(right) became a record equalling 6 time National Racketball Champion
after an astonishing 112 minutes as he came back from 2-0 down against
Mark Fuller to win 3-2 at Edgbaston Priory Club this
weekend. Fuller will be having nightmares over the 3rd game
for a long time after taking an 8-3 lead only for Vail to slowly claw it
back to get game ball at 10-8.
Fuller took the next two points to take it into a tie break but Vails
patience won and he took that game 12-10 to stay in the match. From then
on Vails experience and patience were key as the rallies became longer
and he ground Fuller down to etch his name on the Ian Wright Memorial
Trophy for the 6th time.
(left) will put her name on the Womenís trophy this year as she claimed
her first National Racketball title with a 3-1 victory over defending
champ Claire Walker. Lawrence took a close first 12-10 only for
Walker to come back to take the second 11-6 but Lawrence was determined
and rallied well to play her way back into control and she took the next
2 games 11-7, 11-6 to clinch the title.
The O35ís saw James Bowden defeat last yearís
winner Andy Corben with a convincing 3-0 score line whilst Zoe
Melis also stopped Sarah Taylor from retaining her title as
she dominated their O35 group. Ian Cox claimed O40ís glory as he
defeated top seed Mike Harris in the semi-finals before taking on
David Lord in a final which swung both ways which Cox claimed
11-6 in the fifth.
retained her Womenís O40 title with a victory over Sam Mueller,
as did Andrew Murray in the O45ís as he defeated Pete Goodings
3-1. Rachel Woolford took O50 glory as she took out the number 2
seed with a 3-2 win before defeating Amanda Harding with the same
score line in the final and Neil Baldwin claimed the MO50 trophy
by beating Stephen Wall 12/10 in the fifth after 62 minutes!
Mike Phillips claimed the MO55 trophy after a convincing 3-0 win
over Nigel Millington and Lesley Sturgess made up for last
yearís final disappointment with a perfect run of 3-0 victories in her
group to take the O55 title.
Club Coach Rob Shay took O60 glory after defeating
surprise finalist Roger Monteil 3-1 who had a tremendous
tournament coming through unseeded while Linda Smith won the
Womenís O60 crown by defeating favourite Bett Dryhurst 3-2 in the
final, Dryhurst took consolation with the WO65 title she won to make it
her 28th National Racketball title overall since she started
playing in these championships many years ago. The MO65 defending champ
David Scurlock retained his title with a comprehensive 3-0
victory over Graham Sayer and Bev Pegg defeated defending
O70 champ Rod Embley 3-2 after an amazing 56 minutes.
Racketball Championships 2014
The Dunlop National Racketball Championships will
return to this weekend as they welcome close to 200 competitors across
17 categories all vying for Racketball Glory.
Simon Parke comes into the event as top
seed and favourite in the Menís draw as he looks for his first
Racketball title. Hoping to meet him in the final will be 5 times winner
Tim Vail who will be looking for a 6th to equal the
record of most titles won in the Menís event. The 3/4 seeds are likely
to give them tough tests though, UK-Racketball founder and ownerMark
Fuller and 2013 Runner Up Ted Jeal occupying those seeded
returns to defend her title in the Womenís Championship, Walker is also
defending her O40 title as she looks to make it a double double by
retaining both trophies. Sarah Taylor is seeded to meet her in
the final and will be hoping to do a double herself as she is back to
defend her O35 title also.
looks favourite to retain his MO35 title, whilst Prioryís club coach
Mike Harris hopes to go one better than last yearís runners up medal
in the O40ís, he is top seed and likely to come up against James
Powley in the final. Andrew Murray and Paul Haigh
return to defend their O45 and O50 titles while Mike Phillips
looks to take the O55 title for the first time. Rob Shay will
look to add the O60 title to his collection following on from last
yearís O55 victory and David Scurlock will be hoping to defend
his O65 title he took last year. Bev Pegg didnít feature last
year but returns as top seed in the O70ís and is likely to meet the
defending champion Rod Embley in the final.
will be gunning for her first title as she tops the seeds
in the WO45, Paula Arrowsmith is back to defend her WO50 crown
while Lesley Sturgess will be hoping for better luck this year in
the O55 after 2 tough final defeats in 2013. Bett Dryhurst is on
course to win an amazing 28th Racketball title as she defends
her O60 title and is also seeded to win the O65ís.
All main draw matches will take place throughout the
weekend at Edgbaston Priory Club with play starting at 18.00 on Friday
20 June. Semi Finals and Finals will be played on Sunday 30 June with
the Men and Womenís final scheduled to take place from 15.45. All
spectators are welcomed into the club to watch the event free of