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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – PAGE 11
HILLS CENTRAL TABLE TENNIS
HILLS TABLE TENNIS
Hills Central A-grade table
tennis competition is shaping
to be a tight season despite just
three rounds being completed.
During last Wednesday night’s
fixtures, McLaren Flat edged past
McLaren Vale eight rubbers 32 games
to seven rubbers, 28 games, while
Meadows just eased aside Willunga.
Although the Flat were missing Dale
McDonald, it heralded in Justin Hart
and Phil Daniel, while Vale were
missing spearhead George Abdilla,
but included seasoned reserves Chris
Andrews and Noel Sibley.
Nevertheless, Vale could only
muster up two singles results in the
opening round, after George Columbin
outmanoeuvred wily opponent Daniel in
four games, while Andrews outworked
Bindon Burns 3-1.
Hart had to call on all his reserves
to sneak ahead of maestro Manfred
Unger 11-7, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 13-11,
and Dino Martella hung on to outlast
Graham Keech 11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 8-11,
Peter Ifould overpowered Robin
Loechel in four, while Casey Ledgard
checked Sibley in straight games.
Vale struck back handsomely in the
doubles events to snatch all three – the
closest contest secured by Columbin/
Unger, squeezing out Hart/Daniel 8-11,
11-6, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9.
When Ledgard held firm 3-1 against
Andrews in the first of the reverse
singles completed, the Flat were back
on even terms, but Sibley countered
soon after, shaking off Burns in a five-
Martella scrounged a 12-14, 12-10,
11-5, 12-10 result from Loechel, while
Ifould whizzed past Keech.
Unger reigned supreme 3-1 over
Daniel leaving the scoresheet at seven
rubbers a piece.
However, Hart was soon into stride,
confidently outpacing Columbin, to
guide the Flat home for its second win
on the trot.
Hosting Meadows had a tough
workout before eventually taming an
intrepid Willunga side 9-35 to 6-24.
In the spotlight was Dennis
Karayiannis who deftly contained top-
gun Paul Ramsay – a powerful looping
attacker – 11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, before
bounding past a shell-shocked Peter
some revenge by outsmarting the
Karayiannis/Todd Mugford combination
11-9, 6-11, 13-11, 11-8, while each of
them managed to narrowly finish in
front of Mugford in the individuals.
Ramsay got home 7-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-
9, 11-8, while Hres won 10-12, 12-10,
Claire Pickering signalled she can
also be a key player for Meadows
after emerging victorious in an 11-7, 11-
13, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10 slugfest with star
Michael Nawrot, before eclipsing Norm
However, both Willunga competitors
were too good for normally consistent
Ray Warren, defeated by Wallis first
up 11-7, 7-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-4, while
Nawrot streaked home in three.
Greg Day remained focused to find his
way past Matt Bruer’s strong defence,
breaking clear 12-10, 13-11, 9-11,
8-11, 11-6, but met his match against a
strong attack from Gary Whaite, being
downed 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7
Although Wayne Mattschoss was
well downed 3-0 by Whaite, he made
a gritty stand against Bruer over four
games, despite being skittled in the
opening two games.
Meadows welcomed back Greg
Rodda – easing back into competition
after a lengthy hiatus – pairing as the
seventh player with Pickering to pick off
Day/Mattschoss 12-10, 13-11, 11-3.
Although a beefed up Willunga unit
overwhelmed an embattled McLaren
Flat team 10-33 to 2-15, there were
many long battles along the way.
Ed Pyle stepped up for the Flat in both
position and form by toppling number
one player Grant Frith – making his
first appearance for Willunga in this
competition – winning a tight 11-8, 8-11,
12-10, 11-9 result.
Pyle also featured in the only other
success for the Flat, pairing with Josh
Raston to overshadow Frith/Trevor
Bradley 4-11, 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7
Pyle was finally cornered in a tough
shoot-out with Bradley 5-11, 11-5, 3-11,
11-9, 11-7, while Raston was cleaned up
Bradley also won in a spine-tingling
finish against Raston 9-11, 11-6, 11-9,
Craig Thomas played well for the Flat
too, losing a down to the wire finish
against John Nixon 11-5, 11-9, 10-12,
7-11, 11-9, and missed out in four to
The Raston/Thomas duo had a battle
royale against Frith/Nixon, who crept
away 11-7, 20-22, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7
Both Stafford and Nixon proved too
solid for Nichola Ross.
A powerhouse Flaxley United
ensemble rolled on, flattening a gallant
Macclesfield side 11-33 to 1-6.
After succumbing in the opening two
doubles clashes, Macclesfield gained
a little ground in the following singles
Reserve Peter Baraglia put up a grand
fight opposed to Jock Riach, but faded
in the fourth game to lose 11-13, 10-12,
Sue Wright drew a tough opponent
too – star fill-in player Steve Hooper
from Hills association – but was
overwhelmed in three.
Chief play-maker Greg Marlu proved
too speedy for Paul Askham, posting
Macclesfield’s sole success.
against United ace Roger Ellinger,
understandably found wanting in
After copping another two doubles
defeats, Macclesfield attempted a final
Wright scavenged a game from Riach,
while Culture compiled 4, 10 and 8
Marlu scrapped hard with Ellinger,
before being suppressed 11-2, 11-9,
Unfortunately all matches were one
sided in last week’s round of C-grade
fixtures. While Willunga pummelled
McLaren Vale 10-33 to 2-13, many
contests were still very tight.
Graham Wilson/Keith Rowley won the
top doubles event against Jess Frith/
Louise Jessup, scoring the opening
cliffhanging result for Vale 9-11, 11-8,
4-11, 11-8, 11-9, while Gary Williamson/
Ian East responded by nosing out Allan
Eckert/Wayne Clark 10-12, 11-5, 4-11,
Frith edged past Keith Rowley in a
lively 11-8, 19-17, 8-11, 11-6 scrap, while
Jessup adroitly kept Wilson at bay 7, 9
Williamson overtook Clark 10-12, 11-
4, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6, while in the reverse
singles, Wilson fired up to sideline Frith
Jessup bagged a brace of wins after
nudging aside Rowley 11-6, 14-12,
Frith and Williamson combined to
squeeze past Wilson/Eckert 11-8, 2-11,
Meadows Gold torpedoed McLaren
Flat 11-33 to 1-5.
Brett Lindquist scored the lone result
for the Flat, snaring a close 15-13, 11-
9, 11-8 tussle against reserve Hayden
Earlier Reid scraped through against
Rob Lindquist after clawing his way
back 8-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9.
Bob Pearce teamed with Reid against
Colin McKenzie/R. Lindquist to snavel
a tight 11-8, 11-8, 15-13 contest, while
Dave Sheppard/Lachlan Sheppard
warded off Mike and Brett Lindquist 2,
Reid/L. Sheppard cleared off 12, 7
and 1 against the Lindquist duo.
Beleaguered Meadows Green were
slaughtered 12-36 to 0-1 by Flaxley
Rowan Wellstead stole the opening
game 11-6 against Chris Stanbury, but
it was all downhill after that for Green.
Number one Ashley Cornish was
outmuscled 7, 7 and 7 by Peter Treacy
before mustering 6, 5 and 6 against
Greg Crocker and Yan Zhaojie were
each offered no mercy by Stacey
Stanbury and Anna Quine.
The highest score by the vanquished
team in the doubles events was 8, 3
and 6 achieved by Cornish/Crocker
opposed to the Stanbury pair.
Macclesfield sat out the round’s bye.
Tables remain balanced
By John Thomas
Hahndorf Goannas and Aldgate
Sharks staged a keenly contested
match in last week’s round of Hills
Table Tennis Association Division 1
Goannas eventually won seven sets 24
games to five sets 20 games after the Sharks
momentarily held sway as David Helbig/
David Reynolds reeled in Paul Askham/Darryl
Spillman 6-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-6, followed
by number one Ashley Hams defeating
Askham 8, 5, 9.
Wayne Maywald spoilt the party by snaring
three singles in straight games as well as
buttering up with Askham to close out Hams/
Reynolds 5-11, 13-15, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9, and
finally with Spillman to defeat Helbig/Hams
Helbig eclipsed Askham 3-0 and Spillman 13-
11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, adding to Hams’ 10, 7, 8
win against Spillman to put five in the bank.
However, Askham got home 11-6, 4-11, 11-8,
9-11, 11-8 against Reynolds.
Scott Creek Koalas took the ‘up the creek’
battle against Scott Creek Foxes 6-27 to 6-22.
Koalas raced to an early 4-1 advantage as
Ray Haussen/Greg Carlson stopped Greg
Bungey/Graham Smith 3-1, and Jim Coombe
saved a hot encounter against Bungey 5-11,
12-10, 11-8, 11-9.
Haussen defeated Smith 3-0 and Coombe/
Carlson edged home 11-9 in the fourth from
Griffin ensured the Foxes stayed in touch,
winning 3-1 over Carlson and 3-2 against
Carlson was pushed by a form finding Smith
on the way to an 11-6, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9 result,
while consistent Bungey reeled in Haussen
and Carlson 3-1.
Hahndorf Geckos were beefed up with Roger
Ellinger and defeated Summertown Pandas
8-26 to 4-16.
Ellinger got home 7, 8, 5 against Mary
Harrison, Darren Juers won 3-1 from Peter
Elliott while Summertown’s Eric Harrison
eclipsed Steve Hooper in minimum games.
The Harrison pairing were too quick for Juers/
Hooper, winning 3-0, but then Geckos closed
the gate as Ellinger won 13-11 in the fourth
against E. Harrison.
Juers won 3-0 against M. Harrison and
Hooper celebrated an 8, 8 and 4 result over
Elliott, while Juers/Ellinger appeared to control
proceedings against Elliott/E. Harrison.
M. Harrison was not to be denied, winning 6,
8, 5 from Steve Hooper and E. Harrison hung
tight to pip Juers 2-11, 11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6 .
Upper Sturt Bandicoots downed Hahndorf
Bilbys 7-23 to 5-21, squeezing home in each
of the only two full length matches as Peter
Damarell/Jamie Davis edged out Malcolm
Altmann/Steve Horton 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 8-11,
12-10, and Damarell struggled out of the well
against John Diemel to triumph 7-11, 11-7,
8-11, 11-6, 11-7
Hahndorf’s Altmann cruised past Davis 3-0
then punished Damarell 16-14, 3-11, 11-8,
11-4, after joining Diemel to hold out Trevor
Horton proved too steady for Davis to
comfortably win 3-1.
Bandicoots number one Wright claimed his
three singles, firstly downing Altmann 8, 5
and 4, then a tight 11-7, 13-15, 11-7, 11-9 joust
against Dale Eatts, and finally a 3-1 result over
Wright also paired with Damarell on the way
past Altmann/Diemel 9, 10 and 8.
Upper Sturt Possums skipped away to an
early 4-1 advantage and held on strongly to
defeat Hahndorf Shinglebacks 8-28 to 4-15.
Shinglebacks number one Sid Farrow applied
some pressure by defeating Martin Faull 13-11
in game five after trailing 0-2.
Farrow also accounted for opposite number
one Judd 8, 4, 7, and Hannah Pannewig 3-1.
Judd/Faull dominated the opening doubles 5,
6 and 7 against Andrew Vince/Darren Mahlo,
followed by Pannewig/Faull narrowly downing
Farrow/Mahlo 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10.
Judd, Faull and Pannewig each had straight
game success against Mahlo.
Hahndorf salvaged the top doubles as Vince/
Farrow held off Judd/Pannewig 11-6, 12-14, 11-
8, 13-11, while Vince pressured both Pannewig
and Judd before eventually missing out 3-1 in
In the night’s other match, Aldgate Orcas
eclipsed Scott Creek Dingoes nine rubbers to
Mylor Bettongs downed Upper Sturt
Wallabies 9-32 to 3-12, with Ulli Henn proving
a dominant force for Mylor by taking all three
singles in straight games.
Doubles action also favored Mylor as Phil
Westley/Stephen Kingdon eased past Paul
Mitchell/Gerald Petersen 3-1 before Henn/
Westley were forced to dig deep to hold off
Gerald and Tony Peterson 11-4, 9-11, 5-11, 11-
T. Petersen wore down Westley to win 5, 9
and 7, while brother ‘Gezza’ got past Kingdon
3-11, 11-8, 11-8, 14-12.
G. Petersen also banked Wallabies third win,
finishing 11-9 ahead of Phil Westley in the fifth
Cherry Gardens Redfins narrowly accounted
for Summertown Emus 6-25 to 6-21, clinching
doubles of Clayton Smalley/Mike Deare 9, 6, 6
over Jamie Muzzi/Darcy Maccartie, while Fred
Lackman/Smalley had a tight 12-14, 11-7, 11-
9, 9-11 struggle against Alex Kearn/Maccartie.
Emu number one Kearn proved the singles
master, downing Smalley 3-2, Deare 3-0, and
3-1 over Lackman, while Kearn also paired
with Muzzi to stop Lackman/Deare 11-3, 9-11,
9-11, 11-8, 11-9.
Lackman and Smalley won two singles each
against Muzzi and Maccartie, and Deare
stretched Maccartie, claiming important extra
games in just losing 3-2.
Scott Creek Wombats took six of the seven
full length matches on the way to a hard fought
11-35 to 1-18 result against Summertown Galahs.
Galahs lone win came in the top doubles
when Hugo and Richard Wallace eclipsed
Graham Allen/John Thomas 11-9, 2-11, 11-6,
Joel Driver/R.Wallace appeared to have the
measure of Solly Sandor/Thomas, only to drop
the last two games, as did H. Wallace in his
single against Sandor and Driver against Allen.
R. Wallace finished off his night by losing in
consecutive fifth game matches, first 11-9 to
Sandor and then 15-13 to Thomas.
Mylor Dragons recorded an 8-21 to 4-10
victory over Upper Sturt Quolls with Kristin
Adkins contributing five matches without
Her victories included 11-9, 7-11, 11-5 against
David Box and the top doubles with Danny
Bates from Box/Nick Seal 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4.
Seal went on to defeated Bates 2-1 and Peter
Ashforth in straight games, Box just edged
out Bates 11-8, 11-13, 11-7, only to find himself
and partner Mel Laraway losing 3-0 to Adkins/
Ashforth/Bates started off the proceedings
with a 6, 7, 8 result against Seal/Laraway.
Summertown Finches flew right away over
Aldgate Dolphins to win 10-23 to 2-7
The win was jump started by Oliver Packham/
Carmen Llewellyn’s close 12-10, 7-11, 11-
7, 11-7 success from George Bartley/Claire
Williams, and Peter Geers’ 2-0 single from
Dolphins positives came from Williams and
Bellido both against Llewellyn in straight
games while Bartley took a game off Geers
as did Bellido, before finding Steve Bottroff just
too steady, losing 12-10, 6-11, 9-11.
Bottroff had earlier accounted for Bartley and
Summertown Blue Wrens were too good for
Cherry Gardens Silver Perches in a 10-25 to
Adrian Pobke grabbed all five matches, four
in straight games, while his last double with
Tom Daw was a much longer affair, defeating
Bill Semple/Sonya Fraser 11-7, 7-11, 11-4, 14-
Cherry Gardens player Bill Semple edged
out Brendon Daw 7 and 8 and Tom Daw 11-6,
13-11, while Sonya Fraser/Edie Brooks found
Tom and Brendon Daw just a little steadier, the
Summertown pair getting home 11-5, 7-11, 12-
T. Daw struggled past both Brooks – 16-14,
11-9 – and Sonya Fraser – 11-13, 13-11, 11-8 –
while B. Daw defeated Brooks 7 and 9.
A close result was expected in last week’s
Torrens Valley table tennis Division 1/2 local
derby between the Lobethal Dippers and the
However, in the end the contest proved otherwise with
Dippers claiming an overall 10 rubbers 31 games to five
rubbers 24 games.
The Dippers started really well in winning five of the opening
six singles, but had had a bit of luck along the way.
The opposing top seeds Eric Harrison and Thomas Symons
had a great battle, and Harrison trailed after three games.
Harrison then put the foot down and over-ran his younger
Tigers opponent to win 13-15, 11-6, 4-11, 11-5, 11-7
Eric Jaeger had a close tussle against Audrey King and found
himself trailing by two games and staring down the barrel.
Jaeger regrouped and fought his way back to overhaul King
10-12, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 12-10.
Pauline Hart was the Tigers best performer, winning both her
singles against Walter Jaeger and Robert Fechner, as well her
doubles when teaming up with Geoff Symons.
Scott Schultz and E. Jaeger were the best players for the
Dippers, winning all their matches.
Mt Torrens played host to the Woodside Warriors with both
searching for a maiden win of the season.
The best matches of the night were the top two singles.
Mt Torrens veteran David Turner took on young Alex
Endenburg and it was a great battle with no one giving an
Neither player deserved to lose but in the end Turner just got
there 6-11, 11-7, 11-13, 2-11, 11-9.
Mark Wilhelm and Steve Hahesy also had a great battle over
five games, all of which were close.
Wilhelm eventually managed to hold sway for Mt Torrens with
a 9-11, 11-6, 14-12, 8-11, 14-12 victory.
Ben Turner and Julian Bedford won all their matches although
Turner had to battle hard against Rod Matthews to win in five
Mt Torrens won two of the doubles to open its account with
an overall 10-33 to 5-23 triumph.
Cudlee Creek maintained its unbeaten record with an 11-34
to 4-19 success over winless Harrogate.
Harrogate started well with Simon Hogben and Garry Paine
winning their opening singles against Geoff Bahr and Andrew
Scott respectively, but from then on, results went Cudlee
Creek’s way, but not before some close battles.
The best scrap of the evening was between Scott and
Hogben over five evenly contested games.
Scott scraped home 11-5, 9-11, 20-22, 13-11, 11-9, while fill-
ins Kelly Bahr of Cudlee Creek and Jess Paine also had a
All games were close with Bahr winning 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4.
Birdwood played host to last season’s premier Woodside
Outriders started well by winning four of the opening singles.
At the top of the order, Darren Stanbury and Neville
Maczkowiack of Birdwood had a great battle with Stanbury
having to pull out his best to edge home 12-10, 7-11, 12-14,
11-7, 11-8. Rohan Gilmour also had a tough five-game battle
against Maczkowiack before just getting home.
Andrew Kuliwaba had a good night for the Outriders, winning
both his singles against Darryl Tucker and Jarryd Nuske.
Outriders claimed two of the three doubles to take the night’s
honors 10-35 to 5-21.
Birdwood played visiting Lenswood for what turned out to be
a very close encounter.
Continued Sport 13
Goannas escape Sharks
Tigers dip out
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