Center Court

Wednesday
Dec052018

STRATFORD/LIAM JINKS CAPTURE FIRST SUPERLEAGUE TITLE  

The weekly battle of our top four Island players concluded Tuesday evening with the final playoff matches. The focus was fully on the teams number one players, not only for the division of the '$650 prize money credit', but particularly for bragging rights of the top Island player after the fall season. The prize money will go as a credit to their costs incurred with attending the Mens National Teams event in Quebec in February 2019.

Both matches were run simultaneously with Nathan Phillips getting the best of Mitch Chaisson 3-1 in the third/forth playoff. Meanwhile the odds were 50/50 in the championship match as Mike Buchanan and Liam Jinks had split their two matches in the two previous encounters. The older Buchanan (by almost 20 years) got off to a slow start and went down quickly in the first game. But he wasted no time getting going in the second and showing Liam and the crowd that this was not to be an easy evening for the youngster. The second was long and tough, with Liam forced to save a couple of game balls in overtime and fortunately come off with a two game lead. The third was all Michaels’. He was on the ball early and forced Liam into several errors. It seemed at this point as if it would be anyone’s match until mid way in the fourth, but after three consecutive gruelling rallies in which the O’Leary #1 visited all the corners. The younger and apparently fitter of the two had left his mark. Mike could not keep up the pace and he and the O’Leary team had to be content with second place.

All players were in agreement, the new start-up league was great training for our top players. You can look for another session right after the holiday break and running until the team’s departure to Montreal in mid February.

Tuesday
Dec042018

CANADA GAMES BOYS DOMINATE PODIUM AT UPEI CHARITY EVENT

 

This past weekend at the university courts we saw non-stop squash action featuring most of the Maritime’s very best players competing in the A division along with men, women and youngsters at all level of play in the other grades. We welcomed a great visiting contingent from New Brunswick, including their junior team preparing for the upcoming Canada Games, and a small, but excellent representation from Halifax that made this year’s event a most interesting one.

Speaking of Canada Games, it was three of the PEI’s boy’s team who claimed victories in the A, C and D categories of play. The only level of play not won by an Island boy 16 and under was B champion, Ceejay Amadi, who happened to be the principal organizer and fund raiser for annual UPEI event and important fund raiser for Cancer.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday over 30 players did competed hard for final placements. The on-going battle for the final spot of the boy Island CG Team was definitely prevalent in the D category. Last weekend in Halifax at the NS Junior Open Silver event it was Tobias Cheeseman who claimed the runner-up spot and Charlie Peacock a was spot behind. This weekend they met in the semi-finals with Charlie claiming a tight 3-1 victory. Charlie then went on to come back from a 2-0 deficit to Andy Ellsworth in the final and claim his very first tournament win. And a very fast improving, the third player looking for the last spot on the team, Ajit Balasundara, lost only one match and claiming the consolation prize.

The C level event had particular interest for the very fast and exciting junior player Michael Cheeseman. He knew that if he performed well that he would be required to officially move up to the B level for any future Maritime tournaments. It was a small but tough draw spread with players from all three Maritime players. But congrats to Michael, who defeated someone from each province and most notably Simon Pettipas from Halifax in a very absorbing come from behind win in the final.

The A draw was missing Island squash legend Mike Buchanan who rarely ever looses to anyone when playing on the lsland. It took participation in our recent professional events to demonstrate that he was indeed fallible. But the real chatter this time was about 16 year old, Liam Jinks. In recent Super League play he had demonstrated that he would be able to play with the very best, including the very tough Haligonian, Phillip Anderson. And after 45 minutes of great all court squash it became obvious that Liam’s mobility and his ability to utilize all four corners became too much for the ‘big man’, succumbing 3-1.

Please refer to ‘Club Locker.com’ for the detailed scores of each match.

Monday
Dec032018

"Squash Cancer"

The community that surrounds Squash PEI, UPEI, and CeeJay Amadi is a special one.
“Squash Cancer” was a lot of fun and raised $712.00 for the Canadian Cancer Society. Thank you to all who participated, came out to support the players, and bought tickets to the gift baskets. (Check your tickets, 2478981 is still out there)

On a personal note, I was a little nervous that we were missing Ken Sampson (who is still working to get power on to all Islanders) and using the new software system for officiating.
Everything went beautifully without a hiccup and participants were in great spirits win or lose.
Thank you for that J

Everyone’s squash game was on! But we would like to recognize our division winners:

D Division – Charlie Peacock
D Division Consol – Ajit Balasundram

C Division – Michael Cheeseman
C Division Consol – Wade Sweet

B Division – Ceejay Amadi
B Division Consol – Paul Jenkins

A Division – Liam Jinks
A Division Consol – Matt Twiddy

What a great weekend! Thank you to UPEI for allowing us to use your courts all weekend, Dawn Shea for her photography skills and making people get into pictures even though we complain J and bringing us snacks, Squash PEI (Lester Jinks, Ken Sampson, Susie Fraser, Thomas Walker, Zach Stephens, Chris MacIntyre) for volunteering your time in making sure the tournament ran smoothly, and a big thank you to CeeJay Amadi with the big heart and this team for gathering us all together for this special tournament. We look forward to working with you again in the future!

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Nov292018

PEI Super League

STRATFORD – O’LEARY MAKE FINALS

 

The final week of the double round robin play confirmed the present standings and placed the Mike Buchanan and Liam Jinks teams into the finals next Tuesday at 7:30 PM.

Unfortunately, the high anticipated rematch of Mitch Chaissonand league’s top player Mike Buchanan was not to be. Mitch was too ill this week to make an appearance resulting in Souris #2 Ken Sampson taking on the daunting task of upsetting the very consistent Buchanan. Called into action was the fast improving junior player, Thomas Cheeseman to play backup man for the Souris team. He started well in each of the first two games but couldn’t quite match the fitness, speed and variety of shots of Lyndon Oulton displayed at the end of each game. Two three – love matches on court 4 and quickly into late evening practice 3’s.

Pic of Lyndon the speed demon, the man without a face (Ken), and The mighty Mike.

Meanwhile on court 3 it was a totally different affair. The very tough father/son duo of Lester and Liam Jinks were up against the undefeated Dr. Matt Twiddy and the very talented Nathan Phillips. Well, as the second match next door was concluding we still didn’t know who would garner the three points at #2 for their team. It was an extremely well played 5 gamer, and 10 minutes into the fifth one couldn’t predict a winner. It went extra points with each player looking at match ball, but Lester didn’t need more than a second chance to claim his first win over Matt. 3-2 Stratford when the two youngest players on the rosters took the court.

Nathan came out looking very sharp not only in his new electric purple “Paul Coll” Eye shoes, but he was demonstrating good tight length coupled with his always very exciting short game. But it wasn’t to be: Liam fresh off a runner-up placing at the NS Junior Open and playing with tons of confidence was not shakenby Nate’s excellent play. Each game was dead even for the first half and then the 16 year old seemed to find another gear in every game except the third when just couldn’t find a way break Nathan’s excellent attacking game. Yes, almost an hour after the O’Leary win the Stratford #1 walked off with his 5 points 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6.

Nate the great (AKA wolverineman), Liam full of Love.

All teams will be in action next Tuesday evening to claim their share of the cash prizes. But the O’Leary/Stratford confrontationon court 3 at the Spa for the very first Super League Championship will be a treat. See you there.

ISLAND SUPER LEAGUE

(Training Ground for PEI Men’s Team)

 PARTICIPATING TEAMS

 

CORNWALL: Nathan Phillips, Matt Twiddy

 

O’LEARY :  Mike Buchanan, Lyndon Oulton

 

SOURIS Mitchell Chaisson, Ken Sampson

 

STRATFORD:  Liam Jinks, Lester Jinks

 SCHEDULE & SCORES

 

Oct. 23    O’Leary vs Stratford (3-8)    Souris vs Cornwall (5-5)

 

Oct. 30    O’Leary vs Cornwall (6-4). Souris vs Stratford (4-8)

 

Nov. 06    O’Leary vs Souris (8-2)…   Cornwall vs Stratford (3-5)

 

Nov 13    Stratford vs O’Leary (3-5).Cornwall vs Souris (3-6)

 

Nov. 20    Cornwall vs O’Leary (3-5)    Stratford vs Souris (8-2)

 

Nov. 27    Souris vs O’Leary   (0-8)      Stratford vs Cornwall (8-3) 

 

Dec. 04    Finals Night   1 vs 2…..3 vs 4

 

 

 

FINAL STANDINGS/RANKINGS

(effective November 28)

 

 

 

STRATFORD    40

O’LEARY           35

SOURIS       22

 

CORNWALL      21

 

 

 

 

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

 

 

NAMEMATCHES/GAMES WONMATCHES/GAMES LOST

 

1. MIKE BUCHANAN5/171/5

 

2 .LiamJinks5/151/8

 

3. MITCH CHAISSON1/94/12

 

4.NATHAN PHILLIPS1/115/17

 

5. LESTER JINKS (#2)5/161/9

 

6. MATT TWIDDY (#2)3/131/6

 

7.KEN SAMPSON (#2) (1 match @ #1)1/104/12

 

8.LYNDON OULTON (#2)2/83/10

 

 

Monday
Nov262018

Squash Cancer Event at UPEI with CeeJay Amadi, UPEI, and Squash PEI

We are playing the sport we love and raising money for cancer research at UPEI on December 1st and 2nd  in the Chi-Wan Young Sport Center.

Only $20 to play and part of your registration will go towards the Canadian Cancer Society.