The first half of the SRA’s 2015-16 season schedule is now available for viewing on the Schedule Page. Most of the event dates have now been set, but we are waiting on a few confirmations, and most tournament pages are not yet available to sign up yet. These will be updated as they are created by their respective tournament directors so stay tuned! An incredibly exciting SRA season is just around the corner…
Check out the racquetball video below produced by ViaSport in conjunction with the Canadian National Racquetball Championships held this past May in Burnaby, BC. The video features several SK racquetball athletes and contains wonderful insights and information on the sport of Racquetball.
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Saskatchewan racquetball athletes returned home from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto with a lot to be proud of, and the proof hanging from their necks. Tim Landeryou (Saskatoon) and Christine Richardson (Regina) brought 3 Bronze medals back to the province from the event, which is the best ever medal haul for SK racquetball athletes at a Pan American Games!
Landeryou brought home two of the Bronze medals. The first in Men’s Doubles where he and partner Vincent Gagnon went undefeated in the preliminary rounds before falling to Bolivia in the semi-finals. The second came in the Men’s Team competition by defeating the Dominican Republic in the quarter-finals before falling to the USA in the semis.
Richardson’s Bronze medal came in Women’s Team Competition by upsetting #2 seeded Argentina in the quarter-finals before also losing to the USA in the semi-finals.
We are extremely proud of both these athletes and wish them more success next season. Below are two articles written about SK athletes at the 2015 Pan American Games.
Tim Landeryou, who took over as Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Racquetball Association following Doug Devitt’s retirement just over two years ago, will be stepping down in September as he has been hired as the Executive Director for Squash Alberta and will be moving to Calgary this fall.
The SRA is seeking an individual to replace Landeryou as the new Executive Director for the SRA starting August 17th. Please review the job posting below and pass along to any interested individuals. Please submit cover letters and resumes to the Executive Director Applications must be received (preferably electronically) by 5:00pm CST July 31st.
The job is also posted on Saskjobs, SIRC, and SK Sport websites.
Team Saskatchewan wrapped up competition at the National Championships with 5th in both Men’s and Women’s Open singles. Brothers faced off on the Men’s side, as Tim Landeryou took on younger brother James for 5th place. James continued his strong play from earlier in the week while Tim seemed to struggle, allowing the younger sibling to take the contest in 2 games. On the Women’s side, the 5th place match was also an all SK affair, with current national team member Christine Richardson taking on provincial champion and former national team member Linda Ellerington. Youth again took the contest as Christine moved well and controlled the court to take 5th place in 2 games. SK athletes Lee Connell and Nathaniel Husulak faced off for 7th place in Men’s Open, with Nate winning in two. Other open athletes included Chris Exner and Danielle Drury, who finished 13th and 9th respectively.
Team SK did quite well in other categories at the National Championships as well this past week. Lorne Renouf and Graham Tamaki each finished the week with a Silver Medal (Lorne in the Men’s 45+ and Graham in the Men’s 50+). Lorne also narrowly missed another medal in Men’s 40+, finishing in 4th place while Darcy Shaw, Bruce Robinson, and Susan Dauk all placed 6th in their respective age brackets (Men’s 45+, Men’s 60+, and Women’s A). Darrell Davis finished 10th in Men’s B.
Congratulations to all SK athletes that competed this past week! We at the SRA hope you had a great season and wish you a wonderful summer. Final results are listed below, but can also be found on the Tournament Website.
Singles Final Results:
James Landeryou (SK) d. Tim Landeryou (SK) 15-6, 15-10 (5th place)
Nathaniel Husulak (SK) d. Lee Connell (SK) 15-9, 15-6 (7th place)
Chris Exner (SK) 13th place
Christine Richardson (SK) d. Linda Ellerington (SK) 15-9, 15-8 (5th place)
Danielle Drury (SK) d. Mackenzie Brayley (AB) 15-7, 15-4 (9th place)
Men’s A: Doug Ross d. Lorne Renouf (SK) 15-10, 15-7 (4th place)
Women’s A: Susan Dauk (6th Place)
Men’s B: Scott Lacey d. Darrell Davis (SK) 15-2, 15-5 (10th place)
Men’s 40+: Lorne Renouf (Silver Medal)
Men’s 45+: Darcy Shaw (6th Place)
Men’s 50/55+: Graham Tamaki (Silver Medal)
Men’s 60+: Bob Popowich d. Bruce Robinson (SK) 15-2, 15-2 (6th Place)
The tone of the day was bittersweet for SK athletes, as losses yesterday meant there were many head to head match-ups with team mates today. On the Women’s side, the day began with Danielle Drury facing off against SK team mate Christine Richardson. Drury has had a stellar week on the doubles court, taking Gold in both Women’s and Mixed Open divisions, but struggled on the singles court yesterday against junior rival Alexis Iwaasa. She showed some great movement today against Christine but experience ultimately won the day. On the other side of the Women’s Open consolation draw, Linda Ellerington made quick work of both her Albertan opponents, taking out Mackenzie Brayley, then Alexis Iwaasa, both in two short games. Christine Richardson had a much tougher road to the consolation final, needing two close games to edge out Danielle Drury before besting her doubles partner Brigitte Richard (QC) in a thrilling 13-11 tiebreaker! So it’s an all SK affair for 5th place in the Women’s division, and wouldn’t you know, the same thing is happening on the Men’s side!
In much less surprising fashion, 5th place in Men’s Open will also be contested by two SK athletes as Tim Landeryou and his brother James both won their matches today, and against SK team mates as well! Older brother Tim, coming off a disappointing performance against Coby Iwaasa in the quarter finals was in deep, trading point after point with a very hot-shooting Lee Connell before finally putting together a short string of points at the end to take a very close first game. The momentum seemed to take the wind out of Connell’s sails, and Landeryou took advantage, building a lead in the second and never looking back to take the contest in two games. The other consolation semi-final between James Landeryou and Nathaniel Husulak, was almost a mirror image, as Landeryou came out firing in the first, stealing the game from Husulak who couldn’t seem to get going. The second was a different story though, as Nate tightened up and made it a close one all the way to the end. Ultimately a few key shots for Landeryou proved to be the difference as he took the second close game and the match.
Other SK athletes in action, some of whom finished play today, were: Lorne Renouf (Men’s A, Men’s 45+ – Silver), Susan Dauk (Women’s A – 6th place), Darrell Davis (Men’s B), Darcy Shaw (Men’s 45+ – 6th place), Graham Tamaki (Men’s 50/55+ – Silver), and Bruce Robinson (Men’s 60+). Finals are tomorrow! Good luck to all SK athletes still competing and congratulations on those who are finished for the week.
Singles Semi-Final Results:
Women’s Open (consolation):
Linda Ellerington (SK) d. Mackenzie Brayley (AB) 15-2, 15-3
Christine Richardson (SK) d. Danielle Drury (SK) 15-10, 17-15
Linda Ellerington (SK) d. Alexis Iwaasa (AB) 15-6, 15-2
Christine Richardson (SK) d. Brigitte Richard 11-15, 15-11, 13-11
Men’s Open (Classic Plate):
Tim Landeryou (SK) d. Lee Connell (SK) 15-11, 15-5
James Landeryou (SK) d. Nathaniel Husulak (SK) 15-4, 15-11
Women’s A (consolation): Marilyn Webster d. Susan Dauk 15-3, 15-13
Susan Dauk (SK) d. Isabelle Lapierre (QC) WBF (6th place)
Men’s A: Christian Boudreau d. Lorne Renouf (SK) 15-6, 15-12
Men’s B (consolation): Darrell Davis (SK) d. Rick Sheren WBF
Men’s 40+: Lorne Renouf (SK) d. Allen Bauman 15-17, 15-8, 11-1 (Silver)
Men’s 45+ (consolation): Darryl Drohomerski d. Darcy Shaw (SK) 8-15, 15-8, 11-5 (6th place)
Men’s 50/55+: Randy Pentland (AB) d. Graham Tamaki (SK) 15-10, 15-11 (Silver)
Men’s 60+ (blue): Bruce Robinson (SK) d. Gord Hadfield 15-6, 15-3
It was a sobering day at the National Championships for Team SK. With 6 athletes in the quarter finals there were high hopes for some to make it to the semis, perhaps even the final. Alas all these hopes were dashed once the day closed…
Team veteran Linda Ellerington pulled out all the stops and used her years of experience to her advantage as best she could, but ultimately couldn’t compete with the shot making of Michelle Morissette, falling in 2 games. Third seed Christine Richardson had an even tougher time with sixth seeded Valerie Fallu, who came out firing in the first and took advantage of loose play from Richardson in the second to take the match in straightforward fashion.
After disappointment on the Women’s side, all hopes shifted to the Men for SK representation in a semi-final and a chance at a medal but they didn’t fare any better. Tim Landeryou could not create any momentum against young gun Coby Iwaasa, whose powerful drive serves and superb court coverage put a lot of pressure on Landeryou and forced uncharacteristic errors in the first. It didn’t get any better in the second either, as Iwaasa turned up the heat, making great gets and shots, while Landeryou struggled, and took the second handily.
In the second quarter final of the evening, Lee Connell opened up a lead against defending Canadian Champion Mike Green, but the veteran proved his mettle, chipping away at the lead with tactical and technical expertise that Connell didn’t have an answer for. The strategy followed through to the second where Connell threatened but ultimately couldn’t close the gap as Green took the match in two close games.
James Landeryou also showed promise early in the match against #3 seed Vincent Gagnon, but the Quebec veteran slowly closed the point gap and despite Landeryou serving for the game at 15-14, was able to persevere and take the first. Landeryou seemed exhausted and demoralized after dropping the crucial first game and went away in the second, which Gagnon ran away with.
Perhaps the greatest chance for a male in the semifinals for Team SK was Nathaniel Husulak, who was coming off some solid play and training leading up to the nationals and whose opponent, Samuel Murray, had definitely taken some wear during the doubles portion of the event earlier in the week. This was confirmed when Nate came out firing in the first, racking up points quickly on the back of powerful drive serves to both sides and nimble court coverage. After taking the first easily, it appeared this might be a quick match, but Murray was not to be denied and came out with much more energy in the second. He covered the court much better, putting more pressure on Husulak to make shots and surprisingly it worked. Uncharacteristically Nate began playing more tentative, seemingly afraid to make errors and opting instead for passes most shots instead of going for the lower winners that had given him the first so easily. To his credit the game remained close until the end, when Murray his some great drive serves of his own to ran away with it and force a tiebreaker. The third game was much like the second, a seesaw battle with many changes of serve, point bunches, and momentum shifts. Things tightened up when Nate scored 3 straight points to level the game at 9. After a few changes of serve he was able to score first and serve for the match at 10-9. Unfortunately he couldn’t finish off the comeback, as Murray got the serve back and was able to finish and take the match.
Other SK athletes in action today included Lorne Renouf (Men’s A/40+), Darrell Davis (Men’s B), Darcy Shaw (Men’s 45+), Graham Tamaki (Men’s 50/55+), and Bruce Robinson (Men’s 60+). Semi final action takes place tomorrow with playdowns for the 5-8 and 9-12 places occurring as well.
Singles Day 2 Results:
Women’s Open Quarter Finals:
Michelle Morissette (QC) d. Linda Ellerington (SK) 15-9, 15-9
Valerie Fallu (QC) d. Christine Richardson (SK) 15-9, 15-6
Men’s Open Quarter Finals:
Mike Green (ON) d. Lee Connell (SK) 15-10, 15-10
Coby Iwaasa (AB) d. Tim Landeryou (SK) 15-8, 15-0
Vincent Gagnon (QC) d. James Landeryou (SK) 17-15, 15-5
Samuel Murray (QC) d. Nathaniel Husulak (SK) 5-15, 15-9, 12-10
Men’s A: Lorne Renouf (SK) d. Kirby Shwaykosky 15-8, 7-15, 11-9
Men’s B (red): Darrell Davis (SK) d. Gordon Porter 20-18, 15-13
Men’s 40+: Christian Boudreau d. Lorne Renouf (SK) 15-5, 15-0
Men’s 45+ (cons): Darcy Shaw (SK) d. Stephane Parent 15-12, 15-10
Men’s 50/55+: Graham Tamaki (SK) d. Carl Lalande 10-15, 15-12, 11-5
Men’s 60+: Terry Mosdell (BC) d. Bruce Robinson (SK) 15-9, 15-7
After a pretty good showing in the Doubles competition, SK athletes had little time to celebrate or recuperate as singles play began yesterday. Only one match was played in Women’s Open, with 8th seeded Danielle Drury (SK) taking on 9th seeded Alexis Iwaasa (AB). Iwaasa came out firing in the first, hitting great serves and catching Drury slightly flat-footed. Drury would regroup to take the second game and force a tiebreaker but Iwaasa eventually prevailed.
On the Men’s side, a larger draw meant a lot more action took place on day one, with the round of 32 and round of 16 matches both played yesterday. All SK men made it through their first round matches, although Lee Connell and Chris Exner both needed tiebreakers to do so. Nate Husulak and James Landeryou prevailed in straightforward fashion, and Tim Landeryou received a bye to the round of 16. That’s where the real action began…
Tim Landeryou started the round of 16 play for Team SK and suffered from an unfortunate combination of slow start and hot play from his opponent in Tanner Mattson (BC). After dropping the first game, he was able to regroup and take the next two. He moves on to play Coby Iwaasa (AB) in the quarter finals tomorrow. Lee Connell and James Landeryou both had highly contentious matches. Lee’s match looked like it might be a one-sided affair after dropping the first game but he came roaring back in the second and took a tight tiebreaker to book his spot in the quarter finals. He faces off against #1 seed and defending national champion Mike Green later today. The younger Landeryou brother has had tight matches with Pedro Castro their last two meetings, losing both contests by a razor thin margin in the tiebreaker. This time looked like it would be no different as he pulled out a tight first game 16-14. It looked as if it would go tiebreaker when Castro had game point in the second game but Landeryou tightened up his play and finished strong to take the second by an equally close margin. He faces #3 seed Vincent Gagnon in the quarter finals today. The last quarter final spot was guaranteed to be a SK native, as Nate Husulak faced off against Chris Exner. Nate played stronger that day and took the contest in two quick games. He faces Samuel Murray, the new Quebec provincial champion and #2 seed, in the quarter finals later today.
Other SK athletes in action yesterday were Susan Dauk (Women’s A), Darrell Davis (Men’s B), Lorne Renouf (Men’s 40+), Darcy Shaw (Men’s 45+), Graham Tamaki (Men’s 50/55+), Jim Park (Men’s 60+), and Bruce Robinson (Men’s 60+).
Singles Day 1 Results:
Women’s Open: Alexis Iwaasa (AB) d. Danielle Drury (SK) 15-7, 4-15, 11-4 (Rd. 16)
Men’s Open Rd 32:
Lee Connell (SK) d. David Serra (BC) 13-15, 15-6, 11-3
James Landeryou (SK) d. Eric Urteaga (BC) 15-1, 15-6
Nate Husulak (SK) d. Kyle Wiseman (BC) 15-1, 15-3
Chris Exner (SK) d. Travis Einarson (BC) 15-6, 10-15, 11-2
Men’s Open Rd 16:
Lee Connell (SK) d. Nicolas Bousquet (QC) 10-15, 15-8, 11-7
Tim Landeryou (SK) d. Tanner Mattson (BC) 13-15, 15-11, 11-4
James Landeryou (SK) d. Pedro Castro (QC) 16-14, 16-14
Nathaniel Husulak (SK) d. Chris Exner (SK) 15-3, 15-5
Women’s A: Josephine Choi (BC) d. Susan Dauk (SK) 15-8, 8-15, 11-5
Men’s B: Dave Boyd (MB) d. Darrell Davis (SK) 15-2, 14-16, 11-5
Men’s 40+: Lorne Renouf (SK) d. Terry Nelson (ON) 15-4, 15-9
Men’s 45+: Steve Majocha (BC) d. Darcy Shaw (SK) 15-1, 15-2
Men’s 50/55+: Graham Tamaki (SK) d. Don Strugnell (BC) 15-12, 15-6
Men’s 60+: Rob Popowich d. Jim Park (SK) 15-4, 15-6
Bruce Robinson (SK) d. John Mallard 15-7, 15-6
While Day 2 contained mixed results for Team SK, Day 3 was very positive. In Men’s Open, SK athletes captured 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th place. Leading the way were Tim Landeryou and Pedro Castro (QC), who bested defending Canadian Champions Vincent Gagnon and Samuel Murray in two hotly contested games. The battle for 5th was an all SK affair, with the younger team emerging victorious as Barret Husulak and James Landeryou took advantage of lackluster play from Nate Husulak and Lee Connell. Chris Exner and Tanner Mattson (BC) captured 7th place with a close 2-game victory over Trevor Webb (ON) and Michael Leduc (QC).
On the Women’s side, Saskatchewan (with some help from Manitoba) captured Gold! Danielle Drury and Jen Saunders defeated Christine Richardson (SK) and Brigitte Richard (QC) Tuesday to go undefeated and finish first in the division. This is Drury’s first National medal outside of junior competition. Unfortunately the day didn’t get better for Richardson/Richard as the team fell to Frederique Lambert and Michelle Morissette (QC) later in the day as well to finish with Bronze.
Other medal performances by SK athletes on Tuesday included 2 Golds in Mixed Doubles as Susan Dauk and Darrell Davis captured first place in the B/C division while Barret Husulak and Danielle Drury teamed up to take the Open title. This would be Drury’s second Senior Nationals Medal and second Gold! Congratulations to all our SK athletes who competed in doubles, singles play begins today. Keep up with the results on the Tournament Website, or watch LIVE STREAMED MATCHES HERE.
Day 3 Results (Doubles Finals):
Men’s Open Doubles:
T.Landeryou (SK)/P.Castro (QC) d. V.Gagnon/S.Murray (QC) 15-12, 15-13 (Bronze)
B.Husulak/J.Landeryou (SK) d. N.Husulak/L.Connell (SK) 15-9, 15-7 (5th Place)
C.Exner (SK)/T.Mattson (BC) d. T.Webb (ON)/M.Leduc (QC) 15-11, 19-17 (7th Place)
Women’s Open Doubles:
D.Drury (SK)/J.Saunders (MB) d. C.Richardson (SK)/B.Richard (QC) 16-14, 15-12 (Gold)
F.Lambert/M.Morissette (QC) d. C.Richardson (SK)/B.Richard (QC) 15-12, 15-2 (Bronze)
Mixed Open Doubles: B.Husulak/D.Drury (SK) d. A.Iwaasa (AB)/A.Schonberger (BC) 15-9, 15-8 (Gold)
Women’s A Doubles: I.Lapierre/M.Boivin (QC) d. V.Senger/S.Dauk (SK) 13-15, 15-10, 12-10 (Bronze)
Men’s B Doubles: B.Robinson/D.Davis (SK) d. C.Tanner/P.Trask 15-9, 15-12 (Bronze)
Women’s B/C Doubles: L.Howell/S.Macleod (SK) d. B.Nyman/K.McNeil 15-3, 15-9 (4th Place)
Mixed B/C Doubles: S.Dauk/D.Davis (SK) d. N.Jamal/J.Swartz 15-9, 15-6 (Gold)
It was certainly a mixed bag of results for Team SK on Day 2 of the 2015 Canadian National Racquetball Championships. On the Men’s side, James Landeryou and Barret Husulak played valiantly but fell in two close games to #1 seeds and defending Canadian Champions Vincent Gagnon and Samuel Murray of Quebec. Third seeds Nathaniel Husulak and Lee Connell were in a battle with Quebecois young guns Nicolas Bousquet and Tommy Murray. After narrowly taking the first game, they would drop the second and lose a hearbreakingly close tiebreaker 11-9. The young team from Quebec was able to keep the magic alive later in the day as well, upsetting Tim Landeryou (SK) and Pedro Castro in the semis to book a ticket to their first National Doubles Final. Castro and Landeryou will face Gagnon and Murray for 3rd place tomorrow. The Landeryou/Husulak pairing were victorious in their second match of the day, overcoming Mattson/Exner in a tiebreaker. They will face Saskatchewan team mates Connell/Husulak in the 5th place match tomorrow.
On the Women’s side it was all smiles for Danielle Drury who, along with National Team Veteran Jen Saunders, collected two wins on Day 2 of competition. The first was a relatively straightforward victory over the Albertan pairing of Alexis Iwaasa and Mackenzie Brayley, while the second was seesaw battle with Frederique Lambert and Michelle Morissette, which they eventually took in a close tiebreaker. They will face off against the other SK female in Open Doubles, Christine Richardson, and her partner Brigitte Richard in a match that will likely crown the winner of the division, as Richardson/Richard are also undefeated so far in the competition.
Other Saskatchewan athletes in action today were Bruce Robinson/Darrell Davis, who won their first round but fell in the quarter finals of the Men’s B Doubles. Val Senger and Susan Dauk won their match in Women’s A Doubles and Dauk also teamed up with Darrell Davis to move onto the semi finals of the Mixed B/C Doubles. In Women’s B/C Doubles, Sue Macleod and Lynda Howell lost both their matches, while Barret Husulak and Danielle Drury won both of theirs in the Mixed Open Doubles. The doubles portion of the tournament concludes tomorrow with the finals in all divisions and they singles play begins Wednesday. Good luck to all our SK athletes!
Day 2 Results:
Men’s Open Doubles:
S.Murray/V.Gagnon (QC) d. J.Landeryou/B.Husulak (SK) 15-9, 15-9
C.Iwaasa (AB)/M.Green (ON) d. T.Mattson (BC)/C.Exner (SK) 15-3, 15-5
N.Bousquet/T.Murray (QC) d. N.Husulak/L.Connell (SK) 14-16, 15-9, 11-9
T.Landeryou (SK)/P.Castro (QC) d. T.Webb (ON)/M.Leduc (QC) 15-13, 15-6
N.Bousquet/T.Murray (QC) d. T.Landeryou (SK)/P.Castro (QC) 12-15, 15-13, 12-10
J.Landeryou/B.Husulak (SK) d. T.Mattson (BC)/C.Exner (SK) 10-15, 15-13, 11-2
N.Husulak/L.Connell (SK) d. T.Webb (ON)/M.Leduc (QC) 2-15, 15-5, 11-8
Women’s Open Doubles:
D.Drury (SK)/J.Saunders (MB) d. A.Iwaasa/M.Brayley 15-9, 15-2
C.Richardson (SK)/B.Richard (QC) d. J.Ditommaso (BC)/V.Fallu (QC) 15-6, 15-1
D.Drury (SK)/J.Saunders (MB) d. F.Lambert/M.Morissette 15-8, 2-15, 11-8
Men’s Elite/A Doubles: A.Bauman/J.Halko (AB) d. J.Lozinski/L.Renouf (SK) 15-12, 15-5
Women’s A Doubles: V.Senger/S.Dauk (SK) d. G.Smoluk/C.Allen (MB) 15-8, 15-6
Men’s B Doubles:
B.Robinson/D.Davis (SK) d. P. Callioux/R.Sheren 15-3, 15-13
J.Swartz/L.Jackson d. B.Robinson/D.Davis (SK) 15-11, 15-1
Women’s B/C Doubles:
C.Redford/J.Choi d. L.Howell/S.Macleod (SK) 15-6, 7-15, 11-1
L.Klippenstein/R.Mack d. L.Howell/S.Macleod (SK) 15-8, 3-15, 11-8
Mixed Open Doubles:
B.Husulak/D.Drury (SK) d. M.Brayley (AB)/J.Nelson (ON) 15-9, 15-8
B.Husulak/D.Drury (SK) d. M.Brayley (AB)/M.Swaine (ON) 15-11, 15-4
Mixed B/C Doubles:
S.Dauk/D.Davis (SK) d. V.Senger/C.Tanner 15-6, 15-5
S.Dauk/D.Davis (SK) d. L.Klippenstein/K.Shwaykosky 15-9, 8-15, 11-7