Ballincollig had three players taking part in the final Senior event of the 2012/2013 calendar, the National Senior InterPro finals. This years event was held in the David Lloyd sports centre in Belfast.
Ian Brown and Alex Cooney were part of the Munster U21 team and Colm Murphy playing his first Senior Pro event was on the Munster Senior team.
Matches began on Friday night, with the U21’s taking on a strong Ulster team. It turned out to be an epic encounter and the match went right to the wire. The first team to win six matches would win the tie. After four long hours of nail biting table tennis the teams could not be separated. The match ended 5-5. At midnight the the matched moved to a doubles playoff. Ian and Alan Walsh (Leeside) played Steve Slater ( fresh from a long 5 setter against Alex and just about getting over the line) and Kieran Reilly. This match also went to the wire with Munster winning 11-9 in the 5th. What a night.
While all this was happening Colm was getting invaluable experience playing against Ireland Irish no. 3 Gavin Maguire and Irish no. 6 Ryan Farrell. The young Munster team put up a spirited show but were no match for the the tournament runners up Leinster.
Saturday provided as much drama again. This time both the Senior and U21 teams went to playoffs. The U21’s played Leinster the eventual winners. Leinster won this match 3-1 with Ian and Alan losing to Shi Zhao Li and Will Gallagher.
The Seniors played two matches on Saturday. First up was Ulster. This time Colm played Irish no 4 Ashley Robinson, and Irish no . 7 Keith Knox. Ulster won the overall match well.
The afternoon match was a very close encounter and with a bit of luck Munster could have beaten Connaught. The match went to a doubles playoff decider after Colm won a singles match and the girls contributed another four matches. Colm partnered Alan Hurley (Kinneigh), and unfortunately they never got going losing 3-0.
Overall The U21’s finished 2nd and the Senior’s 4th.
A full list of all results can be found in the ITTA website http://www.irishtabletennis.com/itta/news/article/butterfly_senior_interprovincials_live_update/
Well done to Ian, Alex and Colm.