2013 Doubles A Club Championship
I am not against tradition and I admire the efforts to attempt to restore some of that tradition to the doubles club championships by having the title matches (squash and handball) played on the night of the 3rd Blackballer dividend. However, by doing so it hurt numbers. We had 8 teams vying history last year and with the increase in play we have experienced over the last 12 months – including doubles – one would come to the conclusion that we should have received just as many if not more this year. We didn’t. We only had 5. Forcing an earlier start and fixing the final date in stone caused some players not be able to compete.
Conversely, on the other side of that coin, attendance for the 3rd dividend was healthy as many members came down to watch the finals, enjoy the food and drinks and appreciate the atmosphere created when the court area is full. Which is a huge part of what is all about. The combination of the competitive nature of the sport(s) and the camaraderie surrounding will ensure its infinite survival. It’s a symbiotic relationship. I doubt one can endure without the other. The trick is to blend both in equal parts.
The lighter draw didn’t stop the final from being very competitive. Peter Logan paired up with Jed Elley this year (his regular partner John Birgbauer was a victim of scheduling). Jed is new to the doubles court but has picked it up rapidly, helped by his smooth technique and swift court movement. Peter and Jed won their first match 3-0 over Mike Counsman and John Dunwoody to reach the final.
2012 champions Kirk Haggarty and Mike Eugenio played their pre-final match against the newly formed, young up-and-coming team of George Kordas and John Rakolta. George and John had a pretty successful DAC Classic in the B doubles - although they lost the semi 17-16 in the 5th in that event - but they impressed and surprised a lot of people at their stubbornness and unanticipated effectiveness. Not that I expected they would, but it wouldn’t have shocked terribly much me if the Kordas / Rakolta dynamic duo pulled an upset win out of the bag against Kirk and Mike. They didn’t, but they did snag a game and made the reigning title holders sweat a little. My guess is that if George and John keep practicing, they’ll be more than just a minor threat next year.
|Jed Elley, Peter Logan, Mike Eugenio, Kirk Haggarty|