47 – Summer 2011 – Round 8 Wrap

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Sunraysia Table Tennis Summer Pennant results round 8: –
PENNANT ONE:

– Sunraysia Daily 6 (Mark Dorman 3, Graeme O’Neill, Sam Foreman 1) d Weightmans Packaging 5 (Andrew Cannard, Joel Dorman 2);

– Fishers IGA 7 (Gavin Carmichael, Jackson Tung 2, Peter Bishop 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Ed Hung 1);

– Max Miller Carpets 5 (Dillon Chambers 3, Gavin Minter 2) d Pinnacle Packers 4 (Neil Rodrigues 2, Darren Robinson 1)
PENNANT TWO:

– Tankard Dental 6 (Sony Sefer, Henry Hornsby 2, Abraham McDonnell 1) d Spanline Nick Barlow 2, Arnold Jago, Trevor Gebert 1);

– Fishers IGA 9 (Jackson Murphy 3, Tahir Khurshid, Robert Chiswell 2) d Pinnacle Packers 2 (Arthur Paar, Leon Brown 1);

– Max Miller Carpets 6 (Laurie Plummer, Ashley Morrison 2, Sam McDonnell 1) d Mallee Bearings 5 (Seval Fuat 2, Mathew Burns, Zac Robinson 1)
PENNANT THREE:

– Weightmans Packaging 6 (Peter Fitzpatrick, Andrew Lewis 2, Mick Bacon 1) d Sunraysia Daily 5 (Mark Kerr 3, Karly Leach 1);

– Max Miller Carpets 6 (Karina Sullivan, Gary Hughes 2, Damen Southgate 1) d Pinnacle Packers 5(Bernadette Fitzpatrick, Mary Fitzpatrick 2);

– Mallee Bearings 7 (Steve Pongrac 3, Gary Hughes 2, Delaney Murphy 1) d Fishers IGA 4 (Rachel Fitzpatrick 2, Nicholas Dorman 1)
PENNANT FOUR:

– Mallee Bearings 8 (Matt Ljubic, Lachlan Kelly 3, Ben Hosking 1) d Fishers IGA 3 (Mick Bacon, Shirley Whitecross 1);

– Bishop Builders 6 (Peter Fitzpatrick 3, Leonie Dunkley 2) d Max Miller Carpets 5 (Sam Hensgen 2, Gabriel McDonnell, Wendy Simpson 1)

 

PENNANT ONE

With two rounds to play of the Sunraysia Table Tennis summer pennant three teams still have the opportunity to finish in first position on the ladder. The finals scenario is that team one will play off with team four and team two will match up against team three in the first week of a two week finals series with both winners advancing to the grand final a week later.

SUNRAYSIA DAILY VS WEIGHTMANS PACKAGING

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After a rare defeat last round, against the then bottom team Mallee Bearings,Sunraysia Daily again had their hands full again against the current bottom team Weightmans Packaging but were able to win narrowly 6-5 and remain one game clear at the top of the ladder. For the Daily Mark Dorman continued his usual solid form to win three singles and along with Graeme O’Neill managed to win the first doubles 11-8 7-11 11-7 11-8 against Andrew Cannard and Joel Dorman. For Weightmans Cannard and young Dorman won two singles. Their fill in, from pennant two, Jackson Murphy again showed glimpses of good form taking both O’Neill and Sam Foreman to four sets and combining with Andrew Cannard in the second doubles to win 11-9 11-8 11-8 against a tough combination of Mark Dorman and Sam Foreman.
The wash up in this defeat for Weightmans is that they will need to win both their matches and win them well and they have a mathematical chance of playing finals table tennis, time will tell!

MALLEE BEARINGS VS FISHERS IGA

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With their fifth win in six outings, Fishers IGA have grabbed second position on the ladder, albeit by percentage. Their 7-4 victory came at the expense of Mallee Bearings who had just come off two impressive wins. Victory came for Fishers despite Wayne Carmichael winning his customary three singles however in a rare statistic Carmichael did not feature in a winning doubles for the night.
The first doubles resulted in  Jackson Tung and Gavin Carmichael combining to defeat Carmichael and Ed Hung in straight sets while the second doubles featured Gavin Carmichael and Peter Bishop for Fishers coming back from a two game deficit to defeat Wayne Carmichael and Damien Ford 9-11 6-11 11-9 11-8 11-6 in a lengthy contest. Fishers finished the match strongly winning five of the last six rubbers to lock themselves into a final four position.

MAX MILLER CARPETS VS PINNACLE PACKERS

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In the remaining match both teams, second placed Max Miller Carpets and fourth placed Pinnacle Packers were a player short and the match proceeded as a two versus two contest, four singles and one doubles. Courtesy of Dillon Chambers winning both his singles and receiving good support from team mate Gavin Minter, Max Miller Carpets took the points 5-4.
The highlight in this match was the doubles with Packers combination Neil Rodriguez and Darren Robinson surviving an early onslaught and fighting back against Chambers and Minter in a top class contest to win 8-11 5-11 11-9 11-7 11-9. With Chambers in such good singles form and  team mate Minter  performing well to defeat opposing number two Darren Robinson  in straight sets 11-6 11-8 11-8  the Carpeters proved too steady on the night to entrench themselves in a top four position, an exciting finals series is about to loom.

PENNANT TWO

Five teams are fighting it out for four spots with three rounds remaining as this pennant continues to hot up.

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TANKARD DENTAL vs. SPANLINE
This was the contest of first (Tankard Dental) against second placed Spanline and what a match it was. Tankards have only tasted defeat once and at 2-5 down it looked they were in serious trouble as Spanline were on a roll. In the first match of the night Spanline skipper Arnold Jago recovered from two games to one down against young Abraham McDonnell to record a five set 6-11 11-8 7-11 11-4 11-5 win. Nick Barlow then accounted for Sony Sefer in surprisingly easy fashion 11-3 11-4 11-4.
Tankard’s Henry Hornsby then got his team on the board after an excellent five set win against the experienced Trevor Gebert. Both players are fine tennis players and some of their tennis prowess was on display as they traded excellent top spin forehand drives. Hornsby outlasted Gebert to win 11-8 7-11 9-11 12-10 11-9 in a thriller.
Spanline proceeded to win three of the next four rubbers and looked to be in the box seat however the ladder leaders had other ideas. The fight back started when skipper Sefer and Henry Hornsby combined in the second doubles to account for Nick Barlow and Gebert in four sets. Sefer then won his second singles of the night defeating Gebert in three sets. Henry Hornsby then also won his second singles when he recorded a fine 11-9 11-9 11-13 11-9 victory over the experienced Arnold Jago, each game decided by the barest margin. With the score at five rubbers all Abraham McDonnell inflicted the only defeat on Nick Barlow for the night winning in straight sets 14-12 11-7 11-9 to complete a brilliant comeback from Tankard dental. This victory enabled the ladder leader to open up a two game break at the head of the ladder when earlier in the night it looked like top position was up for grabs.

 

 

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MALEE BEARINGS vs. MAX MILLER CARPETS
In a tremendous performance Max Miller Carpets have recorded their first win of the season defeating Mallee Bearings 6-5. Victory came despite trailing 1-3 early and then later 4-5 before finishing strongly. At five rubbers all Samuel McDonnell outlasted talented young junior player Zac Robinson in a tough match 11-9 11-8 5-11 11-9. Robinson earlier gave Mallee Bearings a perfect start when he accounted for Carpeters skipper Ash Morrison in straight sets. Morrison bounced back from this defeat to win two singles as did team mate Laurie Plummer and as a doubles combination they won the second doubles against Matt Burns and Robinson to level the match at four rubbers all.
The first singles of the last round of three was a beauty with Mallee bearings skipper Seval Fuat giving his team the edge by defeating Laurie Plummer in a tremendous five setter between these two experienced competitors. Seval Fuat took the match 8-11 11-8 11-8 10-12 11-6. With his team trailing  4-5 Morrison then accounted for the talented Matt Burns 11-8 5-11 11-9 11-3 to level the match at five rubbers all. It was at this point that Sam McDonnell then took the last rubber to give Mallee Bearings their much deserved first win of the season.
This loss leaves Mallee Bearings fighting it out with Pinnacle packers for fourth position on the ladder both teams having recorded three wins however Mallee Bearings enjoy a slightly healthier percentage. They both have to play top team Tankard Dental in the final two rounds and the fight for fourth position will go right down to the wire.

 

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FISHERS IGA vs. PINNACLE PACKERS  
This score line of 9-2 in favour of Fishers IGA over Pinnacle Packers was not expected but everything fell into place for Fishers. Five of the rubbers went to five sets but the Packers could not snag any of these which indicates the match was not as one sided as the result looks.
After not being available for the past six rounds and not winning a singles last time he played Tahir Khurshid returned to the Fishers team in excellent form. In his first match of the night he matched up against aggregate leader Arthur Paar in what turned out to be a tremendous five set struggle with Khurshid taking the points 11-9 3-11 5-11 11-7 and in the last an amazing 18-16 in warm conditions.
Such was Fishers ability to win the tight matches it was the tenth rubber before they were able to trouble the scorers when Arthur Paar defeated Rob Chiswell in four sets. Earlier Paar lost his second five setter for the night when the exciting Jackson Murphy, who would go on to win three singles, accounted for his experienced opponent 11-8 11-8 9-11 9-11 11-5. Murphy has now joined Paar at the head of the singles aggregate with Sony Sefer trailing by one with two rounds to play.
For Fishers apart from Murphy’s three singles skipper Chiswell won two as did the returning Khurshid. If Fishers can keep this combination in tact they could feature well into the finals particularly with the form Murphy is in. The Packers will need to bounce back quickly when they face up to  top team Tankard Dental in this weeks round.

 

 

PENNANT THREE

Max Miller Carpets have only been beaten once in this competition.  That was in Round 4.  Four weeks later (this round), they were almost beaten by a team of two players.  If Max Miller’s make the Grand Final in another four weeks time, they ought to beware!!  Yes, this week Bernadette and Mary Fitzpatrick almost pulled off an incredible victory against ladder leaders Karina Sullivan, Gary Hughes and Damen Southgate!!  In other news, Wooden-Spooner’s Weightmans Packaging pulled off a surprise win over finals contenders Sunraysia Daily.

 

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FISHERS IGA   vs.   MALLEE BEARINGS
Mallee Bearings were without captain Colin Moore and number two Duncan Kelly but were ably represented by replacement captain Steve Pongrac and Gary Hughes (doing double duty).  Pongrac led from the front, winning all three his singles matches, and Hughes helped the cause with two wins.  Add to that one singles win to third member Delaney Murphy and a doubles win, and Mallee Bearings ran out winners seven rubbers to Fishers IGA four.  Pongrac had to work hard for his three wins, both George Papanicolaou and Rachel Fitzpatrick taking a set in their matches before Steve won these matches in four sets.  Nick Dorman played one of his hardest matches to date, but was not good enough to beat Pongrac.  Dorman took the first 11-9, Pongrac hit back and persevered to win the second set 17-15, kept his momentum going to take the third 11-6, but Dorman came back in the fourth to level at two sets all by taking it 11-8.  After a nip and tuck fifth set Pongrac came out on top 11-8.
Dorman was uncustomarily quiet, winning only one singles, losing out to energetic Gary Hughes in a tight five setter, and taking another five sets to overcome Delaney Murphy.  Fishers IGA number three Rachel Fitzpatrick had the best night for the losers, winning two singles, the first against Gary Hughes in a tight four set contest, winning 9-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-9.  Her second victory was against Delaney Murphy in five sets.  Neither player could get the better of their opponent in this match and the scores shows what a topsy-turvy game it was.  Delaney won a fairly close first set 11-8, but then promptly lost the second 11-4.  Rachel took a hard-fought win in the third 13-11, but went walkabout to lose the fourth 11-3.  Both players got fair-dinkum again in the fifth, going point for point, until Rachel got a small break on Delaney to win it 12-10.  The only other match Fishers won was the doubles when Nicholas and George won their first doubles together in this competition, when they accounted for Steve Pongrac and Gary Hughes in straight sets 11-9, 11-9, 12-10.  This was an important win for Mallee Bearings, as it now puts them back in fourth spot on the ladder, and keeps their hopes of playing in the finals alive.

 

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MAX MILLER CARPETS vs.   PINNACLE PACKERS
Max Miller Carpets were their usual strength side for this encounter, but Pinnacle Packers were once again without Peter Kelly.  On this occasion, team-mate Mary Fitzpatrick was called upon to double up, playing as Mary Fitzpatrick and Mary “Peter Kelly” Fitzpatrick.  The Packers almost pulled off the win of the season, only going down six rubbers to five and 25 games to 22.  Despite playing in eight of the eleven matches, Mary, like a good wine, got better as the night went on.  She won two singles for the night, one as Mary Fitzpatrick, and the other as Mary “Peter Kelly”.  First time around she was defeated by Karina in four sets; the second time they met, Mary was the victor in five.  Mary’s other victory was over Damen Southgate.  Again she lost in their first tussle.  Damen defeated Mary in the opening match of the night in a tough five set encounter.  Mary was leading two sets to nil 11-9, 11-8 before Damen got going to take the last three 11-9, 11-8, 11-6.  They met again in the last match and this time Damen led two sets to one before he faded to lose the last two 11-5, 11-6.
Karina and Gary both won two singles, Karina losing one to Mary as already explained, and Gary losing his to an authoritative Bernadette, Bernadette winning 6-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-7.  Karina and Gary combined to win the first doubles in a close five setter, but Karina and Damen lost their doubles in four.  For the winners then, Karina and Gary won two each, Damen one and they won one doubles, and for the plucky Pinnacle Packers Bernadette won two, Mary one, Mary “PK” one, and one doubles.
The Carpeters were indeed a little fortunate to get away with this match, but to their credit, they did enough to win.  Another interesting item from this match is that this is the closest winning margin for this team in this competition.  Their other victories have been 9-2 (one), 8-3 (three) and 7-4 (two).  Mary went home with mixed feelings, not feeling sure if she was Mary Fitzpatrick or Peter Kelly.

 

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SUNRAYSIA DAILY vs. WEIGHTMANS PACKAGING
In a surprise win, Wooden-Spooners Weightmans Packaging were too good for finals contenders Sunraysia Daily taking the night six rubbers to five.  The Packers were without Jeremy Corrin, and Mick Bacon did double duty coming up from Pennant Four to win an important game against Sabrina Fitzpatrick.
The first three matches of the night all went to the Packers, and all went to five sets: firstly Andrew Lewis defeated Karly Leach 8-11, 11-4, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7.  Peter Fitzpatrick then played wife Sabrina.  Last time they met Sabrina took the honours in five sets.  Again, this was a close match, but Peter took the win this time in five sets.  Because the matches were played out of order due to the availability of fill-in Mick Bacon, the next match was the doubles of Mark Kerr and Sabrina versus Peter Fitz and Andrew Lewis.  In their first doubles win together of the season Peter and Andrew looked down and out after the first two sets, having lost them 13-11, 11-5.  But they kept plugging away and levelled the match at two sets all by winning the third and fourth 11-5, 11-7.  They kept their momentum going to then take the fifth 11-9.
Mark Kerr then played his first and second singles matches of the night, Andrew Lewis being completely out of his depth and losing 2-11, 0-11, 4-11.  Mark gave away even less points to outclass Mick Bacon 11-0, 11-3, 11-1.  Mick Bacon stayed around and then played Sabrina in a match to justify his call-up to Pennant Three.  In a re-play of many of their winter duels, Sabrina and Mick played an entertaining game for Mick to win 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7.  At this point the Packers were leading four rubbers to the Dailies’ two.  This stretched to five rubbers to two when Peter took only three sets to account for Karly Leach.  And five became six after Andrew and Sabrina played.  Sabrina led two sets to one, but Andrew in a reversal of their previous encounter took the win this time in five.  So, to the surprise of all the players, Weightmans had won the night.  But the night was not over; Mark and Karly took the second doubles in four against Peter and Mick.  The next match was the two number ones.  Going into the match, Mark Kerr still believed that the match was live, and that by winning the match the eleventh game would be the decider.  He took the first two sets against opponent Peter Fitzpatrick 11-9, 11-8.  Fitzpatrick, who was playing the best he has for a while, then took the next two 11-9, 11-7.  He sensed that he could win the match, and when he led 5-0 in the fifth it seemed that an upset was on the way.  Mark stuck to his guns, and grafted back into the match to square it up at 6-6.  Fitzpatrick could not regain his momentum and lost the set 11-8.  It was only after the game that Mark realised that the match was already decided and that he had only made the losing margin a little closer!!  In the final game of the night Karly Leach downed an impressive Mick Bacon in four to make the final score-line Weightmans Packaging six rubbers to Sunraysia Daily five.
The games score shows just how close the night was, the winners Weightmans actually won fewer games (22) to the losers Sunraysia Daily (24).  This was a keenly contested match, there being five five set matches, and three four setters, and everyone else who was in the stadium having packed up and gone by the finish of the eleventh game.

PENNANT FOUR

 

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MAX MILLER CARPETS vs. BISHOP BUILDERS
With his team Bishop Builders under pressure young Paul Fitzpatrick stood tall against Max Miller Carpets to win three singles as the bottom team pushed the ladder leaders to within one rubber of victory. Paul defeated Gabriel McDonnell and Wendy Simpson in straight sets while it took four games to account for Sam Hensgen.  Hensgen played well for his team winning two singles and partnered Wendy Simpson in the first doubles to win a tight match 11-9 11-9 11-9 against tough combination Leonie Dunkley and Fitzpatrick.
The Carpeters were brave in defeat and this will give them encouragement with the finals only two rounds away. For Bishop Builders, apart from Fitzpatrick’s good form, skipper Leonie Dunkley offered good support winning two singles. While team mate Sandra Southgate did not win a singles she was very competitive with her three singles all going to five sets which was encouraging. She combined with Dunkley in the second doubles to defeat the young talented combination of Sam Hensgen and Gabriel McDonnell 11-3 11-2 11-5 sending young McDonnell back to his lap top to ascertain where the match went wrong!!!!

 

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MALLEE BEARINGS vs. FISHERS IGA    
Third placed Mallee Bearings proved far too good for second placed Fishers IGA winning 8-3. With Ryan Hensgen a late withdrawal for Mallee Bearings, Matt Ljubic, son of Mark, came into the team and proceeded to win three singles in a fine display. His 12-10 5-11 13-11 11-4 victory over aggregate leader was impressive to say the least and he is a real player of the future.
Mallee Bearings dominance was revealed early as they led 6-0 before Fishers made the score a little more respectable. Lachlan Kelly continued his good form for the victors also winning three singles and his five set, 11-8 9-11 6-11 11-4 11-8, victory over aggregate leader Bacon was a highlight. The singles aggregate race has now become very interesting with Kelly opening up a two game break with two rounds to play.

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Sunraysia Table Tennis Summer Pennant results round 8: –
PENNANT ONE: – Sunraysia Daily 6 (Mark Dorman 3, Graeme O’Neill, Sam Foreman 1) d Weightmans Packaging 5 (Andrew Cannard, Joel Dorman 2); Fishers IGA 7 (Gavin Carmichael, Jackson Tung 2, Peter Bishop 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Ed Hung 1); Max Miller Carpets 5 (Dillon Chambers 3, Gavin Minter 2) d Pinnacle Packers 4 (Neil Rodrigues 2, Darren Robinson 1)
PENNANT TWO: – Tankard Dental 6 (Sony Sefer, Henry Hornsby 2, Abraham McDonnell 1) d Spanline Nick Barlow 2, Arnold Jago, Trevor Gebert 1); Fishers IGA 9 (Jackson Murphy 3, Tahir Khurshid, Robert Chiswell 2) d Pinnacle Packers 2 (Arthur Paar, Leon Brown 1); Max Miller Carpets 6 (Laurie Plummer, Ashley Morrison 2, Sam McDonnell 1) d Mallee Bearings 5 (Seval Fuat 2, Mathew Burns, Zac Robinson 1)
PENNANT THREE: – Weightmans Packaging 6 (Peter Fitzpatrick, Andrew Lewis 2, Mick Bacon 1) d Sunraysia Daily 5 (Mark Kerr 3, Karly Leach 1); Max Miller Carpets 6 (Karina Sullivan, Gary Hughes 2, Damen Southgate 1) d Pinnacle Packers 5(Bernadette Fitzpatrick, Mary Fitzpatrick 2); Mallee Bearings 7 (Steve Pongrac 3, Gary Hughes 2, Delaney Murphy 1) d Fishers IGA 4 (Rachel Fitzpatrick 2, Nicholas Dorman 1)
PENNANT FOUR: – Mallee Bearings 8 (Matt Ljubic, Lachlan Kelly 3, Ben Hosking 1) d Fishers IGA 3 (Mick Bacon, Shirley Whitecross 1); Bishop Builders 6 (Peter Fitzpatrick 3, Leonie Dunkley 2) d Max Miller Carpets 5 (Sam Hensgen 2, Gabriel McDonnell, Wendy Simpson 1)

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