Double dream still on for Brent
PUBLISHED: 13:52 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 24 August 2010
BRENT S table tennis teams maintained their hopes of repeating last year s London Youth Games successes as they progressed to the finals with ease. Sushmita Lindu and Dipa Tamung, who won gold medals in 2008, won every game in the girls qualifiers at Red
BRENT'S table tennis teams maintained their hopes of repeating last year's London Youth Games successes as they progressed to the finals with ease.
Sushmita Lindu and Dipa Tamung, who won gold medals in 2008, won every game in the girls' qualifiers at Redbridge Sports Centre, defeating teams from City of London, Waltham Forest and Newham.
And the Brent boys' team of Dritan Sadiku and Damilola Thomas, who are striving to better their bronze medals from last year, also topped their group ahead of Merton, Southwark and Newham. Both teams will compete in the finals at Crystal Palace next month.
The borough's tennis team - Leanne Yip Heung Win, Jodie Harriott, Jordan Angus and Zack Evenden - were handed a tough draw in the qualifiers and lost their opening game 2-1 to Bromley.
Evenden powered through to win his singles match in the next game against Kingston, while Win and Angus won the mixed doubles to clinch a 2-1 success and, despite losing to Harrow, victory over Enfield earned Brent third place in their group.
The boys' hockey team - including players from Jewish Free School, Kingsbury High School and Alperton Community School, and coached by Jason Brooks of West Hampstead HC - found their form as the tournament progressed.
Despite some impressive saves in goal from Luke Helman and good work in the midfield by Karan Bamrah, Brent initially struggled in a difficult group against Bromley, Southwark and Wandsworth.
But, after a close loss to Greenwich, the Brent boys then fought out a 1-1 draw with Croydon and finished their programme with an excellent 2-1 win over Islington, with Bamrah scoring both goals.
Meanwhile, the newly-established girls' team, coached by Sian High, performed well in a difficult group, with volunteer goalkeeper Hira Raz their star player.
And Brent's trampolining team - Sabrina Ferrier, Kelly Booth, Morayo Lesekan, Shadi Fakouri and Rianna Gohil, managed by Diane Moriarty - also put in a solid display to take eighth place.
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