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Saturday, 20 March 2010
2010 Senior Games scheduled

The 2010 Ct. senior Games Table Tennis events have been scheduled for Sunday May 16th at our regular Middletown playing site, with doors opening at 5:30pm for practice and check-in with play starting 15 to 30 minutes afterward. (please arrive by 5:45pm) 

Tournament play will continue on at least 4 of the clubs 12 tables during our regularly scheduled Sunday night playing session from 6:30 to 10pm. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged if at all possible to ensure your spot.  But walk-in registration may also be possible on a space available basis.  

Players who are 50 or older - as of Dec 31st 2010 - are eligible, including out-of-state guests, who may also qualify for nationals here. 

This event qualifies top finishers in each 5 year age bracket (50-54, 55-59, 60-64 etc) to the 2011 Senior Games Nationals in Houston. While competition may include some of our area's best players, especially in the youngest divisions, it is also a fun and friendly event for all ages with group play in singles and additional dbls events enduring multiple matches for every participant, regardless of outcome.

There are NO USATT fees, and results won't affect your rating.  More info available at: http://www.seniorgamesct.org/sports.htm

Posted by netta_ct at 2:06 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 4 June 2010 6:48 PM EDT
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
CT.TTA Players do Demo/Clinic Youth Clinic

 Three of the state's top players demonstrated Modern Table Tennis through exhibition matches and a mini-clinic early in 2010 for an enthusiastic group of kids in southern Connecticut.  The Greenwich Boys and Girls club hosted CT.TTA coach Dave Strang and his assistant coaches Adis Medunjanin and Mark Mosher on a cold Thursday afternoon.

  Mark and Adis began by demonstrating offensive and defensive strokes with commentary by Dave. Then they played an exhibition game with each other, followed by challenge games with the kids and staff. 

The demonstration portion ended with coach Dave and Adis playing a challenge game, and the afternoon ended with a min-clinic on 4 tables involving dozens of kids, the 3 coaches and the Newgy robot, a special hit with the youngest kids. 

Posted by netta_ct at 2:37 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, 20 March 2010 3:21 AM EDT
Monday, 8 February 2010
Explosion rocks Middletown

The tragic recent gas explosion at the Electrical generation plant in Middletown made national news on Superbowl Sunday.  For TT players in Central Connecticut, it was also just around the corner past our twice weekly playing site in the school-west Gym at Riverview Hospital.

  Club director Dave Strang heard and felt the explosion almost 30 miles aways in his home west of Cheshire.  "It shook me slightly, and sounded like someone had slapped something against the side of my bedroom."

   On arrival to Middletown that evening, we were confronted with TV satelite trucks and a police roadblock at the bend in the road near 'Rushford Center' where Silver Street continues as River Road just before WMRD radio staion and is followed by the main, front entrance drive to Riverview Hospital.  

  A detour to the right up Silvermine road, and then a left turn towards the Hospital grounds rear entrance got about 10 players, into the Sunday session (during the Superbowl) but some had to explain where they were headed, and show ID to another policeman stationed at that back road before getting to the Gym.

 Since occasionally  high water blocks River road just past this spot, Middletown club players are encouraged to go to the dedicated M-T TTC page, and print the alternate map there, for use in case of flooding. 


Posted by netta_ct at 6:46 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 20 March 2010 2:05 AM EDT
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Middletown player remembered
I recieved this e-mail recently:
Dear Dave,
   My name is Kathy Schubert and I am the wife of Owen Schubert. I am writing to tell you the very sad news that my husband passed away at the end of January. We will miss him very much. He always enjoyed playing table tennis. Thank you for everything to you and all the members of the Connecticut Table Tennis Club.
         Sincerely,     Kathleen Schubert
Owens sense of humor and joyous spirit will be missed by those of us who knew him from playing in Middletown previous to 2009.
The guestbook with tributes from friend and family is available at:


A tribute in his hometime newspaper is available at: 

 Owen D. Schubert - The Bristol Press (bristolpress.com)

Posted by netta_ct at 2:08 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 10 February 2010 2:28 AM EST
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
New 15 yr old US Champ on CBS

The Today Show recently did a  story on Michael Landers  (Friday, 1/29/10):

see the video at: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/35142696#35142696

  Fifteen year-old Michael Landers beat  26 year old Samson Dubina of Ohio in the US Nationals Finals held this December in Las Vegas to become the youngest US Men's champion since fellow New Yorker Eric Boggan's championship in the 1980's.

Boggan went on to reach the top 20 in the World and had wins over a variety of world champions and other Top 10 players from China, Europe and Asia after stints training in Europe and competing in the German Bundesliga, then the world's top professional TT league.

Landers isn't looking that far ahead though, hoping that his achievements in our sport, combined with the good High School grades his parents insist on, will get him into a good college.

Landers has also been featured in other media including the New York Times where the headline read "The Ping-Pong Prodigy" http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/30/sports/30pingpong.html



Posted by netta_ct at 10:32 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 29 January 2010 11:13 PM EST
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Susan Sarandon to meet Swedish table tennis idol

Susan Sarandon to meet Swedish table tennis idol

Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:48am EST

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - American actress Susan Sarandon, due in Stockholm to receive an award next week, has no plans to meet journalists but she will set aside time to meet one person -- table tennis legend Jan-Ove Waldner.

The Oscar-winning actress, a keen player herself, put in a request to meet with Olympic gold medalist and former world champion Waldner, the director of the Stockholm Film Festival told Reuters on Wednesday.

"It was on her initiative, we just made the effort to find him," Git Scheynius, director of the Stockholm Film Festival, said. "She's actually involved in a table tennis club in New York -- that's one of her greatest hobbies."

Waldner is to his sport what Michael Jordan is to basketball or Tiger Woods is to golf. He won the World Championship twice in singles and took home an Olympic gold medal during a career that spanned more than two decades.

His longevity earned him the nickname "The Evergreen Tree" in China, where he is particularly revered.

Scheynius said Waldner was surprised at the invitation but gladly accepted. He and Sarandon will sit next to each other at the dinner, she added, but will not be alone.

Sarandon, who won an Oscar for the 1995 film "Dead Man Walking," is due to receive a lifetime achievement award at the festival.

Any chance Sarandon might square off with Waldner across a table tennis table during her time in the Swedish capital? A festival official said that if they did it would be a surprise.

Posted by netta_ct at 8:46 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 26 November 2009 8:48 PM EST
Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Posted by netta_ct at 12:00 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 11 November 2009 2:59 AM EST
Thursday, 15 October 2009
M-T Players in |National Seniors Championship

Two Middletown TTC regulars competed this summer in the National Senior Games Championship - Held mid August in San Francisco.

  Howard (Howie) Eichner competed in the 55-59 age group, while Larry Chou played in the 65-69 category.

 The Two week long event drew about 10,000 athletes, 50 and older for competition in 24 sports, including 334 players in the Table Tennis events.

Both players made it a vacation with their wives in the beautiful Northern California area. 

While neither player reached the finals in the competitive event, both made it out from their original round-robin group before losing in the elimination rounds.  

  Participants finishing in the top 3 in their age division in the Connecticut Senior Games in even numbered years, qualify to enter the National Games, held in the Odd numbered years. The Middletown TTC is expected to host the 2010 TT event next spring, to qualify players for the 2011 games in Houston.

 The 2009 Connecticut Senior Games TT event's date, is to be announced, in late 2009 after initially being postponed dur to flu outbreak concerns. E-mail Dave or re-check here to be informed when the date is set.  

Posted by netta_ct at 4:35 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 11 November 2009 2:57 AM EST
Thursday, 11 June 2009
CT TT assists Middle School TT Event in New Haven

  Two New Haven Middle school Table Tennis teams with connections to CT. TT Association held an inaugural competition in June 2009.



Amistad Academy  hosted the event, a team competition with  nearby Conte West Hills School.  The Amistad program, an afterschool activity option at the Charter school, is conducted by Peter Noble's Fairhaven Athletics organization.  Peter was initially trained by CT TTA director Dave Strang.  Strang was the program's  original coach between 1994 and 2000, before Peter, and continues to conduct annual coaching clinics at the school.

  Conte West Hills school's TT program is newer, conducted by Kacey Rosenfeld, a Physical Education teacher at the New Haven public school located not far from Amistad. Kacey has also been a student of CT TTA Coach/Director Dave Strang at the Middletown TT Club since finding the club a couple years ago.   

  Guests, Conte West Hills took most of the singles matches to gain an insurmountable lead, before Amistad won a number of doubles matches, finishing with a 10 to 4 match victory for Conte West.

8 Players, a mixture of boys and girls, represented each school, competing on 3 tables in the Amistad Gymnasium in the afternoon, afterschool event.

 As the conclusion of the Spring TT season for both schools, the coaches, and a number of the players, expressed enthusiasm over the well attended and conducted event, and mentioned how plans for a rematch next year will motivate the students to more serious preparation during next year's club practices.

Photos below:

Coach Kacey watches and videotapes and  Coach Peter hits with one of the kids.


Posted by netta_ct at 3:47 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 12 June 2009 4:33 AM EDT
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
AFS Seeks Host Family for 2009/10 school year

AFS Student Exchange organization is seeking a host family for an enthusiastic young Chinese student (Yicheng) who loves table tennis and basketball.  

They mentioned Fairfield County but they can also consider other Connecticut towns.  The student has health insurance coverage and spending allowance for normal teen expences. Host families provide a bed, meals and share normal family activities. I assume families with similarly aged children may be prefered. He will be 16 years old, and program guidelines suggest he not be hosted by a family speaking his native language.

The goal is to experience life as a USA student with a friendly family during the 2009-2010 school year - starting with his arrival in August.

For additional information, please Contact Jenifer Anderson by e-mail - janderson(removethis)@afs.org for more information.  Or call 1-800-876-2377 ext 131

Posted by netta_ct at 5:12 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 12 June 2009 4:39 AM EDT

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