Who won the battle of Avenel?CHRIS ANDERS July 17, 2014 3:06am
With a few regulars away last week for various reasons, a smaller group of seven combatants converged on Nagambie Mechanics Hall for a single large round robin group table tennis competition.
This meant lots of games for everybody and a good chance for all players to compare their improvement (or lack of it) to others in the group.
Leading player Geoff Trotter consolidated his position at the top of the individual ladder with a clean sweep of wins for the night, while James Godkin wasn’t far behind with five wins and one loss.
The match of the night was between Broadford’s Frank Roberts and Nagambie’s own Mathew Smith where Smith almost literally fell over the line 11-8 in the fifth.
The tussle included everything from lengthy away-from-the-table rallies which had both scampering to the limits of human ability (well their limits anyway), to lucky edges and nets at critical times and even injury time-outs. If an ambulance really is required at horse races, these guys need a paramedic on umpire duties.
In another close battle, the bragging rights for Avenel were up for grabs with Graydon Johnson taking on Dan Butler. In a see-sawing affair, Johnson took the early initiative with some lovely ‘‘no-look’’ backhand blocks and masterful forehand cross-court winners. However Butler changed gears, cranked up his powerful forehand weaponry and came from two games down to take the match in convincing style. Don’t expect a discount at WB Gadd this week Dan .
After round three, the top 10 stands as follows: Geoff Trotter 11-1, James Godkin 9-3, Dan Butler 7-6, Mathew Smith 6-5, Frank Roberts 6-6, Christine Schindler 5-7, Dave Cotterill 4-2, Larry King 3-1, Mike Thomas 3-4, Adrian Dryburgh 2-1.
For information on the competition, phone Chris on 0428
Come and join in the fun.
— Chris Anders
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