Six Nations delight for veteran Brian

Brian Hill.
Brian Hill.

Table tennis star Brian Hill has returned from the Six Nations with a hat-trick of titles.

The Wyberton resident won the singles, doubles and team competitions while representing England at Ellesmere Port last weekend.

Along with Peter Radford and Keith Powell, Brian struck gold in the over 70s team event.

The trio recorded 5-0 victories against Guernsey, Wales, Scotland and England B - invited to take part because the Isle of Man were unable to field an over 70s side - before completing their schedule with a 4-1 success against Ireland.

But Brian’s gold rush didn’t end there as he also won the singles and doubles events in his age category.

For the doubles he teamed up with Peter Radford, his closest rival in the annual Veteran Masters series played across the country.

Althought Peter rarely plays doubles, the two still came away with the title.

“I think it does mean more when you win playing for your country,” said Brian, who is ranked number one on the country in the over 70s.

“It’s a nice feeling to represent England.

“But I came away a little injured. I felt like I’d run a marathon.”

Brian also began this year’s Masters Series with a double success.

Competing in the North East instalment in Sunderland, he won the over 70s singles and doubles competitions.

In the singles final he met Tom Ryan, ranked 101st in the nation and preparing for his first final in this category.

However, Brian proved too strong, winning in straight sets.

There was also another straight sets victory in the final of the doubles where, along with regular partner Roy Norton, they defeated Keith Powell and Mike Meredith.