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Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open 2015
05-10 May, Ipswich UK, $5k
10-May, Final:
Gaskin grabs the title
Alec Livingstone Reports

Arthur Gaskin, the top seed, is the new Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open Champion after a 3-2 win over Chris Fuller – the best PSA Tour final Ipswich has hosted.

Of course, this was something of a homecoming for Gaskin who spent a year as the Club’s Head Coach but the slightly partisan crowd were quick to appreciate the fantastic performance of his opponent in a match whose outcome was in doubt until the very end.

Perhaps it was playing in front of a ‘home’ crowd, but Gaskin got off to a shaky start with three complete mishits in the first game. Even so, there was never much in it and he steadied to take the game 11/8. Fuller upped the pace in the second and frequently wrong footed Gaskin, pulling him into the front corner before catching him with a pacey crosscourt. 1-1.

The third game was crucial. Gaskin was catching his opponent with quick boasts and seemed comfortably up at 6-3. But just a few quick rallies later his opponent had reeled off a fistful of points to reach game ball. This was the crunch. If Fuller could take the third, did Gaskin have enough to come back? We never found out because Gaskin dug deep, squared the game, went on to win it 12/10 and was a game up, not a game down.

Although Fuller won the fourth, and they were tied at 5-5 in the 5th, the tide was beginning to flow Gaskin’s way and despite the match having lasted well over the hour, suddenly there were quick points – a deft volley nick from Gaskin followed by a serve that hit the nick and Gaskin had a handful of match points. Although Fuller got one of them back, Gaskin wasn’t going to give this one up and ran out the winner. A truly excellent match much appreciated by the spectators.

“I’ve seen Arthur play and the game went pretty much as I expected. I shouldn’t be too hard on myself, I think I played well – but it would have been nice to have won.” Chris Fuller.

“I’ve had a great couple of weeks. The Europeans were special and then to have time back in Ipswich was fabulous. And, of course, a win to round it off in front of a ‘home’ crowd.” Arthur Gaskin.

Christchurch Vets 2015
05-10 May, Ipswich UK, $5k
Round One
07 May  18.00-20.15
08 May
09 May
10 May
[1] Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
11/9, 11/3, 11/4 (33m)
Rui Soares (Por)
[1] Arthur Gaskin
11/6, 11/3, 11/6 (29m
[8] Lyell Fuller
[1] Arthur Gaskin

11/8, 5/11, 11/3, 11/9 (52m)

[Q] Patrick Rooney

[1] Arthur


 11/8, 4/11, 12/10, 8/11, 11/6 (89m)


[3] Chris

[8] Lyell Fuller (Eng)
11/5, 11/8, 11/6 (28m)
[wc] Josh Turmel (Eng)
[6] Joel Makin (Wal)
 11/8, 11/9, 11/7 (40m)
[Q] Patrick Rooney (Eng)
[Q] Patrick Rooney
 13/11, 12/10, 11/2 (32m
[4] Mike Harris
[4] Mike Harris (Eng)
11/7, 8/11, 11/4, 11/8 (43m)
Micah Franklin (Ber)
[Q] Nick Mulvey (Eng)
 7/11, 11/5, 11/4, 11/6 (48m)
[3] Chris Fuller (Eng)
[3] Chris Fuller
11/8, 5/11, 11/3, 11/8 (59m
[5] Robert Downer
[3] Chris Fuller

13/11, 11/3, 6/11, 11/6 (83m)

[2] Dougie Kempsell

Ashley Davies (Eng)
8/11, 11/2, 11/7, 11/6 (36m)
[5] Robert Downer (Eng)
[Q] Tristan Eysele (Rsa)
14/12, 11/7, 11/5 (36m)
[7] Mark Fuller (Eng)
[7] Mark Fuller
 12/10, 11/4, 7/11, 8/11, 11/7 (88m)
[2] Dougie Kempsell
[Q] Jaako Vähämaa (Fin)
11/9, 11/9, 11/9 (54mins)
[2] Dougie Kempsell (Sco)
06-May, Qualifying Finals:

Jaako Vähämaa (Fin)  3-0 Miles Jenkins (Eng)           11/7, 14/12, 11/9 (41m)
Patrick Rooney (Eng) 3-1 Phil Nightingale (Eng)  11/8, 11/2, 9/11, 11/4 (32m)
Tristan Eysele (Rsa) 3-0 Ondrej Uherka (Cze)           12/10, 11/7, 11/8 (38m)
Nick Mulvey (Eng) 3-0 Jamie Henderson (Sco)          19/17, 11/6, 11/8 (41m)

05-May, Qualifying Round One:

[1] Jaako Vähämaa (Fin)   bye
[5] Miles Jenkins 3-1 Daren Ramsey 9/11, 11/6, 11/4, 11/5       (38mins)
[4] Phil Nightingale 3-0 Ben Turmel                 11/5, 11/6, 11/3 (23mins)
[7] Patrick Rooney 3-0 Gary Nisbet               11/5, 11/6, 13/11 (32mins)
Ondrej Uherke 3-2 Robert Dadds   5/11, 8/11, 11/8, 11/2, 11/0 (63mins)
[3] Tristan Eysele 3-0 Jamie Goodrich 11/4, 11/2, 11/4             (23mins)
[2] Jamie Henderson 3-1 Owain Taylor 11/6, 11/6, 7/11, 11/7   (38mins)
[6] Nick Mulvey 3-0 Elliot Selby 11/6, 11/8, 11/9                       (28mins)

2014 Event | 2013 Event
09-May, Semis:
Fuller in the final against Gaskin

Top seed Arthur Gaskin will meet third seed Chris Fuller in Sunday’s final. Gaskin had a tough match against the country’s top junior Patrick Rooney. Although he won 3-1 there were times when he had to use all his experience to stay with the youngster.

Rooney has great shots and isn’t afraid to go for them. It’s great to watch, but they don’t all come off, and in the end a few clipped tins at critical times made a lot of difference.

If you play Dougie Kempsell you have to be prepared to be on court for a while. After his 88min quarter, today we had an 83min semi.

He got off to a good start and was 10-6 up before Chris Fuller, on his third racket, not only pegged him back but eventually took the first game 13/11 in just under half an hour.

From then on, despite trading long ferocious rallies, Fuller always just seemed to have the edge and despite losing the third he managed to avoid the sweaty puddles to take the fourth and the match.

08-May, Quarters:
Rooney reaches the semis
Alec Livingstone Reports

Qualifier Patrick Rooney is into the semi finals of the tournament after a tight 3-0 over 4th seed Michael Harris.

Rooney certainly wasn’t overawed by his opponent and held his nerve when game ball down in the first and again when he missed a game ball in the second. Having survived both of those he made quick work of taking the third and the match.

In the semi he will meet the top seed, Arthur Gaskin, the Irishman out of New York who was much too experienced for Lyell Fuller, although the latter pushed hard enough for Gaskin to have to show some of the touches he is capable of.

In the other half of the draw Chris Fuller and Robert Downer had a real tussle and although it was close, Fuller always just had the little edge that won the critical points.

He meets Dougie Kempsell in the semi.

As expected of a match between Kempsell and Mark Fuller, that quarter was a high intensity effort which was the match of the round, much appreciated by the Ipswich crowd. Kempsell edged the first two games but Fuller took the third and th despite a couple of spectacular diving retrieves from Kouempsell.

In the fifth, it was a more composed Kempsell than we have seen in previous years who slowly eked out a winning margin with all the frustration coming from his opponent.
07-May, First Round
Alec Livingstone Reports

In large part, the first round of the main draw was successful for the seeds in the draw. The one exception was Joel Makin who went down 3-0 to qualifier Patrick Rooney in a game of long punishing rallies as would be expected between two players of very similar style.

First seed Arthur Gaskin had a comfortable win over Rui Soares despite a tentative start. By contrast, second seed Kempsell had a 3-0 that really didn’t reflect how close Finn Jaako Vähämaa got, the 11/9, 11/9, 11/9 result taking just under the hour.

A match of particular note was the hugely entertaining contest between Chris Fuller and Nick Mulvey. Mulvey has impressed a lot of people this week and when he took the first game it raised the prospect of an upset, but in the end he couldn’t sustain the pace of a game of flair and quick fire nicks.

06-May, Qualifying Finals:

Four good matches to decide who joined the main draw.

Patrick Rooney was first up against Phil Nightingale and stormed into a comfortable 2-0 lead. But the pace dropped and he made a few unforced errors that let Nightingale back in at 2-1 which was the wake up Rooney needed to step the pace up and take the match.

Tristan Eysele is also through having saved game ball in the first with pace and having won the second with some nice drops and a couple of crosscourt nicks. A really enjoyable game against Ondrej Uherka, from two players with good shot variation.

In the first battle of the youngsters, Jamie Henderson lost to Nick Mulvey. He never quite recovered from serving out at 17/16 in the first and then losing it 19/17.

Last up, Jaako Vähämaa beat Miles Jenkins 3-0 in a match that was much closer than the score suggested. Great to see two young players prepared to go for their shots.

Under way in Ipswich

The first qualifying round of the tournament was tough for the local entries. None survived but Robert Dadds came close, taking an early 2-0 lead against the late replacement Ondrej Uherke. But Uherke's variety of shot had Dadds covering a lot of ground and it eventually took its toll, Uherke taking the last two games at a cost of only 2 points.
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