The 1st Eight event (for the Musk's Cup) saw three of the four top seeds proceed to the knockout, with fifth seed Pierre Beaudry joining the top three, thanks to his victory over an on-form Ian Burridge.
Credit has to go to Nick Archer for his performance throughout the weekend; according to feedback from multiple competitors, he shot spectacularly well. It wasn't quite enough to make the results go his way, but he was able to take a match off the second seed very comfortably, as well as giving the fourth seed an upset!
This was testament to the standard of play throughout the weekend.
An interesting mix of results at the top end saw top seed Stephen Mulliner finish third, second seed Tobi Savage conform to his rank, and third seed John-Paul Moberly soar to the top spot, having dropped only one match against Savage.
Mulliner had beaten Savage 7-6, 7-5 in the last match of the block phase and, when the pair were drawn together again in the semis, Mulliner replicated the exact same scoreline.
Savage played well, and managed some terrific jump shots through the course of the two matches, but he was unable to overcome his foe, who was as precise and reliable as ever.
The other semi also was also settled in two games, with Moberly emerging victorious 7-4, 7-6 over Beaudry.
The Final went to a deciding third game, after Mulliner's first game advantage was pegged back by Moberly, who continued his fine form to win at the eleventh and secure his second National title to add to his Doubles Championship title. He has had a terrific season, and it is very exciting to see him burst onto the national GC circuit with such flair.
1st Eight (finishing order):
1, John-Paul Moberley
2, Stephen Mulliner
3= Pierre Beaudry and Tobi Savage
5, Ian Burridge
6, Nick Archer
7, Martin French
8, Chris Roberts