Zahna’s golden match

Harefield Gazette - - MOTORS -

HARE­FIELD Academy stu­dent Zahna Hall struck team gold at the School Games – and then added an in­di­vid­ual bronze.

Hall, 17, was part of the South East squad, along­side Denise Payet, Kate Cheer and Is­abelle Joubeily, which won the girls’ team ti­tle for the fourth year in suc­ces­sion.

They beat North­ern Ire­land (7-0), North East (4-3) and North West (6-1) in the group stage and Scot­land 4-0 in the semi-fi­nals.

In the fi­nal, they faced Mid­lands and Hall’s 3-1 (12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6) win over Mol­lie Pat­ter­son in the third match was cru­cial as the team re­cov­ered from go­ing be­hind to come back and win 4-2 over­all.

Hall said: “I was op­ti­mistic about it but I’m still happy the team pulled to­gether. We needed to work as a team, es­pe­cially in the fi­nal – it was our hard­est match.

“I’d never beaten Mol­lie Pat­ter­son be­fore, so that was a good win. I stayed fo­cused and knew it was im­por­tant for me to win for the team.”

In the sin­gles, Hall reached the semi­fi­nals, where she was beaten 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-5) by team-mate and even­tual cham­pion Payet.

n KICKER: Zahna Hall (sec­ond left) and the team cel­e­brate

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