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Morpeth net treble honour at Open

PUBLISHED: 11:08 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:45 05 October 2010

MORPETH SCHOOL table tennis stars are celebrating a dominant display at the Chandlers Open National Tournament after capturing three individual titles at the competition in Lincolnshire last month. Majada Yasmin, Sally Hoang and Ashley Facey-Thompson were

MORPETH SCHOOL table tennis stars are celebrating a dominant display at the Chandlers Open National Tournament after capturing three individual titles at the competition in Lincolnshire last month.

Majada Yasmin, Sally Hoang and Ashley Facey-Thompson were all crowned age-group winners, while Rafi Conn-Kowlessar also made the semi-finals in Grantham, as Morpeth continued their outstanding record of table tennis success.

Morpeth coach Grant Solder, a former England international, said: "It was an outstanding achievement for the school to have three players in three finals at a National Open tournament.

"These players were in our party of eight who went to China for three weeks' of intensive training over the summer, which has clearly paid off. Their fitness and technique has improved and their mental toughness also proved superior in this competition."

Facey-Thompson, 13, comfortably won the Under-15 boys' singles title, defeating team-mate Conn-Kowlessar in straight sets in their semi-final match before overcoming Ormesby rival Paul Smith in the final.

Seeded second in the Under-18 girls' singles, 14-year-old Hoang glided through to the finals without dropping a set. Her fast, aggressive play proved too much for final opponent and top seed Hannah Winfield, from Lincolnshire, as Hoang recorded a 3-1 win.

Yasmin, 13, also defeated a series of older rivals to lift the Under 15 girls' singles title and record her first national tournament win.


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