UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

The 2017 Super Series began at the 2017 London Open.  This page will provide the current standings in the Men's Open, Men's Challenger, Ladies Open, Futures and Masters events along with reports for each of the four tournament reports.  The standings will be updated after each event.  

 

London Open - Sunday 9th April

Leon Griffiths took the Men's A title at the London Open defeating Ray Jordan in the final and therefore the early leader in the Men's Super Series.  Luke Griffiths defeated James Langworth in the Men's B final, and he leads the Challenger Super Series standings (for players ranked outside the Men's Top 30).  Dianne Baker claimed the Ladies title and Mark Steeden the O45s title to take the early leads in the Ladies and the Masters Super Series standings.  Finally our two junior winners Angus Howard and James Gibbons share top spot in the Futures Super Series.  A full report on events from the London Open can be found here. The next Super Series event is the British Championships (24th & 25th June) in Nottingham.

After Round 1 the full standings in each competition were:

Men's - Women's - Challenger - Masters - Futures


British Championships - Saturday 24 and Sunday 25th June

Leon Griffiths added the British Championships title to his Men's A title at the London Open, defeating Luke Barnes in the final. With a maximum 4000 points to his name from the first two events, he has had the perfect start,  however Luke Barnes will be fancying his chances of taking top spot after the North West Open in Manchester with Leon not available.  The Griffiths family lock out continues in the Challenger series as he tops the standings ahead of fellow U16 GB team mate David Bennett.  With Luke missing Manchester, both David and James Langworthy will be hoping to take the points necessary to replace him at the top of the challenger pile.  Dianne Baker retains the lead of the Women's event, but she has stiff competion from three times National Champion and newly installed UK Number 1, Hannah Boden, who would expect to replace Dianne after the North West Open. In the Master's event, Mark Steeden has a commanding 2000 point lead ahead of Martyn Langston as he has claimed both the London and British Championships O45s titles.  With two events to go, Mark could potentially be our first crown Super Series champion after the North West Open. Angus Howard added to his London Open U13s victory with the U13s British Championships title and as a result he leads the Futures Super Series ahead of Will Gregson.  A full report on events from the British Championships can be found here. The next Super Series event is the North West Open (23rd July) in Manchester.

After Round 2 the full standings in each competition were:

Men's - Women's - Challenger - Masters - Futures

 

North West Open - Sunday 23rd July

It was all change in the Men's, Women's and Challenger Super Series competitions after the third round, the North West Open.  In the Men's event, Luke Barnes opened up a 900 point lead over previous leader Leon Griffiths with his victory in Manchester.  With both playing in Cardiff, Luke will need a third place or better finish to seal the title, should Leon win the Welsh Open.  Alex Du Noyer currently sits third with only Ray Jordan who can possibly catch him.  Hannah Boden has taken top spot in the Ladies comeptition with victory in Manchester.  Jo Shelley, second in Manchester, is her closest competitor, 1300 points behind.  However, as it stands, Hannah will not be in Cardiff, offering Jo the chance to take home the title.  Dianne Baker, the previous leader has dropped to third.  In the Challenger series, Luke Griffiths has dropped from first to third, with James Langworthy (first in the Manchester Men's B) and David Bennett (second in Manchester) jumping ahead of him.  James sits on 2080, with David on 1935 and Luke 1575 points.  With all three in Cardiff and up to 800 points available in the Men's B for victory, it is all to play for.  In the Master's series, Mark Steeden played the Men's A and all 6 players were new to the Super Series.  As a result, there was no change at the top, Mark is on 4000 points, with only the second placed Stephen Davey and Martyn Langston able to reach his mark, both 2000 points behind and 2000 points on offer in the competition.  There was no play in the Futures event, Angus Howard still leads 1300 points ahead of Will Gregon. 

After Round 3 the full standings in each competition were:

Men's - Women's - Challenger - Masters - Futures

 

Welsh Open - Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th August

The final round of the inaugural UK Racketlon Super Series was held at the Welsh Open.  Three events in particular where going down to the wire, the Men's, Ladies and Challenger Super Series were all on the line in the final event (See preview piece here).  With the two top UK players in 2017 fighting it out for the title, the situation required Leon Griffiths to win the Men's A and Luke Barnes to finish lower than third.  An opening round defeat to Dan Busby resulted in Luke finishing in fifth place and with Leon winning the Men's A, he also secured the 2017 Men's Super Series title by 150 points.  The Ladies event had been led by Hannah Boden into Wales, but the Yorkshire youngster was unable to play in Cardiff and therefore it was between three of the four ladies playing in Cardiff to take home the title, Dianne Baker, Jo Shelley and Shirley Barre all knew that the winner of the event in Cardiff would take home the title.  It was Jo who was to emerge triumphant and she secured the 2017 Ladies Super Series. 

The Challenger super series was open to all male players in the banded singles classes who were not ranked in the top 30 UK Rankings on the 31st March.  Heading into the final round, it was tussle between James Langworthy and David Bennett to take home the title.  With an excellent run through the event, it was James who secured both the Men's B Welsh Open and the 2017 Challenger Super Series titles.  The Masters Super Series was for all players playing in the Vets categories and despite skipping the Welsh Open to go camping, Mark Steeden's early victories at the London Open and British Championships had provided him with an insurmountable points haul, and he was therefore crowned the 2017 Masters Super Series champion.  Our final category, the Futures Super Series, which was open to all our junior players, finished in a similar vein to the Masters event.  Angus Howard, the U13s champion at the London Open and the British Championships, had also done enough to secure the 2017 Futures Super Series title. 

Congratulations to our five winners, the full final standings in each competition can be viewed at the links below. 

Men's - Women's - Challenger - Masters - Futures