Badminton finals approach

Shot: GSBA Life member Allan Brown loads up for a powerful forehand clear while being well supported on court by granddaughter Sharna. Together they won the mixed doubles 21-11 in what proved to be a crucial result.
Shot: GSBA Life member Allan Brown loads up for a powerful forehand clear while being well supported on court by granddaughter Sharna. Together they won the mixed doubles 21-11 in what proved to be a crucial result.

It was finals like atmosphere at the Investigator College Victor Harbor Performing Arts and Sports Centre in round 20, as teams competed for the coveted prize of a finals berth.

All three matches had a bearing on the ladder. Victor Podiatry Centre were back to full strength and got the job done against wooden spooners McDonalds Victor Harbor by a comfortable 54-point margin. Sam Traforti led the way for the winners with a super impressive performance against one of the association's strongest campaigners Matt East.

On court 3, OJ Computers went into their must win final match of the season as underdogs against second placed Fleurieu Milk Company, but team OJ's showed terrific competitive spirit to grind out a 20 point win to keep their slim finals chances alive. Standout performances by Amanda Stevens and Sharna Brown proved to be the difference between the two sides on the night. Sharna's biggest winning margin of 21-11 was alongside her Grandfather, GSBA life member and club legend of over 55 years Allan Brown.

It was high drama on Court 2, which ended up being the last match to complete the evening. Tonkin's Sports were in a must win scenario against a weakened Hamper Warehouse, playing without association top player Yulius TejoSeputro. The A Grade doubles were locked at 91 points each, B Doubles favoured Hamper Warehouse by 10 points and Tonkins had a 6 point advantage in the C Grade doubles.

With both singles matches being played simultaneously, it looked for all money that Tonkin's were in the box seat to win the match and all but guarantee themselves a finals berth.

After a nervous start 4 points to 1 down, Lochlan Hodge found his rhythm and turned the tables against Mark Williamson to lead 13 - 6. Meanwhile on the next court Shayne Drummond fought hard to earn a 20 - 18 lead and two match points against Josh Edwards.

That's where the hope and the season ended for Tonkin's Sports, with Josh digging deep to defeat Shayne 22 - 20 and Lochlan feeling the pressure, had Mark Williamson come home with a wet sail to win 21 - 19.

In the end it was an 8 point victory to Hamper Warehouse, guaranteeing a finals berth for OJ Computers and ending the season for Tonkin's Sports and Stanvac Korean Autoparts who will play off in round 21 to determine which team finishes in 5th and 6th place.

Fleurieu Milk Company will face-off against Victor Podiatry Centre where the winner will secure second place and a double chance in the finals.

McDonalds play for pride against top team Hamper Warehouse and OJ Computers despite having the bye, and can now take comfort that this week's results won't impact on them playing finals.