McCreery is in position to launch a World bid
Ireland's leading table tennis player Paul McCreery has confirmed his place in the World Championship of Ping Pong at London's Alexandra Palace on January 24/25 by winning the hardbat Irish play-off at Ormeau Table Tennis Club.
The Crossgar man will be joined in the $100,000 prize fund finals by Ulster High Performance Coach John Murphy, who took McCreery to a final set in the dynamic decider of the event, which was hosted by Gervis Knox.
Allen Robson (David Lloyd Centre) upset the seedings with a series of wins over highly fancied Ashley Robinson (Clogher) and Phil Wallace (QUB), but McCreery finished his hopes in the last four, while Murphy took out Gavin Maguire (Dublin) in the other semi, with Zak Wilson (Civil Service), Ryan Farrell (Dublin), Wallace and Ashley Givan (both QUB) grabbing top-eight prizes.
Meanwhile, Hannah Lynch-Dawson (Drung) showed why she is currently ranked the No. 1 Senior in Ireland by taking a brace of titles at the Newtownabbey Borough Council sponsored Ulster Junior Closed in its Valley Leisure Centre, as did Ryan McConkey (Newbliss) who also won at Under-21 and Under-18.
East Belfast club, Glenburn, claimed the club bragging rights with three gold medals and two silver medals, ahead of Ormeau (two golds and two silvers), followed by Drung and Newbliss (two golds each).
Ulster Junior Table Tennis Finals:
Boys: U21: Ryan McConkey by Aditya Subramani 3-0; U18: R McConkey bt Zak Earley 3-1; U15: Conor Nugent bt Ethan Duffy 3-0; U13: Matthew Cherry bt Matthew McClimonds 3-0; U11: Jonathan Macey bt Joel Smith 2-1.
Girls: U21: Hannah Lynch-Dawson bt Emma McSorley 3-0; U18: H Lynch-Dawson bt Rebecca Finn 3-2; U15: R Finn bt Emma Kee 3-0; U13: Lucy Craig bt Lucy Johnston 3-0; U11: Sophie Earley bt Nicole Larmour 2-0.