Table tennis rivals ready for clash


By Caitlan Johnston


The table tennis tournament kicked off at the Anchor AIMS Games today and Somersville Intermediate is back to defend its championship title. 

AIMS Games’ table tennis co-coordinator, John Lea, says although it is very early on in the tournament, the Manukau-based school and rivals Mount Maunganui Intermediate were the teams to beat this year. 

“The Somerville girls team have started strongly and Mount Maunganui Intermediate will be their strongest competition,” Lea says. 

Amelia Sophie Loh is Somerville’s star player; she was awarded player of the tournament last year. 

She will be going up against Mount Maunganui Intermediate’s top seed, Marielle Dulangon, tomorrow. Sophie Loh says she’s noticed Dulangon, who has been playing for two years and is in the national squad, has improved this year. 

Dulangon has been to several training camps all around the Waikato and Auckland and, to prepare for the AIMS Games, she had practised with her father at any chance she could. She is confident her team can win. 

“I really do think we can take it this year,” Dulangon says.