England dominated the Senior Schools International hosted by Table Tennis Scotland in Largs, returning with a haul of team and individual medals – including two podium clean sweeps in the individual Under-14 events.
The three-day event featured boys’ and girls’ competitions in three age groups as England took on Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man.
Photos, including the full squad above, all courtesy of Chris Rayner.
England A (Abraham Sellado and Max Radiven) defeated England B (Leo Nguyen and Rex Wong) 3-2 in the final to take the gold medal in the Under-14 Boys’ category, with Scotland A claiming bronze.
Both England teams sailed through the groups, both winning four matches 5-0 and one by a 4-1 margin – the A team against Scotland A and the B team against Ireland A.
In the Under-14 Girls’ event, it was England B who ended on top in the eight-team competition, Jonabel Taguibao and Gene Lam winning all seven of their matches.
Four of those were by a 5-0 margin, while they defeated Ireland, Scotland A and England A 4-1.
That was the only defeat for England A (Sophie Ackred and Naomi Coker), who won five matches 5-0 and also beat Ireland – who ended up with the bronze medal – 4-1.
England finished in the top two positions in the Under-16 Boys’ event and it was the B line-up of Nathaniel Saunders and Joseph Dennison who took gold.
They won their group thanks to three 5-0 wins, plus 3-2 victories over Ireland A and Scotland A and then defeated their England A team-mates Jake Haygarth and Krish Chotai 3-1 in the final.
England A won each of their four group matches by a 5-0 margin, including against a Wale team which went on to win bronze.
In the Under-16 Girls’ event, it was gold and bronze for England. The A team line-up of Tianer Yu and Evelyn Pace won all five matches in the round-robin event with four whitewashes and a 4-1 win over Wales.
England B (Bethany Ellis & Saskia Key) also lost to eventual silver medallists Wales, by a 3-2 margin, but won their other matches to seal bronze.
England A were peerless in the Under-18 Boys’ section as Tom Rayner and Adam Dennison won six matches 5-0 and defeated Ireland 3-2 to complete a gold medal-winning performance.
Ireland took silver as they won every other match, and England B lost only to the top two as they claimed bronze. The England line-up was Josh Bramley and Octavian Aparaschivei.
The most dramatic competition was the Under-18 Girls, in which the destination of the bronze medals was decided by countback.
There was no doubt about the winners as an Anglo-Wales team comprising Niamh Scarborough of England and Wales’ Lara Whitton won all six matches. Silver was also clear, with Ireland having won five out of six.
The abacus was needed to separate England A (Rebecca Savage and Abbie Hurley), Jersey and England B (Kirsty Maull and Stefania Popa), all of whom won three and lost three. The mathematics came out in favour of England A.
England dominated the Under-14 events, taking a clean sweep of all eight medals.
In the Girls’ Singles, Gene Lam was the gold medallist as she defeated Naomi Coker 3-1 (13-11, 6-11, 11-2, 11-8).
The champion defeated Sophie Ackred 3-0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-7) in the semi-finals, whereas Coker had to come from 2-0 down to get past Jonabel Taguibao 3-2 (8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10).
It was the same story in the Boys’ Singles. The podium was led by Abraham Sellado, who saw off Max Radiven in a tight match, claiming victory by a 3-2 (12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4) margin.
It was five games for Sellado in the semi-finals too as he beat Rex Wong 3-2 (11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-6). Radiven had overcome Leo Nguyen 3-1 (11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9) in his semi-final.
Tianer Yu won Under-16 Girls’ Singles gold for England as she defeated team-mate Bethany Ellis 3-0 (11-8, 11-4, 11-4).
There was also a bronze for England – Evelyn Pace was defeated 3-1 (11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 11-4) by Ellis in the semi-finals. The other bronze was for Wales as Darcey Taylor went down 3-0 (11-1, 11-7, 11-9) to Yu. Taylor had earlier knocked out England’s Saskia Key in the quarter-finals (11-8, 13-11, 11-7).
The Under-16 Boys’ competition went to Ireland as Jonathan Mooney picked up a 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-9) victory over England’s Jake Haygarth in the final.
Haygarth came through a tough semi-final against Harri Doherty of Wales, falling 2-1 behind before coming back to win 3-2 (12-10, 8-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8).
In the other half of the draw, Krish Chotai won a bronze medal for England, though he could not get past Mooney, who won their semi-final meeting 3-0 (7, 2, 4).
Niamh Scarborough won silver for England in the Under-18 Girls’ Singles and pushed Hannah Silcock all the way before the Jersey athlete won it 3-2 (11-4, 8-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-5).
Rebecca Savage won bronze for reaching the semi-finals, where she was beaten 3-1 (11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9) by Scarborough, while Wales’ Lara Whitton was the other bronze medallist.
England’s Kirsty Maull reached the quarter-finals, where she was beaten in four by Savage. Stefania Popa and Abbie Hurley went out in the group stage.
In the Under-18 Boys’ Singles, there was a silver for England’s Thomas Rayner, who was defeated 3-1 (13-11, 8-11, 11-5, 13-11) in the final by James Skelton of Ireland.
Bronzes went to Scotland’s Jamie Johnson – beaten 3-0 (4, 5, 5) by Rayner – and Max Skelton of Ireland.
For England, Adam Dennison went out to Max Skelton in the quarter-finals and Josh Bramley reached the same stage, where he was beaten 3-2 (9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6) by Rayner. Octavian Aparaschivei went out in the group stage.