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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. 

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Butterfly National Junior Championships 2013 Live Update

Cadet Boys

Click here for Cadet Boys Knock-out Full Results 

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Cadet Girls 

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Under 10 Boys

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Click here for Full Results for Under 10 Boys Round 1

Under 10 Girls

Click here for Full Results for Under 10 Girls

Junior Disability Events

Click here for the Full Results from the Junior Wheelchair Event

Click here for the Full Results of the Junior Standing Disabiltiy Event

Click here for the Full Results from the Junior Girls Disability Event

Junior Boys – (U17)

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Click here for Full Results of Junior Boys Round 2 

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Junior Girls – (U17)

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Under 12 Boys

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Under 12 Girls

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STIGA Fivemiletown Junior Challenger

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 Co. Mayo 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 Philip Jamison.

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 a three way count back resulting in Aditya Subramani (Valley TTC) just piping Coleraine’s Adam Wallace in to second place. Mayo’s David Taylor performed magnificently to finish in 3rd position defeating many older opponents.

Division 2 was dominated the  Donegal ace John Gallagher who defeated Cavan’s Adam Dunne in a fifth set thriller with Banbridge’s Calum Couert finishing in 3rd position.

In an entertaining division 3, Danny McKenna defeated Banbridge player Scott Dale in 4 sets to finish in 1st place with Scott defeating young Mayo prospect Grace Hodgins to finish in 2nd position with Grace finishing in 3rd position.

Eoghan McCloughlan completed dominated in Division 4 defeating both Donegal’s Tori Steele and Banbridge’s Nikki Browne by sets to nil. Laura Steele showed excellent promise defeating Nikki Browne in an excellent match to finish in 2nd place with Nikki finishing in 3rd place.

Castlerahan players dominated in Division 5 with Lauren Matthews coming out on top defeated Conor Caffrey into 2nd place. Stephen Fitsimmons acquitted himself well to finish in 3rd position in this division.

For many players, this was their first real taste of an Ulster competition, many of whom are relatively new to the sport. TTU Talent ID Officer Amanda Mogey 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 parents who stayed behind to help clear the hall after this event. This was very much appreciated. 

Stiga Fivemiletown Junior Challenger Results

Division 1

1.      Aditya Subramani

2.      Adam Wallace

3.      David Taylor

4.      Jason Zhang

5.      Conor Nugent

6.      Keith Hodgins

Division 2

7.      John Gallagher

8.      Adam Dunne

9.      Callum Couert

10.  Joshua Murdock

11.  Tori Steele

12.  Reece Knox

Division 3

13.  Danny McKenna

14.  Scott Dale

15.  Grace Hodgins

16.  Hannah McCloy

17.  Jake Howard

18.  Jordan Howard

Division 4

19.  Eoghan McCloughlan

20.  Laura Steele

21.  Nikki Browne

22.  Roisin Brady

23.  Lauren Deegan

24.  Jason Caffrey

Division 5

25.  Lauren Matthews

26.  Conor Caffrey

27.  Stephen Fitsimmons

28.  Katie Lynch

29.  Libby Lynch

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STIGA Junior Challenger: Kiltimagh

STIGA JUNIOR CHALLENGER Kiltimagh 2012 / 2013

64 players from Connacht travelled to Kiltimagh to play in the Challenger Event hosted by St Louis School on Sunday 24th February 2013. Four hundred  matches were played on eleven tables with a constant stream of games. Each player played an average 13 matches starting at 10-00am and concluding at 5-30pm. The format was 16 groups of 4 in the first session to determine the ability of players, session two then consisted of eight divisions of eight players, with the top four in each division proceeding to the semi-finals and the remaining four players in each group going into groups of four to determine 5th to 8th place standings. 

DIVISION 1Was filled with talent as all 8 players were Connaught team players, with the favourite Dylan Carson from Sligo being seeded number 1. The division was represented by players from Sligo Roscommon and Mayo. In what was a difficult Division filled with quality everyone had to be on the top of their game. After 6 hours of play the semi-finalists were Dylan Carson (Sligo), James Joyce (Mayo), Amanda Taylor (Sligo) and Eddie Ditchburn (Mayo). In the first semi-final Dylan beat James 2-0 and Eddie Ditchburn defeated Amanda Taylor in the second semi-final. The final was Dylan Carson verses Eddie Ditchburn. Unfortunately Eddie had to withdraw from the final and forfeit the match.  Dylan won the final by default.

DIVISION 1A Also proved to be a difficult affair with 5 of the 8 being Connaught interprovincial players- three of the players being under 10 years of age. Even at such a young age the u10 players were not out of their depth as all three youngsters reached the semi-finals. The first semi-final was David Taylor (Sligo) against Kristyjonas Dapkus  (Mayo). It was an outstanding match between the two youngsters and after 30 minutes of play Kristyjonas was the victor by 2 games to 1 with scores of 11-8, 12-14, 11-9.  The second semi-final was an all Mayo affair between young Thomas Joyce and Matthew McNeive both from Knock. Thomas proved too strong for Matthew and quickly raced to a 2-0 victory. This set up a final with both players being u10. Thomas was in a determined mood and was played outstanding table tennis to secured a 2-0 victory.

DIVISION 2 Had a mixture of 3 girls and 5 boys. The girls weren’t overshadowed by the boys as the final of the division was an all-girl affair.  The semi-finals saw Michaela Webb (Knock), against Colin Breakell (Claremorris), Michaela was the more experienced of the two and proved too strong for Colin and secured a 2-0 victory. The second semi-final saw Chloe Tansey (Mayo) play Aiofe O’Dowd from Sligo.  It was an evenly matched pairing which saw Chloe win 2-0 but the scores were very close 12-10,12-10 in both games. In the final Chloe was playing great shots and went 1-0 up Michaela fought back in the second winning 11-9 to level 1-1.  In the decider Chloe held her nerve to secure a 2-1 victory and clinch the division.

DIVISION 2A  Was evenly matched with intermediate players and was an interesting group. The semi-finals were contested by Aaron Walsh, Saoirse Jordan, Jack Costello, and Brian Tansey. In the first Semi-final Jack Costello defeated Brian Tansey 2-0, the second Semi-final saw Aaron Walsh defeat Saoirse Jordan 2-0. The final was a close affair which saw Jack Costello defeating Aaron 2-1 with scores of 11-6, 5-11, 11-8

DIVISION 3    Was for beginners who had been playing for only a short time. But that didn’t stop the players producing some excellent table tennis. There were some outstandingly close matches in the division and entertained the crowd that was watching. The semi-finals were contested by Amna Mandal, Gareth Gallagher, Dara Mulkeen, and Galan O’Reilly.   The first semi-final was between Amna and Gareth, Amna was playing well and won the match 2-0 with a score line of 11-8 11-3.  In the second semi-final Dara Mulkeen beat Galan O’’Reilly 11-7 12-10 to set up a final against Amna. In the final Dara proved too strong on this occasion for Amna and took victory by a score of 2-0 with the games being 11-8  11-7  Amna wasn’t disgraced in the final and there is more to come from this young girl       

Division 3A   This division was contested by up and coming youngsters, who have taken to the game early. None of the youngsters were overawed by the hall and event, and showed a lot of promising  talent. After a long day of table tennis the semi-finals were contested between Connor McDonald Sean McNamara, Darren Tansey and Tigue O’Sullivan.  In the first semi-final Darren Tansey defeated Tigue O’Sullivan 2-0, and Connor McDonald defeated Sean McNamara in the second semi-final 2-0. In the final Darren Tansey was in fine form and won by a score of 2-0, Connor had to settle for runner-up on this occasion.

Division 4  This was a fascinating division and threw up a few surprises. The semi-finals consisted of Grace Hodgins from Sligo against Paul Costello. The second semi-final was contested by Aaron Tansey and Kyle Gormley. Grace played well and defeated Paul by two games to one with the scores being  9-11  11-6 11-4. Aaron won the second semi-final by a score of 2-0 to set up a final appearance against Grace. Aaron went on to win the final by a score of two games to nil.

Division 4A  The semi-finals of the division were Johnny Conlon against Oisin Jordan, and Jude Clark against Daniel Lavelle. Both Oisin and Jude won their Semi-finals 2-0 to set up the final between them. In what was a close final Oisin took the first game 11-8, but Jude fought back in the second game and levelled the match 1-1 with a sore 11-8. Into the decisive third and what a match! Both were playing in top form but Oisin held his nerve to take the third by a score of 11-9 to take the title.

Kiltimagh T.T Club would like to thank St Louis School for the use of the venue, And a special thank you to Michael Joyce, Patrick Connor and Chris Walsh for supplying refreshments and helping the shop to supply refreshments and food for the players and parents. Also a big thank you to the players for supporting the event and to the parents who stayed to watch.

A special thank you to Tommy Fitzgerald and Stiga Ireland for coming to Mayo and supplying the prizes for the event and finally thanks to the I.T.T.A. for granting Kiltimagh the opportunity to hold the Event

Report by E. Ditchburn

RESULTS

Division 1
1DYLAN CARSON
2EDDIE DITCHBURN
3JAMES JOYCE
4AMANDA TAYLOR
5MARIE WILLIAMS
6KEITH HODGINS
7MARTIN DITCHBURN
8YASMIN BARRY
Division 1A
1`THOMAS JOYCE
2KRISTYJONAS DAPKUS
3DAVID TAYLOR
4MATTHEW McNEIVE
5CHLOE DURKIN
6KACPER BIENACKI
7SEAN FRAYNE
8KEELAN ROWLEY
Division 2
1CHLOE TANSEY
2MICHAELA WEBB
3AIOFE O’DOWD
4COLIN BREAKELL
5PHILLIP LENNON
6JACK COLBERT
7PADRAIG LANGAN
8CONNOR CARROLL
Division 2A
1JACK COSTELLO
2AARON WALSH
3SAIORSE JORDAN
4BRIAN TANSEY
5KAREN CLARKE
6MARK HENDERSON
7BRIAN HORME
8MICHELLE O’HARA
Division 3
1DARA MULKEEN
2AMNA MANDAL
3GARETH GALLAGHER
4GALAN O’REILLY
5ERIN PRENDERGAST
6DANIEL BRETT
7HARRY GALLAGHER
8RONAN BUTLER
Division 3A
1DARREN TANSEY
2CONNOR McDONALD
3SEAN McNAMARA
4TIGUE O’SULLIVAN
5KEVA McNICHOLAS
6RACHEL TAYLOR
7JOHN JOYCE
8ELLEN NOLAN
Division 4
1AARON TANSEY
2GRACE HODGINS
3PAUL COSTELLO
4KYLE GORMLEY
5CIARA McHUGH
6FINN PRENDERGAST
7FERDA JOYCE
8ROISIN O’DOWD
Division 4A
1JUDE CLARKE
2OISIN JORDAN
3DANIEL LAVELLE
4JOHNNY CONLON
5SEAN McGINTY
6ADAM WELSH
7ELLEN CONLON
8CLAUDIA GALLAGHER
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STIGA Newbliss Junior Challenger 2013

A very successful Stiga Challenger Event was held in Newbliss TTC on 9th February. 42 players assembled to compete in 8 divisions. Thanks to Thomas McConkey, Jamie McConkey and their band of volunteers for running this event. Once again thanks to Tommy Fitzgerald and STIGA who sponsored this event and supplied prizes for this competition. 
The results were as follows:
Division 11. Dillion Duffy2. Dylan Scott
Division 21. Jamie Cooke2. Jamie Boyd
Division 31. Adam Dunne2. Lydia McConkey
Division 41. Danny McKenna2. Hannah McCloy
Division 51.  Harry Dane2. Matthew McClimonds
Division 61. Conor Smith2. Katie Hawthorne
Division 71. Rebecca Foster2. Joel Smith
Division 81. James Keating2. Rebecca Brown
Full results can be found here

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STIGA Junior Challenger: Lucan

83 players participated in what was described as a fun filled, very well organised tournament at last weekends Lucan Stiga Junior Challenger.  Much thanks goes to Jacqui Mulally and her team of volunteers who did a great job of orgainising and keeping the matches going on all the tables.  All 83 participants played a minimum of 7 matches and were finished just after 3pm in time to watch the staged finals

Scott Jestin (Mountrath) came out on top in the Premier Division final, defeating Óisin O’Rouke (Club Donic).  Amy-Lou Hayes (Mountrath)  finished in 3rd spot.

In Division 1, Matthew Taylor (Carlow) overcame club mate Reece White (Carlow) to take the top spot with Thomas Becher (Carlow) and Jessie Hayes (Mountrath) finishing 3rd.

The Division 2 Winner was Adam Hughes (Carlow). Jacob Panackal Amal (DBC) came 2nd and Ajaideep Singh (Club Donic)  and Tommy Nguyen (St. Ronan’s) in 3rd.

The Division 3 final was contested by Andrew Carroll (Salesians) and Declan Halpin  with Andrew triumphing. 3rd place was filled by Ayo Oke (Carlow) and Tomini Oke (Carlow).

Division  4 was won by Orko Hickey (Raven). Emmanuel Nwakama (St. Ronan’s) came 2nd and Ravi Seth(Club Donic) and Jack Horgan (Salesians) finishing in the 3rd spot.

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Such was the success of the event numerous clubs have asked for Club Donic to host another Stiga Challenger before the end of the school holidays.  Watch this space!!