2017 Archive News
Finland Open Report
10th December 2017
Callum Evans finished a credible 32nd place at last weekends Finland Open. From finishing 89th at the 2016 event, Callum increased his results to finish one of the highest British players at the event.
Starting ranking #54th
Beat Volin (RUS - #105th) 4/2
Lost Dvoinikov (RUS - #28th) 1/4
Beat Tschanz (SUI - #45th) 4/1
Beat Soine (FIN - #79th) 4/3
Beat Dalgleish (SCO - #20th) 4/0
Lost Regentov (RUS - #106th) 1/4
Lost Limonov (UKR - #65th) 3/4
Lost Gutierrez (ESP - #43rd) 1/4
Final place - 32nd
ITTF Spanish Open
25th November 2017
Both Charlotte Carey & Angharad Phillips competed at the ITTF Spanish Open this week in Almeria.
Angharad, having lost her luggage on route to the competition, had to borrow equipment and clothing to face Karpova (RUS) 2:4, Kamath (IND) 0:4 & Vasylieva (UKR) 0:4. Without a win, Angharad didn't progress through.
Charlotte navigated through her qualification group successfully defeating Vivarelli (ITA) 4:3 and Komova (RUS) 4:0 before facing Japan's Iwakoshi. A close 3:4 loss meant the road ended there.
In the U21 singles Karoline Mischek was the thorn in her side beating the Welsh number one 2:3. Charlotte did beat Le (ITA) 3:1 and Komova (RUS) yet again 3:2 but it wasn't enough finished runner up.
13th November 2017
The team performed very well at the first Senior, Junior and Cadet Home Nations held in Guernsey over the weekend. 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze were taken back to Wales after a tough weekend of action.
Beth Roberts & Megan Phillips (Senior Women) won Gold in the team as did Anna Hursey and Beth Richards (Junior Gilrs). Beth Roberts added a silver to the tally in the women's singles on Sunday where she lost out to Louis Peake in the final. Lara Whitton and Grace Clement lost out to England and Ireland to claim Bronze in the team event (Cadet Girls). Callum Evans was the other Bronze medal winner reaching the singles semi finals losing to Matthew Leete of England. Anna Hursey won Gold in the Junior Girls singles. Beth Richards added another medal reaching the cadet girls singles semis.
Lara Whitton, Grace Clement, Joseph Roberts, Louie Evans, Benedict Watson, Josh Stacey, Dean Cundy and Megan Phillips all lost in their respective singles Q-Finals in the Singles events.
The Cadet Boys, Junior Boys and Senior men finished 4th in their team events, just missing out on more medals unfortunately.
To check out all the results visit:
7th November 2017
The first weekend of Veteran's TCW was played over the weekend of 4/5th November in Cardiff.
In division 1, Eastern Valley A were clear winners as Steve Green ended the weekend top of the pile with a complete 10/10 record. Another Eastern Valley A player, Lee Thomas, also remained unbeaten with 8/8 (full list below). Ynys Y Mon A are the chasers trailing by 2 points.
In division 2, there were also two players undefeated. Mark Edmunds & Andrew Ryder (both of Eastern Valley C) won 8/8 and 4/4 respectively. Eastern Valley C top the league with just one weekend remaining. That will be played in Amlwch, North Wales on the 3/4 February 2018 (list of possible hotels below). Ynys Y Mon B are also just 2 point behind with the final weekend to play.
Blaenau Gwent Open
5th November 2017
Ben Allen and Lara Whitton took the cadet honours at the BG Open held in Abertillery over bonfire weekend. Ben was in fine form to beat Owen Hopwood in the final. Owen took a notable scalp in the semis beating Louie Evans. Evan O'Connor was the other player to reach the semi final stages where he lost to Ben.
Lara Whitton made it through to the final where she faced Morgan Day-Davies. The 2 players, who were recently in Shanghai, fought a great battle but it was Lara who won the trophy. Ruby Elliott and Lauren Stacey were semi finalists.
In the Junior category it was Beth Richards and Louie Evans who made off winners the top prizes. Louie reversed his loss to Owen in the cadets at the semi final stage, then went one step more to beat Jacob Young in the final. Jacob reaches the final by beating Ben Allen in the semis.
Lara Whitton reached another final but a 5 set loss to close friend and rival Beth Richards was the result of the last event on the day. Lara beat Jamie-Lee Harley in another close match 3/2 in the semis, whilst Beth beat Morgan Day-Davies 3/0 in the other half.
Ranking points will be awarded once the results are sent through. Well done to the organisers and players throughtout the day and see you in 2018.
5th November 2017
ITTF Belgium Open
Charlotte Carey wlost to both the eventual winners of rthe U21 and Women's singles at the ITTF Belgium Open last week.
In the U21 singles, Charlotte navigated through qualification with 2 wins (3/0 and 3/1 respectively) before facing Li Yu-Jhun in the last 32. Charlotte lost a close battle 11/8 in the 5th to the Chinese Taipei player (WR 176). Li eventually won the whole event.
The same fate happened in the women's singles as Charlotte made her way through qualification (4/3 & 4/1 respectively) before coming up against Chasselin of France in the last 64. The French player is ranked at 175, some 69 places higher than the Welsh star. Charlotte won it 11/9 in the 7th and final set. Next up was Saki Shibata of Japan (WR 30). Charlotte took the 1st end, but thats all the Japanses player was willing to give up and it ended 1/4. Shibata raced through the field to the title which ended Sunday.
Well Done Charlotte, Spain and Sweden World Tour events to follow soon...
IPTTC Belgium Para Open
November 1st 2017
Josh Stacey had a great debut for team GB as he won an individual bornze and team Gold in the city of St Niklaas.
Partnering with England's Billy Shilton in the class 9 team the duo swept the field beating a Romanian/French combo in the final. In the singles Josh lost to World number 1 and Rio 2016 Gold Medalist Robin Devos to secure a bronze.
Paul Karabardak fought through the rounds to get top spot on the podium. The Swansea man battled bravely through to the final where he beat team mate Martin Perry in a GB 1-2 podium finish 3/1.
Paul Davies navigated a round robin in the class 1 singles. Losing just once Paul finished 2nd overall to add a Silver to the mix and show Welsh players are still very much a big part of Team GB in most events.
Tam Eastwood and Cellan Hall were also part of the event. Not managing to get the wins needed to get through qualification on this occasion but more work is needed at home to get the progress they want in the coming months.
Women's British League
2nd October 2017
Several Welsh women competed this weekend at WBL in Kettering. Megan Phillips, Beth Roberts and Angharad Phillips all played for Halton in the Premier Division. Other players on show were Anna Hursey (Draycott), Beth Richards, Lara Whitton (Both Burton Uxbridge), Jamie Lee Harley, Julie Hughes, Danielle DeJong & Morgan Day-Davies (All Cardiff City TTC)
See the link below to access the weekends results, league tables and fixtures
17th September 2017
Day 5 proved to be the hardest of them all as both teams lost out in tight matches 3/2. The men lost to to Norway 3/2 after defeating Kosovo in the morning 3/0. Josh, Callum and Dean won the 3 matches there. Against Norway Callum picked up both his singles but Dan and Josh were unable to add to the tally on this occasion.
The women suffered a similar fate as they lost 3/2 to Slovakia. Anna won her singles once again against a higher ranked opponent. Charlotte won her fist singles to add to the scoreline but that was it as Chloe lost both and Charlotte her second singles.
Women finished 28th and the men 39th
Unfortunately neither qualify for the next World Championships in Sweden in 2018 due to the ITTF format which has changed recently.
Individual Scores for the European Championships
Anna W4 L2
Josh W2 L2
Callum W6 L1
Dan W1 L4
Dean W1 L2
Chloe W1 L6
Charlotte W7 L5
16th September 2017
Day 4 of the Championships is about to begin and here is a recap of the 3 previous days. The women, playing in the Challenge Division, but Bulgaria 3/1 in their first match. Wins from Charlotte (2) and Anna Hursey (1) selaed the win. Turkey was next and a tough 3/2 loss felted hard. Anna won once again at number 3 with Charlotte beating their number 2. Chloe lost the decider so close 3/2. Turkey were bolstered by World number 27 Hu Melek who took her 2 singles.
The same evening they played Azerbaijan. A 3/1 loss against the group leaders meant we finished 3rd behind them and Turkey. Charlotte picked up the win here with a 3/1 win. In the playoffs the next day, a great win against Israel was a good recovery. All 3 women had a win each which shows the whole team is needed. In the second match of the day Belgium were too strong but with both Charlotte and Anna losing in 5 sets it could have turned in our favour somewhere on a different day.
The men got off to a win against Macedonia with Josh, Callum and Dan all winning comfortable. The next day proved an important one as we had to play both Bosnia and Scotland. Both teams were looking to squeeze us out of a top 2 finish. Bosina started it as their number 1 Admir Duranspahic took both his matches and Dean lost a close 5th set battle. Callum beat their number 2 Alicic 3/1.
Scotland and Wales is also a close match and this was no different. Nail Cameron beat Dan 3/0 to start the game in the Scots favour. Callum levelled it as he beat Colin Dalgleish 3/1. Dean lost in the middle match to Callum Morrison 3/2, which pushed the tide in their favour once again. Colin finished the tie with a 3/0 win against Dan.
Day 4 and the men play Kosovo in the final group match before the playoffs. The women play their final game later to Slovakia for 27/28th spot.
Find all the results on https://www.ittf.com/tournament/2776/liebherr-2017-ittf-european-team-championships/#information
Vets 6 Nations
13th September 2017
40s team of
David Buck, Lee Thomas got bronze. 50s Team of Steve Eades, Tony Collins and John Hook got Silver. The 75s team of Dennis Bromage and Roger Thomas got Silver. Marilyn Morgan playing in a mixed ladies
team got a Bronze.
Worth mentioning is Harold Furber team win over Simon Heaps who was a Cadet European Champion in his time.
In the singles and Doubles event the following players achieved recognition. Harold Furber and John Hook obtained Silver in the 60s doubles, Dennis Bromage and Roger Thomas obtained Silver in the over 75s doubles. Marilyn Morgan won the 40s ladies gold plate, Harold Furber won the silver plate and Christine Watkins obtained silver in the 60s ladies plate.
Wales can be proud of its efforts at this years events and all the players exceeded there ability and were a credit to the TTW
U3A Welsh National Championships
7th September 2017
An exciting and enjoyable day was had by all at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff yesterday - ending in Graham George and Gaynor Evans from Pembrokeshire being crowned as 2017 Welsh U3A Champions
This was an inaugural event hosted by Table Tennis Wales- the national governing body for the sport
Play took place all day on a round robin basis with 16 teams from North, South & West Wales all battling it out. New networking connections were made between groups with the likelihood that future friendly matches may be arranged between them
Phil Avery from Table Tennis Wales said - “We are glad that so many came along and had such a fun day. Table Tennis is a great sport for all ages and we look forward to the event expanding - and going from strength to strength in future years”
3rd September 2017
Tam Eastwood collected yet another School Games medal when he came 3rd at the annual School Games competition in Loughborough this weekend. The Swansea star beat all players in a round robin except Shae Thakker (Gold) and Elliott Medland (Silver) to take Bronze.
Both the boys and girls teams won both team matches today but with losses on Friday and Saturday in meant both teams finished in 5th spot and out of the medals. The boys had a great win yesterday to beat England North East, who were the eventual Gold winners.
Josh W6 L4
Joseph W3 L3
Benedict W1 L3
Doubles W3 L2
*(Boys had a 5/0 walkover)
Jamie-Lee W5 L3
Beth W4 L6
Lara W2 L8
Doubles W3 L4
Tam W5 L2
European Mini Championships
27th August 2017
Anna hursey was crowned European U11 Champion today in the EuroMini Championships in Schlitenheim, France. The Gold was secured with a great 3-0 win against Belarus defender Veranika Varabyova (11/4, 11/4, 11/3) in the final.
The Quarter and semi finals, earlier in the day, also went well with Anna not dropping a set. She beat Poland's Worbel in the last 4 and Greisel of Germany in the last 8.
In previous rounds she took care of Fernandes of Portugal (last 16) and Coll of Spain (last 32) both with 3/0 scorelines.
On route to the last 32, there were 3 stages of qualification that the number 1 seed had to navigate through. 6 different opponents were beaten and just 1 set was lost by Anna in the whole competition. http://www.eurominichamps.com/resultats-2017/
ITTF Hopes - Luxembourg
23rd August 2017
Luxembourg national Sports Centre 11th – 17th August
Twenty three countries represented from six continents, Africa, Oceania, Europe, Asia, North and South America.
Players were born from 2005, training normally started at 07:30; physical, then breakfast at 08:00.
09:00 Main hall, lecture, then warm up and exercises until 12:00 lunch, from 15:00 – 17:00 sessions often included 45 minutes multiball, serve and return, backhand of the table, topspin of the table.
Coaching was led by China Table Tennis College, which included Li Xiaodong, and former Olympic champion Zhang Yining.
Zhang Yining commenting on Anna; said she must train harder. The training must be the same level of intensity as matches. Anna must also vary the spin on her forehand, and hit the ball with much more power using her body’s power fully in the shot.
Assessment of the players was completed by China Table Tennis College and members of the ITTF team, evaluation consisted of matches 35%, remaining 65% consisted of criteria, including speed technical ability, kinaesthetic skill, attitude etc. The criterion is available.
Anna worked hard throughout the week, and competed well in the matches.
The week was completed by a final competition, Anna won her group, and then in the quarter final defeated Wirakarn from Thailand 3-1 , in the semi final faced Swathi from USA, and won 3-0, and in the final lost to Zhou Jingyi from Singapore; 3-0.
Result: Anna came 2nd overall and was selected to join the Hopes team for the World Cadet Challenge in Fiji; 21st – 29th October this year. This competition comprises of China’s cadet team, a team from Asia, and Europe represented by their cadet teams. Anna will be in a team with the other three members of the Hopes team who were successful. The Hopes team will work together and play against the other Cadet teams, in a final competition.
This may be Anna’s best result to date coming second in a world competition, against many players who were over a year older than her.
Hamurg Butterfly Summer Camp
27th July 2017
Jacob Young, Matthew Pearce and Ben Pearce fly off for 2 weeks of intense training at the Summer Butterfly camp in Hamburg this Saturday. The camp runs from 29th July through to 12th August. Teams from Latvia, Romania and Germany will join our squad.
Paul Beck is accompanying them to the Northern German city. Keep up to date with their social media posts.
European Youth Championships
23 July 2017
Anna Hursey reached the final 32 players in the cadet girls singles. Losing a 7th set thriller to Turkey's Ece Harac, she played her heart out all tournament and was very close to the Last 16. The previous round saw the win of the tournament where Anna beat Pekova of Slovakia (which was a turn around from her defeat in the team event). Pekova is ranked 26th in Europe.
Beth Richards lost out in round 1 Poland Krolikowska 4/0, but was then able to enter the consolation. There she lost to Kobetic of Slovenia.
The girls doubles was successful reaching the last 32 where they lost to the number 3 seeds from Russia after beating the Austrian/Scottish combo the previous round. The Russian got to the final and claimed the Silver medals eventually.
Beth Richards partnered Danny Bajwa of Scotland in the mixed doubles and they beat
a Turkish pairing on round one 3/1, before losing to a Ukraine pair in the next round. Dylan Curry partnered with Anna Hursey and they lost in their first match to a tough combo from Belarus 14/12 in the 5th set.
Wales cadet girls, featuring Anna Hursey and Beth Richards finished 27th in the team event which is taking place in Guimaraes, Portugal 14-23rd July.
The 60th Youth Championships began with a win, and a loss, as Wales beat Cyprus 3/0 in the morning but lost out to top seeds Lithuania 3/1 in the afternoon. The next day started with another win versus Malta 3/0 and unfortunately a close 3/1 loss to Slovakia. This meant that both Lithuania and Slovakia progressed to the Last 16 with Wales having to settle for a lower place than the standard would suggest.
Wales started day 3 with a great win 3/1 vs Finland to get us back on the front foot. Day 4 started with another great win against Latvia (3/1) but then we had the hosts, Portugal. A reminder that all opponents mean business, saw us lose 0/3 to end the day.
Day 5 saw the biggest and best encounter with Wales beating Norway 3/2. A double from Anna and in the final game Beth came good to bring the win home. 27th spot for the 2 youngsters.
The Mixed doubles (with Scotland) starts tomorrow and its the round of 128 for the girls.
Wales 3-0 Cyprus, Wales 1-3 Lithuania
Wales 3-0 Malta, Wales 1-3 Slovakia
Wales 3-1 Finland, Wales 3-1 Latvia
Wales 0-3 Portugal, Wales 3-2 Norway
Anna - Won 10, Lost 3
Beth - Won 3, Lost 6
Doubles - Won 4, Lost 4
North Gwent Open & Dragon
9th July 2017
Congratulations to Callum Evans (Senior Open), Benedict Watson (Junior Open), Beth Richards (Senior consolation), Ben Allen (Junior consolation), Harry Jones (U15 Dragon), Ruby Elliott (U13 Dragon) & Morgan Cusack (U11 Dragon)
3rd July 2017
Vale of Glamorgan won Gold at the 2017 Gemau Cymru event held last weekend at Sport Wales Natinal centre. The team consisting of Evan O'Connor, Morgan Day-Davies and Daniel Jones beat Blaenau Gwent in the final. Ben Pearce was nominated as Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the day, scoring most points. Ben and his team mates Iestyn Harris and brother Matthew, settled for the Silver medal.
Caerphilly were beating by the finest of margins for Bronze as they lost out on countback by 4 points to Cardiff after drawing the game 2-2.
International Senior Schools (Jersey)
26th June 2017
A team of 12 players and 3 coaches made the trip across to the Channel Islands over the weekend to face England, Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey and hosts Jersey in the annual International Senior Schools Tournament.
Benedict Watson, Pouyan Javanmard, Daniel Jones, Louie Evans, Abhishek Bathula, Ben Allen, Lara Whitton, Grace Clement, Morgan Day-Davies, Jamie-Lee Harley, Libby Owen and Lauren Stacey competed in the U18, U16 and U14 girls/boys events.
The team competition took place on Friday evening (2 matches) and Saturday (4 matches) with Lara Whitton and Grace Clement beating England A in the semi finals 3/2 and then losing with the same scoreline in the final to England B. The final match between Grace and Mari Baldwin went right to the final set, and the English player just pipped Grace to claim the Gold for her country.
The U18 Boys were 6th, same as the U16 boys. The U14 boys were 5th. The U18 and U16 girls finished 5th with the U14 girls claiming Silver.
The individuals started early on the Sunday morning with many players being able to change categories and play their own age groups as they were playing out of ages due to player availability. Benedict Watson had a tough group so ended up in the Consolation where went battled through to win the Gold in the final match of the day. Other players who competed in the consolation were Ben Allen and Morgan Day-Davies.
Louie Evans, Jamie-Lee Harley, Grace Clement, Lara Whitton and Libby Owen all exited their competitions at the Q-final stage where they faced tough opponents. Dan Jones, Lauren Stacey, Pouyan Javanmard and Abhishek Bathula lost the round prior (Last 16).
With players such as Anna Hursey & Joseph Roberts (both in China), Josh Stacey, Marc Castro, Lydia John & Beth Richards all missing it meant we tested other players to see if they can take the opportunity to win at this level.
9th June 2017
The following players have been selected to represent Wales at the School Games in Loughborough this September.
Girls - Beth Richards, Lara Whitton, Jamie-Lee Harley
Boys - Josh Stacey, Benedict Watson, Joseph Roberts
Disability - Tamlan Eastwood
Coaches - Simon Oyler, Josh Morgan, Natasha Hurd
Team Manager - Charlotte Avery
Anna Hursey will go to the EuroMinis this August to play the continents best players at U12 in Schilingheim. Last year Anna lost out in the last 16 so she will be looking to improve on that result and after her recent win at the ETTU EuroTalents camp in Luxembourg there is great optimism.
Butterfly Cadet & Junior Masters
3rd June 2017
Anna Hursey won the double as she took the cadet and junior titles today in Cardiff at the end of season Masters. Josh Stacey won the Junior Boys singles and Joseph Roberts won the cadet singles. The best 6 cadet boys and girls plus the best 6 junior boys & girls competed in a round robin winners takes all event.
World Table Tennis Championships - Day 3
Charlotte Still Standing
31st May 2017
All Welsh participation ended on day 3 of the competition as Charlotte Carey, our only survivor, lost out to Kristin Silbereisen (World Ranked 62) 4/1 in the last 128 round. Charlotte couldn't get into the first 2 sets losing 5/11 and 7/11, but did manage to win the 3rd to bring the tie closer 11/7. The German stepped it up and when she won the final 2 sets 7/11 and 8/11 it was game, set and match to the number 37 seed in Dusseldorf.
For Charlotte it's on to Brisbane for the Australian Open in July. Chloe will head to the World Student Games in August in Taiwan. Additionally, Dan & Callum will play at the Oostende Masters in Belgium this August. This is all preparation for the European Championships in Luxembourg 13-17th September 2017.
World Table Tennis Championships - Day 2
Charlotte Still Standing
30th May 2017
Charlotte Carey has made it into the main draw (last 128) of the women's singles after 2 fine qualification wins vs Dominica Republic and Lebonon opponents. Charlotte will now face the number 37 seed (62 in the World) Kristin Silbereisen of host nation Germany on table 2 which is the showcourt. This match is bound to be on TV so make sure you check it out.
The day started with 2 double loses. First Charlotte and Chloe lost out to an Indian pair 3/1 and Dan & Callum followed suit with a 3/0 loss against Spain. These were both very difficult matches.
Chloe then couldn't find her best game and lost out to Italian Piccolin 0/4 in her 2nd group match and therefore ended her competition after not being able to compete in the mixed due to the flight delay.
Another shining light was the last 64 result of Dan and Charlotte in the mixed doubles. It was a very tough ask for them to beat the number 3 seeds of Sweden (Karlsson & Elkholm) but getting there was also hard. They beat Indonisia 3/2 with the finest of margins (12/10 in the 5th) after coming from behind. The scores aginst the Swedes in the last 64 were 9/11, 7/11, 4/11, 6/11.
World Table Tennis Championships - Day 1
The Team Arrive!!!
29th May 2017
Finally, they managed to get here! Chloe, Callum and Dan joined Charlotte in Dusseldorf to participate at the WTTC in what could have been quicker to go to Australia!
It was worth waiting for too, as Chloe won her singles as did Charlotte, to set up 2 big games tomorrow for both girls. Dan and Charlotte won through to the last 64 of the mixed doubles beating Indonsia 3/2. Callum and Dan are also still very much alive in the men's doubles beating the Finalnd/Venezuala combo in their encounter.
Callum and Dan played 2 strong Egyptians respectively and were unable to get into the matches as needed. Both lost out 0/4.
It continues tomorrow...
Plymouth & Dublin Events
15th May 2017
It was another successful weekend for Welsh players across UK & Ireland over the weekend. Charlotte Carey added another title to her vast collection as she claimed the Dublin Conficuis cup. Over the water in Devon, Grace Clement, Jacob Young & Bethan Jones were battling the crowds at the Plymouth 1 star.
Grace won the junior girls and was runner up in the cadet girls. Bethan Jones finished runner up in the cadet girls consolation and 4th in the U13's.
ITTF Croatian Open (Zagreb)
4th May 2017
Charlotte Carey is competing this week at the ITTF Croatian Open. The event is taking place in the city of Zagreb.
On Day 1 Charlotte had a 100% win ratio winning her first women's group match and her U21 singles to settle for a great day on the circuit. Day 2 started well also with another win in the U21 singles to top the group and earn a tie vs number 2 seed Adina Diaconu of Romania (WR82).
On Day 2 Charlotte lost to Park of Korea in a very tight 4/2 loss. Park went on to beat number 1 seed Sato of Japan the following match which showed her class. Park is currently in the QF's at this time.
Day 3 saw the battle of Carey & Diaconu and another chance went adrift as Charlotte led in the decisive 5th set but it wasnt to be against the top 100 World Ranked player. 11/3, 9/11, 11/8, 6/11, 11/13 was the final score.
Cippenham 4* Junior
24th April 2017
Report by Simon Oyler
A strong Welsh contingent made the trip across the bridge to the Cippenham 4 star the past weekend.
On Saturday, the Cadet events were staged
with Joseph Roberts reaching the semi finals losing out to eventual winner Joseph Hee. Louie Evans lost in the Quarter Finals. Jack O'Duffy lost out in the round of 16.
In the Cadet girls it was Lara Whitton ,Lauren Stacey and Beth Richards who made it through the group stages and lost out in the Quarter Finals to stronger English opponents, Grace Clement recovered well from the disappointed of losing in her group to go into win the plate event. Morgan Davies lost out in the quarter finals of the plate.
On Sunday the Junior Boys and Girls events were played. The
girls were up first and faced some tough opposition. It was Lara Whitton, Beth Richards and Jamie Lee Harley who progressed through their groups but eventually lost out in the round of 16 to seeded
In the boys competition Benedict Watson reach the last 16 and lost a close 3-1 to Plymouth's Ed Haskell. Pouyan Javanmard progressed through his group along with Abhishek Bathula and Jacob Young but couldn't progress past the round of 32. Jack O'Duffy recovered after losing out in a tough group but went onto win the Junior Plate event. Other Welsh players such as Evan O'Connor, Ben Moore, Sam Slatter, Matthew Pearce, Ben Pearce, Cerys Evans, Ben Allen, Bethany Brewer, all found the tournament a great challenge but come away with valuable experiences
15th April 2017
Dan O'Connell, Callum Evans, Chloe Thomas, Marc Castro and Josh Stacey all made the trip to Luxembourg with coaches Ryan Jenkins and Paul Beck this week.
All the players competed very well all week with everyone making a good account of themselves all tournament.
Chloe - 49th
Dan - 54th
Callum - 56th
Marc - 87th
Josh - 89th
European Championships Qualifier
Belarus v Wales (in Minsk)
11th April 2017
Wales lost to Belarus in a difficult match away in Minsk last night
Charlotte Carey, Chloe Thomas and Beth Roberts lost to 3 highly rated World ranked players in the final playoff game
Next stop is the Championships in Luxembourg in September 2017
International Primary Schools
Louie Wins Gold
9th April 2017
Louie Evans won the Gold for Wales in the boys singles beating England number 1 on route to the top spot. Anna Hursey lost out to the Irish number 1 player to claim a silver. The boys team won Bronze beating Scotland to the 3rd place. In the consolation singles Oscar Marriott won a silver with Ruby Elliott winning through to grab the Gold in the girls consolation
Welsh Open Vets
2nd April 2017
Full results are based on the Vets section
Well done to the following winners at the first Welsh Vets Open in Cardiff last weekend
Band 1 (Men) - Dave Buck
Band 1 (Women) - Regina Grech
Band 2 - Paul Leverty
Band 3 - David Hadley
Band 4 - Bryan Fernandez
Band 5 - Jonathan Allen
Band 6 - Darek Zwada
Band 7 - Chris Richards
Band 8 - Shaun Fitzpatrick
Band 9 - Dean Sully
European Championships Qualifiers
28th March 2017
Wales v Kosovo
After 2 cancelled matches, we finally managed to host the match against Kosovo in Cardiff on the 28th March.
Charlotte Carey led the team well with a fine 3/0 to start it off. Beth Roberts, in her first Senior International, played a blinder beating their number 1 player 3/0 to give Wales a nice lead. The stage was then set for Anna Hursey to enter and sela the win. The 10 year old, who is the youngest ever Welsh International, also won 3/0.
Next up is Belarus on the 10th April in Minsk
6th March 2017
Please see the following selections made by the TTW committee yesterday:
Grenzau Training Camp
Callum Evans & Josh Stacey
Euro Qualifier (Wales v Kosovo)
Charlotte Carey, Beth Roberts, Anna Hursey
International Primary Schools – Cardiff
Anna Hursey, Bethan Jones, Lili-Mai Maitland, Ruby Elliott
Louie Evans, Evan O’Connor, Elliott Jones, Oscar Marriott
2 girls will join with Isle of Man girls team (Lucy Quin & Elizabeth Evans)
Callum Evans, Dan O’Connell, Josh Stacey, Marc Castro, Chloe Thomas
ITTF Hopes Camp – Luxembourg
Cippenham 4* Junior
Jamie-Lee Harley, Morgan Day-Davies, Grace Clement
Jack O’Duffy, Evan O’Connor, Ben Moore
ITTF Croatian Open
29 May-5 June
World Championships – Germany
Callum Evans, Dan O’Connell
Charlotte Carey, Chloe Thomas
29 July-12 August
Hamburg Summer Camp – Germany
Ben Pearce, Matthew Pearce, Jacob Young
Butterfly Welsh National Championships - Day 1
4th March 2017
Anna Hursey was a double winner today at the Welsh National Championships as she won both the Cadet and Junior Singles in style. The 10 year old, Cardiff City member, beat Lydia John in the Junior final and Lara Whitton in the Cadets.
Joseph Roberts won the Cadet Boys singles for the first time to add to the U13 singles he collected last year. Joseph beat North Wales youngster Ben Moore in the final. It was great to see ben in the final as he was not seeded at the start of the day. Ben beat fellow North Wales team mate aceytOwen Hopwood in the semis as Joseph beat Jack O'Duffy.
The Over 50's final saw an old battle resurface as Steve Eades locked horns with Steve Hall. Hall was too stron for his rival in the end taking the title.
Roger Thomas won the Over 70's singles in a round robin beating Dennis Bromage and 3 others to top spot.
In the Junior Boys final it was Marc Castro and Joshua Stacey who made it through to fight it out. Josh ran away with it 3/0 in the end to claim the cup and the title. Josh beat Jack O'Duffy (who had a good day) and Marc beat Cadet winner Joseph Roberts.
The Junior Doubles was the final event to be won and the final match was between Josh Stacey and partner Joseph Roberts against Pouyan Javanmard and Cade Short. Stacey and Roberts won it 3/1 to complete the day.
Cadet Girls - Anna Hursey
Cadet Boys - Joseph Roberts
Junior Girls - Anna Hursey
Junior Boys - Joshua Stacey
Junior Boys Doubles - Josh Stacey & Joseph Roberts
Over 50's - Steve Hall
Over 70's - Roger Thomas
Welsh National Primary Schools Championships
15th February 2017
Great day at the Welsh National Sports Centre in Cardiff where 36 primary school teams competed for the Welsh National Championship.
Upper Rhymney A won with Rogerstone second, Llangan B third and Upper Rhymney B fourth.
The team of the day was Beaufort Hill A
European U21 Championships
6th February 2017
It wasnt to be for Charlotte Carey at the first U21 European Championships held in Sochi this week.
2 wins and a loss in the first part of qualification meant a harder passage to roound 2. There the quality got ramped up a few notches and it was just out of reach losing to the 3 opponents on offer (Guseva, Loyen and Diaconu)
The doubles with England's number 1 Tin Tin Ho also resulted in a loss in the last 32 to an Austrian/Estonian combo.
So next up is the World Championships in Dusseldorf this coming May.
Team Championships of Wales
30th January 2017
St Mellons retained the Premier Division of the 2016/2017 Senior TCW event in Cardiff yesterday beating rivals Rhondda TTC and Cardiff City TTC on the way to the title.
Other division winners were Carmarthen B, Memory Lane B, St Mellons D, Trinity, Cardiff League A and Blaenavon
A full list of results and final league standings can be found on the TCW section
Austria beat Wales in second leg - ECQ
30th January 2017
In the first leg in Cardiff back in November the score was 3-1 to the Austrian's who showed their class and why they are 11th ranked in the World Team List. Last Thursday however, they were taken all the way at the Katsdorf Hall just outside of Linz.
Charlotte Carey won both her singles (beating the World number 101, Solja) but Chloe Thomas and Megan Phillips missed out in the other 3 matches. It was a great match with a huge atmosphere and a great exerience. Next up is the final game of the qualifiers as Wales host Kosovo in Cardiff on Tuesday March 7th.
Jenkins wins another Grand Prix in Cleveland
16th January 2017
Ryan Jenkins won his record 55th Grand Prix at the Thornaby Pavillion on Sunday 15th January beating England's Darius Knight in the final 3/0. Josh Stacey reached the Q-Final of the U21 singles losing to Joe Clark.
The previous Day Josh won the Band 3 men's singles and so did Anna Hursey in the Band 3 women's singles. Anna, who has just returned home from a 12 month stint in China, also won the U21 women's singles winning all 12 matches she played on Saturday.
Day 1 Report (Banded Events and women U21's)
Day 2 Report (Men's Singles and men U21's)
East Midlands 4* Open
9th January 2017
Lara Whitton won the U13 Girls, R/Up Cadet Open
Beth Richards QF cadet Open and Cadet Band
Lara Whitton QF Cadet Band 1
Louie Evans QF Cadet Band 1 & QF U13 Boys
Josh Stacey SF Junior Band 1, Last 32 Junior Open Singles
Benedict Watson - Last 32 Junior Open, Last 16 Junior Band 1
Beth Richards QF Junior Girls Open
Lara Whitton, Last 16 Junior Girls Open
Joseph Roberts Last 16 Band 1 Open
2016 - Year in Reveiw
31st December 2016