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about Finland! So, I was very excited to meet Matthew in Europe and play team
together, like representing Manitoba in Europe:). The tournament was huge, players from
34 different countries, like a Marathon race! In the team event we
played against Spain (Spain had six teams:)).
I think we played the longest team match in the tournament - more than 3
hours and a half! We lost by 3:2 , the crucial moment was in the doubles game,
we were leading by 2:0 and also in the third set, unfortunately we lost 3:2,
but for first participation in kind of this tournament was not bad I
think. In the singles event matches were the best of seven
and the young Matthew made his international wins against the good
players from Europe and played very tired matches with very good shaped players:). For me was
an extreme challenge with all these long matches... lost many games with 4:3
and still hurts..., but I am happy, it is still passion! It was great to see again Canadians who
are practicing in Europe…Antoine Bernadet, Marko Medjugorac and of course
Manitoba’s Matthew. I wish a Merry Christmas, successful and all the
best in the New Year to everybody in our MTTA family! Happy Holidays, Ron, Executive, Coach Tronco
and parents and players.
Fall Competitions Roundup
here we are, winter solstice just passed and the holidays upon us…the
fall Block of the MTTA’s 2016-2017 season is over. The Manitoba
Circuit Standings are attached…after 2 tournaments, Biruk Bekele is in
firm control of first place in the Pro-Open Division followed by Jeff
Kitong playing out of the W.F.P..G. Young Jeremy Tran sits
in 3rd place just ahead of junior rival Yunyang “The Hammer” Deng…but
where is Terry Zhang?...Matthew Lehmann we know is playing in Austria
this year! In the over 40 years, “Active 4 Life Division”, Alex
Mendoza and Michal Rybak are knotted at first with 180 points
each. However, I think they will each have to watch Thadeus
Jimenez, the man with pips both sides who could be the “sleeper” in
Jeremy holds down top spot in the Youth Circuit ahead of
Yungyang and Phuong Nguyen. In the Cadet Division, young Ben Vu
is a perfect 2-0 with victories in each of the Red River Open and
Manitoba Closed events; (results attached to the right). Next
Circuit event will be Februaries Golden Boy Open. Please remember
to register and pay on time.
The Winnipeg and District Super
League meets every Friday night. This year the League counts for
“double-weighting” in the Circuit Standings. M.T.T.A. Head Coach
Arvin Tronco has the athletes fighting hard in the 6-8 divisions of
play that are contested each night. Tied for first overall are
three players…all with a perfect record…Alex Mendoza (11-0), Naomi Tram
(11-0), and R.J. Averilla, (12-0). They are just ahead of
Jeremy Tran and Thadeus Jimenez. Also perfect, with a record of
4-0, is former #7 Female in Canada, Rongge Zhang. But, right now,
she is out of the hunt for the $500 prize monies as she has not played
enough overall matches.
The M.T.T.A. will be holding Xmas and
New Year’s training camps out of Cornerstone Alliance Church.
Preparations are long-term for the Nationals and the 2019 Canada Winter
Games. Early in the New Year, Coach Tronco hopes to select
players for out-of-province events in Saskatchewan and Quebec. So
if you want to impress the coach, better make the New Year’s resolution
to train very hard…physical conditioning and sport science programming
starts up as well.
Manitoba Closed Table Tennis Championships
Saturday December 10, 2016
Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Lower Gym
Pro-Open Sgls: Biruk Bekele def. Jeremy Tran
A Sgls: Yunyang Deng def. Alex Mendoza 8,9,-8,-6,7.
B Sgls: Michal Carrillo def. Juanito Sioson
C Sgls: Sparsh Agrawal def. Anna Liu 3,-7,8,-11,6.
D Sgls: Tianyi Xiong def. Victoria Shevchenko
Pro-Open Dbls: B. Bekele/ Michal Rybak def. Arvin Tronco/ Devin
A Dbls: Naomi Tran/ Phuong Nguyen def. Noel
Cantada/ Marcos Sioson -7,-9,6,6,9.
Youth A Sgls: J. Tran def. Y.Y. Deng 10,9,9.
Youth B Sgls: Phuong Nguyen
def. Dave Hose 4,8,4.
Cadet A Sgls: Ben Vu def. Kieran Buchberger
Cadet B Sgls: Jason Li def. Jeremy Huang 4,9,7.
Active 4 Life >40 A Sgls: M. Rybak def. A. Mendoza 4,9,9.
Active 4 Life >40 B Sgls: M. Carrillo def. Irwin Raymundo 16,-9,9,10.
Ron Edwards Reporting
Greetings from Austria
aus Oesterreich! Greetings from Austria. As you may know, I
am spending the season playing, training, studying, and living in
Europe. I train twice a day at my club
and play league matches once a week. The club is considered the
most successful club in the Women's European Champions League and there
are usually around four Olympians training in the gym at any time.
I will be playing a team tournament in Finland with Milcho - we
always said we would play doubles together some day! I am
enjoying my time here - everyone is very nice and I have made a lot of
new friends. The training is very good - and my German is getting
Manitoba 2016-2017 Competition Season Starts Up with the Red River Open
2016-2017 Manitoba competition season kicked off with the Red River
Open Provincial Championships held Saturday November 19th at Daniel
MacIntyre Collegiate. This tournament was the first of 5 provincial
level events which when coupled with the season-long Winnipeg and
District Super League comprises the 2016-2017 Manitoba Competitions
Circuit with over $2,500 in cash and prizes. Results from the Circuit
are used to help select Manitoba’s teams for major events such as the
The “Pro-Open” Singles title again went
to Biruk Bekele. Biruk dominated this event last season and with
Matthew Lehmann playing in Austria and Terry Zhang absent (?)…who will
challenge…perhaps former Canadian Female #7 Rongge Zhang who
unfortunately had to work Saturday. Regardless, Biruk won the event
relatively easily over last season’s Junior Boy of the Year award
winner Yunyang Deng. Yunyang-also one of last year’s most improved
players-knocked out #2 seed Jeremy Tran in the quarter finals. The
other two semi-finalists were Alex Mendoza and Jeff Kitong who lead a
large contingent of players from the Winnipeg Filipino Ping Pong Group.
Mendoza topped over 40 years favorite Michal Rybak to capture the
Active 4 Life crown. Tran took a measure of revenge in knocking Deng
out of the Youth event and then won in straight sets over a fast
improving Gordon Chow. Phuong Nguyen proved to be the tournament’s top
female player placing in the Open and Youth events. Tina Liu was
playing injured and young Vy Tran and Anna Liu show great promise.
"Pro"-A Sgls: Biruk Bekele def. Yunyang Deng 7-11,11-8,11-4,11-2,11-4.
B Sgls: Jerzy Kusal def. Phuong Nguyen 10-12,11-9,6-11,11-7,11-7.
C Sgls: Tina Liu def. Thadeus Jimenez 18-16,8-11,11-9,11-6.
D Sgls: Trysten Dyce def. Paul Devitt (N.W.T.) 11-5,11-9,11-3.
Youth A Sgls: Jeremy Tran def. Gordon Chow 11-7,13-11,11-8.
Youth B Sgls: Vy Tran def. Devin Chong 11-5,11-8,11-7.
Cadet A Sgls: Ben Vu def. Sparsh Agrawal 11-8,11-7,11.9.
Cadet B Sgls: Julian Liu def. Anna Liu 11-9,8-11,11-6,7-11,11-9.
Active 4 Life >40 A Sgls: Alex Mendoza def. Michal Rybak 3-11,12-10,11-8,7-11,11-8.
Active 4 Life >40 B Sgls: Andrezj "Bob" Wiewiora def. Evelyn Aldaba 11-6,12-10,11-9.
A Doubles: B. Bekele/ M. Rybak def. Y.Y. Deng/ J. Tran 14-12,11-6,11-7.
B Doubles: D. Chong/ G. Chow def. Noel Cantada/ Marcos Sioson 0-11,11-7,11-7,10-12,12-10.
Ron Edwards Reporting
M.T.T.A. Annual General Meeting and 2015-2016
Season Awards Night
Wednesday November 2, 2016
Sport Manitoba Sport 4 Life Centre
Player or the Year: Michal Rybak
Last night, the Manitoba
Table Tennis Association held their 2016 A.G.M. and an awards recognition night
to honor our 2015-2016 season champions!
Unfortunately the nasty weather and construction kept a lot of members
away…indeed, City of Winnipeg Parking Ticket Predators were of more abundance
than members were with many members upset about receiving tickets when they
exited. The Sport 4 Life Centre will be
one of the show pieces for next summer’s Canada Games and 150th
Canadian birthday celebrations. The
construction mess is terrible and it is quit pathetic that the City are out
giving out so many tickets to the same bodies that will be needed to volunteer
to drive the Games in 2017. Shame on the
City and their insidious ticketing policies!
How do they expect to attract people to core areas like the Waterfront
& Exchange District with antics like this?
Manitoba Order of Sport
Excellence Awards: The following players who represented
Manitoba at the University of Winnipeg Canadian Championships this past summer all
receive this award certificate. They
will also all receive recognition from the Province of Manitoba. Congratulations to: Biruk Bekele, Terry “Tian” Zhang, Matthew
Lehmann, Phuong Nguyen, Jeremy Tran, Yunyang Deng, Jacie Liu, Naomi Tran, Tina
Liu, Vy Tran, Manuel Zaki, Victor Yu, Matthew Fossay, Devin Chong, Joyce Liu,
Gordon Chow, Kieran Buchberger, Sparsh Agrawal, Carol-Jean Wong, Anna Liu, Asha
& Ria Donnelly.
Order of Sport Excellence
Bronze & Silver Medal Winners: Veteran player Garry Eng won the highly
esteemed “Bronze Medal Award” for his
third place finish in the over 60 Year’s singles at the Nationals. Manitoba’s only Canadian Champion at the
event was Michal Rybak who received the “Silver Medal Award” for his Canadian
dominance in the over 50 years singles event.
Major Award Winners:
Junior Girl of the Year: Jacie Liu.
Junior Boy of the Year: Yunyang Deng.
Player of the Year: Michal Rybak.
Volunteer of the Year: Phuong Nguyen.
Liam Barclay Memorial Award
for Junior Sportsperson: Carol-Jean
Congratulations to all
winners. Coach Tronco will present awrds
at upcoming practices to those who were unable to attend.
M.T.T.A. 2016-2017 Season
The following officers were
elected last night:
Vice President-Osama Zaki.
Vice President-Greg Dzioba.
Well done everyone and Arvin
and I look forward to working with you all in order to develop our sport.
Ron Edwards Reporting
Manitoba's Newest International Umpire:
Royle Derbitsky has been an official for Manitoba Table Tennis
Association and Table Tennis Canada for fourteen years. Royle wrote
his Club Umpire exam in 2002 and subsequently obtained his Provincial
and National Umpire status. The International Umpire Exam is
administered every two years by the International Table Tennis
Federation. Royle wrote the IU exam on January 8, 2016 and passed. He
is now a fully certified ITTF International Umpire.
Congratulations and all the best in his new Umpire career.
Gregory Chan Reporting
MTTA Official Committee Chair
Saskatchewan Open Table Tennis Championships will be held on October 29
and 30 in Saskatoon. The entry form and tournament details can
be found here.
Louise Page Park
Former M.T.T.A. Executive
member and "SUPER-DUPER VOLUNTEER" Louise Page was recently honored by
having a park named after her in Transcona. Besides her 15 yearlong
involvement with the M.T.T.A. (Executive member, 1990 Western Canada
Summer Games, Manager 1991 Canada Winter Games Team, Protocol Officer
1999 Pan American Games, mother of players Susan and Stephan Page, wife
to player/ honorary Life Member Roger Page who still helps with our
bingo volunteer program) Louise was involved with multiple other
organizations...and I mean multiple! Louise always had a ton of energy
and this was reflected in her looking after our numerous players...Larry
B./ Glen M./ Kadar N.A./ Dave K./ Nuno T./ Boris R. etc...you all had
Louise on you guys keeping you under control (LOL) the
"good-old-days". Besides the strong-arm enforcer for our
Squads Program, Louise volunteered for: Transcona Memorial United
Church, Age & Opportunity Centre, Operation Christmas Child,
Manitoba Horticultural Association, Breast Cancer Fundraising, Transcona
Food Bank, Christmas Cheer Board, Transcona Garden Club, Transcona
Hi-Neighbour Festival, Feed My Lambs Street Mission, Rotary Club
International, Park Manor Personal Care Home. Well done Louise and our
continuing thanks to Roger for his continued help despite the horrible
MS. Appreciate it a ton!
Manitoba Table Tennis Annual General Meeting
The Manitoba Table
Tennis Annual General Meeting will be held at Sport Manitoba on
November 2, 2016 at 6pm. All the details can be found here.
2016-2017 Manitoba Table Tennis Season Start-Up
Hello all Manitoba Table Tennis players, in many towns
the table tennis season has begun, this coming week of September 19th,
it begins in Winnipeg. The M.T.T.A. have
been working through some challenges this late summer/ early fall period after
the hosting of a very successful Canadian Championships. A couple of our gyms are under repair/
construction so we have had to look for replacements. Also, Tomas Chromec, our Athlete Development
Director at the end of last season, replacing Ian Kent, accepted a new job in
his home country of the Czech Republic; refer to Tomas’s farewell post below.
Arvin Tronco, Athlete Development Director:
I am very pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Arvin
Tronco as our new Athlete Development Director.
Arvin brings many years of professional experience working as a coach in
the Philippines. In his position, Arvin will be working to
develop athletes from the entry level up through high performance with
particular emphasis on preparing our 3 boy/ 3 girl team* for the 2019 Canada
Winter Games. Another area of focus will
be on the development of coaches. If you
would like to help coach any of the following programs, please contact Arvin.
Youth & Adult Senior Team Tennis Lessons & Training:
The M.T.T.A. will again be running three levels of
programming for children and youth:
Junior Developmental (entry level to table tennis), Hopefull’s ( already
acquired basic skills) and Provincial Squads (Canada Winter Games) training
program. For many, these groups will be
in the gym at the same time and inter-mingling with players from the other
Saturdays Crescentwood Community Centre:
Junior Developmental program kicks off Saturday
September 24th from 9-10:30 am.
For the next 10 weeks - except Oct. 8-long weekend – until Dec. 3rd,
the program hours will be 9:30 – 11:30 am.
Sign-up is through the City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide (info on p. 21) 311 phone or online
Winnipeg.ca/leisureonline. Canada Winter
Games Coaches Arvin Tronce and Phuong Nguyen will be running this program. It is suitable for newcomers to table tennis
or younger players with limited experience.
The program will repeat in the winter, from Jan. 14 to March 18th.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Open Athlete Tryouts
for Junior Developmental, Hopefull’s and Squad Players:
Starting Tuesday September 20th, Thursday September 29th at Darwin
School (175 Darwin St.) and Wed. Nov. 2nd at Dufferin School (545
Alexander) there will be open tryouts for athletes of all ages and all
● 6- pm to 7:30 pm will be for children and youth who
are new to the game.
● 7:30-10 pm will be for advanced level juniors and
senior aged players who have already been part of our Hopefulls & Squads
● Friday nights, 6:30-9:30 pm, Daniel MacIntyre
Collegiate…open drop-in play for all advanced players until the Winnipeg Super
League kicks off on Nov. 7th…all Hopefulls & Squads should be
out and A4L players welcome to play as well.
Head Coach Arvin Tronco will be tracking attendances
and interest and after 3-4 weeks of practices, will formalize his training
groups. Each night we have 7-8 tables at
our disposal and will have at least 2 coaches on duty at all times! Fees will be similar to last season but may
be reduced in some cases; more information will follow.
This program we have run for years and is for players
of all ages who want to come out and play for fun. There is no formal coaching per se, however
the Club Coordinators we have are more than welcome to help players who ask for
skill development tips and drills. More
serious players often play matches and they count for player ratings and
ratings; “Club Individual League Program.”
Gyms & Nights:
● John Pritchard Jackson Gym, (1490 Henderson Hwy),
6:30 – 10 pm, starts Tuesday October 4th and will run every Tuesday
(excepting cancellations that are already posted on MTTA calendar) until May 30th.
● Dufferin Public School (545 Alexander) will feature
Monday and Thursday A4L play from 6:30-10 pm starting Thurs. Nov. 3 and Mon.
Nov. 7. Practices will run through to
June 19 & 22.
● Daniel MacIntyre Collegiate, Friday nights 6:30-9:30 pm
commencing Friday September 23rd… all A4L players are free to play
until the Winnipeg & District Super League kicks off on Nov. 7th.
● Tuesday & Thursday nights at Darwin from 7:30 –
10 pm…all Active 4 Life players are free to come out and knock until Coach
Tronco and the M.T.T.A. have finalized the training groups…so basically the
month of October A4L can come and knock until Dufferin opens up.
fees will be reduced slightly this year to compensate for the facility
We still are in need of a couple people to
oversee these clubs on a regular basis.
If interested, please contact Ron at 925-5690.
& District Super League:
Play will occur Friday nights at Daniel MacIntyre
Collegiate 6:30-9:30 commencing in November.
To start, Head Coach Arvin Tronco will be overseeing the running of the
league. The league will again be
individual in nature designed for players of all ages and all ability
levels. Players move up and down
divisions and statistics are kept.
Participation is expected from our high level players hoping to
represent Manitoba on the inter-provincial scene. More information will be provided moving
The team tournament will be dropped for this year due
to lack of entries last year plus due to the later start this season. We intend to increase our events next season
with hopefully one out-of-town Circuit event added; Morden or Winkler.
All 5 Circuit events will be held at Daniel MacIntyre
Collegiate this season. The tournaments
feature events for all ages and abilities with players advancing from the first
round-robin in events into final round-robins based on ability…don’t be scared
to play tournaments…they are for everyone.
Players living in Winnipeg hoping to represent Manitoba at the
inter-provincial level, must play in the Circuit tournaments. More information will follow.
● Sat. Nov. 19th, Red River Open
● Sat. Dec. 10th, Manitoba Closed
● Sat. Feb. 4th, Golden Boy Open
● Sat. & Sun. March 11 & 12, Manitoba Open
● Sat. April 8th, Tournament Of Champions.
The M.T.T.A. are always looking for new coaches and
umpires and referees.
Persons wanting to help umpire at our tournaments and league can start off by taking their Club
Umpire Seminar & Exam that is free and can be accessed on the Officials Page. Once they have done this, one of our many
fine National and International Level umpires will take you under their wing
and help train you a the competitions we host…once you have attained your
Provincial (Level 2 status) you are eligible to be selected for events such as
the Canadian Championships and Canada Winter Games.
The MTTA are always looking for person to get involved
as coaches. We hope to offer 1-2
training courses later this season plus Head Coach Arvin Tronco will be working
with volunteer coaches on a regular basis at the above programs. Now is the time to get involved!
Respect In Sport: This free, online program is mandatory for
all coaches in Manitoba. It has recently
been reworked and all coaches who took the course prior to 5 years ago, MUST
REDO the course. You can link from here.
General Meeting of Members & 2015-2016 Season Awards:
Our yearly AGM and awards will be held at the Sport 4
Life Centre, 145 pacific Avenue, on Wednesday November 2nd
commencing at 6pm. Full details will be
mailed out shortly.
and good luck to Matthew Lehmann who is playing this season in
Austria for the Froschberg Club (TTCAN Article). Matthew started out his table tennis career
over ten years ago with Coach Andy Bachmann playing out of Winakwa and in the
last couple seasons is threatening to make Canada’s Senior Men’s team with a 10th
place finish in Canada’s Rio qualifier…remember Matthew, “Get to 11 First!”
ANY AND ALL
QUESTIONS…PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT RON @ 92505690 OR ARVIN @ 925-5943.
regularly updated with information on all programs…and we welcome articles by
all players for posting! The Calendar of
Events at the top is updated constantly for all known gym cancellations.
Yours in Manitoba Table Tennis,
Ron Edwards & Arvin Tronco
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