Super Squash Saturdays

Good Afternoon Squash Buddies

I know that we are all feeling squash withdrawal but here is a small relief. Joe Brown has passed on a YouTube video to me in order to share it with you.

This is a Hardball Singles Match between Jonathan Power and his protege Diago Elias from Peru. Diago is currently ranked 6th in the world in singles softball. Jonathan has put together a Saturday Challenge Match and will broadcast it every Saturday for the next few weeks. He has conscripted Dean Brown and Graham Ryding to do the play by play and reffing. The play by play is worth the watch.

Thank you to Joe for passing this on. Hope you enjoy a little Weekend Squash viewing

For your viewing pleasure!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b7eFaTu1NU

Enjoy!

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

Pickering Juniors Shine at ORC Grand Prix Tournament

Pickering junior squash players participated in the Mississauga Ontario Racquet Club Grand Prix Tournament this past weekend. They have all worked very hard and showed great sportsmanship both on and off the court.  Aidan Hisey-Tanner took home the boys Under 11 bronze medal, Madison Pirko took home the Girls Under 11 silver medal and Lexi Pirko won the Girls under 9 gold medal.  Go Pickering Go!!

Aidan, Maddison and Lexi are Champs from Pickering

Nicole Pirko, Squash Professional for Pickering

Harvest Hit – Nov 1-3

Hi Everyone:
I would like to invite you all to participate in our annual Harvest Hit Doubles Squash Tournament on Nov. 1-3 hosted by the Pickering Squash Club.  The registration deadline is on Sunday Oct. 27th at 12:00.  You must register on the Squash Ontario website:

(www.squashontario.com). 

They have a new tournament registration program so please register early so that you don’t miss the deadline!  This year our tournament events are Men’s B, Men’s C, Women’s B, Women’s C and Mixed B.  Players may play in two events as long as court time permits so register early!   The registration fee includes a tournament souvenir, licenced bar, our famous samosas on Friday night and lunch on Saturday.  This is a great opportunity to get some competitive matches, improve your game and have some fun!  All tournament info is posted on the website so please go check it out and I hope to see you all in a couple weeks.  
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Nicole Pirko 

Doubles Courts 10th Anniversary – Sept 21st

Hi Everyone,I hope to see everyone on Saturday for our 10th year anniversary of the doubles courts.  Here is the schedule of events…

10:00-12:00 
Singles courts round robin – everyone welcome to play!
Junior lessons with Pat and Praveen
Doubles lessons with Jamie Bentley – players have already signed up but everyone is welcome to watch

12:00-1:00 
Memorial plaque presentation
Guest speeches including Mayor Dave Ryan and Squash Ontario

1:00
Doubles exhibition featuring World Top Players Robin Clark, Will Mariani, Fred Reid Jr., Scott Arnold

2:30 on…
Doubles and Singles courts open for play.  Please be sure to bring all your stuff if you would like to play!

6:00
Party at Liverpool John’s Bar and Restaurant with Live Band Blue Thumb Envy.  First 50 people will get a free drink ticket!

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
Nicole

Summer Doubles Squash Championship Evening

From Aymen, Summer Doubles League Convener.

Good morning lads and Lasses, 

Congratulations to all of you on an awesome Summer season, with a breaking participation record of 12 teams in one house league!

Congratulations to Vince & Louie on a very well deserved victory. All your hard work was paid off with your win in the finals match on Thursday (September 12th). Quote: “You don’t always get what you wish for… But you get what you work for”. Results:

Championship Match
Consolation Finals
Tinners Finals

We had a great roaring crowd in the finals match – mainly Louie’s family and friends, and they made the doubles courts shake hard!Attached are some photos taken at the event. 

Thank you all for a great fun time at the doubles Squash courts.
 Aymen

Editors Note: Thank you Aymen for organizing the Summer Doubles League. You showed that members want it and did a fine job of convening it.