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.
Ormesby C Win Summer League KO Handicap Cup
Winners Ormesby C – left Eve Witterick, William Lim and Katie Bates Ormesby Hopes C – Sina Gharraie, Lewis Train and Matt Mosley
Despite conceding a large handicap, Ormesby B won the final of the Cleveland & District Summer Table Tennis League Handicap Knock Out Cup Competition, when they beat a team of Ormesby youngsters, the Hopes C team, by 5 sets to 2 in last weeks fixtures.
Katie Bates and William Lim were both unbeaten. Ormesby Hopes victories were secured by Lewis Train and Sina Gharraie who both defeated Eve Witterick.
The five sets won by the B team were all by comfortable margins with the greater experience of the First Division team being one of the key factors.
With the Summer League now completed the attention now turns to the Middlesbrough & District League who begin their fixtures on 21st October.
The Middlesbrough League us running with 23 teams playing in 3 Divisions with the 8 team system.
Report Alan Ransome OBE
Veterans British League 2019 2020
Ormesby’s Veterans British League team 2019 – 2020
Left to right: Gary Whyman, Carl White, Karl Shaw and Michael Young
Playing in the Division 3 – Group 1, and after 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses the team finished the first weekend in joint second place in the league.
Karl Shaw won 7 from 8, Carl White 6 from 8 and Michael Young 5 from 8.
Carl White is now very famous after having his picture on the main news page of the TTE Website.
Actually we think he is trying to emulate Will Bayley and hoping to appear on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ next year.
We will all come and support you Carl.
Darlington 2* 28 September 2019
Guilio Pontone presented Ben Hutchinson with his first trophy when he came runner up in the Under 13 Boys plate
Several Ormesby’s Juniors played in the Darlington 2* on Saturday 28 September at the King’s Centre Darlington.
All the Ormesby players played extremely well gaining valuable experience.
2019/20 Senior British League – Round One
Ormesby teams made a strong start to the new Senior British League season played on the 7th and 8th September with both the second and third team in action and winning the majority of their fixtures.
The Ormesby II team playing in the Championship Division, won two of their four matches beating Horsham 5-3, Glasgow Drumchapel 6-2 they also drew with Whitworth before losing to Peterborough Archway 5-3.
Liam McTiernan and Ben Piggott produced the best results, with six from eight from McTiernan and five from Piggott. Thomas Rayner won four and Josh Weatherby three.
Ormesby III team are top of the Division 2 having won all four of their matches in Nottingham. They beat Grimsby 6-3 and PPong of Lancashire 5-4, Halton from Cheshire 7-2 and Nottingham Sycamore 8-1.
Adam Webster and Ben Savage produced the strongest results with seven wins from eight sets whilst Jack Cope won six and Dave Ashwell four.
In the C-2 Division, Ormesby IV team, with four players new to the British League, lost all of their four matches, although some of the players performances, particularly from Rebecca Savage and Katie Bates were impressive.
Ormesby IV left to right: Coach, Alan Ransome, Rebecca Savage, William Lim, Katie Bates and Eve Witterick
Ormesby were defeated by Pudsey 6-3, Huddersfield 7-2, North Ayrshire 6-3 and Cliffedale Chandlers from Grantham 5-4. Rebecca Savage and Katie Bates won four from eight whilst William Lim and Eve Witterick won two from eight.
The next round of fixtures for the above team is in December, however, the Ormesby first team play their first Premier Division match away at Urban in London next month.
TT KIDZ at Ormesby Table Tennis Club
Ormesby Table Tennis Club will be taking part in the TT KIDZ program.
8 Weeks of Fun for Children aged between 7 and 11 years starting in October.
Under 11 win for Seth at Hull 2 Star
Shane Bradley left and Seth Holland
Ormesby Youngster, Seth Holland won the Under 11 Boys event at the Hull 2* Tournment yesterday.
Super result Seth !!
Shane Bradley presented Seth with his trophy.
Great News !!!
Ormesby TTC 50 Plus Fundraisers
are please to announce that the Defibrillator is now in position in the main playing hall at the club.
A big thank you to all who have supported the fundraising.
Training will be given to several people so that all sessions are covered.
Junior & Cadet wins for Ormesby players
The Nottingham 2* saw wins for two Ormesby Juniors on Sunday 23 June
Eve with Jason Ramage who presented the trophies
Eve Witterick won the Cadet Girls Singles and reached the final of Junior Girls Singles.
Jason Ramage and Ben Piggott
Ben Piggott won both the Cadet and Junior Boys Singles.
This coming weekend Ben is off to play in the Schools Internationals in Guernsey.
Good luck Ben
Three Medals for Ormesby Girls’ in 2019 Under 13 Nationals
Ormesby girls won three medals; one gold and two bronze in the PG Mutual U13 National Table Tennis Championships, which were played in Wolverhampton last weekend.
Katie Bates (right) with her doubles partner Saskia Key
The most successful player was Katie Bates, who won the gold medal in the Girls Doubles event, partnered by Saskia Key from Kent. Katie’s second medal, a bronze, came in the Under 13 Girls Singles when she was seeded in 5th position but reached the Semi Final.
Katie won her qualification group and then went on to beat Jessica Morris of Cheshire by three games to one in the last 16, Katie then defeated the 4th seed Bethany Ellis of Lancashire by three games to one in the Quarter-Final before losing to the number 2 seed Maliha Baig from Essex in the Semi-Final in straight games.
In the doubles event Katie was seeded in 4th position with Saskia Key of Kent. In the Semi Final they defeated the top seeds Anna Green of Nottinghamshire and Isabelle Lacorte of Hertfordshire 11-7 in the deciding game. In the Final they beat the 2nd seeds Maliha Baig and Sienna Jetha, from Hertfordshire. The 2nd seeds led by two games to one before Bates and Key won the fourth and fifth game by the narrowest of margins at 11-9.
Ella Pashley and Katie Bates
In the Under 11 Singles, Ella Pashley qualified from her group to meet the 4th seed Sophie Ackred from Cumbria in the Quarter-Finals. Ella who had lost to Sophie in the recent Bishop Auckland tournament gained her revenge by winning three games to one. In the Semi-Final Ella met Chui-Que Wong of Oxfordshire who surprisingly had qualified through the second group. Wong won by 11-4 in the fourth game, leaving Ella to take the Bronze medal.
This is the strongest performance by Teesside girls’ players in this Championship for several seasons.
Report by – Alan Ransome OBE
Tom Rayner makes it to No.1 in the Cadet Rankings
Its been a really great few weeks for Ormesby player Tom Rayner.
After winning the National Cadet title in May, Tom has now achieved the No.1 spot in the Table Tennis England Cadet Boys, June Ranking List.
In July, Tom is off to Ostrava in the Czech Republic for the European Youths.
Congratulation to Tom an excellent three months – and what will be next?
Bronze in Mexico for Noel Thomas
Fantastic news from Noel Thomas who has won a bronze medal in Mexico at the ITTF Para Copa Cristina Hoffman in Cancun.
Noel is competing with the British Pathway and Development Athletes.
Noel, plays for the Ormesby Wheelers team in both the Cleveland Summer TT League and the Middlesbrough & District TT League.
Spending many hours a week practicing at Ormesby Table Tennis Club is now paying off for Noel.
Well done Noel
Dementia Friendly Week at Ormesby Table Tennis Club
‘Dementia Friendly Week’ was celebrated at the weekly Dementia Friendly Group who meet every Friday at Ormesby Table Tennis Club from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.
As well as the various quizzes and games, sitting musical keep fit and table tennis, an afternoon tea was provided.
Anyone wishing to come along and give it a try will be made very welcome. The sessions are free of charge and tea and coffee is provided.
‘We are Middlesbrough’ Ormesby TTC on BBC TV
As a result of winning the British League title at the weekend, a BBC television crew came to the Club last night to take some action footage from the sessions that were taking place and carried out a number of interviews.
This was originally intended for the ‘We Are Middlesbrough’ programme, however, it is going to be shown on tonight’s BBC 1 Look North programme. It is likely to be in the second half, therefore, between 6.45 and 7.00pm.
I understand it will be available on the iPlayer afterwards. I hope you have an opportunity to watch it.
Ormesby win British Premier League Title
The Club won the vital set to clinch the title at home on Saturday afternoon when they entertained last season’s Champions, The Urban Club from London.
The well attended match was a hard fought battle as the Urban team needed to win all 5 sets to retain the title. One single set for Ormesby would mean that Ormesby would be the 2019 British Champions.
The match started with the Urban pair Gyorgy Szilard and Daniel Kosiba gaining their revenge from the fixture played at Urban in March by winning the doubles by 3 sets to 1 against Darius Knight and Tianming Zhao, with comfortable score lines.
The doubles was one of the matches that Ormesby had a good chance of winning, and therefore, this victory by Urban increased the pressure on the home team.
The first singles followed between the two number one players; Tianming Liu of Ormesby and Daniel Schaffer of Urban. Liu was beaten by Schaffer in the reverse fixture.
This time Liu upped his game, sharing the two opening games winning the first 13-11 but losing the second 11-9. In the two following games Liu came out on top winning 11-7 and 13-11 to clinch the title for Ormesby.
The match was still alive as Urban needed to score further points against Ormesby to claim second place. They did this when Daniel Kosiba scored a straight games win against Darius Knight and Gyorgy Szilard produced his best performance to beat Liu by 3 games to 1 giving Urban a 3-1 lead. Ormesby pulled the score back to 3-2 when Tianming Zhao beat Daniel Schaffer in three straight games. The final score being Ormesby 2 Urban 3 so the League title going to Ormesby by 3 points
Ormesby have been in the hunt for the title for the last 3 years having previously finished in second position twice before taking the title this year.
The standard of the competition this year has been the highest in the history of the League with four very strong teams. Ormesby the winners with 35 points, Urban a close second with 32, Drumchapel from Glasgow third with 28 and Ormeau the top Northern Ireland team in fourth position with 26.
Cadet and Junior National Championships 2019
National Cadet Champion – Thomas Rayner
Ormesby’s Thomas Rayner produced his very best performance to become the English Cadet (Under 15) Champion, winning the Boy’s Singles event in The PG Mutual National Cadet and Junior Table Tennis Championship in Nottingham on Sunday.
Rayner who had been producing some very good results in the International Tournaments over recent weeks continued his good form. Seeded 4th Thomas reached the Semi-Finals with two comfortable victories.
Thomas with coach Denis Neale
In the Semi-Final Rayner met the Number 2 seed, Louis Price from Bristol, where this Ormesby player took charge after being 2-1 down to win the last three games 11-9, 12-10 and 11-5.
In the Final his opponent was Number 1 seed Derbyshire’s Naphong Boonyaprapa. Rayner won the first two games by narrow margins 11-9 and 12-10. Boonyaprapa came back to win the third at 11-5. Rayner went further ahead with another 11-9 win in the fourth. Boonyaprapa came back again to win the fifth game at 11-3 before Rayner took command again to win the final game at 11-9.
In the Boy’s Doubles, Rayner reached the Final with his Ormesby team mate, Ben Piggott, before they lost by very narrow margins to Boonyaprapa and his partner, Rhys Davies. Rayner and Piggott lead by 2-1 before their opponents won the fourth at 12-10 and the decider at 11-9.
In the Junior events the previous day, Ormesby had two of the Semi-Finalists Joe Cope who reached the Semi Final from his fourth seeded position, only to lose to the top seed Shayan Siraj of Yorkshire by 11-9 in the 7th game. Ben Piggott, unseeded, did brilliantly to reach the Semi-Final with big wins over the second seed of the First Round, James Smith for Kent, at 11-9 in the 7th and then in the Quarter Final he beat the 6th seed, Amirul Hussain of Lancaster by four games to one.
Ben found the eventual winner, Ethan Walsh of Hertfordshire, too strong in the Semi’s going down by 4-0.
British Premier League – final match
The Ormesby First Team will be playing their most important match of the season at the Club on Saturday, 18th May, starting at 2:00pm, against the current English Champions, Urban from London. This match is the final match in the British League this season and the Championship will be decided at the Club on Saturday.
It has the makings of a very good match as both sides, from the information received so far, will be fielding their best teams.
Currently, Ormesby are in pole position with a 4-point lead at the top of the table, after the results from the last round of matches, when we beat the Northern Ireland club, Ormeau, 5-0 and Urban suffered a 4 – 1 defeat away to Drumchapel. To win the title this time, Urban need to win the match 5-0. Their Team Manager, Gergely Urban, said on a social media interview on Sunday that they are looking to repeat the feats of Liverpool and Tottenham in the European Champions Football League last week.
The Ormesby squad has been named as the same team that beat Urban 3-2 when the two teams met in London on the 6th April; which is Tianyuan Liu, Darius Knight, Tianming Zhao, and Danny Reed.
Urban have named their squad as; Satoshi Aida, Gyorgy Szilard, Daniel Schaffer, and Daniel Kosiba.
The match in London ended 3-2 in Ormesby’s favour but all 5 sets were close, and they could have gone either way. Whilst Ormesby are firm favourites to win the match and title, the Championship for the Club is by no means certain but a very good match is in prospect. Play starts at 2:00pm and we are hoping and expecting to have the best attendance of the season for this key fixture.
North East Regional Training Day
Ormesby Table Tennis Club hosted a North East Regional training day on Sunday 14 April.
A full squad of 30 players from the across the region took part in the session which was run by Level 3 Coach, David Noutch.
David was assisted by coaches Malcolm Muldoon and Nigel Savage.
To finish off the more serious training session – some downtime to take part in some ‘FUN TIME’