Our 2023 Series Event Two at Hallamshire Squash and Rackets Club in Sheffield took place on 25th March and the Northern UK Racketball contingent had a field day, securing 5 out of 7 of the day's titles!
In the A Grade Yorkshireman Mike Tolman swept through the draw without dropping a game, taking his first title of 2023. Likewise in the B Grade, Paul Knocker Norton (2022 Series 3rd Place finisher) got his year under way in style, taking out his Doubles partner Billy Hawes in the Final in straight games. In a rare win for the Mid/Southern part of the UK, Shropshire's Barry Talbot battled through a tough group in the O40's, in particular scraping past Kieran Muldoon 13/11 in the 3rd in a tight best of 3.
In his first UK Racketball Series event back post knee surgery Merv Davies got another win on the board for the rest of the UK as he took the O50s title over regular UK Racketballer Paul Dodds. Great to see Merv back and I'm sure he will be menacing the rest of the O50s regulars for the remainer of the year now!
A big draw in the O60s was taken in emphatic style by Paul Haigh without dropping a game, despite having to play 5 matches in the day. Graham Greensall continued his strong start to the 2023 season by winning through a group of 4 in the O70s, meaning he takes firm control at the top of the Series rankings with two tournament wins out of two. Finally, an entertaining Doubles final was won by local Hallamshire duo Dan Hindmarch and Olly Jansen over Merv Davies and Stuart Dix 2/1.
Thanks to Hallamshire for hosting us once again, it was a great day of matches and we look forward to re visiting in October for the British Open! Until then, we move on to the next event - the Central Open in Bristol on 22nd April...
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