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



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.




Final Division Two Table:















South Ayrshire A











Murrayfield B











Dundee And District











Glasgow South A











North Merchiston






















Triangle B











Drumchapel B











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!



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




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