Easter racketlon breaks all the records
Over 60 entries in Redbridge (organised by David Lazarus) plus a small local tournament in Folkestone (organised by Ray Jordan) meant Easter Monday had 2 events and the most ever entries hosted in small, local events. A tough but enjoyable day which gave everyone an excellent workout (5 racketlon matches, 11-up) although slightly different to the tour event format which is typically 3 or 4 Racketlon matches, 21-up. Although the normal tournaments give rests between matches, Dave's tournaments are condensed and matches are all in a row.
First time entry Gavin Rumgay who is an 8 time Scottish table tennis champion and the British number four player showed a steely determination and professionalism to surge to victory whilst even winning a squash set in the final. Nobody would have predicted that (the squash win in the final). Rumgay did start the tournament as overall favourite.
Gavin's draw to the final was somewhat easier than expected with his hardest match either in the quarter finals against Kevin Neville (conquerer of Ollie Close) or in the semi finals against Oliver Oxland. This lead to possibly the most one sided final in racketlon history where the match was over...11-1, 11-1, 3-2. But the final was not really the main story. Rob Carter got there in a fairytale day and one that surely could not ever be repeated. Tournament organiser Dave Lazarus noted an exceptional effort from Carter.
Carter upset the seedings in round one defeating former British closed semi finalist Marc Thornley. Marc looked rusty but seemed to have the bug back and keen to enter more events.
Carter then took down racketlon fanatic Fabien Mauroy who put in an official complaint to tournament referee Dave Lazarus. He had a point in a way as Carter's yellow foamed weapon did seem to give the table tennis specialist a lot of trouble unable to get any impact from his spinny, spongey rubber. There was certainly a comedy element to watching Carter play Rumgay at table tennis with this yellow paddle.
Meanwhile World championships ladies vets silver medalist Barbara Capper was steadily moving onwards in the open draw. Capper impressively took out squash specialist Dave Nagler (Nagler later admitting his table tennis let him down and some coaching was necessary). In round two Capper followed this up with an even more impressive win against English Open Men's B quarter finalist Rob Bozier. Capper v Carter was next and with an 11-5 win in tt and 9-2 up in badminton, Capper's demolition mission looked to continue, however Carter fought back to win the badminton 11-9 and went on to win the match overall.
Men's B winner of national tournaments Dinesh Passi was dumped out in round one already by Anthony Phillips. Tough draw there for Dinesh. Phillips met James Couper in the quarter finals who was on fire in the squash and along with strong badminton booked his place in the semi finals. Couper's journey ended there where he was destroyed by the yellow foam and tennis skills of full time tennis pro Carter.
Dominique Ford had a great run in the B competition to the semi finals. Winner Velesh Ghedia was too good. Ash Bathia also did very well.
A great day and Lazarus even made the briefing a bit shorter and snappier than usual.
See our coaching page under the members section to gain more information on both the tournament organiser and the tournament winner who offer their coaching and hitting services to racketlon players.
Also note the Redbridge racketlon club meets every Sunday at Redbridge meeting in studio 3 for table tennis at 6pm sharp. £5 and play all four sports including indoor tennis.