Rayden Smith competing in the Rockhampton Open Table Tennis Tournament on Saturday 6 Jun 2015. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Rayden Smith competing in the Rockhampton Open Table Tennis Tournament on Saturday 6 Jun 2015. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

GALLERY: Smith returns to winning form at annual Rocky Open

MORE than 70 table tennis players from around the region took on the best from Rockhampton at the annual Rockhampton Open over the weekend.

One local player, Rayden Smith, made a welcome return to form.

According to Rockhampton Table Tennis Association president Allan Clarke, Smith began university this year and as a result his recent table tennis form has slipped.

"Rayden is in his first year of studying law at CQU," Clark said. "As a result, he's been a little distracted and his form hasn't been as good as we are used to seeing. So, it was great to see him back at his best."

After taking out the under-18s boys singles title, Smith went on to win the Open second division, defeating club mate Matthew Pettett three sets to one in the final.

"It was a very tight final," Clark said. "Apart from the first set, the match was very close and there was some excellent table tennis played."

To reach the final, Smith had beaten Kyle Luthe from Bundaberg in the semi-final. Earlier, Luthe had accounted for second division top seed, Mitchell Connor (Mackay).

Finally, Smith and Pettett teamed up to take out the second division doubles, beating Rockhampton's Dane Coughlin and Erica Nolan three sets to two.



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