Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Fall Down

Hanebury vs. Ford in the A finals
   Last weekend saw Windsor Squash and Fitness hold its annual Fall Down Tournament.  Over 80 players from Michigan to London took part in the many division being played in this tournament.    In the UK racquetball division, Paul Gabrael defeated Dave Morrish to take home the title.  We weren't sure if Dave was actually playing this weekend as there was not the usual Bengay aroma. 
     In the Junior division Vishaal Mehta was the big winner.   The 40+ division consisted of the usual crowd and led to a usual finals between Dean Lansens and Doug Fields (are they even 40?).  Dean proved to be too much for Doug to handle in the final.   In the C division John Anderson of London staggered his way to the title.  In the B division, it was an all junior semi finals.  In the end, Sara Khan defeated her cousin Usman Khan 11-9 in the fifth.  In the A division, it was an all-London final as Alex Ford took on Brad Hanebury.  Alex proved to have a little more in the gas tank and took Hanebury in 4 games. 
     The doubles was a very popular draw this weekend as many juniors signed up for it.  In the mixed draw it was the brother/sister team of Ryan Guthrie and Hannah Guthrie that defeated a Luca DallaBona/Aparna Maheshwari team in the finals.  The B winner was none other than Doug Fields and Steve Allen.   In the A doubles, the favourites Eugeni/Uffleman continued their winning streak by defeating Hanebury/Bogden.   All in all a great weekend of squash.  Let's just say it was a good thing the clocks went back this weekend. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Junior Gold

   107 of Canada's best juniors descended on Windsor this weekend to battle it out for squash supremacy.  As this tournament is a world junior designated selection event for players looking to represent Canada in international tournaments, we had players from PEI to British Columbia enter.         
     Matches lived up to their expectation beginning with the first matches as the action was fast and furious with very few players walking away with easy wins.  23 of Windsor's players took part in the action led by Amin Khan (U15, #2 in Ontario) and Ananya Maheshwari (U13, #5).  Amin was playing up in the U17 division and Ananya was looking to continue her solid play in the tough U13 division. 
     Sara Khan started off the tournament against Marlow Benson (#3) and got out to a quick 2-0 lead.  However, Marlow clawed back and was able to take the match 11-9 in the 5th.  Phil Dimitrov dug deep and pulled out a gut-wrenching win with an 11-9 win in the 5th game.  Vishaal Mehta easily cruised into the second round with a 3-0 win.  Aaron Nagy continued his strong play and advanced into the main round for the second tournament in a row.  Amin and Ananya also moved on to the 2nd with wins. 
      Saturday proved to be a long day of squash with matches beginning at 8:30 and continuing right into the evening.  Of all our players that moved on to the main round, only Amin and Ananya continued into the main draws.  However, that didn't stop the great play going on in the consolation.  Vishaal and Aaron both advanced to the con finals where they lost tough matches.   The match of the weekend was a standing-room only match of Amin vs. Nikhil Ismail (#1).  There were many long rallies with great retrieval and shot-making.  Amin kept the Windsor crowd on the edge of their seats as the match went down to the wire.  Unfortunately, Amin could not hang on, losing 11-7 in the 5th.
     The favourite part of this tournament is the Saturday dinner catered by Windsor Palace.  Over 200 people attended including representatives from the City of Windsor, Squash Ontario, Squash Canada and other local dignitaries.  The juniors presented a thank you video to Graeme and Dave for all their hard work.  The highlight of the night was when Anis took the mic to announce raffle winners.
Players who did extra reffing had their name put in a draw for an iPhone.  The iPhone was won by a very excited Shirin Batra from Toronto.  However, Anis was not done.  All parents who attended the dinner had their names put into a raffle for a laptop.  Petronella Nbende of Toronto was the lucky recipient.  And last but not least, all the coaches were put into a raffle for a Microsoft Surface Pro,  which was won by Squash Canada's Steve Wren.  Steve was kind enough to re-donate to a junior which our very own Phil Dimitrov.  All of these items were donated by Ciena Healthcare.  It was a great evening that left many people talking about what a great event Windsor puts on.
     Although Sunday saw many tired players, the level of squash remained high.  Amin finished in 4th place and Ananya played amazing in the finals but couldn't hang on to win her first U13 title.  The girl's U19 final lived up to its expectations.  Brooke Herring of British Columbia defeated National Champion Charlotte Orcutt 11-9 in the 5th.  The boys U19 final was expected to be a close math and that is was.  National Champion Akasham Rajagopaul vs. U17 National Champion, George Crowne.  The match was never separated by more than a couple of points.  Both players showed great shot-making and amazing retrieval skills but what stood out the most was the high level of sportsmanship.  George was able to pull it out 11-9 in the fifth.
     Windsor was spoken very highly from all out of town participants and events like this really help put Windsor on the map as a destination to come to.  Thank you to all the members that were inconvenienced this weekend.  Thank you to all the members that came out to watch.  Pictures from this weekend can be found here and complete draws can be found here

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Canadian Team Championships


Squash Canada is thrilled to announce that the Windsor Squash & Fitness Club (WSFC) will host the 2018 Canadian Men’s and Women’s Team Squash Championships, and in an unprecedented move in Canadian squash, will offer significant prize money.  From February 16-18, 2018, the WSFC will welcome Canada’s top players as they represent their home Province/Territory in hopes of capturing the separate men and women teams’ national titles.
“We are extremely honoured to have been awarded the 2018 Canadian Team Championships,” said WSFC Head Professional Graeme Williams, upon the awarding of the Championships.  “As a club, it will allow our members to enjoy top level squash and hopefully inspire new people to play.  For the players, we hope to put on an event they enjoy, one that will bring out the best in them. We are thrilled to be offering the most prize money in the events history.  All of which would not be possible without the incredible investment our sponsors and supporters have put into the development and growth of squash.”
Thanks to championship sponsors and enthusiastic squash supporters, the championships will be a history-making event, awarding total prize money of $21,000.  The 6 gold medal finishers will each receive $2,000, $1,000 will go to each finalist and each bronze medalist will receive $500.
Over the past twelve months Squash Canada has taken many steps to increase the prestige of its eight national championships held annually.  Securing host clubs, like the WSFC, who not only bring first-class facilities but a passion and commitment to executing top-level events has helped achieve this.
“We could not be more excited to work with such a high-quality host to present a bigger and better squash event for these Championships,” said Squash Canada’s Executive Director, Dan Wolfenden.  “I commend Tournament Director, Graeme Williams and the WSFC community for having a bold vision for the event.  Securing sponsor and donor support to be able to offer a purse of $21,000 is a significant step in growing the event and ensuring that top Canadian players will be there to perform at the highest level. Equally important, it shows athletes that clubs across the country are filled with people who have the leadership and ambition to further the growth of the sport of squash.”
National Team Athlete Representative, Samantha Cornett, appreciates what this means for competing athletes. “This is going to be a great event.  Securing this amount of prize money will definitely draw the top players. With that, comes the opportunity to provide valuable head-to-head matches for the national squad members, as well as some of the top junior players,” she said.  “What are great opportunity this will be for Canadian squash to be in the spotlight in a growing squash market.  And I personally can’t wait for the other athletes to find out just how awesome it is to play in front of the ‘squash-mad’ members of the Windsor Squash & Fitness Club.”
The Canadian Men’s and Women’s Team Championships is a high-calibre event in which 3 men or 3 women of each provincial/territorial team, as well as a Canadian Armed Forces team, play head-to-head, one player at a time, with the team who won the best of three matches being credited with the win.  The timing of the event has moved from its traditional spot in early January to the February 16-18 dates, which is a protected date by the Professional Squash Association (PSA), and will therefore be free of PSA World Tour conflicts for the many Canadians who compete professionally.
“On behalf of the proud sponsorship group, we, along with the Windsor Squash and Fitness Club and its members, and the City of Windsor, are proud and excited to host this event,” said Dr. Darin Peterson, of the Windsor Family Health Team.  “For the first time, the championships will have several financial and food sponsors that will make it an incredible event for both players and fans.  We are also excited to confirm that we will be offering free admission to the public.  This will undoubtedly help grow the fan base and awareness of the sport in Windsor.  We encourage all to come down to the WSFC and join us in celebrating this national event in February of 2018.”
The 2018 event will be one of the most exciting to date so get ready Southwestern Ontario, Canada’s best squash is headed your way!  As more event details are secured they will be posted on www.squash.ca/events.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Gary Waite #1

    This Sunday was the beginning of the Gary Waite junior squash tour.  The Gary Waite tour has been around for years and is designed for beginning players looking to get into tournaments.  Some of our juniors made the trip down the 401 to Chatham to play in this event.  While, for many of them this was their first tournament, it didn't stop them from playing amazing squash.  In the under 10 division, none other than Maisie Williams took the title.  Imagine that.  Jacob Bhatti brought home the 11-13 title with a great win.  The 14+ division was won by Gabe VanMorsel (home court advantage :)) with a convincing win over Carter Furmanek.  Congratulation to Subhan Khan for winning the 14+ consolation.
     Thanks to Dan VanMorsel for hosting this event and Gary and Holly Delavigne for putting it on.  Next event is Nov 15 in Sarnia.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Junior Gold #1

        This past weekend was the start of the junior squash season with the first event being held at
Mayfair Parkway in Toronto.  The first tournament is always an interesting one with players moving divisions, some getting back from taking time off and some improving immensely over the summer.  Our juniors worked hard all summer and were looking forward to seeing if all their training would pay off.  The tourney started with the always tough boys U17 draw.  Luca Dalla Bona and Aaron Nagy both opened up with wins.  However, both drew a seeded player the next round and were relegated to the consolation draw for Saturday.  Jagroop Bhangoo put forth a valiant effort in his match but unfortunately, could not pull out a first round victory.  Amin Khan was the #1 seed in the U15 draw and he easily rolled to victory.
     We had 3 girls competing in the combined U17/19 draw,  Sara Khan, Hannah Guthrie and Mackenzie Elliott.  Mackenzie played a strong first round match but could not pull off a victory.  Sara Khan was dominate in her match, easily moving into the second round.  Hannah lost her first match 12-10 in the fifth.  Ananya and Aparna Maheshwari rolled to victory in their first matches in U13 and U15 respectively while Vishaal Mehta lost against a very tough opponent.
     Saturday saw a lot of squash played.  Amin continued to cruise through his draw until the semis in which he played an incredibly long 5-game match in which he pulled it out 16-14!  On to the finals for Amin.  Ananya and Aparna made it all the way to the semi's where, despite a high quality of play, neither could get into the finals.  Almost all of our players went deep into the consolation draw and managed to stay out of the bronze draw.  This is a big improvement over last season.
     Sunday had many of our players still playing.  Hannah was able to avenge her first round loss by beating the same girl she lost to Friday night in the consolation finals.  Ananya and Aparna both ended up placing fourth in their respective divisions.  Amin went on to capture the U15 title in a convincing manner.   Well done to all.  Complete results can be found here.  Next tourney is Oct 13, 14, 15 in Windsor.  Come out and watch some of the action.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Summer Gold

Nikki Todd (Team Canada), Luca Dalla Bona, Ariel Mccuaig
     Many of our juniors have been training hard this summer attending many camps and training sessions, including a great camp this past week.  Not only was the camp full but the calibre was very high with some out of town players, one even as far as from Ecuador.  It didn't hurt that some of the Team Canada girls were seen around the club the last couple of weeks.  To cap off all this training Squash Ontario ran its first every summer Gold circuit series with the last stop being Windsor.  There were many top-ranked players in this tourney and there were no easy matches for anyone.
     In the girls draw, Aparna Maheshwari played Ariel Mccuaig (Toronto) in the finals.  These two have met before and every match has gone the distance.  Today proved no different.  Unfortunately our hometown favourite couldn't get past Ariel's shot-making in the 5th game.
     In the boys draw we didn't have to worry about cheering for a hometown favourite because both boys were from Windsor.  It was the 400th time Aaron Nagy and Luca Dalla Bona have met in a tournament.  And just like the girls final, the result was anyone's guess.  The match saw long rallies with great retrieving and of course, 5 games.  Luca squeaked it out in 5th for tournament victory.
     Well played by everyone this weekend in the tournament.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

4th Annual WSF Golf Tourney

The most interesting squash coach in the world 
(take your pick)
  This year's edition of WSF Summer Solstice did not disappoint.  At first, it looked like we might be rained out but the squash gods were on our side as the rain seem to fall all around us.  80 golfers descended on Rochester determined to bring it to its knees.  However, only one foursome would prove to be worthy of that (no Al, Mike and Barry, it wasn't your group).  The winning foursome and a repeat winner from last year was Michael Sovran, Ryan Klokman, Rich Kennedy and Chalen Fecteau .  They must be getting tired of going to Red Wings games courtesy of Riverview Steel :)

2nd Place ($50 gift certificates to Windsor Squash and Fitness)- Will St. Aubin, Matt McEachran, Aaron Gillis, Jamie Revait

3rd Place ($50 gift certificates to Rochester Golf Course)- Kevin Furmanek, Stan Furmanek, Mark Stone, Graham Duguid

1st Junior Team (movie passes + golf balls)- Navtej Bhangoo, Jagroop Bhangoo, Nick Dimitrov, Phil Dimitrov

1st Mixed Team ($25 gift certificates to Parkside Grille)- Lou Prantera,

Most Honest Team (Comedy Quarry tickets)- Brian Porter, Dave Porter, Tom Porter, Thiago Fagionato

Men's Longest Drive ($50 gift certificate to Rochester Golf Course)- Trevor Scarfone

Women's Longest Drive ($50 gift certificate to Rochester Golf Course)- Kathy Brown

Men's Closest to the Pin ($50 gift certificate to Rochester Golf Course)- Dan VanMorsel

Women's Closest to the Pin ($50 gift certificate to Rochester Golf Course)- Heather Scott

     After golf we were treated to some great Parkside Grille food while we auctioned off a record number of items.  Thanks to the generous support of those listed below as we had many auction items. There was something for everyone.
     During the awards ceremony we had the appearance of a special guest.  He didn't have a lot to say, he just kept an eye on things.  However, he let loose when the music started, thanks to DJ Mike Melee.  Dancing and partying continued late into the evening.  Pictures can be found here.
      Thank you to the generous support of the people below.  This event continues to grow and the juniors thank you for their support.  This money goes to support our junior program in a variety of ways such as subsidized clinics for those that need assistance, subsidized lessons, coaches clinics, tournaments, travel, yearly bursary for graduating players, attire.
Thank You!!

Hole Sponsors

RJO Holdings Ltd- DBJ Enterprises (Lou Prantera), Riverview Steel (Andrew Dalla Bona), Vista Solutions (Dean Scarlett), Jeff Derochie Appraisal Services, Radix (Nick Dimitrov), South Windsor Animal Hospital (Chris Chamandy), Laurel Health Care, Siena Health Care, SAZ Consulting Group (Anis Khan), Gerald Duthie, Global Textiles, Rochester Place, Eddy's Bistro, Windsor Machine and Stamping, Shelley Automation, Ground Effects (Jim and Heather Scott), Mobials (Brad Hanebury), TAB (Peter Wares), Windsor Squash and Fitness, Robinson Trucking, Provincial Pharmacy, Breadth Consulting, RBC, All Dressed Windows, Syles Mechanical, Fratelli's, Kam Tool, Lakeshore Student Landscapers (Berto Mill), Valente Travel, Kam Tool, Friends of WSF (Carlysle D'Souza, Wayne Carroll, Mike Melee, Ross Melee, Neil McTavish, Maheshwari's.

Auction Items

Graeme Williams, T-Sports, Dave Morrish, Windsor Squash and Fitness, Rockhead, Dave Porter (Hiram Walker), Carizma Hair Salon, Dan Kane, Home Hardware LaSalle, Jacob's Boutique, MSC Industrial, Will St. Aubin, Zayaa, Chrysler Theatre, Erin Porter, Seaa Couture, Steve DeMarco, Michael/Maria Marcon, Family Style Deli, Gina Facca (Lakeshore Cinema), Matt McEachran (Centerline), Jeff Derochie, Elisabeth Bistrev, Carol Higgins (Vollmer), WFCU, Riverview Steel, Courtney Rivait, Jesse Balkwill, Arthur Nagy (CAPS Canada), Syncreon