The Mount Gambier Table Tennis Winter 2021 Season continued this week, round 2’s results a mixture of dominant performances and close encounters across all grades.
Sarah’s Team triumphed over the JJ’s in the first A-grade of the evening, the ever-reliable Leigh Barry triumphing in all his singles rubbers comfortably. Sarah Thompson also performed strongly for the victors, as did JJ’s player Scott Davies. Davies was the only one to score a win over Thompson in an absolute classic 5-game thriller. Thompson’s two other singles contests also went the distance to 5 games, she was able to come out on top in both, and the overall result ended 8-3 in her team’s favour. Where The Hell ‘R’ Ya appeared to be coasting to an easy victory against Charming Archies in the second A-grade match, the former winning the first 4 rubbers of the night before the Archies won 5 of the remaining 7 rubbers to just fall short, the final 6-5 result not reflective of the WTHRY’s early dominance. Highlights of the contest included WTHRY player Bill-John Watson’s five-game victories against Charming Archies opponents Robin Pellen and Ian Conlin respectively, as well as Conlin’s tense tussle with Kevin Patzel. The third and final A-Grade match of the night was also evenly matched, Warriors going toe-to-toe with Rowan And The Boys. Ben Newman started strongly for Warriors, securing a 5-game win over Sanith Ghetia, before Travis Sweet squared the ledger for Rowan And The Boys with a surprisingly comfortable victory over the usually-strong Aaron McPhee. The showpiece matchup of the night was fittingly between Newman and Sweet. Newman gained the upper hand early with victory in the opening game before Sweet hit back, taking the next. The third game was a nail-biter, neither player giving an inch in a quality showing of power and finesse, until Newman pounced on a crucial lapse in concentration from Sweet to take the game. Not to be denied, Sweet came out firing in the fourth game, taking it comfortably to ensure the contest went to a decider. As their respective teammates gathered on the sidelines, the two combatants steeled themselves for an epic final assault. Once again, Newman’s power strokes were evenly matched by Sweet’s counterpunches and precise placement, both players drawing on all their skills to gain the ascendancy. In the end youth prevailed, Sweet outlasting a fatiguing Newman to take the final game and the rubber for Rowan And The Boys. It was all in vain however, as Warriors escaped with a 6-5 overall win.
B-Grade results were also a mixed bag, as Revengers made light work of their matchup with RLM to the tune of 9-2, whilst Young Guns had a much tougher time in overcoming the Backhand Bandits, eventually prevailing by 6 rubbers to 5. Cameron Beal, Rhys Edwards and Olu Lande all performed strongly for Revengers, while Rayelene Hutchesson provided the only positive for the RLM, scoring a pride-salvaging victory over Edwards in their encounter. Hayden Luo and Kuncheria Luka performed solidly for Young Guns, while Harry Childs kept a clean sheet to almost singlehandedly carry Backhand Bandits over the line. A run of four rubbers in a row in the back end of the contest proved the difference for the Young Guns. By the time Childs scored a comfortable win over Luo in the final rubber of the night, it was too late, and the result had been decided.
In the C-grade, 2 And A Half Men scored a comfortable 4-1 victory over Cyborgs, both Andrew Schubert and Nathaniel Harris-Jones proving too much of a handful for Emina Leamey and Sergio Cesaro. Leamey and Cesaro scored some consolation, combining for victory in the doubles. The second of the C-grade matchups was a tighter contest, The Fires prevailing 3-2 over The Hurricanes. Nudee Cook was by far the standout player in this match, keeping her singles sheet clean. Cook’s 5-
game victory over Richard Horrigan to close out the evening clinched the victory for the Fires. The final C-Grade encounter of the week saw the Spinning Sonics come from behind to secure an impressive 7-4 victory over the Rollers. Spinning Sonics players Nick Sweet and Tom Horrigan started strongly with victories in their respective opening singles rubbers, before the Rollers hit back through victories to Lorraine Halleday and Chris Turner through the middle section of the bout. Horrigan, Sweet and Jacob Ireland then stepped up a gear, taking out the last four rubbers to secure the overall win for the Spinning Sonics.
- · A-Grade: Leigh Barry (Sarah’s Team), Travis Sweet (Rowan And The Boys)
- B-Grade: Cameron Beal, Olu Lande (Revengers) Harry Childs (Backhand Bandits)
- C-Grade: Nick Sweet (Spinning Sonics), Nudee Cook (The Fires), Andrew Schubert, Nathaniel Harris-Jones (Two And A Half Men).