UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

South Eastern Open 2012 - Podium - Results - Report - Photos

Congratulations to the following winners and the other trophy awardees on the podium:

  1st 2nd 3rd
MSA Duncan Stahl Rakesh Gupta Richard Middleton
LSA Barbara Capper Dianne Baker Lucy Burks
MSB Jeremy Henley Duncan Marlow Gavin Hickling
MSC Chris Hall Steve Farkas John Haggis
OS14 Dominic Spicer Oscar Flack Oscar Gordon-Reid

Full results may be viewed at South Eastern Open 2012 Results

A Report is now published.

Stahl and Capper dominate South Eastern Open

Ladies A

Barbara Capper has played 3 tournaments and won 3 tournaments. On this day she won all of her matches by in excess of 25 points. The match up with Isabelle Tyrrell which will hopefully come soon looks to be one of excellent quality as these two ladies have demonstrated they are the top two racketlon players at the moment. Dianne Baker was chanceless in the final. Baker won the squash but could not get closer than 17-21 in badminton in the others.

3 debuts from Emma Smith, Chrissie Mariner and Janet Spicer all had some close matches. Lucy Burks who represented England in the World Junior Team Event last month edged 3rd place but lost to Janet at her strongest sport - table tennis.

Mens A

Duncan Stahl won as predicted. The final was not all plain sailing though and neither was the semi final. His best sport on the day was badminton getting 10 points off Rakesh in the final which is where he won it after a poor start in table tennis only getting 7. Squash and tennis at 5 and 8 for Stahl were as expected leaving a +5 victory for the 2012 England Open & Junior Captain.

Richard Middleton made his Class A debut and had a good go at Stahl in the semi. Taking out the eventual winner 21-6 at his strongest sport meant the tennis which was fairly level was close ish. Stahl had won the first two sports, but perhaps not as convincingly as one would think given other scores on the day. Middleton edged a chanceless Keith Lesser out for 3rd. With some gruelling rallies in tennis and squash, Lesser only got 6 points across the two sports which was 3 short of what was needed! Gupta beat Lesser for the first time in 7 or 8 attempts and shows his improvement since his debut in 2008.

Juniors

Local lad Dominic Spicer showed unrelenting table tennis and badminton, winning all of these disciplines. He won all of his table tennis to single figures and was too strong for his opponents on the day including 2nd placed Oscar Flack and 3rd placed Oscar Gordan-Reid not forgetting 4th placed Jospeph Franklin.

Mens B

Jeremy Henley beat Duncan Marlow in a close encounter! Jeremy Henley became top seeded once Gavin Larkin was promoted to Mens A due to the unfortunate injury to Ed Harvey. Ed impressively came along to spectate after spending the night in A&E nursing a shoulder injury. Only one point in the final after Duncan won the 1st 3 sports! Jeremy edging out the tennis 21-6 after gaining an impressive 12 off Marlow at the squash.

Mens C

Chris Hall stormed to a Mens C victory as predicted by Sarah Jane Perry (ex England Racketlon Junior and professional squash player) earlier in the week via twitter! Steve Farkas had no answer in the final for Chris at squash. Hall was also unbeaten at badminton and tennis and will surely move up to Mens B in his next event.

Great venue, great day

There was an exceptionally good atmosphere at Limpsfield and with good conditions in all sports, the venue is one to stay on the tournament schedule for years to come. A huge thanks to Chrissie Mariner, Dominique Ford and Richard Lawrence for all of their efforts as well as all the local club players who managed to enter. Hopefully more next time now that you have seen your fellow members win a few matches....

To finish a special mention to Richard Lawrence who we wish a speedy recovery to better health.