THE Scarborough & District McCain Division Six closed table tennis tournament, which is effectively the Scarborough Primary Schools Individual Championship, was held at Gladstone Road Junior School.
The event proved to be a great advert not just for table tennis, but also for primary school sport and sportsmanship.
The tournament fittingly climaxed in a classic final in which Bradley Hodgson, of East Ayton School, and Craig Thordarson, of Newby & Scalby, both of whom had previously not dropped a game, battled each other almost to a standstill, urged on by an enthusiastic crowd, before Bradley eventually won 17-15.
The 28 entrants representing the six schools were Snainton, Seamer and Irton, Newby, Northstead, Gladstone Road and East Ayton, who take part in Scarborough Flooring Division Six of the local table tennis league were divided into four leagues of seven and constestants took part in a round robin-type tournament.
The two leading players from each league emerged to meet in quarter-finals.
Hodgson beat Jodie Parke of Northstead, the only girl competitor to reach this stage of the tournament. Michael Ledner, of Newby beat William Rennard, also of Newby, while James Ledner, Michael’s brother, beat Gregory Parker, of Gladstone Road.
In the last of the quarter-finals Thordarson beat Ryan Hirst of Northstead.
Hodgson and Thordarson triumphed in the semi-finals, leaving the Ledner brothers to fight it out in the third and fourth place final, Michael eventually emerging as the victor.
A feature of the tournament was the enthusiastic but friendly approach of virtually all the competitors, typified by the gracious congratulations offered by Craig Thordarson to the victor after the final.
Trophies, sponsored by Scarborough Flooring, were presented to each of the four finalists by Jon Wanless, the chairman of the Scarborough and District Primary Schools Association.