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Monday
Nov262018

Super League Round up

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… .Cornwall vs Souris

 

Nov. 20    Cornwall vs O’Leary     Stratford vs Souris

 

 Nov. 27    Souris vs O’Leary         Stratford vs Cornwall 

 

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

 

 

 

STANDINGS/RANKINGS

(effective November 14)

 

 

STRATFORD     24

O’LEARY           22

SOURIS       16

 

CORNWALL      15

 

 

 

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

 

 

NAMEMATCHES/GAMES WONMATCHES/GAMES LOST

 

1.LIAM JINKS3/91/7

 

2.MIKE BUCHANAN3/81/5

 

3. MITCH CHAISSON1/83/9

 

4.NATHAN PHILLIPS1/73/11

 

5. MATT TWIDDY3/110/3

 

6. LESTER JINKS (#2)3/101/6

 

7.KEN SAMPSON (#2)1/93/9

 

8.LYNDON OULTON (#2)1/53/10

Monday
Nov262018

Island Super-league week 4

BUCHANAN/O’LEARY GET REVENGE

The second half of the Island’s first Super League got underway last evening and the big question was ‘could Liam Jinks backup his first ever win over Mike Buchanan?” and could Stratford duplicate their convincing win over second place O’Leary?

As per the initial script ‘OI’ Man Jinks kicked things off with Lyndon Oulton and was just too sharp. But to Lyndon’s credit heendured very difficult driving conditions to arrive right on time from SummersideHe just couldn’t quite duplicate the high level of play which he showed the previous week in his win against Ken Sampson. 3-0 for Stratford.

Mike was definitely up for this one. He hadn’t lost a match on the Island in a very long time, but then three weeks ago it was a 15 year old who finally did the trick. He was determined not to let it happen again. He was more aggressive with his play, attacking at every possible opportunity. It worked, 30 min. of tough squash and Mike Buchanan claimed an 11-9, 11-6, 12-10 and O’Leary, a 5-3 team victory.

 

Meanwhile on court 4 we had another split victory, and turn around turn around wins at both positions. Regular Cornwall #2 Matt Twiddy was able to do what his replacement Benoit Sampson could not do for the Souris team, and that is beat the always tough Ken Sampson. Matt got off to a slow start, going down 8-1 and eventually losing the first one 11-6. He gradually began to extend the rallies and wear the older Souris #2 down. He cruised to a four- game win, 11-8, 11-2, 11-7.

No one was prepared to make a prediction between Nathan and Mitch, it just was so close the first time around. Mitch is the oldest of the number one players, but he just seems to be getting better with age. Last night the Souris number one was simply the steadier player making virtually no unforced errors and spending most of his time on the T, winning in three and gaining 5 valuable points for his team. Final score: Souris 6, Cornwall 3.

 

RESULTS:

SOURIS 6  CORNWALL 3

Mitch Chaisson d. Nathan Phillips 11-4, 12-10, 11-4

Matt Twiddy d. Ken Sampson 6-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11=7

 

O’LEARY 5  STRATFORD 3

Mike Buchanan d. Liam Jinks  11-9, 11-6, 12-10

Lester Jinks d Lyndon Oulton  11-5, 11-5, 11-4

 

 

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Sunday
Nov252018

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.

 

Saturday
Nov242018

Island Super League week 3

WEEK #3 ISLAND SUPER LEAGUE

 

RESULTS:

 

STRATFORD DEF. CORNWALL   5-3

Liam Jinks d. Nathan Phillips 11-5, 11-8, 10-8

Matt Twiddy d. Lester Jinks 11-8, 11-8, 13-11

 

O’LEARY DEF. SOURIS  8-2

Mike Buchanan d. Mitch Chaisson 11-1, 11-9, (11-6), 14-12

Lyndon Oulton d. Ken Sampson (1-11), 12-10, 11-9, 11-7

Tuesday
Nov062018

Super League Week 2

WEEK #2     STRATFORD REMAINS UNBEATEN

After two rounds of play the Stratford team of Liam and Lester Jinks remain in first place and undefeated in the Island Superleague. This week on court #4 they met the Souris team of Mitchell Chaisson and Ken Sampson. As per league protocol the teams #2 lead things off. Father Jinks squeezed the first game out versus Ken in extra points and kept rolling in the second. But the import from Rustico wasn’t about to lay down and came storming back and captured the next two games. Almost an hour later we were now into the fifth, and it was anyone’s game as the score went back and forth right up until 12 all, it certainly was anyone’s match. And on this occasion it was Stratford’s Jinks' who got it done. 3-2 Stratford.

The #1’s took the court. Of the top echelon it was the oldest versus the youngest and the question of whether Liam could live up to his fantastic performance of the week before.  Mitch was taking the ball early, volleying whenever possible and had Jinks very much on the defensive much of the time. But after four tough games they were all equal and like the preceding matchthey went five.  This time it looked like a sure thing for Souris as Mitch went up 8-3 and 10-6, but it was just not to be. Liam found a way, he saved 5 match balls and walked off still undefeated at the number one position, and added 5 more points to the Stratford total.

While the Souris/Stratford drama was happening on the court next door O’Leary and Cornwall were fighting it out. Matt Twiddy who was playing his first match in the league was just too steady for O’Leary’s Lyndon Oulton. Matt dropped the first game but came storming back to win convincingly 3-1. Mike Buchanan is not accustomed losing, but the younger generation of players are certainly making it difficult for him to keep up his domination. Tuesday evening it was Nathan trying to duplicate Liam Jinks upset from last week. Indeed he was close to forcing the match into the fifth but Mike held on to win the fourth 13-11 and the match for O’Leary

 

STANDINGS WEEK #2

STRATFORD -  16

CORNWALL –  9

O’LEARY -         9

SOURIS -           9