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Finals pressure spurs table tennis teams on

By Benalla Ensign

With only one more round to play in the spring pennant competition, last week's round-11 draw brought out some outstanding table tennis from teams vying for a spot in the finals.

In A-grade action, Kookaburras had the last laugh over Taipans, getting away to a fast start to score an impressive 3-2 victory.

Brian Harrington and Rob Erskine played brilliantly to win a singles each in the first two singles clashes, before going on to wrap up the match with a straight-sets doubles victory.

Taipans’ Phil Keast and Kieran Linke came home like a freight train, playing with purpose to win the last two singles ties, but it was all in vain with Kookaburras taking the points early.

Wallabies continued their quest for a finals berth by overcoming Owls to score a hard-fought 3-2 victory.

Stephen Lane and Ray Grant were in top form, winning a singles each before sealing the match with a thrilling 21-15, 15-21, 21-18 doubles victory.

John Bajada was the standout, playing his usual strong game to account for both singles in tight contests, while Sienna Irwin also played extremely well for Owls, producing skilful shots in a number of hard-fought games.

Meanwhile, Echidnas had a comfortable 4-1 victory over Possums, with Colin Exton showing his class to win both singles in straight sets.

He had good support from Daniel Dokka, who won a singles before teaming up with Exton for a comfortable doubles victory.

John Holschier performed well, winning the only singles for Possums in a hard-fought match.

Plovers were too talented for Rosellas in the battle of the birds, with the top-of-the-table clash sorting out the competition leader.

The strength of Mick Kelly took Plovers to a convincing 4-1 victory, with Kelly contributing two singles wins.

He was well supported by Pauline Hooper, who was in great form to win a singles before combining with Kelly to snare the doubles in straight sets.

Chris Seeley played well under pressure to win the only singles for Rosellas.

B-grade

A fired-up Bullants outfit showed great courage to score a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Numbats.

Kaleb Lissenden and Bill Sharp put in a fine team effort, winning a singles each before taking the doubles in style to win the match.

John Spencer was in outstanding form for Numbats, winning both singles, while teammate Shonae Zeman showed great improvement in her game against strong opposition.

Frogs had to produce their best to hold on for a close 3-2 victory over Eagles.

Brian Perry held on to win his two singles match ups, before joining forces with Kathleen Gibbs to win a tense doubles clash.

Eagles’ Carol Perry and Geraldine Moloney performed strongly to win a singles each.

Redbacks were too strong for Gliders, showing off their skills to score a convincing 4-1 victory.

Jack McNulty was the star of the match, playing impressively to win both singles.

He was strongly supported by Meg Saultry, who played her best game this season to win a singles before combining with McNulty to take out the doubles in straight sets.

Beth Grant won the only singles for Gliders, with Lois Hermiston playing strongly in support.

Top-team Mozzies summoned all their skills to overcome Wombats for a hard-fought 4-1 victory.

Matt Parkinson was at his best to win both singles in a solid effort.

He inspired youngster Jackson Squires, who played great table tennis to claim a singles before combining with Parkinson for a straight-sets doubles victory to seal the match.

Henning Aretz won the only singles for Wombats, with Graeme Sharp trying hard in tough contests.

C-grade

Magpies consolidated their second spot on the ladder after downing in-form Crickets, 4-1 in a tense contest.

Helen Sharp was at her best, winning both singles, with youngster, Trevor Lansley contributing another. The duo then teamed up well for a comfortable doubles win.

Elliot McCallum played strongly to win the only singles for Crickets.

Doves continued to impress after scoring a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Falcons.

New player Sathya Kancherla was in good form, winning both singles, before teaming up with Carol McNulty for a tight doubles victory.

Falcons Andrea Cathcart and Rhonda Gibbs gave it their all, playing impressively to claim a singles each.

Koalas were too classy for Hawks, with Kaye Grosser and Archer Irwin showing their class to score a 5-0 victory.

Hawks’ Colin McFarlane and Tracey Barrell played well in hard-fought matches.