Last weekend, Ryde Community Sports Centre hosted the return of the Hyundai Bennelong Cup and the Bennelong Cup Schools Competition.
Players from Australia and New Zealand took on the world’s best from China, Japan, Korea and Malaysia. After 3 days of tight competition, Korea edged out the Chinese team in a close final.
Play also took place in Canberra, with the first leg of competition being held in the Great Hall of Parliament House, after being opened by Julie Bishop and watched by Ambassadors and High Commissioners from the competing nations.
Once again though, the Bennelong Schools Cup was a highlight. Players from dozens of schools across the electorate of Bennelong competed against each other on Friday, and by all accounts everyone had a great day.
Bennelong Cup Founder John Alexander MP said: “The cup was first started in 2010 as a way of bringing students together from many different backgrounds through sport. Since then it has grown to the point that we have hundreds of students from all corners of the electorate (but with backgrounds from all corners of the world) playing, competing and making friends through this competition.”
“Shortly after the start of the schools cup in 2010, the international competition began with Australia playing Korea. Over the years this has grown and in 2015 6 nations competed for the Cup. Once again, the game is always played in the spirit of making friends and building relationships, something which international events of this weekend have made ever more important. The spirit of Ping Pong Diplomacy is alive and well.”
“I congratulate Korea on their famous win thank everyone who turned up to cheer them on!”