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Islanders Shine at Nova Scotia Open

Eight young Island squash players made the trip to St. Mary’s University courts in Halifax to compete against contemporaries from the other two maritime provinces.


The PEI contingent was primarily made up of players already selected or still vying for a spot on the 2019 Canada Games Team. This tournament served as a great training vehicle as the games are only three months away.


The three selectees on the boys side all competed in the gold division which is made up of the very best players from each province. Our only nationally ranked junior boy, and also one of the very best senior players in the province, Liam Jinks, cruised through the draw to the final before bowing out to Doug Kosciukicwicz. Doug is two years Liam’s senior, has graduated and currently is taking the year to concentrate fully on his squash. The NS #1 didn’t have an easy time of it. He defeatedLiam in three very tough games: 13-11, 11-9, 11-6. The PEI #2 and #3 Thomas and Michael Cheeseman played some very good squash over the two days, especially the older brother Thomas who lost to Liam and the New Brunswick top player Eric Melanson to finish in fourth place.


In the very interesting silver division where there was a great deal of parity, not only among the three youngest boys on the PEI training squad seeking that fourth spot on the CG team, but also the other half dozen players in the draw. When all was completed late Saturday afternoon, Tobias Cheeseman and Charlie Peacock were undefeated with the exception of the very tough Emmett Workman and finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Ajit Balasundaram split his matches and came home with some very valuable experience. 

On the girl’s side PEI was missing their top two players. Number one Emma Jinks is away studying and playing squash at the University of Virginia, while #2 Olivia Phillips was under the weather throughout the week and chose not to participate. The already determined back half of the girl’s team is made up of Maria Cheeseman and Lindsey Drover, like Ajit, they haven’t had that much off Island junior experience, but performed admirably.


The one non-Canada Games Island player competing in the Open was Will MacLean. He demonstrated why he will be leader in four years when the Games returns to the Island. He finished in the top half of a very good bronze division.


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