Adamson & Caffrey Strike Gold At Six Nations
The sixth annual Veterans Six Nations Championships took place in Largs Scotland last weekend. The Irish Veterans teams performed admirally in the different grades in both Team and Individual competition. The 40+ Team of Karim Sabir, Tommy Caffrey, Dave Pemberton, Peter Clarke, Teresa Devaney, Jenny Harrison and Carmel Lokko took silver behind a very strong English Team.

In the 50+ Category the team of Norman Nabney, Oliver Adamson, Roy Coard and Margerie McNeill took the bronze medal behind England and Scotland. The 60+ Team of Ted Maheffy, Usher Watson, Roy Copse and Dorothy Taylor also took silver behind England.

In the Individual Events Irish players took their greatest number of medals to date. In the Ladies 50+ Individual Competition Teresa Devaney took the silver medal. In the Ladies 50+ Doubles, the tema of Teresa Devaney and Margorie McNeill also took the silver medal again behind England.

The Mens 60+ Doubles who were defending their crown had to be content this time with the silver medal again, against a very strong English team. In the Mens 50+ Doubles the Irish finally achieved the gold their play highly deserved. The team of Tommy Caffrey and Oliver Adamson, playing together for the first time since winning the Irish Close Championship 30 years ago in 1972, overcame some very strong team combinations to take the honours. The Irish duo defeated the Welsh number one pair in the Semi-finals to set up a final against the Scottish number one pairing who had defeated the highly fancied English favourites in the other Semi-final. Rolling back the years the Irish duo played outstanding Table Tennis to defeat the Scottish pairing in five tension filed sets. Caffrey using all his experience to set up Adamson's attacking shots on both forehand and backhand to finallly win the day.

Connaught takes the major prize in the National Table Tennis Championships at the IWA Dublin on Saturday 26th January 2002.
A large entry contributed to a great days table tennis culminating in some very exciting Semi-finals and Finals. In the men?s 40+ category Karim Sabir the Connaught Interprovincial from Athlone had to be at his very best to overcome Peter Clarke (Belfast) in the quarter final, Jeremy Lappin (Fermanagh), conqueror of Tommy Caffrey, in the semi-final and in the final David Pemberton (Dublin) 10, 9, -5, 8

Surprise package of the 40+ was Terry Dolan (Galway) who went out in the semi-finals to Dave Pemberton in five very exciting and tense sets. In the men's 50+ Tommy Caffrey (Balbriggan) had to call on all his vast experience to overcome Pat O'Brien (Dublin) in the semi-final and Norman Nabney (Belfast) in the final, 7, 5, 9

The men?s 60+ was a straight fight between Ted Maheffy and Usher Watson (both Belfast) who were only separated by the very minimum in a very exciting final, Ted winning, 8, -8, -9, 8, 9

In the ladies 40+ after a round robin Teresa Deveney (Dublin) beat Marjorie McNeill (Dublin) in an excellent final - beaten semi-finalists were Jenny Harrison (England) and Carmel Lokko (Dublin). The ladies 50+ was won by Marjorie McNeill beating Pauline Fitzsimons (Dublin) in the final.

The men's doubles event produced some of the best table tennis of the day. The number one seeds, Robinson/Clarke went out in the semi-final to Pemberton/O'Brien who were the number four seeds. In the other half of the draw the unseeded pair of Dolan/Adamson came from nowhere to defeat the number three seeds Caffrey/Nabney in the quarter-final and their Connaught colleagues and number two seeds Sabir/Burke in the semi-finals. The final was a tense affair with both pairs playing some great table tennis. In the end the unseeded pair of Dolan/Adamson triumphed in five sets, 4, -8, 9, -6, 6

The ladies played a round robin with Jenny Harrison/Marjorie McNeill beating Teresa Deveney/Vivienne Barry in the final.

British Veterans League
On the previous weekend 19th/20th January 2002 the second and final weekend of the British Veterans League took place in Widnas in England. The Irish men's team "SHAMROCKS" comprising of Tommy Caffrey, Karim Sabir and Kieran Burke bettered their first round results by winning three games and losing two, to finish in third position in Division 1.

Results: Caffrey 7/10 Sabir 5/10 Burke 5/10

The ladies team "COLLEENS" had one of those weekends they would wish to forget about losing all their 5 matches and being relegated to the First Division from the Premier Division.

British Veterans League
The last 2 weeks have been very busy times for the I.V.T.T.S. On weekend 17/18th Nov. the Irish Veterans Society had 2 teams away playing in the British Veterans League. This was the first of 2 weekends, the second will take place on the weekend of 19/20th Jan 2002. The mens team the Shamrocks competing in the 1st Division won 2 drew 1 lost 2. This result leaves the team in mid division with every reason to expect retention of First Division status.
Individual Results: T Caffrey 6-10 K Burke 6-10 K Sabier 3-10

The Ladies team the Colleens also performed very well achieving the same results as the mens team. Won 2 Drew 1 Lost 2 which again leaves the girls in a very strong position to retain their Premiership Status.
Individual Results T Devaney 7-10 M Mc Neill 2-10 C Wann 4-10.

Last weekend saw a return to Tournament action with the Ulster Veterans Open taking place in the Glenburn Methodist Centre Belfast.Alarge turn out resulted in some of the best Table Tennis seen this year in Veterans events.

Mens 40+ Semi Finals Dave Pemberton bt Tommy Caffrey
Karim Sabier bt Jimmy Robinson
Final Sabir bt Pemberton

Ladies 40+ Winner Teresa Devaney
R/U Jenny Harrison

Mens 50+ Semi Finals Tommy Caffrey bt Roy Coard
Roy Copes bt Norman Nabney

Final Caffrey bt Copes

Ladies 50+ Winner Marjorie Mc Neill
R/U Margerat Cleary

Mens 60+ Semi Final Roy Copes bt C Mc Keegan
Ussher Watson bt Ted Mahaffy

Final Copes bt Watson

Mens Doubles Winners Tonny Caffrey & Norman Nabney
R/U Karim Sabir & Syd Beasant

Ladies Doubles Winners Vivienne Barry & Tesesa Devaney
R/U J Harrison & P O Sullivan

Mixed Doubles Winners N Nabney & T Devaney

Munster Veterans, Waterford.
+40 Mens: Tommy Caffrey bt David Pemberton
+50: Tommy Caffrey bt Ted Mahafy
+60: Ted Mahafy bt Usher Watson
+40 Womens: Theresa Delvaney bt Margery McNeill
+50: Maregery McNeill bt Vivienne Barry
Graded: Theresa Delvaney bt Philip Shaw
Mens Doubles: Kieran Burke/Usher Watson bt Ted Mahafy/Max McNeill
Ladies Doubles: Theresa Delvaney/Vivienne Barry bt Margery McNeill/Carmel Lokko.

National Veterans Championships
Ladies Over40 Final - C. Wann beat T. Devaney 21/17,22/20
Ladies Over50 Final - M.McNeill beat E. Kelly 21/7, 21/12
Mens Over40 Final - T. Caffrey beat N. Lovie 21/13,21/19
Mens Over50 Final - T. Caffrey beat N. Nabney 21/14,21/13
Mens Over60 Final - R. Copes walkover U. Watson(injured)
Mens Doubles Final- N. Lovie/D. Pemberton beat R. Copes/P. Shaw 21/16,21/11
Ladies Doubles Final- C. Wann/M. McNeill beat T. Devaney/V. Barry 21/10,21/13

Home Countries Veterans, ALSAA, Dublin, Ireland
16-17 September
Over 40 Team
Gold: England
Silver: Scotland
Bronze: Ireland
4th: Wales
5th: Isle Of Man
Over 50 Team
Gold: England
Silver: Ireland
Bronze: Scotland
4th: Wales
5th: Isle Of Man
Over 60 Team
Gold: England
Silver: Wales
Bronze: Ireland A
4th: Ireland B
5th: Scotland

Men Over 40: Winner Richard Yule (SCO) R/U Brian Johns (ENG)
Men Over 50: Dave Harvey (ENG) R/U: Eddie Herrity (SCO)
Men Over 60: Ray Dixon (ENG) R/U: Henry Buist (ENG)
Women Over 40: Jan Dumming (ENG) R/U: Teresa Devaney (IRL)
Women Over 50/60 Doreen Scofield (ENG) R/U: Sandra Tyler (ENG)

Men Over 40: Brian Johns/Mike Johns ENG R/u: R.Yule/C.Gerrand SCO
Men Over 50: Dave Harvey/Ray Dixon ENG R/U: O.Adamson/R.Coapes IRL
Men Over 60: Brian Allison/Henry Buist ENG R/U: George Evans/Roy Fowler WAL
Women Over 40 Jan Dumming/Sandra Ryder ENG, R/U: L.Simpson ENG/K.Johnson WAL

Fenerbahçe Veteran Table Tennis Club
An open letter to
Dear Sir,
We are "Fenerbahçe Veteran Table Tennis Club".
Although we established in 1999, we have 150 members. Most of the members are playing table tennis.
Our association aims is; To build good friendships with other Veteran Table Tennis Clubs, all over the world.
We are going to organize a tournament in Istanbul on 5th october-8th october in Istanbul.We are aware that there is a short time. In next we are planning two international tournament in Istanbul and in Antalya.
We invite you and we will pay some persons all expenses in Turkey for only this tournament.
Please visit our pages for details and please contact me.
Date : 5-8 October 2000
Place : Istanbul
Entry Fee : Free
40-50 : Men & Women
50-60 : Men & Women
60+ : Men & Women
Tournament is planned as singles only due to limited days. If number of participants is low, doubles will also be considered.
ACCOMODATION (Per day) in Harem Otel (*** on a hill overlooking the Bosphorus).
Full Board : 26 US$
Half Board : 20 US$
Single Room : 10 US$ extra
E-Mail :
Fax : (90 216) 3483060
Please contact before 1st October 2000.

The selections for the Home Countries Veterans Championships 16-17 September 2000:
Over 40
Over 50
Over 60

If you have any queries on this please contact Mr.Tony Martin 01-8421679