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HILLS CENTRAL TABLE TENNIS
TORRENS VALLEY TABLE TENNIS
Willunga could be in for a bumper campaign in Hills
Central A-grade table tennis ranks after revealing an
imposing side during last Wednesday night’s opening
to the 2015 season.
Although blitzing a severely understrength McLaren Flat outfit by
14 rubbers 43 games to one rubber four games, Willunga boast
Led by top-notch competitor Paul Ramsey – who debuted briefly
for McLaren Vale last season – and backed up by Peter Hres,
impressive newcomer Michael Nawrot, and Norm Wallis among
others, the team is champing at the bit.
While the Flat could only muster a shadow of its reigning
premiership side, Josh Raston made a welcome return after many
seasons absence, to snavel a solitary rubber, narrowly taming
Wayne Mattschoss 12-10, 11-3, 10-12, 13-11.
He also grabbed a lone game from Greg Day in the lower order.
Defending grimly, stalwart Peter Ifould, Dino Martella, Casey
Ledgard, Al Besanko and Bindon Burns were all stymied in minimum
McLaren Vale sneaked home 8-29 to 7-22 in a thriller against a
new-look Meadows combination.
George Abdilla was quick to assert his authority against both Todd
Mugford and Dennis Karayiannis, but George Columbin experienced
much tougher encounters, just slipping past Karayiannis 9, 9 and
10, before surging back in the fourth game of the night’s decider, to
seal an 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 15-13 win for the Vale.
Manfred Unger’s vast experience and rapid topspin attack put paid
to both Claire Pickering’s and Andrew Rendall’s bold game-play.
Despite copping a shellacking in the opening game against
Graham Keech, Pickering turned the tables to win the next three,
while Rendall fought back doggedly from a two-game deficit to wear
down Keech 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 15-13, 11-5.
John Hardick returned to the Vale fold after quite a few seasons
absence, but was humbled by Matt Bruer’s sharp angled counter-hits.
Even an improved attack and defence from Graham Wilson was not
enough to displace a wily Ray Warren who won 3-1.
During the reverse singles contests, the crafty Meadows duo
repeated the dose, after outwitting the Vale pair in the doubles
Macclesfield opened its account in the new season’s four-a-side
competition with a comfortable 8-27 to 4-18 victory over McLaren
An in-form Greg Marlu outsped David Elliott in straight games
before closing out Keith Hart 11-4, 11-3, 6-11, 13-11.
Elliott redeemed by squeezing past Kevin Meese 7-11, 11-4, 9-11,
11-5,12-10, after Hart had earlier flummoxed Meese.
Walter Culture had to remain focussed to contain Flat’s Craig
Thomas 10, 7 and 9, and then battled past Derryn Soutar 4, 7 and 9.
Evergreen Sue Wright returned to help Macclesfield’s cause, and
celebrated with a four-game result over Soutar, before nudging past
Thomas 11-4, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9.
Marlu/Meese secured a tough first up doubles clash against Hart/
Elliott 7-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7, 11-4, but Soutar/Thomas out-hit Culture/
Wright 9,4 & 8.
Elliott/Thomas escaped from Meese/Wright in the second doubles
round, after Marlu/Culture whisked away in four from Hart/Soutar.
A rampant Flaxley United ensemble demolished a bold, enthusiastic
Willunga side 12-36 to 0-8.
Ace Roger Ellinger overpowered John Nixon and Matt Simpson,
but Simpson proved a thorn in the side for Jock Riach, who steadied
to claim a 10-12, 12-10, 11-5, 11-13, 11-5 triumph.
Nixon went down fighting to Riach 11-6, 6-11, 13-11, 11-9.
Rachael Causer served notice by competently extending both her
singles to four games against experienced players John Gore and
Although toppled in three in each of his singles, Alan Creswell
would have been satisfied in earning 11, 9 and 8 against Gore.
Simpson/Nixon chalked up a game in their match against Ellinger/
Riach during the first doubles bracket, while Causer/Creswell
pushed Riach/Gore in the second round to only fall short 5-11, 8-11,
11-9, 12-10, 8-11.
McLaren Vale C-grade players were chuffed to be back in the
winner’s circle after disposing of Meadows Green 8-26 to 4-16.
Keith Rowley led out with a 7, 10 and 7 result over Rowan Wellstead,
but Ashley Cornish replied for Green with an authoritive attack on
Cornish later forced Rowley to a 11-9, 6-11, 11-13, 11-6, 6-11 decider,
while Wellstead came up trumps over Eckert.
Wayne Clark and Max Tugwell each scored against debut Meadows
players Yan Zhaojie and Greg Crocker, although Yan squeezed a
game from Clark.
Vale claimed both doubles events in the first round, but Green hit
back in the second stanza in three, while Wellstead/Yan grabbed
a cliffhanging 12-10, 7-11, 7-11, 12-10, 12-10 finish from Eckert/
Meadows Gold inflicted a punishing 11-34 to 1-12 victory on
Bob Pearce led the assault when he proved too solid for Rod Angel,
but Sue Gunter countered by overpowering Dave Sheppard 11-13,
13-11, 13-11, 11-4.
Pearce just nosed home 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10 against Gunter,
while Sheppard appeased in four games over Angel.
Dave Reids’ spin and guile helped him to wins over Lucas Schack
and Stacey Baraglia – in three and four games respectively.
Lachlan Sheppard stuck to his guns, just nudging over the line 11-7,
11-8, 8-11, 4-11, 12-10 from Baraglia before warding off Schack 9,
Macclesfield put plenty of pressure on their opponents in all four
doubles encounters – as a result extending each match to four games.
A hapless McLaren Flat unit was stunned by a brutal assault from
The reigning premier only dropped a single game when Mike
Lindquist scored the opening game against Anna Quine 13-11.
Peter Treacy and Chris Stanbury spearheaded the whitewash,
cleaning out Colin McKenzie and Bob Lindquist, while Stacey
Stanbury outdistanced Helen Lindquist and M. Lindquist.
The closest doubles result occurred in the second round when
McKenzie/M. Lindquist gleaned 10, 5 and 8 against C. Stanbury/S.
High sights set at Willunga
The Round 2 match between the Lobethal
Dippers and the Woodside Outriders was
always expected to be close in last week’s
Torrens Valley Division 1/2 table tennis
Both teams appeared very even on paper and a good
battle developed throughout the night before Dippers
registered an eight sets 30 games to seven sets 27 games
Eric Harrison of Dippers got away early to record an 11-7,
11-7, 14-12 win over Darren Stanbury in the battle of the
top seeds, but Rohan Gilmour responded for the Outriders.
After losing the first game, Gilmour rallied to topple Ollie
Hughes 6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6.
Dippers fill in Mary Harrison struck back to down Andrew
Kuliwaba in four games before Paul Arnup levelled things
up once again for the Outriders by defeating Walter Jaeger
5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8.
Woodside’s Tim Satchell and Eric Jaeger of Lobethal both
won in straight games to make it three sets apiece.
The reverse singles featured both sides again winning
M. Harrison defeated Arnup 11-5, 11-8, 11-2, and E.
Harrison eclipsed Rohan Gilmour 11-6, 11-8, 10-12, 11-8 .
The only single which went to five games was between
Satchell and E. Jaeger, with Satchell doing enough to win
9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, while Kuliwaba dispatched W.
During the doubles, Stanbury/Gilmour putt Woodside
ahead by defeating E. Harrison/Hughes 3-1.
The other two doubles both went to five games with
Lobethal’s M. Harrison/W Jaeger surviving a tense battle
especially in the final two sets – to narrowly win 3-11,
11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 12-10, leaving the final doubles to decide
Scott Schultz/E. Jaeger started well by winning the initial
two games but Woodside fought back winning the following
However, in the deciding game Lobethal gained the
advantage and took it out 11-5 11-6, 6-11, 9-11, 11-2, thus
also claiming the night’s overall honors.
Dippers take tight win The Strathalbyn Strikers Under 9 Red soccer team are ready to
take on the 2015 season under the watchful eye of coach Paul
With last weekend featuring the commencement of the Adelaide Hills Junior Soccer
Association home and away fixtures, the pre-season Cup competition has also
reached the business end of proceedings.
Whilst most soccer fans may have been focused on the A-League clash at Adelaide
Oval last Friday night, two Strathalbyn teams engaged in Cup semifinals action
under lights at Bradwood Park.
The Strikers Under 12 White team took on Stirling Districts Blue on their home turf.
It developed into a tight match but the Strikers had the score on the board at the final
whistle and have progressed to the grand final against Hahndorf White this Friday.
The Under 17 Strathalbyn girls fought valiantly against the tide of the Woodside
Warriors in the late Cup game but unfortunately they could not contain the Warriors
and bowed out to now focus on the home and away season.
This season there is a strong contingent of juniors within the Strathalbyn club with
nearly 200 players across the age groups, ranging from Under 8 through to Under 17
level for both boys and girls.
The club is still recruiting for the 2015 season and anyone interested in playing can
source information from strathstrikers.com.au and leave a message on the contacts
page or come along to the Strathalbyn polo grounds on a training night.
Training nights are on Tuesdays from 5pm for Under 13 and Under 17 girls, while all
other junior teams train from 4pm on Wednesday, with the Under 14 and Under 16
sides training at Eastern Fleurieu High School from 5pm.
It has been a hectic start to the season and the club thanks all of its players and
parents for their patience whilst the draw and teams have been finalised.
Coach Paul Kemmis and his Strathalbyn Strikers Under 9 Red players
are focusing toward a successful 2015 Adelaide Hills Junior Soccer
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The match between Cudlee Creek and Mt Torrens was
also a very even tussle as both sides were locked at six
sets each after the singles.
Cudlee Creek were very unlucky with Andrew Scott, Craig
Anesbury and Danny Boyle all losing their matches in five
The best match was the top doubles with Scott/Geoff Bahr
having a tough battle against David Turner/Julian Bedford,
with every game evenly contested.
The Cudlee Creek duo eventually triumphed 7-11, 11-6,
8-11, 11-3, 14-12, and the Creek also won the other two
doubles to end up with a 9-34 to 6-22 victory.
During the clash between the Lobethal Tigers and
Harrogate, the Tigers started well by winning four of the
The best match of the night was between the two number
ones, Thomas Symons of Lobethal and Harrogate’s Simon
It was a great contest with both players giving everything
and it went to five games, with Symons doing just enough
to win 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 12-10.
Gary Hams defeated the ever reliable Pauline Hart 3-0 and
Jim White downed Rohan Steffens of the Tigers 12-10, 11-5,
In the reverse singles both sides won three sets each.
Garry Paine caused the biggest upset of the night in
defeating Symons 11-3, 11-6, 11-7, and Hams continuing his
good form by toppling Geoff Symons 3-0.
Tyrone Hart had to battle hard early against Hogben in the
first game, but after that Hart got right on top to win 12-10,
The top doubles had Symons/Hart surviving a tight battle
to win 7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, and Lobethal won the
other two doubles comfortably to win 10-32 to 5-21.
Birdwood defeated Woodside in the night’s other match.
Lobethal had a better night in Division 3 ranks than the
previous week resulting in a close 8-30 to 7-26 win over
Birdwood’s Natalie Gripton was too good for Lobethal’s
Alisha Pritchard in the battle of the number one seeds,
courtesy of her fast paced game and smashing forehand.
Lobethal’s Graham Silsby and Ineke Bos both had close
matches against Birdwood’s Kayla Starkey and Gareth
Saunders, going to either four or five games in each of their
singles, with Birdwood winning three out of the four singles.
However, G. Silsby and I. Silsby-Bos proved too strong for
Starkey and Saunders, defeating them 11-9, 11-2, 11-4 in
Twelve-year-old Michael Jaeger had an outstanding night,
winning both of his singles and also his doubles 11-6, 11-9,
11-3 with Ethan Silsby-Bos.
Lenswood played host to Harrogate and started well by
winning four of the opening singles.
Al Barnes got the ball rolling for Lenswood by winning 11-5,
11-5, 11-3 over Jodie Hogben, and Vicki Kemp rallied after
losing the first game to win 7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9.
The reverse singles featured Lenswood winning five sets
but three went to four games and the last single went to five
games with Kemp winning 10-12, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7
The top double was a very good contest Andrew Green/
Kevin Coulter having to battle hard to overcome Chris
Eustace/Corinne O,Shea 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7, as Lenswood
registered a 12-40 to 3-13 triumph.
In the local derby clash, Woodside Red 9-32 defeated
Woodside Blue 6-23.
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