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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!! 

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Double Gold for Colin Judge in Poland

Colin Judge emerged the winner in the Men’s Singles (Class 3). The no.4 seed, in the final he beat Korea Republic’s Kim Jinsung (11-9, 11-8, 17-15), having in the penultimate round ousted Poland’s Maciej Nalepka, the top seed (12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9).

In the Men’s Team (Class 3) event, Colin Judge alongside the French pairing of Alexandre Delarque and Nicolas Savant-Aira emerged with victory. These three players were the most successful male players on duty at the 2020 ITTF Para Polish Open in Wladyslawowo. This second title gained by Colin Judge was not to be expected. 

Next up for Colin is the Costa Brava Para Open which is taking place next week. 

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Owen Cathcart Wins Swedish Junior Open

Owen defeated top French player Dorian Zheng 4-2 (11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11, 8-11, 11-9) in the Final, a tremendous result over the top seed, and a top 10 European Junior who had won all of their previous encounters.

The top Ormeau TTC Junior, now playing full-time in Sweden, was in fine form throughout the event, only dropping one set in the knockout stages.  That was in the semi-finals when he beat 5th seed Angel Naranjo (Puerto Rico) 4-1 (10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3).  Naranjo had earlier defeated Owen’s teammate and doubles partner Borgar Haug 4-2.

Owen won 4-0 against Suresh Raj (India) in the last 16, and again 4-0 against Tsyhanouski (Belarus), showing the impressive form that was to come in the semis and the final.

However there was disappointment for Owen in the doubles with Borgar Haug when they lost out in the quarter final to Simonsen and Skarsholm (Denmark) in a close encounter 11-13, 11-6, 8-11, 10-12, just one step away from another medal.

See ITTF article on Owen’s great win here: https://www.ittf.com/2020/02/21/owen-cathcart-prithika-pavade-win-orebro/

(Owen Final starts at 3 hours 4 minutes)
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Medals Success for Sophie at Czech Junior & Cadet Open

Partnered by Welsh player Anna Hursey, Sophie reached the final of the Girls Junior Doubles losing to Russian players and winning a Silver Medal. In the Cadet Girls Team event, again partnered by Anna plus a Portuguese player, Sophie won a bronze medal after losing in the Semi Finals to the winning Russian team in a close match.

The Cadet Girls Doubles brought further success for Sophie.  She reached the Semi finals again partnered by Welsh player Anna Hursey losing in straight sets to Chinese TPE pair, LIAO and LIN.  Another Bronze medal!

Sophie’s last event of her trip was the Cadet Girls Singles where she reached the quarter finals losing to Chinese TPE player LIAO Ting – Yao 3/2 in a high quality match.

With a medal total of 1 Silver and 2 Bronze it was a successful trip!