Week 6 ended the covid-shortened Mount Gambier Table Tennis Winter Season for 2021. The ladder leaders in A and C grades took the overall spoils, while a traditional Grand Final match was played in the B grade.
First up in the A-Grade, Siri’s Team were rarely troubled by the JJ’s, romping to an 8-3 victory. Robin Pellen and Sirinat Sweet starred for the victors, winning all their singles rubbers, while Johnny McBain ensured some respectability on the scorecard for JJ’s with a win apiece. McBain’s hard fought 5-game win against Katrina McPhee was a highlight of the encounter, as was Pellen’s tense thriller against Hutchesson, Pellen prevailing 14-12 in the deciding fifth game. In the second of the A-grade matches, Where The Hell Are Ya faced off against Rowan And The Boys. Leigh Barry got the former off to a great start with victory over Sanith Ghetia, before Travis Sweet was able to square the ledger for Rowan And The Boys with a win over Graham Heading. When Kevin Patzel recorded a win for Where The Hell Are Ya against Rowan Hardcastle, the teams appeared to be set for an evenly matched thriller. It wasn’t to be however, as Where The Hell Are Ya reeled off 5 of the remaining 8 rubbers to comfortable take the match by 7 rubbers to 4. Barry was the standout for the victors, winning all of his singles rubbers, while Sweet also performed strongly for his Boys. The final match of the A grade was to determine the overall winner of the grade, with Sarah’s Team needing victory over the Warriors to take home all the chocolates. Ben Newman looked set to spoil the party in the opening rubber against David Fox, drawing first blood for the Warriors with a four-game win over David Fox. Leigh Barry, playing for Sarah’s Team (that’s right, don’t adjust your reading glasses) then stepped up to score victory over Aaron McPhee. When Warriors player Ward Freeman took the win in five gruelling games against Sarah Thompson, again the night looked set for a tense thriller. It wasn’t to be however, as Barry, Fox and Thompson moved up a gear, taking 7 of the remaining 8 rubbers to cruise to an 8-3 victory and take home the A-Grade trophy.
In the B-Grade, a traditional “Grand Final” matchup was played out between The Young Guns and The Revengers to decide the overall winners of the Winter season. Unfortunately for the Young Guns and spectators alike, it proved to be one of the most one-sided deciders in history. The Revengers were too strong from start to finish, winning all but one of the rubbers on the night enroute to a 10-1 victory. Cameron Beal and Ole Lande maintained perfect records in their singles rubbers for the victors, whilst Kuncheria Luka was the only saving grace for the Young Guns, scoring a win over Rhys Edwards.
As with the A-grade, a regular round of matches was played in the C-grade, with the team at the top of the ladder at the end of the night taking home all the bikkies. Two & A Half Men started the night in the box seat, with Paladin snapping at their heels. Firstly, Hurricanes swept aside the Cyborgs, Richard Horrigan and Jedda Hardcastle completely outclassing their opponents without dropping a rubber, 5-0 the final score. Next up, Double J also made easy work of Paladin, with Jake Connell and Jacob Ireland too strong for Nudee Cook and Lorraine Halleday. The 4-1 loss ended any hopes Paladin had of overtaking Two & A Half Men at the top of the leader board. With the pressure off and season victory in their pockets, Two & A Half Men cruised to a comfortable 7-4 win over The Rollers. Chris Turner, Marga Steele and Deakin Lofthouse all contributed strongly for an even overall team performance, whilst for the Rollers Andrew Schubert maintained a clean sheet and James Peake also performed solidly as he has done all season.
- A-Grade: Leigh Barry (Sarah’s Team/Where The Hell Are Ya), Sirinat Sweet, Robin Pellen (Siri’s Team).
- B-Grade: Cameron Beal, Ole Lande (Revengers).
- C-Grade: Andrew Schubert (2 And A Half Men), Richard Horrigan, Jedda Hardcastle (Hurricanes).