Karakal Midlands Masters 2019-20

Friday 8 November - Sunday 10 November 2019

General Info:

Registration for this event has closed.


Please click the "Venue" tab for the address information of the primary venue for this event.

As this is a large event we will be using a second venue for some matches on Friday and Saturday.  

Matches with the court prefix of "TC" will be played at:

Tettenhall College
Wood Road
(A site map will be available at the main venue).

Guidance Notes for Players 

The current version of the Guidance Notes for Players, as issued on 20 June 2019 is linked below:

Regionals Events Guidance Notes for Players v4.0

Draw and Schedule Amendments

Amendments to the draws or schedules will be listed below:

Date/Time Amendment
04 Nov / 22:30     MO55 Matthew Towers [9-12] withdrew impacting on matches R1-M5, R1-M6, R1-M7 & R1-M14.       
04 Nov / 22:30     MO50 Andy Normile [5-8] withdrew impacting on matches R1-M10, R1-M11, & R1-M12.       
05 Nov / 19:00     MO45 Sonny Kalar [13-16] withdrew impacting on matches R1-M7 & R1-M15.       
05 Nov / 19:00     MO60 Colin Shields [9-12] withdrew impacting on matches R1-M3, R1-M7, & R1-M10.       
05 Nov / 20:00     MO50 Yawar Abbas [1] withdrew impacting on matches R1-M1, R1-M3, R1-M5, R1-M7, R1-15 & R1-M16.
05 Nov / 22:00     MO40 Allan Walton [5-8] withdrew impacting on matches R1-M4 & R1-M6.
06 Nov / 19:30     WO50 Andrea Santamaria [1] withdrew impacting on matches R1-M1, R1-M2, R1-M4, R1-M6 & R1-M8.
06 Nov / 23:45     MO40 Barry Talbot [9-16] withdrew - opponent awarded a bye.
07 Nov / 10:30     MO65 Edward Winter [9-16] withdrew impacting on matches R1-M2, R1-M3, & R1-M15. 
07 Nov / 11:00     MO50 Clive Vickers [17-32] withdrew - opponent awarded a bye.
08 Nov / 07:00     MO55 Andrew Hood [9-12] withdrew - opponent awarded a bye.

Reserve Players List

The following players are on the reserve list and are permitted to enter the draw to replace a player in their age group of a similar or better seeding: 

Age Group Player
Registration Fees: £15.75* for ESM Members.
£10.56* for members of Wolverhampton Squash Club.
Age Groups: Men's O35 O40 O45 O50 O55 O60 O65 O70 O75
Women's O35 O40 O45 O50 O55 O60 
Website: Website Link
Map: Map Link
Draw Type 
Finalists / Top Two 
Men's Over 3516 DrawJamie Goodrich bt Jason Varrie3-0 (12/10, 11/6, 11/8 )
Men's Over 4016 DrawJonathan Gliddon bt Mick Biggs3-1 (7/11, 12/10, 11/8, 16/14)
Men's Over 4532 DrawPaul Thomas bt Ian Cox3-1 (11/1,6/11,11/8,11/9)
Men's Over 5032 DrawDavid Youngs bt Andrew Murray 3-1 (11/7, 7/11, 11/6, 11/8)
Men's Over 5532 DrawAlex Betts bt Peter Lonsdale3-1 (11/5, 11/3, 9/11, 11/7)
Men's Over 6032 DrawJeremy Goulding bt Neil Harrison3-0 (11/7, 13/11, 11/7)
Men's Over 6532 DrawGeoff Redfern bt Stuart Hardy3-1 (5/11, 11/2, 11/8, 11/7)
Men's Over 7016 DrawIan Ross bt Barry Featherstone3-1 (6/11, 10/12, 12/10, 7/11)
Men's Over 758 DrawAdrian Wright bt Ken Reid3-0 (11/2, 11/6, 11/8)
Women's Over 35/408 DrawGemma Barber bt Kate Bradshaw3-2 (3/11, 11.4, 7/11, 11/7, 11/4)
Women's Over 458 DrawSarah Parr bt Louisa Dalwood3-2 (11/6,8/11,10/12,11/9,11/4)
Women's Over 5016 DrawIzzy Bramhall bt Nikki Fowler3-2 (13/11, 11/8, 8/11, 5/11, 11/8)
Women's Over 558 DrawHilary Kenyon bt Pippa Green3-0 (11/6, 11/3, 11/9)
Women's Over 6016 DrawJill Campion bt Sian Johnson 3-1 (10/12, 11/8, 11/5, 11/1)
Men's Over 35 Plate 1Final OnlyChris Bull bt Simon Newell3-0 (11/3, 11/6, 11/7)
Men's Over 40 PlateFinal Only Matthew Morton bt Ashley Smith3-1 (11/7, 6/11, 13/11, 11/4)
Men's Over 45 Plate4 DrawDan Willets bt Jason Smith3-0 (11/4, 11/6, 11/9)
Men's Over 50 Plate4 DrawMike Nichols bt Stephen Pass3-0 (11/8, 11/8, 11/5)
Men's Over 55 Plate8 DrawMike Potter bt Graeme Braithwaite3-0 (11/3, 11/7, 11/6)
Men's Over 60 Plate4 DrawDillwyn Rosser bt Jan Gromadzki3-1 (4/16, 11/8, 13/11, 11/0)
Men's Over 65 Plate8 DrawLeon Kirton bt Robert Garvin3-0 (13/11, 11/5, 11/6)
Men's Over 70 Plate4 DrawTrevor Cox bt Rodger Holroyde3-0 (11/4, 11/1, 11/6)
Men's Over 75 Plate3 Pool1st Bev Boag; 2nd Steve BurgessPool
Women's Over 35/40 PlateFinal OnlyElaine Radcliffe bt Lexi Panteli3-1 (9/11, 11/6, 11/4, 11/5)
Women's Over 50 PlateFinal OnlyKim Sadler bt Deborah Rogers3-0 (12/10, 11/6, 11/4)
Women's Over 60 PlateFinal OnlyAnnette Davies bt Jane Hatton3-2 (11/5, 9/11, 10/12, 11/9, 11/5)
Wolverhampton Squash Club welcomed us with excellent facilities once again. The courts were in great condition and at a good temperature!

Presentations were commenced by Vice-Chairman Stuart Hardy, starting with words of condolences for the family and loved ones of our friend John Rae, who sadly lost his battle with illness recently. It was fitting that on a day of remembrance, that a round of applause was had for John.

Women's Over 60:    A really good draw here, with both the top 2 seeds going out in the semis to the 3/4 seeds. In the final Jill Campion beat Sian Johnson to win 3-1.

Women's Over 55:   This event going to seedings, which meant that Hilary Kenyon didn't drop a game on the way to beating Pippa Green in the final 3-0.

Women's Over 50:   Another top two seeds in the final here, but the number one seed Nikki Fowler didn't have it her own way. Izzy Bramhall pulled it out of the bag to take the title in a 3-2 win.

Women's Over 45:    It seems that the seeding committee is getting things right, as another top two seeds contested this final with Sarah Parr just edging out Louisa Dalwood in a tight 3-2 to take this title.

Women's Over 35/40:   A few swings and roundabouts in this event. Joanne Elgood travelling from Sweden, retired at match ball in the third against Kate Bradshaw! This meant that Kate was through to play Gemma Barber in the final. Gemma was pleasantly surprised to make the final and even more pleased to come through a tough match with Kate to win 3-2.

Men's Over 75:   Multiple world champion Adrian Wright showed that class is permanent by not dropping a game in the whole tournament and beating Ken Reid from Scotland 3-0 in the final.

Men's Over 70:   Some close matches in this event, with many showing the movement of much younger men - very impressive! Terry Norman overcame a higher seed to reach the semis, but wasn't able to get past Ian Ross from Scotland who beat Terry in a close 3-1. The top half of the draw was dominated by Barry Featherstone who reached the final without dropping a game but had a really close battle with Ian Ross in the final with Ian winning this time 3-1.

Men's Over 65:   A large draw with quite a bit of talent here. Vice-Chairman and top seed Stuart Hardy, came through a tough semi with Richard Kellagher to win 3-1 and in the other semi, Geoff Redfern overcame Geoff "Magic" Walton in an even tougher match to reach the final. Geoff Redfern did better than his number 2 seeding and managed to beat Stuart 3-1 to take the title.

Men's Over 60:   A large and competitive draw with plenty of strength in depth, saw Neil Harrison glide through to the final without too much trouble. Top seed Jeremy Goulding had a bit of a wobble against George Kousseff in the semis but managed to win 3-1. In the final, Jeremy managed to overcome Neil to dominate and won 3-0.

Men's Over 55:    Loads of great matches in this event but probably the pick of the bunch was Peter Lonsdale against John Parkes in the quarter-final. Number 2 seed John Parkes was two love up but Peter showed how tenacious he can be, to pull back the deficit and come back to win a match with loads of quality 3-2 in the end. Peter backed this up in the semi-final to beat David Gray 3-0 and reach the final, to play the classy Alex Betts who hadn't dropped a game so far. Peter did manage to take the third game but Alex showed his class to the final 3-1.

Men's Over 50:   Probably the strongest age group in depth that we have. Many good players that contested and some really tight matches across the event. Andy Murray overcame Martin Geear in the quarters in a close 3-2 match and then backed that up by beating the higher seeded Steve McLoughlin 3-0 with his first win over Steve. Andy (Muzza) was feeling the effects and was caught numerous times around the club asleep, but was able to account himself well in the final, losing in the end to the winner David Youngs 3-1. David had close matches himself on the way to the final, with Tim Clark and Andrew Cross - both 3-1.

Men's Over 45:   A large entry with quite a few close matches. Joss Hargrave beat Craig Webb in the quarter-final in a nailbiting 11-9 in the 5th and then going on to have another 5 setter in the semis against Paul Thomas - losing 3-2 this time though. Top seed Ian Cox came through the top half of the draw pretty unscathed but couldn't handle the speed of Paul Thomas around the court. Paul won this time 3-1 to become champion.

Men's Over 40:   Some upsets in the quarter-finals saw Tim Burrell beat Mike Potter 3-2 and Nathan Miller beating Matthew Stephenson also 3-2. Mick Biggs showed his class to get by Nathan and Adam Giles both 3-0 to reach the final. In the top half saw number one seed Jonathan Gliddon who playing down an age group, got past a svelt looking and talented Luke Rawlins 3-0 and then in a hard semi-final beat Tim Burrell 3-1. The final saw blood and guts with a blood break in the fourth game to Jonathan Gliddon when his eye connected with the elbow of Mick Biggs. The blood was stemmed with copious taping, to allow for the 4th and final game to be played out, with Jonathan eventually winning 16-14 and the match 3-1.

Men's Over 35:   In the quarter-final, Keith Timms battled through a very tough 3-2 match with Stephen Jenks, to then fall in the semi-final by the same 3-2 score to Jason Varrie from Oxfordshire. Number one seed Jamie Goodrich saw off a plucky Paul Stroud in the semi-final 3-2 to reach the final against Jason Varrie. Jamie showed his class at this event and won the final 3-0 to collect his 22nd regional title - all in the Over 35's age group!!

The club was thanked, along with bar staff and so were the referees who are developing well and becoming part of the Masters' circuit.
As always, a massive thanks to Brian and Roz Brock, without whom this wouldn't happen. Another fantastic event delivered.

Jonathan Gliddon

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