Cook Triumphs in a Thrilling Final
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New England number 2 Jane Cook won the Sussex Open Ladies by a single point (69-68) versus newcomer Milli Fawsett. Jane's superb squash was critical as she lost in the 3 other sports ! Milli had already beaten Fiona Sime and Lorna See to illustrate how many good players are still out there who haven't heard of racketlon. Next up for Jane and Milli will be some international competition at the English Open...
The Mens A event was far more subdued with Stuart Hobden overcoming Graham Norton +18 in the final. Graham had won a gumi-arm in his group against Mark Johnson who volunteered to move up into class A from class B. A highlight of this category was the sporting nature of Mark Johnson and Phil Watson. With the outdoor courts becoming treacherous Phil conceded at the start of the tennis even though he only needed 7 points. He did so to avoid injury to himself or Mark. Mark responded by also conceding the tennis as he knew Phil would have won. This type of sportsmanship is exactly what makes racketlon a joy to play.
In the Mens B newcomer Daniel Busby dominated the event with Dave Maynard and runner up Stuart Millman providing him the strongest competition. Daniel's badminton and squash is very strong and it will be interesting to see how he fares as he moves up to class A in the future.
In the Ladies B the first match of the round robin proved to be the key match. Dominique Ford overcame Amanda Holmes 73-70. Further wins over Antonia Perrott and Michelle Eaton secured the title.
Another player moving up the categories will be Chris Hall after winning the class C final against Dinesh Passi 69-64. Chris only dropped 13 points all day in 4 table tennis matches. Richard Lawrence secured 3rd against newcomer Dan Woodley in a thrilling final match 77-76. Charles Eaton had a very unusual day. Normally very strong at his table tennis all his 3 opponents were nationally ranked table tennis players (Chris Hall, Wayne Glossop & Rory Scott). Charles responded by winning 2 squash matches which he says is unknown for him.
Overall the event was a resounding success despite the rain heavily impacting the ability of players to change direction on the outdoor tennis courts. All players made the best of the conditions and it was good to see another 6 new faces to the sport. We hope Chris Rand, Chris Odey, Thaddeus Dixon, Alexander Henman, Dan Woodley and Milli Fawsett will be back for more.
The Holbrook club feels ideal for future one day tournaments and will only be improved by the planned refurbishment of the tennis
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