Wallace Returns in the Sussex Sunshine
Paul Wallace claimed the Sussex Open with wins over Jon Healey, Ray Jordan and Stuart Hobden in the final. The strength of his middle 2 sports would challenge anyone in the UK. He lost a mere 7 squash points all day ! The final was "won" in the table tennis where he picked up 10 points. By the time the tennis was reached Hobden had no real chance of success. Colin Shermer will be very happy with his 4th place ahead of Dan Woodley and Keith Lesser.
In the mens B David Ridout performed well all day and looks to have a very useful standard in all 4 sports. After winning "B" at Sussex he may look to try his hand at class "A" in South London later in the year. Robert Bozier who last year won class C showed why he moved up into class B as he finished runner up. Richard Lawrence by beating Gavin Larkin in the early group stage obtained 3rd place.
Both newcomers Mike Simpson and Josh Wilson had some very good matches in class B. Josh Wilson lost the closest match of the day against Thaddeus Dixon by a single point in what was an excellent game of tennis.
Mens C was dominated by Darren Vickery, (who will surely be moving into class B based on this performance). Adam Milton, part of the new Folkestone Racketlon group reached the final in his first event and with a bit of table tennis coaching from Ray will be looking to go one step further next time.
Fiona Sime won the ladies round robin with 3 good victories. Travelling all the way down from Lancashire was Louise Jackson who showed in her first event that she may be somebody to watch. Her badminton is superb (6 points dropped in 3 matches) and her tennis is very good. She only lost to Fiona by 5 points in her very first racketlon match. It would be easy to imagine her other sports improving and then we may have another lady to challenge near the top of the rankings.
Like last year the weather was glorious and whilst not competing the players could sit in the sun, watch a game of cricket and just relax. If Carlsberg organised Racketlon events .........