Terrific treble for golden oldie Hill in Southern Masters series

Brian Hill (left) is pictured at the Southern Masters with Joe Kennedy, Jimmy Brewster and Ding Yi.
Brian Hill (left) is pictured at the Southern Masters with Joe Kennedy, Jimmy Brewster and Ding Yi.

Table tennis ace Brian Hill is celebrating scooping a memorable treble at the latest round of the Southern Masters series.

He claimed the over 60s and over 70s singles titles, as well as teaming up with Roy Norton to win the over 70s doubles title.

“I never thought I’d win another over 60s title because I’m now in the over 70s,” said Brian, who was once ranked number one in the UK’s over 60s category for seven consecutive years.

“But it’s nice to know I can still give the young players a run around, so to speak.

“I’m very pleased to have won three wonderful trophies.”

Indeed, Brian brought three cut-glass Royal Doulton trophies home with him from Crawley after a super showing.

He defeated longstanding rival Peter Radford (9, 6, 9) in the final of the over 60s and Keith Powell (5, 6, 6) in the over 70s final.

With partner Norton, the duo defeated Tony Brown and John Fannin in their doubles showpiece (7, 3, 8).

Brian, 70, is currently ranked number seven in the over 60s category.

However, as this is his first year at over 70s level, he is currently in the process of collecting the points to climb the rankings table, beginning the tournament in Crawley in sixth.

But with the world rankings working differently, he is currently ranked at number two in the World rankings.

Brian’s training partner Jimmy Brewster reached the final of the over 50s doubles.

But and his partner Joe Kennedy were beaten (5, -10, 10, 6) by the partnership of Aleksei Rodin and Ding Yi, the former a veteran World Champion.

Last summer Brian marked his arrival on the over 70s scene by winning silver in the Stag World Table Tennis Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.

He now has his sights set on going one better and winning gold at next year’s finals in Alicante.

Brian has also won medals at the World Championships in Mongolia in 2010 and Rio in 2008.