VBVA has had a lot of positive results across the past few weeks, and another came its way over the weekend, with their Tier 1 tall boy Blake winning his first AA event alongside State U17s partner Mitch.
A little luck is never a bad thing throughout the course of a tournament; it all comes down to whether you can make use of that luck… Blake and Mitch had some luck, but they also made the most of it, as the cash prize they picked up can attest.
The first slice of luck came in the opening game of what was always going to be the hardest pool on paper with Victorian old guard – and still regular AA division winners – Paul Grimmett and Grant Meyer, fellow Vic U17s Shill/Rahmani, and regular AAA player Josh Lawes teaming up for the first time with VBVA Tier 1 freak Nick Taylor.
Blake and Mitch had the opportunity to play Josh and Nick in the first game of the pool, giving them an opposition still adjusting to each others’ style of play. A comfortable win ensured their eventual progress as pool winners, helped in part by the carnage Josh and Nick metered out once they got their bearings. The comfort of that first match for Blake and Mitch also meant Josh and Nick missed out on the quarters by way of a points count-back.
For Blake and his partner, the quarters represented their easiest result of the tournament, dispatching Hermann/Vasilei in two (18-14, 18-6). A result that brought them a meeting with another VBVA freak; Zeb, playing with State U17s partner Kyle. A recent, ongoing problem with cramps meant Zeb was forced to play at times on one leg, throughout a grueling 3-set semi. Zeb and Kyle were eventually taken out 15-8 in the third having won the previous set 18-7. More luck had been offered and accepted… everything seemed to be falling into place.
As it had throughout the day, a touch of luck would also play it’s part in assisting them in the final against regular AA division winner Steffen Liedtke and first time partner, former VBVA member Jeremy Meyn. A tough, but close first set saw Liedtke/Meyn win it 18-16, but cramping would again rear its head, this time with German player Liedtke. A run of tight 3-setters throughout the day – including a loss to Zeb and Kyle in the pool rounds – was just too much for Liedtke/Meyn who were easily overcome by Blake and Mitch in the second and third sets 18-3, 15-8.
A result that meant Blake and Mitch would finish as AA winners, and recipients of prize money and vouchers… an invitation to try their luck in a AAA event now awaits.