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Strong claims Six Nations crown

Daryl Strong who won the Veterans Six Nations over-40s Championship

A FORMER Omagh man has become the first Irish player since the legendary Colum Slevin to win the Veterans Six Nations over-40s Championship table tennis title.

Daryl Strong claimed the prestigious title after defeating top English seed Stephen Horsfield in a gripping final at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village in Guernsey on Sunday.

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The Six Nations brings together the cream of the crop from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey and sometimes the Isle of Man.

And it proved a particularly memorable weekend for Omagh native Daryl who not only became the second Irish man to win the coveted Six Nations individual crown but he also helped Ireland to silver in the team and doubles tournaments.

The Newry school teacher said the weekend’s win was right up there with his greatest achievements in what has been a long and distinguished career in the game.

“This is one of my best wins ever, to come away winning an event against the top players in the home nations, I’m thrilled and pretty emotional,” he said.

“I have worked hard for this, and have had my sights on it, but having the silverware around my neck makes it surreal.”

FULL STORY IN THURSDAY’S ULSTER HERALD

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