Home Nations silver for Miller

ISLAND GAMES medallist Luc Miller has added another prestigious accolade to his career-haul at the 2019 Home Nations International.

Luc Miller reached the Junior Boys final at the 2019 Home Nations Championships Picture: ROB CURRIE
Luc Miller reached the Junior Boys final at the 2019 Home Nations Championships Picture: ROB CURRIE

The teenager, who alongside doubles partner Jordan Wykes won Jersey’s first Games gold in 14 years at Gibraltar 2019, claimed Junior Boys silver in the Isle of Man to conclude a promising weekend for the Island’s top players.

Grantham College student Miller beat Ireland’s James Skelton 3-1 in the semi-final, but had to settle for the runner-up berth following a 3-0 loss to Scotland’s Martin Johnson in the final. He also endured a fair share of bad luck alongside Alfie Sutherland in the Junior Boys team event, with the Caesarean pair losing five of their six matches in five sets, and the other 4-1 to England.

Hannah and Kathryn Silcock enjoyed a strong outing in the Cadet Girls team event – picking up three wins from six matches to claim fourth overall, behind Wales, England and Ireland. The sisters beat Guernsey and the Isle of Man 4-1 and 5-0 respectively and claimed the scalp of Scotland with a 3-2 success. They also both reached the quarter-finals in the singles draw – as did Leon Pierre in the Cadet Boys division.

Pierre partnered Max Roche to fifth in the Cadet team event following victories against Guernsey [3-2] and the Isle of Man [5-0], while Mariusz Cieminski and Jack Mills found it tough in the senior men’s team draw – picking up just three sets in six defeats.

Jersey Table Tennis Association president and coach Paul Routier said: ‘For Luc to reach the final was just amazing. It just shows the level he’s at and the amount of training he’s doing. He’s got to that level now where he’s able to match anyone in the UK.'

More in Wednesday's JEP.

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