Table Tennis Update – North East of England Zone Finals
Congratulations to the teams on reaching one of the Northern Finals after a great weekend of table tennis. As North Yorkshire Champions, they met County Champions from Cleveland, Cumbria, Humberside, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland.
U13 Girls Team
Consisting of Holly Shepherd, Ursula Holland, Eleanor Cooper and Martha Shackleton played the Humberside Champions, St Mary’s School, Hull and won 5-3. Holly and Ursula winning both their matches and Eleanor one. They met Acklam Grange School from Middlesbrough, the Cleveland Champions in the final and against a strong 4 girl team Fishers were defeated by 2-6, with Holly playing really well to win both of her matches.
Both winners and runners up go through into the 2 Northern Finals at Grantham on Sunday 10th February.
U16 Boys Team
Consisting of Sammy Kelly, Theo Kelly, Aman Joshua and Tom Barlow were in Group A with Nunthorpe Academy, Cleveland and St Bernards School Barrow, Cumbria, thus avoiding the very strong St Mary’s School who were in Group B.
Fishers defeated Nunthorpe 7-1 with Sammy, Theo and Tom winning both their matches in 3 straight games, and Aman getting the other point. St Bernards were beaten 8-0 with Sammy, Theo and Tom winning in straight games again and Fishers topped their group avoiding St Mary’s in the semi-finals.
Fishers met Windermere School and another convincing 7-1 win saw them through to the final, Sammy and Theo again not conceding a game. Aman had his best win after losing the opening one.
So the final everyone wanted against St Mary’s, all England champions last year with 2 boys in the top 25 in the country, were too strong in an 8-0 win. Sammy took the No 2 to 4 games, and Theo went down 14-16 in the 3rd game against the No 1 player.
So the team will go to Grantham as runners up.
U19 Boys Team
With only 2 county teams wanting to play in the U19’s there was no need to go to Kirkby Stephen, as both teams had qualified for the next stage.
St Mary’s, again a very strong team were allowed to go to Blackburn as their U13 and U16 boys team were going anyway and Fishers team of George Asbury, Ben Collins, Matthew Lynch and Gabriel Mead will join the U13 girls and U16 boys at Grantham.
There are now only 16 schools left in the competition for the whole of England, 2 groups of 4 in the north and 2 in the south. So this is the furthest Fishers have been, as only 2 teams separately have reached this far.
It will be very hard to get through the next round as they will be against 2 winners and 1 other runner up from the Zone Finals and only the 4 winning schools will make the All England Final.