Cian makes Irish team

Ballincollig Table Tennis Club is delighted that one of our players, Cian Ross, has been chosen to represent Ireland at the Primary Schools International in Cardiff on the 7th – 9th of April. Cian has been playing table tennis for over 5 years. He started playing in Scoil Eoin, who have a great history of winning Munster and All Ireland Schools events. Cian was part of the team who won the All Ireland last year in Dublin. He also played for Munster at the interpros in Dublin last year and is hoping to be on the team again this year. This year has been a great one for Cian. He won his first under 13 Munster event in Kinsale against his club mate Adam. He also won the Ballincollig Ranking at the start of March in Colaiste Choilm. It’s great to win your home event. He came Third in the Ulster Open in Belfast, his first All Ireland trophy and at the Connacht Open, another all Ireland event, in February he was determined to win and he did. Cian has also taking part at the National training camps. We wish Cian all the best in Cardiff.



Ballincollig Players take 6 titles at Munster Ranking event

On the 11th/12th of March almost 80 table tennis players gathered in Colaiste Choilm to take part in the Ballincollig Munster Ranking tournament. Ballincollig Table Tennis Club had 18 players taking part. Shane O’ Connor was head coach for the weekend as Conn Higgins was away with national team. First up was the under 13 event with Adam, Cian, David and James taking part. This was James Kingston’s first Munster ranking event and he played very well. Cian played a blinder during the whole tournment and was rewarded by winning this event with Adam coming 3rd.

The under 11’s took place in the sportlann and Samuel and Alicia Leahy represented BTTC. A lot of these players have been playing for a few year!!! Alicia won the girls event.

In the under 15’s the club had Adam, Glenn, David, Ryan, Jack, Issac, Ciaran and Filip taking part. Jack came 2nd in the plate. In the final it was Adam and Ciaran , two Ballincollig players. Ciaran won retaining his under 15 title from last year.

Sunday saw the turn of the under 18’s first thing in the morning. In this event the club had Oisin, Issac, Filip, Conor, Jack and Ciaran. Conor is just back from Italy where he represented Ireland. Jack came second in the plate. After some very close games. Ciaran and Filip were in the final. Another all Ballincollig match and Filip’s first final. Ciaran was the winner on this occasion.

Next was the Under 21’s  Shane and Nora represented the club. Shane was a man on a mission and didn’t disappoint going on to win this event. Nora came 4th.

In the Vets Dan Foley was our only player. Dan is our elder gentleman and has played table tennis all over the world.

Seniors was the last event of the weekend with Shane , Ian, Darragh, Nora and Dan taking part. There was a lot of great matches all day. Ian and Shane met in the semi final and after a very intense match. Ian came out the winner 3-2. Ian was in the final v a Tralee player. Winner Ian Brown.

Overall it was a great weekend with BTTC taking 6 out of 11 titles. Well done to all.

Thank you to all players and coaches who travelled to our tournment over the weekend. Thanks so much to Tom Mitchell for his professionalism and to Shane O’ Connor head coach for the weekend. It was a hugely enjoyable and successful weekend. Many thanks to our sponsors Ballincollig Credit Union and EMC/Dell. Hugh thanks to Ross’s Centre Watergrasshill for sponsorship of all food supplies. Thanks to Sarah and Emma Ross and Stephaine Manning for running the shop. Thanks to Colaiste Choilm for a fantastic venue and to Noel Murphy for transporting tables. My sincere thanks to a terrific committee, their families and all our players and parents who rallied round to make the weekend  a huge success. Great teamwork.




Clonakilty Grand Prix Results

On the 5th of March the club had  6 players competing in the second Munster grand prix tournament, this time in Clonakility. After some great games the results were in division 1 Issac Leahy 2nd, Jack O’ Keeffe 3rd, David Manning 4th and Ryan Power 5th. Samuel and Alicia Leahy played in division 3. Samuel came 2nd and Alicia 6th.


Munster Schools Report – Kinsale

On Wednesday 1st of March many of our players descend on Kinsale to take part in the second Munster Schools League tournament. In the primary school section Cian Ross and Samuel Leahy represented Scoil Eoin.  They had won this section last time but found the matches very tough this time around and came 4th in their group.

In the secondary school section Ballincollig Table Tennis club had players representing 3 schools. Colaiste Choilm had 3 teams. They won division 1, 2 and 4 and came second in division 5. Players on these teams include Nora O’ Sullivan, Jack O’Keeffe, Ciaran O’ Donoghue, David Manning, Greg Barrett, Ryan Power, Olan Lehane and Leah O’Keeffe

Oisin played for Kinsale Community Scholl and came 2nd in their division. The club also had Filip Gnyszka and Ryan McCarthy playing for Ballincollig Community School who came 3rd and 4th in their groups.

The next outing for the schools will be the All Ireland Schools qualifying competition on the 8th of March in Kinsale. Best of luck to all.


Best of luck this weekend

imagesCAP6J0E8Best of luck to all our Senior and Junior players taking par in events this weekend.

Senior: National Championships: Shane O Connor, Ian Brown, Paddy Vaughan, Dylan Grace and Alan Walsh.

Junior: Cloughjordan Grand Prix

Silver for UCC at Intervarsities

FB_IMG_1488272427515Last weekend saw the intervarsities take place in the Mardyke Arena. College’s from around Ireland took part. Ballincollig Table Tennis Club had Colm Murphy, Darragh Buckley and Alan Walsh on the UCC team. Former BTTC players Declan O’ Brien and Alex Cooney also played for UCC and UCD. In the team final UCC were up against it in their match against UCD. It went to doubles. After some very close 5 set matches UCC lost. On Saturday the singles take place, again Alan , Darragh and Colm represented UCC with Shane O Connor playing for CIT. Alan and Shane reached the quarter finals and had to play each other. Alan won and reached the final where he played UCD’s Tom Davis. Tom won 3-1. A great weekend of table tennis was had by all.


Last weekend saw a number of our Junior and Senior players travel to Castlebar, Co. Mayo to take part in an All Ireland event,the Connacht Open. On Friday night the seniors started with men’s singles and restristed singles. In these events we had Oisin Herberich, Paddy Vaughan, Shane O’ Connor, Ian Brown, Dylan Grace, Colm Murphy, Declan O’ Brien and Alan Walsh competing.


On Saturday we had 4 players taking part in the Under 15 event Issac Leahy, Richard Thompson, Cian Ross and Ciaran O’ Donoghue. All players reached the last 16 with Richard and Ciaran playing each other. Unfortunately Issac, Cian and Richard were beaten.  Ciaran played the gentle giant Kristijonas Dapkus in the final and Won!! Ciaran O’ Donoghue Under 15 Connacht Open Champion.

In the mens doubles Dylan along with Alan Patterson beat club mates Alan and Declan. In another quarter final Ian and Shane lost 2-3 to Ciaran and partner David Talyor. Dylan/Alan beat Ciaran/David in Semi final. Dylan/Alan lost to Gavin/Tom in final.

Alan Walsh partnered Mia O’ Rahilly Egan in the mixed doubles final. However, they lost to Gavin McGuire and Katie McGlone.

In the men’s Under 21’s both Alan and Dylan reached the quarter final stage where they were beaten by Tom Davis and Zac Early.

Ian, Declan,Dylan and Alan reached the last 16 of the Men’s singles.Alan Walsh played Ryan Farrell in men’s semi-final and Dylan Grace played Gavin McGuire. Both players lost.

Sunday was the turn of our under 13’s,18’s and disability players.

Paddy Vaughan took part in the disability standing and won. Champion!!!

In the under 13 the club had Cian Ross and Adam Buckley representing the club.The boys came through their group stages with ease and they both reached the semi final where  Adam and Cian played each other. Cian won 3-1. All eyes were then on Cian. After a great game against Joe Sheard Cian Won!!!! Cian Ross Connacht Open Under 13 Champion.

In the girl’s Under 18 Nora O’ Sullivan was our only entry where she came runner up in the plate.

In the boy’s Under 18 event Ballincollig Table Tennis Club had Dylan, Richard, Oisin and Paddy taking part. All players played some great matches with Dylan getting through to the final. After a very tough match against Thomas Early Dylan won 3-1!!! Dylan Grace Under 18 Connacht Open Champion.

It was a great weekend for the club with our junior players winning 4 events and senior in semi and finals. A big thank you to MIchael Joyce and the committee for a well run and enjoyable event. Also thanks to coach Conn Higgins and senior players who helped with coaching.

Next event is in Kinsale this weekend. Best of luck to all players.

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.

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