Women’s Quarter Finals, March 12th

“OH YES, IT’S LADIES’ NIGHT, AND, THE FEELING’S RIGHT, OH YES IT’S LADIES’ NIGHT, OH WHAT A NIGHT”

It was the ladies turn to shine tonight and they did just that in their quarter final match against One Health. After watching both the men’s and women’s teams competing over the last couple of weeks in their play-off matches, i’ve noticed some significant differences between the two teams. I narrowed it down to my top 3 favourites and here is what i’ve discovered some of the very obvious differences to be…

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The women came out very prepared, they had double checked that they had packed all their equipment, made sure their racquets had been re-gripped, brought their proper court shoes and arrived ready to play. On the men’s side, well let’s just say that I found JP desperately rummaging through the lost and found bin 20 min before his match looking for his shoes he had left at the club the day before. That pretty much sums it up.

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I took note of some the the comments the women made on court during their match. They included “good shot”, “wow, nice get”, “great boast”. In the men’s matches I heard comments that included “oh, come on”, “I totally could have gotten that” and the most ridiculous of all…”baby food”.

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Both the men’s and women’s matches had long rallies but the women didn’t appear to be tired until the 4th or 5th game. The men on the other hand were completely exhausted after the first game (sorry JP) and used every excuse possible to have a chance to catch their breath. Jordan took it to extremes to and walked all the way down to the doubles court water fountain in between games just to give himself some extra time!

Here is the recap from the evening…

Philloza and Karen were up first. Karen decided she was going to make a statement about how the night was going to go by winning the first game 15-1! The other two games weren’t quite as quick but there was no doubt Karen had control the match and she got the job done. On the other court, we all took one look at Philloza’s opponent with her tall stature and giraffe like long legs (don’t get me wrong, they were very nice legs) but I have to admit, I was a little worried. Well no way was Philloza going to be intimidated, she controlled the T brilliantly and volleyed all the loose balls which had her opponents giraffe like long legs running like crazy all over the court. That is until the 3rd game…Tied at 1-1, I had a little chat with Philloza to give her some tips in between games. I told her to make sure she hit the ball deep to the back. Well, it turns out she took my advice literally because in the 3rd game, she hit every single ball to the back and didn’t hit a drop shot the whole game. Oh no, I had some major damage control to do. I quickly let her know after losing the next game that she still needed to hit her awesome drop shots right after hitting the ball deep to the back of the court! 3-2 win for Philloza (phew…I may have been out of a job for that one)

Next up was Joanie and Deb. We all knew that the night could easily come down to games or even points but we didn’t dare say that out loud out of fear of making the ladies nervous. Nerves was definitely not an issue for Joanie as she had a solid plan. I’m not sure if Joanie’s opponent knew if she was on a squash court or a volley ball court with all of Joanie’s overhead smash winners and unbelievable dives to retrieve the ball. Joanie’s comment to me going into the 5th game was that she was going to “leave it all the court” and she did just that. She gave it her absolute best but unfortunately fell short with a 2-3 loss. What a match though!!

Deb on the other court knew that it was her job as the number one player on the team to secure their position in the next round. She had her opponent running in one direction while strategically hitting the ball in the other direction…can you say “TAXI”! Deb had fantastic shot selection and kept the ball deep before hitting numerous winning drop shots. 3-0 win for Deb. Victory for Pickering!

See you on the courts,
Nicole

Covid-19 Closures

On Behalf of the City of Pickering we wish to announce that the Recreation Complex will be closed for the next three weeks. As a result all Pickering Squash Club programs, leagues and events will be postponed until further notice.

Please See the City notice below:

The City of Pickering will be implementing social distancing measures advised by the World Health Organization.
All programs, facility permits, and events have been cancelled, and Community Centres will be closed from March 13, 2020 at 4:30 pm until April 5, 2020 (inclusive).
Recreation Complex Memberships will be extended for the full period that the facility is closed.
All fees paid for facility bookings will be refunded.
All Winter Programs including Aquatics, Leisure will be credited for cancelled classes. There will not be a make-up class(s)
March Break Camps will be refunded.
Big Band Event ticket holders may bring their ticket to the original purchase location between April 6 and April 24 to receive a refund.
Program Registration – Spring Registration scheduled to start March 24 and March 26 is currently under review and start date is to be determined
City public events will be cancelled from March 13, 2020 at 4:30 pm until April 5, 2020 (inclusive). See the website at pickering.ca/events for our event listing.
Please note that all Pickering Public Library Branches, Don Beer Arena, CHD Recreation Complex, and Pickering Museum Village are also included in this closure.

We apologize for the inconvenience but the wellbeing of our staff and patrons is our first priority.
Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available, please access the city website at pickering.ca/NovelCoronavirus for future updates.
Additionally further questions can be directed to the City’s Customer Care Department at 905.683.7575 or by email at customercare@pickering.ca
Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Road
Pickering, ON
L1V 3Y7

Go Pickering Go – recap from March 10th T&D matches!

MAYBE IT WAS THE FULL MOON LAST NIGHT OR MAYBE IT WAS THE FACT THAT OUR GUYS HAVE THEIR EYES ON THE BIG PRIZE…EITHER WAY, THE BOYS ON OUR PICKERING DIV. 3 SINGLES TEAM DOMINATED LAST NIGHT!
Here is the recap for the evening…

Incredible tactics, shot selection and court movement were on display by the guys during the semi-final matches against Master Fitness and Squash last night!

Darryl and JP were the first two players to start off the evening. Both of our players stepped on court focused and ready to “take care of business”. Unfortunately, Darryl’s match ended before he even had a chance to get into the match when his opponent had to default because of a self inflicted injury in the first couple rallies of the first game.

On the other court, JP started with a significant lead in the first game by putting pace on the ball and hitting tight shots. I’m not sure if the oxygen levels were low on his court or if he had been out in the sun all day but he was looking a little red in the face after winning the first game. Hmmm…maybe chasing his two year old son around doesn’t help with his cardio as much as he may think! Either way, there was no way JP was going to have to play more than 3 games so with his three wall attacking boasts (which I don’t always recommend) and his killer low drives, JP did what he knew how to do to win the match 3-0. I think those treadmills are down the hall to the left if i’m not mistaken. 🤔

2 wins and 3 matches to go…
Next up was Jordan and Praveen. Jordan literally ran around the court like a gazelle giving his opponent a tour of all 4 corners of the court. His opponent was no slouch as he desperately dove numerous times to retrieve some of Jordan’s shots. Just like an animal hunting his prey, Jordan was steady, patient and used every opportunity to completely exhaust his opponent before taking him down 3-0!

On the other court, Praveen was clearly not messin’ around. As the famous quote goes “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, this was how Praveen played his match. He glided effortlessly around the court and when the opportunity arose, he attacked every loose ball without hesitation to win the match 3-0. There was no “baby food” being served up by Praveen last night!

Pickering had officially won the night before Scott stepped on court to prove that the best was yet to come…I’m sure his opponent took one look at Scott’s intimidating forehand swing before deciding that he would concede the match. Victory for Pickering!

Pickering will now compete in the finals at Mayfair Lakeshore on Wednesday March 25th at 6:30! Please come out and cheer on our club! I will be heading down to watch if anyone would like to meet me in Pickering and carpool.

Next up is our Women’s D team playing in the quarter finals in Pickering tomorrow night at 7:20. Come out and let’s cheer the ladies on!!

See you on the courts,
Nicole

THREE OF OUR PICKERING SINGLES T&D TEAMS WILL BE BATTLING IT OUT IN THE PLAY-OFFS TO BRING US HOME THE BIG TITLE!

From Squash Pro – Nicole Pirko

Recap from last nights matches…
The boys on our Div. 3 team went in very confident last night for their quarter final match against Goodlife Dunfield!  Metallica tunes were filling the stands while Darryl and Aaron were warming up to start their match.  Darryl was able to pull off a win despite the fact that he decided to wear brand new shoes and couldn’t feel his toes by game 4! 

Aaron on the other court was fighting for the win and had a strong strategy but unfortunately fell a little short with a tight 3-1 finish. 

Next up was Praveen and Jordan hoping to get a win to take the pressure off Scott.  The tension started to build as both matches were tied 1-1.  It was a huge relief when Jordan took control of his match with a 3-1 win while Praveen yelled out “baby food”, a term from the Gen Z generation, on the other court when he just missed an almost perfect drop shot that would have given him control of the game. 

With matches tied at 2-2 it was Scott’s turn to strut his stuff… He did just that with his signature head fakes and his undeniable tight drop shots to finish off the night with a win for Pickering!

Here is the schedule for the next league matches…please come out, show your support and let’s cheer our teams on and help them bring home the titles!

Men’s Div. 3 semi-finals (home game) – Tues. March 10th – 7:20 – Come out and watch!

Women’s D semi finals (home game) – Thurs. March 12th – 7:20 – Come out and watch!

Men’s Div. 4 (quarter finals)- They will be playing an away game on Friday!  (good luck guys!)

Results of 2020 Lee Hanebury Tournament

Our Lee Hanebury Memorial Tournament is over for another year and by all accounts it was a roaring success. From the first matches on Friday evening to the Calcutta and Pub night on Saturday and ending with the finals on Sunday, everyone had a great weekend of sport and camaraderie.

You can view the final Draw Results by going to:
https://www.squashontario.com/tournaments-editor/2020/1/31/lee-hanebury-memorial-tournament

Our photographer extraordinaire, Ron Delevigne has put together a collection of pictures of the event on his website at:
https://wayhotgraphics.shootproof.com/gallery/11622355/home

Here is a list of the winners.

Winners 2020          Singles
Women’s A           Vanessa Steinwall
Women’s B            Katie Bewley  
Women’s C            Amy Bui  
Women’s D/E          Philloza Suleman            
Men’s A                 Brad Hanebury    
Men’s B                 Chris Flynn
Men’s C                 Ammar Haider
Men’s D                 Dave Carroll         
Men’s E                 Raamis Sunil Malik

Winners 2020          DOUBLES
Women’s B            Céline Peacock & Sue Desa
Women’s C            Carol Trunk & Joan Brann
Men’s B                Sameer Vadera & Steve Dizig
Men’s C                 Jonathan Puddy & Savio Dias

Be sure to mark your calendar for next years event which will take place on January 29, 30 and 31 of 2021.

2020 Lee Hanebury Memorial Tournament

For further information go to :
https://www.squashontario.com/tournaments-editor/2020/1/31/lee-hanebury-memorial-tournament

A note from Nicole:
Hi Everyone,

I would like to invite you all to participate in the Pickering Squash Club’s annual Lee Hanebury Memorial Tournament on the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2020.  This is a tournament weekend you do not want to miss!  Tournament events include Men’s and Women’s singles events levels A-E (This means everyone at every level can play), as well as Doubles Men’s and Women’s B and C draws.  Women may play both singles and doubles (only required to pay one entry fee) but due to limited court time and larger men’s draws, men may only play one event.  Your entry fee includes a great tournament souvenir, licensed bar, 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 at: https://www.squashontario.com/tournaments-editor/2020/1/31/lee-hanebury-memorial-tournament
The sign up deadline is Sunday Jan. 26th but please sign up early to avoid disappointment as some draws may fill up fast!  I have attached the tournament page with all additional information.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 

I hope to see you at the tourney!

Nicole 

Pickering Wins 3 Gold Medals!

Report from Nicole Pirko – Pickering Squash Professional

3 of Pickering’s top junior players take home gold medals in the Grand Prix Silver Tournament!

Pickering was well represented at this weekends Grand Prix Silver #3 tournament at Parkview Athletic Club.   A very special congratulations to Ranya Malik, Rayn Malik and Raamis Malik who all took home gold medals by winning their respective age group title. I was extremely proud of all our juniors who participated this weekend not only for their hard work and dedication on the court but most importantly for their positive attitude and sportsmanship throughout the entire tournament.
Great job!

2018-19 Squash Season Starts Soon!

A Note from Nicole:

Hi everyone!

The 2018-2019 squash season is coming and I wanted to send you all an update on the 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!
Gametime On-Line Challenge Ladder
We now have an active on-line challenge ladder available to all squash members!  To add yourself to the ladder, simply log into your Game Time account (the account you use to book courts), click on “squash”, click on “All Ladders” (on the right side of the page) and you can add yourself to the ladder.  I encourage all singles players to join!!  Once the ladder challenges have begun, you will be able to see all recent results as well as where you rank within the club.  I will be using this ladder system to schedule Monday night singles house league levels/matches as well as T&D team player rankings etc.  My hope is that everyone uses this ladder for every match played as a fun way to improve their game. Players may challenge other players at any rank and can contact players through email on their Game Time account.  If you beat a player at a higher rank, you will simply move to that rank while the losing player moves down one spot.  Please go in and take a peek…add yourself and I will work out the initial player rankings once everyone has been added.
Monday Night Singles House League
The Monday night singles house league will be starting on Monday Sept. 24th.  I have 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 couple of weeks, send me an email and I will sign you up.  There has been some constructive feedback from players that it can be very frustrating when players are consistently late or not showing up for their matches forcing me to match up players that may have already played.  Please be sure that you are fully committed to participating before you sign up to help this house league run smoothly.
Doubles House League
I have posted the doubles house league sign up sheet for all levels on the board in the doubles court area.  Start dates and schedules will be determined once the sign up is complete.  Please do your best to sign up with a partner to guarantee a permanent position in the doubles house league.
Wednesday Junior Squash Clinic
My junior clinics will now be on Wednesday evenings from 5:00-7:00 for kids ages 6-14 who are interested in learning this sport.  We will be starting on Wed. Sept. 12th.  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 Wednesday evenings.
Club Fun/Social Events
We will be running a number of fun mini-tournaments/events this season for all Squash Club Members.  These events will focus on bringing all levels together for an organized “round robin” type of event.  Here is a list of our first set of events:
Sat. Sept. 15th – 10:00-11:30 – “Get The Rust Off” Condition Games (Doubles and Singles)
 
Tuesday Sept. 18th – 6:30-8:30 – “Handicapped” Tournament followed by our AGM (and drinks at the pub!) – Doubles and Singles
 
Sunday Sept. 30th – 2:00-4:00 – Women’s E Clinic – Sorry boys, this one is only for the women’s “E” singles players!
 
Friday Oct. 19-21 – Harvest Hit Doubles Tournament – you must register on the Squash Ontario Website
 
Sat. Nov. 24th – Christmas Fun Tournament and Toy Drive (Doubles and Singles)
 
Wednesday Dec. 19th – Fun Night Tournament and Social (Doubles and Singles)
 
Feb. 1-3 – Lee Hanebury Memorial Tournament – mark this on your calendars!
I will have sign up sheets for these events posted shortly on the board across from court 4 in the singles court area!
 
T&D Leagues
Looks like we will be submitting a Women’s “B” and “D” team, Men’s singles Div. 2 and 4 team and Men’s Doubles Div. 3 and 5 team.  We still have some time before registrations are due so please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Lastly, we have a fantastic website.  Be sure to check it out at http://pickeringsquash.club.  A very special thanks to Terry Bruce for all his hard work in creating and designing the site to keep you all up to date on events going on throughout the season!
See you on the courts,
Nicole

2017-18 Singles Winter House League Finals

Congratulations to our Monday night singles house league winners and finalists!  The top two players in each division battled it out for the house league championship!

Position 6: winner Philloza Suleman, finalist Andrew Leclerc
2017-18 Singles Winter House League

Position 5: winner Jediah Navaratne, finalist Al Leggett
2017-18 Singles Winter House League

The number 4’s had to be rescheduled but the top two players are Anthony Jennings and Jaan Laanste.  Once that matches are played we will post the pics.

Position 3: winner Jim DeLouchry, finalist Vince Ditta
2017-18 Singles Winter House League

Position 3: winner Adam Mitchell, finalist Colin McMahon
2017-18 Singles Winter House League

Position 1: winner Mike Bekic and finalist Darryl Sandilands
2017-18 Singles Winter House League

Nicole