Junior Campus Table Tennis
Once again we had s a very successful year with Table Tennis at the Junior Campus.
It was tremendous to see the enthusiasm, determination and progress many of these players have made throughout the year. Many of the Yr 8 students built upon the skills and success of last year.
There was a good mix of both boys and girls from Yr 7-8 choosing to play Table Tennis. Many of these went on to represent the school either in the Southland Yr 7-8 tournament, Oamaru Intermediate Exchange or Southland in a variety of tournaments throughout the year.
Tuesday lunchtimes during Terms 2 and 3 saw this enthusiastic group set up tables to play against each other in readiness for the competition games after school.
There were up to 8 James Hargest teams competing in the Tuesday afternoon Yr 7-8 competition during Terms 2&3.
Senior Campus Table tennis
The highlight for Table Tennis this year was James Hargest taking up a boys and girls team to the New Zealand Secondary Schools Table Tennis Championships in Palmerston North during tournament week for the first time in a few years. The girls team comprised of Holly Wu, Maia Cavanagh and Jordan Cruickshank who placed 3rd in the Girls section. The boys team of Damian Mitchell, Andrew Fleming, Finn Holden (and eventually Holly Wu to replace the hospitalised Holden on the 2nd day) also placed 3rd in the Open B Grade section. They were left to rue their untaken chances, mere points away from topping the podium. Andrew Fleming also picked up the U19 Boys Plate in the individuals on the final day.
In the Southland Secondary Schools Championships the Mitchell, Fleming, Holden trio again combined to comfortably take home the boys title. The next generation of Hargest players in Hayden Wu, Quinn Hartley and Charlie Samson came 2nd. In the girl’s section Maia Cavanagh and Jordan Cruickshank impressed, clutching 1st place against great competition.
Hargest players continued to excel on the provincial and national stage. Highlights included Holly Wu and Finn Holden who made the New Zealand National Training Squads for their respective age groups. At the New Zealand Nationals Finn Holden got a silver in the U15 mixed doubles. Finn Holden defended his men's singles title at the Southland Residentials. Caleb Duffy’s personal highlight was winning the U18 boys singles at the Southland Open.