Match report Falmouth v Truro THURSDAY 24th NOVEMBER 2022 MD2
Held on Thursday last week at Truro, order of play Matt v Jon; Neil v Matt; Bob v Billy; Russ v Shuv.
Points of interest, Bob Chorley played a match beforehand and still managed a 3-0 win, Jon threw up after the match (think he ate a bit too close to playing!), Russ was 5-0 up in the 4th against Shuv with one long rally killing him off and giving Shuv a run of 11 pts straight, recovered to sneak a cracking 5th game. Recent convert to rball Matt Stone took a couple of games to stop hitting squash shots with Neils rball experience pulling through.
Matt H v Jon N 11/13 11/6 11/6 7/11 11/8
Neil v Matt Stone 11/5 11/5 11/9
Russ v Shuv 11/7 9/11 11/8 5/11 11/8
Bob v Billy 11/8 11/8 11/8
4-0 win to Truro on the night.
November 2022 RB Falmouth v PZ Pirates..
result Pirates 4 Falmouth 1
Terry v Dave 10/12 5/11 11/13
Shuv v Tim 12/14 8/11 8/11
Billy v Adrian 6/11 8/11 10/12
Matt v Chris 6/11 10/12 11/5 6/11
Jonny v Nigel 11/7 12/10 11/9
First on court were the two o65s, Dave and Terry – 2 very close games out of the 3 but Dav’s greater movement around court enabled the win. It was great to see these elder statesmen enjoying being on court and being very competitive!
Next on Court for Falmouth National over 55s Ladies’ RB Champion Shuv against evergreen pirate Tim. This again was very similar to the first match, but Tim was able to keep the rallies going for that bit longer. Three close games but again it went the way of the visitors!
Local favourite Billy, fresh from beating Adrian the week before in the squash ring, had less luck against the very same pirate! This is the reason I (Nige) am keen to get RB back buzzing again in Cornwall.. Adrian’s superior racket skills plus Billy’s lack of experience enabled the pirate to win 3/0. The score line in the third was 10/5 getting the PZ racketballers to game and match.
Matt came back from a long lay off due to injury found himself pitted against former British Open O60 Champ the Destroyer Davey.. Chris took a commanding 2/0 lead but Matt prolonged the rallies forcing chris into errors.. Matt took the third but experience showed as the pirate resumed his wonderful court stratergy to secure a 3/1 W!
Young Jonny Falmouth’s County RB Champion took on the current O50s Cornwall Champ (yours truly)in the final rubber. An expected 3/0 win for the younger player although Nigel earned a game ball in the second! Rallies galore and an array of particular RB shots entertained the crowd and finished off a great evening.. Lovely meal in the bar, good banter and everyone went home happy.
GREAT NEWS – WE HAVE A BRITISH OPEN RACKETBALL CHAMPION…..and he’s a Pirate! And to win the highly prestigious title against all comers he had to overcome his ex-Pirate team mate and no 1 seed Mike Philips, now of Chichester Club. Chris came back from the brink to claim the title in what was by all accounts a gruelling match. Go to the Racketball UK site to find out more!
Chris to the left
Score 3-1 featuring 3 tie breaks
Our Shuv, in those pink socks, at the NATIONAL RACKETBALL CHAMPS in Birmingham July 6/7 2019. Others entered: Terry Becket, Nigel Bell and Pete Eddy (ex-Pirate Mike Phillips also played). Shuv reached the O50 & O55 finals but came 2nd, Nigel and Pete got knocked out in the 2nd round whilst Terry won the O70 Plate. Mike won the O60 competition without dropping a game….
More available on the home page…
BELOW: Photos from Eliza’s Drop the Beat Racketball Festival held at Truro April 13th 2019
Truro S&R buzzed all day from 9am til late with the sound of racketballs hitting the walls on all three crts. Pete Ellicock organised a brilliant festival, only our 2nd, with 50+ entrants, and all in aid of Eliza’s charity at Papworth Hospital, Cambridgeshire where she recently underwent an important operation. Over £700 was raised for this amazingly needy cause.
Players who rose to the top of their categories were:
Main – Jonny ‘Golden Shoes’ Newton (Falmouth)
Ladies – Shuv ‘Champ’ Garland (Falmouth)
O40s – Julian ‘Hulio’ Roberts (Truro)
O50s – Neil ‘Leaving my body to science’ Counter (Truro)
O60s – Peter ‘Pan’ Eddy (PZ)
O70s – Terry ‘How old?’ Beckett
Many thanks to Pete for organising the event, to his daughter Marie who flew back especially from her far east tour to help out, to Kerry at the bar and to all the sponsors and those little helpers who made it possible.
Thanks to Chairman Dave Smith and the Truro Club for hosting the event yet again.
A special mention for your truly, loser and little helpers and webmaster supremo!
FALMOUTH DOUBLES INVITATIONAL: A great day was had be all at The Falmouth Club in the inaugural County Doubles event in this hugely popular off-shoot of the main game squash. The Main Man again was Mark Newts who since his return to these fine shores has had a huge impact on racketball in the county. Six pairs did battle in a round robin with Truro pairing Tony Bowyer and Pete Ellicock coming out top of the pile with five straight 2-0 wins though the RU home club pairing of National O45 Champ Shuv Garland and the ever-green and super fit Roger Green gave them a lot to think about especially having game ball in the second! In all, it was a great atmosphere at the famous club which was promptly followed up by the final day of the 6 Nations Rugby on the wide screen at the bar but the less said about that the better….NEXT YEAR: WATCH THIS SPACE!
Thanks Mark, The Falmouth Club Committee and all who supported the event.
RACKETBALL (or SQUASH 57) is on the increase and popular at Falmouth, Truro and Penzance.
If you want to get involved contact one of these clubs – under the CLUBS TAB.
Falmouth in particular has a thriving racketball scene thanks to the enthusiasm and charm of their coach, Shuv Garland…..
Click here to see their FB page: Falmouth Sports Club’s Racketball
‘Cornwall County Racketball Team are Triumphant!’
The Cornwall 2014 Racketball Team, in their first outing at this level, came away as unexpected winners of their group of the Inter County Racketball National Championship in Winchester last weekend. The team now proceed to the next stage of the competition in February against other group winners nationwide.
Team members Peter Madsen(Captain), Jamie Moxom, Chris Lawrance (all Truro Squash & Racketball Club), Rory Brickell and Jon Newton (both Falmouth Sports Club) showed outstanding resilience to pull out of the bag great results over two tough opponents in South Wales and Hampshire.
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Racketball League (est 2012/13) – we tried but it folded due to lack of sustained interest!
Racketball is on the increase! Can anyone match the enthusiasm of the Falmouth players?
We would like to start a friendly league with a few inter-club matches – let us know if you’re up for it!
Want to know more about the county racketball scene?
contact: Shuv Garland at The Falmouth Sports Club