Well done to all the lads who took part in the Butterfly Senior Nationals this weekend. We did not win any silverware but there was some great table tennis played and all should be proud of how they played.
Saturday saw the early rounds of the men’s senior and u21. All did not go according to plan in the u21 event. Colm , Shane and Ian all went out in round 1. Shane played well and should have beaten Tom Davis but narrowly lost in the 5th. Colm lost in the 5th to Will Gallagher and Ian, it just wasn’t his morning. Declan made it through to the quarter final but met the new Irish senior Champion Paul McCreery. Paul won that match but lost to eventual winner Ashley Robinson.In the afternoon all four lads were in action again. Declan, Ian and Colm made it through round one. The luck of the draw paired Shane with Tom Davis and Alan Walsh just as in the u21 earlier along with Sam Hardiman. Shane is playing very consistently at the moment but just needs that break. He did beat Sam so maybe he can kick on form this.
In round 2 Ian met Tom Davis and it went all the way to the fifth. It was a cracking match but unfortunately Tom won. Colm was drawn again Daryl Strong. Having never played Daryl before it was going to be an interesting game. Colm played some of the best table tennis he has played but the much more experienced Strong won a very tight match 3-0. Declan beat Geoffrey O’Connor to move into the last 16 on Sunday.
The ladies U21 also took place on Saturday and well done to Chloe O’Halloran on winning the national title.
On Sunday Ian,Shane and Declan returned to Limerick to played doubles and singles. Declan continued the men’s singles and went through to the quarter finals against number 1 seed John Murphy. It was a real humdinger of a match and Murph won in the 7th set. ( all matches at this level are best of 7 sets).
There was no luck for the lads in the doubles.
Ian and Shane took part in the class II event. Shane made it to the last 16 only to be beaten by his good friend Luke Dempsey. Ian made it one round further and met the eventual winner Kevin Hutchinson. Kevin looks to be back to his best following his terrible injury at the start of the year.
Thanks to coach Dave Buckley for supporting the lads this weekend.