WORCESTERSHIRE RACKETBALL CLOSED 2017

14 December 2017

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. 

Mens Open

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.

Mens o40

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.

Men o50

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.

Men o60

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.

Ladies o50

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

18 September 2017 - Posted by Spence

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.





Hereford Exhibition Match

05 February 2017 - Posted by Spence




Worcestershire County Closed Results

29 January 2017 - Posted by Spence

 
Many Thanks go to Bett Dryhurst for organising the event, Stourbridge for hosting, iprosports for T shirts,Redditch Trophies , Brian Gurnett for refereeing, Andy Wright, Spencer  Read for setting it all up and all those who helped to mark.
EventWinnerRunner Up
Men’s ChampionOllie RawlinsChris Granger
Mens Plate FinalJack DukesJake Eden
Men’s O35 FinalJohn ParkesMatthew Lidington
Men’s O45 Final John ReynoldsJason Smith
Men’s O50 FinalMark CookTim Aspey
Men’s O55 FinalJohn ParkesSteve Edwards
Men’s O55 Plate FinalStuart GrangerSteve Hill
Men’s O60 FinalChris HawkenPete Mortimer
Men’s O65 FinalPaul HodgesGraham Millership
Men’s B FinalMark BatesSpencer Read
Ladies ChampionKiera MarshallDawn Ashford
Ladies O40 FinalDawn AshfordHelen Rowberry
Ladies B FinalDaisy HillJanet Martin
Ladies Plate FinalEvie EdwardsAndy Wright
Ladies B PlateLucy HancocksKelly Easthope



Worcestershire County Closed

02 January 2017 - Posted by Spence

Worcestershire County Closed will be held at Stourbridge Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, Sugar Loaf Lane, Iverley, Stourbridge, DY7 6PS 
It will be held on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd January 2017

Closing date for entry is Friday 13th January 2017

Entry forms are available here



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