I hope that everyone is having a wonderful summer and that you’re ready to get back into the “swing” of things for this squash season! I would like to take this opportunity to let you know about the upcoming events that will be happening at the Pickering Squash Club. There is lots of information below so get out your calendars and book off these dates!
Monday Night Singles House League
The Monday night singles house league will be starting on Monday Sept. 18th. I have just posted the sign up sheet on the board across from Court 4. There will be limited spots available so if you don’t have a chance to get to the club in the next two weeks, send me an email and I will sign you up!
Singles Rules and Refereeing Clinic
On Monday Sept. 11th at 7:00pm, we are hosting a rules and refereeing clinic for all levels located in the upper floor meeting room. I strongly encourage every single player to attend! The clinic will cover strokes, lets, no lets, the turning rule and so much more. I am hopeful to see all our T&D and house league players out for this clinic.
Wednesday Night Doubles House League
The intermediate doubles house league will be starting on Wed. Sept. 20th. This is for everyone with or without experience to come out and enjoy this awesome game! You may sign up with a partner or we will do our best to pair you up. If you will not have a chance to make it to the club, send me an email and I will add your name to the list.
Tuesday Night Doubles House League
This is for competitive players that participate in OSDL and tournaments throughout the season. There will be limited spots available and a “try-out” may be scheduled to decide which teams will be participating. If you are interested in playing, add your name/partners name to the list posted outside the doubles courts.
Side note: I have been playing doubles squash for about 10 years. I absolutely love the game. I love the partnership of working as a team, the strategy of having four on a court and the benefits of getting a great work out. If you have never played, I encourage you to give it a try and find out for yourself just how much fun this game can be!
Sat. Junior Squash Program
The Saturday junior program is for kids ages 6-14 who are interested in learning this sport. The program runs for 8 weeks on Saturday mornings from 10:30-12:00. We will be starting on Sat. Sept. 16th. I still have spots available but they are filling up fast. Please contact me if you would like to sign someone up or if you are interested in volunteering your time to help out. I really do count on the help of volunteers to keep this program successful and I would really appreciate anyone who would like to volunteer their time on Saturday mornings to help me out.
T&D Squash League
For those of you who are interested in participating in a competitive/social league I have posted the sign-up sheets in the hallway just outside the singles courts. Registration deadline is fast approaching so please sign up asap so we can decide which divisions we will be participating in this season.
Squash Day in Canada – Sat. Sept. 30th
All over the country, passionate players will be celebrating this wonderful game we play. I will be organizing a fun, non-competitive event in Pickering and I encourage everyone to come out and share their passion for this sport. More details will be coming soon!
Harvest Hit Doubles Tournament
Singles Drop-in Round Robin – Thursday Nights!!
Our singles drop-in round robin is Thursday nights on courts 3 and 4 from 6:00-7:00. This is a fun, non-competitive atmosphere and I encourage all levels to come out and enjoy a good workout and a chance to meet some new players. All levels are welcome, no sign up required.
Beginner Ladies…this ones for you!
I will be running a free beginner clinic for all women in the Pickering area that would like to come out and learn the game. Non-members are welcome! The goal for this clinic is to recruit new players to this wonderful game. The clinic will be held on Sunday Sept. 24 from 2:00-4:00. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to sign up or if you know someone who may be interested in coming out!
Lastly, we have a fantastic website. Be sure to check it out at http://pickeringsquash.club
See you on the courts!
Congratulations to Shan De Mel and Marc Lafontaine for winning the Wednesday Doubles House League. Finalists were Heather Swartz and Dan Samoyloff.
Congratulations to Jonathan Puddy and Pat Foster (Subbing for Savio Dias) for winning the 2017 Intermediate Doubles House League. Finalists were Mark Rohlehr and Bill Robb.
Jonathan Puddy and Pat Foster.
The Freedom 55 Doubles Squash group had some fun on March 17th celebrating St. Patrick’s day.
Here they are after they got into the Guinness.
The F55 Group plays Doubles every Friday from 8:30 to 10:00 AM. If you would like to have some fun playing Round Robin Doubles Squash, stop by any Friday morning to the Doubles Courts.
On February 3rd to 5th, the Ontario Veteran’s Doubles Championships were held at the Toronto Racquet Club. In the Men’s 55+ category our own Eric Dunn and Mike Tanner won 3-2 over Greg Lloyd and Namsoo Oh.
Congratulations to our Champions.
The Lee Hanebury Memorial Tournament is over for another year and by all reports was a resounding success. Participants and organizers all report that they had a great time and can’t wait for the next tournament presented by the Pickering Squash Club.
Draws and results can all be found on the Squash Ontario Website HERE.
An aspect that impressed me was the way our doubles participants wore matching outfits so that the referees could easily identify the team partners. The woman usually do but this year the men were equally as fashion aware. Here is a good example.
Thanks to Danny Paloucci and Robert Dubé.
Participants of the game of squash cover all ages. A highlight of the matches was when 9 year old Tyson Schiele and his Dad, Craig Schiele, took to the court. There were cheered on by all watching.
Another highlight of the weekend was the annual CALCUTTA on Saturday evening following the regular matches. Congratulations to J.P. Lambert and Kevin Cahill who were victorious. Here’s the final winning shot. Click the link to see the video JP_&_Kevin_C_at_Calcutta
Thank you to Nicole and her team of PSC members who put on a terrific weekend again this year. Thank you to all participants and we look forward to seeing you again next year.
With the woodworking expertise of John Whyte, Fred Dizig and Terry Bruce, and the financial help of Noor Zabir, the CLUB now has a new (refurbished) bar.
You can see it in action this weekend at the Lee Hanebury Memorial Tournament from Friday (27th) to Sunday (29th). Stop by and have a drink while enjoying some great squash.
John Whyte has also built a beautiful Oak Stand Up Table for the bar area. Thank you John for your work on this.
I would like to invite you to participate in the Pickering Squash Club’s annual Lee HaneburyMemorial Tournament on the weekend of Jan. 27-29th. The Pickering Squash Club has hosted this event for the past 20 years and it is a tournament weekend you surely do not want to miss! We are extremely excited to be hosting Men’s and Women’s Singles divisions from levels A-E and Men’s and Women’s Doubles “B” and “C” draws as well. Women only may play both singles and doubles due to smaller draws and pay only one entry fee. Your entry fee includes a greattournament souvenir, Saturday breakfast and lunch, Saturday night doubles calcutta followed by a social night at our local restaurant and lots of squash. You must register on the Squash Ontario website (www.squashontario.com) and the sign-up deadline is Sun. Jan. 22nd at 11:59pm. I have attached the tournament poster with all additional information. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
See you on the courts!
Pickering Squash Club Pro
Tuesday Doubles House League
Division 1 Winners: Nicole and Steve
Finalists: Sameer and Raj (Eric subbed for Raj)
Division 2 Winners: Ricky and Jonathan
Finalists: Yvonne and Mike B.
Wednesday Doubles House League
Division 1: Winners: Graham and Jordan (Marc subbing for Jordan)
Finalists: Juan and Winston
Division 2: Winners: Marc and Mike G. (Graham subbing for Mike)
Finalists: Dan and Shan
Division 3: Winners: Bruce B. and Sal (David S. Subbing for Sal)
Finalists: John and Adam
Congratulations to all.
Be sure to sign up for the Winter League starting January 10th and 11th.
Thank you to Ron for the great pictures (see Post below)