128 – Summer – 2013 – Round 1 Wrap

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Sunraysia Table Tennis Summer Pennant results round 1: –

PENNANT ONE: –

– Fishers IGA 7 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Ross Humphreys, Ashley Morrison 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Ali Taheri, Matt Ljubic 1)

– Bishop Builders 6 (Mark Ljubic, Michael Hogarth 2, Peter Bishop 1) d Pinnacle Packers 5 (Gavin Carmichael 3, Nicholas Dorman 1)

– Weightmans Packaging 8 (Andrew Cannard 3, Kevin Johns, Bernadette Fitzpatrick 2) d Max Miller Carpets 3 (Mark Dorman 2)

PENNANT TWO: –

– Spanline 7 (Cole Keegan 3, Leon Brown 2) d Max Miller Carpets 4 (Glen Bell 2, Sabrina Fitzpatrick, Seval Fuat 1)

– Tankard Dental 6 (Arnold Jago, Claire Ljubic 2, Jessica Dorman 1) d Weightmans Packaging 5 (Lee Thomas 3, Lachlan Kelly 1)

– Mallee Bearings 6 (Peter Fitzpatrick, George Papanicolaou 2, Geoff Peters 1) d Fishers IGA 5 (Ed Hung 3, Michael Hensgen 1)

PENNANT THREE: –

– Dunkley Scales 9 (Leonie Dunkley, Muhkwinder Muhkwinder 3, Jeff Hards 1) d Mallee Bearings 2 (Ben Hosking, Jai Green 1)

– Bishop Builders 6 (Kalif Shortt 3, Helen Frania 2) d Max Miller Carpets 5 (Jol Peters 2, Peter Fitzpatrick, Ali Mohammad 1)

– Weightmans Packaging 7 (Matt Avers, Rachel Fitzpatrick, Winston Easterbrook 2) d Sunny Daily 4 (Peter Edwards 2, Mohammad Karam 1)

PENNANT FOUR: –

– Max Miller Carpets 9 (John Fitzpatrick, Therese Fitzpatrick 2, Wayne Pryor 2) d Pinnacle Packers 2 (Mohammed Jabari 1)

– Sunny Daily 6 (Angela Pryor, Kim Avers 2, Chelsey Avers 1) d Fishers IGA 5 (Shirley Whitecross 3, Graeme O’Neill 1)

Fishers IGA player of the round: Muhkwinder Muhkwinder

After a brief break Table Tennis is again underway at the Irymple Leisure Centre with round one of the summer pennant taking place. In a positive for the association 66 players are taking part, a healthy increase on the recently completed winter pennant.

p1With some of the regular pennant one players taking a break in this pennant there has been an opportunity for several players to advance grades and in particular three youngsters have been given a chance in the top grade. These players Nicholas Dorman, Matt Ljubic and Bernadette Fitzpatrick all fared well in pennant two in the winter competition. In round one of the summer pennant 14 year old Fitzpatrick was in stunning form winning two singles to reinforce why she won the most improved female player of the year. Matt Ljubic also started with two singles wins in his match while Nicholas Dorman won one and played well in his doubles match to show he will be a force in this competition after winning the pennant two singles aggregate in the winter pennant.

PENNANT ONE:

– Weightmans Packaging 8 (Andrew Cannard 3, Kevin Johns, Bernadette Fitzpatrick 2) d Max Miller Carpets 3 (Mark Dorman 2)

On centre court Weightmans Packaging started the season off in fine style with a sound 8-3 victory over Max Miller Carpets. In all there were six five set matches played in this contest with five won by the Weightmans combination. Their ability to win the close ones gave them the points on the night. Youngster Bernadette Fitzpatrick was in scintillating form on debut winning two singles against far more experienced opposition while her skipper Andrew Cannard also started in fine style winning three singles including a classic 3-11 8-11 11-8 11-7 11-9 defeat of opposing captain Mark Dorman after trailing early. Cannard’s number two Kevin Johns also played his part winning two singles and with out a doubt his five set victory over pennant one debutant Geoff Wright was the highlight match of the night. Johns looked down and out at 0-6 in the fifth and later at 5-10 however with his never say die attitude Johns amazingly rattled off the next seven points against an unlucky Wright who could only look on in amazement as Johns fired off a big forehand to take the fifth 12-10 in a Lazarus like comeback!!

With this percentage booster Weightmans sit at the top of the ladder.

 

– Fishers IGA 7 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Ross Humphreys, Ashley Morrison 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Ali Taheri, Matt Ljubic 1)

With Wayne Carmichael in control on the stage court and winning three singles Fishers IGA accounted for Mallee Bearings 7-4. His team mates Ash Morrison and Ross Humphreys both chipped in with one win each both over the more fancied Jackson Tung which in the end was crucial for their team’s success on the night. They both successfully partnered Carmichael in a doubles each to round off a good night. For Mallee Bearings both Ali Taheri and Matt Ljubic won two singles each and 15 year old Ljubic looks like he will fit in well at the higher level.

 

– Bishop Builders 6 (Mark Ljubic, Michael Hogarth 2, Peter Bishop 1) d Pinnacle Packers 5 (Gavin Carmichael 3, Nicholas Dorman 1)

In the remaining pennant one match on the grand stand court Bishop Builders narrowly took the points 6-5 over Pinnacle Packers. On his return to table tennis after a lengthy break Michael Hogarth played a key role winning two singles. As a teenager Hogarth won back to back pennant one premierships in 1978 and 1979. In this match his five set win over youngster Nicholas Dorman was a highlight as Hogarth had to recover from a 0-2 deficit against a very talented opponent. The first doubles was also a beauty with Builders pair Mark Ljubic and Peter Bishop outlasting Gavin Carmichael and Sony Sefer 11-8 12-14 5-11 11-9 11-7 in another crucial result. Bishop returning from a broken ankle also won an important singles against Sony Sefer while skipper Mark Ljubic won two singles for the victors.

 

PENNANT TWO:

Six teams fronted for the Pennant Two Summer Competition, a welcome addition of two teams over the Winter Competition.  And if first round scores are anything to go by, this will be a close and interesting competition.  The sides contain a good mix of regular Pennant Two players, players coming up from Pennant Three, and  with the addition of two former Pennant One players, Lee Thomas and Ed Hung returning to the sport after a spell away.  This competition also sees the debut of Tony Malycha and Geoff Peters, who comes from Nangiloc to play.  All are welcome additions to the competition.

– Spanline 7 (Cole Keegan 3, Leon Brown 2) d Max Miller Carpets 4 (Glen Bell 2, Sabrina Fitzpatrick, Seval Fuat 1)

Spanline recorded a first-up win and went to the head of the table, with the biggest winning margin of the round.  Leon Brown, Cole Keegan and Tony Malycha proved too strong for Seval Fuat, Sabrina Fitzpatrick and Glen Bell.

The “surprise” packet here was Cole Keegan.  In the recently completed Winter Pennant Three Competition Cole dominated, taking the aggregate and being captain of the winning side.  He started well in this higher grade, and although being seeded number two, he took three wins, the most important of those being against opposing captain Seval Fuat.  It was a good tussle, with sets alternating, and Keegan took the last 11-5 to finish full of running.  Sabrina Fitzpatrick also gave Cole a good run for his money, taking him to five sets with some very determined play.  After losing the first set 13-11, Keegan tore through the next two sets 11-3, 11-2 to go 2-1 up, but Fitzpatrick forced the game to five sets with a good 11-9 win in the fourth.  Keegan hit form in the fifth again, taking it 11-6.

Spanline captain Leon Brown took two wins, against Fuat and also Fitzpatrick, but was surprised by Max Miller’s number three Glen Bell in the first round and went down in four sets.

The winners took both doubles, both in four sets, to give them a total of seven rubbers for the night.

For Max Millers, their four rubbers came from a combination of all players defeating Tony Malycha, plus Glen Bell’s win over Leon Brown.

Final scores:  7 rubbers to 4 and 27 games to 21.

– Tankard Dental 6 (Arnold Jago, Claire Ljubic 2, Jessica Dorman 1) d Weightmans Packaging 5 (Lee Thomas 3, Lachlan Kelly 1)

In a closely contested match, Tankard Dental had to come from behind 5-4 to take the win over Weightmans Packaging.

Tankard’s led 3-1 early, but Weightmans plugged away to draw level 4-4 at the conclusion of the second doubles.  Weightmans captain Lee Thomas briefly gave her team the lead with a four set win over Jessica Dorman, but an entertaining five set win by Tankard’s number three Claire Ljubic over Weightmans number two Lachlan Kelly set her side for victory.

Although her side was defeated, Lee Thomas took three wins to be the stand-out player in this game.  Thomas did not have everything her own way, as it took her four sets to beat each of her opponents.  The other stand-out player was Claire Ljubic, who took two wins, one against Lachlan Kelly, the other against Mick Bacon.

It was, however, the all-round performance of Tankard’s that gave them the win.  Arnold Jago took two, Claire Ljubic took two, Jessica Dorman one, and Jago and Dorman won the first doubles against Thomas and Kelly.

Final scores:  6 rubbers to 5 and 23 games to 19.

– Mallee Bearings 6 (Peter Fitzpatrick, George Papanicolaou 2, Geoff Peters 1) d Fishers IGA 5 (Ed Hung 3, Michael Hensgen 1)

Mallee Bearings and Fishers IGA played themselves into this Summer Pennant fairly quietly in this match – Mallee Bearings coming away the victors, but if a draw were possible, this match would have been one !!

Seven of the rubbers were determined in three sets, only one went to five, and the remaining three in four.  I don’t think players were looking for towels to wipe their brows during this match, save for Geoff Peters and Karly Leach, who played five sets in their encounter.

The return to the game of Ed Hung from Pennant One for Fishers certainly bolstered the playing power of his side.  Hung won three singles, all in the minimum three sets.  His number three Michael Hensgen took one, against Geoff Peters, and those same two defeated Mallee Bearings captain Peter Fitzpatrick and Peters in the second doubles.  That gave Fishers their five rubbers.

Fitzpatrick and his number George Papanicolaou both took two rubbers, (against Karly Leach and Michael Hensgen), and Fitzpatrick and Papanicolaou, after losing the first set of their doubles against Hung and Leach 11-0, gathered themselves up to take the next three 7, 8 and 8.  That was five rubbers, and the sixth was the hard fought match between Leach and Peters.  Both players were determined to get the win, but Peters just edged Leach 12-10, 10-12, 12-10, 3-11, 11-7.

Final scores:  6 rubbers to Mallee Bearings to Fishers IGA 5, and 19 games all.

 

PENNANT THREE:

A good mix of current players, new players and some returning.  Eleven or so of these players are playing in the senior competition for the first time.  Rachel and Paul Fitzpatrick make a welcome return, fitting table tennis around their school studies, and Winston Easterbook proves that you are never too old to make a comeback.  Winston last played about twenty years ago, and this season teams up with his grandson.

– Dunkley Scales 9 (Leonie Dunkley, Muhkwinder Muhkwinder 3, Jeff Hards 1) d Mallee Bearings 2 (Ben Hosking, Jai Green 1)

Dunkley Scales got their season off to a great start with a 9 rubbers to 2 win over Mallee Bearings.

Captaining the team which bears her name, Leonie Dunkley put into practice things she has learned these last couple of seasons since she took the game up.  She came away with three singles’ wins as well as partnering her team-mates to victory in both doubles.

Her number three Muhkwinder Muhkwinder also scored a hat-trick of wins (could be a slight grading error there !!), to keep his captain happy.

And Jeff Hards chipped in with a single victory to give his team a very one-sided, but well-deserved win.

Only Mallee Bearings’ captain Jai Green (up from the Junior Competition) and his number two Ben Hosking could prevent a complete rout, they both picked up a single win each to take two rubbers for the night.

The pick of the rubbers was the first doubles between Dunkley and Hards at one end and Green and Hosking at the other.  This game was up for grabs right up until the last set, when the Dunkley Scales pair edged away to win 13-15, 13-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7.

Final scores:  9 rubbers to 2 and 27 games to 13.

– Weightmans Packaging 7 (Matt Avers, Rachel Fitzpatrick, Winston Easterbrook 2) d Sunny Daily 4 (Peter Edwards 2, Mohammad Karam 1)

In a game in which all players tasted a win, it was Weightmans Packing, captained by Matt Avers, and ably assisted by Rachel Fitzpatrick and Winston Easterbrook that took the four premiership points.

Each of the Weightmans players won two singles, and the team took the second doubles.

Captain Matt Avers was too good for his opposite number Peter Edwards, winning there in three sets, similarly he defeated Tom Douglas, but in four; however it was Sunny Daily’s number three Mohammad Karam who inflicted his only singles defeat.  Karam matched Avers set for set, before sealing the rubber 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8.

Rachel Fitzpatrick took wins against Douglas and Karam, but was outgunned by Peter Edwards … and Winston Easterbook duplicated her wins and losses on his way to collecting two rubbers.

The Sunny Daily pair of Edwards and Douglas took the first doubles against Avers and Fitzpatrick in four sets, but the second doubles went to the Weightmans pairing of Avers and Easterbook, they took that in four over Edwards and Karam.

Final scores:  Weightmans 7 rubbers to Sunny Daily 4 and 26 games to 16.

– Bishop Builders 6 (Kalif Shortt 3, Helen Frania 2) d Max Miller Carpets 5 (Jol Peters 2, Peter Fitzpatrick, Ali Mohammad 1)

This was the closest match of the round in Pennant Three, and it was only decided in the final rubber.

Max Miller Carpets skipped away to an early 4 rubbers to 1 lead, thanks to singles wins to captain Jol Peters (2) and Ali Mohammad (1), plus Peters and Paul Fitzpatrick winning the first doubles.  Peters had defeated Helen Frania in four sets and Demi Green in three, and coupled with his first singles win, Peters would have been feeling confident at that point.

However, Bishop Builders fought back taking the next four rubbers – captain Kalif Shortt taking two (against Mohammad and Peters) to put with his earlier win against Fitzpatrick.  Helen Frania showed that she has acquired a bit of killer over the winter, by outstaying Paul Fitzpatrick in a tight five setter which she took 10-12, 11-6, 14-12, 8-11, 11-5.  And their fourth rubber was the second doubles, Shortt and Frania doing it in three sets against Peters and Mohammad.

With the scores at 5-4 in favour of the Builders, Paul Fitzpatrick made sure that the decision for the night would go to the final rubber when he defeated Demi Green to make it 5 all.

And to show that her earlier win was no fluke, Helen Frania defeated Mohammad – clearly winning the first two sets 11-6, 11-7, and only having a few anxious moments in the third, before taking that 13-11.

That gave the win to Bishop Builders 6 rubbers to 5 and 21 games to 19.

 

PENNANT FOUR:

No writeup for Rnd 1

 

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