Close matches abound for Great Flinders

GREAT FLINDERS TABLE TENNIS: Sharon Campbell and Susan Hennell flank the winners Cathy Pearson and Brian Proctor following their deciding rubber.
GREAT FLINDERS TABLE TENNIS: Sharon Campbell and Susan Hennell flank the winners Cathy Pearson and Brian Proctor following their deciding rubber.

Great Flinders table tennis

Tumby Bay 15 (56) lost to Karkoo Panthers 15 (61)

NEITHER team was able to gain any ascendancy throughout the night.

Singles, opening and reverse, were shared 10 rubbers apiece, along with the opening and tiered doubles being split five rubbers each and it came down to the last doubles of the night’s play.

Sharon Campbell playing her first match for a while teamed with Susan Hennell to take Brian Proctor and Cathy Pearson to the fifth game, which they needed to win. However, the visitors dug deep, 11-7, to give Panthers the match on a superior games result.

The small margin of five games came about from more dominant wins earlier in the match, especially the singles with Panthers winning seven of their 10 singles in often comfortable three straight games.

Best for Karkoo were Rod Pearson, Kerrin Siebert and Proctor, four wins each, well supported by Darren Atkins with two convincing singles wins and a double.

For Tumby fill-in Archie Harris was impressive and won all four. Jake Rogers continues to improve with three wins in the number five spot, joined by Bill Richardson and Susan Hennell.

Wanilla 12 lost to Yallunda Flat 18

Wanilla, flush with players, had Jim and Gill Casanova play for the visitors.

The Flat got the early break but were pegged back to hold a slender six to four lead after the opening singles.

In the doubles Yallunda Flat took four of the five rubbers with only the Megan Low and Lyn Fauser combination for Wanilla winning through in five tight games.

A 10 to five lead at the halfway point was held in check in both the reverse singles and tiered doubles by Wanilla. Ryan Mann and Gavin Traeger each won singles in five close games, matched by the Flat’s Wade Gray and Tom Baldissera.

The tiered doubles saw greater success for Wanilla courtesy of Rob McFarlane and Heather Pope, Ernie Bauer and Low, and Simone Kleinig and Fauser.

Best for Yallunda Flat were Andrew Cabot, Baldissera and Carmel Sheehan with all four. For Wanilla Bauer took both singles and a double, along with Low and Fauser winning a single and both doubles.

Cummins 15 (57) defeated Yeelanna 15 (55)

This match ebbed and flowed. With the opening singles split five-all, Yeelanna dominated the opening doubles taking all five albeit with two five-gamers and a further rubber in four tight games.

Cummins refused to lay down and gave themselves an outside chance by winning six of the reverse singles, then stormed back to take four of the five tiered doubles, stealing the match 11-8 in the fifth game between Terry Sampson and Shannan Minhard against Roy Modra and June Leedham.

In a very even team performance, Hill, Darryl Holley and Vince Diment lead the way for Cummins with both singles and a double. For Yeelanna Greg Hurrell shone with all four rubbers and was well supported by Bradley Phillips with his two singles and one doubles victories.