The annual invitation charity event where the top North West league closed champions or players who have won a national title, go head to head to become the ultimate champion, took place last night at Leigh St Georges TT Club in Wigan raising over £1000 in aid of Wigan and Leigh hospice.

Spectators on the night were witness to some top quality matches featuring six of the best North West players:

Kevin Dolder – Nat. Vetts O40s WinnerJoe Killoran – Ellesmere Port & Chester
Pawel Orzechowski – Wigan & Liverpool  Elliot Chan – Bolton
Rhys Davies – LiverpoolPeter Flint – Warrington

The top performance on the night was from Kevin Dolder, displaying some of the form he recently showed to win the National VETTS O40s title, on route to the final he beat Pawel Orzechowski 3-0, Rhys Davies 3-2 and Joe Killoran in the final 4-3.

Results from the group stages:

Group 1Group 2
Rhys Davies bt Pawel Orzechowski 3-2Joe Killoran bt Elliot Chan 3-1
Kevin Dolder bt Pawel Orzechowski 3-0Elliot Chan bt Peter Flint 3-0
Kevin Dolder bt Rhys Davies 3-2Joe Killoran bt Peter Flint 3-0

The event run and organised by Jim Bolton and members of Wigan TTL, was renamed this year in memory of local player Martin Machin who recently passed away at an all too early age. His wife Jackie made a short speech saying how much Martin would have enjoyed the evening and presented the awards on the night.

All the matches from the night can be seen on the Martin Machin Champions Challenge Facebook Page.

It was great to see the event back after a three year break, the quality of play in all of the matches was really outstanding. It’s a team effort to organise and run an event like this and I’d like to thank everyone who helped make the night a success. Thanks also to the sponsors and all who helped raise £1033 for Wigan and Leigh Hospice and to Jackie Machin for making the presentations. If any regions/counties are interested in running a similar event they are welcome to get in touch with me via our Facebook page.

Jim Bolton, Event Organiser

Champions Challenge Pantheon

2022 – Kevin Dolder, VETTS O40s Champ wnr – Joe Killoran – Ellesmere Port & Chester ru

2019 – Amirul Hussain Oldham wnr – Rhys Davies, Liverpool ru

2018 – Jack Dempsey, Southport wnr – Ru Pawel Orzechowski, Wigan ru

2017 – Jack Dempsey, Southport wnr – Ru Pawel Orzechowski, Warrington ru

2016 – Amirul Hussain, Bury wnr – Malcolm McEvoy, Wigan & Warrington ru

2015 – Jonathon Taylor, Liverpool wnr – Mick Moir, Bury ru

2014 – Shaun Hall, Mid Cheshire wnr – Malcolm McEvoy, Halton ru

2013 – Kevin Dolder, Ellesmere Port & Chester wnr – Mick Moir, Bury ru

2012 – Thomas Rzeszotko, Liverpool wnr – Mick Moir, Bury ru