End of an Era at Chelsea Academy
Double Gold For Ashburnham Primary PingEamon Brennan – 22nd March 2018
In the inter-school section of the National Junior Table Tennis League held at the London Academy at the weekend, Ashburnham Primary helped themselves to not one but two sets of gold medals. In an enthralling battle of wills, Ashburnham’s A team went head to head with the highly successful Chelsea Academy team and at one stage it looked like the title would be decided on a countback. As it was, the Ashburnham team, comprising of twins Isaac and Oscar and the powerful Abdurahmane, saw off the Chelsea challenge by a single game, coming top of the table with thirty one points to Chelsea Academy’s thirty.
Chelsea Academy had won this particular title for the past two tournaments and at the start of play it really looked like they were set to make it three in a row. But the Ashburnham team had other ideas. Isaac was on devastating form, winning thirteen matches and dropping just a single match throughout the day. Brother Oscar was not far behind winning twelve matches with just two defeats. Abdurahman also played a significant part chalking up an impressive seven wins. This was an Ashburnham team that has been threatening to deliver for some time and on this occasion they made very few mistakes.
In the B division it was to be another Ashburnham triumph only this time the opposition from the London Academy, Barnes Primary and Hogarth Primary were simply swept away. This was a particularly pleasing performance from the young Ashburnham squad consisting of Elijah, Joshua and Roman. Unperturbed by the temporary absence of one of their top team mates, the Ashburnham team got about their business in a most business-like fashion. Year 5 Elijah was on blistering form winning an amazing eleven games and dropping just a single match. Fellow Year 5 team-mate Josh and Year 4 Roman played their part as well, winning an all-important eleven matches between them. By the close of play this very promising Ashburnham team found themselves a massive eight points clear of their nearest rivals. There was nothing left to do but collect their silverware and savour the moment.
These two wins complete a very successful month for the Ashburnham table tennis squad, coming as it does on top of Nyah Ode’s gold medal at the ESTTA Central London School championships. The key to these successes is undoubtedly the extra training sessions the players have been putting in at both the Friday evening Chelsea Academy training sessions and the newly instigated Ashburnham Thursday community sessions. To paraphrase England’s former No1 player Matthew Syed, ‘there is no such thing as talent – only dedication and hard work. The Ashburnham table tennis team certainly seem to have taken those profound word on board.