Southland Secondary Schools Table Tennis

Southland Secondary Schools Table Tennis

Table Tennis

Finn Holden has been the talk of Southland table tennis this season.

The Year 7 pupil has enjoyed an outstanding season where he has confirmed his reputation as one of the most promising players in Southland and the South Island for his age.

The 11-year-old’s individual highlight came last month when he was a star performer at the South Island Championships in Invercargill, winning the Under 13 Boys’ Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles.

Finn combined with James Hargest College Year 8 pupil, Holly Wu, to win the Mixed Doubles title.

These three gold medals added to the six golds he won in a clean sweep performance in the Under 11 and Under 13 divisions at the Southland Junior Championships also held last month.

Last week, the season was topped off perfectly when he combined with Year 8 pupil, Daniel Strang, to win the Southland Secondary Schools’ Year 7-8 Team’s Championship.

The pair were unbeaten but had to show all their fighting qualities and great composure to edge out a very challenging Southland Boys’ High School team in a tense final.

Representing James Hargest were Daniel Strang, Finn Holden, Caleb Tucker, Lachlan Thwaites, Caleb Brown, Thomas Fleming, Ben McDonald, Lachlan Burgess, Holly Wu, Maia Cavanagh, Jordan Cruickshank and Miakkae Henderson.

Daniel Strang and Finn Holden were up against a team from SBHS in a truly epic final. After the reverse singles it was tied up at two matches each.

The title then hinged on the doubles. SBHS won the first game and JHC won the second game convincingly.  It was down to the third and final game to decide the match and the title.

After a stern and inspiring team talk both boys came out ready to fight for every point. The crowd was hanging on to the edge of their seats and calling out encouragement.

After what seemed like an eternity the game was over and the boys title decided. JHC won 11 – 7. So there were high fives all around. Well done Daniel and Finn.

The girls place getters were decided on  round robin games and the highest points overall won the title, with Holly Wu and Maia Cavanagh playing brilliantly and working very well as a team.  They never lost a game all day and came out victorious.  Runners up in the girls’ competition were Miakkae Henderson and Jordan Cruickshank. Well done girls.

category News
15 October 2014