145 – Winter – 2014 – Round 1 Wrap

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Sunraysia Table Tennis – Winter 2014 – Rnd 1 results:

PENNANT ONE: 

– Mallee Bearings 6 (Mark Ljubic, Matt Ljubic, Kate Carmichael 2) d Max Miller Carpets 5 (Gavin Carmichael 3)

– Fishers IGA 6 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Jackson Tung, Kevin Johns 1) d Tankard Dental 5 (Mark Dorman, Hurricane Robinson 2)

– Weightmans Packaging 6 (Joel Thomas 3, Mick Hogarth 1) d Dunkley Scales 5 (Shannon Bowen, Andrew Cannard 2, Arthur Parr 1)

PENNANT TWO: 

Weightmans Packaging 8 (Sony Sefer 3, Arnold Jago 2, Tony Malycha 1) d Fishers IGA 3 (Leon Brown 2, Seval Fuat 1)

– Spanline 6 (Geoff Wright 3, Andrew Jones, Peter Fitzpatrick 1) d Tankard Dental 5 (Ross Humphreys, Josh Carmichael 2)

– Max Miller Carpets 6 (Ash Morrison, Aidan Moore 2, Cole Keegan 1) d Pinnacle Packers 5 (Peter Midgley 3, Jess Dorman 1)

PENNANT THREE: 

– Fishers IGA 9 (Jeremy Corrin, Michael Hensgen 3, Tom Douglas 1) d Mallee Bearings 2 (Peter Mikhaeil, Sabrina Fitzpatrick 1)

– Bishop Builders 8 (Matt Avers 3, Jeff Hards 2, Mick Bacon 1) d Dunkley Scales 3 (Karly Leach 2, Leonie Dunkley 1)

– Pinnacle Packers 6 (Rachael Fitzpatrick, Paul Fitzpatrick 2, Peter Edwards 1) d Weightmans Packaging 5 (Rod Healy 3, Jai Green 1)

 

PENNANT FOUR: 

– Max Miller Carpets 7 (Kumail Jaffry 3, Rahullah Mirzai, Sonya Shellacker 1) d Weightmans Packaging 4 (Kim Avers, Quentin Clark 2)

– Fishers IGA 8 (Campbell McKenzie, Ben Hosking, Soyel Zahidi 2) d Sunny Daily 3 (Callan Humphreys 3)

p1Eddy Hung has made the Pennant One cut for the 2014 Winter season. Under the captaincy of Gavin Carmichael can they bring home the P1 shield. Kevin Johns looking on is not so sure.

 

PENNANT ONE:

Table Tennis is up and running again with the commencement of the first senior pennant in 2014.

Round one of the “winter “competition started in humid conditions last Wednesday with an excellent twenty two teams taking part.

All pennant one matches were decided by a 6-5 result which would have been pleasing for the often maligned grading committee. Amazingly there has been an all time high of ten changes in pennant one from the corresponding pennant in 2013.

 

– Fishers IGA 6 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Jackson Tung, Kevin Johns 1) d Tankard Dental 5 (Mark Dorman, Hurricane Robinson 2)

With all matches close Fishers IGA have taken a narrow lead on the ladder with a 6-5 victory over Tankard Dental. Wayne Carmichael started the season off as he normally does with three singles victories while his team mates Kevin Johns and Jackson Tung offered good support winning one each. p1With the score at five rubbers all Fishers Jackson Tung outlasted Lee Thomas 11-8 13-15 10-12 11-5 11-5 to get Fishers over the line. For Tankard Dental both Mark Dorman and fill in Darren Robinson won two singles each.

 

– Mallee Bearings 6 (Mark Ljubic, Matt Ljubic, Kate Carmichael 2) d Max Miller Carpets 5 (Gavin Carmichael 3)

In an even display Mark Ljubic, Matt Ljubic and Kate Carmichael for Mallee Bearings won two singles each to get their team home 6-5 against Max Miller Carpets. Late in the match the Carpeters took a 5-4 lead. Fill in for Max Miller Carpets Graeme O’Neill then took a two games to love lead over talented youngster Matt Ljubic. p1Ljubic sensing the match slipping away then raised a gear and grabbed the third 11-2 and from he was able to go on to a five set victory in what had been a great comeback.

The score now stood at five rubbers all with Mallee Bearings Kate Carmichael up against the pen gripper Ed Hung. Both players were returning to pennant one after lengthy breaks from the game and both were nervous. In a tight match Carmichael would prove too good despite dropping the first game. The 7-11 11-8 11-9 11-9 score line reveals a tight match and with this win Carmichael had assisted her team to a 6-5 victory.

 

– Weightmans Packaging 6 (Joel Thomas 3, Mick Hogarth 1) d Dunkley Scales 5 (Shannon Bowen, Andrew Cannard 2, Arthur Parr 1)

The remaining match featured the return of champion player Joel Thomas in his first match in the STTA in approximately five years and what a bonus for the association to have a player of this class playing locally again. Thomas steered his team Weightmans Packaging to a commendable 6-5 win against Dunkley Scales who are regarded a real chance in this pennant. Apart from his three singles Thomas joined his team mates Mick Hogarth and Bernadette Fitzpatrick in the doubles to win both. The first featured Thomas and Hogarth combining to defeat the talented combination of Andrew Cannard and Shannon Bowen in a great contest 8-11 14-12 8-11 11-7 11-8.p1Hogarth two matches later won an important singles over Arthur Paar. For Dunkley Scales both Cannard and Bowen won two singles each.

One Round down fourteen to go!!

 

PENNANT TWO:

With a return of former players to Pennant One, and thus an oversubscription to that grade, Pennant Two has benefitted.  The standard is consequently higher, as some former Pennant One players have found their way to Pennant Two.

– Spanline 6 (Geoff Wright 3, Andrew Jones, Peter Fitzpatrick 1) d Tankard Dental 5 (Ross Humphreys, Josh Carmichael 2)

A sold start to the season for these two teams with a 6 rubbers to 5 and 24 games to 20 win to Spanline over Tankard Dental.

The match was close throughout, with a win by one side being matched by a win to the other in the next rubber.

Geoff Wright, captain for Spanline was the best performed player, taking three singles wins and with his number two, evergreen Andrew Jones, the second doubles.  p1Wright dropped only two sets in his singles, one each to Josh Carmichael and Aiden Moore, but surprisingly running through opposing captain Ross Humphreys in only three sets.

Jones, not having played a shot since the completion of last year’s Winter Pennant, some six months ago, took one singles, and very nearly a second, falling in five sets to Josh Carmichael.

Spanline number three Peter Fitzpatrick also picked up one singles; this against the opposing number three Aiden Moore.  Moore was filling in for Tankard Dental and so this was actually his eighth game of the night when the pair met.  He made Fitzpatrick work for it, only losing in five sets.

For Tankard Dental, both captain Ross Humphreys and number two Josh Carmichael took two wins, both defeating Andrew Jones and Peter Fitzpatrick.  Of note was that three of these four rubbers were five setters; a good sign that these two teams, at least, are evenly matched.

Final scores:  6 rubbers to 5 and 24 games to 20.

Weightmans Packaging 8 (Sony Sefer 3, Arnold Jago 2, Tony Malycha 1) d Fishers IGA 3 (Leon Brown 2, Seval Fuat 1)

A big win here for Weightmans Packaging to start their season.  Captain Sony Sefer took three singles, number two Arnold Jago two, and number three Tony Malycha one.  The team also cleaned up in the doubles, taking both.

The result was surprising, given their opposition consisted of Leon Brown, Seval Fuat and Geoff Peters, all well performed players.  Brown could only manage two singles wins (Jago in five sets and Malycha), and Fuat one (Malycha in four sets).

Weightmans Packaging captain Sony Sefer dropped only two sets in his three wins.  He had little trouble with Geoff Peters and Seval Fuat, winning those in three sets, but was taken to five by opposing captain Leon Brown.  Brown pushed Sefer all the way, and the bounce of the bail went against him in the result, Sefer winning 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10.

Weightmans number two p1Arnold Jago played in two five set contests – winning one and losing the other.  His first rubber of the night was against Brown, and after going to a two set lead, he could not finish the job with Brown taking the final three sets.  Later, he and Seval Fuat played a very entertaining rubber.  Having played each other many times now, there is not much that these two do not know about the other.  Jago took the win this time 11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7.

Tony Malycha, fresh from a win in the recent Summer Pennant, played well.  He took a set from Seval Fuat, before losing in four, and had his hands full with the unorthodox Geoff Peters in their clash.  Malycha had to come from two sets to one down to take a close win 8-11, 15-13, 4-11, 11-8, 11-9.

This game was lopsided, not the way it would have been expected to finish, however, it is doubtful that this result will be repeated in subsequent meetings.

Final scores:  8 rubbers to 3 and 27 games to 16.

 

– Max Miller Carpets 6 (Ash Morrison, Aidan Moore 2, Cole Keegan 1) d Pinnacle Packers 5 (Peter Midgley 3, Jess Dorman 1)

This match was played in almost record time !!  A very quick match between these two sides, saw nine of the eleven rubbers decided in only three sets.

Ashley Morrison’s Max Miller Carpets team emerged the winner, with an even team performance.  Morrison took two singles wins, Cole Keegan one, and Aiden Moore returning to the game after a few years away, two also.  Morrison and Keegan dominated the first doubles to give their team the required six rubbers for the win.

The stand-out player, however, was Pinnacle Packers captain Peter Midgley.  p1Midgley won three singles, all in three sets, and he and Terry Martin won the second doubles.  Team-mate Jessica Dorman, filling in for Glen Bell, chipped in with a four set win over Cole Keegan 11-5, 5-11, 13-11, 11-4.  Number two Terry Martin also looked to have the better of Keegan in their contest, leading two sets to love, but Keegan then kicked into gear, taking the last three sets 3, 5 and 5.

Max Millers Ashley Morrison and Aiden Moore both defeated Martin and Dorman to take their two singles wins, and with Keegan defeating Martin that made five rubbers.  The first doubles also went the way of the winners, Morrison and Keegan downing Midgley and Dorman 11-5, 14-12, 11-5.

Final scores:  6 rubbers to 5 and 19 games to 17.

 

 

PENNANT THREE:

As in Pennant Two, Pennant Three has been strengthened with the return to that grade of a number of players who have had a season in Pennant Two.  This grade should be keenly fought this year, although the results from this round show that many players are still to hit form.

 

– Pinnacle Packers 6 (Rachael Fitzpatrick, Paul Fitzpatrick 2, Peter Edwards 1) d Weightmans Packaging 5 (Rod Healy 3, Jai Green 1)

Pinnacle Packers got home in the final rubber of this contest, Paul Fitzpatrick picking up his second singles win of the contest against opposing number three Jol Peters.

This was a close game throughout, a win to one side was matched by a win to the other, and although Pinnacle Packers did jump to a five rubbers to three lead at one time, Weightmans Packing pegged them back to level at five all.

Pinnacle Packers captain Rachel Fitzpatrick took two singles wins, and was ably backed by her brother Paul taking two. p1The third member of the team, Peter Edwards also contributed one.  The second doubles fell to the Fitzpatrick pair, Rachel and Paul defeating Rod Healy and Jol Peters in five sets taking the win 11-9 in the fifth.

For Weightmans Packaging, captain Rod Healy had a good match, taking three singles wins, dropping only one set in the process.  He and Jai Green played well together in the first doubles rubber, defeating Rachel Fitzpatrick and Peter Edwards 11-8, 11-5, 5-11, 14-12.  With Green picking up just a single win, the team dropped short of the win, going down six rubbers to five.

Final scores:  6 rubbers to 5 and 21 games to 20.

 

– Bishop Builders 8 (Matt Avers 3, Jeff Hards 2, Mick Bacon 1) d Dunkley Scales 3 (Karly Leach 2, Leonie Dunkley 1)

Bishop Builders captain Matt Avers backed up his recent Summer Pennant form with a strong first-up performance in this Round 1 match.

p1Avers led his team to an 8 rubbers to 3 victory over opponents Dunkley Scales.  His three singles victories were all in the minimum three sets, and he steered his team-mates to wins also in both doubles; in four sets with Mick Bacon against Karly Leach and Leonie Dunkley (dropping only the third set), and later with Jeff Hards they took a five set win over Leach and Sam Hensgen in an even match 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9.

Jeff Hards continued his improvement from the summer pennant, taking two singles wins, a close four set 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 12-10 win over Leonie Dunkley, and another four setter against Sam Hensgen.

Mick Bacon scored one singles win, giving the Builders six singles victories to add to their doubles, making an impressive eight by the end.

For Dunkley Scales, Karly Leach took two wins – both of three sets; against Bacon and Hards.  Leonie Dunkley backed her captain, and managed one win, a hard five setter against Mick Bacon.  After being two sets to love down 7-11, 7-11, Leonie got stronger as the match went on, taking the last three sets 5, 9 and 6, denying Mick of a rubber he probably thought he had won.

Final scores:  8 rubbers to 3 and 26 games to 15.

 

– Fishers IGA 9 (Jeremy Corrin, Michael Hensgen 3, Tom Douglas 1) d Mallee Bearings 2 (Peter Mikhaeil, Sabrina Fitzpatrick 1)

The Fishers IGA pair of Jeremy Corrin and Michael Hensgen got their seasons’ off to a perfect start, both scoring three singles win and then playing together to take a doubles win.

The game was pretty much a one-way street.  Fishers IGA dropped only two rubbers throughout the contest, Tom Douglas taking but one singles rubber.

Mallee Bearings will definitely improve.  Peter Mikhaeil is very short of match practice; Sabrina Fitzpatrick always puts up a big fight, p1and Helen Frania even when losing has a great time !!

But in this match, Corrin in taking his three rubbers conceded only two sets to his opponents, likewise Michael Hensgen.  Hensgen, however lost both those sets in one rubber, after being two sets to love down against Frania 9-11, 6-11, he fought back to take the final three 4, 9 and 5.  Whilst mentioning Frania, she also led Tom Douglas two sets to love, only to lose that rubber in five.  She played another five setter too:  her doubles with Peter Mikhaeil against Corrin and Douglas went the full distance.

So whilst the final scoreline was very much in favour of Fishers IGA, had Frania been able to get across the line in those three rubbers, the result would take on a different complexion. Perhaps Helen Frania is the key to future success for Mallee Bearings !!

Final scores:  9 rubbers to 2 and 29 games to 15.

 

PENNANT FOUR:

This should be a good pennant and will be a stronger standard than the previous competition.

– Fishers IGA 8 (Campbell McKenzie, Ben Hosking, Soyel Zahidi 2) d Sunny Daily 3 (Callan Humphreys 3)

Despite fill in Callan Humphreys winning three singles for Sunny Daily it was the even performance by Fishers IGA combination of fist gamer Campbell McKenzie, p1Ben Hosking and Soyel Zahidi to win two singles each which was crucial in their 8-3 victory. This win will give Fishers the ladder leader albeit only a narrow margin. Victory in four sets in both doubles made the victory even more comfortable, the highlight match was the five set victory 7-11 11-3 11-7 10-12 11-2 by Callan Humphreys against the hard working Soyel Zahidi.

– Max Miller Carpets 7 (Kumail Jaffry 3, Rahullah Mirzai, Sonya Shellacker 1) d Weightmans Packaging 4 (Kim Avers, Quentin Clark 2)

Victory in both doubles played a big part in Max Miller Carpets 7-4 win over Weightmans Packaging. The Carpeters were very well led by Kumail Jaffry who won three singles. He partnered Rahullah Mirzai and Sonya Shalliker respectively to victory in four sets in each of the two doubles. The last match of the night was a beauty when Carpeters Sonya Shalliker took on Demi Green. This was a lengthy match which went to five sets and contained many long rallies.p1It would be Sonya who prevailed 9-11 11-5 11-5 5-11 11-9 in a thriller.

Sunraysia Table Tennis Winter Pennant round 1: –

PENNANT ONE: – Mallee Bearings 6 (Mark Ljubic, Matt Ljubic, Kate Carmichael 2) d Max Miller Carpets 5 (Gavin Carmichael 3); Fishers IGA 6 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Kevin Johns, Jackson Tung 1) d Tankard Dental 5 (Mark Dorman, Darren Robinson 2); Weightmans Packaging 6 (Joel Thomas 3, Michael Hogarth 1) d Dunkley Scales 5 (Andrew Cannard, Shannon Bowen 2, Arthur Paar 1)

PENNANT TWO: – Weightmans Packaging 8 (Sony Sefer 3, Arnold Jago 2, Tony Malycha 1) d Fishers IGA 3 (Leon Brown 2, Seval Fuat 1); Spanline 6 (Geoff Wright 3, Peter Fitzpatrick, Andrew Jones 1) d Tankard Dental 5 (Ross Humphreys, Josh Carmichael 2); Max Miller Carpets 6 (Aidan Moore, Ashley Morrison 2, Cole Keegan 1) d Pinnacle Packers 5 (Peter Midgley 3, Jessica Dorman 1

PENNANT THREE: – Fishers IGA 9 (Jeremy Corrin, Michael Hensgen 3, Tom Douglas 1) d Mallee Bearings 2 (Peter Mikhaeil, Sabrina Fitzpatrick 1); Bishop Builders 8 (Matt Avers 3, Jeff Hards 2, Mick Bacon 1) d Dunkley Scales 3 (Karly Leach 2, Leonie Dunkley 1); Pinnacle Packers 6 (Rachel Fitzpatrick, Paul Fitzpatrick 2, Peter Edwards 1) d Weightmans Packaging 5 (Rod Healy 3, Jai Green 1)

PENNANT FOUR: – Max Miller Carpets 7 (Kumail Jaffry 3, Rahullah Mirzai, Sonya Shallicker 1) d Weightmans Packaging 4 (Kim Avers, Quentin Clark 2); Fishers IGA 8 (Campbell McKenzie, Ben Hosking, Soyel Zahidi 2) d Sunny Daily 3 (Callan Humphreys 3)

 

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