National Schools Finals
6 Bishop Auckland players took the trip to Wolverhampton for the National Schools individuals finals. The day started with Anya in the under 13’s girls in her first match beat the top seed and number 13 cadet Angharad Beman, along with wins over rest of her group Anya took the top seeded position to set up a last 16 clash with Durham Team mate Rebecca Savage which saw Anya come through 3-0 to reach the last 8 where Raquel São Pedro was too strong.
Amy Mold had the crazy position where only 3 players in her group of 6 turned up one of which being Amy and one being England under 6 Gemma Kerr the other being a unknown player who had clearly played a lot of table tennis. So after 4 hours Amy had played two games and didn’t get through.
Luke Mitchell and Jake Haygarth both playing in the under 13’s age group, both boys lost to the top seeds in the group Luke going down to Bertie Kelly and Jake to Rhys Davies, Jake won the rest of his matches to go through as runner up, Luke scored a fantastic win over higher ranked Sam Lowe coming back from 10-7 down in the 5th set to win. Luke then lost to the 2nd player in the group to finish 3rd. the last 16 saw Jake play Toby Ellis England number 5, after being 2-0 down Jake pulled it back to a final 5th before going down in a great performance.
James Neal in the under 19’s finished 4th in his tough group, Ben Mold playing in the under 11’s won his group this included a fantastic victory over England number 4 Cameron Driver this included being 9-8 down in the 5th when a general let was called to make a presentation. Ben then went down in the last 16 putting up a brave fight.