Playing competitively

There are a number of opportunities for all players to play some form of competitive matches which are detailed below. All competitions are open to both adult and junior players. If you wish to take part in any of these events, please contact David Gough, our Club Captain.

Bury St. Edmunds League

Stowmarket Table Tennis Club has entered five teams in the Bury St. Edmunds District Table Tennis League – one team in Div. 1, three teams in Div. 2 and one team in Div. 3. 
There is no official limit to the number of players in each team but they tend to have between five and eight – enough for each player to play a number of matches but enough to cover for absences for whatever reason.

In Divisions 1 & 2, three players play each game. Each player plays each of the opponents and two of each team play a doubles game, making 10 games in all.

In a Division 3 match, there are only two players on each side; there are therefore only 5 games overall.

In a season, each team plays every other team in their division 3 times. Therefore, against some teams you will play twice at home and once away and, against other teams, the reverse will be true. Overall each team will play the same number of home and away matches.

You can see details of Fixtures, Results, Player averages and Standings at the Bury St. Edmunds League website.
[TTE are developing a new website, not yet online, which will be used by the League – watch this space].

Teams for 2018-19

DIVISION12223 (Two-Player)
TEAMPUMASJAGUARSLEOPARDSTIGERSLYNX
CAPTAINDavid GoughAndy BennettIan BridgemanAndrew OakleyDavid Healy
PLAYERSDavid Gough
Nigel Howe
Luke Davies-Stokes
Jack Samson
Chris Smith
Martin Chamberlain
Scott Day
Andy Bennett
Mark Beaumont
Ray Perry
David Rickett
Joe Kulesa
Joe Kulesa Jnr
Adrian Copping
Ian Bridgeman
Keith George
Marcus Hammond
Lewis Hammond
Carol Clarke
Mel Reddit
Andrew Oakley
Tony Giddens
David Aldous
Richard Stokes
Nick Samson
Mark Hyde
Jamie Hyde
David Healy
M Patel
Ian Nathan

Other competitions

Bury League tournament

Each year, there is a one-day tournament for players who have taken part in the league. There are a number of events, including a Handicap event, various doubles events, junior events, an event for over 50s. events for girls and women etc. This is another fun, but competitive, event.

Bury League Handicap Trophy

This includes two events: 

  • The Bury Free Press Shield
  • The Saffron Shield

Teams who do not progress past Round 2 of the Bury Free Press Shield are automatically entered into the Saffron Shield.
These tournaments are both Handicap events – each player’s handicap is calculated from a review of their results in the respective Divisions.

Stowmarket Results in the Handicap Shields.

2015 – Tigers were runners-up in the Saffron Shield
2014 – Leopards won the Bury Free Press Shield, beating beat Pumas in the final
2013 – Pumas were runners-up in the Bury Free Press Shield
2012 – Leopards were runners-up in the Saffron Shield

Bury League Knockout Cup

Since the 2016-17 season, there has been an additional knockout cup (not handicap) between all Division 1 and Division 2 teams.

The Pumas were runners-up in 2017-18.

Club tournament

Each year, the club holds its own tournament, divided into sections. The finals are intended to be a social as well as a competitive event. Even if you don’t play competitively in the league, you should consider entering the club tournament which can be a bit of fun with no real pressure.

Other leagues.

Although we do not enter any teams in other leagues, a number of our members participate in other leagues, especially the Ipswich League.

You can see a list of other local leagues on the Table Tennis England (TTE) website here.

Junior Competitions

Details of our teams in the National Junior League, National Cadet League and the Suffolk & Cambs Border League can be found in the Junior section