Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 8:12AM


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’ for the detailed scores of each match.

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