By Allan Clarke
From Wednesday through Sunday, the Townsville Table Tennis Association hosts a series of tournaments and social events to celebrate the club’s ninetieth year. The so-called 90th anniversary festival of this club should provide plenty of opportunities for participants to participate in various events, as something has been organized for the five days of the festival.
Ann-Louise Stewart is the only player from the Rockhampton club to be available and she will be eager to participate in the various competitions she has entered.
The Rockhampton Association will soon be in the planning stages to celebrate its 90th anniversary. Records indicate that a decision was made in 1933 for an association to be formed in the city with it being understood that the sport was played in various organized formats for well beyond the 88 years of the club’s existence.
The open graders put in an impressive first round performance of the final season of the year at the Leichhardt Park play center last week. The competition is based on teams of three players each playing three best-of-five matches in singles with no tie in doubles.
Monica Deeth created an unusual surprise on Kerrod Coughlan to claim a practical four-set victory. Kerrod had previously earned an unexpected victory over older brother Dane in a cliffhanger, 16-14 in the deciding fifth game. Improving junior Nick Green spoke of wins over Ann-Louise Stewart and Erica Nolan in clashes he could just as easily lose. His escape on Stewart was particularly impressive. After leading two sets to zero, he scored a solid victory in the third, 15-13 in the fourth, then a few points in the decider.
Rayden Smith clinched a four-game victory over junior leader Matthew Steffen, the first time he has created a victory over that opponent in the last six outings between the pair. Joe Clifton made a comeback after a few seasons of absence and clinched a practical victory over Helga Leitner 11-9 in the decider. Young Nolan Hao won a good four-set victory over Eden Delamain.
This season will be interrupted by the closed annual championships which will be played in the first two weeks of November, and the last weekend of November was reserved for the annual clash against the Bundaberg club for the Cree Shield.
Table Tennis Queensland is currently hosting this year’s Queensland School Championships at various clubs across the state. The Rockhampton event has been set for Saturday 13 November and primary school children interested in participating should notify their school officials so that registrations can be arranged. Meanwhile, coaching sessions for junior beginners and advanced continue on Thursdays between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Inquiries about any of the local club’s activities can be directed to 0417 474 898.