The Lithgow Table Tennis Association have begun their 2020 Winter Competition and for the first time in several seasons, six teams will vie for Championship honours.
The members took to the tables with heavy hearts, following the death of top player Michael Wood, who passed away in mid-January following a short illness.
The Association sends its condolences to his family and friends.
Charolais took on the as-yet-unnamed Team Four and opened up with a 4-0 lead. They maintained the gap at 8-4 nearing the halfway mark and held their opponents off for the remainder of the journey to finish with a 16-12 victory.
Newcomer Denis Ford was best for Charolais with 6-1, closely followed by Dave Mays on 6-2, while Sean Jenkins struggled to a 1-6 result.
All of the Team Four contingent had similar records, with Kelly Gurney and Riza Wiradi both going 3-4 and Shane Eagle 3-5.
Spinners and Treehuggers went at each other hammer-and-tong in the singles with no more than two games separating the teams at any stage. They went into the doubles locked at 11-all, but Spinners proved too good from there, winning both rubbers 2-0 to take the match, 15-11.
Roy Barlow led the way for Spinners with 5-3, while Pauline Wellfare broke even at 4-4 and Malcolm Jefferies finished 2-4.
For the Treehuggers, Mark McAulay recorded 5-2, Peter Jaccoud 5-3 and Mark Watchorn an unlucky 1-6.
Grippers started their season on fire when they won the first three rubbers against Smashes for an early 6-1 break. Smashes made a match of it, twice getting back to within two at 7-5 and 11-9 down, but Grippers won the last singles and both doubles rubbers all 2-0 to pull away for an ultimately comfortable 17-9 win.
Veteran Lou Kappos produced the first perfect 6-0 result of the year for Grippers, with Sharnie Roberts ending square at 4-4 and Leon Rust turning in an up-and-down 3-5.
For Smashes, only Linda Kappos found herself on the positive side of the ledger with 4-3, while Matt and Megan Kappos went 3-5 and 2-5 respectively.
Pointscore: Charolais 4, Grippers 4, Spinners 4, 'Team 4' 1, Treehuggers 1, Smashes 0.
This Week's Matches: Round 2;
- Grippers v Charolais.
- Spinners v Team Four.
- Smashes v Treehuggers.
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