At Auckland Grammar School the Table Tennis Team play every Friday after school and practice throughout the week. Teams are graded from A to D, and there are social teams available for casual players.
The top Auckland Grammar teams are very competitive and always put on a show at the regional and national events.
Table Tennis Achievements
The top Grammar table tennis team competed in the New Zealand Schools' Championship in Christchurch during the holidays. The format began with a round-robin in four groups. Grammar won their group play and then faced off against the other three section winners, including Nayland College, Christchurch and MacLean's College.
The final playoff for gold and silver was Grammar against Macleans College, who had beaten Grammar in the Auckland Schools competition and they again showed their strength by winning the first two singles. They only needed one more game to take the tournament. However Zhu and Xiao outclassed their opponents, leveling the score at 2-2.
The national title was now down to the final doubles. Here, Zhu and Ho combined well, with Zhu serving strongly and Ho smashing excellent forehand return shots. They proved too strong winning easily 11-5, 11-5, 11-6. The final result was Grammar 3 - Macleans 2. This is the second consecutive time that Grammar have won the National Secondary Schools' Table Tennis title.
Zhu and Xiao then went on to compete in the New Zealand Opens, winning an unprecedented 7 national titles between them, including the under 15, under 17 and under 19 boys singles.
Terms played: Terms 1, 2 and 3
Game days: Fridays after School: 3.45pm (Grades B to D) and 6pm (A Premier, A Reserve, B1)
Practice times: Listen for the notice at assembly
Costs: $65 (Table Tennis shirt), entry fee costs (approximately $30 per player per term)
Equipment: Own bat, ball(s) and non-marking sports shoes
Registration: First week of Term 1, entry fees to be paid for the year through the Parent Portal
The Master in Charge of Table Tennis is Mr Lee. Students are able to speak to him in the Mathematics department during the School day or contact him via email.