KaPooLow have moved to the top of the ladder following a surprisingly easy victory over Charolais in Round Five of the Lithgow Table Tennis Association Winter Competition.
The encounter between equal leaders KaPooLow and Charolais was expected to be a tight clash but it was only a crash for Charolais as KaPooLow wiped them off the table from the get-go. Charolais were unable to win any of the nine singles rubbers with KaPooLow ripping through them for an 18-5 whipping.
The KaPooLow side were all in fine form, with Megan and Matt Kappos both producing 6-1 results and Maurie Poole winning all his singles 2-1 to finish at 6-3.
On the flip side, Charolais, pegged as title favourites before last week, are now officially in a slump, as Sharnie Roberts dropped three 2-1 decisions to go 3-6 while Leon Rust and Sean Jenkins were both below their best at 1-6.
The match between Grippers and Spinners was somewhat closer, with the score moving from 2-all to 4-all and then 6-all just past the halfway mark. Grippers pulled away from there though, going on a 6-1 run to complete the singles with an unassailable 12-7 break. Spinners gained small consolation by winning the two doubles, 2-1 and 2-0 respectively, to see Grippers victorious, 13-11.
Kelly Gurney led the way for Grippers with 6-1, while Lou Kappos (4-2) and Dave Mays (2-4) cancelled each other out.
None of the Spinners could find positive territory, with Mark McAulay the best of an out-of-form bunch at 3-4, followed by Linda Kappos and Malcolm Jeffries, both with 2-4 records.
Loopers had the bye.
Pointscore: KaPooLow 16, Grippers 14, Loopers 13, Charolais 12, Spinners 11.
This week’s matches: Round 6; Grippers v KaPooLow. Spinners v Loopers. Charolais bye.