Praise for Jersey as Miller medals
JERSEY Table Tennis Association has received praise from a leading official after Luc Miller won a singles bronze medal at the U16 Secondary Schools’ International in Worcester.
Miller qualified from his group and in his first knock-out match he defeated England number 17 ranked Sam Chesterman 3-2.
The Island Games player ended Scotland number six junior Harvey McDonald’s hopes 3-0 before being edged out 14-16, 11-13, 8-11 by Dylan Curry – the event’s number one seed and Scotland’s second ranked junior.
Miller had opportunities to win the first two games, but Curry played the big points with a good serve and return to win.
Alan Ransome OBE, Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation chairman and vice-chairman of the European TT Union, said: ‘I was very impressed with some of the boys from Jersey, in particular Luc Miller who had a very good team match against England where he won both his singles.
‘It was good to see that Jersey are able to produce players of this standard, which bodes very well for the future.’
David Quinn, also in the U16s, missed out on qualifying from his group after being defeated 3-2 by both Naphat Boonyaprapa and Charlie Morton, England and Scotland number two Cadets respectively.
Quinn led 2-0 in both matches only to be beaten in deciding fifth games, 11-8 and 11-9 respectively.
In the Cadet (U14) singles, Leon Pierre and Noah Risby got through their groups before Pierre was beaten 3-1 by Ireland’s Ciaran O’Donoghue and Risby 3-0 by England’s Ben Piggot.
Alfie Sutherland lost 3-0 to Ireland’s Connor Nugent in the U16 consolation event, while Max Roche was defeated in the U14 consolation final, 15-13, 11-8, 11-9 by Scotland’s Louis Loi.
In the team matches, Miller and Quinn beat Ireland 4-1 and Guernsey B 5-0 before losing 3-2 to England and 5-0 to Scotland.
In positional matches, Miller and Quinn defeated Guernsey A 3-0 and Ireland 3-1 to place fifth out of ten.
Sutherland and Thomas Cotillard beat Guernsey B 3-2 in their final match to finish ninth in the U16 B section.
Pierre, Roche and Risby finished seventh in the ten-team Cadet tournament.
Martin Tupper, Jersey’s team manager, said: ‘I was very pleased with our performances, Luc seems to always deliver at the big competitions.
‘David had some excellent games and just fell short against some of the top players, but he was a valuable support to Luc in the team.
‘Tom and Alfie gained valuable experience and in the U14s, Leon, Max and Noah registered some good wins.’
Tupper, his son Hugo and Tyler Gosselin helped coach the Jersey team while Duncan Mills and David Hole attended as umpires.