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EARLEY CLAIMS IRELANDS FIRST EVER MEDALS AT EUROPEAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS IN VARAŽDIN, CROATIA

With partner Silvia Coll (Spain), Sophie faced the challenge of the Czech Republic with a stirring 3/0 victory in the round of 32 doubles.

Again, in the last 16 France provided stern opposition but the Ireland/Spain combo held out for a 3/1 win.

Quarter-final Sophie/Silvia faced Slovenia. Again a stirring 3/0 victory put Ireland into the semi-final.

Now Ireland had its first ever medal at European Youth championships.

Top seeds Kaufmann (Germany) /Rosu (Romania) provided the barrier to gold. The barrier to gold proved too strong, so Sophie though disappointed had secured Irelands first ever medal.

History had been made but the story doesn’t end there.

In the singles Sophie like a hurricane blew all opposition a side, defeating Baiasu (Romania) 4/0, then Terekhova (Russia) 4/1, Massart (Belgium) 4/0 and Bled (France) to storm into the semi-finals.


A second medal secured, but which colour?

In a tense exciting affair Sophie fought with passion and no little skill but Kaufmann proved a mountain to high to climb and Sophie claimed her second bronze medal.

In the Team event Sophie played with partner Anjali Singh. The girls played 4 matches, all ending on a 3/2 score line with losses to Netherlands, Serbia and Lithuania; with a win against Latvia. Ireland finished 26th of 34 countries.

Coach Conn HIGGINS said it was incredible to see the Ormeau legend perform at such a high level in intensely pressurised situations and to capture not one but two bronze medals.

This did not happen without much planning, determination, dedication and the expertise of her club coaches Gervis and Keith.

John Murphy lit this flame and it has become a burning fire.

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Europeans Update

Junior Boys prepare for individual events as the team event in Croatia comes to an end.


The Irish Junior Boys team of Dillon Byrne, Owen Cathcart, Tom Colvin and James Skelton finished up in the team event at the European Championships following a final day win and loss in the playoffs.


Despite qualifying to the playoff round to go to the Last 16, where they lost out 0-3 to the hosts Croatia, the Irish team continued to struggle for consistency, letting a number of chances slip away as they went on to lose out 2-3 to Finland, Cathcart earning the wins for the team.  


In the teams strongest collective performance, Luxembourg were beaten 3-1, with Cathcart and Skelton combining to deliver the points, however the team dipped a little again against Greece, going down 0-3 despite two 5-setters that should have been put away for a 2-1 lead.  Overall the team finished in a creditable 27th place, seven places down on 2019, but with three of the team available for two more Championships, there is much to build on for 2022.


Singles and doubles competitions begin on 21st July.

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EYC Croatia Update

Ireland top their group in Varazdin, earning a playoff against Croatia to progress to the Last 16.

The 2021 European Youth Championships are taking place in Varazdin, Croatia, from 16 July-1 August, with an Irish team travelling outside the island for the first time in 17 months.


The Ireland Junior Boys Team of Dillon Byrne, Owen Cathcart, Tom Colvin and James Skelton are representing Ireland at the event.


Lithuania were first up on Day 1, and the lack of play and match practice over the last year showed for the Irish team, as they went down 2-3 to an efficient Lithuanian side with some awkward styles.  Owen Cathcart took the two rubbers for Ireland, which would prove crucial later on.


The evening match was against Latvia, who had earlier beaten Lithuania 3-1, which meant a win against Latvia would not be enough for Ireland to progress, it would have to be a 3-1 win or better.


A second tough team match in only a few hours could have gone either way, but with Cathcart anchoring the team again with a win in the first rubber, Tom Colvin chipped in with another win, leaving Cathcart to close out the match for a 3-1 victory, Ireland topping the group on countback.


The morning of Day 2 will see Ireland face a tough match against 5th Seed Croatia, with both teams then progressing to the evening matches, the winner entering the Top 16 Knockout, while the loser of the morning match enters playoffs for positions 17-30.

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Best of Luck Colin Judge in the Paralympic WQT

We would like to wish the very best of luck to Colin Judge who has flown out to Slovenia to compete in the Paralympic World Qualification Tournament. The tournament takes place in Laško, Slovenia from 3rd to 5th of June.

The event organisers in Slovenia will be streaming some of the competition on their YouTube channel; see the event website for more information on this, plus for times and days that Colin will be competing on via their app. Also, keep an eye out on our social media as we will be sharing further details on Colin’s games.

Keep up to date on the tournament by clicking this link https://wqt2021.si/

Best of Luck Colin from all at Table Tennis Ireland!! 

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World Table Tennis Day

On Tuesday 6th of April 2021, it is World Table Tennis Day. We at Table Tennis Ireland are celebrating World Table Tennis Day with a Women in Sport event, which will be done at home and virtually due to the global pandemic Covid-19.  This event is during school holidays, schools are on Easter Holidays for this event.

We are a promoter of the World Table Tennis Day, in conjunction with an ITTF Foundation initiative, promoting gender equality to empower all women and girls by contributing to FEMpowerment through Table Tennis.

This event will be a fun filled day hosted by our female club members, players and coaches. Throughout the day there will be trick shots demonstrated by some of our top female players with some fun competitions to win some cool Table Tennis and Women in Sport prizes. ​

We are also hosting a live webinar during the day with our coaches and top female players. There can only be 100 attendees at our live webinar, but don’t worry if you can’t make it! The webinar will be recorded so you can watch it back on our website whenever you would like.  

Check out our video on how we are celebrating World Table Tennis Day with our women in sport event. Thank you to Rebecca Finn, Lucy Craig and Lucy Johnston for their involvement in this video.

Please keep your eyes peeled for further updates on https://tabletennisireland.ie/ and our various social media; Twitter https://twitter.com/tabletennisire , Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tabletennisireland/, and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TableTennisIreland/ to hear from our coaches and players on Women in Table Tennis. We will be updating these areas with details on how to register for our live webinar, this is not webinar to miss!

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Save the Date – Tuesday 6 April World Table Tennis Day

On Tuesday 6 April 2021 it is World Table Tennis Day. We at Table Tennis Ireland are celebrating World Table Tennis Day with a Women in Sport event, which will be done at home and virtually due to the global pandemic Covid-19.  This event is during school holidays, schools are on Easter Holidays for this event.

We are a promoter of the World Table Tennis Day, in conjunction with an ITTF Foundation initiative, promoting gender equality to empower all women and girls by contributing to FEMpowerment through Table Tennis. 

This event will be a fun filled day hosted by our female club members, players and coaches. Throughout the day there will be trick shots demonstrated by some of our top female players with some fun competitions to win some cool Table Tennis and Women in Sport prizes.  

We are also hosting a live webinar during the day with our coaches and top female players. There can only be 100 attendees at our live webinar, but don’t worry if you can’t make it! The webinar will be recorded so you can watch it back on our website whenever you would like.       

Check out our video on why you should join us on World Table Tennis Day for our women in sport event. Thank you to Rachael Scott, Rachel Taylor, Amanda Taylor, Thuy Linh Cashman, Rebecca Finn, Lucy Craig, Lucy Johnson and Nicole Scott for their involvement in this video.

Please keep your eyes peeled for further updates on https://tabletennisireland.ie/ and our various social medias; Twitter https://twitter.com/tabletennisire , Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tabletennisireland/, and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TableTennisIreland/ to hear from our players about all things Table Tennis. 

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Best of Luck Paul McCreery in the World Ping Pong Masters

We would like to wish Paul McCreery the best of luck this weekend playing in the Word Ping Pong Masters in The Ricoh Arena, Coventry, January 23rd – 24th

World Ping Pong Masters brings 24 of the world’s best ping pong players to battle for their share of a prize fund which stands at $102,000. The format is straight-knockout, matches are best of 5 from the Last 16 onwards and the popular Golden Buzzer Power Play returns!

Watch the World Ping Pong Masters, live on Sky Sports Mix from midday on Saturday, January 23 to see Paul in action. Table tennis is a world-known sport but switching to a hardbat allows for a different strategy of the game, slower shots and potentially longer rallies affording better viewership to a casual sports fan as well as excitement for the younger generation to look upon.

Join in to see the action this weekend, and see more action like this from Paul https://twitter.com/matchroompp/status/1352186974879297536?s=24

Keep up to date on the tournament by clicking this link http://worldpingpongmasters.com/tournament/

Best of Luck Paul from all at Table Tennis Ireland!!