97 – Summer – 2012 – Semi Finals Wrap

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Sunraysia Table Tennis Summer Pennant results Semi Finals: –
PENNANT ONE:

– Pinnacle Packers 6 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Ed Hung 1) d Max Miller Carpets 4 (Andrew Cannard 2, David Leng, Peter Bishop 1)

– Fishers IGA 6 (Gavin Carmichael 3, Jackson Tung 1) d Mallee Bearings 3 (Mark Ljubic 2, Darren Robinson 1)


PENNANT TWO:

Fishers IGA 6 (Denise Henderson 2, Peter Fitzpatrick, Seval Fuat 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Robert Chiswell 3, Leon Brown 1)

– Spanline 6 (Matt Ljubic 2, Laurie Plummer, Arthur Paar 1) d Pinnacle Packers 4 (Bernadette Fitzpatrick 2, Nicholas Dorman, Arnold Jago 1)


PENNANT THREE:

Max Miller Carpets 6 (George Papanicolaou, Brian Hosking 2, Ryan Hensgen 1) d Weightmans Packaging 1 (Karly Leach 1)

– Sunny Daily 6 (Lachlan Kelly, David Balshaw 2, Mick Bacon 1) d Dunkley Scales 0


PENNANT FOUR:-

– Max Miller Carpets 6 (Cole Keegan, Michael Hensgen 2) d Sunny Daily 5 (Claire Ljubic, Travis Winton 2, Helen Frania 1);

– Bishop Builders 6 (Josh Carmichael 3, Ben Hosking 1) d Dunkley Scales 4 (Ellie Midgley 2, Paul Fitzpatrick, Peter Edwards 1)

p1The battle lines have been drawn. Captains’ Wayne & Gavin Carmichael shape up for another Gf encounter, this time in the form of the Summer Pennant decider – 2012.

 

PENNANT ONE:

First placed Pinnacle Packers will meet third placed Fishers IGA in the grand final of the Sunraysia Table Tennis pennant one competition. Both teams successfully accounted for their respective opponents Max Miller Carpets and Mallee Bearings in the knockout semi finals.

Ladder leader Pinnacle Packers trailed early as Max Miller Carpets number two David Leng got his team off to the perfect start with a hard fought five set win over Kevin Johns. This was a match played between two veterans with a mix of defence and aggression with Leng taking the points 18-16 11-9 10-12 5-11 11-5 in a marathon. Packers skipper Wayne Carmichael then defeated Peter Bishop to level the scores. Carpeters captain Andrew Cannard then gave his team a two rubbers to one lead when he defeated fill in Ed Hung 11-4 11-8 11-6.

The first doubles would be crucial and both sides were desperate for victory and again there was another five set tussle with Wayne Carmichael and Kevin Johns outlasting Cannard and David Leng 9-11 11-9 6-11 12-10 11-3. This was a great finish by the Packers pair as it seemed they might be down and out in the fourth. Pinnacle Packers now had levelled at two rubbers all.

Wayne Carmichael then gave the Packers a 3-2 lead when he shook off fellow lefty David Leng in four sets. Leng’s team mates Andrew Cannard and Peter Bishop then tasted success in the next two singles to give their team a narrow edge. Cannard accounted for Kevin Johns in four sets after Johns was out of the blocks quickly grabbing the first game. Bishop had to dig deep against Ed Hung and came back from a two games to one deficit to win in a great five setter 6-11 11-2 5-11 11-6 11-9 a thriller!

Trailing three rubbers to four the Packers decided it was time to lift a gear and this they did. Wayne Carmichael teamed up with Ed Hung and after dropping the first game were far too steady for opponents Andrew Cannard and Peter Bishop winning 8-11 11-8 11-6 11-5. The match now stood as four rubbers all.

Skippers Wayne Carmichael and Carpeters Andrew Cannard then took to the table in what was without a doubt the best match of the night. Team mates and spectators witnessed some fine points and many long rallies with one in particular the highlight of not only the night but possibly the season.p1In this point Carmichael was rolling heavily laden top spin from his forehand while Cannard kept giving it back with interest from his back hand side. On and on the point went with Cannard under real pressure at times but each time he looked down and out he was able to recover before Carmichael eventually placed enough pressure to force a Cannard error. The spectators showed their appreciation to such a fine point and in the end Carmichael was able to wear down the game Cannard and win in four sets 11-5 9-11 11-6 11-9. This had been a top class match. Pinnacle Packers now took a 5-4 lead with Ed Hung to play David Leng.

This match was expected to be a close with Leng maybe the marginal favourite however Hung was able to take control early and maintain the edge right through the match to go on and win 11-6 11-8 11-6 which enabled Pinnacle Packers to win 6-4 and move through to the grand final. Skipper Wayne Carmichael as usual had played well winning three singles. Victory in both doubles was also vital in the win against a hard working opponent who had given their all. For the Carpeters skipper Andrew Cannard had won two singles while team mates David Leng and Peter Bishop won one each.

 

In the other elimination final second placed Mallee Bearings were matched up against third team Fishers IGA. Mallee Bearings after taking all before them early in the season had spiralled lately and lost their last four matches however on paper Mark Ljubic, Darren Robertson and Daniel Jansen matched up well against the Fishers IGA team of Gavin Carmichael, Jackson Tung and Sony Sefer.

Mallee Bearings skipper Mark Ljubic took the initiative early and accounted for Fishers number three Sony Sefer winning in straight sets. Fishers then grabbed the next three matches with Jackson Tung defeating Daniel Jansen in four sets. Gavin Carmichael then gained some revenge for an earlier season loss to Darren Robinson by winning narrowly 11-9 12-10 11-9. The first doubles went the way of Fishers combination Carmichael and Tung when they held off Ljubic and Daniel Jansen 15-13 12-10 11-6. Mallee Bearings had reversed their doubles team and time would tell if this was a positive tactic, however with Fishers now leading 3-1 it had been a real gamble.

The next block of three singles resulted in Mallee Bearings reducing the lead as both Mark Ljubic and Darren Robinson defeated their respective opponents Jackson Tung and Sony Sefer in straight sets. p1Fishers skipper Gavin Carmichael won in three sets against Daniel Jansen who troubled Carmichael with his unorthodox style.

Going into the second doubles Fishers held a narrow lead of four rubbers to three and it was now Mallee Bearings number one and two Ljubic and Robinson up against Fishers number one Gavin Carmichael and number three Sony Sefer. This match was vital to both teams however right now Mallee Bearings needed a win and their tactic of swapping the doubles pairings around now could be advantageous. The Fishers pair with Sony Sefer playing solid table tennis was able to hold a slender lead right through the first game as they did in the second and all of a sudden Carmichael and Sefer sensed victory could be theirs. In the third they played more attacking table tennis knowing they had two games in the bank and their opponents could never get going. Carmichael and Sefer won 11-9 11-9 11-7 and now Fishers took a five rubbers to three lead. For Fishers Sony Sefer had played an outstanding doubles match to partner his skipper to an important win.

The next match featured the two skippers, Ljubic for Mallee Bearings and Gavin Carmichael for Fishers IGA. In an attempt to keep his team alive Ljubic recovered from an early first game deficit to storm home and win 11-9 before Carmichael steadied in the second to narrowly win 13-11. From here Carmichael was able to gather some momentum and in a good battle go on and win the third and fourth 11-6 11-8 respectively. Ljubic had been brave in defeat however Fishers IGA had taken the points 6-3 and progressed to the grand final.

For Fishers Gavin Carmichael won three singles and team mate Jackson Tung one. For Mallee Bearings skipper Mark Ljubic was their best player with two wins but it was the inability of his team to record a win in either of the doubles which finished the match early.

The scene is now set for the grand final with Pinnacle Packers going in as favourites against Fishers IGA courtesy of victory in both of their matches over Fishers in this pennant. Finals though can be a different ball game at times!

 

PENNANT TWO

Fourth placed Spanline upset Minor Premiers Pinnacle Packers to force their way into the Summer Pennant Grand Final, and in a welcome return to form, Fishers IGA held off Mallee Bearings to claim the other Grand Final berth.

 

– Spanline 6 (Matt Ljubic 2, Laurie Plummer, Arthur Paar 1) d Pinnacle Packers 4 (Bernadette Fitzpatrick 2, Nicholas Dorman, Arnold Jago 1)

These two teams met only last week in the final round of competition.  On that occasion, Pinnacle Packers thrashed Spanline ten rubbers to one; this time however it was Spanline who did the winning six rubbers to four.  So what was the difference?  Well, two differences probably account for the change.  Pinnacle Packers were without their captain Ross Humphreys, and once again he was replaced by Nicholas Dorman, who it must be said has done a sterling job this pennant of filling-in in almost every team.  And Spanline regained the services of Matt Ljubic, he being absent the week before.

p1The Packers knew this was going to be a different night right from the start.  In the first rubber Matt Ljubic made short work of Arnold Jago, who has been in good form this pennant, 6, 4 and 9.  Fast-and Furious Arthur Paar then also took only three sets to defeat Nicholas Dorman 13-11, 11-8, 11-5, after Nicholas faded after the first set.

p1Pinnacle Packers number three Bernadette Fitzpatrick steadied the ship a little for her side with a calculated game, to defeat Laurie Plummer 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7.

But Spanline jumped back to a two game lead at the first doubles; Paar and Ljubic downing Jago and Dorman in three hard-fought sets.  Jago and Dorman worked hard to get their working combination going, and in the meantime Paar and Ljubic took the first set 11-6.  From then on the Pinnacle Packers pair took the game right up to Paar and Ljubic, but could not get the edge needed to get themselves right back into the game.  In the end Spanline took the win 11-6, 15-13, 13-11.

That was three rubbers to Spanline and one to Pinnacle Packers.  Alarm bells were beginning to ring in the Pinnacle Packers camp and something needed to be done, now !!  The team responded magnificently – Dorman stood over Ljubic to win 11-8, 11-7, 12-10, Jago kept the smile off Plummer’s face 12-10, 11-4, 11-7, and Bernadette Fitzpatrick took the match of the night in her win over Arthur Paar in five enthralling sets 6-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7, after Paar led 5-0 in the fifth.

The match now had swung back in Pinnacle Packers favour with their four rubbers to three lead.  But Spanline came straight back in the second doubles; Paar and Plummer only dropping the second set in a four set win over Dorman and Fitzpatrick.  That made it four rubbers apiece with the last round of singles to come.

Up to this point Dorman had not had a good night, having played four matches, he had been victorious in only one.  And Laurie Plummer did not give him any joy, outplaying him 11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9 to take the lead back for Spanline.

Bernadette Fitzpatrick then faced up to Matt Ljubic, but try as she might, she could not reproduce her earlier form against Arthur Paar, and was dominated by Ljubic in his 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 win.

That gave the win to Spanline, six rubbers to four and all the signs are there that this combination is going to be hard to beat for the flag.

 

Fishers IGA 6 (Denise Henderson 2, Peter Fitzpatrick, Seval Fuat 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Robert Chiswell 3, Leon Brown 1)

Second placed Fishers IGA played off against Mallee Bearings who finished third on the ladder.  This was a match in which Fishers grabbed the early advantage, but in a tense finish held off their rivals to take the win.  Mallee Bearings were once again without their vicious spinning Nick Barlow, replaced by Colin Moore.

Fishers captain Seval Fuat has recently been carrying an injury – a sore foot after having hit it with a sledgehammer.  This week he brought another – what appears to be “tennis elbow”.  In this first rubber, these injuries, past and present, almost brought him undone.  Colin Moore jumped Fuat to lead two sets to love.  It was only his grim determination and persistence which brought him back into the game.  He eventually got away with the win 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 16-14, 11-8.

p1Denise Henderson had shaken off the effects of the flu from which she was recently suffering.  But she too, had picked up a new injury to her back.  However, this did not worry her unduly in her four set win over her opposite number Leon Brown.

Rob Chiswell gave Mallee Bearings put his team on the board, conceding one set to Peter Fitzpatrick.

Next up the first doubles and Fuat and Henderson continued their winning doubles form to chalk up another win, with a four set victory over Chiswell and Brown.

Denise Henderson stayed at the table and methodically disposed of Colin Moore in three 11-8, 12-10, 11-9.

At this stage of the night, with the score four rubbers to one, things looked set for a win to Fishers, and perhaps even an easy one at that.  But Robert Chiswell is not known for letting that happen, and things quickly changed for he then had to play Fuat.  Fuat was in trouble straight away, his injury now becoming a hindrance to his play.  At six points to zero in the first set, Seval asked if this game might be postponed whilst he got some attention for his elbow.  Chiswell agreed, and so Fitzpatrick and Brown played their game.

p1Brown led easily two sets to love 11-5, 11-5, lost a little concentration in the third to let Fitzpatrick take one 11-6.  Fitzpatrick kept his intensity up to square the match two sets all with an 11-9 win in the fourth.  But he could not keep it up, Brown proving too good in the fifth to take a very nervous 11-9 win.

Fuat and Chiswell and returned to continue their match.  Chiswell took up where he had left off with an 11-0 first set.  Seval’s medical attention seemed to be helping him now, he was competitive in the second, but lost it 11-8.  A ray of hope, he took the third 12-10, but once again Chiswell was on top of the situation with an 11-5 fourth set to take the rubber.

The complexion of the game had changed considerably in those two rubbers.  Fishers lead was now cut to four-three, and with Fuat carrying an injury, and perhaps Henderson too, and four games to go, there was a glimmer of hope for Mallee Bearings.

But when Fuat and Fitzpatrick helped themselves to a four set doubles win over Chiswell and Moore, Fishers once again breathed a little easier.

Henderson then took on Chiswell but on this occasion Chiswell was much too good, taking the win in straight sets.  Five rubbers to four.

Next match was between Fitzpatrick and Moore, the two players who incidentally occupy the bottom positions on the aggregate ladder, and it is not often that players such as these would have an interested crowd watching them play.  The intensity of the situation got too much for Henderson and Fuat, who have given much coaching and encouragement to their number three this season, and neither could bear to watch what was unfolding before them.

p1Fitzpatrick took the first two sets11-9, 11-6, but Moore regained some confidence with an 11-6 win in the third, only for Fitzpatrick to race away with the fourth 11-3.

That win got the relieved Fishers side through to the Grand Final.  Although very happy with that, they are under no illusions about what lies ahead next week.

And so, to the Grand Final to be played between Fishers and Spanline.  As a guide, if the rankings on the aggregate are added together, Fishers should win.  Fishers rankings are Fuat (7), Henderson (2) and Fitzpatrick (16) for a total of 25; and for Spanline Paar (10), Plummer (13) and Ljubic (11) give a total of 34.  But the Spanline figure is misleading due to Arthur Paar’s “holiday” up until round 6 when to that point he had only one win.  After round 6, when he “returned to the district”, Arthur played like his old self and won an average of 2.3 games per match.  This should be a close contest, and hopefully both Fuat and Henderson will be free of injury as Spanline will take all advantage of any weakness.

 

 

PENNANT THREE

Minor Premiers Max Miller Carpets and second-placed Sunny Daily easily progressed to next week’s Grand Final in the Knockout Finals of the 2012 Summer Pennant.  Neither side had any trouble in accounting for their opposition, only one rubber being conceded in the two matches.

 

– Sunny Daily 6 (Lachlan Kelly, David Balshaw 2, Mick Bacon 1) d Dunkley Scales 0

Sunny Daily continued their good form with a steam-roller win over third-placed Dunkley Scales.  Requiring only six rubbers to gain the win, that is exactly what they did, they won the first six rubbers and went home.

Sunny Daily were once again without their number three Matt Johns, replaced by David Balshaw, whilst Dunkley Scales called upon Paul Fitzpatrick to fill the shoes of the absent Garry Hughes.

Both captain Lachlan Kelly and Balshaw played two singles, whilst Mick Bacon was only required to play one.

p2Kelly played Leonie Dunkley and Paul Fitzpatrick, winning them both in three sets.  Balshaw came up against Dunkley and the Scaler’s captain Jeremy Corrin, defeating Dunkley in three sets, but winning after dropping the first set to Corrin.

Bacon too, was too good for Corrin, finishing his match in four sets.

The doubles, although only three sets, was the closest contest of the night.  Kelly and Bacon took on Corrin and Fitzpatrick.  With a little luck the Scalers pair could have taken this rubber further, but it was not to be, the Daily duo winning 11-9, 14-12, 14-12.

 

Max Miller Carpets 6 (George Papanicolaou, Brian Hosking 2, Ryan Hensgen 1) d Weightmans Packaging 1 (Karly Leach 1)

Minor Premiers Max Miller Carpets met fourth placed Weightman’s Packaging in the second of the Knockout Finals matches.

Weightman’ surprised the Carpeters a month ago when they defeated them six rubbers to five, to record their first win of the season.  But things have returned to “normal” since then, the Carpeters avenging that defeat only last week eight rubbers to three.

This match went the same way.  George Papanicolaou, Brian Hosking and Ryan Hensgen are all in finals mode, and gave their opposition few chances.

Weightman’s won the first rubber – Karly Leach defeated Ryan Hensgen in straight sets, but that is where it ended.

The Carpeters took the next six rubbers straight:  Papanicolaou and Hosking taking two singles and Hensgen redeeming himself somewhat to take a rubber late in the proceedings.

p2Papanicolaou first met Sam Hensgen and won what was a fairly close match in three sets – 11-8, 11-9, 13-11.  Later he met Karly Leach and except for the third set which he lost 13-11, was never in danger of defeat.

In a match in which Sabrina Fitzpatrick gave signs that she might upset Brian Hosking, Hosking recorded an 11-9, 14-12, 11-5 win for his team. Hosking it was to win the sixth rubber for his side when he played Sam Hensgen, easily winning this one 3, 7 and 5.

Ryan Hensgen won in three also against Fitzpatrick in the second-last rubber, 8, 7 and 7.

As with the other match in this pennant, the doubles was the most competitive rubber of the clash.  Papanicolaou and Hosking took on Fitzpatrick and Leach, and in a trademark-like display, Fitzpatrick and Leach never gave up.  The first set was the easiest for the victors, they taking it 11-6.  From then on, they had to work, and work hard; the second set also went their way 13-11, but Fitzpatrick and Leach through sheer determination wrested the third set from them 11-9.  Determined to make the match go the distance, the Weightman’s pair stuck to the task, but Papanicolaou and Hosking were too good in the fourth, and took it and the match 12-10.

So, that was it, six rubbers to one.  Next week we will see if this settled Max Miller Carpet trio can continue on and take the flag against the Sunny Daily trio, who should be a match for them.  Max Miller’s boast the aggregate winner in Brian Hosking, but the Dailies have Matt Johns and Lachlan Kelly who finished second and third.  Then Max Millers have George Papanicolaou, who cannot be discounted, who having only played five games during the season still managed to finish seventh on the aggregate.  Further strengthening Max Miller’s favouritism is the fact that in their three meetings this year, they have won twice 7-4 and 8-3, and their only loss in Round 5 was a close 6-5.

 

 

PENNANT FOUR

After ten rounds of matches the finals were here and met with excitement and nerves by the pennant four crew. Which teams would win through to the grand final as a result of these knockout semi finals!!!

 

– Bishop Builders 6 (Josh Carmichael 3, Ben Hosking 1) d Dunkley Scales 4 (Ellie Midgley 2, Paul Fitzpatrick, Peter Edwards 1)

Dunkley Scales finished one win clear at the head of the ladder however they had finished five wins clear of their opponents in this match Bishop Builders. Going into the finals the ladder leaders had been hampered by player unavailability but had still been performing well. Their line up in this match was Ellie Midgley, Paul Fitzpatrick and Peter Edwards, a very competitive unit. Peter Edwards had finished second on the singles aggregate, a great achievement given he was ranked the number three and he was playing his first season in the seniors. Earlier this year he had been playing division two of the juniors. Team mate Ellie Midgley also had enjoyed a good season finishing fourth in the aggregate despite missing two weeks of play.

Opponents Bishop Builders team consisted of Joshua Carmichael who won the singles aggregate by a healthy margin. His only defeat came in round one, his debut in seniors. His skipper, Ben Hosking, has enjoyed an up and down season however records reveal he is a finals specialist and has played in the past two grand finals in this pennant. Could he make it a third?p2Sonya Shalliker the number three is on the improve and working hard on her game. Let the fun begin!

Dunkley Scales with Edwards and Midgley playing their first two singles were off to a great start leading two rubbers to love. Peter Edwards played an excellent match to defeat opposing skipper Ben Hosking in straight sets 11-9 11-8 11-7. Hosking tried everything but the youngster proved too good as did team mate Ellie Midgley when she also won in three sets against Sonya Shalliker.

Bishop Builders reduced the lead when Joshua Carmichael defeated fill in Paul Fitzpatrick 11-8 11-8 12-10 in what was a great effort by Fitzpatrick against the in form Carmichael. Carmichael and Hosking teamed together in the first doubles which was vital to their chances of victory in the knockout final. They were off to a great start against opponents Midgley and Fitzpatrick and took the points in four sets 11-5 11-5 9-11 11-8. The score now stood at two rubbers all.

In the second bracket of singles Dunkley’s again won two with Ellie Midgley outlasting Ben Hosking in an entertaining four setter. Midgley’s forehand proved too hot for Hosking and she was victorious 11-4 9-11 14-12 11-2. The next singles saw Peter Edwards give Joshua Carmichael a real fight but the aggregate winner was able to hang on and win in another four setter 11-8 11-7 8-11 11-6. The next match featured Paul Fitzpatrick and Sonya Shalliker. Fitzpatrick as expected was successful and with this victory Dunkley Scales had again taken the initiative and were leading 4-3.

The pressure was now on the Builders a loss in the second doubles would see their chances slip even further away. Builders Joshua Carmichael and Sonya Shalliker teamed up against Ellie Midgley and Peter Edwards and in a great display Carmichael and Shalliker followed the match plan set by skipper Hosking. In four sets they won 11-8 12-10 5-11 11-7. This was excellent timing as they had just won their first match as a doubles combination, what a time to do it in a knockout final when their team desperately needed a win. The score was now four rubbers all.

p2Joshua Carmichael then played Ellie Midgley and what a great match it was. Midgley maintained the pressure all the way however Carmichael was equal to the task and despite a close match he was able to take the points 11-9 11-9 12-10. This was his twenty seventh singles victory in succession, a great effort from such a young player. Amazingly Bishop Builders now took a 5-4 lead and now it was Ben Hosking up against Dunkley’s Scales fill in Paul Fitzpatrick. Hosking took the first 11-5 before young Fitzpatrick narrowly took the second 12-10. The third was close all the way and Hosking hung on to win 13-11. Players on the side lines from both teams were now watching nervously and it was Hosking in the fourth who remained calm to go on and win 11-6 and the right to play in the summer pennant grand final. Dunkley’s Scales had been brave in defeat but it was Bishop Builders Joshua Carmichael who played a key role winning three singles. He also participated in both doubles victories. The second doubles in particular was huge for the Builders and it was the improved form of Sonya Shalliker in that match which was important for her team’s success on the night.

 

– Max Miller Carpets 6 (Cole Keegan, Michael Hensgen 2) d Sunny Daily 5 (Claire Ljubic, Travis Winton 2, Helen Frania 1)

Both sides went into this match with all their regulars available. The Sunny Daily combination of Claire Ljubic, Helen Frania and Travis Winton had finished second on the ladder one win clear of their opponents Max Miller Carpets whose team consisted of Cole Keegan, Shirley Whitecross and Michael Hensgen.

Head to head this season they had one victory each however there had been a few fill ins involved in their past matches.

The Sunny Daily team could not have wished for a better start winning the first three singles. The highlight in these matches was the victory by Daily number three Travis Winton over opposing number one Cole Keegan 11-8 7-11 11-2 12-10. Team mates Helen Frania and Claire Ljubic also defeated Shirley Whitecross and Michael Hensgen respectively in what was a dream start. Max Miller Carpets opened their account by tasting success in the first doubles courtesy of Cole Keegan and Shirley Whitecross when they won 11-9 6-11 11-9 11-9 over Claire Ljubic and Travis Winton.

The Daily opened up a 4-1 lead in the next match when skipper Claire Ljubic accounted for Shirley Whitecross 12-10 11-7 11-9. Shirley had fought hard and kept the pressure on Claire all the way. The next match was crucial for the Carpeters when skipper Cole Keegan lined up against mum Helen Frania and what a match it was. p2Cole took the first two games easily and then it was Helen’s turn to take control winning the third and fourth before Cole settled and went on to defeat a brave Helen 11-4 11-3 8-11 10-12 11-5.

This victory sparked the Carpeters into action with Michael Hensgen then defeating Travis Winton in four sets. Hensgen then combined In the second doubles with Keegan and together they proved too good for Claire Ljubic and Helen Frania winning in straight sets. The scores now stood at four rubbers all and the Carpeters were on a roll. The next match was the best of the night as both skippers gave their all for their teams. Claire Ljubic for the Daily played an excellent match in an attempt to get her team on track but it was Cole Keegan who hung on to grab the points 14-12 12-14 12-14 11-6 12-10. What a marathon between two young talented players, a real spectacle for their team mates and spectators.

The Carpeters had taken control winning five of the past six matches and now took a 5-4 lead. Travis Winton then won his second singles defeating Whitecross in straight sets to level the match at five rubbers all. This left Helen Frania to play Carpeters Michael Hensgen with the scores locked at five rubbers all. Michael took the first two games quickly however Helen worked really hard in the third howeverp2Michael was able to hang on grabbing the third 15-13 and with that victory for Max Miller Carpets in what had been a match of two halves.

Victory in both doubles for the Carpeters proved to be the difference in the result.

 

Amazingly both first and second on the ladder had missed out on a spot in the grand final and all is set now for another hard fought final this week.

 

   

Sunraysia Table Tennis Summer Pennant results Semi Finals: –
PENNANT ONE:

– Pinnacle Packers 6 (Wayne Carmichael 3, Ed Hung 1) d Max Miller Carpets 4 (Andrew Cannard 2, David Leng, Peter Bishop 1)

– Fishers IGA 6 (Gavin Carmichael 3, Jackson Tung 1) d Mallee Bearings 3 (Mark Ljubic 2, Darren Robinson 1)


PENNANT TWO:

Fishers IGA 6 (Denise Henderson 2, Peter Fitzpatrick, Seval Fuat 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Robert Chiswell 3, Leon Brown 1)

– Spanline 6 (Matt Ljubic 2, Laurie Plummer, Arthur Paar 1) d Pinnacle Packers 4 (Bernadette Fitzpatrick 2, Nicholas Dorman, Arnold Jago 1)


PENNANT THREE:

Max Miller Carpets 6 (George Papanicolaou, Brian Hosking 2, Ryan Hensgen 1) d Weightmans Packaging 1 (Karly Leach 1)

– Sunny Daily 6 (Lachlan Kelly, David Balshaw 2, Mick Bacon 1) d Dunkley Scales 0


PENNANT FOUR:-

– Max Miller Carpets 6 (Cole Keegan, Michael Hensgen 2) d Sunny Daily 5 (Claire Ljubic, Travis Winton 2, Helen Frania 1)

– Bishop Builders 6 (Josh Carmichael 3, Ben Hosking 1) d Dunkley Scales 4 (Ellie Midgley 2, Paul Fitzpatrick, Peter Edwards 1)

For further information on Table Tennis contact Gavin Carmichael 0408 237 907 or 5023 7907.

 

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