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Simon Warder Memorial Prostate Cancer 2016
14-19 Nov, Sarnia, Canada, $5kx2


Sam Cornett 3-0 Emilia Soini 3-0

This was a tremendous final between two extremely poised players. Cornett was very dominant in the match with her pace and moving Soini around the court. Soini answered back with her delicate drops and boasts pushing Cornett to extra points in the first and third games.

Sam commented “Wow, what a week here in Sarnia. I'm so happy to have pulled it off tonight. I knew Emilia was going to be fresh and tough in her first PSA tour final, so I did my best to dig in, make the rallies longer, and get everything back. Really enjoyed the battle.

"I can't thank the folks here in Sarnia enough for putting on a great event. They have looked after the players so well! And alongside the pro and amateur events the squash community here raised over 40k for the local prostate cancer clinic in Simon Warder's name. So amazing. It's been a pleasure. I'm sad to leave and head back to Toronto!!"

Juan Vargas 3-0 Vincent Droeskbeke 3-0

Vargas showed incredible speed and agility in this match. Although Droeskbeke moved Vargas around the court and demonstrated incredible shot making, Vargas got to everything back. Droeskbeke had a game ball opportunity in the third game, however, Vargas fought back to take the game and the match.

Vargas commented that it was “a great match with fair play. The hospitality of this tournament was exceptional and I was treated very special. I would like to return to Sarnia for this tournament next year.”

Full match reports incl. R1/QF/SF

Simon Warder Memorial 2016
14-19 Nov, Sarnia, Canada, $5k
Round One
16 Nov
17 Nov
18 Nov
19 Nov
[LL] David Mill (Can)
11/7, 11/2, 11/3
[Q] Juan Vargas (Col)
[Q] Juan Vargas

15/13, 11/2, 11/4 (37m)

[4] Lyell Fuller
[Q] Juan Vargas

11/6, 11/5, 11/9

[3] Anthony Graham

[Q] Juan Vargas


11/9, 11/4, 13/11 (40m)


[6] Vincent Droesbeke

[4] Lyell Fuller (Eng)
11/3, 11/6, 11/9
Supreet Singh (Ind)
[5] Reuben Phillips (Eng)
12/14, 11/3, 11/7, 11/9
[Q] Cameron Seth (Can)
[Q] Cameron Seth

6/11, 11/8, 11/6, 11/3 (60m)

[3] Anthony Graham
[3] Anthony Graham (Eng)
11/5, 11/9, 11/6
Jon Geekie (Sco)
[Q] Francisco Mendez (Mex)
9/11, 11/5, 11/9, 11/5
[2] Lewis Walters (Jam)
[2] Lewis Walters

11/8, 2/11, 11/7, 11/5 (37m)

[6] Vincent Droesbeke
[6] Vincent Droesbeke

11/3, 12/10 rtd

[1] Arthur Gaskin

[Q] Tess Jutte (Ned)
12/10, 11/5, 12/14, 7/11, 11/2
[6] Vincent Droesbeke (Fra)
[7] Emyr Evans (Wal)
4/11, 11/8, 11/4, 12/10
[8] Albert Shoihet (Can)
[7] Emyr Evans

11/9, 11/7, 11/7 (44m)

[1] Arthur Gaskin
David Haley (Wal)
11/4, 11/7, 11/7
[1] Arthur Gaskin (Irl)

Qualifying Finals
Francisco Mendez 3-0 Pranav Sharma          (11-4, 11-7, 12-10)
Tess Jutte 3-1 Corey McCartney        (11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10)
Cameron Seth 3-0 David Mill                       (11-6, 12-10, 11-2)
Juan Vargas 3-0 Joshua Hollings                   (11-3, 11-3, 11-6)

Round One:
Corey McCartney 3-1 Brad Hanebury    (7-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-6)
Joshua Hollings 3-0 Alex Ford                     (11-6, 11-6, 11-7)
Pranav Sharma 3-1 Stefan Houbtchev  (5-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8)
David Mill 3-0 Dan VanMoorse                   l (11-6, 11-7, 11-8)
Tess Jutte 3-0 Rory Bradd                         (11-5, 11-1, 11-4)
Simon Warder Memorial 2016
14-19 Nov, Sarnia, Canada, $5k
Round One
16 Nov
17 Nov
18 Nov
19 Nov
[1] Maria Toor Pakay (Pak)
[1] Maria Toor Pakay

7/11, 11/5, 11/5, 11/7 (22m)

[7] Nessrine Ariffin
[7] Nessrine Ariffin

11/6, 11/8, 11/4

[5] Sam Cornett

7th PSA title for Sam

[5] Sam Cornett


12/10, 11/3, 12/10 (30m)


[4] Emilia Soini

[7] Nessrine Ariffin (Mas)
11/6, 11/6, 11/3
Laura Savage (Can)
[5] Sam Cornett (Can)
11/9, 11/1, 11/4
Holly Delavigne (Can)
[5] Sam Cornett

11/6, 11/3, 11/4 (23m)

[3] Nicole Bunyan
[3] Nicole Bunyan (Can)
11/5, 11/5, 11/9
Margo Dewsnap (Can)
Deidre Bradd (Can)
11/2, 11/2, 11/2
[4] Emilia Soini (Fin)
[4] Emilia Soini

5/11, 11/6, 11/4, 11/5 (31m)

[6] Micala Seth
[4] Emilia Soini

11/3, 11/4, 11/3

[2] Janet Vidhi

Latasha Seth (Can)
11/9, 11/4, 11/2
[6] Micala Seth (Can)
Paula Jenkins (Can)
11/3, 11/0, 11/2
Mackenzie Elliott (Can)
Paula Jenkins

11/8, 11/13, 14/12, 11/4 (39m)

[2] Janet Vidhi
Hannah Guthrie (Can)
11/3, 11/5, 11/4
[2] Janet Vidhi (Ind)
Day TWO - Qualifying Finals

Francisco Mendez Correa 3-0 Pranav Sharma

The match started off with an incredible first rally going about 2 mins long and 100 shots! Francisco’s speed and agility was evident through the match and he took the first two games fairly handily. Pranav was turning the match around in the third game at 9-9. Both players caught the nick at the tail end of the third game, but Francisco was able to take the win. Francisco wanted to “keep [his] concentration and pace 100%” and “didn’t want to let the score lose [his] focus”.

Tess Jutte 3-1  Corey McCartney

In the first game, Jutte used excellent shot selection and strong length to dictate points and keep McCartney in the back and on the defensive. McCartney had a late comeback attempt, but Jutte scored a relatively comfortable first game. Early in the second, Jutte continued to dictate points with impressive patience. McCartney’s play improved with some great athleticism and exquisite shot making, but Jutte’s consistency and ballstriking allowed him to win the game 11-9.

There were a series of lets to begin the third game and it proved to be a tight one! McCartney’s game continued to improve especially his shotmaking and application of pressure and he surged late to take the third game. Jutte regained control early in the 4th with tight drives and drops. There were some great rallies, but despite McCartney’s spirited effort, Jutte wins the 4th game and the match. Jutte reflected on the match commenting that he focused when “under pressure, forcing him into errors early on” and “after applying pressure, after he adjusted, it became necessary to vary the pace”.

Cameron Seth 3-0 David Mill

Both players are local favorites with Seth from Fergus/Waterloo and Mill from London. In the first game, both players had great shot selection and a tight short game, however, Seth dominated the first taking it with a drop shot. In the second game, there was a rhythm of tight backhand length with patience from both players. Seth continued to capitalize on incredibly strong cuts, volleys, drops and anticipated the next shot well. Mill made a comeback to 9-10, then 10-10 for a long rally.

After a 30-40 shot rally, Mill succumbed 12-10. In the third, Seth found his footing with a few errors from Mill. Seth took the third 11-2 and the match. Seth commented that he was “a little nervous at the beginning. He was picking up a lot of balls and staying in the rally. In the third, I stopped playing short and focused on my length game to force the errors”.

Juan Vargas 3-0  Joshua Hollings 3-0

The match started with great athleticism demonstrated by both players. Early aggressing and shotmaking from Vargas allowed him to jump to an early lead. There was an incredible rally to finish off a dominant first game for Vargas. In the second, Vargas appears to be one shot ahead of Hollings and jumping at each opportunity. Hollings attempted to control points but Vargas shotmaking forced errors towards the end of the game. Hollings hit some fantastic shots to begin the third game. Vargas maintained his level of play, again allowing him to gain an early lead.

Despite Hollings increasing his level of play, Vargas incredible all-court play was too much and he took a convincing victory. Vargas had wanted to “play his own game, find length first then progress to shorter attacking shots after finding a groove”.

Vargas also commented that it is a “great first time PSA tournament. Having billets for the qualifiers is a very good idea and unusual. The tournament has a very community feeling atmosphere and a great host”.

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