The table tennis players from NLSI Lui Kwok Pat Fong College in Kwun Tong used a simple strategy to reach the top. In just one year, they have taken the team from the brink of relegation to the Division 2 championship of the Inter-school Table Tennis Competition. The A-grade boys won the title last December and, together with the semi-final finish for their C-grade team, got the same number of points as King's College. Both teams will be promoted to Division 1 in the next school year. NLSI doesn't have big names or new stars from the Hong Kong junior team. All they have is their passion. The captain, Logtin Lam Cheuk-nam, who will graduate from Form Seven this year, said they didn't use any 'magic spells' to achieve their success. 'Our team's strategy was simple. Our Form Four core player, Paul Cheung Chi-fai, took up the first singles player role. As the second best player, I took the third singles position,' says Logtin. Each round consists of up to five matches. Each match is won on a best-of-three-games basis. Winning a match gives a team one point. The team that reaches three points first (i.e. the best of five matches) is the winner. In his A-grade competition debut, Paul didn't disappoint. He won all of his matches in both the group stage and the elimination rounds, including the crucial quarter-final tie against St Joseph's Anglo-Chinese School. 'St Joseph's was last year's A-grade second runner-up team and we didn't think we could advance to the next round,' says Paul. 'Our victory shocked us.' NLSI's other two stars, Form Five students Felix Lam Fung-ho and Leon Suen Ching-hai, took turns to be the second singles player. Felix says he gave everything in the match against St Joseph's. 'The opponent was going to play Paul later ... If I could tire him out, we would have a better chance.' Leon won his semi-final match against Newman Catholic College to help his team win 3-0. NLSI finally claimed their A-grade title by beating Raimondi College in the final. NLSI's players said they are ready for an intense Division 1 competition in a few months' time. The boys (except for Logtin, who graduates this year) will prepare for the upcoming challenge of facing the 11 strongest school teams in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. 'Our only advantage is that other teams haven't seen our previous performances,' says Felix. 'If they think we are easy to beat, we have a surprise for them.' Cheng Wai-min, the teacher in charge of the team, says: 'I have been watching Logtin play since Form One. He was a weak player when he started. But over the years, he and other teammates took the team to a higher level and this year they achieved success. I hope their experiences can inspire other sportsmen in the school.'