Liverpool Grand Prix – Day 2

Shane O'Connor & Kieran Reilly (Ulster) chilling out at Liverpool GP

Shane O’Connor & Kieran Reilly (Ulster) chilling out at Liverpool GP

 

Jenkins is King again !

 Men’s Singles
Some things tend to get better with age and ‘Grand Prix King’ Ryan Jenkins seems to be one of them after waltzing to the Tees Sport Liverpool Grand Prix title.

The Welsh star signed off last season at the Bribar Medway Grand Prix with a stunning victory and picked up exactly where he left off so win the season’s opening competition in Liverpool.

Jenkins had no problems in progressing from his group and continued his sublime form into the knockout stages. Straight games wins over Ernest Mpundu, Victor Shi and Simon Noutch set up a semi-final appearance against Matt Ware.

On the top half of the draw, Gavin Rumgay and Darius Knight worked their way to a semi-final match-up with the Scot following Jenkins’ lead by not dropping a set throughout. His biggest test had in fact already come in the group stage where he had to come from 2-1 behind to beat Roman Doryn.

Knight, meanwhile had to work his way past Mike Marsden in four before holding his nerve in a tight victory over Scotsman Craig Howieson 3-1 (11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9) to book a place in the last four.

Knight and Rumgay then played out one of the matches of the day with their contest going the full distance. In an absorbing encounter, Knight twice led following 11-9 games but Rumgay fought back from 4-2 down in the fourth game to win seven consecutive points en route to leveling the match.

The deciding game saw Rumgay make another crucial run as he won six consecutive points from 7-5 down to beat the left-handed Englishman and seal a place in the final.

There he met Jenkins who had already made light work of Matt Ware in the semi-final 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-9). Despite the first game being a tight 14-12 battle between the experienced duo, it was a one-sided contest for the most part with the Welshman sweeping home competently in the second and third games – dropping just nine more points to seal the top prize.

Rumgay will be disappointed to miss out on equaling Victor Barna’s record of five Tees Sport Liverpool Grand Prix (Liverpool Open) wins, but picks up handy points with 2012-13 winner Chris Doran out through injury for an extended period.

 

Women’s Singles
French defender Sarah Berge was the surprise winner of the Women’s Singles at the Tees Sport Liverpool Grand Prix after confidently sweeping through the field in her maiden appearance.

She began the day as she meant to go on by exposing top seed Karina Le Fevre’s weakness against chop in the opening group stage. She shocked the overall 2012-13 champion 3-0 (11-8, 11-7, 12-10) to win group 1 and seal a quarter-final place.

That left Le Fevre the long-winded path of having to overcome both Janay Gibson (3-0) and Sophie Neil (3-1) to make the semi-final where she met Tees Sport Player of the Weekend, Sandra Kaczynska. It was a well-deserved title for Kaczynska who had to battle through two five-game group matches against Kelly Skeggs 3-2 (11-7, 11-4, 8-11, 11-13, 11-6) and Megan Phillips 3-2 (7-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5) just to qualify.

Berge, meanwhile, was beating Natalie Slater in straight games and Angharad Phillips in four ends to make the final where she met Le Fevre who had beaten the weary Kaczynska 3-1.

The final, a repeat of the group meeting, was even more one-sided than earlier as the French world no. 355 conceded just ten points in sealing her first Women’s Singles title.

 

Men’s Under 21s
Colin Dalgleish’s hard work over the weekend was finally rewarded with the Men’s Under 21s title after beating a weary Conor Edwards in the final late on Sunday afternoon.

Dalgleish had previously been unfortunate to meet Roman Doryn twice in the banded events on Saturday before only being knockout at the quarter-final stage of the Men’s Singles by the highly ranked Matt Ware.

However, this time he was not to be denied as he charged through the knockout rounds by beating Jac Jenkins, Josh Robinson and Ryan Farrell in straight games to make the final.

There he met Welshman Conor Edwards who was unfortunate in his own way that the delayed nature of his half of the draw meant that his matches were rushed towards the end of a long weekend.

He beat Robert Barker, Ryan Oyler and Matthew Outhwaite comfortably but was no match by the time the final came around as he ran out of steam to gift Dalgleish a deserved prize.

 

Women’s Under 21s
Sarah Berge capped off an excellent weekend by adding the Women’s Under 21 title to her Women’s Singles crown that she won at the Lifestyles Tennis Centre at the Tees Sport Liverpool Grand Prix.

With the ill Abbie Milwain absent from her group, the French prodigy was able to qualify with ease into the knockout stages where she met compatriot Margaux Tschirr.

She beat both Tschirr and Emma Torkington comfortably to reach the final where she met Emily Bolton.

The English international had managed to overturn a 10-6 deficit in the fourth game of her quarter-final with Ashley Givan to progress before once again shining in the fourth end against Sophie Neil to take it 11-1 and reach the final.

However, as with many of the other contenders throughout the weekend, she was unable to match the levels the French girl set as Berge secured her second title in three straight games.

 

Open Doubles
Gavin Rumgay and Craig Howieson won the first Open Doubles competition of the season after overcoming a big all-Scottish encounter in the semi-final with Sean Doherty and Calum Main.

Rumgay, who picked himself up after the Men’s Singles final defeat earlier in the day, partnered Howieson through the group stages comfortably before also defeating Damian Galka and Rafal Aleksanrzak in straight games.

Their toughest fixture came in the semi-final when they met fellow Scots Doherty and Main. The third seeds led 2-0 after successive 11-8 games but Rumgay and Howieson fought back to win the next three 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 to complete the turnaround.

In the final they met Keith Knox and Matt Ware who were unable to make the same tense atmosphere as the previous round. However, they did produce an interesting score of losing in straight games 6, 6, 6.

 

Veterans
Tomasz Rzeszotko won the Veteran’s Singles title at the Tees Sport Liverpool Grand Prix with a four-game victory in the final against Keith Williams.

Rzeszotko won his group comfortably before winning the crucial points against a spirited Paul Beck in the semi-final. Beck had beaten Brian Allison 3-0 in his quarter-final but couldn’t find the extra level as he went down 3-0 (12-10, 13-11, 11-4).

Rzeszotko’s final opponent, Williams, also won his group before emerging victorious in a relatively one-sided semi-final against Stephen Green 3-1 (11-2, 11-5, 5-11, 11-2). However, in the final Williams couldn’t keep up with Rzeszotko’s aggressive play and lost out in four ends.

Sudden Death
Alan Walsh continued the run of the Sudden Death competition in never having a repeat winner as he won his first title, and the £32 prize money, by defeating French girl Sarah Berge in the final.

Walsh beat previous Champion Joe Killoran in the first round before also getting past Ryan Farrell, Conor Edwards and Jack Dempsey. Berge, meanwhile, echoed his passage by beating former winner Colin Dalgleish and then Amy Wells, the prized scalp of Ryan Jenkins and finally Tom Davis before falling at the final hurdle.

That’s the second time a woman has reached the final but we still await our first female victor, who can break the duck?

Tees Sport Liverpool Grand Prix Results
Men’s Singles
Ryan Jenkins bt Gavin Rumgay 3-0 (14-12, 11-5, 11-4)
Women’s Singles
Sarah Berge bt Karina Le Fevre 3-0 (11-1, 11-6, 11-3)
Men’s Under 21s
Colin Dalgleish bt Conor Edwards 3-0 (15-13, 11-3, 11-3)
Women’s Under 21s
Sarah Berge bt Emily Bolton 3-0 (11-6, 11-3, 11-4)
Open Doubles
Gavin Rumgay/Craig Howieson bt Keith Knox/Matt Ware 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-6)
Veterans
Tomasz Rzeszotko bt Keith Williams 3-1 (7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-9)
Sudden Death
Alan Walsh beat Sarah Berge

Liverpool Grand Prix-Day 1

Colm murphy in action in Liverpool GP

Colm Murphy in action in Liverpool Grand Prix

Main secures top gong on Day 1 of Tees Sport Liverpool GP

17th August 2013

 

Men’s Band 1
Scotland’s Calum Main took the main prize on the first day of the 2013-14 Grand Prix season by claiming the Men’s Band 1 crown on Saturday evening at the Tees Sport Liverpool GP.

Main won an absorbing final against Roman Doryn who he also met in the group stage where the Scot also came out on top in four games to win the group.

From there Main beat Kev Dolder in straight games before producing an amazing comeback against compatriot Scott Barton to win a heated semi-final 3-2 (8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9).

Doryn meanwhile, beat another Scot, Colin Dalgleish, in his first knockout round before moving on to beat both Peter Graham and Simon Noutch in four games.

The final was a real rollercoaster ride with Main assuming control from the off to dominate the first two games 11-6 and 11-9. However, Doryn fought back to change the tide of the match by winning games three and four comfortably as the momentum shifted.

Main, not be denied, raised his play once more in the deciding end to hold off Doryn’s challenge and seal the opening title of the season 11-8.

 

Women’s Band 1
Angharad Phillips capped off the perfect start to the season by charging to the Women’s Band 1 title in impressive style at the Tees Sport Liverpool Grand Prix.

The Welsh international began where she finished up by facing final opponent Kelly Skeggs in her group on her way to the top position from group two.

Seeded for the knockout rounds, she then avoided her sister Megan in the semi-finals after Abbie Milwain put a stop to Megan’s campaign with a 3-1 (6-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-5) win.

Angharad then did what her sister could not by defeating the top seed in a comprehensive manner despite dropping the first game 11-2. She recovered to edge a narrow second game 13-11 before sealing the win with consecutive 11-8 triumphs.

Skeggs, on the other hand, had to battle her way past Gillian Edwards, who was unfortunate to lose deep in the fifth end. After the pair tussled to 2-2 it was in the final game where a challenged let call worked out for Skeggs who came out on top 11-9.

In mattered little in the final as nothing would stop the dominant Phillips who strode home in three quick trips to the table.

 

Men’s Band 2
Roman Doryn won the Tees Sport Liverpool Grand Prix Men’s Band 2 with a typically powerful series of performances during his season’s debut at the Lifestyles Tennis Centre.

Doryn encountered one of his most difficult tests in his first knockout round against Ryan Farell who extended the Yorkshire-based player to the full five games. The Irishman battled hard but eventually succumbed in the final game to lose 3-2 (11-4, 11-9, 3-11, 9-11, 11-7).

Doryn then completed a fine win against the ever-improving Colin Dalgleish in the semi-final in four games before taking on Josh Band in the final. Despite Band winning the first end 11-8, he was unable to cope with Doryn’s consistently powerful shots that helped him to stride to three successive games and the first title of the season.

 

Women’s Band 2
Nicole Hall battled her way to another Women’s Band 2 title after back-to-back five-game matches in her semi-final and final encounters.

Hall came out on top in group two, a group that included her eventual final opponent, Kelly Skeggs. After her group triumphs she defeated Ireland’s Sarah Timlin in four games before winning the first of the her full-distance matches against Kate Hughes 3-2 (11-3, 6-11, 13-15, 14-12, 11-4) in the semi-final.

She then repeated the dose in the final when she met Skeggs once again. Despite losing a tight first game 16-14, the young Welsh girl recovered to win games two, three and five to seal a deserved title.

 

Men’s Band 3
Welshman Nathan Thomas beat Josh Robinson to claim the Men’s Band 3 title from the Tees Sport Liverpool GP.

Thomas was another player whose game developed over the course of the day as he got into his stride. First of all, once he’d safely progressed to the knockout stages, he had to work extremely hard to fend off Welsh colleague Callum Evans in five long games 3-2 (4-11, 13-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-9).

However, once he surmounted that challenge his progressed became more assured with firstly a four-game victory over Rory Scott, before then winning his semi-final with Josh Band in three straight games.

His form continued in the final where he met Robinson who had earlier beaten Stephen Green, Ryan Oyler and Marcin Dens in the knockout stages. However, he was no match for Thomas who held his nerve in two consecutive 12-10 games ot seal a 3-0 victory and a first prize for the season.

 

Women’s Band 3
England junior international Emily Bolton had just enough in the tank to see off surprise package Sandra Kaczynska from Yorkshire.

Bolton, whose morning Band 2 campaign never got off the rails, was much improved in the afternoon as she won her group before beating Danielle De Jong in straight games.

However, she found the going harder in the semi-final against Janine Bromley where she had to recover from 2-0 down to set up a meeting with Kaczynska by winning 3-2 (8-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-9).

The Leeds-based girl had won through the top half of the draw against both Paulina Orzechowska and Hannah Lynch-Dawson, but, despite winning the second game 14-12, she was unable to mount any real pressure on Bolton who won in four.

 

Men’s Band 4
Top seed in the Men’s Band 4, Jamie Davies, justified his seeding by emerging victorious from the Tees Sport Liverpool Grand Prix. Davies started slowly but managed to get into his stride as the tournament progressed.

His biggest challenge came in the shape of Welshman Callum Evans who took him through five absorbing games in their first round knockout fixture 3-2 (1-11, 11-7, 12-10, 12-14, 11-9).

However, after escaping that close encounter, Davies got stronger and stronger. Firstly, he defeated Shaun Slater in straight games before cruising through his semi-final with Marcus McDonnell 3-1.

In the final he met Robert Barker who had beaten Brian Allison, Jack Dempsey, Noor Owadally and Robert Gavin en route to the last encounter. But, despite Barker’s impressive run, he was no match for an in-form Davies who triumphed in three straight games.

 

Women’s Band 4
Jan Johns was the impressive winner of the Women’s Band 4 event, which turned out to be the first title won in the 2013-14 Grand Prix season.

Johns was a new face to the Grand Prix series this season but was clearly playing below her genuine level as her quality shone through in the round-robin competition.

She was victorious in all her matches, winning the majority of them in just three games as her snappy forehand drives defeated her opponents with ease. Only Soffi Jenkins was able to take a game off the experienced player when she was overcome 3-1 (11-3, 10-12, 11-2, 11-8).

 

Men’s Band 5
Alan Walsh worked hard for his Men’s Band 5 title from the Tees Sport Liverpool Grand Prix as he endured a tense five-game final with Wales’ Jac Jenkins.

The young Irishman overcame the seedings to emerge triumphant from group 7 and force his way into a first round meeting with Kris Foster. Walsh beat Foster in four before repeating the performance against Iain Wood in the quarter-finals.

Once he defeated Jody Bevington 3-0 in the semi-finals only Jenkins stood in his way. However, the junior Welsh international, who had beaten Dermot Tierney, Mathew Faulkner and King Fun Chan to reach the final would prove no pushover.

Jenkins took a 2-1 lead after 12-10 and 11-8 games before Walsh was able to force a decider with a one-sided 11-4 fourth game. The final game proved high in tension with the umpire asking the players to calm down during proceedings. Whether this affected the pair or not it wasn’t clear – what was clear was that Walsh ended the stronger to come out on top 11-9.

 

Men’s Band 6
Ireland’s Tom Davis was the surprise winner of the Men’s Band 6 competition when he advanced from group 7 to take the opening title of the season.

Davis had to win past Kieran Reilly, George Dicker and Luke Dempsey to make the final where he met fellow Irishman Eric Shekleton.

Shekleton had to overcome a difficult semi-final against Joel Webb to make the final as he won one of the tightest matches of the day 3-2 (9-11, 14-12, 13-11, 7-11, 12-10). However, once he made the final he was unable to force the match into a deciding end as he lost in four hard-fought games with the fourth (and final) end the most decisive – going the full distance 16-14.

Tees Sport Liverpool Grand Prix Results
Men’s Band 1
Calum Main bt Roman Doryn 3-2 (11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 11-8)
Women’s Band 1
Angharad Phillips bt Kelly Skeggs 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-7)
Men’s Band 2
Roman Doryn bt Josh Band 3-1 (8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-8)
Women’s Band 2
Nicole Hall bt Kelly Skeggs 3-2 (14-16, 11-7, 11-3, 3-11, 11-6)
Men’s Band 3
Nathan Thomas bt Josh Robinson 3-0 (11-5, 12-10, 12-10)
Women’s Band 3
Emily Bolton bt Sandra Kaczynska 3-1 (11-8, 12-14, 11-4, 11-8)
Men’s Band 4
Jamie Davies bt Robert Barker 3-0 (11-4, 11-9, 11-9)
Women’s Band 4
Round-robin: Winner Jan Johns, Runner-up Amy Wells
Men’s Band 5
Alan Walsh bt Jac Jenkins 3-2 (11-9, 10-12, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9)
Men’s Band 6
Tom Davis bt Eric Shekleton 3-1 (11-8, 11-13, 11-5, 16-14)

Written by Russell Moore (August 17, 2013)

 

2013 Summay camp report

Part of the Senior group

Part of the Senior group

Thanks to everyone who took part in our summer camp last week. The Gaelscoil was a new venue this year and it proved to be very successful. We held two camps each day, one for Juniors and one for Seniors. Each player got plenty of one one training and match practice from our coaches, Dave Buckley, Louise Long and Con Higgins.  A special thanks to our friends from Dublin,Kildare and Offaly who made the journey down for the week.

Liverpool Grand Prix

imagesCACPY7UGBest of luck to Declan, Shane and Colm who are takng part in the Liverpool Grand Prix this weekend. This is the clubs second year attending this event. Each of the lads will get plenty of match practice ahead of the new season which starts next week in Dublin with the senior classification.

Shane in action in Hungary

ittcShane O’Connor recently travelled to Hungary for a week long training camp camp held in Balatonfured. Shane travelled with Irish U17 top ranked player Ryan Farrell. Balatonfured is a small town on Lake Balaton, which is Europe’s largest inland lake. The facilities were top class and  the boys had top class oppostion from Hungary and Austria. More to follow…

Best of luck to Colm and Dave

Dsc00889 Colm Murphy and coach Dave Buckley head to the Senior Schools International event in the Isle of Man this weekend. Colm plays in the boys U18 event alongside Jack Donnelly from UCD while Dave is the coach for the boys U16 team. Best of luck lads!

End of year championship event

Dsc00891Last Saturday 8th June we held the end of year champship event in Gaelscoil Uí Riordáin. 25 players took part in a very exciting competition. The event was banded with all players getting plenty of matches.

Ian Brown won the overall event beating Colm Murphy in the final by 3 sets to 1. Ian got off to flyer in the first set and took the second also. Colm got over his nervous start and won the third set. Both players swapped mistakes in the fourth and inbetween there was some great table tennis. Ian eventually won the fourth and  final set 11-9.

Band two was won by Dylan Foley beating  the ever improving Auryn Harrington.d Nora O’Sullivan took third spot. Band 3 was won by Jack Doyle beating Ciarán O’Donoghue 2-0. David Manning and Ashton Dwyer were joint third.

Alex Cooney was awarded club person of the year for his dedication to the sport and his general all round help throughout the year.

Niall Brown was awarded the player of the year for his consistent performances throughout the year both at national and provincial level. A fantastic achievement in Niall’s last year playing U12.

Dave Buckley made special awards to all the players who respresented the club in the interprovincial championships. The awards went to Ian, Alex, Shane, Colm and Chloe. Thanks Dave!

A word of thanks  to all our players, young and not so young for making the effort on the day. It has been a long season and while it is over from  acompetitive point of view ther is much training to be done in teh close season in preparation for the coming year.

 

End of year event – Women in Sport

IS children watching demo

WIS children & parents watching demo

Last Saturday was a great day for all the children on Gaelscoil Uí Riordáin. Ballincollig held an end of term event for all the boys and girls who took part in the Women In Sport program over the last 10 weeks.

36 children out of the 120 that Alex / Dave had in the program took part. It turned out to be a good number. We might have had more had the weather not been so good.

Dave and Alex designed the event to be a test of skills with some matches thrown in for the more advanced players. The event ran from 10am to 12.30pm and was followed up with a demonstration by Colm Murphy and Ian Brown and a presentation of a certificate of participation to each child.

BTTC is delighted to be associated with the program. A special thank you to Príomhoide Gabriel ó Cathasaigh his staff and all the parents for their co-operation on the day.

Irish call up for Colm and Dave

Congratulations to Colm Murphy on being called up to represent Ireland at the Senior Secondary Schools event in the Isle of Man in late June. Colm has been picked on the boys under 18 team. Fresh on the back of his teams success at Hasselt coach Dave Buckley has been called up as NPC for the girls U14 team. Best of luck to Colm and Dave.

Colm Murphy

Colm Murphy

ITTA

Success in Hasselt !

ITTACongratulations to coach Dave Buckley and the Irish boys under 12 team in Hasselt. The boys won their final today. Well done !

Under-12 Boys team under the direction of David Buckley from Ballincollig on his first outing as an Irish NPC. What a start to an international career as he guided the boys to another Gold medal for the Irish. This time it came down to the doubles in the final match for the boys to win the title. In the singles James won all his group matches and then went on to have a great win against Aneca Basten, the top ranked Belgian player in the division to reach the ¼ finals. James took a nail biter 3-2 before eventually succumbing to the event champion finishing 5th. Full trip report here http://munstertabletennis.weebly.com/international-youth-cup-hasselt.html

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