13 – Winter 2011 – Round 5 Wrap

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PENNANT ONE

After a full round of matches Max Miller Carpets remain the only undefeated team in pennant one of the Sunraysia Table Tennis winter pennant. In round five action the Carpeters proved too strong for Pinnacle Packers winning 7-4. Again in form Shannon Bowen won three singles and he now leads the singles aggregate with eleven wins from twelve matches in his best start to a season.. Included in his three singles victories was a tremendous five set win over Gavin Carmichael. At 6-9 down in the fifth Bowen looked in trouble however he remained cool and grabbed the last five points to win in an important result for his team. He deserved victory as he had controlled most of the match. The score line of 11-5 8-11 15-13 6-11 11-9 indicated a good contest.

Bowen’s skipper Mark Dorman is as usual having a solid season and these two are also combining well in doubles which is making it difficult for their opposition to break through for a victory. Dorman won two singles against the Packers and just went down by the narrowest of margins in five sets against Gavin Carmichael 10-12 11-9 11-3 9-11 11-9. The Carpeters raced to a 5-1 lead while the Packers fought back to trail 4-5 before the top team steadied to maintain their undefeated run.

Fishers IGA, with a 6-5 victory over Weightmans Packaging, recorded their first win of the season. In the very first game of the night Gavin Minter caused an upset when he defeated the talented Joel Dorman in straight sets to record one of his best victories. This win played a major part in Fishers success on the night.

At one stage Weightmans led 3-2 courtesy of a five set win by Andrew Cannard and Joel Dorman over Dillon Chambers and Shane Carmichael in the first doubles. Carmichael levelled the match when he defeated Graeme O’Neill in three sets. The second doubles was then played and was vital to both teams. Andrew Cannard and Graeme O’Neill grabbed the first two games before cousins Dillon Chambers and Gavin Minter bounced back to win in five sets 7-11 4-11 11-7 11-5 11-5. This victory capped off an excellent night for Minter while Chambers in the next match, won his third singles for the night, when he accounted for Andrew Cannard in a hard fought three setter to give their team success for the first time. While Chambers and Carmichael had played important roles it was the performance of Gavin Minter in this win which earned him the Mallee Burger player of the round.
PENNANT TWO

Mallee Bearings vs. Tankard Dental

Mallee Bearings breathed life back into their season with a 7-4 victory over the previously undefeated Tankard Dental. Going into this match Mallee Bearings sat in second last place on the ladder with one victory. Sony Sefer was the difference in the result as he won three singles and in a master stroke skipper Arthur Paar sensing Sefer was in season best form replaced himself with Sefer in the second doubles.

Sefer and Matt Burns then defeated form combination Andrew Jones and Samuel McDonnell in four sets to cap off a great night for Sefer. There were five five set matches all up with the win by Arthur Paar over Damien Ford and Matt Burns over Samuel McDonnell two big results for Mallee Bearings. Tankard Dental skipper Andrew Jones tried his best to keep his side in the match winning two singles including a straight sets win over Arthur Paar. During this match Jones surprised Paar by disposing of his rock solid defensive game for a brief moment to hit a rare forehand smash for a winner, Paar was shell shocked. Jones also combined with Damien Ford to win the first doubles in five sets 13-11 11-13 11-9 6-11 11-7 over the good combination of Arthur Paar and Sony Sefer.

For the victors Arthur Paar offered good support to Sefer winning two singles while Matt Burns played his part with the five set win over in form player Samuel McDonnell who had his quietest night in what has been an excellent season for him. Maybe this was the loss that Tankard Dental had to have?

Fishers IGA vs. Max Miller Carpets    

Fishers IGA proved too strong for Max Miller Carpets winning 8-3. This excellent victory has enabled Fishers to head the ladder along with Tankard Dental with a four win one loss ratio. Lee Thomas led her team well and played her best table tennis for the season winning three singles. She has been steadily getting back to top form and her team will be a threat to all other teams as her team mates Nick Barlow and Robert Chiswell have shown good consistency and were able to win two singles each this round to offer excellent support to their skipper. After five rounds each of Thomas, Barlow or Chiswell have managed to win three singles on one occasion each and this makes them a very versatile team.

Two matches stood out in this contest. The first was the five set victory by Ross Humphreys over Nick Barlow. In a thriller Barlow fought back from two games to love down to force the match to a fifth before Humphreys narrowly grabbed the points 11-2 11-6 7-11 5-11 13-11. Later the second doubles was also a nail biter when Carpeters combination Ash Morrison and fill in Matt Burns narrowly defeated Lee Thomas and Rob Chiswell 8-11 11-9 8-11 12-10 13-11. Unfortunately apart from these two hard fought five set victories there was not too much more joy for the winless Max Miller Carpets.
Pinnacle Packers vs. Spanline

With a solid 7-4 victory over Pinnacle Packers, Spanline moved to third position on the ladder at the expense of the Packers who dropped to fifth. In an even performance Daniel Jansen and Anthony Fox won two singles each while Seval Fuat scored an important win in the first match of the night. The biggest factor in the victory was the success in both doubles by Spanline.

The first doubles was a marathon and a thriller all in one when Daniel Jansen and Anthony Fox snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Peter Midgley and Arnold Jago. The match looked all over when in the fifth experienced campaigners Midgley and Jago led 7-0. In a more stunning escape than the fugitive, Jansen and the cunning Fox did not panic and gradually wore their opponents down to grab the fifth. What a comeback it was and the score line was an amazing 16-14 10-12 10-12 11-7 14-12 in favour of Jansen and Fox.

Victory came for Spanline despite the Packers skipper Peter Midgley again winning three singles. In fifteen singles over the first five rounds Midge has only lost one match which is an outstanding start to the season.

 

PENNANT THREE

With top team Mallee Bearings having the bye both Pinnacle Packers and Weightmans Packaging secured victories which enabled them to join the top team on three wins and one loss at the completion of the first round of matches. An exciting season waits with ten rounds to play. Both Henry Hornsby and Jackson Murphy sit at the top of the singles aggregate with eleven wins from twelve starts.

Pinnacle Packers vs. Max Miller Carpets

With Max Miller Carpets hampered with unavailability Pinnacle Packers proved too strong to win 9-2. Henry Hornsby won three singles while team mates Colin Moore and fill in Kyle Moore won two singles each in a commanding display. Hornsby capped off an excellent night when he participated in both doubles victories. The highlight match was the singles won by Carpeters player Karina Sullivan when she defeated Kyle Moore in a lengthy five setter 11-7 11-9 9-11 6-11 11-8.

Fishers IGA vs. Weightmans Packaging      

Jackson Murphy continued his fine season with another three singles victories, as he led his team Weightmans Packaging to an 8-3 victory over Fishers IGA. Murphy also teamed with Darren Greaves and Zubair Shahzad respectively to win both doubles to cap off a very successful night of table tennis. For Fishers Laurie Plummer tried hard winning two singles before pushing Murphy to five sets. The last singles of the night was a marathon when Zubair Shahzad for Weightmans lined up against Leon Brown. They ensured they got their moneys worth with Shahzad winning 12-14 11-5 12-14 18-16 11-7 in an amazing score line.

PENNANT FOUR

Fishers IGA vs. Mallee Bearings

Fishers IGA continued on their winning way after the school holiday break with a solid 7-4 victory over Mallee Bearings who battled hard against the top team. Early Mallee Bearings led 2 rubbers to one and had they been able to grab the first doubles which went to five sets they would have been a chance to cause an upset. This doubles match was a real highlight with Fishers Brian Hosking and Gabriel McDonnell hanging on to defeat Karly Leach and Mick Bacon in a thriller 9-11 11-9 13-11 5-11 13-11. Again Brian Hosking won three singles to remain undefeated in the twelve singles he has participated in to date. He was well supported by number two Gabriel McDonnell who won one singles as did fill in Bec Miller. Bec (nee Hunt) was making a return to table tennis for the first time since playing some 15 years ago. Welcome back Bec and hopefully we’ll see more of you this season. As well as winning three singles Hosking also participated in two doubles victories. For Mallee Bearings Karly Leach and Mick Bacon both won two singles however the loss of both doubles hurt their teams’ chances.

Max Miller Carpets vs. Bishop Builders

 

Max Miller Carpets, grabbed outright second place on the ladder, with a strong 8-3 victory over Bishop Builders. The Builders have slipped to third one victory in arrears of the Carpeters. There were some tremendous games in this contest and in particular when Nikki Mayger and Jeremy Corrin for the Builders defeated Sabrina Fitzpatrick and Andrew Lewis in a marathon five setter 10-12 11-9 9-11 11-8 12-10 the match was level at two rubbers all. From this point the Carpeters lifted to win seven of the next eight matches. Both Sabrina Fitzpatrick and Andrew Lewis were on fire in their singles winning three each. In particular Fitzpatrick played an excellent match against opposing skipper Nikki Mayger. This was a tremendous five setter with Nikki taking the early ascendancy to lead two rubbers to nil before Sabrina narrowly grabbed the third and then went on to win in a tough long five setter 9-11 9-11 12-10 11-5 11-5 in what was a match of great concentration by both players.

In the very next match Andrew Lewis and Jeremy Corrin fought out an equally lengthy five marathon with Lewis avenging an early season loss to Corrin. The score line indicated how close it was in Lewis’s favour 8-11 5-11 12-10 11-9 15-13 a great comeback to record his third singles win, a feat he has now achieved twice in five rounds. Fill in Damon Southgate played steady table tennis in his first match for sometime and offered good support with one singles victory as well as a doubles success with Sabrina Fitzpatrick.

Sunraysia Table Tennis Winter Pennant results round 5: –
PENNANT ONE: – Max Miller Carpets 7 (Shannon Bowen 3, Mark Dorman 2, Ed Hung 1) d Pinnacle Packers 4 (Gavin Carmichael 2, Mark Ljubic 1); Fishers IGA 6 (Dillon Chambers 3, Shane Carmichael, Gavin Minter 1) d Weightmans Packaging 5 (Andrew Cannard 2, Joel Dorman, Graeme O’Neill 1).
PENNANT TWO: – Mallee Bearings 7 (Sony Sefer 3, Arthur Paar 2, Mathew Burns 1) d Tankard Dental 4 (Andrew Jones 2, Damien Ford 1); Fishers IGA 8 (Lee Thomas 3, Robert Chiswell, Nick Barlow 2) d Max Miller Carpets 3 (Ross Humphreys, Ashley Morrison 1); Spanline 7 (Daniel Jansen, Anthony Fox 2, Seval Fuat 1) d Pinnacle Packers 4 (Peter Midgley 3, Arnold Jago 1)
PENNANT THREE: – Weightmans Packaging 8 (Jackson Murphy 3, Darren Greaves 2, Zubair Shahzad 1) d Fishers IGA 3 (Laurie Plummer 2, Gary Hughes 1); Pinnacle Packers 9 (Henry Hornsby 3, Kyle Moore, Colin Moore 2) d Max Miller Carpets 2 (Peter Fitzpatrick, Karina Sullivan 1)
PENNANT FOUR: – Max Miller Carpets 8 (Sabrina Fitzpatrick, Andrew Lewis 3, Damon Southgate 1) d Bishop Builders 3 (Nikki Mayger, Jeremy Corrin 1); Fishers IGA 7 (Brian Hosking 3, Gabriel McDonnell, Bec Miller 1) d Mallee Bearings 4 (Karly Leach, Mick Bacon 2)

MALLEE BURGER PLAYERS OF THE ROUND
PENNANT ONE:  Gavin Minter
PENNANT TWO: Sony Sefer
PENNANT THREE: Darren Greaves
PENNANT FOUR: Sabrina Fitzpatrick

 

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