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QUEENSLAND SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016


The Queensland Schools Championships will be held across 7 regional locations in 2016.

The Bundaberg Table Tennis Association hosted one of these events.

A state final is also part of the schedule.


For complete information, visit the TTQ website:

www.tabletennisqld.org


The Bundaberg competition was played on Saturday 21st May.

Queensland Schools Championships – Bundaberg Regional Tournament

Honours were shared by several schools when the 2016 Bundaberg regional tournament of the Queensland Schools Table Tennis Championships was held on Saturday. Played in three age divisions, St Lukes and Bundaberg Christian College both won two of the Division One titles, while Shalom College and St Patricks School each won one.


The Open Boys Division One event went to the Shalom team of Tim and Patrick Harris, defeating one of the two Rockhampton Grammar School teams which contested the event. After the brothers had won the first two singles of the final in straight games, Tim narrowly lost to Angus Houston. Patrick then began the last singles nervously, losing the first game to Eishan Boetra but found form again to take the next two games comfortably to clinch the final 3-1.


Third place went to Bundaberg Christian College in a thrilling 3-1 win against Bundaberg State High. Isharni Jainasun won the first singles from Nicholas Jefferson, coming from 7/10 down in the final game when he produced a series of brilliant cross-court forehands to take the next five points. Josh Wiltshire extended the lead when he beat Ashley Austerberry but had no answer to Nicholas’ power and precision in the following singles. Isharni then again had a three game battle before he prevailed over Ashley in another high quality match to claim the bronze medal for his team.


The sisterly combination of St Lukes’ Queensland Junior representatives, Shaina and Tahnee Green, were the Open Girls winners, also with a 3-1 win against the Shalom pair of Leah Scott and Walker Welsh. After both teams had dominated the early stage of the Open competition, the final began with Leah, this year’s Queensland Under 18 Girls Singles runner-up, downing Shaina in the opening singles 12/10, 16/14. Tahnee and Shaina both beat Walker, then Tahnee completed St Lukes’ victory with an 11/9, 12/10 win over Leah.


St Lukes’ Green family played a major role in the Junior Boys event with Queensland Under 15 champion, Hayden Green, spearheading it to victory with Kobe Pozzan against Shalom’s Brendan Connolly and Sam Freeman. Brendan began with a hard-fought win over Kobe who won the first game 13/11 before losing the second 14/12. Brendan then took control to win the third 11/6. Hayden defeated Sam, his Queensland Under 15 team mate, in straight games then had to work harder to beat Brendan in three games, winning the first 13/11, losing the second 11/8 but proving too strong in the decider. Sam quickly tied the match at 2-all with a straight games win over Kobe to take the match to the doubles which the St Lukes boys won, for the title, 11/9 in the second game.


In the play-off for third place, BCC (Andrew Udal and Matthew Nejman) won 3-0 from St Lukes but only after some nervous moments. Matthew began with a three game result against Liam O’Sullivan then Andrew beat Conor Barker-Ross 12/10 in the second game. Andrew then won the first game against Liam 11/3 only to drop his concentration to lose the second 12/10 and trail throughout the third game before using his power to storm home 12/10 to ensure the bronze medal for his team.


The Junior Girls title went to the BCC team of Jemimah Lawsen and Amy McDonald, the only female team in the age division.


BCC won the Boys Hopes (Under 12) Division with a 3-2 result against Woongarra. Matthew Udal won his two singles, against Luke Baillie in straight games and Ethan May in three, but the Woongarra boys both beat Odin Luketic to force the match to the doubles. However, Matthew and Odin proved far too consistent to win it in straight games and claim the gold medal. Woongarra had better luck in the bronze medal match, Braydon Chapman and Thomas Daly accounting for Norville’s Lockie Green and Charlie Batterham 3-0. Braydon won narrowly in two games against Lockie then he and Thomas beat Charlie.


The Girls Hopes event was a five team round robin with the very experienced St Patricks team of Meg Freeman and Tayla Scott winning all of their matches very comfortably. BCC’s Emily Nejman and Myah Howard came second with Norville’s Natasha Jefferson and Melanie Hill taking the bronze.


In all, thirty-nine teams competed in the tournament, an increase of 50% on last year’s competition. The winning team and runner-up in each age group have now qualified for the Queensland finals which will be held in Brisbane on June 24 against teams from another six regional tournaments around the state.


COACHING SESSIONS


Monday Juniors (Rep. Squad)                4.30 – 6.00 p.m.

Monday Adults                              7.00 – 9.00 p.m.

Tuesday Juniors                            4.30 – 6.00 p.m.

Thursday AWD / Special Olympics            4.30 – 6.00 p.m.

Thursday Rep. Juniors (tbc)                5.00 – 7.00 p.m.

Friday Juniors                             7.00 - 9.00 p.m.


There are many opportunities for players, especially Juniors, to be coached throughout the week.

By attending these coaching sessions, players improve their skills and therefore enjoy playing more and achieve greater success. Please see Dave Delpratt for more information about the best sessions to attend.

UPCOMING DATES

2 - 4 September

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2016-17 Committee


POSITION            POST HOLDER

Patron                       Pauline Langford

President                    Phil Freeman

Vice President               Steve Ricketts

Secretary                    Rhonda Dawson

Treasurer                    Tom McDonald

Committee Members            Nikki Udal; Michele Brockhurst;

                             Deleece McDonald; Cathy Rivers

Grading Committee            Steve Ricketts; Dave Delpratt;

                             Neville Newitt; Nikki Udal

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Newsletter Editor            Dave Delpratt

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All members are welcome to attend and speak at our monthly Committee meetings.

Meetings are normally held on the 2nd Monday of the month, starting 7.30 p.m.