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!




Monday, April 3, 2017

April Update

Good Morning all,

Another month has gone and it has been another busy one.  Congratulations to Andrew Dalla Bona (above) on finishing 2nd at the Toledo classic.  Believe me after the saturday night party this was no mean feat!

We also had a couple of  home winners at the TTC last weekend.  Tom/Porter and Dean Lansens won the B doubles while Paul Gebrael impressively won the A division playing some great squash!  A Full report can be found on the blog with more pictures. BLOG

Lots of stuff coming up so please read on!

LADIES MORNINGS - TUESDAY'S 9.15AM TILL 10.15AM

This is a growing group and costs $15 per session.  WE are looking at introducing a league in the future.  The picture below shows the sort of stuff that goes on!



 
SUNDAY EVENING CLUB NIGHT/PICK UP LEAGUE
4PM -6PM


Last night saw 12 players come out and join in the first session.  It was a great success and the more people attending the better it will become!  This is a free session for all Gold memebrs and just $10 for everyone else.  The sessions are weekly on a Sunday from 4pm till 6pm.  There is no session on Easter Sunday.  You can register HERE

BEGINNERS CLINIC  SUNDAY APRIL 9TH 2.30PM TILL 4PM

The next beginners clinic is also this coming Sunday.  This is suitable for beginners up to B level players.  Please register HERE.  Cost is $20 plus HST

X BORDER V DAC APRIL 22ND 2PM

It is our turn to host our friends from the DAC on Saturday 22nd April.  You may of noticed that the trophy has not been on our wall for 12 months so I am keen to see it return.  Players of all levels are required to compete against the best our American Friends can throw at us.  Please register HERE both singles and doubles.  I am hoping to turn this into a social with a trip down town after we win!

SPRING LEAGUES

Spring Leagues will start week of 8th May.  I will be sending out a separate email with all the registration forms and dates.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Again a separate email will be out this week to register for this.  Finals day will be Sunday May 14th so please save the date!
TIP OF THE MONTH

The importance of Solo Hitting:

One of the greatest parts of the game of squash is the ability to practice by yourself.  The nature of the game means we can hot lots and lots of balls in a short space of time.  It is this repetition that allows you to make technical changes to your swing and movement.  I think it is important that when you are doing a solo practice you have a clear component you are working on.  When I was younger I would do 3 solo sessions a week.

Another benefit of solo hitting is it improves your control and racket head awareness.  Because you are responsible for keeping the ball alive you develop feel and touch.

The best way for me to give you more information about this is practically so I am running a Solo Hitting Workshop this Saturday at 5.30pm.  This is completely free workshop as part of this Monthly Update.  To reserve a spot please click HERE.

I will cover some basic technical components to practice during solo sessions as well as give you some really good/fun solo drills to do!

As always please contact me with ideas and questions.  Have a good Month


Graeme

Sunday, March 26, 2017

TTC Tournament

 
Henderson vs. Mill
   What a weekend of squash!  130 people participated in the tournament including many out of town players.  The weekend started with the traditional 50/50 draw for the B division.  Entries flooded in and in the end 68 entries were collected.  That meant $340 for one lucky person.  Friday saw many tight matches and a few upsets but for the most part, all the seeds moved on.
     Saturday began bright and early and staying out late Friday night didn't seem to affect most players.  I think this weekend set a tournament record for game 5s, and there were some epic matches.  Luca Dalla Bona was able to recover from a mid-match injury to force Brad Steele into a 5th game.  Game 5 remained tight the entire way.  Luca's retrieving led to long rallies and as the match neared its end, neither Brad nor Luca were interested in risky shot-making.  This led to some of the longest rallies of the weekend.  In the end, Brad Steele was able to hang on for a 13-11 win in game 5.
    In the B draw, Sara Khan battled it out with Andrew Garant.  Andrew returned to the squash scene after a 2 year absence and his style of game hasn't changed.  He chased every ball down, diving all over the court.  This match had big consequences for the 50/50 draw as many people had both of these players winning it all.  However, Andrew's retrieving eventually got the best of Sara in another game 5 extra points win.
     On the other side of the B draw it was the opposite styles of Dean Lansens vs. Usman Khan.  Dean is well-known for his shooting ability while Usman is well-known for his retrieving ability.  This made for a long match that came down to the final points of game 5.  At 11-10, Dean was able to hit one last winner to knock Usman into the consolation draw.  By the end of the matches on Saturday, many brackets were busted.
Open Final
     Sunday started early again.  However, back-to-back late nights out began to show.  Amin Khan and Dan Van Morsel battled it out in the semis of the A and Amin was determined to run Dan around.  Dan however wasn't interested in running and shot the lights out, winning 3-1.  Andrew and Dean met in the semi's with heavy 50/50 implications.  Dean ran Andrew all around the court and had him diving after many balls.  However, Andrew's retrieving got the best of Dean.  On the other side of the B draw, unknown Gabe Boldt from London defeated WSF legend Anis Khan.  This had major implications for the 50/50 draw.  Lee Bissonnette from London had 33 points and had Gabe winning.  Graeme Williams (definitely had insider info) had 33 points and Andrew winning.  Gabe let Andrew run all over the court and just played steady squash, winning 3-1 and helping Lee win $340 for the weekend.
     Doubles matches were close all weekend.  But it seemed liked every doubles match on Sunday was a 5 gamer, causing the doubles court to run way behind.  Rallies were long and points were hard to come by.

A Doubles- Hanebury/Uffleman
B Doubles- Porter/Lansens
Mixed Doubles- Berling/Siedel
Women's Doubles- Guthrie/Elliott

     The Open draw may have been the strongest Open draw we have had thanks to the Western Squash Team.  In the end it was Western #1(David Mill) vs. Western #2(Matt Henderson).  The match saw incredible retrieving ability and great shot-making.  Mill went up 2-0 and had numerous match balls but could not close out the match.  This opened the door for Henderson who won the next two games.  Game 5 was tight and no player could pull away from the other.  Henderson got hot for the last 2 points and finished the match with an impressive cross- court nick.
   
Open- Matt Henderson
Men's A- Paul Gabrael
Men's B- Gabe Boldt
Men's C- Ryan Macvoy
Men's D- Adam Kilner

     WSF juniors were all over the draws.  Some opted to not play in the junior draws and compete in the main rounds.  Their impact was felt throughout all the draws.  Some even showed some promise in the doubles draws.  Vishaal Mehta continues his great season with a win in this tournament.  However, the match of the draw goes to Carter Furmanek and Gavin Chamandy.  At no point were they separated by more than a couple of points.  Extra points was painful to watch as both players deserved a victory.  However, Carter was able to edge Gavin out in the end.  Watching these players rally showed just how good our juniors are.

Complete draws can be found here
50/50 Bracket Challenge can be found here.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Award-Winning Blog

Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to Windsor Squash and Fitness blog over its many years.  The blog has been selected as one of the top 40 best squash blogs in the world by a Feedspot service that rates blogs.