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Berkshire have 2 National Champions in 2022

Berkshire fielded 9 players in the British Nationals, 5 men and 4 women. Some good results all round, but the women outpaced the men again, with Sarah Parr and Fiona McLean both being crowned National Champions for the first time. The full results can be found here, but a summary of how our Berkshire players got on follows:

 

Men:

  • Peter Call won his first round match in the over 60s, but lost 3/1 to Allen Barwise the 3-4 seed in round two.
  • Berkshire had 2 players in the over 65s - John Petruschke and Ripley Oyler. John was seeded 13-16 and won his first round match, but was unlucky to be paired against Gordon McManus, the number 2 seed, in round 2, who beat him 3/0. Ripley was also seeded 13-16 and also won his first match. In round 2, he was fortunate that Stuart Hardy, the number 3-4 seed, had to retire injured, giving Ripley a surprise quarter final opportunity. Unfortunately, Ripley lost 3/2 to Adrian Alderton the number 9-12 seed.
  • Keith Jones was seeded 1 in the over 70’s and really should have been crowned National Champion again, having won the over 60’s title in 2011. Keith was sailing through the tournament and leading 1/0 in the final, but had to retire injured, leaving Ian Ross from Scotland to take away his title.
  • Chris Ansell was seeded 3-4 in the over 75s and surprisingly lost 3/0 to Ken Reid, the number 5-8 seed from Scotland.

Women:

  • In the over 35s, Sophie Beake was seeded 5-8, but lost 3/0 in round 1 to Emmeline Gale the number 3-4 seed. However, Sophie went on to win the Plate competition.
  • Whilst there were only 3 players in the women’s over 50’s, Sarah Parr was seeded 1 and won both of her ‘round robin’ matches to be crowned National Champion.
  • In the over 55s, Karen Webb was seeded 3-4 and, after winning her first round match, lost 3/1 to Fran Wallis the number 2 seed in the semi-final. Fiona McLean was also playing this event, representing Scotland, and was seeded number 1. Fiona fulfilled her seeding, becoming National Champion without dropping a game, avenging Karen’s loss by beating Fran 3/0 in the final!

Summary:

After a pandemic affected season, it was great to see many Berkshire players in these regional and national events and great to see Sarah and Fiona be crowned National Champions. Hopefully some of our players will be selected for the Home Internationals at the end of the season based upon the points they have collected to date. Indeed, I would expect all of the above ladies to get the call up and well deserved too.

 

 


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