Can Chris Doran become the 3rd winner of the 2012-13 season?

There’s no time to reflect on the Liebherr Men’s World Cup in Liverpool as we’re straight off to the Tees Sport Newcastle Grand Prix on the 13th & 14th October.

Just two weeks after the best players in the world converged on Liverpool’s Echo Arena, it will be the Eldon Leisure Centre in Newcastle that will host the best of British as the Grand Prix series continues its tour around the country.

While there are always the banded competitions on the Saturday and the new doubles competition to enjoy on the Sunday, it’s the Women’s and Men’s singles that we will focus on with both tournaments kicking-off in Newcastle after different winners in the first two venues.

For the Tees Sport City of Liverpool Grand Prix it was surprise victor Paul McCeery (IRL) who took the Men’s title home after victory over Chris Doran (Np), while Karina Le Fevre (Cv) won the Women’s competition with a final triumph over Ashley Givan (IRL).

In Guildford it was a different story as there were four different finalists in the Bribar Guildford Grand Prix. Grand Prix King Ryan Jenkins (WAL) was the Men’s winner this time with a victory over his great rival Gavin Rumgay (SCO) while England international Hannah Hicks (Ha) beat player of the weekend Maria Tsaptsinos (Bk) in the Women’s final.

So who will it be at the Tees Sport Newcastle Grand Prix?

In the Men’s Singles, all four previous finalists from the 2012-13 season are present with Gavin Rumgay (1), Ryan Jenkins (2), Chris Doran (3) and Paul McCreery (4) all looking to reach the final stage once more.

However, there are a number of players who are all in contention of upsetting the odds. Top of the list is National Under-21 Champion Gavin Evans (5) who makes his first Grand Prix appearance this season. There will also be Matt Ware (6), Craig Howieson (7), David McBeath (8), Damien Nicholls (9) and Stephen Jenkins (10) who will all have aspirations to reach the final.

The Women’s singles is also strengthened with the presence of Emma Vickers (Dy) as the top seed while Karina Le Fevre returns as second seed to try and defend the title she won in Liverpool.

Also highly seeded are Amanda Mogey (IRL, 3), Yolanda King (Sx, 4) and Ashley Givan (IRL, 5) who will be looking to build on her final appearance and player of the weekend tag from the Tees Sport City of Liverpool Grand Prix.

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