Professional Squash and Racketball Coach, Mike Harris took home the National Squash 57 Championships trophy after a thrilling 3-2 win against Ted Jeal in Birmingham. Previously known as the National Racketball Championships, the tournament held at the Priory and University of Birmingham decides England’s number one Racketball player.
This year’s prestigious event featured 150 players competing across 18 categories.
With a hard-fought battle in the semi-final against Nick Mulvey, Mike endured a tough route to the title. The five game semi-final lasted a marathon 112 minutes. With some major rallies in the 4th game each lasting around three minutes, it was a test for both professional players. Showcasing their retrieval skills and patience in moving the ball around the court, Mulvey and Harris entertained the crowd and maintained focus avoiding any cheap errors. After a prolonged battle, Mike eventually came out victorious 3/2.
After only a short two-hour break before the final round Harris’ endurance was put to the test, going head-to-head against against the England Number 1 Seed, Jeal for the Men’s Open title.
The favourite, Jeal, took the lead with an 11/7 score in the first game before Harris took the initiative to level the match at 1-1. Jeal then won a tense and draining third game 12/10 to take a 2-1 lead.
Not succumbing to the pressure, Harris then came out strong at the start of the 4th and 5th games. Building early leads of 6/1 and 7/1 respectively, Harris gave Jeal very little chance of recovery once he took the lead. He subsequently took both 11/2 to finish with a 3 games to 2 7/11, 11/7, 10/12, 11/2, 11/2 victory in 80 minutes.
This was Harris’s first National Racketball title. His triumph rounds off a great year for Devon Racketball players as the county team won the Intercounty Championship this year as well.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MIKE
Mike Harris is the Professional Squash and Racketball Coach at Exeter Golf and Country Club coaching members from young junior players to the competitive players, who this year won the Squash Premier League and the Devon Cup. Having encouraged fellow colleagues into the sport, Mike is now coaching several of the management team and staff at Exeter Golf and Country Club and has created a Team Ladder.
An England Squash and Racketball Level 2 Squash Coach sponsored by Karakal, Mike has been ranked as high as 115th in the world. Mike is the current and four-time Devon Squash Champion and a member of the Bristol Premier League Squash Team. He is also the current Devon Racketball Number One and UK Number Six.
Mike has coached two British Junior National Champions, is currently one of England Squash and Racketball’s South West Area Academy Coaches and has worked with players at all levels from under 9s to professional male and female players.
As well as a record year for Devon Racketball, Mike was also intrinsic in the recent success enjoyed by the Squash Team at Exeter Golf and Country Club. Mike has also helped lead the teams to a historic double win earlier this year when they were crowned regional squash champions at the end of an unbeaten squash season, winning both the Premier League and the Devon Cup with record-breaking points.
WATCH THE FINAL
Watch Mike take on Jeal in the final.
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