Townsville mums grab Mother’s Day miracle victory
THIS is one Mother's Day they'll never forget.
Townsville mums Natasha Chaplin and Rebecca Matheson showed they can still match it with the best, beating Brisbane sisters Jordan and Justine Mowen in a thrilling three-set final at Seafront Oval on Sunday.
The Fraser Coast Regional Beach Volleyball Invitational women's decider was utterly brilliant as the pair used all their combined expertise to end the Mowens' unbeaten run through the two-day tournament.
Chaplin and Matheson, who each have two children, looked gone at 6-10 down in the third and deciding set, but pulled off a Mother's Day miracle when Chaplin produced an ace to take the title.
It was a final that had everything - stunning momentum swings, incredible diving digs and ample tension - as Chaplin and Matheson needed four championship points before completing the upset victory.
"At the end of the game, Bec (Matheson) actually turned to me and said 'did we actually win that', and I said 'I'm not sure, maybe we should check'," Chaplin said after the game.
"We were definitely the underdogs this weekend and to come up against such formidable players, and they are some brilliant players, in the final and win is quite amazing."
Chaplin and Matheson won the opening set, but tough serving from Jordan and some powerful smashes from Justine saw the younger pair square the ledger.
The top-ranked Queensland pair continued to dominate in the third set, racing out to a four-shot lead after an 8-3 run.
But Chaplin and Matheson, who have 32 years of volleyball experience between them, chipped away and saved two championship points before prevailing 19-17.
Matheson said there were a number of motivating factors that contributed to their triumph.
"At one stage out there, Tash (Chaplin) said to me c'mon, let's do it for the kids'. It was really beautiful and we really had that in the back of our minds," she said.
"But really I think we wanted to win for each other.
"Tash and I have been together for a very long time, and to keep pushing and have that resolve in the end was just phenomenal."