South Yorkshire schools individual championships.

The schools championships which provide a pathway to the national finals competition attracted an entry of forty table tennis players to the Institute of Sport.

Riley Astle of Bramley Sunnyside School, near Rotherham won an intriguing contest to take the Under Eleven title, in a match which went the distance. Riley crept over the line against fellow “Sunnysider” - Connor Halford, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8, 3-11, 12-10, and will now progress to the national competition to be held in April at Wolverhampton.

The Under Thirteen title was comfortably taken by Wickersley’s Adam Szabo who despatched Lewis Ellams in straight games.

Silverdale’s Jeremy Hamshaw-Thomas took the Under Nineteen crown having dominated in a round robin format.

The Under Sixteen category attracted a strong entry and it was Aaron Radford who suffered at the hands of Jake Cutts in the final. Cutts (15), who also competes in Division One of the Sheffield senior league for Vulcan Redtooth, ended with an 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 victory.

 

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Meanwhile at Pond’s Forge, Burton Uxbridge became British Women’s league champions under the captaincy of former Saint Albion star - Dale Ajeto. Burton celebrated a title hat-trick following an action-packed Women’s British League finale. Burton’s first team of Kate Hughes, Charlotte Bardsley and Mollie Patterson claimed the Premier Division title, with Bardsley celebrating a 100% winning streak over the weekend as Burton held off XLNT Draycott and defending champions YHL. The unbeaten Draycott squad entered the final round, needing to beat Burton to overtake their rivals, but Patterson and Bardsley won the opening two matches against Abbie Milwain and Inta Zdanovska to leave Burton one win from the crown. They had to wait as the eleven-year-old sensation Anna Hursey, recently selected for the Wales Commonwealth Games squad defeated Hughes, but Bardsley’s victory over Milwain meant Burton could not be caught.

Ajeto said “it’s been a huge day for Burton Uxbridge, I’m proud to be associated with such a hard working group of young women, who have reaped their just rewards following a challenging campaign”.

Jim Kenny - Table Tennis England Vice President and Wadsley Bridge chairman took the tournament organisers role for both of these prestigious events.

Rob Loxley - Press Officer

South Yorkshire County TTA