Oporto City. Come to the
Portuguese Junior Open 2013
Iberian Cup Simão Neves, Maria Pereira, Jorge Monteiro, Inez Gomez,
Tomas Silva and Pascal Gomez are the new Champions of the
This was the division of titles of the 2013 edition!
In the U13 finals, Simon beat Gilherme Prata and Maria
Pereira defeated her compatriot Paula Franco, in U15 Jorge
Monteiro beat the Spanish Cio Garcia, in U17 Inez defeat
Catarina Nunes and Tomás Silva defeated Afonso Silva.
Finally in U19 Pascal Gomez beat Cláudio because he had to
give up when he was 1-1 in games!
Thus we had three championship titles for each side
(Portugal and Spain)!
With the exception of the Female U13 Draw the podiums were
"populated" by Portuguese which is to highlight and praise!
This edition of 2013 had a huge number of players and it was
the greatest edition ever and gave everyone present many
interesting matches !
This has sparked the desire to go in to another edition by
the end of the year 2013, now in Vigo!
Last but not least, I give thanks to all the athletes and
family that pass this day in Solinca Dragon.
This party was magnified by the support of all, and Portugal
and Spain with this event potentiate the growth mode and
thus strengthen the bonds of friendship that unite us for
ended the first edition of Portugal Galicia in Squash!
Portugal and Galicia divided among themselves the titles of
Champion of this first Tournament.
As highlight of the day the final matches between the Senior
Men Absolute (a final between the two A Teams) Galicia won
3-1 (Carlos Cornes beat Claudio Pinto by 3-0; Pascal Gomez
beat Rui Soares by 3-1; Jesus Souto beat Pedro Damaso by 3-0
and Diogo Mendes beat Adan Lopez by 3 - 0!). In the Senior
Women's Galicia won easily by 3-0! All Portuguese’s were
defeated by 3-0, but in some moments at least they tried to
discuss the game!
Veterans the big winner was Portugal A! In the final
Portugal defeated Galicia by 4-1.
The final results were as follows:
Senior Men - 1st Galicia A, 2nd Portugal A, 3rd Portugal B,
4th Galicia B
Senior Women - 1st Galicia; 2 Portugal
Veterans - 1st Portugal A, 2nd Galicia A, 3rd Portugal B,
4th Galicia B
In conclusion I highlight fundamentally two aspects:
1 was certainly a fantastic conviviality among all athletes
with exemplary fair play. All athletes enjoyed themselves
and can see great matches attended by a number of public
2 The Teams Masculine and Feminine have sufficient
information to know how they can orient the near future in
terms of training! It's moments like today that help us
clearly to trace paths and create defenses for future
moments of competition!
No finish while thanking the presence of all athletes and
officials who have committed to continuing this event and as
mentioned grow up the same for junior ranks and on time! A
special thanks to City Wall and Porto Lazer in that
fantastically welcoming of the 1st Edition PORTUGAL GALICIA!
It's all from the city of Porto, a hug
On March 9, the Sport Center
of Monte Aventino in the city of Porto, is hosting the
first edition of the Squash Tournament between the
Galicia and Portugal Selections.
The purpose of this event is help to prepare the athletes of
national teams and strengthen the excellent relationship
that exists between the National Squash Federation and
the Galician Squash Federation !
The Portuguese Selections will consist of:
The Male Team Absolute A: Claudio Pinto, Rui Soares, Diogo
Mendes (Porto) and Pedro Dâmaso (Lisbon).
The Male Absolute B : Afonso Silva Thomas Silva (Oporto),
Rui Cruz (Viseu), Paulo Alves (Lisbon).
The Female Team : Teresa Quelhas, Catarina Nunes (Porto) and
Sara Neves (Anadia).
The Veterans Team A: +30 F Alexandra Reis, André M +35 Lima,
Jose P. Leite M +40, +45 M Carlos Mendes, Jose Aguiar M +50,
M +55 Rodrigo Lobo (all from Porto).
The Veterans Team B: +30 F Marta Lopez (Porto), Miguel
Galante M +35 (Lisbon) Paulo Pinto M +40, M +45 Pedro
Ribeiro (all from Porto) +50 M Manuel da Costa (Lisbon) and
Sérgio Modesto M +55 (Porto).
The Galiza Selections will consist of:
The Male Team Absolute A: Carlos Cornes, Jesus Souto, Pascal
Gomez (all of Squash Santiago) and Adam Lopez (Vigo Squash).
The Male Team Absolute B: Juan Simal, (Squash Pontevedra),
Paul Rdguez (Squash Santiago), Miguel and Oscar Mercé Mon (Vigo
The Female Team: Xisela Aranda (Vigo Squash), Sara Esperon
and Catuxa Codesido (both of Squash Santiago).
The veterans Team A: +30 F Sandra Midón (Squash Santiago),
Jesus Pazos M +35 (Squash Santiago), Miguel Blanco M +40, M
+45 Antonio Frias, M +50 Alfredo Amigo (all from Squash
Santiago) Jose M +55 C . Fernández Aller (Squash Pont.)
The Veterans Team B: +30 F Maju Besada (Squash Santiago),
José Laiño M +35 (Squash Pontevedra), Bernard Vodopivic +40
M, +45 M Adolfo Borrajo, (both of Squash Pontevedra), Jorge
M +50 Squash Aboal Santiago) and +55 M Orlando Diaz (Squash
The competition will be only in the day of Saturday!
10:30h - Portugal Galiza Absolute - PA V GB ; PB V GA
11:30h - Veterans - PA V GB ; PB V GA
12:30h - Female - Portugal V Galiza
After 15:30 - Finals and 3th place matches - Veterans
After 16:30h - Finals and 3th place matches - Seniors.
Do not finish without inviting everyone to attend tomorrow
on Monte Aventino to watch for sure the great matches of
Its all for the moment from Porto,
03-Mar, Dragon Cup Finals: Cornes and Nunes are Dragon Cup Champions
Carlos Cornes and
Catherine Nunes are the Champions of the Dragon Cup 2013
- Carlos defeated Cláudio Pinto by 3-1 and Catarina beat
Teresa Quelhas by 3-0!
The Dragon Cup Close PSA 2013 came to the end with two very
The men's final was between the Professional Spaniard and #
133 PSA ranked Carlos Cornes, and the National Portuguese
Champion Claudio Pinto.
was the second recent match between these two -the
first Carlos won 3-0 in the Castelo Branco Close PSA Sems.
Cornes started strong but Claudio was gradually imposing his
pace. The scoreline of 11/4, 11/7, 13/11 and 11/8
shows Claudio's patience and also his improving game by
game. Fatigue did appear but I think everyone saw rallies
and great moments of breathtaking squash - the match took 57
minutes with impressive changes of speed with constant power
Cornes was a worthy winner and thus achieves another victory
in this internationally also a Close PSA. The final podium
spot was taken by Rui Soares who beat Hugo Varela by 3-2
with the last game finishing 14/12!
In conclusion, I use exactly the words of Carlos Cornes:
"Claudio was a good Portuguese representative in the
final! He almost defeated all Spaniards who played this
tournament (first Pascal and then Hugo)! This makes Claudio
a true squash athlete and boy that we all see grow is
increasingly to a man and a great Squash athlete! "
It is also to highlight the reality of this PSA Close
finish with two Portuguese athletes on the podium (Claudio
and Rui) and Claudio (now # 286 PSA) who sensationally beat
the # 188 PSA Hugo Varela!
As for the women's final, this time Catarina Nunes gave no
chance to Teresa Quelhas. The 3-0 score is enlightening and
shows well the pressure of this junior. Catherine managed to
force errors continuously from Teresa and so won this final
We must emphasize the phenomenal growth of Catarina as an
athlete - tt is necessary to remember the times that are
needed as Catarina has only 14 years old.
I can't finish without thanking the immense amount of public
who attended during these three days in Solinca Dragon and
today in the finals was in fact fundamentally orderly but
can watch good and excellent performances of Squash
I'm sure all together (Organization, Public and Athletes)
take another small step towards the Global Campaign for the
Squash Olympic be a reality! SQUASH BACK THE BID!!
That's all from the city of Porto, a hug to all ...
Semi-Finals: Sensational! Claudio Pinto and Carlos Cornes
play this afternoon the final !
Pinto faced and defeated in the semi-final the Spanish Hugo
Varela 3-1 with partial 11/7, 11/3, 8/11 and 11/8!
Match very well controlled, with a Cláudio not letting
himself intimidated by the Spaniard.
In the other semi-final, Carlos Cornes faced Rui Soares and
won 3-0. Soares was suffering from a small foot injury and failed to
represent a threat to Cornes!
So by 15:00 we have the women's final between Teresa Quelhas
and Catarina Nunes and then by 16:15h the men final of this
Close PSA between Claudio Pinto and Carlos Cornes!
Come out and bring friends to replenish the Balcony of
For now is everything from Porto, I will back with the
conclusion report of the Tournament!
Dragon Cup 2013, 01-03 March
Pinto, Rui Soares, Carlos Cornes and Hugo Varela, are
again in the semi-finals of the PSA Close Dragon Cup 2013!
Teresa Quelhas and Catarina Nunes will dispute tomorrow the
ladies Draw Final!
Full day of electrifying matches and moments of squash very
In the first round of the men’s
main draw emphasis on the match between the Angolan
Alfredo Felicidade and André Lima that Lima won by3-0!
In the second round the highlights are for the matches
between Rui Soares V Diego Mendes where Soares won
3-1 and Claudio Pinto V Tomás Silva in which Pinto
also won 3-1.
In the final round of the day, the quarter-final, the
athletes have been fighting up in the following order:
Cornes won 3-0 and faced his compatriot Aitor Zunzunegui,
Rui Soares faced and won João Caiano by 3-1, Hugo
Varela faced and defeated Pedro Damaso by 3-0 and the last
big Match of the day, Claudio Pinto faced and
defeated the Spaniard Pascal Gomez by 3-2!
In this Match Claudio was down 2-0 and rebounded
sensationally for the 3-2 final with the partial 8/11, 3/11,
11/5, 11/6 and 11/4! This match had the impressive time of
95 minutes! Claudio and Pascal had recently been facing in
the final of the U19 National Spanish, but this time Claudio
believed more and managed to get the ability to win Pascal.
So we have tomorrow at 11:30 h the semi-finals between
Carlos Cornes V Rui Soares and Cláudio Pinto V Hugo Varela!
As to the Ladies Draw despite the struggle and determination
of other athletes, we again have a confrontation between the
National Champion and Vice-Champion! Teresa and Catarina
easily dispatched their opponents and will play the final at
No finishing without thanking the high presence of public
and strengthening my request for tomorrow even more people
show up in Solinca Dragon!
The male athletes who are in the semi-finals they need your
support and do not forget to show up late to watch the grand
began the Dragon Cup 2013 and was completed two rounds of
qualifying of this Close PSA!
Despite some matches were a little unbalanced, not ceased to
exist some results with several games played in the
tie-break! These highlight the match between the junior
Jorge Pimentel and Pedro Oliveira, in which Oliveira won
3-1 with partial 3/11, 9/11, 12/10 and 9/11 and the match
Luís Carvalho V Nuno Alves, in which Alves won 3-1 with
partial 8/11, 14/12, 11/7 and 11/8. Any of this matches had
times over 60 minutes!
Now the main Draw is complete. In the morning matches we
going to have results very interesting and for sure
unpredictable! These 1st round of matches highlight the
clashes between the French Yoann Leydet V Nelson Pereira,
Tomás Silva V Jorge Faria and the Angolan Alfredo Felicidade
V André Lima!
The Ladies Draw starts in the morning and will provide for
sure exciting matches!
Do not end this chronicle without alerting everyone that the
journey tomorrow's will be triple and certainly during the
day can attend fantastic matches with some clashes between
Spanish and Portuguese Players! PLEASE GO TO SOLINCA DRAGON
TOMORROW TO SUPPORT OUR ATHLETES!
That's all for today from Porto, a hug to all
Dragon Cup 2013, 01-03 March
Start tomorrow in Solinca Dragon in the city of
Porto, the second tournament of the National Senior. The
Dragon Cup 2013 that has a male and female Draw and is
simultaneously a Close PSA!
Thus we have in Porto one of the strongest male draws in
recent times because is reinforced with Spaniards
international athletes and naturally has the national elite
Next Friday returns from Spain Carlos Cornes and
Hugo Varela (Castelo Branco Close PSA Finalists), but
also come Aitor Zunzunegui and Pascal Gomez
(these athletes were assigned positions 7 and 8 of the main
draw!). Given the massive presence of the Portuguese Top 20
we can conclude that this event promises much and certainly
since the early rounds will give unpredictable results!
As to the female draw also highlight the presence of the
National Top reinforced with the entry of Marta Lopes!
The National Champion Teresa Quelhas and
Vice-Champion Catherine Nunes will certainly have
determined fight from the initial rounds and towards the end
of the tournament the junior Sara Neves and
Alexandra Santos try to fight for a place in the final!
To all the athletes we wish good luck that prevails
Fair-Play and all do the best to help the organization in
essential functions of referee!
Do not end without asking everyone to please bring friends
to Solinca Dragon this week-end because Squash “thanks”!
Certainly Claudio, Rui, João, André, Carlos, Pedro, Diogo,
Teresa, Catarina..... Thank you all for your presence!
Come and watch the great
matches and for sure with your presence all together will
help to support the World candidacy of SQUASH to OLIMPIC!
2020 - Back the BID
Cornes was the winner of the Castelo Branco
International Squash 2013 winning Hugo Varela in the final
by 3-0. Claudio Pinto beat Rui Soares by 3-0 secured the
last podium place in this PSA Close.
Carlos won in just over an hour his compatriot Hugo. Always
more offensive don’t allow his rival had the hope of
recovery! In the third game, Hugo bet on a strong start from
un effective offensive game, but patiently Carlos managed to
counter it and win also this game and this great final!
Assured the victory well in this tournament and finish a
journey brilliant because not yield any game to their
For the third place Claudio was more effective than Rui and
avoided the committing of unforced errors. Rui in the first
two games really showed some momentary lack of patience. In
the third game balance was constant but Claudio do not
wanted lose the chance to complete well over another PSA on
In conclusion I say to you that the tournament in the
opinion of all was very good! For the National Squash was
further proof of knowing organize evidence of events with
greater size and better quality!
Lunch Time :
The Spaniards Carlos Cornes and Hugo Varela
discuss the title of the PSA Close of Castelo Branco -
Portugal. Playing the final by 17:00 local!
Carlos beat Claudio Pinto by 3-0 and Hugo beat Rui Soares by
Today even by 16:40 h Claudio and Rui compete for the final
spot on the podium!
For now is all of Castelo Branco. Stay tuned for more news
Carlos Cornes, Claudio Pinto, Rui Soares and Hugo Varela
are in the semi finals of Close PSA Castelo Branco
International Squash 2013. These first two days have been
very fertile in strong matches with some surprising results!
All quarter-final matches ended with a 3-0 clear. Carlos
Cornes beat Pedro Damaso, Claudio Pinto beat Carlos Mendes,
Rui Soares beat John Caiano and Hugo Varela also won against
So in the semi finals tomorrow by 11:40 am Carlos Cornes
faces Claudio Pinto and Rui Soares Hugo Varela. Any of the
matches will not be easy for the Portugueses, but quite
honestly I believe that Claudio and Rui, can do a good
performance and even cause a surprise! Both should know and
will play their matches with courage and determination!
Not forgetting requesting the presence of the public from
Castelo Branco because athletes deserve your presence and
suport and the tournament guaranteed be more interesting!
It's all from the city of Castelo Branco today, a hug
Today starts in Castelo Branco,
Portugal the 2013 Senior Squash Season!
The National Senior Circuit has 3 national tournaments in
format "Closed PSA", which not only help the Portuguese
athletes who are enrolled in this organization (so help then
in the necessary PSA ranking points!), As will certainly
strengthen quantity and quality of the circuit, because
other athletes (international) pass to dispute also our
So today begins the Castelo Branco International Squash
2013 (Closed PSA) that promises because the presence of
I obviously highlight the presence of the Portuguese TOP 32
and clearly the presence of two Spaniards Carlos Cornes
and Hugo Varela, respectively the seed nº1 and 2 of this
Give you news daily. It's all still in the city of Porto, a
3rd December 2012
Hello to All,
Claudio Pinto is the new Senior National Champion of
Portugal! Won the final of the 2012 National Championship
against Rui Soares by 3-2 10/12, 11/8, 10/12, 12/10
and 11/5. Teresa Quelhas becomes twice National
Champion defeating in the final by 3-2 the junior
It was a Sunday full of matches with high quality in which
some final results was unpredictable. Rui and Claudio wan by
3-1 in the semi-final (André Lima and Pedro Pinto)
respectively but made clear to all that they would fight
until their physical limits in the final!
Before the finals still saw several matches quite
interesting! In one of them Pedro Pinto secured the
last spot on the podium beating André Lima and
Marco Alves beat Carlos Mendes completing the Top
5 of the this National.
In the men final, we were once again presented with a
fantastic spectacle. Emotion permanent rallies breathtaking
and total energy. The first four games were very level and
both players had the chance to win! Finally in the fifth
game, Claudio physically better and with more determination,
early advantage and won the game despite having been
interrupted by a violent cramp in Rui right arm.
Claudio didn’t lose his focus and won by 11/5. Secured with this victory
the so desired National Champion Senior Title and closes the
2012 Portuguese competition year with a golden key!
As for the women's final Teresa Quelhas start strong
and quickly took the lead by winning the first two games.
Then there was a real turnaround and Catarina win the next
In the fifth game, despite some initial balance was
notorious in the Teresa 8/5 that Catarina lose her control.
No more returned on the game and Teresa course ended the
match. Teresa is already veteran, which mad more value with
the twice Champion National title!
In conclusion I say to all that in this 2012 National
Championship in Porto was special because Claudio Pinto with
16 years old become the new National Senior Champion and
made this week-end just one more very special!
Claudio confirmed also his ninth consecutive month at nº1 (1
#) World Ranking U17 of the European Squash Federation and
climbing 74 positions in the professional PSA ranking
ensures position 356 with the conquest of the 25 points of
the PSA Closes from Malmo and Brussels !
I also have to highlight the words of Dr. Bruno Dias
(President of the National Squash Federation) to the fact we
had on the podium three mens athletes of 19, 17 and 16 years
old (Rui, Pedro and Claudio) and in the ladies two with the
ages of 18 and 14 (Sara and Catarina). This “mirrors” what
actually is the work of the Federation, coaches and parents
in Portugal. For sure the future is secured!
It's all of the city of Porto, a hug
Hello to All
Rui Soares was the winner of the Final Squash Open
2012 and by consequence is automatically the winner
of the 2012 ranking of the National Federation of Squash!
Rui beat in the final Claudio by 3-2 with the score of
11/9, 11/6, 11/13, 6/11 and 7/11!
Catarina Nunes won the Women’s draw and is
automatically the winner of the 2012 Women’s ranking!
Catarina defeated Sara Neves in the final by 3-1!
men's final was brutal. Both athletes fought very hard,
refusing to give up, and made their bodies and minds pass to
limits that were beyond imaginable!
A strong moment in the 3rd game where after 40 minutes of
play, Claudio nullifying a Rui game ball, still had a match
ball, but the tenacity of Rui, managed not only to annul the
same but also ensuring to win in the remaining games!
This was the key to “everything”, Rui's experience prevailed
Claudio's youth. Such facts are not truly allowed Claudio to
return to discuss the remaining games! So congratulations to
Rui that recapture the title of the # 1 national from
As for the women's final, though Sara in the 3rd game
surprise Catarina with a perfect attack strategy, Catarina
play well and won! She ensures with 14 years old the tasty
title of 2012 # 1 of the Women’s National Senior Circuit!
Catarina thus becomes the first athlete at this age to
obtain this feat!
In conclusion I can tell you that this tournament was
fantastic, with a fantastic atmosphere!
Least but not last, congratulation to the winners of this
Final Squash Open 2012, the new winners of the 2012 senior
national circuits Rui Soares and Catarina Nunes!
It's all in the city of Porto, a hug
Claudio Pinto and Sara Neves
in U19 and Jorge Monteiro and Catarina Nunes are the new
2012 PORTUGUESE CHAMPIONS!
As it was to be expected, the first two seeds of each draw
naturally ended up being the finalists, despite in some
cases having to struggle mightily to reach the final
(Highlight to the semifinal of U19 male in which Tomás
Silva faced and defeated by 3-2 Afonso Silva)!
So within U15 boys Jorge Monteiro faced and defeated
Sebastian Ferreira 3-0! In the girls draw Catarina
Nunes faced and defeated Rita Quintas also 3-0!
As part of the U19, Claudio Pinto defeated Tomas
Silva by 3-0 with partial 11/9, 14/12 and 11/6. The
Girls Draw Sara Neves faced and defeated Alexandra
Santos by 3-1.
As mentioned these Nationals were fairly crowded and the
Complexo Desportivo de Espinho was very lively with good
matches with an exemplar Fair-Play model and a public
affluence also remarkable.
For some of these athletes was undoubtedly a good occasion
to prepare for the last senior national tournament of the
2012 circuit which will take place next week-end at Solinca
Dragon in Porto!
It's all from Espinho, a hug to all
CLAUDIO WINS IN BELGIUM Claudio Pinto is the new Champion of the Belgian
Junior Open 2012 in the U19 Draw and won the PSA Close of
Won in the final match the French Baptiste Masotti by 3-1
with partial 11/8, 7/11, 11/5 and 15/13!
Great match of Squash and more a huge achievement for the
Portuguese Junior Squash.
Believe me it is fantastic for Claudio has secured this
victory but is sensational have got this done in is second
U19 tournament! As a corollary of all this reality I must
also point out that Claudio thus becomes the first
Portuguese to win a PSA tournament at only 16 years old!
At the prize-giving ceremony in his speech, he did not
forget to thank the Belgian Organisation and the European
Federation circuit in the presence of the European
President, the natural gratitude to National Squash
Federation, the performance of your friend and opponent
Batiste Masotti in the final, to his Main-sponsor
HEAD, the other sponsors, ESP technical team,
friends and family!
It was a great day for Claudio but believe me it was another
great day for the Portuguese Squash! There are fabulous ways
to write golden pages in our book of memories, but quite
honestly this was fantastic!
Congratulations to Claudio, the Portuguese and to you Paulo for
being a dedicated father, coach and supporter of squash throughout
The Ripka's have been there for many years watching Claudio work and
grow into the champion he is. We knew it was coming !
celebrated the WORLD SQUASH DAY with the organization of one
of the most iconic National Tournaments.
In the city of Porto in the Complexo Desportivo do Monte
Aventino was held the 12th edition of PORTO CUP. 74 athletes
were competing distributed by a senior male and female
Over 3 days, passed by Monte Aventino hundreds of people to
attend the event which had its highest point with the finals
of booth Draws.
the final of the male Draw, Claudio Pinto faced and
defeated Rui Soares by 3-1 in the presence of about 3
hundred spectators. In the ladies, Teresa Quelhas
faced and defeated Catherine Nunes by 3-2.
Thus was the way of Portugal to contributed to the WORLD
SQUAS DAY 2012, providing the athletes and audience a
wonderful show over the three days of competition!
It's all of Porto and Portugal
Junior Open 2012
Rui Soares and Catuxa
Codesino in U19, Claudio Pinto in U17, Jorge
Monteiro and Catarina Nunes in U15 and Cio Barderas
in U13 are the news champions of the 2012 edition of the
Portuguese Junior Open.
Rui Soares defeated Pakistan Saad Shahid by 3-0 with
partial 11/9, 11/7 and 9/11. The Spanish Catuxa Codesido
defeated Sara Neves by 3-0 with partial 11/5, 11/1 and 11/7.
Claudio Pinto defeating all opponents in is Pule by
3-0 and secure the victory. The second was Tomas Silva that
only be defeated by Claudio.
Jorge Monteiro defeated Jorge Pimentel by 3-1 with
the partial 5/11, 11/8, 12/10 and 12/10.
Catarina Nunes won all pool matches 3-0. The Irish
Ellie tipped McVeigh got the second place.
Finally Cio Barderas of Spain defeated his compatriot
in the final Aron Gomez by 3-0 with partial 14/12, 11/6 and
In conclusion, despite the small number of participants, the
tournament was still a very enjoyable event, competitive,
and gave matches quite enjoyable, unpredictable and with
I hope for Rui Soares and Claudio Pinto that was a good
"launching pad" for the events that are coming!
Least but not last, let's mention and highlight the Fair
Play that prevailed among all athletes. In particular, I
would like to express my congratulations to the Pakistani
Saad Shahid who notoriously was an example to all!
It's all for the city of Porto,
30 mai 2012
Claudio Pinto and Catarina Nunes in U17 and Simão Neves in
U13 are the 2012 National Champions!
Claudio (after beating in semis Jorge Cabral
3-0) defeated in the final his friend Tomas Silva
(after beating in semis Alfonso Silva 3-0) by 3-1 in
an interesting and well played match.
The first two seeding’s went to the final without losing a
game. With the victory in the final Claudio gets the title
of U17 National Champion back and becomes Twice
As to the girls U17 Draw, the winner was Catarina
Nunes. The Draw was played in a Pool and until the last
match Catarina and Alexandra Santos had the possibility of
obtaining the title. Catherine was stronger and more
determined in the match between these players and obtained
In the U13 Draw, in all matches the dispute was hard
fought. In the final Simão Neves defeated Jose
Miguel Silva by 3-0. Despite that result, the last two
games were very interesting and Simão had to really fight to
ensure the result stated. With the final victory Simão
secured the U13 title and become Twice champion!
The National ran without any problem and to highlight the
presence of “new junior” athletes at all Draws and also a
considerable flow of visitors throughout the day. Certainly
all contribute decisively to the “growth” of the National
I do not end here while my congratulations to Claudio,
Catarina and Simão.
It’s all for the Oporto City
The Portuguese Junior Squash is having a very special
As you know took place in Portugal in Oporto the European
U19. Individually highlight two facts:
In the Individual Boys Draw Rui Soares and Cláudio
Pinto got the 6th and 8th position respectively and in
the Girls Draw Camille Lanier got the 12th position .
The surprise of the tournament was the sensational victory
of Claudio Pinto (only 16 years!) in the match with World
U19 # 2 the English Oliver Holland by 3-0, 11/4, 11/7 and
In the Teams Event, sensational performance of the
team of Portugal to obtaining the honourable 8th position,
discussed until the last second of the matches with teams
like Czech Republic, France (in quarters), Spain and Wales
in the Pool 5th to 8th place.
As a corollary of this individual and team performance for
the month of April Claudio Pinto secured the 1#
Ranking of the European Squash Federation U17,
Camille Lanier seventh place and Rui Soares in
the twenty-first place of U19.
Claudio Pinto won his
sixth senior squash Tournament in the Standby Olaias Squash
Open 2012. He defeated in the final, the current Senior
Ranking No1, with the result of a 3-2 with the partials
5/11, 11/9, 6/11, 12/10 and 11/3.
Both athletes are still juniors but really dominate the
The final was electrifying because of a continued
alternation of domain that offers to the public and fans
moments of excellent squash.
Highlight for the recovery of Claudio in the fourth game
with a sensational despite being losing by 4/10, recovered
without any error for the 12/10 final.
In the decisive fifth game, Claudio more focuses then Rui
quickly took advantage and won by 11/3.
The next Tournament of the National Circuit will be 13-15
April in Albufeira in Algarve and I challenge all of you to
spend an excellent weekend in Portugal!
All the best,
International Tournament of Madeira
Hello to All
Yesterday finished the 2011 edition of Madeira International
Squash Tournament with the victory in the Men's Draw of
Spaniard Carlos Cornes vs German Carsten Schoor by
3-0. In the Ladiies Draw the winner was Susana Do Valle
that also by 3-0 beat Lucia Neves.
It was a long day and very competitive.
In the morning in the semi-finals, Carlos beat his
compatriot Hugo Varela by 3-0 and for the same result was
defeated Claudio Pinto who faced the German Carsten.
In the afternoon in the men's final, Carlos Cornes got a
permanent domination. It was very evident the supremacy of
As for the women's final, the situation was similar. Susana
won easily Lucia and secured like as Carlos Cornes in all
matches a winning period without “giving” any game to them
Highlight was the match that gave the 3rd place on the
podium that it was conquered by the Spaniard Hugo Varela.
Hugo faced Claudio Pinto and the final 3-2 shows the
difficult that the Spaniard passed.
The remaining Draws, the winner of the male plate was Luis
Ferreira. The Women plate the winner was Claudia Santos.
At the end of this long day, there was the usual Awards
ceremony. All the parties (organizers and winners), properly
appreciated the excellent organization and location and it
was mention that may actually be the launching for the 2012
edition this event becomes a PSA tournament and perhaps also
In conclusion, I tell you that as a judge-referee of this
Tournament, the performance of athletes and referees was
exemplary. In competitive terms, the level was actually
quite high, due to the presence of internationals players
and also the commitment of all playing well in their
Do not finish without thanking the organizers (Milton,
Ricardo Sousa, Ricardo Sardinha, Oscar Pereira and other
organizers) the invitation was addressed to me.
It's all from Madeira
All the best
Olá a Todos
Decorreu ontem o terceiro dia de competição no Torneio
Internacional da Madeira 2011 e os 4 primeiros cabeças de
série asseguraram a passagem ás meias finais.
O Alemão Carster Schoor venceu o Rui Soares
por 3-1, o Cláudio Pinto venceu o Pedro Damaso
por 3-0, o Espanhol Hugo Varela venceu o Pedro
Pinto por 3-0 e finalmente o Espanhol Carlos Cornes
venceu o Paulo Pinto por 3-0.
Hoje defrontam-se pelas 10:00h o Alemão e o Cláudio Pinto. É
a primeira meia-final deste quadro onde a vontade de lutar
bastante do Cláudio é realmente muita para no minimo
hambicionar discutir o acesso à final! Pelas 10:45h
defrontam-se os dois espanhois e pelos ultimos resultados
entre ambos, promete muito bom espetaculo.
Quanto ao Quadro Feminino, a Susana do Valle venceu a
Mafalda Fernandes por 2-0 e a Lúcia Neves,
teve de contrariar uma bola de partida no segundo jogo, para
levar de vencida a dificil Liliana Freitas por 2-1.
Hoje nas meias finais a Susana defronta a Maria do Carmo
Cleto e e Lúcia a Brigitte Branco.
Este dia de encerramento do Torneio, contempla uma jornada
dupla e assim vamos ter a final feminina pelas 16:30h e a
final masculina às 18:00h.
Para já é tudo da Madeira
15th-September 2011 -
Rui Smith vs Carsten Schoor (19:30)
Pedro Damaso vs Claudio Pinto (20:30)
Hugo Varela vs. Pedro Pinto (20:30)
Pinto vs Carlos Cornes (19:30)
This year it will run fine in the courts Onda Revital
Club in Funchal - Madeira. It has the presence of such
as the International German Carsteen Schoor,
Spaniards Carlos Cornes and Hugo Varela and the
Portuguese Claudio Pinto, Rui Soares and Pedro Pinto
(Highlight that these are even beyond international
Of course, the athletes could not miss the wood and then, we
have the largest representation ever in quantity and
quality. I also emphasize a Draw with 14 female athletes of
which stands the National Champion Susana do Vale.
We expect that the "armed" Portuguese get the necessary
surprises and we all hope that the tournament takes place in
a Far-Play edicção exemplary and that this is really the
ultimate launch pad for a professional project!
The all as the Tournament Referee wish the best of luck and
thank you for your cooperation with the organization, so
that is orderly conduct this international event!
the past Saturday held at the Sport Pavilion of Santa
Comba Dão (Centre of Portugal) the opening of brand
new squash courts McWIL. All were able to see the the
excellent quality offered.
Present were the leaders of the Association of Teachers of
Physical Education, the Councillor for Sport, the Mayor of
Santa Comba Eng João Lourenço and current National No. 1
Olá a todos No passado Sábado decorreu no Pavilhão Municipal
de Santa Comba Dão a inauguração dos novissimos courts de
Squash McWIL. Estiveram presentes os responsáveis da
Associação de professores de Educação Fisica, o Vereador do
Desporto, o Presidente da Camara de Santa Comba o Eng João
Lourenço e actual nº1 Nacional o Cláudio Pinto.
poderam comprovar as condições dos dois courts e cada um ao
seu nivel, rapidamente se apercebeu da excelente qualidade
oferecida. É um novo espaço de squash com excelentes
qualidades para a pratica nos quais se efectuaram pequenas
demonstrações e também alguns esclarecimentos de como se
deve e pode usar um espaço comoeste.
This Saturday finished the National Championship U13 and
U17and the first 2011 titles were awarded!
The Champions U13 are Rita Neves and Simão Neves!
The U17 Champions are Sara Neves and Cláudio Pinto!
The tournament was held with a total fair play and was
notorious in the growth of female quality.
The U13 final was with Simão Neves and Carlos Silva who was
defeated by 3-2 with partials of 10/12, 10/12, 11 / 6, 11 /
3 and 9 / 11. Very closely fought battle to be won by Simon
with only 9 years old! This athlete certainly can be
improved and work will make him a more complete athlete!
As for the women's final, won by Rita Quintas lack of
The U17 Ladies Final was with Sara Neves and Catarina Nunes.
Sara won by 3-2 with partial 11 / 6, 3 / 11, 8 / 11, 11 / 7
and 11 / 7. Hard fought match to once again Sara make a
difference in maturity comparing the 13 years of Catherine.
Both athletes presented us with gifts rallies quantity and
quality of shots, unusual in the women tournaments in the
Portugal. As rightly said Dr. Paulo Silva (Vice-Chairman of
the National Squash Federation), we witnessed the growth of
this athletes and today we were presented with superior play
Finally in the Men's U17 final, clashed Claudio Pinto and
Pedro Pinto. Cláudio won by 3-1 with partials of 11 / 4, 3 /
11, 11 / 7 and 11 / 3. It was a match in which the influence
is denoted on the two athletes from the fact that Claudius
to have featured in this national with a broken finger!
two athletes above the natural rivalry and competition
sports are friends and as such the fact that conditioned
In the case of Claudius,
had to do everything to mentally overcome the pain in the
finger (which would be supplemented with increasing physical
intensity, number of rallies and a consequent increase in
heart rate!)? It was indeed a sacrifice, only offset by the
fact that it concerned a dispute over a National Title.
As for Peter, the first games were fought hard and push him
enough to equalize 1 equal. After it became known that
sometimes feared force physical contact!
Not finish without mentioning the words of Claudio Pinto in
which he thanked the National Squash Federation organization
and the excellent care of the National Junior Squash and
also the performance of athletes!
May: Bairrada Open
Finished this Sunday the Bairrada Squash Open 2011
(Fifth Senior Tournament of the National Squash Federation)
with the victory of the Cláudio Pinto and Sara
won Rui Saores by 3-2 with partial 11 / 9, 10/12, 9 / 11, 11
/ 7 and 11 / 6.
Hard fought match, with blistering rallies and a total
commitment, of these great national juniors’ athletes.
Cláudio advocates and thereby reinforces the leadership of
the National Ranking arising there from to manage a
comfortable lead over the next few national tournaments.
It was a tournament which confirmed the first four
positions, the current top four in National Ranking 2011.
Regarding the Male Table, as stated Sara Neves won 3-2 by
Catarina Nunes. Also a hard fought match, with Sara in the
final moments of the last 3 games to assert his greater
experience and will also show to Catarina that she wanted to
win at home!
It was a very nice tournament, with great atmosphere and an
enviable audience, in the finals.
Do not end this chronicle without mentioning Claudio thanks
to sponsors, friends, family and coaches which are the key
to your success.
May: Portugal U17's in the
of the European Germering - Germany!
Secured the 2nd position in the tough Group C and away the
This double journey began soon by 09:00 am with the
selection of Italy.
Cláudio Pinto won the match against Oliviero ventricosa 3-2
with partial 10:12, 10:12, 11:9, 11:5, 11:4. It was a
difficult match, but the claw of Claudius in the final
moments of the last three games were decisive.
Pedro Pinto faced Yuri Farneti and won 3-1 with partial
7:11, 11:4, 11:6, 11:6. The first game was complicated but
after Pedro was able to control the match.
As for Sara Neves faced and was defeated by 3-0 by Benedetta
Buccal with partial 10:12, 9:11, 10:12. Balanced match but
in a bit of luck that was asked for the final moments of
Then came at 13:15 pm the most difficult and decisive
confrontation with the French National team.
Firts Claudio Pinto V Masotti Baptiste who won by 3-2 with
partial 8:11, 11:5, 11:9, 7:11, 8:11. It was a tough battle,
but Claudio was alerted and prepared to fight! He knew that
much depended on the final outcome of this result. Baptiste
was not frightened in the first game and managed to turn the
match in his favor. In the fourth and fifth game, Claudio
fought bravely and well secured instability in French Team.
Then enter Pedro Pinto, who faced and "settled bills" with
Auguste Dusourd. Won 3-0 with partial 9:11, 8:11, 8:11 and
so made it clear that the result between them in the
French-2011 was actually an accident.
Finally played Sara Neves who faced the Oxana Ah-Hu leaving
with a 3-0 defeat partial 11:2, 11:3, 11:2. Sarah really
could not do anything because the French is now better.
After waiting for desperate confrontation between
Switzerland and the selection of French National team.
Fortunately everything went as planned and the Swiss won
Portugal has succeeded in the second year presence in the
quarter finals and who knows, so get the best result so far.
Let us have faith and believe they are prepared to do and
give their best against the Selection of Wales.