Surrey Racketlon Open 2010 - Results & Report
The 2010 Surrey Racketlon Open, sponsored by Stealth Rackets, is now over. Congratulations to the elite class winners, Chris McKee & Jo Robinson. For the full results spreadsheet, summary of the results & images from the event, please read on...
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Full Results Spreadsheet - Surrey Racketlon Open
Next event - Hertfordshire Racketlon Open - 17th/18th April 2010, Letchworth
Firstly, a special thanks to a new sponsor, Mr Javad Ameri of Stealth Rackets, who provided the tournament shuttles & prizes to all the category winners, comprising of a racket in the sport of their choice, a racket bag, a tube of shuttles & overgrips.
Results Summary (Report Further Below)
Mens Elite (A)
Winner: Chris McKee, Runner-up: Mark Steeden, Third: Jason Granville
Mens Advanced (B1)
Winner: Daniel Woodley, Runner-up: Steve Kneller, Third: Richard Boreham
Mens Advanced (B2)
Winner: Thomas Leech, Runner-up: Mike Cooper, Third: Gary Mill
Mens Amateur (C1)
Winner: Neville Miller, Runner-up: Sid Harding, Third: Tim Holtam
Mens Amateur (C2)
Winner: Tim Cadbury, Runner-up: Neil McAlpine, Third: Kevin Costello
Womens Elite (A)
Winner: Jo Robinson, Runner-up: Dianne Baker, Third: Maureen Thompson
Boys Under 17
Winner: Alastair Wright, Runner-up: David Smith, Third: Matthew Rogers
Boys/Girls Under 13
Winner: Alex Yee, Runner-up: Aidan O'Brien, Third: Nicholas Jelicic
Surrey Open Report
Chris McKee in his first Class A event was the surprise winner of the Surrey Open. It's not so much a surprise now the event is finished, but beforehand Chris was a somewhat unknown quantity. Chris in reaching B finals as both a runner-up and winner tried his hand in the top category with devastating success.
Baker upset by Robinson in close final
Jo Robinson showed a solid allround game in defeating Dianne Baker for the top prize. Maureen Thompson showed an excellent improvement in table tennis in defeating Sarah Cader for a bronze finish. Lesley Adams took 5th spot. 5 more points for Baker in the final would have seen the roles reversed and a different champion.
Woodley now has to step up to A?
A great win for Dan Woodley in Class B-1 over Steve Kneller showed he may now have A pedigree. We knew about his squash, but equally now showing excellent badminton results. The returning Thomas Leech took the B-2 crown. Neville Miller will be back for more after cruising to the C-1 crown. Tim Holtham and Sid Harding gave him a reasonable run with Charles Eaton also impressively reaching the semi-finals. Neil McApline pushed Tim Cadbury all the way in the C-2 final. Squash proved decisive. Alistair Wright and Alex Yee won the junior events respectively and it was great to full draws in these events. More juniors will hopefully join in the future.
More on Class A, A tough route to the final - Jackson, Hobden, Granville
McKee's 4 matches were all of excellent quality and the overall draw was very good indeed. When you consider the pre-tournament favourites Mark Jackson (2008 British Champion), Stuart Hobden, Keith Lesser and Neal Smith were all dumped out in the quarter finals or earlier (with the exception of Lesser), it shows how many upsets were caused at the Surrey Open.
Hampshire Open champion Hobden came unstuck against McKee in round two, whilst Jackson felt the wrath of McKee in round one (a match worthy of a tour final). Jason Granville showed excellent progress with a gumi win in round one against multi-time Esporta squash champion Steve Defries. Granville then proceeded to take apart Hampshire Open runner-up Duncan Stahl. Stahl is not the most popular player on the circuit for beating a few racketloners 21-0 at squash.
Mark Steedan slowly but surely proceeded to the final mainly down to his fantastic squash and hacking tennis (against Smith). In his semi final win against Lesser, the main reason were the 7 points he sneaked at table tennis. Giving only one point away at squash, he had a 6 point benefit here. This saw Steedan through to face Mckee when he was down 12-16 in tennis (all he needed).
McKee dominated the final, 27 points up after two sports, there was no going back. Steedan's win over Neal Smith in the quarter finals was equally impressive. McKee will prove an interesting challenge for the likes of Jermaine Manners and could be a future England prospect. Neville Miller and Andrei Grant very much enjoyed the event and were enthusiastic for future challenges.
Many thanks in particular to Richard Lawrence, Rakesh Gupta, Pete Smith & Selwyn Walmsley. Without their fantastic efforts in organising 75 competitors, 42 of which were new to racketlon, the tournament would have been somewhat chaotic. Thanks also to the sponsor, Mr Javad Ameri ofStealth Rackets.
A lesser thanks (excuse the pun) to Dominique Ford, Gary Tovey, Keith Lesser, Stuart Hobden and Daniel Gillett. Their background work as part of the events committee is less visible, but equally commendable triggering an impressive Surrey (the 1st!) Open.
The Surrey Racketlon Open is only stage 3 of a full English & Welsh Racketlon Tour 2010 – the next stop being Letchworth, Hertfordshire. See the 'Events' & 'Tournament Entry' pages for further details and entry to future tournaments.