UCC hosted the final Munster Junior / Senior ranking event of the year on Sunday 9th March. Ballincollig had a big entry from U11 to Seniors. Thirty five players in total from Ballincollig took part. It was really busy day for all the players. A big well done to all our players and a special thank you to all the parents who watched on.
A full set of all the results can be found by clicking here….
For the first time in a long number of years Ballincollig missed out on winning a junior title at an event but Declan O’Brien did take the U21 and Senior titles. Declan has been pretty much unplayable in Munster this year and is getting stronger as the year has gone on.
The day started out with the juniors and first up was the battle for the Munster no. 1 U18 title between Colm Murphy and his good friend Alan Walsh from Leeside. It went right down to the wire with Alan winning in the 5th set. Auryn made it to round two and should have made it to the the last 16 but lost out narrowly to inform Adam Buckley from Tralee. Fahd and Darren who was playing very well went through to the plate.
In the BU15 Niall made it to the semi finals but unfortunately lost to runner up Usaamah Hussein. Niall rushed back that morning from an Irish karate training camp in Clonmel found it was just one step too far on the day. He did however recover to play the Senior mens event later in the day and gave some great entertainment for the crowd in his matches. On his way to the semi finals Niall beat his club mate Joe Linehan in the quarter finals. Auryn would have hoped for more success in this competition but unfortunately went out in the last 16 to another Tralee player Darragh Boyd.
The U15 plate saw Darren Bolton continue his good play from in the U18 plate and he won three more matches to win his first title. Well done Darren! Along the way he had to beat a new fast improving player from Ballincollig to the game Cormac Allision.
Joe Linehan was in action again along with a host of younger Ballincollig boys in the BU13 event. Joe didn’t have one of is best days on the table but did reach the final only to meet a much improved Isaac Leahy. Unfortunately Isaac took the title 3-0. This has been a real break-through year for Joe and well done. Ciaran , David and Cian also made it through to the last 16 stages.
Playing in only his second event a late starter to table tennis Eoin Ahern reached the final of the plate onlyto be beaten by a new player from Kinsale Tom Good. Eoin has a wicked forehand and looks to be a very good player for the future. Well done Eoin!
Ballincollig had seven players taking part in the BU11 event. Again this age group is very competitive which is a very good sign for Munster table tennis. On this occasion Ciaran and Cian were the only players to make it through the group stages and Ciaran went on to the quarter finals. Despite good very play from everyone the luck was just with the boys at this event. Ryan Power, David Hurly, David Manning and Greg Barrett went to through to the plate event. On this occasion it was Dave Hurley who played really well and made it to the final. It was a very tight match and David lost out to Jake Adler from a new club in North Tipperary.
Our girls on the day were represented by Nora, Kate, Leah, Shannon and Aoife. Nora is playing against a very good group of players in the U15 and U18 age groups who are competing with a long time.. Competition is fierce and to her credit Nora keeps on competing and most importantly is having fun. Nora did really well to win the GU15 plate. Well done Nora!
Another plate winner was Leah O’Keeffe. Leah, Kate, Shannon and Aoife are only playing table tennis with 6 months and are being coached by Conn and Edel and are making starting to do really well.
In the Senior event we had a big entry. Declan was victorious in the mens and U21 categories. Ian was runner up to Declan in the U21. Colm was third and Edel fourth in the same event. Unfortunately Edel was beaten in the semi-final of the senior women.
Mark White who just continues to amaze the youngers players with his skills was a beaten semi-finalist in the Senior mens but first had to overcome Ian in the quarter finals while Shane came through the knockout stage only to meet Declan in the quarter finals. Colm had no luck in the Senior event losing two of his three matches in very tight five setters and the third to Declan. (who tried to take his eye out on one occasion!)
Coach “Dave” also played in the mens permier but had really tough group with Mark and Matthew Hynes to centend with.
In the Vets, Conn Higgins made it the quarter finals to be beaten by Gunther Victorin of Beech Hill.
It was a long days play for all our players. Great credit is due to the players for how they behaved on and off the table and to the parents for making the effort to be there to support them.
A special thanks to Dave, Conn, Edel and Declan for coaching all the players throughout the day.
Well done everyone!!!