UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

The ERA Review of the Year

 

Well, we are now here, that point in the year when the season ends and a couple of months where you can stop, put those various strappings away and relax, perhaps even pretend you are just a normal *insert your sport here* player and not a Racketlon fanatic (which if you are reading this still, you most certainly are).  2015 has been a year of growth for UK Racketlon, new volunteers, new venues, a new social media presence all focussed on one aim, to continue on growing from our hosting of the 2014 world championships.  In summary, we have done really well, we have had 15 events with 425 unique players playing Racketlon.  All these numbers are up on the 2014 season, which is fantastic, and of course we will be looking to push on throughout 2016, but now is the time to reflect.  Some of the following awards are serious, some are even based on actual results, but many of them are tongue in cheek, an opportunity for us to enjoy memories of the 2015 Racketlon season.

 

 

Roll of Honour for 2015

A range of champions emerged throughout the 2015 season, however it was the returning Dan Busby who ruled the Men’s A with 5 titles throughout the season, For the established players there were three titles for Duncan Stahl (including the British Championships) and 2 titles each for Alex Du Noyer and Ray Jordan.  Elsewhere there were three people who took a single title in 2015, Richard Middleton won in Bourne, but it was probably the debut Men’s A titles for the other two players that stand out.  Leon Griffiths (15 years old!) took his first elite title with victory in Kent whilst at the final event of the season, it was Will Coley who survived the Ray Jordan barrage to take home his first Men’s A title.  For Will it capped a fine season which saw him crowned the British Universities champion in a season that has established him as an elite player on the UK Tour.  However, only 1 man deserves the final word for the Men’s A and it is Dan Busby.  5 UK titles plus the French Open world tour challenger title in Bordeaux saw him end the year as the UK Number 1 on the 2015 rankings.

For the Ladies it was a season of firsts, with first Ladies A titles for Jo Shelley & Lauren Whiteman.  For Jo it was victory in Staffordshire and the Richard Lawrence Opens whilst Lauren claimed and dropped her first title at the North of England Open and then sealed the season with victory in Nottinghamshire.  All in all there were 8 different winners of Ladies A events in 2015, as well as Jo and Lauren there were 3 titles for Hannah Boden including the British Championships and single titles for Laura Swain, Louise Tucker, Kathryn Milne, Kim Hay & regular victor Barbara Capper.  The year-end rankings saw Izzy Tyrrell finish the season as the Ladies UK number 1, with Hannah Boden, Lauren Whiteman and Barbara Capper close on her heels.

There are of course a host of other victors on the UK Tour and every categories champion can be found in the following table.  In the Men’s B it was three times victor Tom Atherton who spent the early part of the season knocking on the door of the A draws and made his A debut in Nottingham.  Tom has plenty of weapons and is one to watch for 2016.  There were 11 winners in the Men’s B during the season, showing competition in this bracket is as ever healthy.  Julian Clapp stands out for his progression, moving up the bands winning at D, C and finishing 3rd in the B at the Midlands Open as well as helping the O55s to team Gold in the European championships.  7 tournaments included a ladies B competition and all 7 saw different winners, fingers crossed we will see more of these events in 2016.  Three UK tour events featured doubles in 2015 including the launch of the “Lottery Doubles” were partnerships are drawn at random.  Keith Lesser & Joel Durston won this event at the British Championships but it was Will Coley partnered first with George Roberts and then with Jonny Wan who won two titles.  In other doubles categories, Barbara Capper was undefeated in Mixed doubles partnering Duncan Stahl at the Welsh Open & British Championships and then Dan Busby to win at the Richard Lawrence and Nottinghamshire Opens.  The Dianne Baker/James Watkins pairing twice took the winners place in Mixed B (both times from Beth Milburn & James Pope) as James would lose 3 out of 3 mixed doubles meetings with Dianne in 2015 in total.

 

Event

Men's A

Ladies A

Men's B

Men's C

Welsh Open

Duncan Stahl

Barbara Capper

Tom Atherton

Sam Barker

Yorkshire Open

Dan Busby

Hannah Boden

Danuel Adams

Adam McKay

Essex Open

Alex Du Noyer

--

--

--

South of England Open

Ray Jordan

Laura Swain

David Ridout

Jon Spinks

Shropshire Open

Duncan Stahl

Hannah Boden

Sam Lees

Chris Hotchen

British Championships

Duncan Stahl

Hannah Boden

Tom Atherton

Ross Frisby

Universities Championships

Will Coley

--

Jonny Wan

--

Staffordshire Open

Dan Busby

Jo Shelley

Anthony Wimpenny

Julian Clapp

Bourne Club

Richard Middleton

--

Fabien Mauroy

--

Kent Open

Leon Griffiths

Louise Tucker

Fabien Mauroy

David Bennett

South Eastern Open

Ray Jordan

Kathryn Milne

Mark Harris

Andrew Heath

North of England Open

Dan Busby

Lauren Whiteman

Phil Scully

Jonny Wan

Richard Lawrence Open

Dan Busby

Jo Shelley

Tom Atherton

Reuban Cox

Midlands Open

Dan Busby

--

Stephen Davey

David Rawlings

Hertfordshire Open

Alex Du Noyer

Kim Hay

Jack Bishop

Wilf Jessop

Nottinghamshire Open

Will Coley

Lauren Whiteman

Jon Schofield

Geoff Woods

 

Event

Ladies B

Men's D

U16s

Welsh Open

Tesni Metcalfe

 

 

Yorkshire Open

Jess Sharman

Steve Dixon

Will Gregson

Essex Open

--

--

Kieran Shelley

South of England Open

Rachel Sheridan

Julian Clapp

Rafal Wilowski

Shropshire Open

--

--

--

British Championships

Sara Milburn

--

Arif Wadud

Universities Championships

--

--

--

Staffordshire Open

--

David McKechnie

Kieran Shelley

Bourne Club

--

--

Oscar Gordon-Reid

Kent Open

--

--

--

South Eastern Open

--

Richard Ramsbottom

--

North of England Open

Becky Lloyd

--

David Bennett

Richard Lawrence Open

Fiona James

Chris Lewis-Brown

--

Midlands Open

--

--

--

Hertfordshire Open

--

--

David Bennett

Nottinghamshire Open

Siobhan Robertson

Adam Ben

--

 

 

Event

O45

Ladies O45s

U13s

O55s

Welsh Open

Ed Harvey

Barbara Capper

Will Gregson

--

Yorkshire Open

Jason Morris

--

--

--

Essex Open

--

--

--

--

South of England Open

--

--

--

--

Shropshire Open

Istavan Soos

--

Kieran Shelley

--

British Championships

Ed Harvey

--

James Gibbons

Duncan Marlow

Universities Championships

--

--

--

--

Staffordshire Open

--

--

Islay Thornicroft

--

Bourne Club

--

--

--

--

Kent Open

Andy Griffiths

--

--

--

South Eastern Open

--

--

--

--

North of England Open

Malc Bramley

--

Harvey Gration

--

Richard Lawrence Open

Richard Middleton

--

--

--

Midlands Open

--

--

--

--

Hertfordshire Open

--

--

--

--

Nottinghamshire Open

Mark Woodliffe

--

Will Gregon

--

 

 

 

These tables detail who each category at each event on the UK Tour, congratulations to all the winners and every competitor.  These listings along with the Team GB caps found here, represent the 2015 UK Racketlon Roll of Honour.  An on going project at the moment is to collate this information and generate an all time record of UK Racketlon honours, which we hope to bring you next season.  For now, the rest of this report features the awards for the 2015 season.  As previously stated, some are funny, some are serious and some are event based on actual information!

 

Most Improved Player of the Year

The new ratings method for producing the UK Rankings, means that it is possible to chart how a player has improved over the course of a season.  The most improved player has been awarded to the player who has had the largest increase in their rating score from the start of the season (or their initial rating score) to the final ratings after the Nottingham Open.  The top 5 are, in reverse order:

James Pope (up 662 points), Will Coley (up 667 points), Leon Griffiths (up 704 points), Mark Steeden (up 704 points), however our winner, after an excellent personal season making his first UK Tour podiums including a first UK Tour final in the Men’s B, from Shrewsbury, Paul Mathieson.  A strong end to the season saw Paul increase his rating from 14460 in January to 15477 at the end of the season, a rise of 837 points.

 

Coach of the Year

There is really only one nomination for this award and it goes to David Ridout.  With Luke Barnes in action in the Men’s B final at the 2015 Racket Masters, he faced the exceptional badminton player, Sylvain Ternon from France.  With Luke having made the turn at 11-7, in stepped coach Dave to offer some choice words to Luke.  Clearly, these words worked to wonderful effect, Luke losing 10 straight points to go down 21-7 in the badminton, maybe Dave suggested to Luke it wasn’t worth winning if you don’t win big.....  Well done Dave and congratulations on this award.

 

Badminton Photograph of the Year

There have been a couple of good images taken of badminton this year, two feature Kate Russell, however, mainly because these close friends hate seeing this image being dredged up again and again, this is the winning photograph.

Featuring Dan Busby and Mark Harris in Men’s Doubles action at the Racket Masters, Magdalena Sarna captured the moment, a wonderful lapse in communication led to these two close friends getting a little closer than they intended.  Congratulations Magdalena for perfectly timing this wonderful image, one we shall whip out on many a future occasion, just for Dan and Mark.

 

(Literal) David Vs. Goliath Victory Award

In the sense of a tall warrior falling to a much smaller fighter, there are some possible contenders, such as Leon Griffiths defeating Ray Jordan in the Kent Open final, or Will Gregson in his felling of Johnny Bispham in the 1 point extravaganza.  However, it is a different moment involving Johnny that wins this award.  Fighting for 5th place at the Kent Open, with his proud father watching on, Johnny must have fancied his chances when playing 12 year old Luke Griffiths.  More so after he had crushed the small smiling one at TT 21-8.  Sadly for Johnny he was to lose the next three sports 21-10, 21-18, 21-15 to end up losing the who match to someone about 2 feet smaller than him.  It may not have been a small stone, but Luke Griffiths felled Johnny’s Goliath and wins himself this year, the David Vs. Goliath Victory Award

 

Racketlon Blog Post of the Year

Racket sports are cruel, you are there a player frequently on your own, if a mistake is made you can only blame yourself and Racketlon makes this so much worse, a single mistake in Racketlon can mean not just the loss of that point or of a game, but of the whole match.  Being lonely, left with only your emotions makes Racket sports unique and Racketlon that bit more special.  Unsurprisingly Racketlon players have to endure a range of emotions throughout their matches (well maybe not Jesper at the moment…) and it is how we learn and build from all these that matters.  The Racketlon blog post of the year was a posting on just this.  Written in the hours after the disappointment of defeat in the final of their home tournament, the first international Racketlon tournament in their country, Cedric Junillion poured his heart out.  The frustrations of losing a tight final in part for the loss of light in the evening, and the wonder of whether it would have worked out differently.  Cedric showed how much it mattered to him, how much he cared about his Racketlon and Racketlon in France whilst also showing great humility in the face of defeat.  There is lots to learn for us all in the way he carried himself in this blog post.

 

The Gwyneth Paltrow Award for Soppy Racketlon Posts

Only one contender, please step forward, Lauren Whiteman.  Two WhatsApp messages and a Facebook post gushing with love for the whole UK Racketlon community and her family, it was beautiful stuff as the tired and very happy Lauren posted her joy at a personally excellent European Championships.  It has been a great year for Lauren who was new to Racketlon in October 2014, she has taken to the sport like a duck to water and become a popular member of the tour.  Just keep your hankies at the ready when she is around!

 

Table Tennis Shot of the Year

Joining the Racketlon scene in May this year (yes, it really is that recent!), Johnny Bispham, Kent table tennis master now residing in Norfolk, has not lost a TT set in singles Racketlon, and is presently 1-1 in friendly games with Jesper Ratzer.  So, when in Nottingham he won the toss to serve in the TT leg of the 1 point extravaganza, he must have been confident of progression through to the next round.  Johnny stands at about 6 ft 4 inches tall, he crouched down to serve to all (roughly) 5 ft 1 inch of William Gregson, confident surely of his victory, not expecting this serve to come back, let alone land on the table.  What happened next, will surely go down in Racketlon folklore for ever more, and for those of us who witnessed it, a moment of sheer brilliance.

Johnny served and Will standing his ground up to the table eyes level with the net, nonchalantly cracked a straight backhand return of service that was flat, powerful and placed into a back square inch corner of the table.  Johnny was left staggering around in shock as the crowd of 30 odd players erupted in sheer disbelief.  Will, to his credit, shrugged it off as if he had been hitting those sorts of shots since he was born.  Next time you see Johnny, be sure to ask him all about it, he can’t tell you much as he admits he never even saw it, such was the pace, power and precision of young Will’s backhand.

So, TT shot of the year, the winner is Will Gregson.

 

Bone Crusher of the Year

A couple of players are contenders for this award, Mark Harris for a number of self-inflicted cuts to his knee, a man happy to bleed for his country.  The scything squash backhand of Matthew Daggitt is also a strong contender, but in the end, this award will be leaving the UK in 2015, our winner is the Racket Masters champion, Martina Meißl.  On her way to Racket Masters glory, she swung a racket which put a sizable dent in one players hand, cracking a bone (or two) and hospitalising her opponent.  There is more than one way to win….  We know that Martina feels dreadful about this incident and hope that she takes it with the fun and jest that is intended by it (otherwise James may be on the end of some skull crunching next season…).  Her nickname is established from this award, congratulations “Bone Crusher” Meißl.  It also leads nicely into our next award….


More joy for Martina....

 

Hard As Nails Award

Only one winner for this, step up, Jo Shelley.  Having suffered at the hands (well racket) of the “bone crusher”, she continued her doubles match with partner Lauren Whiteman.  After a late night visit to the nearby A&E, Jo returned the next day, hand taped up and arm in a sling to fight (and win) matches in her singles categories, a truly sensation demonstration to the Southerners and Europeans of what we mean by Northern Grit.  Jo is hard as nails and deserving of this award.  Well done Jo!

 

Humanitarian of the Year

For every injury there is a parent/team mate/long suffering partner who has to take care of you, has to suffer the hours in A&E whilst their child/team mate/partner whines about their injury.  In 2015 this award is to be shared by Lauren Whiteman and Mark Harris.  Lauren was the wonderful friend to Jo when her hand was left in pieces by the “bone crusher”, getting back from A&E at 2am with a singles match early the next day, it is a great commitment to look after your doubles partner when it could hinder the rest of your tournament.  Mark Harris also endured many hours in A&E, looking after friend Dan Busby.  When Dan was taken ill returning from the Hungarian Open, Mark diverted their car to Mansfield A&E and stayed with Dan for the 4 hours they were there, sacrificing his night in bed before work to stay with his unwell friend.  Whilst a number of these awards are a bit of fun, this one should be respected, it is wonderful that members of the UK community are willing to look out for each other like this and it says a lot about us all, that our members are willing to go the extra yard for their friends.

 

Non-Playing Racketlon Star

This award is given to the non-playing star of the season, that person who is frequently at tournaments, supporting a loved one or friend as they play and also helping further the course of UK Racketlon.  Honourable mentions to the Racketlon medic, Dr Morag Sime; Magdalena Sarna, fiancée of James Pope; Mrs Prades, Mr & Mrs Griffiths & Mr Wadud all of whom travelled out in support of the juniors at the European Championships in Prague but ultimately, there is only one winner of this category.  We all know him, we have all heard him, we are all well aware of his kids, he runs the Yorkshire Open, lives every point Hannah & Piers play and always lends a hand, and it is of course the irrepressible Malcolm Boden!

 

Epic UK Journey of the Year

Jon Spinks has gone to great pains to tell anyone about his journey home from the Kent Open, which due to rail issues saw it take slightly longer than planned.  However, I have adjudicated that whilst Jon’s was an epic journey, it was a simple journey that went array.  The winners of the epic journey, deliberately planned two nights on trains to play at the 2015 Racket Masters in Surrey.  Boarding the Friday night sleeper train in Aberdeen, Alexandra Wilowska with son Rafal, arrived in Guildford at the Surrey Sports Park bright and early on the Saturday morning.  With the event completed on Sunday, they returned to central London to board the Caledonian Sleeper back north to Aberdeen.  11 hours each way on trains to play a Racketlon event is truly an epic journey, so congratulationsAlexandra and Rafal on winning this award!  Commiserations to Jon, who I know coveted this award.

 

I Can’t Believe They’re a Butter Fingers

Again, this award is designed with a target in mind and it was a popular moment from this year’s North of England Open at York University.  Having secured her maiden UK Tour title, Lauren Whiteman proudly stepped forward to collect her lovely glass trophy from Dan Busby.  Having taken firm grasp, or so it seemed of the trophy, she walked back to where she had been standing, only for the venue to reverberate with a crash of glass.  Indeed, just seconds after getting her first winner’s trophy in UK Racketlon, Lauren had dropped it to the floor.  A special, special moment for Lauren, and a worthy winner of this award.

 

 

Honorary Brit of the Year

We have been fortunate on the UK Tour to play host to many a European Racketlon player during their studies or work here in the UK.  Matej Dohnal, Ursula Szegner or Leigh Sands are a couple of names on the tip of anyone’s tongue.  However, there really is only one, who is truly the honorary Brit and it is none other than Fabien Mauroy.  A member of the UK tour for 7 years, the TT expert is never short of an opinion on how you should be performing against each player you are up against next.  A repository of Racketlon knowledge, Fab is always popular when he is at an event and we look forward to seeing him again soon on the UK Tour.

 

Most Extreme Racketlon Tennis of the Year

Two strong contenders for this award, a duel nomination for Avi Shemri (Isreal) & Ramon Miles for their winner takes all Men’s C semi-final in Malta and Jake Tetley, who’s brand of tennis caused a real stir at the King of Rackets.  Avi and Ramon, went to the slow courts at the Marsa Sports Club in Malta deep into their singles semi-final, where it was a case of winner takes all.  As the match moved towards the vital points, the rallies got longer and the ball floated higher and slower.  To quote one eye witness, Joel Durston “Regular two minute rallies of the type where it would make absolutely no difference if the net was a volleyball net.  It was painful yet oddly enthralling to watch”.

However, these two gents were simply facing the nerves of a tight match, Jake Tetley takes tennis to well frankly an entirely new sport when it comes to Racketlon.  Less tennis, more the artillery exchanges of the 1914-18 Western Front, a constant barrage of tennis balls rains down on the opponents baseline from a ballistic arc.  It is not tennis, but in Racketlon you have to learn to cope with and deal with your opponent and what they throw at you, no matter how unorthodox, however for Alain Van Mullem it was too much.  Admittedly as the rallies went through 5 minutes each and over 40 minutes had been spent on the tennis points, with Jake totally disinterested in any aggressive strokes aside from his occasional under-arm serve, it must be testing any man’s patience, but Alain broke.  The barrage was too much and after a brief rant (“You a*****e”), Alain left the court never to play a point of Racketlon ever again.  Such was the shock of the retirement, to this day, the tennis score does not appear on tournament software.  Therefore, Jake Tetley wins the award for most extreme Racketlon tennis of the year and surely all time!

 

Junior UK Racketlon Player of the Year

A serious award here and there are four nominations for the award.

1)      Luke Griffiths.  Luke, the younger brother of Leon, has erupted onto the Racketlon scene in 2015 with a beaming grin, cheeky sense of humour, and an on court attitude that is very mature for his age.  He counts Johnny Bispham as one of the players he knows he can destroy on court if necessary.  Luke has won two world tour titles this year, the U13s titles at both the SWT Racket Masters in Surrey and at the European Championships in Prague.  He was also a member of the victorious U16s squad at the European Team Championships also in Prague.  A great year for the smiling assassin.

2)      Olivia Chivers.  A breakthrough year for the Welsh lady, who waltzed to the final of the WTC Welsh Open in February, only defeated by Barbara Capper in the Elite final.  She then joined up with Beth “Unknown” Milburn to take the Ladies doubles title at the Welsh Open.  A tennis expert with exceptional ability, she was capped by Team GB in the Under 21s squad at the European team championships in Prague where she came home with a team silver medal.  She followed it up with individual silver in the European Championships in the U16s competition.  A great year.

3)      Leon Griffiths.  What can you say about Leon? A known talent, this youngster competed excellently at the Racket Masters when given a wild card into the Elite.  A tough first round draw (Ratzer) he came back with wins over established players such as Marcus Christiansen, one of the hopes for the future of Danish Racketlon.  A calm, unfazed demeanour characterises a genuinely nice lad.  He took U16s gold and U21s silver at the European team championships as well as being a part of the first GB squad to make an elite quarter-final.  He added to this an U16s gold medal in the singles at the European championships to raise family concerns of excess baggage charges on the way home.  Domestically, Leon beat Ray Jordan to take his first UK Tour elite title at the Kent Open and beat Dan Busby 21-0 at TT at the British Championships.  It has been a fantastic year for this young man, full of promise for a great future at whatever he turns his hand to.

4)      Hannah Boden.  Probably the most consistent player amongst our juniors, Hannah is these days more frequently seen competing for Ladies titles on UK domestic tour events.  Victories in 2015 in Yorkshire, Shropshire and the British Championships added to her collection of UK tour titles.  At the European team championships she won U21s silver and also played in all three of the GB 1 matches in the Elite teams competition.  Individually she also collected U16s gold in the European singles championships.

Four impressive candidates for the award, and these guys represent the pinnacle of a growing collection of junior players across the UK tour, including Arif Wadud, David Bennett, Joshua Ben, Kieran Shelley and Will Gregson amongst others.  However, there can only be one winner of this and the 2015 Junior UK Racketlon Player of the Year is: Leon Griffiths.  An impressive season that may well come to define the youngster in the Racketlon world.  Well done Leon and to all the juniors on the UK tour, you very much are our sports future.

 

Overseas Racketlon Personality of the Year

There are many honourable mentions in this category, it is of course hard to look past Jesper Ratzer, again unbeaten this season and surely on course to pass Eliasson’s record of singles victories in 2016.  Additionally, Racket Master Champion, “Bone crusher” Meißl made her mark on UK Racketlon/Jo Shelley in 2015 and then followed this up with an obsession about how amazing our GB kit was in Prague.  Cedric Junilion for managing to turn James Pope into his private butler in Malta also earns a mention in dispatches, however there is only one possible winner.  Oigul Hasanova is the 2015 Overseas Racketlon Personality of the Year.  Unlikely to enter a tournament prior to the day of play and then shocked when she can’t just pay and play.  Equally likely to be sleeping on the badminton courts as there is no hotel booked, Oigul has become a particular favourite of the UK players, with some epic counting skills in table tennis in Belgium.  So congratulations to the Russian number 1, on your award, FYI you don’t need to come over and collect it!

 

UK Racketlon Personality of the Year

Having received literally 10-20 WhatsApp, Facebook or text messages on this topic, there were a number of nominations for the UK Racketlon Personality of the year.  Voting was open to all on the Racketlon Tour WhatsApp group and nominations came in for a number of players: Leon Griffiths, Luke Griffiths, Johnny Bispham, Lauren Whiteman, Raff Badrinath and George Roberts.  In fact the overall voting resulted in a tie, between Luke Griffiths and Johnny Bispham, leaving the deciding vote to me, the author of this piece.  Here I am torn, Luke Griffiths is a fantastic kid, always wears a huge smile and has a wonderful ability to give a witty comment.  On the other hand, Johnny Bispham has been one of the finds of the year to the tour.  He has known Ray for years, that in itself is worthy of an award, but he has provided much entertainment to all of us on the tour since he joined in May.  Whether it be his puppydog nature around Jesper Ratzer in Malta, the fact he gets consistently beaten by pre-teens in UK Tour events or that he had a couple of drinks at the Racket Masters players party and entered the Malta Open including booking flights.  Johnny and Luke have also been bitter on court rivals this year and Luke has to be frank, had Johnny in his back pocket.  Can I in all good heart inflict further defeat at the hands of Luke on Johnny? ....  Luckily for Johnny, it is nearly Christmas, and so I will declare it a draw.  The UK Racketlon Personalities of the Year are Johnny Bispham & Luke Griffiths.  Well done both of you, I feel that one of the real plusses of the UK Tour is that it is filled with characters and a vast majority of the tour bring something to it that ensures that every UK Tour event is a pleasure to play in.

 

UK Racketlon Players Player of the Year

This award has been a two horse race and whilst there were nominations for Leon Griffiths, the vast majority of those who voted provided me with one of two names, Dan Busby & Will Coley.  Dan has returned to Racketlon this season and brought a huge amount to the sport.  Five tournament wins in 2015 in the UK and his French Open victory ensured he finished as the year end UK number 1 and he will certainly rise through the world rankings in 2016.  Dan has also got Racketlon featured on BBC regional news, hosted a tournament and thrown himself into the organisation of the GB Racketlon teams.  He has brought energy and enthusiasm to the UK Racketlon community and coupled with success on the court he would be a worthy winner.  However, it is not a simple title and the other strongly nominated player has had a season that has consolidated himself as top UK tour performer.  Will Coley will finish the season at 6th in the UK Rankings ahead of the likes of Richard Middleton, Keith Lesser and Ray Jordan.  Will also secured his first UK Tour elite title at the Nottinghamshire Open and dominated two of three lottery doubles events.  Will is a great character, his play is energetic and especially when coupled against a fellow strong squash player the entertainment value of watching him play is immense.  Friendly and dedicated on court, Will and his iffy facial hair, embodies the Racketlon spirit and plays with honesty and integrity.  A great bloke, he is incredibly popular on the UK Tour with all the players.

It is a title to be proud of, whoever wins, to be voted the player of the year by your fellow players is a huge honour.  There was just one vote in it, but the public have spoken, the 2015 UK Players Player of the Year is Dan Busby.