Thornton’s will be attending the Stiga Blackpool Junior 2* Open Sunday 20th December

Seasons greeting from all of us at Thornton’s Table Tennis. Good News we will be attending the Stiga Blackpool Junior 2* Open on Sunday 20th December at the Palatine Leisure centre in Blackpool.

We will be there from 9pm and trading all day. We will have all of our seasonal offers on sale so this is a great opportunity to get your last minute Christmas gifts and other table tennis requisites including ready to play bats, blades and rubbers, along with training shoes, textiles and all other accessories.Here is the address:

Palatine Leisure Centre

207 St. Annes Road





Tournament info:

Age group(s): Cadet, Junior,

Competition Navigation

1. Playing Conditions – Play throughout will be on 12 Butterfly tables with Butterfly Nets & Posts; STIGA 3 Star 40+ Balls (white); Individual courts size 9.25m x 4.5m enclosed by
surrounds; Strip Timber semi sprung floor; Height of playing area 8m; Fluorescent (white) lighting at a minimum height of 8m. Scoring machines will be used for all matches.

2. Entry Forms – Further copies of this entry form are available from and should be returned to the Tournament Organiser: Brian Jackson, 5 Alisan Road, Carleton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancs,
FY6 7QF. Tel: (m) 07973 851407 (5-9pm only) E-mail: or from the Table Tennis England website: no later than Saturday 5 th December 2015.

3. Refreshments – Light refreshments and drinks will be available.

4. Changing – The venue offers full changing and shower facilities.

5. Car Parking – Free car parking (at owners risk) is available at the venue.

6. Draw – The draw will take place on Tuesday 8 th December 2015, 7pm at 5 Alisan Road, Carleton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancs.

7. Entries – If it becomes necessary to RESTRICT ENTRIES this will be done on a last received, first out basis. No refunds of entry fees will be made after the date of the draw.

8. Admission – There will be no charge for admission.

9. Doping – Doping control tests may take place.

10. Practice – There are no separate practice facilities. Competitors will be permitted to practise on tables not in use at the discretion of the Referee.

11. Ranking Scheme – Match results will be submitted for inclusion in the Table Tennis England Computer Ranking Scheme.

12. Notification – Entrants will be notified of the time of their first match on the day.

13. Prizes – Trophies or medals will be awarded to the winner and runner up in each category.

14. Accommodation – Details of accommodation will be sent out with notification if requested.

15. The organising committee reserves the right to alter the above dramatically if necessary.

16. P.A. System – All matches will be announced on the P.A. System. Players must not leave the centre without permission of the referee.

STIGA player Emily Bolton wins triple at the at South Shields Grand Prix

Congratulations to STIGA player Emily Bolton who won triple at the at South Shields Grand Prix at the weekend taking the Womans Band 1, Womans Band 2 and the Under 21’s. Emily also was a contender in the main event making the semi’s in the main event.
This girl was certainly on fire. Well done…truly awesome 🙂
Women’s Band 1
Emily Bolton emerged triumphant in Women’s Band 1 and remained unbeaten throughout an excellent campaign on Saturday at the South Shields Grand Prix.
The Cumbrian had earlier won band 2 and backed up her fine morning efforts with five more composed performances. Victories over Zoe Cheesman, Isobel Ashley, Rachel Baker, Lynda Flaws and Emma Tovey sealed the win.
Tovey, in particular, had reason to be frustrated by Bolton’s form as she finished runner-up in band 1, having also finished behind the England junior in the morning band 2.
The pair were equal on four wins apiece heading into the final fixture, but just like earlier, Bolton emerged victorious, this time in four ends 3-1 (11-5, 11-7, 13-15, 11-8).
Women’s Band 2
Emily Bolton extended her lead at the top of the Women’s Band 2 points standings this season with another title at South Shields.
Following her victory at Aldershot and second-placed finish in Bristol, Bolton won all five of her fixtures in the round robin event to boost her points balance in the race for the overall title.
Second placed Emma Tovey matched her stride-for-stride on Saturday morning, including a tight 3-2 (11-9, 7-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6) win over Beth Farnworth, but when the pair met in the final fixture, Bolton was commanding en route to a 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-9) victory.
Women’s Singles
Just like Howieson, Kelly Sibley also ran riot at South Shields – the England international dropping just a solitary game in six matches to clinch her first Grand Prix success of the season.
On the other side of the draw, Saturday’s band 1 and 2 winner Emily Bolton won her group on countback and beat Isobel Ashley 3-0 to reach the semi-finals.
Karina Le Fevre, having recovered sufficiently from her shock defeat to Lynda Flaws to win group 2, met Bolton in the last four and finally ended her campaign 3-1 (11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8).
Report by Russell Moore ETTA
What a weekend for Emily Bolton 🙂
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Bristol Grand Prix – Player of the Weekend STIGA player Callum Evans

Bristol Grand Prix – Player of the Weekend STIGA player Callum Evans.
Awesome achievements this weekend by STIGA Player Callum Evans who was awarded the Player of the Weekend after some fantastic play. Callum Evans was the winner of the Men’s Under 21 Singles and Men’s Band 2 Singles, and Runner-up of the Men’s Band 1 Singles.
 (Photo by Chris Rayner)

Callum Evans wins the Under 21’s title at the Bristol Grand Prix

Bristol Grand Prix Under 21 Singles

Congratulations to STIGA player Callum Evans who took the U21’s title after beating STIGA player Danny Lawrence.

Two well-known names and successful players during this weekend in Bristol, fought for a second time in the search for victory, only this time it ended with different results. Winner of Men’s Band 2, and finalist of Men’s Band 1; Callum Evans took his revenge defeating winner of Band 1 Danny Lawrence, 3-1.

In the semi-finals, Evans left another known rival for him behind. He beat Callum Morrison 11-9, 13-11,12-10, 9-11, 11-6. Previously, Evans also prived Joshua Dye and Carl Baldry from passing the rounds.

Lawrence made his way through the draw beating Matthew Daish, Olly Tyndall and Danish player Esben Larsen, all with the 3-0 score line that assured him a place in the final.   (Photo by Chris Rayner)

Danny Lawrence wins the Men’s Band 1 at the Bristol Grand Prix

Bristol Grand Prix Men’s Band 1

Congratulations to STIGA player Danny Lawrence who took the prize money home after winning the Men’s Band 1 final against Men’s Band 2 champion, STIGA player Callum Evans who did not give in and fought through the match becoming a tough opponent, but not managing to win any of the three sets.

Lawrence also passed the semi-final stage with a 3-0 score line over Dominic Sussex. A 3-1 score for him in the quarter-final, followed his winning streak that began when he became winner of group one.

Not so lucky as in the previous band, Callum Evans assured himself a place in the final winning 3-0 against Niall Cameron in the semi-final. Callum also won all three sets in the previous round battling past the winner of group three, Ryan Fellows. To reach that stage, Evans had taken the lead in group 5 and then another clear victory 11-6, 11-4, 11-2, his opponent in the quarter-final, Rajan Waterman.

(Photo by Chris Rayner)

Callum Evans wins the Men’s Band 2 at Bristol Grand Prix

Bristol Grand Prix Men’s Band 2
Congratulations to STIGA player Callum Evans who was crowned the Men’s Band 2 champion after beating Calum Morrison in an intense match that ended when Evans won the fourth set of the final.
Evans started as he meant to go on; leaving runner-up of his group, Bradley Tuttle, behind after a clear 3-1 result. When the quarter-finals arrived, the number one England Cadet boy, Ethan Walsh lost against the Welsh champion 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7. The unstoppable band winner, Evans, sailed through his semi-final wining 3-0 against Zoltan Hosszu.
On the other side of the draw, Calum Morrison scraped past Dean Cundy to then meet Esben Larsen of Denmark and made his way to the semi-final having had won 3-1. Richard Carden then lost to Morrison 7-11, 7- 11, 11-9, 10-12.
 (Photo by Chris Rayner)

Kate Roberts wins the Women’s Band 3 at Bristol Grand Prix

Bristol Grand Prix Women’s Band 3
Congratulations to STIGA player Kate Roberts who won the Women’s Band 3 against STIGA player Naomi Jackson who had taken her place in the final after beating Sally Hughes 12-10, 11-7, 12-10. Previously Jackson became winner of group one and also passed Silvia Trenti in the quarter-final.
Winner of the band, Kate Roberts, won her semi-final 3-1 having beaten Holly Williams in a tight five set affair one round prior.
 (Photo by Chris Rayner)

Peter Smallcombe wins a treble at the Cramlington Junior 2 Star

Congratulations to newly STIGA sponsored Peter Smallcombe who cleaned up at the Cramlington Junior 2 Star this weekend winning the under 13’s, the under 15’s and the Junior treble without losing an end.

Peter plays with a Stiga Emerald blade with Calbra LT spin rubbers and is coached by Dave Godbold.

Stiga player Callum Evans wins the Junior Boys at the 4* Stockton

Congratulations to Stiga player Callum Evans who won the Junior Boys at the 4* Stockton at the weekend also to Stiga player Billy Forster who came runner up. The photo is of them receiving their prize. Great job lads:)

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Callum Evans’ closest match was against Joe Clark, who came through to the semi-final after the withdrawal of Tom Jarvis. Evans won this by 11-3 in the decider after Clark had done well to take the match the distance. In the final, Evans defeated Clark’s Northfield team-mate Billy Forster in straight games.
Third seeded Forster came through his semi with straight games to win over Alec Ward.

Chris Rayner. Photographer

Emily Bolton wins the Junior Girls at the 4* Stockton

Congratulations to Stiga player Emily Bolton who won the Junior Girls at the 4* Stockton and Charlotte Bardsley who came runner up at the weekend. The photos are of the two girls receiving their prize. Brilliant:)

Charlotte Barnsley and Emily Bolton Oct 15

Emily Bolton’s toughest match was in the semi, where she beat the second seed Denise Payet. Payet came through in the same half of the draw after losing one match in her qualification group to the Cleveland player Katie Barlow from the Swerve Club. Bolton beat Payet in a hard fought match at 11-7 in the decider.

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The Junior Girls’ team event was also won by Grantham College, who beat Scotland 3-1 in the final. Emily Bolton won both her matches and combined with Soffi Jenkins to win the doubles.

Chris Rayner. Photographer