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.
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