Silcock shines in West Sussex

JERSEY under-15 girls’ table tennis champion Hannah Silcock gave a good account of herself competing at the Jarvis Sports Horsham Spinners 2 Star event.

Island junior Hannah Silcock faced players with national experience earlier this month. Picture: ROB CURRIE
Island junior Hannah Silcock faced players with national experience earlier this month. Picture: ROB CURRIE

In West Sussex, ten-year-old Silcock swept aside four of her five opponents in the U12 group stage, including players who had competed at the U12 English Nationals.

At her second competition away, many of Silcock’s games went to deuce, but she was defeated 3-1 by Jessica Moggeridge [number eight England U12], the fourth game being 13-11.

The Jersey player was eliminated at the quarter final stage, 3-1 won by George Noel [No 33 England U12 boys].

In the U13 tournament, against opponents who had all played in the National competition so the standard was high, Silcock registered one win to place third in her group, before reaching the semi finals of the Consolation draw.

Coach Martin Tupper said: ‘Hannah played out of her skin.

‘Winning 3-2 in the U12s and then narrowly losing 3-1 in the U13 to Anna Piercey [No 12 England U12 girls], showed Hannah was unfazed by many of her opponents being two age groups above her and she also had a fine 3-1 win against Abbie Hurley [No 17, England U13 girls].

‘Hannah did not look out of place at this event and she has another year left in the U12 age group and the event was a great barometer of how far she has come.’

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