CDETB SCC Table Tennis Championship 2014
By Louise Browne
Plunket College Trio show class at the table – Kylemore College also taste double delight at Table Tennis Finals
Plunket College’s team of Craig McDermott, Curtis Delaney and Paul Heffernan put the Swords Road College firmly on the map when they won their first ever Intermediate Table Tennis Shield title.
The Whitehall trio finished with a single point to spare ahead of the holders Kylemore College in the round robin competition at last week’s CDETB Table Tennis Finals at Sportsco, Ringsend.
Kylemore College bounced back thanks to their Minor team of Said Gleeson, Karl Delaney and Korin Manning to retain the Minor title.
While Kylemore’s Cezar Valentin, Luke Coogan and Michael Devitt reclaimed the Junior title having lost out to Marino College in last year’s final.
Plunket College set down an early marker when they overcame last year’s champions Kylemore College 2-1 in their opening game. Kylemore’s Ross Mathison beat McDermott 2-0 before Delaney’s 2-0 win against Dean McDonnell drew Plunket level.
The final game went to three sets as Heffernan and Jason Ward battled it out with Heffernan winning the deciding set to win 2-1. Plunket’s were dominant in their remaining matches against Colaiste Dhulaigh and Marino College to take the honours.
It was double delight for Kylemore College when firstly their junior team of Valentin, Coogan and Devitt won the junior shield with a hat-trick of wins against Plunket College, Marino College and Colaiste Dhulaigh.
Kylemore opened their account with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Plunket College. Marino College, who finished second, pushed Kylemore to the limit in their second game but the Ballyfermot College held out to win 2-1.
Kylemore played some wonderful shots at the table against Colaiste Dhulaigh to complete a hat-trick of wins to take home the silverware.
While the minor team of Gleeson, who never dropped a set around the table throughout the tournament, Delaney and Manning overcame the Colaiste Dhulaigh side made up of Patrick Tyrrell, Daniel Kavanagh and Joe Collins 3-0 in the final.
Kylemore’s Gleeson saw off Tyrrell 11-3, 11-1 in the first game. Delaney was then tested by Kavanagh before winning 11-7, 11-5. Manning finished off a perfect day for Kylemore with a fine win against Dhulaigh’s Collins to win the Shield.
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