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Ormesby A win Summer League KO Cup

Ormesby A won the battle of the giants in the final for the Cleveland & District Summer Table Tennis League Handicap Cup Competition by 5-4 sets against the Club’s own B team.

Orm A KO Cup WInner 2017

Ormesby A pictured after their KO Handicap Cup final win over Ormesby B

Left to right: Jack Cope, David Gofton, George Hill and Joe Cope

The star of the match was Michael Young for the B team who took full advantage of his start from the Handicap to beat the A team trio David Gofton, George Hill and Jack Cope.  This was not sufficient as Gofton and Hill beating both Lewis Cadden and Karl Shaw to win four points for the A team and Jack Cope defeated Shaw to provide the fifth set.

In the final set to decide the match Gofton beat Shaw by 42 points to 20, so even with a 12 point start the A team won the set.

Normally in a Handicap Cup Competition the lower teams make good progress but this season the top teams excelled with Ormesby A winning both the League and the Cup and Ormesby B runner up in both.

Alan Ransome OBE

British Premier League – 1st Day

The Ormesby first team opened their fixtures in the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League with a surprise defeat after their opponents the Urban Club from London, had signed a Japanese Star player Satoshi Aida at the very last minute.

BPL Orm V Urban

Ormesby’s Danny Reed receiving some advice from Matej Mamut in the first match of the day.

Urban who were promoted from the Championship Division last season, won the match by 5-3 with their No. 2 player Daniel Schaffer the Hungarian International, winning two sets. Viktor Brodd was the star for the Ormesby team winning both of his sets.

The match climaxed at 3-3 after Darius Knight had beaten Aida 11-6 in the decider and Brodd had won 3-1 against the Romanian Gyorgy Szilard. With a win for Schaffer over Danny Reed and a victory for Alim Hirji over Matej Mamut the visitors claimed the 5-3 victory.

After their disappointing start Ormesby who finished in second place in the Premier League last season, will need to move up a gear for their next match against BATTS in Harlow on 11 November and for their second home match against the London Club Fusion on 4 December.

British Premier League – Ormesby v Urban (London)

Viktor Brod Oct 2017

Senior British Table Tennis League – Championship Division

With very good performances from Adam Harrison and Joe Cope, the newly promoted Ormesby II team scored a spectacular win over the league leaders Portsmouth by 5-3 in the Championship Division of the British Table Tennis League at Nottingham last weekend.

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Joe Cope above who had a great win over Matt Ware in Ormesby’s 5 – 3 win over Portsmouth

The Ormesby pair both scored unexpected wins over the England No. 13 Matt Ware from Dorset. Cope’s win was particularly spectacular as there is exactly a difference of 100 places between the two players in the National Senior rankings.

Thomas Rayner played his part in the victory with a win over Martin Matuzevicius.

Ormesby had a second win over the weekend when they defeated the Draycott team from Derby by 6-2 with two wins each from Harrison and Cope plus one each from David Gofton and Rayner.

Overall Ormesby won two matches over Portsmouth and Draycott but lost to Glasgow Drumchapel 5-3 and Whitworth Academy 7-1.   Harrison finished with seven wins from eight matches, Cope four from eight with Gofton and Rayner two from eight.

Ormesby III team who were without their No. 1 Jack Cope found it hard going in Division B1 at Halton where they won one match against the home team by 5-4 but lost 7-2 to Drumchapel, 5-4 to Derwent and 6-3 to local rivals Beaumont Accountancy Nomads. Adam Webster produced the best results with six wins from eight matches, whilst Ben Piggott did well to win five from eight. George Hill and Jack Dewar won one each.

In Division C3 Ormesby’s IV team did well to win three of their matches and lost one. Ormesby IV beat their Club’s V team 5-4, Halton 6-3 and Derwent 8-1. Michael Young produced the best results with six from eight, Ryan Nassau won four from eight, and Dave Ashwell won three from six, Adam Ridley two from six and Gary Whyman one from four.

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Chris Edwards –  Ormesby IV on the left playing Annie Hudson of Halton IV

In the same Division Ormesby V produced some very good results from a mainly junior squad, they beat Derwent 5-4, and Bishop Auckland 7-2 but lost to Halton 6-3 and their own IV team 5-4. Chrissy Edwards provided the best results with six from eight, whilst Rana Rassem won five from eight, Luke Robinson picked up three from six, whilst Ben Savage won three from eight, and David Noutch won one from two.

Bishop Auckland 2* success for Ormesby Juniors

With two titles for David Gofton Ormesby players dominated the Bishop Auckland 2 Star Junior Table Tennis Championships that were played last Sunday.

Gofton won the Junior Boys’ Singles, and with victories against two higher ranked players to take the title.

JB winner Goffy Bishop 2017

David Gofton was presented with his Junior Boys trophy by Matt Porter

In the semi-final Gofton beat another Cleveland player, Kieran Wardell from the Swerve Club by 3-1 Gofton then beat Ormesby’s Adam Webster by 3-2 in the final.  Webster reached the final by beating his team mate Ben Savage in straight games in the semi-final with Savage defeated Durham’s Lee Tinkler by 3-1 in the round earlier.

Gofton’s second title was in the Cadet under 15 Boys’ Singles where he beat Darlington’s Callum McCrea by 3-0 in the semi-final and Adam Szabo by the same score in the final.

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Junior Girls winner Rana Rassem

The Junior Girls Singles was a victory for Ormesby’s Rana Rassem who beat Yorkshire’s Zoe Hewitt by 3-1 in the final and Swerve’s Katie Peacock by 3-0 in the final.

Eve Cadet winner Bishop 2017

Eve Witterick receiving her trophy from Karina Lefevre

The Cadet Girls Singles was won by an Ormesby play Eve Witterick, in the final.  Witterick defeated Durham’s Amy Mold by 3-0

Junior British League 23 – 24 September, Derby

The four Ormesby teams that participated in the Junior British League in Derby last weekend, performed well, and produced some good results.

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In the Premier Division Ormesby’s 1st team consisted of Joe Cope, David Gofton, Thomas Rayner and Jack Dewar, opened well with a 5-1 victory over Swerve. They were then defeated by the London Club Fusion by 5-1 and the Derby Club XLNT Draycott 4-2, as well as Cliffedale Chandlers – Grantham College by 5-1. In the final match Ormesby played a draw with the London Club Greenhouse Academy 3-3.   Joe Cope produced the best performance with 8 wins out of 10; Gofton won 2 from 8 with Rayner winning 2 from 10. The team has finished in 6th position in the league table at the end of the first round of matches.


Ormesby’s 2nd team opened with a 5-1 victory over Ashford, they followed this up with a 4-2 win against Jersey Academy. The next two matches saw defeats against Colebridge 5-1 and Derby’s Draycott 4-2. In the final match Ormesby were beaten by Cardiff 6-0. Adam Webster produced the best results with 6 wins from 10, whilst Jack Dewar won 3 from 8, Ben Piggott 3 from 10. In the league table Ormesby are in 4th position with 4 points from 5 matches.


Ormesby’s 3rd team played in the 3rd Division and won their first match against Plymouth 6-0, but were then defeated by the Lancashire team Formby 4-2. Ormesby won against Portsmouth 5-1 and then drew with the Walsall team Wood Green at 3 all. In the final match Ormesby were beaten by Lillington 5-1. Ben Savage produced the best results winning 6 from 8; Chrissy Edwards won 4 from 8, Luke Robinson 3 from 8 and Zaid Khalid 4 from 6. In the league table Ormesby are in 3rd position with 5 points from 5 matches.

Ormesby’s Girls’ team who won promotion into the 3rd Division, produced some good performances particularly considering that the team are new to the competition. In their first match they were defeated by Derby’s Draycott 4-2, their 2nd match saw a 4-2 win against the Slough team Cippenham; Ormesby were then beaten by the London team Greenhouse 5-1 and the St Neots team 6-0. In the final match Ormesby played a draw with Burton Uxbridge 3-3. Rana Rassem produced the best results with 6 from 6, whilst Issy Doyle did well to win 3 from 6. The team finished in 7th position with 3 points.

Veteran’s British League – weekend one

The first weekend of the Veteran’s British League took place at Derby Arena on Saturday and Sunday 16 & 17 September.

Ormesby Table Tennis Club had two teams playing, one in Division 2B and the second team in Division 4B.

Carl White and Michael Young

Michael Young on the left and Carl White both finished the first weekend of matches with 9 wins out of a possible ten.

Ormesby I are currently in second place in Division 2B after 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss with 7 points from an available 10, 1 point behind the league leaders.

The team started the weekend off with a 4-2 victory over Bribar Failand, following up with a 3-3 draw against Archway Peterborough I, then another 4-2 win this time against PSP Insurance.

Sunday started with yet another 4-2 win, this time against the league leaders Westfield Nomads. The final match of the weekend finished on a disappointing note with a 5-1 loss against Dewsbury. Dave Ashwell finished with 4 wins from 10, Jevon Chan 3 from 10 and Carl white 9 from 10.

Ormesby II are in fourth place in a very tight Division 4B after 1 win, 3 draws and 1 loss. The 4-2 defeat was in there first match against Blackpool. However the team bounced back with a comprehensive 6-0 win in their second match against Archway Peterborough II. The final 3 matches of the weekend all ended with 3-3 draws. Micheal Young finished with 9 wins from 10 played. Karl Shaw 1 from 8, Gary Whyman 5 from 8 and David Noutch 2 from 4.

The final round of matches will also take place at Derby Arena on 24th & 25th February 2018.


British Championship League – first weekend

BL Champs ALL teams 2017 Sept

Players from the ten teams along with umpires and officials 

Newly promoted Ormesby 2nd team made a good start in the first weekend of the season in the Championship Division of the British Table Tennis League when the first round of matches were hosted at the Ormesby Club last weekend.

BL Champs OTTC Team 2017 Sept

Ormesby II left to right George Hill, David Gofton, Joe Cope, team coach Denis Neale, Tom Rayner and Joe Cope 

With a team made up entirely of local youngsters, Ormesby won one of their four matches with a victory against the team that was in the Premier Division last season, Halton of Merseyside, by 8-0 with two wins each from Joe Cope, David Gofton, Thomas Rayner and Jack Cope.

Earlier on Sunday, the team picked up two remarkable individual wins when they entertained the well-known Reading Club Kingfisher before going down 6-2.  Joe Cope produced the first remarkable victory by beating the English Junior International Marcus Giles who is ranked at No. 39 in the England Seniors, 84 places above the Ormesby player.  Cope won by 3 games to 1.

BL Champs D Gofton Sept 2017

David Gofton above after beating Jamie Liu

David Gofton followed this up with a second remarkable victory.  David who is ranked at No. 6 in the England Cadet (Under 15) list beat the current England Under 15 No. 1, Jamie Liu from Reading, with a spectacular 11-7 win in the deciding fifth game victory.

On the first day Saturday, the Ormesby team found the standard in the Championship hard going as they met two of the top teams Nottingham Sycamore and London Academy they were well beaten by 8-0 and 7-1 respectively with Jack Cope picking up the single victory.

BL Champs Jack Cope Sept 2017

Joe Cope won the single victory against London Academy

Over the weekend Joe and Jack Cope did well with three wins from eight sets as did David Gofton with the same score line whilst Thomas Rayner concluded with two from eight.

The target for Ormesby’s 2nd team this season is to finish in the top eight of the division so as to avoid relegation.  They are in 8th place after the first weekend.  Ormesby have two points and a useful sets average with 11 for and 21 against.















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Super 10 Tournament

Super 10 Group 1 2017

l-r Michael Young, Tom Raymer, Alan Ransome and Ben Piggott

The first place in the Ormesby Super 10 Group 1 went to Tom Rayner with Ben Piggott 2nd and Michael Young 3rd.

Tom won all his games apart from the last one, losing 3-2 Michael Young.

Both Tom and Ben only lost one of their games but with Tom winning the game against Ben this put Tom in first position.

Third placed Michael Young lost two games to Ben and 4th placed Adam Ridley. Michael’s best result of the day was his 3 – 2 win over Tom.

Super 10 Group 2 August 2017
l-r Ravi Prabhakar, Rana Rassem, Alan Ransome and Issy Doyle. 

First place in the Ormesby Super 10 Group 2 went to Rana Rassem with Issy Doyle 2nd and Ravi Prabhakar 3rd.

It was a very good performance by Rana who didn’t drop an end all day. Issy had a really good performance too with 5 wins, some of these quite unexpected.

For Ravi it also proved to be a good day finishing in 3rd place after a count back with Eve Witterick and Madz Dunn.


One of England’s leading Cadet players Thomas Rayner won Ormesby’s Super 10 Table Tennis Tournament on Sunday winning eight of his nine sets played during the competition.

Thomas Rayner won a very competitive opening set against one of England’s top under 13 players Ben Piggott in a hard fought contest. Thomas won by 3-1.

Thomas Rayners only loss was in the final set against the player who finished in third position the experienced veteran Michael Young. Young won by 3-2.

Piggott continued to do well throughout the event. He won his remaining eight sets which included a 3-1 win over both Michael Young and the player in fourth place Adam Ridley who was seeded in second positon. Young eventually came third after a loss to Adam Ridley. Adam’s win against Michael Young was cancelled out by a defeat to Chrissy Edwards.

The finishing positions were 1st Tom Rayner, 2nd Ben Piggott, 3rd Michael Young, 4th Adam Ridley, 5th Sarah Dyson, 6th Chrissy Edwards, 7th Ryan Nassau, 8th Luke Robinson, 9th Tom Webster and 10th David Noutch.

In the second Super 10 group the convincing winner was Rana Rassem who won all of her sets in straight games. In second place Issy Doyle excelled to win five of her sets the only defeat in addition to Rana Rassem was to Eve Witterick who finished fifth.

Ravi Prabhakar finished in third place whilst Madz Dunn was fourth.

The finishing positions were 1st Rana Rassem, 2nd Issy Doyle, 3rd Ravi Prabhakar, 4th Madz Dunn, 5th Eve Witterick, 6th Reem Rassem, 7th Edward Adams, and 8th Alexander Wardrop.

60+ Presentation for Tom

Barry Tom Keith July 2017

l to r: Barry Pearson, Tom Hand and Keith Thomas

Keith Thomas the Treasurer of Table Tennis England, was on hand to present Ormesby player Tom Hand with his runner-up 60+ Handicap Singles trophy.

Barry Pearson kindly donated the trophies for the 60+ Handicap Singles event which was held at the Middlesbrough Championships.

Barry also donated the prize money which had been present to Tom and the winner of the event Bruce Lowther at the Championships along with Mike Howling who finished third.

Premier League 4 Sport

PL4S OTTC Girls June 2017

Left to right: Eliza Hannaway, Issy Doyle and Georgina Hughes

Several of Ormesby’s Premier League 4 Sport players made their way to St Mary’s College, Hull at the weekend for what was, sadly, the last PL4S regional competition.

The days competition consisted of 4 groups;

Under 14 Boys, Under 14 Girls, Under 11 Boys, Under 11 Girls.

There was also an additional open competition in the afternoon.

PL4S OTTC at Hull June 2017

Left to right: Sahan Perera, Jak Ali, Dylan Savage and Jonah Hannaway

It was an extremely competitive day with some brilliant performances and with an extraordinary amount of matches going to the fifth end – the majority of these favouring the M’bro players who amazingly kept their cool at the business end. These victories, I believe, culminated in the success of most groups.




Issy Doyle was awarded the “Most Outstanding Player of the Day” with some unbelievable  performances.

And to cap it off the players won the Overall Team Trophy.

On the day, not one Middlesbrough players was below par. Everyone was focussed and gave their all. What was most memorable for me was the way all PL4S players encouraged their team mates and willed them to win those 5th Enders. Team spirit was clearly there in abundance and a joy to observe. Such a shame that Premier League 4 Sport has come to an end.

Malcolm Muldoon

Tees Valley School Games

The 2017 Tees Valley School Games were held on Wednesday 21 June at Middlesbrough Sports Village.

The areas represented were Redcar and Cleveland, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Stockton Northfield and Stockton Central playing in three groups. Primary Schools years 5 and 6 boys and girls, Senior Schools years 7 and 8 and a Schools Disability event.

Years 7 & 8 Boys

The year 7 & 8 boys event was won by Longfield Academy – Darlington with Ormesby player Tom Rayner playing in the gold medal winning team.

Silver medalists were MacMillan Academy – Middlesbrough and Bronze medalists were Nunthorpe Academy – Redcar and Cleveland.

Years 7 & 8 Girls

The Girls Year Year 7 & 8 winning team were Acklam Grange – Middlesbrough

TV Games Ackland Grange

Acklam Grange – Middlesbrough Year 7 & 8 girls with the Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Maurice Perry and Mayoress, Laraine Perry who presented all the medals.

Silver medal winners were Northfield School, Billingham – Stockton with the Bronze medals being won by Huntcliff School, Saltburn – Redcar and Cleveland

Years 5 & 6 Boys

The Primary Schools Year 5 & 6 boys event was won by Bankfields School, Eston – Redcar  and Cleveland.

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Bankfield Primary School Eston – Redcar and Cleveland

The silver medal winners were Polam Hall – Darlington and bronze medal winners Prior Mill – Stockton Central.

TV Games Polam Darlington

Year 5 & 6 Silver Medal winners Polam Hall – Darlington

Years 5 & 6 Girls

The Girls year 5 & 6 gold medal winners were Acklam Whin Primary – Middlesbrough

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Acklam Whin Primary School winners of years 5 & 6 Girls

Bankfield Primary School – Redcar and Cleveland won the silver medals. Bronze medal winners were Bewley Primary School, Billingham – Stockton Northfield.

Disability Boys and Girls

The Disability event gold medal winners were from Middlesbrough with silver medals going to the players from Redcar and Cleveland. The Bronze medal winners were players from Stockton.

Bonnar wins Bronze in Barcelona

Marc Bonnar Para Worls June 2017

Marc on the right above with his doubles partner Guillermo

Ormesby Wheeler,  Marc Bonnar crowned his international debut with a bronze medal in the men’s 1 – 2 team event in the 2017 PTT Spanish Open Ciutat del Prat.

Marc won the medal with his Argentinian partner Guillermo Bustamante Sierra.

Marc Bonnar June 2017

Marc and Guillermo began with a 2-0 win against Chinese Taipei followed by a 2-0 loss to Thailand but they progressed from the group in second place with a 2-1 win against France. They lost to the Irish/Spanish combination of Colin Judge and Miguel Toledo in the semi-final 2-0 .

Marc can be very proud of taking a medal in his first international event.


North East Region Training Day

Alan Roskilly from Cramlington TTC won the Group 2 competition at the North East Region training day held on Sunday 11 June at Ormesby Table Tennis Club. Alan is pictured below with David Noutch one of the coaches and the training day organiser being presented with his prize money.

Alan Roskilly Cramlington N Reg Training day June 11 2017

David Gofton won the Group 2 competition and Ben Piggott won the 1 pointer.

England Cadet Call-Up for Joe Cope


15 year old Ormesby table tennis player Joe Cope has received his first international call up when he is selected to represent England Cadets (Under 15) Six Nations Championships in Zoetameer, Netherlands this weekend.

Joe has been brought to his current level with coaching from the former English Champion, Carole Moore.

The Cadet Six Nationals is the major Competition for players at this age level prior to the European Junior Championships which will take place in July.

Along with England the following countries are taking part: Sweden, France, Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands.

The England team is named as: Ethan Walsh (Herefordshire), Amiral Hussain (Lincolnshire), Joe Cope Cleveland), Jamie Lui (Berkshire) and Joshua Weatherby (Durham).

Alan Ransone OBE

Tees Sport Darlington 2* Junior Open

Tees Sport Darlington 2 Star Junior Open Table Tennis Championships

Ormesby players dominated the Boys’ events in the Tees Sport Darlington 2 Star Junior Open Table Tennis Championships that were played on Saturday.

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David Gofton left and Ben Piggott

David Gofton was the star of the Championships winning both of the Junior Boys’ (Under 18) Singles and the Cadet (Under 15) Singles, without the loss of a single game.

In the final of the Junior Boys Singles Gofton defeated Kieran Wardell from the Swerve Club by 3-0.

In the Cadet Under 15 Singles, Gofton defeated three of his Ormesby team mates Ben Piggott in the quarter final, Thomas Rayner in the semi’s and Adam Webster in the final.

Ormesby’s domination was completed by Ben Piggott winning the Under 13 Boys’ Singles. In the final Piggott beat Sam Lowe from Scarborough.

The Ormesby Girls produced a particularly good performance in their events. Eve Witterick reached the final of the Under 13 Girls Singles before losing to Moke Warburton of Scarborough by 3-2.

Report by Alan Ransome OBE

Photo by Chris Rayner

KO Handicap Cup Win for Ormesby G

Mid KO CUP winners 2017

L-R Ryan Davies, Eve Witterick and Jonah Hannaway

A really great performance at the Ormesby Club by the young Ormesby G team players, Eve Witterick, Jonah Hannaway and Ryan Davies saw them win the Middlesbrough Table Tennis League KO Handicap Cup final beating the East Cleveland TTC team 5 – 1.

Mid League KO CUP FINAL 17.05.17

Jonah hopes the ball is in Paul Flanigan’s left hand as he gets ready to play his game against Noel Clerkin. East Cleveland’s third player was Huw Williams.

Mid KO CUP celebration 17.05.17

A great celebration by the Ormesby youngsters after the game was over showing just how pleased they were with their performance.

English Schools selection for Tom

JBL Thomas 22 Oct 2016

Congratulations to Tom Rayner on his selection to play in the Home Countries Senior Schools’ International Championships to be held in Jersey from 23rd/25th June 2017.

Tom will play in the England Under 14 Boys team against teams from Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

North East Regional Training Day

Sunday 14 May 2017 saw another North East Regional Training at Ormesby TTC.

The sessions, which are organised by David Noutch, run from 11.00am to 5.00pm giving young players from all over the region the opportunity to have some excellent coaching lead by Denis Neale.

It was good to have a visit from Colin Davison, the North East Regional Chairman who was very impressed with all the players.

Before the lunch break the usual one point shoot out took place with Jonah Hannaway from Ormesby winning after a really good rally with Rana Rassem, the runner up.

After the lunch break the players continued with more coaching followed by the tournament. Players were split into three groups allowing for the different standards of playing ability.

Alan Ransome was on hand to present the three group winners with their prizes

NE Reg Grp 1 wnr 14.05.17 Chris Edwards

Group One winner Chris Edwards from Ormesby

NE Reg Grp 2 wnr 14 05 17 Alfie Davies

Group Two winner – Alfie Davies from Cramlington

NR Reg Grp 3 wnr Manoj Munipalle 14 05 17

Group Three winner – Minoj Munipalle from Nunthorpe School  PL4 Sport

Ormesby v Halton

Orm TTC Brit Prem v Halton April 30 2017

Ormesby Table Tennis Club will complete their fixtures in the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League this weekend when they entertain the Merseyside Club Halton, at the Club’s headquarters on Sunday 30 April at 2pm.

Included in the Ormesby team will be the English Internationals Danny Reed and Darius Knight, plus the Polish Star Filip Szymanski. The fourth place for this match will be filled by another very promising Ormesby Junior David Gofton.

The Halton Club are the leading side from the North West, but have found playing in the Premier Division particularly hard. They are currently at the bottom of the table, facing a playoff match to avoid relegation.

This is Ormesby’s final fixture and will confirm their position in the League table in second place behind the 2017 Champions Drumchapel of Glasgow.

Ormesby played two very tight matches against Drumchapel and if two or three single points had gone the other way, Ormesby themselves would have been Champions.

The match again starts at 2pm, will be played on two courts and it will be broadcasted via the Ormesby Club’s Facebook page. Spectators are most welcome.