Paul Davies takes home gold for Great Britain

Welshman Paul Davies has picked up gold for the Britain Para Table Tennis team in the the team event in the Slovakian Open.

He was paired with Silvio Keller from Switzerland after his playing partner Rob Davies decided not to compete in the Slovakia open.

He lost to Italy’s Andrea Borgato but got his revenge when he beat the Italian number one 3-2 before combining with Keller in the doubles to win the match 3-0.

Davies said: ”In the singles final against Borgato I struggled with one of his serves,

“But I went away and analysed the match and I knew that if I could have another crack at him it would be a different result.

“Things didn’t go according to plan in Slovenia but it’s great to finish on a high here and I’m very happy.”

Andrew Baggaley Picks up Bronze Medal for England

 

Andrew Baggaley Claimed a bronze medal for his England team in the the team event at the commonwealth table tennis championship in Delhi.

Baggaley had a perfect score to cruise England through the group stages to move onto the next stage where he took on Malaysians Dunley foo and Muhud Shakirin and won 3-1.

he then took on new zealands John Cordue and Canada’s Marko Medjugorac and beat both of them 3-0 respectively.

He was beaten twice in the semi final by the host nation india who won 3-2.

Baggaley bagged his fifth Common wealth games medal adding to his two golds.

 

 

 

International Table Tennis Federation to Change Ball

The International Table Tennis Federation are looking to introduce new Poly balls from July 2014 with current balls being made from celluloid but will be changed by a plastic material.

Tests showed that players found the ball to move slower with a higher bounce compare to the other ball but this should increase the length of rally’s.

But one Olympian Andrew Baggaley thinks the change is absolutly ‘Bizzare’. 

He said: “It’s really bizarre. I don’t know any other sport that has had as many changes,

“I don’t really understand the reasons for the change. I believe the pecking order in world table tennis will remain the same. I don’t think it will change anything dramatically, like the Chinese dominance in the sport.

“Players who have played with it tell me it’s less spin and it’s a little slower with a truer bounce. They also say the ball sounds like it’s broken,

“I hope they don’t change before the Commonwealths in Glasgow in 2014.”

Kate and William Show off Their Skills on the Table in Scotland

In light of the anticipated match against Pippa Middleton and Boris Johnson, Kate has had a chance to show what Boris can expect from the Middleton’s.

During their time in Scotland Kate got to take on her Husband William in a game of table tennis in which she proved to be the better player according to onlookers.

They were then paired with with Yaser Razouk and Stephen Grimes and proceeded to play a doubles match.

Yaser said: “We knew before they came that we were going to give them the bats, but I never thought we’d end up playing with them.

“When they were playing each other at singles William was convinced he was winning but I think it was Kate who ended up the winner.”

Stephen who partnered up with Kate said: “They’re both quite good.

“The club played with David Cameron when he visited quite a while ago; I would say Kate is better than him.

“Kate and William would be a really good doubles team.”

 

Boris Johnson Accepts Pippa Middleton’s Table Tennis Challenge

Boris Johnson has accepted Pippa Middleton’s challenge to a game of Table Tennis that was arrange over twitter and now the Mayor of London is said to be rather nervous upon the game.

He said: “I feel very nervous clearly because she seems to be very good. Well, she claims to be very good.

“But I’m very happy to do this because it’s a chance to promote what we’re doing with sports legacy London.

“We have greatly increased the number of people doing sports. If Pippa’s kind offer can be used to promote that then I’m all for it.”

He also added: “Happy for Pippa to join me on a visit and see the benefits of our £22m Sports Legacy Fund in action,”

Real Madrid Stars Take to the Table

Ex Chelsea duo Michael Essien and Ricardo Carvalho took on Luka modric and Sami Khedira in a 2V2 game of table tennis.

The game began friendly but as it went on you could see both teams wanted to win and their competitiveness that’s on the pitch came out onto the table.

At on point in the game their was an amazing rally which was ended by a Michael Essien back hand.

But it was Essien’s back hand that was the teams downfall as both sides reached 19 a piece. Essien let off a wild back hand that left the opposing team 20-19 up and and in the last game essien attempted another powerful back hand that hit into the net to give Luka modric and Sami Khedira the win.

 

Olympic champion Zhang Jike Beats Ovtcharov Dimitrij

London Olympic champion Zhang Jike beat the man who took Bronze at the same Olympics the German Ovtcharov Dimitrij 3-0 at the Asia – Europe Table Tennis All Stars Challenge on Sunday.

The first game was one 11-9 and the following games where won 11-2 and 11-9 to finish the game 3-0.

The Asian team managed to win seven matches out of ten over the two day event. Xiao Zhan, the coach of the Asian Team said: ”We won the series 7-3, but it didn’t represent that Asian table tennis lead Europe’s so much. You can see some matches are very tough,”

 

Behind-the-Back Trick Shot Winner

Quentin Robinot, 20 years old, won a game against Kiryl Barabanov of Belarus in extreme style after they rallied for a while and Quentin left Kiryl baffed after he one the game with a behind the back trick shot that stunned the crowed in the manor he done it, so cool and calm.

Kiryl began hitting back harder and Quentin just left his opponent flat footed and shocked.

After Kiryl came over the shock he gave his opponent plaudits and showed some respect to the trick shot that won him the game.

Skegness Grammar School’s Under 13s Team Make Final

The team of very young players have managed to book themselves a place in the Butterfly National School Team Championship finals and have established themselves as a worthy team.

Having reached the final of the Butterfly National School Team Championship they will now play some of the best schools in the country in one of the most prestigious competitions they could possibly be in.

Head of PE, Amanda Black, said: “The boys have achieved a huge amount in a short period of time thanks to their personal dedication to the sport.

“They have been in school training at 7am with their coach Hong Peebles and have come on leaps and bounds in a very short time.”

Tom Jarvis a member of the team has stood out from the rest and has been awarded with a new scholarship instigated by the David Ross Education Trust who support talented athletes and tom will be heading of abroad to train with the England Team.

Amanda added: “His enthusiasm for the sport has cajoled the interest of Del, Jack, Nathan and Declan, who themselves are becoming high profile players within the sport,”

 

 

Pensioner Still Showing he is a Competitor at the age of 83

Pensioner Harry Ross, 83, has had a hip replacement and a heart problem but neither can stop the man’s passion for playing table tennis.

The oldest player in two leagues has been playing for 70 years and has been very good and has won a lot of games even when he got older and not as sharp.

Harry said: “I started out when I was 13 in the Lower Crumpsall Men’s Social club. They wanted to find something for the younger lads to do while the older men were off fighting in the war.

“That was 70 years ago and I still just love playing the game. I do still win games – I think luck plays a part and I have a good attacking back hand.”

Regarding his health he added this: “I am full of aches and pains – as you’d probably expect from a player of my age. It’s partly due to all the sport I’ve played my whole life.”

He also played other sports in including football and cricket but table tennis is the only one that stayed with as he got older.

The last player he beat

David, 29, said: “To be honest he was too good for me. I think he picked the right bat out of his collection that night as he not only hit me off the table but both my team mates got a bit of a panning too.

“ I’m just one of many players to be on the wrong side of the result over the years I guess.”