Ireland Finish 64th at Worlds

The Irish Senior Men’s Team has finished 64th at the World Team Championships and miss out on promotion to the 2nd Division. Ireland’s final two matches at the Championships were against South Africa and Switzerland, and both were lost 3-1.

Against South Africa, John Murphy played yet another 5 set match at what has been a gruelling tournament for the Irish champion, pushing WR390 Shane Overmeyer all the way before eventually losing the last set 11-6. Paul McCreery then faced Cogill and perhaps would have been hopeful of adding to his haul of higher ranked scalps at recent events. Cogill dominated however, eventually winning 3-1. Keith Knox then produced another win for Ireland over Kurt Lingeveldt – the youngster really finished the tournament in style with three straight wins.  Overmeyer eventually finished the job in commanding fashion for South Africa, defeating McCreery in straight sets.

Against the Swiss, McCreery recorded the sole Irish win against Trummler. Nicola Mohler was the star man for the Swiss, recording two wins over Knox and McCreery.

McCreery again shone and 2010 has just been an outstanding year to date for the Ulster Junior. He won 8 of his 15 matches here which is really promising form for his first World Championships – considering he sat an A Level examination while in Moscow. With Keith Knox also coming into form as the tournament went on, this will have been a good learning experience for the team. John Murphy played a massive amount of five setters, narrowly missing out on some impressive scalps – he managed two wins over the Moldovan No and Ecuadorian Santos.