Victoria Reclaim Ede Clendinnen Shield

Written by  Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:11

In a reverse of the 2011 results, Victoria has put in a strong performance to defeat NSW Thunder in the final of the Ede Clendinnen Shield in Sydney last night.


The Vic’s jumped out of the blocks in the final, imposing themselves in the singles matches by claiming the opening four singles points through Luke Chong, Joo Yiet Lee, Tara Pilven and Nelson Oon. NSW however fought back in the final two singles matches with their most experienced player Stuart Gomez, and their lease experienced player Jennifer Tam taking the third men’s singles and third women’s singles respectively to close score line to 4-2 going into the doubles matches.


Victoria opened the lead further by claiming the first women’s doubles before NSW closed the gap again when they won the first men’s doubles. With the tie score now at 5-3 Victoria needed just two more points to seal the title, and their depth in the doubles events meant they would not have to wait for the mixed doubles. The second men’s and women’s doubles went to Victoria in straight games to give them an unbeatable 7-3 lead.


NSW continued to fight hard despite the result being beyond doubt, winning two of the three mixed doubles matches, however it was all too late. The Clendinnen Shield would be returning to Victoria with a final score line of 8-5 in favour of Vic’s.


In the battle for the minor positions WA convincingly defeated Queensland 11-2 to take third place, while South Australia defeated NSW Lightning 8-5 in the battle for fifth and sixth. The Territories defeated Tasmania 7-6 in a thrilling match to round out the top 8. Click here for full results from the entire tournament.


There will be very little rest for the players with the Australian Closed Championships getting underway today at 5pm. Click here to see the draws and follow the results as they occur.





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