UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

A Great event - rain does not stop play in Eastbourne


The 1st Lawson Lewis Eastbourne Open was held on saturday 16th July.  52 players took part with over 40 being new to the sport.

In mens "A" Jeremy Krzystyniak returned from injury with his usual superb squash and table tennis to the fore.  He gave Chris Batey no chance in the final after Chris had seen off newcomer Ian Penniket in the semi-final.  Another welcome returnee was Richard Boreham who was unlucky to face Jeremy in the 1st round.

Ladies "A" saw local tennis and squash coach Jenny Hughes dominate.  As a guide to her standard she was 3 points ahead of Fiona Sime after her two weak sports. It might be interesting to see how Jenny compares to Isabelle and Natalie.  The other 2 newcomers, Brigitte Shakespeare and Jayne Spencer performed well winning 2 sports against each other.

Mens BA - Robbie Wong dominated throughout but congratulations to Matthew Jackson on reaching the final in his 1st tournament after overcoming Michael Bamforth in a close semi final.

Mens BB - Consisting mainly of Eastbourne squash specialists this category was all about local bragging rights. Previously a category C winer in South London Jamie Salvidge showed off his skill in all 4 sports to take the title.  Adam Wrench did well to reach the final but had to concede after the squash with an injury.  A few special mentions are also worthy in this category: Fabien Mauroy who lost only 8 table tennis points all day and to Jez Field who came back from 29 points behind after 2 sports to claim 3rd place.

Ladies B - Lise Carr might have to start giving her husband Dave tips after she won the category.  This category consisted entirely of new players including 3 from Lawson Lewis itself.  Joni Parrington topped the Lawson Lewis league.

Mens C - Lawson Lewis took home a winners trophy via Adrian Sharpin.  Given his results it will be good to see him in category B next time. His golfing pal Antony Killick took the silver medal.

Under 16s - Jack Bennett aided by his national standard table tennis claimed victory.  Another year or so and he may challenge his dad ex Racketlon regular Jeremy.  Tyrone Bruce put up a good fight in the final but he was simply too far behind after the table tennis and badminton.  Wins in the squash and tennis helped reduce the deficit but not by enough.  The closest game of the day was between Ryan Gregory and William Goodstone.  Ryan had dominated the badminton winning 21-5 but William by winning the other 3 sports in much closer scores just snatched victory in the tennis.  These 2 have many more years in this category so are names for the future.

Under 13s - Josh Luis Da Silva won all his 3 matches to be crowned champion. It was great to see Bethany, Holly and Honey all competing in some very close matches and they all enjoyed their matches.   The only comment I can make is that the rules for squash for the under 9s are slightly different in Eastbourne to the normal squash rules !  The focus was very much on enjoyment.

A big thanks to Lawson Lewis for sponsoring the event and helping to attract lots of new players.  Also to Will Holt for running some intro sessions for the youngsters in advance of the tournament.

Finally we couldn't not mention the weather - horizontal wind and rain is never good for outdoor tennis but all ages took part when needed.  We had 2 drowned youngsters in Tyrone and William and a slightly more damp and mature competitor in Dave Sutlieff.  We hope you all enjoyed the day and will take part in future events. The next Sussex event is in Horsham in 2 weeks time and we hope to return to Eastbourne possibly later in the year or in 2012.

Dan & Stuart