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Southland Open Championships 2014      Entry Form

Saturday 24 May 2014

Entries close Friday 16th May email
or post to PO Box 406 Invercargill 9840

Southland Open Championships 2013

Report here   |   Results here

Winter Interclub Competition 2013

Draw and Results

Southland sent a strong contingent to the South Island Teams Tournment & Canterbury Open

Southland sent a strong contingent to the South Island Teams Tournament and Canterbury Open Championships in Christchurch over Queen's Birthday weekend.

Results can be seen from the TTNZ Home page

Autumn Competition

March 21st to April 25th
Though few in number it is good to see some new players taking part in our competitions

Draw and Results

2013 Calendar posted (Updated 31 March 2013)



James Hargest College won both the Boys and Girls titles at the Southland Secondary School Table Tennis Championships at the Table Tennis Southland Stadium in Invercargill Monday 30 July.

The victories continued the dominance of James Hargest College in Table Tennis at this level.

The James Hargest College 1 team consisting of Michael Zhang, Nik Bielski and Matt Shields won the Boys Title, defeating the Gore High School 1 team of Kelson Sadlier, James Tan and Sam Choie in the final by 4 matches to 1. Sadlier took one match for Gore, beating Bielski in a hard fought three set battle. Sadlier and Choie also pushed the New Zealand ranked Zhang and Bielski to three sets in a doubles match. However the highly experienced James Hargest team were too strong overall.

Four teams had advanced to the semi finals from pool play James Hargest College 1, James Hargest College 2, Gore High School 1 and Southland Boys High School 1. The losing semi-finalists went on to play off for third and fourth place where James Hargest College 2 (Horace Zhang, Kent Verbeet and Chris Ding) beat SBHS 1 (Poom, Lachie McKenzie and Martin Carlaw) by 4 matches to 1.

In the Girls Final, the James Hargest College 1 team of Sophie Smith and Michelle Lindsay beat the Combined team of Loren Burton and Grace Allison by 3 matches to 2.

Interclub Results - Winter 2012 posted

Southland Players at the South Island Teams Tournament and South Canterbury Open 2012

Report here        |       Photos

JAMES HARGEST College team 2011 Southland Secondary School Table tennis Champions

sec_school_champs2011.jpg (39022 bytes)James Hargest College maintained a proud record in the Southland Secondary School Table Tennis Championships when they were held at the Table Tennis Southland Stadium in Invercargill on Monday.

The James Hargest College Forest Gumps Trio consisting of Michael Zhang, Nik Bielski and Chris Ding won the title after going through the day unbeaten, defeating the SBHS Red team of Lachlan McKenzie, Jake Henderson and Martin Carlaw in the final.

Earlier eight teams had fought their way through pool play to contest the quarter finals. The quarter final winners advanced to the semis where the JHC Forest Gumps Trio played SBHS Blue (Jared Deal, Jay Renton, Decha Niramaithaworn) winning 5-0. In contrast the semi was a hard fought affair with SBHS Red eventually overcoming the challenge of the SBHS Wildcats (Fayez Shabaz, MacKenzie Smith, Cameron Richardson) in a very close result, 3 matches to 2.

The James Hargest team went on to win the final 4-0 from the SBHS Red team. Jake Henderson pushed Chris Ding to three sets in their singles match and the doubles between Zhang and Bielski versus Carlaw and McKenzie was a tense battle.

The third versus fourth playoff between SBHS Wildcats and SBHS Blue went to the Wildcats team. in yet another tight tussle.

The Gore High School Blue Team of Sam Choie, Kelson Sadlier and James Tan were unlucky not to make the semi finals missing out only on a countback of points from their quarter final match up.

Thirteen teams entered the championships from James Hargest College, Southland Boys High School, Southland Girls High School, Fiordland College, Menzies College, Gore High School Te Wharekura Arowhenua School.


South Island Table Tennis Championships – Sat 13 August 2011 in Dunedin

Low entries throughout all events reduced the two day event to Saturday only, and although it caused a late finish it did ensure that players travelling out of Dunedin were able to beat the snow on Sunday.

Debbie Garrett won the open women’s singles title at the South Island Table Tennis Championships held in the Bayfield High School Gymnasium, Dunedin. Her strongest opposition came from Mimi Walle of Christchurch with Debbie winning at 11-9, 6-11, 14-12, 11-2.

Debbie also won the women’s doubles partnered by former Southlander in Debra King.

Playing with Ben Duffy of Dunedin Debbie Garrett also won the over 30 mixed doubles defeating Craig Dye of North Harbour ( winner of open men’s singles) and Debra King in five close sets.

Michael Zhang reached the semi-final of the B Grade men’s singles before losing to John Fogarty of Otago the eventual winner. Earlier in the day Michael defeated John Fogarty in five close sets during section play in the C Grade singles and with two from each section going through to the knockout stage Michael met Fogarty in the final of the C Grade but this time it was Fogarty who prevailed to take the title.

Michael Zhang was untroubled in winning the under 18 singles, under 15 singles, although he dropped a set against Berdy Fang of Christchurch. Zhang also won the under 15 doubles with Josh Tonkin of Oamaru.

Ngaire Garrett won the B Grade and C Grade women’s singles with former Southlander, now at Otago University Gemma Buzzard winning the silver medal.

Ngaire Garrett and Pat Swale won the B Grade women’s doubles but lost the C Grade women’s doubles final to Gemma Buzzard and Nicky Wallace, who they had beaten in the B Grade round robin.

In the veteran events Ngaire Garrett defeated Patricia Swale in the final of both the over 65 and over 60 singles to bring both Gold and Silver south.

Ron Garrett won the over 65 singles but lost the over 60 singles to Steve Craw of Christchurch. Garrett and Graeme Clent of Dunedin retained the over 65 doublers title and added the over 60 title.

In all Southlanders came home with 12 titles between them.


Table Tennis Development in Gore
Matt Short, a local Gore resident, was employed in 2010 by Sport Southland to deliver four sports to primary schools in Eastern Southland over a one year period, focusing on one sport per term. This year, 2011, Matt is delivering Table Tennis in Term 2. This involves 5-6 weeks of sport-specific skill sessions, 2-3 weeks of in-school competition and a Final’s Day involving all schools. If you would like more information on this please contact Matt at Sport Southland Gore on 03 208 3846

Southland Table Tennis 75th Jubilee
Southland Table Tennis Association celebrated 75 years of being affiliated to the New Zealand Association. Table Tennis had been played for many years in Invercargill before this.

The jubilee was held on Saturday 16th April, with a Get-together and afternoon tea in the Southland Table Tennis Stadium, followed by a dinner at Elmwood Gardens at night. The stadium was open on Sunday morning for anyone who wanted to face their old foes at the other end of the table.

111 registrations were received with 99 attending the afternoon and 81 at the dinner and approx 30 on Sunday morning. People travelled from Melbourne, Hastings, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin to attend.

A great display of memorabilia was set up and brought back a lot of memories. Sunday morning brought back some good memories of past games. Everyone enjoyed it.
The highlight of the dinner was the introduction of a Southland Table Tennis Hall of Fame. Much to the shock of John Catto he was the first inductee. John was the first Southlander to win a New Zealand Title. See Southland Hall of Fame page for a list of his achievements.

Some Photos from the Celebrations can be seen here>

Southland Table Tennis Hall of Fame
As part of the Southland Table Tennis 75th Jubilee a Southland Hall of Fame was unveiled. John Catto became the first inductee. (photo receiving certificate). John was the first Southlander to win a New Zealand Title in 1952, winning the U16 Boys Singles. He backed this up the following year followed by the U18 Boys Singles in 1954 and 1955.  

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NZ Veteran Championships 2011 held in Invercargill
Southland would like to thank all players for travelling to and competing in Invercargill at Easter. Your support is greatly appreciated as are you favourable comments on the tournament and venue. For results and photos please visit the TTNZ website:


7 pm to 9.00 pm June 7 to end of Term 3
Table Tennis Stadium, Lindisfarne Street, Invercargill

Open to all students ( parents welcome to help organize different events)

Games for the serious player,   Fun Games ( Cricket, Donkey, Hard bat, Opposite hand, etc.)
            Basic coaching (grip, strokes, practice routines, multi-ball).
                    Music, Canteen available, Bats available, $5 per person per night, $10 Family

For any further information contact:
Carolyn Geraghty, TTS Development Officer Phone 03 216 8920


10.00 am to 12.00 noon Every week of the Year

Table Tennis Stadium, Lindisfarne Street, Invercargill

Open to Everyone- all ages- retired- shift workers- others   

Generally doubles played, but you can play singles.

Tea and Coffee included in fee

Good company- Get active- Keep yourself fit ( or get fit)
Bats available if you do not have your own.

$4 per person per morning

For any further information contact:
Carolyn Geraghty, TTS Development Officer Phone 03 216 8920, or just turn up.


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