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HILLS CENTRAL TABLE TENNIS
A much stronger McLaren Flat
team atoned for its previous
week’s massacre by scraping
past an unlucky Meadows side
during last Wednesday night’s
round of Hills Central A-grade
table tennis fixtures.
It was the second straight narrowest
of defeats for Meadows which led
until the ultimate contest before the
Flat snatched victory eight rubbers 26
games to seven rubbers 27 games.
Although declaring he is taking a year
off from Hills Central competition, whiz
kid Steve Hart returned to fill-in for
He immediately found himself under
unaccustomed intense pressure from
Meadows ace Dennis Karayiannis, who
played out of his skin to only fall shy 9
and 10 in the initial two games, before
snatching the third 11-8.
However, a desperate Hart ramped
up his game finding more rhythm in the
fourth game to scurry away 11-4.
Dale McDonald boosted the Flat’s
stocks too and after spinning out Todd
Mugford in three, then paired with Hart
to out hit Karayiannis/Mugford in a lively
McDonald initially struggled to contain
Karayiannis in the match defining
ultimate singles bout.
Despite falling two games behind,
he persisted with his sizzling top spin
attack to claw his way back and even
the score, 5-11, 10-12, 11-5, 12-10, and
a tiring opponent was overwhelmed in
the deciding game, leaving the Flat to
Earlier, Peter Ifould was stymied 11-8,
11-9, 5-11, 5-11, 12-10 by Meadows rival
Andrew Rendall’s stout defence, but
redeemed by sneaking away 11-7, 7-11,
8-11, 11-7, 11-9 from Claire Pickering.
Dino Martella had Pickering’s measure
early but stemmed a fightback to win
11-9, 11-4, 8-11, 13-11, before being
flummoxed by Rendall 7, 9 and 8.
Meadows were kept in the hunt by Ray
Warren and Gary Whaite, who dutifully
outclassed Al Besanko and Bindon
Burns in all contests.
McLaren Vale stole the night against
a promising Willunga which was
outscored 9-34 to 6-25.
An even opening round featured
George Columbin being nosed out 7-11,
11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 13-11 by Willunga’s
spearhead Paul Ramsay, but George
Abdilla struggled past Peter Hres 11-9,
pulling his hamstring in
While Michael Nawrot ousted Vale
skipper Graham Keech 8, 9 and 4,
Norm Wallis was floored by a masterful
game from ‘Mr Efficiency’ Manfred
At number five for Willunga, Greg Day
nudged past John Hardick 8-11, 9-11,
11-6, 11-9, 11-8, but Wayne Mattschoss
was kept at bay by Robin Loechel who
was returning to the Vale side after a
year on the sidelines due to injury.
The Vale turned the tables in the
doubles events, securing all three.
Despite his injury woes, Abdilla and
Columbin got away in five games
Unger/Keech conquered Nawrot/
Wallis in four, while Loechel/Hardick
curbed Mattschoss/Day 9-11, 11-7, 16-
In the reverse singles Hardick overtook
Mattschoss in three, but Day snagged
an 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9 win
The victory was sealed by Vale when
Wallis went down fighting to Keech 11-
9, 7-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7, and Nawrot was
skittled by Unger.
Abdilla avoided aggravating his injury
by forfeiting to Ramsay, while Hres
claimed the final rubber by outbustling
Columbin in four entertaining games.
Macclesfield had to work hard to
suppress a gritty Willunga side, steering
home for a 7-26 to 5-26 victory.
While Macclesfield seized the majority
of the singles events, Willunga excelled
in the doubles contests.
Walter Culture, Kevin Meese and Peter
Baraglia each scored in five tough
games against Willunga opponents
Trevor Bradley, Rachael Causer and
John Nixon in the opening round, while
Macclesfield’s chief play maker Greg
Marlu downed Peter Stafford in four.
The pairing of Bradley/Stafford warded
off Marlu/Culture in four games, as did
Causer/Nixon against Meese/Baraglia.
When Stafford eased out Culture 6, 10
and 9 in the second round individuals,
Willunga seemed a chance again.
However, Marlu held firm against a
bold challenge from Bradley over five
games, Baraglia squeezed out Causer
15-13, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, while Meese
outmuscled Nixon 3-1.
Willunga stole away in the final round
to make the scoreline much more
Bradley/Causer got home 11-7, 9-11,
11-7, 15-13, while Stafford/Nixon
triumphed 12-10, 11-5, 4-11, 10-12, 11-6
It was all one way traffic as competition
juggernaut Flaxley United thumped
McLaren Flat 12-36 to 0-1.
Josh Raston replaced an injured Keith
Hart and gleaned the sole game from
United’s quality fill-in Darryl Spillman,
but David Elliott, Ed Pyle and Craig
Thomas all fell in minimum games
against Roger Ellinger, Mark Emmerson
and Jock Riach respectively.
An intrepid Raston/Elliott duo kept
nipping at the heels of Ellinger/Spillman
before succumbing 15-13, 11-6, 11-9,
while Pyle/Thomas scored 4, 8 and 9
Elliott compiled 10, 7 and 8 against
Spillman in the reverse singles, while
the Raston/Pyle combination extracted
9, 10 and 5 from Ellinger/Riach during
the second doubles bracket.
After sitting out the season’s opening
round bye, a new Willunga team fronted
up against experienced Meadows
Gold, which methodically forged a 9-29
to 3-15 victory.
Gold’s Bob Pearce led out with an
8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-8 containment of
Louise Jessup, while Dave Sheppard
outworked Gary Williamson 3-0.
Ian East posted Willunga’s first result,
nipping away against Gold reserve
Hayden Reid in three games, but Phil
Boulden met a similar fate opposed
to Gold’s young captain Lachlan
The doubles events were all
entertaining affairs, but Meadows
eased away with three from four during
the two stanzas.
Reid/L. Sheppard emerged 7-11,
3-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 victors over East/
Boulden, after Pearce/D. Sheppard
quelled Jessup/Williamson 11-8, 12-10,
Finally the Jessup/East partnership
jagged a 9-11, 11-5, 4-11, 14-12, 11-8
win against Pearce/Reid.
East proved the star for Willunga
on the night, notching up a brace of
singles, after shrugging off L. Sheppard
Flaxley United romped away from
McLaren Vale 10-33 to 2-14
nevertheless it was an entertaining
Wayne Clark grabbed Vale’s first
rubber when nudging aside Stacey
Stanbury 11-5, 12-10, 6-11, 11-9, and
Allan Eckert repeated the feat in
the second round with a last-gasp
6-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-6, 13-11 win over
Keith Rowley put up a grand fight
against Chris Stanbury, but succumbed
14-12, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4, while Graham
Wilson was sidelined by Peter Treacy in
Both Wilson and Rowley were stitched
up in the reverse singles by Stanbury
and Treacy, but managed to snatch
a game in the doubles bout against
United’s imposing duo.
Wilson/Eckert lost a 5-11, 11-6, 9-11,
12-10, 11-9 cliffhanger opposed to the
In an amazing result, Anna Quine
managed to subdue both Eckert and
Clark in identical maximum game
finishes – 7-11, 11-3, 11-6, 2-11, 11-7
Macclesfield crushed Meadows Green
14-33 to 1-7
Green are finding the going tough
with both regular number one and two
players missing thus far, but Ashley
Cornish has relished playing the top
After being kept at bay 9-11, 11-7, 11-7,
11-6 by Rod Angel, Cornish appeased
by holding sway against Sue Gunter 11-
7, 12-10, 11-8.
Despite the inspiration, Rowan
Wellstead found both Macclesfield
players too solid, just falling short.
Cornish combined with Greg Crocker
in the last doubles stanza, only for the
pair to just fall short 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-
Macclesfield’s Lucas Schack blitzed
Yan Zhaojie, but conceded a game to
Sam Crawford overcame both Crocker
and Yan in straight games.
McLaren Flat sat out the bye.
Lobethal Dippers travelled out to Harrogate
and came away with a comfortable victory in
last week’s round of Division 1-2 Torrens Valley
table tennis competition.
Dippers claimed a 13 sets 41 games to two sets 15 games
Although the final result was one sided, there were many
close battles throughout the night
Mary Harrison of Dippers had to play her uncle Jim White
and ground out a 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 victory.
White got revenge later in his singles clash with Scott
Schultz, triumphing 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, while
Lobethal’s Eric Jaeger also had a five-gamer against Chris
Eustace, scoring an 8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 13-15, 13-11 win.
Eric Harrison/Ollie Hughes came back from the brink
in the top doubles against Gary Hams/Garry Paine,
eventually succeeding 9-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8.
The second double also went down to the wire with M.
Harrison/Schultz scoring a 11-7, 8-11, 15-13, 7-11, 11-9 win
against White/Jack Eskanati.
Hams won his single against Hughes in straight games for
Harrogate’s other successful result.
Cudlee Creek’s first encounter with a number of last year’s
premiership players from Woodside Outriders proved to be
a competitive night.
It started off with Darren Stanbury and Geoff Bahr going to
five games before Stanbury got over the line 11-9.
Andrew Scott took Rohan Gilmour by surprise in winning
in straight games.
Cudlee Creek got off to a good start, winning four of the
singles in the first round and getting the top two doubles.
Outriders won four of the reverse singles resulting in
Cudlee Creek sneaking over the line with by just one set.
Lobethal Tigers proved too strong for the Woodside
Alex Endenburg displayed his talent in downing last year’s
best player Thomas Symons 11-9, 11-2, 12-10, and in the
best set of the night, Endenburg also defeated Tyrone Hart
12-10, 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7
Audrey King won both her singles for the Tigers, proving
too experienced for Seb Hahesy and Ashley Dunbar.
Lobethal won all three doubles to grab and overall 11-37
to 4-16 triumph.
The evening’s other match resulted in Birdwood defeating
Mt Torrens 9-31 to 6-28.
Lenswood played host to Woodside which recorded an
easy 15-45 to 0-5 win.
The only set which went to five games was between
number one seeds Andrew Green and Varney Henderson.
It was a tight battle all the way and Green had to play well
to eventually win 10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 11-13, 11-6.
Lenswood won the remainder sets mostly in three games.
Woodside Red accounted for Birdwood 13-41 to 2-9 while
Lobethal defeated Harrogate on a forfeit.
By John Thomas
The 2015 Hills Table Tennis
Association was launched last week
with a number of close matches in
Division 1 and Division 2 ranks.
A majority doubles decision decided the
winner after Division 1 combatants Hahndorf
Goannas and Summertown Pandas were even
at six matches 23 games each.
Having won two of the three doubles, Hahndorf
took the premiership points following a new
ruling brought in to eliminate drawn matches.
Darryl Spillman rebounded from a 7, 9 and 7
loss to Eric Harrison by claiming 3-1 singles
wins over both Sandy Macgregor and Peter
Elliott, plus both doubles, including a grinding
first-up 11-5, 7-11,11-7, 11-13, 11-5 effort with
Malcolm Altmann from Macgregor/Elliott.
Harrison displayed his usual deft touch in
taking all three singles against his old side,
finishing off with an early season epic 11-9 in
the fifth game against Wayne Maywald after
earlier assisting Macgregor in tipping out
Maywald/Altmann in another fifth game result.
Scott Creek Koalas eased home 7-26 to 5-22
against Aldgate Sharks, with Jim Coombe
reeling off three four-game singles victories
against David Reynolds, David Helbig and
Ray Haussen/Greg Carlson claimed the early
doubles over Helbig/Reynolds 9-11, 12-10, 12-
Hams/Reynolds kept Aldgate in touch early
grabbing a keen double 11-9 in game four,
while Hams combined with Helbig to prevail
after an unsteady start to ease past Coombe/
Haussen 3-11, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9.
Helbig was forced to work hard for a lone
singles win, getting up in the final fifth game
Carlson collected two singles, a 3-2 win over
Helbig and a 3-1 effort against Reynolds, while
Haussen won 9, 5 and 5 over Reynolds.
Scott Creek Foxes defeated Hahndorf Geckos
8-24 to 4-18, with Hugh Griffin and Greg
Bungey each banking three singles.
Griffin defeated Steve Hooper 3-1, and Rob
Fechner 3-0, before winning 13-11, 12-10, 11-9
against Darren Juers.
Bungey dropped just one game against both
Juers and Hooper.
Hahndorf’s trio each got home safely against
Graham Smith but Smith combined well with
Bungey to claim their doubles against Hooper/
Fechner 11-5, 9-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-6 .
Upper Sturt Possums held a slight break
throughout in defeating Scott Creek Dingoes
7-25 to 5-21.
Peter Judd/Martin Faull edged out Ben
Brookes/Carole Bungey 12-10, 11-9, 13-11,
followed by Judd downing Ross Coleman 12-
10 in the fifth game, while Faull eased past
Brookes 13-11 in the fourth.
Carole Bungey outlasted Hannah Pannewig
3-1 then followed up with Coleman for a 6,
5 and 7 result over Pannewig/Faull, before
pulling back from the brink to ease past Faull
9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 17-15.
Judd continued unscathed, winning 11, 7
and 8 from Bungey, followed by a 3-1 victory
from Brookes, as well as somehow surviving
with Pannewig 10-12, 12-10, 3-11, 11-5, 11-9,
Hahndorf Bilbys narrowly eclipsed Aldgate
Orcas 6-26 to 6-22, as John Diemel/Steve
Horton won 8, 8 and 7 over Ollie Williams/David
Knights and Dale Eatts/Diemel accounted for
Williams/Dave Clarke 3-1.
Earlier Eatts/Horton fell away after starting
strongly, losing to Clarke/Knights 11-6, 11-6,
4-11, 10-12, 5-11.
Williams grabbed a tight 3-1 singles from Eatts
and defeated Diemel 11-9 in the final fifth game
after surrendering in four to Horton.
Horton outlasted Clarke 7-11, 11-7, 12-10, 12-
10, but found Knights too slippery to lose in four
games, while Diemel lost out to Clarke in five
but dismissed Knights 3-0.
Upper Sturt Bandicoots prevailed 7-28 to 5-16
against the new Hahndorf Shinglebacks outfit.
Trevor Wright took his three singles, winning
3-1 from Sid Farrow, 3-0 from Andrew Grooby
and 3-0 from Andrew Vince to add to his
doubles win with Davis from Grooby/Vince.
Farrow came back strongly to down Davis 3-1
and also take an epic 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-3,
11-6 top singles against Peter Damarell after
Damarell had overcome both Darren Mahlo
and Vince in straight games.
Davis/Damarell jumped Farrow/Mahlo 3-0, but
Farrow/Vince outlasted Damarell/Wright 10-12,
11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, following Vince’s 12-10,
12-10, 11-6 success over Davis.
Cherry Gardens Redfins downed Upper Sturt
Wallabies 8-20 to 4-14 after proving steadier in
each of the doubles.
Clayton Smalley/Mike Deare won 8, 8 and 7
from Tony Petersen/Jacob Wright while Fred
Lackman/Deare also won 3-0 against Gerald
Smalley/Lackman took the night’s epic clash
with a 6-11, 11-9, 13-11, 8-11, 12-10 triumph
over the Petersen duo.
T. Petersen claimed all three singles, dropping
just one game to Lackman, while G. Petersen
lost tight matches against both Lackman and
Wright was possibly unfortunate to drop all his
Mylor Bettongs started the new season with a
7-26 to 5-19 result over Scott Creek Wombats.
Ulli Henn won 3-1 against Brian Woodlands
and 3-0 from Solly Sandor then slipped 11-6,
11-8, 3-11, 9-11, 9-11 after a great start against
Evergreen Allen cut past Stephen Kingdon 3-0
after being downed 8, 4 and 8 by Phil Westley.
John Thomas found touch early to ease past
Kingdon 6, 9, and 9 and then hit out to stop
Westley 1-11, 13-11, 11-4, 11-6 in his only two
matches of the evening.
Kingdon finished over Woodlands 8, 7 and 8
after pairing with Westley to stop Woodlands/
Sandor 12-10 in game four, and joined Henn in
the top doubles to ease past Allen/Woodlands
11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8.
Sandor/Allen battled throughout to pip Henn/
Westley in the fifth.
The Summertown derby resulted in a games
victory to the Galahs from the Emus.
Hugo Wallace and Nick Ford won 3-1 from
Jamie Muzzi, Tim Ford/Wallace got past Alex
Kern/Muzzi 11-7, 13-11, 6-11, 11-8, and Wallace/
Ford survived a struggle from Darcy Maccartie/
Kern to win 13-11, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10.
Kern was a ray of sunshine for Emus, fighting
11-6 result in game five against Wallace, and
11-6 again in the fifth against T. Ford.
Upper Sturt Quolls defeated Cherry Gardens
Perches 7-18 to 5-14, with Nick Seal/Mel
Laraway eclipsing Sonya Fraser/Bill Semple
11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, while David Box/
Seal won 3-0 against Edie Brooks/Semple.
Brooks/Fraser won a long double 11-6 from
Box/Laraway, Semple contributed two singles
including a close battle against Box, but was
stopped 9 and 9 by Seal, who grabbed all three
singles including against Brooks after dropping
the first game.
Mylor Dragons were too experienced for the
Aldgate Dolphins and recorded a 12-28 to 0-4
Kristin Adkins/Danny Bates had to settle in
the top doubles to defeat youngsters Daniel
Bellido/George Bartley 11-13, 11-7, 11-7, 11-
5, while Adkins/Peter Ashforth won 3-1 over
Finches accounted for
Summertown Blue Wrens 8-21 to 4-12.
Peter Bottroff reeled off three singles wins in
straight games against Brendan Daw, Olivia
Packham and Joel Driver.
Driver and Daw of the Blue Wrens eased past
Carmel Llewellyn and Peter Geers.
Geers/Llewellyn barely prevailed 11-9, 6-11,
11-4, 10-12, 11-7 from Daw/Packham, while the
remaining two doubles also went the way of the
Flat out for redemption
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