South of England Masters 2018-19

Friday 11 January - Sunday 13 January 2019

General Info:

Plate Competitions - Venue Information

Some of the early rounds of the plate competitions will be played at a second venue which is:

Worthing Leisure Centre
Shaftsbury Avenue
BN12 4ET

The matches being played at Worthing Leisure Centre are titled WLC2 & WLC3 on the draws and schedules.
Draw and Schedule Amendments

Amendments to the draws or schedules will be listed below:

Date/Time Amendment
  4 Jan / 20:45    WO45 - Sam Mueller withdrew.
  5 Jan / 11:00    MO50 - Andy Dix withdrew impacting on matches R1-M4 & R1-M7.
  7 Jan / 15:30    MO55 - Nigel Bacon [5-8] withdrew impacting on matches R1-M4, R1-M11 & R1-15.
  7 Jan / 15:30    MO70 - Philip Ayton [3-4] withdrew impacting on matches R1-M4, R1-M6 & R1-M7.
  8 Jan / 20:15    MO70 - Christopher Goodbourn [5-8] withdrew impacting on matches R1-M2 & R1-M3.
  9 Jan / 16:15    WO35/40 - Keeley Johnson [1] withdrew impacting on matches M2, M3, M4, M6 & M8.
  9 Jan / 18:30    MO60 - Ron Freeman [17-32] withdrew impacting on matches R1-M10 & R1-M15.
  9 Jan / 20:30    MO55 - Andy Smith [9-12] withdrew impacting on matches R1-M7, R1-M10, & R1-M14.
  10 Jan / 18:30    WO60 - Bett Osborne [3-4] withdrew. Draw revised to a 3 pool format.
  10 Jan / 23:30    MO45 - Vincent Lawrence [9-12] withdrew. Replaced with reserve player Mark Essex.
  11 Jan / 09:15    MO35 - Alex Preston [3-4] withdrew impacting on Q1, Q2 & Q3.

Registration Fees: £15.75* for ESM Members.
£10.56* for members of The West Worthing Club. 
Age Groups: Men's O35 O40 O45 O50 O55 O60 O65 O70 O75
Women's O35 O40 O45 O50 O55 O60 
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Draw Type 
Finalists / Top Two 
Men's Over 358 DrawTim Vail bt Jamie Goodrich3-0 (11/5, 11/1, 11/7)
Men's Over 4016 DrawMichael McLaughlin bt Stuart Ayton3-1 (4/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/9)
Men's Over 4516 DrawNick Staunton bt Jonathan Gliddon3-1 (11/6, 8/11, 11/8, 11/5)
Men's Over 5016 DrawPhil Yerby bt Andrew Murray3-2 (11/13, 11/4, 12/10, 10/12, 13/11)
Men's Over 5532 DrawEamonn Price bt Alex Betts3-2 (11/13, 6/11, 11/6, 11/5, 11/9)
Men's Over 6032 DrawJeremy Goulding bt Gordon McManus3-1 (15/13, 15/6, 7/15, 16/14)
Men's Over 6532 DrawGeoff Redfern bt John Goodrich3-1 (15/9, 15/9, 14/16, 15/5)
Men's Over 7016 DrawLarry Grover bt Howard Cherlin3-0 (15/13, 15/13, 17/15)
Men's Over 752x3 Pool Adrian Wright bt Ken Reid3-0 (15/6, 15/8, 15/5)
Women's Over 35/4016 DrawVix Smith bt Hannah Wright-Davies3-0 (11/5, 11/6, 11/6)
Women's Over 458 DrawSarah Spacey bt Izzy Bramhall3-0 (11/9, 11/6, 11/9)
Women's Over 502x3 Pool Bev Vatcher bt Sharnine Coleman3-1 (15/13, 15/6, 13/15 ,16/14)
Women's Over 558 DrawHilary Kenyon bt Sarah Howlett3-0 (15/9, 15/11, 15/2)
Women's Over 603 Pool1st Susan Pynegar; 2nd Lynne DaviesPool
Men's Over 35 PlateFinal OnlyNathan Miller bt Mark Campen-Howarth3-0 (11/9, 11/6, 11/6)
Men's Over 40 Plate3 Pool1st Aaran Morriss; 2nd Robert BrockwellPool
Men's Over 45 Plate4 DrawFlorin Pana bt Alex Carlton3-1 (11/6, 14/12, 9/11, 11/6)
Men's Over 50 Plate3 Pool1st Mark Essex; 2nd Simon MillerPool
Men's Over 55 Plate8 DrawMark Shildrake bt Nick Peel3-2 (5/11, 17/15, 5/11, 11/8, 8/2 Peel retired)
Men's Over 60 Plate8 DrawRichard Kellagher bt Steve Ralphs3-1 (15/13, 14/16, 15/9, 15/13)
Men's Over 65 Plate8 DrawEdward Winter bt Tim Delves3-0 (15/11, 15/4, 16/14)
Men's Over 75 PlateFinal OnlyMike Clemson bt Leo Kingston3-0 (15/11, 15/7, 15/10)
Women's Over 35/40 Plate4 DrawClare Young bt Reka Gay3-2 (11/8, 12/14, 5/11, 11/4, 11/4)
Women's Over 55 Plate4 DrawLesley Sturgess bt Polly Woodward3-0 (15/11, 15/9, 16/14)
The South of England Masters Open 2019 was played at the West Worthing Club in Sussex. A fair journey for some but the club facilities were excellent and we were made very welcome. Brian and Roz Brock again set up their control centre with computers and large screens for draws and schedules, and the organisation ran like a well-oiled machine.

To the Squash. The Women’s 60s was won by Sue Pynegar of Nottinghamshire who won the round robin group with Lynne Davies of Wales taking second. Hilary Kenyon of Cheshire took another title in the 55s overcoming Sarah Howlett in the final after she had ousted second seed Lesley Sturgess. In the 50s two Dorset players were looking for a first Regional title and one, Sharnine Coleman was making her Masters debut. In a close and well-fought match it was Bev Vatcher who got her name on the Honours Board with an excellent 3/1 win.

The star of the Women’s 45s this season is former World ranked pro Sarah Spacey of Hampshire and her quality again shone through. Even in the close games she seems to find the telling shot and although the classy Izzy Bramhall ran her close in two games Spacey took a third title of the season and must be favourite for the Nationals next month. It was also a maiden title for the Surrey star Vix Smith who after losing in the East of England final played superbly to overcome Wales International Hannah Rice-Davies in straight games.

There was another title for the Silver Fox, Adrian Wright in the 75s as the four-time World Champion stretches his lead on the Regional Titles list to 33, this one at the expense of Ken Reid. There were upsets in the Men’s 70s as Larry Grover of Guernsey outplayed no. 2 seed Barry Featherstone in the semi-final and then squeezed home in three tight games against British Open Champion Howard Cherlin of Middlesex. Back to back titles for Grover, his first two in many attempts, and well deserved. Geoff Redfern of Warwickshire has established himself as the no. 1 in the 65s and in a competitive group won a third Regional of the season to go with a Wales Open title as well. Judge John Goodrich of Suffolk, the National Champion played back into form to reach the final but went down 3/1.

Avon’s Jeremy Goulding has had it all his own way in the 60s but Kent’s Gordon McManus gave him his first stern test here. Having beaten the National Champion Allen Barwise in the semis McManus was full of confidence and had game points to level at 2/2 before Goulding edged home 17/15. The top two players in the 55s are Eammon Price of Herts. and Alex Betts of Middlesex and they squared up again here. In a terrific battle Betts of Queens Club went two up but Price is renowned for grinding out hard matches and he did so again taking it 11/9 in the fifth
for his third title of the season and 15th. overall.

The closest final was the Men’s 50s. Phil Yerby of Bucks. put out top seed Steve McLoughlin and against second seed Andrew Murray of Warwickshire had a hum-dinger. The scores say it all. 11/13. 11/4. 12/10. 10/12. 13/11. to Yerby. His first Regional title. Nick Staunton of Ireland is the National Champion and on his way to that beat Jon Gliddon of Devon. He repeated that here with a 3/1 win. Mike McLaughlin of Middlesex also took back to back titles having won the East of England he here produced another fine performance to beat Scotland’s Stuart Ayton 11/9 in the fourth. The Men’s 35s saw many time Regional Champion Jamie Goodrich against Sussex pro and British Open over 35 Champion Tim Vail. Vail is regarded as one of the most talented players in the country and he put on a Masterclass to beat the excellent Norfolk player 3/0.

Karakal once again gave prizes to the finalists and this ends the Regional Championships for this season. The National Championships will be in Nottingham in February- details are on the website.

Stuart Hardy
Acting Chairman

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