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Porter & DuRandt Capture Western New England
FEBRUARY 15, 2011
Matt Porter repeated as champion in the 21st annual Western New England Championships, teaming this year with Johan duRandt to take Region II’s fifth and final President’s Cup event of the season. The event was held at Longmeadow’s Field Club on February 12, 2011.
Porter and duRandt made relatively quick work of last minute entrants Mark Fischl and Anton Mavrin in the final, 6-3, 6-4. Although the final lacked some of the drama of others in recent years, that was in no way a reflection on the skills of the combatants, which were considerable. Fischl and Mavrin had upset second seeds Alex Seiler and Naren Dhamodharan with brilliant defense, but could not repeat the result when faced with Porter and DuRandt’s superior firepower in the final. En route to the finals Porter and DuRandt turned aside the determined effort of 2010’s other champion, the host club’s Jeff Morneau, this year paired with Connecticut’s Mike Fried, by scores of 6-3, 6-4. Morneau refused to blame his semi-final loss on Du Randt’s decision to allow his Staffordshire bull terrier to patrol the perimeter of the court during play. “Although I was surprised to hear him growl after some of our line calls, I choose to believe that Johan and Matt were just the stronger team today, and the final result was justified.”
Consolation honors went to the local team of Hans Doup and tournament photographer Per Nilsson, whose late afternoon final concluded in a snow squall, after many competitors had departed. Other bracket winners were Geoff Cartier and Karl Gregor in the quarterfinal reprieve and tournament assistant Brad Hoffman and partner Dennis Herschel who nipped local talents Tim Scanlon and Gary Ulrich.
For the second year in a row Ulrich had arranged for a very generous supply of tournament prizes and favors from Friendly Ice Cream, which is headquartered in nearby Wilbraham, Mass. This year’s tournament attracted a total field of 21 teams, one of the larger turnouts within the region, and was well-supported by players from the two Longmeadow clubs and the Suffield club.
(l-r) Tournament Director Dave Fuller, Finalists Fischl & Mavrin,
Winners duRandt & Porter, Tournament Director Jeff Morneau