Pettett a shining light at junior titles
MATTHEW Pettett was the outstanding performer for Rockhampton in teams and individual events at the Queensland Junior Table Tennis Championships in Brisbane last week.
The 13-year-old was selected in the state team to contest the National Junior Titles in Tasmania during September after being rated the third best performer in his age group.
Pettett teamed up with Enoch Pun and David Hockings to run third in an exciting competition where the only losses they experienced were by the skinny margin of five rubbers to four.
Pun was ranked at number nine after returning a solid result of only dropping seven encounters in the round-robin team's event while Hockings wasn't far behind.
In this section Pettett lead from the front when he won 21 of the two dozen best of five game singles matches contested by him while in the individual events he made the semis of the under-13 singles before bowing out to the Gold Coast's number two seeded Jake Duffy in a close contest.
He also did well in the under-15 singles when he made it through a tough round-robin to take part in the main draw before being edged out in five lengthy sets by the more experienced Shaun Chuntie of Townsville.
The city's leading junior girl, Paula Hockings, joined her Brisbane counterpart Kayla Coombs to win the under-18 girls team title and they also won the individual doubles event in this age category over the combination of Michelle Seckington (Wynnum) and Jenny Zhang (Toowoomba).
Hockings was ranked fifth best under-15 girl at the end of the tournament.
On the local scene, all activities return to normal this week after a break for the school holidays.