Monday, June 5, 2017

June Monthly Update

Good Afternoon all,

I can't believe we are already into June.  The season is nearing a close but we are planning lots of activity to keep those interest busy over the summer.  Please keep reading for more details.  

VOTE FOR WSF!!
 
Please click on the link to vote for our club to become a squash skills sponsored club.  One of our juniors has been busy promoting and asked me to send the link!  http://wshe.es/TBKzmJOD


CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to all the Club Champions for the 2016/17 season.  The final draws can be found HERE.

Club Champion this year for the first time is Kevin Furmanek who beat Paul Gebrael in 4 close games.  The A Doubles and Junior Final is yet to be played.  Pictures of winners from the day can be found HERE

Overall I was a little disappointed in the turn out for the Finals day.  The Club Championships should be the finale of the season and over the past 5 years I have not been able to get the response I have been looking for.  If anyone has any ideas feel free to stop me at the club and pass them on.


UK RACKETBALL V CABOTO CLUB Friday 23rd June 5.30pm

Our annual match V's the Caboto Club is Friday 23rd June.  We invented the game and last year they beat us!  We need revenge!  Anyone interested in playing should complete this form.  MATCH V CABOTO  I am looking for 10-12 players.

SPRING LEAGUE UPDATE

The final week of play for the Spring leagues is the week of 26th June.  There will then be 3 weeks of play offs with the final being played on Friday 28th July.  If you have not already payed please do so this week.


PAUL HORNSBY SUMMER COACHING SEMINARS

I am delighted to announce Paul Hornsby will be attending the club this summer to help with one of my Junior Camps.  Paul is the former New Zealand National coach and currently works with Paul Coll who is flying up the rankings and Joelle King who has been a top 5 player.  While he is here he is running some of his internationally acclaimed Coaching Clinics.  Paul has been delivering these in New Zealand, Australia, England and the USA.  They are relaxed, informative and you will go away with handouts from the sessions. These are great for players, Coaches and anyone who has an interested in further developing their understanding of the game.  Each clinic costs $40 or you can attend all 3 for $100.  The Poster can be found HERE.  You can see there are various topics covered at each clinic.  If you have any questions let me know.  To Register Click HERE.

SUMMER LEAGUES

The die hard summer league starts on Monday 31st July.  Match days will be Monday 31st July, Tuesday 8th August, Monday 14th, 21st and 28th August with finals night on Friday 8th September.  It is a team run event with matches lasting 20mins total.  You keep your score and the team with most cumulative points is the winner.

REGISTER HERE

JUNIOR SUMMER CAMPS

We still have spaces on our Junior Development Camps.  Paul Hornsby will be assisting with Camp 3.  31st July to 4th August and this is suitable for all players except those in Performance 1.

CAMP DATES

REGISTRATION

ADULT BEGINNERS CLINIC

I am running a beginners/intermediate clinic every Wednesday during July.  The clinic will run from 5.30pm till 7pm and the cost is $60 for all sessions.  To Register Click HERE

ADVANCED CLINIC

For the first 4 Wednesdays in August I am running an advanced players clinic.  Again all sessions will be 5.30pm till 7pm and cost is $60 plus HST.  Click here to reserve a spot.

WSF SUMMER SOLSTICE GOLF TOURNAMENT.  July 22nd 

Thanks to the organizing committee we are over 75% full for this seasons event.  You can still register using this LINK.  All details can be found HERE.

Anyone interested in sponsoring or donating prizes please let me know!

WEEKLY SESSIONS IN JUNE

Mondays at 9.15am till 10.30am we have a woman's morning.  
This is for players of all levels.  Cost is $15 plus HST

Thursdays at 9 till 10  we have Dave's Diagnostics.  
This is a new clinic open to all.  Dave will organize games and answer any questions and help give you tips and practices to improve your game.  Cost is again $10 plus HST.

Thursday's at 11.30 till 1pm we are starting a noon pick up league.  
This is based on the Sunday evening one we have been running (see below)  You just turn up and Graeme will organise matches and join in the fun.  This is a way to get more people playing different people in a fun fast paced environment. Gold Members are Free while everyone else pay $10 plus HST 

Fridays 6am till 7.15am Early risers.
 A chance to come in and practice with our juniors.  Cost is $10.

Sunday Pick Up League:  
This is a hugely popular addition to our program.  You turn up between 4pm and 6pm and play loads and loads of matches.  The coaches join in and help make you work!  Cost is free for Gold members and $10 for everyone else.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Club Championships


    You may, or may not, know that the 2017 Club Championships has been taking place over the past 3 weeks.  Players scheduled matches on their own until, or if, they reached the semis.  At which point they were all played on Sunday.  Sunday's matches all lived up to expectations.   Competition was intense and there were no easy points.
      Newcomer Sahil Khan edged out Darren Brown in an intense C final.  The B division was dominated by juniors as Jagroop Bhangoo and Sara Khan met each other in the finals.  Sara was just dominate as she kept Jagroop under pressure and forced him into too many errors.  The A final saw perennial finalist Paul Gabreal vs Kevin Furmanek.  Both players had to defeat juniors in the semis to make it to the finals.  The rallies were long and both players were moved each other all around the court.  Unforced errors down the stretch by Paul allowed Kevin to sneak out the 4th game and a 3-1 win.  The Women's draw was also dominated by juniors.  Hannah Guthrie and Sara Khan met each other in the finals.  Sara continued her Sunday dominance with a solid 3-0 victory.  Al Valente was able to edge out Dean Lansens in the 40+ finals.   
     In the B doubles draw, Amin Khan and Ryan Guthrie met the tough family team of Nagy/Nagy.   The match had many long rallies but in the end Khan/Guthrie ended with Nagy reign with 3-1 victory.  The mixed doubles draw was won by Grace Kim and Dan Petoran over Porter/Porter.  Something tells me they will have a hard time defending that championship next year.  A doubles is to be decided on another date.  Complete draws can be found here
     All in all it was a great day of squash and thank you to Carrie Furmanek for the barbeque and baked goods.  Until next year.  

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Grade 3 Squash Festival

 
   Sunday was a very busy day at the club with the finals of club championships (more on that later) and the Grade 3 Squash Festival.  Graeme and Dave have been visiting schools since after Christmas and have been working with Grade 3 students in these schools.  They set up temporary courts and run a league much like ours.  The top male and female players from each school were invited to come to Windsor Squash and Fitness today and compete for their school.  22 students and their parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters showed up to cheer on their children.
     The level of play was amazing and after an hour the each division was down to the top 4.  No surprise that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as Maisie Williams won the girls division.  The winner of the boys division was Chandan from Tecumseh Vista.  However, the focus was on fun and competing for your school.  The winning school was Giles Campus with a dominating performance.  I am pretty sure that we will have some new juniors starting in the fall......

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May Update

Good Afternoon all,

I trust this email finds you well.  The end of season is approaching and there are lots of events coming up.  The Club Championship Draws are out with the Finals Day set for Sunday May 28th.  The Juniors will be running a BBQ for all players/members to enjoy.

Draws Can be found HERE

The Spring League schedules have also been sent out.  All Leagues start week of Monday 8th May.  The ladder is still a little light in numbers.  It would be great to see more people using this feature.  You can register for all singles ladders HERE.

The Doubles ladder is slowly taking shape.  The current leaders are Caille and Furmanek who destroyed Morrish and Williams before nailing their position at the top by beating Guthrie and Allen.  Think you can do better?  Register HERE.

Have a great month!!


 
UPCOMING EVENTS AND CLINICS IN MAY

BEGINNERS CLINIC  SUNDAY MAY 7TH 2.30PM TILL 4PM. 
 Register   HERE

As well as the club championships beginners clinic and leagues we also have lots of other weekly activities.

Mondays at 9.15am till 10.30am we have a woman's morning. 
This is for players of all levels.  Cost is $15 plus HST

Thursdays at 9 till 10  we have Dave's Diagnostics. 
This is a new clinic open to all.  Dave will organize games and answer any questions and help give you tips and practices to improve your game.  Cost is again $10 plus HST.

Thursday's at 11.30 till 1pm we are starting a noon pick up league. 
This is based on the Sunday evening one we have been running (see below)  You just turn up and Graeme will organise matches and join in the fun.  This is a way to get more people playing different people in a fun fast paced environment. Gold Members are Free while everyone else pay $10 plus HST

Fridays 6am till 7.15am Early risers.
 A chance to come in and practice with our juniors.  Cost is $10.

Sunday Pick Up League: 
This is a hugely popular addition to our program.  You turn up between 4pm and 6pm and play loads and loads of matches.  The coaches join in and help make you work!  Cost is free for Gold members and $10 for everyone else.  REGISTER FOR MAY HERE

 
WSF GOLF SOLSTICE 2017

The 2017 WSF Golf Solstice has been set for July 22nd at Rochester Place.  Last year we sold out and we are again capping the entries to 88 players (12 foursomes).  I think those who were there last year will all agree that it was an amazing day and great social event to be part off.  All proceeds from the day go to the Junior Fund which has done some amazing things this past 12 months.

The full day of Golf and meal is $125 and we also have a dinner only option which is $40.

Registration is first come first serve so please sign up early to avoid disappointment.  You can see more details HERE.  to register click the REGISTRATION button.  If you have any questions please email Craig Guthrie.

If anyone wants to donate prizes or sponsor a hole which starts at $250 please speak to Craig.
TSPORTS PRO SHOP CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS SALE

Throughout the duration of the Club Championships T sports is offering 20% off all rackets and shoes we have in stock.  This gives you the opportunity to pick up some amazing deals.  Please get in early while stocks last.  Contact Graeme if you have any questions.

Any equipment we have to order during this time will not be considered for the sale.
JUNIOR SQUASH CAMPS

Registration for our Camps this year is going really well.  Please pass on to anyone you think may be interested.  The Camps are ideal for any ages between 6 and 18 all standards.  The development Camps include other activities such as Baseball, basketball,tennis, ping pong, soccer and badminton as well as squash.  If you recommend a friend then you get 10% off your registration fee, if 2 friends it goes up to 20% off.

CAMP SCHEDULE
CAMP REGISTRATION
TIP OF THE MONTH

Following on from the hugely popular solo practice clinic last month I am offering a Pairs Practice clinic this Month.  The clinic will show you some really useful practices as well as give pointers on how to practice effectively with a partner.  In order to run smoothly I am asking you to register with someone of a similar level to yourself.  The clinic is Free and will run from 5.30pm to 7pm on Saturday 27th May.

Register HERE

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Jim Mason Cup


   Jim Mason left an indelible mark on Squash in Ontario.  He was a passionate advocate of students in high schools playing squash.  Hence, the Jim Mason Cup.  This event has been held every since the mid-80s and currently Executive Squash and Fitness is the host club.  While it is not currently a sanctioned OFSAA sport, efforts are being made to make it one.  This year 16 schools and 150 players took part in this event.  From Essex County we had 3 schools send a team to the tournament, Kennedy, Massey and Tecumseh Vista.   All told, we had 34 players from this area playing.
     The tournament is divided into male/female, junior/senior, ranked/unranked divisions.  All players earn points toward their team's total.  At the end of the tournament, each school's highest 6 points are added up to determine the winning school.
      Kennedy was returning to this tournament for the second year in a row.  Grace Kim has been working with the players for two years now and you could really see the improvement in their play.  Her top male player finished 21st in a draw of 64 players.  Gina Marinelli was the sole female representative from Kennedy and this year she moved into the more challenging ranked draw.
     Massey is a growing team and one that will be very good in the near future.  Idrees Syed made his tournament debut and despite losing a couple of close matches early,  he came on strong at the end, winning his last two matches to finish 45th out of 64 players.  Zhara Khan won the consolation draw, Alex Mroczkowski finished 6th of 63 players in the seniors boys unranked draw and Sara Khan was her usually steady self, finishing 2nd place in the tough girls ranked draw, while Mackenzie Elliott finished 4th in the same draw.  With only 5 players that was still enough to earn Massey an amazing 5th place.  Look out for them next year!
     Tecumseh Vista entered a large team (22 players) and had players in every division.  This tournament even brought Berto Mill out of the woodwork.  Despite not playing a squash match since last year's tournament, Berto picked up where he left off and managed to make it to the finals of the senior ranked draw.  Berto finished 2nd while Kabir Bhangoo finished 3rd and Ryan Guthrie finished 5th.  Jagroop Bhangoo also finished with a strong 5th place performance in the Junior Boys draw.  Luca Dalla Bona won in an exciting and standing room only final of the junior draw.   Hannah Guthrie finished 3rd in her division.
     In the unranked division, Colin Moore placed 5th, while Simone Jankuloski also finished 5th and Rajan Sandhu finished 3rd in their respective draws.  You would have thought that would be good enough to bring home the trophy but Lawrence Park(Toronto) completely dominated every single draw and won easily.  Despite a very strong performance, Tecumseh Vista finished in 2nd place.
     This year they also added a doubles event.  1 team/school.  Ryan and Kabir represented Vista.  They made it to the finals where they ran up against none other than Lawrence Park.  If a match can represent the weekend this was the one.  Despite playing great, they lost 15-13 in the deciding game.
      For me, this is the most fun tournament of the year.  Teams show up to watch their teammates play, cheer loudly and clearly are having a great time.   The highlight of the weekend for me was the Colton Allen (Kennedy) and Jack White (Vista) match.  For only a team of 5, Kennedy managed to cheer the loudest (see Instagram post).  Every single player from this region demonstrated exemplary behaviour on and off the court and represented our region in a very positive manner.  Pictures from this event can be found here and complete draws can be found here.  Squash Ontario's recap can be found here.




Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Essex County High School Championships

 
   Windsor Squash held its 3rd annual Windsor schools championships last Friday. 21 players (15 boys and 6 girls) battled it out in various divisions with the top 4 from each school scoring for their school. The Ontario ranked players were not involved in this one but will be playing in the Ontario high school championships in a couple of weeks.  Everyone played round Robin matches to see which division they would qualify for.  Gina won the girls and Colin Moore won the boys. Vista managed to reclaim the title they lost to Kennedy last year.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Ontario Junior Open

     This for me (David) was a break through tournament in the sense that Windsor Squash really competed in every age group. For the first time we had 7 players make it through the first round (Amin, Usman, Sara, Jagroop, Aparna, Ananya and Natasha). Kabir, Ryan, Aaron, Niki, Manaav, Phil, Luca, Vishaal and Mackenzie completed the Windsor Squash contingent. Luca rolled his ankle in his fist match and was unable to finish the tournament.
Mackenzie lost a tight 5 setter in the bronze U17 final as did Aparana in the U15. Natasha won the U17 cons and Amin made it to the main semis of the U15. 

     Windsor won big as Aparna Maheshwari and Amin Khan won the William Bannerman Spirit of the Game Award.  Established in 2016 by the Bannerman/Crossman family, this award is presented annually to the junior player in Ontario who best represents the values of William Bannerman by playing with the utmost sportsmanship and respect for the game, and who has a genuine love and joy of the sport that is infectious. The award recipient will be a junior player who is likely to play squash for life, encourage and coach others of any level and be a humble and enthusiastic shepherd of the sport. This player is not necessarily someone who has achieved high performance success, but someone who will clearly impact the sport and other players through his or her "spirit of the game". One male and one female will receive a $250 bursary each.  Congratulations Amin and Aparna in representing Windsor squash!