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South Wonston TT Club regularly trains the Hampshire Youth Games table tennis teams for Winchester. They are always looking for Year 7 and Year 8 boys and girls who are interested in playing table tennis for the team.
Anyone who would like to be considered for training for the team should contact South Wonston Table Tennis Club for more details.

News for 2017-18

Thanks to Martyn Davey for this report about Winchester Cadets (U15):
"2nd Round of the National Cadets League held on December 3rd at Waterside Table Tennis Club, Totton.
The team was Ethan Cheung ,Will Agombar and Danny Klinger .
The first match was against Southampton A, in which the team played well and secured a score of 3-3.
In the 2nd match the team was up against the strong team of Bournemouth A in which they were able to win only 2 games, which resulted in a 2-4 scoreline.
In the 3rd round against Bournemouth B, Will and Danny both won their games comfortably. Ethan won a game and this resulted in a 5 - 1 win.
The next match was against a team that had come up from Div 2. After several hard fought games the team secured a 6 - 0 victory .
The last match was against Weymouth A, who had not lost a game all day. Ethan played well and won his games; Will was unfortunate to lose his match after taking his opponent to 5 legs, and lost 11-9 in the fifth.
The overall result was that the team finished 3rd in Div 1.
The Winchester team played very well with a good amount of skill and determination. They each have a good attitude to the game and are to be commended on their performance and sportsmanship."

There are 20 teams and 4 Divisions in this region of the National Cadets League, so Winchester did really well to come 3rd in Division 1, including finishing above Southampton A! You can see all the details here.

News for 2016-17

Thanks to Paddy Shephard for these reports:
Westgate U13 Boys team

Report on the English Schools Teams Regional Final, at Bournemouth, featuring Westgate Boys Under 13s

Westgate Under 13 boys table tennis team have experienced an impressive run in the English Schools team championships this year. Initially they became champions of the Winchester and Eastleigh area and followed this up to became Hampshire schools champions. They represented Hampshire in the Zone Finals in London where again they defeated all opposition. They won their way to the Regional finals held in Bournemouth just a step away from being one of the top four teams in their age group in England.

In their first match they met Chalfont Community College from Buckinghamshire and succeeded in defeating them 6-2. In their second fixture they defeated the Wellington School team from Somerset 5-3. This encounter was closer than it appeared with Will Agombar beating one opponent 5-11, 11-4, 11-13, 12-10, 12-10 and Harry Benson being edged out 14-12, 12-14, 6-11, 10-12 in his final match.

So in the end there were two undefeated teams with the final fixture deciding who would win their way to the National Finals. University College School from Camden, North London were the opponents. To reach the Regional Finals they had defeated two of the best Under 13 teams in London and therefore were going to be a force to be reckoned with.

The London team were just too talented and experienced for the Winchester boys and won the fixture 8-0 in quite a vocal series of matches. But the boys fought to the bitter end and deserve enormous credit for their efforts in reaching a level teams in Winchester had never reached before.

Well done, Harry Birch, Henry Crompton, Harry Benson and Will Agombar. The good news is that Harry Birch and Henry are young enough to compete in the Under 13s again next year.

Report on the English Schools Zone Finals 14-15 JANUARY 2017

South Wonston Table Tennis Club provides the great majority of the players of three school teams which became County champions recently - and this weekend they all participated in the Zone finals at Morpeth School in East London.

The County champions from Hampshire, Berkshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Surrey and Kent were invited to compete at Boys Under 11, Under 13 and Under 16 levels.

In the Under 11's the St Bede team comprising Danny Klinger, Jack Birch, Harvey Cross and Stanley Damant played very well and achieved 3rd place in a league of 4 teams. In one match they lost three singles in closely contested 5 set games. Had they won some of these they may well have qualified for the semi-finals. Three of the boys are young enough to compete next year in the same age group

In the Under 13 Boys The Westgate School team won their initial group of three, reached the semi-final which they again won and finally, by the closest of margins, won the final itself. It was an excellent performance from all the boys, Harry Birch, Henry Crompton, Harry Benson and Will Agomba. Harry Benson must be especially commended for winning all his games, while the three other boys won 5 games from 8 over the course of the day. As they became Zone champions they now go to Bournemouth on Saturday March 4 to compete against other Zone winners. The next stage would be the National Finals themselves.

In the Under 16 Boys The Westgate School faced tough opposition in their group. In their first match they fought valiantly but were overcome 7-1 by the Kent champions, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys. Their coach said the score did not reflect how close some of the matches were. In their second match against the Essex champions, Bishops Stortford School, the Westgate boys were fortunate that one of their players had stormed off in an earlier match and excluded himself from playing further. In a tough encounter the Hampshire team won 6-2 and booked themselves into the semi final. In their next match they faced Thatcham School from West Sussex which was perhaps the strongest team on the day. The opposition won comfortably, 5-0. Will Crompton was the closest to achieving victory, losing to his opponent 11-9 in the 5th set. This left the Westgate team of Ethan Cheung, Ed Robertson, Finlay Peters and Will Crompton in equal 3rd place. This was a very young team who will still be competing in the Under 16's for a further 2 years and could look forward to doing even better next year and the year after.

What's the structure of the Schools Championships?

Here goes! The event at Morpeth School was a Zone Final ie 7 counties. The top two progressed to one of two Regional Finals. I understand there will be 4 Regional Finals. The winners of each Regional Final ie 4 schools will participate in the National Finals the winners being crowned England champions. The Under 13's were placed first at the Zone final and now go to Bournemouth where there will be another Zone winning team, and they will also be joined by 2 teams who came 2nd in their Zone. So being first in the Zone is an advantage because you meet only one other winner in the Regional Final and two other 2nd place teams. That said, even the 2nd place teams are strong in certain areas!


Report on English Schools TTA Hampshire Individual Finals at Waterside

South Wonston Table Tennis players experienced mixed fortunes in the recent Under 11, Under 13 and Under 16 Hampshire individual finals held recently at Waterside TTC.

Our most successful player was Georgia Barker from Westgate School who won the Under 13 Girls event and therefore has been selected for the National Finals to be held in Wolverhampton later in the year. Georgia has worked very hard to achieve this success and we wish her well when she travels to Wolverhampton.

The only other Winchester girl at Waterside was Isabelle Tivey, also from Westgate. Having never entered any competitions before, she played well, coming third in her group.

None of the boys won any title but achieved success nevertheless. In a very tough Under 16 Boys event Ed Robertson ended second in his group after fighting back against his first opponent. He had Matthew Daish in his group, the Number 1 seed who had in earlier years been Boys Under 11 champion of England and is currently playing matches in one of the German leagues. A tough task for Ed who then lost his quarter-final match against a player ranked above him.

Also in the Under 16 boys Jared Schaller, Kings School, played confidently to win his way to the semi final but then met Matthew Daish who dashed any hopes he had of a place in the final. In the Under 13 Boys Blake Sanderson, also from Kings , won his way to the semi-final but then met a hard hitting opponent who dominated him with fast and accurate strokes. A disappointment for Blake but valuable experience gained.

Also in the Under 13 boys Harry Birch, Westgate, came 3rd in his group which contained the boy who subsequently beat Blake, so a tough draw for him.

In the Boys Under 11 competition Danny Klinger, St Bede, and Ben Foster, Western, took part. Danny reached the semis but was then knocked out by the Number 1 seed. Ben came 3rd in the group. Pippa and Emily, both St Bede, lost at the group stages.

Congratulations to all the Winchester youngsters who competed.

Further success for Winchester in National Cadet League

Round 2 (4th December) in Division 1

As in Round 1, the team was
Ed Robertson , Blake Sanderson and Ethan Cheung .
Lost to Bournemouth 0-6
Beat Southampton A 4-2
Beat Weymouth B 6-0
Beat Southampton B 4-2
Beat Weymouth A 6-0
The team played very well and finished second with 20 points.

Round 1 (6th November) in Division 2

The team of Ed Robertson , Blake Sanderson and Ethan Cheung played in the National Cadet League on Sunday 6th November at Waterside Table Tennis Club, Totton. Cadets were under 14 at the start of 2016.

They played in Division 2 and played 5 matches over the day, winning all them 6-0! This result gives them promotion to Division 1. You can see full results here . Thanks to Martyn Davey and Paddy Shephard for the reports and picture.

Great results for Westgate at Schools County Championships

Thanks to Andy Hider, Head of Pupil Support at Westgate for this report:
On December 5th 2016, The Westgate school took two teams to the Table Tennis County Finals at Testwood College. Our Under 16 team were young (only Year 9 boys) but all four players were of a very good standard. They were drawn against some top opposition in the first round, but played exceptionally well to beat both schools to get through to the final stages. The next two teams that they played presented a real challenge and there were some incredible nail biting games, which went right to the wire. All four players played so well and fought right to the end to win the whole competition - well done to
Ed Robertson , Ethan Cheung , Will Crompton and Finlay Peters .
Our Under 13 team were very nervous as only a few of them had played in competitions before. Their first round was nearly all over as they struggled to find their form but narrowly got through to the final stages by one game! They then stepped up their play and again fought a hard battle to beat both schools to become U13 champions as well. Well played to Harry Birch , Henry Crompton, Harry Benson and Luke Salwey.
With both teams through to the Regional Zone finals in London and our friends at St Bede's Primary school through too, Winchester has once again led the way!
Recently a number of young players took part in a tournament at Wildern School to find the best Under 11 boys and girls in the Winchester/Eastleigh area. There were 16 boys and 16 girls competing, with the top two boys and the top 2 girls winning places in the Hampshire Schools Finals at Waterside Table Tennis Club in Totton later in the month.

The players were put in groups of 4 with the top two in each group entering a knockout competition. In the semi finals of both competitions all players came from South Wonston Table Tennis Club. The four girls in the semi finals were all from St Bede, and St Bede also had boys in the semi-finals. The two other boys in the semi-final were from Western Primary in Winchester and Fairoak Primary in Eastleigh.
Congratulations to the two girls, who will now attend the Hampshire Finals, Pippa and Emily, and to the two boys, Danny and Ben, who also will compete in Totton.

English Schools TTA Hampshire Individual Finals

Georgia Barker wins the U13s, while Ed Robertson , Jared Schaller , Blake Sanderson and others enjoy mixed fortunes at Waterside.

Read Paddy Shephard 's report here.

You can see other recent reports about young Winchester (and South Wonston!) players on the Juniors pages.

3 Winners' Trophies for South Wonston in Hants County Closed Tournament

Read a full Report here

English Schools Team Championships

Teams of boys and girls from Winchester, Chandlers Ford and Eastleigh met recently at Westgate School in Winchester to compete for places in the English Schools Hampshire Primary Schools Final.

Thanks to Paddy Shephard, South Wonston's chief coach, for this report:
"There were two girls teams competing - St Bede from Winchester, and Fair Oak from Eastleigh. St Bede won 13 games to three. The St Bede team was Pippa Knight, Zara Webb, Emily Steven and Kitty Manning.

For the boys, Winchester were represented by St Bede A (with Danny Klinger, Jack Birch, Harvey Cross and Stanley Damant), Harestock (with Panos, Fred, JJ and Ben), and Western (with Ben Foster, Louis Addey, Jacob Caldwell and Arthur Key).

In the 1st round of the knockout competition, Western had quite a tussle against Fair Oak A. It was all square at the end of the match so the No 1 players from each side (Ben Foster and Reuben Kimber) had to battle it out to decide which team would progress. In a tough match Ben ran out the winner.

St Bede A boys won their group, beating Fair Oak B 4-0, and St Francis A also 4-0. In the knockout stage they beat Harestock 4-0, but Danny struggled to beat Panos, finally overcoming him 11-7, 10-12 11-8.

In the final Western took on St Bede A. Apart from a hard match between the No 1s for each team - Ben Foster for Western and Danny Klinger from St Bede A - the St Bede team ran out comfortable winners."

News for 2016

South Wonston TT Club young players make an impact at County level

Hampshire Schools held their Championships recently.
Under 11 Boys
Will Nye of Harestock School, the 2015 Winchester Primary Schools champion, competed in the Winchester/Eastleigh area Under 11 competition and won that one. He then took part in the Hampshire Schools finals held at Waterside TTC in Southampton on 12 February. He beat all his opponents and became Under 11 Boys Hampshire Schools champion. He now competes in the National Championships, to be held at Aldersley Leisure Centre near Wolverhampton, on Saturday 23 April.
Under 13 Boys
After winning the Winchester/Eastleigh area Under 13 competition, Ed Robertson of Westgate School then took part in the Hampshire Schools finals at Waterside, ending runner-up after losing to Thomas Poynter, who is ranked 41 in England at Under 13 level.
Paddy Shephard , South Wonston TT Club's Chief Coach, writes "On Sunday 21 Feb we took 8 young players from South Wonston TTC to the Southern Area Inter-Regional Qualifying tournament. There are 10 Regions in England, and the Southern one comprises Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxford and Surrey.
All the players were boys ranging from Under 11 to Cadet (Under 15). All played well and improved their experience of tournament play. The boys who took part were Under 11s Will Nye , Harry Birch and Ben Mercer; Under 13s Blake Sanderson , Matt James , Finlay Peters , Ben Sauve, and Cadet Ed Robertson .
In the Under 11s Will Nye and Harry Birch were both undefeated in their groups. In the rearranged groups Will was unlucky and lost a three-setter which meant he did not qualify.
Harry Birch
Harry lost only two matches and has now qualified for the Finals, which are to be held in Kettering on the week-end of 21 and 22 May. There he will play for the Southern Region Under 11 Boys Team against all the other regional teams, and on the Sunday he'll take part in the individual tournament. The only players excluded from this competition are the 20 best players in England at each age group."
South Wonston players did exceptionally well at the latest Young Players' Tournament at Waterside on Sunday 10th April.
Mike Robertson has kindly provided this report: "There were 28 players altogether, with South Wonston being represented by Georgia Barker, Harry Benson,
Dominic Goddard and Ed Robertson . All enjoyed playing in a variety of groups over the course of the afternoon. Dominic and Ed were unbeaten going into the final round and this put them in a group with Joe Watkins & Ben Hounsell, both of Waterside. Ed beat Ben in 4 games and Dominic beat Joe in 3 games to set up an all South Wonston final.
It was a great match: Dominic won the first 2 games, but Ed fought back to finally win 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6."
Dom (left), Ed (right), with their trophies. Both boys have played well in Division 3 this season.
Congratulations to Blake Sanderson of South Wonston A on winning the 8th October Young Players Tournament at Waterside in Southampton.
This was in a field of 32 players, so it's a fine achievement!
Paddy Shephard reports:

St Bede Primary and Westgate are Hampshire Schools Table Tennis Champions!

On Friday 4th Dec 2015 , St Bede Under 11 boys team and Westgate Under 13 boys team were crowned Hampshire Schools table tennis champions at the Testwood Sports Centre in Totton.

The St Bede team, Blake Sanderson, Harry Birch, Jake Young and Zak Edwards, faced a tough challenge from four other primary schools. Blake won all his matches after a nervous start and Harry played brilliantly losing only one. It was left to Jake and Zak to sneak some wins which enabled St Bede to succeed. It was nail-biting stuff at times!

The Westgate boys faced another nine teams. The boys were up to the challenge with Ed Robertson, Ethan Cheung, Finlay Peters and Ben Sauve all fighting hard to achieve vital wins.

Both teams now have to travel to East London to take part in the Zone finals at the end of January. There the opposition becomes tougher. The champions of seven counties come together including strong teams from Essex and Kent.

Over the next few weeks the boys will strive to improve to meet that challenge!
St Bede, Hampshire Schools Under 11 Boys winners, 2015
Westgate, Hampshire Schools Under 13 Boys winners, 2015

Latest National Cadet League meeting at Testwood College

Winchester boys were equal top in Division 2 and only just missed out because they lost to the other equal top team. The Winchester team comprised Jared Schaller, Finlay Peters, Blake Sanderson and Doug Scally. Blake is an Under 12, Finlay and Doug are Under 13's so it's a good result given their ages.

News for 2014-2015

News for 2015

Primary Schools Singles and Team Presentations
Will Nye of Harestock Primary
Runner-Up: Jasper Sandys-Winsch of Western Primary
Presentations kindly made by the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Eileen Berry.
Click here for a report of the Presentations.

A year after winning the title of "Senior Volunteer of the Year" at the Winchester Sports Awards in the Guildhall,
Paddy Shephard has done it again! This time he was named "Participation Coach" in recognition of setting up the Winchester Primary School League in conjunction with South Wonston TT Club, Winchester TT League and Winchester City Council. Winchester's Mayor, Cllr Eileen Berry, visited the League at Westgate School Gym on Friday and was clearly highly impressed with what she saw. Paddy is very much the driving force behind the League, which has now enjoyed 3 great weeks out of a 5-week programme.
You can read the Echo's report of the presentations here.
The Primary School League starts again - see here for a report!
Helpers are always welcome and needed to help with scoring and umpiring - many of the young players are still at a very early stage in their table tennis careers! Please contact Paddy Shephard on 07443508300 if you can help on (some or more) Fridays, 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm. It's enjoyable and rewarding!

Introductory evening at Westgate School ..

News for 2014

Primary Schools give table tennis their best shot in
Table Tennis Taster sessions at Westgate School in Winchester

South Wonston TT Club's head coach, Paddy Shephard , recently organised some well-supported introductory table tennis sessions at Westgate School. Invitations went out to Primary Schools in the Winchester area to bring interested pupils to extended lunchtime sessions in Westgate's well-appointed Sports Hall. 8 tables were kept busy for over two hours, and most of the participants seemed eager to carry on indefinitely! A feature was the help Paddy got from experienced players from Westgate School and South Wonston TT club, as well as from teachers and parents.

Sometimes an event like this can seem to limp along rather aimlessly, but it was obvious Paddy has done this kind of thing many times before and he kept things rolling along at a fine pace. First, the players were set a series of basic tasks (serves, forehands, backhands, topspin and so on), which were carefully scored and totted up by the experienced helpers at each table; later they moved on to a few rounds of 'Top Table', where short games were played and winners moved up towards the 'Top Table' while losers moved down. All very purposeful and competitive! I was impressed by the enthusiastic attitude of the youngsters, and the obvious enjoyment they were getting.

39 children attended from St Bedes Primary School (teacher, David Metcalfe), 27 from Twyford St Mary's and 32 from Western Primary (teacher, Kelly Goode). Those who got the best assessments will be invited to take part in a Tournament at Westgate School on 12th July.

South Wonston's new venture at Westgate School is up and running. Something for everyone, young and old!

Read an article here about how the first week went!

Please note that South Wonston's Home League matches are still to be played at the old venue in South Wonston village.

Paddy Shephard takes prize at Winchester Sports Awards 2013

At a crowded Winchester Guildhall on Thursday Paddy won the title of "Senior Volunteer of the Year", for his tireless and highly effective work in master-minding, energising and running South Wonston TT Club's initiative to develop Junior table tennis in the Winchester area.

Successful grant applications have produced Thursday and Friday evening table tennis at Westgate School, with a full complement of new tables and a very encouraging level of attendance by young and older players alike.

Many sports were represented at the Awards Night, including cricket, football, rugby, athletics, triathlon, basketball, cycling, netball and judo, so it was a remarkable win for Paddy, as well as a great boost for our sport.

Paralympian cyclist Darren Kenny OBE was the Special Guest and gave some fascinating insights into what motivates successful sportspeople in general and Paralympians in particular.

Thanks to David Binns for the pictures
Below is one from Winchester City Council's Facebook page:
U11, U13 and U15 Tournament held at Westgate School, Thursday 13th Feb.
Results were:-
 WinnerRunner-UpPlate WinnerPlate Runner-Up
Under 11
(16 entries)
Doug Scally Caleb Peppiat William Rhodes Nat Alkin
Under 13
(15 entries)
Theo Maclean Rohan Sunar Jude Royall Dan Garabette
Under 15 Semi Final 1
(11 entries)
Oliver Kieran Fergus Swales  
Under 15 Semi Final 2 Archie Hillier Josh Woodhouse   
Under 15 Plate James Hanley Dan Howie    
The U15 Final will take place on Saturday 26th April at Finals Night, Itchen Abbas and Avington Village Hall.
Ben Cawston makes national headlines ... as a rackets player!
See here
Ben Cawston wins a Grand Prix title - see here .
Closer to home, Ben also beat Ed Slot in the Basingstoke Mens Singles Final.
Anyone who saw Ed play in our Singles Final on Saturday will know that's a real achievement for Ben!
Thanks to Barry Ross for the info.

National Junior League Report, 12 October 2014

Winchester took a young team to Fareham to compete in the National Junior League, and were quite surprised to be rated so highly and to be asked to play in the first division.
After a poor start against the Isle of Wight the team was 2 games to nil down in their first match.
Josh Woodhouse , who was making his debut, won a thrilling 5 gamer against their 3rd player. Sadly the team eventually ran out losing 6-3.

Our second match was played against Portsmouth, where our only success was Winchester Under 15 champion Ollie Kierans winning 2 out of his 3 legs, with the final score Winchester losing 7-2.

The final match was against the top seeds Southampton West. Once again our only success was Ollie winning 2 out of 3 of his legs, with a famous victory against highly-seeded Richard White, Ollie coming out on top in the 5th. The day for Harry Gavins was most interesting as he was a match for most of the opposition, but unluckily lost out in the 5th game on 4 or 5 occasions throughout the day. Eventually he became a little frustrated. Better luck next time, Harry!

Report by David Binns , Winchester Juniors team manager.

With Ben Cawston in the lead role, Hampshire Schools dominated teams from Kent, Sussex, Devon, Dorset, Essex and Cornwall at Westgate School Winchester on Saturday.

Ben won all of his matches, including a fine victory over Hugo Pang of Dorset, who is Ranked 11 in England Juniors compared to Ben's 29. David Binns also reports that Ben's win over Harry Nicholls of Cornwall was a 'master class'.

Next up: Kent, Essex & Sussex on 7th March in Cippenham (near Slough).

Ben Cawston is Player of the Weekend at the Bristol Grand Prix for his exemplary attitude and determination. See here . Ben receives award from  Phil Thomas of Bribar

Former Winchester champion Garth Kinlocke, pictured here, won the Band 2 event.

News for 2013

Girls Night at South Wonston: 23rd October
Jenna Armitage reports: "On 23rd October 2012 South Wonston TT Club hosted a girls/ladies evening at the Club in South Wonston. 14 girls and ladies came along to the session and it was wonderful to see the hall filled with a wide variety of age groups all enjoying our sport.
We would like to thank all the girls who came along, also our coaches David, Paddy and Martyn and helpers (Charlotte, Ben and Ben's Mum).
Also thanks to Aled Howell (South Region Coach) and Lisa Williams (Regional Development Manager) for popping in to lend a hand.
We await feed back from the girls to see how to continue to encourage girls into our sport, but meanwhile girls and boys (and adults) are very welcome to attend South Wonston's Club night on Thursday evenings from 7.30 pm. (Except the last Thursday of the month.)"
Tressa Armitage , of South Wonston TT Club and still a Junior, won the Women's Open at the Bristol Grand Prix recently. Tressa remained unbeaten throughout the tournament and eventually defeated Emma Vickers - a regular Senior International player - 13-11 in the fifth. Although Tressa has previously won banded events this was her first Women's Open win. Tressa has now joined a Senior Elite team in Italy, and trains and plays regularly there.
Winchester Juniors excel in the southern area National Junior League Division 1
David Binns says: "I have to report very good news!
The rules of the National Junior League meant that we could not change our playing order due to our teams ranking changes. So Morgan Smith played 1st, Adam Lee 2nd, and Ben Cawston 3rd. As you may know, Ben Cawston is now ranked above both Morgan and Adam in the ETTA Junior Rankings.
First up we played last time's runners up Lancing, the team from West Sussex near Brighton. The team played superbly and we won 5-1. Our second match was against Bournemouth B team; here again we played well, once again winning the match 5-1. Next up, the big one: we played Southampton West, last time's league winners. Here we saw a superb performance by Ben beating Nathan Hack, and Adam beating Alan Dawson in a 5 game thriller, giving us a 4-2 match victory. This is the first time we have ever won against any Southampton West team, and you could see my clear delight! Our next match was against the local team of Fareham. The highlight in this match was the incredible victory over highly ranked cadet Jonney McMullen by Morgan.
In our final game we played the very strong Bournemouth A team with top seed Zac Dowling, and Matthew Daish, ETTA ranked No 9 at Cadet level. Here Morgan had an amazing victory over top seed Zac Dowling, and Ben had a fantastic win against Matthew Daish to give us a 3-3 draw.
Final performance results are: Morgan Played 10, Won 8; Adam Played 10, Won 3; Ben Played 10, Won 10.

You can see the tables and averages here .

It was wonderful to hear comments like "Winchester have created a very strong team", and special comments for Morgan, Adam and Ben. So we are looking at the best Juniors in the southern area! Keep right on, team Winchester!
I am now a very happy man."
South Wonston TT Club has received £500 from Skipton Building Society, for more equipment to help develop young players in the Winchester area. Thanks to all who voted!
How South Wonston TT Club got a 'Small Grant' (£10,000!) from Sport England with assistance from Winchester City Council!
See here
Also, news about New sessions organised by South Wonston TTC.
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Girls Night at South Wonston: 23rd October
Jenna Armitage reports: "On 23rd October 2012 South Wonston TT Club hosted a girls/ladies evening at the Club in South Wonston. 14 girls and ladies came along to the session and it was wonderful to see the hall filled with a wide variety of age groups all enjoying our sport.
We would like to thank all the girls who came along, also our coaches David, Paddy and Martyn and helpers (Charlotte, Ben and Ben's Mum).
Also thanks to Aled Howell (South Region Coach) and Lisa Williams (Regional Development Manager) for popping in to lend a hand.
We await feed back from the girls to see how to continue to encourage girls into our sport, but meanwhile girls and boys (and adults) are very welcome to attend South Wonston's Club night on Thursday evenings from 7.30 pm. (Except the last Thursday of the month.)"
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News for 2011

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  • Hampshire Youth Games 2010

    Jenna Armitage reports: A group of enthusiastic young people from Winchester travelled to Aldershot for the Hampshire Youth Games on Saturday 19th June 2010. The table tennis team, made up of year 7 and 8 boys and girls, was trained by South Wonston Table Tennis Club - many of them had only been playing table tennis for a matter of weeks but all were keen to put their new found skills to the test in their first competitive tournament. We hope it will be the first of many for these talented young people.

    Seven boys and three girls were selected to represent Winchester in the Hampshire Youth Gamesí table tennis event and the team, with coaches and supporters (David and Jenna), first attended the Opening Ceremony at the Athletics Stadium at Aldershot. Children from all parts of Hampshire filled the stadium with colour and noise and with Winchester in their orange shirts, New Forest in dark green, Portsmouth in purple and Andover in sky blue (to name but a few) the "rainbow nation" had come to Hampshire!

    After the HipHop Dance exhibition and the Parade of Games it was down to business. The boysí table tennis team began their tournament in groups and faced youngsters from all over Hampshire. They battled hard and fought to move forward to the first round of the main tournament. Some of our youngsters enjoyed success in the consolation tournament also, but Ben Payne reached the semi final of the main tournament and won the bronze medal.

    What a fantastic achievement for Benís first event!!

    Meanwhile the Winchester girls played a round robin event against a more experienced team from Portsmouth. Many of our young girls had their first taste of success and Adele Payne (Benís sister) came third, receiving a bronze medal too. The girls showed a wonderful spirit of determination to fight on under strong competition and we hope to see more of them all next season. What a wonderful opportunity for Hampshire youngsters to experience sport in a friendly, but competitive environment at the Hampshire Youth Games 2010. Congratulations to Team Winchester and very well done all of you!

  • Tressa Armitage continues her winning ways!

    See here for a full report from the recent Bribar East Midlands Junior 4 star event.

    Chrissie Slot also gets an honourable mention.
    England Cadet Girls, of which Tressa Armitage was a member, won the international team event in Venice in January 2010. Tressa was a beaten semi finalist losing to an Italian girl who went onto win the Cadet Girls Individual event. A medal and Eur 50 prize money was secured for the weekend's work!
    Tressa recently won the MBL East Yorkshire Cadet Girls Open - see here . Tressa is currently ranked 5th in England as a Cadet: three of the four higher-ranked players were also playing in the Bridlington event, so this was a remarkable achievement for the South Wonston club player!
  • There's a recent (September 2009) Hampshire Chronicle article about Tressa here

  • Tressa Armitage is selected to play for England Cadet Girls in the Cadet 6 Nations Tournament in Kopping near Stockholm from 22-24 May 2009.
    She will be competing against the top under 15 players of France, Sweden, Germany, Holland and Denmark. Her international debut for England!
  • April: Chrissie Slot is now ranked 2 in England U-12. Tressa Armitage is ranked 5 in England U-14.
  • Tressa Armitage has received a further £1,000 financial support towards coaching and other costs from Asda / Sports Aid. This brings the total amount received over the last 12 months to £1,500 from Asda / Sports Aid. She was presented with the latest award by Chris Huhne, the MP for Eastleigh, and the Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Derek Pretty, at Asda's Chandlers Ford superstore recently.

  • Ed Slot and his sister Chrissie (the Winchester Junior Runner-Up, 2008) won the Andover Junior and Cadet titles recently.

    Here's a report from Lionel Whyton:

    The new Andover Junior Table Tennis champion is Edwin Slot, from the South Wonston club and the Cadet champion is Edwin's sister, Chrissie. On Thursday night at the John Hanson School they swept all opposition aside to complete a unique double. Chrissie got through to the final by beating both Morgan Smith & Ray Lockington in straight sets. The final seemed to be a formality as she once again took little time in defeating Reuben Grimshaw 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 to secure the title.

    Edwin saw off Grimshaw, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 14-12 in the quarter-finals and Morgan Smith in the Semi's to set up a final against Pierce Stretch. Slot began well taking the first set 11-4 with some powerful hitting, but Stretch came back strongly to win the second 11-7. The two players have similar styles of play and entertained the spectators with an awesome display of attacking shots, before Slot just emerged 11-9 winner to go 2 sets to one up. Stretch got off to a bad start in the fourth and was quickly four points adrift, but fought back well to 8-8. At 9-10 down, Slot had to pull out his best shots to level once again and from there went on to take the championship 13-11.

  • South Wonston also has Hampshire Schools Individual Champions too!

    Lewis Creighton won the Under 19s - Boys
    Tressa Armitage won the Under 16s - Girls
    Chrissie Slot won the Under 13s - Girls
    All will go on to the National Finals in Doncaster in April.
  • The Hampshire Schools Team Competition took place on Friday 14th November 2008 in a number of different locations. Peter Symonds College entered a team in the Under 19s Boys event and travelled to Taunton's College in Southampton. Winchester juniors Francis, Lewis and Oliver and Josh, from Andover, formed the team. After a hard fought battle the Peter Symonds team won 15 out of their 16 matches and won this event. They will now travel to Ernest Bevin College in London to take part in the zone finals.

    Congratulations and good luck in the next stage.


    South Wonston Table Tennis Club was again privileged to have been invited by Winchester City Council to coach its table tennis squad and select its team for the Hampshire Youth Games 2008 held at Aldershot. All the teams were required to comprise 4 players from school years 7 and 8 only and must include at least one girl.

    On arrival, it was found that ten table tennis teams had been entered, including four from Portsmouth, the 2007 champions. The teams were divided into two Groups of 5 teams which played each other. Winchester's team was runner up in its Group and played Test Valley in a semi-final, losing a very close, drawn match against Test Valley by only one point. Test Valley went on to lose in the final against new champions Fareham. Meanwhile, the two losing semi-finalists played each other with Winchester beating Basingstoke & Deane by just 5 points in another very close, drawn match.

    All the squad members seemed to enjoy the coaching sessions. Team players, Reuben, Charlotte, Ryan and Morgan all performed to the very best of their abilities in the Games and were rewarded by being able to proudly display Bronze medals, as can be seen in the accompanying photograph taken by John Johnston.

    Dennis Thomson - Team Manager

  • Tressa Armitage gets support from Joola and Asda .

    Tressa was nominated by the English Table Tennis Association for a Sports Aid Grant. She was accepted by the Sports Aid Scheme, and Asda, a scheme sponsor, duly agreed to financially support her with an initial grant of £500 for 2008. Tressa has also entered into a sponsorship deal with Bribar Sports whereby she will use and promote Joola clothing and equipment.

  • Winchester players shine at Hampshire Junior Closed Tournament: report by Jenna Armitage.  
    The Hampshire Junior Closed Tournament took place at Redbridge Community School on Sunday 11th November and was well attended by Juniors from all over the County.
    Tressa Armitage from South Wonston and Southampton West Clubs swept all before her to retain her U13 Singles title and win the U15 Singles and U15 Doubles titles.  She then came within a whisker of taking the U18 Singles title as well.  However the more experienced Fareham and Gosport player Annabelle Morle was strong enough to beat off her challenge and took the U18 title.
    Tressa's doubles partner for the U15 category was Jonathan Evans from Basingstoke and Waterside Club, who also put in a strong performance taking the U15 Boys Singles and Doubles with Tressa and challenged strongly in the U18 category.
    Someone else who performed strongly was 10 year old Chrissie Slot who took the silver position in the U13 category, and continues to make her mark.
    Francis Armitage faced Garth Kinlocke in the semi-finals of the Under 18 Boys group but Garth proved too strong for him and went on to beat Ruihao Zhang in the final to take the title.  The Under 18 Open Doubles final was won by Becky House and Annabelle Morle with Francis Armitage and Jonathan Evans as runners up.
    It was good to see a strong challenge from the Isle of Wight in the U13 boys category and George Downing returned to the Island with a winner's trophy.

    (Ed: Garth Kinlocke and Ruihao Zhang both played in the Winchester League last season. Many of us will remember their pulsating Junior Final at the Winchester Civil Service Club in May (see report here) )

  • Chrissie Slot performs at Cirencester: report by Edwin Slot.  

    On Sunday 21st October, Chrissie Slot travelled to Cirencester to play in the 1-star under 11 championships.
    She started in the tournament with 0 points and was unseeded in the event.
    She progressed through her group beating Nicole Cleminson, Katie Wilson, Lydia Anslow and only losing in five to Holly Van Haver.  Chrissie and Nicole came out as the two highest in their group as they had both won 3 matches and lost one.  However, Chrissie had won more games overall so she was declared the winner of the group.
    This meant she was through to the semi final to play the runner up of the other group, Francesca Barnes.  Chrissie, being completely unseeded in the event would have only been expected to get through to the consolation.  Chrissie lost the first two games 8-11 8-11.  After she thought about what she was doing - she came back 11-7 and 11-8 to level it out to 2-2.  The 5th game was very close and at the change of ends, she was 5-4 up.  Chrissie just found that bit extra to take the final set 11-6 and the match.
    Chrissie was now through to play Esther Hoskin, a very experienced player, in the finals.  Chrissie knew that even if she lost this, she'd have a trophy, so she was more relaxed about this match.  She started very well and built up a 9-7 lead over Esther only to lose 12-10 with Esther having to raise her game.  Chrissie built up the same 9-7 lead in the 2nd game, this time Chrissie won 11-7.  In the 3rd game the score went to 10-10 and Chrissie managed to win 12-10.  Chrissie was now 2-1 ahead and now believed she had a chance of winning.  However, Esther showed her experience, fighting for every point to take the next two games and the U11's title.
    Chrissie did very well to get 2nd place.

  • Inter-town match: Good performances by Winchester in recent group matches: 

  • Winchester's Inter-town team consisted of
    Francis Armitage, Gengshi Chen (as a boy) and Oliver Cox with Tressa Armitage as the girl.  The Winchester team played in the First Division.

    The Winchester team's first opponents were Bournemouth and all players played well but lost 6-4 (despite the fact that Bournemouth did not have a girl).   Bournemouth then went on to beat their next opponents (Fareham & Gosport)

    Then it was Winchester's turn to play Fareham & Gosport.  Francis won both his singles matches, Gengshi won one boys singles match and Tressa went on to beat Bethany Wells in the girls singles. Francis and Tressa were successful in the first mixed doubles match which meant that it was crucial for Oliver and Tressa to win their final mixed doubles match.  Playing the siblings Bethany and Kieran Wells, Oliver and Tressa triumphed giving Winchester the win.  Winchester ended the day in second place behind Bournemouth. 

    Unusually,  all of Winchester's players live in the city!

    News for 2006-7

    • Recent news about Tressa Armitage:
      • ETTA 2007 National Finals – 
        • Bronze medal for third place in the Under 12 Girls finals.  
        • Quarterfinalist in the Under 13 Girls competition.
      • Attended the Under 12 England National Training Squad held at Lilleshall on 30/6 to 1/7.  Highlight of the weekend was 30 minutes 1 on 1 training with Desmond Douglas.
    • Hampshire Juniors, featuring Winchester League players Garth Kinlocke, David McBeath and Hannah Hicks, have won the Premier Division of the ETTA Junior County Championships. They were undefeated all season.  This followed wins in Division 2 and Division 1 in successive seasons.  See for details, including honourable mentions for both Hannah and Garth!  Here's the team:
    • national premier division county champs
    • Tressa Armitage was pictured  recently on the back page of the Winchester Extra newspaper
    • Chrissie Slot joins Tressa Armitage as a Hampshire table tennis Champion - with Edwina Kinlocke as a Runner-Up - see here for more!
    • Winchester tops Division 2 of the Hants Junior Inter-Town.   The first of two sets of block matches in the Hants Junior Inter-Town League were held on Sunday 5 November 2006 at Redbridge Community School. Winchester heads the standings in Division 2 after victories over Andover, 8:2 and Portsmouth 6:4.  The victory over Andover was relatively straightforward but against Portsmouth it was nailbiting stuff for the final match where Jason Lam was eventual winner 11:9 in the fifth. Team members were: Garth Kinlocke, Jason Lam, Oliver Cox and Katy Bradford.
    • Garth Kinlocke  (of Winnall TTC, but playing for DFS London Progress B) ) was named 'Boy Player of the Weekend' at the Bribar Junior British League meeting at Stoke on Trent,  15th October. More details here.

    News for 2005-6

    •  News of  Garth Kinlocke and David McBeath  from The ETTA National Championships and an international event in France - click here  and here
    •  Photos from Nationals and Nantes  here
    • The Hampshire junior team members Garth Kinlocke and David McBeath from Winchester TTL, and Matt Ware from Bournemouth TTL,  were all selected to take part in the recently-held National Cadet Masters. This is a tournament for the country's top 16 cadets. All performed well. In particular, Matt placed 2nd overall. This basically makes him the 2nd best cadet in the country.  Cadets were born after 31st December 1990.
    •  Winnall gets another top cadet!  Hannah Hicks, 14 years old from Stockbridge, was selected for the Cadet Masters for girls and placed 4th overall. She will be playing for Winnall next season.  Hannah also won the Women's Band 2 event at the Cheltenham Grand Prix recently.
    • In the National Team Competition for Cadets, the Johnny Leach Cup, Matt, David and Garth have reached the finals after defeating Sunderland, Birmingham and Cippenham. The finals will be held at Loughborough University this coming weekend (20-21 May). Here they will fight it out with Plymouth, Reading and Grantham for the Leach Cup title.  Unfortunately, they are playing as London and not Winchester!
    • On the weekend of 3/4/5 June, Garth, Matt and Hannah will be representing London again at the big French Regional Tournament for cadets to be held in Nantes.
    •  Matt and David have been selected to represent England at the 6 nations tournament in Europe next month.
    • Garth Kinlocke wins both Winchester Junior and Open Singles events - click here to see the Results , and here  to see a Report of the Finals

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