2019/20 Senior British League – Round One
Ormesby teams made a strong start to the new Senior British League season played on the 7th and 8th September with both the second and third team in action and winning the majority of their fixtures.
The Ormesby II team playing in the Championship Division, won two of their four matches beating Horsham 5-3, Glasgow Drumchapel 6-2 they also drew with Whitworth before losing to Peterborough Archway 5-3.
Liam McTiernan and Ben Piggott produced the best results, with six from eight from McTiernan and five from Piggott. Thomas Rayner won four and Josh Weatherby three.
Ormesby III team are top of the Division 2 having won all four of their matches in Nottingham. They beat Grimsby 6-3 and PPong of Lancashire 5-4, Halton from Cheshire 7-2 and Nottingham Sycamore 8-1.
Adam Webster and Ben Savage produced the strongest results with seven wins from eight sets whilst Jack Cope won six and Dave Ashwell four.
In the C-2 Division, Ormesby IV team, with four players new to the British League, lost all of their four matches, although some of the players performances, particularly from Rebecca Savage and Katie Bates were impressive.
Ormesby IV left to right: Coach, Alan Ransome, Rebecca Savage, William Lim, Katie Bates and Eve Witterick
Ormesby were defeated by Pudsey 6-3, Huddersfield 7-2, North Ayrshire 6-3 and Cliffedale Chandlers from Grantham 5-4. Rebecca Savage and Katie Bates won four from eight whilst William Lim and Eve Witterick won two from eight.
The next round of fixtures for the above team is in December, however, the Ormesby first team play their first Premier Division match away at Urban in London next month.
TT KIDZ at Ormesby Table Tennis Club
Ormesby Table Tennis Club will be taking part in the TT KIDZ program.
8 Weeks of Fun for Children aged between 7 and 11 years starting in October.
Under 11 win for Seth at Hull 2 Star
Shane Bradley left and Seth Holland
Ormesby Youngster, Seth Holland won the Under 11 Boys event at the Hull 2* Tournment yesterday.
Super result Seth !!
Shane Bradley presented Seth with his trophy.
Great News !!!
Ormesby TTC 50 Plus Fundraisers
are please to announce that the Defibrillator is now in position in the main playing hall at the club.
A big thank you to all who have supported the fundraising.
Training will be given to several people so that all sessions are covered.
Junior & Cadet wins for Ormesby players
The Nottingham 2* saw wins for two Ormesby Juniors on Sunday 23 June
Eve with Jason Ramage who presented the trophies
Eve Witterick won the Cadet Girls Singles and reached the final of Junior Girls Singles.
Jason Ramage and Ben Piggott
Ben Piggott won both the Cadet and Junior Boys Singles.
This coming weekend Ben is off to play in the Schools Internationals in Guernsey.
Good luck Ben
Three Medals for Ormesby Girls’ in 2019 Under 13 Nationals
Ormesby girls won three medals; one gold and two bronze in the PG Mutual U13 National Table Tennis Championships, which were played in Wolverhampton last weekend.
Katie Bates (right) with her doubles partner Saskia Key
The most successful player was Katie Bates, who won the gold medal in the Girls Doubles event, partnered by Saskia Key from Kent. Katie’s second medal, a bronze, came in the Under 13 Girls Singles when she was seeded in 5th position but reached the Semi Final.
Katie won her qualification group and then went on to beat Jessica Morris of Cheshire by three games to one in the last 16, Katie then defeated the 4th seed Bethany Ellis of Lancashire by three games to one in the Quarter-Final before losing to the number 2 seed Maliha Baig from Essex in the Semi-Final in straight games.
In the doubles event Katie was seeded in 4th position with Saskia Key of Kent. In the Semi Final they defeated the top seeds Anna Green of Nottinghamshire and Isabelle Lacorte of Hertfordshire 11-7 in the deciding game. In the Final they beat the 2nd seeds Maliha Baig and Sienna Jetha, from Hertfordshire. The 2nd seeds led by two games to one before Bates and Key won the fourth and fifth game by the narrowest of margins at 11-9.
Ella Pashley and Katie Bates
In the Under 11 Singles, Ella Pashley qualified from her group to meet the 4th seed Sophie Ackred from Cumbria in the Quarter-Finals. Ella who had lost to Sophie in the recent Bishop Auckland tournament gained her revenge by winning three games to one. In the Semi-Final Ella met Chui-Que Wong of Oxfordshire who surprisingly had qualified through the second group. Wong won by 11-4 in the fourth game, leaving Ella to take the Bronze medal.
This is the strongest performance by Teesside girls’ players in this Championship for several seasons.
Report by – Alan Ransome OBE
Tom Rayner makes it to No.1 in the Cadet Rankings
Its been a really great few weeks for Ormesby player Tom Rayner.
After winning the National Cadet title in May, Tom has now achieved the No.1 spot in the Table Tennis England Cadet Boys, June Ranking List.
In July, Tom is off to Ostrava in the Czech Republic for the European Youths.
Congratulation to Tom an excellent three months – and what will be next?
Bronze in Mexico for Noel Thomas
Fantastic news from Noel Thomas who has won a bronze medal in Mexico at the ITTF Para Copa Cristina Hoffman in Cancun.
Noel is competing with the British Pathway and Development Athletes.
Noel, plays for the Ormesby Wheelers team in both the Cleveland Summer TT League and the Middlesbrough & District TT League.
Spending many hours a week practicing at Ormesby Table Tennis Club is now paying off for Noel.
Well done Noel
Dementia Friendly Week at Ormesby Table Tennis Club
‘Dementia Friendly Week’ was celebrated at the weekly Dementia Friendly Group who meet every Friday at Ormesby Table Tennis Club from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.
As well as the various quizzes and games, sitting musical keep fit and table tennis, an afternoon tea was provided.
Anyone wishing to come along and give it a try will be made very welcome. The sessions are free of charge and tea and coffee is provided.
‘We are Middlesbrough’ Ormesby TTC on BBC TV
As a result of winning the British League title at the weekend, a BBC television crew came to the Club last night to take some action footage from the sessions that were taking place and carried out a number of interviews.
This was originally intended for the ‘We Are Middlesbrough’ programme, however, it is going to be shown on tonight’s BBC 1 Look North programme. It is likely to be in the second half, therefore, between 6.45 and 7.00pm.
I understand it will be available on the iPlayer afterwards. I hope you have an opportunity to watch it.
Ormesby win British Premier League Title
The Club won the vital set to clinch the title at home on Saturday afternoon when they entertained last season’s Champions, The Urban Club from London.
The well attended match was a hard fought battle as the Urban team needed to win all 5 sets to retain the title. One single set for Ormesby would mean that Ormesby would be the 2019 British Champions.
The match started with the Urban pair Gyorgy Szilard and Daniel Kosiba gaining their revenge from the fixture played at Urban in March by winning the doubles by 3 sets to 1 against Darius Knight and Tianming Zhao, with comfortable score lines.
The doubles was one of the matches that Ormesby had a good chance of winning, and therefore, this victory by Urban increased the pressure on the home team.
The first singles followed between the two number one players; Tianming Liu of Ormesby and Daniel Schaffer of Urban. Liu was beaten by Schaffer in the reverse fixture.
This time Liu upped his game, sharing the two opening games winning the first 13-11 but losing the second 11-9. In the two following games Liu came out on top winning 11-7 and 13-11 to clinch the title for Ormesby.
The match was still alive as Urban needed to score further points against Ormesby to claim second place. They did this when Daniel Kosiba scored a straight games win against Darius Knight and Gyorgy Szilard produced his best performance to beat Liu by 3 games to 1 giving Urban a 3-1 lead. Ormesby pulled the score back to 3-2 when Tianming Zhao beat Daniel Schaffer in three straight games. The final score being Ormesby 2 Urban 3 so the League title going to Ormesby by 3 points
Ormesby have been in the hunt for the title for the last 3 years having previously finished in second position twice before taking the title this year.
The standard of the competition this year has been the highest in the history of the League with four very strong teams. Ormesby the winners with 35 points, Urban a close second with 32, Drumchapel from Glasgow third with 28 and Ormeau the top Northern Ireland team in fourth position with 26.
Cadet and Junior National Championships 2019
National Cadet Champion – Thomas Rayner
Ormesby’s Thomas Rayner produced his very best performance to become the English Cadet (Under 15) Champion, winning the Boy’s Singles event in The PG Mutual National Cadet and Junior Table Tennis Championship in Nottingham on Sunday.
Rayner who had been producing some very good results in the International Tournaments over recent weeks continued his good form. Seeded 4th Thomas reached the Semi-Finals with two comfortable victories.
Thomas with coach Denis Neale
In the Semi-Final Rayner met the Number 2 seed, Louis Price from Bristol, where this Ormesby player took charge after being 2-1 down to win the last three games 11-9, 12-10 and 11-5.
In the Final his opponent was Number 1 seed Derbyshire’s Naphong Boonyaprapa. Rayner won the first two games by narrow margins 11-9 and 12-10. Boonyaprapa came back to win the third at 11-5. Rayner went further ahead with another 11-9 win in the fourth. Boonyaprapa came back again to win the fifth game at 11-3 before Rayner took command again to win the final game at 11-9.
In the Boy’s Doubles, Rayner reached the Final with his Ormesby team mate, Ben Piggott, before they lost by very narrow margins to Boonyaprapa and his partner, Rhys Davies. Rayner and Piggott lead by 2-1 before their opponents won the fourth at 12-10 and the decider at 11-9.
In the Junior events the previous day, Ormesby had two of the Semi-Finalists Joe Cope who reached the Semi Final from his fourth seeded position, only to lose to the top seed Shayan Siraj of Yorkshire by 11-9 in the 7th game. Ben Piggott, unseeded, did brilliantly to reach the Semi-Final with big wins over the second seed of the First Round, James Smith for Kent, at 11-9 in the 7th and then in the Quarter Final he beat the 6th seed, Amirul Hussain of Lancaster by four games to one.
Ben found the eventual winner, Ethan Walsh of Hertfordshire, too strong in the Semi’s going down by 4-0.
British Premier League – final match
The Ormesby First Team will be playing their most important match of the season at the Club on Saturday, 18th May, starting at 2:00pm, against the current English Champions, Urban from London. This match is the final match in the British League this season and the Championship will be decided at the Club on Saturday.
It has the makings of a very good match as both sides, from the information received so far, will be fielding their best teams.
Currently, Ormesby are in pole position with a 4-point lead at the top of the table, after the results from the last round of matches, when we beat the Northern Ireland club, Ormeau, 5-0 and Urban suffered a 4 – 1 defeat away to Drumchapel. To win the title this time, Urban need to win the match 5-0. Their Team Manager, Gergely Urban, said on a social media interview on Sunday that they are looking to repeat the feats of Liverpool and Tottenham in the European Champions Football League last week.
The Ormesby squad has been named as the same team that beat Urban 3-2 when the two teams met in London on the 6th April; which is Tianyuan Liu, Darius Knight, Tianming Zhao, and Danny Reed.
Urban have named their squad as; Satoshi Aida, Gyorgy Szilard, Daniel Schaffer, and Daniel Kosiba.
The match in London ended 3-2 in Ormesby’s favour but all 5 sets were close, and they could have gone either way. Whilst Ormesby are firm favourites to win the match and title, the Championship for the Club is by no means certain but a very good match is in prospect. Play starts at 2:00pm and we are hoping and expecting to have the best attendance of the season for this key fixture.
North East Regional Training Day
Ormesby Table Tennis Club hosted a North East Regional training day on Sunday 14 April.
A full squad of 30 players from the across the region took part in the session which was run by Level 3 Coach, David Noutch.
David was assisted by coaches Malcolm Muldoon and Nigel Savage.
To finish off the more serious training session – some downtime to take part in some ‘FUN TIME’
Premier League win for Ormesby
Ormesby moved a step closer to winning the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League on Saturday when they defeated Scotland’s leading team, Drumchapel 3-2 at the Club’s Headquarters.
The star of the match was Drumchapel’s number 1 player, Sweden’s Simon Bergland, who won both his singles matches comfortably beating Darius Knight 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 and Tianyuan Liu 11-6, 11-5, 11-6.
Ormesby won the other three sets with Knight and Tianming Zhao winning the doubles against David McBeath and Victor Guang Shi.
Zhao, for Ormesby, won his singles comfortably against Victor and Liu won the best match of the day against England’s number 7, David McBeath to give Ormesby a winning lead of 3-1.
Ormesby’s main rivals, Urban, won their match against Ormeau Club from Northern Ireland 4-1 so that Ormesby and Urban are both tied on points at the top of the Division with 28 points from 8 matches.
Alan Ransome OBE
Ormesby players dominated the clubs own Junior 2 Star Championships, which took place at the Ormesby Club on Sunday 31st March, winning four of the five events.
The Under 18 Singles was won by Adam Webster who defeated Chris Edwards in the final. Webster won in three straight games 11-2, 11-6, 11-4.
The Under 15 Girls Singles was won by Eve Witterick who beat her Ormesby team mate Katie Bates in the final in four games 11-3, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9.
The surprise winner in the Under 13 Singles, which was a mixed event was Katie Bates who beat Darlington’ s Anand Ravipraksh 11-9, 15-13, 11-6 in the final.
Another surprise winner in the Mixed Under 11 Singles was another girl, Ella Pashley who beat Jack Higgins in the final, going the distance 11-9, 3-11, 11-1, 4-11, 11-5.
The one event which did not produce a home win was won by Sajad Ali from London Academy who beat his team mate Robert Ionascu 13-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7.
Ormesby v Drumchapel
Ormesby play the first of their play off matches in the battle to win the Premier Division Title of the British Table Tennis League at home on Saturday when they entertain the Scottish Champions, Drumchapel.
Ormesby will be at full strength with a squad of Tianyuan Liu, Darius Knight, Zhao Tianming and Danny Reed.
Drumchapel are also bringing their strong team headed by their England International number 7 David McBeath, together with Simon Berglund from Sweden, and their Chinese player Victor Guang Shi.
The Championship race is very evenly poised. Ormesby are top of the table at the moment by just 1 point over the current champions, Urban of London.
These fixtures are a 5 set match, consisting of 4 single and 1 doubles. Every set counts as 1 point in the League table so that every game is vital in the hunt for the championship.
This weekend, Urban travel to Ormeau in Ireland for their fixture. The play at the Ormesby Table Tennis Club starts at 2:00pm and spectators are welcome.
Senior British League
Ormesby teams enjoyed a very successful final weekend in the British Table Tennis League Division League competitions with the all junior second team finishing in fourth position of the Championship Division and the Clubs 4th team winning the Division C-3.
At Corby the Club’s second team won three of their final rounds of matches and drew one, beating Ravenscroft from the Channel Islands 6-2, Portsmouth 7-1, Wymondham of Norfolk 7-1 and drawing with leaders Whitworth Academy 4-4.
Josh Weatherby produced the best results winning all 8 of his sets. Joe Cope, playing at Number 1, and Thomas Rayner won 7 from 8 and David Gofton, promoted to number 2 in the team won 2 from 8.
Having the all junior Under 18 team finishing 4th in the table is a very good performance particularly in the last weekend, playing a draw with the winners and beating the team in 3rd place in the table, Wymondham by 7-1.
Ormesby 3rd team, also enjoyed a successful weekend, at Derby, winning three of their fixtures and losing one in Division B1. They beat Orsted Grimsby 8-1, Westfield from Northamptonshire 9-0, Huddersfield 9-0 before losing to Nottingham Sycamore II 5-4. Ben Piggott, George Hill and Adam Webster all won 7 from 8, whilst Jack Cope won 6.
The team finished in 4th position in the National B-1 League Table.
In Division C-3, after a very narrow finish, Ormesby 4th team won the title and Ormesby 5th team finished second.
In the final match, Ormesby 4th team beat the All In Table Tennis Club from Sheffield by 5 sets to 4 after Ryan Nassau won the final match at 11-9 in the fifth against Liam Carson.
Dave Ashwell, playing at number 1, who was the star player in this fixture winning both of his singles. To win the title Ormesby’s 4th team had to win all four of their matches over the weekend. They beat Derwent II 6-3, Cliffdale Chandlers from Graham 9-0 and Bishop Auckland 7-2 and in the final match All In Table Tennis 5-4.
Playing at number 1, Dave Ashwell was the star of the team winning 7 from 8, Ryan Nassau made a major contribution being unbeaten with 6 wins, while Adam Ridley won 7 from 8 and Michael Young won 4 from 8.
In the same Division, Ormesby 5th team, finished second with wins against Bishop Auckland 5-4, North Ayrshire 9-0 and Derwent II 6-3. However, they lost ground in the title race by losing to All In Table Tennis team 6-3.
Luke Robinson won 6 from 8, Ben Savage won 5, Chris Edwards 2 from 4, Charlotte Weatherby 3 from 6, Rana Rassem 4 from 6
Alan Ransome OBE
Ormesby IV winners of Senior British League C-3
Left to right: David Ashwell, Michael Young, Gary Whyman, Adam Ridley, Ryan Nassau and Ormesby – Chairman Alan Ransome OBE
After a tense weekend at the Ormesby club in the British League C-3 the Ormesby IV team were crowned League Champions.
The team were presented with their medals by Ormesby Chairman Alan Ransome.
Carl White, who also plays for the IV team was away on holiday.
In second place were the Ormesby V team.
All the V team are British Junior League players, Rana Rassem, Charlotte Weatherby, Luke Robinson, Chris Edwards and Ben Savage along with their Coach David Noutch. Quite an achievement for such a young squad.
It had remained very tight at the top of the division until the final match where the IV team beat ‘All in Table Tennis’.
Ormesby veteran David Ashwell had a marvelous win over Jie Fu Tham, who until his match against David had remained unbeaten all season.
Well done to all the Ormesby Players.
National Cadet Cup
Two Ormesby youngsters excelled in the National Cadet Table Tennis Cup Competition for the best Under 15 players in England which took place at Corby over the weekend.
Left to Right: Louis Price, Rhys Davies, Tom Rayner and TTE Board Member Doug Livingstone
Thomas Rayner who was previously ranked number 7 finished in equal first position in the boy’s event with three other players, and as a result of the countback Rayner finished in third position.
Rayner beat several players ranked above him including number 2 Naphong Boonyaprapa, Nottinghamshire, number 3 Connor Green, Nottinghamshire and number 4 Jie Fu Tham, South Yorkshire and his Ormesby team mate, number 6, Ben Piggott.
Piggott also did well to finish in 5th position and his wins included victories over Green and Fu Tham.
These results are particularly important as they have significant effect on the National Rankings and are ahead of the England team selections for the European Youth Championships that take place in July.