The Goulburn Table Tennis Club will host the second Annual Invitational NSW Southern Country Teams Championships this weekend at the John Lees Centre.
Play will be held in two divisions with teams having been invited from Canberra, the Illawarra, Penrith, Bowral and Blayney.
The Goulburn Club will also field a strong contingent and should go close to successfully defending the First Division Title it won last year by three-time Goulburn Singles Champion Chintan Trivedi and Michael Turner.
This year Trivedi will team up with Mark Soley and Turner has up and coming junior Richie Jiang as his playing partner.
The Goulburn side at this point of time also consists of Jack Gray, Michael Denney , Bagas Ariza and Elisa Chung. Play is hoped to start at 8AM each day with spectators welcome.
This weeks A Grade Round 10 saw a greater number of thrilling five set encounters than normal, which all goes well for maintaining the high level of competitiveness often featured in the grade.
The first match saw Rabbitohs defeat Titans 8-3 with four singles rubbers going to five sets.
Of these, Michael Turner outlasted Rod McWhirter and then later in the night Simon Jiang.
Andrew Howlett also played well to overcome McWhirter in five sets as did Robert Mcintosh over Murray Quigg.
The second match went to Bulldogs over Panthers 6-5 with Ben Bywaters overcoming Jack Gray 18-16 in the fifth and then extended Chintan Trivedi to five sets before going down to Chintan in an entertaining match.
Lachlan Bill had similar luck defeating Gerard Gray 11-9 in the fifth before going down to Gerard’s son Jack in five sets.
The final A Grade match went to Roosters 7-4 over Eels with both Tony Lee and Rod Blake scoring narrow five set wins over Michael Denney.
Tony Lee had a similar close result over Richie Jiang winning 11-5 in the fifth.
Richie had earlier scored a straight set win over Rod Blake.
A Grade Table: Roosters 23(60 rubbers), Rabbitohs 23(56), Titans 19(48), Eels 19 (47), Tigers 12(41), Panthers 12(40), Bulldogs 12(38).
B Grade Table: Up to Rd 9. Pies 24(62), Dragons 18(48), Warriors 18(46), Jet Setters 18(46), Hawks 16 (44), Dockers 14(43), Demons 14(42), Sharks 12 (36), Storm 10 (29).