Cramlington treble for Alec Ward
12 year old Alec Ward, the Ormesby table tennis starlet, achieved a remarkable treble at the Cramlington Junior 2 Star Championships in Newcastle on Sunday when he not only won his own age group event, the Under 13 Boys’ Singles, but also carried off the Cadet (Under 15) and Junior (Under 18) titles.
Alec, who plays for Ormesby in the Premier Division of the Junior British League and in the Men’s 5th team in the Senior British League, gave his best performance in the Junior event where he beat the holder and Northumberland No 1, Ryan Richardson. The final was described by the referee, Aubrey Drapkin, as the best he had seen for a long time.
Ward won the first game at 13-11 but the Northumberland giant, standing more than 6’6” tall, won the second comfortably at 11-7. Ward won another tight game in the third at 12-10 but lost a 5-1 lead in the fourth game for Richardson to win at 11-6. The decider in the David and Goliath affair was tight all the way to the wire with Ward losing two match points from 10- 8 up, then winning the title on his third match point at 12-10.
Alec beat another Northumberland County player, Ellis Cooper, in the semi final whilst Richardson beat Ward’s Ormesby British League team mate, Sam Hitchen, in straight games in his semi final.
Ward’s second title, the Cadet (Under 15) Boys’ Singles, saw him win a comfortable final against Ryan’s brother, Dean, in 3 straight games. The Under 13 final was an all Ormesby affair when Ward beat Josh Harland in straight games after Harland had defeated the second seed, Cameron Parker, in the semi final.
The Northfield Club from Stockton also had a successful visit to Cramlington, dominating most of the Girls’ events. Eleanor Davidson was the most successful player, winning both the Girls’ Junior Singles beating Eszter Soos of Sunderland in the final and the Cadet Singles, beating her club mate Katie Barlow 3-1 in the final.
The Under 13 Girls’ was won by Sophie Barlow who beat Devonne Alison to take the title. The same pair played out the Under 11 Girls’ final with Barlow winning again by 3 games to 1. Northfield took at further title in the Under 11 Boys’ Singles when Will Dobinson beat Charlie Anderson by 3 games to 1.
Veterans National League 2011/12
In the National Veterans’ League which was played at Blackpool November 5 & 6, the Ormesby Club, playing its first Veterans’ Team competition, won all 4 matches and head the division.
Ormesby beat Draycott & Long Eaton from Derby 4-2, Red Bats III from Nottingham by the same score, Graham Spicer II from London 6-0 and OLOP II of Reading by 5-1.
Steve Brunskill produced the best results with 6 wins from 6 matches whilst Carl White won 6 from 8, Michael Young 5 from 8 and Gary Whyman 2 out of 2.
Tees Active Stockton Junior 4* 2011
Ormesby’s Jessica Dawson played some of her best table tennis to win the Tees Active Stockton Junior 4 Star Open Championships at Thornaby Pavilion last weekend when she recorded wins over the England No 1, Emily Bates, and the leading Welsh girl, Angharad Phillips.
This result follows on some impressive form for Jessica so far this season when she won all ten of her sets for Ormesby in the Women’s British League in Bristol and, playing at No 1, 6 out of 10 in the Junior British League in Walsall.
Jessica’s win over Emily Bates was particularly impressive. Bates was a member of the England Women’s team which gained promotion to the Championship Division in the European Senior Championships in Poland recently and has shot up to No 3 in the England Women’s list. Jessica looked in command throughout the match, winning in straight games at 11-8, 11-8, 11-8. Against the Welsh player Phillips, Jessica had a harder fight. She lost the first game at 11-4 but recovered well to win the next three at 11-8, 11-7, 11-9.
Jessica came close to a second title in the Junior Girls’ Team event when Ormesby reached the final, only to lose to Bates’ team Grantham Tornadoes, by 3 sets to 1. Ormesby were weakened by the injury to Chloe Whyte which kept her out of the tournament and Whyte was replaced by Maria Tsaptsinos. In the final Dawson won her singles but Grantham picked up the other three sets.
Another good performance from a Cleveland perspective was the Ormesby Boys reaching the semi final of the Cadet (Under 15) Team event when they beat Ireland by 3-0 in the quarter final. Chris Wheeler and Billy Forster won singles whilst Wheeler and Alec Ward won the doubles. The Ormesby team was beaten in the semi final by the second seeds, Weald from Kent, whose team consisted of 2 of the leading England Cadets, Danny Lawrence and Jack Bennett. Ormesby’s only win was when Wheeler beat Bennett.
Wheeler also did well to win the Grade 1 Boys’ Singles by beating Sam Cowan of Middlesex. Wheeler trailed after losing the first two games at 12-10 and 11-5, only to recover to win the remaining three at 11-7, 11-8, 11-6.
Alec Ward came into his own in the Mini Cadet (Under 13) Boys’ Singles. Alec beat the 4th seed, Matthew Leete of Lincoln, 3-0 to reach the semi finals, only to be beaten by the current England No 1 and eventual winner, Tom Jarvis from Grantham, by 3 games to 1.
Another Ormesby player, Kayleigh Forster, excelled to reach the final of the Grade 1 Girls’ singles only to be beaten by Ireland’s Hannah Lynch-Dawson by 3-1.
Kayleigh, playing with Ella Patel for Ormesby in the Cadet Girls’ team event, did well to beat Ireland by 3-0 in the quarter final, only to lose narrowly to the London club Ellenborough by 3-2 in the semi.
The Boys’ Singles title was won by Daryl Gee of Hull who remarkably came from an unseeded position to take the title. In the final he beat one of last season’s England Cadets, the 2nd seed Jared Patel of Essex, by 3 games to 1. Gee beat the Scottish international Colin Dalgleish by 3 games to 2 in the semi final.
The prizes were presented by the Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Paul Baker.
Junior Boys’ Singles
Daryl Gee (Yorkshire) beat Colin Dalgleish (Scotland) 9-11, 10-12, 11-2, 11-8, 11-8
Jared Patel (Essex) beat Chris Wheeler (Scotland) 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9
Daryl Gee (Yorkshire) beat Jared Patel (Essex) 15-13, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9
Junior Girls’ Singles
Jessica Dawson (Cleveland) beat Emily Bates (Lincolnshire) 11-8, 11-8, 11-8
Angharad Phillips (Wales) beat Ashley Given (Ireland) 11-7, 11-9, 11-7
Jessica Dawson (Cleveland) beat Angharad Phillips (Wales) 4-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9
Junior Boys’ Team Final
OLOP Impact (Liam McTiernan and Jared Patel) beat Rugby Premier (Matthew Outhwaite and Laurence Sweeney) 3-0
Junior Girls’ Team Final
Grantham Tornadoes (Emily Bates and Angharad Phillips) beat Ormesby (Jessica Dawson and Maria Tsaptsinos) 3-1
Cadet Boys’ Singles Final
Sam Mabey (Northamptonshire) beat Tyrone Wells (Middlesex) 11-9, 11-3, 11-9
Cadet Girls’ Singles Final
Maria Tsaptsinos (Berkshire) beat Ella Patel (Essex) 11-3, 11-8, 11-8
Cadet Boys’ Team Final
B BATT 1 (Sam Mabey and Tyrone Wells) beat Weald (Danny Lawrence and Jack Bennett 3-2
Cadet Girls’ Team Final
Wales A (Laura Edwards, Caitlin Williams and Kate Roberts) beat Ellenborough (Eda Aydin and Katie McGlone) 3-0
Mini Cadet Boys’ Singles Final
Tom Jarvis (Lincolnshire) beat Liam Grant (Surrey) 9-11, 11-1, 11-0, 11-4
Mini Cadet Girls’ Singles Final
Hiba Feredj (Middlesex) beat Kate Nixon (Yorkshire) 11-6, 11-2, 11-4
Grade 1 Boys’ Singles Final
Chris Wheeler (Scotland) beat Sam Cowan (Middlesex) 10-12, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6
Grade 1 Girls’ Singles Final
Hannah Lynch-Dawson (Ireland) beat Kayleigh Forster (Cleveland) 11-13, 11-6, 13-11, 11-6
Cleveland Schools South Under 16’s
A record number of 12 teams tooks part in the Under 16 age category of the Cleveland Schools (south) team tournament at Ormesby Table Tennis Club on Wednesday 9 November. Both the winners and runner up were from Redcar. With Redcar Community College finishing in first place and Rye Hills Community College second. Both teams have been given the opportunity to go through to the finals at Northfield School on Tuesday 15 November.
Nunthorpe School Under 16 girls also go through to the final at Northfield.
Women’s British League 2011
With an outstanding performance from Jessica Dawson, the Ormesby Women’s team are in 2nd position in the Premier Division of the Women’s British League following the first round of matches played in Bristol last weekend.
At the conclusion of the first half Dawson leads the Premier Division averages with a maximum of 10 wins from 10 matches and these wins included victories over two players ranked above her in the England Junior list – Emily Bates who plays for the Thorntons team from Devon and Tin Tin Ho who plays for the current champions, Progress from London.
Ormesby opened their fixtures with two 6-0 victories against the Halton Club from Merseyside and Knighton Park from Leicester. The third match was against the current champions, DHS Greenhouse Progress from London with Progress winning 4-2. Egle Adomelyte who shares 100% averages with Dawson was the star player for Progress, winning both her sets whilst Tin Tin Ho won 1. Dawson won the 2 sets for Ormesby.
The fourth match was against the Devon club Thorntons where Dawson won 2 and Karen Shepherd won 1 of her sets. The final match was against the Poole Club from Dorset where Ormesby were winners by 5-1 with 2 each from Karina Le Fevre and Dawson and 1 from Shepherd.
In the averages Dawson was equal top with 10 out of 10 whilst Le Fevre, playing at No 1, won 6 from 10 and Karen Shepherd at No 2 also won 6 from 10.
Ormesby’s fourth player, Chloe Whyte, did not play due to an arm injury.
The second round of matches will be played in Doncaster in February.
British League 2011
In the Men’s British League played the previous week, the Ormesby 1st team are on track to regain their Premier Division status. They won all four of their opening matches at Harlow, beating Kingfisher of Reading 6-2, Fusion of Kent 7-1, Ashford of Middlesex 8-0 and BATTS of Essex 8-0.
Michael Marsden, Yang Zhang and Helshan Weerasinghe all finished with 100% records with 8 wins from 8 matches whilst Simon Noutch won 5 from 8.
In Division 1 North the Ormesby 2nd team were affected by Andy Wilson not having his personal player licence for the first day of play which meant that over the weekend Ormesby 2nd lost all four of their matches. In the averages from the games that counted Karina Le Fevre produced the best results with 3 wins from 4 matches whilst Steve Brunskill had 2 wins from 4 matches, Karen Shepherd 1 win from 2 matches, Andy Wilson 1 win from 4 matches and Paul Smith 1 win from 6 matches.
The Ormesby 3rd team in Division 2 North won 1 of their 4 matches against Drumchapel Glasgow 3rd team by 5-3. Shepherd produced the best results with 3 wins from 6 matches. Michael Young won 3 from 8, Martin Rutter 2 from 8, Anthony Phoenix 1 from 7 and Lefevre 0 from 2.
In the 3rd Division North Ormesby 4th team lost 3 of their matches and drew 1 against Redlands from Nottingham. 4 – 4 Aidan Ranftler produced the best performances for Ormesby with 3 from 6, Alex Garlick 2 from 4, Gary Whyman 2 from 6, Carl White and Adam Smith 1 from 8.
One of the best performances of the weekend came from the Ormesby 5th team, mainly juniors, who were playing in Division 5 at the Ormesby Club. They won 3 of their 4 matches, beating Pudsey 2nd 7-1, Blakeley’s Wigan 5-3 and Cliffdale Chandlers 8-0. Alec Ward was top of the performances winning 7 from 8, Dave Ashwell won 6 from 8, Ashley Scott 3 from 4, Sam Hitchen and Billy Forster 3 from 6.
Great win for Sam Bell at the UK School Games 2011
Ormesby’s Sam Bell pictured right with his table tennis coach Malcolm Muldoon. Sam won the gold medal in the standing disability event at the 2011 ‘Sainsbury’s’ UK School games at Sheffield on Sunday 4 September.
Chopfloat’s Ode to Ormesby
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By Chopfloat/Jimmy Scope