Munster Open Report

ttiBallincollig players had a busy weekend at the Munster Open in Kinsale last week. 13 players took part. It was an early start on Saturday  morning ,8.30am, with the under 18’s. Nora O’ Sullivan was our only female representative at this level. She  played some of her best table tennis and her matches were very close. Nora came 5th a great result at an All Ireland event.  Dylan Grace, Richard Thompson, Conor O Callaghan, Oisin Hererick and Paddy Vaughan took part with Issac Leahy and Ciaran O’ Donoghue playing in their first national under 18 event. The standard was very high. Dylan, Ciaran and Richard made it through to the second round while Conor, Paddy, Oisin and Issac took part in the plate. In the plate semi final we had Conor v Paddy and Issac v Tom Walsh from West Cork. Paddy went on to win the  plate final v Tom. Ciaran and Richard did not go any further than second round but played some great game against very experienced players. It was up to Dylan to carry the Ballincollig flag. In the semi final he played Charlie Fitzgerald and what a game. He held his nerve and won one of the most exciting games of the tournament. Dylan faced Alan Patterson in the Final. Dylan won 3-0, Munster Open under 18 winner Dylan Grace.

Next up was the Under 13’s. Cain Ross, Adam Buckley and David Manning were playing for Ballincollig. Again the standard was very high with a big group of players coming down from Ulster to play. David playing in his first National event this year made it through to the semi final of the plate. Adam and Cian came through the second round. Adam was unlucky not to get to the qurter finals. Cian was on top form and narrowly missed out on a semi final place. He came 5th in under 13.

We had 2 players taking part in the disability standing event Conor and Paddy played each other in the final and after a epic battle Conor won out in the end.

Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 12.08.47Sunday saw the Under 15’s and 11’s take to the table. First up was the Under 15’s. Ciaran, Richard, Issac, Cian, Adam and Jack O’ Keeffe were playing here. Richard and Jack, who was playing in his first National tournment this year, went on to take part in the plate. Richard was in the final and won. After some very tough games Issac came 17th, Adam and Cian came 9th. Ciaran came through the quarter final betting Dillion Byrne 3-1. He was up against it in the semi playing Irish number 1 Art. It was a close game Art winning 3-1. Ciaran came 4th.

Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 12.10.56In the Under 11’s  Samuel Leahy took part. There is no coaching in this event with a more relaxed feeling for the young players. Samuel played a lot of matches and gained great experience.

A big Thank You to coaches Conn Higgins and Shane O’ Connor. To Brenda who kept us in supply of toasted sandwiches for the weekend. Well done to all our players.

Camp Update

imagesCAP6J0E8The club ran a great camp over the Christmas period in Colaiste Choilm. Over seventeen dedicated players took part.  Although players were tired at the start of the week by the end their fitness levels had returned. A mini tournament was held on Friday and there was fierce competition between players.

Thanks to Conn Higgins and to Shane and Dylan for moving tables.

Some excellent performances at Ulster Open

imagesCACPY7UG11 Ballincollig players travelled to Lisburn Racquets club to compete at the Ulster Open

Alan Walsh, Dylan Grace, Ian Brown , Colm Murphy and Shane O’Connor competed  in the men’s singles, u21s, and restricted singles.

Highlights were Ian winning a successive restricted singles title, Alan reaching the semi finals of the u21 event and both Alan and Ian reaching the last 16 in men’s singles.Ian lost to Zak Wilson while Alan had chances against Na Ning before losing 3/1.

In the boys u 18 Dylan along with Paddy Vaughan and Richard Thompson were competing.

Dylan looked comfortable advancing to the semi finals where unfortunately he didn’t play his best losing to Charlie Fitzgerald 3/0.Dylan did claim the third spot defeating Thomas Joyce.

Richard and Paddy gained some valuable experience and Paddy then won the disability event in fine style

In the boys u15 event Ciaran O Donoghue,Issac Leahy,Richard Thompson Cian Ross and Adam Buckley pitted their wits against Ireland’s best

Some fine performances here too with Ciaran defeating Julian Kelly and Dillon Byrne.In fact he had a 5set battle with clubmate Richard also.

So Ciaran advanced to the quarter final and in a titanic battle with the no. 3 seed Krystionis Dapkuis won the fifth set 11/8

Playing against no. 1 seed Thomas Joyce in the semi final Ciaran lost 11/8 11/8 and 11/9

He recovered then to claim 3rd spot by defeating Ulsters James Skelton 3/1 .

In the u13 event Adam Buckley and Cian Ross carried the Ballincollig flag.

Cian lost his opening game but recovered very well  to win his next four games  to advance to a quarter final clash with Nick McLeod.In a great contest Cian won in the fifth set 12/10

In the semi final he started well to win the first set against Jonathan Mooney but was unable to maintain his form and lost 1/3.Cian finished fourth overall.

Meanwhile Adam also reached the quarter final but lost to James Skelton. He finished seventh

All in all a relatively good weekend for the players and plenty to work for as the Munster Open looms on the horizon in January.

Another great tournament for Ballincollig players in Kinsale

img_3126At the second Munster tournament of the season Ballincollig players  were again very prominent winning five titles over a busy weekend in a very cold St.Multose Hall.

Ballincollig claimed five titles in all

The band one,u.21,u15 boys ,U.13 boys and u.11 girls  titles made their way to Ballincollig.

Alan Walsh was in imperious form on the Saturday winning both the u21 and band one titles, defeating Philip Shaw 3/0 in the band one final clinically and defeating club mate Colm Murphy in the u21  final.

Good performances also from Shane O Connor, Making up for his defeat in the U 21s by defeating James Kelly in the band one quarterfinal and Nora o Sullivan winning her first band one match by defeating Ivan Shorten in a five setter

Ciaran o Donoghue led the challenge in the u18 boys where he met James Kelly in the final, losing 3/1 in a battling performance.Other very fine performances from both Conor Leahy and Conor O Callaghan.

On the Sunday Ciaran Cian Adam Issac Glenn Jack and Ryan were involved in the U 15 event

four of these players advanced to the quarterfinals, with Cian having defeated Glenn in the last 16

img_3120Ciaran advanced to the final claiming his sixth u15 title defeating Jake Adler in the final. Cian finished 5th ,Jack 7th and Issac 8th.

In the boys U13 event Cian Adam and David Manning carried the flag.All three won their opening groups but David Manning was defeated by the improving Michael Guerin in the last 16.

Adam  and Cian breezed through their quarter finals

The action hotted up significantly in the semi finals where Adam played superbly to knock out Nick McLeod  3/0 and deny him the opportunity to retain his Munster u12 title

Cian was equally impressive in his semi final when he defeated Shane O Connor 3/0 to set up an all Ballincollig final.

The final was top quality .Adam had several chances but Cian was in top form and claimed his first u13 Munster title.

Alicia Leahy showed great skill in winning the girls u11 title making it a very successful weekend for BTTC

Head coach Conn was delighted with the performance of many of the players, showing that hard work at regular training does pay off.

fullsizerenderHe thanked Shane Alan and Conor for all their help with coaching.Not alone have We many talented players but it is wonderful to see our players coaching the young players to success, he remarked.

Great fun in Goleen

20160918_090713Last Saturday a bus of table tennis players left Ballincollig heading for Goleen with stops in Clonakilty and Skibbereen along the way. They were going to a Women in Sport event organised by Mair Kelly from West Cork Table Tennis Club. The day was packed with fun activities for a girls only , to encourage them to get involved in sports. There is a big short fall of girls involved in all sports especially table tennis. Mair talked about some of her experience as a female player and the the opportunities table tennis had given her over the years. These events have a great relaxed feeling with players from all over Munster involved. a great day was had by all. Well done Mair.

Well done Paddy and Richard

imagesCAP6J0E8Over the weekend two of our newer members, who travel over an hour to Saturday training sessions, Paddy Vaughan and Richard Thompson took part in a Leinster tournament. Richard came second in the under 15 event and Paddy was beaten in the quarter final under 18’s. Well done boys

Best of luck to all our players who are competing for their schools in the Munster  League on the 17th of November in Kinsale. Also to coaches Shane O’Connor, Scoil Eoin and Conn Higgins Colaiste Choilm.

Next Munster ranking event is on the 19th-20th  in St. Multose hall, Kinsale. Closing date for entries is Monday the 14th November. Note under 18’s and Seniors events are on Saturday and under 11,13 and 15 are on Sunday.

Shane O’ Connor, Colm Murphy and Alan Walsh took part in an under 23 Irish training camp in Lucan last Sunday. Ciaran will be off to a national training camp this weekend also.

On Saturday 12th of November is Women in Sport Day. Munster Table Tennis has organised an event in Goleen with fun ,games, demonstrations and activities galore.

Busy November ahead

Action from Germany

Action from Germany

A successful Munster training camp was held on the 23rd of October. A number of our players attended. These camps are important as they give the Munster performance coach a chance to see  players from all clubs in  Munster.

There is a busy month ahead for our players. In November, Cian, Adam and Ciaran will be going to Dublin to attend National training camps.

There is a Munster ranking event in Kinsale on the 19th – 20th of November in St. Multose Hall. Sharon will be taking entries soon. The highlight of the month will be the long trip to Lisburn to compete in the Ulster Open. There is a link on Irish Table Tennis web page to enter this event.

We welcome Ciaran and Conn back from their week in Tarp, Germany, where they took part in a very successful training camp with the German high performance team. The Irish boys beat the Germans in a team event 24-22. Ciaran came 3rd in the singles event and won the doubles with Irish team mate Art.

Ballincollig Players travel to Tipton, Belfast and Germany

imagesCAP6J0E8It was a busy weekend for our senior players. Shane O’ Connor, Colm Murphy, Dylan Grace, Ian Brown and Alan Walsh travelled to Belfast to compete in the David Lloyd Open. Dylan lost to Zac Wilson in the mens 1/4 finals. Alan and Colm reached the last 16 losing to Darly Strong and Zak Wilson respectively. Ian was runner up and Colm joint third in the class 2 singles.  A great weekend was had by all players with plenty of high competitive matches.

 Nora O’ Sullivan took part in the Grand Prix in Tipton, England with Mair and James Kelly from West Cork Club. Players from all over England, Wales, Scotland, Northern  Ireland and Ireland took part in this event. Nora had a great time playing table tennis players she would never have meet before. Nora came 3rd in her group in Band 3 and 4th in Band 4.

Congratulations to Oisin Herberich, Glen Buckley, Jack O’ Keeffe, Ashton Dwyer, David Manning and Alicia Leahy who have been asked to attend a Munster Junior Development Squad training camp in Kinsale this weekend. Also to Conor Leahy, Conor O’ Callaghan, men Ciaran o’ Donoghue, Issac Leahy, Adam Buckley and Cian Ross who are invited to a Munster Junior Performance Squad training camp in Kinsale.

Best of luck to Ciaran O’Donoghue who will attend a training camp in Kiel, Germany this coming week as part of an Irish Development Squad along with Ballincollig coach Conn Higgins.

Best of luck to our Seniors

imagesCAP6J0E8Best of luck to Shane O Connor, Ian Brown, Alan Walsh and Colm Murphy who are taking part in the David Lloyd Open in Belfast this weekend.

Congratulations Ciaran

20160326_144641Congratulations to Ciaran O’ Donoghue who took part in a training camp for the National Emerging High Performance Junior/Cadet Squad in Dublin last weekend. The overall aim of this squad is to increase competition among the national Set-up and give players the opportunity to show their ability to the National coaches in a training environment. Picture is of Ciaran with head coach Conn Higgins and Darragh Buckley.

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