Great performances at table tennis National School Team Champs
(Photo: Ted Cottrell)
Another great result for the Greenhouse table tennis programmes last weekend as The Harefield Academy claimed victory in the Butterfly U19 Boys National School Team Championship, while Eastbury Comprehensive took 4th in U19 Girls Championship and Morpeth School U16 Boys team took 2nd in their Championship. Table tennis is one of Greenhouse’s biggest programmes and is enjoyed by young people at many of our partner schools across London, led by top international coaches from around the world.
A capacity crowd at Hinckley Leisure Centre saw reigning champions London Academy and The Harefield Academy (Hillingdon), both having recorded comfortable victories over Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and The de Ferrers Academy (Burton on Trent) play off for the Under 19 Boys’ title. The match was evenly poised at 3-3 with four of these matches decided in five games, before The Harefield Academy Boys (Mitchell Jones, Danny Lewis, Ben Naylor-Smith, Nicholas Li, Gaurav Aravind), coached by Eli Baraty, took the two remaining games to win the event. This is the first Butterfly Under 19 Championship victory for The Harefield Academy, but follows Under 16 victories in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The senior girls’ event for Under 19 players was dominated by SRC Bede Sixth Form (Billingham) and King Edward VI Community College (Totnes) before the final match in which King Edward triumphed 5-3. The following places were decided on count back with Trinity School (Brentwood) taking third place, just edging out Eastbury Comprehensive School (Barking) – Sarah James, Agne Stankute, Vanessa Fernandes, Remi Ajala and Shannon Conway, coached by Jason Clark – into fourth place.
London Academy Under 16 Boys recorded victories 7-1 over Northfield School & Sports College (Billingham), 8-0 against St. Mary’s College (Kingston upon Hull) and 6-2 over Morpeth School (Tower Hamlets) – Jamie Dignum, Murhad Hussain, Anthony Lynch and Rijul Roychoudhury, coached by Simon Hoang – to be crowned champions for the third consecutive year. A great achievement from all the teams who attended. Well done!