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Racket Sports Success for Glyn School

Thursday 7 February saw Krish 7D and Lucas 8B representing Glyn School at the Surrey Schools Under 13 Table Tennis Championship which was held at Jubilee High School in Addlestone.

I had the privilege of coaching both boys since they started playing table tennis and accompanied them to this competition. The event was well attended and saw 10 groups of four players competing for a place in the knockout stages.

Both Krish and Lucas progressed smoothly from the group stages and, as top four seeds, received a bye in the first round.  Once again in the quarter-finals progress came relatively easily but unfortunately the draw meant that they were pitted against each other at the semi-final stage.

The semi-final was a high quality and competitive event with both boys performing at an exceptional standard, with many eye-catching rallies both at and away from the table. Krish eventually prevailed 2-0, but conditions were probably a little more suited to the all-round game of Krish, rather than Lucas’ all-out attack.

In the final, Krish’s opponent was George from Ewell Castle who is placed three places above him in the National ranking list. The final was watched and admired by those in attendance who witnessed a truly outstanding match from two very talented youngsters, with most of the points containing numerous high quality rallies and shots from both boys. Despite the closeness of the match, with two sets requiring deuce points, and Krish facing a deficit through most of the third game, along with being three game points down, his temperament saw him through to a 3-0 victory. The result of his victory has seen Krish being invited to represent Surrey Schools at the National Finals in Wolverhampton at the end of April.

Just as important as the performance of both boys, was the exemplary way they conducted themselves at the tournament with their behaviour and sportsmanship being a credit to the school.

Mr T Bailey, Premises Manager, Table Tennis Coach