Half of the spots on Manitoba’s squash team at next year’s Canada Winter Games have been claimed after the first of two trials.
Hannah Blatt is currently sitting in the No. 1 spot for the girls, after beating Anika Alexander 3-1 at the Winnipeg Winter Club over the weekend. Alexander has also qualified for the team and is currently No. 2.
Mia Kirbyson went 4-0 in the round robin featuring the rest of the girls and will be seeded No. 1 going into the fall trials. (Blatt and Alexander won’t have to play.) Jessica Buchel went 3-1 and will be No. 2 in September.
Chasing them are Jordyn Lambert, Maia Blatt and Devika Deraj.
On the boys side, Hunter Kristjansson defeated Adrien Chamberland-Mike in the 1-2 match. Both have qualified for the team.
Mark Guirguis went undefeated in the round robin, including a 3-2 victory over Alex Kirbyson. Both of them are in the cat-bird’s seat going into the fall trials, when Bryce Kristjansson, Jacob Cundill and Quinn Anderson will be on their tails.
The top four finishers in both the boys and girls events at last weekend's trials will also receive funding to travel to the Ontario Gold tournament in the fall.
The Canada Winter Games will be held next February (2015) in Prince George, B.C.