English Schools Team Zonal Finals 2018

Magdalen College School Under 13s reach Regional Semi-Finals

On the 13th and 14th of January 2087, Magdalen College School represented Oxfordshire in the U13 and U16 boys categories in the zonal round of the English Schools’ Team TT Championships for the first time in the school’s history.


MCS was placed in a group with Marling School, Stroud and Wood Green, Wednesbury. They finished second in their group defeating a strong Wood Green side 5-3 and narrowly losing 3-5 to Marling (who had a nationally ranked player), who went on to top the group. From there, MCS advanced to the semi-finals, playing the winner of the second group. Despite better shot selection and some stout defence, they were comprehensively beaten 7-1 by Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby.

Congratulations to Zain Ali, Hari Selveraj, Hugh Mortimer and Edmund Fry on reaching this stage and good luck to Hari, Hugh and Edmund in the upcoming city championships.


MCS was placed in a group with Wood Green, Wednesbury, Aylesford School, Warwick and Prince Henry’s, Evesham. First up was a narrow 3-5 loss to Aylesford which included many deuce games and a 3-2 victory for MCS number 4, Jonathan Dickinson, against the opposing number 4. Next was a 2-6 defeat to Prince Henry’s (one of the favourites), in which Magdalen number 1 Kiarash Shaddel narrowly defeated the opposing number 1 and 2 winning 12-10 in the fifth and 11-9 in the fourth respectively. To finish the day, there was a battle royal between MCS and Wood Green. Here, Magdalen number 3 Roly Belton defeated the opposing number 4 in a stylish straight sets victory, Jonathan Dickinson and Tom Williams (Magdalen number 2) both came agonisingly close to defeating the opposing number 4 and 3 respectively and Kiarash defeated 64th ranked English U15, Alex Lee, 3-1 in a high octane match. But, unfortunately, MCS lost 3-5 in the end.

Well done to the team of Kiarash Shaddel, Tom Williams, Roly Belton and Jonathan Dickinson. Kiarash and Roly will both move up to represent MCS at the U19 age group next, and Tom and Jonathan will be leading next year’s U16 team, using this experience as ammunition for the future.

Many thanks go to the MCS sport department and an abundance of parental support over both days for all their help, support and encouragement throughout the campaign.    


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