Smithdon High School Hunstanton student Mollie shows steel to land national title in Sheffield

MLNF Mollie Patterson right
MLNF Mollie Patterson right
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Twelve-year-old Mollie Patterson is a national table tennis champion.

The Smithdon High School in Hunstanton student partnered Danielle Kelly to the under 14 girls’ doubles crown at Ponds Forge in Sheffield at the weekend.

The pair defeated top seeds Denise Payet and Sophie Barlow 3-1 in the quarter-finals (5-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8) and, buoyed by that result, went on to defeat Katie Holt and Amelia Chan 3-2 (9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-3) in the semi-finals.

The final was more straightforward as the pair triumphed 3-0 against Charlotte Bardsley and Alice Dillon 3-0 (13-11, 11-6, 11-6).

“We played really well against Denise and Sophie,” said Patterson (12) of Brancaster Staithe.

“We lifted each other and built each other up and it gave us a boost.”

Patterson came close to making it a memorable double, reaching the final of the U14 girls’ singles, but finding No 1 seed Payet in top form as she won it 3-0 (11-4, 11-6, 11-5).

She had earlier beaten fourth seed Gauri Duhan 3-1 (11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 13-11) in the quarter-finals and Jasmin Wong 3-2 (11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 12-14, 11-9) in the last four.

In the U13 singles, Patterson was seeded second but lost to sixth seed Amelia Chan in the quarter-finals 3-2 (10-12, 11-7, 11-5, 13-15, 10-12). The title was won by Wong.

“I’m disappointed about the under 13s but I think I’ll feel proud when I look back on the whole day,” said Patterson. “Mostly about the under 14s because I beat the under 13s winner and also I’d never beaten Gauri Duhan before.”