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
The last two Squash PEI Tournaments for the 2015-2016 season are both open.
SPA CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
The SPA Club Championship is being held February 26 & 27. This is a closed event for members of the SPA Total Fitness Centre. Draw is open until 11:30pm on Wedensday, February 24. Follow the link on the top left under tournaments to sign up. Registration is only $10.00 and includes steak and fries dinner on Saturday afternoon immediately following the final matches at Hil's Sports Bar!
2016 PEI OPEN
One of the last major events on the Maritime Circuit leading up to Atlantics is the annual PEI Open, being held March 10-13. Registration is just $30.00 for adults and $20.00 for Juniors. Those eligible for a 2nd division are welcome to sign up at just $15.00 additional cost. Please indicate in the remarks section when signing up what your first choice is should we only be able to offer each athlete BONUS FEATURE FOR SQUASH PEI NEWCOMER JUNIOR ATHLETES! Those who have been participating in Junior Beginner and Junior Intermediate lessons this season with Lester Jinks, BJ MacLean and Shara Cody that have never played a tournament before or have participated in other tournaments for the first time during this 2015-2016 season will receive FREE admission to the PEI Open. Those athletes can sign up for Junior Bronze or Junior Silver. We look forward to potentially welcoming some new athletes to the tournament scene and showing them how great the Squash community really is. DEADLINE to sign up is Sunday, March 6 at 11:30pm! See you there!
Successful return for Buchanan
O'Leary native wins sixth straight Mill River title
MILL RIVER - One of the most successful players in the history of the Mill River open squash tournament came out on top again.
It was a sixth consecutive Men's A Division championship for 31-year-old Mike Buchanan. The O'Leary native, who took up the sport as a teenager 18 years ago, put forth perhaps his most impressive effort yet.
Buchanan's run to the title started with a quarter-final win over Greg McGuire of Summerside, followed by a semifinal victory versus longtime rival Mitchell Chaisson of Souris later in the day.
Buchanan then won the tournament by defeating Halifax's Graham Kerford the following day in a rematch of the 2015 final. Scores were 11-2, 11-5, 11-6.
Overall, play was contested in eight divisions.
The father-son duo of Phil and Luke Burton of Fredericton, N.B., won the men's B and C categories.
The younger Luke won a five-player by going 4-0 (won-lost) in the round robin against opponents Jeremy Stiles, Andre Howard, Mary Andrews and Justin Saulnier.
Phil posted wins over Eric Melanson and Simon Petipas before defeating Sebastien LeBlanc in the final.
Burton's C title gave earned him a ticket in the Men's B Division. LeBlanc's runner-up finish also met the requirements of advancing as well by winning the men's C title at the Charlottetown Aspin Cup tournament in November.
Wins two divisions
Marcel Petipas of Dartmouth, N.S., went a perfect 6-0 to win two divisions - Men's D and junior.
In women's action, Orshy Torok won the B Division by defeating Jennifer Cantwell 3-1.
The C division had Suzette Myers went undefeated in the round-robin format in the C Division, and Leanne Huck of Halifax also was undefeated in the round robin to claim the D title.