Overshadowing the other major Melbourne event on Sunday 27th March was the Old Scholars Handicap Doubles, as eight teams all representing fine institutions of learning from the past (some finer than others), gathered at the RMTC to do battle and determine the Old Scholar’s winner for 2011.
Divided into two groups and tasked with playing three 8-game sets, highlights included the re-emergence of long-time members Ian Lindsay and David Worth, who played well in their first tournament in quite some time, as well the evergreen James Guest dispatching a Virgona-style cut volley into the tambour from second gallery.
The pool winners both emerged from 7-7 advantage all scenarios, with the Scotch College pair of James and Andrew Gould facing Russ Middleton and Greg Reid of Melbourne High in the final after clearly tight matches in their respective pools. The final was close despite the score line, as all four 40-40 games went the Goulds way resulting in a 8/2 final win for Scotch.
Overall the Old Scholar’s was played in a very good spirit as always, and a fantastic roast lunch capped off what was an enjoyable day for all.
A. Gould/J. Gould def. R. Middleton/G. Reid 8/2