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Ashburnham Boys and Fox Girls are Central London ChampionsEamon Brennan – 12th May 2016
Ashburnham Under 11 Boys team stormed to victory in the English Schools Central London Championships, Sweeping aside Knightsbridge, Fircroft and old rivals, Fox Primary in the final match.
Led by the unstoppable Harry Derecki, and supported brilliantly by Abed Rahman, Boubacar Stanley and Mohammed Kaba, Ashburnham have proved themselves real contenders for the Jack Petchey All London Finals coming up at the end of January. The question is; just how far can this talented boy’s team go? Could Harry or Abed claim the London individual championship later this year? I wouldn’t bet against it.
Although the Fox boy’s team is now considerably below strength, having lost their No 1 player, Fox’s National winning girls team just seems to gets stronger and stronger. Consisting of five very talented and hard working girls, it will be a very strong team that manages to halt their progress towards another gold medal winning performance. All five girls have very different styles; Rose Bourdier an all-round fast and dynamic attacking player, Valentina Weinstein with her very effective back-spin defensive stroke, Nadia Zoppos with her distinctive block game, Louise Pradayrol with her lethal top spin drives and Colette Fransulet with her sweeping back-hand punch. This is truly a team that sets the standard for others to follow.