Fantastic Five Are Called Up
Article from Ardrossan & Salcoats Herald
Five fast emerging players from the three towns club will fly the flag for their country in a national event later this year. A quintet from North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club recently qualified to represent Scotland at the British Senior Schools Championship in London in June.
Playing in the Scottish Schools Finals in Edinburgh last week the following players won their way through after a hard fought mumber of tense matches where the top four qualified from each age group.
U14 Girls – Holly McNamara (Ardrossan Academy), Jess Hogg (Largs Academy)
U14 Boys – Jamie Johnson (Auchenharvie Academy), Chad Duncan (St Matthews)
U16 Boys – Martin Johnson (Auchenharvie Academy)
The Johnson brothers are both top of their age group ranking with Martin no1 in u15 Scottish rankings and Jamie no1 in U13 Scottish rankings. The NATTC players have all came through our junior development programme over the years, and all have represented Scotland in the British Primary School Championships previously.
Special mention to Chad Duncan who defeated the number two seed from Aberdeen to qualify. Chad who was number 9 seed on the day, was tied two sets all and 10-6 in the final set, only to see his lead slip away and suddenly found himself match point down. However, Chad showed great courage to win the next three points and clinch his place in the Scotland team.