Hungarian International Mini-Cadet Open

Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club

Eight year old Sophie Barcsai, representing Bournemouth Sports TTC performed more than adequately in the Mini-Cadet event in Budapest starting last weekend. As you can see from the photo it was very much a question of 'little and large' with many of the girls up to four years older than her. In the team event she took one of the top Hungarian 12 year olds (who plays in the National Team) to the fifth end and beat a German girl of the same age 3 -- 1 despite being 6 -- 10 down on the fourth.
But it was in the Under 11's that Sophie really came into her own. She won her group convincingly, beating a girl ranked top 4 in Hungary 3 -- 0, a Romanian 3 -- 1 (both of these 2 years older) and a one year older German girl also 3 -- 1 to reach the last 16 players. She then went on to beat another German girl 12 -- 10 on the 5th to reach the Quarter Finals. In the last 8 she lost 1 -- 3 to a top Greek girl (these last 2 girls were also 2 years older).
All in all an excellent result for young Sophie bearing in mind this was her first International Event and she was competing against older, stronger girls from all over Europe, almost all with far more experience. Altogether there were around 70 girls from most of the top European table tennis nations.