30 Jul 2016

Hosts Australia Seeded For Double Gold In Darwin World Doubles

 Hosts Australia are predicted to take gold in two of the three events in the 2016 WSF World Doubles Squash Championships in Darwin next month according to the seedings announced today by the World Squash Federation – while Queenslander Rachael Grinham is expected to become the first player in the sport’s history to win gold in three successive championships.

The championships, featuring Men’s, Women’s and Mixed events, will take place at the Darwin Squash Centre in the Northern Territory capital city from 15–18 August.

Grinham, the 39-year-old former world number one, will partner Cameron Pilley, the world No.14 from New South Wales, in the Mixed Doubles.  Winner of the World Mixed title in 2004 in India in 2004 with David Palmer, and the 2006 gold medal on home soil in Melbourne in 2006 partnering Joseph Kneipp, Grinham is also the reigning Commonwealth Games Mixed Doubles champion after claiming the 2014 title in Scotland, again with Palmer.

Pilley also struck gold in Glasgow in the Men’s Doubles – with Palmer – and reached the 2006 World Mixed final (with Amelia Pittock) where he lost out to his 2016 partner Grinham.

Pilley is bidding for a Darwin double as top seed in the Men’s Doubles, with left-hander Ryan Cuskelly.  Also a New South Welshman, Cuskelly is ranked 16 in the world.

Grinham is seeded to reach the Women’s Doubles final, with Brisbane-based world No.21 Donna Urquhart – but it is the Indian pairing Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal who are firm favourites for gold after becoming the Commonwealth Games champions in 2014 against the odds.

Both sharing India’s highest-ever world ranking of 10, Chinappa & Pallikal would become India’s first ever world squash champions.

Colombia will be making their World Doubles debut.  Following their Pan American Games Men’s Doubles title success last year in Canada, AndrĂ©s Herrera & Juan Camilo Vargas will be appearing in the Darwin championship for the first time, where they are the fifth seeds.  Compatriot Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the world No.5 renowned for his spectacular diving around the court, will be bidding to cause an upset in the Mixed championship, where he and partner Catalina Pelaez are the No.6 seeds.

2014 Commonwealth Games stars Alan Clyne & Greg Lobban, the local pair who thrilled the crowds by making the bronze medal play-off in Glasgow, lead the Scottish bid for success where they are second seeds in the Men’s Doubles.

But the Scots may well have to overcome third-seeded New Zealand pairing Paul Coll & Campbell Grayson to make the Men’s final.

Early action in the three championships will take place in pools, before reaching the semi-finals on Wednesday 17 August and the finals the following day.

Pool Lineups and full coverage


Cameron Pilley and David Palmer pose with their gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Australia have become the latest nation to confirm their team for the upcoming World Doubles Squash Championship with World No.14 Cameron Pilley spearheading the defending champion’s attempts to retain their title between August 15-18 in Darwin, Australia.

Pilley, a two-time Commonwealth Games Doubles gold medalist, will line up with 2007 World Champion Rachael Grinham in the Mixed Doubles event, while World No.16 Ryan Cuskelly will team up with ‘Pistol Pilley’ in the Men’s event.

Two-time World Champion David Palmer will also compete for Australia alongside World No.21 Donna Urquhart in the Mixed Doubles, while World No.57 Rex Hedrick will join Palmer in the Men’s Doubles.

The Women’s Doubles will see Grinham and Urquhart partner up, while World No.38 Christine Nunn and World No.46 Sarah Cardwell will also join forces.

Australia’s extensive experience, which sees five Commonwealth Games gold medals shared between the team, will be backed up by three-time Women’s World Champion Michelle Martin, who will be travelling with the team in a coaching capacity.

“We are very excited about the teams we have been able to put together for this prestigious event,” said Squash Australia High Performance Manager Stewart Carson.

“We had such a successful Glasgow Commonwealth Games campaign, and it’s fantastic that all of our gold medalists will be playing on home soil against the world’s best.”

Paul Coll in action

New Zealand, meanwhile, have entered World No.31 Paul Coll, World No.42 Campbell Grayson, World No.9 Joelle King and World No.67 Amanda Landers-Murphy.

Coll will pair up with King in the Mixed event, with Grayson joining Landers-Murphy.

Scotland have also announced their team after a Scottish Doubles Selection process that saw Alan Clyne, Greg Lobban, Douglas Kempsell and Kevin Moran chosen to represent their country.

The selection process saw six teams enter the tournament, with two pools of three teams. Clyne and Lobban took the title courtesy of a 2-0 final win over Kempsell and Moran.

“I’m very happy to win this first tournament with my new partner, Greg,” Clyne said.

“I am happy with the way that we played and we worked well as a team. This all bodes well for Australia and we can’t wait to get going. There will be some good teams in this event but I am really delighted to be playing.”

Meanwhile, Peter Creed, Joel Makin, Tesni Evans and Jenny Haley will perform for Wales, with Creed and Evans teaming up in the Mixed Doubles alongside Makin and Haley, who will provide the other pair.

'Colombian Cannonball' Miguel Angel Rodriguez will feature for Colombia

India boast top 20 players Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa, who won gold in the Women’s Doubles event during the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and they will aim to be India’s first ever squash World Champions.

World No. 17 Saurav Ghosal, the man who recently broke the record for 11 Indian National title wins, is paired up with Pallikal in the Mixed event, while Chinappa will team up with Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu.

Malaysia are also taking part, with Nafiizwan Adnan and Mohd Syafiq Kamal forming one partnership in the Men’s event, while Ivan Yuen and Sanjay Singh Chal will also be involved.

The Women’s event sees the Arnold sisters, Delia and Rachel, team up, with Aika Azman and Teh Min Jie also in action.

A pairing of Delia and Singh Chal will feature in the Mixed event, with Rachel and Kamal joining forces.

Andres Herrera and Juan Camilo Vargas form a pairing in the Men’s event for Colombia, while Catalina Pelaez and Laura Tovar will team up in the Women’s.

Fan-favourite and World No.5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez will also be appearing in Darwin and he will partner Pelaez in the Mixed event.

Men's Doubles

Pool A:
[1] Ryan Cuskelly & Cameron Pilley (AUS)
[4] Rex Hedrick & Dav

28 Jul 2016

Results from the just concluded 12th Cargolux Squash tourney Finals

U-19 girls
Busayo Olatunji (Lagos) beat Faidat Soliu (Kwara) 3-2
11/3,7/11,11/5,9/11,11/3.  In 39mins
U-19 boys
Gabriel Olufunmilayo (Kwara) beat Abel Shedrack (Ogun) 3-2
18/20,9/11,11/8,11/4,11/2. In 67mins
Men's final
Hanniel Hadison (LCC) beat Dele Obasuyi (Benin) 3-1
11/13,11/6,11/2,11/6. In 41mins
Veteran final
Mike Nwabuzor (ikoyi) beat Bosco Ku ong(LSPSC) 3-0
11/4,11/3,11/3. In 21mins
Female Exhibition match
Omolola Ajayi beat Ebifemi Taiwo 2-1
11/6,7/11,16/14  in 32mins
Male Exhibition match
Femi Shedare beat Endurance Omosor 2-0
11/7,12/10 in 29mins.

4th Edition of Apapa Squash League

This is to inform you all that the fourth edition of the 2016 Apapa league will come up this weekend Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July 2016 , interested players should  send their entry to this number (0802 241 7897), NB: verbal entry is not valid, signed league management.

27 Jul 2016

(Squash) Nicol David warms up for new season in SRAM Invitational

Eight-time world champion Nicol David heads a strong cast for the SRAM Women's Squash Invitational which begins at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil on Wednesday.

The former World No 1 is one of four top-10 players who will feature in the five-day tournament, a warm-up event ahead of the start of the 2016-17 PSA Tour season.

Also in the six-woman field alongside World No 4 Nicol are Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy, New Zealand's Joelle King, Joshna Chinappa of India, England's Jenny Duncalf and national champion Delia Arnold.

Eight-time world champion Nicol, who is drawn with World No 10 Chinappa and Duncalf in the group stage, said she is happy to get a chance to play on home soil again after reaching the World Championship quarter-finals at the same venue in April.

"The initiative to have a first-ever invitational event is a great addition to the Malaysian squash calendar as we have always hosted events in July," said Nicol, referring to the Malaysian Open which was last held in 2014.

"We have the top women players here. I'm really excited to compete in this event and looking ahead to some great matches."

The opening matches on Wednesday will see Nicol taking on World No 14 Duncalf and followed by 18th-ranked Delia facing No 8 Abdel Kawy.

After three days of group stage play, the semi-finals follow on Saturday with the final and placing matches on Sunday.

Nicol is using the tournament as part of her preparation for the new season when she competes at the Hong Kong Open in August.

"I hope the supporters come to cheer us on and enjoy the high quality matches coming up next week," added Nicol.

Having spent four weeks training in Amsterdam with her coach Liz Irving before arriving in Kuala Lumpur, Nicol will then head to Brisbane and Melbourne for more training and exhibition matches during the Australian Open.

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Lol.......Stumbled on this some days back;
Let's Brain storm: Assuming Instagram has a forth option, what is the forth number?

26 Jul 2016

Schweertman Seals Katowice Open Crown

Dutch number one seed Piedro Schweertman produced a magnificent comeback from two games down to defeat surprise finalist Charlie Lee and lift the Silesia Katowice PSA Open, PSA M5 title - his first tournament win of 2016.

The 32-year-old displayed his title credentials earlier on in the tournament, with wins over Jami Aijanen, Victor Crouin and Mark Fuller sending him through to the final, while the unseeded Lee counted seeded players Jan Koukal and Matthew Hopkin among his conquests as he secured a maiden PSA World Tour final berth.

Games one and two were close affairs, with World No.215 Lee narrowly taking the opener on the tie-break before going on to double his advantage with victory in the second, putting the 18-year-old on the cusp of a triumph over an opponent 137 places above him in the World Rankings.

An improved Schweertman, who reached the final of the Malaysian Tour III on his last PSA World Tour appearance, halted Lee’s momentum impressively in the third and followed that up by taking the fourth game in comfortable fashion to level proceedings.

Both competitors went toe-to-toe in a high-octane decider with Schweertman eventually closing it out to capture his ninth PSA World Tour title with an 11-13, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9 scoreline.

Result - Final: Silesia Katowice PSA Open 2016

[1] Piedro Schweertman (NED) bt Charlie Lee (ENG) 3-2: 11-13, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9


Squash Australia, the National Organisation for Squash in Australia, have unveiled an Australian Squash Tour (AST) which will run next year in conjunction with registered PSA World Tour events in that country.

The new initiative aims to improve participation throughout senior tournaments across Australia and will award the top three male and female players with a share of a prize fund that will be offered as an additional bonus to any prize money accrued from PSA World Tournaments in Australia.

Australia hosted 16 PSA World Tour events during 2016 and currently boasts three players ranked inside the top 20 across both the Men’s and Women’s Tours; Cameron Pilley at World No.14, Ryan Cuskelly at World No.16 and Rachael Grinham at World No.20.

“It is exciting to see so many PSA events in Australia,” said Squash Australia Chief Executive Richard Vaughan.

“The Australian Squash Tour aims to bring all these great events together, creating a circuit to benefit Australian players. Event organisers in Australia do a great job with their events. The circuit will help support them in their efforts of getting more players, especially Australians on the court.

“Squash Australia will put up a significant prize for the top three male and female players at the conclusion of the Australian Squash Tour for the players with the highest ranking. We anticipate that the circuit prize money will encourage more participation in AST events.”

24 Jul 2016

Adeola Shittu wins Medal for OAU Squash Club at 12th Cargolux Squash Tourney

 For over 6yrs OAU SQUASH CLUB i.e Obafemi Awolowo University Squash club, whose members has never been on the medal table, came on board this year with Shittu Adeola representing OAU squash club among the last four standing which graced him and his club to be among the outstanding medalist, winning a bronze medal.
Club members, Friends and family who were around celebrates with him......me inclusive ””lol

BACK to BACK-Haniel Hadison Wins 12th Cargolux Squash Tournament

The 12th Cargolux Merchant Express Squash tournament which took place at the Lagos country club came to an end on Saturday, 23rd of july 2016 with Haniel Hadison winning the most coveted prize.
In the opens event, Haniel won Dele Obasuyi 3-1 majors (11/5, 13/11, 11/2, 11/8). Hadison represented the Lagos country club while Dele represented Benin Squash club.
 The week-long tournament served up some of the finest squash seen featured in the semi-finals and the finals in all the categories including the U-15, U-19 classics. The likes of OAU SQUASH CLUB i.e Obafemi Awolowo University Squash club, whose members has never been on the medal table for the past 6 years, came on board this year with Shittu Adeola representing OAU squash club among the last for standing which graced him and his club among the medalist, winning a bronze medal.

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HANIEL vs DELE 3-1; (11/5, 13/11, 11/2, 11/8)
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Videos/Picture Reviews: 12th Cargolux Squash Tournament From the semis to the Finals of Nigeria's Most Prestigious Squash Tourney; Cargolux Squash Tournament.

 Femi shedera gisting with a friend

 Tare vs bosko 0-2 majors

 chairman Bamkole LCC squash section reting after a game

 Arc Funmi Bmkole After his Game

 Dele and Shittu Leaving the court

 Endurance and Femi
 Endurance and Femi

 celebrating seun under 19 champion

 Abel from Ogun state receiving his prize

 Seun from Ilorin celebrating his victore

 Taiye Ige Awarding prizes to Bankole and Ogunsusi

 Udoh Akaga receiving his prize

 Haniel Hadison Receiving his prize from Cap Akinfenwa

 Shittu Adeola shaking hands with former Apapa club president

Shittu receiving his gift

 Dele receiving gift from Chairman Arc Bamkole

Hadison with Endurance

 Femi, Hadison, Endurance

The sponsor, Cargolux/Merchant Express Squash Tournament,Cap. Akinfenwa with his Award.

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