The 2005/06 season starts this week and the anticipation of the forthcoming battles among the competitors is already creating great waves of excitement through the table tennis fraternity. Fermanagh is now one of the largest competitive leagues in Ireland with 48 teams competing over 6 leagues.

The office bearers and committee for the Fermanagh Table Tennis Association for the incoming season are as follows: –

Chairman: Gary Nevin, Vice Chairman: Thomas McConkey, Secretary: David Keys, Match Secretary: Alan Coalter, Press Secretary: Geoffrey Slater, Treasurer: Victor Magee, Tournament Co-ordinator: Deirdre Slater, Fundraisers: Martin Carey and Dessie Elton. Committee Members – Mervyn Carleton, James Mayne, Tom Phair & Jeremy Lappin. The Ulster Table Tennis Branch has also elected David Wilson as the Western Regional Co-ordinator for the sport.

Both the new and outgoing committees wish to thank all sponsors for their support …

The Fermanagh Junior Open Tournament

The Fermanagh Junior Open tournament was held in the Lakeland Forum on Saturday and this year saw a record entry with over 120 young people from the four provinces of Ireland competing for the titles of U10, U12, U14 and U17 Champion in both boys and girls events. All matches were hotly contested through group and knockout stages with feelings of jubilation and disappointment experienced in the hall throughout the day.

The U10 contest gave children who have recently started to play table tennis their first taste of a tournament atmosphere and the audience was not disappointed with their standard of play. The U10 Girls’ final was between Ashley Givan from Clogher TT Club and Laura Dunworth (Belfast) Ashley displayed some excellent table tennis in the final to take her first major title.


Kieran Reilly from Cavan and Andrew Nicholl