Championship Doubles Final
Rob Fahey and Steve Virgona vs Tim
Chisholm and Josh Bainton
The First Leg
The Australians came out to hit about five
minutes before the Americans, Rob nearly took out Steve in the hit up
with a dedans force, Steve just ducking under it in time.
Tim came out next in full white tracksuit with headphones on, followed
by Josh. The galleries were packed. Rob started the final
with a railroad and Tim fired it back almost before Rob had finished
his serving action, hitting the roof with the ball while defending
himself. 15-0. It was a message from the American.
But the Aussies won the first game as Rob cracked Tim's serve into the
dedans. The match had started at a cracking pace with no quarter
given. Both teams were smacking the ball around. The Americans
levelled for 1-1. Rob served to go 40-0. A love game to the
Australians now 2-1 up. With Josh serving Tim answered blasting
three balls to the foot of the tambour for two games all. The
pace had not slowed at all. 3-2 to Steve and Rob. Tim thought a
ball was a chase as it sailed over the net. Rob punched it into second
gallery. The Aussies went ahead 4-2, 5-2. Rob was serving
tight railroads. 40-15 to the Aussies, hazard second gallery chase,
Rob blasted it just inside the dedans, mainwall side. First set 6-3 to
Second set, Josh serving, Tim starting to pick his shots, 40-0.
A couple of errors from Rob and Steve, Tim and Josh were 2-0.
The third game was a long one but the Australians steadied to take
their first game of the set. Steve fired up serving and hitting
winners, 40-0. Rob finished off the game with a gallery winner,
2-2. Tim stopped a force and his strings splintered in the
throat of his racquet. The Aussies 40-15, chase better than six,
won it for 3-2 up. The Aussies lifted the pace up again, 4-2.
Rob serving and held for 5-2. Steve served to 40-0, chase door,
6-2 to Rob and Steve as Tim dumped an overhead in the net.
Tim serving, turned into a long game with
both teams serving several times, Tim and Josh finally holding 1-0.
With Josh serving, Steve returned serve superbly and then, saved a
grille smashing it at Josh's feet. Steve served with Tim saving
an awesome shot for the grille. The Aussies finally held for
1-1. With Tim serving, a ball just rolled out of the nick at Tim's
feet as one of Rob's racquets exploded while returning serve. The
Australians 2-1. Steve's serve started to hurt Josh as the
Aussies pressed their attack 3-1. The Americans fought back for
3-2, but the Aussies forced at the hazard end for 4-2. The
Americans took the fight back to the Aussies for 4-3. Josh
serving, but Aussies took back the serve for no strokes. Steve serving
40-0, 5-3. Josh missed a volley, Rob hit one in the net, the
pace went up, 40-15 more than a yard worse. Tim's shot off the tambour
found the net, 6-3 to the Australians.
The forth set started with Rob now serving to Josh, 1-0 Aussies.
In the next game, Steve played a great overhead off the side penthouse
followed by a full blooded drive volley by Rob. Tim answered
blasting his own force, deuce. Tim serving to Steve. Tim played
a behind the back shot off the battery of dedans wall but it did not
lift, 2-0 the Australians. Rob
serving, but the Americans scored, 2-1. Josh serving looked up to see
both Aussies at the net volleying at the hazard end 3-1. Rob
started peppering the dedans with Steve cleaning up any loose ends
4-1. Steve serving, Tim's ball found the net while Rob's ball found
Tim. 40-0, Rob and Steve 5-1. Josh serving 30-30, two chases,
Rob to serve, Steve hits winning gallery 40-30. Forth set to the
Rob Fahey and Steve Virgona lead Tim Chisholm and Josh Bainton 6/3,
The Second Leg
The fifth set started with Rob and Steve at the serving end. Rob
serves a railroad and Tim slams it in the net, 15-0. Second
point, Rob serves, Tim returns serve and Rob hits it tight against the
main wall. Josh hits it in the net, 30-0. Tim slams one
back at Steve with too much pace to handle, 30-15. Rob makes an
error on a volley for 30-30. Josh hits one in the dedans 40-30.
An error by the Aussies and it's 1-0 to the Americans. They are
not hitting as hard continually as the first night. The hit up
before the match was shorter too. The players are still settling in.
Rob serves second game, gets to 40-30, game to the Australians, the
crowd quiet for a second finally reacts, 1-1. Steve serves to
Josh, 40-30, chase the last gallery. Tim serves to Rob, Rob returns
well, game to Rob and Steve 2-1. Tim hits unforced error first
point of forth game, it turns out to be longest game of the set.
Josh get a chance to serve. Tim hits huge winning gallery, but
the Aussies fight back. Steve serve and volleys to the foot of
the tambour. Tim hits another unforced error in the net, Tim has
to play the next shot hugging tambour wall, advantage Aussies.
Rob hits a ball in the net, deuce, Steve hits dedans for advantage the
pace is still generally slower than last night but there are a shots
now and then like bullets. Steve serves railroad, Rob hits shot into
the winning gallery, game to the Aussies 3-1. Tim hits unforced
error into the ground, Josh does the same thing on the next
point. Tim smacks one in the dedans. Tim is trying to
force things to happen, but Rob hits winning gallery again, 4-1.
Josh serves, Tim hits it out of court 15-0, Tim makes another error,
30-0, chase the door, Josh hits to foot of tambour, 30-15, chase worse
than six, Steve serves, Rob hits a smash into the net 30-30, Rob plays
an unreturnable shot, 40-30. Steve hits great bobble, 5-1. Rob
serves, 15-0, Tim finds the net again, 30-0. Josh hits the
ball into the net, 40-0 and chase nearly a yard worse. Rob
returns Tim's serve, unplayable as hits floor twice, game, set, match,
world doubles championship to Rob Fahey and Steve Virgona 6/3, 6/2,
6/3, 6/1, 6/1.