Rare win for ta­ble ten­nis

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‘‘Lit­tle’’ An­drei Casareo is the talk of South­land ta­ble ten­nis af­ter his re­cent win at na­tion­als.

The 11-year-old be­came one of very few South­land play­ers in his­tory to win a New Zealand ju­nior ta­ble ten­nis in­di­vid­ual cham­pi­onship ti­tle, when he won the 11 years boys’ dou­bles in Christchurch on Mon­day.

Ta­ble Ten­nis South­land spokesman Daryl Holden said the ti­tle win was ‘‘ex­tremely rare for South­land - the first in years’’.

An­drei and his Can­ter­bury part­ner, Joshua Kim, won all four matches to win the ti­tle at the cham­pi­onships, which at­tracted more than 200 ju­niors.

An­drei, who is orig­i­nally from the Philip­pines, also won sil­ver in the 11 years boys’ sin­gles af­ter los­ing a thrilling five-game fi­nal to Joshua.

‘‘I’ve been in­volved in ta­ble ten­nis for over 30 years, and to see An­drei play as well as he did and to push the top seed, and home-town favourite at that, was a pretty spe­cial mo­ment,’’ Holden said.

Ju­nior South­land player Finn Holden, 14, also com­pleted a fine tour­na­ment by win­ning South­land’s sec­ond in­di­vid­ual medal at the cham­pi­onships tak­ing sil­ver in the un­der-15 mixed dou­bles.

Finn also made the quar­ter-fi­nals of the 15 years boys’ sin­gles and the top 16 of the 18 years boys’ sin­gles.

South­land ta­ble ten­nis ju­nior An­drei Casareo, 11, with his dou­bles part­ner Joshua Kim, of Can­ter­bury.

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