Leeside had 22 players who attended the South Coast Challenger in Kinsale.
Leeside dominated the top 3 divisions.
Thuy Linh Cashman won division one. This went down to the wire a count back with Conor O’Callaghan and Silke Heinen (#booming forehands). Conor came second with Silke third (Silke had a very good win against Conor) . John Gould came fourth. Sean Leisk and Marcus were also in that division and got more valuable match time.
Division 2 had six Leeside players. I was a bit worried as some were very inexperienced. Alanna O’Flynn, Sean Linehan and Ben O’Connell are only playing 4 months or so. They were remarkable. In the group stage Sean won six out of six beating much more experienced players. Ben and Alanna both won three matches. Isabelle O’Sullivan still an under 11 won a good match with club mate Shang Lucey. Liam Leisk qualified for the semi final losing one match to Sam Blits of Tralee. Liam beat Sean in the semi to set up a possible revenge match. Liam played some stunning table tennis to win the final.
Division 3 had Niall Buckley, Padraic Buckley, Ciaran Gould and Darragh O’Brien. Again with the inexperience of the players I was worried. They proved me wrong. Padraic had his first win at a competition (Well done). Darragh O’Brien only an under 10 and playing 4 months played very good table tennis winning three out of six matches including a good win against Rory Griffin of South coast. Niall Buckley was undefeated in his group winning five out of five. Including a very good win against Callum Griffin. Ciaran Gould won his group winning all six matches. Ciaran and Niall won their semi final matches to set up an all Leeside final. Ciaran won to win the division. Well done.
Division 4 had 2 Leeside players. Robert Dooling won four out of seven. Again Robert is only nine and playing a short time. Conor Gould eight years old playing in his first ever competition and only playing 2 months was unreal.He won five out of seven matches only losing out a semi final spot to a count back.
Division five had three Leeside players. Sean Barrett, Conor O’Sullivan and Cormac Dineen. Sean was very dominant and won all his group matches(but went home not realising he had a semi final to play) Conor O’Sullivan won five out of six matches to qualify for the semi finals. Again Conor and Cormac have only been playing a short time and are still only 9. Cormac won his group winning six out of six matches. Cormac and Conor met in the semis. Conor won this but lost out to Seamus O’Fionnsaigh in the final. Well done.
Division six had Darragh Lyons and Ruaidhri Linehan. Darragh did very well qualifying for the semi finals and came fourth overall. Ruaidhri Linehan playing his first ever challenger is only six. He played very good table tennis including beating the runner up on the day Ruairi O’Sullivan
Well done all 3 titles and many placings for a very young and inexperienced squad.
Many thanks to all those who organised and ran the event much fun was had by all.