14.6.2019 -Really proud to say that we now have 32 Juniors at the club. We are incredibly pleased with the improvement they are making, their training ethic and their table etiquette. Well done folks.
SDTTL Junior Tournament - 16 April 2016 REPORT
The standard of play and talent of the Juniors that enter this tournament each year, never fails to impress.
The tournament, held at Hullbridge Sports Association, Hullbridge, consisted of two sections; a Development Event aimed at Juniors new to the sport who were looking to experience a tournament environment for the first time, and the Main Events which were for the more experienced Juniors who play in the league.
The Development Event was held in the Match Room over two tables. The standard was particularly high this year, with nine Juniors all playing in a round robin to determine their winner William Skelt (Hullbridge TTC) and Runner Up, Sheikh AbiazAfzal (Hullbridge). It was lovely to see the Juniors so enthusiastic about their first tournament and really getting stuck into their matches. It was also great to watch parents new to the sport getting involved, cheering their Juniors on and having a good time. All those in the Development Event were presented with a medal at the end by Andy Nunn (Rawreth Juniors TTC) and Dave Zeffie (Hullbridge TTC) who managed that event on that day. I hope all those that entered will return to their clubs having enjoyed their experience and I look forward to seeing them progress to the Main Events next year. Receiving so many kind and grateful words of thanks from their parents at the end, was very moving.
Over in the main Hullbridge Sports Association Room, there were some fantastic performances in the Main Events (U11's, U13's, U15's, U18's, Girls, Boys and the Mixed Open).
There were some fabulous performances on the day, with Juniors proving a credit to their parents, coaches and clubs by putting in inspiring performances and displaying great table etiquette.
Here are some of the highlights..
The Under 11s event saw promising youngsters battle it out for the title with a very focussed Keanan Ford (RJTTC) taking the title, with the always smiling Olivia Jones (RJTTC) coming runner up. Joshua Jones (Hockley TTC) played well taking third place. A great performance from Keanan in his first Southend Junior tournament with all three of these Juniors being ones to watch for the future.
Rapidly improving Dan Zeffie, Adam Jackman, James Goddard and Reece Harris-Griffiths (all Hullbridge TTC) put in great performances in their events throughout the day and showed a very noticeable increase in their playing ability in just one year... Dan claimed the U13 title with James coming Runner Up; Reece battled hard against Botond Mezo (RJTTC) to win the U15s event, and then went on to collect the Mixed Open Plate title with James a close Runner Up. Adam reached the Semi Final in the Boys event, eventually being defeated by the ever improving and experienced Justin Jeffery (RJTTC).
The U18s Event was played as a 6 person round robin with arguably the strongest players all set to battle it out for Winner and Runner Up places. Justin Jeffery played some excellent table tennis to win the event with Matt Stringer (displaying some of his trademark style) to come a close Runner Up. Great performance from Adam Jackman being placed third in this field.
The Mixed Open Event saw some excellent table tennis throughout, with rising star Harry Small (Warehouse) beating Matt Stringer (Hockley TTC) to reach his first final. Harry put in an excellent performance against Justin Jeffrey, who had beaten Matt Nariel (Hockley TTC) in his semi with Justin ending a fabulous match narrowly in the fifth set to take the title. Great performance by both players.
Fantastic performance by Matthew Nariel (Hockley TTC) displaying incredible stamina and determination at the end of a very tiring day to beat both his Hockley teammate Matt Stringer in the Boys Event and then Justin Jeffery (RJTTC) to take the title.
The Girls Event saw rising star Olivia Jones (RJTTC) take her first Southend Junior title with Ellena Hart (RJTTC) as Runner Up.
A really enjoyable day was had by all. It's a pleasure to be part of such a fabulous day. Some very tired Juniors left the venue that day, but they should all be incredibly proud of themselves.
All Winners and Runners Up will be awarded trophies at the annual SDTTL presentation afternoon which will be held on Sunday 26th June 2016 at Farmhouse Lodge, Rawreth Lane, SS11 8SW. More details will follow. Even if you didn't win a trophy this year, please come along to the event and enjoy the afternoon.
I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make the tournament the success it was; Jayne Johnson for organising balls, pens, pots and scorers, Howard Grant for setting up the tables and arranging the hire of the venue; Andy Nunn, Dave Zeffie, Dave Chenery and Mark Goddard for running the Development Event, all those who assisted with scoring on the day (over 136 matches were played), including Claire Stringer, Tim Pang and young Joshua Jones, which helped massively to kept the tournament running to time (Claire and Jayne Jeffery, thank you so much for the teas), to parents for bringing the Juniors along and supporting the day, and to my dad, Roy Savill for assisting with the planning of the tournament, and keeping it running to time on the day. Roll on 2016/17 folks... !!
Full results were:-
DevelopmentWinner William Skelt Runner Up Sheikh Abiaz Afzal
Under 11s Winner Keanan Ford Runner Up Olivia Jones
Under 13s Winner Daniel Zeffie Runner Up James Goddard
Under 15s Winner Reece Harris-Griffiths Runner Up Botond Mezo
Under 18s Winner Justin Jeffery Runner Up Matthew Stringer
Girls Winner Olivia JonesRunner Up Ellena Hart
Boys Winner Matthew Nariel Runner Up Justin Jeffery
Mixed Open Winner Justin Jeffery Runner Up Harry Small
Mixed Open Plate Winner Reece Harris-Griffiths Runner Up James Goddard
Congratulations on a very tiring but successful day for Southend juniors in the Essex Interleague at Batts Harlow at the weekend. The players representing Southend juniors, Justin Jeffery (RJTTC); Zoe Davis (Hullbridge TTC); Matthew Stringer (Hockley TTC); Matthew Nariel (Hockley TTC) and Harry Small (RJTTC - picked but unable to attend) won the championship by winning all 3 matches.
The format was 4 in a team with each player playing 2 singles and 1 doubles. The first match was against Harlow where they won 10-0. The second match was against a stronger team from Colchester but again Southend juniors proved too strong with a 10-0 win.
The final match against Clacton was to decide the championship. Their team consisted the Essex no 1, Sam Hume, and highly rated Gracie Edwards. Sam won both his singles and partnered Gracie to win the doubles. However, we won the other 7 games and with it the championship trophy.
A fantastic result for the Southend juniors! .... and a great thank you to Tim Pang (Hockley TTC) for managing the team, coaching on the day and for this report.
Appointment of New Head Coach
We have pleasure in confirming the appointment of Kieran Skeggs as our new Head Coach. Kieran has trained with us since he was 13 and has recently qualified as a level one coach. Kieran has an intense passion for the sport, has been coached by some of the best coaches in the country. He is looking forward to sharing some of that knowledge and experience and introducing some new ideas and approaches to the coaching sessions.
Rawreth Juniors at Essex Schools
Rawreth Juniors were keen to represent their schools in the Essex Schools Championships at BATTS Harlow yesterday. Kieran was on hand to provide some coaching tips. A fabulous day was had by all and standard of play was high. We had placings of 3rd in the U11 girls, 3rd in the U11 boys, 4th in U16 boys. Well done to all those that took part, great effort.