Nash Cup 2012
17-22 Sep, London, Ontario, $10k
THE BATTLE OF 1812!
Dave Morrish reports
day was eagerly awaited and this year’s Nash Cup has been one of the
most exciting and most competitive.
Before the final, I had a chance to chat to the players and get
their thoughts on their upcoming final.
“Gonna go for a lot of nicks and open up the court”! Only joking! I
hope I play well and if I do, I will put myself in a good position
to win the tournament. Oli is a good player so I will need to be at
" I have not played my best yet this tournament. The margins of
error are so fine and I have been missing a bit of stability and
feel. I have not felt super comfortable which is what separates
playing ok and playing well. I am looking forward to the match
OLIVER PETT: “I am feeling good – it is obviously going to be
tough and I am going to have to play my best if I am to have a
chance of winning, and am relishing the opportunity.
"I have never played him before. Seen a lot of him this week so have
an idea of how he plays. I plan on trying to restrict him at the
back of the court and force him into opening it up. I will need to
vary the pace too. As I said, I am going to have to be at the top of
my game if I am going to have a chance of winning.”
JULIAN ILLINGWORTH (USA) beat OLIVER PETT (ENG)
6-11; 11-9; 11-6;
11-6 (59 mins)
Oli came out of the blocks sharp, purposeful and looking like a
horse destined to win the race. He raced to a 3-0 lead without doing
anything special. Julian got himself on the score board thanks to an
error. Oli controlled most of the game and forced Julian into some
unforced errors and won 11-6. Yann Perrin had Julian an odds on
favourite at the start of the match but changed his mind after the
first and made Oli odds on favourite).
change of heart looked good as Oli raced into a 6-2 lead, courtesy
of good attacking squash and unforced errors from Julian. The game
was about to change, as was Yann Perrin’s mind! Julian seemed to
have found his rhythm, his length and above all his confidence. Oli
was still attacking but it was filled with errors. From such a
promising start, Oli went on to lose the game 11-9.
Yann certainly changed his mind and said Julian was definitely odds
on favourite now. Noting against Julian, but I still thought Oli
could pull it off!
At the start of the 3rd game it was clear Julian was back! The first
4 points were shared, and then Julian started to pull away. He was
playing error free squash, keeping the ball tight and forcing Oli to
take some risks – result was a 11-6 win for Julian.
The crowd was looking for a comeback – it looked possible up to 4
all but then Oli imploded and made error after error (some forced,
some unforced) and before we knew it, it was 10-6 championship
points. Julian is an experienced campaigner and made sure of his
first match point to secure a victory, which at the start of the
week, not many people would have put their money on…. Not even Yann
Sam Cornett and
Stephanie Edmison reporting on Julian Illingworth:
had a tough time getting to the finals this week. “I felt fine going
in”, he said, despite having a five-setter in the quarters (against
Anthony Graham) and a four game semi-final against crowd favourite
was cramping after the quarters, but was able to recover in time for
the semis.” When asked how the court played in the final, as we
referred to him as ‘No-shot Illingworth’, he commented on how it was
difficult to play any shots on the court throughout the tournament.
Julian is off to the US Open next. He is feeling fit and very glad
to have had the opportunity to work out some of the kinks in his
games before competing in such a large event.
The Nash Cup is the largest (size) trophy that Illingworth has won
to date on the tour, and we wish him the best of luck this season.
We look forward to having him back to defend his title next year!
Sam Cornett and Stephanie Edmison reporting on Oliver Pett:
was clear that the bleachers were filled throughout the week for
Oliver’s matches, as he was clearly able to bring forward a very…
‘attractive’ game. When asked how he was feeling going into the
finals today, Oli said “I had great energy, and was feeling very
confident. “I was frustrated by the loss given the confidence I had
He had a strong start to the match, taking the first with gusto. He
confessed, however, that nerves seemed to take a toll on him. This
was especially evident in the fourth and final game, which he quoted
as being “riddled with errors”, despite working hard to move
Illingworth around the court.
Oliver’s next event is Santiago and we cannot wait to follow his
results. We look forward to seeing him again next year.
Nash ended the presentation ceremony by announcing that not only
will we be having a WSA event next year, but also that we will be
upping our “purse” to $15k next year!
What a great end to an unbelievable week.
We opened the evening with a women’s
exhibition. Sam Cornett and Steph Edmison, two of
Canada’s top female squash players, entertained the crowd to a great
exhibition! Sam sneaked home!
What the crowd did not know until after the men’s final was that
next year’s Nash Cup will be both a PSA and a WSA event. We asked
Sam and Steph for their reaction to this:
Sam Cornett: “This is huge for
London Squash to put on a WSA event.
There are only 4 on Canada at the moment (2 in Montreal, one in
Winnipeg and one in Toronto). Looking at the way the Nash Cup PSA
event has grown over the past 5 years, there is every chance that
Jay Nash will grow the WSA event into something special as well.
London Squash is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and
hospitality and keen members”.
Steph Edmison: “As Sam said, this will be massive for the
The NSA (National Squash Academy in Toronto) has been such a
positive addition to Canadian squash and if we can get more WSA
events around the country it will definitely help with the
competitive development of our female competitive players.”
17-22 Sep, London, Ontario, $10k
 Julian Illingworth (Usa)
11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (36m)
Scott Arnold (Aus)
 Julian Illingworth
11-9, 2-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5 (74m)
 Julian Illingworth
7-11, 11-8, 11-7,
 Julian Illingworth
6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 (59m)
 Olivier Pett
Anthony Graham (Eng)
7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (55m)
David Letourneau (Can)
Andrew Schnell (Can)
11-5, 11-2, 15-13 (30m)
[Q] Tyler Hamilton (Can)
11-13, 11-6, 11-13, 11-1, 12-10 (70m)
 Jan Koukal
 Jan Koukal (Cze)
12-10, 11-6, 11-4 (30m)
[Q] Adrian Dudzicki (Can
[Q] Fred Reid (Can)
15-13, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9 (36m)
 Olivier Pett (Eng)
 Olivier Pett
12-10, 11-8, 11-4 (26m)
 Olivier Pett
11-7, 7-11, 11-8,
Yann Perrin (Fra)
11-3, 12-10, 5-11, 11-3 (46m)
Andrew McDougall (Can)
Thomas Brinkman (Can)
16-14, 11-5, 5-11, 11-7 (46m)
[Q] Matt Serediak (Can)
13-11, 11-1, 11-7 (39m)
Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)
9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 13-11 (97m)
 Shawn Delierre (Can)
18-Sep, Qualifying Finals:
Fred Reid (Can) bt
Micah Franklin (Ber)
4/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/4 (32m)
Adrian Dudzicki (Can) bt
Tom Pashley (Eng) 11/8, 11/9,
Tyler Hamilton (Can) bt
Eric Dingle (Can)
11/6, 11/13, 9/11, 11/8, 11/7 (44m)
Matthew Serediak (Can)
Mike McCue (Can) 11/9,
7/11, 11/2, 5/11, 11/0 (67m)
17-Sep, Qualifying Round One:
Fred Reid (Can) bye
Micah Franklin (Ber) bt Yeshale Chetty (Can)
12/10, 11/9, 11/4 (35m)
Adrian Dudzicki (Can) bt Tashlin Reddy (Can)
11/6, 13/11, 11/5 (25
Tom Pashley (Eng) bt Maxime Bloouin (Can)
11/4, 11/7, 11/4 (26m)
Tyler Hamilton (Can) bt Brad Hanebury (Can)
11/5, 7/11, 11/4, 11/5 (32m)
Eric Dingle (Can)
bt Cameron Stafford (Cay)
11/4, 11/9, 9/11, 7/11, 15/13 (58m)
Mike McCue (Can) bt Albert Shoihet (Can)
8/11, 11/3, 11/5, 11/8 (48m)
Matthew Serediak (Can) bye
Twitter king Mark McLean and Dave Morrish
Illingworth and Pett
through to Nash Cup Final
a number of amazing matches already this week, the atmosphere in the
club was electric. Members could be heard discussing the form of the
players over the week and what they should and could do (rather like
the majority of the nation chatting about football (or soccer as
they call it here!).
Well, the crowd was not let down tonight. There were 2 great matches
which could have gone either way. They had everything- breathtaking
retrieving, outright winners, deception, controlled length…
Ironically, both matches were 3-1 and both matches lasted 56
Tonight we had 2 pro players give their thoughts on the game as well
as the thoughts of the players themselves.
First on court were local hero Andrew Schnell from Calgary in
Alberta, and top seed Julian Illingworth from Connecticut on the
East coast of the USA. Both players had marathon five setters the
day before – did they have anything left in the tank?
JULIAN ILLINGWORTH (USA) bt ANDREW SCHNELL (CAN)
7-11; 11-8; 11-7; 11-9 (56 mins)
It was a shaky (nervous) start for both players – there were 4
unforced errors in the first 6 points. Schnell made his move and
tightened up his game whilst Illingworth appeared to get frustrated
and lacked speed off the T. A relatively slow place first game which
Schnell won 11-7.
Andrew continued attacking in the second and the pace was raised.
Julian was more settled and confident now. It was a close game with
both players playing good attacking squash. Julian controlled the
pace better and executed some great volleys.
played a strong 3rd game, placing the ball effortlessly where he
wanted. Schnell did not just sit back though and dug deep to stay in
the game with some incredible retrieving. Julian’s FH drop was
A five setter looked on the cards as Schnell raced to a 5-1 lead. An
exchange of unforced errors (2 from Schnell to 1 from Julian) and
the score reached 8 all. A huge rally followed that had everything
in it, with Schnell winning it. Sadly this was followed by a couple
of unforced errors from Schnell and Julian won the match on his
first match point.
JULIAN ILLINGWORTH: “I felt that I played well, the match was
hard fought but I was able to pressure Andrew into making some
unforced errors which allowed me to take the win. There were times
during the match where I felt flat, almost pancake like. However, a
win is a win so I will take it.
"I hope I have saved the best of my matches for last, Oliver is a
good player and I will need to bring my A game. But all in all I am
happy to win and advance to the finals, and I am looking forward to
ANDREW SCHNELL: “I have to give credit to Julian; he played a
very solid game and deserved to win. I just did not capitalize on my
chances like I did yesterday. I played an impatient game at times,
went for some risky shots that did not always pay off so Julian
benefitted from my mistakes.
"There was also another element to the game that I had to contend
with and that was the attractiveness of the crowd, it was just too
distracting at times. Overall, loved the experience! London Squash
OLIVER PETT (ENG)
bt CLINTON LEEUW (RSA)
11-7; 7-11; 11-8; 13-11 (56 mins)
Oliver started the match very strong – with precision and patience;
he took the ball early. Clinton wasn’t there. At 6-1, the first long
rally, Oli still controlled the pace. The rallies were getting
longer but Oli was in really good shape and finished the game with
The real match started in the second game. There were long rallies
and Clinton tried to take the ball earlier and got on to the volley
more – and it was working. He was to put more pressure with his
backhand drop, and he won the second. After the 3rd and the 4th, it
was really close; but a few errors from Clinton gave the opportunity
to Oli to finish the point.
the game was really close, with good squash played by both players.
The last point exemplified what the match was all about – a great
rally and some fantastic retrieving, ending with a cross-court flat
dead nick from Oli reaching back under pressure high on the
CLINTON LEEUW: “Credit to Oliver, he played a great game, had
good length and an overall strong match. Oliver is just too good of
a player to not play 100% against. If I played 100% I still would
only have had a 50% chance at winning, that’s how good he is. I had
a great tournament though, played some amazing matches and had some
The London Squash Club made me feel at home and comfortable which
helped me to play my best. Thanks to Dave, all the organizers, the
members and of course the amazing interviewer for a great tournament
OLIVER PETT: “It was a hard fought match! Clinton was playing
with a lot of confidence and I was nervous because I knew I was next
on his to-do-list. Luckily, I was able to squeeze some mistakes out
of him and take the match. To be honest, the longer the match went
on the more nervous I became so I was very happy to get the win.
Clinton was running me around the court for a good portion of the
match, thankfully I enjoy burning calories. I love London Squash,
everyone is really nice and the gym is great, although, this
interview is like getting blood from a stone (only joking, just a
bit of good old British humour!)”
Ask the Ref ...
also decided to get the views of the referee! Players often give
their views! Steve Flude officiated both matches.
“Illingworth versus Schnell: I had the impression that Andrew was a
bit nervous at the start and really was in the end 1 or 2 shots away
from winning this match. The big difference was in the big points
which Julian played better – just that little bit more steady and
"A year from now could be a completely different story. Andrew has
gained so much experience from this tournament. He is bright and has
a great attitude. They were indeed a pleasure to referee”.
“Pett versus Leeuw: Clinton started way too slow and let Oli run
over him in the first but to his credit he came back strong and made
a real match of it. They looked evenly match from up top, with
similar styles. It was an easy match to officiate – both players got
on with it.
The Nash Cup amateur draw started
tonight with 112 players from all over Ontario descending on London
Squash. There is no doubt that watching the pros is a draw card and
added bonus to coming to London for this event.
The Nash Cup
TOP SEED ILLINGWORTH
TAKEN THE DISTANCE
Dave Morrish and Otley Cullen reporting
London Squash Racquets Club was treated to another feast of squash
tonight. The 4 quarter finals followed each other on the show court
which was a total sell out…. And they certainly got their money’s
worth! Top seed Illingworth narrowly escaped an early exit whilst
last year’s finalist and 2010 champion Jan Koukal lost at the death.
ANDREW SCHNELL (CAN) beat JAN KOUKAL (CZE)
11-13; 11-6; 11-13; 11-1; 12-10 (70 mins)
This was a roller coaster of a game and Andrew was to some extent in
control of his own destiny tonight and nearly committed suicide! He
dictated so much of the play and forced Jan into a waiting and
Jan’s retrieving was often breathtaking. Andrew most definitely took
the game to Jan tonight and attacked at every opportunity, both
short and deep. His error rate was pretty high for a match of this
level but at the end of the day, squash was the winner as Andrew hit
a few more winners than he did errors! Jan to be fair did not look
like the player that got to the final last year – he looked laboured
at times with his movement, but nothing must be taken away from
Schnell – he wanted this and played well for his win.
A good start to the night and a great start for Canada!
ANDREW SCHNELL: Well Jan and I played a while back, that game
also went to five, so I knew that when things got tough in today’s
match I could pull through and take it. Really excited to get
through considering Jan is a very good player and you never know how
matches like that will go. Looking forward to tomorrows match,
excited for the semis!
JAN KOUKAL: Pretty gutted! He played so well tonight and I
struggled to cope with that. I was in and out of focus and struggled
to turn when he held me. I wasn’t not getting onto the ball as early
and comfortably as I would have liked to. I have been coming here
for 4 years and it is in my top 3 favourite tournaments. I will
definitely be back next year!
OLI PETT ENG) beat YANN PERRIN (FRA)
12-10; 11-8; 11-4 (26 mins)
This game was a bit like a 20/20 cricket game – or at least from
Yann’s side! He was for sure the more attacking player and
definitely played more winners (and hit more sixes!) than Oli….. but
a lot of errors too. It was clear that Oli found it difficult to get
a rhythm (possibly Yann’s game play) but he was the steadier of the
2 players and countered at the given moments and kept a solid
length. Credit to Yann for his flare- if everything comes off that
he goes for, he is capable of beating the best.
PETT: I definitely played a better game tonight then I did
yesterday. Yann was very impressive, gave me a tough match. The
first game was very tight but after I managed to settle into a
rhythm and I was able to take the match on fitness. Overall it was a
YANN PERRIN: The match started well, felt good, but he played
really well and I just got tired after the second game and he was
able to take it. I knew I had to stay focused and be patient with my
shots, but Oliver played very well and was able to penetrate my
focus and I realized halfway through that I was just not going to be
able to accomplish what I wanted. It was my second tournament and I
really need to get in shape for the rest of the season!
JULIAN ILLINGWORTH (USA) beat ANTHONY GRAHAM (ENG)
11-9; 2-11; 11-7; 6-11; 11-5 (74 MINS)
was a very entertaining game that had a beautiful contrast of youth
and experience. Ant in many people’s eyes snatched defeat from the
jaws of victory. He dictated so much of the play, and at times
totally out-played his higher ranked opponent. Along with some of
his fantastic play were cheap errors and this at the end of the day
cost him the match.
Ant lost a narrow first and dominated the 2nd only to play a loose
3rd which against a player like Julian is not bright! He came back
well I the 4th but Julian showed his experience at 5-5 in the 5th
game by keeping the court closed and giving nothing away. A great
ILLINGWORTH: I feel really lucky to have made it through today!
I checked out for a bit but luckily for me I was able to pull myself
together and come back. Seriously, Anthony is great and I feel lucky
to get the win. He is young and has a lot of talent which, if he
nurtures it well could be anywhere in the top 40.
ANTHONY GRAHAM: Gutted! I thought I played well, but I lost
my concentration in patches and just couldn’t come back. If I had
adapted to the change of pace that occurred during the third game
that would have put me in a better position to take the match. A lot
of positives to take out of this match- just need to learn to play
better at the business end of the game.
CLINTON LEEUW (RSA) beat THOMAS BRINKMAN (CAN)
13-11; 11-1; 11-7 (39 MINS)
Clinton certainly looked as though he was feeling the efforts of
yesterday’s match against Shawn. Thomas came out of the block
quickly and took the game to his opponent. The experience showed at
the end of the game when Thomas had a game ball, only to tin out.
This was the turning point as the score would suggest and Thomas
never really got back into it. His error rate was high but he
probably knew he had to take the game to Clinton. As Clinton got
into the game, he got better and better. He did however write the
number 7 on the wall 4 times!
CLINTON LEEUW: I am quite pleased to win. My goal was just to
try and stay positive and make it as tough as possible on Thomas. I
saw Thomas play in April and he has improved so much since then, I
realized early on that I could not take this match lightly. Thomas
has such amazing hair that I had to beat him because I could not let
him have everything. Final thoughts, I am pretty sure I pulled off
my lime green shirt better than Anthony!
THOMAS BRINKMAN: At first I thought I could catch him off
guard because of his hard match last night, which was not the case.
In the second game he was all over me physically….and not in the
good way. I really thought I would do better, I thought I could
extend the rallies but I just could not get it done. I went into the
match not wanting to feel and play like a mop – in the end I played
more like a vacuum, I sucked!
The Nash Cup
Laura Doherty, your scribe
19-Sep, Round One:
TITLE HOLDER DELIERRE
CRASHES OUT IN FIRST ROUND
Dave Morrish and the London crowd report
a night of squash! 3 of the 8 matches were won in straight games,
with a further 4 matches going 3-1, and a marathon 3-2 at the end of
We decided to get the view of the spectators tonight, so they
analyzed the matches and interviewed the players.
Here is their story:
The Nash Cup
18-Sep, Qualifying Finals:
CLEAN SWEEP FOR CANADIANS
IN QUALIFYING FINALS
Dave Morrish and Laura Savage reporting
It was a great night for Canadian squash in the qualifying finals at
the Nash Cup.
Fred Reid beat Mikah Franklin 3-1, Adrian Dudzicki beat
the higher seeded Tom Pashley 3-0. Tyler Hamilton beat Eric
Dingle 3-2, and to complete the evening, another 5 setter, Matt
Serediak beat Mike McCue 3-2.
The quality of squash was phenomenal and what potentially on paper
looked like some one-sided matches ended up being a real treat for
the enthusiastic London Squash members.
FRED REID (CAN) bt MICAH FRANKLIN (BER)
11-8, 11-8, 11-4 (32 MINS)
the first game, Micah played a good steady game with few errors, and
kept a good length. Fred was impatient and forced the points
resulting in errors or opening up the court, which Micah pounced on.
Fred came out strong in the second game, but again, a few errors let
Mikah back in.
was close, but towards the end of the game Micah lost his length and
allowed Fred space and time to wield his magic wand and close the
The third saw Micah go 8-3 up, and to cut a long story short, he
didn’t score another point. Credit to Fred for some brilliant
racquet work from all corners of the court to which MIcah had no
answer. This seemed to be Micah’s breaking point as Fred closed the
I was nervous, even when warming up – I was even shaking. I know I
was impatient in the first game and didn’t have much length.
My discipline got better in the second and my nerves started to
leave me and I got into a groove. I don’t know how I got 8-3 down in
the third, but I steadied up and started to use my openings.
After winning the third I went into the fourth very confident and
felt I played a great game. I hope I can take this momentum into the
main draw, as any lapses in concentration like I had today will get
MICAH: I started off well, taking the ball early, and felt
sharp. I felt my length was good and was surprised how quickly I won
the first. He tidied it up in the second and played less “silly
shots.” In the third, 8-3, I guess I took my foot off the gas – why?
I don’t know. I went into a daze and couldn’t snap out of it, and it
was downhill from there.
He’s a dangerous player when he gets confident, and I gave him that
confidence. I’m very happy with the tournament, the points I get
will improve my ranking. Still very keen and looking forward to
training with Jamie Hickox in the fall.
ADRIAN DUDZICKI (CAN) bt TOM PASHLEY (ENG)
11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (34 MINS)
Dudzicki got off to a great start, and Pashley found it difficult to
fire himself up, and only did so halfway through the game, when he
started to play well, but Dudzicki kept the court closed and
finished off the game. Dudzicki started the second as he finished
the first, but with Pashley playing a lot better, it was nip and
tuck all the way.
Some great retrieving from both, very few errors, could’ve been
anyone’s game, but Dudzicki snuck it. Dudzicki got a good lead in
the third and stayed in front. He did appear to get a bit nervous
towards the end when he saw the finishing line, but Pashley’s head
was already down, and he was able to close it out.
Some of the best squash I have ever played. I felt physically good,
and made the rallies hard. I felt my length and my width was good,
and that forced him into coughing up openings.
Gary Waite told me I needed to shorten my swing and quicken my
hands, and that certainly paid dividends tonight. Jamie Hickox
(national coach) has been working on my pace and taking the ball
earlier – this definitely paid dividends tonight. Right now I’m one
very happy bunny!
TOM: Never felt so bad! Couldn’t move, felt heavy and slow.
Don’t know why because I felt good coming into this tournament. I
tried to play my game at a high pace, but it just didn’t feel
comfortable. Credit to Adrian – he played so well. I didn’t make
many errors, but I didn’t feel he gave me much to play with.
Two weeks ago, I was playing so well, got to the semis of
Nottingham, and came here full of confidence. Can’t explain my
performance – back to the drawing board, and hope things will go
better next time.
TYLER HAMILTON (CAN) bt ERIC DINGLE (CAN)
11-6, 11-13, 9-11, 11-8,
11-7 (44 MINS)
started off strong and set the tone of the game. He exerted his
authority and forced Eric into a lot of unforced errors. Maybe the
effort of yesterday’s marathon was already taking its toll!
Eric had other ideas, and turned things around. He was much tighter
and his retrieving was superb, lifting the ball when under pressure,
and forcing errors out of Tyler. Maybe Tyler felt Eric was spent and
took his foot off the gas.
Eric wasn’t finished, and proved that in the third. He actually led
7-3, but Tyler drew it back to 7-all. A few errors at the business
end of the game led Eric to clinch it and lead 2-1.
The fourth was close up until 5-all, then Tyler won 2 points to
Eric’s 1, to take it to a decider. The fifth was a great battle, and
Eric gave his all. He actually led 5-2 at which point Tyler made
sure Eric had to fight for every single ball. His length was superb
as was his width and that was probably the deciding factor.
After the first game I felt super confident and felt like I was
controlling most of the points. I still felt comfortable, but he got
some amazing returns and forced me into some errors.
Even at 2-1 down, I still felt that if I straighten my game up and
stay disciplined, I would come through, and fortunately, I did.
Credit to Eric – he stuck in there until the bitter end, even after
yesterday’s immense effort. I’ve never seen him fight like that. It
was a great game and I’m very happy to have got through to the main
draw, and am really looking forward to tomorrow.
ERIC: A lot of positives to take out of this tournament. 48
hours ago I wasn’t even in this event! I certainly didn’t think I
would play so well. I was within a sniff of winning this, but I have
to say we both played well.
I’m delighted with my performance and will definitely be back next
year. The points I got will improve my ranking and that’s a big
MATT SEREDIAK (CAN) by MIKE McCUE (CAN)
11-9, 7-11, 11-2, 5-11, 11-0
Matt held a one point lead for the most part of the game. He
volleyed more, and kept the pressure on Mike. The rallies were long
and hard fought. Mike came out in the second with a better length
and really attacked the front. This was helped by Matt’s loss of
length and slightly loose play.
The stage was set. Matt came out in the third strong and
authoritative and never really let Mike into it, keeping him away
from the front with superb length. Mike was beginning to look tired
and played too short too soon, and Matt punished him accordingly.
The fourth was a different story.
Mike got his length back and his movement, and his confidence, and
forced Matt into making some uncharacteristic unforced errors. At
2-all, it was anyone’s guess who would win, but Matt had other
ideas! He played the perfect fifth, as the score line would suggest.
Bit of a roller coaster! At the start I felt very confident, but he
was playing well, and gradually ate into my confidence. I was
fortunate to always be a game in front in this match.
After the fourth I got some words of wisdom from the number 1 seed
Julian Illingworth – he told me to go back to basics with my length
and width and that certainly paid dividends.
Really looking forward to tomorrow and really excited to get through
today. It has been a great day for the Canadians.
MIKE: I had a plan to keep it straight both with my length
and the short volley. He is so strong across the court. I felt like
I was always playing catch-up, but thought if I kept fighting I
could stay with him, and I did so up to 2-all. The fifth! Was there
one? It happened so quickly.
I played the wrong shots at the wrong time and as the score line
would suggest, I got bageled! The second time this has happened to
me in PSA and no doubt I will be reminded of it for a long time to
It’s been a great tournament and I’m happy with my progress.
Sponsorship Drive !
Meet the Refs
Drawing the qualifiers
17-Sep, Qualifying Round One:
Day One in London
Dave Morrish and Laurie Doherty reporting
The opening day of the 2012 Nash Cup produced some wonderful squash.
The Canadians faired well but no locals made it to the second round
this year, despite some great efforts.
Due to a few withdrawals (Yasir Butt could not get a visa and Zac
Alexander could not recover in time from an injury sustained in
Australia) there were two byes in the qualifying draw for Canadians
Fred Reid and Matt Seridiak .
We did however manage to get 4 of the top Western University players
to play an exhibition. Brian Hong beat James Van Staveren
to take over the top spot in the university team and Adrian
Ostbye beat Andrew Silvestri.
The London Squash Club members were treated to a great evening of
squash with some mouth watering matches waiting for them tomorrow.
MIKAH FRANKLIN (BERMUDA) bt YESHALE
CHETTY (CAN )
12/10, 11/9, 11/4 (35 MINS)
My shots were pretty good but the fitness is not quite there
yet! Felt I controlled the first game and needed to win that. He
stepped it up after that. I am pretty happy with the way I played
and getting back to my best. Credit to Mikah, he was the better
He came out strong in the first game and I felt in the back
foot. We were both trying to take the ball early. He had some great
shots and a lovely hold which kept me on the back foot. I just tried
to make each rally tough and make him earn it.
The first 2 could have gone either way. I played a good 3rd game and
felt I played a good solid game. Looking forward to tomorrow against
Fred Reid – he is crafty! I will need to keep that court closed!
TOM PASHLEY (ENG)bt MAXIME BLOUIN (CAN)
11/4, 11/7, 11/4 (26 MINS)
I’m happy to get through the first round. I’m moving and hitting
well and hope to continue doing the same tomorrow. He was a little
awkward to play, he was slow between rallies which made it hard to
get comfortable in the beginning (clearly a tactical ploy!).
I’m playing Adrian Dudzicki tomorrow, I haven’t seen him play much.
He’s a good player and I’m looking forward to be playing him. I was
here for the inaugural event 5 years ago- the hospitality is still
amazing, and the club looks great after the renovations.
I played really bad tonight! Felt like my legs were 150lbs and I
didn’t have any energy.
No excuses, I did have problems with my flight- arrived a day late
and the airline lost my bag! He is a really good player and I needed
my “A” game tonight and it wasn’t there.
ADRIAN DUDZICKI (Can) bt TASHLIN REDDY (Can)
11/6, 13/11, 11/5 (25 MINS)
Never played Tash before! Played his cousins before and most of
them were here to support him tonight! I have been playing on
different courts all summer so it took a bit of adjusting to get
used to the traditional plaster but I felt I got off on the right
I had a lapse of concentration in the 2nd game and fair play to Tash,
he punished me. I was lucky to get the 2nd. I have Tom Pashley
tomorrow – never played him but am looking forward to it and feeling
Got to the 2nd qualifying round last year which was very
pleasing! This year was not meant to be! I let him get ahead in the
game and had to play catch up. Took the ball in short too often.
Needed to slow it down a bit more.
When I controlled the T I felt I played better, especially in the
2nd where I had 2 game balls. I really should have capitalised on
this and am disappointed not to have won a game.
TYLER HAMILTON (CAN) vs BRAD HANEBURY (CAN)
11/5, 7/11, 11/4, 11/5
Played pretty well for most of the game. Got a bit passive in
the 2nd and Brad took advantage of this and deservedly took the
game. I realized I needed to step up and attack the ball more, which
I’ve just got back from Costa Rica where we played on a 19” tin and
as it was so hot, you just needed to push the ball around. Here 17”
tin and colder, I had to change my game. Blessing in disguise and I
had the extra game and got used to the courts.
I have Eric Dingle tomorrow and I’m certainly not going to take him
lightly as he played a great match tonight.
Great match! This was the best I have ever done against him
(never taken a game) so I have to be happy with that! I felt his
length was so good that he was always able to get onto the next shot
with a volley and keep me under pressure.
I actually felt I could have played better (not give him as much as
I did) but I am still happy with the way I played. I got the wild
card for winning the club championships and it was a wonderful
experience. Thanks Jay!
ERIC DINGLE (CAN) vs CAMERON STAFFORD (CAYMAN)
11/4, 11/9, 9/11, 7/11, 15/13
Gutted to have lost in the 5th after being 2-0 down and getting
back to 2 all and having match balls. Don’t want to take anything
away from Eric as he played a great game and was very fast. Really
enjoyed the London squash club experience.
What a match! It was about as close as it could get! Great
feeling to sneak out a win against a player at exactly the same
level as you are. I went 2 -0 up, to be fair he did start slowly. I
thought I stayed pretty consistent and he upped his game in the 3rd
I was 10-6 down in the 5th and decided to stay steady and make him
win it. He went for a few things and before I knew it, it was 10
all. I’m very happy as 48 hrs ago I was not even in this tournament
(there were some withdrawals).
I have Tyler tomorrow, I’ve never played him, but am looking forward
MICHAEL McCUE (CAN) vs ALBERT SHOIHET (CAN)
8/11, 11/3, 11/5, 11/8
A bit nerve-racking at the start as memories of the juniors came
back to me (he had the better of me until the end of juniors).
Struggled with the court a bit as it was both fast and slow – needed
to find a good weight on the ball.
Albert is one very talented squash player with superb hands. I
needed to keep the court closed. Got Seridiak tomorrow – trained
with him all summer, never beaten him, hopefully tomorrow!
Disappointed. Great start but not as fit as I thought I was. I
realize I need to train harder to get to that level. I got nervous
in the big rallies and made too many errors.
Good start to the season though, and I’m looking forward to a great
season with the Western University.
"As a country that does not have national or professional leagues,
tournaments like these are crucial to the competitiveness
development of our national athletes.
"Most of the top Canadians are here. This a great tournament and
people like Jay Nash (founder and sponsor) are a great credit to
"This is personally the second visit I’ve had to the club (earlier
in the summer I did a camp with the pro Dave Morrish), and it’s one
of the few remaining "classic" squash clubs left."
JAMIE HICKOX (CANADIAN NATIONAL COACH)
with tournament host
Five up in London
Preview from Dave Morrish
This will be the fifth Nash Cup and the draw gets stronger each
The top four seeds are ranked in the top 50 with Julian
Illingworth of the USA (31) and Australian Zac Alexander
(36) heading the draw. If the top seeded players find their way
through, they will be joined by two previous winners in the semis -
Shawn Delierre, last year's winner from Montreal, Canada (45)
and Jan Koukal from the Czech Republic, winner in 2010 (47).
Yasir Butt of Pakistan (61) and Olivier Pett of
England (58) will be looking to upset the seedings!
There will be a lot of home support for Andrew Schnell (82)
and Andrew McDougal, the wild card who is on the comeback
trail after a year out with a back injury.
Jay Nash, the founder of the event, has made this event into
something special and there are a number of enhancements already
planned for 2013…
Results and reports will appear daily.
Dave Morrish and Jay Nash