UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

Middleton Turns Up The Pre-BBQ Heat to take the Surrey Title

Racketlon players from all over the country assembled at the Bourne Club on Sunday July 5th to participate in the annual Surrey Racketlon event, Bob Gasston has everything you need to know about the event.

Two knock-out formats were held for the seniors whereas the Under 16s had a more longer lasting event playing a round robin format.  The adults whilst playing a ‘Monrad’ system play accumulated points so that you add to your score after each event, whereas the youngsters played the round robin format concluding every sport and thus played more competition.  Table tennis took most competitors only a few minutes but if matches were decided by the Tennis then this meant that matches were close and long!

The scenic surrounds of the Bourne Club, a truely gorgeous venue for Racketlon

 

There were 3 competitions during the day with a Grade A won by Richard Middleton in a great final with Luke Barnes. A Mixed event which covered a mix of standards ages and sexes, won in a tight final by Fabian Mauroy defeating West Hants club member Simon Brown. Bourne Club also held an Under 16 event which was won by Oscar Gordon-Reid from Kent who managed to win all his round robin events.

So to the final the event took its toll on players as the heat fluctuated during the day with blustery outdoor conditions for the Tennis yet hot and humid in the Badminton Hall. The final saw the younger Luke Barnes from London’s Grafton Club grind out a victory by only 2 points after the Table Tennis but then saw a gap appear after an immensely exciting Badminton game and the point difference was with Luke at plus 14 points going into squash. The match was full of power and finesse yet Richard Middleton ground out a victory after being level in the early part of the game and managed to reduce the deficit by 7 points. So an interesting scenario with Luke only needing 15 points to secure the title but again Richard managed to hang on and kept his nose in front until about the 13 point mark where a string of errors from Luke saw victory change hands and after many long rallies the final went to Richard Middleton.  Richard is one of the finest examples of a Racketlon player, really making every opponent earn their points whilst seizing on any lose play to hit winners.

 


Luke Barnes (Right) & Richard Middleton (Left) our A Finalists

The ‘Mixed’ Final having seen several close matches all the way through the day went to Fabien Mauroy who with grit and determination managed to outplay Simon Brown in the final. Simon had been hoping for an easier day in a Senior age group but the organisers had decided to pool everyone together to get more Racketlon players playing.  Fabien was playing on his return to Racketlon after almost a year away from the sport with other commitments, and everyone is delighted to see the popular Frenchman return to the UK Tour.

 


Meanwhile Simon Brown (Left) and Fabien Mauroy (Left) looking cool after the Mixed final

The Under 16 event was a longer affair with the boys playing out all their matches to a full conclusion and then adding up the points at the end of the day and Oscar Gordon-Reid won all 3 of his matches to defeat very enthusiastic opponents.

At the conclusion of the event the players enjoyed a delicious BBQ and remained discussing their points won and last for some time afterwards before many had to wend their way back across various parts of the country.  Alex Kemp, the Bourne Club’s referee for the day thanked all the helpers that had made this a really good event held in good spirits and thanked the Bourne Club for hosting this event once again