Jai (Y5) and Derek (Y4) qualified as the top pairing (from 21 pairs) from 9 participating schools in West Kent to qualify for the Doubles finals, which consisted of 8 teams from previous Kent qualifying events. During the tournament, the boys won all their group matches qualifying for the grand final. At one point, they were leading 9-6 but eventually went on to lose 9-10 to Eltham College A. The last point saw long rallies and all four players very evenly matched, fighting until the very last shot. Naturally, both Jai and Derek were bitterly disappointed (especially as they had beaten Eltham in the group phase!) but they can rightly be very proud of themselves in the way they represented The New Beacon and gaining the runners-up spot in a very competitive tournament. Well done to both boys.

Mr Probert