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WESTERN NEW ENGLAND
2-16-2010
Matt porter - Jeff Morneau

Longmeadow, MA
The Western New England Championships were held at the Field Club in Longmeadow on February 13. The event was the fifth and final Region 2 Presidents Cup event of the season. Jeff Morneau and Matt Porter claimed the title over Jerry Albrikes and Johan duRandt.

See some photos, some tournament notes and the complete draw




 

On January 16, 2010 Johan du Randt and Jerry Albrikes bested the pick up team of Matt Porter and Jeff Morneau by scores of 6-3, 6-4 in the final of Men’s Boston National Open contested at Brookline’s The Country Club.  Four weeks later on February 13, and approximately 80 miles to the west Porter and Morneau reversed the Boston final and captured the 20th  annual Western New England Championships at Longmeadow’s Field Club by the identical scores of 6-3, 6-4. 

The event was Region II’s fifth and final President’s Cup event of the season.   Although Morneau and Porter had an easier trip to the Longmeadow final than did their opponents Morneau attributed his side’s victory instead to his intense twenty-eight days of cardio-training, and his Australian partner’s developing mastery of the strategies of the platform game.  “He reminds me of myself at 32,” quipped the fortyish Morneau, “there’s virtually no ball he can’t make a play on.  It’s a pleasure to play with him.”

Albrikes and du Randt had been extended to three sets by the team of Garrett Gates and Steve Flannigan in the quarterfinal round, and won a close and entertaining semi-final, also in three, against the wily veteran Chuck Poe and the Field Club’s Alex Seiler.  Both semi-finals and finals were contested before a large and appreciative contingent of club members and other local fans who were dazzled by the artistry and athleticism of the combatants, most especially of du Randt and Porter. 

Just one week before Longmeadow du Randt and Porter had partnered in the national ranking event in Short Hills, NJ where they defeated the second-seeded team.  Their participation in this region has substantially elevated the level of the game.

Consolation honors went to the local entry of Neal Churchill and Gary Ulrich.  Ulrich had generously supplemented the prizes and favors supplied for the tournament players through his employment at Friendlys Ice Cream, but was also a force on the court, closing out the Ryan/David team from Troy, New York in the final.  The Quarter reprieve went to youngsters Gates and Flannigan over the host club’s Rob Durfee and Hans Doup in a competitive 6-2, 6-4 final.  Two other Field Club members, Dick Forrest and Bob Connolly, captured momentary glory in the consolation reprieve final.

MAIN DRAW

1
Morneau - Porter Morneau - Porter Morneau - Porter
1, 2
Morneau - Porter
3, 3
Morneau - Porter
3, 4
2
BYE
3
Hoffman - Herchel Hoffman - Herchel
0, 1
4
Arakelian - Lang
5
Durfee - Doup Durfee - Doup
2, 1
Fried - Pierce
0, 1
6
David - Ryan
7
Nash - Jangraw Fried - Pierce
0, 1
8
Fried - Pierce
9
Porter - Harvey Porter - Harvey
0, 1
Seiler - Poe
2, 0
Albrikes - du Randt
(6), 1, 4
10
Ulrich - Churchill
11
Forrest - Connolly Seiler - Poe
1, 0
12
Seiler - Poe
13
Gates - Flannigan Gates - Flannigan
1, 2
Albrikes - du Randt
1, (2), 2
14
Bodde - Waddington
15
BYE Albrikes - du Randt
16
Albrikes - du Randt

CONSOLATION: Ulrich - Churchill defeated David - Ryan 6-2, 6-1
CONSOLATION REPRIEVE: Forrest - Connolly defeated Nash - Jangraw 6-1, 6-3
QUARTERFINAL REPRIEVE: Gates - Flannigan defeated Doup - Durfee 6-2, 6-4

Matt porter and Jeff Morneau - Champions
Champions Matt Porter & Jeff Morneau

Finalists Jerry Albrikes and Johan du Randt in action

Jerry Albrikes - Johan du Randt

Finalists

Finalists

 

Quarterfinal Reprieve - Steve Flannigan & Garrett Gates (winners) and Rob Durfee & Hans Doup Quarter Reprieve

 

 
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