It’s official. The OFPL has its first champion. They came into the Finals the #1 seed and dominated the courts. Congratulations to the Mondays Mavericks for an impressive season! Mavericks took the crown with a resounding win over the Washington Paddle Tennis Team, 4-1. WPTT were a bit of a misfit toy club this week requiring three subs to fill the lines. Line 1 was the closest match pitting MM Neville Brodie and Kyle Gerber against WPTT Tony Soruco and (sub) Pat Coan. Soruco and Coan won the first set 7-6 and then cruised thru the second set 6-2. Unfortunately that was the only highlight for WPTT as MM won the remaining matches without much opposition. On Line 2 MM Matt Naughton and Jordan Krasner beat WPTT Captain Phaon Derr and (sub) Izzi Nejedlik 6-4, 6-0. Line 3 saw MM Captain Ed Staunton and Mark DiChiara overwhelm WPTT Louis Dubin and (sub) Tom Walsh 6-1, 6-2. Line 4 was a similar story with MM Justin Fishel and Mike Reed beating up on WPTT Jaime Montoya and John Beach 6-0, 6-3. The crushing blow happened on Line 5 with MM Malcolm Little and (sub) Peyton Craighill dominating WPTT JP Watson and Michael Caspani 6-0, 6-0.
Before I officially close the winter paddle season, a few thank you’s are in order:
- The sponsors, Harris Rosenblatt of EagleBank, Langdon Hample of Congressional Commercial, and the person who will remain anonymous. You enabled the league to happen without the rest of us having to pay anything extra. Thank you!!!
- The captains for all their efforts this past season setting up matches, managing schedules, finding subs, clearing courts of snow and ice, and completing all the other countless tasks to make this league happen. It is not an immaterial amount of time and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you!
- You, the players, gave Old Farm’s inaugural paddle league a shot this season. We pulled this off on short notice and delivered some awesome matches and a healthy escape from the craziness over the past several months. For those taking the spring season off, I hope to see you back in the Fall and maybe, just maybe, there will be a few improvements to the courts by then.
Next up: Beast of the Boards Tournament, March 13th and 14th. 32 teams will be separated into four divisions. Matches will be from 8:00 AM until late both Saturday and Sunday. Several of the best players in the area will be on the courts. Swing by and catch some of the action.