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Wallabies pack a punch

By Benalla Ensign

An impressive performance from the in-form Wallabies secured them a grand finals spot when they edged out rivals Possums, for a hard fought 3-2 victory in last weeks semi-finals clash.

Top player, Ashley Duns showed his class to win both singles in convincing manner. He was well supported by Daniel Dokka who teamed superbly with Duns to score a fierce 21-19, 21-19 doubles victory to seal the match. Possums’ Col Exton and Michelle Feldtmann played extremely well under pressure but needed the vital doubles to turn the match around.

Meanwhile, in the other semi-finals, top team Rosellas proved too talented for Kookaburras, handing out a table tennis lesson to come away with an emphatic 5-0 victory. Adrian Squires and Mick Kelly were sensational in winning all their matches in style. Kookaburras’ Brian Harrington and Rob Erskine gave their all but were just beaten by a better team.

B-grade

The more fancied teams contesting the B-grade semi-finals struggled to produce their early season form when the pressure was applied. Redbacks were very impressive, scoring a 3-1 victory over hot favourites Wombats, in a high standard affair. Pauline Hooper gave an awesome performance for Redbacks, playing strongly to win both singles in tight matches. She then showed her fighting spirit to combine with Heather Crawford, who played exceptionally well, to snare the doubles in a hard fought 21-17, 16-21, 21-10 contest. Wombats’ Jack McNulty and Sienna Irwin gave their best, with the talented Irwin securing the only singles win.

A fired-up Bullants outfit were too classy for Eagles, claiming their place in the grand final with a resounding 4-1 victory. Graeme Greed was in top form to account for both singles in a splendid display. Outstanding junior, Coby Linke, was up to the challenge, producing outstanding table tennis to win a singles before combining with Greed for a straight sets doubles victory.

Phil Keast and Graeme Sharp tried hard against a stronger team, with Keast scoring the only singles win.

C-grade

A magnificent performance from Carol Chay enabled Koalas to edge out Crickets, going on to post a hard fought 3-2 victory. She was in great form, accounting for both singles in a skilful display. Team mate, Elliot McCallum played steadily to enjoy his first taste of finals table tennis, winning a tough singles against Archer Irwin, 21-16, 18-21, 21-18 to seal the match. Andrea Cathcart played well to win singles, before teaming with Irwin for a tense three set doubles victory.

A determined Magpies unit showed great determination to easily overcome Hawks 5-0 in a one sided affair. Helen Sharp and Paul Watson produced their best form to win all their matches in style.

The Grand Finals of the Summer Pennant Competition were played with the Winter Competition to commence on Tuesday, May 22 with a practice night commencing at 7pm.

GRAND FINALS DRAW

A-GRADE: ROSELLAS V WALLABIES

B-GRADE: BULLANTS V REDBACKS

C-GRADE: MAGPIES V KOALAS