Irish Veterans Table Tennis Society National Championships

Kevin Mackey and Teresa Devaney retained their Singles Titles at the National Championships of the Irish Veterans Table Tennis Society in Lucan on Saturday. Teresa beat Jenny Harrison over four sets in the Ladies final, while Kevin triumphed over legendary Tommy Caffrey in the final of the Harry O’Prey Trophy. Earlier, Tommy had recovered from two sets down to beat Dave Pemberton in an enthralling semi-final. Kariem Sabir won the Over 50s title, beating Brian Finn in the fifth set decider. Tommy Caffrey won the Over 60s event, while Ted Mahaffy maintained his unblemished record in the Over 70s for the season. Several players from England were in attendance, helping to provide a large entry for the Ladies Singles. Good performances were registered by Sharon Brien and Audrey Robinson. In the Men’s events, Michael Cunningham and Ken Ridsdale acquitted themselves well. In a throwback to earlier times, a match in the early rounds saw Robby Davis overcome clubmate Paul Norgrove 21-19 in a titanic fifth set!! In conclusion, the Society is most grateful for the support of the National Umpires Association and Stiga throughout the season. Click here for full results.

At the AGM held at the weekend the following members were elected onto the Veterans Committee:  Brian Finn (Chair/Secretary), Kariem Sabir (Treasurer), Ted Mahaffy and Philip Shaw.