Jarvis Sports Edinburgh Open, 6 & 7th January
DDTTA players travelled to Bathgate over the weekend to take advantage of the many attractive categories offered at this event, which always ensures plenty of table time for all entrants.
It was good to see Cadets and Minors David, Andrew, Jason, Deklyn and Mackenzie gain great experience while John Hannah, Grant Williams, Howard Lee, Mark Lundberg and Callum Riddoch contested a number of the senior competitions.
There was particular success for Callum, who took the Under 23 title with a 3-2 win over Charlie Morton in the final, and for John who must have been delighted to win the Band One title from the 6th seed position. John defeated Calum Morrison 3-1 in the final and also showed good form in the Mens’ Singles, reaching the semi-final before going down to Scotland No 2 Craig Howieson.
Secondary School Qualifiers – Report by Paul McCabe
There were 27 entrants last night and a terrific night of table tennis ensued. In the Under 14's all of the seeds progressed through their groups and Edward Coles and Keir Paterson were unfortunate to ultimately finish 5th and 6th respectively. Arguably one of the best wins of the day was by Mackenzie Rough over Murray Paterson 3-0; Mackenzie ostensibly improving from his weekend at Scottish primary schools. In the final Jacob overcame Deklyn 3-1 and the match hinged on the third set at one end a piece which Jacob took 11-9.
In the Under 16's the finale between David and Andrew finished 3-1 after Andrew originally took the lead. Likewise, Michael Snodgrass gave a strong finish to take the last qualification spot winning his group without dropping a set.
The girls had Zoe Rennie defeat both of her younger counterparts with the loss of only a single set. Kelsay also gave a good performance in the Under 14's demonstrating she is still practicing at Morgan Academy. Plamen and Sascha were really helpful umpires until late and should be commended.
Under 14 Boys
1st) Jacob Munro - St Johns Academy
2nd) Deklyn Mackenzie - Baldragon Academy
3rd) Mackenzie Rough - Grange Primary
4th) Murray Paterson - Madras College
Under 16 Boys
1st) David Hay - Monifieth High
2nd) Andrew Nimmo - Harris Academy
3rd) Dylan Young - Baldragon Academy
4th) Michael Snodgrass - Madras College
Under 16 Girl - Zoe Rennie - Arbroath High
Under 14 Girls
1st) Kelsay Simpson - Morgan Academy
2nd) Hannah Cleasy - Sidlaw View Primary
Report by Paul McCabe
Scottish Primary School Championships 3/12/17
A quick summary of the Scottish primary school championships held in Bathgate. Dundee went with 3 players, Keir, Mckenzie and Nairn who all done really well. None of them managed to get through the group stage because only one got through from each group which made it really tough. There was a consolation event however.
Nairn finished 3rd in his group after a good win against a youngster from Edinburgh. Then after that he played his consolation group and managed to finish 2nd after some really good blocks and a few big forehands. That was him done for the day though.
Keir finished 2nd in his group after losing a tough first match but then beating some impressive players. Then in the consolation he won his group then getting him to the quarter final where he got beat from a big hitting left hander. He played very well throughout the day though consistently being able to attack everything his opponents threw at him.
McKenzie also finished 2nd in his original group then managing to win his consolation group. He managed to progress all the way to the final of the consolation however with some very good wins. Most the players couldn't handle his spin, consistency and amazing placement. I would say technique wise they would be more advanced but McKenzie played very smart which put him above most. The final was 3-0 to the opponent but some great rallies were in this match!
Then Keir and McKenzie played in the doubles against a very strong first pair which they managed to just take in the 5th set. After that they had the 2nd seeds however, two very good youngsters from Edinburgh who both just qualified for the Scotland squad. They managed to compete very well in the rallies but serve and service return was just a bit too much for the Dundee and district pair.
Overall it was a great day with some great matches. The players should be really proud of themselves for managing to compete at such a high level and I hope they use this experience to help them in the future.
Dundee hit top form in National League
Following three excellent wins at Bathgate on Saturday, Dundee sit in second place in Division Two, only a single set behind Murrayfield B.
With Ade Fabola playing in the British Universities Championships in England, Callum Riddoch played the anchor role with six wins from six. Calum Ross and Stuart Halliday backed him up admirably with five and four wins respectively.
A 5-1 victory against Drumchapel B was followed by a 4-2 win against previous table toppers South Ayrshire A.
Last match of the day produced a 6-0 whitewash of Aberdeen's Triangle B.
Second SVTTA assessment - Dundee contingent.
Paul Monteith; took full advantage of some top players being unavailable and finished in fourth place, beating some stronger opposition on the way.
Ian McLagan managed somehow to win the 70+ age group!!!
Fiona Kinloch, Carol Mclean and Winnie Stein competed in a Ladies' assessment. Fiona finished in third place and was unlucky not to be second. Carol fought hard in every match as usual but it wasn't her day and finished in fifth of the seven competitors. Winnie ended up two places lower, she managed to defeat the second placed player but just couldn't get another win anywhere.
Death of Kenny Lindsay
It is with great sadness that DDTTA members have learned of the death of Kenny Lindsay at the age of 30. Kenny played much of his junior table tennis in Dundee and many of us witnessed him develop his lively attacking style to become one of Scotland’s best young players.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with Ron and Agnes, Kenny’s parents.
Tournament Report – Edinburgh Banded Series Event 2
The Edinburgh Banded Series 2 event took place in Bathgate on Sunday November 5th and was another full booked sell out. The event was won in a thrilling final by Johannes Laute winning from Gerry Campbell.
Band 2 had our very own Grant Williams competing, however, the band was won by Aberdeen’s upcoming cadet, Rafa Wilowski with Lara Stirling runner up.
Tie Xeu won Band 3, Michael Zhang took Band 4, Band 5 was won by Richard Lo.
Further Dundee interest was in Band 6, with Andrew Nimmo winning the band and David Hay runner up. Both won 7 of their 8 games and continued their promising early season form.
Young Chad Duncan from Ayrshire took Band 7 and Band 8 went to on form Josh Orr.
The banded events prove hugely popular, and are a great way to have a great day’s competition against similar ability players.
Thanks to Peter Hay for the report.
Dundee players out and about
Congratulations to Andrew Nimmo and David Hay who finished first and second in Band 6 at the Edinburgh Banded Series Event Two at Bathgate on 5th November. Grant Williams reports that the two youngsters, both members of DDTTA’s Development Squad, were in excellent form in topping the table with only one loss each with Andrew getting the nod for top spot since he had beaten David in their head to head.
Grant and Mark Lundberg also had an enjoyable days’ play in Bands 1 and 2.
In the first series of matches in the Scottish National League, Dundee got off to a great start with a 6-0 victory over Glasgow South A before suffering a narrow 2-4 loss to North Merchison.
In the next series to be played at Bathgate on 25th November, Dundee will play three matches against teams scattered throughout the division. They must target a win against current bottom team, Drumchapel B from Glasgow for in the next match they face table toppers South Ayrshire A. The third match of the day is against Triangle B who also had one win and one loss in the first round and so a win for Dundee against the Aberdeen side would be a big step towards staying in the top half of the table. Ade Fabola will be looking to repeat his form of the first round when he won four out of four, with back up being provided by Messrs Ross, Riddoch and Halliday.
National League Update
Best wishes go to Dundee & District’s National League team as it begins this season’s campaign at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth, this Saturday (14th October).
Dundee start with two tough matches against Glasgow South A and North Merchiston from Edinburgh, but our foursome of Callum Riddoch, Ade Fabeola, Stuart Halliday and Calum Main will once again call on the good team spirit which they displayed last season to pick up as many wins as possible on the day.
With teams from Triangle (Aberdeen), South Ayrshire, Murrayfield, Drumchapel and Stirling making up a tough Division Two, every individual win may be important in the final placings come April.
The National League is an excellent team competition, and making the Dundee team should be one of the targets for aspiring youngsters from our Development Squad such as Andrew, Jacob and David. Congratulations to David for winning Band 7 at the recent Edinburgh Banded Series 1.
Robert Toth also enjoyed success at this event, with his win over John Hannah giving him top spot in Band 1 with John runner-up. Robert will need to take this good form into Fair City’s first National League tie – couldn’t be much harder than meeting Drumchapel A, but no doubt Robert, Gillian Edwards and Grant Williams will relish the challenge.
SVTTA Assessment 8/10/17– Report.
Fiona Kinloch; In a very strong 40+ age group competition, defeated in the first stage by a top 4 player but found the competition too strong in the later stages and finished in 12th place.
Paul Monteith; Took second place in his three player first group and then proceeded to compete for places 9-14. Three good wins saw him in a position to challenge for 9th place but unfortunately despite some terrific play, could not defeat any of the top three players in the group and finished in a creditable 11th place; no mean feat in a competition with so many good players.
Ian McLagan; started off with a bang with three 3-0 wins and then defeated the most awkward player 3-2; spectators could not believe he could play in such a controlled manner!! He lost to the top seed in the final game and ended in a three way tie at the top of the 70+ group only to finish in third after count back.
Winnie Stein; lost to the top three players and recorded a rare win only to be in a three way tie at the bottom of the group and she too finished third of the three to end in sixth place.
Two former Dundee layers also took part; Pat Duffy. Now playing in the Perth league finished in 10th place in the 60+ event and those of a certain age may remember a young David Simpson play here many years ago. Now aged 50+ he finished in 15th place in that event and enjoyed meeting Paul Monteith reminiscing over a couple of matches they played in Dundee when Paul defeated top seeded David in the Dundee Closed. David and Paul did not play each other at the assessment......unfortunately!!!!
SVTTA Report by Ian McLagan
North of Scotland Open - Report.
The North of Scotland Open was played in Aberdeen on Sunday 17th September.
Jacob and Andrew made it to the last 16 of the Cadets and Juniors, an especially strong performance from Jacob who is in his first year in the Cadets. David managed to get to the quarter finals before losing to no.2 seed Yefie Fang (Aberdeen). David was actually close to creating an upset early on when he was beating the no.4 seed, before the lad adapted and he lost in 4 tight sets.
In the Men’s events, Robert Toth nearly lost to the no.1 cadet Rafal Wolinski, but pulled it back to win 11-9 in the fifth - the youngster is about 6 foot tall at 14 and just gets everything back. Robert and John Hannah reached the quarter finals of the men's before losing to no.2 and 3 seeds. Robert was close with Sean Docherty in an end, but Sean has a world ranking and is a really high level player. Craig Howieson (Scotland no.2 only to Gavin) won the event 3-0 against Sean Docherty overall, without dropping a set all tournament.
John and Robert finished runners up in the Men's Doubles (no.2 seeds) and then John finished R/U in the Band 1. Callum Riddoch also did well and made the last 16 of the Men's and last 8 of the Band 1 event.
Overall, a pretty solid performance with DDTTA players performing to their seedings, and David exceeding his seeding. And yes we were out from 7.15am until 9.30pm! So a long day!