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 Harvest Hit a Success – See the Results

Notes on the Harvest Hit from Nicole

We had yet another successful Harvest Hit doubles squash tournament at the Pickering Squash Club this past weekend with over 35 teams from all over the GTA.  Players with a wide range of experience from “professional” to “first time doubles tournament player” all running around the doubles court chasing that little blue ball yelling “mine”, “yours”…
Every player that participated agrees how much fun this sport is and they are already securing a partner and marking off the next event on their calendars.
Congratulations to all the participates and thanks to all the fans that came out to cheer on their favourite team!
Women’s B Winners – Vanessa Steinwall and Nicole Pirko
Women’s B Finalists – Celine Metraux and Laurie Krol
Men’s B Winners – Steve Dizig and Sameer Vadera
Men’s B Finalists – Jack Hoogstraten and Eric Dunn
Women’s C Winners – Sara-Jane Cresswell and Hazel Kenny Wilson
Women’s C Finalists – Alison Le Ber and Lynsey Yates
Men’s C Winners – Rick D’Souza and Fred Dizig
Men’s C Finalists – Jonathan Puddy and Noor Zubair
For more Pictures go to:  2018 Harvest Hit Pictures

Harvest Hit Doubles Tournament

Congratulations to the Winners

The Harvest Hit Doubles Tournament  event  was a great success again this year at the Pickering Squash Club.  Nicole ran a great tournament with the help of many Pickering Squash Club members who gave their time over the weekend.

To See the results Click:  Squash Ontario Harvest Hit Tournament

We look forward to seeing everyone again at our next big event,
The Lee Hanebury Memorial Tournament January 2019.

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

Pickering Hosts Grand Prix Silver Event for Juniors

Pickering Squash Club hosted a Grand Prix Silver event this past weekend. Congratulations to all our junior Pickering players that participated in a fun day of competitive squash!

Under 9 finalist: Alexis Pirko and Champion: Payton Schiele
Alexis and Madison Pirko
Great “T” position Maddy!

Contributed by Nicole Pirko –  Pickering Squash Professional

Upcoming Events for the 2017 Squash Season – A Note From Nicole

Hi Everyone!

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

This year our annual doubles tournament will be on Oct. 20-22.  Mark this date on your calendars!!  This is a great weekend of squash and social events.  I hope to see everyone playing regardless of your doubles experience.  This years events include Men’s B, Men’s C, Women’s B, Women’s C and a Mixed B.  If you wish to play in two events, sign up early!  You must sign up on the Squash Ontario website: www.squashontario.com  

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 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

Check out events on the Events Calendar 

Lee Hanebury Tournament Jan 27th to 29th

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.

Click this Link for information about the tournament.

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.

THE CLUB HAS A NEW BAR!

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.