Siobhan (Shuv) Garland from Falmouth has won the Woman’s O55’s Racketball National title held at Edgbaston Priory in Birmingham over the weekend.
It is rare to see someone completely
shocked to have won a National Title but this was the case in the Over 55’s when Siobhan defeated Lesley Sturgess (Derby). Garland played fantastic racketball throughout, fighting hard and taking her chances when they came, a brilliant performance as it always has to be to get anywhere near the quality of Sturgess. Game scores:
2/11, 11/9, 8/11, 16/14, 11/9
Chris Davey is National RB O60 Champ
Pirate Chris Davey beat ex-Pirate Mike Philips in the inaugural Bluebell Woods British Open Racketball Championships 2021 in Sheffield. Chris and Mike are great friends off-court as you can see!
‘The O60s featured another marathon final, Chris Davey winning 3/1 against 1 seed Mike Phillips in a match which featured 3 tie-breaks.’
Shuv Takes National Racketball Title in Nottingham
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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