18 Aug
Junior Coaching
Date Thu, 18 August 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Westfield Summer League 2022

There will be no Coaching or Open Practice session next Thursday (2nd June), due to it being a Bank Holiday. Monday's Coaching and Open Practice session goes ahead as normal.  
My apologies to members who I incorrectly advised last Thursday!
 
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Kevin Bird
Westfield TTC

The cadet team of Ben Aldridge, Adam Koszyk and Shivam Gopal started the final weekend in a strong position, 5 points behind the leaders Knighton Park, so all to play for. 

We set off at a great pace with a 6-0 win in first match against Chandlers.  The next match was against West Bridgeford, another 6-0 win with only one game going beyond 3 ends. Nottingham was the next opponent - proving slightly more challenge, but the players stepped up to the mark, winning 5-1 with Ben and Adam retaining their clean sheets. The final match was against Knighton Park,the team who started the day top. The boys played with great spirit with 4 of the matches going to 5 ends; Ben and Adam both lost very close games to the number one player, Faisal Mulla, and this time Shivam held his final game to 9 in the fifth, so keeping a clean sheet.

Despite this great set of results, we did not manage to catch Knighton Park and finished second, 2 points behind, in the Cadet League.

Well done to Ben, Adam and Shivam ,not only for the success, but the positive attitude and team work you have displayed. It has been a pleasure to coach you. Thanks must also go to their families support, with a special mention to Gabriela  who assisted with the scoring sheets, umpiring and keeping us all on our toes.

Thanks

Ian

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On Saturday 5th March, Alex, Adam and Ben played in the fourth (and last) round of National Junior League, at Nishkam School, Birmingham.

The boys were in first place in Division 3, having had a successful Day 3. Another excellent performance was required if we were to keep Lillington in second place.

Round 1 was against Cheslyn Hay Tigers, and we ran out 5-1 winners. Cheslyn's stand-out player was Callum Randell. He beat Ben in 5 (having been 2-0 down), but Alex played a superb match to edge Callum out 12-10 in the deciding end. The other matches were won in three ends, with Adam untroubled.

Round 2 opponents were Birmingham 4. A really close match, which ended in a 3-3 draw. Ben's double was the highlight, especially the 15-13 fifth-end win against Roan Paul, whom he'd lost to in Day 3. For Birmingham, Jayden Baker showed good improvement to beat Adam and Alex in close games. Alex was unlucky to draw a blank.

Round 3 opponents were Colebrige C. Another very close match (with 4 five-set matches) ending in a 3-3 draw. Adam was unlucky not to bag a double, losing his second five-ender of the match 21-19! All players won one match, and the result could have gone either way, so a draw was probably fair on both teams.

In Round 4 we faced Birmingham 3. Ben was back to his best with a double, ably supported by Alex and Adam, bagging one win each for a much needed 4-2 win.

Our last round was against the giants of Lillington (and I mean giants. One of the players was 6 foot 4!). Lillington had had an excellent day, and were now a couple of points ahead of us. A 5-1 or 6-0 win was required to win the league. It was not to be as Lillington ran out 4-2 winners. Alex's 11-9 fifth-end win (yes, another five-ender) was the stand-out performance of this match. Well played Alex.

Finishing runners-up was a great achievement, and I'm proud of the players performances during the season. We've shown consistent improvement over the season, and the boys can pleased with their efforts. 

A special mention to Gabriela, who came along to support the team, and help with umpiring and filling in score sheets. Certainly made my job easier!

I look forward to doing it again next season.

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Kevin Bird
Team Captain

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On Sunday 9th January, the cadet team of Ben Aldridge, Adam Koszyk and Shivam Gopal represented Westfield TTC in the National Cadet League at the Sycamore Club in Nottigham. With the withrdrawal of 3 Peterborough teams, the contest was changed from the expected 2 divisions back to one division of 5.

They started off their campaign against West Bridgeford with a 3 all draw; there were some very close games - Adam worked hard to come from 2-0 down to win in the fifth set; Ben was unlucky to lose a close game to 9 in the fifth and Shivam managed to close his game down in the fifth.

The next match against Cliffdale Chandlers was an easier affair which was won 5-1, with Ben and Adam winning all their games and Shivam dropping one very close game, each end by 11-9. 

Their third match against Knighton Park was a tougher game with Adam picking up the only honours to lose 5-1 overall.

Nottingham was their final opponent - a great way to finish the day with a 6-0 win.

The succesful day left us second in the table, 5 points behind Knighton Park with a final weekend to play in March.

Well done to the players for their sustained efforts, especially as Adam and Ben had played in the Junior league the previous day.

With thanks to their families for their continued support.

Ian Yarnall

Team Captain

The same team of Ben Aldridge, Alex Elsom and Adam Koszyk travelled to Birmingham for day 3 of National Junior League.

Cheslyn Hay Tigers were our round one opponents, and we made short work of the match, winning 6-0 and only dropping one leg in the process! An excellent start.

Round two and our opponents were Birmngham 4. Another good performance and another 6-0 win, although Ben did find Roan Paul's style awkward, and had to dig deep to win 12-10 in the fifth!

Round three and our opponents are Colebridge C. First game saw Ben against Colebridge number two Hong Kit Ng (who proved to be a real handful). Ben was trailing 2-0 and 10-6,  but some well executed points saw him level at deuce and then take the next two points to win the end. This gave Ben renewed energy and belief, and he won the next two ends 11-5, 11-8 for a great win. Alex had his own five-end battle, this time being pegged back from 2-0 to 2-2, but he managed to compose himself in the fifth for a fine win. Adam was on game three and he, like Ben, had to battle back from 2-0 down. He did so with some great play, which saw him ease through 11-9 in the fifth. Three close games all going Westfield's way. Ben and Alex both won their secind matches, but Adam found Hong Kit Ng too strong and went down 3-0. A battling 5-1 kept us at the top of the table.

Round four and we are up against the the Lillington 'Giants'. In all my years of table tennis, I have never seen a team full six foot (plus) juniors! Morgan Page proved the star man for Lillington, using his deadly backhand to beat both Adam and Alex. Ben was untroubled for his two wins.

The final round of the day saw us against Birmingham 3, who were a decent team. At this point Alex and Adam were starting to feel the effects of their earliers efforts and both struggled. Adam did managed to pick up one point but Alex drew a blank. No such worries for Ben, who cruised to a brace. Final result 3-3.

There were some great performances during the day's play, and for Ben to remain undefeated was very impressive. Roll on Day 4.

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Just a quick note to confirm that the Club is NOT open this evening (Thursday 23rd December).
 
We hope to start the sessions again on Thursday Jan 6th 2022. Please keep an eye on our website for announcements.
 
Wishing you all a safe and merry Christmas.
 
Kind regards.
 
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Kevin Bird
Westfield TTC

Due to the unavailability of lead coaches, the Club will not be open on Monday 20th December.

Because of the rapid increase in Covid cases, league matches for Tuesday 21st December are under review. A decision as to whether these go ahead will be made tomorrow afternoon/evening (Monday 20th).

League matches should resume on Tuesday 4th January 2022, but please keep checking the website for further updates.

If I don't see you on Tuesday, here's to a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.

Stay safe everyone.

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Kevin Bird

A member of the Club has generously donated a large collection of table tennis bats, blades and rubbers, which we are looking to sell at very reasonable prices. We are holding an equipment sale next Thursday (9th December), and you are welcome to come along, see if there is anything of interest, and 'try-before-you-buy'. We will be accepting card and cash payments. Sale starts at 7.30pm. Look forward to seeing you all on the 9th.

Day 1 - Saturday 16th October
The Westfield trio of Ben Aldridge, Alex Elsom and Adam Koszyk travelled to Birmingham to play the first round of National Junior League.
Round 1 saw them play Birmingham Academy 3. Ben and Alex both won twice, and Adam won his second match after losing a close five-ender in his first.
Round 2 was against Cheslyn Hay Tigers. Again, Westfield ran out 5-1 winners, with Ben and Adam wining two apeice and Alex picking up the single.
Colebridge B were our opponents in Round 3, and werre much stronger opposition. Colebridge were 5-1 winners, with Aex picking up a consolation win in game 6.
Round 4 and Westfield were back on the wining trail, this time against Birmginham 4. Alex, Ben and Adam all picked up two wins to run out 6-0 winners.
Last round of the day was against a very strong Lillington A. Ben was the only player able to pick up a leg, as Lillington showed their class and ran out comfortable 6-0 winners.

Day 2 - Saturday 27th October
The same trio of players returned to Birmingham for Day 2 of NJL. This time we were placed into Division 2. With six teams in the division, there were fice rounds of matches.
Round 1 saw us play Birmingham 3. This was the second time we had played this team, and this time we went one better and won 6-0.
Round 2 was against Birmingham 2, who justified their higher ranking and ran out 4-2 winners. The result was not a fair reflection of the match, with a lot of close ends that didn't go our way.
Next up Lillington B, who ran out 6-0 winners. Again, some ecellent table tennis was played without reward.
Round 4 saw us play Cheslyn Hay Lions, and again, another battling display by the boys but for no reward, Cheslyn running out 6-0 winners.
Our last round was against Bronsgrove, who arguably had the two best players in the division, if not the league. Afer so many close games and six hours of table tennis, all three boys were showing signs of fatigue. Alex managed to keep it together for his last match and won 3-2 to pick up a consolation point.

Pictures of the result sheets can be found below.

The boys have been a pleassure to coach, and special menton should also go to Gabriela Koszyk who volunteered to umpire throughout the day.

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Left to right: Gabriela Koszyk, Ben Aldridge, Adam Koszyk, Alex Elsom.

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