HORSHAM Table Tennis Association claimed a fifth consecutive Kerri Tepper Shield at Horsham Showground's Maydale Pavilion on Sunday.
But it was not as clear cut as most thought with Ballarat giving the host a run for its money.
Horsham defeated Ballarat 44 rubbers and 96 games to 39-83 in one of the closest tournaments in recent years.
It was a Ballarat one-two in the A Grade, with the trio of Matt Neilson, Jamie Stephan and Glenn Dennert beating Sally Spence, David Le Lieve and Tanya Weston.
Neilson was named leading player of the top grade.
Horsham's Shae Howie, Warrick Lang and Geoff Hammond were too good for Ballarat's Les Manning, Tanya Van Gils and Charmaine Dennert in the B Grade competition, with Howie being named best player.
C Grade honours went to Jason Smith, Ballarat, and Ben Aton, Horsham, who defeated Horsham pair Maureen Cameron and Kayelene Thompson.
Smith was leading player in the C Grade, with the Peter Hart award going to Lang.
Tepper, a Murtoa dual Olympian, said it was a fantastic honour to present the winners with the 18th annual shield.
"It's always a great day and it's wonderful to see the rivalry between Horsham and Ballarat," she said.
"Everyone has a ball and there's plenty of smiles everywhere."
Tepper said while the event was another great success, with more than 40 people taking part, the association desperately needed a new facility.
"We've been talking about this for a number of years the association has played here since before I was born," she said.
"The dust gets stuck in your throat as soon as you walk in here and it's not ideal to share a facility with animals.
"Hopefully we'll have a suitable facility sometime in the near future."
Association president Jeff Pekin thanked the volunteers and said the event would not be possible without them.