Round One of another new season of table tennis in the province got underway with Palmerstown in Dublin staging what would prove to be a most challenging event for most who took part.
Despite close attention, the unstoppable Kate Whelan gave Mountrath table tennis club an early victory in the Girls U-18, with clubmate Amylou Hayes taking bronze.
Indeed it will take something special for any player in Leinster to record a victory over this wizzard from Ballyroan, as she continues to amaze everybody with her consistant quality at all times.
Not to be outshone, clubmate Dylan Grace is matching her step for step in the gold rush, and in the boys U-15 event he produced another magical display in capturing his main event with a comfortable win over an up and coming player of great potential in Art McGloughlin from Leixlip in the final.
While McGloughlin was on fire it was Grace who was cool as a breeze,fearless and persistent in claiming top spot.
At U-11 Ross Handcock produced many fine displays as he captured a well earned silver. Another fine performance from Scott Jestin saw him reach U-18 quarter-finals in a very strong group of players. However, Jestin will have his sights set on making it a step further in the next event and indeed it is all very possible.
Richard Thompson continues to progress at every event and made the top eight in both U-13 and U-15.Jessie Hayes, fourth, and Paddy Vaughan, sixth, did not hit their usual high notes on the day so they will be really looking forward to round two in November.
Many good performances were also delivered by Amy Jestin, Tiegan and Sarah O’Connor, Claire Handcock, Corinna Hayes and Rathdowney’s John Mansfield.