General Secretary BTTL

All BTTL players

Sadly there were no volunteers or nominations for the role of general secretary of the league at last night’s AGM.  This is a role that does need to be filled for the smooth running of the league and I would be very pleased to hear from anyone who thinks they may be able to take it on.  It is a necessary but not onerous role.  A job description is can be found HERE.

If anyone needs any further details, I can fill them in.

I look forward to hearing from one (or more) of you

Thanks

Ron

Help Needed

All Notley players

I’m sending this round again (below) as I have only received two replies – thanks, again, to Gordon, and also to Adam.  Both have agreed to set up the hall at the beginning of the evening but they have said, quite reasonably, that they don’t wish to hang around all evening to help tidy up again afterwards.  We therefore need someone to pop along around 9.00pm to help clear the hall.  We have 40 players signed on.  It would be nice to think one of you could find the time.

Ron

You may remember I wrote to all Notley players asking if some of you could be at the club on the evenings when it’s being used for the league cup finals.  I was disappointed that I only had one offer to help out last week – thank you Gordon – so I hope one or more of you will be able to get there next week to help out.  The handicap cup final is being held on Tuesday (May 22).  I am away on holiday and it would not look good is no one is there to represent the club and help to find the equipment, set up the room etc.  You need not stay all evening although it would be ideal if someone is there at 7.00 and someone else could pop in at, say, 9.00 to help tidy up.

All offers welcome

Thanks

Ron

Scouts

All BTTL players

The league has been asked if we can help introduce some local Scouts to table tennis.  They have provisionally booked the hall at Black Notley from 8.00 to 9.30pm on Wednesday 20 June and Friday 22 June.

We feel as a league we should help, as introducing anyone to the game can only be a good thing.  But we will need volunteers to help out on the day.  A number of you came along last time we entertained some Scouts (four of whom joined the league coaching sessions afterwards) and it would be good if we could get a band of helpers together again.

We will set up four or five tables on each day so will need one player to supervise each table.  We will restrict numbers to three Scouts per table.  No coaching skills are required, just a willingness to get the ball back and offer basic help.

I’ll need to get back to the Scout organisers within a week or so, so I’d be grateful if you could let me know by the end of next week if you can help out on one of those dates

Thanks

Ron

BNCA Menbers

BNCA members

Now that the season has finished, the club will be available for practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays until the start of the summer league at the end of June.

It will not, however, be open on either 10 or 22 May, when the league is staging the cup finals, details of which I’ve just emailed round.

 

Ron

All BNCA Players

All BNCA players

(The below can be copied and pasted into you word processing programme)

The season may only just be finishing, but we need to start thinking about next season pretty quickly as the closing date for entries soon comes around.

I’d be grateful, therefore, if you could all complete the form below about your intentions and wishes for next season.  If there is no change, feel free just to put ‘as this season’. If there is anyone new who you think might want to play for us please let us know.

1.    Membership

a)    Can you please let me know whether you expect to
rejoin the club next season?

b)    If you do expect to rejoin, which category of
membership are you likely to take out?

– League Full (includes approx 18 matches and full practice
facilities)

– League Restricted (includes approx 10 matches but no
practice facilities)

– League Reserve (match fees payable for each match but no
practice facilities)

– Non-League (full practice facilities only)

2.    League Preferences

a)    If you do plan to join as a league member, what
playing preferences do you have?

– Division

= 1 only

= 2 only

= 3 only

= 1 or 2

= 2 or 3

Home night

= Tuesday

= Thursday

= either

– Are you willing to be a team captain?

– Any players you would like to play with?

Could you please return the form to me, Ron & copied to Dave Parker on davidparker81@sky.com.

Thanks

Ron

AGM

BTTL members

As previously circulated, the league AGM will be held on Thursday May 17, 7.30, at the Liberal Club, 106 Coggeshall Road, Braintree .

An agenda, minutes of the last AGM and rule change proposals are here AGM.zip

I look forward to seeing you there

Ron

BNCA Members

Please see the note below from Paul Davison

Ron

 

Dear all

Following on from the success of the last May’s “Lift Off!” Top 12 event, I have booked our venue (Earls Colne Recreation Club) on the above date for a new day of “Top 12” competitions. These are open to all Braintree League players as well as those of other leagues.

I am writing to you with the section “B” event in mind, which is aimed at Div. 2 / 3 Braintree League players or equivalent. Please therefore forward this email to your team mates to inform them of this event.

The timings for the “B” level event is arrival from 10am for a 10.30pm start, with finish around 12.30pm.

There will also be a prize money as follows; £10 Winner, £5 runner-up. The entry price £4.50 (NETTS Members £4.00).

A Cadet event will run at the same time, so it should be a good morning of table tennis. The bar will be open afterwards for those that want a drink. In the afternoon there will be a Section “A” and “Premier” Section.

If you wish to enter please let me know via return of this email by end of Sunday 15thApril. Please also feel free to pass this email on to anyone else whom might be interested in playing.

Regards,

Paul

 

Paul Davison

NETTS Club Secretary / Coach

Bad Language

Braintree League players

I’ve had the email below from a secretary of one of the clubs in the Chelmsford Click League, which as most of you will know consists mainly of young juniors.  As you’ll see, it’s a plea for players to moderate their language in multi-table venues when there are also younger players in the room.  I’m aware of the argument that they will hear it in the playground, but it would still be nice if table tennis set the right example, so I said I would pass it on.

Ron 

I would like to draw your attention to the following complaint from Buttsbury TTC in relation to bad language used during an adult match at Black Notley Community Association.   This was particularly inappropriate as Click League matches involving junior players were being played on adjacent tables. It was unfortunate that nobody was able to intervene on the night, but hopefully steps can be taken to resolve the issue at future Click League matches. 

Regards, 

Gordon Gatheral

CDTTL Divisional Secretary

Ron Foskers Weekly Report

Black Notley B and Felsted RBL C have won the second and third division titles in the Braintree Table Tennis League – without lifting a bat.

In division two, Liberal C were the only team able to overhaul the leaders but their surprise 6-4 defeat by Felsted A means Notley are now out of reach.

The match was a personal triumph for 18-year-old Matthew Laws, who went through all three Liberal players, Jon Fieldsend, Gareth Davies and Garry Fryatt, second, fourth and fifth respectively in last season’s individual averages.

Richard Baxter won twice and Haydn Upson, with only two wins out of 15 behind him, also found a way past Fieldsend.

Elsewhere in division two, Rayne E remain in the hunt for the runners-up medals after a 6-4 win over Netts E, for whom Fred Evans was unbeaten.

But for Rayne G, events took a negative turn after their brief renaissance the previous week.

They lost 7-3 to Notley D – only Notley D’s second win of the season –  and in their final match of the season suffered 6-4 at the hands of Nomads to leave them second from bottom.

A minor consolation was that Steve Siggs stretched the unbeaten Ken Lewis to his closest win of the season, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-13, 11-9.

Netts D’s Max Plumridge also gave Lewis plenty to think about the previous week, when he lost 11-7 in the fifth, the first time Lewis had been taken the full distance.

In this case it was more than a consolation, as Plumridge’s team stopped the rot of seven successive defeats to beat Nomads 6-4.

Dave Marsh was unbeaten as Rayne F beat Notley C 8-2, Tim Huxtable picking up the two for Notley.

In division three it was Notley E’s draw with their own F team that handed the trophy to Felsted C.

A freak set of results – Felsted C suffering a series of 10-0 defeats –  could have given Notley E the title but not any longer.

It was an all-beat-all match between the E and F teams in which Jamie Brooks won twice for the E team and Takunda Nerutanga and Mel Cooch twice for the F team.

Rayne H took increasingly likely to take the runners-up spot as they did last season after their 9-1 win over Notley H where Joshua Akparanta’s win over Tim Gowers was the one to get away.

Notley G and Rayne J drew while Michael Goodchild won his three singles for only the second time in his career in Netts F’s 7-3 win over Rayne I.

In division one, leaders Liberal A beat Netts C 10-0 while second-placed Rayne A had an 8-2 win over Notley A where Adam Buxton inflicted a rare defeat on Lucy Wang.

Terry Dowsett’s three singles helped third-placed Netts A to a draw with Liberal B while their B team closed the gap with a 9-1 win over Rayne C.  Keith Martin registered Rayne’s sole success with a victory over Maria Boulton.

Rayne B beat their own D team 10-0