SOUTH WEST RACKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
A MASSIVE HIT!
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All grade winners and finalists including Matt Bakers newest
Devon and Exeter SRC played
host to the Regional Racketball championship last weekend and event
organisers were very pleased with its success.
The tournament saw a huge
entry of over 70 competitors across 4 different grades with many individuals
playing for the first time in competition.
The D Grade was aimed at
recreational players, whilst the C Grade moved up a level to social club
The B grade addressed the
needs of serious club standard competitors with the A grade forming the main
South West Championship event.
Some great matches included
former National O40 Ladies Champion Bev Vatcher from Dorset narrowly
overcoming Exeter based Carol Hayman 11-9 in the fifth game.
In the main championship
there was a superb collection of top county and nationally ranked players
throughout, with the top four seeds making their expected position in the
The first semi-final was
between current Devon Champion Matt Baker and the fast improving Christian
Turner, this turned into a very hard fought match with Baker narrowly
In the opposite side of the
draw a contrast in styles saw youngster Gavin Perrett from Torquay take on
the talented Mike Gregory from Devon and Exeter SRC, despite some fantastic
retrieval from the younger player the experienced Gregory won a tight
The final was a clash between
old rivals Baker and Gregory who in the past have contested many Squash
finals in various competitions, on this occasion England Number 9 Baker got
off to a flying start against England Number 16 Gregory and never looked
back, using the two wall boast to great effect to move his opponent forward.