Retro Squash Event NOV 19th Has Been Cancelled

Hello Pickering Squash Players:

The Retro Squash Fun event originally scheduled for Friday November 19th has been CANCELLED due to low sign-up.

Unfortunately we had a very low response to the sign up for this event.  We are attributing this low response to our membership being cautious with regard to close contact while we are still in the COVID-19  pandemic.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused our membership but fully support your caution in this difficult time. 

The PSC Executive have made the decision to cancel the event with the idea of possibly rescheduling sometime in the New Year.    When the pandemic is declared over, we will then again be scheduling events such as tournaments and fun nights. 

Please stay safe. 

Upcoming Events at the Pickering Squash Club

  • Monday September 27th, 6:00 PM Sharp
    AGM and Fun Round Robin play get together
    In the Doubles Court Gallery
  • Monday October 4th Singles
    Monday Night Singles House League Starting
    Sign up posted behind Singles Court 4
  • Monday October 4th 5th & 6th Doubles
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Doubles House League
    Sign up with a partner in the Doubles Courts
  • Men’s T&D Singles Leagues starting soon.
    Contact Nicole to sign up
    Women’s T&D and OSDL Doubles Leagues Postponed to Winter
  • Thursday’s September 16th to October 7th
    Teen Girls and Women’s Beginner Squash Clinics FREE

    Contact Nicole to sign up
  • Boot Camps – Singles with Nicole and Doubles with Jamie Bentley
    Contact Nicole to sign up

Exciting Announcement from The CHD Recreation Complex

The Pickering Squash Club Executive is pleased to announce that The Chestnut Hills Development Recreation Complex (formerly the Pickering Recreation Complex) will be opening as of Monday July 19th. YEAHHHH!

With the move to Stage 3 of the Ontario Reopening initiative, the Squash Courts along with the Racquet Ball Courts and the rest of the facilities will be open to the membership. We are still awaiting details as to what Covid restrictions will still be in place. We will be sure to announce the details as we receive them.

The Pickering Squash Club Executive

Women’s Quarter Finals, March 12th


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…


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.


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”.


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,

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 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 for future updates.
Additionally further questions can be directed to the City’s Customer Care Department at 905.683.7575 or by email at
Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Road
Pickering, ON
L1V 3Y7

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

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,


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:

Our photographer extraordinaire, Ron Delevigne has put together a collection of pictures of the event on his website at:

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.