ON THURSDAY, July 15, as a crescent moon rode high above Thompson’s Reserve, Inverloch Tennis Club held the grand-final of its latest night doubles competition.
A close fought contest was expected between Ben Clements’ outfit of Ben Chapman, Barry Farrell and Roger Thorrowgood, going up against Russell Trezise’s team of Mick Hill, Tony Latham and Jack Habulin, competing in a combination of sets played to eight games.
And so it turned out to be, with Clements and Chapman proving too strong for Trezise and Hill, while on the second court Latham and Habulin completed an undefeated season against all comers, even though Farrell and Thorrowgood fared much better than in the same encounter during the regular season.
Which meant that at the change Clements’ team was leading by only two games, with the set score tied at one all.
In the second contests Thorrowgood and Chapman jumped out to an early lead of 3-0, while Clements and Farrell were heading Trezise and Latham.
But then Hill and Habulin stormed back, winning six games straight to head their opponents 6-3 with Chapman down 15-40 on serve, even as Clements and Farrell edged out to a 7-3 lead on the other court.
At which point an overall draw looked quite possible.
The outcome hung in the balance as Chapman rallied to hold his serve while Trezise and Latham fought back to 7-5.
But then Clements and Farrell closed out their set (8-5) while Chapman and Thorrowgood staged an unlikely comeback, winning five games straight to take their set (8-6) as they turned around a complete drubbing earlier in the year.
The final scores saw Clements’ team take out the coveted coffee mugs three sets (28 games) to one set (21 games).
Congratulations to both teams on a hard-fought season, along with all other participants.
Anyone looking to join a team to play in this highly enjoyable competition should contact the club on 0413 339 341.