It was a really busy weekend for all our players at the Munster Open in Killarney. Ballincollig had 18 players taking part in this Irish ranking event. The event started on Friday night for our Seniors and continued through to Sunday afternoon. We had mixed results over the weekend with lots of positives to take away.
It was the first time our new group of U10 boys took part in a national ranking event. Cian and Ciaran were unlucky to be drawn against each other in the last 16. Cian went through in a great match and finished 8th overall. An excellent performance as Cian is U10 again next year. Dave Hurley and Dave Manning went through to the plate event where unfortunately the were also drawn against each other. Dave Hurley won the match but was beaten in the semi final by the eventual winner.
Joe Linehan lost out in the last 16 of the U12’s to an in form Thomas Joyce but played very well.
In the BU15Niall Brown had a off day on Saturday and failed to make it to the knock out stages. In the plate things did not go much better and he went out to Conor ‘O’Callaghan in the qtr finals along with Auryn Harrington. Niall had a much better performance on Sunday and he hea had played the same on Saturday would have gone a long way in the event. Auryn progressed to the plate event and went out in the last 16. Auryn’s game has improved greatly in the last 12 months. He now needs a few wins under his belt to kick on.
Colm Murphy had high hopes this weekend. Playing in his last Munster Open as a junior Colm went out in the last 16 to the inform player of the day Luke Dempsey. The match was very close but Luke just edged it. Colm still remains in the top 8 but was disappointed. Colm played 4 other events. In the BU21 he was beaten by Michael Lagan in a very close 5 setter at the qtr final stage. This wasn’t to be his weekend.
Our girls were represented by Nora and the two O’Callaghan sisters. Nora played well on Saturday morning in the U15. Her second match was against Devon Brady and she took her to 5 sets. Nora went into the plate and unfortunately was drawn against Lisa Jean. Nora won that match and was beated in the semi final.
In the GU17 Nora and Ciaradh ended up in the plate. Ciaradh went out in the qtr final to the plate winner Grainne O’Rourke while Nora made to the semi and also lost to Grainne.
Our seniors were up against very tough competition all weekend. The highlight for Ballincollig was possibly Mark White reaching the final of the class 2 event. Mark had 2 training sessions in the last week and had not played completitively in the last 5 years. Mark went two sets down to Leeside’s Alan Walsh before hitting back in stunning fashion taking the 4th 10-4 having been 10-0 up to level the match at 2-2. It was nip and tuck all the way in the 5th. Mark went 10-8 up and must have thought he was there, but a couple of poor serves let Alan back in and Alan eventually won. It was one of the matches of the tournament.
Mark, Con Higgins, Declan, Ian , Shane, Colm and course Edel all took part in senior events with various degrees of success. Declan was unplayable at times on Friday and Saturday but did go out in the last 16 of the senior event. Colm went out to Jenkins in the last 32 on the same event but what an experience it was for him to get an opportunity to play last years winner. He cam off the table buzzing! Unfortunately both Shane and Ian went out in the early stages.
It was great to see Edel back playing competively. She was not quiet at her sharpest but she did enjoy the weekend. Herself and Ryan Farrell teamed up in the mixed doubles and formed a formidable partnership. They loas tin the qtr finals in the 5th set to Gavin Maguire and Charlotte Carey. They look like a good pairing for the future!
In the senior ladies, Edel lost out to her good friend Ashley Given in the qtr finals.
All in all there was some great table tennis played by all our players and the arrival of new players to the club can only be a positive thing.