The Mount Gambier Table Tennis Autumn 2021 Season kicked off this week in highly energetic and hotly contested fashion, with many players returning to resume hostilities and rivalries and more impressively, many new faces displaying their skills for the first time. The 2021 Autumn season has been organised into 4 “Grades”, each comprising 5 teams of 3 players.
The first match of the A-Grade competition saw Anything IDK do battle with Assassins. Leigh Barry started strongly for Assassins with a convincing win against Bill-John Watson, before Anything IDK’s Chandler Jantosh levelled things up with a tough 5-game triumph over Assassins’ Kevin Patzel. The trend continued for the rest of the night, neither team able to make a decisive break. Ultimately, Assassins triumphed by 6 rubbers to 5, despite the heroics of Jantosh and Sanith Ghetia who also defeated an unlucky Patzel in 5. In the other A-Grade contest, Moore Or Less fought out an equally tense battle against Sweet And Sour Pork. Ben Newman and Scott Davies both won their respective opening rubbers to give Moore Or Less the perfect start before Travis Sweet got his team on the board, drawing on his skilful combination of power and mesmerizing spin to overcome a valiant Andrew Moore in 5 enthralling games. Davies fought bravely to get Moore Or Less over the line, pushing both Travis and Sirinat Sweet to 5 games in their respective encounters, but it was Sweet And Sour Pork that outlasted their adversaries, winning 6 rubbers to 5.
In the B1 division, Cameron Beal and Aaron McPhee led Warriors to a comfortable 7-4 victory over Top Deck whilst the McPheest team consisting of David Fox, David Harris-Jones and Brian McPhee completely outclassed Sarah Thompson, Rayelene Hutchesson and Scott Fartch’s SRS outfit en route to a 10-1 demolition. In B2, Luke Bremner got his Celtics team off to a strong start with a comfortable win over his Hardcore opponent Chris McGregor, before Rob Halleday and Ethan Harding gave Hardcore a stranglehold on the contest with strong performances, running away with an 8-3 victory. In the other B2 matchup, Lorraine Halleday and Andrew Telford helped their ACL team to a narrow 6-5 victory over Doug Megaw’s Young And Old team. Megaw and Halleday played out the rubber of the match, Halleday streaking to a 2-game lead before Megaw rallied to record a memorable 5-game victory.
In the C-grade, Outcasts recorded a dominant 9-2 victory over the Odd Bunch, whilst 3 Of A Kind proved to be too much of a handful for the Rollers, cruising to victory by 10 rubbers to 1. Youngsters Nat Harris-Jones and Owen Schofield produced dominant performances for the Outcasts to post clean sheets respectively, whilst 3 Of A Kind players Campbell Fox and Nudeen Cook also remained undefeated in their singles rubbers.
- A-Grade: Leigh Barry (Assassins), Ben Newman (Moore Or Less)
- B1-Grade: Justin Hutchesson (Top Deck), David Fox, David Harris-Jones (McPheest)
- B2-Grade: Rob Halleday (Hardcore), Corey Jeffrey (ACL)
- C-Grade: Nat Harris-Jones, Owen Schofield (Outcasts), Campbell Fox, Nudeen Cook (3 Of A Kind)