Center Court

Thursday
Oct052017

HOUSE LEAGUE KICKS OFF!

 

Last evening saw the first of two fall editions of Squash PEI get underway with some great matches. Early in the program it was the Black Hawks doing battle with the Rangers. This match up was highlited by the battle at the #4 postion between Robert Blanchard of the Hawks and Rangers Jeremy Stiles. Robert new to house league action played gave throughout and gave Jeremy fits. But it was the fifth game that drew the crowds around court three. After 15 min they had each had match balls and no one could predict a winner. It wasn't until it was 12 all when Jeremy could string two winner together and claim victory and the extra point for the Rangers.

The Leafs, Red Wings encounter was unfortunately marked by a few 'no shows' but the Leafs demonstrated a very tough bottom of the order with convincing wins by Delores Crane and Dan Larter. As well this 6:30 match also demonstrated the growing maturity of 14 year old Liam Jinks. He was very convincing in his win at the #1 position over the always tough Dakota Cameron.

But the best was saved for last in the Canadiens/Bruins matchup. Eight of the nine matches were played and half of them went the distance. Theatre and restaurant entrepeneur Campbell Webster narrowly got by Paul Gallant, veterans Steve Bruce and Lyndon Oulton battled to the last few points when Steve claimed victory for the Bruins. At position #4 it was a US college rivalary between Tara Taschio (Colby) and former Dartmouth coach John Power.  Tara valliantly came back from a 10-6 deficit in the 5th to tie the score, but only to fall 14-12 to the 'ol man'. The best may have been saved to last. In fact most everyone had gone home when after trading games for almost an hour favoured UPEI student and a much improved A player in the province Nathan Phillips was on the edge of going down in the fifth to newly arrived doctor from Thunder Bay, Matthew Twitty.  Nathan summoned all his resources and claimed the predicted victory 12-10 and made the score Canadiens 29, Bruins 21. It was the end of a good first night of the season and signs of terrific squash every Wednesday at the SPA.

RESULTS:

BLACK HAWKS 8 RANGERS 16

Lester Jinks v Emma Jinks PP

Zach Stevens v Pierre Ansellem PP

Bruce Johnson v Andy Gallant PP

Robert Blanchard 2 Jeremy Stiles 3

Robert Sharkie v Robert McNevin PP

Ryan Blanchard 1 Malcolm Rollings 3

Cory Stevenson 0 Phillip West 3

Nick Farquason v Jo Spencer PP

Solange Sharkie 1 Kelly McWilliams 3

 

LEAFS 21 REDWINGS 10

Liam Jinks 3 Dakota Cameron 0

Benoit Sampson v Ken Sampson PP

Derek Gallant def. Chris Toleman DEFAULT

Olivia Phillips v Nick Campbell PP

Mike Irwin 1 John McLeer 3

Greg Mills  lost to Dan Lazerotos DEFAULT

Dylan Power def. Joey Parent DEFAULT

Delores Crane 3 Seanna Evans-Renault 0

Dan Larter 3 Erika Groman 1

 

CANADIENS 29  BRUINS 21

Nathan Phillips 3 Matt Twitty 2

Lyndon Oulton 2 Steve Bruce 3

Brian Ashby 3 Logan Anderson 2

Tara Taschio 2 John Power 3

Wade Gaultier v Shawn Hughes PP

Josh Corkum 1 Enrique Riverall 3

Campbell Webster 3 Paul Gallant 2

Rhonda MacLean 3 Sheila McIver 0

Julie Gaudet 3 Mohammed Ghander 1

Wednesday
Oct042017

World Squash day (at the Spa)

Thanks to all the volunteers and participants who made it a great success!!!!

 


 ....also want to welcome our newest squash baby

Nora Bruce and congrats Kady and Steve

 

 

Friday
Sep222017

World Squash Day (at the Spa)

Friday
Sep222017

First (fun) Tournament of the Season

Wednesday
Sep202017

New Squash 2017 president's challenge

Dear fellow squash player,

 As the new Squash PEI President I am so excited for this 2017 season!  We want you to have a GREAT squash season!  My challenge to each and every player is this - this season, call a coach and have a lesson, and play in at least 1 tournament.  It’s fun and you will see why the squash and the squash crowd is so amazing!

 We are hosting, in conjunction with the rest of the people on this planet, a World Squash Day celebration.  PEI’s will be at the Spa.  It takes place on Saturday, September 30th.  Admission to the courts is FREE (thank you, Colin).  This will be a great opportunity to register for the season.  Registration includes the programs at the Spa, the League, and yes, even for the first tournament! 

 Here’s what you need to know:

What: Squash PEI World Squash Day celebration

When: Saturday, September 30th, from 1 to 4 pm

Where: The Spa, Charlottetown Mall (free admission for squash)

Why: Register for the season and…fun activities on each court:

   Court 1: Get on court with a champ for cardio squash (what a work out!!!)

  • Court 2: Free short 5 minute + lesson / a tip / some fun instruction / get the technique sorted on the reverse boast!
  • Courts 3 and 4: We will enrol you in a short spontaneous fun handicap tourney (1 every hour). A few condensed games with fellow players, prizes may include a squash ball, a coveted 2011 collectors t-shirt, and - of course - a highly sought after squash grip!!! 

 Between all this mayhem, we will get you registered for the season!

 A few other updates:

  • Our website is now up to date and we encourage you to check it out: http://squashpei.org.
  • John Power is back in a big way and we appreciate his experience and talents as a coach for all levels.  John will join Derek, Andy, and BJ who have done a fantastic job working with our Juniors.
  • The league will have 2 sessions before Christmas and we would love you (no matter your skill level) to try it.
  • Squash PEI will be using new software (SportyHQ) that simplifies the registration process and tournament process.  It integrates with fellow Atlantic Provinces and makes everything from programming, to rankings, to tournaments so much easier.
  • The first fun tournament, aptly called The Rust Remover, will be free if you have paid your registration, or, if you like, is $30 and includes your SquashPEI membership.  The tournament runs Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th of October.  It’s a fun event with newbie divisions for adults and kids.  Give it a whirl.  I promise you, you will love it!  Includes fun prizes and snacks and the inevitable squash butt!

  • Also, it’s back - the coveted Geezer Goblet has been discovered cowering in Lester’s closet. While I (Lester) will no longer be eligible to challenge for it as it’s for the 55 and over champ (and I’m way too young), it begs the question…does Gordie still have it, or is the dark horse Hamil going to steal it away…?

 See you court side.

Cheers

Lester (Squash PEI President)