The TableTennisDaily Bristol Junior League team had great success at the prestigious British Junior League 2018-2019 season. The BJL is the most prestigious table tennis under 18’s league in the UK held at the Velodrome in Derby throughout the season.
TableTennisDaily entered the event with two teams. Team 1 was led by Denmark’s number 1 table tennis player Daniel Simonsen, followed by Amirul Hussain, Louis Price and Edan Regan. The team finished a respectable fourth place in the premier division. This young squad are looking to go from strength to strength and narrowly missed out on a bronze medal.
The second team consisted of Bertie Kelly, Joe Sheppard, Will Avery and Jay Price. The young team all gave 100%, worked as a team and learned a lot.
Bristol table tennis coaches Daniel Ives and Christoph Zickert who led the teams were impressed with the team morale on both weekends and are both looking forward to the next season with a lot to look forward to.
The TableTennisDaily team returned to Bristol as Champions following the conclusion of the British League season with 4 victories on the final weekend in Bromley.
The team, made up of Bristol based players, led by Dan Ives started the weekend in first place just ahead of North Ayrshire from Scotland and Bromley based in the Midlands. Saturday’s play saw them battle with Woodfield first and comfortably won the tie 9-0 with a team comprising of Garth Kinlocke, Christoph Zickert, Dan Ives and Anthony Kent. The afternoon saw a confrontation with Draycott from Nottinghamshire and the result was a pretty straightforward 9-0 with Garth Kinlocke taking man of the match.
The crunch Sunday saw the team welcome back, ex Polish International, Jan Surwilo into the frame with matches versus North Ayrshire and Plymouth. In a spicy affair, the TTD team managed to overcome their illustrious Scottish opponents by a 6-3 scoreline virtually handing the title to the Bristol based outfit. 6 of the 9 matches went the distance to a 5th set showing how closely matched the teams actually were.
The afternoon match against Plymouth sealed the championship with the TTD team coming out 7-2 victors with confirmation that they had won 14 matches out of 14 during the playoff season.
A special mention for Garth Kinlocke who picked up the player of the year having picked up 25 wins out of 28 matches as well as the other member who all averaged over 80% throughout the season.
Dan Ives, TTD team captain commented “To come out as champions is especially pleasing as its been a hard season with some exceptionally talented players from all parts of the UK. Consistency and hard worked paid off in the end, the team gelled so well together supporting each other. Our aim is to ultimately play Champion League Table Tennis on a European stage and give Bristol one of the best club team in the world”
Players from Failand table tennis club who play in the Bristol league, saw unprecedented success in this years National Veteran’s table tennis championships.
Michele Reeves (pictured right) won the Over 50s title beating the number 1 seed in the final and adding this title to the Over 40s she won in 2015. Emma Rose (left) won the Over 40s National title for the third time in four years, again beating the number 1 seed in the final. She also added the women’s doubles title to her collection.
Brian Reeves and Maurice Cohen both reached the semi finals of the National championships in their respective age groups. Dave Reeves, who has risen to a career high England ranking of 11 also received news of his selection for England in this autumn’s Six Nations championships which take place in Scotland. He will also join Emma Rose and Michele Reeves in the England squads. This is truly a remarkable achievement for all the players associated with Failand table tennis club.
Bristol Table Tennis Coach Dan Ives commented, “It’s great to see both Emma and Michele win these titles, i’m incredibly proud. I know how much they both wanted this tile. They have both been working extremely hard and through the use of goal setting and planning they both peaked at the right time of the season”.
Louis Price aged just 14 becomes the second youngest ever Bristol Senior champion on this special centenary tournament. It is, in fact, the worlds oldest table tennis tournament.. The first Bristol closed event was played in 1919 and to celebrate the 100 years a bumper field commenced play at 9am.
It all started with groups and Louis managed to win his group finishing top of his section. In the knockout stage, he won his last 32 before taking on Bertie Kelly in the last 16. Kelly currently ranked in the top 10 cadets in the country started well but Louis ended up winning 3-0 in a tricky encounter.
In the quarter finals, Louis played Dave Hadley and prevailed again winning 3-0. Onto the Semi Final where Louis played Joe Ratajcak, current Avon champion and last years’ Bristol closed champion. Louis again won 3-0 to keep his fine record going.
In the final Louis played Kai Moosmann from Germany, currently at the Bristol Table Tennis Academy at SGS College. In an epic final, Louis managed to overcome his illustrious opponent by a 3-1 score and become centenary champion and the second youngest ever winner of the oldest table tennis trophy in the world.
To complete a clean sweep, Louis and his doubles partner, Daniel Moses won the doubles tournament to end a fantastic day at SGS college.
Bristol Table Tennis Coach Dan Ives commented, “it was a great tournament, a huge turnout with many top players attending and for Louis to come out on top was impressive. His serves and first ball attack is what gave him the advantage. It’s great to see Bristol table tennis on the rise, each year the event is increasing in participation, I’m already looking forward to next years now.”