It's an Ontario double in Waterloo
Men: Ontario 3-0
Women: Ontario 2-1 Manitoba
Andrew Mount reports
Northfield Racquet and Fitness Club (Waterloo, Ontario) is
poised to host the 2016 PwC Canadian Menís & Womenís Team
Squash Championships - 18 teams (10 menís teams and 8
womenís teams) will descend on Waterloo January 8th through
10th to play for the title of Canadaís best squash team.
The Menís & Womenís Team Championships are actually separate
Championships. Itís only very recently that both
Championships have been held in the same venue. Each
Province and the Canadian Armed Forces is invited to enter a
menís team and a womenís team of three players (line ups are
established by order of strength).
As near as we can tell, the Womenís Team Championship began
in November of 1978. The Menís Team Championships followed 5
years later starting in Halifax, NS January, 1982. Last year
Quebec defeated Albert 2-1 to capture the Menís Team
Championships. Alberta defeated Manitoba in the finals, 2-0,
to capture the Womenís Team Championship.
THE PLAYING FIELD ...
the charge from the East is Matt Bishop of Nova Scotia.
Bishop keeps his racquet sharp as a perennial local
qualifier in the PSA $35k Bluenose Squash Classic which has
been held in Halifax for the past decade. Having a National
Title under his belt and widely considered the top ranked
player in Atlantic Canada for the past 15+ years.
Edward Island womenís team is being led by the youngest
player in the competition. Emma Jinks has been amassing some
impressive results; National U 13 title in 2013, the
national U 15 title in 2015 and runner up in U17 at the
German Pioneer this past summer. Itís a family affair as
Emmaís brother Connor will compete for the menís team.
Quebec menís team edged past Alberta 2-1 to lay claim
to the 2015 team title. David Baillargeon is leading their
team at the #1 spot this time around. Heís become a Ďmember
favouriteí at Northfield Club through his gritty playing
style which he showcased at the 2014 Xerox Canadian
University & College Championships and most recently at the
inaugural BDO Northfield Cup.
caused a major upset in the opening round of the main draw
against Joe Chapman (then ranked # 111 in the world). Jason
Delierre captains this squad with two previous team titles
under his belt. Jason is ranked #13 in the country.
The Ontario womenís squad is led by Micaala Seth who
is a local favourite having grown up and learned her squash
not too far from Northfield Club. Seth is currently ranked
12 in the country with 2 Canadian University Championship
titles and the Waterloo Warriors Female Athlete of the Year
on her resume. Both Seth and Seanna Keating were on the 2013
championship team together. Keating is now hunting for her
third team title (first was one in 2006). Marnie Baizley
former #30 in the World and two time Canadian Womenís Squash
Champion rounds out this squad.
Ontario 2 womenís team is led by a well-known local
player, Nicole Garon. Both Nicole and her teammate Paula
Jenkins had great performances at the the recent Ontario
Closed Championships. Nicole Kendall rounds out the squad
and recently captured the U17 Canadian Junior Open
Championship in Niagara-on-the-lake in December.
Ontario menís squad have showcased some spectacular
squash at Northfield Club. Mike McCue & Nicholas Sachvie
faced off in the recent BDO Northfield Cup in an epic way.
Without doubt, the best match at Northfield club in recent
history. The third game alone 23-21 went 50 minutes with
only three lets ...
We will look for more exciting squash from these two, but
this time, playing on the same team. Another local
favourite, Cameron Seth, rounds out the squad and continues
Ďfamily affairí theme for this championship. Cam captured
the 2015 OUA Singles Championship & 3rd place at the 2014
Xerox Canadian University & College Squash Championships
both held at Northfield Club.
Ontario 2 menís squad is led by former Brown
University Captain and # 1 Blake Reinsen. Blake continues
his studies at University of Waterloo making for the
toughest 1-2 combination (with Cameron Seth) in OUA Squash
this year. Mohanad Heikal is in the number two spot and
Rahul Sehrawat is at # 3. Sehrawat is coming off of a 3rd
place finish at the Canadian Junior Open in the U 19
Team Manitoba is fielding the same line up as they
did at last yearís team championships in Montreal. Dave
Glass is currently ranked 8th in the Country and is a 10
time Manitoba Provincial Champion. Trevor Borland is easily
one of the top junior coaches in the country and has
captured three national titles of his own (2x 30+ Titles &
1x University Championship).
and Melina Turk...you guessed it, make it combo #3 for the
brother & Sister category. Connor and Melinaís father, Gene
Turk, is Squash Canadaís most recent hall of fame inductee.
Congratulations to Melina for recently breaking the top 100
in the world. Alix Younger is no stranger to Northfield Club
having captured the 2014 Xerox Canadian University & College
Saskatchewan is being led by Thomas King and Jaycee
Spagrud. King has been cutting his teeth on the PSA tour
hitting 5 Canadian events in 2015 and training full time at
the NSA. Spagrud is currently ranked 14 in the Country and
had a silver finish at the 2014 Xerox Canadian University
and College Squash Championships.
Alberta looks to defend their womenís title earned over
Manitoba last year in Montreal. Jackie Moss, a former
standout at Princeton University and current #8 in the
Country will lead the team. Kelsey Souchereau ranked #9 and
Jamie Laird ranked # 13 pose major challenges for other
teams at the #2 and #3 positions.
Quoting a local newspaper article in Northwest Territories
ďIf your last name is Hinchey and you are from NWT, itís
very likely that you play squash.Ē The 2016 NWT menís
team does not disappoint. Brothers Chad and Garrett make
up the #1 and # 3 spots while their (former) CWG teammate
Travis Kamitomo is in the #2 spot.
The Canadian Armed Forces are joining us from as far
as BC! The menís team is led by Gilles Couture who is ranked
#1 in the open category for the Canadian Armed Forces.
Daniel Begin (ranked #2) and Yan Frappier (#4) are in the 2
and 3 slot. Jillian Sicard (ranked #4) leads the womenís
team with Audrey Jordan & Tien Nguyen in the 2 and 3 slots.
DRAWS & RESULTS
The City of Waterloo is
located in the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, in the
Region of Waterloo.
Within 25 square miles of land area lives a diverse
population of over 132,000 who contribute to a vibrant
A dynamic urban municipality in southwestern Ontario with a
strong cultural and economic base. Renowned post-secondary
institutions, global think tanks and major employers call
The quality of life here is enhanced by the arts, culture
and heritage scenes, recreational opportunities, parks and
trails, facilities, programs, services and more. Waterloo is
a great place to live, work, learn and play (squash).