Open table tennis championship

Local player Josh McClean fought hard to win his heats before going down to Kane Townsend in the final of the Under 15 Singles. Picture by Rodney Hearne.

The Far North Coast Open Championship for 2007 was held on the weekend of March 10-11 at the Lismore Workers Sports Club at Goonellabah

The Townsend brothers from Cabarita cleaned up the major events. Wade Townsend won the Open, defeating George Tang from Sydney and then the Under-20 singles while younger brother Kane won the Special Singles, Under-15 Singles, Under-13 Singles and the Open Doubles partnering Wade.

Wade is ranked No.1 in NSW in the Under 21 and the Townsend brothers recently joined the worlds elite 17 players sponsored by Nittaku Japan. The best showings from the Lismore Club players were: Gary Kennedy and Colin Gradwell, winning the Reserve-Grade Doubles; Werner Borkhardt with Allan Drury from Wynnum winning the Over-50 Doubles; and Colin Gradwell taking out the Over-50 singles while Josh McClean was runner up in the Under-15 singles.

The Lismore Workers Sports Club will host the Australian Youth Championships this April in their purpose-built stadium. The facilities at the club are some of the best in the country. For further information phone 6624 5153.

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