Confident debut for 16-year-old

MANCHESTER Maccabi promoted another youngster into their table tennis first team this week.

After two seasons of Bury League action, 16-year-old Sam Kershner has made his debut for Maccabi 1st.

He was not daunted by the opportunity and won all three of his matches against Carlton Club in the Premier League.

After a slightly nervous start he convincingly beat Ian Quinn followed by a close victory in five sets over Gary Newton. Despite his third opponent Colin Boardman retiring hurt, nothing could take away from what was an outstanding display.

Team coach Stuart Landes was full of praise for the youngster.

“Sam’s cool temperament under pressure is a great asset and far beyond his years,” Landes said. “It was so impressive how he kept his composure on the crucial points. By next season I fully expect him to be a regular at this level.”

Maccabi beat Carlton 8-2 to consolidate their top three position.

Dean Clyne, who at 24 is becoming a veteran of the young Maccabi squad, also won all his matches.

He is now considered to be in the top players in the league.

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