Shin-Dig and Banquet Party Re-Cap from Nicole

Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to send out a note to congratulate everyone that participated in the Shin-Dig tournament and celebrated another great season at the Pickering Squash Club at our end of season banquet party on Saturday night.  Here is a quick recap of events…

Our Shin-Dig tourney started on Wednesday with 16 teams with their eyes on the big prize.  We had players of all levels, some more experienced, some that could just run every ball down, others who had absolutely no idea what they were doing and of course the players that just yelled “yours”!  By Thursday, only 8 teams remained in the main draw.  Fred was getting the score wrong, Ricky was hitting tin…it was just like any other tournament night in Pickering!  By Friday, matches were getting longer and the competition was getting more intense.  Gui still had no idea what was going on and Caryn K still had a huge smile on her face despite the fact that I paired her up with Steve.  By Saturday, most players were in the consolation/tinners playing for bragging rights, except for our top two teams in the main draw final, Jackie and Roger vs Devon and Winston…wait, how did Winston get in there, he didn’t even sign up?!?  Well, after 4 close games and being tied 2-2, it all came down to the 5th.  Devon was doing his thing and hitting the ball hard, Winston was running and shooting the lights out and Roger was just hanging out on the left side watching his partner Jackie hit most of the winning shots…and that she did!!     Winners of the 2023 Shin-Dig Tourney are Roger and Jackie!  A very special thank you to John Whyte and all the volunteers for coming out to help run the Shin-Dig tournament again this year. 

That brings us to Saturday night.  We all put our western outfits on, saddled up and trotted over to Drums ‘N Flats where we made a “Racquet at the Rodeo”.  A very special thank you to our organizing banquet committee consisting of Caryn R, Deb, Hazel, Sara-Jane, Carol, Jackie and our Social Director Steve who all helped in making the party a huge success.  Decorations, door prizes, tournament awards, cowboy cupcakes and a little moon shine kept everyone mingling and enjoying the fun atmosphere. 

The live band (Blue Thumb Envy) featuring our good friend Ron Delevigne on drums were absolutely fabulous and kept everyone on the dance floor.  The Leafs won the game, Joan hands down won the best costume prize, Steve was kicked out of the main draw of the Shin-Dig and there were no injuries on the dance floor,  so I would call that a win for everyone!  

I look forward to seeing everyone on the courts.