Round 5 of The Mount Gambier Table Tennis Autumn 2021 Season once again served up a mixture of gripping thrillers and one-sided affairs.
A-Grade began with the Sweet Sour Pork’s Sirinat Sweet giving her team a strong start with a comfortable victory over her Tigers opponent Robin Pellen. Greg Megaw then squared the ledger for Tigers with an equally dominant display over Ward Freeman. Travis Sweet took care of Pepe Pace and the trend continued throughout the night, neither team able to gain the ascendancy until the very last, Megaw’s victory over Sirinat Sweet in the final rubber of the night giving Tigers the 6-5 overall victory. Pace and Freeman played out a battle of attrition in the rubber of the match, Pace outlasting his opponent to claim victory in 5 enthralling games. The second A-grade match was a much more one-sided affair, Moore Or Less easily accounting for Assassins. Leigh Barry and Nick Aston started strongly for Assassins with victories in their opening singles rubbers, however a win to the Ben Newman/Scott Davies combination in the doubles sparked Moore Or Less to claim 7 of the remaining 8 rubbers and an overall 8-3 win. The highlight of the contest was the final rubber of the night between Davies and Barry, the two combatants trading heavy topspin blows until Davies finally prevailed in 5 nail biting games.
Results in the B1 division were similar, Katrina McPhee led her McPheest team to outlasting a gallant Colossal Gnomes by 6 rubbers to 5 in the match of the round, while Warriors easily accounted for SRS by 8 rubbers to 3. Hardcore also had a tough time overcoming ACL in their B2 match up, Rob Halleday proved the difference as he kept a clean sheet to lead Hardcore to a 6-5 victory. In the second of the B2 encounters, Marga Steel, Felix Owusu and James Peake all preformed strongly as Rockets made light work of their Celtics opponents, cruising to an 8-3 victory.
In the first C-Grade match, Campbell Fox again produced a strong individual performance to guide his 3 Of A Kind team to an easy 9-2 victory over The Fires, Nudee Cook battling hard but receiving little support from her teammates. In the final C-Grade match of the round, The Outcasts and Rollers were both reduced to 2 players, and it was the Rollers pairing of Tracey Rawlings and Chris Turner who prevailed in a 5-0 whitewash over Andrew Schubert and Nathaniel Harris Jones.
- A-Grade: Greg Megaw (Tigers), Scott Davies (Moore Or Less)
- B1-Grade: Katrina McPhee (McPheest), Justin Hutchesson (Warriors)
- B2-Grade: Rob Halleday (Hardcore), Felix Owusu (Rockets)
- C-Grade: Chris Turner, Tracey Rawlings (Rollers), Campbell Fox (3 Of A Kind)