CONGRATULATIONS to Tanguy Billet-Masters, Thomas Cotillard, Terry Shaw and Duncan Mills for recently gaining the new JTTA UKCC Level 1 Session Coach Award. They were tutored by Vidal Graham and assessed by Aled Howell of Table Tennis England and are being integrated into the existing JTTA coaching team.
CI OPEN Top 12 - Guernsey (26 January, 2019)
Jersey’s Top 12 qualifiers competed in the Guernsey CI Open Top 12. Gary Dodd of Guernsey won his 9th title with Marius Cieminski being Jersey’s top player in third place.
On 29 October, 2018 Alfie Sutherland won the Autumn Handicap, beating Mick Molyneaux in the final. This is a new competition, so in winning Alfie is the first winner of the trophy dedicated in memory of a stalwart of Jersey Table Tennis - the late Ed Le Quesne, MBE.
A busy hall saw 24 players take part, with a range of players from all the divisions of the Investec League and a few social only players. Each player received a handicap based on either their league form or their social playing standard. The aim of a handicap tournament is to give anyone a chance of winning and to have some very close games.
The quarter finals saw a good mixture of the divisions represented, which saw Peter Hinds from Division 2 reaching the semis at the expense of Hannah Silcock from Division 3 and Jon Webster from Division 3 winning through against Jeff Vincent. Jon had a close game with Division 1's Alfie Sutherland in the semi as did Mick Molyneaux with Peter Hinds.
All proceeds raised were donated to CHRISTIAN AID, a charity that Ed spent many an hour raising funds for.
Home Countries Veterans Championships - Cardiff (7-9 September, 2018)
Jersey entered the Home Countries Veterans Championships for the first time at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff on 7-9 September, 2018. Entrants were from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man and Guernsey. The 60's Team entrants for Jersey were Kay Lefebvre, Paul Routier and Martin Tupper.
We had good success, especially Kay who won Silver medals for both the individual singles and doubles. The team did well in beating Guernsey and the Isle of Man and also a close 4:3 loss to Wales.
This was a new competition in memory of Geoff Reed and took place at the Geoff Reed Table Tennis Centre (GRTTC). All donations went to EYECAN (formerly the Jersey Blind Society).
Last night, Eugene ‘Yogi’ Ellis rolled back the years to win the inaugural Magicball Cup by defeating Tyler Gosselin 3-0 (14-12, 11-6, 11-8) in the final. The Magicball Cup a new competition held by the Jersey Table Tennis Association in memory of the late Geoff Reed as a curtain raiser for the new season. Why Magicball? Firstly Geoff already has a table tennis centre named after him thanks to his generosity in securing the premises at FB Fields and secondly, Magicball was the theme tune for the 1997 World Table Tennis Championships held in Manchester and was a favourite of Geoff’s. The nature of the competition was competitive but friendly, with players of all ages and abilities from across the Association drawn into 9 groups with the winner and runner up from each advancing to the knockout rounds.
The competition was quite open with Liliana Andrade, Kathryn and Hannah Silcock leading the way for the junior girls into the knockout rounds, Hannah narrowly missing out on the opportunity for a place in the quarter finals. The quarter finals saw Martin Tupper edge past Mick Molyneuax to secure a semi final berth against Tyler Gosselin who overcame Chris Pursley. In the bottom half of the draw the Association’s new President, Paul Routier MBE, missed out against Jack Mills for a place in the semis against Yogi who beat David Le Clercq in his quarter final. Tyler won his semifinal to set up a final against Yogi. It was almost as if it were scripted for Yogi to reach the final of the Magicball Cup as Geoff had been his coach, mentor and friend, with Yogi having won numerous Island and Channel Island titles over the years at both junior and senior level with Geoff in his corner coaching him. Despite the fine efforts of Tyler, nothing was going to stand between Yogi winning the trophy, with all present recognising the symbolic nature of Yogi’s win and a fitting way to start our new season. The Investec League starts on 1 October 2018.
Senior British League - Harlow (13-14 October, 2018)
Follow the British League link to keep up with Luc Miller and Jack Mills, who qualified for Jersey's first season in the Senior British League.
Season 2018/2019 News
Ferenc Karsai: Summer Camp
(22-24 July, 2019)
World Champion coach, FERENC KARSAI, was in Jersey this week running a table tennis summer camp at the Geoff Reed Table Tennis Centre. As part of the European Table Tennis Union (‘ETTU’) outreach to affiliate members, Ferenc delivered a programme to the Island’s juniors (age 11-17), introducing dozens of new exercise routines and multi-ball sessions to the group and individual technical sessions. Amongst other accolades, Ferenc has produced a world champion (Werner Schlager in 2003), 6 European champions and was coach for the winning Europe team vs the Asia team in 2009 and 2012. He is the current national coach to the Belgian team and was previously Canadian coach and for 18 years the Austrian national coach.
For 2 evenings Ferenc gave presentations to the local JTTA coaching team, focussing on (1) multi-ball and (2) practice routines and footwork for all standard of players. He was particularly keen on multi-ball as a means of carrying out ‘bespoke’ training for individual players and exercises to improve footwork.
Head coach, Martin Tupper, said “The JTTA really enjoyed hosting a coach of the calibre and experience of Ferenc Karsai in Jersey. He was a 'big hit' with both our juniors and coaching team. Living on an island it is difficult for our coaches to gain access to continued professional development in table tennis coaching so we appreciated the support given to us by the ETTU. What we all learned from Ferenc will go a long way to shaping our coaching programmes and practice routines for the juniors in the future and improve the standard of coaching across the JTTA.”
Vice President and Head Coach - JTTA
29 July, 2019
JTTA Annual Dinner - Hotel Ambassadeur
(19 July, 2019)
CONGRATULATIONS to Mike Lefebvre for winning the President’s Award at the JTTA Annual Dinner and to all the other people given awards. They are well deserved for their contribution to table tennis through the 2018/2019 season - see list below for details.
NatWest International Island Games XVIII - Gibraltar
(6-12 July, 2019)
CONGRATULATIONS to Jersey as the clear winners of the Island Games in Gibraltar this year with 33 Gold, 31 Silver and 29 Bronze medals. Team Jersey was sponsored by K-LAND CONSTRUCTION and won the following medals:
GOLD Men’s Doubles (Luc Miller & Jordan Wykes)
SILVER Team event
BRONZE Men’s Singles (Jordan Wykes)
CONGRATULATIONS to Luc Miller and Jordan Wykes for winning GOLD in the in men’s doubles. Both boys are a credit to Jersey table tennis and every coach who ever worked with them. They always train hard and are fully focused on what they want to achieve.
Jersey table tennis continues to grow and develop. This is a team event and every single person has contributed to a great performance this year! WELL DONE to all the Jersey Team.
The tournament was hosted in Guernsey, with visiting teams from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and Jersey. For the GTTA results and photos and our Gallery photos taken by Mike Lefebvre follow the links below.
CONGRATULATIONS go to Leon and Hannah for reaching the Quarter Finals of the main KO competition for Under 14 boys and girls; Luca for his quarterfinal place in the Under 14 plate competition and to Thomas and Tanguy for reaching the semi-final of the Under 18 plate competition.
WELL DONE to Max, Alfie and Noah for reaching the main KO stage for Under 16 Boys; Declan for reaching the semi-final of the plate tournament for Under 16 boys and to Liliana and Kathryn for reaching the semi-final and quarterfinal respectively for Under 14 girls plate competition.
CONGRATULATIONS to Jersey’s Tyler Gosselin, Luc Miller and Mariusz Cieminski for winning the GREEN in an entertaining final against Guernsey Table Tennis Association’s Joshua & Lawrence Stacy and Ben Foss. Jersey’s first win since 2015. Luc Miller deserved man of the match In the GREEN final. CONGRATULATIONS also to Guernsey for winning the tournament against Jersey (Guernsey 58 Jersey 52) - well done. See full report (courtesy of GTTA).
The tournament took place in association with AVISat the Geoff Reed Centre on Friday 19 April to Sunday 21 April. Play commenced at 9am each day until 5pm. A great final to finish the Jersey Grand Prix with top seed Russian, Gregory Vlasov, came from behind to defeat England’s, Darius Knight, 3-2 in a pulsating final match. Some great performances from our local Jersey players including Mariusz Cummins who pushed Darius in a close 3-1 game.
CONGRATULATIONS also goes to Sarah Menghistab from Grantham College Table Tennis Academy for winning the Jersey Grand Prix Under 21 women’s competition. Tiana Dennison was a worthy runner up!
Another great time for those that participated in this year's Love Hearts Appeal Tournament at the Geoff Reed Centre on Sunday afternoon. The event was open to all ages with good family fun and was kindly supported by K-Land Construction, The Lions Club Jersey, Alphaprint and CI Engravers Limited. The charity is linked to Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Love Hearts Appeal is basically pioneering research into childhood cardiac conditions. The local charity is actively trying to help fund a larger project which will, hopefully, lead to better lives for children following heart transplantation. The project aims to understand the cause of the most common reason for transplant failure and find out what steps could be taken to overcome it. To make a donation click JUST GIVING and select the DONATE button. In all, for this year close to £2,900 was raised! THANK YOU
Hannah Silcock entered from Jersey in this event in Lisburn, N. Ireland with coach, Paul Silcock. The event brings together in team and individual competition the best 48 young table tennis players from primary schools in England, Scotland, Wales, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man and Ireland.
CONGRATULATIONS to Hannah Silcock for finishing runner-up in the final. There were some good wins against the top players from Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, Guernsey and the Isle of Man and she lost the final to Ruby Elliot, Wales No. 1, in an exciting 4 set final. Hannah had a strong two days winning all the singles games against the top 2 seeds of England, Ireland, Wales and Guernsey. She won against the Scotland No 2 seed and her only defeat was a 3-2 loss against Scotland No 1. Thanks to Maggie Mulhern from the Isle of Man who coached the mixed girls team that Hannah was part of.
The Island Championships sponsored by INVESTEC came to a close on Saturday at the Geoff Reed Table Tennis Centre, FB Fields. CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners. Our patron, His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor, made the presentations. Please follow the link for the results and photos taken by Paul Routier and Mike Lefebvre.
Senior British League - Harlow (16-17 March, 2019)
Following their success in February, the Jersey team represented by Jack Mills, Luc Miller, Chris Morshead and Max Tupper did well in Harlow. Success on Day 1 of the final weekend in the British League for the Jersey men’s senior team. Luc Miller, Jack Mills, Chris Morshead and the well-known Jersey player Liam Squirell secured a 9-0 win against Batts in Harlow. Jersey then went on to beat the previously undefeated league leaders “Table Tennis Fight Club” 7-2.
CONGRATULATIONS to Chris Morshead and Tyler Gosselin for winning the Divisional 1 Doubles Competition against Jack Mills and Mariusz Cieminski on Wednesday evening.
In Group 1 the top seeds of Jack & Mariusz qualified winning all three games without dropping a set. The veteran double pairing of Paul Routier and Martin Tupper also progressed by winning 2 of their group matches. It could have been different for them as their opening match was against the girl’s team of Irene Bree and Kathryn Silcock. The girls raced to a 2-0 lead before the elder statesman pulled on their 120 years of ???? experience to win 3-2. Rob Blackmore and Ruben Legge picked up 1 win in the group against but did not hit their normal level of performance.
Onto group 2 and Tyler and Chris qualified as winners of the group with 3 wins. The match of the group though involved Tanguy & Thomas playing Chris and Tyler. The young pairing raced to a 2-1 lead before Chris and Tyler composed themselves to win 3-2. (13-15, 11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 11-3). Leon Pierre and Alfie Sutherland played well to qualify as runners up with 2 group wins including a close game against the young girls pairing of Liliana Andrade and Hannah Silcock.
Onto the semi-finals and Tyler & Chris played some good stuff to progress 3-0 against Paul & Martin (11-3, 11-8, 12-10). In the other semi-final the experience of Jack and Mariusz also progressed 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-7) against Leon & Alfie. Onto the final and Mariusz and Jack did not manage to maintain their form of earlier in the evening and Chris & Tyler recorded a 3-0 win to take the trophy 11-4, 11-9, 11-8). Thanks to Duncan Mills for organising the competition.
Jersey sent a team of six juniors to the Eggbuckland Community College in Plymouth to compete in the U13, U15 and U18 events. The Jersey team were Kathryn & Hannah Silcock, Pia Gurner, Liliana Andrade, Leon Pierre & Noah Risby. The JTTA lead coach was John Barden. The trip was organised by Audrey and Martin Tupper.
As well as the actual tournament on Sunday, 17 February, a training session was organised on Saturday, 16 February, with other juniors from Plymouth and Brighton under Paul Whiting, a UKCC Level 4 Coach, to gain valuable experience in training and competing against new playing styles. This was great experience for the Jersey team.
Here are some of the highlights as recorded by Paul Silcock, which include:
Pia and Kathryn winning their first matches in a UK tournament when playing Under 15’s and Under 18’s! (Both only 13)!
Liliana and Hannah both beating the current Wales No 2 (U13). Great performance by Liliana.
Liliana finishing 3rd in the Under 13’s and some great wins at Under 15’s.
Hannah winning under 13’s and Under 15’s tournament including one win at 2-2 and 10-6 down! (Won 11 out of 11).
Noah playing some great stuff at under 15 and qualified to KO in Under 18 consolation!
Leon got to U15 QF before getting beaten by eventual winner and qualified out of under 18 group before losing in last 16.