Top players Andrew Wilkinson and Chun Yin Yu both won 3 for respective teams Cramlington Stingers and North East Chinese Association in Division 1. The Stingers beat Byker A 9-1 with Mark Kimberley grabbing Byker’s only win against Gareth Pearson. NECA on the other hand lost 3-7 against Mount A with Christie, Eadington and Wraight all taking 2 games plus Christie and Wraight in the doubles. Max Duffin maintained his excellent form this season taking 3 wins against a strong St Chads lineup of Chris Blake, Jimmy Scope and Paul Baines. Peter Smallcombe beat Scope and Baines to earn the Kimblesworth Rockets a draw.
Cramlington’s Pearson was also found in Division 2 this week, taking 3 good wins against Mount B. The Casuals took an easy 9-1 victory, encountering only a slight blip when Mount’s Rod Roberts won 3-0 against Adam Webster. Old England finally managed to field a full team this week to beat Sacriston Aces 6-4, Alan Atkinson with 3 wins.
Division 3 hosted four close games as Byker B, Cramlington Cobras, Backspin B and Brandon Anacondas all won by either 2 or 4 games. Jim Robertson made the difference for Byker this week when he won his hat-trick to help his team beat Matfen B but without him they lost to Brandon Anacondas. Mark Patterson did well to win 2 games in each match but David Craddock couldn’t find his form, winning only 1 game in both.
Brandon Crocodiles regained some form in Division 4 as they beat Matfen C 7-3 whilst the Bees continued their domination of the division when they beat Cramlington Magpies 9-1. Ouston TTC B lost against two Cramlington teams this week, Anna Sowerby getting a hat-trick for the Lions and Mike Dunn getting a hat-trick for the Corinthians.
North East Chinese Association’s Chun Yin Yu takes the headlines again after winning 3 close games against a strong St Chads team. His biggest test came against top youngster Josh Weatherby who has recently returned from a training trip to China. Josh, 12, is part of the Eurotalents programme and it’s fair to say that Chun did well to win 12-10 in the final end. Unfortunately for NECA, Chads were too good in the other games and ran out 7-3 winners. Mount TTC A had a tough game this week against league leaders Cramlington Casuals, losing 8-2. Andrew Wilkinson took a hat-trick but Mount can take shallow comfort with Wraight finding a return to form, beating both Iain Wood and the experienced Steven Penman.
Robert Renton played for both of Mount’s teams this week and although the Casuals proved too tough, he picked up a solid 3 wins in Division 2 against Ouston A. Rod Roberts took 2, Alan Livingstone 1 and the pair combined to take the doubles giving Mount B a 7-3 win.
In Division 3 a seasoned Byker team romped home to a 10-0 victory against Sacriston Comets. Despite only turning up with 2 players, the Comets were never really in the running, winning only 3 ends all night. Brandon Anacondas were similarly too good for Cramlington Trojans with only the Trojans’ Mike Jones picking up a win in a 9-1 loss, hat-tricks to both Lupton and Knopf from Brandon. Matfen B could only field two players against Backspin TTC B but still managed a 7-3 win.
Two Cramlington teams lost 3-7 this week in Division 4, Magpies against Whitley Chapel and Lions against Cramlington Corinthians. Another inter-club rivalry saw Brandon Bees obliterate the Crocodiles with a 10-0 victory, the Bees winning only a single end.
NECA’s Chun Yin Yu maintained his unbeaten record in the Summer League this week when he won 2 matches against Riding Mill. O’Connor and Cheek both won 1 match for the Mill but they turned up without a third player and subsequently lost 8-2 overall. Mount TTC A’s Lee Eadington took Player of the Match against Byker when he took a 5-end win against brother Dean and then 3-0 victories over both Kimberley and Craddock. Final score 8-2 to Mount with Christie picking up his hat-trick but Wraight losing 2.
In Division 2 a 10-0 victory for Old England over Ouston A may not be truly reflective of how the game played out as 4 matches went to 5 ends and 11 ends in total went to deuce. Mount TTC B beat Matfen A 7-3 with Roberts, Mouzon and Livingstone all picking up 2 wins plus the doubles.
Division 3 saw 2 comfortable wins for Brandon Anacondas and Cramlington Cobras with Jamie Lupton taking Player of the Match for the Anacondas against Sacriston Comets and Peter Wilkinson taking Player of the Match for the Cobras against Backspin TTC B.
Friday night offered a showdown between two Cramlington teams, the Corinthians and the Magpies. Sam Nair was Player of the Match for the Corinthians with his hat-trick and in particular showed real grit to come back from being down by a few points in 3 ends against Jamie Hall. Newcomer Philip Smith played some great table tennis for the Magpies to beat the experienced, tricky Pauline Long and youngster Anna Sowerby.
Cramlington Jaguars enjoyed a comfortable 10-0 win over Cramlington Knights in Division 5 and Brandon Energy beat Sacriston Eagles 8-2. Patrick Nicholson took Player of the Match there but Jack Pugh did well to win 2 for the Eagles
North East Chinese Association’s Chun Yin Yu serving for match point
This week’s Division 1 matches looked short of personnel as the league’s top veterans travelled to Alicante to compete in the World Veteran Championships. Notable successes include David “The Legend” Godbold getting to the last 32 of the 50-59 bracket amidst 1,000 entries whilst Geoff Salter and John Williamson both progressed to the last 32 of the 65-69s.
As such the Cramlington Stingers team looked a lot like Division 2’s Casuals when they faced Riding Mill. Mark O’Connor took Player of the Match by edging out a 5 set game against Gareth Pearson after a relatively comfortable win against Adam Webster. The Weatherby family turned out in force against Byker A when Keith and son Josh both won their 3, plus the doubles to win 7-3.
Backspin TTC A put up a strong fight in Division 2 against a seasoned Ouston A team with each of their players getting 1 win plus the doubles. Winter season Premier stalwart David Pringle was too strong however, taking 3 scalps and Player of the Match. Matfen A and Sacriston Aces fought a close match with Holliday, Swan, Mcallister and Fraser all winning 2. The Aces scraped the win in the end, Mawson taking 1 and Mcallister/Fraser winning the doubles.
In Division 3, Matfen B beat Sacriston Comets 7-3 and Byker B beat Cramlington Cobras by the same score whilst Cramlington Trojans breezed to a 10-0 victory over Backspin TTC B, dropping only 3 sets in the process.
Brandon and Byshottles had mixed fortunes in Division 4 with the Crocodiles only winning the doubles and losing 9-1 to Cramlington Corinthians whilst the Bees beat Whitley Chapel 7-3. In Division 5 they fared worse with their Energy team losing 10-0 to the experienced NESLC lineup and the Devils scraping a 5-5 draw against Cramlington Jaguars.
Dave Godbold competing at the World Veteran Championships 2016 in Alicante, Spain
A good way of giving people an introduction to the sport of table tennis is through the Ping Festival which will be launched in Newcastle on the 10th June between 11am-2pm. There will be 5 tables situated at both Grey Monument and Grainger Street and another 14 in other locations, such as parks, public squares, markets and shopping centres.
Anyone wishing to do so can have a try at ping pong. Bats and balls will be provided and there will be no charge for participants.
The event will be organised by Newcastle City Council who have enlisted Melissa Marshall as PING! Newcastle Activity Officer. She is looking to recruit a team of volunteers (must be aged 16+) to bring the programme to life and make Ping Pong irresistible to the Newcastle Public.
PingNewcastle volunteers will:
- Play ping pong! (social players)
- Encourage other people to play
- Help set up and run events
- Monitor tables
- Chat to players to find stories and quotes
- Capture some action on their camera phone
- Check on tables
- Talk about Ping!Newcastle and the social ping pong scene to anyone who’ll listen!
Anyone who can spare a few hours to look after tables is requested to contact Melissa on 0191 278 3348 or Melissa.email@example.com who will be able to give more information. A Volunteer/Minders night is to be held on the evening of 6th June at Northumbria University.
Northumberland’s Dave Robson is now a National Champion. At the weekend he won the over 50’s Mens singles title held at Wolverhampton beating Cheshire’s Nigel Eckersley three nil in the final and surely must move to number 1 in the ranking list when its published at the end of the month. A great achievement and just reward for all his hard work. In recognition of this he’s just been selected to Represent England in the 6 nation’s competition in September.
Kimblesworth Rockets in division 1 further enhanced their reputation by drawing with last year’s champions Cramlington Stingers in a hard fought match. Andrew Wilkinson getting three for the home side and supported by Steve Penman and Dale Aitkenhead with one each. Dave Godbold made a welcome return to league play after an absence of over 10 years for the Rockets winning two. St Chads having had a bye last week won their first match of the summer away at mount TTC 6-4 with Chris Blake leading the way with 3 wins, Paul Baines 2 and Jimmy Scope 1.
In Division 2 Cramlington Casuals have now recorded two wins from two matches beating Sacriston Aces 6-4 with Alex Hinchcliffe getting man of the match with three wins, Adam Webster two and then combining for the doubles. Sacriston drafted in Peter Whitfield from the second team and he won one as did Jon Mawson, Duncan Fraser getting two.
In Division 3 Brandon Anacondas have made a great start winning 10-0 last week and 7-3 this week against Matfen B. They have a strong squad and so far have used 6 players in the two matches. Paul Dale getting 3 along with Jamie Lupton against Matfen. Byker B another team with a bye last week won their match against Cramlington Trojans 8-2, John Carr getting 3 supported by Mark Patterson and Chas Robertson with 2 each.
Last week saw the first round of matches played in the Northumbria Summer League and in the top division new team Kimblesworth Rockets took full advantage of Byker A not fielding any of their registered first team players to win 9-1 with Peter Smallcombe and Max Duffin winning three each and Dan Hutchinson two as well as the doubles. Steve Dickinson for Byker saving the whitewash winning one.
Mount TTC which is last years Sringwell playing at a new venue also recorded a 9-1 win against Riding Mill with Tony Gelder, Lee Eadington and Duncan Wraight being unbeaten and only losing the doubles. A point of note was that Gelder had to play his wife Shirley who is a member of the Riding Mill squad in this match!!
Last year’s Champions Cramlington Stingers only won 6-4 against The Chinese Community team NECA which included the talented student currently at Newcastle University Chun Yin Yu who won his three, Robin Francis another student at the university getting the other for NECA. Dale Aitkenhead played his first match for the Stingers after a nine-month absence having had a knee replacement last August winning two.
In Division 4 it’s good to see Cramlingtons policy of blooding young players in the Summer as all three of the winning Falcons team had never played a league match before. They won 7-3 against NESLC and Israel Shodeinde was man of the match winning three supported by Jack Cairns with two and Alfie Davies one.
Next week sees several Veteran players from the North East heading off to Alicante to take part in the World Championships from the 23rd to 29th of May. Eddie Smith, Jim Stamas, Geoff Salter, Paul Stead, Dave Godbold and Karen Henry all playing in age categories for the chance to be World Champion
A quiet week for table tennis this week as the Winter League is now over and no matches were played.
However the Summer League starts this week and there are 5 divisions and 36 teams entered. Last seasons champions the Cramlington Stingers face a tougher challenge this Summer as several of the teams have strengthened squads and there is a new team of up and coming juniors also entered ensuring that the title race will certainly be an interesting one.
In the lower divisions we have two new teams from Backspin Table tennis Club which is in Oxhill near Stanley and they will be looking to make their presence felt though their first match is away to Old England who should have won Division 2 last summer had they not had player shortage issues at the end of the season.
In two weeks time several of the North Easts top veteran Men and Women travel to Alicante in Spain to compete in the Veterans World Table Tennis Championships from the 23rd to 29th of May. There is a strong British contingent of approx. 300 players making the trip to play in age related categories ranging from 40 year olds up to 90 plus.
The Northumberland Carter Cup team of Junior boys have made it through to the finals without playing a match as in the regional round there were only 3 entries and Hull dropped out leaving Stockton and Northumberland to progress to the finals on the 11th & 12th of June at Wellingborough.
The much anticipated Handicap Cup final took place at the sporting Club of Cramlington between the two club teams of Corinthians and Tigers.
The Corinthians team of Andrew Matfin, Jamie Hall and Adam Webster were the pre-match favourites and the Tigers team of Paul Jameison, Peter Smallcombe and Lee Eadington looking to upset the handicapping though their opponents all had healthy starts.
First up was Matfin vs Peter Smallcombe who was conceding an 11 point start. Matfin playing consistently won in 2 games 21-10 21-15.
Probably the most improved player this season Adam Webster was up next against Paul Jamieson and took full advantage of a 10 point start to win comfortably 21-3, 21-11 making it two nil to the Corinthians.
The 3rd game gave the Tigers some hope as Jamie Hall was unable to cope with the high lobbing, retrieving game of Lee Eadington and lost close in 2 ends despite a 13 point start.
Webster then played Smallcombe who seemed nervous in what was the clash of the two best players. Smallcombe losing 21-14, 21-15 again giving his opponent an 11 point start and not able to overcome the deficit.
Next up Matfin vs Eadington and won the first comfortably 21-8 but then seemed to falter in the second with Eadington pulling out all the stops to get level and then run out of steam and lose 21-17.
Match score now 4-1 to the Corinthians. Jamie Hall was next to the table and could clinch the cup if he could win against Jamieson. He was full of determination and played his best table tennis to win in two straight games 21-14, 21-16 much to the delight of his team mates who rushed onto the court to celebrate the 5-1 victory.
TRophies were presented to winners and runner up by Aubrey Drapkin, Chairman of Northumberland Table Tennis.
The Corinthians, Jamie Hall, Adam Webster and Andrew Matfin
The final few matches of the Northumbria winter league were played this week.
Division 1 runner up spot was decided when the Club Derby between Riding Mill A & B teams completed the fixtues in that division and saw the A team win 6-4. This match saw the return from long term injury of Andrew Firth for the A team who played with regulars Mark OConnor who was man of the match winning three and Peter Stempczyk with two and though rusty Andrew managed to win one of his games. Shirley Gelder getting two and Maurice Cheek one as well as the doubles for the B team. Riding Mill A have dedicated the season to team member Rob Scott who is no longer able to play due to serious illness. He is a very popular member of the club and played in the league for many years. He will be a big miss by all.
In Division 4 Magpies played Falcons both from Cramlington TTC. Twelve year old Alfie Stokes ended the season in fine style following his unbeaten performance last week. He was again unbeaten with another hat trick and in this one and with the help of his brother Archie won the doubles too. Unfortunately it was not enough to stop the Magpies team of Peter and Richard Anderson with Elliot Dorrington from running out with a 6-4 win.
The Handicap cup final takes place at Cramlington TTC on Thursday evening the 28th between The Tigers and Corinthians starting at 7pm.