This is just to let everyone know that, due to summer vacations (I’m leaving next week for a 3-week getaway – and some others have plans, too), that we will postpone league nights until the month of August and decide at that point when to resume. Enjoy your summer!!
Players, next time you come to the club, be sure to congratulate Steven Alfred who last week won the Over 40 years-of-age tournament in Fremont taking out the amazing Avi Schmidt in the process 12-10 in the fifth in the semis and then double-winged power looper Kevin Au in the final. This earned Steven $200 for first place and a new rating of 2307, the highest rating of any regular player at our club going back to our founding in 1991. Wow.
With Mickey Boyle’s Nationals Title last year and Charlie Aebersold’s highest rating of 2152, our little old club just keeps getting better and better! In case you aren’t familiar with USA Table Tennis ratings, the lowest is 0 points and the highest rated players in the country are about 2700 to 2800. Coach Jim reached a highest rating of 1825. Mickey is closing in on that. Most USA players dream of breaking the 2000 barrier, but it takes a lot of practice and focus and playing tournaments (you win and lose points based on wins and losses in tournaments).
Here’s a short report from the Alameda tournament, “Over 40 – On the opposite side of the age bracket events, we gave the adults a respite from the juniors in Over 40. Despite a few Warriors-inspired defaults (oops, sorry, they were all just tired after the morning events) the die-hard players who stuck around created plenty of their own entertainment. Steven Alfred, who came all the way up from Santa Cruz TTC for the tournament, played the longest match of the day against former Alameda coach Avishy Schmidt in the semifinals. Really, people were wondering just how many matches they were playing, but in the end they assured us that they only played one, with Alfred ultimately emerging as the winner, winning 12-10 in the fifth set. The other semifinal was much quicker, with Topspin’s Kevin Au overcoming Alameda’s Kock Loe in three close sets. Ultimately, Alfred’s patience was richly rewarding, as he beat Kevin in the final to claim the $200 prize. Kevin’s $100 check consoled him as well and we still got them home in time to catch the last half of the Warriors game.”
Way to go Steven! Thanks for bringing home the gold for the club!
This was a super fun league night with a lucky 13 doubles teams playing on four tables and our first mixed-doubles event and first double-elimination format for tables with three teams.
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I want to give a big thanks to David Bergevin for preparing the beautiful match sheets for all the tables and Jane for bringing some tasty treats. And mega thanks go to Wireless who actually didn’t have a teammate to play doubles with – yet still went to the trouble to (I’m still not sure how he did this) bring a large-screen laptop to the club and somehow stream live the first Warriors game! It was awesome having our own little doubles world championship while being able to watch the Warriors play in theirs!
Table 1 consisted of the best 3 teams: PD and Shrikant from the Monterey/Seaside club, Steve (also from the M/S club with Mickey, and Joey and Victor.
Table 2 (Coed-Division) saw Pat and Barry, Suzanne and George, Crystal and Ari and Sharon and Jane battling it out.
Table 3 was Craig and Jim versus Bob and Ron and Ed and Ray. Great to have Jon back in the house!
Table 4 saw some exciting action with Max and Paco, Sebastian and Willie and Thom and Charlie driving down from their secret Bonny Doon ping pong training camp.
Because I was playing I didn’t get to watch enough of the matches, but I did see that Ari and Crystal had an epic match with Sharon and Jane that went to deuce in the 5th with Sharon and Jane coming back from down 8-10 to winning.
On table 1, I enjoyed a Victor/Joey vs PD/Shrikant game, where, with a series of perfect Victor chops and Joey loops, their team came back from a 0-8 deficit to tie it up before PD and Shrikant rallied to take control.
Meanwhile on table 4, the Dooners Thom and Charlie were the only teammates with cool matching ping pong shirts and most of the matches went 5 games with Sebastian showing his stellar placement skills from all his tournament play.
On our table (3), it was great having Bob and Jon back after injuries have kept them from playing for some time. They both hit some nice winners.
Champions on the night were:
Table 1: PD & Shrikant
Table 2: Pat & Barry
Table 3: Craig & Jim
Table 4: Max & Paco
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Last night we filled 6 tables, had our first women’s mini tournament on table 5 (congrats Pat, Sharon and Suzanne!) – and we tried Dave’s alternative for 3-player tables to give everyone more matches to play (thanks Dave!). Appreciate everyone monitoring their own tables and keeping score, which allowed me to play. Also, it was nice of everyone to let latecomers Ari and Dave squeeze into the round robins.
Could not read score sheet to pick other places – sorry
Table 5 (First Women’s Tournament):
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Thanks everyone for another super fun league night – official league photo attached!! Don’t we look marvelous? Feel free to share on your channels.
High fives to Dave Bergevin for the design work and printing of our amazing match sheets (they even show which player scores each match – and soon we will have enough score cards for every table). Dave also bought and brought all the tasty treats. Wow, thank you Dave!!
More thanks to all who arrived early to setup and for everyone who came to watch and cheer us on.
I appreciate everyone handling their own table last night, which allowed me to play. That was great and I hope it didn’t cause any issues for anyone. If so, let’s talk about it. If anyone has ideas or questions or improvements for next time (date to be determined later but it will be more than 2 weeks this time), please pass them along. Let’s keep the league fun for everyone.
ONE CHANGE we will try to implement is to make sure we have at least 4 players per table. The 3-player tables last night ended too quickly and I think players would have liked more matches.
Congratulations to all players. The matches were fiercely competitive.
Our league champions for 4/28 are… (much applause and fanfare heard throughout pingpongdom)
Thanks to Jim Langley and most of the SCTTC club, the first monthly tournament was a great success! I had a great time after getting over the nervousness of “competing” for the first time. For those who didn’t see Jim’s email:
Thanks everyone for attending the league and making it so much fun. We had a total of 20 players on 5 tables and every match and table was competitive. In fact, after everyone left, David Bergevin – who has run lots of volleyball round robin tournaments – and I, had to put our heads together to figure out the results on some of the tables because we had 3-way ties on several of them. That shows how competitive each round robin was.
Table 5 – Eric
Table 4 – Ray
Table 3 – David Bergevin
Table 2 – Shrikant
Table 1 – Steven Alfred
I want to repeat that most of the tables were so closely contested that only a few points would have changed the outcome, so you all are winners. We did not calculate 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. We only figured out who had the most wins and most losses on the tables so that we would know who changes tables next time.
We are closed the first week in May, so the next league night will be Thursday, May 12th.
If you want to watch some quality table tennis, the matches to decide who gets to compete to go the Olympics are streaming live today: