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Vail Equals Record Sixth Title

Dunlop National Racketball Championships 2014
Edgbaston Priory Club,
Birmingham, Uk,
21-22 Jun

Draw links open PDF files

Men.pdf        Men's Draw
Men_O35.pdf Men's O35 Draw
Men_O40.pdf Men's O40 Draw
Men_O45.pdf Men's O45 Draw
Men_O50.pdf Men's O50 Draw
Men_O55.pdf Men's O55 Draw
Men_O60.pdf Men's O60 Draw
Men_O65.pdf Men's O65 Draw
Men_O70.pdf Men's O70 Draw
Women.pdf         Women's Draw
Women_O35.pdf Women's O35 Draw
Women_O40_Group_A.pdf Women's O40 Draw Group A
Women_O40_Group_B.pdf Women's O40 Draw Group B
Women_O45.pdf Women's O45 Draw
Women_O50.pdf Women's O50 Draw
Women_O55.pdf Women's O55 Draw
Women_O60.pdf Women's O60 Draw
Women_O65.pdf Women's O65 Draw

Vail Equals Record Sixth Title

Tim Vail (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.

Natalie Lawrence (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.

Claire Walker 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.  


Dunlop National 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 positions.

Claire Walker 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.

Andy Corben 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.

Sue Smith 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 charge.