Bundaberg & District Table Tennis Association Inc.

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Thursdays September 5 – October 31
4.30 – 6.00 pm
Bundaberg Table Tennis Centre
Kendalls Rd, West Bundaberg
(next to the new Showgrounds)
Applications due by Monday 2nd September

Contact: Your school, Dave Delpratt (4155 2388),
or bundytt@bigpond.com to apply or for more information,

Bundaberg & District Table Tennis Assoc. Inc.
acknowledges the support given by:

16, 17 & 18 August, 2019

The Bundaberg Closed has been one of our major annual events for almost the entire fifty year history of the club. This competition allows players to compete against others of their own age and/or level of play, and possibly against some they rarely, if ever, play against. This year's event was a great success.

Brendan Connolly produced two stunning but contrasting back-to-back efforts to win the Mens Open Singles at the 2019 Bundaberg Closed Table Tennis Championships last Saturday night. After winning his group, Connolly was drawn to meet the reigning champion, Steve Mitchell, in the semi-finals. Mitchell was the overwhelming favourite to retain the title, having only suffered two singles losses in club competition since moving to Bundaberg at the beginning of last year. However, from the outset, Connolly attacked at every opportunity to win the opening game 11/4. Mitchell responded by taking the second game then snatched the third after Connolly missed a couple of chances. Despite this, Connolly continued to apply the pressure and gradually regained the ascendency to win the next three games relatively comfortably. In the other semi-final, fifteen year old Braydon Chapman caused almost as big an upset when he came from a 3-1 deficit to beat former champion, John Fourro, 12/10 in the seventh game. After losing the first game, Fourro had taken the next three games then only lost the fifth 13/11, and led 10/8 in the decider. However, Chapman maintained his composure to win the last four points to reach the final. In a continuation of that performance, Chapman went to a 3-1 lead after Connolly had snatched the first 11/9. Chapman took the next three as Connolly struggled to regain his level of play from the semi-final. During the fifth game his strokes, particularly his backhand, began to find that consistency and he gradually wore down Chapman ov er the final three games.

Earlier in the tournament, Connolly and Chapman had contested two other singles finals. In the first, the Junior A Grade Singles, Chapman had won 12/10 in the fourth game but Connolly claimed the Junior Boys Under 18 Singles 11/9, 11/8, 13/11. Connolly also won the Junior A Grade Doubles with Kaine Ryan from Chapman and Kye Meuli, and the Restricted Doubles with Andrew Udal from Ashley Parrott and Dave Delpratt. Chapman also won the Under 15 Doubles with Natasha Jefferson but suffered a surprise loss in the Under 15 Singles to Meuli who played outstandingly to win 11/9 in the fifth game.

Bernadette Mitchell avenged her loss in last year’s Womens Open Singles when she beat the titleholder, Rebecca Tran, in five games. Mitchell took the first game 11/9 after Tran almost recovered from a slow start, then took the next two more comfortably. Tran won the fourth game 12/10 but could not sustain the effort, Mitchell winning the fifth game 11/7. This was the most important of Mitchell’s six wins for the tournament. Her other victories came in the Womens Open Doubles with Lorraine Fourro, the Womens Over 40 and Over 50 Singles events, and the Over $0 Doubles and Over 40 Mixed Doubles with husband Steve, to be undefeated over the weekend. Steve Mitchell won his other five events, sharing the Mens Open Doubles with John Fourro, then defeating him in the finals of the Over 40 and Over 50 Mens Singles, as well as the two doubles with Bernadette.

Leah Scott continued her recent dominance over Rebecca Tran to win the Girls Junior Under 18 Singles for the second time. They combined to comfortably win the Under 18 Doubles from Brendan Connolly and Kaine Ryan in four games.

After being disappointed with some results earlier in the tournament, Andrew Udal finished with three titles. Initially he won the Para TT / Special Olympics Singles, winning the final from Nick Jefferson who had  outlasted Ashley Parrott 12/10 in the fifth game of their group match. Udal went on to win the Restricted Singles from Dave Delpratt then the Restricted Doubles with Brendan Connolly.

Matthew Udal was one of a number of dual title winners, claiming the B Singles from Dillon Whalley and the Junior B Doubles with Natasha Jefferson. Kaine Ryan added the A Reserve Singles to the Junior A Doubles he won with Connolly. Daniel Strathdee made a winning start to his tournament career with success in the D Singles and Doubles, as did Casey John who took out both the Junior C Singles and Doubles events. Zander Ephraims broke through for wins in the Junior D Singles and Doubles. Pieter Poldervaart won the Over 70 Singles and the Over 55 Doubles, the latter with Dale Shailer who also claimed the A Reserve doubles with David Chan.

Bill Fuller won the inaugural Class 1-5 Wheelchair Singles from Jan Beckmann, both of whom are members of the ongoing group participating in the Bundaberg Association’s coaching program for wheelchair players.

Click this link to see all the results: 2019 Bundaberg Closed Results

Junior coaching is well under way. This is especially important for the Thursday Para TT / Special Olympics, as the Special Olympics (Bundaberg) is being held on October 5.

Friday night Junior coaching is from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m.

If you know anyone who wants to come along to Junior coaching on Fridays, please tell them to contact Dave Delpratt on 4155 2388.


The following Membership Fees are now due and should be paid as soon as possible.

       Adults                                $90.00
       Adult Concession (Pensioner/Student)  $80.00
       Adult Social                          $40.00
       Junior                                $40.00
10/11 September
Winter season finals
17 September
Secondary School finals
5 October
Special Olympics (Bundaberg)
2019-20 Committee

Patron                Pauline Langford
President             Phil Freeman
Vice President        Nikki Udal
Secretary             Rhonda Dawson
Treasurer             Cathy Rivers
Committee Members     Peter Marris; Rod Stehbens;
                      Michele Brockhurst; Hannah Sunley
Grading Committee     Steve Ricketts; Dave Delpratt;
                      Nikki Udal; Rod Stehbens
Development Officer   Dave Delpratt
Publicity / Records   Dave Delpratt

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.
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