Port Augusta table tennis: Eagles soar to victory

TABLE TENNIS: Karl Chamberlain and Tim Clarke defeated John Marsh and Andy Couzner 11-6 in the fifth set. PHOTO: Mark Shirley.
TABLE TENNIS: Karl Chamberlain and Tim Clarke defeated John Marsh and Andy Couzner 11-6 in the fifth set. PHOTO: Mark Shirley.

After two thirds of the table tennis season, the competition is hotting up, as three teams battle for the double chance with five minor round games remaining.

Crows remain top with seven wins, followed by Eagles and Hawks with six wins, and Bulldogs remain in last spot with one win for the year.

In last week’s matches, Eagles 11 rubbers, 30 games had a good win against top team Crows 8 rubbers, 30 games.

Grant Keane and Jannie Basson both  three wins from three games. Others to contribute for Eagles were David Christie and Kathy Scholz with one win each.

For the losers, Daniel Lutz was the only shining light with two wins, while Adrian Christie and Wes Yates didn’t have the best of nights, winning just once each. Best matches for the night included an epic five-set match where Eagles captain Jannie Basson had an unexpected victory over Wes Yates 11-4 in the last game, while Mick McKinlay and Whalley Yates defeated Vaughan Yates and Jackie in a five-set marathon doubles match.

In the other match, the result came down to the last doubles tie of the night, with Hawks 12 rubbers, 44 games defeating the hapless Bulldogs 11 rubbers, 39 games.

Bruce Molinuex and Andy Couzner handled the pressure well and defeated Rob Halleday and Rick Squires 11-7 in the straight sets victory to take out the game. Best players for the night included the undefeated John Marsh with three wins, Andy Couzner with two wins and the much-improved Adam Swan with two wins.

Junior Jack Smart had a great night with two wins and he certainly assisted in the victory.  For the Bulldogs, Karl Chamberlain, Tyson Darley and Tim Clarke all had two wins, while Rob Halleday had one, but it was not enough to cause an upset.

Best matches included Adam Swan’s win over Murray Scholz in the fifth set, while Vaughan Yates defeated Whalley Yates 11-8 in the decider. In the doubles, Karl Chamberlain and Tim Clarke defeated John Marsh and Andy Couzner 11-6 in the fifth set in a highlight for the Bulldogs.

Best player awards for the night went to junior Jack Smart for his two victories and Jannie Basson, who led his team to victory with an impressive display.