IDTTL News Archive

2016/17 IDTTL Season Result Cards. Sept 2016

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Player Required Div 3

Trimley B in Div 3 require a player for the forthcoming season. Home night is Thursday at the Trimley Sports and Social Club.Contact Chris Pulham 07508475645 if interested.

Handicap Cup 2016/17. Aug 2016.

The season will soon be starting next month and it is time for all your teams to enter the Handicap Cup. All teams stand a chance and to play against players who they normally don\'t come up against.Please ask your individual team secretaries to e-mail or telephone me to enter.
Brian Blagden tel: 01473 252623 e-mail: bjb-serta@talktalk.net
Or you can enter all of your clubs teams by contacting me to let me know all teams in your club are entering.Let\'s try to make this a larger entry than last year.If the entry is larger than last year we may need an extra round for some teams.
Cheers, Brian Blagden, Handicap Cup Sec.

IDTTL Championships 2016/17. Aug 2016.

Advance notice of the 2016/17 Ipswich Championships. These will be held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February 2017. There is an one off entry fee of £5, payable on the day.

2016/17 FIXTURES

The 2016/17 season will start on Monday 19th September 2016. Handicap Cup week will be 21st November 2016.Fixtures have been uploaded to the website - please have a look and contact Andy Mann with any issues which can hopefully be resolved before the handbook goes to print.Have a great season!

IDTTL 2016 AGM. Aug 2016.

The Chairman welcomed all and announced that due to family commitments he was stepping down at the end of the AGM. He also announced the resignation of Michael Wright (MW) as Deputy Chairman but confirmed that MW is happy to help with the Championships in 2017. The Chairman reiterated that his role was not an onerous one and encouraged somebody come forward and take it on. He then thanked the committee for their hard work during the year. All Clubs were represented with the exception of Trimley St Martin.
Congratulations to all winners and commiserations to any teams relegated - special mention went to Otley Otters in Div 2 and Britannia Falcons for winning Premier. Acknowledgment of the work Jimmy Farrow (JF) and MW put in to the smooth running of the League and also the Championships.
Well done to Kingsfleet for winning the Handicap Cup and to Brian Blagden for his organization. More entries next year please!
Confirmation that the current Chairman and Officers of TTE were re-elected by a large majority. There have been some good developments since they took on the role.
The requirement to use Plastic Balls in IDTTL will remain in place.
TTE membership fees to rise, but Personal Accident Insurance will now be included alongside Public Liability Insurance. All League players must have an active TTE membership.
Apologies for handbook errors, team secretaries urged to use the website which will be the most up-to-date list and take account of team withdrawals.
Reported that the number of matches being played with only two players on a team reduced by 20% this year.
JF's Championships Report included:
Entries down, around 90 players took part this year. Particularly low entry in Div 3 Singles, but good participation in Junior events.
New finals night format thought to be a success, and enabled us to finish earlier. No feedback received from those present when asked.
Three year deal with Corn Exchange until 2018 at which point costs will be looked at.
Thanks to Andy Mann (AM), MW, John Leith and Richard Goodhand for their support. Thanks also to the main sponsors Chips Away, JM Finn and Sampson Blinds.
Treasurer's Report: Ran through the notes to the accounts, Lower income from Kesgrave, as well as the purchase of new nets, Steve Branton added that the club now has to pay for equipment storage and this has reduced the amount that can be given back to the league. Van hire was extra this year, having been undercharged previously. Request for any support in providing a van. Please ensure Trophies come back to IDTTL for engraving. Highlighted the possible shortfall in income, this year there was a deficit of around £1,000, leaving a bank deposit of only £573.05. We have received sponsorship from Coes for £100 but the league needs to look at costs overall.
Proposed Rule Changes and Vote Amendment to Rule 6a - CarriedAmendment to Rule 11g - Not carried
JF thanked those leaving the committee including Ken Rodwell who was stepping down as Div 2/3 Secretary, Steve Branton for his work over the years as Handbook Secretary/Photographer/Kesgrave TTC organiser and Child Protection Officer, Mike Wright for all of his work at the Championships over the years and sage council on the committee, and finally John Leith for his years of service as Chairman and fundraiser.
Presentations were made to the following:-
The Jim Kenworthy Award : Lawrence Arscott, Kingsfleet
The Doris Fox Award : John Leith

The Chairman sought the views of the floor on the possible removal of Trophies for Winners/Runners-up to save costs.
Election of Officers:
All standing again other than:-
John Leith stepping down as ChairmanMichael Wright stepping down as Vice-Chairman
Steve Branton stepping down as Handbook Secretary and Child Protection Officer
Elliot Branton stepping down as Deputy Child Protection Officer
Ken Rodwell stepping down as Div 2/3 Secretary
Rosemary Curtis to be elected as Child Protection Officer
Andy Mann to be elected as Handbook Secretary
No opposition to this from the floor, and nobody forthcoming to fill vacant positions.
AM made a plea for new committee members, noting that if a further one or two officers were to resign the task of running the league would be almost impossible.
AOB:
The Chairman spoke at length about the requirement for Sponsors and asked the floor to pass the request on to other players.
AM asked the floor about entry fees for the championships. This was widely supported as a way to increase revenue, noting that the Championships costs around £3,500 to host and we no longer have a main sponsor.
Norman Atkins spoke about the need to do whatever it takes to keep the event at the Corn Exchange rather than look for cheaper venues and this was widely supported.
Moving onto the league deficit, it was suggested the committee look at increasing player fees next year. It was also suggested that the committee look at ceasing the production of the Handbook as the majority now view it online, and that end-of-season memento trophies were no longer produced. All will be considered.
Meeting closed at 8:41pm.

IDTTL Rules Changes Explanations. June 2016.

It has been suggested that some explanation of the rule changes, and the committee's views would be useful to put things into context.
The amendment to the AGM date is, we hope, self-explanatory - it seems unnecessary to restrict ourselves in terms of date when we are largely influenced by the availability of committee members and venue.
With regards to the rule change to establish final league positions, the committee feels that on the whole the current rules which take into account matches won and lost before moving to a play-off are sufficient. Not only could a change to the system mean a re-writing of the software used to establish ongoing league positions, we are uncertain how a situation where 3 or 4 teams finish on the same number of points, and are tied in their head-to-head scores could then be entered into a play-off.
Whilst current rules could lead us to the same situation, we do not see the change as an improvement to the current position.
St Margaret's Manor Club have not provided a detailed explanation as to why this change would be an improvement but we will offer them the opportunity to do so at the AGM before the vote should they wish.

IDTTL AGM Rules Proposals. June 2016.

Rule Changes Proposed

11 g - proposal from St Margaret's Manor Club
Current Rule:
League positions shall be decided by the number of sets won or, in the case of a tie, the number of matches won, then by number of matches lost. If a tie still remains a play-off match will be arranged, if required, if promotion or relegation are involved.
Proposed rule:
League positions shall be decided by the number of games won, or in the case of a tie, the head to head results of the teams affected (home and away). If a tie still remains a play-off match will be arranged if promotion or relegation is involved.

6 a - proposal from IDTTL Committee
Current Rule:
The League shall hold an Annual General Meeting each year not later than 31st May and may be attended by all members and a representative of any club intending to seek affiliation. Any person may speak but only persons holding a Ballot Card may make proposals relating to rule changes, or vote.
Proposed rule:
The League shall hold an Annual General Meeting each year before the start of each new season and may be attended by all members and a representative of any club intending to seek affiliation. Any person may speak but only persons holding a Ballot Card may make proposals relating to rule changes, or vote.

IDTTL - Players wanted for the 2016/17 season. May 2016.

Pickwicks, playing at Baylham Village Hall in Division 3, are looking for a player for the 2016/17 season who will be able to play part time.
Sandwiches are provided at home matches and annual subs are around £40 (cheap and cheerful).
Anyone interested please contact Mike Chenery or Mark Beaumont.(numbers are in the book).

IDTTL AGM, Wednesday 15th June 2016.

The next Annual General Meeting will take place at the Rosary Conservative Club, 172 Bramford Rd, Ipswich IP1 4AB commencing at 7.30pm.
I would like to remind you that Article 6.d states that any proposed rule amendments must be received by the Secretary, in writing, at least 21 days prior to the meeting.
The Committee is not proposing any changes this year, but in line with the above, any submissions must be received by me, preferably via email, by Wednesday 25th May 2016.
Unfortunately we have been informed that after 7 years of dedicated service, John Leith will be stepping down as Chairman of the League. Should anybody wish to be considered for the position (or wish to join the Committee in a more general role) could they let me know asap.
The position of Deputy Child Protection Officer is also being vacated.
Could I also ask that you contact me should you wish to nominate anybody for either the Doris Fox award (for services to the League), or the Jim Kenworthy Cup (for the most improved Junior).
Player Registration and Team Affiliation Fees remain the same for the season 2016-2017...
Player Registration Fee £15 Adult £6 Junior
Team Affiliation Fee £18
Regards, Andy

IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2016

On Friday 20th March, Kesgrave Table Tennis Club hosted the 2016 IDTTL U13 Championships. 18 players from Kesgrave and Britannia Table Tennis clubs entered, equally the previous highest turnout, again many younger players playing in their first competitive competition.
Players were grouped into two groups of 4 and two groups of 5. Group A consisted of number 1 seed Harry Gill, Henry Shaw, Joel George, Lily Clarke and Alex Hunt. A minor upset in this group saw Henry beat Harry and having not dropped a match Harry won the group, with Harry second.
Group B with Joshua Varghese, Alex Attew, Sam Gill, and Jason George was won by Alex, with Joshua accompanying him to the next round.
Group C featured McKenzie Lowe, Lucy Curtis, Jonathan George and James Elias. McKenzie didn't drop a game and together with Lucy preceeded to the KO stage.Group D made up of Daniel Young, Kai Webb, Lucy Needham, Rupert Edgcombe and Theo Cordell saw Daniel win the group followed by Lucy to fill the remaining Quarter final places.
Match of the Quarters was a 10-12, 11-6, 11-3 win by Alex over Joshua. Also reaching the Semis in two games straight were Daniel, beating LucyC, McKenzie beating Harry and Henry overcoming LucyN.
The Semi Finals saw some very open play from all four players, demonstrating their ability to maintain good rallies of no little quality. Making their way to the Final were Daniel beating Alex and McKenzie beating Henry.
On reaching the Final, play stopped on surrounding tables as Kesgrave club members stopped to watch. With two players having very similar styles there was a certain amount of cancellation in their play unlike the open play in preceeding rounds. Both players' serving dictated the play and long rallies were in short supply. However, the more consistant McKenzie maintained his form throughout the evening and beat Daniel in two games straight.
Many thanks go to all those who helped with the umpiring, the players for their great attitude and play, and members of Kesgrave Table Tennis club who helped setting up / clearing down.

IDTTL 2016 Championships. Feb 2016.

We are looking for helpers to set up the venue on Friday evening this week, at the Corn Exchange, meet at the Waitrose entrance at 6pm, many hands make light work, we hope to have the tables, surrounds, umpires tables, scorer etc all done by 7.45pm. If you can spare some time, it would be most appreciated.
Jarvis Sports trade stand on Sunday will be offering, 30% off catalogue prices, so please check them out for bats, balls, clothing and TT accessories.
Get your family and friends to pop in over the weekend to watch some first class TT, its all FREE, and the Finals Night will be shortened by starting the first 3 finals on three tables, to compact the evening for families with children.
Our regular MC, David Mann can\'t attend this year, so we have Wayne Bavin from Town 102 looking after us this year.
See you at the weekend. Jimmy

IDTTL 2016 Championships. Jan 2016.

All playing times have now been issued by email or posted, if you do not receive your playing times or can\'t make any of the events you have entered please contact Mike Wright on mike214wright@gmail.com. Can all players that won events last year, please ensure that they bring the trophy with them on the 13th/14th polished, clean and tidy ready for presentation. If you have a trophy and are not playing this year please contact me on 07805-212319 to arrange the return.Does anyone work or pass through Liverpool St. Station, as I need to get the Divn 1 trophy from Laurence Sanders, who works very close to the station, can anyone help?Jarvis Sports will be providing a trade stand on the Sunday, our three main sponsors are JM Finn & Co, Chips Away and Sampson Blinds. Please support them where you can, Sampson Blinds are offering a discount for any Ipswich Player, when placing an order.If any player has a prize that they would like to donate for the draw, please contact me, this would be most appreciated.See you in a couple of weeks. Jimmy.

IDTTL 2016 Championships. Jan 2016.

Please note the closing date has been extended to Saturday 16th JAN 2016 at 1.00pm. No telephone, email entries allowed, please enter via the website or the postcard in your handbook.Any queries regarding your entry should be made to Mike Wright 07709-484080 who is collating all the entries.Regards, Jimmy

IDTTL 2016 Closed Championships. Dec 2015.

The closing date to enter the Ipswich Championships 2016, is the 31st Dec 2015. Enter online or complete the entry form in the handbook, (no email, text or telephone entries permitted). Please ensure you enter early to enable the organisers to plan the various events.
We will have a trade stand from Jarvis Sports, and our usual Finals Night starting at 7pm Sunday night will feature Ipswich best players from Juniors to Veteran\'s, Singles and Doubles. Its FREE attendance all weekend, so bring along friends and family to enjoy a weekend of table tennis.

Handbook Changes. Sept 2015.

There are a number of changes to the Handbook (click on link above). Please print off the website fixtures as of 16th Sept as these are the correct ones to follow and have the latest updates.

IDTTL Players Wanted. Sept 2015.

Division 1 - Trimley 'A' require a player.
Division 3 - ISC 'D' require a player.
Please contact the relevant team secretaries in the Handbook.

IDTTL Handicap Cup. Sept 2015.

Hi all, we need four more entries to have a full complement for the first round in November, otherwise some teams will get byes and may win having played only 3 games.Lets make it a full competition. Get back to me soon.ENTRIES CLOSE 30/09/2015.Thanks, Brian Blagden, Sec. Handicap KO Cup

IDTTL 2015/16 Handbooks. Sept 2015.

The Handbooks are now ready. Please ring to arrange collection. Steve.

IDTTL Handicap KO Cup. Aug 2015.

The time of year has come to enter the IDTTL Handicap Knock Out Cup.The first leg if sufficient entries are received as last year will be the week before the season starts w/c 14/09/2015.This will give a warm up for all players involved, so come on and lets be having entries pouring in.Will all team secs. send me their entries please...Brian Blagden bjb-serta@talktalk.net

IDTTL 2015/16 Season Start. July 2015.

The new season will start on 21st September 2015.

IDTTL 2016 Championships. July 2015.

Advance notice of the 2015/16 IDTTL Championships - these will be held on the weekend of Sat 13th and Sun 14th Feb 2016.

Table Tennis England 2015 Annual Report

TTE Annual Report

IDTTL AGM 2015. June 2015.

The IDTTL AGM was held on Wed 10th June 2014 at Rosary.
John Leith opened the meeting and welcomed all and encouraged suggestions from the floor. He thanked the committee for their hard work during the year. All Clubs were represented with 44 people in attendance.
Richard Goodhand's final report as Secretary included the following:
Congratulations to all winners and commiserations to any teams relegated - special mention went to Division 3 which was won by Wherstead Novas by 1pt, and to Rosary Red for winning what was perhaps the most open Premier division title for a number of years.
Acknowledgment of the work Jimmy and his team put in to the Championships
Well done to ISC C for winning the Handicap Cup.
Congratulations to Rob Wood for winning the Golf Day for the second year running.
Confirmation that the Committee were voting to retain the current Chairman and Officers of TTE. There have been some good developments since they took on the role and we wish to give them a chance to expand on these.
The work of a few individuals was highlighted - Michael Wright for his organizational skills and common sense, particularly when it comes to the Championships. John Leith for his enthusiasm and commitment to the League, Malcolm Fenn for his knowledge of the rules, and Steve Branton for his incredible work at Kesgrave TTC
Jimmy's Championships report included:-
Over 100 entrants this year, approaching the maximum we can take due to table constraints and a challenging schedule. This included over 20 entries in the Junior competition and the aim should be to convert some of these into league players.
Player of the weekend was Dan Shelley who despite playing in Division 2, won the Restricted Singles, Junior Singles, Cadet Singles and Junior Doubles.
Without Aimee Sparks and Jake Collins we saw some new faces in the Finals, with Wayne Shaw meeting Ryan Collins in the Men's Singles, and Sonia Talbot meeting Clair Westlake in the Ladies. Congratulations to both Ryan and Clair on their victories
Bernie Studd Performance Award - Keiran Bean for his victory over Charlie Fulcher.
Many families were spectating and supporting which was pleasing and should be encouraged. Thanks to the organisers and all helpers. Thanks to our sponsors.
A show of hands was taken over whether February or March was the best month in which to hold the Championships. There was no clear preference and next year's tournament date will be announced in due course.
Jimmy also gave the Treasurer's Report:
Player registration fees were about £400 lower this year than last due to around 30 players leaving the League.
Corn Exchange cost was £500 more, but some savings were made elsewhere.
Corn Exchange has been secured for a further three years, with a 3% per annum increase in cost for both 2016 and 2017, followed by a 10% reduction in 2018.
Admin costs have increased due to the League joining TT365 which allows us to gather email addresses of all IDTTL members for mailings.
Proposal to increase Player Registration fee increased to £15, with no change for Junior or Team registrations. Vote carried.
Proposal on the use of plastic balls in League matches was carried
Presentations were made to the Divisional winners and runners up. Awards were also presented to Hannah Page, the The Jim Kenworthy Award for the most improved Junior. The Doris Fox award was presented to Richard Goodhand for services to the league.
The Chairman sought the views of the floor on the possible removal of Trophies for Winners/Runners-up to save costs and to provide an alternative prize. There was no indication from those present that a change was warranted.
In the election of Officers, Richard Goodhand was resigning as League Secretary with Andy Mann to take up the position. There was no opposition to this from the floor, and the remainder of the committee were duly re-elected.
The Chairman would welcome new faces onto the committee so please come forward if you would like to have an input into the running of the League. Now that Aimee Sparkes and Dawn Collins have retired we would particularly welcome any ladies.
AOB:
There was a discussion surrounding the league match structure moving to 2 games per player plus a doubles which would shorten matches. A few people have commented that matches are going on too long and finishing too late. Members in attendance felt that the current structure did not need amending.
The discussion also included moving the Doubles to Game 6. This seemed popular and will be discussed further in due course.
The League does not currently have a Press Officer, would anybody be willing to take on the role in order to try and obtain some additional coverage for TT. Whilst the Championships received good coverage in the EADT, we are unable to get the League Tables covered on a regular basis. The use of Village Magazines was encouraged. Local teams could provide regular reports to promote our sport. Steve Branton's use of Kesgrave and Martlesham Magazines was given as an example.
Team entries are getting later and later, Steve Branton asked Club Secretaries to have all teams registered by the end of June to aid the timely compilation of the Handbook. It is not necessary to have players registered by this date.
The date for the 2016 Championships will be released once ITFC fixtures are known so that a clash can be avoided.
A discussion followed regarding the use of Plastic balls next season. Whilst the committee cannot promote specific brands, members were encouraged to provide feedback on any balls that have been used on the IDTTL Forum so that those not familiar with the new balls could receive some guidance before the season starts.
The Chairman thanked Steve Branton and Ed Broom for their work on the website which is excellent. League sponsors Chips Away and BNF Insurance were also thanked for their support. The league is hoping to attract more sponsors and the amount required has been reduced to £100 for which they will receive adverts in the Handbook, Finals Night Program and other publicity etc.
John gave thanks to our anonymous benefactor whose continued support is very much appreciated and makes holding the Championships at the Corn Exchange possible.
Please do ensure you continue to keep your individual TTE membership up to date. Please remember, if you don't have a membership number you are ineligible to play in the league.
A Hard Bat Tournament is being held at Britannia on 28th July 2015.
Meeting closed at 20:34pm.

Fun Sandpaper Ping Pong Competition. June 2015.

Held at Britannia TT Club, Sunday June 28th 2015, start 10 am.
The competition is for local players only, of all standards, who want to try out the sandpaper bats and have some fun!
All bats are provided on the day, so just turn up and play!
The competition is in a group format, so everyone is guaranteed a few games, including a consolation band B event!
The overall Champion and band B winners will both receive an Official World Championship of Ping Pong bat! (Richard Hutchinson excluded from prizes)
If you are interested then please email Richard Hutchinson on hanbury@live.com, or call him on 07580 312422.
Practice is available at Britannia on Thursdays and Sundays leading up to the event, where free equipment and coaching will be provided!
Entry £6 entry, £3 for Juniors
DON'T MISS OUT - ONLY 32 PLACES AVAILABLE!!!

IDTTL GOLF DAY, 29TH MAY 2015, NEWTON GREEN. June 2015.

Eighteen players contested this year's Golf Day held at the historic Newton Green Golf Course. The 'old Nine' nearest the A131 has been played on for 108 years, the Club being founded in 1907. Shortly after the Competition started the expected rain began but didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the players who did very well to complete their rounds.
Players of varying abilities competed the lowest handicap being seven and the highest twenty eight. Rob Wood, last year's Winner, retained the Player's Shield, scoring an excellent 36 points. Second and third places, both on 33 points, were Bob Bennett and Derek Bloomfield, with Bob taking second place on countback. Rob's guest, Jon Quinnell, scored an impressive 39 points to win the Guest's competition repeating his feat of the previous year. Second was David Carse, 36 points, a local Newton Member. Third was Alan Rudd (Hadleigh) on 33 points, winning on countback from Guy Whiting. Alan scored 20 points on the inward half equalled only by Jon Quinnell.Two thirds of the field scored 30 points or more. This was excellent scoring on a rain swept Course. Full list of Prize Winners was as follows:
T.T. Players
Winner: Rob Wood - 36 points
2nd: Bob Bennett - 33 points. OCB.
3rd: Derek Bloomfield - 33 points
Guests
Winner: Jon Quinnell - 39 points
2nd: David Carse - 36 points
3rd: Alan Rudd - 33 points. OCB.
Best front 9 (not top three) Ollie Woods
Best back 9 (not top three) Andy Warner
Nearest the Pin (6th) Keith Armes
Nearest the Pin (16th - 2nd Shot) Guy Whiting

IDTTL Fees for 2015/16. May 2015.

At the last committee meeting it was decided to raise the Player registration fee from £13.50 (since 2011) to £15, and keep the Team registration at £18.00 (since 2006). Juniors remain at £6.00.

IDTTL AGM Rule Proposals. May 2015

There have been no rule change proposals received from any club this year. However, the IDTTL has one proposal for your consideration around the use of plastic balls for the 2015/2016 season. Table Tennis England are recommending their use but your committee is looking to make things clearer by applying a local rule mandating this for the new season. Our reasoning is:-
- The new plastic balls are now readily available from TT suppliers.
- They play a little differently to the old celluloid balls so it's important players know what they are going to be up against consistently when they turn up to a match, ie level playing field.
- The balls are in use in major tournaments and British League, as they will be at our own Championships next season.

By mandating their use we believe we bring clarity to an otherwise difficult situation so I hope you will support this by voting in favour at the AGM when the time comes. The wording of the rule proposed is:-
19. Balls
Only ITTF approved plastic balls will be used for all IDTTL league and tournament matches with effect from 1st September 2015.

Also, may I remind you that you can submit nominations prior to the AGM for the Doris Fox award, to recognise services to local TT. This is in danger of being vacant again, without your input.

We are also looking for a volunteer to pick up the Div 2 and 3 league secretary role from Ken. Please let us know if you have anyone interested?

IDTTL 2015/16 Season. May 2015.

Several clubs have expressed an interest in how the Divisions will pan out next season. This is partly due to the Premier having two Blank teams to fill.Although it is still too early to organise the divisions, it all depends on the number of teams entering, the following considerations are applied:
1. The number of teams to be relegated and promoted will be applied as usual. However...
We will need to spread the Blank weeks across the Divisions, so if the number of teams remains the same...
2. Two teams are promoted from Div 1 to Premier, but only one team will be relegated from Premier.
3. Three teams will promoted and relegated from Div 1 to 2 and subsequently 3.
4. There may come a point where we have to promote only two teams from Div 3 but relegate 3 from Div 2 so Div 3 doesn't implode.
Time will tell...

IDTTL Golf Day. April 2015.

The following are the details for this year's Golf Day at Newton Green on Friday, 29th May 2015. TEE- OFF TIME 10AM.
The Competition will be our usual Stableford played over 18 holes. Booking in time from 9am onwards. As in previous years all Current League players and former League players are eligible to play. Also, we would like you where possible to bring along Guests.
On arrival each player will get a Bacon Roll/Coffee followed by the 18 holes Golf. Following play there will be a One Course Meal and Coffee. Later there will be prizes for those who have scored well on the day. The cost for the day will be £28.00 per player.
We will probably be playing in 'threes' and 'fours' and I will be sending out Tee-Times a few days before 29th May 2015.If you would like to pair up with anyone else please let me know and I will arrange this.
Please forward me your entries (as soon as possible) with a £10.00 deposit for each player. I will also need to know each player's current handicap - if they have one.
As usual, I will also be running A BALL DRAW on the day to help defray the cost of providing Prizes.Newton Green Golf Club can be found on the A131 between Colchester and Sudbury, 3 miles the Colchester side of Sudbury. Part of the course is adjacent to the A131. If you need further directions please let me know.
Please let me have your entries via email and send your £10.00 deposits to me - email page 20 and address on page 3 of the Handbook. My land line number is 01473-823895 in case you have a further query.
I repeat, please get your entries in as soon as possible.
Kind regards, Ken Rodwell(Organiser)

Britannia 2015 Summer League. Mar 2015.

Now that the season is drawing to a close it's time if you are interested, in entering the Britannia Summer League.
Anyone can enter, in your current team or not, league or non league players.
The format is based on an individual handicap with a Tuesday division and a Wednesday division. On the final week there are play offs between the 2 evenings i.e. 1st Tuesday v 1st Wednesday: 2nd Tuesday v 2nd Wed. and so on to have a final single table.
Summer League Entry Form

IDTTL AGM - 10th June 2015. Mar 2015.

Dear Club Secretary,
I am writing to give notice of this year's AGM, scheduled for 7.30pm at Rosary on Wed 10th June 2015. Please ensure your club is represented at the AGM.
If you wish to propose any formal rule amendments, please lodge these with me as early as possible, but as per our own constitution no later than 21 days prior to the AGM. There can be significant admin required from me on any proposal so I would be grateful for as much notice as you are able to give please on any such proposals in order that I have time to process them.
Our team and individual registration fees will be set shortly and we will aim to provide details as early as possible, by email and/or on the website. Please can you come to the AGM ready to settle up with Jimmy for the 2015/16 season, as usual.
Also, if you have any nominations for either the Jim Kenworthy or Doris Fox Awards then I would be happy to receive these by email, with your reasons for the nomination, so the committee can consider these. Last year, nobody was awarded the Doris Fox award as there were no nominations received; hopefully between us we can find a deserving case for this year.
For those who won trophies last season, please ensure you bring them with you so they can be passed to the next worth winners.
Finally, you may be aware this is my final year as IDTTL secretary. As far as I'm aware, we are still looking for a volunteer to take this on from me. It's probably not the most glamorous role (none of them are really!) but it's not a big workload generally and vitally important to the running of the league. I think we are fortunate to have the committee members we do and I've always enjoyed the social side of this role, as well as giving something back to the league. If you would be interested and able to do this, or if you know somebody else who might, please do let us know as soon as possible.
Thank you all.
Best regards, Richard

Players wanted for the 15/16 Season. Mar 2015

Pickwicks, playing at Baylham Village Hall in Division 3, are looking for one/two players for the 2015/16 season, who will be able to play most weeks.
Sandwiches are provided at home matches and annual subs are around £40 (cheap and cheerful).
Anyone interested please contact Mike Chenery or Mark Beaumont.(numbers are in the book).

IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2015

On Friday 20th March, Kesgrave Table Tennis Club hosted the 2015 IDTTL U13 Championships. With 14 players from Kesgrave and Britannia Table Tennis clubs entered, a good turn out from both clubs, with many younger players playing in their first competitive competition.
Players were grouped into one group of 4 and two groups of 5. Group A consisted of number 1 seed Thomas Clarke, Joel George, Sam Gill and Laura Thomson. True to form, Thomas progressed to the Quarter Finals without dropping a game, together with Sam who had a key match with Joel, winning 2-1.
Group B, with Joshua Varghese, Harry Gill, William Woods, Lucie Robbins and Jason George was won by Harry, with Joshua and William accompanying him to the next round.
Group C, the second 5 player group, featured Mathew Johnson, Lucy Curtis, Jonathan George, Isaac Wells and Harry Syrett. Mathew, Lucy and Harry finishing in that order to fill the remaining Quarter final places.
Match of the quarters was a very tight 12-10, 12-10 win by Lucy over Matthew. Also reaching the Semis were Thomas, beating Sam, HarryG beating William and Joshua overcoming HarryS.
The Semi Final between HarryG and Joshua was perhaps the match of the night. Having previously met in the group stages with a 2-0 win to Harry, Joshua used his experience to take a 2-0 lead, 11-8 in both games. Harry however, was not to be denied and changing tactics pulled back the deficit and reached the Final with a 11-5 win in the last game.
The remaining Semi Final between Thomas and Lucy saw some good open top spin play with Thomas winning 3-0.
Thomas, last year's runner up, was making his last attempt at the U13 title before he moves up to the U15 cadet level next season. His experience showed as he duly won, beating HarryG 3-0 although Harry should be proud, putting up a brave fight against a player with age on his side.
Thanks go to all those who helped with the umpiring, the players for their great attitude and members of Kesgrave Table Tennis club who helped setting up / clearing down.

Dummett Copp Charity Table Tennis Tournament. Mar 2015


On Thursday 26th February at Kesgrave Community Centre, Dummett Copp held their second charity Table Tennis Tournament raising £1,105 towards the Woolverstone Wing. Congratulations go to the winners, Ben Adams and Tom Coleman the “King Pingers” from KPMG and Daniel Farrow and Josh Wiggins “Ping Pong Gone Wrong” (runners-up) from the LB Group. Tables, bats and balls were supplied by Kesgrave TT club.

IDTTL Golf Day. Feb 2015

For this year's Golf Day I have booked Newton Green Golf Club on Friday 29th May 2015. As you are aware for the last two years we've held the Golf Day at Seckford Golf Club Nr. Woodbridge. Although they would still offer us favourable terms, I feel a change of scenery to the west side of Ipswich would be of benefit this year. Newton Green is a pleasant flattish Course, but still comes with all the usual hazards, i.e. Bunkers, Ditches and Crossing roads etc.
Please make a note of the date in your Diary. In due course I will send out further details with the approximate cost for the day's Golf plus accompanying Meal.
Update: This year's IDTTL GOLF DAY will be held at Newton Green Golf Club on Friday, 29th May 2015. Further details will follow in due course.
Kind regards, Ken (Organiser)
Tel 01473-823895

IDTTL 2015 Championship Report. Feb 2015.

Championship report and pictures are going into the Star Thursday (12th Feb) and maybe the East Anglian on Friday (13th Feb).

IDTTL Handicap Final. Jan 2015

The Final of the Handicap Cup this year will be on Monday 30th March 2015, 7.30 pm start at the Britannia Dome between ISC 'C' and BT Bright Stars.
All are welcome to attend.

IDTTL Championships Entries

You have only until New Year's Eve to get your Championships entry form in - that's less than a week - so hurry.
The date in the handbook is incorrect.
Players are also reminded that the Championships will NOT be held in March but on Sat 7th and Sun 8th February

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'.

Heritage Oil Tournament - July 2015. Nov 2014.

Heritage Oil

Items from IDTTL Committee Meeting. Nov 2014

An IDTTL committee meeting was held on Tues 28 Oct and the following points were covered...
The Championships closure date for entries is incorrect in the Handbook due to the championships being held over a month early. Note that entries MUST be in by 31st December 2014.
At the AGM, awards will be made for Services to the League (the Doris Fox Award) and to the Most Improved Junior (the Jim Kenworthy Award). The committee invites nominations before 1st April 2015 to be sent to Richard Goodhand.

Richard will be stepping down as League Secretary at the next AGM. The committee would like anyone who wishes to volunteer for the post to notify Richard.
IDTTL League Secretary : Role Profile
'Support the committee wherever needed to ensure the smooth running of all areas of the league whilst expending as little time and energy as possible'
  • Arrange committee meetings (max 2-3 per year, usually held at a local watering hole) and AGM. (30 mins each max to arrange plus attendance)
  • Prepare all meeting documentation; agenda, meeting notes, AGM specific docs. I have templates for all. (10 mins for each agenda, 45 mins to type a typical set of meeting notes or zero time if typed up 'live' on laptop during meeting)
  • Liaison with club secretaries on specific items (rare) and general issues, eg notice of AGM, rule change proposals. (No more than 2 - 4 hours per year)
  • Limited correspondence with TTE. Annual forms which Jimmy controls, circulars, rule changes to vote on. (1 hour each year)
  • Support other officers in their roles, eg mayor invite to championships, although mostly each officer takes care of his/her own remit independently. (1 - 2 hours per year)
  • Centralise communication for 'core' of committee (all by email - up to 4 hours per year max)
    Be representative member of TTE (Zero time implication)

IDTTL 2014/15 Fixtures. Oct 2014.

Division 2 fixtures updated 12th Oct. Division 3 fixtures updated 29th Sept. Premier Fixtures updated 23rd Sept. Club home night fixtures have been updated 1st September. The new season's fixtures are now available on the website using last season's password. Please check your homes nights etc and let me know of any corrections. Steve.

2014/15 IDTTL Season Result Cards. Sept 2014

Download and print Score Card

IDTTL Handbooks

The Handbooks are now ready. Please ring to arrange collection. Steve.

IDTTL 2014/15 Fixtures. Sept 2014.

Division 3 fixtures updated 15th Sept. Club home night fixtures have been updated 1st September.The new season's fixtures are now available on the website using last season's password. Note that the fixtures are provisional and subject to change with the handbook still in draft. Please check your homes nights etc and let me know of any corrections. Steve.

IDTTL Players looking for Teams. Sept 2014.

There are two Division 3 players and one Division 1/2 player looking for teams to play in for the new season. If you are able to offer a place(s) please ring / email me. Thanks, Steve.

Kesgrave Table Tennis Club. Sept 2014.

Kesgrave TT club starts back on Friday 12th Sept, 7 - 9pm at the Sports Hall, Grange Farm. Novices to league players welcome. Junior coaching from 7 - 8pm.

IDTTL 2014/15 Season. Aug 2014

We have had one team drop out of the Premier division. If there are any teams with 5/6 players who would like to form a new team (without jeopardising their existing teams) could they let me know ASAP by Sat 30th Aug. Thanks, Steve.

IDTTL Handicap Cup. Aug 2014.

This season (2014/15) the Handicap Cup first round will be starting on the week of 15th Sept - one week prior to the League season start.If you wish to enter your team please phone Brian Blagdon ASAP on 252623, email: bjb-serta@talktalk.net.

2014/15 Season. Aug 2014.

The new season starts on 22nd Sept with 12 teams per division. Players are reminded to register with Table Tennis England (ETTA) before the season starts.

UKCC Level 1 Table Tennis Coaching. Aug 2014

Britannia Table Tennis Club will be holding a UKCC Level 1 Table Tennis coaching course at the Dome on 14th Sept, 12th Oct and 16th Nov, 9am - 6pm. Anyone interested should contact Table Tennis England, Sandra Pelizzoni (sandra.pelizzoni@tabletennisengland.co.uk). Closing date 17th August.

IDTTL Balls for 2014/15. July 2014.

I've been asked a few times now if the league is moving to the new plastic ball for the new season. On the basis these are still virtually impossible to get hold of these, we are remaining with the existing celluloid balls for 2014/15.
It's worth using up your stockpile of celluloid balls as it's almost certain the plastic balls will be mandatory by 2015/16.
All the best, Richard

IDTTL Golf Day. June 2014

Eighteen players took part in the IDTTL GOLF DAY on Friday 6th June at Seckford Golf Club, nr. Woodbridge, on a day blessed with glorious sunshine. Players of various handicaps participated, the lowest being seven, and the highest twenty eight. The field included four previous winners of the Player's Shield. This year's deserving Winner was Rob Wood who had two consistent halves, scoring a very good 35 points. Even better was the Winner of our Guest's group, Jon Quinnell, who scored an impressive 38 points. The tight and testing Seckford lay-out was found to be in very good condition, remarked upon by several players.
The full list of Prize Winners was as follows -:
T.T. Players
Winner Rob Wood 35 pts
2nd Kevan Gooding 34 pts (on countback)
3rd Derek Bloomfield 34 pts
Guests
Winner Jon Quinnell 38 pts
2nd Ian Houghton 33 pts (on countback)
3rd Marcus Harding 33 pts
Best Front 9 (Not top three) Ashley Phillips 17 pts
Best Back Nine (Not top three) Steve Holland 20 pts
Longest Drive (6th) Robin Collins
Nearest the Pin (14th )Mike Emmerson
The 'average' scoring for all players was just in excess of 30 points.
Kind regards, Ken

IDTTL AGM 2014. June 2014.

The IDTTL AGM was held on Wed 18th June 2014 at Rosary.
John Leith opened the meeting and welcomed all those attending. He thanked the committee for their work and said the committee was open to discuss any suggestions clubs may have.
The minutes of the previous AGM were agreed in very quick time prompting the chairman to remind those present that the football started at 8 o'clock.
Richard Goodhand presented his 7th Secretary's report, hoping everyone enjoyed their season and congratulating those winning their respective competitions. He also acknowledged the work of Jimmy Farrow and the rest of the team. The Handicap Cup entry was down on previous years, and Richard encouraged teams to enter next season. Amiee Sparkes had stepped down as Handicap Cup secretary and her post taken by Brian Blagden.
Richard reported that Kesgrave TT had just completed its fifth year and despite losing five players to the Eastern Region Development Squad, had rebuilt a strong U18 presence. He thanked the Branton family for their work.
The ETTA had rebranded to 'Table Tennis England' (TTE), sadly the new chairman had passed away, succeeded by Sandra Deaton. TTE had moved to new premises and started to improve structures.
Players were again reminded to update their individual player membership. Finally, Richard hoped everyone enjoyed their summer break and to be ready for the season start in September.
Jimmy Farrow presented the Championship report, stating it was IDTTL's sixth year in a row at the Ipswich Corn Exchange, with 100 entrants, of which 27 were juniors which bodes well for the future. Conditions had been good with the exception of Table 8, a necessity with the large number of junior entries. A total of 365 games had been played and he thanked Mike Wright for his efforts. At the Championships Alex King had won the Berni Studd Performance Award and 150 spectators had watched the Sunday night finals. Thanks went to David Mann for compering, also to the sponsors who without we would struggle to hold the event. Helpers in setting and taking down were also thanked. The 2015 Championships would be held in February as the Corn Exchange had already been booked for March.
Jimmy also presented the Treasurer's report, citing a small excess over income. Membership fees would not change despite a small increase in payment to Suffolk TT due to the change in the way fees were calculated.
The meeting moved on to the proposed rule changes:
Proposal 1, 'If a club suspends, bans or imposes any restriction upon a club member, the club must inform the league of the nature of the restriction to allow the league committee to assess the suitability of the player to take part in league competitions (this includes league matches and tournaments)' was passed without discussion.
Proposal 2, 'There is no limit to the number of matches a player may play up in a higher division. However only the first 6 games won will count towards the higher division team's points. Subsequent games won will be recorded as walkovers to the opposing team unless the player has been formally transferred before the match' was also passed but discussions showed that the rule change could be taken further to allow players to play up for any club/team as long as the games were recorded as walkovers. The committee would look at this and make recommendations at a future meeting.
Trophies were presented to the respective divisional winners and runners up. The Jim Kenworthy Award, Most Improved Junior, was presented to Natalie Wills. There were no nominations for the Doris Fox Award, Services to the League.
The Election of Officers saw Brian Blagden replacing Amiee Sparkes as Handicap Secretary and Steve Branton and Elliot Branton elected to Child Protection Officer and Deputy respectively.
In the AOB, discussions were held on promoting Table Tennis in the Ipswich area, the problems relating to getting League items published in the Evening Star and coverage in local schools and sport centres. It was questioned where were juniors playing regarding league play, the high level of play required to play even in the lowest division being one of the hurdles. Also discussed was the possibility of getting high level coaching locally.
Chairman John Leith wrapped up the meeting by thanking the committee and helpers, thanking Steve Branton and Ed Broom for the website and finally informed those present that the committee was recommending that where a match included a junior player that they be allowed to play games 1,3 and 5 in order that they would not finish late.
Meeting closed at 8.40pm.

IDTTL AGM Rule Proposals. June 2014

There have been no rule change proposals received from any club this year. However, the IDTTL have two proposals for your consideration and vote at the AGM, both of which are self-explanatory and set out in full below:-

Proposal 1:
Addition of rule 2.d. as follows:-

'If a club suspends, bans or imposes any restriction upon a club member, the club must inform the league of the nature of the restriction to allow the league committee to assess the suitability of the player to take part in league competitions (this includes league matches and tournaments)"

Proposal 2:
And amendment of 9.c. from "A player may not play more than 3 matches higher than the division in which he is registered without being duly transferred" to the following

"There is no limit to the number of matches a player may play up in a higher division. However only the first 6 games won will count towards the higher division team's points. Subsequent games won will be recorded as walkovers to the opposing team unless the player has been formally transferred before the match."

Please come prepared to vote for or against these two changes at the AGM. As usual, your vote will be proportionate to the number of registered teams representing you in the league.

I am also pleased to report that Jimmy has proposed our player and team fees remain unaltered for a further year.
See you on 18th!
Best regards, Richard

IDTTL Golf Day - Friday 6th June.

Currently we have seventeen (17) entries for this year's Golf Day at Seckford Golf Club, on Friday 6th June. A couple of 'regulars' have called off recently due to injury and business reasons.
As you are aware, all League players and former players are eligible to play. Also, any 'Guests' you would like to bring along.
Last year at Seckford we had 21 entries, and 20 actually played on the day. I would like to see a few more players than we have at present. Are there any more out there (?) - and would all of you give some thought about further 'Guests' you would like to bring along.
£24.00 is very good value for a Day's Golf, and includes Bacon Roll and Coffee on arrival, a two Course Meal afterwards, and of course prizes for those fortunate to have brought their best game on the day!
We will probably play in 'threes' and 'fours' and I will be sending out Tee-times sometime during next weekend.
Kind regards, Ken
(Tel.No. 01473-823895)

Website Refurbishment. Apr 2014

As you are now aware the website has had a bit of an uplift. There are a few pages not showing correctly but hopefully these will be sorted by the weekend.
The main issue encountered so far is with IE 9, those using this browser will have the wrong font size used for the menu items on the left hand side, making the page longer than it should be.Steve.

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

See here.

IDTTL 2014/15 Season. Apr 2014

The current season hasn't quite finished and already we are being asked when the new season starts!
The start date is governed by the number of teams in each division, if we have 14 teams this will be on Monday 8th September, if we stick to 12 teams this will be on Monday 22nd September.
We currently have two new teams requiring entry into the league, one in Division 1 and one in Division 3. Both teams we expect to be based at BT TTC at Martlesham but it requires some swapping around of players. Positions to be filled at the moment are 1 or 2 Premier players, 1 or 2 Division 1 players and 2 Division 3 players. These teams will only be created if players already playing in the league are prepared move clubs/teams. As there were a large number of teams with 5/6 players registered for the 13/14 season this shouldn't be impossible and will allow us to start growing the league again. Contact Steve Branton (steve.branton@btinternet.com) if you need more info.

Organiser Required for Suffolk Schools' Table Tennis. Apr 2014

Message from Tony Mooney:
I have been the Schools' Organiser for the past 7 years and have decided that it is time to move on as there are many other things I wish to do.
The body is Suffolk Schools' Table Tennis Association which is managed by the NGB for Suffolk which is Suffolk County Table Tennis Association. However, all the competitions come under English Schools' Table Tennis Association (ESTTA) which was set up by and is still run by teachers. I am not a teacher and as such have never been eligible to serve on the national body of ESTTA. I feel strongly that the organiser for Suffolk should be a teacher.
There are two competitions run each year split into the team event during the autumn term and the individual championships in February. In both cases winners move on to national finals with others picking up the responsibility for those events. The qualifying for the county team finals (level 2) is organised by the Schools' Games Organisers (SGOs) with the County Organiser running the finals on two dates in November split between the lower age groups on one evening and the older ones on the second. There is no qualifying for the individual event and this is run on a single day at the weekend in February but could be played during the week although it may have to be done over more than one day.
If there is someone out there who might be interested in fulfilling this role please let me know. There is someone in the NGB prepared to assist but cannot devote the time during the day that is required - this is the period of approximately 4-7pm. In addition in year one I shall advise and assist where I can.
If there are not one or more volunteers I cannot see table tennis events taking place at level 3 in the next academic year. I am happy to discuss with any interested parties so give me a call please.
Regards, Tony Mooney
Tournament Organiser, Suffolk Schools' Table Tennis Association
01449 615784 (Home)
07752 365129 (Mob)

U11 - U14 East Region Qualifiers. Apr 2014

See report here.

IDTTL AGM. Apr 2014

Dear Club Secretary,
I can hardly believe it, but another 12 months has passed and I am writing to give notice of this year's AGM, scheduled for 7.30pm at Rosary on Weds 18th June 2014.
Please ensure your club is represented at the AGM.
If you wish to propose any formal rule amendments, please ensure these are lodged with me as early as possible, but as per our own constitution no later than 21 days prior to the AGM. There is significant admin required from me on any proposal so I would be grateful for as much notice as you are able to give please on any proposals.
Our team and individual registration fees will be set shortly and we will aim to provide details as early as possible, either by email and/or on the website. Please can you come to the AGM ready to settle up with Jimmy for the 2014/15 season, as usual.
Also, if you have any nominations for either the Jim Kenworthy (Most Improved Junior) or Doris Fox (Services to the League) Awards then I would be happy to receive these by email, with your reasons for the nomination, so the committee can consider these.

Finally, for those talented enough to have won silverware last season, please ensure you return it at the AGM for the next recipients.
Thank you all.
Best regards, Richard

IDTTL GOLF DAY - Friday 6th June 2014 at Seckford Golf Club. Mar 2014

At last Spring has arrived so if you haven't already done so - get out those Golf Clubs and go for it !!!
Just to confirm that this year's Golf Day will be back at Seckford Golf Club, nr. Woodbridge, on Friday 6th June, starting times 10am to 10.50am (approx). There will be 'Coffee and Bacon Rolls' from 9am, 18 Holes Stableford Golf, and a two Course Meal for £24.00 per. person.
Should we be able to attract more than 24 players there will be a 10% discount bringing the cost down to £21.60. Last year we had 20 players so it would be nice to top this and obtain the discount. The meal is a carvery followed by a choice of sweets.
There will be 'prizes' for the longest drive on the 6th, and nearest the pin on the 14th.
There will also be the usual 'BALL DRAW' which is necessary to help me purchase prizes for the Winners, including Guest Winners as well.
All League players, and former players are eligible to play. Also any Guests you would like to bring along.
Please send me your entries, as soon as possible. I will require a £10.00 deposit from each player. Cheques payable to myself (or Cash) would be preferable.
The latest date for 'entries' will be 26th May 2014 in order that I can organise tee-times,etc. If you would like to pair up with any particular player(s) please let me know, otherwise I will place players with similar handicaps in the same Group, either a three or four. Please let me know your handicap when you submit your entry. If you haven't got a handicap some idea of your current standard of play.
Kind regards, Ken Rodwell.

IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2014

Kesgrave Table Tennis Club hosted the U13 Championships on Friday 7th March. Thirteen players from Kesgrave and Britannia clubs were mixed up into 4 groups, three groups of three players and one of four. With last year's finalists now moving up to the U15 Cadet age group there was sure to be new names vying for the honours.
In four player Group A, Thomas Clarke and Adam Firth showed their strength and experience by finishing first and second respectively.
Group B saw Clarke Derrett and Matthew Johnson also proceed to the Quarter Finals.
In Group C, Logan Trinder, Harry Gill and Lucy Curtis entertained with some very controlled play, with good attacking rallies thrown in for good measure. These are some of the younger players being coached at present and their level of play bodes well for the future. Both Logan and Lucy progressing to the next round.
Group D was dominated by Joshua Varghese who didn't drop a game. Daniel Macfadyen occupying second spot and going into the Quarter Finals.
Joshua continued his fine run in the Quarter Finals by beating Logan in two straight, although the second game was a tight 12-10. Daniel and Clarke were matched up to decide one of the Semi Final places, Clarke proving to be too strong for Daniel.
Thomas was given one of his toughest matches so far in the competition by Lucy who pushed Thomas close with two 11-9 defeats. The remaining Quarter final game between Matthew and Adam was won by Adam.
Both Semi Finals saw players having to face compatriots from their own clubs, Britannia players Thomas and Adam fighting out one Finalist position which Thomas grasped with a two nil win. Kesgrave's Joshua and Clarke decided the remaining place with Clarke improving on last years Semi Final spot.
In the Final, first blood was taken by Thomas, 11-8, but Clarke showed his composure by coming back to win the next three games 7, 9 and 7. Both players showing real ability with some the backhand rallies that drew applause from those spectating.
Thanks go to all those supporting parents and coaches, not forgetting the Umpires (all done by the players themselves). Thanks finally must go those helpers to made sure tables were erected and cleared away, including Kesgrave club players for their support during this competition.
Clarke and Thomas, as trophy winners will able to receive their trophies at the Finals night of the IDTTL Championships at the Ipswich Corn Exchange.

Dummett Copp Charity Table Tennis Tournament. Feb 2014


On Tuesday 25th March at Kesgrave Community Centre, Dummett Copp held a charity Table Tennis Tournament raising £1280 for FIND (a local charity helping people who have been dispossessed or who are living in poverty in Ipswich and the surrounding area). Tables, bats and balls were supplied by Kesgrave TT club.

IDTTL GOLF DAY, FRIDAY 6TH JUNE 2014. Feb 2014

We had very favorable terms at Seckford Golf Club in 2013 so I am re-booking their course for Friday, 6th June, 2014, starting times from 10am.
The terms will include 'Coffee and Bacon Rolls' from 9am, 18 holes Stableford golf, and a two Course Meal to follow. Cost £24.00 per person (same cost as last year).
I am posting this so you can get the date in your diaries and to give you time to invite your 'Guests' to play with us.
I will be sending fuller details in the next week or two when I will be asking for 'entries'. In 2013 we had 20 players on the day. If we can get 24 players this year there will be a 10% discount for each player.
Kind regards, Ken Rodwell

IDTTL 2014 Championships.


Championships Entry
Discuss the Ipswich 2014 Championships

Entering Results Online. Oct 2013

After popular demand (well only two matches in the last two seasons!) you may now enter games as 'Walk-overs' where required. Where a player is awarded a match due to a walk over the score card is marked with a lower case letter, and the player conceding the game is marked with a 'o'. In these cases the match does not count in the players' averages or ratings. An example of this can be seen in Div 2, Oct 21 card.
If you have problems entering score cards please let me know. Thanks, Steve.

Home Match Reminder. Sept 2013

Home Teams are reminded at the last AGM it was agreed that Home venues will be open at 7.15pm, ready for the opposition to warm up - that means the table erected by 7.15.
Division 3 teams should also be aware of venue changes as listed in the Handbook corrections Here

Fixtures. Sept 2013

Due to a mix up with Capel team names, teams in Divisions 1 and 2 should reprint any fixtures if they were printed before Mon 9th Sept. Handbook corrections are listed Here

Handbooks. Sept 2013

The 2013/14 Handbooks are now ready. Please ring to arrange collection.
Important: Please also refer to the Handbook changes linked at the top of this page.

2013/14 IDTTL Season Result Cards. Sept 2013

The IDTTL will not be printing result cards. Instead you may download and print your own. Score Card

IDTTL 2013/14 Season. Sept 2013

The new season will start on Monday 23rd September 2013.
The fixtures are now available on this website under the 'Fixtures' menu on the left.
Players are reminded to register with the ETTA at ETTA Membership.

IDTTL GOLF DAY, Seckford Golf Club, Friday 14th June 2013.

A total of 20 competitors enjoyed an excellent warm sunny day's Golf at the Seckford Golf Club, near Woodbridge. 11 were registered League players, and 9 invited Guests.
This was our 6th Annual Golf Day, previous competitions being shared between Newton Green and Brett Vale. Seckford was chosen this year on the recommendation of Richard Wyatt and provided an especially good test of golfing skills with some reasonably longish "par fours" and a testing "par 5" hole to finish. There were also some tricky "par 3's" which needed the right club selection to find the Greens.
This year's Winner for Members was late entrant Ryan Collins who transferred his undoubt'able Table Tennis skills onto the Golf Course registering 38 points off a 24 handicap. Runner-up was the ever-consistent Keith Armes scoring 34 points. Winner for the Guests was Jon Breitspecher on 34 points with the Runner-up, Michael Starling, on 32 points.
Following an enjoyable Carvery meal, a Prizegiving to the following players took place -
Members' Winner: Ryan Collins 38 pts
Runner-Up: Keith Armes 34 pts
3rd Place: Richard Wyatt 33 pts
Guests' Winner: Jon Breitspecher 34 pts
Runner-Up: Michael Starling 32 pts
3rd Place: David Holland 30 pts
Longest Drive(6th Hole): Richard Goodhand
Nearest the Pin (14th Hole): Neil Collins
Best Front Nine(not in Top Three): John Watson 16 points
Best Back Nine (not in Top Three): Andy Warner 15 points

I would like to thank the following people - Simon Jay, Seckford PGA Professional, for his valued assistance before the Event, also Keith Armes and Richard Wyatt for their significant help on the Day. Last, but not least, all the Competitors who turned out and played a sporting game.
Ken Rodwell (Organiser)

IDTTL AGM 12th June at Rosary. June 2013

In what was one of the biggest attendances in recent years, a lively AGM was held at Rosary. Chairman John Leith opened the meeting, welcoming everybody and thanking the Committee, recognising their work over the last year. He also named those on the Committee and their roles within the League.
No apologies had been received, and the minutes of last year's AGM passed without amendment.
Richard Goodhand presented the Secretary's Report, stating he had been in the post for 6 years, and apologised if his report sounded the same as previous years but with the names changed.
He thanked all Clubs / Teams for completing all the fixtures and congratulated Brit Falcons for winning the Bert Newman Trophy, and also the other teams who won their respective divisions.
The quality of the IDTTL Championships he felt had improved year upon year, building upon lessons learnt from previous seasons. Everyone was asked to encourage those who hadn't entered to enter next year. Richard acknowledged Jimmy Farrow and Michael Wright's work in organising the event.
In the IDTTL Handicap event CapelD had beaten Handicap specialists Pickwicks in the final, thanks went to Aimee Sparkes for organising it.
Kesgrave TT Club continues its good work, encouraging the general public to play, contributing to the Leagues finances and introducing juniors into league play.
Richard thanked Ken Lewis, Britannia Chairman, for the coaching initiatives, Grand Prix events and general positive activities run by the club.
The Secretary noted that the ETTA Chairman had changed and joked that he might be mistaken as John Leith's identical twin!
Everyone was reminded that ETTA membership is a must for all players.
Ken Rodwell was thanked for his organisation of the IDTTL Golf day which was to be held at the end of the week.
Jimmy Farrow presented the IDTTL Championships report, citing 102 entries of which there were 19 juniors. Topspin Sport had provided a trade stand and agreed to repeat their attendance next year.
The Corn Exchange staff were thanked for their help and also for producing what must have been the best floor ever. Entrants had to contend with deep snow which had worried those organising the Championships, however everyone managed to make it.
Highlights of the weekend were Katherine Shaw's performance and also the Men's Singles Final. The Ipswich Mayor was in attendance for the finals night said she had thoroughly enjoyed the event. Jimmy gave a special thanks to Peter Armes and Michael Wright for their help in setting up.
Jimmy then proceeded to give the Treasurer's Report drawing attention to a few items: this year's accounts also included the payment for Corn Exchange from last year, money had been spent on supporting 8 people involved in the Britannia coaching course and three companies had provided sponsorship to a tune of £200 each to help with the championships at the Corn Exchange.
Three rule changes had been proposed, the first from Pickwicks re. opening venues by 7:15pm, to start matches at 7:30pm was passed. Two proposals from Wherstead, re. teams to give at least 24hrs notice if they wished to postpone a match, together with only allowing teams a maximum for 3 cancellations and secondly to form next season's league using 8 team divisions, generated an in depth discussion which resulted in the proposals being withdrawn. It was agreed however that the committee meet to discuss a future proposal, with correct wording, to tackle the issue of postponements.
Presentations were made to Dan Shelley for the Most Improved Junior, the Jim Kenworthy Award, and the Doris Fox Award (Services to the League) to Michael Wright.
Presentations were also made to the Divisional Winners and Runners up.
The election of officers resulted with existing holders be elected en-bloc.
In the AOB, Andy Mann asked why the AGM hadn't been advertised with date, time and location upon the website. This had been partly due to lost email communications between the Secretary and the Webmaster and would be corrected for future meetings. Mike Chenery seeked clarification on the committee helping with proposals. Ken Lewis made people aware of the Suffolk TT Association AGM date and time.
Closing the meeting John Leith thanked the sponsors for their support, highlighting the need for one more sponsor which Barry Burns offered to fulfil. He also thanked Ken Lewis for his work which was allowing the League to work closer with Suffolk TTA.
The meeting closed at 9.57pm.

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.

IDTTL 6TH ANNUAL GOLF DAY. Apr 2013

This year I am moving our Annual Golf Day to Seckford Golf Club, Seckford Hall Road, Woodbridge, IP13 6NT. Following a recommendation from Richard Wyatt I met with their Golf Professional, Simon Jay, and agreed on Friday, 14th June, (tee-off from 10.30am) as the best date. The two previous "Fridays" were unavailable.
We have been offered a "good package" starting with coffee and bacon roll, 18 holes of golf, followed by a two course meal for £24.00 per player. Should we attract more than 24 players there will be a 10%% discount for each player. The main meal will be a 'Carvery' with a choice of 3 different meats. There is also a 'Veggie' option. This will be followed by a choice of 'sweets'.
We will play the usual 18 hole Stableford competition with prizes for the longest drive on the 6th Hole, and nearest the pin on the 14th Hole.
There will be the usual "BALL DRAW" which is always necessary to help purchase prizes/admin costs,etc.
All League members, and former players, are eligible to play. Also any "Guests" you would like to bring along.
I am able to secure the booking for 14th June by sending a minimum £100.00 deposit (non-refundable) which will guarantee the day and be offset against the final bill.
I therefore need your entries, as soon as possible, with a £10.00 deposit from each player. Please make cheques payable to myself - I won't run away with your money !!
The latest date for entries will be Monday 3rd June in order that I can organise Tee-Times, etc. If you would like to pair up with a particular player(s) please let me know, otherwise I will place players with similar handicaps in the same Group. Please let me know your recognised handicap when you submit your entry. Thanks.
Kind regards,
Ken Rodwell, 58 Castle Road HADLEIGH, IP7 6JW

IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2013

Kesgrave Table Tennis Club hosted the U13 Championships on Friday 16th March. This competition has been going from strength to strength as was seen by the largest turn out yet of 18 players. Players from Kesgrave and Britannia clubs were mixed up into 4 groups, two of four players and two of five.
Group A saw Alex King, a Semi-finalist last year, not drop a game and progress into the quarter finals, together with Clarke Derrett whose only loss was to Alex.
The four player Group B was controlled by two strong players in Jack Pengelly and Daniel Shelley, Daniel maintaining a 100%% record by not dropping a game.
In Group C, defending champion Joe Abbott won all his matches, and the runners-up position contested in the very last match of the group between Owen Leach and Dan Rees, Dan just pipping Owen 11-13, 11-9, 14-12.
Group D, also a four player group, was dominated by Kamiar Azvine who didn't drop a game. Thomas Clarke improved on last year by occupying second spot and going into the Quarter Finals.
Lessons learnt from last year's Championships meant that an additional 4 tables were in use, and the fast progress through the 28 matches in the group stages gave time for the Quarter Finals to include the group runners-up.
Shock result of the evening, was Joe's QF loss to Clarke, who despite winning the first game 11-4, lost the remaining games 11-9. The remaining QF matches saw Daniel beat Thomas, Alex beat Dan and Kamiar overcome Jack.
Progressing through to the Final, Daniel didn't drop a game against Clarke who was playing his first championship, having only started attending Kesgrave TT 6 months ago.
The other Semi-final match between Alex and Kamiar would not have been amiss as a Final, both displaying strong backhand and forehand top spins strokes. Winning 11-7, 3-11, 11-7 Alex made the Final, an improvement on last year's Semi Final position.
In the Final, Daniel continued from where he left off in the Semi, taking the first two games 11-6, 12-10 against Alex. Alex fought back to take the third game 11-7. The fourth game appeared very nervy as both players struggled to impose their game, the open attacking style favoured by both players only occasionally coming to life, but applauded by the spectators when it did so. Whether the match would go the full distance was in doubt all the way to the end of the fourth game, which Daniel clinched 12-10 and with it the U13 title.
Thanks go to all those supporting parents and coaches, the voluntary Umpires, Matt, Jack, Karen, Roy and numerous Dads without whom much chaos would have reigned, and also to Tim King and Elliot Branton for manning the Control Desk which kept things running smoothly. Thanks finally must go those helpers to made sure tables were erected and cleared away, including Kesgrave club players for their support during this competition.
Daneil and Alex, as trophy winners will be able to receive their trophies at the Finals night of the IDTTL Championships at the Ipswich Corn Exchange.

SAD NEWS - DENNIS LONG. Mar 2013

Dennis passed away on 4th March after a brave battle with cancer.
He played for over twenty years at Trimley and before that for East Anglian Freight Terminal.
He will be remembered for his unorthodox but very effective style, easy going nature and his dry sense of humour.
Dennis' funeral will be held at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, in Church Road, Old Felixstowe on Tuesday 19th March at 11am.
Regards, Nick Anthony.

SAD NEWS - PAM ROGERS . Feb 2013

It is with deep sadness that I write to make you aware that Pam Rogers passed away yesterday, Sunday 3rd February 2013 following a short illness.
Pam was known to many throughout the County and wider affield, and will be greatly missed.
Funeral service arrangement for Pam as follows:
Monday, 11 February 2013 at 3.00pm
Rushmere St Andrew's Church
The Street, Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich, IP5 1DJ
Pam's favourite colour was purple and the family have asked for those attending to not wear black but to wear a touch of purple on the day.
Family flowers only
Donations to Marie Curie Cancer Care
c/o Hunnaball Funeral Directors, Dove House, 291 Norwich Road, IPSWICH, IP1 4BP
The wake will follow the service at Ipswich Sports Club.
Regards, Ken Lewis.

SAD NEWS - RON LILLISTONE . Jan 2013

Following the sad passing of Ron Lillistone his funeral will be held at the West Chapel Crematorium, Ipswich, at 1.15pm on Friday 1st February 2013. As far as I know, Ron started his playing days at the Ipswich YMCA on Norwich Road back in the late 50?s / early 60?s when he was in a team with a Peter Lillee, David Pleasance (from Stowmarket) and myself. As far as I remember we were quite successful, twice winning promotion in successive seasons. Later on Ron became General Secretary at the Ipswich Hospitals where he managed several teams playing on to around 2005. He was then a very keen non-League player with the Britannia Vets Section until two years ago.
I sincerely hope there will be a good turnout of his 'old TT friends' on 1st February.
One of his sons is currently arranging 'a wake' at a local hostelry in Ipswich.
Regards, Ken Rodwell.

IDTTL 2013 Championships.

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Handbooks. Sept 2012

The 2012/13 Handbooks are now ready. Please ring to arrange collection.

2012/13 IDTTL Season Result Cards. Sept 2012

In order to save costs, IDTTL will not be printing result cards for all the teams. Instead you may download and print your own. Score Card
There are still some cards available from last years print run. However, these are not expected to go far.

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.

2012/13 IDTTL Season. Aug 2012

As things stand at present, the 2012/13 season will be made up of four 12 team divisions, with the first week on Monday 17th September.

Olympic TV Coverage. July 2012

The BBC are planning what can only be described as terrific coverage of the Table Tennis event at the Olympic Games from the 28th July to 8th August.
Every single session will be available on the red button through the Sky platform and on the BBC website, BBC online. The BBC will have 24 channels on the Sky platform as this is the maximum number of sports that will be taking place at any one time. All of the sports, including table tennis, will be covered on the website.
Freeview will be more limited as the BBC only have a much smaller number of channels available through this outlet.
The table tennis competition at ExCel will be played on a maximum of 4 tables going down to 2 and 1 for the later stages. All 4 tables will have television cameras. The BBC will be selecting the matches which are the most interesting for the British viewers.
The TV commentary will be provided by Matthew Syed and Ian Marshall.
For those viewers who will be watching on their computers, the quality of the picture will be first class provided that the broadband connection is good enough to be able to facilitate this. It will be produced in HD but the advice from the BBC is to give the coverage a couple of minutes to focus when you first log on. It will take a little bit of time for your computer to tune in to this high quality picture.
Details of the coverage on the Sky platform can be picked up from the Sky menu as Sky are loaning the BBC extra channels for their Olympic coverage.
The International Table Tennis Federation will also be providing extensive coverage of the Table Tennis competition on their website, www.ittf.com. This will be available from Monday 23rd July. You will be able to find the latest seedings, playing schedules, specific regulations for the table tennis events, players' information with personal data, highest and current World Rankings, major achievements and related articles, statistics of all past Olympic Games, participants and results by National Olympic Committees and players. Furthermore the ITTF media page media page offers general useful links to the ITTF Calendar, ITTF Events, ITTF World Ranking, ITTF Museum web-site and to Press Officers’ Contacts.
During the Games, articles will be posted, quotes and photos and a live scoring service will be available.
All information specific to the Olympic Games is detailed on the Olympic event page www.london2012.com/table-tennis.
Here is a list of all the players who are participating in the Games: Mens Singles Seeding and Womens Singles Seeding. Also, here is a link to the Schedule showing which events are being played at which time. This is the link for Freeview viewers. And this link explains the overall offering for all platforms: BBC Live video The Table Tennis section will also offer any short clips that are created each day: BBC Short Clips Team GB will be represented by Paul Drinkhall, Liam Pitchford and Andrew Baggaley for the Men and Joanne Parker, Kelly Sibley and Na Liu the Women.
The draw for the Olympics takes place on 25th July at 2pm when the exact schedule will be known. However, it is likely that the first GB matches will be on Saturday 28th July for the singles and Friday 3rd August for the team event with the women playing during the day and the men on the evening.
The gold and bronze medal matches will take place as follows:
Wednesday 1st August - Women’s singles
Thursday 2nd August - Men’s singles
Tuesday 7th August - Women’s team
Wednesday 8th August - Men’s team
ENJOY!!
Regards, Ken (Suffolk TT Chairman)

IDTTL 5th Annual Golf Day. July 2012

Thank you all for turning out on a rather 'rainy' outlook at Brett Vale yesterday. Luckily the weather improved and we all managed to soldier around and finish. Congrats. to Mike for retaining the Shield and it would appear that Home Course knowledge played its part as Keith A. was also in the 'Top Three' with Mike. In between was 'Wobbly Warner' on a generous 22 handicap !! There’s no doubt we’ll have to cut his handicap next year ! (Only Joking, Andy !! - or are we?)
Thanks also to those of you that brought along 'Guests'. In total we had 19 players - 1 absentee on the day - but it bettered 16 the previous year. It was pleasing to note that 14 league players turned out and I would encourage you all to enter next year’s Golf Day which could be held back at Newton Green or any other local Course which may offer us a good deal. If at Newton I can get you a reasonable package which will include a Main meal at the end.
Finally, many thanks to Keith A. for arranging the day at Brett Vale/organising prizes, and settling the finances with the Club. ( Just a note to Keith Potter, whose 'scores' improved in the 2nd '9' - keep hitting straight down the fairway and you’ll soon be bettering previous scores !!) Wouldn’t we all like to do that on each hole !!
Hope to CU next year,
Regards, Ken

World Record Video. June 2012

A DVD video of the IDTTL World Record is available to those who took part. There is no charge, although a small donation to IDTTL would be appreciated to help cover costs.
To help coordinate this could club secretaries let me know how many DVDs they require for their members.
Regards, Steve.

2012 Championship Video. June 2012

Second video of the IDTTL Championships...
Match Video 2

TO ALL SUFFOLK TABLE TENNIS LEAGUES AND CLUBS. May 2012

Please note that the 2012 AGM of the Suffolk County Table Tennis Association will take place at Stowupland on Tuesday 26th.June 2012, commencing at 7.30pm.
It is important that all players, Clubs and Local Leagues input on how the County is run so please take this opportunity by making every effort to attend.
REMINDER : SCTTA Rule 10.8 "Fine for non-attendance - any Local League not represented at the AGM shall be fined the sum of £5 at the discretion of the Committee".
UNLESS SOMEONE VOLUNTEERS BEFORE or AT THE AGM, SCTTA CANNOT CONTINUE TO OPERATE/FUNCTION WITHOUT A SECRETARY!!
It is YOUR county - it is up to YOU!!
Regards,Ken. SCTTA Chairman.

Coaching Qualification. May 2012

As you are no doubt aware, the average age of local league table tennis players is rising rapidly - yes, we are of course all getting older !!
However, there are very few youngsters coming into table tennis resulting not only in an increase in the league player average age, but a decline in teams which are not being replaced at grass roots level.
If this decline is to be halted and table tennis is to survive, then we need to encourage youngsters into table tennis - to this end we need existing players [or perhaps even parents] to obtain coaching qualifications.
There is funding available to assist this, and I am in the process of trying to arrange for a coaching course to be held locally.
Any Suffolk based players interested in such a course, please send me an e.mail with their details and I will provide them with full information as soon as I have sufficient local interest for a course to run.
PLEASE SPREAD THIS INFORMATION/REQUEST TO ALL SUFFOLK BASED TABLE TENNIS PLAYERS and PARENTS.
Regards,
Ken - SCTTA Chairman.

IDTTL AGM 9th May at Rosary. May 2012

Chairman John Leith opened the meeting and welcomed everyone to the 2012 IDTTL AGM.
He started by thanking both Richard Goodhand and Jimmy Farrow for their recent committee work over recent months where both had other pressing family issues to contend with, Richard becoming a dad - John hoping the little one is given a proper bat!, and Jimmy's wife's recent health concerns to whom he wished a full recovery.
Last year's minutes accepted as correct.
The Secretary's report was presented by Richard Goodhand, 2011/12 had been a good season with a few highs and lows. The low point had been the number of Blank weeks in Division 3 and would be looked at later in the meeting under the new rule proposals. The constructive comments into dealing with the blank weeks by various players had been welcomed.
He thanked the Divisional Secretaries and Ed Broom for setting up the online scoring system. Only one match had not been completed. The league had attracted one of England's top ladies players and Richard asked all players to encourage other players to enter into the league. The best case would be to grow the league and at worst have it remain at it current participation level. The Championships this year had provided some spectacular games, the World Record, and some match upsets. He also thanked Jimmy for his work at a time of stress.
The Handicap Cup, run by Aimee Sparkes who Richard thanked, could do with more teams entering.
The Kesgrave club continues with fluctuating numbers, the league able to benefit with the use of Kesgrave's tables for the Championships.
Steve and Elliot Branton had both completed their ETTA coaching awards.
The ETTA Individual Membership registration continues but the ETTA now pushing for Leagues to administer the registration process which greatly increases the committee workload. For this reason Richard asked that all players help the league by registering promptly. Richard finished his report thanking Jimmy for his help with the admin work over the last couple of months.
Jimmy Farrow gave his Championship report. The 2012 Championships were held for the fourth year running at the Ipswich Corn Exchange with over 450 matches played over the weekend. With the loss of the downstairs playing area tables had been placed in the Town Hall, improvements to the lighting in this area would be sought for next season. The championships had also been supported by a Tees Sport trade stand.
A new award had been created for this year's Championships, The Berni Studd Performance Award, which was awarded to Paul Broxton who had beaten the number one seed, Neil Charles and also Garry Young to reach the Semi Finals.
This was the 80th year of the League and this was celebrated with the World Record of the most participants in a Table Tennis rally, with 109 beating the previous 101. Jimmy said there had been a great sense of achievement and spirit within the Ipswich League. Jimmy thanked ETTA coach Steve Gertson for his participation in the World Record event. A DVD has been made available of the event which players could obtain with a small donation to the League. A Certificate was also available online. On the Final's night the Ipswich Mayor had been in attendance, together with John Kitchener, both helping with the trophy presentations.
Thanks were given to Andy Mann and J.M Finn for their sponsorship which made the use of the Corn Exchange possible.
Peter Armes was thanked for his help in collecting and returning the tables, Richard, Mike Wright and John Leith for their help with the admin, match arrangement and score cards. Steve Branton for the photography, Dan Farrow, Sean Gridley, Malcolm Fenn, Keith Armes and Ken Rodwell for the their work on the control desk.
Jimmy completed his report by asking if anyone wanted to get involved with the Championships to let the committee know.
Jimmy Farrow delivered the Treasurer's report, stating this year there had been an increase in expense which covered the completed coaching courses, more trophies and the need to fast track the World Record registration. The money used for the GWR was hoped to be covered by donations and a request to the ETTA.
The proposal to change rule 8 relating to allowing the League to arrange divisions in 8, 10, 12 or 14 teams was voted upon and carried unanimously.
The second proposal relating to using 8 team divisions for next season was discussed at length and rejected. The general feeling was that if anything, larger divisions were better in order for Blank weeks to have a minimal impact.
All Officers agreed to continue standing and were re-elected en bloc
Presentations were made to all Divisional winners and runners up. The Jim Kenworthy Trophy for the Most Improved Junior was awarded to Will Hall for his success in the Junior Boys and winning 81% of his Division 1 matches. The Doris Fox Award for Services to the League was awarded to Ed Broom for his excellent work with the web site results system.
AOB included the following items:
Britannia are running an ETTA coaching course and require ten attendees of which they currently have seven.
A suggestion was raised that in order to prevent one team dominating the Premier over a number of years, that it is forced to break up and players made to join over teams.
Jimmy said the Suffolk Records Office had opened a box to store any IDTTL records that we wished to store, and if people had anything of interest that they make use of it.
Ken Lewis reminded everyone of the forth coming Grand Prix event (the last in the series) at Britannia, a couple of spaces were still available.
In his closing remarks, John Leith thanked all those who attended, Ken Lewis for letting IDTTL get involved with Suffolk TT which the League had previously seemed removed from, everyone who helped at the Corn Exchange, Aimee Sparkes for running the Handicap cup, Steve Branton and Ed Broom for their work on the web site, Steve for doing the fixtures. The Britannia Grand Prix was a good event to bring players into Ipswich and said players should try and enter. J M Finn were also thanked for their support.
The League is to hold an 80th Anniversary Dinner during the summer break, and is hoping for up to 40 people, including partners to attend. Anyone interested to contact John.
The meeting closed at 8.40pm, with John Leith again thanking all those who attended.

IDTTL AGM Rule Change Proposals. April 2012

Proposal 1
At present our own rules restrict our ability to make the changes we need to now equalise the divisions. The committee is therefore proposing an important rule change as follows, which if passed will allow us to make these adjustments for the start of the new season:-

Addition to rule 8.d
5. The need to amend the number of teams in each division with the aim of reducing the number of blank weeks in total and to ensure the spread of blank weeks is shared through all divisions as fairly as possible.
(note: divisions must consist of an even number)

(note: this could result in divisions of 14,or 12 or 10,or 8 and ultimately could lead to each team playing each other three times in a season. At this moment in time it is likely that divisions will be of 12 teams resulting in some teams being placed in a lower division.)

Proposal 2
The league be reformatted to 8 teams per division, with each team playing each other 3 times over the course of the season. Promotion and relegation would be restricted to two up and two down per division at the end of the full season.
(note: It is important to note even if this rule is passed, overall team numbers for the new season may still prevent the 8 teams per division format from being adopted as a 10, 12 or 14 team format may have to be retained.)

Shown below are possible league configurations for next season - subject to team entries being the same as the 2011/12 season.

Current League Tables, Positions as of 27th April
PremierDivision 1Division 2Division 3
1Britannia Falcons 1Britannia Bald Eagles 1ISC C 1BT Defiants
2Rosary Red 2Britannia Ravens 2ISC B 2Hadleigh Owls
3Wherstead Asteroids 3Trimley B 3Britannia Eagles 3Manor Club B
4Britannia Flamingos 4Helmingham Hornets 4Capel C 4Pickwicks B
5Phoenix Cobras 5BT Hurricanes 5Britannia Sparrows 5Britannia Wrens
6St Margarets A 6ISC A 6Pickwicks A 6Sidegate Lane B
7Britannia Cuckoos 7St Margarets C 7Capel D 7Kingsfleet
8Capel A 8Hadleigh A 8St Margarets FOBT 8Britannia Avocets
9Phoenix Vipers 9BT Ansons 9Rosary Blue 9Britannia Cormorants
10Claydon B 10Wherstead Comets 10St Margarets D 10BT Bright Stars
11Britannia Gulls 11Manor Club A 11Britannia Merlins
12BT Wulfs 12Capel B 12Wherstead Novas
13Trimley A13Rosary Yellow


Current League Tables after Promotion and Relegation
PremierDivision 1Division 2Division 3
1Britannia Falcons 12BT Wulfs 11Manor Club A 10St Margarets D
2Rosary Red 13Trimley A 12Capel B 11Britannia Merlins
3Wherstead Asteroids 3Trimley B 13Rosary Yellow 12Wherstead Novas
4Britannia Flamingos 4Helmingham Hornets 4Capel C 4Pickwicks B
5St Margarets A 5BT Hurricanes 5Capel D 5Britannia Wrens
6Britannia Cuckoos 6Hadleigh A 6St Margarets FOBT 6Sidegate Lane B
7Phoenix Cobras 7BT Ansons 7Rosary Blue 7Kingsfleet
8Capel A 8St Margarets C 8Pickwicks A 8Britannia Avocets
9Phoenix Vipers 9Wherstead Comets 9Britannia Sparrows 9Britannia Cormorants
10Claydon B 10ISC A 1BT Defiants 10BT Bright Stars
11Britannia Gulls 1ISC C 2Hadleigh Owls
1Britannia Bald Eagles 2ISC B 3Manor Club B
2Britannia Ravens 3Britannia Eagles


Possible League Tables using 12 Team Divisions
PremierDivision 1Division 2Division 3
1Britannia Falcons 2Britannia Ravens 2ISC B 2Hadleigh Owls
2Rosary Red 12BT Wulfs 3Britannia Eagles 3Manor Club B
3Wherstead Asteroids 13Trimley A 11Manor Club A 10St Margarets D
4Britannia Flamingos 3Trimley B 12Capel B 11Britannia Merlins
5St Margarets A 4Helmingham Hornets 13Rosary Yellow 12Wherstead Novas
6Britannia Cuckoos 5BT Hurricanes 4Capel C 4Pickwicks B
7Phoenix Cobras 6Hadleigh A 5Capel D 5Britannia Wrens
8Capel A 7BT Ansons 6St Margarets FOBT 6Sidegate Lane B
9Phoenix Vipers 8St Margarets C 7Rosary Blue 7Kingsfleet
10Claydon B 9Wherstead Comets 8Pickwicks A 8Britannia Avocets
11Britannia Gulls 10ISC A 9Britannia Sparrows 9Britannia Cormorants
1Britannia Bald Eagles 1ISC C 1BT Defiants 10BT Bright Stars


Possible League Tables using 8 Team Divisions
PremierDivision 1Division 2
1Britannia Falcons 9Phoenix Vipers 4Helmingham Hornets
2Rosary Red 10Claydon B 5BT Hurricanes
3Wherstead Asteroids 11Britannia Gulls 6Hadleigh A
4Britannia Flamingos 1Britannia Bald Eagles 7BT Ansons
5St Margarets A 2Britannia Ravens 8St Margarets C
6Britannia Cuckoos 12BT Wulfs 9Wherstead Comets
7Phoenix Cobras 13Trimley A 10ISC A
8Capel A 3Trimley B 1ISC C

Division 3Division 4Division 5
2ISC B 7Rosary Blue 12Wherstead Novas
3Britannia Eagles 8Pickwicks A 4Pickwicks B
11Manor Club A 9Britannia Sparrows 5Britannia Wrens
12Capel B 1BT Defiants 6Sidegate Lane B
13Rosary Yellow 2Hadleigh Owls 7Kingsfleet
4Capel C 3Manor Club B 8Britannia Avocets
5Capel D 10St Margarets D 9Britannia Cormorants
6St Margarets FOBT 11Britannia Merlins 10BT Bright Stars

IDTTL Team and Player Registration Fees. April 2012

The fees for the 2012/13 season are as follows:
Team: £18
Adults: £13.50
Junior (born after 1/1/95): £6

Peter Avenell Obituary. April 2012

An obituary to Peter Avenell can be found on the Suffolk Website...
Peter Avenell Obituary

2012 Championship Photos. March 2012

To see the IDTTL Championship photos please click on the link below. The password is on page 13 of the handbook (lower case). There is a video to follow...
Championship Photos
Championship Photos 2
Presentation Photos
Match Video 1

2012 IDTTL AGM.

Dear Club Secretary,
I'm writing to inform you that the 2012 IDTTL AGM has been scheduled for Wednesday 9th May at 7.30pm.
The venue is the Rosary Club again, off Bramford Road, Ipswich. I would be grateful if you can you all send me a quick email to acknowledge having seen this, otherwise I will have to follow this up with a letter/call.
Please ensure that a representative from your club attends the AGM. If you want to propose any formal rule amendments, please ensure these are lodged in writing with me as quickly as possible, but at least 21 days in advance of the AGM, as set out fully within the Rules in our Handbook.
Affiliation and registration fees will be set at our next committee meeting and details will then be posted on the IDTTL website, to allow you to collect appropriate funds in advance and make payment at the AGM as usual. Please do look out for this on the website nearer the time.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Otherwise, I look forward to receiving your acknowledgement in due course.
Best regards
Richard Goodhand

2012 Championship Review. March 2012

Well another Championships over, and we now hold a World Record as well....Jim, I don’t know what you plan to do next year, but let’s keep it to something a bit less stressful this time - never knew so many players getting nervous about playing a backhand push before. I know I expressed doubt about attempting the record, but well done for pushing this through, and putting Ipswich Table Tennis on the world map.
Rex Manning, if you are reading this, your compass is broken, as all players went to the right after they played their shots, you nearly messed it all up by going left, and blocking the player behind you!!
Jim, as always you did an excellent job with all your organisation pre-event, and through the weekend, especially given worries you had with Lorraine’s health. Let’s also not forget our Chairman John Leith who also put a lot of time pre-championship with the Corn Exchange and Radio Suffolk. etc
A few thankyous from me, for people who helped us on the day, and the lead up to the Championships. These events do not run themselves and without your help, and time, these Championships would not happen:-
  • All those who helped out at the Buttermarket, especially Nigel Hodder who was there all day, and helped with set-up and end of day put away.
  • All the committee members both for their time pre-event, and also during the weekend....you know who you all are!!
  • Steve & Richard for getting in the way with all their photo and camera gear!!
  • Dan for his help and support on the desk....excellent job as this was you first time on the desk.
  • Sean Gridley, Paul ‘Superstar’ Broxton, and Dave Fiddeman for their help in packing everything away at the end of Sunday night and loading the van with all the tables.
Also players’ willingness to help umpire when we needed at vital stages of the weekend really helped all of us on the control desk, and kept the Championship flowing. But the following deserve thank you for the amount of times we picked on them for umpire duties (apologies if I have missed anyone).....Sonya Talbot, Dave Fiddeman, Tim Diss, Colin Bennett & Martyn Green
Also thanks to Gary Young and Karen Pengelly for doing some Finals umpiring for us, and for Wayne Shaw for stepping in to do the XD Final after Sean ‘resigned’ his duties 5 mins before the Final!!
Thank you also for Andrew Mann and his company sponsorship. We could not hold this event without this financial support.
Onto the actual table tennis.........we had a few organisational issues on the Saturday, especially around the Handicap event, which resulted in players waiting around to play matches. This is caused by a number of players who drop out of this event. We will have to review the value of playing this next year.
As per last year we had an excellent turn out, and the Sunday especially we saw a high level of standard, with most of the top players in attendance.
Nice to see we also have a number of juniors coming through.
Although not all winners, a few players I would like to mention for their excellent efforts over the weekend, although there is only one place to start.........
Paul Broxton - our new ‘Superstar’ producing not just one of the performances of the day, but also the biggest upset I can recall for many a year in beating No. 1 seed Neil Charles. Not only winning, but doing so 3-0 in such an attacking/positive way. Also kept this up, and continued through to the semi final.
Sean Gridley - Had excellent Vets event, beating both Malcolm Collins & Ken Lewis..(Sean might have mentioned this to a few of you already)
John Seabrook - playing in Division 2, beat Premier Andy Holmes in the super vets.
Andy Holmes & Ashley Phillips - Although eventually losing, came so close to preventing Jake & Ryan from winning their 6 doubles title. How they came from 2-1 down, 10-7 down in the 4th, to beat you I don’t think even they know.
Will Hall - One to watch for the future. Had excellent temperament, in winning two finals. Especially the Restricted against the ‘experienced’ Dave Halliday playing on finals night against, 50 years after he won his 1st men’s title !!
Richard Hutchison, in pushing Ryan Collins so close in the Singles. Not many times the whole hall stops to watch a game, but we did for this one.
Finally I would like to thank, and congratulate Jake on retaining his Ipswich crown. He appears ice cool under pressure, and I am sure will win this event many more times.
Thanks
Mike Wright
Ipswich & District Press Officer

World Record Attempt at the Corn Exchange. March 2012

AT APPROX. 11.20AM ON SUNDAY 18th MARCH, WE WILL ALL HAVE AN ATTEMPT AT THE WORLD RECORD: "MOST PARTICIPANTS IN A TABLE TENNIS RALLY"
This is a chance to see history being made, as the Ipswich and District Table Tennis League attempt to beat the current record of 100 players. Assisted by Eastern Regional Coach, Steve Gertsen (ex Welsh International player), the league aims to mark its 80th anniversary with a high profile event. Spectators are welcome to come and watch and give their support.
Current World Record

IDTTL Championships Promotion at Ipswich Buttermarket. Mar 2012

IDTTL promoted the up and coming Championships of the 17th and 18th March at the Ipswich Buttermarket on Saturday 10th March. Visitors to the Buttermarket were encouraged to have a go and try to beat Frying Pan Man Jimmy. They could also try their hand at mini Table Tennis using mini bats. A number of top Senior and Junior league players gave exhibitions and provided entertainment for passing shoppers.

Youtube Video

IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2012

Kesgrave Table Tennis Club hosted the U13 Championships on Friday 9th March. A total of 17 players from Kesgrave and Britannia clubs took part in a frantic 2 hours, completing 29 matches. This was a fantastic turn out and everyone appeared to enjoy themselves. Players were split into 4 groups, 3 of four players and one of five. Where possible, each club provided two players for each group in order to allow everyone to gain some experience against new players.
Group 1 saw Joe Abbott showing his hand early, by dropping only one game to Adam Firth, Adam and Jessica Penegelly tying as runners up.
Group 2 was extremely tight as three players tied for first place. After count back and a playoff, Ollie Scase topped the group, edging out Edward Ruff and Joshua Carter.
Group 3 repeated Group 2, again with three players tying for top spot. Kamier Azvine, Thomas Clarke and Alex King shared the honours, having beaten one and lost to the other. Alex King squeezing through to the Semi Final.
Group 4 contained 5 players and time restraints resulted in each player playing 3 of their 4 games. Again, two players tied for top which was resolved by a single game play-off. Harvey Wood edging out Tom Ellingham.
Time limitations prevented a quarter final round with second placed players taking part, and also reduced the games played in the Semi Finals. Going through to the Final were Harvey, beating Ollie, and Joe who over came Alex.
Unusually, both finalists were using short pimple / thin sponge bats, but this didn't reduce the excellent bat craft shown by the pair. Joe took the first game, 11-5 and the second which could have gone either way 13-11.
It was very noticeable during these Championships that the level of play from both clubs has continued to rise, the length of rallies and closeness in points per game testament to this. All players are to be congratulated for their hard work.
It is hoped trophy winners will able to attend the finals night of the main Championships to receive their trophies.

Suffolk Grand Prix Result. Jan 2012

Message for Club Secretaries. Feb 2012

Dear Club Secretary
Some of you may have been reading recent posts on the IDTTL website forum concerning people's ideas for how we might look to change the current league format for the better. There are some interesting views on here and we have discussed these at our most recent committee meeting. However, conscious that the views expressed on the website and discussed at our committee meeting come from just a small number of league participants, we are keen to establish whether this is representative of a wider desire from our TT community to see change. I have therefore been asked to contact you, to seek your support in finding out what the general view is amongst our players.
Please could you contact each of your teams, to find out if they are happy with the league format as it currently stands, or whether they would like to see changes made, and report back to me with your findings. If the consensus is that we need to bring about some changes, we would like to receive details of what your proposals for these changes would be. This will then put us in a much better position to decide how best to move forward.
I would add that some recent forum posts seem to be generated from disappointment at the number of Division 3 fixtures this year. The reasons for the low number of teams in Division 3 are explained by Steve Branton on the website, essentially a one-off set of circumstances which conspired to generate this unfortunate result. This is a situation we don't want to see repeated, if at all possible. The composition of the leagues have always previously been well balanced and rest assured we are keen this remains the case going forward.
I would be very grateful if you could report back to me with your comments in the next 6 weeks, so by the end of March I will have been able to pull together the collective thoughts of our players, ready to take things forward as appropriate.
Many thanks for your assistance.
Regards
Richard

Britannia East Anglian Top 16 Invitation. Jan 2012

Suffolk Veterans Championship Report. Nov 2011

Pickwicks 'A' need a Player for Division 2. Nov 2011

Due to player unavailability, Pickwicks 'A' in Division 2 require a player for the rest of the season. If you are able to help or know of someone who can please contact Mike Chenery on Ips 610341.

St. Margarets Home Venue. Sept 2011

Please note that St. Margarets will not be playing at Ransomes this season. Negotiations for other venues are on-going. Please expect to be contacted prior to matches against them, or make contact yourself if close to the match date.

Handbooks. Sept 2011

New IDTTL Website Address. Aug 2011

As you're are now aware, we have moved the IDTTL website to its own properly named domain, which we think is a little more snappy than the previous URL. This will give us much more storage space and allow us to improve the website and provide enhanced features. It will also allow us to continue to provide the enhanced results entry system kindly hosted by Ed Broom last season, but all running from one site.
Using the results cards you entered last season we are now able to analyse your matches and provide an insight into your season's performance. As a quick trial we have looked at the Premier results and given each player a rating, it is hoped to apply this to Div 1, 2 and 3 and perhaps make it update each time a result card is entered for the new season.

IDTTL GOLF DAY 27TH MAY 2011-07-08. July 2011

Pleasant conditions apart from one rain shower were experienced by the League’s Golfers and their Guests at the 4th Annual Golf Day held at Newton Green Golf Club, Nr. Sudbury.
16 players entered the 18 hole Stableford Competition with only one absentee on the day.
This year’s Winner was Mike Emmerson (Hadleigh) scoring 40 points off a 12 handicap,a truly excellent effort. Richard Wyatt surprised himself by playing very well with a score of 38 points off a 28 handicap and securing runners-up spot. Keith Armes (Capel) was 3rd with 36 points and Rob Wood (Britannia) was 4th with 35 points. Andy Warner (Rosary) and Ken Rodwell (Hadleigh) shared 5th place each on 30 points.
The Winner of the Guest’s prize was Jim Devereux (Newton Green) on 37 points, second was Phil Daley (Colchester League) on 36 points, and 3rd was Chris Fear (Brett Vale) on 29 points.
Richard Wyatt won the prize for handicaps 24 and over, Jim Devereux was nearest the pin on the 6th Hole and Mike Emmerson nearest on the 11th Hole.
Out of the total number we had 9 Ipswich League players and 7 invited Guests. Currently we rely on our guests to make up our numbers, but I know that there are more 'keen Golfers' out there playing TT in the Ipswich League, so I am hoping for more 'new faces' to enter in next year’s Competition.
Look forward to your entry !!!!
Ken Rodwell - Organiser.

2011/12 ETTA Membership. July 2011

The new Individual Membership fees are being approved at the ETTA Annual General Meeting on Saturday 9th July 2011. Members will be able to renew their membership for the 2011/12 season or join the ETTA for the first time from Sunday 10th July 2011.

The new membership fees are:
£6 for Senior players.
£3 for Junior players

IDTTL AGM 15th June at Rosary. June 2011

Chairman John Leith opened the meeting and welcomed everyone to the 80th IDTTL AGM.
Apologies were accepted from Treasurer Jimmy Farrow, and last years minutes accepted as correct.
Richard Goodhand gave the Secretaries report, thanking players and the Committee for what has been a great year for Table Tennis in the league. The highlights of the season had been the Championships at the Corn Exchange, probably the best so far. Championship participation had been very good, and Richard encouraged more players from the lower divisions to enter and to attend the finals night.
Richard acknowledged Jimmy Farrow's organisation of the Championship for which he should take much credit for.
Richard stated he had videoed some of the Championship and this was available to anyone supplying a DVD.
Other highlights included the Handicap Cup run by Aimee Sparkes who Richard thanked. Richard asked more teams to enter what is a fun event. With all matches completed this season in the league Richard thanked the Divisional Secretaries with a special mention to Ed Broom for his creation of the new web based match results system. This was met by a round of applause.
The Premier Division strength continues to grow with the top team now being pressured by a number of other teams.
Richard thanked Steve Branton and family for the good work being done at Kesgrave, with all funding having now been repaid, the league benefitting from the Kesgrave tables since it is now no longer necessary to hire tables in for the Championships.
This season had seen the introduction of the ETTA Individual Membership which had not been without its problems. Richard reminded all clubs to make sure their players registered for the new season in order that everyone was covered by insurance. Players should do this after the ETTA AGM where a new fee level may be set. Finishing, Richard said that this year there would be no need to debate daft rules on ITTF rubbers.
Jimmy Farrow's Championship report was read in his absence by John Leith. The 2011 Championships managed 105 entries across all events, and featured perhaps the strongest Mens events since the 1980s. Two performances this year stood out above the many matches, Elliot Branton in the Restricted, beating 3rd, 5th and 7th seeds on to his way to the final, and Jakes Collins for winning 4 events cheered on by the Ipswich Mayor. Also popular was the player entrance music played before each match. Jimmy thanked ETTA coach Steve Gertson for providing Junior coaching over the weekend, Jarvis Sports for their trade stand, the Ipswich Mayor Jane Chambers for her enthusiastic support during the Finals, and Richard Hutchinson for Hanbury sponsorship. Hanbury would be unable to continue their sponsorship for the coming season, thus a new sponsor will be required. Thanks was given to everyone who helped with special thanks going to those who helped with loading the tables at the end of the night.
Mike Wright delivered Jimmy Farrow's Treasurer's report, covering the effect of not now having to collect the ETTA Registration fees. All loans had been repaid in full, and the costs of the Championships had increased by 11% due to a increase in support. Additional items had been purchased for the Championships such as towel holders, scoring machines and table surrounds. Despite this, income had exceeded outgoings by £700. The forcast of the next year is a small loss of £150 assuming a new sponsor for £700 could be found. Thus it was proposed to increase player registration fees by £1.50.
The proposal to change rule 9a relating to player ETTA registration was voted upon and carried unanimously.
All Officers agreed to continue standing and were re-elected en bloc
Presentations were made to all Divisional winners and runners up. The Jim Kenworthy Trophy for the Most Improved Junior was awarded to Elliot Branton for his success in the Restricted event, his help at the Championships and the fact he is taking the UKCC Level 1 Table Tennis Coaching badge. The Doris Fox Award for Services to the League was awarded to Richard Hutchinson for his invaluable sponsorship over the last three years.
AOB included the following items:
The new season will start on Mon 12th September 2011.
A discussion was held on the subject of teams in the Premier only fielding two players and how this could be managed. The number of times a player may play up from a lower division to alleviate the problem was also covered, together with teams not wishing to field a weaker player. The Committee would look at this at their next meeting.
Keith Armes asked that teams be reminded that matches are to start at 7.30, rather than players turning up at and after 7.30.
Kenny Lewis reminded everyone that the Suffolk County TT AGM was on the 28th June and there are a number of posts to be filled in order for the association to continue. Finally, John Leith thanked Steve Branton and Ed Broom for their work on the website. He had looked at how other Leagues were run and their websites, finding the IDTTL is well above many other leagues. He also recognised Britannia Premier Club status.
Britannia TT Club was thanked for hosting the Handicap Cup.
The meeting closed at 8.30pm, with John Leith again thanking all those who attended.

IDTTL AGM - Weds 15th June - Rule Proposal.

Dear Club Secretary,
In advance of next week's AGM I wanted to flag with you the only rule change which has been proposed, this in relation to player registration.
As you will be aware, the ETTA introduced its own individual membership process around 12 months ago whereby individuals were required to affiliate with them. This affiliation process includes the payment of a small membership fee which, amongst other things, ensures that the player is covered by ETTA's Liability Insurance scheme, for any injury or damage to third parties whilst taking part in table tennis activities.
I think it's fair to say that the ETTA introduced this system before it was ready to handle the volume of registrations it received and it's almost certain you or other players from your club will have encountered delays in receiving membership numbers and cards. Twelve months on and things should be much improved, but we will not find out until renewing our memberships, something which will be necessary shortly for the new season.
The new rule change proposal, on which all clubs will be asked to vote, is to amend rule 9.a. to read as follows:-

9.a.'Each club must register at least three named players for each and all teams. Every player will be allocated a registration number which must be entered on to the match result card, failure to do so may be treated as if the player was not registered and their games will be deemed null and void.
Players' registration details plus ETTA Individual Membership numbers should reach the Registration Secretary no later than 1st September; this in order that the league and players are fully covered for Third Party Liability insurance.
Failure to forward either registration or Individual Membership details at least 48 hours prior to the player's first game will result in their matches being null and void. Note:- If a player has received its Individual Membership number through another league it must still provide this reference to the Ipswich League.'


The proposal doesn't change the fundamental requirements already in place, to register with both league and ETTA, but it does bring a deadline for clubs to pass details through to the league. This will really help us with our admin and we have chosen the 1st September as we felt this still leaves clubs plenty of time to provide us with the data, which I hope you will agree is reasonable. But our key motivation is more from a governance point of view, to ensure prior to the start of the season that all our players are carrying adequate levels of insurance via the ETTA scheme.
Thanks and see you on Wednesday.
Best regards
Richard

IDTTL AGM - Fees. June 2011

At the last IDTTL Committee meeting it was decided to raise the Player Registration fees to:
£13.50 for Adult players (an increase of £1.50). Junior (U18) fees will remain the same at £6.
Team Registration will also remain at £18 per team.

IDTTL Championships Star Players. Mar 2011

There have been many thankyou’s on the web forum for various people who have helped make this a successfully championships. I won’t repeat all of these, but I would like to thank all of the players involved. I have been involved in Ipswich championships for over 30 years now, and I believe this weekend was the best in depth standard of players I have witnessed during that time. A lot of excellent games, all played in very good spirit (even when we scratched our main sponsor from the Doubles, it was taken in good grace!!! sorry Richard!!). We had very few drop outs over the two days which made the running of the event much easier for us. Also player’s willingness to help umpire when we needed at vital stages of the weekend really help all of us on the control desk.
Although not all winners, a few players I would like to mention for their excellent efforts over the weekend:-
Rosemary Curtis - although playing Divison 2, beat Premier players Claire Emmerson & Sonya Talbot in the Ladies Singles
Elliot Branton - Although won Restricted final by default, beat 3rd, 5th & 7th seeds on his way to the final.
Colin Bennett - Had really strong weekend, especially in beating Paul Davison in the Men’s, and getting to semi final of the Premier Singles.
Finally I would like to thank, and congratulate Jake, in winning everything, and playing the game in such an entertaining and polite manner. Next year in the Handicap it will be -114, instead of -14. (Still don’t think it will make any difference!!)
Thanks
Mike Wright
Ipswich & District Table Tennis Press Officer

IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2011

The IDTTL U13 Championships took place at Kesgrave Sports Hall on Friday 11th March at 7pm.
A total of 12 players from Kesgrave TT Club, Kesgrave High School and Britannia TT club entered, playing in four groups of three, the top two from each group going through to make up the eight players in the quarter finals.
The group matches, playing best of 3 games, saw Peter Farthing topping Group 1 with Fionnoan Orrey second. In Group 2 Jared Bones pipped Adam Firth for first place and in Group 3 Jack Nicholls finished top and Sam Byford second, Sam just scrapping past Thomas Clarke after tying on games won. Group 4 results put Natalie Wills in first place, closely followed by Jonathan Coleman
The Quarter finals played as best of five, matched up Natalie Wills against Adam Firth, Natalie moving into the Semi with a strong performance. Perhaps game of the Quarters was Fionnian's game against Jack. Jack mixing in good top spin drives with his around defense, a style of game not usually seen by many of the entrants and successfully employed against Fionnian. Another tight game was seen between Peter and Jonathan with some excellent topspin forehand rallies away from the table, Peter winning by three games to one. The last Quarter final match secured a win for Jared over Sam.
In the first Semi final Natalie powered though Jack's defence to secure a place in the Final, and Jared overcame came last years finalist Peter.
The final was played out in front of a avid crowd, all Kesgrave club members stopping to watch. A strong start by Jared set him up to take the first game and establish a strong lead in the second, some good strong forehands out wide reaping their reward. Anyone who has watched Natalie will know that nothing fazes her, and with good controlled play she worked her way back into the game and eventually won the second. Confidence up Natalie began to exert her game and Jared found himself on the end of some blistering forehand drives and counter hits. With it Natalie went on the win the third and forth games, winning the U13 Championship 3-1 in games.
Thanks go to all players and adults who helped with the umpiring. All players should be proud of the level of play and sporting spirit displayed.
It is hoped trophy winners will able to attend the finals night of the main Championships to receive their trophies.

Britannia Table Tennis Club Receives National Award. Feb 2011

Britannia TTC were named runners-up at the ETTA PremierClub 'Club of the Year Awards 2009/10' at the presentation ceremony which took place on Saturday 29th.January 2011 during the English Open at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield.
Britannia had been nominated for the award in recognition of of the club's success and manner in which it functions, and the following citation was given out by Judy Rogers, ETTA National Programme Manager :
"Britannia is rightly proud of having retained it's PremierClub and Clubmark accreditation. The club's links with schools have been expanded by the direct involvement of George Earle, Club Coach, running sessions for schools at the club's premises in conjunction with the local council leading to an increase in junior membership.
The club's website has been improved and coupled with regular e-mail notifications has improved general member awareness of the club's activities.
Britannia has been successful in gaining considerable local press publicity and in addition has made good use of free advertising opportunities which coupled with low cost adverts in local community magazines has lead to an increase in the club's profile within the community, and in senior membership. The loss of some local league club premises has also allowed Britannia to grow its membership.
The club's annual 'closed' club championships has been expanded to include junior events, and additional veterans (50+, 60+ and 70+) events, successfully increasing member involvement. An annual award for 'most improved junior' has been introduced to further encourage the junior membership."

Presentation of the award was made by John Digman, ETTA Vice-chairman Admin.

Photo : (left to right) Ken Lewis BTTC Chairman, John Digman ETTA Vice-chairman Admin., Colin Watts BTTC Treasurer.
After the presentation, Britannia Club Chairman, Ken Lewis stated that he was extremely proud to be part of a club which was in receipt of such a prestigious award, particularly from the sports own governing body, effectively establishing Britannia firmly on the national table tennis map. However, he was quick to also point out that much more work was needed if the current stature of the club is to be maintained and to ensure that the club continues to develop and grow.

Avertise TT items For Sale. Jan 2011

A new forum for everyone to advertise any TT telated items has been added to the forum link.
Classifieds

Britannia East Anglian Top 16. Jan 2011

This Sunday 23rd Jan, sees the 13th Britannia East Anglian Top 16 invitation table tennis tournament at the Britannia club in Ipswich.
In it's 13 year history only one Suffolk player Jake Collins has ever managed to win it though Ryan Collins, Paul Cicchelli and Andrew Dosher have all managed to get to the final, this year there is every chance that either Ryan or Jake could win it.
The top four seeds are Lauren Spink from Norfolk, Ryan and Jake Collins and Kent's Joe Kennedy, Tony West who now plays for his first county Essex and lives in Mildenhall is seeded five and currently on a wave of great form having only lost in the Ipswich league to Neil Chalres at eight in the fifth set and could well lift the trophy, Tony Zeqiri, Lee Barnes and Andrew Warner make up the next ranked players but it is hard to see past the top five players for a possible winner.
Players seeded lower down the order but looking to make an impression are Gary Young, who just missed out on being a number two seed in his group, Fred Dove a two time top 12 winner, plus two first time players at this event, Tony Reardon who hails from Haverhill and Junior Lucy Zhu who was invited after her outstanding performances at the county championships where she lost just two games playing for the seniors.
With attractive prize money on offer for nine of the placings it is sure to be keenly contested, the format is four groups of four players with all in a group playing each other, then after all games have been played the top two on games won and lost go through to the band one play off's and those coming third and fourth go though to the band two play off's so every one plays six matches regardless.
Play gets under way at 11am and spectators are welcome free of charge.

Suffolk Junior Rankings 2010/11. Sept 2010

Effective from 1st September 2010

Ipswich players highlighted.
PositionU13 BoysCadet BoysJunior BoysU13 GirlsCadet GirlsJunior Girls
1Harvey DinkeleWilliam HallGeorge KizisNatalie WillsLucy ZhuLucy Zhu
2Jack SamsonMax BoulterJack AnthonyGeorgina ListerNatalie WillsNatalie Wills
3Elliot PearsonSeb AnthonyJoe EasdownHannah StokesGeorgina ListerGeorgina Lister
4Callum WilkinsonRhys DaviesKatherine ShawHannah StokesHannah Stokes
5Harvey DinkeleWilliam HallLauren FludeKatherine ShawKatherine Shaw
6Kieran PerezElliot BrantonTiffany KirbyKatherine ListerKatherine Lister
7Matthew BranfieldMax BoulterMegan BollenMegan Bollen
8Bradley TroughtonWilliam WoodsLauren FludeLauren Flude
9Jack SamsonGabriel StoreyRebacca DissRebacca Diss
10Adam CombesSeb AnthonyTiffany KirbyTiffany Kirby
11Keiran WattsCallum Wilkinson
12Phillip StartHarvey Dinkele
13Harvey CantKerien Bean
14Matthew AgerChris Porter
15Elliot PearsonBradley Redmond-Smith
16Patrick FludeHarry Hughes
17Andrew Baxter
18Kieran Perez
19Matthew Branfield
20Bradley Troughton
21Jack Samson
22Adam Combes
23Keiran Watts
24Phillip Start
25Harvey Cant
26Matthew Ager
27Kriss Brill
28Elliot Pearson
29Patrick Flude

Message for Club Secretaries. September 2010

Dear Club Secretary
I have been asked to contact you concerning the recent amendment in ETTA's rules concerning the use of approved rubbers. To this end, I have attached a copy of the approved rubbers list and would be grateful if you could remind your players of their need to ensure that their equipment is included within this listing. A weblink to this document is also included here.
Should you decide to check an opponent's rubbers and discover that one or both is not on this list, we would encourage you to still play your match but refer the result back to the committee via your league secretary with details of the circumstances, i.e. which player used which unapproved rubber. Any win achieved used an unapproved rubber will have its result reversed.
Please can you ensure your players are briefed on this. But providing we all adhere to this new regulation, we should not experience any of these problems and can get on with playing table tennis!
If I could encourage one extra thing this year, how about entering the handicap cup? Entry forms are in the handbook and it's a good chance to meet some different players.
Finally, I wish you all a successful and enjoyable season of table tennis. If you have any questions on any of the above then please do come back to me.
Best regards
Richard

Registering Players for the 2010/11 Season. July 2010

As most of you will now know, it is now necessary for each player to register directly with the ETTA.
The registration process for the league is as follows:
Each player should pay their club the club's subs (ie. club membership, IDTTL team registration fee (£18 per team), and IDTTL players registration fee (£12 Adults, £6 U18s) as done in previous seasons. The club will forward the required fees to the league before the season start. The league will issue each player a registration number to be used on the result cards.
Now the extra part (to be completed before November):
All players must complete the ETTA Individual Membership. This may be done either on line Here, where it is necessary to open an account and then fill in the online form, OR by downloading and printing off this Form. The form should be completed and returned to the ETTA with the remittance (Juniors £2.82, Adults £5.64).
Players only need to complete one form if they play in more than one league.
When players receive their ETTA membership number they should pass this on to the leagues they play in.
If you have more questions please see Here.

IDTTL on YouTube. July 2010

IDTTL AGM at Rosary. May 2010

Chairman John Leith opened the meeting and welcomed all those attending.
Apologies were accepted from Hospitals, and last years minutes accepted as correct.
Richard Goodhand gave the Secretaries report, thanking the committee for their work and stating that this season had been a very strong year for Table Tennis in the league. The highlight of the season had been the Championships at the Corn Exchange, perhaps even better than the previous year. Championship participation had been very good, which was encouraging. There was something for everyone to enter, all played in good spirit and was an enjoyable social event.
Richard acknowledged Jimmy Farrow's time, effort and commitment in staging the Championships. This season had seen the Handicap Cup run by Aimee Sparkes, and for once Pickwicks didn't win, instead being runners up to Capel St John. Thanks were also given to Michael Wright for generating the monthly match reports and Divisional Secretaries for compiling the tables where there had only been one match not played. Teams were prompted to make sure they field three players where possible, rather than just turning up with two. The league's top players were well challenged this season for the top spot. A new Premier Division Cup had been purchased using a donation from Malcolm Collins. The cup has been named the 'Bert Newman Trophy' which was warmly accepted by the floor. Richard joked that the trophy would be handed back to Malcolm during the divisional trophy presentations.
Richard thanked Steve Branton and family for running Kesgrave, reporting that nearly all funding had been repaid. He also thanked Colin Bennett who was stepping down as Vice Chairman having made a valued contribution, often being the voice of reason. Finishing, Richard wished everyone a good summer break.
Jimmy Farrow reported on the 2010 Championships, which managed 116 entries, including 24 non league entries which was encouraging and would be repeated next year. This year a large screen had been used to keep players updated and Mark Dere had provided coaching. The finals had been completed in front of the Ipswich Mayor and featured a very exciting Men's Doubles final. Photos of the event were available on the website, and Jimmy thanked those who had contributed draw prizes and also the volunteers who helped over the weekend. The Corn Exchange had been booked for 2011.
Jimmy Farrow delivered the Treasurer's report, this included an overview of the ETTA Individual Registration expected to be implemented from this summer. A discussion was held to explain the additional purchase of four more tables that were in use at Kesgrave, but will remain as assets of the league. The proposed Player Registration fee change of £12 for adults and £6 for Under 18s was passed.
The ETTA rule change relating to using the ITTF rubbers list for local leagues was rejected with less than 10% in favour.
Similarly after discussion, Pam Rogers' proposal to reduce the size of each division and also to only promote / relegate 2 teams was also rejected.
All Officers were elected into post en bloc, with the addition of Michael Wright filling the vacant Vice Chairman position.
Presentations were made to all Divisional winners and runners up. The Jim Kenworthy Trophy for the Most Improved Junior was awarded to Elliot Branton and the Doris Fox Award for Services to the League was awarded to Jimmy Farrow for his outstanding work with the Championships.
AOB included the following items:
Advertising the new season start date ASAP, so people are aware before fixtures are released. The new season will start on Mon 13th September 2010.
Thanks were given to Steve Branton for his work on the website.
It was suggested that the Championship Entry Form include a field to allow people to donate to help with various costs.
The handbook should include a request for help relating to the Championships.
Money raising ideas for the Championships, including a pub card.
Entries for the IDTTL Golf day were required ASAP.
Britannia TT Club was thanked for hosting the Handicap Cup.
The meeting closed just after 9pm, with John Leith again thanking all those who attended.

Britannia Table Tennis Club Closed Championships. May 2010

Kieran Bean triumphed over Thomas Banham to be the top boy; Rebecca Diss was outclassed by Natalie Wells, who became top girl. Ryan Collins showed that he’s got what it takes to be top man; Andy Warner hung on to his claim to be top vet; Andy Holmes claimed the title as top 50+ vet; and Lucy Zhu not only dominated ‘Pot Luck’ with Collins, but showed that she was no Charlie’s Angel (I know, that was Lucy Liu !) when she triumphed in the restricted.

The weekend of Saturday 8th May & Sunday 9th May 2010 saw some cracking table tennis being played over the two days by club members ranging in age from 11 to 70+.
Day one provided some spectacular table tennis being played by some of the clubs youngsters. In the girls’ singles event, Rebecca Diss and Natalie Wells progressed to the final by safely negotiating the group stages. Rebecca was the less experienced of the two girls but nevertheless demonstrated that she was learning the game well. Both girls played some good shots but Natalie was clearly the more consistent player on the day, winning 5-11, 4-11, 3-11 to take the title.
In the boys’ singles event, Kieran Bean, Kriss Brill, Kieran Watts and Thomas Banham progressed to the semi final by powering their way through the group stages, with Thomas and Kieran (Bean) looking particularly impressive.
The final which produced some exciting and highly entertaining table tennis, Keiran (Bean) who beat Kriss Brill in a close semi-final, continued to dominate his opponent, Thomas Banham who had earlier beaten Keiran Watts in the other semi.
Each of them played some very good table tennis at this level, and although Thomas was the more attacking of the two, Kieran demonstrated a more (Andy) Warner style of play, which seemed to work well in this game, Keiran winning the Boy’s Single title 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9.
The continuation of the event on Sunday saw yet more exciting table tennis being played at a very high standard. Whilst some results were expected, there were also some major upsets.
Bob Jennings and John Seabrook, the two oldest competitors taking part, contested the 60+ Vets final with Bob Jennings causing an upset by beating Club Vice Chairman John Seabrook 13-11, 11-7, 11-7.
The 50+ Vets event was won by Andy Holmes, who beat Tim Diss in the final 11-6,11-3, 11-4.
Andy Warner retained his Veterans title after a narrow semi final escape with two wicked ‘nets’ against Club Chairman, Ken Lewis, beating Andy Holmes in the final 11-2, 7-11, 11-6, 14-16, 11-5.
Ryan Collins showed just how good he really is, hardly being pushed in winning the Men’s Singles title beating Andy Warner in the final 8-11, 11-0, 12-10, 15-13.
The star of the whole event was undoubtedly 13 year old Lucy Zhu. Teaming up with Ryan Collins, Lucy and Ryan bulldozed their way to the final of the Pot Luck Doubles event where they met Andy Holmes and Bob Jennings, comfortably winning 11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6.
Lucy Zhu continued in a rich vein of form, demonstrating resilience and a good all round game to cause a huge upset beating Brian Amos in the semi final of the Restricted Singles.
An even bigger upset was to follow as Lucy met Tim Diss in the final in an intriguing battle which ended with Lucy winning the title 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 13-11.

Britannia Club Presentations. May 2010

Tom Banham named Britannia's Most Improved Young Player Local Table Tennis club receives prestigious Premier Clubmark Award
15 year old Tom Banham was presented with the award by the ETTA's Eastern Region Development Manager, John Andrews, at Britannia Table Tennis Club's recent AGM. The award was made in recognition of Tom's enthusiasm and dedication shown in implementing the club's coaching, provided by Roy Smith and George Earle, to achieve a real improvement in his overall playing standard and ability.

At the recent AGM of Britannia Table Tennis Club, Ken Lewis, the club's chairman was delighted to announce confirmation that the club had been awarded the prestigious Premier Clubmark status by the sports governing body, the English Table Tennis Association. Coming in addition to the ETTA's Premier Club status gained by Britannia last year, Ken stated "these awards are a significant step forward in helping to secure the future of the club".

Also at the AGM, presentation of trophies from the clubs 2009 'closed' championships were made. The trophies were presented by John Andrews, ETTA Eastern Region Development Manager.

Britannia Top 16 Report. April 2010

Courtesy of Andy Dosher.
The Britannia Top 16 took place at the Dome on Sunday 11th.April,2010.
With all entries taken well in advance of the event it was one of the strongest and well supported in years. The players came from Middlesex, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Lancashire.
With a round robin section of four players the top two players on games won and lost went through to the championship section with the third and fourth placed players going through to a separate section.
The seedings proved largely accurate in all the groups apart from a couple of instances. In group one Neil Charles was in cruise control and although he dropped one set to Tony West he never looked like losing to anyone, West won the all important encounter to decide who would also qualify by beating Steve Kerns 3-1.
In group two number five seed Matt Spiro came unstuck against big hitting Lee Barnes who won their match in straight games. Despite the early set back, Spiro gave tournament number two seed Ryan Collins a hard game and only just lost 11-9 in the fifth set.
In group three the number six seed Andrew Warner took out perhaps his biggest ever scalp by beating Paul Cicchelli the player ranked 91 in the country in a five set slog, however both player progressed winning their other games.
The fourth group was particularly hard as there were four players who potentially on their day could qualify, in the end it was Jake Collins and Essex's Keiron Lally that finished first and second respectively, from Tim Avis and Andrew Dosher.
In the second series of matches the main focus centred on the championship section:
The first quarter final was undoubtedly the best game of the day, it featured the number one seed Neil Charles and the third seed Paul Cicchelli, after taking the first set in style Charles raced ahead in the second but after some breathtaking returns from Cicchelli the game was all square, the match eventually went to a fifth set and Cicchelli just wouldn’t lie down again retrieving from all over the court forcing Charles into mistakes, Charles though was extremely cool under pressure and after holding a number of match points he edged home by the narrowest of margins.
In the other quarters, Jake Collins was in top form to despatch Barnes 3-0, and Andrew Warner and Tony West played out an open affair with Warner winning 3-1, in the last quarter Keiron Lally took the first set off Ryan Collins but then found out himself under the hammer losing the next three.
In the semis Warner who up until then had had a great day was somewhat out classed by his county team mate Ryan losing comfortably 3-0, and in the other semi Jake was beaten somewhat closer but also in straight games by Charles so the final was between the number one and number two seeds.
Ryan had taken a set off Charles in the IDTTL final a few weeks before and in a tight and exciting opening set lead by a few points at the end of it.
Charles though with slick serving and deft touch had the power and armoury in reserve to play his way out of trouble and edged it 14-12, frustration for Ryan increased as he couldn’t find a way in during the second set and was outclassed to 4 points.
Ryan showed his grit and determination in the third set and like the first end he matched his higher ranked opponent in some breathtaking rallies, unfortunately again at deuce it was Charles that did just enough to secure victory in his first ever appearance at these championships where it takes a very good player to win the title.

Final:
Neil Charles beat Ryan Collins  12  4  11
Semi finals:
Neil Charles beat Jake Collins  9  7 12
Ryan Collins beat Andrew Warner  5  9  2
3rd / 4th              Jake Collins W/O Andrew Warner
5th / 6th              Lee Barnes beat Tony West  7  5  -9  8
7th / 8th              Keiron Lally beat Paul Cicchelli 7  9  -9  -9  5
9th / 10th            Elson Costs beat Steve Kerns 4  11  13
11th  / 12th         Mathew Spiro beat Tim Avis 3  5  7
13th / 14th          Malcolm Collins beat Andrew Dosher 9  2  -8  7
15th / 16th          Martin Freeland beat Andrew Holmes 9  5  8 

IDTTL Players' English Rankings. March 2010

Senior MenSenior Women
56 Neil CHARLES58 Aimee SPARKES
73 Ryan COLLINS86 Clair EMMERSON
99 Jake COLLINS100 Sonja TALBOT
253 Andy WARNER
273 Gary YOUNG
343 Nigel HODDER
407 Tony ZEQIRI
410 Paul BROXTON

IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2010

For the second year running the IDTTL U13 Championships took place at Kesgrave Sports Hall on Friday 12th March at 7pm.
A total of 16 players from Kesgrave TT Club, Kesgrave High School and Britannia TT club entered, playing in four groups of four, the top two from each group going through to make up the eight players in the quarter finals.
All group matches, playing best of 3 games, were completed within an hour, giving just under an hour to complete the final matches.
The Quarterfinals saw Peter beating Katharine, a very good win for Tom against Suffolk Junior Championship competitor Kieran (7, -10, 6). Natalie was pushed hard by Rebecca, Rebecca making a strong comeback after a first loss and unlucky to lose the final game 10. Eddie matched Gregor in the remaining quarter final, to take himself through to a semifinal place against Natalie. This was repeat of last years quarter final pairing, each player knowing the other's game, the open counter hitting of both players showing the best side of table tennis. Eddie triumphed again, 6,-10,5,11, however, Natalie still has another two years as an U13 and her time will surely come.
The second semifinal pitted school mates Peter against Tom, Peter using his experience to reach the final in 4 games. Tom will be one to watch in the future having an interesting blocking and counter hitting game.
The final saw two players who are looking to start their league careers next season, Eddie raced to a two game lead, 7,8 but was pegged back by Peter, 9 in the third. The forth game would prove to be a key game should Peter win it and take it a final fifth game. It was not to be as Eddie claimed it 13-11 and with it the U13 Championship.
Thanks go to all players and adults who helped with the umpiring. All players should be proud of the level of play and sporting spirit displayed.
It is hoped trophy winners will able to attend the finals night of the main Championships to receive their trophies.

Suffolk Schools Championships 2010

The Suffolk Schools Championships' were held at Stowupland on Sunday 7th February 2010.
Results were:
EventWinnerRunner Up
Under 11 BoysRobert Borrett, Claydon PrimaryKieran Grace, Parkway Middle, Haverhill
Under 13 BoysMax Boulter, St James' Middle, BSECallum Wilkinson, St James' Middle, BSE
Under 16 BoysJack Anthony, King Edward VI, BSEJoe Easdown, King Edward VI, BSE
Under 19 BoysTom Wright, King Edward VI, BSERoss Slade, West Suffolk College
Under 11 GirlsGeorgina Lister, Parkway Middle, HaverhillLauren Flude, Stratford St Mary Primary
Under 13 GirlsNatalie Wills, Amberfield SchoolHannah Stokes, Amberfield School
Under 16 GirlsNot contested
Under 19 GirlsNot contested
Winners are eligible to go forward to the National Schools Finals at Doncaster on Saturday 24th April 2010.
A number of players playing in the Ipswich league, including those being coached at Britannia and Kesgrave took part. Credit should go to Natalie (Kesgrave) for winning the U13 (despite still being eligible for U11!), Katherine Shaw U13 (Kesgrave & Britannia) and Elliot Branton U16 (Kesgrave & BT) for reaching their respective semifinals.

Press Match Reports. Oct 2009

IDTTL is attempting to raise the profile of TT in Ipswich by publishing monthly reports in the local press. Thanks to Mike Wright for collating the reports written by each of the divisional secretaries. Team secretaries can help by either dropping an email to the website, or by filling in the back of the results card with details of their matches - just a one liner will help. Match Report Update

Suffolk Junior Ranking. July 2009

SUFFOLK COUNTY TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION
RANKING LISTS : JUNIORS; CADETS; UNDER 13s
Effective from 1st September 2009

Ipswich players highlighted.
JUNIORS RANKING LIST (U18 on 31.12.09)
BOYSGIRLS
1Martin West1Rachel West
2George Kizis2Lucy Zhu
3Joe Easdown
4Rhys Davies
5Will Hall
6Tom Wright
7Aston Dowdy
8Elliot Branton
9William Woods
10Darren Evans
11Jack Anthony
12Ruairidh Penman
13Kieran Perez
14Max Boulter
15Kieran Bean
16Bradley Troughton
17Callum Wilkinson
18Harvey Dinkele
19Adam Coombes
20Andy Marshall
21Ellis Rowland
CADETS RANKING LIST (U15 on 31.12.09)
BOYSGIRLS
1Rhys Davies1Rachel West
2Will Hall2Lucy Zhu
3Elliot Branton
4William Woods
5Jack Anthony
6Ruairidh Penman
7Kieran Perez
8Max Boulter
9Bradley Troughton
10Callum Wilkinson
11Harvey Dinkele
12Adam Coombes
13Andy Marshall
14Ellis Rowland

UNDER 13s RANKING LIST (U13 on 31.12.09)
BOYSGIRLS
1Max Boulter1Lucy Zhu
2Bradley Troughton
3Callum WilkinsonGIRLS UNDER 13s RATING LIST
4Harvey Dinkele1Natalie Wills
5Adam Coombes2Rebecca Manners
6Andy Marshall3Lottie Turner
7Ellis Rowland4Rebecca Diss

IDTTL League Format May 2009

As documented below, a request was made at the AGM to help with the fixture congestion that arises from the current league format. If you have any thoughts on this, please add them to the forum Here

IDTTL AGM at Capel St. Mary Library. May 2009

The AGM was opened by Graham Mortimer at 7.30pm. All clubs were represented (after some of those in the bar remembered they had a meeting to go to).
Richard Goodhand gave the Secretary's report, thanking the Committee for their work. He said the highlight of the year was the Championships at the Corn Exchange, with quality matches fitting for the finals night. He thanked Jimmy Farrow for his effort in organising it and this was greeted by a round of applause by those present. People were encouraged to help clear up after next years Championships due to the large number of tables which have to be moved.
Richard encouraged teams to enter the Handicap Cup which had been relaunched this year, and spoke about the strength of the Premier League which bode well for the future. A negative aspect of this season was the number of unfulfilled fixtures, and stressed the importance of completing matches.
Players were asked to search for any trophies they may be holding as a number were missing.
A report from Colin Bennett was read on Suffolk Juniors, with Jake Collins highlighted as he will no longer be eligible next season having been a key player in the junior ranks for a number of years.
A further reminder was made to those present of the ETTA Rubber decision as listed below.
A report on the Kesgrave Table Tennis Club was made, to date £2300 of the £2500 loaned has been repaid in just under 2 years, with the remainder expected before the summer break. Richard thanked Steve Branton and his wife for running the club.
Although not expected this year, Individual Player registration looked to be on the cards in the future.
As a final note, Richard thanked Graham who was stepping down as Chairman (the tongue in cheek reason being 'old age').
Jimmy Farrow presented the Treasurer's report which included the Championship's report. 107 (or 45% of the league) entries had been received. The finals night had included the attendance of the ETTA Chairman and the Ipswich Mayor.
No changes were to made to the League fees for next season.
The rule change proposed by Pickwicks was discussed and although the cancellation of matches by noon of the match day were not ideal (some wished it to be 24 hrs), the change was felt to be better than the existing rule. The vote was unanimous in favour of the new rule.
The trophies were presented to the divisional winners and runners-up.
The Jim Kenworthy Trophy for the Most Improved Junior was awarded to Darren Evans of BT Bright Stars for winning 77% of his matches in Division 3 in his first season.
The Doris Fox Award went to George Earle, a very popular choice on the night, for his untiring work in a number of local leagues.
John Leith was elected as the new Chairman, the Player Registration Secretary was handed over to Jimmy Farrow and all other posts were voted in en-block. Michael Wright and Aimee Sparks were also voted on to the Committee.
In the AOB, Jimmy Farrow and Bently TT club were thanked for hosting the Handicap Cap Final.
A discussion was held on the league format, see above.
The start of the new season is expected to be Monday 7th September.
The meeting closed at 8.45pm. Sorry, no photo this year, everybody suddenly disappeared into the bar after the meeting ;-).

IDTTL Golfers Play 2nd Annual Golf Day at Brett Vale, Raydon. May 2009

An excellent day's Golf was played by 18 League players (and Guests) at the Brett Vale Course, Raydon. After early rain the weather improved considerably giving us pretty dry conditions all way round.
Richard Goodhand took the honours out of the registered players with an outstanding score of 39 points off his 12 handicap. Graham Mortimer achieved 2nd place with 37 points and last year's winner Keith Armes captured 3rd place on 35 points. 4th on countback was Mark Nowers also on 35 points. Our Guests' winner was Tony Nicholson (Brett Vale member) on 35 points. Also on 35 points was Robin Burley, with Phil Lown 3rd on 29 points. The winner of the "24 and over" handicap was Robin Burley whilst "nearest the pin" on the 10th hole was Tony Nicholson and on the 16th hole was Norman Goodchild.
After the event the Brett Vale provided everyone with a very satisfying "golfer's meal". This was followed by presentation of prizes by Keith Armes and Ken Rodwell.
We are looking for more Competitors/Guests for next year's event so if you want a good day's golf in enjoyable company please enter next year. We are probably looking at a Course on the east side of Ipswich for 2010.
Finally, Andy Warner almost persuaded me to give him an enhanced handicap over his nominated "22 handicap" but I didn't give in and just as well because he still came in with a good score of 31 points !! Nice try, Andy !!
See you all next year.
Ken Rodwell (organiser)

Letter to all IDTTL Clubs. May 2009

The following letter was sent to all IDTTL club secretaries...

Please note for the new 2009/2010 season the Treasurer proposes no increase in Player Registration or Team Affiliation, therefore Player Registration remains at £17.00 per player and Team Affiliation at £18.00 per team.

The following rule change has been proposed for consideration at the AGM on 21st May 2009, at Capel Library.
Concerning the cancellation of a league or cup match:-
‘Any team wishing to cancel a match must advise the opposition, at the latest, by midday of the day of the match. The divisional secretary must be advised in the normal way. Failure to do so may lead to the offending team being fined.’
We will be asking you to vote as a club on this rule. You will be entitled to one vote for each league team you had playing in the league at the close of this season. We calculate the vote entitlement to be as below and this will be the basis employed at the AGM so please let us know if you are not in agreement with these numbers.

Whilst writing, we wanted to provide clarification of the ETTA position on rubbers. Twelve months ago, ETTA recommended that English leagues allowed a 12 months cooling off period for any long pimple rubbers which had been removed from the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) approved rubbers list. IDTTL followed this recommendation as summarised in the IDTTL 2008/2009 handbook on page 21.
As promised, we have sought further clarification from ETTA 12 months on. It does appear that the direction provided by ETTA 12 months back was not correct, or certainly was misleading. We have been liaising with Colin Clemett, the ETTA rules committee Chairman, who has advised that for local league play, there is no requirement for a player to use an ITTF approved rubber, nor can a local league introduce or enforce such a requirement. Bearing in mind the recommendation ETTA issued 12 months back, this response came as quite a surprise, and we went back to them for additional clarification.

Essentially, any league affiliated to ETTA has to play its league matches within ETTA’s laws of table tennis, and these laws are totally independent of ITTF. This means that frictionless long pimple rubbers will remain legal within IDTTL and all English leagues for the 2009/2010 season. This advice from ETTA was brought about by a specific approach but we are expecting national guidance to be issued shortly along these lines and therefore other local leagues which specifically banned these rubbers 12 months back should be instructed by ETTA to reverse this ruling very shortly.
A copy of the email correspondence between Colin and the IDTTL has been included in your club's copy of this letter. Please refer to your club secretary if you wish to see the correspondence.
Note, this correspondence also clears up the question of bat changing during a league match, ie. you can do it as often as you wish, providing you show your opponent and umpire.

Finally, if you are playing in a non-league tournament, eg British League or County, you should check their rules concerning rubbers as these are currently played under ITTF regulations, therefore making the ITTF approved rubbers rule enforceable. If you have any questions on this topic then please feel to contact the committee.
We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Ipswich Championships at the Corn Exchange. Mar 2009

The match day photos can be found at IDTTL
The Presentation photos are at IDTTL
The user name is 'idttl' and the password (lowercase) is the same as on page 13 of the handbook.

Who holds their bat like this?

Who shields their serve like this?

Was Richard driven to tears?

A improved photo merge, gives a good impression of the setting.
Click on image to see a larger view.

2009 IDTTL Championship Prize Winners

The following people won prizes in the draw and Spot the Ball competitions.
Draw:
1st Colin Bennett
2nd Angela Stubbings
3rd Malcolm Collins
4th Peter Armes
5th Andy Dosher
6th Bob Jennings

Spot the Ball Winner: Jared Bones

Ipswich Buttermarket. Mar 2009

On Saturday 14th March, IDTTL put on a display of Table Tennis at Ipswich's Buttermarket in order to promote the IDTTL Championships on the weekend of 21-22 March. Photos of the event are shown below.
Click on the images to see a larger view.

IDTTL Championships U13 Report. Mar 2009

The IDTTL Championships currently run two age groups, Cadet (U15) and Junior (U18) for younger members of clubs affiliated to the league. It was decided to extend this to include an U13 event for league players and players being coached within affiliated clubs.
The U13 event took place at Kesgrave Sports Hall on Friday 13th March at 7pm.
A total of 12 players entered from the Kesgrave and Britannia TT clubs, playing in three groups of four, the top two from each group and the two best third placed players going through to make up the eight players in the quarter finals.
With just two hours to play a total of 25 matches across four tables, there was no time for slacking as players were kept busy playing and umpiring.
The Quarterfinals saw Eddie overcoming Natalie, Matt beating Joe, Ellis being pushed hard by Peter, and finally Kieran staving off the challenge from James. From the semi's Matt beat Eddie and Kieran beat Ellis, both beaten semi finalists looking good to challenge for next years U13 final as this years finalists will move up to the U15 age group.
The final pitted two team mates from Division 3's BT Bright Stars, and making his mark straight from the start, saw Matt take an early two game lead with a good display of counter hitting, and spin serves. Game three proved to be crucial with Kieran facing defeat but able to take the game 12-10. From then on Kieran forced Matt into playing a more defensive game allowing Kieran to win the final two games and the U13 Championship.
All players are to be commended on their level of play and the spirit in which they played.
It is hoped trophy winners will able to attend the finals night of the main Championships to receive their trophies.

Ipswich & District Table Tennis League Logo. Jan 2009

Some of you may have spotted the new logo on the IDTTL web home page. This is the winner from the competition where entries were requested for a new design. The design will be used on new IDTTL trophies and all IDTTL correspondence. Thanks go to Sonja Talbot, Alan Pearce and Jimmy Farrow for taking the time to enter a number of different designs.

Sad News. August 2008

As posted on the IDTTL forum, Bernie Studd passed away at the end of August after a long illness. Bernie was a regular player for BT Gladiators for over twenty years from the 1970s, and latterly for Suffolk County Council (now SPSSSC). With this team, playing with Alan Pearce, Bert Newman and Berni Ulph, Bernie won the IDTTL Division 2 title a number of times.
Many players will remember Bernie who played throughout with a hard bat, a mean defender with an eye for the quick kill.
Bernie was also actively involved on the League Committee, as Vice Chairman of the League, Divisions 4 & 5 Secretary, Handbook and Player Registration Secretary and as part of the Rules and Standards Committee. In 2004 Bernie was awarded the Doris Fox Award for Services to the League.

Inaugaral IDTTL Golf Day. June 2008

IDTTL GOLF DAY 30th May 2008 held at Newton Green Golf Club
Sixteen players turned out for our first GOLF DAY on Friday 30th May 2008. 12 of those are registered League players and 4 were our guests. Our first winner was Keith Armes (Capel) who scored 35 points playing off a 16 handicap. Keith stated that he putted well but we all know that one has to get it safely to the green first so well done Keith, on an excellent score in very damp conditions !! Second was Richard Goodhand (Phoenix) on 34 points and third Mike Emmerson (Hadleigh) on 33 points. Fourth was our new Chairman, Graham Mortimer(Capel), on 32 points. In all seven players scored 32 points or more which was very good on the day !!
Simon Mortimer was our top guest on 35 points followed by second Mick Starling on 33 points and third Phil Lown on 32 points.
"Nearest the pin" on the 6th Hole was Mike Emmerson and on the 11th Hole Richard Goodhand.
On handicaps 24 and over Peter Armes (Phoenix) was the winner on a recount and countback.
Financially, the Event was a success owing mainly to a good take-up on the Ball Draw so a small profit made will be sent to the League.
Good "feedback" has been received from several players so we look forward to another get-together in the not-too-distant future !!
Ken Rodwell (Organiser)

ETTA Insurance. May 2008

Jimmy Farrow has contacted the ETTA regarding the insurance question raised during the AGM.
Where a club is affiliated to the League, which in turn is affiliated to the ETTA, all club activities are covered by the ETTA insurance. A club that doesn't enter a team into the league, is thus not affiliated and must pay a membership fee to the league in order to be covered.
If we look at the IDTTL Rules, we find that this membership is already covered under Rule 5a.

2008 Ipswich and District Table Tennis League AGM

The AGM was held on Tuesday 20th May at Capel Library.

Chairman Malcolm Fenn welcomed everyone and opened the meeting. A roll call of affiliated clubs was made with 100% attendance.
Last years AGM minutes were passed and only one item was raised relating to the ETTA’s use of the player registration data. The chairman said the committee had no change in their understanding of the matter since the previous AGM.
Richard Goodhand presented the Secretaries report, summerising his first year in post. He thanked the Divisional Sec’s for all their work, only a small number of matches were uncompleted. Shaun Gridley was thanked for his efforts in running the Championships where the number of entrants was down on the previous year. He stated that Shaun would be handing the reigns over to Jimmy Farrow for the 2009 Championships and urged all players to enter and / or volunteer their help.
The committee were looking to re-energise the KO Cup and again a volunteer was needed to run this event.
Ipswich Players had done well various Suffolk County matches and thanks must go to Colin Bennett for his efforts in managing the teams.
Richard also clarified the stand the IDTTL was taking regarding frictionless pimples. The league would be following the ETTA recommendation of allowing a 1 year cooling off period before invoking the ITTF ban.
Player Registrations would be handled the same as last season, with only new players, or players with changes in their details required to fill in the ETTA form.
Richard said the league had supported the new start up club at Kesgrave, and was hopeful that teams would be entered into the league next season. He thanked Steve Branton for setting up the club.
Jimmy Farrow spoke at length on the steps being taken to rejuvenate the Ipswich TT Championships, outlining some of the ideas he has put together.
A change in venue to the Ipswich Corn Exchange for the weekend of March 21st / 22nd had been booked. This will be the first time the venue has been used for the championships since the early 1990’s. Whilst previous championships have seen a reasonable entry from the Premier and Division 1 players, representation from all divisions was wanted, and to promote this the entry would be free. There would also be additional competitions in the form of Handicap Singles and Doubles to encourage mixing between the various play levels. Sunday night would be finals night.
Should Ipswich Town being playing at home on that weekend and players had tickets for the match, they were to let the organisers know so that their matches could be arranged around the event.
Karen Pickering has been invited to present trophies on finals night, and invites sent to previous winners. If people have contact with any previous winners, could they let Jimmy know.
Two England players had been contacted to provide an exhibition on finals night, and these players would be providing coaching and demos in the Robert Cross Hall during the day. The Robert Cross Hall would be available for local TT clubs to promote their existence and locations.
Sponsorship has been obtained from Richard Hutchinson and he had expressed a wish to provide sponsorship in future championships.
The Championships will be promoted by posters, flyers and a free program. The program would contain adverts to raise money to support the event. There would also be local press and radio coverage.
The Corn Exchange has space for 200 to 300 people to watch, so a good atmosphere could be expected.
Alan Pearce presented the Treasurer’s Report, and was thanked by the Chairman for the last 11 years he has been in post. Alan steps down, with the post being taken by Jimmy Farrow. Alan’s report covered the ETTA insurance that the league now pays, with a saving to the league of about £200. Tournament expenses were up of the previous year, and due to the increase in expense expected with the next Championships, Alan said the player registration fees would rise from £12 to £17. Team registration fees would stay at £18. Players were reminded that the championship entry would now be free and there were additional competitions to play in.
Robin Tramaseur asked if the ETTA insurance covered individual clubs for non league play. After a brief discussion it was decided that the committee would clarify to what was actually covered.
Presentation of Trophies was made by Chairman Malcolm Fenn to the following:
Jim Kenworthy Trophy (Most Improved Junior) - Sian Cook, who had a very good season in the Premier division, Suffolk County and won the Colchester Women’s singles event.
Doris Fox Award (Services to the League) - Steve Branton for his work on the IDTTL website, and with the new Kesgrave TT Club.
Trophies were also awarded to winners and runners up of each Division.
The KO Cup final was still waiting to be completed and presentation of the trophy would be deferred until the final had been played.
The election of officers saw several changes:
Chairman: Graham Mortimer
Treasurer: Jimmy Farrow
Championship Sec’: Jimmy Farrow
KO cup Sec’: TBD
Premier Divisional Sec’: Malcolm Collins

All officers were elected unopposed.

Stepping down, Malcolm Fenn handed over to Graham Mortimer, whose first job was to thank and present to both Malcolm and Alan. Graham noted the fact that the Ipswich league finances were in such good order due to Alan’s hard work, and said some leagues were not so lucky.

AOB.
Ed Broom requested that email addresses for all team secretaries be made available. This was agreed.
The registration secretary said that a couple of teams had requested to stay in their respective divisions despite winning promotion. The teams were at risk of disbanding if placed in divisions of too a high a level. This coincided with several teams requesting entrance into Division 3, so there may be some shuffling of team positions to accommodate the requests.
Discussion was held on the aspect of introducing a new team straight into the Premier, or other divisions were it was obvious that the players’ skill level was appropriate. If the team was affiliated to an existing club this was not seen as a problem.

Meeting closed at approx. 8.45pm.

Ipswich Closed Championships Report (15th & 16th March). Apr 2008

THE Ipswich Table Tennis Championships once again proved to be a success for the level of play and excellent games seen at Maidenhall Sports Centre.
It was once again the star quality of 17 year old Ryan Collins which shone through, he could dominate the event for many years to come if he stays in the area as he won the men’s, junior singles and men’s doubles. Also doing really well from the other end of the age bracket was super veteran Graham Mortimer, now playing in Division Two. He was runner up in the Division Two and Super Veterans Singles and sensationally winner of the restricted singles title.
Colin Bennet had a good run in the Men’s Singles and very nearly beat four times champion Richard Hutchinson, going down by eight in the deciding game.
Colin lost to Graham Mortimer in the final of the Restricted Singles but beat Nick Anthony in the final of the Division One Singles.
In the Premier Singles it was Claydon’s Michael Wright that edged a tight game over Wherstead's Ashley Phillips in four sets.
Paul Cannon won the Division Two singles in a round robin event, while in the Division Three singles final Ben Maindstone beat James Maidstone 3-1. In the mixed doubles final in was Martin Bozier and Sonja Talbot that beat Jake Collins and Sian Cook 3-1.
Andrew Warner had a particularly good event as he and partner Nitan Shrivastava got to the final of the Man’s Doubles before losing 3-1 to the Collins brothers, en route they beat ex-champions Gary Bloomfield and Richard Hutchinson.
In the veterans final he met old adversary Andrew Dosher, and it proved to be an exciting final. Dosher led in the third set but was punished for letting slip a lead, Warner eventually running out a comfortable winner in the forth set.
Dosher had been more than fortunate to even get to the final, as Jimmy Farrow had taken big leads in the third and fifth sets before he lost in an earlier round. Unfortunately there was a poor turnout for the women. However, the final did not disappoint, as Sian Cooke took the title beating Sonja Talbot 3-2.
In the Men’s Singles, Richard Goodhand prevented Michael Wright from getting to the quarter finals, winning 3-1.
The top four seeds all came through to the semis, and in a seeding upset it was the in-form Warner that got the better of Jake Collins in five sets.
In the other semi Ryan Collins was only really tested in the first set by Dosher before showing his full array of shots to win 3-0.
The final was a classic as Warner totally eclipsed his younger opponent for all of the first set and most of the second, at 8-3 down Ryan appeared to be breaking. However he pumped himself up and started to rally better and began to claw his way back before in a breathtaking display of power and maturity saved a game point to win the second set 12-10.
This signalled the change in the game and try as he might Warner couldn't get back in the game as Ryan threw everything at Warner to win his second successive Ipswich singles title.

Coaching Opportunity. Mar 2008

Are you aware of anyone wishing to run an after school club for table tennis (approx 3.30 - up to 6pm) at Gorseland Primary School?
They have all the equipment or funds to obtain further kit if needed.

Could be a paid post for the person with the right level of training (level 2 + CRB etc) (BUT would prefer a volunteer).
Regards
Andrew Down
Extended Schools Development Officer
Woodbridge & Kesgrave Cluster
Andrew.Down@educ.suffolkcc.gov.uk

Kesgrave Table Tennis Club. Feb 2008

Since September 2007, IDTTL has been running a new Table Tennis club at the new Sports Hall on Grange Farm Kesgrave. The club had been promoted in the local village magazines prior to opening and interest in a club appeared to be promising. Purchasing two tables and borrowing two more, four tables were available for the first night's play. A total of 30 people attended that first night, with a good mixture of juniors and adults.
Further investment from the league and generosity from Claydon TT club, now means we have eight tables out every Friday night, played within two badminton courts, and an average attendance of between 25 - 32 players. The majority of players are social players, with 3 or 4 league players mixed in.
Looking to the future we hope to obtain surrounds to separate the tables and due to the increase in interest over recent weeks, book an additional badminton court with space for four more tables.
We are also having to restrict new start juniors to 1 hour sessions so not to turn people away.
Current fees are £3 per adult session and £1 per junior hour. Club night is every Friday from 7 - 9pm.

Dove Captures Ashford Veterans Crown. Dec 2007

News from an ex-Suffolk player....
Still improving Essex Veterans County player Fred Dove (from Walton-on-Naze) produced one of the biggest upsets of the English Season when he won the Veterans Singles title at the popular Ashford, Middlesex New Year Veterans Tournament, played on Sunday 30 December 2007.
Dove, ranked no. 40 in England won his Group and in the first round he showed he was on good form as he stopped hard-hitting Sussex County player Garry Bonner, 3-1. A round later and Dove produced another fine performance to beat Surrey County player, all out top-spin attacker Steve Davis (ranked. no. 63 in England), again 3-1.
Two decent performances but nothing compared with what was to follow. Dove was paired with Veteran International and current England no. 13, the redoubtable Dave Harvey (Gloucestershire) in his Semi-Final but it was Dove who made all the running. Hitting superbly on the forehand and blocking with real conviction with his long pimpled rubber on the backhand he won a thrilling contest 11-8, 11-6, 18-16. A performance of the very highest order.
In the Final Dove's opponent was Abdul Wuraola (Surrey) ranked no. one in England in the November ETTA Ratings.Wuraola is also ranked no. 28 in England at Senior Mens level. On this occasion you would not have been able to guess which player had the higher ranking as Fred Dove matched everything his athletic opponent threw at him and with some clever use of the long pimpled rubber he also caused Wuraola to over hit. Dove won the first two games 11-9, 11-6 and although Wuraola rallied in the third game Dove matched him all the way.
Dove emerged the victor after a fabulous match 13-11. One of the biggest upsets of the Season.
Steve Kerns
Press & Publicity Officer Essex County Table Tennis Association

Suffolk County Senior Championship Results. Nov 2007

Here.

Derek Gilson formerly of Sidegate Lane Table Tennis Club

Derek Gilson of Holbrook died on Monday 12th November in Norwich Hospital. He was an active player with the Sidegate Lane Club during the 1970/80/ and early 90's where he played with his late brother Keith Gilson and the late Bernie Cobbold. Derek, Keith and Bernie will of course have been known to many of the older players in the league.

Fixture Postponement. Sept 2007

You may now email Fixture Postponements from this website. See the Teams menu.

Sad News. August 2007

It was with great sadness that the league learnt of the passing of Bert Newman on Tuesday 14th August 2007.
Bert had been involved with the Ipswich League for many years since the early 1970s, holding a number of prominent positions on the Committee until his death. Geoff Brook, Suffolk County TT Chairman has written a fitting tribute to Bert which is posted on the forum.

IDTTL Code of Conduct. July 2007

The IDDTL have issued guidance notes relating to player conduct. Copies of this have been sent to Club Secretaries to circulate amongst their players. It will also be found within the new seasons handbook. You may view the Code of Conduct Here.

2007 Ipswich and District Table Tennis League AGM

The AGM was held on Tuesday 29th May at Norbridge Social Club.

President and Chairman Malcolm Fenn opened the AGM with the minutes of the previous AGM passed with no amendments.
Malcolm also presented Trophy winners with their trophies.
  • The Jim Kenworthy Trophy was awarded to Ryan Collins, the first time this has been awarded to an individual twice.
  • The Doris Fox Award (Services to the League) was presented to John Watson.
There were no rule changes to discuss nor vote for.
Alan Pearce (Treasurer) recommended no increase of the current Team and Player registration fees, and informed those present he would be stepping down after 10 years in post after the forth coming season.
Steve Branton (Handbook Sec') reported that the new printer had done a good job with the seasons handbooks and he was looking to correct any omissions in the new handbook. Team Sec's were also requested to be aware that they didn't play players up from lower divisions to more than one team in any one partucular division.
With John Watson stepping down as League Secretary, Richard Goodhand was voted into post togeather with existing Officers.
The AOB covered points relating to the New Sports Hall at Grange Farm, Kesgrave where the League is attempting to start a new TT club this summer, and the threat to the Britannia Dome which appears to have lessened.
The meeting closed at 8pm.

IDTTL Committee Meeting(15/2/07)

Points which were discussed at the meeting which players should be aware of:
  • Threat to Britannia Dome - Proposed development work at Thurleston School may result in the Dome being demolished. The League agreed to support Britannia in trying to make sure the town doesn't lose what are key facilities.
  • Cancelled and Postponed Matches - A number of teams have been cancelling matches for one reason or another, some more than others. When this has been debated at the AGM in previous seasons, the answering reply has always been 'Well, the matches are always played by the end of the season!'
    The main problem with a cancellation is that they are a major inconvenience to the opposing team. Everyone prefers regular matches i.e once a week, and having to later fit in two or even three matches a week to complete the fixture list is annoying to say the least.
    Ok, teams do have problems getting a team together perhaps due to illness, work commitments etc, but again most teams have four or more players and players they can call upon from lower divisions.
    Would you prefer to play a team with two players and be guaranteed a match each week, or do you want to wait to play a three-player team later in the season?
    Many leagues do not allow any matches to be cancelled - should we?
    If we do impose a restriction on cancelling matches how should we enforce it?
    The League Registration Sec's thoughts are as follows (if it's agreed to clamp down on this matter):
    Teams are allowed a maximum of 1 match cancellation per season half.
    Cancelling a match (over and above the 2 match limit) will invoke a 5 point fine for the offending team.
    Have your say at....Discuss IDTTL - Postponed Matches
  • Hanicap KO Cup - Due to only two teams entering the Competition this year, the KO Cup has been cancelled.
  • Ipswich Championships - Junior Comp's - The age grouping the Junior and Cadets is being brought into line with the ETTA competitions. This includes the introduction of an Under 13 competition. Clubs are reminded that players are eligable to play in the competitions if they are actively involved with affiliated clubs coaching schemes (they do not have to be league players)
    Age restriction for Season 2006-2007
    Under 13 - born on or after 1 Jan 1994
    Under 15 (Cadet) - born on or after 1 Jan 1992
    Under 18 (Junior) - born on or after 1 Jan 1989

2006 Ipswich and District Table Tennis League AGM

The AGM was held on Tuesday 30th May at Norbridge Social Club.
Malcolm Fenn opened what was to be one of the quieter AGMs of recent years. Keith Armes presented Trophy winners with their trophies. There were no rule changes to discuss nor vote for. A request was made to provide an email facility to send in match results. The meeting closed after 50 mins.

(17/5/06)Britannia Open Table Tennis Championships

The first ever Britannia open table tennis championships indicated what perhaps is the start of a new era in Suffolk table tennis.
Ryan Collins dominated the main events & as predicted was the biggest threat to number one seed Dave Cole.
Unfortunetely with just one woman there was no womans single event.
The handicap singles enables players of all abilities the chance to win silverware, but after some intense battles it was two of the counties best players Andrew Warner & Fred Dove that contested the final, with Warner winning out.
In the restricted singles both Sian Cook & Jason Annal made the semi finals losing to 'Munch' & Richard Goodhand respectively, in the final Goodhand dropped the first set before winning 3-1.
The vetts event saw number three seed Andrew Dosher come through against Malcolm Collins, Warner & Dove.
In the Junior singles Norwich player Dan Gugli went down 3-1 to Jake in their semi final, Jake faced brother Ryan in the final & found himself up against it as Ryan won 3-0.
The plate cup was conteted between Jason Annal & Sian Cook with Annal getting home 3-1
In the mens & open singles the main talking point was the awsome form of Ryan Collins he was seeded three & seeded to play Cole in the final of both events.
In the mens singles quarter finals, Brown took the first leg of Cole before going down & Malcolm pushed son Ryan losing out 19-17 in the fourth end. In a tough five setter Warner overcame Jake, & Dove saw off Dosher 3-1.
In the open singles quarter finals Ryan was a 3-0 winner over Ian Brown, as was Cole over Warner & Jake over Richard Clapson (Clapson had earlier knocked out Dosher).
In the other quarter final Gary Young had taken Dove to four sets.
In both semi finals Ryan played Dove & while a few of the games were close the power & quickness of the youngster were telling as he made it through to both finals, Cole played Warner in the men's singles semi final & after dropping the first set was comfortable in the next three. In his open semi final Cole accounted for Jake 3-0.
With Cole & Ryan getting to both the open & mens singles final, by mutual consent both players agreed to play one game for both titles.
The first set was a thriller as both players went for their shots & neither player could dominate the other, Cole saved two game points at 8-10 down & had game point himself before Ryan closed out at 15-13, the next set was all about Ryans power looping on both wings as he ran away with it 11-2, in the third end Cole barely got home at 9 but Ryan was not to be denied & again went to town in the fourth end as anything slightly long from Cole was dealt with in clinical fashion, Ryan won the fifth end to five & both titles & sent out a big signal not only to his fellow county players but to those ranked in the English top 100 as Cole is a seasoned player having beaten players like Shaun Gibson & David Attkinson in the past.
Scores from the first Britannia Open Table Tennis championships

Mens singles quarter finals:
Dave Cole beat Ian Brown -7 7 4 3
Andrew Warner beat Jake Collins 4 11 -7 -2 6
Ryan Collins beat Malcolm Collins 6 9 -7 17
Fred Dove beat Andrew Dosher -4 4 7 8

Open singles quarter finals:
Cole beat Warner 7 9 9
Jake beat Richard Clapson 9 7 9
Ryan beat Ian Brown 1 4 8
Dove beat Gary Young 3 8 -4 6

Men's singles semi finals:
Cole beat Warner -5 5 4 1
Ryan beat Dove -9 8 3 2

Open singles semi finals:
Cole beat Jake 4 7 6
Ryan beat Dove 11 9 5

Open & men's singles final (combined)
Ryan beat Cole 13 2 -9 5

Restricted final:
Richard Goodhand beat Munch -9 9 10 5

Junior singles final:
Ryan beat Jake 8 4 7

Handicap singles final:
Warner beat Dove (score n/a)

Veteran's singles final:
Dosher beat Dove 8 9 -8 10

Plate cup final:
Jason Annal beat Sian Cook 5 5 -8 4

The 2006 Britannia Top 16 invitation tournament took place at the Dome on Saturday 25th.February 2006.

Following report courtesy of Andy Dosher.
Two late inclusions to this years top 16 event, Norfolk’s Ian Mclean and Essex's Peter Hayden made the event stronger, both players featuring prominently in the days proceedings.
The first half of the days play was based around a round robin event with four groups of four players.
In group one the matches were fairly routine as Ian Mclean the number one seed and Fred Dove seeded five came first and second respectively to qualify for the championship section.
Cambridgeshire’s Martin Freeland had caused Mclean a few problems taking the second leg in their game, while Jon Hill had taken the third leg against Dove in their encounter.
In group two Mark Lewis pushed Andrew Dosher all the way coming from 2 games down to lead 3-0 in the decider before going down, while in the battle for first and second Dosher took the first leg off number two seed Andy Wignall before going down 3-1.
Group three was thrown into turmoil as it finished with three players each winning one game and losing two games with number three seed Dave Cole winning all his matches as group winner.
After beating Gary Young 3-1 Andrew Warner had gone down 3-2 to Norfolk’s Rod Hamilton. Fortunately for Warner, Young beat Hamilton 3-2 and after count-back Warner went through.
In the fourth group there were two outstanding matches, Hayden went 0-2 down to Brown in convincing style but started to play the defensive style better to win the next two sets just as easily, and in a tight finish it was Hayden that won 11-9. In the final match Hayden completed three wins in his group beating former champion Martin Gray in a seeding upset by 3-1.
In the first quarter final Mclean was a convincing 3-0 winner over Warner where the class of the former Scottish international really showed.
In the second quarter it swung both ways as Hayden got off to a good start over Dosher, but Dosher reeled off a number of points at the end of the second to take it 7, and in the third set Dosher ran away with it. Hayden however eventually steamed the tide with some deft touches to win 3-2.
The third quarter also went to five sets as big hitters Gray & Cole both went for their big shots as this game also twisted like an eel. Cole saved games points in the third set, but then had to settle for second best, Gray forcing a number of errors winning 11-8 in the fifth.
In the fourth quarter Wignall played the pimpled bat of Dove comfortable to win 3-0.
In the semi's Mclean proved too consistent for Hayden winning 3-0, though Hayden pushed him all the way in the first set, while in the other semi Wignal came through againt Gray 3-1.
Before the final Gray got revenge for his group defeat by Hayden, in the play off's for third & fourth, played in a good atmosphere. Hayden again showed his coolness of blocking to force a fifth end but Gray ran out a comfortable winner in the decider.
In the final Mclean was looking to go one better than he did seven years ago when in the first top 16 final he went down to Chinese player Brook Zhen Shea, while Wignall was looking to make it three wins in this event.
Mclean started off positively looping consistently and powerfully from difficult angles to take the first set at 4. Wignall got closer in the next set but such was Mclean’s quality that the feeling was that even when he went behind he was always able to come back reeling of a number of points which proved to be the case. This was the pattern in the third set with Mclean’s pace and quality in rallying a constant threat and he won the final 11-4, 11-9, 11-9 to become this seasons Top16 champion.

Scores from the dome :

QUARTER FINALS:
Mclean beat Warner 11-2, 11-4, 11-8.
Hayden beat Dosher 11-4, 7-11, 2-11, 11-7, 11-4.
Gray beat Cole 6-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8.
Wignall beat Dove 11-5, 11-3, 11-8.

SEMI FINALS:
Mclean beat Hayden 13-11, 11-4, 11-6.
Wignall beat Gray 11-4, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6.

FINAL:
Ian Mclean beat Andy Wignall 11-4, 11-9, 11-9.

3rd & 4th Martin Gray beat Peter Hayden 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-3.
5th & 6th Dave Cole beat Andrew Warner 11-6, 11-9, 11-9.
7th & 8th Andrew Dosher beat Fred Dove 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.
9th &10th Ian Brown beat Ken Lewis 11-5, 12-10, 4-11, 11-9.
11th & 12th Andrew Holmes beat Rob Hamilton 11-5, 11-9, 5-11, 11-13, 11-7.
13th & 14th Jon Hill beat Gary Young 5-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-8.
15th & 16th Martin Freeland beat Mark Lewis 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10.

Ryan Collins takes prestigious Britannia Top 12 - 2005 title..

The first major event in the Suffolk table tennis calendar at the Britannia Dome in Ipswich on Sunday 11th.September 2005 produced some breathtaking games and undoubtedly the biggest headline winner in the event's six year history.
The event is open to the 12 best players in last season's Ipswich premier league based on averages.
On the day 4th seed Charles Fulcher wasn't able to play which allowed 15 year old Ryan Collins a reserve the opportunity to play as the 12th seed. This was pivotal on where the title would eventually end up.
The draw saw two groups of six players with all in a group playing each other, the top two, based on games won and lost going through to the semi finals, the other players playing for final positions.
In group one the top two ranked players Fred Dove & Wayne Shaw won all their games, so by the time they met they were already assured qualification. Their match for top spot was a thriller with Shaw's fantastic array of attacking shots causing mayhem for Dove who trailed 1-2 in games and by a number of points before turning the game around for victory.
The other highlight of group one was the form of Jake Collins who had wins over Andrew Dosher Michael Wright & Carl Ashton. He also took the first leg of Dove in their game.
The second group was much tighter and finished with three players each having four win and a loss which meant it went to a count back.
The group started with a major seeding upset as Ryan Collins edged home against Suffolk Men's singles champion Lee Barnes 11-9 in the decider. Last seasons Men's singles runner up Nigel Hodder came from 0-2 down against Ryan Collins to win, only for Barnes to beat him 3-1 in their match.
In the last batch of games in the group, the top two seeded players clashed, Andrew Warner having to win the have a chance of qualifying having already lost two games, while Barnes could not afford another loss. In a hard fought fiver setter Barnes nicked it 11-9.
In the last game between Ryan Collins and Andrew Holmes everything depended on the outcome. Hodder had already qualified while Barnes had to hope Holmes would win to get through. The first two games were routine for the youngster but Holmes led 9-4 in the third before Collins reeled off seven straight points to go through as group winner, Hodder finishing second and Barnes just missing out.
Ryan Collins showed no nerves in his semi against Shaw winning 3-0, while Dove & Hodder had a dog fight of a game. In the other semi, Dove seemed to have Hodder under control only to be pegged back by the flat hitting of his opponent who led 10-6 in the decider, but it was a relieved Dove who went though after saving four match points to win 12-10.
The final was greatly anticipated as it pitted England ranked Dove the number one seed against the last minute replacement & 12th seed Ryan Collins.
How would the youngster play the combination bat of his opponent in a big final?
All those questions were answered as Ryan took the first set having no problems with Doves pimpled rubber. Dove took the second, but in a tense next two sets there was nothing in it bar a few points, and Ryan showed his coolness to edge them both by the closest of margins using his powerful forehand to claim what has to be the biggest seeding upset in a major event in Suffolk.
Ryan beat the number one two three & four seeds on the day, two of them ranked nationally in the top 150 players in the country.
Scores from the dome

Final Ryan Collins bt. Fred Dove 7, -4, 9, 10.
Third & fourth Nigel Hodder bt. Wayne Shaw -7,1, -7, 3, 8.
Fifth & six Lee Barnes bt. Jake Colins 5, 8, 10.
Seventh & eighth Andrew Dosher bt. Andrew Warner 8,-8,5, 9.
Ninth & tenth Carl Ashton bt. Andrew Holmes 2, 9, 6.
Eleventh & twelfth Vicky Gray bt. Michael Wright 5, 8, -9, 6.
Report and scores courtesy of Andy Dosher.

IDTTL AGM - Held on May 24th 2005, 7.30pm at Norbridge

Presentations were made by Judy Rogers, ETTA's National Equity & Child Protection Officer to Paul Hutchinson , the Morris Goldstein Merit Award - for services to Table Tennis.
A further presentation was made by Geoff Brook, to Paul from Suffolk County Table Tennis.
Judy Rogers also made a presentation to Bert Newman upon his retirement as Chairman, on behalf of the Ipswich League.

Mark Dere was unable to attend the meeting, Judy Rogers stood in to speak to those present and take questions. Judy spoke of it being an exciting time in Table Tennis, with new developments, including new funding from Sport England. Changes were to be made regarding the branding of Table Tennis, marketing Table Tennis for the future, with a new logo, taking the sport more upmarket and to bring it into the 21st Century. Judy asked all members to promote the sport in all its aspects, from Junior through to International levels.

The Treasurer requested to charge a fee at Tournaments, £5 per player (excluding juniors) for any number of events, and to increase the Player Registration fee from £10 to £12. Both these were agreed.

Jim Kenworthy Award - Daniel Farrow.
Doris Fox Award - Bert Newman.

Bert Newman was invited to become a Vice President.

The Chairman vacancy was filled by Malcolm Fenn who will stand in for one season.

All other posts remain the same.

The changes to the Rules were passed. A proposal by Wherstead Rebels to clarify the Procedure for league matches was also passed (Ed - details will be shown on rules page of this web site soon).

Britannia raised a question relating to the number of Blank weeks in Divisions 3 and 4, (currently 3 per division) seeing the burden as not being shared equally with the higher divisions (currently 1 per division). This was answered by the Registration Secretary, who listed a number reasons this had come about:

1. Teams being relegated sometimes just fold up, as players don't wish to play in a lower division (this results in blank weeks percolating down to lower divisions).
2. Teams that just been promoted would not want to reside in a division they has just won just so the division could be evened up.
3. Due to point 1, there were less teams in the league, but more teams with a high number of players. This last season saw 19 teams with 5+ players.

Discussion revolved around how to resolve the problem, including restricting teams to 4 players if the club had 'reserve' players in the next division down (this idea was first muted here two years ago).
Although no rules could be changed for formulating the divisions this coming season, it was decided that the Committee would draft a rule change during the coming months that would effectively number each team in their respective finishing places 1 to 60ish, shuffle the teams where promotion / relegation had taken place, and then assign the team to each division so there was a even distribution of teams across the whole league.
Depending upon where teams dropped out, or the number of new teams entering the league, teams could find themselves remaining in the same division even after 'promotion' or 'relegation'.

A second point raised by Britannia involved using Britannia and Thurlston School facilities for the League Tournament, with lower costs being implied.

Relegation issues in the 1st Division were discussed and a playoff will be held in the near future for the three teams involved. (See Update above).

The lack of results appearing in the local paper was raised. Jimmy Farrow volunteered to take the post of Press Officer and raise the leagues profile in the local press.

Britannia Player Wins England Veterans National Masters Plate Competition

Unfortunately due to illness Fred Dove had to withdraw from the England Veterans National Masters which took place at Thornbury, Gloucestershire over the weekend of 14th.&15th.May 2005, leaving Ken Lewis as the only local player taking part in this the premier National veterans tournament of the season.
In the 40+ event Ken (national ranking 341) was drawn in a group which included Ramesh Bhalla (national ranking 36) and Alan Philpot (national ranking 40), and with these two top 50 players in the group, both ranked 300+ places higher than him on the national ranking list, it was likely Ken would finish third at best, and so it proved to be. However, Ken went down fighting loosing 'three straight' to the number 36 but with all three games going to deuce, and almost causing what would have been a huge upset by taking the number 40 to the final fifth game and having match point at 11-10, only to loose 9-11,11-9,8-11,11-7,12-14.
In the 40+ plate competition, Ken enjoyed good wins in the early rounds including 'three straight' wins against two players ranked much higher than himself, and then easily beating the lower ranked John Barnes to reach the quarter finals where he met Vin O'donnell from Cheshire. Although Vin is ranked 40 places higher, Ken was enjoying a reasonable run of form and took the first game comfortably. However, Vin 'changed up a gear' taking the second game at deuce and ran away with the third, game 6.The fourth went to Ken game 7, so it was down to the fifth and deciding game. Vin held his nerve and eventually won 11-9 to rob Ken of a place in the semi finals.
The 50+ event again saw Ken (ranked 108) drawn in a group which included two much higher ranked players, Cheshire's Paul Collins (ranked 26) and Durham's John Williamson (ranked 69). Consequently it was once more unlikely that Ken would finish better than in third spot, and indeed it again proved to be so. However, as in the 40+ groups, Ken continued to play very well and was a little unfortunate to be consigned to his second plate competition of the weekend, having lost only to the two much higher ranked players, and taking both to the final fifth ends.
The overall playing standard in National competitions such as this is always very high, and of the 64 competitors in the 50+ plate competition, there were a substantial number of players ranked in the top 100 of the 50+ national ranking list.
It was therefore something of a surprise when Ken being ranked outside the top 100 made it through to the quarter finals, having on route achieved a fine win against Berkshire's Geof Civil (ranked 91), and a superb 'three straight' win against Surrey's John Millward (ranked 67), 11-5, 11-7, 11-5.
The quarter final saw Ken up against Staffordshire's Sid Hogetts (ranked 106), a player who has never lost to Ken in any of their previous meetings, but Ken wasn't about to let history repeat itself and demolished Sid 11-2, 11-5, 11-3 to reach the semi's.
Wale's Earl Jeffers (ranked 96), another player whom Ken has never previously managed to beat was Ken's semi final opponent, but an on form Ken had clearly learnt from the pair's previous encounters and Ken won the match comfortably after suffering the early setback of losing the first game 9-11 having come back from 3-8 down. This was a very satisfying win for Ken 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-5, and a place in the final.
Ken's opponent in the final was the highly experienced and seasoned campaigner, Bill Fletcher (ranked 121) from Warwickshire, who, like Ken, had also achieved some superb wins over much higher ranked opponents on route to the final.
Bill stormed into an early lead in the first game with his strong forehand attack and acutely angled backhand, but from 3-8 down Ken fought back with topspin forehand counter attacking to level the scores at 9 all. Bill then produced two superb unreachable backhand kills to take the game 11-9.
The second game started in much the same way as the first with Bill dominating the early rallies, but Ken spotted the danger of Bill running away with the match and employed a quick change of tactic, coming closer in to the table to reduce the angle Bill was able to use. This effectively proved to be the decisive factor, as from then on it was Ken who made all the running, forcing Bill onto the defensive. After edging the second game 11-8, Ken went on to also take the next two games 11-6, 11-7, to win his first ever National competition.
Full results from the England Veterans National Masters will appear on the ETTA website shortly.

Britannia East Anglian Top 16 Event

East Anglia’s major table tennis event which took place at the Britannia club on Sunday saw a gripping end to proceedings which had followed some superb matches in the groups & latter stages.
With four groups of four it was the top two players in each group that went through to the main championship stage & play off’s, those finishing third & fourth went through to a similar play off section.
Group four was the only one to have any seeding upsets.
Fourth seed Steve Kerns & number one seed in the group beat Andrew Holmes 3-1, but went down to national league colleague Paul Davison at deuce in the fifth, then to confuse matters Holmes beat Davison 3-1, which meant that all three players beat finished on two wins. After a count back on games Kerns & Davison went through.
In group three Tim Avis took the first two legs against number three seed Fred Dove, last year Avis had beaten Dove at the same stage, but after a tense start Dove finally ran out a winner at 3 in the fifth.
The number one seed Dave Cole won his three group matches but was made to sweat by Gary Young who pushed the Chelmsford champion to 8 in the decider, in the other group Martin Gray won all his games 3-0 All top eight seeds made it through to the Championship stage.
In the first quarter final Tim Avis gave a very good account of himself & tested Cole by taking the first set, at one all though Cole showed his class & eventually got through in four sets.
The next quarter between Kerns & Andrew Warner was a candidate for game of the day, Kerns took the first & looked to impose himself in the second before Warner began to use his trademark backhand kill & rallying skills away from the table, Warner took the next two sets before Kerns found a second wind to draw level, in the decider the rallies were breath taking in their quality & length & at 9-7 up Warner looked to have the incentive, however a couple of cheap points & perhaps greater experience saw Kerns edge this classic 11-9.
The third quarter saw Suffoks highest ranked player on the day Dove play Davison, unfortunately Dove was somewhat below par & went down to the better player on the day 3-1.
In the final quarter Martin Gray beat Andrew Dosher 3-1, the first two sets were shared but from the third set onwards Dosher always found his opponents range of shot too much.
In the first semi final Kerns took on Cole & played superbly to win 3-0 in a seeding upset which saw Kerns playing at his absolute best to restrict the power game of his opponent & eventually frustrate him with his array of power shots & blocking.
The other semi was also 3-0 as former champion Martin Gray was only slightly pushed in the third set by Davison.
In the final Gray was a strong favourite having never lost to his opponent before, this didn’t bother Kerns at all because despite trailing in the first set he composed himself to take it at 8, Gray responded like the champion he is to equate the sets, but Kerns showed character & excellent power & blocking to take the fourth & bemuse his opponent.
In the fourth Kerns maintained his level of play & played a number of power forehand winners at crucial points & despite Gray saving two match points Kerns saw out the match at deuce in the fourth for a remarkable win.
This has to rank as Kerns best ever performance at a major event in beating the top two seeds on the day & lifts his status as a major contender to new heights.
Scores from the dome
Quarter finals
Dave Cole beat Tim Avis -12 10 5 9
Steve Kerns beat Andrew Warner 8 -9 -9 6 9
Paul Davison beat Fred Dove 8 7 -7 7
Martin Gray beat Andrew Dosher 9 -7 2 6
Semi Finals
Kerns beat Cole 8 9 12
M Gray beat Davison 9 5 6
Final:
Kerns beat Gray 8 -7 7 11
Players final positions
3rd & 4th Cole beat Davison 7 10 -12 15
5th & 6th Dosher beat Warner 9 7 -5 -11 6
7th & 8th Avis beat Dove 8 7 6
9th & 10th K Gray beat Brown 6 10 -3 11
11th & 12th Lewis beat Holmes score N/A
13th & 14th Young beat Wright 8 -9 5 9
15th & 16th Morgan beat Freeland 4 -6 4 6

The "Highs" and "Lows" of Table Tennis

The Britannia based Ipswich team in the Colchester & District League completed the 2004/05 season with both "Highs" and "Lows" being all to apparent.
Despite winning their last league match 8-2, this proved to be insufficient for them to repeat last seasons performance of finishing in runners up spot.
Other results meant that they finished third, a "Low" but creditable position given that Ian Brown was unavailable due to injury 'till well into the season and Andy Holmes also being unavailable for several of the matches.
The Handicap Cup final (21.03.05) provided "Highs" with the Ipswich team winning comfortably despite the Rowhedge opposition's late strengthening of their team by the replacing two of the youngsters with top player David Cole and the experienced John Stubbings.
Ian Brown and Ken Lewis got Ipswich off to a great start winning the first doubles, and Andy Holmes followed up by enjoying a superb win over Cole. This was followed by a fine win by Ken Lewis over Stubbings, and the Rowhedge team were unable to recovered, Ipswich taking the Cup with a resounding 5-1 win overall.
The Ipswich team still had the opportunity of completing a "double" having also reached the final of the prestigious Kiltie Cup (24.03.05). The final produced some superb table tennis enjoyed by a large crowd of mostly opposition supporters, but the "Highs" of Ipswich earlier in the week were unfortunately replaced by "Lows".
Ken Lewis was a little unlucky to lose both his singles, both in five, and both at duce, 12-14 against Gary Cattermole, and 14-16 against John Andrews.
A definite "Low" with Ken having lost to Andrews for the first time in several seasons, and having had all but two of the match points in both. However, there was also a "High" with Ian Brown winning both his singles keeping the match alive late into the night and into the final ninth game, a doubles with Ken being partnered by son Mark.
Mark continued to play as well as be had done earlier in the match when partnering Ian, but with the usually reliable Ken appearing to be looking to replace his 'plonker' reputation by playing in a more 'attacking' style, the pair unnecessarily struggled, and the game went to the final end - the sixth final end of the nine games played.
The worst "Low" was to follow as Ken being unable to stop his attacking instinct resulted in the final game being lost, and with it the match.
The inevitable "High" and "Lows" of table tennis can make it a frustrating game - elation if you win, and disappointment if you lose, but none could be more disappointed than Ian who had remained unbeaten on the night yet finished on the losing team !!

Ipswich players "spread their wings"

An Ipswich team (Ian Brown, Andy Holmes, Paul Broxton, and Ken and Mark Lewis) look set to repeat last years success in the Colchester & Dist. TT League in finishing runners up in the league, and have again reached the finals of the two cup competitions.
Added to this, both Ian and Ken achieved personal success last weekend (6th.March'05) with superb performances in the Colchester league championships, Ian reaching the semi final of the men's singles before loosing to the eventual winner, Rick James, and Ken reaching the finals of both the Veterans 40+ and 50+ events.
Ken's attempt to retain the 40+ title for Ipswich (won by Andy Holmes last year) was unfortunately not to be, Steve Kerns being in great form dominated Ken to take the title. In the Veterans 50+ event however, Ken succeeded in lifting the title, beating Ian Whiteside in the final, and having beaten team mate Ian Brown on route.

Table Tennis on EuroSport

TMS International (the marketing arm of the ITTF) has concluded an agreement with Eurosport International, the pan-European sports channel (available in 58 countries) to broadcast the World Championships, the Men's World Cup and the European Championships.
This agreement will run until 2009
This means that there will be more than 100 hours of table tennis on Eurosport over the next 5 years.
The next events to be shown will be
European Championships - Aarhus, Denmark - March 27th to April 4th 2005
World Championships - Shanghai, China - April 28th to May 5th 2005

Ed - 100hrs over 5 years? 20hrs per year? 1/2hr per week? - I can see people complaining of Table Tennis overload! - still it's better than nothing unless like me you don't have satellite! How about the BBC, ITV or the other terrestrial channels doing a bit more for our sport.

Local players off form at the Capital

The London Grand Prix which took place @ Crystal Palace on 29th.&30th.January 2005 included 'locals' Fred Dove, Gary Young and Ken and Mark Lewis.
Unfortunately the above players recent 'climb' on the National ranking lists following success earlier in January at Canterbury suffered a set back.
Although Gary and Ken each qualified through both their respective groups with Ken recording a straight 3 games win over the eventual overall winner of the band, Fred qualified for one band only as did Mark, which for Mark was the first time in such competitions failing to qualify through both his group bands.
Further disappointment followed for all four of the Suffolk contingent with no-one progressing beyond the first round of the knock out stages. There are no 'easy' games in table tennis at this level, and none of the Suffolk players performed as well as they have proved they are capable of playing.
However, they were certainly not helped by the playing conditions which, surprisingly, at this National event were less than favourable to say the least with generally poor lighting, extremely hot dry atmosphere, and some of the tables being on a balcony where the lighting was absolutely diabolical and the floor very slippery.
Added to this was the continually high level of general noise resulting from the open plan location - a swimming gala in the Olympic pool was also taking place immediately adjacent to the playing area !!
The player's representative will be taking this up with the Grand Prix committee, having himself being concerned and inundated with complaints from a considerable number of players.

Significant Suffolk representation in East Kent Grand Prix.

In the East Kent Grand Prix at Canterbury on 8th/9th.January 2005, Fred Dove, Ken and Mark Lewis, Garry Young, Jake and Ryan Collins all competed, and with all qualifying through the group stages, Suffolk had a significant representation going into the knock out stages of the competition.

Particularly of note was the superb group win Mark achieved a over his band's number 1 seed, and the youngsters Jake and Ryan showing that they are improving rapidly and are already capable of beating some of the top ranked young players in the country.

Further success followed in the knock out stages, and although none were able to stake claims on the winners list, Gary reached the simi final of his band, and Ken, despite struggling with reoccurrence of a back injury, reached the quarter finals of two bands.

All should be pleased overall with their performances at this high level of competition having achieved wins over highly ranked national opposition. Fred continues to surprise some of the highest ranked players in the country, as does Ken whose game is developing and maturing with age. Gary's game is also improving, and Mark on this form is clearly capable of playing higher than Div.2 at local league level. Jake and Ryan's dedication and hard work is paying off - I&DTTL players watch out !!

Individual Registration

- The ETTA is working towards introducing Individual Membership for all Table Tennis Players.
It is proposed to bring this into operation for the 2006/7 season. The ETTA will make further details on this available in the coming months including fee levels, benefits and costings.
In order to benifit from things such as improved opportunities for public funding, the ETTA needs to know exactly who its members are.

At present ETTA player registrations have been collected by Leagues on a per team basis, (a nominal 4 players per team used by IDTTL), and works out at approximately £4 per player.

Top players will have to pay more which will cover tournament and National League fees.

Non-competitive players (casual but regular players) will pay a £6 annual fee. (I wonder how this will be enforced! as non league playing clubs don't yet have to affiliate themselves to the ETTA)
League players will pay £10 each, probably collected through the League. This is roughly double the existing rate.

Benefits, proposed by the ETTA for each member affiliated at this level are:
4 ETTA newsletters a year, a directory and rule book, a benefits booklet, a membership card and insurance, entry forms for tournaments, discounts off Table Tennis News subscription and subsidised entry to top events.

It is thought players who play in more than one League will only have to pay once.

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"Awesome performance against former World Champ"

Veterans Eastern Masters - Norwich 20/21 November 2004.
Three Suffolk ranked players, Fred Dove, Ken Lewis and Ian Brown competed in this National competition. In the 40+ groups, both Fred and Ian were runners up, Ken finishing fourth in a very tough group which included two players ranked in the top twenty and a 'pen hold' Japanese player using a cork blade and 'anti' rubber !!

In the KO stage, Ian, returning from injury, was struggling with his form, but Fred progressed to the quarter finals before succumbing to the England number 5, Nigel Ecckersley.

Ken fared better in the plate competition, and for the third such competition in succession reached the semi finals, before being narrowly defeated by the England number 94 (312 places higher than Ken), Dave 'points' Crowley, game 7 in the 5th.

In the 50+ groups, the Suffolk trio all progressed as runners up in their respective groups, Ken being a little unlucky to loose to the England number 33, Nat Richardson, 14-16 in the fifth.

Unfortunately Ian, returning after his recent long injury enforced absence owing to a torn Achilles tendon, continued to be below par and was unable to progress beyond the first round of the ko stage. However, both Fred and Ken secured good wins in the early rounds, both reaching the last 16. Fred then enjoyed a great win against England number 6 Dave Welsman, coming back from a two game deficit, which set up the possibility of a last 8 clash between the Suffolk pair. Ken gave his all against the England number 13, Roy Norton, in a long and intriguing encounter during which Ken produced some of the best table tennis he has ever played, and was therefore understandably a little disappointed to eventually lose 10-12 in the fifth.

The Lewis-Dove clash was not to be, but Ken's defeat by Norton was quickly avenged by 'Fiery Fred who again came back from two games down to win the decider 11-9. Fred then faced Norfolk's Steve Edwards in the semi final and after loosing the first game, blocked his opponent out of the game to win the next three games with relative ease to reach the final.

In the final, Fred's opponent was the former world veterans champion and current England veteran number 2, Herbert Neubauer. A large crowd gathered in anticipation to see 'the battle of the combination bats', Fred playing with long pimples, Neubauer with his own innovation, Dr.Neubauer super special, long pimples with wobble effect.

Fred was by no means over-awed by such an experienced international opponent, and after Neubeur won the first 12-10, bounced back to level the match one game all with an array of outstanding pimple blocks and forehand loop drives which even the great man himself could not handle. Neubauer went on to take the next two games to win the final by 3 games to one, but Fred should be justly proud of his performance, aptly described as 'awesome', and not be disappointed at loosing to such an illustrious opponent.

Prior to this competition Fred and Ken were both ranked in the top 100, England veterans 50+, and following their performances in Norwich all three players will have improved their respective rankings in the English senior and veterans ranking lists. In the veterans 50+ Fred may even make the top 10 !!
Full competition results can be found on the ETTA website.

Further info on Kenny's note on the Discussion Board:

Regarding the motion to change back to 21 up, defeated at the ETTA July '04 agm.
The motion was to change the 'laws of the game' to enable local leagues to play either 11 up, or 21 up, or both.
The motion was overwhelmingly defeated - 26,669 votes against, 8,714 votes for.

Success for Local Veteran at National Level

The Veterans National Masters took place at Thornbury, Gloucester over the weekend of 15th & 16th May'04 and local veteran Ken Lewis took part.
Ken continued his recent success in winning the Suffolk County Veterans title causing a few problems to national level opposition.
In the 40+ event, whilst it appeared on paper that he stood no chance of getting through the group stage being in a group of players ranked a great deal higher than himself, (Ken is currently ranked 360), he provided his opponents with more than a few surprises. After first managing to beat Alan Boyle(Middlesex) ranked 278 in 5 very close games, he then caused probably the biggest upset of the group stage of the championships by beating Gary Baldwin(Warwickshire) ranked 81 in 3 straight - this must go down as Ken's best ever win, and will gain him maximum ranking points. He was not able to overcome the other player in the group, Wayne Percival(Cheshire) ranked 56, despite taking the first game, but delighted to have qualified for the KO stage as group runner up. Unfortunately Ken's success was halted by Eddie Roofe ranked 22 (a super fast version of Nigel Hodder; Eddie plays a very similar game to Nigel but with much more unbelievable top spin and incredible speed.) Although loosing to Eddie in three, Ken was by no means thrashed, 9-11,15-17,9-11 being the scores, and elated to have reached the last 64 at this level.
The 40+ final was between John Hilton, ranked 1, and Paul Giles, the surprise finalist and underdog ranked 11 who had earlier beaten Joe Kennedy ranked 4 (and seeded 2 for the tournament). It produced what was, to say the least, controversial table tennis, marred by Hilton complaining throughout that he was unhappy with Giles serve - at one point the tournament referee was called. Both players were lucky not to receive yellow cards for unnecessary comments heard by all the spectators, and Hilton could have had no complaint had he been shown a red card for his continued verbal protestations. This effectively ruined what had promised to be an intriguing contest and Giles won easily in 3 straight.
In the 50+ event, Ken ranked 108 qualified through the group stage as runner up, only just loosing out to the group winner, George Evans ranked 26, in 4 close and hard-fought games 10-12,11-8,10-12,9-11. This was in fact the first match of the championships and commenced at 08.30 on Saturday morning !!
Ken's progress was eventually halted, this time by Derek Wood ranked 43, though defeat to this more experienced and much higher ranked player, was in reality to be expected. However, once again Ken provided his illustrious opponent a few problems loosing again in 4 very close and hard-fought games.
The 50+ final between John Hilton ranked 2, and Dave Harvey ranked 4, was won easily in 3 straight by a now much calmer John Hilton having put behind him his earlier 'disaster' in the 40+ event.
In the doubles, Ken was partnered for the first time by Chris Turpin (Kent) a player ranked 373. Although never having played together before, they enjoyed initial success only to come up against the John Hilton/Joe Kennedy partnership and number one seeds. Although in 3 straight, they did however record 'respectable' scores loosing 9,7 and 8, an achievement in itself against such experienced opponents who never 'give away' a single point whoever the opposition.
Full Masters results appear in the news section of the ETTA website.

IDTTL AGM, 26th May 2004, Notes


Berni Studd stood down as Vice Chairman, and was invited to become a Vice President.
Washbrook proposal for: 'One Club - One Vote' was passed - 10 For, 4 Against.
Colin Bennett was elected as Vice Chairman.
Jim Kenworthy Trophy (most improved Junior) was awarded to Jake Collins.
Doris Fox Trophy (for services to the League) was awarded to Berni Studd.

Misbehaviour:

How much of a bad boy/girl are you when you play Table Tennis? Take a look Here on how the Tournaments Committee is proposing to deal with it. (Thanks Kenny for finding this).

The Suffolk County Closed Veterans Table Tennis Tournament

Report by Phil Sinclair
The Suffolk County Closed Veterans Table Tennis Tournament was held at Stowupland Sports Centre and produced some very keenly contested matches in which several Bury League players were involved.
Unfortunately Mick Palmer (Bury Vikings) aggravated a back injury during the warm-up which restricted his movement throughout the day.
In the Open Singles he still managed to win through his group but was then beaten by Malcolm Collins (Ipswich) 11-3, 13-15, 5-11, 11-4, 11-5.
Phil Sinclair (British Sugar) lost at the same stage to Kenny Lewis (Ipswich) 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7.
The other quarter-finals were contested by Ipswich players with Andy Holmes edging out Rex Manning 11-9, 13-15, 11-3, 5-11, 11-6 and Barry Thain overcoming Charlie Fulcher 6-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9 in a match which featured some dogged defence and very long rallies.

These results produced a semi-final line-up which included none of the group winners. Lewis beat Holmes 11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9 to set up a final encounter with Thain who disposed of Collins 12-10, 15-13, 16-14 in a very tight match. The final was a fluctuating affair from which Lewis eventually emerged victorious 11-4, 5-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-5.

In the Doubles Palmer and Sinclair partnered each other for the first time and overcame the Lawshall pair of Clive Grimwood and Dennis Morgan 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 in the semi-finals. Peter Fordham (Culford Crusaders) and Colin Baxter (Thurston) were also playing together for the first time and enjoyed a good win over the strong Ipswich pairing of Manning and Thain 11-9, 12-10, 18-16 to set up an all Bury League final. After a nervy opening Palmer and Sinclair produced the stronger attacking shots to take the title 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9.
The Over 50's Singles competition saw Palmer and Sinclair reach the semi-finals again. However they were unable to overcome their Ipswich opponents with Thain beating Palmer 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 and Lewis again defeating Sinclair 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4 to set up a rematch of the Open Singles final.

This fluctuated in much the same way but Thain eventually managed to reverse his previous defeat by winning through 11-3, 4-11, 9-11, 13-11, 12-10.
The last event was the Restricted Singles which featured three Bury players in the semi-finals in which Baxter got to grips with Manning's unorthodox play to win 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 14-12 and Sinclair beat Fordham 11-7, 11-9, 11-9.
In the final Sinclair took early control to win the first two legs 11-7, 11-6 but Baxter then competed strongly before Sinclair sealed victory in an epic 21-19 third leg.

Veterans 'Southern Masters' at Bracknell

Kenny Lewis' Report from the Veterans 'Southern Masters' at Bracknell 3rd April 2004Both Fred Dove and myself entered the veterans 'Southern Masters' at Bracknell last weekend. In the 40+ event, Fred won his group loosing in the second round of the ko to Tony Gelder (ranked 26 in England).
In the 40+ I finished second in my group, loosing game 12 in the fifth to Peter Waite from Wales (ranked 103 in England, 262 places higher than me !!), then in the ko lost in the first round to Steve Davis (ranked 73 in England), though I did take a game from him.
In the doubles, Fred and I almost pulled off what would undoubtedly have been the shock of the week-end, loosing in the quarter finals, game 8 in the fifth after coming back from 2 games down to Clive Carthy and Paul Giles (ranked 13 and 14 respectively in England).
I also played in the 50+ loosing ALL three of my group matches, ALL going to five games - in one of them I scored more points than my opponent overall, and still lost 3 games to 2 !! However, I wasn't too disappointed, missing out only narrowly in a very tough group. This put me into the plate competition where I enjoyed some real success, eventually loosing disappointingly in the semi final to a player I really should have beaten, but beating three players on route ranked much higher than me - best win was coming back from two games down to beat Alan Boyle (ranked 83 places above me) !!
A full summary of the results is on the ETTA website.

Channel 4 'Grudge Match'

For those of you who spotted Kenny on the Channel 4 'Grudge Match' in March 2004 here's Kenny's Report:
Regards the Norwich tournament, I got through my group of 4 in second place but then lost in the first round of the knockout stage - it's very tough at National tournament level, but a great experience !!
Didn't come up against either of the two featured players - don't think I would stand much of a chance against Joe Kennedy, but would love to have a bash against Nigel Eckersley, his style would give me better chance of success........ dream on........!!

New League Format

In 2003-2004 the Handbook / Registration Secretary wanted you to consider a radical change to the league. Click Here.   Part 2 is availableHere. Although the schemes have problems, they did prompt players to comment on the good and poor parts of the league and give us some valuable feedback.

2003 Britannia Top 12 Championship

Read Andy Dosher's report on the 2003 Britannia Top 12 Championship report. Click Here.

Bert Newman recognised at ETTA

Congratulations to Bert Newman (Chairman of the Ipswich and District Table Tennis League) on being elected for a three year term as a ETTA Vice Chairman at the ETTA Honours Committee Meeting on Saturday 8th March 2003.