The final round of the Summer Pennant Competition was full of drama with many teams fighting for a place in the finals.
In A-grade action, a defiant Kookaburras outfit lifted it’s game to secure a spot in the semi-finals line up.
After getting away to a good start and leading 2-0 against Echidnas, Kookaburras found themselves under siege, with Jeff Austen and Carol Perry fighting back to take the doubles 19-21, 21-18, 21-12 in a fiery clash.
Brian Harrington took control of the match, playing consistently to win both singles to post a gallant 3-2 victory.
Rob Erskine was in fine form to win a singles in straight sets.
Possums held firm to overcome Owls for an impressive 3-2 victory in a hard-hitting affair.
Col Exton and Michelle Feldtmann were in top form, winning a singles each before taking the doubles in straight sets.
John Bajada played brilliantly for Owls, winning both singles in style.
Wallabies eased their way into the finals with a 4-1 victory over Plovers.
Top player Ashley Duns was in sensational form, accounting for both singles in a stylish display. He had strong support from Daniel Dokka, who performed well to win a singles before combining with Duns for a 22-24, 21-13, 24-22 doubles victory.
Ladder-leader Rosellas were too strong for Taipans, showing their class for a comfortable 5-0 victory.
Adrian Squires and Mick Kelly won all their matches in straight sets.
Top-team Wombats were in great touch to topple rivals Redbacks in a high-standard clash.
The outstanding junior combination led by Jack McNulty bounced away to a good start, with McNulty winning both singles in style.
Sienna Irwin played exceptionally well to win a singles before teaming to win the doubles in a marathon three setter to post a 4-1 victory.
In another close encounter, Eagles just held on to record a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Mozzies.
Phil Keast and Graeme Sharp gave a fine performance to win a singles each before wrapping up the match with a close doubles victory.
Coby Linke was the player of the match, showing his class to win both singles in a fine display.
Bullants held off a determined Gliders unit, putting in a stellar performance for a comfortable 4-1 victory.
Graeme Greed was at his best to win both singles in a great display, while teammate, Bill Sharp chipped in for one.
They easily won the doubles in straight sets.
Frogs had to fight hard to hold off a determined Numbats, finally prevailing for a close 3-2 victory.
James Young was sensational in winning a singles, with Brian Perry supportive with two.
Kaye Grosser produced her best form to lead Hawks to a convincing 4-1 victory over Crickets.
She was in superb touch, winning both singles in a powerful display.
She was well supported by Ann Degan, who was in top form to win a singles before combining with Grosser for a straight-sets doubles victory.
Falcons held off a determined Magpies attack, just holding on for a hard-fought 3-2 victory.
Carol Chay and Bruce Stennett played solid table tennis to win a singles each before sealing the match with a three set doubles victory.
Helen Sharp was the standout, showing her class to win both singles in style.
A-grade: Rosellas v Kookaburras
Wallabies v Possums
B-grade: Wombats v Redbacks
Eagles v Bullants
C-grade: Crickets v Koalas
Hawks v Magpies
Swanpool and District Table Tennis
The Swanpool and district Table Tennis competition began its winter season last Wednesday with six teams in A-grade but only three in B-grade.
Teams are made up from players mostly living in the hamlets south of Benalla.
A-grade: In the match, Lima Eagles versus the Tatong Tigers, the Eagles dominated to win five rubbers to nil. Shaun Murphy of the Eagle won both his singles in straight sets while Peter Rose needed to overcome one lost game in each singles rubber to win against Rob Erskine and Bruce Forster of the Tigers.
In another five-rubbers-to-nil match the Bomber’s John Bajada and Colin Exton prevailed over the Wombat’s Andrew and Adam Marriott. Andrew Marriott took one game in each of his singles games.
In the final A-grade match of the night the Farmer’s Damien Young and Stuart Smith won all, but one game to score four rubbers to one against the Crane’s Tim Butler and Paul Shea. Butler defeated Young in two rubbers.
B-grade: With only three teams in the competition, only one match was fought this week. Swanpool Swan’s Chris Seeley and Pam Herbert won a close match against the Tatong Saint’s Danny Grima and Geoff Draper, scoring three rubbers to two. Seeley won both of his rubbers and Grima and Draper won a rubber each. The doubles win gave the match to the Swans.