HOTSHOT table tennis players from Croydon took top honours in the Boys' U16 category of the South London Regional final of the Jack Petchey Foundation London Schools Team competition, held at Wallington Grammar School on Thursday, November 27.
The competition bought together eight teams from schools from Bromley, Croydon, Kingston-upon-Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton.
The Boys' U16 team from Whitgift School, including reserve, was James Smith, Reiss Vydelingum both 13, Jason Kwok, 14, and Callum McKeague and Kobi Mintah, both 15.
The final finished with Whitgift School and Wilson's School four-all in games with Whitgift winning 16-14 on sets in the count back.
They have all been playing for about five years but only came together as a team in September.
James Smith, who has competed in this event several times, said: "This competition had a great atmosphere and every game, every point counted. We like meeting new players from different schools."
James has won titles at U11 and U13 singles in the London Schools event and he has represented England in competition in Sweden.
Coach Goran Maric added: "This is the first year we have been working together. This is a good team and we can't wait for the final."
The Jack Petchey London Schools' Table Tennis Championships is a prestigious event aimed at increasing participation and awareness of table tennis in London Schools.
It includes individual and team competitions and all winners progress to the Jack Petchey London School's Team finals being held on Saturday, January 2015 in the Sports Dock at the University of East London.