UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

Manchester Open 2012 - Podium - Results - Report - Photos

Congratulations to the following winners on a very sunny and tiring day at The Northern, and the other trophy awardees on the podium:

  1st  2nd  3rd 
MSA  Jonathan Shacklady David Thomas Phil Todd
LSA Barbara Capper Rebecca Thomas Rachel Branagan
MSB Kevin Lewis Dinesh Passi Alex Du Noyer
MSC Stuart Bell David Barker Daniel Kirkpatrick
MS45 Rick Ainley-Walker Malcolm Bramley Phil Bennett

 Full results may be viewed at Manchester Open 2012 Results

The first Manchester Racketlon Open took place at the Northern Tennis club on May 27th. There were 5 entry categories with Mens A, Mens B, Mens C and Mens veterans events as well as Women’s A Event.

In scorching temperatures the each round was fiercely competed.  Tennis in particular was of a very high standard with participants inspired by the glorious grass courts.

Event Venue 

 

In the women’s event Northern Members Hollie Bees, Lisa Pilkington, Nadine Cull, Jun Zhang and Fon Walker all made their Racketlon debuts. Each with a different specialist sport they pit their wits against the more established Racketlon players. Experience won through in the end with Barbara Capper taking first place, following up on her victory in the British Open in what is only her second event. Rebecca Thomas improved on her 3rd place at the British Open with a 2nd place finish with Northern member Rachel Branagan taking 3rd.

 Ladies Singles A
MO12 LSA (L-R) - 2nd Rebecca Thomas - 1st Barbara Capper

 

 In the Mens A Event, Racketlon debutant Jonny Shacklady from Bolton beat David Thomas (2nd), Phil Todd (3rd) and Gary Lowe to take first place, with excellent performances in tennis, badminton and squash, not losing in any.

Mens Singles A 
MO12 MSA (L-R) - 2nd David Thomas - 1st Jonathan Shacklady

 

In the Mens B Singles Kevin Lewis travelling over from Palmerston Tennis Club in Liverpool improved on his Blackburn Open semi final to win the event, beating Dinesh Passi and Alex Du Noyer into 2ndand 3rd Place respectively. Beware the A category!

 Mens Singles B
MO12 MSB (L-R) - 2nd Dinesh Passi - 1st Kevin Lewis - 3rd Alex Du Noyer

 

The Mens C event was won by Stuart Bell beating local player David Barker into second with Daniel Kirkpatrick coming third. Stuart was later seen with the packaging from the Mens A trophy – maybe next year?

Mens Singles C 
MO12 MSC (L-R) - 2nd David Barker - 1st Stuart Bell

 

The final category was the Mens Veterans with Northern member Rick Ainley-Walker just closing out Chesterfield’s Malcolm  Bramley in a closely fought  final. Phil Bennett matched his 3rd place at the British Open with a 3rd place finish in Manchester. A mention should also go to Ian Evans possibly the best supported participant on the day having made the short trip from Chorlton to make his Racketlon debut.

Mens Singles Over 45 
MO12 MS45 (L-R) - 2nd Malcolm Bramley - 1st Rick Ainley-Walker

 

The awards were rounded off with special mentions for the two happiest competitors on the day Jun Zhang and Fon Walker. If you think these smiles are big you should have see them playing!

Special Prize 
MO12 Special Prizes (L-R) - Fon Walker - Jun Zhang

 

It was a great tournament and The Northern looks forward to hosting the Manchester Open again next year.