After a week’s break for the annual club championships, The Mount Gambier Table Tennis Winter 2021 Season resumed with some thrilling results across all grades, as well as some one-sided affairs.
Sarah’s Team continued their winning ways in the A-Grade, this time just sneaking home in a close encounter with Rowan And The Boys. Travis Sweet performed manfully for Rowan And The Boys, winning all of his singles rubbers, but it was not enough to counter an even team performance from Sarah Thomson, Leigh Barry and David Fox, Sarah’s Team eventually prevailing 6-5. Sweet’s epic 5-game victory over Barry to close out the contest was the highlight of the night. In the second of the A-Grade matchups, Warriors were also pushed all the way, eventually overcoming Siri’s Team by the same margin. Warriors player Ben Newman proved the difference, his thrilling 5-game victory over Sirinat Sweet in the last encounter of the night clinched the win for his team. The third and final A-Grade match was yet another thriller, Scott Davies, clinching a 6-5 win for JJ’s with a win over Charming Archies opponent Ian Conlin in the final rubber of the evening to give his team the 6-5 overall win. Davies remained undefeated on the night while Conlin and Davis Harris-Jones fought valiantly for the Archies.
The Revengers had an easier task against The Backhand Bandits in the first B-Grade match of the night, prevailing by 7 rubbers to 4. Cameron Beal dominated for The Revengers, posting a clean sheet on the night including an enthralling 5-game victory over his Bandits opponent Harry Childs to close out the night. The second of the B-Grade matches was a closer affair, Young Guns outlasting The Raiders by 6 rubbers to 5. Hayden Luo and Kuncheria Luka performed strongly for the victors whilst Rob Halleday and Caitlin Fartch also tried their hardest to will The Raiders to victory. Once again the final outcome was determined in the last encounter of the night, Luo prevailing over Halleday in a classic four-game thriller.
The Spinning Sonics proved far too strong for the Fires in the first C-Grade match of the round, Nick Sweet and Jacob Ireland both posting clean sheets in their singles outings to guide their team to a dominant 8-3 victory. In the second of the C-Grade matches, Paladin’s Nudee Cook and Lorraine Halleday didn’t have to break a sweat against a depleted Cyborgs outfit, coming away with a lopsided 5-0 win. Halleday’s five-game tussle with Cyborgs player Emina Leamey was the highlight of the matchup. The third and final match of the round was another one-sided affair, this time Two And A Half Men cruising to a 4-1 victory over Hurricanes. TAAHM player James Peake went undefeated in his singles rubbers on the night, whilst Jedda Hardcastle contributed the sole victory for her Hurricanes team.
- A-Grade: Scott Davies (JJ’s), Travis Sweet (Rowan And The Boys), Ben Newman (Warriors)
- B-Grade: Cameron Beal (Revengers)
- C-Grade: Jacob Ireland, Nick Sweet (Spinning Sonics), Nudee Cook, Lorraine Halleday (Paladin), James Peake (2 And A Half Men).