ISF.World Schools
From 5 April to 12 April 2002


St.Angela’s College & Coliaste Choilm from Cork as All Ireland Champions represented Ireland at the World Schools table tennis Championships. Ireland were also eligible to send a boys National representative team.


In the Girls’ School Team event St.Angela’s was drawn against Italy, Greece & France. The group proved to be very tight indeed with Italy, France & Ireland equal on points by the end of the first stage. Unfortunately on sets won and lost Ireland slipped to 3rd place after loosing two more sets than Italy overall. This was doubly disappointing as St.Angelas had a better record against France and had beaten Italy 4/3. Italy went on to finish 7th while St.Angelas slipped to 12th after loosing to Germany and in a very close match against Israel. The team showed great sportsmanship even under the pressure of the count back, which took officials 20 minutes to reach a final result. At the closing ceremony the team of Anna D’Arcy, Yvonne Hurley (Cpt), Rachel O’Connor & Claire Quinlan NPC: Owen Kelly, were awarded the championships Fairplay award, voted for by the Umpires. Shanghai High School from China beat Gymnazium Vlasim, Brezinska from the Czech Republic in the Girls School Final.

In the singles event Claire Quinlan beat a French and German girl and went through to the second round second in the group after being beaten by Dai Ningynang (China) who went on to beat Zhao Yue (China) in the final. (15/13, 11/4, 3/11, 11/6). Yvonne Hurley was knocked out of the consolation in a close match by Ellina Borisover (Israel). Rachel O’Connor beat Eveline Vandeput of the Belgium Flanders National team 11/9, 11/9, 11/6. She was finally beaten by Sarah Brown from England 11/2, 11/6, 11/6. Anna D’Arcy also made it through the first round consolation beating Mahal Nakhieh from Israel 11/5, 11/3, 11/8, she was beaten in the next round by Margarita Busorgina from Latvia who finished 3rd overall.

St.Angelas College Team Rachel O Connor, Anna D Arcy, Claire Quinlan, Yvonne Hurley

Colaiste Choilm playing in the boys school competition had a very tough group in the first round coming up against Greece, Brazil, England & Puerto Rico. The boys managed a very good win against Puerto Rico in a very closely fought battle eventually winning 4-3. Coliaste Choilm went on to face Germany (4-0) and only narrowly loosing out to Bulgaria (3-4). The final match against Belgium Flanders went down to the last set with the Irish school pulling off an excellent 4-3 victory to finish 15th at their first ever World Championships.

Team: Killian Healy, Mike Spitere, David Buckley, Eoin Hegarty, Eoin McNally. NPC Ivan Shorten

National boys Team at the ISF
The championships went very well, with a very high standard on display. Ireland lost 7/0 to China. John Murphy took a set from one of the Chinese! Ireland then lost 6/1 to a Slovakian team that had reach the finals of the Europeans. Conor beat the slovak number one 3/. Ireland lost 5/2 to Israel. Murphy won one and we won the doubles.

A very tough group but the boys played quite well. A bit disappointing then that Ireland lost 4/2 to Latvia. Conor Nolan won two but John Murphy was not at his best in this match. Against Puerto Rico in the play off there was an exciting match. Ireland were 3/2 down but we came back to win 4/3. John Murphy won two and Conor Nolan won one but lost in five to the very good number one. In the individuals Murphy went through second in his group only losing to a Chinese Taipei player but beating an Austrian and an Israeli. Conor Nolan was a bit unlucky to lose 3/2 in both games to a Greek and Israeli defender. National select Schools team is Conor Nolan, John Murphy, Andrew Boland, and Conor Fahy, NPC: John O Donoghue. A special thanks was expressed by all players and captains for the work and dedication of Miriam Hurley who acted as Head of Delegation for all three teams.

Photos from Slovakia
Report, Results and Photos

Ireland Vs Greece 3-4
Ireland Vs Italy 4-3
Ireland Vs France 5-2
Second Round
Ireland Vs Germany 1-4
Ireland Vs Israel 3-4
Final Placing 12th.

Girls Schools Team
St.Angelas, Cork.
Yvonne Hurley
Rachel O'Connor
Anna D'Arcy
Claire Quinlan
NPC. Owen Kelly
Boys Schools Team
Colaiste Choilm, Cork.
Killain Healy
Mike Spitere
David Buckley
Eoin Hegarty
Eoin McNally
NPC. Ivan Shorten
National Boys Team
Conor Nolan
John Murphy
Conor Fahy
Andrew Boland
NPC. John O'Donoghue
Girls Schools Team Group
1. Italy (3-4)
2. Greece (4-3)
3. Ireland (12th)
4. France (2-5)
Boys Schools Team Group
1. Greece (7-0)
2. Brazil (7-0)
3. England (7-0)
4. Ireland 15th
5. Puerto Rico (4-3)
National Boys Team Group
1. China (7-0)
2. Slovakia A (6-1)
3. Israel (5-2)
4. Ireland 13th
Official Site (In English)

ISF.World Schools
From 28 March to 4 April 2000

Report From Louise:
I am just back from the World Schools in France today after having a brilliant time. In our group we had Greece and Slovakia which was a very hard group. We played Greece first and they beat us 7 - 0, and we played Slovakia next who beat us 6 - 1. We beat Israel 4 -3 and then we had to play England which was very close but they beat us 4 - 2 leaving us in 10th place.
The week was not all table tennis though, we had a cultural night on Friday where North Mon and St. Angela's all performed in a ceili which was very embarrassing but we had a laugh.It went down a hit with the audience. We also had a Cultural day on Saturday where we visited a beach, an aquarium and a big shopping centre, this gave us time to mix with all the other countries.

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Ireland Vs Greece 0-7
Ireland Vs Slovakia 1-6
Ireland Vs Israel 4-3
Ireland Vs England 2-4
Final Placing 10th.

Girls Schools Team
St.Angelas, Cork.
Linda O'Sullivan
Jean O'Sullivan
Louise Long
Joanne Donovan
NPC. Ben Haughton
Boys Schools Team
North Mon, Cork.
Jim Conroy
Paul Twomey
Jonathan McCarthy
Gary Noonan
NPC. David O'Rourke
National Boys Team

Sean Brady
Dane Smith
David McNeill
Colin Byrne
NPC. Richard Butler
Girls Schools Team Group
Boys Schools Team Group
Belgium (C.F)
National Boys Team Group
France B
Belgium (FL)
Official Site (In French)