Rare win for table tennis
‘‘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.