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