The Lithgow Table Tennis Association has opened its 2019 Winter Competition with five teams vying to be crowned champions.
All players were keen to get back to the tables following the Christmas break.
Loopers hit the ground running against Spinners and jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead.
Spinners fought back to be 6-4 down but Loopers held them at arm’s length and were ahead 12-9 going into the doubles. Spinners grabbed the first doubles 2-1 to give themselves the chance of a tie at 13-11 but Loopers would not be denied, taking the second doubles 2-1 to complete a 15-12 victory.
Michael Wood (5-2) had best figures for Loopers, followed closely by Riza Wiradi (5-3), while Pauline Wellfare was a bit rusty in going 2-4.
Linda Kappos was the only Spinner to finish in positive territory at 4-3, with Mark McAulay (3-5) and Malcolm Jefferies (2-4) struggling to find early season form.
The match between Grippers and KaPooLow was a topsy-turvy affair with both teams looking the likely winner at various stages.
KaPooLow had first turn, getting away to an early 4-1 advantage. Grippers responded with interest, and went on an 8-3 run to take the lead 9-7. However, KaPooLow won six of the last seven singles games to be back in front 13-10 with the doubles to come.
Grippers won the first doubles 2-1 as they, too, gave themselves a shot at a tie from 14-12 down but KaPooLow held firm, proving too good in the second doubles to win it 2-0 for a 16-12 result.
Roy Barlow and Matt Kappos both produced strong 5-3 records for KaPooLow, with support coming from Maurie Poole at 3-4.
Lou Kappos (4-3) had best figures for Grippers, while Dave Mays went the distance at 4-5 and Kelly Gurney turned in a 2-5 mark.
Charolais had the bye.
Pointscore: Charolais 4, KaPooLow 4, Loopers 4, Grippers 1, Spinners 1.
This week’s matches: KaPooLow v Spinners. Charolais v Loopers. Grippers bye.