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Junior Table Tennis Blitz (Dún Laoire TTC)

Time: 12 Midday to 5.30 PM (APPROX) with Check in at 11.30am

Closing date for entries: THURSDAY 9TH JANUARY 

Entry Fees: €8.00 PER PLAYER

Entry/Contact: [email protected]

The following restrictions applies to entry registration:

  • All male players who are ranked in the top 8 at Junior level in Ireland or the top 5 at Cadet level are excluded
  • Likewise, all female players who are ranked in the top 5 at Junior level or the top 5 at Cadet level are also excluded
  • All Seniors are excluded
  • Entries limited to 40 players. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis

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Stiga Fivemiletown Junior Challenger Results

A fantastic Challenger Tournament was held at Fivemiletown College this weekend.

Young players from all over Ulster and visitors from Roscommon assembled in Fivemiletown on Saturday to take part in a Stiga Junior Challenger Table Tennis Competition.  The event is sponsored by the Stiga Table Tennis Equipment Company of Sweden through their Irish Importer, Fitzgerald’s Table Tennis in Dublin.

Amanda Mogey Table Tennis Ulster Talent ID Officer was the event Referee assisted by Arnold Morgan.

The emphasis was on fun and participation.  In Ranking terms, the top 15 Boys at Junior Irish level and the top 8 at Cadet level, and Girls ranked in the top 8 at Junior level or the top 5 at Cadet level were excluded from entering this tournament, the round robin format ensured players had as lots of games against opponents of all levels from novice through to some of the rising stars of the future in the sport. 

Division 1 saw an excellent contest in the final between Adam Dunne (Drung) and Calum Coert (Banbridge). Dunne won the first set 11-9, with Coert firing back winning the 2nd, 11-6. In this best of 3 format, Adam got a crucial early lead in the final set with Dunne just pipping Coert to the post 11-9 in an excellent match. Rosscommons Oissin Cussack finished in 3rd position.   

Division 2 was as close as they come with the top 3 players all defeating each other by 2 sets to 1 to go to countback. By the closest of countbacks, Robert Matthews (Castlerahan) claimed first prize, with Ormeaus Conor Smith in 2nd position. Ben McMillan (Banbridge) finished in 3rd position.

In Division 3, James Keating (Newbliss) was victorious over his club team mate Morgan McAdoo by 2 sets to 0 in an entertaining match. Banbridges Joshua Priestly finished in 3rd position losing out to both Keating and McAdoo.

Elvie McAdoo (Newbliss) was on form in Division 4 defeating Omagh prospect Conor White by 2 sets to 1. White defeated Drum’s Carl Dunn by the smallest of margins winning 13-11 in the third to get a deserved silver medal in this category.

Denver Mahaffy Division 5 Winner

In Division 5, Denver Mahaffy remained undefeated to win gold in his first ever tournament. Nicole Larmour (Banbridge) did exceptionally well to finish in silver medal position defeating club team-mate Cody Large and the Wiseman duo of Ben and Matt.

For many players, this was their first real taste of an Ulster competition, many of whom are relatively new to the sport. TTU Chairman Arnold Morgan presented the medals and Stiga prizes to each of the winners and runners-up. Mr Morgan praised the players on the standard of play and how each player conducted themselves throughout the day. He also thanked Tommy Fitzgerald and Stiga for their kind sponsorship of this event enabling the prize winners to go home with brand new Stiga equipment.

Stiga Fivemiletown Junior Challenger Results

Division 1

1.      Adam Dunne

2.      Calum Coert

3.      Oisin Cussack

4.      Danny McKenna

5.      Emma Wylie

6.      Matthew McClimomds

Division 2

7.      Robert Matthews

8.      Conor Smith

9.      Ben McMillan

10.  Scott Dale

11.  Rebecca Keating

12.  Eanna Fields

Division 3

13.  James Keating

14.  Morgan McAdoo

15.  Joshua Priestly

16.  Joel Smith

17.  Oliver Leddy

18.  Fionn Cussack

Division 4

19.  Elvie McAdoo

20.  Conor White

21.  Carl Dunn

22.  Christopher Dunn

23.  Damien Leddy

Division 5

24.  Dever Mahaffy

25.  Nicole Larmour

26.  Cody Large

27.  Ben Wiseman

28.  Matt Wiseman

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Newbridge Table Tennis Club Stiga Challenger Report

Newbridge Table Tennis Club in Co Kildare on Sat March 1st was the scene for a round of Stiga Challenger.  Formed in Oct of 2013 the club has had a steady growth of players from as young as six all from the surrounding areas.  Currently they are based in St Patricks School hall which was the venue for this event.

59 players from various clubs in Leinster including Mountrath, Rathdowney (Laois) Milltown (Westmeath) St Ronan’s (Dublin) Crosspatrick {Kilkenny) and Newbridge entered the event.  The day started off with qualifing rounds for each of four divisions all of which were split into two groups.  This lead to semi-finals and finals for all.
Division 1 provided many exciting matches and after much play the semi-finals brought together Jessie and Katie Hayes in one and Leanne Delaney all (Mountrath) and Benjamin Duffield (Newbridge) in the other. Jessie and Leanne progressed to the final where Jessie took the honours on a 3-0 scoreline.
Division 2 semi-finals were contested by Richard Adegboyega (St Ronan’s) v Luke Redmond (Milltown) and Jonathan Kelly (Rathdowney) v Ed Adegboyega (St Ronan’s).  Richard and Jonathan progressed with Richard recording a victory over Jonathan in the final.
Division 3 brought many younger players into semi-final action.  Billy Garrett (Crosspatrick) overcame Conor Gibney (Milltown) while Minh Nguyen  (St Ronan’s) had a win over Omar Ramadam (Newbridge). In the final Nguyen took the honours.
Division 4 had its own interesting contests for the very young. Teslim Lawal (St Ronan’s) and Darragh O’Grady (Crosspatrick) battled hard as did Rory Garrett (Crosspatrick) and Sean Cong (Newbridge) in the semi finals.  Garrett and Lawal contested the final with Lawal finally taking the spoils.
Overall it was a most entertaining, well attended action packed table tennis event.  Great credit must go to Brenda Duffield of Newbridge ttc who pulled out all the stops in the weeks leading up to the event to get new players from the Co Kildare area and further afield involved.  Tournament director Jimmy Hayes was greatly assisted on the day by Amylou, Niamh, Sr. Annette, Fintan, Sharon, Brenda, Pat, Michael and William as table stuarts while Karen and Deirdre made sure food and goodies were available.A big thanks to sponsor STIGA and Tommy Fitzgerald who provided a good spread of prizes on the day. 


*Many thanks to Jimmy Hayes for the above report

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Kinsale STIGA Challenger: Report

Kinsale Challenger Report

Kinsale Community School

Sunday, 2nd February, 2014

There’s a new club in Munster, and they have arrived with a bang! A mere few months after they started up under the watchful eye of Alan Hurley, South Coast Table Tennis Club hosted one of Munster’s best Challenger Events yet! These STIGA-sponsored events are very popular, and this one attracted sixty children from Cork and Kerry to play in Kinsale Community School, the first time this venue has hosted a table tennis tournament – but judging by today, certainly not the last!

As usual, there was a Group phase, where the players were encouraged to get to know each other and where experienced players were drawn with novices to help them along – all players were advised to look on these as “practice”. This also allowed the organisers to observe the less well-known players to allocate them into Divisions for the serious business ahead.

And serious it was, especially in Divison 1, where some of Munster’s best juniors were playing. Usaamah Hussain was unstoppable, only his club-mate Adam Lazaryev getting anywhere close, and they finished first and second respectively.

There were 14 players in the next tier, so they were split into Divisions 2A and 2B. Silke Heinen was a clear winner of Division 2A, but it was very tight for second, with Thuy Linh Cashman edging Alex Flynn and Liam Proudford who all had the same number of wins. In Division 2B, the ever-smiling boys from Ballincollig, Ciaran O’Donoghue and Cian Ross made it through to the semi-finals. But it was the Leeside girls who won both semis, and Thuy Linh reversed the earlier result against Silke to take the win in Division 2.

There were some new faces in Division 3, and with six wins from six in 3A, William Jefferies looked a strong favourite! But in the semi-final, he played the runner-up from Division 3B, Andrew Breen from Tralee, and Andrew earned a place in the final against Luke Murdoch. Luke was too strong, despite being four years younger than his opponent! Another Division win for Leeside.

Division four was easy pickings for Scott McElroy, who won eight straight matches to take the title, beating Nick Macleod in a tense final.

And in Division 5, Ciaran Fogarty had to fight very hard in the final to take the last of the big prizes, beating Shona O’Sullivan in the final.

Between the Group stage and the Divisions, most players got at least nine matches in a hugely enjoyable day of table tennis.

Thanks as always to the series sponsor, Tommy Fitzgerald (STIGA), who provided the match balls and an array of prizes. And a huge thanks to Bev Scannell and Sophie Healy-Thow, who did Trojan work to help the event to run smoothly. There was great support from the parents and coaches from other clubs too; events like this depend hugely on these volunteers.

Results:

Division 1

1.      Usaamah Hussain

2.      Adam Lazaryev

3.      Shelly Tobin

4.      Conor O’Callaghan

5.      Darragh Boyd

6.      Jack O’Brien

7.      Darragh Condon

Division 2

1.      Thuy Linh Cashman

2.      Sike Heinen

3.      Ciaran O’Donoghue

4.      Cian Ross

5.      Alex Flynn
Caoimhe Harnedy

6.       

7.      Liam Proudford
Dean Scanlon

8.       

9.      Adam Buckley
Hannah Condon

10.   

11.  George Rasmussen
Chloe Condon

12.   

13.  Shane O’Callaghan
Ben-Óg Brady Bates

Division 3

1.      Luke Murdoch

2.      Andrew Breen

3.      William Jeffries

4.      Daniel Kennedy

5.      Marcus Heinen
Jorge Moreno

6.       

7.      Sam Hawe
Thi Ly Cashman

8.       

9.      Tom Good
Alec Schmidt

10.   

11.  Andrew Hurley
Donagh Griffin

12.   

13.  Kingsley Hope
Cillian Kerise

Division 4

1.      Scott McElroy

2.      Nick Macleod

3.      Rachel Coburn

4.      Cathy Hynes

5.      Ben O’Connor
Anna-Maria Vickrow

6.       

7.      Dale Heinen
Leah O’Keeffe

8.       

9.      Michael Guerin
Dylan Hill

10.   

11.  Kate O’Neill
Shannon Twomey

12.   

13.  Tyrese Hill
Oisin O’Sullivan

Division 5

1.      Ciaran Fogarty

2.      Shona O’Sullivan

3.      Colm heenan

4.      Conor O’Sullivan

5.      Jessica Furlong
Eva Payne

6.       

7.      Grace Hynes
Oisin Herberich

8.       

9.      Cian Vickrow
Rory Griffin

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Club Donic Stiga Challenger Report

Club Donic Challenger, 25th January 2014

Club Donic held a Stiga Challenger Tournament on Saturday 25th January 2014.  We had 80 players from all over the country in the tournament.  The players were graded into four divisions.  It was so encouraging to see so many players who are not yet playing at provincial or national level and it  is hoped that these tournaments will be a stepping stone to playing at provincial and then national level.  The tournament commenced at 10am and finished at 3.30pm.

Every player attending the tournament got at least 6 matches and for those who did well in their first groups, there were further matches.  The results are as follows:

Division 1

Winner:                               Andrew Carroll, North Kildare Table Tennis Club

2nd place:                           Emmanuel Adewale, St Ronans

3rd place:                            Tommy Nguyen, St Ronans

3rd place:                            Ciaran O’Reilly, Ballyroan

Division 2

Winner:                               Luka Hickey, Dundrum

2nd place:                           Meem Ali, St Ronans

3rd place:                            James Raleigh, Club Donic

3rd place:                            Toyosi Sosan, St Ronans

Division 3a

Winner:                               Emmanuel Adegboyega, St Ronans

2nd place:                           Adela Federova, St Ronans

3rd place:                            Praveshi Ragi, ALSAA

3rd place:                            Alec Kestell, ALSAA

Division 3b

Winner:                               John Ojewumi, St Ronans

2nd place:                           Ife Jimmy, St Ronans

3rd place:                            Jack Hayes, Milltown

3rd place:                            Katelyn Kiernan, Mullingar

I would like to thank our volunteers : Liam O’Ceallaigh, Sinead Kelly, Sr. Annette, John Meleady, Eileen Neary, Ray Egan, Susan Sneyd and Tommy Fitzgerald who gave me tremendous support on the day.

Finally, Club Donic would like to thank all of those players who participated in our event and helped make this a great tournament.  We look forward to seeing you all again at our next Challenger, which will take place on Sunday 11th May 2014.

Jacqui

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Earley Brothers on fine form at STIGA Banbridge Junior Challenger

A fantastic Challenger Tournament was held at Banbridge Table Tennis Club on Saturday 14th December 2013.

Young players from all over Ulster assembled in Banbridge to take part in the Stiga Junior Challenger Table Tennis Competition with players travelling as far away as Donegal and Monaghan. The event was sponsored by Stiga and Fitzgerald’s Table Tennis Shop in Dublin. Arnold Morgan was the event Referee and was assisted by John McFaul on the day.

The emphasis was on fun and participation.  In Ranking terms, the top 15 Boys at Junior Irish level and the top 8 at Cadet level, and Girls ranked in the top 8 at Junior level or the top 5 at Cadet level were excluded from entering this tournament. The round robin format ensured players had lots of games against opponents of all levels from novice through to some of the rising stars in the sport. 

Division 1 was hotly contested with the dangerous duo from Glenburn of Zak & Thomas Earley and Aditya Subramani from Valley TTC. In an absorbing match of blistering attacking shots from Zak and sublime returns from the defender Thomas Earley, it was the relentless attacking shots from Zak that prevailed to beat his twin brother Thomas. Aditya Subramani earned bronze defeating Conor Nugent in an exciting battle.

The home club Banbridge TTC tasted success in Division 2 with their star protégée Matthew McClimonds claiming gold in this division, defeating his Banbridge team mate Scott Dale in the final of this division. For both players, this was the highest result recorded in a Challenger event, and Club Head Coach Arnold Morgan can be very pleased with their achievements. Emyvale TTC player Eanna Fields excelled to finish in 3rd position in this competitive division.

Donegal’s Erin Pyper was dominant in Division 3 defeating the Valley’s Julian Kelly and Niall Connolly in straight sets to win gold. Julian Kelly was in fine form to defeat Emyvales Niall Connolly to win gold with Connolly claiming bronze. Special mention must go to seven year old Sophie Earley from Glenburn who topped the ‘b’ division in this category and finished in 16th position overall on the day. A fantastic result for Sophie.  

Another young protégée won Division 4, with 8 year old Joel Smith (Ormeau TTC) claiming his first tournament win. Joel defeated Christopher Curry and William Orr in pulsating matches with Curry just pipping Orr into 2nd position.

Division 5 was a hotly contested division with Valley TTC player Kaiwen Liu coming out on top. Rory Pyper from Donegal in his first Ulster tournament played magnificently to finish in 2nd position in this division with Matthew McLaughlin excelling to finish in bronze position.  

For many players, this was their first real taste of an Ulster competition, many of whom are relatively new to the sport. Tournament referee Arnold Morgan praised the players on the standard of play and thanked the various clubs and parents for transporting the players to the tournament.

Stiga Banbridge Junior Challenger Results

Division 1

1 Zak Earley

2 Thomas Earley

3 Aditya Subramani

4 Conor Nugent

5 Ryan Drayne

6 Danny McKenna

Division 2

7 Matthew McClimonds

8 Scott Dale

9 Eanna Fields

10 Connor Smith

11 Eoghan McCloughan

12 Fiona Drayne

Division 3

13 Erin Pyper

14 Julian Kelly

15 Niall Connolly

16 Sophie Earley

17 Ben McMillan

18 Lucy Johnston

Division 4

19 Joel Smith

20 Christopher Curry

21 William Orr

22 Oliver Loughridge

23 Wolfgang Muller

24 Alexander Baine

Division 5

25 Kaiwen Liu

26 Rory Pyper

27 Matthew McClaughlin

28 Mary McKenna

29 Luke Kelly

Special Mentions – Highest Finisher in Category

U15 Boys: Zak Earley

U13 Boys: Conor Nugent

U11 Boys: Eoghan McCloughan

U15 Girls: Fiona Drayne

U13 Girls: Sophie Earley

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Midland’s Stiga Challenger Event

Midland’s Stiga Challenger Event

The first Junior Challenger held in the South Midlands area took place in Trumera Community Hall, home of Mountrath TTC last Sunday.  The 12 table venue provided excellent competition for the 45 players.  A closely fought 1st Division saw recent Leinster Metro U15 winner Leanne Delaney win from Jessie Hayes, with George Goodson taking 3rd place. 

There were many young players for whom this was their first experience of tournament play. Cloughjordan and Newbridge only started their Junior clubs in the past three months so used this event to find their way into competition.  They acquitted themselves very well. 

Thanks to Tommy Fotzgerald and Stiga for their assistance in providing a number of playing shirts as prizes. Trophies were awarded to 1st and 2nd division winners.  Thanks also to Scot Jestin and Amylou Hayes for their assistance in running the event and to all who helped to steward stables.  

Results

Division 1

Winner:  Leanne Delaney (Mountrath)  Runner Up:  Jessie Hayes (Mountrath) 3rd: George Goodson (Mountrath)

Division 2

Winner: Jack Carroll (Ballyroan) Runner Up: Amy Jestin (Mountrath) 3rd: Joseph Stanley (Killermogh)

Division 3

Winner: Amna Mandal (Athlone) Runner Up:  Richard Thompson (Mountrath) 3rd: Ross Handcock (Mountrath)

Division 4

Winner: Sief Ramadan (Newbridge) Runner Up: Corinna Hayes (Mountrath) 3rd: Eoin Fitzgerald (Mountrath) 

Division 5

Winner: Fionnan Mohoney (Ballyroan) Runner Up: Conor Carroll (Ballyroan) 3rd: Tom Larke (Cloughjordan)

Division 6

Winner: Adam Shirley (Killermogh) Runner Up: Grace Kirkfoot (Killermogh) 3rd: Donnacha Speigh Burns (Cloughjordan)

Division 7

Winner: Andrew Hayes (Cloughjordan) Runner Up: David Conway (Cloughjordan) 3rd: Oisin Berry (Crosspatrick)

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STIGA Challenger Tralee

STIGA Challenger

Tralee, 23rd November

Tralee Table Tennis Club hosted a STIGA Challenger event for the third time on Saturday, 23rd November.

Most of the players were from Tralee, but there were half a dozen from nearby Knocknagoshel, as well as others from Killarney, West Cork and Cork City.

Forty five players took part, with four divisions each divided into “A” and “B”. On each of the previous two occasions, the Division One winner has come from neighours and rivals Killarney, but this year finally saw a Tralee winner for the first time. Only Roman Puotkalis from Killarney came close to spoiling the party for the home club, and an unexpected loss to Darragh Boyd ment he was relegated to playing off with Michael Creagh for third place. Darragh was playing is best ever table tennis, and pushed Alan Hobbart all the way in the final (all matches were best of three) before losing 11-8 in the decider.

In the second division, Matthew Pop from Killarney beat Gitas Marcisauskas, who plays in Tralee. Matthew is only ten, but is Munster’s top player in his age group and was well up to the challenge of playing players five or six years his senior – standing beside Gitas he was only up to his chest! In the third place play-off, it was another Tralee vs Killarney battle, this time the “local” boy José Miras (from Spain, but playing in Tralee while he is here on exchange!) overcame Matthew’s club-mate Nykyta Puotkalis.

No Tralee players made the final of the third division, but Damien Bourke and Alex Flynn finished third and fourth respectively. Erik Olsson from West Cork overcame Ciarán O’Donoghue (Ballincollig) in the final, both had been unbeaten in the round-robin stages.

Many of the players in the lowest of the four divisions were playing in their first ever tournament, but coped well with the pressure. James Friel (Tralee) won out against Jack McElligott (Knocknagoshel) in the final. The third place play-off saw Andrew Hurley (Leeside, Cork) beat Jack’s brother Cathal. Thanks to Micheál Herlihy, teacher and manager, for bringing along the Knocknagoshel contingent!

All players got at least seven matches, and sixteen went home with STIGA-sponsored prizes!

These tournaments can’t work without the co-operation of the players, and there were smaller umpiring awards for Samuel Pituch, Cian Barden and Michael Guerin, who despite their young age, officiated in matches with aplomb!

There was a special award for Aaron Olsson (West Cork) for “Youngest Player” – at just over eight years old he is hoping to follow in his brother Erik’s footsteps! The future of West Cork table tennis looks bright indeed!

Full reports on Tralee web-site www.traleetabletennis.com

Full results:

(Tralee unless indicated: KIL = Killarney, BAL = Ballincollig, WES = West Cork, LEE = Leeside, KNO = Knocknagoshel)

Division 1

1. Alan Hobbart

2. Darragh Boyd

3. Michael Creagh

4. Roman Puotkalis (KIL)

5=. Bogdan Pop (KIL)

5=. Niall O’Driscoll (WES)

7=. Adam Buckley

7=. Kevin Browne

9=. Joe Slattery

9=. Reece Sugrue

11=. Stephen Browne

11=. Kevin Johnson-Horgan

Division 2

1. Matthew Pop (KIL)

2. José Miras (Spain!)

3. Gitas Marcisauskas

4. Nykyta Puotkalis (KIL)

5=. Fiachra Ryan-Browne 

5=. Ronan Magee

7=. Daire Kennelly

7=. Nemanya Ramisanjevic

9=. Liam Magee

9=. Darragh Sheridan

9=. Josh Hayes

Division 3

1. Erik Olsson (WES)

2. Ciaran O’Donoghue (BAL)

3. Damien Bourke

4. Alex Flynn

5=. CIan Barden

5=. Samuel Pituch

7=. Jordan O’Shea

7=. Andrew Breen

9=. Sam Hawe

9=. Michael Dowling

9=. Graham Moriarty-Flynn

Division 4

1. James Friel

2. Jack McElligott (KNO)

3. Andrew Hurley (LEE)

4. Cathal McElligott (KNO)

5=. Eoin McSweeney (KNO)

5=. Michael Guerin

7=. Aaron Olsson (WES)

7=. Erina Cotter (KNO)

9=. Bronagh Browne (KNO)

9=. Daniel Daly (KIL)

9=. Katelyn Curtin (KNO)

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Mucka triumphs at Stiga David Lloyd Junior Challenger

A fantastic Challenger Tournament was held at the David Lloyd Centre, in Dundonald on Saturday 12th October 2013.

Young players from all over Ulster assembled in Dundonald to take part in a Stiga Junior Challenger Table Tennis Competition.  The event is sponsored by the Stiga Table Tennis Equipment Company of Sweden through their Irish Importer, Fitzgerald’s Table Tennis in Dublin.

Gervis Knox was the event Referee and was assisted by Allen Robson and Arnold Morgan.

The emphasis was on fun and participation.  In Ranking terms, the top 15 Boys at Junior Irish level and the top 8 at Cadet level, and Girls ranked in the top 8 at Junior level or the top 5 at Cadet level were excluded from entering this tournament, the round robin format ensured players had as lots of games against opponents of all levels from novice through to some of the rising stars of the future in the sport. 

Division 1 was hotly contested with both Ballymena’s Dawid Mucka and Coleraine’s Adam Wallace winning four matches each in this round robin format. Adam Wallace recorded excellent victories in straight sets against Vladislav Chuklev, Conor Nugent, Jordan Scott and Matthew Cherry, however lost to Dawid in a close 8-11, 9-11 match. Dawid recorded fine victories over Jordan Scott, Matthew Cherry, Conor Nugent, Adam Wallace however lost a thrilling 8-11, 12-10, 10-12 battle to Ballymena team-mate Vladislav Chucklev. The result went back to count-back with Dawid just pipping Adam to the post for first place. Newtownabbey’s Conor Nugent did well to finish in 3rd position and finished as the highest U13 boy during the day. Along the way he defeated Vladislav Chucklev, Matthew Cherry and Jordan Scott.

Division 2 also went to count back with Malone College’s Jamie Veighey and David Lloyd’s own Jack Hudson winning four matches each. Due to the fact that Jamie defeating Jack in their match, Jamie finished as group winner with Jack finishing in 2nd position. John Dong (Malone College) did well to finish in bronze medal position.

The result in Division 3 was more clear-cut, with Gareth Hughes (Donegall Rd TTC) winning all his matches including a tough 3 set battle against Remick Ryzanoswki. Banbridge’s Matthew McClimonds has shown great improvement in recent months and battled hard to finish in silver position with Glenburn’s Remick Ryzanowski finishing in bronze position.

Conor Smith (Bangor) completely dominated in Division 4 defeating all his opponents in straight sets including a win over Ulster U13 Girls number 1 Lucy Craig (Glenburn). Lucy did well to finish in 2nd position with David Lloyd’s Joe Warden finishing in 3rd position. Special mention must go to Glenburn protégée Sophie Earley, who finished in 4th position in this group and 22nd overall out of 34 opponents. At only 7 years old, she defeated several opponents much older than herself, losing only 9-11 in the final set against Ulster U13 Girls number 1 Lucy Craig and is a good prospect for the future.

Kaiwen Liu (Valley) remained undefeated in Division 5 with newcomer Angus McConnell from David Lloyd finishing in 2nd position. Eight year old Max Skelton from David Lloyd excelled to finish in 3rd position.

Division 6 was hotly contested by a contingent from David Lloyd, all of whom are six years old! Harry Hudson, younger brother of Jack, finished in first position in this group defeating Michael Campione in two straight sets. At six years old, these players displayed fantastic table tennis for their age and are real prospects for the future.

For many players, this was their first real taste of an Ulster competition, many of whom are relatively new to the sport. Tournament referee Gervis Knox praised the players on the standard of play and how each player conducted themselves throughout the day.

Thanks go to all the players and parents for turning up on the day and to the many volunteers who helped throughout the day.  Thanks also to Allen Robson and the management at David Lloyd for hosting the tournament at their excellent facilities.  

Stiga David Lloyd Junior Challenger Results – October 2013

Division 1

1.      Dawid Mucka

2.      Adam Wallace

3.      Conor Nugent

4.      Vladislav Chucklev

5.      Jordan Scott

6.      Matthew Cherry

Division 2

7.      Jamie Veighey

8.      Jack Hudson

9.      John Dong

10.  Philip Montgomery

11.  Guarv Sharma

12.  Kurtis Spence

Division 3

13.  Gareth Hughes

14.  Matthew McClimonds

15.  Remick Ryzanowski

16.  Gary Quantrill

17.  Scott Dale

18.  James Skelton

Division 4

19.  Conor Smith

20.  Lucy Craig

21.  Joe Warden

22.  Sophie Earley

23.  Brad Henry

24.  Lucy Johnston

Division 5

25.  Kaiwen Liu

26.  Angus McConnell

27.  Max Skelton

28.  Rachel Kane

29.  Ben McMillan

Division 6

30.  Harry Hudson

31.  Michael Campione

32.  Ethan Campione

33.  Tally Appleton

Special Mentions – Highest Finishers in Age Category

U18 Boy: Dawid Mucka

U15 Boy: Adam Wallace

U13 Boy: Conor Nugent

U11 Boy: Matthew Cherry

U9 Boy: James Skelton

U13 Girl: Lucy Craig

U11 Girl: Lucy Johnston

U9 Girl: Sophie Earley

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STIGA Shamrock Series Off to a Flying Start

The inaugural event of the new STIGA Shamrock Series took place in Dundrum Table Tennis club on Sunday last.  Almost half of the 32 entrants were new players looking to try out their skills on the table.   There were 4 different divisions with prizes for all the winners thanks to Tommy Fitzgerald.

Click here to see the full results http://www.dundrumtabletennis.org/tournament/2013-05

The STIGA Shamrock Series is designed along the same lines at the STIGA Junior Challenger series which was set up to give players new to the sport an opportunity to compete in a fun, pressure free environment.  The tournament is formatted so that players play lots of games against opponents of similar ability.  The series has proved hugely successful with the juniors with many players who started out at the Challenger events now featuring on the ITTA ranking lists and competing on a regular basis in ITTA tournaments.

There is a huge appetite amongst adult players to get something similar started for their age group and so the STIGA Shamrock Series was devised.  Keep an eye on our website over the coming months for details of the next STIGA Shamrock event.