Table tennis ensures Easter fun
PLENTY of action is ensured at the Leichhardt Park Table Tennis Centre during the Easter break in the annual Rockhampton Open Championships and Bernie’s Pies Teams Carnival.
Some very good players from across the state will visit the Beef Capital to take on the locals in a lightning team carnival followed by individual events in traditional grades and ages.
In past years the Bernie’s Pies team competition, staged at the beginning of the three-day carnival, has set the scene This year promises to provide an abundance of close competition.
Impressive entries have been received from Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Brisbane, Wynnum and Canberra as well as strong local representation.
The in-form Joel Coughlan could prove to be the city’s best in the prestigious Bolsover Radiology men’s open singles. Darren Green has also been in sparkling form. Coughlan’s younger brother Kerrod could be thereabouts in top grade and a force in the Watts Carpets under-21 singles.
Damon Clarke will be returning home from Brisbane to try for three in a row in the open singles. In last year’s final he narrowly defeated Joel Coughlan.
Erica Nolan appears to be the best local prospect in the open women’s events while the local club’s youngsters headed by Matthew Pettett should impress.
The tournament boasts a bevy of talented players in the Southside Holiday Village graded events. The Bundaberg club is always strong through the grades.
Experience and skill should determine the victors in the Alan Hart Electrical Contractor veteran events. Paul Jones and Paul Uttley from Cairns and Bundaberg’s Bodo Rose and John Fourro will battle with the best prospects from Rockhampton and a few of the other clubs.
Competition starts on Friday afternoon and concludes on Sunday evening.