three Champion)
18th Sandra Ryder
19th Andrew Holmes
20th Gabriel Story

Eastern Region Player and Coach 2011 awards, 2011/12

The Eastern Region 2011 Player/Coach of the year awards have had a brilliant response from members of the Eastern Region whether that is players, parents, coaches, secretaries etc. Everyone plays a role in making Table Tennis a success in the region and thank you to all involved.
So many players/coaches deserve credit for the work they are doing in the region and they are all asset's and valuable members of the Eastern Region. Stephen Gertsen and John Andrews would like to thank everyone for their efforts and dedication in 2011.
Here are some of the players and coaches that were nominated:
Players: Luke Walsh, Jordi Gabriel, Jack Anthony, Dan Bullen, Jordan Ingles, Ryan Williams, Chralotte Boston, Adam Jepson, Ben Brown, Kleber Silva, Ryan Hubbard, Gracjan Sen, Evangeline Collier, James Knudson,LukeJones, Robert Shrimpton, Ella Patel, Jarad Patel, Alex Holland, Isaac Beevor, Emily Godfrey, Jane Li, Lucy Zhu, Chris Cockburn, Tasha Kent, Ethan Walsh.
Coaches: Aad Kwakkelstein, Mark Mitchel, Mark Dare, Neil Brierley, Ernie George, Chris Fuller, John Alsop,Maria Ingles, Mick Harper, George Earle, Roy Smith, Tom Browne, Paul Davison, Ryan Pitt, Gergely Urban, Vidal Graham, Dean Andrews, John Andrews, Richard Wells, Peter Hirst, Gareth Herbert, Diane Gutteridge, Maurice Fearn, Tim Jolly, Stuart Seaholme, Roger Close, Malcolm Norris.

Player of the Year
The winner of Eastern Region Player of the Year for 2011 goes to Lucy Zhu of Suffolk who trains at St Neots, Wensum, Bury St Edmunds and Britannia table tennis clubs.
Regional Coach Stephen Gertsen said 'Lucy really deserves this award for her commitment and attitude to training and competitions around the region and country. Lucy lives in an area where it is difficult to access high quality coaching/practice and therefore travels all over the region on weekly basis racking up a huge amount of mileage'.
'Whenever I have organised training Lucy has always made the effort to attend and is a brilliant role model for the younger girls within the region. She is professional in her approach on and off the table and under the guidance of coaches such as Marcia Ma has come on leaps and bounds over the last 12 months'.
Lucy has had a fantastic season and her results this season to date have shown a massive improvement. At the National Championships in Hatfield in November Lucy reached the Semi final stage of the Under 15s event. She also reached the Semi Final of Sussex 4 star in both Junior and Cadets in September. Lucy is part of the England Youth Development Squad which takes place at Lilleshall and has been selected for a training camp in Belgium in April through the Eastern Regional set up. She is currently ranked at 5 in the country. Lucy is very motivated and is keen to make 2012 a special year also..

Coach of Year
The winner of Eastern Region Coach of the Year for 2011 goes to Mark Dare of Norwich and Wensum table tennis club.
Regional Coach Stephen Gertsen said 'Mark is a fantastic ambassador for the Eastern Region and has been for many years. Mark works extremely hard and always puts others before himself; he has brought so many players into the sport and offers his support to many coaches not only in Norfolk but across the region'.
Well Done to Mark and Lucy and keep up the good work. They will both receive a engraved trophy on behalf of the Eastern Region.

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