Youngstars: Hartlepool’s Table tennis star Joe Cope scoops gold for England in Home Countries International

Joe Cope.
Joe Cope.

Hartlepool’s Table tennis star Joe Cope scooped gold as England dominated the Home Countries International.

The busy tournament saw two days of team competitions followed by an individual event as England took on Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey and hosts Guernsey in senior, junior and cadet age groups and in both genders.

Cope was playing alongside Sam Chesterman and Reece Chamdal in the junior event and the squad beat Jersey, Wales, Guernsey and Isle of Man 5-0, and Scotland and Ireland 3-2 to seal the gold medal.

Unfortunately, there was to be no individual medal for Cope. He beat Ryan Bichard of Guernsey 3-0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-3) in the first round but was then defeated 3-1 (11-6, 13-11, 4-11, 11-5) by Ireland’s Dylan Grace in the quarter-finals.

England also claimed the overall title, having won cadet boys, cadet girls, junior boys and senior men’s team events, plus a host of individual medals.