Grippers and Charolais have secured the top two spots in the Lithgow Table Tennis Association Summer Competition entering the final regular season round.
Title favourites Grippers took the first rubber against last-placed Choppers 2-0, but a 6-2 Choppers run gave them a whiff of an upset at 6-4.
Grippers showed why they are the team to beat though, ripping through the last five singles rubbers by a combined ten games to one to put the match out of reach at 14-7.
Choppers made the margin a bit more respectable by winning both doubles, 2-1 and 2-0, but still finished on the wrong side of the 15-11 scoreline.
Mick Wagner led the Grippers to victory with the night's best record of 6-1, and received good support from Linda (4-2) and Lou (4-4) Kappos.
None of the Choppers side could get going in the singles, as Pauline Wellfare returned 3-4, while Maurie Poole and Malcolm Jeffries both went 2-5.
The other match saw Smashes needing to defeat Charolais to keep their top-two hopes alive.
Smashes looked in good shape when they led 4-2 and 8-6 and then a commanding 12-7 with only the last singles and both doubles to play.
Charolais grabbed the last six games without an answer however, to break Smashes' hearts with a cruel 13-12 triumph.
Leon Rust (5-3) and Peter Jaccoud (4-3) did enough to get Charolais to the line, while Sharnie Roberts lost several close games for 0-6.
Smashes will end the season in third place, with Shane Eagle (5-2), Mark McAulay (5-3) and Matt Kappos (2-4) falling just short in this match.
Pointscore: Grippers 24, Charolais 23, Smashes 15, Choppers 10.
This Week's Matches: Round 9; Charolais v Choppers. Grippers v Smashes.