TreeHuggers have broken through for their first win of the Lithgow Table Tennis Association Winter Competition following round six played at the Old Trades Hall.
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TreeHuggers made a promising start in their match with Spinners, holding a quick 4-1 break, and maintained the gap at 8-5 nearing the halfway mark.
A 6-1 Spinners run put them in front for the first time at 11-9 with only the last singles and both doubles rubbers remaining.
TreeHuggers, with their season on the line even at this early stage, turned it around, winning the next two rubbers both 2-1 to tie it at 13-all and then grabbing a hard-fought second doubles 2-0 to smell the sweet scent of victory for the first time, 15-13.
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No one stood out for TreeHuggers in what was a perfect example of a team effort, with Mark Watchorn and Peter Jaccoud both breaking square at 4-4 and Mark McAulay contributing 3-4.
Pauline Wellfare (6-2) and Roy Barlow (5-3) almost did enough for Spinners, while Malcolm Jeffries was below his best at 1-6.
Charolais blew Choppers off the tables in the opening exchanges, racing to a 6-1 lead.
Choppers looked like getting back into the match at 6-3 down but six unanswered games from Charolais made it an unassailable 12-3.
Choppers gained some comfort by winning the last four rubbers by a combined eight games to two, but the damage had been done, with Charolais idling home, 14-11.
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Charolais shared the spoils, with Denis Ford and Maurie Poole both turning in 4-2 marks and Sean Jenkins 5-3.
Shane Eagle (5-2) played a lone hand for Choppers, as Riza Wiradi (2-5) and Kelly Gurney (0-6) found the going tough.
Grippers and Smashes made an even start to their match with the score standing at 2-2 after two rubbers.
Competition leaders Grippers seemed on the verge of dropping a second straight match when Smashes, on the back of an eight games to two burst, went ahead 10-4 and then an unbeatable 12-6 with three rubbers remaining.
Grippers showed why they currently hold top spot though, winning all three in close 2-0 decisions to snatch a thrilling 12-all tie.
Matt Kappos almost got his Smashes side to the wire with the night's best record of 6-1, followed by Megan and Linda Kappos at 4-2 and 2-5 respectively.
Lou Kappos was the only Gripper to finish in front with 4-2, while Helen Munro went 3-4 and Leon Rust 1-6.
Grippers 18, Charolais 17, Spinners 16, Choppers 13, Smashes 11, TreeHuggers 6.
Grippers v Charolais. Spinners v Choppers. Smashes v TreeHuggers.
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