Squash takes over St. Mary’s University Tower Facility

Today marked the first of many busy days at the Tower facility in Halifax for the 2011 Canada Winter Games. The first day of competition for Squash saw 80 players take to the court to play a total of 56 encounters on Day 1 of Competition. 

There were no surprises in the boys morning session whereas all the top seed all won their first encounters.  Ontario started the defense of their 2007 title in Whitehorse by defeating Prince Edward Island 4-0 in front of a very noisy crowd cheering on them team.  Quebec started their competition on the right foot with a win over Northwest Territories on the glass court with a 4-0 win. The tournament second seed British Columbia played Manitoba in their first encounter and came up with a 4-0 victory. In the final boys morning session, Alberta faced Saskatchewan and come out on top with a 4-0 win.

The second morning session saw the girl teams taking to court; with a marquee matchup between Manitoba and Alberta junior women squad member Alix Younger (MB) and Danielle Letourneau (AB) going the distance. In the end it was Letourneau who walked away with a 3-2 win. Alberta took home the win to start with a 1-0 record at the Games. In the second matchup, Prince Edward Island came out on top of tough match with Saskatchewan 4-0.  The last match of girls morning session saw Yukon take on their neighbors from the north. In the end it was Northwest Territories who walked away winners of the “battle of North” by a score of 4-0.

The first evening session saw the boys returning to the court at the Tower in Halifax. Nova Scotia fans and resident filled the bleachers of the St Mary’s University Tower gymnasium to cheer on their team against Ontario. Unfortunately for the local fans, team Ontario proved to be too strong and improved to a 2-0 record in pool A with a 4-0 victory.  Similar to Ontario, both second seed British Columbia and third seed Alberta improved their record in Pool B to 2-0, British Columbia with a 4-0 win over Saskatchewan while Alberta defeated Yukon in the final encounter of day 1 for the boys’ competition. The boys round robin play will resume on Monday morning at 9:00am.

The second girl’s session of the day completed day 1 of competition for squash at the Tower facility. In the first encounter of the session local fans from Nova Scotia filled the stands to cheer on their team against fourth seed Quebec. Nova Scotia took the first encounter of the match; however Quebec came back to win the next three and take the match away 3-1. Alix Younger of Manitoba was involved in another key matchup this evening that again went the distance against Abbey Foster from British Columbia. Foster was able to comeback from a 1-2 deficit against Younger and won the match 3-2. The second seed, British Columbia took home the win 4-0 to earn their first win of the event.  Third seed Alberta improved to a 2-0 record in round robin play with a 4-0 win over Yukon.  Similar to the boys team from Ontario, the girls started the defense of their 2007 title in Whitehorse with 4-0 win over Saskatchewan.

Be sure to follow the squash competition on the all glass court through webcast starting on Monday February 14th,2011 at the following address: www. bellaliant.net/canadagames. In order to access the webcast schedule please click here

Results: To view the official Halifax 2011 Canada Winter Games results, click here

Click here to access individuals match results of each encounter

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