Saturday the 12th saw the Junior British League qualifiers take place in Grantham.
Bishop Auckland table tennis club had both a boy teams and a girls’ team playing to try and secure places in the British junior league. The British league would be the step up for the club with teams coming from all over the British Isle to compete.
The boy’s team consisting of Zak Hutchinson, Tom Whittaker, and Carl Draper were joined by signings Will Dobinson and Josh Weatherby with Rob Renton being away he was unable to play.
The boys started the day against a Greenhouse team from London, will won his first match but the team slipped to 4 a 4-2 defeat however Young Josh lost both his 12-10 in the last set before Tom Whittaker picked up the last match but bit of luck could have seen a 4-2 win for Bishop though.
Next up was a team from Lillington club, who were one of the top seeds for the whole event and top seed in the group. Despite a spirited display the older more experienced team were too good and Bishop lost 6-0.
The final game for the boys was against a team from Horsham in Sussex. The team of Zak, Josh and Carl making his first start came away with a 5-1 win with Both Josh and Carl picking up doubles.
So a third place finish, which was not enough to make the playoff for a place but a great effort by the boys.
The girl’s team of Erin Harrison joined by England number 52 Hannah Burrows from Wigan and Alex Robinson from Grantham started the day with a 4-2 win over Sussex, with Erin Picking up 2 wins.
Next up was a team from Pudsey in Leeds, Unfortunately the girls couldn’t continue their winning ways going down 4-2 but again bit of luck could have seen the girls get a draw.
Next up for the girls was the favoured team from Chippenham who lived up to their billing beating the girls 4-2 with Hannah picking up 2 wins
Not wanting to go home on a bad note the girls picked themselves up to finish with a strong 6-0 against Burton uxbridge.
A great effort by everyone for the day with both team finishing 3rd in the groups which was just shy of the pay offs. With most of the players able to play next year we have high hopes to be pushing for promotion in to the British League next year