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Tough luck for Hat’s Masson at pickbleball national finals

By Medicine Hat News on July 14, 2017.

Medicine Hat News

If you’re going to lose, at least lose to the champs.

Medicine Hat’s Gordon Masson and teammate Alan Trudeau had some tough matchups at the Pickleball Canada National Tournament in Kelowna this past weekend, their only two defeats in the men’s 3.0 skill level doubles coming to the teams who wound up first and second when it was all said and done.

Masson and Trudeau fell 11-7, 11-3 to Rick Serafin and Neville Byles in the first round of the double knockout event. After working their way through the loser’s bracket — where only one set determined who moved on — with wins of 15-6, 15-4 and a dramatic come-from-behind 16-14 win over Bob Hodgins and Craig Morgan, they came up against Gord Herrmann and Glen Kinder and lost 15-9.

Serafin and Byles beat Herrmann and Kinder to take the title. More than 400 players from as far away as Florida competed in 24 different divisions at nationals.

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