Local schools dominate table tennis champs

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The Aoraki Secondary Schools’ table tennis champs were held in Oamaru on Monday, with Waitaki Boys’ and Waitaki Girls’ high schools winning both the sections.

The boys’ section competed at the Oamaru Club, while the girls battled it out at Waitaki Girls’ High.

Both of the winning teams went through the competitions without losing a match.

The Waitaki Boys’ High team of Inoke Naufahu and Josh Tonkin proved too strong against Timaru Boys’ High in the final, who were also undefeated throughout pool play.

Eleven teams contested the boys’ grade, with the top two teams from each pool moving to the semi-finals.

Naufahu and Tonkin showed their table tennis talents in the final by winning all their matches against TBHS.

Waitaki Boys’ High School sports co-ordinator Paula Symes said they were pleased with results from their winning team.

“WBHS are very proud of the Inoke and Josh – they played really well and definitely deserved their gold medal placing.”

Meanwhile, the girls’ section also featured 11 teams, and WGHS pair Lucy Paton and Annabel Joiner proved too strong, winning 3-2 in the final against fellow WGHS team Hayley Tonkin and Tauafu Sikei.

Paton and Joiner have won the girls’ competition for the last three years, while WGHS have claimed the last seven titles.

St Kevin’s did not have any contestants in either grade.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: PAULA SYMES

CHAMPIONS: Inoke Naufahu and Josh Tonkin came first in the boys’ grade.