Table tennis trio Blitz a national competition at Burton

Amy Gittings, Darcie Proud and Chloe Delafontaine at Burton Uxbridge
Amy Gittings, Darcie Proud and Chloe Delafontaine at Burton Uxbridge

Blitz Table Tennis Club took a trio of talented youngsters to a national tourmament and returned with three titles.

Darcie Proud, 11, accompanied 14-year-olds Amy Gittings and Chloe Delafontaine to Burton-on-Trent for the National Burton Uxbridge 1* competition.

The Gainsborough club dominated proceedings, bringing home all three girls titles on offer.

The day started with the Under 13 and Under 18 events, and Proud burst out of the blocks.

She won all of her matches 3-0, to set up a final showdown with higher ranked Zoe Hewitt from Hull.

Proud started off steadily, sneaking the first set 11-8, before a slight change of tactics saw her storm the second set 11-3, and get a four point lead at the start of the third.

Hewitt then began to fight back, but it was too late, as Proudtook the third and final set 12-10, to take the match and the Under 13 title with a 3-0 triumph.

Gittings was also in action on an adjacent table, competing in the Under 18 girls along with Delafontaine.

After taking on her clubmate, Gittings then stamped her authority on the competition.

The youngster won all her remaining matches 3-1, including a victory over highly ranked Georgia Harris from Wolverhampton, to claim the title.

The final event of the day was the Under 15 girls singles, in which all three girls were competing.

Unfortunately, Gittings and Proud were drawn in the same group.

However, both won all their other matches comfortably meaning that they progressed through to the semi-finals, where they faced Hewitt and Harris respectively.

Once again, both players performed some great match table tennis, to beat their opponents 3-1, and to set up an all-Blitz final against each other.

This time it was Proud who prevailed, beating her fellow Blitz player 3-1 in the final and overturning a 3-0 defeat in the group stage to take the Under 15 girls title.

Anyone interested in taking up table tennis, should either visit the club website at www.blitzttc.co.uk, the club’s Facebook page at facebook.com/BlitzTableTennisClub, or alternatively contact head coach Paul Johnson on paul@blitzttc.co.uk.

There are various coaching sessions and practise sessions available for all abilities and ages to attend.