STONE Squash Club member Tony Gordon regained the Staffordshire Closed title when defeating top seed and reigning champion Hugh McCollum in the 1978 final.
In the Newsletter team darts knockout, favourites Princess Royal remained on course for another final appearance when defeating Talbot A 2-0 in round four, at GEC Stonefields.
Also looking strong were Kings Head A, who also made it through to the quarter finals of the Sunday Mercury Masters.
Joining the Royal and Kings Head in the last eight of the contest were, Castle Tav- ern A, Bird-in-Hand (Hilderstone) A, Crispin A, George Street Press, Crown Hyde Lea A and the Geff Four.
Wendy Lightfoot (Walton Chasers) continued her impressive form on the orien- teering scene by finishing third in the Chilton Challenge at Oxford, edging out two established internationals.
Captain Mike Green lead by example as Stafford 1st XV got the better of neigh- bouring Stoke 12-9. Green kicked four successful penalties as Stafford came from behind to take the spoils.
Four Stafford players helped Staffordshire under-15 badminton team to an 8-2 success against Yorkshire.
Playing their part in the victory were John Carwardine, Lorraine Ristic, Kathryn Price and Deborah Jones.
In the Stafford and District Badminton league singles, unseeded Paul Burton (Stafford BC) caused an upset when defeating clubmate Keith Allen in the final.
Burton eased to an impressive 21-0 victory against Allen, who was the number four seed.
Knocking on the door of the Great Britain cycle squad in early 1978 was
Stone's Mick Morrison (Wolverhampton Elizabethans). The previous season saw him achieve 26 top six finishes, including five wins, and offers from the continent followed for the 1978 season.