14-19 Nov, Saskatchewan, Canada, $10k
Creed Claims Boast title
James Stephenson reports
Welshman Peter Creed, the top
seed, was looking for redemption in his second Boast final, up
against Switzerland's sixth-seeded Reiko Peter.
Creedy started error free and built a 5-2 lead. Reiko fought
back to level. Creed went back to forcing the taller player high
with tight length and mixing in drops low. Creedy had 5 game
balls and Reiko redoubled his efforts to fight off 4 of them to
fall just short of pushing it to a tiebreaker.
Creed started the second with 2 quickfire points off of
uncharacteristic tins by the Swiss player. Reiko steadied the
ship and levelled at 3-all. Creed kept forcing the tall player
to the front at full stretch with accurate drops. The speedy
Welshman kept scoring 2 points for every point his opponent
logged. Stretched to an 8-5 lead, he was looking like he would
cruise to take the game. Reiko forced Creedy to dive and use all
of his speed to keep the ball up as he fought hard to claw back
two points. Creed regained the front court to score three in a
row and take a 2-0 lead.
Reiko seemed reluctant to take the court for the third. He
hadn't found solutions to break up Creedy's movement or take
enough time away to cause him to make errors. Creed continued to
pressure Reiko with holds and drops and quickly mounted a 5-1
lead. A tin from the Welshman looked like a glimmer of hope for
Reiko to mount a comeback. After forcing Creed to every corner
on full stretch, he just couldn't seem to find a winner. 9-3 up,
Creed was content to just absorb Reiko's pace and let him make
his own errors.
A great rally at match ball ended with a tin from the Swiss
player to crown Peter Creed as the 2017 Boast Champion!!!
14-19 Nov, Saskatchewan, Canada, $10k
16 Nov 18.00-21.00
 Peter Creed (Wal)
11-4, 11-6, 12-10 (41m)
[Q] Sean Conroy (Irl)
 Peter Creed
11-7, 11-9, 11-2 (42m)
 Eric Galvez
 Peter Creed
6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 6-11,
 Shawn Delierre
 Peter Creed
11-9, 11-7, 11-4 (46m)
 Reiko Peter
 Eric Galvez (Mex)
11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (53m)
[Q] Mario Yanez (Mex)
 Mike McCue Can)
11-7, 11-8, 11-2 (31m)
[wc] Cory McCartney (Can)
 Mike McCue
11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (66m)
 Shawn Delierre
 Shawn Delierre (Can)
11-5, 11-4, 11-13, 11-9 (66m)
Tristan Eysele (Rsa)
Miled Zarazua (Mex)
11-3, 11-5, 11-7 (40m)
 Nick Sachvie (Can)
 Nick Sachvie
12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6 (48m)
 Dimitri Steinmann
 Nick Sachvie
7-11, 11-9, 11-5,
 Reiko Peter
[Q] Kimesh Chetty (Can)
11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (34m)
 Dimitri Steinmann (Sui)
Matias Tuomi (Fin)
11-6, 12-10, 11-5 (42m)
 Reiko Peter (Sui)
 Reiko Peter
8-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-7 (52m)
[Q] Ahmed Hosny
[Q] Ahmed Hosny (Egy)
11-7, 3-11, 11-5, 11-9 (72m)
 Chris Gordon (Usa)
Ahmed Hosny (Egy) 3-1 David Cromwell (Usa)
11-3, 6-11, 11-4, 12-10 (38m)
Kimesh Chetty (Can) 3-0 Thomas King (Can)
11-9, 11-5, 11-6 (43m)
Mario Yanez (Mex) 3-0 Kale Wilson (Tri)
11-3, 11-5, 11-4 (25m)
Sean Conroy (Irl) 3-0 Brock Janzer (Can)
11-6, 11-4, 11-2 (28m)
David Cromwell (Usa) 3-0 James Landeryou (Can)
11-2, 11-5, 11-5 (17m)
Ahmed Hosny (Egy) 3-0 Jason Gelowitz (Can)
11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (19m)
Kimesh Chetty (Can) 3-1 Marco Toriz-Caddo (Mex) 11-6, 6-11,
12-10, 11-7 (50m)
Thomas King (Can) 3-1 Sam Scivier (Can)
11-7, 10-12, 19-17, 12-10 (60m)
Kale Wilson (Tri) 3-0 Thomas Jackson (Can)
11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (20m)
Mario Yanez (Mex) 3-0 Sam Burley (Can)
11-3, 11-5, 11-0 (27m)
Brock Janzer (Can) 3-0 Derek Shevkenek (Can)
11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (14m)
Sean Conroy (Irl)3-0t Mateo Buitrago (Can)
11-5, 11-2, 11-2 (19m)
Canadians bow out in Boast semis
James Stephenson reports
Peter Creed (Wal) 3-2 Shawn
The first game began with both players finding length and
testing their opponent's movement. Shawn took any opportunity to
go into the smaller player's back and try and get cheap strokes.
After several lets, he was rewarded with strokes. This
frustrated Peter and he kept following excellent winners with
cheap tins. Too many errors gave Shawn the first.
The second saw Creedy find solutions to the Canadian's erratic
movement. He tightened his lines and gave Shawn little options
aside from playing the ball. The scoreline was close up to 4-all
when Peter pulled away. He would score three points in a row and
Sean could never string together more than 1. Peter took the
game comfortably with confidence building.
The third had Peter build a strong lead and keep a three point
cushion. With Peter leading 8-4, Shawn let his racket go with
two clean nick winners. Just as Delierre built momentum, Creedy
weathered the storm by making three amazing diagonal gets and
finishing with a deceptive drive that sent the Canadian on full
stretch to the back corner and just short of getting it back.
Peter was able to go point for point and take the game.
The fourth had Shawn renew his focus and play his best squash.
He stretched to a 7-2 lead and it looked like Peter was trying
to save his energy for the fifth. Creedy picked up three points
near the end of the game but it was too little too late to stop
it from going to a decider.
Shawn won the first 2 points and then Creedy turned on the
afterburners, running up an 8-2 lead. Shawn had been getting to
Peter's drops in previous games but now they were finding their
mark with pinpoint accuracy. Shawn seemed to lose confidence and
Creedy continued to pressure him with great length and outright
winners in the front. 8-2 down, Delierre made one last push but
couldn't stop the Welshman from getting to his second Boast
final in a row.
Reiko Peter (Sui) 3-1 Nick Sachvie (Can)
The crowd was excited to see if the current Canadian champion
could finally make it to the Boast final. Nick started the first
game very strongly and had great control over the ball. After
repeatedly moving the tall Swiss player deftly to the back
corners and across court after working boasts, Sachvie was able
to win the longer rallies.
Unfortunately, he was overconfident in his drops that he tried
early in rallies and they found the tin. Nick was able to build
a small lead and close out the first with an unfortunate stoke
call against Reiko when a ball squirted out of the front corner
and surprised both players and even though Nick had been going a
different direction, the ball was still playable as it shot
between the taller man's legs.
The second saw Sachvie finishing the first four points with
excellent winners both in the front court and back. It was
looking like the match was going to be very short if he could
keep this form. He was up 5-1 and seemed to have a lapse in
concentration and 3 tins and a flubbed return of serve and Reiko
had the opportunity he needed to regain the lead. Back and forth
lead changes up to 9-all and Reiko scored two quick points and
was back in the match.
Nick was out of sorts in the third and let Reiko build a strong
lead. You could see the frustration building as he continued to
find the tin. He tried to reset and play straight but it was too
late to stop the Swiss player from closing out the shortest game
of the match.
The fourth stayed close but you could see a definite change in
Reiko as his confidence built. Nick was still searching for
consistency and was being forced to play several extra shots in
points where he had control, due to the extreme reach and
retrieval abilities of Reiko. Another brief lapse in focus for
Nick gave three quick points to Reiko and he remained out of
reach to take the match.
Reiko joins top three seeds in semis
James Stephenson reports
Shawn Delierre (Can) 3-0 Mike
The first game started slowly with the players testing their
length and their opponent's movement. After the first heavy
interference and stroke call, McCue talked to the ref about not
wanting to turn the match into a let and block affair. Three
points later, Delierre put away a lose ball and Mike complained
harshly that his line was taken. Shawn used the lapse in
concentration to build a 3 point lead. McCue got fired up and
pushed hard to level at 8-all. Shawn took the ascendancy to take
the game on a hotly contested stroke.
The second started with a long rally with both players fighting
with tough movements and great retrievals. The second point,
Delierre tried to close McCue out in the backhand corner and
decided to swing hard and very late, clipping Mike in the head
with his racket. That caused an explosion of rage from the
The ref went on court to calm the players down and get them
refocused on playing squash. After weathering the storm, Mike
was able to level at 5-all. From there, Delierre let his racket
go with some clean winners and McCue was forced to relinquish
The third saw Delierre continue to try for winners on any loose
ball. McCue was controlled and closed the court well. It was
level pegging to 5-all. Shawn found a new level of intensity and
started surging to the finish line. The pace jumped and McCue
desperately tried to hang on through the final few rallies but
the Montreal native would not be denied a semifinal birth.
Peter Creed (Wal) 3-0 Eric Galvez (Mex)
Galvez comes out hammering the ball hard and low. Creedy is
trying to neutralize the pace but making cheap errors. 4-love
down, Peter returns to his game plan of "hitting straight and
tight and using height". He mounted a comeback and took the
lead. Eric started to get frustrated by speedy Creedy's
retrieving. Galvez started to try and hit lower and lower and
unfortunately tinned the final three points to hand the Welshman
The second saw the Mexican try to find an answer to the
lightning quick retrievals of last year's Boast runner-up. He
tried to impose his will and keep the game straight, but Creed
kept getting in front and upping the pace. In the most
competitive game, the previous champion faded in the endgame.
The third saw Galvez resigned as Creed kept his foot on the gas
and smashing it through the floorboards. The shortest game
pushed the Welshman to a semifinal en route to redemption at the
Reiko Peter (Sui) 3-1 Ahmed Hosny (Egy)
It was another night of anticipation of what Hosny was going to
bring to the courts? He started playing calmly and making Reiko
guess as to what was coming off his racket. Peter continued to
try and play straight
The second started with Peter closing the court and tightening
his lines. After Ahmed tried for 4 outright winners and clipped
the tin each time, he gave up the ghost and conceded the second
game to regroup for the third.
Level pegging in the third to 6-all, Reiko forged ahead to 9-6.
Ahmed fought back to 9-8 and 10-9. Three hard fought rallies
that ended in stoppages that Ahmed thought were strokes and
Reiko thought were no-lets. The ref made them play lets to much
chagrin from both players. A long last rally had Reiko step on
Ahmed's foot while he was trying to get to a ball in the back
and the ref refused to give him a let.
The fourth saw several changes in attitude from the dark horse
Egyptian. He started strong and controlling and tinned a couple
deceptive drops. Then his demeanour changed and he seemed to
have given up, he was walking without urgency to balls and
trying deceptive winners. 3 successful nicks changed him
completely and he resumed a straight game pushing Reiko to the
The tall Swiss player refused to give in. He weathered a storm
and put Hosny back into complacency. An anticlimax as the
heavily favoured player stopped the new pro from Egypt with
three quick dominant points.
Nick Sachvie (Can) 3-1 Dimitri Steinmann (Sui)
The first of this highly anticipated match saw these two very
fit athletes working to establish length and accuracy. Both
players were probing for weaknesses and finding none. The game
of cat and mouse continued, with smooth movement and great
retrieving and precise shots. Nick was able to finally establish
some control with more creative shots and was able to close it
Dimitri started out the second game much stronger, showing
spectacular retrieving and taking advantage of a few
uncharacteristic Sachvie errors to build up a 5-1 lead. Nick
seemed to be carrying the play, but was not getting the results.
He was able to draw almost even before Steinman was able to
close it out with some great play and a couple of lucky bounces.
The level of urgency in the fourth game was much higher, with
both players going after the winners. The middle stages saw more
attritional play, with no clear advantage gained. Dimitri's
retrieving was all full display, extending every rally. A couple
of crucial errors by Steinman was the difference in the 11-9
Nick appeared much more calm and in control, patiently waiting
for errors and pouncing on them. The movement, sportsmanship,
and quality of this match was world class, with errors at the
end by Dimitri making the difference.
|16-Nov, Round One:
HOSNY UPSETS THE SEEDINGS
James Stephenson reports
Shawn Delierre (Can) 3-1 Tristan Eysele
The Canadian two time Boast Champion built a strong lead in the
first, putting lots of work into the legs of the game South
African. At 9-2 there was a small momentum shift as Tristan
scored three solid points. Shawn regained his composure and
closed out the game.
The second was a virtual carbon copy with
Delierre building a strong lead getting 8 game balls and Tristan
was only able to fight off 2 before conceding the game. The
third started off with three unusual errors from Delierre and Eysele built a strong lead. Shawn seemed to clear his head and
fought hard back with 7 straight points.
Fighting off two match
balls, Tristan seemed to find a new gear. He was able to fight
hard and refuse to let any ball bounce twice and squeaked out a
13-11 victory on a tight no-let decision. The fourth saw
Delierre resuming strong form but Tristan was not about to give
up. He continued to fight through many lets and interferences
but in the end the previous champion was too strong.
Michael McCue (Can) 3-0 Cory McCartney (Can)
The first game featured some beautiful shotmaking
by McCartney. McCue, however, patiently established his length
and made devastating use of holds to send his opponent to all
corners of the court. The second game saw McCue establish
further control of the pace. A spirited comeback bring it back
level at 6 all, but Mike was able to bring it home with a strong
push. McCue stormed out to a 6 love lead. The investment made
into Cory's legs was really paying off as he was unable continue
retrieving at a high enough level. Game 3 also featured a
corkscrew serve winner.
Eric Galvez (Mex) 3-0 Mario Yanez (Mex)
This was a heated battle and had the potential to
be a changing of the guard. Yanez looked strong but Galvez is an
experienced campaigner and held the lead throughout the first
game. The second was very close and level pegging to 5-all.
Galvez tightened his lines and refused to open the court to
Mario's skillful racket. The veteran pulled away to close the
game for a 2-0 lead.
The third was extremely close with both
players refusing to give an inch. Yanez had complained all match
about Eric's movement to and off the ball and at 8-7 up Galvez
appeared to deliberately move into Yanez as he went for a drop
shot. The ref gave a no let and said he'd been warned to play
the ball. This invigorated Eric, who started to hit the ball
with ferocious pace. A few contentious lets and aggressive
rallies later the elder statesman was able to finish the match.
Peter Creed (Wal) 3-0 Sean Conroy (Ire)
Game 1 started out with both players eager to find their lines
and establish length. The game was even at 4 all before Creed
established a firm control of the T and rattled off 7 straight
points, taking advantage of a few unforced errors and shots that
started spraying into the middle.
The second saw a continuation of the same trend. Strong, even
rallies with precise length ended on small mistakes by Sean and
Creed was able to establish a 6-1 lead. Sean showed nothing but
heart, putting in the effort to mount 2 surges that were killed
by heartbreaking shots into the tin.
An entirely different Sean Conroy showed up for the third game.
Showing aggression and confidence, he used power and creativity
to roar out to an 8-2 lead. A stroke call against him seemed to
rattle him and it was all the opening that Creed needed to take
control of the game, bringing it all the way back to 10 all.
Creed's experience through the contentious points took him the
rest of the way home.
Ahmed Hosny (Egy) 3-1 Chris Gordon (Usa)
From the start he could tell this was going to be a hard-fought
match. Both players are tall and lanky and take a lot of square
footage on the court. Some trailing leg interferences were noted
by the referee that immediately gave movement warnings to both
players. Hosny was a complete unknown as he turned pro 3 months
ago and this was his first trip outside of his home country.
Some unfocused tins from Gordon handed Ahmed the first game.
second started slowly but Ahmed tried to hit some winners that
found the tin. After relinquishing a small lead Chris continued
to remain focussed and by the time he was up 7-2, Hosny had
resigned from making an effort and was content to let the much
higher ranked player have the game. The The third saw Ahmed
build a strong lead with amazing nicks and winners. He continued
to build momentum that Gordon couldn't seem to quell.
comfortably won and was looking strong into the first half of
the fourth. Gordon realized that time was running out and made
one last push to try and take the fourth. He got to 9-all and
Ahmed increased his aggression to have the American stretched to
all corners of the court. The final onslaught of this unknown
player was enough to pull out the huge upset of a player ranked
450 places higher in world rankings.
Reiko Peter (Sui) 3-0 Matias Tuomi (Fin)
In game one, Reiko Peter seemed almost 10 feet tall, dominating
the court from the T. Maria's struggled to find the answer,
while retrieving with determination as Peter built up a 9-2
lead. Matias seemed to find the answer in precise hitting and
brought the Game back to 6-9, before Reiko was able to close it
The pace in the second game was much higher, with big power and
many more short attacks. This style of game seemed to suit
Matias well and he carried the game to several game balls. Reiko
dug down deep and was able to bring the play back into his
terms, expending less effort and controlling the middle. He was
able win 13-11.
In the 3rd game, Matias showed flashes of pure brilliance, with
spectacular retrieving and touch. Unfortunately, brilliance was
needed for every point he was able to take away from Peter. He
was in full control of the court. After the rally of the
tournament, featuring dives from Matias, which he won on a
gorgeous top spin drop shot, Reiko was able to close it out.
Nick Sachvie (Can) 3-0 Miled Zarazua (Mex)
The first shot of the match was an attacking boast by Miled,
which led into an exchange at the front. Not your typical
feeling out process. Nick Sachvie, the reigning Canadian, was
absolutely clinical, dominating his smaller Mexican opponent.
The second game started the same way, except Nick started
finding the nicks. On a 5 love serve from Sachvie, Zarazua
absolutely punished the ball into the crosscourt nick. This
seemed to envigirate his game, and he was able to bring the play
into the front court, where he was more comfortable. He got
within 1 point at 5-6, but Nick asserted himself and rattled off
the rest of the points to take the 2 game lead.
The third game was very entertaining. Miled was able to keep the
match on his racquet with speed and touch. Unfortunately, he
also ran into troubles with unforced errors. This allowed Nick
to close out with comfort what was a much more evenly played
Dimitri Steinmann (Sui) 3-0 Kimesh Chetty (Can)
There was high hopes for the Saskatchewan player to do well
tonight. This new adversary was on a different level than his
previous two opponents. As the Swiss player continued to keep
the rallies long, we could see that Chetty's fitness was being
tested. Kimesh started well, but as the game wore on, he was
frustrated by two no-lets and his ability to retrieve started to
Dimitri continued to play confident straight squash and
forced the Canadian to retrieve again and again. The Swiss
player took the first comfortably. The second saw some new
energy from Chetty and he held his own up until 8-all, when the
young Swiss player closed out the win in the business end of the
game. The third saw Steinmann in the lead and in cruise control,
happy to watch Kimesh run diagonals until he was a half step
Unfortunately the local had not enough stamina to keep
up the level of intensity he showed in his first two matches.
Even in the loss he impressed all of Saskatoon and firmly
cemented himself as the province's strongest player.
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