UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

Sussex Open 2012 - Podium - Results - Report - Photos

Congratulations to the following winners and the other trophy awardees on the podium:

  1st 2nd 3rd
MSA Jeremy Krzystyniak Stuart Hobden Loic Cencig
LSA Dorisz Dobos Dominique Ford Jayne Spencer
MSB Ed Harvey Jeremy Bennett Fabien Mauroy
MS45 Jonathan Healey Richard Dyer Andrew Griffiths
MS16 Leon Griffiths Tyrone Bruce Jack Bennett

Full results may be viewed at Sussex Open 2012 Results

Fortune Really Does Favour The Brave in Sussex

In the closest domestic "final" ever Jeremy Krzystyniak emerged victorious. After defeating Rakesh Gupta and Frenchman Loic Cencig (by a mere 3 points) the stage was set for a final clash with Stuart Hobden.  Jeremy found himself 15 points behind after 2 sports but then played flawless squash to erase the deficit and win 21-1.  Jeremy needed 17 points in the tennis to win. It was a topsy turvy affair and at 16-14 it looked like the victory would be sealed.  Stuart then surged ahead 20-15 and had championship point which Jeremy won. Next point was championship point to Jeremy which Stuart won and we therefore had a draw.  The tournament would be won on a gumi (one of the parents decided it should be called a gumi bear point !).

Jeremy won the toss and elected to serve ! after a couple of backhands he opted for the trusted technique of charging the net, up went the lob, up went Jeremy.   Next thing the crowd saw was Jeremy's smash hit the net and dribble over for a winner ! (there is no truth in the rumour that Jeremy quoted Del Trotter "he who dares Rodney" as he charged the net)

In the Mens B Ed Harvey showed excellent all round ability to win his group and face the returning Jeremy Bennett in the final.  Ed won the 1st 3 sports and that was that.  It will be interesting to see how Ed develops over the coming months as he's been on the podium for both his last 2 events.

In the Over 45s Jon Healey relied on his squash and table tennis expertise to claim victory against Richard Dyer and Andy Griffiths.  Brian Lees turned the tables on Jon and once again proved his table tennis is up there with the best in the over 45s.  Over his 3 matches Brian dropped an average of only 6 points.

The ladies was dominated by our Hungarian Dorisz Dobos.  Both Dominique Ford and Jayne Spencer battled valiantly but Dorisz's squash was decisive in both matches.  Dominique and Jayne had a tight encounter which Dominique won with her table tennis proving to be a key factor in the win.

The tournament was well supported in the under 16s.  There were 7 juniors in the draw (an 8th was lost to a broken arm and a trampoline 2 days before !).  Leon Griffiths is proving the player to beat with his excellent badminton supported by good all around ability in the other 3 sports.  He's won a couple of tournaments now.  Is there anyone out there to beat him ?


The tournament was once again blessed with beautiful weather and a few players enjoyed the chance to have a drink and a bite to eat after their matches whilst the Deep Purple tribute band who were booked for the evening warmed up inside.

Our thanks go to Richard Lawrence for manning the tournament desk.  As a result the tournament ran very smoothly.  We look forward to a 5th Sussex Open next year and would recommend it as a tournament to enter.  The facilities are all very close together and there is space to sit outside between matches and watch how tired all the other players are by the time they play the tennis.


Podium photos should follow soon


ERA Tournament Committee