The Finals of The Mount Gambier Autumn season were played out this week between the top two teams in each grade, with all matches being hotly contested and living up to expectations.
Anything IDK were the form team heading into the A-Grade final against Moore Or Less, and Chandler Jantosh would give his team the ideal start with a strong first-up win against Ben Newman. Jantosh cruised comfortably to a 2-game lead before Newman mounted a fightback, although the former proved too strong and prevailed 13-11 in the third. Scott Davies fought bravely for Moore Or Less, including a thrilling 4-game triumph over Jantosh to close out the match, however it wasn’t enough to clinch the victory for his team. Strong performances from Jantosh and Sanith Ghetia gave Anything IDK a 6-5 victory and the title. There were no undefeated players from either team in singles, a true reflection of the tight and tense nature of the contest.
Warriors and Colossal Gnomes appeared evenly matched on paper going in to the B1 Final, both teams having in-form players in David Fox for Colossal Gnomes and Aaron McPhee for Warriors. Fox, who went undefeated on the night, Cameron Beal and Rowan Hardcastle all won their opening singles rubbers to give Colossal Gnomes the perfect start to the contest, before Warriors were able to open their account through victories to McPhee and Gary Hocking. Hocking’s battle of attrition against Beal proved to be one for the ages, both players showing true grit and desperation worthy of a final. Hocking began the stronger, taking the first game by 11 points to 8 before Beal fought back, taking the next two games, and threatening to overpower his opponent. Hocking refused to give in though, racing through the fourth game to force the contest to a decider. Onlookers were then treated to a real feast of skill, poise and determination, both players displaying the highest quality of table tennis befitting the grandest stage. Beal’s wily touch and placement countered Hocking’s power and speed, neither player giving an inch to the very last point. Ultimately a powerful stroke from Hocking left Beal unable to control his return, he sent the ball long past the table and in doing so gave Hocking the 15-13 win. Hocking’s victory spurred his Colossal Gnomes team on to record a 7-4 victory to take the title.
The B2 final was just as hotly contested, division heavyweights Hardcore and Rockets going toe-to-toe through the early stages of the match. Rockets player Felix Owusu easily accounted for Hardcore’s Chris McGregor to open proceedings before Rob Halleday squared the ledger for Hardcore with victory in a titanic 5-gamer against his Rockets opponent James Peake. Combatants from both teams fought bravely throughout, and it wasn’t until the tail-end of the night that Rockets were able to surge to a 7-4 victory on the back of clutch performances under pressure from Owusu, Peake and Marga Steele. Owusu kept a clean sheet in his singles rubbers, whilst Marga Steele’s intense 5-game battle against Hardcore’s Ethan Harding was another highlight of the contest.
In the C-grade finale, Three Of A Kind, led by the ever-reliable Campbell Fox, were expected to win comfortably against Chris Turner’s The Rollers, and their number 1 gave them the best possible start with victory over Turner in the opener. Emina Leamey and Jacob Ireland then followed suit to give Three Of A Kind a commanding lead, which they would never relinquish. Turner and Tracey Rawlings fought valiantly for their team but ultimately, they were unable to combat the might of Fox, who remained undefeated to guide his team to a comfortable 7-4 victory.
Congratulations to all winners, and to the committee members for another highly competitive and fun Autumn season. Registrations are now open for the Winter season commencing on July 21st, 2021. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come and try out, for enquiries contact the club via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via their Facebook page.
- A-Grade: Nil.
- B1-Grade: David Fox (Colossal Gnomes), Gary Hocking (Warriors)
- B2-Grade: Felix Owusu (Rockets)
- C-Grade: Campbell Fox (3 Of A Kind)
A-grade winners, Anything IDK: (L-R) Sanith Ghetia, Chandler Jantosh, Bill-John Watson.
B1 winners, Colossal Gnomes: (L-R) Cameron Beal, Rowan Hardcastle, David Fox
B2 Winners, Rockets: (L-R) James Peake, Marga Steele, Felix Owusu
C-Grade winners, 3 Of A Kind: (L-R) Emina Leamey, Campbell Fox, Jacob Ireland