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BDTTL League & General Table Tennis News
Your club is invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Bedford & District Table Tennis League, which will take place at Elstow Table Tennis Club on Wednesday 29th June 2016 at 8.00 pm.

Please note that nominations for Officers, Management Committee, and the Hon. Auditor, which must come from a registered player or member, can be made either in writing to the Honorary General Secretary prior to, or verbally at, the Annual General Meeting.

Any proposal for alterations to the League rules must be sent to me at least 21 days before the date of the AGM.

At the end of the evening the League trophies will be presented.

A few weeks before the meeting, the previous season’s Minutes will be circulated accompanied by any League rule propositions.

After several years in the role Richard Lake has tendered his resignation as Treasurer but will be remaining on the committee so if you know of anyone who would be interested in fulfilling this role then please let me know.

John Alsop
Honorary General Secretary
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After fifty five years of trying, the 1st Kempston Co. the Boys Brigade finally won the Boys Brigade National Table Tennis Championship in Belfast last weekend. Table tennis is one of ten national competitions run in the UK by the Boys Brigade. To reach the finals the Boys had defeated teams from North Suffolk, Croydon, Bedford, Reading and Southampton. In the finals Kempston faced two teams from Scotland, two from Ireland plus another English team. The boy’s team comprised Edward Simms, Oliver Horswell and Sas Ambepitiya who all play in the Bedford and District League.

Kempston won their group matches against Port Glasgow 8-1 and Cookstown (Ireland) 9 - 0. In the semi-finals they played Lanchester (County Durham) who they narrowly beat in last year’s semi-final. This year it was even tighter with Ed Simms in the pivotal game 2 sets and 6 -4 down in the 3rd set before coming back to win the last three sets 12-10, 11-8 and 12-10. In the finals they beat Grangemouth 6 – 3 but again some very close matches.

It was a great weekend with some wonderful table tennis all played in a great spirit.

Alan Thompson
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(L to R: Winner - Jimmy Walsh, Runner Up - Ian Baldock)

The Brian Copperwheat charity tournament took place under the hospitality of Revolution TTC at Lincroft School in Oakley, on Tuesday 27th April. A total of 27 players took part raising £178 in aid of local charities. When combined with the first charity tournament the total raised for charity amounts to £380. The winner of the main event was Brian Copperwheat's son-in-law Jimmy Walsh who defeated Revolution's Ian Baldock 3-11, 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6 in the final. Jimmy was pushed close in the semi-final against Phoenix's Phil Crossley just scraping through 5-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10 and in the 1st round Bedford Community's Alan Gobey nearly stopped Jimmy's progression just missing out 10-12, 10-12. Earlier in the quarter-finals Phil had knocked out the No. 1 seed Ethan Walsh 6-11, 12-10, 3-11. The Plate competition was won by Jimmy's son Luke Walsh defeating league Chairman Dave Beddall 6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7 in the final. In the semi-finals Luke had to pull out all the stops to defeat Elstow's 12 year old Jamie Burt 6-11, 13-11, 14-12, 6-11, 13-11 whilst Dave had a close battle with Pat Beard winning 12-10, 11-9, 5-11, 12-10. Thanks to Barbara Wright for organising the raffle competition, Phil Crossley for table setting up and John Alsop as tournament organiser.
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Revolution TTC will once again be running its Summer League which was enjoyed by everyone who competed last year. This year we will be running the league over two evenings commencing 9th/10th May. Whilst nothing is yet set in concrete the plan is for the Monday evening to encompass the higher division(s) and the Tuesday the lower division(s). Teams will consist of two players playing two singles and one doubles with matches commencing at 8.00pm. The cost will be £3 per player and the home team must provide their own plastic match ball. Match balls can be purchased on the evening at £1 per ball. All players must have a Table Tennis England Player Membership Number before they play which can be purchased from Table Tennis England (£5 for juniors and £10 for seniors).

Interested in putting in a team? If so, then send an email to John Alsop at alsop.john@btinternet.com giving your team name and list of players. Teams will be allowed to enter a MAXIMUM of five player names per team. If teams require an emergency stand-in player(s) then this/these player(s) will be allocated by the organiser at his/her discretion from available players of similar standard on the evening. Where a team cannot fulfill its obligations in terms of providing a full team and the organiser cannot find substitute players of a similar standard then that team must forfeit the individual matches concerned and pay the £3 fee for each player that is unable to play.
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The first charity tournament of the season took place on Tuesday 5th April hosted by Revolution TTC. Thirty one entrants competed for the title initially playing in groups with the top two in each group progressing into the Cup knockout and the bottom two into the Plate knockout. The Plate final saw Phoenix's Phil Crossley defeat Elstow's Yvonne Freer 13-9, 13-11. In the Cup final Revolution's Trevor Beard defeated Phoenix's John Craddock 13-9, 13-8. A fantastic total of £202 was raised in aid of local charities.
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Bedford League were well represented in the Eastern Region Qualification competition for the National Regional finals to be held later this year in Kettering. Ben Baguley (U15), Luke Manning (U13), Sam Manning (U11) and Tom Nicol (U11) travelled down to BATTS Harlow for an intense set of matches. Ben, Sam and Tom found the competition very strong but this was a new experience for most of the boys and has given them something to think about with regards to the areas they need to work on. Bedfordshire No. 1 cadet Luke Manning (no relation to Sam) who plays for St Neots in Division Two had an excellent day and won the U13 boy's event and qualified for the finals only losing one match all day and that was 11-8 in the fifth.
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We are two thirds of the way through the season and you may be running out of match balls. If you are then there are still some available at the amazingly low price of £4.80 for six. Contact John Alsop if you need some more or just pick some up when you next play at Revolution TTC.
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Over the weekend of the 5th and 6th December 2015 the Bedfordshire Senior County Team kicked off their season in Division 2A. This year the competition was being held at Draycott Table Tennis Centre, Derby over three days.

The team of Sarah Hudson, Sandra Harper, Jon Hall, Kieran Smith and Matt Evans were bolstered with new boy Mitchell Jones. Mitchell is a London lad who moved to Bedford with his mum (Sara Williams) a couple of years ago. He has recently finished boarding at Harefield Academy and now works as a full time Table Tennis Coach for Greenhouse. Unfortunately due to Jon Hall struggling with a back injury the team were missing their number one player. However Jon still attended the weekend in a coaching capacity to assist the team.

The first match of the day was against Leicestershire II. Everyone was nervous for this match and it took a few games to get settled, however the team were able to pull off their first win by beating them 9-1.

Click on the article title for the rest of the results and full report.
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Bedfordshire Juniors started this season's campaign in Cippenham with matches against Middlesex II and Essex II. The team of Rebekah Barry, Matt Evans, Henry Simmons and cadet Josh Hallam were always going to struggle as they were short of a second girl and Josh had stepped in at the last minute due to a junior boy withdrawal. Despite this they all gave a good account of themselves losing their match against Middlesex 3-7 and the match against Essex 4-6. Matt Evans showed his maturity throughout winning all his matches 3-0 supported by Henry who maintained 100% against Essex but lost 11-9 in the fifth in both his matches against Middlesex. Thirteen year old Rebekah who is constantly improving just lost to Essex's England No. 9 Under-13 Alana Mansfield 11-8 in the fifth and took the first leg 13-11 against Middlesex's England No. 53 junior Jasmine Chan. Thirteen year old Josh Hallam also impressed pushing Middlesex's England No. 54 cadet Branislav Zivkovic close in all three games and took the first game off Essex's England No. 90 cadet Casey Mansfield. County junior captain John Alsop said, "it was very pleasing to see all the team play at this level of competition without showing any sign of nerves and their exemplary behaviour during the match was a credit to the county".
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Competition Winners
2009/10 Plate Winnners - Marston

2009/10 Plate Winnners - Marston

2010/11 Charity Winner (Josh Robinson) & Runner Up (Dave Forde)

2010/11 Charity Winner (Josh Robinson) & Runner Up (Dave Forde)




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