Term Four heats up with doubles action
THE third round of the Term Four junior table tennis round robin series was a doubles competition played in five groups.
In Group 1, Shaina Green and Jakob Baker combined well to be undefeated, their closest matches being against Hayden Green and Rebecca Tran, whom they beat 13-11 in the fourth game, then Blake Webster and Tahnee Green when they won 15-13 in the fourth.
Hayden and Rebecca came second with narrow wins over Blake and Tahnee as well as Brett Fourro and Brendan Connolly.
In Group 2, brothers Tim and Patrick Harris won their three matches to come first, their hardest match being the last against left-handers Aden Tranent and Sam Freeman which went to five games. Aden and Sam came second, winning their other two matches in straight games. The closest match of the group was when Briahna Connolly and Kaine Ryan edged out Leah Scott and Dallas McDermid 11-6 in the fifth after also winning the fourth 12-10.
Andrew Udal and Milan Boehme won Group 3, dropping only one game in their three matches. Second were Peter Johnstone and Nicholas Jefferson whose steady play was too much for James Hutton and Jakob Fensom, and Tommy Terlier and Jake Checker.
There were several excellent matches in Group 4, which was won by Joseph Black and Lockie Green who survived a thriller against Jemimah Lawsen and Liam O'Sullivan 13-11 in the fifth.
Jemimah and Liam then beat Matthew Udal and Leyton Peterson in another close five game battle to clinch second.
Group 5 had five pairs playing best of three game matches, Reid Mason and Robin Melancon going through undefeated though they had to come from a game down in the first round to beat Kye Meuli and Natasha Jefferson 11-9 in the decider.
From there Kye and Natasha were also unbeaten though only scraped home 11/9 in the third game against Matthew Udal and William Stebhens.
Following this round, Reid Mason is leading the points race on 38, with Shaina Green, Robin Melancon and Andrew Udall all on 37 points. A further point behind are Lleyton Peterson, Milan Boehme and Hayden Green with many other players within another few points of the leaders.
This week, the competition returns to singles in ten groups.