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Men's Band 1 Singles:
The qualifying group draw contained four Liverpool players but, only Dolder and Rzeszotko managed to reach K.O. stage, the pair then departing in the quarters' - current Liverpool champion Jonathan Taylor and Keith Williams failing to progress. Dolder dismissed Chris Lewis in the last 16 before falling to top seed Garry Dodd (GGY) 11-9 in the fifth. Rzeszotko, seeded at three, fell to Kim Daybell (Ys) but, after out scoring him on points won, was beaten 11-8 in the fifth. Daybell continued his good form, recovering from 2-0 down to Garth Kinlocke (Av) to win 11-9 in the decider. Dodd crushed Ashley Robinson 9, 6, 6, in his semi-final but, was unable to continue that form in the final, Daybell taking the title 3-0.

Men's Band 2 Singles
Liverpool Closed men's singles champion Jonathan Taylor was the only Liverpool league player to enter the event and it turned out to be well worth it. The group comprised of players' from three different countries and in his opening encounter, Jonathan let slip a 2-1 lead against Scotland's Willie Mabon who took the next two 7 and 5. With the Scot having lost his first set against Wales' international Dean Cundy in straight games, Jonathan needed only to beat Cundy in the final match of the group, to qualify for the KO stages. It wasn't though all plain sailing though, for after winning the first game 14-12, he slipped behind when the Welshman took the next two, 10 and 9. The Police number one made no mistake in the next two, winning 7 and 8 to finish as runner-up Cundy on games' count-back. He then scored a comfortable 3-0 quarter-final victory over Scotland's Colin Dalgleish before dismissing Cleveland's Paul Smith in the last four 2, 9, 9. His final opponent, Connor Edwards, another Wales' international, will play in the Belgian league but, he soon suffered a 2-0 deficit before hitting back in game three, 11-8. The Welshman however, was unable to extend the set, Jonathan clinching the title with an 11-7 fourth game success.


 Men's Band 3 Singles:
Only Michael Lunn from the Liverpool League entered the event, the youngster finshing as group runner-up to Wales' international, Connor Edwards, who inflicted Mike's only defeat.
In the first round, he again faced Michael Fraser who earlier, had beaten him in the Band 4 Final. Fraser was quick off the mark, winning 11-5 but, from then on, Michael got to grips with the Yorkshireman's game and after levelling matters in game two, 11-8, polished him off in the next couple, 4 and 7. Matt Outhwaite (Wa) was next up and he was beaten 3-1 in the last eight, the semi-final, though, proving a much tougher proposition, Liam McTiernan (Bk) winning 5, 2, 5 before going on to take the title, beating Edwards 11-5 in the decider.

Men's Band 4 Singles:
Six Liverpool League players' were included in the event but, only three qualified for the K.O. stage the most successful being Michael Lunn who chalked up a number of outstanding wins to reach the final. The Liverpool junior champion eased his way into the last 16 via a 3-0 win over Jason Quirk (IOM) and in the same round, Rick Beattie, staged a tremendous come back against Joel Wright (Ys) losing the opening two games 13-11, 15-13 before moving into the last 16, reeling off the next three, 4, 7, 9. He then scored a comfortable 3-1 victory over Jamie Davies (Sp) to reach the last eight and a meeting with Lunn. Rick breezed through the first game 11-6, Mike, stepping up a gear, seeing him off in the next three, 4, 5, 8. Lunn, who benefited from a free tournament entry,
courtesy of the Liverpool league, got the better of Scotland's Blair Fowler 3-1 to make his first open tournament final. His opponent, Michael Fraser (Ys) who had beaten Andrew Harper (La) the first round victor over the League's Ray Jackson. edged a tightly fought opening game 11-8 and doubled his advantage taking the second, 11-5. Lunn kept his hopes and the match alive, winning the third, 11-9 but another 11-5 win by the Yorkshireman sealed the title.


Men's Band 5 Singles
Peter Taylor, Graham Cleary, Peter Lee, Jack Dempsey, JacK Hunter-Spivey and Robert Barker, all progressed from qualifying to the last 32 but, only Hunter-Spivey was able to make it to the next stage. The former Sefton Park player, hoping to qualify for the GB Paraplegic team for the Olympic Games, was then beaten by Martin Wyatt (Lancs) 4, 9, 3. The final paired Surrey's Raphael Lawanson with Cheshire's Andrew Eagles, who came so close to leaving the competition in the last 32, when 2-0 down and 17 all against James Meyers (Kent), snatched the next two points and the fourth and fifth games, 9 and 3. It was nip and tuck in the first four games in the final with only two points separating them in each game - Eagles, though, pulling out all the stops in the decider, to win 11-3 and the title.

Men's Band 6 Singles
Robert Barker, Jack Dempsey and Peter Lee all progressed from their respective group matches into the main KO draw. Lee, making a rare appearance in the competition, kicked off with a 3-0 win against Yorkshireman, Chris Londesborough while an unfortunate draw brought together Robert Barker and Jack Dempsey although, this was definitely not a heavyweight contest, Barker, who won his group, turned in an impressive display, winning 4, 9, 6. Barker was ousted by Ireland's Ryan Farrell 3-1, Peter Lee, though, making it to round 3 via a 3-1 success against Craig Preece (Wo) before he too was defeated 3-1 by Farrell who qualified for the final against Cheshire's Andrew Davies, who recovered from 2-1 down to beat the Irishman 11-7 in the decider.




Women's Band 1
Top seed Charlotte Carey (Wales) was due to meet Ireland's Amanda Mogey in the final and the pair remained on course after both topped their respective qualifying group. Miss Carey found herself facing her Wales international team-mate Megan Phillips from Denbigh, in the last eight and after sharing the spoils in the opening games, the former edging out Miss Phillips 13-11, 11-9 to earn a semi-final meeting with Tressa Armitage (Ha) who staged a fine come-back in the last eight against Yolanda King, winning 12-10 in the fifth, from 2-1 down. An identical situation arose when Mogey took on Ashley Givan in an all-Ireland affair, Mogey winning the first 12-10 - her opponent replying also 12-10, to level matters. The similarity, though, ended there - Miss Mogey cruising into the semi's 11-4, 11-1, where she met Jessica Dawson (Cv) the 3-1 victor over Wales' world championships' player Angharad Phillips but her challenge ended there, Mogey winning 3-0. Miss Carey dropped the first game in her semi-final, 18-16 to Armitage before recovering to win, 8, 8, 8. The final was a strange affair, Carey forging a 2-0 lead and stood within two points of taking the title when level at 12 all in the third but, was edged out 14-12. Mogey stormed through the fourth game losing only two points, setting up an intriguing decider which produced a complete turnaround, Carey romping home, 11-3 to claim the title.


Women's Band 1 Singles
When the group 3 qualifying round was completed, officials' collectively, pondered and scratched their their heads' to recall an identical situation which had arisen when three players' had tied on the same number of games won and remarkably, two with the same total of points won! Tressa Armitage had beaten Chloe Whyte, 3-1, Angharad Phillips had beaten Tressa 3-1 while Chloe got the verdict over Angharad, by the same margin. Miss Whyte, however, was the unfortunate one to go out since she had conceded two points more than the other two. There still had to be a group winner to determine where she'd be placed in the KO draw and this was achieved by the tried and trusted, 50/50 method - toss of a coin, Miss Phillips being deemed group winner and Miss Armitage as runner-up.

Women's Band 2 Singles:
Janay Gibson was the sole Liverpool League representative in the event and kicked off with 3-0 win over Ireland's Annalise Walker. In her next set she took the first game against Manchester's Paulina Orzechowska but then let slip the next two games before getting her game together to win the next couple, 8 and 6. A victory in her next outing would leave her topping the group and a
comfortable 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 win did the trick taking her into the last eight. That was as far as she went, though, for after forging a 2-1 lead, Cumbria's Emily Standing (who beat her in last year's Band 3 final) took the next two games to qualify for the semi's where she too, was beaten by the eventual champion, Ireland's Ashley Givan who overcame Jane Easley (Wo) 3-1 in the final.

Women's Band 3

Although finishing as qualifying group runner-up, Janay Gibson, who last season played for Bootle YMCA, secured a semi-final place following a 3-0 victory over Nottingham's Amy Humphreys. She
then faced Paulina Orzechowska (Lancs) - chalking up another comfortable 3-0 success to reach the final for the second time. Her opponent, top seed, Worcestershire's Jane Easley, edged the first game 11-9, Miss Gibson, though, enjoying the benefit of a free entry to the tournament, didn't let it affect her and swept through the next three games, 6, 6, 8, to claim the title, having lost in the same final a year ago.



Veteran Singles:
Keith Williams dominated in qualifying with a 100% record, seeing off David Noutch (Du) in his opening match, 11-1, 11-9, 11-9. His next opponent, was the in-form Isle of Man veteran, John Magnall who put up stern resistance in the first game before going down 15-13, 11-8, 11-8. Andrew Calloway fared no better, the ten times Liverpool champion winning 8, 8, 2. Three other Liverpool League players qualified for the main draw, Tomasz Rzeszotko, the group winner plus Tony Whelan and Gary Watson, who also progressed as runner's up in their respective groups'. Whelan staged a great recovery in the preliminary K.O. round, winning 12-10 in the fifth after dropping the opening two games to Magnall before bowing out to Rzeszotko 3-0. Watson went the same way, losing 3-0 to Surrey's Jerome Jonah who then lost to Rzeszotko while Williams progressed to the semi's via a 3-0 victory over Scotland's Willie Mabon. The draw kept apart the top two local veterans, Rzeszotko and Williams, which resulted in an all Liverpool final, following the Polish man's victory over Jonah and Williams' 3-1 success against Scotland's Gerry Campbell who had dismissed fellow Scot, Stuart Fowler in the last eight. The final was a repeat of the 2010 Liverpool Closed vets' and men's final when Rzeszotko completed a rare 'double' over Williams. But, on this occasion, Williams made no mistake and with Rzeszotko visibly tiring with each successive rally and the consistent ten times Liverpool champion rarely missing a ball, another title was added to his vast collection, winning 7, 9, 9. John Magnall, a regular GP entrant around the country, was presented with the 'Player of the Weekend' award for performance and outstanding sportsmanship.

Under 21 Men's Singles

Liverpool Junior champion, Michael Lunn, finished as runner up in his qualifying group, losing only to top seed Paul McCreery (Ireland) 10, 6, 8. His first round foe was Liverpool's Jack Hunter Spivey who this season will play in division one of the Liverpool league having played in division 4 last term. Lunn took the opening game 11-1 before winning the next two, 7 and 7 but, then departed in round two , beaten 11-8, 11-9, 16-14 by Ireland's Ashley Robinson who, later in the men's open singles, led 2-1 against second seed Gavin Rumgay. Robinson came close to going out in the quarter's when he trailed 2-1 to Scotland's Richard Main before winning the next two games, 9, 8. McCreery accounted for Kim Daybell in the semi's 3-1 - Robinson also winning 3-1 against Surrey's Wing Yung Chan. The all Ireland final saw favourite McCreery comfortably taking the title, 7, 5 9.

Under 21 Women's Singles:
Only one Liverpool league player plus one from Lancashire, entered the event and neither emerged from group qualifying. Janay Gibson, was though, up against much higher ranked players in Yolanda King (Sx) and Wales' international and Top 8 singles champion, Chloe Thomas. Miss Gibson, who leaves to live and play full time in Grantham, faced players from three different countries but, could beat only Ireland's Hannah Lynch-Dawson and finished in third spot, thereby missing the knock out stage.

Restricted Singles:
Liverpool's top player Kevin Dolder swept through his qualifying group, without dropping a game beating Dave Marshall (Wi), Ben Chan (Sy) and Wirral's Aaron Beech. The 8 times Liverpool men's champion continued in this vein of form in the last eight, accounting for Billy Pegg (Sp) and Scotland's Chris Main in the semi's also in straight games to reach the final. Dolder, ranked at 31 in England, then took on Surrey's Adam Laws - who stopped Beech in round one - but, he went the same way as the the others', the Ford man again showing no mercy in winning 9, 9, 6.