There was so much sport played on the last weekend in September that the Herald Sun was published as a trilogy.
The VFL Grand Final, the Rugby League Semi Final and the AFL Grand Final were the curtain raisers to the eagerly anticipated Eureka & Larwood Cups. Saints and Geelong supporters politely sat through their match while waiting to see this ancient rivalry between BTC and RMTC men and women teams. They say they like the fact that Real Tennis is politically correct with a male and female grand final with equal prize money … watch and learn Andrew Demetriou.
John Faull/Rob Jolly won over Andrew Gould/Nick Brodie 8-5
Paul Williams/Michael Williams won over Jeremy Howard/Henry Turnbull 8-5
Michael Williams/David Stagg lost to Gerald O’Byrne/Simon Wallace 5-8
Paul Williams/Ross Troon won over Andrew Gould/Henry Turnbull 8-5
Michael Williams/Mike Whitehead lost to Jeremy Howard/Simon Wallace 6-8
Will Hoskin/Ross Troon lost to Nick Brodie/Gerald O’Byrne 6-8
BTC win the Eureka Cup 41 games to 39 after the matches were 3-all.The Norm Smith Medal for best afield was awarded to Paul Williams. Club President Paul led from the front and won both his matches, narrowly taking the points from RMTC’s Simon Wallace. Photographing himself presenting the medal to himself the President said a DVD of his remarkable win would soon be available.
Claire Goodman/Alison Dugdale won over Evelyn Howard/Lesley O’Byrne 8-4
Cathy Faull/Annie Strange won over Fiona Hewson/Stephanie Williams 8-4
Elizabeth Williams/Elle Hoskin lost to Bronwen Peters/Elwyn Howard 6-8
Wendy Whitehead/Cathy Faull won over Fiona Hewson/Lesley O’Byrne 8-6
Annie Strange/Alison Dugdale won over Bronwen Peters/Stephanie Williams 8-4
BTC win the Larwood Cup 4 matches to 1. The Norma Smith Medal for best afield was won by Annie Strange in tight voting from Alison Dugdale and Cathy Faull. The Cup was mired in controversy when current BTC B Grade Champion Stephanie Williams frocked up and played in the RMTC Team. Stephanie claimed she became confused when both teams looked the same … but will try harder next year.
Our thanks to RMTC for the work to send such a big team and make it a such a memorable day.