February 8th, 2011
Tennis have been twinning with Alencon Table
Tennis for the last 42 years. This April
around 12 representatives from Basingstoke
Table Tennis are travelling to Alencon for
the 43rd annual twinning and table tennis
Next year 2012.....Alencon would like to
send over many players to see the Olympic
This may mean that we would need more hosts
for a 2-4 day period...details not known
However even if you are not
interested/capable of hosting then we could
still do with your help...and it will be an
opportunity for lots of us including you
, to all go together to see the best TT in
Just register on the tickets site
below...the tickets are randomly issued
...so maybe if 100 register we may get
20-30...so tell your friends to register as
well...one registration per person.. Random
issue takes place in March this year I think
George White, Chairman
December 4th, 2010
You will be pleased to know that the League's Community Youth Project is
going well. The new tables have arrived and were installed at Aldworth a
couple of weeks ago. As part of the deal, we also acquired a new top of
the range match table which has been installed in the match room and is
available for matches and practice - please treat it with care as it was
We have persuaded the Council to give us temporary storage facilities at
Essex Road to house the old tables at Aldworth - there are 10 there -
whilst the Committee considers what to do with them. Any polite and
constructive suggestions would be welcomed.
Some of the Sport England money is being used to pay for 10 people to
qualify as a Level 1 Coach. I am currently discussing with the ETTA the
possibility of running a bespoke course at Aldworth in April/May next
year. The course will run on 2 separate Saturdays with several weeks gap
between each session. Also, before the qualification is awarded, the
ETTA insist that candidates attend a mandatory 3 hour Emergency Life
Support course run by St. John's Ambulance or equivalent and
in addition candidates also have to attend a mandatory
3 hour Child Protection Workshop.... such is the way of
the world now, unfortunately.
I already have expressions of interest from 5 people in the league who
are currently involved (or have been in the recent past) in coaching at
Aldworth but I am now opening up the opportunity to all league members
who are interested in getting on the coaching ladder. All I ask in
return is that people who successfully undertake the course give
something back to the league in the future in terms of assisting with
The Basingstoke League is way behind in terms of the number of coaches
who are actively coaching. This needs to improve otherwise the
long-term future of the League looks bleak.
This a rare opportunity for aspiring coaches.
IT WILL COST YOU
NOTHING IN TERMS OF MONEY.
If you are interested, please contact me or Terry White before the end
of the year.
November 18th, 2010
trying to compile a record of my time in table tennis and
find that I am missing handbooks for season's 1979/80,
1980/81 and 1988/89. If anyone has a copy of these that I
can have/borrow it would be greatly appreciated.
Please contact Dave Kimberley on 01256 410153.
Butterfly Table Tennis Table for sale
November 11th, 2010
'As New' Butterfly Table Tennis
Table for sale.
The item is a green Butterfly Europa 25 Anti-Skid table that is
retailing now at Tees Sports for £849.99 (see
full spec) - included with the table will also be a net and post
set worth £49.99. This item is only 6 months old and has only
been used purely as demo stock, so in excellent condition and
will suit any venue. If you are interested in making me an
offer or want to ask a question then send me an email with your
best offer to firstname.lastname@example.org
and I'll be back in touch (buyer collects from Brighton Hill, no
Many thanks for your attention.
required for K.G. Div 1 & 2
September 27th, 2010
KG need a Div1 player
urgently. Could also use a Div 2 player if anyone wants a
Please contact Dave Kimberley on 01256 410153.
required for Queens B, Div 1
September 7th, 2010
Queens B are looking for at least 1
and max 2 Div 1 players. If interested please contact Sav at:
New bat for
the new season?
July 29th, 2010
For any players who are looking to
buy new rubbers, blades, shoes, clothing, accessories or even
tables for the new season please speak to me beforehand as I
have recently become an agent with Tees Sport and can get
members of the BDTTL some very cheap prices on table tennis
Please email me with what you are after and I can speak to Tees
Sport to help provide you with a quote for suitable rubbers etc
for your needs and style of play.
e mail: email@example.com
required for Ashford Hill in Newbury league
July 11th, 2010
Player required for Newbury league,
Div 2 standard for season 2010/11
Home matches played at Ashford Hill Village Hall.
If interested please contact Alan
Fuller, team captain for further details on
Home: 01635 865 438
Mobile: 07834 526 453
Junior British League
February 28th, 2010
Jonathan Evans' team did very well in the Junior British League this
season, and they won the Division 2B event with a clear lead, over
their nearest opponents. Junior British League is played over two
weekends, in October 2009 and February 2010. Both events were played
in Stoke-on-Trent, and attracted all the best players in teams from
all over Britain, including Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and
England. Teams consist of three players in any one match, and each
team plays every other team in their Division twice - once on each
of the two weekends. Matches consist of six sets, played 11-up, best
of 5. Jonathan played for Ael-y-Bryn, named after the small town in
South Wales where two of their four players train. The team
consisted of four players, Jonathan Evans, Daniel O'Connell, Josh
Jenkins and Alex O'Connell.
In the first weekend, Ael-y-Bryn won all of their matches to lead
the Division by 4 points. The team quickly set to work on the
Saturday of the second weekend, which was played on 12th and 13th
February, beating Halton and DHS Progress. By the end of Saturday's
matches, Ael-y-Bryn had achieved their objective and won the
Division 2 title, whatever results came on the Sunday. However,
there was no easing down in their performances and by the end of the
final day, Ael-y-Bryn had amassed the maximum 20 points after
winning all 10 matches over the two weekends, leading their nearest
rivals, OLAP Impact of Reading by 7 points. Wood Green and Sheffield
were the other two teams.
Daniel O'Connell of Ael-y-Bryn was top of the player averages,
having played and won 20 sets. Jonathan Evans was second in the
player averages, having won 15 of his 18 sets. Ael-y-Bryn's victory
mean that they will be promoted to Division 1 of the Junior British
League for next season.
Rule 42 -
February 21st, 2010
Steve Rollason (Hannington)
.......surely some common sense has to be applied here and in other
cases where clubs have a backlog of fixtures relating to the weather
On a more general note and probably one for discussion before
next season. If we are going to be strict about getting games
played quickly, I would rather we insisted on sticking to the
fixture list and had a no cancellation rule (weather excepting).
Our home venue isn't available every day of the week and if the
opposition cancels it gives us a big problem getting the game
played in the allowed time.
Ron Powell (Alpha)
I agree with Steve, I would prefer for us to stick to the fixture list
with a no postponement rule
(except for adverse weather & unavailability of club premises). This
would save a lot of arguments, and clubs would have to play their
reserve players occasionally, which the rules were originally designed
Gary Livingstone (Minitec)
This year has been exceptionally bad weather that has hit all sports
around the region.With the welcome growth of local teams in
Basingstoke all using Queens or KG as a venue, there is little
opportunity to re-schedule games as the premises are always in use.
This is very good news that they are being used, but has caused
issues with trying to re-schedule games. By not allowing games to be
played, I believe the league makes a mockery of the tables and can
lead to Teams being crowned champions or relegated through no fault
of their own.If we all had our own unique venue that could be
accessed 24/7 then there is no excuse, but we generally don’t. Has
the increased use of Essex Road been taken into account when this
rule was made?Common sense would be welcome, but rules are rules.
We’ll see which one wins through.
Patrick Garlick (K.G.)
In my opinion, as long as
all matches are played by the end of the season, or perhaps a 2 week
cushion at the end, then there shouldn't really be too much of a
However to then stop a huge backlog towards the end of the season,
teams should have a limit of, perhaps, 2 postponements at any
one time (not taking into account matches that were postponed by
their opponents). That way, teams that are going to struggle to make
a fixture and have already called off 2 matches will need to either
play players up from lower teams in their club, like Ron said, or
get at least 1 of their postponed matches played. This rule would
deter teams from postponing matches so that they don't get
themselves into a situation where maybe they have 2 games
outstanding and are forced to postpone a third because 2 of their
players are unavailable at short notice. If this were to happen then
the defaulting team should be made to concede the earliest match
that they postponed. Any thoughts?
Hampshire Racketlon Open - Sunday 21st February 2010 - Fleming Park
Leisure Centre, Eastleigh, Hampshire
February 8th, 2009
My name is Gary Tovey & I represent UK & World Racketlon & I am
looking to reach multi-racket players who might be
interested in the above event, wider events, & developing &
establishing Hampshire Racketlon.
Racketlon is the sport in which you play your opponent in each
of the four racket-sports,
table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis
after the other. You play the same number of points in each
sport, giving equal weight to each sport. The rules of each
sport are kept within each individual set and every point
counts. The winner is the best all round racket player.
Racketlon has been growing in popularity throughout the UK &
around the world & the 2010 Hampshire Racketlon Open takes place
for the fourth time & forms part of the 2010 British tour (event
2). In 2008 Racketlon hit the BBC twice, firstly a feature on
BBC Sportsround, followed by a
Mike Bushell feature on BBC Breakfast. Racketlon was also
featured on the Chris Evans Drivetime Show. Carlton & Dunlop
sponsor several events on the UK tour & a number of county &
international players in each sport play on the UK & World
It would be very much appreciated if you could promote the event
to your community. You don't need to be proficient at all the
constituent sports to compete at racketlon as there are
categories of entry for all abilities, in singles & doubles, &
including senior & junior events. If you want to know more about
the sport, check out the links below & if you want to know more
about the Hampshire Racketlon Open, or have a venue suggestion,
please do not hesitate to come back to me.
Tel: 01271 867079
Southampton West Table Tennis Tournament - Report
February 8th, 2009
represented by 7 players at the invitational Southampton West Table
Tennis Club tournament. It was a very high standard with 12 of the 32
players coming from the Southampton league's premier divsion.
With 8 groups of 4, the top 2 would progress to the main knock out draw
to compete for 1st and 2nd prizes of £50 and £20 respectively. The
bottom 2 from each group would go on to contest the consolation draw for
prizes of £20 and £10
Both Patrick Garlick and Keith Dickenson made their way through the
groups to the last 16 of the main draw with relative ease as runners up.
In his group, Patrick fell short at deuce in the 4th set to top seed
and eventual winner Trung Tran. Keith suffered a similarly close defeat
to 7th seed Julian Walton but his earlier win over Basingstoke's Steve
Ng was enough to see him through to the last 16.
Steve Ng was joined in the consolation draw by Louis Webb, Matt Wilson,
Ryan Ng and Dominic Ng. Unfortunately Steve was the only Basingstoke
player to progress to the Quarter Finals after a 4 set win over Louis
Webb. The other 3 juniors missed out on quarter final places after some
particularly tough draws.
In the last 16 of the main draw Patrick was unsuprisingly drawn against
a Premier division player, Chris Prince. After a marathon first 4 sets
Patrick had let a 2-0 lead slip however regained his momentum to take
the decider and his place in the quarter finals.
Keith was drawn against the tricky veteran Don Child, another premier
division player. Unfortunatley Keith didnt manage to find his earlier
group form and after 3 set loss his tournament came to an end at the
last 16 stage.
Patrick went on to lose to eventual tournament runner up Julian
Walton 3-1 in the Quarter Finals
Steve Ng won both his consolation quarter final and semi final to set up
a final match with Southampton junior Dominic Ford. Steve's heavy spin
and fantastic blocking were far too much for his opponent and Steve
triumphed 3-0 to take home the £20 wnners prize.
A good day was had by all and Basingstoke are encouraged to send players
again for the next tournament later in the year. Details will be
available from Patrick nearer the time.
Southampton West Table Tennis Tournament - Saturday 6th February
December 9th, 2009
I have been asked by the
rest of the committee at Southampton West Table Tennis Club to invite
you all to a TT competition coming up later this season.
We are running a tournament on
Saturday 6th February
from 12noon til 4pm with
awarded to the winner (£50), Runner up (£20)
There are also prizes for the Consolation winner (£20) and consolation
runner up (£10) so there is hope for us all
The tournament will start off in groups of 4 with the top 2 progressing
to the main knock out draw and the bottom 2 players progressing to the
Entry fee is £7.50. Attached is the entry form. Hope to see some of you
there. Should be all kinds of ages/standards there from beginners to top
local league players.
If nothing else it should be a good afternoon's table tennis!
Any questions let me know! or contact the Tournament Organiser (Gary
Longland) whose details are on the attached entry form.
Our website (for more details, directions etc) is
Tournament organiser/umpire required - 24th Nov & 4th Dec
October 30th, 2009
I have had a request from British College's to find a tournament
organiser/ umpire to run the table tennis Regional Event in
Fleet. There will be a Singles event and a Doubles event played
on 24th November and 4th December 2009 (estimated times
9:30-3pm). They are willing to pay £20 per hour plus travel
If you are interested in this role please let me know as soon as
possible. Please pass on these details to anyone that you think
may be interested.
Table Tennis Development Officer
Sport Hampshire & IOW
Court, High Street,
tel 01962 847285
Please note my working days are: Monday & Tuesday
Tournament at Cippenham - Sunday 20th November
October 25th, 2009
There is a 2* ETTA
Ranking tournament on Sunday 22nd November at Cippenham TT Centre,
Slough. It is a team event, 2 players per team. Due to the odd format.
Each player is guaranteed at least 7 matches in the competition though
its most likely there will be 8-9 matches each. Very cheap for a ranking
tournament. Works out at about £18 in total each if you do not have an
ETTA players license for the 2009/10 season.
for Entry Form
Entry forms need to be in by 6th November at the latest but best to get
them in by the end of the month as I expect this will be a popular
If you have nobody to pair up with then reply to all and see if anybody
else is looking for a partner
looking for a team
September 11th, 2009
Dave Hill has recently moved into the
area and is looking for a team to play for. He is hoping to get back
into table tennis after some years away from the sport, but has won
tournaments and competitions when he was younger. Please contact Dave
directly for further details.
Basingstoke Get Active
June 7th, 2009
The events listed
aimed at beginners who
are interested in trying out table tennis:
'Basingstoke Get Active'
& Physical Activity Alliance) is planning a second
‘Get Active Week’
which will commence on Saturday June 27th
with the Annual Basingstoke & Euskirchen Festival of Sport. The week
also coincides with National Schools Sport Week with the local Schools
Sport Partnership having activities planned.
Basingstoke and District Table Tennis League is supporting the
Basingstoke ‘Get Active Week’ in the following ways:
On Saturday June 27th,
you can come along to the Aldworth Science College Sports Day, where we
will be holding three table tennis workshops 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15
and 13.15-14.00. So if you have been thinking about playing table
tennis, come along to these workshops to get a taster.
On Sunday 28th June,
we will be attending the Festival of Sport Celebration evening at
Milestones, where you can speak with players and learn more about
opportunities to play table tennis in Basingstoke.
On Saturday 4th
July, we will be
holding an open session at Aldworth Science College between 10.00 and 12
noon. Everyone is welcome to come along and try their hand at table
tennis free of charge. Coaches will be on hand to help out and arrange
fun activities to get you started. You can also learn more about
opportunities to play table tennis in Basingstoke.
You can find out about other
opportunities to ‘get active’ on the Basingstoke ‘get active’ web site
Hampshire Table Tennis - AGM
June 7th, 2009
General Meeting of the Hampshire Table Tennis Association will be held
on Wednesday 17th June 2009 in the Winchester Club, Worthy
Lane, Winchester SO23 7AB commencing at 19.30 hours. Attendance is open
to all Affiliated Members of Local Leagues, including Basingstoke and
District Table Tennis League.
Hampshire Table Tennis - volunteers needed
June 7th, 2009
Hampshire Table Tennis Association needs
more volunteers. Sadly Harold Albery passed away in post as General
Secretary. Derek Seager stepped into the post on a temporary basis a
year ago, but does not wish to continue in the post. Lionel Whyton,
after many years as Treasurer, has advised he does not wish to continue.
Alan Gess, who has run the Inter Town Leagues for many years, does not
wish to continue. Without these key posts being filled, the Association
will not be able to run. Please consider whether you are willing to fill
any of these vital posts, and contact Derek Seager on 01256 702252 or
07799 474614 or
Derek@seager40.freeserve.co.uk if you
require any further information or would like to put your name forward.
Barth Syndrome Trust Race Night
June 7th, 2009
Barth Syndrome Trust Race
Saturday 13th June @7.30pm
Andover Road Village Hall
From Terri Allison 01256 781905
Please bring your own drinks, glasses and snacks.
We are all volunteers and every penny goes to the Trust
Thank you for any support.
I will try to ring as many people as I can and would be very grateful if
you would circulate to all your friends as well.
Basingstoke Closed Championship - report in Gazette
April 26th, 2009
Letter From Mick Reynolds to Sports Editor,
FAO: The Sports Editor
I write to complain about the headline in the Gazette dated Monday April
13th 2009 related to the above event.
Table Tennis is not only a Commonwealth Games sport but has its own
World Championships and is also an Olympic Sport.
Do you think that players and officials of the sport call it
Mike Wood submitted his extensive report on the Championships for your
I understand that submitters of sports reports do so on the
understanding that they have no input to the heading.
I have seen the Championships reported by the Basingstoke Gazette and
prior to this the Hants & Berks Gazette for approximately 50 years now.
Never before has the event been referred to as a “Ping-pong tournament”.
Quite clearly you know little about the sport and I find the headline
Reply from Mark Jones, Editor, Gazette:
Dear Mr Reynolds,
Thank you for your letter.
I am very sorry that the words ping-pong appeared in a sports page
headline relating to the Basingstoke Table Tennis Championships on
Monday, April 13. This is clearly not an appropriate term for table
tennis and I regret that it was used in the newspaper. It is the first
time I can recall
this occurring in my 12 years here, and I am sorry that this has
happened. Due to centralisation, since the end of last year, our sports
pages are all subbed by the regional sports subbing team in Southampton.
I have asked the sports editor at Southampton to ensure that this term
is not used by
any members of his team in our publications again, so I hope there will
not be a repeat of this mistake.
My sincere apologies again to yourself and anyone else who was offended
by the use of this inappropriate headline.
Hampshire Junior Closed Championship
February 27th, 2009
Message from Barbara Evans:
Jonathan Evans, aged 15,
entered four events in the Championships and came away with four
trophies - winner of Cadet (Under 15) Boys Singles and Cadet Doubles
events, and runner up in both the Junior (Under 18) Boys Singles and
Junior Doubles events.
In the Cadet Boys Singles
event, Jonathan won all three of his group matches, and went on to win
the Quarters finals and Semi-finals without any problems. In the Final,
he came up against George Downing from the Isle of Wight, who is
improving fast under the coaching of Carl Prean, the former England Mens
Champion, and two times European Junior Champion. George beat
Basingstoke's other contender, Louis Webb in the Semi-finals. George had
beaten Jonathan at their last meeting, but this time, Jonathan gave it
his all, and came out winner 12-10, 11-7, 14-12. So he was the clear
winner, having not lost a set in the event.
In the Cadet Doubles
event, Jonathan teamed up with 11 year old Chrissie Slot from Eastleigh.
With a very poor turnout, Jonathan and Chrissie won all three of their
matches, 3-0 to take the Championships.
In the Junior Boys
Singles event, there was a strong field. Jonathan won all three matches
in the group stage 3-0, including one against Chrissie Slot's 17 year
old Brother, Edwin. Jonathan Austin did not trouble him in the Quarter
finals, but then Jonathan came up against 18 year old Francis Armitage
in the Semi-finals. Francis took the second game 12-10, but Jonathan
triumphed 3 games to 1. In the final, Jonathan faced 18 year old Ruihao
Zhang from Southampton, who is ranked higher than Jonathan in the ETTA
rankings. By this time, Jonathan was tired, having played 18 matches in
one day, and was up against a comparatively fresh player who on his
ninth match of the day. In spite of putting up a good fight, and
winning one set, Jonathan lost 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8.
In the Junior Doubles
event, Jonathan teamed up with 16 year old Lewis Creighton of
Southampton, winning the first round with ease. They came up against
Edwin and Chrissie Slot in the second round, and dropped one set, but
came out the winners of a tough match, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9. In the
final, Jonathan and Lewis faced Ruihao Zhang and Francis Armitage. The
younger boys took first bood, but the experience of Zhang and Armitage
paid off in a nail biting five setter, 8-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7. So
the younger team took the runner up slot.
In all, it was a very
good day for Jonathan with some excellent matches, against more
experienced players, especially in the Junior events.
Coaching Job Opportunity
February 27th, 2009
Message from Sara Lunn:
Please find attached information about a
new job opportunity within the Southern region. Funding has been
confirmed for a part-time table tennis coach to work with the Slough and
Wexham School Sports Partnership (SSP) and Cippenham Table Tennis Club.
The coach will be part of the ETTA team once appointed.
successful candidate will work within the partnership delivering table
tennis sessions. Sessions will take place in both curriculum and extra
candidate will need solid experience within table tennis, in either a
paid or voluntary capacity, together with a valid Level 2 qualification.
candidate will need to be a good communicator, and have enthusiasm,
drive and energy to deliver high quality table tennis coaching.
know of anyone who would be interested in applying, please pass it on!
Cippenham and Slough Community Table Tennis Coach - Job Spec
Table Tennis Development Officer
Sport Hampshire & IOW
Mottisfont Court, High Street,
Winchester. SO23 8ZF
tel 01962 847285
Salisbury Grand Prix
February 15th, 2009
Message from Patrick Garlick:
Success at Salisbury
Grand Prix today!
Tony Palaczky won the men's band 6 title in his grand prix debut with a
fine 4 set win over an ex England International from Wiltshire (now in
his late 50's) whom he had lost to in the group stage in the morning.
Tony beat me in the quarter finals after I eased through my group
winning all my games 3-0 and beating an experienced Dorset Junior in the
There were some fine wins from Steve Murgatroyd in the men's band 4
event. He eventually went out in the QF's
Denise Weller reached the Semi Finals of the Women's Band 3 event but
just missed out on a place in the final
Message from Tim Pang:
It was a good turn out
from Basingstoke players and an ex-local player in Alex Garlick at the
ETTA's Salisbury Grand Prix.
I think those entered for the first time enjoyed the experience win or
The 'star' was definitely our Tony Palaczky. He won his band, entrant
level, on the Saturday. He had to beat an ex. England international from
the early 70's, Brian Burn, to do it.
Sunday he reached the final of the vets. He narrowly lost in 4 games to
the current England vets number 1, Abdul Wuraola.
Congratulations to Tony and our league should be proud of his
Quiz Night - Saturday 7th February 2009
January 17th, 2009
In aid of The Barth
Syndrome Trust and the Basingstoke Table Tennis League.
Message from Terri Allison:
George White and I are holding a fun quiz at Loddon Vale Bowling Club on
Sat 7th February at 7.30pm. The cost of a ticket is £8.50 to
include a hot meal. There will also be a raffle and any contributions
will be gratefully received. The choice is:-
Chicken and Chips, Scampi and Chips, Sausage and Chips or Vegetable
If you would like to get a team up or contact me if you want to join a
team (six in a team), please do. I will need your order for food and the
money, a few days before the
evening please. Hope to see some of you there.
Happy New Year and best wishes.
Terri - 01256 781905
January 17th, 2009
Here are the latest ETTA Rankings for
BDTTL Players. Note the impressive number of ranked juniors we now
have since entering a national junior league team
Cadet Boys - 890 players
13th Jonathan Evans (1185pts)
349th Tom O'Hanlon (181pts)
388th Louis Webb (160pts)
590th Josh Manson (100pts)
Junior Boys - 1,274 players
60th Jonathan Evans (1185pts)
520th Tom Spencer (282pts)
663rd Tom O'Hanlon (181pts)
715th Louis Webb (160pts)
998th Matthew Palaczky (100pts)
1028th Josh Manson (100pts)
Senior Mens - 634 players
324th Steve Murgatroyd (2281pts)
539th Tim Pang (1014pts)
Veteran Mens - 415 players
225th Tony Brown (2594pts)
378th Tim Pang (1988pts)
Veteran Ladies - 108 players
75th Denise Weller (2633pts)
95th Sarah Whithorn (2370pts)
December 7th, 2008
The Basingstoke Dragons
team of Tom O'Hanlon, Tom Spencer and Matthew Palaczky travelled down to
Fareham yesterday to complete the 1st mini season of the National Junior
league. After a successful 1st day back in November Basingstoke found
themselves 8 points behind Leaders Andover with a game in hand.
The 1st match of the day was the big one against Andover. anything less
than a 5-4 loss would automatically hand Andover the title. Whereas a
win of any kind would leave it in Basingstoke's hands for their last
game against Portsmouth. O'Hanlon went through the match unbeaten giving
Basingstoke a much needed 3 points and also taking away the only
remaining unbeaten record in the division from Andover's number 1.
Spencer added a couple to give Basingstoke that 5-4 win meaning they
needed at least a 7-2 win against Portsmouth.
The boys then went on to better that with a fine 8-1 thrashing of
Portsmouth to claim the division 3 title by just a single point.
The winners of div 3 would go on to play a promotion/relegation playoff
with div 2 bottom team Waterside 'B' where the winner would keep the
place in div 2. Basingstoke played extremely well and thanks to another
treble from Spencer aided by a win each from O'Hanlon and Palaczky the
score reached 5-2 so it was impossible to lose.
The full strength team of Tom O'Hanlon, Louis Webb and Tom Spencer will
now go back to Fareham early next year to compete in the 2nd Division
where most of the ranking points lie.
Tennis Centre - Open Day
November 12th, 2008
Next Saturday (16th) is
the official open day at the new Waterside table tennis centre in
Southampton. This will be the new venue for county
competitions including the Hampshire junior/senior closed, inter-town
matches etc and is a fantastic new specialist table tennis
centre similar to Cippenham.
I have been asked to pass on the message to everybody in the BDTTL.
Anybody is welcome to come.
It is at Testwood Sports College, Testwood Lane, Totton,
Southampton, SO40 3ZW
Starting at 2pm till late and is ABSOLUTELY FREE!!
you want any other info their website is
November 12th, 2008
Dragons" team of Louis Webb, Tom O'Hanlon and Josh Manson played in the
1st of 4 rounds of national junior league matches at Generation II table
tennis club in Fareham on Saturday. There are 3 divisions and all teams
in each division play each other over 2 dates with promotion and
relegation after the 2nd round. All matches are played in teams of 3
with 9 singles games in total.
Basingstoke were in the 3rd Division which consisted of 5 teams. They
got off to a fantastic start by beating Generation II 'C' 9-0 with Louis
and Tom winning all their games 3-0. Josh also only dropped 1 set over
his 3 matches.
The 2nd match of the day was against South Wonston 'A' who proved to be
a lot tougher and possible promotion rivals. Louis managed to win his 3
games 3-0 and looks the strongest player in the division. Tom
almost matched Louis' 100% record but was narrowly beaten in his last
game of the day. Josh also picked up an important win to give
Basingstoke a 6-3 victory and a great chance of promotion to Division 2.
With 15 out of a possible 18 points they look to be strong contenders
for promotion to division 2. Lets hope they can play just as well
against the remaining 3 teams in December!
for Barth Syndrome Trust - Friday November 7th
October 16th, 2008
ITT Cannon's Club, Jays
Close, RG22 4BA is very kindly holding a RACE NIGHT in aid of the Trust.
It is on Friday 7th November starting at 7.30pm.
Tickets £5 (under 18 - no charge). There will be a raffle and any
donations would be very much appreciated.
The lovely Sean Pickin will be our DJ for the evening, to entertain in
Please try to come along and make it a really good evening. Thank you
all for any support.
It is preferable for tickets to be
purchased before the event (see details below) although they will also
be available at the door on the night.
Please email:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel:- 01256 - 781905
Week 1 results chaos
October 11th, 2008
Completely agree Ian.
Even though rules are rules I think a little bit of common sense and
decency should also be applied, especially seeing as it involved such a
large proportion of teams. Things were so rushed to get the league
started and registration forms + scorecards were very late coming out. I
still haven't seen a handbook yet this year and by next week we won't be
far off a quarter of the way into the season!!! Even though the results
of Week 1 didn't effect any of my teams matches I was shocked to see
that the results had actually been adjusted. I have never seen it done
before in my 10 years in the BDTTL. I will definitely be airing my views
at the next committee meeting!
Match Report - Winklebury v Minitec 'A' -
Monday 6th October
October 10th, 2008
The match between Winklebury and
Minitec 'A' took place on Monday night and thankfully our sport came
through shining to erase the bitter taste leftover from the
bureaucracy that went mad from the first week of the season.
This was a match that was a pleasure to
be part of – yes the result mattered and the competition was fierce
– but the evening had everything, high quality table tennis, the
match between Malcolm Cummins and Norman Swift a fine example with
some magnificent shots played. There was drama with three excellent
five set matches all going down to the wire, sportsmanship
throughout, but most of all it was fun to be a part of a very
enjoyable evening, and the reason we continue to play.
obviously required and yes we can start applying every rule to the
letter, but what would be the result – the end of evenings like
Monday and our sport will be the loser – committee take note please.
- Basingstoke Coaching (Juniors) v Basingstoke Hindu Society
July 23rd, 2008
Next years junior KG'D' side played a
friendly tonight against the Basingstroke Hindu Society who are also
submitting a team for next season. As KG 'D' had 4 players and BHS
had mainly 3 we decided to have 12 singles and 2 doubles all best of
3 up to 11.
KG'D' 7-7 Basingstoke Hindu Society
Tom O'Hanlon 2/3 WD
Josh Manson 2/3 WD
Matthew Wilson 1/3 LD
Tristan Noon 1/3 LD
Kanti Mistry 4/4 WD
Jitu Patel 2/4 LD
Rajni Patel 0/1 WD
Sanjay Vithlani 0/3 LD
It was a very enjoyable match for
both teams with almost every player finding some success on the
night. BHS have challenged KG 'D' to a rematch at their home venue
in Carnival Hall before the start of the season. Well done to all!
- Essex Eagles v a mixed Queens Team
July 8th, 2008
Essex and Eagles played (the first???)
pre-season friendly last week. This could start a trend, let's hope
it will encourage more teams to do the same.
Eagles 8-2 Queens
Patrick Garlick 3 WD
Sue Tompsett 3 WD
Tom O'Hanlon 1
Celia Hooker 1 LD
Louis Webb 1 LD
Bill Bavister 0
Patrick and Sue were untroubled winning all their singles games 3-0.
However Celia and Louis took them all the way in the doubles with
Patrick and Sue just pulling through 11-5 in the 5th set
Tom played suberbly in his debut match, losing 8-11 8-11 11-8 11-13
to Celia Hooker. He then demolished Bill "The defensive wall"
Bavister with a very tactical 3-0 victory.
The match of the night was between Tom and Louis. Both players
played a fast, high quality counter-attacking game and Louis just
came out on top with an 11-7 victory in the 5th set.
Tom will be a very welcome addition to the league next season!
If any other teams, whatever the standard, are interested in playing
any friendlies please let me know!
March 3rd, 2008
I thought it may be interesting to
mention the Basingstoke players who are currently on the latest
ETTA ranking list for February 2008 published today. It is the most
players we have had on there from Basingstoke in a few years now!
And it is fantastic to have 4 juniors with England rankings!
Under 13 Boys (389 ranked
368th Louis Webb - 66pts
Cadet Boys (877 ranked
25th Jonathan Evans - 1141 pts
650th Tom O'Hanlon - 100 pts
736th Ryan Burn - 100 pts
850th Louis Webb - 66 pts
Junior Boys (1316 ranked
87th Jonathan Evans - 1141 pts
1095th Ryan Burn - 100 pts
1154th Tom O'Hanlon - 100 pts
1281st Louis Webb - 66 pts
Senior Mens (664 ranked
359th Steve Murgatroyd - 2432 pts
433rd Alex Garlick - 2021 pts
538th Tim Pang - 1250 pts
632nd Patrick Garlick - 514 pts
Veteran Mens (446 ranked
233rd Tony Brown - 2866 pts
416th Tim Pang - 2208 pts
To view the full ranking list use the following link
February 17th, 2008
Please can all players
who have got any trophies from last year's Closed Championship
return them to me by the end of February. Many thanks.
David MacDonald, Trophy Secretary
looking for team
January 19th, 2008
Message from Patrick
Garlick: A new player attended Coaching today and is looking to join any
team with space for players in BDTTL. He is a useful player and would
probably be somewhere near the top of the Div 2 averages. Contact
Just wanted to say thank you to
Ashley for organising and running the Webmaster Xmas
Shoot-out last night. I really enjoyed it and I'm sure the same
can be said for everyone else who played. It was great for
different standards of players to be able to meet in a friendly
yet competitive atmosphere.
I think that it is events like this that are important for the
future of the league and, what I believe, shows that the BDTTL
really is on the up. The fact that as many as 1 in 7
registered league players attended the event during this
busy Christmas period shows;
1)How much we enjoy both the competitive and the social side of
2)How much we care for our league and its future.
With the continued efforts and growing support from BDTTL
members, regardless of what some people may say, we really are
going from strength to strength.
Hope to see something similar in the future!
Div 1 players
needed for Reading
November 26th, 2007
Reading YMCA 'B' are looking for good
division 1 players in the Reading league to help out their injury
stricken team. If there are any Basingstoke players who fancy a few
games in the very
strong Reading division 1
please contact Tony Reynolds on 07876 395643
looking for Div 1 teams
November 13th, 2007
I'm looking to play TT with a team.
I also expect that John Edbrooke might be available too when he gets
back from his travels later this month. Do you know any teams that
are short of players?
Contact details: tel: 01494 497733 mob:
or 07968 706740
November 13th, 2007
trialling a new ranking system for the Basingstoke league which looks to
give a better indication of every player's performance than averages
alone. It would also mean more to play for in each and every singles
game in the season and closed championships. It also would help me when
adjusting the player handicaps this season!!
This system takes into account the standard of the player that you have
beaten/lost to and different amounts of ranking points are gained/lost
depending on the amount of ranking points that both you and your
To Do this the system needs to know who has beaten who in every singles
match played each week. I am able to get 99% of the results by working
it out from the weekly results page on the website. However when you get
a result, for example.
Oakley 'B' 6-4 Queens 'E'
C Chapman 3
T Allison 1
CJ Smith 1
N Reid 2
B Bavister 1
T Spencer 1
I can tell that Colin Chapman beat all 3 Queens Players, Nick Reid beat
Terri Allison and Chris Smith, but I dont know which player (Terri or
Chris) beat which player (Tom or Bill) and Vice-versa which could affect
the amount of ranking points these players win/lose as a concequence.
If anyone could let me know what happened in this match I would be
grateful if you could e-mail me
If the system seems to be working correctly after a few months and I am
able to get hold of all the individual results I will post more
Message from Dave Kimberley - Missing Scorecards
November 3rd, 2007
Missing result cards :-
Week 3 : -Div 2 Oakley
'B' vs Queen's 'E'
Week 5 : -Div 1 Oakley 'A' vs Cannon
-Div 2 Oakley 'B' vs K.G. 'C'
Queen's 'B' vs AWE.
Oakley seem to have a
problem with the post I think. Could anyone from Oakley chase up and
send me the cards please.
What has Mike Chamberlain done with Queen's card
I am not expecting result from Bas Hindu Soc Week 5 match as it should
have been played last night.
required for Portals - Division 2
September 27th, 2007
Player required for
Portals in Div 2. Please contact Peter Blunden ASAP.
Contact details: tel: 01256 896854
required for St. Peters 'B' - Division 2
September 25th, 2007
We have lost Mark Pickin
this year due to injury and we desperately need another player as we are
now down to three and that makes life very difficult and I am not sure
if we could carry on.
August 13thh, 2007
Junior Handicap Tournament
July 24th, 2007
Well done Patrick on your
recent running of this tournament.
Despite recent negative press
regarding the Basingstoke League and the direction in which it
appears to be going, it is very important that young players
enjoy the competitions and play competitively.
Live the dream, there will
always be support from true table tennis people.
A refreshing approach
AGM 2007 - Comment from Philip Ware, KG Club
July 6th, 2007
I attended the AGM on the
25th June 2007 and to say I was disappointed with
proceedings is an understatement. Following the revealing of the fact
the league is in dire financial straits, with £10 currently in the
account, we were then advised that whilst money was owed to the league,
Treasurer did not know exactly how much, and in one respect of one
individual who was in possession of some of the league's money, their
I understand that the President of the league, prior to the meeting had
received a balance sheet and furthermore there were not enough balance
sheets to go around at the AGM.
Following the announcement of the dire financial straights of the
I cannot see how the league can continue to exist, blame was then in a
veiled form, layed at the door of KG club, one of the last 2 remaining
users of Essex Road.
Essex Road was obtained for use by the league, so to suggest in a
way that KG Club are to blame for the financial straights in which the
league now find themselves, is totally out of order.
If blame needs to be levelled at one, then I suggest that the committee
look no further than themselves. To enter into an agreement with the
Council where an uncapped service charge agreement was entered into,
logic and beggars belief/ How can the league plan forward in regard to
financial matters when they do not know how much their outlay is going
be, year on year? Now the chickens have come home to roost with the
levying a service charge for the financial year of £1200.
I accept that the current Treasurer has for many years indicated and
stressed that Essex Road was a drain on league funds but I am certain
nowhere has it been mentioned that an uncapped service charge agreement
been accepted on the terms of the lease of Essex Road. If the league
were in such dire straights why was it not mentioned earlier, and an
extraordinary general meeting of the league called? To come to an AGM
say that there is only £10 currently left in the account, money has been
taken from the savings account, which has been closed does not seem very
professional to me. Can someone tell the league who agreed to an
service charge at Essex Road, and when was this agreed? There was a
fixed service charge I recall when I was treasurer, admittedly several
years ago , so why have things changed?
I feel a certain individual has got his way with the lease on Essex
almost certainly now to be relinquished and in mind the beginning of the
end for the league. Overdramatic? I think not. Why spend money on
re-decorating the club room at Essex Road and putting up a winners
noticeboard-all that time and effort-for what?
I cannot see how the league can financially continue to exist . If Essex
Road closes as far as the league is concerned that means 3 more teams
be forced if they cannot find suitable alternative playing premises to
out which will mean the league down to less than 20 teams for next
Then when it came to voting for committee members, this was done "on
and i did not see that there was a proper count of, or show of hands
attendees. Surely, every single committee member should have put
forward for re-election individually? Why the haste to get the whole
committee re-elected? I did not hear any comment whether individual
committee members were willing to put themselves up for re-election. To
mind, a complete shambles.
Then to cap this it was announced by the chairman that the Alf Cann
for most improved player and Ray Partridge sportsman trophy would not be
awarded this year. Is it suggested that there are no teams sporting
in the league to warrant the award?
In conclusion on evidence of events which transpired at the AGM I feel
the Table Tennis league in Basingstoke is in it's last throes, which is