Watson, Mercer rejoice after stunning come from behind win
INAUGURAL Fraser Coast Regional Beach Volleyball Invitational men's champion Mike Watson only had one request for the organisers of this year's event: "Make sure you invite me next year."
Watson, 24, along with Will Mercer took out the title after coming from a set down to beat three-time Olympian Joshua Slack and six-time Queensland champion Dan Carey in the final yesterday.
Watson was originally overlooked for an invitation, but was drafted in as a late replacement for Maryborough-born London Olympian Andrew Grant, who broke his finger last week.
And it was probably fitting he would have the last say, hammering a spike down the middle to bring up the winning point.
"We're both really big competitors so we were always going to be competing no matter what the game is or what the stage is," Watson said.
"But to win in front of a big crowd like this and in the sunshine, it's unbelievable."
The three-set triumph was sweet revenge for Watson and Mercer, who went down to Slack and Carey in another three-set struggle earlier in the day.
The pair lost the first set 21-12, before taking the second 21-19 and winning the decider 15-10.
Mercer, who has performed on the World Tour, said they were able to find another gear in pressure moments.
"We knew we were coming back in the second set, but in that first set we just decided 'let's have a bit of fun the rest of this set, see it out and start again in the second' and we did a good job to come back," he said.
"Once we got that little bit of a lead at the start we knew we almost had it in the bag so we kept playing well."