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Holtrand Gas City ProAm 2014
28 Jan - 02 Feb, Medicine Hat, Canada, $10k

02- Feb, Final:
Koukal cruises to Gas City title
Taylor Martin reports

We had another amazing performance in our final match between Leo Au and Jan Koukal. Koukal pulled out another 3-0 victory taking the Holtrand Gas City Pro-Am title with zero losses throughout the tournament.

Koukal pressed his strategy from the beginning of the match, taking an all important first game after being down 8-3 in the first. Au did not have the lightning speed we saw in the semi final versus Raphael Kandra, so it was evident that the 102 minute semi-final match took a tole on the young player from Hong Kong.

Jan still had to work hard to upset the first seed and his attacks on court came out far more in this match than the ones played leading up to it. Koukal has been in both final matches that have been held in Medicine Hat, and now has his name etched on the championship trophy.

When asked privately before the match if his game plan was to win in 3 games Koukal replied, " That's always my game plan!"

And he lived up to his word by taking the tournament with a perfect win record. What an amazing performance from all the players we had this year.

Gas City ProAm 2014
28 Jan - 02 Feb, Medicine Hat, Canada, $10k
Round One
30 Jan
31 Jan
01 Feb
02 Feb
[1] Leo Au (Hkg)
11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (40m)
Alex Ingham (Eng)
[1] Leo Au
11-9, 6-11, 11-1, 11-6 (63m)
[8] Andrew Schnell
[1] Leo Au

8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5 (102m)

[3] Raphael Kandra

[1] Leo Au 


11-9, 11-5, 11-7 (48m)


[6] Jan Koukal

28th PSA title for Jan

[8] Andrew Schnell (Can)
11-5, 12-10, 11-6 (67m)
Graeme Schnell (Can)
[7] Dane Sharp (Can)
7-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-2 (67m)
Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned)
Sebastiaan Weenink
11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (46m)
[3] Raphael Kandra
[3] Raphael Kandra (Ger)
11-9, 11-4, 11-4 (50m)
[Q] James Huang (Tpe)
[Q] Ritchie Fallows (Eng)
11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (50m)
[4] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
[4] Rex Hedrick
12-10, 11-5, 11-7
[6] Jan Koukal
[6] Jan Koukal

11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (53m)

[5] Ben Coleman

Mike McCue (Can)
11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (45m
[6] Jan Koukal (Cze)
Alejandro Garbi (Esp)
12-10, 13-11, 11-6 (87m)
[5] Ben Coleman (Eng)
[5] Ben Coleman
7-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (93m)
[2] Martin Knight
[Q] Reiko Peter (Sui)
11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (55m)
[2] Martin Knight (Nzl)
29-Jan, Qualifying Finals:

Reiko Peter 3-0 Benjamin Fischer                               11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (41m)
Richie Fallows 3-0 Michael Harris              9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6 (90m)
Graeme Schnell 3-1 Adam Auckland                  5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (65m)
James Huang 3-1 David Letourneau               11-2, 8-11, 13-11, 12-10 (68m)

Lucky loser draw - #1 David Letourneau #2 Benjamin Fischer

28-Jan, Qualifying Round One:

Reiko Peter (Sui) bt James Earles (Eng)                        11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (28m)
Benjamin Fischer (Sui) bt Reuben Phillips (Eng)             11-9, 11-0, 11-5 (31m)

Richie Fallows (Eng) bt Adam Murrills (Eng)  11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8 (78m)
Mike Harris (Eng) bt Will John (Wal)                              11-4, 11-9, 11-6

Graeme Schnell (Can) bt Matthew Serediak (Can) 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8 (72m)
Adam Auckland (Eng) bt Brock Janzer (Can)                   11-5, 11-5, 11-2 (31m)

David Letourneau (Can) bt Jonathan Geekie (Sco)  6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9
James Huang (Tpe) bt Micah Franklin (Ber)                    11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (42m)

01- Feb, Semis:
Taylor Martin reports

-- Jan Koukal bt Ben Coleman 3-0

Koukal's methodical play worked Coleman down for the first half of each game. Then once established Koukal took hold of the game and didn't look back as he moves into his second Final match at the Gas City Pro-Am two years running.

-- Leo Au bt Raphael Kandra 3-2

Au celebrated his birthday with an extreme performance with Raphael Kandra. This extended match had everything from long tight rallies to flurries of attacks.

Kandra coming off a loss at the final of Bankers Hall to Au had some serious drive in this rematch. Although the push from Kandra was incredible Leo Au weathered the storm and played fantastically himself to secure his second Final match in two weeks.

31-Jan, Quarters:
Taylor Martin reports

Another day has come to a close here in Medicine Hat, and the semi-finalists are decided:

--Raphael Kandra bt Sebastiaan Weenink 3-0

These two players started off the day with a hard battle. Kandra's varying pace and massive volleys proved too much for Weenink. This was a great game to lead off the day as both players worked hard and played some great squash.

--Leo Au bt Andrew Schnell 3-1

Schnell came out gunning in the first two games, not giving Au a chance to settle into his own tempo. After the second game in the match Au came out blazing, making Schnell work hard to stay in the game. The young Canadian made a fine show keeping the game alive with returned pressure all over the court. It was not enough in the end as Au capitalized on a few errors from Schnell sealing his position in the semi finals.

--Ben Coleman bt Martin Knight 3-2

This was the longest match so far in the tournament extending over and hour and a half. Knight was able to swoop through the first two games to be met by a serious reply from Coleman in the third. After sustaining an injury to his leg Knight was moving slightly slower in the fourth and fifth games. Coleman kept the gas pedal down to take over in the business end of the match.

--Jan Koukal bt Rex Hedrick 3-0

Koukal pulled off another win with his steady gameplay. Hedrick made a solid go in the first game but was cut short after holding game ball at 10-7. After mounting his comeback Koukal settled into some of the longest rallies of the day to pull out a win that will send him on to the semi finals.

30-Jan, Round One:
Taylor Martin reports

We had another great day of squash to start off the main draw, some long games showed the crowd how these players can endure some serious fatigue and still play quality squash. Results as follows:

--Raphael Kandra bt James Huang 3-0
Huang came out gunning in this match, putting Kandra in a rush for some of his shots. But last years Gas City Champion rallied back and took over the match with forced pace and some very tight squash.

--Ben Coleman bt Alejandro Garbi 3-0
Coleman was able to come out on top of this double overtime match, with some serious contention throughout. The long rallies of this match were interrupted by some interesting explanations of game play, but in the end some good squash was played to allow Coleman a pass to the next round.

--Sebastian Weenink bt Dane Sharp 3-2
After a strong start from the Canadian Weenink was able to pull off the upset of the day by defeating Sharp. After losing the first two long matches Weenink was able to put a strong game together to draw even and then run away with the match.

--Martin Knight bt Reiko Peter 3-0
Some beautiful rallies were played by both players in this match. Knight was able to bring himself back after Peter made a four point run at the beginning of the first game. With the second game in the bag Knight took a 9 point run in the third with solid rallies and deliberate placement of the ball.

--Rex Hedrick bt Richie Fallows 3-0
This match seemed to go in spurts for either player, one getting a 5 or 3 point run before the other would gain momentum. Hedrick was able to keep his errors to a minimum to push Fallows out of the match.

--Leo Au bt Alex Ingham 3-0
Although the scores portray a different story Ingham held up a solid battle with some excellent attacks and amazing gets. In the end it wasn't enough to stop Au from taking the match to continue his winning streak from Banker's Hall.

--Jan Koukal bt Michael McCue 3-0
McCue rousted a solid start in the match but Koukal's solid rallies were too much for the young Canadian. Some fine rallies were played out before Koukal could take home the win.

--Andrew Schnell bt Greame Schnell 3-0
Andrew Schnell put an end to the qualifying upset run of brother Greame. With a solid performance from both siblings Andrew was able to come out on top. The anticipation for each others shot was definitely visible as they battled for every point. This was a great match for the crowd although many folks did not want to cheer for one brother over the other!

Schnell brothers in action

29-Jan, Qualifying Finals:
Canadian Brother versus Brother!

Taylor Martin reports

The second round has come to a close and we had another strong day from the qualifier draw. Results as follows:

Reiko Peter 3-0 Benjamin Fischer
             11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (41m)

The two Swiss players squared off in a close match, both sticking to their own game plan. Reiko was able to capitalize when it came to the business end of each match and take the spot in the main draw. Peter will face off against Martin Knight.

Richie Fallows  3-0 Michael Harris
           9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6  (90m)

This was the longest match of the day, with extended rallies that were interrupted a number of times with some bump and grind play. This back and forth battle drew out the best play in game 5 from Richie Fallows who got his emotions in check and took over the match. Fallows will move on to play Rex Hedrick in the main draw.

Graeme Schnell 3-1 Adam Auckland
            5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (65m)

The elder Schnell brother pulled off another upset in the second round. Again playing some serious drive he recovered after the first came and came on strong to take the match home. Auckland replied with some of his own grit and hustle in the fourth. under pressure he dove into the back corner playing off the back wall.

He then leaped up to retrieve a tight front court drop and reset the rally. After a 3 point run from Auckland, Schnell closed the door with a couple well controlled rallies to move into the main draw. Graeme Schnell will now face off against his brother Andrew Schnell in the first round of the main draw!!

James Huang 3-1 David Letourneau
        11-2, 8-11, 13-11, 12-10 (68m)

This was a very close match that kept the crowd on the edge of their seats. Letourneau held game ball in the third and 3 game balls in the fourth game to have Huang rally back and take both in overtime. There was some excellent squash played by each of these players, but Huang was able to take control in the business end of the match. Huang moves on to play Raphael Kandra in the opening round of the main draw.

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