Cloughjordan NS And Borrisokane CS Ranked Number 3 In Irish Schools Table Tennis

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Cloughjordan NS And Borrisokane CS Ranked Number 3 In Irish Schools Table Tennis thumbnailMr Tony Martin, Tournament Director, Lucy Fitzgerald, Lisa Mooney, Alison Grant, Ava Austin, Jimmy Hayes, Coach, and Mr Ivor Hayes, Cloughjordan School Principal.

THE young ladies of North Tipperary continue to blaze a trail at the dynamic Olympic sport of table tennis.

Their latest outing has been to represent their respective schools in this year's Schools All Ireland Finals held in Baldoyle Sports Centre Dublin over the past weekend.

The Primary School's section saw Munster champions Cloughjordan Number 1 School represented by Lucy Fitzgerald, Lisa Mooney, Ava Austin and Alison Grant up against very formidable opposition from all other provinces.

Their first opponents were Griffeen PS of Lucan, Dublin. The Dublin girls, who were a quality side including two Leinster inter-pro players and in supreme form, had beaten all comers in Leinster earlier in the season.

On the day they had the overall edge with a 4-2 win over the Tipperary girls but were pushed hard all the way as Lucy, Lisa, Ava and Alison played extremely well to give them a real challenge.

Their next match was against another established school from Mayo. Manulla have long been a regular in all Ireland schools table tennis and their experience showed that with a 5-1 victory following some very competitive games.

They later went on to take Gold. 

The remaining match between Cloughjordan and Ulster side Strandtown PS would decide who would take Bronze so a battle was on hand to claim silverware.

From the start the young Tipp girls seemed to have the greater desire to control matters and following a series of matches, many of which were close, they gained the upper hand to run out winners 5-1.

Borrisokane U-15 Girls were also making their mark in schools table tennis at National level.

The team led by Munster Inter-pro players Laura Hayes and Hannah Austin were well supported by Robin Fitzgerald, Jude Burriss, Ellen Austin and Tara O'Brien when taking on Dublin side Deansrath CC. 

With matches even after the six singles, it was down to the doubles to decide the outcome. By the narrowest of margins the Tipp girls were unfortunate to lose a deciding doubles, which they had led for some time and this turned the result 5-4 to the Leinster outfit.

They lost little time in getting back to the tables to take on Colaiste Bhaile Chlair of Connaught for a playoff. The loss in the semi final seemed to spur them on even greater as the unleashed a 5-1 victory over their western opponents to take third place overall.

Well done to all in Cloughjordan NS and Borrisokane CS for their brave efforts at this leading National event.


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