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Bluenose Classic 2012
26-31 Mar, Halifax, Nova Scotia, $55k

31-Mar, Final   

 Thierry Lincou (Fra) bt [4] Daryl Selby (Eng)
            9/11, 11/8, 9/11, 11/5, 11/4 (92m)

It's a Bluenose encore for Thierry

In a repeat of their 2010 Bluenose Classic final, Thierry Lincou and Daryl Selby treated the packed crowd at Halifax's Rebecca Cohn Auditorium to a thrilling climax to the 2012 event, the biggest yet.

It was the unseeded Frenchman who triumphed again though, coming from 2/1 down to claim his 23rd PSA title just two days short of his 36th birthday.

Full match report

"I am delighted with my performance of this week. I had some meaningful wins and I felt really sharp.

I think that my form was due for some part to the four big matches in Montreal in hard conditions panels/bouncy) . It really strengthened my fitness and my mental focus.

After a poor beginning of the year I really found my way back, my determination, my fitness and the desire of wining.

This was a sweet victory two years after my last one which was also in Halifax!!

Great birthday present, (36 in 2 days). I am a happy man."

Match reports on SquashSite365

Full match report

Earlier Reports and Previews
Bluenose Classic 2012
26-31 Mar, Halifax, Nova Scotia, $55k
Round One
28 Mar
Quarters
29 Mar
Semis
30 Mar
Final
31 Mar
[1] Amr Shabana (Egy)
11-9, 12-10, 11-4 (33m)
[Q] Chris Simpson (Eng)
[1] Amr Shabana
6/11, 11/8, 11/6, 11/9 (48m)
Thierry Lincou
Thierry Lincou

12/10, 11/5, 11/5 (36m)

[3] Hisham Ashour

Thierry Lincou

 

9/11, 11/8, 9/11, 11/5, 11/4 (92m)

 

[4] Daryl Selby

Thierry Lincou (Fra)
11-2, 11-9, 11-4 (30m)
Martin Knight (Nzl)
Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
11-6, 11-8, 11-2 (31m)
Andrew Schnell (Can)
Steve Coppinger
11/8, 11/9, 6/11, 11/6 (52m)
[3] Hisham Ashour
Shahier Razik (Can)
 11-3, 11-4, 2-0 ret (20m)
[3] Hisham Ashour (Egy)
[4] Daryl Selby (Eng)
11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (40m)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
[4] Daryl Selby
 11/6, 11/7, 11/7 (56m)
Borja Golan
[4] Daryl Selby

11/7, 11/8, 11/7 (53m)

[2] Laurens Jan Anjema

Borja Golan (Esp)
11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (42m)
[Q] Jan Koukal (Cze)
Julian Illingworth (Usa)
11-2, 9-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-8 (69m)
[Q] Shawn Delierre (Can)
Julian Illingworth
11/4, 13/11, 11/7 (38m) 
[2] Laurens Jan Anjema
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8 (63m)
[2] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)

27-Mar, Qualifying Finals:

Shawn Delierre (Can) bt Matt Bishop (Can)                       11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (28m)
Chris Simpson (Eng) bt
Robbie Temple (Eng)                     11-6, 11-3, 11-2 (42m)
Jan Koukal (Cze) bt Charles Sharpes (Eng)   9-11, 12-14, 12-10, 11-4, 11-4 (73m)
Cesar Salazar (Mex) bt Joe Lee (Eng)             7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 3-11, 11-6 (78m)

26-Mar, Qualifying Round One:

Matt Bishop (Can) bt Arturo Salazar (Mex)                                               9-4 rtd (4m)
Shawn Delierre (Can) bt David Letourneau (Can)    6-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-7 (78m)
Robbie Temple (Eng) bt Raphael Kandra (Ger)                       11-5, 11-5, 13-11 (50m)
Chris Simpson (Eng) bt Dane Sharp (Can)                      11-8, 11-8, 2-11, 11-4 (52m)
Jan Koukal (Cze) bt Chris Gordon (Usa)               9-11, 11-13, 11-7, 11-2, 11-8 (64m)
Charles Sharpes (Eng) bt Eric Galvez (Mex)           3-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-4 (60m)
Cesar Salazar (Mex) bt Fred Reid (Can)                         11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-3 (37m)
Joe Lee (Eng) bt Henrik Mustonen (Fin)                                                 11-3 rtd (6m)

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Semi-Finals
30-Mar, Semi-Finals:
Capacity Crowd Witnesses Perfection
at Bluenose Squash Classic

By Jon Boody

Perfection defined is, “the highest degree of proficiency, skill, or excellence.”

This sums up the performances of both Daryl Selby of England and Thierry Lincou of France on semi final night at the 2012 Bluenose Squash Classic.

Selby, ranked 11th in the world, and Thierry Lincou, ranked 12th in the world, put on a true clinic in their respective matches. Both were able to demonstrate how playing, “basic” squash can still get the job done on the night.

Selby, in his semi final victory over LJ Anjema, seemed to be operating within “the zone” that LJ was describing in his post match interview with Neil Harvey the previous night.

After securing match ball, Selby stopped, looked out to the crowd, exhaled deeply and appeared to come back down to earth.

His play tonight was simply inspiring, and while it may not be flashy, it has booked him a ticket to what could be, outside of winning his national championship last year, the biggest win of his career.

Lincou was impressive in his 3-0 victory over the charismatic Hisham Ashour. Ashour raced out to an early 6-2 lead in the first game, but admitted after the match that it was at this point that he let his focus slip.

The momentum clearly changed following a change of ball and a questionable call from the panel of referees. Lincou took advantage of this lack of focus and didn’t let Ashour back into the match.

Perfectly weighted drives and faultless drop shots saw Ashour spending a lot of time unsuccessfully digging balls out of the glass courts four corners.

Selby and Lincou, with straight set victories tonight, will be equally rested heading into finals day on Saturday afternoon.

It appears that Selby and Lincou have become quite comfortable on the all glass court that has called the stage of The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium home for the past week. All that is left to be determined now is who will walk out of “the cube” victorious on Saturday afternoon.

The final, a repeat of the 2010 Bluenose final in which Lincou was victorious has the potential to be an epic battle. While Selby has only won one of four meetings between the two, his one success came as recently as a few short months ago in Sweden and will surely still be fresh in Thierry’s mind.

The auditorium doors will open at 2pm tomorrow and there is some great pre-match entertainment in store prior to the 3:45pm start. Tickets are still available at The Dalhousie Art Centre Box office.

Full Match Reports,
including Sam Cornett v Matt Bishop Exhibition

Match reports on SquashSite365

FROGS' TALK

2eme finale en 2 semaines.

Pour en revenir au match, après changement de balle au milieu du 1er car une fusée j'ai pu contrôler un peu mieux le jeu.

La 2eme balle était quand même très vive par rapport aux autres jours...

Donc je me suis employé à contenir Hisham avec des longueurs frappées et basses.

Sous pression il avait moins de temps pour me feinter et je le poussais comme ça à prendre trop de risques. Et comme je couvrais bien le court, je pouvais bien contrer à l'avant aussi.

Donc ma plus nette victoire sur ce magicien.

Un vrai bonheur...

    

Quarter-Finals
29-Mar, Quarter-Finals:
Thierry topples top seed Shabana

Quarter-finals started out with an upset at the Rebecca Cohn auditorium as top seed Amr Shabana couldn't build on a one-game advantage against Frenchman Thierry Lincou, who took the next three games to advance to the semi-finals.

There he'll face another Egyptian after third seed Hisham Ashour overcame Steve Coppinger in four fast paced games.

The bottom half went according to seeding as Daryl Selby and Laurens Jan Anjema both recorded 3/0 wins. Selby was pleased with his performance:

"Well if only I could play like that every time I stepped on a squash court! Very pleased with a 3-0 win against Borja
," tweeted the Englishman after victory over Spain's Borja Golan.

Dutchman Anjema apparently wasn't as happy with his level of performance against the USA's Julian Illingworth, but was nevertheless pleased to be in the semis - "You gotta be in it to win it. And I still am!" tweeted the second seed.

Full Quarter-Final Reports

Match reports on SquashSite365

Round One

28-Mar, Round One:
Seeds progress on Bluenose stage

As the Bluenose Classic moved to Halifax's Rebecca Cohn Auditorium for the first round, all the seeded players made solid enough starts to their bid to capture the title in PSA $55k event, now in its fifth year in Nova Scotia.

Top seed Amr Shabana found himself tested by English qualifier Chris Simpson, who led in each of the first two games before the four-time world champion imposed himself. He now meets another PSA veteran in France's Thierry Lincou, who despatched Kiwi Martin Knight in straight games.

A second Egyptian progressed as Hisham Ashour, the third seed, took advantage of a less than fully fit Shahier Razik, who retired early in the third game.

He meets South African Steve Coppinger, who also beat Canadian opposition in the form of Andrew Schnell, also in three.

Home interest ended when the USA's Julian Illingworth overcame qualifier Shawn Delierre 3-2 in, typically, the longest match of the day, to set up a meeting with second seed Laurens Jan Anjema, the Dutchman who has been training in Halifax with Neil Harvey in preparation for the tournament. Anjema faced a tough encounter with Australia's Cameron Pilley but came through with a 3-1 in just over an hour.

The remaining quarterfinalists are England's fourth seed Daryl Selby and Spain's Borja Golan, who will meet after recording 3/0 wins over Cesar Salazar and Jan Koukal.

Full Round One Match Reports

Draw & Results

FROGS' TALK

Juste pour te dire que je suis très heureux d'avoir remporté ce match.

C'était vraiment un mind game. Très stratégique
Chacun de nous essayait de jouer sur le revers de l'autre....

Ça fait du bien au moral et c'est pour ces petits moments comme ça que ça vaut la peine de continuer a bientôt 36 ans (dans 4 jours).

J'espère surfer sur cette dynamique demain

    

Earlier Reports and Previews

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