Surprise result for table tennis

TABLE TENNIS: In an incredible finish to the preliminary rounds in the open grade fixture at the Leichhardt Park Table Tennis Centre, the team that was set to win the minor premiership was relegated to second spot after the side skippered by Gerard Watts stormed home to win by a solitary point.

Shaun Pettett, Scott Headon and Craig Ottaway led at every stage of the season, even if only by a few points. Going into the final round they had a three-point buffer on Watts, Pam Clarke and O’Sullivan. However, this wasn’t enough as an exceptional win by Watts’s outfit meant a change at the top end of the leader board just prior to the finals.

Watts and his team mates may only enjoy the bragging rights associated with entering the finals in the top position for a short while as the finals scenario being staged this week sees teams one and two playing off for premiership honours. This means that the outfits led by Watts and Pettett will face off for the flag.

The battle for third spot sees a repeat of the match of the last round when sides captained by the Coughlan brothers Dane and Joel go head to head. Joel, Monica Deeth and Helga Leitner are favoured to come out on top of Dane, Allan Clarke and Joe Clifton, however, finals pressure can conjure interesting results.

Highlights of the last fixture included Joel Coughlan’s victory over older brother Dane over five long sets with three of the games being decided at deuce. Pam Clarke outlasted Ann-Louise Stewart over five competitive games, while Matt Pettett subbed up a grade and pushed Dave Hockings to five long games and edged out Linda O’Sullivan 12-10 in the decider.

Players undefeated in the B-grade competition included Patricia Green, Jason Warr, Zenon Harabasz, Matt Pettett and Steven Black.

Green bounced back from a few losses, proving too strong for Phil Smith three-one and staging a great come-back over Daniel Pun. After going down in the first two sets Green then won 11-9, 11-9, 12-10. Warr was too good for Dave Milverton after dropping a game before setting up a close victory over a very determined Richard Morris in a clash that went the full distance.

Harabasz overpowered both Chris Leitner and Enoch Pun while Pettett returned similar results against David Hockings and Jiping Zhou. Black survived a scare from Paula Hockings to win over five games and cleaned up Daniel Wilton without dropping a set.

The club’s annual presentation of trophies function will be held this Friday evening.

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