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Preston Under 13’s

Jasmine Williams was the only club member to be eligible to enter this tournament in Preston at the  impressive Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre.
The tournament held over the weekend of 25th/26th June saw the best young players in the under 10-13 age bands.
Jasmine started her competition in the U13’s group on Saturday coming runner-up in her group to the No5 seed combination bat player Scarlett o’Neill.
A quarter final place against No2 seed Gemma Kerr from Devon saw a great battle with Jasmine losing in the fourth.
She teamed up with Alana Mansfield in the U13 Doubles saw them only lose to the No2 seeds in the  semi-finals – another good performance.
Sunday saw the U12 groups which again saw her come runner-up to the No1 seed Ruby Chan.
1st and 2nd round opponents, Holly Smithson and Alana Mansfield, were both higher ranked. Jasmine’s consistency saw her progress to the semi-final.
The  semi-final was a tense affair against old rival Scarlett O’Neil saw Jasmine trail 2-0 when a timely time out managed to turn the tide and set up for a 5th set which Jasmine lost 11-8.
A great weekend for jasmine – 1 quarter final and 2 semi-finals – wicked!!!!!!

National Junior and Cadet Championships

The Table Tennis England National Junior and cadet Championships was held at Huddersfield University over the weekend of 30th April and 1st May.
Only players ranked in the Top 32 of their age category were invited to compete in this tournament which made it a tough competition.
The Saturday saw the Junior events with Letitia McMullan in the same group as No3 seed Kate Cheer, with Amy Hutchins and Jasmine Wong.
A good 3-0 win against Amy saw Letitia off to a flying start. Next up was No 3 seed Kate Cheer who was also despatched 4-2.
A dip in performance and a loss 1-3 against youngster Jasmine Wong made for an interesting group with 3 players having 2 wins a piece.

Letitia came out as runner-up in the group and qualifying to the next round only to face No5 seed Charlotte Bardsley. A very consistent Charlotte ran out 4-1 winner.
Next up was Jonny McMullan who was one of the lowest ranked players in the Junior event. He found himself in a very strong group against the No7, 13 and 25 in England Juniors.
Good performances were still not enough and Jonny was out of the competition for the day.
Sunday saw another Generation 2 player, Vincent Cheung, join the Cadet event. He also found the going very tough and lost all his group matches with some good performances in his matches.
Jonny McMullan won all his group matches in the Cadet event with a tough match against No 10 seed Sam Chesterman. The last 16 round saw Jonny play No8 seed Joshua Weatherby in what was a very tightly fought match.
Jonny came out winner to set up a match against Shayan Siraj the number 3 seed in the quarter final. This match ran back and forth until Jonny ran out winner in the 6th set 4-2.
A match against No1 seed James Smith was his reward in the semi-final and the No1 seed was in good form winning 4-1 (11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 11-4, 11-9).
A good day for Jonny playing well and reaching the semi’s.
Letitia joined others in a test “Team” event at the championships  saw her pick up the gold medal as her very strong team triumphed.

U12 and U15 National Cup

Both Jonny McMullan and Jasmine Williams made the short trip to SGS Bristol to compete in what is probably the most difficult tournament of the year for those age bands.
Each event is an all play all format over 2 days.Jonny started Saturday morning as 6th seed out of 10, his first day saw him beat 2 players seeded above him so a great start. Day 2 saw him win 3 out 4 matches, these results gained him a 5th place overall. A great result for Jonny.


Jasmine started the 1st day in 6th seeded place out of 8. Her first day saw her win 3 out of including the 2nd seed Scarlett O’Neill.


Day 2 saw a reversal of her fortunes losing several matches in closely fought battles. She needed to win her last match against a higher seeded player to get 3rd place – after being 2-0 and 7-3 down a timely time out managed to reverse the match and saw Jasmine run out 3-2 winner. great result for Jasmine.

Cadet Weekend.


The National Under 11-14 Championships took place at Ponds Forge Sports Centre last weekend with 6 members of Generation 2 Table Tennis Club competing. On Saturday the U14 and U13 events took place. Habina Seo came 3rd in her group and then had to wait for her U13 group where a she narrowly lost out on progression to the 1st round. Callum Ashworth also did not manage to escape his group with close matches just evading him.Vincent Cheung suffered the same fate coming 3rd in his group. Yaj Vashee escaped his group coming runner-up only to lose out in the 1st round. Jonny McMullan made a shaky and nervous start winning his group. A simpler 1st round win saw him emerge to face the No2 seed Harry Dai from Jorkshire in the quarter final. The match see – sawed 0-1,1-1,1-2,2-2 and then at 7-7 in the 5th an amazing stroke of luck saw harry clip the edge from a lost ball from which Jonny never recovered losing the match 11-9 

National Schools Championships – Tipton

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Five club players took part as Hampshire Schools Champions to the Ntional Schools Individual Championships in Tipton. Jasmine Williams in the U11 category won all her matches in the group stage beating at least one higher nationally ranked player. Another win in the first round saw her progress to the quarter finals where she lost to te No2 seed. Habina Seo progressed from the group stage as runner up in the group. She only then lost out in the last 16.

Ryan Darwen did not progress from his group losing 2 matches and finishing 3rd in the U13’s.Lois Peake easily progressed from her group as winner and after a couple of matches then found fellow international Emily Bolton in her way in the semi-final. After a nervy start she triumphed 3-1 to meet defender Eva Wang from China.The final was a one sided affair with Eva in great form winning 3-0. A silver medal position for Lois – well done.

Letitia McMullan made a sure start winning her group easily in the U16 category. A tough match against Isobel Joubileysaw Letitia progress to the semi final to face the No 1 seed Kate Cheer. Letitia saw off the challenge 3-0 with some great backhand counter hitting. Charlotte Boston in the final was no match for the determined Letitia who won 3-0 without being troubled – Congratulations to National Schools Champion Letitia McMullan.

Fusion 2 Star Tournament

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A small group of club players made the early morning trip to south east London to Fusion TTC. Very encouraging results were achieved by all the players in their various age categories:

Vincent Cheung proceeded all the way to the quarter finals before losing. Ryan Darwen reached the final of the U13 and was runner-up. Habina Seo lost in the semi-final of the Under 13 girls.

Luke Darwen lost in the semi finals of the under 11 age category whilst Jasmine Williams competed and dominated the under 11 age category for girls winning the final against higher seeded player Alana Mansfield.


TTE Cadet Masters Tournament

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Jonny McMullan made the trip to Burton On Trent last weekend to compete in the seasons most difficult tournament for U15’s. As a wild card entry and seeded 12 out of 12 he had nothing to lose in the competition.

The tournament is an “all play all” format over 2 days. On the Saturday Jonny had to play the top 6 seeds one after the other – tough start. He got off to a flying start beating both the No2 and No3 seeds, Harry Dai and James Smith. Losses to Shiran Siraj, Alex Ramsden and Joe Clark left only No5 seed Olly Tindall to beat on day 1 – a storming performance by Jonny 3-0 saw a great 3-3 average for the day.

Day 2 saw Jonny come out fighting and losing only one to young Ethan Walsh the No7 seed. Four wins on Sunday saw Jonny elevated to the 5th position in the final player table for the weekend – a fantatsic performance.