TABLE TENNIS | Hungry plovers swoop on owls

By Benalla Ensign

Coming off a disappointing straight-sets loss in round two, a revitalised Plovers unit rebounded hard to score a magnificent 5-0 victory over Owls in their round three A-grade clash last week.

The return of star player Mick Kelly certainly energised Plovers, with Kelly putting in a convincing performance to win both singles in easy fashion.

Seemingly inspired, teammate Zenon Golonski got in on the action by claiming both singles, before combining strongly with Kelly for a hard-fought doubles victory.

Rosellas put on a colourful display to score an impressive 4-1 victory over Echidnas.

Adrian Squires was in fine touch to win both singles while Pauline Hooper showed off her skills to win one as well before claiming the doubles win alongside Squires in a tough three setter.

Meanwhile, Wallabies continued their early season form, easily overcoming Taipans, 4-1.

Stephen Lane was untroubled, playing some spectacular rallies to win both singles, while Henning Aretz battled hard to win a singles ahead of his and Lane’s doubles victory.

A defiant Kookaburras outfit had a close encounter with Possums, before finally taking the points in a hard-fought 3-2 upset.

Brian Harrington was the standout, playing steadily to win both singles, while also partnering with Coby Linke to score a straight-sets doubles victory to seal the match.

● Headlining the B-grade action, Mozzies fought back from a slow start to score an impressive 3-2 victory over Eagles.

Matt Parkinson and Geraldine Moloney played exceptionally well to win a singles each before snaring the doubles in straight sets, while Carol Perry starred for Eagles by winning both singles in dominant fashion.

Gliders’ Beth Grant was the star performer in her team's 4-1 destruction of Frogs. Grant was on top of her game to win both singles in easy fashion, while Heather Crawford showed great courage to win a singles and join with Grant in a straight-sets doubles victory.

An effective Bullants outfit, featuring Kaleb Lissenden and Sathya Kancherla, showed no mercy against Numbats in a well-fought 5-0 victory, while Redbacks were too strong for Wombats in earning a comfortable 4-1 victory.

● Crickets had to produce their best form to hold on for a tense 3-2 victory over Magpies in their C-grade clash.

Helen Sharp was in outstanding touch, winning both singles in easy fashion, before teaming up with the much-improved Tracey Barrell to take out the doubles over Jenny Sawyer and Carol McNulty in straight sets.

Paul Watson led Doves to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Koalas, winning both his singles in a high-standard affair.

Teammate Colin McFarlane also played strongly to claim one singles win, before joining Watson for a comfortable doubles victory.

A fired-up Falcons enjoyed their 4-1 victory over Hawks, with Archer Irwin back to his best and playing brilliantly to claim both singles in style. With strong support from Trevor Lansley, who played some nice shots to win a singles, the pair then teamed up for a fine doubles victory.

Rounding out the week's games, Wrens showed their class to score an outstanding 5-0 victory over Robins.

Rae Spencer and Helen Hyland were in great form, winning all their matches in what was a mighty performance.