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Karakal East of England Masters 2021/22

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Men:

  • Peter Call won his first round match in the over 60s, but lost 3/1 to Teejay Sogunro the 3-4 seed in round two, who went on to make the final.
  • Berkshire had 2 players in the over 65s - John Petruschke and Ripley Oyler, both of which won their opening matches but lost in round two. John lost a tight match 3/2 to Geoff Redfern the 3-4 seed and Ripley lost 3/0 to Rob Ballingall, the number 5-8 seed, who went on to narrowly lose in the final 3/2.
  • Chris Ansell was seeded 2 in the over 75s and justified his seeding by making the final. Unfortunately, Chris lost 3/1 to James Dunois the 3-4 seed, who had also beaten the top seed in the semi-final.

Women:

  • In the over 35s/40s combined, Sophie Beake was seeded 3-4 and finished 2nd in her group, narrowly losing 11/9 in the fifth game to the eventual winner and top seed Polly Rylance-Smith. This match took its toll on Sophie and she narrowly lost the 3rd place play-off again 11/9 in the 5th game to Kate Bradshaw the 5-8 seed.
  • Sarah Parr was seeded 1 in the over 50s and won the event, only dropping one game in her 3 matches. Whilst the draw wasn’t as big as other events, Sarah beat a couple of fellow England players quite comfortably!
  • In the over 55s Karen Webb was seeded 2, but lost 3/1 in round 2 to Bev Vatcher the 3-4 seed.

For full details of the draws please click here

 

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 win an event. 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. 

 

It would be great to see more of our players competing next season. Despite having far fewer women players, they are leading the way and it would be nice if more men could enter - particularly the younger age groups which are poorly supported. 


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