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2018 – Junior National Cup

Keith Thomas and Joe May 28 2018

Keith Thomas left and Joe  Cope

Ormesby player Joe Cope had a really good two days at the 2018 Junior National Cup finishing three places above his seeded position.

Joe began the weekend seeded 6th and after the first days play he was tied in 5th third place. On the second day of competition Joe won 4 games out of 4 to take the bronze medal.

In the picture above, Joe who lives in Hartlepool, was presented with his bronze medal by fellow ‘Hartlepudlian’ and Table Tennis England Treasurer Keith Thomas.

British League Premier Division

Ormesby continued their unbeaten run of nine matches in the Premier Division of the British League Premier Division beating the current champions Drumchapel by 8-0 at the club’s headquarters on Sunday. 

All four Ormesby players won both of their singles in a convincing manner. 

Joe Cope came into the match in the place of Viktor Brodd won both of his sets in the fourth position against Zaid Khalid and Thomas Cairns both in straight games. 

Darius Knight and Danny Read also won their matches by a comfortable match. Only one set reached the fourth game when Yaser Razouk won the first game against Danny Read. 

Drumchapel were without David McBeath  

Ormesby now lead the table with 17 points from 10 matches. 

Favourites for the Championship Urban from London have 14 points from 8 matches. They have their two fixtures against Drumchapel and the Northern Ireland team Ormeau to play this weekend. They need to win both if they are to clinch the title as Ormesby’s set average is significantly superior.

Alan Ransome OBE



Middlesbrough Championships 2018

Mid 2018 Open SIngles Wnr C Edwards

Open Singles Winner:

Chris Edwards was presented with his prize money by Middlesbrough League Chairman Alan Ransome

Ormesby junior, Chris Edwards, won 3 titles, including the Open Singles title, in the Middlesbrough Table Tennis Championships which were played at Ormesby last weekend, beating Ryan Nassau by 3 games to 1 in the final and Michael Young by 11-9 in the 5th games in the semi final.

This was a very good performance by Chris who plays in the team immediately below his two opponents in the Ormesby British League teams.

Ryan Nassau had a very close match in the semi final to beat David Pashley 11-5 in the decider.

Mid 2018 Doubles winners

Open Doubles winners:

 Ryan Nassau on the left with Alan Ransome and Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards won his second title in the Open Doubles when he combined with Ryan Nassau to beat Michael Young and Gary Whyman by 3-1 in the final and the Webster brothers, Phil and Tommy, by the same score in the semi.

Edwards’ third title came in the Handicap Singles when he scored a very narrow victory over Olly Flight who enjoyed a large handicap start. Olly won the first game 21-17 before Edwards recovered to win the second 21-19 and the decider at 21-20.

The Division 1 Singles title was won by Michael Young who scored a very narrow victory 11-9 in the 5th, over Ryan Nassau. Michael Young beat David Pashley 3-0 in the semi. The Open Singles winner, Edwards, failed to qualify from his group, losing a countback with Michael Young and Ryan Nassau.

Mid 2018 Diiv 2 winner

Division Two winner

Kashif Mahmood

The Division 2 title was won by Swerve’s Kashif Mahmood who beat Beaumont Accountancy Nomad’s Bruce Lowther 3-0 in the final.

Michael Young won his second title, the Veterans Singles, scoring a comfortable victory over Swerve’s Jemal Mohammed in straight games in the final.

Mid 2018 Over 60 Winners

60+ Event players left to right:

Nick Miller (semi finalist), Barry Pearson (event sponsor), Tommy Webster (60+ winner) and Paul Moppett (Runner up). Eric Smallwood, not pictured, was the other semi finalist. 

The Over 60 Handicap was won by Tommy Webster who beat Paul Moppett after the match was tied after 3 games. Webster won the one point decider.The Wheelchair Singles was won by Mark Bonnar who beat Brian Holloway in the final match.

The Hard Bat competition produced a third title for Michael Young with Nunthorpe’s David Pashley into second place.


Open Singles

Winner – Chris Edwards (Ormesby) 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8

Runner up – Ryan Nassau (Ormesby)

Open Doubles

Winners – Chris Edwards/Ryan Nassau (Ormesby) 11-13, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6

Runners up – Gary Whyman/Michael Young (Ormesby)

Handicap Singles

Winner –  Chrissie Edwards (Ormesby) 17-21, 21-19, 21-20

Runner up – Olly Flight (Ormesby)

Division 1

Winner – Michael Young (Ormesby) 11-8, 11-4, 6-11, 5-11, 11-9

Runner up – Ryan Nassau (Ormesby)

Division 2

Winner – Kashif Mahmood (Swerve) 11-8, 11-9, 11-7

Runner up – Bruce Lowther (Beaumont Accountancy Nomads)

Veterans Singles

Winner – Michael Young (Ormesby) 11-6, 11-7, 11-7

Runner up – Jemal Mohammed (Swerve)

Over 60’s Handicap

Winner – Tommy Webster (Nunthorpe) 17-21, 21-17, 38-38 (+ 1 extra point)

Runner up – Paul Moppett (Ormesby)


Winner – Mark Bonnar (Ormesby) 17-5, 14-12, 11-4

Runner up – Brian Holloway (Ormesby)

Hard Bat

Winner – Michael Young (Ormesby) 31-28

Runner up – David Pashley (Nunthorpe)

Report: Alan Ransome OBE

British Premier League – Ormesby v Drumchapel

Orm v Drum 20 May 2018 001

Still in contention for the Premier Division title of the British League Ormesby play their final match of the season next Sunday 20th May at home against the current champions Drumchapel of Glasgow.

Ormesby currently lead the table with 15 points from 9 matches played.

The Urban club from London have 14 points but have a match in hand.  Urban still have to play both Drumchapel in Glasgow and the Northern Irish team Ormeau.

Ormesby will have a full-strength team out to play against Drumchapel which includes Danny Reed English International as Captain plus Tianmang Zhao Portuguese International, Viktor Brodd Swedish International and Darius Knight English International.

The Drumchapel team has not yet been announced but could include David McBeath   the current England number 4 in addition to Scottish International Craig Howieson.

The match is to be played at the Ormesby Table Tennis Club commencing at 2.00 pm.

Your support will be welcome. 

Best wishes 

Alan Ransome OBE

2018 Nottingham Grand Prix

DGofton Not Grand Prix May 2018 Band 3

David Gofton

Ormesby Table Tennis Club cadet David Gofton won the Band 3 event at the 2018 Nottingham Grand Prix.

Middlesbrough TT League KO Handicap Cup

Two Ormesby teams will take part in the 2018 KO Cup final.

In the semi final games Ormesby B won 5 – 3 against Beaumont Accountancy Nomads and Ormesby L beat Ormesby G by 5 – 2.

Mid League 201718 KO Semis 2

Ormesby B and Nomads players – left to right:

Jane Lynas (Nomads), Gary Whyman (Ormesby), Bruce Lowther (Nomads), Michael Young and Karl Shaw (both Ormesby) and Kevin Linsley (Nomads).

Mid League 201718 KO Semis

Ormesby G and Ormesby L players – left to right:

Jak Ali and Edward Adams (both Ormesby L), Peter Wagner (Ormesby G), Daniel Bennett (Ormesby L), Mike Newton, Bob Wasson and team captain Syd Davis (all Ormesby G).

British Premier League – Title Race

BPL 17 Feb 2018 Team 3

Ormesby Premier Team

L to R – Danny Reed, Tianming Zhao. Darius Knight and Viktor Brodd

Ormesby’s first team kept in contention for the Premier Division title of the British Table Tennis League last weekend when they played a 4-4 draw with the current leaders Urban TTC of Barnet in London.

For Ormesby Viktor Brodd was the star man beating the Urban number one Satoshi Aida 12-10 in the decider in the opening set and then defeating Szilard Gyorgy in straight games to win his two matches.

Tianming Zhao did well to beat Daniel Kosiba by 12-10 in the decider in his opening set but lost a vital match against Aida in straight games to give Urban the chance of clinching the draw.

In the final match Danny Reed produced an excellent performance to come from 2-0 down against Daniel Schaffer to win 11-3 in the decider.

Ormesby are currently top of the table with 15 points from the 9 matches, Urban are in second with 14 points from 8.  Ormesby have just one more match to play against he current champions Drumchapel at home on the 20th May.

Urban have 2 matches to play against the Irish Team Ormeau and against Drumchapel of which are both at the end of May which ensures that the championship race will to go the wire.

Alan Ransome OBE

British Premier League – Ormeau and Urban

Urban April 2018

Ormesby first team are locked in a battle for the British League Premier Division Table Tennis Championship this weekend. 

The main match being played on Sunday when Ormesby visit the current league leaders the London club Urban who are leading the table by just one point.  Ormesby need a victory this fixture if they are to take the championship.

Ormesby have their best team available with Tianming Zhao who is a Portuguese International of Chinese origin.  Ormesby’s second player will be the swede Viktor Brodd who will be supported in the team by two English Internationals Darius Knight and Danny Reed.

The Urban team have the same squad that won the first match of the season against Ormesby which is Satoshi Aida, Szilard Gyorgy, Daniel Schaffer and Alim Hirji.

The match is being played at Barnet Table Tennis Centre, Barnet Lane, EN5 2DN with a 4.00 pm start.

On the Saturday Ormesby have a fixture against the Northern Ireland team Ormeau in Belfast. 

The Ormesby team is the same line up as playing against Urban whilst the Ormeau team is likely to contain Irish Internationals Paul McCreery, Ashleigh Robinson, Gavin McGuire and Owen Cathcart.

Senior British League – final weekend

Two Ormesby teams produced first class results in the British League last weekend to avoid relegation from their divisions.

Ormesby ll 14 April 2018

Left to right – Ormesby ll – Joe Cope, David Gofton, Liam McTiernan, Coach, Denis Neale, Adam Harrison, Tom Rayner and Josh Weatherby.

In the Championship Division which is the second division after the Premier, Ormesby’s second team avoided relegation and did very well to win 3 of their matches on a played a 4-4 draw in their fourth match.  They beat Draycott 6-2, Whitworth Academy 7-1, Wymondham 6-2 and drew 4 all win the leading team Portsmouth.

Joe Cope playing number three was the star of the team winning all of his 8 matches Liam McTiernan and Adam Harrison both won 6 out of 8, whilst Josh Weatherby won 2 from 4 and David Gofton won 1 from 2.

Ormesby third team playing in division two also came from a possible relegation position to climb up the table with victories against the 2 leading teams Wood Green from Birmingham and Beaumont Accountancy, the local team from Middlesbrough lost 6 -3.

Ormesby’s third team also beat another local team Swerve’s second team by 5-4 but in the last match lost to Draycott, Nottingham by 6-3.

Adam Webster and Ben Piggott won both of their matches winning 6 from 8 whilst George Hill and Jack Cope both won 3 from 8

Swerve first team in Division one A beat Plymouth, Halton and Barrow all 6-3 but lost to Cardiff’s second team also by 6-3. This leaves Swerve in third position in the table. Joshua Harland won 6 of his 8 matches Nuradin Muktar won 5, Kieran Wardell 3 and Will Dobinson 4 from 8.

Division B1 Swerve’s second team lost all of their four matches to Draycott 7-2 Wood Green 6-3 and to Halton third team and Ormesby third team by 5-4.  Stephen Brunskill won 5 from 8 whilst Martin Rutter 3 and Yonatan Caspi 2.

Beaumont Accountancy in the same division won two matches 6-3 against Halton and Drumchapel Glasgow 6-3 but lost to Ormesby 6-3 and to Derwent 5-4. Stephen Horsfield won 7 from 8, Anthony Phoenix won 2 from 4, Isabel Ashley won 4 from 8 whilst Sam Hitchen won 2 from 6 and Mark Walpole won 2 from 6.

In division three C Ormesby’s fourth team won three of their matches 8-1 against Bishop Auckland, 5-4 against Derwent’s second team and 5-4 against Huddersfield but lost to Pudsey 5-4. Ormesby V April 15 2018 No2

 Left to right – Ormesby lV – Gary Whyman, Michael Young, Carl White, Dave Ashwell and Ryan Nassau

Ryan Nassau produced the best results with 7 wins from 8 and Michael Young won 5 from 8.  Dave Ashwell from 6 and won 4, Carl Whyte played 4 and won 2 whilst Gary Whyman played 6 and won 3.

In the same division Ormesby’s fifth team Bishop Auckland and Huddersfield 6-3 but lost 5-4 to Pudsey and 7-2 to St Marys Hull.

Ormesby V April 15 2018

Left to right – Ormesby V  – Luke Robinson, Ben Savage, Chris Edwards and Dave Noutch

Chrissy Edwards produced the best results with 6 wins from 8 whilst Ben Savage and Luke Robinson and David Noutch all won 4.

Ormesby win at Drumchapel

Drum Teams Mar 17 2018

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.

Drum 50 plus March 17 2018

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’

Tom Rayner Player wkend CCTTA Gran Prix Mar 11 2018

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

Mid League Divisional Splits Feb 2018 001

New Kit for Ormesby

BPL 17 Feb 2018 Team 3

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.

BPL 17 Feb 2017 Team 2

Cleveland Schools Individual Finals

Eve Cadet winner Bishop 2017

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 Thomas

Noel Thomas Feb 4 2018

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

Orm v Cardiff Jan 27 2018

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.

Orm v Cardiff 27 Jan 2018

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.

Orm v Cardiff 27 Jan 2018 spectators

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

Come and Try it January 20 2018

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

OTTC New Sessions Jan 20 2018 001

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.

Mark Bonnar most improved male 2017

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 most impoved female Dec 2017

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