Ruth Woodhams, Jim Armstrong, Tony Coranakes, Marianne Dengate and Darcy Griffith.
Ruth Woodhams, Jim Armstrong, Tony Coranakes, Marianne Dengate and Darcy Griffith.

Casting a wide net at G'bah

When Jim Armstrong and Darcy Griffith were young they used to play table tennis against each other at Wilsons Creek.

Fifty years on, they’re still playing but now at the Goonellabah Table Tennis Centre, behind the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club.

“It was great times,” Darcy said, “win, lose or whatever.”

“We used to play under hurricane lamps, hanging from the ceiling,” Jim said.

Table tennis is going strong up at Goonellabah with a social competition on Tuesdays from 7pm and a regular competition on Wednesday evenings, junior coaching on Fridays and a social hit on Sunday mornings. Anyone is welcome to come and give it a go, from beginners to experts.

If you want to have a look at how the tournaments are run, Goonellabah is hosting one this weekend, March 6-7.

Keep an eye out for Marianne Dengate, who was recently crowned Far North Coast women’s champion and runner up in the open singles to Tony Coranakes.

Ruth Woodhams starting going along to table tennis at Goonellabah one year ago and says she has lost 25kg.

“It’s been full-on, I’ve been into it like crazy,” Ruth said. “Everyone is so friendly and really nice – it’s great to get a game with any of these people.”

Jim said the flooring used at the centre had been shipped up following the Sydney 2000 Olympics, meaning it’s well-sprung and kind to the knees.

If you would like to get involved with table tennis, give Jim Armstrong a call at the centre on 6624 5153 on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings or just turn up and have a look.


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