|March 1999||Volume 13 Number 3|
Spring may be just around the corner but the Squash Season is still
going strong for the next month!!
I find it hard to believe that the squash season is drawing to a close. This month is going to be the busiest of the season for the Squash Club.
On March 27th, the Durham Challenge saw Canada's top ranked squash player, Willie Hosey, taking on all the top players from Pickering. It was a great evening although the turnout was a little disappointing. Unfortunately it was a money looser so no proceeds will be available to go to our Doubles court Fund as originally planned.
On March 29th we held a Rules Clinic headed by our own Dave Howard. Where a few came out and had a very interesting clinic on the finer points of the game.
The Interclub Play came to a close with the Men's Finals on March 31st at Mayfair Lakeshore. The Ladies Finals were April 7th also at Mayfair Lakeshore. We were well represented at both. Our ladies "B" team were triumphant and came away with the trophy. Well done ladies.
House League semi-finals will be on March 28th and Finals on April 11th. Then get your racquets up for Club Championship ending with the quarter finals on Friday April 23rd and the Semi's and Finals on Saturday April 24th. As if that wasn't enough, the final fling, the Awards Banquet on the evening of April 24th.
As Yogi Berra would say "It ain't over till it's over". And we've got a lot of playin' to do before then. See you on the courts.
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Report From Scott Coleman our Favourite Pro.
Pickering Squash Club's own Chrissy Evans was chosen to represent the
province at the Canada Winter Games held in February in Cornerbrook, New Foundland. The
team was comprised of four female junior squash players and they competed as a team
against the other provinces. The Ontario girls team were victorious bringing home a gold
medal. The boys team lost in the finals to BC winning them a silver medal.
The team was chosen last November after numerous tryouts and an analysis of tournament results by team coach Jim Paton from the Granite Club in Toronto. At the Games, Chrissy played four round robin matches, winning them handily before meeting up with Saskatchewan in the semi-finals. Ontario beat them convincingly to advance them to the gold medal match with Alberta. Chrissy's match was the deciding one with tensions and nerves running high before she stepped on court. Ontario was winning 2-1 in matches but she had to win at least 2 games in her match to confirm at least a tie. Chrissy displayed her usual nerves of steel and played a composed and technically perfect match to bring the gold medal to Ontario.
Chrissy thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The Games took place over a two week period with the squash being played in the first week. The opening ceremonies were a highlight for Chrissy, getting to shake hands with Prime Minister Jean Chretien. Unfortunately she didn't get much of an opportunity to vent some of her brother Jeff's complaints with the Canadian Tax System but she did tell him that Jeff wasn't pleased paying all that tax.
Chrissy brought home her gold medal as well as a track suit and winter coat as memorabilia from the Games and met a lot of different people from across the country. While being housed in residence she was able to be contacted through the Canada Games Website so she and Jeff could keep in close contact throughout the week, sharing stories and talking strategy, as well as to read mail from her other supporters from the province.
Chrissy arrived back at Pearson to a throng of supporters there to cheer them on - first and foremost Jeff. This will certainly be an experience that Chrissy will remember for her lifetime, knowing that she helped put Ontario on the map for squash supremacy!!
In the Provincial Championships held at Ryerson,
Sameer Vadera placed 5th in Under 12 division (not bad for a nine year
old.) His sister Natasha placed sixth in the Under 14 division (girls). Dane Sharp also
competed and came in 7 th in the Under 16 (boys). Well done to our Juniors.
As well, for those interested in putting their child in my summer junior
squash camp, the dates will be July 19 - 23 from 1 - 3 PM with an hour of swimming
afterwards. The cost is $50 per child and all equipment is provided with the exception of
swimwear and clean footwear.
Calendar of Events
*Dates and functions tentative watch the board for postings and sign-ups.
Durham Challenge 27th Mar., 1999
Easter Break 4th April, 1999
Semi Finals 11th April, 1999
Executive Meeting 12th April 1999 at 7:30PM
House League Finals 18th April, 1999
Finals 23rd and 24th April, 1999
End of Year Banquet and
Awards 24th April, 1999
We held "The Durham Challenge"
Saturday, March 27th, 1999, at 7:30 P.M.
Pickering Squash Club Presented
10 Times National Irish Champion
Winner of Cambridge Doubles Championship
Ranked No. 1 in Canada
Pro at Mayfair Parkway since 1990
and a great guy
Returning from Ireland where he played
Lee Hanebury Memorial Tournament
In February, Pickering Squash Club hosted a very successful Annual Lee Hanebury Memorial Tournament. We had a record number of 140 entries, who proceeded to enjoy themselves the whole weekend. Our thanks to all the many people who gave up their time to help make this one of the best yet, putting Pickering on the map for hosting great tournaments. Thank you to all the Pickering Squash Club players who entered, helping to add to the numbers. This shows that we have a club eager to participate in squash matches. Tournament hosts are going to have to go some to beat this. The results were as follows:-
|Men's A:-||Cory Melville - Oshawa||Jeff Evans - Pickering|
|Men's A Cons:-||Mark Somerville -Pickering||Brad Hanebury - Ajax|
|Men's B:-||Rich McCallum -Pickering||Jim Shoemaker - Pickering|
|Men's B Cons:-||John Dolman -Pickering||Glenn Mendies - Regency|
|Men's C:-||Andrew Donaldson -Markham||Thang Lee - Markham|
|Men's C Cons:-||Harold Wontora - Pickering||Winston Bell - Ottawa|
|Men's D:-||John Whyte -Pickering||Dom Salvagina - Pickering|
|Men's D Cons:-||Dave Grimshaw - Pickering||Jitu Somani - Pickering|
|Men's E:-||Cory Britt - Pickering||Michel Lantigne Ajax|
|Men's E Cons:-||John Uren - Pickering||Scott Anderson - Pickering|
|Women's A:-||Gail Pimm - Pickering||Nicole Carroll - Pickering & MacMaster U.|
|Women's A Cons:-||Danielle Raniere - Kitchener||Vickie Gleeson - Ajax|
|Women's B:-||Vanessa Steinwall - Pickering||Kate Lambert - Pickering|
|Women's B Cons:-||Alicia Turner - Meadowvale||Ramola Vanderheyden - Ajax|
|Women's C:-||Viru Parmar- Pickering||Joan Hill - Pickering|
|Women's C Cons:-||Ruth Dunslow - Pickering||Natalie Carroll - Pickering|
|Women's D:-||Heather Swartz - Pickering||Fran Blackmore - Balmy Beach|
|Women's D Cons:-||Chris Ryan - Ajax||Doreen Hunt - Pickering|
|Women's E:-||Sheree Nicholson -Pickering||Julie Danabie -Pickering|
Report from the Direct of Men's Play: - David Howard
From my point of view, the men have had a great year this year. Of 4
men's T&D teams, 3 made it to the semi-finals in the playoffs and 1 team made it to
the finals. I'm hoping everybody will be able to get to the playoffs on March 31st to see
our "C" team trounce the opposition.
It was encouraging to hear that word is around the city what an active
club we have. Willie Hosie, after his exhibition on March 27, commented on the number of
T&D teams and commended Scott for a job well done. I think Scott has added and is
adding a lot to the club. Keep up the good work.
Preliminary rounds of the Club Championships will be going on over the next few weeks with the semis and finals taking place April 23,24. Try to get your games in early and avoid defaults.
See you on the courts.
Report from the Direct of Ladies Play: - Victoria Templer
This year has been a good year for the women club members. We had an
excellent turn out for the flight tournament in the fall and the Christmas food drive was
well received. During the winter season the women did very well in T & D. All of the
levels made it to the quarter finals - well done. The A and B teams made it to the finals
at Mayfair. What and exciting night that was. The B team won their division and the A team
gave their opponents a run for their money. Great squash ladies. Congratulations to you
The end of the season Club Championships will be on April 23rd
and 24th. We hope that you have had a good time, made new friends and that you
will return next year.
Do not forget to sign up for the Summer T & D.
See you over the summer - if not on the court.
There is no place for
on the Squash Court
Recently an incident occurred at the Pickering Squash Club that greatly
disturbed a lot of people. It happened during a house league match between a man and a
woman. Upset by loosing the game, the man swung the glass door to the court open with such
force that it shattered into thousands of pieces. Glass flew everywhere. The woman player
feared for her safety as did players standing near the court in the hallway.
The club executive took action in this situation. A conduct match penalty against the man was awarded to the woman player and the offending player was barred from the club for the remainder of the season. In future, he will be required to show proof that he has brought his actions under control before he will be allowed to rejoin the club.
The phenomena of Rage has become a very potent and damaging part of our society. Taking offense and showing it verbally, physically and in the worst cases with the use of dangerous objects such as guns, knives and automobiles has become very prevalent in today's society. Now it is showing another incarnation in the form of Court Rage.
Andre Agassi was recently disqualified from a tournament for cursing at himself. He was astounded. He admitted that in past he had done much worse. Why was he thrown out this time? Well, you could consider it "Referee Rage".
Tennis' bad boy, John MacInroe is the first to admit that his actions when he was playing should have disqualified him many times. It was tolerated and in some cases, expected by the audience. Well, not any more.
Officials are sick and tired of taking the abuse of prema-donna players and they are not going to take it any more. The rules give the referee the power to act on such behaviour and finally they are starting to use it.
In squash competition the rules also cover this. Rule 17, Conduct on the Court, states:
If the Referee considers that the behaviour of a player on court could be intimidating or offensive to an opponent, official or spectator, or could in any way bring the game into disrepute, the player may be penalized.
This penalty can be a Conduct Warning, a Conduct Point, a Conduct Game
or a Conduct Match. This isn't the only penalty that can be imposed either!
If the match is sanctioned by Squash Canada or Squash
Ontario(T&D and the Lee Hanebury Memorial tournament both qualify), the individual's
conduct can be reported to Squash Canada or Squash Ontario. The penalties can range from a
warning to disqualification from participating in sanctioned events.
One of the disturbing comments that came out of our recent Lee Hanebury
Memorial Tournament, was "How badly behaved on court some of the junior players
were." One junior player was seen cursing and throwing his racquet while his parent
watched from above. The parent said nothing to his son. The referee did nothing. What did
the player learn? He learned that it was acceptable to act that way. In fact he probably
learned it from watching adult players, maybe even his father, curse and throw their
racquets with no reprise.
It is time that action be taken. The rule is clear. It may be hard to do but it is time to put Rule 17 back into the game of squash. If you are refereeing a game and you feel that conduct on the court warrants a penalty then it is time to take a stand and enact Rule 17. The Squash Club Executive fully endorses the Rules of Squash and support their enforcement.
If you have any questions about the interpretation of this rule or any other rule, please feel free to talk to the club pro, Scott Coleman, or any member of the club executive. A number of members of our club are carded referees and fully qualified to help you with your questions.
Let's work together to make the game of squash enjoyable and safe for everyone.