South East Open Championships
Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, 19/20th August
In the absence of organiser Ed Hatton, Morgan Spillane kindly stepped in to run the South East Open Championships, and we have great pleasure in publishing his report.
At the business end of the competition (the quarter-finals), Dan Tristao and Will Ellison progressed with relative ease to the semi-finals. However, the other quarter-finals were tougher affairs, with Dan Grant and Ed Kay both requiring three games to progress. In the semi-finals, Dan Tristao won through over Dan Grant, Dan clearly suffering from the three-setter in the earlier round against Julian.
The surprise of the competition, though, was in the other semi-final, where Ed Kay, for the first time in his competitive career, prevailed over Will Ellison. Will was clearly suffering in the later part of the match with cramp in both legs, and Ed exploited this to maximum effect.
The final was a classic. Fives of the highest quality was played, with Dan’s accuracy and deft touch equally matched by Ed’s remarkable court movement and rescue shots. Ed had game point in the first game only for Dan to prevail 12-10. In the 2nd game, Ed led 5-1, but Dan clawed his way back in. Again, Ed had the chance to close this game out but Dan, fatigued as he clearly was, scrambled for every shot and prevailed over Ed to win 11-9. An exhibition it was, loudly acclaimed by those who witnessed it.
In the Plate Nick Woolfenden beat Masters Doubles champion Tony Hamilton in two games.
A mammoth 21-match round-robin was enjoyed (endured?) by all. Nick Woolfenden & Tim Hebblethwaite were the stand-out team, winning all their preliminary matches. Whilst Bart Callaghan & Morgan Spillane pushed them closest in the round-robin, losing 14-16, Nick and Tim prevailed more convincingly in the final, winning 15-9. In the plate final, Andy Pringle and Peter Winzeler had too much in the locker for James Tilston and Louise Mathias, winning comfortably 15-2 in the end.
1st Round: D Tristao bt Z Moxon 11-1, 11-0; J Tilston bt N Woolfenden 11-5, 11-6; J Aquilina bt N Geere 11-0, 11-1; D Grant bt B Callaghan 12-11, 11-6; E Kay bt P Winzeler 11-1, 11-0; M Shaw bt M Spillane 11-3, 11-2; S Russell bt A Hamilton 11-3, 11-4; W Eillison bt L Mathias 11-1, 11-1.
Quarter-finals: D Tristao bt J Tilston 11-2, 11-5; D Grant bt J Aquilina 10-12, 11-8, 11-8; E Kay bt M Shaw 11-7, 9-11, 11-0; W Ellison bt S Russell 11-3, 11-1.
Semi-finals: D Tristao bt D Grant 11-3, 11-5; E Kay bt W Ellison 11-6, 5-11, 11-3.
Final: D Tristao bt E Kay 12-10, 11-9.
Group 1: B Callaghan bt L Mathias 15-6; bt N Geere 15-4; lost to A Hamilton 14-16. A Hamilton bt L Mathias 15-0; bt N Geere 15-13. L Mathias lost to N Geere 10-15.
Group 2: N Woolfenden bt M Spillane 15-3; bt P Winzeler 15-3; bt Z Moxon 15-2. M Spillane bt P Winzeler 16-14; beat Z Moxon 15-0. P Winzeler bt Z Moxon 15-0.
Final: N Woolfenden bt A Hamilton 11-7, 11-3.
N Geere & T Webster lost to J Aquilina & Z Moxon 13-15; lost to J Tilston & L Mathias 12-15; bt S Russell and R Kay 15-6; lost to A Pringle & P Winzeler 6-15; lost to B Callaghan & M Spillane 2-15; lost to N Woolfenden & T Hebblethwaite 2-15. J Aquilina & Z Moxon lost to J Tilston & L Mathias 5-15; bt S Russell & R Kay 15-9; lost to A Pringle & P Winzeler 14-16; lost to B Callaghan & M Spillane 5-15; lost to N Woolfenden & T Hebblethwaite 5-15. J Tilston & L Mathias bt S Russell & R Kay 15-5; bt A Pringle & P Winzeler 15-10; lost to B Callaghan & M Spillane 7-15; lost to N Woolfenden & T Hebblethwaite 6-15. S Russell & R Kay lost to A Pringle & P Winzeler 1-15; lost to B Callaghan & M Spillane 5-15; lost to N Woolfenden & T Hebblethwaite 4-15. A Pringle & P Winzeler lost to B Callaghan & M Spillane 10-15; lost to N Woolfenden & T Hebblethwaite 7-15. B Callaghan & M Spillane lost to N Woolfenden & T Hebblethwaite 14-16.
Final: N Woolfenden & T Hebblethwaite bt B Callaghan & M Spillane 15-9.
Plate: A Pringle & P Winzeler bt J Tilston & L Mathias 15-2.