Merseyside Senior Open Racketball Tournament 2012

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
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.
See details on the Northern website

The weekend 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.

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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