Bennett brothers make it a family affair at tournament

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Willingdon Community School pupils Josh and Jack Bennett made it a family affair at the East Sussex School’s table tennis championships.

Hosted at the St Leonards academy, the Eastbourne brothers reached the finals of the under-13 and under-16 finals.

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With more than 100 entries for all the age groups, the East Sussex Schools’ individuals event had had to be split over two dates.

Last week it was the turn of the under-13,under-16 and under-19 boys with a high standard of play demonstrated from each of the age groups taking part.

The players from Eastbourne fared well, appearing in both the under 13 and under 16 finals.

It was the Bennett brothers from Willingdon Community School who came out on top though.

Josh Bennett captured the under-13 boys title by beating William Goodstone from neighbouring Cavendish School 3-0.

Older brother Jack Bennett then defeated Ryan Gregory of Ratton School with another 3-0 result.

The scorelines did not reflect the high quality play which was demonstrated by all of the finalists.

All four of the Eastbourne boys regularly attend South-East regional coaching in Brighton.

Jack and Josh now have the opportunity to go forward to the National Schools’ Finals which take place in Doncaster, South Yorkshire on April 20.

Jack and Josh Bennett were also part of the Sussex County junior team who have just travelled back from Wednesbury in the West Midlands, playing in the junior county premier division.

Both brothers contributed to Sussex taking the runner-up spot, with Middlesex pipping them to the title.

Josh had one of his best ever wins over 17-year-old Matthew Outwaite, who is ranked in the top 15 in the country in the juniors.

Jack also had the honour of making his debut for the senior first team, playing up in the senior first county team at the same venue.

Sussex seniors narrowly avoiding relegation from the top premier division.