Table Tennis - Surrey Champions!
Years 7 and 8 Table Tennis Team Crowned Surrey Champions!
Team: Oliver Gray (8 Oaks), Henry Maric-Murray (8 Merton), Henry Broome (8 Merton), Max Champness (7 Merton)
It has been another incredibly successful week for Glyn’s rackets players as our fiercely talented Years 7 and 8 Table Tennis team were crowned Surrey Champions on Monday night.
Having been drawn against some tough schools in the group stage, the Glyn players made light work of Warlingham School and Howard of Effingham School, winning every game. They then faced a very talented Salesian side who had beaten the Glyn team in the past, so the students were understandably apprehensive but ready to get their own back. Ollie Gray played a fantastic match against the Salesians Seed 1, however he narrowly lost 2 sets to 1. Henry Maric-Murray had the edge over Salesian’s number two, however Henry Broome and Max Champness also lost, meaning Glyn would qualify as the second place team in their group.
The team were drawn against Royal Alexandra and Albert School in the semi-finals, who had won their group. The Glyn boys stepped up their game and dispatched all of their opposition, winning three of the four matches. Excitingly, Glyn faced Salesian again in the final to decide who would be crowned Surrey Champions.
The standard in the final was absolutely mind-blowing, with huge forehand topspins and delicate backhand slices; all other players and staff at the event stood in awe to see who would take home the gold medal. Ollie Gray played a fantastic match, rectifying previous mistakes, and won his close-fought battle 16-14, 11-9. Henry Broome put up a great fight, but wasn’t able to hold off the Salesian Seed 3, although he picked up a number of points in each game which proved crucial. Max Champness also lost his match, although similarly scored several points which would help Glyn, providing that Henry Maric-Murray could beat his opponent.
At this stage, Henry needed to not simply beat his opponent, but had to stop the Salesian Seed 2 player from scoring more than 14 points over the two sets if Glyn were to take the top spot. After winning the first set 11-5, Henry then proceeded to replicate his performance, again winning 11-5 after some unbelievable play. Both teams had won two matches and lost two matches, however in true underdog style, Glyn fought their way to the title by a mere four point margin.
Well done boys! The fighting spirit and positive attitude you showed was truly immense and you thoroughly deserved the win.
Mr Tanner, Rackets Academy Lead