Leading table tennis players face off in Horsham

SERVE IT UP: Warrnambool representative Ben Taylor is a picture of concentration during play at the regional tournament. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERLEADING regional table tennis players went head-to-head in Horsham this weekend.
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Horsham Table Tennis Association hosted an annual regional tournament, which pits the association’s best players against counterparts from Mount Gambier, Hamilton and Warrnambool.

Association president Jeff Pekin said the two-day tournament, at the Maydale Pavilion at Horsham Showground, was a great success.

“It was good to see a lot of younger players involved and a lot of first-time association representatives too,” he said. “There was also some experienced players, with both Warrnambool and Hamilton having former state representatives in their teams.

“The standard was high.”

Warrnambool triumphed, winning 86 rubbers to collect the overall aggregate award.

Hamilton was runner-up with 44 rubbers, ahead of Horsham with 36 and Mount Gambier with 32.

Mr Pekin said Warrnambool dominated the competition, winning all three sections.

It won the Donahue Shield in the men’s competition, edging out Hamilton.

Horsham finished third, with both Leon Forrest and James Pyke winning six of their nine rubbers.

Warrnambool also took home the Beaurepaires Shield in the women’s competition.

Hamilton was again runner-up.

Mr Pekin made special mention of Jedda Heard, a Horsham junior who filled in for the Mount Gambier team.

Warrnambool also won the junior boys section, with Mount Gambier finishing runner-up.

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