Center Court

Sunday
Nov192017

Aspin Cup -WOW

The Amazing Aspin Cup took place this weekend. What an incredible event. 

Here's the deets: 79 players 8 divisions, 16 in Mens A and B. Mike Buchanan defeated Graham Kerford in a thrilling 3-2 Men's A final! Emma Jinks winning the top female division. Lots of juniors, lots of fun. Aspin Kemp and Associates were the generous sponsors making this the biggest money squash event in Atlantic Canada.

Want to know how much fun it was?....just see for yourself:

 

 

 

Thursday
Nov162017

HOUSE LEAGUE BIGGER AND BETTER FOR SESSION #2

The second pre-Christmas league got underway last evening with a total of 60 participants of all levels of ability. Immediately the newcomers made quite an impact on the weekly excitment.

Five of our newcomers where involved in action in the first match, the battle between the Black Hawks and Rangers. Delores Crane who had moved up a level from the first session welcomed Nigel with a very tough 3-2 match, at position #5. Two other players competing for the first time this year also went the distance with David Gautier coming back from 2-0 down to nip Jordan Chandler. Young Michael Cheeseman, one of three sibings to join the league and playing for the Rangers couldn't quite match the experience and ball control of Robert Sharkie. Michael's older brother Thomas playing #4 for the opposition fared a little better, scoring a very hard fought 3-2 victory over Shawn Hughes. In the second match-up of the evening between the Leafs and Wings, Maria, the third sibling and playing at postion#9 for the Red Wings couldn't contain Dylan Power who was prepared to give Maria a suitable welcome to the league. It is great to have another full family involvement. The Cheeseman's will have to work hard to duplicate the efforts of the Jinks and Phillip's clans. But for the first week they have certainly scored more points for their teams. A total of 5 and only Stephen Phillips garnering points for the Wings in his 3-1 loss to Dan Lazarotos. Everyone else had to reschedule, with Emma Jinks having the best excuse - she was playing a first round match of a women's professional tournament in Sarnia, Ontario.

Remember those that missed last night, get those matches played and make every effort to be there with the gang on Wednesdays.

Thursday
Nov022017

Fall HL (1) Concludes

The first five weeks are history and with the exception of a few make up matches, next Wednesday's finals and awards party will immediately bring us to our second session November 15. All returning players and incoming players are asked to sign-up on line with Sportyhq. If you are having any difficulties please don't hesitate to contact Ken  Sampson.

There were 18 matches played last evening, but no team was able to score enough points to make any effect on the current standings. Therefore, next week remains set, the high flying Canadiens ((undefeated in 7 matches last night will have to defend their position against the Bruins. There should be some great battles starting at 6pm, highighted by Matt Twitty going against the undefeated Nathan Phillips. Immediately following, former league player and Spa owner Colin Younger will be serving up some of his special (newly acquired Little Ceasars) pizza for all.  In conjunction with our little social affair Ken and John will preside over a short awards program. All activity in Hils will begin immediately following the last match at approximately 7:30.

Monday
Oct302017

SQUASH PEI LEAVES MARK AT SMU

Ten of our keen squash players took to the road this past weekend to compete in the Annual SMU Fit Open. And certainly by the time Sunday arrived the 100 plus participants and many spectators certainly knew that we were there.

Again it was our youth movement who had people talking. Nathan Phillips was the old man at 20 years old and he was the only player to push eventual A champion, visitor and Canadian ranked #21 from BC Morgan Latremouille. Also going out in the men's A quarter-final was 14 year old Liam Jinks who demonstrated that he has a very bright future in the game. On the women's side there was no surprise as our own Canadian Champion Emma Jinks coasted through the women's A and competed solidily in the men's A. The third member of the Jinks family, father Lester, met with misfortune when he pulled a calf muscle while competing in the Master's final.

UPEI student and Island B player Logan Anderson battled in both the men's B and junior gold as did Thomas Cheeseman. Thomas was one of three Cheesemen juniors getting this valuable experience. Siblings Maria and Tobias also competed in both senior and junior divisions. Maria convincingly won the junior bronze consolation prize.

Our last, but not least member of the PEI contingent to leave a significant mark was Olivia Phillips. Olivia a mainstay of the Canada Games Team showed that she very much belonged in the men's B and the Junior Gold, placing well in both. Her final playoff game in the juniors against another visitor, Columbia's number #1 girl under 15 was a great demonstration of high level squash by two young women.

Again, it was an excellent representation of PEI squash and by all indication we will see even more participation in the upcoming Aspin Cup. See you all there.

 

Thursday
Oct262017

CANADIENS AND BRUINS EYE CHAMPIONSHIP

With one week remaining and a number of make up matches on the charts it will take some doing for the Red Wings and Rangers to make up ground on our two leaders.  Again last evening the two leading teams put in very consistent performances. The second place Bruins who were coincidently matched up with the Wings. They rested only two points behind at the beginning of the evening. After 8 results were recorded they are now chasing by a more daunting 16 points. It was a tremendously consistent performance by the Bruins with every player except #1 Matt Twiddy (holiday) winning at least one game and six of the eight players garnering the full amount.

That was the excitment in respect to the standings. The Canadiens with four wins of six matches look to be assured the top spot and will be next to impossible to catch. But it was the dual between the two last placed teams that left everyone shaking their heads. Four of the seven matches went the full distance and extraordinaily enough three of those four went overtime in the fifth. Zach Stevens just kept hanging in against the favoured Benoit Sampson, saved two match balls and pulled it out 13-11 for the Black Hawks. Dan Larter gritted his teeth and just overpowered Solange Sharkie to claim victory by an identical score line win. Newcomer Nick Farquharson claimed his first league victory, 12-10 in the fifth over Dylan Power. The final five gamer between the Leafs and Black Hawks certainly took the longest. This back and forth affair saw the younger (and maybe a touch fitter) Derek Gallant eek by the more experienced Bruce Johnson at the #3 spot.

It was a great week four. The last week of season is next Wednesday with finals and party the following week. Be sure to confirm your sign-up for Fall Session #2 starting November 8th.