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Teesside University honours international table tennis figure Alan Ransome

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lan Ransome has been a leading local and national figure in the sport of table tennis for the last 50 years

When having been an Olympic coach is just one of the many achievements in your life, you could be forgiven for being a bit big-headed.

But Alan Ransome, who was collecting an honorary degree from Teesside University today, is quite the opposite.

He was honoured with a Doctorate in Professional Achievement and spoke humbly about receiving this recognition.

He said: “It is a major honour and I am delighted to receive it but this would not have been achieved or even possible without other people especially players and coaches.

“It really is a whole army of people who have made it possible and for that I am very grateful.

“I have had to be the coach or the captain and lead them, but the point is that you cannot undertake this kind of thing on your own.

“You have to be part of a team.”

Mr Ransome is one of the leading figures in international table tennis over the last 50 years.

On the national circuit he has coached both England and Great Britain teams in major competitions, including the 1996 Olympic Games.

Locally, he is regarded as one of the leading coaches in Teesside, having won the European Championships with Ormesby.

Sport has played such an essential part of Mr Ransome’s life and he is keen to encourage students all over Teesside to experience the benefits of them.

He said: “I would like students and graduates alike to be aware what sports can do for them. It has helped me over the years and it can improve communities and themselves.

“There are numerous benefits of being involved in sports and it’s an education in itself.”

Laura Ford
Text and Picture courtesy of the Gazette

The Citation from Teesside University can be seen Here

All photos from the event are shown below – courtesy of the Gazette

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Alan Ransome Honoured

 

Alan Ransome(CTTF Chairman) is to be awarded an honorary degree by Teesside University.

The former chairman of the ETTA and current chairman of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation will become a Doctor in Professional Achievement at a graduation ceremony on November 25.

Mr Ransome, 68, said:

“I’m delighted to receive it and very pleased for the sport.”

“Although I’ve been up front, over the years we’ve had a lot of people at all levels who have helped to push the sport forward. So although the award comes to me, it’s not for me, it’s for the sport.”

To see what Table Tennis England and the ITTF said just click the links

Singapore and Singapore, 2 Golds to finish

The final session of the Final Days play in  the Table Tennis Competition at the Scotstoun Sport Campus, part of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow produced more success for the dominant country of this Competition, Singapore.

Women’s Doubles Medalists

LAY Jian Fang, MIAO Miao (1)
Silver
YU Mengyu, FENG Tianwei (2)
Gold
ZHANG Mo, LUO Anqui (1)
Bronze

First on court was the Women’s Doubles Bronze Medal Match, Canada’s Anqi Luo and Zhang Mo defeated England’s Kelly Sibley and Joanna Drinkhall to take the Bronze Medal. The English pair started well taking the first two games but the Canadian pair played better and better as the match progressed running out Bronze Medalists in 5 tight games (6-11, 10-12, 11-8, 14-12, 12-10)

The Australian pair of Jian Fang Lay and Miao Miao have performed superbly to reach the Gold Medal Match, there they met the No 1 seeds Singapore’s Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu the Singapore pair took the first the Australians responded to take the second but the class of the two Singapore girls shone brightly taking the third and fourth games to take the Gold Medal (11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5)

Men’s Singles Medalists

GAO Ning (1)
Silver
ZHAN Jian (1)
Gold
PITCHFORD Liam (1)
Bronze

So to the Final two matches of what has truly been a superb competition.

In the Men’s Singles the Bronze Medal Match saw Sharath Kamal Achanta of India facing Liam Pitchford of England. In the Team Semi Final match it was Liam Pitchford that triumphed, would he repeat that result?

The answer was yes but in what was a bit of a match between two players who have been playing too much in the last few days Liam Pitchford had just that bit more energy and power, Liam took the first two games, Achanta recovered to take the third game, Liam took a tight fourth game. Fifth game to Achanta, and in game 6 he had a game point at 10-9, but Liam Pitchford played three dynamic and powerful points to take the match and the Bronze Medal (11-6, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10)

The Gold Medal Match was a repeat of the Delhi 2010 Final, all Singapore, Gao Ning against Zhan Jian. In Delhi it was Zhan Jian who triumphed. It looked like a repeat performance as Zhan Jian raced to a 3-0 lead, Gao Ning recovered to delay matters a bit but Zhan Jian was not to be denied and he took the Gold Medal (11-9, 11-2, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7)

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The Crowd
VENUE (4)
Outside

Congratulations are due to both Glasgow 2014 and Table Tennis Scotland who are the groups responsible for the wonderful event we have seen. This competition has provided opportunities for all of the Commonwealth Counties who entered the table tennis be they large or small to showcase the talents of their players.

Congratulations too to some special people, Sheila Mercer, the Competition Manager for the Table Tennis, Stuart Sherlock, the Referee, invisible to the TV cameras as he should have been, and to Graeme Ireland of Australia the ITTF Table Tennis representative.

England take a historic 1,2,3

The Final Days play in the first session of the Table Tennis Competition at the Scotstoun Sport Campus, part of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow produced a historic result for the England team

YU Mengyu, FENG Tianwei (2)

 

Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengu, too strong in the Semi Final

First on court were the Women’s Doubles Semi Finals, Australia continued their excellent results in this event Jian Fang Lay and Miao Miao, the fifth seeds,beating Canada’s Anqi Luo and Zhang Mo, the fourth seeds in a remarkable 3 straight games (11-8, 11-7, 11-7).

The second semi final was also in three straight games the top seeds,  the Singaporean partnership of Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengu  defeated England’s Kelly Sibley and Joanna Drinkhall (11-9, 11-9, 11-6).

GAO Ning (1)

Gao Ning, extended the points as far as he could against Liam Pitchford

The two Men’s Singles Semi Finals could not have been more different but in both the all conquering Singaporeans triumphed.

In Semi Final 1, Gao Ning had possibly the closest match of the Championships, 2-1 for Gao Ning moved to 3-2 to Liam but the No 1 seed from Singapore was just superb as he grabbed the last two games for a 4-3 win  (11-8, 11-13, 14-12, 6-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-6)

The second Semi Final was the complete opposite Zhan Jian, also from Singapore, the second seed totally dominated Sharath Kamal Achanta of India giving him no time at all to produce the delightful play he can produce. Zhan Jian won in 4 straight games (11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8)

Thus the same final as in Delhi 2010 will play out again later today

Mixed Doubles Medallists

HO Tin-Tin, PITCHFORD Liam (1)
Silver
Gold
DRINKHALL Paul, DRINKHALL Joanna (1)
Gold
Bronze
SIBLEY Kelly, REED Danny (1)
Bronze

So to the Mixed Doubles Medal Matches and what a hour for English Table Tennis it was.

The Bronze Medal Match began proceedings and the Singaporean No 1 Seeds Feng Tianwei and Zhan Jian faced England’s Kelly Sibley and Danny Reed first game went to Singapore but superb play from the relatively lowly ranked England Duo took the next three games and the Bronze medal setting up an all England Podium for the Medal Ceremony (5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 12-10).

The Gold Medal Match was all England. Joanna and Paul Drinkhall faced their teammates Tin Tin Ho and Liam Pitchford. Paul and Joanna Drinkhall took the first two games but their younger opponents came back to take the next two. Paul however was not to be denied and some powerful attacking set up by Joanna’s defence took the Final game (11-7, 11-3, 5-11, 10-12, 11-5).

Medals Day 1, Singapore 5 medals India 1

It was the first Medals day at the Scotstoun Sports Campus in the Table Tennis Individual Competition of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

LIN Ye, FENG Tianwei, YU Mengyu (1)Lin Ye, Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu with their Medals

The Women’s Singles was the First Final. Earlier in the day in the Semi Finals, the one interloper Jian Fang Lay of Australia lost to the No 2 Seed Yu Mengyu in four straight games giving Singapore the Bronze Medal. In the other Semi Final Feng Tianwei was successful against colleague Lin Ye in five games

The gold medal match saw Yu Mengyu take on compatriot Feng Tianwei. A repeat of the New Delhi final in 2010, it was once again Feng Tianwei who took the Gold Medal in five games (11-7, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10, 11-2).

YANG Zi, ZHAN Jian (2)
Bronze
GAO Ning, LI Hu (1)
Gold
ACHANTA Sharath, ANTHONY Amalraj (1)
Silver

The other Medal Event on the day was the Men’s Doubles . The semi finals saw No 1 seeds Gao Ning and Li Hu from Singapore take a tight 4 game match over England’s Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford (13-11, 11-9 3-11, 11-8). The other semi final was the first of the days great results as the Indian pair of Sharath Kamal Achanta and Amalraj Anthony surprised Yang Zi and Zhan Jian the No 2 seeds in three games (11-7, 12-10, 11-3)

In the evenings finals Yang Zi and Zhan Jian the No 2 seeds were just too consistent in the end for the English pairing of Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford. Singapore won the first game and a second that they should not have, England missed out on a 10-7 lead in that. Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford then won the third and fourth games, the fifth game was balanced all the way 4-4, 8-8, 9-9 but at the end England maybe tried a little hard to be positive. Singapore took the Bronze Medal (11-6, 12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 12-10)

In the Gold Medal Match the No 1 seeds Gao Ning and Li Hu who were hoping to win Singapore’s first ever Men’s Doubles Gold Medal faced the Indian pair of Sharath Kamal Achanta and Amalraj Anthony. The Indians struck first but the current World Tour Men’s Doubles champions were not to be denied and they ran off the next three games to take the Gold Medal (8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-5)

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Liam Pitchford and Tin Tin Ho celebrate a most outstanding win

The Mixed Doubles semi finals were possibly the two best matches of the day. In the all England Match between Joanna/Paul Drinkhall and Kelly Sibley/Danny Reed there was a game this way a game that but Paul and Joanna took the match finally 11-8 in the fifth game (11-4, 5-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8).

The other Semi Final produced the match of the championships 21 year old Liam Pitchford allied with 15 year old Tin Tin Ho surprised the No 1 seeds Zhan Jian and Feng Tianwei with the quality of their return of serve in particular. The English pair took the first two games Singapore responded with the third and fourth games. Surely they had weathered the storm. No way, Liam and Tin Tin raced to 5-1, they extended the lead to 9-3 before Zhan Jian and Feng Tianwei recovered to 9-5. A Time out for England worked a treat and the No 1 Seeds were defeated in the next two points. (12-10, 11-8, 11-13, 6-11, 11-5)

All this setup an all England Final tomorrow with Kelly Sibley/Danny Reed trying to take the Bronze against Zhan Jian and Feng Tianwei of Singapore.

 

LAY Jian Fang, MIAO Miao (1)

Superb win for Jian Fang Lay and Miao Miao of Australia

The Women’s Doubles progressed to the Semi Final Stage and lining up in tomorrows Semi Finals, Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu of Singapore face Joanna Drinkhall and Kelly Sibley of England while the Australian pairing of Jian Fang Lay and Miao Miao, who defeated the No 2 seeds Lin Ye and Zhou Yihan of Singapore today, face Canadian opposition in Anqi Luo and Zhang Mo

ACHANTA Sharath Kamal (1)

Sharath Kamal Achanta on top form when defeating Paul Drinkhall of Engand

The Men’s Singles also progressed to the Semi Finals. In the quarter finals it was India’s Soumyajit Goosh who surprised all to beat Li Hu of Singapore, the No 6 Seed.

This earned him a quarter final against England’s Liam Pitchford but in 6 really tight games the young Indian’s run was over (7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-9).

The match between India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta and England’s Paul Drinkhall went the other way to the Indian in five sets. Achanta virtually never missed and pounced on anything the slightest bit loose from Paul Drinkhall. (11-7, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6).

The other two Semi Finals went the way of Singapore. Gao Ning, the no.1 seed, beat Australia’s William Henzell, the no.8 seed (15-13, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6); Zhan Jian, the no.2 seed, ended the hopes of Canada’s Eugene Wang, the no.5 seed (9-11, 1-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8).

The final day tomorrow promises to be another day of astounding Table Tennis

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Photographs courtesy of Paul Devlin

 

 

A Long and Tiring Day Eight unfolds

Many unbelievably tense Men’s and Women’s Matches were the order of the day today in the Table Tennis at Scotstoun Sports Complex. Players fighting in both singles and doubles for a chance of Medals in the 20th Commonwealth Games

Mixed Doubles

SIBLEY Kelly, REED Danny (1)
Danny Reed and Kelly Sibley, two great wins today
The last 16 Round started the day and the performance of this round was without doubt the slaying of the No 3 seeds Li Hu and Yu Mengyu of Singapore by Danny Reed and Kelly Sibley of England, the No 11 seeds. Three straight games was all that was required for the win. (11-7, 11-8, 11-9)Virtually all the rest of the top seeds progressed through this round which setup some tremendous Quarter final action. England’s Danny Reed and Kelly Sibley continued where they had begun the day, beating higher seeded pairs, this time it was Sharath Kamal Achanta and Sahimi Kumaresan of India, the Number 6 Seeds who fell, the English pair took the first two games, India responded to take the third. In the fourth game Reed and Sibley squandered two match points and the Indians pounced to take the match to a fifth game in which the English Pair got away to an excellent start turning round at 5-1 but the Indians recovered to 6-4. Time out for the English which did the trick and Reed and Sibley took 5 unanswered points to reach the Semi Finals (11-7, 11-9, 5-11, 12-14, 11-4)While one English pair was fighting their way to the Semi Finals two other English Pairs did the same Liam Pitchford and Tin Tin Ho dispatched Canada’s Eugene Wang and Zhang Mo in five games (11-4, 5-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6) while Paul Drinkhall and Joanna Drinkhall came through in 4 games against the No 2 Seeds, Gao Ning and Lin Ye (11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6)Tomorrows Semi Finals see Singapore’s Zhan Jian and Fang Tianwei against Liam Pitchford and Tin Tin Ho. The other Semi Final is an all English affair as Paul and Joanna Drinkhall face Danny Reed and Kelly Sibley.

Women’s Doubles

Second event on this busy day was the Women’s Doubles, the top 4 seeds in the competition all progressed through both played rounds today fairly comfortably. Singapore pairings of Feng Tainwei/Yu Mengyu and Lin Ye/Zhou Yihan, the No 1 and No 2 seeds were joined in the next round by England’s Joanna Drinkhall/Kelly Sibley, the No 3 seeds and Canada’s Anqi Luo/Zhang Mo the No 4 seeds.
YU Mengyu, FENG Tianwei (2)
Feng Tianwei partnering Yu Mengyu are seeded No 1

Men’s Doubles

PITCHFORD Liam, DRINKHALL Paul (2)
Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford had a hard fought battle with the Nigerian pair
The Men’s Doubles showed some tremendous play in the Quarter Finals, Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford, the No 3 seeds were pushed all the way by the big hitting pair from Nigeria Segun Toriola and Quadri Aruna (11-6, 8-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7). India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta and Amalraj Anthony beat the other English pair Danny Reed and Sam Walker (2-10, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8). The other two Semi Final slots belong to Singapore. Gao Ning and Li Hu will play the English and Yang Zi and Zhan Jian will play the Indians in the Semi finals

Women’s Singles

OWEN Naomi (1)
Naomi Owen, another great win over Joanna Drinkhall the No 4 seed
There were two Women’s Singles rounds today too, result of the round, not completely unexpected as it had happened before, Naomi Owen of Wales hit her way past No 4 seed Joanna Drinkhall in five games (12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8). The other match of note in this round was the extended battle between the experience of Malaysia’s Beh Lee Wei and the even greater experience of New Zealands Li Chunli. The match went all the way with the younger Beh Lee Wei winning in the the tightest of seven games at deuce in the seventh game (11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 12-10)

In the Women’s Quarter Finals Singapore showed why they are Women’s Team Champions as all three of their players Feng Tainwei, Li Ye and Yu Mengyu progressed to the Semi Finals and did Jian Feng Lay of Australia who defeated Naomi Owen of Wales.

Men’s Singles

JENKINS Ryan (1)

Ryan Jenkins, a classy show beating Scotland’s Craig Howieson
The Last Competition to complete the long day were the Men’s Singles which played the second round, Scotland’s Gavin Rumgay chased all over the court to defeat Andre Ho of Canada in 5 Games, evergreen Ryan Jenkins of Wales defeated Craig Howieson of Scotland and all the rest of the top sixteen seeds joined them in the third round.

The only player to be extended the full seven games distance in the second round of the Men’s singles event was India’s Harmeet Desai, the no.12 seed. He was tested by Australia’s David Powell, who at one stage held a three games lead (11-4, 7-11, 11-13, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-5).

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A real crowd pleaser from Scotland

Day 7 of the Table Tennis Competition at the Scotstoun Sports Campus as a part of the 20th Commonwealth Games

Doubles, Mixed and Mens and Womens Singles were all on offer today

Womens Singles

MOGEY Amanda (1)Amanda Mogey (Nothern Ireland)

In the first round none of the seeded players were competing but Amanda Mogey of Nothern Ireland had a good win overcoming Betty Guo of Canada. Megan Phillips of Wales also went through beating Chelsea  Edghill in seven tight games

The second round saw the seeds for the first time, all 16 progressed however not without some painful contests, Australia’s Zenhua Dederko was pushed to a full seven games by Charlotte Carey of Wales as was Shamini Kumaresan when she faced Ganiat Ogundele of Nigeria

Mens Doubles

CAMERON Niall, DOHERTY Sean (2)Scotland’s Sean Doherty and Niall Cameron celebrate

Much to the pleasure of the home crowd Scotland’s Sean Doherty and Niall Cameron put out New Zealand’s Liu Tengleng and Phillip Xiao in four tight games. They continued on in the Second round with a straight sets win over Craig Gascoyne and Chris Band of Jersey. That sets up another Home Countries battle as they face England’s Danny Reed and Sam Walker in the last 16 round tomorrow

Trinidad and Tobago represented by Curtis Humphreys and Dexter St Louis also navigated their way to the last 16 with wins over Tabish Khurshid/Muhammad Rameez of Pakistan and Paul David/Idi Lewis of Guyana in 5 games to setup a meeting with Zi Yang and Jian Zhan of Singapore, the No 2 Seeds.

Mixed doubles

WALKER Sam LE FEVRE Karina (2)Good win for Karina Lefevre and Sam Walker

Stars of this event were England’s Karina Lefevre and Sam Walker who performed superbly to put out India’s Poulomi Ghatak and Soumyajit Ghosh in a very tight(except for game 4) 5 game match (9-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-1, 11-8). Their reward is a match against the Australian pairing of Miao Miao and William Henzell tomorrow

The New Zealand pair of Liu Tengleng and Karen Li also hurt India as they overcame Manika Batra and Shanil Shetty the No 13 seeds to setup a meeting with England pair Tin Tin Ho and Liam Pitchford tomorrow

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No great surprises on Day Six

There was a procession of the top players in the qualifying groups going through to the main draw at the Table Tennis Competition of the 20th Commonwealth Games at Scotstoun Sports Campus

HO Andre (1)

Andre Ho of Canada securely though into the knockout stages
In the Men’s Singles Canada’s André Ho and Pierre-Luc Theriault, as it was for Marios Yiangou of Cyprus, Australia’s David Powell, Dexter St. Louis of Trinidad and Tobago, and Malaysia’s Muhd Shakirin Ibraham. Likewise New Zealand’s Liu Tengteng and Phillip Xiao secured top spots in their groups.

First places for the top eight names on first stage Men’s Singles duty; it was the same for the women.

CAREY Charlotte (1)

No problems for Charlotte Carey of Wales, safely through to the knockout stages
It was pole position for England’s Tin-Tin Ho and Charlotte Carey of Wales, and for the Nigerian trio of Offiong Edem, Cecilia Akpan and Ganiat Ogundele. Rheann Chung of Trinidad and Tobago, New Zealand’s Annie Yang and Northern Ireland’s Amanda Mogey. They all secured first places in their groups.

Main Draw
Play in the first and second rounds of the Women’s Singles event commences on Wednesday 30th July; for the Men’s Singles competition it is one day later, Thursday 31st July.

The top 16 men and top 16 women enter proceedings in round two.

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Singapore are double Team Gold Medalists

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The Singapore team take the plaudits of a capacity crowd
The Singapore Men followed in the footsteps of the Women’s Team winning the Gold medal in the Men’s Team event at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

The Scotstoun Sports Campus was filled to capacity and a bit more as Singapore and England fought for that elusive Gold Medal

The first game was between Jian Zhan for Singapore and Paul Drinkhall for England, four games played and all was even, who would take the fifth, Zhan got a good start in the fifth and continued to pile on the pressure taking the fifth 11-2.

Second game Goa Ning, Singapore against Liam Pitchford, England. You could see in the first two games just how well a top form Pitchford could trouble Gao Ning highly ranked though he is but both those ends just went to Gao Ning (11-9 13-11). Once again, in the third the Singaporean got in front early and stayed that way winning comfortably 11-3. It seemed like Pitchford had left a little bit of his form behind after yesterdays heroics.

DRINKHALL Paul, BAGGALEY Andrew (1)

Paul Drinkhall and Andrew Baggaley ending a superb doubles win
All over it seemed, the ITTF World Tour doubles champions Gao Ning and Hu Li for Singapore against Paul Drinkhall and Andrew Baggaley for England and it seemed that way when the Singapore duo took the first 11-8, but the England pair responded superbly Andrew Baggaley using his excellent touch play to set up a Paul Drinkhall that could not miss it seemed. The English pair took the next three games (11-6, 11-8, 11-3)

So a fourth match was necessary. Jian Zhan for Singapore against Andrew Baggaley for England. Jian Zhan was in control from the first few points winning in three straight games (11-4, 11-8, 11-9). The Gold Medal for Singapore and England must just, as in Delhi in 2010, be consoled with the Silver medals

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