BOYS BAT AWAY THE OP­PO­SI­TION

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THE Hare­field Academy U13 boys team took top hon­ours at the re­gional fi­nal of the Jack Petchey Foun­da­tion London Schools Team com­pe­ti­tion.

Mar­shall Cash, Mitchell Pi­geon, Chandler Cash, Jay Frost and Matthew Vincent emerged vic­to­ri­ous against Whit­more High from Har­row to claim first place in last week’s west London fi­nal.

It was a nerve-wrack­ing fi­nal with Hare­field’s win com­ing on count back by just six points.

Ta­ble ten­nis ranks high at the school, with play­ers of­ten train­ing up to 15 hours a week.

Coach Eli Baraty said: “This is a good team and their first win at U13 level.

“It all came down to the last game and it was neck and neck. They won so they did well to over­come their nerves.”

The com­pe­ti­tion bought to­gether 14 teams from schools from Brent, Eal­ing, Ham­mer­smith & Ful­ham, Har­row, Hilling­don and Houn­slow at Cap­i­tal City Academy.

Hare­field will now com­pete at the fi­nals on Jan­uary 31 in the Sports Dock at the Univer­sity of East London. The com­pe­ti­tion is aimed at in­creas­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion and aware­ness of ta­ble ten­nis in London schools.

n VIC­TO­RI­OUS: Hare­field Academy U13 boys, who won the west London re­gional fi­nal of the Jack Petchey Foun­da­tion London Schools Team com­pe­ti­tion

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