Rankings Review Committee
Dear Squash Alberta Members,
It has become apparent through increasing and frustrated feedback from our membership that the current ranking system/process is not adequately meeting the needs of certain player groups and thus having a detrimental effect on the membership as a whole. The result, according to member communications, is a decreased motivation to play in Squash Alberta sanctioned events. This is an unacceptable consequence of what is supposed to be a membership benefit and Squash Alberta is taking action to correct it.
A committee has been assembled, chaired by John De Vries, to review and propose changes to the current rankings process. Other members of the committee include: Glenn Stark, Rod McDougall, Wendy Rubner, Grayson Witcher, Sarah Hall, Jordan Ratzlaff, and Squash Alberta's Executive Director, Tim Landeryou. Our objective is twofold;
1) Develop a process to review and expedite the upward movement of juniors and motivated senior players. This will ensure those members are placed in the appropriate divisions and seeded correctly so as not to deter other Squash Alberta members, who might suffer a great loss of ranking points for losing to these individuals, from playing in tournaments.
2) Potentially revamp the entire ranking system for the 2016/17 season. We would like to streamline the posting of results and hopefully align ourselves with other squash associations in Canada including Squash Canada for the fair seeding of our members that travel nationally.
Any questions, concerns, or comments should be directed to the Rankings Committee Chair: John De Vries.
John de Vries
Posted on 11/25/2015
Junior Jesters Day 3
The story was mixed results for Team Alberta on the final day of competition at the Alberta Jesters Junior Open. With six athletes in finals, there were high hopes for a large gold medal haul, but the contests ended up evenly split, and Team Alberta finished with three Gold on Sunday. These, added to the Gold medal Maddison Laine had already secured the Gold in GU11 Saturday night, made four total Gold for Team Alberta overall.In BU15, Abdelrahman Dweek (AB) cruised to victory in four games over John Dempsey (BC). One game in the final match was the only one he gave up all week, taking the division with relative dominance. His younger sister Jana Dweek, also took a Gold medal in dominant fashion in GU13, upsetting both the #2 and #1 seeds on her way to victory and not giving up a single game in the process. Team Alberta's final Gold medal of the day came in BU13, where Mohamed Kamal faced a much tougher test in his final against Christian Yuen (BC). The match went the distance, with Kamal taking the fifth game 13-11, and only one of the five games played was decided by more than two points. What a final!Unfortunately, three other Team Alberta athletes were unsuccessful in their quest for Gold this weekend. Michael Mehl, #1 seed and defending Canadian Champion, lost to surprise finalist and #3 seed Akasham Rajagopaul (ON) in the BU19 final in four games. It was certainly a disappointing result for Mehl, who had cruised through to the final without giving up a game to that point. In GU15, #6 seed Taylor Mackay was in tough against top seed Anika Kurji (BC) and fell in three games. With two upset wins over the weekend though, we're sure she is happy with a Silver medal. The last Silver medal was garnered by Michael Knapp in BU11. It was a top seeds battle, as #1 Knapp battled #2 Joseph Toth (BC), with Toth coming out on top in three games.In addition to the four Gold and three Silver medals, Team Alberta also earned 2 Bronze medals over the weekend at the Alberta Jesters Junior Open, for a total medal haul of 9! Congratulations to all Team Alberta participants! A brief list of medal winners is below; for full results consult the Results Page of the tournament website.Team Alberta Medals:Gold - Abdelrahman Dweek (BU15), Jana Dweek (GU13), Mohamed Kamal (BU13), Maddison Laine (GU11)Silver - Michael Mehl (BU19), Taylor Mackay (GU15), Michael Knapp (BU11)Bronze - Emma Macgillivray (GU17), Molli Hay (GU15)
Posted on 11/16/2015
Junior Jesters Day 2
Most of the top seeds moved through to the finals on Day 2 at the Alberta Jesters Junior Open, with a few exceptions. In BU19, third seeded Akasham Rajagopaul (ON) took out second seed Matthew Toth (BC) in 5 games. Toth must have been feeling the weight of his quarter-final match earlier in the day against Matt Henderson (BC) which also went the distance. Rajagopaul will face #1 seed and Canadian Junior Champion Michael Mehl (AB) in the final. In BU15, the #3 seed also prevailed against the #2 seed, with John Dempsey (BC) beating Dylan Deverill (ON) to book his spot in the final against #1 seed Abdelrahman Dweek (AB). On the girl's side, #4 seed Brook Herring (BC) notched a tight, 4-game upset win #1 seed Emma Macgillivray (AB) to make the GU17 final. She will face off against #2 seed compatriot Lucia Bicknell (BC). In GU15, #6 seed Taylor Mackay (AB) recorded upset wins in both the quarter and semi finals for her chance to take the title. She will face a stiff test against #1 seed Anika Kurji (BC) in the final. Lastly, #3 seed Jana Dweek (AB) also prevailed against the #2 seed Alexandra Brown (BC) in GU13 semi finals and will play #1 seed Ella Baldwin (ON) in the final.All other divisions went according to seed, and Team Alberta was on the positive side of most of these. We are having a strong showing at the Jesters Junior Open, with Albertans in 6 out of 10 main division finals. Congratulations to the following athletes for making their respective finals, and good luck today!Michael Mehl - BU19Abdelrahman Dweek - BU15Taylor Mackay - GU15Mohamed Kamal - BU13Jana Dweek - GU13Michael Knapp - BU11Follow the action today via the Tournament Website, or if you're in Edmonton, come down to the Royal Glenora Club to cheer on our athletes!
Posted on 11/15/2015
Junior Jesters Day 1
Team Alberta experienced mixed results on the first day of competition at the Alberta Jesters Junior Open, being held at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton. Top seeds Michael Mehl (BU19), Abdelrahman Dweek (BU15), and Mohamed Kamal (BU13) all advanced through to the quarter-finals, but lower seeds struggled. That being said, Team Alberta still has at least one representative in every age bracket quarter-final, except for Girls U19 and Boys U17.
Team Alberta competitors in quarter-final action today are:
Michael Mehl & Brock Janzer (BU19)
Emma Mcgillivray & Amelia Knapp (GU17)
Abdelrahman Dweek (BU15)
Molli Hay & Taylor Mackay (GU15)
Mohamed Kamal, John Boulanger, & Dominico Mendes (BU13)
Jana Dweek (GU13)
Good luck to all Team Alberta competitors on Day 2!
Follow the action on the Tournament Website!
Posted on 11/14/2015
Respect Group Documentary
As an affiliate member of Respect in Sport, Squash Alberta would like to notify its members of the following Respect in Sport event:
Respect Group is excited to announce that the Documentary film “Swift Current” will premiere at the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival in Toronto at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on November 6th, 2015.
The film is a portrait of ex-NHL’er Sheldon Kennedy and two other victims of child sexual abuse who struggle to overcome the life-long impacts of early childhood trauma.
To learn more about the film, and see the trailer, we encourage you to view the film’s website at:
To find out about where to purchase tickets please click Here or view the official Press Release attached.
Posted on 11/04/2015