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The 2012 East Midlands Regional Closed Racketball Championships:
Nottingham Squash Rackets Club
 


04.03.12 

Reports

This was the first closed event to be held in the region and on the day over 35 people battled it out Nottingham Squash Rackets Club for the East Midlands racketball crown.

Men’s A

Group A was won by Mark Fuller, but he was fought all the way by Phil Scully in an hour long best of three.

In Group B, one game was all that separated the three competitors. They each beat one another but with was Pete Goodings who managed to sneak a game off Neil Rossin, to come out ahead with three points to Rossin and two for James Healey.

Group C saw a tough battle between John Maloney and Ant Horsley with Maloney taking the match 2-1, but Curtis Tomloinson came out on top as the only A grade winner to make it through the group stages without dropping a game.

In the third place group, Neil Rossin displayed his usual high level of fitness playing both matches back to back in tough contests. He beat Ant Horsley 2-0 but dropped a game to Neil Tatham in a brutal 2-1 win to claim 7th place.

The runner’s up group saw some really good racketball with John Maloney overcoming a tired Phil Scully to take the match 2-0 and claim 4th place. Maloney probably felt a bit aggrieved that he played Curtis Tomlinson so early on, as he would have liked to have been in the winner’s group.

In the finals group, the one that would decide the overall winner, Mark Fuller comfortably beat Curtis Tomlinson 2-0. Fuller went on to play Pete Goodings who went 1-0 up in the first game, hitting lots of winners with Fuller struggling to cope with Gooding pace and accuracy. In the end Fuller’s consistency got the better of Gooding’s flair, with Fuller taking the last two games, 11/8, 11/6 to bring the score to 2-1, taking the match and the A grade crown.  

Women’s

Jo Shelly started both games well but Lesley Strugess came back strong playing some incredibly accurate racketball hitting a really good length to put Shelly under pressure. In the end Sturgess’ experience told, and she came through as the worthy winner, 11-5, 11-8.

B Grade

Clyde Finch won all matches without dropping a game to win the group. It was a really tight battle for 2nd between Leigh Brusby and Dave Hudson, but Brusby came out on top in a very close 2-1. Lesley Strugess fought hard to win against Gary Slator, with her accuracy and touch giving her the advantage she needed.

C Grade

Grade C saw some brutal matches between Stuart Lowth and Dariuzs Wanatowski with Wanatowski coming out on top, but Lowth gave him a real run for his money. Wanatowski again came out on top, but only just in an epic contest against Liam Trusswell. Both players were retrieving balls from all over the court and fought right to the finish. In the end, Wanatowski’s determination saw him through but the group was eventually won by Jo Shelly who played controlled racketball right into all four corners.

Over 35s

Matt Jones’ great use of deception with flicks and changes of speed brought him within touching distance of taking the game from Jason Fearn, but Fearn fought back hard and it was almost one way traffic from the beginning of the second game and Fearn won the match and took the crown. Matt Jones v Andy Hale was point for point and really tight al the way through. Jones just about ran away with it at the end of both games, with late bursts that Hale couldn’t manage. Dariuzs Wanatowski ran hard all day but in the end the others were just too strong.

Over 45s

Despite playing down an age group, Nigel Millington came through strong without dropping a single game in the over 45s. Malcolm Bramley took second place, after fighting hard against Millington but he couldn’t quite keep up with the pace. Mark Newitt overcame Ian Jackson and Nick Clark in one of the biggest draws of the day.

Over 55s

Two groups of three played off for a straight final, with the winners of each group going through. John Farrow took a game off Nigel Millington in a tough battle in group A. The second group was won by Paul Oldham, who overcame Greg Marsters and David Philips with some tenacious racketball. The Over 55s final was a great spectacle on court 10 right at the end of the day. The crowd were rooting for the underdog Paul Oldham, but Millington does not lose many Over 55 matches and triumphed as the worthy winner. It will be great to see what Millington can do in the Nationals, but for the moment he has another title under his belt.

It was another great day of racketball in the region and with the first UK-Racketball Series Event taking place at the end of March at The Manor racketball’s future is looking good in the East M

Results

A Grade

1
Mark Fuller
2
Curtis Tomlinson
3
Pete Goodings
4
John Maloney
5
Phil Scully
6
James Healey
7
Neil Rossin
8
Ant Horsley
9
Neil Tatham

B Grade

1
Clyde Finch
2
Leigh Brusby
3
Dave Hudson
4
Lesley Sturgess
5
Gary Slaror

C Grade

1
Jo Shelley
2
Dariusz Wanatowski
3
Liam Trusswell
4
Stewart Lowth

Womens

1
Lesley Sturgess
2
Jo Shelley

Over 35's

1
Jason Fearn
2
Matt Jones
3
Andy Hale
4
Dariusz Wanatowski

Over 45's

1
Nigel Millington
2
Malcom Bramley
3
Mark Newitt
4
Ian Jackson
5
Nick Clark

Over 55's

1
Nigel Millington
2
Paul Oldham
3
Edward John Russell Farrow
4
Greg Marsters
5
Hans Billson
6
David Phillips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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