screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-20-33-38Congratulations to Cian Ross and Adam Buckley on their selection to attend the under 13 “Hopes” training camp in Dublin last weekend. This camp is run by Irish Table Tennis Association and is attended by players from all over Ireland to nurture emerging talent. Adam and Cian are strong players who represent the club in Munster and National events at under 13 and 15 level. They both enjoyed their day in Dublin and are looking forward to the next session in November.

Ballincollig players perform well in D C U

img_2842At the first major junior national event of the season 10 Ballincollig players pitted their wits against Ireland’s best in Dublin City University.

On Saturday it was the turn of the u18’s and U 13’s.

Conor O’Callaghan, Paddy Vaughan, Oisin Herberich, Issac Leahy and Dylan Grace played in the boys event while Nora O’Sullivan flew the flag in the girl’s event.

Dylan Grace breezed his way through his first two groups without dropping a set.

Conor O’Callaghan, just out of hospital, lost out in the plate semi-final.

Paddy Vaughan advanced from his first round group to meet Art McLaughlin who beat him 3/0

Oisin Herberich’s highlight was defeating West Cork,s Niall O Driscoll 3/2 in the plate semi-final.

Dylan beat James Kelly 3/1 in the quarter final to meet his old rival Charlie Fitzgerald in the semi-final.He looked impressive when racing into a 8/1 lead in the opening set but began to play conservatively and paid the price and lost 1/3.He composed himself to defeat Alan Pattison 3/2  to take bronze.

Nora O Sullivan had a tough opening group with Katie McGlone and Zofia Wawrzyniak .She did manage to take a set from Zofia.

img_2843In the boys u15 event Issac and Cian also played along with Ciaran O Donoghue and Glenn Buckley

Ciaran ,Cian and Issac advanced to the second round group with Ciaran’s win v Matthew Cherry impressive.

Glenn played well in his first ever Irish tournament.

Ciaran won his second round group to advance to a quarter final meeting v no.1 seed Thomas Joyce while Issac lost to no.3 seed Krystionis Dapkus in a five setterand Cian lost to Art McLaughlin.

In the quarter final Ciaran lost 3/0 but felt disappointed not to take a set.

In the boys u13 event Adam Cian and Ashton all advanced from round 1.

Highlight was Adam’s comeback v Gellert Moravscik from 0/2 and 4/8 in the third to win in five 11/5.

Unfortunately Cian and Adam met in the last 16  with Adam winning 11/9 in the fifth set.

Adam lost out to Jonny Mooney 3/0 in the quarter final.

So at the end of 14 hours coaching, it was a relatively successful weekend with Dylan Grace finishing 3rd, Adam Buckley 6th, Ciaran O Donoghue 6th. Issac Leahy 9th and Cian Ross 9th.

Thanks to Dylan for his assistance with coaching on the second day.

Great performances all round at Munster Classification in Kinsale

rankingsIt was a very good weekend for our players in Kinsale at the first Munster tournament of the season.

It was the turn of our young stars on Saturday in the u11, u 13 and u 15 events.

Ciaran O Donoghue started the season as he finished last season claiming the u 15 title , beating Conor O Sullivan

In the quarter fina, Eric Olsson in the semi final and Sean Leisk in the final. There were some fine performances from Issac Leahy and Cian Ross who were beaten in the quarter finals and from Glenn Buckley Adam Buckley  and Jack O Keefe who reached the last 16.

fullsizerenderThe final positions were Ciaran(1), Issac (6) Cian (7)Jack (9) Glenn (11) and Adam (12)

The u11 plate semi finalists were Sam and Alicia Leahy.

In the u13 event Cian Ross Adam Buckley and David Manning all advanced to the quarter finals.Adam lost to Nick McLeod 3/0 Cian defeated Andrew Hayes 3/0 while David lost in a very close affair v Shane O Callaghan 2/3.Cian defeated Conor O Sullivan 3/1 in the semi final 3/1 but lost to Nick McLeod 1/3 in the final

Ashton Dwyer won the plate event. Well done!

The finishing positions were Cian (2)Adam(5)David (6)Ashton (17)

Sunday was the turn of the u18,s u21’s and senior players

Ciaran, Issac, Conor Leahy, Conor O Callaghan and Oisin Herberich played in the u18 event.Ciaran Issac and Conor O Callaghan all won their groups. Ciaran beat Issac 3/1 in one quarter final while Conor lost 3/1 to John Gould.Ciaran lost to James Kelly in the semi final 1/3.

Finishing positions were Ciaran (3) Conor (6) Issac(8)Conor L. (11) Oisin (13)

img_2835The u 21 event saw Alan Walsh, Shane O’Connor, Colm Murphy and Nora O’Sullivan in action.

Nora met Alan in her group and played well to take a set 12/10 .Alan Shane and Colm advanced to the semi finals where Alan defeated Shane 3/2 while Colm lost to Brian Kelleher 1/3

Alan defeated Brian 3/1 in the final.

In the senior event Alan, Colm, Shane and Ian Browne all advanced from their opening groups.

In the last 16 Shane met the in form Zofia Wawrzyniak and won in a nail biting contest 11/9 in the fifth set.

Quarter finals sawColm lose 0/3 to Philip Shaw, Alan defeat Shane 3/0 and Ian defeatBrian Kelleher 3/0.

In a game of high intensity Ian defeated Alan 3/1 in the semi final.

fullsizerenderIan, now brimming with confidence, played excellently to claim the senior title 3/0 against Philip Shaw.

An excellent weekend of fine performances. Conn would like to thank Ian and Shane for their help with coaching on Saturday and Dylan for his help on Sunday.

We wish our players travelling to the Irish junior classification next weekend.

Full results of Junior and Senior events here


Alan Walsh shines at Senior Classification

IMG_1016Last weekend  the new table tennis season began for some of our seniors. Alan Walsh and Dylan Grace represented Ballincollig Table Tennis Club in DCU, Dublin.

It wasn’t to be for Dylan who didn’t play his best on the day. Alan reached the semi finals, playing some brilliant table tennis, and played Irish International Gavin Maguire. After a very close game Gavin won. Alan came fourth in the end. Conn Higgins, Ballincollig head coach, was delighted with Alan’s performance.

Good luck Alan

IMG_0404Alan Walsh takes part in the finals of the Irish Senior Classification this weekend in UCD. Alan is seeded 5th overall going into the competition. Unfortunately neither Ian or Shane made its past the earlier qualification events.

Best of luck to Seniors

ttiBest of luck to Ian and Shane who take part in the Senior Classification this weekend in Dublin. 40 players take part looking to qualify for the finals in September. Alan and Dylan are automatically qualified due to their Irish ranking.

Summer Camp a huge Success

Image-1The annual summer camp was again bursting at the seams with 19 players. On 9 tables whizzing the ball backwards and forwards over 5 six hour for 5  days. Apologies to those we had to refuse due to lack of space.

Conn led the camp for the first three days ,working on the technical details, with service practice first thing when the players arrived.

We welcomed two new  members in Conor O Callaghan and Paddy Vaughan. We wish them every success .

Colum Slevin joined us for the final two days of camp,sharing many little tips with every player.The players certainly responded  very positively. Colum also managed to improve the technique of our elite squad with quality multiball .

At the end of the five day camp Conn thanked the players for their exemplary intensity and commitment during the week. He also thanked Colum for joining us again this year. Colum expressed his delight at coming and said he really enjoyed working in such a great atmosphere and wished all well for the coming season.

We wish Conn well as he travels to the Euro Mini Championships  in Strasbourg next weekend.

Exciting times for Ballincollig TTC


It has been a busy few weeks for coach Conn Higgins.

He travelled to Angby Sweden,with a group of Irish players including Adam Buckley and Alan Walsh,who was assisting with the coaching in Angby.

Alan led the coaching in one of the groups and was a natural.The young French,Danes and Swedes  responded very well to him.

While in Angby Alan signed up to play with Angby club in this season’s Swedish National League.

Coach Conn says this is a great opportunity for Alan to showcase his talent and learn and develop his game.

Conn and Alan then moved on to Eslov in southern Sweden, one of Sweden’s top clubs and runners up in the Champions League.

A week’s intense training with Romania’s best and the cream of Swedish talent  under the watchful eye of one of the world’s top coaches, Peter Sartz was a fantastic learning experience for Alan as a player and Conn as a coach.

Gold, Silver and Bronze at Senior Schools Internationals

rankingsIt was a great weekend for our players at the Senior Schools International in the UL Arena last weekend.

Image-2Alan Walsh played on the u18 team with Zak Wilson and Charlie Fitzgerald.

In a pulsating final the Irish boys defeated England A 3/2 to claim gold.

Image-1The Irish u18 girls team led by Chloe O Halloran played in a round robin of six countries ,losing out to England A, to finish second and claim silver medals.

In the u16 boys event Dylan Grace led the team into the semi final where their path to the final was ended by England  A.They then defeated Wales to claim bronze.

In the singles event all three players won their opening groups and their round of 16 match. All three however were beaten in the quarter finals.

It was a first for Shane O Connor too to coach a national schools team (u16girls),which he really enjoyed while our head coach, Conn Higgins in his 18th year as coach at the SSI, guided the u14 boys to bronze medals.


We wish Chloe and Dylan the very best as they travel to Norway for a pre European training camp.

Congrats to Alan, Chloe and Dylan

FullSizeRenderCongratulations to Alan Walsh, Chloe O Halloran and Dylan Grace on their selection on the Irish Schools’ teams that will participate in the International Senior Schools Tournament being held in the University of Limerick on 24/26 June.

Alan , plays on the u18 boys team ,Chloe plays on the u18 girls team while Dylan leads the u16 boys team.

Teams from England,Scotland ,Wales,Jersey,Guernsey and the Isle of Man  will also compete.

Shane O Connor has been appointed coach to the Irish u16 girls team while Conn Higgins takes charge of the u14 boys team.

Best of luck to our players and coaches.

At the recent  AGM of  Table Tennis Ireland BTTC was awarded a certificate of merit for its contribution to Irish table tennis during the past year. Well done to  all.

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