Charolais reclaim top spot

Emuz’ reign at the top of the Lithgow Table Tennis Association Winter Competition lasted only a week after they were soundly beaten by Charolais in Round 13.

The other match saw Spinners unexpectedly resurrect their season with a massive victory over Loopers.

Charolais, stung after losing the competition lead last week, sprung into action against Emuz, dropping only two rubbers for the match.

They were never headed, going out to leads of 4-1 and 8-5 before Emuz got back to within one at 8-7.

Charolais put the match to bed from there however, finishing the singles with a 6-2 run and tacking on a 2-1 doubles win to snatch back top spot with a comfortable 16-10 victory.

Mal Jefferies was the hero for Charolais, winning all his singles 2-1 to finish 6-3. Pauline Wellfare and Dave Mays both ended up in the black with 4-3 results.

For Emuz, only Linda Kappos (5-2) found herself in positive territory, with Carol Poole (3-6) dropping three 2-1 decisions and Riza Wiradi down on form at 1-6.

In the other match Spinners, drowning in a six-match losing streak, came up for air just in time and shocked Loopers with a 6-1 start.

Loopers put a bit of pressure on Spinners when they got back to 7-3 but Spinners weren’t about to roll over. They won the last five singles rubbers by a combined ten games to two to close out a stunning 17-5 triumph.

All of the Spinners players had a hand in their drought breaking win, with Megan Kappos going a round-high 6-1, followed closely by Sharnie Roberts (6-2) and Leon Rust (5-2).

The Loopers team all left their ‘A’ games at home and they now find themselves mired in a losing run that stands at four matches.

Peter Jaccoud recorded 3-5 and Mark McAulay 2-6 while Michael Wood was well below his best for 0-6.

Grippers had the bye.

Pointscore: Charolais 39, Emuz 38, Grippers 35, Loopers 26, Spinners 26.

This week’s matches; Round 14: Emuz v Loopers. Grippers v Spinners. Charolais bye.