Success At British Junior League

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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.

British League success for Bristol’s TableTennisDaily team

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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.

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A BIG thank you to our sponsors Zig Zag Education and Mensis Accountants, without your continued support this would have not been possible.

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”

Bristol Ladies Win Over 40 And Over 50 National Championships


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”.

Bristol Closed Table Tennis Championships – Centenary Edition

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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.”

1st Open Up Table Tennis Tournament


On the 29th September 2018, the Civil Service Club in Filton , Bristol hosted the 1st Open Up tournament which was an original idea from Joseph Sheppard, one of Bristol’s finest Junior players. The event raised just under £1000 for the Young Minds charity!


Why Open Up & Young Minds

We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find.

The event

With over 40 players of all ages and abilities – the event was fully booked within 36 hours with players from as far away as Grantham and Reading. Players abilities ranged from England Junior internationals to ex professional players from Germany and Poland. The support from the local community was truly humbling and inspiring

Will Bayley MBE -former student at WISE in Filton who won the Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics and Paul Drinkhall – Gold medallist from the Commonwealth games Gold Coast gave heart-warming video messages of support for the event

The tournament was to support CAMHS (Children and Adolescence Mental Health Services) and to raise awareness in Mental Health issues in Sport with all proceeds going to the Young Minds Charity.

The event sponsors were Mensis Accountants and TableTennisDaily and the day raised just under £1000. Thanks for the incredible donations by everyone on the day including Alpha Communications and Redwick Business Solutions. It wasn’t about winning the medals on the day but a fun non-pressurized environment to enjoy a competitive game of table tennis. Awards were handed out to Jaycob Price, best sportsmanship, most hardworking went to Jake Tucker and best focus and determination went to Will Avery.

Onto the events:

The consolation was won by Julie Byrne as Ronan Elder settled for a runner up spot.

The final of the main event and the award ceremony has reached over 15000 views on the TableTennisDaily Facebook page with the Gold medal going to Liam McTiernan from Reading who beat current England Junior International, Louis Price, aged 14 from Filton as runner up. A great final and plans are already afoot for a bigger and better tournament in 2019.

Bristol based coach Dan Ives expressed: “This was such a fantastic event and a pleasure to be part of it. There were a lot of smiles on the day with everyone showing great sportsmanship and coming together for a great cause. The finals were truly spectacular, and I cannot wait for the second edition next year.”

Joe Sheppard commented: “ It’s great to see a lot of support throughout the local community to help raise awareness and money for such an amazing cause.”

Bristol Hard Bat Final 2018 | Dave Reeves vs Dan Ives


Bristol Hard Bat Final between Dave Reeves and Dan Ives

TableTennisDaily Bristol Team Undefeated At First Weekend of British league!


On the 10th and 11th of September the first ever senior TableTennisDaily team made a successful start in their British league debut remaining undefeated, winning three and drawing one match.


The team got off to the perfect start beating Generation table tennis club 10-0. It wasn’t all plain sailing however, Emily Standing going deep into the 5th set against Callum Ashworth taking it 11-9. Team number 1 Anthony Kent won player of the match after a dominant performance.

The second match of the weekend was much closer. Foresters TTC, with England Junior number 2, Kate Cheer, put up a strong fight. The England international took both table tennis daily players, Thomas Jeffcott and Tom Lewis out in 5 sets.

Jeffcott made up for his loss by just beating Rebecca George in a nail biting 5th set match. With the final set score ending 21-19. Anthony Kent and Peter Ives won both of their matches again and the Match finished 6-4 to TableTennisDaily.

The second day started in a similar fashion to the first with TTD winning 9-1 against Brighton TTC. Brighton’s only win was through Spanish player Pedro Santos who handed Peter Ives his only loss of the weekend, beating Ives 3-2. Player of the match was given to Thomas Jeffcott who played well winning his two matches easily 3-0.

Unfortunately his form did not continue in the final match of he weekend against a second Forrester’s TTC team, where he lost both matches. Emily standing also lost her two matches against tricky opposition. However the match was saved again by Anthony Kent who carried on his winning ways. He played at the top of his game beating both Forrester’s players 3-0. His last two wins giving him an 100% record for the entire weekend. This stat was made even more impressive by the fact he didn’t drop a single set.

Both Standing and Jeffcott made up for their singles losses by paring up with Kent and Tom Lewis in the doubles matches winning both. Lewis played well winning one and losing one which meant the match ended in a 5-5 draw.


The three wins and one draw puts the TableTennisDaily team at second in the table behind Waterside TTC. TTD have yet to play Waterside though so winning the league is still in their grasp.

The next weekend of matches is due to be played on the 12th and 13th of November, and the team are already looking foreword to further push for promotion to National B.

TableTennisDaily would like to thank our official team sponsors at Zig Zag education and Houlihan & Co Excavations for their fantastic help and support.

Bristol qualify into the British Junior League for the first time in 16 years!


The TableTennisDaily Bristol Junior team made headlines this weekend as the first Bristol Junior team to qualify into the British Junior League in 16 years. The BJL is the most prestigious table tennis under 18’s league in the UK held at the Velodrome in Derby throughout the season.


With a young team consisting of Ethan Chapman (16), Louis Price(12), Joe Walmsley (15), Greg Small (15) and Joe Sheppard (15) the boys rose to the top of the qualifying tournament after resounding wins over Drumchapel Scotland, Plymouth and Cardiff (all 6-0) and Hereford (5-1). In the final match to decide qualification, the Bristol team played top seeds Bishop Auckland, who had an Italian top 10 player in their ranks, and managed a 3-3 draw synonymous with group winners and qualification into the British Junior League for season 2016-2017. Joe Walmsley won two vital matches to bring the scoreline to 3-3. It was, Louis Price, aged just 12, who took the deciding set against the Northerners to seal qualification.

Coach Daniel Ives commented, “The team spirit was exceptional – a little like Leicester in the Premier league, I think this was one of the key elements that pushed the boys to reach peak performance. Now back to the training hall preparing for the league season which starts in September!

Bristol’s Louis Price wins Silver at the English National Championships


It’s been a busy end of season for Bristol’s Louis Price on the Table Tennis circuit. Having had his 12th birthday in May, the St Bede’s pupil had a packed calendar of competition.


Following his hard training with the England Junior team over the last few months, Louis moved onto Preston for the English National Championships held over the weekend of 25th/26th June. He continued his good form with a Bronze in the Under 13 Doubles on the Saturday and Silver in the Under 12 Singles losing a high tempo match against the number 1 seed.

Prior to the Nationals, Louis was selected to play at the Danish International tournament just outside Copenhagen and came away with winning gold in the U13 team event. He remained unbeaten over 2 days of grueling matches, beating both the number 1 and 2 seeds in the competition along the way.

Daniel Ives, his coach said “the hard work Louis has put in over the last year has paid off very well – Runner-Up at the Nationals is a great achievement – This will give his huge confidence with tough competitions over the summer in Malta, Germany and finally at the Euro Championships in France at the end of August”

Saturday under 13’s singles and doubles

I am very proud of the Bristol players at the National Championships this weekend! Outstanding play by Berty Kelly taking gold in the under 11 singles! Louis Price and doubles partner David Gofton finished third in the under 13’s event. Excellent play by Benjamin Greve reaching the Quarter Final of the under 11’s.


May 2016 camp with Dan and Tom Maynard!


This May Bristol Table Tennis Coach Daniel Ives has teamed up with Reading Table Tennis Coach Tom Maynard in an exciting new training camp at the Kingfisher Table Tennis Club in Reading. The camp will run on Sunday 8th May 2016.

Training Camp 1

  • Daniel Ives: (Head Coach) Bristol Senior Champion, STIGA certified coach with over 10 years coaching experience.
  • Tom Maynard: (Assistant Coach) Current top 12 senior UK player with a wide range of coaching experience.

This camp will provide a professional, fun and friendly environment for all players to learn.

The training camp will use the new plastic balls. Each session is a duration of 4 hours.

Date: Sunday 8th May 2016
Time: Either 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
Cost: £40 per player
Enquiry: Daniel Ives at [email protected]
Venue: Kingfisher Table Tennis Club, Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, Reading

There are two training slots throughout the day, you will be put into one of the slots depending on applicants received. Your session will be 4 hours of intense, focused practice with coaching feedback.

Limited spaces so book early to avoid disappointment by contacting Daniel Ives at [email protected] If you have any enquires, just send me and email and I will get back to you.