Ballincollig Munster Ranking

A busy weekend was had by all members of Ballincollig Table Tennis Club players, parents and committee. Our annual Munster Ranking event took place in Colaiste Choilm with over 90 players taking part from all over Munster. 
Under 13’s was up first on Saturday morning, Ballincolligttc’s only entry was James Kingston who made it through to the main draw but was beaten in the last 16 stage.
Next up were the Under 15’s. The club had a big entry with Jack O’Keeffe, Cian Ross, Adam Buckley, Robert Danilovskiy, David Manning, Erik Olsson, Ryan Power and Ciarán O’ Donoghue taking part. After some good and not so good matches we had 2 players in the semi final Erik and Ciarán. Unfortunately they played each other in the semi final. With Ciarán winning. It was Ciarán v Nick in final with Ciarán winning the Ballincollig title for a third year in a row.
Erik beat against Issac Leahy for 3rd place.
In the girls under 15’s Thi Ly Cashman was on a mission and played Silke in the final but lost on this occasion.
The under 11’s also took place on Saturday afternoon. Over 20 players took part. Ballincolligttc were repersented by Jack and Cian O’Sullivan, Ben Whelan, Nico Michalik and Krzysztof Sobiech all playing in their first tournment. Jack and Ben made it through to the main draw and Cian, Nick and Krzysztof were in the plate. We were delighted when Krzysztof won the plate. A great time was had by all players and friendship’s made.
Sunday morning the Under 18’s took place. In the girls event we had the Cashman sisters Thi Ly and Thuy Linh playing with both girls reaching the semi finals. Thuy Linh reached the final and was beaten by Silke. Thi Ly came 4th. 
In the boys under 18 Cian, Ciarán, Adam,Erik, Oisin Herberich and for the first time David and Ciarán Cottor. Ciarán Cottor reached the plate semi final. David won the plate.
Erik and Ciarán O’Donoghue and Cian reached the u18 semi finals. It was Ciaran v Cian and Erik v John. Erik had a very close 5 setter game unfortunately lost. It was Ciarán in the final and won. Cian and Erik played in 3rd /4th playoff with Erik winning.
We also had the veteran’s section our own Dan Foley didn’t take part in the event this year. Philip Shaw beat Kevin O’ Brien in the final.
 New to the Munster Ranking is the intellectual disability event. There were 9 players taking part. With Harry Sorensen winning 1st division, Ben Og Brady Bates 2nd division and Craig Cleary the 3rd division. 
In the under 21’s Alan Walsh was the winner.
The final event was the mixed Senior’s. In Band 1, Ballincollig Table Tennis Club didn’t have any entries, Julia Pikus won her first Munster event with Marcus Heinen coming second.
 In Band 1, Shane O’ Connor, Alan Walsh joined Cian, Ciarán, Adam, Erik Thuy Linh and David for this event. Alan and Ciarán met in the quarter finals with Ciarán having a surprising win. Shane and Ciarán reached the semi final. We were hoping for an all Ballincollig final, unfortunately Shane lost in a close 5 setter. Ciarán won against Scott. In the final he played against Daniel and won 3-1. Well done to Ciarán on winning 3 titles last weekend.
The Club would like to thank the following for making the weekend such a success. To the Ballincollig Table Tennis Club committee for all their hard work behind the scenes. To our sponsors Ballincollig Credit Union, Dell / EMC, Ross’s Centra, Watergrasshill and Ted Bollard. Tom Mitchell,  tournament referee. Colaiste Choilm for the great venue. To Freddy who made some lovely cakes. To Conn Higgins for coaching at a very busy and successful weekend. A special Thank you to Shane O Connor who also coached all weekend and is a great example to our junior players. Lastly, to all the players, Munster clubs and parents who made it a great weekend.

Beech Hill – Report

Last weekend saw the third Munster Ranking take place in Beech Hill Table Tennis Club , Montenotte.

Up first on Saturday morning was the under 13’s, James Kingston represented Ballincollig Table Tennis Club and took part in the plate.

 Under 15’s was next with Adam Buckley, Cian Ross, Robert Danilovskiy, Erik Olsson, David Manning, Jack O’ Keeffe and Ciaran O’ Donoghue taking part. Robert reached the plate quarter final. Jack, playing in his first Munster Ranking this year, he took part the final of the plate and was narrowly beaten. David got to the last 16 loosing in a close 5 setter. Erik played Cian in the quarter final with Cian winning in 3 sets. Ballincollig had 4 players in the semi final. Cian played Ciaran and Adam played Nick from Southcoast club. It was Ciaran and Nick in the final with Ciaran winning in 3 sets. Adam played Cian for 3rd/4th places and after the last and longest game of the day. Cian won 3/2.

Unfortunately the second day of the tournament had to be cancelled. The under 18, seniors, vets and intellectual disability will be played on Sunday 18th February.

Connacht Open – Report

Last weekend some of our players took part in the Connacht Open in Breaffy House, Co. Mayo. This was the fourth All Ireland event of the year. Shane O’ Connor and Alan Walsh were on coaching duty as Conn Higgins was away in Hungary with the junior and cadet boys Irish team.
The senior event started on Friday night. Shane reached the last 16 beaten by the winner of this event Paul McCreery.
Saturday was the turn of the under 15’s. Ballincollig had Cian, Adam, Richard and Erik taking part. The final result for our players was Adam 7th, Cian 8th, Richard 10th and Erik 13th. Alan came second in the mens doubles and mixed doubles and 4th in the under 21’s. A great result Alan .
In the under 18 on Saturday Oisin and Paddy joined Cian, Adam, Richard and Erik. After a long day the results were, Richard 4th ,Paddy and Erik 13th Cian 17th, and Oisin and Adam 21st. A great result for Richard coming in 4th place and Cian winning the under 18 plate. Well done to both.
A big Thank You to Alan and Shane for coaching and to Rafaela for keeping us updated with results and photos.
As was mentioned above our coach Conn Higgins was away on Irish duty over the weekend, one of our players Ciaran went also. This tournament was of a very high standard. Ciaran won his opening game and was involved in 5 5 set games unfortunately losing them.



Last weekend the second Munster Ranking Tournment, the Leeside Open took place in the James Kennelly Hall, Holly Hill Lane. First up on Saturday morning as the under 15s. With players Cian Ross, Adam Buckley, Robert Danilovskiy and Ciaran O Donoghue taking part. As always this is a tough group with many good players involved. Robert got to the semi final of the plate in his 4th tournment.  Cian lost in the quarters and came 5th over all in 5/8 playoff. Adam and Ciaran made it to the semi finals. Adam lost to Nick in this match and came 4th over all. Ciaran reached the final and went on to win the boys under 15 trophy.


We had only one players in the under 13 event. James Kingston playing in only his 4th tournment reached to semi final of the plate and learned a lot.


Sunday was the turn of the under 18s. Adam, Cian and Ciaran were joined by Oisin Herberich for this event. Our boys did very well in this event with Cian, Adam and Ciaran all reaching the semi finals. Adam played Cian and won this time. It was Ciaran v’s Adam in the final with Ciaran winning. Cian came 4th. Oisin was also in the plate final and came second.


Dan Foley was our sole representative in the vets event or Masters as it is called now. Dan played Philip Shaw in the semi final unfortunately loosing.


In this event the club had Shane O’ Connor and Ian Brown joining Adam, Ciaran and Oisin. Seniors is a very energetic event. Ian and Adam lost in the last 16. Shane was beaten in the quarters. Ciaran played in the semi final and was beaten. He took 3 over all in his second senior event. Oisin was in the plate final  and won.

Well done to all who competed last weekend, a lot learnt. A big Thank You again to Shane O’ Connor who coached the players this weekend.

Busy Schedule for BTTC


A number of our players took part in this league  representing their schools. Colaiste Choilm sent 4 teams with 3 winning their divisions and the fourth team coming third in theirs. On the first division team 3/4 players were from the club Jack O’ Keeffe, Ryan Power and Ciaran O’ Donoghue. Greg Barrett and David Manning were on the second division team. Ciaran Cotter was also on the fourth division team. Oisin Herberich player in the first division with Kinsale Community School.


The Ulster Open took place in Lisburn on the 25th/27th of November. Players from all over Ireland took part in this tournment. The club had a number of players taking part. There was mix results with some very close games not going our players way. A few of our players had to play each other in group stages with only the winner of group going through or at quarter final level.  Shane O’ Connor reached the semi final of the restricted singles. Dylan Grace played a very inform Thomas Joyce in the under 18 semi and lost in a thrilling match. A lot was learnt by our players both on and off the table.


The club ran an exciting in house tournment on the 2nd of December. With a lot of our competitive players away in Dublin at a National training camp it was the turn of the newer members to learn how a tournment was run, how to keep score and have a lot of fun. Kevin Walsh and Abbie O’ Donovan won their division. Thanks to coach Shane O’ Connor for showing them the ropes.


South West 400 – Kinsale

Last weekend the second South West 400 took place in St. Multose hall, Kinsale. Ballincollig Table Tennis Club had 6 players taking part. The event was run on a team formate. Robert Danilovskiy and James Kingston played in the 2nd division and this formate was new to both players an dthey gain some great experience. David Manning and Ryan Power, in the first division, were narrowly beaten in the final and came second . Erik Ollson and Ciaran O’ Donoghue won the premier divison.


Ballincollig players top Junior and Cadet Boys

Last weekend the Munster Classification took place in Beech Hill Table Tennis Club. Saturday morning started at 11.30 with the under 18’s. Ballincollig Table Tennis Club had 5 players taking part, Filip Gnyszka, Adam Buckley, Erik Ollson, Ciaran O’ Donoghue and Oisin Herberich. After some great matches BTTC were delighted to have 4 of our players in the semi finals. Filip V Erik, Adam V Ciaran.  In the finals it was Ciaran V Erik and Adam V Filip in3/4 playoffs. Ciaran came 1st on this occasion with Erik 2nd, Adam 3rd and Filip 4th. Oisin won the plate. A great result for all.

Next up was the seniors event. Filip, Oisin, Erik and Ciaran took part joined by Shane O’ Connor. In the semi final  Erik V Shane. Erik played out of his skin in a highly competitive game. Erik won and was into the final. This was Erik’s first time taking part in the senior event. He was unfortunately beaten in the final. Shane came fourth playing Philip Shaw in 3/4 playoff.

Our elder statesman Dan Foley took part in the veterans event. We were delighted when Dan came second to Philip Shaw of Beech Hill table Tennis Club.

 On Sunday Ballincollig Table Tennis Club Had players compete in the under 15 and 13 events. Ciaran, Adam and Erik along with Cian Ross, David Manning,  Jake Adler and Robert Danilovskiy were in the u15s. It was Roberts 2nd munster ranking event and he gained valuable experience. Erik was beaten by Adam in the quarter finals. Cian lost in the quarters also. The club had Adam V Jake and Ciaran V Issac Leahy ,a South Coast player, in the semi finals. The finals line up was Ciaran V Adam, Jake V Issac. The results were Ciaran !st, Adam 2nd, Jake 3rd. David was the winner of the plate.

For the under 13 Dylan Adler and James Kingston were carrying the Ballincollig flag. James reached the last 16 stage in only his 2nd Munster ranking event. Dylan fought hard and came 6th.

The weekend had some great results for the club with the top 4 winners in under 18 , top 3 in under 15, plus plate winners.  Second and fourth in seniors and seconded in vets. 6th in under 13s

A big thank you to our coaches Conn Higgins and Shane O’ Connor who had a busy weekend.

South West 400 – Kinsale report

Last weekend saw the first Munster event take place in Kinsale. The South West 400 is a new tournament with a more relaxed feeling for our players. Sunday morning saw Ryan Power, Glen Buckley, James Kingston, David Manning, Robert Danilovskiy, Erik Ollson, Oisin Herberich and Ciaran O’ Donoghue take to the tables. David Manning was narrowly beaten in the quarter finals. Erik and Ciaran played each other in one semi-final. The match went to 5 sets with both players giving their all. Erik was the victor and played South coast player Nick McCloud in the final. Erik was on a roll and won very comfortably 4-0. Ciaran bet Donnagh Griffin in the 3/4 playoff.

The Leinster Classification also took place and Ballincollig had Richard Thompson, and Paddy Vaughan taking part. Richard took 3rd place in the Under 18s beating club mate Paddy Vaughan and 3rd place in the under 15s.

Well done to all players.



Best of luck to Alan Walsh and Juniors in Irish Camp

A number of our players are taking part in a National train camp this weekend. Best of luck to Adam, Erik, Conor, Cian, Ciaran, Paddy, Dylan, Richard, Jake.

Also, best of luck to  Alan Walsh who is competing in the German Table Tennis League this weekend.

Open Day – All welcome

Ballincollig Table Tennis Club will be holding an open session on the 9th of September at 11am -1pm in the Community Hall, Station Road, Ballincollig. So if you or your child are interested in table tennis come down and give it a try.

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