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Academy has closed down!
Tennis Academy Townsville was
closed down at a general meeting on the 11th of February 2014.
Contact Terry Dahl 0431099274 or 47723486 if you need more information.
won our U15 junior championships!
Howell won U15
singles at our Academy Closed Championships held at Belgian Gardens
school Tuesday 25 November. Runner-Up was Helena Fon. Congratulations!
Lance also achieved the Gold Award for completing Level 4 skill
test, and Luka Fon got his award for Level 1.
Championships and AGM: New date!
We hope you have read our newsletter but there are changes to
the dates of our Closed Championships and our annual general meeting.
The school will be using the multipurpose hall on 2 December;
so this means that we will try to finish everything next Tuesday,
Here is the updated information:
Academy Closed Championships:
- U15 and younger singles will held at Belgian Gardens school
Tuesday 25 November from 3.15 to 4.45 pm.
- the championships will be followed by a trophy ceremony and
pizza for all (we must be finished by 5.15 pm).
Annual General meeting:
We welcome all the parents to our annual general meeting; it will
be held after the trophy ceremony on Tuesday 25 November. Please
inform Terry or Kaye Howell (Lances mother) if you are interested
in sitting in the committee!
School holiday training:
We will start the New Year with a coaching clinic at Terrys
house 13, 14 and 15 January, early morning before it is getting
too hot; from 8.30 to 10.30 am. Cost $10 per day. Please tell
us if you are interested!
Next year what shall we do?
We have to plan our table tennis course at Belgian Gardens School,
and our other activities, for next year as soon as possible. So
we would appreciate some information before our annual general
meeting on Tuesday:
- Can you please tell us if your child will be playing on Tuesdays
- Can you please tell us if your child will is interested in more
- Can you please tell us if your child is interested in playing
Fixtures. If yes, what day will be best?
- Can you please tell us if your child is interested in more interclub
activities in Townsville. If yes, what day will be best?
also be great if you could tell us if your child (children) is
playing on Tuesday and will be able to stay later than normal
- by replying this e-mail or informing Terry or Kaye as soon as
won U11 at Youth
Howell won the U11 event at the Youth Tournament arranged by TTTA
at the table tennis centre on Saturday 20 September. Lance was
also the runner up at the U13 event, loosing to Lilly Bradshaw
in the finals. Yijun Wang played in her first tournament (besides
our own) and she did very well; winning several matches. Congratulations
to Yijun and Lance!
won Term 3 tournament
- George runner-up
Howell won the end of term 3 tournament at Belgian Gardens School
on Tuesday 16 September, beating George Coleman in the finals.
Lance beat Stan Scott in his semifinals, while George had a well
played and exciting fight with Yijun Wang in his semifinals. Everybody
did their best and there were many good matches - well done!
Stan and Helena Fon were awarded their certificates of achievement
for passing the Level 1 skill test - congratulations!
Fixtures and Practise is now on!
will start our Fixtures again, weekly games; in Terry's house
1 Howitt Street (at the corner Howitt and Warburton Street; the
white Queenslander behind the bamboo).
It will be on every Thursday at 3.30 to 5.00 pm, usually with
a bit of practising/coaching before we start the Fixture-matches.
We have two tables under Terry's house and use this as a temporary
venue until we have enough interested players so that we can afford
to rent another day at the school (or find another hall).
The cost is $4.00 per session - and you do not need to come every
If parents can stay that would also be helpful and you are responsible
to bring and pick-up (as goes for the practising at the school
on Tuesdays). If somebody have trouble taking the kids from the
school to Terry's house on Thursdays, have a chat with Terry or
Kaye Howell (Lance's mother) and might be we can help out.
Ring Terry 4773486 or mobile 0431099274 for more information.
We are also hoping to have some interclub activities in on Saturdays
but this is not yet clear.
played in Queensland Jr Championships
Howell played well in the Queensland Junior Championships held
in Brisbane from 9th to 11th of July. In the team events Lance
played in the Presidents 1 team (a composite team) and he won
two singles matches. His team ended up in 6th position after play-off.
In the U13 doubles event Lance played with Michael Hooper from
Gatton but they lost in first round in a very tight match. In
U13 singles Lance was in a pool with the later winner Hayden Green
from Bundaberg and quarterfinalist Youman Li from Gold Coast.
Lance played well and had two close sets against Youman but "DJ"
was too strong. Well done, Lance in your first Queensland juniors!
Olav Dahl, representing TTTA, got a bronze medal in U18 singles
after beating second seed Matthew Pettett in the quarter finals.
83 players from a 14 clubs had found their way to Brisbane, and
the number of U13 players was much larger that expected.
are starting the course at Belgian Gardens School on Tuesday 22
The time is from 3.15-4.15pm, the venue is the multipurpose
won U13 boys singles at Townsville Open!
Howell won the U13 Boys singles at the Townsville Open Championships
held Monday 9 June. Runner-up was Cody Tiller. Jasmine Tiller
was the runner up in the U13 Girls singles, she lost to Lily Bradshaw
from Townsville Table Tennis Association. Lilly Brittain lost
to Jasmine this time. All our four players did well in the extra-matches.
Congratulations to Lance and the others - well done!
veterans visited us
Tuesday 6th of May we had visit by two veteran players from Norway.
They were on the way to the World Veteran Championships in New
Zealand but stopped here to say hello to coach Terry and also
have a friendly match against Townsville veterans. They came to
our practising at Belgian Gardens School together with 7 non-playing
visitors, also from Norway, and had a hit against out young players.
Very good! Thank you so much to Svein Aaserud and Øivind
won at the Youth Tournament
Our young players
did very well in the Youth Tournament at the table centre Saturday
26 April. Lance Howell won his division with Cody Tiller as runner-up.
Our new girl Saneeka was runner-up in another division, and Lilly
Brittain and Jasmine Mahony also played well. Jasmine Tiller had
injured her leg at school on Thursday and had to be a spectator
this time. Picture: Cody and Lance with TTTA president Terry Morato.
and Jasmine played in
Jasmine and Cody Tiller played in the Rockhampton Open Championships
18, 19 and 20 April. It was their first tournament outside Townsville,
and they did well! Cody won one match during the team carnival
and Jasmine won a set. Cody also won one match in the U13 boys
event! Well done!
won U18 boys singles in Rocky!
Olav Dahl did very well in the Rockhampton Open Championships
18, 19 and 20 April. He won U18 boys singles and 1700-rating singles.
He was also runner up the Restricted Men Singles (for the players
not seeded in the Open Singles) and reached the semi-finals in
the U21 singles. During the team carnival Olav only lost three
matches and beat higher ranked Matthew Pettett and Rayden Smith.
(Olav is representing Townsville Table Tennis and is also a member
Lance Howell won a friendly holiday competition for
the youngest players at the table tennis centre on Saturday 12
April. Cody Tiller was the runner up and he and Lance showed very
good skills in the finals! Jasmine Tiller and Lilly Brittain also
played very well and they all had a good time. Next interclub
event will be 26 April.
won Term 1 tournament
- Cody runner-up
Howell won the end of term 1 tournament at Belgian Gardens School
on Tuesday 1 April. Cody Tiller was the runner up. There were
many good and close matches. Well done, everybody!
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When it comes to mental exercise, the really important thing
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know how to do, its not that helpful. But learning different
things is what really exercises your brain.
girls did well Women's Day
Jasmine T, Lilly and Jasmine M,
and the two Jasmines played in the International Women's Day Tournament
held in Townsville on the 8 March - and they did well. It was
the first tournament for our girls and they all won matches! Jasmine
Tiller and Jasmine Mahony made it all the way to the semi-finals
and were here both close to reach the finals. Lilly Brittain was
also very close to reach the semi-finals from her pool.
Well done girls!
The two Jasmines played it off for the bronze medal - and it was
won by Jasmine M. It was 10 girls playing in the cadet girls division.
on the TV-news!
was featured on the sports-news on WIN TV Thursday 14 February
in connection with his trip to Korea; interview and practising
are starting the course at Belgian Gardens School on Tuesday 4
The time is from 3.15-4.15pm, the venue is the multipurpose
won gold and silver
Lance and Jasmine
Also this year we combined the Academy Championships with the
end of Term 4 tournament at Belgian Gardens School.
junior event was played at the school in a round robin format
on Tuesday 26 November and Tuesday 3 December - with many exciting
and good matches. Lance Howell showed good form and went through
the event without a loss. Jasmine Mahony surprised the boys with
her fighting spirit and only lost to Lance. The winner and runner-up
got their gold and silver medal after the completion of the matches.
The Open event was held in Terry's house
on Thursday 28 and Thursday 5 December. Olav Dahl again showed
that he still is too good for the other juniors and had no problems
in winning the gold medal. Lance Howell only lost to Olav. The
Open event was followed by a medal ceremony and a sausage sizzle.
Thanks to the players and their parent
for this year - and welcome back when the school starts in the
Open Singles: Winner: Olav Dahl. Runner Up: Lance Howell
Junior Boys/Girls: Winner: Lance Howell. Runner Up: Jasmine Mahony.
did well at the Belgian
Cody and Lance
Gardens school championships
Howell won the grade 1-4 event and made it all the way to the
finals in grade 5-7 knock-out event. Cody Tiller was the runner
up in the grade 1-4 category and Seth Mahony made it to the semi-finals.
Grade 5-7 was won by former member Dillon Navin. He beat Lance
12-10 in an exiting grand final. Aiesha Forest made it to the
More than 100 kids had entered their names to play in the championships!
The kids also
played team-matches against the teachers.
at the table tennis centre
Howell was allowed to play in the U13 junior fixtures at the city's
table tennis centre on Saturday 21 September and he did very well.
After winning all three matches 3-0 in his pool he progressed
to the semi-finals, where he also won his match 3-0. In the finals
he met Tian Gunby, who was the top-seed and also undefeated. Even
if Lance fought back after a 0-2 start and made it 2-2 he lost
the final set. But to be runner-up on his first try was a very
good result for Lance! Congratulations!
won Term 3 tournament
- Elliot runner-up
Howell did it again - he won the end of term 3 tournament at Belgian
Gardens School on Tuesday 17 September. Elliot Cummins was one
more time the runner up but he had a tough fight with Cody Tiller
in the semi-finals! Lance beat Seth Mahony in his semi -finals.
There were many good matches and some surprises. Well done everybody!
won silver and bronze in New Zealand
Olav won a silver medal inn the cadet doubles (U15 yrs) in New
Zealand Open Junior Table Tennis Championships held in Auckland
17-21 july 2013. In the team events he won a bronze medal, playing
for Manawatu since he was the only player from Queensland. The
championships had attracted 197 players from several countries.
Well done, Olav!
won bronze in U18-singles in the Queensland Junior Championships!
Olav Dahl won the bronze medal in U18 boys singles in Queensland
Junior championships held in Brisbane from 22-25 of June. To reach
the semi finals in the main junior event was a great achievement
for Olav who only is 15 years old and has been struggling with
health issues most of the year!
Olav also won bronze in the U15 boys doubles with Ben Lander from
Brisbane. He was also awarded number 1 in the Order of Merit after
the team-matches (Olav represented Townsville Table Tennis Association
in the Championships and Olav only lost one match out of 16),
and was selected to the Queensland U15 boys team to the Australian
Junior Championships in Melbourne from 28 September to 5 of October.
won our end of Term 2 tournament
Howell won the end of term 2 tournament on Tuesday 11 June. Elliot
Cummins was one more time the runner up. The players at the Belgian
Gardens School showed that they have improved their skills again!
won U18 in Townsville Open
Dahl won the boy's junior singles title (U18) in the Townsville
Open Championships held 8-10 June. Olav also won 1500
rating singles, got to the semifinals in the 1700 rating singles
and to the quarterfinals in Mens Open singles! A
very good effort, so congratulations to Olav!
Open: Olav did well
Dahl, now 15, was sick the day before the Brisbane Open 18-19
May 2013 but managed to travel and did well. He did not win any
titles but had wins against higher rated senior-players in the
graded events. In U15 boys singles Olav got to the semifinals
but lost to Blake Webster from Rockhampton, who was top seeded
in this event. In U18 boys singles Olav lost in the quarterfinals
to Ben Houghton who won the event. Several of the young players
have again improved their playing standards so the Queensland
Junior Championships at the end of June will be exiting!
played in Mackay
Howell has played his first tournament outside Townsville. He
played in the Mackay Open, held 30 March to 1 April. Lance played
in U13, in a pool of 5 players, and he won two matches. Well,
done, Lance! He also played junior doubles and U900 rating singles.
Coach Terry and Olav was supposed to travel to Mackay but Olav
is still having problems with his joints and they had to stay
won our tournament
Howell won the end of term 1 tournament on Tuesday 16 March. Elliot
Cummins was the runner up. There were many good matches; the players
showed that they have improved their skills!
Awards were handed out to Cody Tiller and Angus Taylor; both had
successfully completed their Level 1 table tennis skills test.
won gold in Fiji - again!
Dahl defended his boy's junior singles title (U18) in the Fiji
Open Championships held in the capital Suva 10-13 January. He
beat Young Jun Park from Fiji in the finals. Olav also won boy's
Vincent Wu, Fiji) and U21 boys singles - beating Fiji's number
one Chris Lal in the finals.
Dahl, our coach, president and also Olav's dad conducted 2 1/2
days of international training before the championships.
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