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World University Squash Championships 2010
10-18 July, Melbourne, Australia

17-Jul, Team Finals:
GBR take team title in Melbourne
Sarah Wordsworth reports

The Great Britain team came into the competition as a known force in university squash, with team stars Joel Hinds and Emma Chorley highly ranked 101st and 154th in the world respectively.

So it was no surprise that the UK fielded two finalists in the individual competition, including one winner, and then took out the teams event to close the 7th World University Squash Championships.

But all did not go according to plan for the Brits, in the first game of the final, a rematch of the women's individual final, Chorley again went down in straight sets to the individual champion Annie Au from Hong Kong.

Men’s individual champion Hinds then stepped up to the plate needing a win for his country. What followed was a spectacular five set match against opponent Leo Au from Hong Kong, who fended off two match points before Joel coolly claimed victory.

At one match apiece, the weight of two countries were upon the shoulders of Ho Fai Chiu from Hong Kong and Peter Creed from Britain. In another great performance from the British, Creed sealed the victory and emotions poured over from the British camp.

Meanwhile in the playoff for third place, USA defeated old rivals Canada in another dominant performance.

The 7th World University Squash Championships saw many hours of great squash played at Monash University and we wish all student athletes the best in their future careers.

Great Britain 2-1 Hong Kong
Joel Hinds 3-2 Leo Au 11/7, 10/12, 5/11, 11/5, 11/6
Peter Creed 3-0Ho Fai Chiu 11/5, 11/1, 11/4
Emma Chorley 0-3 Annie Au 3/11, 6/11, 7/11

3rd/4th Playoff:
USA 2-1 Canada
Todd Harrity 1-3 Colin West 11/7, 10/12, 5/11, 3/11
Chris Hanson 3-2 Fred Reid 11/9, 10/12, 9/11, 11/1, 11/8
Kristen Lange 3-1 Laura Gemmell 11/3, 12/10, 6/11, 11/4

16-Jul, Team Semis:
Great Britain & Hong Kong
to Contest  Final

Hong Kong and former champions Great Britain and will contest the final of the 7th World University Team Squash Championships after straightforward wins in the semi-finals at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Earlier in the day, the two top-seeded teams had finished top of the two qualifying pools following comprehensive victories over all their opposition.

Newly-crowned men's individual champion Joel Hinds, of Birmingham University, led favourites Great Britain, champions in 1996 & 2006, to a 3/0 triumph over third seeds USA with an 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 win over Christopher Hanson.

Later victories by Emma Chorley and Welshman Peter Creed put GB into the final for the third successive time.

The other semi-final saw Hong Kong claim a place in the final for the first time in the 14-year history of the event.

It was a family effort that saw the second seeds through against Canada, the fourth seeds. Siblings Annie Au and Leo Au, both of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, despatched Canadians Colin West and Laura Gemmell, respectively, to clinch the place in the final.

But Canada gained some consolation when Fred Reid beat Chiu Ho Fai 11-7, 11-7 in the best-of-three dead rubber.

[1] GREAT BRITAIN bt [3] USA 3/0
Joel Hinds 3-0 Christopher Hanson      11-7, 11-5, 11-9
Peter Creed 2-0 Alex Domenick          11-6, 11-5
Emma Chorley 3-0 Logan Greer          11-3, 11-8, 11-5

[2] HONG KONG bt [4] CANADA 2/1
Leo Au 3-1 Colin West                       4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4
Chiu Ho Fai l0-2 Fred Reid                 7-11, 7-11
Annie Au 3-0 Laura Gemmell             11-5, 11-4, 11-2

Team GB Teams Blog, Day Two

Day 2 of the team event saw team GB pitted against Canada in the final match of the group stages.

With both teams already assured a semi finals berth, Canada decided to rest some of their key players in order to ensure they were firing on all cylinders in their Semi-finals match. Team GB likewise rested both Joel and Emma, thus elevating ‘El Capitano’ to the Number 1 spot. Coach Williams decided to try his hand at commentary, joined in the commentary box by Hinds, as the rest of the team assumed their usual positions behind the court

Creedy was first on to court and did not disappoint, despite a spirited performance from Reid and an unbelievable corkscrew played by Reid in an early exchange! Creedy wrapped up a comfortable 3-0 win to get GB of to the perfect start. Next on was McPhee against Canada’s Micala Seth, with a win here guaranteeing GB top spot in the group stages. McPhee wasted little time imposing her game on Seth with a clinical display of Pontefract precision. The scoreline was a convincing 3-0, leaving Chris to bring up the rear.

Chris set upon Adrian Dudzicki from the first point and pounded him into submission with relentless pace and great length. Despite the fact that team GB had already secured the top spot in the group Chris put everything in and left the court visibly depleted. Chris continued the 3-0 trend, not dropping a game, as at 2-0 and 9-4 down in the 3rd, an ankle injury forced Adrian to retire!

The 2nd match of the day was our long awaited semi-final match against the Americans. With all players polishing their b-ball skills, the winning Millfield trio started to focus on their squash after a sensible pulse raiser.

Coach Williams gave the routine England – Bangladesh speech, which bemused the squad, due to the tie featuring the States (and the fact that Bangladesh hasn’t sent a team to the competition).

Todd, the no.1 American was not to feature in the Semi-final, due to being rested for their final day match, which seemed to stress out our Beetroot face to some extent.

Le Mole
took to the court with his characteristic quick-hand hack warm up, in an effort to physic his opponent out. Hanson put in a solid performance, but Craig David was keen to get on and off in quick time to preserve his energy for the final day, winning 3-0 with a confident display.

With our silver medallist next on court, Emma was keen to put in a mature display, and show off her skills against Logan Greer. Some edgy points at the beginning of the first seemed have more of an effect on the coaching crew, as manager Hibbert and coach Williams seemed to be grow a few extra gray hairs! However JL continued to push hard and came through with a comfortable 3-0 win to put the GB team into the Final of the 7th World University Team Championships.

The 3rd tie now became a best of 3, as the win was in the bag. Creedy graced court 2 once again to wrap up proceeding. Having clearly put on his exhibition hat on he treated to crowd to an array of tins and mishits in the opening few points, though, after getting it out of his system he settled into to match and produced a confident 2-0 win.

The night was capped off with a cheeky game of laser quest, in which the boys hammered the girls with Chris and Peter ‘trigger happy’ Creed obtaining top gun in games 1 and 2 respectively!

Finals day tomorrow!

Good luck to Austria in tomorrow’s match!

Pool A:
Joel Hinds bt Christo Potgeiter 11-7, 11-8, 11-6
Chris Hall bt Alan McGuigan 11-3, 11-3, 11-6
Emma Chorley bt Senada Haupt 11-9, 11-3, 11-2

[4] CANADA bt [8] SINGAPORE 3/0
Colin West bt Marcus Phua 11-0, 11-3, 11-3
Adrian Dudzicki bt Sean Ang 11-5, 11-9, 11-1
Micaala Seth bt Nicole Chua 11-3, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9

Peter Creed bt Marcus Phua 11-8, 11-5, 11-3
Chris Hall bt Sean Ang 11-3, 11-1, 11-1
Kirsty McPhee bt Nicole Chua 11-6, 11-1, 11-3

[4] CANADA bt [5] SOUTH AFRICA 2/1
Colin West bt Richard Colburn 11-6, 11-4, 11-2
Fred Reid lost to Christo Potgeiter 4-11, 8-11, 9-11
Laura Gemmell bt Cheyna Tucker 11-6, 11-9, 11-7

Peter Creed bt Fred Reid 11-6, 11-6, 11-4
Chris Hall bt Adrian Dudzicki 11-5, 11-5, 11-4
Kirsty McPhee bt Micaala Seth 11-3, 11-3, 11-3

Richard Colburn bt Marcus Phua 11-5, 11-4, 11-8
Christo Potgeiter bt Sean Ang 11-1, 11-1, 11-0
Senada Haupt bt Nicole Chua 10-12, 11-9, 14-16, 11-4, 11-7

Final positions: 1 Great Britain, 2 Canada, 3 South Africa, 4 Singapore

Pool B:
[2] HONG KONG bt [6] AUSTRALIA 3/0
Leo Au bt Sam Brown 11-5, 11-6, 11-3
Chiu Ho Fai bt Luke Sims 11-9, 11-6, 11-7
Annie Au bt Selena Shaikh 11-5, 11-1, 11-3

[3] USA bt [7] AUSTRIA 3/0
Todd Harrity bt Marcus Greslehner 11-8, 11-9, 11-8
Christopher Hanson bt Daniel Haider 11-5, 11-4, 11-8
Logan Greer bt Birgit Coufal 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5

[3] USA bt [6] AUSTRALIA 2/1
Todd Harrity bt Sam Brown 11-4, 11-7, 11-7
Christopher Hanson bt Luke Sims 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6
Kristen Lange lost to Melody Francis 9-11, 15-17, 6-11

[2] HONG KONG bt [7] AUSTRIA 3/0
Leo Au bt Marcus Greslehner 11-1, 11-5, 11-7
Chiu Ho Fai bt Daniel Haider 11-4, 11-5, 11-6
Shin Nga Leung bt Birgit Coufal 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-2

[2] HONG KONG bt [3] USA 2/1
Leo Au bt Todd Harrity 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6
Chiu Ho Fai lost to Alex Domenick 8-11, 12-10, 9-11, 8-11
Annie Au bt Kristen Lange 11-6, 11-2, 11-3

[6] AUSTRALIA bt [7] AUSTRIA 2/1
Sam Brown bt Marcus Greslehner 11-2, 10-12, 12-10, 11-9
Luke Sims lost to Daniel Haider 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 5-11
Melody Francis bt Birgit Coufal 9-11, 11-3, 11-3, 7-11, 12-10

Final positions: 1 Hong Kong, 2 USA, 3 Australia, 4 Austria

15-Jul, Teams Day One:
Teams competition off to a frenetic start
Sarah Wordsworth reports

Competitors from Great Britain, Canada, Hong Kong and the USA remain undefeated after the first round of teams competition at the World University Squash Championships held at Monash University today.

The Hong Kong and British contingents continued their dominance from the individual competition failing to drop a game.

Individual champions Joel Hinds (GB) and Annie Au (HK) both registered comfortable victories despite the best efforts of South African young gun Christo Potgieter and home town hero Selena Shaikh.

Singapore’s Nicole Chua Wen Ya made life difficult for Micaala Seth taking one game off the Canadian and pushing another to 12-10.

Meanwhile in pool B Austria’s Brigit Coufal took it up to heavily favoured American Logan Greer, but the Austrian was only able to pinch one of the four tight games.
Team GB Blog ... Teams 1

After a fantastic day which saw GB secure three medals in the individual competition, today saw the start of the team event. The early start caught out physio Watson whose punctuality excuses are becoming less plausible each day! It was also nice to see the physio finally grasp the rules of the game after 9 days of continuous watching!

South Africa were up first and the tie was made slightly easier for GB with the news that SA were resting their number one male in preparation for an important tie against Canada in the afternoon.

Chorley kicked things off against Senda Haupt who had previously ousted 3/4 seed Birgit Coufal in the individual competition. The two contested a tight first game until Chorley’s consistency and court coverage proved too much for her opponent as she ran out a winner in three.

Second on was Lemole at number one string, Joel put in a solid performance against an opponent who showed a brilliant array of shots throughout the match but it was never enough to trouble the individual champion who secured GB’s second 3-0 win. It must be noted that Joel has shown a continuous disregard for Captain Creed’s team kit instructions and for this match was wearing incorrect team kit for the third day running; the team fine kitty is growing quickly each day!

“Mcflurry” Hall was last on and put in a controlled display, dominating the majority of rallies against a game opponent who fought until the end. Chris finished the match with a peach of a black eye due to a timely racket handle in the face, which may dent his chances with the ladies on Saturday evening!

The afternoon match pitted GB against Singapore with Captain Creed and Beetroot Mcphee making their debuts in the team competition replacing lemole and “jelly legs” chorley.

Kirstai gave us the perfect start using the famous backhand volley drop to outmanoeuvre her opposition and secure a straight forward 3-0 victory. El capitano secured the victory with a mature display, controlling the middle and finishing the points with some deft touches at the front of the court. With victory already assured Hall was up against an opponent who was obviously tired from the competition so far and quickly wrapped up a straight games victory.

The boys concluded the day in the steam room and Jacuzzi, socialising with a competing nation, the female company definitely appreciated!

The evening featured the “after eight challenge” with the winner promised a prize by coach Williams. Players must begin with an After 8 chocolate placed on their forehead; this chocolate must then be manoeuvred down the face and into the mouth without the use of the hands or any external objects. Creed took the honours in an incredible two seconds, followed by team manager Hibbert (12 seconds) taking the silver and Hall (16) the Bronze. Joel failed to complete the challenge and this will surely have shattered his confidence for tomorrow’s matches.

Next for team GB tomorrow morning is the final group match against a strong Canadian team, and a victory would ensure we head into the semi –finals full of confidence.

Team Austria reports from Melbourne - Team Event Day 1

It’s going to be painful to write this report as it hasn’t been a successful day for Team Austria.

The day started well enough having figured out how to solve Australia’s immigration issues over tea and toast (Julia Gillard will be pleased when she receives our draft). I guess things started to go wrong when it wasn’t Martin who gave us a lift to the courts at Monash Uni.

It should have been a warning for worse things to come.

The 10am clash between Team Austria and the U.S.A. kicked off with the women’s match between Birgit and Logan Greer. Birgit found that keeping it straight and tight restricted her creativity and therefore opted for more interesting shots down the middle of the court (as close to the T as possible). This might have helped Logan to walk off the court taking the match in 4. Not a good start.

Next up was young Marcus against Todd Harrity who finished 3rd in the individual event. Marcus put in a really good performance, the best we’ve seen him play in this event so far, but still losing in 3 close games. He was unlucky not to take a game off Todd.

faced Chris Hanson and was keen to earn a consolation point for Austria. However Chris proved too solid and Daniel’s many mistakes and sometimes headless playdidn’t help either. Daniel lost in 3, and Team Austria lost to the U.S.A 3/0.

Team Austria was up against Hong Kong in the afternoon. Birgit didn’t have a great start playing Shin Nga Leung and found herself 2/0 down before eventually battling her way back into the match leveling at 2/2. The 5th game however turned out to be a pretty one sided affair in Hong Kong’s favour with Birgit losing her momentum and Shin tightening up her game.

Again, not a great start.

Marcus found Leo Au too strong and consistent going down in 3. Machine-like Leo made only one (!) unforced error during the whole match much to Marcus’ frustration.

Job done for Hong Kong, but again Daniel eager to deliver a good performance for Team Austria. It looked like Daniel was a little bit too inspired by Birgit’s creative play in the morning, making the most of all options where not to put the ball instead of putting it in the one right place (boring). Ho Fai Chiu won in 3 and Daniel lost to someone wearing glasses for the first time ever according to him. He wasn’t happy. Team Austria -0, Hong
Kong -3.

Birgit, Marcus and Daniel have found retreat in their Ibis residence for now, recovering from their defeats and getting ready for another tough day of team matches tomorrow. I’m not entirely sure about their hide and disguise tactics anymore...

Make it work tomorrow then please! Team Austria is playing hosting nation Australia at 10am, and back on again at 4pm.

And to finish off with here comes a very interesting fact. We figured out that Austria is the only country taking part in the Uni Games Team Event which is NOT a Commonwealth country.

And just in case we got that wrong, then make it the only country which is NOT an officially English speaking country.

Team GB Blog, Day Four

The day got off to a steady start; forgetting to empty the dryer was one of our top things to correct, but breakfast was priority. Steady it didn’t remain with Kirsty busting out a little air guitar over breakfast then retracting to the laundry room, beetroot faced (for a change), bringing on the first fine of the day.

The team remained in good spirits with medals up for grabs in the final day of the individuals.

Chris got off to a shaky start, losing the first 11-6, but he always looked in control and with a solid performance won the match 3-1 against his South African opponent finishing 7th overall.

Chris managed to keep a success rate of at least one fine per match. Although this time it was not for air-shotting a serve but this time serving out; which now takes him to a close second in the fines ladder, just one behind Joel.

Next up was the marathon match of the day with GB’s Creed taking on Canada’s Colin West. Marathon being the operative word because as we have discovered Pete’s (sorry Peter’s) love for running. The captain came on all hair sprayed up appearing to have a clearer view of 5th place, however things still seemed to be a little hazy so he opted for the head band instead. Not sure if the static from the glass was pulling him back but Creedy seemed to spend most of his time fumbling in the back corners.

In patches he took control, mixing the pace and putting the Canadian in some discomfort, but the hazy head-band came back into play on match ball in the 5th causing a random old-man reverse angle boast, which funnily enough “came up short.” Creed went down 3-2 but a close contested match played in good spirits was enjoyed by onlookers.

Next up was the bronze medal match with Kirstai “Beetroot Face” Mcphee taking on local favourite Melody Francis and hoping to secure GB’s first boomerang of the day. We wouldn’t say it was the prettiest performance but the backhand drop and trickle boast worked well in tandem, as they split the first a piece. After going 2-1 down, our Ponte lass got her mad-on and ground the nervy two games out with some choice words and some infant school girl tell tales.

I’m not cheating, I’m just struggling to move my muffin tops!” A couple of skips and crosscourt flicks from deep, followed with composure send cheers and smiles to the GB camp as the 1st medallion was secured.

Moving on to the finals it was the ladies turn first (of course). Chorley with a clear game plan in sight she took on the Hong Kong talent. Although Chorley got off to a nervy start going heavily down in the first, she managed to regain focus and pulled it back to within points, losing the first 11-8. Chorley showing her feisty side, battled throughout the match but Au’s class showed through with deceptive flicks and great touch giving her the match 3-0 leaving Chors to get ribbed by Creedy for the infamous “JL”. Unfortunately Emma missed out on the boy’s final as she was whisked off to a cold room for drugs testing after suspicion arose about her “Somerset Quads”.

So it was left to Joel to bring home the gold and complete out collection of medals. His German opponent got off to a good start showing his ability to take the ball in short. But Joel showed his stamina, picking up the irretrievable with the occasional Serena Williams grunt winning the game and looking good for the rest of match. In the third game the German didn’t look to get close as snoop pulled off some outrageous taxi’s to close the game in fine style.

Special mention should go to Manager Andy as he showed fine physical endurance as the battled through all 5 matched from the sideline. Well played Andy – we will order you in the ice wealy bin; make sure captain Creed has his arm bands as he probably won’t be able to touch the bottom!

After a long wait for wee samples the team finally gathered back at apartment 6 for team bonding, congratulating on a successful day and re-focusing for the up and coming team event. Brennan took the lime light for the evening showing some classy dance moves in hitch – much to the boys dismay......better work on your rock, paper scissors Joel!


14-Jul, Finals:

Men’s Final
[1] Joel Hinds (Gbr) bt [2] Jens Schoor (Ger)    11-6, 11-7, 11-2

Women’s Final
[1] Annie Au (Hkg) bt [3/4] Emma Chorley (Gbr)) 11-8 11-5 11-4

3/4 Playoffs
Todd Harrity (Usa) bt Leo Au (Hkg)           11-7, 11-5, 11-3
Kirsty McPhee (Gbr) bt Melody Francis (Aus) 11-7, 12-14, 8-11, 11-3,

Top seeds take world university titles
Sarah Wordsworth reports

The individual competition of the World University Squash Championships  wrapped up yesterday at Melbourne’s Monash University with Annie Au from Hong Kong taking the honours in the women’s competition and Joel Hinds claiming the title in the men’s.

But the British camp should be pleased to have occupied three of the six podium spots on offer after they split the results of the men’s and women’s finals of the individual competition.

The team’s star Joel Hinds will return home with the men’s title after a fiery yet dominant performance over Germany’s Jens Schoor in straight sets (11-6, 11-7, 11-2) . It was a thrilling match, delivering many classic points throughout.

Hinds was visibly exhausted but relieved and ecstatic after the battle, exclaiming after his win; “it was great, it’s my third time (at the World University Squash Championships) so it’s great to finally get that first place”.

In the women’s competition Brit Emma Chorley’s quest for gold came to an end with a straight sets loss (11-8, 11-5, 11-4 ) to the highly rated Annie Au from Hong Kong. Au was visibly delighted with her win, confirming her as a world class competitor and a force to be reckoned with in the competitive squash world.

Chorley's Kirsty McPhee took third place after beating local Melody Francis in the bronze medal match. McPhee and Chorley’s attention will now turn to the team’s competition where the Brits will try to continue their run of hot form in the face of some fierce opposition from all across the globe.

Team event Pools:

Pool A

Pool B


Team Austria reports from Melbourne

First of all, congratulations to German Jens Schoor for making the final of the World University Squash Championships. It feels like reports so far have been very biased, so we would like to provide information other than GB and Aussie views.

So even though Austrians aren’t ment to like Germans, they’re our neighbours after all, especially if you’re that far away from home. Therefore, an extra Well done Jens! And well done the siblings Au from Hong Kong too, who managed to claim first place in the womens event and fourth place in the mens event. Quite an achievement! Annie Au in particular who actually didn’t drop a single game throughout the whole event which is outstanding!

And a special mention to Eduardo Gonzalez, who was the sole competitor from Spain, finishing 11th!

Now, Team Austria hasn’t been able to attract attention because of their squash skills during the individual event unfortunately.

Birgit Coufal from Vienna, a 3/4 seed, suffered an unexpected defeat in the first round, losingin 3 to South African Senada Haupt. She hadn’t had the best preparation coming into the tournament, coming in from Hobart/Tasmania from a WISPA tournament the night before her first match. She then managed to narrowly scrape through in her following matches (including a tough 13/11 in the 5th against Canadian Laura Gemmell which grew team coach Michael Khan a little bit more grey hair) and win the plate event, finishing 9th.

The boys: Marcus Greslehner from Vienna, Team Austria’s youngster, was unlucky to loose his first round match to opposition from Singapore in 5. He then fell to Kiwi Michael Pittams in 4, missing out on the big points towards the end of each game.

Daniel Haider from Linz went down to Fred Reid from Canada fighting until the end but still losing in 3. Next up he met Australian Luke Sims who he lost to in 4. After a bad start Daniel found his way into the match, but Luke was still getting the better off him.

The boys ended up in a pool with Singaporian Sean Ang Shi Rong battling out places 21-23. Rong withdrew because of injury so it was up to the Austrians to get their on court rivalry going. Marcus lost the first game to Daniel but came back strongly and finally prevailed 3/1. Place 21 secured including the number 1 Austrian men’s spot for Marcus in the upcoming team event.

As there are only 2 guys and 1 girl from Austria the next few days are gonna be tough on them playing 2 matches a day not being able to put reserves in in order to get a well deserved rest.

However, no rest for the wicked anyway with the individual event finishing today and the team event kicking off at 10am tomorrow morning. Team Austria is facing the U.S.A. first and then playing Hong Kong in the afternoon.

Rumour has it Team Austria has been giving their opponents a false sense of security during the individual event so they can go into the team event as the underestimated dark horse. Watch out for them!

Team Austria is off to bed now, getting a good night’s sleep in before the big day of team matches tomorrow. The day is gonna kick off with another round table during breakfast discussing how to fight climate change and generally establish world peace. We’re on it, just give us a few more days! And we’re looking forward to getting another lift by our lovely driver Martin, who’s been looking after us incredibly well!

[for now, we hope, Ed]

13-Jul, Semis:

Men's semi-finals:
[1] Joel Hinds (Gbr) bt [5/8] Leo Au (Hkg) 13-11, 11-8, 11-8
[2] Jens Schoor (Ger) bt [5/8] Todd Harrity (Usa) 11-7, 11-8, 11-6

Women's semi-finals:
[1] Annie Au (Hkg) bt [5/8] Kirsty McPhee (Gbr) 11-5, 11-2, 11-2
[3/4] Emma Chorley (Gbr) bt [2] Melody Francis (Aus) 11-5, 8-11, 11-2, 12-10

Chorley Raises Hopes of
GB World Double In Melbourne

English student Emma Chorley pulled off an impressive upset over home hope Melody Francis in the women's World University Squash Championships semi-finals to set up the prospect of the first ever double British gold at the 7th staging of the event at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

The 22-year-old 3/4 seed from Bridgwater in Somerset, a student at Bridgwater College, battled for four games to overcome Melody Francis, the second seed from nearby Sunbury who was leading Australian hopes in the world championships.

Despite being ranked almost 100 places lower in the world, Chorley charged to an 11-5, 8-11, 11-2, 12-10 victory over the world No55 from Deakin University to claim her unexpected place in the women's final.

Chorley will now face the event's highest-ranked player after top seed Annie Au despatched Britain's Kirsty McPhee 11-5, 11-2, 11-2.

The 21-year-old from Hong Kong, ranked 16 in the world, arrived in Melbourne fresh from victory in the Des Pyramides Open in France last week - her seventh WISPA title. Au has also achieved significant success in the region after winning the Australian Open in Clare, South Australia, against expectations in August 2008.

And it was another Briton who denied the Au family double celebrations  after Joel Hinds beat Annie's younger brother Leo Au 13-11, 11-8, 11-8 in the men's semi-finals.

Hinds is seeded to win the men's crown - and will be hoping that Chorley can spring a second upset to stand alongside him on the winner's podium.

But the 23-year-old from Birmingham University - who is making his third successive appearance in the event after losing to the eventual champions both in 2006 and 2008 - will face still opposition in the final from Jens Schoor, the second seed from Germany.

Schoor, the 23-year-old world No 103 from Koblenz who is ranked just two places behind Hinds, ended US interest in the event when he beat 5/8 seed Todd Harrity, from Princeton University, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6.

The men's final will mark Hinds and Schoor's first meeting - though Au and Chorley will be facing their second clash after first doing battle in the semi-finals of the Dutch Junior U19 Open exactly four years ago in Amsterdam, where left-hander Au prevailed in five games.

Team GB Day 3 Blog – Skip Creed's View of the World

The third day started more productively as everyone made breakfast on time and the team looked full of enthusiasm and energy to take on the challenges the matches that lay ahead. There were some crucial matches today with the possibility of three finalists out in the last four.

Morning training was successfully completed and no one was yet to be sacrificed to the fines list. The team retired to the hotel before the battles commenced in the afternoon.

First on court was a battle of the Brits, and an old junior day clash between Chris Mcflurry Hall and Peter El Capitano Creed. With Skip looking to make an amends for a poor display the day before, and Chris looking to capitalize on his physical attributes and improving performances. The bets were placed and the match began. Chris began to get frustrated as Peter’s consistent patience and tactical play showed on the scoreboard, and although there were some good exchanges Pete’s lead grew each game from a tough start and secured a 3-0 win.

The next matches were the two awaited girls semi-finals. Kirstai Beetroot Cheek Mcphee was always up against the odds as she faced the World No.16 Annie Au from Hong Kong. Although the blisters were still strapped and the game face was on, there wasn’t much Kirsty could do, as Annie showed her class and fired in winners at will. Kirsty fought hard but encouraged screams such as “Oversized Lamb” and “free Willy” had no effect to counter the finesse of the World 16’s finishing capabilities.

Emma was on the neighbouring court, and looked to be in a tough battle with the no.2 seed Melody Francis. The first 2 games were split a game a-piece and the Somerset quads took over as she continued to hustle and show her athoritaiii in the physical department! The tactical advice offered by Coach Williams was executed perfectly as she secured a 3-1 win, after a few nervy points and evidence of lacking minerals. Squandering 3 match balls before taking the forth on a tie-break.

Last but not least was Snoop who was evidently feeling the effects of the over-sized bag of crisps he failed to share the night before. A nervous and slightly anxious Joel took to the court with headphones and a “fuller” presence than previous days. Though an improving physical state from Physio Watson’s hard massages seemed evident. The match started furiously and although the control looked in favour of the GB member, the scoreline was still tight. After a tiebreak in the first, the gap grew and the unique expertise of Joel’s backhand flick took to full effect as he became the second British player in the Finals with a 12-10 11-8 11-6 victory.

No players received conduct warnings on day three, as Coach Williams began to make full use of his newly purchased Casio, keeping to the correct rest times between games!

12-Jul, Quarters:
A decisive day two for individual competition

Day two was a cut throat day in competition in the singles draw at the World University Squash Championships held at Monash University.

On the men's side just four of the original 23 are left standing to battle it out for individual honours, while in the women's field we are also down to the four players who will face off tomorrow in their semi finals in their quest for individual glory.

The powerhouse that is Great Britain continues to roll along, with three players in contention for individual glory, with Emma Chorley and Kirsty McPhee in the women's and Joel Hinds looking good in the men's competition.

Honk Kong will have a say too, with siblings Annie and Leo Au aiming to become the first brother and sister pair ever to reach the WUC final.

Green and gold girls gear up for success

Sarah Wordsworth reports

Day two of the World University Squash Championships today saw the Aussies back in action with the commencement of quarter finals. The Monash University squash stadium was a hive of activity and noise as players from eleven different countries battled it out on the courts whilst supporters watched enthusiastically in the stands.

Amongst those adding to the day’s excitement was Australian Melody Francis. After a trouble free victory in the first round, she today took on Hong Kong, China’s Shin Nga Leung. The 21 year old Australian, who is currently ranked 55th in the world, has had a busy lead up to the championships. She has made the quarter finals of the Victorian Open and Tasmanian Open in the past two weeks. With a home town advantage, Francis is hoping to better her results from the 2008 World University Squash Championships in Cairo, where she finished 12th.

“It’s great to have this level of competition in Melbourne,” she said. “I’m just trying to go out and play my best and keep my fingers crossed for good results.”

Fellow Australian representative Selena Shaikh was today making the most of a bye to soak in some of the fast paced action. The 17 year old Monash University student is one of the youngest players in the competition, but is unfazed by the greater experience of her rivals. Having lost in yesterday’s first round, she will now contend the plate draw, and is optimistic about her chances.

“I’m feeling confident about tomorrow’s game and I think I can do it if I go all out. I’m really looking forward to it,” she said.

Both Shaikh and Francis said that they were proud and excited to be representing Australia over the coming week. “It’s always an honour to wear the green and gold tracksuit,” said Francis.

Men Quarter Finals
Joel Hinds (GBR, 1) bt Richard Colburn (RSA, 5/8) 11-3 11-8 11-3
Leo Au (HKG, 5/8) bt Colin West (CAN, 3/4) 11-1 11-4 7-11 3-11 11-5
Todd Harrity (USA, 5/8) bt Peter Creed (GBR, 3/4) 12-10 11-8 7-11 11-5
Jens Schoor (GER, 2) bt Christopher Hall (GBR, 5/8) 7-11 11-5 11-1 11-6

Women Quarter Finals
Annie Au (HKG, 1) bt Kirsten Lange (USA, 5/8) 11-5 11-3 11-6
Kirsty McPhee (GBR, 5/8) bt Senada Haupt (RSA) 11-9 8-11 5-11 11-6 11-6
Emma Chorley (GBR, 3/4) bt Logan Greer (USA, 5/8) 11-2 11-7 11-9
Melody Francis (AUS, 2) bt Shin Nga Leung (HKG, 5/8) 11-9 11-7 4-11 11-9

Team GB Blog

Team GB Blog - Day Two

Day 2 got off to a slepy start.......Coach Williams never materialised for breakfast whilst the boys dragged themselves in over 15 minutes late!

Good job the girls were on the ball as they opened the day with wins on both counts. Kirsty managed to stay composed and grab a 3-2 victory, whilst Emma looked a little nervy but secured a 3-0 win of America's Logan Geer.

The sleepy start hadn't quite warn off for the boys. Joel started the boys campaign with his first serve straight out of court! Realising he was now £14 in debt he tidied things up and brought home a 3-0 victory.

Peter Creed's height seemed to be a limiting factor in his performance today. He struggled to find his length and came up short (rather like himself) against his American opponent who seemed to have an exceptional reach (unlike our captain). With height like his Creedy definitely needs to learn the lob.

Chris put in a battling performance against Germany's Jens Schoor. After taking the first game we thought we were in for a surprise upset but things started to get heated and the game became compared to a local aussie rules match. This seemed to put Chris off of his stride and he unfortunately suffered a 3-1 defeat after a good fight.

With 3 of Team GB in the semis tomorrow we are hoping for some medal positions!!


Down to the quarters

The first day competition at the World University Squash Championships got underway before some large crowds at Monash University’s Clayton campus.

In general it was a good day for the seeding committee, with fifteen of the sixteen quarter-final places taken up by seeded players, the exception being South Africa's Senada Haupt, who ousted 3/4 seed Birgit Coufal to set up a last eight meeting with Great Britain's Kirsty McPhee.

Men's Round 1:
Joel Hinds (GBR, 1) – Marcus Hui (SIN) 11-4 11-9 11-6
Richard Colburn (RSA, 5/8) – Alex Domenick 11-8 11-9 11-5
Leo Au (HKG, 5/8) – Frederick Reid (CAN) 11-6 11-9 11-5
Colin West (CAN, 3/4) – Ho Fai Chiu (HKG) 11-9 11-3 11-2
Peter Creed (GBR, 3/4) – Eduardo Gonzalez (ESP) 11-8 11-8 11-4
Todd Harrity (USA, 5/8) – Sam Brown (AUS) 11-3 11-5 11-9
Christopher Hall (GBR, 5/8) – Chris Hanson (USA) 15-13 11-2 11-8
Jens Schoor (GER, 2) – Adrian Dudzicki (RSA) 3-11 11-4 11-5 11-2

Women's Round 1:
Annie Au (HKG, 1)  bye
Kirsten Lange (USA, 5/8) bt Selena Shaikh (AUS) 11-3 11-4 11-1
Kirsty McPhee (GBR, 5/8) bt Laura Gemell (CAN) 11-8 11-6 11-8
Senada Haupt (RSA) bt Birgit Coufal (AUT, 3/4) 11-2 11-7 11-7
Emma Chorley (GBR , 3/4) bt Nicole Chua Wen Ya (SIN) 11-2 11-5 11-2
Logan Greer (USA, 5/8) bt Stephanie Smith (NZL) 11-8 11-5 11-4
Shin Nga Leung (HKG, 5/8) bt Cheyna Tucker (RSA) 11-9 11-9 11-9
Melody Francis (AUS, 2) bt Micaala Seth (CAN) 11-2 11-4 11-4

Men's Round 1:

Marcus Hui (SIN) bt Marcus Greslehner (AUT) 6-11 11-6 8-11 11-6 11-8
Alex Domencik (USA) bt Michael Pittams (NZL) 13-11 11-7 11-5
Frederick Reid (CAN) bt Daniel Haider (AUT) 11-5 11-7 11-5
Ho Fai Chiu (HKG) bt Luke Sims (AUS) 14-16 11-8 13-11 11-9
Eduardo Gonzalez (ESP) bt Alan McGuigan (RSA) 11-3 11-5 11-6
Chris Hanson (USA) bt Christo Potgeiter (RSA) 4-11 11-6 11-4 11-7
Adrian Dudziki (RSA) bt Sean Rong (SIN) 11-6 11-4 11-3

Team GB Blog ...

Day 1 got off to a blistering start (and we are not talking about Kirsty’s feet) for the GB squad, with the whole team winning 3-0.

Chorley wasted little time despatching her opponent 11-2 11-3 11-2 in rapid time.

Meanwhile Kirsty was presented with a potentially tricky match in the opening round against Laura Gemmell. After a tense first two games and a short 3-minute injury break for Gemmell in the third, Kirsty pulled away with the win.

The boys fared equally well in their opening encounters, despite an early morning mix up by coach Williams, who in his haste to make the scheduled breakfast time decided to dress himself head to toe in Joel’s clothes. Whilst looking the part, his efforts were wasted as he was awarded a fine for his troubles. Joel and Peter were first on against lower seeded opponents and never really looked like losing, though they were both pushed in the early phases of each game.

Chris was the last member of the squad to take to the court and thus had every other team member cheering him on, including team manager Andy, who managed to take some time out of his busy schedule improving international relations! Don’t think the UN will be calling upon his services in the near future. A nervous start for Chris was quickly forgotten as he transformed to a different player in the 2nd game, taking games one and two 15-13 and 11-2 respectively. He then went on to finish the third 11-6 to wrap up a successful day’s play.

The whole team then headed back to the hotel to relax for day two. The day was capped off with a film and the team headed to bed (different beds) with the coaches planning to rise at 4am for the World Cup Final.


World University Squash Championships declared open

Sarah Wordsworth reports

The 2010 World University Squash Championships kicked off with the official Opening Ceremony on Saturday evening at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

38 students from 11 competing countries took part in the athletes march at the Opening Ceremony, at which City of Monash Mayor Charlotte Baines declared the Championship officially open, marking the start of the week long competition.

FISU, the world governing body for university sport, was represented by Kenny Chow and was joined on stage by the Chairman of the Organising Committee Alf Lazer.

Students from Europe, Egypt, North America and Asia have travelled to Melbourne for the Championship, and will compete in singles and team events alongside four Australian competitors.

Australian competitor Selena Shaikh was selected to read the athlete’s oath on behalf of all competitors. Her fellow competitor Australian Sam Brown can’t wait for play to get underway. “I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of players we will come up against, and seeing what it feels like to be representing your country at a world championships” Mr Brown said.

Following the Opening Ceremony, athletes and invited guests attended a traditional Australian BBQ dinner on the campus.

Competition begins on Sunday.

Draws & Results
from Melbourne


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