On Sunday 26th June GB Racketlon returned to Keele for the 2nd Staffordshire Open, and with all the details here is Tournament director George Roberts and his report.
The Men’s A was a 12 draw with the top 4 seeds, Adit Patel, Piers Boden, Paul Mathieson and Julian Clapp all receiving byes in their first rounds. It would be Piers Boden who came out the eventual winner with victories of +35 against the Welsh Warrior Dylan Leigh, +36 against Julian Clapp and a + 22 final victory against Martyn Langston. Langston, making his debut in a GB Racketlon event, impressed in his first ever tournament. Defeating George “Caveman” Roberts in his first round Langston went on to defeat Adit "The Accidental" Patel in the quarters setting up a semi final against Paul Mathieson. Paul was hoping to bounce back from his final defeat on home turf the week before but this was not to be the case with Langston overturning a heavy badminton defeat to win by +5 and book himself a place in the final. Paul staying true to his Racketlon name of “the Bridesmaid” (George wrote this Paul, complain to him – Ed). In the 3rd/4th playoff Paul took on Julian Clapp and following some impressive squash Paul was victorious and claimed 3rd place. Elsewhere in the draw Dylan Leigh beat Mark Johnson before being beaten by Stuart Preston who again showed his badminton dominance. Hannah Boden, playing both the Men’s A and the Ladies A, proved difficult for the men losing by only +8 to Jon Healey, defeating George Roberts and losing by just +4 to Mark Johnson.
The Men’s B consisted of a 6 man draw split into 2 groups of 3 with a round robin and a playoff. Father and son Lee and Will Gregson were the two seeded players and both would win their group to set up an all Gregson final. In the tougher of the two groups Will came out on top winning both his games against Zar Damani and John McCredie. Lee also won his group with his victory over Stuart Stanyard. It was Lee who came out victorious in the final with a +11 victory against son Will. Lee took narrow victories in the badminton and squash before winning tennis 21-5 cancelling out Wills big victory in the table tennis of 21-4. In a tight 3rd 4th playoff game John McCredie came out on top defeating Stuart Stanyard by just +1 to take 3rd spot.
The Ladies A was a 4 draw round robin. Hannah Boden took the title with emphatic wins over all three opponents. Playing in her first ever Racketlon tournament Anna Reece managed to see off Kim Stanyard by +4 to set up a 2nd/3rd place decider against Dominique Ford who had also earlier defeated Kim. It was to be a thoroughly deserved victory for Dom as she beat Anna by +23 to claim second spot.
A big thank you to all the players and friends who came it was a great day with plenty of laughter and great action. A special thank you to Helen Ford for brilliantly running the desk all day, Helen’s continued support and help is really appreciated. Finally a thank you to our sponsors John Bellfield International, 5 Alive Drives, Pastel Communications and Muscle House Gym. Your commitment and drive to making sport readily available and accessible to our local communities is admirable.