It was around 9am when we started and at 3pm we had played 6 rounds of matches and then found ourselves in the Final. Needless to say we were feeling a little nervous but I told my partner that if we continue to play with the passion and tactical awareness the medals are ours. We won out 21-10 19-21 22-20. I could have ran home with the excitement and to this day I don't remember who I actually played the final with because he gave up soon after and I never saw him again:( I wonder does he still have his medal?
In the last decade the ITTF have unfortunately started to reduce the amount of doubles competitions in International events. This then has an impact at a local and National level because Associations start to wonder is their much point placing emphasis on events that are not taken to seriously. I always entered Doubles on my entry forms for senior and junior events when I was a player. I would usually call some player at my level and ask them to enter my name on their entry form and visa versa. That means I would take control over my own entry and not have my coach or trainer doing it for me which defeats independence and stops a player from taking responsibility.
Doubles is FUN, TACTICAL, STRATEGICAL and gets you and your partner thinking more about how to win and overcome your opponents. I have recently asked the Manager of Dundrum Club to implement a new Doubles Event called FRIDAY NIGHT DOUBLES to see if we can get some good doubles partners to start enjoying the game and to progress. Get out there and start playing doubles and most of all GOOD LUCK!!!