Reigning Commonwealth Games champions Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann made a clean sweep of the four-stage Australian Beach Volleyball Tour, taking gold in today’s final.
The Adelaide based duo returned to the beach that delivered them Commonwealth Games glory to produce a convincing win over second seed Max Guehrer and Zachery Schubert, 2-0 (21-15, 21-16).
Schumann said the high calibre of talent coming through the men’s ranks made every round of the Tour a hard fought contest.
“Everyone’s been playing so well this summer, we’ve had so many challenging games even our pool games have been tight. It’s great that the standard of the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour has been so high all summer,” said Schumann.
“It’s cool to be back on this beach also for me personally as well. So happy to be able to do it with Chris, and get a few good results and enjoy ourselves - it’s been really good,” he said.
McHugh praised silver medalist Guehrer and Schubert who pushed the veterans all season.
“They (Max and Zac) played really good, they came out hard as they knew they would. They’re a confidence team and they’ve been playing really well this weekend.
“For us to come out and really perform under pressure, it was a really amazing performance by him (Damo) and our team this weekend,” said McHugh.
The bronze medal was claimed by third seed Thomas Hodges and Paul Burnett who delivered a strong win over Queensland locals Robert Reeves and Christopher Blake 2-0 (21-13, 21-18).
While an enthusiastic home crowd on Coolangatta beach spurred on Reeves and Blake in the second set to try to help them home, it wasn’t enough to get one over Hodges and Burnett, who jagged two bronze and two silver medals across the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour.