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Thursday
Nov292018

PEI Super League

STRATFORD – O’LEARY MAKE FINALS

 

The final week of the double round robin play confirmed the present standings and placed the Mike Buchanan and Liam Jinks teams into the finals next Tuesday at 7:30 PM.

Unfortunately, the high anticipated rematch of Mitch Chaissonand league’s top player Mike Buchanan was not to be. Mitch was too ill this week to make an appearance resulting in Souris #2 Ken Sampson taking on the daunting task of upsetting the very consistent Buchanan. Called into action was the fast improving junior player, Thomas Cheeseman to play backup man for the Souris team. He started well in each of the first two games but couldn’t quite match the fitness, speed and variety of shots of Lyndon Oulton displayed at the end of each game. Two three – love matches on court 4 and quickly into late evening practice 3’s.

Pic of Lyndon the speed demon, the man without a face (Ken), and The mighty Mike.

Meanwhile on court 3 it was a totally different affair. The very tough father/son duo of Lester and Liam Jinks were up against the undefeated Dr. Matt Twiddy and the very talented Nathan Phillips. Well, as the second match next door was concluding we still didn’t know who would garner the three points at #2 for their team. It was an extremely well played 5 gamer, and 10 minutes into the fifth one couldn’t predict a winner. It went extra points with each player looking at match ball, but Lester didn’t need more than a second chance to claim his first win over Matt. 3-2 Stratford when the two youngest players on the rosters took the court.

Nathan came out looking very sharp not only in his new electric purple “Paul Coll” Eye shoes, but he was demonstrating good tight length coupled with his always very exciting short game. But it wasn’t to be: Liam fresh off a runner-up placing at the NS Junior Open and playing with tons of confidence was not shakenby Nate’s excellent play. Each game was dead even for the first half and then the 16 year old seemed to find another gear in every game except the third when just couldn’t find a way break Nathan’s excellent attacking game. Yes, almost an hour after the O’Leary win the Stratford #1 walked off with his 5 points 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6.

Nate the great (AKA wolverineman), Liam full of Love.

All teams will be in action next Tuesday evening to claim their share of the cash prizes. But the O’Leary/Stratford confrontationon court 3 at the Spa for the very first Super League Championship will be a treat. See you there.

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 (3-5).Cornwall vs Souris (3-6)

 

Nov. 20    Cornwall vs O’Leary (3-5)    Stratford vs Souris (8-2)

 

Nov. 27    Souris vs O’Leary   (0-8)      Stratford vs Cornwall (8-3) 

 

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

 

 

 

FINAL STANDINGS/RANKINGS

(effective November 28)

 

 

 

STRATFORD    40

O’LEARY           35

SOURIS       22

 

CORNWALL      21

 

 

 

 

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

 

 

NAMEMATCHES/GAMES WONMATCHES/GAMES LOST

 

1. MIKE BUCHANAN5/171/5

 

2 .LiamJinks5/151/8

 

3. MITCH CHAISSON1/94/12

 

4.NATHAN PHILLIPS1/115/17

 

5. LESTER JINKS (#2)5/161/9

 

6. MATT TWIDDY (#2)3/131/6

 

7.KEN SAMPSON (#2) (1 match @ #1)1/104/12

 

8.LYNDON OULTON (#2)2/83/10

 

 

Monday
Nov262018

Squash Cancer Event at UPEI with CeeJay Amadi, UPEI, and Squash PEI

We are playing the sport we love and raising money for cancer research at UPEI on December 1st and 2nd  in the Chi-Wan Young Sport Center.

Only $20 to play and part of your registration will go towards the Canadian Cancer Society.

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.