Search

Morpeth students serve up a table tennis double to make their mark on London rivals

PUBLISHED: 11:15 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:15 30 November 2017

Morpeth School's under-19 boys and under-16 girls celebrate their success at the Jack Petchey Schools' Table Tennis Championships (pic Stephen Pover/JPF)

Morpeth School's under-19 boys and under-16 girls celebrate their success at the Jack Petchey Schools' Table Tennis Championships (pic Stephen Pover/JPF)

©Stephen Pover

Hotshot table tennis players from Morpeth School took top honours in the East London final of the Jack Petchey Table Tennis England team competition at Raines School.

The competition brought together teams from schools from Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, City of London, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets.

And the under-16 girls’ trophy went to Morpeth’s Yasna, Isla, Lily, and Melissa, all 14, and Amalie, 12, who have been playing for three years and all love the sport which is promoted strongly at the Portman Place school.

Yasna said: “Once I got into table tennis I gave up music and drama, so I could give more time to playing. We love each other as a team and we love winning.”

The team has been playing together since last year and beat the Petchey Academy in the final.

Yasna, who plays for the national team when she returns to Kurdistan, wants to qualify for the England team this year.

The under-19 boys’ title also went to Morpeth, whose team consisted of Murhad and Imran both 17, Jamie 18 and Zubair 15.

They have been playing for about seven years and started at their local primary schools. In the final they beat a team from Seven Kings School, Redbridge.

Murhad has played in Holland and Denmark and wants to make his semi-professional debut in the next year. He said: “The standard was good and it’s great to win. We can’t wait for the final.”

Morpeth’s two teams will progress to the London finals at UEL’s SportsDock on January 13.

The Jack Petchey Schools’ Table Tennis Championships include team and individual competitions aimed at increasing participation and awareness in schools in London and Essex.

The project also includes the donation of indoor and outdoor table tennis tables which is also helping to increase interest.

Sara Sutcliffe, chief executive of Table Tennis England, said: “Thousands of young people are playing table tennis in London and Essex thanks to the Jack Petchey Foundation’s support.

“The table donation scheme and team and individual competitions have taken the profile of the sport and standard of play to new heights. They’ve created a lasting legacy and we look forward to thousands more youngsters benefitting from the programme.”

See londonschoolstabletennis.co.uk for further information.

Latest East London Sports News

56 minutes ago

The Tottenham Hotspur defender praised the leadership skills of his club team-mate and discussed the firepower in the England squad

12:00

They’ve kept 194 clean sheets for their country between them but which one of these five shot stoppers is England’s greatest goalkeeper of all time?

10:00

West Ham United capture the signing of Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski for an undisclosed fee from Swansea City.

07:00

Jamie Porter has been studying the Specsavers County Championship form with the eye of an optimist as Essex approach the halfway point in their title defence.

Yesterday, 18:12

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has made his second signing of the summer with defender Issa Diop joining the club from French side Toulouse for an undisclosed fee.

Yesterday, 15:30

Essex turn their focus back on the red-ball game with back-to-back home matches in the Specsavers County Championship.

Yesterday, 13:00

England’s captain led from the front to score twice and hand Gareth Southgate’s team a win in their World Cup opener

Yesterday, 12:00

Harry Kane dug England out of a hole and secured a last-gasp 2-1 win over Tunisia in their World Cup opener.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now