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


County Junior League – Final Results

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May 162014

This season’s county junior league was fiercely contested and it was pleasing to see the county’s top juniors all competing.

After 4 rounds Gloucester ran out as winners with Stroud second, Cheltenham third and Cirencester fourth. Gloucester’s strength in depth proved to be the decisive factor although they were pushed all the way by Stroud who faltered at the finish when Billy Shilton was unavailable due to International duty. Olly Tyndall was the only boy to achieve 100% record, although it is good to see that every boy who competed recorded at least one victory.

It was disappointing that only Gloucester and Stroud were able to field girls in every round this season and I hope that the other leagues will be able to address this issue before next season.

Thanks go to all the team captains for their help with running this season’s CJL and also to Janie Kirby who assisted me and also ran the final round in my absence. Thanks also to Les Smith for providing the medals.

Graham Slack
Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association Chairman

County Closed Championships

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May 162014

The Gloucestershire Closed was held at Deer Park on Sunday 11 May 2014.

50 players entered (40 males; 10 females) and this enabled the majority of events to be run initially on a group basis to give each player as many matches as possible.

The big winners on the day were Ann Barnes and Dave Harvey who won 3 titles each, including the singles crowns.

Harvey rolled back the years in the Men’s Singles although he was pushed to the limit by Abu Saleh in the quarter finals just scraping through 14-12 in the fifth game. Harvey then defeated William Dawe in four games in the semi-final. The other half of the draw saw Gordon Shaw and Olly Tyndall meet in the semi-final. Rising star Tyndall saw off his more experienced opponent in straight games to set up a final clash with Harvey who is 50 years his senior. Tyndall took a tight first game but Harvey fought back to take an equally close second game before taking the next two games comfortably to secure the title.

The Ladies semi-finals saw Christine Williams beat Kim Selfe in straight games, whilst Ann Barnes defeated Lesley Slack also in straight games. The final saw the top two seeds meet and it turned into a comfortable victory for Barnes who retained the title she won last year.

The Men’s doubles saw comfortable semi-final victories for William Dawe and Gordon Shaw over Olly Tyndall and Ben Glover, and for Dave Harvey and Abu Saleh against George Evans and Stewart Ratcliffe. Harvey and Saleh emerged triumphant in the final in four games.

The Ladies doubles was played as a round robin with four pairs competing. The winners were Ann Barnes and Lesley Slack who were unbeaten although they were pushed to 11-9 in the final game by the mother and daughter pair Carol and Emily Philp. Runners up were Christine Williams and Jane Leigh on count back after all the other three pairs won one match each.

The mixed doubles was very competitive throughout the competition. Ann Barnes and William Dawe defeated Jane Leigh and Ben Roberts in one semi-final whilst Lesley Slack and Dave Harvey saw off Christine Williams and Chris Varley in the other. The final was a very close affair with Barnes and Dawe winning 11-7 in the final game.

The Minor singles saw lots of very close matches. Kim Selfe reached the final with a 4 set victory over George Evans, and Stewart Ratcliffe defeated Ed Birt in straight games to set up a clash of the mixed doubles partners. Ratcliffe eventually ran out as winner 11-8 in the final game.

Dave Harvey added the Veterans title to his haul of the day when he beat Andy Hurley in three games.

There was a surprise in the Veteran Ladies event when Debbie Quinlivin defeated top seed Christine Williams in 4 games in the semi-final. Kim Selfe beat Lesley Slack in the other semi-final and then went on to defeat Quinlivin in straight games in the final.

The Masters event was played on a round robin basis and William Dawe emerged as champion with Gordon Shaw finishing as runner-up.

A new event this year was the restricted singles for players who are too old to play in the junior events but too young to compete in the veterans. Top seed Abu Saleh defeated Otakar Klempt in straight games in the first semi-final whilst Nick Walker defeated second seed Ann Barnes in a titanic 5 set battle. Saleh then took the final in 4 games to claim the title.

The mixed under 11 singles was played as a round robin and was won by Stanley Shilton with Anna-Maria Besarabova in second place.

The boys under 13 singles was also played as a round robin and once again Shilton emerged as victor with Owen Havard claiming the runner-up position.

The girls under 15 singles had only two entries and Emily Philp defeated Anna-Maria Beasarabova in straight games.

The boys under 15 singles saw top seed Olly Tyndall beat Stanley Shilton in straight games and second seed Ben Glover scored a similar victory over Ed Birt. Tyndall then won the final in 4 games.

The same players reached the final of the boys under 18 singles. Tyndall scored a comfortable semi-final victory over Jamie Theyer, whilst Glover needed 4 games to defeat Ben Roberts. The final was again won by Tyndall in 4 games.

The junior doubles had only two pairs but the match was very tight with Jamie Theyer and Ben Tyndall defeating Ben Roberts and Sam Turner 13-11 in the final game.


Mixed U11 (Group of 3) Winner Stanley Shilton; runner-up Anna-Maria Besarabova
Boys U13 (Group of 4) Winner Stanley Shilton; runner-up Owen Havard
Girls U15 Emily Philp beat Anna-Maria Besarabova 6,6,6
Boys U15 Olly Tyndall beat Ben Glover 5,5,-4,6
Boys U18 Olly Tyndall beat Ben Glover 7,8,-9,7
Boys Doubles Jamie Theyer/Ben Tyndall beat Ben Roberts/Sam Turner 4,-7,5,-5,11
Mens Doubles Abu Saleh/Dave Harvey beat William Dawe/Gordon Shaw 5,-8,7,7
Ladies Doubles (Group of 4) Winners Ann Barnes/Lesley Slack; runners-up Christine Williams/Jane Leigh
Mixed Doubles Ann Barnes/William Dawe beat Lesley Slack/Dave Harvey -9,7,-5,8,7
Mens Singles Dave Harvey beat Olly Tyndall -9,9,5,6
Minor Singles Stewart Ratcliffe beat Kim Selfe 7,-10,-7,7,8
Ladies Singles Ann Barnes beat Christine Williams 5,4,6
Veteran Mens Singles Dave Harvey beat Andy Hurley 5,8,4
Veteran Ladies Singles Kim Selfe beat Debbie Quinlivin 4,6,6
Masters Singles (Group of 3) Winner William Dawe; runner-up Gordon Shaw
Restricted Singles Abu Saleh beat Nick Walker 6,-7,3,6

Thanks go to everyone who helped on the day to ensure the event ran smoothly.

Graham Slack
Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association Chairman

Gloucestershire Closed Championships

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Mar 032014

This season it has been necessary to introduce a £5 entry fee for the county closed championships. This is a flat fee; not a fee per event.

You will note two new events (19 & 20) which are restricted singles. These events are open to players who are too old to enter the junior events but too young to enter the veterans events and we hope it will encourage more players to enter the tournament.

Finally, please note the closing date for entries which is 24 April 2014. No entries will be accepted after this date – this applies to all players from top county players to novices so please ensure your entry is sent in plenty of time.

I look forward to a bumper entry this season.

Graham Slack
Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association Chairman

Gloucestershire Closed Championships Entry Form

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.

Senior Coaching Sessions

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Oct 272013

Senior Coaching Sessions (over 18s) with Graham Slack (Level 2 UKCC Coach)

Tuesday, 29th October 2013 } 7pm – 9pm
Tuesday, 19th November 2013 }
Tuesday, 10th December 2013 }
Tuesday, 28th January 2014 }
Tuesday, 25th February 2014 }

2 hours of coaching each night for only £5 per person.

Limited to 20 spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Gloucester Table Tennis Club
Robin Greaves Sports Hall
Waterwells Sports Centre

Please contact Gary Tyndall for availability at gary.tyndall@gloucestertabletennis.org

Summer Junior Table Tennis Camp

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Aug 032013

Gloucester Table Tennis Club are running a 2 day junior summer camp. This coaching day is for table tennis players with some experience who would like to play at a higher standard. Through a combination of demonstrations, training drills, multi-ball activities and 1-1 advice, our coaches will help improve several aspects of your game. The Camp will be run by ETTA qualified coaches.

Dates: Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st August
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm (1 hour break for lunch)
Cost: £15 for 1 day or £25 for both

Spaces are limited to only 20 players per day, so please book early to avoid disappointment. This training camp is being run to help players improve their game just a few days before the Regional Assessment Day on Sunday, 25th August.

Please contact Gary Tyndall for more information at gary.tyndall@gloucestertabletennis.org

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 www.facebook.com/events/171539829691518