Tankard Dental skipper Matt Ljubic literally on his knees in his match against Lau Yee Huang of Exposed Signage.Amazingly Ljubic was able to get back to his feet and win the point late in the fifth.
The feature of round two of the Sunraysia Table Tennis Association pennant was the number of five set singles matches which took place many of them lengthy top class affairs
Tankard Dental 9 (Matt Ljubic, Gavin Carmichael 3, Michael Hensgen 1) d Exposed Signage/Apparel 2 (Lau Yee Huang, Mark Dorman 1)
New player Lau Yee Huang who lost narrowly in five to leading player Joel Thomas last round was again involved in two marathon matches and again just went down in a classic contest against Matt Ljubic. Ljubic bounced back this week from a singles loss in round one to defeat Huang 11-8 in the fifth, both players displaying many excellent looping forehands drives.
Ljubic was in fine form winning three singles and leading his team Tankard Dental to their first win of the season soundly defeating Exposed Signage / Apparel 9-2 .
The result may have been much closer given Exposed lost four five setters narrowly, all 8-11 in the fifth
As well as winning three singles ,Ljubic featured in both doubles victories. Team mates Gavin Carmichael and Michael Hensgen offered good support winning three and one singles respectively.
Mallee Bearings 7 (Wayne Carmichael, Jackson Tung, Russell Walder 2) d Cookes Pools & Spas 4 (Joel Thomas 3)
With a 7-4 victory over Cookes Pools and Spas , Mallee Bearings remain the only undefeated team and sit one win ahead of four teams. In an even team effort the Bearings trio of Wayne Carmichael , Jackson Tung and Russell Walder all won two singles.
In particular this was an outstanding result for number three player Walder in his first season at this level. To cap off an excellent night he teamed with skipper Wayne Carmichael to defeat Joel Thomas and Lee Leeson in the second doubles 11-5 11-7 2-11 6-11 14-12.
For Cookes Joel Thomas won three singles and already has taken a lead in the singles aggregate race which he is hot favourite to take out.
Regional Taxation Services 7 (Kate Carmichael 3, Reece Kurrle, Thahn Nguyen 1) d Max Miller Carpets 4 (Nicholas Dorman, Jackson Murphy 2)
Regional Taxation Services gained the four points with a solid 7-4 victory over Max Miller Carpets. Skipper Kate Carmichael was in good form winning three singles while team mates Reece Kurrle and Thahn Nguyen chipped in with one win each.
It was the doubles which proved to be the difference with RTS winning both. Carmichael and Nguyen were able to defeat Nicholas Dorman and Ed Hung in five sets after dropping the first game 1-11.
For Max Miller Carpets Dorman and Jackson Murphy won two singles each.
In winning all their singles, and then partnering-up in doubles wins saw Terry Martin (Mallee Meats) and Jason Gifkins (Weightmans Packaging) guide their respective sides to victories in this round.
Mallee Meats 7 (Terry Martin 3, Quentin Clark 2) d Pinnacle Packers 4 (Peter Midgley 2, Raymond Manzanares, David Sergi 1)
Mallee Meats captain Terry Martin played almost faultlessly in this round, winning three singles and two doubles, and along the way dropping just one set, almost single-handedly ensuring a win for his team.
Martin took little time in defeating Raymond Manzanares and David Sergi, dropping just 17 and 22 points respectively, and in the final round of singles against opposing captain Peter Midgley, Martin conceded the first set 14-12, then kept Midgley at bay for the next three sets. In winning that particular match, he ensured victory for his side, the score being 6-3 at that stage.
In winning two singles rubbers, Mallee Meats number two Quentin Clark played well also. All of Clark’s matches went to four sets (even the one he lost against Midgley), and he is slowly working himself back into the form of a couple of seasons ago.
The Mallee Meats trio dominated both doubles rubbers too, winning them both in straight sets. At this early stage of the season they have won all their doubles rubbers, which is in stark contrast to their opponents here, who have yet to win a doubles encounter.
Final scores: 7 rubbers to 4 and 23 games to 15.
Max Miller Carpets 6 (Kieren McRae, Casper McCarthy 2, Andrew Kremor 1) d Cookes Pools & Spas 5 (Ashley Morrison 3, Rohan Reimers 1)
This match was the closest of the round … Cookes Pools & Spas captain dominating singles play with three wins, and one doubles rubber, but not enough to hold off the Max Miller Carpets trio. Their captain Kieren McRae and number two Casper McCarthy both won two singles rubbers, and together they downed Morrison and John Fitzpatrick in the first doubles rubber.
In defeating John Fitzpatrick number three for Max Miller Carpets Andrew Kremor took first blood for the night. The first set was close, Kremor winning 14-12, Fitzpatrick found his range in the next two sets 11-4, 11-4, but Kremor then did the same winning the fourth and fifth sets 11-4, 11-5. Fitzpatrick had a chance of winning the match for his
team in the penultimate rubber against Casper McCarthy, but with the scores at two sets all, McCarthy’s play proved to be too consistent, and he took the last set.
With the doubles rubbers shared one-a-piece, this match was close to the end.
Final scores: 6 rubbers to 5 and 20 games each.
Weightmans Packaging 6 (Jason Gifkins 3, Andrew Jones 1) d MJM Automotive 5 (Dylan Wood, Marcus Cimino 2, Jeremy Corrin 1)
In this game, Weightmans Packaging captain Jason Gifkins led his team to victory over a determined MJM Automotive side.
Gifkins won his three singles and two doubles rubbers, and it was only by virtue of Andrew Jones defeating Jeremy Corrin that his side won the night.
The importance of the doubles rubbers is always emphasised, and so it was in this match, Weightmans Packaging winning the first comfortably in four sets, and the second one easily in three.
MJM Automotive won five of the nine singles rubbers … captain Dylan Wood won two, but fell to opposing captain Gifkins in straight sets. Number two Corrin picked up one against Weightmans number three Steve Pongrac. The best performance in this side was that of the number three Marcus Cimino who defeated Andrew Jones in five sets and Pongrac in three. A win in either doubles would have given the side the win, so this is an area they will have to give some attention to. In the two rounds so far, the side has won just one doubles rubber, and that involved someone else substituting.
Final scores: 6 rubbers to 5 and 20 games to 17.
MJM Automotive recorded another impressive win this round, against Sammy Slammers; and Weightmans Packaging came from behind to defeat Mallee Meats.
MJM Automotive 7 (Nick Kiapekos 3, Isaiah Bettess 2, Sabrina Fitzpatrick 1) d Sammy’s Slammers 4 (Dave Tanner 2, Huseyin Ismail 1)
MJM Automotive number two Nick Kiapekos led his team to victory in this round. After two rounds Kiapekos sits at the top of the aggregate ladder, having not been defeated.
Number three Isaiah Bettess for the second week in a row won two rubbers, and Sabrina Fitzpatrick contributed one win with a four set victory against Brian White.
Sammy’s Slammers did not have the answers really, to the MJM Automotive play, although number two Dave Tanner continues to impress, again taking two singles rubbers, defeating Fitzpatrick in straight sets, and a good five set contest with Bettess, taking the last set 12-10. Tanner was also involved in the team’s doubles win; with his captain Huseyin Ismail; they were too strong for Fitzpatrick and Kiapekos, winning in four sets.
Final scores: 7 rubbers to 4 and 26 games to 21.
Weightmans Packaging 6 (James Jarvis 2, Karly Leach, Peter Rhodes 1) d Mallee Meats 5 (Therese Fitzpatrick, Ryan Hensgen 2, Ben Hosking 1)
This was the most fiercely contested match in any grade in this round. Eleven rubbers, seven five set contests, four four set matches, and not a straight sets result in sight !!
No one player dominated, and three players won two singles rubbers. The difference was in … yes the doubles. Weightmans Packaging won both, one in four sets the other in five, and therein was the difference in the score, six rubbers to five.
The two captains in scoring two wins had missteps, Weightmans Packaging captin James Jarvis lost to Mallee Meats number two Ben Hosking in a good five setter, and Mallee Meats captain Therese Fitzpatrick went down to Jarvis in four sets.
Peter Rhodes, subbing for Shane Willis won the crucial tenth rubber against Hosking after Hosking found his range in the third and fourth sets, Rhodes winning 11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 12-14, 11-8. It was left to Jarvis
to secure the win, and drawn to play against Mallee Meats number three Ryan Hensgen he may have been confident. Hensgen however was not a push-over, losing in five.
Final scores: 6 rubbers to 5 and 28 games to 23.
Sunraysia Table Tennis 2021 Winter Pennant results Round 2: –
PENNANT ONE: – Mallee Bearings 7 (Wayne Carmichael, Jackson Tung, Russell Walder 2) d Cookes Pools & Spas 4 (Joel Thomas 3); Regional Taxation Services 7 (Kate Carmichael 3, Reece Kurrle, Thahn Nguyen 1) d Max Miller Carpets 4 (Nicholas Dorman, Jackson Murphy 2); Tankard Dental 9 (Matt Ljubic, Gavin Carmichael 3, Michael Hensgen 1) d Exposed Signage/Apparel 2 (Lau Yee Huang, Mark Dorman 1)
PENNANT TWO: – Mallee Meats 7 (Terry Martin 3, Quentin Clark 2) d Pinnacle Packers 4 (Peter Midgley 2, Raymond Manzanares, David Sergi 1); Weightmans Packaging 6 (Jason Gifkins 3, Andrew Jones 1) d MJM Automotive 5 (Dylan Wood, Marcus Cimino 2, Jeremy Corrin 1); Max Miller Carpets 6 (Kieren McRae, Casper McCarthy 2, Andrew Kremor 1) d Cookes Pools & Spas 5 (Ashley Morrison 3, Rohan Reimers 1)
PENNANT THREE: – Weightmans Packaging 6 (James Jarvis 2, Karly Leach, Peter Rhodes 1) d Mallee Meats 5 (Therese Fitzpatrick, Ryan Hensgen 2, Ben Hosking 1); MJM Automotive 7 (Nick Kiapekos 3, Isaiah Bettess 2, Sabrina Fitzpatrick 1) d Sammy’s Slammers 4 (Dave Tanner 2, Huseyin Ismail 1);
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