The Scarborough Primary Schools Table Tennis Championship was held at Graham School on Wednesday 28th March. Five schools were represented (Gladstone Road Primary, Newby and Scalby Primary School, Lindhead Primary, Friarage Primary and Seamer and Irton Primary) and they each sent enough children to make up a total of 32 players. Before play began Dave Grimwood, who looks after the primary table tennis league, presented trophies for the league season.
Each team in the school’s league had a trophy presented for their best player of the year. The winners were:
Gladstone Road A – Harry Whitehead
Gladstone Road B – Charlie Flintoft
Seamer A – Reuben Lacey
Seamer B – Amelia Breckon
Lindhead – Mia Longman
Northstead – Fabian Glassett
In the tournament the 32 players were split into eight groups of four players. In the groups each player had three games, with the top two going through to the last sixteen knockout stage.
Top seed was Lindhead’s Mia Longman as she went through the entire league season unbeaten. In her group Mia won all her matches 2-0, although Seamer player Charlie Silk did put up some resistance. Charlie qualified in second place. Julia Maliszewska (Friarage) and Zach Southwick (Gladstone Road) losing out.
Second seed, in group 2 was Mia’s brother Harry Longman. Harry had little trouble in winning all his three matches and Oliver Smith (Gladstone Road) qualified in second. Jayden Hepples (Newby) and Tyler Howard (Seamer) went out, but Tyler took Oliver to a close third set.
The third Lindhead player, Samson Grunwell was seeded three. This group was very competitive and saw a bit of an upset with Samson losing in the closest of matches to William Leather of Newby. William went through in first place with Samson second. Nathan Horrocks (Seamer) played really well and can count himself unlucky winning one match and losing the other two, both in three sets. Macorely Dixon of Friarage completed the group.
Fourth seed was Harry Whitehead (Gladstone Road) He won his first two matches before meeting Zach Wood of Seamer. In one of the closest matches of the day Zach came out on top to top the group. Harry had to settle for second place. Rosie Bussey (Friarage) and Dylan Welford (Newby) competed well in this group.
Fifth seed was Reuben Lacey (Seamer) who qualified in first place winning all three matches 2-0. Max Barwick (Newby) did well to come second by just beating Corey Tite ( Gladstone Road) in three sets. Corey Ormston (Friarage) made up this group.
Sixth seed was Daniel Escreet (Newby) and he justified this position with three straight set wins. Charlie Flintoft (Gladstone Road) was second thanks to close wins over Toby Borthwick (Newby) and especially Lucy Webster (Seamer) Lucy beat Toby to take third in the group.
The seed in group seven was Ollie Edmonds (Newby). He won his first two before having a very tough battle against Amelia Breckon (Seamer) winning 2-1. Oliver Hirstle (Newby) and Mitch Buckland ( Friarage) fought out a close match with Oliver prevailing. Amelia won two matches to go through in second place.
With the eighth seed not playing it meant the final group was very open. It was nearly a three way tie, but Louis Fell (Newby) beat Theo Flintoft (Gladstone Road) 13-11 in the third set to top the group by winning all his matches. Unfortunately for Theo, this meant that he fell to third place as he lost to George Penfold (Seamer). George was second in the group with some good play. Alex Riley of Friarage was the fourth player in the group.
Last sixteen results
Mia Longman (1) bt Amelia Breckon 11-9, 11-2
Harry Longman (2) bt George Penfold 11-1, 11-8
Reuben Lacey (5) bt Samson Grunwell (3) 11-9, 11-4
Daniel Escreet (6) bt Harry Whitehead (4) 11-6, 11-7
Max Barwick bt William Leather 11-1, 11-7
Ollie Edmonds (7) bt Charlie Silk 12-10, 11-7
Zach Wood bt Charlie Flintoft 11-5, 11-5
Louis Fell bt Oliver Smith11-13, 11-3, 11-9
This was the tie of the round and Louis fought back well from a set down to take the second set. He held his nerve well to hold on and win the third.
Mia Longman (1) bt Louis Fell 11-1, 11-8
Reuben Lacey (5) bt Zach Wood 11-9, 11-3
Daniel Escreet (6) bt Max Barwick 11-9, 12-10
Ollie Edmonds (7) bt Harry Longman (2) 5-11, 11-9, 11-8
Daniel and Max had a very close game with the former just edging it. There were some long rallies in this game. In possibly the most competitive match of the whole day Ollie Edmonds beat harry Longman despite losing the first set. Ollie just won the second to level it up. Harry played some great forehands to take a 5-2 lead in the third set, bur Ollie showed some great spirit to fight back and take the match with an 11-8 win.
Mia Longman (1) bt Reuben Lacey (5) 11-6, 11-2
Ollie Edmonds (7) bt Daniel Escreet (6) 11-1, 11-7
Mia Longman (1) bt Ollie Edmonds (7) 11-4, 11-1, 11-6
In the best of five set final Mia confirmed her dominance of the league season. She played with great control and concentration to take the title. As Mia is in year five she will be eligible to play in this competition again next year. Well done to Ollie who played some great table tennis to reach the final. In fact well done to all the players who took part as they played with great spirit and they really were all a credit to their respective schools.
Many of the players taking part train with Scarborough Table Tennis Premier Club at Graham School. In fact 7 of the 8 quarter finalists are members of the club. Head coach Ashley Hodgson also comes into some of the schools to work with the children.
There was a doubles competition with players paired with their schoolmates.
The semi- finals saw Mia and Harry Longman playing Reuben Lacey and Zach Wood. The former pair winning 11-9, 11-1. In the other semi-final Ollie Edmonds and Daniel Escreet bt George Penfold and Nathan Horrocks 11-7, 11-8. The final was close and went to three sets. It was 5-4 in the third to Harry and Mia when they changed ends. They extended the lead and eventually won the set 11-5. Well done to the Lindhead pair and also the Newby players for making it a good final.
Scarborough League Champions- Lindhead Primary School
Scarborough Primary schools Champion – Mia Longman
Scarborough Primary Schools Double Champions Mia Longman and Harry Longman.
Report by Martin Lowe