WoS Schools Qualifiers
Fantastic day at Drumchapel High School on Sunday 14th January, where 10 of our junior members qualified to the Scottish Schools Finals in their respective age category. Martin Johnson representing Auchenharvie Academy won the u16 Boys beating Glasgow’s Zaid Khalid in final. Holly McNamara representing Ardrossan Academy won the u14 girls event where fellow club member and Largs Academy pupil Jess Hogg reached the semi finals and also qualfied for the finals.
It was an all North Ayrshire affair in the u14 boys event, where three out of four players qualifying from the West of Scotland region where NATTC players. Jamie Johnson won the event, with Patric Hollywood beaten finalist and Chad Duncan losing out in semi final. Well done to all players listed below who qualified.
U18 Boys Event
Kayser Collins (Ayrshire College)
Ryan Henry (St Matthews Academy)
U16 Girls Event
Naomi Provan (Arran High School)
U16 Boys Event
Martin Johnson (Auchenharvie Academy)
Martin Krus (Kilwinning Academy)
U14 Girls Event
Holly McNamara (Ardrossan Academy)
Jess Hogg (Largs Academy)
U14 Boys Event
Jamie Johnson (Auchenharvie Academy)
Patric Hollywood (St Matthews Academy)
Chad Duncan (St Matthews Academy)
Two Narrow Victories in SBL
North Ayrshire have two teams competing at Bromley TTC in Division B2 and C2 of this seasons Senior British League. Our B team who competes in the B2 Division is made up of Martin Johnson, Andy Macpherson, Danny Bajwa & Ethan Chapman. Our C team who competes in the C2 Division have had 5 players involved in their team so far this season, Harvey McDonald, Charlie Morton, Ryan Henry, Kayser Collins & Jamie Johnson.
Andy, Danny, Martin & Ethan in Division B2 have impressively worked their way to joint top of table with 1 weekend left to play. The boys narrowly beat TableTennisDaily and Sycamore in the two last fixtures, both 5-4 to stay joint top with Milton Keynes. Danny Bajwa won the deciding match 11-7 in fifth to get our team the win and two points to keep us in with a fight of promotion.
Harvey, Charlie, Kayser & Jamie, alongside coach Jordan McGinlay, won 5-4 v top of the table Lillington and 5-4 v 2nd position Woodfield II in the last weekend of matches which puts them in 6th postion in a close fought league. Harvey won 5 out of 6 matches and Charlie won 6 out of 6 matches, with Jamie Johnson making considerable progress winning more matches as the season goes on.
NEW European Ranking for Martin Johnson
Following a fantastic European Youth Championships debut where he won 50% of his matches in the Cadet team event, Martin has a new European ranking of just outside the top 50 at 56. The Auchenharvie Academy pupil who is ranked no1 in Scotland at u15 level is the highest British player in the u15 boys ranking and is aiming to increase this ranking by competing in two European competitions before the year end.
Another notable recent result for Martin was winning Bronze medal in the singles of the Junior 6 Nations, beating Loui Price, the English no2 in the quarter finals. Narrowly losing out to Irish no1 Art McLauglin in the semi final 3-1.
North Ayrshire Open – CONFIRMED DATE
North Ayrshire Open confirmed for April 28th & 29th at our club venue St Matthews Academy, Saltcoats. Saturday 28th April will be Senior events such as Mens & Womens Singles, Banded Events & Over 55’s. Sunday 29th April will be all the Junior Events, from u11s to u18 boys and girls.
There will be a minimum of £1000 in prize money and vouchers and the entry forms will be online early February. We welcome all players of all standards to enter and hope to get another high number of entries as per previous years.
Sat : Senior & Banded Events
Sun : Junior Events
Minimum £1000 in prize money and vouchers with Entry forms out early February.
Success for Nathan & Jess Hogg
Nathan & Jess Hogg have attended every Scottish Ranking Event so far this season and had success at several competitions. Jess who attends Largs Academy has won U13 girls at Perth Grand Prix and at the U13’s Edinburgh Assessment where she remained undefeated throughout the day winning 8 matches out of 8.
Nathan Hogg who is currently ranked 9th in the u13 Boys TTS Scottish Rankings and a pupil of West Kilbride Primary School, picked up the title of u13 boys champion at the Glasgow Open, reached the QF of the Scottish Primary Schools and finished an impressive 5th in the u13Boys Edinburgh Assessment out of 30+ boys.
Both started at our Monday Night KA Leisure Summer Sessions during the 2017 school summer holidays and have both worked extremely hard at our various club sessions, at St Matthews and West Kilbride Community Centre.
British Premier League
North Ayrshire’s British Premier League team have won 1 from 4 matches so far this season with their only win coming against Cardiff TTC in remarkable fashion. From 3-2 down, North Ayrshire fought back to win 3 five setters in a row to win 5-3 v Cardiff, with Colin trailing 2-1 10-6 only to win 11-9 in the fifth set.
”Meanwhile, North Ayrshire picked up their first win of the season against Cardiff City TTC 5-3. The Scottish side launched an epic comeback to defeat their Welsh counterparts, recovering from a 2-0 and 3-2 deficit to take the match courtesy of three nailbiting five-set victories. Canadian Antoine Berdanet and Marcus Pettersson had put Cardiff in control through 3-0 wins over Richard Main and Sean Doherty respectively. Chris Main and Colin Dalgleish hit back with 3-1 wins over Mikka O’Connor and Dean Cundy, only for Berdanet to put Cardiff ahead again as he dispatched of Doherty. But North Ayrshire weren’t to be denied. Richard Main brought the match level as he held his nerve to defeat O’Connor, despite surrendering a two-game lead. Dalgleish then put them ahead as he came from 2-1 down to defeat Pettersson in two incredibly close ends. That left Chris Main with the chance to be the hero, and he took that moment, just, defeating Cundy in five having established a 2-0 lead. ” Article from TT England website.
27th January : Away to Drumchapel
17th February : Home to Urban TTC
17th March : Away to BATTS
British Premier League Table
Please see below dates for various competitions from now until December.
West of Scotland Senior League starts back up on WC Sept 18th and recently updated Table Tennis Scotland calendar is available to view – www.tabletennisscotland.co.uk/calendar which includes full list of training opportunities, competitions & entry forms. Any questions or queries about what competitions to play email email@example.com or speak to one of the club coaches.
West of Scotland Junior League ( All Sundays )
Drumchapel High School
National Senior League ( All Saturdays )
14th Oct : Bells SC, Perth
25th Nov : Bathgate
10th Mar : St Matthews Academy
British League ( Both teams )
7 / 8th Oct
4 / 5th Nov
21st Jan ( Sunday Only )
14 / 15th Apr
Sept 17th : North Open – Aberdeen SV
Sept 24th : Edinburgh Banded – Bathgate
Sept 30th : Dumfries Youth Open
Oct 15th : Perth Grand Prix – Bells SC
Oct 21 / 22 : Glasgow Open – Drum High
5th Nov : Edinburgh Banded – Bathgate
19th Nov : U13 National Assessment – Royal HS, Edinburgh
3rd Dec : Scottish Primaries – Bathgate
NA Open : TBC – St Matthews Academy
Club Kit, Classes & Competition Info
Club sessions & 1-1 sessions will begin next week with West Senior League & West Kilbride TT Club starting mid September. Our main club night will be on Monday night 7-9pm as usual, and we encourage all players of all levels to attend the Monday night sessions. Club coaches Billy Main, Chris Main, Richie Main, Ian Macpherson, Jordan McGinlay & Jim Love will be attendance with various coaching sessions running back to back and catering for all levels.
1-1 sessions are available to book via club coach (check times below) and are available weekly or fortnightly. We encourage all players who want to improve & develop their game to get regular 1-1 sessions. KA Leisure is open 6-10pm every night of the week, anyone can book a table tennis table to use for themselves for an hour or more, contact 01294 465267.
Club kit will be arriving from Bribar next week, with shirts & hoodies available on Monday nights to try on and get the correct size.
School sessions will be starting back up in September in a number of secondary schools across North Ayrshire, with the NA Secondary Schools TT Festival booked in for Thursday 30th Nov at St Matthews Academy. See weekly schedule below
7pm – 9pm – Open Night
7pm – 8.30pm – Arran TTC
4pm – 6.45pm – 1-1 coaching
6.45pm – 8pm – Intermediate Class
8pm – 10pm – 1-1 coaching
6pm – 7pm – 1-1 coaching
7pm – 10pm – West Senior League Matches
starting mid September
3pm – 6pm – Small group sessions
6pm – 7pm – 1-1 coaching
7pm – 9pm – Advanced coaching
7pm – 9pm – West Kilbride TT Club
starting mid September
NATTC Fundraiser / Race Night
North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club are running a Racenight & Awards Night on Saturday Sept 2nd at Ardrossan Accies Rugby Club 7pm – 12pm, and is open children, juniors & adults.
We will have a licensed bar, buffet, music, raffle, race night and awards for variety of our players and committee and will be a great night for everyone to catch up & socialise.
These fundraising events are important to any club and will ensure we keep the costs low with the increase running costs we are seeing. NATTC are hoping to buy new equipment such as tables, barriers, nets this season and can only do so with more funding.
We currently have 80+ people confirmed , but are hoping to have 100+ and are encouraging everyone to attend ( parents, players & friends ) if its only for a few hours or the full night.
We will have flyers & racesheets available at the club tonight, and racesheet / flyer also attached to this email.
Visit from North Ayrshire Council Leader
Councillor Joe Cullinane paid our club a visit recently and thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in the afternoon session, chatting to and taking on a number of our junior members. Club committee and coaches updated Joe & North Ayrshire Council on our future plans, with regards to the development of community table tennis clubs, British League and the progress our top juniors are making.
Joe commented ‘ Great achievements being made by North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club, a club full of inspiring young talent. Thanks for everyone at the club for today’