Our young players continue to make good progress and now three of them will be representing Waterside TTC and ETTA South Region in the English National Championship Finals, to be played in Walsall on 9th and 10th June 2012.
Amy Blagbrough, a veteran in these competitions, was already pre-qualified for the girls competition in the U12 and U13 categories through her national ranking. She will be joined now by young Katie Holt and Artur Caltabiano who guaranteed their participation after playing the Region South Qualification tournament, in Cippenham, on Saturday 14th April.
Katie will play in the girls U11 competition after finishing as a runner up in a round robin competition with four other girls. She is also qualified to play in the girls U12. Artur had a long day, battling his way in the boys U12 and U13. In both categories, Artur finished top in his group and went straight to the semi-finals, winning both. In the U12s final, he could not compete with the fast game of Jonny McMullan, also from Hampshire. In the U13s final, he came against a more experienced Joshua Gallen, from Berkshire. Even after playing a good match, Artur finished the competition also as a runner up.
Katie and Artur will have the chance this weekend, 21st April, to get used with National tournaments. They head to Doncaster to play the Butterfly Schools’ Individual Championships. Both will be representing Hampshire after winning the County competition.