Ripon captain crowned senior world champ at VX2World Cup

NARG. Ripon Grammar School pupils Derek van der Westhuizen left, and Hannah Hale, pictured with their Rock-It-Ball coach Tom Hildreth, after being picked for the Rock-It-Ball World Cup.110202ARpic2.
NARG. Ripon Grammar School pupils Derek van der Westhuizen left, and Hannah Hale, pictured with their Rock-It-Ball coach Tom Hildreth, after being picked for the Rock-It-Ball World Cup.110202ARpic2.

Ripon VX Club, formerly Rock-it Ball, had two players representing England in the recent v2 World Championships. Coach Tom Hildreth competed in the senior category and Stephen Laws competed in the youth category.

With both Hannah Hale and Derek van Der Westhuizen unavailable it was left to Tom and Stephen to fly the Ripon flag.

Both players have competed at international level already, Stephen having played for the England Youth Team and Tom captain of the senior squad and last year’s runner up in the v2 World Championships.

V2 is the singles version of VX (formerly Rock-It-Ball) and sees two players fight it out on a squash court.

The 2012 World Championships were held in Edinburgh and saw competitors from England, Scotland, Germany and Denmark compete at both youth and senior level for the title of 2012 World Champion.

In his first test of international level, Stephen lost 65-57 to Matty Horsfield, beat Germany’s number one Josh Drragh 40-39, and Scotland’s Meghan Plummer 34-26. In his world ranking matches, Stephen lost to James Foster to secure a ranking of eighth.

On the senior court, Tom beat John Baird 136-91, Steve Plumber 108-66, Aiden Hodge 98-74, and Denmark’s Matti Chasn Bergstein 95-38 to top the group and reach the World Cup final against Scott MacMichael.

Scott went into the break two points ahead at 32-30 but the full time whistle sounded with the score now level at 73-73.

In the alloted minute of extra time, the English supporters went wild as the result showed Tom winning by a single point, 79-78.