All Stars/Drop-In League
This week, we had the third (and second-last) of a series of 4 weeks of All Star/ Drop-In Leagues. These are individual-based singles competitions.
There is no need to register, but players MUST be present by 7 pm to be able to be included in the evening's competition draw. Cost is $5 per evening,
and players can expect to get 4 or more tough matches against evenly matches opposition players.
A link to the ALL STAR results is here. This includes progressive standings over all the All-Stars/ Drop-In Leagues played so far this year.
This week, we had a great turn-out from Manawatu's top players, including Tim Seaholme, who made a rare appearance
in preparation for next week's North Island Championship. Matthew Ball won this round ahead of Tim Seaholme,
Jae Lee and Terry Lee.
The progressive standings continue to be led by Miko Kirschbaum ahead of
Changhee Cho. Terry Lee has now moved up to third place in the standings, ahead of
Richard Ammundsen who have all continued to accumulate points while players who missed this week
have now slipped down in the standings.
Latest Rating Gains (based on matches from All Stars/ Drop-in League and the Manawatu Residents' Championship):
Mike Sung 125 points (Player of the Week)
Brandon Lee 58 points
Danny 55 points
Akshay Aneesh 52 points
Carlos Fung 48 points
Rex Hansen 24 points
Callum McKinnon 20 points
Terry Lee 17 points
Changhee Cho 14 points
Tim Seaholme 14 points
Order of Merit
Matthew Ball 17,000 points
Miko Kirschbaum 12,000 points
Jack Webb 12,000 points
Akshay Aneesh 5000 points
Richard Ammundsen 5000 points
Carlos Fung 4000 points
Dan Heaphy 4000 points
Muditha Peiris 3000 points
Jae Lee 3000 points
Weiyang Teh 3000 points
Mike Sung 1000 points
Tim Seaholme 1000 points
Tony McAllister 1000 points
Danny 500 points
Kaushal Patel 250 points
This year's Winter League Starts 24th July and runs for 9 weeks. Cost is $50 per player.
Entries close 21st July. Winter League is an individual based league (as in previous years). Players must commit to play over all 9 weeks.
Each player gets to play 2 singles and 1 doubles match each night. Singles matches are played as best of 7 games.
We will look to commence games from as early as 6:15 pm for a lower grade to ensure an early finish time for junior players.
It will depend on numbers. If your interested in playing Winter League, please contact
Matthew Ball (email@example.com; 0273412246).
Rounds 5 & 6 of this year's Super 16 Competition were played on Saturday 30th June. There was another strong contingent of players from outside Manawatu
and some of our 'older' stars who returned briefly from their university courses to make
another high-class round.
Matthew Ball again won both rounds and still hasn't dropped a set
in this year's Super 16.
Charly Talumepa came second in the morning round,
and Jae Lee came second in the afternoon.
Andrew Huang took out third place in both the morning and afternoon rounds, with
Abbey Webb fourth in the morning and Miko Kirschbaum
fourth in the afternoon.
In the overall standings and with two rounds yet to play, Matthew Ball has already amassed enough points for the
overall win, but there is still a tight tussle for second place.
Daniel Rosner is currently second on 54 points, but
has played in only four rounds so far and will need more points from the final rounds to be in the final race
when the top-five rounds will count. Miko Kirschbaum is currently third on 52 points and also has only
four rounds to his credit so far. Jack Webb is currently on 51 points and enough points to definitely
compete in the final standings and has the luxury of being able to drop his least successful rounds.
Full results and progressive standings can be found here.
To register for future rounds, or to obtain further information, please contact Matthew Ball (firstname.lastname@example.org; 0273412246).
The final two rounds are scheduled for 11 August. Registration for these rounds has now closed. If you are registering for just one round, please advise Matthew whether you want to play in the morning or afternoon.
Further details about the competition and all scheduled dates are here.
There is no residence requirement for being eligible to participate.
Entry is open to anyone who can be in Palmy on the day - only playing standard determines eligibility.
The Finals of Autumn League were played on 19 June. The playing schdule and final results can be found here.
It seems to have become an almost regular occurrence to have another fairy-tale finish to one of our regular competitions.
The Balls of Fury (Matthew Ball and co.) had been the form team of the competition, beating one opponent after another
and easily made their way into the Grand Final. There, they met the Smashers (Abbey Webb, Callum McKinnon and co),
except that both Abbey and Callum had been out with injury for nearly the whole comp, and so, the team had to make do, with substitute players throughout the whole comp,
and it was not easy. They had a do-or-die encounter in their last Round-Robin match, which they won to make their way into the semi-finals.
In the semi-final, they played against the Choppers (Jack Webb and co), and while the Choppers won more games than
the Smashers, the Smashers won all the close points and snuck into the Grand Final.
Staffed with a new set of substitute players,
the Smashers (playing with Thomas Sun, Wan Long Shi, Weiyang Teh, Brandon Lee) had a brilliant night,
and came home with a narrow 8:7 (28:28) win and this year's Autumn League title.
In the other matches of the night, Landcare Research (Miko Kirschbaum and co.)
beat the Lobstoppers (Tony McAllister and co.) by 9:6 (33:29),
and the Choppers (Jack Webb and co) beat the
the Master Blasters (Allen Blackburn and co.) by 10:5 (33:19).
In the individual standings, Matthew Ball finished the season in top spot, with Jack Webb
in second place, Peter Ward third, and Changhee Cho in fourth.
The most-improved player competition was won by Changhee Cho with a ratings
gain of 164 points, followed by
Muditha Peiris on 119 points and Brandon Lee on 81 points.
Manawatu Residents' Championship
This year's Manawatu Residents' Championship was held on the week-end of 16-17 June.
Results are available here.
Junior Coaching (Fridays 4-5:30 pm)
Junior Coaching will take a break over the school holidays. Term 3 starts on 27 July. That means there will be 9 sessions in total. Cost is $8 per session, or $72 for the whole term.
Junior Club (Mondays 6:00 - 7:30)
Junior Club will take a break over the school holidays and will then restart on 23 July. Cost is $5 each time.
Open to all juniors (newcomers or regulars) in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.
Holiday Program (For 8-15 year olds)
The Holiday Program coming up will be held from the 10th-13th July in the Waldegrave Lounge.
It runs between 1-3 pm each day. Cost is $10 per day or $30 for all 4 days.
If you are interested in attending, please register with
Matthew Ball (email@example.com; 0273412246)
for all 4 days or just the days you can make it.