With their regular no 1 Damien Fournier not being available, the team of Darren McMahon, Ruben Illera and very capable substitute Ramanus Meskauskas set about their task with great determination.
First up was IT Carlow, last year’s winners. Playing well within themselves the DkIT players eased to a 3-1 win. Next up were the mighty Trinity College who were comprehensively beaten 3-1. The final match of the morning session was against Dublin Institute of Technology which resulted in an easy 3-0 win.
The afternoon session began with a very tough match against a very strong University College Cork team, however improving as the day wore on the DkIT team won 3-1.
The semi-final was against a very good and competent Queens University Belfast team. Darren had to come from 2-1 down to win a great match 3-2. This win inspired the other two team members to play great table tennis to gain a 3-1 win.
The final was against an excellent National University of Ireland Galway team lead by a French player who remained unbeaten over the two weekends of the competition.
For the first time all day Ruben lost the first game 3-1 to the French player. This loss galvanised the other two players to step up to the mark to win the match and the Championship 3-1.
During the day Darren remained unbeaten while Rubin lost just one game but the overall biggest achievement belonged to substitute Ramanus Meskauskas making his first appearance in any Table Tennis competition and winning two of his six matches.
Congratulations to the team on a spectacular performance on the day and to the coach, Oliver Adamson, who supported and guided them all the way to the finals.
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