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Squash – CWG2019 Day 7 Recap

Saturday, 2nd March 2019

The final day at squash was met with both excitement and sadness as many teams and their coaches came by to watch the final few matches as well as say goodbye to their new-found friends.  One of the many benefits of the Canada Winter Games is the amazing new people you meet and the potential lifelong friendship you make. This once in a lifetime experience that will certainly never be forgotten by the athletes at squash.

In a recap of the day’s matches, it was highlighted by the Team Medal Encounters:

Girls:

Team Ontario and Team British Columbia put on quite the show as they split their matches 2-2 and it came down to a tiebreaker for the Gold Medal.  As outlined in the rules, we start with games won so the edge went to Ontario 8-7 in games to become your 2019 Gold Medalists and British Columbia winning Silver.  And not to be outdone, host province Alberta claimed the Bronze Medal in dominating fashion 4-0 over Quebec.

Boys:

Team Ontario and Team British Columbia met in the Gold Medal final with Ontario winning in dominating fashion 4-0 to grab Gold and thus British Columbia wins Silver.  In the Bronze medal match, Alberta swept Quebec 4-0 to capture the medal much to the delight of the crowd that gathered to watch the match.

Girls Team Standings

Gold: Ontario

Silver: British Columbia

Bronze: Alberta

4th Place: Quebec

5th Place: Saskatchewan

6th Place: Nova Scotia

7th Place: Northwest Territories

8th Place: Newfoundland and Labrador

9th Place: Manitoba

10th Place: Prince Edward Island

11th Place: New Brunswick

Boys Team Standings

Gold: Ontario

Silver: British Columbia

Bronze: Alberta

4th Place: Quebec

5th Place: Manitoba

6th Place: Saskatchewan

7th Place: Nova Scotia

8th Place: New Brunswick

9th Place: Prince Edward Island

10th Place: Northwest Territories

11th Place: Newfoundland and Labrador

12th Place: Yukon

Squash – CWG2019 Day 6 Recap

Friday, 1st March 2019

Day Six at the squash competition was filled with excitement as teams competed for provincial/territorial pride as the Team placement matches started off the day.  

Girls Team Standings (as of March 1st)

5th Place: Saskatchewan

6th Place: Nova Scotia

7th Place: Northwest Territories

8th Place: Newfoundland and Labrador

9th Place: Manitoba

10th Place: Prince Edward Island

11th Place: New Brunswick

Reminder to come out to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre to watch the Girls Team Medal Encounters on Saturday March 2, 2019 at 9 a.m. that feature:

Gold Medal Match: Ontario vs British Columbia

Bronze Medal Match: Quebec vs Alberta

Boys Team Standings (as of March 1st)

5th Place: Manitoba

6th Place: Saskatchewan

7th Place: Nova Scotia

8th Place: New Brunswick

9th Place: Prince Edward Island

10th Place: Northwest Territories

11th Place: Newfoundland and Labrador

12th Place: Yukon

Again, a reminder to come out to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre to watch the Boys Team Medal Encounters on Saturday March 2, 2019 at Noon that feature:

Gold Medal Match: Ontario vs British Columbia

Bronze Medal Match: Quebec vs Alberta

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In the late afternoon, TSN rolled in to cover the Medal Match for the Individual Boys and Girls and we were treated to some highlight reel squash.  Squash Canada was thrilled to have Alberta’s own Andrew Schnell and Team Quebec Coach Maxym Leclair doing to colour commentary for TSN/RDS.

Girls Finals:

Gold: Lucia Bicknell (BC)

Silver: Charlotte Orcutt (ON)

Bronze: Brianna Jefferson (ON)

4th: Bethany Churchill (AB)

Boys Finals:

Gold: Liam Marrison (ON)

Silver: Neel Ismail (ON)

Bronze: Douglas Kosciukiewicz (NS)

4th: Sam Scivier (BC)

 

Quote:

“Canada Winter Games 2019 is the best experience an athlete could ask for. I have met so many new people and learned a whole lot of new thing about squash. Also coming from a smaller city, I have been able to compete to a higher standard and learned how far I am really willing to go to win. Overall, CWG is an amazing opportunity to compete and is definitely worth trying out for!” said Simone Hipfner, member of the Team Northwest Territories Girls Squash.

Squash – CWG2019 Day 5 Recap

Thursday, 28th February 2019

Day Five at squash began with the final three round robin matches at 9 a.m. and all had implications on final pool standings. On the girl’s side, Alberta were not to be denied a spot in the medal round as they defeated Nova Scotia quite handily. On the boy’s side, Saskatchewan defeated Prince Edward Island for a place in the 5th/8th consolation round and New Brunswick defeated Newfoundland and Labrador to firm up their place in the 5th/8th consolation round. Both Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador fell to the 9th/12th consolation round.

And with that the round robin came to an end and teams were ready for the playoffs. Day Five in the afternoon and early evening featured some highly intense semifinal encounters as teams fought for a chance to play in the respective finals and finish the 2019 Canada Winter Games with a solid placing.

Girls Team Matches:

Gold Medal Match: Ontario vs British Columbia

Bronze Medal Match: Quebec vs Alberta

5th/6th Place Match: Saskatchewan vs Nova Scotia

7th/8th Place Match: Northwest Territories vs Newfoundland and Labrador

9th/10th Place Match: Manitoba vs Prince Edward Island

11th Place: New Brunswick

Boys Team Matches:

Gold Medal Match: Ontario vs British Columbia

Bronze Medal Match: Quebec vs Alberta

5th/6th Place Match: Manitoba vs Saskatchewan

7th/8th Place Match: Nova Scotia vs New Brunswick

9th/10th Place Match: Northwest Territories vs Prince Edward Island

11th/12th Place Match: Yukon vs Newfoundland and Labrador

Day Six (Friday March 1) features the Consolation Round Team Encounters for boys at 9 a.m. and girls at 12:30 p.m. as well as the Medal Round matches for Individual Competition. The highlight is TSN will feature squash and we are looking forward to the coverage.

Girls Gold Medal Match – Charlotte Orcutt (ON) vs Lucia Bicknell (BC)

Girls Bronze Medal Match – Bethany Churchill (AB) vs Brianna Jefferson (ON)

Boys Gold Medal Match – Liam Marrison (ON) vs Neel Ismail (ON)

Boys Bronze Medal Match – Sam Scivier (BC) vs Douglas Kosciukiewicz (NS)

 

Quote:

“B-U-F-F-A-L-O! ALL HAIL THE BUFFALO! Drums, vuvuzelas, clappers and cowbells are just some of the raucous cheers heard above the smack of squash balls. As the intensity of competition has ramped up, so has the length of matches and player fitness is even more key to match success at this point. The comradery continues to build, and the sportsmanship is second to none. I’m really proud of our squash community.”


Squash – CWG2019 Day 4 Recap

Wednesday, 27th February 2019

It’s moving day at the squash competition as the top teams made their final push towards the Championship Round and the rest of the field competed for places in the 5th/8th and 9th/12th consolation rounds.  

Girls Team Matches:

Pool A completed play action today with two rounds of intense squash that determined placements for playoffs.  Ontario lead the way with an undefeated record at 4-0 and Quebec at 3-1 – both gaining a spot in the Championship Round.  With a 2-2 record, Saskatchewan secured a spot in the 5th/8th consolation round along with Newfoundland and Labrador at 0-3-1 (determined by a tie-breaker scenario) ahead of New Brunswick who also finished at 0-3-1 and will compete for 9th/11th place.

Pool B action was even more intense then Pool A with specific matches playing a role in what will be an exciting finish on Day Five (Thursday February 28th at 9:00AM) to determine final placements for this group.  In maybe the biggest surprise so far of the event, Nova Scotia is 3-1 and tied with Alberta for 2nd place in the pool setting up a showdown against each other in the only girl’s round robin match left (scheduled for Day Five at 9:00AM). So, the question remains who will join undefeated British Columbia (5-0) in the Championship Round – stay tuned!  Finishing pool play strong has led the Northwest Territories (1-3-1) to the 5th/8th consolation round (maybe for the first time in history) by virtue of a tiebreaker over Manitoba at 1-3-1 and Prince Edward Island at 0-5 will compete in the 9th/11th consolation round.

If you are in the area, make plans to come out and watch Alberta versus Nova Scotia for a spot on the Championship Round at 9:00AM.

Boys Team Matches:

On the boy’s side, the Championship Round has been set as Ontario (5-0) and Quebec (4-1) have come out of Pool A and British Columbia (5-0) and Alberta (4-1) have come out of Pool B.  But the 5th/8th and 9th/12th consolation rounds will remain unclear until tomorrow when the last two round robin matches are completed on Day Five (Thursday February 28th at 9:00AM).  The standings at this point in Pool A have Manitoba (3-2), Saskatchewan (1-3), Prince Edward Island (1-3) and Yukon (0-5) and in Pool B New Brunswick (2-2), Nova Scotia (1-3-1), Newfoundland (0-3-1) and Northwest Territories (0-3-2).

Come out to watch squash on Day Five as we wrap up the Team Pool Play with some key match-ups on the boy’s side with Saskatchewan versus Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick versus Newfoundland and Labrador.

Squash – CWG2019 Day 3 Recap

Wednesday, 27th February 2019

 

Day Three at the squash competition began with a bang at 9:00AM as the noisemakers returned for a marathon day of Team Matches.  On tap for the day were three rounds of boys encounters and two rounds of girls encounters as it was moving day here at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.  The top teams would start to pull ahead and start to lay claim to their spots in the Medal Round.

Girls Team Matches:

Pool A has been completely dominated by Ontario as they are out to a 3-0 record with Quebec at 2-1, Saskatchewan at 1-1 and both New Brunswick and Newfoundland still looking for their first wins at 0-2.  In Pool B action, both British Columbia and Nova Scotia have jumped out in front with 3-0 while Alberta is close behind at 2-1 and just ahead of Manitoba at 1-2. Both Northwest Territories and Prince Edward Island are also looking for their first wins.

Probably the biggest highlight leading into Day Four is the Pool B showdown between British Columbia and Nova Scotia as the winner will certainly stand a good chance of finishing the round robin in first place.  

Boys Team Matches:

Pool A has featured quality play by Ontario and Quebec who sit at 3-0 with Manitoba at 3-1 and then the rest of the field trailing with Prince Edward Island at 1-2, Saskatchewan at 0-3 and Yukon 0-4.  

Pool B has British Columbia in the lead with 3-0 record with Alberta close behind at 3-1 and as they slowly pull away from the rest of the pack Nova Scotia is 1-1, New Brunswick is 1-2 and still looking for their first wins is Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories.

The highlight of the day for the men was what many considered to be an upset as New Brunswick defeated Nova Scotia 3-1.

Sportsmanship and Comradery

In what has been the best aspect of the squash competition so far has been the sportsmanship and comradery the players have shown towards each other, the officials and to the fans.  The respect that has been displayed has been first class all the way.

Quotes:

“I am really impressed with not only the level of squash being played but the good sportsmanship and camaraderie being displayed by all of our athletes. They are all a credit to their provinces and territories. I’d also like to acknowledge the staff and volunteers who have been absolutely phenomenal and an integral part of the Games’ huge success,” said Sandra Thompson, Squash Canada Board member and Squash Technical Representative to the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Squash – CWG2019 Day 2 Recap

Monday, 25th February 2019

Day Two at the squash competition started the way Day One ended, with a huge gathering of spectators ready to watch our star athletes compete in the next phase of the Individual competition.  It was so loud in here with noisemakers, team chants and flag waving.

In the Individual Championship Semifinals, the top seeded players showed why they were favoured to play for Gold as they advanced to the finals scheduled for Friday March 1st.  On the boy’s side, the Gold Medal Match will feature teammates from Ontario as #1 seed Liam Marrison and #2 seed Neel Ismail will battle in what will surely be the match of the week so far.  In the Bronze Medal Match, British Columbia’s Sam Scivier will face Nova Scotia’s Douglas Kosciukiewicz. On the girl’s side, the Gold Medal Match will see #1 seed Charlotte Orcutt from Ontario take on #2 Lucia Bicknell from British Columbia and the Bronze Medal Match will feature Alberta’s Bethany Churchill against Ontario’s Brianna Jefferson.  

  • Girls Gold Medal Match – Charlotte Orcutt (ON) vs Lucia Bicknell (BC)

  • Girls Bronze Medal Match – Bethany Churchill (AB) vs Brianna Jefferson (ON)

  • Boys Gold Medal Match – Liam Marrison (ON) vs Neel Ismail (ON)

  • Boys Bronze Medal Match – Sam Scivier (BC) vs Douglas Kosciukiewicz (NS)

In other Day Two action, the Individual Consolation Round featured both the semifinal and finals for 5th thru 8th place with the following results:

  • Boys 5th Place: Matt Bicknell (BC)

  • Boys 6th Place: Seif Elfiky (AB)

  • Boys 7th Place: Antonio Mendes (AB)

  • Boys 8th Place: Liam Jinks (PE)

  • Girls 5th Place: Sarah Cao (BC)

  • Girls 6th Place: Iman Shaheen (QC)

  • Girls 7th Place: Jana Dweek (AB)

  • Girls 8th Place: Liam Jinks (PE)

And to round out Day Two, the Team Pool Play continued with early undefeated leaders as follows:

  • Boys Teams – Pool A – Quebec and Ontario

  • Boys Teams – Pool B – British Columbia and Nova Scotia

  • Girls Team – Pool A – Ontario

  • Girls Team – Pool B – British Columbia and Nova Scotia

Team Pool Play will continue now until Thursday when the playoffs begin but the pressure is mounting on teams to stay in contention for the medal round.  

Day Three (Feb. 26th) of the squash competition begins and 9:00am with team encounters going until approximately 10:30pm.  Come out and watch the best sport in the world!

Quotes:

“It’s been a fantastic opportunity to be involved in the Canada Winter Games as an official. The experience and knowledge that I will have gained by the end of the Games will definitely help me continue to promote the game of squash in the Northwest Territories and encourage and educate new players about playing and officiating squash. Squash is a growing sport in the North and the more we can do to entice more players and push experienced players to go even farther would help the game in Canada as a whole.

As a parent, I am very proud to watch my daughter play at the Canada Winter Games and excel in a sport she has loved and played for many years. The Canada Winter Games is a culmination of all the work and time she has put in over the years to peak here in Red Deer, Alberta. Events like this will, I am sure, encourage her to make squash a lifetime activity.” – said Jeff Hipfner, who is here both as a Squash Official and as a parent of Northwest Territories squash player Simone Hipfner on Day Two of the Canada Winter Games.

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“We have seen some great competition, enthusiasm and team spirit already, said Dan Wolfenden, Squash Canada Executive Director.  “The Canada Games are truly infectious.  Squash is also making quite a buzz.  We’ve been told by Red Deer organizers that squash and curling are the biggest draws of week two, even filling the stands on a Monday.  Noisemakers abound.”

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Squash – Canada Winter Games 2019 Day 1 Recap

Sunday, 24th February 2019

Squash features both a team and individual competition.  The individual competition will consist of a boys and girls 16-person draw with the highest ranked player from each Province/Territory receiving an automatic entry and the remaining positions filled at-large with the next highest ranked players (note that each Province/Territory may only have a maximum two players in the draw).  The team competition will consist of 4-person boys’ and girls’ teams, each comprised of at least two players aged under 17, the others up to U19.  Teams are placed in two pools for a round-robin competition (all play all) within their pool and then conclude with a playoff format (cross-over encounters between the pools) resulting in a final ranking of all teams.

The squash competition got off to a quick start on the first day of Week Two with a well-attended Team Manager/Coaches Meeting that would set the stage for the week to come.  An enthusiastic group ready to lead their teams into battle. As the squash started, it featured Round of 16 and Quarterfinal individual matches where all seeded players advanced to the Semifinals to be played Monday February 25th.  

  • Girls Semifinal #1 – Charlotte Orcutt (ON) vs Brianna Jefferson (ON)

  • Girls Semifinal #2 – Bethany Churchill (AB) vs Lucia Bicknell (BC)

  • Boys Semifinal #1 – Liam Marrison (ON) vs Douglas Kosciukiewicz (NS)

  • Boys Semifinal #2 – Sam Scivier (BC) vs Neel Ismail (ON)

In what is sure to be a classic match, Ontario girls Brianna Jefferson and Charlotte Orcutt will battle for provincial pride and a spot in the Gold Medal Match.  In the other match Lucia Bicknell of BC will look to topple home province favourite Bethany Churchill. On the boys side, the question is will we see an all Ontario final with Liam Marrison and Neel Ismail in opposite semifinals or will perennial underdogs Sam Scivier (BC) and Douglas Kosciukiewicz (NS) pull out the wins.  The pressure will be on as these top players will look to advance to the Gold Medal Match.

To close out the day, the first rounds of Team Pool Play took place and will continue throughout the week.  Stay tuned for more results!


Information about the squash draw, schedule and results can be found as follows:

Follow along with the 2019 Canada Games via the Squash Information Pageand Squash Results

Social Media:

  • Facebook & Instagram: @squashcanada

  • Twitter: @squashcanada #CGSquash


From February 15,2019 to March 3, 2019, Red Deer will host the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Featuring 19 sports, over 150 events and a major cultural festival, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will welcome up to 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches and more than 20,000 visitors.

The 2019 event will be the largest ever hosted in Red Deer and central Alberta and one of the largest events to be hosted in Alberta in over three decades, since the 1988 Calgary Olympics.

Forecasted to generate an economic impact of over $132 million, the 2019 Games will provide a stage for Canada’s next generation of national, international and Olympic champions to compete. The 2019 Canada Winter Games is the 27th edition of the Canada Games and the third time the Canada Games have been hosted in Alberta. Previously, Alberta hosted the Canada Games in 1975 (Lethbridge) and 1995 (Grande Prairie). 

The 2019 Canada Winter Games will leave a lasting legacy of new and enhanced sport facilities and volunteer and leadership development that will benefit athletes and the broader central Alberta community for years to come.

The future state-of-the-art Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux Canada Gary W. Harris and improvements to outdoor recreational spaces, such as Great Chief Park and Canyon Ski Resort, are some of the legacies that will be left in the community for future generations to enjoy.

In 2019, the eyes of the nation will be on Red Deer for the 2019 Canada Winter Games and we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Visit https://canadagames.ca/2019/red-deer-2019 for more information!


 

 

 

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