September 2012 Season Start-Up Information
Hello all Ping Pongers in Manitoba,
We are about to start another season. In Winnipeg, all facilities have now been been confirmed. Region-wise, there are still a lot of program confirmations to be made.
Once all confirmations about facilities are in, I will then email and mail out all required registration and sign-up forms.
The purpose of this email is to let all players know that in WINNIPEG, A LOT OF PROGRAMMING STARTS NEXT WEEK AND THAT WE WILL HAVE "OPEN GYMS" FOR THE NEXT 3-4 WEEKS SO THAT PLAYERS CAN CHECK OUT THE GYMS, COACHES, PROGRAMS ETC. Once the forms have been mailed out, we will then firm up participation at the clubs through training invitations etc. and players will be asked to pay the program fees. READ MORE HERE
2 0 1 1 N E W S A R T I C L E S
Frontier High School Championships
This past April 7th to 9th, the top 20 boys and 16 girls from 11 high schools in the Frontier School Division travelled to Churchill to compete in the second ever Frontier High School Championships. In all, over 250 athletes and their teachers made the trek to compete in table tennis, archery, badminton and volleyball. I arrived mid-morning on Thursday a couple of hours after the athletes had arrived having survived a grueling 21 hour train ride from Thompson…but not only that…all of these athletes had to first get to Thompson. Take the team from Wanipigow…they had to first travel some 4 or 5 hours down to Winnipeg and then spend another 6 or 7 to get to Wabowden where they were billeted overnight at Mel Johnson School. The next day it was a couple of hours up to Thompson to catch the train to Churchill. Man, what dedication…my hat goes off to all the athletes, coaches and organizers of these Games…what an undertaking and you did an amazing job volunteers and staff from the Duke of Marlborough School and Heather and company from Frontier. Major kudos! READ FULL REPORT HERE .
The Manitoba Open was recently contested at Daniel MacIntrye Collegiate this past March 19th & 2Oth…and I do mean contested as I have seldom seen such a fierce level of play. Saturday started out with Don Kokan capturing the >40 title in a tiebreaker over Michal Rybak. Don was absent for the Golden Boy Open but his win over third place player Jerzy Kusal tied him for first in the Circuit standings with Jerzy. Michal had lost to Jerzy but defeated Don in a wild 5 setter. So Don and Jerzy each have 300 points and the Over 40 title will be contested at the “Tournament Of Champions” April 30th.
Moving over to the Open Singles event, was the trend to continue for Terry?...well almost. For only the second time this year, someone in Manitoba was able to push Terry. Alan Huang lost a tough match to Terry going six long games. In the B Division, Yu “Rabbit Cheung” knocked off new comer Tan “The Wall” Tran in straight sets. Yongoh Wang of the newly formed Manitoba Korean Table Tennis Association took the C Singles title and badminton player Sean Chawla took the D singles title. Sean said “baby-steps” as he learns the sport of table tennis whom he hopes to one day conquer.
In the Doubles events, Mitchell Billinkoff and Kevin Dzioba knocked off the Canada Winter Games Dynamic Duo of Alan Huang and William Liu. For a change, Terry Zhang wasn’t in the final four!
Youth Singles started out the play on Sunday…what…Youth A final, Alan Huang 3, Terry Zhang 0…you got it, not a misprint! Alan avenged his loss in the Open! Also of note was newcomer Zack Baron’s win in the Youth D Singles. Zack also went on to win the Beginner or E singles event as well. Not bad for a first tournament! In the Female First Division, Yilin Tian topped teammate Jacie Liu and they each scored upsets over nemesis Chuling Ye of Saskatchewan in their final group.
Then there was the “Hardbat/ Bigball” event with a whopping $30 up for first place and $15 for second. What is this you ask…well, picture crappy old pimpled or sandpaper bats with varying levels of rubber surface still attached, ad a 44 mm ball and old scoring rules of best 2/3 games to 21 with 5 serves each and you have the picture. Draws were done publicly-16 players only, double knock-out. The featured first round match pitted Coach Damianov against Terry. Despite a valiant effort by clear crowd favorite George, Terry prevailed two straight; the Coach later claimed he didn’t know cash was at stake else he would have fought harder. In fact, Terry took his game all the way to victory lane. In the final he toppled a disheartened Kevin Dzioba who was actually playing better with the pimpled paddle than he does with the sponge paddles. The match had Kevin “looping” with pips and Terry chopping. Alan Huang made it to the semi’s playing penhold and several other players and matches featured some truly UNBELIEVABLE POINTS…short-long-side to side…amazing! A fun event that we will have to repeat again.
Special kudos should go out to Phuong Nguyen (“The Phuongster”), Beixi Jia, Manuel Zaki and Yilin Tian who all won or finished second in multiple events…there were also lots of other great performances to numerous to mention. Complete results are posted as are the up-to-date Manitoba Tournament Circuit Standings.
Next up will be the “Tournament of Champions” on April 30th. Top players in the Open, Youth, Female and over 40 Years Circuit standings will be invited to this special event.
Ron Edwards Reporting
NEW UMPIRES CERTIFIED:
On Friday March 18th, International Umpire Darek Mikita, conducted a seminar and examination on the basic rules of table tennis. The three hour session attracted 12 participants with one no show. Unfortunately, only 8 of the 12 achieved a passing mark higher than the 75% required. Congratulations to the following new Club Umpires: Tony Sumabon, Gerardo Makinano, Mark Lehmann, Teimour Alibegov, Amel & Osama Zaki, Norman Tran and Phuong Nguyen. All participants will be contacted by the office in the coming weeks.
THE MANITOBA KOREAN
is a newly formed table tennis group in Winnipeg-the Manitoba Korean
Table Tennis Association. They meet 2-3 times a week out of a club on
River Avenue and they held their first tournament on Saturday March
5th. Unfortunately, yours truly got lost trying to find the gym while
en-route to my daughter’s U. of M. soccer
game and so I never made the event. However Coach Damianov dropped by
(he’s been to Darwin School before) and was impressed with the level of
enthusiasm and play displayed by the 25-30
players. Players were grouped in pools of three or four and the top 2
from each advanced to a knockout draw. First place went to Yongoh Wang
(who just won the Manitoba Open 3rd Division), second place to Wan Soo
Jeon and third to Kihyun Kim who also competed in our Golden Boy Open
event. Congratulations to these first time winners and we look forward
to working with you to improve table tennis in Winnipeg.
Manitoba’s Frontier School Division is one of the largest school divisions in the world! It stretches from Falcon Lake in the East, then North up the East side of Lake Winnipeg and then cuts across to the West in a line roughly from Bissett to Dauphin and Roblin. There are over 30 schools in the Division with some 3,500 students. Many of these schools are only accessible by air, rail or winter road. The school division is broken into six regions and each fall there are Regional games in 8 sports: indoor soccer, volleyball, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, badminton, archery, trap setting and table tennis. From these games, the teams and athletes advance to the Divisional Finals that each March alternate back and forth between Norway House and Cranberry Portage. This year over 500 athletes came to Norway House…where they and their coachs are housed at the Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Eduacation Resouce Center…or “HBO School” for short. This year 27 athletes aged 11-15 years competed in the table tennis finals. They represented 15 different schools from 15 communities.
Girls 14 and Under:
1st-Deidre Catcheway, Skownan,
2nd-Heather Monias, Wabowden,
3rd-Kayla Moose, South Indian Lake
Boys 14 and Under:
1st- Linden Merasty, Brochet,
2nd-Chase Smith, Churchill,
3rd-Blake Sanderson, Wabowden
Girls Over 14:
1st- Kayla Duke, Wabowden,
2nd-Caroline Linklater, Brochet,
3rd-Layne Nicholson, Falcon Lake
Boys Over 14:
1st-Percy York, Norway House,
2nd-Jonah Cochrane, Beren’s River,
3rd-Darwin Smith, Cormorant Lake
Congratulations to all players and special congrats to Kayla Duke who was competing in her fourth or 5th Frontier Games? Kayla represented Manitoba at the 2008 Canadian Junior Championships in Halifax and it was good to see her still knocking the little white ball around. Thank you’s are also in order for Heather Lowe and Brian McMillan who organize these Games and teachers like Frank Powers who bring it all together at the hosts end of things. It was also good to see Robert Henry of Norway House who was a past winner of the table tennis event…sometime way back in the 90’s when he also went on to represent Manitoba at the Canadian Junior Championships. Rob was working security at the Games.
Next up will be the second ever Frontier High School Games to be held in Churchill this coming April 7-9.
Ron Edwards Reporting
here we are almost half way through the 2010-2011 table tennis season.
So far this has proven to be a very busy season on many fronts.
L A S T Y E A R ' S N E W S
Manitoba Circuit Titles Decided at April’s Tournament of Champions
The fifth and final event in the M.T.T.A’s 2009-2010 $2,500 Tournament Circuit was the “Tournament of Champions.” This event was hosted by Andy Bachmann and the Winakwa Table Tennis Club on Sunday April 25th. The top 8 players in the standings for each of the four Circuit categories were invited to compete. However none of the out-of-towners were able to make it…including the always “steady but deadly” Thor Truelson of Minneapolis and former Provincial Team player and Circuit leader Terry “Tian” Zhang. Terry’s younger cousin William Liu was very sick and so also could not compete. This left the doors wide open for lower ranked players to walk in and take the cash in each of the four categories. READ MORE HERE
CROSS LAKE TABLE TENNIS IS “ROCKIN”:
members of the Manitoba Table Tennis Association
seem to think that table tennis ends at the
perimeter highway…this is well and truly NOT
the case! In fact, there are more competitive
players living outside of Winnipeg than within
it… table tennis is well established in the
Eastman, Interlake, Norman and Parkland Regions.
This is in large part due to the Frontier Games
in which table tennis is one of 13 sports
contested by kids in the largest school division
in the world! Table tennis has also been
part of the past two PowerSmart Manitoba Games
(summer) as well as the Norman Winter Games and
the Manitoba Aboriginal Games. Thanks to
funding provided by Sport Manitoba through its
“Participation Initiatives Program”, the
M.T.T.A. have been able to continue development
in these four regions as well as in the Central
and Westman ones. A perfect example of
where our sport is gaining popularity is in
season, thanks to hard work by Emile Muskego and
Lyle Settee, a very successful program was
started at Mikisew School. This year, Lyle
took his expertise over to the Band Parks and
Recreation branch and now has an evening league
up and running. He is also assisting
Recreation Director Florence Blacksmith with the
set-up of a new women’s table tennis program
and league. Attached here are the
standings for the CROSS LAKE TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE
to February 10th. I hope to see
several of Cross Lake’s top players at the
Manitoba Open in March.
& RYBAK CONTINUE TABLE TENNIS DOMINATION”:
(Tian) Zhang continued his winning ways in
Manitoba. On Saturday February 13th,
at the GOLDEN BOY OPEN, he won the Open and
Youth Singles events as well as the A Doubles
events partnered with younger cousin William
Liu. Terry has now gone 3 for 3 in the
Open and Youth Singles events. Michal
Rybak, a long-time fixture on the Manitoba
scene, defeated Jerzy Kusal to maintain his
perfect 3-0 record in the > 35 years Manitoba
Circuit Singles event. Michal is also
proving that the “old guys” can keep up with
the kids as he currently sits in 4th
in the Open Singles Circuit Event. Behind
him in 5th, sits former three-time
Canadian Junior Champion Ryan Szajkowski. “Ryzo”,
as he is known, just celebrated his 30th
was nice to see a lot of new faces both old and
young out playing…at the same time, where were
the other 50-60 players who are out playing on a
Golden Boy, was the 3rd of 5 events
making up Manitoba’s 2009-2010 Circuit that
has $2,500 in prize monies. Next up, is
the Manitoba Open Championships that will be
held March 13 & 14 at Daniel MacIntyre
Collegiate. This tournament is doubly
important…it is the last chance for players to
qualify for April’s TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
plus it is the 1st of 3 qualifiers
that will be held to pick Manitoba’s teams for
the 2011 CANADA WINTER GAMES.
top 8 players over the course of the season in
Open, Youth, >35 Years and > 50 Years gain
entry into the $500 Tournament of Champions.
The race to qualify is close…standings are
2011 Canada Winter Games will be held in Feb.
2011 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Age category
is under 18 years and Manitoba is allowed to
select 3 boys and 3 girls. Besides the
March selection event, there will be another 2
held next fall. Anyone wishing to get
involved in training for these Games should
contact Coach Damianov at 925-5943.
own Terry (Tian ) Zhang was in tough in El
Salvador this past February 1-3. Terry was
in San Salvador with Coach George Damianov
trying to secure 1 of 3 spots for next
summer’s games in Singapore. Each
country was allowed to field 1 “gladiator”
and Terry was Canada’s based on his winning
the Canadian qualification event in December.
day one of competition (Feb. 1) there were
17 players and single knockout. Terry lost
3-4 to Brand Echevarria of Peru
(6-11,13-11,2-11,11-8,12-10,7-11,9-7) and was
eliminated. For day 2, the day 1 winner was
removed and players were redrawn based on day 1
results. Terry defeated Orell Cooper
(Trinidad & Tobago) 4-0,
(11-1,11-1,11-7,11-7). He then lost 0-4 to
Rodrigo Tapia (Ecuador) 9-11,7-11,6-11,11-13 in
the quarter finals. On day 3, only 15 players
left. He was again drawn against Brand
Echevarria of Peru and built a 3-0 lead…but
ended up losing 3-4
(11-8,11-6,11-6,13-15,8-11,8-11,9-11) and thus
failing to advance through this event.
There are still more chances to
qualify…another event in Venezuela and 2 in
TERRY ZHANG & COACH DAMIANOV
top three players here move on to the Canadian
qualifier to be held in Montreal in December.
James Pintea of Ontario finished first, Terry
second, and William forth. So Terry
advanced but unfortunately William just missed
out. In December, Terry was off to B.C.
for a week of intense training. The move
served him well as Terry finished first out of
the 8 boys who competed at the Canadian
Qualifier in Montreal. Next up is the
qualifier for the America’s. This event
will be held in San Salvador, El Salvador this
Lolo Zhao from Ontario won the girls event and
Coach Damianov was named as the Canadian team
coach. To prepare for El Salvador, Terry
was again training in British Columbia from
January 11 – 20th at the Bridgeport Table
Tennis Club; thanks to Amelia Ho of the
El Salavador, the competition will be intense.
Each country for South, Central and North
America are allowed to enter 1 player each.
Players will compete February 1st
with the 1 top player advancing to Singapore.
On Feb. 2nd, the previosu days winner
is excepted, and they compete again…with a
second player qualifiing. Then, on Feb. 3rd,
they do it over minus the first 2 winners.
So in all, 3 spots out of 32 are up for grabs
based on El Salvador.
luck to Tery, Lolo and George. Terry and
George depart for Toronto Jan. 27th
for more training and then to El Salavador on
Complete qualifier results are posted at www.ctta.ca
PRESIDENT DAN RACICOT
On Wednesday December 23rd, 2009 I
experienced an event of a lifetime. Ricoh the
company I work for and a sponsor to the 2010
Vancouver Olympics appointed me to carry the
Flame as 1 of 20 spots allowed to the company.
On Saturday December 12th, the titles of the Red River Open were contested. When the final loops and blocks had been made, Terry "Tian" Zhang remained perfect. Terry defeated his younger cousin William Liu in each of the Youth and A Singles finals to remain a perfect 2-0 intitles in these events. They then teamed up to defeat Coach Daminaov and Alan Huang in the A Doubles final. Michal Rybak, the always dangerous two-winged looper, won his second > 35 Years title with former Provincial Team player Don Kokan being the bridesmaid again. The tournament was well attended and saw a lot of new faces out playing in their first tournament. Results are posted here as well as the overall MANITOBA CIRCUIT STANDINGS.
MTTA HAS MOVED TO 1271 SARGENT AVENUE:
March, the MTTA offices moved from the 3rd floor
of 200 Main to the 5th floor.
Well, we are currently moving again to the
second floor of 1271 Sargent
Avenue. Phones and computers should be up later
this week. All mail
should still be sent to the 200 Main Street
address. In February (we hope)
we will move to our new offices at 145 Pacific
Avenue. Sorry for any
Montreal on December 19-20, Terry Zhang will be
competing in the Canadian Selection
event to try and qualify for the 2010 World
Youth Olympic Games
strong 4th...but only 3 went forward! If Terry wins in Montreal, he will travel to South America for the America's qualifying event in February.
Good luck Terry!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL PLAYERS!
OLD NEWS !!
Play in the 2008-2009 Winnipeg league started last November and wound up on May 27th after 23 weeks of individual match play. In this league, players compete for themselves and are ranked on a percentage win/ loss basis. This year we had only 37 different players compete down from last years 50 and 45 the year before. In order to be eligible for the $500 prize monies, players must over the course of the season contest more than the league “average number of matches.” This season, the 37 players contested 1,061 matches that counted towards Manitoba & Canadian Ratings and Rankings.
As for the past couple of years, young Terry “Tian” Zhang (#1 Ranked Cadet player in Canada) won the league posting a perfect 36-0 record. In second place was another youngster William Liu who went 26-4 over the season. In third place, with a 49-18 record was “The Rabbit”, aka Yu Cheung. Yu, with his 67 overall matches played, was tied with English veteran Liam Barclay for the “Ironman” award. Rounding out the top 5 were Mike Xu from Edmonton who posted a 43-16 record and young Matthew Lehmann, who at only age 11, finished 5th with a 29-17 record. Well done Matthew et al…prize cheques will be in the mail soon. Plans are already underway for next season. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments, questions or concerns.
COMPLETE RESULTS ARE POSTED TO THE RIGHT.
Ron Edwards Reporting.
to the following players who have been selected
to represent Manitoba
at the 2009 Canadian Championships:
Umpire: Royle Derbitsky.
Coach Damianov will be contacting players in the near future regarding uniform requirements etc.
O O D L U C K !!
2008-2009 Manitoba Circuit wrapped up this past
Saturday April 11th with the
“TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS.”
This event-which I hope to make an annual
one-was hosted by Andy Bachmann and the Winakwa
The event featured the season’s top 8
point getters in each of the four disciplines: Open Singles, Youth Singles, Over 35 Years and Over 50 Years.
$500 in prize monies was added for this
event bringing the Circuit’s total purse up to
intent of this was to entice more of the many
“sleeper” players to “Get Out of the
Basement” and into a sanctioned event…more
thoughts on this later!
READ MORE HERE ...
New NATIONAL TEAM LISTS:
Table Tennis Canada has announced its Spring 2009 National Squads.
go to Terry (Tian) Zhang, Alan Huang, Roman
field of players has been set for the $500
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS that will be hosted by
Andy Bachmann and the Winakwa Community Centre
on Saturday April 11th.
tournament will be a “pro-style” event with
the top 8 finishers from the 2008-2009 Manitoba
Circuit events invited to participate. Players from the Open “A” Singles, Youth Singles, > 35
Year Singles and > 50 Year Singles will
receive FREE entry into the event.
$500 in extra prize monies will be up for
grabs plus results count toward final Circuit
Standings, which will be used to partially
select Manitoba’s teams for the Western
Canadian Championships and the Nationals.
in all 4 events will be knockout with spots 1-8
determined for each; each player guaranteed 2
will be conducted on three Sky Blue Europa
tables with orange Butterfly 3 star balls.
Each match will be time scheduled and
will feature a certified umpire.
Seedings will be by Table Tennis Canada
April ratings and NOT by Circuit Standings as
Selected players will be contacted by
MTTA staff and must reply by the deadline of
Alternates will be invited in order of
finish; if two alternates are tied, the player
with the higher rating will be invited.
SEE WHETHER YOU HAVE QUALIFIED BY GOING
TO THE CIRCUIT STANDINGS!
George at 925-5943 to confirm your
OPEN TITLES DECIDED
McIntrye Collegiate was the site for the 2009
Manitoba Open Championships that attracted
players from all over Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
event was the last one to qualify for the
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS.
“Tian” Zhang, again dominated as he has for
the whole season.
Terry won the Open, Youth and A Doubles
(partnered with Mitchell Billinkoff) titles to
take home ½ of the $500 prize monies!
Terry’s victim in the A & Youth
singles finals was William Liu.
William fought hard but couldn’t match
the power of his older cousin.
Rybak completed his 4 for 4 sweep as he won the
over 35 Years event over second place finisher
Liam Barclay…Michal will be tough to beat in
the Tournament of Champions!
In the > 50 Years event, Windsor’s
Zeljko Babic prevented Liam from completing his
own 4 for 4 sweep!
“No Kids Allowed” winner was newcomer
“Jia-Jia”, as she likes to be called,
is one of the MTTA’s new coaches working with
It was nice to watch Jia Jia’s classic
pen-hold style of play.
Cheung, aka “Rabbit”, wins my award as
Rabbit gave Terry a bit of a run in the
Youth Singles semi-final and also played well in
the A Singles.
Young Roman Kishinevsky was in another
“war” against Kevin Dzioba…man do these
two play some spirited matches…good to see the
also to Matthew Lehmann who was the youngest
player to qualify for the Youth Tournament of
results are now posted elsewhere at www.mtta.ca
“ping-pongers” battled this past weekend at
Daniel MacIntrye Collegiate to determine our
Unfortunately the cold weather kept a lot
of players away and so the battles were only
between players from Winnipeg and Selkirk.
(Tian) Zhang again proved unstoppable as he won
all three of his events.
His victim in each of the Open “A”
Singles and Youth Singles was his doubles
partner William (“Willie”) Liu.
Although close, Willie just can’t seem
to defeat his cousin.
the “A” Doubles final, they defeated
“old-timers” Ron Edwards (old) and Ryan
Szajkowski (not so old) in 4 sets.
Come press time, Ron is still having
Jordie Moryl beat up on his little brother Taj
two times to claim two titles:
the B Singles 3rd Division and
the Youth Singles 3rd Division.
Kevin Dzioba and Matthew Lehmann each
turned in strong performances in the Youth
Kevin moves into 3rd spot in
the “Youth Singles Circuit Standings” and
Matthew stands 5th.
With 2/4 tournaments held, both players
show a good chance to finish TOP 8 to advance to
April’s TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS.
Rybak and Liam Barclay again dominated the
>35 and >50 Years Singles categories.
next event will be the Golden Boy Open on
February 7th and on the 8th
will be another 1-day training camp.
Players from Saskatchewan are expected to
participate in the next event.
March 7th and 8th
will be the Manitoba Open Championships and this
will be players last chance to qualify for the
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS.
reminder to all SQUAD PLAYERS THAT THESE
TRAINING CAMPS AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT LEAGUE PLAY
IS MANDATORY!…hard to get results out of
province when you don’t compete enough
locally…and PROVINCIAL TEAM SELECTION IS BASED
UPON TOURNAMENT & LEAGUE RESULTS.
results and current CIRCUIT STANDINGS are now
“Sore Back: Edwards reporting.
first event in the 2008-2009 Circuit was held on
Saturday November 8th at Daniel McIntyre
Collegiate lower gym.
Red River Open Championships had events for
players of all ages and all ability levels.
By the end of the day 13 titles had been
only multiple event winner was Terry (Tian)
Zhang who won the A "Open" Singles
title plus those of Youth and A Doubles with
partner William Liu.
For this current 2008-2009 Season, the
Manitoba Table Tennis Association will be
hosting its first ever "TOURNAMENT OF
The top 8 point getters from the A Sgls,
Youth Sgls, >35 Sgls and >50 Sgls. events
will get free entry into this tournament to be
held on April 4th at Winakwa Community Centre in
Circuit event winners were Michal Rybak who took
home the first >35 Years trophy and Liam
Barclay who took top honours in the >50 Years
weather, road conditions and unfortunate timing
of the C.F.L's Eastern Semi-Final keep entries
34 players risked the icy roads coming
from as far away as Norway House, Beren's River,
Fisher Branch and Brandon to compete.
Richard Wilson from Beren's River won the
B Sgls. 3rd Division title and Brandon's Luke
Giesbrecht finished second in the B-2nd Division
dropping 4 straight sets to penholder Hsiu-Wen
hope to see many more players from across
Manitoba this year.
Clubs are up and running in Thompson and
Carman and we hope to see guys like former
Provincial Team Players Greg Gusberti and Ted
Smook up in Gillam and Thompson respectively.
Kadar Nur Ahmed is living in Brandon and
there are some more players playing there....
Results from these events count towards
selection of Manitoba's Provincial teams...so
even new-comers may have a chance.
But, if you don't think you are that
good, not to worry...there are categories of
play for you too!
The weekend concluded with a training
camp on the Sunday conducted by M.T.T.A. Head
Coach Mr. George Damianov.
on the calendar will be the Manitoba Closed
Championships and training camp to be held at
the same location on December 6th and 7th.
Edwards Reporting ... 925-5690
PLAY AT !!
MTTA Super League has now begun Wednesdays at
DMCI, 6:30 - 9:00
HAS 15 NEW CLUB UMPIRES & ONE
This past summer, Greg Chan – the M.T.T.A.’s Officials Development Chairperson – conducted 2 Club Umpire Seminar & Examination sessions. The first was held in May in Elm Creek and the second was in August in Carman. Both sessions were to prepare officials for the very successful 2008 Power Smart Manitoba Games hosted by Carman August 11-14: (complete report and results to follow).
Congratulations and a sincere thank-you for your efforts in Carman and Elm Creek go out to: Bob Kowalchuk, Ed Schroeder, Ray Caddoo, Gail Jones, Art Scora, Neil Vanderput, Neil Strachan, Dale Warkentin, Terra Huston, Dorothy Strachan, Samantha Clemis, Kylie Nicolajsen, Katlyn Burdenuk, Ceone Dyck, Isabel Rutter. Your participation and volunteer efforts made the table tennis event a great success!
These persons will receive a lapel pin; certificate and Provincial Level Umpires Trainee card in the mail very soon. This is the first stage in umpiring. Hopefully you will follow in the footsteps of another two Manitoba Umpires who started their careers in the late 1980’s. These are International Umpires Mr. Darek Mikita and MR. Greg Dzioba. Darek represented Canada at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and Greg just returned from the 2008 BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES! Wow, what an honour and what an experience it must have been to travel to the Olympics held in the land of table tennis!
The Central Region’s newly qualified umpires will also have the chance to start to knock the ball around in Carman as Bob Kowalchuk is in the process of setting up a new club at the Active Living Centre. This is in addition to current groups playing in St. Alphonse and Winkler. Over and out.
Ron Edwards Reporting
The trials to select the Winnipeg team for the August 2008 Power Smart Manitoba Games finals were held this past Saturday June 21st. The action was fast at furious at the Crescentwood Community Centre as boys and girls battled in the under 13 and under 15 years age categories. Many matches went the full five game distance. When the dust settled, results were as follows:
13 & UNDER:
GOLD-Sergiu Buda SILVER-Colin Stranc BRONZE-Daniel Hu
GIRLS 13 & UNDER:
15 & UNDER:
GOLD-Patrick Hilario SILVER-Arjun Nirula BRONZE-Daniel Hu
15 & UNDER:
These athletes will now travel as part of Team Winnipeg to the August 11-14 table tennis event in Carman. Athletes will compete in individual singles events as well in the team event where they play singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Full Games information can be found elsewhere on the www.mtta.ca site.
Eight teams will be at the Games. Besides Winnipeg there are teams from the Central, Parkland, Eastman, Norman, Westman, host Carman team and the defending champions from the Interlake.
Of interest is the fact that the Winnipeg coach might well be the 2007 Canada Winter Games Bronze medallist Frederick “Freddie Fingers” Eng. Freddie’s brother Patrick was the Winnipeg team coach for the 2004 Games in Dauphin. Freddie says his goal would be to upset Dan Racicot’s Interlake team and thus not only restore the family name but to bring the title back to Winnipeg.
See you in Carman!
Ron Edwards Reporting
PS-The MTTA is still in need of volunteers to help officiate in Carman. If you can make the commitment please contact the office at email@example.com
PARKLAND REGION MANITOBA SUMMER
This past Saturday June 14th, the Parkland Region held their tryouts to pick their table tennis team for the 2008 Power Smart Manitoba Games. The trials were hosted at Gilbert Plains High School by Deanna Gouldsborough of the Gilbert Plains Recreation Commission and local player Dominic Gamache.
Entries were not at expected levels. However, in the end, players from 5 communities entered. Results were as follows:
Boys 13 and Under Winner was Desmond Nepinak from Camperville.
Boys 15 and Under Winner was Luke Love from Dauphin.
Runner-ups in the boys event was Konelley Houle from Ebb & Flow and Criag Genaille from Minitonas.
The Parkland Region Girls team will be composed of some players from Skownan who were unfortunately unable to attend the trials.
In the separate “Open Singles Event”, Luke Love bested Dominic Gamache in 4 games.
Dominic Gamache also wrote his Club Umpire examination to hopefully become a Certified Club Umpire. Thank you also to Courtney Edwards of Winnipeg who was our main umpire for the event and to Parkland Sport Region’s “Sweet-Pete-Conway.”
Ron Edwards Reporting
This past Tuesday June 2nd, MTTA Provincial Team player Mitchell Billinkoff was named Jewish Athlete of the Year. The award was made at the 36th annual Rady Jewish Community Centre and Y Sports Dinner. Mitchell received the “Idy & Max Nusgart Memorial Award” for his many accomplishments in table tennis. Congratulations to Mitchell. Next up for him are the Canadian Senior & Junior Championships this coming July in Halifax.
This past Monday June 2nd, Ryan and Francis from the Stride Gum “ping pong” team made their way to Winnipeg. Winnipeg was one of 28 scheduled stops for them as they make their way across Canada in their 1966 VW to prove that Stride Gum can outlast all ping pong games.
receiving excellent coverage
Friday May 9th at Hedges Middle
School, the MTTA
Point man for the school division was Mr. Derek
The trials for the Central Region
were hosted on Saturday May 10th at
Elm Creek School. 17 players from 7 communities
throughout the Region signed up to play but 2
were a no show.
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Big Bang Provincial Team Report
Recently Team Manitoba members William
Liu, Terry Zhang, Alan Huang and myself traveled
to Montreal for the Big Bang, the sixth event on
the Quebec circuit. It was a giant tournament
with hundreds of the best players from across
The first day of competition was on
Saturday and consisted of the rating events.
Each event was based on rating (eg. 1201-2100).
Alan played in the 800-1600 and 551-1200 event
where he was ranked the number one seed. In the
551-1200 he won his round robin and advanced to
the quarter finals where he was defeated. In the
800-1600 event he did not advance from his round
robin but he gained a lot of experience and had
some good wins. Alan is beginning to understand
what he needs to do in order to have success at
the upcoming junior nationals. William played in
the 1201-2100 and 800-1600 events. In the
1202-2100 event William came second in his group
and advanced all the way to the semi-finals
where he lost to the eventual winner. In the
800-1600 event he also advanced from his group
and lost in the quarter-finals to the eventual
second place finisher. William also gained a ton
of experience and also racked up some rating
points. Terry was rated too high to play in any
events in the morning so he helped George and
coached for the first half of the day. In the
afternoon Terry played in the 2300+ event with
the best players in the tournament. Terry did
not play his best and came 3rd in his
group and did not advance to the next round. I
played in the 1201-2100 and 1601-2300 events. In
both events I placed 2nd in my groups
from three way ties. In the 1201-2100 I advanced
to the finals and in the 1601-2300 event I made
the semi-finals and picked up some much needed
second day was a little different with everyone
playing team event. William and Alan teamed up
to practice for the nationals where they will be
partners. They won their group and advanced to
the finals where they lost a very tough and
close match. I teamed up with Oleg Potapov from
Quebec. We formed a great lefty-righty team and
advanced all the way to the finals where he won
3-1. Terry formed a team with Pierre-Luc
Theriault of Quebec. They hoped to gain
experience together because they may be the
future of Canadian table tennis. They were a
great team and won their group defeating a
higher seeded team. All matches in the final
were very close but Terry and Pierre-Luc ended
up losing 3-0. Their surprise victory in the
group impressed many people and it looks like
the future is bright for the two of them.
it was a great tournament. Much experience and
rating was gained and the team is now looking
forward to the Western Canadian Championships on
May 17-18 in Vancouver.
News Spring 2008
ZHANG FIGHTS HARD AT THE
month Terry had earned a National Coach "wild
card" selection for the first Canadian team
qualification event to see who represents Canada
5-6, Terry travelled to Vancouver with Coach
Damianov where he competed against 13 of
Canada’s top players ...
was signed by French table tennis club "Club
Pongiste Orangeois" before Christmas and is
playing for their team this season in one of the
many French table tennis leagues.
Dzioba and fellow International Umpire Darek
Mikita were in Palo Alto California last month
to officiate and update their credentials at the
ITTF World Junior Table Tennis Championships.
Then, in late December, Greg Chan
represented Canada at the United States Open
Paralympic Championships in
This past December 1st and 2nd, Manitoba’s top player Terry Zhang was in Montreal along with Coach Damianov for the 2007 Canada Cup finals.
In the team event, his Team Butterfly defeated Team Donic by a 3-0 score but then latter on fell to Team British Columbia 0-3. They thus finished the 3-tournament league with a 3-3 team record to finish in 5th place out of 7 Men’s teams.
In individual play, Terry was knocked out of his Men’s Singles Group but reached the semi-final of the Boy’s Under 17 Years Singles where he lost to eventual winner Andre Ho of B.C. in straight sets: -8, -8, -7.
For the season, he finished tied for 22-28th spot in the 2007 Stiga Canada Cup Men’s Singles Season Standings. His performance this past weekend was strong enough for him to earn a “National Team Coach Selection” spot in the January 5-6 “National Team Challenge Tournament” which is the Canadian Olympic Qualifier. Well done Terry and Coach Damianov and good luck in Vancouver!
complete results go to Table Tennis Canada’s
website at www.ctta.ca
Ron Edwards Reporting
NAMED AS CANADA'S SOLE UMPIRE TO BEIJING
Table Tennis Canada recently announced that Winnipeg umpire Mr. Greg Dzioba will be the lone umpire from Canada at the Bejing Olympic tabletennis event. This is indeed a tremendous honour for Mr. Dzioba and he does our province proud. Mr. Dzioba is truly one of Canada's best International Level umpires and he follows in the footsteps of ourPresident Mr. Darek Mikita who represented Canada at the last Olympicsin Athens. Well done!
Many opportunites exist for those who want to get involved in officiating-either as an umpire or referee. We will need many of both to help with the Manitoba Summer Games in the spring and summer of 2008.
GOLD FOR MITCHELL BILLINKOFF AT MACCABI GAMES:
This August past, M.T.T.A. Provincial Team member Mitchell Billinkoff traveled to Orange County, California to compete in the 25th annual Maccabi Games. There were 2000 athletes between the ages of 13 and 16 there. While most of the athletes were from the United States, several Canadian cities were represented (Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver) as were Great Britain, Mexico and Israel. Mitchell was the only table tennis player among Winnipeg’s 7 athletes. Team Winnipeg had a successful week – winning 6 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Mitchell won gold in the under 17 boys singles, defeating a player form Israel. His doubles partner was from L.A. and they won gold in the under 17 boys’ doubles as well as gold in the team event. Overall the games were a great success and Mitchell hopes to participate in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2009.