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Edgbaston Priory Seal Treble Win


Nottingham SRC welcomed a host of Clubs through its doors this past weekend (21-22 May) as the National Clubs Championships got underway. The popular end of season event is the culmination of year long knockout draws and group stages of 8 different categories. Edgbaston Priory turned up to the finals in force as they seemed determined to land not only the Racketball event but the main Menís and Womenís events also. Having tasted glory in the European Club Championships last year, they were keen to represent England once again and a double National Clubs Title is what they needed to make that happen.

Edgbastonís Womenís team faced Colets in the semi finals whilst current holders Pontefract took on Nottingham. Both semi finals were comfortable wins for the favourites as they set up a reply of the 2010 final. Edgbaston started very well and took an early lead as their 5th and 4th strings were too strong for Pontefract and recorded 3-0 victories. Leonie Holt, Edgbastonís Captain then had the chance to seal the victory as she took on Katie Smith, Smith took the first game and with Pontefract being strong at strings 1 and 2 this was labelled the decider. Smith couldnít keep the pressure up and Holts experience showed as she took control of the game and won the title for Edgbaston with a 3-1 victory. Deon Saffery and Vanessa Atkinson won both their matches for Pontefract but it wasnít enough to stop Edgbaston taking it out of their hands this year.

Edgbastonís Men also faced the current holders but this time in the semi finals as they were pitted against Colets. Colets are notoriously strong in the Club Championships and have held the Menís title for the past 4 years having won it 11 times in total since the conception in 1969! Edgbaston had strength in depth with a mixture of youth and experience that was too much for Colets to deal with, a 4-1 victory ensued for Edgbaston. Their final opponents would be Nottingham, the host club represented well as their Menís team took on Hallamshire and recorded a 3-2 win. The Final ran much the same way as the Womenís with Edgbaston taking early leads through Anthony Graham and Jon Harford. Oliver Holland gave the home fans some hope as he took a 3-0 victory against Chris Truswell. The pressure then transferred to the top seeds with Chris Ryder taking on Eddie Charlton, a close first game to Ryder, then a bad start in the second for Charlton gave Ryder a commanding 2-0 lead. Charlton battled back well with his never say die attitude to force the game into a tie break but he couldnít quite push through. Ryder taking the game 3-0 and winning the title for Edgbaston for only the 2nd time in the competitions history and completing a double in the Menís and Womenís game that hasnít been seen since Pontefract in 2002.   

Elsewhere we saw Colets retain their Menís O35 title for the 3rd year running as they beat East Anglia 4-1, Colets also had success in the Menís O55 event as their team ended Nottinghamís 2 year run. A 2-1 victory over Nottingham in that final saw them take the O55 trophy for the first time. Harpenden made history for their club as they ran out 2-1 winners against Nottingham in the Menís O45 event. Harpenden spearheaded by current Menís O45 National Champion Eamonn Price dominated the event this year and won the trophy for the club for the first time. Pontefract continued to sweep up the Junior Mixed category and increase their reputation as a club that likes to develop young talent, they faced Wimbledon and won their 10th title in 16 years since the event began.

 New Eltham continued their dominance in the Womenís O35 event, as holders for the past 3 years and having won 9 titles in 15 years it would need something special to prise it away from them. Chapel Allerton their opponents were the last team to defeat them back in 2007 and they turned up determined to wrestle it back again. This was the most contested final of the weekend, each match in the 3 woman team went to a fifth game, and it was to be New Eltham who edged it, making it 4 wins on the trot for their O35 team. 

The Racketball final was a replay of last yearís final as holders Edgbaston Priory took on Devon & Exeter. With Edgbaston in a winning mood all weekend they never looked likely to relinquish their hold on the Racketball title and duly retained it with a comprehensive 4-1 victory which made it a treble winning weekend for the midlands club. Edgbaston Priory will now look to the European Club Championships on 8-10 September which is being held in Belfast, Ireland and hope their winning form continues as they head over flying the flag for England.

Menís Final

Edgbaston Priory v Nottingham

1.        Chris Ryder v Eddie Charlton                  3-0           11/7 11/2 12/10

2.        Joel Hinds v Lewis Walters                    Dead Rubber

3.        Jonny Harford v Mark Fuller                   3-0           11/7 11/9 11/2

4.        Chris Truswell v Olli Holland                  0-3           3/11 9/11 8/11

5.        Anthony Graham v Neil Rossin              3-0           11/9 11/9 11/5


Womenís Final

Edgbaston Priory v Pontefract

1.        Vicky Lust v Vanessa Atkinson                0-3           8/11 6/11 4/11

2.        Lauren Selby v Deon Saffery                   0-3           5/11 8/11 8/11

3.        Leonie Holt v Katie Smith                       3-1           8/11 11/3 11/4 11/6

4.        Vicky Hynes v Sarah Bowles                   3-0           15/13 11/7 11/7

5.        Julianne Courtice v Hannah Shipley       3-0           11/3 11/6 11/8


Menís Over 35 Final

Colets v East Anglia

1.        Danny Meddings v David Youngs            3-0           11/5 11/7 11/6

2.        Alex Couch v Ian Cox                               3-1           11/9 12/10 14/16 11/9

3.        Alan Thompson v David Gouldby            3-1           4/11 11/7 11/7 11/9

4.        Dave Peck v John Cordeaux                     0-3           7/11 7/11 2/11

5.        David Stanton v Richard Hunt                                3-1           11/7 11/7 10/12 11/6


Womenís Over 35 Final

New Eltham v Chapel Allerton

1.        Mandy Akin v Claire Walker                   2-3           1/9 10/8 9/5 3/9 0/9

2.        Lucy Murphy v Paula Arrowsmith           3-2           10/8 10/8 1/9 4/9 9/7

3.        Karen Hume v Lucy Robins                     3-2           8/10 6/9 10/8 9/4 9/2


Menís Over 45 Final

Harpenden v Nottingham

1.        Eamonn Price v Gawain Briars       3-0           9/4 9/4 9/0

2.        Marvin Rust v Andrew Foley          0-3           2/9 3/9 7/9

3.        Andrew Eilfield v Greg Watkins     3-0           9/0 9/0 9/1

Menís Over 55 Final

Colets v Nottingham

1.        Dave Clarke v Richard OíConnor             3-0           10/9 9/1 9/2

2.        Stuart Hardy v John Limb                       3-2           9/7 2/9 5/9 9/3 9/3

3.        Geoff Howes v Alan Turner                    0-3           0/9 2/9 4/9


Racketball Final

Edgbaston Priory v Devon & Exeter

1.        Anthony Graham v James Snell             2-3           9/11 11/9 12/10 5/11 8/11

2.        Joel Hinds v Cristian Turner                    3-0           11/7 11/6 13/11

3.        Jake Grayston v Ashley Knight                3-2           11/6 8/11 11/13 12/10 13/11

4.        Ashlee Knight v Rob Watkins                 3-1           11/8 6/11 11/6 11/4

5.        Matt Pugh v Mark Grant                         3-0           11/8 11/8 11/5


Junior Mixed Final

Pontefract v Wimbledon

1.        George Wileman v David Wardle          1-3           4/11 9/11 11/7 3/11

2.        Taminder Gata Aura v Dan Z-Lewis       3-0           11/5 6/2 Rtd

3.        Alex Hodgetts v Seigo Masuda              3-0           11/7 11/6 11/7

4.        Hannah Shipley v Clare Wright              3-2           7/11 14/12 11/8 9/11 11/9

5.        Walkover to Pontefract.                         3-0