136 – Summer – 2013 – Round 8 Wrap

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Sunraysia Table Tennis Summer Pennant results Round 8: –

PENNANT ONE: –

– Pinnacle Packers 7 (Gavin Carmichael 3, Sony Sefer, Shane Carmichael 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Ali Taheri, Matt Ljubic 2)

– Weightmans Packaging 7 (Andrew Cannard 3, Kevin Johns 2) d Bishop Builders 4 (Mark Ljubic 2, Peter Bishop, Michael Hogarth 1)

– Fishers IGA 6 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Ashley Morrison 1) d Max Miller Carpets 5 (Mark Dorman, Arthur Paar 2, Graeme O’Neill 1)

PENNANT TWO: –

– Fishers IGA 7 (Ed Hung 3, Michael Hensgen 2) d Spanline 4 (Leon Brown 2, Cole Keegan, Tony Malycha 1)

– Tankard Dental 9 (Arnold Jago 3, Claire Ljubic, Jessica Dorman 2) d Max Miller Carpets 2 (Ekin Arisoy, Glen Bell 1)

– Weightmans Packaging 6 (Lee Thomas 3, Lachlan Kelly, Mick Bacon 1) d Mallee Bearings 5 (George Papanicolaou 2, Ekin Arisoy, Geoff Peters 1)

PENNANT THREE: –

– Sunny Daily 9 (Tom Douglas 3, Peter Edwards, Chris King 2) d Max Miller Carpets 2 (Jol Peters 2)

– Dunkley Scales 8 (Leonie Dunkley, Jeff Hards, Mukhwinder Mukhwinder 2) d Bishop Builders 3 (Kalif Shortt 3)

– Weightmans Packaging 6 (Matt Avers, Winston Easterbrook 2, Rachel Fitzpatrick 1) d Mallee Bearings 5 (Jai Green 3, Quentin Clark 1)

PENNANT FOUR: –

– Max Miller Carpets 8 (John Fitzpatrick 3, Therese Fitzpatrick 2, Wayne Pryor 1) d Fishers IGA 3 (Shirley Whitecross 2. Rahullah Mirzai 1)

– Sunny Daily 9 (Kim Avers, Angela Pryor 3, Chelsey Avers 1) d Pinnacle Packers 2 (Linda Demarco, Quentin Clark 1)

 

Fishers IGA player of the round: Andrew Cannard

p1It took an almighty struggle against opposing No 1 Mark Ljubic, but Andrew Cannard steered Weightmans back on the winners board and back in contention for the Summer Shield.

 

PENNANT ONE:

After sliding from first to fifth over the last month with four successive defeats Weightmans Packaging bounced back to form in round eight of  the Sunraysia Table Tennis summer pennant. On the stage court skipper Andrew Cannard was in superb form winning three singles as well as participating in both doubles victories and in doing so his team were able to defeat second placed Bishop Builders 7-4.

 

– Weightmans Packaging 7 (Andrew Cannard 3, Kevin Johns 2) d Bishop Builders 4 (Mark Ljubic 2, Peter Bishop, Michael Hogarth 1)

This victory has propelled Weightmans from fifth position up to second on the ladder with two rounds to play in one of the most even summer pennants in many season.

Cannard’s regular Sunday training sessions are bearing fruit and his victory over opposing number one Mark Ljubic was a top class affair enabling him to move to outright third on the singles aggregate. Ljubic took the first 12-10 and then Cannard turned the tables winning the next three 12-10 12-10 12-10 an excellent hard fought match with many fine rallies and some excellent defence from Cannard as well as his trademark back hand offensive shots.

The second doubles was a real highlight when Cannard teamed with Bernadette Fitzpatrick to recover from what looked a difficult position to win in a fine comeback 10-12 10-12 11-9 12-10 11-8 against Mark Ljubic and Michael Hogarth, another tremendous struggle. Kevin Johns also played a key role for Weightmans by winning two singles in what was a vital match for both teams given the evenness of the competition.

 

– Fishers IGA 6 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Ashley Morrison 1) d Max Miller Carpets 5 (Mark Dorman, Arthur Paar 2, Graeme O’Neill 1)

Fishers IGA continued their good form winning their second match in succession this time against Max Miller Carpets 6-5 on centre court. The Carpeters were without Geoff Wright this round and he was replaced by Graeme O’Neill.

This victory by Fishers will still leave them on the bottom of the ladder however they have now joined two other teams on the same number of wins with percentage only separating them as they fight for fourth spot on the ladder. Wayne Carmichael again was in top form winning three singles and victory in both doubles by Fishers assisted their cause. The second doubles in particular was a beauty as Carmichael and Ross Humphreys outlasted Mark Dorman and Graeme O’Neill 11-5 8-11 13-11 9-11 11-7.

Fishers Ash Morrison chipped in with a match winning singles win in the first game of the night when he stunned Graeme O’Neill in four sets.

 

– Pinnacle Packers 7 (Gavin Carmichael 3, Sony Sefer, Shane Carmichael 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Ali Taheri, Matt Ljubic 2)

On the grand stand court Pinnacle Packers assured themselves top position on the ladder with their seventh victory in succession when they defeated Mallee Bearings 7-4. The Bearings combination was out of the blocks early taking a two rubbers to nil lead however it was the ability of the Packers to win both doubles which proved to be the difference.

Ali Taheri and Matt Ljubic won their customary two singles each for Mallee Bearings and while fill in Leon Brown, up from pennant two, did not win a match he acquitted himself very well almost defeating Sony Sefer in a hard fought five setter. In addition Brown took a game off both Gavin Carmichael and Shane Carmichael who was filling in for Nicholas Dorman. Brown has improved his game and while his forehand has always been good he has developed his back hand and a variety of serves to add strength to his game.

The scene is now set for an exciting climax to the season with one win separating second to sixth place with two rounds to play. 

 

PENNANT TWO:

The two teams at the head of the ladder were defeated this week – Spanline upstaged by Ed Hung’s Fishers IGA team, which is now starting to find it’s feet, and in the other Lee Thomas rallied her Weightmans Packaging team to a 6-5 win over Mallee Bearings.

 

– Fishers IGA 7 (Ed Hung 3, Michael Hensgen 2) d Spanline 4 (Leon Brown 2, Cole Keegan, Tony Malycha 1)

Ed Hung led his team to third third win of the season and are looking the most likely to make the cut for the finals.

Recording his usual three wins, Ed’s team mates Karly Leach and Michael Hensgen also chipped in with a win each in their singles, and to cap off a good night, the Fishers squad took both doubles contests.

Karly Leach provided the surprise win of the night.  After locking horns with Cole Keegan throughout this year’s Winter Pennant, and not getting any joy, she surprised him and downed him in straight sets 14-12, 11-6, 11-9.

In the second round of singles Michael Hensgen, after dropping the first set, picked up a win against Tony Malycha.  Michael took the rubber 8-11, 11-6, 11-4, 14-12.

Both doubles went to four sets, and on this night Fishers were not to be denied a win.  More than once this pennant, they have lost 6-5, but with Leach and Hensgen providing much needed wins, and the usual contribution of their captain, this was a well-earned 7 rubbers to 4 victory.

Final scores:  7 rubbers to 4 and 22 games to 16.

 

– Weightmans Packaging 6 (Lee Thomas 3, Lachlan Kelly, Mick Bacon 1) d Mallee Bearings 5 (George Papanicolaou 2, Ekin Arisoy, Geoff Peters 1)

Weightmans Packaging, still sitting on the bottom of the ladder, upset equal ladder leaders Mallee Bearings in this match with a 6 rubbers to 5 come-from-behind win.

Mallee Bearings looked to have the game in their grasp at the conclusion of the second round of doubles, leading at that stage 5 rubbers to 3, and only the final round of singles to go.

However, wins to Lee Thomas over George Papanicolaou in three sets, then a closer three setter with Lachlan Kelly defeating Ekin Arisoy 15-13, 11-8, 11-5, set the scene for the two number three’s to decide the fate of their teams.  And they did not disappoint.  Geoff Peters with his awkward style took the first set 11-8, only for Weightmans Mick Bacon to show his consistency with 11-9 wins in the second and third to go 2-1 up.  Peters took his game up a gear to level at 2 sets all with an 11-5 win in the fourth.  The fifth set was up for grabs, and it was anybody’s game, and in this rubber Mick Bacon proved the steadier, and took the set 11-9 and so gave his team the win.

Weightmans Lee Thomas took three wins, her team-mates one each.  For Mallee Bearings George Papanicolaou took two, and his team-mates one each also.  The doubles were shared, Thomas and Kelly downing Papanicolaou and Peters in three 5,4, and 8, and in the second Papanicolaou and Arisoy reversed things with a three set win over Thomas and Bacon 8, 3 and 4.

In a very close game, final scores:  6 rubbers to 5 and 21 games to 17.

 

– Tankard Dental 9 (Arnold Jago 3, Claire Ljubic, Jessica Dorman 2) d Max Miller Carpets 2 (Ekin Arisoy, Glen Bell 1)

Tankard Dental were never threatened in this match with Max Miller Carpets.

Leading 5-0 after five rubbers, it was a matter of how big the margin would be.  The reason for this state of affairs was the absence of the Carpeters captain Seval Fuat, together with Glen Bell having a very quiet night.

Arnold Jago took three wins, and his team-mates Jessica Dorman and Claire Ljubic two apiece.  If that was not enough, Tankard’s dominated both doubles, winning them both in three sets.  In fact, Jago was hardly extended, only one of his rubbers going to four sets.

Dorman and Ljubic had to work for their wins: Dorman defeated Sabrina Fitzpatrick in four, 12-14, 15-13, 11-6, 11-8, and later won with the bounce of the ball against Glen Bell 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 6-11, 12-10.  Ljubic meanwhile had to concentrate against Arisoy before winning 9-11, 11-5, 13-15, 11-8, 11-9, and she also needed four sets against Fitzpatrick to capture the win in that rubber.

A good night for the Tankard trio, they now sit on four wins, clear in third place on the ladder.

Final scores:  9 rubbers to 2 and 28 games to 13.

 

PENNANT THREE:

The three top teams defeated the three bottom teams in this round 8 clash, with bottom-of-the-ladder Mallee Bearings putting up a great fight against co-ladder leaders Weightmans Packaging, only to lose narrowly.

 

– Sunny Daily 9 (Tom Douglas 3, Peter Edwards, Chris King 2) d Max Miller Carpets 2 (Jol Peters 2)

Sunny Daily were untroubled in their match against Max Miller Carpets.  Leading 3 rubbers to 2 after five rubbers, they went through the rest of the evening undefeated.

Having said that, only two of the remaining six rubbers were of three sets duration.  Best performed for Sunny Daily was Tom Douglas who only dropped one set on his way to three singles wins.  Likewise Chris King, who subbed for Mohammad Karam, played well, picking up two wins, only falling to Max Miller’s captain Jol Peters.

Sunny Daily captain Peter Edwards took two wins, he too falling to Jol Peters, in what was the match of the night.  Edwards led two sets to love 11-8, 13-11 before Peters could get a look in.  Peters took the third set 11-7; Edwards almost had the match won in the fourth, after holding a couple of set/match points, only for Peters to take the set 15-13 and square at 2 sets all.  Peters hit his stride in the fifth, and kept Edwards at bay, winning the set 11-7.

That match, and Peters’ win over King were the only rubbers for the Carpeters – they came close in the second doubles; Peters and Anthony Papillo pushing Edwards and King to five sets, but lost the last 11-4.  The first doubles was an easier win for Sunny Daily – Edwards and Douglas defeated Peters and Paul Fitzpatrick in three 11-8, 11-7, 14-12.

Final scores:  9 rubbers to 2 and 29 games to 11.

 

– Dunkley Scales 8 (Leonie Dunkley, Jeff Hards, Mukhwinder Mukhwinder 2) d Bishop Builders 3 (Kalif Shortt 3)

Dunkley Scales took a measured win against Bishop Builders in this contest.

All three players, Leonie Dunkley, Jeff Hards and Mukhwinder Mukhwinder took two singles wins (all against Demi Green and Helen Frania), and then proved too good in both doubles to give them a total of eight rubbers.

Kalif Shortt played a fine captains game in a losing side for Bishop Builders; he defeated opposite number Leonie Dunkley 11-6, 11-5, 14-12, number two Hards 11-9, 11-3, 11-6 and Mukhwinder 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4.  Wins were not forthcoming for his team in the doubles though – he and Demi Green had a great fight with Dunkley and Hards, taking the first set 11-7, almost going two sets to love up, but narrowly losing the second 16-18.  From then on Dunkley and Hards took control of the match, taking the next two sets 11-5, 11-7.

The second doubles, between Shortt and Frania against the very strong pairing of Dunkley and Mukhwinder was close, but the Dunkley Scales pair had the upper hand throughout, winning 11-9, 11-9, 11-5.

Final scores:  8 rubbers to 3 and 25 games to 14.

 

– Weightmans Packaging 6 (Matt Avers, Winston Easterbrook 2, Rachel Fitzpatrick 1) d Mallee Bearings 5 (Jai Green 3, Quentin Clark 1)

In the closest game of the round, bottom-of-the ladder team Mallee Bearings gave co-ladder leaders Weightmans Packaging a big fright, going down 6 rubbers to 5, after trailing 5-2 before the second round of doubles.

Mallee Bearings captain Jai Green played with purpose in winning three singles; defeating opposing captain Matt Avers in three sets 6, 5 and 8, and later on Winston Easterbrook also in three 16-14, 11-7, 13-11.  He almost fell to Rachel Fitzpatrick though; Fitzpatrick led two sets to love 11-7, 11-7 only to see her lead slip away as Green picked up the pace.  He took the next three sets 11-9, 11-8, 11-6.  Green and Ben Hosking took the second doubles in three sets over Avers and Fitzpatrick 12-10, 12-10, 11-9.  And a five set win by Quentin Clark 4-11, 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5 helped his side to equalise 5 rubbers all with one to play.

Weightmans had too many guns; Matt Avers and Winston Easterbrook picked up two wins apiece, Rachel Fitzpatrick one, and the team took one of the doubles to give them their six rubbers.

Final scores:  6 rubbers to 5 and 22 games to 18.

 

PENNANT FOUR:

 

The top two teams defeated the third and fourth teams this round with player unavailability impacting on a couple of teams. Great to see Linda Demarco, (Matt’s mum) making an appearance again. Won’t be long and we will have her as a regular.

Also a surprise player making a guest appearance for Fishers IGA was our “money” lady Julia Edwards (Peter’s mum). Well done Linda and Julia!!

 

– Max Miller Carpets 8 (John Fitzpatrick 3, Therese Fitzpatrick 2, Wayne Pryor 1) d Fishers IGA 3 (Shirley Whitecross 2. Rahullah Mirzai 1)

With John Fitzpatrick in superb form winning three singles and taking part in two doubles victories the Carpeters proved too strong for Fishers IGA winning 8-3 in a powerful display with finals only three weeks away. John had a tremendous battle with aggregate leader Shirley Whitecross in a five set tussle. The first three games were all close before John drew away in the fourth and fifth to win 11-9 11-13 8-11 11-3 11-3. Another exciting five setter took place in the first doubles when young John teamed up with Wayne Pryor to defeat Shirley and Rahullah Mirzai 11-5 11-4 9-11 3-11 11-8. Apart from John’s three singles, team mates Therese Fitzpatrick and Wayne Pryor won two and one singles respectively.

 

– Sunny Daily 9 (Kim Avers, Angela Pryor 3, Chelsey Avers 1) d Pinnacle Packers 2 (Linda Demarco, Quentin Clark 1)

Sunny Daily flexed their muscles in this match defeating Pinnacle Packers 9-2. Both Kumail Jaffry and Soyel Zahidi were out of the Packers line up and were replaced by Quentin Clarke who doubled up from pennant three and Linda Demarco.

After a quiet round last week Sunny Daily number one Angela Pryor bounced back to form with three singles wins, Angela had to fight all the way against young Matt Demarco and these two played a marathon with Angela taking the points 9-11 11-9 11-13 11-5 11-9 a great match from two up and comers. Angela works hard on her game each Monday night at training and has improved immensely under the tutelage of Graeme O’Neill. Matt has also improved markedly since joining the junior competition half way through the recent season. Both are players of the future. Angela’s team mate Kim Avers also continued her good form in her first season of competition table tennis again winning three singles and she sits second on the singles aggregate along with Angela both only one win behind Shirley Whitecross with two rounds to play. Angela’s and Kim’s team mate Chelsey Avers had a big night playing in three five set matches. In the first doubles she teamed with Angela to defeat Quentin Clarke and Matt Demarco 9-11 11-7 9-11 11-4 11-9. Earlier she went down in a five setter against Linda Demarco 11-9 6-11 11-7 10-12 2-11, she later played a marathon against Quentin with Quentin just getting up 7-11 11-8 16-18 11-8 12-10 a great tussle !!!

 

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