Jordan Triumphs in Sussex Sunshine
In glorious weather Ray Jordan re-entered the domestic fray. He dominated the day with strong victories over Jason Granville in the semi-final and Stuart Hobden in the final. Ray's badminton and squash were the key to his success rather than his usual table tennis...
Duncan Stahl continues to improve and pushed Stuart and Jason all the way. Neal Smith also looks as if he could challenge depend upon how the profiles match up.
2 class B's were run. In the first Colin Shermer was very impressive and his strong tennis was the final factor in securing victory over Joe Magor in the final. Tom Canning was expected to challenge these 2 but after an impressive 1st round had a recurrence of an old injury against Joe.
In the other class B category newcomer Ajay Missan (a friend of Joe's) looks to be a candidate fro future class A events. He looks a strong allrounder in all 4 sports with very good squash. Jon Healey did well to push him all the way in the final.
Mounir Goulamhousen came 3rd in his first event and David Ratcliffe after losing to Mounir in a prelim round won all his next 3 matches
Category C was also won by a newcomer, Richard Bozier. In what looked a very tough 1st round Robert overcame Richard Lawrence 69-65. Robert's next 2 matches were more comfortable and a move upwards into class B beckons. Dan Gillett was the runner up but after losing the table tennis to Robert must have realised the final was going to be an uphill struggle. Dan recovered to win the squash however Rob was too strong in the tennis.
Young Mike Pinggera showed excellent squash on his debut and could be one to watch over the coming years.
Having lots of newcomers taking part and with 2 winners from their ranks it continually acts as a reminder that there are lots of good racketlon players out there it's just that they don't know about racketlon yet !
Special mention to Anna Prestwich and Kate Cooper for taking on the men in Class C. Anna showed of her badminton expertise comfortably winning all 3 matches. Kate excelled and came 3rd in class C with strong badminton and squash. It was a shame some of the regular female entrants were unable to play at Sussex this year, most spectators reckoned Kate and Anna would give them run for their money.
Overall the tournament ran very smoothly and players were even spotted enjoying a refreshment watching a game of cricket in the sunshine.
Thanks as always to everyone for entering and to Angela Hobden and Richard Lawrence for their organisational support and help on the day (and a big hand to Stuart for his smooth organisation, of course - Ed.)