Rocky trio make impression
ROCKHAMPTON'S three representatives made an impression at the Queensland Table Tennis Championships in Cairns last week and some excellent performances resulted in Colin McKenna and Damon Clarke being selected for Queensland at the national senior titles early in August at Sydney.
McKenna, Clarke and Joel Coughlan played plenty of tough matches in both the team and individual events and at the conclusion of the carnival were ranked third, fifth and seventh respectively in the order of merit released by the state selectors.
In the team section this trio took on the might of the top-seeded Wynnum outfit in the final but Stephen Gao, Andy Shih and Yung Sun were too good. McKenna almost upset Shih and Clarke came within an ace of springing a surprise on Gao, both in five long sets, and had both these clashes gone to Rockhampton the city would have won the state team championship for the second year in succession.
While they did not win any major medals in the individual singles and doubles events all three were exceptionally competitive in reaching the final rounds of most events for which they were eligible. Sixteen-yearold Coughlan was awarded the President's Trophy which is presented to the player who demonstrates high-quality sportsmanship and general attitude towards the sport. Coughlan's next assignment will be the state junior championships at Brisbane during the school holidays in June when he will lead the city's contingent.