Sports Report: Kent School Games Table Tennis
On 12 December, a number of Years 7-12 students took part in the Kent School Games table tennis tournament at the Howard School in Gillingham.
After a frosty morning, students soon warmed up with close scoring games against other schools including The Skinners School and Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar. The U14 boys faced tough competition, including the country’s number 21 and 25 table tennis players for their age group. The boys played some gruelling matches and had their fair share of successful games. Adam Jackson got through to round 4 in the U14 competition, which is an amazing achievement. George Stevenson made an almighty come back from being 9-1 down to win the second game of the match 12-10. Additionally, George further demonstrated his love for table tennis by volunteering to umpire numerous games throughout the day, helping to keep up the pace of the competition.
Within the U16s competition, the boys again had strong competition including the country’s number 20 for their age group. Our students put up a good fight with points being awarded in every game, testing their opponents throughout. Jamie Tutt came 4th within the consolation cup after lengthy battles to gain the upper hand. The boys showed determination throughout the competition and were never disheartened when faced with difficult opposition.
After waiting until 3pm to start their competition, it was well worth the wait for the U19s. Illya Freeman played in the final of the consolation cup. After 3 close games, Illya took the upper hand and ended the match with a brilliant smash shot sending the score 13-11 his way. Gold in the consolation cup, all hope was now left on Jack Smith within the U19 competition. Having had testing matches in the rounds leading up to the final, Jack was cool calm and collected. Tactical play of keeping his opponent close to the table and restricting him from playing his signature smash shot lead Jack to a comfortable victory. Jack was awarded the gold medal for U19s and has been presented with the opportunity to play at the National competition.
All students that participated within the table tennis tournament are an asset to the school as they exhibited exemplary behaviour and sportsmanship. The boys should be very proud of their achievements and they best start preparing for next year’s competition!