|Men's Singles Champion
||B A Foster (O)
|Women's Singles Champion
||Mrs N Traill (NL)
- B A Foster (O)
- A R Tomlinson (A)
- T J O'Carroll (NL)
- H J Waterhouse (W)
- Ling Nan Ming (C)
- M W Borlase (W)
- G A J Frew (NL)
- G V Wilkinson (A)
- T A Quinn (A)
- J Armstrong (C)
- Mrs N Traill (NL)
- Miss Y M Fogarty (O)
- Miss D L Wade (A)
- Miss J E Brown (HV)
- Mrs C E Tadema (nee Johnson) (H)
- Mrs T E May (C)
- Miss V M Rolston (H)
- Miss C J Sole (NT)
- Mrs J G Orr (ST)
- Miss E M Dravitzki (NT)
Under 18 Boys
- A K Joe (EW)
- D A Leong (W)
- D G Couper (A)
- J J Weir (C)
- J R Morris (NL)
- G J Williams (O)
- R G Lassen (A)
- M M Duffy (O)
- R E Lee (TV)
- T J Murphy (HV)
Under 18 Girls
- Y M Fogarty (O)
- M P Green (C)
- A D Johnson (BP)
- K A Fraser (CW)
- J Gerrard (HB)
- S Sweeney (W)
- R F Smith (CW)
- E M Foley (ML)
- M A Medley (NT)
- C M O'Carroll (NL)
|J E Stewart (Chair), A R Harding
(Dep Chair), A G Davidson, W S R Jopson, R G Lea, R J Menchi, D E
Berry, Miss J E Brown, N J Taylor, K C Wilkinson (Secretary), A R
Championships: NZ Participates. So Does World Champion
Two men and two women from New Zealand played in the first ever international table tennis
event limited to teams from South East Asia and Pacific Area (ie Oceania). It was
competently hosted by Australia, played in Melbourne and the totally dominant Japanese
team included reigning World Champion Nobuhiko Hasegawa. It was exalted company for New
Zealand and Australia. As well as Japan there were teams from Indonesia, South Korea,
Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Malaysia.
New Zealander Roy Lea was on the elite panel of umpires chosen to control
the team finals.
For the New Zealand teams, it was a disappointing tournament. Neti Traill had not yet launched her
dramatic come-back (refer article below), and the selected players (Alan
Tomlinson, Murray Borlase, Cathy Tadema [nee Johnson] and Dawn Wade)
appeared to either lack motivation or were overawed by the occasion.
Both the mens and womens teams were beaten 3-0 by Australia and they lost all
their other matches.
Team manager Alan McCallum noted the superior speed, fitness and ball
control of the Asian players and his report urged NZTTA to yet again address the perennial
question of how to lift the standard of play in New Zealand.
Back L/R: Dawn Wade, Murray Borlase, Cathy Tadema
Front: Alan Tomlinson, Alan McCallum (manager)
Bryan Foster Wins The Treble
Bob Jackson did it in 1953. He was the first. Now, fifteen years later Bryan
Foster emulated the feat by winning the mens singles in all three national
tournaments (NZ, North Island and South Island Championships).
Bryan had already won the national singles in 1966 but it was the North Island title that
had frustratingly eluded him. He had reached the final no fewer than five times so his
triumph this year was long overdue. In the South Island, by contrast, his dominance was
undisputed. He won the title six times in a row from 1960 and was destined to win it
twelve times in all over a nineteen year era from 1957 to 1975. By 2009 nobody else had
come even close to that sort of achievement. Aaron Li would later win it
six times between 1997 and 2003 and Neville Brightwell had already won it
five times between 1949 and 1956.
Bryan Foster had further success in the Australian
Open where he reached the semi-final in the singles and the doubles
final with Australia’s Eugene Hermann.
Canterbury Coach Goes Fact-Finding Overseas
Trevor Flint, a man whose coaching activities to this date had been
confined mainly to the Canterbury area, burst into national prominence when he presented a
proposal for a New Zealand-wide coaching structure to NZTTA officials. The plan was the
result of his recently completed (and self-funded) tour of Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and
Australia. He observed coaching methods, visited universities in Japan to talk with
coaching academics, and took great interest in the general attitudes of young players to
their training regimes. His proposal back in New Zealand was to train pools of coaches at
different levels, all using similar methods so players could ascend smoothly through the
structure. He also advocated a higher standard of physical training, and more tournament
play at school level.
In due course his proposal for a nationwide integrated coaching structure was adopted. He
was later to be appointed New Zealands first National Director of Coaching.
Australian Star of 64 Returns as Coach
The energetic and acrobatic crowd-pleaser who visited New Zealand as a member of the
Australian team that blitzed New Zealand in three test matches and entertained thousands
in provincial centres returned to New Zealand this year. But this time, as a coach. Murray
Thomson, now the official Australian Coach (at the tender age of 23) was brought
to New Zealand last year by a group of Associations covering the Franklin, Waikato, Bay of
Plenty, Thames Valley areas (the so-called Sutton Shield Associations) and
this same group also utilised his services this year.
The New Zealand Association saw the visit as an obvious opportunity to invite Murray to
direct the national coaching schools in Cambridge (girls) and Palmerston North (boys) and
he kindly obliged. NZTTA contributed to his travel costs to and from Australia.
He brought a new level of professionalism to the task examining each stroke in a
seamless combination of theory, demonstration and practice.
Earlier in the year he had coached the Australian team at the SEAPATT Championships where
he gained knowledge from his conversations with Japanese coaches and by observing their
Teams Reign Supreme
Travelling the greatest distance to compete in the Canterbury-hosted New Zealand
Championships, the Northland teams also produced the greatest results. In a rare double
for a provincial association, they won both the mens and womens A grade
inter-association teams championships.
In the mens competition, it was the first time in 25 years that any association
other than Auckland, Wellington or Otago had triumphed. The Northland women, on the other
hand, were winning their championship for the seventh time.
Neti Traill Makes Impressive Comeback
Two members of New Zealands much-publicised world championships team of 1967
withdrew from top-level competitive play when the team returned home. One, Murray
Dunn (then aged 31) called it a day after 13 years of international competition
and three world championships. The other, Neti Traill (nee Davis)
didnt play at top level for the rest of last season and for the bulk of this season.
She then staged a come-back and competed at the NZ Championships.
Playing as well as she ever has, she began by winning both her singles in the North Island
/ South Island contest. She then won all her singles in the A grade inter-association
teams competition representing Northland. And to cap everything she won the singles,
doubles and mixed doubles in the individual events. Her singles win was her seventh, and
she had won the doubles events on multiple previous occasions as well. It brought her
tally of individual New Zealand titles to 30. And she was still aged only 24. Her
top-level career had another ten years to run.
Australian Universities Visit
An Australian Universities team of five players spent a busy few weeks in New Zealand
during their August vacation, playing NZ University teams, Association teams, and
competing in the Universities Winter Tournament and in the NZ Championships. They were
competitive against the individual University teams, winning three matches and losing two
(to Otago and Auckland). They lost all six Association contests and to a combined NZ
Paddy ODriscoll Dies
Mr C (Paddy) ODriscoll, a Life Member of NZTTA since 1962, passed
away on 2 September at the tragically early age of 68. He had served a term as New Zealand
President in 1953. He was an active administrator for the Otago Association for three
decades and one of their early Life Members, elected to that position in 1945.
Another National Raffle Bigger Profit
To boost funds for national development and overseas tours, another national raffle was
conducted following the success of the first in 1966. The volume of tickets sold increased
by nearly seven thousand to 65,288. District Associations benefitted by $3,241 and $2,009
was added to NZTTAs development and tours fund.
Tragic Death of Two Promising Juniors
Two Canterbury juniors were tragically drowned in a boating accident in North Canterbury
on 17 February. One was John Flint, nephew of Trevor Flint whose coaching
activities are featured in a previous article. The other was Kevin Ward,
New Zealands top-ranked junior boy in 1967. He had won all three Under 18 titles at
the 1967 North Island Championships.
Trophies were presented by Canterbury TTA in memory of the two boys.
New Umpires Test Papers Issued
A revised version of both the written and practical Provincial Umpires test papers were
issued this year.