100 – Summer – 2012 – Grand Final Montage

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A look at some of the pictures that freelance photographer Gary Hughes had taken on Grand Final night.

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David Balshaw returns to P3 action as a fill-in for the GF. After a season off Stta competition it was a baptism of fire for his return.

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Arthur Paars’ form guide over the Summer was like a roller coaster. Come Grand Final day he delivered in spades guiding the underdogs in P2 to the premiership. And back to back for the ‘Double Centurion’.

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Denise Henderson had her hands full early with young Matt Ljubic. Recovering from shoulder surgery it was a pressure packed final which had the favourites under the pump early.

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Gavin ‘Ritchie – Captain of the Commentary box’ Carmichael giving advice to Sony Sefer on how to take out his nemesis Wayne Carmichael.‘We work as a team Sony and we do my way’.

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You cant be serious. Gavin bemused after catching another edge against Kevin Johns. Kev was not amused.

 

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All hail the Messiah. Gavin Carmichael looking to the heavens for guidance as he looks for extra flight on his serve.

 

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Graeme ONeill doing some umpiring on Garnd final night. Elbow surgery cut his Summer short but is confident of being back for the Winter season.

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A half time break and the treats.

 

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Jackson Tung in focus.

 

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Floored in three against Wayne Carmichael but kept up the fight.

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Jeremy Corrin looking for Leon ‘Money Man’ Brown. Where are you Leon? I’ve had to set the tables up on my own again!

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Arthur Paar in a typical pose. Using the tongue to sense the state of play.

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It was a warm night and John Duscher topping up drink supplies during the night.

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Josh Carmichael also using his tongue to assess the play. He tried valiently but it was a tough night at the office.

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Remind you of anyone? Young Josh looking more and more like his Dad Wayne Carmichael.

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Kevin Johns showing the usual intensity associated with his play.

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Lachlan Kelly has steadily kept improving at this level and showed great poise in the final singles rubber to guide his team home.

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Mick Bacon was in war mode early. Seen here against David Balshaw. Mick led 2 sets to love and 9-2 in the third but somehow let it slip.

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The feel good story of the P2 Summer pennant, Matt Ljubic played a vital role for Spanline. Firstly taking out Denise Henderson in 5 and then winning the final game of the night to bring home back to back premierships.

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Matt Ljubic staring down the barrel against Seval Fuat. He lost in 3 but had given a warning that he will be an aggregate contender in P2 in the Winter.

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Lee Thomas has had a spell over the Summer comp. Still has plenty of cheek as Gary Hughes found out.

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Another ‘Double Centurion’ Laurie Plummer had once again joined forces with Arthur Paar to take out back to back P2 titles. Quote: ‘The Double Centurions have injected some youth into this side with Matt Ljubic replacing Arnold Jago. We were always destined to win this one’.

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Mick Bacon under the watchful eye of the Carmichael dynasty.

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Matt Johns seems to have a troubles on his mind but got the heatwave he was wishing for. Sunny Daily taking out the P3 pennant 6-3.

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Michael Hensgen had made solid improvement right through the Summer. His 4 set win over Ben Hosking was a real eyecatcher.

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Mick again using some Wizardry in making the ball talk.

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Peter Fitzpatrick never is short on intensity. His upset over Laurie Plummer set an 11th game Gf decider against Matt Ljubic. Almost the fairytale result.

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Peter Midgley running at 120 degrees. Notched up another premiership and would have to be one of the most capped players on the Stta circuit.

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Looking for a sign. Shirley Whitecross gained redemption after losing the P4 Winter final. The opening game against Sonya Shalliker had set Max Miller Carpets on their way.

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Always a good sport Sonya Shalliker has enjoyed her time in P4 this year.

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Sony Sefer made his debut in P1 over the Summer. Making the Grand Final at the highest level was a great experience.

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Lift the intensity: Sony Sefer trying to mix it with Wayne Carmichael.

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Did you see that? Arrgghhh the confidence of being No.1, Wayne Carmichael enjoying a lighter moment during the night.

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And now for a serious moment, Wayne Carmichael preparing for his duel with brother Gavin. The record now sits at 11 Grand Finals wins over Gavin. I wonder what Christmas dinner was like in the Carmichael household?

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A formidable team. Wayne and Kevin picked up the first doubles in what showed to be the vital moment in the P1 Grand Final.

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That winning feeling. Peter Midgley, Wayne Carmichael & Kevin Johns picking up the spoils of the Summer Pennant. Wayne also getting the No 1 player aggregate, Peter picking up the No3 player aggregate and Kevin Johns just missing the No 2 player aggregate. This team had only lost one match for the season.

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And the challengers. Sony Sefer, Jackson Tung & Gavin Carmichael put up a good fight. The losses in the doubles were crucial (both in 5 sets) which in the end could not be covered.

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The P2 winners had a ‘Double Centurion’ feel to it. Laurie Plummer, Arthur Paar and young gun Matt Ljubic. Ironically all 3 were Winter pennant winners.

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The P3 champions Matt Johns, Lachlan Kelly and Mick Bacon. Enjoy that heatwave Matty.

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The P4 champions Michael Hensgen, Shirley Whitecross and Cole Keegan.

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The P4 runners up Ben Hosking, Josh Carmichael and Sonya Shalliker.

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Keep working Gav …. A Gf win against Wayne is just around the corner.

See you all next season!

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