Leeside Open Report

imagesCAP6J0E8Ballincollig had 18 entries in the Leeside Open last Saturday.  This was the first ranking event of the year and Ballincollig has a lot to be proud about.

U-10 Boys

After weeks of preparation, some pre-season, the young boys took to the table and gave it their all. Ciaran O Donoghue finished 4th  in this event. He was unlucky to meet Matthew Pop from Killarney in the semi-finals. David Manning won the u-10 Plate, just ahead of Ryan Power in 2nd place. Ashton Dwyer,  Cian Ross, David Hurley were also well placed in this event.

In U-12 boys Joe  Lenihan finished in Runner-up position, a  great achievement. Joe fought a very close Final to lose in the 5th set to Matthew Pop. It will be a good year for Joe. Cian Ross beat Matthew Pop in the group stage but did not qualify due to a countback – the only person to beat Pop all day! Ciaran won the u-12 plate,  with David Hurley and Cian Ross finishing 2nd and 3rd. David Manning finished highest of the young lads in the u-12’s – he finished 8th. All the boys played great, showed tremendous improvement from last year and did the Club proud.

U-14 boys

Niall played brilliantly to beat Tom Walsh of West Cork in the quarters then he drew Usamah Hussein who had beaten him 3-0 only 2 weeks ago in Dublin. Niall pulled off the upset of the day by beating Usamah 3-1 by playing some incredible table tennis. He met James Kelly in the final and despite going 2-0 quickly, he turned it around, fought bravely and played brilliantly to bring it back to 2-2. He got a slow start in the 5th and that cost him but he never gave up and his attitude was fantastic. Niall should be thrilled with 2nd place going into the season.

U-14 Girls

Nora finished 5th in this event after playing some promising table tennis. She left a few games behind her and will look forward to future events for revenge! Very promising performance though and improving every time she gets on the table. Lisa Jean gained some great experience in her first tournament and will be looking to improve on her results.

U-17 Boys

Colm lost 3-1 to James Kelly in the semi final after coasting through the previous games. He went 1 up but just found the pace a bit tough after that.  Niall lost to Colm in the quarter final stage. They were unlucky to draw each other but as Niall was unranked this was always a possibility.

Auryn Harrington, Adrian Tsang and Dylan Murphy all improved on performances from last season and will look to improve on results during the coming months.

U-17 Girls

Nora O’ Sullivan, Lisa Jean O Callaghan and Ciara O Callaghan were our entries for this event. Nora is first year cadet and Lisa and Ciara were playing in their first tournament so this was great match practice for both. All 3 girls will learn from these experiences.


Shane beat Ian in the first game and this set the tone for both players for the rest of the night. Shane advanced to the final by beating Michael Lagan in an epic 5 setter in the semi. Shane played some incredibly brave shots at crucial points and his bravery was rewarded. Shane has been training hard pre-season and its great to see results on the table.

Colm beat Edel in the group and then Ian in the semi final to set up and all Ballincollig clash on centre court. Both shane and Colm looked tired  after a long  day but Colm showed that little bit more composure to take the final 3-1.

Senior Ladies

Edel was our one entry in this event but she didn’t disappoint, easing through her group, quarter and semi finals until she met Chloe O Halloran. Chloe is No.2 Junior Girl in ireland so a tough game was expected though Edel has never lost to O Halloran. The game was a cracker, going the distance with both players contributing to a great game. Better tactical nous from Edel saw her take the game 11-9 in the 5th and deservedly take her first title of the season.

Senior Men

Ian came into the event as NO.1 seed and reigning champion but only showed glimpses of his best as he grinded a great win against Philip Shaw after being 2 down but then lost to eventual winner Matthew Hynes. Colm played well to make it the semi final where he met Hynes. An open game where both players had chances but the experience of the English player told in the end and he emerged a 3-0 victor. Ian lost out to  Alan Walsh in the other semi.

It was a long day and night, but a very successful one for the Club. Many thanks to the players,  patient parents who spent the day at Leeside and to Coach Dave for his encouragement and advice.