Recent News

Season 2012-2013

Best of luck to Edel O’Reilly who has been picked to represent Ireland at the Junior British League in the UK this weekend.

Good news for Colm Murphy and Niall Brown following their impressive displays in Belfast last week. Colm is up to 11th from 25th in U17 Irish rankings while Niall jumped from 8th to 5th in the U12 section.

The Ulster Open took place this past weekend at the Valley Leisure Centre Newtownabbey. It was the second Irish junior ranking event of the season and there was a big turnout. Ballincollig have 5 players playing a combination of U17, and U12 Boys and Girls.

Colm Murphy and Naill Brown did excellent and have improved their rankings going into the Munster Open next year. Colm finished 6th in the boys BU17 while Niall finished 5th in BU14. Both players were beaten in the quarter finals by the eventual winners of both events.

Shane O’Connor is still finding his feet this year and came up against a very tough group in round 2, but he is getting closer with each event. Shane’s ranking will also improve from this event.

BTTC was represented by Leah Daly and Chloe Brown in the girls U17. Both girls got pleaty of match practice but unfortunately did not progress beyond the plate on this occasion.

A special mention to our new head coach Dave Buckley who is making great strides in helping our players to prepare and compete at this level. Thanks Dave!

Action from Ulster Junior Open 2012










The Ballincollig table tennis club committee would very much like to thank our new sponsors Ulster Bank and AIB Bank. Such support is greatly appreciated by all involved in running and supporting the club.

The committee would also like to thank a benefactor to the club who wishes to remain nameless. Thank you for you most generous contribution to our club.

2012 Junior members at recent training session

The next competitive event the Killarney Open is fast approcahing and we look forward to being even more competitive in the weeks and months ahead.







Ballincollig was well represented at the recent Leeside Juniorand Senior open. We had a number of new junior players who can all be very proud of their achievements.

Ian Browne had a great win in the newly designed banded Senior Men’s event,beating local u17 champion Alan Walsh 3-0. Colm Murphy went down 3-2 in the final of division 1 to vetern Mike Nash.

Colm and Shane O’Connor ( fresh after a two year break ) were up against it in the BU17. Shane is a little short of match practice and went out in round 2. Colm met the eventual competition winner Alan Walsh in the semi final and what a match it was. There was some fantastic tabble tennis played by both players however Alan eventually won 3-1.

Niall Browne came very close to pulling off a major shock when he was beaten in the final of the boys U14. Niall’s great day continued when he went on to pick up a runner up spot in the BU12 event also.

Joe Linehan can be very happy in finishing 8th in the BU12. New recruits Darren and Aaron Harrington did well in the BU14 for their first competitive outings.

We only had two girls playing this weekend,Chloe Browne and Leah Daly. Chloe finished 8th in the u17 event while Leah won the u17 plate.

A special thanks to our new coach Dave Buckley who can be very proud of all his players.

Training continues on Tues & Fri nights in Colaiste Choilm and Monday nights 6-8pm in Scoil Eoin.

New members are always welcome.

Irish Junior Classification

Ballincollig had a small entry of 3 players in the first national junior ranking event of the year in DCU this past weekend. Colm Murphy, Shane O’Connor and Niall Browne all took part.

In th U17, Colm progressed to the second round with difficulty but cam up agains the toughest second round group which included the no. 1 seed  and eventual competition winner Ryan Farrel. It was a great match with Ryan winning in the 5th. Unfortunatley Colm did not progress any further. Shane O’Connor back from a 2 year break from the came played well but found he the pace just too fast so early in the season. He lost out in the semi final of the plate.

Niall Brown had a great tournament. He went all the way to the quarter final to loose in the 5th to competition runner up James Kelly of West Cork. Niall finished in 8th position overall which was an excellent start to the year.

The next ranking event is the Leeside Open on Sat 22nd September.

Registration night for Scoil Eoin is Monday 10th September 6-8pm. All new members are welcome.


Early leasons in Irish Senior Classification

The first Senior ranking event of the year proved to be a very tough test for our four competitors. Each played a minimum of 6 matches against the best competion Ireland had to offer.

On Saturday Colm Murphy needed to qualify for Sundays session. He failed to get out of his group despite playing well and ended up being a beated semifinalist in the plate loosing to Tom Davis in a 5 set thriller.

Sunday saw Edel,Ian and Declan in action. Edel finished in 6th position overall but will be a littel disappointed she did not make 4th. Declam finished in 8th and Ian in 15th.

Overall well done to all four of our players who kept the Ballincollig flag flying for the second week in a row.

Irish Camp

Congratulations to Colm Murphy and Naill Brown who ahve been selected to take part in a elite Irish training camp in Dublin next week end.

1st Munster Ranking Event ( Cancelled until further notice )

A new Munster Junior envent has been added to the calendar this year. The Leeside Open will take place in the Tennis Village on the Model Farm Road next week end. Best of luck to all our players Junior and Senior who will be taking place.

Registration night

Our new training season begins this Tuesday night with registration and training from 6.30 to 8.30 in Colaiste Choilm. New members are very welcome and please arrive on time at 6.30pm.


Success at Liverpool Grand Prix

Ireland’s top U17 players, Edel O’ Reilly and Declan O’Brien had success once again in the frist event of the year, the Liverpool Grand Prix. More than 270 players took part in this banded event. Edel won the ladies band 2 eventg while Declan won the mens band 3 event. Ian Brown and Colm Murphy also had a very successful tournament. Both were beaten semi finalists in the mens band 6 category. All players had at least 20 top class matches and are already planning to return next year.

Check out all the pictures of Liverpool in our PHOTO’s tab.


Ballincollig team at Liverpool GP




Welcome everyone to the new season. The club will be back training for everyone in the coming weeks but first four of our players head to the Liverpool Grand Prix next week end. Best of luck to Edel, Declan, Ian and Colm.

Following that event our senior players travel to the Irish Senior classification and our juniors head off to the first Munster Junior ranking event the new Leeside Open. Finally in the space of four weeks our juniors travel to DCU for the Irish Junior classification. So the next four weeks are going to be very busy on the competition front.

Registration Nights for the new season

Scoil Eoin: Monday 10th Sept from 6-8pm,

Children should come prepared to play on Monday 10th. All children must wear runners, shorts and tee-shirt. (No tracksuits please). Any child who has a bat please bring it also. Bats will be provided on the first night only to those need one, bats will be available to purchase also.

Colaiste Choilm: Tuesday 26th Aug 6.30pm to 8.30pm. ( Juniors and Seniors )

New member are very welcome but please attend the relevant registration nights.

Training Camp Success

Thanks to everyone who helped to organise and attend last weeks training camp in Colaiste Choilm. The camp was held by Irish champion John Murphy and was attended by players from Ballincollig, Dublin and Kinneagh. It was a huge success and we hope to have more events like this in the near future.

World Veterns Championships 2012 – Update

Congratulations to Bertie on reaching the semi final of the over 85’s, 2012 World veterns in Stockholm, Sweden this summer. Bertie was eventually beaten by a comptetitor from the Czech Republic. Bertie also played in the over 85’s mens doubles but went out in the first round.


Best of luck to Edel O’Reilly who represnts Ireland at the European Championships in Austria next week and also to Colm Murphy who takes part with Munster in the qualifying rounds of the Junior British Leagues in Birmingham this week end. 


Confirmation of Edel receiving the Top award in Ireland for a Junior player

The Billy Marshall Award is awarded to the Best Junior/Cadet/Under Age player of the season. This year the award went to Edel O’Reilly from Ballinacollig in Cork. Edel had a truly successful season at both Junior and Senior Levels. She is the current Irish Junior Girls Number 1 and won her first National Titles this season in the Junior Girls and the Under 21’s Women’s Events. This season she won the Munster Open Junior Girls event. Edel was selected on the Irish Senior Women’s Team which travelled to the World Team Championships in Dortmund this year. She performed fantastically well in winning 60% of her matches which helped the team finish 59th from 90 teams. Following her success at the World Team Championships she went in to the World Senior Rankings for the 1st time at No.781, an incredible start to her international senior career. Looking ahead Edel’s performances have meant she is a member of the squad chosen to represent Ireland at the European Junior Championships in Austria in July.

A complete list of Irish Table Tennis awards for 2012 can be found found by clicking here.

Table Tennis Exhibition Thrills Scoil Eoin Pupils

Scoil Eoin pupils were treated to a magnificent display of skill and talent last
week, when former pupils paid a visit. Declan O’ Brien, current Under 17
No1 in Ireland, Shane O’ Connor, Eoin Murphy and Ian Brown, coach in Ballincollig Table Tennis Club, generously gave their time to visit Scoil Eoin. Scoil Eoin enjoy an excellent relationship with Ballincollig Table Tennis Club and the Club is partly based in the school. The visitors spent a morning and afternoon giving breath taking exhibitions to the boys in Scoil Eoin. They followed this with coaching sessions and games, which the Scoil Eoin boys thoroughly enjoyed. With Scoil Eoin’s talented All-Ireland Champions also assisting, who knows which class the next talented young man will emerge from?

See more pictures by clicking here…..

Important Training Notice:

All training has been moved to Scoil Eoin for the month of June. Training times as follows:

Beginners: Monday 6-7 pm

Competitive Junior players: Monday 7-8 pm

Senior Players: Tuesday 6-8pm


Another award for O’Reilly!

Edel picked up yet another prize this week with the news that she is to be awared the Billy Marshall Award for 2012. This prize is afforded to the best Junior / Cadet / Under Age player for the past season. Edel will be presented the award at the ITTA AGM in Dublin this coming June. Well done yet again Edel!

Scoil Eoin wins National Schools Event

Congratulations to Niall, Paul and Eoin on their fantastic win at the National Primary School team event in ALSAA yesterday.


All Ireland Primary Schools Champions


Edel voted Cork sportstar of the month: April

The year justs gets better and better for Edel with the announcement that she has been voted Cork sports personality of the month for April. Congratulations Edel of thei marvellous achievement.

Ballincollig juniors travel to National Schools Finals

Best of luck to our table tennis stars of the future, Niall Browne, Paul Cooney and Eoin O’Callaghan who travel to ALSAA this week to represent Scoil Eoin in the National schools finals.

Ballincollig players represent Munster this weekend.

Best of luck to all our players, Edel,Emily, Declan, Colm and Zofia at the Interpro finals in Dublin this week end.


Edel O’Reilly wins National title

Edel O’Reilly caused one of the major upsets of the year by winning the girls U17 National title in DCU this weekend. Edel won a thrilling match 3-1 and beat her long time rival Ashley Given.

Edel O’Reilly, GU17,National Champion with coach Ian Browne

Last weekend 6 BTTC players travelled tto ALSAA
sports  complex at Dublin Airport to compete in the last Junior ranking
event of the domestic season, the Junior National Championships. On
Saturday Scoil Eoin’s Paul Cooney and Niall Brown competed in the U12
event where they came through the opening rounds with ease, beating some highly
ranking opponents from the other provinces. Paul was pipped at the post just
before the quarter finals and Niall went on to finish in 4th position – a huge
achievment for Niall whose previous highest position was in the last 16.
We are very proud of you, Niall!


Saturday also saw our U17s (juniors) in action.  Niamh
Buttimer and Emily Burns played and won some pretty tough matches in the
opening rounds. Niamh was very unlucky to be drawn against the third
seed, Hannah Lynch Dawson and Emily was drawn against Ulster’s Emma Ludlow.
Declan O’Brien also had an easy passage through the opening rounds and
subsequently overcame Gearoid O’Donoghue and Michael Lagan before beating
Trevor Knox to finish in 3rd position.

Declan O’Brien, 3rd BU17


On Sunday, we had just one player, Paul Cooney representing
BTTC in the U10 event.  Paul  played some spectacular table tennis in
the opening rounds, coming through without dropping a single set. In the
semi final against Ethan Duffy, he fought back from 2 sets down to win
the next two sets and eventually lose 13-15 – a tough one for one so
young!  Paul then went on to finish in third place with a great win over
Paddy Vaughan. Well done Paul!


The highlight of weekend was Edel O’Reilly’s fantastic win
over the reigning National Champion and arch rival, Ashley Givan of
Fivemiletown.  Edel won the first two sets 11-6 and 11-7, lost the third,
8-11 and took the title in the fourth set 11-8. There was great excitement at
ALSAA as this is Ballincollig Table Tennis Club’s first ever Junior National
title.  A very proud day for the players, parents, coaches and BTTC
Committee.  Edel also won the U21 National title in March before
representing Ireland at the World Championships in Germany.


A special word of thanks to BTTC senior player Ian Brown who
travelled to ALSAA with the squad as coach.  We couldn’t have done it
without you Ian!!
Edel enters world rankings:

Edel O’Reilly following her success in the recent world team events is now ranked 3rd in Ireland and 781 in the world. This is a fantastic achievement given she did not have a ranking before the event.

Declan O’Brien is now ranked 1419 on the ITTF list.


This week saw the return of our two soccer players, Evan
Cooke and Eoin O’Callaghan. Welcome back to table tennis boys!


Eoin O’Callaghan, Evan Cooke












Connaught Open Success

Last weekend, 7 BTTC players travelled to the Connaught Open
at Breaffy House, Castlebar.  The seniors were first off the mark on
Friday night, with Ian Brown, James Herley and Declan O’Brien all getting
through the opening rounds with ease.


Zofia Wawrznyiak,3rd Girls U10

Saturday, our youngest competetive player, Zofia Wawrznyak,
finished in third place in the U10 event – a great accomplishment for Zofia who
is new to the National ranking scene.  On Sunday, all our players were in
action.  Emily Burns and Niamh Buttimer finished 5th and 7th respectively
in the highly competetive U17 event.  Niall Brown finished in the quarter
finals of the U12 event.  The U21 mens event was won by James Herley – a
first National win for James and well deserved.  The U17 boys event was
won by Declan O’Brien and Ian Brown and Declan finished joint 3rd in the mens’
senior event. Declan and James finished off the weekend by winning runner-up
spot in the mens’ doubles event.


The BTTC stars of the weekend were Ian James and Declan who
were on hand all weekend to coach the juniors, as well as coach each other –
well done lads – ye did Ballincollig Table Tennis Club proud this weekend.


Thank you to all the parents who travelled to Castlebar.  The BTTC committee would also like to extend a huge THANK YOU
to Ted Bollard of Celtic Table Tennis and Club Sponsor.  Ted agreed tocoach our junior players for the weekend and did a fantastic job.


Finally, at time of writing, the Irish Ladies Team, including our own Edel O’Reilly, had overcome teams from Armenia and Mexico in the first round of the World Team Championships in Dortmund, Germany.  A great start to the event – we hope it continues this way!!

Best of luck Edel………..

Edel O’Reilly, a native of Ballincollig and a 5th year pupil at Colaiste Choilm is the first woman from Munster to be invited to represent the Irish Ladies Team at the World Table Tennis Team Championships in Dortmund,Germany from 25 March to 1 April.

Edel started playing competetive table tennis whilst a pupil at Scoil Mhuire national school in Ballincollig and over the past 6 years has travelled extensively, representing Ballincollig, Munster and Ireland at junior and senior level, the highlight of which so
far has been representng her country at the European Youth Championships in Istanbul.  Edel is currently ranked No 2 at junior level, No 5 at senior level and is the current reigning National U21 Champion.


Edel O’Reilly

Ballincollig Table Tennis Club is immensely proud of Edel’s achievements to date and wish her well in the most prestigeous
event in the world table tennis calendar.

Congratulations to all our players who took part in the Kinneagh Open which was held in Dunmanway last weekend.
The boys had a clean sweep in all events with Alan Walsh winning the U14 & U17, and his brother Karl willing the U12. Paul Cooney won the BU10. Alan had to beat fellow clubmates Colm Murphy and Gearoid O’Donoghue in the U17 and U14 events.
A full list of all results is available on our results page.
In the girls, well done to Niamh Buttimer in winning the U17. Niamh continues to impress and it’s great to see her back playing.
Chloe O’Halloran also had a fine tournament by taking third place in both the U14 and U17 events.
The next big event is the Connaught open which takes place in Castlebar in two weeks time. There are a small number of players attending the event this year and we wish everyone the best of luck.
Latest Rankings now available on our rankings page.
Coaching as normal in Youth Reach and Scoil Eoin.
For anyone interested in joining, please contact Noelle on 087 941 7216
Ballincollig had 3 teams playing in the inagural ITTA Junior League in Lucan on Saturday last. There were sixteen teams from around the country playing in this graded event. Our Premier team finish 4th, the Div 1 team were winners and and the Div 2 team were 5th.
The Div 1 team of Dylan Casey, Niall Browne and Karl Walsh did extremely well to win the event against very tough opposition. In the Div 2 event Zofia, Sam Benson,  and Isacc Leahy played really well and this was a great learning experience for them.
This coming weekend our Seniors take part in the ITTA Natioanl Senior event in ALSAA. Best of luck to everyone.
Last weekend Colaiste Choilm played host to the Ballincollig Credit Union sponsored Ballincollig Junior Open. The day was a great success for the club on and off the table.
Ballincollig had numerous winners and pictures of all our winners can be seen on the Photo Gallery page of the web site. A full list list of all results is available on the Event tab under recent results.
A special thanks to all the parents who helped out on the day from moving tables to keeping the shop going. Once again thanks to our coach Ben Haughton for his support to all our players.
We are heading into a very busy schedule at this time of the year.
This weekend we have three teams from the club in action at the Irish junior team event to be held in Lucan, Dublin.
Best of luck to all involved.
The following weekend will see our Senior players travel to Dublin, ALSAA, once again to take part in the Butterfly National Senior championship
New members are most welcome and the club will be adding a second beginners night on Tuesdays to accomodate the increasing numbers of children interested in taking up the sport. ( More details to follow on this ).The ITTA has invested in new software for running tournaments around the country. It is a powerful tool and is used by many sporting organisations. The following is the link to the website When fully operational all draws and match results are displayed on the site. In time it will also be possible to enter and pay for events via the site.


The EMC sponsored Ballincollig Senior Open took place in
Youth Reach Hall, Ballincollig on Sunday 12 February.  The third Munster
Senior Ranking event of the season, the BTTC Senior Open was very well
supported by Beech Hill TTC, Kinneigh TTC and Killarney TTC, as well as players
from Waterford and University College Cork.


The day kicked off with the Veterans competition which was
won by Munster TT Chairman, Anthony Redmond, with his Killarney clubmate, Pavel
Kopacz. in second place. Third and fourth places were taken by Beech
Hill’s Philip Shaw and  Ballincollilg’s coach, Ben Haughton.


The ladies U21 event was won by Joyce Huizhuany of UCC, with
Niamh Buttimer in second position.  Joyce also won the Senior Ladies
event, and again, Niamh Buttimer took second place.  Special mention must
be given to Jana Poller of Killarney, who did spectacularly well to finish in
3rd position. – well done Jana!


The Mens’ Under 21 event proved to be an all-Ballincollig
affair with Ian Brown taking first place and James Herley taking second. This
was a reversal of last year’s results. Alex Cooney finished in third


The biggest entry of the day was in the Senior Men’s event
which was closely fought.  Ballincollig’s James Herley, proudly watched by
his parents, took the first place.  James came  through the opening
round with ease and overcame Colm Murphy in the quarter final.  He then
went on to beat Pavel Kopacz in a very close semi final, finishing the game
11-7 in the fifth set.  The other semi final saw Alex Cooney of BTTC
against Killarney’s Anthony Redmond. Anthony won that match 12-10 in the fourth
set to pave the way for his final against James Herley.  Several players
went on from the main event to take part in the consolation event, which was
won by Kinneigh’s Damien Tobin.


Ballincollig Table Tennis Club are immensely grateful to the
event sponsor, EMC and to their Regional IT Manager for Europe West and
Nordics, Alan Cooney, who was on hand to present the prizes on Sunday


Ballincollig is delighted to announce the sponsorship of the Senior open by EMC Ireland.

EMC Ballincollig Senior Open: February 12th, 2012

Ballincollig Junior Open: February 18th, 2012,  check in time 8.00am

Ballincollig : Winners of the overall team event at Munster Open

Members of the Ballincollig Team in Killarney, Alan Walsh, Edel O’Reilly,Karl Walsh,James O’Reilly,Declan O’Brien, Colm Murphy, Emily Burns


Clean sweep in U17’s for Ballincollig.

Edel O’Reilly and Declan O’Brien take first place in Munster U17 events.

Stiga Munster Open, Killarney

This weekend, 2/3/4 December, sees BTTC players take part
in the much anticipated Stiga Munster Open at the INEC, Killarney. This event
is the highlight of the Munster Table Tennis calendar and is the culmination of
many months of preparation by the Munster TT Committee.

This year the entry is huge, with top players coming from
the UK.

Last year’s Mens’ Singles winner, Ryan Jenkins from
Wales, is returning for another crack at the whip. Will any Ballincollig senior
players stop him in his tracks????

Ballincollig has historically send a very large entry to
this event, with this year being no exception. 20 players will compete in 56
separate events, with some players taking part in the maximum 5 events, making
for 3 very busy days for all.

BTTC players have put a tremendous effort into training
over the past few weeks, with Munster Table Tennis hosting an intensive
training camp in Youth Reach Hall last Sunday, 27th.  Thanks to Ben Haughton for giving up another
Sunday to table tennis.

The BTTC Committee wish all our players, from the U10s
playing their first Irish Ranking to our more seasoned players, every success.  We hope you all have an enjoyable successful
weekend in Killarney.

Dan Foley

We once again wish a speedy recovery to our Honorary Life
Member, Dan Foley. Dan is still out of action and players and parents alike
miss him at training sessions.  Get well
Dan and hurry back.

Niall Brown

Most of our players take part in sports other than table tennis and Niall Brown has excelled at his other chosen pastime.  Niall has recently received his Black Belt in Karate, the youngest person in Ireland to do so in recent years.  Well done Niall!!! We are all very proud of you.

Niall Browne


Ulster Junior Open – Newtownabbey


6 Ballincollig players made the arduous journey to
Newtownabbey, Belfast last weekend to compete in the Ulster Junior Open, a
junior ranking competition.  On Saturday, our only U12 player,  Karl
Walsh came through the opening rounds with ease but bowed out at quarter final
stage, to finish in a very commendable 5th position.  In the boys U17
competition, James O’Reilly had an unlucky draw, but played several matches in
the run up to his win in the Consolation event.  Colm Murphy finished in
Joint 17th position and Alan Walsh did very well to finish in 6th position.


The Ballincollig Girls had a great day in the U17 event,
with Edel O’Reilly finishing in 2nd position and Emily Burns just behind her in
3rd position.  Well done to coach,Ben Haughton and to all the players and
a big Thank You to Pat Walsh and Sean Murphy, the chauffeurs for the weekend.

Junior British League – Tripton, UK

Friday 21st saw 3 BTTC players fly to Manchester to take
part in the first leg of the Junior British League.  Edel O’Reilly joined
Ulster players Ashley Givan and Hannah Lynch Dawson to represent Ireland in
their first forray into the Premier Division. They faced tough oposion with the
top English players all playing in this division.


Emily Burns, joined Kinneigh’s Aisling Healy and Killarney’s
Lyn O’Shea, to represent Munster at the same event.  The Munster girls
took the top position in the qualifying event in Grantham in July and had a
very successful weekend in Tripton.


Declan O’Brien played in the event as a guest of english
club, Burton Uxbridge. He also played in the Premier Division where he won a
fantastic 8 out of his 10 marches.


Beech Hill Open

Friday night saw several BTTC players take part in the Beech
Hill Senior Open in Montenotte.  This was the first Munster senior ranking
of the new season, with players taking part from Killarney, Tralee, Kinneigh,
West Cork, Beech Hill, as well as BTTC.

The Ladies’ title was taken by Ballincollig’s Deirdre
Murphy, with Emily Burns and Edel O’Reilly, coming in 2nd and 3rd positions.

The Mens’ winner was BTTC’s Declan O’Brien, with Anthony
Redmond from Killarney taking second position. Ballincollig’s Alex Cooney and
Alan Walsh were 3rd and 4th place winners.

The Men’s U21 places have yet to be decided, but will
undoubtedly also be taken by Ballincollig players.

On Sunday last, 9th Oct, the 2nd part of the Beech Hill
Junior Open was held.  The U12 and U17 events which were postponed from
the previous weekend kicked off at 10am. The U12 boys event was won by West
Cork’s James Kelly. Our own Karl Walsh and Niall Brown came in 3rd and 4th
positions respectively after a fun-filled and good-natured 3/4 place
playoff.  Both boys played some fantastically close matches during
the day and made the game look so enjoyable.  BTTC’s Zofia Wawrzniak, who
is still an U10 player, gained valuable match experience today and finished in
5th place in the girls U12 event.

The girls u17 event was won by Aisling Healy from
Kinneigh.  She overcame BTTC’s Chloe O’Halloran by 3 sets to nil in the
Final.  Emily Burns took the 3rd spot with Killarney’s Brielle Brady in
4th.  Chloe Brown overcame some tough opposition from Killarney and West
Cork to finish in 7th position. Well done girls!!

The boy’s u17 event was also dominated by Ballincollig
players with three of them in the top 4. The winner was Brian Kelleher
from Kinneigh, with Colm Murphy, Alan Walsh and Gearoid O’Donoghue in 2nd, 3rd
and 4th places respectively.

Well done to all our players over the two weekends. Thanks,
as always, to Head Coach Ben Haughton for giving so freely of his time and for
his dedication to the player at all levels.






The Ballincollig Table Tennis Club Church Gate Collection takes place this weekend, 25/26 September. before Masses at St. Mary and St. John Church and Christ Our Light Church. All players should make themselves available to collect for half an hour to help defray the expenses incurred by the club during the busy season ahead. Carol Brown is organising a rota and should be contacted if players can collect.

All players are busy preparing for the Beech Hill Open which will take place on 1/2 October in Montenotte. This will be the first Munster Junior and Senior Ranking of the season and willl set the players’

personal rankings for the coming Munster season. Entry forms will be available to all players shortly.

Junior training is under way in Scoil Eoin on Monday evening, 6 to 7pm. All new members should register at that time. Training is also well under way in Youth Reach, where re-registration takes place at each session. Players who have not yet returned to training should do so as soon as possible, as training slots are currently being allocated.

Finally, the Committee, parents, coaches and players wish a speedy recovery to our Honorary Life Member, Dan Foley, who is unwell at the moment. We miss you Dan and hope to see you back on the table soon!!!

All enquiries re Ballincollig Table Tennis Club should be directed to Noelle on (087) 9417216,


Irish Junior Classification – Report

What a weekend Ballincollig Table Tennis Club had at the first Junior Ranking of the new season!!
Irish International, Declan O’Brien, got the weekend off to a great start with a 3-0 win over Leinster’s Ryan Farrell in the U17 event on Saturday, bring home the Club’s first Gold of the season.  His Irish team mate, Edel O’Reilly, was unlucky to be pipped at the fiinal post by Ashley Givan, following a thrilling 5 set win over Katie McGlone, also from Leinster.  Edel finished in second place, with Emily Burns finishing in fifth position. Colm Murphy joint 9th and James O’Reilly, Alan Walsh, Gearoid O’Donoghue all finished in a very respectible joint 17th position, using this event as a warm up for their main event, the U14s on the following day.  In his first event as a fully fledged U12, Scoil Eoin’s Niall Brown and Karl Walsh came through the opening rounds without much bother and both did fantastically well to finish the day in joint 9th position.
Sunday saw the Ballincollig Cadets spring into action. Cholaiste Choilm’s Chloe Brown and Sarah Cooney had a very successful day.  Sarah finished in fifth position after losing the her quarter final to Elayna McGlone and going on to win her next 3 matches, beating Amy Lou Hayes in a 5/6 place battle. Chloe Brown had a very tough opening round against very experienced players, but went on to win several matches, finishing 2nd in the plate behind Killarney’s Devon Brady.  First year Ballincollig Community School student, Chloe O’Halloran also had great opening, second and third round matches, only to lose in the semi final to Leinster’s Elayna McGlone.  Chloe was unable to repeat her earlier defeat of Rebecca Finn and finished the day in fourth position, after a thrilling 5 setter against Rebecca. Well done girls!!!
The Cadet boys all sailed effortlessly through the opening rounds, to see James and Alan compete in semi-finals against Ulster’s Jonathan Porter and Leinster’s Kevin Hutchinson.  Alan got the better of Jonathan and went on to play a fantastic final against Kevin.  James finished in 4th position, with alan taking the second place trophy. Alan’s brother, Karl, still only 11, also competed in this event, finishing in joint 9th position – a great result for Karl at this level.
Scoil Eoin’s Paul Cooney had no problem getting through the opening rounds in the U10 event and was the outright first place winner.  The final against Glenburn’s Owen Cathcart was watched by his Ballincollig club-mates and a very proud Dad in the viewing gallery.
Prizes on both days were presented by Irish Table Tennis President, Mr Alex Thackerbury.
Very well done to all our players in Dublin last weekend.  Head Coach, Ben Haughton, was extremely pleased with our trophy cache in the first major junior event of the season.



This weekend, 10/11 September sees 13 junior players from Ballincollig take part in the first Irish Ranking Competition of the 2011/2012 season. The first national competition is of utmost importance to our players as this will set their ranking on the Irish Ranking Lists.

Our only U10 competitor this weekend, Paul Cooney from Scoil Eoin, is confident of a top 3 position on Sunday. Two other Scoil Eoin boys, Niall Brown and Karl Walsh will compete in the U12 event on Saturday. U14 boys competing will be James O’Reilly, Alan Walsh and Gearoid O’Donoghue, all of whom will also contest the U17 event with Colm Murphy and current U17 No1, Declan O’Brien. The Ballncollig U14 girls are Chloe O’Halloran, Chloe Brown and Sarah Cooney and Edel O’Reilly and Emily Burns will play in U17 event on Saturday.

The BTTC Committee and parents wish success and luck to all the players and Ballincollig’s Head Coach, Ben Haughton, in the first major Junior event of the season.






For those who train in Youth Reach normal training sessions will resume on Monday 29th August, with players being requested, in the first instance, to return to the session in which they played last season. Any changes to times, days, etc can be made when numbers have been finalised for each training.

For those who train in Scoil Eoin, Reigistration will take place on Monday 5th September in Scoil Eoin, from 6.30 to 7.30pm.  Committee members and senior players will be present to answer any queries and NEW MEMBERS WOULD BE MOST WELCOME.  Any queries re Ballincolllig Table Tennis Club, the largest and most successful table tennis club in Ireland, should be directed to Noelle Buckley on 0879417216.


This Saturday, 27 August, sees 5 BTTC players travel to Dublin City University to compete in the first National tournament of the new table tennis season. Competing in the ladies event will be Emily Burns and Deirdre Murphy.  This is Deirdre’s first season playing solely as a senior player, having represented the Irish Schools Squad in her last junior event at the Senior Schools International in Birmingham in June. She has been training hard over the last few weeks and hopes to qualify for the main classification event on Sunday.  Joining her will be Emily Burns. Emily, still an U17 player, is a member of the Munster team who won the Junior British League qualifying event in Grantham, Leicestershire, last month.

Ballincollig mens’ squad will be represented by Ian Brown, Joe Kelleher and James Herley. From the mens’ event on Saturday, 4 will qualify for the main classification on Sunday.  All three players took part in a recent intensive training camp in Ballincollig and are hoping to secure top places in their first event of the season.

Two  BTTC players receive automatic qualification for the Senior Classification, Declan O’Brien and Edel O’Reillly.  Despite both being just 16, Declan and Edel have both represented Ireland at senior level in the UK.  They are ranked 11 and 7 respectively and hope to raise that ranking a notch or two on Sunday as they head into the domestic and international season ahead.

Best of luck to Deirdre, Emily, Ian, Joe, James, Declan and Edel, who will be travelling with BTTC Head Coach, Ben Haughton.

Ian Brown Aug 2011


The Munster Junior GirlsTable Tennis team of Ballincollig’s Emily Burns and Leah Daly, and Kinneigh’s Aisling Healy had a hugely successful weekend at the Junior British League Qualifying event in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

The girls sailed through their programme of matches to a thrilling play-off against Burton Uxbridge at the end of the day.They finished in 1st position, beating their English opponents 3-nil.  Emilly, Leah and Aisling secured a place for the Junior Girls in the next stage of the League in Wolverhampton in October.

The Munster Cadet team of Ballincollig’s James O’Reilly, Gearoid O’Donoghue and Alan Walsh got off to a shaky start with some tough matches against Team London.  They drew that match 3-3 and went on make some spectacular wins. However the match ratio went against them as the day wore on and the team failed to qualify for the next round.  They finished 3rd in their group of 6 – an excellent result for three  u14s in their first British League event.  Better luck next year!

The Junior Boys team of Kinneigh’s Barry and Brian Kelleher, Damien Tobin and Killarney’s Michael Lagan also had a very eventful day.  They faced tough opposition from the very start and though all boys played exceptionally well and won many matches, they didn’t finish in the top two in their group.  The Junior Boys learned a lot from their weekend, got experience against players with different styles of play and look forward to using that experience on the domestic scene from September.

The Cadet Girls team of Killarney based Valentina Poutkalyte, Devon and Brielle Brady and Courtney Drummond had a great day in Grantham.  They won some fantastic matches.  The young  girls, none of whom have played at this level before, gained valuable experience which will benefit them hugely at Munster and Irish Rankings in the season ahead.

All in all, while the entire Munster Junior British League Team had a successful and enjoyable weekend in Grantham,  the weekend undoubtedly belonged to Emily, Leah and Aisling.  Well done girls and congratulations to Coach, Alan Hurley.

Kinneigh’s Aisling Healy, Ballincollig’s Emily Burns and Leah Daly

Summer 2011 – Schedule – Youth Reach


Fri 3rd, Fri 10th, Mon 13, Fri 17th, Mon 20th, Fri 24th and Mon 27th– Training 7-9pm

Mon 6thNo training – Bank Holiday

24/26Senior Schools International, Isle of Man


Fri 1st  Training 7-9

Mon 4thTraining 7-9

Fri 8thNo Training

Fri 8th and Sat 9th – Annual Street Collection.We ask players and parents to make themselves available for an hour or two to collect. In the current economic climate, we do not want to increase registration fees and as income has been considerably reduced this year and expenditure is extremely high, it is imperative that we all make an effort to try to boost the Club’s funds. Bernice is organising a rota and will be in touch in the next few weeks.

July 11th to August 8th – Annual Holidays


Aug 8th to Aug 12th – Training Camp in Youth Reach, 10.30am to 2pm.Cost 25 euro for the week, maximum 18 players.Places must be booked and paid for prior to the holidays.

Aug 15th to Aug 19th – Potential training camp should there be sufficient numbers. Again, 10.30am to 2pm, cost 25 euro for the week.

As this camp is preceded by4 weeks’ holiday, Ben has requested that any players planning to attend the first Classifications of the season should try to attend.Last year the first classification was on 14 August.The calendar has not yet been published for this year, but we can assumean early start to the season again.

Mon 22ndTraining 7-9

Fri 26th `Training 7-9

Mon 29thNormal training resumes this week.Juniors 6-7.30pm and seniors 7.30-9.30pm.

 All players should return to the session in which they trained last season.

Note – Munster Table Tennis may be sending teams to the Junior British League.If this is the casethe training schedule may change slightly for BTTC players involved in those teams.


Training continues in Youth Reach, Monday and Friday, 7-9pm, for the month of June and early July.
All Ballincollig Table Tennis Club players are reminded that the Annual Street Collection takes place on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July.  All available players are asked to collect for a couple of hours to help us boost our funds in preparation for a very busy next season.
Huge congratulations to James O’Reilly and Gearoid O’Donoghue who have been selected to represent Ireland at the International Youth Championships in Hasselt, Belgium, next weekend.  This is James’ second event with the Irish team.  He played at the Primary Schools Six Nations in Guernsey last year.  For Gearoid, this is his first Irish Team event – an achievement for which he should be very proud at such a young age.
Ballincollig’s Head Coach, Ben Haughton, has achieved in Gearoid O’Donoghue, his 33rd international player to date. And still counting!!!
James is joined on the Cadet Team by double Irish Champion Ryan Farrell and Kevin Hutchinson, both of whom play for Dublin Clubs.  Gearoid is joined in his event by Ulster’s Zac Wilson and another Dublin player, Evan McGovern.
The BTTC Committee, players and parents wish James and Gearoid the very best of luck.  We will have a full report on their progress next week.
At the AGM of Ballincollig Table Tennis Club last week, the following were elected:
Chairperson  and PRO – Colette O’Reilly
Secretary – Sean Murphy
Treasurer – Noelle Buckley
Children’s Officer  and Membership – Bernice Herley
Competition Secretary – Carol Brown
Committee member – Martin Herley
Two new committee members were elected, senior players, James Herley and Ian Brown. They will  provide a valuable liaison between the players and the committee and coaches.
The committee would like to thank outgoing members Mary O’Connor for her many years of service to the Club and Ellen O’Brien who has served for the past two years.
Though the AGM is over, new committee members are welcome to join us at any time!!!.


Table Tenis Notice :

Training schedule to end of June:

Scoin Eoin : Only one class , 6-7pm Monday nights. Last class for the year is Monday 30th. Training will resume in early September.

Youth Reach : FRom monday 23rd May there will only be one training session on Mondays and Fridays from 7-9pm. All Junior and Senior members are welcome to attend this session.

Please make sure to text either Colette or Carol if you are unable to attend.





Notice of AGM

The annual general meeting of Ballincollig Table Tennis Club will take place on Wednesday 11th May 2011 at 8.15pm in the Ballincollig GAA meeting rooms. All club members aged 18 years and over are requested to attend as well as parents of children under 18 years.

Notice to Scoil Eoin Table Tennis Training

There will be no table tennis training in Scoil Eoin on the following dates due to a combination of school holidays and Bank holidays. Monday 18th and  25th of April, Monday 2nd May.

Irish junior Nationals

The weekend of 9/10 April saw 12 junior players travel to the Airlingus Social and Athetic Arena in Dublin Airport to play in the most prestigeous junior event of the table tennis calendar – Edel and James O’Reilly, Alex Paul and Sarah Cooney, Niall Brown, Chloe O’Halloran, Gearoid O’Donoghue, Emily Burns, Deirdre Murphy, Alan Walsh and Colm Murphy, though we did  lose one of the girls to Grafton Street on Saturday!

Saturday kicked off with the under 12 boys where Niall, Paul and Gearoid all sailed through their first round matches with ease.  All three went on to the second round where they came up against tough opposition, but played really well to finish in joint 9th positions.

In the u12 girls, Chloe also came through the first and second rounds and quarter finals easily to finish in 4th place – a great achievement for her as she has been playing table tennis for just a year.

Emily Burns had a fantastic, but tiring,  day in the U17 girls where she improved greatly on her previous ranking to finish in 5th place.  Deirdre Murphy, in her last junior tournament, finished in 4th place with EdelO’Relly in 3rd place.

The U17 boys saw James, Alan, Colm and Alex come through the first rounds without much bother. James was unlucky to be beaten UCDs Matt Finlay at the quarter final entry phase.  Alan and Colm progressed further to the quarter finals – this proved to be a great warm-up for their main event on Sunday.

Sunday started off with the U4 boys, Gearoid got the day off to a great start by beatng the mucher higher ranked Irish International Ryan McConkey in his opening march.  Gearoid was trailing by two sets but fought back to win the match 3-2.  In the second round he dispensed with Alex Gillen by 3 sets to nil.  He then qualified for the quarter finals where after several fantastic matches he lost to the eventual Champion, Ryan Farrell and he finished in 8th position.  Colm Murphy was denied his quarter final place by Kinneigh’s Brian Kelleher in a thrilling 5 set match.

James and Alan had yet another 5 set battle.  James took the first 2 sets, Alan fought back to take the next two, but the quarter final place went to James in the end. He was denied his semi-final spot by Club Donic’s Conor Mullally and finished in 5th position.

The U 14 girls saw Sarah Cooney and Chloe O’Halloran face tough opposition in the opening rounds. Sarah  finished her day as runner up to Irish International Eleyna McGlone in the plate.

Paul Cooney and Niall Brown had a great day on Sunday.  They both came through the opening rounds unbeaten to the semi-final stage where Niall played Goleen’s James Kelly and Paul played Connaught’s Eddie Ditchburn.

Both semi-finals were a joy to watch.  Niall played his heart out in a 5 set battle with James.  Paul and Eddie’s match was noisy, but hugely entertaining!  The final saw Paul and James Kelly fight to the bitter end with James being the eventual winner.  Niall finished his day in 4th position.  Both boys had a great days table tennis and, sorry mums and dads, they have another 7 years of junior table tennis  ahead of them!!!!

All in all, a great end to the Irish Ranking season.  Thanks, as always, to Coach Ben Haughton and to his Assistant Coach for the weekend, Ian Brown.

Adult Senior Training: Cancelled until further notice.

 Munster Ranking in West Cork

Today was a great day for Ballincollig players at the penultimate Munster Junior Ranking in Dunmanway with 27 Ballincollig players taking part, some for the first time.  We took 5 1st places out of 8 events.

The day started with the U10 boys and girls.  Great results from Niall Brown, Paul Cooney and Eoin O’Callaghan who came 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. This was Eoin’s first tournament, having joined the Club just two weeks ago. Well done Eoin!!

Another first timer, Zofia Wawrzyniak, who is till under 9, was presented with her first medal as runner-up in the Plate.

The U12 boys event was won by Karl Walsh in  thrilling 5 set final against Goleen’s James Kelly.  Gearoid O’Donoghue took the third place after seeing off  Tom Walsh in the 3/4 playoff.  Paul Cooney came in 5th place with Niall brown in 7th.

Chloe O’Halloran, who is not yet playing for a year, did very well to finish third in the U12 girls event.  Leah Daly finished just behind her in 4th position.

The U14 boys was won by Ballincollig’s Alan Walsh in a thrilling point for point final with James O’Reilly. 4th place went to Colm Murphy, who narrowly lost our to Kinneigh’s Brian Kelleher. Gearoid O’Donoghue, still an U12 player, took a well-earned 5th place.

Sarah Cooney overcame Killarney’s Lynn O’Shea to win the girls U14 trophy.  Chloe O’Halloran took the 4th place.

The Ballincollig U17 girls dominated the U17 event, with Edel O’Reilly taking 1st place, followed by Deirdre Murphy in 2nd.  Kinneigh’s Aisling Healy was in 3rd place, with our own  Emily Burns, Niamh Buttimer and Emily O’Reilly in 4th, 5th and 6th places respectively.  Chloe Brown finished just behind them, doing very well to finish in the top 8 at this level whilst still an u14 player.

The last matches of the day were left to the U17 boys, with Ballincollig again finishing on top.  Alex Cooney took the first place, followed by Kinneigh’s Brian Kelleher in 2nd and our own Donatas Jakovlevas in third.  James O’Reilly, Alan Walsh, Colm Murphy and Eoin Murphy all finished just behind them to secure top 8 positions. James and Alan battled it out again in a 5 set 5/6 playoff with James finishing on top this time. Colm and Eoin also played an extremely close 5 setter, with Colm just finishing on top at 13-11 in the 5th set. Alan Tobin had some great early matches but was unlucky to be eliminated later in the competition by the eventual winner.

All in all, an enjoyable and hugely successful day for Ballincollig Table Tennis Club, the players and, of  course the Head Coach, Ben Haughton, who gave up yet another Sunday to make the success possible.

All players are now waiting with baited breath to see if, after the rankings from this competition are complete, they will be invited to attend the Top 9 competition in Enniskeane next week.  This is the last Munster Junior Ranking of the season, where the top 9 players in each age group battle it out for the last time to claim the Munster No 1 title for the season.  Good luck to everybody.

Cork Indoor Sport Awards

Congratulations to Martin Herley on accepting his nomination for his services to Ballincollig and Munster Table Tennis over the years. Martin will receive his reward at a special function in the Metropole Hotel on April 15th.

Six Nations Table Tennis Championships

The weekend of 11/13 March saw Edel O’Reilly and Declan O’Brien represent Ireland at the Six Nations Table Tennis Championships at the University of Limerick.  The event kicked off on Friday evening with the girls winning their matches against Guernsey, 4-1 and losing 3-2 to Wales.  They started Saturdays games a little behind on the ladder but made up for it against Scotland in the morning, only to lost out to the English later the day.  However, the Irish Junior Girls, including Edel, were delighted to finish with bronze medals.

The Junior boys, including Declan, fared a better, winning Fridays matches with ease but lost to the Scottish on Saturday.  They finished in 2nd position, well deserving their silver medals.

On Sunday, Ballincollig’s Deirdre Murphy was invited to join the Junior Girls to represent Ireland at the singles event.  A busy day was had by the Ballincollig crew with some very tough matches against top players from England, Wales, Scotland, Guernsey and Isle of Man.  Edel came through the first round with relative ease, only to be beaten in the quarter finals by Abbie Millwain, the No 1 seed for the event.  Declan also came through the first round, only to lose in the next round to Irish team-mate Ashley Robinson.  Deirdre had a tough draw in the first round, and after some entertaining matches, went on to win runner-up spot in the plate, losing to Connaught’s Sarah Timlin.

Well done to Edel, Declan and Deirdre for being chosen to represent their country at this prestigeous event.

Stiga Senior National Championships – ALSAA, Dublin Airport.

The weekend 5/6 March saw four players travel to Dublin for the Senior Nationals.  Our coach Ben Haughton described the results as the best the club or any Munster club has ever had in this event.

Deirdre Murphy played in the women’s singles, doubles and U21 events.  Declan OBrien, Ian Brown, and James Herley all played mens singles and U21.

Results were as follows Deirdre Murphy finished in the top 8 in the U21 event where she beat Clodagh McCullogh 3-0 in her opening match. Deirdre went on to take a set from No 2 seed, Ashley Given in the Senior Ladies event and once again, did very well to finish in the top 8.

Ian Brown and James Herley were well placed in the U21 event and went on to finish joint 9th in the senior men’s event.  Declan O’Brien went through to the quarter-finals where, he came back from 2 sets down to level the proceedings at 2-2, only to lose to John Murphy 12-14 in the fifth.  Declan finished joint 5 overall.

Well done to Deirdre, Ian, James and Declan in what was the most prestigious senior event in the country.

Weekend 11/13 March, Ballincollig players will represent Ireland at the Junior/Cadet Six Nations Championships at University of Limerick and the following weekend will see many of our players travel to UCD for the Senior Interprovincials – the highlight of the senior table tennis calendar.

More Connaught Open News & Results 26/27th February

The last weekend in February saw 9 Ballincollig players travel to Castlebar for the Connaught Junior Open. On Saturday, James O’Reilly and Colm Murphy were in fantastic form  and finished 5th and 6th respectively after a long day of thrilling matches.  Gearoid O’Donoghue did very well to finish joint 17th in an Irish ranking of players at least two years older than him.

However, Sunday was Gearoid’s day when the topped the initial group stage, dropping just one set.  He went on to finish 4th – no mean feat for an Irish Ranking event. In the under 17 girls, Edel, Emily Burns, Deirdre Murphy all came through the initial group stage with ease.  Emily O’Reilly did not have it so easy however, but went on to play several matches throughout the day.  Deirdre and Emily Burns did fantastically well to finish in the top 8 and Edel was pipped at the final stage by Ashley Givan. Edel came home with the silver medal.

In the boys U17, Eoin and Colm Murphy sailed through the opening stages and both finished in the top 16.  Declan O’Brien also went through the initial groups with ease and came home with a silver medal, losing only one match in the day to Sam Logue of Leinster.

All in all, a fantastic weekend of table tennis at Breaffy House.  Thanks, as always, to our coach Ben Haughton, who guided the players through the day.

Connaught Open 26/27th February

Breaffy Hotel in Castlebar played host to the Stiga Connacht Junior Open over the weekend, with over 160 players travelling from all over Ireland to compete. This was the first time since the early 1970s that Connacht has hosted a Junior Ranked tournament, and players and spectators alike were treated to a feast of top class table tennis. The Junior Boys saw Irish International and number 2 seed, Sam Logue from ALSAA TTC, take the title in straight sets over Ballincollig’s Declan O’Brien. O’Brien was in superb form throughout the tournament with his trademark backhand winners stunning the opposition.

The quarter finals of the Cadet Boys witnessed the match of the tournament, pitting Ballincollig’s James O’Reilly against the current Irish number 1, Eastpoint’s Ryan Farrell. O’Reilly took the first set, and Farrell had to dig deep to take the second on a score of 22-20. O’Reilly took the next and had Farrell on the rack in the fourth,  before Farrell steadied and hit back claiming the set, and then took the fifth in classic fashion. O’Reilly had let him off the hook, but certainly has laid down a marker of his future intentions, and underscores this Cadets potential. Farrell went on to claim his 3rd title of the season

The Junior Girls title was taken by tournament favourite, Fivemiletown’s Ashley Givan, on a score of 3-1 over Ballincollig’s  Edel O’Reilly.

Ballincollig Open

Last Saturday say BTTC host the Ballincollig Junior Open, a Munster Ranking Event. Clubs from Tralee, Killarney, Montenotte, Cobh, Kinneigh, and West Cork and of course Ballincollig ttc itself.  We had some new players from Scoil Eoin taking part in their first ever tournament and we hope it will not be their last.  Ballincollig kept four perpetual trophies on home ground with Gearoid O’Donoghue winning the Under 12 Boys event, James O’Reilly won the U14 boys event, Sarah Cooney won the U14 girls event and Colm Murphy won the U17 boys event.  This was a huge win for Colm as he is still an Under 14 player and pulled out all the stops to beat higher ranked players some of whom are 3 years his senior.

Our under 10s had a busy day with one of our new members, Emiliya winning the Plate and proudly wore her medal for the day! Niall Brown was unlucky to be beaten by James Kelly of Goleen in the final.  Niall took the second place with Paul Cooney in third.

The under 12 girl’s trophy went to Brielle Brady of Killarney with teammate Valentina Pudkalis taking second.  Ballincollig’s Chloe O’Halloran was third.

Under 12 Boys was won by Colaiste Choilm first year, Gearoid O’ Donoghue.  He beat Scoil Eoin club mate Karl Walsh in a thrilling final.  Niall Brown and Paul Cooney did very well to finish in the top 8 in a category where most of the boys are a few years older than them.

Under 14 girls was won by Sarah Cooney and our own Chloe Brown finished well up in this event.

Under 14 Boys was won by James O’Reilly. James stopped Alan from making it three straight wins in Munster in a thrilling 5 setter.

The under 17 girls trophy went to Aisling Healy of Kinneigh, narrowly beating Ballincollig’s Deirdre Murphy. The two Ballincollig Emily’s came in third and fourth.

The under 17 boys was won by Colm Murphy, his first major win.  We are all thrilled for him.  He beat the higher ranked Michael Lagan of Killarney.  Ballincolligs Alan Walsh and Colm’s brother Eoin came third and fourth. With Shane O Connor 7th and Alex Cooney 9th

All in all, a great day for Ballincollig Table Tennis Club.  The committee would like to thank the tournament referee, Gus Coughlan, who as usual did a sterling job, Colaiste Choilm for allowing us to rent the hall for the day, Ballincollig Credit Union for sponsoring the event and their representative, Mary O’Mahony, who stayed well into the evening to present the prizes. Thank you too to Parents and committee members who helped out on the day, to our veteran player, Dan Foley  JJ Buttimer for his help at the top table of course, our Head Coach, Ben Haughton, for his dedication to the  Ballincollig players and for so selflessly giving of his time,.

Final Places were as follows:

Under 10 girls, Caoimhe Harnedy, Devon Brady, Olwyn Ryan Emiliya Jakolvaite.

Under 10 boys, James Kelly, Niall Brown, Paul Cooney

Under 12 girls, Brielle Brady, Valentina Pudkalis, Chloe O’Halloran and Mair Kelly

Under 12 boys, Gearoid O’Donoghue, Karl Walsh, James Barry and James Kelly

Under 14 girls, Sarah Cooney, Lynn O’Shea, Brielle Brady and Valentina Pudkalis

Under 14 boys, James o’Reilly, Alan Walsh, Brian Kelleher and Colm Murphy

Under 17 girls, Aisling Healy, Deirdre Murphy, Emily Burns and Emily O’Reilly

Under 17 boys, Colm Murphy, Michael Lagan, Alan Walsh and Eoin Murphy

Many of the above Ballincollig players will be travelling to Castlebar this weekend for the Connaught Junior Open.  A full report will follow next week.

Week 7

Ballincollig Junior Open

Last weekends open proved to be a great success for the club. There were notable victories for Gearoid O’Donoghue (12), Sarah Cooney ( G 14), James O’Reilly ( U12 ), and a first victory for Colm Murphy (U17).

Details to follow shortly.

Important Notice :
There will be no training in Scoil Eoin on Monday 21 Feb as the school is closed for mid term. Training will continue on Monday 28th February.

Week 6

Ballincollig Senior Open Youth Reach Saturday 12th February

The Ballincollig senior open was held last Saturday with players from Kinneigh Killarney Beech Hill UCC and Ballincollig taking part. It was a really enjoyable day with some excellent Table tennis on display.

In the U21Competition Locals James Herley Ian Brown Andy Reck and Joe Kelleher qualified for the Semis.

James and Joe were up in the first Semi with the first set going to 19-17 James went on to win 3-1. In the second semi Ian came through 3-0.

In the final Ian had some attacking play in the first set to take it James came right back into it to take the second. James had too many unforced errors to allow Ian to take the third James responded strongly in the fourth to take it 12 10. James got off to a great start in the fifth and took the title 11-4 in the fifth

Senior Men’s

After some thrilling games in the early rounds The Quarter finals produced some great games. In the first Joe beat Alan 3-2 with the fifth set going to deuce Pavel (Killarney) beat James 3-2 with some thrilling rallies throughout the game. Ian beat Philip Shaw 3-0 in the third quarter in the fourth Dunatas playing in his first senior Munster Ranking lost 3-0 to Anthony Redmond

In the first semi Ian played Anthony .Ian took the first set with a fast forehand top spin to win 11-7 Anthony took the second but Ian fought back to take the third and fourth 11-9 to book his place in the final.

In the other semi Pavel took the first 2 sets Joe fought back to take the third 11-8 but Pavel finished off the game 11-4 in the fourth

In the final Pavel took the first set 13-11 Ian then took the second 11-8  the next two sets were shared again and it was down to the final set this went all the way to deuce with Pavel prevailing 12-10 Anthony finished 3rd with Joe 4th

Ladies seniors

Again there was some thrilling tennis played in the early rounds. In the final Aishling Healy Kinneigh prevailed over Emily Burns with Deirdre Murphy beating Jana Potter Killarney to take third

In the Vets Semi Ina Shorten the only female in the group came up against Philip Shaw Philip winning 3-0 in the other semi Dan Foley beat Carlos McSweeney 3-1 In the final Philip came out on top

Senior Night – Wednesday

Due to lack of support the adult senior night has been cancelled under further notice.

Week 4

Stiga Munster Open

Killarney played host to the Stiga sponsored Munster Open over the weekend in the spectacular Irish National Events Centre, with players from Ireland, Wales, Spain, Poland and Hungary making the trip to the  South-west for this prestigious event. And, it didn’t fail to live up to the much hyped, pre-tournament billing, as players and spectators alike were treated to a feast of top class table tennis.

There was a huge entry from Ballincollig and again we had some great performances from all who travelled and a full list of results is published on our results page.

A full gallery of pictures can be found on our Photos page.

Week 3

Important Note for all players and parents for 2011.

Under Irish Table Tennis, Irish Sports Council and BTTC club rules, training sessions cannot go ahead without an adult supervisor being present. Supervision up to now has been done by the club committee. Late January 2011 the committee will publish to all parents a roster for supervision. It is anticipated that each parent will have to supervise at least one training session a month. It will be the parents responsibility to ensure that there is adequate supervision for the session they are rostered for. This may mean arranging a swop with another parent to ensure the session goes ahead. This is now normal practice in many clubs and sports organisations around the country. Please co-operate with this new practice. In the event of supervision not being in place the training session cannot go ahead.

Munster Open

Best of luck to all taking part in this weeks event in the INEC Killarney. The club has a record number of players taking part.

Ballincollig Open Events :

Entry forms for both the Senior and Junior Opens are available by clicking on he “events” tab.

Welcome to 2011

Thanks to all who participated in the New Year training camp. Particular thanks to coach Ben Haughton for holding the camp.

The first competitive event of the New Year will be the 2011 Munster Open. Teh event will take place in the INEC in Killarney on Jan 21-23rd incl. This years event promises to be bigger than ever with a new venue in the INEC.

Normal training times resume  from Mon 10th Jan across all age groups and venues.

Adult night will not commence until Wed 19th January. 7.45pm in Youth Reach. Once again all are welcome.

Dates for the Ballincollig Senior and Junior open have been finalised.

BTTC Senior Open : 12th Feb in Youth Reach.

BTTC Junior Open : 19th Feb in colaiste Choilm.

Happy Christmas to everyone involved in Ballincollig Table Tennis Club

The committee would like to extend a very big thank you to all our players and parents and anyone else who helped out in the running of the club during 2010. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season !

Christmas & New Year Schedule

All training on Wed 21st Dec is cancelled.

Training camp : January 4th to 7th.

The camp will run from  11am to 2pm each day at a cost of €25 per child. Places are limited to the first 18 registrants. Parental supervision will be required to run this event.

Important Note for all players and parents for 2011.

Under Irish Table Tennis, Irish Sports Council and BTTC club rules, training sessions cannot go ahead without an adult supervisor being present. Supervision up to now has been done by the club committee. From January 2011 onwards the committee will publish to all parents a roster for supervision. It is anticipated that each parent will have to supervise at least one training session a month. It will be the parents responsibility to ensure that there is adequate supervision for the session they are rostered for. This may mean arranging a swop with another parent to ensure the session goes ahead. This is now normal practice in many clubs and sports organisations around the country. Please co-operate with this new practice. In the event of supervision not being in place the training session cannot go ahead.

Week 48

The Killarney Open took place on Dec 12th. It proved to be a very successful even for Ballincollig with the club winning the Boys and Girls U17 and Boys U14.

Congratulations to Alex Cooney on winning the Boys U17 event. He beat Brian Kelliher from Kinneagh in tough match. Deirdre Murphy was taken to five sets by her club mate Emily Burns in wining the Girls U17 and Alan Walsh who was on fire on the day beat James O’Reilly in straight sets to take the Boys U14 final. Gearoid O’Donoghue lost a very competitive final match in the Boys U12 final.

Alex Cooney, Winner Boys U17, Munster Ranking, Killarney, 2010

Other results on the day were:

U17, Boys : Alan Walsh 5th, Colm Murphy 7th, James O’Reilly 8th, Donatas Jokoulanus, 9th, Eoin Murphy 17th
U17, Girls : Emily Burns 2nd, Sarah Cooney 5th, Chloe Browne 6th
U14, Boys : James O’Reilly 2nd, Colm Murphy 3rd, Gearoid O’Donoghue 9th
U14, Girls : Chloe Browne 3rd
U12, Boys : Paul Cooney 4th, Niall Browne 6th

A special mention for Ernest Lopez. Taking part in this 3rd and final ranking tournament before he returns to Spain. Well done Ernest. Finally we must not forget Ross for his most entertaining display of skill and patience in McDonalds on the way home !

Well done to everyone who took part on the day and a special thanks to coach Ben Haughton.

Christmas and New Year Schedule

December 13 Monday, Normal Training
December 15 Wednesday, Normal Training
December 17 Friday, Normal Training
December 20 Monday, 1 session only, 6-8pm
December 22 Wednesday, 1 session only, 6-7.30pm
January 4/7 Tuesday – Friday, Training Camp
The camp will run from 11 to 2 each day at a cost of £25. Places limited to 18 players and must be booked and payed for before Friday 17th. Committee members will have the list in Youth Reach. Parental supervision will be required so parents are asked to give us an hour or two. Again, a supervision schedule is available in youth reach.
January 10 Normal Training resumes this week.

Adult Table Tennis night will begin on Wed 12th Jan. All new players are welcome.

Week 47

Junior Muster Ranking : Killarney Sunday 12th Dec ( Postponed from last week)

Venue: St Mary’s Hall

U12 / U17 Boys &  Girls, 9 am

U10 / U14 Boys & Girls, 1 pm

For those travelling to Killarney, please be on time and best of luck.

The Munster Senior ranking which was due to be played in the same venue and date has now been deferred to 2011. Date TBA.

Senior Adult Table Tennis continues on Wednesday nights in Youth Reach at 7.454pm to 8.45pm. New players are always welcome.

Week 46

Wed 31st Adult Table Tennis Cancelled.  Will recommence on Wed 8th Dec.

Connaught Senior Open – Breafy House Castlebar
5 club members travelled to Castlebar last weekend and again all performed well. On Saturday Deirdre came first in Band I with Emily Burns finishing 2nd Emily also finished 2nd in Band 2. Ian Browne finished 1st in Band 3 and took the runners up spot in Band 4. James O Reilly reached the last 16 in Band 3 and the quarter final in Band 4
On Sunday in the open Draw Edel finished joint 5th in the ladies with Deirdre finishing joint 9th
Ian got to the last 16 in the men’s with James putting in some great performances against mush more experienced opposition.
Congrats to all and a special thanks to Collette and club coach Ben Haughton who travelled with the group and had to battle the snow and ice.

Emily Burns who won double silver in Castlebar last weekend

Next Junior Munster ranking is in St. Mary’s Hall, Killarney on the weekend of 4/5th December. Best of luck to all club members travelling.

There is a Munster Senior ranking in the same venue on the 12th of December Entry forms available next week

Next Irish Senior Ranking is the Ulster Senior Open in Newtownabbey on Saturday 11 December. Entry form on ITTA website.

Special Olympics
Committee members and players will be in attendance at the Cope Centre in Glasheen to help out in the Special Olympics table tennis competition on Saturday.

CIT Bursary

Congratulations to James Herley who received a bursary from CIT recently James who is ranked number 1 in Munster is in receipt of this award for the second year in a row and it is well deserved.

James Herley

Week 44

Ulster Junior Ranking: Shankill Leisure Centre,Belfast, 13 and 14 November


Congratulations to Deirdre Murphy on coming 2nd in the U17s.  She was beaten by Ashley Givan in the final.  Edel O Reilly came third, Edel was beaten by Ashley in the semi-final and then Edel went on to beat Sarah Timlin in the 3/4 playoff.

In the U17 boys, Declan O Brien finished third, James O Reilly won the consolation,  Colm Murphy went through to the third round. Ernest Lopez had a great 1st national competition.
U12 boys, our only player was Gearoid O’Donoghue who was unlucky to be beaten in the final by Ulster’s Ryan McConkey.  He won some fantastic matches in the run up to the final and was thrilled with his silver medal.

James, Colm, Ernest, Alan and Karl Walsh all played very well. James and Colm had some great matches but were unlucky not to advance to the later stages again well done to all who travelled players parents and to coach Ben Haughton.

Ernest Lopez and James O’Reilly at Ulster Jnr Open Nov’10

Senior training

Senior training in Youth Reach continues on Weds from 8pm to 9 pm this is for anyone over 18 who is interested in playing table tennis in a non competitive atmosphere.  New players are always welcome.

Connaught Grand Prix : Closing date Friday 19th.

Week 43

Adult Senior Night :

The adult Senior night will begin on Wednesday 10th November at 7.45pm in Youth Reach.

All categories of player are welcome. € 4 on the night.

Week 42

Ulster Junior Ranking, Shankill Leisure Centre,Belfast, 13 and 14 November

The club will have 10 club members travelling to Belfast for the next Irish Ranking competition. Those travelling are

U17 Girls Edel O Reilly and Deirdre Murphy

U17 Boys Declan O Brien, James O Reilly, Colm Murphy and Ernest Lopez.
U14 Boys  James O Reilly, Colm Murphy, Ernest Lopez, Alan Walsh and Karl Walsh
U12 Boys Gearoid O Donoghue

We wish all our players the best of luck at this event.

Week 41

Leinster Grand Prix, UCD ,Oct 16th and 17tht

There were some great performances from the 6 club members James Herley Kevin O Keeffe Declan O Brien Joe Kelleher Edel O Reilly and Deirdre Murphy in Dublin over the weekend. On Saturday in the band one competition Deirdre Murphy was placed first in the girls competition While all the boys reached the Quarter finals.In Band 2 Joe reached the quarter Finals as well. On Sunday in the girls Edel was joint 5th in the main event while Deirdre finished 9th. In the boys Kevin reached the last 16 with James and Joe putting in some great performances. In the open singles Declan finished 4th. Again well done to all and to Coach Ben Haughton

Halloween Camp
The club held a Halloween camp over the mid term break after the success of our camps over the Easter and summer again this was fully booked out and should serve club members over the coming months with Munster and Irish Ranking competitions to be played.

2010 halloween camp group

Week 40

Leinster Grand Prix Venue: UCD , Oct 16th and 17th
Best of luck to our club members who are travelling to Dublin this weekend to take part in the Leinster Grand Prix reports to follow next week.

Halloween Camp
Due to the success of our recent training camps, it has been decided to hold a training camp this Halloween in youth Reach. The camp will take place over a 3 day period on October 26 / 27 /28. These will be 5 hour training days.
Names will be taken in the coming weeks.

Week 39

There was a large turn out at the first Munster ranking event of the year in Beech Hill. Ballincollig once again swept all before them with some great results. Gearoid O’Donoghue winning the boys U12, Alan Walsh winning the boys U14, Sarah Cooney winning the girls U14, Declan O’Brien winning the boys U17 and Edel O’Reilly winning the girls U,17.

In the boys U14 and U17 events Ballincollig had all 4 semi finalists.

A full list of results is on our results page. Congratulations to all our winners and to those who were participating for the first time. Check out our photo gallery. !!!

Beech Hill Winners

Halloween Camp

Oct 26/27/28 . Intensive 5 hour camps.

Adult Night

Wednesday night sessions have yet to kick off. To date there has been very little interest. Please note that Wednesday night is not a training session. It is aimed at adults who like to play table tennis for fun. If you are interested please contact any committee member.

Munster Senior Classification Event, this Saturday 9th Oct, Youth Reach Ballincollig, 10am start. Application form on this web site.

Week 37

Results of Munster trial tournament event on our results page.

Winners included Chloe, Gearoid and Niall.

Week 36

Important change to training times : As and from Wed 15th Sept there will be a training session in Youth Reach from 6 – 7.30pm. This session is only available for those who previously attended the Thursday night session in Scoil Eoin. The Thursday night training in Scoil Eoin will no longer happen.

Adult Training nights :  Adult training will recommence on Wed 22nd Sept in Youth Reach from 8 – 9 pm. The cost is €4 per night.

Halloween Camp :

Due to the success of our recent training camps, it has been decided to hold a training camp this Halloween in youth Reach. The camp will take place over a 3 day period on October 26 / 27 /28. These will be 5 hour training days.

Names will be taken in the coming weeks.

Week 35

Killarney– Munster Event,Takes Place Sunday 13th September. Full report next week.

Stiga Irish Classification 18th , 19th Sept, DCU

This is the first major event of the year. A large number of players will be travelling to DCU. A full report will be available next week

Registrations for 2010

Registrations are ongoing and all new members are welcome.

Adult Wed night training
Applications for this session are very low at present. Once there are sufficient applicants training will go ahead.
Watch the website and local Ballincollig news letters for updates.

Week 34

Registration Night

There will be a registration night in Scoil Eoin on Monday Sept 6th from 6.30 to 7.30

Training in Scoil Eoin will recommence on

Monday 13th from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Tuesday 14th from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Thursday from 6pm to 7.30pm and 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Senior Adult Table Tennis : These sessions will commence later in September. Time and venue TBA.

New member are most welcome.

Senior Qualification UCD /Senior Classification Finals, DCU, Dublin


28th/29th August


8 BTTC players travelled to UCD, for the first senior classification event of the season. All players including Ian Browne, James O Reilly, Alan Walsh and Emily O Reilly had thrilling first round matches with Kevin O Keeffe and Edel O Reilly topping their groups to proceed to the next stage.  The 2nd round also saw Alex Cooney and James Herley going on to play 3 more matches each with James Herley proceeding to the third round before being denied a place in the quarter final by Ulster’s Neil Irwin. Edel won all her matches to qualify for the Senior Classification finals in DCU the following day.

One of the highlights of the day was a match between Alan Walsh and James O Reilly which went to five sets and each set seeing the points going into the 20s

Sunday 29 August saw Edel and Declan play in the Senior Classification Finals at DCU.  Both players had a gruelling day of matches against the top Irish senior players. Edel was thrilled  to finish 3rd overall, up from her previous 33 ranking at senior level, with Declan finishing 10th in the men’s’ event moving up one place from last season

A big thank you to Ben Haughton for his guidance and coaching over the weekend.

Stiga Irish Junior Classification 18th/19th September

The ITTA has today opened entries for the STIGA Irish Junior Classification 10/11, the first major tournament of the Junior domestic season. This event represents a great chance for players to play in a round-robin format, get lots of matches and establish their early position on the Butterfly Junior Ranking Lists. With over 175 players participating last year, this year’s event could see over 200 players participate.

The tournament takes place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September in DCU, Dublin. All players are guaranteed a lot of matches due to the round robin nature of the event.

Week 33

Welcome back to all after the summer break. The new season is here and it’s going to be a busy one.

For the most up to date fixture lists please click on this link

Munster League

The Munster leagues started in Killarney last Sunday again all teams performed very well winning three out of the four league Declan O Brien James Herley and Sam Logue played some excellent table tennis on their way to victory as did Colm Murphy Edel O Reilly and Alan Walsh who won their section by beating Local team Killarney Shane O Connor Eoin Murphy and James O Reilly had to be content with second as great rivals Kinneigh pipped them but Emily O Reilly Chloe O Haloran and Karl Walsh ensured a third victory by winning their group.

2010 Munster League Winners – Killarney round.

Team Ballincollig Tornadoes, James O’Reilly, Eoin Murphy , Shane O’Connor, at the Killarney Munster League, 2010.

Summer Camp
The club summer camp finishes up this week again a great 2 weeks of table tennis ensued thanks to Coach Ben Haughton. We should have some pictures from the camp next week.

New Members

New member are most welcome. Registrations will begin in early September. Details available next week.


Training for the new season will begin in both Scoil Eoin and Youth REach in the coming weeks. More details to be found on the site.

Senior classification

The first major event of the new year is the Senior classification. A select number of players will be participating in the event which will be held in Dublin over the 28 /29 Aug. ( 28th UCD , 29th DCU ).

Week 24

Summer Training

Beginning Friday 25th June there will only be one training session on Monday and Friday nights from 7 – 9pm.

Summer Holidays & Training Camps

A full schedule of these dates will be handed out at the training session on Friday 25th.

Ballincollig Players At Senior Schools international In Limerick

The elite players from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man travel to Limerick University, Ireland on 25th June to compete in the Senior Schools International Championship, with an action packed weekend of table tennis anticipated. This prestigious event will be, in terms of participants, the largest international table tennis tournament to be held in Ireland in 2010, with 170 of the top senior schools players (U14 to U18 yrs) and their coaches, as well as a large home and travelling contingent of supporters. The event will be held in UL in Limerick Ashley Givan and Edel O’Reilly will make up the U16 girls team and Under 16 Boys will be Ashley Robinson and Declan O’Brien also invited from the club are Sarah Cooney who will play in the U14 girls and Deirdre Murphy in the U18 Girls all at the club wish them all the best for the weekend.

ITTA Training Camp in ALSA Dublin

Club members attended an ITTA open training camp in ALSAA, Dublin On the week starting Tuesday the 15th of June This camp was led by one of Europe’s top coaches, Leszek Kucharski of Poland. Mr.Kucharski recently led the ITTF training camp in Barcelona and is considered by the ITTF to be one of their top coaching experts. His own playing record includes gold medals in both the European and World Championships. All members that travelled found it very enjoyable and informative

Members of the Irish Elite training camp in ALSAA, Dublin

Street Collection

The Club will hold its annual flag day on Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th all club members are asked to help out for this fundraiser.

Please contact Carol Browne.

Week 21

New Chairperson

With the 2010 AGM finally concluded the club has a new chairperson in Colette O’Reilly. We wish Colette every success in the role for the coming year.

Gold at the Irish Community Games Finals

Ballincolling U13 & U16 teams were in top class form last weekend as they cruised to victory against some very tricky opposition in the Irish Community games finals in Athlone AIT.

The U13 team of James O’Reilly, Alan and Karl Walsh, won comfortably while the U16 team of Shane O’Connor, Eoin and Colm Murphy also had a excellent victory.

2010 U13 & U16 Irish Community Games Finals Winners

The gold medals were the only Golds won by a Cork team on the day.

A special word of thanks to coach Ben Haughton for his work in mentoring the teams right through from the qualifiers to the finals.

Many thanks to parents Pat Walsh, Colette O’Reilly and Sean Murphy for helping out over the weekend.

Senior Training :

Senior training in Youth Reach is finished for the summer. It is hoped training will begin again in the September timeframe. New times will be published in due course.

New Members :

New members are most welcome. Please keep an eye out for news of the enrollment night in the coming months.

Week No.20

AGM – Part 2to be held in Ballincollig GAA meeting rooms on May 26th at 8pm.

We would ask all parents to make every effort to attend please.


Community Games

Club members are now training hard in preparation for the All Ireland finals of The Community games which will be held in Athlone on the weekend of 29th and 30th of May.
Colaiste Choilm Awards Night
Table tennis was well represented at the annual Colaiste Choilm awards night as the 3 All Ireland Wining squads The U15 Boys and U18 Boys and Girls were recognized for their achievements.
In his citation Coach Ivan Shorten recounted an eventful year for the school in which they had great success in the Munster Leagues Had a squad travel to the World Schools finals in The Czech Republic and culminated in their marvellous achievement of brining home 3 titles from the all Ireland Schools which was hosted so magnificently by Colaiste Choilm this year.
Their were further individual awards for club members Edel O Reilly and Declan O Brien for their magnificent achievements in table tennis this year, Both being ranked number one in Munster. In the top four in Ireland and representing their country so well on international duty.
School principal Pat Kinsella paid glowing tribute to the club stating it was now one of the most successful in the country and that the school are reaping the rewards each year as the table tennis teams bring home the All Ireland titles.

Community Games 16 boys Finalists

Declan O Brien in Great form for Irish Junior team

An Irish Junior Boys selection were in Girona, Spain to participate in the Spanish Junior Open, which is part of the ITTF Global Junior Circuit. Sam Logue and Declan O’Brien had the opportunity to participate in a pre-event four day training camp with some of the best young players from around the World, many of whom have qualified for the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Joined by Irish No.1 Paul McCreery for the tournament, the team were very well prepared for this high quality event.
The days play started with a thrilling match against Luxembourg. Declan O’Brien lost the first against Sven Hansen, before Paul McCreery beat Jim Cloos in straight sets to level the match 1-1. Logue and McCreery were defeated in a hard fought doubles match, before McCreery again levelled the match at 2-2 with a victory over Hansen. This set up a final decider and O’Brien stepped up to the plate with a fine 3-1 victory over Jim Cloos.
Following a brief break, Ireland were back in action with a match against Poland to decide who progressed to the Quarter Final of the Team event. Unfortunately, Poland had too much for the Irish, with O Brien Logue and McCreery battling valiantly but ultimately going down 3-0.
Dolly Glavin Cup
We had 3 competitors in the Dolly Glavin Senior competition which was held in Galway last weekend Kevin O Keeffe Andrew Reck and James Hurley took part. James and Kevin teamed up to finish 3rd overall and Andrew also put in some strong performances at the weekend.


Week No. 19

AGM – Part 2to be held in Ballincollig GAA meeting rooms on May 26th at 8pm.

We would ask all parents to make every effort to attend please.

Week No.18

AGM…. Wed 12th May , 8pm in Ballincollig GAA Meeting Rooms. All parents requested to attend.

Colaiste Choilm win 3 Titles at All Ireland Schools Finals
In The All Ireland Schools Finals held last week in Colaiste Choilm the hosts were defending 3 of the 6 titles on offer At U15 boys and U18 boys and Girls In the U15 Boys, home side Colaiste Choilm looked favourites to retain the title. They were drawn against a very tough St Fintan’s Sutton team in the semi-final, containing Ireland’s top ranked Cadet Ryan Farrell and top 10 National Junior Conor Beades. Farrell, Beades and Daniel Murphy opened up a 3-0 lead for the Sutton side, before Irish Junior International Declan O’Brien led a spirited Cork fight back to level at 3-3. Once again, the importance of Doubles at this level was apparent – the defending champions held their nerve to record a 5-4 victory with two doubles wins. In the Final, Colaiste Choilm looked more in control against High School Ballinahinch. Shane O’Connor, Colm and Eoin Murphy and Declan O’Brien all recorded straight sets victories to establish an unassailable lead and the home school were once again National Under 15 Champions.

Under 18 Events
As the Colaiste Choilm Under 15 Boys defended their title, it fell to their school colleagues at Under 18 level to follow suit. In the Girl’s Final, a strong Colaiste Choilm, with wins by Edel O’Reilly, Emily O’Reilly, Dawn Gleeson and Aisling Healy were in command against Victoria College in Belfast, and ultimately recorded a 6-3 victory. In the Boys event, Blackrock College progressed to the Final with a 7-2 victory over Collegiate School, Monaghan. Colaiste Choilm also looked in top form as they defeated St.Aloysius of Athlone 9-0 to set up an eagerly anticipated Final. In the Final, Will Gallagher recorded a victory for Blackrock, but that was not enough to stem the tide of Cork victories, with Scott Shellard, Andrew Reck, Ben Ahern, Ian Brown and Alex Cooney all recording wins.

A remarkable feat once again by Colaiste Choilm as they take 3 National titles of the 6 on offer.

U15 Boys Shane O Connor Declan O Brien Colm and Eoin Murphy Stephen Bunyon Mark Prendegast and Alan Tobin

U18 Girls Edel and Emily O Reilly Aishling Healy Dawn Gleeson and Emile Polley

U18 Boys Alex Cooney Ian Brown Scott Shellard Darragh Buckley and Ben Aherne

Junior Interprovincials

Club members put in great performances at the Junior interprovencials held last weekend in Enniskillen. The U12 boys containing Alan Walsh Gearoid O Donoghue and James O Reilly swept all before them to bring home the gold, The U14 boys and Girls had to be content with second the boys losing out to a strong Leinster team and the girls to Ulster. It was bronze for Munster at U17 boys and girls and a young U12 girl’s team also secured a bronze

U12 Girls Chloe Brown
U12 Boys Alan Walsh Gearoid O Donoghue and James O Reilly
U14 Boys Shane O Connor Colm Murphy
U14 Girls Sarah Cooney Emily Burns Edel O Reilly
U17 Boys Andrew Reck Eoin Murphy Alex Cooney Ian Brown
U17 Girls Deirdre Murphy Niamh Buttimer Emily O Reilly

And Coach Ben Haughton

The Number of players travelling again shows the high standard within the club and we wish them all the best for the weekend

Week No.17


The clubs AGM will take place in the GAA meeting rooms on Wed 12th May, 8.00pm. We would as all parents to attend please.

Cork indoor Sports Awards – 2010 – Dan Foley

Congratulations to Dan Foley who won the table tennis award at the Indoor Sports awards night held in the Metropole last Friday Night. Dan now a Veteran player started playing Table Tennis at 14 years of age with Redmond’s Boys Club with whom he built up a reputation of a top-class player by winning several boy’s championships. He moved to Glanmire and A.O.H. clubs. He was undefeated at junior level from the age of 15 to 18.
He became Munster number 1 at senior level in the 60’s and played competitively at National level. His performance earning him his first Irish cap at senior level at just 19 years of age.
Dan is still playing competitively, now at Veteran level and has represented Ireland on several occasions most recently earlier this year in the Isle of Man.
In this month alone (March) he has competed in an over 60’s competition in Blackpool, England, a Munster Veterans event in Ballincollig and will gain another Munster cap when he plays in the Interprovincial series in Connacht.
Dan trains twice a week with Ballincollig Table Tennis Club where he is an inspiration to all the younger players.

Junior Interprovincials

Best of Luck to the Ballincollig players who are representing Munster at the Junior Interpros which are being held in Enniskillen this weekend. Those travelling are

U12 Girls Chloe Brown
U12 Boys Alan Walsh Gearoid O Donoghue and James O Reilly
U14 Boys Shane O Connor Colm Murphy
U14 Girls Sarah Cooney Emily Burns Edel O Reilly
U17 Boys Andrew Reck Eoin Murphy Alex Cooney Ian Brown
U17 Girls Deirdre Murphy Niamh Buttimer Emily O Reilly

And Coach Ben Haughton

The Number of players travelling again shows the high standard within the club and we wish them all the best for the weekend

Week No.16


The clubs AGM will be held in the GAA meeting rooms on Weds 12th of May. We would like all parents to attend.

Butterfly Irish National Junior
Saturday 17th April and Sunday 18th April 2010.
D.C.U. Dublin
This is an Irish Junior Ranking Tournament.

A Strong contingent of Ballincollig players travelled to DCU at the weekend and again we had very strong displays in each age group in what is the premier competition for cadet and junior players.

In the U10 boys Karl Walsh put in a great display and finished 3rd

In U12 we saw Alan Walsh come in 5th James O Reilly 6th and Paul Cooney 16th

The U12 Girls saw Sarah Cooney finish 5th and Chloe Brown finish 8th

In the U14 boys Alan Walsh came in 8th Shane O Connor 9th with James O Reilly and Colm Murphy joint 16th

In the Under 14 Girls, all eyes were on Ashley Givanand Edel O’Reilly as they progressed through the rounds as expected to meet once again in the Final. These international team-mates have had many battles over the season and it was no different in the Nationals. Givan raced into an early lead, before O’Reilly fought back to win a good 2nd set 14-12. The 3rd game was a very nervy affair, which Givan clinched 12-10, before taking the title in the 4th set. O’Reilly battled for every point, but it was not be her day and Givan adds a second National Singles title to her National Senior win earlier in the season. Emily Burns belied her 7th seeding to progress to the semi-final and will be delighted with her 3rd place.
Chloe Brown also finished 2d in the plate

In the U17 boys event Declan O Brien was 4th Ian Brown 6th Alex Cooney 8th, Andrew Reck 9th Colm Murphy won the plate beating club mate Shane O Connor in the final.

Colm Murphy, Winner Plate , U17

In the U 17 girls Edel O Reilly was 5th with Deirdre Murphy and Niamh Buttimer also in the top eight Emily O Reilly also did well in the Plate.

Dan Foley
Best of luck to Dan Foley who has been nominated for an award in a ceremony which will be held in the Metropole Hotel on Friday 23rd of April We will have a report and pictures of the night next week.

Week No.15


The clubs AGM will be held in the GAA meeting rooms on Weds 12th of May. We would like all parents to attend.

Munster Top 9
Well done to all our club members who played so well in the Munster top 9 which was held in Goleen over the weekend of the 8 titles on offer Ballincollig won 5.
In the U10 Boys we had 3 participants Karl Walsh finished 2nd with excellent performances from Niall Brown and Paul Cooney who finished 4th and 6th respectively.
In the U12 boys we had also 3 competitors Alan Walsh continued his great season by claiming 1st with the ever improving Gearoid O Donoghue 2nd and Paul Cooney who has 4 years still to play in this age group finishing 8th
In the U12 girls Chloe Brown was our only representative and she also put in an impressive performance in finishing 3rd
We again had 3 club members in the U14 boys with Shane O Connor Claiming his second title of the year Colm Murphy was also in impressive form finishing 2nd and Alan Walsh came in 7th
The U14 Girls saw our 2 club members in the top 4 Emily Burns claiming victory and Chloe Brown coming in 4th
In the U17 Boys we had 5 contenders Andrew Reck was in excellent form to claim the title Ian brown ran him close to finish 2nd and Alex Cooney made it a1, 2, 3. For the club by finishing 3rd Colm Murphy was 5th and Shane O Connor 6th
The U17 Girls also produced some great results filling the top 3 spots Deirdre Murphy taking the Title with Niamh Buttimer 2nd and Emily Burns 3rd and Emily O Reilly in 5th.

Well done again to all the players and Coach Ben Haughton on a great weekend for the club

The Stiga Junior Irish Championships are on this coming weekend. Timetable is on the event page.

We wish all our competitors the very best of luck.
Easter Camp

The Club held an Easter camp in youth reach from Tuesday the 6th to Friday the 9th of April the camp was full each day with the hard work done each day being shown in the Results from the top 9 and international tournaments club members took part in last weekend. Thanks to Coach Ben Haughton for a great week.

International Tournaments
Ireland’s STIGA sponsored Primary School Girls produced some fantastic performances to claim Team silver medals at the Primary Schools International hosted in Guernsey from the 9th-11th April. The Girls produced a blistering start defeating Wales 8-2 and Scotland 9-1 on the first day of play. Coach Louise Long and team of Katie and Elayna McGlone, Laura Finn and Sarah Cooney (Ballincollig) then faced into a battle against England, with the winners favourites to claim gold. Ireland were unlucky to lose 6-4, with the two matches dropped in the Doubles proving their downfall. Sarah Cooney recorded an impressive 2 wins against the English girls, with the critical doubles match going to 12-10 in the 5th set – Ireland went on to claim an impressive silver, but as always in sport will look to go one step further in 2011 – they were not far off defeating the highly rated English girls. In the Singles, all 4 girls progressed through their groups to the last 16. Laura Finn lost to England’s Abigail Griffith at this stage, while Katie McGlone and Cooney were unlucky to be drawn against each other – Katie joined sister Elayna in the last 8 following a 3-1 victory.

The Primary Schools Boys had a tougher weekend, losing to Scotland, Wales and England in the Team event to finish 4th. Coach Shay Logue and team of Mark Gordon, Ryan McConkey, James O’Reilly (Ballincollig) and Jonathan Porter had to regroup for the next day’s singles. In the Consolation Event, James O’Reilly will be delighted to claim gold, with a great win over Scotland’s Yazer Rasouf in the Final.
A great performance by Ireland’s Cadet Girls at the Cheltenham Select saw Ashley Givan add the Cheltenham Select title to her Cadet Six Nations and Senior Nationals medal haul. Team-mate Edel OReilly (Ballincollig) was also in top form and progressed to the Final before Givan pipped her to the title. Both girls lost in the quarter finals of the Juniors in close matches.
Well done to Sarah, Edel and James for their excellent displays over the weekend
Week No.14

Annual General Meeting
The clubs AGM will be held in the GAA meeting rooms on Weds 12th of May. We would like all parents to attend.
Munster Top 9
We would like to wish all our players the best of luck in Goleen over the weekend as they take part in the end of season top 9 With places still up for grabs in the Munster teams for the upcoming interprovincial a lot of exciting table tennis will be seen. Club members taking part are …
U12 boys Alan Walsh, Gearoid O Donoghue and Paul Cooney
U12 Girls Chloe Brown
U17 Boys Ian Brown Alex Cooney, Andrew Reck, Colm Murphy ,Declan O Brien and Shane O Connor
U17 Girls Deirdre Murphy, Emily O Reilly, Niamh Buttimer and Emily Burns
U10 Boys Karl Walsh Paul Cooney Niall Brown
U14 Boys Shane O Connor Colm Murphy and Alan Walsh
U14 Girls Sarah Cooney Emily Burns and Chloe Brown

6 Nations Primary Schools Competition
Congratulations and best of luck to Club members Sarah Cooney and James O Reilly who have been picked to represent Ireland in the 6 Nations primary schools competition which is being held in Guernsey.

Week No.13

Training over Easter….

Scoil Eoin finished for the Easter Break, it will recommence on Monday 12th and Tuesday the 14th

Easter Camp…

The Club will hold an Easter camp in youth reach from Tuesday the 6th to Friday the 9th of April

Times 10.30 to 2pm.

Please contact Noelle for registrations 087 9417216

World Schools Update – Team Event

The Colaiste Choilm team made up of club members Declan O Brien, Alex Cooney, Eoin Murphy and Ben Aherne returned from Brno, Czech Republic after putting up a great display in finishing 11th overall in the competition. They finished third in a very tough group comprising of  Poland, Slovakia, England and Malta. Having beaten Malta in their first game they then lost to both Poland and Slovakia but put in a great display to beat England 5-2. In the next phase which was to decide places 9-16 they had a great win over Italy but lost to Germany which put them in a playoff for 11 to 12 and in this they overcame Bulgaria to finish a very creditable 11th. Well done again to all the lads and the rest of the travelling party which included Ellen O Brien and Coach Ivan Shorten.

Community Games

The club had three teams in the Munster finals of the community games held in UL last Saturday and all 3 teams are heading for the All Ireland Finals which will be held in Athlone next month The U13 girls team made up of Chloe Brown Leah Daly and Sarah Cooney accounted for Clare in the Quarter Final without losing a game and it was the same in the semi-final against Limerick when again they won all there games. The final; saw them up against Kerry and again they ran out winners dropping just one set on the way. The U 13 boys team of James O Reilly Niall Brown Karl and Alan Walsh accounted for Limerick in the semi-final and wrapped up the final against Waterford with out losing a set, The U16 boys made it 3 out of 3 the team consisting of Paul Cooney Colm Murphy and Shane O Connor beat Waterford in the Semi- final and Clare had no answer for them in the final as they took the gold Well done to the teams and coach Ben Haughton

Senior Interprovincial

Congratulations to club members James Herley and Kevin O Keeffe (U21) Deirdre Murphy (Senior Ladies) and Dan Foley (Vets) who all represented Munster in the Inter Pros in Castlebar on the Weekend of March 27th. James and Kevin were part of the Munster team that brought home a silver medal the first time Munster have achieved this in many years. Deirdre also brought home a bronze as the senior team finished third.

Senior Training Youth Reach


Senior training which began last week continues in Youth Reach every Wednesday at 8.30pm this will initially run for 6 weeks Fee 25 euro. This will not continue unless numbers improve. All are welcome. !


Week No.12

4th Munster Ranking Tournament – Kinneigh 21/03/10

The club had another successful outing in Enniskeane in the 4th Munster Ranking tournament with places in the top 8 still up for grabs and also places on the Munster team for the up coming Interpros competition was intense.

Some of the highlights were Ballincollig took five of the eight titles.

Edel O Reilly again took the double of U14 and 17 Girls Ballincollig were also dominant in the other placings in these age groups with Emily Burns finishing second and Sarah Cooney third in the U14 where Chloe Brown won the plate In the U17 Deirdre Murphy was second Niamh Buttimer third Emily Burns sixth and Emily O Reilly eight.

Brother James kept it in the family by taking the U12 boys in a hard fought final against club mate Alan Walsh also in the top ten were Eoin O Reilly third Gearoid O Donoghue fifth Niall Brown eight Paul Cooney and Karl Walsh joint ninth.

Sarah Cooney won the U12 Girls title and there were also strong showings by Chloe Brown and Leah Daly with Chloe O Halloran winning the plate on her first outing for the club

There was a strong showing also in the boys U10 as Karl Walsh took second Paul Cooney third and Niall Brown an excellent fourth also in his first outing with the club Stephen O Sullivan won the plate.

In the U14 boys Shane O Connor was unlucky to lose out in the semis to Shane Foley 2 sets down he fought back to take the next 2 and in the final set he just lost out 14-12 he eventually finished 4th . Also in the top eight were Colm Murphy who was fifth and Alan Walsh seventh James O Reilly won the plate.

The U17s saw Ian Brown take the crown in a great final with club mate Alex Cooney, Andrew Reck came in third with Colm Murphy seventh Shane O Connor and Eoin Murphy joint ninth.

World Schools In Czech Republic

Best of luck to the Colaiste Choilm team made up of club members Declan O Brien, Alex Cooney, Eoin Murphy, and Ben Aherne who are travelling to Brno, Czech Republic to take part in the World Schools Championships… Players from 23 countries are taking part They include Belgium Flanders, China PR, Chinese Taipei, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Slovakia England…. together with the hosts from the Czech Republic .. And Ireland.
Colaiste Choilm have been drawn in group A with Poland Slovakia England and Malta
The competition takes place from 25th – 31st March 2010
Also included in the travelling party are Ellen O Brien and Coach Ivan Shorten.

Week No.11

Ireland Take Three Gold’s at Junior 6 Nations

At the 2010 Junior and Cadet 6 Nations Championships, Team Ireland  travelled home on Sunday night with 3 Gold medals – 2 in the Team events and one in the individuals. First to register Gold was the Cadet Girls Team of new National Senior Champion Ashley Givan and Edel O’Reilly of Munster. Under the guidance of NPC Louise Long, the cadet girls were undefeated, beating England to take Gold. Edel also picked up Bronze in the individual competition beating Charleigh Kirby of England Congratulations to Edel on this wonderful achievement.


Week No.10

A large number of club members travelled to DCU last weekend to take part in the Irish seniors open. It was great experience for what is a relatively young squad to take part in such an event. Well done to Colm & Eoin Murphy, James Herley, Kevin O Keeffe, Andrew Reck, Alex Cooney, Ian Brown, Deirdre Murphy, Edel and Emily O Reilly and Coach Ben Haughton.

The next 2 events on the calendar :

Ballincollig Senior Open, Sat 20th March, Youth Reach, Ballincollig.

10.30am Vets
10.30am U21
12.30am Senior – Men / Women

Kinneigh Munster Junior Ranking, Sunday 21st March, Closing Date 15th March.

Senior Training Youth Reach

Senior training will commence once again on March 24th at Youth Reach. It will continue each Wednesday for 6 weeks at 8.30pm dependent on numbers. Fee 25 euro for 6 weeks.

News : Week No.9

Congratulations to club members James Herley and Kevin O Keeffe (U21) Deirdre Murphy (Senior Ladies) and Dan Foley (Vets) who were all picked to represent Munster in the up coming Inter Pros on the Weekend of March 27th.

Some of our players went to Farran on Friday night to give an exhibition to the Farran Youth Club Shane, Colm, Eoin, James, Alan, Chloe and Sarah played a few matches and then took turns in showing some of the youth club members a few serves and shots. Hopefully we can return again on another date A big thank you to Ger and the committee of Farran for inviting us out.
exibition farran feb 2010 3

Community Games
Three teams from the club travelled to Kinneigh on Saturday to play the Cork final of the community games. We had an U13 Girls team made up of Sarah Cooney, Chloe Brown and Leah Daly. U13 Boys Paul Cooney Alan Walsh Karl Walsh James O Reilly and Niall Brown and U16 Boys Shane O Connor ,Eoin Murphy, Colm Murphy. And Eoin Reilly It was a very successful day with all 3 teams qualifying for the Munster final, which will be held in UL in Limerick at the end of March.
In the U13 girls Ballincollig met Bantry and won the match 6-0
In the boys U13 Bantry were Ballincolligs opponents and Alan Walsh won a tight opening set 3-2 his brother Karl followed this up with 3-1 win. And James O Reilly then put Ballincollig within a game of the match with a 3-0 win. Alan James and Karl duly did this with 3-0 wins in their remaining games.
The U16 boys competition saw the tightest match of the competition as Ballincollig faced Kinneigh. Ballincollig got of to a dream start with 3-1 wins for Eoin over Barry Kelleher Colm against Brian Kelleher and Shane against Barry. Kinneigh were right back in it when Shane Foley defeated Eoin 3-0 and Shane lost a thrilling 5 setter to Brian 12-10 in the final set. Colm Murphy won another exciting five setter against Shane Foley to win the match for Ballincollig.
In the final Ballincollig stormed to victory Shane O Connor beating both James Heap and Cathal McCarthy 3-0, Colm Murphy winning 3-1 and 3-2 against Anthony and James respectively and Eoin winning against the same opponents 3-0 and 3-2.

Well done again to all 3 teams and Coach Ben Haughton !

Irish Seniors Open DCU

Best of luck to all club members who travel to Dublin on this weekend to take part in the Irish Senior Open this competition will be held in DCU full results and reports to follow next weekend.

News : Week No.8

Senior U21 and Vets Interpros

Congratulations to club members James Herley and Kevin O Keeffe (U21) Deirdre Murphy (Senior Ladies) and Dan Foley (Vets) who were all picked to represent Munster in the up coming Inter Pros on the Weekend of March 27th

Senior Competition Five Mile Town

Well done to the club members and Coach Ben Haughton who travelled to Fermanagh last weekend and again put in some great displays

Irish Sports Council: Carding Athlete Grant to Edel O’Reilly

Congratulations to Club member Edel O Reilly who was recently awarded a Junior Squad grant of 3000 euro for the year 2010. The grant will be used to defray the cost or part thereof of her Competition and Training Programmes. Including travel and accommodation as well as the cost of Clothing and equipment.
Edel who is currently number 1 in Munster at U14 and U17 and number 2 at National level at U14 She has also represented Ireland for the last number of years at various tournaments. This award is well deserved and following on from a similar award to Declan O Brien last year shows how high the standard is within the Club again well done to Edel.

Edel O Reilly winner girls U17

Some of our players will travel to Farran Youth club this weekend to show of some of their wares report and pictures to follow next week.

News : Week No.7

British Leagues Update :
Well done to Ian Browne, Andrew Reck ,Alex Cooney ,Declan O Brien and Coach Ben Haughton who finished second in division 2A of the British Leagues held in Stoke On Trent last weekend. In a highly competitive group which included Ormsby, Scorpions, DHS London Progress, Burton and Bedford Modern the Lads won 4 of their 5 matches losing out narrowly to DHS London Progress for first place again well done to all the travelling party.

Intervarsity’s Tournament

Congratulations to club members James Herley Kevin O Keeffe and Ian Shellard who took part in the intervarsity’s tournament held in UCD on the 11th and 12th of Feb. The team event was held on Thursday and as part of the CIT team they took silver. The individual event was held on Friday with James picking up a silver and Kevin a Bronze.
News : Week No.6

Congrats to all club members who were invited to the Irish training camp in CIT last weekend. It was a two day event and the everyone acquitted themselves very well.

British Leagues :

Best of luck to Ian Browne, Andrew Reck, Alex Cooney, Declan O Brien and coach Ben Haughton who will represent the club in Stoke On Trent this weekend. Ballincollig have always performed well in this event and this year should be no exception.

NOTE : The BTTC Senior Open event has been moved to March 20th.

andrew declan alex and ian

News : Week No.5

The Ballincollig Open was held on the weekend of the 30th of January with large entries in all age categories. It was great to see some of our new members playing in there first event also it was great to see Tralee Table Tennis Club making there first appearance at an Open even. Let’s hope it’s the first of many.

The weekend was a great success for BTTC as we had finalists in 7 of the 8 finals, with 5 of the finals being all Ballincollig affairs.

boys and girls u14 winners

Some of the highlights of the day were…

A double for Edel O Reilly in both the U14 and U17 girls Finals
Alan Walsh who defied the odds to reach the final of the boys U14 and followed up by taking the U12 title
Shane O Connor who won his first U14 title of the season
Sarah Cooney winning the U12 girls and reaching the final of the U14s
And in the U17 Final a 5 set thriller between Declan O Brien and Ian Browne which was one of the best games played all year.

A full list of results is available on the Events Tab under “Recent Results”.

View all the photos of the 2010 Open on our “Photos”tab.

News : Week No. 4

We had a great weekend of table tennis in the Parochial Hall last weekend. The event was an Irish ranking event so there was lots of pride at stake. The full listing of results will be published in next weeks notes but some of the highlights were as follows.

James Herley runner up in the U21 boys and Edel O’Reilly runner up in the U14 Girls.

Other noteable results included

U10 Boys 5th Brian Keohane, 7th Ben Keohane, 8th Niall Browne
U12 Boys 4th James O’Reilly
U12 Girls 4th Sarah Cooney
U14 Boys, 8th Colm Murphy, 9th Shane O’Connor
U14 Girls, 2nd, Edel O’Reilly
U17 Boys , 8th Declan O’Reilly
U17 Girls, 5th Edel O’Reilly, 6th Deirdre Murphy
U21 Boys, 2nd James Herley, 3rd Kevin O’Keeffe

The Catering Crew

“Thanks to all the Ballincollig volunteers who helped with the catering at the Munster Open and a special thank you to Mary O’Connor for looking after the organization of this.”

Munster Schools Open

Well done to the Ballincollig schools who put in great displays in the Parochial Hall on Friday. The following were some of the results

Primary schools division 1 Scoil Eoin 1st
Primary schools division 2 Scoil Eoin 2nd
Primary schools division 2 scoil Eoin 3rd
U15 Boys 2nd Colaiste Choilm
U19 Boys 1st Colaiste Choilm
U17 Girls 1st Colaiste Choilm

The next event on the Calender is the Ballincollig open which takes place over this coming weekend. We would like to wish best of luck to all club members. Full results to follow next week.

News : Week No. 3

Very busy table tennis weekend ahead with both the Munster Schools and the Munster Open ( Fri 22/23/24 Jan ) events taking place in the Parochial Hall in Cork. Best of luck to all participants. A full list of the Munster Open results will be available in next weeks news update.

Senior Training will recommence in Youth Reach on Feb 3rd at 8.30pm. This will initially run for 6 weeks. Fee €25 payable on first night.

Membership fees are now due for the forthcoming term. Please pay on time.!

Umpire Training Course : The Munster branch of the ITTA will hold an umpire training course in Scoil Eoin on Friday 29th Jan from 7.30 to 9.30pm. This is a FREE course. All club members and interested adults are welcome.

News : Week No. 2

Training times are back to normal for the coming week.

Ladies training will resume in Scoil Eoin on 19th Jan at 7.30pm

Senior training has not yet commenced and  times will be published next week.

Membership fees are now due for the forthcoming term. Please pay on time.!

News : Week No. 1

Happy New Year  to everyone !!!!!!

The Christmas camp was once again a big success and thanks to everyone who braved the icy conditions to turn up. A special thanks to Ben Haughton for organising and running the event. This should be great preparation for club in what will be a very busy month.


Members on the BTTC who attended the Christmas training camp

Competitive training times for the new term are as normal  : See “Contact” tab for details

Ladies and Senior training times to be published later this week.

All new members welcome.

Remember the next two big events are coming up shortly, Munster Open and BTTC Open. See Events tab for dates.

Munster Training Camp : Congratulations to all players who have been selected for a Munster training cap on Jan 16/17th. Details on the “Events” tab.

Week 52 News

CIT Bursary : Congratulations to club members James Herley and Kevin O’Keeffe on receiving a sports bursary for table tennis from Cork Institute of Technology.

Training :
Training in Scoil Eoin is now finished until the New Year.
Training in Youth Reach will finish on Monday 21st December.

Ladies training in Scoil Eoin and Senior training in Youth Reach are also finished until the New Yea.

New training times will be published after Christmas.

Christmas Camp : Going ahead on the dates previously published. ( See events )

Seasons Greetings

All at the club would at this time of the year like to acknowledge

Donal Conway Scoil Eoin
Staff and Management of Youth Reach
Dan Foley for his dedication to the Club
The Parents
And most of all the Players

And wish them all a Happy and safe Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year

News : Week No. 51

Irish Girls in Fine Form at Stockton 4*

Last weekend saw a young Irish squad travel to England for the Stockton Junior 4 Star tournament. Highlights of the vent for the Irish included a gold for the Cadet Girls in the Team event, Ashley Givan and Ballincollig’s Edel O’Reilly combining well to defeat the Colin Deaton club of Derbyshire by 3 sets to 1. In the Singles event, O’Reilly was in superb battling form, winning a number of tight matches including a great win over Yolanda King (English No.5) to progress to the semi-finals.

Christmas Camp

The club will hold a Christmas Camp on the dates listed below

December 29th 30th and 4th 5th 6th of January


Scoil Eoin, Monday and Tuesday groups 10am to 11.300am

Youth Reach, Monday and Friday groups 11.30 am to 3pm

Full details will be on a note handed out at training.

Important Notice for Training :

Ladies Training in Scoil Eoin

Ladies training in Scoil Eoin will FINISH for the Christmas period on Tuesday 8th December.

Senior Training Youth Reach

Senior training in Youth Reach will FINISH for the Christmas period on Wednesday 9th December.