~~~~~ Stourbridge Open 2018 ~~~~~
Get this one in your diary folks as it's going to be a big weekend. In conjunction with St Paddys day and the Six Nations we have a weekend jam packed of sports and Saturday night entertainment from the 16th until the 18th March
~~~~~ The Squash ~~~~~
A grade will be run as a PSA Closed Sat running from Friday 16th - Sunday 18th. Prize money will be announced at a later date.
B, C and D grades with run Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th.
A, B and C are limited to 32 players, and D limited to 16 players.
There will be plate events in each category.
~~~~~ St Paddy's Day ~~~~~
As it is Paddy's weekend we couldn't miss the opportunity to celebrate. Drinks offers will be running all weekend, with entertainment on the Saturday evening. Those who fancy it can venture off into town and really digest the wonderful Stourbridge nightlife.
Food will be served throughout the Friday evening and all day Saturday.
~~~~~ 6 Nations ~~~~~
Saturday is also 6 Nations Finals Day! A day of Rugby alongside Squash is what dreams are made of, so if you're looking for a change from the squash, then pop up to the bar, grab a Guiness and Swing Lowwwwww.
~~~~~ Entries ~~~~~
Entries will be made through csquash.org when we have the event up and running. Entry fee will be around £20, including a tournament t shirt. We are currently working with the entertainment to see whether there will be a slight cost or if it can be subsidised, so hold tight!
~~~~~ Accommodation ~~~~~
Stourbridge now boasts a new Premier Inn. Unfortunately local lad Lenny Henry doesn't work there, but I'm going to have a word and see if there is a block booking we can do depending on interest. Otherwise there are plenty of other local gems dotted about.
~~~~~ More to come ~~~~~
More info to come. Any questions feel free to email me at SLTSC2018open@wsraonline.co.uk
Entry form for the event can be downloaded here
This event will be held at Stourbridge Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, Sugar Loaf Lane, Iverley, Stourbridge, DY7 6PS
On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st January 2018
Closing date for entry is Friday 12th January 2018
Stourbridge was the venue for the 2017 Worcestershire Racketball closed on Saturday 21st October. Competitors arrived from the length and breadth of the county to do battle in this one day event which guaranteed lots of competitive play. Players represented Boughton Park, Barnt Green, Energie Fitness Redditch, Redditch Rugby, Stourport and Stourbridge as well as clubs from outside the county such as Bridgnorth and Ardencote in this friendly and social day of Racketball.
With the Ladies section decimated by injury it was down to the Men to lead the way in main event. There were some competitive early round quarter and semi final matches throughout the morning leaving just two standing for the late afternoon finale. This event has been played for since 2009 and has historically never been won by the same player more than once. That was all about to change as both Jason Russell and Matt Pugh were both previous winners. The final was keenly contested but in the end it was the fitter Russell who wore his opponent down to take the crown.
This was another keenly contested event. Jason Russell was hoping to make it two wins on the day and reached the final with ease but his opponent would be the unseeded John Cartwright who had steadily made progress through the early rounds and pulled off a surprise in the semi. The final was tough and well supported but Russell was just too steady and came away with a 3-0 win but Cartwright will be happy with his performance on the day.
This was a hotly contested league based tournament with each player having to battle it out 4 times over the day to secure victory. Last year’s Champion Spencer Cooper looked favourite and confident in the early encounters but in the early afternoon game he lost in straight sets to Bob Prew which left Andrew Smith in Pole Position going into their final game. In a seesaw encounter Cooper took it in the final set but Smith managed to secure a single set and that was all that he needed to head the group by a single point and become County Champion.
New boy into the category Ian Hughes was too strong for his opponents in this one sided event. Comfortably winning his early round matches against David Allsop and Bernard O’Hara he would have more of a battle on his hands against the inform challenger and former o60 Champ Chris Hawken in the final. Hawken was clearly in form and had made steady progress through the event but despite fighting hard Hughes ran out 3-0.
This was another keenly contested and sociable league based event that came down to the final game of the afternoon. A new Champion being crowned as Dee Cooper headed on to the scroll of honour beating previous Champion Val Molyneux 3-0.
SCROLL OF HONOUR 2017
MEN OPEN – Champion Jason RUSSELL (Stourbridge) Finalist Matt PUGH (Ardencote)
MEN o40 – Champion Jason RUSSELL (Stourbridge) Finalist John CARTWRIGHT (Barnt Green)
MEN o50 – Champion Andrew SMITH (Stourbridge) Finalist Spencer Cooper (Boughton Park)
MEN o60 – Champion Ian HUGHES (Stourbridge) Finalist Chris HAWKEN (Boughton Park)
LADIES o50 – Champion Dee COOPER (Stourbridge) Finalist Val MOLYNEUX (Stourbridge)
County Racketball Championships 2017
Venue - Stourbridge
Friday Evening/Saturday October 20th/21st 2017
Mens and Ladies Open
Mens and Ladies Over 40's
Mens and Ladies Over 50's
Mens and Ladies Over 60's
Entry is £10 for one event, £15 for two events.
Strict entry deadline of Monday 16th October due to the booking of courts, trophies etc.
Download the entry form here - http://www.wsraonline.co.uk/uploads/A92_2017.RBcountyCHAMPS.doc