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Feb012016

Edmonton Open Results: Good Showing by El Diablo aka Rob Rakochey

Rob Rakochey mopped the floor with the competition in the 2016 Edmonton Open Handball Championships.  He slammed in Master Singles and Doubles with partner (and brother) Daryl Rakochey.  Rob put an old school beat down on Guy Martin in singles.  It was truly a battle of attrition but Rob was able to over power Guy with drive serves, superior retrieving and pungent odor.  Rob's Zumba training regiment paid dividends in the second game as Guy was not able to keep up with the torrent pace set by "El Diablo".  On the doubles side, with a combined weight of more than 350lbs, brothers Rob and Daryl were able to fend off the tandem of Sean and his father "Blood Bath" Bill McGrath.  Sean was able to control the court in the doubles game but part way through game 1 it was apparent that perspiration levels and humidity in the court increased to a level in which no ordinary human could possibly function.  The effect was particularly hard on the McGrath team and they succumbed to the Rakochey pair.  It was also noted that this was the first time the Rakochey brothers had played together in over a decade.  It appears they have buried the proverbial "hatchet" following an incident during a game 13 years ago. Many people in the handball community speculated that they would never play doubles together again.  The separation was likened to the splitting of the wrestling tag team, The Rockers, which featured Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty.  Nice to see that time has healed the emotional hurt that existed between Rob and Daryl.

Rob and his son Jerrome after capturing the 2016 Edmonton Open Masters title


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