This was the final match for both teams which took place on 6 MARCH 2010 at Fareham ( Neville Lovett school) but there were a couple of surprises.
This was the first appearance and début of Harry Carter, one of the students from Ovingdean School.
Despite people signing up at the beginning to say they were available for all the matches, events as always intervened. Whether it was a sleep-over or a chess tournament (some of those kids are very bright).
In Team B( div 3), we had Viral Virsani, Hai Dwong and new player Harry Carter ( who has only been playing since October, after seeing his friend James Meyers.. getting far as participating in the Deaflympics team). There were only 2 matches taking place. The first match the team lost 3-6, each winning only 1 game each. They woke up for the second match, winning it 9-0. It was a big progress for Hai to finally start winning games, knowing that with a bit of concentration and focus his talent will eventually shine through.
In Team A (div 2), we had Emma Sheen (who has played in all the matches .. well done for answering the call of duty), Benedict Watters & Khem Rogaly. They all faced challenging games, facing players who have played for far longer and train at least 3 days a week. Khem & Emma both won a game, which lifted them immensely and certainly gave Khem confidence about what he can do. Benedict put in a brave performance, but his competitive instinct will improve.
Hollingbury Table Tennis club (HTTC) would like to thank all those who took part (Elliott Jeffery, Emma Sheen, Jack Taylor, Khem Rogaly, Benedict Watters, Bart Rayson, Viral Virsani, Hai Dwong, Jack Thomsett & Harry Carter).
Also a special thanks to all those Parents who chauffeured other players and Coaches back and forth between Brighton and Fareham at the drop of a hat and last minute phone calls.
I think we can be pleased with the progress of the juniors, considering this is their first year in the national junior league and the fact that some of them have been playing for under a year!
We can begin planning for next year’s team (NOV 2010) and I believe we may see the emergence of new stars for the 3rd division ( George Taylor).
I and Prakash would like to thank Wes and Christine for trusting us to organise this without causing any distress (hopefully).
ADE AKINBOYEWA & PRAKASH VARSANI
Hollingbury Table Tennis Coaches