Silcock beats Scarborough fair

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HANNAH SILCOCK continued her sharp rise in the table tennis ranks with victory at the 2022 U18 Senior Schools International.

The 14-year-old won 16 out of the 17 matches over three days of competition in Largs, Scotland, competing against girls from all of the home nations in singles and in the team event with her elder sister, Kathryn.

Her only loss came in the team event – a 3-0 loss to Wales’ Lara Whitton, who, like Silcock, will be representing her country at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer.

However, in the singles event, Silcock turned the tables, beating Whitton in the semi-finals with a convincing 11-7, 11-1, 11-4 win to set up a final clash against England’s Niamh Scarborough.

Silcock was in control early in the match but Scarborough came back strongly, unsettling the JCG pupil, but the Islander soon got a grip of the match in the final set to win 3-2 [11-4, 8-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-5]. The championship title adds to the British Home Nations U15 crown she won in November last year. She is now in Italy, training with the England squad ahead of the European Youth Championships in Belgrade next month.

As well as competing in the singles event, she will feature in the women’s doubles, with England U15 girls’ number one Sienna Jettha, and the mixed doubles with England U15 boys’ number one Larry Trumpauskas.

Meanwhile, Jersey also picked up medals in the U18 and U14 plate competitions in Largs.

Leon Pierre won silver in the U18 boys plate, while Jack Le Blond did likewise in the U14 boys, where William Cornwaite picked up a bronze. Kathryn Silcock won bronze in the U18 girls plate.

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