Plovers fly in for win

By Benalla Ensign

A magnificent team effort enabled Plovers to hold off a determined Owls outfit, prevailing for a tight 3-2 victory in round 2 of the Summer Pennant Competition last week.

Cooper Irwin and Ray Grant had to produce their best after a slow start, with both players winning a singles each before taking the doubles in a 21-18, 11-21, 21-19 marathon.

John Bajada produced good form to win both singles in tough matches.

Wallabies had to fight hard to hold out Echidnas in a close encounter.

Ashley Duns continued his good form to account for both singles before combining with Chris Lee for a straight sets doubles victory to seal the match.

Meanwhile, Rosellas scored their first win of the season with a gutsy 3-2 victory against Possums in a high standard affair.

Adrian Squires was the stand out, showing great courage to win both singles in a powerful display.

He teamed well with Brian Perry to take the doubles in straight sets.

Kookaburras showed they will be a strong contender this season, when they easily overcame Taipans for a 4-1 victory.

Brian Harrington was in top form, winning both singles, with Rob Erskine playing extremely well to win one.

They took out the doubles in a closely fought three sets.


An outstanding performance from Richard Morton gave Frogs the edge against Rednecks when he posted two singles wins to take the team to a 3-2 victory.

He had great support from promising junior James Young who played strongly to win a singles in a tight three setter.

In another close encounter, Bullants just hung on to defeat Eagles 3-2, in a see-sawing match up.

Brett Fleming and Bill Sharp were in fine touch to win a singles each before combining well for a straight sets doubles victory.

A fired-up Wombats unit was too strong for Gliders, with junior sensations, Jack McNulty and Sienna Irwin showing off their skills to enjoy a 4-1 victory.

McNulty was the star of the match, winning both singles in easy fashion.

Sienna Irwin played great table tennis to win a singles before combining with McNulty for a solid straight sets doubles victory.

Outstanding junior Coby Linke led Mozzies to an emphatic 4-1 victory against Numbats.

He gave an awesome display to account for both singles, with Kaleb Lissenden playing with strength to win one.

They easily won the doubles in straight sets.


In one of the closest clashes in the round, Crickets shrugged off a determined Hawks to survive with an exciting 3-2 victory, in a high-standard affair.

Carol Chay was the star of the match, using all her experience to account for both singles in style. She was well supported by Andrea Cathcart who put in a steady performance to win a singles and seal the match.

Falcons posted a convincing 4-1 victory against Magpies with several close results.

Paul Watson starred for Falcons, playing some sensational shots to win both singles.

Helen Sharp was in top form, showing her class to win a singles, but was a little unlucky in the other singles match, just missing out in a 19-21, 21-10, 19-21 marathon. However, she came back strongly to combine with Watson for a straight sets doubles victory.