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Tour de Moncton a Success!

Squash PEI was very well represented at the 2010 Moncton Open last weekend at the Moncton Squash Club.  Highlights of this year's edition were:

  1. Liam Jinks inks his first tournament championship in the Junior Bronze division  - picks up a plaque and a prize - fantastic work by our youngest player - nice job and great "court-warming" Liam!!
  2. Quincy Beck builds on last week's runner up effort in Halifax to win her first Ladies A Championship in a five-game stress-fest with Emily Terry.  Both players were at the top of their game all weekend, and the final was no exception - great match girls - congratulations on the win Quincy!
  3. Sam Lawther continues her winning ways in Ladies B division, pulling out the win over friend and perpetual rival Eli McKenna.  Once again, a five-game battle - close and hard fought - Sam gets the win - way to go Sam!
  4. Eli McKenna gets the runner up prize for her match with Sam and also picks up the Consolation prize in the Junior Silver division - great tourney Eli!
  5. Grace Sullivan returns to the fold and grabs some hardware for winning the Consolation B prize - welcome back Grace - well done!
  6. Darren Chaisson goes the distance in the Men's B final, battling with a determined Theo Petropolis from Halifax.  This match was filled with amazing shots, great reach, and lots of controversial lets - a great job of refereeing by our own Derek Lawther.  Theo comes out with the Championship and kudos for fair play, and Darren comes out with the "most improved trophy" - great match Darren!
  7. Theo proved to be equally as challenging for Nick Trainor in the Junior Gold Championship - taking Nick in a fact-paced match - good effort Nick!
  8. The Sampson family makes a full-force appearance with Ken, Natalie, Jordan, and Benoit all putting in solid performances - Jordan comes out with the Consolation prize in Junior Silver for his efforts!
  9. The "Sweetheart Award" goes to Kim Baglole for donating her Consolation Ladies A prize to Cam Beck - thanks Kim - you're a sweetie!
  10. And last, but certainly not least - the Tourists of the Year Award go to Ryan Knockwood, Shara Cody, Steve Bruce, and Nicole Blanchard.  After the tournament social "evaporated", the fearless foursome set out on a "Cash Cab" tour of the Greater Moncton area in search of a social.  As it turns out, they found one at the Rodd Park House - where "many good stories were told"!

All in all - another great weekend.  Terrific facility, terrific squash, terrific fun, and lots of memories!  Thanks to Chris Hanebury and all the volunteers at the Moncton Squash Club for hosting!


Aspin Cup Deadline!!!!!

The deadline to register for the Aspin Cup is today, Monday, November 8th at midnight! You're not going to want to miss this one so get your name in ASAP! Matches will start on Friday, November 12th and finish on Sunday, November 14th.

There has been lots of banter around the courts about who is going to pull out "upsets" at this year's edition of the Aspin Cup.

We have a great social planned - with a secret "entertainment treat" for you - keep an eye on this site for more details as the week goes on!



Sport Fair in Action!

Ryan Knockwood and John Power are putting some prospective squash players through some drills at the 2010 Provincial Sport Fair mini-court.

According to Ryan, there was lots of interest in the game, and lots of great competition at the court!

Nice job guys!


New Player of the Week !

He leaps - he flies - he almost jumps buildings in a single bound .... No, it's not Superman, it's our New Player of the Week - check it out in the right side panel ! 


Islanders "Represent" in Halifax

The Island contingent did a great job of representing Squash PEI in Halifax this past weekend.

Here are a few highlights: (Our next Player of the Week will come from this group - keep an eye out!)

  1. Connor Jinks pulls out the Championship in Junior Silver and loses a 5-game heartbreaker in the final of Men's D, to an opponent at least twice his size - great matches Connor - well done!
  2. Not to be outdone by her big brother, the "ever-smiling" Emma Jinks pulls off a major upset - coming up with the championship win in the Ladies D division - great job Emma!
  3. Eli McKenna has a great tourney, taking out the top seed in Ladies B, before losing to Emily Terry, who went on to win the Division - that hard work is paying off Eli.
  4. Quincy Beck wins her first Halifax A Division match and almost a second, falling to Niamh Campbell in a hard fought 5 gamer.  After Niamh withdraws with a back injury, Quincy advances to the Ladies A final against Halifax veteran Janet MacLeod - well done Q.
  5. Our very own player-coach extraordinaire John Power goes through to the final in the Vets Division, falling to a skillful and fit Tom Long of Moncton in a great match.
  6. Our Men's A Champ Mike Buchanan battles all the way through a tough A division, making it to the final against a rock-solid Matt Bishop.  Mike takes a game but goes down in 4 - next time Mike!!

To all who made the trip - congratulations on a job well done.  It was great squash and great fun!

Looks like we will have an even larger contingent in Moncton this weekend - let's go get 'em!!