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Welcome to the information pages for the 2010 National Racketball Championships

Dunlop National Racketball Championships
Edgbaston Priory Club
Sir Harry’s Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2UZ
Tel: 0121 440 2492
7th – 9th May 2010

National Racketball Championships 2010 7-9th May


…. And this was the big one. Squash Legend Peter Nicol was Daryl’s latest victim in The National Championships at Edgbaston Priory at the weekend. Meanwhile Laura Hill cruised to her fifth Women’s crown and Jim Lord repeated last year’s remarkable feat – 2 age groups wins

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Daryl Selby has won his National title, and this time his scalp in the final was the legendary ex-World Squash Champion Peter Nicol.


The finals were watched by a capacity crowd of 250, probably the largest yet to watch a racketball match, and they were in for a treat.

Selby got off to a flier, winning the first game 11-4, after some gruelling rallies but Nicol showed all the resolve expected from a man who spent 5 years as the World’s number one He took an early lead in the second, and ground out a 12-10 win, Selby’s only dropped game of the competition. Selby came back strongly in the third to take it 11-7.

Visibly weakened by the earlier Campion match, Nicol put everything into the fourth, but whatever he tried, Selby had the answer, and although the game produced some spectacular rallies, Selby always looked the more likely winner, and he finally took it 11-9, with Nicol tinning after saving 2 match balls.


First on was Selby, and this time it was the surprise package, Robinson who ran  into the immoveable rock. Daryl cruised through 11-3, 11-7, 11-4. 

Nicol on the other hand had an epic four-setter against David Campion, which finished a mere 3 hours before the final. They know each other’s games well and Campion again pushed Nicol all the way. At times David’s play was sublime, particularly in the second, but to no avail.  After losing the first, Nicol came back to win 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 in a little over 1 ½ hours.


Dorset’s Neil Chambers was Selby’s next victim. A tough game, but the result never in doubt, Daryl winning 11-6, 11-7, 11-8.

The unheralded Michael Robinson looked as though he was set for humiliation after losing the first 0-11 to Gavin Perrett, but came back strongly to take the match against Ted Jeal’s conqueror, winning 0-11, 11-8, 11-6, 3-11, 12-10 


First seed to fall was Kent’s Ted Jeal, last year’s losing finalist. Devon’s Gavin Perrett, dropped the first 12-14, but then gradually took over control, winning 13-11, 11-9, 11-8.

Two other seeds dropped games: David Campion, who used to play for Edgbaston in the Premier Squash League, dropped a game to Devon’s Ashley Knight, while Theo Woodward took a game off Yorkshire’s Dominic Hamilton.

Neil Chambers beat local Edgbaston Pro Mike Edwards 3-0 and Michael Robinson of Surrey beat Lee Jemmet, a former top squash junior in five.

Selby continued to move through the draw relatively smoothly, this time beating Dorset’s Andy Corben in straight sets, while Nicol was tested by Matt Baker, but came through in three.


All the seeds came through unscathed, although Mark Fuller (Notts) took a game off Peter Nicol to put on his CV. Matt Baker survived a five setter against Ben Brown (Yorks), while Selby dropped  only 8 points to Shopshire’s Tim Ledden.

After the match, Nicol was full of praise for Selby, currently ranked 9 in the World squash rankings, and for the facilities in Birmingham. ‘I’ll definitely be back next year to try again’ he said. ‘Edgbaston has some of the best facilities in the country, and the atmosphere throughout the weekend was great’

For his part, Selby was equally gracious: ‘I grew up in awe of Peter, and have always dreamed of getting on court with him in  major competition. To play against him in a match like this was a pleasure and privilege.’


Laura Hill from Derbyshire was hot favourite for the Women’s title, and she didn’t disappoint. She never looked in trouble beating  Vicky Hynes, former pro at Edgbaston and England international 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 in the semi final.

In the other side of the draw, Lauren Selby from Essex beat Warwickshire’s promising young England hopeful Sarah-Jane Perry 10-12, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5.

The final was a repeat of last year, and the result was never in doubt. Neither player was at their best, and Lauren simply didn’t show enough guile to really test the Laura’s athletic powers of recovery, and Laura ran out a comfortable 11-3, 11-7, 11-5 winner, completing the tournament without dropping a game.


Star of the Age Groups once again was Jim Lord, who claimed both the Over-35 and Over-40 titles for a second year – a total of 7 matches between Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.

The Over 35’s was a particularly strong section with newcomer Matt Baker making a strong challenge, beating Jim’s brother David Lord and Scott Summer from Kent on his way to the final. Last year’s finalist Matt Pugh lost in the quarters to Summer in a tough 5-setter (Pugh only does tough 5-setters). Lord family honour was restored in the final with Jim beating Baker 3-1. Matt played in spectacular bursts, mingled with very unspectacular lulls, during which Jim piled on the points, taking the final game 11-1.

Then it was straight to another court to play the Over-40 final against Avon’s Rob Watkins, where he dropped the first game 7-11, and then stormed through 11-2, 11-9, 11-2.

Steve Bateman won the Over-45’s after missing the event last year, and Mike Phillips got his hands on a trophy for the first time, winning the Over-50’s against Keith Palmer 11-9 in the fifth.

The Over-55’s was an all Edgbaston affair, with Richard Waller beating teammate Bill Mulholland in the final. Both caused upsets, beating top seeds Phil Wilson and Jez Horrocks respectively in the semis.

Ian Graham, moving into the over-60’s, claimed the title along with his bus pass, when John Cockill stormed off at 0-2 down, and did not reappear.

John Houghton is a first time winner in the Over-65’s, and Tony Thomas outlasted the other coffin-dodgers to take the over-70’s for the first time.

In the ladies’ age groups, there was another double winner – Lesley Sturgess of Derbyshire, who beat Carolyn Lindsay in the over-45’s and Jenny Matthews in the over-50’s, both in four sets.

There was a two-time runner-up form Derbyshire as well – Sue Smith lost the Over 35-s to Kathyn Milne and the 40’s to Bev Vatcher, who took the trophy back to Dorset.

In the over-55’s, Linda Smith beat Gill Wagner in the final, and Bett Dryhurst retained her over-60’s crown, beating Rose Huish, playing for the first time.



Daryl Selby and Peter Nicol Join Line Up For Dunlop National Racketball Championships

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Reigning champion and world no.9 Daryl Selby (left) is looking to retain his title at the Dunlop National Racketball Championships between 7th – 9th May.

Selby, who’s won the event five times will face stiff competition from former world no.1 and squash legend Peter Nicol, who is entering the event for the first time.
The two could meet in the final which would be a superb spectacle for the sport, in what promises to be the best championships yet.
World no.9 Selby said: “I'm very much looking forward to playing in this year’s National Racketball Championships. I believe this year will yet again see a record number of entries which shows the increasing popularity of the game.
“For me it's a way of still running around on a court but without the pressures that squash and the PSA world tour brings. This therefore means I can really relax and enjoy it.”
Nicol who has only recently taken up racketball, is relishing the chance to play in his first national championships: “I’m excited to compete for the first time and am looking forward to taking on the current top ranked players. I’ve been in training for a while now and will be peaking for the Championships.

“The event itself has grown dramatically over the past couple of years and the weekend should be hugely competitive but also a lot of fun, he said.”

Selby will be entering as favourite but Nicol still has the quality to push him all the way, “I would like to think I could beat him but I’m maybe asking a little too much of myself, we’ll see!” commented Nicol.
“It’s a great sociable weekend, and hopefully I can win another title but I'm sure there will plenty of guys trying to shoot me down. Either way, win lose or draw, many calories will be burnt, many laughs will be had and a few pints will be sunk in the bar afterwards,” added Selby.

The Championships take place at Edgbaston Priory club and Birmingham University, the deadline for entries is Wednesday 21st April. To enter visit or complete the attached entry form.

The Dunlop National Racketball Championships 2010 will take place between 7 and 9 May at the prestigious Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham and Birmingham University.
This event has grown considerably over recent seasons and this year’s event is promising to be the best ever!
The championship includes a men’s and women’s open event as well as a full complement of masters age group categories up to and including an Over 70’s.
Over recent years the men’s championship has attracted some of the countries top players including five times champion and world squash No12 Daryl Selby (Essex) and three times winner Tim Vail (Sussex).
Defending women’s champion Laura Hill (Derbyshire) will be back looking to retain her title as will the current Over 35 and 40 title holder Jim Lord (Yorkshire).
All categories will be run as knockout draws with plate competitions, ensuring a minimum of two matches for every competitor.  A fantastic tournament renowned for its social nature awaits all entrants alongside some excellent racketball competition.
Online entries are now open at:  - downloadable entry forms are also available.
For further information contact: Tel: 0161 231 4499

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