London Academy won four of the eight titles available at the Jack Petchey London Schools Table Tennis Finals.

They won both under-11 and both under-16 titles in a busy day at the University of East London’s Sportsdock.

University College School, Putney High School and Wallington County Grammar were the other winners.

The event also serves as a zonal final for the Butterfly National Schools Championships, with the top two teams in each category going through to the regional finals.

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Under-11 Boys

London Academy’s winning team with Peta Cubberley from the Jack Petchey Foundation (left) and Table Tennis England Director Priya Samuel (right)

London Academy defeated St Edward’s in a close final to take the gold medals.

The final was a repeat of a group match which finished level at 4-4, St Edward’s coming from 3-1 down to lead 4-3 before London Academy pulled level.

In the final, the pattern looked to be repeating as London Academy took a 3-1 lead. Zaid Aldilimi pegged them back to 3-2 by defeating Yacoub Rahmani-Walentynska, but Lewis Macsween then restored London Academy’s two-point advantage by beating Malek Shamakh 11-4 in a deciding fifth game.

St Edward’s again reduced the deficit, but Adam Riadi claimed the match and the title for London Academy in the final match, defeating Patsy Callaghan.

In the semi-finals, St Edward’s beat St Aubyn’s and London Academy defeated Fox Primary. The third-place play-off saw a 5-1 victory for Fox Primary.

Winning squad: Yacoub Rahmani-Walentynska, Zacharia Sarri, Lewis Macsween, Stefan Pop, Adam Riadi, Korey Samuda

Under-11 Girls
London Academy

The round-robin competition saw London Academy win all three matches, with 8-0 victories against St James the Great Primary and St Aubyn’s and a 7-1 success against Fox Primary.

Fox won their other two matches, both without dropping a match, to take the silver medals, while a 6-2 victory for St Aubyn’s over St James earned them the bronze.

Winning squad: Soraya Rahmani-Walentynska, Assil Sarri, Inayah Zasella, Serene Rahmani-Walentynska

Under-13 Boys
University College School (UCS)

UCS took the gold with a victory over Whitgift in the final. Having taken the lead, the victors were pegged back to 1-1 when Hrishi Tumuluri beat Avi Schliessir 11-8 in a deciding game.

But USC then pulled away with four more victories to take an unassailable 5-1 lead and therefore win the title.

In the semi-finals, UCS overcame Addey &Stanhope, while Whitgift were victorious against Crest Academy.

The bronze medals went to Crest, courtesy of a 5-3 victory over Addey & Stanhope in the play-off.

Winning squad: Shai Chesterman, Ruben Michaud, Avi Schliessir, Krischan Rajendra

Under-13 Girls
Putney High School

One of the tightest competitions was the round-robin under-13 girls, which was won in the end by Putney High School, edging out St Marylebone Girls’ School.

The two schools won two of their three matches and drew 4-4 when they faced each other. St St Marylebone showed great resilience in that match as they came from 2-0 and 4-2 down to level the score as both Zeina Negh and Eva Yared won two matches apiece. Isabella Turner-Samuels also won two matches, for Putney.

In the end, Putney won the gold medal as they had beaten both Tiffin Girls and Morpeth School 8-0, while the margin of victory for St Marylebone was 6-2 in both cases.

Morpeth beat Tiffin 5-3 to take the bronze medals.

Winning squad: Isabella Turner-Samuels, Skye Laing, Martha Ground, Dai-An Nguyen, Yasmin Tunali-Flynn

Under-16 Boys
London Academy

London Academy were top of the pile in the five-team tournament, with a 100% record.

That included 8-0 wins over Addey & Stanhope and Crest Academy and a 7-1 margin of victory over St George’s Catholic School.

Their closest match was the 5-3 victory over Whitgift, who led 3-2 thanks in large part to two individual victories by Ollie Maric-Murray, before London Academy won the final three matches to claim the overall win.

Second and third places were decided on countback as Whitgift, St George’s Catholic School and Addey & Stanhope all won two matches.

When the individual scorelines were taken into account, Whitgift ended up with the silver medals and Addey & Stanhope with the bronze.

Winning squad: Parsa Yamin, Fernando Frandes, Ilyes Djeraoui, Shahuraj Nimse

Under-16 Girls
London Academy

It was an under-16 double for London Academy as they won all three matches, defeating Addey & Stanhope and Harris City Academy 7-1 and edging St George’s Catholic School 5-3.

They were twice behind against St George’s, at 0-1 and 1-2, but then built up a 4-2 lead, with Sienna Jetha winning twice and Alisha Dutta notching a fine 3-2 (11-2, 11-13, 11-13, 12-10, 11-5) victory over Jadeine Augustin.

Luna Archard pulled one back for St George’s, beating Mauli Shah, but Tadeea Aparaschivei completed London Academy’s victory with a win over Naome Fessahye.

Addey & Stanhope and St George’s both defeated Harris, but were themselves deadlocked at 4-4 – countback put St George’s in the silver medal position.

Winning squad: Alisha Dutta, Sienna Jetha, Tadeea Aparaschivei, Mauli Shah

Under-19 Boys
Wallington County Grammar School

Wallington County Grammar won all three of their matches to take the gold medals.

They defeated Morpeth School and Ark Burlington Danes by 8-0 margins, and came out on top 6-2 against UCS.

They were never behind in that match, and Chid Egbeama’s fine 3-2 (8-11, 11-8, 5-11, 12-10, 11-9) win over Toby Crawcour to make it 4-1 was a key moment.

UCS were in second place by virtue of and 8-0 victory over Burlington Danes and a 7-1 success against Morpeth, while it was Morpeth who took bronze thanks to a 7-1 victory over Burlington Danes.

Winning Squad: Chid Egbeama, Jacob Archer, Ojasvii Borah, Akal Dosanjh

* Wallington County Grammar were awarded the under-19 girls’ gold medal as the only team not to withdraw from the competition.

Wallington County Grammar School’s Yuvathi and Anishka Kumar