mayo players take home four trophies

Mayo was represented at the first Major Tournament of the new season 2010/2011, by Kilkelly Table Tennis Club Players.

The event was the Irish Junior Classification event held in the D.C.U. in Dublin

Kilkelly Table Tennis Club bring four trophies back to Mayo from the first National tournament of the new season 2010/2011.

The first national event of the new season kicked off at D.C.U Dublin.with players from Kilkelly Table Tennis Club representing Mayo and Connaught,

Kilkelly were represented in the under 10s and under 12s by Eddie Ditchburn and Marie Williams, It was always going to be tough for them as they were the only two to represent the region against players from Munster Leinster, and Ulster,

The day got off to a wonderful start in the under 10s as both players won their respective groups, Although Eddie had a tough match against Munsters James Kelly winning it by three games to two. And finishing top with James finishing second.

As the day wore on both players played some excellent table tennis. this was Marie's second tournament and she was handling the pressure really well showing no signs of nerves.

Both Marie and Eddie progressed to the semi-finals and were playing great table tennis,

The semi-finals got under way and Eddie got quickly into his stride,playing really well he took the first game and showed no sign of nerves he then went on to take the next two and win the match by a score of three nil.

Meanwhile Marie was playing well and keeping everything nice and smooth and also won her semi final. So it was a fantastic day for them with the both of them reaching their finals.

Marie played her final first and was put under pressure losing the first two games and trailing two nil had to dig deep, she came out fighting in the third game and won that making it two games to one, But her opponent wasn't going to give in and came out fighting in the fourth,after some good rallies Marie lost the fourth and the match by three games to one, and finished second,

In the under 10s boys Eddie's final got under way against James Kelly from Munster, they had met in the first round group stage in what was a very tight match so the final was going to be interesting.

Eddie came out fighting and was soon into his stride showing no nerves and won the first game. As play started for game two Eddie was again of to a good start and put James under pressure Eddie went on to win the second game and take a commanding two game lead. By now the pressure was off Eddie and he could relax a bit but he didn't, and he came out for the third match fighting, James fought really well and the third game was a tough one with James playing really well, but Eddie managed to hold his nerve and win the third, and winning the match by three games to nil,and took home first place,

Kilkelly Table Tennis club are proud of both Marie and Eddie who showed great sportmanship throughout the event, And brought home two trophies,

In the under 12s boys and girls Kilkelly were represented by Daragh Egan Martin-Edward Ditchburn Martin Williams Sean Og Tigue Brian Dunleavey Niamh Molloy Marie Williams Tara Molloy and Eddie Ditchburn,

Al the boys were in different groups to start with,knowing that if they did well there was a possibility of them having to meet in the latter stages of the competition. Meanwhile the girls were in different groups as well.

Play got under way and the competition was fierce Brian Dunleavey got off to a bad start and lost his first match but went on to win his next two and finished second in his group and qualified for the next round.Meanwhile Sean Og had a difficult group and was up against the number 6 and 7 seeds, It was always going to be tough for him and he played some great table tennis but lost two of his matches and qualified for the plate event.

Meanwhile Eddie was up against the number 1 seed Ryan McConkey from Ulster Eddie played well and managed to come through the group stage and qualify for the next round, Daragh Martin and Martin-Edward all won their repective groups and making sure that they never met in round two and progressed to the next round,

In the girls goup matches it was tough going for Niamh Tara and Marie,They were up against some strong players and although all three played well they had to settle for the under 12s plate event.

Both Marie and Niamh played well in the plate event with both reaching the semi-final. Where they were drawn against each other .Both played well and after a close match Marie took the honours and progressed to the final. Marie was delighted to reach the final and after a tough match had to settle for second place,and took home another trophy.

Meanwhile in the boys under 12s things were hotting up and Martin-Edward was drawn against his younger brother Eddie in the knockout stages, Both played well and fought for every point with one of the games going 21-19 to Martin-Edward, After a close match Martin-Edward emerged the victor and progressed to the next round where he met Zak Wilson from Ulster,

Meanwhile Daragh Egan, Martin Williams, and Brian Dunleavey all progressed to the quarter finals,

In the quarter finals Daragh was up against Karl Walsh from Munster, Martin Williams played Conor Gallagher from Leinster,and Brian Dunleavey was up against the number 1 seed Ryan McConkey from Ulster, There was some great matches but sadly the three boys were eliminated from the tournament and had to settle for 5th 6th 7th and 8th place play offs, Meanwhile in the other quarter final Martin-Edward took a 2-0 lead over Zak Wilson, and looked favourite to go through, But Zak had other ideas and fought back with some outstanding table tennis to level the match at 2 all.In the decider it was very tight with both players playing well and going for their shots it was very close but Martin-Edward dug deep and managed to win the fifth and progress to the semi-final. and Zak had to settle for the playoff with Daragh Martin and Brian,

The semi-final,s were Martin-Edward Ditchburn verses Conor Gallagher and Ryan McConkey verses Karl Walsh, Karl had fought bravely throughout the event as he was playing with a broken wrist picked up earlier in the week so to get to the semi-final was a great achievment,

Martin-Edward got off to a flying start against Conor and raced to a two nil lead.Conor fought back in the third and made the score 2-1 but Maryin-Edward never gave up and took the fourth to win the match 3-1 and reach his first ever final, In the second semi-final Ryan McConkey defeated Karl Walsh.

The final got under way and with the score at six all Ryan turned up the heat on Martin-Edward and went on to take the first game, The next to games were evenly matched but the nerves got to Martin-Edward playing his first ever final and he went down 3-0 but was gracious in defeat, and played exceptionally well to reach the final.

Next up for the players is the Fermanagh Junior Open in Fivemiletown on Saturday the 2nd October,

Well done to all the players and the best of luck to you all in the Fermanagh Open.

Kilkelly players recieving their trophies from the I.T.T.A.s Marketing Director Mr Tony Farrell.

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