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
Greater Shepparton businesses have signed up to a new website that helps mothers find breastfeeding-friendly locations.
The talent was truly amazing at this year’s Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent competition.
‘‘Time for reflection is rare in life and in business,’’ Tatura Milk Industries chairman Barry Irvin told suppliers when delivering his end-of-financial-year report.
Bendigo trainer Debbie Wills was elated on Monday when she scored her maiden career win at Echuca with seven-year-old gelding Favela Star.
Campaspe Shire rural access officer Andrew Thomson was in Rochester for last week’s pop-up session so residents could air their concerns.
If you thought it was cold yesterday morning, you weren’t wrong!
Mitchell Shire Council thinks outside the square - and harnesses the power of youth.
Despite being scheduled to play at home this Saturday, Finley footballers and netballers will instead make the trip to Blighty.
Entries are now being taken for the 2014 St Martin Heathcote Wine Show.
Politicians and environmental groups are split over the impacts of coal seam gas extraction, with a community info day planned.
A 15-goal win to CWS was one of the highlights of Deniliquin Netball Association's return round on Saturday.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
Obituary: Alannah McDonald - Mother, daughter, counsellor, procurer, vet, chief organiser, accountant, gardener, to name just a few. She was the rock of the family.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.