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Jake Homiller and Randy Mahoney First at Ferocious Forties
February 4, 2019
by Evan Ambrose
The second annual Ferocious Forties Men’s C tournament was held at Dedham Country and Polo Club on February 2. This is the first event of 2019 in a series of paddle tournaments tiered for ability levels of players in the Boston area. To qualify, entrants had to have a player rating no lower than 42 and a team average no lower than 46 at the time they registered.
Thirteen teams competed for this now coveted title. All teams played at least three matches. At the end of the day, legs were tired and nerves were frayed, but the camaraderie of the players watching the final and the war-stories they had to share over a few beers made it totally worth it.
In the first semifinal the team of Loranger/Griebel (DCPC) took on Homiller/Mahoney (DCPC). Loranger/Griebel had just upset the #1 seeded team of Schrager/Schrager (CCC) in an epic match, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3). Homiller/Mahoney were able to defeat Loranger/Griebel, 6-4, 6-2, before they could catch their breath from the previous match. In the second semifinal McNay/Glick (TCC), having survived their own three-set quarterfinal over Donahue/Conlon (BPC), defeated Burns/Geremia (DCPC) 6-3, 6-3.
Everyone grabbed a plate of good Italian food and settled in for the final . . . and what a final it was. The teams traded the first two sets, 6-4 in each, and then traded hard-fought games up to 6-6 in the third. The championship came down to a third set tie-breaker in which Homiller/Mahoney edged out McNay/Glick 7-5.
Dedham Country and Polo Club (DCPC) and Wellesley Country Club (WCC) made their facilities available to the players for this tourney. Many thanks to the members and staff of those clubs for all their efforts and hospitality.
Main Draw: Jake Homiller/Randy Mahoney def. Seth McNay/Steven Glick
Quarter Reprieve: Dan Schrager/Dave Schrager
Consolation: James Benenson/Alex Miguel
Reprieve Consolation: Barry Nectow/Bob Prendergast
Last Chance: Jeff Teschke/Steve Vanourney
Next up in the series: Wellesley Weekend Warriors (team average rating of 38 or above). The Country Club (TCC) will host the Squirrel Cup (teams 22 or above). Registration and information on all of these tournaments can be found at www.gbptl.tenniscores.com.