News

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Thanksgiving Information: There will be no play on Thanksgiving day, but we have organized an extra session from 2-4 pm on Friday November 24th. Come along and work off some of that turkey!!

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Table Tennis for Kids to resume: The table tennis for kids program run in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club will resume on October 3rd. Kids play will be Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:45-6:15 and Saturdays 1:30-2:30. All sessions are free. Equipment and coaching is provided. To participate on Tuesdays and Thursdays a $40 annual Boys & Girls Club membership is required. Advance sign up is recommended by calling the Boys & Girls Club  at (541) 345-9939.

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Dr Scott does it again! 
As promised Dr Timothy Scott ran a second fundraiser for us in August. Excellent hor’s d’oeuvres were cooked and served by chef Gordon Ellis accompanied by Tim’s generously proved fine whisky and cigars. The event raised a further $1,000 plus for our “Table Tennis for Kids” program. We sincerely thank all participants for their extraordinary generosity.

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Fundraiser a Great Success 
The fundraiser run for us by Dr Timothy Scott on May 6th was a great success. Everyone enjoyed Tim’s generous provision of fine whisky and cigars. The event raised over $1,000 for our “Table Tennis for Kids” program. We sincerely thank all participants for their extraordinary generosity.

Dr. Scott has kindly offered to run a second fundraiser for our program in August. Watch the space for more news!

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Changes to our Schedule

  1. Due to the Boys & Girls Club needing to prepare for their annual fund raising breakfast we shall be setting up only 4 tables in the gym tonight – Thursday April 13th. Two further tables will be available for play in the multi-purpose room.

2. There will be no play on Tuesday April 18th since the gym is unavailable.

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Upcoming Fundraiser
Dr Timothy Scott is organizing a whisky and cigars fundraiser to benefit our kids table tennis section on May 6th. Tim is providing the location and donating fine whisky and cigars for the event. We greatly appreciate his generosity.

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The Clinic with Stellan and Angie


Stellan and Angie critiquing our play

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Stellan and Angie Bengtsson to return to The Eugene Table Tennis Club
on Monday April 3rd.

Following a very successful and enjoyable visit last year Stellan Bengtsson (past World Singles Champion) and his wife Angie (10 US National Championships) will be visiting us on Monday April 3rd. The Bengtssons will offer coaching to our Boys & Girls club kids in the afternoon then provide a 90 minute clinic for our members from 6-7:30 in the evening. We request a $20 drop-in fee for the members clinic to help defray the cost of the Bentgssons’ visit.

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Kids Table Tennis a Development: The Boys & Girls club have kindly made their facilities available to us on Saturdays to offer free table tennis to any kids that want to play. We shall provide all necessary equipment and free coaching for anyone that wants it. Details of times etc will be provided shortly.

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Farewell to Tim: Timoteo LeBreque who has been great supporter of the club will be playing with us for the last time in the foreseeable future on December 22nd. He then returns to his native Michigan. We plan on taking Tim out for a drink and bite to eat after play that evening. Please plan on joining us.

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Christmas Singles Round Robin December 17th: Our next round robin will be singles on December 17th. Either email your entry to a board member or show up punctually at 1.30pm to play.

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Singles Round Robin June 18th: Our next round robin will be singles on June 18th. Either email your entry to a board member or show up punctually at 1.30pm to play.

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Stellan and Angie Bengtsson at The Eugene Table Tennis Club

Stellan Bengtsson (past World Singles Champion) and his wife Angie (10 US National Championships) were our guests on Thursday March 24th. This was a great visit, Stellan and Angie circulated the room, watched our players in action, then gave them advice and some coaching. There was also a singles demonstration match between Aron Zhang (U of  O #1) and Micheal Groom (OSU #1), Michael outlasted Aron to win in five games after weathering a furious assault by Aron in the first two. Both players demonstrated great sportsmanship and played some spectacular points. The combatants, the coaches, and some club members met after play at High Street Cafe to eat, drink, and discuss the days events. We hope and believe Stellan and Angie will visit us again soon. Their return is not to be missed, ideally we will persuade them to give us some kind of multi-day clinic next time.

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New Venue, Days, and Times: The Eugene Table Tennis Club has moved to our new home, the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald. Our sessions are Tuesdays 6.30-8.30, Thursdays 6.30-8.30, and Saturdays 1.30-3.30. For details of our new venue and how to get there click on the Location tab above.

The Boys and Girls Club have been very welcoming to us, and there is a plan that after a settling in period we will run a table tennis program for them. This is an exciting opportunity to introduce some new young players to the game. We hope everyone will pitch in and help coach.

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Christmas Play: The club will not meet on Christmas Eve or New Years Eve, Dec. 24th and 31st. Happy Christmas to all our players!

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Clinic with Stellan and Angie Bengtsson: World 1971 singles champion Stellan and his wife Angie, 10 times US champion, have agreed to hold a clinic at the ETTC in March of 2016. Details to follow.
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First Summer Barbecue: Our first summer barbecue was a big success. Many thanks to all who contributed to the event. Special thanks to Gordon Ellis for cooking the ribs. “Better than on Beale street” said President Vincent!
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Improved Lighting: We have just improved the lighting in the gym by covering the windows with partially transparent material. The improvement in terms of ball visibility is striking (no pun intended).

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Sponsorship Deal: We have just agreed with XuShaofa Sports that we will be using their seamless 3-star poly ball in all our official club competitions.

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Video coaching available. Upon request Grant Brown will video and analyze your play. He charges $15 for 30 minutes of this service and donates the proceeds to the club. Thanks Grant!

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March Kids Clinics. Following the success of our first adult clinics we held Kids Clinics on March 14th, 21st, 28th and April 4th photos of this event may be found at Kids Play.

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Clinic with past World Champion Stellan Bengtsson Our president Ron Vincent spent 5 days last week at the Salem table tennis clinic run by Stellan Bengtsson and his wife Angie (who holds 10 US titles!). Stellan and Angie have agreed in principle to give a clinic at the Eugene Table Tennis Club next year. Here’s a picture of Ron (center) with Stellan and Angie

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Poly Balls: Ron Vincent has acquired for us two dozen 40+ Nittaku 3-star Premium poly balls. Come and try them out. These things are currently rarer than diamonds!

We now have a selection of different types of poly balls available at the club for you to try. Several of our club members prefer the Xushaofa and Palio seamless balls.

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