Canada's Fantastic Four Finishes Fifth

2018-07-30
Canada's fantastic four produce a result all of Canada and the Canadian squash community is proud of. Following a gut-wrenching quarter finals, facing the injury of a teammate and with two matches still to go, Team Canada regrouped and set their sights on finishing strong. 
 
13 hours after the Quarter Finals the team was back on court minus Canada's #1 player against Pakistan, the reigning World Junior Champions. The boys turned in another gutsy performance and took the match 2-1 with Ryan Picken saving two match ball in the fifth game of the decider (see below for full match scores). 
 
The win against the reigning World Champions positioned Canada with the chance to finish 5th.  In their final match, the boys came out strong and played with guts and determination against a focused squad from Malaysia. Once again coming down to a decider match, Canada's George Crowne took the court and with a 3-1 win over Malaysia's Siow Yee Xian gave Canada it's 5th place finish at the 2018 World Junior Boys Team Championships!
 
We are so proud of this squad! Congratulations Julien, James, George & Ryan - your performances (both on and off the court) takes a lot of pride, resolve, maturity & leadership. To finish fifth after the disappointment of the quarters and losing Julien,  shows the depth of the squad.  Congratulations as well to coach Jonathan Hill and manager Chris Hanebury, you were both imperative to the success of this team at the World Juniors.  Well done all!
 
5/6 Match results: Canada vs Malaysia 2-1 
James 3-0 vs. Darren Rahul Pragasam [7-11 9-11 8-11]
Ryan 0-3 vs. Shahrul Izham Nurhaqiem [11-8 11-3 11-6]
George 3-1 vs. Siow Yee Xian [11-7 8-11 5-11 8-11]
 
5/8 Playoff Match results: Canada vs Pakistan 2-1
James 1-3 vs. Abbas Zeb [11-9, 12-14, 12-14, 5-11]
George 3-1 vs. Muhammad Uzair [5-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-9]
Ryan 3-2 vs. Haris Qasim [9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 4-11, 12-10]

For daily updates, full match results and photos from the 2018 WSF World Junior Squash Championships, visit http://www.squash.ca/en/2018-wsf-world-junior-championships


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