Close re­sults in opener

Benalla Ensign - - Local Classies -

The open­ing round of the spring pen­nant com­pe­ti­tion pro­duced many hard-fought match ups.

In A-grade ac­tion, Pos­sums recorded an early win when they held off a fierce fight back from Kook­abur­ras to snatch a 3-2 vic­tory.

New player Stephen Lane was in top form to win a sin­gles be­fore com­bin­ing for a straight­sets dou­bles vic­tory.

Kook­abur­ras Brian Har­ring­ton and John Holschier played well to win a sin­gles each.

Adrian Squires con­tin­ued his good form to lead Rosel­las to a hard-fought 3-2 vic­tory over Echid­nas.

He starred by win­ning both sin­gles be­fore team­ing up with Phil Keast to win the dou­bles in straight sets.

Echid­nas Jeff Austen and Bruce Forster each won a sin­gles in a su­perb per­for­mance.

Mean­while, Plovers had to pro­duce their best to hold out a de­ter­mined Wal­la­bies, pre­vail­ing for a tight 3-2 vic­tory.

Mick Kelly and Daniel Dokka each posted a sin­gles win be­fore wrap­ping up the match with a tense three-set dou­bles vic­tory.

Ash­ley Duns was the stand­out, play­ing strongly to win both sin­gles in a stylish per­for­mance.

A bril­liant ex­hi­bi­tion from John Ba­jada en­abled Owls to hold their ground and de­feat Taipans 3-2 in an ex­cit­ing clash.

He won both sin­gles be­fore join­ing with Dean Ba­jada for a com­fort­able dou­bles vic­tory.

B-grade

Ea­gles put in a late ef­fort to up­set Bul­lants for a hard-fought 3-2 vic­tory.

Henning Aretz and Bill Sharp came home strong af­ter a slow start, win­ning a sin­gles each af­ter cap­tur­ing the dou­bles in straight sets.

Num­bats en­joyed a 4-1 vic­tory over Mozzies, with Carol Perry back to her best, win­ning both sin­gles in easy fash­ion.

She had strong support from Heather Craw­ford, who played well to win a sin­gles be­fore fea­tur­ing in the dou­bles vic­tory in a hard-fought af­fair.

Ray Grant led Wom­bats to a thrilling 3-2 vic­tory over Red­backs in a tough clash.

He was in top form to win both sin­gles in high-stan­dard matches.

He was well sup­ported by Peter Wil­liams, who played con­vinc­ingly to win a sin­gles in style.

Frogs had to pro­duce their best to hold off Glid­ers, go­ing on to a 3-2 vic­tory in a top match up.

Brian Perry showed patches of his old form to win both sin­gles, while team­mate Kaleb Lis­senden com­bined well for a fine dou­bles vic­tory.

Beth Grant and Graeme Sharp each won a sin­gles in a strong show­ing.

C-grade

Mag­pies en­joyed their first round 4-1 vic­tory over Crick­ets, with He­len Sharp star­ring to win both sin­gles clashes in a fine dis­play.

She had strong support from An­drea Cath­cart, who won a sin­gles be­fore team­ing with Sharp for a hard-fought dou­bles vic­tory.

Hawks recorded a 5-0 vic­tory over Koalas, with Kerry Yang and Jenny Sawyer win­ning all their matches.

Swan­pool ta­ble ten­nis

The Swan­pool and District Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion held the end of sea­son din­ner and pre­sen­ta­tion night at the Ta­tong Tav­ern, with 35 at­tend­ing.

The club would like to con­grat­u­late the win­ning teams as well as thank all play­ers and or­gan­is­ers who ‘‘oil the wheels’’.

Awards: Pres­i­dent Shaun Mur­phy awards tro­phies to A-grade Swan­pool ta­ble ten­nis win­ners John Ba­jada and Colin Ex­ton.

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