Hosts Belfast Boat Club (pic le, black dress) and defending champions Paderborn have emerged triumphant in the European Club Championships staged in Belfast. Madeline Perry and former Scottish champion Senga Macfie won their matches to beat defending champions Edgbaston 2:0.
At the men’s event Paderborn celebrated a record 7th title in the 1st all-German men’s final since 2004. Top-ranked Spaniard Borja Golan and Simon Rosner, the German No1 from Paderborn, gave the defending champions a 2/0 lead with wins over Australian David Palmer and German Jens Schoor, respectively. And after German world championship star Andre Haschker raised Worms’ hopes with a straight games win over Paderborn stalwart Tim Garner, it was left to fellow Englishman Peter Nicol – the former world No1 and world champion who has represented Paderborn with distinction for more than 10 years – to ensure the club’s historic 7th title after taking the 2nd game against Italian Marcus Berrett, in a match which finished 12-14, 11-4 (ret.).