Table Tennis: ‘Dungannon Challenger’ and ‘Ulster Open’ Success!

Congratulations to Grosvenor Year Nine pupil Ben Watson, who has enjoyed success in two prestigious table tennis events of late. On Saturday 10th November, Ben competed in the ‘Dungannon Challenger’ event and won in convincing style, dropping only one set throughout the tournament; Ben finished first in Division One, picking up the maximum 200 Ulster ranking points in the process.

On the weekend of 24th and 25th November 2018, meanwhile, Ben participated in both the Under 13 and Under 15 Boys events at the Ulster Open, held at Lisburn Racquets. At this event there were entries from all over Ireland, with Ben hoping to improve on his performance from last year, when he was the Under 13 Boys Band Two Winner. Having safely secured his passage through the initial group stages by defeating players from Munster, Ben reached the quarter finals of the competition and finished second in his group - to Fionn Hickey, from Dublin Table Tennis Club. In the semi finals Ben met Gellert Moravcsik, the number 1 Irish seed, and unfortunately lost his match, finishing a commendable 4th in the Under 13 Boys tournament overall.

Participation in the Under 15 Boys event also gave Ben great experience and, following some tight games, he made it through the group stages to the last 16. Ben then had the opportunity to play the Irish No1 seed Dillon Byrne, from Dublin. Unfortunately that’s where both Dillon’s experience and power dominated and Ben departed the competition.

Not content with his weekend’s work, Ben also competed in the Under 15 and Under18 Boys doubles events, joining with Adam Faulkner, from Ballymoney, to make it through to the quarter finals in both age groups.

Well done to Ben on his impressive performances at both of these recent events – the experience will no doubt prove invaluable to him and, with this in mind, we look forward to following his fortunes yet further over the remainder of the year.

Grosvenor Year Nine pupil Ben Watson proudly receives his trophy from John McFall (Table Tennis Ulster) and Rodney McKirgan (organiser) following his victory in the 'Dungannon Challenger' event.