National Racketball Championships 2018 held at Nottingham Squash Club, 150 entrants across 15 grades, first to 11 points, two clear at 10 all, best of 5 games.
by Shuv Garland
“I played 3 matches on the Saturday, 2 in the O45s which I won 3-1 and 3-2, but lost my first match in the O’50’s (to the eventual winner). I had to play my final match of the O45s at 9.00 a.m on Sunday morning, knowing that if I managed to win I could bring the title home. I was so nervous I couldn’t eat anything as I knew my opponent has been regularly selected to play squash for England Ladies O45s in the Masters’ Home International Championships, as had the winner of the match I lost in the O50s! They both had their England kit on! I kept my nerves under control on court, kept hitting good length and width, kept the pressure on and managed a 3-0 victory!”
“Next up was another O50s match, with scores tied at 2-2, the fifth game was nail-biting, and I managed a win! Two hours later I was on court again playing in what was to be the runner up match for the O50’s, I went 2-0 down, fought hard for the 3rd game, saved a few match balls, and took that game 14-12, but I then ran out of steam and lost in the 4th game, IF I had won that match I would have also been runner-up in the O50s!”
A great weekend of top quality Racketball, 688 miles covered, and brought home the National O45’s title!!
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