Yarrawonga College P-12’s Year 7 Boys Table Tennis team were crowned Victorian Champions last Friday.
After winning the Ovens and Mitta region and then the Hume Region finals the boys were genuinely excited just to make the state finals.
With no expectations and having no idea of the quality of the competition they would face, the team of Jack Bassett, Fraser Bennett, Noah Bye and Dillon Kirchen undertook the competition in Albert Park, Melbourne.
The competition was divided into two pools with three matches to be played in the pool stage.
The boys had a wonderful start when they claimed a 5-1 win over Girton Grammar School.
The second match was much closer with Yarrawonga College P-12 winning 4-2 in a very close game against Northcote High School.
The third group stage match resulted in another 4-2 win against a strong Good News Lutheran School.
This meant that Yarrawonga College P-12 finished on top of their group which was unexpected.
They then played Glen Waverely who finished second in their pool.
Yarrawonga College P-12 had an epic battle finishing three matches all.
On a countback the boys had claimed a few more sets and as a result made it into the grand final.
The grand final was a rematch of the pool match against Northcote High School.
Against a great group of kids, Yarrawonga College P-12 again had an epic battle.
Jack and Fraser both won their singles matches and combined to win their doubles matches to finish a clean sweep for the day for the boys.
Noah and Dillon narrowly lost both their singles and doubles games but crucially were able to win a few sets.
This meant that again the matches were split three all but Yarrawonga College P-12 won 11 sets to 9 sets claiming the State Title.
The victory was all the more meritorious considering the size of many of the schools they competed against during all stages of the competition.
It was noted by the convener on the day that the last time Yarrawonga College P-12 won a state title was 18 years ago.
The team would like to thank Sports Coordinator Jim Gillies for his organisation and support throughout the levels of competition.
Three of the boys are also regular players at the Yarrawonga Table Tennis Association and the hours of practice they have had there was pivotal to their success.