English Schools Table Tennis Association Zone Finals 2017

On Sunday 15th January The Bishop of Hereford Bluecoat School travelled to Wood Green Academy to compete in the team zone final for English Schools Table Tennis.

Our team was Jake Price, Kyle Day, Joel Aldridge and Sam Williams.  BHBS were placed in a group with Gosford Hall from Oxfordshire, Prince Henry School from Worcestershire and Streetley from Birmingham.

We won our first two matches against Gosford Hall and Streetley with ease 8-0 with all the games apart form one being won 3-0, this reflects how much our players have improved over the year.  In the final group game we faced our rivals from last year’s final Prince Henry, they were without their strongest player from last season.  We had a great 6-2 win against them with Jake and Kyle winning both games and Joel and Sam winning one each.

In the semi-final we played Marling school from Gloucestershire, This was our hardest game so far and the games were going each way.  After 6 games we were 4-2 ahead and needed one more win to be sure.  Joel beat the Marling number two 3-1 to give us the win.

The final was to be a re-match against Prince Henry School.  This started off much tighter than in the group.  After two sets all the 4 games were tied at 1-1.  All 4 games were played at the same time and it was difficult to know where to look.  Jake and Joel won their games 3-1 to put us two ahead.  Kyle came from 2-1 down to beat Ali Witheford 11-7 in the fifth after earlier beating him 3-0 in the group.  Sam also won a tough 5 setter against Johny Lyons, he had lost the game in the group to Johny.  This great start put us 4-0 ahead with 4 to play.  Prince Henry got a game back to make it all 4-1.  Kyle and Sam both won 3-0 to put us comfortably ahead 6-1.  In the final game Joel was playing Ed Sommers, Ed had beaten Joel earlier in the groups.  Ed won the first two sets 5-11 and 6-11.  In a fantastic comeback Joel really upped his game with strong attacking strokes, especially from his forehand, Joel overpowered Ed and turned the game on its head winning the last three sets 11-6, 11-6 and 11-8.