Although they struggled, Possums fought back after a slow start to overcome a determined Echidnas outfit, prevailing for a tense 3-2 victory in Benalla Table Tennis Association’s A-grade action last week.
Col Exton and Carol Perry were below their best, but played well enough to win a singles each before wrapping up the match with a straight-sets doubles victory.
Jeff Austen was the standout, playing skilfully to win both singles clashes in style.
Meanwhile, Plovers had a close encounter with Rosellas in the battle of the birds, with Gavan Crothers in top form, winning both singles in an awesome display.
Brian Perry maintained his focus to win the deciding singles in straight sets to take the team to a 3-2 victory.
Wallabies had to fight hard to edge out Owls, finally posting a tight 3-2 victory in a high-standard affair.
Ashley Duns and Cooper Irwin overcame a slow start to account for a singles win each, before claiming the match with a fine straight-sets doubles victory.
Brian Harrington produced his best form to lead Kookaburras to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Taipans.
He had no trouble in winning both singles in a powerful display.
Nicole Irwin showed her class to win a singles in support before combining with Harrington for a 10-21, 21-11, 21-13 doubles victory.
Numbats held on to top spot on the ladder with a brilliant 5-0 victory over Mozzies.
John Spencer and Jack McNulty were superb in accounting for all their matches in a powerful display.
Eagles swooped on Frogs to enjoy a solid 4-1 victory.
Henning Aretz continued his strong form to win both singles, with Lois Hermiston playing consistently to win one.
Gliders were too strong for Redbacks, completely outplaying them for an easy 5-0 victory.
Beth Grant and Coby Linke played sensational table tennis to win all their matches in a stylish display.
Koalas had to fight extremely hard to hold out Hawks, finally taking a 4-1 victory.
Helen Sharp starred by winning both singles in an impressive display.
She was well supported by Carol Chay, who played strongly to win a singles before joining with Sharp for a hard fought doubles victory.
Magpies had a lucky escape when they just overcame Crickets to record a gallant 3-2 victory.
Jackson Squires and Paul Watson showed great determination to win a singles each before taking out the deciding doubles clash in straight sets.