This year’s new MVP Cup night was a huge success! lots of you came to support 16 of the best players of this season, one of each team. Unfortunately, Premium A and Chillers didn’t send their best players, so we started with 14 players, giving the number one and two of the ranking, Andy Beckerich and Lee Darch a bye for the first round.
The Cup was played with a ranking system. Out of those 16 players, the number 1 ranked played against the number 16, the number 2 against the number 15 etc, as all players had already had 30 weeks to define the sorting order.
The first round matches were:
|Andy Beckerich||Pink Ladies||2||–||0||Chillers||Bye|
|Paul Shilling||Wingies Warriors||2||–||0||El Barranquet||Jose Lino|
|Alexis Aristizobal||Mario’s||2||–||1||The Lowry||Gary Bowden|
|Ian Whitby||Bariloche||1||–||2||Lowry Raiders||Dave Bellis|
|Brian Lutwyche||Teulada Panthers||2||–||0||Pink Ladies||Jo McLaughlin|
|Sparky||Tropicana||2||–||1||La Cova||Abraham Salinas|
|Lee Darch||Bariloche||2||–||0||Premium A||Bye|
Biggest surprise in the first round was Ian Whitby, number 3 of the players ranking, losing with 2-1 from number 14 ranked Dave Bellis, number 64 on this years players list.
The quarter Finals were:
|Andy Beckerich||Pink Ladies||2||–||1||Miramar||Kass|
|Alexis Aristizobal||Mario’s||1||–||2||Wingies Warriors||Paul Shilling|
|Dave Bellis||Lowry Raiders||1||–||2||Teulada Panthers||Brian Lutwyche|
No real surprises there, the highest ranked players won their matches.
The semi finals were:
|Andy Beckerich||Druids Cave||0||–||2||Wingies Warriors||Paul Shilling|
|Brian Lutwyche||Teulada Panthers||1||–||2||Bariloche||Lee Darch|
In the semi finals, Andy Beckerich couldn’t meet the high expectations being this years best player in the league, as he lost 2-0 from Paul Shilling, number 7 in the league and ranked number 5 in the MVP Cup.
Brian was close to a surprise against Lee Darch, but found Lee winning 2-1 after an exciting match.
That made the final going between Paul Shilling and Lee Darch, beinmg played in a best of 5 format.
In the final, Lee took a steady 2-0 lead. Paul however, saved the best for last and won the last three legs, beating Lee 3-2 with both players reaching a high level with good scores and great finishes!
|Paul Shilling||Wingies Warriors||3||–||2||Bariloche||Lee Darch|
Thanks to Druids Cave’s Lee and Attie for hosting this MVP Cup final!