PETROTRIN were crowned National Inter-Club Tennis champions on Sunday night at Eddie Taylor Public Courts, King George V Park, St Clair.
The Point-a-Pierre-based club came from behind to defeat Tennis Patrons in an exciting final to the very first national inter-club competition in some two decades.
After losing the first two matches of the fixture, Petrotrin bounced back and were virtually certain to win the title when Fed Cup player Trevine Sellier stepped up to tackle under-18 player Aryanne Hart in the fifth and final match.
At that stage the final was deadlocked at 2-2, but Patrons were in front as they had a 20-19 edge in games won.
However, the lead was not going to be sufficient as Hart was not expected to really threaten the former national doubles champ and the underdog went down 2-8.
As a result, Petrotrin ended up prevailing 27-22 to earn the $10,000 winners' cheque, while Patrons picked up $6,000 for being the bridesmaids.
As expected, Patrons began very strongly, with Davis Cup players Liam Gomez and Richard Chung rolling over Tobagonian Jovani Lewis and Denzil Clement 8-2 in men's doubles. And Scott Lanser increased the lead by dismissing under-18 player Shaquille Bernard with surprising ease 8-1.
But Petrotrin used "girl power" to get their act together as two-time national singles champ Shenelle Mohammed and former national doubles champ Leah Alcala defeated Hart and under-12 player Emma Davis 8-4.
With Hart down to face Sellier in the final match, the Maraval-based Patrons knew that they needed to make the mixed doubles a competitive affair to have any chance to complete the upset.
But former national champ Chung and Olivia Mitchell failed to win a single game from two-time Tranquillity Open champ Mohammed and this year's "Tranquil" runner-up Lewis and the women's singles turned into to nothing more than a formality.
The two teams had completely dominated their respective round-robin groups on Friday night and the day before. And the script did not change in Sunday morning's semi-finals when Petrotrin crushed Arima Tennis Masters 40-14 and Patrons--the youngest of the eight teams in the competition--cruised past New Public Courts 38-12.
Arima, represented by Colin Auguste, Darcelle Charles and rising star Nabeel Mohammed, went on to trounce Jelani Davidson and his Public Courts teammates 36-19 for third place.
The teams picked up $4,000 and $2,000, while Sevilla took the $1,000 prize for sportsmanship in the three-day tournament.