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Veterans Leinster Open – 15th October

The Irish Veterans Table Tennis Society’s Leinster Open is taking place on Saturday the 15th of October in Palmerstown Sports Complex, Oakcourt Avenue, Palmerstown, Dublin 20.

Event Timetable
● Over 40’s singles Commence 13.30
● Over 50’s singles Commence 16.15
● Over 60’s singles Commence 13.30
● Over 70’s singles Commence 16.45
● Ladies singles Commence 15.00

Competition entry fees are €10 per event (max 2 events entry). Payment of entry to be paid to A/C below:

  • IBAN IE28AIBK93357066128010

Entries MUST be submitted via the link to our new entry form:

Deadline for Entries is Sunday the 9th of October.


Connacht Open Vets Table Tennis 26th March 2022 

Mens 40’s 

In the quarters Pat McCloughan met Rita Kascardi and won in a close 5 set match. Rita in the earlier round had come through against Robbie Gavin. Phil Wallace beat Des Flanaghan in 5 sets. In the bottom half of the draw Mark McAlister came through a close 5 setter with Paul Gallagher and met Rory in the quarters. Rory on this occasion prevailed to book a place in the semi’s. Daryl had earlier won his qtr final match in 3 sets against William Walker to set up a repeat semi final match with Rory. Daryl again proved the stronger to progress to the final. In the top half of the draw Phil and Pat met in the semi’s. In the final Daryl beat fellow clubmate Phil in 4 sets. 

Mens 50’s 

It was good to see Willie Cherry back playing and in the top half of the draw Willie won in a close 5 sets against Paul Gallagher. Also in the same half of the draw Des Flanaghan was the victor over Sean McAnaney. Will and Des met in the semi’s and Willie was much the stronger to win in straight sets. In the bottom half of the draw Dave Gibbons beat Jeremy Lappin in 4 sets to set up a qtr final against Pat McCloughan. Pat proved much the stronger to win 3-0. Mark McAlister won in 4 sets against Chris Cowan to set up a repeat semi final against Pat. On this occasion Pat got his revenge with a 3-0 win. In the final Pat beat Willie in straight sets. 

Mens 60’s 

In the top half of the draw Dave Pender beat Terry Dolan in 4 sets in the quarters. Branco met Norman Nabney and Branco won the qtr final in a very close 5 setter . In the bottom half of the draw Willie Cherry had a very close win over Brian Finn. Phil Shaw had a straight sets victory in the qtr’s against Jeremy Lappin. In the semi final Willie and Philip had a classic with Philip winning deuce in the 5th set to progress to the final. In the top half of the draw Branco and your’s truly met in the semi final and Branco was a bit unlucky to lose in 5 sets. Philip proved too strong in the final to win in straight sets. 

Mens 70’s 

In the qtr final Norman Nabney won in 4 sets over Shay O’Reilly. Jim Storey beat former clubmate Liam Perris 3-0 in the qtr’s. In the semi final Brian Finn yet again met Norman Nabney but on this occasion Brian prevailed in 4 sets. In the bottom half of the draw Jim Storey won in a close 4 sets against Ken Peare in the semi final. Brian met Jim in the final but after 2 close sets Brian continued his winning sequence to win the 3rd in a much easier fashion. 


We had a welcome new addition in Rita Kacsardi to the competition. Rita on this occasion won all her matches although it took 4 sets to gain victory over Teresa. Ikuko had victories over Renata and Sharron. Paula and Sharron yet again had a close match with Sharron winning in 4 sets. Teresa also had a close 4 set victory against Paula. Renata is getting closer to wins and had a number of close matches. Teresa and Ikuko had a cracker of a 5 set match with Teresa winning in a close 5th set. Ann-Marie had some close matches especially with Teresa and Sharron with wins in the 5th and 4th set respectively. 

The overall result was as follows: 

  1. Rita, 2) Ann-Marie 3) Sharron 4) Teresa 5) Paula 6) Ikuko 7) Renata 

  Munster Open Vets Table Tennis Report and Results (12/03/2022) 

Ladies Round Robin 

This competition was played with a lot of high quality and a series of closely fought matches. Geraldine beat Sharron in a tight 4 sets and followed this up with wins over Ikuko, Renata and Ann-Marie. She suffered her only defeat against Teresa in a very tight 5 set match. Teresa also had wins over Renata, a very tight 3 set match with Ikuko and an even tighter 15-13 5th set win over Sharron. Her only loss was to Ann-Marie, again in 5 sets. Ikuko came out on top in another 5 set win over Sharron and she followed this up with a win over Renata.  

The final standings were 1) Geraldine 2) Teresa 3) Ann-Marie 4) Ikuko 5) Sharron 6) Renata 

Mens 40’s 

In the top half of the draw Rory Scott had a 3 set win over Paul Gallagher in the quarter final. Daryl Strong won in 4 sets against Mark McAlister with the first 2 sets being extremely tight. Rory and Daryl met in the semi’s. This match was very close and Rory held a slight advantage in the 5th when we experienced an electrical power failure. When the match recommenced, Daryl ( no pun intended) was the stronger and gained victory. In the bottom half of the draw Pat McCloughan had a straight set win over Dave Gibbons. Robbie Gavin who is getting back to form had a close 4 set victory of Dermot Tierney. After a close 1st set Pat progressed to the final with a straight sets win over Robbie. The final was won in 4 sets  by Daryl. 

Mens 50’s 

In the top half of the draw Pat had a straight sets win over Des Flanagan in the quarters. Mark McAlister also had a straight sets win over Philip Shaw. Pat and Mark met in the semi’s and Pat came back from 2 sets down to force a 5th set. Mark on this occasion sealed the victory 11-6. 

In the bottom half of the draw Branco had a close 3 set match with Paul Gallagher. Dave Gibbons won in 4 sets against Dave P. In the semi final Branco had a straight sets win over Dave Gibbons and followed this up with a 3-0 victory over Mark in the final 

Mens 60’s 

Branco won a close 5 set match in the quarters with Sean McAnaney . Brian Finn had a straight sets win over Keld. Brian and Branco had a 5 set classic with Branco coming back from 2 sets down to win a close 5th set in the semi’s. In the bottom half of the draw Terry Dolan had a straight sets win in the quarters over Fergal but due to the electrical power issue, he had to give a walkover in the semi’s. Philip Shaw in the quarters came back from 2 sets down against yours truly to show greater strength and win in 5 sets. Branco and Philip met in the final and Branco showing the top form that saw him reach 2 finals on the day, won in 4 sets. 

Mens 70’s 

In the quarters Shay O’Reilly had a 4 set victory over David Jacobson. In the bottom half of the draw Sean Moran rolled back the years and had a shock win over Jim Storey. Sean followed this up with a semi final victory over Ken Peare. Brian Finn had a straight sets win over Shay in the semi final and he followed this up with another straight sets win over Sean in the final. 

All Results Downloadable Below:

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After the 2-year delay caused by Covid, the Masters returned to Glenburn on 25 February 2022 for a long day’s play in 5 categories. Unusually the winners were almost all different from the previous event at Palmerston. 

The blue riband event is always the men’s 40s, and normal service was resumed with Daryl Strong, back after illness, strolling through. He dropped just 1 game, to the impressive Pat McCloughan in a hard-fought match. Daryl beat his Ormeau team-mate Phil Wallace at the group stage and again in the final, Phil having overcome the Leinster winner, the much-travelled Rory Scott, in the semi. 

It was good to see that Annemarie had recovered sufficiently from Covid to contest the Ladies round robin event. Ger Greene won out, securing a decisive win over Annemarie who finished second overall. Ikuko claimed third place. She won a marathon five setter with Paula, and just lost deuce in the fifth to Annemarie. Though disappointed with close results, Paula can be pleased with her performance. Sharon’s rehabilitation from a serious wrist injury continues, and progress is noticeable. 

Pat was a comfortable winner of the 50s, beating Mark McAlister in the final in straight sets. In the semis Pat had beaten Paul Gallagher (3-1) who had done well to put out Willie Cherry, while Mark had beaten Des Flanagan 3-0. 

The first event of the day was the 60s, which was a triumph for Glenburn’s own Willie Cherry, who was only extended in the quarter final by his team-mate Norman Nabney. 40 years of practising together made the match look like routines at times, but Willie won easily in the fifth 11-6. In the final he beat Keld Jaksland who was making a welcome return to tournament play. Keld had beaten Norman in the group and then Jeremy Lappin in the final. 

The last event to finish was the 70s, which saw another title head to Glenburn, when Norman beat Barry Dickson 11-9 in the fifth – it is well-known that Norman likes to get value for his entry fees and 5 sets is Norm’s norm (sorry)! He beat the Leinster winner Brian Finn  in the semi , while chaos reigned in the other half of the draw. Jim Storey surprisingly lost in 4 to Dave Jacobson, who then lost to Barry in 5. 

Thanks are due to the Glenburn club for running the event, and to their committee, particularly to Neil McGrath who was at the top table without a break all day, and to Herbie Ross who refereed the day’s play. 

Results are available here:

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IVTTS Glenburn Open Results– 26th February

A very exciting IVTTS event took place at the weekend – The Glenburn Open.

The results are available to download below:

On the left a hot and sweaty Norman Nabney immediately after winning the 70s title! On the right Willie Cherry with time to cool down and look his normal dapper self after winning the 60s event.

Well done to all the players for competing and making the event a very entertaining one. A big thank you to the volunteers for helping run the event. A special mention to the Glenburn Club for running the event and making it a hugely successful event.

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IVTTS Leinster Open at Palmerstown – Results

The IVTTS Leinster Open took place on Saturday 12th of February in Palmerstown.

This event was a huge success, with there being a huge number of entries. It was great to see so many players come out to compete and enjoy table tennis, plenty of players returning and many new players joining.

It was a very enjoyable and competitive day of table tennis, thanks to all the players, coaches, volunteers and officials for a great event.

See the results of the event below:

We look forward to the next event on the 26th of February in Glenburn, further details here:


IVTTS Glenburn Open – 26th February

We are delighted to announce that the 2022 IVTTS Glenburn Open will be taking place on the 26th of February, 9am-6pm. The event will be taking place in GLENBURN TTC, Glensharragh Park, Belfast BT6 9PB.

Entries for this event close on the 19th of February, make sure to get your entries in before then. Participants can register by email or text no later than Saturday 19th February 2022. Email: [email protected] or Text: 00 44 7710185566


Veterans Home Nations Tournament Cancelled

Due to the uncertainties caused by the current pandemic, we regret to advise that the Veterans Home Nations Championships, which had been scheduled for 10th to 12th September 2021, have been cancelled. Our thanks go to all of our sponsors and our volunteers who have helped with the organisation of the event so far. We are most grateful to the delegates on the Management Committee for their support during these challenging times.

Further details will be issued in due course.

Stay Safe!

Brian Finn,

Chair, IVTTS


Masters Nationals Reports & Results

These Championships at Pingzone brought the Masters competitive season to an early close. With the holder absent, John Bowe adding spice to the mix and Champion status on the line, the Over 40s was bound to produce some fireworks. Standout of the early rounds was Phil Wallace saving three match points to beat John 13-11 in the fifth. Mark McAlister and Pat McCloughan impressed also; a harbinger of things to come. Phil beat Rory Scott in one semi- final, while Daniel Molzenberger edged out Pat in the other. The entertaining final produced some cracking exchanges. Phil emerged as a deserving victor on a scoreline of 8, -5, 2, -8, 6. No doubt he enjoyed bringing the Harry O’Prey Trophy back home in his own right!

The Ladies event saw two very good victories for Paula, and some tight fifth set wins for Sharon and Gillian. However, at the crunch, Anne Marie prevailed over Ger to seal the title on a scoreline in the fifth of -5, -10, 8,7,2.

In the 50s, Philip Shaw beat Jeremy in the fifth for the second time during the day, having done so already in the 60s. However, he lost to Pat 6-11 in the fifth afterwards. Paul Gallagher impressed with two five set victories over Dave Gibbons and Kevin Mackey. As alluded to earlier, Pat and Mark contested the final, Pat winning out 7,6,-10,11.

The 60s saw the welcome return of Jimmy Robinson to competitive action. However, engaging with Jeremy early at the KO stage was not in his plans. Kariem edged a hard-fought victory over Norman, winning 11-5 in the fifth. Likewise, Philip pipped Jeremy 11-9 in the fifth, which set him at a disadvantage facing Finn in the semi-final. Brian chiselled out a win in four, to set up the final against Tommy Caffrey, who had eliminated Kariem elsewhere. Much later, brute force and ignorance had no place in this absorbing final. Red herrings, powder puff assaults, deft ripostes laced with insidious intent were de rigueur in this battle of minds and will. Converting the first from 8-10 down, Brian was always in control to win the second 11-8. His mammoth fight back from 2-10 in the third fell just short, but a time-out had been used up by his exasperated opponent at 7-10. Changing tack at the start of the fourth,Tommy began an assault with long fast serves. However, this was rebuffed, with no little skill. Leading 5-1, Brian aced a service delivery which pierced the maestro’s defences. Completion anxiety avoided, he finished as a worthy winner, 10, 8, -9, 7! A first national title is indeed to be savoured, as Phil will readily agree.

David Jacobson put in a tremendous performance in the 70s with a win over Liam, and a fabulous -11, 5, -10, 5, 9 victory over Jim Storey in the semi-final. However, it was good to see Jim back to much better form than of late, hitting some trademark forehand winners with authority. In the final, there was no disgrace in David losing 12, 2, 4 to Tommy Caffrey. The absence of Martin Pickles was noted.

The inspiration and tenacity of Jack Cash in staging the very first of these National Championships in Newtownards must be applauded! How they have developed into such a highlight of our TT season is absolutely marvellous! Our thanks to Sharon, Ger, Viv, Anna, both Daves, Jim, Roman and all who helped with running the event this year. The readiness of all competitors to umpire is greatly appreciated in moving matches along to schedule. Overall, it has been a very successful season. Our best wishes go to members coping with serious illness or bereavement at this time.

Please click HERE to download the results