So close to having hands on silverware

April 03, 2018

James Curtis-McDonald tried everything in the book in the men's final.

Joel Bourke hits this shot from the middle of the racquet.

Nick Gattuso adds something special to this shot.

Josh Dewhirst gave his all in top tier men’s action.

Shepparton’s James Curtis-McDonald came within reach of a men’s singles plate win, going down to Curt Garwood in the final.

Curtis-McDonald enjoyed a bye to start the tournament before cruising past Nick Wilson and following up with a strong win against Ward Garwood in order to progress forward.

But with a hard-hitting performance from Curt Garwood in the final, Curtis-McDonald was overcome 8-5 in a tense showing.

Another local came within one match of holding up some silverware, with Hugo Kearney falling at the final hurdle in A-grade men’s competition.

Ranked as the top seed, Shepparton’s rising star was overcome when an unseeded Wilson produced the performance of his tournament to enjoy the spoils.

Wilson was also responsible for defeating another young talent in Robbie Mifka in the opening round of the competition.

Wilson claimed the A-grade men’s doubles title alongside Hiram Malau, while Kyle Andrews and Fergus Kearney teamed up as did Luke Dixon and Hugo Kearney in the talent-laden division.

Shepparton’s Tyson Coombes added to the locals falling agonisingly close of ultimate success, defeated against Melbourne’s Alexander Taylor in the B-grade men’s singles.

Brother and sister duo Nick and Georgia Gattuso found their way into the B-grade mixed doubles, but again the win went to metro competitors.

Travelling from Geelong was Adam Lasky and Ry Davies and the top-seeded duo made the trip worthwhile by claiming the open men’s doubles title.

The duo defeated Matthew Starling and Gerard Di Paolo on the way to the final, with Dixon again pairing up with Kearney and Curtis-McDonald also featuring in the intense competition.

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