Five young Laois table tennis players answered the call for Leinster duty last weekend as the ever popular inter-pros took place in the ALSAA centre at Dublin Airport.
Kate Whelan and Jessie Hayes took their place on the U-12 girls team that eventually took gold after convincing wins over Ulster, Munster and Connaught. Amylou Hayes and Eimile McWey lined up at U-14 girls where they had convincing wins over Munster and Connaught, but found Ulster in really cracking form and fell short of a victory in this event, but collected silver for their gallant work.
Following a very impressive season Scott Jestin was joining forces with a really strong U-12 boys team. They got off to an exciting start against Munster but had to battle hard to keep control, however, they won through and followed it up with another awsome performance in a crucial match against Ulster, which went right down to the wire before Leinster won on a 5-4 score.
Connaught were their next opponents and with the scores tied at 4-4, Connacht took the last game to leave Scott and his Leinster team mates with silver. Overall Leinster took excellent results over the other provinces to collect gold at U-14 and U-17 boys
For Kate Whelan it completed a super season in which she collected the Award for National U-12 Champion and International U-12 Primary School Champion, and for Jessie Hayes collecting national girls U-10 and the provincial win ,while Amylou Hayes has collected provincial titles at U-14 and U-17 too.
It has raised the bar to a very impressive height for table tennis performances by Laois players, and with many other exciting young players like Leanne Delaney, Nadia Krawczun, Dylan Grace, Tadhg Downey, Eoghan, Charlie and Brian Whelan, Luke Dempsey, John Mansfield, Paddy Vaughan, Claire Handcock and many more the feature of the sport has never been so exciting locally.
Starball has just completed its season with new champions coming through. Portlaoise placed second in the Premier Division, Terry Carroll’s Ballyroan charges won Diviison 1 without losing a game, while Ballyroan also won Division 2. In the Starball Junior League, Ballyroan were Division 1 winners where Eimile McWey and the ever talented Whelan’s, Eoghan, Kate and Charlie captured the title following 6-4 victory over Carlow.
Table tennis summer camps, which were so popular last year will take place again, Week 1- July 2-6th and Week 2 - Aug 20-25th.in Castletown Community Centre 10am - 5pm each day. Spaces limited.Further details and bookings contact Jimmy Hayes 0868684693