Long’s road to suc­cess

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

HILLING­DON school­boy Ge­orge Long is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter win­ning a na­tional ta­ble ten­nis tour­na­ment.

Long part­nered Zaiim Premji to claim the cadet boys’ team gold medal at the In­ter-Re­gional Fi­nals. ls.

The Ta­ble Ten­nis Eng­land event is new this year and, af­ter re­gional qual­i­fy­ing events, sees boys and girls in three age groups com­pete for one of 10 re­gions from across the coun­try in both sin­gles and team com­pe­ti­tions.

Rep­re­sent­ing Lon­don, Premji and Long (pic­tured) won their group of five teams and then over­came Kian Burgess and James Davies-Stokes of the east re­gion 3-0 in the fi­nal, both win­ning their sin­gles matches and then team­ing up to take the dou­bles.

Long, 15, who at­tends John Lyon School, said: “We were seeded sec­ond in the group so we did well to win it. We won most of our dou­bles matches and I think that was the key.”

Premji also reached the fi­nal of the in­di­vid­ual sin­gles but had to set­tle for sil­ver as Burgess turned the ta­bles in a 3-0 vic­tory (11-9, 11-8, 11-6).

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