Memorable 3-2 victory

By Benalla Ensign

A skilful performance from outstanding player, Jeff Austen almost single handedly took Plovers to a memorable 3-2 victory over Wombats in round three of the A-grade Winter Pennant competition fought out last week.

He played some magnificent rallies, using his attacking style to account for both singles in straight sets.

He then combined with hard-hitter Pauline Hooper for a spectacular doubles victory, posting a solid 21-17, 24-26, 21-14 win in a hotly contested clash.

Hooper justified her elevation up to A-grade, playing some amazing shots under pressure in her singles and doubles match ups.

Wombats tried their best, with new sensation, Ben Peel and teammate, Ray Grant playing extremely well to win a singles each, but needed more luck in the doubles.

Kookaburras swooped on an under-manned Rosellas outfit, showing no mercy for a convincing 4-1 victory.

Stephen Lane was the star of the match, putting in a powerful performance to win both singles in tough contests.

He had good support from Coby Linke, who was in fine touch to win a singles before combining with Lane for a hard-fought doubles victory.

Chris Lee won the only singles for Rosellas in three sets, and then just lost the second singles in a great effort.

John Bajada was in top form to lead Echidnas to a closely contested 3-2 victory over a determined Wallabies outfit.

He played impressively to win both singles in straight sets.

He then joined forces with John Spencer to snatch a tense 12-21, 21-11, 21-16 doubles victory to seal the match.

Wallabies’ Michelle Feldtmann and Daniel Dokka played well to win a singles each, but needed the doubles to cause an upset.

Another outstanding performance from Mick Kelly took Taipans to a dramatic 3-2 victory over Owls in a high-standard affair.

He continued his winning streak to easily win both singles clashes in straight sets, playing some outstanding rallies while always looking in control.

Teammate Zenon Golonski was back to his best, playing strongly to win a tough singles encounter to wrap up the match.

Adrian Squires won the only singles for Owls. He then teamed with the talented Sienna Irwin for a hard-fought three-set doubles victory in a great contest.


Mozzies caused an upset when they defeated the more-experienced Numbats 3-2 in a high-standard clash.

Matt Parkinson and Kaleb Lissenden played with purpose to win a singles each in a stylish performance.

They then combined strongly to score a straight-sets doubles victory to seal the match.

Henning Aretz was the standout, playing impressively to win both singles in a fine effort. Paul Watson tried hard, nearly breaking through for a win.

In another closely fought encounter, Gliders soared high, producing outstanding table tennis to score a 3-2 victory over Wombats.

Peter Williams and Geraldine Moloney were in fine touch, winning a singles each before snaring the doubles for a hard-fought victory.

Beth Grant was the star performer, using all her skills to win both singles in style. She had strong support from new player, Meg Saultry who showed great promise against experienced opponents.


An outstanding effort from Elliot McCallum took Doves to a sensational 3-2 victory over Falcons in a closely contested match up.

In his best result this season, he took all before him to win both singles in a solid performance.

He then teamed with Perrie Lansley to post a 17-21, 21-12, 21-12 doubles victory in a great team win.

Falcons’ Carol McNulty and Ann Degan were magnificent in defeat, playing well to win a singles each.

A fired-up Crickets outfit put on a great exhibition to overcome Magpies, going on to score a fine 4-1 victory.

Kaye Grosser was outstanding, producing her best to win both singles in style. She had good support from new player, Trevor Lansley who posted a hard-fought singles win before combining with Grosser for a straight-sets doubles victory.

Magpies’ youngsters, Archer Irwin and Fynn Hyland tried extremely hard, with Irwin being successful in a singles win.