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.
· Minutes of last meeting
· Matters arising
· General/Fixture Secretary’s Report
· Tournament Secretary’s Report
· Treasurers Report
· Auditors Report
· Chairman’s Report
· Election Of Officers
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Curry with rice or chips or rice & chips £5.50
Burger & chips £4.50
Pie or pastie & chips £4.00
Scampi & chips £firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order.
A vegetarian option will be available on request.
Please contact Reg Smith at
There will be a raffle so if you can donate a prize it will be much appreciated.