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BC Honda Open 2011
08-13 Nov, Vancouver, Canada, $20k
13-Nov, Final:
Cuskelly claims Jericho title

Shauna Flath reports

Ryan Cuskelly bt Shahier Razik 11-5; 11-9; 7-7 rtd (30m)

Australian second seed Ryan Cuskelly denied the crowd at Vancouver's Jericho Club the pleasure of a home winner as he beat top seed Shahier Razik in the final of the PSA $20k BC Honda Open.

It wasn’t epic but a solid performance by Ryan in the first to take it 11-5. The second was back and forth but again Ryan came out on top and won 11-9.

Shahier was struggling and tried to get back into them match but hit a point where he couldn't continue, and at 7-all he offered his hand to his opponent.

It is not the way Ryan wanted to win and not the way Shahier wanted to lose, but in the end we had a fantastic week of squash and congratulations to Ryan winning the title.

What happened ? From SBD.com.au:

NSW’s Ryan Cuskelly has won the BC Open squash tournament in Vancouver after a bizarre walk-off by his Canadian opponent.

Cuskelly was leading 11-5 11-9 7-7 when Shahier Razik stormed off the court after receiving a conduct stroke against him for arguing with the referees.

The unusual victory was 24-year-old Cuskelly’s seventh of his career and first since winning the China Open two years ago.

“It was a tough week, especially in the quarter-finals where I was down 8-3 in the fifth against (Mohamed) Abouelghar and I came back and won 12-10 to take the match,” Cuskelly said.

“I played my best squash in the final. It was unfortunate to finish the way it did in the third. Razik got a couple of bad calls then a conduct stroke and then walked off court, so it was a pretty weird ending.”

French corner

BC Honda Open 2011
08-13 Nov, Vancouver, Canada, $20k
Round One
10 Nov
11 Nov
12 Nov
13 Nov
[1] Shahier Razik (Can)
11-4; 11-3; 11-4 23mins
Thomas Brinkman (Can)
[1] Shahier Razik
11-3; 15-12; 11-7 49
Dane Sharp
[1] Shahier Razik

11-5; 11-6; 11-5 (34m)

Rasmus Nielsen

[1] Shahier Razik

11-5; 11-9; 7-7 rtd (30m)

[2] Ryan Cuskelly

Dane Sharp (Can)
11-5; 11-8; 6-11; 11-9 26mins
[Q] Fred Reid (Can)
Jens Schoor (Ger)
11-1; 11-7; 13-11 54mins
[Q] Peter Creed (Wal)
Jens Schoor
 11-5; 11-7; 9-11; 13-11 55m
Rasmus Nielsen
Rasmus Nielsen (Den)
 11-2; 11-2; 11-3 19mins
[3] Jan Koukal (Cze)
[4] Joe Lee (Eng)
 11-8; 11-5; 8-11; 12-10 50mins
Andrew Schnell (Can)
[4] Joe Lee
11-3; 12-10; 13-11 22m
Eddie Charlton
[4] Joe Lee

11-6; 12-10; 11-3 (54m)

[2] Ryan Cuskelly

Eddie Charlton (Eng)
11-7; 11-1; 11-7 28 mins
[Q] Geoffrey Demont (Fra)
Mohamed Abouelgar (Egy)
 4-11; 11-9; 12-10; 11-7 47mins
Charles Sharpes (Eng)
Mohamed Abouelgar
11-9; 11-8; 9-11; 7-11; 12-10 67m
[2] Ryan Cuskelly
[Q] Declan James (Eng)
11-5; 11-5; 11-3 33mins
[2] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)

09-Nov, Qualifying Finals:

Declan James bt Alex Ingham              11-3, 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 11-5 (54m)
Fred Reid bt Jonathan Ramos              11-7, 8-11, 14-16, 11-6, 11-8 (51m)
Peter Creed bt David Letourneau         8-11, 3-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-4 (78m)
Geoffrey Dumont bt Tyler Hamilton                9-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-8 (39m)

08-Nov, Qualifying Round One:

Peter Creed (Wal) bt Robert Downer (Eng)               9/11, 11/8, 11/8, 7/11, 11/2
David Letourneau (Can) bt Mark Ridgeway (Can)      3/0
Jonathan Ramos (Mex) bt Ben Marien (Usa)              11/7, 11/6, 11/4
Fred Reid (Can) bt Winston Cabell (Can)                  11/6, 11/9, 11/8
Declan James (Eng) bt Matthew Serediak (Can)         11/5, 14/12, 11/7
Alex Ingham (Eng) bt Zac Leman (Can)                    11/7, 11/9, 11/7
Geoffrey Demont (Fra) bt Michael Thompson (Can)    11/4, 11/3, 11/8
Tyler Hamilton (Can) bt Mike McCue (Can)                2/11, 3/11, 11/9, 11/9, 11/3

2010 Event

12-Nov, Semis:
Straightforward semis at Jericho

Shauna Flath reports

Straight forward semi-finals tonight at Jericho with 3-0 wins on both sides of the draw for top seeds Shahier Razik and Ryan Cuskelly.

Shahier was comfortable in each game, beating Rasmus Neilsen in just over half an hour. There were a few funny calls in the second game between Cuskelly and Joe Lee, which the Australian took 12/10 before closing out the match in just under an hour.

Both guys should have lots in the tank for tomorrow, we are looking forward to the final and want some excitement and energy like we had last night.

French corner


11-Nov, Quarters:
Crowd loving it at Jericho

Shauna Flath reports

Let’s start out with precision shot making by Jens Schoor and outstanding retrieving by Rasmus Neilsen. The gets and the counter attack played by Rasmus was amazing. Jens fought hard, got a few calls not in his favor and Rasmus took it in the 4th.

Joe Lee played well against Eddie Charlton but Eddie was disappointed with his performance. “I played him just at the World Open and felt I played pretty well. Joe was good today and I wasn’t it was unfortunate I would’ve liked to have a better performance”

Match of the night no question was Ryan Cuskelly and Mohamed Abouelgar. Mohamed was down 2-0 and battled back with UNBELIEVABLE shotmaking from everywhere off of Mohamed’s racquet and the speed was the best this crowd has ever seen. UP 7-3 in the 5th which appeared that Mohamed was going to ull off the upset Ryan dug in and battled back. At 10 all Mohamed called a double bounce on himself – a first class move by a first class player. Ryan took the next point and the match 12-10. It was a emotional roller coaster for everyone watching the bets were flying around courtside. “It was unbelievable….just like Ramy” said Cuskelly. “I felt tentative at times because if I hit is loose he was attacking everything”.

Not bad for the Jericho crowd to witness such a epic and memorable match on the courts to date. When asked “Why Vancouver and Jericho?” Mohamed has “heard” that Jericho and Vancouver is a must place to go. We are very thankful that he decided to come all the way from Egypt to bring his brilliance on the court and put on a true display of Egyptian squash. You can come back anytime Mohamed!

Last match of the night, all-Canadian, Shahier Razik and Dane Sharp … Raz off to his usual steady self…easy..gets the feel and the points and takes the 1st 11-3. Dane put in a valiant effort in the 2nd and lost a close one and was in it but Raz took it and then in the 3rd Dane fizzled out maybe his border crossing excursion took it out of his legs and he wasn’t the Sharpest and lost 11-7.

It was great night once again at Jericho. Everyone is looking forward to tomorrow.

French corner


10-Nov, Round One:
Round One at Jericho

Shauna Flath reports

Pretty straight forward night with the top 2 seeds moving through with ease. The surprise of the night was Rasmus Nielsen defeating Jan Koukal who seemed out of sorts and not himself. We are not sure what happened as it appeared that he did not have the “feel” at all on the court and went down to a easy going solid player with Rasmus. Jan has been here before and has a lot of Jericho supporters behind him so we are all hoping that he will have a solid bounce back in his next event.

The all Canadian battle between Dane and Fred was great for the fans. Fred put in a spirited effort but Dane cam e through in the end with a solid performance.

Raz was his usual self solid and Thomas had to work hard for every point. In the end it was a good learning experience for a young up and coming Canadian against the more experienced Razik.

Joe came through in a tight fourth and was relieved that he closed it out. “Andrew got some of the momentum but I was happy to close it out and didn’t have to go to 5” Andrew is coming up and started to get the belief in his match and put in a great effort lot’s to come from him as far as the future of Canadian squash.
Other notables were Ryan Cuskelly with ease and precision on ball placement that took the match with Declan 3-0. Declan put in a good fight but Ryan out classed him this evening.

Mohamed did some Egyptian style squash and ripped some nicks….surprise…NOT…anyways a good effort and a entertaining match for the fans Charles put in a fantastic effort but just fell short in the end.

Last match….well we would be up again tonight…..Eddie made quick work of Peter and won 11-1; 11-7; 13-11 54mins Asked for a quote….”Bedtime” Well done Eddie and good night.

French corner

09-Nov, Qualifying Finals:
Late night at Jericho

Shauna Flath reports

Wow! What a final round of qualifying matches at the BC Honda Open.

Dave Letourneau looked in control of the first two games and Peter Creed looked like he was ready to throw in the towel but turned it around in the third. “It was mental my head wasn’t in it then I thought give it a go then the match turned”.

Peter started to play a bit more aggressive and wear Dave down. Dave struggled a bit with trying to push back in the rallies but let Peter take control and Peter took advantage of it and took it home to close it out in 78mins.

Fred Reid played well and Jonathan Ramos fought hard but spent a bit too much energy in the third and faltered in the last two and Fred took in 11/8 in the fifth.

Declan James  and Alex Ingham, great match…. Declan solid in the first two then Alex too the next and took advantage of James’s wrong choices and capitalized to take the next two. Declan and some sound advice after the fourth from a friend and buckled down mentally to play disciplined squash and closed out the match to take it 11-5 in the 5th. “

I felt lost a bit mentally in the 3rd and 4th and played smarter more disciplined squash in the 5th and it worked in my favor.”

Needless to say that the qualifying was nothing but fantastic for the packed house at Jericho as we finished the last match at 10:45pm.

French corner

French Corner

Salut Fram

Encore une journée pas terrible, je perds 3/0. Je n'ai pas réussi à mettre ma stratégie en place... Des balles trop approximatives qui lui ont ouvert le court.

Retour en france demain pour reprendre sérieusement l'entrainement avant de repartir pour trois autres tournois au Canada et aux US samedi prochain.


Je me suis qualifié ce soir. Un match en-deça de ce que j'espérais, mais l'essentiel est d'être rentré dans le main draw.

Nous devions jouer à 20h, mais les matchs précédents se sont tous conclus en 5 jeux, ce qui a mis plus d'une heure et demie de retard sur notre match.

Je n'ai pas bien géré la situation. J'ai du m'échauffer à plusieurs reprises, rester concentré et lucide mentalement, avec en même temps la pression qui augmentait; ce qui m'a donc demandé plus d'énergie que d'habitude... pour finalement arriver complètement passif dans le premier jeu.

Heureusement que j'ai pu me ressaisir dès l'entame du jeu suivant. Du coup la suite c'est mieux déroulée, j'ai pu mettre mon jeu en place.

Demain c'est Jens Schoor; jamais joué mais j'ai entendu dire qu'il n'était pas mauvais...

Bonne chance aux autres frenchies qui sont éparpillés dans le monde.



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