Sunday 21 January 2018

Smashing Six Nations win for legend Tommy

Table tennis

Balbriggan table tennis legend Tommy Caffrey recently reunited with Drogheda's Oliver Adamson to achieve another success in the Veterans Six Nations Championship.

The island of Guernsey played host to the tournament which started with the team event, where Ireland accounted for the hosts, Isle of Man, Wales and Scotland before going down 3-2 to England in the final.

Next on the agenda was the Men's Doubles where Caffrey and Adamson were bidding to regain the title they won 15 years ago in Scotland in the 50s category.

Having reached the knockout stage, the Irish pair defeated Wales and then Scotland to take their place in the final against England.

The English duo had already inflicted a 3-0 defeat in the earlier team event, but Caffrey and Adamson were intent on revenge.

It didn't look good in the early stages as the Irishmen went 2-0 down in sets, but having won the third set 12-10 they easily took the fourth to set up a decider. In that crunch set Caffrey/Adamson trailed 5-1 at one stage but fought back to win 11-8 and secure the gold medals.

Adamson also entered the Singles where he went out to the eventual winner from England in the quarter-finals, while another Balbriggan player, Brian Finn, was the Over-60 runner-up.

Overall, it was a productive weekend for the Irish team as they returned home with three gold, five silver and one bronze medal.

The table tennis season is up and running in Balbriggan - though a number continued to play all summer. The club held its agm last Tuesday and was attended by more than 20 members. Brian Finn was elected Chairman, John Keogh as Club Captain and Robert Cashell as Honorary Secretary.

The club's three internationals - Caffrey, Adamson and Finn - were congratulated for their exploits at the Home Nations Internationals.

It used to be said that while United had Best, Law and Charlton, Balbriggan Table Tennis Club had Caffrey, Adamson and Finn. Back in the 1970s Balbriggan were the team to beat as they won the Leinster League and Cup on many occasions and it is great that 40-plus years later they are still going strong.

Club nights are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 10pm in St George's National School on the Naul Road. The game is not just for the top players, no experience is necessary and new members are most welcome.

Fingal Independent

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