Ballincollig Munster Ranking Event

Last weekend Ballincollig Table Tennis Club held the 5th Munster Ranking tournament of the 0218/19 season in Colaiste Choilm. 
        It began on Saturday with the under 13’s girls and boys. BTTC had 3 players taking part in this event for the first time.  Clara Murphy was 8th overall in the girls event.  William Herdman reached the quarter finals of the plate and David O’ Connell the semi finals. A great experience for new players. 
         In the afternoon u11 and u15 took place. In the u11’s Filipe Murphy reached the semi-finals of the plate in his first tournament. Cian and Jack O’Sullivan  and Christian O Driscoll played really well. Jack and Christian come up against each other in the last 16 with Christian winning. Unfortunately Christian and Cian both lost their quarter finals and played each other in the 7/8 playoff. Christian came 7th and Cian 8th. In u11 girls our player Denise O Connell was unable to attend.
          In the u15 girls Thi Ly was our only player. Thi Ly reached the finals v Silke. Silke was too strong on the day and won. In the boys event Cian Ross David Manning  and Luc Morin took part. Luc competed in his first Munster ranking event and came 2nd in the plate. David Manning reached the quarter finals and lost. In the 5/8 playoff he came 5th Cian went all the way to the final and beat Conor 3-1. Well done Cian.
        On Sunday the U18s took to the tables. With only 5 girls in this event a round robin format was played. After 10 matches it was a 3 way the between Thi Ly, Silke and Zofia. On count back Thi Ly Won a great result. In the boys event BTTC had 6 players taking part. Ryan Power reached the plate final and Won. All our other players reached the quarter finals. David played Ciarán O Donoghue with Ciarán winning. David played in 5/8 play off and came 8th overall.
In the semi-finals in was an all BTTC affair. Erik Olsson v Cian Ross and Conor O Callaghan v Ciarán O Donoghue. It was then Erik v Ciarán in the final. After an epic game Erik won 3-2. Well done Erik.
  Ballincollig Table Tennis Club had no entries in the Veteran, Seniors Band 2 or Intellectual Disability section of our tournament. 
    In Senior Band 1 BTTC had 9 players taking part. David Manning reached the semi-finals of the plate in his first senior tournament betting another Ballincollig player Nick Canham in the quarter finals. He lost in the semi-finals  to the plate winner Philip Shaw. Thi Ly also reached the quarter finals of the plate losing to Kevin. In the knockout draw Thuy Linh and Cian reached the last 16. Alan Walsh, in his first Munster ranking this season lost in the quarter finals in a very close game to Piotr. Erik also lost in the quarter finals to Daniel. Ciarán reached the seniors final against Daniel Monlzenberger in a very tight game Daniel won 3-2.
       BTTC had some great results over the weekend with  players taking part in their first tournament, younger players improving. Cian winning u15. Luc 2nd in plate. Thu Ly 2nd in u15 and winning u18. Erik 1st, Ciarán 2nd, Cian 3rd and Conor 4th in u18 boys. Ryan winning u18 plate. Ciarán 2nd senior band 1.
  There is a small army behind the organisation of such an event.
A Big thank you to the following Ballincollig Credit Union, Dell/Emc and Ross’s Centra, Watergrasshill for their continued support. 
Referee Tom Mitchell, Noel Murphy, Colaiste Choilm, Conn Higgins, Ben Haughton and especially to the Ballincollig Table Tennis Club committee, parents and players.