Brancaster Staithe ace Mollie’s Euro table tennis fifth team spot

Mollie Patterson ANL-161204-141859001
Mollie Patterson ANL-161204-141859001
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Table tennis teenage star Mollie Patterson helped England to claim a superb fifth place in the Cadet Girls’ Team event at the European Youth Championships.

The 13-year-old from Brancaster Staithe competed alongside Denise Payet and Charlotte Bardsley and contributed to a 3-0 win over Latvia and a 3-2 victory against Portugal in the group stages.

Payet and Bardsley then saw England to a 3-0 win over Norway as they topped the group, and subsequent play-off victories over Italy (3-2) and third seeds France (3-1).

That put England into the last eight, where Slovenia proved too strong, handing England a 3-0 defeat. But a subsequent 3-2 triumph over Germany, again spearheaded by Payet and Bardsley, saw England into the fifth/sixth play-off against Hungary.

Patterson was back in the team for that match and although she lost her two singles matches 3-2, she and Payet teamed up to win the doubles as England completed a 3-2 overall victory to claim fifth spot.

It was an amazing performance as England started the competition in the second tier, outside the top 16 nations.

Patterson, who attends Smithdon High School in Hunstanton, said: “At the start we were just trying to play at our best, have good team spirit and gain promotion. A loud bench with good support helped our players against other strong countries.”