Wombats cause boilover
After going through the season undefeated, it looked as though Owls only had to turn up to win the Benalla Table Tennis Club’s A-grade grand final last week.
But their talented opponents, the in-form Wombats had other ideas.
Leading player John Bajada struck first for a magnificent singles victory over Adrian Squires.
Both players went point for point with Bajada finally prevailing for a 21-13, 13-21, 21-19 victory.
Wombats fought back in the second singles match-up, with Stuart Smith overcoming Michelle Feldtmann for a straight sets victory.
Smith played a fantastic array of top spin shots to get his team on the board with a 21-19, 21-17 victory over a determined Feldtmann.
The important doubles match was hotly contested and after an epic struggle it was Owls who prevailed, going on to a 21-16, 13-21, 21-17 win to take a 2-1 lead.
In the final round of singles Owls’ Michelle Feldtmann faced off against the hard hitting Adrian Squires in an effort to wrap up the match.
With both players thrilling the crowd with magnificent long rallies, it was Squires who finally prevailed, showing consistency for a 21-18, 18-21, 21-15 victory, to even the score at 2-2.
The deciding singles brought together two outstanding performers in John Bajada and Stuart Smith.
his stride in the first game, producing many spectacular shots to win 21-16.
Both players showed great discipline in the second singles, matching each other in a point for point struggle.
But it was Smith who won through, playing impressively to even the games score to 1-1, after winning 23-21.
Smith absorbed the pressure best, the youngster coming of age to take out the match with a 21-14 victory over Bajada, earning a 3-2 win for Wombats in a memorable performance.
He was awarded player of the match, accounting for both singles in a sensational performance.
Frogs got away to a good start in their grand final quest against Redbacks, with Phil Howard and Gil Smith winning the first round of singles in style.
They had a chance of wrapping up the match in the doubles, but a determined effort from Geoff Wallis and Kieran Linke, who teamed brilliantly for a 21-19, 25-23 victory, upset their plans.
Phil Howard then won the next singles to seal the grand final for Frogs, for a tight 3-2 victory.
He was awarded player of the match for his impressive performance.
An excited Falcons outfit rose to the occasion to enjoy a 3-2 victory over Magpies to take out the C-grade grand final in a hard fought affair.
The talented junior team produced some great shots under pressure, with Jack McNulty and Coby Linke playing well to win a singles each.
They then combined to take out the hard fought doubles in three sets.
Beth Grant was the player of the match, giving a sparkling display to win both singles in tight matches.
Teammate, Ann Degan played well for Magpies, producing some fine shots in tense matches.
The leading players for the summer pennant competition were:
A-grade: John Bajada 23 wins; B-grade: Dean Bajada 20 wins; C-grade: Beth Grant 23 wins.
Round one of the winter pennant competition started last night with 44 players contesting the 12-week event.
Swanpool and district
At Tatong, the Falcons’ Paul Larkin and Bruce Forster won all but one set against the Tiger’s Rob Erskine and Andrew Marriott, 4-1. Larin won both of his sets while Forster won one set only.
Also at Tatong the Bombers’ Colin Exton and John Bajada continued their relentless dominance of the A-grade competition defeating Pete and Stuart Smith of the Magpies 5-0.
In the only match results available, the Cranes’ Tim Butler and Tom Smith scored a 5-0 victory against the Turtles’ Miles Oldmeadow and Mike Larkin.