Sport

Echidnas eyeing finals

By Benalla Ensign

An outstanding team effort enabled Echidnas to hold off Plovers, finally scoring a gallant 3-2 victory in a hard-fought clash.

Jeff Austen and Phil Keast stayed focused under extreme pressure to win a singles each, before wrapping up the match with a tense three-set doubles victory.

The magnificent win elevates Echidnas to second spot on the ladder, eyeing a finals berth with only a few rounds to play. Stephen Lane was the stand-out, winning both singles in an outstanding performance for Plovers.

Wallabies continued their winning streak with a hard fought 3-2 victory against Rosellas in a high standard affair.

Rob Erskine and Bruce Forster were in fine touch to win a singles each and then combined for a straight sets doubles victory to seal the match.

Adrian Squires was the star of the match, playing powerful table tennis to account for both singles in style.

Taipans bounced back from a last round loss to score an impressive 3-2 victory against Possums.

Michelle Feldtmann and John Holschier put in a strong performance to win a singles each before sealing the win with a straight sets doubles victory.

Col Exton starred for Possums, showing his agility to win both singles comfortably.

Meanwhile, top team Owls easily overcame Kookaburras, enjoying their 5-0 win in a stylish display. John and Dean Bajada winning all their matches in straight sets.

B-grade

A determined Wombats outfit blitzed Bullants, going to an easy 5-0 victory. Beth Grant and Heather Crawford were in top form to convincingly win all their matches in fine style.

In another outstanding result, Redbacks’ Pauline Hooper and Sienna Irwin completely destroyed Eagles, showing no mercy for a spectacular 5-0 victory.

Frogs again impressed, showing they were a strong combination when they easily outplayed Mozzies for a 4-1 victory.

Carol Perry was at her best, producing some great shots to win both singles in a solid display. She had good support from Matt Parkinson who enjoyed the challenge to win a singles before teaming with Perry for a three-set doubles victory.

Mozzies’ Coby Linke performed well to win their only singles.

Numbats held on to top spot when they scored a closely fought 3-2 victory against Gliders. Brian Perry struggled against determined opposition, just holding on to win both singles. He then combined with talented junior, Kaleb Lissenden to steal the match with a 20-22, 21-11, 24-22 doubles victory.

Peter Williams and Graeme Sharp played extremely well and deserved to win the match.

C-grade

An excited Kaye Grosser took Doves to an outstanding 4-1 victory against Magpies in a hotly contested match. She was on top of her game to win both singles in easy fashion.

She had great support from Ann Degan who played well to account for a singles before combining with Grosser for a hard-fought three-set doubles victory.

Geraldine Moloney led Koalas to a strong 4-1 victory against Falcons. She was the star of the match in winning both singles in style.

She was well supported by Jenny Sawyer who played strongly to win a singles before teaming up with Moloney for an easy doubles victory.

A fired-up Hawks unit easily outplayed Crickets, showing their strength for a comprehensive 5-0 victory. Andrea Cathcart and Elliot McCallum played brilliantly to win all their matches in a fine display