North of England Schools semi finals

On Sunday the Under 13 Table Tennis Team of Theo Kelly, Tom Barlow, Gabriel Mead and Brook Sutton were involved in 1 of 4 Semi-Finals  over the whole of England to decide which 4 schools would qualify for the Final at Hinckley in March.

The school had qualified, for what is the Top 16 schools in the country, having already come through the County and Zone finals to reach the Regional Final.

Grantham was the venue, and the team played very well against virtually Club teams who all happen to attend the same school.

In their opening game against Carlton-le-Willows, who ended  up winning all their 3 matches, Fishers lost 1-7.

Theo winning the point, and also going to 4 games in his other match.

Tom and Brook doing the same in one of their 2 matches.

Lincroft were the next opponents, another tough match against very talented players .   

Gabriel gaining the single point in another 1-7 match. winning in the deciding game.

Theo was beaten in 5 games and 4 games in his 2 matches.

Lincroft were just beaten by Carlton in their final match 3-5

The final match saw Fishers go home with a win, and 3rd place in the competition.

Altrincham Grammar School were the opponents, and had also suffered defeats in their opening 2 matches, so a battle for 3rd place was at stake.

After Tom had lost to the No 1 player, Theo defeated the No 2 player in 3 games, to level at 1-1.

Brook then lost in a really good 5 setter, playing his best during the day, only for Gabriel to comfortably defeat the No 4 in straight games, So 2-2.

Theo then defeated the No 1 in 4 games and Tom beat the No 3 in 5 games, to gain his 1st win.

So 4-2 to Fishers----but 4-4 would mean defeat in games won and lost.

Gabriel comfortably beat the No 2 in straight games to ensure the win.

Gabriel did very well after a nervous start to get 3 wins out of 6, the same as Theo.

Brook lost in 3 close games to give a final score of 5-3, and third place.

Tom, Gabriel and Brook are fairly new to the sport, whereas many of the other teams had been playing and being coached for a few years. All of the boys improved tremendously throughout the day. Theo led the team well, always encouraging his teammates.

Max Mills

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