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Norman Booth Centre, Elderfield, Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, Harlow, CM17 0EY. Tel: 01279 438199

A spectacular “Elite” hard bat tournament will be held at BATTS on Saturday 30th April 2011. We expect to see some of the top hard bat players from Europe at this event, so make a note of the date now. Organiser Fred Dove says this is going to be “The Big One”.
The competition will be limited to 48 players, and the format will be best of three games playing up to 21.
If you would like to enter the tournament you can download the entry form HERE. Otherwise, be sure to look in on 30th April and see some of the masters of the hard bat game in action. Play starts at 10am.
For more information about this event see the attached leaflet HERE.

Our normal schedule of table tennis is as follows.  This may be varied from time to time so if you are planning to visit the club it may be best to contact us first.
At most times, we have up to 12 tables available (although sometimes the club will have some junior coaching sessions running, and on some evenings there will also be league matches on some tables)
MONDAY          Club night from 7pm
TUESDAY         Social play (for non-league players) from 1pm to 4pm
                        Club night from 8pm (limit of 5 tables)
WEDNESDAY   Social play (any standard) from 1pm to 4pm
                        Club night from 7pm
FRIDAY             Club night from 7pm
WEEKEND "OPEN SESSIONS"   We have weekend club sessions at various times. There is no regular pattern because we fit in around other events. For details of forthcoming weekend sessions see our latest newsletter (go to the News page)

There will be the usual mix of 5 top class games, national ranking points and £300 prize money on the night including £150 for the winner. Entry fee is £20 on the day reducing to £15 if you pay online by the 14th January.
Entries are restricted to 32 only and we have referee Barry Granger returning who will aim for an 11pm conclusion.
If you would like to enter please download the entry form HERE and email it to Neil  - first come first served! 
If you want to see some top notch players, entry is free to members. As always, help with umpiring will be much appreciated.

Don't miss it! A special event that will be open to all BATTS members and visitors. You will be paired with another person and enter a doubles tournament that will run during the evening. Free entry (visitors must pay the normal fee) and you will be guaranteed at least four matches during the competition.
Arrive at 7.45pm if you want to take part in this. No need to register in advance.

Come and see some of  the top juniors in Essex competing for the prestigious junior titles at BATTS.  This is always an enjoyable event with hot food available from the cafeteria throughout.
* U18 and U16 events are  on Saturday 8th January
* U15 and U13 events are on Sunday 9th January
* If you would like to enter you can download an entry form HERE . Closing date for entries is Tuesday 21st December.

There was a superb feast of top notch table tennis at BATTS on the weekend of 27th -28th November, when the British League held a full programme of premier division matches. Fortunes were mixed for the BATTS top team.  Although the team lost all four matches over the weekend, some of the strongest players were unavailable. This leaves our team in a tussle for survival with three other teams at the foot of the division. Watch out for more opportunities to support the BATTS team when the next round of matches is played.
You can read Steve Kerns full report from the weekend's matches HERE

Darius Knight - England no 4, winner of Band 1  Darius Knight
Darius Knight - England Senior no. 4 and winner of the Band 1 event at BATTS
Chris Doran - losing finalist  Ryan Jenkins no. 2 seed and semi-finalist
Chris Doran - England no.6 (losing finalist)                             Ryan Jenkins - Welsh no. 1 lost to Darius Knight in semi
Wang Zheng  Igor Morais - England no. 1 cadet

A large and appreciative crowd saw a feast of stunning table tennis at BATTS on Friday 26th November. Our hero of the evening was Martin Kubrt who triumphed in the Band 3 event.
Martin Kubrt - Band Three winner
Here is Steve Kerns' full report from the evening.......... England no. four Darius Knight warmed up for the second round of British League Premier division matches by winning the second BATTS Super League competition of the Season, played on Friday 26 November 2010.
As a precursor to the British League weekend this event had proved so popular that the entry was extended from 32 to 48 players, comprising 16 groups of three competitors and it was third seed Darius, the winner of the first competition of the Season who again came up trumps. Well publicised, it is a great idea to hold the tournament the day before the British League action, as it gives extra competition for those British League players who are not certain of a full weekend’s play.
Even the quality of spectator took some beating. Paul Drinkhall and Gavin Evans were amongst what was a record crowd of people watching. The early talking point of the night was a marathon group which featured Ian McLean, Paul Beck and Karina Le Fevre which lasted over two hours, almost an hour longer than any other group. It was “Anglo-Scot” McLean who made it through to the top banded event with Karina finishing second.

British League Premier Division action will be taking place at BATTS next weekend (Saturday/Sunday 27/28 November 2010). Action kicks off at 11.00 hours on Saturday and at 10.00 hours on the Sunday and in what is
undoubtedly a stronger Competition this year, many of Britain’s best players are eligible to play.

Leading the way is English number one Paul Drinkhall (Barrow) - fresh from his magnificent success in the Under 21 Singles event in the Polish Open. Others to look out for are Gavin Rumgay (Barrow), Darius Knight (Barrow), Ryan Jenkins (Drumchapel Glasgow), Craig Howieson (Drumpchapel Glasgow) and John Murphy (Ormesby) as well as former international players Gareth Herbert (Drumchapel Glasgow), Terry Young (Drumchapel Glasgow), Jason Sugrue (DHS Greenhouse Progress), Colum Slevin (DHS Greenhouse Progress) and Sule Olaleye (Fusion).

Local interest is provided by former Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion, Lorestas Trumpauskas, who is in the Fusion squad as well as by the BATTS team who can choose from Wang Zheng, Craig Bryant, John Nillsson, Thomas Bennborn, Jimmy Walsh and Martin Kubrt.

James Knudsen receiving the Jack Petchey monthly award for November 2010
James Knudsen receiving the Jack Petchey monthly winner award for November