Wallabies edge out Plovers in a thriller

By Benalla Ensign

Outstanding player Ashley Duns proved to be the key to the Wallabies’ 3-2 victory over the Plovers in last week’s top A-grade clash. Already on top of the leading player list, and undefeated after five rounds, Duns’ defensive style is causing havoc among his opponents. He gave a convincing performance to win both singles in a stylish display, and was well supported by Daniel Dokka, who teamed with Duns to win the doubles in straight sets to claim the match.

Plovers’ Cooper Irwin and Ray Grant fought hard, winning a singles each in fine performances.

In another tight match, Kookaburras just held on to defeat Echidnas 3-2 with most matches going to three sets. Brian Harrington starred for Kookaburras, playing steadily to win both singles in a fine performance. Rob Erskine showed glimpses of his old form, combining with Harrington for a 21-10, 12-21, 21-16 doubles victory to seal the match.

Col Exton led Possums to an impressive 4-1 victory over Owls. He put in an outstanding performance to account for both singles, with Michelle Feldtmann chipping in for one. They easily won the doubles in straight sets.

An in-form Rosellas unit completely destroyed Taipans 5-0, with Adrian Squires and Mick Kelly showing no mercy, winning all their matches in straight sets.


Bullants had to pull out all stops to overcome Gliders, holding on for a tense 3-2 victory. Graeme Greed and Bill Sharp stayed focused to win a singles each before wrapping up the match with a straight sets doubles victory. Beth Grant was the star of the match, continuing her impressive form to win both singles in style.

A determined Eagles swooped on Mozzies, playing outstanding table tennis for a hard-fought 3-2 victory. Henning Aretz led the charge, playing strongly to win both singles comfortably. He then joined forces with Graeme Sharp to win the doubles in straight sets.

In another close encounter, Redbacks just held on for a thrilling 3-2 victory over Wombats in a high-standard affair. Pauline Hooper was outstanding for Redbacks, producing all her skills to win both singles in straight sets. She combined brilliantly with John Bradshaw for a straight sets doubles victory to take the match.

Numbats enjoyed their 4-1 victory over Frogs, with John Spencer showing his class to account for both singles in a fine display. He had good support from Rae Spencer, who played strongly to win her first singles of the season. They then teamed well to win a tough doubles match in three sets.


A fired up Hawks outfit just lasted to overcome Magpies for a tight 3-2 victory. Kaye Grosser and Ann Degan had to produce their top game to win a singles each, before claiming the win with a 21-17, 19-21, 21-18 marathon doubles victory. Helen Sharp was the stand-out, winning both singles in a classic performance.

Falcons were too strong for Koalas, playing with purpose for a solid 5-0 victory. Paul Watson and Bruce Stennett won all their matches comfortably.