Tallaght Here We Come

imagesCAP6J0E8Best of luck to our junior players participating in the first national event of the season.

Chloe O’Halloran and Nora O’Sullivan play in the u18 girls event while Conor Leahy plays in the u18 boys event

We wish Ciaran O Donoghue, Issac Leahy, Cian Ross, and Adam Buckley the very best in the boys u13 event

A busy fortnight ahead with the first Munster ranking event in Kinsale the following weekend.

Best of luck to all our players.

Allez BTTC

Liverpool Grand Prix Report

IMG_0404The weekend started off with the three Ballincollig players playing in their respective bands. Alan in band 4 and Shane and Darragh in band 6, Shane and Darragh started off playing well but struggling to hit form and didn’t progress past the group stages, even though they were playing some good table tennis. Alan was fast off the mark winning his group and progressing to the knock out staged where he made light work of his first opponent, he then played fellow country man Charlie Fitzgerald from UCD and won a close 5 setter grinding out after being behind. He went on to beat Keir Morton who is part of the Scottish national team in the semi final. In the final he had an epic battle with Joe Clark a highly rated English cadet, winning 3-1 (each set being 11-9) WELL DONE ALAN.

In the second band of the day all Ballincollig players progressed to the knockout stages, in band 5 Shane progressed to the last 16 were he lost to a close 5 setter. Darragh lost in the previous round although he played well. Alan faced two fellow country men in the same band where he beat UCD Connor Gallagher but lost to player of the weekend in a great battle 11-9 in the fifth Owen Cathcart. Sunday proved to be a tough day for all Ballincollig players as they faced the best of the best from England and China! No player progressed but vital experience was gained as they prepare for next weeks senior classification.

Well done to all!

Skill speed fun and friendship at summer camp

20150819_101740The annual camp took place from August 17th to 21st.

23 players took part including visitors Tom Davis and Ryan Farrell from Dublin. James Kelly (West Cork) Conor and Shane O Callaghan (Beech Hill).

Dylan Grace travelled from Kilkenny to join the 17 junior and senior players from Ballincollig.

The camp was intense with two sessions daily 10.00-12.45 and 1.45 to 4.00.

Players responded to the challenge and their dedication and work rate impressed coach Conn Higgins.

Some of the rallies between Alan Walsh and Ryan Farrell were superb.

Tom Davis and James Kelly were not to be outdone either.

Shane O’Connor was his usual hardworking self with Ian Brownes blocking skills exemplary.

It was great to see Colm Murphy back after his Leaving certificate (congrats).

Alex Cooney was getting in his last sessions before his move to Dublin.

Our young players worked extremely hard too showing great improvement

Colum Slevin, one of Ireland’s greatest players, came for 2 days and his technical knowledge was used to really improve the technique of all players

Ciaran, Nora, Jack, Ashton, Isacc, Conor, Ryan and Adam really benefitted from Colums advice.


The annual tournament was held on the last day of camp with the newly developed skills in evidence.

Coach Conn thanked the players for the way they engaged fully with the camp and for the sense of fun and enjoyment they brought to the camp

Training for the new season begins on Monday 24th. Looking forward to a strong year ahead.

Best of luck to Alan, Darragh and Shane at the Liverpool Grand Prix.

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.

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