National Racketball Champs 2013
28-30 June, Edgbaston, Birmingham
|Sunday, the FINALS:
[5/8] Jaymie Haycocks bt [3/4] Ted Jeal 11-2 11-7 11-6 in
Haycocks was victorious in the Men's Championship as he took
his tremendous form into the final against Ted Jeal.
himself has been playing very well but couldn’t impose
himself in the final, Haycocks got off to a great start as
he found himself 6-0 up, then relentlessly took the first
Jeal started to fare better in the 2nd game but at 5-5 it
was Haycocks who took 4 points on the trot to give himself a
great chance of going 2-0 up and that’s exactly what he did.
Jeal again competed well in the early stages of the third
game but midway through it was Haycocks again who upped the
pace and took 5 points on the trot to take the game 11-6 and
the Mens Title 3-0 in 31 minutes.
 Claire Walker bt Paula Arrowsmith 11-4 11-3 11-4 in 14m
Claire Walker adds her name to the Womens trophy in style as
she defeated her club mate and county partner, Paula
Arrowsmith 3-0. Walker has been in top form this weekend and
finishes with two titles to her name as she also
successfully retained her Women O40 crown.
MEN O35 FINAL
[3/4] Andy Corben bt  Richard Davies
The quickest final of the day goes to Andy Corben who
unfortunately/fortunately whichever way you look at it
received a walkover from Richard Davies to win the Mens O35
title. Davies was forced to retire before the match started
due to an injured leg.
WOMEN O35 FINAL
Sarah Taylor bt Sam Mueller 11-9 12-10 11-7 in 29m
Sarah Taylor successfully defended her Women O35 crown as
she defeated Sam Mueller in a hard, fast paced match. The
match started with both girls hitting hard drives and cross
courts which had the ball pinging off the front wall with a
few drops dropped in just to catch each other out and the
match finished that way with neither player seeming to tire!
Mueller contested very well and matched Taylor point for
point almost but Taylor stayed strong and determined to
close each game out.
MEN O40 FINAL
[5/8] Mike Gregory bt [5/8] Mike Harris 11-8 11-8 11-3 in
Gregory and Harris played out a great final, both players
extremely talented with the racket and both have had a great
run through the tournament entertaining the crowds. Gregory
got off to a great start and found himself 7-2 up, Harris
got back to 6-8 but Gregory crept up to game ball and
eventually took it 11-8.
The second game continued in the same fashion with Gregory
sailing into an 8-3 lead, despite Harris best efforts he
could only reach 6-8 before Gregory pushed on to game ball,
again Gregory pushed on and closed the game out 11-8.
third saw Gregory play extremely well as he cruised to a 6-1
lead, Harris quickly took a few points on the trot but from
7-3 Gregory didn’t look back and took the game 11-3 and the Mens O40 Title.
MEN O45 FINAL
Andy Murray bt  Neil Baldwin 8-11 11-9 12-10 11-6 in 50m
A very close Final this as unseeded Andy Murray took on the
top seed and defending champ Neil Baldwin. Baldwin took the
first 11-8 then Murray took the 2nd 11-9. The third game saw
Murray 8-5 up only for Baldwin to fight his way back to game
ball at 10-9, he couldn’t convert that chance and it was
Murray who took the advantage claiming the game 12-10.
Murray buoyed by the 3rd game took that momentum with him
into the 4th and soon found himself 4-1 and 10-2 up, Baldwin
did his best to hang in and saved 4 match balls but he had
already given too much of an advantage to Murray it was
Murray who went on to win that game 11-6 and the O45 Title.
WOMEN O45 FINAL
 Lesley Sturgess bt [3/4] Bev Vatcher 11-5 11-6 11-5 in
Bev Vatcher took on defending champion Lesley Sturgess in
the Women's O45 Final and seemed to settle into the match a
lot quicker than Sturgess did. It was Vatcher who took the
early lead and kept it as the match went on.
Sturgess was competitive throughout but couldn’t seem to get
infront, Vatcher played very well throughout and didn’t let
Sturgess impose herself on the game at all. Vatcher claims
the Women's O45 crown with a 3-0 victory.
MEN O50 FINAL
[3/4] Paul Haigh bt  Patrick Osborn 11-9 5-11 11-9 11-8
Paul Haigh claims the Mens O50 Final with another hard
fought match. Haigh took on top seed Patrick Osborn and took
the first 11-9, Osborn responded well in the second and
claimed an easier match 11-5.
Haigh rose to the challenge and found himself 8-3 then 10-5
up in the third, Osborn saved 4 match balls but couldn’t
quite get to a tie break as Haigh took the game 11-9 and the
advantage going into the 4th. Both players matched each
other point for point but it was Haigh who had that little
bit extra to see him through as he took the 4th 11-8 and
with it the Mens O50 title.
WOMEN O50 FINAL
Paula Arrowsmith bt  Lesley Sturgess 11-8 11-6 11-4 in
With both girls playing an earlier final each and both
losing, the pressure was on in this match and more so for
Sturgess being defending champion.
Sturgess got off to a
good start and took a 5-2 lead in the first game but
Arrowsmith was determined and won 5 points on the trot to
get to 8-5, Sturgess competed well but Arrowsmith kept the
lead and took the game 11-8.
The second game was more evenly contested but again
Arrowsmith had that little bit extra and pushed on to take
it 11-6. The third game saw Arrowsmith run away with it and
Sturgess didn’t seem to be able get into it, 11-4 to
Arrowsmith and with it the Women's O50 title.
MEN O55 FINAL
 Rob Shay bt Peter Scott 11-9 6-11 11-4 9-11 11-6 in 57m
This final was a real battle between Rob Shay and Peter
Scott with both players taking turns to claim a hard fought
game. No player seemed to be able to get an advantage as
they went through game after game matching each other point
for point. With the games tied at
2-2 after an hour it all
came down to the fifth, again both players matched point for
point until 6-6 where Shay pulled away to take it 11-6 and
the victory 3-2 in 57 minutes.
Christine Park bt Jane Smith 11-7 11-8 11-7 in 18m
Christine Park took Women O55 glory has she beat Jane Smith
3-0 in 18 minutes. Smith contested well but just didn’t have
enough to trouble Park who has been strong throughout the
MEN O60 FINAL
 Ian Graham bt  Roy Burns 11-5 8-11 11-3 11-5 in 53m
One of the few finals with the top two seeds contesting it
saw Ian Graham face Roy Burns. Ian Graham was defending his
title and started well taking the first game only for Burns
to pull one back.
Burns couldn’t keep that momentum up in
the third as Graham came out fighting and claimed it 11-3,
the fourth saw Graham race into an early lead as he went 6-0
up, Burns tried to get back into it but Graham was too good
and closed the game out 11-5.
Bett Dryhurst bt Linda Smith 11-7 11-9 11-3 in 23m
Bett Dryhurst claimed an incredible 26th National Racketball
Title today as she defeated Linda Smith 3-0 in 23 minutes.
Dryhurst has been winning titles since 1984 and that trend
doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon. Dryhurst completed
her group winning all her games to retain her title.
MEN O65 RR
Lancashire's David Scurlock was victorious in the Mens O65
round robin as he recorded most victories in the group. His
toughest opponent was Bryan Patterson who managed to take a
game from Scurlock but wasn’t strong enough to push him any
further. Scurlock takes the title with Patterson facing
Howard Thompson for the runner up spot.
MEN O70 Final
Rod Embley bt John Shingler 11-6 11-5 11-7 in 19m
Both round robin group winners faced off today to decide the
Mens O70 Championship. Rod Embley took on John Shingler and
it was Embley who came out on top. Embley played well and
once he got infront never looked back, Shingler gave it his
all but just couldn' match Embley today.
Full Results Listing
Full Results Listing
|Sunday, Semi-Finals and
[5/8] Jaymie Haycocks Bt  Tim Vail 11-5 11-5 8-11
[3/4] Ted Jeal Bt  Dominic Hamilton 11-4 11-6 11-9 30m
Jaymie Haycocks knocked out favourite and holder Tim Vail to
guarantee a new name on the Men's Trophy. Haycocks played
very well and pushed Vail hard from the get go and seemed
able to retrieve everything Vail threw at him.
Haycocks took the first two games 11-5 and the 3rd saw both
players match each other point for point before Vail took
the deciding points to take the game, the 4th was much the
same as Haycocks got to 9-8 and then pushed on to defeat the
defending champ 11-8 in 64 minutes.
Haycocks will now face Ted Jeal who looks in form at the
moment as he knocked out 2nd seed Dominic Hamilton in
straight games. Jeal was fast out of the blocks and didn’t
give Hamilton a chance to get into it, the second and third
games were much closer but Jeal just played too good today
and goes into the final the fresher player.
 Claire Walker Bt [3/4] Matilda Parslow 11-13 11-3 11-4
11-3 in 24m
Paula Arrowsmith Bt  Rhianne O’Donnell 11-6 7-11 3-11
11-8 11-3 in 30m
Claire Walker continues on in good form as she beat Matilda
Parslow 3-1 in 24 minutes. Parlsow battled well in the first
saving 4 match balls before taking the tie break 13-11, from
then on though it was Walker who took control and didn’t
give Parslow much to go on as she took the following 3
Walker will now face club team mate Paula Arrowsmith in the
final as experience once again overcome youth, Arrowsmith
took the first game only for O’Donnell to claim the next
two. The 4th game was close but Arrowsmith seemed to handle
the pressure better and closed the game out 11-8 to set up a
fifth. O’Donnell couldn’t quite impose herself in the fifth
as Arrowsmith continued to play to her strengths taking the
weight off the ball and boasting and dropping well to win
11-3 and the match 3-2.
MEN O40 SF
[5/8] Mike Harris Bt [3/4] Mark Webster 7-11 11-4 11-8 11-1
[5/8] Mike Gregory Bt [5/8] Pete Goodings 11-8 11-5 11-9 25m
Mike Gregory booked his place in the final with a 3-0
victory over Pete Goodings in 25 minutes. Both players put
their racket skills on show in this one with some great
boasts and deceptive shots thrown in. Gregory started on
fire in the first and found himself 10-1 up only for
Goodings to take the next 7 points on the trot, Gregory held
his nerve though and went on to take the game 11-8. The
second was more closely contested but at 5-5 Gregory started
to pull away and took it 11-5 and went on to clinch the 3rd
game 11-9 to book his spot in the final.
Gregory will now face Club Coach Mike Harris after he
continued his great run by taking out another top seed in
Mark Webster. Webster started well and took the first 11-7,
Harris came out fighting in the 2nd and from 4-3 up started
to dominate and eventually took the game 11-4. Webster
competed better in the 3rd and matched Harris point for
point until at 8-8 Harris closed it out 11-8, Harris 2-1 up
now and didn’t look back as he cruised into the final with
an 11-1 win in the fourth game.
MEN O45 SF
 Neil Baldwin Bt [3/4] Simon Martin 3-11 6-11 11-5 11-4
11-5 in 65m
Andy Murray Bt  Marc Thornley 11-4 9-11 11-6 11-2 in 33m
Simon Martin gave Neil Baldwin a real good run for his money
in their semi final which went over the hour. Martin started
well and took the first game 11-3 only for Baldwin to come
back and take the second. The match then see sawed between
the pair with neither seeming able to take real control as
they headed into a fifth. That game then saw Baldwin start
to pull away from 3-3 to 8-4 and then held his nerve to
close the game out 11-5.
Baldwin will now face Andy Murray who knocked out the 2nd
seed Marc Thornley in 4 games. Murray got a good start and
took the first 11-4 only for Thornley to kick on in the 2nd
and take a close game 11-9. The match was played with a
fierce pace and Murray seemed to have the fresher legs and
managed to take the 3rd 11-6, Thornley was noticeably fading
in the 4th and Murray took full advantage to take the game
and the match to book a place in the final.
WOMEN O45 SF
 Lesley Sturgess Bt [3/4] Christine Baldwin 11-1 11-5
11-5 in 13m
[3/4] Bev Vatcher Bt Claire Baker 11-9 11-8 11-4 in 35m
Bev Vatcher got through a tough game against Claire Baker in
3 games to go into the Final. Both girls got the blue ball
flying around the court and the first two games got a little
scrappy with both games going to the wire but it was Vatcher
who seemed to keep her cool and focus amongst the ‘lets’
best to close the games out. Vatcher sealed it in the 3rd in
a more comfortable fashion 11-4.
She will now face defending champ Lesley Sturgess who played
very well against Christine Baldwin to take a 3-0 victory in
just 13 minutes. Sturgess seems determined to hold onto her
title and didn’t give Baldwin much hope.
MEN O50 SF
 Patrick Osborn Bt [5/8] Buzby Williams 11-7 11-4 11-2 in
[3/4] Paul Haigh Bt [5/8] Janak Malkani 11-5 11-13 11-4 11-6
Patrick Osborn continued to impress against Buzby Williams
as he made his way into the final with a 3-0 victory. The
match was a lot more difficult than the score reflects with
the mast lasting 40 minutes, Williams competed in the
rallies well but Osborn was too good and now moves into the
final to face 3/4 seed Paul Haigh. Haigh had a tougher match
against Janak Malkani in a what was a well contested match,
Malkani did take a game from Haigh but couldn’t push on,
Haigh was too good on the day and moves into the final.
WOMEN O50 SF
 Lesley Sturgess v [3/4] Carolyn Boyd 11-4 11-7 11-7 in
Paula Arrowsmith Bt [3/4] Jane Smith 11-1 11-2 11-7 in 18m
Paula Arrowsmith continued to knock down the seeds as she
beat Jane Smith 3-0 in a dominant fashion. Arrowsmith took
control from the start and was 2 games up before Smith had a
chance to impose herself on the match. Smith did find her
feet in the 3rd but was unable to take a game, Arrowsmith
takes it 3-0 and now moves on to play Lesley Sturgess who
got past Carolyn Boyd in straight games. With both Sturgess
and Arrowsmith in two finals this will be a tough one to
MEN O55 SF
 Rob Shay Bt Clive Hickford 11-4 11-2 11-6 in 24m
Peter Scott Bt Gerald Burr 11-7 11-9 11-5 in 25m
Rob Shay and Peter Scott will now face in the MO55 Final as
they both recorded 3-0 victories in 25 minutes. Both players
are playing well and neither looked in much danger as they
beat Hickford and Burr respectively.
MEN O60 SF
 Ian Graham Bt Peter Pietruszka 11-4 11-5 11-9 in 22m
 Roy Burns Bt [3/4] Graham Greensall 9-11 11-2 11-5 11-6
Two contrasting semi finals in the Mens O60’s as top seed
Ian Graham bet Peter Pietruszka in straight games in just
over 20 minutes whilst Roy Burns had a much harder game
against Graham Greensall. Burns lost the first game 11-9 but
then came back to win the match 3-1. That doesn’t justify
the effort that both players put into this game as it took
almost an hour for Burns to take those 3 games.
Full Results Listing
All main draw
matches will take place throughout the weekend at Edgbaston
Priory Club with play starting at 17.00 on Friday 28 June.
Semi Finals and Finals will be played on Sunday 30 June with
the Men and Women’s final scheduled to take place from
All spectators are welcomed into the club to watch the event
free of charge.
 Tim Vail bt [5/8] Mike Tolman 6-11 11-2 11-8 11-8
[5/8] Jaymie Haycocks bt [3/4] Nick Mulvey 11-8 11-6
[3/4] Ted Jeal bt [5/8] Elliot Selby 8-11 12-10 11-5
 Dominic Hamilton bt [5/8] Tom Phipps 11-3 11-5 11-9
Vail continues his title defence after a shay start but
will now face a much tougher test in his semi final
against Jaymie Haycocks who defeated Nick Mulvey 3-0.
Elliot Selby will be kicking himself after being a game
up and having match ball to go 2-0 up against 3/4 seed
Ted Jeal. Jeal managed to snatch the tie break in the
second and didn’t look back from there taking the next
two games in a hard fought 54 minute match. Jeal will
now come up against 2nd seed Dominic Hamilton who looks
to be in fine form after he got past Tom Phipps
 Claire Walker bt Rachel Hughes 11-1 11-1 11-2 11m
[3/4] Matilda Parslow bt Bev Munro Walkover
Paula Arrowsmith bt Sally Merchant 11-2 14-12 11-9 18m
 Rhianne O’Donnell bt Jayne Dixon Walkover
The Women's draw has been deprived of action from
walkovers since it was released but two quarter final
matches did go ahead today as Claire Walker took on one
of the Jersey girls Rachel Hughes. Hughes is also
entered in the Women's Over 50 category but in the true
spirit of the game put her name down for more than one
Walker was dominant from the start and being involved in
two categories herself went all out for the win taking
no prisoners. A quick victory ensued sending her into
the semi finals against club team mate Matilda Parslow.
Paula Arrowsmith defeated Sally Merchant to take her
place in the semi finals, Merchant took a game to get
settled and was pushed Arrowsmith all the way in the 2nd
and 3rd games but couldn’t quite take the vital points
that mattered near the end. Arrowsmith now faces 2nd
seed Rhianne O’Donnell for a place in the final.
MEN O35 SEMI FINALS
 Richard Davies bt [3/4] Matt Baker 8-11 11-2 8-11
[3/4] Andy Corben bt  Nick Staunton 11-1 11-8 11-8
Richard Davies made his way to the final after a heated
match against Matt Baker. The match was filled with
tension from the get go with both players getting
frustrated with each other and the longer the match
played on the more heated it became.
With the match tied at 2 all Baker offered Davies his
hand and retired sending Davies into the final. He will
now face 3/4 seed Andy Corben who beat the 2nd seed Nick
Corben got off to a great start taking the first game
11-1, Staunton battled back in the final 2 games but
couldn’t stop Corben from taking the win and a place in
WOMEN O35 RR
With two games still to be played in this group it is
still wide open however Sam Mueller looks to be the
early favourite to give defending Champion Sarah Taylor
a run for her money. Both Mueller and Taylor have won
their first matches and their final matches are against
each other which could turn out to be the decider.
MEN O40 QF
[5/8] Mike Harris bt  James Powley 14-12 11-6 8-11
4-11 12-10 in 49m
[3/4] Mark Webster bt [5/8] Chris Port 11-8 11-7 9-11
11-6 in 25m
[5/8] Mike Gregory bt [3/4] David Lord 11-5 Rtd
[5/8] Pete Goodings bt  Andy McDonald 10-12 11-3 11-9
Mike Harris and James Powley were involved in one of the
matches of the day. Harris took a very tightly contested
first game 14-12 and continued on in good form to take
the second 11-6. Powley, defending O40 Champion came
back strong to level the match at 2-2 and take it into a
Both players matched each other and the fifth headed to
a tie break, Harris the club coach at Edgbaston had
tremendous support from the home crowd and that could’ve
only helped to see him over the finish line as he took
the fifth 12-10 and the match 3-2 in 49 mins. He will
now face Mark Webster in the Semi Final after he
defeated Chris Port 3-1.
Mike Gregory had a relatively trouble free path to the
Semi Finals after his opponent David Lord retired with
an injury after the first game. Gregory with fresh legs
will now take on fellow 5/8 seed Pete Goodings who
overcame 2nd seed Andy McDonald. McDonald took the first
12-10 but Goodings responded well and took the second
11-3, McDonald made it a much tighter two games from
there on but it was Goodings who took the vital points
at the end of the games to take them 11-9 11-9 and put
himself through to the Semis.
WOMEN O40 RR
Claire Walker is on course to defend her WO40 title as
she topped her round robin group with victories over Sue
Smith and Nikki Faux. She will now face the winner of
the second group Sam Mueller in the final.
Mueller has dominated her group and finished top of the
pile without dropping a game. Her toughest match of the
group came from Vik Jarvis who came second and will now
face Sue Smith in a 3/4 play off.
MEN O45 QF
 Neil Baldwin bt David McKenna 11-3 11-8 11-0 in 26m
[3/4] Simon Martin bt Adrian Murphy 11-5 8-11 11-6 11-3
Andy Murray bt Rob Watkins 8-11 11-7 11-7 11-9 in 35m
 Marc Thornley bt Jeremy Longley 7-11 11-0 11-8 11-3
Neil Baldwin made his way into the semi finals with a
comprehensive victory over David McKenna, he will now go
on to face 3/4 seed Simon Martin who defeated Adrian
Murphy 3-1. Andy Murray made his way into the semi
finals against Rob Watkins, Watkins took the first game
but couldn’t take real control after that as Murray
stayed focused and took the next 3 games. He will come
up against 2nd seed Marc Thornley who similarly came
back from a game down to take the 3-1 victory in 40
WOMEN O45 QF
 Lesley Sturgess bt Carolyn Boyd 11-7 11-6 11-9 in
[3/4] Christine Baldwin bt Sarah Brown 11-4 11-6 12-10
[3/4] Bev Vatcher bt Jo Shelley 11-4 1-11 11-4 11-9 in
Claire Baker bt Siobhan Garland 7-11 11-4 11-6 11-2 in
Lesley Sturgess keeps her hopes of a double double alive
as continues into the Semi Finals of both WO45 and WO50.
Sturgess recorded a 3-0 victory in just 12 minutes
against Boyd but the scores show it was far from easy as
Boyd gave a good account of herself in what was a fast
Sturgess now faces Christine Baldwin who was in control
until the third when Brown took it to a tie break but
Baldwin stayed focussed and took the game 12-10 to put
herself in the Semi Finals. Bev Vatcher made her way
into the semis with a 3-1 victory over Jo Shelley,
Shelley fought well and came out fighting in the second
after losing the first game to take it 11-1.
Vatcher re-focussed and duly came out to claim the
second two games ending Shelleys hopes. Vatcher now
faces Claire Baker who surprised the number 2 seed
Siobhan Garland by taking that match 3-1 in 30 minutes.
MEN O50 QF
 Patrick Osborn bt Steve Bourne 11-5 12-10 11-5 in
[5/8] Buzby Williams bt [3/4] Paul Smith 11-6 11-13 11-7
11-9 in 49m
[3/4] Paul Haigh bt [9/16] Mike Phillips 11-9 9-11 9-11
11-8 12-10 in 77m
[5/8] Janak Malkani bt  Darren Withey 11-9 11-7 11-4
A great day of QF matches in the Men O50’s today. Buzby
Williams makes his way to the semi finals after a hard
fought win over 3/4 seed Paul Smith, each match was
tight but Williams did just enough to take the crucial
points, he will now face the number 1 seed Patrick
Osborn who compared had an easier time with Steve
Bourne, taking the match 3-0 in just under half an hour.
The longest match of the day goes to Paul Haigh who had
a very tough battle with Mike Phillips. The match swung
between both players 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 – so close and
tense it obviously headed into a fifth and of course
into a tie break in the fifth! Haigh the victor 12-10
who will now face an in form Janak Malkani who took out
the number 2 seed in straight games. Malkani will be
hoping Mike Phillips has given him an advantage as he
goes into the Semi Final with fresh legs.
WOMEN O50 QF
 Lesley Sturgess bt Tracey Billingham 11-7 11-7 11-8
[3/4] Carolyn Boyd bt Kim Johnson WO
[3/4] Jane Smith bt Rachel Hughes 11-7 11-3 11-8 in 16m
Paula Arrowsmith bt  Carolyn Lindsay 6-11 11-7 11-9
11-7 in 30m
Sturgess came through in straight games to face Carolyn
Boyd who has found herself in the Semi Finals after a
walkover in the quarters. Jane Smith had too much for
Rachel Hughes as she recorded a 3-0 victory to set up a
semi final against Paula Arrowsmith.
Arrowsmith has played well this weekend and fought hard
to come back from a game down against the number 2 seed
Carolyn Lindsay. Lindsay pushed her all the way in each
game but Arrowsmith closed the games out when she needed
to and moves into the semi finals with a 3-1 victory.
MEN O55 QF
 Rob Shay bt Simon Nuttall 12-10 11-8 11-5 in 22m
Clive Hickford bt [3/4] James Murphy 9-11 11-9 11-6 11-5
Peter Scott bt Collis Sheik 8-11 11-4 11-7 11-6 in 37m
Gerald Burr bt Colin Turner 11-4 11-4 11-2 in 14m
Rob Shay remains the only seed in this event as he
chases another national title. Shay defeated Simon
Nuttall 3-0 to set up a clash with Clive Hickford who
knocked out 3/4 seed James Murphy. Peter Scott beat
Collis Sheik in 4 games in the longest QF in this
category to set up a match against Gerald Burr who
recorded the quickest QF as he beat Colin Turner 3-0 in
just 14 minutes.
WOMEN O55 RR
Christine Park looks favourite to win this round
robin group after recording two 3-0 victories over
Frances Humphries and Jacky Owen. Park will face Jane
Smith in her final match which will be the title
Smith has a victory over Jacky Owen and a defeat against
Frances Humphries so a win against Park is crucial if
she is to take top spot which is currently held by Park.
MEN O60 QF
 Ian Graham bt Colin Iseard 11-1 11-2 11-2 in 16m
Peter Pietruszka bt [3/4] David Mudge 11-6 6-11 11-3 5-0
[3/4] Graham Greensall bt Keith Chambers 11-7 9-11 11-8
5-11 11-3 in 41m
 Roy Burns bt Phillip Clarke 11-5 11-5 11-6 in 26m
Ian Graham took complete control of his match against
Colin Iseard and didn’t waste any time booking his place
into the semi finals recording a 3-0 victory in 16
minutes. He will face Peter Pietruszka who won his match
against David Mudge after Mudge was forced to retire
after feeling unwell halfway through their match.
Graham Greensall had a 41 minute battle against Keith
Chambers but managed to do the job in the fifth, he
faces Roy Burns who was steady throughout his match
against Phillip Clarke taking it 3-0 in 26 minutes.
WOMEN O60 RR
This group is nicely poised for Linda Smith and Bett
Dryhurst to battle for the title. Both have won their
first two matches against Gloria Saunders and Ali Wood
who will now play each other to decide the 3rd and 4th
places. Dryhurst is defending Champ and is sure to put
up a fight to retain her title for another year.
MEN O65 RR
Lancashires David Scurlock was victorious in the
Mens O65 round robin as he recorded most victories in
the group. His toughest opponent was Bryan Patterson who
managed to take a game from Scurlock but wasn’t strong
enough to push him any further. Scurlock takes the title
with Patterson facing Howard Thompson for the runner up
MEN O70 RR
Two round robin groups have been in action in the Mens
O70’s. John Shingler tops group A after victories over
Brian Gurnett and Gordon Stringer. Shingler will now
face the winner from the second group in the final which
will be Rod Embley should he get past Martin Sweeney in
their final group game.
Saturday, Morning report:
Tim Vail continues his defence with a 3-0 over Neil
Chambers, he now comes up against Mike Tolman who
managed to overcome Steve Wykes 3-1. Nick Mulvey got
through a tough 55 minute match against Miles Jenkins,
Jenkins fought well to win the 4th but couldn’t find
enough to take the 5th game, Mulvey prevailing and will
now face 5/8 seed Jaymie Haycocks.
5/8 seed Elliot Selby continues to progress after a good
win over Andrew Breen, Selby now faces 3/4 seed Ted Jeal
who fought back well to win his match against Jason Pike
after going a game down early. The last QF will see Tom
Phipps take on Dominic Hamilton. Hamilton had the easier
morning with a 3-0 victory over Andrew Lindsay whilst
Phipps had 56 minute battle with Craig Chappell.
Mens Over 50:
Top seed Patrick Osborn came through his first match
with little fuss as he won 3-0 in just under 20 minutes
against Mike Pownall. Osborne will now face Steve Bourne
in the Quarters. Bourne is unseeded but so far has taken
out a 9/16 seed and today defeated 5/8 seed Gabriel
3/4 seed Paul Smith is still on track as he beat Matt
Hibberd 3-0, he will now face Buzby Williams who
overcame Paul Fennel 3-0 but was tested more than the
score reflects as the games were 11-8 16-14 11-9 in 36
Mike Phillips has made his way into the QF as he beat
5/8 seed Keith Palmer 3-1, he will go through to face
3/4 seed Paul Haigh. 2nd seed Darren Withey managed to
overcome Steve Gay 3-1, he now play 5/8 seed Janak
Malkani who came through after defeating Colin Bunch
Mens Over 55:
The top half of the O55 draw is seeing the seeds
come through unscathed, top seed Rob Shay is through to
the QF after beating Steve Gardiner 3-0. 3/4 seed James
Murphy is safely through after a 3-0 victory over
Anthony Williams. In the bottom half, both top seeds
have come unstuck with Collis Sheik knocking out 3/4
seed Trevor Grant and Gerald Burr defeating 2nd seed
Rennie Kapila 3-0.
Friday, Day One:
The Championships started at 5pm on Friday evening at
the impressively refurbished Edgbaston Priory. The Mens
draw saw the majority of players compete and there were
little upsets to report. 9/16 seed and Club coach Mike
Edwards was the only seed to fall as he had an hour long
battle with Jason Pike. Edwards took the first but Pike
took the next two, Edwards sealed the fourth game to
take it into the 5th but it was Pike who came out on
top. Pike will now face the 3/4 seed Ted Jeal tomorrow
and will need to put in a similar battling performance.
Defending champ Tim Vail started his defence well as he
took a straight game victory over Billy Jones, Vails
racket skills and experience were too much for the young
Jones to compete with. Vail will now face 9/16 seed Neil
Chambers in next round, Chambers also got off to a great
start in the tournament as he took his first game
against Nick Wynd 11-0. Wynd competed better in the 2nd
and 3rd games but couldn’t stop Chambers from taking a
3-0 victory in 15 minutes.
Jamie Haycocks much like Chambers was also fast out of
the blocks to take his first game 11-0 in ruthless
fashion. He didn’t let up and also took a quick 3-0
victory in 15 minutes. Haycocks will now face 9/16 seed
Olli Turner who had a slightly tougher first match
against Peter Higgins which he took 3-1 in 36 minutes.
The Mens O50 saw the most upsets as 3 of the 9/16 seeds
were knocked out. Steve Bourne won a 5 set battle in 50
minutes against 9/16 Stuart Ferguson, Paul Brooks
knocked out 9/16 Jack Gilchrist in 3 games as did Steven
Gay against 9/16 Nick Tobin. Brooks and Gay now have
tougher tests ahead as they take on the 3/4 and 2nd seed
in the next round.
In the MO45, 3/4 seed Simon Martin worked harder than he
expected in his first round as Adrian Morris pushed him
all the way into a fifth. Morris clinched the 4th game
12-10 but Martin got the lead in the final game and
stayed focused to close it out 11-7 after 40 minutes.
for the Racketball Nationals
from Paul Houghton
The Dunlop National
Racketball Championships will take place at the newly
refurbished Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham
this weekend as they welcome close to 200 competitors
across 16 categories onto their brand new courts.
Tim Vail (Sussex), defending Men’s Champion
returns as top seed and favourite as he aims to take his
6th title which would see him equal Daryl Selby’s record
of most titles won. He is likely to be tested all the
way with the likes of 2nd seed Dominic Hamilton
(Yorkshire) and 3/4 seeds Nick Mulvey
(Hertfordshire) and Ted Jeal (Kent) all looking
to win their first title.
The Women’s trophy will be guaranteed a new name
engraved on it; Claire Walker (Yorkshire) enters
the event as favourite as she looks to win her first
Women’s title whilst also defending her O40 crown. She
is seeded to meet Rhianne O’Donnell (Somerset) in
the final which looks likely to be a battle of youth vs.
Sarah Taylor (Lancashire) returns as favourite to
retain her WO35 title as does Richard Davies
(Staffordshire) in the MO35. Davies is seeded to meet
Nicholas Staunton (Warwickshire) in the final which
would be a repeat of last year’s event.
James Powley (Cambridgeshire) also faces a
similar proposition as he is back to defend his MO40
title and looks set to meet last year’s final
opposition, Andy McDonald (Buckinghamshire).
Lesley Sturgess (Derbyshire) is back as top seed in
the WO50 and WO55 as she aims to defend both titles to
do a double double.
Having first competed in this tournament almost 30 years
ago, Bett Dryhurst (Worcestershire) is back to
defend her WO60 crown. Dryhurst has won an incredible 25
titles since she first became Women’s winner in 1986 and
will be aiming to keep that winning streak going by
claiming a 26th this weekend and confirming that she is
one of the most successful racketball players ever to
grace the court.