Team confortably defeats Faith in the table tennis grand final.April 21, 2014 3:11am
Geoff Nesbitt (second from left) congratulates Max Galvin, team captain Darcy Regan and Daniel Mackrell.
The Grave Diggers won the Echuca Table Tennis Association grand final, defeating Faith.
Looking at the score card, it looked to be a one-sided match, but it was anything but.
The Grave Diggers’ Darcy Regan took on Faith’s Jeff Bassett in the first match.
Both players had a great season, only losing a few games each.
Playing some wonderful tables tennis it was set for set, with Regan taking the all-important final set.
The win gave confidence to teammate Daniel Mackrell, who took on Hayden Favaloro in another close five-set game.
Both players fought back from six points down to win a set, but in the final set, Mackrell calmed the nerves and won the match.
Teammate Max Galvin made short work of Josh Hanson, who was unable to handle the pumped up Galvin.
A 3-0 scoreline, which could have easily been 1-3 if a few points went the other way, was a long way for Faith to come back from.
In the doubles, Regan and Mackrell played Bassett and Favaloro.
Faith had a chance to win with a number of match points in the fourth set, but the players just could not take it, losing it 15-13.
The final set saw the Grave Diggers, high on confidence, win easily, giving the side a 4-0 scoreline.
The only win for Faith came from Bassett, beating Mackrell comfortably in three quick sets.
Mackrell had no answer for Bassett’s serves and attacking game.
Regan was able to beat Hanson in three sets also.
In the final game of the night, Galvin took on Favaloro and both young players played outstanding table tennis to finish the match on a high note.
Galvin was able to take the final set, 14-12.
Final score saw the Grave Diggers victorious, 6-1, against Faith.
■ The next competition starts on Monday, April 28.
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