With less than 30 days until this fantastic event takes place, this is a reminder to get entered! If you know you are going please enter yourself and team mates ASAP as we need numbers to confirm the event and currently only a handful of people are signed up. You can do it in person or online. Instructions and link are on This Page. It’s SUPER EASY!!! See everyone on the links!
Team SK added another 5 medals to its collection after the singles competition was completed at the 2014 Canadian National Racquetball Championships, held in Brossard, QC this past week. Combined with their 4 medals in doubles garnered earlier in the week, their overall total for the event is 9 medals! Not bad for a team of only 13 athletes.
Of the singles medals, one was Gold, two were Silver, and two were Bronze. The lone Gold Medal went to Lorne Renouf, who placed first in Men’s B Singles. Lorne also played up a division in Men’s A Singles, where he won his second medal of the competition, that one being a Bronze. Bruce Robinson competed in two singles divisions as well, finishing 8th in Men’s 55+ Singles, but taking a Silver Medal in the Men’s 60+ Singles division.
The last two medals for Team SK came from our top open players, Tim Landeryou and Christine Richardson. Coming into the event, both were hopefuls to make the National Team which will represent Canada at the World Championships, being held June 14-21 in Burlington, ON. In the Men’s Open division, Landeryou made it to the final, before falling to first-time National Singles Champion Vincent Gagnon (QC) to secure the Silver Medal. In the Women’s Open Division, Richardson lost in the semi-finals to hometown favourite Frederique Lambert (QC), but won her next match against veteran Josee Grand-Maitre (QC) to finish with the Bronze Medal. With these finishes, both Landeryou and Richardson were selected to the National Team and will represent Canada at the World Championships.
The SRA is very proud of, and would like to thank, all the athletes that competed at the National Championships this week and made our province proud. Congratulations on your results, and we look forward to seeing you on the courts next season! A full list of results for SK athletes can be seen below, or for full results in all categories please visit the tournament website.
|Tim Landeryou/Pedro Castro (QC)||2nd||Open|
|Lee Connell/Nathaniel Husulak||4th||Open|
|Tanner Prentice/Barret Husulak||7th||Open|
|Bruce Robinson/Darrell Davis||4th||B|
|Christine Richardson/Brigitte Richard (QC)||2nd||Open|
|Danielle Drury/Michele Morissette (QC)||3rd||Open|
|Lynda Howell/Sue Macleod (N.S.)||4th||B/C|
|Barret Husulak/Danielle Drury||T-3rd||Open/Elite|
|Lorne Renouf/Sue Macleod (N.S.)||3rd||AA|
|Lynda Howell/Reg Atkins (AB)||4th||A/B|
|Darrell Davis/Roberta Mack (MB)||7th||A/B|
The first three days of the 2014 Canadian National Racquetball Championships wrapped up yesterday and Team SK finished with 4 medals! Tim Landeryou/Pedro Castro (QC) finished with a silver medal in Men’s Open Doubles, while Christine Richardson/Brigitte Richard (QC), finished with silver, and Danielle Drury/Michelle Morissette (QC) finished with bronze respectively in Women’s Open Doubles. Lorne Renouf also teamed up with Sue Macleod (N.S.) to take 3rd place in the Mixed AA Doubles.
In other results, Lee Connell/Nathaniel Husulak finished 4th, and Tanner Prentice/Barret Husulak finished 7th in Men’s Open Doubles. Bruce Robinson/Darrell Davis finished 4th in Men’s B Doubles, and Linda Howell/Sue Macleod (N.S.) finished 4th in Women’s B/C Doubles.
Singles begins today. GO SASK!!!
To keep up with the action, check out the draws on R2sports:http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/divisions/listAllDivs.asp?TID=11683&sortBy=defaultOrder
The date has been set for the SRA’s Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser! The event will take place July 5th at the golf course in Shields, SK. The details can be found on the Information Sheet attached to this post and all individuals (whether they plan to attend or not) are strongly encouraged to circulate the Sponsor Package to anyone they think might be interested in being a sponsor for the tournament this year. Cheques and cash will be accepted by the tournament organizer, but there is also a link posted below for those who prefer to enter and pay online. Simply select the number of entries you would like to purchase, then click “Buy Now” to be taken to Paypal where payment can be processed. Please make sure to include the names of all individuals being entered.
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Following the SRA’s Provincial Championships, point totals were tabulated, and the 2014 Senior Provincial Team is being announced!
The athletes on the 2014 Saskatchewan Senior Provincial Racquetball Team are: Christine Richardson, Tim Landeryou, Nathaniel Husulak, Chris Exner, Lee Connell, and Tanner Prentice. Congratulations to all these athletes! The Senior Provincial Team is selected based on points attained through participation in Racquetball Canada’s Fall Selection Event, Winter Selection Event, and the SRA’s Provincial Championships. Final point totals for the season can be found on the Senior Provincial Team page, under the High Performance tab.
The Senior Provincial Team will represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian National Racquetball Championships, being held May 18-24 in Brossard, QC. Keep track of the action by visiting the tournament and Racquetball Canada websites, as well as the SRA’s website, facebook page, and twitter! Go SASK!!!
The SRA recently caught up with Men’s Provincial Champion, Chris Exner, to talk about his thoughts and feelings regarding the tournament victory, keys to success, and plans for the future. Check out the interview transcript using the link below, as well as the new Racquetball Canada Rankings. Saskatchewan now has 5 men and 2 women ranked in the top 10 nationally!
The SRA’s Provincial Championships wrapped up this past weekend, with the winners of the Men’s and Women’s Open events being crowned Saturday afternoon once play had concluded. On the Women’s side, the winner was no surprise as Christine Richardson (Regina) added another provincial championship title to her resume. Christine defeated Danielle Drury (Saskatoon) 15-3, 15-10 in a fairly one-sided victory before having a battle with former provincial and national champion Linda Ellerington (Shields). After dropping the first game, Richardson was able to regroup and take a very tight and hotly contested second game. In the tiebreaker, it seemed like Ellerington had used up most of her energy and was fighting an uphill battle. Richardson would take the tiebreaker, and the match 10-15, 15-13, 11-8.
On the Men’s side, it was somewhat of a surprise victory for #3 seed Chris Exner (Saskatoon), who came into the tournament having not beaten #1 seed Lee Connell (Saskatoon) or #2 seed Nathaniel Husulak (Saskatoon) in a tournament all season. Exner chose the right time to put his best games together though, and on the back of some great drive serving took out Nathaniel on Friday 15-12, 15-4, and Lee on Saturday 15-8, 16-14. He won his other two matches over the weekend against Graham Frattinger (Martensville) and Tanner Prentice (Macrorie) to solidify his victory and garner his first Provincial Championship Title.
The results from this weekend’s Provincial Championships will be combined with the results of Racquetball Canada’s two National Team Selection Events (held earlier in the season) to determine the Elite Provincial Team which will represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian National Championships later this month in Brossard, QC.
While the team title eluded our Junior Provincial Team at the Canadian Junior Nationals this past week, silver has to be seen as a success. With one of the smallest contingents in the tournament (6 players) our team was able to make the most of our representation, with every athlete garnering at least one medal. Team SK finished the competition with 8 medals total (3 Gold, 3 Silver, and 2 Bronze) and 55 points, just 1 point ahead of the host province Alberta (54) in third, and 33 points back of Quebec who finished first. We at the SRA are very proud of all our Junior Athlete and encourage them to continue training hard to improve on this result next season! See below for a writeup of the results from the final two days of competition.
In 18+under, Danielle Drury had the chance for double gold, as she and partner Michele Morissette finished first in doubles on Friday, beating the tough host team of Alexis Iwaasa & Mackenzie Brayley (AB) by the narrowest of margins 15-9, 9-15, 11-9. On the following day, she faced off in singles against Morissette, but got off to a slow start and couldn’t recover, losing the match 15-5, 15-12 to finish with a silver medal.
Team SK’s other female representative, Cassie Prentice, also had the opportunity to take home two medals on Saturday as she played her final round robin match in 12+under, where she could receive gold, silver, or bronze depending on the result, as well as the bronze medal match in 14+under. Interestingly her opponent, Grace Killins (BC), was the same in both matches! The 12+under match was first, and because of earlier results in the pool, Killins had only to win one game in order to secure first place in the division, while Prentice would have to win in two straight games to take home gold. It was Killins who took the momentum early, and while Prentice won the match, her BC rival was able to take the first game and secure the gold medal 7-15, 15-3, 11-4.
In their second match of the day, there was no ambiguity about who would take home the medal; the winner of the match would win bronze in 14+under. Cassie, while needing a tiebreaker again to do it, was able to pull out her second victory (and second medal) of the day, winning 15-3, 7-15, 11-5.
On the boys side, Tanner Prentice had the chance to take home a second bronze medal in singles, to match the one in doubles he won with partner Graham Frattinger the day before. Facing off against former 14+under national champ Sami Harb (ON) would prove to be a tough test that Prentice was unable to overcome. He would lose the match 15-11, 15-9 and finish 4th. Both Frattinger boys were also in action on saturday, and both were playing for gold, Graham in the 16+under and Ian in the 12+under.
Graham was facing off against perennial rival Trevor Webb (ON) and while the first game was close, he couldn’t find a successful strategy and fell in two straight games 15-10, 15-5.
The younger of the Frattinger boys was facing off in the 12+under final against 2nd seeded Sean Sauve (QC) which, on paper at least, looked like it could be a contentious match. Both players had won their pools and semi final matches easily and were looking for stiffer competition against each other in Saturday’s final. It was Ian who elevated his game though, and won in straightforward fashion 15-5, 15-7.
The end of the Junior Nationals marks the conclusion of the junior tournament schedule for this season. The top athletes in each age division will be selected to represent Canada at the Junior World Racquetball Championships in Cali, Colombia October 19-25, 2014. The next, and last, event on the SRA calendar is the Provincial Championships which will be held May 2-4 at the YMCA in Saskatoon. Top finishers from the event will be selected to the Elite Provincial Team and represent Saskatchewan at the National Championships May 18-24, 2014 in Brossard, QC.
Team SK has been doing well at the Canadian Junior Racquetball Championships. With the final two days of the tournament coming up, our juniors have already guaranteed the province 5 medals, with one gold! Three of our athletes/teams are in bronze medal matches as well which means there is a possibility for 8 medals! Read below for a rundown of the action so far…
In 18+under, Tanner Prentice finished 2nd in his pool, defeating Michael Leduc (QC) 15-3, 15-6 and Luke Patterson (AB) 15-3, 15-5 before falling to pool winner Nicolas Bousquet (QC) 15-3, 15-7. This put him up against defending national champion Coby Iwaasa in the semi-finals where he lost 15-0, 15-6. He will play Sami Harb (ON) for bronze on Saturday.
In 16+under, Graham Frattinger booked his ticket in the final by defeating Devin Halko (AB) in the semi-finals 15-8, 15-8 on Thursday. He went into the elimination draw seeded 2nd, winning his pool with victories over Beau Doricki (ON) 15-1, 15-7, Ryan Bateman (ON) 15-5, 15-0, and Brandon Frankish (AB) 15-2, 15-4. He will face #1 seed and perennial rival Trevor Webb in the final on Saturday.
Prentice and Frattinger also teamed up in 18+under doubles and faced stiff competition. Seeded 3rd, they dropped both their matches to their higher-seeded rival teams on Tuesday and Wednesday, although they pushed 2nd seeds Bousquet/Leduc (QC) to tiebreaker. They will face the 4th seeded Albertan team of Frigon/Patterson today for bronze.
In 12+under, Ian Frattinger will also be playing for gold on Saturday, reserving a spot in the final after defeating Logan Boudreau (QC) 15-0, 15-2 in the semi-finals. He went into the elimination draw seeded 1st, winning his pool with victories over Kody Bodreau (QC) 15-2, 15-0 and Kai Reum (AB) 15-3, 15-3. He will face 2nd seed Sean Sauve (QC) in Saturday’s final.
In 14+under, Jared Gudereit missed out on a spot in the semi-finals after dropping his match to Chris Culhane (BC) on Tuesday 15-7, 15-1. This was his second loss in the pool, his first coming at the hands of Simon Comeau (QC) 15-9, 15-8 the day before. While he was able to win his last pool match on Wednesday against Spencer Bell (BC) 15-6, 15-4, it was only good enough for a 3rd place finish in the pool and he will have to settle for 5th place in singles this year.
Gudereit was able to garner a bit of revenge in doubles though. Teaming up with Ian Frattinger in 14+under, they defeated the Culhane and Comeau lead teams on their way to winning the division! So while singles may have been a disappointment, gold in doubles has to feel good.
On the girls’ side, Danielle Drury has already improved upon her result from last year, where she placed 3rd in both the girls 16s and 18s divisions. This year she moved up to 18+under and has already booked herself a place in the final where she will face long-time rival Michele Morissette (QC). The match on paper looks extremely interesting as both players have the same points for/against differential through their 3 matches so far. Adding to the interest is that these young women are also long-time doubles partners and are playing in the girls’ doubles final together! They will face the #2 seeded team from Alberta, Iwaasa/Brayley, in the final this afternoon.
Cassie Prentice has also been doing quite well, playing in both the 14+under and 12+under divisions, and guaranteeing herself a medal in both! In 14s, she finished 2nd in her pool, losing to #1 seed Alexis Iwaasa (AB) 15-9, 15-0. In the semi-finals she lost to 2nd seed Annie Fisher (ON) and will now face Grace Killins (BC) in the bronze medal match on Saturday. In 12s, things became complicated on Wednesday when she lost a one-sided tiebreaker to #3 seed Juliette Parent (QC). Because the girls 12s is a straight round robin, Prentice could place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the division, depending on how her last match goes today against #2 seed Grace Killins (BC). If she wins in two straight games would give her the gold, a tiebreaker win would come down to points for the gold or silver, and loss would give her the bronze. This match is especially interesting because of the fact these two girls are playing for the bronze medal in 14s as well!
Good luck to all members of Team SK in action today and tomorrow. For draws and results, check out the Tournament Website, and don’t forget to check out our Facebook Page for pictures being taken at the event.
The SRA would like to congratulate Tanner Prentice, Cassie Prentice, Danielle Drury, Jared Gudereit, Graham Frattinger, and Ian Frattinger on making the Saskatchewan Junior Provincial Team which will represent our province at the Canadian Junior Racquetball Championships April 21-26, 2014 in Grand Prairie, AB.
The team will be lead by Head Coach Loren Prentice, who has led our Junior Provincial Team to several national championships in the past. He will be aided by Assistant Coach Sean Prentice. Keep up with Team Saskatchewan’s results online at the Tournament Website. GO SASKATCHEWAN!!!