East of England Masters 2018-19

Friday 14 December - Sunday 16 December 2018

General Info:

Alternate Venue for some Plate matches:

Some of the plate matches (Courts prefixed by UEA) will be played at the University of East Anglia Sportspark.  The address of the venue is:

University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park

Map Link

Draw and Schedule Amendments

Amendments to the draws or schedules will be listed below:

Date/Time Amendment
 9 Dec / 17:00
 WO45: Isabelle Tweedle withdrew.  Draw changed to an 8 knockout draw.
 11 Dec / 06:30
 MO70: Robert Smith withdrew, replaced by a reserve.
 12 Dec / 19:00 
 MO60: Phil Colville withdrew, opponent awarded a bye.
 12 Dec / 20:00 
 MO65: Geoff Redfern [1] withdrew, impacting on matches R1-M1, R1-M3, R1-M4, R1-M5 & R1-M8.
 13 Dec / 19:20 
 MO50: Simon Spencer [3-4] withdrew, impacting on matches R1-M2, R1-M4 & R1-M7.
 13 Dec / 20:00  
 MO35: Peter Knowles withdrew, impacting on matches R1-M3 & R1-M7.
 13 Dec / 20:00  
 WO45: Mandy Akin [2] withdrew. Draw changed to a 4 knockout draw. 
 14 Dec / 14:00  
 WO45: Izzy Bramhall [3-4] withdrew. Draw changed to a 3 Pool. 
 14 Dec / 14:00  
 WO55: Andrew Hood withdrew, impacting on match R1-M2. 
 14 Dec / 14:00  
 MO60: Steve Forster withdrew, impacting on match R1-M2.
 14 Dec / 14:30  
 MO55: Robin Chipperfield withdrew, impacting on match R2-M3.
 14 Dec / 21:05   
 WO50: Deborah Rogers withdrew. Draw changed to a 4 knockout draw.              

Registration Fees: £15.75* for ESM Members.
£10.56* for members of East Anglia Tennis and Squash 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 3516 DrawJamie Goodrich bt Alex Preston3-1 (11/6, 11/7, 6/11, 11/5)
Men's Over 4016 DrawMichael McLaughlin bt Matt Marshall3-2 (2/11, 11/2, 11/9, 8/11, 11/8)
Men's Over 4516 DrawPaul Boyle bt Ashley Bowling3-2 (11/9, 11/6, 11/13, 5/11, 11/7)
Men's Over 5016 DrawStephen McLoughlin bt David Youngs3-0 (11/8, 11/8, 13/11)
Men's Over 5532 DrawEamonn Price bt Darren Withey3-2 (6/11, 11/6, 12/10, 13/11, 11/8)
Men's Over 6032 DrawJeremy Goulding bt Ian Bradburn3-0 (15/9, 15/6, 15/5)
Men's Over 6516 DrawIan Holmes bt Terry Belshaw3-2 (14/16, 15/11, 12/15, 15/11, 15/5)
Men's Over 7016 DrawLarry Grover bt Mike Clemson3-0 (15/10, 15/12, 15/9)
Women's Over 35/408 DrawKeeley Johnson bt Vix Smith3-1 (11/5, 8/11, 11/3, 11/8)
Women's Over 453 Pool1st Sarah Spacey; 2nd Sarah ParrPool
Women's Over 503 Pool1st Rachel Woolford; 2nd Kay FallowsPool
Women's Over 5516 DrawLesley Sturgess bt Pippa Green3-1 (15/13, 15/11, 12/15, 15/13)
Men's Over 35 1st Round PlateFinal OnlyDavid Boothroyd bt Dafydd Davies3-1 (9/11, 11/8, 11/7, 11/5)
Men's Over 40 Plate3 Pool1st Chris Stanley; 2nd Stephen NichollsPool
Men's Over 45 1st Round PlateFinal OnlyColin Gebhard bt Andy Ford3-0 (11/3, 11/3, 11/5)
Men's Over 45 PlateFinal OnlyFlorin Pana bt Andy Ford3-0 (11/5, 11/8, 11/6)
Men's Over 55 Plate8 DrawNigel Bacon bt Andy Smith3-0 (13/11, 11/8, 11/8)
Men's Over 60 Plate8 DrawGeoffrey Lees bt Richard Kellagher3-1 (15/10, 15/17, 15/6, 15/7)
Men's Over 65 Plate8 DrawTony Hulse bt David Harris3-0 (15/6, 16/14, 15/13)
Men's Over 70 PlateFinal OnlyBrian Day bt Allan Whittow3-1 (15/12, 11/15, 23/21, 15/12)
Women's Over 35/40 PlateFinal OnlyKatie Lawrence bt Reka Gay3-1 (11/7, 7/11, 11/9, 11/6)
Women's Over 554 DrawBeverley Brockway bt Marcia Brittain3-0 (16/14, 15/9, 15/7)
The East of England Masters was played at the very hospitable East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club in Norwich from 14-16th December 2018. The chance to avoid Christmas shopping obviously appealed to many and there were some strong and competitive draws.

That being said, one of the problems our very successful organisation has is the participation of Women players. This is a game wide issue and one we must try to improve upon. Having said that, some of the best women players in the country were there. In the 55s Derbyshire's Lesley Sturgess overcame Avon's Pippa Green in four tight games and National Champion Rachel Woolford took the over 50s title again beating Kay Fallows in the final.

Late withdrawals spoilt the 45s somewhat, but former World ranked pro Sarah Spacey of Hampshire showed off her silky skills to take a second title of the season. Sarah Parr was second. In the 35/40s Kent's Keeley Johnson has won National, British Open and European titles and she was too strong here in spite of a determined effort by Surrey's Vix Smith, winning 3/1.

In the absence of some regular winners, the Men's over 70s was fairly open but Larry Grover of Guernsey proved too solid for the lively Yorkshire Chairman Mike Clemson.

British Open Champion Ian Holmes of Northants took the Men's O-65 title in a close five game match against Cumbria's Terry Belshaw - his ninth Regional win. Jeremy Goulding of Avon is the outstanding player in the UK in the Men's 60s. Having come into the group he won the British Open and this was his second Regional title of the season. Gordon McManus in the semis and Ian Bradburn in the final had no answer to his pace and mobility.

Darren Withey of Buckinghamshire will be tired. Three five game matches, four played,a great revenge win over Middlesex star Alex Betts and finally a five game loss against the quality of Eamonn Price of Hertfordshire. His fourteenth Regional title. Two regular sparring partners met in the 50s final with Norfolk star David Youngs, the National Champion in the ascendancy. Hampshire's Steve McLoughlin had other ideas, however, and with some stunning retrieving crafted out a tight 3/0 win.

Paul Boyle of Buckinghamshire is having a good season and another final here against England team mate Ashley Bowling of Oxfordshire was a thriller. Boyle went two up but was pegged back after Bowling won a tense third. The fifth could have gone either way but Boyle got a couple of points ahead and stayed there for his second triumph of the season. The 40s was a contest of the two MMs with Matt Marshall of Bucks taking on Middlesex's Mike McLaughlin. Marshall was sometimes sublime, and sometimes not, but McLaughlin, strong and steady weathered the storms and ran out a deserved winner in five.

The men's 35s had a number of stories. The cracking semi final between Alex Preston and Alistair Coker going to 16/14 in the fifth was but one. But the most remarkable thing, possibly in the entire Masters circuit, when five years age groups are paramount, is how does a 47yr old player keep winning the Men's over 35s against the best players in the country? Norfolk's Jamie Goodrich just keeps on delivering! Against Preston, a former British Open winner, he carefully crafted another fine victory - his 21st Regional title, all in the over 35 age group. That's a record and he is third in the overall list.

Thanks go to the Club and Manager Alasdair Peat and all his staff, the referees, Mike Campbell, Robert Thirst and Peter Berry, and of course, our very own Event Managers, Brian and Roz Brock who make the difficult look simple.

Stuart Hardy
Acting Chairman

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