Ormesby win at Drumchapel
The two teams left to right – Ormesby, Danny Reed, Tian Ming Zhao, Viktor Brodd and Darius Knight – Drumchapel – Craig Howieson, Yannick Vostes, David McBeath and Yaser Razouk
With a 6-2 victory over the current Champions Drumchapel in Glasgow, Ormesby stayed on track with their challenge for the title of the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League last weekend.
The Ormesby victory was as convincing as the score line suggests with the Teesside club racing into a 5-0 lead. Viktor Brodd who was the ‘Man of the Match’ opened the scoring with straight games win against David McBeath, a member of the England team heading for the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games. The score told the story 11-5, 11-5 and 11-7. Tian Ming Zhao, Ormesby’s Portuguese International player scored an important win over the Drumchapel’s Belgium International Yannick Vostes winning each of the games 11-9.
Danny Reed and Darius Knight followed for Ormesby with wins against the Scottish Internationals Craig Howieson and Yaser Razouk. Brodd clinched the victory in straight games win over Howieson.
Drumchapel came back into the match as McBeath won against Zhao 11-7 in the fifth, whilst Vostes proved too strong for Knight 3-0. Brodd and Reed winning two each for Ormesby were the stars of the match.
This victory puts Ormesby within 1 point of the current leaders Urban of London who beat Cardiff by 6-2 on Saturday.
For the second year running some members of the Ormesby 50+ group of players went to Drumchapel to support the Ormesby team (as they do at Ormesby home matches). Left to right Mike Howling, Terry Bache, Malcolm Muldoon, John McCullow and Gary Whyman.
This year the number of supporters doubled with 16 making the snowy trip.
Ormesby have three remaining matches at home to Drumchapel, and away to Urban in London and Ormeau in Northern Ireland. If the Teesside club can continue with their current run, after winning all six of their last matches, the Championship will be theirs.
Alan Ransome OBE
Drumchapel v Ormesby
Ormesby face one of their toughest fixtures in their bid to regain the Premier Division British League Championship title when they visit the current holders, Drumchapel on Saturday in Glasgow, starting at 2pm.
Ormesby will have the team available that defeated the leading Irish team Ormeau in the last fixture which are Tian Ming Zhao, Portuguese International from Sweden Viktor Brodd, plus the two English Internationals Darius Knight and Danny Reed. With four International ranked players in their team Ormesby have every chance of achieving a good result.
Drumchapel are led by David McBeath who reached the semi-finals in the PG Mutual English National Championships at the Copper Box two weeks ago. McBeath has been selected for the English Men’s team for the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast next month. Yannick Vostes, the Belgium International is at No. 2 and at Nos. 3 and 4 are two Scottish Internationals Craig Howieson who has also been selected for his national team for the Gold Coast Games and the Junior Champion Yasir Razouk.
In the league table, Ormesby are currently in 2nd position and 1 point behind the Urban club from London and are on equal points with Drumchapel but with a better games average. The winners of Saturdays match are likely to be in connection with Urban for the title which may well go to the wire in the final match of the season at the end of May.
For table tennis fans on Teesside, who are not able to travel to Glasgow, the Drumchapel club will be streaming the match live and this can be viewed via this link
Cleveland Grand Prix 2018
After what turned out to be a really great weekend at the Cleveland Grand Prix for Thomas Rayner he was awarded
‘Player of the Weekend’
Left to right: Colin Davison, Chairman of Cleveland County Table Tennis Association, Tom Rayner, Councillor Maurice Perry Mayor of Stockton and Mrs Laraine Perry Mayoress of Stockton.
Full Report to follow
Middlesbrough League Splits
New Kit for Ormesby
Left to right: Captain Danny Reed, Tian Ming Zhad, Darius Knight and Viktor Brodd
Ormesby’s Premier League team showcased the club’s new kit when they played the Ormeau team from Northern Ireland on Saturday 17 February 2018.
The away strip above along with the new tracksuit below will soon be worn by all the Ormesby players.
Cleveland Schools Individual Finals
Winner of the Under 13 Girls, Eve Witterick right seen after one of her Cadet tournament wins in 2017′
Karina Lefevre presented Eve with her trophy.
The list of winners below, from the Cleveland Schools Individual Finals which were held at Ormesby Table Tennis Club on Wednesday 7 February.
The winners now go through to play in the English Schools Individual Finals in April.
Primary Girls: Layla Robinson – Bewley Hill Primary School, Billingham
Primary Boys: Gene McGee – Green Lane Primary School, Acklam, Middlesbrough
Under 13 Girls: Eve Witterick – Thornaby Academy, Thornaby
Under 13 Boys: Ben Piggot –
Under 16 Girls: Laura Worsley – Red House, Norton
Under 16 Boys: Joe Cope – Manor School, Hartlepool
Under 19 Boys: Sam Kwan – Nunthorpe Academy, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough
Noel proudly showing his medal
Noel Thomas, one of Ormesby Club’s Wheelers came second in the class 2 – 3 Singles event at the British Para Table Table, Sheffield Para Open on Sunday 4 February which was held at the EIS.
Well done Noel – all the hard work training is paying off, not to mention the new bat !!!
Ormesby v Cardiff
The two teams, Ormesby left with umpire Bruce Lowther and Cardiff City right with umpire Gary Whyman – picture by Chris Rayner
Ormesby continued their bid to regain the British Table Tennis League Premier Division title on Saturday when they entertained the Cardiff club and won by the maximum score of 8-0.
Viktor Brodd on his way to winning his first game against Cardiff’s Dean Cundy
Viktor Brodd was the best player on show for Ormesby playing at No. 1 he won both of his sets in straight games. Captain Danny Reed won his two sets by 3 games to 1, whilst Matej Mamut playing at No. 3 did well to win both of his sets in straight games. Joe Cope completed the Ormesby team and the winning streak with two victories against the Welsh players by 3-0 and 3-1. This win keeps Ormesby in 2nd place with 8 points from the five matches played so far. The London club Urban retained the top position after beating Fusion 5-3 in the derby match.
Urban have 9 points from their five matches, the current champions Drumchapel from Glasgow are on equal points with Ormesby in 3rd place after their 7-1 victory over North Ayrshire. The Irish team Ormeau maintained their interest in the championship race by beating BATTS 7-1 and have 7 points from their five matches and are in 4th place.
Some of the spectators who came to watch the game with Chris and Jack doing the live streaming.
Ormesby’s next match is at home on 17 February against the Irish team Ormeau in a fixture that will be a clash between two of the top four teams and be vital in the championship race.
Come and Try it Day
Hopefully from the number of children who attended the ‘Come and Try it Day’ at the Ormesbv club on Saturday 20 January 2018 a new squad will be formed for young junior players.
The picture above shows Ryan Nassau giving some serving tips to some of the youngsters.
New Sessions for Boys and Girls
Ormesby Table Tennis Club – 2017 Awards
The Ormesby Table Tennis Club awards for 2017 have been announced with the Most Improved Male Player being named as Marc Bonnar who is a member of the Club’s disability group.
Alan Ransome presented Marc with his award
Marc who plays in a wheelchair, has won membership of the British Para Performance Squad and has won medals in the Para tournament in Europe. Marc won the Silver medal in the Team event in the Belgium Para Open and the Bronze medal in the Spanish. He is currently No. 3 in the British rankings in the Class 2 category. Marc represents the Ormesby Club in the Middlesbrough League playing for the Wheelers team.
Marc did particularly well to win this event considering that the Club have four Cadet Players in the top 12 in the English list and a host of strong Junior players including Joe Cope who figures prominently in the English Junior list.
Rana receiving her award from Ormesby Chairman Alan Ransome
The Most Improved Female Player was Rana Rassem who is the Club’s lead player in the Junior British League Girls team. Rana also represents the Club’s fifth team in the Senior British League which is in the main a male competition. Rana’s best performance was to win the Band 1 Singles Stockton 4 Star tournament which improved her national ranking up to No. 28. Rana is one of a six girl squad of players and this squad has the potential to be one of the strongest women’s teams in the UK, in two or three years’ time.
The third award which is for the Fastest Improved Player who shows positive attitude and sportsmanship went to Rebecca Savage, who is currently No. 6 in the English Under 13 list and 23 in the Under 15 list. Rebecca is also a member of the Junior Girls Squad playing in the Junior British League.
Report by Alan Ransome OBE
Ormesby 2 Star
Ormesby’s Adam Webster was the winner of the Junior Boys Singles in the Ormesby Junior 2 Star Open Table Tennis Championship which took place at the Ormesby Club in Middlesbrough on Sunday.
Adam Webster received his Junior Boys winners trophy from Ormesby Chairman – Alan Ransome OBE
Adam Webster opened his campaign by winning his preliminary group to reach the semi-final where he met the top seed Kieran Wardell from the Swerve Club. Webster won by 3 sets to 1.
Jamie Peacock also from Swerve won his opening group and came through in the top seeded position. In the semi-final, he beat Ormesby’s Jack Dewar 3-1.
In the final, Webster produced his best form to beat Peacock. He won the first two games 11-7 and 11-3 then lost the 3rd 11-8 but was convincing the 4th and final game at 11-2.
Holly Williams – Junior Girls Winner
The Junior Girls event was won by Holly Williams from the Swerve Club who beat Scarborough’s Mukmanee Warburton and Ormesby’s Eve Witterick both by 3-1 to take the title.
The Cadet Boys event was won by Jamie Peacock who beat his club mate Callum McRae in a close final at 11-7 in the decider.
Mukmanee Warburton (right) Cadet Girls winner and Eve Witterick Cadet Girls runner up
The Cadet Girls champion was Scarborough’s Mukmanee Warburton who beat Eve Witterick in the deciding match in three close games 12-10, 16-14 and 11-9. Warburton and Witterick have won their previous matches to reach this stage.
Sam Lowe – Under 13 winner
The Under 13 event was won by Sam Lowe from Scarborough who beat his team mate Jack Louth in the final by three games to one.
Alan Ransome OBE
Ormesby TTC Christmas Party 2017
All members are welcome to come to the annual Christmas Party.
As the poster suggests/ please let either Carol or Brenda know if you will be coming in order for catering.
Hope to see you all on December 23.
2017 Middlesbrough Primary School Competition
The annual Middlesbrough Primary School competition was held at the
Ormesby Club on Thursday 7 December 2017.
After the instructions had been given it was time to begin.
Over 100 children took part representing 13 schools with each team having four girls and four boys. With all the excitement the noise nearly lifted the roof (remind us to have some earplugs next year).
Acklam Whin Primary
Tim James is seen holding the winners shield surrounded by his team mates
After several rounds of matches it came to the final with Acklam Whin Primary school taking the title. The four boys and four girls were presented with their gold medals and the winners shield to keep for a year.
Ormesby now 2nd in British Premier League
Ormesby’s first team moved into second place into the Premier division of the British Table Tennis League last weekend when they defeated a top London Club Fusion by 8 sets to 0.
The Ormesby team overall were far stronger than their opposition with four players Victor Brodd, Darrius Knight, Danny Read and Adam Harrison all winning two sets. The result was comfortable as the score line suggests with no matches needing a fifth deciding game.
For Fusion only one, the English Veteran number one, lost toTrumpauskas put up a strong opposition taking Darius Knight to four games in the second set a very spirited match against Ormesby’s number one Viktor Brodd although Brodd did win in three straight games.
Adam Harrison on his debut won both of his set comfortably against Clive Carthy and Ben Hee.
This result puts Ormesby in the second position in the table one point behind the Urban club although Ormesby has two of the toughest fixtures still to play against the current champions Glasgow Drumchapel and the Irish team Ormeau.
British Premier League – Ormesby v Fusion
Ormesby play their second home match of the season in the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League on Saturday, starting at 2pm against the leading London club Fusion.
Ormesby are back on track with their intertest to clinch the title following their victory this month over the Essex team, BATTS when they won 6-2.
Ormesby’s No. 1 Viktor Brodd who was out with an injury for the BATTS match has recovered and will return to the Ormesby line up for Saturday’s fixture. The two Ormesby players who won two sets each against BATTS English Internationals Darius Knight and Danny Reed are both included in the line up together with the new signing Adam Harrison, who is making his Premier Division debut in this fixture.
The Fusion team is likely to include Kazeem Adeleke at No. 1, at No 2 is Lorestas Trumpauskas who is the English No.1 Veteran, the Scottish international Niall Cameron is at No. 3 and Mohammed Emran Hussain is at 4, whilst the English Junior No. 1 in the rating list Joseph Hee who played his first match at Ormesby last season is at No. 5.
The match is being played at Ormesby’s Headquarters on Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough and will be played simultaneously on two tables. All spectators are welcome.
Alan Ransome OBE
British Premier League Ormesby V BATTS
A big win for Joshua Weatherby clinched both points for Ormesby in their visit to BATTS of Harlow in the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League last week.
Ormesby players l to r: Matej Mamut, Danny Reed, Joshua Weatherby and Darius Knight
The Ormesby team was hit by a late injury when their Swedish No. 1 Viktor Brodd withdrew from the match with less than 48 hours before the start. Other reserves were unavailable, so Ormesby’s second team player 14-year Josh Weatherby was quickly promoted into the team to visit the top Essex club.
The first four sets of the match were shared. Ormesby’s Danny Reed and Darius Knight won their opening sets when Reed beat the French player Remi Belelu 11-7 in the fifth and Knight beat Jack Bennett in straight games. BATTS levelled the score when Weatherby lost by 11-9 in the 5th set to Stephen Beerling. Ormesby’s Matej Mamut was beaten 12-10 in the decider by Ethan Walsh.
Ormesby took the lead again as Knight beat Remi Belelu 3-1 and Reed won in straight games against Beerling. Weatherby then came to the table against Walsh, a player ranked 14 places above Weatherby in the England Junior list. Weatherby in great form won the first game at 11-4, dropped the second at 11-7 but won the remaining two at 11-7 and 11-5. Ormesby’s third player Mamut also won his final set beating Bennett by 3 games to 1 to make the final score 6-2.
This gives Ormesby their first victory of the season. Ormesby’s next match is against Fusion Club from London on Saturday 2 December.
Alan Ransome OBE
Senior British League November 4 & 5 December
The Teesside teams found it tough going in the 2nd full round of matches in the British Table Tennis League played last weekend.
L to R: team coach Denis Neale, Thomas Rayner, David Gofton, Joshua Weatherby and Joshua Stacey.
The Ormesby II team travelled to Nottingham to play in the Championship Division. With four defeats their position dropped to 9th in the league table. Ormesby lost to the Reading club Kingfisher and Wymondham 6-2. Against Nottingham Sycamore, Wymondham and London Academy the results were 8-0.
The Ormesby team’s newly promotion to the Division and consisting of junior players saw some good wins as Josh Weatherby beat Marcus Giles from Kingfisher. Against Wymondham, David Gofton beat Israel Awolaja and Thomas Rayner defeated Ian McClean.
In Division National A-1 Swerve’s I team won 2 of their 4 matches, beating the team at the top of the table Halton III 5-4 and Archway Peterborough by 7-2. Swerve lost to Joola Plymouth 7-2, and Barrow Tornedos by the same score. Alec Ward won 5 from 8, Josh Harland 4 from 8, and Nuradin Muktar 5 from 8.
In Division National B-1 Beaumont Accountancy Nomads produced the best results of the Teesside teams with wins against Halton III, Drumchapel Glasgow III 8-1, Derwent by 7-2 and Draycott II 8-1. Stephen Horsfield and Anthony Phoenix were both unbeaten with 8 wins, Isobel Ashley won 4 from 6 and Lindsey Taylor 3 from 6.
Beaumont are now 2nd in the table with 14 points from their 8 matches. In the same league Swerve II are third with 8 points, Swerve beat Ormesby III 5-4 and Drumchapel III 7-2, but lost to Halton III and Draycott II 5-4. Sam Bailey won 7 from 8 whilst Yonatan Caspi won 6 from 8, Jevon Chan 4 from 8 and Martin Rutter 2 from 8. In the same Division Ormesby III beat Halton III 6-3 and Draycott II 5-4 but lost to Swerve II 6-3 and leaders Wood Green by 5-4. Jack Cope and George Hill both won 5 from 8 whilst Jack Dewar won 3 and Carl White 2.
L to R: Adam Ridley, Gary Whyman, Ryan Nassau and Michael Young
In Division National C-3 which was played at Ormesby, Ormesby IV are in 3rd position in the table after beating Pudsey 7-2 but losing to Bishop Auckland 5-4, Huddersfield 6-3 and to Ormesby V 7-2. Ryan Nassau produced the best results with 5 wins from 6 sets, Michael Young and Gary Whyman both won 3 from 8 whilst David Ashwell won 1 from 4 and Adam Ridley 1 from 6.
L to R: Ben Savage, Chris Edwards, David Noutch – team coach, Luke Robinson and Rana Rassem
The Ormesby V team had a particularly good weekend, moving to 4th position in the table. They beat Pudsey 6-3, Ormesby IV 7-2 but lost to Huddersfield 7-2, and to the leaders St Marys of Hull 9-0. Chrissy Edwards and Rana Rassem won 5 from 8, Luke Robinson won 4 from 8, Ben Savage 3 from 8 and David Noutch won both his sets.
Alan Ransome OBE
50th Tees Active Stockton-on-Tees 4* Junior
Yorkshire’s Shayan Siraj and Jasmin Wong dominated the 50th Tees Active Stockton on Tees Junior 4 Star Championships which were played at Thornaby Pavilion last weekend. 28th and 29th October.
From the 3rd seed position Siraj won the Junior Boys Singles beating the visitor from Germany, Timothy Franke by 3-1 in the final. Siraj came through the top half of the draw which saw him defeat Josh Weatherby of Durham, Joe Clark from Cleveland and Ethan Walsh of Hertfordshire all by 3-1. The top seed in that half, Joseph Hee of Kent, who was beaten by Walsh 11-7 in the decider in the quarter finals. Hee had beaten the 2nd seed Sam Kwan in straight sets. Kwan was in that half of the draw due to his loss in the groups to Franke. In the bottom half of the draw, Franke beat Johnny Heslop of Yorkshire 3-1, Amirul Hussain of Lancashire in straight games and Israel Awolaja from Middlesex 3-1.
Karina presenting Jasmine Wong with her prize money
Jasmin Wong won three titles. In addition to the Junior Girls Singles, Wong won the Cadet Girls Singles and the Team event for Ackworth School with her partner Ruby Chan. In the Junior Girls Singles the 2nd seed Wong beat Tiana Dennison of Essex 3-0, Chan 3-1 and then in the final defeated Cleveland’s Sophie Barlow by 3-1. Barlow who was unseeded came through the top half of the draw with a victory over Anais O’Connor of Cheshire in straight games. Barlow also beat Darcie Proud from Lincolnshire in the semi-finals 3-1.
The Cadet Boys Singles saw a victory from Lancashire’s Amirul Hussain who also was part of the team from Ackworth School that won the Cadet Boys Team event where he was partnered by Jamie Lui of Berkshire. Hussain was the 3rd seed in the Cadet Boys Singles. He reached the final by gaining revenge over Thomas Rayner of Durham 3-0 in the quarter finals. He beat his Ackworth School team mate, Lui by 3-0 in the semi. The final was a close affair with Hussain winning 11-7 in the fifth against the top seed, Choong Wah Yu of Lancashire. In the top half of the draw Choong Wah Yu reached the final with straight wins against Peter Smallcombe of Durham and Weatherby, both in straight games.
In the Cadet Girls Singles there was another victory for Wong as she beat Proud in straight games in the semi-final and her Ackworth School team mate Chan by 3-1 in the final.
England International Karina Lefevre presented Ben with his prize money
The Under 13 Boys Singles was won by Cleveland‘ Ben Piggot who won the title without dropping a game. He beat Lewis Ellams of South Yorkshire in the semis and Toby Ellis of Lancashire in the final. Ellis beat the German visitor Vincent Kazuch by 3-2 in the semi-final.
The Under 13 Girls winner was Choong Hang Ying of Lancashire who beat Amy Marriott from South Yorkshire 3-1 in the final. Choong reached the final by beating Niamh Scarborough of Lancashire in straight games in the semi, whilst Marriott defeated the unseeded Rebecca Savage of Durham 11-4 in the fifth.
Grade 1 Boys Singles winner was the defender Sam Wilson of Northampton who excelled to beat Lancashire’s Choong in straight games in the final. Choong having beaten Jamie Lui in his semi-final. Wilson beat Rhys Davis of Lancashire by 3-1 in the semi-final and 4th seed Danny Bajwa of Scotland in straight games in the quarters. Davis defeated Weatherby 3-2 in his quarter final.
The Grade 1 Girls Singles was won by Durham’s Rana Rassem who won a very close final against Tiana Dennison of Essex 11-9 in the decider. Rassem beat Lois Perryman from Kent in straight games in the semi whilst Dennison defeated Proud, also by the same score, in the quarters.
The Junior Boys team event was won by the Cliffedale Chandlers who beat the BATTS in the final. Cliffedale were represented by Joe Clark (Cleveland), Shayan Siraj (Yorkshire) and Ethan Chapman (Scotland) proved to be the strongest team only losing 1 set on the way to take the title when they beat the Granworth team of Sam Chesterman and Israel Awalaja in the semi-final.
The Girls team event was won by Ackworth School who beat Fusion Two 3-0 in the final. The Ackworth School team of Chan and Wong went through the competition with a loss of only 1 set against Drumchapel. Chan was beaten by Charlotte Weatherby of Durham at 11-9 in the decider.
The Cadet Boys Team event was also won by Ackworth School 3-2, after a very tight final against Ormesby. Rayner excelled in this match by beating Hussain 11-2 in the 5th and Lui by 3-1. The key match was the Doubles and was won by the Ackworth School pair at 11-8 in the decider. Ackworth School beat St Mary’s B from Hull 3-0 in the semi-final whilst Ormesby had a very tight match against St Mary’s A Hull 3-2 in their semi-final.
In this match Che Colbourne (Yorkshire) did well to win both of his singles while Piggot won the vital deciding set by beating Lennon Maughan of Yorkshire.
The main prizes were presented by the Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Maurice Perry and by the Chairman of the Cleveland Table Tennis Association, Colin Davison.
Alan Ransome OBE
Ormesby A win Summer League KO Cup
Ormesby A won the battle of the giants in the final for the Cleveland & District Summer Table Tennis League Handicap Cup Competition by 5-4 sets against the Club’s own B team.
Ormesby A pictured after their KO Handicap Cup final win over Ormesby B
Left to right: Jack Cope, David Gofton, George Hill and Joe Cope
The star of the match was Michael Young for the B team who took full advantage of his start from the Handicap to beat the A team trio David Gofton, George Hill and Jack Cope. This was not sufficient as Gofton and Hill beating both Lewis Cadden and Karl Shaw to win four points for the A team and Jack Cope defeated Shaw to provide the fifth set.
In the final set to decide the match Gofton beat Shaw by 42 points to 20, so even with a 12 point start the A team won the set.
Normally in a Handicap Cup Competition the lower teams make good progress but this season the top teams excelled with Ormesby A winning both the League and the Cup and Ormesby B runner up in both.
Alan Ransome OBE