Minsthorpe students serve up table table title

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STUDENTS from Minsthorpe Community College served up trophy success at the recent Wakefield Table Tennis Championship Finals.

The six-strong Year 10 team stormed to victory in the district finals against local rivals Carlton and Kings in what was an all-Pontefract affair.

Minsthorpe had cruised through the initial knock-out stages of the first two rounds in late September and early October to book their place in the finals.

Connor Morris, Ben Ramsbottom, Ross Brough, Zavier Elkin-Sheppard, Blaize Hammond and Matthew Elvidge were selected to represent the South Elmsall college and they did not disappoint.

First up for Minsthorpe was a match against Carlton and they cruised to an 8-1 victory largely thanks to big wins from Morris, Elvidge and Elkin-Sheppard.

Kings proved tougher opposition and had the scores tied at 3-3 after the singles matches to leave the match nicely poised.

It put pressure on the doubles matches but Hammond and Elvidge eased their way to victory in the first game to give Minsthorpe the slight advantage.

Brough and Elkin-Sheppard were up next but they narrowly lost out 21-18 leaving it all down to the big final match to decide the Wakefield champion.

Morris and Ramsbottom, Minsthorpe’s top-two ranked players, were up against their counterparts from Kings.

At 10-10 it looked as though the game was going right down to the wire but Morris opened up his smash and Ramsbottom dominated the defensive play to give ’Thorpe a 20-16 lead at match point.

Ramsbottom served and Morris smashed the winner from the return to give Minsthorpe the victory - and the title.

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