Today saw me playing 5 sets as I progressed in the D Grade singles to my first final after 12 previous attempts.
D Grade Singles
Semi Final – Andrew Robertson 8-7 (7-2 tie break)
Final – Jordan Forbes 3-8
C Grade Doubles (w Leon Roche)
Steve Lloyd / Scott Matheson 7-2
Joe Thorpe / Kyle Baxter 0-7
D Grade Doubles (w Reagan Burgess)
Kieran Robertson / Lindsay Spencer 2-7
The 0-7 loss with Leon in the C Doubles. Was us being totally outclassed by a far superior combination who also are playing B Grade. I was happy with winning the other first match.
Losing the D Doubles match with Reagan was very disappointing. I gave us a good chance of progressing far in the tournament but we were both of during the match. There were 7 sudden death games highlighting how close the match actually was. You only need to be off you game for a few minutes and its all over.
In the singles I won a marathon semi final match to start my day. I won the tie break by a good margin but until the last three points I didn’t believe I would win.
In the final I was beaten by Jordan Forbes who played a clever match rallying for long periods and only when necessary hit ‘hard’ forehand winners. A worthy winner.
After playing this tournament so many times it was a major surprise to do so well, especially given my low fitness levels and lack of game play since my world trip.
Later that night I went to the local pokies venue with my mother and sister and actually won some money! Another surprise.
After playing 51 long games I was still very happy despite not progressing past the group stage in my doubles events 🙂