2017 Belfast Match Report




This was a day of really good table tennis and a pleasure to watch.  Last year I received an e mail over comments I made about funny rubbers so no mention of them this year.

Division 1

Marius got Leinster off to a great start winning in straight sets against Rodney Mc Kirgan. Leinster thought they had another one in the bag when Brian was 2 nil up against Philip Wallace but Philip had other ideas.  He won the third set 11/6. Brian was up 9/7 in the 4th but Philip came back and won 12/10 and he also won 12/10 in the 5th which made it 1-1. Willie Cherry then beat Stephen in four sets. Next up, Philip against Marius. Again Philip was down 2 nil but went on to win the next three 11/9, 12/10 and 11/9.  He was later to be referred to as the come-back kid. Belfast now led 3-1. Rodney beat Stephen in a real close 3 setter to give Belfast a lead of 4-1. Brian kept Leinster in the game beating Willie. Unfortunately for Stephen, Philip’s confidence was at a high and he beat him in 4 sets, which gave Belfast the match. The last two games were played and Marius and Brian both won in straight sets.
Result: 5-4

Division 2

Belfast got off to the better start with Adrian Aetris beating Greg in the 4th set. We didn’t fare much better in the next one either with Yingjie losing to Alec Butarsk in straights giving Belfast a 2-0 lead. The ever reliable Barney didn’t let us down and beat Syd Beasant in straights. Greg had a close one against Alec but lost. Barney again kept us in the match with an easy win over Adrian to make it 3-2 to Belfast. I thought we were in trouble again when Yingjie lost the first set to Syd but he played well to win the next three making it 3-3. Alec had a great straight sets win over Barney with a first set score of 17/15 to give Belfast the lead once again. The next match was crucial. Leinster couldn’t afford to lose it. Syd won the first 2 sets easy but Greg came good and won the next three making it 4-4.  So it was all down to the last game between Adrian and Yingjie. Adrian started well winning the first set 11/6 but well done to Yingjie for coping with the pressure and winning the next three sets giving Leinster the win.
Result: 4-5

Division 3

As in last year’s division 3 match this was another nail biter. John Smith got Leinster off to a great start with an easy win over Ivor Kirk but Belfast fought back straight away with Yuyo Go beating John Mc Cormack in a close three setter.  The next was just too close to call but Ranjit Singh pipped it over Aengus 17/15 in the 5th. Yuyo was playing so well we knew the next game was going to be a tough one but John (S) also played really well and won it 11/13 in the 4th to make it 2-2. Aengus was once again involved in a 5 setter and once again he was on the wrong side losing 11/8 in the 5th. John Mc had a straight sets win over Ranjit to make it 3-3. Yuyo beat Aengus in straights and John (S) also won in straights against Ranjit, the score in the 2nd set in that game being 18/16. It was now 4-4.  So like division 2 it was all down to the final game so no pressure on Ivor or John Mc. John won the first 12/10 but unfortunately for Leinster Ivor won the next three to give Belfast the match.
Result: 5-4

The player of the day was a difficult decision as three players stood out for their outstanding play- Philip Wallace, Alec Butarsk and John Smith. Philip Wallace was chosen mainly for his come-back against both Brian and Marius having been 2 nil down in both matches. He was presented with the Pat O’Brien individual trophy.

Well done to all the players for giving us such an enjoyable day of table tennis and many thanks to Derek and the Belfast team for their hospitality.


Belfast v Leinster League Match 2017

The Belfast v Leinster League match will take place on 25th March, in Belfast.

The line-up of teams will be announced closer to the event.

The last time it Belfast hosted the match in 2015, it was a very close match, with Leinster winning the Division 1 match 6-3, and narrowly losing the Division 2 and 3 matches 5-4.

Leinster v Belfast Match – 2016 Report

The 2016 Leinster League Teams

The Leinster League v Belfast & District League match took place in PingZone Table Tennis Club on Saturday 27th February 2016.

  • Team 1: John Dennis, Romain Barth, Stephen Keenan
  • Team 2: Marta Zareba, Brian Keenan, Eddie Hockey
  • Team 3: Igor Krasnyanskyy, Jack O’Meara, Dave Gibbons

Anyone who came to see this match was in for a treat. The table tennis was both brilliant and exciting.


Belfast’s Phil Jamison got off to a good start winning the first match against Romain Barthin in the 4th set. John Dennis was up next against Gary Crawford and a tough match it was with John winning it in the 5th set. Stephen Keenan won the next against Rodney Mc Kirgen in straight sets to give Leinster the lead at 2-1. The real clincher came for Leinster in the next match. John was up against Phil and at 2 sets all and John down 1/7 in the 5th set it looked like Belfast were about to even up the score but John was not about to give up and came back to 7/9 and eventually won it 12/10 which gave us a 3-1 lead and definitely the turning point in the match. Romain beat Rodney in the 4th set and Leinster now led 4-1. Stephen had a real close match against Gary losing 4/11 in the 5th set. John again saved the day winning another tight match against Rodney 7/11, 12/10, 16/14, 11/9. The last two matches were shared and both were 5 set matches which just showed how tight the match actually was. Result: 6-3


Again Belfast had the better start with Wayne Crawford beating Brian Keenan in 4 sets. Marta made easy work against Tiago Souto winning it in straight sets making it 1-1. Eddie Hockey was on next against Martin Pickles and his funny rubbers. Eddie won the first two sets both 11/6 but unfortunately the rubbers got the better of him and lost the next three. Wayne came from two sets down against Marta to win in the 5th set. Two more five setters followed with Brian losing 9/11 to Martin and Eddie winning 11/8 against Tiago. Belfast now led 4-2. Martin’s rubbers came into play once again with Marta losing in the 4th set giving the match to Belfast. The last two matches were played anyway and were shared. Result 3-6


As in last year’s match this Division 3 one was a real nail biter. Again Belfast got the better start with Brian Calvert beating Jack O’Meara 10/12 in the 5th set despite Jack having won the first two sets and leading 10/8 in the 5th. Belfast came out tops again with Ivor Kirk beating Igor in a very close three setter 11/13, 8/11 and 12/14. Dave Gibbons got Leinster’s first win beating Kris Donagy in straight sets. Leinster won the next two with Igor beating Brian in a five set match and Jack beating Kris in four sets to give Leinster the lead at 3-2. Leinster didn’t have the lead for long as Ivor beat Dave in the next match in the 4th set and Kris beat Igor in another really close five setter to now give the lead of 4-3 to Belfast. The pressure was now all on Dave who had to play Brian next. He lost the first set but came back and won the next three. All down to Jack as the score was now 4-4 and fair play to him he came out and won his match in straight sets. Result  5-4

The player of the day went to Wayne Crawford for his three very close wins and he was presented with the Pat O’Brien individual trophy.

Well done to all the players for giving us such an enjoyable day of table tennis and to Roman for providing Pingzone club to us free of charge.

– Terri Mc Keon

Leinster v Belfast League Match 2016

The annual Leinster League v Belfast League match will take place at 2pm on Saturday 27th February, in PingZone TTC (St Benildus College, Stillorgan).

The Leinster League teams will be as follows:

Team 1: Romain Barth, John Dennis, Stephen Keenan
Team 2: Marta Zareba, Brian Keenan, Eddie Hockey
Team 3: Dave Gibbons, Igor Krasnyanskyy, Jack O’Meara

Spectators are welcome, and there should be some great matches, featuring some of the best players from both leagues.

2015 Belfast League Match Report


  • Division 1: Artur Lewanczuk, Tommy Caffrey, Marcus McDonnell
  • Division 2: Stephen Keenan, Jim Storey, Dave Pender
  • Division 3: Kevin McCarthy, Brian Keenan, Shay Quinn

This had to be the best inter league match I have seen in a long time. The play and the atmosphere was electric.


Belfast got off to a great start with Willie Cherry and Darryl Strong beating Tommy Caffrey and Marcus Mc Donald in two tight four set games. Artur beat Philip Wallace in straight sets and Tommy won a real close five setter against Darryl to even the score 2-2. It was looking good for Leinster but not for long as Artur lost a five set game to Willie and Belfast then won the next two to lead 5-2, effectively winning the match. Tommy then decided he wouldn’t play the next game against Philip as we couldn’t win the match at that stage. He had left before I realised what had happened and I was very disappointed, as was Philip, as all the games are usually played regardless of the score. Marcus played the last game against Willie winning it in the 4th set.

Result: 6-3


This match was neck and neck all the way and is it was so exciting to watch. Stephen Keenan played Maurice Rooney and didn’t start well losing the first two sets but got himself together and won 8/11 in the 5th set. Jim Storey and Dave Pender lost to Andy Loane and Steven Hughes in two tight games. Stephen was again involved in another cruncher beating Andy 13/15 in the 5th set to make the score 2-2. Dave lost to Maurice in a real close three setter but Jim pulled back another one winning 9/11 in the 5th set against Steven. The next one went to Belfast to give them a lead of 4-3. Along came Stephen again and he really likes to get the most out of his table tennis as once again he went two sets down only to come back to win it 5/11 in the 5th set to even the score 4-4. So it all down to Jim and I think he was watching Stephen too much as he also went two sets down before he came back to win it easily in the 5th set 3/11.

Result: 4-5


This was another humdinger of a match. Kevin Mc Carthy lost to Kris Donaghy 12/10 in the 5th set with Kris getting four net balls in a row in one of the sets. Brian Keenan had another close game against John Lockhart winning it 9/11 in the 4th set. Shay Quinn went two sets down to Jim Sterling but won the next two only to lose 11/9 in the 5th. Kevin had a great win over John, again in the 5th set to even the score 2-2. Belfast won the next but Brian pulled it back again with a win over Jim in the 4th set to make it 3-3. Shay then won a very close and tense game against John wining 10/12 in the 5th but Belfast were not giving up and Jim beat Kevin 13/11 in the 4th set to once again even the score 4-4. As in Div 2 it was down to the wire and Brian had to take all the pressure and he did it in style winning in straight sets.

Result: 4-5

The player of the day went to Stephen Keenan for his three nail biting wins and he was presented with the Pat O’Brien individual trophy.

It was a fantastic day of table tennis and well done to all the players for giving us some of the best table tennis played in such a sporting manner and great style even though they were playing with the new ball that some of the players had never played with before.


2015 Belfast League Match

The 2015 Leinster League v Belfast & District League match takes place on Saturday 21st March, in Belfast.

The Leinster League teams are as follows:

  • Team 1: Artur Lewanczuk, Tommy Caffrey, Marcus McDonnell
  • Team 2: Jim Storey, Stephen Keenan, Dave Pender
  • Team 3: Kevin McCarthy, Brian Keenan, Shay Quinn

For a look back at last years match in Dublin, click here.