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.  

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!


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.




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


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.


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!


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.