Gibson brothers sparkle at National Shul table tennis competition

Three brothers from Kinloss synagogue were the stars of Sunday’s Maccabi GB National Shul Table Tennis League (NSTTL) Tournament which saw Mill Hill and Kinloss crowned 'Best in Community.'


The Gibson brothers of Kinloss Shul, Jonathan, aged 14 who holds a top 100 under-15 ranking in the UK, Jacob, 12, and Benjamin, 9 (No.3 in the UK under 10) beat MGB NSTTL debutants Edgware Adath Yisroel to take the Junior A title.

The Junior B title was won by a strong Mill Hill side.

Mill Hill secured their fifth consecutive success in the Open event. A team featuring Dov Katz, Daniel Fisher, former Bnei Akiva Manchester, and Len Siskind, the chairman of the 2017 Great Britain Maccabiah Table Tennis Squad, overcame a top quality field including Maccabiah players Sammy Kaye and Joe Kaye’s team, Wembley Sephardi in the final.

Mill Hill had earlier won their group of five and followed by a semi-final win over Radlett United. They held their nerve to beat newcomers Wembley Sephardi in the final

Meanwhile the Open B tournament was taken by Finchley Progressive who saw off Muswell Hill Shul.

Reflecting on the 18-team tournement, co-organiser Adam Black said “Table tennis in our community just keeps getting stronger.

“It’s the first year we’ve held the event at Maccabi GB at Kulanu in Kenton and it was the perfect backdrop for a buzzing event.”

Maccabi GB Table Tennis Chair, Jeremy Banks added: “The emergence of a significant influx of new Juniors (and senior’s), together with the rapid improvement of our known junior players, was key to the overall success of this growing event.”

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