Men’s Chelsea Cup Final – Campbells Bay vs Browns Bay

BMT. “Big Match Temperament”. To temper…”to make somebody stronger through exposure to hardship.Tempered by combat. Without a doubt all 6 of the team members brought their temper on the night. There was however one stand out performance, Adrian Lagman pulled off a win that was forged out of tenacity and temper. Only this time Adrian was getting stronger and Akshay weaker. They traded blows for an hour and a half in the first set that went to a tie-break and Akshay managed to narrowly win the tie break 7-5. There was no margin to separate the two. Little did we know that Adrian had already won the match by bludgeoning his opponent in the first. Early in the second set Akshay started to cramp and collapsed. He had a medical time out that was at least 15 minutes, but in the spirit of the competition nobody was going make that count. With a big heart Akshay got up and continued to play, at one point he looked like he was going to get his rhythm back but the bloodletting had begun and Adrian seemingly undeterred maintained his focus and finished him off. He won the next 2 sets 6-3, 6-3. Each singles match had a part to play in making the evening an enthralling brawl. Adam Thompson went down 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to Brock Mustard. By pulling off the second set and narrowly missing the win in the third, we had an extra set in the can. Brendon Furness went down in 3, but he too managed to convert the second set going down 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to Antony Old. Winning a third set is only part of the formula you need an executioner to take out opponents in straight sets. Mark executed his opponent Nick Wiles 6-3, 6-2. To end a Chelsea Cup singles 9 match winning streak without losing a single set. BMT, Mark… BMT.

We entered the doubles, 2 matches all and only one set up, 6 - 5. There was no guarantee that we would win the doubles out right. Adam and Mark had a near flawless doubles track record and as the final score suggested on the night the match was anybody’s. Adam and Mark narrowly won the first 7-5. Then the momentum shifted and they lost the second 6-4, only to regain their composure and execute the third cleanly with a 10-2 tiebreak win. Their opponents Nick Wiles and Brock Mustard put up a valiant fight. The other doubles was excruciatingly close the Fanguna Bros with their unstoppable exuberance were tested, as they tested the patience of their opponents. They were 5-2 up in the first set but just managed to turn the tide in the end winning the first set 7-5 in the tie break. That first set win was probably just enough to break the spirit of their opponents as they manged to win the second set and the match convincingly 7-6 (5), 6-4 against Antony Old and Nick Beamish.

So yes, we won the Chelsea Cup, a big thank you to all the boys for bringing it for 9 weeks in a row. Thank you to all the committee members who ran the bar and the kitchen for the 5 home games. And thank you to all our supporters for being there every week. We had fun!



Adam Thompson (Capt.), Junior Fanguna, Semisi Fanguna, Ross Anderson (Mgr.), Mark Nielsen, Connor van Dalsum, Adrian Lagman, Brendon Furness. 


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