The following report was made by Terri McKeon from the Leinster League:
Leinster Team 1: Derek Zatylny, Artur Lewanczuk, Pat McCloughan
Leinster Team 2: Susan Hanlon, Eddie Hockey, Barney Moloney
Leinster Team 3: Jim Davey, Louise Long, Leigh Anderson
The Leinster League against Belfast & District League match took place on Saturday 24th March, in Sportsco.
Leisnter got off to a great start winning the first two singles. Pat lost his one in straight sets but the score in the first two sets was 12/10 which could have gone either way. Derek and Artur beat their opposite no. 1and 2 comfortably in straight sets. Pat was once again involved in a close match losing it 8/11 in the 4th set. Leinster led 4-2 at this stage and went on to win the next three singles to win the match.
Result: 7 – 2
Martin Pickles was once again on the Belfast team and once again our players had trouble playing against his rubbers. Eddie was first up against him and although he won a set he found it tough the whole way. Susan then had a really close game against Maurice Rooney winning it 11/5 in the 5th set to make it one all. It was looking good but not for long as Belfast won the next three singles comfortably. Belfast now led 4-1, so we were under pressure but Barney was well able to handle it and won the next match 11/8 in the 4th set. Belfast, however were not giving up that easily and won the next two matches to lead 6-2. Eddie won the last won for Leinster beating Maurice Rooney in straight sets.
Result: 3 – 6
This match was the closest of the three. Louise played brilliant to beat the ever young Ted Mahaffy in straights sets to get Leinster off to a great start. It was looking good for a while in the second match with Jim playing great table tennis but unfortunately he was beaten by Tommy Swales 7/11 in the 4th set. Lee was beaten in straight sets by Aaron Black to leave Leinster trailing 1-2. Next up was Jim and he beat Ted in a really close 5 setter to make it 2-2. Another close 5 setter followed between Louise and Aaron but unfortunately Louise lost 6/11 in the 5th. Lee was unlucky to lose his next match against Tommy. Having won the first set he lost the second 11/13 and the 4th 9/11. Jim had a great win over Aaron to make it 3-4 and unfortunately for Leinster Ted got the better of Lee but again the scores were very close. Belfast conceded the last match.
Result: 4 – 5
WELL DONE TO ALL THE PLAYERS FOR MAKING IT AN ENJOYABLE AND COMPETITIVE MATCH PLAYED IN THE SPIRIT IN WHICH IT IS MEANT TO BE PLAYED. WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE MORE PEOPLE SUPPORT OUR TEAMS AND COME AND WATCH THE MATCHES. AS PAT O’BRIEN SAYS ‘IT’S AN HONOUR TO BE SELECTED TO PLAY FOR LEINSTER’. ITS ALSO AN HONOUR TO BE ABLE TO WATCH SOME GREAT TABLE TENNIS.
– TERRI MC KEON