Middlesbrough Championship 2017 – report and results
Middlesbrough and District Table Tennis Championships
Jevon Chan from Stockton was the winner of the Open Singles in the Middlesbrough and District Table Tennis Championships which took place at the Ormesby Club last weekend.
Chan won his qualification group with victories over Ryan Nassau and Gary Whyman. In the semi-final, Chan defeated Michael Young who came through his section with a win against seeded Thomas Rayner. In the final Chan defeated David Ashwell in straight games after Ashwell, beat top seed Mark Simon in his semi-final.
Simon came into his own in the Doubles when he partnered Phil Webster taking the title in the final against Chrissy Edwards and Ryan Nassau.
Rayner produced his best performance in the Division 1 Singles beating Sam Bailey 3-1 in the semis and Michael Young in the final. Young led by 2-0 before Rayner won the next three at 12-10, 11-9, and 11-9. Young did well to reach the final with a victory over Simon.
Chan won his second title taking the Veterans Singles (over 40’s) in a straight set victory over Ashwell in the final. Ashwell beat Simon in his semi, whilst Chan beat Young.
The Handicap Singles was won by Ryan Nassau. He gave nine points start to Chris Rayner and then won 21-19, 21-17 in the final. Nassau defeated Karl Shaw in the semi.
In the over 60’s Handicaps, sponsored by Barry Pearson, Bruce Lowther won the title after winning from a level start against Tom Hand at 21-19 and 21-20. Lowther beat Robert Evans in the semi-final.
In the Division 2 Singles, the title was won by Angus Poole who beat Lowther in three straight games.
The Hardbat Competition was won by Thomas Rayner who defeated Young in the final.
In the Wheelchair Singles, Mark Bonnar won the round robin competition.
Jevon Chan beat David Ashwell 11-6, 11-9, 11-7
Mark Simon & Phil Webster beat Chrissy Edward & Ryan Nassau 11-7, 11-5, 11-8
Division 1 Singles
Thomas Rayner beat Michael Young 3-11, 611, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9
Veterans Singles Title
Jevon Chan beat David Ashwell 12-10, 12-10, 11-9
The Handicap Singles
Ryan Nassau beat Chris Rayner 21-19, 21-17, Chris had 9 start
The 60’s Handicap, Sponsored by Barry Pearson
Bruce Lowther beat Tom Hand 21-19, 21-20 off level start
Division 2 Singles
Angus Poole beat Bruce Lowther 11-5, 11-9, 11-9
The Hardbat Competition
Thomas Rayner beat Michael Young 31-19
The Wheelchair Singles – Round Robin Competition
Winner Mark Bonnar
2nd Noel Thomas
3rd Brian Holloway
Alan Ranaome OBE
British Premier League
Ormesby 1 v Cardiff City
15 year old Joe Cope made his debut for Ormesby in the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League on Saturday when he and won both of his sets, as part of the Clubs 8-0 victory over Cardiff City.
Cope, who came in as a late replacement for the injured Gavin Evans, opened his account with a victory over Pouyan Javanmard in three straight games 11-7, 12-10 and 11-9. In his second match he beat Ryan Cowley in four games 11-4, 11-7, 13-11 and 11-4.
The match was one-side as the score line suggests with Filip Szymanski, Danny Reed and Darius Knight all winning their sets in straight games, except in the case of Knight’s match against Dean Cundy 3-1.
These results, combined with the defeat of the third placed club BATTS of Harlow by 7-1 by the leaders Drumchapel puts Ormesby within one point of clinching second place in the Division as the Teesside Club have 14 points, against BATTS with 9 points.
Ormesby’s next match is at home against the Scottish club North Ayrshire on Saturday 25 March 2017.
Alan Ransome OBE
Richard Kirby’s Challenge with Danny Reed
To play table tennis against an England International was Richard Kirby’s 85th and latest challenge.
Danny Reed who plays for the Ormesby Premier team helped Richard from Normanby achieve his goal before the start of the Cardiff City match on March 11.
Richard who is raising money for MIND has been doing his Challenges since 2014.
County Umpire Gary Whyman above right, and Harry Wildridge below left, from the Ormesby Junior Club kindly officiated for the match.
Ormesby v Cardiff City – British Premier League
Ormesby pursues their bid for second place in the Premier Division of the British League this coming Saturday when they entertain the leading Welsh team, Cardiff City, which starts at 2pm.
Ormesby are fielding a strong team and includes Danny Reed who came very close to beating Paul Drinkhall in the semi-final of the National Championships on Sunday when he led 3-1, also in the Ormesby team is Polish International Filip Szymanski, plus English Internationals Darius Knight and Gavin Evans.
Cardiff who are currently placed in 5th position in the table are likely to include within their team Daniel O’Connell, Dean Cundy, Nathan Thomas and Lloyd Gregory.
Ormesby are currently in second position in the Premier Division with 12 points from 8 matches played. The Teesside Club could go further ahead of the third placed team BATTS of Harlow as BATTS entertain the leaders Drumchapel in their fixture on Saturday.
The Ormesby match is being played at the Club Centre on Saturday 11 March at the Ormesby Club on Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough and spectators are most welcome.
British Premier League – 9 – at Drumchapel
With a 5-3 victory for the Glasgow Club Drumchapel on Saturday,
Ormesby will have to be satisfied with second place in the Premier Division of
the British Table Tennis League this season.
Ormesby Premier League Team at Drumchapel
l to r : Viktor Brodd, Filip Szymanski, Danny Reed and Darius Knight
In the first half of the match, Ormesby had a great chance to go 4-0 up; Viktor Brodd opened the scoring for Ormesby by beating the Spanish No. 1 He Zhi When, by 3-1. One of Ormesby’s greatest chances came in the second set when Filip Szymanski had two match points on Hi Bai, the world ranked player from Slovakia, before losing 12-10 in the fifth game.
Darius Knight was on top form, defeating Argentinian Liu Song, a player who won two against Ormesby in the first half match of the season. Danny Reed had a great chance to beat the Taiwanese International Huang Yen Che. Reed was leading by 2-1 and was well ahead towards the end of the fourth game, before losing 11-8 in the fifth.
Drumchapel were the stronger team in the second half winning the fifth, sixth and seventh sets to clinch the match. Knight won his last match against Huang at 11-9 in the decider, to bring the score back to 5-3.
The Ormesby team had some really good support from eight of the Ormesby 50+ players who travelled to Glasgow. They are joined in the picture above with the Ormesby team and Ormesby chairman AlanRansome and Jose Ransome who took the picture was also in Glasgow to support the team.
l to r front row – Terry Bache, Syd Davis, Bruce Lowther, John McCullow, Colin Charity, Mike Howling, Malcolm Muldoon and Tom Hand
l to r back row – Darius Knight, Danny Reed, team captain Michael Marsden, Alan Ransome, Filip Szymanski and Viktor Brodd
This result gives Drumchapel 15 points from 8 matches played so far with Ormesby on 12 points. Unless there are major surprises, it is unlikely that Ormesby will be able to catch up with the Drumchapel in the remaining matches that are still to be played in the season.
Ormesby Junior 2 Star Open Championships
Sunday 26 February 2017
On his 14th birthday David Gofton, won two of the main events, the Junior and Cadet Boys’ Singles in the Ormesby Junior 2 Star Open Table Tennis Championships that took place at the Club’s Centre in Middlesbrough on Sunday.
David Gofton, playing on home ground won the Junior Boys’ Singles by beating two of his team mates Adam Webster in the final and George Hill in the semi both by 3 games to nil. David’s toughest match was in the qualification group where he needed 5 games to beat Darlington’s Callum McCrae.
David Gofton’s second title was the Cadet Boys’ Singles. He beat Sammy Kelly of Yorkshire in the semi-final and a second victory over Webster in the final. In this event he won all of his matches in three straight games.
The Girls events were dominated by players from the Darlington Academy Club. Katie Peacock won the Junior Girls’ Singles, beating her team mate Katie Wray in straight games in the final.
Wray won the Cadet Girls event, beating Ormesby’s Reem Rassem into second place with a straight games win.
The Under 13 Boys’ Singles was won by Yorkshire’s Theo Kelly, who beat another Yorkshire Player Luke Furlong in straight games in the final.
The Under 13 Girls’ singles was won by Rassem who beat one of her Ormesby team mate Eve Witterick by 3-1.
The Junior Boys Banded event was won by Callum McCrae of Darlington Academy who beat Ormesby’s George Hill in the final over four games.
The Final’s Results
Junior Boys’ Singles
David Gofton (Cleveland) beat Adam Webster (Northumberland) 11-9, 11-6, 11-7
Junior Girls’ Singles
Katie Peacock (Durham) beat Katie Wray (Durham) 11-4, 11-9, 14-12
Cadet Boys’ Singles
David Gofton (Cleveland) beat Adam Webster (Northumberland) beat 11-7, 11-8, 11-4
Cadet Girls’ Singles
Katie Wray (Durham) beat Reem Rassem (Durham) 11-4, 13-11, 13-11
Under 13 Boys’ Singles
Theo Kelly (Yorkshire) beat Luke Furlong (Yorkshire) 11-6, 11-8, 11-4
Under 13 Girls’ Singles
Reem Rassem (Durham) beat Eve Witterick (Cleveland) 7-11, 11-5, 14-12, 12-10
Junior Banded Singles
Callum McCrae (Durham) beat George Hill (Cleveland) 11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 12-10
British Premier League – Round 8
British Premier League – BATTS v Ormesby 1 Saturday 12 February 2017
Ormesby maintained the second position in the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League on Saturday when they visited the team in third place, BATTS of Harlow, and won 7-1.
The rivals for the title Drumchapel of Glasgow entertained Fusion from London on Saturday and won 8-0, which sets up the biggest match of the season on 25 February when Drumchapel entertain Ormesby in the clash which will almost certainly decide the title for this season.
In Saturday’s fixture Ormesby were without Danny Reed but with two wins from Victor Brodd, Darius Knight and Liam McTiernan the win over the BATTS team was comfortable. The star man for BATTS was Helshan Weerasinghe who won the only set beating Filip Szymanski at 11-7 in the decider. Weerasinghe also took Brodd to four games. McTiernan, coming in for Reed, wins included an 11-6 in the fifth victory over Peter Cleminson in the final set of the match.
Drumchapel currently lead the table with 13 points from their 7 matches whilst Ormesby are second with 12 points. A win would be good enough for the Teesside Club to top the table, but a draw would leave Drumchapel with 1 point ahead at the top of table and the Glasgow Club would not be likely to drop any further points in the remaining fixtures.
Darius Knight helped Ormesby with a 7-1 win against BATTS on Saturday with two wins.
Alan Ransome OBE
With a 7-1 win over BATTS 1 in the 8th round of British Premier League matches, Ormesby 1 remain in 2nd place, one point behind Drumchapel Glasgow.
Viktor Brodd, Darius Knight and Liam McTiernan all winning two games and Filip Szmanski one, losing to Helshan Weerasinghe in the 5th end.
Ormesby will now travel to Drumchapel for their next match on Saturday 25 February.
Premier League 4 Sport at Ormesby TTC
Some of the young players who enjoyed their session with Middlesbrough FC’s Under 23 players Bradley Fewster left and Junior Mondal with Malcolm Muldoon.
Alan Cawthorne, Coordinator of Middlesbrough Football Club’s Premier League 4 Sport scheme brought Junior Mondal and Bradley Fewster, two of Middlesbrough’s Under 23 players, to take part in one of the Ormesby Club’s PL4S sessions.
Junior and Bradley presented two Personal Development awards to Chris Edwards and Sahan Perera who have both come through the PL4S scheme.
Malcolm Muldoon received an award on behalf of the Ormesby Club in recognition of the ongoing partnership between Middlesbrough FC and Ormesby Table Tennis Club since 2008.
Premier League 7 – at Halton 14 January
Darius Knight, Karen Tong, Filip Szymanski, The Mayor and Mayoress of Halton – Cllr Ged Philbin and Ms Rosalin Wong, Michael Marsden and Danny Reed
Ormesby continued their march towards honours in the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League last Saturday, when they defeated the Merseyside club, Halton 6-2.
The Ormesby trio of Danny Reed, Filip Szymanski and Darius Knight all won 2 sets each by comfortable margins. Reed won both of his matches in straight games; Szymanski needed 4 games to beat Richard Lightower and Knight 4 to beat Jake Shaw.
The victory for Halton came from Thomas Rzeszotko who defeated Michael Marsden 11-6 in the decider. Marsden who was suffering from a leg injury, was 2-1 up and come close to winning the fourth game at 11-9. Marsden’s second set was conceded.
At the halfway point of the season, Ormesby are currently second place in the table behind Drumchapel of Glasgow with 10 points from the 6 matches played. Drumchapel are 1 point ahead on 11 whilst BATTS from Harlow, are in third place with 7 points.
Alan Ransome OBE
Cleveland Grand Prix – January 2017
The Cleveland Table Tennis Association is pleased to present the largest Senior Table Tennis Tournament to be held in the Tees Valley area for more than 10 years.
Ryan Jenkins – Welsh No.1
The Cleveland Grand Prix, which has attracted entries from several of the country’s leading players including the English International Darius Knight and the Welsh No. 1 and many times Champion, Ryan Jenkins.
The Cleveland Grand Prix is part of an eight tournament series organised jointly by Table Tennis England and the Cleveland Association. It will take place at Thornaby Pavilion on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January 2017, commencing at approximately 9am.
Play starts at 9am on Saturday with the banded events up first, where the former European Youth Champion, Mike O’Driscoll heads the seedings for band one
There are 6 bands in total for the men’s events, with one for the ladies.
On Sunday the Mens’ Singles, the Under 21’s and the Veterans events are to take place. The Mens’ Singles commencing at 8.45am, with the semi-finals and the finals likely to commence around 12 noon.
Bringing a Grand Prix to Teesside gives a host of local players the opportunity of playing in a major event in their own locale, and this has attracted a good local entry. Spectators are most welcome to come and watch the tournament.
Top Squad Christmas Fun Party
Winners of the 2016 Awards
Left to right: George Hill, Ben Piggott, Alan Ransome and Tom Rayner
It was time for the younger members of the Ormesby Top Squad to let their hair down after all the hard training they have being doing during the past few months.
Fancy dress was the order of the day with several players wearing remarkable onesies and others some really great jumpers.
Alan Ransome made the presentations for the most improved player to Tom Rayner, players choice of most improved player George Hill and Ben Piggott the Fair Play award.
Jonah and Eliza Hannaway above enjoy watching the fun while below Chrissy Edward get his face covered in cream.
Thanks for the lovely colourful pictures Chris Rayner
Ormesby I v BATTS
Ormesby’s Danny Reed who won both of his sets
Ormesby’s hopes of regaining the British League Table Tennis Premier Division title were dented over on Saturday when they were only able to play a 4-4 draw in the home match against the third place team BATTS from Harlow.
Star of the match was the Harlow No. 2 Israeli Michael Tauber who won both of his sets. Tauber opened the match by beating Ormesby’s No. 1 Filip Szymanski in straight games and then levelled the score at 3-3, with a victory in 5 games against Darius Knight.
Danny Reed was Ormesby’s best player winning both of his sets, including a convincing win over French International Paul Lavergne in straight games.
Filip Szymanski won his second match against the Frenchman. This is the second match that Ormesby have drawn in December, first was with their main rivals for the title Drumchapel Glasgow.
The draw puts Ormesby one point behind Drumchapel at the top of the table with the trip to Scotland scheduled in February. Ormesby are now likely to need to win this match to clinch the title.
BATTS in addition to the two win by Michael Tauber, Helshan Weerasinghe and Adam Nutland won one each for the Essex team.
Christmas came early for two Ormesby Juniors
Well done to Rana Rassem above who won the Junior Girls Singles at the Halifax 2* on Saturday 17 December and to Thomas Rayner pictured below who won the Cadet Boys Singles at the Blackpool 2* on Sunday 18 December.
British Premier League – Saturday 17 December
A message from our chairman Alan Ransome OBE
Thank you to those of you who came along to support the Ormesby team in the match against Drumchapel that took place on 3 December 2016.
Those who were present will agree that this has been the best match that has been played in Teesside for many years. The standard was very high and the competition itself was exceptional. The fact that we had a good crowd particularly for the first half was very much appreciated by the players and certainly led to a brilliant atmosphere. The match was streamed live on Facebook which was seen not just in the UK but in many parts of Europe and certainly attracted a large audience.
Our next match is on Saturday 17 December at 2.00pm when we entertain effectively the third best team in the British League, the BATTS club from Harlow.
From Ormesby’s perspective the team is not yet fully finalised but will include Filip Szymanski, Danny Reed and Darius Knight. I hope that you will be able to come along and support the club once again.
British Premier League – Ormesby v Drumchapel
Saturday 3 December 2016
After a dramatic 4-4 draw between Ormesby and the Glasgow Club, Drumchapel, held at the Ormesby Club on Saturday, the race for the Premier Division title of the British Table Tennis League remains wide open, as the top two teams are locked together, both unbeaten.
This was the highest standard table tennis club match played in Britain in many years and it attracted the biggest crowd of any match in the North East in recent times. The match was also viewed via the live stream from the Club by in the region of 10,000 people.
The match started very well for Ormesby as the Teesside club raced into an amazing 3-0 lead. Ormesby’s Polish International, Filip Szymanski, opened with a shock victory over Hai Be, Drumchapel’s Chinese player from Slovakia, who is ranked No. 106 in the world. Szymanski won by the narrowest of margins by 11-9 in the 5th, in the best match of the day.
The surprise of the match came next as Viktor Brodd from Sweden, on debut for Ormesby, won 3 – 0 in straight games against the world No. 54, Canadian Olympian Eugene Wang. Ormesby then went ahead by 3 sets to 0 when Danny Reed beat the Chinese League Champion, Tao Si by 3 games to 1.
Drumchapel looked like facing a major defeat at this point. They recovered as man of the match, Liu Song, beat Darius Knight by 3 games to 1. Song proved too strong for Knight. Wang then recovered from his surprise earlier defeat, to beat Szymanski by 3-1 and Hai Be beat Danny Reed by the same score to bring the match score back to 3 all.
Liu Song was too good for Brodd winning in straight games to give Drumchapel the advantage 4-3, but Knight brought the score line level by beating Tao Si by 3 games to 1, and the match finished with a 4-4 draw.
Up to now Drumchapel and Ormesby have beaten all of the other teams by either 8-0 or 7-1 and, therefore, the return fixture in Glasgow in February 2017 is likely to be the title decider. On paper and looking at the world rankings, Drumchapel have a stronger squad than Ormesby and could remain slight favourites.
On Saturday, the two teams were very even and a 4 all draw was a fair result. Ormesby’s four players all won 1 set each and Liu Song made the difference for Drumchapel by winning both of his singles.
Ormesby’s next match is on Saturday 17 December 2016 at 3.00pm when they entertain the team in third position in the League table, BATTS from Harlow.
Match report by Alan Ransome OBE
Pictures by Chris Rayner
Another Gold for Andrew
Andrew Green seen above right with Jim Kenny who presented him with his gold medal at the Merseyside Open Disability tournament on 2nd and 3rd December.
Andrew who trains at Ormesby on a Monday and Tuesday with his wheelchair friends also enjoys playing his matches in the Middlesbrough and District Table Tennis League.
Well done Andrew!!!!
British Premier League – Match of the Season
Ormesby Table Tennis Club v Drumchapel – 3 December 2016
The match of the season in the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League takes place at Ormesby on Saturday 3 December 2016, when the Club entertains their main rivals for the title, Drumchapel of Glasgow.
Ormesby and Drumchapel are neck and neck at the top of the division, and it is likely that the winner of this fixture will become the British Champions in 2017.
Ormesby will have all of their three key players in their line up for this match, Danny Reed, Darius Knight are two established English international players, plus the Polish international Filip Szymanski. Also registered for Ormesby in the British League are Gavin Evans, Tom Jarvis, and Michael Marsden.
Drumchapel are strengthened by the inclusion of two Chinese players, He Zhi When who is the leading player for the Spanish National team and Lui Song who is a Chinese player who has represented Argentina.
Drumchapel also have three Scottish Nationals, they are Craig Howieson, Callum Main and Chris Wheeler.
Up to now both Ormesby and Drumchapel have dismissed their opponents by comfortable margins. For this fixture, both teams are evenly matched and therefore a close, hard contest between the two leaders is expected.
The match is scheduled to take place at the Ormesby Club, with a 3pm start.
For further information, please contact Alan Ransome at
Conifers, Church Lane, Middlesbrough, TS7 9AU
Tel: 01642 322223 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Club is encouraging as many members to come along and support the team. Please come along if you can and bring family and friends to enjoy the match.
Alan Ransome OBE
Stockton 4* 2016
With the Ormesby Boys team winning both the Junior and Cadet Team events, and the Swerve players reaching the final of three events, local players enjoyed some success at the Tees Active supported Stockton on Tees Junior 4 Star Table Tennis Championships, last weekend.
The Junior Boys team event was won by Ormesby’s first team consisting of Joe Clark and Shayan Siraj, who beat the Swerve first team of Josh Harland and Alec Ward 3-0 in the final.
In the semi-final, the Ormesby team beat BATTS team from Harlow in Essex, by 3 sets to 1.
In the Cadet event, the Ormesby team made up of Joe Cope and Josh Weatherby defeated Kingfisher in a close 3-2 victory in the final. Cope was the star of the match, where he defeated Jamie Liu in the deciding set, and Reece Chamdal in his first singles.
Ormesby had another tight match with the Fusion Club from London, winning 3-2 after recovering from 2-0 down. In this match, Weatherby beat Louis Price 3-1, and Cope beat Aadil Anand in straight games. The Ormesby pair combined to win the doubles.
In the Junior Girls team event, the Swerve team consisting of Holly Williams and Sophie Barlow reached the final, before losing to Harefield Academy by 3-0.
The Junior Boys Singles was won by Matthew Leete of Lincolnshire who beat Swerve’s Alec Ward by 3 games to 1, in the final. Ward had won a narrow victory over his Swerve team mate Josh Harland in 5 games in the semi.
The Junior Girls Singles was won by the top seed, Gauri Duhan of Yorkshire, who took the title without the loss of game. In the final Duhan beat the second seed Zahna Hall of Middlesex.
The Cadet Boys Singles was won by Amirul Hussain of Lancashire, who beat Ethan Walsh of Hertfordshire in 3 straight games in the final.
The Cadet Girls event produced the closet final when Jasmin Wong beat her Yorkshire team mate Ruby Chan, 11-9 in the fifth game.
The prizes were presented by the Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Ken Dixon and his wife Mayoress Linda Dixon.
Alan Ransome OBE
First weekend of the British Junior League
This is how a team should celebrate.
A fantastic win for Jack Dewar on the first day of the Junior British League at Derby on Saturday 22 October saw his teammates jumping for joy.
For Jack, who is ranked over 100 places below Amirul Hussain in the Table Tennis England Rankings, it was a great win, and so good to see the support he received from his coach Alan Ransome and teammates.
Thomas Rayner playing at Derby in the 2016/17 Junior British League – picture by Chris Rayner
There were two excellent wins for 12 year old Thomas Rayner in Ormesby III’s game against Dublin in the third match of the weekend.
Thomas rated 311 beat Connor Gallagher rated 39 and Charlie Fitzerald 41.
British Premier League Day Two
British Table Tennis League Match Report
The Ormesby first team made further progress in their bid to regain the British League Table Tennis Premier Division title when they visited the Cardiff City Club on Saturday and won with a maximum score of 8-0.
Danny Reed, playing at No. 1 for Ormesby was the man of the match. He won both of his sets against Daniel O’Connell and Tom Maynard in straight games.
Darius Knight playing at No. 2 was also successful in both of his sets, winning straight games against Maynard and Lloyd Gregory.
Polish International, Filip Szymanski, had a very comfortable day beating Benedict Watson and O’Connell, both by 3-0.
Ormesby fourth player, Michael Marsden was unable to play in the match due to an injury, but continued his role as team captain. Marsden was replaced by Liam McTiernan, who won both of his sets, but was taken to 5 games by Gregory.
Ormesby’s main opponents for the title, Drumchapel from Glasgow also had a comprehensive win beating the Essex club from Harlow, BATTS, by 8-0.
Drumchapel are currently top of the league, they have won all three of their opening fixtures by 8-0, whilst Ormesby are in second place, winning 7-1, and 8-0.
Alan Ransome OBE