Thursday, 6 September 2012
Now Playing: Players continue improvement through the summer
The summer of 2012 saw very active club play, with most of the regular players showing improved playing levels. This was particularly noticed by returning players in the fall, who saw a drop in there competitiveness with players they previously beat.
Particularly noticed was the rapid improvement of (the original College group) players Ray and Sam, and 13 year old Adam Sahar, who earned a 1408 rating after joining the club earlier this year.
Adam has shown even better gains in club play since the Tournament, becoming competitive with all the club's best players, even taking games from some of the top 5 club players.
Besides his enthusiasm, his secrets have included being very coachable, according to club coach Dave Strang, and regular practice between club sessions on his home table with his father, and his Newgy Robot.
Posted by netta_ct
at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 6 November 2012 2:44 AM EST
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Welcome New Players - Congrats to improved regulars in 2011/2012
Recently improved players include most of the regulars at Fairfield, with Don F back to 1900+ recently, and Adis M. around 2100+ on recent tournament results.
The crew from the local community colleges, some now graduated but remaining in the area have also been improving, both before and after help from fellow 20 something Emani's coaching, including Ray, Sam and Yanick.
It's remarkable what good young players are developing here in just the last couple years such as Ray, Sam, Yanick, who continue to improve with great playing form and his obvious love of the sport..
Rounding out the top local players include Douglas S. whose steady improvement over the last year to around 2100 level play has helped club coach and Director Dave Strang bring his game to near it's historic peak as well.
Nearly all the other regular players, too many to mention individually, are also showing impresive improvement, whether they are playing tournaments to earn the matching rating improvement or not.
Just know that if you are just an occasional visitor to Fairfield, or are returning to regular play after an abcense, only part of your increased challenge in winning games will come from your rusty-ness.
Posted by netta_ct
at 3:31 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 28 June 2013 4:16 AM EDT
Sunday, 1 January 2012
Update Jan 2nd 2012
For those of you curious about the status of Middletown:
Obviously it's discouraging that we were 'dark' throughout 2012. But I will make another - final - attempt soon to get permission to resume play this Winter - 2013, before turning attention to the possibility of other new locations for central Connecticut play.
(I already have made some preliminary investigation and inquiries
though a suitable, affordable and adequate site is a challenging quest)
As I've said before, having more complete contact info from central CT
players (via e-mail response) - especially your full name and home or
work locations (town) and phone numbers to associate with your e-mail
address would be helpful, either in my discussions with Middletown, or
in seeking and deciding on an alternative - which could be anywhere
from New Haven, to Meriden to Hartford or the Waterbury area -
depending on available facilities, and who responds to me - from which
towns - with more complete contact information.
Update_ November 2010-
We have suspended play in Middletown after 17 years, as of Spring 2010. Please be advised, I am still attempting to resume play in Middletown, or at an alternate location elsewhere in Central Connecticut. Your contact information is helpful to me in restoring Middletown, or convincing another location in Central CT to make their facility available. Please e-mail it to me, including name full phone number and work and home town info.
I am also interest in hearing from players suggesting potential new playing locations in Central CT, or in Western CT between the Waterbury and Danbury areas. Hopefully Gym type rooms at least as large as the Fairfield Gym - about 65 by 55 ft. minimum, hopefully available 2 or more evening or weekend times per week for 3.5 or more hours at a modest cost. Please e-mail me before attempting to speak with any such organization on our behalf.
Check back from time to time, and I will also try to contact those I can when any playing location related news occurs in late 2010 or in 2011.
Thanks for your patience and encouragement, and any ideas about available playing facilities. Please visit Fairfield if you can, Saturday afternoons if making it there on Thursday nights isn't feasable due to work schedules.
Fairfield is about an hour from Hartford, or a 45 minute drive from the Southern Waterbury or Meriden/Wallingford areas, or about 1/2 hour from New Haven, or the the Westrock tunnel of the parkway - rte 15 - almost 100% via highways except for the last mile from I-95 exit 21.
Posted by netta_ct
at 12:00 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 16 January 2013 12:47 AM EST
Sunday, 1 August 2010
Us Open videos and results available
Over 700 Players from North and South America, Europe Asia and Africa attended the US Open held this summer in Grand Rapids Michigan.
Videos of the key matches are available to stream here:2010 Grand Rapids U.S. Open Video Stream
Results are available here:
Posted by netta_ct
at 9:54 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 16 January 2013 1:41 AM EST
Friday, 4 June 2010
A little Obama steps into big shoes 4:00 AM Saturday May 22, 2010
Hasan Faruq Ali, 12, plays Barack Obama in a new film Little Obama, which will premiere to coincide with the President's visit to Indonesia. Photo / AP
Young Barry Obama is struggling with his pingpong shot.
Or rather, 12-year-old Hasan Faruq Ali is struggling to play left-handed in imitation of the character he is portraying in a new Indonesian film, Little Obama.
"Hasan has the walk, he has the posture of Barry," said Slamet Djanuadi, a consultant on the film and a childhood friend of President Barack Obama when he lived in Indonesia from 1967 to 1971.
"But Barry was a better pingpong player," he laughed, watching Hasan hit the ball off the table.
The movie, produced by Multivision Plus, Indonesia's largest production company, will premiere in Indonesia on June 17, the week of Obama's anticipated visit to the country....
The film tells the story of Obama's childhood in Jakarta, where he lived with his mother and Indonesian stepfather from age 6 to 10.
"It's about his friendships, his hobbies, just a childhood story," said screenwriter and co-director Damien Dematra.
"It's not about politics, it's just the story of a boy."
Hasan, who was born in America in Questa, New Mexico, but has lived in Indonesia since he was about 2 years old, was an obvious casting choice to play the young Obama.
Fluent in English and the Indonesian language, and the son of a white mother and African American father, Hasan fit the bill.
Improving his pingpong game was his focus during breaks on the fifth day of filming, earlier this week.
Day four's challenge was boxing, a childhood pursuit the President has said he learned from his stepfather and one that Hasan, with three years of karate training, felt more comfortable with.
"It feels great to play Obama," the novice actor said with a grin. "I was shy about it at first and there are some new difficulties that you have to work to get over, with intense practice, like this" - gesturing toward the pingpong table on the lawn - "and just learning the lines, practicing the scenes.
"But then it became easy and fun, especially acting as a very important character who left here to become President," Hasan said.
<...>The directors hope to finish shooting on June 3 in time for its scheduled premiere.
Everyone hopes Obama will watch it, including the directors, actors and the childhood neighbours he spent hours playing pingpong with.
As for Hasan, he said he carries two things from the movie: the inspiration to follow his dreams and Obama's smile.
"Before, I was a guy that kept to myself. But in acting, I'm trying to be like the guy in the pictures, who looks like he likes to be around friends and is always smiling," Hasan said. "And now, even when I'm not acting, I can't help it but I definitely notice I smile a lot more."
- AP <abridged here: full article @ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/front-page-top-stories/news/article.cfm?c_id=698&objectid=10646663&pnum=0 >
Copyright ©2010, APN Holdings NZ Limited
Posted by netta_ct
at 6:11 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 22 June 2010 3:11 AM EDT
Monday, 24 May 2010
Middletown Play suspended in late May.
Due to recent and previously unforeseen developements involving the West School Gym that we have used at Riverview Hospital since 1993, our play has been halted as of May 21st 'until further notice'.
Club director Dave Strang is working on resolving this, and will update the website homepage and phone messages, and communicate the news as widely as possible when we can resume play there (or elsewhere). This is only the second interuption of Middletown play in 17 years, and we hope it can be resolved as positively as the other one, a statewide issue over recreational activity liability that occured likely about 10 years ago.
If you'd like to be kept on a special updated Middletown TT contact list , please send me an e-mail to nettadave(remove this)@gmail.com with your contact information including full name, work/and or hometown location information and best afternoon and/or evening contact phone numbers. Also feel welcome to leave me a similar message at any of my listed voicemail numbers if that is convienient for you. (include 'Middletown 2010' in the subject line. of e-mails)
You might also include, or send me a separate e-mail note addressed To: 'Facility Administrator' describing your interest in continued participation in our table tennis club activty along with any appropriate background like your age, general occupation, when you first joined with us and what our sport and Connecticut Table Tennis program like Middletown TTC has meant to you, your health etc..
That might help convince them that I, with your support, am providing CT. citizens a unique recreational sports opportunity you and many others value beyond basement ping-pong or the other more commonly available recreational sports like Basketball or Soccer that with appeal more limited to only the young, super-competitive or perfectly fit.
At the appropriate time I may print and mail, or forward these 'TT Testimonials' to the Riverview administration, and/or any potential alternative host facilities I can identify - if that seem appropriate at a later date.
Or I may post edited versions online with your private information removed and with last names abreviated (like Dave S. - Prospect, CT) for your privacy. A friendly petition drive - perhaps an online one - might also be announced here - and via phone calls or e-mails to this new list - in the near future.
Thanks for your many prior messages of support and your patience while I work to resolve this situation positively. Sorry for the interuption of our weekly activity in Middletown. Please Note that Fairfield play on Saturday afternoons and Thursday nights is NOT affected and you are invited to join us there in the meantime if you can. (Saturday afternoon Roadtrip ?!)
If enough of you do that on Saturdays, we might investigate a temporary Sunday session in Fairfield or elsewhere as well, to better accomidate more of you in this - hopefully - temporary situation.
Posted by netta_ct
at 5:39 PM EDT
Monday, 17 May 2010
2010 CT. Senior Games held May 16th
A field of 15 players , from just barely 50, to a returning 84 years young player, came to Middletown on a sunny Sunday in mid-May for the 2010 Connecticut Senior Games Table Tennis Championships.
More photos @ http://members.tripod.com/netta_ct/SeniorsTTnews.htm
As usual, Players were grouped by age and gender, including 4 ladies competing for senior women's titles, and a group of 4 'barely' Seniors, including John Guzze of Kensington and Middletown regulars Rene, Cesare and Chris, most competing for the first time in these games in the men's 50 to 54 category, 'vacated' this year by Previous champ Dave Strang moving up to the 55-59 category where he was joined by Steve Knotts.
Fairfield TTC was also well represented by players including Michael Lazerev, Lauren Olin and Jeff Von Kohorn.
More Veteran participants included Richard Castiglione who, now in the 70-74 group hasn't missed a Senior Games TT event in over 15 years, joined by John McCray and Trevor Prescod.
Francis Grimaldi was the most senior of the Seniors , in the 80-84 group.
Medal Results will be listed ASAP linked at :
More photos are posted at: http://members.tripod.com/netta_ct/SeniorsTTnews.htm
Posted by netta_ct
at 4:48 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 4 June 2010 6:46 PM EDT
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
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