County Table Tennis Finals
On Tuesday 6th December, the girls' and boys' table tennis teams travelled to Aldworth to compete in the Hampshire U11 table tennis county finals. Both teams were put into a group with other school from across the county with the top two from each group progressing to semi-finals and then a final.
In the Girls tournament St John's were placed in a group with four other schools. We first played Orchard school and won 4-0, This was followed by another 4-0 win over Fair Oak A. Next up was St Francis and the girls recorded another convincing win, 3-1. Finally they played Velmead and again won 4-0 to put them top of their group and through to the semi-finals. Here they played South Farnborough and another great performance saw them again win 4-0 and go through to the final. Here they met a very strong Springhill side. The match was incredibly close and in fact finished in a 2-2 draw. This meant the winner had to be determined by totalling all points scored across the four matches. Unfortunately, the girls were just four points short of Springhill. This meant they finished as runners-up and collected silver medals - we are very proud of their amazing performance.
In the boys' tournament St John's were in a group with three other schools and put in three excellent performances, winning all their matches 4-0 and without even dropping a set. In the semi-final the boys played an incredibly close match against South Farnborough. After initially losing the first two matches to go 2-0 down they managed to level the game up in the final two matches and finish 2-2. Similar to the girls it came down to most points scored in the match, with St John's winning by 6 points. In the final it was another St John's vs Springhill encounter. This time the boys played some amazing table tennis to win 4-0 and be crowned Hampshire champions. This is the 5th consecutive year the boys have been Hampshire table tennis champions and we are really proud of the effort all the children have put into their practise. The boys will now go on to complete in London in the zone finals in January. We wish them the best of luck!