Jordan shines in top competition

THE city's closed championships culminated during the week at the Leichhardt Park Table Tennis Centre and again this annual tournament was punctuated by some excellent play across all events.

Jeffrey Jordan emerged from a competitive field to take out the Monday singles. He was too consistent for John Druery in the play-off for the trophy and upstaged Chris Kitchin in the semis.

In a tough semi Druery downed Grant Pettett in four long sets while he was lucky to be there after edging out Kerrod Coughlan 11-8 in the fifth game decider of an earlier clash.

Andy Smith and Zenon Harabasz won some close encounters in the doubles section before proving too good for the solid combination of Jeff Jordan and Matthew Elliott in an exciting four-game final.

In the talent-packed reserve grade singles Erica Nolan found some exceptional form to take out the event in a close four-set clash against Dave Hockings.

Nolan encountered plenty of action in the semi-final against Mark Payne when she fought back from two sets in arrears to level the encounter before finding herself in trouble in the decider.

She clawed back from an early four-point deficit to turn the score around and set up a victory by two points. Hockings found himself in the winner's circle when he teamed with Christopher Leitner in the doubles where in the final they had just too many answers for Nolan and Joe Clifton to take out the match by a few points in the fourth game.

In a family affair Kerrod Coughlan defeated younger brother Zach in a one-sided final of the Friday junior singles.

The victor was too strong for Jason Hockings in the first semi-final while Zach Coughlan crept home when pitted against Joseph Bobadilla in the other semi.

In the quarter-finals Bobadilla came from behind when he came up trumps over the improving Paula Hockings 10-12, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9.

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