Center Court

Saturday
Sep282019

Aspin Cup tourney semi finals

Semis : Moataz Keeps Marching Along

Jon Power reports

The unseeded 19 year old Hana Moataz who has slipped away from a few days of classes at Harvard University to improve her current PSA ranking of 138 is doing just that in fine fashion.

The former top Egyptian junior is in fine form, not losing a game to second seed Nicole Bunyan. She should be very confident for the final tomorrow having only lost one game the first three rounds. Her speed, consistency and power were just a little too much for the Canadian, particularly at the latter stages in the final two stanzas in which Hana squeezed those big points at the end of each game.

In the other women’s semi the number four seed, teenage superstar Marina Stefanoni lost the first game, but her ability to use the whole court, give away very few errors hurt the visibly tired Ali Thompson. Her huge win last evening against #1 seed Sarah Cardwell took it’s toll. Alison pushed to the limit, and even came within a point from extending the match into the fifth but just couldn’t find the answer against the young American. The four games of brutally hard squash took over an hour. But every minute was appreciated by the Charlottetown crowd..

On the men’s side two highly conditioned athletes put on a show for 70 minutes. The court coverage was spectacular with Chris Binnie covering more court than anyone could imagine for such a big man. The whole match was a back and for forth affair with the quick and well trained French athlete Auguste Dussourd just securing those important end game points. The boys traded blows in all three games, but the little extra speed and timely shot variation paid dividends for the higher ranked player.

The second match between our two tournament ‘old timers’ Shawn Delierre and Jaymie Hatcocks was certainly an exposure to squash of a bygone era. The half second delay in clearing, the exaggerated let calls, wrong path interference and constant dialogue with the referee presented delays which hadn’t been seen all week.

In the end it was Delierre who hit the timely winner or forced the critical error. Again for just over an hour the fans were treated three very slow but entertaining games.

Tomorrow with the men it will certainly be an all french affair… France vs La Belle Province du Canada. And the women will feature probably two future top 10 players. We look forward to the final day of action.

Women's Finals Start at 2.0 pm, Men's finals at 3 Pm Saturday the 28th at UPEI. Come watch the action.

Friday
Sep272019

ASPIN Kemp Pro Event

It was another great evening at the University of Prince Edward Island Squash Center. Eight matches, three of which went the distance and three based upon the August rankings were considered upsets.

We thought that we would be in for a very long night of squash when both court 1 and 2 did not free up until well into the second hour, and these were matches which involved both our number one seeds. In each case our number ones were up against the sixth seed and in each case it was a five game battle.
On the women's side, like the men it certainly could have gone either way, but in this case the lower ranked Ali Thomson from Scotland after surviving a 12-10 victory in the fourth and one match ball in the fifth before she could say that she upset the WR #60 15-13 in 64 min. 
The men's match lasted 10 more minutes but had a different rhythm. No 1 seed and Nash Cup champ Auguste Dessourd could not find an answer for the young speedster from Mexico who just seemed to hit the last good shot every time in those 30 plus shot rallies. But the continued fast pace and long rallies were beginning to take their toll on Camacho. The 21 year old from Mexico City could only come up with 12 points in the next three games. Again Dessourd was in a semi-final.
The middle four matches were certainly quicker and less tense. Marina Stephanoni the world class 16 year old got off to a very quick start winning her first game in 6 min, but then was quickly halted by Marie Stephane in equally quick fashion. But then the two women dug their heels in and played two very tough games, but it was the young speedster from the US who seemed to bear down the best during 'end game' points and proved to be just that little bit better than her French adversary on the day.
It was an upset on paper, but the Egyptian Hana Moataz certainly showed that her ranking will soon displace that of Anna Kimberley who just couldn't make any inroads against the 19 year old who is definitely on the rise. Two relatively quick three gamers on the men's side kept scheduling on time. The veteran Canadian de Lierre just had too many weapons for his younger compatriot Thomas King, as did Caribbean champ Chris Binnie in his match with American Guy Davidson.
The final matches on the program involved our number two seeds Nicole Bunyan and Shah Khan. Khan just got out foxed by the wily ol' Jaymie Haycocks. Haycocks demonstrated his experience when Shahjahan would often get caught in behind the Englishman and then just couldn't deal well with the oncoming variety of shots and pace. It may have been a different story if the younger man was able to have taken the very exciting overtime second game. Now we will have two seasoned pros both over 35 years of age playing the  semis tomorrow evening.
The last women's match of the evening treated the full house to virtually a duplicate of the women's opening match three hours earlier. The #2 seed Canadian Nicole Bunyan was pushed to the limit by the exciting Mexican, Maria Garcia, but this time the higher seeded player was able to pull it out, holding her nerves in a great 11-9 in the fifth decision. 
Here is a pic of the youngest player (16 year old Maria Stephanoni)  and the oldest player (Shawn DeLierre 37) in the draw

 

 

mens division draw https://psaworldtour.com/tournaments/view/9853?tab=mens_main

Womens division: https://psaworldtour.com/tournaments/view/9853?tab=womens_main

Wednesday
Sep182019

2019 Aspin Cup PSA Event - GET YOUR TICKETS BEFORE THEY'RE GONE!!!!

 

The 2019 Aspin Cup PSA Event starts next week. First and second round matches for Men's and Women's events on Wednesday and Thursday are free admission. Tickets and VIP packages are available for Semi-Finals on Friday and Championship on Saturday! Please contact Susie Fraser to get your general tickets or to jump at the amazing VIP Packages while they last!

 


 

Wednesday
Sep042019

2019-2020 Season !!!!

Hi fellow squashers! The season is poised to start. Hope you had a great summer and w look forward to seeing you courtside!!!

please note we are hosting our second annual Aspin Kemp and Associates PSA Squah tournament September 25 to 30. This year we will have a women’s and men’s division. So come on out and watch this amazing talent right here  on PEI.

https://psaworldtour.com/tournaments/view/9853

We will also be running our first fun tournament during this event. We encourage all players to enter. From beginner to seasoned vet there is a spot for you. Junior new players join in as it’s a fun event. All you have to do is sign up and you the entry into this event is free. (Sign up $30 for seniors/ adult and $15 for juniors!)

https://clublocker.com/districts/10330/tournaments?DistrictId=10330&OrganizerType=1&Sanctioned=1&main=tournaments&Status=1

squash programing officially starts in October. We will update the site in the next week or 2.

So, dust off that racquets and let’s get going!

Monday
May202019

PEI Banquet

Hello folks. We've had a busy year. Before we get going with our summer activities lets take a moment to say thank you to all the athletes, coaches, parents and volunteers that helped make our squash season memorable. It is a collective effort and we are truly proud of what we have. Come share some snacks and a drink with us on Friday at 6 pm at the PEI Brewing company (on Kensington Rd). See you all there.

Lester