Rocky trio seeks consecutive titles

THE next assignment for the city's three leading table tennis players is the Queensland Championships that hit off in Cairns on Thursday morning.

The Rockhampton team of Colin McKenna, Damon Clarke and Joel Coughlan will be attempting to make it back-toback state team championships for the local club after the magnificent result last year when McKenna and Clarke teamed with Coughlan's older brother Dane to bring the trophy to the Beef Capital for the first time in 30 years.

However they all will have to be on their game for the important matches, especially when they clash with the Wynnum outfit that has forced them to be relegated to the second seeded position in the teams section.

Wynnum has two of the state's best players in Andy Shih and Steven Gao and this pair is seeded one-two in the open singles event and combines to sit at the top of the drawer in the men's doubles.

McKenna and Clarke occupy third and fourth seeded positions in the premier singles event and second favourite in the doubles.

At 16 years the plucky Coughlan always displays plenty of spirit against players rated higher than him and it would not surprise if he took a few important scalps over the four days of intensive competition at this carnival.

Coughlan will attend the state junior titles in Brisbane late in June. The reigning Queensland under-18 and under 16-boys champion will spearhead the city's challenge.

Other local youngsters attending the state juniors are using regular training sessions and the Friday junior fixture to hone their skills in the countdown to this annual event.

The only players undefeated in last week's outing were Jason and Paula Hockings, Joseph Yeomans and Kerrod Coughlan and this four will be part of Rocky's contingent.

Young David Hockings continued with his good form from the previous week when he returned an undefeated effort to extend both Daniel Pun and Jenny Chan to four sets.

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