Great fun at STIGA Challenger

20140503_110434On Saturday the 3rd of May a bus of eager players left Ballincollig
early in the morning to travel to Dunmanway for the Stiga
challenger.   In all 11 players went and they started playing
the minute they entered the hall. Nora O’Sullivan was in group 1a. She had
to play some difficult matches and this was a good experience for her
as she would not normally have played a lot of these players as in
challengers the groups  are mixed boys and girls.  Ciaran O’
Donoghue was in Group 1b and played very well. The only match he lost all
day was to the eventual winner of this group in the semi-final. Ciaran was
placed third. We had Eoin Ahern, Kate o’ Neill and Sam Murphy in
group 3a. Eoin played his best table tennis on Saturday and was rewarded
by a place in the final of this group. He played in a very close final, losing
in the third set by 11-9. Kate played all her matches with a smile on her
face and is improving with every game she plays.  This was Sam’s
first challenger and he learnt a lot and will be more prepared for his next
tournament. We had Leah O’ Keeffe, David Manning,  Cillian
Kierse and Jack O’ Keeffe in group 3b.Leah had hard matches
especially against her own team mates. She too is improving with every match.
David was outstanding in his games and does not rush his game.( a few
other players could learn from him)  Cillian came to the tournament on his
birthday that’s dedication. He played his best to date. This was Jack’s
first tournament also but took to it like a duck to water. He had some
very exciting matches. David and Cillian had to play each other for the
third and fourth place playoffs in group 3. After a brilliant game it was David
who came third and Cillian fourth.  In the final group we had Ryan
McCarthy and Ellabeth McCarthy. Ryan did the most mileage on the day the way he
flies around the table. Ryan gives it his all and was always willing to
umpire when asked to do so. Ellabeth is one of our newest members only
playing a few weeks and this experience will stand to her for the
future. We as a club are very proud of the  way our players
behaved although there was a lot of ” yoys” to be heard ( thanks
to Niall Brown for teaching them) A huge thanks to our coach Conn Higgins
who travelled to Dunmanway and was an enormous support to our players. A
great day was had and all are looking forward to more tournaments in
September.