Morpeth collect trio of Open titles

Morpeth School are celebrating another individual triumph after Ashley Facey Thompson won his second title on the national table tennis tournament circuit at the Cirencester Open

Morpeth School are celebrating another individual triumph after Ashley Facey Thompson won his second title on the national table tennis tournament circuit at the Cirencester Open.

The 13-year-old defeated Morpeth team-mate Rafi Conn-Kowlessar on his way to securing the boys' Under-15 championship in Gloucestershire, while Chantal Wilson also secured a second national tournament title of the season in the girls' Under-15 category.

The Bethnal Green school's dominance of the event was underlined as Yves Barbe-Wilson clinched his first individual title and the squad's third overall in the Under-15 boys consolation singles.

Morpeth coach Grant Solder said "Once again, Morpeth players have dominated a


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prestigious tournament.

"To be succeeding on the National Open circuit in both the boys' and girls' events is an exceptional achievement for our school."

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Facey Thompson cruised into the semi-finals in Cirencester only to be confronted by team-mate Conn-Kowlessar in the last-four meeting.

Facey Thompson proved to be the stronger player and advanced to the final, where he faced local favourite Jared Knowles, from Gloucestershire, for the title.

Knowles was blown away by Facey Thompson's explosive play and attacking attitude and the Morpeth youngster recorded a convincing 3-0 victory to be crowned champion.

In the girls' Under-15 singles, 14-year-old Wilson progressed effortlessly into the final following strong victories in all her matches.

It looked as though an all-Morpeth final was on the cards as 13-year-old Sayeeda Anjum Miah reached the semi-finals, only to suffer a close 3-1 defeat by highly ranked England player Maria Tsiptsopa, from Bristol, in their last-four clash.

Wilson gained a measure of revenge for her Morpeth team-mate as she proved far too strong for the national team player, taking her second national tournament title of the season with a 3-0 whitewash.

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