Never too Old for Gold

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Sep 302015

Over 50’s Ping pong PosterStarting Friday 2nd October 2015 between 1000-1200hrs and then every Friday morning.

At Waterwells Sports Centre, Quedgeley, Glos. GL2 2AG

Turn up and play £5.00 per session.

Info Tel Nick 07798 558 545

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Ken Bridle

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May 012015

We learned today of the sudden death of Ken Bridle.

Ken was a very good friend to many and our sympathy and support goes to his wife Margaret and family.

Ken has been associated with the Cirencester and Stroud league for a long time not only as a player but in his capacity as Treasurer and Tournament Organiser he also organised 1 & 2 star competitions with players coming from all over the south west and beyond.

He has also sat as Treasurer on the County Committee for many years.

Ken will be sadly missed by all who knew him.


Warner Shield ~ 13th February 2015

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Feb 062015

Dear All,

Just a reminder that the Warner Shield will take place on Friday 13th Feb, 7.00pm @ Waterwells, Quedgeley. This is an annual Tournament between players representing the Gloucester League against those from the Cheltenham League. Your support of this event would be very much appreciated as Gloucester aim to retain the Shield won last year.

It is always a great night of table tennis.


Aubrey Simons Obituary

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Jun 022014

It is with very deep regret that I inform you that Aubrey Simons passed away peacefully on Wednesday 14 May 2014 aged 93.

Throughout his life, Aubrey was a quiet, unassuming and modest gentle man who also had an infectious sense of humour, but someone who you could trust wholeheartedly – and he was a good, all-round sportsman! He could well have been a professional cricketer having first captained Bristol Grammar School 1st XI and won his Gloucestershire Second XI cap in 1948. However, it was in 1936 that a 15 year old Bristol Grammar School boy travelling on the Queen Mary on a holiday to America decided to enter the ship’s “ping pong” tournament – and won it! Aubrey had arrived on the table tennis scene.

In 1938 he had his first England trial and in early 1939 won his first Men’s Singles title in the Bristol Closed Championships, but the outbreak of WW11 temporarily curtailed his meteoric rise. He was commissioned for war service in India and Burma, where he represented the RAF against an army side in a cricket match which included Denis Compton. After the war, Aubrey re-launched his table tennis career which was to eventually feature five World Championships and 165 appearances for England between 1948 and 1955 with an 80% win ratio. He won the West of England Singles title five times, along with many other Open championships around the country and worldwide and became the West Country’s most famous player, although surprisingly he never won the English Open Men’s Singles title. In September 1950 the ETTA had ranked Aubrey equal with Johnny Leach, with Jack Carrington writing in the Daily Mirror that “these two would chase each other around the tournaments this season”, and sure enough Aubrey’s first success came in the final of the Birmingham Open in October 1949.

The highlight of Aubrey’s career, though, was in 1953 when he played a major role in England’s one and only success to date in the Swaythling Cup world championship in Bucharest over Hungary. The previous year in Bombay he had he pulled a calf muscle in his first match, and at four games all in the final against Czechoslovakia had bravely played the decider against numerous doctors’ orders and only narrowly lost to Kalman Szepesi. However, in 1953 he was to triumph and subsequently rated his victory over Vaclav Tereba that finished at three o’clock in the morning which gave England a 5-4 victory in the semi-final as his best-ever performance. Later the same day, Aubrey won the first match against Josef Koczian of Hungary which set the mark for his team-mates to follow. Thankfully, Aubrey was spared having to play the decisive ninth match two days running!

However, it was as a result of his “twilight” success for his country in that semi-final, that this unpretentious and mild-mannered man from Bristol suddenly found himself the most popular sportsman in the British tabloids and was subsequently ranked at No. 4 in the world. Later that year, he was also the first recipient of the prestigious Victor Barna Trophy which was to be presented annually for the best performance by an English player in the sport.

In 1964 Aubrey was elected the fifth President of the Bristol & District Table Tennis Association and set yet another record by holding that post for an incredible fifty years, and at the B&DTTA AGM in June 2007 Alex Murdoch made yet another special presentation to Aubrey of a Bristol Blue glass salver recognising a record seven decades of playing in the oldest league in the world.

His funeral will take place at 2pm on Friday 6 June at Canford Crematorium, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3PQ. A reception will be held afterwards at the Bristol Civil Service Club, Horfield. Bristol. BS7 0AT. Further information will hopefully follow regarding flowers or donations. Aubrey will be sadly missed by many, many friends in the table tennis world and our thoughts are with him now. It was an honour and a privilege to have known you, Aubrey. Thank you for all you have done.

John Ruderham

Olly Tyndall to represent England at Schools International

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May 182014

Following on from the success of Stroud’s Billy Shilton in top-level table tennis, another Gloucestershire teenager has just been selected to represent his country.

Olly Tyndall, 14, from Quedgeley has been called up to represent England Boys at the under-16s Schools International at Cardiff at the end of next month. He’ll be playing in the team and individual events against other competitors from Wales, Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.

Olly says: “I’m very excited at being selected – it’s a great chance to prove myself, and I’ve trained hard for it.”

He adds: “I love the fast pace of the game, the fast reactions, and when a ball comes at me really hard it’s great to get it back.”

Olly has been playing the sport for four-and-a-half years, first picking up a bat when his grandfather gave him and younger brother Ben a table tennis table for Christmas.

Since then the Severn Vale pupil has shown a real flair for the game, notching up an impressive collection of honours, starting with second place in the 2012 under-12s National Championship, and third place in the under-13s event last year.

This year he won the Gloucester City Men’s Championship at the age of 13, taking the scalp of Darren Griffin, ranked No 6 in England Veterans, in the semi-final. And he’s just competed in the Gloucester County Championships, where he won the under-15s and under-18s trophies, and was runner-up in the Men’s Singles.

To achieve such results is no fluke: Olly trains at least three times a week at Gloucester Table Tennis Club and Filton Academy, as well playing league matches and tournaments all round the country. He’s also attended national squad coaching sessions at Lilleshall and is hoping that a good performance in Cardiff will earn him a regular place in the England squad.

In addition to his first international Olly’s also due to play the under-14s national championships at the end of May. Seeded No 5, he says: “I’ve come second and third so far, losing to the No 1 seed both times, and I’m aiming to get to the semi-finals at least.”

Currently sponsored by Custom Table Tennis for equipment and clothing, Olly has his sights set high: his ambition is to represent England at senior level. Watch out for a report on how he gets on, at the nationals and in Cardiff.

Jane Leigh

Billy Shilton wins international gold medal

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May 172014

Stonehouse table tennis player Billy Shilton, 15, has brought home his first international gold medal from the Slovenia Open.

Following a GB Para Table Tennis squad training camp, Billy played in the Men’s 7 class team event alongside Will Bayley and Paul Karabardak. He said: “I don’t get to play with Will and Paul very often, so it’s great experience to be part of the team.”

Early in the group rounds, the teenager scored a notable win, beating Daryl Sterling of the USA, and the team won their group to reach the semi-final stage, beating Spain 3-2 and then enjoying a 3-0 win over a combined German/Brazilian team. That included a straight-sets singles win for Billy against Gilberto Onofre from Brazil, and a doubles win playing with Bayley.

World No 2 Bayley, who won a silver medal at the London Paralympics, commented: “It was a good team effort. Billy is young and has a lot of potential and playing Germany is going to be a massive match: you can’t get more motivation than playing Germany; they are one of the best teams in the world.”

The threesome then went on to win GB’s first gold of finals day, beating Germany in the semi-final and then fighting all the way to beat a combined Belgium/Netherlands team 3-2.

Unsurprisingly, Billy couldn’t handle world number six Thorsten Schwinn but acquitted himself well over three games, with the scores being 10-12, 6-11 and 9-11. But with wins from Bayley and Karabardak the team were through to the final where they took the gold.

“I’ve learnt a lot from being involved in these big matches with Will and Paul,” said Billy, “and it’s my first gold medal which is great. I just need to keep training hard and playing well.”

It’s now back to home and school for the Stonehouse teenager – until his next event in Romania next month.

Jane Leigh


Gloucestershire 2* Tournament

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Nov 052013

The first Gloucestershire 2* tournament of the season is being held at Deer Park on Sunday, 10th November 2013. Ken Bridle is looking for qualified umpires to come along on the day, and some additional helpers. Please contact either Ken Bridle or Graham Slack for further details.

Bat Testing Night

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Jul 282013

A bat testing night will be taking place at Gloucester Table Tennis Club on Tuesday, 27th August from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. The cost is £3 per player. This is a great opportunity to try out new blades and rubbers.

More information can be found on the Gloucester Table Tennis Club facebook page at

Les Smith

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Jun 292013

Les Smith (GTTA President) has been awarded the prestigious Ivor Montague award by the ETTA. Les has worked tirelessly for Gloucestershire TTA for over 50 years and his achievements are listed below. He has been on ETTA committees for over 40 years and has more qualifications and experience than most of the rest of us put together.

On behalf of GTTA Committee I would like to congratulate Les on this award and hope that he continues to serve GTTA and to support the committee for many years to come.

Graham Slack
Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association Chairman

Les Smith – Sporting History

Annual General Meeting

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Apr 292013

The AGM of the Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association will be held at The Royal William, Cranham on Tuesday 4 June at 7.30pm. All players and officials are welcome to come along and express their views about all table tennis issues. It would be fantastic to see a good turn out this year.

Graham Slack
Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association Chairman