2020 BUNDABERG CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2020 Bundaberg Closed Table Tennis Championships were held over the weekend of 13-15 November. They were dominated by the Fourro family who won a combined nine events, including both the Mens and Womens Open Singles. Father, John, made a clean sweep of his Veterans events, along with his wife Lorraine, who also turned back the clock to claim the Womens Open Singles for the first time since she won it three years in succession from 2006 – 2008. Their son, Brett, who returned to Bundaberg earlier this year after working and playing in the Brisbane area, won the Mens Open Singles for the first time, as well as combining with his father to take out the Mens Open Doubles.
Both the Open finals went down to the wire. In the Mens event, after being the hot favourite due to his dominance in club competition since his return, the younger Fourro was pushed all the way to seven games by former South Australian Junior representative, Anushka Mudalige, who had won a tough semi-final from Braydon Chapman in six games. In the final, Fourro led 2-1 but missed a golden opportunity to win the fourth game which he eventually lost 12/10. Mudalige took advantage of Fourro’s decline in confidence to win the fifth game 11/9 before Fourro produced an extraordinary sixth game that he won 11/0 to again level the match. In the decider, Fourro held on to the lead throughout to clinch the match and title 11/6.
Lorraine Fourro met two-time champion and 2019 runner-up, Rebecca Tran, in the final match of the Womens Singles round robin after both had won their earlier matches in close straight games results. The first two games were shared in relatively close scores before Fourro quickly took the third game 11/2. However, Tran fought back to win the fourth 11/9 and take the match to a deciding fifth game. In a seesawing contest, each led at different stages only for Fourro to reel off several excellent shots towards the end to win it 11/8.
John Fourro was generally untroubled to win six events – the Mens Open Doubles with son Brett, the Over 40 and Over 50 Mens Singles events, and the Over 40 Doubles, Over 40 Mixed Doubles and Over 55 Doubles with wife Lorraine. She also added the Over 40 and Over 50 Womens Singles titles to her tally.
Braydon Chapman won two major Junior titles, in both cases downing the top-seeded Anushka Mudalige. In the Junior A Grade Singles on Friday afternoon, Chapman prevailed in four games after losing the first, then won the Under 18 Boys Singles for the first time on Saturday with another four game result in a fiercely contested five player round robin that included many close games.
Natasha Jefferson was also a first time winner of the Under 18 Girls Singles when she beat her doubles partner and Bundaberg Junior team mate, Tahia Zia, in a five game thriller. After Tahia won the first game 11/4, Natasha took the next two 12/10, 11/9. Tahia leveled the score but Natasha won several long rallies late in the decider to win it 11/8. Natasha also beat Tahia in the final of the B Grade Singles in the best match of the tournament, coming back from losing the first two games to win it 13/11 in the fifth game which featured even more great rallies between the two girls.
Andrew and Matthew Udal also had good tournaments, winning a combined five titles. Andrew, after narrow losses to Braydon Chapman and Anushka Mudalige in various events, dominated the Restricted Singles for players not seeded in the Open Singles, and shared doubles wins with his brother in the Restricted Doubles and Under 18 Doubles. Matthew, who battled a knee injury throughout the tournament, also had success with Tahia Zia in the A Reserve Doubles and Under 15 Doubles.
Siblings Vinuka and Sithuki De Silva were both dual winners, Vinuka taking out the A Reserve Singles and Under 15 Singles in tough finals against Kane Chantarat. Sithuki was successful in the Junior D Singles then the Under 11 Girls Singles. Seven year old Janiru Hewamadduma also won twice, putting his talent on display in his first tournament, when he defeated his sister, Sithuki, to win the E Grade Singles after sharing the Junior D Doubles with her. Will Martin had his first tournament success with victories in the Junior C Singles and D Grade Singles, while Aimee Westerman, Levi Sarin and Kody Owttrim also won titles for the first time in Junior events.
Gordon Albrecht won the Para TT / Special Olympics Singles from Jan Baldock who then won the Wheelchair Singles in a five game thriller from Nikki Gourley.
ERIC CREE SHIELD v ROCKHAMPTON
Bundaberg Table Tennis is rejoicing after regaining the Eric Cree Shield from Rockhampton in sensational circumstances on Saturday 7 November as the two clubs celebrated fifty years of inter-club competition. Winning for the first time since 2016, in the presence of four members of the original Bundaberg team, the overall result was not decided until the fifth game of the final singles of the last match. Deleece McDonald outlasted recently crowned Queensland Under 15 Girls champion, Emily Steffen, in the decider. McDonald, and team mates Steve Ricketts and Vinuka De Silva, had found themselves staring at defeat when Rockhampton led 5-3 in the eleven rubber match. However, Ricketts fought bravely to overcome fitness issues and the loss of the first game to Linda O’Sullivan before winning in four games to start the last round of singles. De Silva, after having won his other two singles in very convincing fashion, then leveled the scores when he beat Patricia Green in straight games, leaving McDonald and Steffen to decide the Shield’s fate. McDonald came from behind to win the first game 12/10, but the next three were won by wide margins as Steffen fought back each time McDonald took the lead. In the final game, McDonald had a 5/4 advantage at the change of ends then produced several outstanding rallies thwarting her young opponent’s attacking game to lead 10/5, eventually winning 11/7.
As expected, Rockhampton dominated on the first two tables, winning 5-0 and 11-0 despite some excellent performances from the Bundaberg players. Brett Fourro took two games off both Australian Paralympic hopeful, Joel Coughlan, and recent Bundaberg Open winner, Matthew Pettett, while Anushka Mudalige, in his first Cree Shield, was extremely unlucky not to take games off both players as well. On the next court, against another very strong and experienced Rockhampton trio, Braydon Chapman, Peter Spratley and Kaine Ryan had chances to win games in almost every match but were generally unable to convert despite producing plenty of determined play.
Andrew Udal starred for Bundaberg on the third court, winning his three singles with consistently strong attack. He and Jakob Baker were also very unlucky not to win their doubles which they led 2-1 and 6/2 before going down 13/11, 11/9 in the last two games. Lorraine Fourro scored a very impressive, and ultimately very important, 14/12 fourth game result against Erica Nolan early in the match, along with Baker overwhelming Jeff Green in straight games. However, after leading 5-1, the Bundaberg team lost the next three rubbers before Udal ensured the home team’s win when he beat Nolan in straight games. Baker lost the last singles 12/10 in the fourth game leaving the final score 6-5 for Bundaberg.
Former Bundaberg member of the Green family, Darren, led Rockhampton to an 8-3 victory on Table 4. Having not played for several years due to knee problems, Green was still far too good for the Bundaberg trio of Kane Chantarat, Pieter Poldervaart and Dave Delpratt though he lost one game to each. The Bundaberg wins came when Chantarat was too consistent for fellow junior Nick Green, and then shared an excellent doubles win with Poldervaart, while Delpratt scored a rare win over Rockhampton President and sole remaining member of the 1970 Rockhampton team, Allan Clarke.
Matthew Udal matched his older brother’s effort in Bundaberg’s 7-4 win on Table 5, recording three excellent singles wins with the loss of only one game. Travis McDermid continued his recent good club form to win his first two singles in five games, both times coming back from a 2-1 deficit before going down 13/11 in the fifth game of his last singles in a “dead” rubber. McDermid and Rashed Aziz had previously secured that victory with a straight games result in the second doubles, while Aziz also won one of his singles between two narrow four games losses.
Bundaberg’s other win was an 11-0 defeat of a much less experienced Rockhampton team. Hannah Sunley, Natasha Jefferson and Tahia Zia dropped only two games across their nine singles while Kingsley Parrott shared straight games doubles wins with Jefferson and Zia.
Bundaberg is now looking towards next year’s clash in Rockhampton, hoping to go back-to-back for the first time since 2001 and 2002.
The local action continues this weekend when the Bundaberg Closed Championships are held. Starting this Friday with Junior Graded events, a total of 49 events are scheduled for several grades, Junior and Veteran age events and two Para/Special Olympics events over the three days of competition.
The Bundaberg Closed will then be followed by the finals of the Spring and Term 4 Junior club seasons over the next few weeks.
LATEST COVID-19 INFORMATION
(as at 26th September)
As we progress through what are hopefully the final stages of the COVID 19 pandemic,
please continue to follow the advice below when playing here until further notice:
- All players and visitors must register and use the sanitiser immediately on their arrival at the Centre
- Each player and the umpire is to use the sanitiser spray when they come onto the court
- The table, and umpire chair and table should be wiped at the end of play
- Hands are NOT to be wiped on the tables
- Players/umpire should not shake hands at the end of the match.
- Social distancing of 1.5 metres is still in place
For the safety and health of all concerned, please follow these requirements.
As always, new players are most welcome!
If you have questions or require further information, please contact Dave Delpratt on 0418 526 968 or email the club.
Action photos from the 2020 Bundaberg Closed Championships
Photos from the 2020 Eric Cree Shield Competition against Rockhampton
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Meetings are normally held on the 2nd Monday of the month, starting 7.30 p.m.
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