Two new masters champions as Donelan and Appleby take the Over 35s and 45s titles!
Bexley’s Christian Donelan and Maidstones Graham Appleby are the new Kent Over 35s and Over 45s champions respectively.
In the over 35s, Donelan overcome Tunbridge Well’s Colin Payne 3-1 in a tense semi final whilst Colin’s team mate, Jolyon Head upset the seedings, beating Top seed Duane Harrison of Kings, 3-0. The final was very well contested with Jolyon taking a 2-0 lead only for Christian, who never seemed to tire, to pull the 3rd game back and storm through the 4th to set up a tense 5th, which every point was contested like it was match ball, before eventually completing the comeback squeezing the 5th game 13-11 in a high paced match!
In the over 45s, Graham Appleby beat Paul Newvell 3-1, with Newvell once again reminding us how annoying the reverse angle shot is! going for no less that a dozen of these awful shots before losing to Graham in 4 games. In the other semi final, Adrian had mentioned that the 3 previous meetings with Ray had all resulted in 3-2 losses and was looking to change this trend! He started off strong taking a 2-0 lead. However, an hour later both were still on court and despite throwing everything including the kitchen sink at Ray, Ray somehow seemed to get a racket on the ball each time and after 91 minutes of play, Ray emerged victorious winning 10-8 in the 5th game!
Needless to say, both players were noticeably off the pace in their final and 3rd/4th playoff matches respectively due to the previous days marathon match, losing 3-0 to Graham Appleby and 3-1 to Paul Newvell.
Many thanks to all that took part and to Dave Ealham, Alan Thatcher, James Evans and Mark Steeden for their help. See you all next year!
Over 35s Semis
Christian Donelan (Bexley) beat Colin Payne (T.Wells) 3-1 (11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9)
Jolyon Head (T.Wells) beat Duane Harrison (Kings) 3-0 (11-9, 11-5, 11-6)
Christian Donelan (Bexley) beat Jolyon Head (T.Wells) 3-2 (6-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-2, 13-11)
Over 45’s Semis
Graham Appleby (Maidstone) beat Paul Newvell (Mote) 3-1 (9-2, 9-6, 2-9, 9-5)
Ray Bushell (Maidstone) beat Adrian Humphries 3-2 (6-9, 5-9, 9-5, 9-2, 10-8)
Graham Appleby (Maidstone) beat Ray Bushell (Maidstone) 3-0 (9-1, 9-7, 9-4)
Posted by Joe Magor on October 4, 2011 at 13:18