College table tennis players among medals

Vanessa Wood-Lin led the gold medal-winning MGC team. Photo supplied.

Marlborough Girls’ College teams claimed the top two placings in the girls’ section at the recent Tasman Secondary Schools table tennis championships.

At the Saxton table tennis stadium in Nelson, Marlborough Boys’ College placed a creditable third in the boys’ section of 21 teams.

The MGC No 1 team of Vanessa Wood-Lin, Hannah Smit and Sophie Woodhouse beat two Nayland College teams 5-0 in pool play and Nelson Girls College 5-0 in the semi-finals.

The MGC No 2 team of Hannah Wilson, Carolin Vogt and Lotta Kristner excelled in reaching the final. They scored 5-0 pool play wins over two Nayland college teams, beat Nelson College for Girls 4-1 and Nayland Pink 5-0 to set up a battle with their schoolmates in the final.

MCG 1 came away with a 4-1 victory. Wood-Lin and Smit were in a class of their own, winning all their singles and doubles matches. Woodhouse won all but one single and was great value in the doubles.

For MGC 2 Wilson won three singles from five, Vogt four from five and Kristner was an outstanding No 3 player, winning all five singles.

MGC manager/coach Megan Stratford described it as a great result from all six girls.

The MBC team of Rory Osborne, Joseph Ruwhiu and Alec Dodson were up with the best in the 21-team boys’ section and were unlucky not to make the final.

They beat Nayland and Nelson College teams 5-0 in pool play and another Nelson College team 5-0 in the quarter-finals. They lost to a Nayland College team 2-3 in the semifinal, a match that could have gone either way. Osborne and Dodson both won their singles, but Ruwhiu narrowly lost in the deciding set and his team mates just missed out in their doubles. Garin College took out the final 3-2 over Nayland.

The boys made a clean sweep of matches in the play-off for third, beating Garin College 2.

Osborne and Dodson went through the day unbeaten in singles, and Ruwhiu only had one loss. The boys also won eight from 10 doubles, a fine result for a young team which includes two Year 9 boys and one Year 11.

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