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  2017-18 Season
2018-19 Divisional Format - Some Background
National O40s Champion - Sara Williams
  2016-17 Season
Smith Cup and Plate Finals Results
BDTTL Annual General Meeting
St Neots TTC Hard Bat Tournament - Saturday 22nd ...
  2014-15 Season
Bribar Bat Testing Day
Match Report for Division 1 - Week 17
Doug Ayres RIP
Bribar Testing Day - 20th August 2016
  2013-14 Season
Division 1 - Catch Up Matches
Revolution TTC - Coaching/Practice Evening
Bribar Bat Testing Day
  2012-2013 Season
Wednesday Evening Coaching Sessions - Postponed ...
Smith Cup & Plate Qtr Finals Draw Now Available
Eastern Region Junior Banded Tournament - 22nd ...
  2011-2012 Season
Know Anyone Who Wants to Play in the League?
Hunts 2 Star Open
  2010-2011 Season
Last Week's Surprise Performance
Brian Copperwheat Charity Tournament
Table Tennis Summer Camp
  2009-2010 Season
Modern F v Marston - Match Report
End of an Era - Doug Ayres
Maggie Celebrates Gold Medal Success
  2008-2009 Season
2008-2009 Season
Southill A Double Celebration
Top Players 2008/09
Paul Drinkhall on Guestimation, Saturday 1st ...
  2007-2008 Season
Modern B v Modern A
Modern D Smith Cup Winners
Olympic Dreams - Tuesday 30th July

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Further to the posting of the divisional structure for 2018/2019, it is felt that some explanation may be required. As informed at the Annual General Meeting there were 45 teams entered for next season a reduction of two teams from last season. Three options for a divisional structure were reviewed by the League Committee: 6 divisions (3x8, 3x7)); 5 divisions (2x11, 2x8, 1x7); and 4 divisions (1x12, 3x11). The Committee voted unanimously for a 4 division structure. The main factors influencing this decision were:
1. It maximises the number of matches played by teams in all divisions within the constraints imposed by the length of the season.
2. It provides a larger number and variety of opponents for each team within all divisions.
3. Because teams will only play each other twice and not three times, it evens up the home/away fixtures to 1 home and 1 away instead of the imbalance (2 to 1) that we have had in recent years.

I hope that all teams will see the advantages of this structure and will enjoy the coming season.

The season will start on 10 September 2018. A fixtures schedule will be posted on the web shortly.

Please do not forget to renew your Table Tennis England membership before playing any League matches.
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The committee met on Wed 18th July and agreed the format of the divisions for next season. Please see below:

1 Revolution A
2 Elstow A
3 St Neots A
4 St Neots B
5 Revolution B
6 Biggleswade
7 Phoenix A
8 Southill A
9 Kempston BB A
10 Marston
11 Bedford CTTC A

1 Stevington A
2 St Neots C
3 St Neots D
4 Elstow B
5 Southill B
6 Phoenix B
7 Revolution C
8 Phoenix C
9 Phoenix D
10 Elstow C
11 Southill C
12 Revolution D

1 Bedford CTTC B
2 Stevington B
3 Elstow D
4 Southill D
5 St Neots E
6 Revolution E
7 Bedford CTTC C
8 Southill E
9 Phoenix E
10 Revolution F
11 Bedford CTTC D

1 Elstow E
2 Revolution G
3 Revolution H
4 Southill F
5 Kempston BB B
6 Bedford CTTC E
7 Elstow F
8 Bedford CTTC F
9 Revolution I
10 Elstow G
11 Salvation Army
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The Bedford River Festival is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this weekend on 14th-15th July 2018. The Bedford & District Table Tennis League will be represented at this event all day Saturday and Sunday at the Sports Village where we will have two table tennis tables available for playing on. Please drop in to show your support. If there is anyone that would like to help on the day then please drop the the General Secretary an email or text on 07921 093199. Also, can club officials update the General Secretary on their club opening/practice hours and whether they are interested in accepting new members.
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Division Two of the Revolution TTC Summer League is well under way having already played three rounds and Division One is due to commence on Monday 18th June. There are a few spare places in Division One so if you would like to enter individually to make up a team or to enter an entire team then please text me on 07921 093199. The last round is on Monday 30th July. The standard for Division One is for players that normally play in Divisions 2-4 of the Bedford & District Table Tennis League although consideration will be given to other standards.
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Your support is urgently needed for Elstow TTC's latest fundraising venture - The Beetle Drive. This hilarious game is being held at Clapham Village Hall on Friday 29th June 6.30 - 9.30 pm. Your host for the evening is our very own charismatic (or should that be asthmatic?) Mr David Fosbrook, ably assisted by the Debbie McGee of the Elstow Monday Over 60s Club, Mrs Maureen Cooper. This dynamic duo will ensure a good time is had by all and that beetles will be created with absolutely no skill required at all - the perfect antidote to table tennis. Your 7.00 ticket will get you a fish and chip supper and, of course, there is a bar. We are very keen to make this a success as we are trying to include people from the local Parkinson's exercise classes. Bring your family and friends for a novel night out. Tickets are available from Maureen and Liz. See them in person on Tuesday evenings at the Revolution TTC Summer League at Lincroft School, Oakley or contact Liz on 07786 100161.
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The Bedford & District Table Tennis League Annual General Meeting will take place at Elstow TTC, 192 Wilstead Road, Elstow MK42 9YD on Wednesday 4th July 2018 at 8.00 pm. Please note that any nominations for Officers, Management Committee and the Hon. Auditor, which must come from a registered player or member, can be made either in writing to the Honorary General Secretary prior to, or verbally at, the Annual General Meeting. Any proposal for alterations to the League rules must be sent to him at least 21 days before the date of the AGM. At the end of the evening the League trophies will be presented. A few weeks before the meeting, any League rule propositions and a copy of last yearís Minutes will be circulated for review.
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Congratulations to Revolution TTC's Sara Williams who consolidated her No. 1 England veteran ranking by securing the VETTS National O40s Women's title in Wolverhampton on Sunday 13th May. Sara defeated England No.2 veteran Sanja Clements 10-12, 11-7, 17-15, 11-2 in the final. Her trophy was presented by the VETTS President John Hilton.
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Congratulations to Bedford Modern's Ben Dunkley who became the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) National U11 Boy's Champion on 28th April. The competition was held at Edge Grove school in Hertfordshire and the final positions were 1st Ben Dunkley (Bedford Modern School), 2nd Ben Hawes (Norwich), 3rd Oscar Wiseman (Handcross Park), 4th Elliot Saunders (St Piranís).
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The Revolution Summer League on Tuesday evenings has been delayed by one week and will now commence on 22nd May. There is a free week on Tuesday 12th June due to SATS exams. The Monday evenings will now commence on 18th June. Follow the link to enter the summer league. There will be normal practice sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays until the start of the summer league.
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(L. to R. Najam Sheraz, Phil Crossley, Tim Thomas, Dave Beddall - League Chairman)

Congratulations to Phoenix C team comprising of Najam Sheraz, Phil Crossley and Tim Thomas who narrowly defeated the Elstow A team comprising Tom Nowakowski, Colin Luscombe and John Simms by just 8 points in the Smith Cup final, held on Monday 30th April at Elstow TTC. Phoenix's Tim Thomas managed to secure the win in a close battle against Colin Luscombe in the final match. Further details will be posted in the next few days.

Elstow D won the Plate final by default as Revolution I could, unfortunately, field only two players due to a last minute team player illness.
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The remaining semi-final of the Smith Cup competition between Phoenix C and Kempston BB A will take place at Revolution Table Tennis Club on Monday 23rd April at 7.30pm. The finals of the Smith Cup & Plate competition will now take place at 7.30pm on Monday 30th April at Elstow Table Tennis Club commencing at 7.30pm.
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The Bedford & District Table Tennis League's second Charity Handicap Tournament, in remembrance of Brian Copperwheat a long time and fondly remembered league player, will be held on Monday 9th April at the Sports Hall, Lincroft School, Station Road, Oakley, MK43 7RE commencing promptly at 7.45pm. The entry fee on the night is a minimum contribution of £3 and all income received goes in aid of local charities. The tournament competition format will be decided based on the number of entries. A Plate competition will also take place so you are guaranteed at least two matches. There will be a raffle and all prizes donated are gratefully received. Please register for this event
as handicaps need to be computed prior to the competition. After registering you should receive an email acknowledgement. If your email acknowledgement isn't received then please email with your details.
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09.15am Veteran Doubles
09.15am Mixed Doubles
09.30am Division Five
09.30am Ladies Doubles
09.30am Division Six
10.00am Veteran Singles
10.30am Ladies Singles
10.30am Division Four
12.00pm Division Three
01.00pm Division Two
01.00pm Mens Doubles
02.00pm Mens Singles
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The Bedford & District Annual Table Tennis Closed Tournament takes place on Saturday 24th March 2018 at the Sports Hall, Lincroft School, Station Road, Oakley MK43 7RE. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 21st March 2018. In the individual division competitions players may compete in their own division and any higher division. No competitor may enter more than four (4) events in total. Competitors are only eligible to play if they were registered with the League before 31st Dec 2017 and have played in at least one third of the total number of league games between the date of their registration and the closing date for entry to the tournament. Exceptions to this will be considered by the Management Committee so do not fail to enter because you think you haven't played enough games. The provisional event playing schedule can be found on Page 25 in the league handbook. Once you have submitted your entry please send a cheque/postal order made payable to Bedford & District Table Tennis League to Mr J R Alsop, 4 Fox Hedge Way, Sharnbrook, Beds MK44 1JR. Payment may also be made on-line to Revolution TTC, Barclays Bank, Sorting Code 20-05-74, Account Number 93861120. Entry can be made by going to annual tournament entry and entering your details. My apologies if you have already entered by post.
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Results have now been received for all the quarter final matches of the Smith Cup & Plate competitions and can be accessed via the drop down menu on the left. Six of the eight matches were played within an eighteen points winning margin with the closest match between Elstow F v Elstow D where the latter won by just five points. The final match of this encounter was between 11 year old Freya Opperman and the vastly more experienced Kerr Clement. Despite the vast difference in experience Freya only just lost -9, 8, -8, -3 giving their higher ranked team the match all determined on the last game. A very credible achievement to the handicapper, Elstow's Dave Thomas, who knew the two teams very well. Elstow D's Mark White caused the most damage for the higher ranked team and Freya Opperman was the star performer for the F team which included an 8, 10, 10, -3 win against Patrick Lyall and an -7, -4, -0, -5 loss against Mark White.
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