County Table Tennis, Autumn term 2016

December 20, 2016

When competing in the County table tennis competition we faced five teams from other boroughs around Hertfordshire. The first team we played were extremely challenging as it was our first competitors and we were just warming up. Luckily, we won 5-3 in games that meant we were on our way to becoming the County champions!

In our second match, we managed to achieve another win with the overall score of 6-2. This came to conclusion of the fact we were in the semi-finals. By then, we were starting to build confidence. Here we come!

For our third and final match of the group stages, we played William Ransom who we found our most challenging team yet. With their number one player being the third best In England, it was a close one, but it finished as a draw. The only way they came first in the group stages was because they won one more game in the other matches. We won 17 matches but they won 18.

In the semi-finals, we played against the team that came first in pool A. We won all our games and got advanced to the finals. We knew we could do it!

It started to get tense as we were playing for the title of ‘County Champions.’ We were up against the same team that had beaten us before. Our number 1 unfortunately lost her two games but it was close on her 2nd match. The great thing was our number 3 and 4 won all their games! Everyone was depending on our number 2 because she needed to win at least one of her matches to get win!  If she lost we would have drawn, then it would go through to points. She won narrowly!

We all celebrated. In January we are off to the zone finals to play the other county winners!

By Livy, Alice, Margot and Izzy

 

The boys also competed at the county finals on the same day. They had high hopes and aspirations as the Greenway team last year didn’t make it out of the group stages.

The boys stormed out of the groups stages and into the semis, by beating the 3 other teams in their group.

Their first match proved to be difficult. They had a mixed bag but managed to come away winning 5 of the 8 matches. This gave them a strong momentum and surge of confidence.

In their second match, they blew the opposition away. They won all 8 matches and were ruthless throughout. This meant a victory in their final matches would send them through to the semi finals.

They again had a tough face off with some very closely matched games. They now knew this third and final match up, in the groups stages, would be no walk over. They came away with a narrow 5-3 win. This sent them flying into the semis as group winners.

Their semi final match was a tough match. They were playing a strong team that managed to keep calm and determined. Their determination proved to be the winning value. Out of the 8 matches the boys managed to lose 5-3. They were gutted but knew they had to focus for their 3rd/ 4th play off.

They had another difficult match up to a team they narrowly beat 5-3 in the group stages. This time the matches were even tighter with some of the results changing from the first time they played this team. However, they came away with the 5-3 win again and took 3rd place. It was an amazing result considering the standards of the tournament.

The boys were somewhat disheartened at their semi final exit. They clearly felt it was premature. The boys were so passionate and determined to win, they had forgotten what they have really achieved. When you break down the numbers, they have come so far. Roughly, 90 odd teams enter into their respected district finals. To be 3rd out of all of those teams is a huge, huge achievement and one they should treasure throughout their lives.

Finn, Finlay, Henry, Justin.

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