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Scottish Interleague event at Bell's Sports Centre on 23rd & 24th March

Good luck to the 25 players who will represent DDTTA at the Interleague this year.

Minor Boys : Nairn Nixon  Jonny Laing   Ross Marshall

Cadet Boys :  Euan Steel   Mohammed Alrubayee  Jamie Harle  Robb Lawrence

Junior Boys :  David Hay   Andrew Nimmo  Jacob Munro

Senior Men A :  Robert Toth  Mark Lundberg  Michael Hahn

Senior Men B :  Stuart Halliday  Ryan Docherty  Grant Williams Callum Riddoch

Ladies Vets  : Fiona Kinloch  Carol McLean

Men's Vets A  :  Jos Berkhout  Peter Aird  Paul Monteith

Men's Vets B :  Iain Martin  John Anderson Andy Crawford

 

Ward Road Gym – Directors Day 16th March 2019

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A group of 15 non league players from schools across the region took part in the Table Tennis competition as part of the annual Ward Road Gym Directors Day. The group was made up to 8 teams of 2 with thanks to league player Mohammad Al-Rubayee who agreed to play left handed (he is right handed).

The teams were:

            Arbroath High School: Logan Smith and Lewis Crawford

            Dundee High School 1: Sofia Kapelyukh and Kaile Liu

            Dundee High School 2: Ade Adenyi and Timi Kalejaiye

            Grange Primary School:  James Hay and Declan Whatley

            Harris Academy: Haydar Al-Rubayee and Mohammad Al-Rubayee

            Morgan Academy: Kelsay Simpson and Ross Marshall (on loan from Craigie PS in Perth)

            Monifieth High School: Robb Lawrence and Lachlann Henderson

            Tayview Primary School: Owen Millar and Thomas McConnachie

The teams were split into 2 groups of 4 teams, in a slightly unusual format, matches were played to 2 sets with every set won counting as a point. The players from teams all played each other in a round robin format.

Both groups were closely matched. In group 1 Arbroath High School, narrowly took first position over Morgan Academy with Logan picking up all 4 of his sets in the head to head. It should be noted that both Lewis, from Arbroath and Ross, from Perth, had “exciting travels” with cancelled trains and quick runs to catch buses. All the teams won a number of points with Grange Primary school a close 3rd.

In group 2 the first 2 matches were incredibly close with Harris Academy and Monifieth drawing 4-4 and DundeeHigh School 1 taking a narrow 5-3 win over Tayview PS. With the brothers Al-Rubayee not dropping another set in the group they came out on top of the close group with Monifieth taking second and Dundee High School taking a close 3rd.

The play offs and final were all played as conventional 3 set matches. In case of a draw a single set of doubles would determine the winners

In the 7th / 8th play off Tayview Primary school proved to be too strong for Dundee High Schools second team with Thomas not dropping a set.

In the 5th / 6th Play off Grange Primary School took 5th place needing the tie break doubles. James Hay, younger brother of the 1st division’s David dropped only 2 sets all day.

The 3rd / 4th Place tie also went to the deciding doubles game with Morgan Academy edging the deciding set.

The outright winners were Arbroath, also needing the doubles tie break to defeat Harris Academy. Logan’s all round play and Lewis’s defensive ability joined together to make worthy winners. Haydar and Mohammad got very close. Despite his success Mohammad indicated at the end he will not be continuing in this manner when he noted “I will NEVER play left handed again!”

The standard of the play was excellent and the sportsmanship was outstanding, perhaps some of us league players could learn from the example set by the youngsters. Well done to all participants. We hope that you all enjoyed the event as much as we did organising it.

The organisers would like to thank the youngsters from our league who despite not being eligible to play came along to support, umpire and encourage the players. Namely Eddie Dougan, Tanya Kapelyukh, Stewart Clark, David Hay, Andrew Nimmo. Also thanks to Pat Duffy for doing the presentations.

We would also like to thank the Ward Road Gym Directors for allowing us to take part in their annual Directors day event and providing much appreciated Pizzas at the end.

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In the pictures from left to right: Arbroath High School, Harris Academy and Morgan Academy aided by Craigie Primary School

 

Plebeians Club Championships

The Plebeians Club Championships were held at Forthill on Sunday 10th March 2019.

In the Club Championship itself, players were divided into three groups with top seeds Zeesth Naseem, Jason Fleming and the Holder Grant Williams coming out on top. While Zeesth and Jason went straight through to the semi finals Grant had to negotiate a particularly tough Quarter Final against the doughty Pete Yearworth. That task suddenly became more difficult when Pete won the first set. A very tight second set saw Grant win 12 – 10 and from there onwards he had the edge and won in four sets. Villa teammates Ian Hunter and Ian McLagan fought out the other Quarter Final.  After sharing two fairly one sided sets Ian Hunter eventually prevailed although he was taken all the way to juice in the fourth set.

In the first semi final Ian Hunter looked to have a tough task against the Zeesth meister and so it proved with Ian getting somewhat blown away in three straight sets. The other semi looked tighter although hats off to Grant who won in three well contested sets against Jason with the closest and probably the crux being the second which was won 16-14. In the final Grant did all he could against Zeesth with some terrific phases of play particularly in the first two sets. Having won the second set 14 – 12 and with the match level, a combination of Zeesth going into overdrive and perhaps Grant's exertions catching up with him saw the match reaching its conclusion fairly quickly. Congratulations to both players – Zeesth on winning his first title and Grant for such a spirited defence. 

The Handicap Event was straight knockout with sixteen participants and one of the closest matches in the first round saw young Nairn Nixon defeating Pete Yearworth 31 – 30 in the third and deciding set. In the Quarters Nairn edged out Moira Brown 21 – 20 again in the third and deciding set. In one of the other Quarters Grant faced up to Zeesth again but this time with a small start. This proved not to be enough and Zeesth edged out Grant with two 21 – 20 wins in the second and third sets.

The Semis saw Euan Steel taking on old stager Ian Hunter who had to use all his guile and old fashioned chiselling technique to finally wear down Euan in three sets after being well beaten in the first thus preventing an all Junior final (Spoilsport !). In the other semi the Nairn Nixon bandwagon continued against Club Champion Zeesth. Having won the first set fairly comfortably Nairn then lost several chances to win the second before Zeesth edged it 31 – 30. Undeterred Nairn came out fighting in the third set and knocked Zeesth out of his stride and this time he made no mistake when the win was in sight. In the Final Ian never really managed to lay a finger on Nairn and a famous and well deserved victory was assured.

To complete the afternoon / evening there was a Ballot Doubles competition with some promising partnerships coming out of the draw. None more so than the two finalists Euan with Zeesth and Pete Yearworth with Nairn. Euan and Zeesth won the first set 11 – 6 then a second set with fluctuating fortunes and some brilliant play went to Pete and Nairn 17 – 15. The third set was tight too but eventually Zeesth and Euan prevailed in what couldn’t have been a tighter tussle.

Club Championship           Winner – Zeesth Naseem             Runner Up – Grant Williams

Handicap Singles                Winner – Nairn Nixon                   Runner Up – Ian Hunter

Drawn Doubles             Winners – Euan Steel / Zeesth Naseem   Runners Up – Pete Yearworth / Nairn Nixon

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Some of the Trophy winners from the Plebeians Club Championships

 

Dundee Closed Junior Championships, Sunday 17th February - Results

 

A number of Dundee's young table tennis players produced fine performances at Ward Road Gym on Sunday.

 

Sofia Kapelyukh dominated the girls' events, while Ross Marshall defeated Lachlann Henderson to win the Minor Boys' title.

 

In the Cadet Boys' Singles semi finals, Jacob Munro and Euan Steel won through defeating Robb Lawrence and Mohammed Alrubayee respectively. In the final, Jacob proved to have too much firepower for the Arbroath player.

 

The Junior semi finals pitted David Hay against Euan, and Jacob against Andrew Nimmo with David and Andrew emerging to play an entertaining final won by David.

 

The Under 21 event was played as a round robin and arguably produced the best play of the afternoon. David beat Jacob, who then recovered from his earlier defeat to turn the tables on Andrew. This meant that Andrew had to defeat David to have any chance of the trophy and he certainly gave it his all - a tremendous five set match ensued but David held his nerve and his fast attacking game proved just too strong against Andrew's high defensive strategy. The title went to David for the first time, with Jacob taking runners-up spot.

 

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Boys winners 2019

 

Dundee Closed Championships, Saturday 16th February - Results

 

Played at Ward Road Gym on Saturday, the senior categories produced a day of fine play and enough surprise results to keep the spectators buzzing.

 

Gillian Edwards retained the three titles she won last season, beating Fiona Kinloch in the final of the Ladies' Singles and then teaming up with Fiona against Emma Bissett and Tanya Kapelyukh to add the Doubles trophy to her haul. In the Mixed Doubles, Gillian and Ryan Docherty survived a close semi and in the final were match points down to Callum Riddoch and Emma in the fourth set before coming through to win in five.

 

In the Men's singles, Robert Toth progressed steadily in his quest for "three in a row." In the semi he inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Pete Yearworth who had rolled back the years in making it through to this stage. In the bottom half of the draw, Ryan was the man in form, beating three higher seeds in Stuart Halliday, David Hay and Callum in quick succession. However, he couldn't find a way past Robert's determined mix of attack and steady play and it was the Mylnefield player who was crowned champion yet again.

 

The Men's Doubles turned out to be the top event of the afternoon with Robert and Stuart favourites to win the title for the third time but they suffered a shock first round exit at the hands of juniors Andrew Nimmo and David Hay. Andrew and David then won a thrilling semifinal against Ryan and Paul Monteith, coming back from 2-1 down to win the 4th and 5th 13-11 and 11-9. On to the final to face the tricky pairing of Peter Aird and Callum, the boys again staged a recovery from two sets down to win the next three -8,-9 and -8 to get their names on a senior trophy for the first time.

 

There were no such surprises in the Veterans' Singles with Peter Aird fulfilling his top seeding with a final win against Iain Martin, although Peter did survive a scare in the semi against Brechin's Andy Crawford. The Vets' Doubles title went to Iain and Pete Yearworth when they defeated John Anderson and Andy. The Silver Bat was won by Grant Williams and Andy and Pete paired up to take the last title of the day when they beat Mohammed Alrubayee and Iain in the final of the Ballot Doubles.

 

The major trophy winners

 

 

Scottish National League, final weekend, 9-10 February 2019

 

All three Dundee teams enjoyed an unbeaten day at the final series of National League matches played at Bell's Sports Centre at the weekend, but pride of place goes to Dundee A, who finished their campaign as winners of Division Two.

 

As anticipated, in the first match of the day Dundee B were in no mood to do any favours to the "A" squad and a 3-3 draw was the final result after a feisty battle, with B squad's Callum Riddoch, Stuart Halliday and Jason Fleming fighting all the way against the higher placed Gillian Edwards, Mark Lundberg and Robert Toth.

 

There was damage limitation however when the A team's closest rivals, Aberdeen, were beaten in their first match. In their second match Gillian, Robert and Jason hit their stride to defeat Aberdeen 5-1 to win the title and promotion.

 

Dundee B finished in a sound fourth place with a 3-3 draw against South Ayrshire.

 

In Division 5, Dundee C won both their matches against Edinburgh International B and Joe Wilson TTC by 5-1, which gave them a third place finish overall - a promising showing from juniors David Hay, Andrew Nimmo and Jacob Munro.

 

Overall a good day for Dundee table tennis, with special mention to Robert, Stuart, David and Andrew who won all their matches on the day.

 

The majority of the players will now go on to compete in the Dundee and District Championships at Ward Road Gym this coming weekend.


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Division 2/3 Closed, 26th January 2019 - Report

 

A cheery turnout of 20 players contested the five events at WRG on Saturday.

 

Teenager Jacob Munro was rewarded for countless hours' of dedicated practice when he won all four titles available to him.  At the other end of the age range, hats off to TT senior citizen Ian McLagan who was on the table non-stop for the best part of seven hours, his efforts winning him the Over25s title and runner up slot in the Division Two Trident Challenge.

 

Third player to catch the eye on the day was youngster Mohammed Alrubayee from DDTTA's Development Squad who took home three runner's up trophies.

 

Emma Bissett was in good form to take the Division Three Challenge title.

 

D2 Trident Challenge Singles :

winner    Jacob Munro (Mylnefield)   R-up  Ian McLagan (Plebians)

 

D3 Challenge Singles               :

winner    Emma Bissett (Telecom)      R-up Mohammed Alrubayee (Mylnefield)

 

Hardy Ballot Doubles              :

winners   Jacob Munro & Eric Brown(Plebians)                

R-up          Mohammed Alrubayee & Elaine Forbes (St Andrews)

 

Over 25 singles                        :

winner     Ian McLagan                        R-up Howard Lee (St Andrews)

 

Under 25 Singles                     :

winner Jacob Munro                           R-up Mohammed Alrubayee

 

Fowler Handicap Cup (open to all divisions):

winner  Jacob Munro                           R-up Andrew Nimmo (Mylnefield)

 

 

 

Bring along a Kid

 

Take four TT-playing adults bringing along seven youngsters, add in help from Carol and Bill and a mix of fun games and skills from Arthur's repertoire and you have the recipe for a successful morning of table tennis at Ward Road Gym at Friday's "Bring along a Kid" session

 

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Scottish Call up for John Hannah

 

Dundee University student John Hannah has been rewarded for many sound tournament performances with selection to represent Scotland U21s in an international match against Ulster U'21s in Haddington on Friday evening (4th January). While pressure of studies have not allowed John  to register for league play this season, we in Dundee are lucky that he still makes time to help with our coaching and development programme and we congratulate him on this representative honour.

 

John and his Scottish teammates will also be taking part in the Jarvis Edinburgh Open which will be played at Bathgate over the weekend of 5th & 6th. Good luck not only to John in this event, but also to the seven Dundee players who have entered a number of categories.

 

 

"BRING ALONG A KID" Morning

 

On Friday 4th January, from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Ward Road Gym, DDTTA is offering a drop-in session where league players are invited to bring along a novice youngster(s) to give table tennis a try. Rope in a child/grandchild/neighbour's kid -whoever- and encourage them along for a morning of fun games just when life is getting unbearably boring at the end of the holidays.

 

Supported by our development grant from TTS, there is no charge for an adult and child pairing.  Contact chairman@ddtta.co.uk for more details.

 

 

Scottish Ping Pong (Sandpaper) Championships - reminder

 

Dundee will be hosting the Scottish Ping Pong Championships at Ward Road Gym on Saturday 22nd December.  Sandpaper is a fun variation on Table Tennis, and this event is open to all standards of player.

 

Entries close on Friday 14th December for the competition in Dundee on Saturday 22nd December.  Entry forms are available at Ward Road Gym, at Forthill Sports Club, or from Juliet or Derek Johnston (pingpong@johnstonfamily.me.uk).

 

 

Scottish National League

 

Following the second series of matches played at Bathgate on Saturday, Dundee A find themselves leading Division Two, albeit on games difference from Aberdeen A.

 

Two wins from Mark Lundberg and one from Robert Toth gave the Dundee side a 3-3 draw against Edinburgh's North Merchiston in the morning session. Robert, Mark and Gillian Edwards then hit top form in the afternoon with a 6-0 defeat of Stirling.

 

Also in Division Two, stablemates Dundee B started the day well with a 5-1 win against Murrayfield C, with Jason Fleming and Callum Riddoch each putting two points on the board and Michael Hahn adding another. Unfortunately the trio could not hold this form against Aberdeen A, with Callum and Michael managing a win apiece as they went down 2-4. The day's results left them in fourth place - only two points behind Dundee A.

 

With the two Dundee sides set for a derby in the first match of the final series to be played at Bell's Sports Centre on 9th February, it would be a brave pundit who would predict the outcome.

 

Scottish Primary Schools

Lachlann represented Seaview PS at the 2019 Scottish Primary Schools in Bathgate on Saturday 24th December.  Lachlann played well and calmly, winning his first two singles matches in straight sets.  The experience of the top seed in his group, however, proved too much for Lachlann and he came 2nd in his group. 

In the Consolation Singles, Lachlann lost his first match in a very close 5-set match with several tie-breaks, and then won his final match comfortably.  He went on to play in the Doubles, with Robbie from Aberdeen.  They won their first match comfortably, but unfortunately then came up against the second seeds, and were put out.

Lachlann kept a cool head all through the day, and was very focused – both when playing and when umpiring.  He did credit to himself, to Seaview PS, and to Dundee & District.

 

 

Dundee Sandpaper Table Tennis Tournament.

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Dundee’s Sandpaper event was a success with 20 players taking part in a relaxed atmosphere. The scoring is a little different from the normal game - each game is to 15 points and there is no tie-breaker so that you can win (or lose) 15-14. We played the best of 3. It is disconcerting when you reach 11 points and find that you are still 4 points away from taking the game!

It was quickly clear that some players were used to the bats and some had taken the opportunity to practice with the bats that are available in Ward Road Gym, however it didn’t take long for the others to get used to the format. It was interesting to watch the players adapt - some quickly, and some less so.  One player commented “Nobody told me it was hard work”. Another felt it was “good for my game, it is making me think about what I’m doing. Can we do it again?”

The format was 5 groups of 4, with the top 2 going through to the knockout rounds. Matches were the best of 3 games, each game up to 15 with no tie break, each player also had the chance to serve a double point ball once per match. Some of the players had the advantage of having practiced a bit before using the bats and others, like Howard Lee, were old hands.

In the group stages:

Group 1 saw Andrew Nimmo’s and Mohammad Al-Rubayee’s pre-match practice put them in good stead with Andrew winning the group, though he was pushed hard in his match with Gillian Edwards. Despite losing to Mohammad, Gillian defeated Michael Martin.  Michael had missed out on the warm up due to his journey from Glasgow, but then steadily improved during the evening.  He won his last match against Mohammad, which meant that there was a 3 way countback with Gillian taking 2nd in the group.

In Group 2 Jason Fleming was untroubled winning the group without dropping a set. Bill Beattie was runner up, winning close matches with Steve Wilson and Fiona Kinloch.

Group 3 was won by Iain Martin.  Howard Lee’s previous hardbat experience and determination earned him second place despite being pushed hard by Chris Riddoch. Mark Lundberg started strongly but looked uncomfortable with the sandpaper bat.

Group 4. In a close group. Paul Monteith won all his games but was pushed hard in his match with David Hay. Jacob Munro fought his way into second place with Haydar Al-Rubayee making a good showing in such a tough group.

Group 5 was a late addition and thanks go to John Thain who played to make up the numbers. Robert was untroubled in the group with Stewart McGowan taking a comfortable second place. Derek Johnston showed his previous sandpaper bat experience by finishing the group in a solid last place.

In the knockout stages the surviving players were now getting used to the bats. The match of the night was the quarter final with Iain Martin against Jacob Munro. Despite a fantastic performance by Jacob, Iain managed to save several match points to win 13-15, 15-14, 15-14. During the match the ball was being hit so hard that 2 of them burst.  Elsewhere it may have been my imagination but Paul seemed to particularly enjoy beating his teammate Gillian on his way to the final. Robert adapted quickly to the hardbat and despite a close match against Bill managed to win the event without dropping a set.

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Congratulations to Robert Toth, Paul Monteith (pictured above), Iain Martin and Jason Fleming who all have guaranteed themselves places in the Scottish Ping Pong Championships. Thanks go to Juliet Johnston who was the main organiser and to Ian McLagan who kindly came along to help with the running on the night.

Finally we can now officially confirm that, with thanks to this event and the others run throughout Scotland, the Scottish Ping Pong Championships now have 2 qualifying spots in the World Championships of Ping Pong which will be held in London.

Some other local players have already grabbed spots in the Scottish Championship by getting their entries in quickly, don’t miss your chance and get your entry in soon.

 

“Exclusively Girls” session, Ward Road Gym, Saturday 3rd November 9.45am

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The "Exclusively Girls" morning had an encouraging turnout of fifteen ladies. A warm up hit was followed by "top table and split" doubles. After the tea break, we played team matches incorporating doubles and singles. Thanks to Gillian, Emma, Carol, Fiona, Jill and Miriam for their support in the venture. It was nice to welcome five of our Wednesday morning regulars. The Coupar Angus crowd brought two newcomers who were joined by a St Andrews "Rascal" who was making her first visit to WRG.

 

Numbers were completed by Lenna Cumberbach who has recently moved to the area and is intending to get back up to speed and play competitive TT after a few years' absence. The overall feeling was that it had been a worthwhile and enjoyable exercise which would be good to repeat. Thanks to all who attended and to our Chair, Elaine Forbes for organizing the event.

 

 

“Novice” Visitors Coaching and fun session, Ward Road Gym, Saturday 3rd November pm.

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Eight of our "novice" youngsters were joined by eight players from East Lothian and Stirlingshire with the aim of enjoying  joint practice and some light hearted competitive play as a route to easing them in to tournament play. Our coach, John Hannah, delivered an excellent two hour coaching session, keeping the players focussed and involved throughout - no mean feat given the wide range of abilities.

 

The coaching was followed by a two-player team tournament, with each player partnered with one from a different district and combining singles and doubles. This proved a huge success, with the youngsters mixing well. The players were a credit throughout, not only in terms of application but also good sportsmanship. Hopefully the venture will have whetted their appetite to work hard with our coaches and to have confidence to enter tournaments out with the district. The visiting coaches were also delighted with the afternoon's format and we all look forward to the next session on 29th December.

 

“Exclusively Girls” session, Ward Road Gym, Saturday 3rd November 9.45am

As part of a nationwide drive by TableTennisScotland to encourage more female participation in table tennis, we will be holding an "Exclusively Girls" morning at WRG on Saturday 3rd November from 9.30 am to 12 noon.

It would be great if all the ladies playing in the area – including league teams, players at our various social sessions, and girls at the Schools sessions - could lend their support to this event.  Please come along to play on the day and also bring along any friend or relative who has at any time said she would like to give TT a try.

Entry is free.

For more details, contact chairman@ddtta.co.uk.

 

 

Boys’ Brigade Annual TT Competition – no practice at Ward Road Gym on Monday 12th November

Please note that there will be no practice at WRG on 12th November, as the hall is being used for the annual Boys’ Brigade competition.

 

Dundee Secondary Schools Qualifier, Thursday 6th December, 6pm, WRG

The Dundee Secondary Schools competition will be held on Thursday 6th December at Ward Road Gym.  Despite the name, this competition is open to anyone born on or after 1st September 2000, whether at Primary, Secondary or even at College or University in the North Fife/Dundee/Angus area.  You don’t need to play TT regularly to take part.

There are boys’ and girls’ events for 3 age groups: under 14, under 16 and under 18.  You may only play in your own age group.  The top 4 in each event qualify for the Scottish Secondary Schools Finals in Bathgate in February 2019.

This is usually a very popular event.  Family and friends are welcome to watch and support.  Tea and coffee facilities are available.

Entry forms will be available at Ward Road Gym and from local coaches.

 

 

Dundee Players at Scottish Vets Assessment

In the recent SVTTA Assessment, several Dundee league players took part. Here is a synopsis of how they fared.

In the 40+ age category, Fiona Kinloch and Aaron Robertson took part, Aaron making his debut in these events. Both found the first stage very tough; neither won a game although both suffered a narrow defeat. In the second stage, Fiona won all her matches, including a 3-1 win over Aaron and she finished 16th overall with Aaron finishing in 20th.

Paul Monteith, seeded fourth in the 50+ event, dropping a couple of games in the first stage. John Anderson, like his club mate Aaron making his debut almost snatches a win in the first stage but lost 11-7 in the fifth. Howard Lee also lost out in the first stage and he joined John in the competition for places 12-16, John won all his 5 games to finish 11th, a creditable finish in his first assessment and Howard’s 2 wins gave him 17th place overall. Paul hade a great chance for a top three finish, but old rival David Simpson saved four match points and Paul ended where he started; in 4th place overall. Next time, Paul!!!!

Peter Aird, seeded 2, and Carol McLean entered the 60+ event and were drawn in the same group. Carol gave Peter a fright, Peter scraping home 11-8 in the fifth, and also came close to winning another tight game eventually losing 11-9 in the fifth. Peter just edged out the other players in this group to take top place.  In the second stage, Peter had a bad day and won only the one match and finished in fifth place.  Carol just could not find her earlier form, winning only the one game to complete her day in 19th place.

The 70+ event saw Winnie Stein and Ian McLagan in the group.  Try as she could, Winnie just could not manage to scrape a win, while second seeded Ian reached the last match unbeaten after winning against the third seed after being 10-9 down in the fifth, but he lost out to the top seed 3-1 to finish in second place, Winnie ending up in sixth.

In the 75+ event, Ji, Fleming also just could not win a match despite several close score lines and ended up in fifth.

Report by Ian McLagan.

 

Fun night at Ward Road Gym

Friday night at WRG was the place to be to view a good-natured competition involving fifteen of our league players. Based on the excellent format of the Chris Halliday Cup, the rules were adapted slightly to cater for players from across all three divisions competing against each other in teams of three, playing sets to 51 points.

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The photo shows the winners,Emma Bissett, Stuart Halliday and Fiona Kinloch, surrounded by a number of the participants.

 

 

 

Dundee & District takes part on Clubs Open Doors Week

 

Clubs Open Doors Week is a chance for people across Scotland to try a new sport or activity for free in their local area from 23 - 30 September 2018.

Club: Dundee & District Table Tennis Association
Date: Friday 28 September 2018
Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue: Ward Road Gym

So if you have a friend, relative, workmate etc. who fancies giving TT a try, bring them along on the 28th.

 

Scottish Ping Pong Championships: The Ronnie Turnbull Quaich will be held at Ward Road Gym on the 22 December 2018

 

Juliet Johnston has “volunteered” to organise the Scottish Sandpaper Championships incorporating the World Championship of Ping Pong (WCPP) Qualifier. This event has up to now been held annually hosted and organised by Murrayfield Table Tennis Club.

 

The WCPP is held at Alexandra Palace in London on an annual basis, organised by Matchroom and televised by Sky. Scotland have been well represented at the championships with last year two players with strong local ties, Gavin Rumgay and Ian Johnston, both made the last 32. If you’d like a blow by blow account of Ian’s success just raise the subject with his dad Derek.... though be aware he likes to talk about it and has quite a lot of video footage.

 

While the Scottish Championships have a strong competitive element the Quaich has always managed to combine the Serious side with a fun multi-level event, don’t be put off by the thought of playing Gavin (or Ian!) Watch out for information on the main tournament and local events leading up to it. The competition website can be found here.

 

Sandpaper bats at Ward Road Gym

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From Rising Stars to Top players from young to young at heart not forgetting DDTTA's head coach, 

 

With thanks to experienced Sandpaper player John Hannah for providing a couple of sandpaper bats and to Mylnefield Table Tennis club for allowing her to gatecrash their match night, Juliet was able to start attracting players for the forthcoming tournaments.

 

With teams from all 3 divisions representing clubs from throughout Fife and the Dundee areas, it was an ideal opportunity to advertise the Sandpaper game in preparation for a Dundee and District Table Tennis Association area tournament (date to be agreed once we have bats!!) and the Scottish Tournament on the 22nd December.

 


Several of the top local players were in attendance, including the Scottish Women's number one Gillian Edwards who, we are delighted to say, indicated her intention to enter. The more observant of you will notice that Gillian is holding a standard Table Tennis bat - when the sandpaper bats arrived, Gillian was playing and we were too scared to interrupt (only kidding!)

 

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David  Goddard shows how it's done

 

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When we asked if Rising Star Jacob Munro would enter, his Dad suggested that we'd have trouble stopping him :)

 

 

 

Mylnefield Club Championships 2018

Callum Riddoch is the 2018 Mylnefield Table Tennis Club Champion. He won the competition, held at Ward Road Gym on Tuesday 28 August, for the second year running. In the ‘Finals’ group he showed excellent form, beating David Hay 3-0, Peter Aird 3-0 and Stuart Halliday 3-1. The critical match was the last match of the evening when Callum faced Stuart, both players having been unbeaten up to that stage. Callum squeezed home 11-6, 9-11, 11-9 and 11-7, the winning of the 3rd set proving to be pivotal. Andrew Nimmo took the consolation event by beating Fiona Kinloch 12-10 in the fifth end. The competition was keenly contested by 14 members and played in an excellent spirit.  Thanks go to Ian McLagan for the smooth running of the tournament on the night.

            Callum receiving the trophy from Steve Wilson

Report by Steve Wilson

 

DDTTA Summer League

Dundee & District's Table Tennis Summer Programme, supported by a grant from SportDundee, drew to a close with its Finals Night at Ward Road Gym on Friday 31st August.

At the start of the evening, trophies were presented by TTS President Stewart McGowan to winners in three categories following three months of play involving 27 players in 63 matches in a new format Summer League:

Singles : Robert Toth

Doubles : Emma Bissett and Callum Riddoch

Highest finish by Novice Junior : Jamie Harle and Euan Steel (pictured)

 

Play then commenced to decide the last award of the competition - winning team.

In the first semi final, Callum and Emma enjoyed a 3-0 victory over David Hay and Bill Beattie. A tighter tussle ensued in the second semi, with Ian Farquhar and Andy Reid being narrowly pipped 3-2 by Tanya Kapelyukh and Robert.

With honours even after the first two singles of the Final, the doubles tie took on crucial importance. In a high quality and very close match, Robert and Tanya edged a fifth set win to take a 2-1 advantage into the second round of singles. With this cushion, both were able to add to their score and to claim the team title with a 4-1 victory.

 

Jamie and Euan, Novice Junior runner up and winner respectively

Tanya &Robert (Team winners) and Calum & Emma (League Doubles winners)

 

Honour for Three DDTTA Stalwarts

TTS President Stewart McGowan visited WRG on Friday evening to present Honorary Lifetime Memberships to Winnie Stein, Stewart Clark and David Sim.

This much deserved honour from TTS recognises not only the long playing careers of the threesome, but also the massive hours of voluntary effort they have put in over the years for their clubs and for DDTTA to the benefit of the whole membership. 

 

DDTTA Players Out and About

 

A number of our players have continued their season beyond the end of league play by competing in two tournaments.

 

Paul Monteith, Callum Riddoch, Ryan Docherty and David Hay all contested the Men's Singles at the rearranged Scottish Closed Championships in Perth on 30th April, but none emerged from their qualifying groups into the main draw.

 

David was joined on the Sunday by Andrew Nimmo and Jacob Munro with all three qualifying for the last sixteen of the Cadet Singles. David made it through to the quarters, losing to eventual runner up Yifei Fang. Both Jacob and David  played well to also reach the last sixteen in the Junior age category.

 

Five players took advantage of  Aberdeen TTA's decision to allow external players to compete in the North Confined on 5th May. Aaron Robertson and John Anderson made the relatively short journey up the road from Brechin, the latter having a particularly successful run in the Vets' Singles. Qualifying for the knock out stage following two wins in his group, John had the satisfaction in the quarters of turning the tables on Ikenna Aosgwa who had beaten him in the AU Cup competition earlier in the day. A close 3-2 win in the semi against Dennis Oon pitched John against Ross Martin in the final with the latter winning in three close sets.

 

Jacob and Andrew were joined in the junior events by Mohammed Al-Rubayee. Making his debut outside Dundee, Mohammed showed a tremendously positive attitude against more experienced opponents.

 

Andrew reached the final of both the Under 18 and Under 15 singles, meeting Josef Bokedal in both and unfortunately losing twice -but he gave a great account of himself in the U15 final where he actually held three match points for a 3-0 victory before suffering the anguish of a tremendous Bokedal fightback.

 

 

Chris Halliday Cup

 

The last competition of the season was completed at WRG on Tuesday evening when an excellent entry of six teams competed for the Chris Halliday Cup. It was good to see youngsters from the Development Squad help out Squires and Missiles and enter their own team (the "Pretenders") in place of Prospects.

 

With Stuart H masterminding the draw and dad Brian helping out shorthanded Lairds, a busy and competitive night ensued. When the last match finished at 10.30, there was a three way tie with Lairds, Buccaneers and Telsports all having won four of their five encounters. Fortunately still sharp enough for some late night arithmetic, Stuart announced that on points won, Buccs were in runners- up spot with Telsports' name going on the trophy for 2018.

 

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 The Winners – Telsports                                                                                            The Runners up - Buccs

 

Plebeians Club Championships

 

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Grant Williams – Club Champion

 

The Plebeians Club Championships were held at Forthill on Sunday 8th April 2018.

In the Club Championship itself, players were divided into three groups with top seeds Mark Lundberg, Jason Fleming and Grant Williams coming out on top. While Mark went straight through to the semi finals Grant had to negotiate a particularly tough assignment against David Hay. Grant and Mark were joined in the semi finals by Pete Yearworth and Jason who saw off Jordan Ednie and Ian Hunter respectively. The semis were both cracking matches with Pete surprisingly coming out on top over Mark while Grant edged out Jason. In the final Pete's efforts over the afternoon apparently caught up with him and Grant strolled to his third Club Championship in a row – the first time this has ever been done.

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           Peter Yearworth – Handicap Winner

 

The Handicap Event was straight knockout and the two highest handicapped players Billy Liddle and Lee Nixon both lost 31-30 to Jordan and Jason respectively at the quarter final stage. In the semis Jordan managed to edge out teammate Ian Hunter while Pete came out on top over Jason. In the final Pete retrieved an early deficit to get his name on another trophy.

To complete the afternoon there was a fun doubles competition with Jordan and Pete edging out Ian and Jason in straight sets which were both close.

The afternoon concluded with the Club AGM.

 

 

GOOD SHOWING BY DUNDEE TEAMS AT INTERLEAGUE

 

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Some of the players playing in the Dundee Interleague Teams

 

Congratulations to all the players who represented DDTTA  at the Scottish Interleague Competition at Bell's Sports Centre in Perth on 24th & 25th March.

 

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Cadet Boys’ Team

 

An excellent start to the event by the Cadet Boys' team in beating West of Scotland A set the tone for their weekend. David, Andrew and Jacob only lost to a strong Aberdeen squad and their six wins gave them runners- up spot.

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Men’s A Team

 

 

 

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Men’s B Team

 

Both Men's teams got the bit between their teeth too. Four wins and only one loss (to West of Scotland) gave our "A" squad of Michael, Callum and Ade second position, with Dundee "B" finishing only one place behind - and Stuart, Grant and Ryan will tell you that it could have been so different when the B team were leading the A team 2-0 and it was 9-9 in the fifth between Ade and Ryan! Special mention at this point of Jason, Mark and Gillian who rose above their personal disappointment at the off table politics which prevented their competing to give full-hearted support, not to mention some sound match advice, to the six Dundee men.

 

In the Vets Ladies' event, Carol and Fiona defeated Edinburgh but lost out to West of Scotland.

 

In the Vets Men's competition, our A team of Iain, Paul, Jim and Sascha finished a very creditable third. With this category attracting the largest number of entries(11), competition was very fierce. Our B squad of John, Derek, Paul and Dougal competed manfully and for the three making their debut in the event, it was hopefully an enjoyable experience to be repeated in future seasons.

 

At the other end of the age range, we  had three youngsters playing in the competition for the first time too. Nairn, Luke and Euan joined Keir in the Minor Boys' category and all gave a good account of themselves over the four matches played -  they have gone home to pester parents to take them to even more coaching sessions!

 

Ward Road Gym Directors Day Table Tennis Tournament Saturday 17th March.

In a change to the normal Directors’ Day Table Tennis tournament this year, a school’s team event was held in place of the normal 4 man knockout.

15 Players attended and where a school could not field 2 representatives, the single players were randomly paired on the day.  Many thanks to the Tae-Kwon-Do group for making the number up to 16 so we had 8 teams of 2.  The format was two groups of 4 teams. Each group consisted of a round robin, all play all, each individual match consisting of 2 games, with no decider. After all the matches had been completed every player had played all the other players in their group and the individual games won were totalled.

 

In Group 1, Luke Conway from Grove Academy ably assisted by Nairn Nixon of Mill of Mains Primary School won after an extremely close count back. Group 2 was won by Monifieth 1.

 

In the final (and all other play-off matches) we reverted back to a more standard best-of-3 games Player 1 v Player 1 and Player 2 v Player 2; in the event of a tie a best-of-3 doubles game was played.  For the other play-offs, the tie-break was a single game of doubles.

 

In a very close final, the Monifieth High School team of Jamie Harle and Andrew McFarlane narrowly won the tie-break doubles match to become the overall winners.  Showing just how close all the teams were, the final, 3rd/4th play-off and 5th/6th play-off all went to the deciding doubles.

The final standings were:

 

1. Jamie Harle & Andrew McFarlane (Monifieth High 1)

2. Luke Conway (Grove Academy) & Nairn Nixon (Mill of Mains PS)    

3. Logan Smith & Euan Steel (Arbroath High 1)

Mohammed Al-Rubayee & Joshua Hood (Harris Academy)

Robb Laurence & Paddy (Monifieth High 2)

Lewis Crawford (Arbroath High) & Kelsay Simpson (Morgan Academy)

Dylan Young (Baldragon Academy) & Lachlan Henderson

Fatima Al-Rubayee (St Joseph’s PS) / Tae-Kwon-Do group

 

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Andrew (left) and Jamie pictured receiving their trophies from Mike Scott-Flynn, Chairman of Ward Road Gym.

The standard of play and sportsmanship was a credit to the schools, parents, coaching programme and of course the athletes themselves.

The directors of Ward Road gym would like to thank DDTTA Coaching Convener Juliet Johnston for doing such an excellent job of organising the event and being there to keep things ticking over smoothly. Thanks to Eddie Dougan and Mr Al-Rubayee who umpired, and to all who set up tables, put away tables etc. We’d also like to thank our excellent crop of young league players for accepting our “request” that they not enter.

 

 

Scottish National Table Tennis League

Dundee & District's table tennis team narrowly missed promotion from Division Two of the Scottish National League at the weekend.

In the final day of matches played in North Ayrshire, a win over fellow promotion contenders Murrayfield would have guaranteed the Dundee squad a premier division place next season but the Edinburgh side proved too strong with only Callum Riddoch registering a win.

There was some consolation with a final victory over Stirling, with Stuart Halliday (2), Ade Fabola (1) and Callum (1) all registering wins which ensured a very creditable third place finish- a position which the threesome plus fellow squad member Calum Ross  have worked very hard to achieve over the season.

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Final Division Two Table:

 

 

#

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

GF

GA

Points

1

South Ayrshire A

7

6

0

1

34

8

110

43

12

2

Murrayfield B

7

5

1

1

32

10

106

46

11

3

Dundee And District

7

5

0

2

28

14

96

71

10

4

Glasgow South A

6

2

2

2

16

20

66

77

6

5

North Merchiston

6

2

1

3

16

20

60

70

5

6

Stirling

7

1

3

3

15

27

61

91

5

7

Triangle B

5

1

0

4

8

22

40

70

2

8

Drumchapel B

7

0

1

6

7

35

39

110

1

 

Scottish Interleague event – Dundee team selections

The following teams will represent Dundee at the Interleague at Bell's Sports Centre in Perth on 24th & 25th March.

 

At present, the expected starting time of matches is 10.00 a.m. Remember to allow time to find parking as spaces in the venue's own vicinity are often difficult to come by on a busy day.

Cadet and Minor Boys players should report to their NPC Paul McCabe no later than 9.30 a.m. please.

For those who haven't played at Bell's before - there is a coffee bar but as it is not immediately adjacent to the playing area and can suffer from slow -moving queues, it is useful to take a packed lunch.

Please remember your blue DDTTA Stiga shirt. (Those which have been ordered recently are currently at the printers and will be distributed on the Saturday morning unless I am likely to see you before the event.)

 

Minor Boys       :   Deklyn McKenzie    Nairn Nixon    Keir Paterson

Cadet Boys       :   David Hay    Andrew Nimmo    Jacob Munro

Ladies' Vets      :   Fiona Kinloch    Carol McLean

Men's Vets A    :   Iain Martin    Paul Monteith    Jim Dyson (Saturday)    Sascha Roschy (Sunday)

Men's Vets B    :   John Anderson    Derek Mitchell    Paul R-Jackson (Saturday)     Dougal Ogilvie (Sunday)

Men's A            :   Michael Hahn    Ade Fabola    Callum Riddoch

Men's B            :   Stuart Halliday    Grant Williams    Ryan Docherty

 

Good luck everyone!

 

Elaine

Chair, DDTTA

 

 

Dundee & District Youth and Junior Table Tennis Championships

In a well-attended day of play at Ward Road Gym on Sunday, a number of youngsters took part in their first Dundee & District Championships, their enthusiasm adding greatly to the great atmosphere throughout the day.

New names will be engraved on all the trophies with the exception of the U’21 Singles which Callum retained. Along with the role of honour below, special mention should go to Jamie Harle who won through the qualifying tournament in the Cadet boys’ event to become the fourth semi-finalist to join seeds Jacob, Andrew and David.

 

Junior, Cadet & Minor Girls’ Singles  : Winner   Megan Steel            Runner up    Fatima Al Rubayee

 

Minor Boys’ Singles                            :  Winner  Mackenzie Rough    Runner up   Euan Steel

 

Cadet Boys’ Singles                             : Winner  David Hay                Runner up    Jacob Munro

 

Junior boys’ Singles                             :  Winner  David Hay                Runner up    Andrew  Nimmo

 

Under 21 Open Singles                        :  Winner  Callum Riddoch       Runner up    David Hay

 

Thanks to Emma, Dave B and Paul who gave up their Sunday morning to help the newcomers with umpiring, and spare a thought for David S who, having spent both Saturday and Sunday umpiring and collating draw sheets, finished clearing the Gym at the end of the weekend’s play only to head off to Broughty to get the tables set up at Forthill!

And so another Championship weekend is over : congratulations to all competitors for the high standard of play and thanks for the good spirit which was the prevailing atmosphere on both days.

Hope you all enjoyed it.

 

Dundee & District Table Tennis Championships

Robert Toth retained both his Men’s Singles and Doubles titles at the Dundee & District Table Tennis Championships played at Ward Road Gym on Saturday. Gillian Edwards  took three titles, winning the Ladies Singles and Doubles. and Mixed Doubles.

Paul Monteith stood the seedings on their head by emerging as finalist following wins against Ade Fabola in the quarters and Grant Williams in the semis. Callum Riddoch won a close quarter final against team mate Stuart Halliday before losing to Robert in the semi.

Gillian defeated Fiona Kinloch and Emma Bissett on her way to the title and then teamed up with Fiona to beat Emma and Carol McLean in the doubles final. A good day for Up4It was completed when she won the Mixed Doubles with Ryan Docherty.

 

Full results:

Men’s Singles          :  winner     Robert Toth                  runner up   Paul Monteith

Ladies’ Singles        :  winner      Gillian Edwards           runner up   Fiona Kinloch

Vets’ Singles           : winner       Iain Martin                   runner up  Paul Monteith

Consolation Singles  : winner     John Anderson             runner up  Ryan Docherty

 

Men’s Doubles :  winners    Stuart Halliday &  Robert Toth            Runners up  Grant Williams & Mark Lundberg

Ladies’ Doubles:  winners    Fiona Kinloch & Gillian Edwards         Runners up  Carol McLean & Emma Bissett

Mixed Doubles  : winners     Gillian Edwards & Ryan Docherty      Runners up   Callum Riddoch & Emma Bissett

Vets’ Doubles    : winners     Iain Martin & Pete Yearworth            Runners up   Howard Lee & Dave Beveridge

Ballot Doubles   : winners     Fiona Kinloch & Pete Yearworth        Runners up   Stuart Halliday & Dave Beveridge 

 

 

 

The photos show the men’s finalists Robert and Paul and the Mixed doubles finalists Emma, Callum, Gillian and Ryan

 

Aldi Scottish Sport Fund

The Management Committee is delighted to announce that we have been successful in attracting a grant from Aldi to support our work with the Development Squad which meets at WRG on Thursday evenings.

The Aldi Scottish Sport Fund was launched last year following Aldi’s national sponsorship of Team GB. The Fund is designed to support charity sports clubs and associations across Scotland and build a legacy from the Olympic and Commonwealth Games by helping young people take part in physical activity within their local communities.

The judging panel from Aldi was sufficiently impressed by the project underway with our youngsters to allocate the maximum amount of £500 to assist DDTTA in continuing with the development programme.

We thank Aldi for their encouragement and financial support.

 

 

Dundee & District Table Tennis Division Two and Three Championships

 

An excellent entry of twenty one players contested the events restricted to players in Divisions Two and Three and they were joined by four from Division One for the Fowler Handicap event.

 

“Player of the day” was Guthrie Park’s Derek Mitchell who contested all the finals of the four categories open to him, but the Brechin man was pushed close for this title by Mylnefield’s rising star Andrew Nimmo who reached three finals and a semi final.

 

It was good to see two titles going to players making their tournament debuts with Gregor O’Neill from Guthrie Park winning the Division Three Challenge and Chris Wroniecki from St Andrews TTC combining with Andrew to win the Hardy Doubles event.

 

As backmarker off a handicap of –2, Callum Riddoch played cannily to win the Fowler Trophy.

 

Many thanks to : all the players who entered into the sporting spirit of the day

                          : all those who umpired above and beyond the call, especially Dougal

                          : David, Andy and Dave for the admin side of the event

                          : Stuart for arranging the trophies

Results :

 

Div Two Trident Challenge Singles : Winner    Derek Mitchell

                                                             R-up        Andrew Nimmo

 

Div Three Challenge Singles           : Winner      Gregor O’Neill

                                                            R-up          Steve Wilson

 

Hardy Doubles                                  : Winners    Andrew Nimmo & Chris Wroniecki

                                                             R–up        Derek Mitchell & Winnie Stein

 

Over 25 Singles                                : Winner      Derek Mitchell

                                                              R-up        Dougal Ogilvie

 

Under 25 Singles                              : Winner      Andrew Nimmo

                                                            R-up          Jacob Munro

 

Fowler Handicap                              : Winner     Callum Riddoch

                                                            R-up         Derek Mitchell          

 

We now look forward to a great weekend at the Closed Championships on 17/18 February – remember to get your entries in by 10th February  please.

 

See you there, Elaine. 

 

 

 

Ian Johnston joins Gavin Rumgay at World Championships of Ping Pong 27th-28th January 2018

 

Update 29/1/18: Ian won 2 group matches to reach the last 32 of the WCPP finals, including beating ITTF no 251, Ben Ari Omri (ISR).  He then put up a good fight against Tomas Sadilek (CZE), but lost 11-15, 9-15.  Tomas went on to reach the quarter finals.  Congratulations to Ian on a great performance. 

 

Gavin Rumgay also lost his last-32 match, to Dmitry Popov (RUS).  Gavin is currently concentrating on his preparation for the Commonwealth Games in April.

 

Ex-Dundee player Ian Johnston has obtained one of the 6 places available in the WCPP finals at the “Last Chance Saloon” in Harlow.  Ian will play at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 27th, joining Scottish TT No. 1 Gavin Rumgay who won the Scottish qualifying place just before Christmas.

The picture shows Ian just after qualifying, with Dad Derek and some of his main practice partners.

 

 

The WCPP is covered by Sky Sports.  Provisional listings are

Sat 27th January

Selected Group matches: Sky Sports Mix (12:00), Sky Sports Arena (12:00)

Selected Last 32 matches: Sky Sports Arena (17:30)

Sun 28th January

Last 16 matches: Sky Sports Arena (12:00),

QF, SF and Final: Sky Sports Mix (17:30), Sky Sports Arena (17:30)

 

 

Congratulations to Paul and Val on the safe arrival of Caitlyn

 

Caitlyn arrived on Wednesday 17th January, at 8lb 1 oz, and is now home with Val and Paul.  Congratulations and Best Wishes to them all.

 

 

Development Day 13th January

 

Twenty DDTTA players benefitted on Saturday 13th from the visit of coach Stephen Gertsen to Ward Road Gym.

As part of our affiliation package, TableTennisScotland arrange for a development coach to visit Dundee once each season.

Everyone selected made the most of the opportunity and thoroughly enjoyed Stephen’s up-beat and constructive delivery.

Photos show Stephen with the players attending the two-hour morning and afternoon sessions.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Callum Riddoch

 

Dundee hit top form in National League

 

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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!

Paul McCabe