Wirral Closed Finals 2015
Entries for the 2015 Wirral Closed were disappointing. Entries for all events were down and one event, the Division 2 singles, had to be cancelled because it attracted just a solitary entry.
The number of entries received did not justify a full days booking of New Ferry plus the cost of staging a finals night so the finals were played on the Sunday afternoon. On a more personal note I do not see why I, and other helpers, should take the extra time out if players generally are not sufficiently interested in the event. A rethink will be necessary for next season.
It's a shame the finalists, on this occasion, had to play in front of a small crowd. Given the circumstances it was a credit to the players that a high standard of play was on display.
The men's singles title was once again won by Jonathan Taylor. It is difficult to see him losing his crown any time soon. The rallies, as usual, were fast and furious. Although Steve Green took it to the fourth game the result never seemed in doubt.
It was a similar situation in the ladies singles where Gemma Grant again reigned supreme, this time against first time finalist Faye Taylor.
In the men's doubles Steve Green and Gavin Lloyd retained their crown with a tense 5 ends against Jonathan Taylor and Rob Wylie. They also survived a close Semi Final beating David Eckl and Gemma Grant in 5 games.
The only real upset in the finals occurred in the Restricted Singles an event for players outside the top band with a handicap of -9 or less. David Eckl, whose results this season have put him not just one step ahead of our handicapper, but two or three, lost to Ashley Hill. Ashley used his long pimples to great effect both defensively and offensively to upset David's rhythm.
However it was a good day for the Eckl family with dad Thomas winning the Division 3 final. David comfortably won the Junior Singles.
The Cadets was played on a round robin basis and won by William Burkhill. Matthew Webster was runner up losing 8-11 in the fifth to William in the decisive set. However in the younger age under 13 final Matthew defeated William in a reversal of their Cadets match.
Under 13 Singles: Matthew Webster (Pathfinders) beat William Burkhill (NFGR) 5-11, 11-8, 11-9,11-8
Cadet Singles: Winner William Burkhill (NFGR) Runner Up Matthew Webster (Pathfinders)
Junior Singles: Semi-Finals David Eckl (NFGR) beat Jacob Eckl (NFGR) 11-7, 11-2, 11-5
Akilarasan Thiruselvan (Pathfinders) beat William Burkhill (NFGR) 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 2-11, 11-8
Final David Eckl beat Akilarasan Thiruselvan 11-2, 11-9,11-6
Division 3: Semi-Finals Thomas Eckl (NFGR) beat Daniel Peake (NFGR) 8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-3
William Burkhill (NFGR) beat Arthur Lampkin (Wallasey Manor) 11-9, 11-6, 11-9
Final Thomas Eckl beat William Burkhill 11-6, 12-10, 12-10
Over 55 Veteran Singles: Semi-Finals David Harse (NBCC) beat Arthur Lampkin (Wallasey Manor) 11-6, 11-5, 11-4
Rob Wylie (NFGR) beat Peter Walsh Senior (Spinners) 8-11, 14-12, 11-7, 11-5
Final Rob Wylie beat David Harse 7-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-2
Veteran Singles: Semi-Finals Steve Green (NFGR) beat David Harse (NBCC) 11-5, 9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-9
Rob Wylie (NFGR) beat Thomas Eckl (NFGR) 11-7, 11-7, 13-11
Final Steve Green beat Rob Wylie 11-7, 11-7, 11-6
Open Doubles: Semi-Finals Steve Green/Gavin Lloyd beat David Eckl/Gemma Grant 10-12, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5
Jonathan Tayor/Rob Wylie beat Peter Walsh Junior/Peter Walsh Senior 8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-2
Final Steve Green/Gavin Lloyd beat Jonathan Tayor/Rob Wylie 9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6
Restricted Singles: Semi-Finals Ashley Hill (NFGR) beat Thomas Eckl (NFGR) 11-8, 11-7, 11-7
David Eckl (NFGR) beat Terry Marshall (NBCC) 11-6, 11-8, 11-9
Final Ashley Hill beat David Eckl 11-8, 3-11, 11-7, 11-9
Ladies Singles: Final Gemma Grant (NFGR) beat Faye Taylor (NFGR) 11-7, 11-3, 11-6
Mens Singles: Semi-Finals Jonathan Taylor (NFGR) beat Rob Wylie (NFGR) 11-3, 11-6, 12-10
Steve Green (NFGR) beat David Eckl (NFGR) 11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 13-11
Final Jonathan Taylor beat Steve Green 11-4, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7
Mens Veterans Final Steve Green vs Rob Wylie
Mens Singles Final Jonathan Taylor vs Steve Green
Phil Evans and Steve Cragg vs David Eckl and Gemma Grant
Peter Walsh Senior vs Terry Marshall
Steve Green and Gavin Lloyd