Morpeth top of the class in league opener

PUBLISHED: 10:05 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 05 October 2010

MORPETH SCHOOL table tennis teams dominated the first round of the London and South East region National Under-15 Cadet League in Bromley, Kent last week. The strength of Morpeth s A team, which included Ashley Facey Thompson, Joshua James and Chantal Wil

MORPETH SCHOOL table tennis teams dominated the first round of the London and South East region National Under-15 Cadet League in Bromley, Kent last week.

The strength of Morpeth's A team, which included Ashley Facey Thompson, Joshua James and Chantal Wilson, was apparent from the outset, despite the decision to rest their top two players Sally Hoang and Rafi Conn-Kowlessar for the event.

Morpeth recorded comprehensive victories in all three matches, beating Deptford Green A and Darenth A by identical 8-1 scorelines before crushing Graham Spicers A 9-0 to climb to the top of Division One. Joshua James was the team's star player, winning each of his games.

The Morpeth B team of Majada Yasmin, David Ha and Sayeeda Anjum Miah are second in the top division following a series of impressive results despite competing against their opponents' A-string teams.

Morpeth's C squad of Lucas Cole, Yves Barbe-Wilson, Simon Ha and Ryhan Al-Shuhayb also produced a memorable display, finishing in top spot in Division Two without losing a match. They defeated Deptford Green B 5-4, Southend A 6-3, Graham Spicers B 7-2 and Harefield B 6-3.

In Division Three, Morpeth's D team ended up in a creditable third place after playing against A and B teams from the other clubs. Priya Chawla won six of her nine games, with team-mates Jack Templeman and Jasim Hassan also playing strongly.

Morpeth coach and former England international Grant Solder praised the strength in depth of the team's performance.

He said: "We run a full-time inclusive table tennis scheme at the school, with 40 hours of coaching each week and more than 300 children taking part.

"We have started to train many of our new Year-7s and also provide regular coaching sessions at our four local primary schools, starting with pupils as young as seven. I take great pride in our ability to field four strong teams in this nationally

recognised league, which is a direct

consequence of our committed coaching scheme.

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