A DEFIANT Men’s A Grade team bounced back from last place to gain a surprise berth in a Colac indoor tennis competition winter season grand final.
Colac Indoor Sports Centre manager Paul Johnson said underdogs Ball Magnets’ James Parish, Gerrard Stanley and Tim Parish had a “strong finish” to the year despite losing the premiership to favourites the Coasters.
“It had been a remarkable turnaround for the Ball Magnets who were last on the ladder at the halfway mark of the season,” Johnson said.
“A strong finish to the year saw them sneak into fourth place and then defeat the Butchers and Djokers in successive weeks to reach the final,” he said.
“Their remarkable turnaround looked to continue after James Parish and Stanley both won their opening singles ties to start the match.”
But the Coasters team of Paul Walters, Jason Langdon and Darren Rosevear dominated the doubles matches 7-1, 7-6, 7-1 to claim their second straight title.
A Reserve’s Tiebreakers took a commanding lead, winning the first three sets of the final against arch-rivals Woftam and taking out the competition 32-23.
“James Breen led the way for the Tiebreakers winning all three sets 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 in a strong team performance,” Johnson said.
B Grade’s Jumbucks completed a hat-trick of finals wins to claim the title from a 4th-place season finish in a close encounter with the Cobras.
“With the match tied at two sets the Jumbucks’ pairing of Sherman and Bill Alston claimed the final set 6-2 to win the match 26-23,” Johnson said.
He said the 17-week season started successfully for B Grade’s Jumbucks Bill Alston, Nick Sherman, Josh Newcombe and Clint Theodore, after defeating last year’s finalists the Irrewarra Cats and Bad Mes in the first two weeks.
Colac Indoor Tennis Centre’s new season starts next week, with indoor tennis competition organisers inviting men’s teams, women’s teams and individual registrations.