Round 4 of The Mount Gambier Table Tennis Autumn 2021 Season thrilled onlookers and had combatants on tenterhooks once again as results went down to the wire.
A-Grade’s first match was a close encounter between Moore Or Less and Tigers. Moore Or Less player Scott Davies got his team off to a winning start, easily accounting for his Tigers opponent Robin Pellen In 3 comfortable games, before Greg Megaw evened things up with a 4-game victory over Andrew Moore. The pattern continued throughout the night, neither team able to make a decisive break. The overall result came down to the final rubber, Megaw prevailing over Davies in 4 close games to give Tigers the 6-5 victory. In the second of the A-Grade contests, Sweet Sour Pork served it up to Anything IDK. The mother-son combination of Sirinat and Travis Sweet got Sweet Sour Pork off to the perfect start with victories in their respective opening singles rubbers before Anything IDK’s Bill-John Watson kickstarted his team with victory over Ward Freeman. When the Sweet’s combined for victory in the doubles and then Travis prevailed over Sanith Ghetia, Sweet Sour Pork appeared to have the match in their grasp. Anything IDK’s Chandler Jantosh then combined with Watson and Ghetia to reel off the next 4 rubbers in a row to gain the ascendancy from nowhere and hold on for a memorable 6-5 victory.
Results in the B1 division were far more lopsided, McPheest crushing an insipid Top Deck outfit 11-0 while Colossal Gnomes were also too strong for SRS, cruising to a comfortable 8-3 victory. David Fox carried his bat for Colossal Gnomes, as did the entire McPheest trio of Aaron and Katrina McPhee and David Harris-Jones. In B2, Rockets’ even team performance proved to be too much for Hardcore. The latter’s Rob Halleday producing a stellar individual performance to come away undefeated on the night, sadly he had too few helpers and could not carry his team over the line. Halleday and Chris McGregor won the final two rubbers of the night but by that stage they were simply playing for respectability, Rockets taking the win by 6 rubbers to 5. In the other B2 encounter, Young & Old were simply too classy for The Celtics, Joel Schofield proving to be the standout for the victors with a clean sheet while Jedda Hardcastle and Kylie Boston fought valiantly for the opposition. Hardcastle and Boston started strongly for Celtics with victories in their respecting opening rubbers before Schofield steadied the ship for Young & Old, overcoming Nick Sweet in their encounter. It was a one-sided affair from then on, Young & Old sweeping the remaining rubbers for a 9-2 victory.
In the first C-Grade encounter of the night, Campbell Fox helped his 3 Of A Kind team skip out to a 4-1 lead against Tom Horrigan’s Odd Bunch, a lead which proved too much to overcome as Horrigan and his team came home strongly but ultimately fell short 6 rubbers to 5. In the final match-up of the round, Rollers completely outplayed an undermanned Fires team, Marcus Thomson and Chris Turner proving too strong for the victors as they returned clean singles sheets on the night. Fires player Nudeen Cook produced an epic 5-game upset victory over Andrew Schubert to close out the night, but it was of little consequence to the overall result, Rollers running away with a 9-2 victory.
- A-Grade: Greg Megaw (Tigers), Travis Sweet (Sweet Sour Pork).
- B1-Grade: Katrina McPhee, Aaron McPhee, David Harris-Jones (McPheest), David Fox (Colosal Gnomes).
- B2-Grade: Rob Halleday (Hardcore), Joel Schofield (Young & Old)
- C-Grade: Chris Turner, Marcus Thomson (Rollers), Tom Horrigan (Odd Bunch)