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Devonport High School for Boys claim national table tennis team title

DEVONPORT High School for Boys have been crowned national under-13 table tennis team champions.

They dominated the T Austin Harrison Cup, winning all three of their matches at the Butterfly Schools’ Team Championships in Wolverhampton.

The Devonport side took the national title after defeating Wade Deacon High from Widnes 8-0 and both Reading School and Altrincham Grammar School for Boys 6-2.

The winning squad was Leo Nguyen 12, Hugo Nguyen 12, Lucas Ceasar 13 and Oliver Cunningham 12.

Graham Pearson, secretary of Devon Schools’ Table Tennis said: “Our boys performed with talent, determination and tenacity.

“I have been involved in Devon TT for 40 years and have had a number of successes during this time but I can honestly say that the outcome of this tournament gave me more satisfaction than any other.”

Player Hugo Nguyen said: “I feel extraordinary and very rewarded about winning. We were quite nervous at the start and we kept fighting and started playing better.”

Mr Campbell, the school’s enrichment coordinator, added: “From the very start of our journey to the final, the team members conducted themselves incredibly well and are a true credit to the school. The high standard of table tennis they have played throughout this tournament has been a joy to watch.”

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