Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 29 May 2016

McCreery continues his title form in Fermanagh

Table Tennis

Published 06/02/2013

Crossgar’s Paul McCreery continues his prolific table tennis success with another men's singles title at the Fermanagh Open Championships in the up-market Fivemiletown Acadamy.

The Manchester University Chemical Engineering under-grad picked up the Bristol Grand Prix title in January, claiming both singles and doubles titles in Fermanagh and then travelled on to the Doncaster Grand Prix to claim a top 8 place, and retain his lead in the UK Grand Prix race.

Ashley Givan (Dungannon) also showed her star quality in the Femanagh event to retain her Women's title with a final victory over Dublin's Sabina Devereux.

McCreery took out O'Flynn (Dublin) in the last 8 and Strong in the semis to set up an enthralling final against five-time Irish champion, John Murphy,

This was a bitter sweet encounter as the top two are close friends and Murphy has been appointed as part-time Ulster High Performance Coach to mentor the leading Ulster Podium players; in this case the pupil won 3-1 to take the Fermanagh title.

Meanwhile Table Tennis Ulster has selected an 18 member squad of Commonwealth hopefuls towards Glasgow 2014 and the Youth events in Samoa 2015 and St Lucia 2017.

The NI Commonwealth Table Tennis Squad full selection is: Male: Owen Cathcart, Peter Graham, Keith Knox, Trevor Knox, Paul McCreery, Jonathan Porter, Ashley Robinson, Stephen Slater and Zak Wilson;

Female: Hannah Lynch-Dawson, Laura Finn, Rebecca Finn, Ashley Givan, Emma Ludlow, Amanda Mogey, Na Liu, Erin Thompson and Annalise Walker.

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