British Championships 2012 - Podium - Results - Report - Photos
Congratulations to this season's British Champions, and the other trophy awardees on the podium:
|MSA||Stuart Hobden||Duncan Stahl||David Thomas|
|MSB||Dinesh Passi||James Couper||David Ridout|
|LSA||Barbara Capper||Fiona Sime||Rebecca Thomas|
|MS45||Michael Appleton||Mark Johnson||Phil Bennett|
|MS55||Nigel D'Arcy||Richard Lawrence||David Sutlieff|
|OS16||Alistair Prades||Leon Griffiths||Piers Boden|
Full results may be viewed at British Champs 2012 Results
The 7th British Singles Championships took place in Dudley, West Midlands on Saturday playing host to 43 racketlon players taking time out from the bank holiday weekend to enjoy one of the best racketlon venues in the country.
Number 1 seed in the Mens Elite category, Stuart Hobden, took on all-comers to win the title, beating Duncan Stahl in the final 69-61. Duncan needed 17 in the tennis, but Stuart’s tennis was too strong, winning that set 21-8. David Thomas took third place, beating Steve Appleton into fourth by 63 – 59.
The Mens B took on a new format due to its (undesirable) entry of 10. This led to a mix of first round play off followed by round robin groups and a final play off to identify the ultimate winner of this category who turned out to be Dinesh Passi who had modestly entered himself originally in the C category. Dinesh, you are officially barred from entering C in the future! The final took place between Dinesh and James Couper who had earlier beaten Dave Ridout. Dinesh beat James 44-39 in the final, with Dave taking third place by beating James Knight. Wounded Fabien Mauroy limped his way through the day having looked a likely withdrawal within 1 set of the days play. He didn’t want to be bored for the rest of the day so carried on playing, taking 7th place in the end.
The Mens Over 45 category as usual had a strong line-up and both seeds lost to strong first round opponents, Michael Appleton and Mark Johnson who ended up in the final, with Michael beating Mark 91-57. This match included Michael just winning the squash to 28-26 but proving too strong in badminton and tennis, winning comfortably overall. Phil Bennett took third place, beating Steve Hall 64-38, losing 1-21 in the table tennis, but wiping this out by winning the badminton 21-0 and taking the final two sets.
This year’s Over 55 quartet showed a promising mix for the future of the category – a couple of old hands, a new hand fresh up from the Over 45s, plus a local newcomer – welcome to the happy band of veterans, Tony Quinn. The first two rounds saw squash specialists David and Tony showcase their talents with unbeaten squash records, but in true racketlon fashion that didn’t prove enough, and they both went down to Nigel and Richard. Their final round clash saw David win the battle of the squash titans, though Tony’s table tennis had improved through the day to give him a convincing 21-11 win, while the tennis went all the way to setting – a fittingly close end to a 76-69 win for David to secure him the 3rd podium place. The “final” saw close starts and seesawing leads in all four disciplines between Nigel and Richard, but Nigel’s end game proved the stronger throughout and eventual mid-teens scores were not enough for Richard to prevent Nigel surging through to take his first, and no doubt not his last, Over 55 title.
We hope to see Tony again on the tour, and perhaps a few “old” faces might well reappear following a spate of injuries at the end of last season. Come back chaps – we miss you!
This year has had an excellent number of new ladies joining the tour, and the British Championships attracted yet another strong player, Barbara Capper who swept through the field to take the title, winning 66-46 over Fiona Sime in the final. Barbara beat the Welsh and Lancashire Open Champion, Rachel Branagan in the semi final before the tennis, and looks to be strong in all four disciplines. The third/fourth place play off took place between Rachel and Rebecca Thomas with Rebecca winning 82-70. Rebecca’s stronger squash made the decisive impact with each of the other three sets very close.
Five eager Juniors made their way to Dudley with supporters and family in tow. They played in a five way round robin with Under 16 matches and Under 13s counting simultaneously. Alistair Prades continues to impress adding the British Championship Under 16 title to those of his Welsh and English Under 16 titles. Leon Griffiths played above his age range, winning the Under 13 title and taking second place in the Under 16s. Well done to all the juniors for their excellent performance including Henry Lidington, and Piers and Hannah Boden, Hannah especially taking on the boys and making them work hard for the points.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this tournament a success, particularly Jade Blas who kept us to schedule and Dominique, Keith and Richard who put in the hours before the tournament to ensure everything was in place.
After a hard day's play the relaxing players eagerly anticipate the presentation party ...
... or was it more to do with the FA Cup Final being shown live?
MSA (L-R) 2nd Duncan Stahl - 1st Stuart Hobden - 3rd David Thomas
MSB (L-R) 2nd James Couper - 1st Dinesh Passi (not present) - 3rd David Ridout
LSA (L-R) 3rd Rebecca Thomas - 1st Barbara Capper - 2nd Fiona Sime
MS45 (L-R) 2nd Mark Johnson - 1st Michael Appleton - 3rd Phil Bennett
MS55 (L-R) 2nd Richard Lawrence - 1st Nigel D'Arcy - 3rd David Sutlieff
OS16 (L-R) 2nd Leon Griffiths - 1st Alastair Prades - 3rd Piers Boden
OS13 (L-R) 1st Leon Griffiths - 2nd Hannah Boden
Lost & Found
a) Squash racket and towel
b) Badminton racket cover