VIDEO: Rocky puts strong reps in Qld titles today
THE city's leading table tennis playing youngsters are participating in the Queensland Junior Table Tennis Championships from today at Brisbane's giant Downey Park Stadium at Windsor.
The annual four-day carnival has attracted very strong entries and will wind up on Saturday evening after the finals program of the individual singles events.
In two-a-side inter-club team competitions across the three age groups, Matthew Pettett and Rayden Smith make up Rockhampton's top team in the under-18 boys section, while David Hockings and Enoch Pun are the second side.
The Pettett-Smith combination sits in the second-seeded position so they will be hoping to be in a good coloured medal contention towards the end of the round-robin series.
Pettett has been awarded the second-seeded position in a strong field of the under-18 singles while Smith could enjoy less pressure by being rated fifth best chance to take out the title.
In a draw where there do not appear to be many easy matches on the agenda Pettett, Hockings and Pun will all be out to make every post a winner as they all participating in the upper age group for the last time.
Cameron Green is the Rocky Club's sole teams representative in the under-15 division and he has been paired with Bundaberg's Dallas McDermid in a composite team.
Improving duo Matthew Steffen and Nicholas Green will join forces for the under-13 age competitions.
Regardless of the outcome of the campaigns of these players they will all benefit greatly from the experience.
With state selection towards the national junior titles at Sydney during the September school holidays at stake all players will be out to impress in both the team and individual sections.
On the tournament scene it is hoped that locals will support the annual Mackay Open Championships that are being staged on July 26-27.
Details and entry forms are available via the usual sources.
New season's of fixtures hit off in all competitions at the Leichhardt Park Table Tennis Centre at 157 Campbell St on the southside with social players welcome to join the lower graded social hit-out on Mondays from 7.30pm.
Youngsters are being sought to attend junior coaching sessions between 4.30 and 5.45pm on Thursdays with an optional choice to stay for fixture activities after the training that is provided by qualified coaches.