Leixlip table tennis vets Scottish trip

Ireland's veteran table tennis playes who will represent the country in the Scotland this coming week (l to r): Tommy Caffrey, Liam Perris, Jim Storey (all Leixlip Table Tennis Club members), Vivienne Barry and Teresa Devaney.
THREE members of Leixlip table tennis club will represent Ireland in a veterans tournament in Scotland next weekend.

THREE members of Leixlip table tennis club will represent Ireland in a veterans tournament in Scotland next weekend.

The club, which currently operates a playing schedule on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Scoil San Carlo, is home to to some of Ireland’s better known long time table tennis players.

They will head to Perth where they will take on players from England, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and Guernsey from Friday to Sunday coming (12-14 September).

The table tennis game, which is ideal for those of all ages and genders, has a habit of keeping its long time players.

Within the table tennis game, 71 year old Tommy Caffrey, is one of the best known names.

At full senior level, he was Icapped 151 times for Ireland.

He remains a formidable opponent, deceptively good to an untrained eye.

For the past three years, he has been playing at the Leixlip club with its senior team. Before that he played with Terenure CYM.

Tommy started playing at the age of fifteen. He did regular exercises down through to the years, to keep different parts of his body fit.

At this stage, he told the Leader last Thursday night, he just does table tennis. “Table tennis is a great game. It is not expensive and it is ideal for children. Schools should encourage,” he said

With him for a tournament which will include veterans in the 40, 50, 60 and 70 plus aged groups, will be fellow Leixlip players, Jim Storey and Liam Perris. Liam began playing at the age of 17 in 1972 and was a member of the St. Brigid’s club before moving to Leixlip.

With 42 years of spinning balls to his credit, he is still going strong. Liam’s long time pal - table tennis lends itself to friendship - Jim Storey has played with Liam since for a long time.

Also travelling is Teresa Devaney, who won a gold with a Russian partner in the World Doubles Veterans Over 60’s championship in New Zealand last May, and Vivienne Barry.