Racketball

2017

No5 Barristers Chambers
National Club Championships 2017/18
For entry form and regulations for the above tournament.please email; nationalclubchampionships@gmail.com

Please note that entries close Friday 22nd September 2017




UK-Racketball Series next is a trip to Wakefield in Yorkshire on the 9th of September. Follow this link to enter online or contact Mark Fuller for more information mark@starsportsdevelopment.com or call on 07846 067505.

National Racketball Double Results and Report

This was the first time that UK-Racketball had run the National Racketball Doubles and it was a great start to the event. In its first year 25 pairs took part and almost every event was contested.
Follow this link to view all photos and some videos!

2016

Latest Racketball Rankings

Racketball players have reacted to England Squash's decision to rename Racketball to 'Squash57' with confusion and disbelief. Read article in UK Racketball.com about the renaming attempt,

The Wakefield Racketball Open 2016 will be returning for a second year to the middle of racketball mad Yorkshire!
The Squash Club is a very friendly and lively club. It is a member’s run club with no full time staff. The Club has 4 excellent squash courts, 3 of which are glass backed.

What: The Wakefield Racketball Open
When: Saturday 24th September
Where: Wakefield Sports Club
Postcode: WF1 3RR
Cost: £15.00
For more information contact Mark Fuller mark@starsportsdevelopment.com or 07846 067505

2016 Programme for Head UK-Racketball Series
Leicester – 14th May
Limpsfield – 28th May
Hallamshire – 30th July
Nottingham – 27th August
Devon and Exeter – 10th September
Wakefield – 24th September
Chichester – 29th October
Wycombe – 26th November
Tecnifibre British Junior National Racketball Championships (includes an U23 category), entries close this Friday 8th July.

This event for the first time which is being held on Saturday 16th July at Liverpool Cricket Club. Entry Form

Roundup of all 2015 national rankings.
Here are some results from the National Championships last weekend at Edgbaston Priory. Congratulations to Tim Vail and Zoe Mellis on winning the men's and women's titles!


Report and images from National Racketball Championships 2014







Manchester Racketball Festival Grows from Strength to Strength


On the weekend of the disappointing decision from the IOC voting for squash not to be included in the 2020 Olympics, racketball in Manchester hits a new high.
Over 40 racketball players of all ages, abilities and backgrounds came together at the National Squash Centre in Manchester for the annual Racketball Festival.
Manchester Head Coach Chris Lengthorn and Development Officer Paul Hulme ran the event which saw the day split into 2 parts. The morning session being for players from the city’s different clubs to mingle and play social matches. The afternoon session ramped things up as players split into box leagues to enjoy competitive matches for the honour of finishing top of their group.
The majority of men, women and juniors taking part in the festival had not previously heard of or played Racketball prior to the community programmes being established across the City of Manchester. We now have a number of very popular racketball programmes running weekly at our Manchester Clubs and Leisure Centres.
Manchester Head Coach Chris Lengthorn commented “The festival has grown massively from last year since the launch of more racketball programmes, we will have our first ever racketball competition take place this October which is in main due to the great success of our newly established racketball league.”
For more information on how to access a racketball class near you please contact MCC Sports Development Officer Paul Hulme on p.hulme1@manchester.gov.uk

Rankings


The National and UK-Racketball rankings for September are now live to view on the website.
In the Men’s Rankings, there’s been a lot of movement in the Top Ten this month, with Tom Phipps, Elliot Selby, Mike Tolman and Elliot Selby all moving up and Dominic Hamilton, Richard Davies and Jason Pike all moving down. In the Women’s Rankings, Natalie Lawrence has moved up two positions to make it into the Top Five, whilst Nina Parker climbed a staggering 12 places to reach Number 12.
For more, head to the rankings page on the UK-Racketball website.



Nottingham Racketball Open 24th August 2013 Results and Report

The Nottingham Racketball Open, Event 5 of the HEAD UK-Racketball Series, took place last month.

This was the biggest UK-Racketball event of the year to date, with nearly 90 people taking part during the day. It was a huge success and loads of you stayed afterwards to watch the PSA semi-final of the professional squash event in the evening; enjoying the all-you-can-eat BBQ and cheap-as-chips bar!

The results and report for the event can be found on the UK-Racketball website.

UK Champs 2013


2013 Dunlop National Racketball Championships which took place at the Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham from 28th – 30th June.
Mens: Jaymie Haycocks. Women's: Claire Walker. MO 35's: Andy Corben. WO 35's: Sarah Taylor. MO 40's: Mike Gregory. MO 45's: Andy Murray. WO 45's Bev Vatcher. MO 50's: Paul Haigh. WO 50's: Paula Arrowsmith. MO 55's Rob Shay. WO 55's Christine Park. MO 60's: Ian Graham. WO 60's: Bett Dryhurst. MO 65's: David Scurlock. MO 70's: Rod Embley.
Full Results

North West Closed

The 2013 North West Region Closed Racketball Championships took place at Liverpool Cricket Club on the weekend of the 9th & 10th March 2013
This entry this year was again up from the previous year and in total there were 3 draws: Mens A, Mens B/C combined and LadiesThe Men's A grade competition proved that Racketball can be every bit as brutal and gruelling on the body as squash can, by the end of the weekend over half the field had retired with injuries and ailments. From those left standing it was Paul Barnes who emerged top of the A grade box league having won all his matches. Andy Breen, playing in between tournament running and coaching duties and himself carrying an injury was able to do enough to secure the runners up spot for the second consecutive year.

The Men's B/C grade this year was defined by some epic encounters. One of the most gripping of which was the 5th place play off game between Jack Gilchrist and Khilar Mahmood which went the distance. After going two games down 6-11 and then a nail biting 13-15, Jack Gilchrist was able to turn things around and take the next game convincingly 11-1, he was then able to see out the final games, a much more closely contested, 11-8, 11-8 to the delight of the on looking spectators and players. The final was just as entertaining and exciting. City of Manchester Squash Club Chairperson Rosh Henricus took on last year’s runner up Paul Whitby. After two close games, that Paul was able to edge 11-8, 11-9 it looked like last year's beaten finalist was going to go one better this time and take the title. However a determined come back from the Manchester player saw the scores levelled after 4 games and going into a 5 which could go either way. Paul was the first to get a championship ball at 10-9 but having fought back from 2 games down and 6-1 and then 8-5 in the fifth Rosh was not about to let his grip on the title go just yet and was able to claw his way back into the game and take the next 3 points securing the game 12-10 and the North West B-C combined title. Paul once again would have to settle for the runners up trophy.
In the Ladies draw it didn’t take long for 2 clear favourites to emerge from the 2 round robin groups. Heather Tweedle in Group 1 and Amy Barnes in Group 2 were able to despatch their opponents and take top place without dropping a game. This theme continued into the semi-finals as Heather cruised past Group 2 runner up Sinead Devaney 3-0 and Amy bested Group 1 runner up Elaine Gilchrist by the same score to set up the anticipated final. The final took place Sunday morning and proved worth the wait as after 2 games the scores were poised at 1 apiece; the third game was again incredibly close eventually being taken by Heather 12-10 to go 2-1 ahead. At 8-8 in the fourth the match could easily have gone all the way to a fifth, but a final push in the end from Heather saw her get over the finish line and take the coveted North West Racketball Ladies Title 3-1. Congratulations and thank you to all those that took part. The games were contested in a great spirit and friendly manner which made the event a pleasure. England Squash & Racketball would like to thank Liverpool Cricket Club for hosting the event and thank you to Andy Breen for the invaluable assistance organising the event both beforehand and on the day itself.


North West Regional Racketball Closed 2012
& Merseyside Closed Seniors 2012


Pictured at the Merseyside Seniors


Over a two day period on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2012,
the Northen Club played host to the 2012 Merseyside Senior Closed
Racketball tournament.
The tournament attracted over twice as many players as last years
tournament and was split into 4 Mens and one Ladies event. The 3 Mens
events, the Open, Over 35s, Over 45s and Overs 50s were contested by
over 30 entrants, while the Ladies Open event was contested by 5
entrants.
After two hard fought, excellent days of racketball, the winners and
runners up in each tournamemnt emerged as follows:

Mens Open - Winner - Anthony McCarthey (LCC), Runner up - Andy Breen (LCC)
Mens Over 35s - Winner - Paul Brooks (LCC), Runner up - Lee Walton (LCC)
Mens Over 45s - Winner - John Sumner (Northern), Runner up - Kevin
Morrison (Northern)
Mens Over 55s - Winner - Roger Kenyon (Northern)
Ladies Open - Winner - Heather Tweedle (Northern)

The Merseyside Squash & Racketball Association would very much like to
thank the sponsors of the event Duncan Sheard Glass, Chartered
Accountants, for their kind sponsorship which enabled the tournament
to be a free to enter competition.



The weekend also saw the 2012 North West regional Racketball Championships take place at Liverpool Cricket Club. The Players were not only fighting it out for the prestigious north west title but also for an automatic free entry into the national championships that will take place in Birmingham from the 4-6th May 2012.

Men’s A
The Men’s A Category was a tough affair, with players from all across the North West battling it out to reach the much coveted final on the Sunday afternoon. The Final saw Merseyside’s Andy Breen take on last year’s champion; Cheshire’s Sean Hunter, in a battle of skill, athleticism and determination. The 5 game thriller saw both players pushed to their max with Sean Hunter eventually prevailing 11/8 5/1111/4 7/11 11/8.

Men’s B/C Grade
This year the Men’s B and C grade were combined making the competition wide open! The Saturday saw players battle it out for the chance to reach the Semi Finals and maybe even the finals on the Sunday. With the players split into 2 groups the games began; all participants showed a tremendous amount of skill and enthusiasm for the sport but eventually the top 2 players in each group prevailed and the Semi-finals were decided. Sunday saw Cheshire’s Ian Furlonger take on Lancashire’s Jack Gilchrist in the first semi-final in a game of pure skill with Furlonger outing the Lancashire man; winning 11/3 11/5 11/1. The second semi-final proved to be a close call with Cheshire’s Paul Whitby taking on Merseyside’s Luke Mercer in match where every point mattered. The Cheshire man eventually prevailed 12/10 11/6 11/13 12/10. The much anticipated all Cheshire final saw Whitby put up a brave battle against his Cheshire compatriot, but despite this was unable to materialise, leaving Furlonger to take the title 11/0 11/9 11/5.

2012 Women
The women’s tournament this year proved to be a family affair with Elaine Gilchrist of Lancashire taking on Daughter in law, Clare Bullock of Cheshire. The final proved to be a game of great enjoyment for the pair; showcasing a huge amount of enthusiasm not to mention some impressive shots. The outcome saw Gilchrist prevail and take the title 11/7 11/3 11/4.

Top ranking points are available from the National Rankings check out www.uk-racketball.com for more information

Last year’s (2011)UK national winners
Men’s Championship – Tim Vail
Men’s O35 Championship – Matt Baker
Men’s O40 Championship – Jim Lord
Men’s O45 Championship – Neil Baldwin
Men’s O50 Championship – Stephen Wall
Men’s O55 Championship – Chris Nicholls
Men’s O60 Championship – Ian Graham
Men’s O65 Championship – Bob Astbury
Women’s Championship – Laura Hill
Women’s O35 Championship – Claire Walker
Women’s O45 Championship – Julie Lawton
Women’s O55 Championships – Betty Dryhurst

DUNLOP NATIONAL RACKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS



Full results from the 4-6 May 2012 UK Racketball finals in Birmingham, England.