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|Wednesday, 30 May 2012 09:05|
The England team for the World Team Champs in Bulgaria has been finalised.
Full squad is below, further down is a short description of each player's racketlon background and a stab at which sports they are strongest at and in which order.
Rachel Branagan (reserve as playing mixed).
Jason became the English Closed Champion in early 2012 cementing his status as one of the top players in the country. He made his England debut in 2011 in Milan after Ray Jordan missed his flight and decided not to re-schedule a later flight, the squad was then left short of numbers given Jon Foulds was playing through injury. Jason came straight in at number one and is solid across the 4 sports after many hours of training.
Profile: Hard to say, but probably TE, TT, BA, SQ (strongest to weakest).
Duncan is the current Hertfordshire Open champion (2011) and also reached the World Championships Singles semi finals (in the Class B before anyone gets too excited and wonders how they missed that one). Duncan’s surname is not Reid, Adamsson, Ratzer or Dickert. Although the Class B at the worlds is easily equivalent to a lot of Class A events. His father is very high up in world squash which potentially allows for some great synergy between squash and racketlon. With Jason he formed part of the 2011 squad also.
Profile: SQ, TE, TT/BA
Jeremy was the runner up in the British Open world challenger event held last November. He had some impressive wins in that tournament including the highly rated Chris Mckee.
Profile: SQ, TT, TE, BA
David is new to racketlon and has impressed in the early 2012 events. He has already played in 4 of these including the Welsh, Lancashire, British and Manchester tournaments. With the exception of the Welsh, David finished in the top 3 of the others, winning the Lancashire event and driving an initial ranking of 13 in the UK. Has little squash experience but looks to be competent in the others.
Isabelle has dominated racketlon since making her first appearance and winning the English Open 2010. The first time a non-world ranked player has won a world tour event. On current form the 2nd best active player in the world. Adds major strength to the squad and willl be Isabelle's 2nd appearance in an England racketlon shirt. Isabelle also has England pedigree in squash and tennis for her age group.
TE, SQ, BA, TT
Rachel like David is new to the sport and achieved a number of podium finishes. It is good to see a wave of new players in the Ladies game in 2012, this is probably the highlight of the tour so far alongside great events in Manchester and Wales.
Michael, a former world veterans number two, has a strong tennis background and a few years ago was well travelled on the world tour. He has returned to the fold along with son Steve and both have impressed in recent events.
TE, BA, SQ/TT
Andrew is new to the sport also and won the British Open O45’s. He travelled to the 2011 World Champs and may have got further had he not met World Number One Peter Sakovics in the early rounds. A county tennis player and former county Junior champion topped off with decent squash make Andrew a dangerous customer
TE, TT, SQ, BA
Mark has seen a great improvement in recent form which has seen him reach no less than 3 finals in National Championships. Losing once to Appleton, once to Richard Whitehouse and also in the Class B of the English Champs to table tennis supremo Bryn Drinkhall.
Richard has introduced an excellent new ranking system in 2012 so the ranking list is much more accurate and is an average of event performance rather than a total (quality not quantity). He has recent turned a vet and is looking forward to the challenge.
BA, TE, SQ, TT
Fiona is a long standing supporter of the sport and deserves this opportunity to represent her country. Originally a squash player, but over the last few years has also developed a consistency at the other 3 in typical racketlon style.
SQ, BA/TE, TT
Dianne has organised 2 great tournaments in Cambridge with approaching 100 entries over the 2 years, some achievement. A badminton specialist who like Fiona has improved greatly at the other sports over a period of time.
Alexander is another member of the squad who has only made his debut in 2012. Strong table tennis combined with a fighting spirit means he adds some depth to the junior squad.
Alexander still at the tender age of 18 or so has played racketlon for several years now and is one of the first that could be said is a racketlon player primarily having matured through his teenage years with early racketlon experience. His weakest originally was squash but this is now his 2nd strongest with his table tennis also. The only ever present in the squad from the last 3 years.
TE, TT/SQ, BA
Josh made his international debut in Milan 2011, following his victory in the U16's of the English Champs a few months before. He has Stuart Hobden like qualities in terms of his profile with 2 strong sports and has impressed with his step up to Class A in the senior domestic tour.
TT/TE, BA, SQ
Lucy joined in 2012 and made her debut at Cambridge. Given 11 year old Elise Lazarus was earmarked for the squad, it was logical for Lucy to step in. Elise’s rate of improvement is alarming though and for 2013 the junior girls scene looks to be fairly competitive. Lucy’s strength is table tennis.