After five rounds and a third of the table tennis season completed, no team has stood out as premiership favourites with a very even competition in 2019.
Hawks suffered their second straight defeat after a good start to the season losing three rubbers to 11 against improved Bulldogs.
The return of Tim Clarke boosted the team and he contributed three wins, together with Mark Shirley two wins and Murray Scholz and Josh Holden one win each.
Some of the best games for this match included Josh Holden defeating Shaurya Tiwari 11 /8 in the fifth set in an epic match.
For the losers the only shining light was Andy Couzner who had two good wins from his three singles matches.
In the other Division 1 match Crows had a six rubber to four rubber win against Eagles in a tight finish the match decided by the last double when Wes Yates and Otto Basson defeated Jannie Basson and David Christie 11/9 in the fifth set, the match could have gone either way.
Wes Yates continues his good form with two wins and the other contributors for the Crows were Otto Basson and Daniel Lutz with one win each and for the losers, Jannie Basson and David Christie both had two wins in consistent display. One of the highlights of this match was Otto Basson defeating his sister Karli 11/3 in the fifth set in a family match up and Wes defeating Jannie 18/16 in the fourth set in a high standard game.
In Division 2 Bulldogs five rubbers defeated Hawks three rubbers in another match that could have gone either way, for the Bulldogs Josh Holden and Bruce wright had two wins and for the Hawks Mick McKinlay and Vaughan Yates had one each. Josh Holden had a great game against Vaughan Yates winning 11/8 in the fifth set.
In the other Division 2 match Crows dished up Eagles nine rubbers to two in a one-sided affair, best players for the Crows being Whalley Yates with three wins, Karli Basson with three wins and Dougal Mctaggart with one win. Eagles contributors were Adrian Holden and Jock Mctaggart with one win each. The best match in this Division was another family affair with Jock Mctaggart defeating Dougal Mctaggart 11/5 in the fifth set in a great game, sibling rivalry shining through.
Best player awards for this week went to Tim Clarke who had three wins to bring the Bulldogs home against Hawks and in Division 2 Karli Basson had three good wins to assist the Crows with their win against Eagles.
Best winning averages so far into the season are in Division 1 Wes Yates who has won 83 per cent of his games followed by Tim Clarke with 77 per cent and Karl Chamberlain with 73 per cent. In Division 2 Whalley Yates has an 87 per cent winning average, Vaughan Yates 72 per cent average and Josh Holden 72 per cent.
The Premiership race is wide open in Division 1 with Hawks leading with three wins and 42 rubbers, Bulldogs three wins and 41 rubbers , Eagles in third spot with two wins and 38 rubbers on percentage from Crows two wins and 38 rubbers.
The Port Augusta Table Tennis Association will play Jamestown on Friday, June 22, for its annual intertown match and new players are welcome at the Seaview Christian College gym, 5.30pm every Monday night, so get along with your sandshoes all bats and balls supplied for a great night.