Ormesby Table Tennis Club Closed Until Further Notice
I regret to inform you that we have decided to follow Government advice and close the Table Tennis Club for the time being.
The Government advise given in the press conference at around 5:00pm yesterday was that individuals should avoid personal contact and should avoid going to facilities such as pubs, cinemas and clubs. With the size of Ormesby Table Tennis Club we clearly fall into that category.
The Club has been open on a regular basis consistently for the last 60 years, and this is the first time we have felt it necessary to issue a closure notice. It is not just that we need to protect the members and their families from the possibility of picking up this virus, we also have a responsibility with regard to our volunteers and staff, some of whom are of the age, which is designated by the Government, as being in greater danger. Therefore, we do need to take action to protect them as well as our playing members.
At this stage we do not know how long the closure will be for. This will be kept under review. Unfortunately, we have little option, in my view, with this and we have taken the only sensible action in the circumstances. It is very much our intention to reopen as soon as it is possible, and all members will be informed as soon as this decision has been taken.
Many thanks for your cooperation.
British Premier League North Ayrshire v Ormesby
Ormesby kept their hopes of a top four finish and a place in the final playoffs alive in the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League on Saturday when they visited Scotland’s North Ayrshire and won by seven sets to nil.
Although the result was a big victory for the Teesside Club the sets were not as one sided as the score line suggests.
Ormesby’s Chinese Number 1, Sining Zhang, needed four games to beat Zak Wilson. Darius Knight was taken to five sets by Wilson when Knight recovered from two games down to win 3-2. Helshan Weerasinghe had a tight match against Colin Dalgleish winning three sets to one.
Helshan Weerasinghe – most consistant player
This result means that Ormesby are currently in a top four position, however, if the team in 5th position, BATTS from Harlow, beat the team in second place, Archway Peterborough, in the final match of season then Ormesby will be in 5th place and in the relegation zone.
The Teesside Club are already so far ahead of the bottom team, North Ayrshire, on sets they are safe from any danger of relegation from the top division.
English Primary School Selection for Ella
Ormesby youngster, 11 yar old, Ella Pashley has been selected to represent the England Primary Schools Team in the Home Table Tennis Internationals which are to be played in Douglas, Isle of Man between the 3rd and the 5th April.
Ella will be representing England in matches against Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
Ella who attends Galley Hill Primary School in Guisborough has won her selection due to her current ranking in England where she is number two in the National under 12 Girls list.
Ella has also received a strong recognition by winning a number of competitions including the Under 13 Event in Scarborough, Blackpool and Darlington so far this season.
Included in the team with Ella are Sienna Jetha from Hertfordshire, Naomi Coker from Derbyshire and Brooke Morris form Manchester.
The head of delegation for the England School Teams is Stockton’s Steve Burge.
British League match results 15 January 2020
Ormesby teams in the British Table Tennis League produced some very good results in Saturday’s fixtures. Ormesby’s Second team, who are in equal 2nd position with 12 points in the Championships Division of the British League, had a very good win against Archway Peterborough Seconds.
Josh Weatherby was the star of the Ormesby team, winning both his singles against Adam Jepson 11-9 in the 5th and George Downing 11-5 in the decider. Liam McTiernan, Ben Piggott and Thomas Rayner contributed with 1 win each.
Ormesby’s wins were by narrow margins, with Ben Piggott beating George Downing 12-10 in the decider and Liam McTiernan beating Zac Cantor at 11-9 in the 5th and Thomas Rayner winning 3-1 against Zac Cantor.
David Gofton produced the best results for Peterborough, beating Thomas Rayner and Ben Piggott by 3-1.
Ormesby’s second match in the Championship Division was against BATTS Second team who turned out a number of their players who normally participate in the Premier Division and they beat Ormesby’s Second team by 7-1. Ormesby’s only victory came from Thomas Rayner who had a narrow win, 11-8 in the 5th, over Ethan Walsh.
In Division National B, Ormesby’s Third team won both their fixtures against Orsted of Grimsby 5-4 and Halton from Merseyside 6-3. Jack Cope produced the best results, being unbeaten with 4 wins whilst Adam Webster and Ben Savage won 3 each and Ryan Nassau won 1 of his matches.
Ormesby III are now in 3rd position in the League table with 14 points – 2 points behind the 2 top teams, P Pong from Lancashire and Draycott from Derbyshire.
In Division National C, Ormesby Fourth team won their first match, beating Cliffdale Chandlers by 6-3. Rebecca Savage produced the best results with 2 singles wins and the doubles with Katie Bates whilst Eve Witterick, Katie Bates and William Lim all won 1 each.
In Ormesby IV second match, they were defeated by Huddersfield 6-3 with 1 win each from Rebecca Savage and William Lim plus Rebecca Savage and Katie Bates winning the doubles.
British Premier League win for Ormesby
Ormesby’s hopes of achieving a Top four finish in the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League received a boost when they defeated the unbeaten side Ormeau from Northern Ireland in a tight match by 4 games to 3 on Saturday.
Ormesby’s Chinese player Sining Zhang was the star of the match winning both his singles comfortably and joining with Darius Knight to win the vital doubles match.
The match climaxed in the final set when the score poised at 3 all Darius Knight took on Ormeau’s Matthew Ware. Knight led by 1-0 and then 2-1 but lost the fourth game so that Ware levelled at 2 all.
Knight started well in the decider and carried on to win by 11-5 to clinch the set.
With the absence of Helshan Weerasinghe, Josh Weatherby joined the Ormesby team and did well to take the French player Alexis Lebrun to five sets.
This result gives Ormesby a tight battle to win a top 4 position. Ormesby have one more fixture against the bottom of the table team away to North Ayrshire in two weeks and a win for Ormesby in that fixture would mean that they would be relying on Archway Peterborough beating BATTS of Harlow last weekend to qualify for Top 4 place on a set’s average countback.
TTKIDZ – New Girls Hopes Squad
The first of the new sessions of Ormesby TTKIDZ begins on Wednesday 12 February.
Hopefully the new sessions will be as successful as the previous ones where we had over a 50% retention of players.
The most pleasing thing to come from the first program is that a new group of 8 Primary School girls have formed a Girls Hope Squad.
In the picture are some of the children who are from the first TTKIDZ program and still playing.
Ormesby v Ormeau 8 February 2020
Premier Division of British League Table Tennis Championship Ormesby v Ormeau
Ormesby’s next fixture in the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League is a home match on Saturday 8th February against the top Irish Club; Ormeau.
Ormesby are locked in a battle to reach the top four play-off section of the League and need to win on Saturday.
The Ormesby squad is named as Sining Zhang, Darius Knight, Helshan Weerasinghe and Josh Weatherby.
The Irish team are regarded as one of the best in the British League and they are unbeaten to date and have a mix of French National League players and Irish Internationals. Their team will be named from the following squad players; Dorian Nichole, Lucas Molland, Orial Monzo, Alexis Lebrun, Matthew Ware, Gavin McGuire and Owen Cathcart.
The match will start at 2:00pm and will be played on two tables. Spectators are welcome.
Senior National Championship Qualifiers
English National Senior Table Tennis Championships Qualification
At least two Ormesby Juniors have qualified for the English National Senior Table Tennis Championships following the qualification competition that took place in Nottingham over the weekend.
A big surprise was the performance of Rebecca Savage who excelled to finish in fourth position to win her place. She started the competition seeded only 18th and with only 10 places available her prospect of success at the beginning of the competition did not appear good. However, Rebecca did extremely well to win four of her six matches in the opening qualification group and then won her first two matches in the knockout stage to finish in fourth position overall.
For a 15 year old Cadet girl to qualify for the English Senior National Championship is a very good performance.
On the boy’s side, Josh Weatherby produced his best results. He won all his matches in the first group to finish top which included a win over one of the top seeds, Josh Bennett. He then won his first two matches in the knockout section to finish 8th overall and take his qualification place.
The third Ormesby player, Ben Piggott, is likely to qualify, he finished in fourth position in his qualification group and went through to the knockout stage. He then beat Joe Cope, the player expected to win through the qualification, to reach the second round but then lost to the current England number 24, Gabriel Achampong. Piggott then played a third match and beat Umair Mauthoor to finish in 12th position. He now may well receive an invitation to play in the Nationals.
Thomas Rayner was also in the frame for qualification. He finished in third place in his qualification group but then had the unfortunate draw to play Josh Bennett in the first round of the knockout and was defeated at deuce in the fifth, therefore, was not able to qualify this year.
Nevertheless, for Ormesby to have two, probably three, Junior’s qualify for the English National Senior Championships at Nottingham at the end of next month is a very good result.
Report by Alan Ransome OBE
British Premier League
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL
The next match of the Premier Division of the British League is a home fixture against one of our rivals, newly promoted Archway Peterborough. Peterborough, with their new signings, are one of the strongest teams in the Division so we are expecting a tough match.
Our team is likely to be the strongest available; Sining Zhang, Helshan Weerasinghe and Darius Knight.
The Peterborough team have registered Chinese player Jai Wang Song, Callum Evans Welsh Number 1 and Champion, and Chris Doran the England Number 6.
The match is to be played on two tables with seven sets and will commence at 2:00pm.
Your support for the team would be welcomed and please feel free to bring any family and friends.
Alan Ransome – Ormesby Table Tennis Club Chairman
Super Ten Tournament
Josh Weatherby was the winner of the Christmas Super 10 Table Tennis Tournament at the Ormesby Table Tennis Club being unbeaten in all of his 8 sets.
Josh Weatherby (right) Group One winner and Ella Pashley (left) Group Two winner. Alan Ransome centre presented the prizes.
Josh Weatherby did however need a 4th game to beat Ben Savage, David Pashley and Nigel Savage. Ben Savage finished in 2nd position, having won the head to head set against the player in 3rd position, Chris Johns. The finishing positions were:
1. Josh Weatherby
2. Ben Savage
3. Chris Johns
4. Michael Young
5. Nigel Savage
6. David Pashley
7. Rebecca Savage
8. Chris Gunn
9. Pat Clements
In Group Two, the winner was 11 year old Ella Pashley who won all of her 7 sets. However, she lost games to George Tickner, Tom Wardell, Sina Gharrate and Jake Johns. In 2nd position was Tom Wardell who won all his sets except against Ella Pashley and 3rd was George Tickner who won 5 of his sets. The finishing positions were:
1. Ella Pashley
2. Tom Wardell
3. George Tickner
Equal 4th John Daley and Sina Gharraie
6. Spencer Wardell
7. Jake Johns
8. Ben Hutchinson
Christmas Party for all Members
Ormesby Table Tennis Club’s Christmas Party took place on Sunday 22 December. L
Lots of children, adults and their families enjoyed fun games.
Malcolm running one of the games
Club chairman Alan Ransome presented two awards for the most improved players.
Thomas Rayner receiving his award from Alan Ransome
Thomas Rayner who has had a really successful year ending it by playing two matches in the British Premier League.
Ella receiving her award from Alan Ransome
Ella Pashley who is only 11 won the award for the most improved girl player for her overall passion for table tennis.
Everyone at Ormesby Table Tennis Club hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and Good Luck for 2020..
British Premier League win for Ormesby
Ormesby opened their home fixtures in the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League on Saturday when they defeated the London club Fusion by 6 sets to 1.
Ormesby with their top two players Sinang Zhang and Helshan Weerasinghe both won their singles and combined to win the doubles.
Ormesby sixth victory came from Thomas Rayner making his Premier Division British League appearance when he beat Fusion’s Robert Pelc in 3 straight games.
Fusion’s lone victory was against Rayner when James Smith beat the Ormesby youngster by 3 games to 1.
Zhang was in sparkling form and was named as man of the match. He won both of his singles in a number one position in straight games.
The closest set was between Weerasinghe and Smith. The Ormesby player by pulling back from 2 – 1 down to win the decider 11 – 8.
This result takes Ormesby into second position with 4 points behind the current leaders Ormeau from Northern Ireland who have 6 points.
Two of Ormesby’s main rivals Urban and Archway Peterborough have only played one fixture so therefore are currently in the bottom half of the division.
Ormesby’s next match is on Saturday when they visit the Essex club Batts of Harlow, The Ormesby squad for this match is Sinang Zhang, Helshan Weerasinghe, Darius Knight and Thomas Rayner.
Ormesby Super 10 Tournament
British Premier League
Ormesby have their first home fixture in the Premier Division of the British League on Saturday when they entertain the top London club Fusion at the Club’s headquarters on Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough, starting at 2:00pm.
Tom Rayner who makes his Premier League debut
For Ormesby one of the country’s top young prospects the current England number 5 Junior, Thomas Rayner, English Cadet Champion, will be making his debut for the Premier Division Team.
Also selected are Ormesby’s Chinese star Sining Zhang and one of England’s international players, Helshan Weerasinghe. This is Rayner’s first opportunity to play in the top Division. He has been representing Ormesby in the Championship Division for the last two seasons and this gives him the opportunity to step up into the first team.
The team selected for Fusion, include two England Number 1’s, the current veteran Number 1 Lorestas Trumpauskas and number 1 rated junior Joseph Hee who was originally from Singapore. The third player is James Smith who is one of England’s top 10 Under 21 player.
Ormesby opened the season with a narrow 4-3 defeat to the former Champions, Urban, so this match is important for the Club to score a win in the defence of its British League title which was won by a narrow margin last year.
OBITUARY – Mick Mills
Mick Mills, one of Ormesby’s players who played in the Middlesbrough League from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, has passed away.
This is sad news for those who knew, played or battled with Mick during his playing days.
The Funeral service will be held on Saturday 23 November at 10.30am in the Chapel of St Bede, Teesside Crematorium.
All are welcome to attend.
Junior British League – 1st weekend
Ormesby Girls player – Katie Bates – made the front page of the
Junior British League Program
The Ormesby Junior Teams had mixed results in the National Junior British League Championships that took place at Derby last weekend.
The Ormesby 1st team with Premier Division finished with two wins, two defeats and one draw from their five fixtures with Josh Weatherby finishing with the best average of 60% having won 6 of his 10 sets and Thomas Rayner and Ben Piggott both achieved 40%.
Ormesby opened with a 3-3 draw with Dublin, with one win each from Rayner, Piggott and Weatherby.
Ormesby won their second match against Draycott by 6-4 with two wins from Weatherby and one each from Rayner and Piggott.
The third fixture on Saturday evening resulted in a 4-2 loss to the Essex Club, BATTS, in which Piggott and Weatherby won one set each.
On Sunday morning the Ormesby team played their Derby match with Swerve winning by 5-1 with two wins from Rayner and Weatherby and one from Piggott.
On Sunday afternoon in the final match, the team lost to the Division leaders TableTennisDaily by 6-0.
This leaves the Ormesby team in 6th position in the table with 5 points and needing to record wins against Grantham and Fusion in the final two fixtures of the first round if they are going to achieve a top 4 position.
The Ormesby 2nd team, playing in the 2nd Division, excelled. They are top of the table with four wins and one draw.
Ormesby beat Cardiff and London Greenhouse 4-2, Nottingham Sycamore 5-1 and Dublin 6-0. In the final match Ormesby played a 3-3 draw with Plymouth. Adam Webster was the star of the Ormesby team playing at Number 1 and winning all ten of his sets. Ben Savage won eight and Chris Edwards four.
The Ormesby girls who have moved up from the 3rd Division last year into the 1st Division made a good account of themselves winning two of their five matches.
Ormesby lost to London Academy and Derby Draycott 6-0 but beat Cardiff 5-1 and Wolverhampton Woodfield 4-2. They lost to Wensum 5-1. Eve Witterick produced the best results with five wins, Katie Bates with three and Rebecca Savage, who was playing at Number 1, had two wins.
The Ormesby team are in 5th position in the Division with just one point behind Woodfield and Wensum.
2019 Stockton 4 *
The Tees Active Stockton-On-Tees Junior 4 Star Championships organised by the Cleveland Table Tennis Association was dominated by Joseph Hee, the Singapore player from Fusion, who won the Junior Boys singles, in an event that several of the other leading seeds, all from the top 10 rankings, were beaten in some excellent matches.
Joseph Hee winner Junior Boys Singles
To win the title, Hee beat Josh Weatherby from Ormesby 3-1 in the quarter-finals and another Ormesby player, Adam Webster, in the semi. In the final, after losing the first game Hee defeated Louis Price from Avon by 3-1.
Hee’s strong defence proved difficults for all his opponents as he went through the whole weekend including the team event unbeaten.
The second seed Lancashire’s Rhys Davies was beaten 11-8 in the fifth by the Swerve player Callum McRae in the first round. McRae went on to beat eighth seed David Gofton of Archway by 3-1 before losing in straight games to Price in the semi-finals. Price earlier defeated Ormesby’s Tom Rayner comfortably in three straight games in the quarter-final.
Ormesby’s Ben Piggott was beaten 11-9 in the fifth by Webster. Another of the top 8 seeds Max Stevens from Nottingham lost in straight games to Weatherby.
The Junior Girls singles was won by the top seed Jasmin Wong who was representing Ackworth. Wong won a tight five setter with the Romanian player, Patricia Ianau, from London Academy. To reach the final Ianau beat seeds Erin Green of Draycott and Daniella Kelly from Wales.
The third seed Raquel Sao Pedro from Portugal lost in the second round to Ashley Tsoi from Hong Kong who represents Ackworth. Wong beat Tsoi in straight games in the semi.
Ben Piggott winner Cadet Boys Singles
The Cadet Boys singles was won by Ormesby’s Ben Piggott after a very tight semi-final with Toby Ellis from Lancashire and final with Felix Thomis who did well to reach the final with semi-final victory over Draycott’s Connor Green. Thomis also had a very close quarter-final win against Jack DiTsoi, another
The Cadet Girls singles winner was another of the Hong Kong/Chinese playing for Ackworth, Sandy Choong, who beat her teammate, Ashley Tsoi, in three games in the final. Choong beat Anna Green in straight games in the semi, whilst Choong won 3-1 against Megan Jones from ShropshireWinner
The Under 13 Singles was won by top seed Jacub Piwowar from Devon who needed five games to beat Nottingham’s Fred Jones and four to win against Yiannis Kazantzidis from Kent. In the final Piwowar defeated Francesco Bonato from Surrey. Bonato beat the second seed Joseph Cooper in the quarter-finals.
The Under 13 Girls was won by Hannah Silcock from Jersey who won in five games in the final against Bethany Ellis from Lancashire. Silcock also had a good win against top seed Maliha Baig from Greenhouse.
Keiran Wardell Grade 1 Boys winner and Alan Ransome OBE
The Grade 1 Boys Singles winner was the Swerve player, Keiran Wardell, who was the second seed. Wardell beat Felix Thomis from Ackworth by three games to one in a tight final and Ackworth’s Tsoi 12-10 in the decider in the semi.
The Grade 1 Girls Singles was won by Ashley Tsoi from Ackworth who beat Germany’s Lilian Nicodemus comfortably in straight games in the final.
In the Team events played on Saturday, the Junior Boys event was won by the Ormesby Team of Rayner and Piggott who won a close 3-2 match against Fusion in the final. The star of this match was Hee who won both his sets. Piggott clinched the match with straight games win over Joshua Bruce with the score poised at 2-2.
The Ormesby team beat Swerve’s Keiran Wardell and Callum McRae 3-0 in the quarter-finals, and Fusion’s second team Alexander Ahl and Robert Pelc by 3-0 in the semi.
Fusion’s first team reached the final with a 3-2 win against the North Ayrshire team of Danny Bajwa and Martin Johnson. The North Ayrshire team having beaten the second seeds from Archway Gofton and Price by three sets to two.
The other three team events were all won by Ackworth.
In the Junior Girls competition Wong and Ruby Chan beat the London Academy team of Patricia Ianau and Nicole Scott by 3-0 in the final, and Plymouth’s Gemma Kerr and Amy Marriott by the same score in the semi-final.
The Cadet Boys was comfortable for Ackworth as Jaco Lu and Jack Dijon Tsoi defeated the Scottish team of Drumchapel, Keiran Walker and Joseph Hunter, 3-0 in the final and London Academy of Sajad Ali and Octavian Aparaschieve by the same score in the semi.
The Cadet Girls team was also comfortable for Ackworth as they beat Draycott 3-0 in the final and Ormesby in the semi by the same score.
The Ackworth team was Sandy Choong and Ashley Tsoi, Draycott team was Anna Green and Connie Dumelow and the Ormesby team was Rebecca Savage and Katie Bates.
Junior Boys Singles: Joseph Hee (SIN) beat Louis Price (Av) 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-5
Junior Girls Singles: Jasmin Wong (Y) beat Patricia Ianua (Rom) 12-10, 8-11, 11-4, 11-7
Cadet Boys Singles: Ben Piggott (Cv) beat Felix Thomis (Bk) 11-8, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9
Cadet Girls Singles: Sandy Choong (CHN) beat Ashley Tsoi (CHN) 1-11, 11-7, 11-9, 12-14, 11-3
Under 13 Boys Singles: Jacub Piwowar (Dv) beat Francesco Bonato (Sy) 11-2, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9
Under 13 Girls Singles: Hannah Silcock (Jer) beat Bethany Ellis (La) 14-12, 1-11, 9-11, 14-12, 11-7
Grade 1 Boys Singles: Keiran Wardell (Cv) beat Felix Thomis (Bk) 7-11, 12-10, 14-12, 12-10
Grade 1 Girls Singles: Ashley Tsoi (CHN) beat Lilian Nicodemus (GER) 11-8, 11-6, 11-0
Boys Team Event: Ormesby I beat Fusion 1 3-2
Girls Team Event: Ackworth School beat London Academy 3-0
Cadet Boys Team: Ackworth School beat Drumchapel 3-0
Cadet Girls Team: Ackworth School beat Draycott 3-0
Womens British League
Ormesby Team; L – R: Alan Ransome Coach, Rebecca Savage, Eve Witterick & Katie Bates
The all Junior Ormesby Women’s team produced their best performance in the Women’s British Table Tennis League last weekend winning four of the five matches in which they participated.
This Ormesby team entered the Women’s British League for the first time last season and finished mid table in Division 5, therefore, to be in the top 3 in Division 4 at the mid-way point of this season indicates the improvement the team have shown and the good performance they produced.
The Ormesby team which was the youngest in the Senior competition with an average age of just 14, opened their matches with a 5-1 victory over the Merseyside team Halton.
The second match saw their only defeat to the Northern Irish team, Dun Laoire who are top of the table and firm favourites to win the Division, by 5-1. The Ormesby girls recovered from this by beating the Dublin based Irish team Glenburn by 4-2 went on to beat the London team Graham Spicer 6-0 and finished with a 5-1 victory over the Glasgow Club, Drumchapel.
The three Ormesby girls who played in all the fixtures; Eve Witterick, Katie Bates and Rebecca Savage all won seven of their ten sets.
Report by – Alan Ransome OBE
British Premier League
Ormesby’s defence of the British Table Tennis League Premier Division title began negatively when they visited one of their main rivals, Urban of London, and lost by 4-3.
Man of the Match was the new Ormesby signing, Sining Zhang, who won both his singles matches against the top two Urban players. Zhang beat Daniel Schaffer by 3-0 and Szilard Gyorgy by 3-1. Ormesby’s third win was secured by Darius Knight who beat Matej Mamut in straight games.
Ormesby’s chances of winning the fixture were reduced when Helshan Weerasinghe was unable to join the team due to illness. He was replaced by Josh Weatherby, who played well, but was not good enough to beat any of the Urban players.
The key match being Knight against Schaffer played with the match score of 3-2 to Urban. Knight after going down by 2-0 pulled back to 2-2 and led by 7-3 in the decider before Schaffer, assisted by three fortunate points, pulled back to win at 11-8.
Match Report by Alan Ransome OBE
TT KIDZ at Ormesby
It was good to see all the young children on the TT KIDZ program playing at the Ormesby Club yesterday.
The children were very excited and having lots of fun.
Thanks to Malcolm and William for running the second of the 8 weekly sessions, helping the children to enjoy learning to play table tennis.