Tuesday, March 16, 2010

MSRA Skills Tourney Results

MSRA Skills Tourney Results - March 4 - 7/10
4.5 Division was a hotly contested draw, Dave Guthrie played almost a flawless semi final to take out fellow Canadian Paul Gebrael 3-0 who to his credit forced Dave to play at his best. The other semi was a five game marathon between Greg Deeg and Jason Heywood. In what came down to a battle of fitness with some great extended rallies created by Greg's incredible shot making and Jason's relentless retrieving, Jason took the fifth 9-7. In the final Jason picked up where he left off in the semi winning 3-0 in a match where the game score does not reflect just how well Dave played in three very close and exciting games.

5.0 Division -Ricardo Ramos looked unbeatable in the round robin match's winning all three of his. John Kundrot did extend Ricardo to five games in their round robin match. In the Saturday match's, Andrew Caille had to win against John to advance into the final. The match see sawed back and forth with Andrew prevailing in five when John's gas tank ran dry. This set up a final between Andrew and Ricardo, Ricardo confident since he had won their round robin match 3-0. Andrew, motivated by his Saturday win over John, was looking for redemption. In a marathon of a final lasting well over an hour, a battle royal that neither player could take control of, came down to the fifth and deciding game. The score never got more than a couple of points apart eventually getting to 7-6 in Andrew's favor. There were five handouts played, ten points, before Andrew took the point to get to match ball. Couple more handouts before Ricardo gets to a point to draw to 7-8, again several more handouts before Andrew scored a point to win the fifth 9-7. This has to rank up with the best of all the MSRA finals played the last several years. Congratulations to both Ricardo and Andrew for providing such an exciting final.

Article Courtesy Of Phil Blagdurn.

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