|Men's Singles Champion
||Barry Griffiths (A)
|Women's Singles Champion
||Shelley Palmer (A)
- Barry Griffiths (A)
- James Morris (NL)
- Malcolm Temperley (NS)
- Peter Jackson (A)
- Richard Lee (A)
- Geoff Rau (FR)
- Wayne Adamson (FR)
- Graham Lassen (A)
- Alan Shewan (H)
- Malcolm Darroch (FR)
- Christine Lee (A)
- Shelley Palmer (A)
- Jan Morris (C)
- Angela Brackenridge (A)
- Kadia Rice (BP)
- Ann Gyongyos (W)
- Kristen Phillips (HV)
- Yvonne Eyre (O)
- Christine Prendergast (A)
- Pam Shadbolt (C)
Under 18 Boys
- Barry Griffiths (A)
- Peter Jackson (A)
- Alan Shewan (H)
- Alan Pedley (FR)
- Chris Clegg (HV)
- Raymond Gin (A)
- Guy Palmer (A)
- Robert Kerr (W)
- Tony Radford (K)
- Willie Shaw (HV)
Under 18 Girls
- Kadia Rice (BP)
- Wendy Cuthbert (HV)
- Jane Bevan (H)
- Toni Pairaudeau (H)
- Annmaree Hogarth (A)
- Eileen Hoete (A)
- Catherine Fogarty (O)
- Monigue Van der Aa (C)
- Sandra Mayes (C)
- Gina Stapleton (A)
Under 16 Boys
- Robert Kerr (W)
- Tony Radford (K)
- Willie Shaw (HV)
- Shane Cummins (FR)
- Nigel Kruse (A)
- Gary Traill (NL)
- Grant McCarroll (C)
- Keith Aldersley (W)
- Don Shewan (H)
- Sean Ryan (A)
Under 16 Girls
- Eileen Hoete (A)
- Sandra Mayes (C)
- Yvonne Cuthbert (HV)
- Tanya McAvinue (MN)
- Rachel Lee (HV)
- Jennifer Lawn (O)
- Helen Beumelburg (C)
- Delwyn Houlihan (NL)
- Sharon Coad (A)
- Angela White (HV)
|R J Menchi (Chair), J
Lelliott (Dep Chair), M G Allardyce, D A Cook, P V Field, T J Fogarty, D
R Jackson, K L Pointon (deceased 4/7/82), R M Radford (app
15/7/82), A J Richards, L R Roughton, K C Wilkinson (Secretary),
R J Lynn (Treasurer).
Oceania Titles Retained, Four Years Later
Its not unusual in an international tournament for a player to retain a title won
the previous year; less common if the event is held every second year. But every four
At the inaugural Oceania Championships in 1978, played in New Zealand, the singles events
were won by Paul Pinkewich and Christine Little, both of Australia. A four year cycle was
proposed for future championships and the second Oceanias were scheduled for
September, 1982 in Sydney.
A huge testament to the international staying power of Pinkewich and Little is that they
both retained their 1978 titles in 1982. And in the case of Christine Little it was far
from over she won the mixed doubles at the next championships in 1986 (with Barry
Griffiths) and the next after that (in 1988), with Peter Jackson.
Also showing remarkable stamina was NZs Jan Morris. She was
womens singles runner-up to Little in 1978 and again in 1982. She won the 1978
womens doubles with Angela Brackenridge and retained it in 1982,
partnered by the 1978 and 1982 singles winner.
In a point of clarification for future historians it needs to be confirmed that, while the
1978 womens champion was Christine Little of Australia, and the 1982 champion was Christine
Lee of New Zealand, both are the same person. In 1979 she married former NZ
Champion Richard Lee and moved to New Zealand. In fact, to add further
confusion, of the seven NZ players at the 1982 Championships, four are named either Lee or
Morris. James and Jan Morris (unrelated) played together in the mixed
doubles and reached the final, beating fellow-New Zealanders Christine Lee
and Barry Griffiths in the semi-final before losing to Australias
Pinkewich and Nadia Bisiach.
Richard Lee (married to Christine) reached the mens doubles final
with James Morris. There they lost to Australias Glenn Tepper and
former Swede Tommy Danielsson.
New Zealand was off the pace in the mens singles.
A Win and a Loss in the Teams
The New Zealand women won the teams event - not surprising considering their two players (Jan
Morris and Christine Lee) were destined to be the womens
singles finalists and the womens doubles champions. The men lost the final to
Australia but two impressive match results in that contest were among the highlights of
the entire Championships. Showing devastating form (that was to elude him in the
individual singles) Barry Griffiths beat both Paul Pinkewich and Gary
Haberl to give NZ their only successes in the 2-7 loss. The mens competition was for
three player teams with NZ represented by James Morris, Barry Griffiths
and, selected after his good showing at the 1981 NZ Games, Malcolm Temperley.
Richard Lee played the individual events only, as did Angela
Five Island nations joined New Zealand and Australia at the championships.
The New Zealand contingent was managed by David Jackson.
Australian Open Followed Oceanias
With the Australian Open also held in Sydney and scheduled immediately after the Oceanias,
the New Zealand players (except Angela Brackenridge) stayed on to compete
in that tournament. The Championships were strengthened, particularly in the womens
events, by a contingent from Korea.
Two New Zealand pairs (Richard Lee and James Morris; Barry
Griffiths and Christine Lee) reached the semi-finals in the
mens and mixed doubles respectively.
The long-term lead up to this event was an administration nightmare. The Championships
were meant to be held in 1981 immediately prior to the World Championships (the usual
scheduling) but security concerns in the host city (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
necessitated a postponement and a change of venue. There was doubt over whether we would
even attend the 1981 World Championships in Yugoslavia without the Commonwealths leading
into it but the trip was made, albeit at extra cost to the players. A New Zealand entry to
the 1982 Commonwealth Championships (now being held in early February in Bombay, India)
was made more viable by the scheduling of the Asian Championships, to which New Zealand
was again invited, for late January in Jakarta, Indonesia. With one event following the
other only a single trip to Asia was required. But this highly convenient juxtaposition
was spoilt when a general election in Indonesia forced the postponement of the Asian
Championships till May. We received this news by chance just one month before our planned
departure, with official advice coming even later.
We could not afford to make separate trips to each event so the Asian Championships
immediately came off the agenda. Regarding the Commonwealths, again NZTTA had to decide
whether it was worth travelling to India for just one event. A decision had to be made
quickly and it was decided to still make the trip.
Our cause at the tournament was not helped by the unavailability of Christine Lee,
Richard Lee and Malcolm Temperley, and the late withdrawal of
James Morris and Debbie Stratford (nee Looms). Barry
Griffiths wasnt at his best although he had a good win over Gary Haberl in
the team contest against Australia. Overall, our results were disappointing compared to
our last outing at this event (way back in 1977) when the men finished 5th and the women
6th. This year our men only managed 9th while the women slipped to 7th.
The women beat Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the men beat Kenya and Sri Lanka.
There were no notable successes for New Zealand in the individual events.
Nelson Tizard managed the team of Jan Morris, Kadia Rice, Barry
Griffiths, Graham Lassen and (for the first time in NZ colours) Geoff
Warm-up contests were played in Singapore on the way to Bombay.
NZ Championships Griffiths/Jackson Era Begins
After an early season lapse following his eight months in Sweden, a not uncommon
phenomenon after intensive training, Barry Griffiths played his best
table tennis yet at the NZ Championships in Wanganui. And with Peter Jackson
rocketing into the top four from a 1981 ranking of 10, the performance of the two 18 year
olds signaled the beginning of a new era.
For starters they ended the domination of the mens doubles by Richard Lee
and James Morris, who had won the event eight times in the last nine
years. And the two teenagers, seeded 3rd and 4th, then met in the singles final.
Griffiths semi-final win over top seed and title-holder James Morris
was decisive (17-21, 21-14, 21-9, 21-9), but Jacksons journey to the final included
a tempestuous semi-final win over 2nd seed Malcolm Temperley. Temperley
was totally outplayed in the first two games, losing 8-21 and 9-21. But he thundered back
to win the next two 21-19, 21-15 and led 18-16 in the fifth. When Jackson lost the next
point to make it 19-16 he threw his bat on the floor, breaking the handle. In a cruel
twist of fate, the break in play (legitimately allowed to replace a damaged bat) disrupted
Temperleys concentration more than Jacksons and the teenager came back to win
the final game 23-21.
Temperley, still playing very good table tennis and about to represent New Zealand at the
Oceania Championships, had beaten Richard Lee in the quarter-finals.
Earlier Griffiths had faced Australias Wayne Heginbotham with some trepidation but
won in four games.
The Griffiths/Jackson match was not the most spectacular mens final ever, played
very tightly by two players who by now were thoroughly familiar with each others
game. Griffiths was the decisive winner, losing the first game narrowly but dominating the
next three to become the first junior to win the NZ mens singles since Richard
Lee in 1971.
As well as winning the mens singles and doubles (with Jackson) he completed a superb
tournament by also winning the mixed doubles with Angela Brackenridge and
all three junior titles. He was ranked No 1 and named Player of the Year.
Top Two Womens Seeds Also Beaten
To confound the selectors, the two women selected to represent NZ at the Oceania
Championships (and who emerged from that event as the top two players, outclassing the
Australians) were both beaten in the singles semi-finals. Shelley Palmer (seeded
3rd) beat top seed and title-holder Jan Morris while Angela
Brackenridge, somewhat surprisingly seeded only 6th, eliminated the in-form Christine
Lee after earlier having beaten fourth seed Kadia Rice.
The Brackenridge/Palmer final was a grueling and tense struggle won eventually by Palmer
26-24, 14-21, 21-19, 28-26. It was her second NZ singles title.
It was difficult not to feel sorry for Angela Brackenridge. She had
bravely hung in there in the final game, saving six match points before finally
succumbing. It was her third appearance in the national singles final and third loss.
Despite winning four NZ womens doubles and three mixed doubles titles, she was
destined never to win the singles, and never to win the North Island singles either. Her
career had shown extraordinary promise. She won the hearts of all at the 1971 nationals as
the diminutive curly-headed figure playing in the Northland senior womens team, 12
years old and looking much younger. At the same tournament she had won the under 16 girls
singles and earlier had won the North Island under 18 doubles with Anne Stonestreet. Her
international experience began with the 1975 Commonwealth Championships when aged 16, and
she was selected officially for NZ in 1976. For the 1977 NZ Championships she was top
Another Promising Career Launched
Another young player destined for big things entered the national records in
1982. 11 year old Maxine Goldie (pictured) won the under 12 girls
singles, setting a precedent as the first player from West Coast ever to win a NZ title.
She had also won the South Island under 12 singles and doubles earlier in the year and
would go on to win a total of six NZ junior singles titles, three womens doubles
titles and would earn selection for the World Championships. But sadly, like Angela
Brackenridge, she was never to win the NZ singles, playing her peak years in the
shadow of Chinese star Li Chunli. She managed one North Island singles
title, but had to wait until 1999 for that, by which time she was aged 28.
Also featured among the 1982 Under 12 prize-winners was girls doubles champion Susan
Cuthbert, the third member of a talented family whose older sisters Wendy and
Yvonne had been winning national junior titles since 1978. Susan would continue the
tradition until 1986.
New Age-Category Launched
Under 21 singles events were played for the first time and were restricted to players who
had moved out of junior ranks. The inaugural winners were Simeon Cairns
and Kristen Phillips.
By 1988 doubles had been added and the category had been opened to junior players.
Harding Retires From NZTTA Chair
Alf Harding stepped down after a lengthy term on NZTTAs Management
Committee. He was first elected in 1957 and has chaired the national body since 1970.
Former Deputy Chair Ron Menchi was elected to replace him.
A highlight of Alfs term as chairman was his heavy involvement in the complex
preparatory arrangements for the 1972 visit by the People Republic of China delegation. He
escorted the party throughout their tour of New Zealand.
Alf was also well-known as a sports journalist, writing prolifically for Wellingtons
Evening Post on a range of codes including table tennis. He continued this well beyond his
retirement and by the time his detailed and highly opinionated pieces had finally faded
away (in the early 1990s) he had been writing for the same newspaper for more than 65
Oceania World Cup Qualifier
The World Cup, not to be confused with the World Championships, was introduced in 1980 as
an elite event restricted to 16 players, with all six continental federations represented
by at least one. It is a luxury event for the Oceania representatives as it gives them a
rare chance to compete with several of the worlds top ten players.
Initially, the reigning Oceania Champion automatically gained the right to represent the
Oceania region at this event. But with the first two Oceania Championships held four years
apart and the World Cup held annually, the international body (ITTF) urged us to begin
conducting a regional qualifying tournament. A mens qualifying tournament was held
It took place in Upper Hutt, was sponsored by Norwich Union Insurance and received
generous publicity. Two selected Australians (Paul Pinkewich and Bob Tuckett) and two New
Zealanders (Barry Griffiths and James Morris) played a
full round robin. The tournament was recorded on 3 April for later transmission on
Pinkewich went through unbeaten, winning the right to represent Oceania in the 1982 World
Cup later in the year. Aged 31 but still remarkably fit, he is by far the most experienced
international player in Australasia, having competed in eight World Championships.
Fellow-Australian Bob Tuckett has played in five, James Morris four and
18 year old Barry Griffiths just one.
As always, Pinkewichs solid defensive game with its subtle variations was his main
tool-in-trade. Its a game Bob Tuckett has always struggled against and this time was
no different. Both New Zealanders managed to penetrate Pinkewichs defensive wall to
gain a narrow win in one game but they never looked like beating him. Similarly against
Tuckett the New Zealanders ran close in one game but never dominated the match.
Nonetheless there were some fine rallies and the crowd was entertained. Griffiths won a
hard-hitting three-game match to beat Morris for third place.
New North Island Champion
Malcolm Temperley confirmed that he was capable of beating anybody on his
day by winning the North Island mens singles. Ranked No 3 in both 1981 and 1982 a
big win for him has been on the cards for some time. But he was made to work for it,
having to come back from two games down against Barry Griffiths in the
semi-final and losing the first game of the final to James Morris before
winning 17-21, 21-12, 21-16, 21-16.
The championships were an opportunity for Auckland TTA to showcase their newly refurbished
stadium. Since the disastrous fire of 1981 a new cafeteria and glassed-in lounge
overlooking the playing area have been added. An opening ceremony for the new facilities
was incorporated into the championships.
Another English Coach
Although the English Association was not able to release Peter Hirst for
a fourth annual tour of New Zealand they sent a worthy replacement in 28 year old David
Fairholm. A former county champion with coaching experience in several European
countries, David spent six weeks in New Zealand early in the season training coaches and
working with our top senior and junior players.
As Peter Hirst and others have continually stressed, David told us that we would always
languish at about the same world level until we employed a full-time director of coaching.
He also observed that our players are not well trained in the art of spotting
opportunities to attack. He felt we were either missing chances to create openings or
attacking at the wrong time.
He noted that New Zealand is well supplied with playing facilities of a high standard.
New Dates Proposed for Coaching Schools
It was decided at the Annual Meeting to redesign the early season national coaching
programme and in general take stock of the overall coaching situation. It was agreed there
would be no visit by an overseas coach in 1983 and that we would move the national
training camps, both senior and junior, to January instead of April/May as in the past.
The January date would give trainees time to assimilate new skills before the competitive
season started and, in the case of the juniors, avoid a clash with the Australian Junior
Championships which have now moved to May.
January training for the seniors would be beneficial to squad members selected for the
Commonwealth and World Championships in April and May, in addition to their pre-event
Sudden Death of Top Umpire
A man regarded as New Zealands top umpire, Keith Pointon,
tragically died at the age of 60 while actively engaged in table tennis business. He had
been appointed referee for the NZ Championships in Wanganui and was visiting that city to
inspect the playing facilities when he suffered a fatal heart attack.
Keith had been umpiring at all levels since 1955 and was one of the first in New
Zealand to attain international umpire status.
He was still extraordinarily active at the time of his death. He had been a member of
NZTTAs Executive Committee for 12 years and managed NZ teams to the World
Championships in 1979 and 1981.
He achieved success as a player and was the current NZ Over 55 mens singles
Tough Challenge for Juniors in Australia
It was rebuilding time for the NZ junior team when preparations were made for the
Australian Junior Championships in Adelaide in May. With juniors Kadia Rice
and Barry Griffiths now representing NZ at senior level, the junior team
now had to learn to manage without them and also without Peter Jackson,
another senior high-flyer.
The new team was Wendy Cuthbert, Annmaree Hogarth, Toni Pairaudeau, Jane Bevan,
Guy Palmer, Chris Clegg, Raymond Gin and Robert Kerr. Only
Wendy Cuthbert had played for NZ before.
Both teams finished fourth. There were some good wins in the individual events. Toni
Pairaudeau and Jane Bevan reached the girls doubles semi-final, Raymond
Gin beat No 4 seed Matthew Walker and Toni Pairaudeau eliminated
the No 6 seed in the girls singles.
Nelson Tizard (pictured) managed the team with Paul Escott
Popular Tournament in New Plymouth
When the North Taranaki Association called for entries in a tournament restricted to
school students under the age of 17 who did not play interclub, they were pleasantly
surprised (and somewhat overwhelmed) when more than 100 entries flooded in.
The NZTTA Annual Report commented that this is almost certainly indicative of the
situation throughout the country. There is no dearth of youngsters willing to play
table tennis if only we had the organisers available to control the activities.
Barry Wynks, QSM
A popular Manawatu player, Barry Wynks (30), was honoured with a QSM award for his
services to the community and to Table Tennis.
Despite an artificial leg and a severely shortened right arm, Barry has held his own among
fully able players since he was a junior, has won multiple provincial titles and has been
an automatic choice for the Manawatu representative team for over a decade. In 1972 and
1973 he reached the last 32 in the NZ Championships mens singles.
His wife Linda also has a string of Manawatu titles to her name.
Barry is an active administrator and a nationally respected coach. And he was destined for
even greater success as a lawn bowler, participating in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth
Games triples for bowlers with a physical disability.