The newly crowned pairing of Geoff Boyce and Matt Ravagnolo entertained a large and engaged crowd as they produced their finest table tennis in the final of the recent Rowdy Championships at the Lakeside Tavern.
With very thin form lines to gauge the ability of these teams, each of the 56 players approached their first round matches with little confidence and no surety of progressing deep into the tournament.
After a sumptuous serving of 20 dozen of the finest Barclay Oysters Wallis Lake has to offer, it was time to step up.
It didn't take long to find some partnerships severely lacking in talent.
The only solace these losers could take was the 18kg of No Bull Butchery beef roasting on the Smiths Lakes Butchery spit.
The spit roast was lovingly tended by none other than #cafedequill celebrity chef, Matt McQuillan, and his trusted sidekick, Josh Gutteridge.
The boys did a splendid job.
As the tournament progressed the cream started to rise to the top, with a few teams looking at the trophy and daring to dream 'This could be ours'.
Steve 'Ducky' Liddell was one such competitor.
"Now Rowdy we're a chance here, please just get the ball back over the net, I'm on fire but I can't do it alone, lift your game!" he was overheard saying to his partner before the semi final.
Rowdy and Ducky bowed out in that semi, providing little resistance to former champ Matt Kirkland and his ring-in partner, Matt 'Target' King.
Without 'Little K-Mart', Kirky would've had no chance of advancing to the grand final, but final bound he was, thus giving himself the opportunity to become only the 2nd multiple title holder along with three-time champ, Simon Black.
After a short hiatus and the consumption of beef and more beer, it was grand final time.
Matt Kirkland and Matt King versus Geoffrey Boyce and Matt Ravagnolo.
The Sea Eagle pairing of Boyce and Ravagnolo were eventual winners taking the title 21-17, with both teams leading at many times throughout the match.
As is now customary the winning pair were only too happy to donate their winning purse of $1000 to Marshall Loadsman, who is recovering from a stroke.
Along with the 'Hole in One' promotion and the tremendous support of TJL Insurance and Reece Plumbing, the Rowdy Championships are very proud to hand over a cheque of $3430 this week to Marshall.
The Rowdy Championships would like to thank all the sponsors for their support and all the members too.