Two long streaks ended when the Lithgow Table Tennis Association Winter Competition resumed play following the School Holiday break.
Front-runners Charolais were out to continue their unbeaten start to the season but could only field two players when they came up against a Smashes outfit that hadn't won since the opening round. It was Smashes that came out of the blocks better though, as they claimed the first three rubbers to stun their opponents with a 6-1 lead.
Charolais found their feet to grab the next three rubbers, all by 2-1 margins, to trail only 9-7 and they appeared to be getting the upper hand. Smashes kicked again however, completing the singles ahead at 13-9 and proceeded to win both doubles, 2-0 and 2-1 respectively, to hand Charolais their first loss of the season, 17-10.
A solid team effort for Smashes saw Matthew Kappos record 5-2, Linda Kappos 5-3 and Kelly Gurney 3-4.
Shane Eagle broke even for Charolais with 5-5 while Sean Jenkins was a bit below par at 4-8.
The other match between Choppers and the winless Grippers started evenly, with the score standing at 3-all after two rubbers before Choppers edged in front 6-5 nearing the midway point.
Grippers finally found some lost form, taking four of the last five singles by a combined nine games to four, to hold an unbeatable 14-10 gap.
They put the result beyond doubt by winning both doubles, 2-1 and 2-0, to bask in the warm glow of victory for the first time, 18-11.
Veteran Lou Kappos showed how it was done for Grippers with a 6-2 result, the night's best. He was well supported by Pauline Wellfare who went the distance at 5-4, with Mark McAulay turning in a 3-4 record.
Leon Rust (5-3) stood out for the well-beaten Choppers, while Sharnie Roberts went 3-5 and Maurie Poole 1-6.
Pointscore: Charolais 16, Smashes 11, Choppers 8, Grippers 8.
This Week's Matches: Round 6; Smashes v Choppers. Grippers v Charolais.
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