Ciaran works hard in Angby, Sweden

IMG_1334Ciaran O Donoghue travelled with Irish squad members Art McLaughlin,David Taylor,Conor Nugent, Dylan Grace, Ryan McConkey and coaches John Murphy and Conn Higgins to Angby table tennis club in Sweden for a week,s long training camp and a weekend international camp.

With players from Russia,Latvia, Germany,France,Finland,Romania!Sweden,Luxembourg,England and Ireland there was a great variety of styles.

Two sessions of 2&1/2 hours daily were held.players had multiball sessions daily also.

At the weekend the Angby international tournament was held. Ciaran played in the boys u.12 and u.13 events

In the boys u.12 event he was in a group of 5 where he won two of his four games to finish third in his group but only two qualified for the last 16 knockout

Better news in the u.13 event where he defeated French and Swedish opponents to qualify for the last 16 knockout but was defeated by Jesper Lyytikainen from Sweden.

Overall it was a great learning experience for Ciaran,s first international table tennis experience.


Alan wins two bronze at international schools competition

Ryan McConkey, Conn Higgins, Alan Walsh

Ryan McConkey, Conn Higgins, Alan Walsh

With his team Ryan McConkey,they defeated Scotland 1, 4/1, Wales 4/1, Guernsey 5/0, Scotland 2, 4/1 but were defeated by England 1, 5/0 and England 2, 3/0.

In a tiring schedule where the team played two matches on Friday after an arduous days travel to Bells Sports Centre, in Perth, Scotland followed by four more games on Saturday the boys showed remarkable resilience to claim the bronze team medal.

Alan causes major shock in singles

In the opening four man group Alan defeated Scotland’s Jason Fleming 3/1(having lost to him the previous day in the team event) Huw Standing from Wales 3/0 but lost to England,s Jack Bennett 3/0 to qualify for the quarter final. Facing Number one seed, England’s Gabriel Achampong, who was undefeated in the team event, Alan faced an uphill battle. Achampong dominated the opening set with fast backhand topsins causing Alan endless trouble with the Englishman winning 11/6. Achampong continued his dominance to lead 10-2 in the second but Alan threw caution to the wind to win six successive points before Achampong won the set 11/9.
Alan, now brimming with confidence started to dictate the pace and won the third set 11/8.
Alan’s dominance continued in the fourth set with his forehand topspin to Achampong’s backhand winning him good points to take the set 11/7.
With the match now level at 2/2 the mental battle was key .Alan showed his mental strength and took the lead at the start 3/1.Achampong’s belief began to waiver and the Ballincollig player held his nerve and hold the lead to win 11/5 sending shockwaves around the Bell,s sports hall
Alan then faced another English player ,Mitchell Jones in the semifinal.
He could not maintain his momentum however ann Jones took the game 3/0
Nevertheless a fine weekend for Alan as he claimed the bronze singles medal to compliment his bronze doubles medal.
Irish coach Conn Higgins said it was one of Alans finest displays in his career to date and definitely the most resilient. Achampong defeated Irish senior no.1 Paul McCreery at the six nations recently. Alan stated it was the best win of his table tennis career.

Colum Slevin to coach at training camp

Screen Shot 2015-06-20 at 21.22.15While training has officially finished for the season Alan Walsh and Ciaran O Donoghue have been training over the past five weeks to prepare themselves for the senior internationals schools and the Angby summer school. Our thanks to North Mon for providing its Sports hall and to Darragh and Shane for being training partners for both players.

Best of luck to Dan Foley who is taking part in the European Veterans championships in Tampere, Finland, on June 29th until July 4th. Up to 2,500 players are expected to take part.

Colum Slevin, the most capped Irish international, and eight times Irish national champion will participate and coach during our annual summer camp. The camp begins on Monday August 17 th  and Colum will be with us on Wed. And Thursday of that week As demand will be high we encourage players to contact Sharon to book their place early.

Our head coach is delighted to renew the connection with Colum as Conn was Irish coach from 1993 to 2002.

Conn was recently appointed as the high performance director  and we wish him well in the post.

Several players from various parts of the country are anxious to be part of the camp so it’s advisable to contact Sharon O Donoghue to secure a place at the camp.

The committee would very much like to thank the parents of players for their support in the running of training sessions in Scoil Eoin this past year.

Busy Weekend for Ballincollig

IMG_20150524_161142The weekend of May 23rd and 24th saw the Annual Ballincollig Closed take place on Saturday and 10 players competed in the Munster challenger event in Kinsale.

Alan Walsh wins club championship

In band one the top six played off in a round robin style.some very close battles were fought between Ian Brown and Darragh Buckley, Shane OConnor and Alex Cooney.Veteran Dan Foley proved a little tricky too but Alan proved himself undisputed champion remaining undefeated in all games.

In band two eight  players competed in two pools of four.2 qualified from each group to the semi finals where Sam Murphy was beaten by Nora  O Sullivan and Ciaran ODonoghue beat Cian Ross.In a repeat of last year,s decider Ciaran defeated Nora to claim the band two Championship

In band three Skrmantas Mockus won the round robin of 5 with Sean Barrett second

The club player of the year was awarded to Shane O Connor and Darragh Buckley for their huge commitment and support to head coach Conn Higgins and their help at all the junior tournaments this season

The most improved player award went to the hardworking Filip Gynazka

The club doubles saw Shane and Darragh in their club shirts defeat Alan and Conn in their Irish shirts. The home crowd cheered on the Ballincollig club shirts naturally.


A great day for our younger players.

In Division 1 Ciaran O’Donoghue was very impressive winning all ten matches though he survived a great challenge from Nick McLeod in the semi final and defeated Thy Li in the final.

In division two Filip Gynazska showed wonderful  composure. He defeated Sean Leisk in the semi final and reversed an earlier defeat by Tom Good to claim the title. Ryan Power showed great form too reaching the semi final only to lose to Tom Good.

Jack O Keeffe claimed the third title for BTTC winning all his 10 matches defeating David Lordan in the final.

Training continues for the Scoil Eoin players until June 16th.

Many thanks to our club coach Conn Higgins for his tremendous work with all our players this season. Everyone is already looking forward to the new season which kicks off in August.

thanks_001Thank you to all the children and parents who took part in the bag pack fundraising event at Quish’s this past weekend.

A special thank you to Quish’s for accommodating us and to Sharon for organising the event.

Congrats to Alan, Joe and Ciaran

FullSizeRenderAlan Walsh, Joe Linehan and Ciaran O Donoghue were selected to represent Munster at U18, U15 and U13  respectively at the junior interprovincial championships held in Little Island Sports Complex

Congrats also to Darragh Buckley who was selected as u15 boys coach with Shane O Connor as assistant and Conn Higgins selected as u13 boys coach

Alan Walsh showed his recent excellent form was no fluke. Despite being ill with flu he won 8 of his 9 matches, losing out to Irish no.1 Zak Wilson who reversed his loss to Alan at the recent senior interprovincial championships.

Ciaran O’Donoghue was part of the silver medal winning U13 team

Having lost badly to Leinster’s Dillon Byrne he redeemed himself by beating Irish No.2 David Taylor

With Niall Brown out due to illness Joe Linehan was left  to battle hard on the Munster U15 team but the other provinces proved too strong.

 A full list of all the Interpro results can be found be clicking here

With the competitive season now at an end training will continue in the Gaelscoil for another few weeks.

Junior Interpro Playoffs

IMG_0673The weekend before last saw 5 of the clubs junior  players taking part in the playoffs for a place on the Munster Junior Interpro teams.  Kate O’ Neill and Leah O’ Keeffe lead the way for the girls in the under 13 section and played very well. Leah was beaten in the final.  Cian Ross had a tough group in the under 13 boys,  Cian is 10 years old,  but it wasn’t his day. Sam Murphy was competing for a place  in the under 15 team. He played great on the day, but was beaten in the semi finals. For a place on the under 18 team  Auryn Harrington was trying to win the last place. However it was not meant to be.

Skill Speed and Fun at Easter Camp

FullSizeRenderFullSizeRenderFullSizeRenderIMG_067424 players participated at the annual Easter training camp in Gaelscoil Ui Riordain conducted by head coach Conn Higgins,ably assisted by Shane O Connor

James Kelly and Eric Ollsen travelled from West Cork, Darragh Collins came from Adare and Conor O’Callagan from Kinsale joined the 20 players from Ballincollig

Plenty of regular training routines,shadow play ,circuit training , match play,robot training and the annual Ballincollig Doubles and world team championships took place

Ashton Dwyer won the most improved player award while Jack O Keeffe and Ryan Power won the doubles award

Leah O Keeffe Darragh Collins and Olan Lehane won the hard workers award

Zimbabwe won the premier division (captained by James Kelly) and Jamaica won the first division (Aston Dywer and Darragh Collins).

Normal training resumes in the Gaelscoil on Wednesday 8th.

Alan wins silver at Belgian Junior Open

IMG_0404Congratulations to Alan Walsh who won a silver medal at the Belgian Junior Open in the team event at Spa, Belgium

Partnering Alexandr Lusin from Estonia and Moldova,s Andrei Putintica ,the team was seeded third in the five team group behind Russia and the home team Belgium

In a tough opening game against the host nation,the Irish ,Estonian,Moldovan combination lost out 1/3 with Alan losing out to Florian Cnudde

In a titanic struggle in the second match against Russia it went down to the final game with Alan’s team mate Alexandr Lusin winning 16/14 in the fifth set

The third  match  was also a close affair but the Belgium/Canada combination won out 3/1

So it was all down to the final game. The Ireland/Estonia/Moldova combination had to defeat the Belgium/Luxembourg team 3/0 to secure second spot and a coveted silver medal

At 2/0 up the pressure was on Alan to secure the third victory

In a confident and powerful display he outgunned Luxembourg’s Tom Hoffman 3/1 to claim the silver medal

Well done Alan !!!!

See live matches here

Senior Interprovincial Championships

IMG_1059Congratulations to Alan Walsh and Ian Browne on their selection on the Munster Senior team which  did battle with the other 3 provinces at the interprovincial championships in Roadstone Sportsclub, Dublin.

The Munster team finished third with a 7/1 victory over Connacht.

Highlight of the weekend was Alan’s fine win over Irish no. 1 junior Zak Wilson. In a pulsating battle of high intensity Alan  won in the fifth set 11/3

Congratulations also to Shane O Connor and Nora O Sullivan who gained their Munster u.21 cap.

The team finished with bronze medals.

Highlight of the u.21,s was Nora,s win over Annalise Walker. Shane had a very close battle with Leinster’s Tom Davis and Andrew Campbell.

Our Easter camp takes place over the first week of the Easter holidays and it is fully booked out.

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