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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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Results have now been received for all Round 1 matches and can be accessed via the drop down menu on the left. Unfortunately three teams were unable to field teams and so their opponents were automatically put through to the second round of the Cup. The majority of matches that were played went right down to the wire and many of the results were determined in the final game. Congratulations to the winners and good luck to all teams in the coming rounds, be it in the Cup or the Plate competition
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The Cup handicaps for next week are now available either by clicking on this article’s title or by clicking on the menu item on the left hand side. Any team wishing to play an unlisted player must contact the cup organiser at first but entry will not be guaranteed; teams should play players who have already played in the League this season. Could all home team captains email the results to and also to
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Elstow A (1) v Southill D (4)
Revolution B (1) v Bedford CTTC E (5)
Phoenix A (1) v Elstow D (4)
Stevington A (2) v Phoenix E (4)
Marston (2) v Revolution D (4)
Phoenix C (3) v Southill B (2)
Revolution C (3) v Southill E (4)
St Neots D (2) v Revolution F (5)
Phoenix B (3) v Revolution A (1)
Elstow C (3) v Revolution H (6)
Phoenix D (3) v Revolution I (6)
Elstow E (5) v Stevington B (3)
Elstow F (6) v Revolution E (5)
Southill F (6) v Revolution G (5)
Kempston BB A (2) v Elstow B (2)

* brackets identify the team's division
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Elstow TTC have put together a 2018 calendar in aid of the Parkinson's UK charity. All profits from the sale of the £10 calendar will go to this very worthwhile charity which Elstow TTC have been supporting through many fundraising events during the last year. Please contact Simon Collier on 07962 420268 to get yours now. I'm sorry to disappoint/relieve you to confirm the calendar photo shots are in the best possible taste.
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A few issues have arisen with emailing results cards some of which were also experienced last season. When emailing the results card could you 1). have a meaningful subject to the email such as "Revolution B v St Neots A 161017 Result" rather than just "Results" 2). please email BOTH the Divisional Administrator and the Fixture Secretary 3). when emailing the Divisional Administrator use the generic email address where N is the division number e.g. 1,2,3,4,5,6. DO NOT use the divisional administrators personal email address. Thank you for your attention to this matter and please inform your other team members. Following these guidelines will ensure a smooth and prompt results publication service.
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Since the introduction of the new score card for this season the Fixture Secretary has been experiencing problems which require the new score card to be revised to make the Fixture Secretary's life much easier, bearing in mind the large number of cards he needs to review on a weekly basis. This new revised score card can be downloaded by clicking on this article or clicking on Scorecard in the Downloads section on the left hand side menu. As previously advised, there are a number of old score cards lying around from last season and it has been agreed with the Fixture Secretary that these should be used up prior to moving to the newer score card.
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I am very pleased to announce that the handbooks have arrived and look fantastic! They will be circulated to club representatives over the weekend and early next week. If you need any table tennis balls as well please advise as soon as possible. They are available at £5.40 for a box of six.
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There have been changes to the divisional composition of division 3, division 4, division 5 and division 6 since the last published fixture schedule due to two teams withdrawing at late notice. The final composition can be found by downloading this season's handbook by clicking on this article's title or clicking on Handbook in the Download section on the left hand side menu. The printed handbook will be available from Dave Thomas in approximately 10 days time and its availability will be published on the website once it has been received from the printers.
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It is with much sadness that it has been reported to me that our former President, Doug Ayres, passed away on the evening of Wednesday 21st June 2017. Doug retired in 2010 after spanning 29 years as President of the Bedford & District Table Tennis League and 60 years as a member of the Management Committee. Our sincere condolences to his wife Joyce, family and friends. The funeral service will be held at Bedford Crematorium on Friday 14th July at 1.45pm. Family flowers only but donations, if desired, may be made to Dementia UK
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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 21st June 2017 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 me 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 year’s Minutes will be circulated for review.
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(L. to R. Joe Peckham, Harrison Emery, Alex Gubler) (L. to R. Chris Hart, John Le Warne, Steve King)

The Smith Cup and Plate Finals took place at Elstow TTC on Monday 24th April. The Smith Cup was won for the first time by the fast improving young Revolution E team who defeated Southill C by 75 points. 16 year old Joe Peckham, for Revolution, caused the most damage and got the team off to a good start beating John Le Warne 7, 4, 1 and 9. Southill C were giving away 42 points to Revolution so needed a good result from their second match between the experienced Chris Hart and Revolution's 11 year old Harrison Emery. However, Emery was to show an increasing maturity as he won 6, 10, -8 and 7 to increase Revolution's lead. Steve King, for Southill, managed to win back 12 points against Revolution's Alex Gubler winning 6, -9, 3 and 10 but the damage had been done and by the eighth game the Smith Cup was secured for Revolution E.

(L. to R. Dave Beddall (League Chairman), Ruth Hart, Rebekah Barry, Ian Drakes) (L. to R. John Alsop, Dave Beddall (League Chairman), Ian Baldock)

The Plate final was won comfortably by the Southill E team of (Ruth Hart, Rebekah Barry and Ian Drakes) against Revolution A giving away 316 points on the handicap. Having to keep Revolution down to 2.2 points a game, Ian Drakes managed to go two points up on the handicap against Steve Silk in the first match losing -3, -1, -3, -3. Ruth Hart took another two points off Ian Baldock losing -3, 0, -3, -4. John Alsop managed to level the difference against Rebekah Barry winning back four points 2, 0, 1, 1. However, Ian Drakes then put Southill ten points in front with a -5, -5, -2, -6 loss to Baldock. Rebekah Barry then put any chance of victory for Revolution out of the window by increasing the lead by another 11 points losing to Silk -4, -3, -5, -7. Alsop pulled back another point from Hart winning 1, 2, 3, 1 but it was all over by the seventh game as Barry played some great attacking shots against Baldock to lose -7, -2, -4, -4.

Congratulations to all teams for making the finals and thanks to Dave Beddall for organising the competition and presenting the trophies. A special thanks to Dave Thomas for his thorough work throughout the season working out individual handicaps, a very difficult job indeed. Lastly our thanks to Elstow and Simon Collier for hosting the semi-finals and finals nights.
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The Smith Cup and Plate Semi-Finals have now been completed and the results are as follows. In the Cup, Biggleswade lost to Southill C by 9 points and Revolution E beat Kempston BB A by 24 points. In the Plate, Elstow E lost to Southill E by 3 points and Revolution A beat Elstow A by 23 points. Both finals will be held at Elstow TTC on Monday 24th April. Handicaps will be issued on the night.

Note from the Competition Organiser
I am pleased to confirm that the annual knockout competitions have reached the finals stage as detailed above. This completes another excellent year of competitive Table Tennis and has seen some close and exciting matches thanks to the hard work of Dave Thomas in producing the individual handicaps. In addition, Dave has managed the draw and checked the arithmetic on the score sheets which is not infrequently incorrect although the match results are usually unaffected.

I agreed at the last AGM to continue for another year in the role of Organiser, however, I will not be making myself available to fulfill this role next season. The Smith Cup is the league's traditional team handicap competition and enables players from the lower divisions to compete with the top players on a level playing field which has proved to be very popular over the years. To ensure this continues the league needs a volunteer to take over the organisation from next season, so I would ask you to give this some thought so we can have someone in place by the AGM. As stated this has proved a particularly popular competition amongst players from the lower divisions and maybe our solution lies in this area? This is not a large job in terms of the overall running of the league and I am happy to speak to anyone about what is involved. Please let myself or any of the management committee know if you are interested in supporting the continuation of this competition.
Dave Beddall
Smith Cup and Plate Organiser
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The Cup and Plate handicaps for the semi-final's week beginning 17th April are now available either by clicking on this article’s title or by clicking on the left hand side menu item Individual Handicaps located in the Downloads section. Any team wishing to play an unlisted player must contact the cup organiser David Beddall at first but entry will not be guaranteed.
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There were some close run matches in both the Cup and the Plate. In the Cup, Revolution E go through to the semi-finals with a winning margin of 7 points over Elstow D whilst Biggleswade beat Phoenix D by just 9 points. In the Plate, Southill E beat Revolution F by just 3 points and Revolution A overtook Bedford CTTC D in the last two games of their match to win by 13 points. All the results can be accessed via the Main Menu on the left of the page.

Smith Cup and Plate Semi - Final Draw
THE PLATE (at Elstow TTC on Tue 18th April)
Revolution A v Elstow A
Elstow E v Southill E

SMITH CUP (at Elstow TTC on Wed 19th April)
Biggleswade v Southill C
Revolution E v Kempston Boys Brigade A

Individual handicaps will be available on the website the week commencing 10th April.

Dave Beddall
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