In association with Table Tennis Australia
Won my first competition in years, beating the mighty Xian Zhang in the final of the Australia Square competition. Won a nice Rebel Sports voucher, but the glory meant much more. Great match, took it 3-1. Close start with Xian hitting lots of heavy loopy top spins, but I was able to counter attack with firm blocks or flicks off my backhand. Xian's weakness seemed to be against heavy low chopping. So I continually tried to slow the game down, then counter attack when popped the ball up. The last game was fairly easy, Xian made some unforced errors. Table tennis is all in the head, luckily I was able to get on top of him with some steady but effective table tennis.
I have been playing Table Tennis since an early age. My father David was my inspiration and introduced me to the sport. He played at a high level, and never gave me much of a chance during our games at the local leisure center. I reckon I can beat him now. Like my Dad, my favourite shot is the backhand flick - which is where I get the nickname 'mattflix' from. I play at my local club, Peter Masen Table Tennis Academy in Maroubra. My challenge is, as always, to improve the all important forehand.