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CSPA Victorious Once Again!
After weeks of early mornings and late evenings, the squad players of 2017 took to the stage for their first competition of the year; the U 11 County Championships held at Cippenham Table Tennis centre. With Farnham Common as the only opposition for the day, the boys and girls were in high spirits as we arrived at the centre. A strong warm up settled most of the nerves and before long, the team events were ready to
start. Beginning with strong performances from Rachel Iles and Alice Godfrey, saw CSPA take a dominant lead winning the first two games comfortably. In quick succession, Poppy Godfrey and Clarissa Nunn backed up the early victories with
impressive wins themselves. This trend followed suit throughout the team event with exceptional performances from all, resulting in an incredible 8-0 victory to CSPA!
Whilst the girls were smashing their way to victory, the boys again took an early lead with a stand out performance from Danny Topliss, showing no shortage of CSPA spirit! Similarly, outstanding performances from Nick Carter and George Driscoll resulted in a steady lead against Farnham Common. Proving to be tough opposition, the ‘match of the day’ quickly attracted spectators around the court as Dexter Dalston
went 2-0 down in games in a set of 5. However, a herculean effort from Dexter, fuelled by the cacophony of applause, saw a 3-2 win for CSPA - a truly remarkable show of courage and determination! All said and done, CSPA boys fought for an
impressive 7-1 victory.
With the team events over and lunch eagerly consumed, the individual competition was about to begin. Again with Farnham Common as the only opposition for CSPA, the girls and boys were keen to start. Following a similar course to the victories in the morning, semi finals in both the boys and girls competitions were primarily CSPA dominated! The girls individual final was a tightly contested match between Rachel
Iles and Alice Godfrey. After some incredible points and eye- catching shots, Rachel clinched victory, becoming the Bucks County Girl's Individual Champion. The boys final, again between CSPA players Dexter and Danny, proved to display unbelievable talent as, once more, spectators were gathering - a compliment in itself! With unbreakable tension and outstanding play, Dexter became victorious to become Bucks
County Boy’s Individual Champion. After an emotion-filled, action-packed day, all players involved showed the best of
their abilities and a class above the rest; impressive to all watching and a tribute to the unparalleled excellence of CSPA students. Both teams progress to Walsall for the Zone Finals in January; the hard work continues!
J Briant J Underwood