Rockhampton locals claim success at Bundaberg table tennis competition

The people of Rockhampton enjoyed playing table tennis at Bundaberg over the weekend. Picture provided.

by Allan Clarke

Ahead of the annual Rockhampton Open Table Tennis Championships, some of the town’s leading players enjoyed great success at the Bundaberg Open Carnival last weekend.

With the local event being the next major attraction on the state tournament calendar over the weekend of June 18-19 at the Leichhardt Park Gaming Center, members of the Rockhampton Association are reminded that registration closes early. of the next week.

The city’s annual open carnival features a range of events that cater to the veteran and junior age groups, as well as sections based on player ratings and the all-important open section where top players can practice their profession.

In an unbelievable situation at the Bundaberg Open, three of the four players who reached the semi-finals of the prestigious men’s singles event hailed from Rocky and, incredibly, the winner, Hayden Green, was a former system junior. city ​​coaches before leaving Rocky. before being initially transferred to Bundaberg and then to Brisbane.

The semi-finals saw the home two best go up against Joel Coughlan and Matthew Pettett and the result was a close result in favor of Coughlan over six sets while Matthew Steffen met Hayden Green who had too many aces in a entertaining encounter.

Green then prevailed over Coughlan in an epic final that lasted all seven sets available.

These two state representatives put on a fine display in a match that included exceptional rallies and power plays.

The women’s open singles also resulted in a showdown between two of Rocky’s top players when Kelsey Le Maistre defeated junior No. 1 Emily Steffen in the final.

Steffen, who had endured a tough combined singles draw with Patricia Green to reach the women’s doubles final but came home with the silver medal after falling victim to Le Maistre’s strong combination and best Bundy player, Lorraine Fourro.

The reliable pair of Pettett and Le Maistre won the mixed open doubles over the Steffen siblings who play a pretty good brand of youth table tennis and are currently the state’s mixed under-19 champions.

The much-loved combination of Rockhampton, Pettett and Coughlan, came out on top to win the men’s doubles gold medal.

Matthew Steffen and regular doubles partner Nick Green won the top-rated event in the carnival leaderboard portion.

Each player is given a computerized rating based on their standard and both did well in their respective sections before Steffen beat Green in the Under-19 singles final.

Steffen also won U21 singles gold to cap off a most successful competition.

Emily Steffen also performed well in her ranking events and finished second in the under-17 singles ahead of Bundy’s top junior girl.

In the local open fixture competition, there are only a few rounds of matches left before the end of the season before the school holidays.

Teams from both divisions will try to earn as many points as possible for an opportunity to win the post of Prime Minister which will be decided on the basis of first-past-the-post voting in both sections.

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