The Lithgow Table Tennis Association has launched its Winter Competition for 2018 with the players keen to get back to competitive play following the Christmas break.
The Association welcomes some new faces and as a result, for the first time in several seasons, six teams will face-off for end-of-season honours.
Charolais started the season with a flourish when they won the first five rubbers against Smashers for a 10-2 lead. Smashers stemmed the tide momentarily to make it 10-4 but at the completion of the singles rubbers Charolais had the match parcelled up with an unassailable 14-7 lead. Smashers won both doubles by a combined four games to one to make the score a bit more respectable, with Charolais getting home, 15-11.
Sean Jenkins led the way for Charolais with 6-2, while substitute Dave Mays recorded 4-2 and Mark McAulay 4-3.
Riza Wiradi (5-2) was the only Smasher to finish in front, with Megan Kappos (2-6) and Mark Watchorn (0-6) still a bit rusty.
The Grippers-Spinners match was evenly poised after four rubbers with the score standing at five games a-piece. Grippers snuck the next three rubbers all 2-1 to appear in command at 11-8, but Spinners got back into it to make the score 12-all going into the doubles. Spinners proved too strong from there, winning the first doubles 2-0 and the second 2-1 to snatch the win, 16-13.
Carol Poole, Kelly Gurney and Mal Jefferies showed what a team effort it was for Spinners when they all returned 4-4 results in the singles, and put the icing on the cake in the doubles.
Lou Kappos hit the ground running for Grippers with 6-2, and substitutes Maurie Poole and Roy Barlow both went 3-5.
Loopers looked the goods with a 4-0 start over Wrecksavers and they went further ahead at 7-2 after four rubbers. Wrecksavers turned it around however, winning four of the last five singles rubbers by eight games to two for an unlikely 10-9 edge. Wrecksavers then won both doubles 2-1 and 2-0 respectively for a come-from-behind 14-10 victory.
No one stood out for Wrecksavers, with Matt Kappos returning 4-2, Pauline Wellfare 4-3 and Linda Kappos 2-4.
For Loopers, Michael Wood produced the season’s first perfect 6-0 result, while Cameron and Kate Churchill, making their debuts, scored unlucky 2-4 and 1-6 marks respectively.
Pointscore: Charolais 4, Spinners 4, Wrecksavers 4, Grippers 1, Loopers 0, Smashers 0.
This week’s matches: Round 2; Wrecksavers v Grippers. Charolais v Spinners. Loopers v Smashers.