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The draws are now out for the next event in the 2018 UK-Racketball Series. To close the gap at the top of the Series rankings local man Adam Grilli will have his work cut out. In the group he will have to defeat Spencer Harris (9), Justin Jardine (31) and Simon Phillips from Northants. In the final he is likely to face Michael Wardle (3) or Peter Ellicock (7) but nothing short of a tournament win can see him take the Series top spot away from Stephen Widdison… Click here to view all the draws
By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor - click here for full article on SquashMad
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Squash players all over the UK are up in arms at plans by David Lloyd Clubs to close the majority of their squash courts to make way for a new fitness circuit called Blaze.The gym and rackets-sports chain were last night accused of lying to their members after being challenged to explain the reason for using squash courts to deliver this new activity. Players are furious that squash, rated the healthiest sport of all, is being sacrificed to make way for an untried programme that David Lloyd clearly hope will turn into the latest money-spinning fitness fad.
Several thousand members are understood to be affected by this new directive. Many have written to Squash Mad to complain. When I put their arguments to David Lloyd via email, my request for a media statement went unanswered.
When I posed the question on social media platform Twitter, an anonymous David Lloyd spokesperson responded by saying: “If our members wish to discuss why we will be introducing a Blaze studio to their Club in place of the courts, members should speak with the General Manager there as it was ultimately their decision to make this change.”
In response, I Tweeted: “Please clarify your remarks. You are expecting us to believe that various General Managers, at a number of locations, all decided independently to kill squash and use the courts for these untried Blaze circuits.” No reply was forthcoming.
One-Day Squash Doubles Tournament
Enter now for the one-day squash doubles tournament on1st September 2018 at Racquets Fitness Centre in Thame, Oxfordshire.
It'll be graded - so different standards will play in different draws. Always some top players - always well worth coming down to watch !
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Improver and Elite juniors welcome, D graders and all standards above D grade welcome.
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ENTRY FEE: £20, includes tickets for an exhibition match
*Money raised goes towards sending EPC men’s and ladies team to the European Club Championships on 18-23rd September
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: Friday 24th August
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The UK-Racketball Series returned to Hallamshire for a 4th year for what was another great event. Hallamshire is one of the best Racketball facilities in the country with 8 courts in total, 4 of which are glass backs with good seating. With a very comfortable bar the competitors have always enjoyed the atmosphere at this event in the past and this year was no exception.
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Click here for videos, curtesy of Lawrence Ogden
The B Grade was one of the largest draws on the day and was dominated by two players from Solihul Arden club in Warwickshire. Jonathan Stobart came through group A without dropping a game. Tom Hudson managed to repeat the feet in group B but was pushed hard by John Whitley from Wilsden. Stobart and Hudson are cousins so not only was a UK-Racketball Series title on the line but also bragging rights on the family Whatsapp group. In the end this pressure proved too much for Stobart as Hudson came through as victor. 5 matches and still standing.
Helen Cann defeated Liz Arnell 2-0 in a straight women’s final. Cann is fast and fit and this retrieval in the end proved too much for Arnell. A title for Cann won on the “Nick Matthew Championship Court”.
Video's and photos can be found at Kelly Eastment Squash on Facebook.
Full results are below. These will feed into the National Rankings which are due to be released at the start of August.
1) Chris O’Neill
2) Graham Manser
3) Toby Dawson
4) Lewis Wells
1) Pete Higgins
2) Dan Foden
3) Kelly Eastment
4) Gordon Steady
Final between Chris O’Neill v Pete Higgins
1) Pete Higgins
2) Chris O’Neill
Over 40s (was a mix of men and women)
1) Jonathon Edwards
2) Simon Rowland
3) Clare Young
4) Gordon Steady
1) Mike Phillips
2) Mick Leeson
3) Neil Evans
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All grades are running with the biggest draw on the day being the Over 60's.
Series leader Stephen Widdison's absence and 2nd and 3rd placed Adam Grilli and Graham Greensall in the line up this looks like a very good chance for them to narrow the gap at the top of the Series Rankings.
West Worthing Racketball Open 2018 - note not a UK-Racketball Series event this is being run by Kelly Eastment so please contact her directly - email@example.com - 07824874746
Multiple categories available, please see poster.
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New National Rankings are now online. As always follow the drop down to select the category that you would like to view. All of this years previous months rankings are also on the page so you can go back in time and see how you are progressing.
In the Open Category Tim Vail has maintained his hold over the top spot with Richard Davies climbing 6 places to take the 4th spot.
Adam Grilli is still England no.1 in the Over 40's but his lead is only 50 points over 2nd place and 295 points ahead of 3rd.
Victory in Northumberland takes Michael Wardle to the top of the prestigious Over 50's. Shiv Pabary is the big climber up 17 places.
The top 3 in the Over 60's remain unchanged. A final at Northumberland takes Peter Fielding up 8 places to 14.
No movement at the top of the Women's Rankings.
Series Rankings will be out soon so that you can see how close you are getting to the top prize!
Northumberland Racketball Open today. See UK_Racketball on twitter for updates. Our twitter feed also now runs on the website home page on the left hand side.
UK-Racketball is now on Instagram - we will be uploading the best photo from each event this year. Follow us now https://www.instagram.com/ukracketball/
The draws are now online for Event 4 of the 2018 UK-Racketball Series. This is the first time that the Series has travelled to the North East. A strong local Racketball contingent will take on our Series regulars...
The 4th event of this years Series is NEXT Saturday. Entries close at the end of Monday but don't hesitate and enter now to secure your spot! Enter online here fantasysquashshop.com/events/uk-racketball/the-northumberland-racketball-open-event-3-of-the-2018-uk-racketball-series-23rd-june-2018.html
For more information and to enter over the phone call Mark directly on 07846067505
Northumberland Club is one of the best facilities in the UK-Racketball Series this year and the event is shaping up nicely with plenty of local interest and some top Racketball players making the journey.
Follow this link to see where you sit after 3 of the 10 events this season.
Remember points mean prizes, the higher you can climb the better you will do!
National Ranking update to follow.
Event 3 of the 2018 UK-Racketball Series is set to be a busy one.
The first ever UK-Racketball Series doubles event sees a full draw with Ted Jeal and Billy Jones seeded one.
Follow this link to view all the draws and schedules - www.uk-racketball.com/e3---bexley---9th-june.html
Harrogate was the furthest the UK-Racketball Series had ever travelled to the North of England. Yorkshire is one of the real hotspots of Racketball and Harrogate has recently undergone a fantastic refurbishment making it an ideal venue for the UK-Racketball Series.
The Over 50’s started this year as it finished last year as the largest draw of the day. It was three matches for all competitors just to make it out of the groups and then a further two in the winners group to take the title. Patrick Osborn who missed the Nationals through injury sailed through Group A without dropping a game. In Group 2 local player Paul Mancy had to withdraw injured and Lee Sadler capitalised to secure a spot in the Finals Group.
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Lawrence Ogden has now uploaded all the videos from The Harrogate Racketball Open. Follow this link to view them all now or click on the image below.
Results, reports, photos and updated rankings coming very soon...
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This is the furthest that the Series has ever travelled to the north and it's a great entry with all 6 grades running. The A Grade has some big names with Ted Jeal facing off with Dominic Hamilton. The Over 40's has arguably two of the strongest players in the country with Ryan Loska and Adam Grilli. The 50's is once again the largest draw on the day with 13 competitors. Players in the B are set for a brutal day with 2 big groups, players need to win 4 matches just to make it through. The women's is a 3 way group with Jennifer Spencer and Alison Page taking on Series player Tanya Ruff. In the Over 60's Stephen Widdison is on a 22 match unbeaten run, can anyone end it on Saturday?!?
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