Results from Sweden and Connaught Open

Last weekend Conor O Callaghan travelled to Malmo in Sweden with the Irish Para team. On Saturday he reached the quarter finals of the mixed class junior. Sunday was the class 6 event where he also reached the quarter finals beaten by the world 26 ranked player. Conor was very happy with these results and it’s great to see him back on the table tennis circuit at this level again.
A number of Ballincollig players took part in the Connacht Open last weekend. Friday night started with the men’s singles with Shane O Connor and Richard Thompson taking  part and Ciarán O’Donoghue was in the restricted singles.
 Up first on Saturday was the under 15’s Cian Ross and Thi Ly Cashman played for Ballincollig. Thi Ly played great and was up against Silke in the final, repeat of last week’s Munster final. Unfortunately it wasn’t the win she wanted it was 2nd at an All Ireland event. Cian had some tough games coming 9th in this event.
In the under 21 Ciarán came 9th and Richard 11th.
Men’s singles Shane and Richard reached the last 16.
Men’s restricted singles Ciarán reached the semi-finals.
Sunday morning was the under 18’s. Cian, Erik, Richard and Ciarán took to the tables. Cian came 13th.After a long day Ballincollig had 3 players in the quarter finals. Richard was beaten by Kristijonas,who went on to win the event. Erik lost to Tom. Ciarán beat Conor. Ciarán was in the semi final but was beaten by Kristijonas. Ciarán came 4th in this event. Under 18’s girls was a tough event with Thi Ly and Thuy Linh came 9th and 7th.
Thuy Linh also came second in the mixed doubles event with Conor Nugent. Overall a weekend of mixed results. Thanks to Conn Higgins for a very busy few days coaching.
Next events are the All Ireland Nationals on the 1st – 3rd of March in Lisburn.
We will be running the Ballincollig Munster Ranking event on the 9th and 10th of March.