Brother and sister West on form in Racketlon championships at Gosling Sports Park
PUBLISHED: 17:29 26 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009
THE West siblings were back in action as they took part in the 2009 British Open Racketlon Championships at Gosling Sports Park. Hertfordshire Men's B county champion, 17-year-old James, took part in his first men's A category event competing against Klau
THE West siblings were back in action as they took part in the 2009 British Open Racketlon Championships at Gosling Sports Park.
Hertfordshire Men's B county champion, 17-year-old James, took part in his first men's A category event competing against Klaus Eichorn from Austria in his first round.
Going into the final event, tennis, James was just five points adrift but the former county ace dug deep to overturn this deficit, winning the tennis 21-13 and his first round match 62 points to 59.
James then had the daunting prospect of facing British number one Jermaine Manners in the second round.
Jermaine won the table tennis, badminton and squash by enough points to win against James.
West did manage to win the tennis, whereas Jermaine eventually went on to win the A event, proving just too strong for all competitors.
Frederik Floether from Germany was James' next opponent, a man who West lost to at the English Championships in the Under-21's event back in January.
James, still recovering after his match against Jermaine Manners, won the squash and tennis but it was not enough to win the overall match, losing 60 points to 51 points.
The WGC teenager eventually finished eighth overall from a field of 20 competitors.
Sister, Danielle, the English and Hertfordshire Ladies' B champion also took part in her first Ladies' A category.
Danielle defeated Rosa Ruis 70-58 in the first round, putting her in the top draw with the exciting prospect of having to face Natalie Lawrence, Britain's number one, in the second round.
Fifteen-year-old Danielle managed to make a very exciting match of it. Her 87-51 point loss was very encouraging and left Danielle with a match against Britain's number two, Jane Cook, in the third round.
Danielle went on to lose to Jane 76-53 but won the final discipline, taking the tennis 21-13.
This put Danielle in fourth place overall.
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