Great fun in Goleen

20160918_090713Last Saturday a bus of table tennis players left Ballincollig heading for Goleen with stops in Clonakilty and Skibbereen along the way. They were going to a Women in Sport event organised by Mair Kelly from West Cork Table Tennis Club. The day was packed with fun activities for a girls only , to encourage them to get involved in sports. There is a big short fall of girls involved in all sports especially table tennis. Mair talked about some of her experience as a female player and the the opportunities table tennis had given her over the years. These events have a great relaxed feeling with players from all over Munster involved. a great day was had by all. Well done Mair.

Well done Paddy and Richard

imagesCAP6J0E8Over the weekend two of our newer members, who travel over an hour to Saturday training sessions, Paddy Vaughan and Richard Thompson took part in a Leinster tournament. Richard came second in the under 15 event and Paddy was beaten in the quarter final under 18’s. Well done boys

Best of luck to all our players who are competing for their schools in the Munster  League on the 17th of November in Kinsale. Also to coaches Shane O’Connor, Scoil Eoin and Conn Higgins Colaiste Choilm.

Next Munster ranking event is on the 19th-20th  in St. Multose hall, Kinsale. Closing date for entries is Monday the 14th November. Note under 18’s and Seniors events are on Saturday and under 11,13 and 15 are on Sunday.

Shane O’ Connor, Colm Murphy and Alan Walsh took part in an under 23 Irish training camp in Lucan last Sunday. Ciaran will be off to a national training camp this weekend also.

On Saturday 12th of November is Women in Sport Day. Munster Table Tennis has organised an event in Goleen with fun ,games, demonstrations and activities galore.

Busy November ahead

Action from Germany

Action from Germany

A successful Munster training camp was held on the 23rd of October. A number of our players attended. These camps are important as they give the Munster performance coach a chance to see  players from all clubs in  Munster.

There is a busy month ahead for our players. In November, Cian, Adam and Ciaran will be going to Dublin to attend National training camps.

There is a Munster ranking event in Kinsale on the 19th – 20th of November in St. Multose Hall. Sharon will be taking entries soon. The highlight of the month will be the long trip to Lisburn to compete in the Ulster Open. There is a link on Irish Table Tennis web page to enter this event.

We welcome Ciaran and Conn back from their week in Tarp, Germany, where they took part in a very successful training camp with the German high performance team. The Irish boys beat the Germans in a team event 24-22. Ciaran came 3rd in the singles event and won the doubles with Irish team mate Art.

Ballincollig Players travel to Tipton, Belfast and Germany

imagesCAP6J0E8It was a busy weekend for our senior players. Shane O’ Connor, Colm Murphy, Dylan Grace, Ian Brown and Alan Walsh travelled to Belfast to compete in the David Lloyd Open. Dylan lost to Zac Wilson in the mens 1/4 finals. Alan and Colm reached the last 16 losing to Darly Strong and Zak Wilson respectively. Ian was runner up and Colm joint third in the class 2 singles.  A great weekend was had by all players with plenty of high competitive matches.

 Nora O’ Sullivan took part in the Grand Prix in Tipton, England with Mair and James Kelly from West Cork Club. Players from all over England, Wales, Scotland, Northern  Ireland and Ireland took part in this event. Nora had a great time playing table tennis players she would never have meet before. Nora came 3rd in her group in Band 3 and 4th in Band 4.

Congratulations to Oisin Herberich, Glen Buckley, Jack O’ Keeffe, Ashton Dwyer, David Manning and Alicia Leahy who have been asked to attend a Munster Junior Development Squad training camp in Kinsale this weekend. Also to Conor Leahy, Conor O’ Callaghan, men Ciaran o’ Donoghue, Issac Leahy, Adam Buckley and Cian Ross who are invited to a Munster Junior Performance Squad training camp in Kinsale.

Best of luck to Ciaran O’Donoghue who will attend a training camp in Kiel, Germany this coming week as part of an Irish Development Squad along with Ballincollig coach Conn Higgins.

Best of luck to our Seniors

imagesCAP6J0E8Best of luck to Shane O Connor, Ian Brown, Alan Walsh and Colm Murphy who are taking part in the David Lloyd Open in Belfast this weekend.

Congratulations Ciaran

20160326_144641Congratulations to Ciaran O’ Donoghue who took part in a training camp for the National Emerging High Performance Junior/Cadet Squad in Dublin last weekend. The overall aim of this squad is to increase competition among the national Set-up and give players the opportunity to show their ability to the National coaches in a training environment. Picture is of Ciaran with head coach Conn Higgins and Darragh Buckley.

BALLINCOLLIG PLAYERS ATTEND IRISH CAMPS

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.

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