More than 40 players contested the opening round of the Benalla Table Tennis Club’s Winter Pennant Competition last week, with many close results being recorded.
In A-grade action, Wallabies started their season on a high note, posting a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Echidnas.
Outstanding player Ashley Duns was in great touch, accounting for both singles in a polished performance.
He then combined with Jack McNulty to win the doubles in straight sets.
Kookaburras had the last laugh over Possums, showing their class to enjoy a solid 4-1 victory.
Brian Harrington was the star of the match, claiming both singles in easy fashion.
He was well supported by Matt Gill, who produced early form to win a singles before combining with Harrington for a straight-sets doubles victory.
Meanwhile, Plovers easily outplayed Rosellas in the battle of the birds, with Mick Kelly continuing on from last season to win both singles in style.
He had strong support from Michelle Feldtmann who played extremely well to win a singles before teaming with Kelly for a straight sets doubles victory.
Taipans’ Cooper Irwin and Bruce Forster had a walkover in their scheduled match with Owls.
A fired-up Eagles unit fought back after a slow start to overcome Bullants for a tight 3-2 victory.
Outstanding junior, Coby Linke was quickly into stride, claiming both singles in hard-fought matches.
Nicole Irwin was in top form, fighting hard to win the deciding singles in straight sets.
In another close encounter, Wombats just held on to take out a solid 3-2 victory over Mozzies.
Daniel Dokka was in fine touch, playing brilliantly to win both singles in a powerful display.
He had strong support from Peter Williams, who produced some of his old form to win a singles to seal the match.
Numbats enjoyed their 4-1 victory over Frogs, with promising junior talent, Sienna Irwin producing an amazing performance to win both singles in style.
Teammate Pauline Hooper was in good form to account for one.
They then combined to win the doubles in a hard-fought three setter.
Redbacks showed no mercy to Gliders, impressing with a comfortable 5-0 victory in their first match up of the season.
Graeme Sharp and Tony Williams were too strong for Gliders, winning all their contests in style.
Koalas put an early win on the board when they completely outplayed Hawks for a stunning 5-0 victory.
Andrea Cathcart and Jenny Sawyer were in top form to win all their matches in style.
Magpies’ Jackson Squires won both his singles matches in convincing manner to lead his team to a 4-1 victory over Crickets in a tough encounter.
It was his best performance, following on from steady progress last season.
He had strong support from the experienced Kaye Grosser, who won a singles before combining with Squires for a straight sets doubles victory.
Results for Wednesday, May 30:
At the Moorngag hall a close match was fought between the Bomber’s Colin Exton and David Beer and the Farmer’s Stuart Smith and Damian Young. Three rubbers went to three games and a nail-biting win in the doubles sealed the match for the Bombers.
Exton played well to win both of his singles rubbers.
In a similarly close three rubbers to two match the Tiger’s Bruce Forster and Rob Erskine defeated the Wombats’ Adam and Andrew Marriott.
Forster won both of his singles rubbers and while the Tigers lost the doubles Erskine gained the match winning score by beating Adam Marriott in their singles.
The final match, played at Tatong, saw a dominating win of five rubbers to nil by the Eagle’s Shaun Murphy and Jim Renkin against the Crane’s Paul Shea and Tim Butler.
Shea took one game from Renkin in their singles rubber.
The Saints’ Dan Grima and Geoff Draper were far too strong for the Turtles’ Will Smith and Mike Larkin, winning five rubbers to nil.