131 – Summer – 2013 – Round 4 Wrap

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Sunraysia Table Tennis Summer Pennant results Round 4: –

PENNANT ONE: 

– Bishop Builders 7 (Mark Ljubic 3, Peter Bishop 2, Michael Hogarth 1) d Max Miller Carpets 4 (Mark Dorman 2, Arthur Paar 1)

– Mallee Bearings 7 (Ali Taheri, Jackson Tung, Matt Ljubic 2) d Weightmans Packaging 4 (Andrew Cannard 3)

– Pinnacle Packers 7 (Sony Sefer, Gavin Carmichael 2, Nicholas Dorman 1) d Fishers IGA 4 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Ashley Morrison 1)

PENNANT TWO: 

– Mallee Bearings 7 (Terry Martin, George Papanicolaou 2, Geoff Peters 1) d Tankard Dental 4 (Arnold Jago 3, Jessica Dorman 1)

– Fishers IGA 6 (Ed Hung 3, Karly Leach 1) d Max Miller Carpets 5 (Glen Bell, Seval Fuat 2, Ekin Arisoi 1)

– Spanline 6 (Leon Brown, Cole Keegan 2, Tony Malycha 1) d Weightmans Packaging 5 (Lee Thomas 3, Lachlan Kelly 1)

PENNANT THREE: 

– Sunny Daily 7 (Mohammad Karam 3, Peter Edwards 2, Tom Douglas 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Jai Green, Quentin Clark, Ben Hosking 1)

– Dunkley Scales 8 (Mukhwinder Mukhwinder 3, Leonie Dunkley 2, Jeff Hards 1) d Max Miller Carpets 3 (Graham Southwell 2, Jol Peters 1)

– Weightmans Packaging 8 (Winston Easterbrook 3, Matt Avers 2, Tom Douglas 1) d Bishop Builders 3 (Kalif Shortt 2, Helen Frania 1)

PENNANT FOUR: 

– Fishers IGA 6 (Shirley Whitecross 3, Rahullah Mirzai 1) d Sunny Daily 5 (Chelsey Avers, Kim Avers 2, Soyal Zahidi 1)

– Max Miller Carpets 7 (Wayne Pryor, Chris King, Kumail Jaffry 2) d Pinnacle Packers 4 (Anthony Papillo 3)

 

Fishers IGA player of the round: Winston Easterbrook

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PENNANT ONE:

The feature of round four of Sunraysia Table tennis was the first defeat of ladder leader Weightmans Packaging whose early form this season has been outstanding. With in form youngster Bernadette Fitzpatrick out of the team on her annual family holiday Weightmans struggled against Mallee Bearings who won 7 rubbers to four on the stage court. In an even display each team member, Ali Taheri, Jackson Tung and Matt Ljubic all won two singles in what was their second win of the season and consolidated their third position on the ladder albeit by a narrow percentage margin from Bishop Builders.

 

– Mallee Bearings 7 (Ali Taheri, Jackson Tung, Matt Ljubic 2) d Weightmans Packaging 4 (Andrew Cannard 3)

Youngster Matt Ljubic has proven to be a consistent performer in his first pennant at the highest level. Like his skipper Ali Taheri, Ljubic has won two of his three singles each round to be the most consistent number three in the competition. To achieve this feat this round he had to fight back against veteran Kevin Johns after trailing two games to love. In an outstanding match which was decided in five Ljubic had to recover from a deficit in the fifth to finish with two big forehands to win the fifth 11-9 against an opponent who never gives in. Veteran Johns lost two five setters, the other to Jackson Tung, by the narrowest of results which indicates how close the match really was.

While the doubles were shared the second was crucial when Taheri and Ljubic combined to defeat Andrew Cannard and fill in Andrew Jones 10-12 9-11 12-11 11-9 11-5 in another come from behind victory capping off an excellent night for young Ljubic. Andrew Cannard for Weightmans was in good form winning his three singles.

 

– Pinnacle Packers 7 (Sony Sefer, Gavin Carmichael 2, Nicholas Dorman 1) d Fishers IGA 4 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Ashley Morrison 1)

Despite Wayne Carmichael again winning three singles opponents Pinnacle Packers scored their third victory in succession with a 7-4 victory over Fishers IGA on centre court. The key to this victory was the success by the Packers in the doubles which were both won in five sets while Sony Sefer enjoyed his best performance for the season winning two singles along with the doubles he participated in. This victory by the Packers has given them top position on the ladder by percentage from Weightmans Packaging, both now enjoying a three wins, one loss record.

 

– Bishop Builders 7 (Mark Ljubic 3, Peter Bishop 2, Michael Hogarth 1) d Max Miller Carpets 4 (Mark Dorman 2, Arthur Paar 1)

In the remaining match on the grand stand court Bishop Builders moved from the bottom of the ladder into fourth position when they accounted for Max Miller Carpets in the third 7-4 result of the round. The Carpeters were well lead by skipper Mark Ljubic who won three singles including a three set defeat of opposing number one Mark Dorman. Ljubic’s team mates Peter Bishop and Mick Hogarth played their part winning two and one singles respectively while the doubles were shared.

Although the result had been decided the last match of the night was a marathon as Weightmans Peter Bishop matched up against Arthur Paar. There was certainly some experience on the table in this contest and it was Bishop who managed to grab the points in an excellent match by the veterans 13-11 11-5 6-11 5-11 12-10.

 

PENNANT TWO:

Mallee Bearings and Spanline remain undefeated at the head of the ladder, and Ed Hung’s Fishers IGA side take their first win, after Round 4.

– Mallee Bearings 7 (Terry Martin, George Papanicolaou 2, Geoff Peters 1) d Tankard Dental 4 (Arnold Jago 3, Jessica Dorman 1)

Terry Martin filled-in for Mallee Peter Fitzpatrick, and Peter Mikhael for Tankard Dental’s Claire Ljubic, and the result was a win to Mallee Bearings.

Martin and Mallee Bearings number two George Papanicolaou both took two wins (neither being able to get close to a rejuvenated Arnold Jago).  Geoff Peters, with his unorthodox game took one, and once again this side took both doubles rubbers.

The form player in this contest was Arnold Jago.  Jago has had some indifferent games in recent weeks, his straight sets loss to Seval Fuat in the last round being the most recent.  Jago took no prisoners this week though, closing out all his singles matches in three sets, 2, 7 and 6 over Geoff Peters, 10, 4 and 8 over Martin, and finally 8, 11 and 9 over Papanicolaou.

Tankard number two Jessica Dorman tried hard – she kept Martin honest in their match, losing 13-11, 11-7, 11-5.  She was no match for Papanicolaou, losing that rubber in three sets, but persevered in her contest with Geoff Peters.  After taking the first two sets relatively easily 11-4, 11-7, she found she had a real fight on her hands with Peters determinedly taking the next two 14-12, 12-10.  Jessica held her nerve though, and held Peters out in the fifth, taking that set and the match 11-7.

That was the four rubbers that Tankard’s got in this match, Mallee Bearings proving too good.

Final scores:  7 rubbers to 4 and 23 games to 15.

 

– Fishers IGA 6 (Ed Hung 3, Karly Leach 1) d Max Miller Carpets 5 (Glen Bell, Seval Fuat 2, Ekin Arisoi 1)

Ed Hung’s Fishers IGA side grabbed their first win for the season in this contest with Max Miller Carpets.

Ed is yet to drop a singles match, but his team has been unable until now to put a whole evening together.  His number two Karly Leach has started very tentatively in this pennant, and took just her second singles rubber here, against Ekin Askoi after five hard-fought sets.  Ed did get the best out of his team in the doubles though; he and Leach fought off the strong pairing of Max Millers Carpets captain Seval Fuat and Glen Bell in five, 13-11, 11-6, 10-12, 5-11, 11-6, and in the second doubles he and Michael Hensgen downed Fuat and Askoi in four.

That was enough for the win.  Max Millers played better individually – Fuat and Bell both took two singles, and Askoi one, but their inability to win a doubles cost them the four points.

Final scores:  6 rubbers to 5 and 22 games to 20.

 

– Spanline 6 (Leon Brown, Cole Keegan 2, Tony Malycha 1) d Weightmans Packaging 5 (Lee Thomas 3, Lachlan Kelly 1)

Spanline are looking like the team to beat in this competition.  This week Leon Brown, Cole Keegan and Tony Malycha accounted for Lee Thomas and her team-mates, Lachlan Kelly and Mick Bacon.

Spanline were in danger of defeat at 5-4 down with two rubbers to go, but a five set win by the impressive Cole Keegan over last week’s giant-killer Lachlan Kelly, and another three setter to Leon Brown saw them safely home.  Spanline made sure of one of the doubles, and just as well, for that was the difference between the two teams.  Brown and Malycha, surprisingly really, downed the strong pairing of Thomas and Kelly in straight sets, 6, 8 and 6.  (The second doubles was the mirror of the first – Brown and Keegan were no match for Thomas and Bacon, losing in three sets 7, 9 and 5).

For Weightmans, Lee Thomas took three singles wins, and Lachlan Kelly one, with a fairly even four set match against Tony Malycha.  Weightmans win in the second doubles kept them in the match, but it was not enough to get them the win.

Final scores:  6 rubbers to 5 and 21 games to 17.

 

PENNANT THREE:

Dunkley Scales are now the only undefeated team in this Pennant, this week defeating Max Miller Carpets 8 rubbers to 3.  Teams placed second and third on the ladder also won, so already there is a gap of one game between the top three teams and the second group of three teams.

 

– Dunkley Scales 8 (Mukhwinder Mukhwinder 3, Leonie Dunkley 2, Jeff Hards 1) d Max Miller Carpets 3 (Graham Southwell 2, Jol Peters 1)

Leonie Dunkley led her team to an easy 8 rubbers to 3 victory in this Round 4 match.  Leonie won two of her three singles, but was upstaged by her number three Muhkwinder Muhkwinder who, in taking three singles wins, joins his captain at the head of the aggregate ladder, both players now having 11 wins from 4 games.

The Scalers side also took both the doubles matches, and with Jeff Hards chipping in with a singles win, this was an effortless victory.

Both doubles matches, however, were keenly contested.  Both rubbers went to five sets – in the first Max Millers captain Jol Peters and Graeme Southwell led two sets to love 12-10, 11-6 before they were overcome by Dunkley and Hards in the final three, losing them 3, 8 and 7.  The second doubles rubbers was a beauty.  In a high scoring contest, once again the Max Miller pair led, this time Peters and Ali Mohammad led two sets to one 7-11, 14-12, 17-15, but could not finish Dunkley and Muhkwinder off, who had to play their best table tennis in the final two sets, taking them 11-8, 12-10.

Dunkley Scales are cruising at the top of the table;  their average winning margin so far is 8 rubbers to 3.

Final scores:  8 rubbers to 3 and 24 games to 17.

 

– Weightmans Packaging 8 (Winston Easterbrook 3, Matt Avers 2, Tom Douglas 1) d Bishop Builders 3 (Kalif Shortt 2, Helen Frania 1)

Weightmans Packaging sit equal second on the ladder, and after recording a win in this match see them easily stay in that position.

Tom Douglas filled-in for the absent Rachel Fitzpatrick, and helped Weightmans to an 8 rubbers to 3 victory.

Winston Easterbrook took three singles wins, captain Matt Avers two, and Douglas one.  Both doubles also went the way of the victors, to give them their eight rubbers.

Bishop Builders captain Kalif Shortt, is beginning to gain some confidence in this senior competition.  Kalif regularly plays in the Junior Competition in Pennant Two, but his game is improving with each match in this Senior Competition.  In this match, he took two singles wins, (against opposite number Matt Avers 11-9, 11-8, 11-13, 11-6) and later another four set win, this time over Tom Douglas 11-6, 12-14, 11-3, 11-6.  The experience gained here will hold him in good stead for next year’s junior competition.

Helen Frania also took one singles, against Tom Douglas in four sets.

Final scores:  8 rubbers to 3 and 26 games to 12.

 

– Sunny Daily 7 (Mohammad Karam 3, Peter Edwards 2, Tom Douglas 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Jai Green, Quentin Clark, Ben Hosking 1)

Sunny Daily retained their equal second spot on the ladder with Weightmans Packaging, after defeating Mallee Bearings in this Round Four encounter.

Sunny Daily number three Mohammad Karam contributed three singles wins, captain Peter Edwards two, and Tom Douglas one.  Karam was in good form, and dropped only one set in his three wins.  Peter Edwards played two five setters, after being two sets to love down, he won against Jai Green 8-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-8, but then lost to Ben Hosking in the second round of singles in a match where neither player could assert his authority.  In an entertaining encounter, Hosking ran out the winner 8-11, 11-3, 12-10, 4-11, 11-8.

The three Mallee Bearings players all won one singles, Jai Green over Tom Douglas, Ben Hosking over Edwards and Quentin Clarke a great five set victory also over Tom Douglas.  This match see-sawed over the five sets, and Quentin held Douglas off to take the win 11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-5.  This is a great reward for Quentin, who is one of the most enthusiastic players in this pennant, this being his first singles win of the season, and he and his captain Jai Green then backed this win up with an emphatic three set victory together in the doubles over the two form players for Sunny Daily, Peter Edwards and Mohammad Karam 11-8, 11-6, 11-6.

Final scores:  7 rubbers to 4 and 25 games to 16.

 

 

PENNANT FOUR:

 

– Fishers IGA 6 (Shirley Whitecross 3, Rahullah Mirzai 1) d Sunny Daily 5 (Chelsey Avers, Kim Avers 2, Soyal Zahidi 1)

With Shirley Whitecross leading from the front and winning three singles for the third time in four rounds Fishers IGA narrowly took the points 6-5 against the previously undefeated Sunny Daily who were without their number one player Angela Pryor. Shirley also participated in both doubles successfully. The second doubles in particular was a beauty when Shirley teamed with Rahullah Mirzai against the Avers combination Kim and daughter Chelsey. This was a really entertaining match and could have gone either way, however it was Shirley and Rahullah who prevailed 11-6 8-11 11-7 8-11 11-8……what a match. For Sunny Daily both Kim and Chelsey Avers played well to win two singles each and with Angela back when these two teams meet again later in the season we should again see another close result.

 

– Max Miller Carpets 7 (Wayne Pryor, Chris King, Kumail Jaffry 2) d Pinnacle Packers 4 (Anthony Papillo 3)

Both teams went into this match without two of their regulars. Matt Demarco in the Packers team was joined by his mum Linda for her first game while Anthony Papillo came into the team as the number one player. Anthony has been coming along for several weeks on a Monday night and has shown great improvement. Joining him on a Monday night is Chris King and he played as the number one for the Carpeters. These two boys are very talented and it was Anthony who performed very well in the singles winning his three including an excellent five set win over Chris 6-11 10-12 11-5 12-10 11-4 a great comeback after being two games to love down.

The Carpeters on the night were too steady and with all their players Chris King, Wayne Pryor and another fill in playing his first game Kumail Jaffry winning two singles each, Max Miller Carpets took the points 7-4. For the Packers youngster Matt Demarco tried really hard and narrowly went down in two marathon five setters against Kumail and then later Wayne. Matt joined the junior competition late in the season and he will be a real player of the future as he continues to improve each week.

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