All the news from 2016
Burton Uxbridge 2* Open
28th December 2016
Lara Whitton swept all before here in the Junior Girls singles today at the Burton 2* Open. The cadet girls didn’t go as planned losing in the semis but revenge took place in the junior singles.
Mathew Fox and Abhishek Bathula were also in action. Abhishek got to the semi finals losing to eventual winner Jamie Liu 3/0 in the cadet singles. Matthew had an excellent win in the group beating the 4th seed but faced club team mate Abhishek in the QF. Abhishek came through 3/2.
Welsh players doing well once again in UK events
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Cardiff Grand Prix
18th December 2016
Moises Garcia won the men’s singles at the Cardiff Grand Prix today beating Darius Knight in the final 3/1. Charlotte Carey won the women’s singles beating Patricia Iawau in a one-sided final 3/0.
It was Gracia’s first GP success as he was on duty for Cardiff City TTC the previous day in the British League. Knight still tops the overall GP leaderboard follow yet another final placing. For Charlotte it was yet another success on the circuit and a stop closer to the UK number 1 spot.
Callum Evans had a great event reaching the Semi Finals of the men’s singles losing 2/3 to Knight. Callum beat team mate and current Welsh number 1 Dan O’Connell in the QF stage. Callum also lifted the U21 singles beating the inform Matt Leete in the final. Other noticable successes came from Beth Richards (Band 3) and Lara Whitton (Band 4) in the women and Josh Stacey (Band 3) in the men’s which happened on the Saturday. Neil Wright unfortunately lost in the final of the band 4 to Ed Haskell.
Women winner Charlotte Carey, runner up Patricia Ianau
Men winner Moises Garcia runner up Darius Knight
Vets winner Rory Scott runner up Neil Wright
U21 Women winner Patricia Ianau runner up Amy Blagrough
U21 Men winner Callum Evans runner up Matt Leete
Open Doubles winners Charlotte Carey/Gavin Maguire runners up Artur Daniel/Jarek Klamut
Men’s band 1 winner Ryota Kawai runner up Matt Leete
Men’s band 2 winner Matt Leete runner up Chris Main
Men’s band 3 winner Joshua Stacey runner up Rory Scott
Men’s band 4 winner Ed Haskell runner up Neil Wright
Men’s band 5 winner Uther Kingdom runner up Joseph Warmsley
Men’s band 6 winner Art McLoughlin runner up Simon Heaps
Women’s band 3 winner Beth Richards runner up Julie Byrne
Women’s Band 4 winner Lara Whitton runner up Patricia Ianau
15th December 2016
Megan Phillips (finished 47th, won 2 lost 5)
Lost Elizabet Abraamin (Russia) 3-4
Won Vera Van Boheeman (Netherlands) 4-2
Lost Tanja Helle (Netherlands) 1-4
Lost Anastasia Ziberova (Russia) 0-4
Lost Huda Mustafa (Sweden) 0-4
Lost Daria Shadrina (Russia) 0-4
Won Reelia Hanson (Estonia) 4-0
Chloe Thomas (Finished 46th, won 2 lost 5)
Lost Daria Shadrina (Russia) 0-4
Won Agata Zakrzewska (Poland) 4-3
Lost Fatemeh Jamalifar (Iran) 0-4
Lost Margo Degraef (Belgium) 0-4
Lost Anika Lundstrom (Finland) 3-4
Won Reelica Hanson (Estonia) 4-2
Lost Daria Shadrina (Russia) 0-4
Daniel O’Connell (Finished 84th won 2 lost 5)
Lost 1-4 Bastien Rembert (France)
Won 4-1 Jani Jormanainen (Finland)
Lost 2-4 Rimas Lesiv (Lithuania)
Lost 1-4 Artur Grela (Poland)
Won 0-4 A Gerassimenka (Kazakhstan)
Won 4-0 Eric Thillen (Luxembourg)
Lost 3-4 Christopher Wheeler (Scotland)
Lost 1-4 Veikka Flemming (Finland)
Lawrence John (Finished 94th won 0 lost 5)
Lost 0-4 Carlos Franco (Spain)
Lost 0-4 Denis Zholudev (Kazakhstan)
Lost 2-4 Samuli Soine (Finland)
Lost 0-4 Sondre Berner (Norway)
Lost 2-4 Valentin Henin (Belarus)
Callum Evans (Finshed 89th won 4 lost 4)
Lost 3-4 Denis Zholudev (Kazakhstan)
Won 4-3 I Georgantas (Greece)
Lost 1-4 Toni Soine (Finland)
Lost 3-4 Ilia Kortchiniski (Belarus)
Lost 2-4 Andrei Tsiarokin (Belarus)
Won 4-3 Ventin Henin (Belarus)
Won 4-1 Dias Sarsembayev (Kazakhstan)
Won 4-2 A Gerassimenko (Kazakhstan)
Success for Megan and Angharad at the British University Championships
The Phillips twins, Megan and Angharad, achieved an outstanding result at the above competition – held at Nottingham over the weekend 26/27 November
The twins were seeded 2 in the Ladies Doubles and reached the final where they beat the No 1 seeds from the University of Nottingham, Jenny Liu and England No 4 Maria Tsaptsinos
Barry Robertson, Gaynor Robertson, Jackie Williams and Peter Higgins, all from Wales, umpired at the Championships. Anyone interested in becoming a qualified umpire please email Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Blackpool 2 Star
14th November 2016
8 players made the trip north to Blackpool yesterday to represent Wales. The highlights were as follows:
Beth Richards won the cadet girl and was R/up in the junior Girls
Morgan Day Davies – Semi Finals Cadet Girls and winner of the Junior Plate
Libby Owen – QF cadet girls
Evan O’Connell – QF of the Cadet plate event
Abhishek Bathula – SF of cadet boys
Daniel Jones – QF Cadet & Juniors
Lauren Stacey – SF Junior Girls
Grace Clement – QF Cadet Girls
Matte Fox – SF cadet plate
Edinburgh Senior Open
8th November 2016
Beth Richards, Lydia John and Joseph Roberts were victorious on the weekend as they took home the Band 2, 4 and 5 events
Joseph was unstoppable in the band 2 beating all before him to take the title. The same applied to Beth in the band 4 and Lydia in the band 5 events respectively. Yameen Al-Dahiri, making his Welsh debut claimed the R/up spot in the band 3 whilst Benedict (band 2) and Jamie Lee (band 5) fought as hard as they could on Sunday 6th November.
A joint training day with Drumchapel was organised for the Saturday to get the players ready, and it certainly worked out
Band 2 winner – Joseph Roberts
Band 4 winner – Beth Richards
Band 5 winner – Lydia John
Band 3 R/up – Yameen Al-Dahiri
Men European Champsionships Qualification
7th November 2016
Norway and Ireland took the 2 spots available for the next stage of qualification as Wales lost out to both Nations last weekend. Wales did however beat Iceland, Azerbaijan and Kosovo to finish 3rd but it wasnt enough to progress.
Ryan Jenkins, in his final time playing for Wales, remained unbeaten throughout the weekend as he led Dan O’Connell, Callum Evans, Mike Marsden, Lawrence John and Josh Stacey. There was a debut win for Lawrence in the match against Iceland. Josh also made a debut against Kosovo but lost narrowly. The close defeat to Ireland (2-3) was the turning point for Wales. Norway beat the Dragons 1-3 on the Saturday morning.
The full table is below
European Championships Qualification
2nd November 2016
Wales lost out to Austria last night before a packed crowd in Cardiff. Charlotte Carey got the home team off to a great start winning 3-0 vs Mischek, but that was it for the reds as the 11th ranked team in the world won the next 3 matches.
Chloe Thomas found it tough against Polcanova, as did Megan Phillips against Solja both losing 0/3. Charlotte returned to the table but lost out to the higher ranked Polcanova.
Next up is Kosovo away on the 22nd November in Pristina
Cardiff Youth Open
31st October 2016
Beth Richards and Joseph Roberts were double winners at the Cardiff Youth Open this weekend winning 2 seperate categories
Beth won the Junior Girls and Cadet Girls singles whilst Joseph won the cadet and U13 boys singles respectively. Callum Evans claimed the junior boys title beating Marc Castro whilst Lara Whitton won the U13 girls round robin. Lauren Stacey reached the junior girls final, whilst Louie Evans reached the cadet and U13 boys final. Grace Clement was Beth’s final opponent in the cadet girls singles.
The team event was won by Cardiff players Josh Stacey and Huw Standen who beat the Evans brothers (Louie and Callum) of Rhondda in the final
Ranking points are allocated to all players who won at the event and will be added in due course
21st October 2016
Charlotte Carey reached the last 32 of the women’s doubles with Israel partner Nicole Trosman. There they played top seeds Pota (HUN)/Elkholm (SWE) which was just too tough.
The singles gave Charlotte the unfortunate draw of playing Russian defender Malanina or Russia in a pre-qualifier. After winning the first and leading considerably in the second, things were looking very good in Charlotte’s favour, but the Russian changed gameplan and came through 4-1 in the end.
This match was a result of Charlotte finishing up runner up in her fist qualification group losing to local girl Szandra Pergel 4/1 but beating Petric of Montengro 4/1 and Stuckyte of Lithuania 4/3
The mixed doubles match was an epic with Ashley Robinson of Ireland partnering Charlotte and a close fought game against the Belarus pair of Khanin & Trigolos losing 14/16, 15/13, 15/13, 11/9
Check all the action from Budapest – http://new.ittf.com/european-championships/schedule-results/
You can also see a short clip put together by the BBC of Charlotte’s life in Sweden and Germany here
27th September 2016
Joseph Roberts beat Louie Evans 3-1
1st Lara Whitton, 2nd Lauren Stacey, 3rd Grace Clement, 4th Libby Owen, 5th Morgan Day Davies
1st Cade Short, 2nd Joseph Roberts, 3rd Louie Evans, 4th Benedict Watson
1st Beth Richards, 2nd Lara Whitton, 3rd Jamie-Lee Harley, 4th Lauren Stacey
1st Joshua Stacey, 2nd Marc Castro, 3rd Benedict Watson, 4th Cade Short
1st Lydia John, 2nd Lara Whitton, 3rd Jamie-Lee Harley, 4th Beth Richards, 5th Lauren Stacey
6 Nations Vets
27th September 2016
Once again the Welsh Veterans went into competition against England, Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man and Guernsey, this year in Ellesmere Port in England.
This year’s elite of Welsh Veterans were represented by
Steve Buck, Neil Wright, Dave Buck, Lee Thomas, Tony Collins, Mark Pugh, David Lloyd, Roger Grech, Paul Collins, John Thomas, Glyn Kellow, Roger Thomas, Dennis Bromage, John Spencer, Regina Grech, Marilyn Morgan, Christine Watkins, Kath Mitchell Dawson, Judith Whitton, Lesley Keast and Steve Eades.
The team did not disappoint bringing home a hatful of medals once again.
In the team event Regina Grech and Lesley Keast winning the ladies 50s Gold was a fantastic result beating both England A and B in the process. The skill and craft of Regina is like watching a world class chess player in action she outplayed and out thought everyone in her way. Lesley was full of energy and passion smashing everyone in her way with her tremendous top spins and attacking play. Watching them both made me realise how lucky we are in Wales to have these ambassadors promoting our sport at the top level of Veterans table tennis. We also picked up a hatful of team medals.
The men’s 40s team of Neil Wright, Steve Buck, Lee Thomas and Dave Buck winning Bronze.
The 50s Men team of Steve Eades, Tony Collins, David Lloyd and Mark Pugh winning Bronze, as well as the 70s men’s team of John Spencer, Dennis Bromage and Roger Thomas also obtaining Bronze.
The 60s mixed team off Glyn Kellow, John Thomas, Paul Collins, Roger Grech, Christine Watkins and Kath Mitchell Dawson putting up a powerful attempt to pinch third but just falling short at the last hurdle. It is worth mentioning that John Thomas playing in his first six nations did not lose a match.
The 40s ladies of Marilyn Morgan and Judith Whitton were involved in some wonderful table tennis but just fell short of obtaining a medal. I was pleased to have a chat with Judith afterwards as this was her first six nation’s event and she said she had enjoyed herself over the weekend and thought the standard of table tennis was very high.
In the singles event on the Sunday which are usually dominated by England we broke the expected array of titles going to England with both David Buck and Regina Grech putting in great performances to obtain Gold. I would like to mention the support provided to Regina by John Spencer through the rounds as John had retired from the Sunday event but stayed at the request of Regina to assist with coaching and advice while Regina came through some tough matches.
I would say that John Spencer’s attitude typified the attitude of the whole Welsh Group in that everyone stayed to support the Welsh players who were involved in the later rounds of the completion.
Those of you who know David Buck would only ever see a hard driven person with only one thing on his mind perfection on a table tennis table. This guy was like a gladiator on the day beating both the England No: 1 on his way to beating the Ireland no: 1 in the final and was brought to tears due to the emotion of winning for Wales. I must add that like Regina’s singles win these results are not to be taken likely as England, Ireland and Scotland are ranked in the ITTF higher than Wales and to beat their best is significant. I was going to say this does not happen very often which is true in the Men’s event, but not in Regina’s case as she just keeps beating everyone year on year what a player.
There was also a significant effort in the ladies 60s doubles by Kath Mitchell Dawson and Christine Watkins who obtained Silver which was a great effort and both players played with pride and passion to get past the earlier rounds.
In the consolation singles there were silver medals for Neil Wright, Judith Whitton and Steve Eades.
I must admit as the Delegate it was my great pleasure to lead the team and see the pride and passion demonstrated in the arena for the TTAW and the Welsh flag.
Everyone was a credit to the game they play and made Wales as a Nation proud and once again made everyone recognise how strong Welsh Veterans Table tennis has become in Wales.
I hope to see everyone at this year’s team championship for Wales, the National championships and our first International veteran’s Open event in April. All of these events will go toward selecting the best players to represent Wales in Guernsey in 2017 so please enter
School Games – Team Event
Wales disability team won Silver medals today at the School Games losing just one match against England South West. Tam Eastwood, Cellan Hall and Sid Mohanty made up the team.
Our Girls team finished 5th overall after 2 nice wins today. Anna Hursey, Lydia John, Lara Whitton and Beth Richards were the team members.
The boys team finished 7th after a final team win against England North West. Josh Stacey, Benedict Watson, Marc Castro and Cade Short came close on several occasions but were only able to win their last match today to avoid the last spot.
Tomorrow will see the individual competitions starting where all our players will try to gain more medals for the trip South, back to Wales.
28th August 2016
Lara Whitton, Anna Hursey and Louie Evans made the trip to Strasbourg, France, to play the European Championships U12 event (also know as the EuroMinis).
After 3 days of tough competition these were the final places for our 3 players:
Boys 2004 – Louie Evans = Joint 57th
Girls 2004 – Lara Whitton = Joint 65th
Girls 2005 – Anna Hursey = 11th
ETTU Talent Camp
12th August 2016
Both Lara Whitton and Anna Hursey are currently in Kiskunfelegyhaza, Hungary at the ETTU Talent Camp which is taking place 5-12th August.
After a few days of training under the watchful eye of the ETTU performance coaches, the players were invited to compete at a tournament.
Anna Hursey lost her first match but beat everyone else to claim the Silver medal whilst Lara was unluck to lose close in a few matches to finish a respectable 17th place. This was out of 27 players.
Well done Girls – next stop is France for the EuroMinis in Strausbourg 26-28th August
European Youth Championships 2016
14th July 2016
Wales finished 32nd after a final game loss to Norway 3/2 completed the team position. Previously Wales had wins against Kosovo, Malta and Georgia
There were loses against Lithuania, Portugal, Bosnia and finally Norway.
Callum won 10, lost 1
Josh won 2 lost 7
Marc won 2, lost 5
Boys Doubles – Callum/Josh lost last 64
Mixed Doubles – Callum/Angelique lost last 64
Singles – Josh & Callum lost last 128, Marc lost in qualification round
Gemau Cymru 2016
2nd July 2016
Cardiff were victorious today at the 2016 Gemau Cymru Championships as Jack O’Duffy, Lauren Stacey and Joe Williams beat local rivals Vale of Glamorgan in a great final. Conwy earned Bronze after beating Blaenau Gwent.
Joe Williams won enough points to be given the Gold medal for the most valuable player (MVP) by 5 points from David Avery.
Senior Schools – Limerick
26 June 2016
Callum Evans is the golden boy in Limerick as he remained undefeated all weekend for Wales. Kate Roberts won a Bronze in the singles and Callum/Josh won the U18 team bronze on Saturday evening
U-18 Boys: 1. Ireland A ; 2. England A ; 3. Wales A.
U-18 Girls; 1. England A ; 2. Ireland ; 3. England B.
U-16 Boys: 1. England A ; 2. England B; 3. Ireland A.
U-16 Girls: 1. Ireland A ; England B.; 3. England A
U-14 Boys: 1. England A ; 2. Scotland A; 3. Ireland A
U-14 Girls: 1. England A ; 2. Ireland A; 3. Ireland B
U-18 Boys: 1. C Evans (Wal) ; 2. J Bennett (Eng).
U-18 Girls; 1. Z Hall (Eng) ; 2. B Farnworth (Eng);
U-16 Boys: 1. O Cathcart (Ire) ; 2. M Leete (Eng).
U-16 Girls: 1. K McGlone (Ire) ; 2. S Barlow (Eng).
U-14 Boys: 1. D Curry (Sco) ; 2. S Chesterman (Eng)
U-14 Girls: 1. C Bardsley (Eng) ; 2. M Patterson (Eng).
U18 Boys – Bronze
U18 Girls – 4th
U16 Boys – 8th
U16 Girls – 4th
U14 Boys – 8th
U14 Girls – 7th
Lauren Stacey – Gold U14 girls consolation
Grace Clement – Last 16
Jamie-Lee Harley – QF U16 singles
Beth Richards – QF U16 singles
Bethany Brewer – Last 16
Joseph Roberts – QF U14 boys
Benedict Watson – Last 16
Cade Short – Last 16
Josh Stacey – Last 16
Soffi jenkins – Semi Final Consolation (withdrew injured)
Jenkins and Sibley are Grand Prix series champs
Author: Paul Stimpson
Publish date: June 5, 2016
Video Men’s Final – https://youtu.be/EEvTc9Xy3x4
Chris Doran won on the day, but beaten finalist Ryan Jenkins is the 2016 Grand Prix series champion.
Doran gathered momentum in the later stages of the season-finale in Redbridge after inflicting defeat on the second seed Loic Bobillier – who won all 19 British League matches he played for B-BAT in 2011-12.
And he was on top form to defeat Jenkins three straight in the final – the Welshman having the sizeable consolation of his eighth overall title in the last 15 years.
The women’s singles was an all-Hungary affair in the final as Melinda Ciurcui beat Edina Toth in four.
The overall title went to Kelly Sibley, who was not competing in London but had built up enough points to be assured of the crown for the first time.
Her nearest challenger and overall winner in the last three seasons, Karina Le Fevre, was beaten in the semis by Ciurcui.
Arguably the strongest field at a Grand Prix in recent memory produced a high-quality competition.
Raiders from France, Hungary and Poland featured in the upper reaches of the seedings and duly reached the latter stages, but the last four had a familiar feel with Ryan Jenkins, Chris Doran and Gavin Rumgay all present.
The exception was Poland’s Artur Daniel, who came in as a scratch entry when Tom Jarvis pulled out, with GCSEs imminent this week.
Jenkins was always ahead of Daniel in his semi, winning it 11-9, 12-10, 11-5.
It meant the final would be a familiar affair, as Jenkins faced Doran, who came from a set down to beat Rumgay 3-1 (10-12, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8).
The scoreline was not familiar though as Doran turned in a supreme performance. His was the irresistible force but Jenkins could not play the role of immovable object – though of course he had his moment – as Doran romped it 5, 6, 5.
In all, Doran played nine matches to win the title, against players of eight different nationalities – Jersey, England, Italy, Hong Kong, France (2), Korea, Scotland and Wales.
Overall, Doran’s performance took him above Tom Jarvis into second place in the standings, but Jenkins was more than 100 points clear at the top.
In the quarters, Jenkins had ended the interest of Hungary’s Attila Koszo – and his vociferous supporters – though he was taken to four, losing the third game 13-15 having dumped a serve into the net on his only match point of the set.
Daniel saw off Darius Knight in five in a match which drew a decent crowd, pulling away only at the end of the decider to win it 11-9, 7-11, 12-10, 13-15, 11-7.
Doran brushed aside Bobillier 9, 9, 2, while Rumgay was too good for youngster Olly Tyndall, winning it 1, 6, 3. It was a good day for Tyndall nonetheless as he beat No 5 seed Fatah Ourahmoune 3-2 (6-11, 11-6, 13-11, 8-11, 11-5) in the last 16.
Jenkins’ path to the quarters saw him defeat Ryan Collins, Gabriel Achampong and Sean Doherty, all in three straight.
Koszo ended the run of Shaquille Webb-Dixon in the last 16 – the Grantham youngster had earlier defeated Ismaila Akindiya in four.
Daniel dropped games against Emmanuele Delsante and Craig Bryant on his way to the last eight, while Knight was untroubled in the knockouts up to that point.
Rumgay looked in superb form on his way to the last eight, seeing off Bradley Tuttle (3, 8, 4), Christoph Zickert (6, 7, 7) and Mike O’Driscoll (7, 4, 6).
Doran was taken the distance by Ryota Kawai in the last 16 before prevailing 3-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-3, 11-6. Kawai had himself earlier beaten Alim Hirji in five.
Bobillier went through his first three knockout rounds without dropping a game, beating Adam Nutland 7, 9, 9 in the last 16.
Great Britain Camp – Cardiff
25th May 2016
Norway, England, Scotland and Ireland will join the best Welsh players in a huge half term training camp starting on May 31st. The camp runs through to June 3rd with 27 tables in the main hall of Sport Wales National Centre.
Top International coaches will also bring the players so the camp will be headed up by World Championship Bronze medalist coach, Alan Cooke. All the coaches will have a coaches forum each day as Wales have invited their regional coaches to gain extra experience and ideas from the National coaches.
All the players will stay at the National centre where the surrounding grounds are ideal for physical activities.
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Welsh National Championships 2016
Ryan Jenkins won his 12th Men’s title without dropping a single set, whilst Charlotte Carey won back her title she lost last year to Chloe Thomas.
With Chloe unable to attend and defend her crown, it was up to Charlotte not to lose her focus and beat all those put before her, which she did professionally. A final with Beth Roberts was what the crowd got to witness and the 2014 winner never looked back winning 3-0. Carlotte beat the junior champion, Beth Richards in one semi final with Beth beating Kate Roberts in the other half of the draw.
The men’s singles had 3 young stars joining 37 year old Ryan in the semis. Ryan Oyler beat defending champ Dan O’Connel in their QF battle, whilst Chris Griffiths beat Dean Cundy in another. Callum Evans took down Mike Marsden with Ryan Jenkins beating Wiktor Dzwonkowski in the final QF.
Oyler couldn’t scale the heights in the SF losing 0-3 to Jenkins. Callum Evans beat Chris Griffiths in their semi 3/1 to reach yet another final. Ryan was a little too strong for the Tonyrefail youngster, but it may be 3rd time lucky next year.
Callum won both the U21 and U18 singles though, so it was not all bad news for the player who is based in Grantham College during term time. Callum beat Chris Griffiths 3/1 in the final (U21) and Josh Stacey in the U18 final 3/0.
Charlotte made it a double as she beat Beth again in a replay of the women’s final. This time it was 3-1 (11/4, 11/9, 7/11, 11/8).
Lee Thomas succesfully defended his Over 40’s crown with a nice 3/0 against Ray Goulding (12/10, 11/8, 11/4). Ray did win the over 60 singles though, beating Chris Richards in the final match.
Mark Simon won the O50 singles beating Steve Eades in the final 11/6, 11/6, 11/8.
The Men’s Doubles was won by father and son combination in Ryan and Jac Jenkins. They beat Chris Griffiths and Callum Evans in the final 3/1. Steve Hall and Neil Wright combined to beat Steve Eades and Mark Simon in the Vets doubles final 3/0. Charlotte Carey teamed with Dan O’Connell to add the National title to the Blackpool GP title they won a few weeks back. They beat Kate Roberts and Mike Marsden 12/10, 11/1, 11/5 in the final. Charlotte teamed up with Catherine Jones for the women’s doubles title. After training 1-9 in the 4th set it looked all over but they clawed it back to eventually win it 11/7, 4/11, 7/11, 11/9, 13/15!!!!
The junior Boys doubles was won with a brother combination in Callum and Louie Evans. They beat Lawrence John and Marc Castro in the final 3/2.
Joseph Roberts beat Louie Evans to claim the U13 Welsh title beating Louie Evans 11/5 in the final set.
Kate Roberts avenged her defeat to Bethany Brewer in the April Masters event to retain the title she won in 2015 winning 11/8, 13/11, 11/7 in a great final.
Cade Short looked down and out against Benedict Watson but the Bridgend man found a way past in the end to win 3/2 and secure yet another Welsh national cadet championship.
Beth Richards fought hard to secure her first National title beating defending holder Lydia John in the SF and then Lara Whitton in the final 11/8 in the 4th set.
Lara did taste success in the U13 girls event as she won the round robin beating Lauren Stacey in the final game 3/1.
Youngster Evan O’Connor claimed the U11 title with a round robin victory of his own
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Butterfly Masters 2016
24 April 2016
The Cadet and junior masters were held today in the upper hall of Sport Wales National Centre. Big shocks of the day included Marc Castro turning over Callum Evans and Bethany Brewer beating Kate Roberts. Neverless, both Callum and Kate made sure they finished top with some fine wins.
Cadet Boys: 1) Cade Short 2) Benedict Watson 3) Louie Evans 4) Dan Jones 5) Ben Pearce 6) Abhishek Bathula
Cadet Girls: 1) Lauren Stcey 2) Beth Richards 3) Lara Whitton 4) Jamie-Lee Harley 5) Grace Clement 6) Bethany Brewer
Junior Boys: 1) Callum Evans 2) Marc Castro 3) Josh Stacey 4) Huw Standen 5) Benedict Watson 6) Pouyan Javanmard
Junior Girls: 1) Kate Roberts 2) Lara Whitton 3) Lauren Stacey 4) Beth Richards 5) Bethany Brewer 6) Jamie-Lee Harley
Linz Open, Austria
14th April 2016
Lydia and Lawrence John competed at the event in Linz, it was a great experience for both Welsh players.
Lawrence teamed up with James Chappell and progressed through the first round beating both teams in their group 3-0. The next round proved more difficult with the boys losing by narrow margins which resulted in them playing for positions 13-20. They won their next 2 games and finished 13th out of 31 teams. In the singles, Lawrence had a difficult group losing 3-2, 3-1, 3-1, so was out of the main draw. He won his next 2 games 3-0 but was knocked out by a Norwegian in a tight 3-2 match.
Lydia teamed up with Danielle Kelly and they came 2nd in the group stage to progress to the next round. They lost out to stronger opponents in the 2nd round, and so played for positions 13-16 beating Norway to finish 14th out of 24. In the Singles, Lydia had a strong group losing 3-1 to Chiara Visentin who progressed to the semi-final, and 3-0 to Tereza Traskova, so she didn’t progress to the main draw.
Plymouth 2* Open
20th April 2016
A total of 12 Welsh players competed at The Plymouth 2 Star last weekend.
Joseph Roberts, Louie Evans, Cade Short, Benedict Watson, Pouyan Javanmard, Kavin Durai, Evan O’Connor, Joe Williams, Jac Morris, Ben Lam, Tom Lam & Ramal Britton
On the Saturday they played in Team Events. The under 13 Team Event was won by Joseph Roberts & Louie Evans. Under 18 Team Event was won by Cade Short & Pouyan Javanmard.
In the Singles on the Sunday, Evan o Connor lost in the under 11 Semi Final, Joseph beatt Louie 3-1 in the under 13 Final. In the under 15 Semi Final Benedict beat Cade 3-2 & in the Final Joseph bt Benedict 3-1
Cade lost to E Haskell 3-2 in the U18 qtr Final & Benedict Lost to E Haskell 3-0 in the Semis. Joe Williams won the u18 Consolation.
1st April 2016
Charlotte Carey & Chloe Thomas represented Wales at the Luxembourg Open this week. Charlotte finished 23rd whilst Chloe ended up 32nd. To check their individual results check the Luxembourg TTA website
20th March 2016
Number 1 seed Daniel O’Connell had to settle for runners up spot as rival and team mate Callum Evans won both the Open singles and the Junior singles today in Cardiff.
It was a re-match of the 2015 Welsh men’s final, where Dan was the king, today Callum took revenge and send a strong signal to all the opponents ready for the Welsh Nationals in May that he is the one to beat. Callum took the final 3/1 and the £200 cash prize.
In the junior final Callum beat Josh Stacey 3/1 after Josh made a comeback after 0/2 and 0/6 in the 3rd set. Josh won that 11/7 but lost the next with Callum making up for the slip.
Earlier in the day Joseph Roberts beat all the field in the U13 singles where his final opponents was Bristol’s Louis Price. It was a master class from the Cardiff boy as he won quite comfortably 3/1 in front of the home crowd that gathered around court 1.
Benedict Watson was the other winner of the day claiming the cadet title, where he beat Louie Evans in the final. Both have just returned from Italy where they were team mates, but there was no team mates today as the U15 rivals went head to head for the £75 prize.
Thanks to Dai Treharne for support the prizes on offer for the winners and runners up
Italian Youth Open – Report
13 March 2013
On arrival Wales the first challenge were the team events which started at 9am on day 1 of competition:
Wales Boys vs Portugal
Ben vs Alexandre Faria – 3/11, 7/11, 1/11 (0/3)
Benedict vs Tiago Li – 4/11, 4/11, 1/11 (0/3)
Doubles (Louie/Benedict) – 3/11, 6/11, 2/11 (0/3)
Wales 0 – Portugal 3
Wales Girls vs England
Lara vs Denise Payet – 7/11, 7/11, 7/11 (0/3)
Lydia vs Jasmin Wong – 11/13, 3/11, 11/8, 6/11 (1/3)
Doubles (Lydia/Beth) – 11/8, 11/13, 5/11, 6/11 (1/3)
Wales 0 – England 3
Wales Boys vs Holland
Benedict vs Collin Jager – 3/11, 8/11, 3/11 (0/3)
Louie vs Roel Bogie – 5/11, 3/11, 3/11 (0/3)
Doubles (Benedict/Ben) – 3//1, 5/11, 5/11 (0/3)
Wales 0 – Holland 3
Wales Girls vs Hungary
Lydia vs Anita Drabant – 4/11, 3/11, 7/11 (0/3)
Beth vs Marta Nagypal – 8/11, 5/11, 2/11 (0/3)
Doubles (Lydia/Lara) – 6/11, 11/13, 3/11 (0/3)
Wales 0 – Hungary 3
Wales Boys vs Greece
Ben vs Konstantinos Stamou – 3/11, 3/11, 8/11 (0/3)
Benedict vs Alexios Koulouriotis – 4/11, 5/11, 9/11 (0/3)
Doubles (Louie/Ben) – 5/11, 4/11, 3/11 (0/3)
Wales 0 – Greece 3
Louie Evans has reached the QF of the Hopes singles with 2 wins in the group against Czech and Italian opposition. He beat the Czech player 3/11, 11/4, 7/11, 11/6, 11/8 and the Italian 11/8, 11/7, 11/7. Louie had a bye in the last 16 round to make the QF stage where he plays a winner of the previous round.
Lara competed in girls Hopes event and couldn’t match Louie with 2 losses in her group. The first was a very tight affair against the Slovenian 8/11, 5/11, 11/9 8/11 and the other was another 1/3 loss vs the Italian (11/9, 7/11, 3/11, 8/11). Lara will compete in the Hopes consolation tomorrow.
The cadet Boys saw all 3 boys fail to progress with hard groups as expected. Benedict lost 0/3 (Russian), and 1/3 (San Marino) whilst Ben lost both 0/3 (Hong Kong and Poland). Louie couldn’t find a way either losing both is 0/3 (Hungary and Belarus). There was some consolation as Louie and his San Marino partner won the doubles encounter against the Belgian pair to progress to the last 16 tomorrow. Benedict and Ben lost 9/11, 8/11, 6/11 to an Italian partnership.
Lydia, Lara and Beth found it just as tough in their cadet singles groups losing their matches so were unable to progress. Lydia lost both matches 0/3 (Italian & Slovenian). Beth lost to a Japanese and Belgian (both 0/3) whilst Lara lost to a Greek and Croatian (both 0/3). Lydia and Beth enjoyed a bye into the last 16 of the doubles and will play tomorrow. Lara’s Polish partner unfortunately didn’t show up to the table at the correct time and therefore the match against the Turkish pair was recorded as a walkover.
Louie Evans lost in his QF of the Boys Hopes in a 1/3 loss to Varone of Italy (5/11, 6/11, 11/7, 9/11) after coming back into the game after a slow start. Lara had some success in the Hopes consolation with a see-saw 3/2 win against her Italian opponent 10/12, 11/4, 3/11, 11/3, 11/8. That meant she made the Semi Final where she came up against Papadimitriou of Greece (who she lost to in the cadet singles the previous day) but couldn’t reverse that loss and went down 0/3.
The cadet girls lost in the last 16 of the doubles to Armanini & Sfameni (Italy) 10/12, 11/9, 6/11, 3/11 to end their chance of medal success and Louie and partner Mongiusti of San Marino couldn’t replicate yesterday’s win and went down to the number 6 seeds of Hungary 0/3.
This brought the competition to an end for Wales but lessons learned and plans put in place for future events.
World Team Championships –
4th March 2016
Wales women lost to Macau 1/3 on day 3 of the ITTF World Champs. Megan Phillips was the sole winner in this match. Onto Finland where all 3 women won their respective matches to seal a fine win and progress into the knockout rounds in 2nd place behind Indonesia.
Wales lost to Venezula 1/3 with Chloe Thomas the only player to win her match. So it was a match vs Argentina to stay alive in the tournament but it wasnt to be for our women as they went down 2/3 with wins for Megan and Charlotte.
final position – 59th place
Welsh National Primary School Championships –
24 February 2016
LLangan School from the Vale came up trumps with their A side of Evan OConnor and Elliot Jones winning the national title
Previous champions Cwmlai from the Rhondda came a close second with the B team from the strong Llangan school coming in third. Llandaff A took 4th slot
An excellent day was had by all 36 teams battling it out at Sophia Gardens
The “Team of the Day” award for outstanding sporting atitude was awarded to the girls of Grange (Swansea) B- although the behaviour and attitude of all the children participating in this large event was first class and they each did their respective schools proud
Well done to all
1 Llangan A
2 Cwmlai B
3 Llangan B
4 Llandaff A
6 Upper Rhymney A
7 St Johns A
8 Upper Rhymney B
9 Llandaff C
10 LLangan C
11 Llangan D
12 Llangan F
13 Grange (Monmouth)
14 Oakfield A
15 Upper Grange
16 St Johns B
17 Grange (Swansea) B
18 LLangan E
19 Llandaff B
20 Grange (Swansea) D
21 St Johns C
22 Plas Y Felin B
23 Bryn Awel
24 Llandaff D
25 Grange (Swansea) A
26 Plas Y Felin A
27 Grange (Swansea) C
28 Cwrt Rawlin
29 St Johns D
30 Ysgol Y Castell B
31 Cwmlai B
32 Ysgol Y Castell A
33 Cwm Gwyddon
34 Ysgol Y Castell C
35 Llangan G
36 Oakfield B