Thrilling climax to table tennis
A GREAT Table Tennis tournament wound up on Sunday at Leichhardt Park Table Tennis Centre with a brilliant men’s open singles final when two of Queensland’s leading players put on an excellent spectacle.
The annual Rockhampton Open Championships and Bernies Pies Teams Carnival was again a huge success with players from all over the state vying for honours.
In the play-off in the premier Bolsover Radiology men’s singles, former local star Damon Clarke was out to make it three in a row but the city’s current top player, Joel Coughlan, had other ideas. Clarke, now in Brisbane, got out of the block early when he posted skinny wins in the opening two sets, 12-10, 18-16.
Coughlan put himself in the frame when he took the third game in another deuce score-line and then went on to play exceptionally well to take control when he won the next three games by slim margins.
Both players had tough semi-finals with Coughlan just holding out local evergreen Darren Green in a very entertaining seven sets encounter while Clarke had too many aces for Coughlan’s older brother Dane in a five set duel.
Two of the city’s leading female players took to the court for the final of the women’s singles and the top seeded Erica Nolan had too many answers for the usual consistent game of Monica Deeth.
Local youngsters conjured up some great victories over the three day event.
Kerrod Coughlan was too strong in his the Watts Carpets under-21 section.
Paula Hockings starred to win both the under-21 and under-18 girls events while Matthew Pettett pushed the top-liners all weekend and was rewarded with some great wins including the gold medal in the under-15 singles.
Rayden Smith played strongly and put a surprise victory on Pettett in the under-18 singles final. Locals and Bundaberg players took most of the trophies in the Southside Holiday Village graded events while the spoils in the Alan Hart Electrical Contractor veterans section were shared by masters hailing from Cairns, Townsville, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Rockhampton.
Joel and Kerrod Coughlan picked up first place in the top division of the Bernies Pies team’s event with Dane Coughlan and Darren Green runners-up.
Allan Clarke partnered former Rocky player Peter Cumming, who now plays out of Wynnum, to win the second division while local boys Rayden Smith and Enoch Pun and David Hockings and Hayden Green respectively ran second in the third and fourth sections.