Leading players head table
THE final matches in the first round of open grade table tennis fixtures saw the teams with the competition's heavyweights face off. It's probably no coincidence that the city's leading four players head teams occupying the top places in the fixture. Colin McKenna and Bruce Smith proved to be just too good for the combination of Damon Clarke and Helga Leitner in the major showdown and the result separated these two sides on the points table ? by one point to the good of McKenna and Smith.
Teams led by the Coughlan brothers met and Dane upset the younger Joel, who has been in sparkling form, in their singles. Dane and Mark Payne went on to record a great victory when they won the doubles and Payne crept home over the reliable Joe Clifton in five long games. In narrow finishes in other matches Ying Qin struggled to hold out the nagging consistency of Linda O'Sullivan over five long sets, Monica Deeth came within an ace of upsetting Christoph Leitner in another clash that went the full distance, James O'Sullivan came from one set in arrears to upstage Dave Hockings in four close games and Shaun Pettett created the same scenario when pitted against Pam Clarke.
The only players undefeated in the Friday junior session were Jason Hockings, Kerrod Coughlan, Joseph Yeomans and Paula Hockings. Jason Hocking lost the first set to Mathias Andersson but fought back to win the next three in a situation where the clash was closer than the final the scores indicate.
During the week the local club mourned the death of a former great player in Joan McGuire who, apart from making quite a mark in regular fixture competitions and tournaments, made a significant contribution to the sport in general in the Rockhampton district. People who have enjoyed the facilities provided at the Leichhardt Park Table Tennis Centre over the years have much to thank her for, as they do for many of her colleagues of her day.