TABLE TENNIS: Briahna Connolly will represent Queensland at the Australian Junior Championships in Sydney.
TABLE TENNIS: Briahna Connolly will represent Queensland at the Australian Junior Championships in Sydney. Mike Knott BUNTAB

Blake Webster dominates in junior table tennis

BLAKE Webster completed a highly successful week when his UWotM8 team won the Division 1 final of the term three junior table tennis season on Friday. This followed his win in the premier division of senior fixtures two nights previously.

Added to these was sharing the highest Average award for the junior season, along with Brett Fourro.

In the junior final against Harrillas, Blake won the four matches he played, starting with a strong straight games win over Dallas McDermid, then a three-game result against Briahna Connolly then another straight games victory over opposite number one Hayden Green.

He then shared a win in the first doubles with Brendan Connolly to complete the 7-3 overall scoreline. Brendan was involved in

three very good singles, including a dynamic effort in just going down to Hayden 11/9 in the third game of a brilliant match.

Brendan then came from a game down against both Dallas and his older sister, Briahna, to win both in three games, the latter at 12-10 in the decider.

Third member of UWotM8 Leah Scott also contributed a three-game win over the unlucky Dallas who won the first then only lost the second at deuce before Leah took control in the third.

The Div 2 final contained several surprise results before minor premiers Quicksilver won by one game in a countback after the match finished as a 6-all draw.

The first four singles were won as expected, Kobe Pozzan winning twice for Quicksilver while Owen Williams and Lockie Green each won for Ice Cream.

Kye Meuli then played possibly the best match of his short career, to come from a game down and save match points in the second before outplaying Lockie in the third for a great win.

However, Vinuka De Silva responded to again level the scores with an equally impressive win over Lleyton Peterson who substituted for the unavailable Liam O'Sullivan for the final.

Lockie put his team in front when he upset Kobe in the next singles, another in which the winner recovered from losing the first game, only for Lleyton to beat Owen in straight games. Vinuka completed the singles matches with another strong display to defeat Kye in three games.

Going into the doubles needing to win at least twice Quicksilver, through Kobe and Kye, took the first after a marathon thriller 18-16.

Kye then shared an easier win with Lleyton to put their team back in front, only for Lockie and Owen to win the last doubles to force the draw. However, it was all to no avail as Quicksilver's three third game singles losses had given them the smallest of advantages in games.

The Div 3 premiership was also decided by the outcome of the doubles. Tickle, with Taishi Yuga a late replacement for the ill Kane Chantarat, won all three matches to snatch victory from Iduno.

William Stehbens won his three singles for Iduno in straight games with Ella Davidson and Kai Yuga also both defeating Taj Crosbie in their singles, Kai 12-10 in the third game.

Lucas Green and Taishi each won twice, Lucas just outlasting Kai 12-10 in the third game and coming from a game down to beat Ella. Taishi won his two singles in straight games but all were very close.

In the doubles Taishi and Taj began with a comfortable win over William and Kai, then Lucas and Taj saved several match, and premiership, points in winning 17-15 against Ella and Kai.

In the final doubles Taishi and Lucas held off a late recovery by William and Ella to win 11-9 and take the overall match 7-5.

The term four season will start October 9. Nominations can be made by ringing the Bundaberg Table Tennis Centre on 4155 2388 or by email bundytt@big pond.com.

The second of two holiday Junior coaching camps will be held next week from Tuesday to Thursday, 9am-noon, for players aged between 8-13 years of age.

Bookings for this camp are still open for members and non-members.



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