Talented pairing celebrates their Cressy 500 win
TENNIS: Cressy's Steve Griffin and Rockhampton's Andrew Jones have taken the honours in the inaugural Cressy 500 tournament.
Their grand final against Rockhampton's Brendan Latcham and Emerald's Don Cameron went down to the wire, decided in the doubles after the two pairs were locked at one-all after the two singles matches.
Griffin and Jones held their nerve to take victory - and the $500 winner's cheque - on what was a special day for Rockhampton tennis.
The tournament, which featured eight of the region's best tennis players, was held as part of the Cressy Tennis Club's 70th anniversary celebrations and to coincide with the official opening of Rockhampton's new artificial courts.
Jones was thrilled with the victory.
"It's just really good when you put in the effort to be rewarded so I'm just incredibly happy with how it all went," he said.
"We've never played before, Steve and I. It was a good pairing and we came out on top. We might have to look to play again in the future.
"It was a great event, one of the best tournaments I've played in, so thanks to everyone involved."
Griffin said he was stoked, and paid tribute to his great playing partner.
A member of Cressy for about six years, Griffin's win held special significance and not only because it was his club's special day.
"It's a very big night (for the club) and it's a great honour to take this competition out in its inaugural year," he said after the final.
"I got a liver transplant 22 years ago and tomorrow's Donate Life Day so I'd just like to thank my donors as well. I wouldn't be here without them so I'm very honoured to win for them today too."
Cressy's celebrations continued after the tennis, with a Night of Nostalgia in the Rod Laver Hall.
About 80 people attended the function, where memories were shared and an array of historic items was on display, including the Rockhampton Regional Council's collection of tennis great Rod Laver's memorabilia.