More Rocky open wrap up

The Rockhampton Open had plenty of great action.

By Allan Clarke

Whilst some great table tennis was on show at the recent Rockhampton Open Championships in the premier Bernie’s Pie Shoppe men’s open singles and doubles events and the Bolsover Radiology women’s singles and doubles as well as the open mixed competitions there was no shortage of excellent performances in the age events from under-11 through to over-60. Also, the Chauvel Industrial Services ratings section according to computer ratings that each player in the nation is awarded based on tournament performances were well supported.

Rayden Smith was the winner of the top division when he took his consistent local fixture form into the final to post a solid victory over club-mate Kelsey Le Maistre. Glen McDonald enjoyed a great tournament and probably called on the good experience he has gained against the city’s top-line players in his initial season of first division fixtures when he won the singles event in the second section after some tough matches in the earlier rounds. The improving Leo Lai of Rocky won the third section and partnered club-mate Judd Carr to a good win in the doubles. In the fourth division improving youngster Justin Steel, who takes part in the local club’s junior coaching program, posted a close victory over Rocky’s Bryan Llanos Varela in an entertaining final.

In the Lawless-Pyne Electrical junior events Nick Green and Nolan Hao faced off for the gold medal in the under-19 with Green prevailing in a clash that provided this pair of locals with some added match practice prior to their state representative duties at the national juniors next week. Hao won the under-17 over club-mate Rhys Clifton who only took up the sport this year and is showing promise. Bundy’s Lincoln Carter beat local Judd Carr in a high-standard five-set final of the over-15 singles.

The Rockhampton Pest Control veteran events attracted some talented and experienced players and some very solid performances were recorded by a few. Rocky’s Ann-Louise Stewart capped off a good tournament where she registered some encouraging victories leading into the state veteran carnival in a few weeks. In the final of the over-30 singles she outed club-mate Erica Nolan in a very close four sets encounter. Nolan reversed that result in the over-40 women’s singles as well as being too strong for the other combatants in this event. Stewart and Nolan combined to take out the over-40 doubles over Bundaberg’s Peter Spratley and Andrew McCurley. McCurley downed Spratley in the play-off for the gold medal in the over-40 men’s singles after both surviving tough round-robins. Brisbane’s Warren Owen beat local James O’Sullivan to first prize in the very well supported over-50 men’s singles. In a terrific final the victor won 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 10-12, 11-6 and effectively O’Sullivan came the closest to beating Owen out of all his opponents. Clare Owen from the Brisbane club impressed when she emerged as the victor of the over-50 women’s singles after emerging from a solid round-robin. She outed Ann-Louise Stewart in a straight sets final where two games were decided with deuce outcomes. Bundy’s Reinhard Lot survived a lot of tough matches in a tournament where he progressed through many events to prove too strong for club-mate John Fourro in the play-off for gold in the over-60 men’s singles. The host club’s evergreen veteran Pam Clarke took out the over-60 women’s event of Rocky’s Linda O’Sullivan after they were both promoted from the round-robin play-offs.