Table tennis representatives from Rockhampton returned home on Monday from Mackay where they competed successfully in the Queensland Veterans Championships for five days.
Ann-Louise Stewart, Monica Deeth and Pam Clarke have all played in team and individual events and won several medals between them.
Stewart was in good tournament form as the previous weekend she competed in seven events at the State Open Carnival in Townsville and won a medal in each.
Stewart and Deeth came very close to winning the bronze medal in the women’s over-30 section and they came in fourth place, with Stewart only averaging an 80% win rate in the interclub team match.
Clarke played on a composite team in the over-60 division, but did not feature in the medal tally after finishing with a creditable performance.
The trio achieved impressive results in the individual events.
Stewart partnered with Townsville’s Venkat Vangaveti to win gold in the over-40 mixed doubles after starting as the second seed in a strong lineup.
They just beat top players Anthony Jeffress (Moreton Bay) and Rosalie Brooks (Gold Coast) 11-4, 11-13, 11-8, 6-11, 12-10.
She picked up a silver medal after appearing in the women’s over-40 singles final and losing to Mackay’s Emma Widdup in a straight-sets final. Stewart also teamed with Sunshine Coast’s Paul Green to win the Over-50 mixed doubles against Bundaberg’s John and Lorraine Fourro.
Deeth won the bronze medal in this event after she and Jeffress lost to the Fourros in the semi-finals.
Deeth had her big hit when she and Anne Sheridan of Mackay won gold in the women’s over-40 doubles and they did it in style beating the first and third seeds to make the final which they won against second seed Stewart. and Emma Widdup (Mackay).
Deeth and Clarke clinched bronze in the women’s over-50 doubles after dropping from the top seeds in the semifinals by three sets to one.
Stewart and Andrea Mc Donnell (Townsville) made the final in this event but also succumbed to favorites in a five game long battle to settle for silver.
Stewart capped off a good week to be ranked a very impressive number two in the Women’s Over-30 Division while Deeth had to land just outside the announced top ten.
This section covered players in the over 30s, 40s and 50s age groups.
Clarke was ranked eight best in the women over 60 section.
State teams for National Veterans Titles in Darwin in October will be announced soon.
Local players now have the city’s weekly activities to focus on, with the most enthusiastic taking part in practice sessions at the Leichhardt Park Table Tennis Center at 157 Campbell Street.
A new season of open grade competition kicked off last week in two divisions and the annual closed championships will be held in a few weeks.
Those interested in playing the sport in a less competitive way can join in the fun on Mondays from 7:30 p.m. and veterans of all skill levels are invited to the very social Bat and Chat session on Mondays from 10:00 a.m.
Junior coaching continues under the direction of experienced and qualified coaches from 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.