In the Boys under-19 Surrey Closed Ollie Maric-Murray beat his older brother Henry in a spectacular final to become Surrey under 19 Champion winning 3-1 (11-9, 12-10, 4-11,19-17). The semi-final saw a tight match where Ollie had to dig deep to beat Sebastian Mak 11-9 in the 5th set. Henry beat Aaron Gorsar 3-0 in the other semi-final.
The Girls under -19 Surrey Champion is Aldora Liu who beat Olivia Mak 3-1 (10-12, 13-11 11-9, 12-10). Macy Ny made it to the final group and Katie Chow, Akshita Subramanium and Chui-Que Wong were beaten in the previous round. There were lots of excellent performances in an afternoon packed full of matches.
"There's a fantastic chance to see England's men's team compete on home soil when they take on Serbia and France on Thursday January 26th and Friday January 27th.
Both matches are at the K2 venue in Crawley and begin at 7pm. The England squad comprises Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkhall, Sam Walker, Tom Jarvis and David McBeath.
Tickets are available from the Table Tennis England website at www.tabletennisengland.co.uk/tickets from just £8 and under-18s go free when you buy a family ticket! "
‘Good luck to our Surrey Senior teams playing this weekend.
Surrey are going for youth rather than age. However, there’s loads of experience at top level table tennis in the teams.
Surrey 1st team are playing in County Championship Premier Division at Milton Keynes TTC.
The team is: Evelyn Pace, Medha Verma, Krish Chotai, Nahom Asgedom, Howard Onweng
Surrey 2nd team are playing in Division 1 at BATTS, Harlow and the team is:
Olivia Mak, Isabelle Joubeily, Richard Pelc, Henry Maric-Murray, David McKenzie.
We wish you all the best for a successful weekend’.
Robert Pelc won a fistful of medals at the British Universities & Colleges Sport table tennis individual Championships, including Gold in the Men’s Doubles with Shayan Siraj, Silver in the Mixed Doubles with Denise Payet and Bronze in the Men’s Singles. Robert is currently studying at the University of Nottingham.
Aaron McKibbin won Bronze at the World Para Table Tennis Championships in Andalucia, Spain, in the Men’s Class 8 Singles.
Surrey Closed 2022 Day 2
Carmen Vajdi won the over 40’s Women’s round robin event and Diane McLellan was Runner-up.
In the semi-finals of the over 60’s Men’s Singles Steve Davis beat Stuart Vincent and Michael Silver beat Michael Loveder. The final saw Steve Davis beat Michael Silver and Steve yet again retained his title.
Ajay Shah beat Barry Smith in the final of the over 60 Men’s Singles Consolation event.
Carmen Vajdi also won the over 60’s Women’s Singles event. Annie Higham was Runner-up. Carmen was very happy as now her grandchildren could share the two gold medals she won on the day.
Adam Laws pulled out the night before and therefore the over 40’s Men’s Singles title was wide open. In the group stages there were some surprise results as Michael Loveder beat Patrick Caunt, Young Kwan Moon beat Steve Davis and Ajay Shah beat Michael Silver.
In the quarter-finals Daniel Heo beat Michael Silver, Jin Luo beat Steve Davis, Michael Loveder beat Young Kwan Moon and Chris Pullinger beat Ajay Shah.
The semi-finals saw Jin Luo beat Daniel Heo and Chris Pullinger beat Michael Loveder. Michael pointed out that he was only one match away from the final a match he played in decades before.
In the final Jin Luo beat Chris Pullinger 3-0.
The over 40’s Men’s Singles Consolation was won by Patrick Caunt who beat Stuart Vincent in the final.
In the over 40’s Open Doubles, doubles specialist Goran Maric partnered Pawel Meryn to beat Antioco Collu and Jeremy Wu in the final.
The second day of the tournament was run by Chris Andrews with lots of help from Kumiko Williams, Jane Barella, Jonathan Chernett and Michael Silver. Michael Loveder took the photographs.
Surrey Closed 2022 Day 1
Aldora Li swept all before her to win the Under 21 Women’s Singles title with Olivia Mak as Runner-up.
In the Under 21 Men’s Singles group stage Sebastian Mak took a set off Krish Chotai but that’s as close as he got, while Vlad Cretu beat Jin Su Choi. In the semi-finals Krish beat Vlad and Ollie Maric-Murray beat Sebastian Mak. Krish beat Ollie 3 straight in the final.
The Under 21 Men’s Singles Consolation saw Lenard Rzepka beat Kangmin Heo.
Olivia Mak won the Women’s Singles titles with Emily Cheung as Runner-up.
In the group stages of the Men’s Singles the only surprises were that Young Kwan Moon beat Ollie Maric Murray and Kangmin Heo beat Andrew Jackson, although on count back Ollie still stayed top of his group. However Andrew Jackson went through his group in second place as Sebastian Mak was top on count back.
In the first round proper there were no surprise results. In the Quarter-finals Darius Knight beat Michael Silver, Adam Laws beat Daniel Heo, Krish Chotai beat Sebastian Mak and Radoslav Kamberov beat Ollie Maric Murray.
The semi-final saw Darius Knight beat Adam Laws in a match where Adam hit some great shots to lose 11-5, 11-8 12-10. In the other semi-final Krish took the second set off Radoslav to lose 3-1.
The final was simply the best match that the Surrey Closed has seen in a very long time being between two Internationals that of Darius Knight and Radoslav Kamberov. Radoslav took the first set 13-11. Darius Hit back taking the second and third sets. Then Radoslav won the fourth set. In the fifth set Darius called a time out at 5-8 down. Next they were level at 8-8 following this it was 9 all then Radoslav took the next two points to win 13-11, 9-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-9.
The Men’s Singles Consolation was won by Evgeni Genchev against Antioco Collu in a five set match.
In the Doubles semi-final Radoslav Kamberov & Vitaly Savenkov beat Adrian Cretu & Emanuel Sandu while Goran Maric & Ollie Maric Murray beat Adam Laws and Michael Silver. The final saw father and son Goran and Ollie beat Radoslav and Vitaly 11-6, 11-4 11-1.
The tournament was run by Adam Laws with help from Chris Andrews.
Sunday 18th September saw Surrey’s top Under 19 boys play-off with lots of competitive matches.
The final order of the top half was:
Surrey Junior county matches are to be held on:
Junior 1st team Premier Division on 17/18th December @ Wood Green TTC, Wednesbury
Junior 2nd team 1st Division on 19/20th November @ St Neots TTC, Cambridgeshire
At the Home Counties Veterans Table Tennis Championships in the Isle of Man, Tony Needham won Gold for Wales in the over 70’s Doubles partnering Paul Collins. In the over 70’s team event he won Silver along side Paul Collins and Dennis Bromage. The over 70’s Singles saw Tony win Silver. Overall an amazing performance.
Krish Chotai won his first 4 star tournament at St. Neots by beating Bertie Kelly 3-2 in the final.
Commonwealth Games 2022
At the Commonwealth Games Surrey based Paul Drinkhall won Gold in the Men’s Doubles thereby successfully defending his title with Liam Pitchford. Paul also won a Bronze medal in the team event where England beat Nigeria in the Bronze medal
match. As well as this Paul just missed out on a Bronze in the Singles event, doing a massive comeback from 3 sets down to 3-3 and 9-9 points in the deciding set only to lose the last two points. Kim Mudge was an official umpire at the Games and Michael
Loveder an official photographer.
Surrey Table Tennis Associations under 15 boys closed
The final tournament of the weekend was the Surrey under-15 boys closed, which saw a lot of close matches in the lead up to the final.
Eesah Jamaluddin found it tough after losing to his teammate Aryan Sarma in under 13’s final lost 7-11 in final set to Owen Xander in last 16.
In another tight last 16 match saw Oscar Nikolli the under 11 champion, lose out 8-11 in final set to Angad Saggu.
The quarter finals saw Aryan Sarma beat Gajan Gojulan 7-11, 11-3, 11-7
Also, Chun Hei Wong had an excellent win over an in form Owen Xander 11-5, 11-13, 11-8. Aryan, also pushed in the semis by Chun Hei, finally came through as winner 11-5, 8-11, 11-8.
Angad had a comfortable win in his semi-finals beating Aleksei 2-0.
The final saw a fast and furious match with Angad coming out as Surrey U15 champion 3-0 beating Aryan 11-4, 11-7, 14-12.
The consolation event saw Gian Xian beat Ernie Kemp in the final.
It was a particularly hot days play on Saturday 16th July. Well done to the players for keeping going and thanks to Jane Barella for running the tournament, to the parents and Chris Andrews who helped with umpiring and generally with the
Surrey Table Tennis Associations under-13 boys closed
On a very hot 16th July there were plenty of keen and competitive boys wanting to become Surrey U13 champion.
The heat was rising in the hall but that didn’t matter. The group results went according to the seeding except for Aaron Morrell losing out to Yusei Lopata and Chun Hei Wong losing out to Owen Xander. The two Ashford players beating two Rosehill players. The youngest player in the tournament, 9 year old Mario, had 2 excellent wins to come runner up in his group.
Aryan Sarma was then pushed in his 1st round by Mario 11-9, 11-8.
Ashford teammates, Gian Xian and Yusei, had an excellent 1st round battle with Yusei coming out on top this time 5-11, 11-7, 15-13. Owen Xander then beat Yusei to make the semi final and a challenge against top seed, Aryan Sarma.
So the semi-finals saw a Graham Spicer TTC player and a Ashford TTC player in each half of the draw.
Aryan Sarma beat Owen Xander 11-5, 6-11, 12-10, 11-8.
3rd seed Eesah Jamaluddin beat 2nd seed Angad Saggu in an excellent fast hitting match.
Eesah came from 2-0 down to win 3-11, 11-13, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9
The final saw Graham Spicer TTC club mates have a head-to- head to become Surrey U13 Champion.
Aryan came from 2-1 down in sets to beat Eesah coming out the winner:
11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10
The match was fast paced and plenty of early attacks with Aryan being the braver at the end of the 5th set. Well done on a great final.
The consolation event was a hard fought competition.
Hoj cruised into the final without being pushed until semi-final when he beat Robert Martin 11-9, 11-8. Whereas Arnav made it to the final the hard way needing to dig deep to beat Matthew Du Plesses 6-11, 11-6, 12-10. Shun was in fine form beating Tsz Hei Wong 9-11, 12-10, 11-2. Arnav then beat Shun 2-0 to set up a final with teammate Hoj.
Hoj was too strong on this occasion for Arnav coming out the winner: 11-8, 11-6.
Surrey Table Tennis Association’s under-13 and under-15 girls closed
Two girls pulled out of the competition and this left 6 girls playing in one group.
Akshita was unbeaten and didn’t drop a set to become both U13 and U15 Surrey Champion 2022.
Kate Chow, Akshita’s Rosehill TTC teammate, came runner up in U15 competition.
Mahnoor and Zainab proved tricky opposition and clearly have
potential. Zainab came runner up in U13 competition. The girls enjoyed lots of matches.
There was no Surrey Junior girls closed as unfortunately no
Surrey Table Tennis Associations under -19 closed
The 9th July saw another bumper entry for the Surrey Junior Closed with players coming from all around Surrey including Croydon, Guildford and all the Surrey London Boroughs. Top Surrey players playing to become Surrey Junior Champion 2021 / 2022.
All the seeds got through their groups as expected, with the exception of Siddie Pillai. Aryan Gala from Rosehill TTC beat Siddie in a competitive 3-2 match. Good win for Aryan as Siddie was 150 places higher in England rankings. Siddie still had his chance to win the tournament as he went through as runner up. Aryan had another tight match beating Joshua Whitby 7 in 5th.
Siddie then faced his club mate, Vladut, and Vladut came out on top winning 11-8 in 5th set. The top 4 seeds: Krish Chotai, Alex MacDonnell, Ollie Maric- Murray and Henry Maric-Murray made it smoothly into the semi-finals with only Henry dropping a set. Henry needed 4 sets to beat Jin Sui Choi but was in control winning 11-2 in 4th.
The semi-finals saw Krish beat Ollie 3-0. Alex came from 0-2 down to grind out, force Henry further back from the table and to make him attack more to then win the next 3 sets 4, 5, 9.
It was a good final with Krish being pushed to 4 sets by Alex. In the end Krish was too fast for Alex winning: 11-3, 9-11, 12-10, 11-8.
Despite being knocked out in the groups the consolation event was still very competitive and provided more match play.
Harry Cowan and Luke Higginson, both from Graham Spicer, proved too strong for the field with both breezing comfortably into the final. Harry beat Luke 11-9, 13-11 in a competitive final.
Table Tennis helping the Ukrainian Refugees
A fabulous day was had at Graham Spicer’s in New Malden on Saturday 23rd April where a tournament in aid of Ukrainian Refugees raised over £3000. People came from as far as Bristol. Thanks goes to all the entrants and all the people who donated. Teesport and Bribar donated the vouchers for the winners and ttheart.co.uk donated 2 shirts and all the food on the day. Table Tennis England donated a copy of its Centenary Book, and Charles Ho (Tin-Tin Ho’s father) agreed to provide 2 private coaching sessions of 2 hours each, all of which is to be auctioned to raise more money.
In the group stages the only shock of the day was Ajay Shah’s win over Michael Silver. Although the young Olivia Mak was 2-1 up in sets against Goran Maric he managed to claw his way back into the match and win.
In the quarter-finals Vadzim Antonau beat Chris Price in a great match 3-1, Jarek Chrzanowski wore down Tony Needham with all his retrieving to win 3-2. Hard bat man Dave Tiplady beat Daniel Heo 3-2 in a hard fought match and Ollie Maric-Murray beat his Dad, Goran Maric 3-1. The semi-finals saw Vadzim beat Jarek 3-1 and Ollie beat Dave T also 3-1. Jarek won the 3 rd place play-off. The consolation semi-finals saw Enhno Oh beat Dave Rowell and Ujwal Walk beat Yong Lee. In the consolation final Enhno beat Ujwal 14-12 in the 5th set. Dave Rowell came 3 rd in the consolation event.
Vadzim having played against Ollie in a very tight match at the Surrey Closed was well up for the final and won 3-0. Special thanks goes to Pawel Meryn for organising the event and taking the photos, Kumiko Williams for running the event, Chris Andrews and Jonathan Chernett for helping her out, Yong Lee for organising the food, Ajay Shah for umpiring the finals and the Graham Spicer Institute for providing the venue.
Results from the National Individual Championship Final and the Teams Championship
On Saturday Evelyn Pace (Girls U16 from Surbiton High) Ollie Maric-Murray (Boys U16 from Wallington C.G.S.) and Callem Pace (Boys U11 from Surbiton High) all won their groups of 6 and qualified for the knockout last 16 stage.
Evelyn and Callum were both losing semi-finalists and returned with trophies. Ollie was knocked out in the quarter-finals.
Yuvathi Kumar ( Girls U19 from Wallington High) and Alex Macdonell (Boys
U19 from Sutton Grammar) both came very close thirds in their groups.
Ione Morgan-Jones (Girls U19 Old Palace) came fourth in her group of 6.
With over 300 competitors I could not keep up with all the results from every London South competitor, so if someone can let me know how Ben Musters ( Boys U13 from Wallington CGS) and Evelyn Lippett (Girls U13 from Coloma ) did in their groups I can complete my records. It was great to have so many London South entrants competing and doing so well.
Sunday proved to be an even more successful day:
Wallington under 16 boys won the national championship in an extremeley close group.
Huge Congratulations to Chidumebi Egbeama, Ojasvii Borah, Jacob Archer, Sai Gandepalli and Akal Dosajnh.
Wallington High School under 19 girls were runners-up in another very close group, with most sets going to 4 or 5 games and one set being won 18-16 in the final game. Again many congratulations to sisters Yuvathi and Anishka Kumar.
Special congratulations to Goran Maric who provided coaching for both teams and to South Croydon Table Tennis Club where many of the competitors train.
Neil Williams (Sec)
Mary Wright has been inducted into the Table Tennis England Hall of Fame
Many congratulations go to Mary Wright (nee Shannon) who has received the tremendous honour of being inducted into the Table Tennis England Hall of Fame.
During her playing career, Mary won two European Doubles titles, the European team title, was Runner-up in the World Doubles Championships, and won the English Open Singles title, four English Open Doubles titles, six National Singles titles, six National Doubles titles, and six National Mixed Doubles titles.
The other nine people inducted into the TTE Hall of Fame were: Fred Perry, Richard Bergmann, Johnny Leach MBE, Jill Hammersley-Parker MBE, Diana and Rosalind Rowe, John Hilton, Desmond Douglas MBE and Will Bayley MBE.
Congratulations also go to Chris Beckley on being Male Volunteer of the Year.
Senior National Table Tennis Championships 2022
Krish Chotai and Howard Onweng both did amazingly well to qualify for the England National Table Tennis Tournament Men’s Singles. In the group stages Krish beat Larry Trumpauskas but lost to Gabriel Achampong. Howard lost to Louis Price and Benjamin Piggott.
In the Round of the last 16 of the Men’s Singles Darius Knight lost 4-3 to Shayan Siraj 4-3. Shayan Siraj is the new under-21 National Champion.
Robert Pelc and Jamar McGlashan reached the quarter-finals of the Men’s Doubles where they were beaten 3-0 by Benjamin Piggott and Graeme Barella.
In the Mixed Doubles Krish Chotai and Megan Jones lost to the No.1 seeds and eventual Champions Sam Walker and Maria Tsaptsinos in the last 16.
Krish Chotai lost in the group stages of the under-21 tournament to Naphat Boonyaprapa and Ollie Cornish both 3-1.
County Championships - O-60s Div 1B - Final Results and Divisional Table now on Website
The results of the 4 matches played on Saturday have been entered into TT Leagues and the Results, Divisional Tables and Player Averages are now on the County Championships website:
All matches in the Division have now been played – so this is the final Divisional Table. Congratulations to Kent 2 in winning the Division. Hertfordshire are runners-up.
Thanks to everyone in ensuring that all the matches in the Division have been played well before the deadline.
I’m sure you all join me in thanking Neil Brierley and his colleagues at BATTS in enabling the matches in Div 1B to be played in such an excellent venue.
NCL Final Day
Graham Spicer 1st team national cadet league remain unbeaten on the final day of the competition at Cippenham TTC on 13th March.
GS team beat:
Chui que 9/9
Eesah 6/9 stepped up from 2nd team for Aleksei who was injured.
Thanks to the parents for their support and Toby for captaining the team.
Former Surrey county junior and senior player, Mickel Miller, played for Rotherham Utd in the Semi-final English Football League cup match against Hartlepool.
Rotherham Utd came back from 0-1 down and then 1-2 down to finish 2-2 at full time.
It was then penalties and Mickel Miller stepped up to slam in the winning penalty to win 5-4 on penalties.
Well done Mickel. Good to see you playing live on TV.
Click here for table and averages for Cadet 2021/22 - Premier Division
Surrey Cadet 2nd Team at County Championships
26-02-22 to 27-02-22
Surrey Cadet 1st Team at County Championships
05-02-22 to 06-02-22
Surrey Senior Team at County Championships
Team: Joseph, Nahom, Medha and Rob.
Unfortunately Surrey had to play a lady short. Danielle Kelly was committed to play before she picked up an injury at WBL weekend. Evie Pace keenly stepped in. She was keen to show her skills and improvement against the seniors and sadly went down with COVID the eve of the premier weekend.
Surrey were desperate not to field a player short but after trying 6 ladies it was a lost cause and it was meant to be. The team fought hard during the long weekend and finished 5th. Well done.
Player captain Aaron Mckibbon ensured there was good team spirit.
Surrey Cadet 1st Team against Kent - Prem Division
Surrey Closed 12th December over 40’s and over 60’s
The day started off with the Women’s over 60’s event with Carmen Vajdi against Sue Raymond which finished with Carmen the winner but what most people don’t know is that the match went the full distance with Carmen only the winner 11-9 in the 5th.
The day didn’t go to plan in the second group of the Men’s over 60’s as Michael
Loveder put out the 2 nd Seed Simon Vine in three straight sets so Michael Silver won the group. Leaving the quote of the day to be “I’m not playing in no consolation”. In group 1 the No. 1 Seed Steve Davis won all his games three straight, Micky Lang came second.
Ajay Shah and Jonathan Chernett played each other in the over 60’s consolation final. Jonathan managed to overturn his loss in the group stages and beat Ajay in 5 sets for the first time ever.
In the semi-finals of the over 60’s Michael Loveder pimples were no match for Steve
Davis who won 3-1 and Michael Silver beat Micky Lang 3-1. In the final Michael Silver took a game off Steve Davis but lost 3-1 to a deuce game in the fourth. Steve Davis therefore retained his over-60’s title.
In the over 40’s women event Michelle McGovern beat all comers in the round robin
to be crowned champion. Carmen Vajdi was runner-up as she beat everyone else.
In the group stages of the over-40’s there was only one upset as Daniel Heo beat the 5 th seed Jeremy Wu. However, Jeremy still went through in second place. In all the other group seeds and second seeds went through to the last 16. In the last 16 Jeremy Wu now in a different part of the draw as he was runner-up in his group, beat the 4 th seed Steve Davis in a five-set match.
Simon Vine said he had nothing to lose against top seed Simon Philipsz. Therefore,
he subsequently played an excellent match and won 3 straight including 2 deuce games. Michael Silver beat Jeremy Wu. Richard Seymour beat Tim Waller deuce in the fourth and Adam Laws saw off Daniel Heo 3 straight.
In the over 40’s consolation there were many great matches. In the quarter-finals
Aravindhan Arunachalam beat Chris Pullinger in the fifth set 11-9. Graham Spicer 1
teammates Yong Lee and Paul Elliot had a big 5 setter in the semi-final which Yong Lee won. Aravindhan beat Emanuel Sandu in the other semi-final and Yong Lee beat Aravindhan Arunachalam in the final in another 5 setter.
The Doubles also brought up many interesting matches. Nicusor Hincu & Sue
Raymond beat Antioco Collu & Sandra Gowen in the last 16. Adrian Cretu & Emanuel Sandu beat Diane McLallan & Michelle McGovern 3 straight however the first set went to 19-17. Nicusor Hincu & Sue Raymond even took the first set off the top seeds Simon Philipsz and Tim Waller but alas the dream ended there as they lost 3-1. In the second quarter-final Adrian Cretu & Emanuel Sandu beat Daniel Heo and Janice Lee 12-10 in the fifth set. In the bottom half the draw Ajay Shah and Jeremy Wu beat Paul Elliot and Jonathan Chernett three straight and Adam Laws & Carmen Vadji also won three straight against Yong Lee and Pawel Meryn. Philipsz & Waller beat Cretu and Sandu in a thrilling 5 setter and Laws and Vadji beat Shah and Wu three straight.
In the final of the over 40 doubles top seeds Philipsz and Waller were just too strong for Laws and Vadji and won 3 straight. The semi-final of the of the over 40’s was a lively affair between Simon Vine and Michael Silver with Michael Silver beating Simon vine 6-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 13-11. In the other semi-final Adam Laws beat Richard Seymour three straight. In the final the second set could have gone either way. But in the end Adam Laws won Michael Silver 11-2, 13-11,11-7.
Adam Laws did a great job organising the event with help from Chris Andrews.
Michael Loveder was the photographer on the day.
Surrey Senior 1st Team playing in 1st Premier Weekend:
Joseph Langham-Fereira, Rob Pelc, Nahom Goitom, Federica Bonato, Medha Verma, and Adam Laws (playing and captaining the team).
Surrey 2nd Team Results at County Championships
12-12-21 & 19-12-21
Vets O60s 1st Team at Batts
Surrey Cadet 2nd Team at Batts
Surrey Cadet 3rd Team Results at Batts
An announcement from STTA,
regarding fees for the 2021/22 season.
“STTA Committee have taken the decision to cancel all affiliation fees due for the 2021/22 season completely, no paperwork, no chases, no payment necessary for 2021/22 affiliation fees.”
Two new additions to Surrey TT
Pok Kwan LEE - Ranked no. 74 in U15 World ITTF rankings.
His brother, Pok Wa LEE is 19 years old and also very experienced and strong player.
Surrey welcomes them and looks forward to seeing them at the Surrey training camps.
Surrey Press Report (July 2021)
With (hopefully) Covid-19 coming to an end, Surrey TT is hoping to re-start junior coaching and junior tournaments
1) Coaching at Graham Spicer TT Club Click Here for information
2) Free Taster TT Session (Updated 31/05/21) Click Here for information
ITTF Ranking Lists
Those players of Surrey who sometimes play abroad, might be interested to know that ITTF have released their Ranking list on a weekly basis
Click Here for lists