93 – Summer – 2012 – Rnd 9 Wrap

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Sunraysia Table Tennis Summer Pennant results round 9: –

PENNANT ONE:

– Pinnacle Packers 7 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Kevin Johns, Peter Midgley 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Mark Ljubic 2, Darren Robinson, Daniel Jansen 1)

– Fishers IGA 6 (Gavin Carmichael 3, Jackson Tung 2) d Max Miller Carpets 5 (Andrew Cannard 2, Peter Bishop, Dave Leng 1)

PENNANT TWO:

Mallee Bearings 7 (Robert Chiswell 3, Matt Ljubic, Leon Brown 2) d Fishers IGA 4 (Denise Henderson 2)

– Pinnacle Packers 9 (Arnold Jago, Nicholas Dorman 3, Bernadette Fitzpatrick 2) d Tankard Dental 2 (Ashley Morrison 1)


PENNANT THREE:

Sunny Daily 8 (Peter Kelly, Mick Bacon, Matt Johns 2) d Weightmans Packaging 3 (Karly Leach 2, Sam Hensgen 1)

– Max Miller Carpets 9 (Brian Hosking, Ryan Hensgen 3, Josh Carmichael 2) d Dunkley Scales 2 (Jeremy Corrin 1)


PENNANT FOUR:

Sunny Daily 6 (Travis Winton, Claire Ljubic 2, Helen Frania 1) d Bishop Builders 5 (Josh Carmichael 3, Ben Hosking 1)

– Dunkley Scales 7 (Ellie Midgley 3, Peter Edwards 2, So Sefer 1) d Max Miller Carpets 4 (Michael Hensgen 2, Steve Winton 1)

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The Midge is Back …. Peter Midgley has had a very good Summer season. Now his team Pinnacle Packers

has cemented top spot just before finals.

 

Round nine results of Sunraysia Table Tennis pennant one matches featured ladder leader Pinnacle Packers 7-4 defeat of Mallee Bearings. This victory by the Packers has cemented top position as they have moved two games clear at the head of the ladder with one round remaining.

 

– Pinnacle Packers 7 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Kevin Johns, Peter Midgley 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Mark Ljubic 2, Darren Robinson, Daniel Jansen 1)

It was not that long ago that Mallee Bearings were dominating and sitting at the top of the ladder undefeated. This defeat was their third in as many rounds and has raised concerns with finals only one round away.  For the Packers Wayne Carmichael dominated winning three singles as well as taking part in both doubles victories. The second doubles was vital in the result with Carmichael and team mate Peter Midgley combining against Mark Ljubic and Daniel Jansen to win in a hard fought five setter 11-7 8-11 6-11 11-9 11-5.p1In the singles match just prior to this doubles Midgley also scored a tremendous five set victory over his more fancied opponent Darren Robinson. Midgley to the surprise of many jumped out of the blocks early grabbing the first two games 11-7 11-3 as Robinson struggled to deal with the heavy chop. Robinson bounced back to win the third and fourth 11-9 11-7 and was expected to go on and win however Midgley was having none of that and regrouped to win the fifth 11-8 in a match that took his team to an unbeatable 5-2 lead and now flag favouritism.

After an unsteady past three rounds Mallee Bearings will need to regroup as they go into the final round against bottom team Weightmans Packaging.

 

– Fishers IGA 6 (Gavin Carmichael 3, Jackson Tung 2) d Max Miller Carpets 5 (Andrew Cannard 2, Peter Bishop, Dave Leng 1)

By defeating Max Miller Carpets 6-5, Fishers IGA have moved to third on the ladder and in doing so replaced their opponents who have now moved to fourth. Fishers after a slow start to the season have won three matches on the trot and despite having the bye next round could hold onto third depending on other results. In this match Fishers took an early break, 3 rubbers to one and later 4-2 however the Carpeters worked their way back into the match to level at four rubbers all after the second doubles. In this doubles Fishers Gavin Carmichael and Sony Sefer were looking to grab the points and give their team victory on the night however Andrew Cannard and Peter Bishop were having none of that and raced through the first to win 11-1 before taking the second and third 11-9 11-7 to give their team a real chance.

The next match featured the two skippers Carpeters Andrew Cannard and Fishers Gavin Carmichael. The first was close all the way with the more experienced Carmichael winning the first 12-10 with a lucky edge. Cannard tried hard again in the second however Carmichael prevailed 11-9 in yet another close tussle. Cannard broke the shackles in the third to win easily 11-4 before Carmichael steadied in the fourth to go on and win 11-7 and take Fishers to a 5-4 lead.

With victory vital for both teams the next singles was a real highlight. This was the battle of youth – Jackson Tung for Fishers up against the experienced David Leng. The guile of Leng saw him take the first 11-5 before young Tung played intelligent table tennis to win games two and three 11-5 11-6. Leng then steadied and tied the match at two games all when he took the fourth 11-6.p1Tung then raced to a 5-1 lead in the fifth and was able to hang on in what had been an exciting match, Tung taking the fifth 11-8. Fishers now had banked the four points taking their lead to 6-4 before Peter Bishop made the score more respectable by defeating Fishers Sony Sefer in straight sets in the final singles.

 

Weightmans Packaging had the bye.

PENNANT TWO

Ladder leaders Fishers IGA suffered their third defeat of the season in this round.  What is more worrying for them is that it is also their third loss in a row.  With the bye next week, they will be hoping that a return to form comes in the first week of finals play.

Mallee Bearings 7 (Robert Chiswell 3, Matt Ljubic, Leon Brown 2) d Fishers IGA 4 (Denise Henderson 2)

Third placed Mallee Bearings put Fishers on notice this week that the competition of the Summer Pennant flag is not a foregone conclusion.  Captain Robert Chiswell took three wins and both Leon Brown and fill-in Matt Ljubic (playing for Nick Barlow) took two.  Fishers kept themselves in the match thanks to two singles wins to Denise Henderson and both doubles.

Denise Henderson took the first rubber against Leon Brown in three sets and when Seval Fuat lost a close five-setter to Robert Chiswell it still seemed situation normal for the Fishers outfit.  The scores levelled after four rubbers, Ljubic defeated Peter Fitzpatrick but immediately Fuat and Henderson responded in similar fashion against Chiswell and Brown in the first doubles.

The next three singles were the ones which won it for Mallee Bearings.  Chiswell, Brown and Ljubic won all these rubbers, and to boot, all in three sets.  Henderson was still suffering from her bout of illness from last week, and really wasn’t up to doubling up after the doubles, but she did. p1All credit to Chiswell, he had to work for the win, taking it 9, 6 and 8.  Next up Brown toyed with Fitzpatrick in the second and third sets 11-1, 11-6, after winning the first 12-10.  And the biggest surprise was Fuat losing so easily to Ljubic.  Seval did not win enough points to win even one set.  Matt won 11-3, 11-4, 11-3.  Perhaps someone should drop a sledgehammer on Seval’s other foot !!

That gave the Mallee Bearings side a five rubbers to 2 lead.

Fuat and Fitzpatrick kept Fisher’s faint hopes alive with another doubles win … taking only three sets against Chiswell and Ljubic, 11-8, 11-6, 11-8.

The first rubber in the final round of singles saw Chiswell against Fitzpatrick.  Fitzpatrick worried Chiswell a little in this match.  Chiswell took the first set 11-4, Fitzpatrick the second 11-9, Chiswell responded in the third taking it 11-5, and Fitzpatrick almost forced the game into the fifth set, but Chiswell was too good, and finished the set at 15-13.

That was the match over, six rubbers to three, but still there were two rubbers to go.  Henderson gave Ljubic no chances in her 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 victory, and Fuat, still favouring his sore right foot, forfeited the last rubber to Leon Brown.

In the end Mallee Bearings ran out winners seven rubbers to Fishers four and 21 games to 15.

By virtue of his three game haul Robert Chiswell went to the top of the aggregate ladder on 16 games, jumping Denise Henderson who now has 15.

 

– Pinnacle Packers 9 (Arnold Jago, Nicholas Dorman 3, Bernadette Fitzpatrick 2) d Tankard Dental 2 (Ashley Morrison 1)

A very strong team performance from the Pinnacle Packers trio shut down Tankard Dental in what was expected to be a close match.  Recent form player of the Winter Pennant, Tankard’s captain Ashley Morrison could hardly believe that his side could only get two rubbers, and he himself win only one singles.  Such was the Packers domination.

The Packers captain Ross Humphreys has played his last match for the season, as his work commitments will now keep him away.  So it seems that super-sub Nicholas Dorman has found a home, as he filled in for Ross in this match.

The Packers stated the night brilliantly, winning all the first round of singles.  Dorman defeated Colin Moore comfortably 11-2, 11-5, 15-13; Arnold Jago prevailed in a tough five setter against Ashley Morrison in a rubber which could easily have gone either way.  Morrison got the early ascendency, taking the first 11-8, and made Jago work hard in the second.  Jago took the second 12-10, only for Morrison to blast to a two sets to one lead with an 11-3 win in the third. p1Jago regrouped, and chiselled away at Morrison, who it seemed was confident of taking the match in four sets, taking the fourth 11-7; the fifth was nip and tuck, but Jago held Morrison out to take the win 12-10.  The third of these singles saw Bernadette Fitzpatrick take on Karina Sullivan, who is improving with every outing at this level.  The first three sets were close, Bernadette leading two sets to one, but it seemed that Karina was home after she took control of the fourth with an 11-2 win.  But Bernadette steadied, and when some of Karina’s reliable cracking forehands went away, Bernadette was home in the fifth 11-9.

Tankard Dental put their first score on the board in the first doubles – Morrison and Moore won a closely contested four setter against Dorman and Jago.  But there was more bad news to come as the Packers put themselves within sight of a win, taking two of the next three singles.  Jago downed Moore in three, 6, 10 and 5, Dorman got off to a flyer against Sullivan 11-2, but needing to be more careful in the next two winning them by narrow margins 14-12, 13-11.  The third of these singles saw Morrison take his only singles win against Bernadette Fitzpatrick.  Morrison had to do it hard, he dropped the third set, but was too good for Bernadette in the end, winning 11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8.

The last four rubbers all went the way of Pinnacle Packers to complete the rout of Tankard Dental.  Dorman and Fitzpatrick broke the back of Morrison and Sullivan in the first set of their doubles 15-13, and then won comfortably 11-5, 11-9.  Jago once again needed five sets for a win; this time Karina Sullivan being his opponent.  Karina led two sets to one, Arnold grabbed the fourth 12-10, and then finished the set with style 11-7. p1Next up Bernadette downed Colin Moore in three 6, 6, and 10 and in the very last, Ashley Morrison, determined to get at least two rubbers, fought tooth and nail against Nicholas Dorman.  Dorman, however, seemed to have his measure after two sets, leading 11-7, 11-6 before Ashley fought back to level at two sets all, taking the third and fourth 11-5, 11-5.  Bets were laid at courtside, one punter favouring Morrison due to his experience and undoubted ability, the other favouring Dorman because youthful exuberance and vastly improved play in recent times.  Dorman streaked away to a 6-1 lead, and looked home and hosed, however Morrison had different ideas and plugged away, sapping Dorman’s confidence to level at 7 all.  In a tense finish, Nicholas won 11-9 in a very mature performance.

Arnold Jago jumped from tenth to seventh on the aggregate ladder and could go higher next week.  He is one game behind Seval Fuat, now sitting fifth on 12 games, who has a bye in the final round.  In fact Fuat could drop to eighth should Leon Brown (11) and Ashley Morrison (10) have good nights.

 

 

PENNANT THREE

Two big wins to the victors this week, which reaffirms Max Miller Carpets and Sunny Daily as the two top contenders in this Pennant.

 

– Max Miller Carpets 9 (Brian Hosking, Ryan Hensgen 3, Josh Carmichael 2) d Dunkley Scales 2 (Jeremy Corrin 1)

Max Miller remained one game clear at the top of the ladder with this nine rubbers to two win over third placed Dunkley Scales.

Max Miller’s captain George Papanicolaou was absent for this match and was replaced by a couple of Pennant 4 players – Josh Carmichael playing three rubbers and Sosefa …………………… playing two.

The game really was a walk-over for the Carpeters.  Josh Carmichael won both his singles, Brian Hosking three and Ryan Hensgen also three.  The only rubbers that the Scalers could snare were one singles and the second doubles.

Carmichael, filling in for the absent captain made short work of Leonie Dunkley (11-6, 11-9, 11-6) and later accounting for Garry Hughes in four.  Josh sighted Garry up in the first set, which Hughes took 11-7, but then proved too good, taking the win via 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 wins in the following three sets.  Josh also played in the first doubles with Brian Hosking, and once again he proved his worth, helping Hosking to an 11-7, 15-13, 11-7 win.

Brian Hosking dropped only two sets in his three rubber haul. p2He had a good tussle with the opposing captain Jeremy Corrin.  Brian took the first 11-7, lost the second 7-11, then took the third 11-5.  Jeremy thought it was his turn for a set in the fourth, and nearly took it, but Brian decided four sets was enough taking it 13-11.  His match with Leonie Dunkley was eerily similar – Hosking took the first 11-9, lost the second 9-11, took the third 11-4, and then he finished the match in the fourth, taking it 13-11.  His third match-up, against Garry Hughes was a straight sets 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 win.

Ryan Hensgen had to work much harder for his wins – five sets against Garry Hughes, five sets again against Jeremy Corrin, and to finish the night a four set win over Leonie Dunkley, to put a smile on his face as he moved from tenth to sixth on the aggregate.

The two rubbers for the Scalers came firstly in the second doubles – Corrin and Dunkley taking a straight sets win over Sosefa …………. and Hensgen 11-7, 11-7, 11-9, and the very next rubber Corrin coming away with a three set win over Sosefa ………………..

 

Sunny Daily 8 (Peter Kelly, Mick Bacon, Matt Johns 2) d Weightmans Packaging 3 (Karly Leach 2, Sam Hensgen 1)

Sunny Daily brought Weightman’s Packaging back to earth this week with an eight rubbers to three trouncing.  Weightman’s had hit a patch of form in the previous two games with wins over the ladder leaders and then over Dunkley Scales.

Sunny Daily were without Lachlan Kelly (replaced by his uncle Peter Kelly), but this did not slow their progress throughout the night.

Weightman’s got off to a good start with Karly Leach downing hard-hitting Matt Johns in four sets.  Johns was his own worst enemy for much of the game; on his service he put the ball up for Karly to put away, which she duly did.

The next three rubbers all went to Sunny Daily though; Peter Kelly having to call on some of his experience to see Sam Hensgen off.  Sam lamented the fact that he led Peter 5-3 in the fifth, but then could not keep Kelly at bay.  Kelly came back and led 7-5 before Hensgen got going again, but it was too late and Kelly took the last 11-6.

p2Mick Bacon then met last week’s big winner Sabrina Fitzpatrick and proceeded to inflict his second defeat on her for this season.  Sabrina, as usual, tried hard, but it was all over in four sets.

The first doubles then went the way of the Dailies.  Peter Kelly and Matt Johns were two sets down 7-11, 10-12 to Fitzpatrick and Leach, but then really bounced back in the third to take it 11-3.  The next two sets fell to Kelly and Johns and they won them in style 11-6, 11-5.

Karly Leach came to the rescue again, giving her team their second rubber of the night with a straight sets win over Peter Kelly 7, 8 and 9.

Matt Johns answered for his team in the next rubber, downing Sabrina in four sets.  Matt won the first two easily 11-2, 11-6, Sabrina really had to work hard for a third set win 14-12, but Matt responded in the fourth 11-6 to seal the rubber.

Sam Hensgen then got some consolation for his earlier five set loss when he met and defeated Mick Bacon in another five setter.  This time Sam held on to win the fifth 11-7.

That was the end of the wins for Weightman’s as the last four rubbers went to the other end of the table

The second doubles was a hard-fought entertaining match.  Peter Kelly and Mick Bacon took the first set fairly easily 11-6, lost the second and made their opposition Fitzpatrick and Hensgen work 14-16; Kelly and Bacon took the third 12-10, then fell away in the fourth to lose 4-11, but found their rhythm again to take the fifth 11-6.

The last three singles were all won by Sunny Daily – Peter Kelly much too good for Sabrina when he dropped only a single set in his 2-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-3 win; Mick Bacon demonstrating how much he has improved with a straight sets win over Karly Leach 11-5, 11-3, 11-3, and Matt Johns having to work hard to take a three set win over Sam Hensgen 13-11, 13-11, 11-7.

A big win to Sunny Daily, then eight rubbers to three and 27 games to 18.

 

PENNANT FOUR

 

Sunny Daily 6 (Travis Winton, Claire Ljubic 2, Helen Frania 1) d Bishop Builders 5 (Josh Carmichael 3, Ben Hosking 1)

Sunny Daily have grabbed second spot on the ladder as a result of defeating Bishop Builders 6-5 in what was a great contest between third and fourth going into this round. The Daily grabbed an early ascendancy leading two rubbers to nil after the first two singles. The first match of the night was crucial in the result when Sunny Daily number three Travis Winton defeated opposing skipper Ben Hosking 11-5 11-9 11-6.

p2This was a great result for young Winton and the second week in succession he has won two singles. Hosking over the past three rounds had been in great form only defeated twice in nine singles however he could not match it against his younger opponent on this occasion. After the first doubles the Builders had fought back to level the match, at two rubbers all. Ben Hosking and Josh Carmichael combined in this doubles to fight back after trailing two rubbers to one to defeat Claire Ljubic and Travis Winton 12-14 11-7 5-11 11-8 11-7 a great contest.

From here the match was close all the way however after the second doubles Sunny Daily made the break to lead five rubbers to three when Claire Ljubic and Helen Frania accounted for Josh Carmichael and Sonya Shalliker.

Joshua Carmichael for Bishop Builders then won his third singles of the night in a great tussle 11-5 12-10 18-16 with Claire Ljubic. This was a great match between two up and comers. Bishop’s skipper then held Helen Frania at bay in a tight three setter. p2Hosking won 11-9 11-7 11-8 to level the match at five rubbers all. Team mate Sonya Shalliker then tried hard however Sunny Daily number three Travis Winton proved too good in three and Sunny Daily took the points. This was their fifth win of the season and has taken them to second on the ladder.

 

– Dunkley Scales 7 (Ellie Midgley 3, Peter Edwards 2, So Sefa 1) d Max Miller Carpets 4 (Michael Hensgen 2, Steve Winton 1)

Top team Dunkley Scales bounced back this week after a rare loss last round and defeated second placed Max Miller Carpets 7-4. Both teams were without their number one players Andrew Lewis Dunkley’s and Cole Keegan respectively and it was Dunkley’s number twop2Ellie Midgley who stepped up for her team winning three singles for the second time this season. Her team mate Peter Edwards continued his consistent season by winning two singles again. Young Edwards had his hands full in his first match and was two games to love down against fill in Steve Winton. In a great come back Peter won 8-11 8-11 11-6 11-8 11-8.

In an interesting statistic Max Miller Carpets won four of the five setters that took place. Michael Hensgen won two five setters to be his teams best player. After going down to Ellie Midgley in the first match of the night Michael later defeated debutant Sosefa             7-11 11-9 6-11 11-8 11-7 and then he accounted for Peter Edwards in the last match of the night 11-6 9-11 12-10 10-12 11-7 a great contest between two players on the improve.

   

Sunraysia Table Tennis Summer Pennant results round 9: –

PENNANT ONE:

– Pinnacle Packers 7 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Kevin Johns, Peter Midgley 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Mark Ljubic 2, Darren Robinson, Daniel Jansen 1)

– Fishers IGA 6 (Gavin Carmichael 3, Jackson Tung 2) d Max Miller Carpets 5 (Andrew Cannard 2, Peter Bishop, Dave Leng 1)

PENNANT TWO:

Mallee Bearings 7 (Robert Chiswell 3, Matt Ljubic, Leon Brown 2) d Fishers IGA 4 (Denise Henderson 2)

– Pinnacle Packers 9 (Arnold Jago, Nicholas Dorman 3, Bernadette Fitzpatrick 2) d Tankard Dental 2 (Ashley Morrison 1)


PENNANT THREE:

Sunny Daily 8 (Peter Kelly, Mick Bacon, Matt Johns 2) d Weightmans Packaging 3 (Karly Leach 2, Sam Hensgen 1)

– Max Miller Carpets 9 (Brian Hosking, Ryan Hensgen 3, Josh Carmichael 2) d Dunkley Scales 2 (Jeremy Corrin 1)


PENNANT FOUR:

Sunny Daily 6 (Travis Winton, Claire Ljubic 2, Helen Frania 1) d Bishop Builders 5 (Josh Carmichael 3, Ben Hosking 1)

– Dunkley Scales 7 (Ellie Midgley 3, Peter Edwards 2, So Sefa 1) d Max Miller Carpets 4 (Michael Hensgen 2, Steve Winton 1)

 

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