Pavillard nets third Burrell Cup title

This article has photo gallery Published on Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Location(s): Garden Island

Topic(s): HMAS Albatross, Sport, Squadrons, 816 Squadron, Tennis

Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Andrew Gibson (centre) presents the Burrell Cup to Leading Seaman Tim Holder (L) and Commander Marc Pavillard as winners of the Navy's premier tennis doubles tournament, hosted at Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: LSIS  Brenton Freind)
Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Andrew Gibson (centre) presents the Burrell Cup to Leading Seaman Tim Holder (L) and Commander Marc Pavillard as winners of the Navy's premier tennis doubles tournament, hosted at Garden Island, Sydney.

Two former colleagues from HMAS Albatross have teamed up to win the Burrell Cup, Navy’s annual doubles tennis competition.
 
Commander Marc Pavillard and Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Tim Holder, formerly of 816 Squadron, beat Able Seaman Electronics Technician Nick Desilas and Lieutenant Commander Trine O’Sullivan 6-3 in the final.
 
The former Commanding Officer of 816 Squadron, Commander Pavillard, said the match was “a real battle” despite the score.
 
“They were the best and most consistent team we had played all day, and they definitely tested us,” he said. 
 
“The pivotal aspect of the match was at 3-3 when my partner was serving. We were down several break points and could have easily lost the game. Had we done so, the momentum may have changed and we would have struggled to overcome them.” 
 
Commander Pavillard and Leading Seaman Holder had not lost a game during the day and went into the final with confidence.
 
They took an early lead 2-0 but then lost their serve and allowed their opposition to tie the match 2-2, then 3-3.
 
The pair regathered to break the serve of their opponents and Commander Pavillard was able to serve out the match to love.
 
“Our game plan was to be consistent and keep the ball in play; make them make the mistakes,” he said. 
 
“In the end, we were just slightly more consistent than they were. Although most games were very close and the match could have easily swung the other way,” he said.
 
Commander Pavillard has a nose for a strong doubles partner, winning last year’s cup with Captain John Metzl.
 
This year’s title is the third Burrell Cup he has won in four years.
 
He asked Leading Seaman Holder to partner him in the tournament after losing to the sailor during the semi-finals of Navy’s annual singles tennis tournament, the Carr Cup, last month, which Leading Seaman Holder went on to win.
 
“I knew he was good and needed to stack my team so I asked him to partner me,” Commander Pavillard said.
 
The Burrell Cup has been contested for the past 62 years, starting in 1955. The cup was donated by the late Vice Admiral Sir Henry Burrell, a keen tennis player.
 
816 Squadron is home to the Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopters.