June to December 2005 News

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Updated 5th December 2005

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League Update, week ending 2nd Dec 2005

Moreton A:  visited second-in-the-table Crown with Paul making his playing return.
The match started well with Roger Abbott beating Greg Donovan who is second in the Division 1 individual rankings. After that it was pretty much downhill until 15-year old Joe emphatically beat the redoubtable Donovan. Final result 8-2 defeat.

Moreton B: were scheduled to visit Abingdon G on Friday but may have allowed the opponents to postpone?

Moreton C: had a home tie against Abingdon H. Bob Price made his first appearance of the season substituting for James who had an important school event to attend. Bob won one to help C win 8-2. Ian Royle played well to get a maximum, and Roger T also got a maximum with his new bat to compensate for his duck the previous week.

Moreton D: Nick returned to a full strength team and, with him and Tak recording maximums and winning the doubles, beat Abingdon K 9-1. Captain Mike won two too!

Moreton E: the youngsters (Jess, Nathan and Charlie) took on Abingdon I and showed they have a lot of potential and talent, but also have a lot to learn. It was a 10-0 defeat played in a very friendly atmosphere.

League positions at 4 December:
Moreton A (Div 1): 11th - Roger A is 17th in the individual rankings.
Moreton B: (Div 3): 1st - Tim is top of the individual rankings, Cameron 3rd, and Richard 6th
Moreton C: (Div 3): 6th - Roger T 8th individually
Moreton D: (Div 4): 1st - Tak is top of the individual rankings, Nick 2nd, and Mike 5th.
Moreton E: (Div 4): 10th

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Updated 1st December 2005
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League Update, week ending 25th Nov 2005

Moreton A: entertained top team OxfordFireplace who brought out their big guns to provide a match of stunning table tennis for the spectators. A's new player Chris Hansell won the one in the 9-1 defeat, which puts our team in a relegation place.

Moreton B: had a tricky match against Moreton C, but won 8-2. The tension got to both captains: Richard Smith lost to Ian and James, but beat Roger T who recorded his first duck this season. Tim and Cameron were in imperious form.

Moreton D: could only get two players to RAL E, Nick Redding being ill. Tak responded with another maximum and partnered Mike, who had won two singles, in a doubles win that gave the team a 6-4 victory.

Moreton E: were also down to 2 players for a visit to second in the table Letcombe C. Roger Haycock, on his first outing this season, hit a maximum and partnered Martin to a doubles win. The 6-4 defeat was enough for Moreton D to maintain their lead over Letcombe C at the top of the division.

League positions at 27 November:
Moreton A (Div 1): 11th - Roger A is 16th in the individual rankings.
Moreton B: (Div 3): 1st - Tim is top of the individual rankings, Cameron 2nd, and Richard 5th.
Moreton C: (Div 3): 8th
Moreton D: (Div 4): 1st - Tak is top of the individual rankings, Nick 3rd, and Mike 7th.
Moreton E: (Div 4): 9th

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Updated 17th October 2005
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League Update, week ending 14th Oct 2005

Moreton A:  travelled to RAL A but didn't have a good night. Paul and Joe both returned ducks (Paul's first in the league). However Roger Abbott bagged a brace to give the result an air of respectability and maintain the A team's record of picking up games, which may prove important for Division 1 survival at the end of the season.

Moreton B: surged to the top of Division 3 with two whitewashes: first the postponed match against RAL D on Wednesday went well with Richard Smith, Tim Raby and Cameron Bowen all in top form. Then on Friday took a weakened team to Abingdon H (Cameron was not available, so Roger Templeman substituted). Abingdon also brought in a strong substitute, Robert Cowan. However the 3 Moreton players again all bagged maximums.

Moreton C: entertained a good BR Didcot E team with Howard Searle who came with a 100% record. That he lost to James Goldsby-West who played out of his skin all night with good defence when required and good hits when the ball was there to hit. Roger Templeman won one and combined well with James to take the doubles and earn the draw.

Moreton D: had a free week, and dropped to second place behind Letcombe C who have played two more matches and transferred Tom Saunders to Letcombe B (Division 3), so their Division 4 championship threat has disappeared.

Moreton E: had to visit Abingdon J with none of their experienced players available. New player Martin Zolkiewicz was signed on and the young Cheong twins played alongside. As expected Abingdon's experienced captain, Robert Saunders, hit a maximum, but Martin made an excellent start winning two, and 12-year old Nathan celebrated his first league win.

League positions at 16 October:
Moreton A: 8th (Div 1)
Moreton B: 1st (Div 3): Tim Raby and Richard Smith 3rd in the individual rankings.
Moreton C: 8th (Div 3)
Moreton D: 2nd (Div 4)
Moreton E: 8th (Div 4)

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Updated 3rd October 2005
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League Update, week ending 30th Sept 2005

Moreton A:  Cameron substituting from Division 3 played alongside Paul and Joe against the 2004/5 champion team Abingdon A. He perfomed well taking the Abingdon captain to five. Joe won his first Division 1 match beating Nick Pattman (61% last season) in four. Paul also had a victory in the 8-2 defeat which leaves the team in 8th place.

Moreton B should have entertained RAL D but agreed to postpone until 12 October.
They remain 4th in Division 3.

Moreton C visited Abingdon F where Roger Templeman won two. It was left to Ian and James to win the doubles to gain a second point as the team lost 7-3 and occupy 8th place.

Moreton D are unofficially top after their first week walkover. They haven't revealed how their visit to Abingdon J went last week!

Moreton E went to Wallingford with two 11-year olds (Charlie Lane and Oliver Slattery) and Peter Howe making his debut. Peter hit a maximum, Charlie beat Luke Sherratt (who had an 89% record last season, playing for Moreton D) and Oliver showed promise with some very entertaining rallies. They were strong opponents and losing by the 6-4 margin an excellent performance. The team are 6th.

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Updated 26th September 2005
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League Update, week ending 23rd Sept 2005

Moreton A: First match in Division 1 for our club: it was at Letcombe A. Paul and Ross Saxby got us off to a promising start as Moreton took a 2-1 lead. After that though only Ross added to his tally and we lost 7-3, with Richard Taylor hitting a maximum.

Moreton B travelled to Sutton D: Richard Smith and Cameron both recorded maximums and Tim Raby chipped in with one to secure the win 7-3.

Moreton C should have entertained Letcombe C but the opponents couldn't raise a team so we agreed to postpone.

Moreton D were due to play Sutton E on Wednesday. Only one opponent turned up (this does not constitute a team) so D will claim the match. Another Sutton player turned up on Thursday!

Moreton E started their campaign with a home tie against Abingdon K. We lost 8-2 with Richard Redding getting our 2. Megan Redding made her debut for the club and seemed to enjoy the experience although her efforts were not rewarded with a win. Charlie Lane also made his first appearance, and got very close to beating Abingdon's 13-year old Kota Goto, losing 10-12 in the fifth.

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Updated 12th September 2005
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Oxfordshire Junior Ranking Trials (U18)

The Oxfordshire Table Tennis Association held its 2005 junior ranking trials at South Moreton School on Saturday 10 September with twenty of the county's best under-18 players competing. Boys from the three constituent leagues of Didcot, Oxford, and Banbury battled on 4 tables for six hours with great skill and sportsmanship to obtain provisional county ranking places. Players from the host league did well with Robert Hudson of the Drayton Club topping the list and two Moreton players, Cameron Bowen and Joe Cheong third and fourth. Gary Wheeler of the BR Didcot Club was fifth. Adam Wells from Oxford’s Kidlington Club broke the Didcot monopoly by coming second. The other Didcot representatives finished 10th (Paul Oakley from Sutton Courtenay) and 12th (James Goldsby-West from Moreton).

Final Positions

01. Robert Hudson (Didcot)   11. Peter Harris (Banbury)
02. Adam Wells (Oxford) 12. James Goldsby-West (Didcot)
03. Cameron Bowen (Didcot) 13. Adam Clarks (Banbury)
04. Joe Cheong (Didcot) 14. Conner Boyd (Banbury)
05. Gary Wheeler (Didcot) 15. George May (Oxford)
06. Daniel Shurrock (Banbury) 16. Jake East (Oxford)
07. Jack Garner (Banbury) 17. Nick Lacey (Oxford)
08. Alex Boyd (Banbury) 18. Ross Henderson (Oxford)
09. Kyle Harris (Oxford) 19. Jacob Clark (Banbury)
10. Paul Oakley (Didcot) 20. Michael Rowen (Banbury) - DNP

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Updated 30th June 2005
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Annual Club Tournament

MTTC Mini Handicap Tournament Report

This was keenly contested by 8 members of the coaching group, with Ellie Paton stepping in as a late replacement for Megan Redding who was ill.

The players were arranged into two groups of 4 with all playing all, best of 3 games. Each player also had a club allocated handicap as follows:-

Group 1 Group 2
Nathan Cheong (0) Jessica Cheong (1)
Charlie Lane (3) Oliver Slattery (5)
Sam Templeman (5) Ellie Paton (6)
Olivia Paton (6) Nick Leeks (7)

Group 1 was won by Charlie Lane who did not drop a set in this group stage. Runner-up was Sam Templeman whose only defeat was against Charlie 8-11, 7-11. Nathan Cheong struggled to make up his handicap deficit, which proved crucial as he lost to Charlie 9-11, 9-11 having given him a 3 point advantage. Olivia lost her 3 matches although the scores in her games were very close, with just 2-3 points in each game.

Group 2 was won by Jessica Cheong with 3 wins from 3. Runner-up was Oliver Slattery, with a narrow 11-6, 8-11, 8-11 defeat to Jessica, his only loss.
Ellie Paton won 1 and lost 2. Her second loss was to Jessica and was a close 11-13, 9-11 defeat. Nick Leeks took Oliver to a final set in his last match, but ended up on the wrong end of a 9-11, 11-9, 5-11 defeat.

The Semi-final saw Charlie beat Oliver 11-9, 11-8 to gain his place in the final. The other Semi-final saw a close encounter between Sam and Jessica, with Sam the victor with a marathon 15-17, 12-10, 11-7 win.

The final was a very close affair which either player could have won. In the end Charlie saw Sam off with an 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 win to take the title.

The second consolation Semi-final saw sisters Ellie and Olivia meet each other. Family loyalties were put aside for the match with the 6-11, 11-5, 11-7 score line going to younger sister Olivia who progressed to the Consolation Final.

The Final between Olivia and Nathan was another close encounter, with Nathan edging it with a 9-11, 14-12, 11-6 win.

Handicap Competition Report

The official DDTTA handicaps were used for this competition but it proved out of date for the club’s vastly improving juniors. This was evident as the final was contested between two juniors who between them only dropped one set on the way to the final.

This final was contested between James Goldsby-West and Cameron Bowen. James started the stronger putting his 2 point advantage to good use winning the first end 11-9. A determined Cameron, despite being tired from his many games, came out strong in the second game. An excellent side-spin looping rally was eventually won by Cameron, who took the game 11-5 to setup a deciding game. Again Cameron started strongly, quickly making up his handicap difference and pressing James into errors with some excellent controlled blocking and counter loops. Eventually James ran out of steam handing victory and the title to Cameron 9-11, 11-5, 11-5.

Andy Cook had two excellent wins in the group stages, the first against Nick Redding 11-4, 8-11, 11-9, and then an easier win against Joe Cheong 11-6, 11-6. Richard Redding also proved that despite having a long period away from Table Tennis, he still had what it took to compete with an excellent group match win against the determined Roger Templeman 11-5, 11-6.

The Consolation handicap final was contested between Nick Redding and Roger. Nick with an 8 point start didn’t hold back with his shot selection knowing that he could gamble with some high risk smashes. This proved the right tactic as he pulled off some spectacular un-returnable topspin smashes. Roger however brought the scores level in the first game to 8-8, but having done all the hard work, Nick took the next 3 points to win the first game 11-8. This gave Nick the confidence to step up his play and take the match 11-8, 11-7, and the Consolation Handicap title.

Open Championship Report

This was the main event and there were seven players who contested this title. Play started in two groups, with the winner and runner-up progressing to the semi finals.

The fast improving penholder Tak-Wa Yau who played 4th division last season played 2nd division Joe Cheong in his opening match. Tak-Wa won the first game 12-10 proving he was no pushover and using his unusual reverse backhand very skilfully. Joe then asserted himself with some strong hitting taking the next 3 games and the match. Tak-Wa then took on eventual finalist Cameron Bowen but narrowly lost 7-11, 7-11, 10-12. His first group win was against 3rd Division Richard Redding in a 5 set epic, 11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-5.

This tight group saw Joe play Cameron in an excellent match, where Cameron’s strong forehands and excellent blocks took the game to Joe and earned him victory 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4. This was the first win by Cameron over Joe in any competition.

In the other group there were only three players James Goldsby-West, Roger Templeman and Nick Redding. Roger used his vast experience to gain victory against James in 4 sets, 11-13, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6. Roger’s consistent defence proved too strong for James’ excellent backhand topspin. An easier win for Roger against Nick Redding in 3 straight games may have been as a result of Nick growing at least 4 inches in the month (slight exaggeration, but nearly true ), however he is nearly 6ft tall and may be finding it hard to adjust his shots to his new level.

The first Semi-final was a repeat of the handicap final, but this time James did not have a points lead against Cameron. James took the first game 11-7, then Cameron took the next two 9 and 6. A close fourth game saw a narrow 11-9 win to James to setup a decider. This decider was duly won by Cameron after James failed to maintain his level of play. Eventual match score 11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-4 to Cameron.

The second semi-final was between Roger and Joe. Joe played a very attacking game and improved as the game went on, eventually winning 11-3, 11-9, 11-4.

This set up a final between Joe and Cameron, with Joe determined to avenge his group defeat. The opening game saw Cameron full of confidence as he knew was playing well on the night, having reached both of the finals. He took the opening game 11-8. Joe changed his tactic and tried lobbing away from the table. This seemed to break up Cameron’s rhythm as he started to make more return errors. Joe saw this as his opportunity and continued to use this tactic, with a heavy forehand loop whenever he could. This was the winning formula as Joe took the next three games 7, 5 and 8 to take the title.

The Consolation Open final saw Nick against Tak-Wa. Despite his growth spurt, Nick bent his knees and got down to his job. He found some difficulty with Tak-Wa’s penhold style, but not enough to take away a 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 victory to win his second consolation event of the evening.

Thanks to all who helped to make this an entertaining event.

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Updated 18th June 2005
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Annual Club Tournament

Entries have been arriving ‘thick and fast’ over the last couple of days so competition on the 30th June should be interesting.

Entries have been received with an even split across the three event categories, Open, Handicap and Mini.

Last year’s champion has submitted his entry but the 2004 runner-up has not entered to date, missing the 17th June closing date! However due to a minor administration error, the committee have agreed to extend the closing date from Friday 17th June to Wednesday 22nd June 2005. So come on Richard, there is still time to avenge your defeat!!

We are also awaiting entries for both of last year Consolation finalist. So come on boys, the same rules apply as above!

The draw will now take place on Friday 24th June and it is hoped that the playing schedule will be added to the Website so keep watching!

It would also be good for someone to add a topic to the ‘message board’ with regards to the latest betting odds for the competition.