Waterside Table Tennis Club staged this year’s Hampshire Schools Individual Championships on Friday 10th February. Six competitions were held during the day Under 11 Boys and Girls, Under 13 Boys and Girls and Under 16 Boys and Girls.

Katie Holt, winner of U11 girls
Katie Holt, winner of U11 girls

In the under 11 girl’s competition, young Katie Holt from Waterside TTC and representing Brockenhurst Primary in the New Forest won all of her games and will now represent Hampshire in the National Finals in Doncaster, in April.

The boy’s under 11 competition proved to be the strongest o the day. The winner, Mathew Daish from New Milton beat Sonny Brooks from Meon Junior in Portsmouth in the semi final and met Jonathan McMullan from Whitely Junior School, Fareham, in the final. This was a very close match of a high standard. Matthew won the first set 11-8, Jonathan won the next two sets 11-2 and 11-5, and then Matthew won the next set 11-9. With the match at two sets all it went into the deciding fifth set and although Jonathan was 10- 6 up Matthew somehow won 6 points in a row to win 12-10.

The Under 13 boys competition saw two worthy finalists in Artur Veeck, also from Waterside TTC, and representing the Mountbatten School in Romsey, and Tellog Singh from Mayfield School in Portsmouth. In the semis Artur beat Felix Goule of Bitterne Park in Southampton and Tellog beat Adrian Cole of Aldworth Science College in Basingstoke. Artur proved to be too strong for Tellog beating him in the final 11-6, 13-11, 11-4, 11-3. Artur now will also join Katie as Waterside players in the National finals.

Artur Veeck, winner of U13 boys
Artur Veeck, winner of U13 boys

The Under 13 girls also had a Waterside player: Amy Blagbrough of Aldworth Science College in Basingstoke, finished as runner up, being defeated only by Letitia McMullan from Henry Cort School in Fareham.

There was a strong field of players in the Under 16 boys. In the semi finals Jimmy Yeung of Priory School Portsmouth beat Morgan Smith of Westgate School Winchester and Josh Green, a former Waterside TTC player, from Hounsdown in the New Forest beat Oliver Hack from Upper Shirley High in Southampton. Josh and Jimmy played out a very exciting final which went to the fifth and final set. After Jimmy clawed his way back to win the fourth set 12-10, Josh was a convincing winner winning the final set 11-3.

There were just 5 girls in the Under 16 girls group. Chrissie Slot, also a former Waterside TTC player, from Greggs School in Southampton won all of her matches easily and far too strong for the rest of the players. The runner up was Holly Edwards from Challenor RC School in Basingstoke.

Next year, the competition also promises to have very interesting matches and hopefully will have more players taking part!