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Next Tuesday is the last session before Christmas. As usual we will be having an after match Christmas get together/meal ing the cricket Pavilion of the Spytty international Sports Village. Food choices are Chicken Curry with Rice, Chips or both. Scampi & Chips, Chicken or Beef Burger & Chips (with cheese if wanted), Pie or Pastie & Chips.  Prices remain unchanged between £4.00 to £5.50 depending on choice.  Please let Reg know of your choice by e-mail to reggie.smith13@ntlworld.com or text message to 07947068803 

Senior Welsh League

Great News for our Senior Welsh League team they have won promotion without striking a ball.
On to more serious note next week is the 2nd round or the Gordon Howarth Cup please check the
Cup Competitions page for the draw.

WELSH VETERANS LEAGUE

CARDIFF 4TH AND 5TH NOVEMBER 2017

One year ago Newport played their first Welsh Veterans League match in North Wales and lost all 5 matches. This time Newport had a much improved performance.

The team was ;

Chris Boswell

Frank Hillier

Jane Reeks

Mike Watts

The opening match was against Trehafod who were relegated from Division 1. We lost 0-7 although Chris and Mike took Garreth Dummett the distance. Mike also lost a close match 3-1 against Hiok Otung who Mike claimed was consistently foul serving. Chris lost in straight sets to C K Tan but all the ends were very close.

The second match was against Eastern Valley C. Again we lost 0-7, with Frank and Mike both taking an end in one of their matches.

The last match of the day was against Carmarthen. Chris went on first against Vince Dragone; it was a very close match which Chris lost 13-15 in the 4th. Mike then played Simon Packer and won in straight sets. Frank then played Alan Griffiths and in a very tense match lost in 7-11 in the 4th. Chris and Mike then played the doubles; it was a tight game which we lost in the 4th. At this stage we were 1-3 down with 3 singles to play.

Mike went on next and played Vince Dragone. After going 2 ends down, Mike won the next 3 games winning 11-5 in the 5th. Chris then played Alan Griffiths. The match again went the distance with Chris winning 12-10 in the 5th, a great performance as this kept us in the match with the chance of gaining our first win. All now rested on Frank who played Simon Packer in the deciding singles. Frank lost the opening end but then turned the tables and won the next 3 ends. This was a great performance by Frank as the pressure was huge. We therefore ended the first day with a win. A beer was definitely in order!

The opening match on day 2 was against North Wales. Mike dropped out and Jane played instead. North Wales called in a late replacement Ken Connor, who is a division player and they proved a strong team. Chris played very well against Ken, losing the match 10-12 in the 5th; all the games were close. Jane took one of her opponents the distance losing in the 5th. But in the end we lost 0-7.

Our final match was against Cardiff C. Frank played first against Geoff Strangeway, losing 7-11 in the 4th. Mike then played Peter Gordon and won in straight sets. Chris went on next and played Paul Holliday. This was a very tight match which went the distance after Chris lost the first 2 ends, winning 11-9 in the 5th. Mike and Chris then played the doubles which we lost in the 4th end. The match was poised at 2-2 ! Frank then played Peter Gordon and went 2-0 up before losing 8-11 in the 5th. Chris then played Geoff Strangeway in a vital game to keep us in the match so no pressure ! Chris went ahead 2-0 then lost the 3rd end 8-11, before coming storming back to win 11-9 in the 4th. The match was evenly balanced at 3-3. Mike then played the deciding game against Paul Holliday. Mike lost the first end then won the next, Paul then took a 2-1 lead before Mike levelled the game winning the 4 th end 11-9. The final end was tense , Mike went 5-9 down before eventually winning 11-9.

Newport therefore won 2 of their 5 matches. A much improved performance compared to the opening weekend of the previous year.

Well done to all the team.

We now look forward to the second weekend in North Wales in February 2018.



 
AGM

The annual General Meeting of the league will take place on Wednesday 23 August 2017 at 8.00 the venue is the Commonwealth Suite Newport Velodrome.
Annual General Meeting August 2017

AGENDA

·         Apologies
·         Minutes of last meeting
·         Matters arising
·         Correspondence/Newport Open Tournament
·         General/Fixture Secretary’s Report
·         Tournament Secretary’s Report
·         Treasurers Report
·         Auditors Report
·         Chairman’s Report
·         Election Of Officers
·         Honorarium
·         Newport & District Table Tennis Club

 


             TRIBUTE TO BRIAN BAKER

    


Brian Baker died in Australia in July 2017 after a short illness. He was 71.

Brian was an active, well known and popular player in the Newport league in the 1970s and 1980s. Although he emigrated to Australia in the late 80s, and lived in New Zealand for six years, he never forgot his roots and kept in touch with players, twice returning to Newport to visit.

He is perhaps best remembered for realising a lifetime's ambition in founding a table tennis club in the basement of his own home at Brynglas where he ran 8 teams. Brian also co- edited with his friend Clive Wood a newsletter, The Tablet, that circulated to clubs in the days before the Internet. He also gave dedicated service to the Newport league by serving on its various committees.

When Brian moved to the other side of the world his love for table tennis continued and he set up clubs and coaching  in Melbourne and Tweeds Head, in Queensland.

A larger than life character, both physically and in ambition , those who met him will not forget him or what he did for the game.


With the last of the cup matches being organised it's now time to start thinking about next season. As there are no olympics this year we can start our preseason practice our usual 10 week before the start of the opening matches. This means our first practice session will be on 8.00 - 9.00 on Tuesday 25 July. However there is an event on the following week so Tuesday 1st August is not available. 

 

Welsh League Championship

 

The second round of the Seniors event took place on weekend of 28th-29th January 2017 with Newport needing to record some victories to ensure we are not relegated for next season.  Unfortunately we were unable to field a full team of 3 due to Mike Watts having previously agreed to guest for Rhondda C that coincidentally fell into the same group as Newport.  Newport therefore welcomed our own guest Ashley Wray from that well known suburb of Newport, Carmarthen.

 

John Evans and Michael Luckanic (with our guest) player three rounds on the Saturday unfortunately losing by 5 events to 1 against Carmarthen that are possibly one of the strongest teams in this division with only Michael recording a win.

The second match was against Rhondda "C" and turned out to be much more decisive for Newport winning 5 events to 1.  Both Michael and our guest Ashley took 2 wins each with the closest event between John and Mike Watts with John eventually losing in a keenly contested 5 sets.  John winning his other event taking the result to victory.

The final match of the day against St Mellons "D" turned into a strongly contested event with 4 events going to 4 or 5 ends.  Unfortunately Michael and John recorded the only wins in losing the match 4 events to 2 with Michael narrowly losing his final event of the day that but for a couple of points might have levelled the match,

It was then all change for Sunday's  two matches with Frank Hillier and Reg Smith stepping in for Newport, Reg having last played for Newport as a teenager almost 50 years ago!

Frank led Newport into a good start beating the strongest player in Cardiff "C" in a close 5 setter with Reg and Ashley following to record 2 more close wins lifting the team to a 3 nil start.  Reg then lost his second event with Frank and Ashley winning their events to record a 5 to 1 win.

The final match was against North Gwent "B" comprising two juniors and the club's player coach and strongest player.  The first round of events all led to decisive wins for Newport opening a 3 nil lead with the second round being more closely contested all going to 4 ends.  Reg led out the final round with a win in a hard hitting contest against their coach.  Frank then narrowly lost his last match against a N Gwent youngster who grew in confidence after beating Frank 12/10 in the third end with our guest Ashley taking the final event with Newport recoding our second to win of the day 5 to 1.

Overall through the weekend Newport recoded 3 decisive wins 5 to 1 losing 2 losses and which should maintain our position and avoid relegation.


 
 The last playing night of the year will be Tuesday 13 December. As usual we are arranging to go over to the cricket club for some refreshments to end the 1st part of the season in 2016.

 

Food choices are Chicken Curry with Rice, Chips or both. Scampi & Chips, Chicken or Beef Burger & Chips (with cheese if wanted), Pie or Pastie & Chips.  Prices remain unchanged between £4.00 to £5.50 depending on choice.  Please let Reg know of your choice by e-mail to reggie.smith13@ntlworld.com or text message to 07584 324234
 

WELSH TEAM CHANPIONSHIP – VETERANS

DIVISION 2

WEEKEND OF 5TH & 6TH NOVEMBER 2016

MATCH REPORT

 

 Newport entered a team for the first time in several years.

Chris Boswell, Frank Hillier and Mike Watts travelled to Rhyl in North Wales and played 5 teams, (3 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday).The format was 6 singles and a doubles game per match.

On a cold and windy Saturday we started our campaign playing Swansea, who proved to be the top team of the division. None of us played to our potential and we were convincingly beaten 7-0.

Our next opponents were Eastern Valley C. Chris Boswell was the hero beating John Thomas 3-1. Whilst Frank Hillier and Mike Watts took games and Mike and Chris took a game in the doubles, we lost the match 6-1.

Our final opponents of the day were Carmarthen. Chris again won one of singles beating Vince Dragone 3-2. Whilst Frank and Mike again won some games they couldn’t find a way to finish their opponents off. Chris and Frank took a game in the doubles. We lost the match 6-1.

There was no celebrations on the Saturday evening. After dinner we all retired somewhat hurt to our beds.

Our first opponents on Sunday morning were Tnys Mon A from North Wales. Frank played really well against Keith Williams and in a close match narrowly lost 2-3. Keith was the top player of the weekend winning all 10 of his matches so this was a great result for Frank. Frank went on to play Roger Lee who had a somewhat unique style courtesy of a pimpled backhand rubber and thin sponge. Frank lost 1-3.  Mike lost 2-3 against Mark Bryant and 1-3 against Roger Lee.

The winning ways of the previous day evaded Chris who coined a well-known 2 word expression which became his mantra. Unfortunately it is unprintable ! We lost the match 7-0 but our performance was improving.

Our last match was against our close rivals Cardiff C. Chris was first up playing Geoff Strangeway, a strong player who won 70% of his matches. In a close game Chris played well taking a 2-1 lead before finally losing 2-3.

Mike was next on against Peter Gordon. In a hard fought match with games 3 &4 going to deuce Mike finally lost 2-3.

Frank then played an inspired match beating Paul Holliday 3-0. The match was finally balanced at 1-2. Mike and Frank played the doubles and the first 2 games were close both going to deuce but we lost both and were 0-2 down. We then the next game but finally lost 1-3. Chris then lost to Peter Gordon but 2 of the games went to deuce. Frank then played Geoff Strangeway and quickly took a 2-0 lead. Geoff then fought back and finally won by winning the last 3 games.

The final match was Mike against Paul Holliday. Mike took a 2-1 lead before surrendering the next game. The final game was very close going to deuce before Mike finally won 13-11.

So we lost 2-6 but it could easily have been 4-3.

Despite losing all our matches we improved as the weekend progressed. We now know the playing styles of all the opponents and look forward to putting up a better performance at the repeat matches in Cardiff in  February  2017.

MIKE WATTS

21/11/16

Presentation Night
 
The Annual presentation night will be held on Saturday 29th October starting at 7.30 with the food at 8.00 don't be late.

Menu

Curry with rice or chips or rice & chips £5.50Burger & chips £4.50Pie or pastie & chips £4.00Scampi & chips £5.00
A vegetarian option will be available on request.
Please contact Reg Smith at 
reggie.smith13@ntlworld.com to place your order.
There will be a raffle so if you can donate a prize it will be much appreciated.

Pre season practice starts at the velodrome on Tuesday 6th September at 7.00 until 9.00

The Annual General Meeting of the Newport & District League will be held at Beaufort community centre on Wednesday 24 August starting at 8.00 pm.


The Gwent closed championships were won by:-
Juniors - Ben Allen
Seniors - Lee Thomas
Veterans - Lee Thomas


The Gwent Table Tennis Association is holding a Gwent Closed Tournament for Seniors, Veterans and Juniors. This will be held on 30 April 2016. Please show your support by entering this Tournament as without it it may never happen again. If you want an entry form please see John Evans who will have some every Tuesday.


For our longer serving members I have had sad news about one of our former members. Malcolm and all his family were members of the league back in the 1980/90s.

"Hello John, I’m hoping this e-mail address is still live as I got it from the Newport TTL web site.
 
I was just writing to let you know that my Dad Malcolm Evans died last Tuesday at Llandough hospital.
Mum Sian & I were wondering if anyone still playing in the league remembered him & may wish to
attend his funeral which is at Marshfield Church on December 22nd at 11.30
 
I hope you don’t mind me contacting you like this.
 
Mum & I are very glad the league is still going strong and wish you a Merry Christmas.
 
Best Wishes
 
Gary Evans"


A light meal has been booked at the cricket club after play on 15th December.
Choices include -
Chicken curry with rice/ chips or both £5.50 Burger & chips (chicken or beef with or without cheese) £4.50 Pie or pasty & chips £4.00 Scampi & chips £5.50
 
Please let Reg know of your choice by e-mail at reggie.smith13@ntlworld.com or on Tuesday night 8th December.


County Update - After 2 training sessions with the county squad Josh Buttle has been selected for the team to play in Southampton on the 12 December. Congratulations Josh.

 After many years of inactivity the Gwent Table Tennis Assocaition has entered a cadet team into the county championships. We are pleased to announce that one of our younger members (Josh Buttle) has been added to the squad initially as a reserve but hopfully will make the team sometime during the season. Well done and good luck Josh. 

The Annual Presentation Night will be held at the Sports/Cricket Pavillion, Spytty Park on Friday 13 November starting at 7.00. To confirm you are going to be there please see Reg or John. Entry costs £5.50

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting August 2015

( Meeting held at Beaufort Community Centre, Beaufort Road, Newport.)

 

 

 

 

Present

 

 

J Evans, R Smith, C Monelle, P Gardner. A Rees

Apologies

 

Apology received from G Thomas, R Whaite, M Desmond

 


Minutes of Last meeting

 

The minutes of the AGM August 2014 were circulated and agreed as a true record.

Matters Arising

 

There were no matters arising from the previous minutes.

 


Correspondence

 

The correspondence was

 

1)      An invitation to enter teams into the welsh league. Unfortunately as the secretary did not receive this until after the closing date a team could not be entered.

 


General Secretary’s Report

 

See appendix 1 for report.

As mentioned in the report Gwent TTA is being reawakened. As a result this could mean Gwent affiliation fees are to be paid. It is hoped that this year it will be a nominal £10 per league/club. The Gwent TTA will also endeavour to run a Gwent closed tournament, with a junior event held in north Gwent and a senior event in Newport. Mr R Smith also requested that a rule change be proposed by

Newport to reduce the numbers required for a Quorum.

 


Tournament Secretary’s Report

 

See appendix 2 for report of match results.

 

Peter was concerned with the number of no shows in the singles tournaments and proposes to have entry forms for the players next year to get some commitment as to whether they want to enter and play.


Treasurer’s Report

 

See appendix 3 for main balance sheet. Further details if required obtained from R Smith.

 

Briefly we made a surplus last year but some of this will be offset by an increase in the TTAW registration fee. Nonetheless it was proposed to the meeting and carried unanimously to keep the fees the same as last year and to stop collecting the weekly subs when it is clear that  we have enough money to cover our expenses.

Auditor’s Report

 

See appendix 4

 

Accounts audited and books and records classed as a true record. Audit carried out by R Whaite.


Chairman’s Report

 

The Chairman thanked the officers and committee for their work over the last season. He then went on to comment about the poor way thr score cards were being filled in. It was suggested that the score cards be returned to the home side to complete properly before the points are awarded. It was also suggested that a laminated fixture list be on display at every round of league matches.


Election of Officers

 

All existing officers were re-elected enblock. Granville Thomas was elected to the Vice Chairman’s position.

 


Honoraria

 

Honoraria to remain at the sum of £60 for all recipients.

 

Fees for 2015 / 2016 Season

 

Fees will remain the same as the 2014 / 2015 season

 

                                    Seniors £60

 

                                    £2 per night when playing

 

                                    Juniors              £40

 

                                    £1 per night when playing

 

 

Meeting closed at 9.00 pm

   all appendices available on request.                               

 AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Newport & District League will take place at Beaufort Community Centre, Beaufort Road, St Julians, Newport, starting at 7.30pm. on Wednesday 19th August 2015. All members are invited to attend. Please be aware this is your opportunity to influence how your league is run.

AGENDA

 

 

 

 

·        Apologies

 

·        Minutes of last meeting

·        Matters arising

·        Correspondence

·        General/Fixture Secretary’s Report

·        Tournament Secretary’s Report

·        Treasurers Report

·        Auditors Report

·        Chairman’s Report

·        Election Of Officers
·        Honorarium

New Season

The pre season practise sessions will start on 28 July 2015 and will run for 10 weeks. The League will then start on 6 October 2015. Practise starts at 8.00pm and ends at 9.00pm any play outside these time is liable to be charged for by the Velodrome.

If you are not a league member and want to know more about joining then this is the time to do it, just come along bring your bat and join in


End of the Season

With the league now complete the attention turns to the cup competitions and the individual competitions. The division 1 champion was won by Gareth Aviss in a match that went the full distance. Gareth managed to come back after going 3 sets to nil down against much improved Ryan Oliver and win the title 4 sets to 3. In the 2nd division Robert Lewis showed he is making progress by going one better this year and winning the title in a very close encounter with former champion Paul Griffiths. In division 3 Steve Edwards had a comfortable win over last years runner up Anthony Evans.

In the Gordon Howarth Cup The Dons who were the current holders were trying to retain their title. However it was not to be, The Pensioners looked unstopable when they raced into a 2-0 lead but The Dons showed their fighting spirit by winning the next 2 games to level the match. With it all to play for a determined Ryan Oliver showed how much he wanted to be a winner and claimed the deciding game 3-0 to win the Gordon Howarth Cup.    

Graham Brettell

Following the death of Graham your committee has decided to honour his memory by making a donation to St David’s Hospice Care being the charity requested by his family.  A collection will be made on Tuesday 14 April 2015 for any league members that wish to contribute, both to Graham’s memory and to this very worthwhile organisation that provides care to the terminally ill and their families and friends.

 Your committee hopes that members will be generous in their donations.

 Reg (Treasurer on behalf of your organising Committee)  


Welsh League

It was the 2nd session of the senior Welsh Team Championship last weekend (28/2/15 - 1/3/15) with Newport Participating with a realistic expectation of winning the division and gain promotion. The team Frantisek Mercack, Marek Mercack and Lyndon Oliver provided strong opposition for any of the other teams. Overall Newport had a fantastic weekend winning 5 of their 6 ties. Newport surprisingly lost to Cardiff City C as a bit of complacency crept in against the young girls. This loss cost us dearly as 3 teams finished on the same number of points and Newport narrowly missed out on countback to Bridgend A and Cardiff City C.
There was also the bitter sweet match between Lyndon and his vastly improved son Ryan. Once again Ryan defeated Lyndon 3-1 despite Ryan suffering from the after effects of his 21st birthday celebrations he had a very good weekend winning most of his matches including both matches against Newport. This can only bode well for us as we hope to have Ryan playing for Newport next season and not against us.
I would like to congratulate Marek for being Newport's best playerlosing just 1 game throughout the weekend. I would also thank all the other players who represented Newport this year it's great to see the Newport league back in the Welsh League and getting stronger. Also a big thank you to Ryan Oliver for doing these reports and lets hope we can be even more sucessful when we see you in a Newport shirt. So Ryan keep practising keep improving and keep off the drink. 

Graham Brettell

It is with a great sadness that I have to announce the passing away of our former Chairman Graham Brettell.  Graham had been bravely battling against cancer for the past 2 years, but finally lost the battle during the early hours of Monday 16th February.

 

 Graham joined the Newport & District League as a teenager and continued his membership for over 50 years.  He represented Newport as a player at Junior, Senior and Veteran levels.  Everyone that knew Graham would agree that he was a true gentleman away from the table and a fierce competitor whilst on it.

 Until last August, he was the Chairman of the Newport League when due to his illness, he stepped down to become the Vice Chair.  He remained as Chairman of the Gwent Table Tennis Association.  Graham will also be remembered throughout Wales when during the late eighties and early nineties, he was ‘taxi driver’ for his daughter Claire when she played in her tournaments and Welsh League all over the country.

 On a more personal note, I had the privilege of having Graham as a team mate for 6 years and good friend for more than 30 years.

 Goodbye Graham, rest in peace you will be sadly missed.


Welsh League

It was the first weekend of the senior Team Championship of Wales which saw Newport participate after a year out. Newport were placed in Division 2 due to last years exit. The were represented by Lyndon Oliver, Michael Lukanic and Frantisek Mercack. It proved to be a fantastic weekend for Newport as the team sent Newport to the top of the division and promoted to Division 1 which will be contested in March next year. Newport looked comfortable all weekend losing just 1 match to Swansea B. The star player of the weekend for Newport was Michael who lost only 1 game through the entire weekend. There was a bitter sweet moment when Lyndon played his son Ryan Oliver who played for Ael-y-Bryn B. There was no love lost in this match as Lyndon finally sucumbed to Ryan 2-3 non the less Newport won after an epic battle . By beating Ael-y-Bryn B overall in the tie Newport were confirmed for promotion. A huge congratulations to all the players who participated over the weekend, well done.


Don't forget presentation night is this Friday see details below.
You may have noticed a mistake with thr date of the 2nd cup week on the fixtures handed out last Tuesday. The solution is to move all following dates forward to cover the wrong date (14/1/1900) and add a date at the end of the season so that the last date is now 12/5 2015.


Presentation Night


The Annual presentation night will be held on Friday 24 October starting at 7.30 with the food at 8.00 don't be late.

Menu

Curry with rice or chips or rice & chips £5.50

Burger & chips £4.50

Pie or pastie & chips £4.00

 

Scampi & chips £5.00

A vegetarian option will be available on request.

Please contact Reg Smith at 
reggie.smith13@ntlworld.com to place your order.

There will be a raffle so if you can donate a prize it will be much appreciated.

                                          AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Newport & District League will take place at Beaufort Community Centre, Beaufort Road, St Julians, Newport, starting at 7.30pm. on Thursday 21st August 2014. All members are invited to attend. Please be aware this is your opportunity to influence how your league is run.

AGENDA

 

 

·        Apologies

·        Minutes of last meeting

·        Matters arising

·        Correspondence

·        General/Fixture Secretary’s Report

·        Tournament Secretary’s Report

·        Treasurers Report

·        Auditors Report

·        Chairman’s Report

·        Election Of Officers
·        Honorarium

Summer Practise
Our pre season summer practise sessions will start on July 22 and run until 30 September with league matches due to start on 7 October 2014. please note that 5 August is not available and no practise will be available that night. The time for the booking is 20.00 untill 21.00. Any play outside these time should be paid for at reception.
 
This is just to confirm that the league booking at the velodrome has now finished. If you need or want to play during the next few weeks you will need to make an individual table booking. This can be done by ringing Newport Sport & leisure on 01633 656757 no more than a week before you want to play. Any scorecards from any outstanding matches that are played should be sent to John Evans, 21 Beechwood Crescent, Newport. NP19 8AB as soon after the match as is practicable. Please check here later for news on when our pre season practise will start.

All members

On our last playing night before the Christmas break - 10 December 2013 - a booking has been made to have an after match light meal and refreshments at the Cricket Club in the sports village site.

Food options are as follows -
Menu
Curry with Rice and/or Chips £5.50
Sampi and Chips                     £5.00
Burger & Chips                       £4.50
Pie/Pastie & Chips                  £4.00
A vegetarian option is available on request

Please let Reg know on 3 December 2013 what you would like to order or e-mail you order to him at
reggie.smith13@ntlworld.com as soon as possible.

We look forward to your company on this traditional evening.

Presentation Night

Our Presentation Night will be on 27 September in the cricket pavilion Spytty Park starting at 7.30.

For those who haven't been before we present all the medals to the winners starting a about 8.00 have a meal approx 8.45 then some sort of quiz with prizes. There is also a raffel. If you would like to donat a prize for the raffel please bring it with you on the night.

Menu
Curry with Rice and/or Chips £5.50
Sampi and Chips                     £5.00
Burger & Chips                       £4.50
Pie/Pastie & Chips                  £4.00
A vegetarian option is available on request

To book your ticket and order your meal contact Reg Smith at reggie.smith13@ntlworld.com by Wednesday 25 September at the latest.
 



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