Champions being made all the time at St Bede’s School

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ALMOST 300 players made their way with parents, friends and coaches to pack The Dome, Doncaster on Saturday April 21 for the largest one day event in the table tennis calendar – the Butterfly Schools’ Individual Championship Finals.

This event, organised by the English Schools’ Table Tennis Association, boasted one of its largest ever entries with players in eight age categories. 750 matches were played on 22 tables before the Championships were decided.

Fifteen-year-old St Bede’s Student Yuki Wat represented East Sussex in the final, as she had won the U16 County title in February.

She finished in second place. The report below is taken from the English Schools Table Tennis Associations press release

The Under 16 Girls’ event was full of surprises. Top ranked Emma Torkington (Kent) lost to London East’s Harriet Taylor in the quarter-finals. Joining Harriet in the semi-final was Emily Bolton (Cumbria).

Harriet could not maintain her winning streak with Emily progressing to the final. Second seed Isobel Ashley (Derbyshire) won her group comfortably and continued through the knockout stages of the competition to the semi-final where she met unseeded Yuki (East Sussex) who proved too good for the Derbyshire player.

The final needed all five games to decide the winner with both players having match points which they were unable to convert.

The final score in favour of the more experienced Emily was 9-11, 11-5,11-6, 4-11, 14-12. Yuki is a player to watch for the future!

THE Colts U11 Boys’ hockey team from St Bede’s Prep School have had an amazing season culminating in winning the Southern Counties Championship.

At Hurstpierpoint where the boys beat eight opposing teams and won the tournament.

The week before that the St Bede’s boys went to Eastbourne College and won the tournament to become county champions and, as County Champions, they travelled to Surbiton HC to take on the best of the Southern Counties (16 teams from Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Berks, Oxon, Bucks & London) and won that to become Southern Counties Champions. Picture in system.

Huge congratulations go to Tom Gordon, Alastair Orr, Scott Lenham, Will Griffiths, Ollie Carter, Harry Gibson, Charlie Manning, Jaz Wardle and Charlie Kingsbury.

UNDER 16 St Bede’s netballers (above) were crowned Sussex Champions earlier this year.

Having returned from a very successful mid-season tour to Gibraltar, the U16s netball squad progressed through the rounds of the Sussex Schools Knock Out competition, to gain a place in the finals, where they faced a very strong and skilled Hurstpierpoint side.

This fixture was a repeat of the two teams meeting in the Under 15 2011 final, when St Bede’s finished runners up to Hurst. A year on and there was all to play for.

The two sides were evenly matched with the first minutes of the match going goal for goal.

Gradually strength and composure in defence from Angela Hermann, Maisie Trafford and India Brown forced errors from Hurst which were quickly capitalised upon and converted into goals by the strong and solid shooting partnership of Aisling Gander and Jo Szczesnowicz. The half time score saw St Bede’s with a five-goal lead.

In the second half, tremendous interceptions were made by India Brown in defence and these were smoothly supported in transition through to attack by a superb Anouska Greenaway. Vanessa Rayner continued to weave in and out of attack, creating beautiful passages of play into the shooting circle.

The second half saw St Bede’s take more control and advance their lead considerably. With the final whistle quickly approaching, victory was slowly becoming reality.

The final score saw a delighted St Bede’s side become Sussex School U16 Champions by 53 -41.

THE annual U8/9 Sussex Mini Tennis Championships were held at St Bede’s Senior School earlier this year, in March.

Twenty two teams fought for the boys’ and girls’ titles from schools all over Sussex.

The St Bede’s boys of Aron Swanepoel, Oliver Sherfield, Sascha Barber and Joshua, all nine-years-old, battled hard to win their four singles and two doubles to finally lift the trophy after a hard fought final against Lancing.

In the girls’ event the St Bede’s team of Lara Elder, Lucy Drewek, Phoebe King and Jasmine Cecil played well to come a very respectable third.