Becoming A Champion

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Roberts takes Silver at British Primaries

A young team from Wales travelled to Jersey this weekend to compete in the International Primary School Championships.

At the end of the team event, both boys and girls teams found themselves finishing just outside the medals in 4th place after losing to England, Ireland and Scotland.

It was the singles event up next, Wales had four players to qualify through their group and in to the main draw, the young 7 year old Anna Hursey and 10 year old Lauren Stacey made it to the quarter final where they both lost out to strong opponents from Scotland and Ireland.

In the boys singles event it was Joseph Roberts who found himself the only player left in the main draw after fellow Welshman Louie Evans lost out in the last 16 to Thomas Joyce of Ireland. Joseph went on to beat Kai Ghazi-Timms of England in the Quarter Finals and then went onto beat Jamie Liu of England in the Semi Finals 3-0. Joseph's fine run came to and end in the final of the boys singles where he lost to Irishman Owen Cathcart who beat Joseph 12-10.11-8,11-6. Joseph Roberts finished the competition with a silver medal and will now look forward to next years primary school champs.

In the consolation Cardiff based Jack ODuffy got to the final of the boys singles and lost out to Irelands David Taylor, whilst mithun lost out to the same player in the quarters of the consolation.

In the girls it was Lara Whitton of Swansea who went onto win the Gold after beating fellow Welsh team mate Beth Richards in a close semi finals, Lara then went onto beat guernsey player Marli Barker in the final 3-1.

Win of the weekend - Lauren beating England's No 1 under 11 Katie Holt 3-0.

Monday, 17 March 2014

British Champion

Ryan Oyler of St.Mellons TTC and a member of the Welsh Squad, crowned Under 18s British Champion.

Ryan represented Wales at the Six Nations Championships in Guernsey on the weekend of March 14th-16th. Ryan played some great table tennis over the weekend and found himself playing his team mate Callum Evans in the Quarter Finals after qualifying through his group of the Under 18’s singles, Ryan took a 3-0 win over his team mate, that was followed by a 3-2 win over England’s Jared Patel in the Semi Finals. Irish Junior Number 1 Ryan Ferrell now stood in Oyler’s way of becoming British Champion. Ryan Oyler took the challenge and put in a great performance and came away with a 3-0 win to secure the gold medal.

Ryan Oyler also took a Silver medal in the team event with his Welsh team mate Callum Evans.

The 16-year-old British Champion’s attentions will now turn to the European Youth Championship held in Italy. Ryan who will be an ambassador at this years Gemau Cymru 2014, will look to better his performance from last year and will push to try and be in the latter stages of the singles competition as well as helping his Welsh team mates out to finish in a higher position than last year in the team event.

Cardiff had another representative at the Six Nations Championships. This was 14-year-old Joshua Stacey of St.Mellons TTC who teamed up with Rhondda’s Jac Jenkins to take a bronze medal in the cadet team event.

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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Wales Dominate at Burton Uxbridge

Wales had another great weekend in a national event, this time in Burton Uxbridge

U11 Girls
Winner - Anna Hursey, Runner Up - Lara Whitton,  3rd Lauren Stacey

U11 Boys
Runner Up - Jack O'Duffy

U13 Girls
Winner - Lauren Stacey, Runner Up Anna Hursey, 3rd Lara Whitton

U13 boys
Winner - Joseph Roberts , Runner Up - Cade Short, Losing Semi Finalist - Benedict Watson

U15 boys
Runner Up - Joshua Stacey, Losing Semi Finalists - Joseph Roberts & Cade Short

U18 Boys
Winner - Joshua Stacey

Joshua Stacey (right) - Winner - Junior Boys


Anna Hursey (right) Winner - Under 11's Girls

Lara Whitton (left) Runner Up - Under 11's Girls


Joseph Roberts (left) Winner - Under 13's Boys

Cade Short (right) Runner Up - Under 13's Boys


Joshua Stacey - Runner Up - Cadet Boys


Lauren Stacey (left) Winner - Under 13's

Anna Hursey (right) Winner - Under 13's

Monday, 28 October 2013

Chepstow Qualify More Leaders

Chepstow Table Tennis Club held their second Table Tennis Leaders Award course on Tuesday 28th October 2013.

12 new table tennis leaders where given more knowledge and ideas of the games and will now look to assist at their local schools and clubs to gain more expeirence in their coaching and leading activities.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Cardiff Junior & Cadet Open

For the second year in a row St.Mellons Table Tennis Club hosted the Cardiff Junior Cadet Open. This proved to be yet another successful Welsh ranking tournament with over 40 participants competing across three different categories for boy and girls.

Up first was the Cadet boys and girls. In the boys event 16 players participated and it came down to a final between the number 1 seed Jac Jenkins who beat Joshua Stacey in the semi final, against Marc Castro who got past the young Joseph Roberts in the second semi final. It was last years winner Jac Jenkins, who defended his title and took the glory by beating Marc 3-1 in a close and well fought final.  In the Cadet girls it was Victoria Brookes who managed to take the title by beating Bethany Brewer in a close fought match.

The Under 13s event came next. In the boys category it was a repeat of the Glamorgan Closed final, with Cade Short getting the better of Joseph Roberts for the second time in as many weeks. In the girls event there were some very close matches. Lauren Stacey overcame a tough semi final match against Bethany Brewer winning 3-2 whilst Jamie Lee Harley won her semi final against Lara Whitton. Lara Whitton managed to overcome Anna Hursey in her group to advance to the Semi Finals. This set up a final match between the local talent  Lauren Stacey going up against Jamie Lee Harley. In a match that had a lot of twists and turns. It was Jamie Lee Harley who came out on top 3-2 to claim top prize.

The Junior event was up next, with all the best Welsh players on show it was time for the older guys to battle it out.  In the boys event it was the local boy Ryan Oyler who took the glory and the prize money after beating Chris Griffiths in a high standard final match 3-1. Chris Griffiths caused a small upset in the semi finals beating Welsh Junior number 1 Conor Edwards 3-1, whilst Ryan overcame a good effort from Jac Jenkins.

In the Junior Girls event Charlotte Carey won her group with Kate Roberts going through as runner up, whilst in the second group it was Beth Roberts who overcame Laura Edwards to qualify top of the group on count- back followed by Soffi Jenkins as runner up. This set up the semi final matches where Charlotte overcame Soffi 3-0 and Beth took the same score line against Kate Roberts. The final saw Charlottes experience and high level of table tennis come through again Beth Roberts and ran out to win 3-0 and claim the top prize.

Well done to all the winners and also to all the players who took part in the Cardiff Junior Cadet Open.

 We now turn our efforts to the North Gwent Junior and Cadet Open. Get your entry forms in!

Friday, 27 September 2013

Junior TCW This Weekend

The Junior Team Championships of Wales comes to Cardiff this weekend.

Players and teams will travel from all across Wales to do battle on the court in order to see who will be the best team in Wales.


Follow us on twitter to keep up to date with the results 

EUpal Dragon Events

The EUpal Dragon competitions are coming to your area.

The next 5 Dragon Events:

Sunday 6th October - Cardiff Dragon 

Sunday 3rd November - Cardiff Dragon

Saturday 30th November - Vale Dragon

Sunday 1st December - Chepstow Dragon

Sunday 15th December - Cardiff Dragon

Please visit the link below for entry forms

Monday, 16 September 2013

Medals Galore for Wales at School Games

Wales won 6 medals at this years School Games which was held in the City of Sheffield.

These medals included - 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze.

For the full story please visit

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Roberts wins at Burton Uxbridge 1*Star

Today saw yet another victory for Joseph Roberts at Burton Uxbridge 1*Star Open.
The 10 year old Cardiff talent won the under 11's event in the morning, later in the afternoon he went onto reach the semi finals of the under 13's where he lost to the eventual winner.

This is another great achievement for the young Cardiff based player and he is surely going to produce more results in the future.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

New Season - New Aims

As the start of the season begins, there are new plans to create even more clubs, develop/strengthen school and club links, increase primary and girl participation and also help our coaches develop to higher levels by increasing their knowledge of the game.

New clubs will start in Cardiff, Newport and Chepstow to add to the already fast growing club structures we have across the south.

Keep an eye on this as we grow and develop!!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Cardiff Summer Camp

The Cardiff Summer Camp got underway yesterday with 20 players attending St.Mellons Table Tennis Club for a training camp with regional coach Simon Oyler. Former West Wales Regional coach Aled Rhys Howell was also in attendance with players from his South England Region.

Players came from around Cardiff, Bridgend, Chepstow and South England to take part in a 4 hour training camp.

The work rate of all the players was fantastic as well as the never give up attitude. The camp was based on footwork exercise, technique, multi ball and fitness. After a few weeks off, some of the players still looked shape and pushed themselves hard.
Players got the chance to have multi ball from Chinese coach Yongbo Zhang and practise with Delhi 2010 Commonwealth player Patrick Thomas.

Well done to all the players who attended. The next session will follow next Monday 19th August

Sunday, 28 July 2013

TTW Awards 2013

The TTW awards were held yesterday in Bridgend and the following people were recognised:
TTW Young Coach of the Year - Nicole Hall
TTW Volunteer of the Year - Claire Flannagan
TTW Club of the Year - Rhondda TTC
Cardiff Regional Squad POY - Joshua Stacey
Rhondda Regional Squad POY - Callum Evans
Swansea Regional POY - Marc Castro
TTW Young Player of the Year - Lydia John
TTW Player of the Year - Charlotte Carey
TTW Coach of the Year - Nathan Thomas
TTW Life Time Award - George Evans
Well Done to all the Winners!!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Joshua Roberts trains with Zhang Yining

Last week the annual French Identification camp for children aged 8-11 took place in Fontaines near Lyon. The camp was mostly made up of the best French talent for this age group. The remainder of the participants were selected through the EuroKids programme and included players from Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus and Wales. Joseph Roberts was the participant selected to represent Wales at the training camp who travelled with coach Greg Price
Training commenced on Day 1 with the emphasis on improving techniques and maintaining a high level of consistency. The following day saw the arrival of two times Olympic and World Champion Zhang Yining. Day 2 focused on service practice and match preparation in readiness for the competition the following day
On Day 3 the competitions for each age category commenced with Zhang Yining observing the matches. Joseph Roberts participated in the boys’ 2003 age category. The standard of competition was very high. Joseph performed well throughout the day and finished 6th out of 8 players. However, this final position does not reflect how well he played on the day. Joseph had a number of very close battles including narrowly losing in three five set matches. On another day, Joseph might have finished in the top three positions
For the last three days of the camp, it was back to the hard work of training. On Day 4, each player was given the opportunity to have a 20 minute multiball session whilst receiving expert coaching analysis from Zhang Yining. This experience was invaluable to Joseph’s development. Zhang Yining assessed Joseph’s techniques and gave detailed feedback on areas in which Joseph can improve
On the last two days of the camp, players were given the opportunity to work on specific areas to develop identified by Zhang Yining. Specific multiball exercises were set by the coaches to work on improving these identified areas of each player’s game. Joseph Roberts worked hard in training to improve and work on the coaching tips given by Zhang Yining.
Overall, an excellent training camp and a worthwhile experience for the development of Joseph and Welsh table tennis.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Gemau Cymru - GOLD for East

The second day on Gemau Cymru brought a Gold and Bronze medal in the singles event for the East.

Macauley Morgan provided an upset in the boy singles. He overcame some tough matches and qualified through to the semi finals where he went up against Marc Castro. This game went the way of the Whitchurch player which sent him into the final. Liam Winders was the player waiting for him after he beat Macauley's east team mate Huw Standen in the other semi final.
In the final Liam raced to a 2-0 lead and found himself at match point up at 10-9, however Macauley continued to fight hard and eventually turned the set around to win 14-12. This seemed to give Macauley the edge as he took the 4th set 11-9. In the deciding 5th set Liam found himself up again at 8-6, but Macauley had other ideas and kept the pressure on to level at 8-8 with his two serves to come. Winning two big rallies, the Whitchurch player found himself 10-8 up with gold medal point. Unfortunately Liam served of which gave Macauley the match and the Gold medal. Huw Standen took the bronze medal whilst Joshua Stacey ended his very impressive weekend losing in the quarter finals to Liam Winder. Josh lost just three matches out of 12 during the course of the weekend.

In the girls singles, Buddog James gave a great account of herself as did her team mate, 9 year old Lauren Stacey who showed just how much she has improved over the past 6 months, Lauren is one to watch in the future.

The east team ended with 3 medals:

1 x Gold (Boys Singles)
1 x Silver (Team Event)
1 x Bronze (Boys Singles)

Well Done to all the competitors

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Gemau Cymru Team Event

Day One of Gemau Cymru got underway today at the Cardiff City Table Tennis Club.

The East team consisting of Macauley Morgan, Huw Standen, Joshua Stacey, Buddog James and Lauren Stacey took a silver medal in the team event losing out to a strong South team.

Final Team Positions

Gold Medalists - South
Silver Medalists - East
Bronze Medalists - West
4th place - North