Catholic High's paddlers are still "Kings of the North" in National School Games!
Catholic High’s paddlers pose for the mandatory victory photo after retaining their Senior Division North Zone title. Photo Credit: Kenneth Tan
By Kenneth Tan
Catholic High School (CHS) are top dogs of the North Zone Senior Division Boys’ Table Tennis Championships once again, as they defeated Chongfu School 3-0 in the grand final played at Maris Stella High School (Primary) on Wednesday (4 May) afternoon.
In a repeat of last year’s final, Chongfu were hoping to go one better, but got off to an ominous start in the first singles with Xu Leyan finding the going tough against CHS’ Owen Lim. After winning the first set 11-5, the latter continued to dominate with his decisive strokes and never trailed at all, as he clinched the second and third sets 11-6 and 11-5 to draw first blood for his school.
Chongfu’s Xu Leyan (right) was overpowered in the first singles. Photo Credit: Kenneth Tan
The twins pairing of Chen Zhixiang and Chen Zhiyuan were up next in the first doubles and they put an almighty fight against CHS’ Sun Qicheng and Nevan Teo. After coming from 10-8 down to win the first set 13-11, the Chongfu duo lost the second set 11-5, but roared back to take the third set 11-9.
They were however, unable to maintain their momentum at that crucial juncture, with Qicheng and Nevan clinching the fourth and fifth sets 11-4 and 12-10 to seal a come-from-behind win and put CHS 2-0 up.
Catholic High’s Sun Qicheng and Nevan Teo (right) were given a real run-out by twins pairing of Chen Zhixiang and Chen Zhiyuan in the first doubles. Photo Credit: Kenneth Tan
In the second singles, CHS’ Rio Lai similarly faced a tough battle from Chongfu’s Daniel Ng as he won the first set 11-9 before dropping the second 11-7. With encouragement from his coach and teacher-in-charge from the sidelines, the CHS captain found his composure to take the third set 11-9, before winning the fourth set 11-4 to seal an overall 3-0 victory for his school.
Rio Lai (left) found form and sealed Catholic High’s victory in the second singles. Photo Credit: Kenneth Tan
It will be interesting to see who can break CHS’ table tennis supremacy in the Senior Division North Zone in 2023.
Catholic High’s coach addresses his players after the victory. Photo Credit: Kenneth Tan
Chongfu School’s paddlers pose with their runners-up trophy and medals after a valiant fight. Photo Credit: Kenneth Tan
Meanwhile in an earlier match the same afternoon, Maris Stella High School (Primary) defeated Qihua Primary School 3-0 to finish third.
Post-match interview with Catholic High’s principal, Mr Poh Chun Leck. Video Credit: Kenneth Tan
Post-match interview with Catholic High’s captain, Rio Lai. Video Credit: Kenneth Tan
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