Team Manitoba didn’t bring home any titles on the weekend in Edmonton but two players may have laid the groundwork for an even bigger prize.
Hannah Blatt and Anika Alexander both played up an age division at the Alberta Jesters Junior Open at the Royal Glenora club over the weekend. Blatt, 14, lost in the U17 final 3-0 to top seed Tara Shannon while Alexander, 16, came in fourth in the U19 event.
Coach Trevor Borland admits that having his two top competitors facing off against older opponents could very well have cost them each a coveted Jesters title (Blatt took home the U13 crown two years ago) but he’s optimistic the strategy will pay dividends when they automatically move up a division - by virtue of their upcoming birthdays – by next spring’s nationals.
Other notable finishes included:
- Alex Kirbyson, who won the U11 Jesters title two years ago, lost in the U13 silver final, finishing sixth.
- Mark Gurguis won the U15 bronze event, beating Quinn Anderson 3-0 in the final.
- Mia Kirbyson lost the bronze final in U17, falling 3-0 to Gillian Chick of Calgary.
- Hunter Kristjansson lost in the quarter-finals of the U17 boys main event and finished seventh overall.
- Jessica Buchel lost in the U15 girls bronze final in a tight five-game match.
16 Squash Manitoba Junior Team athletes traveled to Edmonton Alberta for the 2013 Junior Jesters Squash Tournament November 15-17, 2013. Team members competing are: Kostubh Agarwal,
Anika Alexander, Quinn Anderson, Maya Blatt, Hannah Blatt, Jessica Buchel, Jacob Cundill, Everett Fast, Mark Guirguis, Alex Kirbyson, Mia Kirbyson, Bryce Kristjansson, Hunter Kristjansson, Jordyn Lambert, Adam Niessen & Nic Niessen. Team Coaches Trevor Borland & Gene Turk along with Team Manager Liz Kristjansson are also in Edmonton.
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Squash Manitoba, along with participating sponsors, is pleased to announce a new addition to the squash calendar, the Manitoba Pro Squash Series. This will be a series of tournaments that will run in conjunction with existing Manitoba tournaments, and will offer significant prize money. The format is an "Open" style tournament, the main draw will be 8 players, 2 spots of which will come from a qualifying draw (if necessary).
A series info sheet which details exactly how the Series will be run can viewed on /uploads/1/7/9/1/17912747/manitoba_squash_series_facts.pdf.
The Series currently consists of three events
The WSRC Fall Classic, November 18-24, 2013 The Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club
The Brandon Open, February 14-16, 2014 The Brandon Squash & Athletic Centre
The Winnipeg Open, April 10-13, 2014 The Winnipeg Winter Club
We're excited to add this new dynamic to Manitoba tournaments. It would not be possible without the substantial support from the listed squash clubs, Squash Manitoba, and the participating sponsors. Further support is always greatly appreciated. Player packages are available which include the $100.00 Series entry fee (which is transferable) and a listing as a presenting sponsor. The cost for the package is $300.00. Further info on the presenting sponsor is available on the Squash Manitoba website.
Squash in Manitoba has a very proud history as well as a very exciting future. The aim of the Manitoba Pro Squash Series is to be a part of that future by helping to showcase the best players in the province in the most competitive atmospheres.
Any questions, and/or feedback (both positive or negative), is greatly appreciated.
Manitoba Pro Squash Series Player's Committee, David Glass, Nathan Hall, Evan Mancer & Josh Struthers
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