Rob is new racketball champion

RACKETBALL - THE Weston Squash and Racketball Club racketball championships were held recently and attracted some players of high calibre.

THE Weston Squash and Racketball Club racketball championships were held recently and attracted some players of high calibre. Tom Lane, the defending champion, was the top seed, but he fell in a marathon five-game epic semi-final against James Hazzard which lasted for nearly two hours with both players near to collapse. This set up a final with Rob Watkins who had defeated Jerry Lane in his semi-final. Both finalists are better known for their squash achievements, but adapted well to the racketball format which requires a more patient approach with the emphasis on rallying rather than winning shots.Although Rob Watkins won 3-0, the final lasted in excess of an hour with each game closely contested. James perhaps still suffering from his long semi-final, made one or two critical errors as Rob ground him down with a fine length and tight shots.The doubles final was a family affair with father and daughter Jerry and Emma Lane playing Rob Watkins and Natalie Lawrence. After a slow start, the match really got going with some hard-hitting rallies. Trailing 2-1, Rob and Natalie battled back to win in the fifth.Anybody interested in joining the club should visist www.westonsquash.co.uk or ring Viv Barber on 712533. There is junior training on Tuesdays, please ring Sally Thompson on 812241 for details.


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