Young squad finish sixth in Washington
A host of promising table tennis players competed in the JoolaNorth American Teams tournament, held at the Gaylord Natonal Resort and Convention Centre in Washington.
The team, consisting of Michael Spence-Durrant, Jehziyh Rawlins and David Goonewardene, competed on the first day against both higher and lower-ranked teams, based on their original seeding.
The team got off to a flyer on day one, winning three of their four matches, finishing in joint first place, and thereby advancing to the upper tier of their group.
There, they faced off against the strongest teams in their division in a large round-robin format and managed to finish sixth.
Spence-Durrant led the line in the anchor role, he accounted for 18 wins out of the 25 matches he played.
Goonewardene and Rawlins found things a bit more challenging, as they were considerably lower rated than their opponents, but did well to pull out some important wins for the team.
Coach Jaymo Durham expressed his delight at the team’s efforts, considering their limited access to training facilities.
“We have a really good foundation with this group, but to reach the next level we need access to a facility that will allow us to put in the requisite hours,” he said. “I think this has given the boys the hunger and desire to maximise their potential and we want to make that happen.”
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