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





Monday, June 26, 2017

End of Season Junior Party

Aaron Nagy (winner), Kabir Bhangoo (finalist)
     On Saturday Graeme & Dave hosted the year end junior squash party.  60 players showed up for the festivities.  The afternoon started off with the Club Championship junior final between Kabir Bhangoo and Aaron Nagy.  The match lived up to expectations.  Both players began attacking and retrieving right out of the gate.  Too many mistakes by Kabir led to a Game 1 win for Aaron.  Aaron came out attacking in game 2 and Kabir could not respond.  Kabir finally his groove in Game 3 and turned the tables on Aaron as Aaron was the one making uncharacteristic errors.  Game 4 was all Aaron.  He came out attacking and Kabir had no answer.  Congratulations to Aaron for his second Club Championship win!
    After the match Graeme & Dave moved on to end of year awards.  Male Player of the Year in the Development group went to Jacob Bhatti.  Jacob made great strides to improve his game this year.  He was frustrated with losing so often that he sought out assistance to make his game better.  He has worked very hard and is now on a 4 week winning streak!  The Female Player of the Year in the Development group went to a relative newcomer, Lena Ferrante .  Although she may be a newcomer she has squash in her blood as she is cousins with Mackenzie Elliott.  Lena works hard every lesson and never complains about how hard the work is.

Lena Ferrante, Serena Marcon, Nathan Brockenshire, Jacob Bhatti
   In the Performance group Male Player of the Year is Nathan Brockenshire.  Nathan has completely embraced the struggle.  He works hard every lesson, comes out and solo hits, seeks advice from the coaches and heeds that advice.  Nathan has also spearheaded the Squash Skills campaign for our club.  The Female Player of the Year in the Performance group is Serena Marcon.  Serena is a talented multi-sport athlete that is improving by leaps and bounds.  Serena takes the game serious and is always working to get better.  Well done award winners!!!
     Since this is the last session of the year, we are saying goodbye to some of our juniors as they graduate high school and move on to other things.  Colin Moore (moving to British Columbia), Berto Mill (football at Western), Kabir Bhangoo (Ottawa University and hopefully starting up a squash team), Gina Marinelli (St. Clair College for Accounting),  Ryan Guthrie (St. Clair College for Graphic Design).  One of the goals of the Junior Committee is to provide our graduating juniors with an educational bursary.  The committee is proud to say that this is the second year that we have been able to honour this.  Of course, doing things like this would not be possible without the incredible support of the members.
Gina, Berto, Colin, Kabir, Ryan
     After awards it was an afternoon full of fun games put on by the older players.  Thanks to Carrie Furmanek for organizing the food for the afternoon.  Pictures of the day can be found here.  If yours son/daughter is interested in enrolling in the fall clinics, you can download sign up forms here.  If you are interested in any of the camps, they can be found here.  

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!




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.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Update

Good Day All,

2017 is accelerating by.  I cant believe we are already in March.  Lots has happened already and we have much more to come.

Congratulations to our own Kevin Furmanek and Andrew Caille who won the B Doubles event at the DAC.  They looked in impressive form all weekend and won the final 3-0 in some style.  Grace Kim won the recent Woman's A Challenge title with Tammy McDowall taking the B division title.  Amin Khan also picked up 2 runners up titles at the last 2 Provincial Events.

Thanks you to everyone who brought in their bottles for the Junior Bottle Drive.  We raised $500 which is slightly more than last year and will go along way to helping our juniors with tournament costs or lessons costs.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TTC AT WINDSOR SQUASH AND FITNESS 24TH - 26TH MARCH.

The deadline is fat approaching for our last tournament of the season.  You can register by clicking on the link below.  We are looking at hosting lots of out of town talent again so why not join in the fun.  Their is a category for all from Beginners to open players.  TTC REGISTRATION


BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE CLINIC SUNDAY MARCH 19TH 4PM - 5.30PM  $20 PLUS HST

The next clinic is set for Sunday 19th March.  You can reserve a spot by using the link below.  It is suitable for beginners and B level players.  BEGINNERS CLINIC

PICK UP LEAGUE - NEW PROGRAM SUITABLE FOR ALL PLAYERS

Starting Sunday April 2nd we are running a pick up league for players looking to get more games and meet new players.  This is free for Gold memebrs and $10 for everyone else.  You basically confirm your attendance and then are matched with players of similar skill level each week.  If successful we will keep running and maybe add other days/times.  You can register with this link.  APRIL 2nd Pick Up League

ADVANCED DRILLS division A3+

I had lots of requests for advanced drills.  I am pleased to inform you these will run on Saturdays from 5.30pm till 7pm.  I need 4 people to make them work.  The first date is Saturday April 8th.  Click Here to reserve a spot.  Again if popular I will carry on running.  ADVANCED DRILLS.  Cost will be $15 plus HST

FIND AN OPPONENT USING GAMETIME

This is a cool feature that is a great tool for those of you looking for matches.  When you book your court you simply click "invite players" from the type: menu.  You then add your name and a description of the type of game you are looking for.  You then book and the court will turn orange on the main screen.  It will stay that way until someone accepts it and adds their name.  As a way to get people using this I have booked a court on Wednesday 8th at 4pm.  The first person to accept it will get a free lesson!
LADDERS

Not many of you have joined the new ladders.  Please take advantage of this feature.  You can register for the following:

SINGLES
UK RACKETBALL
DOUBLES


If you need any help with these let me know

Tip of the month

ip of the month  THE GRIP  for some reason this was missing from the last email!




This month I want to talk about the grip.  I spoke about this many moons ago and just recently in my coaching and play I have gone back to basics.  For me the grip is what connects the racket to the rest of your body and you need an appropriate grip to allow your racket to become part of you rather than something that is simply stuck on the end of your hand.

The grip is what gives us control over the racket face and allows us to control the height/pace/spin and direction of the ball.  Like with anything it takes time to master but I promise if you improve the way you hold the racket you will improve the way you move, the accuracy of your shots, increase your options and also get tired less!!

Movement:  When we walk and run in a natural, relaxed way the momentum from our feet on the ground moves up the body and into the arms.  This results in a rhythmical swinging of the arms.  If you clench your fists or carry a heavy weight in your hands you reduce this arm swing due to tension in the muscles.  If your grip is relaxed then when you move around a squash court you will be able to use this momentum from the floor to help prepare your racket effortlessly and create a better al round flow.  If your grip is tight then you will dampen this momentum meaning you arm is working in isolation every time you prepare to hit.  

Accuracy:  The correct grip will allow you to be more accurate in all the shots that you play as well as open up new shots into your game.  If you are holding the racket correctly your fingers will be the main contact point and this will enable more touch and feel.  You will be able to add more tension when needed as well as manipulate the racket face more when  hitting the ball.  Here is a great video explaining the grip in more detail.

THE GRIP

As always fee free to grab me around the club to go over this further.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Gold #4

      This weekend 11 of our juniors competed in the fourth gold event of the season at the Toronto Skating Cricket and Curling Club.  Friday night was quiet a busy night at the club as they had a doubles Pro-Am, a PSA event and the Junior Gold going on at the same time.  Even Gerry Dee made an appearance.  This event turned out to be the biggest junior event in a number of years as 150 players competed.  Friday didn't end for Windsor until 11:00 because, as luck would have it, Alex Mroczkowski, in his first Gold event, was the last match of the night.  
       After the first round matches only Amin and Luca won to stay in the main round of their respective 
draws.  Luca played a phenomenal first round match against a very tough opponent.   He hung tough in 
game five and kept pressure on his opponent, forcing him into many errors.  
       Day 2 saw matches start early in the morning and we were warned that 155 matches had to be played 
in one day so to anticipate delays.  By the end of the day, courts were over 2 hours behind and again 
Windsor was playing one of the last matches of the night.  The Windsor players played great on Saturday. 
 Jagroop was a tactician on the court, moving his opponent from front to back and side to side and 
dominating much of his match.  However, a few bad breaks in the final game led to Jagroop losing the 5th.  
Aparna showed much improvement by taking an opponent she had previously lost to in 3 to the 5th 
game this time.  Hannah demonstrated great perseverance in her match after going down 2-0 to come back 
and win in the 5th.  Ananya proved that she is not at all out of place in the U13 division as she ended up
winning the consolations.  Phil disposed of his Saturday opponents with his deft touch and retrieving ability. 
Ryan's retrieving and deadly shots caused his opponents all kinds of problems in the U19 division.  Usman
was as entertaining as always as he frustrated his opponents (and sometimes spectators) by chasing 
down every ball and never giving up.  Subhan, while new to gold tournaments, proved that he is ready to 
play at this level.  
       Of course, Windsor had the last match of the night with Sara Khan.  Her 7:30 time turned into 10:00.  It
 was great to see all of the juniors hang around to watch her play.  Sara was up against a formidable 
opponent.  She played great, using her power to move her opponent all around the court.  However, in the 
end it wasn't enough to take the match.  
      Despite the late Saturady finish, Sunday was another early start.  The highlight of the day was definitely
 Amin playing in the U15 final.  It was a great match that had long rallies, great shot-making and amazing 
retrieving.  Unfortunately, Amin's opponent was just too consistent and eventually forced Amin into 
uncharacteristic errors.
     All in all, the juniors played amazing this weekend.  The best part was the support and camaraderie 
that the kids showed each other throughout the weekend.    Final results can be found here.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Diego/Walker Exhibition


This past Wednesday night welcomed a great night of squash with Diego Elias, the 20 year old Peruvian World Junior Champion (fresh off a win over WR #6, Marwan Elshorbagy in the Motor City Open) and Alister Walker (former WR #12 from Botswana). The night started off with the pros helping Graeme and Dave with a junior squash session with the emphasis on their favourite shots (lobs and the backhand kills).  Some juniors had the chance to play a game with either Diego or Alistair!
After that, four of the highest bidders had the opportunity to play softball doubles with Alister and Diego, our pros (Graeme and Dave). The matches were, Graeme/Jeff Derochie vs. Alister/Luca Dalla Bona and Diego/Aaron Nagy vs. Dave/Nick Dimitrijevic. This time, beauty had beaten age in both first round matches which led to a Diego/Nagy vs. Alister/Dalla Bona matchup in the finals.  After many entertaining rallies between the two teams Alister/Dalla Bona managed to win the final match.  
Finally, the pizza arrived and the real fun began. The match between the two pros started with a bang. Tight drives, perfect drops and rolling nicks were being hit from the onset of the match.  With the match tied at 2, the intensity and quality of rallies increased even more.  The amount of shots these two players got to was incredible! Just when you thought the rally was over one of the players would get to a shot you never would have thought they’d get to. In the end, Diego Elias managed to win the match. Thank you to everyone that came out to support this event, and to all the sponsors and to Graeme and Dave who put on this amazing event!
Here is a link to all the pictures.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bottle Drive

It's that time of year again to drop off your empty bottles at the club for our annual bottle drive.  Bottles will be collected until January 21st.  You can leave them in the room by the entrance.

Bottle Drive