DCU’s Ryan Farrell added another table tennis award to his list as he captured the Intervarsity Singles Title for the second year in a row in NUI Galway.
Having won the singles title in Trinity College last year, Farrell entered the tournament as No.1 seed.
“There was some added pressure heading into the event as defending champion, but it was a challenge which I relished. I knew there was a number of players who were capable of lifting the title,” Farrell told The College View.
Farrell felt that he was in good form having reached the Semi-Finals without dropping a set as he recorded 3-0 wins against opponents from University Limerick (UL) & Trinity in the last 16 & Quarter finals of the tournament.
The DCU student admitted that he knew the semi-final would be a stern test as he was up against Irish No.8 Tom Davis of UCD.
The match went to the wire with Farrell explaining how it required a lot of mental strength to cross the line. He found himself match point down before the semi-final was decided 14-12 in the 5th and final set.
In the Final, Farrell would face Irish No.4 Alexander Gillen (UCD) in a repeat of last year’s final.
“I felt confident in my game heading into the final and this allowed me to play with complete freedom. I got off to a strong start, winning the first 2 sets and I never took my foot off the pedal,” said Farrell.
The DCU student from Howth was all smiles as he won the final 3-1 to lift the Intervarsity Singles Title for the Second year in a row.
“It was a great feeling to lift the title for a second time. Saving match point in the Semi-Final made me realise that there is a fine margin between winning and losing. Being on the verge of defeat made the victory even more satisfying,” said Farrell.
— Ryan Farrell (@ryanpatfarrell) February 16, 2019
Farrell who is currently ranked No.3 in Ireland started playing Table Tennis when he was 10 years old in primary school and he quickly fell in love with the sport.
After completing the Leaving Cert in 2015, he moved to Sweden to play professionally for 1 year before beginning his college degree.
“Being a full time Table Tennis player consisted of playing two sessions every day from Monday to Friday with league matches at the weekend. During a normal week in Sweden, I would play 10 sessions and over 20 hours of Table Tennis. This was both physically and mentally demanding but it’s an experience which has moulded me as a person,” said Farrell.
He also plays table tennis in the German Verbandsliga Division for TV Hude which is a village near Bremen. Farrell has played there for the last 2 seasons. The village currently sit 2nd in the league and promotion is their goal for this season.
Farrell expressed his career highlight so far as representing Ireland at the World Team Championships in Tokyo in 2014 were he recieved his first Senior Cap at age 17.
Since then, he has received a further 12 Senior Caps which include two 6 Nations campaigns (2015 & 2017) and various European League matches as well as winning 4 National Titles at Junior Level.
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