Rosellas won the A-grade Summer Pennant Grand Final last week, after defeating Wallabies 3-1 in the match up of the season. But the victory was all about Mick Kelly.
He almost single-handedly sealed the result by winning both singles in a powerful display.
His amazing feat comes after he missed the early rounds of the competition with knee problems, before returning to ease his way back to top form.
With teammate Adrian Squires dropping the first singles clash to top gun Ashley Duns, Kelly showed his fighting spirit to win the second singles in straight sets to even the score.
With the doubles looming as the crucial match, Kelly and Squires combined their talents better than the opposition, gaining the advantage to come away with a sensational 21-18, 21-18 victory in a hard-fought affair.
The reverse singles looked to be a formality, with Duns facing up to Kelly with a season’s unbeaten record intact.
But Kelly ignored all of that, and produced one of the most spectacular performances seen for some time.
He stayed focused, matching the speed and power of Duns attack and then finished on the stronger to claim a gutsy 23-21, 17-21, 21-18 victory to get his team over the line.
Both Duns and Daniel Dokka played extremely well, but needed the doubles to turn the result.
A fired-up Bullants outfit had a close encounter with Redbacks with Bullants winning the Grand Final 3-2 in a high-pressure match.
Graeme Greed starred for the Bullants, playing outstanding table tennis to win both singles in straight sets.
Bill Sharp was in fine touch, overcoming the pressure to win a singles to seal the match.
Redbacks’ Pauline Hooper played strongly to notch a singles in a solid display.
She then combined with Heather Crawford to win a marathon doubles clash, 18-21, 21-16, 21-18 in a hard-fought match.
In another close result, Magpies held on to score an impressive 3-2 victory over Koalas in an entertaining clash.
Top player Helen Sharp was in top form to win both singles in straight sets.
She had strong support from talented junior Archer Irwin, who stayed focused under pressure to win the deciding singles in a tight 23-21, 17-21, 21-17 marathon against Elliot McCallum.
Koalas’ Carol Chay was impressive in winning a singles, after teaming with McCallum for a three-set doubles victory.
Winter pennant competition
The first round of the Winter Pennant will be played next Tuesday night, May 29. Record entries have been received for A and B-grades, with several places still available for beginners in C-grade.
Results for Wednesday, May 17.
A-grade: At the Lima School hall the Eagle’s Shaun Murphy and Jim Renkin scored four rubbers to one to defeat the Wombats’ Andrew and Adam Marriott. The winning rubber to the Wombats went to Andrew Marriott when he defeated Renkin in two games.
Top team the Bombers’ John Bajada and Col Exton were too strong for the lowest-ranked team the Cranes’ Paul Shea and Tim Butler winning five rubbers to nil.
This character-building match was played at the Moorngag Hall.
In the week’s last match held at Tatong, the Tiger’s Rob Erskine and Bruce Forster prevailed, scoring three rubbers to two, in a close match where three rubbers went to three games.
The losing side was the Farmers’ Stuart Smith and Damian Young. Smith played well to win both of his singles rubbers
B-grade: This week’s match was between Turtle’s Will Smith and Mike Larkin and the Swans’ Chris Seeley and emergency player Geoff Draper. The Swans won everything, scoring five rubbers to nil, except one game taken by Larkin against Draper in their singles rubber.