David Humble reports on Redbridge Table Tennis Teams, both boys and girls have made it through to the Finals of the London Youth Games to be held at Crystal Palace on the 3rd of July. Players based at the Mossford club run and supply the team, with the terrific addition this year of Joe Walker, a great player to boost the team.
All players and parents really bought fully into our team ethic, which sets us apart from most others which are individual influenced.
In qualifying,all matches were won either 5-0 or 4-1. The girls team fielded ages of 15, 10 and 8 over the 3 two person matches. Sophie Chiang won all her matches, Maliha Baig (8) was 2 games down in one match but came back to win 11-9 in the fifth with fantastic forehand drive to finish the match.
The boys were no less impressive where we used 4 players in the squad.
The London Youth Games Finals at Crystal Palace is a great day out and everyone should make a date in their diary to attend, You would be energised for life ! Check out their website at this link - http://www.londonyouthgames.org/
There is a multiplicity of sports involved very keenly contested by highly enthusiastic youngsters. In effect an Olympic Games for young Londoners is my best shot of describing it. I remember taking Alex Murdoch and his wife one year. They were gob smacked. My grandsons loved attending when they were young.