Wednesday, 25th January 2017
TABLE tennis players proved to be on the ball as they batted away the opposition in a hard-fought contest
TABLE tennis players proved to be on the ball as they batted away the opposition in a hard-fought contest of speed and skill.
Students from Longfield Academy of Sport,
They will next play in Grantham, in March, in what will be the semi finals of the national contest, cementing the school’s reputation for table tennis at the highest level.
The Longfield Under 13s, of Dylan Gunton, 12, Callum Finlay, Callum McRae and Thomas Rayner, all 13, grabbed the honours at the English School Team Event staged in Billingham.
Also taking part were the U16 team, comprising Matthew Pearson, 13, Luca Pontone, 13, Nile Gott, 14 and Adam Cruddace, 15.
The U13s had to battle the might of favourites, Saint Mary's School, of
The second match, against
The match against
PE teacher Trevor Tearney said: “Both the U13 and U16 teams represented the school fantastically well exhibiting great resilience, sportsmanship and talent. They fought for every single point.”
Team coach Chris Rayner added: “What was particularly pleasing was seeing the less experienced players glowing with confidence and really playing well and going for their shots.”
Head teacher Susan