Home helps Nolan cause in table tennis
By AARON KELLY
ROCKHAMPTON'S Erica No- lan is preparing to face some hot competition both on and off the court in this weekend's Queensland Grand Prix.
The State's best players will converge on Rockhampton's Leichhardt Park Table Tennis Complex starting on Saturday.
Playing at her home arena, Nolan knows she will have an advantage over her opponents with expected scorching tem- peratures this weekend.
The No.4 seed is one of the hottest prospects in the wom- en's field, which also includes her close rival, Townsville's top seed Ivett Weininger.
"It's great fun because every single match is intense and it's hard work,'' Nolan said.
Joining the star-studded open competition are leading Rock- hampton players Colin McKen- na and Damon Clarke, along with rising star Joel Coughlan.
McKenna and Clarke are seeded No.2 and No.4 respec- tively behind Wynnum's Ste- phen Gao.
Rounding off the top-five are talented Wynnum sisters, Peri (3) and Claire (5) Campbell-In- nes, who are in the Australian squad for next year's Common- wealth Games.
Seventeen-year-old Coughlan is the wildcard in the 10-man field.
Play starts at 10am on Satur- day with finals on Sunday.