Two Golds and a Bronze For The Juniors At The School Games
Representing the South East at last weekends School Games Kate Cheer and Isabelle Joubielly partnered by Sarah Menghistab returned home with the Gold, James Smith and George Hazell a Bronze alongside Israel Awolaja.
South East won the winner-take-all clash in the final round to seal the gold medal ahead of North East.
The match begun with Kate Cheer (SE) and Gauri Duhan (NE) boasting 100% records in singles matches over the three-day event, with the clash between them being potentially pivotal.
As it turned out, both lost their records before they met, Jasmin Wong overcoming Cheer in five sets 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8 first up, with Sarah Menghistab levelling the tie for South East by defeating Duhan.
The doubles also went to five, South East’s Doubles specialists Kate and Isabelle Joubeily leading 2-0 and eventually winning 3-2,11-6, 11-2, 4-11, 10-12, 11-8. It was then left to Kate to bring home the gold in another five-setter, this time overcoming Duhan from 2-1 down 12-10, 8-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5. An ankle injury forced Sarah to concede the final match, so 3-2 in the final reckoning.
In the Boys James Smith and George Hazell were partnered by Israel Awolaja and they all contributed some fine wins throughout to take the Bronze.
England South East were the overall champions at the end of three days of passionate competition at the School Games.
Their triumphs in the Girls’ event, added to Shae Thakker’s victory in the Para competition and bronze in the Boys’ competition, were enough to give them the overall title at Loughborough University.