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JAMES HARGEST COLLEGE TAKE SECONDARY SCHOOL TABLE TENNIS TITLES for 2012
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
The victories continued the dominance of James Hargest College in Table Tennis at this
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
JAMES HARGEST College team 2011 Southland Secondary School Table tennis
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 womens 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 womens 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 mens singles) and Debra King in five close sets.
Michael Zhang reached the semi-final of the B Grade mens 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
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 womens singles with
former Southlander, now at Otago University Gemma Buzzard winning the
Ngaire Garrett and Pat Swale won the B Grade
womens doubles but lost the C Grade womens doubles final to Gemma
Buzzard and Nicky Wallace, who they had beaten in the B Grade
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 Finals 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
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.
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: http://www.tabletennis.org.nz/nationalevents.htm
NIGHT TABLE TENNIS ACTIVITIES
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
Basic coaching (grip,
strokes, practice routines, multi-ball).
Music, Canteen available, Bats available, $5 per person per night, $10
For any further information contact:
Carolyn Geraghty, TTS Development Officer Phone 03 216 8920