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York Hosts European Rock-it-ball Tournament
« on: Oct 17, 2009, 10:14 »
Following the success of the Rock-It-Ball v3 English Open in February this year, York now
has the honour of hosting the v3 European Open. 28 Rock-Iteers at Youth and Senior Level will descend on Wigginton on Sunday Oct 25th. Emily Wilson, the English Open Champion who is from the Tees Valley, gets automatic entry as English
Champion.

Rock-It-Ball is currently the fastest-growing sport in the world and v3 is an
exceptionally fast singles version.  Whereas the flagship version of the sport is
normally played in teams of five, v3 features three players on a squash court with each
player playing for him- or herself and the winner being the player who concedes the least
number of points.  With three players and three balls in such a small, contained area the
pace is electric and provides an unbelievably exciting experience for players and
spectators alike. As the balls fly around players have to demonstrate quick reactions and
reflexes to dodge and block whilst at the same time seeking an opportunity to snap of
quick shots against their two opponents.

The tournament starts at 10.00 at Wigginton Squash Club and will go on through the day
until approximately 4.00pm when the winner will be presented with the v3 Euro Open trophy.


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Re: York Hosts European Rock-it-ball Tournament
« Reply #1 on: Oct 30, 2009, 21:32 »
I thought this might be of interest as Emily Wilson and Neil Young are from Stockton-on-Tees.

Rock-It-Ball has a v3 European Champion!
York was treated to some fast and furious action at the weekend as Rock-It-Ball players competed for the title of v3 European Champion.  English v3 Champion Emily Wilson along with runner-up Callum Watt and third-placed Dan Raper were ready and raring to fight for the European title.

V3 is a singles version of what is widely regarded as the fastest-growing sport in the world.  Pure Rock-It-Ball is played 5v5 in a sports hall with 5 balls.  Points are scored by hitting opponents with the balls or by catching an opponent’s strike.  V3 makes the sport much more gladiatorial as 3 players on a squash court fight it out every man for himself.  And with 3 balls in play it makes for an intense and exhausting experience as the winner is the player to concede the least number of points.

Following on from the success of the English v3 Open which was also hosted in York, the International Rock-It-Ball Federation staged a European tournament which was open to players from across Europe.  The action started shortly after 10.00 with the 21 Rock-Iteers divided into 3 sets for the group stages.

Spectators were immediately treated to a high-octane match on court 3 as one of the favourites, the spectacular Callum Watt took on top player Carl Alsop and the ever-improving Neil Young.  The non-stop action and high skill level delighted the spectators as Callum won a very close game with a mere 4 points separating the combatants.

Games in the other groups were also delivering an exciting spectacle as players displayed a high level of skill and a range of tactics.  Well-known players demonstrated how much they continue to improve with Jess ‘Tiny Terror’ Leech back to her best and HellCat Adam Rawcliffe who missed the English Open showing incomparable cool as he controlled every game he played.

V3, however, is known for throwing up surprises and newcomers Rikki Lawrence and Philippa Fowles demonstrated what exciting finds they are.  Sara Cooper and Scott Snowdon, both only 15, showed great maturity and great skill with Scott winning his group and beating English Champion Emily despite being under the weather.

Once the group matches had been completed and the group positions confirmed the players competed in ranking matches to ascertain their European ranking.  With all spectators focussing on one game at a time the atmosphere was electric.  Each game provided action, skill, and drama with every player demonstrating pride in competing at a European Level.  The penultimate game proved an exciting curtain-raiser to the final.  It featured Callum Watt, Rob March and newcomer Philippa Fowles and ended with Rob and Callum all square and Philippa a mere 4 points behind, a result of which she should be immensely proud.

High-drama preceded the final as Scott reluctantly had to withdraw due to illness, leaving Carl Alsop and Adam Rawcliffe to fight for the title in a v2 format.  Spurred on by a wall of noise from the vocal crowd these two leading players provided a wonderfully exciting and gladiatorial spectacle, Carl’s all action style contrasting with Adam’s cool, controlled play.  Accurate shooting, excellent reflexes and superb blocking meant the score at half time was 14-14.  The second half continued in the same vein, with the roars from the crowd becoming louder and louder.  The scores remained close until right at the death as Carl started to tire and in the final seconds Adam stepped up a gear to force home his advantage and win by 7 points.

IRIBF representative, Paul Hildreth, was delighted with the day: “I don’t think I’ve seen a game as exciting as the final.  Unbelievable what those two did!  Every single player here today should be very very proud of what they have done and what they have participated in.  We’ve seen how good our experienced players are and we’ve seen some very exciting new talent.”


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