Saskatchewan athletes did very well in the doubles competition at the Canadian Championships being held in Langley, British Columbia winning five medals in total. The doubles event kicked off the competition and wraps up today with with singles events beginning tomorrow and running until Saturday.
Tim and James Landeryou were an important part of the history that was made at this year’s championships as they faced off against Samuel Murray and Tommy Murray of Quebec in Tuesday’s men’s open doubles final. This is the first time in Canadian history that two sets of brothers have played in the finals and the opportunity to be the first brothers to win a title together was on the line.
The final was a tight and intense match that lasted well over two hours. It seemed that Team Landeryou had the first game in hand but the Murrays fought back to win 17-15. The second game went in favour of the Landeryou brothers, winning with 15-10. Unfortunately the tie-breaker went to Samuel and Tommy Murray, with a score of 11-1.
Winnipeg’s Jennifer Saunders and Danielle Drury of Saskatoon won gold in the Women’s Open Doubles event. This is the team’s second Canadian Women’s Open Doubles championship title together. This is Saunders thirteenth Open Doubles Championship title and Drury’s second.
Drury and Saunders won with a first place finish in round robin play. Their toughest match was again the silver medal team of Christine Richardson of Winnipeg and Michèle Morissette of Baie-Comeau. Saunders and Drury won the first match 15-12, but fell behind in the second before losing 6-15. They went on to win 11-7 in the tie-breaker.
In other events, Saskatchewan players posted great results.
Linda Ellerington of Shields, SK teamed up with Manny Gregorio of Edmonton to win the Mixed Open Doubles event.
Bobby Lague of Saskatoon and Darrel Davis of Regina finished with a bronze medal in the men’s C double event. Davis also won bronze in the mixed doubles b/c event with Gwen Smoluk of Winnipeg.
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Click here to read Racquetball Canada’s press release about the doubles event at the 2019 Canadian Championships.