Girls collect bronze at Australian titles
THREE junior Bundaberg table tennis players have won bronze medals while representing Queensland at the recent Australian Junior Championships.
Rebecca Tran, Tahnee Green and Leah Scott won bronze with Brisbane's Meena Bakanay in the under-13 competition and Tran and Green won bronze when they teamed up in the doubles.
The girls, with their inexperienced team, performed creditably against all but the very powerful Victorian and New South Wales teams. They lost a close match to New South Wales in what ultimately turned out to be the battle for silver.
In doubles the Bundaberg girls lost in four close games to the eventual winner, Victoria.
Scott and Tran also played in the under-13 girls singles but both lost in the opening round.
Overall, eight players from Bundaberg competed in the championships with three competing in the under-15 boy teams for Queensland.
The local team, consisting of Hayden Green, Kyle Luthe and Leyton Ey, came fourth after narrow losses to South Australia and Victoria B.
Green and Luthe continued their strong performances in the individual events, both winning their groups in the under-15 boys singles, before losing in the first round to strong opponents. Green also competed in the under-18 boys singles but was defeated by Canberra's Rohan Dhooria in the knockout stage after impressively topping his group.
The duo, with different partners, also made the quarter-finals of the under-15 doubles competition.
Brett Fourro also competed in the under-18 boys singles and teams event.
He missed out on the knockout stages, losing 12-10 in the fifth game of the deciding match in the group stages.
Sam Freeman was a member of the inexperienced Queensland under-13 boys team which came eighth out of 13 teams.
Freeeman said he learnt a lot from the experience in a tough field.