23 March 2023 – Murrayfield X – Away
Murrayfield X won 6:4
Another hard fought match against a strong team. Some close sets that reflected individual improvement across our squad over the season. Congratulations to Ian on maintaining his 100% winning record.
(Match report – IL)
15 March 2023 – Corstorphine IV – Home
Corstorphine IV won 3:7
This was always going to be a tough match against the league leaders. A good ties for the spectator with all our players, John Krish and Tom fighting well across all matches. Congratulations to John for his hatrick of wins,
(Match report – JK from input of IL, JO and DL)
08 March 2023 – Friendly Matches with Dunbar TTC and North Berwick TTC
Gullane Blues beat Dunbar to win the final.
North Berwick beat Gullane Reds to win the play-off finals.
We hosted teams from both Dunbar and North Berwick in a mini competition played againts two Gullane Teams: Gullane Blues – Ian Ladbrooke (C), Andy Mathieson and Peter Elderfield and Gullane Reds – David Livingstone (C), Tom Pittcairn and Alan Dunn. Dunbar was represented by Aaron, Veronika and Kevin and the North Berwick team was Colin, Chris and Mark. Gullane Blues beat North Berwick to meet Dunbar in the final. Dunbar having beaten Gullane Reds in the first round.
An enjoyable evening of friendly competition with our neighbouring clubs.
Photo shows all the teams.
(Match report – JK)
08 March – Ian Ladbrooke – top ranked league player
Congratulations to Ian for leading the Edinburgh and Lothian League Div 4 Players table. A 100% unbeaten record – outstanding!
07 March 2023 – Haddington 7th – Away
Haddington 7th 2 – 8 Gullane.
Nice local derby match , we came out comfortable winners, as we got to 6-0 suggested Andrew and Krish play doubles which they won comfortably . Well done guys , you both played really well.
(Match report – IL)
01 March 2023 – W.Lothian V – Home
Gullane 6 v West Lothian 4.
A tremendous win tonight against one of the best teams in the league who have two of the best players in the league in Martin and Mei.
The averages don’t show it alas but we also have two of the league’s best players in Ian and John who contributed all our points over many hard fought games.
Many thanks to everyone who stayed on to watch and cheer us on and again thanks to those who gave up their places.
An overall team/club effort.
(Match report – DL)
23 February 2023 – Penicuik V – Away
Pencuik 5 v Gullane 5.
No surprise there then as the treble chance draw specialists kept up their record.
Hard fought and competitive to say the least with Ian fighting back from a nasty fall to win a crucial singles match after a significant recovery delay.
The rest of the singles matches were nip and tuck with Pete fighting hard and Ian keeping up his 100% record and David pitched in with 2 good results.
Unfortunately the doubles match slipped away from us but a fair overall result in the end and we all stayed friends.
(Match report – DL)
08 February 2023 – Edinburgh International – Home
Notwithstanding the fact that the opposition were one player short due to illness this was a very solid win 7:3.
John set us up with an outstanding hard fought win against the highly ranked Joss who is 6th in the Division IV players table.
A few more singles win and a good doubles performance gave us a deserved victory and John was given Man of the Match by the opposition.
The verdict of the Gullane jury though was that Tom was our man of the match for matching up so well against both opposing players and playing his best games of the season.
(Match report – DL)
3rd February 2023 – vs Murrayfield XI Away
We lost 1:9 to a strong team where our experience was rather trumped by youth as two of the Murrayfield players were 11 and 12 years old.
No complaints as we were well beaten on the night and just avoided a whitewash when I managed to sneak home 2:3 in the final singles.
We all fought hard and Peter was our man of the match
(Match report – DL)
27th January – vs Corstorphine V Away
No prizes for guessing tonight’s score as not for the 1st time and actually for the 5th time this season it was not surprisingly 5:5.😄
Friendly but very competitive matches throughout which were nip and tuck from the start and culminated in the final 3 singles matches.
Krish fought hard in every close run set but just lost out then I managed to win an epic match 3:2 against their top player which the spectators enjoyed and John brought us home with some lovely serves and very clever varied play winning convincingly to get our very deserved draw.
3 strong wins for John but the opposition kindly gave me MoM probably as my matches were quite a fun spectacle with many long rallies.
Nice friendly lads which has been a feature of all the teams we have met this season.
(Match report – DL)
18th January 2023 – vs Murrayfield XII Home
Unfortunately our initial 2-0 lead did not last and we ended losing 3-7 to Murrayfield XII. Alaistair and Chirag being the new members of the Murrayfield team joining Craig who we had met before when we played them away earlier in the season.
David and Krish played well to win the doubles match which gave a grain of comfort for an otherwise disapointing evening that we had hoped for more from.
David was voted our Man of the Match.
(Match report – JK)
09th January 2023 – vs North Merchiston Away
Another hard fought game against the Merchiston lads and the final score was 5:5. Our team was John Ormston, David Livingstone and Andrew Firth.
Andrew fought very hard against the 2 young lads who seemed to be improving with every set and John and myself had to work hard to keep ahead of them.
We remained strong in the doubles given we play this on club nights and the match hinged on how we all did against Michael their 18/18 unbeaten player.
(Match report – DL)
28th Dec 2022 – Christmas Family Wednesday
Circa 33 people, young and old, came along to the club’s familiy afternoon. Plenty of table tennis was enjoyed by all.
09th Dec 2022 – vs Edinburgh University Away
After a few change of venues and starting times the match was finally played at the pop-up space in Ocean Terminal. Our team were able to comfortably control the match ending 3:7 winners over the students. Everyone had good games and all in all it was a good match to end 2022 with. Congratulations to Ian once again on being voted by the opposition team, Gullane’s ‘Man of the Match’. He ends 2022 so far undefeated in the league.
(Match report – IL edit JK)
Home vs Murrayfield X – 30th Nov 2022
A match with more cause for optimisim than the 1:9 scoreline suggests. Many close scoring matches and on another evening we could have taken more out of the tie. All good learning for the team.
(Report – JK)
Family Sunday – 27th Nov 2022
Thanks to the 22 players of all ages who came and enjoyed some table tennis on a Sunday afternoon.
Away vs Corstorphine IV – 22nd Nov 2022
We lost 1:9 to a strong Corstorphine IV team playing at Napier University. Krish had many close games and won our only match. Tom’s competitiveness impressed our opponents who voted him our Man of The Match.
(Report – JK)
Junior Sunday – 20th Nov 2022
Another good afternoon with the juniors.
Home vs Haddington VII – 16th Nov 2022
The team earned a good draw 5:5 against Haddington VII in our local derby match. Lots of close games that could have tipped our way on another night. Well done to Krish for the win in his final game that secured the draw and John for his deserved Man of the Match vote.
(Report – JK for JO)
Junior Sunday – 13th Nov 2022
Another fun afternoon with some talented and enthusiatic junior (and not so junior 🙂 ) players.
Away vs W.Lothian – 10 Nov 2022
Great march against league leaders and a great win for Gullane. IIan and John winning all their games backed up by a determined Krish. W.Lothian are a nice team and good sport. Their person of the match Mei getting closest so far to taking Ian’s unbeaten record in the league.
Home vs Penicuik V – 09 Nov 2022
A very tough game (0-10) for Andrew, Peter and Tom against a full strength Penicuik V, their young number one, Aidan Craig is a very useful prospect. Andrew voted man of the match for Gullane side.
Family Sunday 30th October 2022
Thanks to all 27 people, young and old, who attended the first Family Sunday of the winter. Picture shows Scarlet and Freddy – runner-up and winner of the mini competition.
Away vs Edinburgh International – 26th Oct 2022
We lost 1-9 against a strong team at Edinburgh International. Andrew was our man of the match gaining our win. (Report PE edit JK)
Home vs Penicuik 4 (Handicap Cup) – 19th Oct 2022
We lost 2-6, at home, to a strong team from Penicuik 4 in the 1st round of the league’s handicap cup competition. We managed to get a couple of ties off of them including John (our man of the match) beating their star player Greig (Handicap -10), in a close 3-2 set. They also had a strong youngster, Aidan, who got the better of all of us. It was nice to see Jim Jack again (bottom left in photo). Some may remember Jim coming along to a few of our Covid restricted sessions when he was briefly staying in Gullane in 2020. (Report JK).
Home vs Murrayfield XI – 12 Oct 2022
Really good competitive match with another Murrayfield team. A lot of close games. Dave a little unlucky not to pick up a win with three very close games. 2 for John O and 3 for Ian, these two combining for a doubles win as well. 2 wins and 2 draws in first 4 matches. Awesome. (Report IL)
Ian Ladbrooke – Man of the Match again 🙂
Congratulations to Ian for topping the league’s player statistics with a 100% winning record after 4 matches played. (12 Oct 2022)
Home vs Corstorphine V, 05 Oct 2022
We hosted our first home league match on Wednesday as at the same time holding a well-attended social doubles session. A super match played in a good competitive spirit , Dave and Krish played well in close games and Dave’s 5 setter against Fergus helped us to grab a draw and remain unbeaten after 3 matches . Ian won all 3 of his games and again was Gullane’s man of the match.
We learnt a lot from the match on how to adapt our games and the need to be patient! Our visitors complimented us on our welcome and enjoyed the refreshments, noting what a friendly club we seem to have. Team Gullane was this week: Ian Ladbrooke, David Livingstone and Krish Bissoonauth. (Match report KB & IL)
More details on the team can be found on the L&E League pages on this website.
Away vs Murrayfield XII @ Ocean Terminal, 28 Sep 2022
We had a great match with Murrayfield XII, played at the drop-in table tennis centre at Ocean terminal. Good facilities and a nice bunch of guys. We voted Angus, the young boy in red, their ‘man of the match’. He was very enthusiastic and showed enormous potential. We had to work hard for the win. Team Gullane was Ian Ladbrooke (our Man of Match), David Livingstone and Jonathan Kinna. (Report: IL and JK)
More information on the league – tables/fixtures can be found in the League Pages on this site.
‘Home’ Match vs N Merchiston VI, 21/09/22
Great first match of the season. Ian Andrew and Peter ventured to North Merchiston and enjoyed a friendly but competitive match against 3 very promising juniors . 5-5 draw but some of the games were quite close and next time we might pip them . Great venue and atmosphere 2022. Team Gullane was Andrew Firth, Ian Ladbrooke (man of match) and Peter Elderfield. (Report: Ian Ladbrooke)
More information on the team and the league can be found under the League pages.
Community Grant for Gullane Community Table Tennis Club
Gordon McLelland for Gullane Area Community Council presented a cheque for £309.89p to Jon Kinna of Gullane Community Table Tennis club on Wednesday 7th September. The cheque is being used to buy court barriers that will be used by the club to host league matches.
Most Improved Player 2021-2022
Holly Heaphy was awarded a special prize at the AGM held on the 31st August 2022 of Most Improved player. She has impressed everyone with her love of the game, her enthusisam and her improvement over the year. Here she is shown receiving her award from Chairperson, Jonathan Kinna.
Winner Ladder Summer 2022
Ian Ladbrook won the Ladder Summer 2022 competition. Congratulations to Ian pictured here receiving his trophy, from Chairperson Jonathan Kinna, at the club’s AGM on 31st August 2022.
Gullane Games 3rd August 2022
Circa 25-30 children attended our Table Tennis afternoon as part of the Gullane Games. From left to right in the photo: Harrison (runner up in the Highers competition), Rory (runner up in the Primary competition) and Freddy (winner of gthe primary competition). Callum won the Highers competition. Congratualations to all.
East Lothian Open May 29th 2022
Congratulations to John Ormston for his runner’s up medal in Band 4 of the East Lothian Open competition held on Sunday 29th May.
Spring Handicap Championship
Thanks to all who played in the Handicap Championship. 18 club members took part in a 4 group round-robin stage followed by semi-finals and the final.
Congratulations to our winner Alan Wallace and runner-up John Ormston, and also the semi-finalists: David Livingston and Andrew Firth.
Haddington League Spring 2022 – Final Table
Congratulations to our squad of players who competed in the Haddington League over the past few weeks. Gullane A: Peter, Andrew, Krish and Jonathan. Gullane B: David, John and Krish.
A singles ladder competition has been launched on the 13th April. More details can be found on its dedicated page on the website.
21st April 2022
We have entered two teams in the inaugural Haddington League for local clubs. The league has played across 4 match days played fortnightly between March and end of April. Our squad has been: Andrew Firth, Peter Elderfield, Krish Bissoonauth, David Livingstone, John Ormston and Jonathan Kinna.
21st April 2022
We delighted to have been awarded a couple of grants recently. The first from the Gullane Sports Trust in recognition of our taster event as part of the alternate Gullane Games in 2021. The second from East Lothian Councils, Community Activation Fund in support of our Family and Junior Sunday programme in the Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022. Our thanks to both bodies for their support to our club.
9th March 2022
Junior Sessions Sundays 6th and 13th February
We are running two sessions for juniors (7-12) 3.00-4.30pm Sundays the 6th and 13th February. Gullane Village Hall
Our return to play starts on 2nd Feb
Following recent announcement of relaxation of the social contact guidance, we will be restarting club sessions on Wednesday 2nd February.
All Club Sessions Suspended.
The First Minister’s advice of the 14th December 2021, to limit social contact due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, has prompted us to cancel all Club Sessions from the 15th Dec 2021 until into January 2022. We will keep you informed via this website of when we will restart club sessions
Thanks to all
…who attended the Family Sunday session on the 28th November. Circa 28 children and adults enjoyed a couple of hours of table tennis.
Halloween smash – 31st October
At least 24 people attended our first family Sunday Session of the year on the 31st of October.
Lots of table tennis was played, including an informal mini-tournament for the children at the end of the afternoon.
Family Sundays on the 31st October and 28th November
We are running family (accompanied children welcome) ping-pong / table tennis open sessions on the last Sundays in October and November. Please come along and have a go! Village Hall 2:30pm-4:30pm. Balls and bats supplied.
Senior (Adult) Sessions now starting at 6:30pm
From 29th September 2021 our adult sessions will start at 6:30pm. From:
6:30pm-8:00pm will be doubles play
8:00pm-9:00 will be singles play
Table Tennis Scotland removes main Coronvirus Restrictions.
The welcome removal of pre-booking, the bubble system and ability to now play doubles marks a welcome return to near ‘normality’. This all within the 9th August 2021 announcement by Table Tennis Scotland. Full details can be seen by following this link. https://tabletennisscotland.co.uk/covid-19-update-9th-august-2021/
Juniors Taster Session 4th August
As part of the revised Gullane Games this year we held a taster session between 3-4pm in the Village Hall on Wednesday 4th August. 10 juniors came along to enjoy playing some table tennis.
Lorenas returned home to Lithuania over the summer to take up a prestigous table tennis coaching role.
In the early days of the club Lorenas did much of the junior’s coaching and has been a strong supporter of our club’s development.
Good luck Lorenas from all your friends in Gullane.
In light of the current virus spread and the calls for social distancing we are following advice of our governing body, Table Tennis Scotland and suspending all our junior and adult/senior sessions for the time being.
Table Tennis Scotland – Suspension Advice
We will look to resume sessions when we are advised it is safe and prudent to do so. I wish you and all your families well. Jonathan, Chairperson, Gullane Community Table Tennis Club.
Gullane TTC and NBTTC 24hr Marathon.
On Saturday morning 7th March, 13 players (more than in the photo) from Gullane joined in North Berwick Table Tennis Club’s 24hour marathon to raise money for new outdoor table tennis tables in the Lodge Grounds, North Berwick. The tables are being put up in memory of Reon McSherry, a young member of the North Berwick Table Tennis club who sadly died at the end of November 2018The event was a great success with the collection exceeding the target amount.
We are delighted to be working with Active Schools to offer free table tennis for junior players at our club on Wednesdays between the 26th February and 18th March.Please see quote below from Stewart Sands our local Active Schools Co-ordinator.”Active Schools are delighted to be working in collaboration with Gullane Community Table Tennis Club to bring this fantastic opportunity to young people in Gullane and the surrounding area. The 4 week block of free sessions that the Club have kindly offered, provides a chance for young people to get active, make new friends and be part of the growing Table Tennis Community in East Lothian”
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We are seeking players views on how to improve our sessions. Please click on link above to complete a short (5-7 min) anonymous survey. Thank you.
Why do you play Table Tennis?
Lorenas Vismantas development officer at East Lothian Table Tennis and coach with Haddington TTC wants to ask you the question – why do you play table tennis? Lorenas has created a short survey as part of a wider study he is conducting into the benefits of the game.It only takes a couple of minutes to complete, so please have a go by following this link: Table Tennis Survey
Festive Friday – Family Table Tennis
Thanks to everyone who came along to play and say hello at our Festive Friday family afternoon on the 27th December. It was great to see the hall full of young and old all playing table tennis. We estimated that circa 40 players attended across the afternoon. We hope to see many of the new faces at our regular Wednesday sessions soon.Finally thanks also all those that helped with the refreshments, set-up and clear up of the hall on the day.
Visit to North Berwick TT Club.
Four members of our club made a social visit to the North Berwick Table Tennis club on Monday evening 23rd November. Picture left to right: David Livingstone, John Ormston, Peter Elderfield and Jonathan Kinna.All enjoyed playing a mix of singles and doubles with the North Berwick players. Thanks to Mark Way and Douglas Hamilton of North Berwick TT club for hosting our visit and making us very welcome.
Haddington TT Club Visit
On 30th October, we said hello to Haddington Table Tennis Club. Four players from the driving force behind table tennis in East Lothian joined us in Gullane Village Hall for a very well-attended ‘friendly’. Thanks to Neil MacKinnon from Haddington for helping to arrange the fun evening. Looking forward to a rematch soon!
Gullane Primary School.
Thanks to Head Teacher, Seonaid McGillivray and her staff for enabling one of our coaches, Jonathan, to come in to the school on a Friday morning to present table tennis taster sessions to P3, P5, P6 and P7 classes; circa 100 pupils. Demonstrations and practice of skills were followed by fun games. The children looked to be enjoying themselves and were very enthusiastic about the sport. We look forward to building further links between the club and our local school.Pictures from the morning can be seen on the school’s website – Click the link here: Gullane Primary School Website
TT East Lothian welcomes Scottish National Coach, Stephen Gertsen, for a Training Day at Aubigny Sports Centre, Haddington on Saturday 5th October. This is open to all ages and abilities and a great opportunity to hone your skills under the guidance of the ex Welsh International, England and Scotland Coach. Get booked up now to secure your place as this is sure to be popular. Date: Saturday 5th October Venue: Aubigny Sports Centre, Haddington Time: 10.30am – 2.30pm (30mins break for lunch) Cost: Adults £10 / Juniors £5 To book your place email email@example.com
AGM 28th August
Our Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 28th August. The existing committee members were all re-elected along with new committee member Fiona Alcock. A warm welcome to Fiona as she joins the committee.
Link to a great article given deserved recognition to Lorenas Vismantas who has been a great supporter of our club since its start.We’d like to wish Lorenas all success with the Scottish Juniors in Guernsey and also in his new Development Officer role for Table Tennis East Lothian.
North Berwick TT Club Visit
We were very pleased to welcome 5 players from North Berwick Table Tennis club on Wednesday 5th June for a social visit to our senior session.The North Berwick players joined in with doubles and singles games and we look forward to arranging a visit to North Berwick TTC soon. Our thanks to Mark Way from North Berwick for helping to arrange the evening.
Mens Spring Tournament
Congratulations to winner Ian Ladbroke (right in picture) and runner-up Alan Wallace of our Spring Men’s tournament. After a close final match that went the full three games Thanks to all the men that took part in our inaugral club spring tournament across the 10th and 17th April 2019.
Ladies Spring Tournament
Congratulations to winner Ann Marr (right in picture) and runner-up Fiona Malcock of our Ladies Spring Tournament. Ann winning a close final match that went the full three games.Thanks to all the ladies that took part in our inaugural club tournament across the 10th and 17th April 2019.
Taster Gullane Cubs
Thanks to Nick Stemp for allowing us to do a taster session for the Gullane Cubs. We were able to explain and demonstrate the game to 20 cubs. Hoping to see many of them at our junior sessions on Wednesday evenings.
Know the rules:
27th February. Twenty senior members enjoyed a fascinating presentation on the rules and etiquette of table tennis from International referee and umpire Roger Thomas. Many thanks to both Roger and also to Lorenas Vismantas for supporting Roger in demonstration illustrating the talk.
Senior / Adults Session running to 9pm.
We are pleased to announce that from 27th February the Seniors / Adult sessions will run for 2 hours from 19:00-21:00.
And now we are five!
We now have five tables! This milestone for the club means we will be able to play more singles as well as doubles and we also use the extra capacity for coaching sessions.Our new fifth table was bought with a grant from the Local Priorities fund of Gullane Area Community Council. Our thanks to John Hendry chair of the Local Priorities committee and all councilors. We were pleased to welcome community councillor Gordon McLelland to the club on Wednesday 6th February to view the table in action.Our thanks also to the trustees and management committee of the village hall for making space for us to store the table.
International at Haddington
Our friends at Haddington Table Tennis Club hosted an under 21 international event between Scotland and Ulster Friday 4th January. The event was a showcase for high class competitive table tennis. Five members of our club were amongst the 100+ audience who witnessed some close matches to see Scotland win the tie.Donations were collected on the evening for cancer and leukaemia charities in memory of Haddington junior Reon McSherry.
Festive Friday 2018
Thanks to everyone, young and old, who attended our Festive Friday held on the 28th December in the village hall. Over 30 people enjoyed a knock-up with family and friends.
Rasing money for Movember:
Senior member Peter Elderfield has entertained us through November with his fantastic moustache grown as part of Movember in support of mens cancer charities. Peter gives his thanks to all who supported him:”I would like to thank all of the people who donated to my Movember fundraising. I had a target of £100 and I am very pleased to say that I beat this easily with thanks to GTTC who donated £50 to give a final total of £150″
We are delighted to see some new faces at the Club’s Junior sessions over the last couple of weeks. Following a taster session at Gullane Primary, led by coach Elizabeth, we’ve welcomed several new rising stars to the Club and hope to see even more. If you’re aged between 7 and 17, come and join the fun. Thanks to Elizabeth for sharing her enthusiasm for the game and Head Teacher Seonaid McGillivray for supporting our efforts to get all ages involved in Gullane’s newest club.
Join the Club and you’ll be able to enjoy a generous discount at Jarvis Sports, suppliers of all things table tennis related. Ask a committee member for details.
We’re officially up and running! Gullane Community Table Tennis Club’s management committee was elected, and its constitution approved on 19 September 2018. Thanks to Pete Lugton and the rest of the team at Haddington TTC for the original inspiration and their continued support.