POLEGATE table tennis player Jack Bennett has had a busy few weeks which culminated in him being selected to play for England in the European six nations in Zwolle, Netherlands from June 7 to 10.
Jack was part of a team of four cadet boys and was selected after his recent good performance at the cadet masters championships, held in Chippenham where Jack won nine out of his 13 matches and finished fifth.
Jack, together with fellow SE Regional Cadet squad member Dan Lawrence, played for the four-player England boys’ team in the European Six Nation Cadet Tournament at Zwolle in Holland.
They found it tough going in the team event, with England going down 6-4 to Germany, 9-1 to France and Denmark, and 8-2 to Sweden, but beating the hosts Netherlands 7-3.
Playing in the lower half of the matches, Jack did well on his England debut, winning a singles and the doubles with Gabriel Achampong but losing his other singles against Germany, losing all his matches against France but one very closely, winning one singles in both the Denmark and Sweden clashes, and winning two singles but losing the doubles against Holland.
And in the National Under 11/12/13/14 Championships at the University of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Polegate’s Josh and Luke Savill of Aylesford, Kent reached the under 14 boys’ doubles semi-final, where they lost in straight games to Daniel McTiernan (Berkshire) and Tom Jarvis (Lincolnshire).
Previous to the Holland trip, Jack returned from another international tournament with team gold in the Belgium Youth Cup (Jack is is pictured left with his gold medal).
Jack competed in the elite team event with Sam Mabey, from Northampton, and Danny Lawrence, from Kent, as a three-man team – and they won the team event.
In the group stages the boys had 6-0 wins over teams from Holland, Germany and Belgium and then, in the second group stages they beat two more teams from Belgoum and one from Germany.
In the semi finals they beat a team from France 4-2 and in the final met a final team from Belgoum. The English boys came out on top winning 4-2, with Jack winning both his matches.