5 weeks down and 5 weeks to go! Every match counts now. We have some close battles and reminder that there is still a number a make up matches that need to take place so everything is up for grabs. A reminder the playoffs is top two teams in the East play top two teams in the West for the Semi-Finals in the playoffs. It is going to go down to the wire.
WEEK # 5 RESULTS
5:30pm HEAT vs HURRICANES
This might be a first. We had a few players recovering from injury and one noshow. So the Heat can can thank Malcolm Rollings for stopping by on Wednesday for a hit and a point.
Heat win 1-0!
6:15pm DIVERS vs SURFERS
This was all Divers! 5/6 matches were played and the Divers won all 5 matches 3-0. We started off early with two of the top players in the Maritimes as Mitch Chaisson (Surfers) battled Connor Jinks (Divers). This 6:15pm League Night Match was a rematch of the Junior Fundraiser Men's A Final, in which Jinks took that final in 5 games winning his first ever A Final! 4 days later (on this very night) he came out on top again defeating Chaisson 11-5, 11-5, 11-6. Side note, another 4 days later at the Moncton Squash Club Jinks made it 3 for 3 in a week against Chaisson and winning the Men's Open Final in the process. WHAT A WEEK FOR CONNOR!
Other matches for the night. Brooke MacMillian making his level 3 debut after moving up a few days prior and picked up a 11-7, 11-7, 11-1 victory over Matthew Ramsay. So with Brooke successful in his first match since promotion over on Court #1, the recently demoted Tara Tischio obviously made easy work of Andrew Avery at the same time on Court #2. Liam Jinks and Jack Digout helped complete the sweep for the Divers who won 25-5 on this night and moving into a tie for the lead in their division!
7:00pm STORM vs TORNADOS
It is safe to say the Tornados have been on of the more successful teams in the first 4 weeks of play, but despite another strong performance on this night, the red hot STORM ended the 4 week run on this night! Greg MacGuire has been leading the charge all along but fell short to Lester Jinks in the opening match of the draw. The adopted Jinks (Luigi Collechia) has been making the most of his first Squash experience and came out over Solange Sharkie 14-12, 12-14, 11-7, 11-4. Derek Lawther and Daniel Lazerotos also picked up wins for the Storm. The Tornado's success of the night included Enrique Riveroll over John MacAleer in an exciting 5 games, as well as Emma Jinks victorious over Derek Gallant. Storm win 24-16 and continue their run on top of the Eastern Conference.
7:45pm LIGHTNING vs THUNDER
They may not have won every match 3-0 like the Divers did earlier in the evening, but the Lightning did go a perfect 5 for 5 on the night and has kept a very close 3 way race alive in the West Division. The night started with Robert Blanchard defeating Wade Gauthier in 4 games and then the rest of the Lightning victories were all in 5 games. Bruce Johnston defeated Brian Ashby 11-9, 11-13, 11-8, 4-11, 12-10. Rhonda MacLean defeated Jo Spencer 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9. Ryan Blanchard defeated Trevor Cudmore 12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-9 and the night wrapped up with Commissioner Sampson defeating Jonathan O'Keefe 11-7, 10-12, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, Lighting win 25-14.
So after 5 weeks, here are the standings
1st - Storm (83 points)
2nd - Thunder (64 points)
3rd - Surfers (50 points)
4th - Heat (45 points)
Tie 1st - Tornados (80 points)
Tie 1st - Divers (80 points)
3rd - Lightning (74 points)
4th - Hurricanes (34 points)
Again, don't be discouraged on certain standings. Still half a season left and a number of make up matches to play. Opportunites are endless here!
A reminder that SPA Club Championship is this weekend (Feb 26-27) for just $10.00 per division. Sign up by Wednesday at 11:30pm.
So until Wednesday night, train hard, have fun, and if someone is hogging your court............ you really don't have to question it now because Mitch just did over all the lights in Court #1........ it is definitely Ken Sampson! Just kick him out!
See you next time!
Deputy Commissioner Avery