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British League (first weekend)

Five Ormesby teams are in action this week with the second and third team playing at Blackpool.

The second team will have a squad of: Jake Collin, Andy Wilson, Karina Lefevre, Steven Brunskill and,Paul Smith

The third team are also playing their fixtures in Blackpool and their team is listed as: Chloe Whyte, Karen Shepherd, Anthony Phoenix and Martin Rutter

Ormesby’s fourth and fifth teams both travel to Derby for their fixtures in Division 3 and Division 4.  Listed for the fourth team are: Alec Ward, Adam Smith, Michael Young, Alex Garlick and Carl White

The fifth team is named as: Aiden Ranftler, Sam Hitchen, Ashley Scott and Peter Wilkinson

At home this weekend in the fifth division are Ormesby sixth team with the squad names of: Dave Ashwell, Joshua Harland, Calum White, Aaron Uppal and Michael Ashwell

Matches start at Ormesby at 11.00am on Saturday and 10.30am on Sunday. Spectators welcome.

Table Tennis at Ormesby Hall

Despite a couple of heavy showers, the table tennis promotion at the
Ormesby Hall Garden Fete on Sunday, 19th August, proved to be an
interesting activity for families who enjoyed the demonstrations and
coaching. Many thanks to Steve Brunskill, Anthony Phoenix, Kaine MacDonald and Josh Harland for their help on the day.

Greatful thanks also to Jose Ransome for organising another successful event run by the Ormesby Club.

Tees Sport Liverpool Grand Prix success for Karina and Chloe

Ormesby pair, Karina Le Fevre and Chloe Whyte dominated the Women’s events at the Tees Sport Liverpool Open Grand Prix Table Tennis Tournament which is the opening event in the ETTA series.

From the number 2 seeded position, Le Fevre won the Women’s Singles title, beating Ireland’s Ashley Givan  in 3 straight sets by a comfortable margin of 11-8, 11-6, 11-1 in the final.  The top seed in the competition, Derbyshire’s English under-21 National Champion, Emma Vickers suffered a surprise defeat in the groups when she was beaten 3-0 by Chloe Whyte.  This put Whyte, the current English No 12 senior, into the draw in the top seeded position with Vickers, ranked No 4, drawn to meet Le Fevre, the English No 5, in the quarter finals.

Le Fevre also won straight games and followed this up by beating the Welsh international, Megan Phillips, also in 3 straight games to reach the final.  In the top half, Whyte progressed through to the semi-finals, only to lose to Givan by 3 games to 1.

In the Under 21 event, the winner was the third seed, Whyte, who won a very close final against the top seed Le Fevre by 3 games to 2.  The vital game was the second which Whyte won by 23 to 21 before winning the match at 13-15, 23-21, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8.

In the semi-final, Whyte defeated the second seed, Northfield’s Jessica Dawson, by 3 games to 1, while Le Fevre had a good run to the final by beating UK School Games Champion, Yolanda King of Sussex and Givan, both in straight games.

Ormesby Hall Garden Fete

Coaches and players from Ormesby Table Tennis Club will be taking part in the Ormesby Hall Garden Fete on Sunday, 19th August with demonstrations during the afternoon from 1.30 until 4 pm. Visitors to the fete will also have the opportunity to try table tennis with some help from the coaches and players.

In addition, following the interest in sport created by the Olympics,
the Ormesby Table Tennis Club – one of the leading clubs in the Country  – will be offering a free Come & Try It session at the club on Cargo Fleet Lane from 1 – 4pm on Saturday, 8th September. Table tennis is a great sport for the whole community, including boys and girls from the age of 6 years, teenagers and seniors, 50+ men and women and people with disabilities. The club is located on Cargo Fleet Lane, next door to the Middlesbrough Teaching & Learning Centre, and equipment and instruction will be provided. The club has a membership base from
absolute beginners right through to some of the best players in the
country and, therefore, can cater for all standards and aspirations.

SUMMER SUPER 10

With 8 wins from 9 matches, Karina Le Fevre was the winner of the Ormesby Club’s opening event of the new season, the Super 10 Table Tennis Tournament which was played at the Club’s Headquarters last Sunday.

The match that won Le Fevre the title was against Paul Smith, the player who finished in second place and this was by 3 games to 1.  Smith won all his matches except the one against Le Fevre, including a win against Steven Brunskill.  Brunskill was the only player who beat Le Fevre by a score of deuce in the 5th game.  However, Brunskill also lost to Martin Rutter which meant the highest place that he could finish in the competition was third.  Le Fevre finished on the same number of wins as Smith, but the rules of this competition dictate that where 2 players are level, then the winner of the contest between them goes ahead.  Rutter was in 4th position with 5 wins.

The second Super 10 group was won by Northumberland’s Jimmy Scope who was unbeaten with 8 wins.  The surprise of the competition was Aaron Uppal who excelled to finish in second place with wins against Peter Wilkinson, Sam Hitchen and Gary Whyman.  He also did well against Scope to take the section winner to 5 games.  The 3rd place went to Sam Hitchen with Peter Wilkinson in 4th.

The 3rd section was made up mainly from the Ormesby Hopes squad.  Michael Ashwell won 7 of 8 matches.  He won the competition after a count back as both Kane McDonald and Kane Goodenough also both won 7 of their 8 matches.  Ashwell lost his last game against Goodenough by 3-2 which was enough to clinch the title.  At the top of the section, McDonald beat Goodenough, whilst Goodenough beat Ashwell. In the 4th position was Michael Jones with 4 wins.

FOR FULL RESULTS PLEASE SEE THE CLUB TOURNAMENTS PAGE

Paul’s Olympic Dream

All at Ormesby Table Tennis Club wish Paul Drinkhall every success in
both the Men’s Singles and the team event in the Olympic Games in
London next week. Paul will be the sole British player in the Men’s
Singles but will be joined by Liam Pitchford and Andrew Baggaley in the
team event.

We would also like to wish Paul’s partner, Joanne Parker, every success
in the Women’s singles and the women’s team where she is joined by
Kelly Sibley and Na Liu.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL !

Under 14 National Title for Alec

Ormesby’s 13 year old Alec Ward won the English National Under 14 Table Tennis Championships that were played in Walsall over the weekend of 9/10 June 2012.

Alec, who was seeded 3rd, produced some of his best table tennis to date to win an exciting final against the 2nd seed,  Marcus Giles of Surrey.  Ward lost the first game at 11-5 and looked in some difficulty, but recovered well to win 2 tight games with the 2nd at 11-8 and the 3rd at 11-9.  Giles fought back strongly to level the match at 2-2 all  by winning the 4th game 11-4, but Ward took command early in the decider and ran out a good winner with the final score at 11-5.

In the semi-final, Ward, who lives in Marton and attends Nunthorpe School, had another tough match against the dark horse of the competition, unseeded James Garrod of Yorkshire.  Garrod had performed well to oust the top seed Luke Savill of Kent by 3 games to 1.  In the semi-final, Garrod continued his good form, but lost to Ward in 4 close games.  The Ormesby boy won the first two at 12-10, 11-8 and lost the 3rd at 11-8 and took the 4th game at 11-9.

Ward’s most impressive win was the quarter final against the Dorset player,  Hugo Pang,  who had defeated Ward last month in the National Cadet Masters Competition. In this match, Ward was in command, winning in straight games 12-10, 11-5 and 11-8.

This is Ward’s first national title and should  put him in contention for England selection at cadet (under 15) level over the next 12 months.

The event which the Ormesby boy was most likely to score highly in  was the under 13 boys singles. However, his form in this competition was not as strong as the more senior under 14 event, and from the 2nd seeded position was surprisingly beaten by  Robert Barker of Lancashire in the second round. This was a very tight affair in which the Lancashire player won by the narrowest of margins at 12-10 in the decider.

The eventual winner of the Under 13 Boys singles  was Hugo Pang of Dorset whom  Ward had defeated in the under 14 competition semi-finals

Ormesby’s 13 year old Alec Ward won the English National Under 14 Table Tennis Championships that were played in Walsall over the weekend of 9/10 June 2012.

Alec, who was seeded 3rd, produced some of his best table tennis to date to win an exciting final against the 2nd seed, Marcus Giles of Surrey.  Ward lost the first game at 11-5 and looked in some difficulty, but recovered well to win 2 tight games with the 2nd at 11-8 and the 3rd at 11-9.  Giles fought back strongly to level the match at 2-2 all by winning the 4th game 11-4, but Ward took command early in the decider and ran out a good winner with the final score at 11-5.

In the semi-final, Ward, who lives in Marton and attends Nunthorpe School, had another tough match against the dark horse of the competition, unseeded James Garrod of Yorkshire.  Garrod had performed well to oust the top seed Luke Savill of Kent by 3 games to 1. In the semi-final, Garrod continued his good form, but lost to Ward in 4 close games.  The Ormesby boy won the first two at 12-10, 11-8 and lost the 3rd at 11-8 and took the 4th game at 11-9.

Ward’s most impressive win was the quarter final against the Dorset player, Hugo Pang, who had defeated Ward last month in the National Cadet Masters Competition. In this match, Ward was in command, winning in straight games 12-10, 11-5 and 11-8.

This is Ward’s first national title and should put him in contention for England selection at cadet (under 15) level over the next 12 months.

The event which the Ormesby boy was most likely to score highly in was the under 13 boys singles. However, his form in this competition was not as strong as the more senior under 14 event, and from the 2nd seeded position was surprisingly beaten by Robert Barker of Lancashire in the second round. This was a very tight affair in which the Lancashire player won by the narrowest of margins at 12-10 in the decider.

The eventual winner of the Uner 13 Boys singles was Hugo Pang of Dorset whom Ward had defeated in the Under 14 competition semi finals.

Karina Le Fevre top of the Grand Prix Under 21 womens standings after winning in Tipton

In the under 21 Women’s Singles top seed and Women’s Singles finalist Alice Loveridge was surprised in the group stage by Nat Slater. Nat reached the final after beating Yolanda King 3-0.

In the bottom half of the draw Alice had to face number two seed Karina Le Fevre. In another marathon battle between the pair it was Karina who came off better this time winning 3-2.

After seeing off the number one seed nothing was going to stop Karina celebrating her Grand Prix overall title by taking the weekends event as well. Karina raced to beat Nat 3-0 and take the first placed cheque.

Cleveland Closed 2012

Ormesby Karina Lefevre followed up her success in the Middlesbrough Championships two weeks ago by becoming the first female player to become the Cleveland County Table Tennis Open Singles Champion in the 35+ history of the County Association, when the County’s Closed Tournament was played at the Ormesby Club on Sunday. Lefevre, from the second seeded position, did well to beat Cleveland’s leading junior player, club mate, Paul Smith, by 3 games to 1 in the final.  Lefevre won the first 2 games, both at 11-8.  Smith recovered to win the third at 11-9, before Lefevre took the title at 11-5 in the 4th game. Lefevre also did well to beat one of Britain’s top under-14 players, Alec Ward, by 3-1 in the quarter final and the English Juniors Master Girls Championship, Chloe Whyte, in three straight games. Smith, playing his first local tournament since returning to the sport, produced good form to beat ex-Middlesbrough Champion, Martin Rutter, in the quarter finals and then the top seed, the Durham and Cleveland County player, Darren McVitie, from Hartlepool by 3-1 in the semi-final. Whyte also played well to come through from the equal 5th seeded position, to beat 3rd seeded Hartlepool’s Durham County Star, Graeme Barella, by 11-8 in the 3rd game.

Ormesby’s Alec Ward enjoyed a good tournament by winning both the cadet and the junior singles titles.  In the Juniors, Ward beat the 4th seed, Sam Hitchen, 3-0 in the semi-final but then went on to win the final convincingly by beating Whyte by a very comfortable margin, 11-3, 11-6, 11-7 in the final.

As expected, Ward was dominant in the Cadet singles.  He beat Calum White in straight games in the semi-final and Aaron Uppal by the same score in the final.  Uppal did well to beat Josh Harland in a very tight semi-final.

The Restricted singles was won by Barella, who won a 3 way play-off against Martin Rutter and Lefevre to clinch the title.

The Handicap singles was won by David Ashwell who beat Northfields’ Billy Foster in a very tight final.  Ashwell gave Foster 2 start, but only clinched the decider at 21-20.  Nine year old James Dale from Ormesby did well to reach the semi-final of this event.

The Veterans singles was won by Hartlepool’s McVitie, beating Ormesby’s Ashwell 3 games to 1.

The Banded singles  was won by Calum White of Ormesby who beat Michael Ashwell and Nigel Savage in a 3 way play-off.

The Mini-Cadet singles winner was Northfield’s Holly Williams, who beat Robert Forrest and Cameron Elcoat to take the title.

Open Singles – Final

Karina Lefevre (Oremsby) beat Paul Smith (Ormesby) 11-8 11-8 9-11 11-5.

Open Singles – Semi Finals

Karina Lefevre (Ormesby) beat Chloe Whyte (Ormesby) 11-2 11-8 12-10.

Paul Smith (Ormesby) beat Darren McVitie (Hartlepool) 11-9 11-7 8-11 12-10.

Junior Singles – Final

Alec Ward (Ormesby) beat Chloe Whyte (Ormesby) 11-3 11-6 11-7.

Cadet Singles – Final

Alec Ward (Ormesby) beat Aaron Uppal (Ormesby) 11-9 11-7 11-4.

Restricted Singles – Final

Graeme Barrella (Hartlepool) beat Karina Lefevre (Ormesby) 6-11 8-11 11-7 11-7 11-8.

Handicapped Singles – Final

David Ashwell (Ormesby) beat Billy Foster (Northfield) 21-13 20-21 21-20.

Veteran Singles – Final

Darren McVitie (Hartlepool) beat David Ashwell (Ormesby) 8-11 11-3 11-6 11-6.

Banded Singles – Final

Calum White (Ormesby) beat Nigel Savage (Ormesby) 11-5 5-11 11-7 11-3. 

Mini Cadet Singles – Final

Holly Williams (Northfield) beat Robert Forrest (Northfield) 11-6 11-8 11-4.

Back to the Premier Division

Ormesby returned to the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League on Sunday when the Teesside Club won the all-important play off competition, at the Club’s headquarters on Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough.

“The play offs are an “all play all” competition between the teams which were placed either first or second in  three first divisions,  with the prize for the top two being  promotion into the Premier Division.

Michael Marsden, Yongbo Zhang and Simon Noutch were the 3 key Ormesby players.  Marsden playing at No. 1 won 9 out of 10 sets.  Zhang at No. 3 was unbeaten and Noutch played his part, playing mainly at No. 4 and winning 9 of his 10 sets.

Ormesby started their fixtures on Saturday morning with a 6-2 victory over the South Yorkshire Team, Derwent, with Marsden, Zhang and Noutch all unbeaten.  Patrick Thomas was Ormesby’s 4th player in this fixture and was beaten by Matthew Dodds and Mark Short.

Ormesby’s 2nd fixture was the toughest and was against the team that was promoted with Ormesby – Kingfisher of Reading which resulted in a 4 all draw.  Zhang was the star of this match, winning both his sets in straight games.  Marsden lost to the Polish international player, Wiktor Dzwonkonwski at 11-7 in the decider, but was successful against Lloyd Gregory, winning in straight games.  Noutch was also beaten by Dzwonkonwski, but won his first match against Connor Edwards.  Karina Lefevre completed the Ormesby team, but lost her 2 sets in this match.

On Saturday evening, Ormesby competed against the BATTS Team from Essex and won by 6-2, with 2 wins each from Marsden, Zhang and Noutch.  Thomas lost both his games.

The match that clinched promotion for Ormesby was played on Sunday morning when the team beat the Halton Club of Merseyside by 7-1 win with two wins each from Marsden, Zhang and Noutch, whilst Thomas did well to beat Tomasz Rzeszotko.

Ormesby clinched the title with their final fixture win 8-0 against the bottom of the table team, York Gardens, from South London.  Zhang, Marsden and Noutch all won their two matches convincingly whilst Lefevre won her two at 11-9 in the deciding games.

These results put Ormesby’s lst team back into the Premier Division for next season.  The Club will have full participation in the British League for the new season starting in September with a total of 6 teams competing in the senior section, one in each division.  Ormesby is probably the only club in the country to have such wide participation.

Alan Ransome

Premier Division Play Off Final League Tables
POS Team Played W D L F A

Points

1 Ormesby 5 4 1 0 31   9

9

2 Kingfisher 5 2 2 1 24 16

6

3 Derwent 5 3 0 2 19 21

6

4 Halton 5 2 0 3 17 23

4

5 Batts 5 1 1 3 15 25

3

6 York Gardens 5 0 2 3 14 26

2

Promotion for Ormesby 1

British League Play-Off / Round Five

Its Kingfisher who will join Ormesby in the Premier Division

Kingfisher produced a sensational performance in what was undoubtedly the biggest game of the weekend in the British League Play-Offs at the Ormesby Club in Middlesbrough. By beating Derwent 6-2 they leap-frogged above Derwent and are promoted to the Senior British League Premier Division in second place.

All four Kingfisher players contributed to what was a memorable success. Wiktor Dzwonkowski played his part by beating Stephen Horsfield 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3 and then very crucially he also beat England no. 56 Matt Dodds decisively 11-3, 11-7, 11-8 in his second singles to give Kingfisher a 4-1 lead. A draw would not have been enough for Kingfisher but they did not have to wait long. Myles Collins sealed their victory with his second win of the match when he beat Stephen Horsfield 11-5, 6-11, 11-9, 11-4. Kingfisher were in dreamland !. Daniel O‘Connell who had previously lost to Matt Dodds in five ends made the score 6-1 by beating Mark Short 11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-7. Connor Edwards lost the last game to Richard Smith but he too had played his part. His 3-2 victory over Mark Short had given the Reading side a very important 3-1 lead.

Ormesby (Mike Marsden, Yongbo Zhang, Simon Noutch and Karina Le Fevre)  were crowned Champions in considerable style. They beat York Gardens 8-0 – the only whitewash of the weekend. England no. four lady Karina Le Fevre had to pull out all the stops to win her singles. She fought back from 2-0 down to get the better of rising star Reece Placid 9-11, 11-13, 11-8,13-11, 11-9 and she was equally hard pushed to see off Joseph Langham-Ferreira 4-11, 11-2, 13-15, 11-8, 11-9. Ormesby Head Coach Steve Brunskill summed it up nicely for the Middlesbrough Club – “Were’ very pleased – promotion was always the main aim but with it being held at our Club we were always hoping to win”. They did and in some style as well.

BATTS finished their fixtures with an excellent 5-3 win over Halton. England no. 59 Martin Kubrt produced his best display of the weekend beating Richard Lightowler 11-6,11-8, 11-9 and Tomasz Rzezszotko 11-4, 11-9, 11-8. England no. 40 Veteran Tony West played his part by beating England no. 13 Veteran Richard Lightowler 11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 12-10 and Luke Walsh also bagged a win over a top 100 player. He defeated Michael Moir 11-5, 14-16, 11-7, 11-6.

Player of a very busy weekend – Wikrtor Dzwonkowski  – the “Kingfisher rock” – his nine wins out of 10 gave Kingfisher a great base on which they built.

One to watch – Reece Placid – loves to play away from the Table but has a lot of talent with it.

Steve Kerns

Ormesby seal promotion with comprehensive 7-1 victory

Ormesby clinched promotion to the British League Premier Division with their best display of the weekend on the second day of the British League Play-Offs in Middlesbrough. They beat Halton comprehensively 7-1 with Michael Marsden, Yongbo Zhang and Simon Noutch all staying undefeated. Patrick Thomas won once, recording a very good 11-8, 11-3, 11-9 victory over Tomasz Rzsezotko whilst Michael Moir was on target for Halton and he beat Patrick Thomas in five ends (11-13, 11-1, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5). After four rounds  of matches Yongbo Zhang is the only player to have won all of his games.

York Gardens excelled to hold Kingfisher to a draw. They came pretty close to taking both points. England no. 19 Junior Reece Placid turned on the style by winning both of his singles. He defeated Myles Collins 11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8 and in his second singles encounter he produced some sparkling Table Tennis to take advantage of the huge Courts being used to defeat Wiktor Dzwonkowski 3-11, 11-7, 13-11, 14-12 – Wiktor’s first defeat of the weekend. The turning point was in the third end when Reece retrieved a 10-7 deficit to take the game. Wiktor didn’t give in without a fight but Reece held on to win an enthralling battle. Kingfisher were in trouble and it was a very relieved Myles Collins who held on to beat England no. 38 Junior Joseph Langham-Ferreira 14-12, 11-4, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8 to level the scores at 4-4.

Derwent moved on to six points by beating BATTS  5-3 and they will need to earn a draw against Kingfisher to seal the second place – assuming quite reasonably that Ormesby win their last match. Matt Dodds and Mark Short both picked up doubles for Derwent whilst Tony West picked up two good wins for the Essex Club. England no. 99 Tony West defeated Richard Smith (11-3, 11-9, 11-6) and Steve Horsfield (9-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-4). Steve Horsfield had won his first singles by battling back from 2-0 down to beat England no. 59 Martin Kubrt 10-12, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9.

Steve Kerns

Senior British League Play-Offs

After the first day of matches in the Premier Division Play-Offs at the Ormesby club, the Ormesby team led by Michael Marsden finished with 5 points and in top position closely followed by Halton and Derwent in joint second place with 4 points.

With another two matches to be played today, the Ormesby team cannot afford to take it easy as they endeavour to claim a place in the British Premier Division following their disapointment of being relegated last year.

Why not come along and support the Ormesby players in what will undoubtedly be a great day of table tennis – matches started at 10.00am,

Ormesby host Division One’s Play-offs for Premier Promotion

As winners of one of the 1st Divisions, Ormesby are challenging for promotion back into the Premier Division of the British League when the club hosts the play off competition this weekend.

Ormesby will be playing against the winners and runners up of the other 1st Divisions which are The Halton Club from Merseyside, Derwent from South Yorkshire, BATTS from Harlow in Essex, the York Gardens Club from Wandsworth in South London and the Kingfisher Club from Reading.

The Ormesby team will be led by the club’s number one player, Michael Marsden.  Included in the squad will be Welsh international Patrick Thomas, the Chinese player Yongbo Zhang who unbeaten throughout the whole of the season so far, Simon Noutch, Yorkshire County player and the new Middlesbrough Champion, Karina Le Fevre.

The strongest competition is likely to come from the Southern champions, BATTS of Harlow, whose team includes Sean Gibson, Martin Kubrt, Ryan Collins and veteran Jimmy Walsh.  Another strong challenger is the Halton Club whose team includes Tommy Rzeszotko, Richard Lightowler, Paul Hutchins and Michael Moir.  The team that Ormesby beat to win their division, Kingfisher, also have a strong team which includes the Welsh stars Dan O’Connell and Charlotte Carey.

Play starts at the Ormesby Club at 11.30 am on Saturday morning.  3 rounds of fixtures will take place on Saturday with the final 2 rounds being played from 10.00 am on Sunday morning.  Spectators are welcome.

Ormesby Hopes Elite Squad

Ormesby Table Tennis Club’s ‘Hopes Elite Squad’ began their new coaching sessions on 14 May with Alan Ransome and Steve Brunskill, two of Ormesby’s top coaches. The children have all progressed into the Elite squad after several weeks of training on the Hopes Level 2 program. Three sessions per week will now take place for the Elite squad with the Level 2 Program still continuing as before.

The ‘Hopes Elite Squad’ children can been seen in the picture with coaches Alan Ransome, Steve Brunskill and David Ashwell. David runs the ‘Hopes’ table tennis sessions in local Primary Schools and is always looking for more children to join the scheme which has proved to be extremely popular.

To help with the Elite Squad children’s progress, four more experienced young Ormesby players, Aaron Uppal, Michael Ashwell, Joshua Harland and Alec Ward have been invited to take part in the sessions as role models and to provide the new players with and example of how to practice.

Any young children aged up to 12 years of age can come to the Hopes Level 2 program that takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm each week at the Ormesby club.

Elite Squad sessions are by invitation only.

Middlesbrough Championship Results 2012

Ormesby’s Karina Le Fevre won 3 titles in the Middlesbrough Table Tennis Championships, sponsored by Beaumont Insurance and Tees Sport, that took place on Sunday at the Ormesby Club.  She led the domination of female players in the tournament for the first time in its 75+ year history.

Karina won the Open Singles by beating Alex Garlick by 11-5 in the 5th game in the hard fought final.  However Karina’s toughest test was in the semi final when she went 2 games to 0 down to her Ormesby team mate Chloe Whyte before fighting her way back to win by a narrow margin in the 5th game.  Alex Garlick did very well to come from an unseeded position to reach the final by beating the second seed, Anthony Phoenix, 3-0 in the quarter final and former champion and 4th seed, Martin Rutter, 3-1 in the semi.

Karina’s second title was the 1st Division Singles where she beat Martin Rutter in the semi final and won a second very close contest with Chloe Whyte in the final, winning at 11-9 in the deciding game.  Chloe was unseeded in both events and defeated the 3rd seed, Karen Shepherd, over 5 games in both.

Karina’s third title came in the Open Doubles where, partnered by Karen Shepherd, the Ormesby pair beat Martin Rutter and Anthony Phoenix at 11-8 in the decider in the final.

FOR THE FULL RESULTS PLEASE SEE THE MIDDLESBROUGH LEAGUE PAGE

Sam Bell helps to promote the London School Games

Four Ormesby youngsters, Paul Smith, Alec Ward, Kayleigh Forster and Sam Bell have been selected to represent the England North East team in the Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games which takes place at the ExCel in London from 6 – 9 May.

For Sam Bell, playing in the disability events, the target is to win a hat-trick of gold medals. He was a champion in the disability singles when the UK School Games were played in Sunderland in 2010 and in Sheffield in 2011. The London competition provides him with the opportunity of a rare hat-trick. Bell also won two silver medals at the World School Championships in Italy last month.

For Paul Smith it is a return to competitive table tennis. He came very close to being selected for the England team for the European Youth Championships 12 months ago.

Alec Ward is playing in the School Games for the first time having shown tremendous improvement over the season and is currently ranked at No 2 in the English Under-13 list.

Kayleigh Forster is the only girl from Cleveland in the competition and gains her place after making significant progress over this year.

Kayleigh Forster and Alec Ward are also selected for the English Cadet (Under-15s) Masters Event which takes place in Slough later this month.

Junior Masters Title for Chloe

Ormesby’s Chloe Whyte produced her best ever performance to win the English Masters Junior Girls table tennis tournament in Burton at the weekend, and by doing so, went a long way to securing her place in the England team for the European Youth Championship in Austria in July.

Chloe represented England in the same Championships in Russia, last summer but following this received a serious setback when she sustained an arm injury at the time of the UK School Games which took place in Sheffield at the start of this season. This injury meant that Chloe missed a number of important events in the first half of the season, including having the opportunity to defend her English National Junior Girls title, win the Tees Active Stockton 4* Junior Tournament and play an important role for Ormesby in the Junior and Women’s British League. Since the New Year, Chloe’s injury has cleared up and her form has improved.

Going into this Masters tournament, regarded as the most difficult to win, Chloe was ranked at No. 6 in the English list, and therefore was 5th seed in the competition.  The Ormesby girl went through the first day by winning all of her 7 sets and was equal top on the leader board on Saturday evening.  However, two matches against the leading players saw terrific finishes from Chloe as she beat  both the UK School Games Champion Yolande King of Sussex and Abbie Milwain of Derbyshire, the player who has presented problems for Chloe in the past.  Chloe won both of these matches by the narrowest of margins, at 12-10 in the deciding game, to gain the top position overnight.

On Sunday, Chloe opened with a win over the country’s best under-15 player, Tin-Tin Ho of Middlesex, who won the French Open Cadet Championship last week.  This was a victory by 3 games to 1.  Chloe then defeated Emily Bates of Lincolnshire, the player selected to represent England at the Senior European Championships earlier this season, also by 3-1.

Chloe’s only loss was to the current England No 1, Vicky Smith, from Devon as she was beaten 3 sets to 2.

The Masters Competition is a round robin event where all 14 entrants play each other. Vicky Smith lost three of her matches and this left Chloe at the top of the leader board to win the Championship, with Tin-Tin Ho in second place.

This is the second successive season an Ormesby player has won this prestigious title.  Twelve months ago, Karina Le Fevre won the Masters her last domestic Junior event before she graduated into the senior ranks.

Medals for Ormesby star Sam

Ormesby Table Tennis Club protégé Sam Bell was among the medals when he represented England in the ISF World Schools Championships, in Sardinia.

Sam’s first medal was for England in the disability team events, where he was partnered by Charles Sketchley of Burton.

The England team reached the final by beating Bulgaria and Italy, both 5 – 0, but lost narrowly to France to take the silver medal.

In the final, Sam won his first singles and the doubles with Sketchley and led 2 – 1 before France won the last two sets.

In the individual disability event, Sam won his qualification group before losing to top French player Lewis Dalby.

Dalby opened a two-game lead before Sam won the third game. In the fourth, Sam had the opportunity pf levelling the match, with a lead of 10 – 6 but the French player recovered well to win 13 – 11 and take the gold medal.

Sam has already gained honours in table tennis by being the UK school games champion on two occasions and will have the opportunity of making it a hat-trick when he plays in the London Games at the Excel Olympic venue at the beginning of next month.

BTTAD Grand Prix Crewe

Several Ormesby players took part the BTTAD Grand Prix at Crewe on Saturday and Sunday 17 and 18 March.
Sam Bell won gold in the Band B event beating Shaun Alvey from Yorkshire by 3 games to 1.
In their respective classes Noel Thomas won Silver and Jonn Fenwick bronze.
Pictured left to right: Noel Thomas, Sam Bell, Pamela Lowther, Bruce Lowther (coach) John Fenwick and Malcolm Muldoon (coach)

National Junior League

Ormesby B, Mike Ashwell, Josh Harland and Callum McMahon finished in second place after the fourth and final round of National Junior League matches played at Ormesby TTC on Saturday 3 March 2012.

Congratulations to Northumbria who won the league.