2017 Archive News





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.









School Games

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




EuroMinis (France)

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 players. 
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


Luxembourg Open

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.


Final Places:


Chloe - 49th

Dan - 54th

Callum - 56th

Marc - 87th

Josh - 89th


Full Results







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




TTW Selections

6th March 2017


Please see the following selections made by the TTW committee yesterday:


27-31 March

Grenzau Training Camp

Callum Evans & Josh Stacey


28 March

Euro Qualifier (Wales v Kosovo)

Charlotte Carey, Beth Roberts, Anna Hursey


7-9 April

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)


12-15 April

Luxembourg Open

Callum Evans, Dan O’Connell, Josh Stacey, Marc Castro, Chloe Thomas


17-24 April

ITTF Hopes Camp – Luxembourg

Anna Hursey


22-23 April

Cippenham 4* Junior

Jamie-Lee Harley, Morgan Day-Davies, Grace Clement

Jack O’Duffy, Evan O’Connor, Ben Moore


2-6 May

ITTF Croatian Open

Charlotte Carey


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.


Match Highlights:


Hungarian Open NEWS
18th January 2017
With a win each so far, the winner would qualify in top spot through the group into the knockout stages of the World Tour Hungarian Open in Budapest.
Charlotte Carey played Russia's Yulia Prokhorova (World Ranked 89th) and led 3/1 in sets before losing with the closest of margins in the 7th set (13/11). Charlotte's win came against Czech player Kucerova, alos 4/3.
Focus turns to the doubles event where Charlotte pairs up with her friend Nicoline Koefoed of Denmark
Results can be found here:








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 1
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