Ballincollig Players take 6 titles at Munster Ranking event (Report: Sharon O'Donoghue)
On the 11th/12th of March almost 80 table tennis players gathered in Colaiste Choilm to take part in the Ballincollig Munster Ranking tournment. 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 repersented BTTC. A lot of these players have been playing for a few years! 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 of the main event. 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 Leonard Krsovnik from Tralee - 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!